And Hamlin makes 3 - Joins teammates in title race
Joe Gibbs Racing puts all 3 cars in championship fight Denny Hamlin raced his way into the Championship 4 field with a clinching victory Sunday at ISM Raceway near Phoenix. Hamlin entered the day outside of the provisional final four, but survived a restart with four laps left in the Bluegreen Vacations 500 to seal his first title shot since 2014. He’ll join Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch, plus Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick in the championship finale next Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Justin Allgaier advances to Xfinity Championship 4
Desert Diamond West Valley 200 Justin Allgaier's timing was impeccable. After a pit road speeding penalty and a subsequent spin KO'd the winning chances of polesitter Christopher Bell, Allgaier took full advantage, leading the final 66 laps of Saturday's Desert Diamond West Valley 200 to win for the first time this season and advance to next week's NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship 4 event at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
First pole of 2019 Kyle Busch took his first pole position of the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season in the penultimate race of the playoffs, the Bluegreen Vacations 500, at ISM Raceway. Busch tripped the clock with a best lap of 140.116 mph in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota on the 1-mile Arizona oval. He’ll be vying for his third straight Phoenix win in Sunday’s Bluegreen Vacations 500. Joey Logano is set to start second in the Team Penske No. 22 Ford after just missing the pole at 139.752 mph. Denny Hamlin qualified third in the JGR No. 11 Toyota
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Rallying back from an early race penalty, Stewart Friesen fought his way back to the front of the field to take the checkered flag in Friday night's Lucas Oil 150 at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, securing a spot in next weekend's Championship 4 race with the second NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series victory of the season and his career.
Harvick Powers To Championship 4 With Texas Cup Win
by Brandon Reed There was just no denying Kevin Harvick on Sunday night at Texas Motor Speedway. Harvick powered to the lead on lap 255 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500, and drove away from the pack to score the victory. More importantly, it punches his ticket to the Championship 4 with just one race remaining until the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Harvick came into the day under the cutoff line, and can go to next week’s race at Phoenix with no Playoff worries.
Bell Locked Into Championship 4 With Texas NXS Win
by Brandon Reed Christopher Bell made it a Lone Star sweep at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Bell made the final pass for the lead with a shove from Austin Cindric with 30 laps to go in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300, and drove away from the competition to score the NASCAR Xfinity Series victory at the Fort Worth, Texas Raceway.
AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Kevin Harvick took the first step toward getting back on the right side of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff cut line, winning the pole for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Harvick, who trails fourth-place Joey Logano by 14 points entering the second race of the Round of 8, toured the 1.5-mile track in 28.465 seconds (189.707 mph) to win his second Busch Pole Award at Texas, his series-best sixth of the season and the 31st of his career.
by Brandon Reed Last year, a last lap shove from Joey Logano robbed Martin Truex, Jr. of a trip to Martinsville Speedway’s victory lane. On Sunday, Truex, Jr. didn’t let anyone get close enough to try to repeat that move. Truex, Jr. led 464 of the 500 laps in the First Data 500, beating out William Byron by about three car lengths to score a dominant win at the half-mile raceway.
by Amy Henderson Denny Hamlin picked up his third Busch Pole Award of the season on Saturday after beating out Chase Elliott for the top starting spot in Sunday’s First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Hamlin, a five-time Martinsville winner, laid down a lap speed of 97.840 mph to claim the pole - his first at Martinsville since 2013. Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex, Jr. starts third, Aric Almirola starts fourth and Michael McDowell will roll off from the fifth starting spot.
The Camping World Truck Series NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 had plenty of twists and turns at Martinsville Speedway Saturday afternoon as Todd Gilliland took the checkered flag for Kyle Busch Motorsports the first time in his Truck Series career. Ross Chastain, who had been below the playoff cutline entering the weekend, finished second. Johnny Sauter was third, Grant Enfinger fourth, with Timmy Hill filling the top five.
NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Team Penske has won three of the past five races – including the last two – at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, home to Sunday’s First Data 500 Monster Energy NACAR Cup Series Playoff race. Penske’s Brad Keselowski has won two of those Martinsville races – including one of the most dominating victories in the 141-race history at the famous half-mile paperclip-shaped track. He led 446-of-500 laps en route to the March trophy. Only four other times has a race winner led more.
Eliliott advances to Round of 8, Keslowski out With a green-white-checker to finish the race, Joe Gibbs Racing's Denny Hamlin held off Chase Elliott an Kyle Busch to win Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Monster Cup race at Kansas Speedway. With his 2nd place finish Hendrick Motorsports driver Elliott advanced to the round of 8 while Team Penske Ford driver Brad Keselowski finished 19th and was eliminated from championship contention.
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