Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Prepares For His Last Cup Series Ride
by Pete McCole This Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series finale will not only be the end of the 2017 season, but will also mark the end of another legendary career - and the closing of a chapter of one of NASCAR's most legendary racing families. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., the son of the late seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt, Sr., will retire from full-time competition at the end of season, and while it might not be the last NASCAR start of Junior's career, not having him on the track is sure to leave a hole in the hearts of many of his fans.
Briscoe Scores First Truck Win As Bell Takes Title
by Brandon Reed Chase Briscoe closed out the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season in the best way, as he scored his first career series win in what was the final race for his Brad Keselowski Racing team, while Christopher Bell moved his way to second when Ben Rhodes ran out of fuel with five laps to go, scoring the series championship for his Kyle Busch Motorsports team.
Hamlin propelled his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at 173.980 mph to take the top starting position from playoffs driver Martin Truex Jr., who secured the second spot with a fast lap of 173.952 mph in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota for Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 season finale. Fellow Championship 4 contender Kyle Busch was third-fastest, his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota notching a top speed of 173.930 mph. Busch’s JGR teammate Matt Kenseth, qualified fourth and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top-5.
Brad Keselowski Clinches Championship Four Spot In what may very well be the penultimate race of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of his career, Matt Kenseth spoiled the party for rookie championship hopeful Chase Elliott with a late-race pass for the lead in Sunday's Can Am 500 to collect his 39th career victory and deny Elliot a shot at a title as Brad Keselowski takes the fourth an final spot in the Championship Four next weekend.
JRM Puts Three Drivers in Final Four at Homestead William Byron collected his fourth NASCAR Xfinity Series victory of the season on Saturday with a win in the Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, leading the parade for JR Motorsports as three of the team's drivers are headed to Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend for a shot at the Xfinity Series title.
The third of the three red flags gave defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter the chance he needed to win the race that set the field for next Friday’s championship event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. When Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates Christopher Bell and Noah Gragson wrecked during an intense side-by-side duel with seven laps left, Sauter inherited the lead for a restart on Lap 149 of 150, and held off John Hunter Nemechek by 0.668 seconds for his second straight victory, his first at Phoenix, his fourth of the season and the 17th of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career.
Can-Am 500 Ryan Blaney will make his last stab at making the Final Four in next weekend's Ford Championship Weekend from the front of the field on Sunday after winning the pole for the Can-Am 500 in Friday's qualifying at Phoenix International Raceway. Blaney, driving for the legendary Wood Brothers racing team, covered the one-mile distance at Phoenix Raceway in 26.098 seconds (137.942 mph) to edge Denny Hamlin (137.936 mph) by 0.001 for the top starting spot.
Aric Almirola Joins Stewart-Haas Racing For 2018 Season
by Pete McCole Finally making official one of the worst-kept secrets in the NASCAR garage, Stewart-Haas Racing team co-owner Tony Stewart made it official on Wednesday - announcing Aric Almirola as the new driver of the no. 10 Ford Fusion for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Almirola, who will have full-season backing from Smithfield Foods, replaces Danica Patrick in SHR's all-star driver lineup.
AAA Texas 500 Kevin Harvick rolled to victory Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, passing Martin Truex Jr. with 10 laps left to clinch an automatic berth in the Championship 4 field in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. Harvick led five times for 34 of the 334 laps in the AAA Texas 500, holding a 1.580-second margin of victory at the finish. Harvick’s second win of the season was his first on the 1.5-mile Fort Worth track and the 37th of his Monster Energy Series career.
NASCAR Xfinity Series Erik Jones led wire to wire in Saturday night's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 to record his second straight Texas Motor Speedway victory - winning both of the first two stages of the event on route to his third win of the season and denying any of the remaining eight drivers in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs a chance at clinching a spot in the Final Four in two weeks at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Johnny Sauter Wins At Texas To Advance To Final Four
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Johnny Sauter punched his ticket to the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway and a chance to defend his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title after beating out Austin Cindric to win Friday night's JAG Metals 350 Driving Hurricane Harvey Relief at Texas Motor Speedway for the second straight year.
Kurt Busch made it two poles in a row at Texas Motor Speedway Friday with a speed of 200.915 mph in his #41 SHR Ford Fusion, a new track record. Denny Hamlin will start 2nd in the #11 Toyota of Joe Gibbs Racing while Kevin Harvick (Ford), Erik Jones (Toyota) and Kyle Busch (Toyota) rounded out the top-5.
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