Ends 64-race winless drought for owner Chip Ganassi Denied victory at Daytona by an inopportune pit call last Sunday, Kurt Busch drove like lightning in a two-lap overtime dash to the finish to win Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. Swapping sheet metal with brother Kyle Busch as the siblings battled for the victory throughout the overtime, Busch collected his first victory of the season in the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. The 2004 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion won for the first time at Kentucky and the 31st time in his career.
At Kentucky Daniel Suarez saved the best for last in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying Friday at Kentucky Speedway. The 27-year-old driver from Monterrey, Mexico, was the last to run a qualifying lap at the 1.5-mile track, and he used the opportunity to knock Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Aric Almirola off the provisional pole for Saturday’s Quaker State 400
in dominant style Christopher Bell was dominant in the daytime, but when the sun set Friday over Kentucky Speedway, Cole Custer turned out the lights on his NASCAR Xfinity Series competition. Under the lights at the end of a 104-lap green-flag run to the conclusion of the Alsco 300, Custer’s No. 00 Ford crossed the finish line 1.651 seconds ahead of Bell’s No. 20 Toyota.
Truck Series Rookie Tyler Ankrum Nabs First Victory
Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway In a week that started with Justin Haley's remarkable upset win at Daytona on Sunday, 18-year-old Tyler Ankrum added another on Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway—and simultaneously threw a wrench into the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoff standings. Driving the No. 17 DGR-Crosley Toyota, Ankrum inherited the lead in the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at the 1.5-mile track when Brett Moffitt ran out of fuel on the next-to-last lap. Ankrum crossed the finish line 7.373 seconds ahead of runner-up Stewart Friesen.
Justin Haley and team A driver never forgets his first big win, and today 20 year-old Justin Haley became the latest first-time winner with a lifetime of stories to tell. Haley and his No. 77 Fraternal Order of Eagles Camaro ZL1 team made their way through on-track wrecks, pit-road chaos and Mother Nature to be in position to be crowned the winner of the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
First Cup win for Xfinity Series regular Justin Haley won Sunday’s weather-shortened Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway, putting the No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet in Victory Lane for the first time. Haley, 20, held the lead when NASCAR red-flagged the race at Lap 127 of 160 because of lightning strikes within an 8-mile radius of the 2.5-mile track. After a wait of more than two hours, rain came into the area and the track eventually was lost.
Ross Chastain Wins in Wild Xfinity Race at Daytona
Scores 1-2-3 Finish For Kaulig Racing Kaulig Racing found the key to victory in Saturday night's Circle K Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway, and the team did so in triplicate. In a wild race that featured five multicar wrecks, hired gun Ross Chastain teammates Justin Haley and AJ Allmendinger across the finish line in a 1-2-3 finish for Kaulig Racing, which collected its first NASCAR victory. Chastain finished .109 seconds ahead of Haley and .206 ahead of Allmendinger, who made his first NASCAR start since last year and his first-ever Daytona start in a NASCAR Xfinity Series car.
Gets his first ever Monster Cup win Alex Bowman said he was tired of finishing 2nd, and dug deep to win his first Monster Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway over fellow Chevy driver Kyle Larson. Larson passed Bowman for the lead with about 8 laps to go and it appeared Larson had the race won. But Bowman came back and got Larson back with five laps to go and held on to win. Joey Logano came home third in his Penske Ford while Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top-5.
Fourth Xfinity Win of the Season For the vast majority of Saturday’s Camping World 300 at Chicagoland Speedway it looked like another non-too-subtle reminder of how good the NASCAR Xfinity Series triumphant trio has been – championship leaders Cole Custer, Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick showed the way. Ultimately it was Custer’s time to celebrate this weekend, leading a dominant 151 of the race’s 200 laps to take his fourth Xfinity win of the season in the No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford and the sixth victory of his career.
Truex Jr. fends off Kyle Busch for repeat Sonoma win
Joe Gibbs Toyota 1-2 Martin Truex Jr. held off Kyle Busch, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, to win Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway. With three-lap fresher tires after the final set of green-flag pit stops at the 2.52-mile road course -- which for the first time since 1997 featured use of the carousel connecting Turns 4 and 7 -- Busch closed an 8.269-second gap to slightly more than a second over the last 24 laps. But the driver of the No. 18 Toyota could get no closer, given that Truex’s No. 19 Camry had better drive off the corners at the 12-turn course and was able to keep Busch at bay.
Chastain Earns Redemption with Truck Series Victory
CarShield 200 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway A week after having their NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series win stripped due to a post-race technical inspection failure at Iowa Speedway, Ross Chastain and his Niece Motorsports rebutted the disqualification with a thrilling victory in Saturday night's CarShield 200 presented by CK Power at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.
Third-Straight Sonoma Raceway Pole Kyle Larson returned home to his native California in style this weekend, grabbing the top starting spot at his hometown track for the third straight year after topping Saturday's qualifying session for Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. Larson circled the 2.52-mile road course in 94.780 seconds to beat out William Byron and Joey Logano for his first Busch Pole Award on the season.
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