Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway On a night of important milestones, in a car hastily repaired after a brush with the wall during qualifying, Kyle Busch held off Kevin Harvick to win Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway to advance to the second round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. After a pitched battle against Brad Keselowski that lasted 21 laps, Busch made the winning pass for the lead on Lap 364 of 400 at the .75-mile track. Busch's first victory in a fall race at Richmond was his sixth at the track, most among active drivers, and it gave him a season sweep at the short track.
GoBowling.com 250 at Richmond Raceway A short run at the end of Friday night’s GoBowling.com 250 was just what pole winner Christopher Bell needed to charge into the second round of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs. Bell surged past race leader Matt Tifft after a restart on Lap 237 of 250 and pulled away to beat Ross Chastain to the finish line by .566 seconds to become the first driver to advance to the next round.
Nips Hamlin by just 0.006 sec Kevin Harvick won Friday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout qualifying at Richmond Raceway, securing the unofficial pole position for Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 by 0.006 seconds over Denny Hamlin. A seven-time winner this season, Harvick covered the 0.75-mile distance in 22.153 seconds (121.880 mph). Outside the top 12 in the first round and 11th in the second, Harvick scored his second Busch Pole Award at Richmond, his third of the season and the 24th of his career.
500th Win for Team Penske In a war of attrition that caused a multitude of problems for the majority of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff contenders, Brad Keselowski emerged unscathed with his third straight victory in the series and the 500th triumph for Team Penske in all forms of racing combined. Sunday's South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the Playoff opener for NASCAR's foremost series, went to overtime, lasting five laps longer than the scheduled 267. But Keselowski held the top spot through three tension-laden restarts to beat runner-up Kyle Larson to the finish line by 1.276 seconds on the final two-lap shootout.
IndyCar, NASCAR and IMSA The most successful organization in the history of motorsports added another chapter to its legacy today as Team Penske earned its 500th all-time race victory. Brad Keselowski captured the checkered flag at today’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to record the landmark victory for the organization. Led by “The Captain” Roger Penske, Team Penske was formed in 1966 after Roger Penske walked away from his promising career as a race car driver to focus on his developing automotive business and forming his own race team.
Ross Chastain Breaks Through For First Xfinity Victory
DC Solar 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Ross Chastain finally closed the deal on Saturday, surviving three restarts in the final 20 laps to earn his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory in his 132nd start - winning the DC Solar 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Chastain led 180 of 200 laps and swept the first two stages at the 1.5-mile track. To cement the victory, he held of five-time winner Justin Allgaier, who clinched the regular-season championship and accompanying 15-Playoff-point bonus after finishing fifth in Stage 2.
Grant Enfinger Advances With Surprise Vegas Victory
World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway It took three overtimes for Grant Enfinger to get his first victory of the season, with a win that represented a giant leap in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs. In the second race of the postseason, Enfinger went from eighth in the Playoff standings to a guaranteed berth in the second round when he held off charging Johnny Sauter in the third overtime to win the World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway by .142 seconds.
Logano to start 2nd Erik Jones scored his second-career pole in his first playoff race. Jones will start first in Sunday’s playoff opener at Las Vegas. He beat out Joey Logano for the pole while teammate Denny Hamlin will start third. Jones got an automatic berth into the playoffs with a win at Daytona in July. He’s been one of the strongest drivers in the Cup Series since then. In the eight races post-Daytona Jones has six top-10 finishes and hasn’t finished any lower than 16th.
First Brickyard 400 for Roger Penske Roger Penske has 17 Indy 500 wins, but his team never won the Brickyard 400 at Indy, until today. Brad Keselowski with fresh tires on his Penske Ford ran down leader Denny Hamlin on worn tires with less than 2 laps to go and held on to with the 2018 Brickyard 400 over Erik Jones. Denny Hamlin held on for third in his JGR Toyota on worn tires. Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top-5.
Suffers dehydration issues Kasey Kahne says he may not return to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The 38-year-old recently announced his impending retirement following the conclusion of the 2018 season and withdrew from this weekend’s Brickyard 400 due to lingering issues from heat exhaustion sustained last weekend during the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. But during a teleconference on Friday morning, Kahne says the problems run much deeper than just last weekend.
by Pete McCole A timely caution flag and a fast pit crew earned Brad Keselowski his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season and his first-ever at the track “Too Tough To Tame” as the 2012 Cup Series Champion beat out teammate Joey Logano and Kyle Larson to win the 69th running of the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Sunday night.
by Pete McCole Right place, right time. Sometimes that’s all it takes to win at Darlington Raceway. For Brad Keselowski – right place, right time was his ticket to his first-ever win at the famous “Lady in Black”, taking advantage of the race leaders taking each other out to win Saturday’s Sports Clips Haircuts VFW 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Darlington.
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