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Race Winner: Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):
● Harvick started second and finished second to earn nine bonus points.
● The Busch Light Ford came to pit road on lap 39 under green-flag conditions for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments.
● The team returned to pit road under caution on lap 57 for four tires and fuel, while several teams opted for a two-tire strategy.
● Harvick restarted ninth on lap 64 and raced up to second by the completion of the stage.
● The team came to pit road for four tires and fuel at the completion of the stage.
● The second-place finish in Stage 1 allowed Harvick to clinch his spot in the Round of 8 in the 2018 NASCAR Playoffs.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):
● Harvick started second and finished first, earning 10 bonus points and one playoff point.
● The No. 4 Ford fell back to the third position on the restart of Stage 2 but battled back to reclaim the second position on lap 98.
● Harvick came to pit road under green-flag conditions on lap 122 for four tires and fuel.
● The green-flag stop by the No. 4 crew allowed Harvick to take the lead at the completion of the pit cycle.
● Harvick held the lead for the remainder of the stage.
● The No. 4 team came to pit road for four tires and fuel at the end of Stage 2.
Final Stage Recap (Laps 161-267):
● Harvick started first and finished 12th.
● The No. 4 team surrendered the lead to come to pit road on lap 214 for a green-flag pit stop to take four tires and fuel.
● Harvick received a pit-road speeding penalty and had to serve a pass-through penalty to drop him to the 18th position.
● The No. 4 Busch Light Ford rallied to a 12th-place finish in the closing laps.
Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Light Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:
“Today wasn’t great from my standpoint. Our Busch Light Ford was really fast and leading the race there, and I got a speeding penalty. That was my fault. I tried to get a little too much and wound up going too fast. We will take it one week at a time. We have had fast cars, and whether it is speeding on pit road or flat tires or valve stems or fuel, we haven’t put together a full day except for Richmond. Hopefully we have gotten all that out of our system and we can go to Martinsville and start off good.”
● Harvick finished second in Stage 1 to earn nine bonus points, and he won Stage 2 to earn an additional 10 bonus points and one more playoff point.
● Harvick led once for 76 laps to increase his laps-led total at Kansas to 751.
● SHR is the only team to feature all four of its drivers in the Round of 8.
● Chase Elliott won the Hollywood Casino 400 to score his third career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his third of the season and his first at Kansas. His margin of victory over second-place Kyle Busch was .903 of a second.
● There were three caution periods for a total of 17 laps.
● Only 13 of the 40 drivers in the Hollywood Casino 400 finished on the lead lap.
Playoff Standing (at the conclusion of the Round of 12):
1. Kyle Busch (4,055 points)
2. Kevin Harvick (4,054 points, -1)
3. Martin Truex Jr. (4,038 points, -17)
4. Chase Elliott (4,018 points, -37)
5. Clint Bowyer (4,015 points, -40)
6. Joey Logano (4,015 points, -40)
7. Kurt Busch (4,015 points, -40)
8. Aric Almirola (4,006 points, -49)
Failed to Advance to Round of 8:
● Ryan Blaney
● Brad Keselowski
● Kyle Larson
● Alex Bowman
The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the First Data 500 on Sunday, Oct. 28 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. It is the seventh race of the 10-race playoffs and the first race in the Round of 8. It starts at 2:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage on NBCSN beginning at 1 p.m.
The 9th Annual Dorney Park Speedway-Mahoning Valley Speedway Reunion and Hall of Fame induction will take place at the America On Wheels Museum (AOWM) in Allentown on Sunday November 4 starting at 11:00 a.m.
The reunion, created by Dale and Bob Snyder in 2010, has grown beyond all original expectations as an affair that takes the Dorney and Mahoning community back down memory lane. It has also become one of AOWM biggest single day events on their yearly calendar which honors the stars of the two popular paved asphalt tracks both synonymous with one another.
Highlighting the show will be the induction of four individuals from Dorney and Mahoning to the America On Wheels Hall of Fame.
From Dorney Park will be noted starter Ken Golden Sr., late model kingpin Rick Karpeuk, Sportsman Modified ace Jack Heffelfinger and distinguished car owner Marvin Bartholomew.
The honorees from Mahoning Valley include multi-class winner and champion Jason Arthofer, Street Stock standout Ken Dotter, winning driver/car owner Del Hahn and the much respected chief starter Bobby Stull.
The induction ceremony will get underway at 1:00 pm.
There will be an admission fee for anyone entering the museum for the ceremonies. Drivers and persons displaying cars will receive a free pass and one guest pass.
America On Wheels Museum is located at 5 North Front St., Allentown, Pa. 18012. Phone 610-432-4200.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series rolled into Kansas City to begin round two of their playoffs. After a weekend off, Boyd was excited to put on a show for his family and friends at his home track.
Boyd would roll off from the 35th position to begin his day. The green flag waved and the Kansas Lottery 300 was underway. The race had barely started and chaos immediately ensued. The 7 car of Justin Allgaier got loose under the 20 of Christopher Bell coming off turn two on the first lap. The two made contact triggering a multi-car wreck, which collected four playoff contenders among several other good race cars. Boyd managed to work his way through the attrition with no damage. As soon as the race restarted caution would once again fly on lap 12 as the 19 of Brandon Jones made hard contact with the wall on the backstretch. The third caution of the day would wave on lap 26 after the 23 of Spencer Gallagher continued experiencing problems after sustaining damage from the first pile up of the day. Daniel Hemric would claim the stage one win with Boyd up to 26th.
Boyd radioed that his engine felt like it was starting to sputter at the end of the first stage. After discussions between Boyd and crew chief Jason Miller, Boyd was instructed to keep an eye on the issue. Boyd brought the Grunt Style Chevy in for four tires, fuel, and a track bar adjustment to help the car rotate the center of the corner better. On lap 57 caution waved after the 8 of JA Junior Avila spun around. Just as stage two was coming to an end the 35 of Joey Gase made contact with the 0 of Garrett Smithley, which also collected the 18 of Ryan Preece. John Hunter Nemechek went on to win stage two and Boyd made his way up to the 20th position.
After an action packed first couple of stages, the final stage was relatively calm. Boyd settled into the 20th position where he ran for the majority of the final stage. The final caution of the day would wave on lap 164 after the 78 of Vinnie Miller stalled out on the exit of pit road. Boyd managed to pick up one more spot on the final run and scored a 19th place finish. This was Boyd's best career Xfinity finish outside of Daytona earlier this year, where he finished 17th. John Hunter Nemechek picked up his first career Xfinity Series win.
After the race Boyd reflected, “What an awesome result for us! It was a crazy day for us after having some kind of sputtering issue and having to avoid all those wrecks, but luckily it worked out. It's pretty cool to have one of my best career runs in front of all my family and friends here at a home race track. We haven't had a whole lot of good luck lately, so it feels really nice to be able to bring home a great result for this team."
After a 19th place finish at Kansas Speedway, Boyd remains 25th in driver standings. The NASCAR Xfinity Series will once again have an off weekend before returning to action at Texas Motor Speedway. Race coverage of the O' Reilly Auto Parts 300 will begin 4:30 PM ET Saturday November 3rd on NBCSN.
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Mission accomplished for Alon Day (#54 CAAL Racing Toyota Camry). The 2017 Euro NASCAR Champion defended his crown with an impressive flag-to-flag win in the last race of the season at the iconic Circuit Zolder and put his hands on the 2018 title, his second consecutive. The CAAL Racing driver drove a perfect race under constant pressure by Stienes Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro) in the first half of the race, but he was able to fend off every attack brought by the Belgian driver before gaining some ground in the closing stages and taking the checkered flag 5.9 seconds ahead of his rivals.
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It was the 17th NWES career win for Alon Day and the 7th of his 2018 season, who tied Ander Vilarino’s record for the most wins in a single season.
Day crossed the finish line ahead of Loris Hezemans (#50 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang), who grabbed the second place with a brilliant overtake on Longin in the last lap. Day, who raced two times in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the US, was joined by Frederic Gabillon (#3 Tepac RDV Competition Toyota Camry) and Lucas Lasserre (#33 Mavi Mishumotors Chevrolet SS) on the championship podium.
“It feels so amazing,” said the 26-year old Israeli driver. “This car never fails and never disappoints me. The car, the team, they are all unbelievable. I’m speechless. I came back from such a difficult time in the season, but I still managed to win so many races and kept bouncing back. Back-to-back: It’s just amazing.”
Gabillon, who finished fourth in the race, ended up second in the championship. The Frenchman got his third runner-up in the NWES ELITE 1 standings in six NWES seasons. RDV Competition won the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Teams Championship thanks to him and Ulysse Delsaux, who won the ELITE 2 title. Gabillon ended up 28 points behind Day in the final standings.
“We had a lot of problems during this weekend,” said Gabillon after the podium ceremony. “We were simply not fast enough. We had a good race yesterday and the race today was quite good. Today I had a bad start and I was not able to make a move. Fighting for the second place was okay, Alon was too fast and too far away. Today was not the day I lost the championship for sure.”
Lasserre, who arrived at Zolder as the points leader but had to retire in the first Final losing his title chances, managed to finish third in the overall standings, an outstanding result for his MIshomotors team. It was an amazing season by Lasserre, who acted as team manager and his own crew chief, the mechanics and team owner Mirco Schultis, who drove the #70 Chevrolet SS at Hockenheim and Zolder.
“10 years after I entered the series I was back again,” said Lasserre, who was satisfied with being third in the 2018 ELITE 1 championship. “I’m back and I managed to finish third after a full season. We have such a little team that has done such a great job. I thank all my mechanics and team owner Mirco. We found very strong mechanics and now we are in a better position for next year. We want to race again next season and go for the championship again.”
Hezemans, who finished second after overtaking Longin in the last lap of the ELITE 1 Final 2, won the Junior Trophy and will get the opportunity to take part in a NASCAR race in the US next season. Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) took the second place in the Junior Trophy with the sixth place under the checkered flag. Gianmarco Ercoli (#9 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang) completed the Junior Trophy podium.
Longin was third at the finish ahead of Gabillon and Lasserre with another strong performance in his home race weekend at the historic Zolder track. Christophe Bouchut (#66 Dexwet-DF1 Racing Chevrolet Camaro) was seventh behind Ferrando. Newcomer Dylan Derdaele (#78 Braxx Racing Ford Mustang), Wilfried Boucenna (#73 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) and Fabrizio Armetta (#41 The Club Motorsports Ford Mustang), who won the Challenger Trophy in this race, closed the top-10.
Kenko Miura (#2 Alex Caffi Motorsport Toyota Camry), who ended up 15th under the checkered flag, brought home the 2018 Challenger Trophy after an intense season-long battle. He had the better hand on Mauro Trione (#31 Race Art Technology / Blu Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro) and Dario Caso (#8 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang), who completed the Challenger Trophy top-3.
After another incredible season, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will now head to Charlotte, North Carolina for the traditional banquet at the NASCAR Hall Of Fame, where Day will put his name in the Whelen Hall Of Champions for the second year in a row
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NASCAR announced the four finalists for The NASCAR Foundation’s eighth annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award on Sunday at Kansas Speedway. The award, named in honor of the foundation’s late founder and chairwoman, honors NASCAR fans who are also accomplished volunteers working for children’s causes in their communities throughout the United States.
The award winner will be determined via an online fan vote today through Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. (ET) at NASCARfoundation.org/Award. The winner will be announced on Nov. 29 during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards at Wynn Las Vegas. The NASCAR Foundation will donate $25,000 to the charities represented by the award finalists, with the winner’s charity receiving a $100,000 donation.
Here are the four finalists:
- Carl Dakes of Harwood, Maryland, an 18-year volunteer representing the Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation, Inc. of Catonsville, Maryland. The foundation provides hospital and respite housing services to critically ill children and their families.
- Sarah Kersey of Dublin, Ohio, a cancer survivor who represents Flying Horse Farms in Mt. Gilead, Ohio. The facility, where Kersey has served as a volunteer since 2010, provides transformative camp experiences for children with serious illnesses, at no cost.
- Cliff Preston of Gainesville, Florida, representing UF Health Shands. He has volunteered for more than 25 years as a “cuddler” to soothe hospitalized newborns in the NICU during a parent’s absence.
- Rex Reynolds of Hazel Green, Alabama, representing the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama. Reynolds grew up participating in club programs and has now served in a volunteer role for 13 years.
“This year’s stellar group of finalists consists of loyal longtime NASCAR fans who also are outstanding people,” said The NASCAR Foundation Chairman Mike Helton. “Each of these individuals demonstrates, on a daily basis, true commitment and passion for their causes. Their good works are exactly the sort of volunteerism Betty Jane France wanted to spotlight, when the award was created.”
Since the award’s inception, The NASCAR Foundation has impacted the lives of more than 260,000 children by providing more than $1.2 million in contributions to charities represented by finalists for the award.
To learn more about The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award and to cast your vote for the 2018 finalists, visit NASCARfoundation.org/Award.
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The 2018 ELITE 2 season is in the books and Ulysse Delsaux (#3 Tepac RDV Competition Toyota Camry) is the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series ELITE 2 Division champion. The Frenchman finished third in the second Circuit Zolder Final, just behind his main opponent Florian Venturi (#32 Go Fas Racing Ford Mustang), who came just short in the championship battle but brought home the Rookie Cup. Guillaume Dumarey (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro) won the race in dominant fashion in front of his home crowd.
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Entering the last race of the season, Delsaux had keep a close eye on Venturi, who was only 8 points behind him. Venturi overtook early but only managed to finish second, so the RDV Competition driver could control his own destiny and bring home the first title of his career.
The ELITE 2 championship represents a unique achievement for Delsaux, who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome early in his life and found in racing a way to express himself. The 21-year-old grew incredibly both as a driver and as a young man in his five years in Euro NASCAR and bringing RDV Competition their very first NASCAR drivers title further adds to Ulysse’s excitement.
“It’s unbelievable”, said Delsaux after winning the 2018 ELITE 2 championship. “Before the race I was really stressed. I tried to control my emotions and focus just on the race like always in this amazing season. Many, many thanks to my team: they were incredible, they all did a great job. Also thanks to my family and fans who are always supporting me. I really don’t have the words right now!”
Dumarey, who put up a dominant performance at his hometrack, was able to lead the race flag-to-flag, winning his second race of the season. The Belgian had a technical issue in the first Final but managed to come back to the track and post the fastest lap of the race to start from the pole in Final 2. That proved to be key in today’s strong performance.
“Yesterday was disappointing because of the problem we had,” said the Belgian, who turned 32 two days ago. “But we came back and grabbed the win today. I’m really happy. This weekend we were the quickest and we wanted the win so bad because of the bad luck we had during the whole season. My wife and my little kid are watching at home and cheering for me. The team did a great job and we are happy to win here in front of our home crowd.”
Venturi, who finished second in the race, came up short in the championship by just 6 points. But the 17-year old Frenchman won the Rookie Cup and will get a chance to race in NASCAR in the USA. He defeated Nicholas Risitano (#8 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang) and Kenko Miura (#2 Alex Caffi Motorsport Toyota Camry), who completed the 2018 Rookie Cup podium.
Seventeenth under the checkered flag, Jerry De Weerdt (#78 Braxx Racing Ford Mustang) won the Legend Trophy for a record third consecutive time, setting a new record. There has never been a driver in the history of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series to win any title or trophy three times in a row. He beat Francesco Parli (#31 Race Art Technology / Blu Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro) and Arianna Casoli (#54 CAAL Racing Toyota Camry), who closed the Legend Trophy top-3.
Carmen Boix Gil (#1 Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang) won the close battle for the 2018 Lady Cup by finishing 21th, just ahead of Arianna Casoli. At the end of a tense, season-long battle, just 3 points separated the two contenders.
Coming from the very back of the field, Canadian driver Jean-François Dumoulin (#04 Spectra Premium - RDV Competition Toyota Camry) climbed up to 15th in his second ever NWES race as part of the first drivers exchange between two NASCAR International Series.
The ELITE 2 Division of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will return in 2019 and next season’s schedule will be revealed in the upcoming weeks. Delsaux will now head to Charlotte for the traditional prize giving ceremony at the NASCAR Hall Of Fame
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Ryan Reed drove his No. 16 Drive Down A1C Lilly Diabetes Ford to a seventh-place finish Saturday afternoon at Kansas Speedway. Reed started the race 16th and solidly made gains over the 200-lap event to earn his second top-10 finish at Kansas.
“I’m proud of the team for digging deep today,” said Reed. “We have three more races left and three more chances to finish out the season with a win.”
Reed started the race 16th and as the field rounded turns one and two contact between the leaders created a multi-car incident. Reed narrowly avoided the cars wrecking in front of him to emerge unscathed. After a lengthy cleanup, he took the green flag to resume racing on lap 11 in the ninth position.
Rear grip was a strength for the No. 16 Mustang over the course of stage one, so after the 45-lap segment Reed brought the No. 16 down pit road for just four tires and fuel to prepare for stage two. Reed took the green for stage two eighth, but rear grip faded over the next 30 laps.
At the conclusion of stage two Reed pitted for four tires, fuel, wedge and packer adjustments. Reed took the green for the final stage 10th and worked his way up to sixth, before going a lap down to the leaders on a long green flag run.
A caution fell while Reed was in the “lucky dog” position, putting the No. 16 back on the lead lap. Reed took the final green flag restart seventh and maintained his position to earn his second top-10 finish at Kansas Speedway.