Steven B. Wilson

Steven B. Wilson

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Quin Houff turned in an impressive performance in only his second Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway Saturday.
 
Houff, a 21-year-old driver from Weyers Cave, Va., rolled home 14th in the Kansas Lottery 300, his seventh appearance in an Xfinity race. Last year in his first run at Kansas, Houff finished 22nd.
 
Saturday’s race was Houff’s second in a JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet. The finish was his best in an Xfinity superspeedway race and his second best finish ever in the series.
 
Houff is scheduled to complete the Xfinity season with JDM.
 
John Hunter Nemechek won the race, and Daniel Hemric has the series point lead by nine.
 
The series moves on to Texas Motor Speedway for a Nov. 3 race.

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Ross Chastain finished 25th Saturday in the Kansas Lottery 300 Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway.
 
Chastain ran in mid-pack much of the race, and his finish kept him in ninth place in the Xfinity driver standings.
 
“It wasn’t our best run at Kansas, and we were looking to finish quite a bit better,” Chastain said. “But we got the car home in one piece and learned a bunch for next time.”
 
Chastain drove the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller No. 4 Chevrolet.
 
John Hunter Nemechek won the race, and Daniel Hemric has the series point lead by nine.
 
The series moves on to Texas Motor Speedway for a Nov. 3 race.

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Garrett Smithley turned in one of his best finishes of the Xfinity Series season Saturday, scoring a 13th in the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.
 
The finish was Smithley’s best at the fast 1.5-mile track.
 
“We always want more, but that was a decent finish for us,” Smithley said. “We had a good car and were able to race around the top group. It’s going to help us next time we come here.”
 
Smithley was involved in a three-car accident on lap 91, a crash that caused the race’s sixth caution.
 
John Hunter Nemechek won the race, and Daniel Hemric has the series point lead by nine.
 
The series moves on to Texas Motor Speedway for a Nov. 3 race.

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The 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season concluded over the weekend with the running of the Kansas 150 at Kansas Speedway. Capping off one of the most successful ARCA seasons in team history, Venturini Motorsports returned to America’s Heartland for the series’ finale with a trio of drivers led by Michael Self (No.15 Sinclair Oil Toyota), Leilani Münter (No.20 VeganStrong.com Toyota) and Natalie Decker (No.25 N29 Technologies Toyota).

Defending Kansas race winner, Michael Self, turned in another solid performance narrowly missing out on his third victory of the season finishing third in his Sinclair Oil Toyota behind race winner Sheldon Creed and second-place finisher Harrison Burton. Self, who led 15 of the event’s 100 laps, was in position on the final restart of the night but couldn’t hold the advantage during the short dash to the checkered flag.

“I’m disappointed we weren’t able to bring home the win after leading late but I’ll definitely take third after the rough couple of races I’ve had lately,” said Self. “Our No. 15 Sinclair Oil Toyota was awesome on long runs, but unfortunately we just didn’t get very many green flag laps to capitalize on that. The guys worked hard on the car all day and made a lot of progress on our balance, and the pit crew was spot on with their stops, so big thanks to those guys.”

The 27-year old’s Kansas finish was his sixth top-5 effort in ten starts on the year driving for Venturini Motorsports. He finishes the season notching two wins (Daytona and Chicago) along with capturing his first career General Tire pole award at Talladega. His overall effort along with teammates’ Christian Eckes and Chandler Smith behind the wheel of the No.15 helped VMS claim second place in this year’s ARCA Racing Series Team Owner Championship points standings.

Twenty-one-year-old rookie Natalie Decker, competing in her first full season, turned in a noteworthy performance earning a sixth-place finish at Kansas in her final ARCA start of the year.

Decker, arguably the most popular driver among fans on tour, delivered a thrilling late race performance as she took the lead after restarting second after a caution on lap-72. Battling Cory Rohrbaugh and teammate Michael Self to maintain the top spot they went three-wide coming out of turn four. With Rohrbaugh on the inside and unable to hold his line he clipped Decker’s rear quarter panel sending her spinning down the track across the infield grass. Undeterred and with the encouragement of her crew chief - ARCA legend Frank Kimmel on the radio, Decker regained her composure to collect a sixth-place finish – her best career finish on a 1.5-mile track.

“I’m really happy to come away with a sixth-place finish,” said Decker. “Mile and half-tracks have been such a struggle for me ever since we started. But having Frank and Frankie (Kimmel) on the radio helping me out was incredible – I learned so much – and coming away with sixth and running those last thirty laps up front felt so good to finally figure out.

“So we started second on that restart – my spotter Frankie Kimmel was awesome – the restart was perfect and then we just got spun by the seven and I got put three-wide, he gave me no room, it’s just a racing thing I guess. I don’t know, maybe he (Rohrbaugh) didn’t know we were three-wide. But it was really cool to be up there, I had old tires and stuff but it was a fun restart. And after that we drove back up through the field because I had to start last and we finished sixth. I’m really happy with the way things turned out.”

Decker ends her season with two top-5’s and nine top-10 finishes, securing the seventh spot in ARCA’s driver championship point standings for 2018.

Leilani Münter, driving her No.20 VeganStrong.com green machine, turned in her one of her best overall driving performances despite finishing 14th in ARCA’s season finale.

Making a bid to top-her career best finish of eighth earned in the season opener at Daytona, Leilani was running seventh on the final restart of the race on lap-85. However, with thirteen laps remaining in the race the No.18 of Riley Herbst got loose and ran up the track tagging the rear quarter panel of Leilani sending her hard into the outside wall coming out of turn-2. With significant damage to her Vegan Strong machine Leilani took it down pit road for repairs. After losing two laps she was able to rejoin the field and end her night with a heartbreaking 14th place finish.

“We had such a great run going at Kansas, it was heartbreaking to have it end the way it did with just thirteen laps to go,” said Leilani. “I will be forever grateful to A Well-Fed World, TryVeg.com and Venturini Motorsports for giving me this opportunity. I learned so much and I am thankful for every lap I got this season.”

With the racing season in the rear view mirror, the ARCA Racing Series looks ahead to the Championship Banquet in Indianapolis on December 9th. Stay tune in the coming weeks for driver announcements for the upcoming 2019 campaign.

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Kyle Benjamin will drive for DGR-Crosley in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Benjamin will pilot the No. 17 Crosley Brands Toyota Tundra in his second start at the 0.526-mile 'Paperclip.'
 
The Easley, S.C., native led DGR-Crosley to their best finish of the 2018 season in the spring race at Martinsville Speedway when he earned a second-place finish in the Alpha Energy Solutions 250. During his first time at the historic short-track, Benjamin showed impressive speed throughout the entire weekend by securing a fourth-place starting position and going on to contend for the win.
 
Saturday's race will mark Benjamin's second start in the NCWTS, however he brings a wealth of experience to the table for DGR-Crosley. The 20-year-old racer has 23 ARCA Racing Series starts in which he collected three wins and nine top-five finishes. In 33 NASCAR K&N Pro Series races, Benjamin earned five victories and 15 top-five finishes. Most recently, he has been competing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series where he earned a third-place finish this summer at Iowa Speedway and has an average overall finish of eighth-place. 
 
"I'm really thankful for the opportunity to go back to Martinsville with DGR-Crosley," said Benjamin. "We were so close to getting the win in the spring race and I definitely think we will be a contender again. I'm really happy to get another shot at it. I know the guys will bring me a fast Toyota Tundra this weekend. We just have to keep it clean throughout the race and be there at the end."
 
Qualifying for the Texas Roadhouse 200 will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10:00 a.m., ET with racing action beginning at 1:00 p.m. Both qualifying and the Texas Roadhouse 200 will be broadcast live on FS1.
 
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Officials from On Point Motorsports announced today that Virginia native Jeb Burton will pilot the teams No. 30 Toyota Tundra for Saturday’s running of the Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway. For the second consecutive race, Strutmasters.com will serve as Primary Sponsor for the impressive new organization in just their fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start.
 
“We are looking forward to Jeb piloting our No. 30 Toyota Tundra at the legendary Martinsville Speedway,” stated Steven Lane, manager of On Point Motorsports. “Jeb has had some strong runs at Martinsville and his Virginia roots make it the ideal place for us to showcase what we can do as a young organization. Additionally, it is awesome to have Strutmasters.com back on the truck again this week after we gave them a strong run at Talladega.”
 
On Point Motorsports will be making their fourth start as a new NASCAR Camping World Truck Series organization. The team has been impressive in their first three races and looks to add another strong performance in Martinsville.
 
“It is always exciting for me to race at my home track of Martinsville Speedway,” stated Jeb. “I have always run good there and have had good success in the Truck Series at the track. I like running with a smaller new team like On Point Motorsports and focus on going out there and showing everyone what we can do. On Point Motorsports has been impressive in their first couple races and we look forward to being even more impressive at Martinsville.”
 
Jeb will be making his 52nd career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and his seventh at Martinsville Speedway. His success at the paper-clip shaped track is highlighted by a Pole Award and a pair of third place finishes back in the 2013 season. The Halifax, Virginia native also has two Monster Energy Cup Series starts at Martinsville Speedway to his credit.
 
In addition to the sponsorship from Strutmasters.com, the No. 30 Toyota Tundra will feature SparrowRanch.org on the hood as a follow up to their involvement with the team at Talladega. Led by Ricky Teal, Sparrow Ranch on the Island is a ministry located in York, S.C, that specializes in worship and fellowship for people with special needs and their families.
 
Also joining in on the fun will be Associate Sponsorship from Nexhaul Trailer Company and Puryear Tank Lines.
 
The running of the Texas Roadhouse 200 will be Saturday October 27th and can be seen LIVE on FoxSports1 at 1:00 pm ET and heard nationwide on MRN Radio.
 
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Series: Monster Energy Cup Series
Venue: Kansas Speedway
Race: Hollywood Casino 400
Track Length / Configuration:  1.5-mile, oval
Race Distance: 267 laps/400.5 miles
Race Format: 3 Stages: Stages end on laps: 80/160/267
Cautions: 3 cautions for 17 yellow flag laps
Lead Changes: 11 among 8 drivers
Started: 34
Finished: 34
Laps Completed: 219
Points Gained: 3
 
 
Stage 1
Corey LaJoie started the Hollywood Casino 400 in the 34th position in the Dragonchain  No. 72 at Kansas Speedway
 
Lap 23: LaJoie was posted 31st, one lap down on the leaderboard. He relayed the Dragonchain No. 72 was free in the middle of turns three and four
 
During green flag pit stops, LaJoie was posted as high as eighth. He pitted under green on lap 49 for four tires and fuel cycling him back to the field in the 30th position, two laps down
 
Caution Lap 58 (fluid on the track): LaJoie radioed the front was tight, good on throttle, experiencing a little chatter and he was managing the free turning. He stayed out on track under the caution and restarted 29th, one lap down
 
Stage 1 Completion Caution: LaJoie completed the stage 29th, one lap down. He relayed the No. 72 handling was a little tight. Crew Chief Wally Rogers made the call for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment to the Dragonchain No. 72
 
 
Stage 2
LaJoie took the green flag in the 29th position, posted one lap down
 
Lap 150: Running 28th, LaJoie had fallen three laps down from the leader. He relayed he was experiencing fuel pressure issues
 
Stage 2 Completion Caution: completing the stage 28th, three laps down. The crew assessed the fuel cell and sent LaJoie back out to join the field. Before going back to green flag, LaJoie came back to pit for four tires and fuel
 
 
 
Stage 3
LaJoie started stage 3 in the 28th position, three laps down
 
Continuing to experience fuel pressure issues, Crew Chief Wally Roger called LaJoie to the garage for a thorough assessment and repairs
 
LaJoie rejoined the field posted 35th, 45 laps down. He pitted under green flag for four tires and fuel. Powering through issues, LaJoie was able to secure a 34th place finish in the Dragonchain No. 72 at Kansas Speedway
 
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An incident on pit road cost Trevor Bayne a chance at a solid points day in Kansas, as damage repairs during a green flag run put him multiple laps behind the leaders, and he was ultimately saddled with a 30th-place finish.

“It’s a disappointing way to end the weekend,” Bayne said. “We struggled to find the balance of our car, and we never really had a chance to get it right after picking up that damage.”

After qualifying 19th, Bayne managed the inconsistent handling of his AdvoCare Rehydrate Ford Fusion but surrendered a lap to the leaders before the end of stage one. Though he was able to get the lap back by taking the wavearound, he lost track position as the team had to take a long pit stop to replace a damaged mirror on the car.

Bayne restarted stage two in the 26th position, working his way up to 21st before coming to pit road during a cycle of green flag stops. As Bayne was entering his pit box and the No. 21 Ford was leaving his, contact was made damaging both cars. The crew was unable to immediately repair the damage to the AdvoCare Ford, and Bayne would need to stop two more times under green to get the car back to a driveable condition. By that point, Bayne was scored six laps down in 35th.

The team battled to remain on the track and would eventually begin to move forward, ultimately settling for a 30th-place finish. 

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After a pit-road speeding penalty set him back, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. drove his Fastenal Ford to a 20th-place finish in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Kansas Speedway.

“We really struggled today with the handling of our Fastenal Ford,” Stenhouse said. “Kansas has been a decent track for us in the past but we just struggled. We have four more races to keep building momentum as we head into the off-season.”

The Olive Branch, Miss. native rolled off in the 15thposition for the 267-lap race but gradually fell back due to a lack of overall grip before the caution was displayed on lap 56.  Crew chief Brian Pattie made a strategy call to stay out, giving the Fastenal Ford the lead on the restart. Newer tires prevailed in the final 16 laps of stage one forcing Stenhouse to settle with 21st position when the green-checkered flag waved.

With a caution free stage two, the two-time Xfinity champion received a pit-road speeding penalty during a scheduled green flag pit-stop causing him to lose two laps to the leaders. When the green checkered waved at the end of stage two, the Fastenal Ford was scored in the 22nd position.

In the final stage, crew chief Brian Pattie kept the Fastenal Ford out on the track as long as he could before the final pit-stop in hopes of a quick caution. Unfortunately, the final stage went caution free forcing Stenhouse to settle with a 20th –place finish.

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Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/NIBCO team were left to wonder what might have been after a pit road collision ended a promising start to Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

After a stirring run from his 18th starting position to fifth place at the end of the race’s first 80-lap Stage, Menard and Trevor Bayne made contact on pit road during a pit stop midway through Stage Two. Menard suffered damage to the right front of the No. 21 Fusion, and the damage led to two flat tires and multiple laps lost. He wound up 32nd at the finish.

 “I don’t know how things would have shaken out at the end, but we were going to be good,” Eddie Wood said. “We were having a good day and running seventh before the trouble on pit road.”

 Wood said Menard and crew chief Greg Erwin weren’t pleased with their set-up after Saturday’s final “Happy Hour” practice and made several changes to the car before the start of the race.

 The changes were spot on, and Menard motored up to 14th place in just 10 laps and continued his march forward through his first green-flag pit stop to finish in the top five in Stage One and six stage points.
 
He continued to run strong the second stage before the pit-road incident turned a promising day at the races into a disappointing one.

 “Nobody really did anything wrong,” Wood said of the collision on pit road. “Paul was leaving and Trevor was entering his pits and they hit.
 
“We were set to have a good day, but we just didn’t get to.”
 
Menard and the No. 21 team now head to the Wood Brothers’ home track, Martinsville Speedway, for next Sunday’s First Data 500.

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