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Brett Winningham

Brett Winningham

Brett has been following the sport of NASCAR since the beginning of the 2006 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Since Brett was 13, he has had a passion of chasing a job in sports that not many get the opportunity of doing. He has been in the NASCAR media since the middle of the 2010 season. Since then, he has been a part of many racing podcast shows to improve his talents. You can find him on twitter @NASCAR_Brett.

Brandon Jones scored the pole for Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway, piloting the No. 19 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. Jones posted a fast time of 30.911s / 174.695 mph to earn his fifth XFINITY Series pole.

Teammate Ty Gibbs will start beside the No. 19 Toyota in the No. 54 Toyota. Gibbs enters the track looking to score his sixth victory of the season from the front row.

Jones holds four top-five and eight top 10s this season coming into Kansas.

Sheldon Creed will round out the top three taking Saturday’s green flag. The driver of the No. 2 Chevrolet comes into the weekend starting an XFINITY Series event third for the second week in a row.

AJ Allmendinger and Noah Gragson will start top five.

Rounding out the top 10 starters include Austin Hill, Daniel Hemric, Sam Mayer, Justin Allgaier, and Josh Berry.

The Kansas Lottery 300 will air live on USA and MRN Radio at 3:00 p.m. ET.

John Hunter Nemechek scored the pole at Kansas Speedway for Friday’s truck event at the 1.5-mile Kansas oval. Nemechek, earning three straight poles at the track, goes into the Kansas Lottery 200 starting on his eighth career pole start.

Nemechek, posting a 30.779s / 175.444 mph, scored a fifth-place finish at Kansas last season in May 2021 and rolled to a sixth-place finish at the track in May 2022. Through 18 truck races this season, he has eight top five and 13 top 10 finishes along with a win.

Ty Majeski sat runner-up behind the pole winner. Majeski has eight top five and 12 top 10 finishes through 18 events.

Corey Heim sat third fastest on the qualifying sheet in the No. 51 Toyota. Heim seeks his third career Camping World Truck Series win, piloting the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota.

Christian Eckes and Chandler Smith rounded out the top five starters.

Ben Rhodes, Ryan Preece, Matt Crafton, Zane Smith and Tanner Gray will take the green in the top 10.

The Kansas Lottery 200 airs live on FS1 and MRN Radio at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Jake Drew celebrated in victory lane under the twilight skies at Portland International Raceway after picking up his fourth ARCA Menards Series West victory this season. Piloting the No. 6 Sunrise Ford, Drew earned his eighth top-five and top-10 finish this year.

Todd Souza battled throughout the top five all race long in his No. 13 Ford. With seven career top-five finishes, Souza, finishing 3.943 seconds behind Drew, last finished second at Roseville in 2020. He’ll leave the road course with 21 career West top 10 finishes.

Tanner Reif rounded out the top three finishers in Saturday’s event.

Cole Moore overcame a restart violation penalty to finish fourth.

Takuma Koga for the third time of his career tied for his best career West finish by placing fifth. He’ll leave the event with three career top-five and 15 top 10s.

Ryan Philpott, Davey Magras, Joey Iest, Landen Lewis, and Bridget Burgess rounded out the top 10.

Four cautions slowed the 57-lap event with 17 laps running under yellow. 

The series heads to Roseville for the NAPA AutoCare 150 on October 1st. Coverage of the race will air live on FloRacing.

NASCAR announced penalties following the weekend at Watkins Glen International on Tuesday. The pair of penalties announced impacted a team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Cup Series garages.

The most impactful handed down was to the No. 51 team driven by Cody Ware. Ware’s No. 51 car lost an added ballast and as a result, Billy Plourde (crew chief), Jamie Edwards (car chief), and Steven Gray (engineer) have been suspended for the next four NASCAR Cup Series races through Bristol.

Crew chief Bruce Schlicker for the No. 16 team of AJ Allmendinger in the NASCAR XFINITY Series has been fined $5,000 for lug nuts not properly installed.

Jesse Love won a chaotic-ending Atlas 100 at Illinois State Fairgrounds on Sunday afternoon. The event featured only a practice session prior to the race as crews worked the one-mile dirt oval all morning due to overnight rains. The lineup of 21 cars was set based on 2022 owner points.

Love, piloting the No. 20 JBL Toyota, led all 73 of the completed laps to score his second career ARCA Menards Series victory. In nine races the 17-year-old has 12 top five and seven top 10 finishes in ARCA’s premiere series.

Love, while concerned about the conditions of Kofoid and Haugeberg, mentioned he always looked up to Kofoid growing up and mentioned how it was an honor to beat him on track.

“I’m really grateful that Buddy is alright,” Love said. “That was wicked, and I don’t think any of us saw the lapped car [of Haugeberg], but thankfully he is alright [as well]. Buddy was my favorite dirt driver growing up, and I’ve always looked up to him, so it’s an honor to beat him today.”

Buddy Kofoid was credited with the runner-up despite being involved in a scary crash with Bryce Haugeberg on what was eventually the final lap. Both Kofoid and Haugeberg walked away.

“I’ll probably be sore over the next few days,” Kofoid said. “Even when I was two [car-lengths] behind Jesse, I couldn’t see him. Having windshields makes [seeing] kind of tough, and the glare makes it 10 times worse. I’m glad [Haugeberg] is alright, and I can only assume what happened [with him], but it’s just unfortunate.”

Due to local restrictions with a nearby concert, ARCA had to conclude the race no later than 5:00 p.m. ET. Unfortunately given where the Kofoid and Haugeberg crash happened in the timing of things, it ultimately ended the race.

2020 race winner Ryan Unzicker took home the third position after starting 20th. The driver overcame a spin in turn four on lap 18.

Sammy Smith and Nick Sanchez rounded out the top five.

Rajah Caruth, Daniel Dye, Taylor Gray, Ken Schrader and Bryce Haugeberg took home top 10s.

Nick Sanchez leaves Illinois State Fairgrounds leading the driver points by 11 points over Daniel Dye. Caruth, Greg Van Alst, and Toni Breidinger sit top five in points.

The next race for the series will be August 28th at Milwaukee Mile for the Sprecher 150. Coverage of that event will air live on MAVTV and FloRacing.

The Bommarito Automotive Group 500 didn’t disappoint Saturday at World-Wide Technology Raceway outside of St. Louis. The event, featuring a red-flag period of two hours and nine minutes, was eventually won by Josef Newgarden.

As a result, Newgarden picks up his 25th career NTT IndyCar Series victory and 46th podium finish.

David Malukas picked up his first career NTT IndyCar Series podium finish in Saturday’s event. Malukas started 12th on the leaderboard and led 12 circuits in the race. He finished 0.4708 seconds behind Newgarden.

The event had an elapsed time of 2 hours, 10 minutes and 40 seconds. 

Two cautions slowed the event with the first coming out on lap 145 in turn four involving the 45 of Jack Harvey. The field later went back green on lap 157 with Will Power leading.

The second yellow of the race came out on lap 214 as rain arrived resulting in a red flag period. The field went back green on lap 224 with 36 laps to go.

Graham Rahal led the final practice session on Friday for the NTT IndyCar Series at World-Wide Technology Raceway. Rahal, starting 16th on the starting grid in the race, led the session with a lap of 25.3196 seconds / 177.728 mph.

The Ohio native with six career victories goes into the weekend looking to score his first podium finish of the season. 

Scott Dixon sat runner-up sitting 0.0384 seconds behind the final practice leader. Dixon, sitting six points back of points leader Will Power, posted a 25.3580s / 177.459 mph. The native of New Zealand enters Gateway with two wins and three podium finishes in 14 events.

David Malukas sat third when the session ended in the No. 18 Honda machine. Malukas will start 12th in the race.

Romain Grosjean and Alex Palou rounded out the top five.

Pole winner Will Power, after tying Mario Andretti for all-time career IndyCar poles, ended the session 17th on the speed chart. 

The Bommarito Automotive Group 500 will take place at 6:00 p.m. ET. live on USA and IndyCar Radio.

Will Power scored the pole for Saturday’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World-Wide Technology Raceway on Friday with a two-lap average speed of 182.727 mph. Power scores his fourth pole of the season and ties Mario Andretti with 67 all-time career pole starts in IndyCar.

2022 Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson will start second on the grid in Saturday’s event. Ericsson, chasing his fourth career victory, had a two-lap average speed of 182.070 mph in the session.

Josef Newgarden rounded out the top three in qualifying with an average speed of 181.629 mph. The winner of four races in 2022 enters the St. Louis facility with an average finish of 9.1.

Scott McLaughlin and Alex Palou rounded out the top five qualifiers.

Streets of Nashville winner and runner-up in points Scott Dixon will start sixth.

Felix Rosenqvist was the only driver that did not finish the session due to a crash off of turn two. Rosenqvist’s No. 7 machine wiggled and spun around making slight contact with the inside tire barrier. He was later checked and released from the care center. 

The Bommarito Automotive Group 500 will air live on USA and IndyCar Radio Network at 6:00 p.m. ET.

The NTT IndyCar Series turned laps for practice on Friday at World-Wide Technology Raceway ahead of Saturday’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500. A total of 26 drivers entered the event and all 26 entries participated in the one-hour on-track session.

Will Power led the speed chart in the opening session with a lap of 24.925 / 180.539 mph. The driver from Australia and series points leader enters the weekend chasing his second victory of the year. 

Power has seven podium finishes through 14 events in 2022 and goes into the track outside of St. Louis holding an average finish of 6.4.

Alex Palou sat 0.046 seconds behind Power on the speed chart Friday with a fast time of 24.971s / 180.208 mph. The native of Spain with five podium finishes and winner of three races in 2021 enters the race this weekend looking for his first victory of 2022. 

Felix Rosenqvist rounded out the top three fastest on the speed chart in practice one on Friday. Rosenqvist, with two poles and a podium finish this year, posted a 24.991s / 180.065 mph.

Scott McLaughlin and Marcus Ericsson rounded out the top five on the speed chart.

Streets of Nashville winner Scott Dixon sat 10th on the practice chart. Dixon enters the weekend sitting six points behind point leader Will Power. 

Qualifying will take place at 4:15p ET. and can be seen on Peacock.

The NASCAR Pinty’s Series went dirt track racing for the first time at Ohsweken Speedway on Tuesday, an event won by Treyten Lapcevich in a last-lap overtime battle with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular Stewart Friesen. 

Lapcevich started fifth and led the field for 53 circuits en route to his second career victory in the series and second of the year. The 18-year-old from Grimsby, ON, scored his first career victory in the season opener at Sunset Speedway back in May.

“It was an awesome night. I’m happy we were able to get it done,” said Lapcevich after the race on FloRacing. “With all those restarts I was getting a little nervous as it’s not easy having Stewart Friesen on your heels.”

Lapcevich also praised Ohsweken Speedway and owner Glenn Styres for the event put on Tuesday. The track has two years left on its three-year agreement with the NASCAR Pinty’s Series.

“I also just gotta say a big thank you to Glenn Styres and Ohsweken Speedway for making this happen!” said the race winner after finishing his victory interview with television. “I think most of the series was leery when we heard we were going on dirt, but this was a blast, and can’t wait to do it for the years to come!”

Camping World Truck Series regular Stewart Friesen battled Lapcevich on the final lap, even clearing Lapcevich in turn three for the lead before Lapcevich re-took the top spot in four. Friesen takes home the second spot sitting 0.219 seconds behind the winner in his Pinty’s debut.

“It was awesome for team 22,” said Friesen. “He (laughing) did everything he needed to do and probably a little bit more but it is what it is. I knew if I could just control his exit a little bit off of two and off of four we could inch ahead. We were until he crossed me up and it was what it was. Wild finish. Pretty cool to have an awesome finish here!”

Jake Sheridan finishes third behind the wheel of the No. 64 Chevrolet in a car that was supposed to be driven by NASCAR Cup Series regular Christopher Bell. Bell couldn’t make the trip to Canada due to travel issues. 

Sheridan, also making his Pinty’s series debut, started 10th.

Pole sitter Marc-Antoine Camirand, who led 48 of the 101 completed laps in the overtime event, and Alex Tagliani rounded out the top five finishers.

D.J. Kennington, Andrew Ranger, Ken Schrader, Gary Klutt, and Brandon Watson took home top 10 finishes.

Camirand and Kennington are tied in the driver points standings leaving the event. Lapcevich, Tagliani and Lacroix hold down the top five in the standings through 10 events.

The race featured 11 cautions and had an elapsed time of 1hr, 33 minutes, and 54 seconds.

The next event for the NASCAR Pinty’s Series will be at Circuit Icar on August 27th.

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