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Denny Hamlin won a wild Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on Sunday by surviving two NASCAR Overtime attempts en route to his second Kansas victory. Hamlin, the 23rd-place starter, sat eighth in stage one and claimed stage two in his No. 11 FedEx Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing and led 51 circuits.
The win comes one week ahead of Martinsville Speedway – a track where Hamlin holds five career victories at.
“Yeah, I love where we are at, no doubt about it,” said Hamlin. “I cannot wait to get to Martinsville. This week was just supposed to be a fun week for us, kind of check things out and make sure that we are good once we get down the road as we get to other tracks and I’m pretty happy about where we are at.”
The win did not come easy for the Virginia driver as he survived two overtime attempts with pressure from Chase Elliott and teammate Kyle Busch right on his back bumper.
With two laps remaining, Bubba Wallace and Matt Tifft tangled in turn two, drawing the sixth caution flag of the day. Tifft continued and finished 25th while Wallace was done for the day in 35th.
Just before Hamlin took the white flag as the leader, a five-car incident involved Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Joey Logano, Daniel Suarez and Daniel Hemric on the frontstretch. Suarez and Hemric days were done while the other three continued.
“It’s step-by-step, week-by-week,” Hamlin continued. “We are not getting too far ahead of ourselves. We concentrate every week as if it’s the most important one, and this win here shows that.”
Hamlin, who led 153 of the 277 laps, will leave the 1.5-mile Kansas oval with five wins, 17 top five and 21 top 10 finishes in 32 completed events.
Chase Elliott took the checkered flag in second after starting the afternoon in 14th. The No. 9 Chevrolet led the field for four circuits and sat 0.128 seconds behind the race winner.
The Georgia native will leave the track with his 11th top five and 15th top 10 finish in 2019.
Kyle Busch, piloting the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota, will leave with the third spot. Busch, a native of Las Vegas, finished fifth in stage one and 10th in stage two and entered the afternoon looking to score his fifth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory.
Kurt Busch and William Byron rounded out the top five.
Martin Truex Jr., Erik Jones, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top 10 finishers.
Brad Keselowski, William Byron, Alex Bowman and Clint Bowyer were eliminated from the Playoffs.
Moving on into the Round of Eight will be Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott.
The next race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be October 27th at Martinsville Speedway. The First Data 500 will air live on NBCSN at 3:00 p.m. ET.
Brandon Jones scored his first career NASCAR National Series victory on Saturday at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway. Jones, piloting the No. 19 Flow Toyota, started second on the leaderboard for the Kansas Lottery 300 and led only 10 laps of the event.
“This is incredible. I knew this was going to happen – that we were going to come here and have an amazing run like we did today,” said Jones after the race. It’s only because of those guys here. They have fought with me for a long time, and this feels way better because it has been tough to get to this point. I don’t think I could have done this without the manufacturer. I wish my parents were here. They have been through a bunch of wins with me. All-in-all, I cannot wait to celebrate with these guys.”
The win did not come easy for the Georgia native as he survived a late-race restart with five laps to go. Jones previously took the lead on a restart with 10 laps left after a wad of cars raced for the second position that allowed the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to advance the gap even further.
“I’m not going to lie about this. My foot was literally shaking on the accelerator on that last lap,” said Jones regarding the final laps of the race. “I’m not even sure if I was wide open at the time, when I was doing it. There was a lot of nerves. A lot of emotion going through my mind, but I saw it coming and got pretty pumped.”
Noah Gragson and Joey Gase had incidents in turn one that brought out the yellow flag with seven circuits to go. Gragson went on to finish 13th while Gase took home the 32nd spot.
Jones will leave Kansas with five top five and 14 top 10 finishes through 30 completed races.
Tyler Reddick sat second when the checkered flag waved while in the process of catching race winner Brandon Jones. Reddick, finishing stage one in fourth and stage two in third, was involved in a post-race scuffle with 11th place finisher and stage two winner Cole Custer after the race because of a move made on the track. The two exchanged words while putting hands on each other after the event on pit road.
The second-place finish in the Kansas Lottery 300 marks Reddick’s 22nd top five and 25th top 10 finish of 2019.
Chase Briscoe, leading 33 of the 200 circuits on Saturday, crossed the line in third. The driver of the No. 98 Ford sat seventh in stage one and fifth in stage two.
Michael Annett, who started 38th on the leaderboard, and Justin Allgaier, who started seventh, rounded out the top five.
Jeremy Clements, Justin Haley, John Hunter Nemechek, Ryan Sieg and Ross Chastain rounded out the top 10.
Several contenders were involved in incidents throughout the 200-lap event. The second yellow flag of the afternoon involved Austin Cindric and Harrison Burton in turn four. The incident ended the day for Burton while Cindric continued to a 25th-place finish.
On lap 164, John Hunter Nemechek ran into an issue in turn two. The No. 23 Chevrolet, after starting 15th on the leaderboard, went on to an eighth-place run.
On lap 185, with 15 laps remaining, leaders Chase Briscoe and Christopher Bell were involved in an incident with a lap car of Garrett Smithley on the frontstretch. Bell, winner of stage one, and Briscoe continued while Smithley went behind the wall following the three-car incident. Briscoe finished third while Bell finished the afternoon in 12th.
The series will take another weekend off before returning at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2nd. The O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 will take place at 8:30 p.m. ET. live on NBCSN.
Christian Eckes took home the checkered flag at Kansas Speedway on Friday and the 2019 ARCA Menards Series championship. Eckes, piloting the No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota for Venturini Motorsports, started 11th and led the field for 43 of the 100 laps.
The series points battle coming into the 1.5-mile oval was between Michael Self and Eckes. Self, piloting the No. 25 Toyota for Venturini Motorsports, finished second and led the most circuits of any driver in the Kansas ARCA 150.
Eckes will finish the championship season with four victories, 13 top five and 17 top 10 finishes in the 20-race season. As for Michael Self, he’ll finish the year with four victories, 14 top five and 15 top 10 finishes.
2020 plans for Christian Eckes and Michael Self have not been officially announced. It is expected that Eckes will move up into the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in 2020.
Ty Majeski will leave the Kansas oval with a third-place finish in the No. 22 Ford. Majeski, starting the night in third, came into the evening with three victories in 19 starts in 2019.
Bret Holmes and Travis Braden rounded out the top five finishers.
Taking home top 10 finishes were Tanner Gray, Drew Dollar, Hailie Deegan, Joe Graf Jr. and Gus Dean.
The next race for the ARCA Menards Series will be at Daytona International Speedway on February 8th.
The ARCA Menards Series strolls into Kansas Speedway for the season-finale event at the 1.5-mile oval. A total of 22 cars are scheduled to participate in the championship deciding event on Friday.
The entry list for the 100-lap, 150-mile race features Drew Dollar, Christian Eckes, Riley Herbst, Harrison Burton, Ty Majeski, Bret Holmes, Michael Self, Sheldon Creed, Gus Dean, Hailie Deegan and Joe Graf Jr.
Two drivers enter the weekend with a shot at winning the 2019 ARCA Menards Series championship. Christian Eckes and Michael Self enter the weekend separated by 15 points in the championship standings, which means fans will see a close point battle to decide the series title.
The championship could be decided by two-three positions or end in a tie. If Self and Eckes tie in points, the title will then be decided by wins in 2019, which Eckes has three while Self has four.
Bret Holmes enters the weekend third in points and is looking to score his first career ARCA Menards Series victory. Holmes, through 19 starts this year in the No. 23 Chevrolet, has seven top five and 17 top 10 finishes. The Alabama driver tied his season-best finish of third three times.
Travis Braden and Joe Graf Jr. round out the top five in points entering Kansas. Braden holds two top five finishes along with 15 top 10s while Graf Jr. has one top five at Chicagoland Speedway and 12 top 10s.
The championship deciding event will air live on MAVTV and NASCAR.com at 8:30 p.m. ET. The event was originally scheduled for FOX Sports 2.
Austin Hill survived a weird night of racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to score his third NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series victory of the season. Hill, piloting the No. 16 Toyota for Hattori Racing, traded drivers Ross Chastain and Brett Moffitt for the lead all evening long, leading 29 of the 134 laps.
“This is the hardest one I’ve had to win. We were going to stay out that last caution and we stayed out and everybody else pitted. We decided we needed to pit or we were going to be screwed. We came down pit road, restarted at the tailend of the longest line and it stayed green,” said Hill. “I had to drive all the way through the field and this truck was unbelievable. Scott (Zipadelli, crew chief) and the boys gave me a heck of a piece tonight. We wouldn’t have won this race with them. We’re two-for-two with this truck so we’re going to try to go three-for-three with it. Can’t thank all the boys enough.”
Ross Chastain finished the night 2.116 seconds behind race-winner Austin Hill and led the most laps of the evening. The driver of the No. 45 CarShield Chevrolet won both stages of the race and will leave the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway with his eighth top five and 16th top 10 finish.
Hill heads into the next round of the playoffs and the next race at Talladega Superspeedway with six top five and 11 top 10 finishes. The Georgia native chasing the series championship holds an average finish of 12.8.
“It means a lot. Coming into tonight, our number one goal was getting stage points and we did that, we got stage points in stage one and stage two. Got through that and after the second stage and we knew that some of the Playoff drivers had some issues, my only concern was going for the win,” Hill said later. “That’s all I really cared about. I didn’t think we were going to be able to catch them under green, but we did. It’s even more of a statement win because we had a little bit of an issue during practice and lost our truck chief. I know he was up watching us in the stands, but this is so special.”
Christian Eckes rounded out the top three finishers at Las Vegas. Eckes, piloting the No. 51 SiriusXM Toyota, started on the pole and led four circuits in his sixth career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series start.
Eckes leaves the track with two top five and three top 10 finishes this season.
Sheldon Creed and Todd Gilliland rounded out the top five.
Taking home top 10 finishes included Brennan Poole, Brett Moffitt, Ben Rhodes, Harrison Burton and Dylan Lupton.
Several Gander Outdoors Truck Series contenders had problems with their engines throughout the night that impacted their chances at winning this year’s championship. The issues impacted Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, Grant Enfinger and Stewart Friesen.
The No. 52 team of Stewart Friesen quickly diagnosed their engine issue and went on to a 19th-place finish. Sauter, Crafton and Enfinger weren’t as lucky as they finished 29th, 30th and 31st on the leaderboard.
Playoff driver Tyler Ankrum reported a cylinder down with around 40 laps to go. The driver of the No. 17 B/X Custom Designs Toyota finished 11th to squeak into the next round of the playoffs.
Advancing into the Round of 6 will be reigning series champion Brett Moffitt, Ross Chastain, Austin Hill, Stewart Friesen, Matt Crafton and Tyler Ankrum. Grant Enfinger and Johnny Sauter were eliminated from the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoffs.
The next race for the series will be at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, October 12th. The Sugarland Shines 250 will air live on FS1 and MRN Radio at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Brett Moffitt took home the checkered flag on Thursday at Bristol Motor Speedway after holding off Chandler Smith on a restart with three laps to go. Moffitt, piloting the No. 24 GMS Racing Chevrolet, started on the pole and led 65 of the 200 circuits.
The driver from Iowa will leave the 0.533-mile concrete oval with his third victory of the season and clinching a spot into round two of the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoffs.
The reigning series champion will head to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Canada with 10 top five and 12 top 10 finishes.
Chandler Smith will leave the Bristol Motor Speedway on Thursday with the runner-up spot. Smith, piloting the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, started the night in seventh and finished stage one in fifth and stage two in third.
The Georgia native, holding four wins in the ARCA Menards Series in 2019, made his third career start in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series on Thursday. Smith earned his second top five finish – besting his fourth-place finish at Gateway Motorsports Park in June.
Ross Chastain had an up and down night behind the wheel of his No. 45 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet. The winner of stage one was popped for a safety violation while pitting in the middle of Thursday’s UNOH 200 and had to restart at the tail of the field.
The Florida native battled eventual race winner Brett Moffitt for the stage two victory – which Moffitt just barely got around Chastain for the spot on lap 110. The championship favorite led 78 of the 200 laps and will leave the track with a third-place finish.
Stewart Friesen and Grant Enfinger rounded out the top five.
Sheldon Creed, Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes, Todd Gilliland and Austin Hill rounded out the top 10 finishers.
Race winner Brett Moffitt leads the Playoff points by 16 points over Ross Chastain. Stewart Friesen, Grant Enfinger, Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, Austin Hill and Tyler Ankrum are the top eight in the Playoff standings.
The series will travel north of the border to the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for the Chevrolet Silverado 250 on August 25th. The event will air live on FS1 and MRN Radio at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Ron Silk came out as the surprise victor in Friday’s Stafford 150 at Stafford Speedway in Connecticut. Silk, making his 48th start at the half-mile paved oval, scored his second career win there in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour after passing leader Justin Bonsignore in a NASCAR Overtime finish.
Silk made it back-to-back wins as the series veteran went to victory lane the last time out at New Hampshire Motor Speedway just two weeks ago.
The driver of the No. 85 Chevrolet started the evening in sixth.
Jon McKennedy ended the night in the runner-up spot looking 0.290 seconds behind the race winner. McKennedy started third on the leaderboard and hung around the third position all night long – trying to keep Silk behind in the fourth position.
The driver of the No. 7 Chevrolet will leave the night with three top five and top 10 finishes in six starts this year. His best finish of the season came in the season opener at Myrtle Beach with a second-place finish.
Doug Coby walked away frustrated after dominating the 150-lap event at Stafford Speedway. Coby started on the pole and held around a seven-second lead before the one and only caution came out with inside five laps to go.
“I don’t get heartbroken … I get f**king pissed off,” Coby told the track pit reporter after the race.
The driver from Connecticut, who led 147 of the 159 laps and finished third, will leave with his seventh top five finish of the season.
Matt Swanson and Craig Lutz rounded out the top five finishers.
Justin Bonsignore, Jimmy Blewett, Bobby Santos III, Sam Rameau and Patrick Emerling took home top 10s.
Coby will continue leading the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver standings by 28 points over tonight’s winner Ron Silk. Justin Bonsignore, who finished the night in sixth at Stafford Speedway, sits third behind the series points leader. Craig Lutz and Eric Goodale, who spun from contact via another car on the final lap, round out the top five.
The series will return at Thompson Speedway on August 14th. The Bud King of Beers 150 will air live on FansChoice.TV.
Doug Coby will start on the pole for Friday’s Stafford 150 at Stafford Speedway in Connecticut. Coby won the top starting spot by posting an 18.382 / 97.922 mph. in NASCAR’s group qualifying format.
Coby goes into the evening looking to earn his fourth win of the season in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. The driver from Connecticut has six top five and nine top 10 finishes heading into the 10th event of the season.
Back in the month of May at Stafford, Coby led 20 of the 200 laps to score his 12th NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win at the half-mile paved oval.
Justin Bonsignore earned the second-starting spot in his No. 51 Chevrolet. Bonsignore posted an 18.412 / 97.762 mph. in qualifying to earn his seventh top-five start of the 2019 season.
The driver from New York enters Stafford with four top five and six top 10 finishes.
Jon McKennedy will round out the top three starters in Friday’s event. McKennedy enters the evening sitting 22nd in points with two top five finishes.
Chris Pasteryak and Patrick Emerling will round out the top five starters.
Ron Silk, Chase Dowling, Bobby Santos III, Matt Swanson and Rob Summers rounded out the top 10.
The Stafford 150 will air live on FansChoiceTV at 9:15 p.m. ET.
Max McLaughlin took home his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory on Friday at Watkins Glen International. The Great Outdoors RV Superstore 100 ended prematurely as storms moved into the area with eight laps to go – resulting in a one-hour red-flag period.
McLaughlin dominated the event in his No. 1 Toyota as he led all 34 laps of the 41-lap scheduled event. The driver from Carolina leaves with four top five and six top 10 finishes through eight races in 2019.
Chase Cabre will leave New York with a runner-up finish on Friday. Cabre, piloting the No. 4 Toyota from Florida, started fourth and sat 9.725 seconds behind McLaughlin on the last completed lap.
Cabre has two K&N East wins in 2019 and sits third in driver points.
Sam Mayer, winner of last weekend’s K&N combination race at Iowa Speedway, came across the stripe in third. Mayer will leave the road course facility with his seventh top five and top 10 finish in the K&N East division.
Mayer leads the driver standings by six points over ninth-place finisher Derek Kraus. Tanner Gray, who finished 11th, sits fourth in points while Watkins Glen winner Max McLaughlin sits fifth.
Ty Gibbs and Ruben Garcia Jr. rounded out the top five.
Dylan Murry, Spencer Davis, Dale Quarterley, Derek Kraus and Colin Garrett rounded out the top 10.
The Great Outdoors RV Superstore 100 will air on NBCSN at 6:00 p.m. ET. on Wednesday, August 7.
The next race for the series will be at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 15th. The Bush’s Beans 150 will air live on FansChoice.TV.
Chase Briscoe ended the late-afternoon victorious at Iowa Speedway by passing race dominator Christopher Bell with seven laps to go – earning his second career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory.
Briscoe started second and finished stage one sitting third and second at the end of stage two. The Indiana native leaves the 0.785-mile oval with eight top five and 14 top 10 finishes this season through 19 races.
Briscoe’s last victory in the NASCAR XFINITY Series came last season at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Roval. The driver started ninth and led 33 laps in his only top five finish of the 2018 season.
Christopher Bell, winner of both stages, came home in the second spot at Iowa Speedway. Bell started on the pole in his No. 20 Rheem Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing and led 232 circuits of the 250 laps.
The driver out of Oklahoma came into the weekend looking to continue their streak of solid runs at Iowa Speedway. In five starts at the track located in central Iowa, Bell has four top five and top 10 finishes along with two victories.
With 19 races complete in 2019, Bell has 12 top five and 13 top 10 finishes with five trips to victory lane and sits second in points behind Tyler Reddick.
John Hunter Nemechek rounded out the top three finishers on Saturday. Nemechek led the field for seven laps and battled with leader Christopher Bell late. The son of veteran racer Joe Nemechek will leave Iowa with three top five and 11 top 10 finishes.
Noah Gragson and Tyler Reddick rounded out the top five.
Taking home top 10 finishes included Justin Allgaier, Shane Lee, Justin Haley, Zane Smith and Michael Annett.
Several key drivers found themselves involved in incidents throughout the 250-lap event. On lap 45, in turn one, Austin Cindric and Noah Gragson tangled to bring out the first yellow flag of the day.
Cindric finished 37th and was done for the day while Gragson took home fourth.
On lap 75, also in turn one, Riley Herbst and Jeremy Clements tangled to bring out the third yellow flag of the race. Herbst went on to finish 13th while Jeremy Clements finished 30th on the leaderboard.
The next incident to involve a heavy contender occurred on lap 162 for Cole Custer in turn three. Custer, piloting the No. 00 Haas Ford, was done for the day with a finish of 29th. The driver from California started sixth on the starting grid.
The next race for the NASCAR XFINITY Series will be at Watkins Glen International. The Zippo 200 will air live on August 3rd at 3:00 p.m. ET. On NBC.