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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.

Last night at the Kansas Speedway, Jeff Gordon came out of no where to finally grab his first win of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. By just leading nine total laps of the evening, Gordon earned his 89th career win in his 736th Sprint Cup Series start. He also became the first driver at the 1.5-mile oval to have three wins as he won the first two races in 2001 and 2002. Gordon said during post-race press conferences that when they repaved Kansas, it didn't fit his driving style, and that it did give him bad luck. He also added that the older racing surfaces fit his style much more than new.

Finishing in the second spot was Kevin Harvick who won the pole on Friday and nearly done exactly what he did last October but fell just short of the win. Harvick led the most laps of any driver by leading a total of 119 of the 267 laps that was completed. This second place finish last night gave Harvick his fifth top-10 finish this season. Harvick lost the race by just 0.112 seconds.

Finishing in the third spot was Kasey Kahne to score his seventh top-10 finish in 14 races at the Kansas Speedway. Kasey, who nearly won this race last year, led a total of 22 laps of the evening and led two different times through the event. Kahne leaves Kansas improving his average finish to 17.6 and hopes to continue the streak at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The highest finishing rookie was Kyle Larson who finished in the 12th spot. After a solid qualifying run, which was from the fifth starting spot, Larson was able to have an advantage to get the highest finishing rookie honors of the night. Larson will head into the summer portion of the schedule with an average finish of 15.1.

Jeff Gordon will leave Kansas continuing to lead the points standings by 15 over Matt Kenseth. Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Carl Edwards rounds out the top-five as they head into the hot summer months of the calender. With the win, Gordon will no longer have to fall back on the points lead, as he's pretty much solidly locked into the Chase.

The next events for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be All-Star race weekend on May 16th and 17th. The Sprint Showdown will take place on Friday, May 16th at 6:00 p.m. Et, live on FOX Sports 1. The Sprint All-Star race will take place on the 17th at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. That race can also be seen at 7:00 p.m. Et, live on FOX Sports 1. The Motor Racing Network will provide the live radio coverage of both events.

Last night was one exciting NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Kansas Speedway, which was the first time the race was under the lights. Kyle Busch scored the victory after leading a dominating 104 of the 167 laps that made up the SFP 250. The win last night gave Busch's 37th victory in the series after 117 total starts. The crew chief for the No. 51 team, Eric Phillips, said the tire that was showing cords because the set had around 80 laps on them.

Coming home in the second position and the new points leader was Matt Crafton. Crafton started the evening from the ninth spot and ran up front through most of the night but just couldn't show anything for Busch. After making 14 starts at Kansas, which is one of the few drivers who has competed in every truck race there, he scored his sixth top-10 finish last evening and came into the weekend as the defending race winner. Crafton finished 3.020 seconds behind the race winner.

Finishing in the third position after a strong run by leading a total of 41 laps of the evening was Joey Logano. If anyone was going to beat Busch, it probably would've been Logano, as if he gotten a caution in the closing laps, Logano said he might've had something for the race winner. Making his second truck start at Kansas, Logano scored his first top-10 finish on the strong run.

Finishing in the 10th position was the highest finishing rookie, Mason Mingus. Mingus, who stayed out of the mayhem in the opening laps, drove a pretty clean race all night long. This was his first start here at the Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but Mingus does have experience here under the lights as he ran the ARCA Racing Series race here in October, and Mingus said coming here to run that race was a huge advantage for them.

The next race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be next Friday at 8:00 p.m. Et, live on FOX Sports 1. The Motor Racing Network will provide the live radio coverage of the race, which will also start at 8:00.

Keven Harvick claimed the pole for Saturday's 5-hour Energy 400 at the Kansas Speedway after posting a fast time of 27.799 seconds, 194.252 mph. Harvick is no stranger at the 1.5-mile oval as he also won the pole back here in October, then went on to win the race. Since the season begun in February, this is the sixth time of the 2014 season a track record was broken.

Starting in the second position will be Joey Logano after posting a fast time of 27.848 seconds, 193.910 mph. Saturday night will be his eighth top-10 start of the 2014 racing season and his sixth start in 10 races at the Kansas Speedway. Logano was 0.049 seconds off of the pole sitter.

Starting in third at Kansas on Saturday will be Brad Keselowski after he ran a fast time of 27.906 seconds, 193.507 mph. Keselowski will make his eighth start up inside the top-10, which will be his third top-10 start at Kansas Speedway.

One car will go home after not qualifying for the event tomorrow night, which will be Dave Blaney. Because of this, his son, Ryan Blaney, will not be able to race with his dad tomorrow, which would've broken the old streak between Bobby Hamilton and Bobby Hamilton Jr. at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2005.

This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will head to the Kansas Speedway for the fourth annual 5-hour Energy 400, benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation. This will be the first ever Sprint Cup Series race here under the lights since the track was completed in 2001.

Entry List:

The entry list features 44 drivers and means one car will go home following qualifying. Some of the drivers entered this weekend include, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Cole Whitt, Travis Kvapil, David Stremme, J.J. Yeley, Joe Nemechek and Dave Blaney.

Story lines:

This weekend Clint Bowyer will make his 300th Sprint Cup Series start at his home track, Kansas Speedway. Bowyer hopes to grab his first win since 2012 and would also like to become the next driver to win in their 300th start, as Denny Hamlin did that last weekend at the Talladega Superspeedway. Bowyer goes into the event with an average finish of 13.2.

Carl Edwards still looks to capture a win at his home track this weekend as he nearly did that in 2008. If Edwards wins this weekend, he'll go into the next race looking for his 40th Sprint Cup Series win. Though, Edwards already has a win from earlier this year at Bristol, so he is already pretty much locked into the chase.

Kyle Busch goes into this weekend hoping to claim a win at Kansas after some bad luck previously here. After racing at the 1.5-mile oval thirteen times, Busch has only two top-10 finishes, and no top-fives. He comes into this weekend with an average finish of 23.3.

Where to Watch:

You can watch the 5-hour Energy 400 live at 7:30 p.m. Et, on FOX. The Motor Racing Network will provide the live radio broadcast of the event. You can listen on many stations around the country, TuneIn, MRN.com or on AudioNow by dialing 1-832-999-1717.

This weekend the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will end their month break and head to the Kansas Speedway for the 14th annual SFP 250. This weekend will be the first time the series has ran under the lights at the 1.5-mile oval.

Entry list:

The entry list currently features a total of 31 drivers, so no drivers will be going home following qualifying. Some of the drivers participating this weekend include, Ryan Ellis, Jimmy Weller III, Todd Shafer, Joe Nemechek, Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, Spencer Gallagher, Taylor Malsam, Scott Stenzel and Charles Lewandoski.

Storylines:

Ryan Blaney will race double duty this weekend but this time being in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Blaney will make his Sprint Cup Series debut driving the No. 12 SKF Ford in a Team Penske Ford. This isn't the first time doing double duty, though, as he did several times in the Nationwide Series.

Ben Kennedy continues his busy weekend already by making his third start this season. Kennedy, who on last Saturday, graduated from the University of Florida with his degree in sports management. Kennedy comes into Kansas Speedway this weekend sixth in the points standings and hopes to score his first career NASCAR win.

Joe Nemechek hopes to leave Kansas Speedway this weekend with a race win to complete a trifecta. Nemechek heads into this weekend at Kansas looking to capture a win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series after sweeping both series races at the 1.5-mile oval in 2004, which was his last win in the NASCAR ranks.

Matt Crafton heads into this weekend as the defending race winner and hopes to make it two-for-two at Kansas. Although, Crafton has some luck on his side as this track seems to play towards the veteran drivers. Crafton said this is a trickier race track and said that off turn four is the toughest. Crafton heads into Kansas hoping to capture his second win of the season and advance further in the points standings.

Where to watch:

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race can be seen live tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. Et, on FOX Sports 1. The Motor Racing Network will provide the live radio coverage of the event.

After staying out of the big accidents all day this afternoon, Elliott Sadler captures the victory by leading a total of 40 laps. Today was Sadler's first Nationwide Series win since 2012 at the Iowa Speedway in August. Also adding to his book, this was his first win at the Talladega Superspeedway and his third top-10 finish in six total races there.

Chris Buescher earned his best career finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this afternoon as he ran upfront for most of the day. Buescher came into this weekend looking to redeem himself after he failed to qualify earlier this season at Daytona. He started the day from the eighth position and led a lap. He was just 0.125 seconds behind the race winner.

Regan Smith came home with a third place finish after leading a total of 20 laps today. Smith was one of the favorites heading into today, but fell just short due to the lack of help. In four Nationwide Series starts at the 2.66-mile oval, he captured his second top-10 finish today at the track.

Chase Elliott will leave Talladega leading the series standings by one point over Regan Smith. Today's race winner sits third on the standings list with just three points behind Elliott. Rounding out the fourth and fifth positions are Trevor Bayne and Ty Dillon.

The next race for the NASCAR Nationwide Series will be in two weeks at the Iowa Speedway. Race coverage will start at 1:30 p.m. Et, live on ESPN. The Motor Racing Network will carry the live radio broadcast of that event.

Tom Hessert, who led the final three laps of the ARCA Racing Series race this morning at Talladega, captured his fourth career victory in the series. Hessert, which was a pretty tame race through the event which saw only one caution, was able to sneak his way to the front to win the event. He started the event from the seventh position.

Coming home in second was 2013 Daytona winner, John Wes Townley. He led a total of 19 laps of the race but had to settle for second as he was 0.140 seconds. Today marked his third top-10 finish of this season after having a bad weekend last week at Salem where he fell out early due to a crash.

Finishing third in his best finish in the ARCA Racing Series was Austin Wayne Self. Self was running upfront a couple of times today but just couldn't quite lead a lap. Self started the event from the 10th spot. He leaves Talladega Superspeedway with an average finish of 6.3.

Pole sitter Grant Enfinger led 35 laps of the event this weekend but fell short of the win this afternoon. Enfinger came into today looking to score his fourth win of the season to become the first ARCA driver to do so. Enfinger will take home a ninth place finish after getting busted for speeding when he pitted the first time.

In his first time back in the NASCAR Nationwide Series since last season at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Sam Hornish Jr. captures the pole for Saturday's Aaron's 312. Hornish ran a time of 51.268 seconds, 186.783 mph. This is his sixth career pole in the series and his first since the season finale last year.

Starting in the second position will be Elliott Sadler after posting a fast time of 51.270 seconds, 186.729 mph. Sadler will make his sixth start inside the top-10 of this season and will shoot for his seventh top-10 finish on Saturday afternoon. He was just 0.002 seconds behind the pole sitter's time.

Also making his first start of the season since 2012 will be third place starter, Darrell Wallace Jr. Wallace posted a fast time of 51.283 seconds, 186.729 mph. In his last start, which came at Dover, he won the pole and drove to a 12th-place finish. If he finishes inside the top-five Saturday afternoon, he will score his fourth top-10 finish in his Nationwide Series career.

Two drivers will disqualify for the event, which was Chad Boat and Derrike Cope. There was one incidenet this afternoon during the first round of qualifying, which was Tanner Berryhill just before the tri-oval.

Grant Enfinger captured the pole on Friday afternoon with a fast time of 52.143 seconds, 183.649 mph. Tomorrow morning will be his best start of the season so far, which his previous best is second at Daytona and Salem last weekend. Enfinger heads into Talladega hoping to score his fourth win of the 2014 season after three races complete.

Starting in the second position will be Mason Mitchell after qualifying with a time of 52.200 seconds, 183.445 mph. Mitchell will make his fourth start this year inside the top-10 and hopes to gather his fourth top-five finish of the year. He was just 0.057 seconds off of Enfinger's fastest lap.

Third fastest of the session was Justin Boston after posting his fast time at a 52.352 seconds, 182.916 mph. Boston was one of the favorites heading to the qualifying session as he won the pole in the last two events but was 0.209 seconds short of that. He hopes to finish his second race of the season as the first two events was all did not finishes. Boston also hopes to get a solid finish as his best this season has been a 15th, which came last weekend at Salem.

Other notables include, fifth John Wes Townley, seventh Tom Hessert, Austin Wayne Self 10th, Gerhart 15th and 22nd Frank Kimmel. One car did not turn a lap in their group as that was Mark Meunier.

This weekend the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will head to the Talladega Superspeedway for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200. This will mark the fourth event for the series this year and will be the final plate race for the series in 2014.

Entry list:

The entry list this weekend features a total of 37 drivers, with one of those going home following qualifying today afternoon. A few notables include, Bobby Gerhart, John Wes Townley, Austin Wayne Self, Spencer Gallagher, Justin Boston, Frank Kimmel, Tom Hessert and Grant Enfinger.

Storylines:

This weekend the ARCA Racing Series will debut their own version of knockout qualifying at Talladega. After the practice session on Friday morning, ARCA will put the cars in groups of six, depending on where they end up in practice. ARCA will run each group on track for a total of ten minutes, which is exactly what NASCAR did for qualifying on road courses. Coverage of qualifying will not be televised, but can be heard live on Thunder 92.7 at the track or by visiting: radio.securenetsystems.net/v5/WTDR.

Grant Enfinger heads into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 looking to score his fourth win of the season. Enfinger, so far, has this season locked up as he won the first three events of the year. Last weekend at Salem, Enfinger just barely won the event after the race leader, which was Ken Schrader, blew a tire with about a lap remaining.

10-time ARCA Racing Series champion, Frank Kimmel, heads into Talladega hoping to continue his top-five finishing streak with his new team, Win-Tron Racing. Kimmel has struggled so far in qualifying as his best starting spot has been 13th at Mobile, but has showed speed during the race. He heads into this weekends race as the defending race winner and hopes to score that first win with his new racing team.

Where to watch:

You can catch this weekends ARCA Racing Series race at 11:00 a.m. Et, live on FOX Sports 1. You can also listen to live radio coverage at the track by tuning into 92.7 or at home by visiting radio.securenetsystems.net/v5/WTDR.

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