Thursday, Aug 11
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.

Six minutes into the final round of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying, Kyle Busch posted the fastest lap to earn the pole for Sunday’s STP 500. Busch posted a fast time of 18.998 seconds, 99.674 mph. The pole today is Busch’s first pole of the 2014 racing season and will be the sixth different pole winner of 2014 in six total races. Busch will try to become the first repeat winner of the year on Sunday.

Starting outside will be Busch’s teammate of Denny Hamlin who is certainly one of the favorites heading into this event. Hamlin posted a fast time of 19.022 seconds, 99.548 mph. Out of 17 totals starts at Martinsville, Sunday will be his 11th start inside the top-10. He was just 0.024 seconds off of the pole sitter’s fastest time.

Rounding out the top-three starters will be Joey Logano with a fast time of 19.045 seconds, 99.428 mph. Logano will make his fifth top-five start this season this weekend and his sixth at the Martinsville Speedway. Logano missed the pole position by 0.047 seconds. This is the first time since Daytona where the front row will not be occupied by a Team Penske driver.

Points leader Carl Edwards will start Sunday from the eighth position. The one driver who didn’t qualify for the STP 500 was David Reutimann. Alex Bowman who will start 19th on Sunday was the highest qualifying rookie.

This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will move to the Martinsville Speedway for stop six on the 2014 race schedule. This will be the 65th annual STP 500 and will serve as the first of two races scheduled to run at the half-mile this year.

Entry list:

A total of 44 drivers is featured on this weekend’s entry list and will mean that one car will go home following qualifying tomorrow afternoon. A few notables include, David Stremme, David Reutimann, Joe Nemechek and Michael McDowell. Dave Blaney was entered but the team has withdrawn.

Storylines:

Hendrick Motorsports will celebrate its 30th anniversary and will also mark the anniversary since the team’s first win on April 29, 1984 at Martinsville. Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon both respectively ranks first on the top of wins list at the track located in Virginia. Kasey Kahne, who drives the No. 5 Chevrolet, has finished inside the top-five in two of the last three races. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has had his own success at Martinsville but still looks for a win. Last fall, Earnhardt Jr. finished eighth.

Kyle Busch looks to reach a milestone this weekend by being the 15th driver to lead a total of 10,000 career laps led in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. In order to reach this achievement, he will need to at least lead 62 laps this Sunday afternoon.

The Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings are starting to separate a little bit as Larson leads by four points over Austin Dillon. Larson capitalized last week on numerous drivers’ misfortune to take his No. 42 Target Chevrolet to a second place finish at the Auto Club Speedway. See full rookie standings below.

Driver

Points

Kyle Larson

58

Austin   Dillon

54

Justin   Allgaier

40

Michael   Annett

38

Cole Whitt

37

Alex Bowman

34

Parker   Kligerman

25

Ryan Truex

23

 

Where to watch:

You can catch the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET, live on FOX. The Motor Racing Network will provide the live radio portion of the event. You can listen on many stations around the United States, TuneIn, MRN.com or on AudioNow by dialing 1-832-999-1717 on your phone.

This weekend the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to the Martinsville Speedway for the 16th annual Kroger 250. This will be the second stop on the schedule this year and the first race for the series since February at Daytona.

Entry list:

The entry list features a total of 39 drivers this weekend as three drivers will fail to qualify for the event. Some of the faces you will see this weekend include, Cole Custer, Ray Black Jr., John Hunter Nemechek, Chase Pistone, Ted Minor, Jeb Burton, Gray Gaulding, Joey Coulter, Ben Kennedy, Ben Rhodes, Brandon Jones, Raymond Terczak Jr., Justin Jennings, Josh Williams, Clay Greenfield, Alex Guenette and Jason White.

Storylines:

Seven drivers this weekend will be making their NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debuts. Those include, Cole Custer, Ray Black Jr., Chase Pistone, Ted Minor, Gray Gaulding, Ben Rhodes, Raymond Terczak Jr. and Josh Williams. This weekend could be dominated by these younger drivers with so many racing.

Last October at Martinsville, Darrell Wallace Jr. captured the victory to become the second African-American to score a victory in a NASCAR national touring series. Wallace hopes to be the first driver since 2007 to capture consecutive victories at the half-mile. He is definitely one of the favorites going into this weekend’s race.

Hometown driver Timothy Peters heads into this weekend looking forward to a great run. Peters is a former winner at Martinsville and hopes to back that up this weekend. In 16 starts at the Martinsville Speedway, Peters respectively holds one win, five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. He also has one pole that he captured back in October of 2012. He has an average finish of 13.4.

Where to watch:

You can catch this weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET, live on FOX Sports 1. The Motor Racing Network will carry the live radio broadcast of the race. You can listen on many stations around the country, TuneIn, MRN.com or on AudioNow by dialing 1-832-999-1717 on your phone.

 

This weekend at the Auto Club Speedway saw many tire issues not of Goodyear’s doing. Many teams experienced tire issues, while some did not, through the entire weekend.

During the first practice Saturday morning, Martin Truex Jr. had a tire issue that sent him up into the wall. Truex Jr. was then forced to go to a backup car because it damaged the car too severe. The move to a backup car sent Truex to the rear for the start of the race on Sunday. In the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, tire issues bit Team Penske driver, Joey Logano. This too caused the team to switch to a backup. Brad Keselowski was the third driver to have problems as he flattened three tires during the final practice session. Despite having major issues, he was able to catch the problem early before spinning out.

During the race on Sunday, we saw even more issues. On lap 43, caution was brought out by Dale Earnhardt Jr. who had a left front tire flat. Before the problem occurred, he reported a vibration in the car. Earnhardt Jr. was not the only Hendrick Motorsports driver with issues, as it struck Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon later on in the event. The next issue happened to Greg Biffle on lap 115 for also his left rear tire. Later on, four laps later, Ambrose adds his name to the mix with issues. With six laps remaining, that’s where this whole thing gets crazy as race leader Jimmie Johnson, who had a huge lead on teammate Jeff Gordon, who was also having a vibration, all of a sudden blows his right front tire. With three laps remaining, Brad Keselowski and Marcos Ambrose has a tire issue that costs their day. Two laps later, Clint Bowyer blows a tire to bring out the caution. This whole thing allowed an exciting end to the Auto Club 400 as Kyle Busch won the race.

In the media center following the race, where top-3 finishers and highest finishing rookie if top-10 run are required to go, all of the drivers said it was not a Goodyear issue. Sunoco Rookie of Year contender, Kyle Larson, explained that his team had the issue in practice on Saturday. This made the team decide to go with a less aggressive setup for the race, which took him to a second place finish Sunday afternoon.

Kurt Busch, who had an issue with two minutes left in practice yesterday, forced the team to take a conservative approach. Like Larson said, Busch feels it was an air pressure and camber issue and that Goodyear has done a great job. Kurt also explained that this is what happens when NASCAR lets the teams be more aggressive with setups on the cars.

Race winner, Kyle Busch, along with his older brother Kurt and Larson, had no issues with his tire except for one but didn't feel it was bad enough. He also added that other teams running very low air pressures was a contributor to the factor. None of the Joe Gibbs Racing teams reported to have any tire issues this afternoon.

It was reported that several teams was running as low as 12 PSI in their tires. Race winning crew chief, Dave Rodgers, said 12 PSI is very dangerous for a fast track like Auto Club and that he would never, ever, run that low of PSI on a race car, even if it’s fast.

Goodyear recommends teams to running no less than 22 PSI in the left front and a minimum of 20 PSI in the left rear.

Kyle Busch captured the victory this afternoon at the Auto Club Speedway by holding off hard charging drivers in a green, white and checker finish after many drivers had issues with tires late into the running. Kyle scored his 29th career Sprint Cup Series victory and his second consecutive win at the two-mile oval. It also was Busch’s third career win at the track.

Finishing second was yesterday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series winner, Kyle Larson. Larson snuck his way towards the front after several of the front runners had problems with their tires late into the event. Today was his best NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finish and was also his second top-10 finish of the 2014 season. He was 0.214 seconds behind the race leader when he crossed the line to finish the race.

Finishing in third after leading two laps this afternoon was Kurt Busch, who also had a very strong day. Today at the Auto Club Speedway, Busch captured his first top-10 finish, and also came home with his best finish under the Stewart-Hass Racing banner. In 21 total starts at the two mile oval, Busch captured his 11th top-10 finish. He lost the race by just 0.682 seconds when he crossed the line.

The top-five in the point’s standings heats up as they are separated from the leader by just seven point’s total. Carl Edwards, who was last week’s winner at Bristol, will leave this weekend with the points lead by one point over Dale Earnhardt Jr. Right behind him is his teammate Jeff Gordon who is one point back. In the fourth and fifth position sits Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth.

The next race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be at the Martinsville Speedway next weekend. You can see it live at 12:30 p.m. Et, on FOX. The Motor Racing Network will handle the live radio portion of the event. You can listen on many stations around the country, TuneIn App, MRN.com or on AudioNow by dialing 1-832-999-1717.

After out driving the top-two finishers in the closing laps, Kyle Larson scores his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series victory this afternoon at the Auto Club Speedway. He led a total of 17 laps of the event and led a total of four different times. It was Larson’s 38th career start in the series after running full-time last season. By Larson winning the TreatMyClot.com 400, it ends Joe Gibbs Racing’s nine consecutive win streak at Auto Club Speedway in the Nationwide Series.

Finishing in second was another Californian driver, Kevin Harvick. Harvick led eight total laps of the event as he tried to get around Larson while battling him for the lead but could not stick. After five races this year, this will be his third top-10 in the series leaving California. It also will be his 15th top-10 finish after making 18 starts in the series at the Auto Club Speedway. Harvick was just 0.342 seconds behind Larson when the checkers flew.

Coming home in third was Kyle Busch after also having a very strong day. Busch led the event a total of four different times to lead 25 laps combined. Today marked his 16th Nationwide Series race at the Auto Club Speedway and his 13th top-10 finish at the 2.0-mile oval. Busch finished 0.382 seconds behind the race leader this afternoon.

The point’s battle is heating up as the series will head to the Texas Motor Speedway in two weeks. Leaving Auto Club Speedway, Regan Smith and Trevor Bayne tied for the top spot in the points. Per the 2014 Nationwide Series rulebook, Smith will officially lead the standings for the tie breaker. The third and fourth positions are currently held by two top rookies of Ty Dillon and Chase Elliott. Dillon sits six points behind the two drivers upfront, while Chase Elliott finds himself eight points behind. Fifth is Elliott Sadler with three points behind before a 14 point separation with Brendan Gaughan in sixth.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will take a weekend off next week to return on April 4th at the Texas Motor Speedway. You can watch it at 8:30 p.m. Et, live on ESPN2. The Performance Racing Network will carry the live radio broadcast of the event. You can listen on many radio stations around the country, TuneIn APP, PRN APP or by visiting GoPRN.com.

Today at the Auto Club Speedway Elliott Sadler posted the fastest time to earn his 16th career NASCAR Nationwide Series pole for the 16th annual TreatMyClot.com 300. With about 30 seconds left in qualifying, Sadler posted the fastest time in the final round with a 40.680 seconds, 176.991 mph. Today will be his third start in the 2014 season where he has started inside the top-10.

Matt Kenseth, who is a teammate to Sadler, will start on the outside pole after posting a fast time of 40.690 seconds, 176.948 mph. This will be Kenseth’s fourth time in 2014 to start inside the top-10. He was 0.010 seconds off of Sadler’s fastest lap. Kenseth ended up eighth and third when the first and second round ended.

Ty Dillon will start today’s race from the third position after posting a fast lap of 40.748 seconds, 176.696 mph. Dillon was just 0.068 seconds from the fastest time in the final round to start inside the top-10 for his fourth time this year. He is also the highest qualifying rookie this afternoon.

Kyle Busch was the only car who did not post a time in qualifying due to not passing tech. NASCAR did not like the wheel studs on the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota and the rear skew. He will start today’s race from the 39th spot per the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series rule book.

Matt Kenseth captured the pole for Sunday’s 18th annual Auto Club 400 at the Auto Club Speedway after posting a fast time of 38.438 seconds, 187.315 mph. Kenseth scored his 12th career pole for his first one of the 2014 season. Kenseth ran the fastest speed with about two minutes remaining in the final round.

With being the last car needed to turn a lap, within just seconds of the end of the final round, Brad Keselowski posted the second fastest time of the session. The Michigan driver ran only one lap to post a 38.481 seconds, 187.105 mph. Since Phoenix, Keselowski will start on the front row for his fourth consecutive time this season. Keselowski was just 0.043 seconds off of the pole sitter’s fastest time.

Starting third on Sunday afternoon will be Jimmie Johnson after posting a fast time of 38.516 seconds, 186.935 mph. Out of five races this year, Johnson will start inside the top-10 for his third time. It will be the six-time champion’s 13th time of starting inside the top-10 at the Auto Club Speedway. Johnson was just 0.078 seconds off of Kenseth’s time.

This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will move west for the 18th annual Auto Club 500 for the fifth race of the new 2014 season. This will be the one and only stop for the tour in 2014 at the speedway.

Entry list:

The entry list currently features a total of 43 drivers and will mean no one will be going home after qualifying. Two drivers, J.J. Yeley and Dave Blaney, have both been withdrawn from the race. Qualifying will be held Friday Friday evening at 7:40 p.m. Et., on Fox Sports 1.

Storylines:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. did not have a great run at the Bristol Motor Speedway and will try to turn around that bad finish last weekend. Earnhardt Jr. left Bristol without the points lead after finishing a disappointing 24th. Besides last weekend, Earnhardt Jr. hopes to finish inside the top-two for his fourth time of 2014 and also hopes to leave Auto Club Speedway with the points lead once again. He currently sits second in the standings with 10 points behind Brad Keselowski.

Going into this weekend, Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson both battle each other for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. Dillon leads Larson by only six points leaving Bristol. Larson has been on Dillon’s trail, shrinking the lead the last several races, and hopes to pass Dillon this weekend.

Nine drivers looks to grab a great finish this weekend as Auto Club Speedway is they’re home track. Those drivers to watch out for this weekend are, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, AJ Allmendinger, Kyle Larson, Casey Mears, David Gilliland, Cole Whitt, Kevin Harvick and Josh Wise.

Travis Kvapil will be making two milestones this weekend as he will be making his 250 Sprint Cup Series start. Not only will this be his 250th start in the series, but also his 400th NASCAR national Series start.

Where to watch:

You can catch this weekend’s race on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Et, live on Fox. The Motor Racing Network will carry the live radio broadcast of the Auto Club 400. You can listen on many radio stations around the country, TuneIn App, MRN.com or on AudioNow by dialing 1-832-999-1717 on your mobile phone.

This weekend the NASCAR Nationwide Series heads west for the 16th annual TreatMyClot.com 300. It’ll be stop 5 of the 33 race schedule for 2014. After this weekend, the series will be off until April 4th at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Entry list:

The entry list this weekend features a total of 41 drivers. This will mean that one driver will fail to qualify for the event on Saturday. Some of the drivers you’ll see this weekend include, Jason White, Kevin Harvick, Derek White, Mike Bliss, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Carlos Contreras, Ryan Sieg, David Starr, Daryl Harr, J.J. Yeley and David Ragan.

Storylines:

Heading into Auto Club Speedway this weekend, the NASCAR Nationwide Series points battle heats up between the top-three drivers. Regan Smith heads into this weekend with the points lead but right behind on his heels is Trevor Bayne by one point. Sitting in third, eight points back, is rookie Ty Dillon. Smith has led the standings since his win in the season opener at the Daytona International Speedway last month.

Not only is the points lead heating up, but so is the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings. With four races gone already, Ty Dillon and Chase Elliott respectively are showing why they’re the favorites. Both drivers are tied for the first position. Sitting in third and 14 points behind the leaders, is Dylan Kwasniewski.

Five drivers in the NASCAR Nationwide Series will be looking to impress as Auto Club Speedway is they’re home track. Those drivers to focus on are, Kevin Harvick, Matt DiBenedetto, Kyle Larson, Ryan Reed and Josh Wise.

Where to Watch:

You can catch the race this weekend live on ESPN at 4:30 p.m. Et. The Motor Racing Network will carry the live radio broadcast of the event. You can listen to MRN on many stations around the country, TuneIn App, MRN.com or on AudioNow by dialing 1-832-999-1717 on the phone.

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