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Matt Crafton won the pole at Kansas Speedway on Friday by posting a 30.459, mph. lap in single-truck qualifying. Crafton, a native of California, will make his second top-five start of the season in the Digital Ally 250.
The series veteran goes into the seventh race of the season looking to score his fifth top five and sixth top 10 finish. Crafton holds two career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series victories at the 1.5-mile oval.
Tyler Ankrum will start beside Matt Crafton in the No. 17 Toyota. The rookie driver has three NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts in 2019 and owns two top 10 finishes.
Ankrum’s best finish came at Texas Motor Speedway in March where he left with a fifth-place finish.
Harrison Burton will round out the top three starters on Friday. Burton, son of former driver Jeff Burton, posted a 30.487, mph. during his qualifying attempt.
The young racer goes into the 1.5-mile oval with two top five and three top 10 finishes through six completed events.
Brett Moffitt and Todd Gilliland rounded out the top five.
Ross Chastain, Austin Hill, Gus Dean, Sheldon Creed and Riley Herbst will round out the top 10 starters.
The Digital Ally 250 will air live on FS1 and MRN Radio at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Christopher Bell will leave Dover International Speedway with a limited-edition Miles the Monster trophy and an extra $100,000 by taking his No. 20 Toyota to victory lane on Saturday. Bell, who led only 44 of the 200 circuits, scored his 11th career win in the series.
“It was a little bit better, but I knew we had a really good Rheem Supra from really the drop of the green flag. I was able to keep pace with them, it was just tough to pass,” said Bell in Victory Lane. “There’s no doubt that he (Cole Custer) was really good. Over that long run there, I felt like I could make gains on him running the top. Last time we were here, the top was really good for me, but it seemed like it rubbered up more and the top was a little less of a disadvantage. Once we got the lead – thank you to my pit crew, they did an outstanding job – it's really special to be here.”
Bell took the lead away from Cole Custer by being the first driver off pit road during a set of yellow flag stops on lap 156. Custer, who finished fourth in the No. 00 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing, started on the pole and led 155 of the 200 laps – even claiming both stages.
“This place, you can pass on long green flag runs and it’s one of my favorite race tracks because you can move around and kind of find different lines and get going,” Bell continued. “Over the short run, it’s pretty difficult to make it happen because there’s so much grip on the bottom. Just really thankful for everyone at Toyota and TRD too. They’re the ones that have believed in me since day one on the dirt side of things and now here we are holding up my second cardboard check.”
Bell will go into a two-week hiatus for the NASCAR XFINITY Series with six top five and seven top 10 finishes through 10 completed races.
Justin Allgaier finished the day in the runner-up spot after starting the afternoon in second. Allgaier led one lap and sat third in stage one and fourth in stage two in the No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet for JR Motorsports.
The Illinois native will leave the one-mile concrete oval holding four top five and five top 10 finishes this year.
Tyler Reddick, the fifth-place starter on Saturday, rounded out the top three finishers. The Talladega Superspeedway winner last weekend sat fourth in stage one and third in stage two.
Cole Custer and Chase Briscoe rounded out the top five.
Austin Cindric, Brandon Jones, John Hunter Nemechek, Zane Smith and Michael Annett rounded out the top 10.
The next race for the NASCAR XFINITY Series will be at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 25th. The Alsco 300 will take place at 1:00 p.m. ET. live on FS1 and PRN Radio.
Kyle Busch scored his fourth NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series victory of the season on Friday at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch, making his fourth series start of the 2019 season through five races, started fourth on the leaderboard and led 97 of the 147 laps.
“It was a pretty good night for us. I wish it was faster,” said Busch after getting the win. “I thought we were pretty good. Not as good as we wanted to be once we stacked up next to the field. The 24 (Brett Moffitt) was really fast and the 52 (Stewart Friesen) was really fast. They made me work for it. They certainly got my money’s worth tonight.”
Stewart Friesen did everything he could to get around eventual race winner Kyle Busch in the waning laps. When the checkered flag waved, Friesen, who finished stage one in third and fifth in stage two, sat second in the running order. The No. 52 Chevrolet led the field for one circuit on Friday.
“The 24 (Brett Moffitt) was, who I was really worried about and then something happened with him and then the 52 (Stewart Friesen) was really fast and right there on our tailgate the whole finish of that race until about the last five laps,” Busch later said after the race in victory lane. “I don’t know if he just got heated up or what back there. He put up a good fight and about got to me a couple of times there and fortunately I was just able to hold out and keep the Cessna Tundra upfront and keep it out front. Those guys were just able to keep up with us way too much throughout the night, I thought.”
The win on Friday at Texas Motor Speedway marks the 55th career victory in the series for Busch. The win total across all three of NASCAR’s National Series now sits at 202 for the Las Vegas native as he looks to sweep the weekend at the 1.5-mile oval.
Through 149 career Gander Outdoors Truck Series races, Busch has 97 top five and 117 top 10 finishes.
As for second-place finisher Stewart Friesen, he goes into a five-week break with three top five and four top 10 finishes.
Johnny Sauter rounded out the top three finishers in Friday’s Vankor 350K. Sauter, driving the No. 13 ThorSport Racing Ford, led seven laps and sat ninth in stage one and 12th in stage two.
Pole-winner Grant Enfinger and Matt Crafton rounded out the top five.
Tyler Ankrum, Ross Chastain, Tyler Dippel, Brennan Poole and Ben Rhodes rounded out the top 10.
Turn two was very busy as far as race incidents went on Friday. The first victims over there included Angela Ruch and Gus Dean on lap 18. Dean continued while Ruch was done for the evening.
Anthony Alfredo later found himself in an incident over in turn two. Alfredo, piloting the No. 54 Toyota, was done on lap 48 as his truck went around and caught on fire. The field went under the red flag for 15-minutes and 51 seconds while crews cleaned up fluid and attended the damaged No. 54 Toyota.
Korbin Forrister later went around in turn two on lap 102 while the ninth yellow flag came out on lap 116 for Codie Rohrbaugh. Rohrbaugh finished 23rd while Forrister finished 24th as a result.
The first yellow flag came out for a three-truck incident on the frontstretch. The lap three melee involved Todd Gilliland, Ross Chastain and Brennan Poole. All three drivers continued their way despite the on-track incident.
The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will take a five-week hiatus. The JEGS 200 at Dover International Speedway will take place at 5:00 p.m. ET. on May 3rd. The 200-lap event will air live on FOX Sports 1 and MRN Radio.
Cole Custer celebrated in victory lane on Saturday at Auto Club Speedway in the No. 00 Thompson Pipe / Haas CNC Ford. Custer, the third-place starter in the 300-mile event, led the field for 29 circuits to score his third career NASCAR XFINITY Series win.
Custer passed race leader Christopher Bell with 19 laps remaining and never looked back. Bell was later passed by Kyle Busch for the second spot and went on to a third-place finish. The driver of the No. 00 Ford saw the lead four times throughout the event.
Kyle Busch finished runner-up in Saturday’s Production Alliance Group 300. Busch, who started in second and entered the afternoon looking for national series win No. 200, led 98 of the 150 laps. However, late-race miscues on pit road that included a slow pit stop and an uncontrolled tire penalty, relegated the race dominator to the 13th position for the restart.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran, who won both stages of the event, worked his way through the field quickly. However, Custer, eventual race winner, was no match for the No. 18 Toyota.
Christopher Bell rounded out the top three finishers on Saturday at Auto Club Speedway. The driver of the No. 20 Toyota, who started fourth on the leaderboard, leaves the 2.0-mile oval with his second top five and third top 10 finish this year.
Tyler Reddick and Chase Briscoe took home the fourth and fifth spots.
Rest of the top 10 finishers included Austin Cindric, Brandon Jones, Ryan Preece, Justin Allgaier and Justin Haley.
The first two stages at Auto Club Speedway went clean and green. The first on-track incident occurred on lap 83 when John Hunter Nemechek had a miscommunication and went across the nose of the No. 39 Chevrolet of Ryan Sieg. Nemechek spun into the inside retaining wall separating the track and pit road and was done for the day as a result. Nemechek finished 28th while Sieg continued to finish 11th.
On lap 110, with 40 laps to go, Austin Cindric brought out the yellow flag in turn four. Despite the incident, Cindric continued his way in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford to finish sixth.
Not long after going green, Brandon Jones brought out the fifth and final yellow flag of the day in turn three. Jones, in the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, went on to a seventh-place finish.
The NASCAR XFINITY Series will take a weekend off and return at Texas Motor Speedway on March 30th. The My Bariatric Solutions 300 will take place at 1:00 p.m. ET. live on FS1 and PRN Radio.
Kyle Busch survived two NASCAR Overtime attempts on Saturday to score his 93rd career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Busch, a Las Vegas native and winner of Friday’s Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at the 1.5-mile oval, led the field for 98 of the 213 circuits. The win for the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team, which is Busch’s 197th career NASCAR National Series win, did not come easy for the hometown kid.
Busch started eighth on the starting grid as morning rain washed out qualifying. By rule, that placed the No. 00 Ford of Cole Custer on the pole for the 23rd annual Boyd Gaming 300. Custer, who led 48 laps of the race, went on to a ninth-place finish.
Things did not start out well for the No. 18 team as they pitted for a loose wheel with around 10 laps complete. The issue relegated Busch to 33rd and one lap down on the leaderboard. By using strategy and staying out under the second yellow flag, Busch climbed back up through the field to finish third at the end of stage two.
“It was early enough where you could try to come back from one of those kind of setbacks. I wasn’t sure how we were going to be able to do it being short a set of tires,” said Kyle Busch after securing the win. “We got a lucky break with that caution in the second stage that kind of got us back on cycle where we able to get our first set back on with fresh wheels so we didn’t have any more issues there. It’s cool to come out here and be a part of the Las Vegas and the hometown.”
With 15 green flag laps complete in the final stage, Kyle Busch passed Tyler Reddick for the race lead. He’d later be challenged for the top spot by teammate Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick, but held them off for the top spot.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran will go into Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 looking to complete the weekend sweep. The event will take place at 3:30 p.m. ET. live on FOX and PRN radio.
“I thought this would be the toughest of the three. We had a fast race car but we could never get the balance even in the race right there,” continued Busch after the race. “I was either way too tight or way too loose, I could never find a happy medium. Overall, I feel like the Cup car is pretty good. The M&M’s Chocolate Bar Camry got some speed to it as well and we ran a lot out there in traffic and the pack. So it will be interesting tomorrow.”
John Hunter Nemechek came across the line in the runner-up spot. Nemechek started 10th in his No. 23 Chevrolet and finished stage one and two in fifth. The son of veteran racer Joe Nemechek leaves Sin City with one top five and two top 10 finishes in 2019.
Noah Gragson will walk away with a third-place finish. Gragson, piloting the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, sat 10th in stage one and 13th in stage two. The Las Vegas native started on the outside of Cole Custer because Christopher Bell had to start at the rear of the field. Second-place starter Chad Finchum voluntarily went to the rear.
Austin Dillon and Michael Annett rounded out the top five.
Ryan Sieg, Ross Chastain, Chase Briscoe, Cole Custer and Justin Haley all took home top 10 finishes.
Despite the incident with Joey Gase and Donald Theetge on lap three in turn three, and the lap 60 incident in turn two for Austin Cindric and Zane Smith, things were quiet through the first two stages. Things would start ramping up with 10 laps to go.
On lap 190, with 10 laps remaining, JA Junior Avila had a solo spin coming off turn four. With six laps remaining, the green flag waved.
With two laps remaining, Brandon Jones in the No. 19 and Cole Custer in the No. 00 tangled in turn three. The incident sent the 300-mile race into NASCAR Overtime. Eventual race winner Kyle Busch chose the outside line while Tyler Reddick had the inside line in second for the restart.
The field got the green flag on lap 207 and wouldn’t stay that way for long. Just before Kyle Busch took the white flag, as Tyler Reddick was in the hunt for the lead, a caution came out involving Reddick, Zane Smith, Christopher Bell and Austin Cindric in turn four. Bell, who led three laps at Las Vegas on Saturday, went on to finish 13th. Cindric in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford finished 22nd as a result of the crash. The field went back to green on lap 211.
The next race for the NASCAR XFINITY Series will be at ISM Raceway on March 9 at 4:00 p.m. ET. FOX Sports 1 will carry the live television broadcast while MRN Radio will carry the radio broadcast.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will kick off its season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track on Thursday, February 28. The Star Nursery 100 will serve as a companion event with the World of Outlaws, along with an action-packed weekend slated on the big track.
The Star Nursery 100 at the half-mile dirt oval will be two segments with a break at or around lap 50. The maximum starting field, which is currently at 18 entries for the 50-mile event, will be 24 drivers and teams.
The final practice results will determine the lineup for each heat race. The winner of the opening qualifying heat race will start on the pole for the main event.
Teams are allowed four tires for practice, four tires for qualifying and heat races, and four additional tires for the five-minute break at lap 50. Each team will be allowed 12 tires for the entire race event.
2018 winner Sheldon Creed led 14 total laps last season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. Creed passed leader Christopher Bell with seven laps to go in the inaugural event last September – earning his only victory in the series. Bell finished the night in the 10th position.
Hailie Deegan, who will be piloting the No. 19 Monster Energy / NAPA Premium Plus Toyota for Bill McAnally Racing on Thursday, started on the pole for the inaugural race and led the field for 13 circuits. Deegan went on to finish in the runner-up spot.
Derek Thorn led one lap and finished right where he started in third.
Cole Keatts and Brendan Gaughan rounded out the top five finishers.
The Star Nursery 100 will take place at 12:45 a.m. ET. on March 1. Fans can watch the race live via FansChoice.TV. A delayed broadcast will air on NBCSN at 6:00 p.m. ET. on March 5.
The NASCAR XFINITY Series opened their season on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway with the NASCAR Racing Experience 300. The race featured a 38-driver field and was won by JR Motorsports driver Michael Annett. The event had nine different leaders throughout the 300-mile event.
“This is amazing,” Annett said after the win. “My first words were ‘Eight years,’ my eighth year in the series. My guys have stuck with me through the hard times, when everybody has counted us out and wondered why I get to drive this car.”
Annett, driving the No. 1 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, led the field for 45 of the 120 laps to earn his first career NASCAR National Series victory. The driver from Iowa has 230 starts in the series along with nine top five and 45 top 10 finishes.
The Iowa native, who qualified third but started second after pole sitter Tyler Reddick made unapproved adjustments after qualifying, finished the day running 13th in stage one and ninth in stage two.
Sitting second behind Annett was teammate Justin Allgaier in the No. 7 Chevrolet. Allgaier, starting 15th on the leaderboard at the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, ran runner-up for majority of the final stage.
“First of all, hats off the everybody back at JR Motorsports. To see a car that was that strong… all four of our Camaro SS’s were strong today,” said Allgaier. “To see Michael get his first win… he’s tried so hard, and to see the time and the effort he’s put in, especially this offseason, it’s really, really cool. I was disappointed I couldn’t make a run, but a great way to start the season.”
Allgaier, earning five wins last season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, finished 12th in stage one and seventh in stage two.
Brandon Jones rounded out the top three finishers at the 2.5-mile oval. The driver of the No. 19 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing collected his fourth career top five. Jones spoke about the issues with passing and racing in the high line all race long:
“I mean, you could just tell everybody was so scared to get out of line there and then lose the pack. Me and Justin (Allgaier) just talked after the race and we thought that that 1 (Michael Annett), whenever he tried to swing that block, that was going to be the ticket to get by him,” said Jones after the race. “Just not enough momentum. Just very hard to get going there, but the Supra looked great on the race track for the debut of it. Juniper was back on the car for us this weekend, so I can’t complain. We had a great day. It was a great start to the year.”
Ryan Seig earned his fourth career top five finish by placing fourth. Austin Cindric, piloting the No. 22 Team Penske Ford, rounded out the top five.
Rest of the top 10 included Christopher Bell, Jeff Green, John Hunter Nemechek, Tyler Reddick and Chase Elliott.
There were four yellow flags in Saturday’s season opener at Daytona. The first two were for the end of stage one and two while the third stoppage involved the No. 12 Ford of Brad Keselowski on lap 70. Keselowski had issues with the roof hatch coming apart – putting debris on the track. The No. 12 Ford went to the garage and finished 48 laps down in 37th.
“I felt like I was back in the ‘50’s running a convertible here on the beach. That was interesting,” said Keselowski on the incident. “The roof, escape hatch, whatever it is called looks like there was a defect from the factory on the body and just nothing we could do. The guys tried to fix it but it is in a spot where you can’t get to it and work on it. It is made the way it is made. We are stuck. It is one of those things outside your control and sometimes that is just how things go. It has to be right from the factory and isn’t something we control. Just part of it I guess.”
Nine laps later, on lap 79, a two-car incident brought out the fourth and final yellow of the day on the backstretch. The incident involved the No. 07 of Ray Black Jr. and the No. 18 of Jeffrey Earnhardt. Both drivers were able to continue racing after the accident.
The next event for the NASCAR XFINITY Series will be at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 23. The Rinnai 250 will air live on FS1 and PRN Radio at 2:00 p.m. ET.
The NextEra Energy Resources 250 kicked-off the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season at Daytona International Speedway on Friday. The race had two NASCAR Overtime attempts and was later won by Austin Hill. A total of 32 drivers took the green flag and only nine of those drivers finished on the lead lap.
Austin Hill started 10th on the leaderboard and looked strong upfront all throughout the race. Hill, a 24-year old driver from the state of Georgia, led the field for the most laps of 39 on his way to his first career NASCAR National Series victory.
“I never would have thought in a million years I’d win at Daytona. We’ve had some success at Daytona before, but just didn’t have the finishes we were looking for there at the end,” said one happy Austin Hill after the race. “We’d have something happen and to be able to come on board with Hattori Racing and start off the season like this, I think there’s going to be a lot of good things to come for us.”
Driving the No. 16 Hattori Racing Toyota, the same team that Brett Moffitt raced for one season ago and ending 2018 as the Gander Outdoors Truck Series champion, Hill and his team had to think about fuel in the closing laps. The team elected to stay out while holding the lead and go for the win – picking up right where they left off in 2018.
“I didn’t have any confidence to be honest with you. We pitted really early and we already knew it was going to be close and then when we went overtime, I was so scared,” Hill said. “I just knew I was going to run out coming off of four and not make it to the line. So much stuff was going through my head, but hey, we’re here in victory lane.”
Hill sat second in stage one and finished 13th in stage two.
Grant Enfinger finished behind race winner Austin Hill in the second spot. Enfinger started fifth in his No. 98 Ford and went back and fourth throughout the field all night long.
Enfinger, holding two victories in the series through 61 career starts, has 19 top five and 36 top 10 finishes.
Ross Chastain rounded out the top three finishers on Friday in his No. 45 TruNorth Chevrolet. Chastain finished stage one sitting 24th and 21st in stage two. The 26-year old driver earned his 16th career truck series top 10 finish.
Spencer Boyd and Matt Crafton rounded out the top five finishers in the season opener.
Josh Reaume, Timothy Peters, Angela Ruch, Austin Wayne Self and Stewart Friesen rounded out the top 10.
Several key drivers got caught up in race incidents all throughout the season opener. Natalie Decker was one of the victims early on when she and the No. 17 of David Gilliland were involved in the opening yellow flag on lap two. The next yellow flag for an on-track incident, on lap 27 just after the end of stage one, involved a trio of trucks including Chris Fontaine, Ray Ciccarelli and Tyler Dippel in turn three.
The action calmed until lap 53, just after the end of stage two, when 12 trucks tangled in turn four. The drivers involved in the fifth yellow flag of the night included Sheldon Creed, Jordan Anderson, Todd Gilliland, Gus Dean, Johnny Sauter, Austin Wayne Self, Brett Moffitt, Myatt Snider, Brennan Poole, pole sitter Christian Eckes, Stewart Friesen and Grant Enfinger. Eckes would bring out the sixth yellow of the night 10 laps later by dropping fluid on the track.
Numerous yellows came out the rest of the way involving one or two trucks at a time until two laps left on the backstrech. On lap 98 of 100, a nine-truck incident at the front of the field brought out the yellow flag that took out a number of contenders. Friesen, along with Ben Rhodes, Sheldon Creed, Gus Dean, Matt Crafton, Joe Nemechek, David Gilliland, Ross Chastain and Clay Greenfield were involved in the caution. After the field went green, on lap 105, a three car incident extended the race even further after Bobby Gerhart, Stewart Friesen and Austin Wayne Self tangled in turn two. The incident would be the final yellow of the already extended NextEra Energy Resources 250
The next race for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will be at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 23. The Active Pest Control 200 will air live on FS1 and MRN Radio at 4:30 p.m. ET.