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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.

Frank Kimmel captured the win at the Kansas Speedway after a weather shortened event last night. Kimmel led a total of 31 laps of the 65 lap event that made up the Kansas Lottery 98.9 The Rock. Not only did Kimmel win the race, but he also went out to win his 10th career ARCA Racing Series championship.

Mason Mitchell continues his great run after earning his ninth consecutive top-10 finish by scoring a second place victory last night. Mitchell leaves this season on a high note and could be a huge threat for the championship in 2014.

John Wes Townley went on to finish third in the event after starting in the 15th spot. Townley captured his second top-5 finish of the season last night. Both of those top-5 finishes came at Daytona opener and last night.

Dylan Kwasniewski captured the pole in qualifying held just before the event with a time of 30.539 seconds, 176.823 mph. Kwasniewski went on to finish in the fourth position in his ARCA debut. He will most likely run Daytona next February to be approved to run in the NCWTS or the NNS.

Justin Boston captured the Rookie of the Year title away from Mason Mingus. Boston finished the year earning eight top-fives, 16 top-10s, and two poles. He goes into 2014 looking for his first win in the ARCA Racing Series.

Next race for the ARCA Racing Series will be at Daytona International Speedway for the season opener.

Sprint Cup Series qualifying will take place later on this afternoon for Sunday’s 13th annual Hollywood Casino 400. 43 drivers will attempt to make the field for Sunday’s race as no drivers will go home.

Last April, Matt Kenseth won the pole after posting a fast lap of 28.144 seconds, 191.864 mph. Kenseth then went on to win the race after nearly passed by hard charging Kasey Kahne. Matt will go out in the eleventh place later on today.

Last weeks pole sitter Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will try to go out and win the pole this afternoon for the second week in a row. Earnhardt, Jr. will go out seventh today in the qualifying order. Dale qualified 26th last April at Kansas.

Kevin Harvick ran the fastest lap earlier in the first practice session, and will try to back that up with a pole run. Harvick will have an advantage with a late qualifying run as he will go out 28th in the session.

You can catch qualifying live at 5:10 P.M. Et. on ESPN2. You can listen to live radio coverage via Motor Racing Network’s website. NASCAR.com will also offer Raceview qualifying mode for free.

The one and only practice session today went very smooth for all of the drivers to prepare for tonight’s Kansas Lottery 98.9 The Rock. It was a very interesting result when the practice session ended of the drivers on the top spot.

John Wes Townley was the fastest car of the day after the session with a fast time of 30.672 seconds, 176.056 mph. Townley will try to bookend the year with a win at Kansas after winning the opener at Daytona. This will be his 30th career start in the ARCA Racing Series.

Second in practice was Dylan Kwasniewski with a fast lap of 30.819 seconds, 175.217 mph. He was just 0.147 seconds slower than leader John Wes Townley. He will be one of the drivers who will make their ARCA Racing debuts.

Chad Boat was third on the sheet after the one and only practice session for the series with a fast lap of 30.840 seconds, 175.097 mph. Boat goes into tonight’s race making his ninth career start in the ARCA Racing Series.

Points leader Frank Kimmel was sixth on the practice sheet with a 30.962 seconds, 174.407 mph. Kimmel clinched his 10th career ARCA Racing Series Championship after running at least a lap in today’s practice session.

Qualifying for tonight’s race will be held at 6:35 P.M. Et. And will not be televised. You can follow it via live leaderboard on arcaracing.com

This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will head off to the Kansas Speedway for the 13th annual Hollywood Casino 400. Currently 43 drivers are featured on this weekends entry list for the race. No drivers will go home after qualifying today.

Many of the drivers featured this weekend include, Cole Whitt, Timmy Hill, Landon Cassill No. 33, Tony Raines No. 40, Justin Allgaier, and Reed Sorenson.

Storylines

Kyle Busch has a hurdle to get over this weekend at the Kansas Speedway where he has not ran so well. In twelve starts at this track, he has earned only two top-10 finishes. His best finish came back in 2006 where he came home in seventh.

Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon and Greg Biffle are still not out of the Chase just yet. Harvick currently sits 39 points behind leader Matt Kenseth. He comes into Kansas Speedway with no wins, but has captured six top-10 finishes. Jeff Gordon is also 39 points behind from the lead this weekend. Gordon captured the first two wins at the 1.5-mile oval in 2001 and 2002. He has only scored one top-10 in the last four races at this track. Greg Biffle is one of the favorites this weekend as he looks for his third win at Kansas. He has nine top-10s in 14 starts and currently sits sixth in the points standings.

Justin Allgaier will make his second NASCAR Sprint Cup start this weekend driving the No. 51 BRANDT Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing. His last start did not go so well after being involved in a racing incident early on. He was however, able to come back out onto the track for a 27th place finish at the Chicagoland Speedway.

You can catch this weekend’s race live at 1:00 P.M. Et. On ESPN. The Motor Racing Network will provide live radio coverage of the event. Not near a station? You can listen to MRN live on TuneIn Application, motorracingnetwork.com, and on AudioNow by dialing 1-832-999-1717 on your phone.

This weekend the NASCAR Nationwide Series will move on to the Kansas Speedway for the 13th Annual Kansas Lottery 300. The entry list currently features 42 unique drivers who will try and make their way into the race on Saturday afternoon. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. is the defending race winner.

The entry list features some interesting drivers this weekend include, Landon Cassill, Chase Miller, Chris Buescher, Matt Kenseth, Dakota Armstrong, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Ken Butler, Paul Menard, James Buescher, Hal Martin, J.J. Yeley, Danny Efland, and Bryan Silas.

Eleven drivers will battle to get into the race this weekend since two will be going home after qualifying. These drivers include, Blake Koch, Chase Miller, Chris Buescher, Matt Kenseth, Dakota Armstrong, James Buescher, Ryan Sieg, Josh Wise, J.J. Yeley, Joey Gase, and Mike Harmon.

Points leader Sam Hornish, Jr. goes into this weekends race four points ahead of second place Austin Dillon. Hornish has to start grabbing good finishes starting this weekend if he wants to contend for the championship.

The Penske dominance continues strong this weekend as they're running for a owners championship. The team currently leads the owners standings by 28 total points over Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54.

Last season Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. took the win at the Kansas Speedway by leading a total of 25 of the 206 laps that made up the distance. Trevor Bayne goes into the weekend looking for the teams second win of the season. His last victory came at the Iowa Speedway in June.

You can catch this weekends race live at 3:30 P.M. Et. on ESPN. The Motor Racing Network will provide the live radio coverage of the event. You can find MRN radio live at Motorracingnetwork.com, TuneIn App, or on AudioNow by dialing 1-832-999-1717 on your mobile phone.

This weekend the ARCA Racing Series will hit the track for the 13th Annual Kansas Lottery 98.9 The Rock. The entry list currently features a total of 33 unique race car drivers. Alex Bowman is the defending race winner after scoring back-to-back wins in 2011 and 2012.

The many drivers this weekend include Brad Smith, John Wes Townley, Corey LaJoie, Tom Berte, Scott Lagassi, Jr., Darrell Basham, Mark Meuier, Dylan Kwasniewski, Mark Thompson, Chris Bailey, Bobby Grewohl, Justin Allison, Steven Mathews, Josh Williams, Zach Ralston.

John Wes Townley won the ARCA Racing Series race at Daytona earlier this season will try to close out the season with a bang. Townley has four starts this season in ARCA and has only finished once in the top-10. He will be one of the strongest drivers to watch tomorrow night at the Kansas Speedway.

The Rookie of the Year battle is really tight coming into Kansas this weekend between Justin Boston and Mason Mingus. Boston leads the standings by just six points over Mason.

Justin Allison will make his ARCA Racing Series debut tomorrow night in the No. 88 HAVACOSALES.com Ford. Allison is from Salisbury, N.C. and he will be making his first professional Motorsports start this weekend.

Spencer Gallagher will be sporting a pink car supporting Breast Cancer Awareness around the Kansas Speedway tomorrow night. Spencer is excited about coming to Kansas Speedway where he felt like they had a great car during testing.

You can catch the ARCA Racing Series race from the Kansas Speedway live at 7:30 P.M. Et. live on Fox Sports 1. No live radio coverage of this event will be provided. You can follow live timing and scoring at arcaracing.com.

Sam Hornish, Jr. captured the pole for tonight’s second annual Kentucky 300 at the Kentucky Speedway. He ran a fast lap of 30.128 seconds, 179.235 mph. Sam earned his fourth career NASCAR Nationwide Series pole in 93 Nationwide starts. Hornish will start off in tonight’s race with a lot of momentum to extend his points lead.

 

Ryan Blaney ran the second fastest lap in the afternoon of 30.310 seconds, 178.159 mph. He will make his second top-10 start of the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series. Blaney looks to capture his first career win in the series tonight at Kentucky. He was just 0.182 seconds off of the pole sitter.

Defending race winner Austin Dillon, will start in the third spot after running a fast time of 30.330 seconds, 178.042 mph. Austin will make his 22nd top-10 start this season after 27 total races. He is another one of those drivers that is still looking for their first win of the 2013 season.

Nelson Piquet, Jr. was the highest qualifying rookie who will start tonight’s race from the 16th spot. His fastest time of the two runs clocked in at 30.765 seconds, 175.524 mph.

Only one car failed to qualify for tonight’s race and that was Danny Efland.

Corey LaJoie once again captured the win this afternoon in the 12th Annual Z-LOOP 150 at the Kentucky Speedway. Corey earned his third career win in the ARCA Racing Series in only his fourth start. He led a total of 33 total laps of the 100 that made up today’s event. This was the first ARCA series race held at the Kentucky Speedway since the 2009 season.

Mason Mitchell ended up second when the checkered flag flown to score his fifth top-10 finish this season. Mitchell led a total of 20 laps that made up the distance before LaJoie passed him for the race win with 33 laps left. Mitchell lost the race at the line by just 2.564 seconds.

Spencer Gallagher finished in the third position after starting the race all the way from twelfth position. Gallagher captured his fifth career finish for the young driver from Las Vegas, Nevada. He goes into next weeks ARCA Season finale at Kansas Speedway looking for his first career series victory. He also will make his 40th start after running in ARCA the last three years.

Qualifying was washed out yesterday afternoon and the field was set by owner points in the series.

In a couple weeks, the ARCA Racing Series heads off to the Kansas Speedway for the season finale. It will be the 13th Annual Kansas Lottery 98.9 The Rock. Race coverage can be seen live at 8:30 p.m. Et. on Fox Sports 1. Alex Bowman is the defending race winner.=

Tonight's ARCA Racing Series event at the Kentucky Speedway has been postponed to tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Et. and will be televised at the conclusion of the modified event on Fox Sports 2. 

 
All tickets to the event will be accepted tomorrow to both ARCA and NASCAR Nationwide Series events, but fans with only Z-LOOP 150 tickets are asked to relocate to an unoccupied seat. 
 
ARCA final practice went on schedule today before the rains hit the area. Frank Kimmel and Garrett Smithly smacked the wall and had to go to the backup car. 
 

Qualifying for the event was washed out, and the field was set by owner points. Points leader Frank Kimmel, will start the race from the pole tomorrow afternoon.

Jeff Gordon comes into New Hampshire this weekend looking to build onto his strong run after last weekend at the Chicagoland Speedway. Gordon finished the race right where he started from in the sixth position. Gordon will look to improve on his standings in the points this weekend at New Hampshire as he currently sits in the seventh spot.

 
Gordon has a lot of success at this track with three wins, 16 top-fives, and 22 top-10 finishes in 37 races. With that said, he'll definitely be a strong favorite to win, given his past success at short tracks. Gordon said it's all about capitalizing on that opportunity and making the most out of a track your good at.
 
"I look at Martinsville very similar that it is also one of those tracks. It doesn't guarantee anything, doesn't make the job any less hard," said Gordon. "We are going to have to fight and claw just like we have all year long to make it in the Chase and to get the results that we've had."
 
Martinsville is one of those tracks like New Hampshire where Gordon has had a lot of success. In 41 starts, Gordon has earned seven wins, 26 top-fives, and 33 top-10s. He also has an average finish of 7.0. His last win at Martinsville came back in October of 2005 and finished third there back in April of this year.
 
Dover could also be one of those tracks that could shoot him up higher in the standings as he has a 11.8 average finish in 41 total starts. In those starts, he has captured four wins, 16 top-fives, and 23 top-10 finishes. His last win at Dover came back in the Spring of 2001.
 
Phoenix will be the second to the last race of the 2013 schedule. It is however, one of the very few short tracks where Gordon has had very little success at. In 29 starts, he has earned only two wins, 10 top-fives, and 20 top-10 finishes. Gordon's average finish currently sits at 11.4 with a 10.9 average starting position at Phoenix.
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