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Matthew Jackson

Matthew Jackson

Christopher Bell won Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Bell led all but just 20 laps in route to victory on Saturday afternoon.

For Toyota, this is their first victory with the for the Supra that they're using this season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

"First Supra win in the Xfinity Series, so that means a lot for me to be able to win the first one," Christopher Bell told Fox Sports.

Mist and foggy conditions would cancel qualifying, so the starting lineup would be set by points and Cole Custer would be awarded the pole position. Bell would pass Cole Custer on the first lap and he would remain in control of the lead for the entire fist stage.

Thanks to Bell's pit crew, a clean stop would give driver No. 20 the top spot for the start of the second stage and he would lead all but one lap as his Toyota would take control of the early part of the race.

Driver No. 20 would loose his lead during green flag pit stops but cycled back to the lead with 30 laps remaining. With just eight laps remaining, Bell would see his lead gap come to an end due to a caution. However, that didn't stop the Joe Gibbs Racing driver as he would go onto claim his first win of the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.

Rounding out the top five were Cole Custer in second, Justin Allgaier in third, Brandon Jones in fourth and Tyler Reddick in fifth.

Jeffery Earnhardt, the grandson of the late Dale Earnhardt, finished sixth for his first career top-ten finish. This year Earnhardt will run a partial deal with Joe Gibbs Racing.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will head to Las Vegas Motor Speedway next Saturday, March 24th for the running of the Boyd Gaming 300.

Stage 1 Winner: Christopher Bell

Stage 2 Winner: Christopher Bell

Race Winner: Christopher Bell

Denny Hamlin won Sunday's 61st annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

Hamlin was able to stay ahead of three wrecks in the final 17 laps - including a jaw dropping 21-car collision 10 laps from the originally scheduled finish.

For Hamlin, this marks his second victory in the Great American Race in the last four tries. In addition, it was a top 3 finish for Joe Gibbs Racing as Kyle Busch was second and Erik Jones was third.

Joey Logano and Michael McDowell would round out the top five.

"What happened here is really unreal," Joe Gibbs told Fox after the race, referring to his son JD Gibbs who passed away last month. "I'm emotionally shot. I'm just saying, what happened here was really unreal. I think JD had the best view of everything."

"The whole family, they've done so much for me over the course of my career. This one's for JD. We're desperately going to miss him for the rest of our lives. His legacy still lives on through Joe Gibbs Racing." Denny Hamlin told Fox after the race.

Sunday was Hamlin's first NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series win since Darlington in late summer of 2017. Hamlin would snap a 47-race winless streak.

Rounding out the top 10 were Ty Dillion in sixth, Kyle Larson in seventh, Ryan Preece in eighth, Jimmie Johnson in ninth and Ross Chastain in tenth.

"The Big One," which everyone comes to expect on Superspeedway's such as Daytona and Talladega occurred on Lap 191. Paul Menard bump-drafted Matt DiBenedetto, triggering the massive pileup that brought out the red flag.

On Lap 194, another seven-car wreck occurred involving Ricky Stenhouse Jr., ALex Bowman, Chase Elliott and others. Then with two laps to go, the race was sent to overtime after another wreck.

Sunday marked the final restrictor plate race in NASCAR history. Now on, tapered spacers will replace restrictor plates at Daytona and Talladega.

Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch

Stage 2 Winner: Ryan Blaney

Race Winner: Denny Hamlin

Saturday night belonged to the champions of the NASCAR Xfinity Series (Tyler Reddick) and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (Brett Moffitt).

Reddick was honored for his NASCAR Xfinity Series title driving the No. 9 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports.

"This year was a big character-building year for me and it's a great honor to bring JR Motorsports its third NASCAR Xfinity Series championship," Reddick said in his championship speech.

Reddick bookended his season with victories at Daytona in February and winning the season finale race at Homestead-Miami.

"With each race, he handled his business. He was aggressive and did everything he needed to do. Just really impressed with him. Looking forward to seeing what he can do next year at RCR. It's going to be fun to race against him," Dale Earnhardt Jr.said when presented with the championship owner award in the Xfinity Series.

Reddick will defend his 2018 crown with Richard Childress Racing in 2019.

Brett Moffitt was honored for his championship in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Moffitt surged to six wins with Hattori Racing Enterprises in 2018. The championship was also the first for team owner Shigeaki Hattori.

"When the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series kicked off in February, our Hattori Racing team only had four races on the schedule," Brett Moffitt said during his championship speech. "So to be standing here today in front of you as the 2018 champion is truly an honor and quite unbelievable."

Moffitt who was released by Hattori Racing Enterprises following his championship season said that he's still working on his plans for the 2019 season.

Both Tyler Reddick and Brett Moffitt received thier championship ring and Goodyear presented each driver with a silver replica of their car and truck.

2018 Monster Energy Cup Series champion Joey Logano was also honored with the 2018 Comcast Community Champion Award. Each of the championship 4 drivers in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, Johnny Sauter) and NASCAR Xfinity Series (Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric, Christopher Bell) each gave speeches discussing their 2018 season.

Below is a list of the awards that were handed out on Saturday night:

Camping World Truck Series

Mahle Engine Builder of the Year: Victor Garcia, llmor Engines

Duralast Brake in the Race Award: Noah Gragson, No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota

Mobil 1 Driver of the Year: Johnny Sauter, No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet

Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Myatt Snider, No. 13 ThorSport Racing Ford

Manufacturer Championship: Chevrolet

Champion Sponsor: AISIN Group

Champion Crew Chief Award: Scott Zipadelli, No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota

Champion: Brett Moffitt, No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota


Xfinity Series

Mahle Engine Builder of the Year: Doug Yates, Roush Yates Engines

Duralast Brake in the Race Award: Daniel Hemric, No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

Mobil 1 Driver of the Year: Christopher Bell, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Tyler Reddick, No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet 

Manufacturer Championship: Chevrolet 

Champion Car Owner Award: No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

Champion Crew Chief Award: David Elenz, No.9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet

Champion Owner Award: Dale Earnhardt Jr., JR Motorsports

Champion: Tyler Reddick, No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet

The NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will award their champions tonight after a long season which came to an end just several weeks ago in Homestead, FL.

Tyler Reddick (Xfinity) and Brett Moffitt (Camping World) will take home the heavy hardware tonight at the Charlotte Convention Center in uptown Charlotte, NC.

Reddick, who drove the No. 9 for Jr Motorsports will embark to Richard Childress Racing in 2019 , driving Daniel Hemric's former ride in the NASCAR Xfinity Series as Hemric will move up to the Monster Energy Cup Series taking over Ryan Newman's ride.

Moffitt, on the other hand has no ride for 2019 at this time after Hattori Racing announced just days ago that Moffitt would be leaving their team due to sponsorship issues.

In 2018, Moffitt compiled 6 wins, 13 Top 5's, 13 Top 10's, 269 laps led with an average start of 11.7 and an average finish of 8.9.

NASCAR will also honor each perspective series Most Popular Driver Award. Noah Gragson (Camping World) and Elliott Sadler (Xfinity).

The NASCAR Xfinity Series/Camping World Truck Series awards will air next Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN.

Tyler Reddick held off Cole Custer to win at Homestead on Saturday and bring home the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series title to JR Motorsports.

For Reddick, this marks his second win of the season. His first win of the season came at Daytona back in Febuary beating teammate Elliott Sadler by inches.

Reddick was ahead of Cole Custer due to a bad decision by Custer's team during the final round of pit stops. Just like the NASCAR Camping Wold Truck Series race on Friday night, there were no yellow flags in Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race outside from the breaks after the end of each stage.

Reddick's race-winning and championship-winning pass came on Lap 163 of the 200-Lap race when he passed title contender Christopher Bell. Bell fell back from the lead after Reddick's pass and ended up being a non-factor at the end after getting a flat tire.

"I just knew we had to execute. I thought we had a chance if we just made it to Homestead, It rewards my aggression.

Tonight, we hit the wall a lot but the car kept in one piece, enough for me to get to the end," Reddick said following Saturday's race.

Daniel Hemric who was also in the title hunt, finished fourth. 

For JR Motorsports, this is their second-straight NASCAR Xfinity Series title for the organization. William Byron who won last year, moved up to the Monster Energy Cup Series driving the iconic No. 24 for Hendrick Motorsports. Saturday's win for Reddick also marked his final win with JR Motorsports because he's taking over Daniel Hemric's ride for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Hemric, who has been in the Championship hunt the past two years at Homestead will be moving up to the Monster Energy Cup Series for Richard Childress Racing driving the No. 31 due to Ryan Newman going to Roush Fenway Racing in 2019.

Rounding out the top five was completed by Cole Custer in second, John Hunter Nemecheck in third, Daniel Hemric in fourth and Austin Cindric in fifth.

Elliott Sadler who announced earlier this season that he would be leaving from full-time competition, finished fourteenth.

Christopher Bell won Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at ISM Raceway to punch his ticket into the Championship 4 next Saturday at Homestead.

Bell entered Saturday 34 points out from the cutoff. Driver NO. 20 started 38th after after his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry did not get through inspection in time to qualify.

Bell would drive through the field and take control of the lead on Lap 108 when he passed John Hunter Nemecheck.

Driver NO. 20 would lead 94 laps in route to his seventh win of the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.

Rounding out the top five were Daniel Hemric in second, Matt Tifft in third, Austin Cindric in fourth and Ryan Preece in fifth.

"I'll be honest after Kansas and Texas i kind of just accepted we wouldn't be able to get there, Bell told NBC. "Just came over here with a 'Let's have fun attitude.' We didn't really make our way up front that fast. I kind of got stalled out once i got into the top 15. I knew this thing was really fast because yesterday in practice it was really good. That clean air just meant so much. My pit crew did an amazing job... We're going to Miami baby!"

Those eliminated from the Championship 4 include; Justin Allgaier, who won five races in 2018, Elliott Sadler, who will not compete full-time after the end of the 2018 season, Austin Cindric and Matt Tifft.

The Championship 4 drivers include: Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric and Tyler Reddick.

The NASCAR Xfinty Series will head into Homestead, Miami next Saturday in the running of the Ford EcoBoost 300 with coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN.

Stage 1 Winner: Justin Allgaier

Stage 2 Winner: Justin Allgaier

Race Winner: Christopher Bell

Cole Custer won Saturday's O'Reilly Autoparts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Custer got into the side of race-leader Tyler Reddick on the backstretch of the final lap and was able to hold off Reddick for the victory.

This was Custer's second NASCAR Xfinity Series win.

"I can't believe it," Cole Custer told NBCSN. "We just did all we could. I drove it in deeper than i have all weekend into Turn 1 trying to get on Reddick's bumper. It worked out."

Saturday's win for Custer sends him and the 00 team to the Championship 4 in just two weeks at Homestead, where he will compete for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship. Custer will head into Homestead with confidence because Custer won the Homestead race just won year ago but was not in the Championship 4 at the time.

Rounding out the top five were Tyler Reddick in second, Austin Cindric in third, John Hunter Nemecheck in fourth and Justin Allgaier in fifth.

Rounding out the top ten were Brandon Jones in sixth, Matt Tifft in seventh, Elliott Sadler in eighth, Spencer Gallagher in ninth and Daniel Hemric in tenth.

Title-contender Christopher Bell would see his day come to an end early after Austin Cindric got into the left-rear of Bell and Bell would spin and back into the Turn 2 wall.

"I won six races this year. I've got a chance to win two or more," Bell said. "I'm going to go out there and try to win races. I've never been a points racer and my results show for that."

"I'm either up front or crashing."

Christopher Bell would finish in 32nd.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will head into ISM Raceway next Saturday in the running of the Whelen Trusted to Perform 200 with coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN.


Stage 1 Winner: Daniel Hemric

Stage 2 Winner: Cole Custer

Race Winner: Cole Custer

Joey Logano clinched his playoff spot in the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with his win at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.

Logano bumped Martin Truex Jr. out of the way for the win after Truex Jr. took the lead on the final lap. Both Logano and Truex Jr. raced each other hard in the closing laps of Sunday's race but on the final lap coming to the finish line, Logano would bump Truex Jr. out of the way giving Joey Logano and Team 22 their first victory at Martinsville.

Martin Truex Jr. was not pleased with Logano's move on the final lap.

"He may have won the battle but he ain't gonna win the damn war," Truex Jr. said.

Truex cleanly went around Joey Logano in Turns 1 and Turns 2 on the final lap. But given that the winner would automatically clinch their spot into the Championship 4 at Homestead, Logano moved Martin Truex Jr. out of the way for the win.

"I was next to him for six laps, I never knocked him out of the way. We were going to race hard for it in my book and i cleared him, fair and square. We weren't even banging doors for me to pass him. He just drove into the back of me and knocked me out of the way. That's short track racing but what goes around comes around." Martin Truex Jr. said following Sunday's race.

Joey Logano however says it was just short track racing at its finest.

"It's racing. It's what we've got to do to get there. We've got to get there first.

Some aren't going to like it but i'm a hard racer." Logano said.

Rounding out the top five were Denny Hamlin in second, Martin Truex Jr. in third, Kyle Busch in fourth and Brad Keselowski in fifth.

Rounding out the top ten were Kurt Busch in sixth, Chase Elliott in seventh, Ryan Newman in eighth, Daniel Suarez in ninth and Kevin Harvick in tenth.

The Monster Energy Cup Series will head into Texas Motor Speedway next Sunday with live coverage of the AAA Texas 500 beginning at 3:00 PM Eastern on NBCSN and PRN Radio.


Stage 1 Winner: Denny Hamlin

Stage 2 Winner: Joey Logano

Race Winner: Joey Logano


Playoff Standings:

1. Joey Logano (Martinsville win)

2. Kyle Busch, 4,104

3. Martin Truex Jr., 4,083

4. Kevin Harvick, 4,083

5. Kurt Busch, 4,048

6. Chase Elliott, 4,042

7. Aric Almirola, 4,033

8. Clint Bowyer, 4,031

Aric Almirola won Sunday's 1000 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Almirola passed his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch on the Turn 4 exit to grab his first win of the 2018 Monster Energy Cup Series season and advance into the third round of the playoffs.

"This is so awesome! It's Talladega! You guys are awesome," Almirola yelled to fans after his victory. "I've been so close so many times this year and this team, everybody believing in me, Tony Stewart, Gene Haas, thank you for giving me a chance.

"Four or five times this year i feel like we've had a shot to win and haven't been able to seal the deal. To come here, a place that i love - I won an Xfinity race here last year - I just love racing at Talladega.

"I came to this track with the mindset that we were going to race and give them hell. If we wrecked, we wrecked, and if we win, we win - and we won!"

Sunday ended his Almirola's 149-race winless streak in the Monster Energy Cup Series.

Rounding out the top five were Clint Bowyer in second, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in third, Denny Hamlin in fourth and Joey Logano in fifth.

Rounding out the top ten were AJ Allmendinger in sixth, Jimmie Johnson in seventh, Erik Jones in eighth, Paul Menard in ninth and Regan Smith in tenth.

Stewart-Haas Racing as a whole dominated on Sunday however, making it to the end for them was an issue and many other drivers at the front of the pack. The Stewart-Haas Racing organization last pitted on lap 138 of the scheduled 188 lap race that would go into overtime because of a wreck with three laps remaining.

Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer were running in the top four at the time of the incident. Harvick would have to exit the track and head for pit road before the race would go back to green with two laps to go.

The big one occurred when the field entered turn 1 on the final lap but NASCAR would keep the race green until the finish. Chase Elliott who won last week at Dover was involved in the crash on the final lap and would not get to finish the race.

The Monster Energy Cup Series heads into Kansas Speedway in the Round of 12 elimination race. Coverage begins next Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Eastern on NBC.


Stage 1 Winner: Kurt Busch

Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick

Race Winner: Aric Almirola


Point Standings: 1. Chase Elliott (Dover win)

2. Aric Almirola (Talladega win)

3. Kevin Harvick (+63 ahead of 8th place cutoff)

4. Kyle Busch (+46)

5. Joey Logano (+39)

6. Kurt Busch (+30)

7. Clint Bowyer (+21)

8. Martin Truex Jr. (+18)

9. Brad Keselowski (-18 behind 8th place cutoff)

10. Ryan Blaney (-22)

11. Kyle Larson (-26)

12. Alex Bowman (-68)

Chase Elliott won today's Gander Outdoors 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Elliott stayed out in front in the race's final set of pit stops to capture his second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory.

Driver No. 9 grabbed the command of the lead after the race leaders came to pit road when Clint Bowyer wrecked. The race would go back to green with six laps to go but another caution would come out when Aric Almirola lost control of his No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford and crashed into Brad Keselowski.

Almirola was leading when Bowyer had mechanical issues and crashed. Bowyer, who is Almirola's teammate at Stewart-Haas Racing. Almirola would hit the wall after hit pitted for mechanical issues.

The wreck between Almirola and Keselowski would set up a restart with two laps remaining. When the race resumed with two laps to go, Elliott would drive away from second place Denny Hamlin to get the win.

"I just feel like I've messed it up so many times," Elliott said. "I was like hey, here's your opportunity to make it right and do it right. I don't know. Today just felt different. Like in those positions, I just felt more confident and just excited about the opportunity instead of unsure of what was going to happen."

Rounding out the top five were Denny Hamlin in second, Joey Logano in third, Erik Jones in fourth, and Kurt Busch in fifth.

Rounding out the top ten were Kevin Harvick in sixth, Austin Dillion in seventh, Kyle Busch in eighth, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in ninth and Daniel Suarez in tenth.

The Monster Energy Cup Series will head into Talladega next Sunday in the running of the 1000 Bulbs 500. Coverage begins at 2:00 p.m. Eastern on NBC.

Stage 1 Winner: Kevin Harvick

Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick

Race Winner: Chase Elliott


Playoff Standings:

1. Chase Elliott (Dover Win)

2. Kevin Harvick, 3,101 points

3. Kyle Busch, 3, 096 points

4. Martin Truex Jr., 3,069 points

5. Joey Logano, 3, 064 points

6. Brad Keselowski, 3, 054 points

7. Kurt Busch, 3,054 points

8. Ryan Blaney, 3,043 points

9. Clint Bowyer, 3,033 points

10. Aric Almirola 3,033 points

11. Kyle Larson, 3,031 points

12. Alex Bowman, 3,009 points


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