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Martin Truex Jr. outlasted Kyle Larson in a restart with seven laps remaining to win Sunday's Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway.

Driver N0. 78 defended off championship favorites Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick.

"We're back baby, we're bahttps://speedwaydigest.com/index.php/submit-an-article#k2TabContentck!" Truex yelled shouted on his radio with excitment after winning the race.

The 2017 Monster Energy Cup Series champion took advantage of an occurance of cautions late in the race to score his second win of the 2018 season and second win at Pocono Raceway.

Larson who finished second, was followed by Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski rounding out the top five.

"We lost control of the race on pit road when we didn't come out first," said Harvick, who led 89 laps. "You win some and you loose some. Racing against guys like that, it's going to come down to splitting hairs and the 78 and the 18 both were good today."

For the most part, the three dominate cars of Harvick, Busch and Truex dominated the race on Sunday.

Who Struggled:

Logano and Jones: Joey Logano bumped Erik Jones, which sent driver NO. 20 around in a spin during a packed restart with 10 laps to go, leading to another caution.

Bowman and Hamlin: Denny Hamlin and Alex Bowman collided with 14 laps to go. Both drivers had damage due to the incident.

Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr.

Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick

Stage 3 Winner/Race Winner: Martin Truex Jr.

Next Race: The FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, June 10 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1.

Kyle Busch won Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 in dominating fashion.

Busch started from the pole and led 370 of the 400 lap race to score his fourth victory of the 2018 Monster Energy Cup Series season.

Sunday's win was also a milestone for driver NO. 18 as he now has a victory at all 23 of the Monster Energy Cup Series circuits.

"This one's very very special," Busch said in Victory Lane. "It's hard to top Homestead and the meaning of what winning the championship is but the Coke 600, I've dreamed of this race since I was a kid and being able to win this race.

"I was always watching the All-Star Race and the 600 the following weekend and then to be to come out here and now win the Coca-Cola 600, it's phenomenal. It's a little boy's race come true.

"I want to thank NASCAR for giving me the chance to come out here and have this opportunity to race for my dreams and to accomplish all those things."

Joey Logano took the lead early before busch powered his way to the front and won all four stages.

Driver NO. 18 stayed in the top spot during pit stops thanks to his JGR pit crew, only loosing his lead during green flag pit stops.

Kevin Harvick who we all thought would be a factor wrecked on lap 43. Slamming the outside wall, Harvick would finish in a dissapointing 40th.

2017 Monster Energy Cup Series Champion Martin Truex Jr. finished second to Kyle Busch after starting fifteenth. Driver NO. 18 had to face adversity as he was penalized for speeding in pit lane during the third stage of the race.

Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski was considerably slow the first half of the race, but made his way to the top ten and was running a race high of third with 20 laps to go.

Rounding out the top five were Denny Hamlin in third, Brad Keselowski in fourth and Jimmie Johnson in fifth.

Team Hendrick's Jimmie Johnson put on a steller performance to finish fifth. 2018 has now been up to Jimmie Johnson and team 48's standards as before Charlotte they were top 20 at best on some weekends.

Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch

Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch

Stage 3 Winner: Kyle Busch

Stage 4 Winner/Race Winner: Kyle Busch

Next Race: The Pocono 400 Sunday, June 2nd at 2:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1.

Brad Keselowski won today's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte MotorSpeedway in a overtime finish, claiming his second win in just his second start this season.

Keselowski, who started on the pole, won against Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, Ty Dillion and Elliott Sadler.

Keselowski's other win came at Phoenix.

The Team Penske NO.22 driver led for 78 laps, taking the lead again on Lap 161 of the 200-lap race.

Driver NO.22 overcame hot and humid conditions and an hour-long rain delay Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway to become the first repeat winner in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season.

"I don't know if i have ever been that hot in a race car," Keselowski said. "It was smoking out there."

Keselowski's Xfinty Series win comes just days after team owner Roger Penske was selected into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

 Kyle Busch:  Kyle Busch who won both stages of the race lost control of his NO.18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry in the third stage. This would ultimently trigger Busch's chance at victory on Saturday afternoon.

 Elliott Sadler: NASCAR Xfinity Series points leader Elliott Sadler has shown consistency throughout the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season. Thus far, Sadler has earned nine top fives and 10 top ten's, including a runner-up finish at Dover. Driver NO. 1 finished fifth today.

However, Sadler's winless streak reached 50. The Virginia native's last win was at Kentucky Speedway on September 24th, 2016.

 Kaz Grala:  Driving for Fury Race Cars, Kaz Grala had a very solid debut finishing in the 10th position. Grala will drive the NO. 61 Ford, Mustang for the next four races.

Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch

Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch

Stage 3 Winner/Race Winner: Brad Keselowski

Next Race: Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, June 2nd at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1.

Erik Jones, driver of the NO. 20 Toyota was fastest in Coca-Cola 600 final practice with a speed of 187.045 mph.

NASCAR was forced to cancel the first of two practices today at Charlotte Motor Speedway after weather tormented chances of a 9:05 a.m. practice session.

Driver NO. 20 put 55 laps on the board and was fastest to Kyle Larson. Jones was the only driver to crack 187 mph as Larson ran a lap of 186.664 mph.

Rounding out the top five were Team Penske's Ryan Blaney with a lap of 186.104 mph and Joey Logano at 186.047 mph. Denny Hamlin would round out the top five with a lap of 185.938 mph.

Rounding out the top ten were Stewart-Haas drivers Clint Bowyer with a lap of 185.688 mph, Kurt Busch with a lap of 185.663 mph, Paul Menard ran a lap of 185.459 mph, Kasey Kahne ran a lap of 185.141 mph and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top ten with a lap of 185.071 mph.

Pole-sitter Kyle Busch was 18th fastest in final practice with a lap of 184.691 mph.

Last year's Coca-Cola 600 winner Austin Dillion was 20th fastest with a lap of 184.420 mph.

Kevin Harvick had to serve a  penalty of 30 minutes for failing inspection three times. Harvick was 17th on the speed charts.

Parker Kligerman, Kasey Kahne and Aric Almirola had to serve a 15 minute penalty for failing inspection twice.

Coverage of the 59th annual Coca-Cola 600 is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox and PRN.

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average:

1. Erik Jones (184.579)

2. Kyle Larson (184.524)

3. Denny Hamlin (183.147)

4. Chase Elliott (183.134)

5. Joey Logano (183.105)

6. Ryan Newman (182.853)

7. Kevin Harvick (182.810)

8. Martin Truex Jr. (182.791)

9. Clint Bowyer (182.628)

10. Ryan Blaney (182.594)

11. Brad Keselowski (182.433)

12. Austin Dillion (182.236)

13. Jamie McMurray (182.230)

14. Aric Almirola (182.119)

15. Kyle Busch (182.103)

16. William Byron (182.050)

17. Kurt Busch (182.012)

18. Darrell Wallace Jr. (181.732)

19. Jimmie Johnson (181.566)

20. Daniel Suarez (181.535)

21. Alex Bowman (181.380)

22. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (181.171)

23. Kasey Kahne (181.075)

24. Paul Menard (180.679)

25. Michael McDowell (180.022)

26. David Ragan (179.442)

 

 

Stock car's most elite will battle it out Sunday in the sports longest race; the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Kevin Harvick will be searching for his third win in a row for the second time this season on Sunday. Also, Harvick will look to become the eighth winner to win both the All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600.

If driver NO. 4 was to win on Sunday, he would be the eighth to win the All-Star and Coca-Cola 600 after Darrell Waltrip, Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch.

Kyle Busch will look to give Kevin Harvick some competition on Sunday as Busch has won three races this season and remains a contender at the 1.5 mile tracks.

Daniel Suarez is coming off of a impressive run last Saturday night, finishing second to Harvick.

The 400 lapper at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be a test for the sports bests. Staying on top of the track changes will be a key to all as the sun sets the track will become much cooler, giving more grip to the drivers. But when the green flag drops under the sun, the track will be hot, slick and a test for many.

Weekend Schedule:

Thursday:

2:35 p.m. ET - 3:25 p.m. ET: Monster Energy Cup Series Practice, FS1

4:05 p.m. ET - 4:55 p.m. ET: NASCAR Xfinity Series Practice, FS1

6:00 p.m. ET - 6:50 p.m. ET: NASCAR Xfinity Series Final Practice, FS1

7:15 p.m. ET: Monster Energy Cup Series Qualifying, FS1

Saturday:

9:05 a.m. ET - 9:55 a.m. ET: Monster Energy Cup Series Practice, FS1

10:10 a.m. ET: NASCAR Xfinity Series Qualifying, FS1

11:05 a.m. ET - 11:55 a.m. ET: Monster Energy Cup Series Final Practice, FS1.

1:00 p.m. ET: NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 (200 laps, 300 miles), FOX

Sunday:

6:00 p.m. ET: Monster Energy Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 (400 laps, 600 miles) FOX

Kevin Harvick becomes one million dollars richer with his victory Saturday night.

Harvick held off the hard charging Daniel Suarez in overtime of the final stage to win Saturday nights Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. 

While this win may not count points wise, it sure adds to the magnificent season of team NO. 4. 

"Thank you, thank you, thank you" Harvick yelled over his radio after crossing the finish line. Harvick's crew would then join the celebration by climbing the frontstretch fence. 

Saturday's race was the first run a NASCAR's new aero package that feature front air ducks, restrictor plates, larger rear spoiler and splitter.

"We got a little behind on the first pit stop and traffic wasn't our friend," Harvick said in Victory Lane. "I mean these guys built a really, really fast Ford. I have to say thank you to the aero department and the fab shop and all the guys in engineering.

"And special thanks to the Roush-Yates engine department. They put a lot of effort in, they love restrictor-plate racing - and we won!"

Joey Logano finished third, Denny Hamlin finished fourth and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five. 

When the final stage went underway, Harvick would lead the field, just behind him was Daniel Suarez in second, Kyle Larson in third, Ryan Blaney in fourth and Joey Logano rounding out the top five. 

Ryan Blaney would take third position away from Daniel Suarez after the race restarted. 

Denny Hamlin would move into third behind Harvick and Suarez with six laps remaining. 

Joey Logano's and Kyle Larson's night wouldn't get much better as with two laps remaining the two drivers would make contact. The two drivers would make contact on Turn 4, ultimately sending sending Logano into the wall and Kyle Larson through the infield grass. As result, the All-Star Race would then go into overtime with Harvick in control of the top spot and Suarez in second, Hamlin in third, Logano in fourth and Jimmie Johnson rounding out the top five. 

All-Star Race Results

Stage 1 Winner: Kevin Harvick

Stage 2 Winner Kyle Busch 

Stage 3 Winner/Race Winner: Kevin Harvick

Next Race: Coca-Cola 600 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, May 27th on Fox. 

 

NASCAR made the decision to let teams have a one hour practice session that would begin at 11:30 a.m. Eastern. The session would be combined with drivers from tonight's All-Star Open and All-Star Race. 

Kyle Larson would lead the combined All-Star final practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway. 

Driver NO. 42 ran a lap time of 31.159 with a speed of 173.255 mph. The Elk Grove, California native will start from the sixteenth position Saturday night. 

Rounding out the top five were Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola and Daniel Suarez. 

Daniel Suarez would lead the field of All-Star Open drivers with a lap of 31.276 and a speed of 172.656 mph.

Pole sitter Matt Kenseth was 20th fastest.

Tonight's All-Star Open coverage is slated to begin at 6:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1. Four drivers from the All-Star Open will transfer into the All-Star Race; Stage 1 winner, Stage 2 winner, Stage 3 winner and fan vote. 

All-Star Race coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1. 

Final Practice Results: 

1. Kyle Larson

2. Clint Bowyer

3. Aric Almirola

5. Daniel Suarez

6. Darrell Wallace Jr. 

7. Kurt Busch

8. Alex Bowman

9. Ryan Blaney 

10. Chase Elliott

11. Jimmie Johnson

12. Kyle Busch

13. Brad Keselowski

14. Ryan Newman

15. Austin Dillion

16. Joey Logano

17. Denny Hamlin

18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 

19. Martin Truex Jr.

20. Matt Kenseth

21. Kasey Kahne

22. Chris Buescher

23. Michael McDowell

24. Erik Jones

25. Paul Menard

26. Ty Dillion

27. William Byron

28. David Ragan 

29. Jamie McMurray 

30. AJ Allmendinger

31. Matt DiBenedetto

32. Corey LaJoie

33. Gray Gaulding 

34. Landon Cassill

35. Reed Sorenson 

36. BJ McLeod 

37. Ross Chastain 

38. Timmy Hill

 

Johnny Sauter won a ten lap shootout on Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway to score his 20th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career victory. 

Friday nights win was Sauter's third win of the 2018 season and first at Charlotte Motor Speedway in his 10th start. 

“We won at Charlotte!” Sauter told his team after picking up the win. “This is the biggest of my life.”

“This is a tough place. Everyone wants to win here,” Sauter told Fox Sports 1 in Victory Lane.

While Kyle Busch was racing Brandon Jones hard for the second position, it would help Sauter cruise to victory Friday night. 

Kyle Busch passed Brandon Jones for the second position. Jones would finish in the third position, Brett Moffitt fourth and Ben Rhodes rounding out the top five. 

Kyle Busch battled back to finish second after pit road penalties would hurt his chances of winning on Friday night. Brandon Jones third place finish is his eighth career top five finish. Brett Moffitt picked up his fourth top five place finish of the year.

“It was a great day for us,” Jones said. “It was a blast to come run this race and I think we learned some things when we come back next weekend to run the Xfinity race.”

Grant Enfinger finished in the outside of the top ten after he lost a tire with 10 laps remaining in the first stage. Matt Crafton would finish seventh despite contact with Todd Gilliland on a restart with 17 laps remaining. Gilliland rammed into the back of Crafton's NO. 88 which would cause smoke and force Crafton to pit for some repairs. 

Stage 1 Winner: Brett Moffitt

Stage 2 Winner: John Hunter Nemechek

Next Race: Rattlesnake 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on June, 8th at 9:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1. 

 

Matt Kenseth, driver of the #6 DoYouKnowJack Ford, poses for a photo after winning the pole award during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 18, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Matt Kenseth hopes Friday's Monster Energy All-Star pole is a sign of good things to come from team N0. 6.

Kenseth will run a partial schedule this year with his former team Roush Fenway Racing at select races. Driver NO. 6 will start alongside teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on Saturday night. 

”I’m just getting started, so I am still in the catch-up mode,” Kenseth said. ”I’m trying to get caught up to Ricky and just get running.”

Kenseth started his rookie season with Roush in 2000 before leaving at the end of 2012 to go to Joe Gibbs Racing.

Kenseth; however, would be without a ride after Homestead of 2017. 

The Wisconsin native agreed in April of 2018 to return to Roush Fenway Racing, which he will share the NO. 6 with 2012 Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne. Kenseth's first race of 2018 was at Kansas last Saturday. However, he would wreck with fifteen laps remaining, 

Ford would claim six out of the top ten spots in qualifying. 

Kevin Harvick, who heads into Saturday night on a hot streak with five Monster Energy Cup Series wins, most recent at Kansas Speedway last weekend.

Saturday's 80 lap shootout will feature Restrictor Plates; just like the ones NASCAR uses at Daytona and Talladega. 

Restrictor Plates aren't the only rule change heading into Saturday night. Also, the cars will carry a six inch spoiler on the rear deck lid, hoping to create more passing opportunities. NASCAR most recently used this package at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year, which had a record number of lead changes. 

2017 All-Star Race winner; Kyle Busch, will start seventh. 

”Way, way slower,” Busch said of his car this year. ”Everything all around. I think obviously the cars are just slower to begin with, but I think I was just a little tentative to it, which is what you’d expect, I guess, with no practice. I think it’s gonna be a crapshoot on how this race goes and how it plays out.”

2018 All-Star Race Format: 30 laps, 20 laps and 20 laps with a 10 lap shootout. 

Coverage of the 2018 Monster Energy All-Star Race is slated to begin at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1. 

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