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Matthew Jackson

Matthew Jackson

Kyle Busch took his momentum from Texas Motor Speedway last Sunday to Bristol Motor Speedway on Monday.

Busch passed race leader Kyle Larson with just six laps remaining and won for the seventh time at the coliseum in Tennessee.  

The Food City was postponed yesterday on lap 204 of 500 and resumed back shortly after 1:00 p.m. Eastern on Monday.

Busch has been on a good strand as of late, finishing first twice, second three times and third twice. He started on the Pole after having the fastest lap in qualifying on Friday afternoon. 

Sunday put Busch in some elite company at Bristol as his win today is the most of all active drivers and fifth in the tracks history. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has led 2,233 Cup laps at Bristol Motor Speedway, passing Richard Petty for seventh all time. 

"There were certainly a lot of 18 M&M's folks here today, so appreciate Rowdy Nation showing up and supporting the cause and getting us a good reception there in Victory Lane right around the start‑finish line area there when I got out of the car and then again in Victory Lane. I saw a lot that were kind of guests of the racetrack that kind of came over and came down onto the racetrack, so it was cool." - Busch added. 

Kyle Larson, led 200 laps finished second on Monday. Jimmie Johnson had his best day of the 2018 season, finishing third, followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Alex Bowman.  

"We've been talking about our cars performing better and driving better and creating speed the last three weeks or so, but to finally back it up with a solid finish is exactly what we needed." - said Johnson   

Food City 500 Race Results

Stage 1 Winner: Brad Keselowski

Stage 2 Winner: Brad Keselowski

Race Winner: Kyle Busch

Next Race: Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway at 6:30 p.m. ET on April 21 on FOX. 

 

 

 

NASCAR's hope of completing the remainder of Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway has came to an end. 

Sunday's race was delayed by rain before the start and delayed three different times for the inclement weather. When the third delay came shortly after 5 p.m. ET, NASCAR would make the decision to come back Monday afternoon for the completion. 

Kyle Larson was the race leader when the third delay came at lap 204 of 500. Per NASCAR rulebook, in order for a race to be called Stage 1 & Stage 2 must be completed. The end of the second stage at Bristol Motor Speedway is lap 250, meaning we needed 46 more laps for the race to be official. 

The first 204 laps have been intense to say the least. Michael McDowell crashed early in Stage 1 and took out Chase Elliott, and Martin Truex Jr. on lap 3. Near the completion of Stage 1, race leader Ryan Blaney got caught up in trouble as he was the bystander of a occurring wreck ahead of the Team Penske driver. This crash would end Blaney's day and give teammate Brad Keselowski the win in Stage 1. 

The completion of the Food City 500 can be seen Monday at 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX.

 

According to a report from NBC Sports, NASCAR is "expected" to have teams run restrictor plates in the May 19th Monster Energy Cup Series All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Restrictor Plates which is most commonly used at tracks such as Talladega and Daytona are used to help the cars create a pack or group form of racing. If all goes well, this will create more side-by-side racing throughout the All-Star Race. 

The All-Star Race has had its issues over the past few years with new rule changes to the event. For example, Matt Kenseth's pit strategy sent the All-Star race into a mode of panic because of a late caution during the first segments in 2016 and the 2017 race's tire rules would confuse many of the competitors. 

A Goodyear executive said the softer tire compound used in 2017 will not return in 2018.  

NBC Sports learned through industry sources that a decision is expected to be made on Wednesday by 6 P.M. Eastern if restrictor plates will be used in this years All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. 

Ryan Blaney put on a clinic on Saturday afternoon to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series Race at Texas Motor Speedway, leading 132 of 200 laps to score his first Xfinity Series win of the year. 

The No. 22 piloted by Blaney would lead the final 46 laps to earn Team Penske its third consecutive victory of the 2018 season. 

“Our Fitzgerald Glider Kits Mustang was amazing all weekend, really,” Blaney told Fox. “We got behind a little bit getting loose on that restart (with 15 laps to go in Stage 2). With the different strategies in second stage there we had to come from behind a little bit. The car was great. … It’s finally nice to win one here in Texas.”

The NASCAR Xfinity Series was back on-track after a two week break since Blaney's Team Penske teammates Joey Logano who won at California and Brad Keselowski who won at ISM Raceway. 

The four Xfinity Series drivers who are eligible for the Dash 4 Cash next weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway include Bell, Hemric, Custer, and Preece. 

Blaney won ahead of Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer, and Ryan Preece. 

Saturday was Blaney's seventh Xfinity Series victory. On Sunday, Blaney will start from the fourth position. 

Stage 1 Winner: Ryan Blaney

Stage 2 Winner: Brandon Jones (wrecked on lap 99)

Next Race: Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway at 1 p.m. ET on April 14 on FS1. 

 

 

JOLIET, Ill. (April 5, 2018) - Chicagoland Speedway announced today that country music star Randy Houser will perform before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton's 400 on Sunday, July 1. The Overton's 400 pre-race concert is presented by New Country, Chicago's BIG 95.5.

Born and raised in Lake, Mississippi, Houser formed his own band at the age of 10, and eventually moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music. His recognizable booming, yet soulful voice has paved the way to appearances on Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live and a special performance on The Voice.

Houser holsters four Number One singles under his belt, and has been nominated for numerous CMA, ACM and CMT awards. Some of his most notable hits include: "Runnin' Outta Moonlight," "How Country Feels," "Goodnight Kiss," "Like a Cowboy" and "Boots On." He will perform many of these hits and more for fans during the pre-race concert on the Chicagoland Speedway tri-oval infield grass, beginning at approximately 11:30 a.m. as part of the pageantry leading up to the final race of the Stars and Stripes weekend.

"Hosting a premier performer and iconic musician like Randy has become part of our Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tradition," said Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway. "We're looking forward to Randy's electric performance, which will be a great addition in an already robust and energetic schedule of festivities."

A special package is available for Houser's biggest fans: for just $75 they are guaranteed front-row access for his concert and an Infield Fan Zone Pit Pass (grandstand ticket not included). The Fan Zone Pit Pass is required to enter the infield for the concert.

Alternatively, starting at $89, fans can purchase a grandstand ticket and Fan Zone Pit Pass which grant access to the infield and puts them in close proximity to the concert, the red carpet walk and access to driver introductions. Fans with grandstand tickets will have the ability to view and listen to the concert from their seat as well.

Tickets can be purchased online at chicagolandspeedway.com, by calling 888-629-7223, through the Chicagoland Speedway mobile app, or by visiting the Chicagoland Speedway Administrative office Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The exclusive pre-race concert packages can be found at chicagolandspeedway.com/randyhouser.

For the most current information about Chicagoland Speedway, follow us on Facebook along with Twitter and Instagram @chicagolndspdwy.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway will take place on July 1 as part of the four-race weekend June 28 - July 1. The weekend will kick off on Thursday, June 28 with the SCOTT® 150 ARCA Racing Series followed by NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Overton's 225 under the lights on Friday night. On Saturday, June 30, the NASCAR XFINITY Series Overton's 300 will hit the track as the precursor to Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton's 400 showdown.

 

--- Chicagoland Speedway ---

CONCORD, N.C. (April 3, 2018) - Iconic brand and thirst quenching favorite SunnyD will make its 2018 debut this weekend as the primary partner on Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s No. 17 Ford Fusion for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. SunnyD will be featured on Stenhouse's Ford the following week at Bristol Motor Speedway, and will also serve as the primary partner on Roush Fenway's famed No. 60 NASCAR Xfinity Series Ford when racing phenom Ty Majeksi makes his Bristol debut.

"We can't wait to see those SunnyD colors back on the car at Texas and Bristol," said Stenhouse. "It's always the best looking car on the race track and we have so much fun teaming up with those guys. Texas and Bristol have been great tracks for us and hopefully we will be cooling off in victory lane with a cold SunnyD during the next couple of weeks."

Roush Fenway and SunnyD will team up over the next two weeks to provide fans with unique behind the scenes looks, giveaways and other original content as SunnyD takes over the weekend at Bristol.

In addition to on-track success, Roush Fenway and SunnyD have teamed together in several unique social programs and promotions. Last season's 'Race with Ricky Sweepstakes', which offered fans a once in a lifetime opportunity to race against Stenhouse, received over a half a million entries and was recognized with a prestigious MarCom Gold Award as one of the most successful integrated marketing campaigns of the year. The partnerships platform launch in 2016 was a massive success, garnering industry recognition as a finalist for a PR News' Platinum Award.

--- Roush Fenway Racing ---

Kurt Busch’s contract with Stewart-Haas Racing expires at the end of the 2018 season. And the team said Wednesday it “fully expects” Busch to return in 2019.

The team issued the statement — a statement issued just six races into the 36-race season — to the Sports Business Journal on Wednesday evening.

“SHR fully expects to have Kurt Busch back in its No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford in 2019 and has had no other conversations regarding the No. 41 team.”

Busch signed a one-year extension of sorts with the team after the 2017 season. We say “of sorts” because the team said it wouldn’t be picking Busch’s contract option during the season but Busch re-signed with the team in December.

Busch joined Stewart-Haas Racing before the 2014 season when the team expanded to four full-time cars. He’s made the playoffs in each of his four seasons with the team and has won five races, including the 2017 Daytona 500.

But the “industry rumblings” have come at a time where NASCAR teams have turned to younger (and cheaper) drivers. At 39, Busch is one of the older drivers in the series and his 2004 championship is now the least recent title won by an active driver.

Plus Stewart-Haas would have a potential in-house replacement for Busch if it wanted to go in that direction for 2019. Cole Custer is in his second year driving for the team’s Xfinity Series team and won the 2017 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Custer made his Cup Series debut at Las Vegas earlier this season and finished 25th.

 

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Martinsville Speedway

Infraction Date: 3/26/2018 (post-race inspection)

Team: #3-Austin Dillon

Violation: Sections 10.9.10.4: Tires and Wheels. Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.

Penalty: Crew chief (Justin Alexander) has been fined $10,000. 

 

Infraction Date: 3/26/2018 (post-race inspection)

Team: #12-Ryan Blaney

Violation: Sections 10.9.10.4: Tires and Wheels. Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.

Penalty: Crew chief (Jeremy Bullins) has been fined $10,000.

 

Infraction Date: 3/26/2018 (post-race inspection)

Team: #34-Michael McDowell

Violation: Sections 10.9.10.4: Tires and Wheels. Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.

Penalty: Crew chief (Derrick Finley) has been fined $10,000.

 

Infraction Date: 3/26/2018 (post-race inspection)

Team: #42-Kyle Larson

Violation: Sections 10.9.10.4: Tires and Wheels. Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.

Penalty: Crew chief (Chad Johnston) has been fined $10,000. 

 

--- NASCAR ---

Carl Edwards spoke Wednesday night more than a year after leaving full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driving, and to the disappointment of many fans, he isn’t planning a return.

“I don’t have any plans to come back,” Edwards told Claire B. Lang on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “I do miss a lot of people. I stay in touch with a lot of folks and have fun, but I really appreciate the time from Joe Gibbs and everyone else to go do the things I want to do.

“I do miss the fans and there are a couple races I’d like to be a part of, but for the most part I’m having a lot of fun.”

Edwards said he’s overheard one rumor (in person, no less) that he had died, which he obviously assured fans isn’t close to true. As for the popular rumor that he might run for office, well, that has a better chance.

“I really believe in America and that the Constitution is a fair rule that’s letting us have all of our success and our freedom,” Edwards said.” So if sometime there’s a chance for me to help that cause and lend some assistance to not letting us get off track, then heck yes. But there’s nothing planned any time soon.”

In the meantime, Edwards is farming with his family, though he says calling him a farmer is probably not fair to real farmers.

“We farming and we’ve been having fun with it,” Edwards said, laughing. “We’re getting ready to plant a bunch of corn and soybeans.”

Edwards profusely thanked Joe Gibbs and JGR for racing opportunities and for being able to walk away and live life on his own terms.

“That part of my life was spectacular,” Edwards said of his racing career with 28 Monster Energy Series wins. “I wouldn’t trade one second of it for anything. I just hope everyone is doing what they want to be doing and getting the most out of every day.”

 

NASCAR.com 

STAMFORD, Conn. – March 21, 2018 – NBC Sports Group and INDYCAR announced a new, multi-year media rights agreement today in which NBC Sports has acquired the rights to present all INDYCAR races, qualifying, practices, and Indy Lights races across its platforms beginning in 2019. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Indianapolis 500 and seven additional Verizon IndyCar Series races will be broadcast annually on NBC, with all remaining races televised on NBCSN. All races will be live streamed to authenticated subscribers on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Details of NBC Sports’ 2019 INDYCAR schedule will be announced at a later date.

NBC Sports Gold – NBC Sports Group’s direct-to-consumer product – will offer a package to INDYCAR fans that features all qualifying and practices not televised live, all Indy Lights races, and full-event replays. Additional details, including the cost of the Gold offering, will be announced at a later date.

“We’re excited to have NBC Sports serve as the exclusive home of INDYCAR, which represents the most competitive open-wheel racing in the world,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBCSN. “We’re honored to bring the Indianapolis 500, one of the most prestigious events in all of sports, to NBC, further enhancing NBC Sports’ Championship Season. We’ve seen consistent growth for INDYCAR on NBCSN in the past decade, and we hope to continue that growth throughout the series by leveraging the television, digital, production and marketing assets that make NBC Sports a powerful media partner.”

“This arrangement brings all of INDYCAR to one home, increases our exposure and includes our first direct-to-consumer offer for our fans,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, which owns INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “We couldn’t be happier to have start-to-finish coverage of INDYCAR’s season with the NBC Sports Group.”

The 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500, set for Sunday, May 26, 2019, will be the first ever on NBC. The Indy 500 will also be included every year in NBC Sports’ Championship Season marketing campaign, which touts numerous high-profile championship events that are presented across NBC Sports platforms from May to July, including the Triple Crown, The PLAYERS, Premier League Championship Sunday, French Open, Stanley Cup Final, Tour de France, and The Open Championship.

The entire Verizon IndyCar Series will receive unprecedented marketing and promotional support from NBC Sports, which will utilize not only its own assets, but many NBCUniversal assets as well. With the Indy 500 and seven additional races on NBC, INDYCAR will have the second-most races on broadcast television in all of motorsports.

 

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