Sunday, Oct 02
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.

Twice during the first NASCAR Nationwide Series practice for Saturday's History 300, we saw a couple of on-track racing incidents, which involved Chris Cockrum and Kyle Busch.

The first incident involved Chris Cockrum as he spun his No. 87 Advanced Communications Group Ford over in turn four. The car sustained some heavy damage to the right side and had to barrow a car from another team as they had no backup car.

The second crash, which was also a single car incident, involved the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota over off of turn two. Kyle told FOX Sports 1 that his car just snapped loose as he was trying to get around Brendan Gaughan. The racing team did pull the backup car out but will take the wrecked No. 54 Toyota back to the shop to fix so it'll be ready to go Saturday before qualifying. Busch also added that they will use Saturday's qualifying session to shake down the car.

Both of these drivers who was involved in crashes on Thursday afternoon will not have to start the race Saturday afternoon at the rear of the field. Busch finished the practice session sitting in the second spot after running a fast time of 30.248 seconds, 178.524 mph. As for Cockrum, he finished the practice session 29th fastest with a time of 31.365 seconds, 172.166 mph.

This weekend the Verizon Indycar Series will run the 98th annual Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which opened in 1909. This will be the fifth stop for the series in 2014 as they have 13 race events left in the year.

Numerous drivers will be making either their Indianapolis 500 debuts or returns to the race after sitting out for awhile. Some of these drivers include, Jacques Villeneuve, Mikhail Aleshin, Carlos Huertas, Sage Karam, Kurt Busch, James Davidson, Martin Plowman, Pippa Mann, Buddy Lazier and Jack Hawksworth. Although being a rookie, they'll still be a threat to win as numerous rookies has won the historic event in the past. One of the favorites going into the race, respectivly, is NASCAR driver Kurt Busch.

During pole day, which was this past Sunday, Ed Carpenter won the pole after running a four lap average speed of 231.067 mph. However, this isn't the first time Carpenter has won the pole for the Indianapolis 500, as he also did last season behind the wheel of the No. 20 for Ed Carpenter Racing. This Sunday afternoon will be the first event for Carpenter in the Indycar Series this season.

Kurt Busch will be the first driver in awhile to compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same weekend. Both teams nearly have the timeline for the driver broken down as the 500-mile race should be complete by 3:30. This will give Busch about a two hour window to get to Charlotte and run the 600-mile race, NASCAR's longest race of the year. If he is able to complete both on the lead lap, he'll log 1,100 total miles behind the wheel of a race car. During Monday's practice session, Busch had a crash where his car got loose off of the turn two corner and pounded the inside wall. He was cleared to race shortly after and will most likely move to a backup for the 500 on Sunday.

Every year during the race, two teams go into the event as pretty much everyone's favorates, such as Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing. During qualifying, Team Penske showed some strenth as two of the three teams, excluding Juan Pablo Montoya, made it into the fast nine shootout. However, none of the Ganassi cars made it into the top-nine and was much of a surprise. This Sunday will certainly be interesting to see how those teams will perform but I think they'll definately be going for the race win despite not so good qualifying efforts.

The Indianapolis 500 can be viewed this Sunday at 12:00 p.m. Et, live on ABC. The IMS radio network will provide the live radio coverage side of things. Tony Kanaan will go into the race as the defending race winner.

This weekend the NASCAR Nationwide Series will head to the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 33rd annual History 300. This weekend marks the 11th stop on the series tour this year with 22 races remaining this season.

The entry list this weekend features a total of 42 drivers, which means two will go home following qualifying on Saturday morning, so we'll see a complete field racing Saturday afternoon. Several drivers we'll see this weekend include, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, John Wes Townley, Kyle Busch, Ross Chastain, Johnny Sauter, Chad Boat, Kyle Fowler, Daryl Harr and Jeb Burton.

As you know, last weekend at Iowa Speedway saw only two drivers who race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Michael McDowell and Landon Cassill. This weekend, you'll see the usual cross over drivers who will join the series regulars to go after the race win on Saturday afternoon. Whether you love them or hate them, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and even Matt Kenseth will certainly be running up front, and each of them has had some great runs at the 1.5-mile oval in the past.

Chase Elliott currently heads into this weekend leading the series points standings by two points over teammate Regan Smith. However, the second spot is currently occupied by Smith and Elliott Sadler who are currently tied, and Sadler is certainly hungry for a championship as it has fell short every season he has been a contender. If Ty Dillon or Trevor Bayne wants to be a part of the running, they will need to start making some ground up this weekend as they sit 35 and 36 points behind, respectively.

Several drivers are making their series returns this weekend at Charlotte who would love to take home a solid run to possibly find a ride for more races this season. Two of these drivers both had great runs last year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but lost their rides because a lack of sponsorship, which are Jeb Burton and Ross Chastain. Burton will drive the No. 98 Ford, a team that David Ragan drove for several times already this year, so Burton hopes to come out with a great run. Ross Chastain will pilot the No. 55 for Viva Motorsports, a team owned by NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, Jamie Dick. Other faces you'll see return include Kyle Fowler and Daryl Harr.

This weekend's NASCAR Nationwide Series race will start at 2:30 p.m. Et, live on ABC. The Performance Racing Network will carry the live radio broadcast of the event. Kyle Busch will go into the Charlotte Motor Speedway as the defending race winner.

Ryan Blaney had plenty of support last weekend from his Team Penske teammates at the Kansas Speedway, the site of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut. Blaney was able to drive his way to a 27th-place finish after starting from the 21st spot.
 
Brad Keselowski, who came up through the ranks in a somewhat similar fashion as Blaney, made his way up to the Sprint Cup Series level with support from NASCAR's most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. One of the things enabling Keselowski to help his teammate is being able to understand what Earnhardt Jr. felt when helping him several years ago. The 2012 Sprint Cup championship winner says he feels good about giving back to the younger drivers what was given to him in the very beginnings of his NASCAR career.
 
Logano also had the same feelings for Blaney, who currently is in his second season over at Team Penske. He spoke about that because he was so fast in the two practices on Friday afternoon, in which Blaney was 17th in both sessions, and they were using part of Blaney's setups for their cars. Blaney wasn't all smiles through Friday, however, as Logano described. It was because of the 21st starting position, which Logano was able to coach Blaney through by telling him that no one is expecting him to blow up the world up in the first go around, and that it takes time. One of the things the two-time Sprint Cup Series winner this year is looking forward to is Blaney staying with Team Penske for the foreseeable future because the three of them work so well together from relating to a lot of things. What Blaney is going through right now is pretty much the same thing that Logano went through not too long ago when he was a rookie driving under the Joe Gibbs Racing banner. 
 
From Blaney's perspective, hearing the two drivers being able to describe the Cup Series cars so much differently than maybe the Nationwide cars or the Truck Series automobiles is pretty impressive. Not only did Keselowski and Logano provide him feedback, but also many team members who were also a part of it. Blaney also noted that he is glad Logano is a driver over at Team Penske because he can look up to Logano from the way he has handled things with such a great job in the past, and apply it to him in this situation.
 
"Just lucky to be a part of a great team with great drivers being able to teach me," said Blaney. "I think that's something special.  You don't see that a lot at other places.  They're open to teaching other guys.  It's astonishing.  Just fortunate to be here."
 
Over in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, which is where Blaney races full-time for Brad Keselowski Racing, he heads into Dover sitting ninth in the points standings, which is 39 points behind leader, Matt Crafton. Keselowski also mentioned Friday afternoon that one of the goals is to get him the championship because they don't come around very often. After three races complete, and leading only five laps since the Daytona season opener, Blaney goes into Charlotte with an average finish of 11th. 

Last night at the Kansas Speedway, Jeff Gordon came out of no where to finally grab his first win of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. By just leading nine total laps of the evening, Gordon earned his 89th career win in his 736th Sprint Cup Series start. He also became the first driver at the 1.5-mile oval to have three wins as he won the first two races in 2001 and 2002. Gordon said during post-race press conferences that when they repaved Kansas, it didn't fit his driving style, and that it did give him bad luck. He also added that the older racing surfaces fit his style much more than new.

Finishing in the second spot was Kevin Harvick who won the pole on Friday and nearly done exactly what he did last October but fell just short of the win. Harvick led the most laps of any driver by leading a total of 119 of the 267 laps that was completed. This second place finish last night gave Harvick his fifth top-10 finish this season. Harvick lost the race by just 0.112 seconds.

Finishing in the third spot was Kasey Kahne to score his seventh top-10 finish in 14 races at the Kansas Speedway. Kasey, who nearly won this race last year, led a total of 22 laps of the evening and led two different times through the event. Kahne leaves Kansas improving his average finish to 17.6 and hopes to continue the streak at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The highest finishing rookie was Kyle Larson who finished in the 12th spot. After a solid qualifying run, which was from the fifth starting spot, Larson was able to have an advantage to get the highest finishing rookie honors of the night. Larson will head into the summer portion of the schedule with an average finish of 15.1.

Jeff Gordon will leave Kansas continuing to lead the points standings by 15 over Matt Kenseth. Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Carl Edwards rounds out the top-five as they head into the hot summer months of the calender. With the win, Gordon will no longer have to fall back on the points lead, as he's pretty much solidly locked into the Chase.

The next events for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be All-Star race weekend on May 16th and 17th. The Sprint Showdown will take place on Friday, May 16th at 6:00 p.m. Et, live on FOX Sports 1. The Sprint All-Star race will take place on the 17th at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. That race can also be seen at 7:00 p.m. Et, live on FOX Sports 1. The Motor Racing Network will provide the live radio coverage of both events.

Last night was one exciting NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Kansas Speedway, which was the first time the race was under the lights. Kyle Busch scored the victory after leading a dominating 104 of the 167 laps that made up the SFP 250. The win last night gave Busch's 37th victory in the series after 117 total starts. The crew chief for the No. 51 team, Eric Phillips, said the tire that was showing cords because the set had around 80 laps on them.

Coming home in the second position and the new points leader was Matt Crafton. Crafton started the evening from the ninth spot and ran up front through most of the night but just couldn't show anything for Busch. After making 14 starts at Kansas, which is one of the few drivers who has competed in every truck race there, he scored his sixth top-10 finish last evening and came into the weekend as the defending race winner. Crafton finished 3.020 seconds behind the race winner.

Finishing in the third position after a strong run by leading a total of 41 laps of the evening was Joey Logano. If anyone was going to beat Busch, it probably would've been Logano, as if he gotten a caution in the closing laps, Logano said he might've had something for the race winner. Making his second truck start at Kansas, Logano scored his first top-10 finish on the strong run.

Finishing in the 10th position was the highest finishing rookie, Mason Mingus. Mingus, who stayed out of the mayhem in the opening laps, drove a pretty clean race all night long. This was his first start here at the Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but Mingus does have experience here under the lights as he ran the ARCA Racing Series race here in October, and Mingus said coming here to run that race was a huge advantage for them.

The next race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be next Friday at 8:00 p.m. Et, live on FOX Sports 1. The Motor Racing Network will provide the live radio coverage of the race, which will also start at 8:00.

Keven Harvick claimed the pole for Saturday's 5-hour Energy 400 at the Kansas Speedway after posting a fast time of 27.799 seconds, 194.252 mph. Harvick is no stranger at the 1.5-mile oval as he also won the pole back here in October, then went on to win the race. Since the season begun in February, this is the sixth time of the 2014 season a track record was broken.

Starting in the second position will be Joey Logano after posting a fast time of 27.848 seconds, 193.910 mph. Saturday night will be his eighth top-10 start of the 2014 racing season and his sixth start in 10 races at the Kansas Speedway. Logano was 0.049 seconds off of the pole sitter.

Starting in third at Kansas on Saturday will be Brad Keselowski after he ran a fast time of 27.906 seconds, 193.507 mph. Keselowski will make his eighth start up inside the top-10, which will be his third top-10 start at Kansas Speedway.

One car will go home after not qualifying for the event tomorrow night, which will be Dave Blaney. Because of this, his son, Ryan Blaney, will not be able to race with his dad tomorrow, which would've broken the old streak between Bobby Hamilton and Bobby Hamilton Jr. at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2005.

This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will head to the Kansas Speedway for the fourth annual 5-hour Energy 400, benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation. This will be the first ever Sprint Cup Series race here under the lights since the track was completed in 2001.

Entry List:

The entry list features 44 drivers and means one car will go home following qualifying. Some of the drivers entered this weekend include, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Cole Whitt, Travis Kvapil, David Stremme, J.J. Yeley, Joe Nemechek and Dave Blaney.

Story lines:

This weekend Clint Bowyer will make his 300th Sprint Cup Series start at his home track, Kansas Speedway. Bowyer hopes to grab his first win since 2012 and would also like to become the next driver to win in their 300th start, as Denny Hamlin did that last weekend at the Talladega Superspeedway. Bowyer goes into the event with an average finish of 13.2.

Carl Edwards still looks to capture a win at his home track this weekend as he nearly did that in 2008. If Edwards wins this weekend, he'll go into the next race looking for his 40th Sprint Cup Series win. Though, Edwards already has a win from earlier this year at Bristol, so he is already pretty much locked into the chase.

Kyle Busch goes into this weekend hoping to claim a win at Kansas after some bad luck previously here. After racing at the 1.5-mile oval thirteen times, Busch has only two top-10 finishes, and no top-fives. He comes into this weekend with an average finish of 23.3.

Where to Watch:

You can watch the 5-hour Energy 400 live at 7:30 p.m. Et, on FOX. The Motor Racing Network will provide the live radio broadcast of the event. You can listen on many stations around the country, TuneIn, MRN.com or on AudioNow by dialing 1-832-999-1717.

This weekend the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will end their month break and head to the Kansas Speedway for the 14th annual SFP 250. This weekend will be the first time the series has ran under the lights at the 1.5-mile oval.

Entry list:

The entry list currently features a total of 31 drivers, so no drivers will be going home following qualifying. Some of the drivers participating this weekend include, Ryan Ellis, Jimmy Weller III, Todd Shafer, Joe Nemechek, Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, Spencer Gallagher, Taylor Malsam, Scott Stenzel and Charles Lewandoski.

Storylines:

Ryan Blaney will race double duty this weekend but this time being in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Blaney will make his Sprint Cup Series debut driving the No. 12 SKF Ford in a Team Penske Ford. This isn't the first time doing double duty, though, as he did several times in the Nationwide Series.

Ben Kennedy continues his busy weekend already by making his third start this season. Kennedy, who on last Saturday, graduated from the University of Florida with his degree in sports management. Kennedy comes into Kansas Speedway this weekend sixth in the points standings and hopes to score his first career NASCAR win.

Joe Nemechek hopes to leave Kansas Speedway this weekend with a race win to complete a trifecta. Nemechek heads into this weekend at Kansas looking to capture a win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series after sweeping both series races at the 1.5-mile oval in 2004, which was his last win in the NASCAR ranks.

Matt Crafton heads into this weekend as the defending race winner and hopes to make it two-for-two at Kansas. Although, Crafton has some luck on his side as this track seems to play towards the veteran drivers. Crafton said this is a trickier race track and said that off turn four is the toughest. Crafton heads into Kansas hoping to capture his second win of the season and advance further in the points standings.

Where to watch:

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race can be seen live tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. Et, on FOX Sports 1. The Motor Racing Network will provide the live radio coverage of the event.

After staying out of the big accidents all day this afternoon, Elliott Sadler captures the victory by leading a total of 40 laps. Today was Sadler's first Nationwide Series win since 2012 at the Iowa Speedway in August. Also adding to his book, this was his first win at the Talladega Superspeedway and his third top-10 finish in six total races there.

Chris Buescher earned his best career finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this afternoon as he ran upfront for most of the day. Buescher came into this weekend looking to redeem himself after he failed to qualify earlier this season at Daytona. He started the day from the eighth position and led a lap. He was just 0.125 seconds behind the race winner.

Regan Smith came home with a third place finish after leading a total of 20 laps today. Smith was one of the favorites heading into today, but fell just short due to the lack of help. In four Nationwide Series starts at the 2.66-mile oval, he captured his second top-10 finish today at the track.

Chase Elliott will leave Talladega leading the series standings by one point over Regan Smith. Today's race winner sits third on the standings list with just three points behind Elliott. Rounding out the fourth and fifth positions are Trevor Bayne and Ty Dillon.

The next race for the NASCAR Nationwide Series will be in two weeks at the Iowa Speedway. Race coverage will start at 1:30 p.m. Et, live on ESPN. The Motor Racing Network will carry the live radio broadcast of that event.

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