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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.

Joey Logano scored the Hollywood Casino 400 pole on Friday at Kansas Speedway - earning his 20th career pole in the series. Logano, holding two victories at Kansas in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, posted a 28.177, 191.645 mph in the final round.


Logano goes into the 1.5-mile track looking to score his 11th top five and 23rd top 10 of the year in the cup series. In the spring at Kansas, Logano started ninth and finished third on the leaderboard.


Kevin Harvick, with seven wins this year on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tour, qualified in the runner-up spot with a 28.248, 191.178 mph. Harvick started on the pole in the spring and went on to score the win in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. Since 2013, Harvick has gone on to score eight top 10 finishes in the last 10 events.


Aric Almirola, who went to victory lane last weekend at Talladega, will round out the top three starters. Almirola posted a 28.277, 190.968 in the final round of knockout qualifying.


The Florida native locked himself into the Round of Eight with the win last weekend at Talladega and has no pressure going into the weekend. Almirola sat 10th in round one and led round two of knockout qualifying.


Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five.


Erik Jones, Kyle Busch, Daniel Suarez, Denny Hamlin and Alex Bowman rounded out the top 10.


Kyle Larson had some struggles throughout the day at Kansas Speedway on Sunday. Larson smacked the wall off of turn two in the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session that damaged the right side of his No. 42 Chevrolet. They then switched to their backup car.


Larson will start 27th on the leaderboard after posting a 28.852, 187.162 mph. in round one.

Drew Herring will start on the pole at Kansas Speedway on Friday for the Kansas ARCA 150. Herring, driving the No. 19 NOS-ORCA Coolers Toyota, posted a 29.828, 181.038 mph. in the 20-minute group qualifying session.


Herring makes his first start in the series since 2009 at Rockingham Speedway and will start on his first career pole. In two career starts, Herring’s best finish was a 16th at Rockingham.


2018 ARCA Racing Series Champion Sheldon Creed will start second on the leaderboard. Creed, holding out to make a run late in the session, posted a 29.936, 180.385 mph. The driver led the abbreviated practice session earlier this morning at the 1.5-mile oval.


Harrison Burton rounded out the top three starters for the Kansas ARCA 150. Burton, piloting the No. 12 Dex Imaging Toyota on Friday, posted a 29.940, 180.361 mph. to earn the third place starting spot.


Codie Rohrbaugh and Riley Herbst round out the top five starters.


Todd Gilliland, Gus Dean, Michael Self, Zane Smith and Chase Purdy filled the top 10.


The Kansas ARCA 150 will go green at 8:30 p.m. ET. live on FOX Sports 2.

Ryan Blaney led the opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session at Kansas Speedway on Friday. Blaney, looking to score his third career win in the series on Sunday, posted a 28.106, 192.130 mph.


The North Carolina native enters Kansas with seven top five and 14 top 10 finishes along with a win in 2018. In seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile oval, Blaney has three top five and four top 10 finishes.


Kyle Busch sat second on the charts after posting a 28.159, 191.768 mph in the opening session. The driver of the No. 18 Toyota with seven trips to victory lane in 2018 enters the weekend looking to score his 25th top 10 finish of the season.


Kevin Harvick rounded out the top three in the opening practice session at the 1.5-mile oval. Harvick, one of 12 drivers racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, posted a 28.160, 191.761 mph in the session. If Harvick and crew chief Rodney Childers can win on Sunday -- it’ll mark their eighth win of the year and Harvick’s fourth win at the Midwest oval.


Playoff drivers Joey Logano and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five in practice.


Erik Jones, Paul Menard, Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top 10.


Kyle Larson will move to a backup car after making contact with the wall off turn two. Larson sat 22nd in the opening practice session and was the deepest of the 12 Playoff drivers.


The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will go qualifying at 7:10 p.m. ET. on NBCSN and MRN.

Sheldon Creed paced the one and only ARCA Racing Series practice on Friday at Kansas Speedway. Creed, driving the No. 28 United Rentals Toyota in the season finale, posted a 30.131, 179.217 mph. in the abbreviated practice session.


Codie Rohrbaugh sat runner-up in the one and only practice session at the 1.5-mile oval. Rohrbaugh posted a 30.241 seconds and enters Kansas Speedway making his eighth start of the year.


Drew Herring rounded out the top three in the practice session cut short for a heavy mist. Herring posted a 30.567, 176.661 mph in the No. 19 NOS-ORCA Coolers Toyota. The North Carolina native last ran an ARCA Racing Series event in 2009 at Rockingham Speedway where he finished 18th.


Harrison Burton and Zane Smith rounded out the top five.


Todd Gilliland, Riley Herbst, Chase Purdy, previous Kansas winner Michael Self and Anthony Alfredo rounded out the top 10.


The ARCA Racing Series will go qualifying at 6:05 p.m. ET. with the race at 8:30 p.m. ET. on FOX Sports 2.

Grant Enfinger found himself celebrating in victory lane on Friday night in Sin City after surviving two NASCAR Overtime finishes upfront to score his second career Camping World Truck Series win. Enfinger, scoring his first win since Talladega Superspeedway in 2016, led the field for 40 of the 144 circuits.

The driver of the No. 98 Champion Power Equipment Ford started third on the leaderboard and went on to win both stages of the Westgate 200. The Alabama native passed race leader Brett Moffitt on the restart with two laps left after Moffitt ran out of fuel. Moffitt, who has four Camping World Truck Series victories in 2018, finished 11th on the leaderboard.

In addition to tonight’s victory, Enfinger has five top five and 13 top 10 finishes through 18 races this year.

Johnny Sauter looked to be the favorite to win on Friday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Sauter, starting sixth on the leaderboard, did everything he could to catch and get around Enfinger for the top spot in the closing laps. However, when the checkered flag fell on the field, Sauter sat second at the line.

Sauter, holding five wins this season through 18 races, has 13 top five and 15 top 10 finishes going into the next race at Talladega Superspeedway. The driver of the No. 21 Allegiant Chevrolet led the field for 21 laps.

Rounding out the top three finishers was Justin Haley. Haley, the 12th place starter in the Westgate 200, finished ninth in stage one and sat 12th on the leaderboard in stage two. With two victories this year, the Indiana native goes into Talladega with seven top five and 14 top 10 finishes.

Rounding out the top five finishers were Ben Rhodes and Matt Crafton. Both fourth and fifth-place drivers started the event at the rear of the field after making unapproved adjustments after qualifying ahead of the Westgate 200.

Ross Chastain scored his 15th career top 10 finish on Friday in the Camping World Truck Series. Chastain had two last season coming at Atlanta and Martinsville across seven starts with Bolen Motorsports. The Florida native started the evening in 24th.

Myatt Snider, Ross Chastain, Austin Theriault, Austin Wayne Self and Chris Eggleston rounded out the top 10.

Pole sitter and Las Vegas native Noah Gragson came into the weekend as one of the favorites to win. The driver of the No. 18 Toyota led the first 33 laps of the evening before Stewart Friesen took over the top spot. The hometown kid never saw the lead again and went on to finish 18th. Friesen later had issues as well after being involved in four of the 11 caution flags. Friesen will leave Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the 17th spot.

The next race for the Camping World Truck Series will take place at Talladega Superspeedway on October 13. Live coverage of the race will be on FOX and MRN starting at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Kurt Busch took a trip to victory lane at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday driving the No. 41 Monster Energy Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. Busch, who took the lead with 24 laps to go following a bad restart by teammate Clint Bowyer, led one time throughout the entire 500-lap event.

“It was up to Bowyer to choose the lane. He chose the outside and we got a perfect start on the inside,” said Busch. “I dug it perfect right into turn one and two and the spotter said, ‘Take it. Take it.’  Which meant go to the wall on exit and I didn’t even bother to look in the mirror. He said, ‘Take it,’ and when you trust your team to give you the right stuff setup-wise, you’ve got to trust the spotter the same way. Tony Raines. He’s a racer. That’s why he’s my spotter and it worked out perfect.”

The Las Vegas native scored his 30th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win and his sixth victory at the 0.533-mile oval. The veteran driver will leave the track with four top five and 14 top 10 finishes this year.  

Clint Bowyer fell from the lead and finished sixth on the leaderboard in the No. 14 Ford. Bowyer, who led 120 of the 500 laps, will go into the off weekend with seven top five and 11 top 10 finishes.

“It just matters to win. It’s all about winning. I’m glad we did,” said Kurt Busch after the race. ”We’ve been the most consistent team this year that hasn’t won.  I wasn’t worried about not making the Playoffs, so we could kind of treat these races coming up as free-for-alls, and we’re just gonna keep going after it. The Southern 500 is after this week off and we’ve got Indianapolis and then my hometown kicks off the Playoffs, so we’re all about these next 12.”

Kyle Larson will take home the runner-up spot in the No. 42 Chevrolet after starting the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race on the pole. The winner of Friday night’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Bristol led 17 circuits en route to the checkered flag.

“I think if I had a better car, tires probably would have showed what they are really capable of. This was just a really frustrating day,” Larson described after the 500-lap event. “Our DC Solar Chevy was not very good from lap 1 to lap 500 there, but we fought and got a second place finish out of it. So, I was happy about running second, but just disappointed because I had a lot of confidence going into this race and thought our car was really good. But, we were probably a 12th to 15th-place car, I thought.  Just lined up in the right re-starts just about every time and was able to gain some spots on every re-start and maintain. And then would be terrible there towards the end of the run. Frustrating, but we were able to fight; so that’s good for our team to be able to do that. Our pit stops, aside from the first one, were really good. So, I’m happy about that that. So, we’ll just continue to fight to get our cars a lot better.”

Larson, coming in as one of the favorites to watch at Bristol, finished stage one sitting sixth on the leaderboard and sat third in stage two. The young racer will leave with his 13th top 10 finish this year.

Watkins Glen race winner Chase Elliott will round out the top three finishers on Saturday. Elliott, son of Bill Elliott, scored his 13th top 10 finish on Saturday after finishing stage one in fourth and runner-up in stage two.

“Yeah, not quite enough of something,” said Elliott. “I don’t know, just got tight there after the run that we had the lead and once we got it freed back up, but we kept getting the bottom on all the restarts and it was just hard to go forward and what not.  But, man, that thing was really fast there at the end. It felt like we were making up some ground on those guys.”

Stage two winner Joey Logano and Erik Jones rounded out the top five.

Kyle Busch entered the weekend as one of the drivers to watch at Bristol. Busch, younger brother of race winner Kurt Busch, has seven career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories alone at Bristol.

The Las Vegas native had an up and down night behind the wheel of the No. 18 Toyota. On lap 2, Busch suffered damage in a crash that involved 15 cars on the frontstrech. The driver then drove his way back into the 10 before he and Martin Truex Jr. made contact. The incident did not end the night yet for Busch as he continued until lap 481. Busch and Chris Buescher later brought out the yellow flag with 19 to go in turn four and that incident would end the chance of winning for the team.

“Totally my fault, man, I feel terrible about that,” said Busch regarding the incident with Martin Truex Jr. “Obviously I just misjudged it by a little bit – four inches, six inches, whatever and I got in the gas and was coming up off the corner and was going to slide in behind him (Martin Truex Jr.) and I didn’t think I was next to him yet and I clipped him and sent him for a whale of a ride. Hopefully, he’s alright and everything is okay there. I hated that I clipped him, I know he could have had a good shot to win the race too.”

Busch continued to finish 20th and three laps down on the leaderboard. Truex weren’t so lucky as his night ended at lap 431 with a 30th place finish.

Clint Bowyer, stage one winner Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top 10.

The next race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will be at Darlington Raceway on September 2nd. Coverage of the Southern 500 will take place at 6:00 p.m. ET. on NBCSN.

Brett Moffitt scored his fourth Camping World Truck Series win of the year on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. Moffitt, piloting the No. 16 Hino Toyota for Hattori Racing, nipped race leader Johnny Sauter at the line by 0.025 seconds. The Iowa native led the Corrigan Oil 200 for five circuits.

“The whole last however many laps that I was behind him, I was running wide open and I would push him with that air bubble between our bumpers so I tried to back up (turn) one and let him get out there a little bit,” said Moffitt. “I knew the 8 (John Hunter Nemechek) was behind us and I was hoping he would get to us and be able to push us. I was able to plan it right and play it right – it’s just great to get here.”

Moffitt will leave the track with his eighth top five and top 10 finish of the season through 15 completed races and will sit fifth in points going into Bristol next week. Both Moffitt and second-place finisher Johnny Sauter have four wins this season in the truck series.

“Certainly not, that’s just a testament to Shige Hattori (team owner) and all these guys on this team,” said Moffitt when asked if he expected four wins this year. “We work hard, we never give up. Can’t thank Hino and Toyota Industrial and Aisin Group for being on board this week – that’s another piece to the puzzle, we have great partners. The more success we have on track, the more success off the track. We still have a few races that we need to get filled, but hopefully this was a step in the right direction.”

John Hunter Nemechek will round out the top three finishers on Saturday. Nemechek started on the pole and led six of the 100 circuits. The son of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran Joe Nemechek finished stage one runner-up and 11th in stage two.

With eleven starts this season in the No. 8 truck for the family-owned operation, Nemechek, from North Carolina, has four top five and seven top 10 finishes in 2018 along with a win at Martinsville.

Noah Gragson and Todd Gilliland rounded out the top five.

Grant Enfinger took home the seventh spot in the No. 98 Champion Power Equipment / Curb Records Ford. Enfinger finished stage one sitting fifth on the leaderboard and won stage two. The driver now has four top five and 11 top 10s.

Stewart Friesen spent some time at the front of the field in his No. 52 Chevrolet. Friesen, who led 12 of the 100 circuits on Saturday, won stage one and finished ninth in stage two. He later suffered a pit road penalty for improper fueling and restarted at the tail of the field. The Canadian went on to finish eighth – earning his 10th top 10 of the year.

Rounding out the top 10 at Michigan was Ben Rhodes, Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen, Justin Haley and Matt Crafton.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to action on Thursday, August 16 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Coverage of the UNOH 200 will take place at 8:30 p.m. ET. on FOX Sports 1.

Seven NASCAR XFINITY Series races separate the start of NASCAR Playoffs going into the Zippo 200 this weekend at Watkins Glen International. With 19 of the 33 races in the history books -- the pressure now cranks up as we head into the fall portion of the schedule.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have certainly dominated throughout 2018. Eight of those 19 races have ended with a cup driver going to victory lane between seven cup series regulars. Five different regulars have gone on to win races in nine events thus far in 2018.

Christopher Bell has been the driver to beat thus far in 2018 with four wins. The Oklahoma native enters Watkins Glen International this weekend with wins in the last three races. The young racer led 94 circuits in the U.S. Cellular 250 this past weekend at the 0.875-mile Iowa Speedway.

“I’m really excited. We started out the year really strong. We went to Daytona and kind of threw that one away, but that’s okay. And, then Atlanta, Vegas, California, I was able to win the poles, run upfront. Phoenix was mixed in there and we ran top-fives a lot,” said Bell when asked about his outlook going forward. “We were really fast and we never won, but fast, competing for wins. Then, I feel like we’re breaking through now. We’ve been able to win the last two races at two totally different style race tracks, which was really big for us. We’re coming back to Iowa, which is a great race track for us. I’m feeling really good about things. Road course racing is an unknown for us but thankfully, it doesn’t relate to anything. I’ve just got to make sure that if we go to the road course races and struggle that I don’t get down on myself and we should be able to keep rolling on here.”

Justin Allgaier is another series regular that has multiple victories so far in 2018. The Illinoise native could be a driver to watch over the next four events as the series will visit three road course tracks and a short track. Allgaier’s both wins this year came on short tracks at Dover and Iowa and has done well in the past at road course visits.

“This stretch of road courses is always a lot of fun. From an excitement standpoint, they never fail to disappoint, unless you’re on the disappointing end of something that goes crazy,” said Allgaier on the upcoming road course stretch. “I was fortunate enough to win at Montreal and that was a big deal for me, but I’d love to get a win on one of the current tracks. The road-course program at JR Motorsports is really good. We’ve got the cars and we’ve got a team that’s capable of getting to Victory Lane, so I feel like we’ve got a good opportunity to do that this weekend.”

Other XFINITY Series regulars to visit victory lane this year include Tyler Reddick at Daytona and Spencer Gallagher at Talladega. Ryan Preece grabbed the win at Bristol Motor Speedway, but is only running a short schedule with Joe Gibbs Racing, and is not eligible for a playoff spot.

Spencer Gallagher was indefinitely suspended by NASCAR for violating the substance abuse policy during the week after his first career win. He was reinstated by NASCAR a couple of weeks ago but is not eligible to make the post-season. The No. 23 team was later denied a waiver from NASCAR.

Current NASCAR XFINITY Series driver playoff standings after Iowa:






Christopher Bell




Justin Allgaier




Tyler Reddick




Daniel Hemric




Elliott Sadler




Cole Custer




Brandon Jones




Ryan Truex




Matt Tifft




Austin Cindric




Ryan Reed




Ross Chastain



Other potential threats for the championship that has not gone to victory lane this season include veteran driver Elliott Sadler, Daniel Hemric and Ryan Truex. The three drivers have 37 top 10 finishes combined and have each led 371 laps in 19 races this year.

Christopher Bell went to victory lane at Iowa Speedway in a thrilling finish on Saturday in the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. Bell, racing side-by-side for the lead with Justin Allgaier at the end of the event, scored his third NASCAR XFINITY Series race win in a row and his fourth win of the year. The Oklahoma native won by 0.421 seconds over Allgaier.

Allgaier took the lead away from Christopher Bell on lap 250 -- the scheduled race distance. The caution flew for an incident and gave Allgaier the lead for the restart. With two laps remaining, Bell passed leader Allgaier for the top spot and was gone from there.

Bell, who led 94 of the 257 circuits and winner of stage two, will leave Iowa Speedway with 12 top five and 12 top 10 finishes through 19 completed races in 2018.

Allgaier will take home his ninth top five finish of the season in the No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. The No. 7 Chevrolet finished stage one sitting sixth and stage two sitting third.

Kyle Benjamin rounded out the top three finishers at Iowa Speedway in his second NASCAR XFINITY Series start of the year. Benjamin, driving the No. 18 Toyota Service Centers / Mobile 1 Toyota, finished eighth in his last start at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Ross Chastain and John Hunter Nemechek rounded out the top five.

Pole sitter Elliott Sadler took home the sixth-place finish in the No. 1 U.S. Cellular Chevrolet. Sadler led the field for the first 26 laps before Cole Custer took that spot away. The Virginia native will have 10 top five and 16 top 10 finishes going into Watkins Glen International next week.

Ryan Reed, Ryan Truex, Cole Custer and Chase Briscoe rounded out the top 10.

The caution that extended the U.S. Cellular 250 involved the No. 0 of Garrett Smithley in turn four. Smithley went on to finish 25th after starting 24th on the leaderboard.

A second incident in overtime on lap 251 involved a 17-minute and 18-second red flag period. This yellow flag involved the No. 2 Chevrolet of Matt Tifft and the No. 26 Ford of Max Tullman in turn one. Tifft finished 26th while Tullman finished 30th due to an accident.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series will move on to Watkins Glen International on August 4th. NBCSN, along with MRN radio, will carry the Zippo 200 live at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Tyler Ankrum scored his fourth victory of the year at Iowa Speedway on Friday piloting the No. 17 Modern Meat Company Toyota. Ankrum was one of two dominant drivers throughout the Casey’s General Store 150 along with pole sitter Tyler Dippel.

Despite being dominate through the first two five-minute breaks, Dippel ran out of fuel and had to be pushed back to pit road. The No. 54 Toyota wasn’t the only car to have similar problems during the second break.

Dippel, who started from the pole, will take home a sixth-place finish.

Ankrum will leave with his ninth top five and 10th top 10 finish in 2018.

Derek Thorn will take home the runner-up finish on Friday at Iowa. Thorn posted his seventh top five and eighth top 10 finish through eight NASCAR K&N Pro Series West starts this year. The California native finished 1.397 seconds behind the race winner.

Ryan Partridge rounded out the top three finishers. Partridge, racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in 2018, scored his eighth top five and top 10 finish at the 0.875-mile oval in Newton, Iowa.

Spencer Davis and Ruben Garcia Jr. rounded out the top five.

Ankrum will continue leading the series standings by 30 points over Tyler Dippel. Ronnie Bassett Jr., who finished 16th on the leaderboard in the 150-lap event, sits 61 points behind Ankrum. Anthony Alfredo and Ryan Vargas round out the top five in points.

Partridge will leave the facility in Iowa with the series points lead by one point over second-place finisher Derek Thorn. Derek Kraus, who took home the 20th spot, will leave sitting third. Cole Rouse and Hailie Deegan will round out the top five in points over in the West division.

Rest of the top 10 finishers included Tyler Dippel, Ryan Vargas, Cole Rouse, Trevor Huddleston and Kyle Benjamin.

The next race for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will be at Watkins Glen International on August 3rd.

The next race for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will be at Evergreen Speedway on August 11.

The two racing series will clash for another combination event at Gateway Motorsports Park on August 24.


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