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Kyle Busch and the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota will start from the pole position for Sunday’s NASCAR All-Star Race after defeating Ryan Blaney and the No. 12 Team Penske Ford in a head-to-head matchup for the $1 million-to-win non-points race at Texas Motor Speedway.
 
Each driver had to win two rounds of competition to make the final-round pairing for the opportunity to then lead the 24-car field for Sunday evening’s 125-lap race.
 
Sunday’s on-track schedule begins with The NASCAR Open for non-all-star qualifiers at 4:30 p.m., with three drivers transferring to the All-Star Race due to their on-track performance and one more earning a spot from the fan vote. Following the Blake Shelton concert that begins at 5:30 p.m., the NASCAR All-Star Race will begin at 7 p.m. (TV: FS1, Radio: MRN, SiriusXM Radio, 95.9 The Ranch).
 
The first-of-its-kind format began with a traditional single-car, one-lap opening round. From there, the fastest eight qualifiers transferred to a three-round, head-to-head eliminations bracket featuring two cars staged in adjacent pit stalls near the end of pit road. At the sound of an alert, each pit crew performed a four-tire stop and, at the drop of the jack, drivers exited their pit stalls (with no speed limit) onto the track. The first car back to the start/finish line advanced to the next round with the final pairing competing for the pole.
 
William Byron was quickest in the first round of NASCAR All-Star Race qualifying, with a best single-lap run of 28.528 seconds at 189.288 mph in his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. The balance of the top eight qualifiers moving on to the single-elimination bracket were Blaney, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Larson, Ross Chastain, and Aric Almirola.
 
In the Round of 8, Byron defeated Almirola, Blaney got around Chastain, Larson ended Kurt Busch’s competition, and Kyle Busch got past JGR teammate Truex.
 
In the Round of 4, the final pairing was set when Blaney got by Byron and Larson stalled at the starting lights to give Busch an uncontested run to the start/finish.
 
Saturday Evening’s NASCAR All-Star Race Notebook: Denny Hamlin posted the top speed in NASCAR All-Star Race practice with a best lap of 28.838 mph at 187.253 mph in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota … Tyler Reddick earned the pole for the NASCAR All-Star Open after topping the charts in both practice and qualifying with a fast practice lap of 29.059 seconds at 185.829 mph and then a qualifying run of 28.880 at 188 ... Busch was presented a Henry Big Boy Texas Tribute edition rifle in Speedy Cash Victory Lane.
 
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Harrison Burton and the No. 21 Motorcraft Quick Lane/DEX Imaging Mustang are set to start ninth in Sunday’s NASCAR All-Star Open at Texas Motor Speedway.

Burton took that spot with a lap at 184.780 miles per hour in one-lap qualifying on Saturday afternoon.

The Motorcraft/DEX Imaging Mustang was faster in qualifying than in practice, where Burton was 11th on the speed chart with a best speed of 182.229 mph, which he posted on the fifth of his 20 laps run in the session. 

He was third best in speeds on a 10-consecutive-lap run with a speed of 181.614 mph, which came on his second through his 11th lap.

Sunday’s Open race is scheduled to get the green flag just after 4:30 p.m. (5:30 Eastern). The race will consist of two 20-lap segments followed by a 10-lap run.
 
The winners of each segment, plus the winner of the fan vote, will advance to the All-Star Race, which is set to start just after 7 p.m. (8 p.m. Eastern).
 
That race will consist of three 25-lap segments followed by a 50-lap finale, with the winner earning $1 million.
 
FOX Sports 1 will carry the coverage.

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TEAM CHEVY UNOFFICIAL NASCAR ALL-STAR RACE QUALIFYING RESULTS:

POS.   DRIVER

3rd     WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 LIBERTY UNIVERSITY CAMARO ZL1

4th      KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1

6th      ROSS CHASTASIN, NO. 1 WORLDWIDE EXPRESS CAMARO ZL1

10th    AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 16 ANDY’S FROZEN CUSTARD CAMARO ZL1

13th    CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1

20th    ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1

 

TOP-FIVE UNOFFICIAL NASCAR ALL-STAR RACE QUALIFYING RESULTS:

POS.  DRIVER

1st      Kyle Busch (Toyota)

2nd     Ryan Blaney (Ford)

3rd     William Byron (Chevrolet)

4th      Kyle Larson (Chevrolet)

5th      Kurt Busch (Toyota)

 

TEAM CHEVY UNOFFICIAL NASCAR ALL-STAR OPEN QUALIFYING RESULTS:

POS.   DRIVER

1st     TYLER REDDICK, NO. 8 GUARANTEED RATE CAMARO ZL1

2nd    DANIEL SUAREZ, NO. 99 FREEWAY INSURANCE CAMARO ZL1

3rd     RICKY STENHOUSE JR., NO. 47 KROGER/WISE CAMARO ZL1

4th     ERIK JONES, NO. 43 FOCUSFACTOR CAMARO ZL1

6th     JUSTIN HALEY, NO. 31 LEAFFILTER GUTTER PROTECTION CAMARO ZL1

7th     AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 BASS PRO SHOPS/TRACKER OFF ROAD CAMARO ZL1

8th     COREY LAJOIE, NO. 7 BUILT.COM CAMARO ZL1

11th   LANDON CASSILL, NO. 77 SHELTON ENERGY SOLUTIONS CAMARO ZL1

12th   TY DILLON, NO. 42 FERRIS CAMARO ZL1

 

TOP-FIVE UNOFFICIAL NASCAR ALL-STAR OPEN QUALIFYING RESULTS:

POS.  DRIVER

1st     Tyler Reddick (Chevrolet)

2nd    Daniel Suarez (Chevrolet)

3rd     Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Chevrolet)

4th     Erik Jones (Chevrolet)

5th     Chris Buescher (Ford)

 

·       Nine Chevrolet Camaro ZL1’s will take on the NASCAR All-Star Open for the chance to race their way into the 125-lap NASCAR All-Star Race.

 

·       The starting lineup for the NASCAR All-Star Open was determined by a single-car, single-lap qualifying run. Chevrolet swept the top-four starting spots of the NASCAR All-Star Open, with Tyler Reddick to lead the field to the green from the pole position.

 

·       Joining Reddick in the top-five of the NASCAR All-Star Open starting lineup includes: Daniel Suarez (2nd), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (3rd) and Erik Jones (4th).

 

 

·       The starting lineup for the NASCAR All-Star Race was determined by a unique format introduced to the event. Qualifying was split up into two rounds, with round one utilizing a single-car, single-lap qualifying format with the top-eight fastest cars moving to the round two.

 

·       Round two featured a three-round, elimination-style bracket, with pit crews playing a vital role in the battle for the pole. During each elimination round, pit crews performed a four-tire stop, with the driver then racing back to the start/finish line and the fastest advancing on until the polesitter is crowned.

 

·       In Round One, William Byron topped the leaderboard of the 20-car NASCAR All-Star field. Also advancing to Round Two for the bowtie brigade included defending All-Star winner, Kyle Larson, and All-Star rookie, Ross Chastain.

 

·       The Hendrick Motorsports pit crews for the No. 24 Camaro ZL1 and No. 5 Camaro ZL1 were fastest in their first stops to moved forward to the next round. Falling just short on the second stops for both teams in their respective stops, both cars were eliminated from the bracket.

 

·       William Byron will lead Chevrolet in the NASCAR All-Star Race lineup from the third starting spot in his No. 24 Liberty University Camaro ZL1. Kyle Larson, No, 5 HendrickCars.com Camaro ZL1, will join his Hendrick Motorsports’ teammate on the outside of row two. Ross Chastain, No. 1 Worldwide Express Camaro ZL1, will start sixth.

 

·       FS1 will air tomorrow’s NASCAR Cup Series All-Star action, starting with the All-Star Open at 4:30 p.m. ET, followed by the 125-lap All-Star Race at 8 p.m. ET. Live coverage of both events can also be found on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

 

GM PR

1st – KYLE BUSCH

2nd – Ryan Blaney*

3rd – William Byron*

4th – Kyle Larson*

5th – KURT BUSCH

7th – MARTIN TRUEX JR.

14th – CHRISTOPHER BELL

16th – DENNY HAMLIN

17th – BUBBA WALLACE

 *non-Toyota driver

 

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry TRD

What does it mean to earn the pole for the All-Star race and did you enjoy the format?

“Anytime you’re able to showcase the pit crews ability and have them and their athleticism in this competition and in this qualifying format., I enjoy that. I think that’s my most favorite part of the year, coming to the All-Star race. Whether it’s Charlotte and coming down pit road and sliding into the box, but having those guys go over the wall certainly means a lot, Especially this No. 18 bunch that I’ve had a lot of success with over the years, obviously changed up a few times, most recently, but we’ve always been a threat to be reckoned with when it comes to getting on the pole for the All-Star race. It feels good to have that today.”

 

BEN BESHORE, crew chief, No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry TRD

What does it mean to earn the pole for the All-Star race through this qualifying format?

“This is a cool event. A good way to showcase our pit crew and they did a great job. They put in a lot of hard work this off-season and throughout the year. They clicked off awesome stops there and it’s exciting!”

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Ford All-Star Qualifying Results

2nd - Ryan Blaney

8th - Aric Almirola

9th - Joey Logano

11th - Chase Briscoe

12th - Austin Cindric

15th - Kevin Harvick

18th - Brad Keselowski

19th - Michael McDowell

 

Ford All-Star Open Qualifying Results:

5th - Chris Buescher

9th - Harrison Burton

10th - Cole Custer

13th - Cody Ware

14th - Todd Gilliland

15th - Garrett Smithley

16th - BJ McLeod 

 

RYAN BLANEY, No. 12 Menards Ford Mustang -- Qualified 2nd 

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THAT ELIMINATION FORMAT? WAS IT FUN FOR YOU? “It was decent I guess. It was better than doing nothing. It puts a big emphasis on the pit crew, for sure. Our only job is to not stall it getting to the box and stop on the sign. I think a couple of guys did stall. It puts a big emphasis on those guys and their skillset. I am saying it is good because it worked out decent for us. If it went bad for us I would be saying the opposite. It was unique and I thought our guys did a good job. We got hurt on the lane choice there. I thought the bottom was better but we aren’t in a bad spot for tomorrow.”

 

ON THE POLE RUN, IT WAS PRETTY MUCH JUST THAT HE COULD GET A BETTER LAUNCH FROM THAT LANE? “Yeah, I thought our stop was honestly a little faster than his. I was on the top for the first round, bottom in the second round, and top in the last round. I could notice a big difference. The bottom launched a lot better after you got done with your stop. Whether it was cleaner or whatever it was, fresh asphalt or something. It just seemed to launch better. It is one of those things. I was hoping that the 5 would beat the 18 in their round because then I would have had lane choice but it just didn’t work out that way.”

Ford Performance PR

Editors note: Transfers will be added as they transfer to fill out the All-Star Race lineup.

 

Crayon Software Experts, the cloud-based digital IT company and software solutions provider, has partnered with New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) to become the entitlement sponsor for New England’s only NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) race. The Crayon 200 will take place at 2:30 p.m. on July 16 as part of the speedway’s traditional mid-summer NASCAR weekend.

“We are extremely excited to partner with Speedway Motorsports and New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race in July,” said Justin Henriksen, CEO of Crayon US. “It’s our mission to be the trusted technical advisor for our clients by helping them rightsize and optimize their IT estates to save costs while also unlocking their technology potential through innovation and our cloud and software expertise. This partnership will further those efforts by providing us a global spotlight to showcase our best-in-class solutions and services.”

The software solutions provider will also receive premium signage displays, hospitality opportunities and the chance to select VIP dignitaries at NHMS.

"We are thrilled to welcome Crayon to 'The Magic Mile' this summer," said New Hampshire Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager David McGrath. "The team at Crayon works hard to provide a top-notch digital experience for customers around the world, and we work hard to create the best entertainment experience for our fans and corporate partners as well. We look forward to providing a new platform to Crayon to market and showcase their capabilities."

In addition to the NXS race entitlement at NHMS, Crayon becomes the Official Cloud and Software Solutions Provider for NHMS and eight additional Speedway Motorsports properties: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dover Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Nashville Superspeedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway. Crayon will receive signage, hospitality and marketing opportunities at those premiere entertainment venues on NASCAR event weekends.

“We are proud to add Crayon to not only New Hampshire’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race but also to Speedway Motorsports’ list of world class partners,” said Speedway Motorsports Chief Sales Officer Kevin Camper. “Their presence at all of our venues will provide unique business-to-business opportunities for Crayon to meet potential clients in markets across the country from New England to Sonoma.”

New England’s NASCAR weekend gets underway Friday, July 15 with Friday Night Dirt Duels at The Flat Track and continues with Doubleheader Saturday on July 16, featuring the Crayon 200 NXS race and Whelen Manufactured in America 100 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race. The grand finale of New England’s biggest race weekend is headlined by the Ambetter 301 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, July 17.

Be sure to check NHMS.com/Events/NASCAR-Cup-Series/Schedule/ often, as the schedule will be continuously updated as race weekend approaches.

Tickets:

Log on to NHMS.com for tickets and more information on the weekend’s lineup of action-packed racing. Doubleheader Saturday tickets start at just $35 while kids 12 and under are free. Sunday’s Ambetter 301 tickets start at just $49 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under.

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Stewart Friesen overtook Christian Eckes in overtime to win the SpeedyCash.com 220 at Texas Motor Speedway for his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory since 2019.
 
Eckes and Friesen lined up on the front row for the two-lap overtime shootout after points leader Ben Rhodes spun after contact with Tanner Gray to bring out the final caution on Lap 143 of 147 and set up the dramatic finish.
 
The two battled side by side on the restart through the first two turns before Friesen darted to the lead heading into Turn 3 and held off Eckes by 0.122-of-a-second to snap a 53-race winless drought. It was the first victory for the Halmar Friesen driver/co-owner since winning at Phoenix with GMS Racing in November of 2019.
 
“I made all the mistakes I needed to make in the first two segments," said Friesen, who had only one other top-five finish this season, a third-place at Las Vegas in March. “That was probably the best restart of my career.”
 
Friesen led seven times for a race-high 60 laps but Eckes, who led three times for 40 laps, was seemingly in control in the late stages of the race. He led 34 of the final 36 laps but Friesen reclaimed the lead officially on the final lap of OT for his first lead since Lap 107.
 
Eckes’ runner-up finish was his season-best – topping the ThorSport Racing driver’s third in the season opener at Daytona – while Team DGR’s Ryan Preece also recorded a season-best effort by taking third.
 
Preece was the one who appeared like who could be the one in Victory Lane after taking the first two stage wins of the scheduled 147-lap event. He took the opening 35-lap stage and was followed by Friesen and Zane Smith. Polesitter John Hunter Nemechek of KB Motorsports, who was forced to start the race from the rear of the field due to unapproved changes, moved through the field and finished sixth in the first stage.
 
It was Preece and Friesen finishing 1-2 again in the 35-lap Stage 2 as Nemechek continued his run to the front by finishing third. Nemechek finally claimed the lead on Lap 74 of the third and final stage but lost the lead after 14 laps when the team gambled to have him pit twice for fuel during a caution. The strategy cost him 25 positions as he fell to 26th on the restart.
 
The final stage shaped up to a battle between Eckes, Friesen and Carson Hocevar with Eckes taking control up front. Ultimately, the OT restart put Friesen a side by side with Eckes and an ideal position to land his third career victory.
 
Nemechek went on to finish sixth and the result – coupled with Rhodes’ 27th-place finish – moved him into first in the NCWTS points standings by four points over Rhodes.
 
Friday’s NASCAR All-Star Race Weekend Notebook: JR Motorsports driver Noah Gragson earned his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series pole with a lap of 182.791 miles per hour (29.542 secs.) for Saturday’s SRS Distribution 250. Gragson edged Tyler Reddick (182.445 mph, 29.598 secs.), the Richard Childress Racing Cup driver competing for Big Machine Racing in this race, by 0.056-of-a-second for his first pole in 114 NXS races. Austin Hill will start third, Brandon Jones fourth and Ryan Truex fifth. The SRS Distribution 250 will begin at 12:30 p.m. (TV: FS1, Radio: PRN, SiriusXM Radio). … The NASCAR Cup Series takes to the track for the first time Saturday, beginning with practice for both The Open and NASCAR All-Star Race participants beginning at 6 p.m. Practice will be followed by Open and All-Star qualifying, respectively, beginning at 6:35 p.m. … NASCAR Cup Series driver Christopher Bell will join Texas Motor Speedway for a special announcement at a press conference set for Noon Saturday.
 
The NASCAR Open will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 22 (FS1, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90, MRN, and 95.9 The Ranch) and the NASCAR All-Star Race at 7 p.m. (FS1, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90, MRN, and 95.9 The Ranch).
 
Country music superstar Blake Shelton will perform a live concert Sunday beginning at 5:30 p.m. as part of the NASCAR All-Star pre-race festivities.
 
TICKETS:
Tickets for this weekend’s NASCAR All-Star Race Weekend are on sale now at https://www.texasmotorspeedway.com.
 
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Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch was made available to media prior to the Texas Motor Speedway race this Saturday: 

 

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M’s Crunchy Cookie Toyota Camry TRD, Joe Gibbs Racing

How important is it for you to win the All-Star race from a financial standpoint? With all of Brexton’s racing, we’re worried about your finances.

“Are you insinuating I’m broke? You should be considering the best thing I got going right now for next year is a test driver. Sim driver. I did hear though that that pays over 100 grand so I'm excited about that. Truth be told, yeah, coming in Texas, All-Star race, I mean, you it's kind of that old adage of bring home the steering wheel or bring home the checkered flag right, so hoping we can bring home the checkered flag that would certainly be nice. I've only done that once in the All-Star race but you know, looking forward to this year's format and the different things that it has going for us this weekend and obviously bringing back some pit crew element into that excited about showcasing my guys and how fast they've been this year. So they deserve to get some love.”

 

How is your momentum going into the 600 with the good runs on mile-and-a-half tracks?

“I mean, the mile and a half stuff has kind of been our bread and butter a little bit this year, I guess you'd say. You know, California we were okay. I thought we were quick, but we got behind early, but then Vegas and Kansas was really good. We were fast there. So being another mile and a half here, hopefully that means well.”

 

How has it been being a ‘girl dad’ for a week or so now?

“It’s good. Last night was a little rough, didn't get much sleep last night, but she's been great otherwise. So it’s been a lot of fun. Brexton has been pitching in and helping out and stuff like that. So it's been nice to just be home the last couple of weeks. Haven't had a whole lot to do, which it was planned that way. But Charlotte week next week is going to be a disaster. So lots of help needed next week.”

 

Is running in the Indy 500 still on your radar?

“Yeah, I mean, you know, it's certainly on my radar. The year that I had it sold and committed and sponsorship was there and everything like that, I got told no. And then I haven't necessarily tried to sell sponsorship since, but there was an easy verbal yes, commitment. And things have changed obviously, so don't have that these days, but overall, excited to be able to watch and cheering for old pal, Jimmie Johnson to go out there and run well and do good. He's always been fast in stock cars and everything else so it's no surprise to see him being up on the charts this time around. And looking forward to seeing him go next Sunday.”

 

What are you expecting at Texas with this new race car?

“I don't know, there was a test here earlier this year, a tire test and such. I think (Ryan) Blaney was here and he was really fast. Unfortunately, our Toyota bunch, we crashed out early so we didn't get a whole lot of data. So we may be a little behind the eight ball, but the past mile and a half this year would argue otherwise. So we'd like to think we come out here and we're fast and we have good strong race cars to go out here and try to win a million bucks.”

 

Did your Truck Series drivers tell you anything about the resin on the race track?

“I mean, to me, just watching the truck race, it looked to be about normal. You know, you can get in it, dabble in it a little longer the outside way around, but it does seem to have grip and you can make some runs off the top the corners and try to make some moves down the straightaway in such. Same old Texas it looked to me so not much different.”

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