Matthew Jackson

Matthew Jackson

 

The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series heads into the Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon. 

Since the beginning of the season, drivers, crews and fans have all raved about all the uncertainty that this weekend brings. Not only is the track itself challenging, the pressure of making the Round of 12 will loom among all  drivers on Sunday adding to the pressure of drivers and teams. 

Kyle Busch who won last Saturday night heads into the Roval with lots momentum. 2018 has been good to the Las Vegas native as he has won a total of seven wins tied with Kevin Harvick. Busch also has eighteen top five place finishes and 23 top tens along with an average finish of 7.3.

Points leader Martin Truex Jr. locked himself into the Round of 12 last weekend in Richmond by points along with Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski.

Brad Keselowski who made a statement in Las Vegas two weeks ago has assured himself a spot in the Round of 12 beginning next weekend in Dover.

Thus far in 2018, Keselowski has three wins, nine top fives and sixteen top tens.

Drivers who head into Sunday with pressure of playoff standings include Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin who currently sit behind the 12th place cutoff spot. 

The Bank of America Roval 400 coverage is scheduled to begin on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Eastern on NBC.   

 

Friday Schedule: 

MENCS Practice: 12:05 p.m. Eastern - 12:55 p.m. Eastern

MENCS Qualifying: 4:45 p.m. Eastern

 

Saturday Schedule:

MENCS Practice: 11:00 a.m. Eastern - 11:50 a.m. Eastern

MENCS Final Practice: 1:30 p.m. Eastern - 2:20 p.m. Eastern 

 

Sunday Schedule:

Bank of America Roval 400: 2:00 p.m. Eastern (109 laps, 248. 52 miles) 

 

 

Christopher Bell won tonight's NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff opener at Richmond Raceway. 

Bell took over the lead from Matt Tifft on a late-race restart with 14 laps remaining.

Rounding out the top five were Ross Chastain in second, Daniel Hemric in third, Dale Earnhardt Jr. in fourth and Matt Tifft in fifth.

Tonight marks the fifth win for NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie Christopher Bell and his first win in seven races. Bell also won at Richmond earlier this year.

"It's not very often that you get to win with a car that's not a winning car, we'll take it," Christopher Bell told NBCSN. "Man, I'm just pumped."

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who made his first NASCAR start since his retirement from full-time competition at the end of 2017, led a race-high 96 laps and won Stage 2.

Elliott Sadler who made his final start at his home track finished sixth.

Regular-season champion Justin Allgaier's night came to an end with 24 laps to go after Cole Custer got loose underneath Allgaier in Turn 3, causing the NO. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet to hit the wall. Allgaier finished 32nd, the lowest of the playoff drivers and Cole Custer would go on to finish 15th. 

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will head to Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval next Saturday for the Drive for the Cure 200 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN.

Stage 1 Winner: Daniel Hemric

Stage 2 Winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Race Winner: Christopher Bell

Brad Keselowski won Sunday's NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Playoff opener at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Brad Keselowski's crew gave driver NO.2 a good position with good pit stops all day, and then Keselowski finished the job with a strong restart in NASCAR Overtime to win the South Point Casino 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"I didn't think it was ever gonna end. I was worried about running out of gas there at the end," Keselowski told NBCSN. "I know the fans can hear on this microphone and i want to say thank you to everyone who braved 100 degree heat all day. You guys are the real heroes. I get paid to do this. You guys pay to watch and thank you for doing that. Thank you for coming out today and tolerating the heat.

"We're so glad to be able to win and get in Victory Lane again with the Autotrader Ford. What a special day for 500 wins for Penske, three in a row here, first win in the playoffs. There are too many story lines for me to get it all right, but we're very thankful and very proud for all of them."

Keselowski continued his recent success from his victories at Darlington and Indianapolis to win his third straight victory and score his 27th career victory in the Monster Energy Cup Series. Sunday's win was also Team Penske's 500th victory across all of their motorsports platforms.

Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney would round out the top five.

Sunday's hot and dry temperatures provided for a hot, slick race surface on the 1.5 mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Most of the NASCAR playoff drivers ran into trouble, including championship favorite Kevin Harvick. Harvick's Stewart-Haas Racing NO.4 Ford hit the wall in Turn 1 on Lap 147 and also collected the pole-sitter and fellow playoff competitor Erik Jones, who was running in Harvick's line at the time of the incident and didn't have enough time to avoid carnage.

Kevin Harvick would finish 39th and Erik Jones would finish 40th.

Luckily for Harvick, who had 50 playoff bonus points entering Sunday's 400 mile event at Las Vegas, he actually came out in good shape after most of the playoff drivers experienced troubles.

Chase Elliott who won at Watkins Glen earlier this year experienced troubles similar to the one that Erik Jones had with Kevin Harvick on Lap 147. Jamie McMurray wrecked in Turn 4 on Lap 211 and Chase Elliott would have nowhere to go. After the incident, Elliott would tell NBCSN that he felt a pop in his left shoulder but said he would be ready to come battle back next week at Richmond.

Other playoff drivers who experienced troubles included Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin - both wrecked late. Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Alex Bowman, and Austin Dillion was also involved in incidents the race.

The NASCAR Playoffs move into Richmond Raceway for Saturday's Federated Auto Parts 400 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel 90. Saturday will be the second race in the opening round before the field goes to 12 after the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr.

Stage 2 Winner: Brad Keselowski

Race Winner: Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski won today's Sport Clips 200 at Darlington Raceway.

Driver NO.22 took advantage of a wreck between Ross Chastain and Kevin Harvick to win Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race.

Keselowski was running up near the front all day, but did not have enough to catch leaders Ross Chastain or Kevin Harvick. Keselowski would take advantage of Chastain's and Harvick's troubles and take command of the lead.

Saturday's win for Keselowski is his third win of the season, 39th of his career and first at Darlington.

The incident between Harvick and Chastain occurred on Lap 110 when Harvick drove Chastain into the Turn 2 wall. When Ross Chastain came back down, he clipped the NO.98 of Kevin Harvick, who spun out with heavy damage.

Ross Chastain would finish 25th.

After the incident between the NO.98 & NO.42, Harvick drove into Chastain's pit stall to yell at Chastain's crew before going to the garage.

"I tried to stay as low as i could and he just rode my door," Kevin Harvick told NBCSN. "You've got a really inexperienced guy in a really fast car and made a really bad move - and then wrecked me down the back straightaway and hooked me to the right."

Championship contender Christopher Bell's day went bad after blowing a left-front tire on his NO. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota that would bring out the caution on Lap 65.

Christopher Bell would finish 34th.

Cole Custer would finish in second, Tyler Reddick in third, Denny Hamlin in fourth and Elliott Sadler would round out the top five.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will be back in action next Saturday, September 8 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the running of the Lilly Diabetes 250 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN.

Stage 1 Winner: Ross Chastain

Stage 2 Winner: Ross Chastain

Race Winner: Brad Keselowski

Justin Haley won Sunday's Chevorlet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in a thrilling last lap.

Haley emerged as winner after Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates Noah Gragson and Todd Gilliland collided in the final corner of the circuit.

"I'd go fight him right now but i can't," Todd Gilliland said following his contact with Noah Gragson.

Noah Gragson was met after the race by both Gilliland's father and Gilliland's crew chief after the race.

Gragson would take full responsibility for the incident.

"Just unfortunate, that was on me. Just trying to get a little too much trying to win." Noah Gragson said.

Gragson would go on to finish 9th and Gilliland would finish 11th.

Pole sitter Ben Rhodes was contending with a top five finish on the last lap but spun out on Turn 5 and finished 14th.

For Justin Haley this is the second victory of his career and his first since Gateway earlier this season. Driver NO. 24 only led two laps in the 250 mile event, but guarantees his spot into the Round of 6.

Rounding out the top fiver were John Hunter Nemecheck in second, Brett Moffitt in third, Timothy Peters in fourth and Matt Crafton in fifth.

Sunday's race featured a total of eight lead changes among six competitors. Besides Justin Haley who led just two laps of the race, five other competitors led at least one lap. Those drivers included Timothy Peters, Johnny Sauter, Noah Gragson, Todd Gilliland and pole sitter Ben Rhodes.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will have several weeks off before returning to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday, September 14th on FS1 and MRN.

Stage 1 Winner: Noah Gragson

Stage 2 Winner: Noah Gragson

Race Winner: Justin Haley      

Kyle Larson won tonight's Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Larson won over NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie Christopher Bell in a overtime finish.

Driver NO. 42 led 202 of 310 laps and won every stage in route to claiming his fourth NASCAR Xfinity Series win of the 2018 season.

"It feels really good. I wish Kyle Busch wouldn't have had his trouble so I could have raced him but it still feels really, really cool to win a race here - finally - at Bristol," Larson said. "I've been close so many times and it's my best race track by far, I feel like.

"It feels cool to win. Hopefully we can get another tomorrow night and that would be really special as well. It's just really exciting because I've been so close so many times and I thought Bell was going to steal this one from me a couple times throughout the race. He was really good. He and I have very similar driving styles.

"We had the yellow there with two to go and I was make, 'Man, again, again. I'm going to lose another one late.' But we were able to get an average restart and get the win. I can't wait until tomorrow."

Kyle Larson also holds the pole for tomorrow's Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race.

Rounding out the top five were Christopher Bell in second, Justin Allgaier in third, Cole Custer in fourth and Joey Logano in fifth.

Friday nights win came in Larson's ninth Bristol Motor Speedway start and after having six top-five finishes in his first eight starts. 2018 has been good for driver NO. 42 as he has won four out of the six races that he has ran in this year.

The overtime finish came when Daniel Hemric wrecked with two laps to go in the 300-laper.

Kyle Busch was having a great night up until he tagged the wall on lap 66. One Lap 70, Busch lost a tire and got into the outside wall, ending his night. 

Kyle Busch would go on to finish 36th.

Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Larson

Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Larson

Race Winner: Kyle Larson

Next Race: Johnsonville 180 at Road AMerica at 3:30 p.m. Eastern on August, 25th on NBCSN.

Kevin Harvick won today's Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Sunday's win marked driver NO. 4's seventh win of the 2018 Monster Energy Cup Series season and 44th of his career which tied him with NASCAR Hall Of Famer Bill Elliott.

Harvick swept both stages in persuite of his victory on Sunday afternoon.

"The most important thing is winning races and getting all the points you canto position yourself for Homestead," Harvick told NBCSN following Sunday's victory. "That's what we've been doing all year."

Harvick ends Sunday's race with the series-high 40 playoff points.

Sunday also marked the third time that the Bakersfield, California native swept both stages and won the race. He last swept both stages and won at Las Vegas and Dover.

For driver NO. 4 this is his second win at the 2-mile track. Harvick last won there in August of 2010.

Last week's race winner Chase Elliott finished ninth and has placed in the top ten in all of his six starts at Michigan International Speedway.

Rounding out the top five were Brad Keselowski in second, Kyle Busch in third, Austin Dillion in fourth and Ryan Blaney in fifth.

Championship favorite Martin Truex Jr. ran out of fuel before the end of Stage 2. The gamble would cost Driver NO. 78 at a chance at victory.

Martin Truex Jr. would go on to finish 14th.

Stage 1 Winner: Kevin Harvick

Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick

Race Winner: Kevin Harvick

Next Race: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 18th on NBCSN. 

Chase Elliott won today's NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International Sunday afternoon.

This was Elliott's first win of his Monster Energy Cup Series and 250th for his car owner Rick Hendrick.

"What a thrill. I don't know what to say," Elliott said."I'm so thrilled, so emotional, so much relief, working on three years and i hadn't won one.

Since Geoff Bodine's win in 1984, Seventeen drivers have gone to victory lane for Hendrick Motorsports.

After Chase Elliott drove into victory lane, several drivers in the field went over to Elliott to congratulate him on his achievement. 

After Sunday's race, Bill Elliott joined his son Chase Elliott in victory lane.

"I don't know how to describe this feeling," Bill Elliott said.

Elliott, who had the dominate car of the field on Sunday won the second stage and traded for the lead throughout the race, but was challenged by 2017 Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. during the final fifteen laps.

Driver NO. 78 threatened Elliott most noticebly on the final lap, after Elliott locked up Turn 1 which would allow Truex Jr. to close in on Elliott's gap. However, Martin Truex Jr. would be denied by Elliott after Elliott pulled away from Truex throughout the circuit.

In Elliott's previous 98 starts, driver NO. 9 has finished second on eight different occasions. 

With his win on Sunday, Chase Elliott now books his place in the Monster Energy Cup Series playoffs.

Rounding out the top five were Martin Truex Jr. in second, Kyle Busch in third, Daniel Suarez in fourth and Erik Jones in fifth.

Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr.

Stage 2 Winner: Chase Elliott

Race Winner: Chase Elliott

Next Race: Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, August 12 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN and MRN.

Kevin Harvick won Sunday's Monster Energy Cup Series race at New Hampshire in dominating fashion after putting the bumper to race leader Kyle Busch with less than 10 laps to go.

Harvick bumped past Busch with less than seven laps to go to pick up his sixth win of the 2018 Monster Energy Cup Series season and 43rd of his career.

Harvick now leads the series with six wins.

"I just didn't know if i was going to get there again and felt like that was my best opportunity to do what i had to do to win. I didn't want to wreck him but i didn't want to waste abunch of time behind him.

"Winning is important and you need to take every opportunity you can," Kevin Harvick said following his victory on Sunday.

Kyle Busch who finished second called Harvick's move "Just racing" but gave a hint that he might consider returning the favor to Kevin Harvick if similar circumstances.

"He could have made the move cleaner than that, but how you race is how you get raced," Kyle Busch said following Sunday's race.

Rounding out the top five was Kyle Busch in second, Aric Almirola in third, Martin Truex Jr. in fourth and Chase Elliott in sixth.

Rounding out the top ten were Ryan Newman in sixth, Ryan Blaney in seventh, Kurt Busch in eighth, Joey Logano in ninth and Jimmie Johnson in tenth.

Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr.

Stage 2 Winner: Chase Elliott

Race Winner: Kevin Harvick

Next Race: Gander Outdoors 400 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, July 29th at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN and MRN.

Christopher Bell went from last to first on Friday night at Kentucky Speedway to win the Alsco 300.

Friday night's win marked Christopher Bell's third win of his career and second of his 2018 rookie season.

Bell led 17 laps in the final stage after having his back to the wall following his spin in qualifying that sent him to the rear of the field for the start of the race.

Driver NO. 20 passed Justin Allgaier for the lead and held off hard charging Daniel Hemric at the end to race to victory.

Rounding out the top fiver was completed by Kyle Busch,Cole Custer and Justin Allgaier.

Race favorite Kyle Busch finished in third after having a dominate Stage 1. Busch would battle discomfort with his NO. 18 Camry that ultimately harmed his chances at victory on Friday night.

For Christopher Bell this is the third win of his career and thus far Bell has ten top ten place finishes through seventeen races of the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series Season.

Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch

Stage 2 Winner: John Hunter Nemecheck

Race Winner: Christopher Bell