Category Archives: NASCAR

Season finale lived up to billing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — As NASCAR prepares to honor its newly crowned 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano in Las Vegas on Thursday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN), it also will recognize the fantastic seasons of its two eight-race winners, Kevin Harvick and regular-season champion Kyle Busch, as well as the fourth member…MORE

Championship 4 prove why they were the best

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Leading into Sunday night’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, much was made about the season’s “Big 3” deciding the championship — all former champs, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. And yet, as it turned out the “fourth” — Joey Logano — was “big” enough when he needed to…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Truex falls just short in title defense

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — On an emotional night at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. fell one place short in his bid for a second straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship and his attempt to deliver a sterling going-away present to Furniture Row Racing. Truex had the lead with 12 laps left Sunday in the Ford…MORE

Ford EcoBoost 400 results

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race — Ford EcoBoost 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead, Florida Sunday, November 18, 2018 1. (5) Joey Logano (P), Ford, 267. 2. (3) Martin Truex Jr. (P), Toyota, 267. 3. (12) Kevin Harvick (P), Ford, 267. 4. (2) Kyle Busch (P), Toyota, 267. 5. (4) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 267. 6. (17)…MORE

Logano ends victory drought, wins NASCAR season title

In the lead-up to Sunday’s season-ending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, driver Joey Logano referred to the four remaining championship contenders as, “The big three and me.” In the darkness of the South Florida swamps, it was a tear-soaked “me” hoisting the big, silver championship trophy in victory lane at the…MORE

Hamlin steals Homestead pole from Championship 4 drivers

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Three of the four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 drivers qualified near the top of the board in Friday’s knockout time trials at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But Denny Hamlin, who has his own agenda, stole the pole for Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 (at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM…MORE

Auto Racing Glance

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES: FORD ECOBOOST 400 (267 laps, 400 miles around a 1.5-mile D-shaped oval), Homestead-Miami Speedway; Homestead, Fla. TV: Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 2:46 p.m. ET) – NBC (Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90). THIS WEEK: The Championship four is set, and the drivers competing for…MORE

Kyle Busch’s Cup win moves him to title race

Kyle Busch moved to the lead for a final time with 36 laps to go, survived a couple of late restarts, and went on to win Sunday’s Can-Am 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. The victory secured the Joe Gibbs Racing driver a berth in next weekend’s four-driver,…MORE

Harvick rebounds with pole-winning run at Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Resilient Kevin Harvick bounced back at his best track, winning the pole position for Sunday’s Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway and putting behind him a penalty that threatened his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship chances. Harvick, a nine-time Phoenix winner, toured the newly configured one-mile track in 25.386 seconds to run…MORE

Harvick penalized, loses guaranteed playoff spot

Kevin Harvick’s celebration in Texas has been spoiled. A victory in Sunday’s 500-mile Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway had locked Harvick in as the second driver to earn a berth in the four-car Championship Round of the playoffs. But the sanctioning body docked him 40 points after finding illegal alterations…MORE

Harvick makes Championship 4 with OT win at Texas

Kevin Harvick became the second driver to earn a berth in the four-car Championship Round of the playoffs when he won Sunday’s 500-mile Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. The driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, Harvick led a race-best 177 laps in the 337-lap race. It was his…MORE

Custer clinches championship berth with last-lap pass at Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas – In a race that produced a last-lap pass for the win, a record 13 cautions and an unmitigated disaster for favorite son Christopher Bell, Cole Custer moved past Tyler Reddick on the backstretch to win Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Custer’s first victory of the season gave…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Elliott looks to end recent slump

FORT WORTH, Tex. — Just when he needs it most, the newfound speed that has carried Chase Elliott to a pair of victories in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs seems to have deserted the driver of the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. On Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway, Elliott qualified 16th for…MORE

Kyle Busch enjoying drama-free ride to Homestead

Not involved in any high conflict during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup playoffs so far, veteran Kyle Busch seemed comfortable and at ease heading into Sunday’s AAA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The regular season champion and current championship leader — who holds a 21-point lead on…MORE

Blaney wins pole as Fords dominate Texas qualifying

FORT WORTH, Tex. — Ryan Blaney may have exited the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, but that doesn’t mean the desire to win has left the driver of the No. 12 Team Penske Ford. Running the fastest lap of the day in the final round of Friday’s knockout qualifying session at Texas Motor Speedway,…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Truex still trying to get past Logano bump

FORT WORTH, Texas — Still smarting from the last-lap bump-and-run at Martinsville that cost him a win, Martin Truex Jr. is trying to keep his focus elsewhere as he approaches the second race in the Round of 8 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. After clearing Joey Logano off Turn 2 on the…MORE

Kyle Busch avoids drama, keeps series lead

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Kyle Busch had a strong enough car to lead 100 laps Sunday in the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway, but not enough to race for the victory in the closing laps of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race. Ultimately, Busch ran fourth in the opening event in the Round…MORE

First Data 500 results

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race — 70th Annual First Data 500 Martinsville Speedway Martinsville, Virginia Sunday, October 28, 2018 1. (10) Joey Logano (P), Ford, 500. 2. (3) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 500. 3. (33) Martin Truex Jr. (P), Toyota, 500. 4. (1) Kyle Busch (P), Toyota, 500. 5. (7) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 500. 6.…MORE

Logano edges Truex in mad dash, books spot in Championship 4

Joey Logano secured the first birth in the final round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs Sunday, winning the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The victory in the opening event of the three-race Round of 8 Cup playoffs was the Team Penske driver’s second of the season and first of the playoffs.…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Bowyer eyeing strong performance at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — With Kyle Busch sitting in the front row, waiting for his turn at the dais in the Martinsville Speedway media center, Clint Bowyer seized on an opening to take a good-natured shot at his fellow Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff contender before the drivers hit the track for final practice. Asked…MORE

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