Category Archives: NASCAR

NASCAR notebook: DiBenedetto shines with career-best result at Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. — In the last 11 laps of Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, Matt DiBenedetto passed seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson for fifth place and 2014 Champion Kevin Harvick for fourth. When the race ended, the driver of the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Toyota was closing in…MORE

Truex wins at Sonoma for second straight year

The much-discussed reconfiguring of Sonoma Raceway mattered not at all to Martin Truex Jr. as the winner at the Northern California road course a year ago made it two straight at the track as he drove to a dominating victory there on Sunday. The victory in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Byron appreciates crew chief Knaus’ direct approach

SONOMA, Calif. — William Byron got a surprise as he took his first quick laps around Sonoma Raceway in Friday’s opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice. “It was wild,” said Byron, who was 14th fastest in the session. “I was surprised how much grip the track has lost in some areas. It’s not as…MORE

Larson to try again to convert pole into win at Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. — Winning poles at Sonoma Raceway is nothing new for Kyle Larson. He powered his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet on Saturday to his third straight top starting spot at the 2.52-mile road course, which features the addition of the carousel this year. What has been far less predictable is Larson’s finishing…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Truex leads as drivers test Sonoma course

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — In a sense, Martin Truex Jr. merely picked up right where he left off — in front of the pack. The defending and two-time Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway winner led opening practice Friday at the 2.52-mile road course and looked like a good bet for race day even with a new twist…MORE

Wide-open field set to tackle revised Sonoma road course

The recent retirement of top Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series road racing aces Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon has created an opportunity for a new generation of road racers. And while many drivers in the early days of the sport essentially “tolerated” the road course stops, as the sport has progressed, drivers have seized on…MORE

Opportunity awaits drivers at Sonoma Raceway

New venue, new winner. First stop. First win. That’s certainly what a substantial portion of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field is hoping for this weekend at the season’s first road course event at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. The series returns from a Father’s Day off-weekend and heads west to California’s scenic wine…MORE

Reddick roars into Xfinity Series race at Iowa

There are plenty of storylines and a lot of action atop the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship heading into Sunday’s CircuitCity.com 250 presented by Tamron at Iowa Speedway. Defending Xfinity Series champion Tyler Reddick has shown no signs of slowing down, even though he has moved to a different team, Richard Childress Racing. Reddick earned his…MORE

Auto Racing Glance

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES THIS WEEK: The series takes a week off for Father’s Day on the heels of Joey Logano winning a rain-delayed race at Michigan on Monday. … Logano’s win was the fifth this season for a Ford Fusion, with a Toyota Camry taking nine of the other 10. That leaves the…MORE

Logano knows early success is only the beginning

Joey Logano’s dominant win in Monday’s rain-delayed race at Michigan International Speedway was a not-too-subtle reminder that the reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion is every bit up for a title defense. At times, Logano’s championship-pacing work in 2019 has been overshadowed by those more regularly hoisting big trophies in Victory Lane. But even…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Yellow comes at wrong time for Truex

With four laps left in Monday’s rain-delayed FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Monday, Martin Truex Jr. thought he had second place in the bag. He and Kurt Busch were trailing eventual winner Joey Logano — and making progress in a two-car draft. But Erik Jones spun into the infield grass inside Turn…MORE

FireKeepers Casino 400 results

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race — 51st Annual FireKeepers Casino 400 Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan Monday, June 10, 2019 1. (1) Joey Logano, Ford, 203. 2. (7) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 203. 3. (16) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 203. 4. (9) Daniel Suarez, Ford, 203. 5. (15) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 203. 6. (8) Brad…MORE

Logano outlasts field, weather to win at Michigan

After winning the pole for the FireKeepers Casino 400, Joey Logano said sure his car was fast for one lap. Turns out it was pretty darn fast for an entire race, too, as the Team Penske driver led 163 laps en route to winning Monday’s rain-delayed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International…MORE

Persistent rain forces postponement in Michigan

Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 Monster Energy NACAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway has been postponed until Monday. The starting time has been reset for 5 p.m. ET, airing on FS1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. The race was originally scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, but a wet track…MORE

Logano leads Ford armada in Michigan Cup qualifying

BROOKLYN, Mich. — The Ford drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series apparently took the words of Edsel Ford II to heart. At a dinner with Ford drivers on Thursday night, the member of the Ford Motor Company board of directors emphasized the importance of putting a Mustang in Victory Lane after Sunday’s FireKeepers…MORE

Ex-NASCAR head Brian France reaches plea deal in DWI case

Former NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France pleaded guilty Friday to driving while intoxicated as part of a deal with New York prosecutors. The misdemeanor DWI charge will be reduced to a traffic violation next June if France completes 100 hours of community service and takes part in alcohol counseling, according to a statement released…MORE

NASCAR playoff race tight heading to Michigan

While there is understandably a lot of attention paid to the top of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points standings, as the regular season hits the halfway point, there is a lot of legitimate intrigue at the playoff cutoff position as well. While four-time race winner Kyle Busch and the season’s consistency king, Joey…MORE

Busch measuring up to some all-time greats

Kyle Busch’s victory Sunday at Pocono Raceway earned the former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion a series-best fourth win of 2019 and marked another milestone toward a undeniable NASCAR Hall of Fame distinction. Busch hoisted his 55th career Monster Energy Series trophy, tying him with NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace for ninth on…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Jones matches best finish of season

Erik Jones was realistic. He was well aware that the chances of overtaking Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch late in Sunday’s Pocono 400 were remote, to say the least. To compound the challenge, Busch had fresher rubber, having taken four tires during his last pit stop on Lap 94 at Pocono Raceway. Jones, on…MORE

Speedy Byron wins Pocono 400 pole

On Saturday at Pocono Raceway, William Byron continued to assert his mastery of pole qualifying in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Charging around the 2.5-mile triangular track in 51.875 seconds (173.494 mph), Byron claimed the top starting spot for Sunday’s Pocono 400 (2 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). “Pole day’s…MORE

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