Category Archives: NASCAR

Blaney edges Newman to win weather-delayed race at Talladega

Ryan Blaney has spent the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season as the forgotten member in Team Penske’s powerhouse stable of drivers. But in Monday’s weather-postponed 1000Bulbs.com 500, he stepped from the shadows by winning a wild one at Talladega Superspeedway. The win was the first of the season for Blaney and his third…MORE

Rain halts Talladega race after Byron wins Stage 1

Sunday’s 1000Bulbs.com 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway has been postponed until Monday because of rain and impending darkness in eastern Alabama. The race, the second in the Playoffs’ Round of 12, was red flagged after 57 laps of the scheduled 188-lapper. Because Talladega does not have lights, NASCAR made the…MORE

Hamlin confident despite starting from back at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. — With four regular season victories and his highest position (second place) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings since April, Denny Hamlin said he comes to Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway for Sunday’s 1000Bulbs.com 500 (2 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) feeling as prepared and optimistic as possible. Even a blown…MORE

Elliott leads Hendrick sweep of Talladega qualifying

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Led by pole winner Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports reasserted its domination of superspeedway qualifying on Saturday at Talladega. The winner at Talladega in April, Elliott toured the 2.66-mile track in 46.692 seconds (192.707 mph) to win his second Busch Pole Award at Talladega, his fourth of the season and the eighth of…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Milestone race causes Harvick to reflect on career

TALLADEGA, Ala. — More than 18 years ago, Kevin Harvick was thrust into a career change he could not have anticipated a week earlier. After Dale Earnhardt’s death on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500, Harvick took over Earnhardt’s vaunted Richard Childress Racing ride the following week at Rockingham — albeit in a…MORE

Weekend preview: Playoffs roll into Talladega

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It’s hard to imagine the popular and frantic racing at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway being more intense than it naturally presents, but with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff stakes on the line in this Sunday’s 1000Bulbs.com 500 (2 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the chances for drama couldn’t…MORE

Auto Racing Glance

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES: 1000BULBS.COM 500 (188 laps, 500.08 miles around a 2.66-mile D-shaped oval), Talladega Superspeedway; Talladega, Ala. TV: Sunday, 2 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 2:20 p.m. ET) — NBC (Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90). THIS WEEK: Every driver knows it’s coming, and that doesn’t make a trip…MORE

Rebounding in next two races imperative for contenders

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It was a tough race day start-to-finish at Dover International Speedway on Sunday for several Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship contenders. In the case of reigning series champ Joey Logano, it was a tough day even before the start. Logano’s No. 22 Team Penske Ford suffered a mechanical issue during…MORE

Larson ends 75-race winless drought with Dover victory

Mired in a two-plus-year winless streak, Kyle Larson has had to dig and claw his way through the last three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. But on Sunday, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver earned himself a chance to breathe easy for a week or two as he collected a huge victory at Dover International…MORE

Hamlin captures pole at Dover with record lap

It was a friendly golf wager made good on the race track. Denny Hamlin began marking his 500th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race start this weekend with a record pole-winning speed Saturday afternoon at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. And Hamlin earned his — and Toyota’s — second pole of the season by a…MORE

Bowman focuses on top performance at Dover

Alex Bowman earned headlines last weekend for his determined work behind the wheel of his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, rallying to a dramatic runner-up finish at the Charlotte ROVAL to earn a spot in the second round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. The next phase of the NASCAR postseason begins Sunday…MORE

Hendrick Motorsports, Ally extend sponsorship through 2023

Unquestionably the big news to transpire Friday morning at Dover (Del.) International Speedway — where the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races Sunday (2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) — was confirmation that the Ally Financial has re-upped its sponsorship of Hendrick Motorsports and the Jimmy Johson-led No. 48 Chevrolet team through the…MORE

NASCAR notebook: 2nd round tailor-made for Elliott

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Chase Elliott may not be leading the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings as the series heads to Dover International Speedway for Sunday’s Drydene 400 (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), but with a victory last week at the Charlotte road course and the reigning champion of…MORE

Dozen drivers set to take on second round of playoffs

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — In the minutes and hours following the checkered flag in Sunday’s first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff elimination race of 2019, drivers were simultaneously celebratory, stunned or simply relieved – depending on their fate – in an action-packed Bank of America ROVAL 400 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course.…MORE

Elliott finds his groove at Charlotte roval with sixth win of season

As he pondered his situation at the Charlotte Motor Speedway infield road circuit after practice on Friday, Chase Elliott called himself a driver in search of his groove. On Sunday, he quite obviously and very impressively had found that groove. Elliott, who overcame a bad mistake when he whacked the tire-barrier wall on a restart…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Despite qualifying, Truex ready for roval

CONCORD, N.C. — Momentum can be a fleeting thing. Just ask Martin Truex Jr., who will start Sunday’s Bank of America ROVAL 400 (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) seeking an unprecedented first-round sweep of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. “I think we’re feeling good, you know,” Truex said…MORE

Byron sweeps Charlotte poles with strong run at Roval

CONCORD, N.C. — William Byron has the knack at his home track — even if the two configurations at Charlotte Motor Speedway are vastly different. A Charlotte native, Byron won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte in May on the traditional 1.5-mile oval. On Friday, Byron toured Charlotte’s Roval — a 2.32-mile, 17-turn…MORE

Blaney looking to recapture ROVAL magic

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ryan Blaney certainly takes pride in the race-winning effort he turned in at the inaugural Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL race last September. His charge from third place to the checkered flag on the race’s final turns was highly dramatic and especially rewarding. It was his second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series…MORE

Will anyone chase down Truex at Charlotte roval?

Martin Truex Jr. is certainly making a bold statement about both his championship determination and his racing ability in taking the trophies in each of the first two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff races. And now comes the bad news for his competitors. This week’s Bank of America ROVAL 400 (Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET…MORE

Roush parting ways with Stenhouse, adding Buescher

Roush Fenway Racing announced Wednesday that it is parting ways with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. after seven seasons in the No. 17 Ford. The move is effective at the end of the season and Stenhouse is being let go with two years remaining on his contract. Chris Buescher, who formerly drove for Roush, will return to…MORE

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