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Brad Keselowski Racing will end Truck operations, leaves door open for top series
By Zack Albert NASCAR.com   

Brad Keselowski Racing announced Thursday that it will cease operations after the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, prepping for a potential move to NASCAR’s top division at a much later date.

The announcement came from namesake team owner Brad Keselowski, the 2012 champion of NASCAR’s premier series. Keselowski’s organization currently fields Fords F-150s for Chase Briscoe, 22, and 18-year-old Austin Cindric, both in their first full season of truck competition.

“The Truck Series is truly special to me given my family’s ties to the history of the sport, and this decision comes with much contemplation,” Keselowski said in the team release, mentioning his father, Bob, who was a pioneering truck competitor dating back to the series’ first season. “But, for a number of reasons, and as I plan for the long-term future, I’ve decided not to field a team in 2018.”

Keselowski has fielded entries in the Camping World Truck Series since 2008, helping further the careers of many young drivers, including Ryan Blaney, Daniel Hemric and Tyler Reddick. The BKR organization scored its first win in 2012 with Blaney at the wheel, adding eight more victories to its tally in the years that followed.

Brad Keselowski Racing moved into a gleaming, 78,000-square-foot shop in Statesville, North Carolina, ahead of the 2016 season. Keselowski indicated that he hoped to use that headquarters as a base of operations for potential entry into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at a much later stage of his career.

“I’ve never made it a secret that I would eventually like to be an owner at the top level of the sport,” said Keselowski, who further explained the reasons behind his difficult decision in his personal blog. “And, while this is many years down the line, I want to start to prepare for that possibility now. Part of that preparation is seeking to develop an advanced engineering and manufacturing company that would be housed out of our 78,000-square-foot facility in Statesville and ultimately help to support this vision.”

The team said in the release that it remained committed to finishing strong in the 2017 Camping World Truck Series campaign. Briscoe sits fourth in the series standings with two pole positions in the 14 races thus far. Cindric ranks 10th, riding a string of six straight top-10 finishes in the series.

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NASCAR Talk! / William Byron to drive #5 cup car in 2018 for Hendrick
« on: August 09, 2017, 01:41:17 PM »
William Byron to drive #5 cup car in 2018 for Hendrick

CONCORD, N.C. (Aug. 9, 2017) - Record-breaking teenager William Byron will drive for 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports beginning next season. He will debut at stock car racing's highest level in the 2018 Daytona 500 and compete for rookie of the year honors.

Byron's No. 5 Chevrolet team will feature sponsorship from Axalta Coating Systems and Liberty University, which currently support the 19-year-old driver in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Beginning in 2018, the two primary sponsors will cover the majority of Byron's Cup races annually. Additional details of the multi-year partnerships will be announced at a later date.

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Kasey Kahne will not return to Hendrick Motorsports in 2018
By Holly Cain   NASCAR.com   August 7, 2017    at 10:09 am   

Hendrick Motorsports announced Monday that it will not retain driver Kasey Kahne to compete in the team’s No. 5 Chevrolet for the 2018 season. A future driver for the car was not revealed, but the team said it would announce its four-car lineup at a later date.

Kahne, 37, won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis in July and has 18 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins in 14 seasons. He was the 2004 Rookie of the Year.

“I’d like to thank Rick (Hendrick) and everyone at Hendrick Motorsports for their hard work and dedication, along with providing me a great opportunity and success over the last six years,” Kahne said in a team release. “We won six races together and I’m coming off of one of the biggest wins of my career at the Brickyard, which has given the (No.) 5 team a lot of momentum heading into the playoffs. We still have a lot of racing left in 2017 and finishing strong is our top priority. I look forward to what the next chapter in my career holds.”

Kahne started his Monster Energy Series career with Ray Evernham’s Dodge team in 2004, winning a season-best six races in 2006. He also drove for Richard Petty Motorsports and the Red Bull Racing teams before landing at Hendrick in 2012, where he has earned six victories.

In his first year with the championship organization Kahne won two races and tied a career-best mark of 19 top-10 finishes. He also finished a career-high fourth place in the standings that season.

His win at Indy broke a victory drought that stretched back to 2014.

“Kasey has worked extremely hard,” Hendrick said. “He’s a tremendous teammate and person, and he has been totally dedicated to our program since day one. I’ve always believed that he’s a special talent, and I know he will thrive in the right situation. We will do everything we can to finish the season as strong as we can.”

Hendrick will have a decidedly youthful look next season. The team already announced that 24-year-old Alex Bowman will replace retiring veteran Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 car. And 21-year old Chase Elliott is in his second Cup season driving the No. 24 Chevrolet formerly steered by retired four-time champion Jeff Gordon.

At 41, seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson remains the elder statesman on the team.

There is no word where Kahne may work next season. He joins a list of highly respected veterans without firm 2018 plans, including former Cup champions Matt Kenseth, who will not be retained by Joe Gibbs Racing, and 2004 champion Kurt Busch, whose option was not picked up by his Stewart-Haas Racing team this past week.

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NASCAR Talk! / Kurt Busch not returning to Stewart-Haas?
« on: August 01, 2017, 02:55:35 PM »
Kurt Busch not returning to Stewart-Haas?
12:50 PM ET / Jayski.com staff

Six months after winning NASCAR's biggest race, Kurt Busch is now a victim of the wildest Silly Season in recent memory.

Stewart-Haas Racing has informed Busch the organization will not pick up the option on the 2017 Daytona 500 winner and 2004 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion for next season.

Stewart-Haas has until midnight on Tuesday (when the company's option expires) to reverse its decision, but the expectation is that Busch will not drive the No. 41 Ford for SHR in 2018.

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NASCAR Talk! / Blaney to Cup in 2018, Menard to wood brothers team
« on: July 26, 2017, 11:10:28 AM »
Just announced , Ryan Blaney to drive #12 for third team at Penske next year.

Paul menard is replacing Blaney at Wood Bros team #21
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Ryan Blaney will move to a third Team Penske entry in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018, with Paul Menard shifting to the Wood Brothers Racing team next season.

Both organizations made the joint announcement Wednesday, firming up two more partnerships in the annual “Silly Season” shuffle of driver-team pairings. Team Penske and the Wood Brothers share technical information through an alliance.

Blaney, 23, is in his third season driving the Wood Brothers’ famed No. 21 Ford. He scored his first Monster Energy Series victory earlier this year at Pocono Raceway. He will drive the No. 12 Ford Fusion next year and has blossomed into one of the sport’s young stars. He hosts a weekly podcast called “Glass Case of Emotion” on NASCAR.com, which you can watch here.

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Return to dirt roots, qualifying format make Eldora race special
BY KENNY BRUCE NASCAR.COM JULY 19, 2017 AT 9:11 AM

Christopher Bell isn’t the defending race winner but the 22-year-old makes a fine substitute.
Kyle Larson is elsewhere, leaving Wednesday night’s Eldora Dirt Derby (9:30 p.m. ET, Fox Business Network, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at historic Eldora Speedway without its defending champion. The loss is his, though. Few races in this series get drivers and fans more excited than this week’s stop for the Camping World Truck Series.
Bell’s more than a suitable stand-in, having won the race in ’15. It was his first victory in the series and he’s gone on to win four times since – including three trips to Victory Lane this year in his No. 4 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
If Darlington Raceway hosts the official throwback weekend for NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series, then the little half-mile of Eldora hosts the unofficial midweek throwback race.
Darlington has throwback paint schemes. Eldora has the throwback surface.
Dirt. Just like the old days.
It won’t be necessary to spray VHT or PJ1 or any other adhesive substance in the turns at Eldora. Just add water and race.
It took NASCAR more than two decades to wean itself from its dirt beginnings and four more until it returned.
Now it’s year five of the annual pilgrimage to the land of milk and Tony.
Tony Stewart, three-time NASCAR champ, purchased the track in 2004; it took him nearly a decade to convince officials a Truck race would be a boon to the track and to the sanctioning body.
He was correct on both counts and the fans have turned out each year in support of the unusual event.
That it is run on dirt is the biggest difference between this race and the other 22 on the schedule, of course, but the race strays off the beaten path for the series in other ways as well.
A qualifying format similar to those seen in your weekly local shows determines the lineup - there is single-vehicle qualifying but that merely sets the table for the five 10-lap qualifying races that follow. It’s stage racing with a different cast of characters each time out.
And for those still on the outside looking in following the qualifiers, there’s a 15-lap last chance race that more often than not is worth the price of admission alone.
Capping it off is the 150-lap feature that’s yet to be won more than once by any one driver. Besides Bell and Larson, previous Derby wins have gone to Darrell Wallace (’14) and Austin Dillon (’13).
Car control is crucial, but no more so than damage control. In last year’s race, Bell battled the wall nearly as hard as he battled Larson in the closing laps; in ’15 runner-up Bobby Pierce waged a furious fight with Bell but did so nearly minus a trunk lid; and in ’14 it was Larson knocking down the wall lap after lap as he tried unsuccessfully to reel in Wallace.
The Eldora Dirt Derby is different and that’s a small part of its charm as well as a large part of what keeps fans coming back year after year.

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NASCAR Talk! / Eldora race format
« on: July 19, 2017, 01:54:42 PM »
Eldora race format
By Staff Report NASCAR.com July 17, 2017 at 2:37 pm

A Wednesday night NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on dirt represents a big change from the normal schedule, but it's nothing to worry about. This "Eldora Explained" article will get you up to speed on the technical aspects of the competition, so you can sit back and enjoy the Eldora Dirt Derby, scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET on Fox Business Network, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

There are two practices on the half-mile dirt track Tuesday. All of the events below take place Wednesday.

Qualifying: Two laps, single truck. Keystone Light Pole qualifying is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET on FS1. A random draw will determine the qualifying order. The fastest qualifier will be awarded the Keystone Light Pole Award, but won't necessarily start first.

The results of qualifying will determine all starting positions for the five qualifying races; the qualifying races themselves set the lineup for the race.

Qualifying Races: Five races, 10 laps each, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS2, and only green-flag laps will be counted. Lineup for the qualifying races will be based on speeds from Keystone Light Pole qualifying. The top five trucks from each qualifying race will automatically transfer to the race. Upon completion of the qualifying races, 25 of the 32 trucks in the field will be set for the race.

Last Chance Qualifying Race: This race will be 15 laps, and the lineup for it will be set based on finishing position in the qualifying races. Only green flag laps will be counted, and the top two finishers of this race will fill lineup positions 26 and 27 for the race.

Lineup spots 28-31 will go to the highest-ranking eligible trucks in owner points that haven't already earned a starting position through qualifying. The 32nd lineup spot will go to the most recent eligible past series champion. If the 32nd position is not filled by an eligible champion, it will be assigned based on owner points.

Race: Divided into three stages (40, 50 and 60 laps) with competition cautions at the breaks on Laps 40 and 90. Caution laps will not count during competition cautions and positions can't be improved on pit road. Teams are not required to pit during competition cautions. Those that remain on the track will restart in front of those that pit.

HOW ELDORA RACE LINEUP IS DETERMINED

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SPOT            HOW DETERMINED
1              Top finisher in Qualifying Race #1
2              Top finisher in Qualifying Race #2
3              Top finisher in Qualifying Race #3
4              Top finisher in Qualifying Race #4
5              Top finisher in Qualifying Race #5
6              Second finisher in Qualifying Race #1
7              Second finisher in Qualifying Race #2
8              Second finisher in Qualifying Race #3
9              Second finisher in Qualifying Race #4
10           Second finisher in Qualifying Race #5
11           Third finisher in Qualifying Race #1
12           Third finisher in Qualifying Race #2
13           Third finisher in Qualifying Race #3
14           Third finisher in Qualifying Race #4
15           Third finisher in Qualifying Race #5
16           Fourth finisher in Qualifying Race #1
17           Fourth finisher in Qualifying Race #2
18           Fourth finisher in Qualifying Race #3
19           Fourth finisher in Qualifying Race #4
20           Fourth finisher in Qualifying Race #5
21           Fifth finisher in Qualifying Race #1
22           Fifth finisher in Qualifying Race #2
23           Fifth finisher in Qualifying Race #3
24           Fifth finisher in Qualifying Race #4
25           Fifth finisher in Qualifying Race #5
26           Top finisher in Last Chance
27           Second finisher in Last Chance
28           Owner points
29           Owner points
30           Owner points
31           Owner points
32           Past series champ/owner points



 

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Top 10 Driver Ratings at Indianapolis

Jimmie Johnson...................... 105.7
 Kyle Busch.............................. 105.5
 Kyle Larson............................. 104.8
 Matt Kenseth............................ 98.3
 Kevin Harvick............................ 97.1
 Kasey Kahne............................ 95.0
 Denny Hamlin............................ 92.4
 Joey Logano............................. 90.1
 Brad Keselowski........................ 88.3
 Clint Bowyer.............................. 82.4
 Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2016 races (12 total) among active drivers at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 History

· Indianapolis Motor Speedway has existed since 1909, and is the original "Speedway," the first racing facility to incorporate the word into its name.
 · With a permanent seating capacity for more than 250,000-plus people and infield seating that raises capacity to an approximate 400,000, it is the largest and highest-capacity sporting facility in history.
 · The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was August 6, 1994 - won by Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet).
 · There have been 23 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway; one per year from 1994 through 2016.

 

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NASCAR Talk! / Report: Dodge Won't Return to NASCAR
« on: July 17, 2017, 06:47:31 PM »
Report: Dodge Won't Return to NASCAR
Jul 15, 2017, Jayski.com staff

It was ostensibly a press conference for Ferrari's 2016 Finali Mondiali at Daytona International Speedway last December 4, but perhaps the biggest revelation to come out of that presser concerned NASCAR, with Sergio Marchionne, chief executive officer of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, saying he was interested in getting Chrysler, most likely Dodge, back into NASCAR.
This came as a surprise to Dodge employees at the highest level. But given Marchionne's revelation, the company did its due diligence, researching what a return to NASCAR would involve. Company executives met with NASCAR officials more than once, including a meeting at this year's North American International Auto Show.

After all, it was Marchionne who in 2012 made the decision to pull the plug on NASCAR, leaving the Sprint Cup series with just three manufacturers: Chevrolet, Ford, and Toyota. He said during that press conference that, at the time, he was trying to balance the books at Chrysler and NASCAR was an expense he could not justify. That said, Dodge had only a two-car team with Roger Penske, and won the season championship with Brad Keselowski.

Dodge had a deal with Andretti Autosport to take over Dodge in 2013, but that stalled with Marchionne's final decision.

Marchionne said at the Ferrari press conference that the books are balanced, and it may be time to come back.

"I had dinner with Jim France last night," Marchionne said, referring to the executive vice president of NASCAR, "and we discussed the possibility."

Unfortunately for Dodge loyalists, the analysis regarding a return to the sport showed that it would be too complex and, more importantly, too expensive. Part of the problem would be finding a team with top-tier engine-building capability-and there just aren't many choices now that the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup series has consolidated engine-building among a handful of teams (Or in Toyota's case, the company itself.) Dodge would prefer to supply the engine specifications and have the engines built by the team, like they were at Penske. But there are minimal options.

Also, re-creating the infrastructure to race at NASCAR's highest level-which Dodge did gradually starting with the NASCAR Camping World truck series before entering the Cup series in 2001 with the help of then-flush Dodge dealers-would be prohibitively expensive. The bottom line: perhaps the company could afford to return to NASCAR, as Marchionne suggested, but that doesn't mean it would make financial sense.

Dodge left NASCAR on top, as they did when they dropped the Dodge Viper program from the American Le Mans Series immediately after winning a season championship. The company has now reallocated its motorsports support to the National Hot Rod Association, where Dodge- and Mopar-backed teams are doing well in Funny Car and Top Fuel.

Like he did in 2012, Marchionne could conceivably overrule the recommendation that Dodge not return to NASCAR, but that seems unlikely. Nor is Volkswagen, which came very close to fielding a Cup car based on the Passat, likely to reconsider its decision to not join the series. And for those holding out hope that Honda/Acura might race in NASCAR-always a very abstract possibility-that became more of a long shot this week when Roger Penske and Acura announced they would race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series, the NASCAR-affiliated sports car - sanctioning body.
So unless a manufacturer comes out of left field with the money and dedication to make a NASCAR program work, it appears that NASCAR will have to make do with Ford, Chevrolet, and Toyota. As one Dodge employee suggested: "We don't want to come back and embarrass ourselves."
--- full article at TheDrive by Steve Cole Smith ---

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Kyle Busch says he will retire from the XFINITY Series after 100 wins
Jul 15, 2017, Jayski.com Staff

Retirement is not that far off for Kyle Busch. Xfinity Series retirement, that is.
Busch revealed on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio after winning the Overton's 200 Saturday afternoon he will be done with Xfinity competition when he hits a magic number. Right now, Busch is the winningest driver in the series with 89 career wins.
"I thought today was 90, but I just got 88 last week [at Kentucky], so I don't know why I forget that, but hopefully next week [Indianapolis] is 90 and we can continue this on," Busch said. "Retirement is fast approaching; looking forward to that."
But when exactly will that be? "When I get to 100 Xfinity wins, I'm done," said Busch.

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NASCAR Talk! / Harvicks announce baby No. 2 due in 2018
« on: July 11, 2017, 09:54:08 PM »
Harvicks announce baby No. 2 due in 2018
BY ZACK ALBERT NASCAR.COM JULY 11, 2017 AT 8:12 PM

Kevin Harvick and his wife, DeLana, revealed some big news in their family Tuesday, with an assist provided by their son, Keelan, a soon-to-be big brother.
“I’m going to have a baby sister,” the 5-year-old Keelan said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “Happy Hours” program, co-hosted by Kevin Harvick and Matt Yocum.
“Keelan obviously broke the news tonight,” said the elder Harvick, the 2014 champion of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Harvick said the news started to trickle out over the last few days. The Harvicks first told friends and family at a weekend birthday party for DeLana, who turned 44 on Friday, and Keelan, who reached age 5 on Saturday. Then, with some prodding from teammate Clint Bowyer, the news spread into Monday’s competition meeting at Stewart-Haas Racing.
“I told DeLana, I said you know what? Keelan’s going to tell everybody because he seems to be pretty excited about the situation and everything that’s going on,” Harvick said, explaining the decision to make the news public Tuesday evening, both on SiriusXM and his social media channels.
Harvick indicated that the family’s second child is due in 2018.

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NASCAR Talk! / More Saturday-Sunday shows?
« on: July 06, 2017, 01:29:42 PM »
More Saturday-Sunday shows? (from Jayski)

NASCAR will have some two-day shows for Sunday races coming up where NASCAR Cup cars are on the track for only Saturday and Sunday. At Indianapolis, that means qualifying in the early evening Saturday after the Xfinity Series race. At Pocono, Watkins Glen and Martinsville, that means qualifying the same day as the race.

It will be interesting to see if fans will like the new format. Watkins Glen is on pace to sell as many tickets as it did in its successful weekend last year, so that might not be the best measure. Pocono and Martinsville could be more of the barometers if it works.

Teams could like it, although a NASCAR Cup garage that is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday at Indianapolis -- that race won't be an impound race while the others will be -- probably isn't going to get much love.

The other races will be impound events with such little time between qualifying and the race. It seems to work fine for the Camping World Truck Series and the Xfinity Series, even when there is an occasional wreck in qualifying that forces a team to scramble to bring out a backup car.

Maybe the biggest question is if it does work for the tracks that do it: Will other tracks decide it will work for them or be afraid to pull the trigger based on tradition and the belief they need qualifying on another day to potentially attract fans who can't afford nor attend Sunday?

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Nine races remain for drivers to earn berths in NASCAR’s playoffs.

The following drivers would get in if the season ended today: Jimmie Johnson (three wins, 16 playoff points), Kyle Larson (two, 13), Martin Truex Jr. (two, 21), Brad Keselowski (two, 13), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (two, 10), Kevin Harvick (one, eight), Ryan Blaney (one, eight), Kurt Busch (one, five), Ryan Newman (one, five), Austin Dillon (one, five), Kyle Busch (117 points above Joey Logano on the cutoff line, four playoff points), Chase Elliott (+82, two), Jamie McMurray (+62), Denny Hamlin (+56, 2), Clint Bowyer (+27), Matt Kenseth (+3, two).

The first four out would be: Logano (three points below Matt Kenseth on the cutoff line), Erik Jones (-56), Daniel Suarez (-88) and Trevor Bayne (-91).

Remember, a win gets a driver into the playoffs. Below is a list of winless drivers who have visited Victory Lane at upcoming tracks:

Kentucky: Ky. Busch, Kenseth
New Hampshire: Ky. Busch, Kenseth, Bowyer, Hamlin, Kasey Kahne
Indianapolis: Ky. Busch, McMurray, Paul Menard
Pocono: Hamlin, Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kahne, Chris Buescher
Watkins Glen: Hamlin, Ky. Busch, AJ Allmendinger
Michigan: Ky. Busch, Hamlin, Earnhardt Jr., Kenseth, Kahne
Bristol: Ky. Busch, Hamlin, Kenseth, Earnhardt Jr., Kahne
Darlington: Ky. Busch, Hamlin, Kenseth
Richmond: Ky. Busch, Hamlin, Kenseth, Bowyer, Earnhardt Jr., Kahne

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DAYTONA BEACH — An anonymous bomb threat was called in to police Thursday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway, but law enforcement swept the area and found no traces of any explosive devices, Chief Craig Capri said.

The caller said multiple devices were on Speedway property, 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., and they were set to go off in 30 minutes, but no detonations took place 30 minutes after the call, Capri said.

The search of the premises took an hour and nothing was found, police spokeswoman Lyda Longa said.

Police obtained a phone number, the chief said, and detectives are working to identify and locate the caller.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Daytona Beach Police Department’s Criminal Services Division at 386-671-5202.

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By Pat DeCola NASCAR.com
Chip Ganassi Racing superstar Kyle Larson, fresh off his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of the season in Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway, has already piled on another pair of dubs in the two days since.

The 24-year-old was victorious once again in Tuesday night’s Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions at Ohio’s Sharon Speedway, a 3/8-mile dirt track that hosts sprint car races.

“Young Money” held off Carson Macedo and best friend Rico Abreu in a star-studded dirt field that also included NASCAR veteran Dave Blaney and XFINITY Series driver Cale Conley.

The Monster Energy Series points leader also won Monday’s Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions race at Wayne Count Speedway — holding off a second-place Kasey Kahne — and last week’s World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series race at Eagle Raceway in Nebraska, to spark the streak.

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NASCAR Talk! / Baby news: Brittany & Joey Logano expecting
« on: June 19, 2017, 01:33:33 PM »
Brittany & Joey Logano expecting their 1st baby in January

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NASCAR Talk! / Dover International Speedway: Starts
« on: June 01, 2017, 06:19:53 PM »

· 391 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway; 287 in more than one.

· Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Dover with 56.

· Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers with 36 starts; followed by Kurt Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 33 each.

· 64 drivers have made their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career start at Dover International Speedway.

· Three MENCS active drivers have made their first career start at Dover International Speedway: Matt Kenseth (09/20/98), Kurt Busch (09/24/00) and David Ragan (09/24/06).

· Ryan Newman (30 starts) leads all active drivers in the series in average starting position at Dover with a 10.033.

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NASCAR Talk! / Dover International Speedway: History
« on: June 01, 2017, 06:18:27 PM »
· The official opening of Dover International Speedway, then called Dover Downs International Speedway, was in 1969.

· The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover was held on July 6, 1969 - won by Richard Petty.

· The first two races at Dover were 300 miles. The race length was changed to 500 miles in 1971.

· The track surface was changed to concrete in 1995.

· The race length was changed to 400 miles beginning with the second race in 1997.

· The track name was changed to Dover International Speedway in 2002.

· There have been 94 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway, one race per year in 1969 and 1970, two races per year since 1971.

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NASCAR Talk! / Top 10 Driver Ratings at Dover
« on: June 01, 2017, 06:16:35 PM »
Top 10 Driver Ratings at Dover
#48-Jimmie Johnson........................ 118.3
#20-Matt Kenseth............................ 108.6
#18-Kyle Busch............................... 105.4
#24-Chase Elliott............................. 100.8
#78-Martin Truex Jr........................... 94.8
#42-Kyle Larson................................ 92.6
#2-Brad Keselowski......................... 92.5
#41-Kurt Busch................................. 91.4
#4-Kevin Harvick............................. 90.7
#14-Clint Bowyer............................... 89.3
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2016 races (24 total) among active drivers at Dover Motor Speedway.

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List of military members to be honored during 600 Miles of Remembrance

The windshield headers on all 40 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars will be replaced with the names of fallen military service members during the Coca-Cola 600

http://www.espn.com/jayski/cup/2017/story/_/id/19450695/list-military-members-honored-600-miles-remembrance


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