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William Byron will start from the pole position in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Driver No. 24 claimed the top spot with a qualifying speed of 183. 424 mph. With his pole on Thursday, Byron becomes the youngest Coca-Cola 600 pole-sitter.
For Byron, this is his second pole of his NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series career. His first pole came at this year's Daytona 500.
"This is awesome, a dream come true," Byron told FS1 after qualifying. "Obviously, i grew up in Charlotte so i came to this race every year. It's a dream come true to qualify on the pole next to Hendrick Motorsports across the street over there. Can't think of a better way to start the weekend.
This is Hendrick Motorsports 12th pole in the 600, which leads above all teams.
Rounding out the top five were Aric Almirola in second (183.069 mph), Kyle Busch in third (182.933 mph), Austin Dillion in fourth (182.766 mph) and Kevin Harvick in fifth (182.741 mph).
Due to inspection issues several weeks ago in Kansas, Chase Elliott was forced to qualify early and would end up 12th. His Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson will start 15th.
Kyle Larson, who won last Saturday's Monster Energy All-Star Race, will start in the 25th position on Sunday.
Live coverage of the 60th annual Coca-Cola 600 begins on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. Eastern on FOX.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2020 inductees were announced today at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
The inductees include Tony Stewart, Joe Gibbs, Waddell Wilson, Buddy Baker, Bobby Labonte and Edsel Ford.
Known as "Smoke", Tony Stewart will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall Of Fame Class of 2020. Throughout his career, Stewart compiled 3 Cup Championships ('02,'05,'11), 49 wins and 15 poles. Stewart competed through 1999-2016 in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series. As soon as Stewart arrived in the Cup Series, he showed that he would be a force to be reckoned with some day. In just his first year on the scene, Stewart won three wins in his Rookie of the Year season. Stewart would go onto win his first Cup championship in 2002 driving for Joe Gibbs Racing in the No. 20.
His hard work and never give up attitude was displayed throughout his 17-year career in the Cup series. Stewart won some of NASCAR's most prestigious races such as the Brickyard 400 at his home-state Indianapolis Motor Speedway twice.
In 2009, Stewart became a team owner in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series pairing up with Gene Haas. Stewart won 16 times as a driver/owner including his memorable 2011 championship in which he fought off Carl Edwards to get the title.
Thus far, Stewart-Haas Racing has 51 wins and a second championship with Kevin Harvick in 2015.
Joe Gibbs will join the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2020. The three-time Super Bowl champion football coach, founded Joe Gibbs Racing in 1992 and has led Joe Gibbs Racing to four NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series championships and five NASCAR Xfinity Series championships. Gibbs is currently ranked the third all-time on the Cup series win rank. They include three Daytona 500 wins and five Brickyard 400 wins.
Gibbs three Cup Series titles have come with three different drivers: Bobby Labonte in 2000, Tony Stewart in 2002 & 2005 and Kyle Busch in 2016.
In addition to his a NASCAR Hall Of Fame nomination, Gibbs is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Waddell Wilson will join the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2020. The three time engine builder in the Cup series guided cars to some of the biggest races in NASCAR. Waddell Wilson competed through the years of 1979-1988, 1990-1993 and 1995 and compiled 22 wins along with 32 poles. Wilson supplied the power that helped David Pearson (1968,1969) and Benny Parsons (1973) to Cup Series championships. The Bakersville, North Carolina native engines helped some of NASCAR's biggest stars rise to the occasion - including NASCAR Hall of Famers David Pearson, Fireball Roberts, Bobby Allison, Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip to 109 wins and 123 poles.
He also guided three cars to victory in the Daytona 500 as a crew chief, including drivers such as Buddy Baker (1980) and Cale Yarborough (1983,84). The car known as the "Grey Ghost" Wilson assembled for Buddy Baker still holds the Daytona 500 record with an average speed of 177.602 MPH.
Known as the "Gentle Giant" for his height, Buddy Baker was a threat week end and week out on the circuit.
In 1980, Baker won the Daytona 500 with an average speed of 177.602 mph. That track record still stands today. Baker also became the first driver to eclispe the 200-mph mark while testing at Talladega Superspeedway. Baker won at Talladega three times throughout his career.
He also won 19 wins in the NASCAR Cup Series, including a victory in the 1970 Southern 500 at Darlington where he lapped the field. Baker also won back-to-back Coca-Cola 600s at Charlotte in 1972-1973. After his retirement in 1992, Baker made a transition into the broadcast booth as a commentator for CBS.
Sadly, the NASCAR world would loose Baker on August 10, 2015.
Bobby Labonte started his NASCAR full-time career at 28 years of age in 1993. Labonte, the brother of NASCAR Hall of Famer Terry Labonte made 21 trips to victory lane throughout his career. He competed in 1991 and 1993-2016 and compiled 21 wins and 26 poles.
Labonte's persistence in the Cup Series paid off in 2000 when he won the Cup Series title with Joe Gibbs Racing.
Labonte was a success in all three NASCAR national series, he was the first of four to win both a Cup and Xfinity Series championship. The Corpus Christi, Texas native is also one of 27 drivers to win a race in all three NASCAR national series.
Labonte showed up on some of NASCAR's biggest stages, earning four wins in the Brickyard 400 and Southern 500.
Edsel Ford will join the NASCAR Hall of Fame class as the 2020 Landmark Award winner.
Edsel, who is a member of the Ford Motor Company Board of Directors and longtime executive of the company which was founded by his great-grandfather Henry Ford.
Edsel makes a point regularly to check in with all the NASCAR Ford teams at the racetrack. His leadership at Ford includes time as President and Chief Operating Officer and a director of the International Speedway Corporation.
The 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.
Kyle Larson won tonight's NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Rounding out the top five were Kevin Harvick in second, Kyle Busch in third, Joey logano in fourth and Bubba Wallace in fifth.
Lap 1: Kevin Harvick would overtake his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer to lead lap one.
Lap 2: Martin Truex Jr. would get around Kyle Busch for the third position.
Lap 3: Kyle Busch closes in on race leader Kevin Harvick.
Lap 8: Ryan Blaney passes Joey Logano for the eighth position.
Lap 19: Kyle Busch passes race leader Kevin Harvick for the top position.
Lap 22: Martin Truex Jr. closes in on second place Kevin Harvick
Lap 25: Erik Jones off the pace due to a right-front tire down. Driver No. 20 would come to pit road.
Lap 26: The Caution is displayed due to debris from the No. 20 of Erik Jones.
Lap 30: Pace lights are out on the pace car and we would go into NASCAR Overtime.
Two laps to go in Stage 1, and the green flag is displayed. Keselowski leads over second place Kyle Busch.
White flag: Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch battle for the stage win.
Kyle Busch wins Stage 1 over Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano and Austin Dillion
Lap 32: Green flag is displayed for Stage 2. The caution would come out when Ryan Newman would spin through the grass.
Lap 36: The green flag would come back out. Kyle Busch leads over Kevin Harvick in second.
Lap 37: Kevin Harvick takes the lead from Kyle Busch and Busch would get shuffled back to fourth position.
Lap 38: Joey Logano closes on Kevin Harvick for the race lead.
Lap 39: Alex Bowman makes contact with the Turn 4 wall.
Lap 43: Ryan Blaney passes Kyle Larson to take over the third position.
Lap 46: William Byron moves up to the fourth position, passing Kyle Larson.
Lap 49: White flag is displayed in Stage 2. Kevin Harvick leads over Joey Logano.
Lap 50: Kevin Harvick wins Stage 2 over Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, William Byron and Kyle Larson.
Lap 51: Clint Bowyer maintains his lead after the Stage 3 restart.
Lap 52: Joey Logano takes the lead away from Clint Bowyer.
Lap 53: Kevin Harvick off the pace due to a loose wheel.
Lap 54: Caution is displayed. Erik Jones and Austin Dillion make contact. Kyle Busch would also be involved.
Lap 59: Green flag is back out with 11 to go in the third stage.
Lap 61: Chase Elliott moves to third after passing Clint Bowyer.
Lap 64: William Byron moves up to fourth. Chase Elliott is up to second.
Lap 67: William Byron passes Brad Keselowski for the third position.
Lap 70: Joey Logano wins Stage 3 over Chase Elliott, William Byron, Brad Keselowski, and Martin Truex Jr.
Lap 70: Logano, Ky. Busch and Chase Elliott stay out while everyone else pits.
Lap 71: Green flag is out. 15 laps remain in the All-Star Race.
Lap 73: Kyle Busch takes away the lead from Chase Elliott.
Lap 73: Caution is out for Denny Hamlin spinning.
Lap 74: Green flag is back out. Kyle Busch leads over Chase Elliott in second. Kyle Larson takes the lead and Kyle Busch passes Chase Elliott for second.
Lap 75: Caution is out for Erik Jones after he hit the wall due to loosing a right-front tire.
Lap 79: Kyle Busch hits the wall off turn 4.
Lap 80: 5 laps to go. Larson leads over Harvick.
Lap 84: White flag. Harvick closes in on Larson.
Lap 85: Kyle Larson wins the 2019 Monster Energy All-Star Race.
Kyle Busch won Friday nights North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch would survive a late race restart to win his fifth NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series win of the season.
For Busch, this is his 56th NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series victory. Friday was driver No. 51's final Truck race of the season due to series limitations for Monster Energy Cup Series drivers. Busch had to overcome a late race caution when Brett Moffitt lost his tire with under 10 laps to go. That would lead to a late race restart with three laps to go. Driver No. 51 would hold off the field and pull away to victory.
Rounding out the top five were Breenan Poole in second, Stewart Friesen in third, Ben Rhodes in fourth and Matt Crafton in fifth.
Rounding out the top ten were Austin Hill in sixth, Todd Gilliland in seventh, Anthony Alfredo in eighth, Grant Enfinger in ninth and Ross Chastain in tenth.
The NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series will head into Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, June 7th at 9:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1 and MRN.
Stage 1 Winner: Matt Crafton
Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch
Race Winner: Kyle Busch
Clint Bowyer will start from the pole in tomorrow's NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Bowyer posted a top speed of 136.371 mph to clinch the pole.
This marked Bowyer's first pole in 10 appearances in the NASCAR Monster Energy All-Star Race.
Kyle Busch will start second tomorrow night. Driver No. 18 posted a speed of 136.168 mph.
Rounding out the top five was Kevin Harvick in third who posted a speed of 136.068 mph, Austin Dillion in fourth with a speed of 135.776 mph and Martin Truex Jr. in fifth who posted a speed of 134.625 mph.
Kyle Busch who has started on the pole three times in the All-Star Race will start alongside Clint Bowyer in the second position.
Prior to All-Star Race qualifying, Monster Energy Open qualifying was held and Daniel Hemric posted the fastest time in his No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Michael McDowell will start alongisde Hemric in the second position.
Three drivers from tomorrow's Monster Energy Open can earn their spot into the All-Star Race by winning a stage and or race..The stages are broken down into 20, 20 and 10 laps.
Coverage of the Monster Energy Cup Series Open begins at 6:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1.
Coverage of tomorrow's NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series All-Star race begins at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
All-Star Race Final Practice:
Austin Dillion was fastest in Friday's final All-Star practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway in preparation for tomorrow's Monster Energy All-Star Race.
Behind Dillion was Ryan Blaney in the No. 12 Team Penske Ford Mustang with a top speed of 178.559 mph.
Rounding out the top five was Clint Bower in third with a top speed of 178.335 mph, Joey Logano in fourth with a top speed of 177.953 mph and Denny Hamlin in fifth with a top speed of 177.713 mph.
Qualifying for the NASCAR Monster Energy Series All-Star Race is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1.
All-Star Open Final Practice:
Rookie Daniel Hemric finished first in Monster Energy NASCAR Open final practice with a top speed of 180.234 mph in his No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevorlet.
Michael McDowell ended Monster Energy NASCAR Open final practice right behind Hemric in second with a top speed of 179. 539 mph.
Rounding out the top five was Matt Tifft in third with a top speed of 178.998 mph, Kyle Larson in fourth with a top speed of 178.159 mph and Ty Dillion in fifth with a top speed of 177.690 mph.
Qualifying for the NASCAR Monster Energy Open is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1.
Johnny Sauter held off 2018 NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Champion Brett Moffitt to win Friday's JEGS 200 at Dover International Speedway.
Brett Moffitt started from the pole and led a race-high 82 laps in the 200-lap race.
It was Sauter's third straight win at Dover International Speedway and his 24th career victory in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series. For Sauter, this was his first win of the 2019 season since returning to his former team ThorSport Racing.
"When you get kicked in the curb, you feel like you have a lot to prove," Johnny Sauter told FS1. "I can't thank Duke and Rhonda Thorson enough.
"A couple months ago, i didn't know if i would be racing. To get three in a row is extra special. I was highly motivated. This is so special. It ranks up there as one of the beast wins of my career."
Sauter won Friday's race by 0.603 seconds over Brett Moffitt of GMS Racing after starting second alongside Moffitt.
Rounding out the top five were: Brett Moffitt in second, Harrison Burton in third, Grant Enfinger in fourth and Matt Crafton in fifth.
Friday's race featured 11 lead changes among six drivers including: Johnny Sauter, Brett Moffitt, Harrison Burton, Ben Rhodes, Grant Enfinger and Sheldon Creed.
The race also featured six cautions over the course of Friday's race. Of the six cautions, four were result of on-track incidents and two were the stage cautions after the end of each stage.
Rounding out the top ten were: Ben Rhodes in sixth, Austin Hill in seventh, Derek Kraus in eighth, Tyler Ankrum in ninth and Ross Chastain in tenth.
The NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series will head into Kansas Speedway next Friday May 10, in the running of the Digital Ally 250 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1.
Stage 1 Winner: Brett Moffitt
Stage 2 Winner: Johnny Sauter
Race Winner: Johnny Sauter
Chase Elliott won Sunday's Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway giving Chevrolet their first win of the 2019 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series season.
Driver No. 9 took the lead after a restart with just four laps remaining and worked with three other Chevrolet drivers to hold off the rest of the competition. For Elliott, this is his first victory since October and his fourth victory of his career.
"What a day! A huge thanks to all my partners, my team, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet. There was a lot of teamwork done today," Elliott told FOX. "You guys up there, you're the ones that really make it happen.
Rounding out the top five were Alex Bowman in second, Ryan Preece in third, Joey Logano in fourth and Daniel Hemric in fifth.
Elliott joins six other drivers to win through the ten races so far this season and would lock up his spot in the playoffs.
Elliott's victory also ends a seven-race winning streak for Ford at Talladega.
The finish of the Geico 500 ended under caution after David Ragan made contact with William Byron , who made contact with Kyle Larson and sent driver No. 42 sliding across the backstretch. Larson would flip six times before coming to a stop.
"It was a little bit scary, but thankfully i'm all right," Larson told FOX.
Rounding out the top ten were Kurt Busch in sixth, Ryan Newman in seventh, Brendan Gaughan in eighth, Aric Almirola in ninth and Kyle Busch in tenth
The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series will head into Dover International Speedway in the running of the Gander RV 400. Live coverage begins at 2:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1.
Stage 1 Winner: Ty Dillion
Stage 2 Winner: Chase Elliott
Race Winner: Chase Elliott
Austin Dillion won the Pole for Sunday's Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Dillion, who's 29th birthday was on Saturday, posted a time of 49. 734 seconds with a top speed of 192.544 mph in the final round of Saturday's single-vehicle, two-round qualifying session at Talladega.
"This is a great starting position," Austin Dillion told FOX. "Starting position is one thing but finishing the race tomorrow is the big thing. We've got to go out there and gain as many points as we can.
"The great thing is we have a fast car. So, we just need to keep this momentum building."
No matter Dillion's result on Sunday, his No. 3 Chevorlet team may still face a penalty from NASCAR after officials confiscated the rear deck lid of his car on Friday.
Rounding out the top five were Aric Almirola in second (192.131 mph), Clint Bowyer in third (191.723 mph), Brad Keselowski in fourth (191.654 mph) and Daniel Hemric in fifth (191.436 mph).
Notables who missed out on the final round of qualifying included Kurt Busch in 14th, Kevin Harvick in 19th, Martin Truex Jr. in 20th, Kyle Busch in 22nd and 2019 Daytona 500 Champion Denny Hamlin in 23rd.
Live coverage of Sunday's Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway begins at 2:00 p.m. Eastern on FOX.
Kyle Busch won Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, while older brother Kurt Busch finished in second.
Sunday was Busch's eighth career Monster Energy Cup Series win at Bristol and becoming the winningest driver at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch's brother Kurt Busch has seven wins at the .533-mile short tracks.
Kyle Busch was faced with trouble on Lap 2 when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. rear-ended driver No. 18. The move of the race would happen when Busch would stay during the final caution of the race with 20 laps to go instead of stopping and would hold on for the remaining 19 laps to win the Food City 500.
"We're crazy, we just do what we do to try to win," Kyle Busch told Fox Sports 1. "It's awesome that we were able to snooker those guys to be able to get our win. I love this place. It was fun to battle my brother there at the end. We didn't quite get side-by-side racing, but i saw him working the top and i'm like, 'i better go' and i was able to make up some ground."
This was the second time Kyle and Kurt finished 1-2 in a Cup race. It last occurred at Sonoma Raceway in 2015.
"That one was tough, I really wanted to beat him," Kurt Busch told Fox Sports 1. "I was going to wreck him. I was wanting to stay close enough so that when we took the white flag, I was just going to drive straight into 3 and 4. I mean he's already won, I figured he could give a little love to his brother. No, of course not.
"I wanted that one bad. I feel like him right now - all mad because i didn't win."
Rounding out the top five were Kurt Busch in second, Joey Logano in third, Ryan Blaney in fourth and Denny Hamlin in fifth.
Rounding out the top ten were Paul Menard in sixth, Clint Bowyer in seventh, Daniel Suarez in eighth, Ryan Newman in ninth and Jimmie Johnson in tenth.
The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series will head into Richmond Raceway in the running of the Toyota Owners 400 Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on FOX.
Stage 1 Winner: Ty Dillion
Stage 2 Winner: Joey Logano
Race Winner: Kyle Busch