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NASCAR announced penalties that carried heavy fines on Wednesday following Texas Motor Speedway. The penalties announced by NASCAR stretched across the Camping World Truck and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and impacted numerous teams. There were no penalties issued over in the NASCAR XFINITY Series garage.
Kevin Harvick led the field for 177 of the 337 laps on Sunday at Texas. The win would have locked Harvick into the Championship 4 at Homestead but will not count towards racing for a championship. Rodney Childers has been fined $75,000 and suspended for the next two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. Car chief Robert Smith has also been suspended for the final two events of the season. The team will also lose 40 driver and owner points for violating sections 20.4.12.a & b (Spoiler Note: Vehicle spoiler must conform to the CAD file and drawing. Spoilers must be used exactly as supplied from the manufacturer). Rule 184.108.40.206.2(c) applied to race finish as a post-race L1 infraction.
Second-place finisher Ryan Blaney led 40 circuits after starting on the pole at Texas on Sunday. Crew chief Jeremy Bullins has been fined $50,000 and the team will lose 20 driver and owner points. Car chief Kirk Almquist has been suspended for the next two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events for violating sections 220.127.116.11.b (Door Front Crush Panels Note: All filler panels must remain permanently attached for the entire event). Rule 18.104.22.168.2(c) applied to race finish as a post-race L1 infraction.
Erik Jones started 12th and scored his ninth top five finish of the season at Texas on Sunday. Jones, driving the No. 20 Toyota, finished fourth in stage one and seventh in stage two. Crew chief Chris Gayle has been fined $50,000. Car chief Jason Overstreet has been suspended for the next two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events. The team will lose 20 driver and owner points for violating sections 20.4.h Body & 22.214.171.124.b (Package Tray Note: Air cannot pass from one area of the vehicle interior to another. Vehicle package tray must remain flat and straight, front to back, with one break). Rule 126.96.36.199.2(c) applied to race finish as a post-race L1 infraction.
The lone penalty found in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series garage was for the No. 35 Toyota driven by Brennan Poole. The infraction occurred during practice when the No. 35 Toyota lost a ballast while going out for a practice run. Crew chief Ryan Bell, truck chief Jerry Kennedy and mechanic Patrick Magee have been suspended for the next three Camping World Truck Series / Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship events through February 20, 2019.
Two members violated NASCAR’s Substance Abuse policy. Doug J. Campbell, spotter of the No. 95 Chevrolet in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Vincent L. Shull, who served as a crew chief with driver Brad Foy in the Camping World Truck Series at Martinsville, has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR.
Johnny Sauter whipped the field at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday afternoon by winning both stages of the Texas Roadhouse 200. Sauter, a NASCAR Playoff driver from Wisconsin, punched his ticket to Homestead-Miami Speedway after leading 148 of the 200 laps to earn his sixth Camping World Truck Series win of the year.
Brett Moffitt, also a NASCAR Playoff driver looking to get into the final four at Homestead, came home in the runner-up spot. Moffitt started 17th on the leaderboard and sat 14th in stage one and ninth in stage two.
The driver from Iowa holds four victories along with 10 top five and top 10 finishes in 2018.
As for Sauter, he’ll leave Martinsville with 14 top five and 16 top 10 finishes through 20 completed events.
Myatt Snider will round out the top three finishers at Martinsville. The young racer from Charlotte will leave the half-mile oval scoring his second consecutive top-three finish in the series after scoring a runner-up finish two weekends ago ar Talladega Supersdpeedway.
The third-place finish in the Texas Roadhouse 200 on Saturday will mark his fourth career top-five finish in the Camping World Truck Series.
Ben Rhodes and Kyle Benjamin will round out the top five finishers.
Rest of the top 10 included Justin Haley, Noah Gragson, Harrison Burton, Christian Eckes and Timothy Peters.
Grant Enfinger had a top 10 run going until lap 159. The sixth-place finisher in stage one and two was involved in an accident with the No. 99 Chevrolet of Chase Purdy in turn one. The incident forced the No. 98 Ford further back in the field for the restart.
The Alabama native went on to a 14th-place finish.
The next race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be at Texas Motor Speedway for the JAG Metals 200 on November 2. The event will take place at 8:30 p.m. ET. on FS1 and MRN.
Chase Elliott won the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on Sunday behind the wheel of his No. 9 Mtn. Dew Chevrolet by leading 44 of the 267 circuits. Elliott led the final 44 laps to earn his third win of the season. The Georgia native has 11 top five and 18 top 10 finishes going into Martinsville Speedway next week.
Kyle Busch sat second on the leaderboard when the checkered flag fell at the 1.5-mile Kansas oval. Busch, looking to grab his eighth victory of 2018, started seventh on the leaderboard and sat fourth at the end of stage one. When stage two ended, the Las Vegas native sat fifth.
Elliott finished 10th in stage one and fourth in stage two and will leave Kansas holding three top 10 finishes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series through five starts there.
Kyle Larson rounded out the top three finishers in the No. 42 Chevrolet. Larson had some digging to do after qualifying 27th on the starting grid after crashing in practice earlier in the weekend. The California native now has 10 top five and 17 top 10 finishes after race 32.
Erik Jones and last year’s winner at Kansas Speedway Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top five.
Rest of the top 10 finishers included Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, stage one winner Joey Logano, Alex Bowman and Aric Almirola.
Kevin Harvick looked strong after winning stage two and leading 76 circuits until a speeding penalty late in the running. Harvick gained some ground on the field and will take home a 12th-place finish.
Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, who led the field for 26 laps, Kyle Larson and Alex Bowman were all eliminated from NASCAR’s Playoffs. Advancing will be Elliott, Aric Almirola, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch.
Only one caution flag flew for an on-track incident involving William Byron for blowing an engine on lap 56. The other two yellow flags involved the end of stages one and two.
The next race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be at Martinsville Speedway on October 28. The First Data 500 will air live on NBCSN and MRN radio at 2:30 p.m. ET.
John Hunter Nemechek took a visit to victory lane at Kansas Speedway on Saturday. Nemechek, piloting the No. 42 Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing, led the field for 64 of the 200 laps to earn his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series win.
The 300-mile Kansas Lottery 300 was dominated by second-place finisher Daniel Hemric. Hemric, who won the pole for the race and led 128 circuits, sat 5.200 seconds behind the race winner.
Hemric finished first in stage one and sat second in stage two behind eventual race winner John Hunter Nemechek. Hemric, in 30 races this season, has 14 top five and 20 top 10 finishes.
With the win on Saturday, through 15 starts in 2018, Nemechek has earned four top five and eight top 10 finishes.
Elliott Sadler rounded out the top three finishers in the Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday. Sadler, driving the No. 1 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, started 11th on the leaderboard and lead the field for two laps. The Virginia native ended stage one sitting fifth and stage two sitting fourth.
Shane Lee and Tyler Reddick rounded out the top five.
Matt Tifft, Ryan Reed, Ty Majeski, Ryan Sieg and Jeremy Clements rounded out the top 10.
Several potential winners were caught up in struggles early on. On the backstretch after going green, nine cars were involved in an incident that took out Justin Allgaier and Austin Cindric. Other notables involved were Cole Custer, Ryan Truex, Christopher Bell and Chase Briscoe. Allgaier will leave with a 38th-place finish while Cindric finished 39th.
Eleven laps later a yellow came out for the No. 19 Toyota of Brandon Jones on the backstretch. Jones went on to finish 36th and 188 laps down.
On lap 89, a lap before the end of stage two, a caution came out for three cars in turn four that involved a trio of cars. One of those drivers included Ryan Preece. The driver of the No. 18 Toyota finished the afternoon in 21st.
The next race for the NASCAR XFINITY Series will be in two weeks at Texas Motor Speedway. Coverage of the event will air live on NBC and MRN radio.
Daniel Hemric will start on the pole Saturday at Kansas Speedway. Hemric, still looking for his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series win, posted a 29.355, 183.995 mph. in the final round of qualifying.
Christopher Bell will start second in the No. 20 Rheem Toyota. Bell, last year’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race winner at the 1.5-mile oval, posted a 29.543, 182.784 mph. in the final round. The young driver comes into the day looking to score his seventh win of the year.
Justin Allgaier rounded out the top three in the final round by posting a 29.601, 182.426 mph. Allgaier enters Kansas with 16 top five and 22 top 10 finishes along with five wins.
Austin Cindric and Brandon Jones round out the top five.
The Kansas Lottery 300 will take place at 3:00 p.m. ET. live on NBC and MRN.
Joey Logano scored the Hollywood Casino 400 pole on Friday at Kansas Speedway - earning his 20th career pole in the series. Logano, holding two victories at Kansas in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, posted a 28.177, 191.645 mph in the final round.
Logano goes into the 1.5-mile track looking to score his 11th top five and 23rd top 10 of the year in the cup series. In the spring at Kansas, Logano started ninth and finished third on the leaderboard.
Kevin Harvick, with seven wins this year on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tour, qualified in the runner-up spot with a 28.248, 191.178 mph. Harvick started on the pole in the spring and went on to score the win in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. Since 2013, Harvick has gone on to score eight top 10 finishes in the last 10 events.
Aric Almirola, who went to victory lane last weekend at Talladega, will round out the top three starters. Almirola posted a 28.277, 190.968 in the final round of knockout qualifying.
The Florida native locked himself into the Round of Eight with the win last weekend at Talladega and has no pressure going into the weekend. Almirola sat 10th in round one and led round two of knockout qualifying.
Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five.
Erik Jones, Kyle Busch, Daniel Suarez, Denny Hamlin and Alex Bowman rounded out the top 10.
Kyle Larson had some struggles throughout the day at Kansas Speedway on Sunday. Larson smacked the wall off of turn two in the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session that damaged the right side of his No. 42 Chevrolet. They then switched to their backup car.
Larson will start 27th on the leaderboard after posting a 28.852, 187.162 mph. in round one.
Drew Herring will start on the pole at Kansas Speedway on Friday for the Kansas ARCA 150. Herring, driving the No. 19 NOS-ORCA Coolers Toyota, posted a 29.828, 181.038 mph. in the 20-minute group qualifying session.
Herring makes his first start in the series since 2009 at Rockingham Speedway and will start on his first career pole. In two career starts, Herring’s best finish was a 16th at Rockingham.
2018 ARCA Racing Series Champion Sheldon Creed will start second on the leaderboard. Creed, holding out to make a run late in the session, posted a 29.936, 180.385 mph. The driver led the abbreviated practice session earlier this morning at the 1.5-mile oval.
Harrison Burton rounded out the top three starters for the Kansas ARCA 150. Burton, piloting the No. 12 Dex Imaging Toyota on Friday, posted a 29.940, 180.361 mph. to earn the third place starting spot.
Codie Rohrbaugh and Riley Herbst round out the top five starters.
Todd Gilliland, Gus Dean, Michael Self, Zane Smith and Chase Purdy filled the top 10.
The Kansas ARCA 150 will go green at 8:30 p.m. ET. live on FOX Sports 2.
Ryan Blaney led the opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session at Kansas Speedway on Friday. Blaney, looking to score his third career win in the series on Sunday, posted a 28.106, 192.130 mph.
The North Carolina native enters Kansas with seven top five and 14 top 10 finishes along with a win in 2018. In seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile oval, Blaney has three top five and four top 10 finishes.
Kyle Busch sat second on the charts after posting a 28.159, 191.768 mph in the opening session. The driver of the No. 18 Toyota with seven trips to victory lane in 2018 enters the weekend looking to score his 25th top 10 finish of the season.
Kevin Harvick rounded out the top three in the opening practice session at the 1.5-mile oval. Harvick, one of 12 drivers racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, posted a 28.160, 191.761 mph in the session. If Harvick and crew chief Rodney Childers can win on Sunday -- it’ll mark their eighth win of the year and Harvick’s fourth win at the Midwest oval.
Playoff drivers Joey Logano and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five in practice.
Erik Jones, Paul Menard, Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top 10.
Kyle Larson will move to a backup car after making contact with the wall off turn two. Larson sat 22nd in the opening practice session and was the deepest of the 12 Playoff drivers.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will go qualifying at 7:10 p.m. ET. on NBCSN and MRN.
Sheldon Creed paced the one and only ARCA Racing Series practice on Friday at Kansas Speedway. Creed, driving the No. 28 United Rentals Toyota in the season finale, posted a 30.131, 179.217 mph. in the abbreviated practice session.
Codie Rohrbaugh sat runner-up in the one and only practice session at the 1.5-mile oval. Rohrbaugh posted a 30.241 seconds and enters Kansas Speedway making his eighth start of the year.
Drew Herring rounded out the top three in the practice session cut short for a heavy mist. Herring posted a 30.567, 176.661 mph in the No. 19 NOS-ORCA Coolers Toyota. The North Carolina native last ran an ARCA Racing Series event in 2009 at Rockingham Speedway where he finished 18th.
Harrison Burton and Zane Smith rounded out the top five.
Todd Gilliland, Riley Herbst, Chase Purdy, previous Kansas winner Michael Self and Anthony Alfredo rounded out the top 10.
The ARCA Racing Series will go qualifying at 6:05 p.m. ET. with the race at 8:30 p.m. ET. on FOX Sports 2.
Grant Enfinger found himself celebrating in victory lane on Friday night in Sin City after surviving two NASCAR Overtime finishes upfront to score his second career Camping World Truck Series win. Enfinger, scoring his first win since Talladega Superspeedway in 2016, led the field for 40 of the 144 circuits.
The driver of the No. 98 Champion Power Equipment Ford started third on the leaderboard and went on to win both stages of the Westgate 200. The Alabama native passed race leader Brett Moffitt on the restart with two laps left after Moffitt ran out of fuel. Moffitt, who has four Camping World Truck Series victories in 2018, finished 11th on the leaderboard.
In addition to tonight’s victory, Enfinger has five top five and 13 top 10 finishes through 18 races this year.
Johnny Sauter looked to be the favorite to win on Friday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Sauter, starting sixth on the leaderboard, did everything he could to catch and get around Enfinger for the top spot in the closing laps. However, when the checkered flag fell on the field, Sauter sat second at the line.
Sauter, holding five wins this season through 18 races, has 13 top five and 15 top 10 finishes going into the next race at Talladega Superspeedway. The driver of the No. 21 Allegiant Chevrolet led the field for 21 laps.
Rounding out the top three finishers was Justin Haley. Haley, the 12th place starter in the Westgate 200, finished ninth in stage one and sat 12th on the leaderboard in stage two. With two victories this year, the Indiana native goes into Talladega with seven top five and 14 top 10 finishes.
Rounding out the top five finishers were Ben Rhodes and Matt Crafton. Both fourth and fifth-place drivers started the event at the rear of the field after making unapproved adjustments after qualifying ahead of the Westgate 200.
Ross Chastain scored his 15th career top 10 finish on Friday in the Camping World Truck Series. Chastain had two last season coming at Atlanta and Martinsville across seven starts with Bolen Motorsports. The Florida native started the evening in 24th.
Myatt Snider, Ross Chastain, Austin Theriault, Austin Wayne Self and Chris Eggleston rounded out the top 10.
Pole sitter and Las Vegas native Noah Gragson came into the weekend as one of the favorites to win. The driver of the No. 18 Toyota led the first 33 laps of the evening before Stewart Friesen took over the top spot. The hometown kid never saw the lead again and went on to finish 18th. Friesen later had issues as well after being involved in four of the 11 caution flags. Friesen will leave Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the 17th spot.
The next race for the Camping World Truck Series will take place at Talladega Superspeedway on October 13. Live coverage of the race will be on FOX and MRN starting at 1:00 p.m. ET.