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NNS: Kyle Larson Scores Charlotte Win
Kyle Larson captured the victory this afternoon at the Charlotte Motor Speedway after leading the most laps of any driver for a total of 82. Larson started the event from the third position and had to over come a restart with about 30 laps to go after not being so good on the long runs. Today's victory marked the second Nationwide Series win of his career and his second since Auto Club Speedway.
Coming home in second was Brad Keselowski after having a great afternoon after starting on the front row for the History 300 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Keselowski didn't just have second handed to him as he and Kyle Busch battled for the position late into the running. Keselowski finished 1.481 seconds behind the race winner.
Finishing third, after battling hard upfront all race long, but also came into the race as the pole winner after winning all three rounds, was Kyle Busch. Busch led a total of 27 laps of the race for the third most of any driver this afternoon. Today was his 22nd start at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in the series and scored his 19th top-10 finish at the 1.5-mile oval.
Highest finishing rookie of the afternoon was Chris Buescher, who started the race from the 13th spot, and drove to a ninth place finish. Today was his sixth career top-10 finish for the 21-year-old from the state of Texas.
NNS: Kyle Busch Earns History 300 Pole
With a minute into the final round of knockout qualifying Saturday morning at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch claimed the pole with a time of 29.493 seconds, 183.094 mph. Busch was the fastest driver in all three rounds of the qualifying sessions to earn his 38th career NASCAR Nationwide Series pole.
Starting in second, and also with a very strong car in all three qualifying rounds, will be Brad Keselowski after posting a fast time of 29.564 seconds, 182.655 mph. Keselowski goes into today's event looking to capture his second win of the season, and with a solid qualifying effort, it gives him some momentum. Keselowski was just 0.071 seconds off of the pole sitter's time.
Starting in the third spot for the History 300 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway will be Kyle Larson. Larson posted a quick time of 29.638 seconds, 182.199 mph. After nine starts in the 2014 racing season, Larson will start up inside the top-10 for his sixth time this year, and the first time he has started inside the top-10 since Auto Club Speedway.
Only one car did not post a time in the first round, which he did not advance to the next round, was Tanner Berryhill. The No. 17 Ford didn't pass pre-qualifying technical inspection because the nose was too narrow, which was reported by Chris Knight.
As only 40 drivers showed up this weekend to race, no cars will be going home, and all 40 of them will race. Even though Kyle Busch's team took the car back to the race shop for repairs, they will still be able to keep their starting spot.
INDY Lights: Gabby Chaves Scores Freedom 100 Victory
Gabby Chaves captured his fourth win of the season this afternoon in the INDY Lights race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after passing Mathew Brabham at the last possible second to create a photo finish for the second consecutive time. Today's win gave Chaves his 14th career podium finish in the series after 18 total starts since last season.
Finishing in second, and losing the race behind Chaves by 0.0050 seconds, was Mathew Brabham. Brabham earned his third podium finish in his career and the third one of the season for the 20-year-old driver from Florida. It also was his fifth finish this season inside the top-10 as he is going for the rookie of the year. He came into today's race hoping to capture his second career win.
Coming home in third was Zach Veach after having a great day running up front as he was in the hunt for his second career win in the series. Veach, at one point, led momentarly but was quickly passed by Brabham during the mid-point of the race. Today was his fifth top-five finish for the sixth time he has finished on the podium.
The race only saw one caution early on after Chase Austin got loose over in turn one and violently impacted the inside retaining wall. Austin was awake and altert, but was said he fractured his left wrist, and was taken to an area hospital for further evaluation. He was the only car who did not finish in the event.
The next race for the INDY Lights will be at the Pocono Raceway on July 6. Coverage will be on NBCSN and on the IMS radio network. Carlos Munoz is the defending race winner of the event.
NSCS: Johnson Wins Pole for Coca-Cola 600
Jimmie Johnson will roll off Sunday for the Coca-Cola 600 from the pole position after running a fast time of 27.705 seconds, 194.911 mph. Johnson goes into the race looking to score his first win of the 2014 season as the team has been struggling as of late. Previously, here in the 2014 season, Johnson's best start was fourth, which he posted back at Phoenix and Martinsville.
Starting in the second spot will be Brad Keselowski after posting a fast time of 27.754 seconds, 194.567 mph. Keselowski hopes to leave Charlotte with his second victory, which his last came on a track much like the Charlotte Motor Speedway, for his 12th career win in the series. This is his eighth time, and seventh time during the season to start from the front row. Keselowski lost the pole by just 0.049 seconds behind Johnson.
Starting from the third spot will be a driver who is hungry for a race win will be Kasey Kahne. Kahne posted a fast time of 27.890 seconds, 193.618 mph. This Sunday will be his only fourth top-10 start this season and hopes to get another solid finish to capture his third consecutive top-10 finish. It'll be his 15th top-10 start inside the top-10 at the 1.5-mile oval.
With 45 cars showing up this weekend, that means two drivers went home following qualifying, which was Dave Blaney and J.J. Yeley.
Twice during the first NASCAR Nationwide Series practice for Saturday's History 300, we saw a couple of on-track racing incidents, which involved Chris Cockrum and Kyle Busch.
The first incident involved Chris Cockrum as he spun his No. 87 Advanced Communications Group Ford over in turn four. The car sustained some heavy damage to the right side and had to barrow a car from another team as they had no backup car.
The second crash, which was also a single car incident, involved the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota over off of turn two. Kyle told FOX Sports 1 that his car just snapped loose as he was trying to get around Brendan Gaughan. The racing team did pull the backup car out but will take the wrecked No. 54 Toyota back to the shop to fix so it'll be ready to go Saturday before qualifying. Busch also added that they will use Saturday's qualifying session to shake down the car.
Both of these drivers who was involved in crashes on Thursday afternoon will not have to start the race Saturday afternoon at the rear of the field. Busch finished the practice session sitting in the second spot after running a fast time of 30.248 seconds, 178.524 mph. As for Cockrum, he finished the practice session 29th fastest with a time of 31.365 seconds, 172.166 mph.
VICS: Indianapolis 500 Race Preview
This weekend the Verizon Indycar Series will run the 98th annual Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which opened in 1909. This will be the fifth stop for the series in 2014 as they have 13 race events left in the year.
Numerous drivers will be making either their Indianapolis 500 debuts or returns to the race after sitting out for awhile. Some of these drivers include, Jacques Villeneuve, Mikhail Aleshin, Carlos Huertas, Sage Karam, Kurt Busch, James Davidson, Martin Plowman, Pippa Mann, Buddy Lazier and Jack Hawksworth. Although being a rookie, they'll still be a threat to win as numerous rookies has won the historic event in the past. One of the favorites going into the race, respectivly, is NASCAR driver Kurt Busch.
During pole day, which was this past Sunday, Ed Carpenter won the pole after running a four lap average speed of 231.067 mph. However, this isn't the first time Carpenter has won the pole for the Indianapolis 500, as he also did last season behind the wheel of the No. 20 for Ed Carpenter Racing. This Sunday afternoon will be the first event for Carpenter in the Indycar Series this season.
Kurt Busch will be the first driver in awhile to compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same weekend. Both teams nearly have the timeline for the driver broken down as the 500-mile race should be complete by 3:30. This will give Busch about a two hour window to get to Charlotte and run the 600-mile race, NASCAR's longest race of the year. If he is able to complete both on the lead lap, he'll log 1,100 total miles behind the wheel of a race car. During Monday's practice session, Busch had a crash where his car got loose off of the turn two corner and pounded the inside wall. He was cleared to race shortly after and will most likely move to a backup for the 500 on Sunday.
Every year during the race, two teams go into the event as pretty much everyone's favorates, such as Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing. During qualifying, Team Penske showed some strenth as two of the three teams, excluding Juan Pablo Montoya, made it into the fast nine shootout. However, none of the Ganassi cars made it into the top-nine and was much of a surprise. This Sunday will certainly be interesting to see how those teams will perform but I think they'll definately be going for the race win despite not so good qualifying efforts.
The Indianapolis 500 can be viewed this Sunday at 12:00 p.m. Et, live on ABC. The IMS radio network will provide the live radio coverage side of things. Tony Kanaan will go into the race as the defending race winner.
NNS: Charlotte Motor Speedway Preview 1
This weekend the NASCAR Nationwide Series will head to the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 33rd annual History 300. This weekend marks the 11th stop on the series tour this year with 22 races remaining this season.
The entry list this weekend features a total of 42 drivers, which means two will go home following qualifying on Saturday morning, so we'll see a complete field racing Saturday afternoon. Several drivers we'll see this weekend include, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, John Wes Townley, Kyle Busch, Ross Chastain, Johnny Sauter, Chad Boat, Kyle Fowler, Daryl Harr and Jeb Burton.
As you know, last weekend at Iowa Speedway saw only two drivers who race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Michael McDowell and Landon Cassill. This weekend, you'll see the usual cross over drivers who will join the series regulars to go after the race win on Saturday afternoon. Whether you love them or hate them, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and even Matt Kenseth will certainly be running up front, and each of them has had some great runs at the 1.5-mile oval in the past.
Chase Elliott currently heads into this weekend leading the series points standings by two points over teammate Regan Smith. However, the second spot is currently occupied by Smith and Elliott Sadler who are currently tied, and Sadler is certainly hungry for a championship as it has fell short every season he has been a contender. If Ty Dillon or Trevor Bayne wants to be a part of the running, they will need to start making some ground up this weekend as they sit 35 and 36 points behind, respectively.
Several drivers are making their series returns this weekend at Charlotte who would love to take home a solid run to possibly find a ride for more races this season. Two of these drivers both had great runs last year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but lost their rides because a lack of sponsorship, which are Jeb Burton and Ross Chastain. Burton will drive the No. 98 Ford, a team that David Ragan drove for several times already this year, so Burton hopes to come out with a great run. Ross Chastain will pilot the No. 55 for Viva Motorsports, a team owned by NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, Jamie Dick. Other faces you'll see return include Kyle Fowler and Daryl Harr.
This weekend's NASCAR Nationwide Series race will start at 2:30 p.m. Et, live on ABC. The Performance Racing Network will carry the live radio broadcast of the event. Kyle Busch will go into the Charlotte Motor Speedway as the defending race winner.
NSCS: Keselowski and Logano Pleased to Helping Blaney
NSCS: Jeff Gordon Scores 89th Victory at Kansas Speedway
Last night at the Kansas Speedway, Jeff Gordon came out of no where to finally grab his first win of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. By just leading nine total laps of the evening, Gordon earned his 89th career win in his 736th Sprint Cup Series start. He also became the first driver at the 1.5-mile oval to have three wins as he won the first two races in 2001 and 2002. Gordon said during post-race press conferences that when they repaved Kansas, it didn't fit his driving style, and that it did give him bad luck. He also added that the older racing surfaces fit his style much more than new.
Finishing in the second spot was Kevin Harvick who won the pole on Friday and nearly done exactly what he did last October but fell just short of the win. Harvick led the most laps of any driver by leading a total of 119 of the 267 laps that was completed. This second place finish last night gave Harvick his fifth top-10 finish this season. Harvick lost the race by just 0.112 seconds.
Finishing in the third spot was Kasey Kahne to score his seventh top-10 finish in 14 races at the Kansas Speedway. Kasey, who nearly won this race last year, led a total of 22 laps of the evening and led two different times through the event. Kahne leaves Kansas improving his average finish to 17.6 and hopes to continue the streak at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The highest finishing rookie was Kyle Larson who finished in the 12th spot. After a solid qualifying run, which was from the fifth starting spot, Larson was able to have an advantage to get the highest finishing rookie honors of the night. Larson will head into the summer portion of the schedule with an average finish of 15.1.
Jeff Gordon will leave Kansas continuing to lead the points standings by 15 over Matt Kenseth. Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Carl Edwards rounds out the top-five as they head into the hot summer months of the calender. With the win, Gordon will no longer have to fall back on the points lead, as he's pretty much solidly locked into the Chase.
The next events for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be All-Star race weekend on May 16th and 17th. The Sprint Showdown will take place on Friday, May 16th at 6:00 p.m. Et, live on FOX Sports 1. The Sprint All-Star race will take place on the 17th at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. That race can also be seen at 7:00 p.m. Et, live on FOX Sports 1. The Motor Racing Network will provide the live radio coverage of both events.
NCWTS: Kyle Busch Scores Victory in Kansas
Last night was one exciting NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Kansas Speedway, which was the first time the race was under the lights. Kyle Busch scored the victory after leading a dominating 104 of the 167 laps that made up the SFP 250. The win last night gave Busch's 37th victory in the series after 117 total starts. The crew chief for the No. 51 team, Eric Phillips, said the tire that was showing cords because the set had around 80 laps on them.
Coming home in the second position and the new points leader was Matt Crafton. Crafton started the evening from the ninth spot and ran up front through most of the night but just couldn't show anything for Busch. After making 14 starts at Kansas, which is one of the few drivers who has competed in every truck race there, he scored his sixth top-10 finish last evening and came into the weekend as the defending race winner. Crafton finished 3.020 seconds behind the race winner.
Finishing in the third position after a strong run by leading a total of 41 laps of the evening was Joey Logano. If anyone was going to beat Busch, it probably would've been Logano, as if he gotten a caution in the closing laps, Logano said he might've had something for the race winner. Making his second truck start at Kansas, Logano scored his first top-10 finish on the strong run.
Finishing in the 10th position was the highest finishing rookie, Mason Mingus. Mingus, who stayed out of the mayhem in the opening laps, drove a pretty clean race all night long. This was his first start here at the Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but Mingus does have experience here under the lights as he ran the ARCA Racing Series race here in October, and Mingus said coming here to run that race was a huge advantage for them.
The next race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be next Friday at 8:00 p.m. Et, live on FOX Sports 1. The Motor Racing Network will provide the live radio coverage of the race, which will also start at 8:00.