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Kurt Busch ended the night victorious at Kentucky Speedway in a spectacular finish between he and brother Kyle Busch with two circuits remaining. The older Busch brother, driving for Chip Ganassi Racing, took the lead on a restart with two laps remaining in NASCAR Overtime and after bumping with brother Kyle Busch on the final lap, Kurt Busch was able to score his 31st career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory.
“Hell ya! Hell ya! Racing your little brother every week….I’m proud of him, I’m proud that he gave me a little bit of room on that outside,” Kurt Busch told NBCSN on the start / finish line. “He could have clobbered us against the wall and third place is probably what we would have got. But what an awesome run! We got this Monster Chevy in Victory Lane! Thank you, Kentucky!”
Kyle Busch, winner of stage two, led 72 of the 269 circuits of the evening at the 1.5-mile oval. The series veteran will leave Kentucky Speedway with 10 top five and 15 top 10 finishes through 19 races in 2019.
“Glad it was a thriller. It’s just unfortunate we were on the wrong end of the deal for everybody at M&Ms and Toyota, Interstate Batteries, all the folks that get us to where we’re at,” said Kyle Busch. “Congratulations to Kurt (Busch) and Chip (Ganassi) and Monster, all the guys over there. It’s obviously cool to put on great races and great finishes and I’ve been a part of a lot of them and not very many, in fact none with my brother like that. That was a first. No hard feelings.”
Kurt Busch, winner of stage one, sat seventh in stage two and led the field for 41 laps. The Las Vegas native goes into New Hampshire Motor Speedway, race 20 of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series campaign, with five top five and 11 top 10 finishes.
Kurt Busch nearly found himself celebrating in victory lane last weekend at Daytona International Speedway. However, crew chief Matt McCall called Busch to pit road before storms approached the speedway to delay the event, giving the win to Justin Haley.
“We got a yellow at the end that put us back,” said Busch. “Whatever last week was, it’s this week right now and we got the trophy!”
Erik Jones sat third on the leaderboard when the checkered flag waved in his No. 20 Craftsman Toyota. Jones sat 19th in stage one and second behind teammate Kyle Busch in stage two.
Jones, a Michigan native, leaves Kentucky with five top five and nine top 10s.
Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five.
Taking home top 10 finishes were Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, pole sitter Daniel Suarez, Ryan Newman and Chris Buescher.
Logano held the lead when the caution came out for Bubba Wallace in turn two on lap 262 of 267. The caution involving the No. 43 Chevrolet blowing a tire sent the Quaker State 400 into overtime.
The driver of the No. 22 Shell / Penzoil Ford finished seventh and holds 13 top 10 finishes this season going into New Hampshire Motor Speedway next weekend.
The race saw 15 lead changes between 10 drivers and had seven yellow flags.
The next race for NASCAR’s premier series will take place at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 21. The Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 will air live on NBCSN at 3:00 p.m. ET.
Brett Moffitt, driving a white sponsor-less truck for GMS Racing, scored his ninth career win on Friday night at Chicagoland Speedway while earning his second Gander Outdoors Truck Series victory of the season. Moffitt, a driver from Grimes, Iowa, led the field for 72 of the 150 circuits en route to victory lane.
The win comes under two-weeks of being awarded as the winner at Iowa Speedway after original race winner Ross Chastain failed post-race inspection. Moffitt started third and finished third in both stages.
Brandon Jones challenged for the lead throughout the 225-mile event in his No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. The driver from Georgia led 13 circuits and won stage one and sat second behind Grant Enfinger in stage two.
Jones leaves Chicagoland Speedway with two top five and two top 10 finishes through three starts in 2019.
Stewart Friesen rounded out the top three finishers in Friday’s Camping World 225. The driver from Canada leaves the 1.5-mile oval with seven top five and eight top 10 finishes through 12 races.
Harrison Burton and pole sitter Austin Hill rounded out the top five.
Todd Gilliland, Ross Chastain, Matt Crafton, Anthony Alfredo and Dylan Lupton rounded out the top 10.
Grant Enfinger, winner of stage two, had one of the fastest trucks going into the evening until lap 80. The No. 98 Champion Power Equipment Ford was involved in a three-truck melee in turn two that also involved Austin Wayne Self and Spencer Davis. Enfinger continued and finished 16th while Austin Wayne Self and Davis were done for the night.
Dylan Lupton made his third career start in the series since 2016 for DGR-Crosley. The driver of the No. 5 Toyota started ninth on the leaderboard and finished both stages sitting 10th.
The race saw 12 lead changes and seven leaders throughout the night. A total of five caution flags slowed the field while 22 trucks finished running.
The driver from California scored his first top 10 finish in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series.
The series will return to action at Kentucky Speedway on July 11. The Kentucky 225 will air live on FS1 and MRN Radio at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Ross Chastain redeemed himself on Saturday at World Wide Technology Raceway after being stripped of the win last Sunday at Iowa Speedway due to failing post-race tech. Chastain led 21 of the 160 circuits to score his second Gander Outdoors Truck Series victory of the year.
The win did not come easy for the Florida native as he battled a late race restart inside 10 laps to go. After taking fuel only on a pit stop earlier in the race, Chastain did not have fresh tires on his No. 45 Chevrolet and had to hold off second-place driver Christian Eckes.
Eckes challenged Chastain for the lead inside five laps to go but was spun after taking the white flag. The driver of the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, who spun because of contact from third-place finisher Stewart Friesen, finished 14th and led the most laps of 57.
Race winner Ross Chastain leaves World Wide Technology Raceway with four top five and 10 top 10 finishes through 11 completed races.
Todd Gilliland will leave the 1.25-mile St. Louis track as the runner-up finisher. Gilliland, who started the night 11th on the leaderboard, captured his best finish of the year in his No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra and sat 11th in stage one and seventh in stage two.
Gilliland holds two top five and six top 10 finishes through 11 events.
Stewart Friesen rounded out the top three finishers on Saturday night at Gateway. The driver from Canada started fourth on the board and saw the lead twice throughout the 160-lap event. Friesen leaves with six top five and seven top 10s in 2019.
Chandler Smith and Brett Moffitt rounded out the top five.
Grant Enfinger, Sheldon Creed, Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton and Myatt Snider rounded out the top 10.
Grant Enfinger led the second most laps of the evening and claimed both stages of the CarShield 200. Enfinger started the night sitting second on the leaderboard.
Two of the five caution flags involved multiple trucks. The first yellow flag came out on lap four for the No. 0 of Gregory Rayl. The next two stoppages involved stage breaks until lap 80 when Natalie Decker and Jesse Little collided in turn one. Decker was done for the night and left with a 27th place finish while Little finished 21st and two laps down.
Harrison Burton and Sheldon Creed brought out the final caution with 13 to go in turn four. Both drivers continued as Burton finished 16th while Creed finished seventh on the scoring monitor.
The series will be back in action on Friday June 28, 2019 at Chicagoland Speedway for the Camping World 225. The event will air live on FS1 and MRN Radio at 9:00 p.m. ET.
NASCAR found the No. 44 Chevrolet of race winner Ross Chastain too low during post-race inspection on Sunday at Iowa Speedway. As a result, Chastain has been disqualified and Brett Moffitt has been declared as the new race winner.
The disqualification means that Ross Chastain will receive one point for the race and no points for winning both stages. The points for winning a stage will now be given to whomever finished second in stages one and two on laps 60 and 120.
Niece Motorsports has until noon eastern on Monday to file an appeal.
Ross Chastain led 141 of the 200 laps at Iowa Speedway to win the M&M’s 200 at the 0.875-mile oval on Sunday. Chastain claimed both stages of the 175-mile event to score his second career win in the series.
Iowa native Brett Moffitt sat second on the leaderboard when the checkered flag fell. Moffitt, driving the No. 24 Chevrolet, started sixth and sat seventh in stage one and third in stage two.
The reigning series champion leaves the Iowa track with five top five and six top 10 finishes.
Chastain will leave the track sitting 25th in driver points after declaring for Gander Outdoors Truck Series points ahead of last weekend’s race at Texas Motor Speedway. The Florida native is now locked into the playoffs as long as he gets into the top 20 in points by the cutoff.
With 10 Gander Outdoors Truck Series races complete in 2019 – Ross Chastain leaves Iowa with two wins, four top five and 10 top 10 finishes.
Ben Rhodes and Harrison Burton rounded out the top five.
Stewart Friesen, Sheldon Creed, Matt Crafton, Chandler Smith and Raphael Lessard rounded out the top 10.
Two of the four yellow flags throughout the M&M’s 200 came out for on-track incidents. The first yellow of the day came out for Juan Gonzalez in turn four. The next two were for stage breaks at laps 60 and 120.
The big one came out involving Johnny Sauter and Austin Hill on lap 139 in turn four. Following the incident, while circling under yellow flag, Sauter waited for Hill to come back around to punt the No. 16 Toyota.
Sauter, who led the field for only one circuit, was parked for the day and had to visit the NASCAR trailer before exiting the track. The Wisconsin native finished 28th as a result. Hill went on to take home the 13th spot.
The next race for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will be at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. The Gateway 200 will air live on FS1 and MRN Radio at 8:30 p.m. ET. On June 22nd.
Greg Biffle came away victorious on Friday at Texas Motor Speedway in his first NASCAR National Series start since Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2016. Biffle passed Tyler Ankrum for the lead with 13 circuits remaining to score his 17th career truck Series victory. The driver of the No. 51 Toyota started the night sixth on the leaderboard.
“It means a lot to me that Kyle gave me this opportunity to come back and drive this truck. Thanks to everyone that stood behind Kyle Busch Motorsports, Mobil 1,” said Biffle after the race. “This Gander Outdoors Truck Series has a lot of competitive trucks, and these guys make the difference. These guys are a great group of guys that Kyle put assembled. I am just excited to be here. I don’t even know what to say. I am so thankful for all the opportunities I have had to drive great trucks. This thing was really fast. It was hard to figure out how to pass here. It was my first time with this package, so it took me a little bit, but I got used to it in the end.”
The Vancouver, Washington, native sat 16th in stage one and sixth at the end of stage two. Biffle, who made numerous starts in the upper ranks of NASCAR since 1996, saw the lead two different times throughout the 167-lap event.
“It was not easy. I had my work cut out for me,” said Biffle. “At the beginning of the race, so much odd stuff happened. We ran five laps at a time and then the caution would come out. There was a lot of people wrecking in front of me and behind me. I was just trying to keep the truck clean and stay out of trouble. Then we got four-wide off of turn 2, and I didn’t know you could do that here. We beat the fenders in a bit, but the Mobil 1 Toyota ran really good tonight. I want to thank those guys for coming on board and helping us.”
Biffle entered Texas Motor Speedway on a one-race deal with Kyle Busch Motorsports. It is unknown at this time whether the NASCAR veteran racer will enter anymore races this year despite winning the first race of the Triple Truck Challenge.
“I don’t know. I think they have a plan together for all of trucks to run, but we will just have to wait and see what happens.”
Matt Crafton will leave with the runner-up spot in the No. 88 Ford F-150. Crafton, with six top five and eight top 10 finishes in 2019, finished stage one sitting fifth and stage two sitting eighth on the leaderboard.
The driver of the No. 88 Menards Ford leaves Texas sitting third in points.
Tyler Ankrum rounded out the top-three finishers in Friday’s SpeedyCash.com 400K. Ankrum started eighth and made several daring moves in his effort towards the front. The young racer, who made his eighth career truck series start at Texas on Friday, scored his third top five and ninth top 10 finish of the year.
Grant Enfinger and Harrison Burton rounded out the top five.
Sheldon Creed, Brennan Poole, Austin Hill, Cory Roper and Ross Chastain rounded out the top 10 finishers.
13 yellow flags slowed the SpeedyCash.com 400K at Texas – including one red flag on lap 35. One of 13 yellows involved six trucks on the backstretch with Cory Roper, Trey Hutchens, Harrison Burton, Spencer Boyd, Natalie Decker and stage two winner Ben Rhodes on lap 95. The other multi-truck incident occurred on lap 58 in turn four involving stage one winner Johnny Sauter and Austin Hill.
The series now heads to Iowa Speedway for the Iowa 200 on June 15th. Coverage of the race will air live on FS1 and MRN Radio at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Brad Keselowski won the extended Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway on Saturday. Keselowski, who started fourth on the leaderboard, took the lead away from Alex Bowman with 11 circuits left. The driver of the No. 2 Ford led the field for 12 laps.
With five laps to go, Matt DiBenedetto dropped fluid in turn two and sent the event into overtime. That made for an intense restart with two laps to go and allowed Alex Bowman to leave with the runner-up position.
The driver of the No. 2 Ford leaves the 1.5-mile Kansas oval with three wins in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The Michigan driver also has five top five and six top 10 finishes through 12 races.
The second-place finish for Alex Bowman marked his third top five and top 10 finish in 2019. The driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports goes into the Coca-Cola 600 with three consecutive runner-up finishes.
Michigan native Erik Jones rounded out the top three finishers on Saturday. Jones started the Digital Ally 400 in sixth and sat ninth in stage one and third in stage two.
Pole sitter Kevin Harvick took stage one while Chase Elliott claimed stage two. Harvick finished 13th while Elliott took home the fourth spot.
Kansas native Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five.
Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Tyler Reddick and Chris Buescher rounded out the top 10.
Seven yellow flags slowed the Digital Ally 400 on Saturday. The first caution came out for a scheduled competition caution because of overnight rain on lap 30. Around 30 laps later, on lap 59 in turn two, Denny Hamlin brought out the second yellow flag of the night.
Stage breaks slowed the field on lap 80 and 160 as things remained calm.
A tire rolling into the infield grass would be a result of the sixth yellow flag on lap 217 -- giving Kyle Larson the free pass.
A caution later flew for debris in turn two on lap 239 -- giving Harvick the free pass. A short time later, on lap 262, Matt DiBenedetto dropped fluid in turn two -- sending the 400-mile event into NASCAR Overtime.
The next points race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600. The 600-mile event will air live on FOX and PRN Radio at 6:00 p.m. ET.
Ross Chastain took his No. 45 Chevrolet to victory lane on Friday at Kansas Speedway. Chastain, who led five of the 167 circuits enroute to his first career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race, passed leader Stewart Friesen with three laps to go in the Digital Ally 250.
Chastain came into the season with a Chip Ganassi Racing ride all locked up in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. A short while after the deal was announced, D.C. Solar caught legal troubles and the deal fell through -- leaving Chastain without a ride.
Since the start of the year, Chastain has driven for numerous teams in all three series to stay afloat as he waits for the next opportunity to come along.
In seven starts in 2019, Chastain holds three top five and seven top 10 finishes.
Friesen ran out of fuel while leading with three laps to go and had to pit. The driver of the No. 52 Chevrolet, winner of both stages, went on to finish 15th and one lap down. The driver from Canada led 87 of the 167 laps.
Ben Rhodes and Todd Gilliland rounded out the top three of the Digital Ally 250. Rhodes started the event from the 14th starting spot while Gilliland started the 250-mile event in fifth.
Austin Hill and Brandon Jones rounded out the top five finishers.
Pole sitter Matt Crafton, Grant Enfinger, Brett Moffitt, Riley Herbst and Harrison Burton rounded out the top 10.
There were two main crashes that impacted a number of contenders. Natalie Decker went for a spin in turn four that ended her night on lap 52. Decker finished 25th and 116 laps down.
The other incident that involved a pair of heavy hitters happened on lap 138 in turn two. Brett Moffitt and Grant Enfinger tangled while racing upfront -- costing them the shot of a trophy at Kansas. Enfinger finished seventh while Moffitt took home eighth.
The next race for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will be at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17. The North Carolina Education Lottery 200 will air live on FS1 and MRN Radio at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Matt Crafton won the pole at Kansas Speedway on Friday by posting a 30.459, mph. lap in single-truck qualifying. Crafton, a native of California, will make his second top-five start of the season in the Digital Ally 250.
The series veteran goes into the seventh race of the season looking to score his fifth top five and sixth top 10 finish. Crafton holds two career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series victories at the 1.5-mile oval.
Tyler Ankrum will start beside Matt Crafton in the No. 17 Toyota. The rookie driver has three NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts in 2019 and owns two top 10 finishes.
Ankrum’s best finish came at Texas Motor Speedway in March where he left with a fifth-place finish.
Harrison Burton will round out the top three starters on Friday. Burton, son of former driver Jeff Burton, posted a 30.487, mph. during his qualifying attempt.
The young racer goes into the 1.5-mile oval with two top five and three top 10 finishes through six completed events.
Brett Moffitt and Todd Gilliland rounded out the top five.
Ross Chastain, Austin Hill, Gus Dean, Sheldon Creed and Riley Herbst will round out the top 10 starters.
The Digital Ally 250 will air live on FS1 and MRN Radio at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Christopher Bell will leave Dover International Speedway with a limited-edition Miles the Monster trophy and an extra $100,000 by taking his No. 20 Toyota to victory lane on Saturday. Bell, who led only 44 of the 200 circuits, scored his 11th career win in the series.
“It was a little bit better, but I knew we had a really good Rheem Supra from really the drop of the green flag. I was able to keep pace with them, it was just tough to pass,” said Bell in Victory Lane. “There’s no doubt that he (Cole Custer) was really good. Over that long run there, I felt like I could make gains on him running the top. Last time we were here, the top was really good for me, but it seemed like it rubbered up more and the top was a little less of a disadvantage. Once we got the lead – thank you to my pit crew, they did an outstanding job – it's really special to be here.”
Bell took the lead away from Cole Custer by being the first driver off pit road during a set of yellow flag stops on lap 156. Custer, who finished fourth in the No. 00 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing, started on the pole and led 155 of the 200 laps – even claiming both stages.
“This place, you can pass on long green flag runs and it’s one of my favorite race tracks because you can move around and kind of find different lines and get going,” Bell continued. “Over the short run, it’s pretty difficult to make it happen because there’s so much grip on the bottom. Just really thankful for everyone at Toyota and TRD too. They’re the ones that have believed in me since day one on the dirt side of things and now here we are holding up my second cardboard check.”
Bell will go into a two-week hiatus for the NASCAR XFINITY Series with six top five and seven top 10 finishes through 10 completed races.
Justin Allgaier finished the day in the runner-up spot after starting the afternoon in second. Allgaier led one lap and sat third in stage one and fourth in stage two in the No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet for JR Motorsports.
The Illinois native will leave the one-mile concrete oval holding four top five and five top 10 finishes this year.
Tyler Reddick, the fifth-place starter on Saturday, rounded out the top three finishers. The Talladega Superspeedway winner last weekend sat fourth in stage one and third in stage two.
Cole Custer and Chase Briscoe rounded out the top five.
Austin Cindric, Brandon Jones, John Hunter Nemechek, Zane Smith and Michael Annett rounded out the top 10.
The next race for the NASCAR XFINITY Series will be at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 25th. The Alsco 300 will take place at 1:00 p.m. ET. live on FS1 and PRN Radio.
Kyle Busch scored his fourth NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series victory of the season on Friday at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch, making his fourth series start of the 2019 season through five races, started fourth on the leaderboard and led 97 of the 147 laps.
“It was a pretty good night for us. I wish it was faster,” said Busch after getting the win. “I thought we were pretty good. Not as good as we wanted to be once we stacked up next to the field. The 24 (Brett Moffitt) was really fast and the 52 (Stewart Friesen) was really fast. They made me work for it. They certainly got my money’s worth tonight.”
Stewart Friesen did everything he could to get around eventual race winner Kyle Busch in the waning laps. When the checkered flag waved, Friesen, who finished stage one in third and fifth in stage two, sat second in the running order. The No. 52 Chevrolet led the field for one circuit on Friday.
“The 24 (Brett Moffitt) was, who I was really worried about and then something happened with him and then the 52 (Stewart Friesen) was really fast and right there on our tailgate the whole finish of that race until about the last five laps,” Busch later said after the race in victory lane. “I don’t know if he just got heated up or what back there. He put up a good fight and about got to me a couple of times there and fortunately I was just able to hold out and keep the Cessna Tundra upfront and keep it out front. Those guys were just able to keep up with us way too much throughout the night, I thought.”
The win on Friday at Texas Motor Speedway marks the 55th career victory in the series for Busch. The win total across all three of NASCAR’s National Series now sits at 202 for the Las Vegas native as he looks to sweep the weekend at the 1.5-mile oval.
Through 149 career Gander Outdoors Truck Series races, Busch has 97 top five and 117 top 10 finishes.
As for second-place finisher Stewart Friesen, he goes into a five-week break with three top five and four top 10 finishes.
Johnny Sauter rounded out the top three finishers in Friday’s Vankor 350K. Sauter, driving the No. 13 ThorSport Racing Ford, led seven laps and sat ninth in stage one and 12th in stage two.
Pole-winner Grant Enfinger and Matt Crafton rounded out the top five.
Tyler Ankrum, Ross Chastain, Tyler Dippel, Brennan Poole and Ben Rhodes rounded out the top 10.
Turn two was very busy as far as race incidents went on Friday. The first victims over there included Angela Ruch and Gus Dean on lap 18. Dean continued while Ruch was done for the evening.
Anthony Alfredo later found himself in an incident over in turn two. Alfredo, piloting the No. 54 Toyota, was done on lap 48 as his truck went around and caught on fire. The field went under the red flag for 15-minutes and 51 seconds while crews cleaned up fluid and attended the damaged No. 54 Toyota.
Korbin Forrister later went around in turn two on lap 102 while the ninth yellow flag came out on lap 116 for Codie Rohrbaugh. Rohrbaugh finished 23rd while Forrister finished 24th as a result.
The first yellow flag came out for a three-truck incident on the frontstretch. The lap three melee involved Todd Gilliland, Ross Chastain and Brennan Poole. All three drivers continued their way despite the on-track incident.
The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will take a five-week hiatus. The JEGS 200 at Dover International Speedway will take place at 5:00 p.m. ET. on May 3rd. The 200-lap event will air live on FOX Sports 1 and MRN Radio.