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Cole Custer celebrated in victory lane on Saturday at Auto Club Speedway in the No. 00 Thompson Pipe / Haas CNC Ford. Custer, the third-place starter in the 300-mile event, led the field for 29 circuits to score his third career NASCAR XFINITY Series win.
Custer passed race leader Christopher Bell with 19 laps remaining and never looked back. Bell was later passed by Kyle Busch for the second spot and went on to a third-place finish. The driver of the No. 00 Ford saw the lead four times throughout the event.
Kyle Busch finished runner-up in Saturday’s Production Alliance Group 300. Busch, who started in second and entered the afternoon looking for national series win No. 200, led 98 of the 150 laps. However, late-race miscues on pit road that included a slow pit stop and an uncontrolled tire penalty, relegated the race dominator to the 13th position for the restart.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran, who won both stages of the event, worked his way through the field quickly. However, Custer, eventual race winner, was no match for the No. 18 Toyota.
Christopher Bell rounded out the top three finishers on Saturday at Auto Club Speedway. The driver of the No. 20 Toyota, who started fourth on the leaderboard, leaves the 2.0-mile oval with his second top five and third top 10 finish this year.
Tyler Reddick and Chase Briscoe took home the fourth and fifth spots.
Rest of the top 10 finishers included Austin Cindric, Brandon Jones, Ryan Preece, Justin Allgaier and Justin Haley.
The first two stages at Auto Club Speedway went clean and green. The first on-track incident occurred on lap 83 when John Hunter Nemechek had a miscommunication and went across the nose of the No. 39 Chevrolet of Ryan Sieg. Nemechek spun into the inside retaining wall separating the track and pit road and was done for the day as a result. Nemechek finished 28th while Sieg continued to finish 11th.
On lap 110, with 40 laps to go, Austin Cindric brought out the yellow flag in turn four. Despite the incident, Cindric continued his way in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford to finish sixth.
Not long after going green, Brandon Jones brought out the fifth and final yellow flag of the day in turn three. Jones, in the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, went on to a seventh-place finish.
The NASCAR XFINITY Series will take a weekend off and return at Texas Motor Speedway on March 30th. The My Bariatric Solutions 300 will take place at 1:00 p.m. ET. live on FS1 and PRN Radio.
Kyle Busch survived two NASCAR Overtime attempts on Saturday to score his 93rd career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Busch, a Las Vegas native and winner of Friday’s Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at the 1.5-mile oval, led the field for 98 of the 213 circuits. The win for the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team, which is Busch’s 197th career NASCAR National Series win, did not come easy for the hometown kid.
Busch started eighth on the starting grid as morning rain washed out qualifying. By rule, that placed the No. 00 Ford of Cole Custer on the pole for the 23rd annual Boyd Gaming 300. Custer, who led 48 laps of the race, went on to a ninth-place finish.
Things did not start out well for the No. 18 team as they pitted for a loose wheel with around 10 laps complete. The issue relegated Busch to 33rd and one lap down on the leaderboard. By using strategy and staying out under the second yellow flag, Busch climbed back up through the field to finish third at the end of stage two.
“It was early enough where you could try to come back from one of those kind of setbacks. I wasn’t sure how we were going to be able to do it being short a set of tires,” said Kyle Busch after securing the win. “We got a lucky break with that caution in the second stage that kind of got us back on cycle where we able to get our first set back on with fresh wheels so we didn’t have any more issues there. It’s cool to come out here and be a part of the Las Vegas and the hometown.”
With 15 green flag laps complete in the final stage, Kyle Busch passed Tyler Reddick for the race lead. He’d later be challenged for the top spot by teammate Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick, but held them off for the top spot.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran will go into Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 looking to complete the weekend sweep. The event will take place at 3:30 p.m. ET. live on FOX and PRN radio.
“I thought this would be the toughest of the three. We had a fast race car but we could never get the balance even in the race right there,” continued Busch after the race. “I was either way too tight or way too loose, I could never find a happy medium. Overall, I feel like the Cup car is pretty good. The M&M’s Chocolate Bar Camry got some speed to it as well and we ran a lot out there in traffic and the pack. So it will be interesting tomorrow.”
John Hunter Nemechek came across the line in the runner-up spot. Nemechek started 10th in his No. 23 Chevrolet and finished stage one and two in fifth. The son of veteran racer Joe Nemechek leaves Sin City with one top five and two top 10 finishes in 2019.
Noah Gragson will walk away with a third-place finish. Gragson, piloting the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, sat 10th in stage one and 13th in stage two. The Las Vegas native started on the outside of Cole Custer because Christopher Bell had to start at the rear of the field. Second-place starter Chad Finchum voluntarily went to the rear.
Austin Dillon and Michael Annett rounded out the top five.
Ryan Sieg, Ross Chastain, Chase Briscoe, Cole Custer and Justin Haley all took home top 10 finishes.
Despite the incident with Joey Gase and Donald Theetge on lap three in turn three, and the lap 60 incident in turn two for Austin Cindric and Zane Smith, things were quiet through the first two stages. Things would start ramping up with 10 laps to go.
On lap 190, with 10 laps remaining, JA Junior Avila had a solo spin coming off turn four. With six laps remaining, the green flag waved.
With two laps remaining, Brandon Jones in the No. 19 and Cole Custer in the No. 00 tangled in turn three. The incident sent the 300-mile race into NASCAR Overtime. Eventual race winner Kyle Busch chose the outside line while Tyler Reddick had the inside line in second for the restart.
The field got the green flag on lap 207 and wouldn’t stay that way for long. Just before Kyle Busch took the white flag, as Tyler Reddick was in the hunt for the lead, a caution came out involving Reddick, Zane Smith, Christopher Bell and Austin Cindric in turn four. Bell, who led three laps at Las Vegas on Saturday, went on to finish 13th. Cindric in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford finished 22nd as a result of the crash. The field went back to green on lap 211.
The next race for the NASCAR XFINITY Series will be at ISM Raceway on March 9 at 4:00 p.m. ET. FOX Sports 1 will carry the live television broadcast while MRN Radio will carry the radio broadcast.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will kick off its season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track on Thursday, February 28. The Star Nursery 100 will serve as a companion event with the World of Outlaws, along with an action-packed weekend slated on the big track.
The Star Nursery 100 at the half-mile dirt oval will be two segments with a break at or around lap 50. The maximum starting field, which is currently at 18 entries for the 50-mile event, will be 24 drivers and teams.
The final practice results will determine the lineup for each heat race. The winner of the opening qualifying heat race will start on the pole for the main event.
Teams are allowed four tires for practice, four tires for qualifying and heat races, and four additional tires for the five-minute break at lap 50. Each team will be allowed 12 tires for the entire race event.
2018 winner Sheldon Creed led 14 total laps last season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. Creed passed leader Christopher Bell with seven laps to go in the inaugural event last September – earning his only victory in the series. Bell finished the night in the 10th position.
Hailie Deegan, who will be piloting the No. 19 Monster Energy / NAPA Premium Plus Toyota for Bill McAnally Racing on Thursday, started on the pole for the inaugural race and led the field for 13 circuits. Deegan went on to finish in the runner-up spot.
Derek Thorn led one lap and finished right where he started in third.
Cole Keatts and Brendan Gaughan rounded out the top five finishers.
The Star Nursery 100 will take place at 12:45 a.m. ET. on March 1. Fans can watch the race live via FansChoice.TV. A delayed broadcast will air on NBCSN at 6:00 p.m. ET. on March 5.
The NASCAR XFINITY Series opened their season on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway with the NASCAR Racing Experience 300. The race featured a 38-driver field and was won by JR Motorsports driver Michael Annett. The event had nine different leaders throughout the 300-mile event.
“This is amazing,” Annett said after the win. “My first words were ‘Eight years,’ my eighth year in the series. My guys have stuck with me through the hard times, when everybody has counted us out and wondered why I get to drive this car.”
Annett, driving the No. 1 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, led the field for 45 of the 120 laps to earn his first career NASCAR National Series victory. The driver from Iowa has 230 starts in the series along with nine top five and 45 top 10 finishes.
The Iowa native, who qualified third but started second after pole sitter Tyler Reddick made unapproved adjustments after qualifying, finished the day running 13th in stage one and ninth in stage two.
Sitting second behind Annett was teammate Justin Allgaier in the No. 7 Chevrolet. Allgaier, starting 15th on the leaderboard at the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, ran runner-up for majority of the final stage.
“First of all, hats off the everybody back at JR Motorsports. To see a car that was that strong… all four of our Camaro SS’s were strong today,” said Allgaier. “To see Michael get his first win… he’s tried so hard, and to see the time and the effort he’s put in, especially this offseason, it’s really, really cool. I was disappointed I couldn’t make a run, but a great way to start the season.”
Allgaier, earning five wins last season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, finished 12th in stage one and seventh in stage two.
Brandon Jones rounded out the top three finishers at the 2.5-mile oval. The driver of the No. 19 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing collected his fourth career top five. Jones spoke about the issues with passing and racing in the high line all race long:
“I mean, you could just tell everybody was so scared to get out of line there and then lose the pack. Me and Justin (Allgaier) just talked after the race and we thought that that 1 (Michael Annett), whenever he tried to swing that block, that was going to be the ticket to get by him,” said Jones after the race. “Just not enough momentum. Just very hard to get going there, but the Supra looked great on the race track for the debut of it. Juniper was back on the car for us this weekend, so I can’t complain. We had a great day. It was a great start to the year.”
Ryan Seig earned his fourth career top five finish by placing fourth. Austin Cindric, piloting the No. 22 Team Penske Ford, rounded out the top five.
Rest of the top 10 included Christopher Bell, Jeff Green, John Hunter Nemechek, Tyler Reddick and Chase Elliott.
There were four yellow flags in Saturday’s season opener at Daytona. The first two were for the end of stage one and two while the third stoppage involved the No. 12 Ford of Brad Keselowski on lap 70. Keselowski had issues with the roof hatch coming apart – putting debris on the track. The No. 12 Ford went to the garage and finished 48 laps down in 37th.
“I felt like I was back in the ‘50’s running a convertible here on the beach. That was interesting,” said Keselowski on the incident. “The roof, escape hatch, whatever it is called looks like there was a defect from the factory on the body and just nothing we could do. The guys tried to fix it but it is in a spot where you can’t get to it and work on it. It is made the way it is made. We are stuck. It is one of those things outside your control and sometimes that is just how things go. It has to be right from the factory and isn’t something we control. Just part of it I guess.”
Nine laps later, on lap 79, a two-car incident brought out the fourth and final yellow of the day on the backstretch. The incident involved the No. 07 of Ray Black Jr. and the No. 18 of Jeffrey Earnhardt. Both drivers were able to continue racing after the accident.
The next event for the NASCAR XFINITY Series will be at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 23. The Rinnai 250 will air live on FS1 and PRN Radio at 2:00 p.m. ET.
The NextEra Energy Resources 250 kicked-off the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season at Daytona International Speedway on Friday. The race had two NASCAR Overtime attempts and was later won by Austin Hill. A total of 32 drivers took the green flag and only nine of those drivers finished on the lead lap.
Austin Hill started 10th on the leaderboard and looked strong upfront all throughout the race. Hill, a 24-year old driver from the state of Georgia, led the field for the most laps of 39 on his way to his first career NASCAR National Series victory.
“I never would have thought in a million years I’d win at Daytona. We’ve had some success at Daytona before, but just didn’t have the finishes we were looking for there at the end,” said one happy Austin Hill after the race. “We’d have something happen and to be able to come on board with Hattori Racing and start off the season like this, I think there’s going to be a lot of good things to come for us.”
Driving the No. 16 Hattori Racing Toyota, the same team that Brett Moffitt raced for one season ago and ending 2018 as the Gander Outdoors Truck Series champion, Hill and his team had to think about fuel in the closing laps. The team elected to stay out while holding the lead and go for the win – picking up right where they left off in 2018.
“I didn’t have any confidence to be honest with you. We pitted really early and we already knew it was going to be close and then when we went overtime, I was so scared,” Hill said. “I just knew I was going to run out coming off of four and not make it to the line. So much stuff was going through my head, but hey, we’re here in victory lane.”
Hill sat second in stage one and finished 13th in stage two.
Grant Enfinger finished behind race winner Austin Hill in the second spot. Enfinger started fifth in his No. 98 Ford and went back and fourth throughout the field all night long.
Enfinger, holding two victories in the series through 61 career starts, has 19 top five and 36 top 10 finishes.
Ross Chastain rounded out the top three finishers on Friday in his No. 45 TruNorth Chevrolet. Chastain finished stage one sitting 24th and 21st in stage two. The 26-year old driver earned his 16th career truck series top 10 finish.
Spencer Boyd and Matt Crafton rounded out the top five finishers in the season opener.
Josh Reaume, Timothy Peters, Angela Ruch, Austin Wayne Self and Stewart Friesen rounded out the top 10.
Several key drivers got caught up in race incidents all throughout the season opener. Natalie Decker was one of the victims early on when she and the No. 17 of David Gilliland were involved in the opening yellow flag on lap two. The next yellow flag for an on-track incident, on lap 27 just after the end of stage one, involved a trio of trucks including Chris Fontaine, Ray Ciccarelli and Tyler Dippel in turn three.
The action calmed until lap 53, just after the end of stage two, when 12 trucks tangled in turn four. The drivers involved in the fifth yellow flag of the night included Sheldon Creed, Jordan Anderson, Todd Gilliland, Gus Dean, Johnny Sauter, Austin Wayne Self, Brett Moffitt, Myatt Snider, Brennan Poole, pole sitter Christian Eckes, Stewart Friesen and Grant Enfinger. Eckes would bring out the sixth yellow of the night 10 laps later by dropping fluid on the track.
Numerous yellows came out the rest of the way involving one or two trucks at a time until two laps left on the backstrech. On lap 98 of 100, a nine-truck incident at the front of the field brought out the yellow flag that took out a number of contenders. Friesen, along with Ben Rhodes, Sheldon Creed, Gus Dean, Matt Crafton, Joe Nemechek, David Gilliland, Ross Chastain and Clay Greenfield were involved in the caution. After the field went green, on lap 105, a three car incident extended the race even further after Bobby Gerhart, Stewart Friesen and Austin Wayne Self tangled in turn two. The incident would be the final yellow of the already extended NextEra Energy Resources 250
The next race for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will be at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 23. The Active Pest Control 200 will air live on FS1 and MRN Radio at 4:30 p.m. ET.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series went dueling on Thursday at Daytona International Speedway – setting the remaining starting positions for the Daytona 500.
Four open team drivers went into the Duel 150s not knowing whether they would be racing in Sunday’s event. Casey Mears and Tyler Reddick, who were the fastest open cars in Daytona 500 qualifying this past Sunday, came into the 150-mile races with nothing to lose as they had already locked themselves into the race.
Kevin Harvick ended the night victorious in Duel race No. 1 at Daytona International Speedway. Harvick led the field for 44 of the 60 laps after starting in the eighth position. With the win on Thursday, Harvick will start the season with 10 driver points.
“It handled good when we were behind cars. Last week taught us that we needed to have track position. They did a good job on pit road and got on and off pit road and then we had a couple Ford Mustangs behind us as well. Ricky and Paul worked with us and we were able to keep the track position and our cars were fast enough together to keep everyone else back there,” said Harvick after the first race. “I am really proud of everybody on our Busch Beer Ford Mustang. It is a great way to get Mustang into victory lane. I gotta thank everybody from Busch and the great promotion with Car2Can with 40 cool cans that are made of my old cars. It is cool to see those in victory lane.”
Daytona 500 pole sitter William Byron led the second most laps of 16. The young racer went on to finish 16th in the No. 24 Chevrolet. Despite finishing outside the top 15, and if they have no issues in practice on Friday or Saturday, Byron will still start on the pole for the “Great American Race.”
“Yeah, we raced for a while there. I thought we learned a little something towards the beginning of the race with leading and how our car was going to be,” said Byron after the first event. “And then we were able to make some moves that were pretty good. After that restart we got in a huge hornet’s nest and we were on the bottom of three-wide, so we just bailed on that. Overall, it was good. Pretty happy with it. It was mission accomplished for us so far.”
Parker Kligerman locked himself into the Daytona 500 field by finishing 12th in the first Duel 150. That placed Ryan Truex out of the Daytona 500 provisionally – barring where Mears finished in the second Duel 150 race.
“This is incredible. I can’t believe we just raced our way into the Daytona 500,” said an excited Parker Kligerman. “That was insane those last couple laps. It’s a bit bittersweet though, because Ryan (Truex) is a good buddy of mine and having to beat him. I feel like it would’ve been cooler if it was like two vs. two there at the end, which it kind of was, but it would’ve been cool to race to the line together or something. It was a little bit of an odd race that we had. We were just kind of blocking each other at the end. Hey, look, it’s about this Toyota Camry getting into the Daytona 500 and we did that.”
Taking the checkered flag in Duel race No. 2 was Joey Logano in the Shell / Pennzoil Ford. Logano won the event in a last-lap pass around race leader Clint Bowyer – earning 10 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver points. Second-place finisher Clint Bowyer led the most laps in the second 150-mile event.
“You have the whole race to think about making a move and we were all out there just waiting. Everyone behind me really wanted to go and I just knew that I had to wait,” said Logano after winning the second event. “The later you can do it, the less the risk if it doesn't work. I got a good run from the 12 behind me and went to the bottom and got a good run. Was able to side draft the 10 and pull him back and just barely get enough to break that plane in front of the 14 and clear him up. From there I was just blocking to the finish like. My spotter TJ did a great job feeding me all the information I needed to make a decision. We had a really fast Shell Pennzoil Mustang. It is cool to see a couple Mustangs in victory lane already. I hope it continues for the big race on Sunday. Great start for our race team. Off we go.”
Alex Bowman, who will start second beside teammate William Byron in the Daytona 500, led the first 12 laps of the second Duel 150. Despite Bowman finishing 13th in his No. 88 Chevrolet, and if they have no issues in practice on Friday or Saturday, the driver will start second in the 61st annual Daytona 500.
“I would have liked to have raced a little more, but just kind of got in a bad box there. When we were going around those lap cars, I got stuck on the bottom of three-wide and I was going to be at the back of the group running anyway,” said the driver of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. “The blue oval gang did a little better job on and off of pit road than we did. That was frustrating because I think we were on both sides of the strategy between the first and second Duel and they did a better job both times. That is frustrating. We’ve got to get that part of it together if we are going to go beat them, but it’s good to have the car in one piece and the No. 88 Nationwide Camaro was pretty good.”
Brendan Gaughan locked himself into the Daytona 500 field in the second Duel 150 by finishing ahead of Casey Mears. That placed Joey Gase, along with Ryan Truex, out of the Daytona 500 field.
“I always come off as a class clown, but I haven’t been that nervous in a long time getting behind the wheel of a race car,” said the veteran racer. “The Beard family put so much into this and we come here to run very well; not run like that. You’ve got to have discretion of valor you’ve got to make do with what you have to make do with. I had to change strategies on the fly. Darren Shaw, my crew chief, and Ron Lewis, my spotter did a great job. Thank you, Corey LaJoie. He just kind of stuck right in there with us on that pit stop and that’s what got us in this position; so, thank you, guys. We’ll see you at the Daytona 500!”
Rest of the top 10 finishers in Duel No. 1 included Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Paul Menard, Matt DiBenedetto, Martin Truex Jr., Bubba Wallace, Chris Buescher, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman and Ryan Preece.
Rest of the top 10 in Duel No. 2 included Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney, Jamie McMurray, Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon and Ty Dillon.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will see the track three more times before the “Great American Race” on Sunday. The series will have a pair of 50-minute practice sessions on Friday at 1:05 and 3:05 p.m. ET. on FS1. The final practice for the Daytona 500 will take place on Saturday at 12:05 p.m. ET. live on FS1.
The Daytona 500 will take place on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET. live on FOX and MRN Radio.
The 2019 ARCA Menards Series season got underway on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway for the Lucas Oil 200. The starting field, led by pole-sitter Christian Eckes, featured 35-entries for the Lucas Oil 200 at the 2.5-mile oval known as the “World Center of Racing.” The 200-mile event went into overtime and was won by young driver Harrison Burton.
Burton started the afternoon in the fifth starting spot and was one of the ones to watch coming into the day. The driver sat fourth in practice one on Thursday and sat out final practice Friday morning. The son of former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Jeff Burton led the field for 48 laps.
"It means so much to come here and win at a track my dad won at before me," Burton said. "I can't thank my guys at Venturini Motorsports enough, they busted their butts on this car for the last month to get it so we can come here and compete to win.
The team had some concerns with about 10 laps to go in regulation after picking up some debris on the front grill. Despite the debris and overheating concerns, Burton was able score his third career ARCA victory.
"We had some debris on the grille over the last run and I think it actually helped,” said Burton in victory lane. “The temperatures went up but they weren't too high. I got the jump on the restart and I knew Todd was on a run. We were up high next to the wall and I looked up and saw no one had a run. I knew that any time something bad could happen, and I was just waiting for it. It never did and then when I crossed the line I started screaming my head off."
Todd Gilliland will be credited with the runner-up position in the No. 4 Frontline Enterprises Toyota. Gilliland, son of former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver David Gilliland, started 18th on the leaderboard.
Gilliland exits the Lucas Oil 200 with four top five and six top 10 finishes through seven ARCA starts. The driver will compete in next Friday’s NextEra Energy Solutions 250 at Daytona International Speedway – the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season opener.
"I could go wherever I wanted with this car," Gilliland said. "No matter what line I was in, we could go to the front and help the whole line. It was a shame I couldn't get up there and beat my Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate for the win, but we learned a lot for next week.
Grant Quinlan rounded out the top three finishers. Quinlan, piloting the No. 30 Jones Demolition and Abatement Ford, started the afternoon from the 25th spot. The driver from Canada will take home his first ARCA top 10 finish in only his second start.
"I don't do a lot of superspeedway racing," Quinlan said after the race. "It's a lot different than what I am used to. We hooked up with Todd (Gilliland) and went to the front late in the race. We had some debris on the grille and had to make a second pit stop but thankfully he was back there too and we could work our way up to the front together."
Pole-sitter Christian Eckes and Sean Corr rounded out the top five.
Natalie Decker, Codie Rohrbaugh, Travis Braden, Andy Seuss and Riley Herbst rounded out the top 10.
Reigning Lucas Oil 200 race winner Michael Self and reigning third-place finisher Willie Mullins tangled early in the running. The incident sent both drivers to the garage and forced Mullins to finish 35th. Self later returned to take home a 31st-place finish.
The next race for the series will be at Five Flags Speedway on March 9. MAVTV will carry the live television broadcast of the Pensacola 200 at 7:00 p.m. ET.