Brett Winningham

Brett Winningham

Brett has been following the sport of NASCAR since the beginning of the 2006 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Since Brett was 13, he has had a passion of chasing a job in sports that not many get the opportunity of doing. He has been in the NASCAR media since the middle of the 2010 season. Since then, he has been a part of many racing podcast shows to improve his talents. You can find him on twitter @NASCAR_Brett.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams will invade Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a two-day test session at the 1.5-mile oval. Teams will test the new rules package for 2019 that will see slower speeds, which will increase corner speeds and allow drivers to draft. The goal of the new package is to provide better overall racing for the series.

A total of 14 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams will participate in the two-day test. In addition, there will be four NASCAR XFINITY Series teams and three manufacture Wheel Force cars on-site, raising the total to 21 cars.

CAR:

DRIVER:

00

Landon Cassill

1

Kurt Busch

2

Brad Keselowski

3

Austin Dillon

6

Ryan Newman

13

Ty Dillon

14

Clint Bowyer

18

Kyle Busch

21

Paul Menard

43

Bubba Wallace

47

Ryan Preece

48

Jimmie Johnson

51

Cody Ware

95

Matt DiBenedetto

CWF

Ross Chastain

FWF

David Ragan

TWF

Drew Herring

8

Zane Smith

9

Noah Gragson

18

Riley Herbst

98

Chase Briscoe


Jimmie Johnson, who enters the new season with a new crew chief, will test at Las Vegas for Hendrick Motorsports. Johnson also participated in a 2019 rules package test at Atlanta Motor Speedway awhile back.

“The speeds are going to be a little bit higher than what we had at Charlotte. And then, I think depending on the track, it’s really going to showcase this rules package and at some tracks, I think it’ll put on a great show and at other tracks the potential is there but it might not do what we want,” said Johnson. “I think we all new that inside the competition space of NASCAR teams and drivers and even NASCAR has as well. They needed to make a decision. They needed to make a change. We know this isn’t going to be the perfect package everywhere, but I do feel like at the majority of the tracks it will be highly entertaining.”

Johnson later spoke about the unknowns of the package going into the test during Hendrick Motorsports media day. The seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion mentioned a lot of tire fall-off at Atlanta and Auto Club Speedway.

“Vegas has so much grip, I think it will be pretty forgiving for the package and I think will put on a pretty strong show,” Johnson said. “I did the Atlanta tire test last year and there was a lot of tire falloff. I don’t know how the package is going to do in that environment. At California, again a lot of tire falloff. Cars can start close together and then spread out. So, I think the tracks where the tire falloff is low, we will all have grip regardless of where you’re running on the track; and dirty air won’t make that big of a difference, and it’ll be really entertaining and put on a good show.”

Chase Elliott, Johnson’s teammate at Hendrick Motorsports, will not participate in the two-day test. Elliott is, however, looking forward to hear what Johnson has to say on the new package at the desert oval.

“Yeah, I don't have the test. I think Jimmie is testing this week, but I think it's going to be a valuable test. Vegas comes up quick on the schedule, and I think Vegas will be a good indicator as to how the package is going to race at some of the -- a little more freshly paved mile-and-a-halfs that we'll go to,” said Elliott. So I think it'll be interesting to hear his take and honestly kind of let them do their thing and then digest it, and then talk to them after they've done all that. Yeah, look forward to talking to him about it, but I think it'll be valuable for all of us, and Jimmie is a great asset to go test. He does the best of explaining things and feeling them in the car and then being able to put it into words for the rest of us to understand. So he's a perfect candidate to go out there and do it.”

Denny Hamlin and crew chief Chris Gabehart will also be sitting on the sidelines as Kyle Busch will participate for Joe Gibbs Racing. The duo joined the media via teleconference this week and mentioned how drivers and teams can attack the new package in many ways.

“With this year's rules package, it's really exciting because there's just so many different ways to attack it, and it's really going to depend on the weekend and the track,”said Gabehart. “I think you're going to see a lot of people, especially early on, trying to figure this out, and that's going to change from racetrack to racetrack, which is going to create good racing and I think a lot of comers and goers week to week.”

As for Denny Hamlin, it’s seeing the driver data.

“I know for me personally, it's all about kind of driver data, seeing how my teammates are driving this new package, the things that they're going to get speed out of it,” said Hamlin. “That's kind of the gist of what I got.  I think Chris will have a lot bigger scope of things that he happens to look at other than just the driver aspect. He's going to have more data to look over than certainly I will.”

Testing at the 1.5-mile oval will begin at 11 a.m. ET. and run until 10 p.m. ET. on Thursday. Testing will pick back up on Friday starting at 11 a.m. ET. and conclude at 4 p.m. ET. The sessions will include general on-track time along with three 25-lap races on Thursday.

A portion of the grandstands and pit road will be open to fans free of charge.

NASCAR.com will live stream a portion of the test on Thursday from 11 a.m. ET. to 3 p.m. ET. It’s unclear whether or not timing and scoring will be offered.

The test comes just nine days before NASCAR on-track activity begins at Daytona International Speedway.

Brett Moffitt scored his fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory of the season at ISM Raceway on Friday. Moffitt, starting fifth on the leaderboard and winner of stage one, overcame a speeding penalty on pit road at lap 49. The penalty placed Moffitt around the 21st position for the restart.

 

“We just had a badass KOBE Toyopet Tundra. I kind of screwed us by getting a speeding penalty there, but more importantly it’s Veteran’s Day weekend and I have to give a shout out to all those who have served and are currently serving,” said Moffitt. “Also, very special to us, we have a steering wheel here and it’s got Torie Costa Foundation on it, which is Scott Zipadelli’s (crew chief) daughter who passed away from pancreatic cancer. It was her birthday yesterday so I’m glad she was in the car with me and I know this is going to mean a lot to our race team.”

 

The win locks Moffitt into the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the season finale next Friday. Joining the Iowa native will be Johnny Sauter, Justin Haley and Noah Gragson.

 

“We’re focused on Homestead already and we just knew that we had to have a smooth night,” added Moffitt after the race in victory lane. “When the 98 (Grant Enfinger) got up there obviously we started worrying and that’s when we knew we needed to win. Can’t say enough for this group and Toyota, TRD, Joe Gibbs 299th engine win with Mark Cronquist. They’ve put our backs against the wall, but this son-of-a-bitch did it again. I can’t say enough about them and all of our partners and just this whole HRE team.”

 

Moffitt, the seventh-place finisher in stage two, goes into the season finale next week with 12 top five and 12 top 10 finishes through 22 races.

 

Pole sitter Noah Gragson will leave ISM Raceway with the runner-up finish. Gragson looked to be the one victorious, before Riley Herbst brought out the yellow flag in turn four, with six laps to go.

 

The Las Vegas native later lost the lead to Grant Enfinger at lap 147, before Brett Moffitt took over the top spot with three to go.

 

Harrison Burton rounded out the top three finishers at the one-mile desert oval. Burton, driving the No. 51 DEX Imaging Toyota, started the evening third on the Lucas Oil 150 starting grid. The young racer won stage two and finished stage one sitting fourth.

 

Grant Enfinger and Stewart Friesen rounded out the top five.

 

Friesen, earning his eighth top five finish of the year, overcame a late-race speeding penalty at lap 95. The penalty sent the Canadian driver to the rear of the field for the restart. Friesen started the night fourth on the leaderboard.

 

John Hunter Nemechek looked strong all throughout the Lucas Oil 150 until lap 127. The driver of the No. 8 Chevrolet spun by himself while leading the field off turn four. Nemechek, finishing fifth in stage one and ninth in stage two, led the field for 31 laps before the incident that ended his night.

 

Rest of the top 10 finishers included Tyler Ankrum, Johnny Sauter, Derek Kraus, Christian Eckes and Sheldon Creed.

 

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will head to Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16th. The Ford EcoBoost 200 will air live on FOX Sports 1 and MRN radio at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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 12.5.2.6.2(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 20.4.17.6.b (Door Front Crush Panels Note: All filler panels must remain permanently attached for the entire event). Rule 12.5.2.6.2(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 & 20.4.17.8.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 12.5.2.6.2(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.