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.

Matt Kenseth captured the pole for Sunday’s 18th annual Auto Club 400 at the Auto Club Speedway after posting a fast time of 38.438 seconds, 187.315 mph. Kenseth scored his 12th career pole for his first one of the 2014 season. Kenseth ran the fastest speed with about two minutes remaining in the final round.

With being the last car needed to turn a lap, within just seconds of the end of the final round, Brad Keselowski posted the second fastest time of the session. The Michigan driver ran only one lap to post a 38.481 seconds, 187.105 mph. Since Phoenix, Keselowski will start on the front row for his fourth consecutive time this season. Keselowski was just 0.043 seconds off of the pole sitter’s fastest time.

Starting third on Sunday afternoon will be Jimmie Johnson after posting a fast time of 38.516 seconds, 186.935 mph. Out of five races this year, Johnson will start inside the top-10 for his third time. It will be the six-time champion’s 13th time of starting inside the top-10 at the Auto Club Speedway. Johnson was just 0.078 seconds off of Kenseth’s time.

This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will move west for the 18th annual Auto Club 500 for the fifth race of the new 2014 season. This will be the one and only stop for the tour in 2014 at the speedway.

Entry list:

The entry list currently features a total of 43 drivers and will mean no one will be going home after qualifying. Two drivers, J.J. Yeley and Dave Blaney, have both been withdrawn from the race. Qualifying will be held Friday Friday evening at 7:40 p.m. Et., on Fox Sports 1.

Storylines:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. did not have a great run at the Bristol Motor Speedway and will try to turn around that bad finish last weekend. Earnhardt Jr. left Bristol without the points lead after finishing a disappointing 24th. Besides last weekend, Earnhardt Jr. hopes to finish inside the top-two for his fourth time of 2014 and also hopes to leave Auto Club Speedway with the points lead once again. He currently sits second in the standings with 10 points behind Brad Keselowski.

Going into this weekend, Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson both battle each other for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. Dillon leads Larson by only six points leaving Bristol. Larson has been on Dillon’s trail, shrinking the lead the last several races, and hopes to pass Dillon this weekend.

Nine drivers looks to grab a great finish this weekend as Auto Club Speedway is they’re home track. Those drivers to watch out for this weekend are, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, AJ Allmendinger, Kyle Larson, Casey Mears, David Gilliland, Cole Whitt, Kevin Harvick and Josh Wise.

Travis Kvapil will be making two milestones this weekend as he will be making his 250 Sprint Cup Series start. Not only will this be his 250th start in the series, but also his 400th NASCAR national Series start.

Where to watch:

You can catch this weekend’s race on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Et, live on Fox. The Motor Racing Network will carry the live radio broadcast of the Auto Club 400. You can listen on many radio stations around the country, TuneIn App, MRN.com or on AudioNow by dialing 1-832-999-1717 on your mobile phone.

This weekend the NASCAR Nationwide Series heads west for the 16th annual TreatMyClot.com 300. It’ll be stop 5 of the 33 race schedule for 2014. After this weekend, the series will be off until April 4th at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Entry list:

The entry list this weekend features a total of 41 drivers. This will mean that one driver will fail to qualify for the event on Saturday. Some of the drivers you’ll see this weekend include, Jason White, Kevin Harvick, Derek White, Mike Bliss, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Carlos Contreras, Ryan Sieg, David Starr, Daryl Harr, J.J. Yeley and David Ragan.

Storylines:

Heading into Auto Club Speedway this weekend, the NASCAR Nationwide Series points battle heats up between the top-three drivers. Regan Smith heads into this weekend with the points lead but right behind on his heels is Trevor Bayne by one point. Sitting in third, eight points back, is rookie Ty Dillon. Smith has led the standings since his win in the season opener at the Daytona International Speedway last month.

Not only is the points lead heating up, but so is the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings. With four races gone already, Ty Dillon and Chase Elliott respectively are showing why they’re the favorites. Both drivers are tied for the first position. Sitting in third and 14 points behind the leaders, is Dylan Kwasniewski.

Five drivers in the NASCAR Nationwide Series will be looking to impress as Auto Club Speedway is they’re home track. Those drivers to focus on are, Kevin Harvick, Matt DiBenedetto, Kyle Larson, Ryan Reed and Josh Wise.

Where to Watch:

You can catch the race this weekend live on ESPN at 4:30 p.m. Et. The Motor Racing Network will carry the live radio broadcast of the event. You can listen to MRN on many stations around the country, TuneIn App, MRN.com or on AudioNow by dialing 1-832-999-1717 on the phone.

Eddie MacDonald captured his seventh career NASCAR K&N Pro Series win this afternoon at the Bristol Motor Speedway by leading the final few laps. MacDonald broke a five year winless drought today and scored his first top-five finish of the 2014 racing season. He took the lead while Gray Gaulding battled with Ben Rhodes late in the running.

Gray Gaulding came home in the second spot after racing upfront for the entire day but just could not lead a lap. With today’s great run, Gaulding will finish inside the top-five for the first time his season. Out of two races ran this year, he has finished those inside the top-10. He lost the race by just 0.728 seconds.

Ben Rhodes nearly got his first career win once again this afternoon but came up just short. Rhodes suffered some fender damage late in the going that mostly cost him the race win. If Rhodes would’ve held onto the lead, he would have led the entire event wire-to-wire. By finishing in third, after starting from his first career pole, he finished inside the top-five for the fourth time in his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East career. Rhodes finished 0.991 seconds behind MacDonald.

You can watch this race on March 22nd on FOX Sports 1.

The next race for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will be at Greenfield Pickens Speedway on March 22nd. NASCAR Home Tracks site will offer the Race Central Live, powered by Speed51 application for live lap-by-lap coverage of the event. See below for the full race results.

PosNo.NameSponsorLapsDiff
1 71 Eddie MacDonald Grimm Const./National MS Society Chevrolet 132  
2 20 Gray Gaulding Krispy Kreme Chevrolet 132 0.728
3 41 Ben Rhodes * Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet 132 0.991
4 24 Brennan Newberry Qore24 Chevrolet 132 1.096
5 22 Austin Hill * A&D Welding/Don-Rich Ford Ford 132 1.248
6 99 Patrick Staropoli * PEAK Toyota 132 1.479
7 1 David Garbo, Jr. * Big Machine Records/Garbo Lobster Toyota 132 1.667
8 33 Brandon Jones Wolfpack Energy Services Chevrolet 132 1.750
9 52 Matt Tifft Federated Auto Parts Dodge 132 1.857
10 7 Michael McGuire * Woods Towing & Transportation 132 2.037
11 07 Clint King * King Oil Products/Warehouse Design Toyota 132 2.578
12 43 Brodie Kostecki * Arcoplate Toyota 132 2.816
13 97 Jesse Little NASCAR Technical Institute Chevrolet 132 3.009
14 00 Cole Custer NAPA Auto Parts/Haas Automation Chevrolet 132 3.641
15 42 Jay Beasley * Toyota Racing Development Toyota 132 3.880
16 12 Brandon Glover * Amer. Legion Post 772/Rinker Oil Dodge 132 4.286
17 98 Cameron Hayley Cabinets by Hayley Chevrolet 132 4.814
18 18 Sam Hunt Drive Technology Toyota 132 5.027
19 77 Anderson Bowen * Cunningham Motorsports Dodge 132 5.185
20 31 Kaz Grala * OzLINK Chevrolet 125 7 Laps
21 21 Mackena Bell Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry Toyota 125 7 Laps
22 96 Kenzie Ruston Ben Kennedy Racing Chevrolet 121 11 Laps
23 04 Ronnie Bassett, Jr. * Butler Trailer Mfg. Toyota 116 16 Laps
24 4 Sergio Pena Toyota Racing Development Toyota 111 21 Laps
25 46 Brandon Gdovic American Messaging/Windstax.com Toyota 111 21 Laps
26 6 Daniel Suarez Toyota Racing Development Toyota 111 21 Laps
27 34 Scott Heckert Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet 110 22 Laps
28 81 Jeremy Burns * Tomato Vine/BBR Chevrolet 109 23 Laps
29 15 Nick Drake * NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 101 31 Laps
30 47 Cale Conley PMC Chevrolet 52 80 Laps
31 11 Lee Pulliam * Don Valley North Toyota 51 81 Laps
32 55 Jerry Dawson * Alliance Lending/EXIT Realty Chevrolet 50 82 Laps
33 14 Trey Hutchens * Borla Exhaust Chevrolet 40 92 Laps
34 2 Ryan Gifford UTI/NASCAR Technical Institute Toyota 18 114 Laps
35 19 Chuck Buchanan, Jr. * Spring Drug Chevrolet 6 126 Laps

* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Via: NASCAR Home Tracks

 

Kyle Busch captured the victory this afternoon at the Bristol Motor Speedway by leading a total of 120 of the 300 laps to make up the 32nd annual Drive to Stop Diabetes 300. Busch scored his 65th NASCAR victory this afternoon as it was his 274th start in the series. This was his seventh victory at the 0.533 mile oval that’s located in Tennessee.  

Kyle Larson came home in second after starting the event from his first ever pole. Though Larson only led two laps during the afternoon, he nearly caught race leader Kyle Busch for the lead but just couldn’t quite catch him in the closing laps. Larson lost the race by just 1.441 seconds.

After starting the day from sixth, Kevin Harvick finished the day with a third place finish in the No. 5 Chevrolet. Today was Harvick’s second start of the 2014 racing season and earned his second top-five finish this year. It was his 303rd career start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Regan Smith will leave the Bristol Motor Speedway with the points lead. Bayne is currently just one point behind smith with Ty Dillon eight points behind the leader. Chase Elliott and Elliott Sadler rounds out the top-five.

The next race for the NASCAR Nationwide Series will be next Saturday at the Auto Club Speedway. Race coverage will begin at 4:30 p.m. Et, live on ESPN. The Motor Racing Network will carry the live radio broadcast of the event. You can listen on numerous radio stations around the country, TuneIn application or on AudioNow by dialing 1-832-999-1717 on your mobile phone.

Denny Hamlin broke the track record that his teammate, Kyle Busch, set in this race last year, for his 18th career pole for Sunday’s 54th annual Food City 500. Hamlin ran a fast time of 14.761 seconds, 129.991 mph. With 18 career poles in the Sprint Cup Series, it puts the driver from Virginia 38th on the all-time list.

Brad Keselowski will start on the outside front row for his third time this season on Sunday afternoon. Keselowski ran a fast time of 129.965 mph, 14.764 seconds. He was just 0.003 seconds off of Hamlin’s fast time after making four total laps in the final round.

Matt Kenseth will start the event from third for his 12th top-10 start at the 0.533-mile oval. It will be his second top-10 start of the 2014 Sprint Cup Series season. Kenseth’s fastest time came on his second lap of a 14.866 seconds, 129.073 mph. When the session concluded, he was 0.105 seconds off the pole sitter.

Two drivers will fail to qualify for the event, with those being David Reutimann and Dave Blaney. This will be the third time the No. 77 of Dave Blaney has failed to qualify for a race. During practice for the Duel 150’s at the Daytona International Speedway, Blaney got caught up into a crash and unfortunately had to withdraw because the team did not have a backup car.

Point’s leader, Dale Earnhardt Jr., will start Sunday in the 14th position with a lap of 14.959 seconds, 128.271.

Four drivers got caught up in crashes this morning at the Bristol Motor Speedway in opening Sprint Cup Series practice.

Within three minutes of opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, Danica Patrick got loose on the outside lane and hit the No. 30 of Parker Kligerman. Patrick suffered some heavy damage and will move to a backup car. The Swan Racing team will try and repair the No. 30 that suffered some fender damage in the session.

Kyle Busch touched the wall off turn two to cause some damage to his right side fender and rear quarter panel portion. Busch, driving the No. 18 Skittle’s car this weekend, will be another driver who will move to a backup car.

Greg Biffle, driving the No. 16 Ford, spun his car off turn four and smacked the outside wall. After he smacked the outside wall just before the start/finish line, Biffle tried correcting the car, but was unsuccessful and smacked the inside wall that damaged the front end. Biffle will also move to a backup for Sunday. The incident happed with about 57 minutes remaining in practice.

Justin Allgaier, who is a former winner at Bristol in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, came up the track to allow Jeff Gordon to easily pass him into turn one. Allgaier went a little too high that he couldn’t get off of the outside wall to also damage his right side. He will also switch to a backup car.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. also suffered some damage on his car during practice from a single car incident. Stenhouse Jr. will not go to a backup as they will fix the car prior to knockout qualifying later this afternoon.

Why are some drivers having problems? Well, many drivers have said it’s most likely caused by three things. The new rules package, new tire combination and the cold track temperature. The left sides being used in the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series is the same tire Goodyear brought to New Hampshire last season. The right side tires have a slight change into the tire compound. The tire set-up was set in a Bristol Motor Speedway test session last season in mid-September.

Because the drivers went to a backup car before qualifying, and that it can be fixed before knockout qualifying begins, they will not have to start the race at the rear per the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rulebook.

Ben Rhodes captured his second career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East pole this afternoon at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Rhodes won the pole with a fast time of 16.036 seconds, 119.656 mph. Today’s pole will mark his second consecutive pole in the division. This will be his third start this year inside the top-five in 2014.

Starting second on Saturday afternoon will be Brandon Gdovic after posting a 16.045 seconds, 119.589 mph. in two lap qualifying. Gdovic will be making his first start inside the top-10  in two races so far this season. He hopes to finish inside the top-five for his first time this season as his best finish this year is ninth at New Smyrna back in February. He was just 0.009 seconds off of the pole.

Austin Hill held onto the pole early on in qualifying, but ended up in third when qualifying was completed. Hill had a fast lap of 16.059 seconds, 119.484 mph. in the two lap qualifying session. He will make his third start this weekend from the top-10 at the Bristol Motor Speedway. He goes into this weekend hoping to score his second win in the division.

Current point’s leader, Daniel Suarez, has dominated the first two East division races by winning them both. Suarez comes into Bristol with a 18 point lead over Lee Pulliam. Though, if Suarez wants to make it three-for-three, he will have some work to do Saturday evening after qualifying in the 17th position.

The PittLite 125 will run Saturday afternoon just after the NASCAR Nationwide Series race. You can follow with live coverage via the Race Central Live, powered by Speed51 on NASCARHomeTracks.com. You can watch it on March 22nd 2014 on FOX Sports 1 at 11:30 a.m. Et, no live radio coverage avalible.

This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will head to the Bristol Motor Speedway for stop four of the 36 race schedule in 2014. This weekend will be the 54th annual Food City 500 at the 0.533-mile oval located in Tennessee. It will be the first of two stops at the speedway in 2014.

Entry list:

The entry list this weekend includes a total of 45 drivers with two going home after qualifying. There was 46 entries, but the No. 44 of J.J. Yeley withdrew from the race. Some of the new faces this weekend include, Travis Kvapil, Timmy Hill, David Reutimann, Landon Cassill and Dave Blaney.

Story lines:

Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson head into the Bristol Motor Speedway as the top-two drivers in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year points standings. Since the Daytona 500, Dillon has led those standings. This weekend will be hard to judge which of these two drivers will leave Bristol with the lead. In three starts for Dillon at the 0.533-mile oval, he has finished inside the top-five in two of the last three races. For Larson, he finished in the second spot in a photo finish with Sprint Cup Series star, Kyle Busch.

Some milestones will take place this weekend between two drivers. Michael McDowell, who drives the No. 95 Ford, will make his 150th Sprint Cup Series start this weekend. Also looking for a milestone will be six-time and reigning champion, Jimmie Johnson. If he can finish inside the top-10 on Sunday, it will be his 300th career top-10 National series finish.

Team Penske looks to score their third consecutive pole in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend. At the Phoenix International Raceway, Keselowski scored the pole to start the streak as Logano started that event from the second spot. A week later, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Logano started on the pole while race winner Brad Keselowski started on the outside.

Where to watch:

You can catch the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race this Sunday live on FOX at 12:30 p.m. Et. The Performance Racing Network will provide live radio coverage of the event. You can listen to PRN live on many radio stations around the country, PRN mobile application or on GoPRN.com.

This weekend the NASCAR Nationwide Series will head back East to the Bristol Motor Speedway for the 32nd annual Drive to Stop Diabetes 300. This will be the first of two stops for the series at the 0.533-mile short track oval, located in Tennessee. It will also be the first short track race of the season.

Entry List:

The entry list for Bristol Motor Speedway currently features a total of 42 drivers. If 42 drivers still remain on entry list before qualifying, two drivers will miss the race as 40 will make it in. Some of the drivers you’ll see this weekend include, Kevin Harvick, Matthew Carter, Ryan Blaney, Timmy Hill, Ruben Garcia Mateos, Kelly Admiraal, Cale Conley, Will Kimmel III, Willie Allen and Carl Long.

Story lines:

Cale Conley will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut this weekend driving the No. 33 Chevrolet. Conley will be the 37th driver to have made their debut at the Bristol Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He will have sponsorship backing from Okuma this weekend.

The last nine NASCAR Nationwide Series races has been won with a 13th or better starting position. With starting position such a key role, it will put a lot of pressure on the drivers in qualifying and with this weekend being the first short track with this new qualifying system, it will make things much more interesting.

On late Tuesday afternoon, NASCAR made the announcement to some changes to the qualifying procedure on cooling the engines. Previously, teams would go out onto the track to run a slow lap to help cool the engine down before the next run. Many drivers said this was a safety issue, and it needed to be resolved especially for the short track races. NASCAR will allow teams to connect the right or left side, whichever they choose, through the hood flap to cool the engine. NASCAR will no longer allow teams to make a cool down lap.  

Where to watch:

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will be televised live on ESPN2 at 1:30 p.m. Et on Saturday. The Performance Racing Network will carry the live radio portion of the event. You can listen on many radio stations around the country, PRN mobile application or on GoPRN.com.