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Ben Rhodes sailed to victory lane at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday at his home track in the No. 41 ThorSport Racing Ford. The Louisville, KY. native used pit strategy by taking fuel only on the final set of pit stops with around 30 laps to go. Second-place finisher Stewart Friesen changed two tires and stalled as he was leaving his pit box. The misfortune helped Rhodes in the long run to secure the victory.
Stewart Friesen looked strong in the closing laps as he pitted from the lead to add two tires and fuel. Friesen later stalled leaving the pit box while eventual race winner Ben Rhodes stayed out another lap. Despite the issue on pit road, Friesen will leave the 1.5-mile oval with a runner-up finish in the No. 52 Chevrolet.
Friesen, a native of Canada, will take home his fourth top five and seventh top 10 finish of the season on Thursday. The 33-year old led 37 circuits of the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225.
As for Rhodes, winner of stage one, he’ll leave his home track with five top five and seven top 10 finishes through 12 races. The young racer led 38 laps on his way to victory lane.
Matt Crafton rounded out the top three finishers at Kentucky. Crafton started in the back of the field after getting sideways in turns three and four during his qualifying lap in round one. It didn’t take long for the California native to make his way into the top 15 and top 10.
The two-time series champion sits seventh in points as the series heads to Eldora Speedway next week.
Brandon Jones and John Hunter Nemechek rounded out the top five finishers.
Noah Gragson started on the pole in the No. 18 Safelite Auto Glass Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Gragson, winner of stage two, posting a 29.355 / 183.955 mph. in round two of single-truck qualifying, led the field for 62 circuits and went on to an eighth-place finish.
Holding a victory this season, the Las Vegas native has five top five and nine top 10 finishes.
Rounding out the top 10 was Grant Enfinger, Todd Gilliland, Noah Gragson, Dalton Sargeant and Justin Haley.
Johnny Sauter had a top 10 run going until he was caught too fast on pit road in the last set of pit stops. While serving the pass-through for being too fast on pit road, Sauter was popped for a commitment line violation and had to make another pass-through. That relegated the current points leader to 15th and two laps down in the finishing order.
The next race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be at Eldora Speedway on July 18. The much-anticipated race on dirt will air live on FS1 at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Erik Jones went to victory lane at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday in a drama-filled Coke Zero Sugar 400. Jones, after taking the lead away from Martin Truex Jr. on the final lap, won his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race by leading only the last circuit.
The Byron, Michigan, native started 29th on the leaderboard and sat 23rd at the end of stage one and 26th in stage two.
“What a day. I didn’t think we were going to have a shot to win this one about halfway. Got ourselves back into contention and our guys did a great job getting this thing fixed up and getting the buyatoyota.com into Victory Lane,” said Jones after capturing his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win. “I’ve never been that good on superspeedways and never thought this was our shot to win. But to get here tonight, that’s pretty awesome. It’s our first win and not much that has felt better than this one.”
The 400-mile race had several multi-car accidents all throughout the running at the 2.5-mile oval. One of those incidents, on lap 55 in turn four, involved 25 cars. By halfway on lap 80, all but 10 cars in the field were listed as involved in some sort of an on-track incident by NASCAR.
As for Jones, the No. 20 BuyAToyota.com Toyota was involved in only one yellow flag. That incident involved six other drivers in turn four.
“That was something else. I thought that we were out of it and we were right back in it. Took the lead and ran away. Wow, what an awesome race,” said Jones. “To have buyatoyota.com on here and my first win at Daytona. My first superspeedway win. What an awesome day. I am out of breath. Too much smoke in the car from that burnout. I can barely breathe. What an awesome finish.”
Martin Truex Jr. went on to a second-place finish in the No. 78 Toyota for Furniture Row Racing. Truex, also having a wild night at Daytona, will leave the track with his 12th top five and top 10 finish halfway into the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
AJ Allmendinger rounded out the top three finishers on Saturday at Daytona in the No. 47 Kroger ClickList Chevrolet. Allmendinger will take the JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet to their first top five and third top 10 finish of the year. The California native leaves Florida sitting 23rd in points.
Kasey Kahne and Chris Buescher rounded out the top five.
Kahne looked strong in the closing laps as he led the charge for 17 circuits from laps 138 to 154. The native from Washington State took home his first top five and top 10 finish since joining the Levine Family Racing team ahead of the season.
“Our Thorne Chevrolet was awesome. It was great. I figured it out in the second stage I knew that we had a car capable of winning if I did the right things with it. I had opportunities to get to the lead. We stayed there at a time but just didn’t figure it all out at the end there. Erik Jones congrats to him. (Martin) Truex was super-fast. I was just trying to hang with those guys and I thought we had a really good shot at it,” said Kahne. “I was just kind of put in positions and I thought I could clear and get to the bottom when I was the leader. That was my plan and the spotter said they were broken up on the bottom and the No. 88 was still fairly close, so I stayed there and then they went by on the bottom. So, a little miscommunication there. Later on, I got a run around the No. 78 off the corner and he just got me. Just pulled me back enough and the No. 20 was coming and I just had to try to kind of block him the best I could but he got to my outside. But we had a great Thorne Chevrolet. The guys did an awesome job. Pit stops were strong, everything was good tonight. Once we got up there we stayed there the rest of the race, the car was good.”
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had the wildest night of any driver in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 field. Stenhouse won both stages, led the most laps of any driver, and was involved in five of the 10 caution flags. Despite finding himself in all kinds of trouble – Stenhouse will take home a finish of 17th.
“I was really bummed. The first one, the 24 blocked the 2 and from where I was sitting I thought we were gonna get to the inside of him, so I wasn’t really expecting him to check up that quick. The second one with the 18, I was just too aggressive trying to get to his left-rear, trying to get back to the lead and back out front where our Fifth Third Ford was really dominant. We definitely brought, I feel like, the best car here in the field. Winning two stages was nice, but obviously we wanted to win at the end and it’s a bummer we basically crashed all of our teammates out of it. It was kind of tough after that and it all came back to get me with the damage from the 42, which was probably a wreck I caused, cut a tire down in front of us. A bummer of a night. Congrats to Erik on his first win,” said Stenhouse.
“No, it’s aggressive speedway racing. We needed to win to get in the Playoffs, so it is what it is,” said Stenhouse when asked if he’ll need to smooth things over.
JJ Yeley, Ryan Newman, Chris Buescher, AJ Allmendinger, Ray Black II and Landon Cassill were the only drivers not listed by NASCAR as being involved in an accident.
After crashing out on lap 64, Kyle Busch was not happy with driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and shared his thoughts as such.
“I don’t know. Disappointing to get crashed out by the same guy that caused the first crash. Our Interstate Batteries Camry showed some good speed and patience there in that first stage. We were able to come home second and grab some points there. You always come to Daytona waiting to crash and figure out when or where, and hope you can walk away from it. That’s really frustrating and disappointing to have to race these races like that on the fence or line of when are you going to wreck. But we’ll move on to next week.”
The driver from Las Vegas with five wins this season took home a 33rd-place finish.
Other notable drivers along with Kyle Busch out before the halfway point included Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Daniel Suarez, Chase Elliott, William Byron and Corey LaJoie.
Rest of the top 10 finishers included Ty Dillon, Matt DiBendetto, Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon and Alex Bowman.
The next race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be at Kentucky Speedway on July 14. The Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart will air live on NBCSN at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Brett Moffitt passed race leader John Hunter Nemechek on the final lap to score his fourth career Camping World Truck Series win at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday. Moffitt, who had no idea if he would even race on Friday due to lack of funding, led the field for 17 of the 150 circuits.
After taking the white flag while heading into the first turn, Nemechek’s No. 8 Chevrolet ran out of fuel and slowed coming off turn two. That allowed Moffitt to take the lead away and sail to victory lane. After leading the most laps of any driver, Nemechek, son of former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Joe Nemechek, finished seventh on the leaderboard.
With three wins through 11 races this season, Moffitt, from Grimes, Iowa, posted his sixth top five and sixth top 10 finish of 2018.
Ben Rhodes will end the night with his best finish of the season through 11 races in 2018. The driver of the No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Ford will take home the runner-up spot at the 1.5-mile oval sitting 5.092 seconds behind the race winner.
Rhodes currently sits eighth in points along with four top five and six top 10 finishes with ThorSport Racing.
Johnny Sauter rounded out the top three finishers of the Overton’s 225. Sauter, holding four victories this season thus far, posted his 10th top five and top 10 finish and continues leading the series driver standings going into Kentucky Speedway.
Winner of stage two and pole sitter Noah Gragson finished fourth. Brandon Jones, driving the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, took home the fifth spot.
Stewart Friesen was one of the drivers to watch going into the weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. The driver from Canada ran upfront all throughout the night until tangling with Jordan Anderson on lap 120 in turn two. Friesen went on to finish 19th and two laps down at the end of the night. He also tangled with Dalton Sargeant on lap 59 in turn two. Anderson went on to finish 17th while Dalton Sargeant finished 20th.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will take a weekend hiatus before returning to action at Kentucky Speedway. The Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 will take place on Thursday, July 12th at 7:30 p.m. ET. on FS1.
Michael Self took his No. 15 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota to victory lane at Chicagoland Speedway on Thursday in the SCOTT 150. Self, from Salt Lake City, Utah, started third on the leaderboard and saw the lead numerous times throughout the 150-mile race. The driver, making just his sixth start of the year in the ARCA Racing Series, went on to score his third career victory after leading 63 of the 102 circuits.
The win did not come easy for Michael Self in the closing laps. With six laps remaining at Chicagoland Speedway, Leilani Munter spun in turn two to display the third yellow flag of the night. While crews focused on cleaning the track, Self and other leaders upfront came down pit road while Riley Herbst stayed out to take the lead.
The field later went back to green with two laps remaining in the SCOTT 150. Herbst had a bad restart and Self saw an opportunity to take the lead away. Once out front with the lead, Self cruised to victory at the 1.5-mile oval.
Herbst went on to a sixth-place finish while Munter finished 20th.
Pole sitter Sheldon Creed will leave Chicagoland Speedway with a runner-up finish. Creed, earning the win last weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park and earlier in the year at Michigan International Speedway, now has 10 top five and 10 top 10 finishes through 11 races.
The California native came into the 100-lap event leading the series driver standings.
Todd Gilliland will round out the top three finishers in the SCOTT 150. Gilliland, racing the No. 54 Frontline Enterprises Toyota for father David Gilliland, started eighth on the leaderboard and spent 28 circuits as the leader in his second ARCA start of the season.
Gilliland started on the pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway the last time out and later finished fourth.
Zane Smith and Chase Purdy rounded out the top five finishers.
Three caution flags were displayed for single car incidents along with Leilani Munter in the closing laps. Eric Caudell in the No. 2 Dodge brought out the first yellow flag in turn two on lap 14. Tom Berte brought out the next yellow flag on lap 32 in turn four. Caudell and Berte went on to finish 21st and 19th on the leaderboard.
The next race on the ARCA Racing Series tour will be the Fans With Benefits 150 at Iowa Speedway on July 7th.
Justin Allgaier swept both stages of the Iowa 250 presented by Enogen on Sunday at Iowa Speedway to score his second win of the year. Allgaier, driving the No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet, led the field for 182 of the 250 laps and held off Christopher Bell’s challenge for the top spot in the closing laps. The win will mark the seventh trip to victory lane for Allgaier in the series.
Christopher Bell had a long afternoon at the small oval as he started at the rear of the field. Bell was one of two drivers who had issues getting through pre-qualifying inspection and wasn’t able to participate in round one of qualifying. As a result, Bell started 39th out of 40 cars on the starting grid. The other driver not posting a lap was Ryan Reed. Reed started 40th and took his No. 16 Ford to a 17th place finish.
The driver of the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing finished sixth in stage one and third in stage two. Bell now has eight top five and eight top 10 finishes along with a win at Richmond International Raceway going into the off weekend.
As for race-winner Justin Allgaier, he’ll have seven top five and nine top 10 finishes along with two wins going into his home track at Chicagoland Speedway in two weeks.
Second-place starter Daniel Hemric rounded out the top three finishers. The North Carolina native ended stage one sitting third on the leaderboard and runner-up in stage two behind Allgaier. The young racer now has seven top five and 10 top 10 finishes this year.
Cole Custer and Brandon Jones rounded out the top five.
Ty Majeski took home his first top 10 finish of the season on Sunday after a seventh-place finish in the No. 60 Ford with Roush-Fenway Racing. In his last start at Charlotte, after not finishing due to a crash in three consecutive starts, Majeski took home a finish of 22nd.
Austin Cindric started on the pole after posting a 23.971, 131.409 in the final round of knockout qualifying earlier in the day. Cindric went on to lead the field for 58 circuits and went on to post an 11th place finish on Sunday. Making his 15th career NASCAR XFINITY Series start, Cindric finished second in stage one and fifth in stage two.
The NASCAR XFINITY Series will take a weekend off before heading to Chicagoland Speedway. The Overton’s 300 on June 17 will air live on NBCSN and MRN Radio at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Three of the four Joe Gibbs Racing teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series were hit with L1 penalties on Tuesday by NASCAR. The penalties involved the No. 11, 18 and 20 cars.
Each team violated section 20.4.3.a (splitter did not meet rule specifications). Each car chief will be suspended for one race and each crew chief, Mike Wheeler, Adam Stevens and Chris Gayle, have been fined $25,000 dollars as a result.
The No. 19 of Daniel Suarez was the only Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota not found with a non-compliant splitter during pre-race inspection at Michigan International Speedway.
Each of the teams involved have three business days to file an appeal with NASCAR Appeals.
Johnny Sauter edged pole-sitter Stewart Friesen following a late-race restart for the victory on Friday at Texas Motor Speedway. Sauter started fifth on the leaderboard and led the field for 51 of the 167 circuits in the PPG 400K. The win at the 1.5-mile track will be Sauter’s 21st career trip to victory lane in the series.
Despite leaving with the win, Sauter did not claim any of the stage victories. Stage one was claimed by second-place finisher Stewart Friesen and Grant Enfinger claimed stage two. Enfinger went on to a fourth-place finish.
Through eight completed Camping World Truck Series races in 2018, Sauter goes into Iowa Speedway next weekend with four wins and seven top five and top 10 finishes and holds an average finish of 4.1.
Rounding out the top three finishers was Justin Haley in the No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet. The young racer started 10th on the leaderboard and lead the field for three laps. Haley will go into the next race with three top five and five top 10 finishes.
Rounding out the top five was Grant Enfinger and Matt Crafton.
There were nine caution flags including the two stage breaks throughout the event.
The most notable of those involved three trucks in turn three when Jennifer Jo Cobb, Myatt Snider and Dalton Sargeant tangled in turn three on lap 108. The wreck ended the night for Snider and Cobb -- who finished 23rd and 24th on the leaderboard. Sargeant will leave Texas Motor Speedway finishing 11th.
Other caution flags throughout the night involved Bo LeMastus, Justin Fontaine, Brett Moffitt and Jordan Anderson.
The next event for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be on Friday June 16 at Iowa Speedway. The M&M’s 200 airs live on FOX Sports 1 and MRN Radio at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Kevin Harvick ended the KC Masterpiece 400 in victory lane for the fifth time of the season on Saturday at Kansas Speedway. The California native started on the pole and led 79 of the 267 laps. The win did not come easy for the series veteran as he passed leader Martin Truex Jr. with two laps remaining.
Harvick saw the lead throughout the race until lap 130 when he fell further back in the field. Harvick didn’t see the lead again until lap 244 for five laps and not again until two laps remaining. The win will mark Harvick’s 42nd career victory in NASCAR’s premier series.
“I think as you look at the last couple of laps it wasn’t working for me on the bottom and I was able to make up some ground on the top and really I thought if it came down to it I could pass him on the bottom because my car went through one and two on the bottom or I could drive through the middle of three and four, but I just had to pick which lane. He wasn’t gonna choose and he never chose the high lane and we were able to drive right by,” said Harvick on the pass for the win.
The hottest driver in NASCAR will go into the Coca-Cola 600 in two weeks with nine top five and 10 top 10 finishes along with five trips to victory lane. Harvick will leave Kansas with three wins and 14 top 10 finishes at the 1.5-mile track.
“Well, I think this weekend shows really how good the race team is. Everything didn’t go exactly smooth and everybody just kept a good demeanor about things and kept calm and kept working through things,” said Harvick. “The same thing tonight. Everybody just kept working through trying to make the car better and we were able to wind up in Victory Lane. Those are the days that you just grind it out.”
Truex was looking to be the car to beat in the closing laps before being passed by eventual race winner Kevin Harvick. Truex, driving the No. 78 5-hour Energy Toyota for Furniture Row Racing, led the field for 13 circuits and scored his seventh top five finish of the year.
The New Jersey native finished stage one 11th and stage two sitting 10th on the race leaderboard. Through 12 completed races in 2018, Truex holds an average finish of 12.5.
Joey Logano rounded out the top three finishers on Saturday at Kansas. Logano, who started the day ninth on the scoring pylon, finished fourth in stage one and found himself running one spot back in fifth at the end of stage two.
Logano goes into the next race at Charlotte Motor Speedway holding five top five and 10 top 10 finishes along with the win last weekend at Dover.
Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five finishers.
Kyle Larson’s fourth-place finish wasn’t easy for the California native. He and Ryan Blaney made contact in turn one that sent both cars into the outside wall. While Larson continued, Blaney would not and will leave Kansas with a 37th-place finish.
The final caution flag resulted in a 13 minute and 13 second red flag when seven cars tangled on the frontstretch. The wreck included William Byron, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman, Jamie McMurray, Matt Kenseth, Chris Buescher and Ty Dillon. All drivers involved walked away from the on-track incident.
Several drivers spoke about the incident on the frontstretch with just a handful of laps remaining.
“I don’t have any idea what happened with the wreck,” said Kenseth making his first start in the series since November. “I just saw everybody wrecking and the track was kind of blocked, so I tried to get down towards the grass. This grass is not the new friendly grass with the rain and all it just kind of dug in and then I just hit the car in front of me.”
“It was pushing and shoving late race restart and everybody gets impatient so just wadded up a bunch of cars. I thought we had cleared it and we were in the grass and just had somebody come from the top and wipe us out,” said Buescher about the incident. “Not what we wanted with our Breyers 2 N 1 Camaro. We had good speed in the sun and the sun went down and we lost a little something. We were working hard to get it back and trying to be fighting for the lucky dog there and we were for a long time. We just got swiped and something that who knows, I haven’t seen a replay, I don’t know. I’m sure just uncalled for.”
“We were just an innocent bystander really. They crashed kind of underneath me, in front of me and just got all wadded up,” said Newman. “I mean I had no place to go. It’s jus unfortunate, kind of a ho-hum race I guess you could say for so long and then to get 14 laps from the end and tear up a bunch of cars like that just kind of sucks.”
The next race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be the Monster Energy All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Kevin Harvick will start on the pole for the KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway on Saturday. Harvick, looking to score his fifth win of the season at Kansas, posted a 26.600, 188.811 mph. to score his 23rd career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole.
In 24 starts at Kansas, Harvick recorded two wins, seven top five and 13 top 10 finishes.
Ryan Blaney will take the second starting spot in the No. 12 REV Group Ford. Blaney, racing at the site of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut in 2014, posted a 28.750, 187.826 mph. in the final round of knockout qualifying.
Kyle Busch rounded out the top three qualifiers for the KC Masterpiece 400. The Las Vegas native posted a 28.792, 187.552 mph. and enters the day looking to score his fourth win of the season.
Aric Almirola and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five in the final round.
Inspection issues prevented several drivers from turning a lap in round one. The six drivers impacted included Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Michael McDowell, Matt DiBenedetto and Timmy Hill. There were no DNQs as only 38 appeared on the weekend entry list.
Sweeping both Kansas races last season, Martin Truex Jr. will start seventh on the leaderboard. The No. 78 Toyota posted a 29.001, 186.200 to earn the spot. Truex will go into the event looking to capture his second win in 2018.
Noah Gragson swept the evening at Kansas Speedway to score his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in the 37 Kind Days 250. Gragson started on the pole and led 129 of the 167 circuits and won both stages of the race.
Gragson’s first Camping World Truck Series victory came last season at Martinsville Speedway. In that race the 18-year old driver started fifth and led only 10 circuits enroute to victory. The win tonight at Kansas was by 1.558 seconds over team owner Kyle Busch.
Kyle Busch came into the evening looking to tie Ron Hornaday Jr. for the most wins in the Camping World Truck Series at 51. Busch, a Las Vegas native, came one spot short of doing so behind teammate Noah Gragson at the end of the race.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran will leave Kansas with two top five and two top 10 finishes along with a win at Las Vegas in March. Tonight marked his third race of the season on the Camping World Truck Series tour.
Rounding out the top three was Stewart Friesen. Friesen, piloting the No. 52 Halmar Intl. "We Build America" Chevrolet for a small team, scored his fourth career top five finish in the Camping World Truck Series since making his debut at Eldora Speedway in 2016.
The driver from Canada also led the field for six laps in the 37 Kind Days 250 at Kansas and will leave the 1.5-mile Midwest oval holding an average finish of 21.5.
John Hunter Nemechek and Johnny Sauter rounded out the top five.
Brandon Jones made a Camping World Truck Series appearance on Friday night in the No. 51 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Jones made his first start in the series since August of last year at Bristol Motor Speedway. Jones, after starting the night in 13th, took home a ninth-place finish.
There were two yellow flags all throughout the 250-mile event besides the two stage breaks. Debris displayed the third caution flag on lap 98 in turn two. Shortly after going green an incident involving the No. 54 of Bo LeMastus displayed the yellow in turn four. Despite the spin and bringing out the yellow, LeMastus went on to finish 19th and six laps down.
Ben Rhodes showed promise in the middle of the event after finding his way towards the front. However, after coming to pit road for an issue and having crew members go under the hood, Rhodes fell off the lead lap and lost all chances of winning. He also suffered a couple of pit road penalties that backed the No. 41 even further.
Rhodes will leave Kansas with an 18th-place finish.
The series will move onto Charlotte Motor Speedway for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 on May 18. The event will air live on FOX Sports 1 and MRN radio.