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 will make his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series appearance since November at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kenseth, joining Roush Fenway Racing on a part-time basis to split the No. 6 Ford with driver Trevor Bayne, has two career wins in NASCAR’s premier series at Kansas.

Kenseth re-joins Roush Fenway Racing after leaving for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2013 to pilot the No. 20 Toyota. Before joining the Toyota team, Kenseth scored 24 wins in the premier series under the Roush banner in the No. 17 Ford. In his time at Joe Gibbs Racing, before being replaced by Erik Jones this season, the Wisconsin native scored 15 victories -- including seven in his first year there. The goal for the series veteran is to help improve Roush Fenway Racing as a whole moving forward.

“My goal is to help the team improve, so the first thing I need to do is understand where we’re at currently,” said Kenseth. “I really won’t know that until we start turning some laps and working together, and for me, that starts Friday morning. Kansas has been a good track for me over the years. We’ve won there before with RFR. But, right now, I’m just looking forward to getting back to the track and getting to work."

The start at Kansas will be the first time in six-months that Kenseth has strapped into a NASCAR stock car. Kenseth offered a preview of what he has been doing to get back into the driver routine ahead of the KC Masterpiece 400.

“Honestly, not much with the testing policies and all that, so I haven’t been in a car at all since Homestead last year.  So, really, not much,” said Kenseth. “Besides all the mental prep that you can do with notes and film and things like that, but as far as the driving, really nothing.  My training has been the same or probably more than last year because I’ve had more time, so physically there’s nothing really different – just kind of getting the mental stuff ready – but didn’t get a chance to get in the car at all.  I was hoping I could get in a car and at least drive one a little bit and get acclimated with their systems and kind of the way they do things, but that’s what I’m looking forward to here in about an hour or so I guess.”

Matt Puccia will continue serving as the crew chief of the No. 6 Ford. Puccia led Trevor Bayne to four top five and 11 top 10 finishes since working with the young driver at the start of 2016. The well-known crew chief also worked with Greg Biffle for four and a half seasons in the series.

Roush Fenway Racing currently fields two full-time operations with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne. Stenhouse captured two top five and top 10 finishes coming at Bristol and Talladega this year. The Mississippi native scored two wins last season at Daytona in July and Talladega in October.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck Series heads to Kansas Speedway for the KC Masterpiece 400 and the 37 Kind Days 250. The 37 Kind Days 250 will take place on Friday while the KC Masterpiece 400 will take place on Saturday. The NASCAR XFINITY Series will be off for the next two weeks.

The Camping World Truck Series entry list features 33 drivers and one truck will be going home after qualifying. Some of the drivers on the weekend entry list include 1-Joey Gase, 02-Austin Hill, 4-Kyle Busch, 8-John Hunter Nemechek, 15-Robby Lyons, 20-Darrell Wallace Jr., 36-Bailey Currey, 50-Jamie Mosley and 51-Brandon Jones.

Qualifying for the 37 Kind Days 250 at Kansas Speedway will happen at 5:10 p.m. ET. on FOX Sports 1.

The Camping World Truck Series will then go racing at 8:30 p.m. ET. The 18th annual event will be 167 laps, 250.5 miles in length and will air live on FOX Sports 1 and MRN.

Kyle Busch will be back in the Camping World Truck Series to make his third start of the year. Busch, a native of Las Vegas, will be piloting the No. 4 Cessna Toyota Tundra for his own racing team.

In his last start at Las Vegas, Busch scored the pole and later went to victory lane for his 50th career truck series win.

"No, there's nothing about hitting 50 that makes it special. Fifty-two would be special,” said Busch. “As far as how many truck races would I continue to run or wins would I like to hit, no because it's my own team and I'd like to always get out there and have the opportunity to race with my own team. Everybody thinks I just like to go out there and pad my stats and everything else. It's not like that. It's entirely to work with the people and try to educate the people. We've got three new engineers - two new engineers on our team this year and other new crew members and things like that and so you try to work out the bugs with those guys.”

Busch holds two career victories and three top 10 finishes in four truck races at the 1.5-mile oval.

Darrell Wallace Jr. will join the Camping World Truck Series fold on Friday to pilot the No. 20 Andy’s Frozen Custard Chevrolet with Young’s Motorsports. Wallace’s last start in the series last year at Michigan resulted in a surprise win after starting ninth that day.

Having 45 starts in the series since 2013, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver holds six wins and 27 top 10 finishes.

Kyle Busch and Matt Crafton are the only previous winners at Kansas Speedway in the field.

The KC Masterpiece 400 entry list includes 38 drivers. That means there will be no DNQs after round one of qualifying on Friday. Some of the drivers on the list include 00-Landon Cassill, 15-Ross Chastain, 51-BJ McLeod, 55-Reed Sorenson and 66-Timmy Hill.

Qualifying for the 400-mile race on Saturday will take place Friday at 6:45 p.m. ET. on FOX Sports 1 and MRN radio.

The KC Masterpiece 400 will take place on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. ET. live on FOX Sports 1 and MRN radio.

Martin Truex Jr. enters the weekend looking to make it three in a row at Kansas Speedway. The reigning premier series champion won both races at Kansas last season and enters Saturday looking to score his second win of the year.

Along with the win at Richmond earlier this year, Truex has six top five and top 10 finishes with an average result of 13.5.

Matt Kenseth returning to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this weekend has everyone talking. Kenseth will kick-off a part-time schedule sharing the No. 6 Ford with Trevor Bayne throughout the season moving forward.

“My goal is to help the team improve, so the first thing I need to do is understand where we’re at currently,” said Kenseth. “I really won’t know that until we start turning some laps and working together, and for me, that starts Friday morning. Kansas has been a good track for me over the years. We’ve won there before with RFR. But, right now, I’m just looking forward to getting back to the track and getting to work."

In 24 previous starts at Kansas, Kenseth holds two wins, seven top five and 13 top 10 finishes along with three pole starts.

Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch are both hot as they head to Kansas Speedway. Harvick, in 11 completed races this year, has four victories and nine top 10 finishes. He also enters the 1.5-mile oval with a win last weekend at Dover International Speedway.

“I feel like this has honestly been one of our best race tracks as I’ve gone through the years and especially since I’ve been with SHR," Harvick said. “I feel like we haven’t won as many races here as we should have, some of our own doing and some of it just circumstance but we’ve always just run really well here and I look forward to coming here for a number of reasons.”

Kyle Busch enters Kansas with three wins and nine top 10 finishes this season and looks to tie Harvick in the amount of wins as the series nears the halfway point of the regular season.

Until 2014, Kansas Speedway wasn’t too kind to the series veteran. But since then, Busch has scored five top five finishes in the last six races there including a win in 2016.  

Last time out there he went on to score a 10th place finish after starting seventh.

NASCAR announced penalties following the race weekend at Dover International Speedway on Wednesday afternoon. The penalty sheet includes a number of heavy infractions found in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and XFINITY Series garages. It also includes one penalty discovered following the Camping World Truck Series race on Friday.

Four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams were found with numerous infractions.

Scott Graves, crew chief of the No. 19 Toyota for Daniel Suarez, has been fined $50,000. Suarez’s car chief Todd Brewer has been suspended for the next two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points events for violating sections 20.4.h Body; 20.4.8.1.c (Rear Window Support and Structure Note: Rear window not flush to Deck Lid. Rule 12.5.2.6.2(c) applied to race finish as a post-race L1 infraction.) The team will also lose 20 driver and owner points.

Mike Bugarewicz, crew chief of the No. 14 Ford for Clint Bowyer, has been fined $50,000. Jerry Cook, car chief of the No. 14 Ford, has been suspended for the next two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races for violating sections 20.4.8.1 (Rear Window Support and Structure b. & c. Note: Rear window support braces must keep the rear window glass rigid in all directions at all times. Rule 12.5.2.6.2(c) applied to race finish as a post-race L1 infraction.) The team will also lose 20 driver and owner points.

Justin Alexander, crew chief of the No. 3 Chevrolet for Austin Dillon, has been fined $25,000. Car chief Greg Ebert has been suspended from the next Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race for violating sections 20.4.3.a&.d: (Splitter Note: Splitter did not meet rule specifications.)

Billy Scott, crew chief of the No. 41 Ford for Kurt Busch, has been fined $10,000 for lug nut(s) not properly installed.

In the NASCAR XFINITY Series, two teams were hit with penalties from NASCAR.

Jason Burdett, crew chief of the winning No. 7 Chevrolet for Justin Allgaier at Dover, has been fined $25,000 and suspended for the next two NASCAR XFINITY Series races for violating sections 20.14.2.h (Rear Suspension I-4 Truck Trailing Arm Spacers/Pinion Angle Shims Note: Truck Trailing Arm Spacers / Pinion Angle Shims not in complete contact with corresponding mating surface. Rule 12.5.2.6.2(c) applied to race finish as a post-race L1 infraction.) The team will also lose 25 driver and owner points. 

Allgaier, who took home a $100,000 XFINITY Series Dash4Cash bonus, will keep the money despite the car not passing post-race inspection.

Statement from JR Motorsports:

“As a highly-competitive race team that challenges for wins each and every weekend, we’re deeply disappointed and frustrated in today’s ruling. We strive to produce race victories for JR Motorsports’ partners, fans and employees while adhering to the rulebook,” said Kelley Earnhardt Miller, general manager of JR Motorsports. “To that end, the No. 7 team put on a winning performance in Saturday’s race and received damage on the last lap that we believe contributed to this infraction. We will never fault ourselves for that.”

Nick Harrison, crew chief of the No. 3 Chevrolet for Jeb Burton, has been fined $10,000. Car chief Michael Scearce has been suspended for the next NASCAR XFINITY Series event for violating sections  20.4.3.a&.b: (Splitter Note: Splitter did not meet rule specifications.)

The lone penalty in the Camping World Truck Series was for the No. 4 team. Wes Ward, crew chief for driver Todd Gilliland, has been fined $2,500 for lug nuts not properly installed.

Crew member Michael Hayden has been indefinitely suspended for violating 12.8.1.e. The rule was not specified as to why Hayden was suspended but the rule is used in the case if a NASCAR member criticizes, ridicules, or otherwise disparages another person based on race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, or handicapping condition. It also covers members being charged with or convicted of significant criminal violations such as domestic violence, trafficking, and assault.

Everyone involved with these penalties have three business days to file an appeal.

Justin Allgaier took his No. 7 SiteOne Landscape Supply Chevrolet to victory lane on Saturday at Dover International Speedway in a thrilling finish between he and teammate Elliott Sadler. Allgaier, driving a JR Motorsports Chevrolet, scored his sixth career NASCAR XFINITY Series win and will receive an extra $100,000 in the Dash4Cash program.

Allgaier led the final 68 laps of the OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway enroute to victory lane. Sadler made a move for the lead on the final lap and couldn’t make the move stick to steal the checkered flag from Allgaier. After making slight contact with Allgaier and the outside wall, Sadler will leave the one-mile oval with a runner-up finish.

Allgaier will go into a two-week vacation for the NASCAR XFINITY Series with six top five and seven top 10 finishes through 10 races.

As for Sadler, finishing 0.306 seconds behind the race winner, he’ll leave Dover with eight top five and 10 top 10 finishes this season.

Daniel Hemric rounded out the top three finishers in Saturday’s OneMain Financial 200. Hemric, after starting fifth on the leaderboard, finished fourth in stage one and sat sixth in stage two.

The North Carolina native piloting the No. 21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing holds an average finish of 11.5 through 10 races in 2018. He also has four top five and six top 10 finishes.

Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick rounded out the top five finishers.

Johnny Sauter made his first NASCAR XFINITY Series start since 2014 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday. Sauter replaced Spencer Gallagher after being indefinitely suspended for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy in the week leading up.

The driver finished 13th in stage one and sat 19th at the end of stage two. Sauter and the No. 23 team eventually worked their way through the field to leave with a sixth-place finish.\

Brandon Jones started on the pole and saw the lead two different times throughout the running of the race. Jones, driving the No. 19 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, took his XYO Networks Toyota to a finish of 10th.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series will return to action at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26. The Alsco 300 will air live on FOX Sports 1 and MRN radio at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Johnny Sauter conquered the monster on Friday afternoon at Dover International Speedway to score his 19th career Camping World Truck Series win. The series veteran, who turned 40 years old in the week leading up to the event, led 137 of the 210 laps.

The win did not come easy for Sauter as the race was extended into NASCAR Overtime after he and Noah Gragson made contact coming to the white flag. Sauter continued without incident but that wasn’t the case for Noah Gragson. Gragson will leave the one-mile oval with a DNF and a 20th-place finish as a result.

Gragson started on the pole and led the field for 60 circuits. The young driver will go into Kansas Speedway holding two top five and two top 10 finishes.

Sauter finished stage one, won by Noah Gragson, sitting fourth on the leaderboard. The driver of the No. 21 Chevrolet would go on to win stage two of the race.

Matt Crafton finished second behind former teammate Johnny Sauter in the No. 88 Menards Ford. Crafton, finishing seventh in stage one and third in stage two, came into the day not very happy with their machine in practice the day prior.

After having a clean day and making necessary changes, Crafton and the No. 88 team posted the 10th fastest time in the final round of qualifying. While he didn’t lead any of the laps, Crafton stayed upfront all day to take the runner-up spot.

The California native now has two top five and top 10 finishes through five races in 2018.

Justin Haley will leave the Jegs 200 with a third-place finish. The driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet started the long afternoon in fourth and finished inside the top 10 in both stages.

David Gilliland and Harrison Burton rounded out the top-five finishers on Friday.

Stewart Friesen had one of the most frustrating days of any driver at Dover. Friesen started seventh on the leaderboard in the No. 52 Chevrolet and was one of the underdog favorites going into the race.

On the first lap, Friesen and Brett Moffitt tangled on the frontstretch to bring out the caution flag. Both of the drivers involved continued with their days following the incident on the opening lap.

A little later Friesen worked his way back into the top 10 before more problems occured on the No. 52 machine. A tire went down as it rubbed with some sheetmetal and forced the team back down pit road for repairs. They would have more problems later on regarding this issue.

On lap 155 Friesen had more issues that sent the Chevrolet to the garage for the day. The No. 52 truck finished the afternoon sitting 23rd on the leaderboard.

The next race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be at Kansas Speedway on May 11. Coverage of the Kansas 250 will begin at 8:30 p.m. ET. on FOX Sports 1 and MRN.

NASCAR announced that driver Spencer Gallagher has been indefinitely suspended for violating the substance abuse policy. The penalty comes just days after Gallagher scored his first career NASCAR National Series win at Talladega Superspeedway last Saturday.

Gallagher and GMS Racing later released a statement after NASCAR announced sanctions regarding the issue:

“GMS Racing was notified that driver Spencer Gallagher gave a positive result from a NASCAR drug screen. GMS fully supports NASCAR’s policy on substance abuse and we do not condone this type of behavior. First and foremost, our entire organization wants to apologize to NASCAR, our sponsors, teammates and fans due to this policy violation. Spencer has agreed to participate in NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program. A substitute driver will be announced at a later date.” – Mike Beam, President of GMS Racing

“I recently have had a positive result in a NASCAR drug screen which has violated NASCAR’s substance abuse policy. I want to assure everyone in the NASCAR community this one time error in judgement will never happen again. I am taking the steps to enroll in the Road to Recovery program supported by NASCAR. I would like to say that I am sorry to all of the GMS organization for my actions, especially my team and team owner, who have worked so hard this year and have put faith in me. I also want to apologize to NASCAR, Chevrolet and my fans for letting them down. I have not upheld the behavior that is expected of me. I promise you all here and know, I will do whatever it takes to make this right.” – Spencer Gallagher, Driver No. 23

Ryan Sieg, the fifth driver eligible in the Dash4Cash category at Talladega, will be eligible for the $100,000 bonus at Dover International Speedway on Saturday with a sixth-place finish on Saturday.

NASCAR will also not grant Spencer Gallagher a playoff waiver and therefore cannot use the win at Talladega Superspeedway to get into the playoffs. The substance or substances Gallagher tested positive for was not released.

A substitute driver for the No. 23 Allegiant Chevrolet has not yet been announced.

Spencer Gallagher came out as the surprise race winner at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday in his first ever NASCAR National Series victory. Gallagher, passing Tyler Reddick for the lead on a NASCAR Overtime restart, led only one lap of the race enroute to victory lane. It was also the first time that Gallagher has ever led the field in the series.

“The only thing that was going through my mind was I hope to hell this works. Gosh I’m so happy right now,” said Gallagher in victory lane. “GMS Racing brought such an incredible car here. To qualify this thing third, and race like we did all day, I knew we had the speed.”

Gallagher, from Las Vegas, scored his second top-five and fifth top 10 finish of the year. Before today, Gallagher’s best finish of the season through eight races came at Bristol Motor Speedway with a fifth-place run.

“It didn’t seem real for awhile there as that whole last lap was kind of a dream,” added Gallagher. “You hear your spotter talking to you in the background but all you’re really doing is looking at your mirror. It’s always wild on the last lap at Talladega.”

Finishing 0.152 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher Brandon Jones, Gallagher finished stage one sitting 11th and runner up behind Elliott Sadler in stage two.

After being passed for the lead, Reddick, who won the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in February, took home an eighth-place finish at the 2.66-mile oval.

Brandon Jones will leave Talladega with his best career NASCAR XFINITY Series finish of second. Jones, driving the No. 19 XYO Networks Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, started 15th on the starting grid.

The young racer finished fourth in stage one and sat 14th at the conclusion of stage two. Jones will go into Dover next weekend with one top five and five top 10 finishes in 2018.

Justin Allgaier will take home the third spot following struggles with running out of fuel in the closing laps while leading the field. The series veteran held around a 15-second lead by using pit strategy. With around nine laps remaining while leading, Daniel Hemric brought out the caution on the frontstretch for a blown tire. While circling under yellow after electing to stay out, Allgaier ran out of fuel and eventually stalled on the track.

After getting pushed back to pit road by a tow truck, Allgaier was able to remain on the lead lap. Despite all these issues late in the running, Allgaier will take home a third-place finish after leading 35 of the 115 circuits.

Noah Gragson and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top five finishers.

It was a calm event at Talladega Superspeedway as two of the five cautions involved multiple cars. On lap 32, seven cars tangled on the backstretch and involved a number of potential race winners like Shane Lee, Ryan Truex, Kaz Grala, Dylan Lupton, Chad Finchum, Ty Majeski and Spencer Boyd.

Lupton, Majeski, Truex, Finchum and Boyd were all done for the day as a result.

On lap 63, seven green-flag laps into stage two, the second caution flag was displayed for a wreck involving multiple cars in turn two. Among the four involved was Ross Chastain, Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric and Timmy Hill. All of the drivers involved continued racing despite the scuffle.

The next race for the NASCAR XFINITY Series will be Saturday, May 5. Live coverage of the OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway will begin on FOX Sports 1 and MRN at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Kyle Busch survived NASCAR Overtime on Saturday at Richmond Raceway to score his 46th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win. Busch, driving the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, started 32nd on the leaderboard and quickly drove his way to the front of the field. The 32-year old credited the No. 18 pit crew for their fast pit stops all night long that put the M&Ms Toyota in position for the win.

“All these guys – everybody on this whole M&M Camry, they do a great job for me. I can’t say enough about Adam Stevens (crew chief) and my guys and the pit crew tonight,” said Busch after the race. “They won this race for us. They got us off pit road first those last two times that we came down for tires and got us where we needed to be. I can’t say enough about this Toyota Camry. It was just awesome today. Out front all day long. This is really cool for as good as the crowd was tonight. Really cool out here in Richmond, really chilly but otherwise it was a fantastic evening so hopefully everybody enjoyed that.”

The driver from Las Vegas now has 187 career victories across all three of NASCAR’s National Series following this win at Richmond. The series veteran has three wins, seven top five and eight top 10 finishes through nine completed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races in 2018.

With the win on Saturday, Busch has won three NASCAR premier series races in a row and will look to score his fourth consecutive win at Talladega Superspeedway next Sunday. Talladega, a track where Busch won at back in 2008, is a track that is highly unpredictable and can produce a surprise race winner.

“It’s definitely cool we’ve won three in a row. We did it a couple years ago and now I don’t know if you can shoot for four in a row,” Busch continued after the race in victory lane. “It’s hard to go to Talladega with that much of a winning streak and think that you can go to victory lane, but we’re going to go there anyway and give it a shot. We’ll see what we can do. Our guys are amazing. They’re awesome every week and I love racing with these guys and Joe Gibbs Racing.”

Chase Elliott posted a runner-up finish in the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet and will leave the 0.75-mile oval with his second top-five finish of the season. The Georgia native started second on the leaderboard and finished seventh in stage one. At the end of stage two, Elliott sat 15th.

“Yeah, I mean I think it’s been a steady work in progress,” said Elliott after the race. “We certainly have work to do and we know that. The results tonight, I don’t feel like… I think if we looked at the results we would feel okay about it, but I think in reality we shouldn’t feel okay about it. We need to go back and really focus on getting better.”

Still looking to score his first career win, Elliott goes into Talladega next weekend with an average finish of 16.3 this season.

Denny Hamlin rounded out the top-three finishers at Richmond and came into the night as one of the favorites. The driver from Virginia led six circuits of the race and scored his fifth top 10 finish of the year.

Drivers Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top-five finishers on Saturday. Both Logano and Harvick led a combined total of 100 laps in their Ford machines.

Other than the two stage breaks at lap 100 and 200, there were no yellow flags for an on-track incident until 47 laps remaining. The first yellow flag was displayed on lap 353 for a three car incident involving Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Cole Whitt and Ryan Blaney. Each of these drivers involved were able to continue with their night.

Fluid brought out the yellow on lap 367 and an on-track incident involving David Ragan brought out the next one on lap 389. The final caution came out on lap 395 for an incident involving Ryan Newman dropping fluid on the track and sending the race into NASCAR Overtime. Newman went to the garage and finished 37th on the leaderboard.

The next race will be at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, April 29. The Geico 500 will air live on FOX and MRN at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Martin Truex Jr. will start on the pole at Richmond Raceway on Saturday in the No. 78 5-hour Energy / Bass Pro Shops Toyota. Truex, the reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, will start on the pole for the third time of the season in the premier series after posting a 21.799, 123.859 mph. in the final round.

Truex led round one and sat fourth in round two. The series veteran enters the weekend with five top five and five top 10 finishes through eight races this year.

Chase Elliott will start second on the race leaderboard after a 21.841, 123.621 mph. in the final round of knockout qualifying. The driver of the No. 24 AXALTA Chevrolet comes into Richmond Raceway looking to score his first career win in the premier series and sat 0.042 seconds behind pole sitter Martin Truex Jr. The young racer has one top five and three top 10 finishes this season.

Joey Logano will round out the top three starters on Saturday in the No. 22 Shell / Pennzoil Ford. Logano posted a 21.848, 123.581 mph. in the the final round to take the third starting spot. The driver from Connecticut sat sixth in round one and third in round two.

Round two leader Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson will round out the top five starters.

Several big name drivers failed to make the second round of qualifying and will start 25th on back. Some of these drivers included Aric Almirola (25th), Daniel Suarez (26th), Brad Keselowski (28th), Kasey Kahne (29th), Kyle Busch (32nd) and AJ Allmendinger (33rd).

Daniel Hemric will be making his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut and will start 22nd on Saturday. Hemric finished round one sitting 23rd in the No. 8 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing.

There were no DNQ’s as 38 drivers appeared on the weekend entry list.

Ryan Preece went to victory lane on Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway driving the No. 18 Rheem Toyota. Preece, from Connecticut, led the field for 39 circuits to score his second career NASCAR XFINITY Series win.

“Words can’t even describe. My mom’s super happy, my dad’s super happy – I’m 27 years old and I’m not getting any younger,” said Preece after the win in victory lane. “I’m looking for opportunities. We did it last year at Iowa and now we did it here at Bristol. I hope I don’t get labeled as a short track racer, I want to win on mile-and-a-halves soon. Nothing beats winning. That’s what I told somebody earlier today. They asked me what was the most exciting thing and I said winning – I hate losing more than winning. Today we did it.”

The young driver also took home the $100,000 cash bonus as a result of the win. Preece says he will probably use the money for his family and team for all of their hard work and dedication given to him.

“You know what, probably do something for my parents, my brothers, my wife and my team,” said Preece regarding the bonus prize money. “We’re going to go get something to drink later. Man, I can’t thank Eric Phillip (crew chief) enough. I know he works his butt off, he doesn’t just sit behind a desk, he’s out there in the shop working hard and I have a lot of respect for him. It was a good run for us, good run for my teammate Brandon (Jones). If that caution hadn’t come out, he had it in the bag. He’ll be up there soon enough.”

Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Brandon Jones and Matt Tifft traded the lead four times within the final 115 laps of the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300. With 10 laps remaining, Tifft passed Jones for the top spot before parking his No 18 Toyota in victory lane. As for Jones, piloting the No. 19 Toyota, he’ll leave with a sixth-place finish.

Justin Allgaier nearly took the lead away from Tifft in the closing laps after a restart with around 10 laps remaining. However, as the run went on, Allgaier couldn’t gain any more momentum on the race leader and settled for the second spot. The driver from Illinois will leave the 0.533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway with his fourth top five finish of the year through seven races.

Daniel Hemric will round out the top three finishers on Saturday at Bristol. The young racer spent 61 laps of the race at the front of the field and was one of the drivers to watch coming into the event.

With seven events completed this season, Hemric, from North Carolina, has three top five and five top 10 finishes so far in 2018.

Elliott Sadler and Spencer Gallagher will round out the top-five finishers on Saturday.

Numerous drivers throughout the day were involved in caution flags as a result of hard racing. The first one of the day involved nine cars on the frontstretch six laps into the event that involved heavy hitters Tyler Reddick, Chase Briscoe, Christopher Bell and Ty Majeski.

Another incident on the backstretch on lap 59 impacted big names. The four-car incident included John Hunter Nemechek, Justin Allgaier, Matt Tifft and Elliott Sadler. Each driver was able to continue with their respective days – at least for now.

Tifft’s day continued to worsen as the No. 2 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing drew the yellow flag on lap 67. With all of the struggles early on, Tifft and the No. 2 team went to the garage area and finished with a 35th-place finish.

Another yellow flag on lap 102 involved a number of potential race winners including Justin Allgaier on the backstretch. It also included Brandon Jones, Ty Majeski, John Hunter Nemechek and others. All these drivers continued with their days.

A yellow on lap 142 involved three cars in turn three. Among those involved included Christopher Bell, Vinnie Miller and Cody Ware and resulted in a seven minute and one second red flag period. Bell, one of the expected championship contenders this season, finished 29th on the leaderboard as a result of a DNF. Miller and Ware went on to finish 33rd and 30th.

The next race for the series will be on Friday, April 20 at Richmond Raceway. The ToyotaCare 250 will air live on FS1 and MRN Radio at 7:00 p.m. ET.