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Matthew Jackson

Matthew Jackson

Hi, my name is Matthew I'm 18 from Charlotte, NC. Racing has been something that has interested me my whole life. As a kid my dad would always take me to each of the Charlotte races and the adrenaline you get watching NASCAR's best drivers go around is one like no other. My goal as a writer is to give you the best information possible. 

Brad Keselowski put on a dominate performance Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, leading 446 of the 500 lap race. Sunday marked Keselowski's second win of the 2019 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series season.

It was also driver NO. 2's 29th career NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series win and his second at the paperclip.

"The car was really good," Brad Keselowski told FS1. "Just a great day for our team. Awesome execution on pit road. Just one of those days you dream of as a race car driver where you have a great car."

Chase Elliott, who finished second, tried to make a late-race surge on Keselowski but ran out of time.

"Our Camaro was good and felt we were about as even with him (Keselowski) as we could be," Chase Elliott told FS1. "I tried to move up there at the end, but don't know if i could have got him, maybe if i had moved up a little sooner. Maybe next time."

Rounding out the top five were Chase Elliott in second, Kyle Busch in third, Ryan Blaney in fourth and Denny Hamlin in fifth.

Kyle Busch, who made the 1,000th start of his NASCAR career would finish third, snapping his two-race winless streak (ISM Raceway and Auto Club Speedway).

Rounding out the top ten were Kevin Harvick in sixth, Clint Bowyer in seventh, Martin Truex Jr. in eighth, Aric Almirola in ninth and Daniel Suarez in tenth.

The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series will head into Texas Motor Speedway in the running of the O'Rilly Auto Parts 500 on Sunday, March 31 on FOX; green flag is scheduled for just after 3 p.m. Eastern.

Stage 1 Winner: Brad Keselowski

Stage 2 Winner: Brad Keselowski

Race Winner: Brad Keselowski

Joey Logano will start from the pole in tomorrow's STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

The Fords dominated qualifying on Saturday, capturing four out of the five top spots.

Logano covered the paperclip with a speed of 97.830 mph, claiming the 21st pole of his NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series career.

"You just have to be so precise and pushing yourself so hard in the corners, and a mistake is such a penalty," Joey Logano told FS1 after qualifying. "It was awesome to get another pole here at Martinsville and hopefully we can top it off with another win in the books."

Rounding out the top five were Aric Almirola in second (97.643 mph), Brad Keselowski in third (97.458 mph), Kevin Harvick in fourth (97.832 mph) and Denny Hamlin in fifth (97.362 mph).

Aric Almirola who qualified second seemed to have the pole wrapped up until Joey Logano put down the fastest lap with just 34 seconds remaining in the final round.

Kyle Busch, who won the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series race earlier on Saturday failed to make the final round of qualifying. Busch will take the green flag tomorrow from the fourteenth position in his 1,000th NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race of his career.

Sunday's STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled to begin just after 2 p.m. Eastern with live coverage on FS1, MRN and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

Kyle Busch won Sunday's Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway, earning his 200th NASCAR National Series win.

Busch earned his 53rd NASCAR Monster Energy Series victory and his fourth at Auto Club Speedway along with his 94 wins in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and 53 wins in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series. Driver No. 18 became the second driver in the history of NASCAR to reach the 200 win mark, joining Richard Petty, who earned all 200 of his NASCAR wins in the Cup series.

Driver No. 18 led 134 laps of the 200 lap race, finishing with a two second margin over second place Joey Logano. Sunday was also Busch's second NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series win this season after winning last Sunday at ISM Raceway and is the first driver to clinch multiple wins thus far in 2019.

"It feels just like No. 1, just like yesterday," Busch told Fox Sports. "It was such an awesome race car. I mean dang. I'm glad we put on a heck of a show for all of these fans here at Auto Club Speedway."

Rounding out the top five were Joey Logano in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Kevin Harvick in third and Ryan Blaney in fifth.

Busch also won both stages on Sunday at Auto Club Speedway for the third time in his career. He did so previously at the 2018 Coca-Cola 600 and 2017 Brickyard 400. Driver No. 18 would restart 18th after the second stage due to a speeding penalty on pit road. Busch would rebound back to the lead in route to his milestone victory.

"Sometimes, you have to have a little bit of luck on your side," Busch told Fox Sports. "It certainly is a monumental moment for all of us. Maybe the stars aligned a little bit for us today."

Rounding out the top ten were Kurt Busch in sixth, Denny Hamlin in seventh, Martin Truex Jr. in eighth, Aric Almirola in ninth and Austin Dillion in tenth.

The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series will head to Martinsville Speedway next Sunday, March 24th at 2:00 p.m. Eastern on FS1 and MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch Race Winner: Kyle Busch

Austin Dillion won the pole for Sunday's Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway and didn't even have to post a speed in the final round of qualifying to do so.

Dillon along with the other 11 drivers waited too late to post a lap in the final round of qualifying.

None of the 12 drivers who advanced into the final round did not reach the timing/scoring line before the five-minute clock expired, which left all 12 drivers without a qualifying speed in the final round. With that occurrence, the lineup would be set based on speeds in Round 2, where Austin Dillion had the fastest speed. 

This would mark Dillion's first pole of his career.

"That was fun right there. That goes back to Round 2 when Andy Houston did a great job getting us a hole," Dillion told Fox Sports.

"Our car has been good all day. I felt like we had the fastest car here. It feels good to get that pole. That was wild right there. Everybody was fighting for it."

Rounding out the top five were Kevin Harvick in second, Aric Almirola in third, Kyle Busch in fourth and Joey Logano in fifth.

Rounding out the top ten were Denny Hamlin in sixth, Ryan Newman in seventh, Chase Elliott in eighth, Clint Bowyer in ninth and Ryan Blaney in tenth.

Live coverage of Sunday's Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway begins at 3:30 p.m. Eastern on FOX.

Kyle Busch won Saturday's iK9 Service Dog 200 at ISM Raceway.

Busch made it 2 for 2 on Saturday leading 116 laps of the 200 lap race.

For Busch, this marks his 198th win of his career in NASCAR national series competition. Busch, who competes regularly in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series has wins in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series as well.

"If i'm allowed to race, i'm going to enter a race and try to go out there and win," said Busch.

Rounding out the top five were Ryan Truex in second, Tyler Reddick in third, Cole Custer in fourth and Austin Cindric in fifth.

For Ryan Truex, he matched a career-best second place in just his first NASCAR Xfinity Series start of the season for JR Motorsports.

Christopher Bell who started from the pole, won the second stage and led 69 laps, but his hopes for victory would diminish in a Lap 129 incident.

Stephen Leicht's engine would expire while entering Turn 3, creating a cloud of smoke. Justin Allgaier who was running second and Christopher Bell who was running third at the time would make contact with the outside retaining wall as result of Leicht's engine problems.

"I saw Leicht blow up so i knew that i was in trouble," Bell said to FS1 following the incident. "I saw the 7 get sideways and then by that time, i entered the smoke wall and i knew that i was sliding, but i just couldn't see anything and i didn't know where i was and i backed her into the wall."

Justin Allgaier would finish 14th while Christopher Bell would finish 30th.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will head into Auto Club Speedway next Saturday in the running of the Production Alliance Group 300. Coverage begins at 5:00 p.m. Eastern on FS1, MRN and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

Stage 1 Winner: Austin Cindric

Stage 2 Winner: Christopher Bell

Race Winner: Kyle Busch

Joey Logano won Sunday's Penzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Logano earned Team Penske their second consecutive win this season, leading 86 laps.

For Logano, this marks his first win at Las Vegas in twelve career tries and the 22nd of his NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series career.

Driver No. 22 held off teammate Brad Keselowski, who won last Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Keselowski would make a charge at Logano in the final turn, but would not be enough to pass teammate Joey Logano.

''What a great race, Brad and i were so evenly matched," Logano told Fox Sports. "The way the draft is, you can't just drive away. In the last 5-6 laps, Brad was catching me so quick and i got stuck behind a lapped car. To be so close and get it at the end there, it was fun."

Rounding out the top five were Brad Keselowski in second, Kyle Busch in third, Kevin Harvick in fourth and Kurt Busch in fifth.

There were no cautions in Sunday's Penzoil 400 for race incidents, just the two yellow flags to end each stage.

Rounding out the top ten were Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in sixth, Aric Almirola in seventh, Martin Truex Jr. in eighth, Chase Elliott in ninth and Denny Hamlin in tenth.

Kyle Busch, who was going for three wins straight this weekend came up just short of victory today. Busch bounced back from a speeding penalty on pit road, finishing third. "I think we would have won the race if it wasn't for that," Busch said.

The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series continues its "West Coast Swing" next Sunday, March 10, with the running of the TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway.

Stage 1 Winner: Kevin Harvick

Stage 2 Winner: Joey Logano

Race Winner: Joey Logano

Kevin Harvick will start Sunday's Penzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from the pole. Driver No. 4 clinched the top spot with a speed of 180. 517 mph.

For Harvick, this marks his 26th pole of his NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series career and first at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Rounding out the top five were Denny Hamlin in second, Kyle Busch in third, Austin Dillion in fourth and Daniel Hemric in fifth.

Friday's qualifying session was defined by drafting as result of the new rules package for the 2019 season.

Rounding out the top ten were David Ragan in sixth, Kyle Larson in seventh, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in eighth, Jimmie Johnson in ninth and Joey Logano in tenth.

Drivers waited until the final minutes of qualifying in the final two sessions to leave pit road mainly because drivers didn't want to be the first car leading the draft.

Brad Keselowski, who won last weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway would qualify 19th. Aric Almirola, who started on the pole last weekend in Atlanta would qualify 25th. The Penzoil 400 can be seen at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Sunday on FOX.

Christopher Bell won Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Bell led all but just 20 laps in route to victory on Saturday afternoon.

For Toyota, this is their first victory with the for the Supra that they're using this season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

"First Supra win in the Xfinity Series, so that means a lot for me to be able to win the first one," Christopher Bell told Fox Sports.

Mist and foggy conditions would cancel qualifying, so the starting lineup would be set by points and Cole Custer would be awarded the pole position. Bell would pass Cole Custer on the first lap and he would remain in control of the lead for the entire fist stage.

Thanks to Bell's pit crew, a clean stop would give driver No. 20 the top spot for the start of the second stage and he would lead all but one lap as his Toyota would take control of the early part of the race.

Driver No. 20 would loose his lead during green flag pit stops but cycled back to the lead with 30 laps remaining. With just eight laps remaining, Bell would see his lead gap come to an end due to a caution. However, that didn't stop the Joe Gibbs Racing driver as he would go onto claim his first win of the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.

Rounding out the top five were Cole Custer in second, Justin Allgaier in third, Brandon Jones in fourth and Tyler Reddick in fifth.

Jeffery Earnhardt, the grandson of the late Dale Earnhardt, finished sixth for his first career top-ten finish. This year Earnhardt will run a partial deal with Joe Gibbs Racing.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will head to Las Vegas Motor Speedway next Saturday, March 24th for the running of the Boyd Gaming 300.

Stage 1 Winner: Christopher Bell

Stage 2 Winner: Christopher Bell

Race Winner: Christopher Bell

Denny Hamlin won Sunday's 61st annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

Hamlin was able to stay ahead of three wrecks in the final 17 laps - including a jaw dropping 21-car collision 10 laps from the originally scheduled finish.

For Hamlin, this marks his second victory in the Great American Race in the last four tries. In addition, it was a top 3 finish for Joe Gibbs Racing as Kyle Busch was second and Erik Jones was third.

Joey Logano and Michael McDowell would round out the top five.

"What happened here is really unreal," Joe Gibbs told Fox after the race, referring to his son JD Gibbs who passed away last month. "I'm emotionally shot. I'm just saying, what happened here was really unreal. I think JD had the best view of everything."

"The whole family, they've done so much for me over the course of my career. This one's for JD. We're desperately going to miss him for the rest of our lives. His legacy still lives on through Joe Gibbs Racing." Denny Hamlin told Fox after the race.

Sunday was Hamlin's first NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series win since Darlington in late summer of 2017. Hamlin would snap a 47-race winless streak.

Rounding out the top 10 were Ty Dillion in sixth, Kyle Larson in seventh, Ryan Preece in eighth, Jimmie Johnson in ninth and Ross Chastain in tenth.

"The Big One," which everyone comes to expect on Superspeedway's such as Daytona and Talladega occurred on Lap 191. Paul Menard bump-drafted Matt DiBenedetto, triggering the massive pileup that brought out the red flag.

On Lap 194, another seven-car wreck occurred involving Ricky Stenhouse Jr., ALex Bowman, Chase Elliott and others. Then with two laps to go, the race was sent to overtime after another wreck.

Sunday marked the final restrictor plate race in NASCAR history. Now on, tapered spacers will replace restrictor plates at Daytona and Talladega.

Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch

Stage 2 Winner: Ryan Blaney

Race Winner: Denny Hamlin

Saturday night belonged to the champions of the NASCAR Xfinity Series (Tyler Reddick) and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (Brett Moffitt).

Reddick was honored for his NASCAR Xfinity Series title driving the No. 9 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports.

"This year was a big character-building year for me and it's a great honor to bring JR Motorsports its third NASCAR Xfinity Series championship," Reddick said in his championship speech.

Reddick bookended his season with victories at Daytona in February and winning the season finale race at Homestead-Miami.

"With each race, he handled his business. He was aggressive and did everything he needed to do. Just really impressed with him. Looking forward to seeing what he can do next year at RCR. It's going to be fun to race against him," Dale Earnhardt Jr.said when presented with the championship owner award in the Xfinity Series.

Reddick will defend his 2018 crown with Richard Childress Racing in 2019.

Brett Moffitt was honored for his championship in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Moffitt surged to six wins with Hattori Racing Enterprises in 2018. The championship was also the first for team owner Shigeaki Hattori.

"When the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series kicked off in February, our Hattori Racing team only had four races on the schedule," Brett Moffitt said during his championship speech. "So to be standing here today in front of you as the 2018 champion is truly an honor and quite unbelievable."

Moffitt who was released by Hattori Racing Enterprises following his championship season said that he's still working on his plans for the 2019 season.

Both Tyler Reddick and Brett Moffitt received thier championship ring and Goodyear presented each driver with a silver replica of their car and truck.

2018 Monster Energy Cup Series champion Joey Logano was also honored with the 2018 Comcast Community Champion Award. Each of the championship 4 drivers in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, Johnny Sauter) and NASCAR Xfinity Series (Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric, Christopher Bell) each gave speeches discussing their 2018 season.

Below is a list of the awards that were handed out on Saturday night:

Camping World Truck Series

Mahle Engine Builder of the Year: Victor Garcia, llmor Engines

Duralast Brake in the Race Award: Noah Gragson, No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota

Mobil 1 Driver of the Year: Johnny Sauter, No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet

Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Myatt Snider, No. 13 ThorSport Racing Ford

Manufacturer Championship: Chevrolet

Champion Sponsor: AISIN Group

Champion Crew Chief Award: Scott Zipadelli, No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota

Champion: Brett Moffitt, No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota

 

Xfinity Series

Mahle Engine Builder of the Year: Doug Yates, Roush Yates Engines

Duralast Brake in the Race Award: Daniel Hemric, No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

Mobil 1 Driver of the Year: Christopher Bell, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Tyler Reddick, No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet 

Manufacturer Championship: Chevrolet 

Champion Car Owner Award: No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

Champion Crew Chief Award: David Elenz, No.9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet

Champion Owner Award: Dale Earnhardt Jr., JR Motorsports

Champion: Tyler Reddick, No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet

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