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Kahne by the numbers:
In 28 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Dover, Kasey Kahne has an average start of 14.2 and an average finish of 18.5. He's completed 10,347 of 11,215 (92.3 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 90 laps. Kahne has earned three top-five and eight top-10 finishes at the 1.0-mile track.
The AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway (1.0-mile) begins at 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 6th. The race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
From the Driver's Seat:
Kasey Kahne: "Bristol was by far our best race so far of the season, and we had a top-10 car there. If things would have gone right, I really felt that we could have run in the top-five before we ended up having our mechanical problem. We've just tried to learn from Bristol, and I think that some of those things will be able to be used at Dover, which would be great. Looking ahead to this weekend at Dover, I think the biggest key for me will be to do a better job in practice so that I can really understand our Camaro ZL1 when the green flag comes out on Sunday. You want to qualify well at Dover, but the biggest thing is just knowing where we're at in race trim when the race starts. Too often this year, we haven't been able to get the car where we need it to be until the second or third run of the race, and by then, we're just behind. Dover's one of my favorite race tracks because I've just always seemed to enjoy the one-mile tracks. With the unique load on the cars, and the rough surface of Dover, the cars get really difficult to have either front grip or rear grip. The two corners of Dover are really different from each other, so we work on both of those corners and drivers know that they can turn into the corners early at Dover which can help secure the car some. You can search for different grip throughout the track as well at Dover depending on what tire Goodyear brings with us."
From the Pit Box:
Travis Mack: "We're actually taking our Bristol car to Dover this weekend because we felt really good about our Bristol set-up and Kasey (Kahne) said it was one of the best cars he's had there. We head into Dover this weekend with a lot of things that we were able to learn in Bristol, and we'll plan on correlating that over to the set-ups needed at Dover. I feel really good about this weekend, and Kasey and the team does as well. We're going to put a lot of focus in on Friday so that we can unload off the truck better and hopefully qualify better so that we don't have to fight from behind as much. The challenge of Dover is the entire weekend honestly because the track changes so much from Friday to Sunday. When you unload, we're usually working on tightening the car up, but then as the weekend goes on, you need to free the car back up for the race. In the race then, you're usually working to free the car up during the entire race since it's getting tighter due to all the rubber on the track. The race at Dover also generally plays out to where there's a really long green-flag run, so as long as we eliminate mistakes, it usually gets down to about eight or ten guys on the lead lap. I feel like we have a really good package going into Dover based off our Bristol stuff, so I'm looking forward to this trip."
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Joey Logano ended his 36-race winless streak in Sunday's Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
This marked Logano's first victory since his encumbered win in April 30, 2017 at Richmond Raceway. Also, Sunday's win was Team Penske's 100th NASCAR victory.
"Man, it feels so good to be back in victory lane. There's no feeling like this. It's been quite the weekend and a long time coming. I don't have to worry about the playoffs anymore - we're in! - Logano said in victory lane.
Logano had brief challenge from Kurt Busch on the last lap, who pulled out of line and tried to catch Logano but had no drafting help to get by the Team Penske driver.
Kurt Busch finished second, Chase Elliott third, Kevin Harvick fourth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. rounding out the top 5.
Sunday's race was filled of wrecks to say the least.
Lap 72: Trevor Bayne was involved in a six car pileup on Lap 72. Bayne, who has been in the news as of late because of the changes coming to Roush Fenway Racing in the coming weeks. Due to Matt Kenseth taking over the NO. 6, Bayne will run a limited schedule in 2018. Also involved on the Lap 72 wreck was Jamie McMurray, Erik Jones, Martin Truex Jr., Aric Almirola and Kyle Larson.
“It stinks,” Bayne said. “You try to manage your highs and lows, though. We will move on and go to Dover next weekend. It is frustrating because Talladega is one of the ones you know you can win at, and we wanted to do that today.” - Bayne said after Sunday's wreck.
The Big One: What we've come to expect a tracks such as Daytona and Talladega, "The Big One," would occur late Sunday on afternoon. Jimmie Johnson would loose control of his car between turns three and four, thus "The Big One" was formed. Fourteen drivers total was involved in the incident. Notables included, Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney and Denny Hamlin.
Stage 1 Winner: Brad Keselowski
Stage 2 Winner: Paul Menard
Next Race: AAA Drive for Autism 400 at Dover International Speedway at 2 p.m. Eastern on May 6 on Fox Sports 1.
Matt Kenseth, pushed out of the Monster Energy Cup Series last year by a lack of sponsorship, will return this season on a limited schedule.
The 2003 champion will make wave with his former team Roush Fenway Racing with his first race of the season scheduled for May 12 at Kansas Speedway, sources say. He will share the NO. 6 Ford with Trevor Bayne, the teams full-time driver since 2015. Jordan Bianchi, who first broke the news said Matt Kenseth would be the primary driver.
Roush Fenway has scheduled what they call as a "Major NASCAR Partner Announcement" involving the team at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Kenseth nor Roush Fenway Racing has yet to comment on the news.
Kenseth, began his NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series career with Roush Fenway Racing driving full-time from 2000 through 2012. During his time with Roush, Kenseth scored 24 out of his 29 wins, including the 2009 and 2012 Daytona 500.
Moving to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2013, Kenseth won seven races in his first year with the team and a total of 15 in five years.
Gibbs announced in 2017 that the rising phenom, Erik Jones would take over the NO. 20 Toyota from Kenseth.
Kenseth's most recent victory comes last November at Phoenix International Raceway, ending his second-longest winningest streak of his career.
Christopher Bell outlasted teammate Noah Gragson to pick up his first NASCAR Xfinity Series race of the year Friday night in Richmond. This was Bell's second NASCAR Xfinity Series win in his 16th career start.
Bell took the lead with 79 laps remaining, but not without a challange as Noah Gragson got to the back of Christopher Bell's bumper with ten laps remaining, but Gragson was unable to pass Bell for the top spot..
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver had finished in the top five in four of the first seven races thus far this season.
"That was pretty special there buddy," Bell said. "Had to work for it. My teammate was really good. I knew from practice both of our cars were really strong."
Gragson placed in a stunning second place in just his first Xfinity Series start. The Las Vegas native bounced back from an uncontrolled tire penalty early in Friday nights race.
"It's definitely a team effort," said Gragson. "Not racing here before in the Xfinity Series, I didn't know what to expect.
Rounding out the top five was Elliott Sadler, Matt Tifft and Austin Cindric.
Elliott Sadler, who finished in the third position won the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus. ”To not win the race is bad, but to win the $100,000 is great,” said Sadler
Daniel Hemric, who won Stage 1, took a gamble and stayed out on track. However, the gamble didn't payoff as Hemric's tires would collapse and send him into the wall, finishing 29th.
Eligible drivers for next Saturday's Dash 4 Cash at Talladega include; Christopher Bell, Noah Gragson, Elliott Sadler and Matt Tifft.
Stage 1 Winner: Daniel Hemric
Stage 2 Winner: Elliott Sadler
Next Race: Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway at 3 p.m. Eastern on April 28 on Fox.
Salisbury, NC (4/17/2018)-StarCom Racing teams up with Joey Gase and Sparks Energy, Inc. to tackle Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, April 29 for the Geico 500.
"I'm very excited to be pulling double duty in Talladega again and can't thank everyone at StarCom Racing enough for the opportunity to represent Sparks Energy. The spring Talladega race weekend is a HUGE weekend for my great friends at Sparks Energy. They bring in hundreds of folks to the Sparks Energy 300 to say thank you to all of their employees, customers, families and friends," said Joey Gase. "Talladega has been very good to me in the past and I currently have my best finishes there, both in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series of 21st and in the NASCAR XFINITY Series of 5th. I can't wait for the race weekend to start."
Joey Gase will drive the #00 at Talladega in April with sponsorship from Sparks Energy. StarCom Racing Sparks Energy, a partner of Gase's since 2016 and title sponsor of the Sparks Energy 300 Xfinity Race at Talladega, was founded in 2007 to address a growing need by both Investor Owned Utilities and Electric Co-ops for a quality workforce to perform storm response and energy restoration services. Similar to StarCom Racings parent company, StarCom Fiber, Sparks Energy is a family owned and operated business with a love for the sport of NASCAR.
"I'm delighted to have Joey Gase in our car for Talladega. I've worked with him in the past, and he does a nice job," said Derrike Cope, StarCom Racing Team manager and former Daytona 500 Champion. "We're excited to showcase Sparks Energy on the 00 Chevy Camaro as well."
To learn more about Sparks Inc. and Joey Gase visit www.sparksinc.com and follow Joey on Twitter @JoeyGaseRacing & on Facebook at @JoeyGaseRacing.
Kyle Busch took his momentum from Texas Motor Speedway last Sunday to Bristol Motor Speedway on Monday.
Busch passed race leader Kyle Larson with just six laps remaining and won for the seventh time at the coliseum in Tennessee.
The Food City was postponed yesterday on lap 204 of 500 and resumed back shortly after 1:00 p.m. Eastern on Monday.
Busch has been on a good strand as of late, finishing first twice, second three times and third twice. He started on the Pole after having the fastest lap in qualifying on Friday afternoon.
Sunday put Busch in some elite company at Bristol as his win today is the most of all active drivers and fifth in the tracks history. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has led 2,233 Cup laps at Bristol Motor Speedway, passing Richard Petty for seventh all time.
"There were certainly a lot of 18 M&M's folks here today, so appreciate Rowdy Nation showing up and supporting the cause and getting us a good reception there in Victory Lane right around the start‑finish line area there when I got out of the car and then again in Victory Lane. I saw a lot that were kind of guests of the racetrack that kind of came over and came down onto the racetrack, so it was cool." - Busch added.
Kyle Larson, led 200 laps finished second on Monday. Jimmie Johnson had his best day of the 2018 season, finishing third, followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Alex Bowman.
"We've been talking about our cars performing better and driving better and creating speed the last three weeks or so, but to finally back it up with a solid finish is exactly what we needed." - said Johnson
Stage 1 Winner: Brad Keselowski
Stage 2 Winner: Brad Keselowski
Race Winner: Kyle Busch
Next Race: Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway at 6:30 p.m. ET on April 21 on FOX.
NASCAR's hope of completing the remainder of Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway has came to an end.
Sunday's race was delayed by rain before the start and delayed three different times for the inclement weather. When the third delay came shortly after 5 p.m. ET, NASCAR would make the decision to come back Monday afternoon for the completion.
Kyle Larson was the race leader when the third delay came at lap 204 of 500. Per NASCAR rulebook, in order for a race to be called Stage 1 & Stage 2 must be completed. The end of the second stage at Bristol Motor Speedway is lap 250, meaning we needed 46 more laps for the race to be official.
The first 204 laps have been intense to say the least. Michael McDowell crashed early in Stage 1 and took out Chase Elliott, and Martin Truex Jr. on lap 3. Near the completion of Stage 1, race leader Ryan Blaney got caught up in trouble as he was the bystander of a occurring wreck ahead of the Team Penske driver. This crash would end Blaney's day and give teammate Brad Keselowski the win in Stage 1.
The completion of the Food City 500 can be seen Monday at 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX.
According to a report from NBC Sports, NASCAR is "expected" to have teams run restrictor plates in the May 19th Monster Energy Cup Series All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Restrictor Plates which is most commonly used at tracks such as Talladega and Daytona are used to help the cars create a pack or group form of racing. If all goes well, this will create more side-by-side racing throughout the All-Star Race.
The All-Star Race has had its issues over the past few years with new rule changes to the event. For example, Matt Kenseth's pit strategy sent the All-Star race into a mode of panic because of a late caution during the first segments in 2016 and the 2017 race's tire rules would confuse many of the competitors.
A Goodyear executive said the softer tire compound used in 2017 will not return in 2018.
NBC Sports learned through industry sources that a decision is expected to be made on Wednesday by 6 P.M. Eastern if restrictor plates will be used in this years All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Ryan Blaney put on a clinic on Saturday afternoon to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series Race at Texas Motor Speedway, leading 132 of 200 laps to score his first Xfinity Series win of the year.
The No. 22 piloted by Blaney would lead the final 46 laps to earn Team Penske its third consecutive victory of the 2018 season.
“Our Fitzgerald Glider Kits Mustang was amazing all weekend, really,” Blaney told Fox. “We got behind a little bit getting loose on that restart (with 15 laps to go in Stage 2). With the different strategies in second stage there we had to come from behind a little bit. The car was great. … It’s finally nice to win one here in Texas.”
The NASCAR Xfinity Series was back on-track after a two week break since Blaney's Team Penske teammates Joey Logano who won at California and Brad Keselowski who won at ISM Raceway.
The four Xfinity Series drivers who are eligible for the Dash 4 Cash next weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway include Bell, Hemric, Custer, and Preece.
Blaney won ahead of Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer, and Ryan Preece.
Saturday was Blaney's seventh Xfinity Series victory. On Sunday, Blaney will start from the fourth position.
Stage 1 Winner: Ryan Blaney
Stage 2 Winner: Brandon Jones (wrecked on lap 99)
Next Race: Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway at 1 p.m. ET on April 14 on FS1.
JOLIET, Ill. (April 5, 2018) - Chicagoland Speedway announced today that country music star Randy Houser will perform before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton's 400 on Sunday, July 1. The Overton's 400 pre-race concert is presented by New Country, Chicago's BIG 95.5.
Born and raised in Lake, Mississippi, Houser formed his own band at the age of 10, and eventually moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music. His recognizable booming, yet soulful voice has paved the way to appearances on Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live and a special performance on The Voice.
Houser holsters four Number One singles under his belt, and has been nominated for numerous CMA, ACM and CMT awards. Some of his most notable hits include: "Runnin' Outta Moonlight," "How Country Feels," "Goodnight Kiss," "Like a Cowboy" and "Boots On." He will perform many of these hits and more for fans during the pre-race concert on the Chicagoland Speedway tri-oval infield grass, beginning at approximately 11:30 a.m. as part of the pageantry leading up to the final race of the Stars and Stripes weekend.
"Hosting a premier performer and iconic musician like Randy has become part of our Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tradition," said Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway. "We're looking forward to Randy's electric performance, which will be a great addition in an already robust and energetic schedule of festivities."
A special package is available for Houser's biggest fans: for just $75 they are guaranteed front-row access for his concert and an Infield Fan Zone Pit Pass (grandstand ticket not included). The Fan Zone Pit Pass is required to enter the infield for the concert.
Alternatively, starting at $89, fans can purchase a grandstand ticket and Fan Zone Pit Pass which grant access to the infield and puts them in close proximity to the concert, the red carpet walk and access to driver introductions. Fans with grandstand tickets will have the ability to view and listen to the concert from their seat as well.
Tickets can be purchased online at chicagolandspeedway.com, by calling 888-629-7223, through the Chicagoland Speedway mobile app, or by visiting the Chicagoland Speedway Administrative office Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The exclusive pre-race concert packages can be found at chicagolandspeedway.com/randyhouser.
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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway will take place on July 1 as part of the four-race weekend June 28 - July 1. The weekend will kick off on Thursday, June 28 with the SCOTT® 150 ARCA Racing Series followed by NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Overton's 225 under the lights on Friday night. On Saturday, June 30, the NASCAR XFINITY Series Overton's 300 will hit the track as the precursor to Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton's 400 showdown.
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