Christopher Bell won Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America in a two-lap shootout, earning his sixth win of the 2019 season.
“I’m honestly in shock,” Bell told NBCSN. “I really butchered qualifying, tore the crap out of that left-front. I felt like once we got in the race there I’d be able to drive by those guys. And they dropped the green flag and they’re driving by me. That wasn’t very much fun. Then I told Jason I’m just really, really tight. We got those tires off and he said that left front was hurt pretty bad. We got pretty good there whenever we got the fresh tires on. The strategy obviously worked out really good for us pitting there.”
Driver No. 20 led 10 of the race’s 45 laps in route to victory. Bell was in position to win Saturday’s race thanks to a debris caution caused from his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Brandon Jones with 14 laps remaining. Bell would pit from second place right before the caution came out and was able to stay out while the rest of the field came to pit road.
The final restart of the day was result of Gray Gaulding spinning off course in Turn 1 with five laps remaining.
Bell’s win on Saturday snaps Austin Cindric’s two-race win streak on road courses.
Matt DiBenedetto, who led the most laps of any driver with 18, bounced back from going off track in the middle of the race and was second on the final lap before he spun in the final turn. He would finish 27th.
“Just being stupid on my part,” Matt DiBenedetto told NBCSN. “Was looking in my mirror and got too high and barley got up in the middle and made the most rookie mistake of my life. It was dumb. Uncalled for. We had the fastest car on track and nothing to show for it. I drove stupid. I’m pretty pissed off at myself. Nothing else. Won’t sleep all week. This isn’t exactly a good run when I’m trying to make my career.”
Justin Allgaier the defending race winner, finished ninth after he locked up the brakes entering Turn 1 on the final lap on the fist stage and became stuck in the gravel. Points contender Cole Custer finished 10th after he went off course on the Stage 2 restart and suffered damage to his grille and had to make several pit stops for repairs.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will head into Darlington Raceway in the running of the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 where Dale Earnhardt Jr. is scheduled to compete. Live coverage begins at 4:00 p.m. Eastern on NBC.
Stage 1 Winner: AJ Allmendinger
Stage 2 Winner: Chase Briscoe
Race Winner: Christopher Bell
Kevin Harvick won Sunday's Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
For Harvick, this was his second win of the season.
Harvick ran down Joey Logano in the final laps on Sunday and drove away from Joey Logano and the rest of the competition to earn his second straight August win at Michigan International Speedway.
"Takes a lot of people to make these cars go around, and winning races is what it's all about," Kevin Harvick told NBCSN. "Just can't do it without all you guys. I mean, to come here to Michigan and win for Ford, and i know how much Mobil 1 likes to beat that Shell car, so that was cool."
Driver No.4 didn't need to save fuel like several others had to do in the closing laps on Sunday, as crew chief Rodney Childers told Harvick that he has two laps to the good on fuel with 13 laps to go.
Harvick had to overcome an early-race flat right front tire issue that forced him to make an unscheduled pit stop, making in to pit road with no damage. Harvick took only two right-side tires and good fuel management helped Harvick get the No. 4 to victory lane.
Joey Logano had to pit with three laps to go for a splash of fuel, ending his hopes of finishing in the runner-up spot. Denny Hamlin would then move up to finish in the second position.
Kyle Larson would finish in the third position, followed by Martin Truex Jr. and Daniel Suarez. Truex made an stellar comeback with his fourth place finish after he was forced to start from the rear of the field due to inspection issues pre-race.
"We lost track position for the start of Stage 3, restarted 19th and lost some spots, got going a little bit and got some back and then another restart got in the wrong lane and lost some more," Truex told NBCSN. "The track position deal really hurt us but we just had to pick them off one-by-one and of course fuel mileage helped us get some more."
The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series will head into Bristol Motor Speedway next Saturday in the running of the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN.
Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch
Race Winner: Kevin Harvick
Chase Elliott held off Martin Truex Jr. to win Sunday's Go Bowling at the Glen at Watkins Glen International.
Elliott lead a race-high 80 laps in route to his victory on Sunday.
Driver No. 9 successfully defended his 2018 on the road course, which saw Elliott once again go head-tohead with Martin Truex Jr. in the closing laps.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver swept every stage of the race as Truex followed, beginning with a restart with just four laps left in the second stage.
For Elliott, this is his second win of the 2019 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series season following his win at Talladega earlier this year.
"That was freaking awesome," Elliott told NBCSN. "I've never been so far from and felt like i was at my house. Just stayed mistake free. Martin was a little quicker i felt like those last two runs. But the track position was king, and i didn't mess up into (Turn) 1 this time, so that was good, so just a huge thanks to everybody that makes that happen."
With his win on Sunday, Elliott snaps a seven-race streak of finishing outside of the top 10.
Rounding out the top five were Martin Truex Jr. in second, Denny Hamlin in third, Erik Jones in fourth and Ryan Blaney in fifth.
For Martin Truex Jr., driver No. 19 has finished in the top two in five of the last six road course races.
"I tried to do all i could," Truex told NBCSN. "Chase did an excellent job, just not making mistakes, and really all i could do was get to two car lengths, one and a half at the closest in braking, and just try to force a mistake but he hit his marks. His car was really fast in the key areas thst you need to be, leaving a few of the key corners. I just couldn't get a run on him and we werekind of stuck there."
Rounding out the top ten were Matt DiBenedetto in sixth, Kevin Harvick in seventh, Kyle Larson in eighth, Brad Keselowski in ninth and Kurt Busch in tenth.
The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series will head into Michigan International Speedway next Sunday Aug. 11 in the running of the Consumers Energy 400. Live coverage begins at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN.
Stage 1 Winner: Chase Elliott
Stage 2 Winner: Chase Elliott
Race Winner: Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick won Sunday's Foxwood Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in a thrilling finish against Denny Hamlin.
Harvick and Hamlin made contact with each other several times over the last lap before Harvick would pull away from Hamlin coming to take the checkered flag.
For Stewart-Haas Racing, this is their first win of the 2019 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series season.
Hamlin made contact with Harvick's rear bumper in Turn 1, sending Harvick up the track and allowing Hamlin to take the lead. After the two drivers dragged raced down the backstretch, Harvick pulled ahead and Hamlin went to driver No. 4's outside as the two drivers entered Turn 3.
Driver No. 4 moved up the track as they both exited Turn 4 and Hamlin made contact with his left-front fender before Harvick raced to the checkered flag.
"Hamlin go to me, he tried to move me out of the way down there and i knew that was coming as close as he was," Kevin Harvick told NBCSN post-race. "So i just stood on the brakes and i'm like half throttle down the back straightaway. I'm like, you're not getting under me again and he drove to the outside of me and i just waited till he got near me and i just put a wheel on him."
Sunday's win ends a 21-race for Kevin Harvick, who last won at Texas Motor Speedway in November of 2018. Rounding out the top five were Denny Hamlin in second, Erik Jones in third, Ryan Blaney in fourth and Matt DiBenedetto in fifth.
Hendrick Motorsports had a weekend to forget as Chase Elliott had an engine issue and finished 29th and Jimmie Johnson lost power steering and finished 30th. William Byron did finish 12th and Alex Bowman, who was driving Jimmie Johnson's backup car after a mechanical problem in qualifying and a practice crash with Bowman's own backup car on Saturday during practice. Bowman would finish 14th.
The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series will head into Pocono Raceway at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on July 28th on NBCSN.
Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch
Stage 2 Winner: Aric Almirola
Race Winner: Kevin Harvick
Justin Haley won today's rain-shortened Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway. This was also Haley's first NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series victory.
The win is Haley's first and also his teams first win in the Cup series. Spire Motorsports, who hasn't had a top-20 finish in the teams first 17 races this season. It's best finish was with Jamie McMurray who finished 22nd in the Daytona 500 earlier this year.
Haley, who drives full-time for Kaulig Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series is only the fourth driver in NASCAR's modern era to win in their first three career Cup series starts.
"It's absolutely a blessing," Haley told NBC Sports after his win. "It's pretty incredible to have so many great people around me that have given me this opportunity to come to this level and the stage we're performing on. I never even saw myself running a Cup race until i got a call a few months ago to do Talladega. It's just unreal. I don't know how to feel."
Haley took command of the lead under caution when Kurt Busch pitted under caution after NASCAR initially declared that they would go back to green a lap later but the red flag would be displayed for lightning in the area, stopping the race with only 33 laps remaining.
The 20-year old has seen his luck go both good and bad at Daytona. Last year, Haley crossed the finish line first in the July Xfinity Series race at Daytona, but was disqualified after NASCAR ruled that he went below the yellow lines trying to make a last-second pass.
Rounding out the top five on Sunday was William Byron in second, Jimmie Johnson in third, Ty Dillion in fourth and Ryan Newman in fifth.
"The Big One," which we've all came to expect on tracks like Daytona and Talladega occured in Sunday's race with 18 laps to go in Stage 2. The wreck began when Kevin Harvick got a run in the tri-oval and turned Brad Keselowski into the outside wall. The wreck took out 18 cars. Notable drivers included Austin Dillion, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Ryan Blnaey, Kyle Busch, Ty Dillion, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr.
The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series will head into Kentucky Speedway next Saturday in the running of the Quaker State 400 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN and PRN/Sirius XM Channel 90.
Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano
Stage 2 Winner: Austin Dillion
Race Winner: Justin Haley
Austin Dillion won the Pole for tomorrow's Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.
Driver No. 3 clocked in with a speed of 176.263 mph, securing the No.1 starting spot for Sunday's Camping World 400.
Kevin Harvick will start alongside Dillion in the front row. Harvick posted a speed of 176.091 mph. Starting in row two will be Dillion's teammate, Daniel Hemric (175.959 mph) and Jimmie Johnson (175.678 mph). Starting in row three will be Kurt Busch (175.558 mph) and Clint Bowyer (175.421 mph).
Row four will be made up of Michael McDowell (175.393 mph) and Alex Bowman (175.188 mph), and row five will be made up of Denny Hamlin (175.114 mph) and Ryan Blaney (175.092 mph).
Kyle Busch, who is the defending race winner at Chicagoland qualified 17th in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
Sunday's Camping World 400 from Chicagoland Speedway can be seen at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN.
Martin Truex Jr. won Sunday's Toyota Savemart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. For Truex, this is his fourth victory of the 2019 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series season and his second consecutive victory at Sonoma Raceway.
Driver No. 19 held off teammate Kyle Busch over the last 22 laps of the race.
With his win on Sunday, Truex ties his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch with the most wins this season.
"Just dug down deep and tried to be smooth," Truex Jr. told FS1. "Luckily i was able to have a big enough gap i could settle in and not feel too much pressure. It was definitely difficult. That was the longest run of the race there at the for us on tires. It felt terrible the last 20 laps. The last 10 it was just on ice."
Rounding out the top five were Kyle Busch in second, Ryan Blaney in third, Matt DiBenedetto in fourth and Denny Hamlin in fifth.
Matt DiBenedetto who finished fourth earned his best career NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series finish and his first top five finish in 156 starts.
The 90-lap event seen no cautions outside of the stage breaks at the end of the two stages.
Kyle Larson who started on the pole finished tenth and didn't lead any laps.
With Truex's win on Sunday, Joe Gibbs Racing has won 10 races through 16 races.
The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series will head into Chicagoland Speedway in the running of the Camping World 400 on June 30 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN.
Stage 1 Winner: William Byron
Stage 2 Winner: Denny Hamlin
Race Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
Joey Logano won today's Fire Keepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
The defending NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series champion led 163 of the 200 lap race from the pole and pulled away from Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch to win on Monday evening. The race was originally scheduled for Sunday but weather would move the race into Monday afternoon.
"You race this whole race and you keep building that notebook up," Logano told FS1 post-race. "What a great execution day from our race car was obviously fast. Our pit crew was amazing. TJ Majors, my spotter, worked his butt off up there. We love coming up to Michigan. Nothing like bringing a Ford to Victory Lane in their home turf, Roger Penske cars as well. This is a big win for us."
This is Logano's second win of the 2019 Monster Energy Cup Series season.
Erik Jones suffered a flat tire and that would lead to a two-lap dash for the finish. Logano was in command of the lead at the time of the caution. Driver No. 22 would accelerate away from Truex Jr. and Busch and win.
After the race, Truex said that he thought Logano sprinted away from him too early ahead of the final final restart.
"Then the 22 just went like a whole car length before the restart zone, so i don't know how you get away with that," Truex told FS1 post-race. "I thought you were supposed to go in the box.
" Rounding out the top five were Kurt Busch in second, Martin Truex Jr. in third, Daniel Suarez in fourth and Kyle Busch in fifth.
Rounding out the top ten were Brad Keselowski in sixth, Kevin Hsrvick in seventh, Ryan Newman in eighth, Ryan Blaney in ninth and Alex Bowman in tenth.
The Monster Energy Cup Series will have next weekend off before heading to Sonoma Raceway Sunday, June 23rd at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1.
Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano
Stage 2 Winner: Austin Dillion
Race Winner: Joey Logano
Cole Custer won Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Pocono Raceway with a last lap pass to win the race.
Custer passed Tyler Reddick for the lead on the last corner of the last lap to win in NASCAR overtime at Pocono Raceway.
Reddick passed Custer on the restart but Custer chased him down. Reddick's car went up the track on the final corner of the last lap and Custer would take advantage and slide by for the race win.
"It was pretty unbelievable," Custer told FS1 post-race. "Tyler gave me a real run for my money there. I have no idea how he made it stick on that restart on the bottom passing me but he did. He was unbelievable on the brakes at the end. I was just able to kind of force a mistake a little bit trying to pack air on him."
Custer who started the race from the pole, led four different times throughout the race.
Rounding out the top five were Tyler Reddick in second, Chase Briscoe in third, Ryan Preece in fourth and Christopher Bell in fifth.
The race would go into overtime when Justin Allgaier spun out while running in the seventh position with three laps to go.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will head into Michigan International Speedway next Saturday in the running of the LTi Printing 250 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1.
Stage 1 Winner: Cole Custer
Stage 2 Winner: Justin Allgaier
Race Winner: Cole Custer
Martin Truex Jr. won Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Truex made a four-wide pass for the win with just under 5 laps to go in the race to get his third win of the 2019 Monster Energy Cup Series season. This win is his third win of the season and second win in the 600.
"What a race," Truex told FOX. "One hell of a team. We never gave up on it, even when i blew a tire and hit the wall. Just thanks to Cole Pearn and all the guys.
"When we hit the fence, i thought we were done. I didn't know we were going to fix it."
The winning move for Truex came on pit road when Truex stopped for four tires with eight laps to go in the race. Truex would come off pit road second behind David Ragan who didn't pit and Ryan Newman who took just two tires. On the restart, Truex would make easy work of Ragan and Newman to earn his third win of the season.
Driver No. 19 rebounded from damage in the first stage due to a flat tire in Stage 1.
Rounding out the top five were Joey Logano in second, Kyle Busch in third, Chase Elliott in fourth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in fifth.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. who finished fifth earned his first top five finish since last fall's Talladega playoff race. Chris Buescher also had a good day earning third top 10 place finish of the season and best finish since the July Daytona race last year. Buescher finished sixth. Hendrick Motorsports also had a good 600 race as all driver finished in the top ten for the first time since Texas in 2016.
Rounding out the top ten were Chris Buescher in sixth, Alex Bowman in seventh, Jimmie Johnson in eighth, William Byron in ninth and Kevin Harvick in tenth.
The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series will head into Pocono Raceway next Sunday, June 2 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1.
Stage 1 Winner: Brad Keselowski
Stage 2 Winner: Brad Keselowski
Stage 3 Winner: Martin Truex Jr.