Aric Almirola won Sunday's 1000 Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Almirola passed his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch on the Turn 4 exit to grab his first win of the 2018 Monster Energy Cup Series season and advance into the third round of the playoffs.
"This is so awesome! It's Talladega! You guys are awesome," Almirola yelled to fans after his victory. "I've been so close so many times this year and this team, everybody believing in me, Tony Stewart, Gene Haas, thank you for giving me a chance.
"Four or five times this year i feel like we've had a shot to win and haven't been able to seal the deal. To come here, a place that i love - I won an Xfinity race here last year - I just love racing at Talladega.
"I came to this track with the mindset that we were going to race and give them hell. If we wrecked, we wrecked, and if we win, we win - and we won!"
Sunday ended his Almirola's 149-race winless streak in the Monster Energy Cup Series.
Rounding out the top five were Clint Bowyer in second, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in third, Denny Hamlin in fourth and Joey Logano in fifth.
Rounding out the top ten were AJ Allmendinger in sixth, Jimmie Johnson in seventh, Erik Jones in eighth, Paul Menard in ninth and Regan Smith in tenth.
Stewart-Haas Racing as a whole dominated on Sunday however, making it to the end for them was an issue and many other drivers at the front of the pack. The Stewart-Haas Racing organization last pitted on lap 138 of the scheduled 188 lap race that would go into overtime because of a wreck with three laps remaining.
Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer were running in the top four at the time of the incident. Harvick would have to exit the track and head for pit road before the race would go back to green with two laps to go.
The big one occurred when the field entered turn 1 on the final lap but NASCAR would keep the race green until the finish. Chase Elliott who won last week at Dover was involved in the crash on the final lap and would not get to finish the race.
The Monster Energy Cup Series heads into Kansas Speedway in the Round of 12 elimination race. Coverage begins next Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Eastern on NBC.
Stage 1 Winner: Kurt Busch
Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick
Race Winner: Aric Almirola
Point Standings: 1. Chase Elliott (Dover win)
2. Aric Almirola (Talladega win)
3. Kevin Harvick (+63 ahead of 8th place cutoff)
4. Kyle Busch (+46)
5. Joey Logano (+39)
6. Kurt Busch (+30)
7. Clint Bowyer (+21)
8. Martin Truex Jr. (+18)
9. Brad Keselowski (-18 behind 8th place cutoff)
10. Ryan Blaney (-22)
11. Kyle Larson (-26)
12. Alex Bowman (-68)
Chase Elliott won today's Gander Outdoors 400 at Dover International Speedway.
Elliott stayed out in front in the race's final set of pit stops to capture his second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory.
Driver No. 9 grabbed the command of the lead after the race leaders came to pit road when Clint Bowyer wrecked. The race would go back to green with six laps to go but another caution would come out when Aric Almirola lost control of his No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford and crashed into Brad Keselowski.
Almirola was leading when Bowyer had mechanical issues and crashed. Bowyer, who is Almirola's teammate at Stewart-Haas Racing. Almirola would hit the wall after hit pitted for mechanical issues.
The wreck between Almirola and Keselowski would set up a restart with two laps remaining. When the race resumed with two laps to go, Elliott would drive away from second place Denny Hamlin to get the win.
"I just feel like I've messed it up so many times," Elliott said. "I was like hey, here's your opportunity to make it right and do it right. I don't know. Today just felt different. Like in those positions, I just felt more confident and just excited about the opportunity instead of unsure of what was going to happen."
Rounding out the top five were Denny Hamlin in second, Joey Logano in third, Erik Jones in fourth, and Kurt Busch in fifth.
Rounding out the top ten were Kevin Harvick in sixth, Austin Dillion in seventh, Kyle Busch in eighth, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in ninth and Daniel Suarez in tenth.
The Monster Energy Cup Series will head into Talladega next Sunday in the running of the 1000 Bulbs 500. Coverage begins at 2:00 p.m. Eastern on NBC.
Stage 1 Winner: Kevin Harvick
Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick
Race Winner: Chase Elliott
1. Chase Elliott (Dover Win)
2. Kevin Harvick, 3,101 points
3. Kyle Busch, 3, 096 points
4. Martin Truex Jr., 3,069 points
5. Joey Logano, 3, 064 points
6. Brad Keselowski, 3, 054 points
7. Kurt Busch, 3,054 points
8. Ryan Blaney, 3,043 points
9. Clint Bowyer, 3,033 points
10. Aric Almirola 3,033 points
11. Kyle Larson, 3,031 points
12. Alex Bowman, 3,009 points
Ryan Blaney won today's inaugural Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This was Blaney's first win of the 2018 Monster Energy Cup Series season.
Blaney overtook Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson in the the final turn as both drivers wrecked while battling for the win.
The wreck eliminated driver No. 48's chances at making the next round of the NASCAR Playoffs.
"I was more worried about the win than anything else," Johnson said. "I hate that i started wheel-hoping and took Martin and i out. That's the last thing i wanted to do. And i put pressure onto him in [Turn 3] and he washed up and i thought i was going to be in the prime braking zone going into that final turn and have a shot at it. And onto the brakes it started locking the rears and wheel-hooping and i didn't think i hit him at first, i knew i was spinning obviously, but i guess i collected him in my spin and certainly regret doing that."
Rounding out the top five were Jamie McMurray in second, Clint Bowyer in third, Alex Bowman in fourth and Kurt Busch in fifth.
Aric Almirola and Kyle Larson, who ended the Round of 16 tied with Jimmie Johnson in the points standings both advanced into the Round of 12.
The final restart came when a huge wreck occurred in Turn 1 with six laps remaining. It all began when Keselowski locked up his tires as he was breaking in the first turn. The wreck included Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola and Daniel Hemric.
Jimmie Johnson was among the four drivers heading home after Round 1 of the NASCAR Playoffs. The other three drivers eliminated are Austin Dillion, Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones.
The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series will head to Dover International Speedway next Sunday in the running of the Gander Outdoors 400 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN. This will be the opening race in Round 2 of the NASCAR Playoffs.
Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Larson
Stage 2 Winner: Ryan Blaney
Race Winner: Ryan Blaney
Chase Brsicoe won today's Blue Cross & Blue Shield 200 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.
"This is unbelieveable," Briscoe told NBC Sports following his win.
Rounding out the top five were Justin Marks in second, Austin Cindric in third, Brandon Jones in fourth and Christopher Bell in fifth.
Saturday's win marked Briscoe's first win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
This was Briscoe's third win of his career.
His other two wins came at Homestead and Eldora in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Recap of Stage's 1 & 2:
After Stage 1, Daniel Hemric would lead over Cole Custer. Rounding out the top five were Tyler Reddick in third, Austin Cindric in fourth and Justin Marks in fifth. The average speed of Stage 1 was 91.166 mph. Stage 1 would see a total of one lead change and 1 caution.
After Stage 2, Christopher Bell would lead over Cole Custer. Rounding out the top five were Tyler Reddick in third, Brandon Jones in fourth and Elliott Sadler in fifth. The average speed of Stage 2 was 89.378 mph. Stage 2 would see a total of three lead changes and two cautions.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Dover next Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN.
Stage 1 Winner: Daniel Hemric
Stage 2 Winner: Christopher Bell
Race Winner: Chase Briscoe
Brad Keselowski topped Monster Energy Cup Series final practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway. However, Keselowski's day would take a turn for the worse. Late in final practice, Keselowski lost control of his No. 2 Team Penske Ford and damage would force the team to start at the rear of the field for tomorrow's Bank of America Roval 400.
Keselowski put down a speed of 105.596 mph. After the incident, Keselowski told NBC Sports that he "lost it" while trying to avoid the turtles in Turn 17.
The Michigan native locked himself into the next round of the playoffs by virtue of his win at Las Vegas two weeks ago.
Rounding out the top five in final practice were William Byron (105.072 mph), Kyle Larson (104.995 mph), Paul Menard (104.982 mph) and Martin Truex Jr. (104.876 mph).
Matt DiBendetto who will be leaving his current team (Go Fas Racing) completed the most laps with 21.
Ryan Newman had issues in final practice to his left front fender from the rumble strips at the exit of the chicane on the backstretch. Driver No. 31 also had a power issue during final practice.
Kurt Busch who will start on the Pole tomorrow afternoon had an electrical issue in the morning practice session. Busch was sixth fastest in final practice with a speed of 104.786 mph.
Kurt Busch will start from the Pole in Sunday's Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Friday marked Busch's fourth pole of the season and the 26th of his career.
Busch will enter into Sunday eighth in the points standings and fifteen points ahead of Clint Bower who sits at 13th in the point standings.
Busch outlasted AJ Allmendinger to win the pole.
"All around the racetrack you can get yourself into trouble," Allmendinger said when asked on which part of the track is the most challenging.
Rounding out the top five were: Alex Bowman in third, Chase Elliott in fourth and Kyle Larson in fifth.
Twelve of the sixteen drivers competing in the playoffs did not make the final round of qualifying.
Multiple drivers made contact with the wall in practice and qualifying. Denny Hamlin had issues with his No.11 Toyota Camry as he had issues in practice as well as qualifying. Hamlin hit the curb at a high rate of speed in practice and then in qualifying he made contact with the chicane. Hamlin would qualify 27th but will go to the rear of the field on Sunday becuase his team will go to a backup car.
1. Kurt Busch
2. AJ Allmendinger
3. Alex Bowman
4. Chase Elliott
5. Kyle Larson
6. Jimmie Johnson
7. Clint Bowyer
8. Jamie McMurray
9. Ryan Blaney
10. Chris Buescher
11. Daniel Hemric
12. Erik Jones
13. Martin Truex Jr.
14. Kyle Busch
15. Joey Logano
16. Trevor Bayne
17. Daniel Suarez
18. Michael McDowell
19. Kevin Harvick
20. Aric Almirola
21. William Byron
22. Paul Menard
23. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
24. Austin Dillion
25. Brad Keselowski
26. Ty Dillion
27. Denny Hamlin
28. Matt DiBenedetto
29. Ryan Newman
30. David Ragan
31. Justin Marks
32. Regan Smith
33. Cole Whitt
34. Bubba Wallace
35. Ross Chastain
36. JJ Yeley
37. Jeffery Earnhardt
38. Landon Cassill
39. Stanton Barrett
40. Timmy Hill
Richard Childress Racing announced today that Daniel Hemric will replace Ryan Newman in 2019. The team said to the media that Hemric will drive the No. 31.
Hemric has drove for Richard Childress Racing the past two years in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. In 2017, Hemric finished fourth in the points and thus far in 2018, Hemric is currently second in the point standings.
"Knowing this is where i wanted to be all along. I'm proud it worked out the way it did," Daniel Hemric on his decision to remain with Richard Childress Racing.
Hemric made his Monster Energy Cup Series debut earlier this season at Richmond in the spring and finished 32nd. The North Carolina native was driving the No.8 car at the spring Richmond race and will do so again on Sunday at the Roval.
The No.31 opened because Ryan Newman is moving to Roush Fenway Racing. Newman signed a multi-year deal earlier this the month to drive the No. 6 beginning in 2019.
In 60 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts with RCR,Hemric has compiled 20 top-five finishes. Hemric will become the third driver to drive the No.31 since the 2005 season, joining Ryan Newman and Jeff Burton.
The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series heads into the Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon.
Since the beginning of the season, drivers, crews and fans have all raved about all the uncertainty that this weekend brings. Not only is the track itself challenging, the pressure of making the Round of 12 will loom among all drivers on Sunday adding to the pressure of drivers and teams.
Kyle Busch who won last Saturday night heads into the Roval with lots momentum. 2018 has been good to the Las Vegas native as he has won a total of seven wins tied with Kevin Harvick. Busch also has eighteen top five place finishes and 23 top tens along with an average finish of 7.3.
Points leader Martin Truex Jr. locked himself into the Round of 12 last weekend in Richmond by points along with Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski.
Brad Keselowski who made a statement in Las Vegas two weeks ago has assured himself a spot in the Round of 12 beginning next weekend in Dover.
Thus far in 2018, Keselowski has three wins, nine top fives and sixteen top tens.
Drivers who head into Sunday with pressure of playoff standings include Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin who currently sit behind the 12th place cutoff spot.
The Bank of America Roval 400 coverage is scheduled to begin on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Eastern on NBC.
MENCS Practice: 12:05 p.m. Eastern - 12:55 p.m. Eastern
MENCS Qualifying: 4:45 p.m. Eastern
MENCS Practice: 11:00 a.m. Eastern - 11:50 a.m. Eastern
MENCS Final Practice: 1:30 p.m. Eastern - 2:20 p.m. Eastern
Bank of America Roval 400: 2:00 p.m. Eastern (109 laps, 248. 52 miles)
Christopher Bell won tonight's NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff opener at Richmond Raceway.
Bell took over the lead from Matt Tifft on a late-race restart with 14 laps remaining.
Rounding out the top five were Ross Chastain in second, Daniel Hemric in third, Dale Earnhardt Jr. in fourth and Matt Tifft in fifth.
Tonight marks the fifth win for NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie Christopher Bell and his first win in seven races. Bell also won at Richmond earlier this year.
"It's not very often that you get to win with a car that's not a winning car, we'll take it," Christopher Bell told NBCSN. "Man, I'm just pumped."
Dale Earnhardt Jr., who made his first NASCAR start since his retirement from full-time competition at the end of 2017, led a race-high 96 laps and won Stage 2.
Elliott Sadler who made his final start at his home track finished sixth.
Regular-season champion Justin Allgaier's night came to an end with 24 laps to go after Cole Custer got loose underneath Allgaier in Turn 3, causing the NO. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet to hit the wall. Allgaier finished 32nd, the lowest of the playoff drivers and Cole Custer would go on to finish 15th.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will head to Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval next Saturday for the Drive for the Cure 200 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN.
Stage 1 Winner: Daniel Hemric
Stage 2 Winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Race Winner: Christopher Bell
Brad Keselowski won Sunday's NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Playoff opener at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Brad Keselowski's crew gave driver NO.2 a good position with good pit stops all day, and then Keselowski finished the job with a strong restart in NASCAR Overtime to win the South Point Casino 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
"I didn't think it was ever gonna end. I was worried about running out of gas there at the end," Keselowski told NBCSN. "I know the fans can hear on this microphone and i want to say thank you to everyone who braved 100 degree heat all day. You guys are the real heroes. I get paid to do this. You guys pay to watch and thank you for doing that. Thank you for coming out today and tolerating the heat.
"We're so glad to be able to win and get in Victory Lane again with the Autotrader Ford. What a special day for 500 wins for Penske, three in a row here, first win in the playoffs. There are too many story lines for me to get it all right, but we're very thankful and very proud for all of them."
Keselowski continued his recent success from his victories at Darlington and Indianapolis to win his third straight victory and score his 27th career victory in the Monster Energy Cup Series. Sunday's win was also Team Penske's 500th victory across all of their motorsports platforms.
Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney would round out the top five.
Sunday's hot and dry temperatures provided for a hot, slick race surface on the 1.5 mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Most of the NASCAR playoff drivers ran into trouble, including championship favorite Kevin Harvick. Harvick's Stewart-Haas Racing NO.4 Ford hit the wall in Turn 1 on Lap 147 and also collected the pole-sitter and fellow playoff competitor Erik Jones, who was running in Harvick's line at the time of the incident and didn't have enough time to avoid carnage.
Kevin Harvick would finish 39th and Erik Jones would finish 40th.
Luckily for Harvick, who had 50 playoff bonus points entering Sunday's 400 mile event at Las Vegas, he actually came out in good shape after most of the playoff drivers experienced troubles.
Chase Elliott who won at Watkins Glen earlier this year experienced troubles similar to the one that Erik Jones had with Kevin Harvick on Lap 147. Jamie McMurray wrecked in Turn 4 on Lap 211 and Chase Elliott would have nowhere to go. After the incident, Elliott would tell NBCSN that he felt a pop in his left shoulder but said he would be ready to come battle back next week at Richmond.
Other playoff drivers who experienced troubles included Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin - both wrecked late. Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Alex Bowman, and Austin Dillion was also involved in incidents the race.
The NASCAR Playoffs move into Richmond Raceway for Saturday's Federated Auto Parts 400 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel 90. Saturday will be the second race in the opening round before the field goes to 12 after the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
Stage 2 Winner: Brad Keselowski
Race Winner: Brad Keselowski