Category Archives: NASCAR

Truex crew chief Pearn announces he is leaving NASCAR

One of NASCAR’s most successful pairings in recent years is breaking up, as crew chief Cole Pearn stunned auto racing Monday night in announcing he is leaving NASCAR. Pearn served as crew chief for Martin Truex Jr. for the past five seasons, first with the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota and then with the…MORE

Kyle Busch honored at NASCAR Awards in Music City

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kyle Busch clearly was the star of Wednesday night’s show at the Music City Center — though other drivers and NASCAR stakeholders certainly had their moments, too. The gathering in Nashville — the first time the NASCAR Awards had traveled to Music City — honored Busch, who drove to his second Monster…MORE

NASCAR penalizes teams for ‘manipulating’ results in Miami

NASCAR penalized three teams for their involvement in “manipulating the results” of the season-ending Monster Energy Series race in Miami. Car owners Jay Robinson (Premium Motorsports), Rick Ware (Rick Ware Racing) and TJ Puchyr (Spire Motorsports) are among those who were involved, NASCAR said. Scott Miller, NASCAR’s senior vice president of competition, said four teams…MORE

Seven-time champ Johnson to retire after 2020 season

Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson announced on Wednesday that 2020 will be his final season as a full-time driver in NASCAR’s Cup Series. “I’m so thankful for 18 incredible years of racing in NASCAR,” Johnson said in a video over Twitter. “The sport has been good to me. It has allowed me to do something I…MORE

Busch’s title brings reflections of J.D. Gibbs

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — It was Kyle Busch’s championship evening at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, but it also had a distinctive feel of being a J.D. Gibbs’ kind of achievement. Team owner Joe Gibbs’ oldest son, J.D. was president of the Joe Gibbs Racing team and an omnipresent positive vibe in the NASCAR garage for more…MORE

Ford EcoBoost 400 results

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race — 21st annual Ford EcoBoost 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead, Florida Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 1. (4) Kyle Busch (P), Toyota, 267. 2. (3) Martin Truex Jr. (P), Toyota, 267. 3. (16) Erik Jones, Toyota, 267. 4. (2) Kevin Harvick (P), Ford, 267. 5. (5) Joey Logano, Ford, 267. 6.…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Hamlin comes up short; Hemric wins rookie title

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Denny Hamlin won when he had to, seizing victory on Nov. 10 at ISM Raceway in Phoenix to earn an 11th-hour ticket into Sunday’s Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Despite his best efforts, Hamlin couldn’t duplicate the feat accomplished in 2014 by Kevin Harvick, who won the last two races of…MORE

Busch captures second career championship at Homestead

Kyle Busch picked the perfect time to end his much-discussed 2019 losing streak Sunday at the championship-deciding Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The victory, his first victory after 21-straight failed attempts, earned Busch his second career Cup championship. Busch’s win was his fifth of the season but his first since June…MORE

Qualifying canceled, but Championship 4 unfazed

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — The four remaining Monster Energy NASCAR Cup champion contenders professed it was business as usual for them on the eve of Sunday’s season finale, but qualifying was anything but. Bad weather on Friday forced an alteration to the weekend schedule. It forced the cancellation of the Cup Series practice scheduled for Friday…MORE

Harvick relishes role as lone wolf in Championship 4

MIAMI Beach, Fla. — There’s no politicking this week at Stewart-Haas Racing. The organization’s sole focus will be on winning another championship at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series level, and that means putting the necessary resources behind Kevin Harvick. The first driver to win under the current elimination format, which debuted in 2014, Harvick…MORE

Auto Racing Glance

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES: FORD ECOBOOST 400 (267 laps, 400 miles around a 1.5-mile D-shaped oval), Homestead-Miami Speedway; Homestead, Fla. TV: Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 2:46 p.m. ET) — NBC (Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90). THIS WEEK: Denny Hamlin said “this isn’t over” after a disastrous day…MORE

One race left to decide NASCAR championship

NASCAR’s Championship Weekend setup included clutch performances in all three national series this past weekend at Phoenix’s ISM Raceway. Canadian Stewart Friesen won the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at the Phoenix one-miler — his second career series victory and first ever opportunity to race for a series championship. NASCAR Xfinity Series veteran Justin…MORE

Hamlin clinches title shot with win in Phoenix

Twenty points below the cut line, Denny Hamlin wasn’t exactly boiling over with confidence when he arrived in Arizona to race in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs cutdown race at ISM Raceway. He was talking about how 2019 would not be a failure were he not to advance to next weekend’s Championship 4…MORE

Kyle Busch earns 1st pole of season at ISM Raceway

AVONDALE, Ariz. — In a Saturday qualifying session that provided validation that the cream rises to the top, Kyle Busch earned his first pole position of the season, as seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff drivers claimed the top seven positions on the grid. Navigating one-mile ISM Raceway in a blistering 25.693 seconds at…MORE

Motivated Elliott faces tall task at Phoenix

Truth be told, Chase Elliott says he was already over a tough playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway and looking ahead to this week’s Bluegreen Vacations 500 at Phoenix’s ISM Raceway (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) by the time the checkered flag flew on the Texas high banks last Sunday.…MORE

Weekend preview: Kyle Busch looks to stay hot in Arizona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — As expected, this week’s championship set-up race, the Bluegreen Vacations 500 (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), comes with plenty of storylines and title possibilities still to be decided. Of the eight remaining Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff competitors, only Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick…MORE

Championship 4 to be decided this week in Phoenix

Kevin Harvick’s victory Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway not only earned him a guaranteed position among the Championship 4 drivers to challenge for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title, but also it upped the intrigue level for Sunday’s already crucial Bluegreen Vacations 500 (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Several playoff hopes take huge hits

FORT WORTH, Texas — After another disaster on the race track, Chase Elliott has a crystal clear vision of his only path to a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. On Lap 9 of Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, Elliott’s No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet broke loose as he was running a…MORE

Harvick clinches Miami berth with win at Texas

Kevin Harvick arrived at Texas Motor Speedway for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race in a bit of trouble as he was 14 points below the cutline in the Series’ Playoffs Round of 8. He left TMS trouble-free as he locked down a spot in the Championship 4 round of the Playoffs by winning the…MORE

Harvick wins pole for Texas Playoff race

FORT WORTH, Tex. — Kevin Harvick took the first step toward getting back on the right side of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff cut line, winning the pole for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Harvick, who trails fourth-place Joey Logano by 14 points entering the second race of the Round…MORE

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