Kyle Busch Tears Up The Field In Richmond
Sat, 22/09/18 – 23:16 | No Comment
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Saturday did not start well for Kyle Busch but it sure ended well.
Busch, who was forced to start 39th in the 40-car field after being penalized for unapproved alterations to his car prior to the race, came all the way back to win the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond […]

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The Road Is About To Get Bumpy In Cup Playoffs
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Next up in the Cup Playoffs is the debut race at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s infield road course. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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RICHMOND, Va. – With the inaugural race at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL looming on the horizon, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Christopher Bell breathed a sigh of relief following their performances at Richmond Raceway.

Busch’s Saturday night victory in the Federated Auto Parts 400 guaranteed him a trip to the Monster Energy Cup Series second round. Truex secured a second-round position via points with his third-place finish at the three-quarter-mile track. Bell kicked off the Xfinity Series playoffs Friday night with his victory in the GoBowling 250.

For the Cup drivers, the precarious 17-turn, 2.28-mile ROVAL signals the conclusion of the playoffs’ first round and a week of sleepless nights for those still working to advance.

“I’m terrified of next week because there are so many unknowns,” Kevin Harvick said after his second-place finish at Richmond.

Harvick is third in the standings, but realized how fragile that can be at Las Vegas when he crashed and finished 39th in the Cup playoffs’ opening race. Brad Keselowski won that event to advance to the second round. After Richmond, the bottom four drivers in the standings were Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin. Read the full story »

Sun, 09/23/18 – 9:02 | No Comment
Torrence On Pole At Gateway
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Point-leader Steve Torrence wheeled his Top Fuel dragster to pole position during Saturday evening’s final round of qualifying in front of a sold-out crowd at the seventh annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park. 
Robert Hight (Funny Car), Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) and Chip Ellis (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also emerged as No. […]

Sun, 09/23/18 – 8:39 | No Comment
Kyle Busch Tears Up The Field In Richmond
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Saturday did not start well for Kyle Busch but it sure ended well.
Busch, who was forced to start 39th in the 40-car field after being penalized for unapproved alterations to his car prior to the race, came all the way back to win the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond […]

Sat, 09/22/18 – 23:16 | No Comment
Newman To Join Roush Fenway
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RICHMOND, Va. – Ryan Newman’s engineering degree coupled with his knowledge of various race cars made him the ideal driver for Roush Fenway Racing’s flagship No. 6 Ford in 2019, Roush Fenway Racing executives said Saturday at Richmond Raceway.
“We think Ryan is fairly unique in the garage with his engineering background, with the number of […]

Sat, 09/22/18 – 17:53 | No Comment
Harvick On Pole At Richmond
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Kevin Harvick took the pole for Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race by by edging Denny Hamlin by .006 seconds on Friday.
A seven-time winner this season, Harvick covered the .75-mile distance in 22.153 seconds (121.880 mph).
Harvick did not make mock qualifying runs during practice, opting to concentrate on race runs, but his car remained consistent throughout the three […]

Sat, 09/22/18 – 8:19 | No Comment
Bell Bolts To Xfinity Win
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Christopher Bell captured Friday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs race at Richmond International Raceway.
In a race that featured Dale Earnhardt Jr. leading the most laps in his only scheduled race of 2018, Bell surged past leader Matt Tifft after a restart on Lap 237 of 250 and pulled away to beat Ross Chastain to the finish […]

Sat, 09/22/18 – 8:15 | No Comment
Courtney Force On Provisional Pole At Gateway
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Courtney Force continued her qualifying dominance Friday night at Gateway Motorsports Park, racing to the provisional Funny Car pole during the opening day of time trials for the seventh annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals in Madison, Ill.
Currently third in the Countdown to the Championship point standings, Force covered the […]

Sat, 09/22/18 – 8:01 | No Comment
Legge Headed To Charlotte
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RICHMOND, Va. – IMSA title contender Katherine Legge said Friday she will compete next weekend in the NASCAR Xfinity race at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL.
Legge, an international open-wheel and road racer, made her NASCAR debut last month at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Engine failure late in the race relegated her to a 30th-place finish. She […]

Sat, 09/22/18 – 7:57 | No Comment
The First Was Among The Best For Sadler At RIR
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RICHMOND, Va. – Elliott Sadler’s memories of racing at Richmond Raceway were abundant Friday, but he cited his first race at the three-quarter-mile track in 1995 as his fondest.
“We pulled in on a flatbed trailer and we were parked in between Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt,” Sadler recalled. “It was […]

Sat, 09/22/18 – 7:52 | No Comment
Crowded Xfinity Series Set To Begin Playoffs
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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With Justin Allgaier and Christopher Bell winning nine of the first 26 races in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series, the two are considered title favorites, but their challengers could make this year’s championship battle one of the most interesting since positions third to 12th are separated by only 11 points.
The 12 contenders […]

Thu, 09/20/18 – 8:07 | No Comment
Dixon Cements Status As An IndyCar All-Timer
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Widely acknowledged as the greatest open-wheel driver of his generation, Scott Dixon stamped it as fact Sunday by clinching his fifth Verizon IndyCar Series championship.
Dixon started second alongside pole-sitter/eventual INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma race-winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and finished there, a result that proved to be more than enough to […]

Mon, 09/17/18 – 9:24 | No Comment