Brad Keselowski tops Kyle Busch for New Hampshire pole

Keselowski has three wins already this season but had yet to win a pole. He filled in that blank on Friday using an average lap speed of 136.384 mph to claim the top starting position for Sunday’s Foxwoods Casino 301. Last week’s race winner, Kurt Busch, was the last car to qualify and appeared to have a chance to topple Keselowski but slotted in third (136.238 mph) when he completed the second of his two laps. Kyle Busch ended up second (136.311 mph). Erik Jones was fourth and Ryan Blaney…

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NASCAR New Hampshire race weekend schedule

On-track activity begins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday with practice for all four divisions with the track hosting a tripleheader on Saturday with the Modifieds, Xfinity and K&N Pro Series all in action. The Cup Series closes out the weekend with their only race at the track on Sunday.  The schedule is subject to change and all times listed are Eastern Daylight Savings time. Friday, July 19 10 – 11:40 a.m., Modified final practice (TV: None) 12:05 – 12:55 p.m., Cup Series first practice (TV: NBC Sports Network…

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A.J. Allmendinger to run Watkins Glen Xfinity Series race

Allmendinger, a previous winner at Watkins Glen in the NASCAR Cup Series, has added the August 3rd event at WGI to his 2019 Xfinity Series schedule. He is also slated to drive for Kaulig Racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (Aug. 10), Road America (Aug. 24) and the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval (Sept. 28). “It’s an honor to be able to compete for Kaulig Racing at one of my favorite tracks, Watkins Glen International,” Allmendinger said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to win there in the Cup Series and had a strong…

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NASCAR says no additional penalties for Stewart Friesen

Friesen’s No. 52 Halmar Racing truck was confiscated last Thursday when NASCAR officials deemed it “unacceptable” with an issue with the firewall in the driver cockpit area.  Read Also: Friesen’s team was forced to use a backup truck and he restarted at the rear of the field in last weekend’s Truck race, but rallied to finish second. NASCAR this week announced Friesen would receive no additional penalties after the truck was examined at the NASCAR R&D Center in Concord, N.C. A NASCAR spokesman said that while confiscating a truck is…

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Third at Kentucky puts Erik Jones back into playoff contention

Jones had a solid outing in Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway and thanks to a two-tire pit stop on his final green-flag pit stop of the race, he gained valuable track position which put himself into the mix at the end. Going into the two-lap overtime, Jones lined up third and when a side-by-side, fender-banging battle erupted between Kurt and Kyle Busch, he was in perfect position to capitalize. “I had two choices there going into (Turns) 3 and 4 (on the final lap). I knew they were…

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“Now that we’re winners, let’s grab another gear”

It’s been nearly 15 years since Busch won his only NASCAR Cup Series championship, taking the 2004 title in the first year NASCAR used a 10-race playoff format to determine the series champion. Since then, he’s raced for five other organizations but the closest he’s come to winning a second title was the 2009 season when he finished fourth in the series standings driving for Roger Penske. Now at 40 years old, Busch is older, wiser and not afraid to gamble on himself, such as his decision to leave Stewart-Haas…

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Kurt Busch “proud” of brother Kyle after Kentucky victory battle – NASCAR

Kentucky NASCAR Cup Series winner Kurt Busch says he was “proud” of his brother, Kyle, for their fight for victory last weekend in which the two made contact. Penske’s Joey Logano looked home and dry before a caution triggered a five-lap showdown. Chip Ganassi Chevrolet driver Kurt Busch had fresher tyres and drove around the outside of Logano after the restart, and went side by side with his younger brother over the final lap – Kyle clipping the rear left of Kurt’s car on the outside. “You know, racing your…

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Kyle Larson “happy” with assisting in Kurt Busch’s Kentucky win

Larson flew under the radar most of Saturday night’s Quaker State 400, only moving into the top-10 late in the race. When the race went into overtime, Larson lined up sixth, while his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Kurt Busch, was fourth, directly in front of him. While Kyle Busch quickly worked his way past then-leader Joey Logano, Larson gave Kurt a shove, helping to propel him into a battle for the lead with Kyle. Read Also: “I was going to be committed to Kurt’s back bumper no matter how much…

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Kentucky NASCAR: Kurt Busch beats brother Kyle to seal first ’19 win – NASCAR

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kurt Busch clinched his first victory of the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season, beating his brother Kyle Busch in a thrilling overtime finish at Kentucky. Penske’s Joey Logano had seemed on course for victory after he battled past dominant stage two winner Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing) to take the lead for the first time in the race with 20 of the 267 laps remaining. But a right-rear tyre blowout on Darrell Wallace Jr’s Chevrolet with five laps remaining triggered a final restart and sent the race…

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Cole Custer cruises to Kentucky Xfinity win over Bell

Custer took a solid lead in the third stage then managed to use it to his advance during a round of green-flag pit stops before holding off Bell for the win in Friday night’s Alsco 300. Custer’s victory was his fifth of the season – most in the series and one more than Bell. Custer only had two career wins entering the 2019 season. “It’s been unbelievable,” Custer said of his third fulltime season in Xfinity. “This win goes to my team. That car was just unbelievable. They knew exactly…

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