DiBenedetto fails to secure Leavine NASCAR Cup seat for 2020 – NASCAR

Despite “fighting” for his place, Matt DiBenedetto has failed to secure a Leavine Family Racing NASCAR Cup Series drive next year in what he described as “devastating news”. DiBenedetto has impressed this season for LFR, after its technical affiliation with Joe Gibbs Racing has allowed it to score improved results. The NASCAR Cup Series underdog fighting for career lifeline The 28-year-old had said “my ride is all I love so I hope I can stay with this team” amid speculation he would be replaced by JGR’s Xfinity Series championship contender…

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2019 NASCAR Bristol night race weekend schedule

The schedule is subject to change. All times Eastern Daylight Savings Time (EDT). Thursday, Aug. 15  9:05 a.m. Truck Series practice (TV: None) 10:05 a.m. Xfinity Series practice (NBC Sports Streaming) 11:05 a.m. Truck Series final practice (TV: None) 12:05 p.m. K&N Pro Series East final practice (TV: None) 1:35 p.m. Xfinity Series final practice (NBC Sports Streaming) 3:30 p.m. K&N Pro Series East qualifying (TV: None) 4:35 p.m. Truck Series qualifying (TV: FS1 on tape delay) 6:15 p.m. K&N Pro Series East race (TV: None) 8:37 p.m. NASCAR Truck Series race (FS1) Friday, Aug.…

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David Ragan retiring from full-time NASCAR competition

In a statement released by his Front Row Motorsports team on Wednesday, Ragan announced his decision to step away from full-time competition after this season but said he remained open to competing on a part-time basis in various series. “I’ve prayed and heavily considered this decision, but for myself and my family, I believe this is the right thing to do. I am a husband and a father to two young girls first, and I am a driver second,” Ragan said.  “To compete in what I consider the greatest series…

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Matt DiBenedetto to run Road America Xfinity race for JGR

DiBenedetto hasn’t started an Xfinity Series race since 2016, but that’ll change later this month at Road America. He will pilot Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Xfinity Series Toyota Supra at the road course with backing from iK9.    DiBenedetto competes full-time in the Cup Series with Leavine Family Racing, a team that has a technical alliance with JGR. But DiBenedetto’s history with the team goes further back than that, making his Xfinity Series debut with Gibbs in 2009.  Read Also:

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Despite setback Jimmie Johnson plans to ‘fight for every point’

Johnson’s already tenuous position on making the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs got a lot worse in Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400. Just 15 laps into the race, Johnson hit the wall off Turn 2, doing considerable damage to his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.  “The right side tires went into the PJ1 (track compound) and as soon as I got my tires in it, I went straight into the wall,” Johnson said. “When you’re aggressive, it doesn’t work and then sometimes you’re cautious and it doesn’t work.  “It…

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Harvick survives puncture to win the NASCAR Cup round at Michigan – NASCAR

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick survived a stage one puncture at Michigan to claim his second NASCAR Cup Series win of 2019. Harvick was running in second behind Penske’s Brad Keselowski in the opening stages, before he picked up a right-front puncture on his SHR Ford as he rounded Turn 3. Diving into the pitlane for an early opening stop, Harvick eventually finished the stage in sixth having not dropped off of the lead lap, albeit now offset on strategy and largely anonymous through stage two as a result. But Harvick…

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Kyle Busch wins Stage 2 at Michigan in one-lap dash

Truex led on a restart with one of 60 laps remaining in the second stage at Michigan International Speedway but Kyle Busch powered past him off Turn 2 to grab the lead. Busch held off Truex for the stage win as the cars of Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon and Daniel Hemric got caught up in a wreck behind them. Kurt Busch finished third, Joey Logano was fourth and Erik Jones completed the top-five. Read Also: Following the break between Stages 1 and 2, all of the lead-lap cars elected to…

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NASCAR legend Johnson defends his ‘quivering lip’ spat with Blaney – NASCAR

Jimmie Johnson says he has no regrets about his ‘quivering lip’ spat with NASCAR rival Ryan Blaney at last weekend’s Watkins Glen Cup race. After Penske Ford driver Blaney collided with Johnson’s Hendrick Chevrolet as they battled for a place in the top 10, Johnson confronted Blaney in the paddock. He later gave a furious television interview in which he said he struggled to understand Blaney’s defence because “his lips were quivering so bad he can’t even speak”, suggesting that he was “nervous, or scared, maybe both”. At this weekend’s…

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“I got dumped and I was upset”

Johnson isn’t backing down from what he said either. After he and Ryan Blaney collided while battling for a position inside the top-ten, the seven-time champion confronted the Team Penske driver. He later gave an incensed interview to NBCSN, commenting on Blaney’s ‘quivering lip.’ Read Also: “It was an observation, it was happening, I didn’t hear a lot of details that I expected to hear and I could have gone into a much more intense line of thought in said a lot more that would have been a lot more…

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Austin Dillon fastest in Friday’s Cup practice at Michigan

Late in the 50-minute session Friday, Dillon rocketed to the top of the speed chart, leading practice at Michigan International Speedway with an average lap speed of 189.969 mph. “Those first couple runs weren’t very comfortable. We’re still a little free,” Dillon said. “I’m really proud of ECR power and we have a rocket ship today.” Dillon has won poles this season at Fontana, Calif., Talladega, Ala., and Chicagoland. He’s still looking for his first win of the 2019 season. In 14 career starts at Michigan, Dillon’s best performance is…

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