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In his second trip to Talladega Superspeedway in the No. 5 Chevrolet, Kasey Kahne scored his first pole at the 2.66-mile restrictor-plate track. That followed a previous best starting position of fifth for Talladega's event this past spring.
Brad Keselowski wasn't supposed to win at Dover, where his career average finish in five previous starts had been 17.0, but he did. Keselowski wasn't supposed to be leading the series standings three races into the Chase, but he is, by five points over five-time champion Jimmie Johnson, who limped home in fourth place, saving every drop of fuel he could by slowing down and surrendering spots on the track in the closing laps.
Joey Logano, who led 184 of 200 laps, crossed the finish line .876 seconds ahead of runner-up Paul Menard and won at Dover for the second straight time. Michael Annett ran third, tying his career best in the Nationwide Series, and fourth-place Elliott Sadler increased his series lead to nine points over defending champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who finished ninth. Kyle Busch completed the top five.
Nelson Piquet dove low to the inside of Matt Crafton in the first turn and made the winning move stick on the backstretch of the 1.5-mile track. Crafton, whose winless streak stretched to 30 races, finished .223 seconds behind the Brazilian at the checkered flag.
Derek Thorn, out of Lakeport, Calif., started from the seventh position and charged to the front after Dylan Kwasniewski, who earned the pole position earlier in the day, set a blistering pace in the early going. Thorn, who collected his second win of the season, had built a more than seven-second lead on Lap 120, but had to hold off rookie Dallas Montes and Eric Holmes on a green-white-checkered finish after a late caution.
After running out of fuel in the first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race last Sunday at Chicagoland, Denny Hamlin promised via his Twitter feed that he would win Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Brad Keselowski, 28, a third-generation racer from Michigan, has been described as relentless in his pursuit of excellence. To be any less committed, Keselowski believes, wouldn't be fair to his No. 2 Penske Racing team.
Austin Dillon, who started the race from the pole, regained the lead on Lap 151, slingshotting around Elliott Sadler to eventually build a three-second advantage before finishing with a 1.059-second margin of victory over runner-up Sam Hornish Jr.
James Buescher's Turner Motorsports crew chief, Michael Shelton, made sure his driver saved enough fuel in their Chevrolet Silverado at the right time — particularly on the last caution period from Lap 108 to 111 — to motor all the way to the checkered flag.
Brash and outspoken from the day he entered the sport, Keselowski, 28, drove aggressively from the outset, eschewing the traditional approach of treating your elders with deference as you learn the intricacies of racing at NASCAR's highest level.
With a stout car in the early going and a couple of two-tire calls, Earnhardt advanced through the field, ultimately finishing eighth. If he's to be a contender for the championship, however, Earnhardt knows he must do better.
With a pass for the lead that seemed certain to spark controversy in the Hendrick Motorsports camp, Brad Keselowski won Sunday's Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, the first race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Ricky Stenhouse’s No. 6 Ford came to life over the final 29-lap green-flag run, giving team owner Jack Roush his first victory at the 1.5-mile track in any of NASCAR’s top three touring series. In winning the race, Stenhouse overcame two mistakes: stalling the car on pit road and an adjustment that adversely affected the handling.
Ryan Blaney, making just his third truck series start, held off a final charge by Ty Dillon, who snared the points lead with a runner-up finish. The youngster, who drove a Brad Keselowski-owned truck to Ram's first win in the series since 2008, celebrated in Victory Lane with his father, Sprint Cup series driver Dave Blaney.
In a rain-interrupted race of accumulating tension, Clint Bowyer made it to the finish line 1.198 seconds ahead of Jeff Gordon, who knocked Kyle Busch out of the final wild-card spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup in the closing laps of Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
Kevin Harvick beat Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to the finish line by 1.944 seconds to win for the fifth time at the .75-mile short track and for the 38th time in the series, tying Carl Edwards for third on the all-time victory list.
The 44th of 45 drivers to make a qualifying attempt in Friday's time trials, Dale Earnhardt Jr. toured the .75-mile speedway in 21.526 seconds (127.023 mph) to claim his first Coors Light pole award of the season, his first at Richmond and the 11th of his career.
Outrunning Jeff Gordon on a two-lap dash to the finish in Sunday night's AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Denny Hamlin scored his second straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory, his series-best fourth of the season and the 21st of his career.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. narrowed Elliott Sadler's lead in the Nationwide standings to 12 points, as the same two drivers who battled for last year's title have begun to separate themselves from their pursuers. Sam Hornish Jr. finished ninth Saturday and is third in points, 32 behind Sadler.
Taking advantage of Kyle Busch's brush with the wall in the late going, pole-sitter Ty Dillon won going away in Friday night's Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the first victory for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie.
The driver of the No. 26 GPM/Star Nursery/Real Water Ford – hailing from Newhall, Calif. – started the day with his fourth Coors Light Pole Award and then led all 63 laps en route to his fourth win of the season and the 13th of his series career.
Denny Hamlin saved his best effort for the stretch run in Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, and his persistence paid off with the No. 11 team's third win of the season in 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
With the close quarters of Bristol Motor Speedway the sight on Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski's war of words makes for some potentially intersting viewing.
Joey Logano, who posted his 15th career win and his first at the .533-mile short track, outran runner-up Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and crossed the finish line .503 seconds ahead of the defending series champion.
Timothy Peters became the first driver to lead from green to checkered since Ron Hornaday Jr. paced all 225 laps at Louisville Motor Speedway on July 12, 1997. The 1-2 Red Horse Racing finish also gave team owner Tom DeLoach a fitting present for his 65th birthday.
Mark Martin's car missed the outside pit road wall and the barrels protecting it and slid rapidly toward Kasey Kahne's pit stall, just beyond an opening to the garage. Nicking the wall before the opening, Martin's car turned and slammed into the unprotected end of the wall near Kahne's pit.
With his third victory at the two-mile track, his second of the season and the 18th of his career, Washington state native Greg Biffle broke a seven-race dry spell for both Ford and owner Jack Roush. Biffle also grabbed the points lead from Jimmie Johnson, who finished 27th after his engine failed in the closing laps.
Justin Allgaier captured his first win of the season at the NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, emerging in front after a frenzied overtime finish.
Nelson Piquet and crew chief Chris Carrier employed a brilliant — and race-winning — strategy to capture the Brazilian's first victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The duo chose to stay out on the race track while the front-runners pitted under green, and milked a huge lead that ballooned to over 15 seconds with seven laps remaining.
Spokane native Chad Little's son, Jesse, has been working towards the goal of being a full-time NASCAR driver just as his father was for many years. The third generation driver has been signed to join the prestigious Coulter Motorsports for a run towards the NASCAR K&N Pro Series championship in 2013 and a shot at the series Rookie of the Year award.