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NHRA Results: Terry McMillen earned his first event win, Greg Anderson and Eddie Krawiec extended their point leads, and Matt Hagan got back in the winner’s circle.

Las Vegas Hero

The “Strip” at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was a sellout for this weekend’s NHRA Toyota Nationals.

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Results: Busch Wins in Wild Martinsville Finish

Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch won Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway in a wild finish to punch his ticket to Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.    Busch survived a chaotic ending to Sunday’s race to outrun Martin Truex Jr. to the checkered flag in overtime to score the victory.    Denny Hamlin and Chase Ellliott were involved in a controversial crash to bring out a caution and the overtime finish that Busch was able to prevail in on his way to Victory Lane.  “Awesome to get to victory lane here at Martinsville,” Busch said. “You know I wanted to win Charlotte, Martinsville and Homestead and that’ll make us this year’s champions, so we’ve got one more. Just wanted to say our guys did an awesome job preparing this car.    “We weren’t the best all day, but we put ourselves in the right spots there at the end and there was kind of chaos ensuing and none of it was our fault, we just came out on the right end of the stick.”  Busch led a race-high 184 laps to score his fifth win of the season. READ FULL STORY

Camping World Truck Series Results: Gragson Gets First Truck Win

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Noah Gragson won Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway for his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win.

Gragson got around Matt Crafton on the last restart of the race with 10 laps to go and went on to take the checkered flag. It was Gragson’s first series win in his 22nd career start. He became the fourth first-time winner of 2017.

“It’s really tough racing against these veterans,” Gragson said. “You can’t pass on the outside at Martinsville, but I did it. READ FULL STORY

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Results: Kansas Season Sweep for Truex

Martin Truex Jr.

Martin Truex Jr. won Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 to sweep both Monster Energy Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway in 2017.Truex Jr. led 91 laps to score his seventh win of the year and second of the season at Kansas after his Mother’s Day weekend victory at the track in May. Truex Jr. has scored six of his seven wins on 1.5-mile tracks.
It was his 14th career win.   “I can’t believe how this day went, and that’s why you never give up, because you don’t know what can happen,” Truex Jr. said.
Truex and the Furniture Row Racing team were racing with heavy hearts. Fabricator Jim Watson died Saturday night of a heart attack while in town for the playoff race. He was 55-years-old.   “We were racing for Jim today,” Truex said. “He was a heck of a guy.”
Kyle Busch finished second to race his way into the next round of the playoffs. Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five.   Chris Buescher, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola and Kyle Busch completed the first 10 finishers.
Kyle Busch and Hamlin won the first two stages. READ FULL STORY

XFINITY Series Results: First XFINITY Win for Bell

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Christopher Bell made a move on his teammate Erik Jones that resulted in contact and went on to score his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series win in Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.

Bell got by Jones with four laps to go and despite the contact from behind from Jones as the two battled for the top spot was able to stay ahead to take the checkered flag.

“I haven’t seen it so I can’t really talk much about it,” Bell said of the contact and finish. “But I never want to wreck anyone, especially my teammate. I don’t know. My spotter said clear, I drove it in really deep. I felt like I cleared him. I don’t know man, I was clear. It’s my first XFINITY win. I’m sorry that Erik couldn’t finish the race. But I’m just stoked. This thing was awesome.”

It was Bell’s fifth career start. He’ll move full-time to the XFINITY Series next year with Joe Gibbs Racing. READ FULL STORY

NHRA Results: Hight tops Capps; B. Force, Line, Krawiec capture wins at Texas Motorplex

(Top Fuel winner Brittany Force)

Robert Hight powered to the Funny Car victory Sunday at the 32nd annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex.

Brittany Force (Top Fuel), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also earned victories in their respective categories at the fourth of six playoff events during the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.


Robert Hight

Hight raced to a 3.877-second pass at 332.34 mph in his AAA of Texas Chevrolet Camaro SS to defeat reigning world champion and category points leader Ron Capps’ 3.927 pass at 329.18 in his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge R/T in the Funny Car final. It is Hight’s fourth win of the season, 41st of his career, third at Texas Motorplex and second in the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship. Hight remains second in the points standings with Capps in first by just 24 points.

“This was huge. A round win is worth 20 points but truthfully that final round win for us was 40 points,” said Hight, who was also the No. 1 qualifier at the event. “We were 44 back going into the final round and had we lost that’s 64. Winning brought it back to 24 which is a little over a round with two races left. That was a 40-point swing for us. That was big. We needed that one. We would have been pretty bummed leaving here over three rounds back.” READ FULL STORY

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Results: Talladega High Five for Keselowski

Brad Keselowski

Making his 300th career start, Brad Keselowski survived a battle of attrition to win Sunday’s Alabama 500 for his fifth Talladega Superspeedway victory.  Keselowski escaped a crash-filled afternoon to win and advance to the round of eight in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.   “I survived” Keselowski said. “What a special day. We haven’t been as good a we want to be on the mile-and-a-halfs, so we knew we needed to come to Talladega and get it done. This is a great track for us and one we really enjoy coming to. It’s great to get a win here. No. 5. I never thought I would win at all at Talladega, but five times. Oh my gosh.” Ryan Newman, Trevor Bayne, Joey Logano and Aric Almirola rounded out the top five.   Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne, Gray Gaulding and David Ragan completed the first 10 finishers.    Keselowski and Ryan Blaney won the day’s first two stages.   Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Jamie McMurray are the bottom four in the playoff standings.    The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wraps up the second round of the playoffs next week at Kansas Speedway. READ FULL STORY

Camping World Truck Series Results: Kligerman Back in Victory Lane

Parker Kligerman

Parker Kligerman returned to Victory Lane at Talladega Superspeedway when he won Saturday’s Fred’s 250 as the Round of 6 was set for the Camping World Truck Series playoffs.   Kligerman only led three laps on Saturday including the final two and scored his second career series win, both coming at Talladega.
“This is incredible,” said Kligerman, who got by Bell on the final lap of overtime. “I’m out of breath, I guess I’m out of shape racing all these kids. It was just crazy that every move I tried, worked.
“Those last 10 laps, no matter if I went high and separated a pack or was trying get the bump and run, every move just worked. Sometimes, it just goes your way. We did that but it starts with having a fast truck. It’s an honor to be racing with this team, it’s one of the oldest in NASCAR, but to win with them is incredible.” READ FULL STORY

BREAKING NEWS: DeJoria to retire after conclusion of 2017 NHRA season

Aleis DeJoria

Kalitta Motorsports Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria will retire from NHRA competition following the conclusion of the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

“It’s one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make and I will miss everyone so much. My reasoning behind this decision is simple, it’s time for me to switch my focus towards my family,” said DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry.

“I’ve accomplished great things throughout my NHRA career. Working with Kalitta Motorsports and driving for Connie Kalitta has been an absolute honor, the man is a legend. He’s been the best boss I could have ever hoped for as a professional nitro Funny Car pilot. I can’t say enough about Jim O [Oberhofer], Nicky [Boninfante], Tommy [DeLago] and the entire organization I’ve had the pleasure of working with these last six plus years. I got to work with and learn from the best.” READ FULL STORY

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Results: Truex Jr. Captures Charlotte Win

Martin Truex Jr.

Martin Truex Jr. came from the 17th starting position to score his sixth win of the season in Sunday’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to advance to the Round of 8.
Truex Jr. had to endure an overtime finish to score his victory, the second of his career at Charlotte to go along with his 2016 Coca-Cola 600 triumph.
He led 91 laps and for the second straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff round, led off with a win. Truex Jr. also started the playoffs winning at Chicagoland Speedway.
“It was tough out there today,” Truex Jr. said. “The car was a handful. It was really hot. … The pit crew was flawless. Got us track position and we were able to keep it.
“This time of year you want to be clicking on all cylinders and today we did. We just did everything right.”
Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top five.
“You hate to finish second because it means you were close to first,” said Elliott after his fourth runner-up of the season. “But hopefully we’ll have our day soon.”
Daniel Suarez, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Blaney, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson completed the first 10 finishers. READ FULL STORY