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    And on a cooling track, Hamlin's worn tires simply gave out.

    As the sun set Sunday over Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hamlin seven laps from one of the few victories that has eluded him, he went careening into the first turn wall with a flat right front tire, and Harvick beat Matt Kenseth by 0.743 seconds off the final restart to win his second straight Brickyard.

    ''We had great tire wear today, so I was able to really push my car as hard as I could,'' Harvick said after his third 400 title. ''I was able to push him a little harder that last run than earlier in the race and when the sun went down the track was cooling and speeds were going up in the turns.''

    The strategy worked out perfectly - just like Stewart-Haas Racing's holiday weekend.

    Not only did Harvick race to his 53rd victory to move within one of tying Lee Petty for 11th on NASCAR's career list, teammates Aric Almirola and Cole Custer, a rookie, finished third and fifth on Sunday. Fellow Stewart-Haas driver Chase Briscoe won the Xfinity Series race Saturday on the road course.

    Harvick tied Hamlin with a season-high fourth victory and lead in the points. The California driver has four straight top-10 finishes.

    For the third straight race, it looked as if it would be another one-two finish for Harvick and Hamlin. And until the late, stunning twist, Hamlin looked as though he would take his first Brickyard.

    ''It's just, it's tough. I hate it for the FedEx team,'' Hamlin said. ''It was just kind of roulette if it (the tire) stays together or not and mine didn't.''

    How dominant have Harrvick and Hamlin been recently?

    After trading victories and runner-up finishes at Pocono last week and Sunday's result, they've combined for seven of 12 victories since the season restarted at Darlington in mid-May and it's only the second time in seven races Hamlin and his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing entry hasn't finished in the top seven.

    Harvick crew chief Rodney Childers sensed Hamlin was on borrowed time.

    ''We tried to play it a little safe and we had backed down ours down a little bit to save our tires,'' he said. ''It just depends on how that situation plays out at the race and it just so happened we were out there a long time on tires so backing down was the way to go.''

    Kenseth couldn't catch him.

    ''We were really fast,'' the Chip Ganassi Racing driver said. ''I think if we were in front, would have been tough to beat.''

    One person was noticeably absent: Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports car. Johnson watched the race from his Colorado home as the series' longest active streak of consecutive starts - fifth-longest in series history - ended at 663. Johnson was also hoping to become the third driver to win five races on the 2.5-mile oval.

    Instead, Justin Allgaier replaced him in the car and he didn't stick around long.

    Allgaier was involved in a six-car pileup near the entrance to pit road that brought out a red flag on Lap 16 when one of Ryan Blaney's crew members was pinned between two cars. Track workers put Zachary Price on a stretcher, where he was smiling and gave a thumbs-up. He was eventually transported to a nearby hospital and has since returned to North Carolina.

    Two laps after the incident, Allgaier's day was over.

    ''I didn't know if I got the gentleman on the No. 12 or not,'' Allgaier said. ''Once the wreck started happening in front of us and we all got bottled up there, one car after another was getting run into. It's just a shame. I hate it for these guys.''

    Kurt Busch also had a rough day after making his 700th career start, which broke a tie with Hall of Famer Buddy Baker for No. 16 on the series career list. After starting second, his hopes for winning one of the Cup's crown jewels faded with an early pit stop mistake.

    NASCAR's weather problems also continued, this time with the start delayed 55 minutes for lightning.

    But once the race started, it was clean sailing for Harvick. He led for most of the first stage before giving way to William Byron, who chose not to pit with nine laps to go, and then won the second stage before earning the big prize.

    ''We weren't going to get by him (Hamlin) unless he made a huge mistake and obviously his tire was wearing out,'' Harvick said. ''His car was a little better than me on the long run. We were better on the restarts so we would have needed a caution we couldn't have beaten him on a green.''


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    An event that began with a massive show of support for Bubba Wallace ended with one of Wallace’s best friends, Ryan Blaney, celebrating in Victory Lane for the second straight race at Talladega Superspeedway.

    In a frenetic overtime dash, Blaney won Monday’s GEICO 500 by .007 seconds over Ricky Stenhouse Jr. as crashing cars bounced of each other and the outside wall behind the top two finishers. The victory was Blaney’s first of the season, second straight at the 2.66-mile track and the fourth of his career.

    It was a day that started ominously — and not because of the rain clouds that threatened to delay the race for a second straight day and in fact caused a stoppage of 57 minutes, 18 seconds after 57 laps were complete on Monday.

    News that a noose had been discovered Sunday evening in the garage stall of Wallace, the NASCAR Cup Series’ only Black driver, dominated national headlines and brought strong statements of condemnation from both NASCAR and team owner Richard Petty.

    Drivers and their crews assembled before the race to escort Wallace and his car to the head of the grid. The lasting image of the pre-race was Wallace being embraced by a succession of his fellow competitors.

    Nearly five hours later, Wallace was congratulating Blaney in Victory Lane after a scintillating conclusion that saw Blaney knocking the Toyota of Erik Jones into the outside wall as the cars approached the finish line — and still managing to beat Stenhouse to the stripe by roughly 12 inches.

    “I just kind of blocked, just trying to block the best we could,” Blaney said. “Ride the top, ride the bottom. The 20 (Jones) got to my outside, and I tried to go up there to slow him down and … I’m not sure, I don’t know … three-wide, I hate that I hit him, but just kind of trying to beat and bang to the line and things like that.

    “We just edged it out, but I’m really proud of this whole Menards/Sylvania Ford Mustang team. It’s been a cool year so far, and I’m really excited to get our first win of the year at a cool place. Thank you everybody for coming… That was a lot of fun.”

    Ford drivers have won nine of the last 10 Talladega Cup races.

    Aric Almirola slid sideways across the finish line to claim third place, with Denny Hamlin and Jones following in fourth and fifth, respectively. Chris Buescher, Alex Bowman, John Hunter Nemechek, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick completed the top 10.

    Wallace, who spearheaded efforts within the sport to ban the Confederate flag from NASCAR events, climbed from his car after a 14th-place finish and saluted fans who gathered at the catchfence to greet him. As the next phase of the reopening of the sport, 5,000 fans were allowed to attend the race.

    “The sport is changing,” Wallace said, as he stood in front of the first grandstand. “The deal that happened yesterday… I wanted to show whoever it was that you’re not going to take away my smile. I’m going to keep on going. I’ve been a part of this sport for a really long time…

    “All in all, we won today. The pre-race deal was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to witness in my life, from all the supporters, from drivers and crew members and everybody here. It’s truly incredible, and I’m proud to be a part of this sport.”

    Stenhouse said that the fans were chanting for Wallace before the start of the race, loud enough for the drivers to hear it on pit road.

    The NASCAR Cup Series’ next race weekend is a doubleheader, scheduled Saturday and Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

     

     

  3. HOUSTON — Suddenly, it was all over, and the blue-jerseyed visitors were spilling and screaming out of every corner of Minute Maid Park — from their dugout along the third base line, the bullpen in left field, the expanse of outfield, all four corners of the diamond — and converging upon the joyous pile of humanity forming near the center. Once the Washington Nationals had no more giant mountains to climb, they took the small dirt hill of the pitcher’s mound, and they hugged and bounced.

    With one more comeback win, at the end of a comeback season for the ages, the Nationals were World Series champions. A 6-2 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 7 on Wednesday night sealed it, delivering the first baseball title for the nation’s capital since Walter Johnson’s Senators won their only one in 1924. Having existed for the better part of five months as a decided underdog — their chances of winning the World Series on May 24, when they were 19-31, were 1.5 percent — the Nationals had come to live for the daily fight for their lives. And now, the fight was over.

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    Seventh-inning home runs by Anthony Rendon and Howie Kendrick, the former an MVP-caliber third baseman possibly playing his last game in a Nationals uniform, the latter a 36-year-old veteran in the deepest autumn of his career, turned a slim deficit into a slim lead for the Nationals. A tacked-on run in the eighth and two more in the ninth provided some breathing room.

    The final out, delivered by reliever Daniel Hudson, settled into catcher Yan Gomes’s glove at 10:50 p.m. Central time, touching off the mad dash to the center of the diamond. A hushed crowd of 43,326 watched the visitors celebrate as the Astros slouched off the field.

    And so ended the longest season in Washington baseball history — one that began on a chilly Thursday in late March, cratered in late May, caught fire in the summer months, tested hearts in September and careened through October like a wobble-wheeled wagon set free at the top of a steep hill. This Nationals season was a wild, screaming, impossibly long ride, one that carried them all the way to the doorstep of November.

    Take a step back and consider what these Nationals accomplished: They notched all four of their wins in this series on the road, in the building where the Astros had the majors’ best home record in 2019, and became the first team since the 2016 Chicago Cubs to take the World Series by winning Games 6 and 7 on the road. They outhit an Astros offense that ranked among the most potent in history. They hung losses on the Astros’ twin aces — Gerrit Cole in Game 1, Justin Verlander in Games 2 and 6 — and outlasted yet another Houston ace, Zack Greinke, on Wednesday night.

    “To win four games on the road in the World Series,” said first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, the longest-tenured National, “it’s almost fitting for us.”

    On a makeshift stage moments after the final out, pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the overpowering victor of Games 2 and 6, was presented with the World Series MVP trophy. The Lerner family, which has owned the team since 2006, stood alongside General Manager Mike Rizzo and Manager Dave Martinez and lifted the Commissioner’s Trophy. Players hugged and waved to their families below. Pitcher Max Scherzer stood off to the side and cried openly.

    “I’m speechless,” principal owner Mark Lerner said. “I’ve dreamed of this my entire life.”

    There had never been an October like this in the nation’s capital, one so full of baseball and life. The last time a Washington team played in the World Series, the original Senators in 1933, it ended Oct. 7. But in the current, expanded playoff format, with 10 teams and four rounds, this October stretched on for week upon glorious week — an exhilarating ride that took them from Nationals Park on the first night of the month to Minute Maid Park the night before Halloween.

     

     


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    Denny Hamlin held off Erik Jones in overtime as the 2019 Daytona 500 winner took down the Gander RV 400 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, on Sunday.
    The victory marked Hamlin's third win of the 2019 Monster Energy Cup Series season and the 34th of his career.

    Hamlin overtook Jones and Martin Truex Jr. in the final stage and never relinquished the lead during the race's closing stretch, which included two caution flags and overtime. Jones and Truex took second and third, respectively.

    Kyle Busch, who is second in the Monster Energy Cup Series standings and won the Pocono 400 earlier this season, won the first stage but finished ninth in the 160-lap race on the 2.5-mile track. Jimmie Johnson won the second stage and finished 15th overall.

    Here's a look at the Gander RV 400 standings, the most notable highlights and some reaction.

    2. Erik Jones

    3. Martin Truex Jr.

    4. William Byron

    5. Kyle Larson

    6. Kevin Harvick

    7. Daniel Hemric

    8. Brad Keselowski

    9. Kyle Busch

    10. Ryan Blaney

     


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    Kevin Harvick edges Hamlin in final-lap clash to win New Hampshire


    Kevin Harvick sewed up his long-awaited first Monster Energy Series win of the season Sunday, benefiting from a bold pit strategy move and holding back Denny Hamlin’s last-lap charge at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

    Harvick led 41 of the 301 laps in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford holding an 0.210-second advantage at the drop of the checkered flag. His fourth victory at the 1.058-mile New Hampshire track was the 46th of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career and the first for SHR in the 2019 season.


    Harvick stayed on the track during the final cycle of pit stops to gain track position, then held off the fast-closing Hamlin in captivating final lap, with both cars making contact more than once on the final circuit.

    “I knew he was going to take a shot.  I would have taken a shot,” Harvick said in Victory Lane. “I just stood on the brakes and tried to keep it straight.  I just didn’t want to get him back on the inside and let him have another shot.  I at least wanted to be in control of who was going to have contact in (turns) 3 and 4.”

    Hamlin held on to place second in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota, leading 113 laps but coming up just short at the end.

    “I wanted to just tap him there, but I didn’t want to completely screw him,” Hamlin told NBC Sports post-race. “I at least wanted to give him a fair shot there.  Down the backstretch, I kind of let off, and I’m like, all right, well, I’ll just pass him on the outside and kind of do this thing the right way, and once I had that big run, he just turned right. But I would do the same thing. It was a fun race, and congratulations to him and his team. They made a great call there at the end.”

    Erik Jones — a teammate to Hamlin at JGR — secured third place, with Ryan Blaney fourth and Matt DiBenedetto rounding out the top five.

    Kyle Busch led four times for 118 laps in the first half the event, but faded slightly after his Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota brushed the outside retaining wall in Turn 1 on Lap 214. He wound up eighth.


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    Kyle Busch won at Pocono Raceway on Sunday to move into a tie for ninth on the NASCAR Cup Series victory list.

    Busch, who topped 200 career wins across all three national series earlier this season, won for the 55th time in Cup and matched Hall of Fame driver Rusty Wallace on the list.

    “Pocono's been a struggle but it's a lot better now,” Busch said.

    Busch had the dominant car down the stretch and won for the first time in nearly two months. Busch has spent most of the last few months complaining about NASCAR's current rules package designed to increase side-by-side racing and manufacture competition.

    When he was back in the pack, Busch had no trouble passing the leaders at Pocono.

    “I passed one guy on the outside of Turn 3 and that was the only guy I needed to pass, I guess,” Busch said. “It was hard otherwise. We kind of got stuck in traffic back there a little bit earlier in the race. We were fifth or sixth and couldn't really do anything.”

    Busch took off on the final restart with nine laps left and cruised to the finish line for his 13th top-10 finish in 14 races this season. Busch and Martin Truex Jr. had been the class of the field this season but Truex was knocked out with an engine issue in the No. 19 Toyota. He had won three of the last five races. Kevin Harvick was nipping at a win until a botched pit stop and a cracked steering box took him out of contention.

    Brad Keselowski was second and Erik Jones third.

    It was another wildly successful day for Joe Gibbs Racing: Busch won, Jones was third and Denny Hamlin was sixth. Truex had a fast car and looked like a contender until his engine woes.

    “I can't say enough about everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing,” Busch said.

    Hamlin opened the season with a win in the Daytona 500 in memory of J.D Gibbs, Joe's son who died earlier this year following a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease. JGR has been the class of NASCAR with a series-best nine wins and Gibbs was elected this month to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

     


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    An exciting restart with four-wide racing and only five laps left paved the way for Martin Truex Jr. to record his third victory in the last five races. The win was Truex's second Coca-Cola 600 victory of his career.

    Truex overcame an early setback in Stage 1 after a flat tire sent the No. 19 car into the wall on lap 74 while leading. Brad Keselowski won the first two stages, with Truex picking up wins in the final two stages of NASCAR's longest race of the season.

    Stage 1 was plagued by a record number of caution flags that predominantly featured Truex and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates blowing tires. But as the temperatures cooled, handling improved, and the green flag stretches increased. Despite the 16 cautions, the only serious wreck occurred in the final stage when Kyle Larson took out six other cars. No driver was seriously injured.

    Joey Logano finished second for Team Penske who was looking for the Memorial Day sweep after winning the Indianapolis 500 earlier in the day. Kyle Busch rebounded from his first finish of the season outside of the top 10 at Kansas by placing third.

    With the completion of Sunday's race, half of the Monster Energy Cup Series is now in the books with Busch atop the standings. The Cup Series returns next Sunday afternoon for the Pocono 400.

    Sporting News tracked live lap-by-lap updates and highlights from the 2019 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

     

     

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    WINNER: Chase Elliott scored his first victory of 2019 with an assist from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman in front of raucous and appreciate crowd in Alabama, who rose to their feet to give the Georgia native a huge ovation.

    "I just appreciate all the support, it's unbelievable," Elliott said after climbing out of his No. 9 Chevrolet. "This is a special one. This is close to home for me, so it feels like a home race."

    Elliott picked up his fourth career Cup Series win and broke a string of seven consecutive wins for Ford at Talladega. Chevrolet took home the top four spots as Bowman finished second, Ryan Preece third and Daniel Hemric fourth.

    "A lot of teamwork done today, it was huge," Elliott said. "We just a had a plan and executed really well. Fortunately, everybody stayed together and stayed the course, and we had some help on the last lap with that caution."

    The win did not come easy with chaos breaking out on the last lap, ending the race under caution. First, Erik Jones spun toward the infield on the penultimate lap, but the race remained green as his car No. 20 Toyota was safely out of the way of the incoming pack. But one lap later, chaos broke out when David Ragan's No. 38 Ford made contact with the No. 24 Chevrolet of William Byron near the outside wall, coming off Turn 2. 

    Byron's car spun back toward the track, sending the No. 42 Chevrolet of Kyle Larson and the No. 81 Toyota of Jeffrey Earnhardt sailing across the track into the SAFER barrier along the inside wall. Larson's car got airborne just before it slammed into the wall and then barrel-rolled down the backstretch as NASCAR displayed the caution flag, giving race leader Elliott the win.

     


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    Martin Truex Jr. was 0-for-80 on NASCAR’s short tracks in the Cup series when he rolled into Richmond Raceway for Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400. Despite being the 2017 Cup Series champion and having 19 career victories, the New Jersey native had never won at the half-mile Bristol Motor Speedway and half-mile Martinsville Speedway, or at the ¾-mile showplace at Richmond.

    Finally, Truex, team owner Joe Gibbs and crew chief Cole Pearn can check that off their “to-do” list. Truex led 186 of the 400 laps, including the final 79, in winning the 400-lap, 300-mile race ahead of Team Penske star Joey Logano, the Stewart-Haas twosome of Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick, and Denny Hamlin, another JGR driver. It was Truex’s 20th career victory and his first this year with Gibbs, who hired him after his previous owner, Barney Visser, shuttered their 2017 championship-winning Toyota team after last season.

    Before Saturday night Truex had lost all his Cup Series short-track starts, somewhat surprising since he’s always considered himself a short-track racer.

    “When I was in the Xfinity Series (and two-time champion for JR Motorsports), it seemed that’s all I could do… win (13 victories) on the short tracks,” he said.

    (In truth, he had only three “true” short-track victories; most came on tracks of about a mile).

    “Yeah, it was personal for me that I’d never won a short-track Cup race. It had become frustrating because we’d been so close so many times.”

    Indeed, he had. All told, before Saturday night Truex had 10 top-five finishes and 23 top-10s at NASCAR's three short tracks. Among them were a second and third at Bristol, a second and third at Martinsville and two third-place finishes at Richmond. He was perhaps 200 yards from winning at Martinsville last fall before Logano bumped him aside for the victory.

    “Everybody kept asking me when a short-track victory was going to happen,” Truex said as Saturday night turned into Sunday morning. “We’ve been chipping away at it and hopefully we can get better from here. At least they can’t ask me that question again. We didn’t have the best car here tonight, but we’ve lost races with the best car, so….”


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    Busch grabbed his third Cup win of the season, eighth overall at Bristol, and 10th this year spanning all three of NASCAR's national series. He beat his older brother, who said if given the chance in Sunday's race, he'd have wrecked him so that Kurt Busch was the one celebrating in victory lane.

    "He told me in victory lane and I told him 'You can't tell people you're going to wreck them before you do it because when roles are reversed that person is going to wreck you because you already told them you were going to wreck them,'" Kyle Busch said. "So I guess if I'm ever running second to Kurt, I'm going to wreck him. I'm glad it didn't turn out that way."

    The Busch brothers lined up side-by-side on the final restart, but Kurt Busch had nothing to slow Kyle Busch's steamrolling of the competition this year. They'd inherited the lead as the first in line not to pit for tires during the 11th caution, and it set up a final shootout between Bristol's two winningest active drivers.

    "He gave it one hell of a fight," Kyle Busch said. "Busch and Bristol, sounds familiar."

    Kurt Busch is a six-time winner at the .533-mile high-banked oval and lamented the loss over the P.A. system. When he said he would have wrecked Kyle Busch, the crowd roared and affirmed Kurt Busch's frustration with the final results. He's emerged as the top driver in the winless Chevrolet camp with seven finishes of 12th or higher in his debut with Chip Ganassi Racing.

    "That one is tough. I really wanted to beat him. I was going to wreck him," Kurt Busch said. "Figure he could give a little love to his brother. I wanted that one bad. Feel like him right now — I'm all mad because I didn't win."

    The wins go to Kyle Busch, seemingly all the time this season, in anything he drives. Along with teammate Denny Hamlin, they've given Joe Gibbs Racing five wins through the first eight races. If a Gibbs car doesn't win, then a Ford from Team Penske has, and that organization has the other three Cup victories this year.


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    Denny Hamlin raced to his second NASCAR Cup victory of the season, overcoming two penalties on pit road and missing the entry another time during green flag conditions Sunday in Texas.

    While Hamlin led the final 12 laps, and 45 of the 334 overall, Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch missed out on the chance for a tripleheader weekend sweep.

    We had a super-fast car, and that's why we won," Hamlin said. "I missed pit road under green, that cost three or four seconds as well. We tried every way that we could to give it away. We just found a way to do it."

    Hamlin's No. 11 Toyota finished more than 2.7 seconds ahead of Clint Bowyer. The race, which had only three cautions outside the two stage stoppages, featured 27 lead changes among 13 drivers.

    It was the 33rd career victory for Hamlin. He won the season-opening Daytona 500 after he went winless last year to end a streak of 12 consecutive seasons getting into Victory Lane.

    His third win at Texas was his first since sweeping both races at the 1 1/2-mile track in 2010.

    Gibbs drivers have won four of the seven races this season, and Team Penske won the other three.

    Clint Bowyer finished second, followed by his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Daniel Suarez. Erik Jones was fourth ahead of polesitter Jimmie Johnson, whose career-long winless drought reached 66 races. William Byron, Aric Almirola, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch rounded out the top 10.

    Kyle Busch led six times for race-high 66 laps, and was still in front with 59 laps to go when his No. 18 car drifted high going into Turn 2. Though he avoided contact then, he dropped back to fourth and when trying to get back in front a few laps later brushed the outside wall. He fell a lap behind after having to go to pit road to change right-side tires.

    For the second time in a month, he missed out on a tripleheader sweep after going into the Cup race following Xfinity and Truck Series races in the same weekend. He completed such sweeps twice at Bristol, in 2010 and 2017.

    It was the third time at Texas that Busch won the Xfinity and Trucks Series races before coming up short in the weekend-ending Cup race. That also happened to him at his home track in Las Vegas four weeks earlier.

    Johnson, whose last win was at Dover in June 2017, led the first 60 laps and then got in front only one more lap.

    That was still more laps led combined in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet than he had combined all of last season and the first six races of this year.


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    Kyle Busch pulled off an unlikely win Sunday in the Auto Club 400 in Southern California to secure his 200th career victory across NASCAR's three major series. 

    After starting fourth, Bush swept the first and second stages and led for a race-high 134 laps, but a costly penalty saw him fall from the top spot to the bottom of the pack. He received a penalty for speeding off pit road to start Stage 3, which initially gave Brad Keselowski the lead.

    Busch came off the restart in 18th place and quickly fought to retake the lead. He held off Joey Logano and Keselowski down the stretch, while Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top five.

    Busch was on the verge of reaching that feat in Saturday's Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway, but a late pit-road penalty ended his hopes. He ended up finishing second after leading a race-high 98 laps. His first career Cup win came in Fontana, which made Sunday's victory even more fitting.

    Busch's victory Sunday gave him his 53rd career NASCAR Cup win, and his second of the season. He now joins Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth as the only three-time winners at Fontana. With the 200 career wins milestone to add to his already impressive resume, Busch is drawing comparisons to the legendary Richard Petty, who won 200 races in NASCAR's top series.

     


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    Kyle Busch dominated the field to win the TicketGuardian 500 at Phoenix on Sunday, earning his 199th career national series victory.

    Busch led most of the way but needed to pass Ryan Blaney in the final 20 laps to finish on top. Blaney ended in third place, getting passed by Martin Truex Jr as he faded down the stretch.

    Aric Almirola finished in fourth, while Denny Hamlin claimed fifth.

    It was a mostly clean race, but minor crashes wiped out Alex Bowman and Erik Jones. Brad Keselowski was nearly forced to exit in Stage 1, but was able to repair his car in his pit stall before grinding out a top-20 placement.

    Kevin Harvick, who won this competition in 2019, finished ninth on Sunday after struggling from the restart twice in the last stage.

    TicketGuardian 500: 2019 winner, order of finish

    Finish Driver Team (Car No.) Laps led
    1. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing (18) 177
    2. Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing (19) ...
    3. Ryan Blaney Team Penske (12) 95
    4. Aric Almirola Stewart Haas Racing (10) 26
    5. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing (11) 7
    6. Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing (42) ...
    7. Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing (1) ...
    8. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports (48) 4
    9. Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing (4) ...
    10. Joey Logano Team Penske (22) ...
    11. Clint Bowyer Stewart Haas Racing (14) ...
    12. Ryan Newman Rousch Fenway Racing (6) ...
    13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing (17) ...
    14. Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports (9) ...
    15. Ty Dillon Germain Racing (13) ...
    16. Chris Buescher JTG-Daugherty Racing (37) ...
    17. Paul Menard Team Penske (21) ...
    18. Daniel Hemric Richard Childress Racing (8) 4
    19. Brad Keselowski Team Penske (2) ...
    20. Matt Tifft Front Row Motorsports (36)

     

     


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    It's always a good day when you can win your sponsor's race, and that's exactly what Joey Logano and the Pennzoil No.22 car did on Sunday in his narrow victory of the Pennzoil 400.

    Logano and Penske teammate Brad Keselowski traded rights to first and swapped paint multiple times in the final 30 laps with Logano barely stathing off his teammate's final attempt at a pass in the last lap. Logano's win was his first of the young season after winning last years Monster Energy NASCAR Cup.

     

    “It was a lot of fun," Logano said. "It’s a nice feeling to get back in the playoffs. Team Penske 1-2 — it shows the speed we got. Brad was able to get it last week, and obviously with him second and us first, it was a great day for Team Penske.” 

     


  15. Upcoming Events...............they don't get much time off...

     

    Feb 10 2019
    🏁 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - Advance Auto Parts Clash 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST Daytona International Speedway. Tap for race details, viewing information and more!
    Feb 14 2019
    🏁 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - #1 Gander RV Duel At DAYTONA 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CST Daytona International Speedway. Tap for race details, viewing information and more!
    Feb 14 2019
    🏁 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - #2 Gander RV Duel At DAYTONA 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM CST Daytona International Speedway. Tap for race details, viewing information and more!
    Feb 15 2019
    🏁 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series - NextEra Energy 250 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM CST Daytona International Speedway. Tap for race details, viewing information and more!
    Feb 16 2019
    🏁 NASCAR Xfinity Series - NASCAR Racing Experience 300 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM CST Daytona International Speedway. Tap for race details, viewing information and more!
    Feb 17 2019
    🏁 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - DAYTONA 500 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM CST Daytona International Speedway. Tap for race details, viewing information and more!
    Feb 23 2019
    🏁 NASCAR Xfinity Series - Rinnai 250 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM CST Atlanta Motor Speedway. Tap for race details, viewing information and more!
    Feb 23 2019
    🏁 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series - Atlanta 200 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM CST Atlanta Motor Speedway. Tap for race details, viewing information and more!
    Feb 24 2019
    🏁 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM CST Atlanta Motor Speedway. Tap for race details, viewing information and more!
    Mar 1 2019
    🏁 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series - Strat 200 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM CST Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Tap for race details, viewing information and more!

  16. NASCAR Hall of Famer and Wood Brothers Racing co-founder Glen Wood dies at 93

     

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    Glen Wood, one of the founders of Wood Brothers Racing, passed away Friday morning at the age of 93.

    One of NASCAR’s longest-running teams, WBR was formed by Glen and younger brother Leonard Wood. The organization has 99 victories in the NASCAR Cup Series and has fielded cars for some of the sport’s legendary drivers like Junior Johnson, David Pearson and Cale Yarborough.

    Glen Wood earned four wins as the team’s driver at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, from 1960-1963. Through 11 years, Wood made 62 career starts. He also had five wins in 89 starts in the Convertible Series.

    By 1964, Wood was finished driving, and his focus shifted to WBR ownership. Glen and Leonard are credited with developing orchestrated pit stops. As an owner, Wood and his family won the Daytona 500 five times (Tiny Lund 1963), Yarborough (1968), A.J. Foyt (1972), Pearson (1976) and Trevor Bayne (2011).

    Wood, who was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998, was inducted into the third class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2012.

    “This is a difficult day for all of us at Ford Motor Company,” Edsel B. Ford II said in a statement. “Glen Wood was the founding patriarch of the oldest continuously operating NASCAR Cup Series team, and we consider Wood Brothers Racing a part of our family, the Ford Family."

     

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    3 reasons why Georgia will beat Alabama

    When the only comparison you can make to Alabama’s dominant season comes from a Yale University team in 1888, you’re talking about some serious greatness. The Crimson Tide have kicked butt and taken no prisoners all year, winning all 12 games by 20 points or more for the first time in college football in 130 years.

    But are they unbeatable? Nope.

    Can a team like No. 4 Georgia, who are pretty darn good themselves, go into Atlanta on Saturday and win the SEC Championship Game against the mighty Crimson Tide? Of course they can.

    But it won’t be easy. Alabama is so good that everything will have to go right for the Bulldogs, whopping 13.5-point underdogs, to pull this one out.

    “They are really good. I mean, they have a good team,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “They’re explosive. I don’t see the weaknesses. … They’re really talented. They do a good job and they’re playing at a really high level. Thing is, when they get on top of you, they know how to finish. They attack teams. They’re constantly attacking. I mean the pressure’s never off.

    “That’s Alabama. They’re just really, really good on putting pressure on you, whether it’s offensively or defensively or special teams. There’s so many ways they can win the game.”

    But here’s the deal: There are so many ways that GEORGIA can win this game, too. And I think they will. Everything will have to break right, of course, but I think when the sun sets in Atlanta on Saturday night, Georgia will be the SEC champions and will have shocked the world.

    I know every season is a new season, but there’s still a lot to take from last year’s National Championship Game. There are three things that I take from that game — and everything that has happened this year with both teams — to make me think that when you put all that information together, Georgia has a chance to win. Here’s how:

    1. Georgia looks at Alabama — and sees themselves

    Confidence is everything in big-time college football, and Georgia’s players strut around with their heads held high. Many of the key players for Georgia were recruited hard by Alabama, and many of the players on both teams know each other well. Georgia, after several great recruiting classes in a row, feels like it has comparable talent to the Tide. And they’re ready to prove that on Saturday.

    2. Georgia is capable of making chunk plays against Alabama

    Alabama’s defense is so good that it’s hard to go on repeated 10- or 12-play drives. But where Georgia has an edge is in their ability to break off big plays with their speedy weapons at all the skill positions. Every week, the Bulldogs reel off huge plays, and before you say, “Yeah, but this is Alabama,” remember back to Mecole Hardman’s 80-yard score in last year’s title game. Long touchdowns could come on Saturday, too, maybe from Hardman again — either as a receiver or a return man — or from running back D’Andre Swift, who has his burst back and has had an 83-yard touchdown and a 77-yard touchdown already in November. Can he have one or two more bursts to start the month of December? Absolutely.

    3. Jake Fromm is a veteran quarterback who will not panic

    Sure, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa gets the edge in the quarterback matchup. He has been great, and he should be the runaway Heisman Trophy winner. But Fromm is playing against Alabama’s defense, not Tagovailoa, and he is going to play well and score points, too. Now that he has basically started for two full seasons, he has become a true veteran leader of this team. Because of that, he does a great job of getting Georgia in and out of bad plays, which is critical against this tough Alabama defense. What he’s also great at is finding his second and third receivers in his progressions. There’s not always time to do that against Alabama, but he’s so smart that he’ll know where to go first a lot of times, based on the formations and looks that Alabama gives him.

    So, is all this enough for Georgia to win?

    Sure it is.

    What has to happen is that Georgia needs to score a special teams touchdown and get a seven-point edge there. It needs to win the turnover game, keeping a clean sheet themselves and forcing Alabama into a mistake or two.

    And one thing that’s ironic is that Georgia’s biggest edge is with the field-goal kicking. For Georgia to win this game, though, the awesome Rodrigo Blankenship needs to spend his day not kicking field goals, but kicking extra points. Georgia can win this game when they can turn possessions into seven points instead of three.

    My prediction? Georgia’s defense will be stout enough to keep it close. The big plays will come, and a big one will come late. Georgia wins it by scoring touchdowns, and will win 28-24.

     

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  18. Alabama, Georgia advance to 2018 SEC Championship Game in rematch of 2017

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    Alabama, Georgia advance to 2018 SEC Championship Game in rematch of 2017 national title game

    The stage is set for a College Football Playoff National Championship rematch in Mercedes-Benz Stadium






    No. 1 Alabama throttled No. 3 LSU on Saturday night in Death Valley to claim the SEC West crown, and No. 6 Georgia handled No. 9 Kentucky to win its second straight SEC East title. As a result, the college football world will be treated to one of the most highly-anticipated rematches in the history of the sport.
    Alabama walked off a winner in January at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, toppling Georgia 26-23 in overtime to claim the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship. In that game, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa came off the bench for an ineffective Jalen Hurts and tossed three touchdown passes including the 41-yard strike to DeVonta Smith on second-and-26 on the Crimson Tide's second play in overtime. It was that night in Atlanta that the legend of Tua was born.
    There was another quarterback in that game, though, and he will have revenge on his mind. Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm burned his redshirt in the first quarter of the first game of the season and led his team to the brink of college football's ultimate prize. Fromm went 16-of-32 passing for 232 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in that loss. With a full offseason as the unquestioned starter in Athens, 17 touchdowns and just four interceptions on the season, Fromm will be back and certainly won't be intimidated by the fearsome Crimson Tide defense.

    Some of the names have changed, but the build-up and excitement for the rematch will remain the same. Get ready, college football. At 4 p.m. ET on Dec. 1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, you'll get a rematch unlike any the sport of college football has ever seen in the 2018 SEC Championship Game.

  19. KANSAS CITY, Kan. – It took 99 races for Chase Elliott to get his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory.

    Ten events later, the scion of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott has three wins, the latest coming at Kansas Speedway in the Sunday’s Round of 12 elimination race in the series playoffs.

    Elliott took charge in the Hollywood Casino 400 when Kevin Harvick was hit with a pit road speeding penalty on his last green-flag pit stop on Lap 214 of 267. After inheriting the lead w

    Over the closing laps, runner-up Kyle Busch chopped Elliott’s three-second lead to .300 seconds but could get no closer.

    Elliott crossed the finish line .903 seconds ahead of Busch, as Kyle Larson — needing a victory to advance to the Round of 8 — came up short with a desperation charge that carried him to third-place finish.

    The victory was Elliott’s second in three weeks, as the driver of the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet made a statement entering the next round of the playoffs. To Elliott, the “overnight” success wasn’t a surprise.

    “I thought last year we had a pretty solid run at it and didn’t win any, obviously, but had some really good runs,” Elliott said. “Just so proud of my race team and the pit stops we had today. (Crew chief) Alan (Gustafson) made some great calls.

    “We just can’t get complacent. This is a huge time of year. We have a lot of work to do and a long way to go.”

    Elliott was well aware Busch was gaining on him near the end of the race, but he was reluctant to run up against the outside wall, where Busch was gaining ground.

    “I got really tight that last run, and especially the second half of the run, he was catching me, and he was making a lot of time right against the wall, and I was just afraid to get up there and put it in the fence and really ruin it,” Elliott said.

    “I felt comfortable running down just slightly. I could move up a little bit to make some time when I had to; I just really didn’t want to do it if I didn’t absolutely have to.”

    Fortunately for Elliott, Busch’s effort stalled out in the final five laps.

    “We had a great race there at the end,” Busch said. “We were trying to chase down Chase. We were close. Got kind of there, then just the car died out, didn’t have any more to go. I was afraid that was going to happen. Good day for us.”

    Elliott and Aric Almirola, who finished 10th on Sunday, already were guaranteed berths in the Round of 8, thanks to respective wins at Dover and Talladega. Harvick, who came home 12th after leading 76 laps, locked himself into the next round with a second-place result in Stage 1.

    hen Brad Keselowski came to pit road on Lap 224, Elliott stayed out front the rest of the way.

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    Chase Elliott is a NASCAR Cup Series victor for the first time in his career.

    Elliott won the 2018 Go Bowling at The Glen on Sunday at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York, holding off defending champion Martin Truex Jr. in dramatic fashion in the closing stretch of the race.

    Truex continued to close the gap as the two drivers approached the checkered flag in the 90-lap road race, but Elliott was able to hold him off and cross the finish line just as Truex ran out of fuel.

    The No. 9 driver was understandably emotional after finally earning a victory:

     

     

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