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Chase Elliott Captures Third Win of His Rookie Season

Published: July 20th, 2014
Chase Elliott celebrates in Victory Lane

Chase Elliott celebrates in Victory Lane

He started out strong and faded back, but came back in winning fashion at Chicagoland Speedway. Chase Elliott was able to claim his third win of the season and gained the points lead Saturday night.

Pole-sitter Brian Scott took over the lead early but Elliott kept up with the top runners starting from the third position. By lap 16, Elliott was on the bumper of Scott. They swapped the lead beginning on lap 21 with Elliott taking the lead and Scott quickly battling back. Elliott was able to keep the lead until lap 51 when a charging Ryan Blaney took over the top spot.

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INTERVIEW: Mason Mitchell

Published: July 19th, 2014
Mason Mitchell shows how super his win really was

Mason Mitchell shows how super his win really was

On Saturday afternoon, the ARCA series took to the track at Chicagoland Speedway.  In the last lap, Mason Mitchell was able to sneak by Justin Boston for the win.  In this Behind the Wheel interview, Mason talks about that last lap and a little about his season.

Mason Mitchell Behind the Wheel

INTERVIEW: James Buescher

Published: July 19th, 2014

James BuescherJames Buescher is a champion in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and is working toward that status in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.  It’s been a struggle this season, he says, but his team continues to improve.  Listen to what he has to say about his race tonight at Chicagoland Speedway in this Behind the Wheel interview.

James Buescher Behind the Wheel

INTERVIEW: Sam Hornish, Jr.

Published: July 19th, 2014
Sam Hornish Jr

Sam Hornish, Jr.

He was a winner in the Indianapolis 500 and he’s working a part-time NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule now for Joe Gibbs Racing after a couple of seasons with then-Penske Racing.  In this Behind the Wheel interview, Sam Hornish, Jr. talks about how he keeps the focus between races and about his outlook for tonight’s race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Sam Hornish, Jr. Behind the Wheel

 

 

INTERVIEW: Eric McClure

Published: July 19th, 2014
Eric McClure

Eric McClure signs some autographs for the fans

The paint scheme on his car looks just like the box.  Eric McClure drives the No. 14 Hefty Ultimate/Reynolds Wrap machine for Tri Star Motorsports and it always looks good going around the track.  In this interview, he talks about his season and his optimism for the NASCAR Nationwide race at Chicagoland Speedway.  Oh, and I stumped him with the cake question.

Eric McClure Behind the Wheel

INTERVIEW: Erik Jones

Published: July 19th, 2014
Erik Jones

Erik Jones

He’s only 18 and has a couple of wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.  Now he’s looking to get a win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in his first attempt at Chicagoland Speedway tonight. Erik Jones talks about his work in the truck series and his Nationwide Series debut in the seat of the  Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 in this Behind the Wheel interview.

Erik Jones Behind the Wheel

INTERVIEW: Brendan Gaughan

Published: July 19th, 2014
Brendan Gaughan

Brendan Gaughan

Since the last time we’ve heard from Brendan Gaughan he was looking for a win in NASCAR Nationwide Series for Richard Childress Racing and he found one at Road America!  He talks about his expectations at Chicagoland Speedway plus Indianapolis Motor Speedway in this Behind the Wheel interview.

Brendan Gaughan Behind the Wheel

INTERVIEW: Ryan Reed

Published: July 19th, 2014

Even though he was diagnosed with Diabetes three years ago, that hasn’t stopped Ryan Reed from fulfilling his dream of being a NASCAR driver and driving for Roush-Fenway Racing.  In this Behind the Wheel interview, he talks about his sponsor for Saturday’s race and the season he’s had so far.  He was pretty strong in practice Friday afternoon so we’ll see how he does in the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Ryan Reed Behind the Wheel

INTERVIEW: Ryan Blaney

Published: July 19th, 2014
Ryan Blaney

Ryan Blaney

It’s Ryan Blaney’s first time in a Hertz sponsored No. 22 for Team Penske in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and it’s his first time racing at Chicagoland Speedway.  He sounds pretty confident for tonight’s race.  He was in the top ten in practice on Friday and the team is building on more.  Listen to what he has to say about the track, what he expects for the race and about the Penske Files.

Ryan Blaney Behind the Wheel

Interview: Dylan Kwasniewski

Published: July 19th, 2014

Dylan KwasniewskiDylan Kwasniewski is in his rookie season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.  He had a little bit of trouble in practice on Friday, but he feels like the car will be good to go in Saturday night’s race.  Listen to what he had to say in this Behind the Wheel interview about his issues in his Turner Scott Motorsports No. 31 on Friday, his season so far and a preview of Indianapolis:

Dylan Kwasniewski Behind the Wheel

INTERVIEW: Joey Coulter

Published: July 16th, 2014
Joey Coulter

Joey Coulter

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Joey Coulter is getting better and better each race.

He finished fourth in the No. 21 for GMS Racing  in the most recent race at Iowa Speedway and he says some of his best tracks are coming up.

Find out what he’s got going for him at Eldora Speedway and more in this Behind the Wheel interview:  Joey Coulter Behind the Wheel

NASCAR Penalizes NCWTS Team for Infraction

Published: July 15th, 2014
Erik Jones driver of the #51 ToyotaCare Toyota celebrates after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen at the Iowa Speedway on July 11, 2014 in Newton, Iowa.  Photo by Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images

Erik Jones driver of the #51 ToyotaCare Toyota celebrates after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen at the Iowa Speedway on July 11, 2014 in Newton, Iowa. Photo by Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images

A penalty has been handed down to the winning team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCTWS) race Friday night at Iowa Speedway.

NASCAR officials found that the No. 51 for Kyle Busch Motorsports had a violation in that the race truck failed to meet post-race height requirements, the second such violation discovered in two consecutive races.

The infraction will cost crew chief Eric Phillips a $6,000 fine and he has been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. The driver of the truck for that race, Erik Jones, will lose 10 championship driver points and KBM Motorsports owner Kyle Busch will lose 10 championship owner points.

Jones won the Iowa Speedway race Friday night to launch the team to its seventh win out of nine races this season.

Keselowski Sweeps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Published: July 13th, 2014
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Redds Ford, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images

Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Redds Ford, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images

It was about Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski all Sunday long. When he wasn’t leading, he was battling for the lead and took care of the field after restarting outside the top ten on several occasions after pit stops. He controlled the Camping World RV Sales 301 Sunday afternoon and took home the trophy – and the lobster – at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

He also won the Nationwide Series race, the Sta-Green 200, Saturday afternoon.

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Erik Jones Wins at Iowa Speedway, Claims Second Career Win

Published: July 11th, 2014
Erik Jones

Erik Jones

Erik Jones made it look easy as he claimed the checkered flag in the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. But it wasn’t. He had some stiff competition from Ryan Blaney for most of the race.

Jones was able to get out of pit road with the lead just in front of Blaney on the last round of pit stops after a caution on lap 125. From there, Blaney used lapped traffic to close the gap on Jones and went three wide for the lead on lap 184 in an attempt to charge for the lead but got loose coming out of the corner. The rear right wheel on Blaney’s truck made a smooth black tire tread mark on the track as he brought the truck out of a slow slide to avoid any contact with Jones. There was minimal contact as Jones was caught in the middle of the action with the lapped truck of Justin Lofton on the outside. Jones was able to reclaim the lead and stayed there until the flagman waved the checkered flag on the stand.

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What are the Drivers Saying?

Published: July 10th, 2014

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers will be at Iowa Speedway on Friday and the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series drivers will be at the Magic Mile – New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

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Aric Almirola Wins Eventful Race at Daytona

Published: July 6th, 2014
Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 United States Air Force Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 after the race was called for weather at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo by: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images

Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 United States Air Force Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 after the race was called for weather at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo by: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images

It was a rough weekend at Daytona International Speedway where Mother Nature and slick track conditions played a part in the abbreviated Coke Zero 400 on Sunday.

The driver who was happy to see rain come down was Richard Petty Motorsports’ Aric Almirola who took the famed No. 43 back to Victory Lane – the same place it was parked 30 years ago at Daytona when Richard Petty won his 200th race.

It took Almirola a while to get there.

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Interview: Ben Kennedy

Published: July 2nd, 2014
Ben Kennedy

Ben Kennedy

Ben Kennedy has a lot of confidence this season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.  He has every right to be – he’s seventh in the standings and he’s the leading contender for Sunoco Rookie of the Year.

In this Behind the Wheel interview, learn which upcoming track he feels will be strong for his No. 31 Turner Scott Motorsports team and one where more practice could help him slide higher in the standings:  Ben Kennedy Behind the Wheel

 

Kyle Busch and KBM Crew Chief Penalized

Published: July 1st, 2014
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, leads a pack of trucks during the NASCAR Camping World Series UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway on June 26, 2014 in Sparta, Kentucky. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, leads a pack of trucks during the NASCAR Camping World Series UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway on June 26, 2014 in Sparta, Kentucky. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The crew chief of the Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the owner have been penalized after a post-race inspection found the truck too low.

The owner of the truck, Kyle Busch, drove it to Victory Lane after dominating Thursday night’s UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway.

The infraction violates the 2014 NASCAR rule book in Section 20B-12.8.1 (truck failed to meet post-race height requirements).

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Brad Keselowski Gets Win at Kentucky Speedway

Published: June 28th, 2014
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway on June 28, 2014 in Sparta, Kentucky. Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images

Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway on June 28, 2014 in Sparta, Kentucky. Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images

Brad Keselowski had a car that was unbeatable. It started out of the gate on the pole and finished in the winning position Saturday night in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He led 199 out of the 267 laps in the race.

As he celebrated in Victory Lane with his crew, a champagne bottle exploded in Keselowski’s right hand which required a trip to the infield care center. That wasn’t about to cork his night. He returned to Victory Lane four stitches later to continue the celebration.

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Matt Kenseth Looking for Win at Kentucky Speedway

Published: June 25th, 2014
Matt Kenseth

Matt Kenseth

NASCAR is headed to a track this weekend that is described as having lots of character. Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky has a rough surface which throws off some drivers when maneuvering their cars around the 1.5 mile oval.

Matt Kenseth will be racing in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series races this weekend. Kenseth said Tuesday afternoon that he’s not sure if tire wear will be a concern with the surface being so rough. He will figure that out when he does a tire test there in his Nationwide car this afternoon.

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