Custer Wins Second Consecutive XFINITY Series Pole

Cole Custer won the pole for the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway. It’s Custer’s second career and second consecutive XFINITY Series pole after winning his first at Bristol last week. Series rookie Christopher Bell will start second.

In the first round, it took about half of the session for the contenders to start making laps. Once they did, it was John Hunter Nemechek who topped the board, at a time of 22.340 seconds, far in front of second-place Ryan Reed’s 22.638. There were no notables that missed out advancing to the next round. Tony Mrakovich, who will make his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut on Friday night, ran a time good enough for 35th.

In the second round, Justin Allgaier’s 22.466 second lap put him at the top of the board. Notables Ryan Reed (13th), Chase Briscoe (15th), and Brandon Jones (18th) missed out on a chance to run for the pole. Tyler Reddick scraped the wall, but made the final round. All four JR Motorsports cars were able to make the final round.

In the final round, Cole Custer ran fastest, with a session-best 22.253 second lap after running only one fast lap in each of the two previous rounds. Noah Gragson, who will make his debut in Friday night’s race, will start 11th. Because 40 drivers were entered, there were none that failed to make the race.

The ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway will take place on Friday night at 7 p.m eastern time.

Here is the full starting lineup for the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway:

  1. Cole Custer
  2. Christopher Bell
  3. Austin Cindric
  4. Daniel Hemric
  5. John Hunter Nemechek
  6. Ryan Truex
  7. Justin Allgaier
  8. Elliott Sadler
  9. Michael Annett
  10. Tyler Reddick
  11. Noah Gragson
  12. Matt Tifft
  13. Ryan Reed
  14. Jeb Burton
  15. Chase Briscoe
  16. Ross Chastain
  17. Spencer Gallagher
  18. Brandon Jones
  19. Alex Labbe
  20. Joe Nemechek
  21. Brandon Brown
  22. Kaz Grala
  23. Joey Gase
  24. Ryan Sieg
  25. David Starr
  26. Jeremy Clements
  27. JJ Yeley
  28. Garrett Smithley
  29. Stephen Leicht
  30. Tommy Joe Martins
  31. Morgan Shepherd
  32. Jeff Green
  33. Chad Finchum
  34. Spencer Boyd
  35. Tony Mrakovich
  36. BJ McLeod
  37. Josh Bilicki
  38. Vinnie Miller
  39. Timmy Hill
  40. Mike Harmon

Cup Race at Bristol Postponed to Monday After 204 Laps

After 204 of 500 laps, the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway has been postponed until Monday at 1 p.m. eastern time. Kyle Larson currently leads and Brad Keselowski won the first stage. The race has already seen eight cautions, including four red flags, three for rain and one for a wreck.

When the green flag flew for the initial start, Kyle Busch jumped to a half-second lead in a lap. A wreck erupted early as Michael McDowell spun, collecting Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., and David Ragan. On the lap 10 restart, Kyle Busch grabbed the lead once again. On lap 17, Ryan Blaney took the lead, and the next lap, AJ Allmendinger looped it around, bringing out the second caution of the day.

The race restarted on lap 23, and Ryan Blaney jumped to a decent lead. The caution flew on lap 47 for rain. That yellow flag quickly turned red as the rain picked up. The red flag lasted 25 minutes, and then the cars were rolling once again.

When the race went green on lap 60, Ryan Blaney again stretched out a lead, but Erik Jones got into Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and spun him. Chris Buescher also spun. The race got back going on lap 68, and Blaney jumped away, followed by his three Penske teammates. As the laps ticked away in stage one, Trevor Bayne and Chris Buescher got together in front of leader Ryan Blaney, collecting Blaney, Jamie McMurray, and Harrison Rhodes. Blaney, Rhodes, and Buescher would be eliminated due to the wreck. The red flag came out, lasting for six minutes.

Brad Keselowski led as the field restarted for a one-lap shootout to end stage one. Keselowski was able to hold off the field to win the stage.

On the restart, Kyle Larson jumped to the lead using strategy. A handful of laps later, Trevor Bayne spun and made contact with the outside wall, bringing out the caution with fewer than 100 laps remaining in stage two. Under that caution, rain picked up and brought the red flag out once again for another 25 minutes.

The race restarted with 81 to go in stage two, and Larson jumped away, with Paul Menard advancing to second. With just over 60 laps left in stage two, Kurt Busch was forced to pit for a loose wheel. With 48 laps left in stage two, the caution came out once again for rain. This would be the one to end it, as NASCAR called the race for rain. It will get back underway on Monday at 1 p.m. eastern time.

Here is the current running order for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway after 204 of 500 laps:

  1. Kyle Larson
  2. Denny Hamlin
  3. Paul Menard
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  6. Joey Logano
  7. Daniel Suarez
  8. Jimmie Johnson
  9. Kevin Harvick
  10. Austin Dillon
  11. Kasey Kahne
  12. Alex Bowman
  13. Ryan Newman
  14. Brad Keselowski
  15. William Byron
  16. Clint Bowyer
  17. Aric Almirola
  18. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  19. AJ Allmendinger
  20. Erik Jones
  21. David Ragan
  22. Jamie McMurray
  23. Landon Cassill
  24. Matt DiBenedetto
  25. Trevor Bayne
  26. Kurt Busch
  27. Corey LaJoie
  28. Reed Sorenson
  29. Martin Truex Jr.
  30. DJ Kennington
  31. Chad Finchum
  32. Ty Dillon
  33. Chase Elliott
  34. Gray Gaulding
  35. Ryan Blaney
  36. Chris Buescher
  37. Harrison Rhodes
  38. Michael McDowell
  39. Ross Chastain

Preece Takes Hard-Fought Victory at Bristol

Ryan Preece won the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. It’s Preece’s second career XFINITY Series win and his first at Bristol. The race contained twelve cautions and one red flag.

On the initial start, Justin Allgaier got by polesitter Cole Custer on the outside as Custer had a big sideways moment. About five laps in, Christopher Bell slammed the wall after a tire went down on his No. 20, causing everyone to check up behind him. This caused a pileup involving Jeremy Clements, Ty Majeski, Chase Briscoe, Kaz Grala, and Alex Labbe.

When the race restarted, Allgaier again took the lead from the outside, getting in front of second-place Daniel Hemric. Allgaier led all the way until the competition yellow came out on lap 45. On pit stops, Cole Custer and Christopher Bell took two tires, lining up second and fourth on the restart. Daniel Hemric stayed out due to a miscommunication, while Allgaier took four tires and lined up third. Custer had a fire in his pit stall, but all his crewmen were okay and the flames were put out.

When the green flag flew again, Hemric took the lead early, but after a lap, Christopher Bell was able to get by him, fully recovered from his lap five incident. Matt Tifft and Elliott Sadler wrecked with less than 30 laps remaining in stage one after Tifft and Justin Allgaier collided, turning Tifft into the inside wall. Elliott Sadler and John Hunter Nemechek got together trying to avoid, sending Sadler into the outside wall. Sadler and Nemechek exchanged bumps during the resulting caution.

The race got back underway with 20 laps left in stage one, and immediately after the restart, Matt Tifft slammed the outside wall after his right front tire went down. The tire failure likely stemmed from damage sustained in the previous wreck. This time, Tifft wouldn’t be able to return to the track.

Christopher Bell led the field to the green, clearing Daniel Hemric once again. Hemric challenged Bell, making a little contact, but Bell was able to drive away and win a very eventful stage one. On pit stops, Ryan Reed took only two tires and jumped up to third. Ryan Preece and Justin Allgaier stayed out. Cole Custer was sent to the rear of the field due to a speeding penalty.

The race restarted at the lap 99 mark, and Ryan Preece easily jumped away. A couple laps later, Justin Allgaier and Brandon Jones got together, sending Allgaier spinning. Also involved were John Hunter Nemechek, Ty Majeski, Tommy Joe Martins, and Alex Labbe.

On the lap 110 restart, Daniel Hemric cleared Preece for the lead. With about 30 laps remaining in stage two, Vinnie Miller spun, collecting Cody Ware. Third place Christopher Bell flew passenger-door-first into the front end of Miller’s car, destroying both cars. Bell’s car hit so hard its roof buckled, but Bell would get out okay. NASCAR would elect to put out the red flag for seven minutes.

Once the race got back underway, Hemric got away, but Dylan Lupton had something go wrong, sending him into the outside wall, bringing out caution number eight at the halfway mark in the race.

The restart came with only nine to go in stage two. Hemric cleared Preece, but Preece decided that that wouldn’t do and took the lead away from Hemric. With two laps left in the stage, Cole Custer and Spencer Gallagher hit the wall after Elliott Sadler locked up his brakes got up into Custer. The incident didn’t bring out the yellow, but did knock all Sadler and Custer outside the top ten. On pit stops, Austin Cindric was first off pit road, while Chase Briscoe, Brandon Jones, and Tyler Reddick stayed out.

The race went back green with 123 laps remaining, and Briscoe, despite the damage he’d sustained early in the race, jumped to the lead past Brandon Jones. Jones, though, would get by Briscoe after a few laps, followed by Ryan Preece. A couple laps after Briscoe lost the lead, Daniel Hemric got into the back of him, sending the No. 98 car spinning, but Briscoe would get away without damage.

With 107 laps left, Brandon Jones led the field back to the green. Jones would stretch his lead to over a second after only a couple laps. With 30 laps to go, John Hunter Nemechek, who had been running inside the top five, pitted due to a suspected tire issue. With 24 laps to go, Cole Custer got into the outside wall, but maintained position in tenth, one lap down. With 18 to go, Shane Lee brought out caution number 11 as he blew a tire and slammed the outside wall. Leader Brandon Jones led the field down pit road and was the first one off pit road as well. Jones took two tires, while everyone else took four.

The restart took place with 10 to go, and Ryan Preece got by Jones, whose old tires were no match for the new tires of Preece and the rest of the field. Preece was able to get away from the field and take his first win of 2018. As Preece took the win, Austin Cindric got turned into the wall by Tyler Reddick and limped across the line in 12th.

Below are the full results from the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway:

  1. Ryan Preece (Stage two)
  2. Justin Allgaier
  3. Daniel Hemric
  4. Elliott Sadler
  5. Spencer Gallagher
  6. Brandon Jones
  7. Tyler Reddick
  8. Cole Custer
  9. Ross Chastain
  10. Ryan Truex
  11. Alex Labbe
  12. Austin Cindric
  13. John Hunter Nemechek
  14. Shane Lee
  15. Ryan Sieg
  16. Joey Gase
  17. Garrett Smithley
  18. Ryan Reed
  19. Joe Nemechek
  20. BJ McLeod
  21. Michael Annett
  22. Josh Williams
  23. Chase Briscoe
  24. David Starr
  25. Spencer Boyd
  26. Tommy Joe Martins
  27. Timmy Hill
  28. Stephen Leicht
  29. Christopher Bell (Stage one)
  30. Cody Ware
  31. Dylan Lupton
  32. Josh Bilicki
  33. Vinnie Miller
  34. Ty Majeski
  35. Matt Tifft
  36. Chad Finchum
  37. JJ Yeley
  38. Kaz Grala
  39. Jeff Green
  40. Jeremy Clements

Ragan Surprises, Sets Pace in Happy Hour as Kurt Busch Crashes Late

David Ragan paced final practice for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. All the quickest times were set early in the session. Ragan ran top 10 times in all three practice sessions and qualified 23rd.

Jimmie Johnson ran the most laps in the session with 95, followed closely by Darrell Wallace Jr.’s 93 laps. Chad Finchum, who will make his Cup Series debut on Sunday, didn’t run a lap in the session.

The only incident in the session occurred with a couple of minutes left in the session, when Kurt Busch spun off of turn two and collided with the inside wall. Busch was near the end of a long run, and had elected to run a couple more laps before he planned to bring it to the garage. The incident would effectively mark the end of the session and will likely send Busch to a backup car. Busch qualified second, but will probably have to start from the back of the field on Sunday.

The Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled to go green around 1 p.m. eastern time on Sunday. The race was moved from a 2 p.m. eastern start due to forecasted rain.

Here are the full results from the final practice for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway:

  1. David Ragan
  2. Chase Elliott
  3. Denny Hamlin
  4. Kurt Busch
  5. Michael McDowell
  6. AJ Allmendinger
  7. Kyle Busch
  8. Daniel Suarez
  9. Kasey Kahne
  10. Jimmie Johnson
  11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  12. Chris Buescher
  13. Erik Jones
  14. Martin Truex Jr.
  15. Clint Bowyer
  16. Ryan Blaney
  17. Austin Dillon
  18. Aric Almirola
  19. Alex Bowman
  20. Brad Keselowski
  21. Joey Logano
  22. Kyle Larson
  23. Landon Cassill
  24. Kevin Harvick
  25. Matt DiBenedetto
  26. Ryan Newman
  27. Paul Menard
  28. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  29. Jamie McMurray
  30. William Byron
  31. Gray Gaulding
  32. Trevor Bayne
  33. Ross Chastain
  34. Corey LaJoie
  35. D.J. Kennington
  36. Ty Dillon
  37. Harrison Rhodes
  38. Reed Sorenson

Custer Grabs First Career XFINITY Series Pole at Bristol

Cole Custer won the pole for the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. It’s Custer’s first career XFINITY Series pole, and the first pole for Stewart-Haas Racing in the series. Justin Allgaier will start beside Custer on Saturday afternoon.

After about 30 seconds in the first round, Morgan Shepherd brought out the red flag after he slammed the wall exiting turn four on his warm up lap. While Shepherd got out to make more laps, he would be the one to miss the race of the 41 drivers entered. Similar to Cup qualifying, most of the contenders waited until around halfway through the 15-minute round. John Hunter Nemechek went fastest in the first round with a time of 15.176 seconds. Tyler Reddick (25th) missed out on advancing to the second round. Reddick and Joey Gase had a discussion after Reddick pulled in front of Gase to make his qualifying run. Neither advanced to the second round.

The second round changed the pace as drivers headed out after only about one minute. Unfortunately, Ryan Sieg brought out the red flag as he slid off of turn four, pounding both the outside and inside walls. At that point, only five drivers had taken time. It was quite a while before the track went back green. When it did, Ryan Truex went out, and he wasn’t very fast. That caused the waiting game to begin again, with only the odd driver making laps until about two minutes remained in the round. John Hunter Nemechek again ran fastest, this time running a lap in 15.179 seconds. Elliott Sadler (13th), Ty Majeski (14th), Ryan Truex (21st), and Chase Briscoe (22nd) missed out on advancing to run for the pole.

In the final round, drivers headed out right away, but it was Cole Custer who won the pole with a lap late in the round. Custer ran the fastest lap of the session, at 15.090 seconds.

The Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway will take place at 1 p.m. eastern on Saturday.

Here is the full lineup for the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300:

  1. Cole Custer
  2. Justin Allgaier
  3. Christopher Bell
  4. Daniel Hemric
  5. John Hunter Nemechek
  6. Brandon Jones
  7. Ryan Preece
  8. Shane Lee
  9. Spencer Gallagher
  10. Austin Cindric
  11. Matt Tifft
  12. Ryan Reed
  13. Elliott Sadler
  14. Ty Majeski
  15. Ross Chastain
  16. Alex Labbe
  17. Kaz Grala
  18. Michael Annett
  19. Jeremy Clements
  20. Ryan Sieg
  21. Ryan Truex
  22. Chase Briscoe
  23. JJ Yeley
  24. Jeff Green
  25. Tyler Reddick
  26. BJ McLeod
  27. Tommy Joe Martins
  28. Joey Gase
  29. Chad Finchum
  30. Joe Nemechek
  31. Timmy Hill
  32. Josh Williams
  33. Dylan Lupton
  34. Vinnie Miller
  35. Garrett Smithley
  36. Josh Bilicki
  37. Spencer Boyd
  38. Stephen Leicht
  39. Cody Ware
  40. David Starr

Larson Leads Second Practice at Bristol

Kyle Larson led second practice for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a lap time of 14.874 seconds. Larson ran his fast lap early, but spent much of the session trying to work in an outside groove. In the process, he put up the most laps in the session at 70 total circuits. He will start sixth on Sunday.

There were no incidents in the session, and 37 cars took time, with Reed Sorenson and Ross Chastain being the only drivers not to take time.

Here are the full results from second practice for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway:

  1. Kyle Larson
  2. Martin Truex Jr.
  3. Aric Almirola
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. Kasey Kahne
  6. David Ragan
  7. Joey Logano
  8. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  9. Jimmie Johnson
  10. Chase Elliott
  11. Erik Jones
  12. Chris Buescher
  13. Michael McDowell
  14. Alex Bowman
  15. Kurt Busch
  16. Kevin Harvick
  17. Clint Bowyer
  18. Trevor Bayne
  19. AJ Allmendinger
  20. Ryan Blaney
  21. Daniel Suarez
  22. Austin Dillon
  23. Denny Hamlin
  24. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  25. Ryan Newman
  26. William Byron
  27. Paul Menard
  28. Brad Keselowski
  29. Jamie McMurray
  30. Landon Cassill
  31. Gray Gaulding
  32. Ty Dillon
  33. Matt DiBenedetto
  34. Corey LaJoie
  35. DJ Kennington
  36. Harrison Rhodes
  37. Chad Finchum

Kyle Busch Beats Brother Kurt to Win Bristol Pole

Kyle Busch won the pole for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. It’s Busch’s 29th career Cup Series pole, second at Bristol, and second of 2018. Kyle’s brother Kurt starts second. This marks the third-ever all-Busch front row.

In the first round, it took about seven minutes for a significant number of car to get out on track. It was another several minutes before any contenders to make a lap. With around five minutes left in the round, contenders started rolling out. This led to a couple of minutes of chaos, and, at the end of it, drivers such as Denny Hamlin (25th), Martin Truex Jr. (26th), Ryan Newman (30th), and Jamie McMurray (31st) were outside of the top 24. Kevin Harvick didn’t make a run because a wreck in practice sent him to a backup car. Because of these issues for the frontrunners, drivers such as Michael McDowell (10th), David Ragan (13th), AJ Allmendinger (15th), and Matt DiBenedetto (24th) made it to the second round. 14.879 seconds was the time to beat, set by Kyle Busch.

In round two, all 24 drivers again sat until three minutes were left before rolling off pit road. At the end of it all, Erik Jones (13th), Clint Bowyer (14th), Chase Elliott (16th), Jimmie Johnson (17th), and Aric Almirola (19th) missed out on their chance to compete for the pole. Johnson had a confrontation with Darrell Wallace Jr. after he got stuck behind Wallace on the track. Johnson wasn’t happy, but deemed it circumstantial. Kurt Busch came away with the fastest time, which was 14.871 seconds.

Again in round three, a car didn’t pull onto the track until only about 90 seconds remained in the round. After that hectic minute and a half, Kyle Busch topped the board, with brother Kurt in second. Kyle ran a lap in 14.895 seconds compared to Kurt’s 14.897 second lap.

On Saturday, the Cup Series has two more practice sessions at 8:30 a.m. and 11:05 a.m. eastern time. The Food City 500 takes place at 2 p.m. eastern on Sunday.

Here is the full starting lineup for Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway:

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Kurt Busch
  3. Brad Keselowski
  4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  5. Ryan Blaney
  6. Kyle Larson
  7. Paul Menard
  8. Alex Bowman
  9. Michael McDowell
  10. Joey Logano
  11. William Byron (Rookie)
  12. Daniel Suarez
  13. Erik Jones
  14. Clint Bowyer
  15. Kasey Kahne
  16. Chase Elliott
  17. Jimmie Johnson
  18. AJ Allmendinger
  19. Aric Almirola
  20. Darrell Wallace Jr. (Rookie)
  21. Austin Dillon
  22. Chris Buescher
  23. David Ragan
  24. Matt DiBenedetto
  25. Denny Hamlin
  26. Martin Truex Jr.
  27. Ross Chastain
  28. Gray Gaulding
  29. Landon Cassill
  30. Ryan Newman
  31. Jamie McMurray
  32. Ty Dillon
  33. Trevor Bayne
  34. Corey LaJoie
  35. D.J. Kennington
  36. Reed Sorenson
  37. Harrison Rhodes
  38. Chad Finchum (Cup Debut)
  39. Kevin Harvick

Kyle Busch Wins Battle of Attrition at Texas

Kyle Busch won the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch led 116 laps and won stage two en route to victory. This is Busch’s 44th career Cup Series win and his third at Texas. The race featured eight cautions and one 11-minute red flag.

Before the start, Kyle Larson was forced to start from the rear due to inspection issues. His car chief was ejected as well. William Byron would start from the rear due to an engine change, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had to start from the back due to a wreck in practice forcing him to a backup car.

On the start, Harvick took the lead and Kurt Busch got caught on the outside and slid back to seventh after starting from the pole. On lap three, Alex Bowman spun after clipping the apron, collecting Paul Menard, Austin Dillon, Daniel Suarez, and Ross Chastain. All were able to continue, though Bowman sustained significant damage and went to the garage after meeting minimum speed. Suarez pitted many times under green and fell many laps down.

On the restart, Harvick took the lead, and Clint Bowyer, like Kurt Busch did on the start, got loose and fell back, settling in fifth. About halfway through the first stage, the pit stop cycle began. Second-place runner Ryan Blaney had to serve a pass-through penalty for an uncontrolled tire. Blaney fell to outside the top 20. With 30 laps left in stage one, Jimmie Johnson made a second pit stop for a loose wheel. About ten laps later, Denny Hamlin was busted for speeding entering pit road, dropping him a lap down. With five to go in stage one, Martin Truex Jr. blew a right front tire exiting turn four and pounded the wall. It would end Truex’s race and his streak of ten straight top five finishes at 1.5 mile tracks. Kevin Harvick won stage one under caution.

On pit stops, Kyle Busch took the lead from Harvick. Denny Hamlin’s pit crew committed an uncontrolled tire violation, sending him to the back end of the lead lap. On the restart, Busch stretched his legs and built up a small lead. About 30 laps after the restart, Harvick caught and passed Busch and led once again. About halfway through stage two, Kyle Larson blew a right front tire entering turn one, sending him hard into the outside wall. The car caught fire, but Larson would get out okay.

On pit stops, Kevin Harvick fell to ninth because a lug nut got stuck under the jack. Kyle and Kurt Busch led the field to the restart. Kurt Busch took the lead, driving away from brother Kyle. Kevin Harvick compounded his pit road issues as he returned to tighten a loose wheel. He fell a lap down outside the top 20. A couple of laps later, Ryan Blaney had similar issues. With only three laps remaining in stage two, Kyle Busch was able to get by his brother and drive to the stage win.

When the field came to pit road, Erik Jones’ crew was able to pick up three spots and allow Jones to lead the field to the green ahead of teammate Kyle Busch. On the restart, Kyle Busch got all kinds of sideways, but saved it. The accordion effect, though, caused contact between Aric Almirola and Denny Hamlin, sending Almirola into the wall and Hamlin spinning. Trevor Bayne, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon, and David Ragan were all involved. The wreck ended the days of Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, Keselowski, and Jimmie Johnson and brought out a ten-minute-plus red flag.

On the restart, Erik Jones jumped away from second-place Chase Elliott, who fell to third after being passed by Kurt Busch. With 120 laps remaining, Chase Elliott pitted for a vibration. With just over 100 to go, Austin Dillon had to pit due to smoke. His brakes had caught fire. Dillon went back out and immediately began to smoke again, and he elected to head to the garage. As that happened, the rest of the field began their round of green flag stops. With 100 laps to go, Paul Menard, who was involved in the lap three wreck, had a tire go down and slammed the wall, bringing out the caution. Kevin Harvick had yet to pit and was finally able to get back on the lead lap. Unfortunately for Harvick, his team would take a too many men over the wall penalty after a crewman literally fell over the wall. That meant he’d have to pass all the lap-down cars as well.

On the restart, Kyle Busch passed by Erik Jones to take the lead. With 85 laps to go, Kasey Kahne and Trevor Bayne spun. Neither sustained damage until Kahne had a tire come apart, which tore apart his fender.

When the race went back green, Kyle Busch got the lead and Jamie McMurray was able to grab second place. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. smacked the wall after getting out of the groove, but there was no caution and Stenhouse continued. Pit stops ensued as the race eclipsed 50 to go. With 30 to go, Ryan Newman, who was still running and hadn’t made his final pit stop, blew a right front and slammed the wall, similar to Larson and Truex’s wreck earlier in the day.

This set up a restart with only 23 laps to go. On that restart, Kyle Busch grabbed the lead, but Harvick followed closely behind. Even as Harvick stalked him, though, Busch was able to take home the victory.

Here are the full results from the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway:

  1. Kyle Busch (Stage two)
  2. Kevin Harvick (Stage one)
  3. Jamie McMurray
  4. Erik Jones
  5. Ryan Blaney
  6. Joey Logano
  7. Kurt Busch
  8. Darrell Wallace Jr. (Rookie)
  9. Clint Bowyer
  10. William Byron (Rookie)
  11. Chase Elliott
  12. Trevor Bayne
  13. Ty Dillon
  14. Michael McDowell
  15. Chris Buescher
  16. Matt DiBenedetto
  17. Kasey Kahne
  18. Ross Chastain
  19. Cole Whitt
  20. Gray Gaulding
  21. Landon Cassill
  22. Harrison Rhodes
  23. David Ragan
  24. AJ Allmendinger (Engine)
  25. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Suspension)
  26. Austin Dillon
  27. Ryan Newman (Crash)
  28. Alex Bowman
  29. Daniel Suarez
  30. Paul Menard (Crash)
  31. Reed Sorenson (Overheating)
  32. Aric Almirola (Crash)
  33. Brad Keselowski (Crash)
  34. Denny Hamlin (Crash)
  35. Jimmie Johnson (Crash)
  36. Kyle Larson (Crash)
  37. Martin Truex Jr. (Crash)

Blaney Earns Third Consecutive XFINITY Win for Penske at Texas

Ryan Blaney won the My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Blaney led 132 of 200 laps and won stage one. It’s his seventh career series win and his first at Texas. Team Penske has won the last three consecutive XFINITY Series races with three different drivers. Christopher Bell and Daniel Hemric finished second and third, and both spent time up front.

On the initial start, Ryan Blaney jumped to the lead past Ryan Truex, but on lap two Chad Finchum brought out the caution by spinning exiting turn two. Finchum would continue without damage.

On the lap six restart, Blaney took the lead once again, this time getting by second-place Brandon Jones. Michael Annett pitted on lap eight after contact with Dylan Lupton caused a tire rub. While Annett was still on pit road, Jamie McMurray spun off of turn four and into the grass. McMurray would continue with minimal right rear damage.

On the lap 14 restart, Blaney again took the lead. Ryan Reed got sideways fighting with Ryan Truex for third and fell quickly outside the top five. Not long after, Vinnie Miller backed into the outside wall, destroying his car and ending his day.

The next restart came on lap 21, and Ryan Blaney took the lead once again, and the stage would go caution-free from then on. Blaney led all 45 laps of stage one to win it. On yellow flag pit stops, Cole Custer jumped to second and Christopher Bell lept to fourth, while Kevin Harvick fell to 20th. Justin Allgaier headed to the garage due to a broken valve spring before the race went back green. He would return before the end of stage two, but the issues would eventually end his day.

Ryan Blaney and Cole Custer led the field to the green to begin stage two, and Blaney darted away once again, and Bell took away second. Matt Tifft slid up the track and fell all the way to the 25th spot, the final car on the lead lap. Tyler Reddick started to have issues as he got loose and bumped into Ryan Reed. With about 20 laps remaining in stage two, Spencer Gallagher got loose and spun battling Ryan Reed, bringing out the caution, the fifth of the day.

The restart came with 15 to go in stage two, and Blaney lost the lead after he had a big sideways moment. Christopher Bell, Ryan Preece, and Kevin Harvick became the top three, with Blaney falling to fourth. With ten laps left in stage two, Chad Finchum spun again, this time destroying the back end of his car and ending his race.

The leaders pitted, but many stayed out, including Brandon Jones, Ryan Reed, Ryan Truex, Ryan Sieg, and Michael Annett. Former leader Christopher Bell, who did pit, was busted for an uncontrolled tire. On the restart with a single lap left in stage two, Brandon Jones was able to take the lead and victory in stage two.

During the caution, everyone that didn’t pit during the last caution pitted, putting Daniel Hemric up front. On the restart to begin stage three, Daniel Hemric grabbed the lead, but another restart would be needed as Brandon Jones got loose and into the wall. Ryan Sieg spun to avoid Jones, and Kaz Grala and Alex Labbe both heavily damaged their cars after getting into the grass. The wreck ended the day for Jones and Labbe, but Grala and Sieg continued.

On the lap 106 restart, Hemric once again took away the lead, getting by Tyler Reddick, who restarted on Hemric’s outside. Ryan Blaney got to Hemric, and after quite a few laps of battling, Blaney was able to get by Hemric. Not long after Blaney grabbed the lead, green flag pit stops began. Tyler Reddick, who was running near the front, was busted for speeding entering pit road. When he served his penalty, Reddick sped entering pit road again and was forced to come down a third time in a row. Ross Chastain, who had been having a good day, broke a gear on pit road, ending his day with about 50 laps left.

Kevin Harvick came down pit road with less than 25 laps to go for a vibration. With a couple of laps left, Garrett Smithley headed to the garage due to a fuel pump issue. Tyler Reddick sped on pit road for a third time, and was forced to come back down again. Blaney, meanwhile, strolled to the victory by over two seconds.

Here are the full results from the My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway:

  1. Ryan Blaney (Stage 1) (Cup)
  2. Christopher Bell (Rookie)
  3. Daniel Hemric
  4. Cole Custer
  5. Ryan Preece
  6. Matt Tifft
  7. Jamie McMurray (Cup)
  8. Elliott Sadler
  9. Austin Cindric (Rookie)
  10. Spencer Gallagher
  11. Chase Briscoe
  12. Ty Dillon (Cup)
  13. Ryan Truex
  14. Ryan Reed
  15. Michael Annett
  16. Jeremy Clements
  17. Dylan Lupton
  18. Ryan Sieg
  19. Kevin Harvick (Cup)
  20. Joey Gase
  21. David Starr
  22. Bayley Currey
  23. Tyler Reddick (Rookie)
  24. Josh Bilicki (Rookie)
  25. Spencer Boyd (Rookie)
  26. Kaz Grala (Rookie)
  27. Garrett Smithley (Fuel Pump)
  28. Ross Chastain (Rear Gear)
  29. BJ McLeod (Clutch)
  30. Josh Williams (Suspension)
  31. JJ Yeley (Engine)
  32. Alex Labbe (Crash) (Rookie)
  33. Brandon Jones (Crash) (Stage 2)
  34. Chad Finchum (Crash) (Rookie)
  35. Justin Allgaier (Engine)
  36. Timmy Hill (Fuel Pump)
  37. Stephen Leicht (Electrical)
  38. Morgan Shepherd (Suspension)
  39. Vinnie Miller (Crash) (Rookie)
  40. Jeff Green (Electrical)