Truck Racing

  • NASCAR: Takeaways from the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —   With seven races left until the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, one thing is clear: Toyota has planted its flag in Kentucky. Meanwhile, Ford is the only other manufacturer capable of making a competition out of this year’s championship race. Here is the analysis of ...
  • NASCAR: Truex repeats as NASCAR Cup winner at Kentucky Speedway SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. won the NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway, passing Brad Keselowski and then Kurt Busch late on the way to repeating as champion on Saturday night. Truex’s No. 78 Toyota Camry appeared even more dominant than last July as he led five times for 174 of 267 laps ...
  • NASCAR: Bell rallies late to win NASCAR Xfinity race at Kentucky SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Christopher Bell couldn’t have started any worse in Friday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race, which made his impressive victory all the more satisfying. Bell rallied from the rear of the field after a tire change due to a spin during qualifying. He steadily worked his way up the field and passed Justin ...
  • NASCAR Cup Series playoff hopefuls look to break through at Kentucky Speedway (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)     —-    With the mayhem of restrictor-plate racing behind them, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers roll on to Kentucky Speedway and the Quaker State 400 Saturday night. After more than half of the field was involved in accidents last Saturday night in a wild and generally out-of-control exhibition of superspeedway ...
  • NASCAR: Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ‘roval’ course remains a mystery after testing (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)    —    CONCORD, N.C. — This autumn’s Bank of America Roval 400 on the Charlotte Motor Speedway’s combination oval-road course won’t be a walk in the park. Drivers found the new course, a 17-turn, 2.28-mile run that includes portions of the infield and the high-speed oval, somewhat of a mystery during ...
  • How radio communication provided a winning tool and changed the course of NASCAR racing (Phatzradio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —   Accompanied by some static, the voice of Cole Pearn, Martin Truex Jr.’s crew chief, popped across their radio hookup in the final stage of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 last month at Sonoma Raceway. Truex was in a tight battle with Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer for the race win. “Next ...
  • NASCAR’s Cup Series a three-car race? 2nd half will tell DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Erik Jones created so much smoke during his burnout that he had trouble breathing afterward. His first career Cup victory Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway was a needed breath of fresh air in a sport that has failed to see a supposed bumper crop of young talent emerge as bona ...
  • NASCAR: Erik Jones gets 1st Cup win in crash-filled race at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Erik Jones survived several gnarly wrecks, defending Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. on his bumper late and the pressure of overtime at NASCAR’s most famous track. Maybe these so-called “Young Guns” do know how to find victory lane. Jones won a crash-filled race at Daytona International Speedway, passing Truex on the ...
  • Kyle Larson wins Xfinity race after Justin Haley’s pass ruled illegal DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Larson won the Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night when Justin Haley’s late pass in overtime was ruled illegal. A part-time driver in the series, Haley used a stellar move to pull off a stunning pass that looked as if it would lead him to victory ...
  • NASCAR Cup drivers expect aggressive tactics, intense racing at Daytona summer race (PHATZRADIO SPORTS / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —   DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — There is no easy way to predict the flavor of the final laps of races at NASCAR’s two giant tracks: Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. Some finishes at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series restrictor-plate tracks are the definition of chaos — huge wrecks, ...
  • Kyle Larson continues to prove he’s a serious NASCAR title contender (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —   JOLIET, Ill. — Kyle Larson might be second in your heart — and second seemingly on your eternal scoresheet — but he should have a good shot at being first in November when NASCAR’s top trophy and its fattest check are distributed. Larson, who will turn 26 years old ...
  • NASCAR: Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson stage dramatic duel in Cup season’s best finish (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —   JOLIET, Ill. — Kyle Larson called it one of the best finishes in NASCAR history. That’s a long list and a tough one to join, but a case could be made for Sunday’s Overton’s 400 finish appearing somewhere in there. And Larson’s vote counts more — he was the ...
  • Kyle Busch wins NASCAR Cup Series race in wild finish JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson raced all over the track during an electric final lap. As Busch began to celebrate his dramatic victory, Larson gave him a thumb’s up. It was quite a finish, and they knew it. Busch outdueled Larson down the stretch Sunday in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland ...
  • Kyle Larson overcomes starting grid penalty to win NASCAR Xfinity race at Chicagoland JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Once Kyle Larson got to the top of the track, it was all over. Larson used the high line Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway to pass Kevin Harvick and drive away to a dominant victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. “You can look at any track where you can run inches off the wall ...
  • NASCAR: Brett Moffitt wins NASCAR Truck Series race at Chicagoland JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Brett Moffitt won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday night after leader John Hunter Nemechek ran out of gas on the final lap. Moffitt won for the third time this season and fourth time overall – and did it in a race he wasn’t scheduled to ...
  • Hot weather, schedule change could give NASCAR race at Chicagoland a jolt (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —   CHICAGO — One of the biggest changes in this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule reaches reality this weekend. Chicagoland Speedway, which hosted the Cup playoff opener for seven consecutive years, opens its gates much earlier this year, hosting Sunday’s Overton’s 400 (2 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network) ...
  • NASCAR: Martin Truex Jr. surges into championship picture with deft pit-stop fake-out (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —    SONOMA, Calif. — If Martin Truex Jr. wins the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship for a second consecutive year, chances are he’ll have to run over, past or through Kevin Harvick to get there. On a splendid race day Sunday at Sonoma Raceway, Truex got some excellent practice. He ...
  • NASCAR: Truex tricks Harvick on track, conquers Sonoma SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. was running second as the laps dwindled in Sonoma, and crew chief Cole Pearn didn’t think they were as fast as Kevin Harvick. Pearn told his team to prepare for a pit stop on the 73rd lap, and he told Truex over the radio to bring in the car. It ...
  • NASCAR: Larson wins pole at home track in Sonoma; Truex to start 2nd SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Larson proved again that he knows his way around Sonoma. Larson claimed the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race on his home track for the second straight year, turning a lap at 94.597 mph in his Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet on Saturday. Larson earned his sixth career pole and his second ...
  • NASCAR drivers relishing chance to conquer 3 road courses SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — As a born-and-bred Northern Californian, Kyle Larson is quite familiar with the numerous twists and 11 turns on the vaunted Sonoma Raceway road course. That doesn’t make him much better at navigating them in a stock car. “Turn 1 up through the hill, all the way basically through Turn 4, I’m really good,” ...
  • NASCAR: Back at Sonoma, Truex works to build momentum (PhatzRadio Sports)    —    Martin Truex Jr.’s win at Pocono three weeks ago served notice that this year’s points race might be more than a two-man showdown between Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick. Now NASCAR’s defending champion is back at Sonoma Raceway, where he’s had plenty of success. Truex won at Sonoma in 2013 and led several laps ...
  • NASCAR will not use All-Star plate package in another Cup race this season (PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —   NASCAR will not use the aerodynamic/restrictor-plate package it has been experimenting with in another Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race this season, the sanctioning body announced Thursday. The new setup was first used in an Xfinity race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year. It debuted in Cup racing last ...
  • Justin Allgaier dominates at Iowa Speedway for second Xfinity win of season NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Justin Allgaier won all three stages and the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Sunday at Iowa Speedway for his second victory of the season. Racing for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in JR Motorsports’ No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro, Allgaier led 182 of 250 laps and survived an unlucky late caution by winning the restart. Allgaier also ...
  • Joe Gibbs Racing handed suspensions, fines after failing inspections at Michigan (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   Three Joe Gibbs Racing car chiefs have been suspended by NASCAR after their cars failed prerace inspection Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. Suspended for one race because of infractions related to the cars’ front splitters were the car chiefs for drivers Kyle Busch (Nate Bellows), Denny Hamlin (Brandon Griffeth) and Erik ...
  • NASCAR’s conundrum: Cup Drivers want speed, fans clamor for excitement (PhatzNewsRoom / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —   The push and pull of modern stock car racing were on full display Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, only a few laps from the automotive motherland of Detroit. The appearance of a new aerodynamic/engine package at Charlotte Motor Speedway last month created a “be careful what you wish for” scenario ...
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