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Kasey Kahne Wins the (Extended) Brickyard 400

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An exhausted and unexpected Kasey Kahne won the 2017 Brickyard 400 after enduring the 6-hour event. With heat and humidity once again settling over the historic track, a small crowd even by NASCAR standards endured a nearly 2 hour rain delay and then watched the race fall apart with 50 laps to go.

It looked like Kyle Busch was going to win his third Brickyard 400 after winning the first two stages relatively easily. Busch and Martin Truex, Jr looked to have the fastest cars and left the audience wondering if Kyle could hang on or if Truex had something left in reserve when go time came.

DALE EARNHARDT JR. TO JOIN NBC SPORTS GROUP’S NASCAR TEAM IN 2018

 Broad NBCUniversal Arrangement Allows for Earnhardt’s Participation in Sports, Movies, Television & Entire NBCU Portfolio

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 24, 2017 – Dale Earnhardt Jr., the motorsports icon voted by fans as NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver for an unprecedented 14 consecutive years (2003-16), will join NBC Sports Group’s NASCAR coverage beginning in 2018, it was announced today. Chairman of NBC Broadcasting and Sports Mark Lazarus, and NBC Sports Executive Producer and President of Production Sam Flood, will introduce Earnhardt, in a media conference call today, Monday, July 24 at 3 p.m. ET. An advisory with specific information regarding the conference call will be distributed later this morning.

NASCAR Monster Energy Cup News and Notes from the Brickyard

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Next Race: Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400
The Place: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The Date: Sunday, July 23
The Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
TV: NBC, 2 p.m. ET
Radio: IMS Radio Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 400 miles (160 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on lap 50),
Stage 2 (Ends on lap 100), Final Stage (Ends on lap 160)

Kevin Harvick Finally Wins At Sonoma

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The 4-team has to breathing a lot easier this week… now that Kevin Harvick has that Sonoma win monkey off his back.

He led the second most laps (24) to Martin Truex, Jr (25) who had a mechanical failure that ended his day.

And if it’s true about winning in bunches, the rest of the field had better look out. Harvick isn’t known as “The Closer” for nothing.

Silly Season In Full Swing… Oh, And Kyle Larson Wins at Michigan

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Even with all the griping, warranted griping mind you, about debris cautions at Michigan, at the end of the day you have to find a way to persevere and win. And that is just what Kyle Larson did. Would he have won if the final caution had come out with about 20 to go? Maybe, maybe not. But the caution was called and he did win and that is all that matters.

On the way to Larson’s victory, Martin Truex, Jr grabbed two more stage wins giving him a league-leading 10. Call me crazy but I think Truex would rather have the race win, even in front a less than full stands.