Kenseth Wins at Phoenix, Championship Contenders Are Set

Phoenix turns out to be aptly named as Matt Kenseth rose from the ashes of his 2017 campaign with a very popular win. Considering all he has been through this season, Kenseth was rightly emotional after he took the checkered flag. The past champion was true to form as he thanked JGR and his sponsors and wished his wife and kids were with him. The driver that no one wants to give a ride for 2018 showed everyone that he still feels like he has something left to give. Earlier…

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Kyle Busch Wins a Tough, Wild Martinsville Race

Remember when the racing at Bristol was more like it is at Martinsville? We could rely on at least a few races each year where it was short track heaven, rootin’ and gougin’ and chrome horn and you just loved it. Like Harvick said, “Bent fenders, hurt feelings… I love it.”

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Kyle Busch Wins Wild Race at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – The sun went down, the new lights came on, and all hell broke loose at Martinsville Speedway. In a wild overtime finish that took Sunday’s First Data 500 to 505 laps at the .526-mile short track, Kyle Busch beat Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series leader Martin Truex Jr. to the stripe by .141 seconds to take the checkered flag and earn a spot in the Nov. 19 Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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This Will Bring Fans Back to the Races

The past few years have brought every gimmick imaginable to auto racing. NASCAR holds races that three people can win. The ever-changing playoff system (a gimmick in itself) functions like an automotive version of musical chairs. Indycar’s gimmicks are even worse. They tried mandating overpriced “body kits” to make their field of 33 identical Dallara chassis look like something other than a field of 33 identical Dallara chassis. Their “Fast Nine” and “Fast Six” qualifying gimmick hasn’t revived interest in pole day although it’s proven very effective at totally confusing…

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Martin Truex, Jr Loses Another Race at the End; Larson Wins Richmond

Once again, Martin Truex, Jr lost the race in the closing laps. He dominated the second half of the race but lost the lead on a late over time restart to Kyle Larson. The restart should not even have been necessary after Derrike Cope, yes he is still racing, smacked the wall. Cope was able to continue and considering how late in the race it was, it certainly did not warrant a caution. But someone in the NASCAR booth had an itchy caution finger all night. More on that later.

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