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Posts Tagged ‘NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.’

Kyle Busch beats brother Kurt in 1-2 sibling finish in NASCAR race at Sonoma; first win in 46 races

Kyle Busch #18 M&M's Toyota Camry (photo by 305004 Robert LaBerge of Getty Images for NASCARmedia.com) 2015

Count Kyle Busch amongst the 2015 winners in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

The 30-year-old wins in a spectacular way on Sunday at the finish line.

In the first-ever 1-2 finish in the series by the Busch brothers, Kyle beat Kurt Busch to the finish line by .532 seconds to win for the first time since returning from an 11-race absence because of a broken right leg and left foot injured during a Feb. 21 accident at Daytona International Speedway.

On Lap 106  Kyle Busch muscled past Jimmie Johnson and took the lead on the way to his second victory at the 1.99-mile road course. It is the 30th win of his career. Johnson had stayed out on old tires while Busch joined a parade to pit road for new rubber after the left rear wheel assembly separated from Casey Mears’ car to cause the fifth and final caution of the race on Lap 99.

Usually every week, Kyle Busch is always a major challenger to win a race. But most fans may have forgotten but 46 races had passed since Kyle Busch last enjoyed Victory Lane in NASCAR’s premier series, including the 11 he missed because of the Daytona injuries. Busch last won at Fontana, Calif., on Mar. 23, 2014. The victory extends his streak of winning at least one race per year to 11 years.

The win gives Busch the chance he needs to qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Busch also must finish in the top 30 in the series standings after 26 races in order to maintain his eligibility for NASCAR’s playoff.

With the win, Kyle is chasing Cole Whit for 30th-place with 10 races left in the regular season. Busch gained two positions in the standings to 37th, 136 points behind Whit.

Can Kyle catch Whit? Nothing is impossible for a person with the drive and determination of Kyle Busch. Don’t bet against him!

 

 

Joe Gibbs Racing gives Kyle Busch contract extension

Kyle Busch (megasportsnews.com photo)

Joe Gibbs Racing has announced that the organization has signed Kyle Busch to a long-term extension to continue as driver of the #18 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Also, Joe Gibbs Racing will continue to sponsor #54 Monster Energy Toyota in the Nationwide Series that Busch drives.

They sponsor at least 25 races in the Nationwide Series.

Like him or hate him, there is no doubt Busch is a top-notch race car driver. In the Sprint Car Series, he has 24 wins, 141 top 10 finishes and 10 poles. In the Nationwide circuit, he has 51 wins, 163 top 10 finishes and 26 poles.

Busch also drives a NASCAR truck in the Camping World Truck Series where he has 30 wins, 81 top 10 finishes and 12 poles.

 

Info compiled from NASCAR & Joe Gibbs Racing

Stenhouse will drive #17 car in 2013

 

Ricky Stenhouse Jr (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images, courtesy NASCARmedia.com)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has a new ride for the 2013 season.

He’ll be driving the #17 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series.

The 2011 Nationwide Series champion, Stenhouse will replace Matt Kenseth who will be driving for Joe Gibbs Racing.

 

Info compiled from NASCAR, Radio & TV news

NASCAR RACE #22 PREVIEW: Watkins Glen International, Today at 1:00 pm on ESPN

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves from Pennsylvania to Western New York today for the Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen race.
The race starts at 1:00 P.M. on ESPN at Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York.

(Illustration by Will Pittenger via wikipedia commons)

The race track is a tricky, 11-turn road course which covers 2.45 miles of natural terrain. The race will cover 220.5 miles which equates to a 90-lap race.
Racing began at The Glen in 1948 on a course that included asphalt, concrete and dirt roads through the village which has a population of 2,149 people. The races were moved to a temporary course in 1953 before a permanent circuit was built in 1956.
The 1965 race won by Marvin Panch, had just 19 cars, led for all but 13 laps and pocketed a purse of $1,425. Cup racing left and did not return until 1986.

Tony Stewart has done well at The Glen with 5 wins (megasportsnews.com photo)

There have been more than $30 million invested by the owners for improvements in the track since 2001.
In the last 10 NASCAR Cup races at Watkins Glen, Tony Stewart has won 5 wins with Kyle Busch, Juan Pablo Montoya and Kevin Harvick with one each.
RECAPPING THE 2011 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen: Marcos Ambrose avoided crashes and became the first Australian to win a Cup race. He took the lead from Brad Keselowski on the first lap of a green-white checkered flag finish.
For more information on the race or to follow the race, log on to NASCAR.com or TheGlen.com.

Marcos Ambrose won at The Glen in 2011 (2012 photo by Brian Neudorff, F1fans via wikipedia commons)

NASCAR RACE #18 PREVIEW: Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway tonight on TNT

Daytona International Speedway front stretch (photo by ImperialAssassin via wikipedia commons)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to the Sunshine State of Florida for the second time this season.

Race #18 will take place in Daytona Beach, Florida and Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400 on TNT at 6:30 p.m.

One of the largest race tracks on the NASCAR circuit, Daytona International seats 147,000 fans, features a 2.5-mile track.

The 400-mile race will encompass 160 laps.

Daytona features restrictor-plate racing.

The late Dale Earnhardt Sr. is the all-time winningest driver at Daytona with 34 victories in NASCAR & non-NASCAR events.

RECAPPING 2011 COKE ZERO 400 RACE: David Ragan took control of the race from Ryan Newman with eight laps to go to earn his first Cup series win.

For more information on the race log onto NASCAR.com or DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com.

Daytona International Speedway (file photo)


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