After leading a season-high 21 laps, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was battling in the top 10 during the final green white checkered finish before contact was made as a car got loose forcing Stenhouse to settle with a 12th-place finish in Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Kentucky Speedway.

“Our Fifth Third Bank Ford showed speed all night,” Stenhouse said. “It was good to be able to lead laps and get some stage points in the backyard of Fifth Third Bank. All in all it was a good day for our No. 17 team.”

The Olive Branch, Miss. native started the 267-lap race in the 16th position and steadily marched his way forward picking up seven positions by the time the caution flag waved on lap 62. With only 13 laps remaining in stage one, Stenhouse was able to capitalize, despite battling a tight handling machine picking up two more positions taking the green checkered in the seventh position picking up valuable stage points.

During the stage break, crew chief Brian Pattie chose to stay out under the caution giving the point position to the Fifth Third Bank Ford. Choosing the outside lane, Stenhouse powered around the No. 14 leading the field for 21 laps before newer tires prevailed. With differing pit strategies, Stenhouse took the second green checkered in the 12th position.

After pitting for four tires and fuel during the final stage break, the two-time Xfinity champion lined up in the 13th position and quickly maneuvered his Ford inside the top 10 within 10 laps. With some cars going long on fuel mileage and different strategies, Stenhouse found himself in the 14th position when the final caution flag was displayed sending the race into overtime.

After pitting for four tires for the final shootout, Stenhouse lined up in the 12th position and was marching his way forward in the outside lane when the No.12 got loose, stalling Stenhouse’s progression forcing him to settle with a 12th-place finish.  

Next up for Stenhouse and the No. 17 team is New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 21. Race coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage can also be heard on PRN and SIRIUS radio channel 90.

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Race Winner:      Kurt Busch of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner: Kurt Busch of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

● Daniel Suárez started Stage 1 from the pole position and ended it 14th.

● Suárez maintained the lead position for the first 49 laps, then came to pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments to help with the front end of his Mustang.

● After varying pit strategies the 27-year-old restarted 14th on lap 53.

● Suárez remained in the top-15 and stayed on the track throughout the next two caution periods.

● During the Stage 1 break Suárez pitted for fuel, two right-side tires and adjustments.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):

● The No. 41 driver began Stage 2 in 10th and ended it in 29th.

● Early in the run, the Haas driver relayed to the crew that he thought he had a loose wheel. As he continued in the run, he maintained something felt wrong with a tire.

● On lap 106, Suárez came down pit road for four fresh tires in hopes of relieving the vibration he felt. After review, the team determined he had a tire going down. Unfortunately, Suárez sped on pit road and received a penalty that forced him to make a pass down pit road under the green flag.

● The penalty put the Ford driver two laps down in the 33rd position. After pit stops cycled through late in the stage, Suárez was back to only being one lap down.

● He ended the stage in the 29th position, one lap down, and pitted for fuel, four tires and adjustments during the stage break.

Final Recap (Laps 161-269):

● Suárez earned his seventh top-10 of the season and his first top-10 in three career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kentucky.

● Suárez’s eighth-place result bettered his previous best finish at Kentucky – 15th in last year’s Kentucky 400.

● Suárez led twice for 52 laps, including the first 49 laps from the pole. These were his first laps led at Kentucky.

● Kurt Busch won the Kentucky 400 to score his 31st career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his first of the season and his first at Kentucky. His margin of victory over second-place Kyle Busch was .076 of a second.

● There were seven caution periods for a total of 35 laps.

● Only 16 of the 36 drivers in the Kentucky 400 finished on the lead lap.

● Joey Logano remains the championship leader after Kentucky with an 11-point advantage over second-place Kyle Busch.

 

Notes:

● Suárez earned his seventh top-10 of the season and his first top-10 in three career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kentucky.

● Suárez’s eighth-place result bettered his previous best finish at Kentucky – 15th in last year’s Kentucky 400.

● Suárez led twice for 52 laps, including the first 49 laps from the pole. These were his first laps led at Kentucky.

● Kurt Busch won the Kentucky 400 to score his 31st career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his first of the season and his first at Kentucky. His margin of victory over second-place Kyle Busch was .076 of a second.

● There were seven caution periods for a total of 35 laps.

● Only 16 of the 36 drivers in the Kentucky 400 finished on the lead lap.

● Joey Logano remains the championship leader after Kentucky with an 11-point advantage over second-place Kyle Busch.

 

Daniel Suárez, Driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“It was an eventful night, for sure. We just had a fast racecar, but we got a bit tight. I feel like we made the car better, but we never got the track position back. We had a tire going down and then I was speeding coming to pit road because I was wheel hopping because of the tire. It was one problem after another. We were fast enough to overcome that but not enough to get a better finish. I feel like the good thing is that we have the speed. We just have to keep working to have a cleaner day and keep working to try to keep that speed the whole race.”

 

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday, July 21 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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Race Winner:  Kurt Busch of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner:  Kurt Busch of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner:  Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

Aric Almirola started second, finished fifth and earned six bonus points.

● Under the first caution of the race on lap 48, Almirola reported the Valley Tech Ford was “just a little snug.” He pitted for right-side tires, fuel and adjustments on lap 49.

● Following the stop, Almirola said the adjustments made his No. 10 Mustang even tighter, but the team stayed on track during two additional cautions to finish the first stage in the fifth position.

● Crew chief Johnny Klausmeier brought the Valley Tech driver to pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments at the stage break.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):

Started 17th, finished 10th and earned one bonus point.

● The Tampa, Fla., native told the Valley Tech team on lap 93 that the adjustments were helping but he was now loose in traffic.

● Almirola worked his way back into the top-10 and eventually the top-five before making a scheduled green-flag stop on lap 147 for four tires, fuel and adjustments.

● The Valley Tech driver returned to the track in the 12th position and re-entered the top-10 before the end of Stage 2.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 161-269):

Started third, finished 14th.

● After electing to stay on track at the stage break, Almirola lined up third for the lap-165 restart.

● During the sixth caution of the race on lap 180, Almirola radioed that his Valley Tech Ford was loose on entry. The team stayed on track to maintain the third position.

● Almirola fell back to fifth after contact with the No. 24 on the lap-185 restart.

● On lap 217, Almirola made his final scheduled pit stop under green and received four fresh Goodyear tires, fuel and adjustments for the Valley Tech Mustang.

● After green-flag stops were complete, Almirola found himself in the seventh position before a late-race caution on lap 261.

● Almirola stayed on track to maintain track position and restarted seventh on lap 267, but he was unable to find an opening in the top line and fell back outside of the top-10.

● The No. 10 Valley Tech Mustang ultimately crossed the finish line in the 14th position.

 

Notes:

● Almirola earned his 13th top-15 of the season and his fourth top-15 in seven career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kentucky.

● This is Almirola’s second straight top-15. He finished seventh in the series’ last race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

● This is Almirola’s second straight top-15 at Kentucky. He finished eighth in last year’s Kentucky 400.

● Kurt Busch won the Kentucky 400 to score his 31st career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his first of the season and his first at Kentucky. His margin of victory over second-place Kyle Busch was .076 of a second.

● There were seven caution periods for a total of 35 laps.

● Only 16 of the 36 drivers in the Kentucky 400 finished on the lead lap.

● Joey Logano remains the championship leader after Kentucky with an 11-point advantage over second-place Kyle Busch.

 

Aric Almirola, Driver of the No. 10 Valley Tech Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“We had a really fast Valley Tech Ford. Johnny (Klausmeier, crew chief) and the team did a great job adjusting on it all night after we started off tight and eventually got our Mustang freed up. We were in a great position to come out of Kentucky with a good finish, but we ended up going the wrong direction on the final restart. It wasn’t the ending we wanted, but we had a strong weekend, and we’ve got a chance to do it all again in New Hampshire.”

 

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Foxwoods Resorts Casino 301 on Sunday, July 21 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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Ryan Newman earned his second top-10 in as many races Saturday night under the lights at Kentucky Speedway, crossing the line ninth after leading 15 laps in his Acorns Ford Mustang.

“I think we got five or six cars there coming to the white,” Newman said. “It was a good run for our Acorns Ford. We still have to get our performance better. The guys did a good job on pit lane but we just have to have faster race cars.”

Newman earned his seventh overall top-10 of the season, advancing through the field after starting from the rear for failing pre-race tech. Pit strategy played a factor in the final 50 laps as Newman led the field for 15 laps under green.

Early on Newman battled tight conditions in his No. 6 Ford ending the opening stage in 20th. After pitting under yellow at lap 48, Newman was on pit strategy and remained on track for the stage break setting him up third for the stage two start.

He maintained the top-five position by lap 100, riding fourth reporting he was still tight in his Acorns Ford. He hit pit road at lap 117 for four tires and adjustments in what was his final stop of the stage. By lap 140 he rode 27th, reporting he was loose, but cycled back to 13th after green-flag stops at the end of the stage.

The South Bend, Indiana, native brought his machine down pit road again under the break, taking more adjustments and tires. He went on to restart 14th for the final stage and maintained the spot when the yellow was displayed again at lap 179.

Following another stop for two tires and fuel he lined back up 15th at lap 184. By lap 200 Newman ran 13th, but quickly began advancing his way through after green-flag stops started. He was up to fourth by lap 227 and five laps later took the lead. He would go on to lead for 15 laps before hitting pit road at lap 245 for fuel only.

Newman cycled back into the top-10 with 17 to go, but with six to go the caution came out for a spin. With varying strategies in play, Newman stayed out and powered his way to a ninth-place finish in NASCAR overtime.

Newman and the No. 6 team return to the track next weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Race coverage on Sunday begins at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage can also be heard on PRN and SiriusXM Channel 90.

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Jonathan Brown showed up on Saturday to make a statement at Bowman Gray Stadium.

He claimed the checkered in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 100 for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series – and with double points on the line, Brown moves up from fourth to second in points standings.

Lee Jeffreys of Wallburg was the fastest qualifier and opted to take on the Fans’ Challenge, starting in the rear for a chance to win $3,000. When the remaining competitors drew for starting position, Jason Myers of Walnut Cove and former champ Danny Bohn of Huntersville were set to start first and second.

On the initial start – and for the first two double-file restarts – Jason Myers held off Danny Bohn to maintain the lead. In their final battle, Myers and Bohn made contact – knocking Bohn off the pace enough to get him caught on the outside row. Bohn fell back while Jonathan Brown of Winston-Salem moved up to second.

Brown took the first opportunity he got to choose the outside during a restart, hoping to steal the lead away from Myers. As the two tangled, they collided. Jonathan Brown began to spin, but Myers himself lost control and started a pileup. With the track blocked due to the wreckage, Jonathan Brown had just enough time to slam the gas and steer into the lead. James Civali moved into second.

Civali began immediately pressuring Brown, hammering his bumper at every possible chance. Defending champ Burt Myers of Walnut Cove moved up to third and raced back and forth with Civali for second. Myers briefly claimed second until a stiff shot from an aggressive Civali relegated him back to third.

The car of Civali slowed as the race went on, with Myers repeatedly shoving his bumper. Brown took the opportunity to distance himself from Civali and Myers. With no restarts coming in the final 20 laps of the race, Myers wasn’t given a chance to line up double-file with Civali. Brown took the win. Civali finished second, with Myers taking third.

“This is a very emotional win – the first time I’ve won as a car owner,” said Brown. “We’ve worked our butts off on this car. Everybody else took a break and didn’t work on their stuff for two weeks. We took this thing down to a bare chassis, put it together – we didn’t even practice this morning because we knew we had a hot rod.”

Brown feels confident that he would still be in Victory Lane even if Civali’s car had held strong or even if Burt Myers would’ve passed Civali and began to challenge Brown for the lead. “Even if Burt would’ve been second, I would’ve gapped them – this things was good,” said Brown. “I wasn’t running but about 40% the whole race, and these boys got their hands full the rest of the season.”

In the McDowell Heating & Air Sportsman Series, Dylan Ward of Winston-Salem held off Justin Taylor of Kernersville to take the victory for the first 20-lapper. That brings his winning streak to an impressive four weeks in a row. Ross Dalton of Liberty claimed the checkered in the second Sportsman race.

Corey Rose of Trinity was the winner of the 20-lapper for the Law Offices of John Barrow Street Stock Series. And in the Q104.1 Stadium Stock Series, Brandon Brendle of Winston-Salem and Joel Stewart of Mocksville each brought home a victory trophy.

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In front of nearly a capacity crowd Chandler Smith (No.20 Craftsman / 828 Logistics Toyota) dominated Saturday night’s ARCA Menards Series Menards 250 at Elko Speedway.

Smith, 17, now a five time ARCA winner in just 16 career series starts, also handed Venturini Motorsports’ (VMS) its eighth win of 2019 and the team’s 60th all-time ARCA series victory.

Although he had the dominant car, Smith did have to work for it. He slid in oil laid down in turn one by another competitor and spun on lap 146 and dropped to the tail of the lead lap. By virtue of a fast car and numerous mid-race cautions that continued to jumble the running order, Smith was able to knife his way back to the lead by lap 209. From there, he was able to drive away to nearly a full straightaway lead crossing the stripe 4.147 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Ty Gibbs.

“I was so mad when I spun down there in one,” Smith said post-race. “I was the only one riding the top groove at that point and there was oil all over the place. It just went around so slow, like it was in slow motion. I thought we might have had a tire go down or maybe even got hit. I was just mad. You definitely didn’t want to hear our radio traffic after that happened.”

Christian Eckes (No.15 JBL Audio Toyota), 18, started first after securing his second General Tire Pole Award of 2019, led 76 laps on the night and was racing in the second position coming to the final set of turns before contact from teammate Michael Self sent him spinning resulting in a heartbreaking 11th place finish.

Self (No.25 Sinclair Oil Toyota), 28, who crossed the line fourth after running a strong night himself, picked up his ninth top-5 of the season and increased his series point lead over Bret Holmes who finished ninth.

“Right now I can’t think of anything else from this race but the last lap,” Self said afterwards. “I absolutely hate that we got into Christian on the last lap. He’s not only my teammate but he’s one of my best friends. It puts a real damper on the night.”

Fan favorite, Hailie Deegan (No.55 TRD 40th Anniversary Toyota), 17, finished eighth in her fourth career ARCA start. Deegan, who scored her second top-10, will make two more starts this season with VMS - Lucas Oil Raceway (October 5) and Kansas Speedway (October 18).

Next up for the ARCA Menards Series is the Fans with Benefits 150 at Iowa Speedway on Friday, July 19. Practice is set for 12:45 pm ET/11:45 am CT, General Tire Pole Qualifying follows at 4:45 pm ET/3:45 pm CT, and the Fans with Benefits 150 will go green at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT. The race will be televised live on MAVTV.

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Late-Race Incident Relegates Holmes to Ninth-Place Finish
 
Bret Holmes and the No. 23 Holmes ll Excavation Chevrolet team finished ninth at Elko Speedway after sustaining suspension damage from contact with another competitor in the late stages of the event. Holmes started the 250-lap short track shootout from the 10th position. Battling handling issues in the opening laps, Holmes visited pit road under yellow-flag conditions on lap 122 for right-side tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. The Munford, Ala., native restarted fifth and made his way into the top-three of the running order just a few laps later. As Holmes was battling for position, another competitor forced the 22-year-old driver into the outside wall on lap 202. Crew chief Shane Huffman called Holmes to pit road to repair the damage. The No. 23 pit crew assessed the damage and found that the front suspension was also impaired during the impact. Holmes was able to return to racing conditions, despite the damage and earned a ninth-place result.
 
Start – 10th      Finish – 9th      Points Position – 2nd  
                                                   
BRET HOLMES QUOTE:
“We were on track for another top-three finish until the No. 27 car got into us and forced us into the wall. The impact with him and the wall caused front end body and suspension damage. The No. 23 team did a great job repairing our Chevrolet, but the bent suspension hurt the handling of the car for the rest of the race. I hate that we couldn’t show how fast we really were with a better finish. Our guys work hard every week, and they deserve a better finish than that. All we can do is persevere and head to Iowa Speedway.”
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Dylan Swinehart, former Sportsman rookie driver, took on a big responsibility taking over the driving reins of the Bailey Fabrications 358 Modified No. 81 owned by his grandparents Dennis and Joanne Bailey for the 2019 season at Grandview Speedway. The third generation driver of the Swinehart/Bailey racing family with Dylan’s other grandfather being two-time Grandview point champion and still a weekly competitor Ray Swinehart, has been struggling with not qualifying, and other obstacles along the way, finally had a change of luck on Saturday night when he took home the checkered flag in the 30-lap TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified feature that was part of the Hatfield Quality Meats sponsored night of racing. A jubilant victor thanked his grandparents and commented he almost “lost it” since he was running the car so hard as he went on to become the sixth different winner in the division.

Brad Brightbill was in the right position at the right moment when track officials put leader Jack Butler back two positions on the 23rd lap restart because of his cat and mouse tactics on previous restarts that created numerous problems in the Firecracker 40-lap T. /P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman feature. Brightbill inherited the lead through this decision and went on to claim his third win of the season in the division and claimed a $2,000 payday.

In the 15-lap Blast From The Past feature, Andy Cassel won the Modified portion while Curt Neiman was the winner for the Vintage class.

The night’s activities were sponsored by Hatfield Quality Meats and broadcast live by RCN TV, Allentown.

Providing the Modified and Sportsman feature winners met the necessary requirements, they received monetary awards from TP Trailers and a certificate from VP Fuels for product awards. The Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie award recipients were Swinehart and Butler. Derrick Smith was the highest finisher in 11th with a crate engine in the Sportsman division and received an extra $150.

Rookie Richie Hitzler led the first two laps of the Modified feature before Kevin Hirthler brought out the only yellow with a right rear flat tire. Following a quick pit stop he was able to rejoin the action. On the restart Swinehart, another rookie, charged into the lead with Hitzler, Joe Funk III, another rookie in the division; Kory Fleming and Ray Swinehart in tow.

Funk III took chase after Swinehart once he moved into second on the fifth lap.

For the next several laps the top five order continued to be Swinehart, Funk III, Hitzler, Fleming and R. Swinehart. Attempting to break into the top five were Timmy Buckwalter and Brett Kressley. Buckwalter got into fourth by the 16th lap, but it wasn’t until the 23rd lap that Kressley was fifth with both drivers on the move to advance.

By lap 25 Swinehart approached lap traffic and it didn’t take Funk III long to reel him in along with the rest of the top five consisting of Buckwalter, Kressley and Doug Manmiller.

Swinehart kept the competition behind him to pull into victory lane. Grabbing second as they crossed the line was Kressley followed by Funk III, Buckwalter and Manmiller.

Ryan Grim, D. Swinehart, Clay Butler and Kressley were the heat winners. Consies were won by Duane Howard and Louden Reimert.

Polesitter Steve Desmelyk led the Sportsman feature for six laps until Jesse Leiby stopped in the second turn for the caution. On the restart, third place runner Jack Butler took the inside lane and got past Chris Esposito and Desmelyk for the lead.

It didn’t take Butler long to build up a straightaway lead and just as he caught the back of the pack, Nathan Mohr spun along the homestretch. Butler brought the field in for the restart very slow bunching everyone else up behind him with Parker Guldin, already a feature winner this year; early leader Desmelyk and Mohr tangling in turn one. The next restart was no better and Andrew Kreis slowed in the first turn. Butler was warned on both occasions to pick up the pace on the restarts. Butler kept the lead, but by now Kyle Lilick was second followed by Brightbill, Esposito and Dean Bachman.

The yellow was out again when Ryan Beltz was spun along the backstretch. Brian Hirthler was placed to the back for the incident. Once again it was a slow start with everyone side-by-side bumper-to-bumper, but Butler maintained first.

Desmelyk spun again on the 22nd lap for another caution. At this time officials deemed it necessary to place Butler back to third for ignoring their warnings. This put Brightbill and Kyle Lilick trying to overtake him.

Towards the closing stages Brightbill approached lapped cars, but that didn’t hinder him and he went on to victory. Brightbill said in victory lane that “he didn’t like to win the race like that putting Jack back, but there’s nothing he could do about it.” Finishing second was Lilick followed by Butler, Brad Arnold and Dean Bachman.

Desmelyk, Esposito and Sean Weiss won the heats. The consi was won by Brandon Edgar.

Andy Cassel, running their Modified class, led the Blast From The Past feature, from start to finish with only one caution period to interrupt. Following Cassel across were Brett Peters, Jeff Paulson, Mike Stofflet and Todd Lapp. Curt Neiman, a Vintage car, finished sixth and won the division’s class segment.

Coming up on Saturday, July 20th is another tripleheader show featuring the Capital Renegade United Racing Club Sprints in their first appearance of the season at Grandview. Sprint events will be sponsored by Victory Auto Glass with the feature paying $2,000 to win. Heading up the Sprint action will be Josh Weller, Chad Layton, Curt Michael, Austin Bishop, former Grandview Late Model champion Ed Aikin who has a URC feature win this season and a host of other Sprint standouts. As an added attraction URC will be hosting a Legends Reunion in the first turn pavilion area. Legends will be signing autographs and chatting with fans starting at 6 p.m. Included amongst the legends will be Sean Michael, Becca Anderson, Mares Stellfox, Charlie Massey, Greg Coverdale, Frannie Hogue, Ed Wylie and host of others.

Thirty minutes earlier the Low Down and Dirty Meet & Greet will feature a handful of Grandview regulars and URC racers at the front admission gate.

The NASCAR 358 Modifieds and Sportsman will be making up the rest of the three division show that is sponsored by T.P.Trailers and Truck Equipment of Limerick, PA.

Adult admission for this not to be missed show is $25, youngsters 6 through 11 pay $5 and kids under 6 are admitted free.

RACE RESULTS

Hatfield Quality Meats T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (30-laps): 1. Dylan Swinehart, 2. Brett Kressley, 3. Joe Funk III, 4. Timmy Buckwalter, 5. Doug Manmiller, 6. Craig Von Dohren, 7. Duane Howard, 8. Ray Swinehart, 9. Jared Umbenhauer, 10. Kory Fleming, 11. Clay Butler, 12. Dan Waisempacher, 13. Jeff Strunk, 14. Mike Lisowski, 15. Kyle Weiss, 16. Danny Erb, 17. Ryan Grim, 18. Rick Laubach, 19. Louden Reimert, 20. Alex Yankowski, 21. Craig Whitmoyer, 22. Richie Hitzler, 23. Justin Grim, 24. Frank Cozze, 25. Brett Gilmore, 26. Kenny Gilmore, 2. Jordan Henn, 28. Kevin Hirthler. DNQ: Briggs Danner, Kyle Kania, Glenn Strunk, Ron Kline, Ron Myers, Mark Kratz, Bobby Gunther Walsh, Ron Seltmann Jr., Steve Wilson, Ryan Lilick, Mark Levy and Eric Biehn.

Hatfield Quality Meats T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (40-laps): 1. Brad Brightbill, 2. Kyle Lilick, 3. Jack Butler. 4. Brad Arnold, 5. Dean Bachman, 6. Mark Kemmerer, 7. Brad Grim, 8. Mike Mammana, 9. Brandon Edgar, 10. Chris Esposito, 11. Derrick Smith (crate engine), 12. Jesse Leiby, 13. Kyle Smith (provisional), 14. Brian Hirthler, 15. Lex Shive, 16. Jesse Landis, 17. Andrew Kreis, 18. Nate Brinker, 19. Sean Weiss, 20. Jimmy Leiby, 21. Ryan Beltz, 22. Steve Desmelyk, 23. Nathan Mohr, 24. Parker Guldin, 25. Andy Clemmer. DNQ: Scott Kohler, Aaron Bowes, Jeff Bubori, Ryan Higgs, Tom Miller, Ray Cost III and Mike Koffel.

Blast From The Past Feature (15-laps): 1. Andy Cassel, 2. Brett Peters, 3. Jeff Paulson, 4. Mike Stofflet, 5. Todd Lapp, 6. Curt Neiman, 7. Wyatt Jacobus Sr., 8. Wes Cassel, 9. John Marks, 10. Mike Garris Sr., 11. Ron Paulson, 12. Matt Smith, 13. Dominique Deglas, 14. Rich Decker, 15. Brock Jacobus, 16. Larry Beers, 17. Jay Garris, 18. Kevin Spongle, 19. Bobby Hall, 20. Bill Gerhart.

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After a dominant practice session, Jacques Villeneuve and Go Fas Racing took the pole position for ELITE 1 Round 9 of the 2019 NWES season at Raceway Venray. In what was his very last attempt with less than two minutes to go in Qualifying, the Canadian posted a 19.369 seconds around the half-mile banked short track of the Netherlands to beat Loris Hezemans’ time by just 0.044 seconds.

ELITE 1 QUALIFYING RESULTS

It was the first pole position in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and the first on oval for the former Indy 500 winner and the second of his NASCAR career after the road course one he grabbed at Montreal in 2011.

“It’s fun and exciting, I was really waiting to race on this oval,” said Villeneuve. “It’s a proper oval track with high banked corners and a length of half a mile. It was fun, the car was actually meant to be better in race trim. It was a little bit loose in qualifying trim, but it was enough for one very good lap. The tires seemed not to heat up too much, so I’m really looking forward to this race.”

Villeneuve and Hezemans will start side by side two months after their intense battle in the NASCAR GP Italy at Franciacorta. Racing for Hendriks Motorsport, Hezemans will rely on the experience he gained at New Smyrna in February, when he was third in the overall standings of the World Series of Asphalt.

ELITE 1 points leader Stienes Longin will be third on the grid after missing the pole position by just 0.066 seconds. The PK Carsport driver edged his teammate Nicolo Rocca, who comes from his first win of the season at Autodrom Most. Hendriks Motorsport’s Martin Doubek closed the top-5 with a 19.571 lap ahead of local hero Sebastiaan Bleekemolen.

Six-time NWES oval winner Frederic Gabillon ended up seventh ahead of three-time NWES champion Ander Vilarino. The RDV Competition driver was 0.051 seconds faster than the Spaniard and his #48 Racing Engineering Ford Mustang.

Reigning champion Alon Day secured the ninth spot on the grid. The CAAL Racing driver was 0.357 seconds slower than the pole sitter and will have a steep mountain to climb if he wants to win the NASCAR GP Netherlands at Raceway Venray. His teammate Thomas Ferrando will start alongside him in 10th place.

Henri Tuomaala grabbed the best spot in the Challenger Trophy classification by finishing 16th. The Finn edged Mauro Trione and Kenko Miura. 19 drivers were separated by less than nine tenths of a second, making the race at the only oval track in the 2019 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season definitely unpredictable.

The race will be streamed live at 3:05 pm CEST on Fanschoice.tv, the Euro NASCAR YouTube channel and Facebook page, Motorsport.tv and a vast network of websites and social media pages from around the world.

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Jacques Villeneuve left his mark on the first ELITE 1 on-track session at Raceway Venray by leading Practice for the NASCAR GP Netherlands. The former Indy 500 winner turned his best lap around the banked half-mile short track in 19.496 seconds in his #32 Go Fas Racing Chevrolet Camaro and completed a total of 57 laps during the allotted 60 minutes. 20 cars were separated by just one second at the end of the session.

ELITE 1 FREE PRACTICE RESULTS

Villeneuve bested Loris Hezemans by 0.195 seconds. The dutchman, who was impressive on the New Smyrna oval during Speedweeks earlier this year, was the fastest Junior Trophy driver. Local hero Sebastiaan Bleekemolen – a rookie in the discipline of oval racing – surprised with the third quickest time. The gap between the driver of the #69 Ford Mustang and Hezemans was a mere 0.001 seconds.

ELITE 1 points leader Stienes Longin finished fourth just 0.207 seconds behind Villeneuve. Frederic Gabillon, who boasts six oval wins for RDV Competition in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, rounded out the top-5. Martin Doubek was sixth ahead of 2018 ELITE 2 champion Ulysse Delsaux.

Oval racing veteran Thomas Ferrando ended up eighth, followed by his teammate Alon Day, who dropped from first to third in points after a difficult weekend in Most. Mauro Trione was fastest in the Challenger Trophy and closed the top-10 with a gap of 0.336 seconds from the leader.

Several drivers focused on their long run pace ahead of the 100-lap ELITE 1 Round 9. Salvador Tineo and Sebastiaan Bleekemolen completed more than the race distance by clocking 110 laps each and Kenku Miura put 104 laps under his belt.

Qualifying of the ELITE 1 Division will be streamed live at 12:15 pm on Fanschoice.tv, the Euro NASCAR Facebook page and YouTube channel, Motorsport.tv and a vast network of websites and social media pages.

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