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Race Winner:     Justin Haley of Spire Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 2 Winner: Austin Dillon of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)


Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-50):

●  Clint Bowyer started 16th and finished seventh to earn four bonus points.

●  Bowyer jumped from 15th to seventh in the opening two laps.

●  As other racers began sliding their cars on the hot track, Bowyer faded to the back but told the team, “We have a fast hot rod, and I’m just being careful. We have to get to the end to win this.”

●  A fuel-only stop on lap 36 under green allowed Bowyer to climb to seventh.

●  In the closing laps of the stage Bowyer battled at the front of the pack to maintain seventh.


Stage 2 Recap (Laps 51-100):

●  Started fifth and finished fifth to earn six bonus points.

●  A two-tire stop on lap 60 vaulted him to second place, then he led laps 61 and 62.

●  Bowyer again faded to the back of the field to avoid trouble and took four tires during a caution on lap 75.

●  After dodging a multicar accident on lap 83, Bowyer used his new tires to drive to the lead on lap 97 before finishing fifth.


Final Stage Recap (Laps 101-160):

●  Started seventh and finished 34th.

●  Bowyer showed he was one of the fastest cars on the track and a threat for victory as he raced at the front of the field.

●  As rain approached Bowyer made a bid for the lead on lap 118. He dove to the inside of the track prompting leader Austin Dillon to move down with him, but Dillon’s car did not clear Bowyer’s. The two cars came together, spun and wrecked into the field.

●  Bowyer’s No. 14 was too damaged to continue however a few caution laps later rain and lightning prevented further green-flag racing.  



●  Justin Haley won the Coke Zero Sugar 400 to score his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory.

●  There were six caution periods for a total of 25 laps.

●  Only 18 of the 40 drivers in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 finished on the lead lap.

●  Joey Logano remains the championship leader after Daytona with an 18-point advantage over second-place Kyle Busch.


Clint Bowyer:

“When we got together and I pulled off of (Austin Dillon) to give him some room and then he just never quit coming down and wrecked us all. It’s just part of the racing. You want to blame him. If it would have been anybody else there, they would have probably done the same thing. We had a fast hot-rod, had a good run and was going for the lead and it’s just the nature of this kind of racing. It sucks. You want to be pissed off, frustrated and blame somebody, but at the end of the day it’s just part of racing.”


Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Kentucky 400 on Saturday, July 13 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


Start/Finish: 15th/40th (Accident, completed 83 of 160 laps)

Point Standing: 17th with 440 points, 260 out of first


Race Winner: Justin Haley of Spire Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 2 Winner: Austin Dillon of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)


Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-50):

● Daniel Suárez started Stage 1 from the 15th position and ended the stage sixth to earn five stage points.

● Suárez maneuvered his Haas Automation Ford into the top-10 by lap 20.

● The 27-year-old reported his Mustang was tight and needed to be freed up to run on the bottom. Crew chief Billy Scott made the call for Suárez to make a green-flag pit stop for fuel and a wedge adjustment on lap 36 as he ran in the fourth position.

● Suárez completed the first stage in sixth and reported again that the No. 41 was tight.

● During the Stage 1 break Suárez pitted for fuel, four tires and adjustments.


Stage 2 Recap (Laps 51-100):

● The No. 41 driver started Stage 2 in the seventh position and was running 13th when the caution came out on lap 58.

● Suárez brought his Haas Automation Mustang down pit road to top off with fuel and make a wedge adjustment. He restarted in the ninth position.

● During the next caution, the No. 41 machine stayed out on the track in the 17th position.

● Suárez was caught up in an accident on lap 83 that started while the field was running three-wide.

● Suárez brought the Haas Automation Ford down to pit road for tires and repairs. However, due to damage sustained from the accident, the No. 41 became the first car out of the race, finishing in the 40th position.



● Justin Haley won the Coke Zero Sugar 400 to score his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory.

● There were six caution periods for a total of 25 laps.

● Only 18 of the 40 drivers in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 finished on the lead lap.

● Joey Logano remains the championship leader after Daytona with an 18-point advantage over second-place Kyle Busch.


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

“I don’t really know what happened, I just know a few cars wrecked ahead of me. I was trying to slow down and I bumped the 22 and someone bumped me from behind. We were starting to get it back straight and somebody spun me out. My car was actually fine. I thought we were going to continue, but unfortunately we had a part break, and it’s something we can’t fix.”


Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Kentucky 400 on Saturday, July 13 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


Race Winner: Justin Haley of Spire Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 2 Winner: Austin Dillon of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)


Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-50):

Kevin Harvick started fourth, finished fourth and earned seven bonus points.

● Early on, Harvick and the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Mustang were in second place, right behind leader Joey Logano.

● On lap 36, while in second place behind Logano, Harvick pitted for fuel only.

● Harvick came out in first place and led until turn three on lap 50. Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Ryan Blaney got by at the end of the stage. Harvick wound up fourth.


Stage 2 Recap (Laps 51-100):

Started sixth, finished 31st.

● On lap 52, Harvick pitted for four tires and fuel.

● Harvick pitted on lap 59 for fuel only and came out in 12th.

● On lap 83, Harvick was involved in a six-car incident on the frontstretch. After several pit stops for repairs, the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford team was able to get back on track.


Final Stage Recap (Laps 101-160):

Started 31st, finished 29th.

● Harvick was riding around in the back of the pack one lap down when he cut a tire, further damaging the No. 4 Ford.

● Harvick was able to continue until, on lap 127, the red flag was issued for weather and then the race was called short, with the No. 4 finishing in 29th.



● Harvick finished fourth in Stage 1 to earn seven bonus points.

● Harvick led once for 12 laps to increase his laps-led total at Daytona to 256.

● Justin Haley won the Coke Zero Sugar 400 to score his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory.

● There were six caution periods for a total of 25 laps.

● Only 18 of the 40 drivers in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 finished on the lead lap.

● Joey Logano remains the championship leader after Daytona with an 18-point advantage over second-place Kyle Busch.


Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Kentucky 400 on Saturday, July 13 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


K” may stand for “Keselowski,” but in the Twitterverse on Sunday, “K” also stood for “karma” where Keselowski was concerned.

Three days after spinning William Byron in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice and later declaring that he had sent a message to the field that he wasn’t going lift if other drivers blocked him, Keselowski himself exited Sunday’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway after contact from the front bumper of Kevin Harvick’s Ford sent him sideways into the outside wall.

Twitter immediately lit up with references to karma and hashtags like #dontlift.

The Lap 81 wreck also hurt the cars of Harvick, Daniel Suarez, David Ragan, Daniel Hemric and Joey Logano, but even after viewing the accident on video, Keselowski laid no blame for his demise.

“I know I was going straight one moment, and the next moment I wasn’t,” Keselowski said. “It’s unfortunate. We were all two- and three-wide racing and just got tagged from the back. I’m not sure exactly. I know we got to three-wide at the top of (Turn) 3, and it looks like Kevin gave me a real straight push.

“I don’t know. It just took off on me. The Fords were working really hard to run together, and Kevin and Joey and (Ryan) Blaney and myself, I thought we were doing really good at it, but for whatever reason the car just instantly turned there. It’s a bummer for everybody, but we’ll move on and hopefully go to the next one and be all right.”

Byron, the race runner-up after the event was shortened because of rain, may have had the last laugh. Hearing over his team radio that Keselowski had wrecked, Byron dead-panned, “That’s too bad.”



Contact between the Ford of Clint Bowyer and the Chevrolet of Austin Dillon ignited major fireworks in NASCAR’s last trip to Daytona on the Fourth of July weekend.

On Lap 117, Dillon had surged past Denny Hamlin into the lead, but Bowyer had a run on the leader and steered his car down the track entering Turn 1. The movement of Bowyer’s Mustang across Dillon’s rear bumper appeared to destabilized Dillon’s Camaro.

Lightning and an approaching storm added urgency to the situation, and Dillon continued down the track to try to block Bowyer’s progress. The wreck at the front of the field collected 18 cars all told and put a third of the field out of contention for the win.

“I guess he didn’t want me to pass him,” Bowyer said ruefully. “I don’t know. I got under him and he blocked, and we got together. I got off of him – moved down and got off of him – and here he comes back down even more and just finally wrecked us all. That’s just part of racing like this.”

The accident spoiled strong runs for both Bowyer and Dillon, who won the race’s second stage.

“I really felt it was kind of urgent, because of the lightning and rain coming,” Dillon said. “Just trying to get a race win is all it is. I got turned a little bit left, and then it shot me down left. It’s just part of this kind of racing.”

On that last point, at least, Dillon and Bowyer agree.



After skating through the "Big One” on Lap 118, Kurt Busch had the lead in Sunday’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

His stay at the front of the field, however, was short-lived. Even though weather was threatening, crew chief Matt McCall told Busch to come to pit road if NASCAR gave the one-to-go signal.

“Got poker chips all over the car, and we’re pushing them all-in,” Busch said on his radio in a reference to sponsor Global Poker.

The tower signaled an impeding restart on Lap 124, and Busch steered his No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet down pit road to top off with fuel.

But the race never restarted. Lightning in the area forced NASCAR to revert to caution, and a subsequent rainstorm ended the event with Justin Haley as the unlikely winner.

Even with the pit stop, Busch was 10th when the race was called, posting his 10th top 10 result of the season.

“I feel like we were in a really good position to win the race, and it’s just a matter of when the one random lightning bolt comes down to decide when you make the call," Busch said "It was a judgment call on their part."

Ryan Newman found himself in the right place when Sunday’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 was called due to rain as he earned a fifth-place finish in his Roush Performance Ford Mustang, his first top-five of the season.

Inclement weather was the story all weekend as it forced the race to be postponed to Sunday afternoon. The rain and lightning held off for the first two stages, making the race official before it was eventually called with 33 laps remaining.

Newman started the day in 18th after qualifying was cancelled on Friday, setting the lineup per the rulebook. Eight laps in the South Bend, Indiana, native reported he was battling loose conditions, before eventually dropping to the back of the pack.

The team pitted for fuel only at lap 37 and Newman ended the stage 20th, still reporting he was loose in his No. 6 Ford. He lined back up 15th for the second 50-lap stage, which featured three yellow flags. Over the course of the 50 laps, Newman pitted three times before ending the stage in 21st, reporting his handling had turned significantly better.

During the stage break crew chief Scott Graves made a strategy call for two tires and it paid off, setting him up second for the restart at lap 105. After battling up front, he eventually shuffled towards the rear of the pack, which ultimately worked in his favor after an 18-car incident occurred at the front on lap 118.

He went on to pit under the yellow for four fresh tires and fuel, but lightning in the area forced the cars down pit road for a lengthy delay as Newman was scored fifth. After another attempt to restart later and an additional delay, NASCAR made the call to end it, resulting in the top five for Newman.

Newman and the No. 6 team return to the track next weekend at Kentucky Speedway for a Saturday night race under the lights. Race coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage can also be heard on PRN and SiriusXM Channel 90.


Justin Haley won today's rain-shortened Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway. This was also Haley's first NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series victory.

The win is Haley's first and also his teams first win in the Cup series. Spire Motorsports, who hasn't had a top-20 finish in the teams first 17 races this season. It's best finish was with Jamie McMurray who finished 22nd in the Daytona 500 earlier this year.

Haley, who drives full-time for Kaulig Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series is only the fourth driver in NASCAR's modern era to win in their first three career Cup series starts.

"It's absolutely a blessing," Haley told NBC Sports after his win. "It's pretty incredible to have so many great people around me that have given me this opportunity to come to this level and the stage we're performing on. I never even saw myself running a Cup race until i got a call a few months ago to do Talladega. It's just unreal. I don't know how to feel."

Haley took command of the lead under caution when Kurt Busch pitted under caution after NASCAR initially declared that they would go back to green a lap later but the red flag would be displayed for lightning in the area, stopping the race with only 33 laps remaining.

The 20-year old has seen his luck go both good and bad at Daytona. Last year, Haley crossed the finish line first in the July Xfinity Series race at Daytona, but was disqualified after NASCAR ruled that he went below the yellow lines trying to make a last-second pass.

Rounding out the top five on Sunday was William Byron in second, Jimmie Johnson in third, Ty Dillion in fourth and Ryan Newman in fifth.

"The Big One," which we've all came to expect on tracks like Daytona and Talladega occured in Sunday's race with 18 laps to go in Stage 2. The wreck began when Kevin Harvick got a run in the tri-oval and turned Brad Keselowski into the outside wall. The wreck took out 18 cars. Notable drivers included Austin Dillion, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Ryan Blnaey, Kyle Busch, Ty Dillion, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr.

The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series will head into Kentucky Speedway next Saturday in the running of the Quaker State 400 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN and PRN/Sirius XM Channel 90.

Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano

Stage 2 Winner: Austin Dillion

Race Winner: Justin Haley

Today, 704Games, NASCAR Team Properties’ exclusive console simulation-style video game licensee, announced that NASCAR Heat 4 will release in North America this September on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and Windows PC. NASCAR Heat 4 is now available for pre-order at

NASCAR Heat 4 builds on its predecessor and sports a brand new look and feel for race fans, complete with stunning visual and audio enhancements, an upgraded user interface and the introduction of new tire models for various track types, making for an even more realistic racing experience on 38 virtual tracks across the country.

“NASCAR Heat 4 will be the best NASCAR console game we’ve released to date,” said Colin Smith, President of 704Games. “Over the years the NASCAR video game has built a large and passionate fan base, and when developing this game we made sure many of their voices were heard. We have incorporated a number of features and improvements recommended by the NASCAR Heat community and we look forward to delivering a better game to fans in September, and we’re thrilled to have two legends of the sport on the cover.”

The NASCAR Heat 4 cover was unveiled this past weekend at the Daytona International Speedway ahead of the Coke Zero Sugar 400, and features Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart. Harvick joined Stewart-Haas racing in 2014, winning a Cup title in his first season with the team and Stewart is one of just nine drivers to win three or more Cup titles.

The fourth installment of the NASCAR Heat franchise boasts a deeper career mode where players can operate and manage their own team and, for the first time, start in any of the four series included in the game. The career mode will again include the Xtreme Dirt Tour, which debuted in NASCAR Heat 3, and dirt racing enthusiast and cover star Tony Stewart will be the highest rated driver in the series, with his own team, Smoke Racing. Players will have the chance to join his team and race in his #14 custom Late Model paint scheme as they progress.

“It’s an incredible honor to represent the Stewart-Haas racing team on the NASCAR Heat 4 cover alongside Tony,” said Harvick. “We have the best fans in the world, many of whom are very passionate about the NASCAR Heat franchise. They will really be impressed with the new look and feel of the game, it’s as real as it gets. Plus, players getting a shot at joining Tony’s new team on the Xtreme Dirt Tour is pretty cool.”

“My passion for dirt racing is well documented, so to play such a big part in that experience in NASCAR Heat 4 is exciting,” said Stewart. “The whole Stewart-Haas team is appreciative of the opportunity to be on the cover, and I can’t wait for fans to get a hold of the game and join my team.”

NASCAR Heat 4 is available to pre-order today for $49.99 at and other retail websites. You can also follow NASCAR Heat 4 on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook for the latest updates.

704 Games PR

On July 3rd, Paralyzed Veterans of America will kick off its campaign with Food City and NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty. Donations made at Food City supermarkets will go to PVA, who have helped disabled veterans for more than 70 years.

"This is the ninth year of our partnership with Food City and through the generous contributions of their customers, we've been able to help severely injured veterans and their families," said David Zurfluh, a disabled Air Force veteran and national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. "The dedication of partners like Food City and Richard Petty allow us to provide veterans with disabilities access to life-changing care and career opportunities, as well as assistance with veterans' benefits. We thank Food City and their customers for their continued support."

The fundraising campaign will run at Food City's supermarket chain stores through July 31, 2019. Customers can select $1, $3, and $5 donation slips at Food City checkouts and their gift amount will be added to their order total.

"I am proud to be supporting Paralyzed Veterans of America," Richard Petty said. "This is our ninth year supporting Paralyzed Veterans of America's Mission: ABLE campaign with support from Food City. It's very important to me that we continue to help support and recognize our paralyzed veterans. Food City is a very important partner when it comes to this campaign and we thank them for allowing us to continue to raise awareness for this campaign."

All of the donations made helps Paralyzed Veterans of America continue its important work in delivering programs and services FREE of charge to disabled veterans so that they can live full and productive lives.

"Thanks to the generosity of our loyal customers, in the past nine years, we have raised more than $1.25 million to benefit Paralyzed Veterans of America's MISSION: ABLE campaign," said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer. "We're glad to have another opportunity to partner with Paralyzed Veterans of America and Richard Petty in support of this great organization."

Visit to learn more about the campaign.


Quality Inn, a midscale brand from Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), is teaming with Motor Racing Network, the "Voice of NASCAR," to offer two lucky NASCAR fans the opportunity to win tickets to the 2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400 at the legendary Daytona International Speedway. The "It's Quality® Time, Race Weekend Giveaway" sweepstakes runs from July 1 to July 31, 2019. Fans can enter at and no purchase is necessary.

"The Coke Zero Sugar 400 celebrates the rich tradition of NASCAR at one of the most historic speedways in the country," said Larry Doyle, director of brand management for Quality Inn, Choice Hotels. "NASCAR fans are Quality Inn guests and vice-versa, and both appreciate the value of a great experience, which makes this sponsorship the perfect match. This contest allows the Quality Inn brand to connect with one of the most loyal fan bases in sports when it comes to supporting sponsors and presents Quality Inn as a value-add brand, all while giving NASCAR fans a truly memorable experience."

The "It's Quality® Time, Race Weekend Giveaway" sweepstakes will award one lucky winner with the following:

  • Two tickets to the 2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400 at DAYTONA
  • A three-night stay at the Quality Inn Daytona Speedway hotel
  • Round trip airfare for two to Daytona Beach, Fla.
  • VIP tour of pit road and the garages
  • Giveaways provided by Motor Racing Network and Quality Inn

The Quality Inn Daytona Speedway hotel provides travelers with all the essential amenities, including free breakfast and Wi-Fi, a business center, and comfortable rooms. The hotel is located across the street from Daytona International Speedway and a short drive from the Kennedy Space Center, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, and more.

Fans attending this year's Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 6 and Gander RV 400 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, July 28 will be able to learn more about the sweepstakes and the Quality Inn brand through multiple touchpoints across the racetrack, including Jumbotron commercials and mobile units in the Fanzone.

At NASCAR races around the country this year, the Quality Inn brand will be a presenting sponsor of MRN's interactive "Fan Vote"—with trivia and race questions that will be featured in MRN's live radio broadcasts, social media posts, on audience headsets and scanners,, TuneIn Internet radio, and at the racetrack on the Jumbotrons. 

Choice Hotels PR

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