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Matthew Jackson

Matthew Jackson

Hi, my name is Matthew I'm 18 from Charlotte, NC. Racing has been something that has interested me my whole life. As a kid my dad would always take me to each of the Charlotte races and the adrenaline you get watching NASCAR's best drivers go around is one like no other. My goal as a writer is to give you the best information possible. 

Martin Truex Jr. won Sunday's Toyota Savemart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. For Truex, this is his fourth victory of the 2019 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series season and his second consecutive victory at Sonoma Raceway.

Driver No. 19 held off teammate Kyle Busch over the last 22 laps of the race.

With his win on Sunday, Truex ties his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch with the most wins this season.

"Just dug down deep and tried to be smooth," Truex Jr. told FS1. "Luckily i was able to have a big enough gap i could settle in and not feel too much pressure. It was definitely difficult. That was the longest run of the race there at the for us on tires. It felt terrible the last 20 laps. The last 10 it was just on ice."

Rounding out the top five were Kyle Busch in second, Ryan Blaney in third, Matt DiBenedetto in fourth and Denny Hamlin in fifth.

Matt DiBenedetto who finished fourth earned his best career NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series finish and his first top five finish in 156 starts.

The 90-lap event seen no cautions outside of the stage breaks at the end of the two stages.

Kyle Larson who started on the pole finished tenth and didn't lead any laps.

With Truex's win on Sunday, Joe Gibbs Racing has won 10 races through 16 races.

The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series will head into Chicagoland Speedway in the running of the Camping World 400 on June 30 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN.

Stage 1 Winner: William Byron

Stage 2 Winner: Denny Hamlin

Race Winner: Martin Truex Jr.

Joey Logano won today's Fire Keepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

The defending NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series champion led 163 of the 200 lap race from the pole and pulled away from Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch to win on Monday evening. The race was originally scheduled for Sunday but weather would move the race into Monday afternoon.

"You race this whole race and you keep building that notebook up," Logano told FS1 post-race. "What a great execution day from our race car was obviously fast. Our pit crew was amazing. TJ Majors, my spotter, worked his butt off up there. We love coming up to Michigan. Nothing like bringing a Ford to Victory Lane in their home turf, Roger Penske cars as well. This is a big win for us."

This is Logano's second win of the 2019 Monster Energy Cup Series season.

Erik Jones suffered a flat tire and that would lead to a two-lap dash for the finish. Logano was in command of the lead at the time of the caution. Driver No. 22 would accelerate away from Truex Jr. and Busch and win.

After the race, Truex said that he thought Logano sprinted away from him too early ahead of the final final restart.

"Then the 22 just went like a whole car length before the restart zone, so i don't know how you get away with that," Truex told FS1 post-race. "I thought you were supposed to go in the box.

" Rounding out the top five were Kurt Busch in second, Martin Truex Jr. in third, Daniel Suarez in fourth and Kyle Busch in fifth.

Rounding out the top ten were Brad Keselowski in sixth, Kevin Hsrvick in seventh, Ryan Newman in eighth, Ryan Blaney in ninth and Alex Bowman in tenth.

The Monster Energy Cup Series will have next weekend off before heading to Sonoma Raceway Sunday, June 23rd at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1.

Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano

Stage 2 Winner: Austin Dillion

Race Winner: Joey Logano

Cole Custer won Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Pocono Raceway with a last lap pass to win the race.

Custer passed Tyler Reddick for the lead on the last corner of the last lap to win in NASCAR overtime at Pocono Raceway.

Reddick passed Custer on the restart but Custer chased him down. Reddick's car went up the track on the final corner of the last lap and Custer would take advantage and slide by for the race win.

"It was pretty unbelievable," Custer told FS1 post-race. "Tyler gave me a real run for my money there. I have no idea how he made it stick on that restart on the bottom passing me but he did. He was unbelievable on the brakes at the end. I was just able to kind of force a mistake a little bit trying to pack air on him."

Custer who started the race from the pole, led four different times throughout the race.

Rounding out the top five were Tyler Reddick in second, Chase Briscoe in third, Ryan Preece in fourth and Christopher Bell in fifth.

The race would go into overtime when Justin Allgaier spun out while running in the seventh position with three laps to go.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will head into Michigan International Speedway next Saturday in the running of the LTi Printing 250 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1.

Stage 1 Winner: Cole Custer

Stage 2 Winner: Justin Allgaier

Race Winner: Cole Custer

Martin Truex Jr. won Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Truex made a four-wide pass for the win with just under 5 laps to go in the race to get his third win of the 2019 Monster Energy Cup Series season. This win is his third win of the season and second win in the 600.

"What a race," Truex told FOX. "One hell of a team. We never gave up on it, even when i blew a tire and hit the wall. Just thanks to Cole Pearn and all the guys.

"When we hit the fence, i thought we were done. I didn't know we were going to fix it."

The winning move for Truex came on pit road when Truex stopped for four tires with eight laps to go in the race. Truex would come off pit road second behind David Ragan who didn't pit and Ryan Newman who took just two tires. On the restart, Truex would make easy work of Ragan and Newman to earn his third win of the season.

Driver No. 19 rebounded from damage in the first stage due to a flat tire in Stage 1.

Rounding out the top five were Joey Logano in second, Kyle Busch in third, Chase Elliott in fourth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in fifth.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. who finished fifth earned his first top five finish since last fall's Talladega playoff race. Chris Buescher also had a good day earning third top 10 place finish of the season and best finish since the July Daytona race last year. Buescher finished sixth. Hendrick Motorsports also had a good 600 race as all driver finished in the top ten for the first time since Texas in 2016.

Rounding out the top ten were Chris Buescher in sixth, Alex Bowman in seventh, Jimmie Johnson in eighth, William Byron in ninth and Kevin Harvick in tenth.

The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series will head into Pocono Raceway next Sunday, June 2 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1.

Stage 1 Winner: Brad Keselowski

Stage 2 Winner: Brad Keselowski

Stage 3 Winner: Martin Truex Jr.

Tyler Reddick won Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The defending Xfinity Series champion took the lead after a restart with 15 laps to go and would hold on to hoist the hardware on Saturday afternoon.

Reddick led 110 of the 200 lap scheduled race distance to win his second race of the 2019 season and for the second time in three races.

"I'm just so pumped about the work ethic of everyone at the shop and the guys here with me today, they just worked their tails off," Reddick said. We held off Justin Allgaier, who is really tough to beat. I won at Charlotte - a place i used to hate.

Rounding out the top five were Justin Allgaier in second, Jeffery Earnhardt in third, Noah Gragson in fourth and Justin Haley in fifth.

Cole Custer, who led the first 16 laps but fell outside of the top 20 due to a collision with the crush panel would finish 24th.

Christopher Bell, who won his fifth stage victory of the season in the first stage blown a right front tire on Lap 89 as result from debris on the track, sent his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota hard into the outside wall.

"My car was running good there," Bell said. "I had no warning of blowing a right front. I was actually a little bit loose that entire run. I guess we ran something over.

"I pile-drove the fence, and then, rolling down the back straightaway, I saw my teammate do it there too. Bummer, but we had a really fast Rheem Supra today."

Rounding out the top ten were Michael Annett in sixth, Jeb Burton in seventh, Ryan Sieg in eighth, Austin Cindric in ninth and Brandon Jones in tenth.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will head into Pocono Raceway in the running of the Pocono Green 250 Saturday, June 1st at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1.

Ty Majeski earned his first Arca victory last night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Majeski took the lead with only 5 laps remaining in the 100 scheduled lap event in Thursday night's General Tire 150.

Majeski, who ran 12 races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series last year as part of the Ford driver development program with Roush Fenway Racing sadly lost his ride at the end of the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.

"This is unbelievable," Majeski told FS1. "I lost my ride this year, it was January or February before we finally put this deal together. Chad took a chance on me. We both had a lot to prove.

To start the overtime finish, Majeski lined up with Gus Dean who runs a full-time schedule in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series and last year's Arca champion Sheldon Creed. Creed would pass Dean on the restart but couldn't challenge Majeski for the victory.

Rounding out the top five were Sheldon Creed in second, Gus Dean in third, Harrison Burton in fourth and Michael Self finished in fifth.

The Arca Menards Series will head into Pocono Speedway on May 31, 2019 at 5:30 PM ET on Fox Sports 1. 

William Byron will start from the pole position in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Driver No. 24 claimed the top spot with a qualifying speed of 183. 424 mph. With his pole on Thursday, Byron becomes the youngest Coca-Cola 600 pole-sitter.

For Byron, this is his second pole of his NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series career. His first pole came at this year's Daytona 500.

"This is awesome, a dream come true," Byron told FS1 after qualifying. "Obviously, i grew up in Charlotte so i came to this race every year. It's a dream come true to qualify on the pole next to Hendrick Motorsports across the street over there. Can't think of a better way to start the weekend.

This is Hendrick Motorsports 12th pole in the 600, which leads above all teams.

Rounding out the top five were Aric Almirola in second (183.069 mph), Kyle Busch in third (182.933 mph), Austin Dillion in fourth (182.766 mph) and Kevin Harvick in fifth (182.741 mph).

Due to inspection issues several weeks ago in Kansas, Chase Elliott was forced to qualify early and would end up 12th. His Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson will start 15th.

Kyle Larson, who won last Saturday's Monster Energy All-Star Race, will start in the 25th position on Sunday.

Live coverage of the 60th annual Coca-Cola 600 begins on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. Eastern on FOX.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2020 inductees were announced today at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The inductees include Tony Stewart, Joe Gibbs, Waddell Wilson, Buddy Baker, Bobby Labonte and Edsel Ford.

Tony Stewart:

Known as "Smoke", Tony Stewart will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall Of Fame Class of 2020. Throughout his career, Stewart compiled 3 Cup Championships ('02,'05,'11), 49 wins and 15 poles. Stewart competed through 1999-2016 in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series. As soon as Stewart arrived in the Cup Series, he showed that he would be a force to be reckoned with some day. In just his first year on the scene, Stewart won three wins in his Rookie of the Year season. Stewart would go onto win his first Cup championship in 2002 driving for Joe Gibbs Racing in the No. 20.

His hard work and never give up attitude was displayed throughout his 17-year career in the Cup series. Stewart won some of NASCAR's most prestigious races such as the Brickyard 400 at his home-state Indianapolis Motor Speedway twice.

In 2009, Stewart became a team owner in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series pairing up with Gene Haas. Stewart won 16 times as a driver/owner including his memorable 2011 championship in which he fought off Carl Edwards to get the title.

Thus far, Stewart-Haas Racing has 51 wins and a second championship with Kevin Harvick in 2015.

Joe Gibbs:

Joe Gibbs will join the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2020. The three-time Super Bowl champion football coach, founded Joe Gibbs Racing in 1992 and has led Joe Gibbs Racing to four NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series championships and five NASCAR Xfinity Series championships. Gibbs is currently ranked the third all-time on the Cup series win rank. They include three Daytona 500 wins and five Brickyard 400 wins.

Gibbs three Cup Series titles have come with three different drivers: Bobby Labonte in 2000, Tony Stewart in 2002 & 2005 and Kyle Busch in 2016.

In addition to his a NASCAR Hall Of Fame nomination, Gibbs is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Waddell Wilson:

Waddell Wilson will join the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2020. The three time engine builder in the Cup series guided cars to some of the biggest races in NASCAR. Waddell Wilson competed through the years of 1979-1988, 1990-1993 and 1995 and compiled 22 wins along with 32 poles. Wilson supplied the power that helped David Pearson (1968,1969) and Benny Parsons (1973) to Cup Series championships. The Bakersville, North Carolina native engines helped some of NASCAR's biggest stars rise to the occasion - including NASCAR Hall of Famers David Pearson, Fireball Roberts, Bobby Allison, Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip to 109 wins and 123 poles.

He also guided three cars to victory in the Daytona 500 as a crew chief, including drivers such as Buddy Baker (1980) and Cale Yarborough (1983,84). The car known as the "Grey Ghost" Wilson assembled for Buddy Baker still holds the Daytona 500 record with an average speed of 177.602 MPH.

Buddy Baker:

Known as the "Gentle Giant" for his height, Buddy Baker was a threat week end and week out on the circuit.

In 1980, Baker won the Daytona 500 with an average speed of 177.602 mph. That track record still stands today. Baker also became the first driver to eclispe the 200-mph mark while testing at Talladega Superspeedway. Baker won at Talladega three times throughout his career.

He also won 19 wins in the NASCAR Cup Series, including a victory in the 1970 Southern 500 at Darlington where he lapped the field. Baker also won back-to-back Coca-Cola 600s at Charlotte in 1972-1973. After his retirement in 1992, Baker made a transition into the broadcast booth as a commentator for CBS.

Sadly, the NASCAR world would loose Baker on August 10, 2015.

Bobby Labonte:

Bobby Labonte started his NASCAR full-time career at 28 years of age in 1993. Labonte, the brother of NASCAR Hall of Famer Terry Labonte made 21 trips to victory lane throughout his career. He competed in 1991 and 1993-2016 and compiled 21 wins and 26 poles.

Labonte's persistence in the Cup Series paid off in 2000 when he won the Cup Series title with Joe Gibbs Racing.

Labonte was a success in all three NASCAR national series, he was the first of four to win both a Cup and Xfinity Series championship. The Corpus Christi, Texas native is also one of 27 drivers to win a race in all three NASCAR national series.

Labonte showed up on some of NASCAR's biggest stages, earning four wins in the Brickyard 400 and Southern 500.

Edsel Ford:

Edsel Ford will join the NASCAR Hall of Fame class as the 2020 Landmark Award winner.

Edsel, who is a member of the Ford Motor Company Board of Directors and longtime executive of the company which was founded by his great-grandfather Henry Ford.

Edsel makes a point regularly to check in with all the NASCAR Ford teams at the racetrack. His leadership at Ford includes time as President and Chief Operating Officer and a director of the International Speedway Corporation.

 

The 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. 

Kyle Larson won tonight's NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Rounding out the top five were Kevin Harvick in second, Kyle Busch in third, Joey logano in fourth and Bubba Wallace in fifth. 

 

 

Stage 1:

Lap 1: Kevin Harvick would overtake his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer to lead lap one.

Lap 2: Martin Truex Jr. would get around Kyle Busch for the third position.

Lap 3: Kyle Busch closes in on race leader Kevin Harvick.

Lap 8: Ryan Blaney passes Joey Logano for the eighth position.

Lap 19: Kyle Busch passes race leader Kevin Harvick for the top position.

Lap 22: Martin Truex Jr. closes in on second place Kevin Harvick

Lap 25: Erik Jones off the pace due to a right-front tire down. Driver No. 20 would come to pit road.

Lap 26: The Caution is displayed due to debris from the No. 20 of Erik Jones.

Lap 30: Pace lights are out on the pace car and we would go into NASCAR Overtime.

Two laps to go in Stage 1, and the green flag is displayed. Keselowski leads over second place Kyle Busch.

White flag: Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch battle for the stage win.

Kyle Busch wins Stage 1 over Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano and Austin Dillion

Stage 2:

Lap 32: Green flag is displayed for Stage 2. The caution would come out when Ryan Newman would spin through the grass.

Lap 36: The green flag would come back out. Kyle Busch leads over Kevin Harvick in second.

Lap 37: Kevin Harvick takes the lead from Kyle Busch and Busch would get shuffled back to fourth position.

Lap 38: Joey Logano closes on Kevin Harvick for the race lead.

Lap 39: Alex Bowman makes contact with the Turn 4 wall.

Lap 43: Ryan Blaney passes Kyle Larson to take over the third position.

Lap 46: William Byron moves up to the fourth position, passing Kyle Larson.

Lap 49: White flag is displayed in Stage 2. Kevin Harvick leads over Joey Logano.

Lap 50: Kevin Harvick wins Stage 2 over Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, William Byron and Kyle Larson.

Lap 51: Clint Bowyer maintains his lead after the Stage 3 restart.

Lap 52: Joey Logano takes the lead away from Clint Bowyer.

Lap 53: Kevin Harvick off the pace due to a loose wheel.

Lap 54: Caution is displayed. Erik Jones and Austin Dillion make contact. Kyle Busch would also be involved.

Lap 59: Green flag is back out with 11 to go in the third stage.

Lap 61: Chase Elliott moves to third after passing Clint Bowyer.

Lap 64: William Byron moves up to fourth. Chase Elliott is up to second.

Lap 67: William Byron passes Brad Keselowski for the third position.

Lap 70: Joey Logano wins Stage 3 over Chase Elliott, William Byron, Brad Keselowski, and Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 70: Logano, Ky. Busch and Chase Elliott stay out while everyone else pits.

Final Stage:

Lap 71: Green flag is out. 15 laps remain in the All-Star Race.

Lap 73: Kyle Busch takes away the lead from Chase Elliott.

Lap 73: Caution is out for Denny Hamlin spinning.

Lap 74: Green flag is back out. Kyle Busch leads over Chase Elliott in second. Kyle Larson takes the lead and Kyle Busch passes Chase Elliott for second.

Lap 75: Caution is out for Erik Jones after he hit the wall due to loosing a right-front tire.

Lap 79: Kyle Busch hits the wall off turn 4.

Lap 80: 5 laps to go. Larson leads over Harvick. 

Lap 84: White flag. Harvick closes in on Larson.

Lap 85: Kyle Larson wins the 2019 Monster Energy All-Star Race.

 

 

Kyle Busch won Friday nights North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Busch would survive a late race restart to win his fifth NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series win of the season.

For Busch, this is his 56th NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series victory. Friday was driver No. 51's final Truck race of the season due to series limitations for Monster Energy Cup Series drivers. Busch had to overcome a late race caution when Brett Moffitt lost his tire with under 10 laps to go. That would lead to a late race restart with three laps to go. Driver No. 51 would hold off the field and pull away to victory.

Rounding out the top five were Breenan Poole in second, Stewart Friesen in third, Ben Rhodes in fourth and Matt Crafton in fifth.

Rounding out the top ten were Austin Hill in sixth, Todd Gilliland in seventh, Anthony Alfredo in eighth, Grant Enfinger in ninth and Ross Chastain in tenth.

The NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series will head into Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, June 7th at 9:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1 and MRN.

Stage 1 Winner: Matt Crafton

Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch

Race Winner: Kyle Busch

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