Kyle Busch dominated the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, leading 153 of 200 laps on his way to his second consecutive Nationwide Series win, and his fifth straight victory at Texas. He joins Dale Earnhardt and Jack Ingram as the only drivers to win five consecutive Nationwide races at one track.
For the second time this season, Denny Hamlin drove his car to victory lane on a Monday following a rain-out. Hamlin led 12 laps in the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, but they were the final 12 on his way to his second Sprint Cup victory of the season.
During post-qualifying inspection, NASCAR found problems with the lower radiator pans on Marcos Ambrose’s No. 47 and Max Papis’ No. 13. NASCAR found that the pans were considered unapproved ballast weight mounting, which is a violation of Rule 20-2.3, added car weight. NASCAR said the violations could carry a penalty. See FoxSports.com for more.
ESPN, citing anymous sources, is reporting that Kasey Kahne, arguably the hottest free agent available, has signed a mutliyear deal with Hendrick Motorsports starting in 2012. He’ll drive the No. 5 car. But, in 2011, FoxSports is reporting he will drive for SHR. There is skepticism about the validity of that rumor.
It is a little shocking that JR Motorsports has released Kelly Bires from his contract as driver of the No. 88 Nationwide Series Chevy. But, despite the relatively surprising timing, this was the right move.
Tommy Baldwin Racing and Mike Bliss have parted ways effective immediately, according to FoxSports. Bliss will replace Aric Almirola in Phoenix Racing’s No. 1 Sprint Cup entry. Almirola left to concentrate on the Camping World Truck Series. Johnny Sauter will assume pilot the No. 36 Wave Energy Chevy at Texas and Talladega. No word on who [...]
Keyed-Up Motorsports announced that it will be reducing its schedule in the Sprint Cup series. The team will continue looking for sponsorship and refuses to start and park for funding. While the team has not issued a formal schedule, the team will not attempt to start at this weekend’s race at Texas Motor Speedway. The [...]
Aric Almirola and Phoenix Racing have agreed to part ways. Almirola started four races for the team this season. PR lost its sponsorship from Miccosukee Resort & Gaming at the beginning of the season. Almirola has decided to focus on his Camping World Truck Series ride with Billy Ballew Motorsports.
Richard Petty Motorsports has been in default on a $90 million loan since February, but hopes to restructure the loan soon. Team owner George Gillett indicated that RPM did not miss payments, but an anonymous source indicate that’s not the case.
Ryan Newman took two tires during the final pit stop under caution and drove passed Jeff Gordon to win the Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix International Raceway. The victory is the first in 77 races for Newman, and the first for his Stewart Haas Racing team and crew chief Tony Gibson.