Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Stars Of NASCAR Cup are Schedule to Shine Tonight

The Stars Of NASCAR Cup are Schedule to Shine Tonight

Matt Kenseth earns the Pole for All-Star Race

The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will battle under the lights at America's Home for Racing, Charlotte Motor Speedway in what will surely be a night to remember. 

The Stars Of #NASCAR Cup are Schedule to Shine Tonight


Race Format

#NASCAR New Rules - New Race

Cole Swindell at the #MENCS All-Star Race



Cole Swindell is an All-Star

Cole Swindell is an All-Star
Race fans will rock and roll with Cole before the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race on May 19 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Platinum-selling singer and songwriter Cole Swindell will light up the biggest all-star event in sports with the Monster Energy All-Star Race Concert Presented by Rayovac Batteries, Kwikset, George Foreman and National Hardware.

The concert will will be on a stage located near the Turn 1 entrance. Afterwards, fan will catch The Monster Energy Open for a fender-banging, last-chance qualifier to fill out the field for the biggest All-Star event in sports!



Rules for eligibility for the Monster Energy All-Star Race:

  • • Drivers who have won a points event in either 2017 or 2018 are eligible, as are drivers who have won a previous Monster Energy All-Star Race and compete full time.
  • • Drivers who have won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship and compete full time also are eligible for the event.
  • • Three drivers will join the field by winning one of three stages in the Monster Energy Open (held prior to the Monster Energy All-Star Race)
  • • One driver will also be added to the field by winning the Fan Vote. 


Kids' tickets in ALL Grandstands start at just $10 for children ages 13 and under. 


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Friday, May 18, 2018

Xfinity Playoff Picture Is Coming Into Focus

Xfinity Playoff Picture Is Coming Into Focus

With 10 NASCAR Xfinity Series races in the books, the Playoff picture is starting to take shape and, as always, there are some surprises and new faces looking to compete for a title in the postseason.

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Click on Graphic to Enlarge

Current standings leader and veteran JR Motorsports driver Elliott Sadler currently holds the No. 1 seed by a slim margin (three Playoff points) over Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick in the second and third seeds, respectively. Sadler is granted the No. 1 seed in the chart below with the expectation he holds on to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series regular season championship, something he personally knows can pay off big time in the hunt for a title.

"What we learned last season as being the regular season champions was that it paid a lot of dividends in the Playoffs because you get 15 Playoff points," said Sadler. "So we are ahead in the points now and we know all that will be taken away, but if we can continue to lead the points through the summer months and get some bonus points for being the regular season champion, that’s 15 points that’s in our piggy bank for the Playoffs, and for us we found out last year that is going to come in handy."

The NASCAR Xfinity Series regular season champion is also guaranteed a spot in the Playoffs no matter the number of different winners. Though, so far this season, just three championship contenders have won races – Tyler Reddick (Daytona), Christopher Bell (Richmond) and Justin Allgaier (Dover). Allgaier and the No. 7 JR Motorsports team received a penalty following the Dover race and therefore the win cannot be used for eligibility into the Playoffs, but as of right now, Allgaier can still make the Playoffs on points.

Of the 12 Playoff qualifiers five of the drivers would be first time competitors in the postseason in the Xfinity Series: Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick, Ryan Truex, Austin Cindric and Ross Chastain.
Playoffs are always top of mind for the NASCAR Xfinity Series competitors. Just 12 points separates JD Motorsport’s Ross Chastain currently in the 12th and final NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff spot and JR Motorsport’s Michael Annett currently in the 13th position in the championship standings, the first spot outside the postseason cutoff. With just 16 races left in the regular season, each points position is crucial in the effort for a fnejxttitle.

Next Race: The 'Alsco 300' at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 26


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Scattered Thunderstorms For #NASCAR’s All-Star Weekend

Scattered Thunderstorms For #NASCAR’s All-Star Weekend

NASCAR Fans should expect some schedule changes.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series are at Charlotte Motor Speedway for All-Star weekend. The Truck Series, “North Carolina Education Lottery 200” (134 laps, 201 miles) is scheduled to race tonight at 8:30 p.m. eastern. 

Scattered Thunderstorms For #NASCAR’s All-Star Weekend


However, Mother Nature may have other plans. Weather.com states that Charlotte will be experiencing Scattered Thunderstorms at that time with 40% chance of precipitation and 83% humidity.

The outlook for the The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series “All-Star Race” (30 laps, 20 laps, 20 laps, 10 laps) tomorrow is not much more promising. Weather is predicted as 40% chance of precipitation and 76% humidity.






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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

American E-Kart Championship Brings Competitive Racing to Everyone

American E-Kart Championship Brings Competitive Racing to Everyone

What a Great and Fun Opportunity to Show What You Got as a Racer and Compete for a $10,000 Prize

American E-Kart Championship Brings Competitive Racing to EveryoneThe American E-Kart Championship (AEKC) powered by Monster Energy announced its nationwide, indoor karting series schedule today with races starting Monday, May 21 and culminating with the Championship Weekend on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 at Accelerate Indoor Speedway & Events, Chicago in Mokena, Ill. with the winner receiving a $10,000 cash prize.

The second place winner will receive $2,500, and the third place winner will receive $1,000. Various cash prizes will also be offered in qualifying rounds.

Officially sanctioned by the World Karting Association (WKA), the series offers practically anyone the opportunity to be a champion racer.

“What makes this series special is that everyone who participates has an equal shot at winning. It’s not about sponsors or having the best engine program. Everyone drives the same karts on the same tracks, and anyone who is old enough and tall enough to drive a kart can show up,” says Donald Wagner, Commissioner of the American E-Kart Championship. “This year, an entirely unknown driver could lay claim to being America’s fastest E-kart racer.”

American E-Kart Championship Brings Competitive Racing to EveryoneCompetitors can choose to race at any of the 18 participating indoor e-karting tracks. Champions from each of the tracks will then earn a berth, along with local expenses paid (participants must secure their own travel) to race in the American E-Karting Championship Finals at Accelerate.

Participating tracks include Autobahn Indoor Speedway & Events, with locations in Hadley, Mass., Palisades, N.Y., Harrisburg, Pa., White Marsh, Md., Jessup, Md., Manassas, Va., Dulles, Va., Memphis, Tenn., Jacksonville, Fla., Birmingham, Ala., and Tucson, Ariz.; ; Xtreme Racing, Wichita, Kan.; Veloce Indoor Speedway Milwaukee, Waukesha, Wis.; Need2Speed in Reno, Nv.; Overdrive Raceway in Colorado Springs, Colo.; MB2 Raceway, Grimes, Iowa; High Voltage Indoor Karting, Cleveland, Ohio; and Accelerate Indoor Speedway & Events Chicago. 


For map of the locations, visit https://www.americanekart.com/participating-tracks.

“Every day, we see so much talent from ordinary people at the track,” says Wagner, who also serves as Director of Operations for Autobahn and Accelerate. “Some of the world’s top race car drivers, like Jeff Gordon and Lewis Hamilton, got their start racing karts. Our goal is to make racing accessible to everyone. Having the series sanctioned by the top governing body in the world and sponsored by Monster Energy, one of the world’s preeminent brands in racing and extreme sports, brings real legitimacy to the championship. It’s real racing for real people.”

“The World Karting Association has always had a place for everyone in Karting, and that includes E-Karting. With that, the decision for WKA to sanction The American E-Karting Championship powered by Monster Energy was a no-brainer.” states Kevin Williams, President of WKA, “Many of the global motorsports stars started in various forms of Karting, and we are excited to see the stars of this series.”

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Kevin Harvick’s 5th #MENCS #Win In 2018!

Kevin Harvick’s 5th #MENCS #Win In 2018!
Kevin Harvick’s 5th #MENCS #Win In 2018! #NASCAR

The “Closer,” Kevin Harvick closed out the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series KS Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway in Victory Lane for his fifth win of the 2018 season. Harvick's talented driving skills and the durability of the Ford FR9 EFI engine powered the No. 4 to Stewart-Haas Racings’ sixth win of the season.

Kevin Harvick’s 5th #MENCS #Win In 2018! #NASCAR

“I think this weekend shows really how good the race team is,” commented Harvick in Victory Lane. “Everything didn’t go exactly smooth and everybody just kept a good demeanor about things and kept calm and kept working through things. The same thing tonight. Everybody just kept working through trying to make the car better and we were able to wind up in Victory Lane. Those are the days that you just grind it out.”

Kevin Harvick’s 5th #MENCS #Win In 2018! #NASCAR

“Congratulations to Kevin, Tony and Gene on the outstanding start to the 2018 season,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “It was another strong finish by the No. 4 team. Winning five out of the first 12 races is a milestone that we are all very proud to be a part of! Thanks to all the employees at Roush Yates Engines for their attention to detail that powers these wins. It has been a great start to the season with Ford Performance and we will build on this momentum for the rest of the season.”

After starting on pole and running in the top-10 most of the race, a late restart on lap 259 found Harvick positioned in the sixth spot. At the restart, he charged forward on the outside lane, with a set of four new tires to chase down the leaders and took over second place. On the next-to-the-last lap the “Closer” reeled in leader, Martin Truex Jr. to pass him and take the black-and-white checkered flag .390 seconds in front of Truex.

Kevin Harvick’s 5th #MENCS #Win In 2018! #NASCAR

When asked about the Ford FR9 EFI engine Harvick remarked, “I think as you look at qualifying and you look at the year, the thing that I love about our engine shop, it's built on racers. When you look at Doug Yates and everything that he and his family have built through the years, all they want to do is win. They just want to do whatever they have to do to try to win and that's the mentality that usually you find in a race team. So, the engines are a lot of fun to have under the hood and have that mentality from the engine shop is special. So, it's a lot of fun.”

In winning his second straight race in a row and his fifth in 12 starts this season, Harvick led 79 laps on his way to collecting his third win at Kansas Speedway, tying him for most ever at the 1.5-mile track and marking Ford’s 665th all-time win in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition.

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The Ford Fusions ran strong all night long to lead a total of 149 laps. Ryan Blaney, another fast Ford ended the night in P37 after an incident with Kyle Larson, led 54 laps and won Stage 1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. from Roush Fenway Racing led 10 laps, while Team Penske driver Joey Logano led six.

The race saw 15 lead changes, seven cautions and five Fords in the top-10 at the end of a barn burner Saturday night:

  • P1 Kevin Harvick 
  • P3 Joey Logano
  • P6 Paul Menard
  • P8 Kurt Bush
  • P9 Aric Almirola
Source:  Ford Performance PR


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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother’s Day #NASCAR Style

Happy Mother’s Day #NASCAR Style NASCAR Race Mom and her racing son (Moses) before twitter!!! Yup I videotaped all his races; helped him with sponsorship (although I was awful at sewing on those patches!) and even learned how to code (html) so I could put up his first website.  Racing is definitely a Family Sport. My goodness, I almost forgot the days of scoring his laps by hand under the direction of #NASCAR.






















My Son – Racer Moses Smith



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Saturday, May 12, 2018

#NASCAR Photos from Friday, May 11 at Kansas Speedway

#NASCAR Photos from Friday, May 11 at Kansas Speedway

'A Picture Is Worth Ten Thousand Words'

Kevin Harvick and crew chief Rodney Childers talk in the garage after final practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series KC Masterpiece 400.
Kevin Harvick and crew chief Rodney Childers talk in the garage after
final practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series KC
Masterpiece 400. Harvick was fastest with a lap of 186.149 mph
Kyle Larson posted the best 10-consecutive lap average in final practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway
Kyle Larson posted the best 10-consecutive lap average in final
practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series KC
Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway
Kyle Busch, Noah Gragson and Matt Crafton during practice for  the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 37 Kind Days 250
Kyle Busch, Noah Gragson and Matt Crafton during practice for
the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 37 Kind Days 250
Noah Gragson poses with the pole award after qualifying on the pole for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 37 Kind Days 250.  Gragson logged a lap of 176.678 to win his fifth pole in 31 starts
Noah Gragson poses with the pole award after qualifying on the
pole for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 37 Kind Days 250.
Gragson logged a lap of 176.678 to win his fifth pole in 31 starts
Ryan Blaney qualified second for Saturday's Monster Energy NASCAR  Cup Series KC Masterpiece 400. This is his seventh top-10 start of 2018
Ryan Blaney qualified second for Saturday's Monster Energy NASCAR
Cup Series KC Masterpiece 400. This is his seventh top-10 start of 2018
Kevin Harvick won the Busch Pole Award for the Monster Energy  NASCAR Cup Series KC Masterpiece 400 with a lap of 188.811 mph
Kevin Harvick won the Busch Pole Award for the Monster Energy
NASCAR Cup Series KC Masterpiece 400 with a lap of 188.811 mph
Grant Enfinger leads Kyle Busch and Brett Moffitt during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 37 Kind Days 250
Grant Enfinger leads Kyle Busch and Brett Moffitt during the NASCAR
Camping World Truck Series 37 Kind Days 250
Noah Gragson leads the field to green during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 37 Kind Days 250 at Kansas Speedway
Noah Gragson leads the field to green during the NASCAR Camping
World Truck Series 37 Kind Days 250 at Kansas Speedway
Noah Gragson, driver of the #18 Safelite Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 37 Kind Days 250
Noah Gragson, driver of the #18 Safelite Toyota, celebrates with a burnout
after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 37 Kind Days 250
Noah Gragson, driver of the #18 Safelite Toyota, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 37 Kind Days 250
Noah Gragson, driver of the #18 Safelite Toyota, takes the checkered flag to
win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 37 Kind Days 250
Noah Gragson, driver of the #18 Safelite Toyota, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 37 Kind Days 250 at Kansas Speedway
Noah Gragson, driver of the #18 Safelite Toyota, celebrates after winning the
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 37 Kind Days 250 at Kansas Speedway
Noah Gragson, driver of the #18 Safelite Toyota, poses with the winner's decal  in victory lane after winning the NASCAR #NCWTS 37 Kind Days 250
Noah Gragson, driver of the #18 Safelite Toyota, poses with the winner's decal
in victory lane after winning the NASCAR #NCWTS 37 Kind Days 250
Photo Credit - Getty Images
Brian Lawdermilk
Photo 1 & 12
Sarah Crabill
Photo 2, 3, 6, 7 & 9 
 Josh Hedges
Photo 4
Sean Gardner
Photo 5, 8, 10 & 11



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