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Red Bull GRC: Scott Speed Takes The Win In Memphis In The Opening Round

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Speed Wins in Memphis

The Heats:

This year the format has changed a bit as to allow for divers more ways to earn points. Part of that was to add more heat races. There is three rounds of heats and the drivers are shuffled up at the end of each. The winner of each heat will receive 7 points.

Scott Speed and Steve Arpin won the first round of heats. Then Speed again and Chris Atkinson won the second round. Tanner Foust and Sebastian Eriksson won the third round.

Then the Semi’s went to the VW’s Foust and Speed.

The Main:

The main started like many before. There was contact in the first turn and it ended Patrik Sandell’s chances at a win. This forced a red flag and a full restart. The restart was clean and the VW teammates Foust and Speed jumped out to a quick lead. They kept that position for the rest of the race.

Third place was the position to have. The spot was Eriksson’s but Mitchell Dejong was able to grab it in the beginning of the main. Then Arpin used his joker lap to take over third place at about the halfway point and it stayed that way.

The guys will be in Louisville on May 21. The race can be seen on NBC at 1 pm.

 

Results:

  1. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
  2. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
  3. Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Motorsports
  4. Mitchell deJong, #24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  5. Oliver Eriksson, #16 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  6. Cabot Bigham, #2 Bryan Herta Rallysport
  7. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  8. Chris Atkinson, #55 Subaru Rally Team USA
  9. Patrik Sandell, #18 Subaru Rally Team USA
  10. Austin Dyne, #14 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Justin is a Computer Networking student at Wentworth Institute of Technology and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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NASCAR PLAYOFFS: EARNHARDT JR IS OUT/AMBULANCE MISHAP NEARLY COSTS KENSENTH PLAYOFF SPOT

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Kenseth Earns Playoff Spot/ Earnhardt Jr Out In NASCAR

Well the circus of NASCAR continues to play out.

A bizarre accident caused by an ambulance nearly cost Matt Kenseth a spot in the 16-driver NASCAR playoff field

. The night was over for Kenseth, but thanks to a victory by Kyle Larson in Saturday Night’s regular-season finale at Richmond, Matt Kenseth claimed his spot. The playoffs begin next weekend at

. The playoffs begin next weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. If a driver in a must-win situation had won the race, Kenseth would not have made the playoffs. There would have been only two spots remaining and

There would have been only two spots remaining and Kenseth would have been third in points among the winless drivers in the regular season.
With 143 laps remaining, a caution came out and Matt Kenseth went to pit road. An Ambulance, however, had stopped at the entrance to pit road, and in the chaos of drivers trying to weave around the ambulance, Matt Kenseth ran into the back of Clint Bowyer. Kenseth was in good position to make the playoffs on points if he didn’t win after leading 89 laps of the first half of the race.

“Kind of a weird series of events there,”. “It didn’t turn out good for us. … Yeah, I was surprised [to see it].”, Kenseth Said.

Dale Earnhardt Jr finished 13th and ran like a playoff driver most of the night. But it wasn’t enough to secure a playoff spot

Earnhardt needed a win after a winless season and ranking 22nd in the point standings. Earnhart Jr has already announced his retirement from full time racing back in April.

“I’m disappointed,”. “We had some odd luck [this year]. But when we didn’t have bad luck, we didn’t capitalize. We had a long summer.
“We just didn’t capitalize. We didn’t run like we should have. We ran like we should have tonight. If we had ran like that all year, like we did over the last several years, we would have made it. But we didn’t.”

Martin Truex Jr. has a 20-point lead on Kyle Larson in the NASCAR Cup standings thanks to the playoff points he earned throughout the season. Truex has 2,053 points, followed by Larson (2,033), Kyle Busch (2,029), Brad Keselowski (2,019) and Jimmie Johnson (2,017) in the top-five following the reset. With drivers who don’t win in the three-race playoff rounds advancing by points (the four winless drivers worst in points don’t advance), Truex is all but guaranteed a spot in at least the semifinal round.

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Another Penalty For Kyle Busch

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Another Penalty For Kyle Busch

It seems that winning isn’t the only think Kyle Busch is good at. The NASCAR driver is also good at being penalized. Last week it was at Watkins Glen where Busch was found to have a loose lug nut during the post race inspection by NASCAR officials. This week Busch was penalized yet again for a speeding violation on pit road. The penalty came  at Bristol in the Camping World Truck Series.

Kyle Busch was the pole sitter and won the first two stages. After the speeding violation dropped him to the back of the lead lap, Busch took to the high side and regained the lead half-way through the race to claim his 178th victory in NASCAR’s top three series.

“I knew once we got that penalty that I had to go somewhere other than where everyone else was,” Busch said about charging to front on the outside. “It took about 15 laps for it to come in and then it started going fast.”

Busch then easily held off Matt Crafton in a green-white-checker finish for his third Truck victory of the season and 49th overall. Busch also has 39 Cup victories and 90 Xfinity wins. He raced to his fifth Truck victory at the track and 18th overall Bristol win.

Apparently being penalized either during or after a race is a winning strategy for Kyle Busch.

Crafton was second in another Toyota.

“We have nothing to hang our head about,” Crafton said.

John Hunter Nemechek was third in a Chevrolet, followed by Grant EnfingerBen RhodesJohnny Sauter, points leader Christopher Bell, Park Kligerman, Austin Cindric and Brandon Jones.

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The Feud, The Fuel, The Win. The Drama at Watkins Glen

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NASCAR: Feud Continues As Truex JR Wins Drama at the Glen

The drama never stops for these two drivers and the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series’ I Love New York 355 had plenty of drama to go around.

Kyle Busch was heard using a few choice curse words for Brad Keselowski at the race on Sunday at Watkins Glen. Brad spun out pole sitter Kyle Busch in Stage 1.

Brad Keselowski took the lead from Martin Truex Jr but fuel played its role before the green flag dropped and Truex Jr got his first career victory at Watkins Glen.

Truex Jr now has four victories on the season. He leads the playoff standings by 18 points over second-place driver Jimmie Johnson, and the overall series lead by 116 points over Busch.

Danica Patrick spun out on a late restart and Dale Earnhardt Jr was out due to engine trouble. This was Earnhardt Jr’s last trip to the Glen. He retires after this season.

Keselowski took the lead from Martin Truex Jr late in the race and then ran out of fuel. Ryan Blaney then had the lead and he ran out of fuel. Martin Truex Jr, who hit pit road late in the day for gas, had a tight finish fighting off Matt Kenseth for the trip to victory lane.

I’m kind of speechless. I really didn’t think it was going to play out there,” Truex told NBCSN afterward, in reference to the fuel-conservation strategy.

Crew chief Cole Pearn assured Truex Jr. via the radio both those cars would have to pit for fuel. Truex Jr, on the other hand, could make it to the end if he was careful.

“It was so stressful to let guys go by for the lead. I’ve never had to do that before… You’ve just got to listen to your crew chief,” Truex Jr said.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series I LOVE NEW YORK 355 at Watkins Glen results

1. Martin Truex Jr.
2. Matt Kenseth
3. Daniel Suarez
4. Denny Hamlin
5. Clint Bowyer
6. Kurt Busch
7. Kyle Busch
8. Ryan Blaney
9. AJ Allmendinger
10. Erik Jones
11. Chris Buescher
12. Michael McDowell
13. Chase Elliott
14. Jamie McMurray
15. Brad Keselowski
16. Kasey Kahne
17. Kevin Harvick
18. Paul Menard
19. Ty Dillon
20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
21. Aric Almirola
22. Danica Patrick
23. Kyle Larson
24. Joey Logano
25. Ryan Newman
26. Austin Dillon
27. David Ragan
28. Matt DiBenedetto
29. Jimmie Johnson
30. Boris Said
31. Gary Klutt
32. Brett Moffitt
33. Corey LaJoie
34. Cole Whitt
35. Trevor Bayne
36. Landon Cassill
37. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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