Custer Turning Heads On Friday In Richmond

RICHMOND, VA – It’s widely rumored that Kurt Busch will be leaving Stewart-Haas Racing at seasons ends and join Chip Ganassi Racing instead. That leaves the No. 41 Ford for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season open. A lot of people figure that Cole Custer would eventually end up with SHR, so why not now? Instead, all sides from SHR say that Custer needs another year in the NASCAR XFINITY Series first. From top executives to the Gene Haas to Custer’s father. 

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Kevin Harvick Wins The Pole For Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 (7:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

RICHMOND, VA – The field better take notice for what Kevin Harvick did on Friday. Arguably, the best car on long run speeds will start on the pole in his No. 4 Ford. That’s saying something. Harvick, turned a lap of 121.880 mph in the third and final round of qualifying to earn his 24th Busch Pole Award tying him with Alan Kulwicki for 31st on the all-time list. It was also his third pole of the season and second of his career at the Richmond Raceway. 

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Hendrick Motorsports Cars Struggle On Friday In Richmond

RICHMOND, VA – Back in the spring race at the Richmond Raceway, three of the four Hendrick Motorsports cars finished in the top 12 led by Chase Elliott with a runner-up finish. Jimmie Johnson was sixth while William Byron was 12th. Last weekend in the opening race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, all four of the Hendrick cars showed a ton of speed. They had so much speed that all three of their playoff drivers had speed to finish inside of the top 10. 

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Newman Likely Heading To RFR For 2019, Announcement Set For Saturday

RICHMOND, VA – The cat is out of the bag. Sources have confirmed that Ryan Newman will be named as the driver of the No. 6 Ford at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon from the Richmond Raceway. Newman, will replace the departing Trevor Bayne in that ride as this also means that Matt Kenseth will likely not be returning either. Kenseth, was brought back in early May to split time in that seat with Bayne to figure out how to get the organization to find some speed. Kenseth, won the…

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Elliott Says It Will Be Difficult To Make It Out Of The 1st Round Of The Playoffs Due To Strength Of The Field

Chase Elliott was well on his way to scoring a key top 10 finish in last Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs opener at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. His No. 9 Chevrolet was extremely quick and could have been among the few playoff drivers to avoid a casualty. Instead, he was caught up in a crash with Jamie McMurray on Lap 211 which ended his day with a 36th place finish. He could have been in a great spot in the standings heading into Saturday night’s Federated Auto…

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Suarez, Ty Dillon Quick But Can They Shock The Playoff World? Will Truex Shine?

Since the inception of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs in 2004, never has the winner of the second race of the postseason been a non playoff entrant. Why would we think that would change in Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 (7:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)? Well, if it was going to happen, two drivers could very well do it. 

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Full Analysis Of How The Playoff Drivers Did In Friday’s Practice And Their Outlook For Saturday Night’s Federated Auto PArts 400 (7:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

RICHMOND, VA – Usually I’d write several different articles about who did what and individualize that for any given race weekend. Well, with this being the second race of the opening round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, lets focus on the 16 eligible playoff drivers. We saw two full practice sessions from the Richmond Raceway on Friday. Mix that with a race on the .75-mile oval back in April and past statistics/trends, we have a full grasp on who may do what in Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts…

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5 Favorites For Saturday Night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 (7:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 (7:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will be the second race of the opening round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. After won the first race of the playoffs last weekend in Las Vegas, if one of the other 15 playoff drivers can win this weekend’s race at the Richmond Raceway, then they’ll get an automatic spot into the next round too. Here are the top five favorites. 

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Hooters Extends Sponsorship With Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports Through 2021 Season

Hooters has expanded its association with 12-time champions Hendrick Motorsports with a new contract that extends its primary sponsorship of driver Chase Elliott and the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team for three years. Hooters, the iconic American restaurant brand with a deep history in NASCAR, will be a primary sponsor of the No. 9 team for three races each season from 2019-2021. The company joined Hendrick Motorsports as a two-race primary sponsor of Elliott in January 2017.

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NASCAR Announces That Steve Phelps To Be Named President

NASCAR today announced that Steve Phelps has been named NASCAR President, effective October 1, 2018. Brent Dewar has elected to step down and will remain with the company through the end of the 2018 racing season, transitioning to a senior consulting and advisory role in 2019. Phelps will assume the duties held by Dewar and will report to Jim France, NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. As President, Phelps will have responsibility over all competition and business operations for the sanctioning body.

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