Bobby Santos Wins the USAC Silver Crown Race in Phoenix

Avondale, AZ – For the first time in nearly a decade, the USAC Silver Crown Series returned to the Phoenix International Raceway. The return was better than advertised too. Pole sitter Bobby Santos had a thrilling battle with David Byrne over the last several laps, which saw Santos get by Byrne with seven laps-to-go and never look back en route to the victory in Saturday’s Phoenix Copper Cup. 

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Kyle Larson Wins XFINITY Series Race at Richmond

It’s not a short track race if drivers aren’t mad after it. For the NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers, four drivers were pretty frustrated with how today’s race transpirted, but what’s weird is, no one was made at another driver. Nevertheless, when two late restarts played out at the .75-mile short track, Larson was the race winner in overtime, and Allgaier was a disappointed second, consoled only by the $100,000 check he collected as the winner of the XFINITY Dash 4 Cash bonus as the highest finishing series regular.

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Jones/Larson Lead Cup Practices on Saturday at Richmond

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers had two more opportunities on Saturday morning to dial in their cars in preparation for Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 (2 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN) at the Richmond International Raceway. In the first session, Erik Jones topped the speed charts with a lap around the .75-mile Virginia short track at 120.714 mph in his No. 77 Toyota. Jones, was second quickest in the lone practice session of the day on Friday, and today, he showed that speed remained. 

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Ferrari’s Sweep Front Row for 1st Time Since 2008

Friday, Ferrari’s were saying that the Mercedes drivers were sandbagging. In the two practice sessions, Ferrari led the way in each session while both Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton played second fiddle to their Ferrari counterparts. I think Ferrari felt threatened still despite being 1-2 on the speed chart. 

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JR Hildebrand Breaking Up Penske Party This Weekend at Phoenix

Avondale, AZ – You could forgive JR Hildebrand if he was a little off this weekend at the Phoenix International Raceway. Just nine days ago, he had his fractured hand repaired in a hospital in Indianapolis, as he broke some bones in his hand after a last lap incident on April 9 at Long Beach. He’d miss last weekend’s race in Barber, and now here he is, still healing, still in some pain, competing on the most physically demanding track on the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, running up front. 

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Team Penske Ringing King This Weekend at Phoenix

Avondale, AZ – Team Penske were the obvious favorites to land in victory lane for this weekend’s Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix (9 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). They put two cars in the top three of the starting lineup in last year’s race at the Phoenix International Raceway, and if not for two cut tires to Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya, each while leading, they would have likely ended up in victory lane. Instead, Scott Dixon capitalized and led 155 laps en route to the victory. 

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Helio Castroneves Sets Track Record En Route to the Pole for Saturday Night’s IndyCar Race in Phoenix

Avondale, AZ – It was a record setting night at the Phoenix International Raceway on Friday evening. Helio Castroneves shattered his own previous track record set just a year ago, as he turned a two-lap average of 194.905 mph in qualifying for Saturday night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix (9 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). Last year, Castroneves set the record for both the single-lap speed of 192.631 mph and two-lap average of 192.324 mph. Tonight, beat that by nearly two mph. Castroneves, set the single lap track record too…

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