Kahne Wins Brickyard 400


Motor Racing Network

In one of the most bizarre races in recent history, Kasey Kahne went to Victory Lane in the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, ending a 102-race winless streak in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Kahne was able to hold off the field on the second overtime restart in a race that was slowed a record 14 times for cautions, including three red flags, which took over six hours to complete.

“To win at this track is unreal,” Kahne said. “We used to always be really close. We lost to Jeff (Gordon) and we lost to Tony (Stewart); just some fast cars back then.”

“I’m exhausted. But, an unbelievable win. The team just kept working. We had great pit stops."

Brad Keselowski restarted first on the final overtime restart of the afternoon but got passed by Kahne entering Turn 1 and had to settle for second.

“Kasey he did a heck of a job today. I was happy for him but of course I wanted it for my team,” Keselowski said. “I thought we were in the right spot. He drove in there and it just stuck and probably took the wrong lane there.” (READ MORE)

Ryan Newman, Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top-five finishers.

Kahne becomes the 12th different driver to lock themselves into this year’s playoffs.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series continues next Sunday as the series makes the second stop of the season at the Pocono Raceway.



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It was a career best race week for Wendal Ebach, something that he'll remember and will be hard to ever top. He started off at Eldora on Wednesday night by finishing second in the Truck race. He had even better luck during the weekend at Indianapolis. He won the Xfinity race for his first win of the season and then capped it off the following day by winning his first career Cup race after 56 starts. Wendal was able to sweep the weekend and must have gotten some chapped lips by kissing the bricks twice. He came just one spot shy from becoming the 2nd player to win the triple header.

Brickyard 400 Top 5 Finishers

1. Wendal Ebach
2. Larry Scroggins
3. Brian Blair
4. Robby Stone
5. Ryan Smith

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Byron Best at The Brickyard

Motor Racing Network

William Byron held off Paul Menard in the closing laps to win the Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday for his third NASCAR XFINITY Series victory of 2017.

The 19-year-old rookie becomes the youngest driver to win a XFINITY Series race at Indianapolis, coming in his first start in any racing series at The Brickyard.

“It’s really amazing to be here. I’ve got a lot of really great people around me,” Byron said. “It’s a really special moment for us to win at Indy. Great couple weeks and just really proud of this entire race team."

Byron started third on Saturday and hung around the front of the field for much of the afternoon, winning Stage 1. After playing the pit strategy game with three laps to go in Stage 2, Byron fell back through the field missing out on any additional stage points, but was in prime position to restart the final stage near the front of the field.

Byron restarted second in the final stage and stayed within shouting distance of the lead but it wasn’t until race leaders Kyle Busch and Erik Jones pitted with 19 laps to go which gave Byron the opportunity to score the victory.

After claiming the top spot following the leaders’ stops, Byron was able to hold off veteran Joey Logano while working through heavy lap traffic with under 10 laps to go, and then was able to beat Paul Menard to the finish line by .108 seconds.



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Wendal Ebach doesn't have a lot of wins in his career but he gets an important one now. He had only one twice in his career, both wins coming last season at Gateway and Chicagoland. Now he adds a third one at the most historic track, Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Wendal gets to kiss the bricks for the first time after winning the Lilly Diabetes 350. He scored a total of 232 points to give him the win which should put him into the Chase. Wendal was able to move up 8 spots in the standings up inside the top 10 at 9th place. That puts him in solid position to stay inside the top 25 and make his first Chase.

Lilly Diabetes 250 Top 5 Finishers

1. Wendal Ebach
2. Stephen DiCaprio
3. Ray Perrotta
4. Jakub Smetena
5. Thomas Lutz

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Crafton Conquers Eldora Dirt


Motor Racing Network

NEW WESTON, Ohio - Using a late-race restart 18 laps from the finish and a strategy to ‘go where the others aren’t,’ Matt Crafton muscled past veteran dirt racer Stewart Friesen to win Wednesday night’s fifth annual Eldora Dirt Derby 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway.

Over the last forty laps of the race, Crafton patiently worked his way from the bottom of the top-10 and took advantage of a Lap 127 caution to position himself to challenge a dominant Friesen for his first win since Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway last May.

"My first dirt win - a lot of fun," said Crafton, who picked up his 14th career win. "In the second part of that race we down-right just stunk. It was my fault. We over-tightened it a little bit in the first run. It got free and we just went back to the way we started the race.

"I knew I was getting beat down low. Finally, at the end, I said, 'Well, we may have to tear the right side off to get the win.' I started doing it and this truck became a rocket ship."

Friesen, who finished second to earn his career-best finish in the Truck Series, accepted defeat with dignity.



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Ron Blackman started an exclusive club this week as he became the only driver to win two races at Eldora Speedway. Ron won back in 2014 and now three years later he leaves everyone in the dust... or rather mud as he gets his second win at the track. Ron scored a total of 217 points to win his first race of the year and his first since April last year at Martinsville. It's also his 5th career win and one that will help him make the Chase this year.

Eldora Dirt Derby Top 5 Finishers

1. Ron Blackman
2. Wendal Ebachh
3. Terry Smith
4. Erik Pitts
5. Randy Cookbr />
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Lucky Dog Racing's 2017 LROC team



Lucky Dog Racing finished in second place for 2 years in a row to P10 Select. For the 2017 season they are looking to finally get their 5th championship. This year they have another strong team. Randy Cook is the defending LROC champion and he will be leading the charge for the team again.

Joining Randy will be Jose Rodriguez who is no stranger to championships. Jose won the Cup series championship last season and now has titles in all three series. He'd love to add a LROC Championship as well. Lou Demian keeps his LROC streak appearance going to 10 straight years after he won the Xfinity series.

Greg Miller won the Truck series championship but is ineligible to run for Lucky Dog Racing since he is the team owner of Fantasy Sport Site. Nate Bishop represents Lucky Dog Racing for the first time after winning the Yahoo group championship. Ray Perrotta returns for the 2nd time after winning the Streak to the finish title. Jessy Turgeon also returns for a 2nd time after a long 7 year absence. Jessy won the Chaser Eraser last year.

Be sure to cheer on our drivers as Lucky Dog Racing's drive for five continues in 2017!

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Lucky Dog Yahoo Racing 2017


2017 Yahoo Top 5 Standings
Updated after Kentucky
Rank
Team Total Pts
1. Chuck L. Head 5304
2. Stormdevil Racing 5204
3. wolfercing 5120
4. wallslammer 5078
5. Bowtie Up Front 5072









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Lucky Dog Racing's Streak to the Finish is a Forum only competition. Here's how to play... Pick a top 10 driver each week to keep your streak going! Sound easy? Not so fast.... you can only choose a driver once per streak. You receive points depending on how your driver finishes and your current streak. If you score the most points out of all players, you can receive a special award on your driver page, a spot on the 2018 Lucky Dog Racing LROC Series team and a $25.00 gift certificate to NASCAR.com or Amazon.com

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2017 Top 5 Streak To The Finish Driver Standings
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Rank Total Points Current Cup Streak Current Xfinity Streak Current Truck Streak
J-Rod's Hot Rods 1. 1208 0 3 1
Sullivan Smashers 2. 871 0 4 2
Ampracing88 3. 762 3 0 0
Mad Dog Racing 4. 745 0 3 2
President Lou 5. 731 0 0 0

Congratulations To The Weekend Winners
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Wendal Ebach
Indianapolis Cup Series Winner

Wendal Ebach
Indianapolis Xfinity Series Winner

Ron Blackman
Eldora Truck Series Winner

Nate Bishop
Race #8 LROC Series Winner







Next Monster Energy Cup Series Race
Overton's 400
July 30, 2017
Pocono Raceway

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U.S. Cellular 250
July 29, 2017
Iowa Speedway

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Overton's 301
July 29, 2017
Pocono Raceway

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Race #9
July 29-30 2017
Pocono-Iowa


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2017
Top 10 Cup Drivers
Pos.
Driver
Points
1 K. Wolfe 531
2 J. Turgeon 521
3 G. Wheat 503
4 F. Page 501
5 T. Oliver 490
6 J. Thesier 488
7 T. Jenkins 486
8 R. Perrotta 479
9 R. Stone 477
10 J. Rodriguez 476
2017
Top 10 Xfinity Drivers
Team
Team
Points
1 K. Wolfe 545
2 R. Perrotta 523
3 T. Smith 509
4 M. Minnich 504
5 A. Allison 502
6 K. Sullivan 493
7 B. Blair 490
8 W. Riney 459
9 W. Ebach 456
10 G. Miller 451
2017
Top 10 Truck Drivers
Pos.
Driver
Points
1 J. Rodriguez 372
2 K. Wolfe 367
3 R. Blackman 364
4 G. Miller 361
5 R. Cook 354
6 T. Oliver 354
7 S. Burton 349
8 T. Lutz 342
9 W. Sebern 341
10 E. Daughenbaugh 338
2017
Top 10 LROC Drivers
Pos.
Driver
Points
1 S. Ruth 335
2 D. Hardison 325
3 J. Lovelady 318
4 K. Mayotte 317
5 J. Sebern 311
6 D. Smith 311
7 J. Whiddon 310
8 J. Rodriguez 301
9 J. Turgeon 298
10 M. Tilghman/span> 294

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