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Kyle Busch Wins Race And Captures 2nd NASCAR Cup Championship

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HOMESTEAD, FL (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Kyle Busch led 120-of-267 laps en route to winning Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  The victory was Busch’s 56th career victory and clinched his second NASCAR Cup Series Championship.

“Today we had a really good car and I could race around and move around,” said Busch.  “We have a great race team and a great owner, even the best sponsor in sports. I just can’t say enough, thank everyone enough for this opportunity.”

Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Martin Truex Jr and Erik Jones finished second and third giving Gibbs a 1-2-3 sweep and his fifth Championship overall.

“I spent three and a half hours worried about everything, I didn’t know what was going to happen,” joked Gibbs.  “It’s a thrill for me.  It’s a thrill for us.  The Lord blessed us with a great night.”

Truex, who was also eligible for the Championship, said he got stuck in traffic on the last restart and used up his car and couldn’t get back to Busch so he had to settle for second place.

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“These things don’t come around every day,” said Truex.  “Second two years in a row definitely stings a little, but the fact that we have one is still really a big deal.  It’s hard to win these things.  “Congrats to Kyle and the 18 guys.  It’s a huge accomplishment just to get here I feel like.  Yes, sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t.  It just wasn’t our day.”

Stewart Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick was also eligible for the Championship and led three times for 44-laps.  Harvick and crew chief Rodney Childers tried an alternate strategy by staying out as long as possible for his final pit stop, hoping for a caution flag.

“We just needed to do something different,” said Harvick.  “Those guys, they were so much better than us on the long run. Really our best chance was to have a caution there at the end and never got one. We just did something different hoping for a caution, and that’s what you’re supposed to do in those late situations like that. Just do the opposite of the cars you’re trying to race, and it just didn’t work out.”

Team Penske’s Joey Logano, the defending series champion, rounded out the Top 5.

Daniel Hemric’s 12th place finish helped him win the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year.

Toyota wins the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series manufacturers championship.

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Kyle Larson Wins NASCAR All Star Race

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Kyle Larson held off teammate Chase Elliott and Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski to win the NASCAR All Star race on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.

The victory was Larson’s second in the event, Hendrick Motorsports 10th and 2nd in-a-row.  Chase Elliott won the event last year.

“That restart just worked out perfect where Chase kind of got choked up and I was able to get to his back bumper and push him past the 12 to get him a little bit clearer, and he kind of shaded left a little bit much, and I poked through the outside and had about — almost all fours but both right sides above where we had been running and I kind of eyeballed it under yellow and I was like, you know what, we have a 10-lap run and there’s no points on the line, I’m going to go for it if I get the chance, and if I wreck, I wreck. But I think there will be enough grip. It worked out there was,” Larson explained about the final restart where he eventually took the lead.

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Keselowski finished second and was thrilled to be able to do that considering Larson was coming off wins at Charlotte and Sonoma. .

“It feels like just to run second to the Hendrick cars right now is kind of an accomplishment,” said Keselowski. “They’re just stupid fast, and I had him off of Turn 4 but they just have so much speed. He just motored right on back by me.”

Elliott finished third followed by Joey Logano in fourth and Ryan Blaney in fifth.

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Kyle Larson dominates Coca Cola 600

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CONCORD, NC (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Kyle Larson led 327-of-400 laps and picked up his second victory of the year Sunday winning the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“My car was really, really good,” remarked Larson after the race. “I didn’t have many complaints tonight, but I just think with the grip in the track and all that, my teammates were just as good as I was.”

The victory was the eighth of Larson’s career and the 269th for Hendrick Motorsports, the most Cup Series wins for a single organization.

“From really humble beginnings and not having money to buy tires and riding in the back of a truck in Trenton, New Jersey, to watch a modified race to today, I was thinking out there on pit road hoping it wasn’t going to be a caution and we could get it done tonight, how fortunate I’ve been to have the talent that’s been at our organization,” reflected Hendrick.

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That talent was on display Sunday night when four of the top five cars were Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolets, including Chase Elliott who finished second.

“We absolutely got beat tonight, no question,” said Elliott matter of factly. “They (Larson and the No. 5 team) did a better job. The only thing you can do is just look for more opportunities, be excited for another chance, and fortunately we have that next week, next Sunday, and the Sunday after that.”

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch spoiled the Hendrick party by finishing third in the M&M’s Toyota followed by HMS’ William Byron in fourth and Alex Bowman in fifth.

Larson moved up one spot in the Driver’s standings and trails leader Denny Hamlin by 76-points heading into next Sunday’s race on the road course at Sonoma.

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NASCAR Charlotte Notebook: Gibbs wins Xfinity Series race; Larson wins Cup Series pole position

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CONCORD, NC (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Joe Gibbs Racing’s Ty Gibbs took the lead on a restart with 7-laps to go and held off Austin Cindric and Harrison Burton to win Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Gibbs had a hand in the caution preceding the restart when he got together with Chase Briscoe coming off turn two, sending Briscoe into a spin who remarkably didn’t hit anything.

“I just want to say sorry to them,” remarked Gibbs about the incident with Briscoe. “This is awesome, I’ll take it. It’s definitely nice to win on an oval in my hometown.”

Briscoe wasn’t mad at Gibbs about the incident, he was more frustrated about losing the lead after some late race adjustments.

“We just made the wrong adjustment there at the end, we were too tight,” said Briscoe. “I felt like he was going to get me either way.  I don’t know if he got into me or got aero loose or what.  It’s definitely frustrating we ended up sixth.  Felt like we were going to, for sure, be second at worse.”

Team Penske’s Austin Cindric finished second followed by Gibbs’ JGR teammate Harrison Burton in third.

The race was slowed by 10-caution flags for 51-laps including four over the last 66-laps.  There were 12-lead changes among seven drivers.

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Xfinity Charlotte Results

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Kyle Larson Wins Cup Series Pole:

Kyle Larson led a Hendrick Motorsports barrage in qualifying for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.  Larson’s fast lap of 180.282 mph (29.953-seconds) put the No. 5 Chevy on the pole and led the HMS squad, who all qualified in the top 7.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr will start second in the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Chevrolet.  Stenhouse turned a lap of 180.240 mph (29.960) to earn the spot on the outside of the front row.

HMS teammates Chase Elliott and William Byron will start on row two after turning quick laps of 180.186 (29.969) and 180.180 (29.970) respectively.

Cup Starting Lineup Charlotte

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