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Michael McDowell And Front Row Motorsports Wins Daytona 500



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DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Front Row Motorsports Michael McDowell avoided a last lap crash to win the 63rd running of the Daytona 500.  The victory was the first for McDowell in the NASCAR Cup Series.

“1st career win at the Daytona 500, can you believe it,” exclaimed McDowell on the front stretch after climbing from the No. 34 Love’s Travel Stops Ford Mustang. “So many years grinding it out, I’m so thankful. Such a great way to get a first victory, at the Daytona 500, are you kidding me?”.

McDowell was trailing the Ford’s of Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski on the final lap as the field entered turn three, where Logano tried the block the run of Keselowski who attempted to go to the low side, triggering a multi-car crash.

“We had our Ford partners lined up there at the end and they all crashed,” said McDowell. “Luckily I was able to make it through.”

“I had a big run down the backstretch and went to make the pass to win the Daytona 500 and it ended up really bad,” said Keselowski.  “I don’t feel I made a mistake but I can’t drive everybody else’s car. I had a run, I made a move. It didn’t work out.”

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“He (Keselowski) backed up to the 34 (McDowell) and had a really big run coming at me and it seemed like we all just collided at one spot,” said Logano.

NASCAR had to review their digital scoring loops as well as video evidence before declaring McDowell the winner because Hendrick Motorsports Chase Elliott, who was running fourth, also escaped the mayhem and appeared to pass McDowell but the caution flag had already been thrown.

“I don’t think it was very close,” said Elliott about whether he was ahead of McDowell when the caution came out. “I kind of got next to him and I saw the (caution) lights came on and I knew it was over.  I felt like we had a fast car. We stayed out of trouble, which is not something I have done a good job of here in this race, so we at least finished this one. I’m pretty pleased with that.”

Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon finished third followed by Stewart Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick and Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin rounded out the top 5.

The race featured 22 lead changes among 13-drivers and was slowed by 7-caution flags for 40-laps and a red flag weather delay of 5-hours, 40-minutes.

Daytona 500 Results

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Kyle Larson Wins NASCAR All Star Race



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


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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