Keselowski, Harvick crew chiefs suspended
Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick were both docked points and saw their crew chiefs get suspended after their cars failed postrace inspections at Phoenix.
NASCAR has suspended Brad Keselowski crew chief Paul Wolfe for three races and Kevin Harvick crew chief Rodney Childers for one race for violations found postrace Sunday at Phoenix. NASCAR docked Keselowski 35 points and also fined Wolfe $65,000 for the fifth-place car of Keselowski failing postrace rear alignment measurements. Harvick, who finished sixth, was docked 10 points and Childers also fined $25,000 for an unapproved track bar slider assembly.
Four-time winner Pete Hamilton dies at 74
Pete Hamilton, who won Daytona and Talladega twice, has died at age 74.
A three-member appeals panel has upheld a 35-point penalty to AJ Allmendinger as well as a three-week suspension and $65,000 fine to crew chief Randall Burnett (he already has served two weeks). The JTG Daugherty Racing No. 47 car was penalized for having three or more loose or missing lug nuts after the NASCAR Cup race earlier this month at Atlanta.
Dr. Racy Ryan is in, ready to soothe your NASCAR fears
Are you bewildered by the points situation? Do you fear change in the sport? Are you Team Kyle and your spouse Team Joey? NASCAR advice columnist Dr. Racy Ryan is here to help.
Kurt Busch takes a ride with Neil Everett.
Neil Everett takes Kurt Busch on a ride talking about the changes in NASCAR this season, the thrill of winning the Daytona 500 and the NHL coming to Busch's home town of Las Vegas.
Kyle Busch is using his fight with Joey Logano and his interview from outside he NASCAR hauler to raise money for the Kyle Busch Foundation. His "Everything 18 Great" shirt plays off his repeating "Everything is great" when asked questions Friday about their fight. Busch, who drives the No. 18 car, is selling the shirts for $22. Why $22? Logano drives the No. 22 car.
Rundown: Kyle Larson isn't first loser, he's the leader
Kyle Larson keeps finishing second in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and so far that's OK with him, because it means he's that much closer to winning ... often.
Brad Keselowski's fifth-place car failed the NASCAR tech station that measure weight and height requirements postrace Sunday at Phoenix Raceway. He faces a penalty of 10-to-40 points and crew chief Paul Wolfe faces a suspension of 1-to-3 races and a fine of $25,000 to $75,000. NASCAR would announce any penalties Tuesday or Wednesday.
Newman wins, but Busch-Logano still steal the headlines.
Ryan Newman was able to snap his 127-race winless streak, but it's Joey Logano's late crash with Kyle Busch leading that caused the race to go to overtime and dominate the headlines for another week.
Newman snaps drought with win at Phoenix.
Ryan Newman ends a 127-race winless streak by jumping out in front on an overtime lap to get the checkered flag at Phoenix.
Ryan Newman, crew chief Luke Lambert, make big break count at Phoenix
Ryan Newman didn't have the best car at Phoenix, but he had the best crew chief in Luke Lambert. Newman also had the skill to pull off an improbable win on old tires for Richard Childress Racing
Newman skips late pit stop, ends NASCAR Cup drought
Ryan Newman chose not to enter the pit road on a late caution and his gamble paid off as he held on for his first victory since 2013 in Sunday's Monster Energy race at Phoenix.
Ryan Newman gambled by staying out on a late caution to snap a 127-race winless streak as he captured the NASCAR Cup race at Phoenix Raceway.
With 50 laps left at Phoenix Raceway, Kyle Busch leads. It is not a surprise. He had the best 10-lap average in final practice Saturday. He has two fourths and a second in his last three Phoenix starts.
Chase Elliott won the second stage at Phoenix Raceway. Joey Logano, who won the first stage, fell back to 32nd on Lap 123 because of a penalty for speeding on pit road. He gained 10 spots before the end of the stage on Lap 150. The race is scheduled for 312 laps.
One of the reasons Phoenix Raceway will move the start/finish line to the Turn 2 area starting in November 2018 is because the current frontstretch grandstands are in the sun. These stands weren't full prior to the race but 100 laps into the event Sunday with temps in the 90s, many fans have left their seats. These grandstands will be torn down as part of the renovations with stands built in the area of the new start/finish line.
Joey Logano proved his winning the pole was no fluke as he dominated the first stage at Phoenix Raceway. Kevin Harvick, who has won five of the last seven races at Phoenix, went from 23rd to 13th in the opening 75 laps.
Joey Logano and Kyle Busch will be happy to return to racing today at Phoenix Racing after their fight last week at Las Vegas. Both have a shot to win. Logano won in November and sits on the pole today. Busch starts ninth, has finished no worse than fourth in his last three starts at Phoenix and posted the best 10-lap average speed in final practice Saturday.
Joe Gibbs, when asked what he told Kyle Busch after the fight last week with Joey Logano: "That was emotion. We had a meeting with NASCAR and I think everybody knows where we stand. And so let's go forward."
Kevin Harvick starts 23rd today but he will remain a favorite in the 312-lap race at Phoenix Raceway. He has eight career NASCAR Cup wins at the track, including five in the last seven races. He has led 994 laps in the last six events on the 1-mile oval.
Roger Penske is hoping drivers Kyle Busch and Joey Logano can move on from the fight at Las Vegas. Logano's car owner, when asked if he was OK with NASCAR not issuing any fines in the melee, said: "I just think things like that are unfortunate for both Kyle and Joey and I just put it in the rear-view mirror. Let's move on and not have this thing prolonged for the next four to six weeks. They're pros. They've raced each other for number of years. Time always cures those types of issues and hopefully that happens. NASCAR has talked to them. I'm not in the meetings and I'm not driving the cars, so we'll leave it up to those guys."
In the five races going back to Phoenix last year, the driver who has accumulated the most points has been Kyle Larson. He has three runnerup finishes, a third and a 12th in his last five NASCAR Cup starts. Larson starts fourth today in a Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.
A lap around Phoenix Raceway, site of the NASCAR Cup race today, with the view of the transition where drivers try to cut the turn into the dogleg. NASCAR pace-car driver Brett Bodine is doing the driving in this video:
NASCAR won't take any immediate action against Austin Dillon but will evaluate whether to penalize his team and/or fine him for pinching Cole Custer into the wall under caution in retaliation during the Xfinity race Saturday at Phoenix Raceway. Custer took the blame, saying the incident was 100 percent his fault and he expected a reaction.
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