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Overton’s to sponsor all three NASCAR races at Chicagoland Speedway

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All three of Chicagoland Speedway’s NASCAR races this year will be sponsored by marine and watersports superstore Overton’s, the track announced Thursday.

It will sponsor the June 29 Camping World Truck Series race (Overton’s 225), the June 30 Xfinity race (Overton’s 300) and the July 1 Cup race (Overton’s 400).

That race weekend begins NBC’s portion of the Cup and Xfinity broadcast schedule.

Overton’s was purchased by Camping World Holdings in May 2017. Camping World is the title sponsor of the Truck Series.

Overton’s sponsored last July’s Cup and Xfinity races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the July Cup race at Pocono Raceway.

The company was also a primary sponsor on David Ragan‘s No. 38 Ford for Front Row Motorsports in seven races last season.

“We are excited to partner with Chicagoland Speedway and participate in racing events that resonate with outdoor sports fans across the country,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman of Camping World Holdings, in a press release. “Having Overton’s serve as the entitlement sponsor will continue to expand our relationship with NASCAR, while giving fans a unique and engaging race experience that the whole family can enjoy.”

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NASCAR America: Scan All from Pocono Raceway

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“The 18 is coming like a bat out of hell.”

Those words from crew chief Rodney Childers to Kevin Harvick proved to be a predictor of how Sunday’s Cup race at Pocono Raceway would end, with Kyle Busch smoking the field for his first win of the year.

It’s one of the highlights of this week’s edition of “Scan All,” giving you the best scanner traffic from the race while Busch narrates how he drove to the win.

Other highlights include:

  • “Holy cow, I don’t know how we got through that.” – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. after narrowly avoiding a eight-car accident on the first lap of the race.
  • “I don’t know what happened, this thing is ****ing sideways.” – Busch after his No. 18 got wicked loose in Turn 1 late in the race, causing him to lose a hand full of spots in the field.
  • “I did everything I could to gain time and I’m a short chute behind those [REDACTED] in front of us.” – Kyle Busch lamenting his position on the track.
  • “Go find David Ragan‘s spotter and punch him in the face for me.” – Martin Truex Jr. after Ragan’s slow entry to pit road slowed down Truex’s progress on the track.

Watch the above video for the full feature.


Danica Patrick ends July by completing best stretch of racing in two years


For the first five months of the season, almost nothing seemed to go right for Danica Patrick.

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver, in her fifth full-time season in the Cup Series, recorded seven DNFs through the first 17 races of the year. Six of those were for crashes, and it seemed like each was harder than the last.

And after a particularity violent crash at Kansas that injured Aric Almirola, Patrick voiced frustration at her run of bad luck.

By the time she crashed out of the July 1 race at Daytona, Patrick had one top-10 finish (10th, Dover) – her first in two seasons – and no other finish better than 16th.

Flash forward to Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway – the same track where a Facebook video earlier this year showed her lecturing fans after they booed her for not signing autographs – and Patrick was capping off her best four-race stretch in two seasons.

Patrick drove her No. 10 Ford to a 15th-place finish in the Overton’s 400. It was her fourth straight top-15 finish, a career first for Patrick who has 175 Cup starts since 2012.

The stretch began at Kentucky Speedway, where she also placed 15th. She followed it with a 13th at New Hampshire and an 11th at Indianapolis.

“The Code 3 Associates Ford team did a great job today getting us another top 15,” Patrick said after the race. “We have really gained some consistency over the past few weekends. I think we’re going to put together more top 15s and top 10s this season as long as we can stay out of trouble and finish the race.”

Patrick ended this stretch with an average finish of 13.5. According to Racing Insights, her previous best four-race stretch based off average finish was in March and April 2015. Patrick averaged a finish of 12.8 in races at Auto Club Speedway (19th), Martinsville (seventh), Texas (16th) and Bristol (ninth).

This current streak is also just the third time in her career she’s earned three consecutive top-20 finishes.

But Patrick almost lost out on her chance at a top 15 on the first lap of Sunday’s race.

After starting 22nd, she was one of eight cars counted in a crash in Turn 3. But the No. 10 Ford only suffered minor front end damage. But as teams executed various pit strategies in Stage 1, Patrick found herself in fourth place on Lap 27 before she pitted on Lap 30.

In Stage 2, Patrick spent much of the 50-lap segment running in 11th after restarting from a Lap 70 caution in 13th.

As leaders pitted neat the end of the stage, Patrick moved into third where she finished the stage. It was only the third time Patrick has earned stage points this season. She finished eighth in Stage 1 at Talladega, earning three points. She also finished sixth in her Daytona 500 qualifying race, earning five points.

Now Patrick heads to Watkins Glen International. In four starts at the road course, Patrick’s best finish is 17th in 2015. Last year, she led a season-high 11 laps in the race.

Denny Hamlin bounces back from speeding penalty to finish in top five (video)

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Not even his third speeding of the year could keep Denny Hamlin from keeping a hot streak going Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

After begin caught speeding on pit road on Lap 52, Hamlin was able to lead 18 laps and ultimately finish fourth in the Overton’s 400. He was one of six Toyotas to finish in the top 10.

“We did a good job there trying to short pit (Martin Truex Jr.) and get the track position in front,” Hamlin told NBCSN. “We just couldn’t get through traffic quite as good as those other guys and when I went to catch some lapped cars I got loose behind one of them and lost the lead.”

The finish is Hamlin’s fifth top-four finish in thelast seven races. That includes his win at New Hampshire on July 16.

Hamlin went on to say he believes Pocono should try using the PJ1 traction agent in the future.

Watch the above video for the full interview.

Kevin Harvick finishes runner-up at Pocono once again (video)


The Overton’s 400 came down to two celebrated Cup drivers who have won almost everywhere but Pocono Raceway.

The day ended with Kevin Harvick still looking for his first Pocono victory after he finished second to Kyle Busch, who got the win.

Harvick never officially led a lap, but he took the lead from Denny Hamlin on Lap 143 until Busch gave the rear of his No. 4 Chevrolet a bump in Turn 3 and shot to the lead.

Seventeen laps later, Harvick was finishing second for the second straight Pocono race. He finished on the bumper of Ryan Blaney in the June 11 race. Busch’s margin of victory was 6.178 seconds.

“I knew the only chance I had was to get through the corner correctly,” Harvick told NBCSN. “And I got in there and got loose all the way through the corner. … I’m sure he thought I was going to go and I didn’t accelerate. I was trying to stay on the bottom to park the thing and get going and he just had a good roll.”

The result is Harvick’s fifth top 10 in the last six races.

Pocono remains one of three active tracks Harvick has not won at yet in the Cup Series, including Texas Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway.

Watch the above video for the full interview.