Brad Keselowski wins Kentucky 300 for first Xfinity Series win of 2015


A bad restart couldn’t keep Brad Keselowski from continuing his Kentucky Speedway dominance.

Keselowski outran Erik Jones in a last-lap drag race to claim the win in the Kentucky 300 and his first Xfinity Series win of 2015. The Michigan-native now has three wins in the last five Xfinity races at Kentucky.

WATCH: Full replay of the Kentucky 300

The win came after Keselowski spun his tires on a restart with 30 laps remaining. Keselowski has the lead after taking two tires during pit stops.

“That was a hell of finish, wasn’t it?” Keselowski told NBCSN. “I almost messed it up with a restart. I just got a launch and Kyle (Busch) was right behind me and he gave me a hit right as I was going and it just made me spin the tires and the 20 (Jones) took off.”

It would take Keselowski 22 laps to reel Jones in. Those were the only 22 laps Jones led all night.

“I think we were pretty even,” Keselowski said. “I was just kind of driving the crap out of it to keep up with him, him having the clean air

Lapped traffic came to Keselowski’s rescue, slowing Jones down to allow Keselowski to get to his bumper with 10 laps remaining.

Then with eight laps left, the lapped car of David Starr impeded Jones just enough for Keselowski to overtake him on the frontstretch.

“I thought it might happen and went into the corner high just ready for something to happen,” Keselowski said. “Opportunity struck and I was able to make the most of it.”

Jones got back to Keselowski on the final lap, but was never able to make a move for the lead.

Keselowski started fourth and led 72 laps around Kentucky on his way to his first Xfinity win since taking the checkered in the fall Phoenix race last year. This was his fourth race in the No. 22 car in 2015.

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Keselowski was followed by Jones, Kyle Busch, Daniel Suarez and Elliott Sadler.

MORE: Xfinity points standings

MORE: Kentucky 300 results

How Brad Keselowski won: Keselowski can thank the lapped car of David Starr for slowing down Erik Jones on the frontstretch with eight laps to go. Jones went high, Keselowski went low and come out on the other side of Starr in the lead.

Who had a good day: Joe Gibbs Racing finished the night 2-3-4 with Jones, Busch and Suarez. Busch led a race-high 88 laps but was the only car in the top five that took four tires instead of two on the final pit stop. Busch was never able to get higher than third in the final segment.

Who had a bad day: Brian Scott’s competitive chances ended during a caution on Lap 71 when he stayed on pit road to have a carburetor replaced. Scott finished two laps down in 19th … J.J. Yeley started on the pole after rain canceled qualifying but slowly fell back in the pack, finishing 18th, two laps down … John Wes Townley brought out two cautions for a spin on Lap 4 and hitting the Turn 2 wall with 38 laps remaining before finishing 32nd … Chris Buescher finished Friday still the points leader, but was mired in 15th for much of the race. Buescher had an extended stay on pit road with 38 laps remaining for a vibration and would finish 11th.

Notable: Daniel Suarez finished fourth for his second career top five. Suarez said Friday night was the first time his mother was able to watch him race in-person in the United States.

Quote of the night: “I know us (Joe Gibbs Racing) guys are scratching our heads right now wondering how the 22, being a single-car team, can beat us three finishing second, third and fourth tonight. ” – Kyle Busch, who finished third after leading 88 laps.

What’s next: Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, July 18 at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NASCAR weekend schedule at World Wide Technology Raceway, Portland


NASCAR’s top three series are racing this weekend in two different locations. Cup and Craftsman Truck teams will compete at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, and the Xfinity Series will compete at Portland International Raceway.

World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (Cup and Trucks)

Weekend weather

Friday: Partly cloudy with a high of 87 degrees during Truck qualifying.

Saturday: Sunny. Temperatures will be around 80 degrees for the start of Cup practice and climb to 88 degrees by the end of Cup qualifying. Forecast calls for sunny skies and a high of 93 degrees around the start of the Truck race.

Sunday: Mostly sunny with a high of 92 degrees and no chance of rain at the start of the Cup race.

Friday, June 2

(All times Eastern)

Garage open

  • 1 – 8 p.m. Craftsman Truck Series
  • 4 – 9 p.m. Cup Series

Track activity

  • 6 – 6:30 p.m. — Truck practice (FS1)
  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. — Truck qualifying (FS1)

Saturday, June 3

Garage open

  • 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  — Cup Series
  • 12:30 p.m. — Truck Series

Track activity

  • 10 – 10:45 a.m. — Cup practice (FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
  • 10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. — Cup qualifying  (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
  • 1:30 p.m. — Truck race (160 laps, 200 miles; FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Sunday, June 4

Garage open

  • 12:30 p.m. — Cup Series

Track activity

  • 3:30 p.m. — Cup race (240 laps, 300 miles; FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)


Portland International Raceway (Xfinity Series)

Weekend weather

Friday: Mostly sunny with a high of 77 degrees.

Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high of 73 degrees and no chance of rain around the start of the Xfinity race.

Friday, June 2

(All times Eastern)

Garage open

  • 6-11 p.m. Xfinity Series

Saturday, June 3

Garage open

  • 10 a.m.  — Xfinity Series

Track activity

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. — Xfinity practice (No TV)
  • 12 – 1 p.m. — Xfinity qualifying (FS1)
  • 4:30 p.m. — Xfinity race (75 laps, 147.75 miles; FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

NASCAR Cup playoff standings after Coca-Cola 600


The severe penalty to Chase Briscoe and his Stewart-Haas Racing team Wednesday for a counterfeit part dropped Briscoe from 17th to 31st in the season standings. Briscoe now must win a race to have a chance at the playoffs.

The penalty came a day after NASCAR suspended Chase Elliott one race for his retaliation in wrecking Denny Hamlin in Monday’s Coca-Cola 600. Elliott is 28th in the points. The 2020 Cup champion also needs to win to have a chance to make the playoffs.

Ten drivers have won races, including Coca-Cola 600 winner Ryan Blaney. That leaves six playoff spots to be determined by points at this time. With 12 races left in the regular season, including unpredictable superspeedway races at Atlanta (July 9) and Daytona (Aug. 26), the playoff standings will change during the summer.

Among those without a win this season are points leader Ross Chastain and former champions Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Elliott.

Here’s a look at the Cup playoff standings heading into Sunday’s Cup race at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois. Drivers in yellow have won a race and are in a playoff position. Those below the red line after 16th place are outside a playoff spot in the graphic below.

NASCAR issues major penalties to Chase Briscoe team for Charlotte infraction


NASCAR fined crew chief John Klausmeier $250,000 and suspended him six races, along with penalizing Chase Briscoe and the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing team 120 points and 25 playoff points each for a counterfeit part on the car.

The issue was a counterfeit engine NACA duct, said Elton Sawyer, NASCAR senior vice president of competition, on Wednesday. That is a single-source part.

MORE: Updated Cup playoff standings

The team stated that it accepts the L3 penalty.

“We had a quality control lapse and a part that never should’ve been on a car going to the racetrack ended up on the No. 14 car at Charlotte,” said Greg Zipadelli in a statement from the team. “We accept NASCAR’s decision and will not appeal.”

Asked how then piece could have aided performance, Sawyer said Wednesday: “Knowing the race team mentality, they don’t do things that would not be a benefit to them in some way, shape or form from a performance advantage.”

The penalty drops Briscoe from 17th in the season standings to 31st in the standings. Briscoe goes from having 292 points to having 172 points. He’ll have to win to make the playoffs. Briscoe has no playoff points at this time, so the penalty puts him at -25 playoff points should he make it.

Briscoe’s car was one of two taken to the R&D Center after Monday’s Coca-Cola 600 for additional tear down by series officials.

The penalty comes a day after NASCAR suspended Chase Elliott one race for wrecking Denny Hamlin in last weekend’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

NASCAR Championship Weekend returns to Phoenix in 2024


Phoenix Raceway will host the championship races for the Cup, Xfinity, Craftsman Truck and ARCA Menards Series in 2024, NASCAR announced Wednesday.

The races will be held Nov. 1-3, 2024. The Cup season finale will be Nov. 3, 2024. The only other Cup race for 2024 that has been announced is the Daytona 500. It will be held Feb. 18, 2024.

Phoenix Raceway has hosted the championship finale for Cup, Xfinity and Trucks since 2020. Chase Elliott won the Cup title there in 2020. Kyle Larson followed in 2021. Joey Logano won the crown there in 2022.

This year’s Cup finale at Phoenix will be Nov. 5 and air on NBC.