Five things to watch in today’s Sprint Cup race at Texas


FORT WORTH, Texas – A week after Matt Kenseth wrecked him, earning a two-race suspension and unleashing a vitriolic reaction from fans, Joey Logano is back on track, seeking a spot in the championship round of the Chase.

Kenseth’s action at Martinsville Speedway left Logano last among the eight remaining title contenders. Jeff Gordon, last week’s winner, is the only driver so far guaranteed a spot in the championship round in two weeks at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Logano, who swept all three races in the second round, is focused heading into today’s race at Texas Motor Speedway, knowing he likely has to win either today or next to week at Phoenix International Raceway to advance.

“Our team is fired up and ready to go,’’ Logano said. “We know what we have to do. We have to go out there and win. The nice part about it is we know we can do it. We have done it a lot here recently and this is a good track for us.’’

If Logano can bounce back from last week’s race to score his fourth victory in the last five races is among the storylines for today’s race.

THIRD TIME: Erik Jones substitutes for the third different Joe Gibbs Racing driver this weekend. After filling in for Kyle Busch at Kansas and subbing for Denny Hamlin after a rain delay in the Bristol spring race, Jones will drive for Matt Kenseth, who is serving a two-race suspension for wrecking Joey Logano last weekend.

This also is Jones’ third race of the weekend. He won the Camping World Truck race on Friday and finished fourth in Saturday’s Xfinity race. Can he score top-10 finishes in all three races this weekend?

DROUGHT: Joe Gibbs Racing is winless in its last five races – tying its longest winless streak of the season. The team’s last win was by Matt Kenseth at New Hampshire. That victory marked the fourth consecutive win for JGR. It started with Carl Edwards’ win in the Southern 500 followed by Kenseth’s win at Richmond, Denny Hamlin’s win in the Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway and Kenseth’s Loudon win. Does the drought end today?

HARD FEELINGS: NASCAR’s two-race suspension of Matt Kenseth this week likely ends the notion of blatant paybacks, but that doesn’t mean there’s not an undercurrent of ill feelings in the garage. It’s common late in the year. The pressure builds, conflicts occur and patience wanes.

There are many ways to make life difficult on a competitor from not laying over when they are faster to getting them loose, among other things. Will emotions boil as they did in this race last year?

NO PRACTICE: Sprint Cup teams didn’t get to practice on a sunny Saturday afternoon because of water seeping through the track from rain earlier in the day.

Brad Keselowski, who starts on the pole and won Saturday’s Xfinity race said he didn’t run with his race setup Friday. He likely won’t be the only driver whose first laps with the race setup on the car come when the green flag waves today. With an early competition caution, see which teams will have plenty of work ahead with their setup.

Portland Xfinity race results, driver points

Portland Xfinity results
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Cole Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when the top three cars made contact and went on to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway. Custer is the 10th different winner in 13 races this season.

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JR Motorsports took the next three spots: Justin Allgaier placed second, Sam Mayer was third and Josh Berry was fourth. Austin Hill completed the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek remains the points leader after 13 races. He has a 14-point lead on Hill. Nemechek leads Allgaier by 44 points.

Cole Custer wins Xfinity race at Portland in overtime


Cole Custer held off Justin Allgaier at the finish to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race in overtime at Portland International Raceway. It is Custer’s first victory of the season.

JR Motorsports placed second, third and fourth with Allgaier, Sam Mayer and Josh Berry. Austin Hill finished fifth.

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Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when Parker Kligerman, who restarted third, attempted to pass Allgaier, who was leading. Sheldon Creed was on the outside of Allgaier. All three cars made contact entering Turn 1, allowing Custer to slip by. Creed finished seventh. Kligerman placed 14th.

Custer won the second stage when John Hunter Nemechek made contact with Creed’s car while racing for the lead on the final lap of the stage. The contact spun Creed and Custer inched by Nemechek at the line.

Early in the final stage, Creed gained revenge with contact that spun Nemechek, who went on to finish 10th. A few laps later, Nemechek and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Sammy Smith had issues. Smith spun Nemechek. After getting back around, Nemechek quickly caught Smith and turned into Smith’s car, damaging it.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

STAGE 2 WINNER: Cole Custer

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Despite the contact on the overtime restart, runner-up Justin Allgaier managed to score his fourth consecutive top-three finish. … Sam Mayer’s third-place finish is his best on a road course. … Austin Hill’s fifth-place finish gives him four consecutive top-five results.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Daniel Hemric finished 33rd after a fire in his car. … Riley Herbst placed 32nd after an engine issue. After opening the season with six top 10s in a row, Herbst has gone seven races in a row without a top 10.

NEXT: The series competes June 10 at Sonoma Raceway (8 p.m. ET on FS1).

Truck race results at WWT Raceway: Grant Enfinger wins


Grant Enfinger took the lead when the leaders wrecked in the final laps and held off the field in overtime to win Saturday’s Craftsman Truck Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway.

It is Enfinger’s second win in the last five races. He also collected a $50,000 bonus for winning the Triple Truck Challenge.

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Christian Eckes finished second and was followed by Stewart Friesen, Carson Hocevar and Chase Purdy.

Ty Majeski and Zane Smith wrecked while racing for the lead with six laps to go. Majeski, running on the inside of Smith, slid up the track and clipped Smith’s truck. Both hit the wall. That put Enfinger in the lead.

Smith finished 20th. Majeski placed 30th.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Grant Enfinger

STAGE 2 WINNER: Stewart Friesen

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Grant Enfinger’s victory is his fourth top 10 in the last five races. … Carson Hocevar’s fourth-place finish is his fourth consecutive top-five result. … Stewart Friesen’s third-place finish moved him into a playoff spot with four races left in the regular season. … Matt DiBenedetto‘s sixth-place finish is his third consecutive top 10. … Jesse Love finished ninth in his series debut.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Ty Majeski had a chance to take the points lead with series leader Corey Heim out because of illness, but Majeski’s 30th-place finish after running at the front most of the day, leaves him behind Heim. … Hailie Deegan finished 32nd after contact sent her truck into the wall hard. … After finishing a career-high third last week at Charlotte, Dean Thompson placed 34th Saturday due to an engine issue.

NEXT: The series races June 23 at Nashville Superspeedway (8 p.m. ET on FS1)

Xfinity starting lineup at Portland: Sheldon Creed wins pole


Sheldon Creed scored his first career Xfinity Series pole by taking the top spot for Saturday’s race at Portland International Raceway.

Creed, making his 50th career series start, earned the pole with a lap of 95.694 mph on the 1.97-mile road course.

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Cole Custer will start second with a lap of 95.398 mph. He is followed by Josh Berry (94.242 mph), John Hunter Nemechek (95.127) and Charlotte winner Justin Allgaier (94.897). Road racing specialist Jordan Taylor, driving for Kaulig Racing, qualified sixth at 94.772 mph.

The green flag is scheduled to wave 4:46 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1.