Father time: Kyle Busch clocks the opposition, wins again at Martinsville

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Once was not enough for Kyle Busch.

One day after earning his first and long-desired grandfather’s clock at Martinsville Speedway for winning Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race, Busch went 2-for-2 by winning Sunday’s STP 500 Sprint Cup race.

Prior to Saturday’s Truck series win, Busch had gone winless in his first 30 career starts in Sprint Cup (21), Xfinity (one) and Truck Series (eight) competition at NASCAR’s oldest track.

Now Busch, who dominated by leading 352 of the 500-lap event, has matching grandfather clocks, courtesy of the half-mile bullring.

AJ Allmendinger finished second, followed by Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon and Brad Keselowski.

MORE: Results and statistics from STP 500 at Martinsville

MORE: Busch moves into top 3 in Sprint Cup standings with Martinsville win

HOW BUSCH WON: It was second verse, same as the first for Busch. He dominated in Saturday’s Truck Series race en route to victory and followed the same gameplan to win Sunday’s STP 500. It was Busch’s first win of the 2016 season and his 35th career Cup win. Now in 22 Cup starts at Martinsville, his record includes one win, 10 top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.

WHO ELSE HAD A GOOD RACE: Allmendinger (second) had his best finish since winning at Watkins Glen in 2014, Larson (third) almost cashed in on his first career Cup win, Dillon (fourth) continued his strong season by earning his second top-five finish and Vickers (seventh) earned his and the No. 14’s season-best finish … The top-finishing rookie was Ryan Blaney, who wound up 19th, one spot in front of fellow rookie Chase ElliottDanica Patrick closed in on the top-five before being shuffled back late in the race to a 16th-place finish.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Denny Hamlin, who won this race last year, saw his day end when he wrecked on Lap 221. Hamlin, who has won five times in his Sprint Cup career at Martinsville, suffered his worst career finish there ever in 21 starts … Aric Almirola made an early exit due to engine problems and finished last in the 40-car field … Josh Wise took his car to the garage and bowed out about two-thirds of the way through the race due to electrical problems, ending up 38th.

NOTABLE: Busch becomes the fifth different winner this season, following Jimmie Johnson (two wins at Atlanta and Fontana), Denny Hamlin (Daytona), Brad Keselowski (Las Vegas) and Kevin Harvick (Phoenix).

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “To win here at Martinsville is cool. I finally get to take a (grandfather’s) clock home. A lot of people said I didn’t deserve (to win) yesterday (in the Truck Series race). Maybe I didn’t. But I got one today.” – Kyle Busch

WHAT’S NEXT: The Cup series moves to Texas Motor Speedway and a race under the lights on Saturday night, April 9.

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NASCAR suspends Chase Elliott one race for incident with Denny Hamlin

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NASCAR suspended Chase Elliott one Cup race for wrecking Denny Hamlin in Monday’s Coca-Cola 600, the sanctioning body announced Tuesday.

“We take this very seriously,” Elton Sawyer, senior vice president of competition, said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “The incident that happened off Turn 4, again after looking at all the available resources — in-car camera, data, SMT, which basically gives us (a car’s) steering, throttle, gives us braking — it was an intentional act by Chase in our opinion.”

Hendrick Motorsports stated that it would not appeal the penalty. Corey LaJoie will drive the No. 9 car for Hendrick Motorsports this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway. Carson Hocevar will drive LaJoie’s car this weekend.

Hendrick Motorsports also stated that it would submit a waiver request for Elliott to remain eligible for the playoffs. Sawyer said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that “I don’t see any reason at this point in time why wouldn’t (grant the waiver) when that request comes across our desk.”

This weekend will mark the seventh race in the first 15 that Elliott will have missed. He missed six races after breaking his leg in a snowboarding accident in early March. Elliott, who is winless this season, is 29th in points.

Elliott and Hamlin got together shortly before the halfway mark in Monday’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

As they ran together, Elliott’s car slapped the outside wall. Elliott’s car then made contact with the right rear of Hamlin’s car, sending Hamlin into the wall.

“I got right-rear hooked in the middle of the straightway,” Hamlin said after the incident. “Yes, it was a tantrum. He shouldn’t be racing next week. Right-rear hooks are absolutely unacceptable. He shouldn’t be racing.”

Said Sawyer on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio: “In the heat of the battle, things happen, but they have to learn to react in a different way. … Our drivers need to understand that you have to handle that in a completely different way than hooking someone in the right rear and putting them in harm’s way, not only with just a major head-on collision like Denny had, but also other competitors.”

Sawyer also said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that “nothing gave us the indication that on that particular contact with the fourth-turn wall … that anything was broke” on Elliott’s car and could have caused him to come down and hit Hamlin’s car in the right rear.

NASCAR also announced that Scott Brzozowski and Adam Lewis, crew members on Michael McDowell‘s team, had each been suspended two races after McDowell’s car lost a tire in Monday’s race.

Winners and losers at Charlotte Motor Speedway


A look at winners and losers from Monday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway:


Ryan Blaney — Blaney stopped his winless streak at 59 races and gave team owner Roger Penske his second major race victory in two days. Blaney had the best car but had to fight through restarts late in the race to win.

William Byron — Byron, the winningest driver this season, barely missed getting victory No. 4. He finished second and scored his fifth straight top 10.

Martin Truex Jr. — Truex logged his third top five of the season.

23XI RacingBubba Wallace was fourth and Tyler Reddick fifth, giving 23XI Racing a pair of top-five finishes for the first time in a points race.


Jimmie Johnson — The seven-time champion admitted having problems adjusting to the Next Gen car on a 1.5-mile track. He crashed early and finished last.

Legacy Motor Club — It was a bad night for Jimmie Johnson and his team’s drivers. Johnson finished last in the 37-car field. Noah Gragson was 36th. Erik Jones placed 32nd.

Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin — Two drivers who had strong cars didn’t make it to the finish after crashing near the halfway point. Hamlin said Elliott “shouldn’t be racing next week. Right-rear hooks are absolutely unacceptable. He shouldn’t be racing.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series results: Justin Allgaier wins at Charlotte


CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier finally broke through for his first win of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season Monday night.

Allgaier stretched his last fuel load over the final laps to finish in front of John Hunter Nemechek. Cole Custer was third, Austin Hill fourth and Ty Gibbs fifth. Gibbs ran both races Monday, completing 900 miles.

The win also was the first of the season for JR Motorsports.

Charlotte Xfinity results

Xfinity points after Charlotte

Justin Allgaier wins NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway


CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier won a fuel-mileage gamble to win Monday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Allgaier stretched his fuel to outlast second-place John Hunter Nemechek. Following in the top five were Cole Custer, Austin Hill and Ty Gibbs.

The victory was Allgaier’s first of the year and the first of the season for JR Motorsports. He has 20 career wins.

MORE: Charlotte Xfinity results

After a long day at CMS, the race ended at 11:25 p.m. The race started Monday morning but was stopped twice because of weather before it was halted with 48 of 200 laps completed so that the Coca-Cola 600 Cup Series race could be run.

When the race was stopped, Gibbs, Nemechek and Allgaier were in the top three positions.

Gibbs won the first two stages.

Stage 1 winner: Ty Gibbs

Stage 2 winner: Ty Gibbs

Who had a good race: Justin Allgaier has had good cars in previous races but finally cashed in with a win Monday. He led 83 laps. … John Hunter Nemechek, in second, scored his fifth top-two run of the season. … Cole Custer scored his sixth straight top-10 finish. … Ty Gibbs lasted 900 miles for the day and led 52 laps in the Xfinity race.

Who had a bad race: Sam Mayer was running 10th when he spun off Turn 2. He finished 35th. … Sheldon Creed finished three laps down in 28th.

Next: The series moves on to Portland International Raceway in Oregon for a 4:30 p.m. ET race June 3.