Who’s hot, who’s not in Cup Series heading to Chicago

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A look at some of the drivers who are streaking or reeling heading into Sunday’s Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN)


Martin Truex Jr.

• Won at Sonoma

• Won 2 of the last 3 races

• Won the last 2 races at Chicagoland

• Has won 7 of the last 15 races on 1.5-mile tracks

• Has finished in the top 5 in 13 of the last 15 races on 1.5-mile tracks

Kevin Harvick

• Finished 2nd at Sonoma

• Finished 4th or better in 3 straight races

• In 16 races in 2018, has 13 finishes of 7th or better (including 5 wins) and 3 finishes of 31st or worse

• Finished in the top 5 in 15 of the last 20 races, dating back to last season

• Finished in the top 5 in 4 of the last 7 Chicagoland races

• Has won 4 of the last 7 races on 1.5-mile tracks

• Finished top 10 in 13 of the last 14 races on 1.5-mile tracks

Clint Bowyer

• Finished 3rd at Sonoma

• Finished in the Top 3 in the last two races

• Has led 308 laps in 2018, more than he had in the previous 4 seasons combined (145)

• Finished 13th or worse in 4 straight races at Chicagoland

Chase Elliott

• Finished 4th at Sonoma

• Finished in the top 10 in 3 straight races

• Has finished 12th or better in 8 straight races

• Finished 3rd (2016) and 2nd (2017) in 2 career starts at Chicagoland

• Chicagoland is 1 of 3 tracks where he’s never finished outside the top 10 (Atlanta, Michigan)

Kyle Busch

• Finished 5th at Sonoma

• Finished in the top 5 in 4 straight races and in the top 10 in 5 straight races

• Top 5 in 11 of 16 races in 2018

• Top 10 in 5 of the last 6 races at Chicagoland

• Finished in the top 10 in 6 straight races on 1.5-mile tracks

• Has led 493 laps in the last 3 races on 1.5-mile tracks


Jamie McMurray

• Finished 37th at Sonoma (DNF – over revved the engine and ECU shut down with no oil pressure on lap 34

• Has 3 DNFs this season

• Finished 15th or worse in 13 of 16 races this season

• Two top 10s in last 4 Chicagoland races, but those are his only top 10s in last 7 Chicagoland races.

Austin Dillon

• Finished 16th at Sonoma

• Finished 12th or worse in 11 straight races

• Finished outside top 10 in 14 of 15 races since Daytona 500 win

• Has never finished better than 14th in 4 career starts at Chicagoland

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

• Finished 18th at Sonoma
• Finished 11th or worse in 5 of the last 6 races
• Three top 10s in 16 races in 2018
• Finished 17th or worse in 4 straight races at Chicagoland

• Finished 24th at Sonoma

• Finished 22nd or worse in 7 of last 8 races, including 6 straight

• Finished 15th or worse in 3 of the last 4 races at Chicagoland

• One top 10 in the last 11 races on 1.5 mile tracks

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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MORE: Driver points after WWT Raceway

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.

MORE: Portland Xfinity starting lineup

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.