Road America Cup starting lineup: William Byron wins pole


William Byron has won the pole position for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Road America.

Pre-race coverage begins Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBC with Countdown to Green. The race is scheduled to take the green flag at 2:40 p.m. ET.

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Byron, who was 11th-quickest in Saturday’s practice, posted a lap of 110.359 miles per hour around the 14-turn, 4-mile road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin to capture his sixth career Cup pole.

“We struggled a little bit off the truck (Saturday), but we had some good changes in mind,” Byron told CNBC. “It was fast in race trim the last run … We’ve struggled this year on road courses and kinda got back to a basic setup and put it all together today.”

Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson, who won the most recent Cup road course race at Sonoma, will start alongside Byron on the front row.

Behind them in Row 2 will be Xfinity regular A.J. Allmendinger and Tyler Reddick.

Reddick had a potential pole-winning lap in the final moments of qualifying before going wide at Turn 12. He later spun in the final corner, Turn 14, to complete his lap.

Reigning Xfinity champion Austin Cindric will start fifth. Denny Hamlin will start sixth.

The first round of qualifying was red-flagged twice for Kyle Tilley and Bubba Wallace stopping on track in separate cases.

Reigning Cup champion Chase Elliott, winner in five of the last seven Cup road course races, had a potential flyer nullified on both occasions.

After the green came back out with less than two minutes to go in the round, he didn’t make it back to the start/finish line in time to start a proper lap. As a result, he will start 34th.

“Yesterday in practice, we had a couple incidents and NASCAR added a little bit of time, so our only hope was that they would add a little bit of time to let the guys on pit road make it back around,” Elliott told NBCSN.

“That’s a gamble, and I don’t expect them to do that. But you also have to be prepared in that situation. Just one of those situations where I don’t know what you really do it. Just go on down the road and hope the race is better and hope our car’s where it needs to be.”

Seven cars will go to the rear for the start of Sunday’s race.

Kyle Busch and Ryan Preece were already heading there in backup cars after incidents in Saturday practice. Now joining them are Wallace (transmission), Tilley (unapproved adjustments), Justin Haley (engine) and Josh Bilicki (unapproved adjustments).

Quin Houff (unapproved adjustments) was also confirmed to go to the rear minutes before Sunday’s green flag.

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.

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.