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Kyle Busch wins Charlotte Xfinity race with overtime pass

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Kyle Busch rallied from a pit road speeding penalty and passed Austin Cindric in Turn 3 on the final lap of overtime to win Monday night’s Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“Aaaaahhhhhhh,” Cindric yelled on his radio after the race. “(Dang) it. I tried. I never lifted.”

The victory is Busch’s ninth Xfinity win in 27 career starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The victory also is Busch’s first win in the series this year and 97th in his career.

MORE: Results and points report 

Daniel Hemric finished second. Cindric, who had older tires than the top two finishers, fell third on the final lap and was followed by Ross Chastain and Justin Allgaier.

Multiple cautions in the last 30 laps thinned the field of contenders, damaging the cars of Noah Gragson, Justin Haley and Brandon Jones.

The race changed dramatically with about 45 laps left in the middle of green-flag pit stops. Kyle Busch, who had been leading, Chase Briscoe and Jones each were hit with pit road speeding penalties. It was the second consecutive Xfinity race Busch had been penalized for speeding on pit road.

Timmy Hill then had an engine blow and dropped fluid on the track. Briscoe and Chastain, who had led earlier and appeared to be the biggest threat to Busch, each hit the fluid and hit the wall.

That was just part of a rough night for Briscoe, who won last week at Darlington. He was penalized or an uncontrolled tire and speeding on separate stops. He also hit the wall a second time before finishing 20th.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Kyle Busch

STAGE 2 WINNER: Kyle Busch

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Daniel Hemric finished second, scoring his sixth career runner-up finish. … Although he lost the lead on the last lap, Austin Cindric placed third for his fifth top 10 of the season. … Ross Chastain came back from hitting the wall to place a season-high fourth. … Justin Allgaier was fifth and has back-to-back top-five results. … Brett Moffitt placed sixth, his best career finish in the series.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Points leader Chase Briscoe had two pit road penalties and hit the wall hard a couple of times before finishing 20th. … Tommy Joe Martins was running 10th late when a crash in front of him sent him into the inside SAFER barrier on the backstretch, ending his race in 24th.

NOTABLE: Harrison Burton finished ninth. He’s placed in the top 10 in all six races to open the season, the best start to a season by a series rookie.

WHAT’S NEXT: The series races at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway on FS1.

Johnny Sauter wins Truck Series race at Texas

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Johnny Sauter won his fourth race of 2018 and for the fifth time at Texas Motor Speedway by holding off pole sitter Stewart Friesen in a green-white-checkered finish to end the PPG 400.

Sauter started the race in fifth and managed to stay in contact with the leaders, but did not take the lead until the final stages of the race. Using a combination of fuel and tire conservation, he led 51 laps on the way to victory lane.

Stewart Friesen led the field to green from the pole, but got loose in the outside groove early in stage one. He fought back throughout the night – winning stage one and challenging for the lead late in the race. A determined charge in the final 20 laps put him in position to challenge Sauter. Unfortunately he got hung up behind Justin Haley on the final lap and could not get close enough to make the pass for the lead.

The biggest incident of the night came on lap 109. Battling for a position in the top 10, Dalton Sargent and Myatt Snider got together while trying to use Jennifer Jo Cobb as a pick. Snyder made hard contact with the wall and retired on lap 105 in 23rd. Sargent remained on the lead lap and finished just outside the top 10 in 11th. 

STAGE 1 WINNER: Stewart Friesen

STAGE 2 WINNER: Grant Enfinger

HOW SAUTER WON: Sauter stayed out on old tires with 55 laps remaining and stretched his fuel to race to the end.

WHO HAD A GOOD NIGHT: Enfinger inherited the lead when Todd Gilliland pitted near the end of the second segment and scored his first stage win of the season; he continued to battle among the leaders before finishing fourth. Friesen matched his career best finish of second; his previous runner up finish came on the dirt track of Eldora Speedway last July. Justin Haley gave his teammate Sauter a huge push on the final restart before getting overhauled by Friesen on the final lap; Haley finished third to score his sixth career top five.

WHO HAD A BAD NIGHT: Ben Rhodes developed an engine problem toward the end of stage one and lost multiple laps while trying to diagnose the issue; he finished three laps off the pace in 16th. Justin Fontaine hit the wall hard on lap six and pancaked the right side of his truck – finishing 30th in the 32-car field. Driftwood Texas driver Bayley Currey got loose in the outside lane on lap 11 while running 18th and hit the turn four wall; he finished 29th. With 10 laps remaining in stage one, Brett Moffitt got loose under Austin Wayne Self and spun into the turn one wall. Moffitt brought out a second yellow when he almost spun 19 laps from the end before finishing 18th. Fighting to stay on the lead lap, Bo LeMastus made contact with Norm Benning, cut a tire, and hit the wall with six to go in stage two. LeMastus finished 26th; Benning finished 21st.

NOTABLE: Gilliland received his high school diploma in a pre-race ceremony before climbing into the lead at the start of the Rattlesnake 400.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “I’m speechless at this point; I don’t even know what to say anymore,” Sauter said from victory lane on FoxSports 1. “This is a lot of fun. Five wins at Texas – I feel very, very lucky … It’s all about getting that clean start. I knew that (Friesen) was going to be aggressive – obviously he’s hungry for his first win and so I just timed it right.”

WHAT’S NEXT: M&Ms 200 at Iowa Speedway at 7:00 p.m. ET on June 16 on FS1.

GMS Racing will not add full-time NASCAR Cup team next season

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GMS Racing will not have a full-time Cup Series entry next season, the team confirmed to NBC Sports on Wednesday.

The organization, which fields teams in the Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series, had looked at the notion of moving up to Cup next season.

ESPN’s Bob Pockrass first reported that GMS Racing would not field a full-time Cup entry.

Had GMS moved to Cup, it might have provided a landing spot for any of the Cup drivers without an announced ride for next year at this time, which includes former champions Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch and Brickyard 400 winner Kasey Kahne.

Johnny Sauter won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship for GMS Racing last season. Sauter ranks second in the points heading into this weekend’s race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The team also fields Truck entries for Daytona winner Kaz Grala and Justin Haley. Sauter and Grala are assured playoff spots with wins this season.

In the Xfinity Series, GMS Racing fields entries for Spencer Gallagher Jr. and a second car that has been run by Ben Kennedy and Brett Moffitt in select races this season.

 

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Red Horse Racing suspends operations

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Red Horse Racing, which has competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series since 2005, has suspended operations.

The organization, which reached the championship race last year with Timothy Peters, had 16 career victories. The team laid off 30 employees along with Peters and driver Brett Moffitt, a team official told NBC Sports. The team has kept a core group of employees as it seeks funding to resume operations.

Peters finished fifth in Friday night’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Moffitt placed 18th. Peters is sixth in the points and Moffitt is 10th. Neither truck has had a primary sponsor listed in all five races this season. 

Peters won at least one race for the organization from 2009-15. In 2012, the organization finished second in the owner points with four drivers scoring wins: Peters (two wins), Todd Bodine (one), John King (one) and Parker Kligerman (one).

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