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Brad Keselowski wins Kansas Cup race in overtime

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Brad Keselowski won Saturday night’s Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway in an overtime finish, claiming his third win of the season.

Keselowski triumphed in the two-lap shootout over Alex Bowman, Erik Jones, Chase Elliott and Clint Bowyer.

The overtime finish was caused by Matt DiBenedetto‘s engine expiring with four laps left in the scheduled distance.

Keselowski took the lead three laps before that with a pass of Alex Bowman on the outside in Turn 3.

Bowman led 63 laps and has finished second in the last three races.

“That restart, we just got a great launch,” Keselowski told Fox Sports 1. “Alex Bowman, I tell you he’s going to win a race. He did a great job today. We just a had a little bit fresher tires than he did.”

Keselowski dedicated his win to Mike Mittler, a long-time Truck Series owner who passed away Friday.

“He helped a lot of guys in their career and I was one of them,” Keselowski said. “He was local to here and he passed away yesterday. Just such a huge loss for the NASCAR community. He’s one of those unsung heroes that works in the garage, gave his whole to this sport. … Hurts to see those guys go away.”

Kyle Busch had to pit for a tire rub with 21 laps to go. He finished 30th, ending his stretch of races to start the season with a top-10 finish at 11 races.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Kevin Harvick

STAGE 2 WINNER: Chase Elliott

Click here for results and point standings.

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Erik Jones finished third to match his best finish of the year (Daytona 500) … Chase Elliott earned his third straight top five, tying him with Alex Bowman for the best active streak … Clint Bowyer earned his first Kansas top five since April 2014 …. Tyler Reddick placed ninth for his first career Cup top 10 in just his second start.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Kevin Harvick had the car to beat until he had to pit unexpectedly with 88 laps to go for an issue with his right-side tires. But crew chief Rodney Childers said no problem was found. After leading 104 laps, Harvick placed 13th … Denny Hamlin spun on his own in Stage 1 and was never competitive. He finished 16th … Ryan Blaney placed 32nd after he made contact with the wall in the final stage and had to pit for repairs.

NOTABLE: Alex Bowman is the first winless driver to finish second in three straight races … Brad Keselowski earned his 30th Cup win, tying him with Kurt Busch for 26th all time … The cars of Keselowski and Quin Houff each had on unsecured lug nut after the race.

WHAT’S NEXT: Monster Energy Open/All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway at 6 p.m. ET on May 18 on Fox Sports 1

Martin Truex Jr: Kansas could be one of the ‘coolest races of the year’

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Excuse Martin Truex Jr. for being a bit biased, but he holds Kansas Speedway in high regard.

When it’s a track he’s earned his most top fives at (eight) and collected two victories, it’s not a surprise to hear Truex say nice things about the 1.5-mile track.

“It’s really come into being an awesome race track,” Truex said in a media release. “It’s gotten back to where you can run all over. The top lane against the wall comes in – the bottom is still good. You name it and you can run it.”

Coming off two wins in the last three Cup races (Richmond and Dover), Truex will look to claim his first win at Kansas since he swept both races during his 2017 championship campaign.

But the Joe Gibbs Racing driver will be doing it under different circumstances thanks to the new rules package this year.

“It’s going to be different going to Kansas this time with the 550-horsepower package and the draft coming into play and all that goes along with that,” Truex said. “I think the cool part about going there is that it’s a great race track and it’s weathered over the years since that repave (in 2012). … I think that will play into making the package we’re taking there even better than it’s been at some other places. I think it has the potential to be one of the coolest races of the year honestly. It’s going to be fun.”

Truex’s comments come after Kyle Busch and team owner Bob Leavine were openly critical of the rules package following Monday’s Dover race, while Truex offered tamer criticism about the difficulty of passing on the 1-mile track.

But even with the new rules package, Truex has earned two wins and he was about a lap from a third earlier this at the 1.5-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway when he finished second to Brad Keselowski.

Truex said the racing Saturday night “should be similar” to what was seen at Texas Motor Speedway at the end of March due to both tracks hosting the 550-horsepower package with aero ducts.

“I thought Texas we had a better race than we’ve had there the last couple years,” Truex said. “At a place where it’s tough to run two-wide and things like that, I thought we had some good racing. Kansas is going to be a hell of a show I feel like. We’ll wait and see, but it should be fun.”

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NASCAR’s weekend schedule for Dover International Speedway

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For the first time since the end of March all three of NASCAR’s national series will compete at one track on the same weekend when they visit Dover International Speedway this weekend.

The 1-mile track also will host the final Dash 4 Cash bonus race for the Xfinity Series on Saturday.

Here’s the weekend’s full schedule with TV and radio info.

(All times are Eastern)

Thursday, May 2

11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Truck Series garage open

2:05 – 2:55 p.m. – Truck practice (No TV)

4:05 – 4:55 p.m. – Final Truck practice (No TV)

Friday, May 3

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Cup garage open

8 a.m. – Truck garage opens

9 a.m. – Xfinity garage opens

11:05-11:55 a.m. – Cup practice (NASCAR.com, Motor Racing Network)

12:05-12:55 p.m. – Xfinity practice (NASCAR.com)

1:10 p.m. – Truck qualifying; single-truck/two laps (NASCAR.com)

2:20 p.m. – Truck driver-crew chief meeting

2:30-3:20 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (NASCAR.com)

3:40 p.m. – Cup qualifying; single-car/two laps (Fox Sports 1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

4:30 p.m. – Truck driver introductions

5 p.m. – JEGS 200; 200 lap/200 miles (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Saturday, May 4

6:30 a.m. – Xfinity garage opens

8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Cup garage open

9:05 – 9:55 a.m. – Cup practice (FS1, MRN)

10:10 a.m. – Xfinity qualifying; single-car/two laps (FS1)

11:45 a.m. – Xfinity driver-crew chief meeting

12-12:50 p.m. – Final Cup practice (FS1, MRN)

1 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions

1:30 p.m. – Allied Steel Buildings 200; 200 laps/200 miles (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Sunday, May 5

8:30 a.m. – Cup garage opens

Noon – Driver-crew chief meeting

1:20 p.m. – Driver introductions

2 p.m. – Gander RV 400; 400 laps/400 miles (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Goodyear bringing new tire compounds to Dover

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All three of NASCAR’s national series will use new tire combinations this weekend at Dover International Speedway.

Compared to what was run at Dover last season, the tire setup features construction updates on both sides of the car. Cup and Xfinity teams will have a compound change on the left-side tire designed to match up better with the higher downforce package in Cup.

The right-side tire must withstand the loads generated and at the same time have a tread compound that will rubber-in the track surface.  With the new higher downforce settings and 750 horsepower engine package in the Cup Series, corner speeds will be up at Dover, thus putting more demand on the tires.

These tires were confirmed in an April 9 test at Dover featuring Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Dover is unique among NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, in that inner liners are required on all four tire positions. Air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

Here’s the tire info for this weekend.

Set limits: Cup: Three sets for practice, one set for qualifying and nine sets for the race; Xfinity: Six sets for the event; Trucks: Six sets for the event

Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4868; Right-side — D-4872

Tire Circumference: Left-side — 2,227 mm (87.68 in.); Right-side — 2,250 mm (88.58 in.)

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front – 19 psi; Left Rear – 19 psi; Right Front – 49 psi; Right Rear – 45 psi

Goodyear also announced that the tire test scheduled for this week at Chicagoland Speedway has been postponed to May 7-8 due to inclement weather.

Drivers scheduled to participate are Brad Keselowski (Team Penske),  Ryan Newman (Roush Fenway Racing) and Paul Menard (Wood Brothers Racing).

The teams are based on top 20 owner points from last year, which is why three Ford teams are taking part in the test.

Results, points after Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond

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Martin Truex Jr. led 186 laps and held off a charging Joey Logano to win Saturday night’s Cup race at Richmond Raceway.

It’s Truex’s first short-track win in the Cup Series and his first overall win for Joe Gibbs Racing

The top five was completed by Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin.

After a speeding penalty early in Stage 2, Kyle Busch bounced back to finish eighth. He has not finished outside the top 10 through nine races.

Click here for race results.

Point standing

Busch remains the points leader through nine races with 400 points

Logano is second, trailing him by 20 points.

The top five is completed by Hamlin (-34 points), Harvick (-51) and Brad Keselowski (-87).

After his win, Truex is sixth in the standings (-89).

Click here for the full standings.