Kyle Fowler set to make Sprint Cup debut at Martinsville
22-year-old has made 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts MORE: Full entry list for Martinsville RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Kyle Fowler will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend in the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway . Fowler will drive the No. 32 Ford for owner Frank Stoddard Jr. and GO FAS Racing. Eight other drivers have taken turns behind the wheel of the No. 32 car: Travis Kvapil (16 races), Terry Labonte (four races), Blake Koch (three races), J.J. Yeley (three races), Boris Said (two races), Joey Gase (two races), Timmy Hill (one race) and Eddie MacDonald (one race). Labonte's 11th-place finish in the rain-shortened Coke Zero 400 at Daytona in July has been the team's best finish so far this season. The 22-year-old Georgia native has 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts in his career, including one this year in the spring at Charlotte Motor Speedway . He finished 32nd in the History 300 . The Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 is set for Sunday, Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Kyle Larson gets first Sprint Cup win at Michigan
RELATED: Results " Standings " Chase Grid SHOP: Larson gear BROOKLYN, Mich. -- In the last few laps of Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway , tears began to well up in Kyle Larson 's eyes. When Larson subsequently took the checkered flag to win the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of his career, the emotion was all but overwhelming -- and for good reason. The victory came in Larson's 99th start in the series, long after most observers expected Larson to record his first win. It also broke a 99-race drought for Chip Ganassi Racing , dating to Jamie McMurray 's victory at Talladega in October 2013. With the triumph, Larson earned a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup for the first time in his career, moving winless Ryan Newman 15 points out of the last Chase-eligible position with two races left in the regular season. With Brett Moffitt winning in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Michigan and Michael McDowell prevailing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. -- both on Saturday -- Larson's triumph capped the first weekend in NASCAR history that produced first-time winners in all three national series. It also marked the first time a graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity and NASCAR Next programs has reached Victory Lane in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The emotions of the moment, however, were magnified by the recent death at age 27 of Bryan Clauson, who was fatally injured in a midget car accident on Aug. 6 in Belleville, Kan. Larson came to NASCAR from open-wheel racing, and he and Clauson were close friends. "Parked it!" yelled Larson after he took the checkered flag, echoing Clauson's signature victory cry. The driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet followed with a celebratory burnout that left a trail of rubber across Victory Lane. Larson then exited his car, took the checkered flag from the flag man and leapt into the arms of his fueler, who had run out into the infield to congratulate his driver. "I was teared-up that whole last few laps, because I could just feel it," Larson said. "It was finally going to be it. This one is for the Clauson family. We really miss Bryan. We're going to miss him. We parked it for him, so that's really cool. "We had a lot of work to do for that first third of the race, and got it done. Thanks to (sponsor) Target. Thanks to everyone on this team. (Crew chief) Chad (Johnston) and the pit crew and everybody. We messed up that last stop but we made it back." In fact, Larson lost the lead to race runner-up Chase Elliott when both drivers made their final pit stops under green on Lap 156 of 200. Elliott beat Larson out of the pits by a half car-length and began to pull away. But a caution on Lap 187 because of Michael Annett 's blown right front tire gave Larson the chance he needed. With a hard push from third-place finisher Brad Keselowski , Larson took the lead on the final restart on Lap 192, as Elliott spun his tires and lost momentum in the outside lane. Larson crossed the finish line with a 1.478-second advantage over Elliott, who passed Keselowski for the second spot on Lap 193. Still seeking his first victory in his rookie season, Elliott had an opportunity to win at Michigan in June but likewise fell victim to a late restart. "Bummer again here," said Elliott, making no attempt to hide his disappointment. "I hate to let my guys down is the biggest thing. For the second time, this has happened. I made a mistake early on in the race. I asked my guys to bail me out (on the final pit stop), and they did. Unfortunately, I didn't do my part again. "That's a couple races in a row in just a few short months here at this place we had a really good car, had an opportunity. That's one thing I try really hard to do is make the most of opportunities when they're presented. Obviously I didn't do a very good job of that here both trips. Need to do my restarts a little better. That's obviously not a strong point, at least here at Michigan." The second-place finish, however, solidified Elliott's position relative to the Chase. He's currently 11th in the standings, highest among drivers without a victory and 27 points ahead of Newman, who finished 17th on Sunday. Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Ryan Blaney finished fourth, holding off fifth-place Kevin Harvick and sixth-place Jimmie Johnson over the final nine-lap run.
This Ryan Newman/Kyle Larson photo -- best pic of all time? We think so
RELATED: Read more Inside Groove " Newman takes Phoenix After Ryan Newman held off a hard-charging Kyle Larson at Phoenix Raceway to snap a 127-race winless drought on Sunday, a photo of the two began circulating on Twitter after the race -- a photo that is nearly two decades old. LOL I stold this off twitter. "Your 1-2 finish today". #ImBad . pic.twitter.com/MrOfgrTFtE — Kenny Wallace (@Kenny_Wallace) March 20, 2017 When we saw this, our faces matched that of (a really, especially) young Larson, who was a mere 7 years old when the photo was snapped in October 1999. At least Newman was of legal drinking age at just shy of 22, but Larson, man. We can't get over the fact that the skinny kid on the right, missing his two front teeth, was battling the guy on the left for a win in 2017 -- the third consecutive week he's finished second. While Larson finished runner-up for the third consecutive race, we all came away winners after this photo popped up in our timelines. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;<span _rtetemp="spchk" style="background-color: #ffffaa;" _rtespchksugg="Lt"alt"ult"flt"let"lit"lat"lot"ltd"t">am</span>p;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Kyle Busch has win slip away late at Phoenix
Kyle Busch reflects on his first top-five run of the season and leading 114 laps at Phoenix Raceway in the Camping World 500.
Kyle Larson: 'Really, really cool' to be points leader
Kyle Larson earns his third consecutive second-place finish in 2017 and now holds the points lead through four races.
Fowler makes hard contact
Kyle Fowler makes hard contact the wall during the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway
Kyle Busch, Joey Logano mix it up on pit road after wild Las Vegas finish
RELATED: Alternate view of the Busch-Logano conflict MORE: Photos of the incident LAS VEGAS -- Leaving his wrecked No. 18 Toyota on pit road following Sunday's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch walked briskly with a purpose to Joey Logano and the No. 22 Ford. Without word, he immediately threw a punch at Logano, triggering a fight between the two on the ground and chaos on pit road involving crew men and NASCAR officials. A Team Penske public relations employee pulled Logano forcefully away from the incident, while Busch remained on the ground, tussling with several members of the No. 22 crew in a sea of yellow fire suits. A NASCAR official pulled Busch from the brawl and he and another official restrained Busch, shouting, " Kyle !" as Busch flailed his elbows and struggled to break free. They led him away from the scene, as the surrounding crowd reacted loudly. "I got dumped," Busch said, a trickle of blood rolling down his forehead and onto his nose as he strode away from the track. "Flat-out just drove straight into the corner and wrecked us. That's how Joey races, so he's gonna get it." Busch and Logano were running in the top five and racing hard for position on the last lap when Logano appeared to become loose and made contact with Busch's No. 18 Toyota before the final turn, sending it spinning across the track. Logano crossed the start/finish line fourth, while Busch was 22nd. "We were just racing hard there at the end," Logano said, red-faced after the incident. "I was underneath him on the backstretch and he tried to crash me into the corner getting underneath Brad (Keselowski) there and at that point I was just trying get through the corner. I was sideways all the way through and get into him. Nothing intentional. "I understand his frustration, he crashed. The same thing could have happened into (Turn) 3 what he did to me." Logano said he saw Busch walking toward him angrily at the end of the race, but there weren't any words exchanged prior to the brawl. "He wasn’t in a talking mood," Logano said. "He was in a fighting mood, I guess. I don't know. Typically, you can handle this stuff like men and talk about it. You don't have to fight, but whatever. "I've never had an issue with Kyle ," he continued. " Kyle and I have always raced really well together. We've never had an issue, but I guess that's over." RELATED: Drivers react to Busch-Logano fight Busch made a trip to the infield care center after the pit-road spat, but was not called to the NASCAR hauler. No. 22 crew chief Todd Gordon, along with a handful of Team Penske crew members did visit the NASCAR hauler after the race, but on their own consensus, according to a NASCAR official. No one was called to the hauler. Joe Gibbs Racing team owner Joe Gibbs sped away from the garage quickly on a golf cart. NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton and NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell also stepped into the NASCAR hauler, but did not comment on the incident. A NASCAR official said the sanctioning body likely would not make any statements Sunday because officials need to review footage before any decisions are made. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Drivers react to Kyle Busch, Joey Logano fight
Kyle Busch and Joey Logano mixed it up on pit road following the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Contact on the final lap led Busch to confront Logano after they exited their cars, and things escalted quickly. A handful of drivers and NASCAR Nation members took to Twitter to share their views after the fracas, including Logano, himself. We about crashed and I was trying to save it. Nothing intentional on my end. Had another fast Ford all day. Proud of this 22 team. — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) March 13, 2017 What's up? Heard there was a fight. — Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) March 13, 2017 I have never really beat the shit out of a guy, but me @TonyStewart and our crew chiefs had a fun brawl in the NASCAR hauler once. 1999 https://t.co/7wMD7p7Ia5 — Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) March 13, 2017 Yep. When you are mad you do stuff like that. But no matter how justified/pissed you feel, maybe it's best to do it off camera. https://t.co/BVLga4AWBb — Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) March 13, 2017 IMO-Fighting in Motorsport is dumb. It always turns into a pile and your own guys hit each other. At least in hockey they are good at it. https://t.co/BFThD7cN57 — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) March 13, 2017 This sport is built on determination and passion! — Jeff Burton (@JeffBurton) March 12, 2017 Well… What do you think @NASCAR should do about the post race scuffle??? — Steve Letarte (@SteveLetarte) March 12, 2017 WWE Las Vegas. — Jeb Burton (@JebBurtonRacing) March 12, 2017 Make all crews stay behind pit wall for 10 min post race before going to the cars or drivers. https://t.co/AkDbtslM8D — Regan Smith (@ReganSmith) March 12, 2017 What separates racing from other sports is the intensity for EVERY position. Remember Kyle & Joey were not racing for the win. Points matter — Jeff Burton (@JeffBurton) March 12, 2017 EVERY #nascar driver started at the local short track.. Fighting IS NOT a local short track deal.. It's PASSION.. We are all the same. pic.twitter.com/yoY6Uw75nZ — Kenny Wallace (@Kenny_Wallace) March 13, 2017 MORE: Busch, Logano tangle after Las Vegas race &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Kyle Busch, Joey Logano meet with NASCAR officials at Phoenix
BUY TICKETS: See the races in Phoenix AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Joey Logano and Kyle Busch met with NASCAR officials here Friday morning at Phoenix Raceway, perhaps closing the books on last weekend's post-race altercation. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers met with officials approximately 30 minutes before the start of the day's first practice for Sunday's Camping World 500 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). RELATED: Full weekend schedule NASCAR officials present were Steve O'Donnell, Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer; Richard Buck, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Managing Director; and Scott Miller, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition. Busch and Logano were running fourth and fifth, respectively, on the final lap of last week's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when there was contact between the two after they shot past the slowing entry of Brad Keselowski. Busch's No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota shot up the track in Turn 4, then slid down onto the entrance to pit road, leaving him with a 22nd-place result. Logano, driver of the No. 22 Ford for Team Penske, was able to gather his car up after the contact to score a fourth-place finish. Crewmen stepped in to break it up before NASCAR officials separated the participants and restored order. Three days after the race, NASCAR officials announced neither driver would be penalized for their actions. Busch, the first to exit the NASCAR hauler, was short and consistent when questioned briefly by media. "Everything's great. Looking forward to getting back to the race track and getting into my race car," the Joe Gibbs Racing driver and 2015 series champion said each time he was queried.
Logano, O'Donnell discuss pre-practice meeting with Kyle Busch
Team Penske driver Joey Logano and NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell discuss the meeting between Kyle Busch, Logano and NASCAR officials at Phoenix.
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