Truex's late moves make for repeat Kentucky win
Martin Truex Jr. overtook Brad Keselowski on Lap 201 and Kurt Busch 23 laps later to become Kentucky's first back-to-back winner.
Knaus inks 2-year extension, stays with Johnson
Chad Knaus, whose contract as crew chief for Jimmie Johnson was up after 17 Cup seasons together, has signed a two-year extension.
NASCAR Silly Season: 19 things to watch in the second half of 2018
The playoff push isn't the only one this time of year, as drivers and race teams position themselves for the next year. That's where things get silly.
After three straight finishes of 18th or worse, Ryan Blaney reversed his fortunes by finishing second on Saturday night at Kentucky. Even though he doesn't have a Cup win in 2018, Blaney has shown the potential to emerge as the No. 4 driver behind the big three of Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. Blaney has led the fourth-most laps (464) this season, and he has some favorable tracks among the final regular-season stops. He won at Pocono last year, was eighth at Michigan in June and was dominant at Bristol in April until being swept up in a wreck.
Breaking down the Kentucky starting lineup
Martin Truex Jr. won the pole at Kentucky, his fourth pole of the season. Daytona race winner Erik Jones will start second. Take a look through the field for Saturday night's Cup race.
The trustee in charge of BK Racing has asked the bankruptcy court to set an Aug. 21 hearing for the approval of the sale of the team and its charter. In a legal filing Friday, the trustee said a "handful" of bidders, not disclosed in the motion, could potentially serve as the stalking horse (the minimum bid for the team's assets and charter). If there are competitive bids, the trustee would then meet with the bidders Aug. 20 to determine the buyer to be approved by the court Aug. 21. Any buyer would also have to be approved by NASCAR.
Brad Keselowski was sixth and 11th in one-lap speed in Friday's Cup practice sessions, a solid start to the weekend for a driver who has excelled at Kentucky Speedway. Keselowski has won three of the seven races run at the 1.5-mile oval, and each of those wins came in even years (2012, '14 and '16). Team Penske is looking for its first victory on a 1.5-mile track since Keselowski claimed the checkered flag at Atlanta early last season.
Dirt biker Shayna Texter finds flat track success
Shayna Texter is in charge of her own team, and the 27-year-old is challenging for a championship in the American Flat Track Series.
Chase Elliott looking for elusive win and playoff security
Chase Elliott hasn't been able to get a victory on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit yet this year, putting him close to the playoff bubble.
Chase Elliott, Bill Elliott and Ernie Elliott unveils Chase's throwback paint scheme for Darlington that honors his cousin Casey, who died at age 21 from cancer in 1996. This is a scheme that replicates Casey's 1993 all-pro series car.
Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski said the Charlotte road course is a tough one and indicated the race in September will be one of survival:
The Charlotte road course includes much of the oval as well as the infield turns. Chicanes have been added on both the frontstretch and backstretch. A look at Chase Elliott coming from Turn 4 through the infield and back on the track in Turn 1:
A look at some of the cars handling part of the infield and oval portion of the Charlotte road course during a test Tuesday:
Ryan Newman will compete in the truck race at Eldora Speedway next week, the lone national series race on dirt.
The Charlotte road course test was interrupted for nearly 2 hours because drivers were able to drive through the backstretch chicane. NASCAR has added speed bumps and a tire wall in addition to the existing rumble strips. Denny Hamlin: "We need to run the course like it's designed to be run and right now you're just looking at areas you can cheat it -- the guys that cheat it run way faster. ... There was made to be a chicane to slow us down. [The change made] is going to make us respect that corner."
NASCAR Cup Series playoff watch: A closer look at who's on the bubble
With eight races left, Jimmie Johnson is projected to be in the cutoff spot, as the likelihood of more than two drivers outside of the current top 16 winning a race appears slim.
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