JOLIET, Ill. – Martin Truex Jr. opened the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with a win Sunday in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.
Truex Jr. made a big move on the race’s final restart in overtime to get around leader Ryan Blaney and held off the field to score his third win of the season.
“The racing gods want to make it difficult on us,” Truex said. “Man, this feels good. I’m a lucky guy to be able to drive this black 78. (Crew chief) Cole Pearn, Jazzy (Team Engineer Jeff Curtis), everybody on this team, the pit crew, Barney (Team Owner Visser) for giving us everything we need.
“This is the way we wanted to start the Chase. It feels awesome.”
The victory moves Truex Jr. into the second round of the Chase.
Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Blaney and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five.
The first race of the Chase kicked off at Chicagoland and Jessy Turgeon wasted no time punching his ticket into the next round. Jessy won a close race at Chicagoland by just one point to get his second win of the season and the fifth of his career. It's also the first time that he's ever won at Chicagoland. More importantly he also knows that he will be still be in the Chase for the second round.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Top 5 Finishers
1. Jessy Turgeon
2. Robby Stone
3. Ron Blackman
4. Joanne Sebastian
5. Brian Blair
JOLIET, Ill. – Erik Jones won Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series The Drive for Safety 300 and leaves Chicagoland Speedway as the number one seed in the Chase.
Jones took the lead with less than 10 laps to go and went on to score his fourth win of the year and sixth of his XFINITY Series career.
Jones got by Elliott Sadler for the top spot and then took the checkered flag for his fourth win of the year. It wasn’t easy though as Jones had to fend off a fast charging Kyle Larson in the last two laps.
“I thought we were making a lot of speed today,” Jones said. “I saw Kyle Larson running me down on the high side so I moved up there and we had speed there too. Can’t say enough about Joe Gibbs Racing and this crew for this car today and we’re looking forward to having a chance to win a championship.”
The race ended the regular season and set the field of twelve drivers that advance to this inaugural Chase championship that begins next week.
With his four wins, Jones enters the Chase as the top seed.
The final race before the Xfinity series chase took place at Chicagoland and gave someone the opportunity to make one final push to make the Chase. Rodney Webb tried to take that opportunity after winning a close race over Wayne Sebern. Both drivers scored a total of 210 points but Rodney won the tiebreaker to grab his first win of the season. It's also the third win of Rodney's career and his second win at Chicagoland, his first win came at the track back in 2010. While Rodney did all he could do to get in the Chase unfortunately he was just a little too low in the standings to get in. He did gain three spots to move to 21st place though.
Drive For Safety 300 Top 5 Finishers
1. Rodney Webb
2. Wayne Sebern
3. Kelly Wolfe
4. Teeder Jenkinsn
5. Will Riney
JOLIET, Ill. - Kyle Busch won Friday night's American Ethanol e15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway - the regular season finale that set the eight-driver NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase field.
Busch held off Daniel Hemric in an overtime finish to score his second series win of the season and fifth at Chicagoland. It was his 46th career NCWTS victory.
A late race caution sent the race into an overtime finish and on the final restart Busch got the jump on the field. With Hemric and Cameron Hayley in hot pursuit, he was able to maintain the top spot for the final circuits and take the checkered flag.
Christopher Bell and Johnny Sauter rounded out the top five.
Grant Enfinger, Spencer Gallagher, Timothy Peters, Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick completed the first 10 finishers.
The race included a track record 10 caution flags.
The eight drivers that qualified for the inaugural NCWTS Chase are William Byron, Matt Crafton, John Hunter Nemechek, Christopher Bell, Johnny Sauter, Ben Kennedy, Daniel Hemric and Timothy Peters.
Wendal Ebach made a statement at Chicagoland after becoming the first driver to win two races this season. Wendal won his first first of his season and of his career back in June at Gateway which helped put him into Chase contention. His second win at Chicagoland solidified his Chase berth and put him in the #1 seed, three points ahead of the other seven drivers who made the Chase. Now Wendal will begin his quest to win his first championship from the front of the pack next week at New Hampshire.
American Ethanol E15 225 Top 5 Finishers
1. Wendal Ebach
2. Marianne Anderson
3. Greg Eichele
4. James Dillon
5. Shane Burton
After coming up short last year to P10 Select, Lucky Dog Racing has their sights set on another championship in the 2016 season. It will be tough since there is more competition this year. For the first time, there will be four teams competing for the championship in LROC XI. P10 Select and MGTNFRL rejoin the series and the Fantasy Sport Site (formerly The Cool Pool) rejoins as well.
The Lucky Dog Racing team will be up to the task since we have a strong team. Cup Series champion Randy Cook & Xfinity Champion Kelly Wolfe return for their 2nd season. Stephen DiCaprio returns for his 4th season and the first time for Lucky Dog Racing since LROC IV. Janet Sebern has raced for The Cool Pool for a couple of seasons, but she makes her debut this year. LDR Owner and Past LROC Champion Lou Demian also returns for his 10th season.
The season will run for 16 races and will start at Daytona.
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