Kenseth Back in Victory Lane

Motor Racing Network

Matt Kenseth captured his first win of the season in Sunday's Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway while Brad Keselowski advanced to the Championship 4 with a 16th-place finish.

Kenseth got by Chase Elliott in the late going to score his first win of the season and 39th of his career. He ended a 51-race winless streak.

It was emotional win for Kenseth who does not have a ride in 2018 and will end his tenure at Joe Gibbs Racing next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the season finale.

“I don’t know what to say except for thank the Lord,” Kenseth said fighting back tears. “Had an amazing journey. I know I’m a big baby right now. Just got one race left. Everybody dreams of going out a winner. We won today. No one can take that from us. It was a heck of a race with Chase there. Golly, thanks to DeWalt, Circle K, Toyota, all our sponsors and (JGR) for a great five years. It’s been quite a journey.”

Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., Erik Jones and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five.


Matt Minnich wasn't able to make the playoffs this year but he was able to cross an item off his checklist, winning a race. Matt hadn't won in the Cup series in just over 2 years. After 73 races, Matt is able to break his winless streak with a win at Phoenix. He scored a total of 192 points and won by 4 points over 2nd place. Matt is going to have the chance to run for the Truck series championship so it was a pretty good weekend for him.

Can-Am 500 Top 5 Finishers

1. Matt Minnich
2. Ron Blackman
3. Ed Blackman
4. Marvin Jones
5. Greg Miller

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Byron Wins; Championship 4 Set

Motor Racing Network

William Byron won Saturday's Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix Raceway as the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship 4 was set.

Byron scored his fourth victory of the season and first at Phoenix.

A two-tire stop late in the race proved to be the winning call as Byron wrestled the lead away and held it to the finish. After seeing his Truck Series hopes literally go up in smoke a year ago at Phoenix when he blew an engine, Saturday’s win provided redemption.

“I don’t know how we it – grinded all day,” Byron said. “It was a great job by the team and a great pit call by Dave (Elenz, crew chief). We’re so ready to go to Homestead.

“It got robbed from me last year here in Phoenix, so this makes up for that. Awesome job.”

Ryan Blaney finished second despite leading a race-high 147 laps.

Erik Jones, Christopher Bell and Daniel Hemric rounded out the top five.

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The championship four was being set at Phoenix but it was the non-playoff drivers with the best runs. The highest finishing playoff driver was Al Allison who finished in 14th place. That was enough for Al to move up to 2nd place in the standings and he will run for his first championship in the final 4. Kelly Wolfe finished behind Al in 17th place but he will start ahead of him as the number one seed at Homestead. Kelly won the championship in 2015 and could be considered the favorite to win it again this year.

Ticket Galaxy 200 Top 5 Finishers

1. Teeder Jenkins
2. Jose Rodriguez
3. Lou Demian
4. Jakub Smetena
5. Brian Blair

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Sauter Scores First Phoenix Win

Motor Racing Network

Johnny Sauter scored his first win at Phoenix Raceway, and the 17th of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career, in a wild Lucas Oil 150 that set the Championship 4.

Sauter took advantage of an accident between Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates Noah Gragson and Christopher Bell who were fighting for the lead. They got together with seven laps to go and although Bell tried to stay on track, he was forced to pit road and that allowed Sauter to inherit the top spot.

On the final restart, Sauter got the jump on John Hunter Nemechek and was able to maintain the advantage to the checkered flag.

Sauter scored his fourth win of the season and second straight after his Texas victory a week ago.

“This is the greatest team I’ve ever been a part of,” Sauter said. “To have a chance to win a second straight championship next week is just unbelievable.”

Hunter Nemechek came up one position short of transferring to next week’s championship race in Miami.

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With the championship four being set at Phoenix, the spotlight was on the playoff drivers. However it was two non-playoff drivers who fought for their first win. Both Wendal Ebach and Al Allison tied in points with the same set of winning picks. The tiebreaker would go down to the standings position and that gave Wendal the advantage. He was able to win for the first time since September 2016 at Chicagoland. This may also be Wendal's final win in the Truck series as well since he will just be running the Cup series next year.

Lucas Oil 150 Top 5 Finishers

1. Wendal Ebach
2. Al Allison
3. Greg Miller
4. Jay Smogolski
5. Jose Rodriguez

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Lucky Dog Racing's 2017 LROC team

Lucky Dog Racing finished in second place for 2 years in a row to P10 Select. For the 2017 season they are looking to finally get their 5th championship. This year they have another strong team. Randy Cook is the defending LROC champion and he will be leading the charge for the team again.

Joining Randy will be Jose Rodriguez who is no stranger to championships. Jose won the Cup series championship last season and now has titles in all three series. He'd love to add a LROC Championship as well. Lou Demian keeps his LROC streak appearance going to 10 straight years after he won the Xfinity series.

Greg Miller won the Truck series championship but is ineligible to run for Lucky Dog Racing since he is the team owner of Fantasy Sport Site. Nate Bishop represents Lucky Dog Racing for the first time after winning the Yahoo group championship. Ray Perrotta returns for the 2nd time after winning the Streak to the finish title. Jessy Turgeon also returns for a 2nd time after a long 7 year absence. Jessy won the Chaser Eraser last year.

Be sure to cheer on our drivers as Lucky Dog Racing's drive for five continues in 2017!

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Lucky Dog Yahoo Racing 2017

2017 Yahoo Top 5 Standings
Updated after Martinsville
Team Total Pts
1. Stormdevil Racing 9480
2. wolfercing 9315
3. Dirtbags 131 9278
4. Chuck L. Head 9063
2. AA Racing 9056

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Lucky Dog Racing's Streak to the Finish is a Forum only competition. Here's how to play... Pick a top 10 driver each week to keep your streak going! Sound easy? Not so fast.... you can only choose a driver once per streak. You receive points depending on how your driver finishes and your current streak. If you score the most points out of all players, you can receive a special award on your driver page, a spot on the 2018 Lucky Dog Racing LROC Series team and a $25.00 gift certificate to or

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2017 Top 5 Streak To The Finish Driver Standings
Forum Name
Rank Total Points Current Cup Streak Current Xfinity Streak Current Truck Streak
Sullivan Smashers 1. 1641 1 3 2
President Lou 2. 1560 4 9 3
J-Rod's Hot Rods 3. 1552 0 4 2
Mad Dog Racing 4. 1472 0 2 7
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Congratulations To The Weekend Winners
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Matt Minnich
Phoenix Cup Series Winner

Teeder Jenkins
Phoenix Xfinity Series Winner

Wendal Ebach
Phoenix Truck Series Winner

joanne Reilley
Race #17 LROC Series Winner

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November 19, 2017
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November 18, 2017
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Nov. 17-19 2017

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Top 10 Cup Drivers
1 T. Oliver 4121
2 K. Wolfe 4109
3 F. Sanchez 4107
4 R. Perrotta 4076
5 L. Demian 4073
6 N. Bishop 4067
7 J. Rodriguez 4065
8 F. Page 4057
9 D. Smith 2195
10 M. Mason 2175
Top 10 Xfinity Drivers
1 K. Wolfe 3125
2 A. Allison 3121
3 T. Oliver 3107
4 W. Riney 3106
5 R. Perrotta 3095
6 S. Burton 3076
7 T. Smith 3066
8 J. Sebern 3058
9 M. Steinfels 2163
10 T. Jenkins 2132
Top 10 Truck Drivers
1 J. Rodriguez 3157
2 M. Minnich 3138
3 W. Riney 3137
4 B. Blair 3124
5 K. Sullivan 3091
6 S. DiCaprio 3075
7 T. Smith 3049
8 T. Lutz 3037
9 K. Wolfe 2174
10 J. Thesier 2170
Top 10 LROC Drivers
1 J. Rodriguez 691
2 S. Ruth 690
3 D. Hardison 650
4 N. Helton 644
5 K. Mayotte 644
6 J. Whiddon 635
7 L. Demian 635
8 D. Smith 634
9 K. Sullivan 624
10 J. Sebern 621

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