NASCAR at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway & Jukasa Motor Speedway

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ISM Connect 300
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Distance: 317.4 miles (300 laps)
Sunday, Sept. 24 2 p.m. ET TV: NBCSN, 1:30 p.m. ET Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Stage 1 (Ends on lap 75), Stage 2 (Ends on lap 150), Final Stage (Ends on lap 300)

NASCAR XFINITY Series VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300
Kentucky Speedway Distance: 300 miles (200 laps)
Saturday, Sept. 23 8 p.m. ET TV: NBCSN, 7:30 p.m. ET Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Stage 1 (Ends on lap 45), Stage 2 (Ends on lap 90), Final Stage (Ends on lap 200)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 175
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Distance: 225 miles (150 laps)
Saturday, Sept. 23 1 p.m. ET TV: FS1, 12:30 p.m. ET Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Stage 1 (Ends on lap 55), Stage 2 (Ends on lap 110), Final Stage (Ends on lap 175)

NASCAR Pinty’s Series Pinty’s Fall Brawl 200
Saturday, Sept. 23 TSN tape delayed on TSN
Jukasa Motor Speedway

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Truex Wins Playoff Opener
Martin Truex continued his winning ways in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs opener by taking the checkered flag at Chicagoland Speedway – his second consecutive victory. Because of his win, he advances to the second round automatically. Truex increased his series-leading playoff point total to 58. Kyle Larson has the next-highest total with 33. The No. 78 Furniture Row Racing driver ranks first in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in wins (5), stage wins (18), top 10s (18), average finish (10.6), average running position (7.3), driver rating (115.8), fastest laps run (1,023, 16.7%) and laps led (1,723, 24.0%). He’ll go for back-to-back wins in the 2017 Playoffs in Sunday’s ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Truex has four top fives, nine top 10s and a 13.3 average finish in 23 starts at New Hampshire. He placed third there in the spring.

Truex Tops Playoff Grid Coming Out Of Chicagoland
Martin Truex Jr. kept his spot on top of the Playoff Grid following his win at Chicagoland. He is followed by: 2. Kyle Larson (49 points above Kurt Busch in 13th place, on the outside of advancing), 3. Kevin Harvick (+41), 4. Brad Keselowski (+35), 5. Kyle Busch (+35), 6. Denny Hamlin (+32), 7. Jimmie Johnson (+20), 8. Chase Elliott (+18), 9. Matt Kenseth (+13), 10. Ryan Blaney (+8), 11. Jamie McMurray (+5), 12. Austin Dillon (even, 16th-place finish at Chicagoland was better than Kurt Busch’s 19th), 13. Kurt Busch (even, 19th-place finish at Chicagoland was worse than Austin Dillon’s 16th), 14. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (four points below Austin Dillon on the cutoff line), 15. Kasey Kahne (-5), 16. Ryan Newman (-7).

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s 25th-place finish was the lowest by a Playoff driver at Chicagoland.
Playoff contenders produced all but one of the top-10 finishes at Chicagoland. Joey Logano finished seventh to lead drivers outside of the Playoff field.

Hamlin Hopes For New Hampshire Sweep
Denny Hamlin will go for the season sweep of New Hampshire on Sunday. He led 54 laps on his way to the checkered flag there in July, beating out second-place Kyle Larson by .509 seconds. Martin Truex Jr. finished third, followed by Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick. The No. 11 Toyota driver enters Sunday’s race carrying a ton of momentum. He has finished in the top five in 10 of his last 13 races and has scored four consecutive top fives. In 23 career New Hampshire starts, Hamlin owns three wins, nine top fives, 14 top 10s and a 10.0 average finish (second best among active drivers). His 104.0 New Hampshire driver rating tops the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Harvick Goes For Second Straight New Hampshire Playoff Win
Another driver performing well right now with little fanfare is Kevin Harvick – last year’s fall New Hampshire winner. The No. 4 Ford driver has eight top-10 finishes in his last 12 starts, including a third place showing at Chicagoland last weekend where he led 59 laps. In 33 career starts at New Hampshire, Harvick claims two wins, 10 top fives, 18 top 10s and a 12.8 average finish. He has produced a top-five result in five of his last six starts at The Magic Mile. His 10.9 average running position at New Hampshire ranks third among active drivers.

Past New Hampshire Winners Look To Gain Automatic Berth In Second Round
Nine of the 16 playoff drivers have previously visited Victory Lane at New Hampshire. They’ll try to channel their experience to do it again and earn an automatic bid to the second round. Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson lead active drivers with three wins apiece at The Magic Mile. Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick have won at New Hampshire twice. Kasey Kahne and Brad Keselowski have each lifted the lobster in Victory Lane once at the New England track.

Logano Can Play Spoiler At Home Track
Just because a driver didn’t make the playoffs doesn’t mean he/she stops racing. Drivers can play spoiler in a race, taking away an automatic transfer spot. A competitor with a good shot at playing the role of spoiler this weekend is Joey Logano. He placed second at Richmond two weeks ago and seventh last weekend at Chicagoland (best among non-Playoff drivers). Logano, from nearby Middletown, Connecticut, has two wins, six top fives and eight top 10s in 18 career starts at New Hampshire.

NASCAR XFINITY Series

NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs Are Here – An Overview
The NASCAR XFINITY Series heads to the rolling hills of Kentucky to kick off the second annual NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs Saturday night, September 23 at Kentucky Speedway in the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 (8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Twelve drivers will slug it out for the title through three rounds in the Playoffs. The first round of the Playoffs, the Round of 12, is made up of three races – Kentucky, Dover and Charlotte. Four drivers will be eliminated at the conclusion of the Round of 12. A driver can advance to the next round by either winning one of the races in the round or accumulating enough points to be in the top eight of the Playoff standings. The next round is the Round of 8, and it will consist of the eight Playoff title contenders that have advanced from the Round of 12. The Round of 8 is also made up of three races – Kansas, Texas and Phoenix. Another four drivers will be eliminated from the Playoffs at the conclusion of the Round of 8. A driver can advance to the Championship 4 by
either winning one of the Round of 8 races or accumulating enough points to be in the top four after Phoenix. The NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs will then be decided in the Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway as the four remaining drivers battle it out for the title, with the highest finishing championship contender taking home the trophy.

Since its inception in 1982 (35 years ago), the NASCAR XFINITY Series has produced 27 different champions. Only eight drivers have won multiple series titles – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2011, ’12), Kevin Harvick (2001, ‘06), Martin Truex Jr. (2004, ’05), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1998, ’99), Randy LaJoie (1996, ’97), Larry Pearson (1986, ’87), Jack Ingram (1982, ’85) and Sam Ard (1983, ’84). Last season, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Daniel Suarez won the title after starting on the pole and winning the race in Miami. This season we are certain to see another new NASCAR XFINITY Series champion since none of this season’s Playoff contenders are former series champs.

The 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff is made up of 12 drivers from eight different organizations – JR Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Kaulig Racing, Jeremy Clements Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing. Stewart-Haas Racing and Jeremy Clements Racing are making their Playoff debuts this season.

A total of seven Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders have made the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs since its inception in 2016. This season, four rookies made the Playoffs: William Byron, Cole Custer, Matt Tifft and Daniel Hemric. Last season three rookies made it: Erik Jones, Brandon Jones and Brennan Poole.

Three different manufacturers have made the 2017 Playoffs – Chevrolet (nine cars), Ford (two cars) and Toyota (one car).

The winner of last season’s Playoff-opening race at Kentucky, Elliott Sadler, went on to finish runner-up in the final championship points.

Round Of 12: NASCAR Playoff Contenders Rundown By Seeding
Below is a quick look at each of the 12 NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff contender’s performances this season, and their performance at the upcoming track (Kentucky):

William Byron (No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet) heads into Kentucky and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff’s Round of 12 with the No. 1 seed and 2,025 points; two points ahead of his JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier in the second seed. In 26 starts this season, Byron has posted three wins (Iowa, Daytona and Indianapolis), eight top fives, 17 top 10s, two Stage wins and has earned 25 Playoff points. His average finish this season is an 11.1 (second best). Byron made his series track debut at Kentucky Speedway, earlier this season; he started fifth and finished seventh.

Justin Allgaier (No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet) heads into Kentucky and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff’s Round of 12 as the second seed with 2,023 points; five points ahead of his JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler in the third seed. In 26 starts this season, Allgaier has posted two wins (Phoenix and Chicago), seven top fives, 13 top 10s, three Stage wins and has earned 23 Playoff points. His average finish this season is a 13.6 (fourth-best). Allgaier has made 10 series starts at Kentucky Speedway, posting two top fives, six top 10s and an average finish of 12.3.

Elliott Sadler (No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet) heads into Kentucky and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff’s Round of 12 as the third seed with 2,020 points; 11 points ahead of Richard Childress Racing’s Daniel Hemric in the fourth seed. In 26 starts this season, Sadler has posted a series-leading 11 top fives and 19 top 10s, five stage wins and has earned 20 playoff points. His average finish this season is a 9.5 (series best). Sadler has made 12 series starts at Kentucky Speedway, posting one pole, one win (2016 Playoffs), five top fives, eight top 10s and an average finish of 7.8.

Daniel Hemric (No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet) heads into Kentucky and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff’s Round of 12 as the fourth seed with 2,009 points; three points ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Brennan Poole in the fifth seed. In 26 starts this season, Hemric has posted one pole, five top fives, 12 top 10s, two stage wins and has earned six playoff points. His average finish this season is a 13.3 (third-best). Hemric made his series track debut at Kentucky Speedway, earlier this season; he started 10th and finished ninth.

Brennan Poole (No. 48 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet) heads into Kentucky and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff’s Round of 12 as the fifth seed with 2,006 points; one point ahead of Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Reed in the sixth seed. In 26 starts this season, Poole has posted one pole, one top five, 12 top 10s and has earned six playoff points. His average finish this season is a 14.3 (fifth-best). Poole has made five series starts at Kentucky Speedway, posting two top 10s and an average finish of 16.8.

Ryan Reed (No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford) heads into Kentucky and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff’s Round of 12 as the sixth seed with 2,005 points. Ryan Reed (sixth seed), Jeremy Clements (seventh), Cole Custer (eighth) and Blake Koch (ninth) are all currently tied in points at 2,005. In 26 starts this season, Reed has posted one win (Daytona), two top fives, five top 10s and has earned five playoff points. His average finish this season is an 18.6 (11th-best). Reed has made seven series starts at Kentucky Speedway, posting one top 10 and an average finish of 19.9.

Jeremy Clements (No. 51 Jeremy Clement Racing Chevrolet) heads into Kentucky and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff’s Round of 12 as the seventh seed with 2,005 points. Ryan Reed (sixth seed), Jeremy Clements (seventh), Cole Custer (eighth) and Blake Koch (ninth) are all currently tied in points at 2,005. In 26 starts this season, Clements has posted one win (Road America), one top five, two top 10s and has earned five playoff points. His average finish this season is 21.9 (17th-best). Clements has made 13 series starts at Kentucky Speedway, posting a best finish of 12th in this
race last season. His average finish at Kentucky is 20.8.

Cole Custer (No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford) heads into Kentucky and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff’s Round of 12 as the eighth seed with 2,005 points. Ryan Reed (sixth seed), Jeremy Clements (seventh), Cole Custer (eighth) and Blake Koch (ninth) are all currently tied in points at 2,005. In 26 starts this season, Custer has posted four top fives, 13 top 10s and has earned five playoff points. His average finish this season is 14.9 (sixth-best). Custer made his series track debut at Kentucky Speedway, earlier this season; he started fifth and finished seventh.

Blake Koch (No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet) heads into Kentucky and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff’s Round of 12 as the ninth seed with 2,005 points. Ryan Reed (sixth seed), Jeremy Clements
(seventh), Cole Custer (eighth) and Blake Koch (ninth) are all currently tied in points at 2,005. In 26 starts this season, Koch has posted one pole, four top 10s, two stage wins and has earned five playoff points. His average finish this season is 17.8 (ninth-best). Koch has made 11 series starts at Kentucky Speedway, posting a best finish of 11th in this race last season. His average finish at Kentucky is 26.3.

Matt Tifft (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) heads into Kentucky and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff’s Round of 12 as the 10th seed with 2,004 points; one point ahead of Richard Childress Racing’s Brendan Gaughan in the 11th seed. In 26 starts this season, Tifft has posted two top fives, seven top 10s and has earned four playoff points. His average finish this season is a 15.0 (seventh-best). Tifft has made three series starts at Kentucky Speedway, posting one top five, two top 10s and an average finish of 9.7.

Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet) heads into Kentucky and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff’s Round of 12 as the 11th seed with 2,003 points; two points ahead of JR Motorsport’s Michael Annett in the 12th and final seed. In 26 starts this season, Gaughan has posted two top fives, seven top 10s, one stage win and has earned three playoff points. His average finish this season is a 19.1 (12th-best). Gaughan has made 10 series starts at Kentucky Speedway, posting one win (2014), four top fives, eight top 10s and an average finish of 9.1.

Michael Annett (No. 5 JR Motorsports Chevrolet) heads into Kentucky and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff’s Round of 12 as the 12th seed with 2,001 points. In 26 starts this season, Annett has posted one top five, six top 10s and has earned one playoff point. His average finish this season is 17.0 (eighth-best). Annett has made eight series starts at Kentucky Speedway, posting one top five, five top 10s and an average finish of 12.8.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs Class
Following the TheHouse.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway, the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs class is set.

Among the eight championship-contending drivers this year, Christopher Bell, Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and John Hunter Nemechek will be making their second consecutive Playoffs appearances as all four drivers were a part of the 2016 postseason class.

Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric and Kaz Grala – as well as second-year driver Ben Rhodes – will be making their first career Playoff appearances.

Christopher Bell Clinches 2017 Regular Season Championship At Chicagoland
Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Christopher Bell topped off his 2017 regular season like he wants to end his 2017 post-season…as champion. Bell was crowned the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular season champion when he scored his 10th top-five finish of the season at Chicagoland Speedway. For the regular season, Bell has four wins and 14 top 10s, with 593 laps led. He heads into the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs with 40 playoff points and as the top driver seed. Bell was excited about capturing the regular season title, but knows there is more work to be
done to win the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship. “This is really cool. To win the regular season championship is a huge testament to Kyle Busch Motorsports and everyone on this No. 4 team. For us, it’s huge to have all of the bonus points going into the playoffs.”

Sauter Primed For Another Title Run
Reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter appears ready for another strong post-season run in 2017. Sauter was already in Playoffs mode at Chicago as he won the TheHouse.com 225 and heads into the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs as the No. 2 overall seed with 25 playoff points. In last season’s Playoffs, Sauter was as strong as they come during the playoff stretch. Beginning with New Hampshire Motor Speedway and ending at Homestead-Miami Speedway last season, Sauter finished top-10 or better in every Playoffs race and won two races, including
Martinsville and Texas.

The Rhodes To The 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs
ThorSport Racing driver Ben Rhodes finally saw his hard work pay off this season when he scored the final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs berth at Chicagoland Speedway. Rhodes has had a very strong 2017 campaign – collecting five top fives and nine top 10s, with 123 laps led in the regular season. He moves forward in the Playoffs ranked seventh with seven total playoff points.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs By Round
The 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs begin this week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with the UNOH 175 (Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

The UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway kicks off the Round of 8.

Below is a look at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs rounds and which tracks line up per round.

ROUND OF 8
UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
(Saturday, September 23 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
(Saturday, September 30 at 8 p.m. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Fred’s Pharmacy 250 at Talladega Super Speedway
(Saturday, October 14 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

ROUND OF 6
Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway
(Saturday, October 28 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
JAG Metals 350 at Texas Motor Speedway
(Friday, November 3 at 8 p.m. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway
(Friday, November 10 at 8:30 p.m. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

CHAMPIONSHIP 4
Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway
(Friday, November 17 at 8 p.m. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Crafton Top of The Class At New Hampshire
As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series begins its 2017 Playoffs at New Hampshire, back-to-back champion (2013 and 2014) Matt Crafton is seeking his third title in a five-year span.

Crafton has been strong at New Hampshire – especially over the last three seasons. He’s finished top-three or better in every race he’s competed in since 2014 and hasn’t finished outside the top-six at New Hampshire since 2008.

Crafton leads the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (14) as well as top 10s (nine), laps completed (2,607) and lead lap finishes (11).

Crafton will look to start his 2017 Playoffs campaign with another top-three at New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Quick Facts
As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the UNOH 175 (Saturday, September 23 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), below are some series quick facts at the first race of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs:

Races: 19
Pole Winners: 12
Youngest Pole Winner: Cole Custer (09/20/2014 – 16 years, 7 months, 28 days)
Oldest Pole Winner: Joe Ruttman (07/08/2000 – 55 years, 8 months, 10 days)
Race Winners: 15
Youngest Winner: Cole Custer (09/20/2014 –16 years 7 months, 28 days)
Oldest Winner: Ron Hornaday Jr. (09/13/2008 – 50 years, 2 months, 24 days)
Races Won from Pole (or 1st Starting Position): 8
Last Race Won from Pole (or 1st Starting Position): William Byron (09/24/2016)
Race Record: Kyle Busch 118.707 mph (09/24/2011)
Qualifying Record: Austin Dillon 133.296 mph (09/26/2015)

NASCAR Pinty’s Series

NASCAR Pinty’s Series Pinty’s Fall Brawl 200 final race of the season Saturday, Sept. 23 TSN tape delayed on TSN at Jukasa Motor Speedway
1. Alex Labbe 518, 2. Kevin Lacroix 485, 3. Cayden Lapcevich 462, 4. D.J. Kennington 458, 5. L.P. Dumoulin 456, 6. Alex Tagliani 439, 7. Andrew Ranger 420, 8. J.F. Dumoulin 412, 9. Adam Martin * 390, 10. Anthony Simone 315.

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