Monster Energy Cup Category

By Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service JOLIET, Ill.  – Alex Bowman’s first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup victory at Chicagoland Speedway was as much a lesson in perseverance, determination and guts as it was a show of his raw talent. It took it all those qualities for the 26-year-old to reach Victory Lane for the first time in Sunday’s Camping World 400. Bowman’s No.88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet held off a hard-charging Kyle Larson for the win by .546-seconds – the two young drivers door-to-door in the closing laps, exchanging theRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent In his best race of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season so far, Jimmie Johnson earned a top-five finish. On the final restart, Johnson and Alex Bowman were behind Kevin Harvick. While Bowman’s No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 eventually made its’ way past Harvick’s No. 4, the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet struggled to pass the Stewart-Haas Racing machine. During the long, 90-lap run to the finish, Johnson was constantly in the mix. He battled with his Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron and Bowman,Read More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Kyle Larson was once again the center of attention at Chicagoland Speedway as the near six-hour Camping World 400 showcased tremendous racing action from start to finish. Last year it was the “Slide Job” heard around the world, where he came up short of beating Kyle Busch. This time around, Larson’s opponent for the race win was Alex Bowman, putting on a heck of a show in the closing laps. Even trading paint a couple of occasions as they gave it their all, looking for aRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Sunday’s Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is currently under the red flag due to a lengthy weather delay that’s gone past three hours. Despite spotters raising concerns of lightning striking within the vicinity of the 1.5-mile circuit, the race got underway as planned a few minutes past 3:00 pm EST with pole sitter Austin Dillon leading the way. Tremendous action took place between the top-five with Jimmie Johnson getting by Dillon for the race lead before the caution was waved due to weather on LapRead More
By Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service JOLIET, Ill. – Austin Dillon earned his third Busch Pole Award of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season Saturday evening at Chicagoland Speedway, his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet posting a speed of 176.263 mph around the 1.5-mile track. Kevin Harvick will start second, his fifth front row start of the season in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate, Dillon’s RCR teammate Daniel Hemric was third fastest, seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was fourth and KurtRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. have had their share of battles in NASCAR, dating back to 15 years ago when both were championship contenders in the Busch Series (now known as Xfinity). The duo combined for 11 wins and 12 poles in 2004, with Truex winning his first of two championships that season. Meanwhile, Busch ended up second in the final standings, but dominated the Rookie of the Year battle by winning top honors. Fast forward to 2019, they’re now both champions in the MonsterRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent After he sat on the sidelines for much of the last year, Austin Theriault will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Theriault will join Andy Seuss, who is also making his Cup debut at NHMS with Rick Ware Racing, as a teammate. The Fort Kent, ME native will drive the No. 52 Bangor Savings Bank / Cross Insurance Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the team. To date, Theriault has 19 starts in NASCAR’s National Series, his most recent inRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent Rick Ware Racing adds another driver to their fold as Andy Seuss will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut in their No. 51 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. RWR most recently helped Bayley Currey make his premier series debut earlier this season. Ray Black Jr., Josh Bilicki, Cole Custer, Harrison Rhodes, and Kyle Weatherman also made their debuts for the organization. Seuss will follow in the footsteps of fellow NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour alum Ryan Preece, who made his debut at NHMS inRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor The countdown to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs is on, with just 10 races remaining in the regular season to set the field of contenders that will fight for the championship later this fall. Kicking off the summer stretch will be Chicagoland Speedway and Sunday’s running of the Camping World 400, which returns to its mid-summer roots for the second year in a row after several years as the Playoff opener. The track, which joined the circuit in 2001, only hosts the CupRead More