Monster Energy Cup Category

By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent CONCORD, N.C. – One week removed from spinning across the infield of Charlotte Motor Speedway, Daniel Suarez topped the charts for the second practice. Suarez’s No. 41 Coca-Cola Ford Mustang was on track for a total of 49 laps. His car carrying the colors of the Coca-Cola 600, he ran a 29.647 second, 182.143 MPH lap. In comparison, the time that the Stewart-Haas Racing driver set was over two tenths off the pole speed set by William Byron on Spectrum Pole Night. Defending race winnerRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent CONCORD, N.C. – For the second time this season, William Byron has scored a Busch Pole Award at a marquee event. Byron set the fast time in his No. 24 Liberty Patriotic Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at his home track. His 29.440 second, 183.424 MPH lap makes him the youngest pole winner in the history of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “This is a dream come true,” Byron admitted. “I grew up in Charlotte and came to this race every year. So, it’s aRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Five more legends of NASCAR will be immortalized in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The five that will be inducted in 2020 are Buddy Baker, Joe Gibbs, Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart, and Waddell Wilson. Edsel Ford II was named the winner of the Landmark Award for Outstanding Achievements to NASCAR. Buddy Baker ‘The Gentle Giant,’ Baker never earned a Premier Series Championship, coming closest in 1977, but scored 19 victories during his time on the circuit, which included several of  NASCAR’s crownRead More
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service CONCORD, N.C. – Kyle Larson is a million dollars richer after holding off Kevin Harvick in the final 15-lap stage of the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, an event that ended with Larson in Victory Lane and Clint Bowyer tangoing with Ryan Newman on pit road. Earlier Saturday afternoon, Larson won the Monster Energy Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway to make the All-Star Race field. Then, in the four-stage, 85-lap main event, Larson became only the second driver in the All-Star history to winRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent CONCORD, N.C. – A top-five in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race doesn’t add $1 Million but gave Bubba Wallace a much-needed confidence boost. Wallace restarted his No. 43 World Wide Technology Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 inside the top-five on the final restart at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He pushed eventual race winner Kyle Larson out to the lead and battled Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch. After several laps, Harvick and Busch pulled away. “I had it wide open on that last restart and whenRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer An intense Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway turned into a UFC bout between two of NASCAR’s aggressive personalities, as Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman had a fender bender confrontation which resulted into punches being thrown by Bowyer. During the cool-down lap in Turn 4, Newman made it clear to Bowyer that he didn’t like the way he raced him after having a frustrating day consisting of multiple accidents, notably spinning in the frontstretch and slid into the artificial grass on Lap 36.Read More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent CONCORD, N.C. – In the eyes of Kyle Busch, aerodynamics prevented him from a chance at $1 Million in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race. Busch’s No. 18 M&M’s Hazelnut Spread Toyota Camry had been one of the cars to beat at Charlotte Motor Speedway. After the final restart, he chased Kyle Larson. As he searched for a way around Larson, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver found himself blocked at every turn. As Larson forced Busch to run in his tire tracks, theRead More
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service CONCORD, N.C. – Though he didn’t get into his pit stall as quickly as he would have liked in the unique Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race qualifying format, Clint Bowyer had enough speed in his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to earn the pole position for Saturday night’s marquee event at Charlotte Motor Speedway (at 8 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Though he hasn’t won a pole for a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race since he won from theRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor The weekend before Memorial Day marks the beginning of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series traditional two-week stop at NASCAR’s home base of Charlotte, North Carolina and the 1.5-mile quad oval that is Charlotte Motor Speedway. First up on the two-week stopover in the Queen City is the Monster Energy All-Star Race, a non-points event that has served up more than its fair share of exciting moments in its 34-year history. What is now the All-Star Race began as “The Winston” in 1985 and wasRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor The Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race has seen its fair share of fireworks over the years, but in the fifth edition of the annual exhibition race in 1989, those fireworks spilled off the track to create one of the more memorable moments in the event’s history. Heading into “The Winston,” as the race was known in those days, both Rusty Wallace and Darrell Waltrip had won three races each and it appeared that the two would be fighting it out over the course of theRead More