Monster Energy Cup Category

By Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway has garnered rave reviews for its parity and competitiveness. Fords, Chevrolets and Toyotas all led laps and played into the final outcome. Brad Keselowski’s Kansas victory – his third win of the season – means the sport has seen drivers from all three manufacturers hoist trophies in the last three weeks – Chevrolet at Talladega, Toyota at Dover and Ford this past weekend. It was a similar multi-manufacturer displayRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent A non-factor early, Jimmie Johnson burst on to the scene out of nowhere to earn a top-10 finish at Kansas Speedway. The seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion leapt into the top-five in the final 30 laps of the Digital Ally 400. Johnson’s No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 avoided disaster as his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott broke loose in front of the field. Johnson took advantage and gained several positions as others slowed to avoid Elliott. He settled into fourth as AlexRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. Alex Bowman has brought that saying to life over the past three weeks, scoring runner-up finishes at Talladega, Dover, and once again in Saturday night’s Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway. While the end result was another second-place finish, Bowman looked to have his best chance to finally break through and score his first win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on the 1.5-mile track just outside of Kansas City. “Not very proud of myself on lane choiceRead More
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service KANSAS CITY, Kan. – At the end of a thrilling victory in Saturday night’s Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway, race winner Brad Keselowski’s first thoughts sped to the truck owner who helped further his career. “I just want to dedicate this win to Mike Mittler,” Keselowski said of the man for whom he drove for two NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races in 2006. “You know, he helped a lot of guys in their career, and I was one of them. He passedRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Last lap frustration was clear from Clint Bowyer, who felt he was denied of scoring a possible runner-up finish in Saturday’s Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway. As race leader Brad Keselowski took the white flag, and nobody seems to catch him, the battle was now for second as Erik Jones was running in third, battling with Alex Bowman until Jones went with a sharp block on Bowyer, who was charging towards passing both competitor on the high groove. Neither driver wrecked, but Jones’ blockRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Pressure in the world of sports is anything but new, but for Bubba Wallace, he’s facing intense pressure that’s already exceeded last season’s rookie campaign heading into the 12th race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Wallace currently sits 28th in points, 131 points behind Erik Jones, who holds the 16th and final playoff spot, and just 35 points ahead of 31st place Matt Tifft, the lowest points driver who’s competed in all 11 races. Luck hasn’t been on the Mobile, Alabama native’sRead More
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service KANSAS CITY, Kan. – After Friday afternoon’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying session at Kansas Speedway, the question “What’s wrong with the Stewart-Haas cars?” may be a dead issue. Hurtling around the 1.5-mile track in 30.131 seconds (179.217 mph), Kevin Harvick led a four-car Stewart-Haas Racing sweep of time trials for Saturday’s Digital Ally 400 (7:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Harvick was .083 seconds faster than teammate Aric Almirola (178.725 mph), who in turned topped Clint Bowyer (178.324 mph) byRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor Since 2014, Kansas Speedway’s spring race has found a foothold in the schedule occupying the Mother’s Day Weekend slot and once again this year, will play host to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Saturday night with the running of the Digital Ally 400. First joining the circuit as a relatively tame 1.5 mile track with 15 degree banking in the turns, Kansas underwent a massive reconfiguration in 2012 that transformed it into a much more treacherous track with variable banking ranging from 17Read More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief The next round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is set for this weekend with the Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway, the home track of Clint Bowyer. However, past success has been anything but a pleasant homecoming for the driver of the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang. Teammate Kevin Harvick won last year’s edition of the spring classic, which helps provide some optimism, along with a new 1.5-mile package, for 2019’s return to the Sunflower State. Our friends from Mobil 1 The Grid bringRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Rotten luck has been the dreaded theme for Kyle Larson’s 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. In just the last four races alone, three of his days ended due to crashes, including a violent Talladega tumble that knocked him out of the top-20 in points. Whether it’s his Fox Sports segment with Jeff Gordon that aired during the race or simply having his best performance since leading 142 of 325 laps at Atlanta in late February, Larson’s luck was in his favor and scoredRead More