After numerous changes in the off-season this is a weekend of many firsts for the No. 12 car team as it is the first race with the Ford Mustang, new Crew Chief Greg Erwin, new Car Chief Bill Henderson and a new pit crew lineup.
A.J. Fike won his first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race Sunday, becoming the 10th driver of the season to pick up their first victory. And, the Galesburg, Ill. native did it in his home state.
Justin Allgaier was touted as the top dark horse all week in Rotoworld’s NASCAR coverage and he lived up to expectations. He spent the entire 500 laps in contention to score a top-10 and ultimately finished just outside that mark in 12th for the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Ryan Newman finished 10th in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway and continued to solidify his standing in the standings. He now has a nine-point advantage over Paul Menard and a 63-point lead over the Chase cutoff line.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. climbed from 20th to ninth in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway to score his fourth consecutive top-15 in the past four races of this season.
Ryan Partridge turned a dominant performance Saturday night at Colorado National Speedway into his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory.
Kyle Busch finished eighth in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway and extended his lead in the points’ standings over 31st-place Cole Whitt to 44 markers. With two races remaining, that means he is almost one full event to the good and should not have to worry overly about bad finishes at Darlington Raceway or Richmond International Raceway.
Carl Edwards finished seventh at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Irwin Tools Night Race and kept a current streak of top-15s alive. He has finished that well in his last seven attempts.
Brad Keselowski finished sixth in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol, which was his seventh consecutive top-10 this season.
Clint Bowyer survived contact with teammate David Ragan and a spin to finish fifth in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson failed to finish in the top five on an unrestricted speedway in his last nine starts with his last such finish coming at Pocono Raceway. During his disappointing run, he finished second in the Coke Zero 400 on a plate track, but had an average finish of 14.2 in that span of races.
Chris Buescher (No. 60 Roush Performance Products Ford Mustang) finished 11th in Friday night's NASCAR XFINITY Series Food City 300 at Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway.