Byron gives NASCAR another surprise winner at Homestead
William Byron was the third surprise winner through three races this season with his victory Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Byron controlled most of the final two stages at Homestead to win for the second time in 111 Cup starts. Byron entered the weekend as a 28-1 shot to win a race many expected would provide a return to normal for the racing series. The Roush Fenway Racing driver led five times for a total of 57 laps, but he started to fade "when as sunset neared. He ended up getting X-rays, which were negative, and was cleared to work the Cup Series event.
NASCAR docks 20 points from Newman, Buescher for violations
BROOKLYN, Mich. NASCAR has docked Ryan Newman and Chris Buescher 20 points each and confiscated their spoilers prior to Saturday's race at Michigan International Speedway. NASCAR said the two violated a rule stating that except as specified, spoilers must be used exactly as supplied from the manufacturer. Each car is also being sent to the rear for the start of the race. Other penalties include a loss of 20 owner points and a $25,000 fine. Newman and Buescher are both without a victory this year, and both were outside the top 20 in points even before these penalties.
NASCAR Cup rookie Cole Custer wins in upset at Kentucky
SPARTA, Ky. Cole Custer became the first rookie winner in the NASCAR Cup Series in nearly four years, surging to the lead in a four-wide, final-lap scramble Sunday at Kentucky Speedway. The victory was the first by a series rookie since Chris Buescher at Pocono on Aug. 1, 2016. Making his 20th series start, the 22-year-old Custer celebrated with a frontstretch burnout as his crew happily ran to greet him. That didn't last long as Truex quickly stalked him on the last-stage restart and took over on 181 in hopes of his third Kentucky win in four years. Truex settled for watching Custer take the win.
Stenhouse heads to Bristol buoyed by good run at Charlotte
In three races, Stenhouse plummeted seven spots in the standings to 24th. It was just really good to just have a smooth race with really no issues, Stenhouse said. It was just huge to get a good run in and pass a lot of really good cars.Next up is Sunday's stop at Bristol Motor Speedway the fifth Cup race since NASCAR resumed May 17 and a decent track for Stenhouse. "Im looking forward to getting to Bristol knowing that weve had good runs there. He finished second at Las Vegas in the second race of the season and led 10 laps Thursday night at Charlotte.
Stenhouse Finds Seat With JTG Daugherty
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. landed the open seat at JTG Daugherty Racing in a multiyear deal announced Wednesday that essentially makes a seat swap with Chris Buescher and the Roush Fenway Racing team. 47 Chevrolet of JTG and return to Roush Fenway Racing. The 32-year-old Stenhouse moves to a two-car Chevrolet team with JTG Daugherty that is consistently inconsistent, but its ultimately a soft landing from his harsh booting after 10 seasons with Roush Fenway in the Ford family. The deal makes sense, too: The smaller JTG team is fighting for growth and some sustained competitiveness, while Stenhouse is a Mississippi native who prefers quiet life in the country. JTG has grown from a small team in a barn to a two-car team with more than 100 employees, and I am looking forward to joining the family, he said.detroit.cbslocal.com
Buescher In Stenhouse Out At Roush
Roush Fenway Racing made a surprise driver change Wednesday, saying Chris Buescher will replace veteran Ricky Stenhouse Jr. next season. 17 Ford for Roush the past seven seasons, and Roush held options on his contract for 2020 and 2021. Stenhouse has two Cup victories for Roush but is winless this season, didnt make the playoffs and is 23rd in the overall standings. We cant say enough about Ricky and his contributions to Roush Fenway Racing, said team co-owner Jack Roush. A delay in negotiations with JTG allowed Roush in the last week to pursue Buescher, who came from Roushs development system.detroit.cbslocal.com