Elliot wins Nationwide series at Chicago

With the Sprint Cup series taking a week off, focus was on the Nationwide series at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday night. Recent high school graduate Chase Elliot held off Trevor Bayne to win for the JR Motorsports team. Elliot, son of Hall-of-Famer driver Bill Elliot, led a race-high 68 laps after starting third. Kyle Larson finished third, followed by Kasey Kahne an Ty Dillon. It was Elliot's third win of the season.

Keselowski dominates NASCAR weekend in Illinois

Jimmie Johnson ran just eleven laps in Sunday's Camping World RV 301 an New Hampshire Motor Speedway in a race dominated by winner Brad Keselowski, who led a race-high 138 laps to move into third place in the Sprint Cup points standings. Keselowski became the first driver to win both weekend races at the New Hampshire track, earning the win in Saturday's Nationwide Series race as well. Kyle Busch also had a strong car Sunday, leadind 62 laps and finishing second to Keselowski. Rookie Kyle Larson drove his Chevy to a third place finish. Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman rounded out the top five. Points leader Jeff Gordon finished 26th, but held on to his points lead over teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr, who finished tenth. Unadilla's David Ragan finished 25th. Danica Patrick was 22nd, a spot ahead of last week's winner Aric Almirola in the Petty number 43 Ford. The win yesterday was also the fourth in a row for Ford, something the auto maker hadn't accomplished since 2001.

Gordon hopes for better finish in Coke Zero 400 this year

Jeff Gordon has a 24-point lead on Hendrick Motor Sports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. going into Saturday's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Johnson is the defending race champion, and if Gordon has the same difficulty in this race that he experienced a year ago, one of his teammates could take over the Sprint Cup points lead. Gordon finished 34th in last year's race, ten laps behind Johnson.

Keselowski wins Saturday night at Kentucky

Brad Keselowski won the Sprint Cup Quaker State 400 at Kentuck Speedway Saturday night and moved ahead of Matt Kenseth into fourth place in the points standings. With his second place finish, Kyle Busch moved into the tenth spot, knocking rookie Kyle Larson into eleventh place. Ryan Newman had a strong run, finishing third to remain in eighth place in the standings after 17 races. It was another good weekend for Hendrick Motor Sports. All four drivers finished in the top ten, with Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. remaining 1-2-3 in the points standings. Johnson and Earnhardt are tied for second, 24 points back of Gordon. Kasey Kahne, who finished 8th at Kentucky, is fifteenth in points. Unadilla's David Ragan finished 31st, and for Danica Patrick watchers, the driver of the GoDaddy number 10 finished 21st, the last car on the lead lap.

Edwards gets first road course win

Carl Edwards held off a pair of Hendricks Motor Sports drivers, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. yesterday to win his first-ever road race, taking the checkered flag in the Toyota/Save Mart 300 at Sonoma Raceway in California. Edwards led 26 laps, Gordon led 3 and Earnhardt never got to the lead. AJ Almendinger led the most laps, 35, but finished 37th, two laps down. Kevin Harvick led 23 laps but lost any chance of winning when he was involved in a late race wreck. Unadilla's David Ragan finished 36th. Danica Patrick had her second straight top-20 finish, coming home in 18th place just ahead of her car-owner Tony Steward. The top seven in Spring Cup points remain the same as last week, with Gordon leading Jimmie Johnson, Earhnardt, Jr., Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Edwards and Joey Logano. Ryan bumped rookie Kyle Larson out of the number eight spot and down to ten, while Harvick remains at number nine.

Johnson wins at Michigan, Hendricks one, two, three in points standings

Jimmie Johnson won for the first time at Michigan International Speedway yesterday, coasting home over the final few laps after building a good lead over Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski. Johnson's win pushed him into second place behind teammate Jeff Gordon in the Sprint Cup standings, and gives Hendrick Motor Sports the top three spots as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. remains in third place. Matt Kenseth, second a week ago, dropped to fourth after finishing 14th. Keselowski remains in fifth place, and Carl Edwards moves up to sixth replacing Kyle Busch, who fell all the way to 10th after finishing 41st. Paul Menard, Kasey Kahne, Gordon, Earhnardt, rookie Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Clint Bowyer rounded out yesterday's top ten finishers. Unadilla's David Ragan was 38th.

Dale, Jr. wins at Pocono

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. took advantage of Brad Keselowski's misfortune late in yesterday's Pocono 400 and picked up his second win of the season by holding off Keselowski and Kurt Busch. Earnhardt led just 11 laps all day, but was in position to move into the lead when Keselowski had problems with debris on his grill after leading a race-high 95 laps. Rookie Kyle Larson had a good showing in his number 42 Chevrolet, finishing fifth behind Denny Hamlin. Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon, Martin Truex, Jr. and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top ten. Gordon re-claimed the Sprint Cup points lead by 16 points over Matt Kenseth, who finished 25th. Unadilla's David Ragan had his best finish of the year, driving his Front Row Motorsports number 34 Ford to an 18th place finish. His previous best finish was 27th on March 23rd at Fontana.

Johnson takes Dover for second straight Sprint Cup win

Jimmie Johnson held off Brad Keselowski to win the FedEx 400 yesterday at Dover International Speedway. Matt Kenseth finished third, and moved ahead of Jeff Gordon into first place in the Sprint Cup points standings. Gordon finished 15th to slip into second place, two points behind Kenseth. Carl Edwards moved from fourth to third, Johnson is up two positions to fourth and Dale Earhnardt, Jr. remains in fifth place. Unadilla's David Ragan finished 36th, and remains 34th in the points standings.

Johnson wins pole at Charlotte

Six-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, who is seventh in the points standings this year, won the pole for The Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It's the first pole of the year for Johnson, one of three Hendricks drivers in the top seven in points, including points leader Jeff Gordon. Brad Keselowski qualified second and will start on the first row for the seventh time in twelve races this season. Gordon had a miserable day in qualifying, and will start 27th. Kasey Kahne and Danica Patrick will start on the second row. Patrick edged out Clint Bowyer for the fourth qualifying spot. Patrick starts in the top ten for the third straight week.

Georgians Elliot, White among 2015 NASCAR hall inductees

A couple of Georgians are part of the class of 2015 inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Bill Elliot of Dawsonville and Rex White of Fayetteville join NASCAR pioneer Wendell Scott and two-time series champion Joe Weatherly and Fred Lorenzen as the newest inductees. Elliot, who became known as Awesome Bill for Dawsonville during a dominating stretch on the NASCAR circuit, began his career with his brothers as his car builders in a former church building in Dawsonville. White, who overcame polio as a child, won the NASCAR championship in 1960. Scott, who is deceased, was from Virginia and was the first black driver on the NACAR circuit, and becomes the first black voted into the Hall of Fame.

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