Custer, the 17-year-old son of Stewart-Haas Racing executive vice president Joe Custer, is scheduled to make his season debut in trucks after competing in nine races in the series last year. He became the youngest driver ever to win a NASCAR national touring series race by taking the checkered flag for truck event last September at New Hampshire. Custer is also the youngest pole winner in trucks, accomplishing the feat this past June at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Of the 31 drivers entered, Ty Dillon is the only previous truck winner at this 1.54-mile racetrack. Dillon won the last truck race here in August 2012. He was a rookie in the series at the time.
This will be Crafton's 15th season in the series, including his 11th as driver of the No. 88 Menards-sponsored Toyota for ThorSport Racing.
JR Motorsports announced on Monday that it will expand into the Camping World Truck Series, with driver Cole Custer competing in 10 races during the 2015 season.
Matt Crafton is in position to become the first driver to win consecutive titles in the series. If Crafton finishes 21st or better, or 22nd with at least one lap led, or 23rd and the most laps led, he will clinch the championship, regardless of any other driver's performance.
There have been 14 NASCAR national touring series races won by a driver under the age of 19, and Jones has 35 percent of those victories.
Elliott made a bold move around Harvick, his JRM teammate, for the lead following the last restart with 16 laps to go. Elliott took command from there, crossing the finish line 2.7 seconds ahead of his closest competitor, Busch, who had won the spring race at Texas the year prior. Larson placed third, followed by Harvick, who had started on the pole and led the most laps with 101, and Earnhardt.
Larson's hometown is Elk Grove, California, a suburb of Sacramento. This is his second full season competing in the Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 42 Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing. He has yet to win a race in NASCAR's top racing circuit.
Dillon, the driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, finished fourth and 10th at Phoenix last year, his rookie season in Xfinity. He made his second-career Sprint Cup Series start at this flat, one-mile track last November, placing 27th in the No. 33 Chevrolet.
Buescher, the driver of the No. 60 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, is having the best start of his Xfinity career, finishing second at Daytona and then fourth at Atlanta. He placed ninth in last year's race at Las Vegas.
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Matt Kenseth will start on the pole for Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway after beating Brad Keselowski for the top position in qualifying.
As part of the numerous scheduling changes for the 2015 Sprint Cup season, the spring race at Bristol was moved to April after it had been held in March for the past nine years.
The National Motorsports Appeal Panel upheld the penalties assessed by NASCAR to Richard Childress Racing No. 31 team for altered tires used on Ryan Newman's car in the March 22 race at Auto Club Speedway, but the panel lowered the points deduction and monetary penalty.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was happy with his third-place finish at Texas last Saturday, but he would have been much happier if he had won the race to virtually guarantee himself a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick gave Stewart-Haas Racing a front starting row sweep for the second time in three Sprint Cup Series races on Friday at Texas Motor Speedway.
Sprint Cup Series
Joey Logano is the defending race winner. Logano passed Jeff Gordon for the lead on the final lap and then beat Gordon to the finish line by a half-second for his first of five wins during the '14 Sprint Cup season.
After taking its first break of the season this past weekend, the Sprint Cup Series returns to action later this week at Texas Motor Speedway.
Richard Childress Racing will appeal the penalties assessed by NASCAR to Ryan Newman's No. 31 team for altered tires used in last month's Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.
Kyle Larson has been medically cleared to return to racing after he missed last Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway due to a fainting spell.
NASCAR handed down severe penalties to Ryan Newman's No. 31 team in the Sprint Cup Series on Tuesday for altered tires used in the March 22 race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.
Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson has been released from the hospital after undergoing tests to determine why he had a fainting spell last Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.
Six races down and 20 to go before the regular season ends in the Sprint Cup Series.
Qualifying for NASCAR national touring series races at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway will no longer feature a pack of cars running together.
Regan Smith substituted for Kyle Larson in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway after Larson was sidelined due to additional medical tests following his fainting spell on Saturday.
Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson was taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons after he fainted during an autograph session at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday.
Joey Logano will start on the pole for the STP 500 after topping Ryan Newman in Friday's qualifying at Martinsville Speedway.
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After last fall's race at Martinsville, Harvick finished second at Texas and then won the last two events of the '14 season -- Phoenix and Homestead -- to claim his first championship in NASCAR's premier series. In the first five races this season, he has won at Las Vegas and Phoenix and placed second at Daytona, Atlanta and Fontana, California.
NASCAR placed Sprint Cup Series crew chief Slugger Labbe on suspension for three races and fined him $50,000 for a rules infraction discovered during last Friday's opening-day inspection at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.
Joe Gibbs Racing revealed on Wednesday that J.D. Gibbs, the team's president, is starting treatment for symptoms impacting areas of brain function, including speech and processing issues.
Brian Vickers said on Sunday that he will be sidelined for at least three months while being on blood-thinning medication for small blood clots that were found in both of his lungs this past week.
Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick gave Stewart- Haas Racing a front starting row sweep for Sunday's 400-mile Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway, with Busch winning his first pole in nearly two years and Harvick qualifying second.
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When Harvick and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet team headed to Las Vegas earlier this month for the start of the West Coast tour, they never imagined completing it with a sweep. They have one more race to go to do it.
Michael Waltrip Racing revealed on Friday that Brian Vickers, driver of the No. 55 Toyota, will miss this weekend's race at Auto Club Speedway after he experienced a reoccurrence of blood clots, requiring him to begin taking blood-thinning medication.
Kevin Harvick has become a one-man show in the Sprint Cup Series.
Kevin Harvick has a record six Sprint Cup Series victories at Phoenix International Raceway, including four of the last five races, but had never won a pole position here until Friday's qualifying.
Sprint Cup Series
Harvick finished second to Joey Logano in the Feb. 22 season-opening Daytona 500 and then runner-up to Johnson in the March 1 race at Atlanta before winning at Las Vegas this past Sunday.
NASCAR announced on Wednesday that Kurt Busch's indefinite suspension has been lifted, effective immediately, allowing him to compete in this weekend's Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.
NASCAR handed down penalties to two crew chiefs in the Sprint Cup Series on Tuesday for technical violations discovered this past weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Jeff Gordon, the pole winner for the Kobalt Tools 400, will have to start Sunday's race from the rear of the field in a backup car after he was involved in practice crash on Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Jeff Gordon won the pole for the Kobalt 400 after setting a new track record in Friday's qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
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In December, doctors discovered that his body was rejecting a patch that was surgically placed over a hole in his heart in 2010. The 31-year-old Vickers had corrective surgery that month, forcing him to miss the Feb. 22 season- opening Daytona 500 and last Sunday's race at Atlanta.
NASCAR driver Kurt Busch will not be charged with a crime by the Delaware attorney general amid domestic violence allegations.
Kurt Busch has agreed to NASCAR's terms and conditions for reinstatement after he was suspended indefinitely for domestic violence allegations on Feb. 20.
With a win in Sunday's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Jimmie Johnson and his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team moved one step closer to its goal of winning a record-tying seventh championship in NASCAR's premier series this season.
Team Xtreme Racing confirmed on Saturday morning that police have recovered its Sprint Cup Series race car that was stolen from a hotel parking lot in Morrow, Georgia.
Five days after his victory in the Daytona 500, Joey Logano continued his momentum by winning the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
NASCCAR made significant rule changes for the Sprint Cup cars this season, including lower horsepower and modifications to the cars' aerodynamic package. The horsepower was reduced from 850 to 725 through a tapered spacer, which is an engine part used in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series. Revisions to the aero package include: rear spoiler adjustments to 6 inches high (2014 height: 8 inches) and minimum vehicle weight drops 50 lbs. via ballast reduction (2014 weight: 3,300 lbs. without driver).
NASCAR driver Kyle Busch was released from a North Carolina hospital on Friday, six days after he suffered multiple injuries during an accident in the Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
Travis Kvapil's race car for this weekend's Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway was stolen in the early morning hours of Friday outside the team's hotel in Morrow, Georgia.
Joe Gibbs Racing announced on Tuesday that David Ragan will drive the No. 18 Toyota in place of the injured Kyle Busch for the next several Sprint Cup Series races, beginning with this weekend's 500-mile event at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch has been released from Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. and transferred to a North Carolina hospital where he will continue treatment for injuries he suffered during a crash last Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.
Joey Logano admitted during Monday's Daytona 500 Champion's Breakfast that he had a restless night following his win in "The Great American Race."
Tony Stewart was involved in a multi- crash in the early going of Sunday's Daytona 500, ending his shot to win NASCAR's most prestigious race for the first time in 17 attempts.
Team owner Joe Gibbs said on Sunday that he is unsure when driver Kyle Busch will return to racing after he suffered multiple injuries during an accident in Saturday's Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
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