Paul Menard wins pole for NASCAR Cup Series race

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A steady stream of fans stopped at the NBC Sports set before the race at Chicagoland Speedway.

It was quite a finish, and they knew it. Man, you've just got to be pumped for that.

With his victory, Busch retains the points lead by a 736-674 margin over Harvick. A hard-charging Larson passed Harvick, but he brushed the wall with seven laps left. Larson was the one to first create contact, but it was Busch who would finish it off, pushing his competitor aside to pick up his first win in Joliet.

Harvick went all the way up against the wall to pass Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch near the end of the last lap of the stage. That temporarily gave Larson the lead, but Busch, masterfully controlling his vehicle as it hit the wall and rebounded, caught Larson and bumped him from the rear.

Busch appeared to be cruising to a one-second victory before Ryan Newman raced him hard trying to stay on the lead lap and a pack of lapped cars in front of him clogged the track.

"You can look at any track where you can run inches off the wall and I'll be faster than anybody", he said. "This was kind of where I was at".

Busch was booed by the crowd when he got out of his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Despite smacking the barrier, Busch kept the vehicle online and brought it home for the win while Larson, who managed to keep the auto on the track and not spin, finished 2nd. "I roughed him up, and he roughed me up. He roughed me up", Larson said.

Drivers start a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., Sunday, July 1, 2018. Crew chief Alan Gustafson was fined $25,000 and suspended one race, and the team was docked 15 driver points and 15 owner points. "The sport hasn't seen too many people with his level of talent". "We got a little better each round".

Extreme heat is a concern again as NASCAR closes out its annual weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. The push to the post-season playoffs is gathering steam with just ten races remaining in the regular season.


Busch leads the standings by 62 points over Harvick, who finished third for his 11th top-10 result in 18 races on the 1.5-mile oval in the Chicago suburbs. Cole Pearn's decision to keep the No. 78 out on the track and split pit stops at Sonoma proves to us that Truex's team is back and hungry for a second-straight title.

The digital thermometer in Kurt Busch's vehicle showed viewers just exactly how hot it was inside the cars: More than 150 degrees. Absolutely horrendous. We just never gave up.

The temperature was in the 90s for most of the day, and it soared well into triple-digits inside the cars. Busch's team worked on the auto in a series of pit stops and made the vehicle a potential victor by the final stage.

A storm front moved into the area toward the end of the race, with the wind picking up and clouds filling the sky, but the rain held off until after the compelling conclusion. Moffitt, who had no idea if he would even race on Friday due to lack of funding, led the field for 17 of the 150 circuits.

SPIELBERG, Austria - Red Bull driver Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix as both Mercedes cars failed to finish Sunday's race. It is his third top-10 NXS finish in 2018.

"I've been a fan of the UNTUCKit look, fit and feel for a while now and I'm excited to finally partner with them not only on a personal level, but also on their first race vehicle sponsorship", said Elliott, 22, who hails from Dawsonville, Ga. But he is learning more and more about what it takes to compete at the highest level of stock vehicle racing.

Having dropped to fourth, Hamilton then had to park his vehicle on the 64th lap, seven short of the finish.

Bottas had to quit after 14 laps with a hydraulic defect to his gear box.

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