May 5-7 C&R Race Report

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. started from the pole, avoided the “Big One” and captured his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday in the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

The 29-year-old Stenhouse won for the first time in 158 career races at the premier level by bolting his No. 17 C&R Racing and PWR Performance Products cooled Ford past Kyle Busch on a NASCAR overtime restart. Jamie McMurray finished second in the No. 1 Chip 

Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, while Busch wound up third in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.  Rounding out the top five were Aric Almirola in the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford and Kasey Kahne in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. 

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Aric Almirola emerged from a late-race scramble Saturday to score a NASCAR XFINITY Series win at Talladega Superspeedway relying on C&R Racing and PWR Performance

Products. Almirola led three times for 13 of the 113 laps in the Biagi-DenBeste No. 98 Ford to win the Sparks Energy 300. His first victory of the season was the third win of his XFINITY career and his first on the 2.66-mile Alabama track.

“They let me run this thing seven or eight times a year and I have so much fun, especially at the speedway races,” said Almirola, making just his fourth XFINITY start of the season. “Doug Yates brings some awesome horsepower and our Ford Mustang was super-fast.  I knew it right from the beginning of practice.”

Series points leader Elliott Sadler finished second, just .142 seconds behind at the finish. Joey Logano, Ben Kennedy and Erik Jones completed the top five.

 

Schatz Car

World Outlaws Sprint Car

Schatz started on the pole and led all 30 laps, but had a very close call, after some contact, when a pair of lapped cars got together right in front of him on the 18th lap. Despite sustaining some damage to his machine, the North Dakota native was able to lead flag-to-flag using C&R Racing products.

 Daryn Pittman used a last lap pass of David Gravel to earn his second consecutive runner-up finish, as he continues to close in on his first win of the season in the Great Clips, No. 9 for Kasey Kahne Racing. Pittman started second and looked on the low side of the track a couple of times in the early going as he kept pace with Schatz.

 

World Rally Championship

Championship leader Mattias Ekstrom has again completed a World Rally cross weekend turnaround, making it three out of three wins in 2017 so far using PWR Performance Products.

The Swede, who had ended the opening day of qualifying ninth overall, went on to win his semi-final and then controlled the final race.

Rain fell ahead of the day’s three races and, having started on the front row of semi-final two, Ekstrom pressured pole sitter and race leader Timmy Hansen throughout to claim the race win when Hansen made a mistake on the final lap and ran wide into the Sachs Kurve gravel trap.

 

World Endurance Championship

Toyota secured a one-two finish using PWR Performance Products in the WEC 6 Hours of Spa, with the #8 crew of Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Anthony Davidson taking the win by less than two seconds over the #7 car.

It was the #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi that led for much of the distance at the Belgian track.  Porsche LMP Team took third place with the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid team of Brendon Hartley, Earl Bamber and Timo Bernhard.