The 2018 motorsports season has begun, and it is do-or-die time for Aaron Telitz. A native of Birchwood and former UW-Eau Claire student, Telitz is now 26 and knows the clock is ticking. He races in the Mazda Road to Indy series in Indy Lights — just one step in the three-rung ladder system below IndyCar, the very pinnacle of open wheel, open cockpit racing in North America. The Indianapolis 500, arguably the most recognizable race in the world, was made famous by IndyCar.
AVONDALE, Ariz. — Matt Kenseth may be going away, but he’s not going quietly. Kenseth won for the first time this season in what might have been the second-to-last Cup race of his NASCAR career. Kenseth does not have a job lined up for next year and said he’ll take a break at the start of the season. “Just got one race left and everybody dreams of going out a winner,” a tearful Kenseth said after climbing from his Toyota. Kenseth passed Chase Elliott with
MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Chase Elliott could have won at Martinsville Speedway. Same for Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin, too. It was Kyle Busch, though, who punched his ticket into NASCAR’s championship race with the victory. Busch moved Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Hamlin out of his way in overtime to win at Martinsville and earn a spot in the championship race for the third consecutive year. He won the series title in 2015. It was a ho-hum race that got very intense, very
TALLADEGA, Ala. — Brad Keselowski was in trouble when he arrived at Talladega Superspeedway ranked 10th in the playoff standings. He knew he’d need a big finish to keep his championship chances intact. He delivered. Keselowski earned an automatic berth into the third round of the playoffs with a victory Sunday at Talladega, where he considered himself lucky to finish after a sloppy day for NASCAR. “I survived,” Keselowski said. “I feel like only eight cars
CONCORD, N.C. — Martin Truex Jr. gave Toyota yet another victory in NASCAR’s playoffs — the manufacturer is 4 for 4 so far — on a humid Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Truex has two wins in the playoffs, this one gets him an automatic berth into the next round, and it’s the first time in this format that Toyota has won a race in this round of postseason. “Just a total team effort,” Truex said. “Every single guy, every guy on this team
LOUDON, N.H. — Kyle Busch saw little but billowing white smoke that engulfed the track and blinded enough drivers that it caused a tremendous wreck that sunk his toughest competition. In his No. 18 Toyota, the driver nicknamed “Rowdy” knew there was only one way to handle the sudden pollution: Drive through it! Busch slinked through the smoke clouds formed in the multi-car crash on the backstretch and dominated the rest of the way to win Sunday at New Hampshire