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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Jeff Jacobs

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Matt Holden

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

Charlotte pole goes to Kenseth

May 22nd, 2015

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Matt Kenseth put his Joe Gibbs Toyota on pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup’s longest race as he topped Thursday evening’s qualifying session at Charlotte. Kenseth was quickest in round one of qualifying, a close second to Kevin Harvick in round two, and then produced a 27.861-second lap in the pole shootout to beat Joey Logano’s Penske Ford to first on the grid for the 600-mile event by 0.204s. With Carl Edwards and All-Star race winner Denny Hamlin third and fifth – split by Roush Fenway’s Greg Biffle – JGR had three of the top five places. Kyle Busch starts 17th in its fourth car. Harvick could only manage eighth in the final round, though that still made him top Chevrolet. He starts behind Brad Keselowski and recent Michael Waltrip [...]

Hamlin hangs on for All-Star victory

May 17th, 2015

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Denny Hamlin held off champion Kevin Harvick to take a first NASCAR All-Star win for himself, Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night. While Hamlin celebrated his $1million prize from the annual non-championship race, Brad Keselowski and Penske were left bitterly ruing a pitlane speeding penalty that squandered his chances. The five-part, 110-lap race was broken down into four 25-lap segments, the average results of which decided the running order going into a final pitstop and subsequent 10-lap shootout. Topping segments two (somehow hanging on in the lead with just two fresh tyres compared to rivals’ four) and three gave Keselowski ‘pole’ for the final part. But he broke the pitlane speed limit racing to beat Hamlin – whose JGR crew had thrust him up [...]

Biffle and Bowyer earn All-Star spots

May 16th, 2015

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Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer earned places in NASCAR’s $1million All-Star race by winning the two segments of Friday evening’s Showdown qualifying heat at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Previous Cup series champions, Cup race winners since the start of 2014 and past All-Star winners all qualified directly for Saturday’s main event, leaving a 29-car field vying for the three grid spots available through the Showdown. In previous years the top two finishers had gone through, but for 2015 the driver at the front at the end of the first 20-lap segment took the first All-Star position and was then allowed to retire while the rest fought it out in a further winner-takes-all 20-lap run. Roush Fenway Biffle jumped polesitter Paul Menard at the start of the first part and was never [...]

Kyle Busch set for NASCAR return

May 12th, 2015

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Kyle Busch will return to NASCAR racing in this weekend’s All-Star event at Charlotte, three months after his leg-breaking Daytona crash. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver was sidelined with a compound fracture to his lower right leg and a fractured left foot following an accident in the Nationwide Series race the day before the Sprint Cup opening Daytona 500. He required two operations on the injuries and has not raced since. Busch announced his comeback in the annual non-championship invitation race by posting a video on his Twitter feed. A variety of drivers have occupied Busch’s #18 JGR Toyota during his absence. Regan Smith stood in for the Daytona race and Atlanta, before David Ragan moved across from Front Row Motorsports as a longer-term substitute. Ragan then secured a season-long [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Tornado Alley!

by Scott Smith on May 11th, 2015

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Although the chances of a twister breaking out and causing massive damage within the simulator are nil, certain race tracks can often leave sim-racers with the feeling of being spun like a top and dumped on their heads.  This week — getting back in-sync with our real-world counterparts — the iRacing NASCAR Camping World Trucks will be doing battle on the 1.5-mile tri-oval Kansas Speedway.  In race track years, the speedway is still but a child, with this year marking its 14th year of existence.  However, July of 2011 saw the speedway renovate, which included a repave and the addition of a new progressive banking from 17-20 degrees in the corners.  Often times, when a race track is repaved it lends itself to being a fast, one-groove surface.  For a [...]

Johnson holds on in rain-delayed race

May 10th, 2015

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Jimmie Johnson won Saturday’s 400-mile night race at Kansas Speedway to record his third victory of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season following a long delay caused by a rainstorm. Martin Truex Jr had led the majority of the 267 laps in a race littered with caution periods and frenetic restarts, but Johnson benefited from staying out on old tyres to hold on in a tight seven-lap dash to the flag. Kevin Harvick finished just behind Johnson in second place after a long battle with Truex, who faded to ninth at the end. Dale Earnhardt Jr came home third. Joey Logano had led the field away from pole position under cloudy skies, but his grip on the head of the race proved to be shortlived. Kurt Busch passed him on the [...]

Logano claims Kansas Cup pole

May 8th, 2015

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Joey Logano claimed his fourth pole position of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season in qualifying for Saturday night’s Kansas Speedway race. Penske looked set for a front row sweep as Logano and Brad Keselowski led the final round of qualifying, but Kasey Kahne managed to sneak his Hendrick Chevrolet between the two Fords with a lap 0.008 seconds quicker than Keselowski. Round two pacesetter Martin Truex Jr was fourth ahead of round one pacesetter Carl Edwards and reigning champion Kevin Harvick. It was a big day for Joe Gibbs Racing’s 18-year-old rising star Erik Jones. The teenager has taken over the injured Kyle Busch’s Toyota from this weekend as part of a driver reshuffle under which previous stand-in David Ragan moved to Michael Waltrip Racing as long-term substitute for [...]

Not Just a Game

by David Phillips on May 5th, 2015


Editor’s note:  The following is an excerpt from the cover story of the June, 2015 edition RaceTech magazine.  Click here to read the complete article starting on page 30.  iRacers can also take advantage of a special 50% discount in a subscription to RaceTech by going to the magazine’s web site and entering the code IR50. IT SEEMS ages since Jacques Villeneuve set tongues wagging by mentioning he used racing video games to learn unfamiliar circuits whilst transitioning from Indy cars to Formula 1. Some 20 years on, motorsports simulation has become integral to manufacturer and race team programmes at all levels of the sport. Only the most senior of old-school drivers does not hone his or her skills “in the sim”, be it the multimillion-dollar, full-motion machines found at [...]

Earnhardt Jr wins at Talladega

May 3rd, 2015

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Dale Earnhardt Jr held the pack at bay to take his first win of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season at Talladega. Earnhardt’s sixth Talladega win was achieved in unusual fashion for a superspeedway race, as he led most of the final stint while the field stubbornly remained in a long train behind him with no one willing to risk fanning out and making a move in case they lost the draft. The race finally erupted with a lap and a half to go, when Denny Hamlin pulled out from fourth place and made a charge for the front. Although it didn’t pay off for Hamlin, it broke the train up and allowed others to make a run at Earnhardt and Hendrick team-mate Jimmie Johnson. Richard Childress Racing’s Paul Menard [...]

Gordon claims Talladega pole position

May 2nd, 2015

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Jeff Gordon stormed to the third pole position of his NASCAR Sprint Cup farewell season as the revised superspeedway qualifying format made its debut at Talladega. The destructive session at Daytona – where Gordon had also been on pole – led to NASCAR dropping its group knockout qualifying system on superspeedways and returning to single-car qualifying. But unlike the pre-2014 version of that system, cars now took to the track as the previous driver was finishing his flying lap, and a knockout element was retained, with the fastest 12 in round one going into a pole shootout. Round two was being decided by thousandths of a second until last man to run Gordon put in a 49.160s, 194.793mph lap to depose Hendrick team-mate Kasey Kahne by a relatively huge 0.281s [...]

Behind the Scenes: NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series – Goodbye My Friend

by Matt Holden on April 29th, 2015

Steve Byrnes

I can still remember those days as a child. My mother picking me up from school, pulling into the driveway at my house and seeing my neighbor, a mid-30s man with dark hair, gym shorts, and a pair of well-used sandals, tending to his garden, simply enjoying life.  He would stand up from his work, yell “Hey Matthew!  Want to ride with me to the gas station, grab a soda?”  I’d get the nod from my mother and jump into his car, the radio blasting the B-52s or EMF as we cruised down the roads of suburban Charlotte.  His name was Steve Byrnes. I grew up with Steve as my next-door neighbor.  I don’t know if he was already living in that house when we moved to Charlotte when I [...]

Kurt Busch ends wait for victory

April 26th, 2015

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Kurt Busch claimed the first victory of his 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season in commanding fashion at Richmond, leading 291 of the 400 laps. Busch has shown impressive form since returning to competition after missing the first three events due to suspension during an off-track legal case, and headed to Richmond as the driver who had led the most laps in 2015 without taking a win. He changed that in the rain-delayed Richmond race. The 2004 champion started third and was rarely challenged after moving into the lead just before one-quarter distance. During a long green flag run in the middle third, he was caught and passed by Jamie McMurray, before the leaders pitted with about 140 laps remaining. Just laps later, the race went under caution when Brett Moffitt [...]

Rain delays Richmond NASCAR race

April 25th, 2015

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The Richmond NASCAR Sprint Cup race has been postponed until Sunday afternoon due to poor weather. The event had been scheduled for a Saturday night timeslot, but persistent rain through the afternoon and evening – and a grim forecast for the rest of the night – convinced organisers that getting the race on the planned day would be impossible. A week ago NASCAR persisted for over nine hours to run the full distance of its Bristol round amid rain showers. The lack of breaks in the forecast rain, and cool temperatures that would have hampered track-drying attempts, prevented a similar effort at Richmond. Penske driver Joey Logano will start on pole for the delayed race, now due to commence at 1pm local time on Sunday. Denny Hamlin secured the outside [...]

Logano claims Richmond pole

April 24th, 2015

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Joey Logano claimed his third pole of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season in Richmond qualifying. The Penske driver, who began his season with a maiden Daytona 500 victory, beat round two pacesetter Denny Hamlin by just 0.046 seconds in the pole shootout. Kurt Busch and AJ Allmendinger – having his best qualifying run of the year – were also within less than a second of pole as they filled row two. Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr completed the top six. Hendrick Motorsports’ struggle was the shock of the session. Jeff Gordon made it into the pole shootout but was only 11th, while team-mates Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne (who had been fastest in practice) all failed to make it beyond round one. The trio cited [...]

No concerns over neck problem – Hamlin

April 20th, 2015

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NASCAR Sprint Cup frontrunner Denny Hamlin says the neck problem that forced his Joe Gibbs Racing team to make a mid-race driver switch at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday should be a one-off issue. Hamlin abandoned his race during the four-hour rain delay that happened 22 laps into the scheduled 500. JGR hurriedly called up its Xfinity Series frontrunner Erik Jones to take Hamlin’s place, giving the 18-year-old a surprise Cup debut mid-race. Jones brought the Toyota home 26th. “I just pulled something in my neck to upper back about lap 12,” said Hamlin. “I started going backwards at that point because the pain was bothering me quite a bit. “I think it’s something that will go away. “I just pulled or jarred something in a weird way. “It’s a [...]

Kenseth wins amid rain and mayhem

April 20th, 2015

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Matt Kenseth eventually took victory in a chaotic and repeatedly delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Organisers persisted in their attempts to get the complete race distance run on Sunday despite rain coming and going throughout the afternoon and evening. The weather caused an initial interruption of four hours early in the race, another shorter one just after half-distance and a final stoppage just after the scheduled 500 laps had been run, as a shower arrived during the build-up to a green-white-chequered finish. NASCAR kept cars out under caution trying to dry the track at first, then decided to red flag the race once again and squeeze in one last sprint to the chequered flag between showers. Polesitter Kenseth had brought his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to [...]

Kenseth claims Toyota’s first ’15 pole

April 17th, 2015

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Matt Kenseth gave Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota their first poles of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season in qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kenseth outpaced Penske Ford driver Brad Keselowski by 0.022 seconds around the half-mile oval to secure the top spot. All four JGR Camrys made it to the final part of qualifying, with Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin sandwiching champion Kevin Harvick’s Stewart-Haas Chevrolet in third and fifth, and Kyle Busch’s stand-in David Ragan taking 11th. Joey Logano had been quickest in the first two rounds of qualifying but could only manage sixth in the pole shootout. Hendrick only got one car through to the final segment – practice pacesetter Kasey Kahne, who qualified eighth. Dale Earnhardt Jr and Jeff Gordon were out in round two, taking [...]

Newman’s points penalty reduced

April 16th, 2015

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NASCAR has upheld the penalties issued to Richard Childress Racing for tyre tampering on Ryan Newman’s car at Fontana last month, although some have been reduced in severity. A three-member appeal panel agreed with NASCAR’s finding that the tyres on Newman’s car had been tampered with, however Newman’s points reduction was cut from 75 to 50, and crew chief Luke Lambert’s fine reduced from $125,000 to $75,000. The six-race suspensions that were issued to Lambert and other crew members remain unchanged. “I’m thankful today to have had the opportunity to present our facts to the appeals panel and I appreciate their consideration of those facts to reduce the fine and reduce the points penalty,” said Lambert in a statement issued by the team. “However, I am disappointed in the decision [...]

Johnson wins three-way Texas fight

April 12th, 2015

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Jimmie Johnson led home an epic three-way fight for the win to secure his fifth Texas Motor Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup victory. The #48 Hendrick Chevrolet led most of the second half of the Saturday night race, overcoming multiple cars that took two tyres at the final caution along with Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Johnson was the first to pass all the cars with only two fresh tyres, and while Earnhardt and Harvick battled for second, the six-time champion built up a decent cushion out front. When Harvick cleared Earnhardt, he set about closing on Johnson, but he couldn’t catch the Hendrick driver and even scraped the wall trying to catch him. Johnson led a race-high 128 of the 334 laps on the way to the win, his [...]

Kurt Busch claims Texas pole

April 11th, 2015

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Kurt Busch led an all-Stewart-Haas front row as he claimed pole for the first Texas Motor Speedway round of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. The 2004 champion jumped to the top of the timing charts mid-way through the shootout segment of qualifying with a time of 27.857s, unseating team-mate Kevin Harvick and wrapping up a second pole in three races. Penske charger Brad Keselowski managed third, after a worrying moment in the first part of qualifying where it looked like he may miss out out the next segment after leaving his lap late. Hendrick Motorsports team-mates Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson followed in fourth and fifth, ahead of Keselowski’s Penske team-mate Joey Logano, last year’s spring Texas winner. Kyle Larson reached the pole shootout after sitting out the last [...]