It’s All-Star Weekend for NASCAR, as the Cup Series is in Charlotte for the 33rd annual All-Star Race tomorrow night. Joey Logano is the defending winner of the event, and is one of the 16 drivers who have already qualified for the race. Before the main event, 20 drivers will compete in the Monster Energy Open. The three stage winners and a wildcard voted in by fans will advance to the feature race. Motor Racing Network’s live coverage of the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race will begin at 5:30pm Saturday on WEBO.
NASCAR will take over primetime tomorrow night, as the Monster Energy Cup races under the lights of Kansas Speedway live on WEBO. Kyle Busch is the defending champion of the Go Bowling 400 and is still looking for his first victory of 2017. Motor Racing Network coverage will start at 6:30pm tomorrow on WEBO.
The Binghamton Rumble Ponies are home all weekend at NYSEG Stadium against the Akron RubberDucks. Tonight’s game begins at 7:05pm with fireworks following, while the teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader tomorrow at 12:05. They will wrap up their series on Sunday with a Mother’s Day matinee at 1:05pm. Tickets are available online at bingrp.com or at the box office.
Tioga Downs will host horse racing all weekend, with post times at 6:50pm tonight and tomorrow and 1pm Sunday.
In NASCAR, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr got the best of race leader Kyle Busch in a side-by-side duel on the next-to-last lap yesterday at Talladega Superspeedway, charging to his first career victory and ending a 101-race winless drought for Roush Fenway Racing. As heard on WEBO, Stenhouse made his big move during overtime after a push from Jimmie Johnson and then held off the rest of the field to claim victory in his 158th career start. The win marks Roush Fenway’s first trip to a Cup Series Victory Lane since Carl Edwards won at Sonoma Raceway in 2014. Aric Almirola won Saturday’s Xfinity Series race.
After two weeks of short track racing, NASCAR drivers will go to the other extreme as they try to conquer the high banks of Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. The Xfinity Series will race the Sparks Energy 300 tomorrow. Motor Racing Network coverage will begin at 12:30pm on WEBO. The Monster Energy Cup will race the Geico 500 on Sunday. Brad Keselowski is the defending champion of the event. MRN coverage of the race will start at 1pm on WEBO.
The sport’s most popular driver has announced that he will retire at the end of this season. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. made the announcement this morning. He has struggled this season in his return from a season-ending concussion last year. Our partners from MRN and PRN will have more on this news in today’s NASCAR Fix at 6. Jimmie Johnson won yesterday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway that was heard live on WEBO. The seven-time series champion passed Kevin Harvick with 21 laps to go and held on for his second career win at Bristol. With the victory, he becomes the first driver this year to win back-to-back races. The race was postponed from Sunday by heavy rain in Tennessee. Both the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Monster Energy Cup will race in Richmond this weekend.
The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup will race live on WEBO this afternoon. After their race was rained out yesterday at Bristol Motor Speedway, NASCAR rescheduled the race for 1pm today. Performance Racing Network coverage will begin at 12:30pm on all WEBO radio frequencies, online at listentowebo.com, and on our free app for your smart phone or tablet. The track received close to 3 inches of rain on Saturday and Sunday, and the forecast today is for scattered showers. Points leader Kyle Larson will start from the pole after qualifying was also rained out. Saturday’s Xfinity Series race was won by Erik Jones while Daniel Hemric won the $100,000 Dash-4-Cash bonus check.
After taking the weekend off to celebrate Easter, both NASCAR series will return to action this weekend with races at Bristol Motor Speedway that will be heard live on WEBO. The Xfinity Series will race tomorrow, with Performance Racing Network coverage starting at 12:30pm. The Monster Energy Cup will take to the high banks of “The Last Great Coliseum” Sunday for the Food City 500. Brothers Kyle and Kurt Busch have each won five races in Thunder Valley, the most among active drivers. PRN coverage will start at 1pm Sunday on WEBO.
In NASCAR, Jimmie Johnson won his seventh career race at Texas Motor Speedway yesterday. As heard on WEBO, the seven-time series champion started in the back of the field, but methodically worked his way to the front. Ryan Blaney won the first two stages of the race but couldn’t recover after getting out of pit sequence. Erik Jones dominated Saturday’s Xfinity Series race, leading 112 laps en route to victory. Both series are off this weekend to celebrate Easter.
In other sports, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies swept a doubleheader on Saturday, but lost yesterday 8-3 at New Hampshire. They start a series in Portland tonight. The Binghamton Senators beat Syracuse Friday, but lost to St. John’s Saturday. They have three games left this season, at Rochester Wednesday, at Syracuse Friday, and home Saturday.