ICYMI Tuesday: Verizon announced that they will not re-new their contact as title sponsor for the IndyCar Series, past 2018, however, will continue to sponsor the Team Penske Chevrolets.
Darrell Wallace, Jr. has been officially signed to run the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43. Sponsor and manufacture is still yet to be announced.
Ed Jones will replace Tony Kanaan in the Chip Ganassi No. 10 Honda in 2018.
Noah Gragson used the outside line, on the final restart, to earn his first career win, at Martinsville Speedway.
Chase Elliott pushed Brad Keselowski up into the marbles, which made Keselowski lose handfulls of positions. Denny Hamlin then moved up to second, and made contact late in the First Data 500, with Elliott, sending Elliott into the outside wall. Once to race concluded, Elliott roughed up Hamlin on the back straightaway, by door-slamming the No. 11. Once the two Playoff Contenders parked their cars on pit road, Hamlin and Elliott had heated words.
Meanwhile, two other playoff contenders, Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney were around each other all race, and kept running into one another. After the race, Harvick and Blaney had a calm conversation until, they both threw quick jabs at each other below the belt.
And to finish the First Data 500, Kyle Busch bumped Hamlin out of the groove, which opened the door for Martin Truex, Jr. Busch and Truex bounced off each other, with Busch stealing the win. Behind them, Hamlin turned down into Blaney's No. 21, which caused a big pile-up past the start finish line.
Now, Kyle Busch is locked into the Championship 4, at Miami.
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