The Monster Energy Cup Series caps off a triple header weekend of racing at Chicagoland Speedway for the Overton’s 400.

Halfway through the season, and the broadcast teams change from FOX Sports to NBC Sports; and with that one of the sport’s most popular personalities, Dale Earnhardt Jr makes his broadcasting debut when he joins the team in the booth.

During the Xfinity race on Saturday, temperatures inside the cars reached over 150 degrees. Following that race eight of the Monster Energy Cup drivers, including race winner Kyle Larson, had less than an hour to cool down before having to climb back in a car to qualify their Cup cars for the race on Sunday.

With inspection after qualifying instead of before, NASCAR has announced that teams will have only one chance to make it through the inspection process. Any team that does not pass on the first attempt will loose their qualifying spot and be moved to the back of the field for the start of the race.

After three rounds of qualifying Paul Menard put his Wood Brothers number 21 on the pole. It has been 10 years since Pal Menard last won a pole.

The starting lineup for the Overton’s 400:
Paul Menard
Ryan Blaney
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Kurt Busch
Clint Bowyer
Aric Almirola
Brad Keselowski
William Byron
Erik Jones
Daniel Suarez – moved to the back of the field fr unapproved adjustments
Martin Truex Jr – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Jamie McMurray
Austin Dillon
Alex Bowman
Kyle Busch
Ryan Newman
Kyle Larson
AJ Allmendinger
Jimmie Johnson – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Chris Buescher
Ricky Stenhouse Jr – moved to the back of the field for unapproved adjustments
Trevor Bayne
Bubba Wallace
David Ragan
Kasey Kahne
Ty Dillon
Michael McDowell
Ross Chastain
Matt DiBedetto
Gary Gaulding
Kyle Weatherman
Landon Cassill
Corey LaJoie
BJ McLeod
Reed Sorenson
Timmy Hill

Stages one and two of the race are 80 laps each with stage three lasting 107 laps.

Paul Menard brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with Ryan Blaney beside him. Ryan Blaney gets his car out in front for the lead.

Lap two Ryan Blaney is in the lead with Case Elliott in second.

Lap four Ryan Blaney has a half second lead on Chase Elliott with Kurt Busch in third.

Lap five, Martin Truex Jr has already moved through half of the field after having to start the race at the back of the field.

Lap six Ryan Blaney holds on to his half second lead on Chase Elliott with Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, and Paul Menard round out the top five.

Lap nine, Ryan Blaney continues to lead the race with Chase Elliott a half second behind, Clint Bowyer has moved into third with Kurt Busch and Paul Menard rounding out the top five.

Lap 12 Ryan Blaney is riding the high line and has a lead of over half a second on new second place driver Clint Bowyer; Chase Elliott has moved back to third place.

Lap 15 Ryan Blaney has a half second lead on Clint Bowyer with Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola, and Chase Elliott rounding out the top five.

Lap 19 Clint Bowyer has caught up to lead Ryan Blaney and passes Blaney to take the lead.

Lap 19 Clint Bowyer leads; Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five. Chase Elliott has fallen to seventh.

Lap 21 Clint Bowyer has pulled out to a one second lead on Ryan Blaney with 36 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 23 Clint Bowyer has increased his lead to a second and a half on Ryan Blaney; Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 24 Kurt Busch passes Ryan Blaney for second.

Lap 25 Clint Bowyer has a lead of nearly two seconds on Kurt Busch; Aric Almiroa, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 28 Clint Bowyer’s lead is now over two seconds on Kurt Busch; Aric Almiroa, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

After starting at the back of the field, Martin Truex Jr has moved up to the seventh position on lap 26.

Trevor Bayne is reporting that his cooling system has failed.

Landon Cassill makes an unscheduled trip down pit road.

Lap 34, Clint Bowyer continues to lead the race by over three seconds with Kurt Busch in second and Aric Almirola in third. There are 29 cars on the lead lap.
Lap 37 teams begin making their green flag pit stops with Martin Truex Jr being the first driver to bring his car down pit road.

Lap 39 Clint Bowyer has pulled out to a four second lead on Aric Almirola; Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 40 leader Clint Bowyer brings his car down pit road for service; Brad Keselowski is the new leader with a lead of over six seconds on Kyle Busch.

Daniel Suarez’ team was charged with having a crew member over the wall too soon. Leader Clint Bowyer was caught speeding on pit road. Both drivers will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Lap 43, Brad Keselowski is in the lead, Denny Hamlin is in second with Austin Dillon in third.

Lap 44 Brad Keselowski continues to lead with Denny Hamlin in second and Austin Dillon in third. Keselowski has yet to make his pit stop.

Clint Bowyer was caught speeding a second time while he was serving his first speeding penalty. Clint Bowyer reports some issues with his digital dash system.

Lap 47 Brad Keselowski finally brings his car down pit road for service. Austin Dillon is the new leader.

Lap 48, Austin Dillon is in the lead with Ryan Newman in second and David Ragan in third.

When caught speeding a second time, Clint Bowyer’s penalty was a stop and go but he did a pass through instead and has to make a third trip down pit road to service the proper penalty. Bowyer is now two laps down.

Lap 53 Austin Dillon leads the race; Ryan Newman, David Ragan, Aric Almirola, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 56 Austin Dillon holds on to the lead by nearly two seconds on Ryan Newman; Aric Almirola, David Ragan, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 59, Austin Dillon’s lead is now a second and a half on Aric Almirola; Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 60 Austin Dillon finally makes his green flag pit stop. Aric Almirola is the new leader.

Lap 61 Aric Almirola has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Kurt Busch; Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five. There are 19 cars on the lead lap.

Kyle Larson passes Kurt Busch for second with Aric Almirola in the lead by over two seconds.

David Ragan takes his car to the garage with some mechanical issues.

Lap 69, Aric Almirola leads the race with Kyle Larson nearly four seconds behind in second; Martin Truex Jr, Kurt Busch, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 72, Aric Almirola has a lead of three and a half seconds on Kyle Larson with Martin Truex Jr in third.

The thermometer in Kurt Busch’s car reads 155, NBC booth reporters reveal that chefs remove a medium rare seak from the grill when it reaches 155 degrees.

Lap 74 Aric Almirola maintains his three plus second lead on Kyle Larson with Martin Truex Jr in third over five seconds back.

Only four laps remaining in stage one; Aric Almirola is in the lead with Kyle Larson under three seconds behind in second. Almirola has passed Jimmie Johnson to put him a lap down. There are only 16 cars on the lead lap.

Aric Almirola wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Aric Almirola
Kyle Larson
Martin Truex Jr
Kurt Busch
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Erik Jones

Aric Almirola wins the race off of pit road. Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr had some pit road issues that resulted in them losing spots on the track.

Kyle Larson is reporting some power issues.

Aric Almirola brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 87. As Almirola takes the lead, drivers are getting four wide across the track behind him.

Lap 88, Kevin Harvick challenges Aric Almirola for the lead but so far, Almirola holds him off. Brad Keselowski is in third place.

Lap 90, Aric Almirola has a half second lead on Kevin Harvick with Brad Keselowski in third.

NBC reporters announce that Aric Almirola has led more laps today that he has for the past three seasons combined.

Kyle Larson’s team has been able to recycle the power system and is back on the track and still on the lead lap in twelfth.

LAP 94, Aric Almirola has a half second lead on Kevin Harvick; Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 97, Aric Almirola has increased his lead to nearly a second on Kevin Harvick; Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 100, the Blue Ovals leads the way with Aric Almirola in the lead, followed by Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, and Kurt Busch – three of the top four are Stewart-Haas team mates.

Lap 105, Aric Almirola leads the race by less than a second on Kevin Harvick.

Lap 109 the top five are Aric Almirola, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, and Chase Elliott.

Lap 114, Aric Almirola has a half second lead on Kevin Harvick with Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, and Chase Elliott rounding out the top five.

Lap 116, Kevin Harvick challenges lead Aric Almirola for the lead, so far he is holding Harvick off.

Lap 120, Joey Logano brings his car down pit road to begin the cycle of green flag pit stops. After getting blcoked in on his last pit stop, Denny Hamlin comes dow nearly to avoid any blocking issues.

After failing to pass Aric Almirola for the lead, Kevin Harvick brings his car down pit road for his green flag pit stop and gets off of pit road in front of Almirola.

Jamie McMurray is the leader of the race as green flag pit tops continue to cycle through.

Once pit stops have cycled through, Kevin Harvick will be the new leader of the race.

Lap 128 the first on track caution flag comes out for debris on the track. After being two laps down for penalty issues, Clint Bowyer is now back on the lead lap.

Even though they were just on pit road, the teams brings their cars down for fresh tires.

Taking only two tires, Ryan Blaney wins the race off of pit road.

Ryan Newman stayed out on the track and will bring the cars down for the green flag restart on lap 132. After taking only two tires, Ryan Blaney gets out in front of Ryan Newman to take the lead.

Lap 134Ryan Blaney is in the lead with Aric Almirola coming on fast; Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 135 Aric Almirola passes Ryan Blaney for the lead with Kurt Busch on his bumper for second.

Lap 137, Aric Almirola is pulling away and has a lead of over a second on Kurt Busch.

Currently in 13th, Clint Bowyer is one of the top four fastest cars on the track.

Lap 140, Aric Almiroa has increased his lead to nearly a second and a half on Kurt Busch with Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Larson rounding out the top five.

Leader Aric Almiroa is reporting a possible loose tire and will have to make an unscheduled pit stop. Kurt Busch is the new leader.

Lap 144, Kurt Busch has a half second lead on Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 148, Kurt Busch has a lead of under half a second on Kevin Harvick; Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 151, Clint Bowyer has moved back into the top 10 at ninth place.

Lap 152, Kurt Busch leads the race with Kevin Harvick on his bumper challenging for the lead. Kyle Larson has gotten around Ryan Blaney for third.

Team confirms that Aric Almirola indeed had a loose wheel. He is currently in the “lucky dog” position.

Lap 156, as leaders Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick battle for the lead, Kyle Larson is closing in on them; he is less than three second back.

Lap 157, Kurt Busch has broken away and pulled out to a half second lead on Kevin Harvick; Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 158, Kevin Harvick is again closing in on leader Kurt Busch.

Kevin Harvick passes Kurt Busch to win stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
Kyle Larson
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Blaney
Brad Keselowski
Chase Elliott
Clint Bowyer
Denny Hamlin
Joey Logano

Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road with Kurt Busch on his bumper.

After having to make a pit stop for a loose wheel, Aric Almirola got the “lucky dog” and is back on the lead lap.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with Kurt Busch right beside him on lap 168. Kurt Busch gets a push from Martin Truex Jr and gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 169 Kurt Busch is in the lead with Kyle Larson in second; Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Making a run to the grass, Kyle Larson passes Kurt Busch on lap 171 to take the lead.

Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr battle for second with Kurt Busch in second.

Kevin Harvick passes Kurt Busch to take second with Kyle Larson in the lead a half second ahead; Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 174, there are 26 cars on the lead lap.

Kevin Harvick is on Kyle Larson’s bumper and is challenging for the lead on lap 175.

Lap 176 Kevin Harvick blows by Kyle Larson to take over the lead of the race but does not pull away.

The caution flag comes out on lap 177 when Denny Hamlin hits the wall after getting loose on the track.

Taking only two tires, Joey Logano wins the race off of pit road.

Daniel Suarez was caught speeding on pit road and will restart the race from the back of the field.

With only one set of sticker tires left in the pits, Aric Almirola stayed out on the track. Brad Keselowski also stayed out on the track.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart with Keselowski taking the lead and Joey Logano in second; Kevin Harvick takes third.

Lap 184 Brad Keselowski has a half second lead on Joey Logano with Kevin Harvick in third.

Kevin Harvick passes Joey Logano to take over second place with Brad Keselowski less than a half second ahead.

Lap 186, Kevin Harvick passes Brad Keselowski to take over the lead of the race.

Broadcasters report that there is a weather system heading their way.

Lap 188, Kevin Harvick leads the race by a second and a half over Joey Logano with Brad Keselowski in third, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch rounding out the top five.

Ahead of the pending storms, the wind has picked up and the skies are cloudy which has not only cooled things down but changed the track.

Austin Dillon makes an unscheduled trip down pit road with burning brakes.

Lap 192, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over three seconds on Kyle Busch; Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 196, Kevin Harvick has a big lead on Kyle Busch as the laps count down and weather is in the air.

Lap 200, Kevin Harvick has a lead of three and a half seconds on Kyle Busch; Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

With 64 laps remaining in the race, crew chiefs must decide whether or not they can get the remainder of the race in before the rain comes.

Lap 205, Kevin Harvick has a three second lead on Kyle Busch with Kyle Larson in third. Kyle Busch is running faster laps than Kevin Harvick.

Lap 207 Kevin Harvick’s lead is down to under three seconds over Kyle Busch.

The caution flag comes out on lap 208 when Corey LaJoie hits the wall.

Late in the race, weather is coming…pit stop decisions will be critical.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road with Kevin Harvick in second.

Paul Menard and Trevor Bayne were both caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 212 and edges out Kevin Harvick for the lead and pulling away.

Lap 213, Kyle Busch is in the lead; Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Fifty to go, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Kevin Harvick; Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Larson a,d Joey Logano round out the top five.

Brad Keselowski is reporting a loose tire condition.

Lap 220, Kyle Busch is in the lead by half a second on Kevin Harvick.

Aric Almirola reports a second loose wheel and has to bring his car down pit rod for an unscheduled pit stop.

Lap 221, Kyle Busch’s lead is up to over half a second on Kevin Harvick; Martin Truex Jr is in third.

Lap 225, the top five are Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Larson, and Joey Logano. Clint Bowyer has moved up to sixth place.

With 39 laps to go, Kevin Harvick has closed the gap to leader Kyle Busch to only a third of a second.

Lap 229, Kevin Harvick has caught up to Kyle Busch and is challenging for the lead.

Thirty five laps to go, the sun is peeking out as Kevin Harvick continues to challenge Kyle Busch for the lead.

With 33 laps to go, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a half second lead on Kevin Harvick.

Lap 237, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Kevin Harvick; Kyle Larson passes Martin Truex Jr for third.

Lap 244, Kyle Busch is in the lead with Kevin Harvick in second. Kyle Larson is running the fastest laps on the track and is closing the gap; but does he have enough time and can he get around the top two?

Lap 247, Kyle Larson passes Kevin Harvick for second and sets his sights on leader Kyle Busch.

Lap 248, Kyle Busch has a lead of less than a second and a half on Kyle Larson; Martin Truex Jr, Clint Bowyer, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Lap 250, Kyle Larson closes the gap on Kyle Busch to just over a second.

Lap 253, Kyle Larson has closed the gap to leader Kyle Busch to less than a second.

Lap 255, the gap is down to under half a second between the Kyle’s with Busch in front.

Ten to go Kyle Busch is out front, Kyle Larson wants it. Can they negotiate the lapped traffic in time?

Lap 259, Kyle Busch has increased the lead to just over half a second on Kyle Larson.

With seven laps to go, Kyle Larson brushes the wall and loses a bit of time.

Lap 261, Kyle Busch’s lead is back to over a second over Kyle Larson.

Five to go, Kyle Larson has closed the gap to less than a second.

Ryan Newman has entered the picture as he battles to stay on the lead lap.

Lap 264, Kyle Busch holds on to the lead as he battles lapped traffic. His lead is only half a second over Kyle Larson.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag but Kyle Larson has caught Busch and they beat and bang each other around the track. Kyle Busch finally takes the checkered flag…and the win.

This is Kyle Busch’s fifth win this season and his 48th career win. He has not right front tire and parks the car on the finish line unable to do a burn out. The crowd cheers wildly as Busch exits the car.

The unofficial results of the Overton’s 400:
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr
Clint Bowyer
Erik Jones
Denny Hamlin
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Alex Bowman
Daniel Suarez
Jamie McMurray
Paul Menard
Jimmie Johnson
Ryan Newman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Kurt Busch
Ryan Blaney
Chase Elliott
William Byron
Michael McDowell
Chris Buescher
Bubba Wallace
AJ Allmendinger
Aric Almirola
Trevor Bayne
Kasey Kahne
Ty Dillon
Matt DiBenedetto
Ross Chastain
Gray Gaulding
Reed Sorenson
Kyle Weatherman
Corey LaJoie
BJ McLeod
Landon Cassill
Austin Dillon
David Ragan
Timmy Hill

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