High five: Kyle Busch scores fifth NNS win of year

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Kyle Busch had ’em covered once again in the NASCAR Nationwide Series last night at Darlington Raceway, winning the VFW/SportClips Help a Hero 200 from the pole and claiming his fifth triumph in eight NNS starts this season.

Busch’s decision to opt for a four-tire stop under caution on Lap 121 proved to be a critical one. Re-starting fourth at Lap 125 behind Joey Logano and Austin Dillon (both of whom had stayed out on older rubber), as well as Elliott Sadler (who took two tires on his last stop), Busch surged past with the fresh Goodyears and took the lead for good from Logano on Lap 130. He would pull away to the win over Sadler by over nine-tenths of a second.

Sadler spun out while running second on Lap 50, but managed to avoid the wall and fought his way back to the runner-up position at the checkers. Brian Vickers, Logano, and Matt Kenseth finished third, fourth, and fifth respectively, and with their 1-2-3-5 finish, Joe Gibbs Racing became the first organization to ever put four cars in the Top 5 of an NNS event.

The series’ top two title contenders, Regan Smith and Sam Hornish Jr., battled to a stalemate in South Carolina as Smith finished seventh and Hornish finished eighth. Smith currently holds a 28-point edge over the former IndyCar champion.

Rebellion confirms LMP1 return, all-star line-up for WEC super season

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Rebellion Racing has confirmed it will return to the LMP1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship for the 2018/19 ‘super season’ with an all-star line-up featuring Le Mans winners Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer.

Rebellion raced in LMP1 as a privateer between 2009 and 2016 before stepping down to LMP2 for the most recent season, capturing the class titles at the first attempt.

Following a push from the WEC and Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) to make LMP1 more appealing to privateer teams, Rebellion announced on Wednesday it would return to the premier class for the 2018/19 season with a two-car effort.

WEC LMP2 champion Bruno Senna will return with Rebellion next year, as will Mathias Beche, with the pair set to be joined by four new faces.

The most notable arrivals are Porsche factory drivers Lotterer and Jani, both of whom were left without an LMP1 drive following the closure of the German manufacturer’s program at the end of the season.

American racer Gustavo Menezes will also join Rebellion, stepping up after two years in LMP2, while outstanding 2017 rookie Thomas Laurent completes the Swiss team’s line-up.

“I am looking forward to coming back where my endurance career started nine years ago,” said Jani.

“Rebellion Racing played a huge role in my career and also helped me become a factory driver for Porsche. When Porsche stopped in LMP1, it was clear for me that I wanted to race again for Rebellion.

“With the new regulations, I hope we can reach the overall podium at Le Mans and with a bit of luck, maybe we can even grab some wins during the super season of WEC.”

“I am very happy to join the champion Rebellion team,” added three-time Le Mans winner Lotterer.

“The LMP1 project is very exciting and to be able to go on with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA WEC challenge is something I did not want to miss.

“I am motivated and looking forward to have a great time with great people there.”