Category Archives: NASCAR

Alex Bowman breezes to win in Dover

Alex Bowman used a hyper-fast pit stop during a caution with 99 laps to go to take the lead from teammate Kyle Larson and used clean air from there to win Sunday’s Drydene 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway in Delaware. The victory was Bowman’s first at the Monster Mile, the fourth…MORE

Charlotte Motor Speedway to sell out Coca-Cola 600

Capacity seating with no mask requirements is the expectation for racing events at Charlotte Motor Speedway this month. “In accordance with (North Carolina) Gov. Roy Cooper’s latest executive order, grandstand seating limitations have been lifted, opening the door for more race fans to enjoy an action-packed month of May, including this weekend’s NGK NTK NHRA…MORE

Justin Haley to miss Dover due to COVID-19 protocols

NASCAR driver Justin Haley will miss two races this weekend in Dover, Del., due to COVID-19 protocols. In the Xfinity Series’ Drydene 200 on Saturday, has been replaced by Zane Smith in the No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet at Dover International Speedway. In the Cup Series’ Drydene 400 on Sunday, Haley’s spot went to Josh…MORE

Weekend Preview: Dover International Speedway

Historically speaking, when Martin Truex Jr. is “on,” he is ON. And his dominating showcase at Darlington Raceway last week in South Carolina — leading 248 of 293 laps — is indicative of the kind of run this Joe Gibbs Racing driver can have again this week. Sunday’s venue for the Drydene 400 (2 p.m.…MORE

Texas Motor Speedway chief Eddie Gossage set to retire

Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage announced his retirement Thursday and will step down after the June All-Star race at the track. Gossage was with Speedway Motorsports for three decades, including the last 25 at Texas Motor Speedway. “The timing just feels right after 32 years with the company,” Gossage said in a statement. “The…MORE

Joey Logano’s crew chief suspended for Dover race

Paul Wolfe, the crew chief for Team Penske’s Joey Logano, has been suspended for one race and will miss this Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Dover, the team announced Tuesday. Team engineer Jonathan Hassler will serve as Logano’s crew chief for the Drydene 400 at the Monster Mile. Wolfe was suspended for failing to…MORE

Martin Truex Jr. dominates at Darlington for third win of season

Martin Truex Jr. won for the third time in the 2021 season Sunday when he captured the Goodyear 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. And a dominating win it was for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver as he led 248 of 293 laps. At times, his margin over the closest…MORE

Weekend Preview: Darlington Raceway

In a week of contrasts that featured the unveiling of NASCAR’s sleek Next Gen Cup Series cars, Darlington Raceway hosts its immensely popular Throwback Weekend, where race teams pay homage to the past. But while race fans will see a panoply of paint schemes dedicated to bygone heroes of the sport, drivers will be looking…MORE

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to race on 9/11 anniversary

Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced Tuesday that his annual NASCAR Xfinity Series start will take place on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Go Bowling 250 is scheduled for Sept. 11 at 2:30 p.m. ET at Richmond Raceway. Earnhardt’s No. 8 Chevrolet will sport a blue-and-white “United for America” paint scheme featuring four…MORE

Kyle Busch wins aptly named Buschy McBusch Race 400

Kyle Busch held off the field after a restart with three laps to go and went on to win the Buschy McBusch Race 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. The victory came on his birthday and gave him a second win on the weekend as he also won Saturday’s NASCAR Truck Series event…MORE

Ex-NASCAR driver Eric McClure dies at 42

Former NASCAR driver Eric McClure has died at age 42. His family said he passed away on Sunday but did not list a cause of death, adding family members “would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this very difficult time.” McClure drove competitively from 2003-16, making three starts in the Cup…MORE

Brad Keselowski prevails in overtime for sixth win at Talladega

Brad Keselowski led just one lap in Sunday’s Geico 500, but it was the right one — the last one — and it enabled him to become a six-time winner at Talladega Superspeedway. The victory came in overtime and it gave him his first victory of the season in his No. 2 Team Penske Ford.…MORE

Netflix announces Bubba Wallace documentary series

Netflix is in production on a documentary series involving Bubba Wallace and his journey with the newly formed 23XI Racing Team, the company announced Thursday. Per Netflix, “the series will take viewers behind the scenes of the 2021 NASCAR season through the eyes of the only Black driver at the top level of the sport,…MORE

Weekend Preview: Talladega Superspeedway

Conventional wisdom says anyone can win at Talladega Superspeedway. In the early days of NASCAR’s largest track, that was certainly the case. The 2.66-mile superspeedway has accounted for the first NASCAR Cup Series victories for 11 different drivers: Richard Brickhouse, Dick Brooks, Lennie Pond, Ron Bouchard, Bobby Hillin Jr., Davey Allison, Phil Parsons, Ken Schrader,…MORE

Alex Bowman takes lead late, wins Toyota Owners 400

Alex Bowman took the lead from Denny Hamlin with 10 laps to go, put a bit of space between them and went on to win the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway on Sunday in Virginia. The victory was the first of the season for the Hendrick Motorsports driver, his first…MORE

Weekend Preview: Richmond Raceway

Martin Truex Jr. became the first driver to score multiple wins in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season with a big victory last week at Martinsville Speedway. As the NASCAR Cup Series stays in the state for Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway (3 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), a…MORE

Martin Truex Jr. wins at Martinsville as first repeat winner of NASCAR season

Martin Truex, Jr. became the first driver to win multiple races this season as he won Sunday’s rain-delayed Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway. Truex passed Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin with 16 laps to go, watched in his rear-view mirror as Hamlin and Chase Elliott battled for…MORE

Rain postpones NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville

NASCAR’s Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway, which started on Saturday night, will hopefully be concluded on Sunday. Because of rain storms in the area, the race has been pushed back a day and is scheduled to restart at 4 p.m. Eastern. Wet weather delayed the start of the race by about an hour and…MORE

Joey Logano takes late lead, wins dirt race at Bristol

Joey Logano took the lead with 57 laps to go, survived a restart in overtime and went on to win Monday’s weather-postponed NASCAR Cup Series Food City Dirt Race at dirt-covered Bristol Motor Speedway. The win was the first of the season for the Team Penske driver and the first on a dirt surface for…MORE

NASCAR dirt races postponed to Monday due to rain

Both NASCAR dirt races scheduled for Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway were postponed until Monday because of heavy rainfall in Tennessee. The Food City Dirt Race, the first Cup Series race since 1970 to be held on a dirt track, was pushed back until 4 p.m. ET on Monday and will be broadcast live on…MORE

Weekend Preview: Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt

Dirt — that’s the great unknown when NASCAR Cup Series drivers venture to the transformed Bristol Motor Speedway for Sunday’s Food City Dirt Race (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). NASCAR’s top series hasn’t raced on dirt since Sept. 30, 1970, when Richard Petty beat runner-up Neil Castles by more than…MORE

Ryan Blaney takes late lead, wins QuikTrip 500

Ryan Blaney became the sixth driver in six races to win a NASCAR Cup Series race in 2021 as he took the lead with eight laps to go and went on to win the Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday. Blaney got that final lead when he passed Kyle Larson,…MORE

Weekend preview: Atlanta Motor Speedway

It’s unusual for the NASCAR Cup Series to run six races to start a season without seeing a repeat winner. Not since 2014, when Kevin Harvick became the first multiple winner in the eighth event of the season, has the series produced six different winners in the first six races. Last year, there were two…MORE

Martin Truex Jr. finally prevails at Phoenix Raceway

Martin Truex Jr. had won 27 Cup races in his career and was the 2017 Series champion, but in 30 starts at Phoenix Raceway, he had never won a race — until Sunday. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Truex took the lead on a restart with 25 laps to go, held off Joey Logano and went on…MORE

Weekend Preview: Phoenix Raceway

This is an important weekend on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule as teams compete Sunday in the Instacart 500 at Phoenix Raceway (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) – the 50th race at the recently-renovated venue that will host Championship Weekend in November. Not only is there a trophy to win,…MORE

Kyle Larson rolls to victory in Las Vegas for Hendrick

Kyle Larson, who lost his job with Chip Ganassi Racing four races into the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, won for new team Hendrick Motorsports four races into the 2021 season. Larson dominated Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, leading a race-best 103 of 267 laps. In doing so, he beat runner-up Brad…MORE

Deal pending for NASCAR’s return to historic Nashville venue

NASCAR could be rekindling a historic partnership with Nashville very soon. The return to top-level racing at the famed Fairgrounds Speedway, which has not hosted elite NASCAR events in decades, moved closer to reality Friday when Speedway Motorsports signed a letter of intent on a long-term deal to lease, manage and repair the track in…MORE

Busch Bros. worth a look at Las Vegas home track

The Busch Brothers are going home for the weekend, but Las Vegas has been anything but easy money for Kurt and Kyle Busch. They’ve each won only one race in Vegas in a combined 41 starts: 22 for Kurt and 19 for Kyle. Kyle, winner of two series championships with 57 Cup victories, has won…MORE

William Byron captures second-career title at Dixie Vodka 400

William Byron continued the 2021 trend of races being won by unlikely drivers with a victory in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida. The victory was just the second of Byron’s 111-start Cup career. It gave the Hendrick Motorsports driver just his 10th career top-five finish. His first victory…MORE

Weekend preview: Denny Hamlin has another chance to make history

Denny Hamlin had a chance to make history in the Daytona 500. A victory in the Great American Race would have given the driver of the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota an unprecedented three straight. Hamlin ran well, sweeping the first two stages, but he was in fifth place when a last-lap caution made…MORE

NASCAR suspends Chip Ganassi for COVID-19 violation

NASCAR suspended team owner Chip Ganassi for a violation of COVID-19 protocols at Daytona International Speedway last weekend. He also was fined $30,000. NASCAR said Ganassi, 62, was penalized for allowing a “non-essential individual” into a restricted area. Pending an appeal, Ganassi will serve his suspension this upcoming weekend at the NASCAR Cup Series event…MORE

Christopher Bell wins O’Reilly on Daytona infield road course

Christopher Bell passed Joey Logano for the lead with two laps to go Sunday and then drove away for the victory in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 NASCAR Cup Series race on the infield road course at Daytona International Speedway. The victory for Joe Gibbs Racing’s Bell, who was on newer tires than Logano at…MORE

Weekend preview: Michael McDowell, Chase Elliot ready for Daytona Road Course

Michael McDowell always goes into a NASCAR Cup Series road course event feeling confident and prepared to win. For the first time in his career — he’ll bring a huge trophy with him. McDowell earned his first NASCAR Cup Series victory in the Daytona 500 last weekend and the road course specialist arrives for Sunday’s…MORE

Chase Elliott on pole for Daytona Road Course

Chase Elliott is on the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race on the Daytona Road Course. Using a weighted formula devised by NASCAR during the pandemic-impacted 2020 season, Elliott gets the lead spot with Daytona 500 champion Michael McDowell second, Austin Dillon third and Denny Hamlin fourth. Kevin Harvick and Ryan Preece are in…MORE

Michael McDowell wins crash-filled Daytona 500

Michael McDowell emerged from an ugly final-lap wreck to take the lead and went on to win Sunday’s weather and crash delayed running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. The victory was McDowell’s first in the NASCAR Cup Series in 357 starts. The Front Row Motorsports driver was running third behind Team Penske…MORE

Crash, weather mar first 15 laps at Daytona 500

Rain and lightning forced the Daytona 500 to go under a red flag after just 15 laps on Sunday. The storm hit as track workers were cleaning up after a 16-car wreck. The crash occurred as the field went down the backstretch heading into Turn 3, when contact from behind by Christopher Bell sent Aric…MORE

Alex Bowman’s car issues resolved, rain washes out Daytona practices

The final two practice sessions for the season-opening Daytona 500 were washed out by rain on Saturday. Polesitter Alex Bowman was among the drivers who were looking to troubleshoot on Saturday, one day before NASCAR’s most prominent race. Bowman wasn’t able to get a lap in around the 2 1/2-mile track at Daytona International Speedway…MORE

Austin Dillon wins Duel 2 at Daytona after rain delay

As racing resumed at Daytona International Speedway following a two-hour-plus rain delay Thursday night, there was a definitive sense of urgency in the field for the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2 at Daytona as the clock passed midnight. While the Toyota contingent of Martin Truex Jr., Bubba Wallace and Kyle Busch pushed to the front on…MORE

Floridian Aric Almirola wins Duel 1 qualifier at Daytona

Florida native Aric Almirola drove to a convincing victory in the opening Bluegreen Vacations Duel at Daytona’s qualifying race Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway. Almirola’s No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford led a dominating 52 of the 60 laps and held off Christopher Bell’s No 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota by a mere .041-seconds for…MORE

Weekend preview: Denny Hamlin eyes 3rd straight Daytona 500 win

One aspect of the Daytona 500 is old hat to Denny Hamlin — winning it. But there’s a new aspect to this year’s race, which Hamlin is attempting to win for an unprecedented third straight time. When he takes to the track on Sunday, he’ll do so not only as a competitor, but also as…MORE

Alex Bowman captures pole for Daytona 500

Alex Bowman swapped car numbers for the 2021 season — from 88 to 48 — but has certainly retained his Daytona magic, earning the pole position for Sunday’s Daytona 500 (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The qualifying result gives the Hendrick Motorsports driver a record fourth consecutive front-row start in…MORE

Martin Truex Jr. signs extension with Joe Gibbs Racing

Martin Truex Jr. signed a multiyear deal to remain at Joe Gibbs Racing, the organization announced Wednesday. Truex has won eight races in two years with JGR. “Extending Martin’s agreement has been a big priority for us this offseason,” team owner Joe Gibbs said in a news release. “Martin brings so much to our organization.…MORE

Kyle Busch comes out on top of Busch Clash

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch may carry the nickname “Rowdy” but it was a couple of his competitors acting that way that allowed him to move into the lead out of the final turn and earn his second career Busch Clash victory Tuesday night. Busch’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Chase Elliott takes offensive approach to title defense

Chase Elliott may be the defending champion in the NASCAR Cup Series, but protecting his status isn’t remotely close to his focal point entering the 2021 season. “There is no defending,” Elliott said Monday during a video conference with reporters. “We need to be on offense. We need to keep pushing. I think if you’re…MORE

RCR, BetMGM announce NASCAR’s first sportsbook deal

Richard Childress Racing and BetMGM announced the first sponsorship between a NASCAR team and a sports betting operator on Wednesday. While numerous sportsbook sponsorship deals have been struck in team sports across the United States, this marked the first in NASCAR. Financial terms of the one-year deal were not disclosed. BetMGM has signed on for…MORE

Daytona 500 notebook: Brad Keselowski chasing history

Brad Keselowski wrapped a career year with four victories and a ticket to contend for the 2020 title in the No. 2 Penske Ford. The 2012 Cup Series champion was a Championship 4 round competitor in the 2020 season finale, finishing runner-up to Chase Elliott. The second-place finish in the standings marked his sixth top-10…MORE

NASCAR’s iRacing series to return with 10 events

The eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series will return in 2021 with a 10-race schedule. Started last spring to fill the void left by the pause in racing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the iRacing event proved so popular that NASCAR announced Tuesday that it will be making an encore. “The success of our eNASCAR iRacing Pro…MORE

NASCAR releases stage lengths for 2021 season

The new dirt-track race at Bristol Motor Speedway will feature two 75-lap stages before a 100-lap final stage, NASCAR announced Monday. The circuit released the stage lengths for almost all of the schedule, leaving off only the May 23 event at Circuit of the Americas and the June 13 non-points All-Star Race at Texas Motor…MORE

Austin Cindric, driving for Penske, bids to make Daytona 500

Austrin Cindric, looking to make his NASCAR Cup Series debut, will attempt to qualify for the Daytona 500 under the Team Penske banner. Cindric, a 22-year-old Ohio native, captured the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship. He earned five wins in a six-race stretch at midseason, then captured the season-ending event at Phoenix. He will compete…MORE

NASCAR to limit qualifying runs to eight races in ’21

NASCAR will run eight Cup Series races in 2021 with practice and qualifying, the circuit said Friday. That continues the trend from 2020 when only one race — the Coca-Cola 600 — had a qualifying run. Time on the track was limited to race-day only to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The NASCAR schedule…MORE