Category Archives: NASCAR

Chase Elliott rallies for Talladega win, advances in playoffs

Chase Elliott rallied past Ryan Blaney off the final turn in a two-lap shootout at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday to advance to the next round of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, winning the YellaWood 500 in Talladega, Alabama. Restarting fifth and on the bottom line, Elliott maneuvered his No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to the…MORE

Notebook: Christopher Bell squeezes by Kyle Larson for the pole at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Christopher Bell won the Busch Light Pole for Sunday’s YellaWood 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (2 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) with a lap of 180.591 mph around the 2.66-mile oval on Saturday — a mere .075-mph faster than Chevrolet’s Kyle Larson — putting the NASCAR Cup Series championship contenders…MORE

YellaWood 500: Preview, Odds, Best Bets

Will a driver competing for the championship actually win during the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs? It hasn’t happened yet through the first four playoff races. Tyler Reddick took his turn last week, outlasting Joey Logano in the race for the checkered flag at Texas. The silver lining for Logano is he took over the points…MORE

NASCAR weekend preview: Talladega

Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, site of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race, is traditionally regarded as one of the most action-packed, thrilling venues on the NASCAR Cup Series calendar. And after a dramatic Playoff race a week ago at Texas Motor Speedway, expectations are super high for the YellaWood 500 (2 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN…MORE

Tyler Reddick wins caution-filled Round of 12 race at Texas

Tyler Reddick, eliminated from NASCAR’s postseason last week, found the checkers Sunday to win the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. In the NASCAR Cup Series’ first Round of 12 race, which will be followed by races at Talladega Superspeedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway’s road course before the next…MORE

Notebook: Brad Keselowski earns first pole as part-owner at Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas — It’s safe to say, it’s been a good week for Brad Keselowski. Last weekend at Bristol, Tenn., the team he now has part-ownership in — Roush-Fenway-Keselowski Racing with driver Chris Buescher — earned its first race trophy since he joined the organization this year. And now, only a few days later,…MORE

AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500: Preview, Odds, Best Bets

The NASCAR Cup Series playoffs have reached the Round of 12, with the remaining drivers separated by a scant 34 points. That’s in large part because non-playoff drivers have won each of the first three playoff races. The Round of 12 begins Sunday with the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, with a…MORE

Chris Buescher takes Bristol as playoff field trimmed to 12

Chris Buescher became the third non-playoff driver in the postseason to race to the checkers first, winning Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. In the third race of the playoffs, Buescher’s No. 17 Ford beat Chase Elliott’s No. 9 Chevrolet by just under half a second to…MORE

Kyle Larson inks 3-year extension with Hendrick

Defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson agreed to a three-year extension with Hendrick Motorsports. The deal announced on Friday keeps the 30-year-old Larson behind the wheel of the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 through the 2026 season. “When Kyle joined our team, the expectations were sky high from both inside and outside the organization.…MORE

Bass Pro Shops Night Race: Preview, Odds & Best Bets

The first two legs of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs have been won by non-playoff drivers, leaving Saturday night’s race under the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway a last-ditch effort for 15 drivers battling for the 11 available spots. The Bass Pro Shops Night race is scheduled to go green at 7:30 p.m., and Christopher…MORE

Cup schedule for ’23 adds downtown Chicago, North Wilkesboro

The 2023 NASCAR Cup Series schedule was released Wednesday with races in downtown Chicago and North Wilkesboro officially announced, while the circuit also will bid farewell to the 2-mile oval in Fontana, Calif. The Duel at Daytona will take place Feb. 16, while the Daytona 500 is scheduled for Feb. 19. Changes otherwise will be…MORE

Kyle Busch moving to Richard Childress Racing in 2023

Kyle Busch will drive for Richard Childress Racing in 2023, leaving Joe Gibbs Racing after 15 seasons. Busch, 37, has more than 220 career wins between NASCAR’s top-three national series, including 60 wins in the NASCAR Cup Series. He is the only active multi-time champion, and he currently is competing for his third Cup Series…MORE

Bubba Wallace notches NASCAR Cup Series win in Kansas

Bubba Wallace became the second straight non-playoff driver Sunday to score a victory in the postseason, winning the Hollywood Casino 400 race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Driving the No. 45 23XI Racing Toyota owned by Michael Jordan with partner Denny Hamlin, Wallace went low and passed Alex Bowman off Turn 4 on…MORE

Report: Kyle Busch leaving JGR for rival Childress group

Kyle Busch is leaving Joe Gibbs Racing and will sign with Richard Childress Racing, The Athletic reported Saturday. Busch, 37, is completing his 15th season with JGR. An announcement is expected Tuesday, according to The Athletic. Busch would join Childress Racing for the start of the 2023 season. Busch will be racing in Sunday’s Hollywood…MORE

Hollywood Casino 400: Preview, Odds & Best Bets

The 16 championship hopefuls head to Kansas Speedway for the second leg of the playoffs in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 Presented by Barstool Sportsbook. Joey Logano raced to the top of the Cup Series standings last week and will attempt to increase his margin at the 1.5-mile intermediate speedway. The series hasn’t raced on an…MORE

Erik Jones wins first race of Cup Series playoffs

Ineligible for the postseason, Erik Jones struck the first blow in the opening race of the NASCAR Cup Series’ playoffs, winning Sunday night’s 73rd Cook Out Southern 500 for the second time at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. Getting set for a restart with 24 laps to go, leader Kyle Busch’s No. 18 started…MORE

Noah Gragson triumphs in wild NASCAR Xfinity Series duel at Darlington

DARLINGTON, S.C. — At the end of a thrilling three-car battle that wasn’t decided until the last corner of the last lap Saturday at Darlington Raceway, Noah Gragson stole a victory from Sheldon Creed and charging Kyle Larson to score his fourth victory of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season. After passing Gragson for second place…MORE

Notebook: Joey Logano edges Christopher Bell for pole in Playoff opener

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Dejà vu will be just fine for Joey Logano. The driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford won the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series spring event at Darlington Raceway from the pole. After edging Christopher Bell for the top starting position in Saturday’s time trials, Logano will have a chance to repeat…MORE

Cook Out Southern 500: Preview, Odds & Predictions

The NASCAR Cup Series Playoff begins with the Cook Out Southern 500 on Sunday, with the race scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET at Darlington Raceway. The 1.366-mile egg-shaped track is among the favorites for many drivers as they run close to the outside walls and tire management is an important factor. The Playoff…MORE

Weekend preview: Darlington Raceway

Since the introduction of the elimination format into the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff in 2014, no 16th seed has come close to qualifying for the Championship 4 race. Then again, before University of Maryland Baltimore County upset Virginia in the first round of the 2018 NCAA basketball tournament, no 16th seed had ever beaten a…MORE

Austin Dillon wins Coke Zero Sugar 400, claims playoff spot

Austin Dillon passed Austin Cindric with three laps left in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 and went on to win the rain-interrupted regular-season finale at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Sunday. After a red-flag period of 3 hours, 19 minutes, leader Dillon — who appeared headed to a rain-shortened victory shortly after…MORE

Cup Series race at Daytona postponed until Sunday

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Those eager to identify the last two drivers to qualify for the NASCAR Cup Series playoff — including the 15 eligible drivers themselves — will have to wait another day. Persistent rain forced postponement of Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway until 10 a.m. Sunday. The race…MORE

Aric Almirola reaches deal to remain with Stewart-Haas Racing

Veteran driver Aric Almirola said Friday that he has agreed to a multiyear deal to remain in the No. 10 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing. The 38-year-old Almirola had considered retirement but now appears set to stay on the track for at least two more years. He will continue to be sponsored by Smithfield Foods, a…MORE

Coke Zero Sugar 400: Preview & Predictions

The Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night will complete the NASCAR Series playoffs standings. With Thursday’s news that Kansas race winner Kurt Busch will not participate in the playoffs while continuing to recover from injuries in an accident in July, that now leaves two playoff driver positions to be decided…MORE

Weekend preview: Daytona International Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Drama, intrigue and action perpetually have been a part of NASCAR Cup Series races at the sport’s crown jewel, Daytona International Speedway. And this weekend, the next chapter of the thrilling Daytona storyline will formally set the 2022 16-driver playoff field. The Coke Zero Sugar 400 on Saturday night (7 p.m.…MORE

Kurt Busch to miss start of NASCAR playoffs

Kurt Busch will miss the beginning of NASCAR playoffs with concussion-like symptoms, thereby creating a second open spot in the 16-driver field for Saturday’s regular-season finale at Daytona International Speedway. On Thursday, 23XI Racing withdrew its medical waiver that was keeping Busch’s spot in the playoffs. Busch, 44, has been out since he crashed in…MORE

Joey Logano signs long-term extension with Penske

Joey Logano and Team Penske announced a long-term extension Wednesday that will keep the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series champion behind the wheel of the No. 22 Ford Mustang for “years to come.” Logano, 32, has been with Penske since 2013. He has won 27 Cup Series races during his decade with the team, including the…MORE

Chase Elliott secures pole at Watkins Glen International

NASCAR Cup Series championship leader Chase Elliott won the pole position for Sunday’s Go Bowling at the Glen at Wakins Glen (N.Y.) International (3 p.m. ET, USA Network, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), making a strong statement for his championship chases as the regular season winds down. Elliott turned a lap of 125.147 mph around the…MORE

Cup Series driver Aric Almirola says 2023 plans up in air

Veteran NASCAR driver Aric Almirola said Saturday that his plans for 2023 are uncertain, despite a report that said he will return to Stewart-Haas Racing next year. Motorsport.com reported Friday that Almirola will put off retirement — he announced his plans to retire from the NASCAR Cup Series in January — and instead drive the…MORE

2022 Go Bowling at the Glen: Preview & Predictions

It would be difficult to imagine more distinct storylines in a single NASCAR race than those heading into Sunday’s Go Bowling at the Glen. After breaking a 65-race drought on Aug. 7 at Michigan International Raceway, Kevin Harvick will go for his third consecutive Cup victory. An international field at Watkins Glen International includes former…MORE

Kurt Busch (concussion) to miss two more races

With an eye toward returning for the playoffs, Kurt Busch will miss the final two races of the NASCAR Cup Series regular season at Watkins Glen and Daytona due to the lingering effects of a concussion. “As much (as) I want to be back in the car, the time is still not right,” Busch said…MORE

Weekend preview: Watkins Glen International

It would be difficult to imagine more distinct storylines in a single NASCAR race than those present in Sunday’s Go Bowling at the Glen (3 p.m. ET on USA, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). After breaking a 65-race drought on Aug. 7 at Michigan International Raceway, Kevin Harvick will go for his third consecutive Cup…MORE

Team Penske keeps Ryan Blaney with new contract

Ryan Blaney and Team Penske agreed to a new contract that extends “well into the future,” the team announced on Wednesday. Blaney, who plans to remain in the No. 12 Ford on the Penske NASCAR Cup Series roster, joined the team in 2012 and signed his last deal in 2020. “It just really means a…MORE

Kevin Harvick gets 60th win at NASCAR Cup Series at Richmond

Kevin Harvick, who broke a two-season-long losing streak a week ago, passed Joey Logano and cruised to his second straight victory by winning the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway Sunday afternoon in Richmond, Va. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver ran down Logano and roared by the No. 22 Ford with 66 laps to go.…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Kyle Larson wins Richmond pole on busy day

RICHMOND, Va. — Kyle Larson was a man on the move on Saturday at Richmond Raceway. First off, he won the pole position for Sunday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 (3 p.m. ET on USA, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Shortly thereafter, Larson left on a plane for Knoxville, Iowa, where he was locked into the…MORE

Bubba Wallace inks multi-year extension with 23XI Racing

Bubba Wallace signed a multi-year contract extension on Friday to remain in the driver’s seat of the No. 23 Toyota Camry TRD with 23XI Racing. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by 23XI Racing, which made Wallace its inaugural hire in 2021. “It feels great to get this renewal done and to know I…MORE

Kurt Busch (concussion symptoms) to miss race at Richmond

Kurt Busch will miss his fourth straight race due to concussion-like symptoms on Sunday in Richmond, Va. Busch was injured during a qualifying crash at Pocono Raceway on July 23 and missed the following day’s race. He also sat out Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course and again at Michigan International Speedway last Sunday. “Brain injury…MORE

2022 Federated Auto Parts 400: Preview & Predictions

Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick certainly earned one of the most dramatic victories of the season last weekend at Michigan International Speedway. The 2014 NASCAR Cup Series champion’s win, his first in the last 65 races, catapulted him from 17th place in the standings into playoff contention with only three races remaining to set the…MORE

Weekend Preview: Richmond Raceway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick certainly earned one of the most dramatic victories of the season last weekend at Michigan International Speedway. The 2014 NASCAR Cup Series champion’s win, his first in the last 65 races, catapulted him from 17th place in the standings into playoff contention with only three races…MORE

Noah Gragson jumping to Cup Series in 2023

Noah Gragson has a full-time ride in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2023. Gragson, 24, signed a multiyear deal with Petty GMS Motorsports to drive the No. 42 Chevrolet beginning next year. Gragson is an eight-time winner in 123 starts on the Xfinity Series. Gragson replaces Ty Dillon, who announced last month he wouldn’t be…MORE

Kevin Harvick returns to winner’s circle at Michigan

Kevin Harvick ended a 65-race winless drought Sunday when he crossed the finish line first at the Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. Harvick needed to win a race to grab a berth for the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, and he did just that, beating out polesitter Bubba Wallace by 2.903…MORE

Bubba Wallace wins first career NASCAR Cup pole at Michigan

After turning a blistering lap on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway, Bubba Wallace had no idea he had won the pole for Sunday’s Firekeepers Casino 400 (3 p.m. ET on USA, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Moments after completing his final-round lap in 37.755 seconds (190.703 mph), Wallace continued through Turns 1 and 2 to…MORE

2022 FireKeepers Casino 400: Preview & Predictions

For those drivers who haven’t yet qualified for the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, time is growing short. There are four races left in the regular season, and 14 different drivers presumably are going to race in the postseason on the basis of victories in the first 22 events. Realistically, that leaves two Playoff berths still…MORE

Weekend preview: Michigan International Speedway

For those drivers who haven’t yet qualified for the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, time is growing short. There are four races left in the regular season, and 14 different drivers presumably are going to race in the postseason on the basis of victories in the first 22 events. Realistically, that leaves two Playoff berths still…MORE

Kurt Busch (concussion) to miss third consecutive race

Kurt Busch will miss his third straight race due to concussion-like symptoms on Sunday when he doesn’t drive the No. 45 car at Michigan International Speedway. Busch was injured during a qualifying crash at Pocono Raceway on July 23 and missed the following day’s race. He also sat out last weekend’s race on Indianapolis Motor…MORE

Tyler Reddick shines, wins Verizon 200 at Indy

Tyler Reddick mastered a road course for the second time in July, withstanding late restarts to win the Verizon 2002 at the Brickyard on Sunday at Indianapolis. The last half of the 86-lap race was largely a showcase for Reddick at Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course. Reddick held more than a 3-second lead and appeared…MORE

Verizon 200 at the Brickyard: Preview & Predictions

The NASCAR Cup Series is making its second foray onto the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course, but it will be difficult to rival the chaotic proceedings of last year in Sunday’s Verizon 200 at the Brickyard. Competing in the Cup Series in a part-time role for Kaulig Racing, AJ Allmendinger won the debut race on…MORE

Weekend Preview: Indianapolis

The NASCAR Cup Series ia making its second foray onto the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course, but it will be difficult to rival the chaotic proceedings of last year in Sunday’s Verizon 200 at the Brickyard (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, IMS Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Competing in the Cup Series in a part-time…MORE

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