Category Archives: NASCAR

Elliott wins at Phoenix to earn first Cup title

Chase Elliott has spent the last several years being known primarily as NASCAR’s most popular driver and the son of “Million Dollar” Bill Elliott. But late on Sunday afternoon, the 24-year-old Elliott became known as something much better — the Cup Series’ 2020 champion. Elliott passed fellow Championship 4 driver Joey Logano for the lead…MORE

Elliott moved to rear in Phoenix after failed inspections

Chase Elliott’s No. 9 Chevrolet failed pre-race inspection twice and was moved to the rear of the field for Sunday’s championship race at Phoenix. The Hendrick Motorsports driver is part of the Championship 4, competing with Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin at the NASCAR Cup Series Season Finale 500 at Phoenix Raceway. He…MORE

No divided loyalty for Team Penske in Championship 4

Team Penske owner Roger Penske has two drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 race for the first time. Both drivers are former Cup champions. Brad Keselowski won his title in 2012 under the 10-race Chase format. Joey Logano won the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to secure the 2018 championship. So how does…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Logano enters finale brimming with confidence

Chase Elliott may have the momentum going into the weekend thanks to his 11th-hour victory at Martinsville Speedway, but Joey Logano considers himself the favorite to win a second NASCAR Cup Series title in Sunday’s Season Finale 500 at Phoenix Raceway (3 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Logano’s confidence is founded…MORE

Weekend preview: Phoenix sets stage for 2020 Cup finale

The much-anticipated NASCAR Cup Series Season Finale 500 takes place Sunday (3 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Phoenix Raceway with a relatively new look but highly motivated Championship 4 group of drivers. Only Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin was championship eligible a year ago, and this Sunday he will contend…MORE

Elliott wins Martinsville, will race for title; Harvick eliminated

Chase Elliott began Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway in a bit of trouble. He was 25 points below the cutline in the battle for a spot in next weekend’s Championship 4 race and he was riding a 0-for-20 career streak at short tracks. But none of that mattered as the massively popular…MORE

Jordan’s new NASCAR team partners with Gibbs

23XI Racing, the new NASCAR team co-owned by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin, announced a technical partnership Thursday with Hamlin’s longtime team, Joe Gibbs Racing. Bubba Wallace will drive the No. 23 car, which will be a Toyota Camry when it debuts for the start of the 2021 season. The team also announced that Mike…MORE

Weekend preview: Martinsville

The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 will be decided by Sunday’s Xfinity 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway (2 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and expectations are high that positions in this championship foursome are still very much up for grabs. Team Penske’s Joey Logano is the only driver locked in…MORE

Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 results

NASCAR Cup Series Race — 16th Annual Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas Sunday, October 25, 2020 1. (9) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 334. 2. (6) Martin Truex Jr. (P), Toyota, 334. 3. (15) Christopher Bell #, Toyota, 334. 4. (10) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 334. 5. (5) Alex Bowman (P), Chevrolet, 334.…MORE

Kyle Busch wins in Texas to keep streak alive

With hopes to win a second-straight NASCAR Cup Series championship scuttled by a poor finish at Charlotte two-plus weeks ago, Kyle Busch still had something to race for in the final races of 2020 — prolonging his streak of consecutive seasons with a race win. On Wednesday evening, Busch secured his goal as he won…MORE

Larson to drive No. 5 car for Hendrick Motorsports

Kyle Larson will drive the historic No. 5 car for Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Cup Series next season. The team’s announcement Wednesday comes just nine days after NASCAR said Larson would be reinstated from suspension on Jan. 1. He was disciplined by the governing body and fired by Chip Ganassi Racing after he uttered…MORE

NASCAR race resumption postponed again

For the third day in a row, NASCAR was forced to move back the resumption of the Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway another day in Fort Worth. With ongoing unfavorable weather conditions and continued precipitation, NASCAR rescheduled the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 until Wednesday. The start is now scheduled for 3 p.m. ET…MORE

Rain pushes Texas Cup Series race to Tuesday

Wet weather continued in Fort Worth on Monday, forcing NASCAR to again move back the conclusion of the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Officials will make another attempt at finishing the race on Tuesday. The hopeful starting time is 12 p.m. Eastern and it will be televised on NBCSN.…MORE

Texas Cup Series race postponed by wet track

A bizarre mist descended on Sunday’s Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway and just wouldn’t leave. As a result, NASCAR stopped the race with just over 50 laps completed. The red flag waved until 8:45 p.m. ET at which point it was announced that the race would be postponed…MORE

Truex sent to back of Texas pack for spoiler violation

Martin Truex Jr. was sent to the rear of the field ahead of Sunday’s race in Texas after NASCAR officials confiscated the spoiler from his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Two other vehicles — the No. 49 of Chad Finchum and No. 96 of Daniel Suarez — also failed prerace inspections and were moved…MORE

Weekend preview: Texas Motor Speedway

Success tends to breed success in NASCAR Cup Series Playoff races at Texas Motor Speedway. From 2012 through 2015, seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson dominated the fall race at the 1.5-mile track, winning four straight Playoff events there. Kevin Harvick has a chance to duplicate that feat in Sunday’s Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 (3:30 p.m. ET…MORE

Wallace to drive No. 23 for new Jordan-Hamlin team

Bubba Wallace will drive No. 23 next season in what was a highly predictable reveal Thursday by 23XI Racing, the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin. “Here we come. #23,” came the tweet Thursday. The team has not yet named a manufacturer. Hamlin will continue to drive Joe Gibbs…MORE

Jones to drive Richard Petty Motorsports’ No. 43 car

Richard Petty Motorsports hired Erik Jones on Wednesday to replace Bubba Wallace in the iconic No. 43 Chevrolet for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. Jones, 24, spent the past three Cup seasons with Joe Gibbs Racing, who announced in August he would not return to the No. 20 Toyota in 2021. “It is an…MORE

Briscoe to replace Bowyer behind wheel of No. 14 Ford

Chase Briscoe will drive the No. 14 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing on the NASCAR Cup Series in 2021, replacing the retiring Clint Bowyer. The team announced Briscoe’s promotion from the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Tuesday. Briscoe, 25, is leading in the standings for the 2020 Xfinity Series title, with nine wins and 16 top-five…MORE

NASCAR reinstates Larson as of Jan. 1

Kyle Larson, suspended by NASCAR in April for the use of a racial slur, will be permitted to resume competing on Jan. 1, the sanctioning body announced Monday. Larson was participating in an iRacing video-game event on April 12 when he said the N-word during a live stream. NASCAR suspended him from competition the next…MORE

Logano holds off Harvick to win in Kansas

Joey Logano got off to a hot start to the 2020 season by winning two of the first four races. Then the NASCAR Cup Series schedule was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Team Penske driver went winless — until Sunday. Logano used a fast pit stop under caution with just under 50 laps…MORE

Larson says he’s ‘grown’ since suspension, seeks reinstatement

Driver Kyle Larson said in a television interview that he has “definitely grown more in these last six months than the 28 years I’ve been alive” — the time since he uttered a racist slur that got him suspended from NASCAR and fired from his racing team. Larson used the word in a livestream broadcast…MORE

Weekend preview: Kansas Speedway

The eight drivers who have advanced to this three-race round of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs likely feel a return-to-normalcy. That feeling comes after an unprecedented season of schedule flux and the most recent Playoff round that included a superspeedway and a relatively new road course that forced teams to compete on rain tires for…MORE

Bowyer set to retire from NASCAR, lands job with Fox

Clint Bowyer is leaving the driver’s seat for the announcer’s booth. The 41-year-old driver announced Thursday that he will retire from the NASCAR Cup Series at the end of the current season, and he will join FOX’s announcing team next year. Bowyer tweeted, “Just like my driving career, I will be part of a great…MORE

Weekend preview: Playoffs stakes run high at Charlotte ROVAL

As if Sunday’s Bank of America 400 (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) didn’t already stand to be a dramatic finale to the Round of 12 of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, there is a possibility that the competitors may be racing for their championship hopes in the rain at the Charlotte…MORE

NASCAR Hall of Fame induction moved to 2022

The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021 won’t be inducted until 2022. The Hall of Fame announced Thursday that it is postponing the induction ceremony, originally set for Feb. 5, 2021, because of uncertainties regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Red Farmer, the late Mike Stefanik and Landmark Award winner Ralph Seagraves make…MORE

Bowman will drive Johnson’s No. 48 in 2021

With Jimmie Johnson stepping away at season’s end after a stellar career in the NASCAR Cup Series, Hendrick Motorsports announced Tuesday that Alex Bowman will take over as driver of the No. 48 car next year. Bowman currently drives the No. 88 car for team owner Rick Hendrick. Greg Ives, crew chief of the No.…MORE

Larson posts open letter, addresses racial slur

Nearly six months after NASCAR suspended him indefinitely for using a racial slur, former Chip Ganassi Racing star Kyle Larson on Sunday posted a lengthy open letter on his website, detailing the steps he has taken in the months since and shedding light on the effect the incident has had on people in his life.…MORE

YellaWood 500 results

NASCAR Cup Series Race — 52nd Annual YellaWood 500 Talladega Superspeedway Talladega, Alabama Sunday, October 4, 2020 1. (1) Denny Hamlin (P), Toyota, 200. 2. (16) Erik Jones, Toyota, 200. 3. (28) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 200. 4. (21) William Byron, Chevrolet, 200. 5. (10) Chase Elliott (P), Chevrolet, 200. 6. (19) Ryan Newman, Ford, 200.…MORE

Hamlin avoids trouble to win at Talladega

With 17 laps to go in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, Denny Hamlin was the last car on the lead lap. When the caution-filled YellaWood 500 finally ended in triple overtime, Hamlin was out front. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver used a stay-out-of-trouble strategy by riding well back in the field to…MORE

Weekend preview: Talladega Superspeedway

What was good for one Busch brother at Las Vegas was bad for the other. Last Sunday, Kurt Busch got a long-awaited first victory at his home track in the first Round of 12 race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff. The win propelled the driver of the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, who…MORE

South Point 400 results

NASCAR Cup Series Race — 3rd Annual South Point 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, Nevada Sunday, September 27, 2020 1. (9) Kurt Busch (P), Chevrolet, 268. 2. (19) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 268. 3. (10) Denny Hamlin (P), Toyota, 268. 4. (11) Martin Truex Jr. (P), Toyota, 268. 5. (8) Alex Bowman (P), Chevrolet,…MORE

Hometown driver Kurt Busch wins Las Vegas race

The old “better to be lucky than good” adage certainly applied to Sunday night’s NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, as Kurt Busch caught a caution at just the right time with the laps winding down at the Cup Series South Point 400. The Las Vegas native’s good fortune got him a victory and…MORE

Hendrick Motorsports fined $100K for testing violation

NASCAR’s Hendrick Motorsports was fined $100,000 on Thursday after self-reporting itself on excessive wind-tunnel testing time. Teams were allocated 150 hours of wind-tunnel testing time for Gen-6 vehicles to use in 2020 and 2021. It was split up into a maximum 70 hours for this year and a maximum 90 hours for next year. While…MORE

Weekend Preview: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

The NASCAR Cup Series begins Round of 12 of the 2020 Playoffs with Sunday night’s South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The most recent track record of reference points to a certain foursome as a good bet. Team Penske’s Joey Logano won at…MORE

NTSB: Pilots to blame for ’19 Earnhardt plane crash

The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday blamed pilots for the 2019 place crash that injured Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife and their then-1-year-old daughter. That was part of the finding contained in the NTSB’s final report on the crash, which occurred Aug. 15, 2019, at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Tennessee. The NTSB released the…MORE

Bubba Wallace will drive for new MJ-Hamlin team

Bubba Wallace, who ended his relationship with Richard Petty Motorsports earlier this month, will drive for a new team owned by basketball legend Michael Jordan and three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin. Wallace, 26, had his best finish of the season last month when he came in fifth place in the Coke Zero Sugar 400…MORE

Chastain to drive for Ganassi in NASCAR Cup Series

Ross Chastain will drive the No. 42 Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series beginning next season. He will replace Matt Kenseth, who took over behind the wheel in May when Kyle Larson was fired for using a racial slur during an iRacing event. Chastain currently drives for Kaulig Racing on…MORE

NASCAR Weekend Preview: Bristol Motor Speedway

The upside? Both Ryan Blaney and Matt DiBenedetto have shown excellent speed at Bristol Motor Speedway. The downside? Neither driver has won a NASCAR Cup Series race at the .533-mile, high-banked concrete track, and that could be a problem with the first cutoff race in the Playoff set to run on Saturday night. In all…MORE

NASCAR Weekend Preview: Richmond Raceway

In many ways last week’s NASCAR Cup Series Playoff opener was reflective of the season-long championship stakes — Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. fielded strong Toyotas and led a lot of laps. Ultimately, regular season champion Kevin Harvick held off the field for a series-best eighth trophy and an automatic…MORE

Wallace leaving Richard Petty Racing

Bubba Wallace took to Twitter on Thursday to announce that he’s leaving Richard Petty Motorsports after the season. “This was not an easy decision as I have nothing but the utmost respect for Richard Petty and his family, but I believe it’s time for someone else to take over the reins of the No. 43,”…MORE

Harvick wins playoff opener at Darlington

Kevin Harvick has won a lot of races by being just plain good. On Saturday night, he got a victory by being a little bit lucky. The Stewart-Haas driver was running third and well off the lead in the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway as the laps wound down to a finish. But…MORE

NASCAR Weekend Preview: Darlington

After 26 weeks establishing the ultimate competitive groove and seeing the sport’s best raise their game, the NASCAR Cup Series begins its 10-week Playoff run Sunday night in the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway (6 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). It’s hard to imagine a way to top…MORE

Coke Zero Sugar 400 results

NASCAR Cup Series Race — 62nd Annual Coke Zero Sugar 400 Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, Florida Saturday, August 29, 2020 1. (6) William Byron, Chevrolet, 164. 2. (27) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 164. 3. (10) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 164. 4. (2) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 164. 5. (21) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet, 164. 6. (9) Ryan…MORE

Byron wins Daytona, qualifies for NASCAR playoffs

William Byron began Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway on the bubble in his bid to squeeze his way into the playoffs, which begin next weekend. He ended the night in Victory Lane as the Hendrick Motorsports driver survived a number of late-race wrecks and dashed to…MORE

Wallace: We’re racing, but firmly behind ‘fight for equality’

NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace wants you to know two things going into weekend. First, while many other sports have paused in protest of a Black man shot in Wisconsin on Sunday, Wallace says NASCAR will race on. Second, referring to himself and the other drivers, “We will continue to stand for the countless…MORE

NASCAR Weekend Preview: Daytona

As if competing on the furiously fast, high banks of Daytona International Speedway wasn’t exciting enough. The NASCAR Cup Series will be deciding its final slate of 16 playoff drivers there in Saturday night’s regular season finale, the Coke Zero Sugar 400 (7:30 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Kevin Harvick, driver…MORE

Harvick dominates Dover for seventh win of season

A day after he could only watch as Denny Hamlin tied him for most race victories in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series, Kevin Harvick rebounded and collected win No. 7 Sunday — and did it in dominating fashion. The victory clinched the regular season points championship for Harvick with still one more race to go…MORE

Hamlin picks up sixth win, late, at Dover

Denny Hamlin moved into a tie for the lead for the most victories in the NASCAR Cup Series on Saturday when he passed Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr with nine laps to go and then hung on for the win. The margin of victory for Hamlin was 1.18 seconds over Truex in the…MORE

NASCAR’s first Black track president hired in Nashville

The Nashville Superspeedway named Erik Moses its president, the first Black person to lead a NASCAR track. Dover Motorsports, Inc., owner of the track, announced his hiring on Saturday. One of Moses’ first duties will be to oversee the reopening of the Superspeedway, which closed in 2011 and is scheduled to host a NASCAR Cup…MORE

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