Category Archives: NASCAR

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

2021 Cup Series to open with three Florida races

NASCAR officially lined up a 2021 race schedule that includes a full February in Florida, along with the elimination of the regular early-season stop in California. The NASCAR Cup Series officially will begin with the Feb. 14 Daytona 500, while the circuit stays put for another week to contest a Feb. 21 race on the…MORE

Reports: NASCAR to move Fontana race to Daytona

NASCAR will move February’s scheduled race in Fontana, Calif., to Florida because of the coronavirus pandemic, multiple outlets reported. NASCAR was expected to make an official announcement as soon as Tuesday afternoon. The Auto Club 400 currently is scheduled for Feb. 28 in Fontana, but it is expected to move to Feb. 21 and be…MORE

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