Category Archives: NASCAR

Kurt Busch outduels brother, snaps winless streak at Kansas

Kurt Busch dominated the second half of the race but had to pass Kyle Larson with eight laps remaining to win the AdventHealth 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. The 2004 Cup champion found himself in third on the race’s final restart with 33 laps to go…MORE

Christopher Bell claims NASCAR Cup pole in Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Christopher Bell became his own self-fulfilling prophecy in winning the pole position for Sunday’s AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway (3 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). “I think it’s a great track for me,” Bell said in a question-and-answer session with reporters before NASCAR Cup Series qualifying. “I…MORE

Austin Dillon to star in reality series for USA Network

A reality series featuring NASCAR driver Austin Dillon, his family and friends will debut in June on USA Network. “Austin Dillon’s Life In The Fast Lane” will give fans a look inside the life of Dillon, wife Whitney and their son, Ace. Best friends Paul and Mariel Swan also will be featured. “Fans will get…MORE

2022 AdventHealth 400: Preview, Odds & Best Bets

Kansas Speedway used to be a jinx track for Kyle Busch. That was before the driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota got a handle on the 1.5-mile intermediate speedway, a trend he hopes will continue in Sunday’s AdventHealth 400 (3 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). In his first…MORE

Joey Logano makes late moves to win at Darlington

Joey Logano ran down William Byron and bumped him out of the way as they approached the white flag to win the Goodyear 400 NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday on Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C. On the race’s final restart, Byron stuck low on Logano off Turn 2, with Logano’s Ford scrubbing…MORE

2022 Goodyear 400: Preview, Odds & Best Bets

On the positive side, Hendrick Motorsports has won five of the 11 NASCAR Cup Series races so far this season. Further, Hendrick drivers collectively have 14 all-time Cup victories at Darlington Raceway, more than any other organization in the sport. Here’s the negative, though: Hendrick hasn’t earned a trophy at the Lady in Black since…MORE

Matt Kenseth tops NASCAR Hall of Fame 2023 class

Driver Matt Kenseth was selected on his first time on the ballot and highlights the NASCAR Hall of Fame 2023 class. Also selected for induction were crew chief Kirk Shelmerdine and driver Hershel McGriff. The induction ceremony is Jan. 20 at Charlotte, N.C. The 50-year-old Kenseth won the Daytona 500 twice (2009, 2012) and totaled…MORE

Chase Elliott ends drought at rain-delayed Dover

NASCAR Cup Series points leader Chase Elliott snapped a career-high 26-race winless streak Monday afternoon by taking the checkered flag at the DuraMAX Drydene 400 at Dover Motor Speedway in Delaware. Resuming the 400-lap race that was interrupted by rain on Sunday, Elliott’s No. 9 Chevrolet passed Ross Chastain with just over 50 laps to…MORE

Rain halts racing in Dover, race to be finished Monday

The DuraMAX Drydene 400 at Dover Motor Speedway in Delaware will resume Monday at noon ET (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) after rain showers forced a race stoppage on Sunday afternoon. Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson led Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott when the red flag came out for the inclement weather 78…MORE

Chris Buescher captures pole ahead of race in Dover

Chris Buescher earned his first career NASCAR Cup Series pole position at Dover (Del.) Motor Speedway Saturday and will lead the field to green in Sunday’s DuraMAX Drydene 400 (3 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The driver of the No. 17 Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing Ford turned a fast lap of 159.207 mph…MORE

DuraMAX Drydene 400: Preview, Odds & Best Bets

As the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Dover (Del.) Motor Speedway for Sunday’s DuraMAX Drydene 400 presented by RelaDyne (3 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) the top drivers in the championship points standings are still looking for their first win of the 2022 season. NASCAR Cup Series standings leader Chase Elliott is…MORE

Weekend preview: Dover Motor Speedway

As the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Dover (Del.) Motor Speedway for Sunday’s DuraMAX Drydene 400 presented by RelaDyne (3 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) the top drivers in the championship points standings are still looking for their first win of the 2022 season. NASCAR Cup Series standings leader Chase Elliott is…MORE

Denny Hamlin ordered to undergo sensitivity training

Denny Hamlin has been ordered by NASCAR to undergo sensitivity training after he put up a social-media post considered offensive. Hamlin directed a post toward fellow driver Kyle Larson on Monday that featured a clip making fun of a female Asian driver. Hamlin superimposed Larson’s name over the character. Larson was born in the United…MORE

Ross Chastain’s late move leads to win at Talladega

Ross Chastain made a last-straightaway pass of leader Erik Jones to win a frantic GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup Series finish at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday afternoon in Talladega, Ala. Running third off Turn 4 to Jones and then-second-place Kyle Larson, Chastain stayed low and watched Larson go high for the pass and Jones move up…MORE

Christopher Bell captures pole at Talladega

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Christopher Bell earned his second career NASCAR Cup Series pole position with a lap of 180.92 mph around the 2.66-mile Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Saturday morning – just edging his teammate Martin Truex Jr., by a scant .081-second. The all-JGR Toyota front row marks the first time the team has swept…MORE

GEICO 500: Preview, Odds & Best Bets

The famed Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway is a track beloved for its high action and unpredictability. And those are apt adjectives for NASCAR’s Cup Series competition this season as well, with eight different winners through the first nine races. The NASCAR Cup Series heads to the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway high banks for Sunday’s GEICO 500 (3…MORE

Kyle Busch wins on Bristol dirt course after wild ending

In a wild finish in NASCAR’s only Cup Series dirt event, Kyle Busch came from third to first off the final turn at Bristol Motor Speedway to win the Food City Dirt Race Sunday night in Bristol, Tenn. Chase Briscoe ran down leader Tyler Reddick in a 24-lap shootout at the end, then Briscoe slid…MORE

Charge from back nets Cole Custer first pole on Bristol Dirt

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Cole Custer charged from ninth to second in the first of four 15-lap qualifying heat races on Saturday to earn the pole position for Sunday night’s Food City Dirt Race at the Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt track (7 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Custer surged from fifth to…MORE

Food City Dirt Race: Preview, Odds & Best Bets

Among the many changes affecting the second Food City Dirt Race at the Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Track, the move from day to night for the race is perhaps the most significant. The sentiment toward the move has been universally positive. Drivers are anticipating a more traditional dirt race when they take to the half-mile…MORE

Weekend Preview: Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt

Among the many changes affecting the second Food City Dirt Race at the Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Track, the move from day to night for the race is perhaps the most significant. The sentiment toward the move has been universally positive. Drivers are anticipating a more traditional dirt race when they take to the half-mile…MORE

William Byron posts second NASCAR win of season at Martinsville

Chevrolet driver William Byron became the NASCAR Cup Series’ first repeat winner of 2022 by capturing the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Saturday. After seven different drivers notched wins in the first seven races, Byron took the lead from polesitter Chase Elliott after the end of Stage 2 following service…MORE

Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400: Preview, Odds & Best Bets

There are seven different race winners in the seven-week-old NASCAR Cup Series season and plenty of reason to believe that trend of 2022 first timers continues in Saturday night’s Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400 (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Last week for the first time since he won…MORE

Weekend Preview: Martinsville Speedway

There are seven different race winners in the seven-week-old NASCAR Cup Series season and plenty of reason to believe that trend of 2022 first timers continues in Saturday night’s Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400 (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Last week for the first time since he won…MORE

Denny Hamlin chases down first win of NASCAR Cup season at Richmond

Virginia native Denny Hamlin ran down William Byron and passed him with five laps to go as Toyota won its first race this season in the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway. At his home track, Hamlin put his Joe Gibbs Racing Camry into victory lane for the fourth time at…MORE

Toyota Owners 400: Preview, Odds & Best Bets

With six different winners in as many races and the first short track event up next for the new 2022 Next Gen race cars, it’s hard to imagine a more compelling start to a NASCAR Cup Series season. The Toyota Owners 400 at the 0.75-mile Richmond (Va.) Raceway on Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX,…MORE

Weekend preview: Richmond Raceway

With six different winners in as many races and the first short track event up next for the new 2022 Next Gen race cars, it’s hard to imagine a more compelling start to a NASCAR Cup Series season. The Toyota Owners 400 at the 0.75-mile Richmond (Va.) Raceway on Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX,…MORE

Ross Chastain gets first NASCAR Cup Series victory

Ross Chastain notched his first NASCAR Cup series victory by winning a two-lap, overtime sprint, claiming the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix NASCAR race at Circuit of the Americas Sunday in Austin, Texas. Starting second on the final restart, Chastain muscled his way past race leader Tyler Reddick, was passed by A.J. Allmendinger after the white…MORE

Chase Elliott favored to repeat at Circuit of The Americas

AUSTIN, Texas — Sunny skies and warm weather are forecast to greet the NASCAR Cup Series as it arrives in Austin, Texas, for Sunday’s EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at the Circuit of The Americas. Race teams are eager to check out the new 2022 racing…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Ryan Blaney wins pole at Austin

AUSTIN, Texas — Team Penske driver Ryan Blaney will start from pole position in Sunday’s EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) — becoming the first multi-time pole winner of the 2022 season. It’s his second pole this year and eighth in his career. Blaney’s lap of 92.759 mph…MORE

NASCAR penalizes Brad Keselowski, suspends crew chief

NASCAR on Thursday docked driver Brad Keselowski’s team 100 points and suspended crew chief Matt McCall for four races for modifying a part supplied by a vendor. McCall was also fined $100,000 and Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing was docked 100 owner points. If Keselowski qualifies for the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, the No. 6 car…MORE

William Byron wins Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

William Byron regained the lead for the checkered flag to win the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga. Byron finished in front of Ross Chastain in a 325-lap test, with other cars crashing behind him as he crossed the finish line. Chastain was second, followed by Kurt…MORE

NASCAR notebook: NASCAR Cup practice predictive of pack racing at Atlanta on Sunday

HAMPTON, Ga. — Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series practice answered a lot of questions about the nature of racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway. With NASCAR’s superspeedway competition package in place for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at the 1.54-mile track (3 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)., Cup drivers quickly gravitated toward…MORE

Chase Briscoe earns first NASCAR Cup Series victory at Phoenix

Chase Briscoe secured his first career victory by keeping the lead across the last 80 laps to win the Ruoff Mortgage 500 on Sunday at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. On a restart with four laps to go, Briscoe moved to the front with the aid of a slight bump from Ross Chastain. Chastain ended…MORE

Ryan Blaney captures pole at Phoenix Raceway

Team Penske driver Ryan Blaney earned his third career Phoenix Raceway pole position on Saturday afternoon and will line up alongside Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin to lead the field to green in Sunday’s Ruoff Mortgage 500 (3:30 p.m., FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). It is the best race start of the season for both…MORE

Ruoff Mortgage 500: Preview, Odds & Best Bets

Sunday’s Ruoff Mortgage 500 at Phoenix Raceway (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) marks the NASCAR Cup Series Next Gen car’s one-mile competitive debut. And three races into the season, the car – and the racing it’s produced – has received superlative reviews. There have been three different race winners -…MORE

Weekend Preview: Phoenix Raceway

Sunday’s Ruoff Mortgage 500 at Phoenix Raceway (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) marks the NASCAR Cup Series Next Gen car’s one-mile competitive debut. And three races into the season, the car – and the racing it’s produced – has received superlative reviews. There have been three different race winners -…MORE

Alex Bowman fends off Kyle Larson to win Pennzoil 400

Alex Bowman beat defending Cup Series champion Kyle Larson in a tight two-lap shootout with a strong run off the final turn, winning the Pennzoil 400 Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. On the race’s final pit stop — brought out by Erik Jones’ wreck with three laps left — Bowman and Larson decided to…MORE

Christopher Bell speeds to first NASCAR Cup pole

LAS VEGAS — Joe Gibbs Racing driver Christopher Bell won his first career NASCAR Cup Series pole position on Saturday and will lead the field in Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube (3 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The driver of the No. 20 JGR Toyota bested the 10 cars that advanced…MORE

Hendrick Motorsports giving $2K for every led lap to Ukraine

Hendrick Motorsports is set to make a sizable donation in an effort to help the country of Ukraine, which was invaded by neighboring Russia last week. In addition to a $200,000 pledge to Samaritan’s Purse, the race team also will donate $2,000 for each lap led by its four drivers in Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 at…MORE

Daytona 500 sees bump from record-low viewership

The Daytona 500 saw its television ratings increase dramatically over the previous two editions, when the race wasn’t held in its regular Sunday afternoon time slot, with the latest viewership total coming in only slightly below the 2019 figure. The Fox telecast attracted 8.87 million viewers on Sunday, when Austin Cindric took the checkered flag…MORE

Rookie Austin Cindric edges Bubba Wallace Jr. to take Daytona 500

Rookie driver Austin Cindric won the season-opening Daytona 500 in what came down to a green-white-checker finish Sunday at Daytona Beach, Fla. Cindric’s winning margin was .036 seconds on runner-up Bubba Wallace Jr. Chase Briscoe was third, followed by Ryan Blaney and Aric Armirola Cindric, 23, drives for Team Penske. Blaney is a teammate of…MORE

Chase Briscoe, Daniel Hemric moved to rear at Daytona

Chase Briscoe and Daniel Hemric were moved to the rear of the starting grid for Sunday’s Daytona 500 after their cars failed pre-race inspections. Briscoe had qualified ninth in his No. 14 Ford and Hemric had been 33rd in the No. 16 Chevrolet. Instead they will begin the 64th running of the Great American Race…MORE

Chase Elliott inks 5-year extension with Hendrick Motorsports

Driver Chase Elliott inked a five-year extension with Hendrick Motorsports that runs through the 2027 season. The agreement was signed Saturday in advance of Sunday’s season-opening Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Financial terms were not announced. Elliott, 26, has never missed the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs in his six full seasons. He won the…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Next Gen race car means different approach to pit stops

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Pit stops in the Daytona 500 will be fundamentally different this year. Just ask Ricky Stenhouse Jr. It’s not just because the new NASCAR Cup Series Next Gen cars have gone to a single center lug instead of five lug nuts to secure each tire. And it’s not just because the…MORE

Start your engines: Daytona 500 kicks off NASCAR Cup Series season

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Already riding a wave of positive momentum and international attention, Sunday’s 63rd annual Daytona 500 (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) is again shaping up to be one of the sport’s most high-profile, highly competitive events as it ushers in the 2022 season. Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion…MORE

RFK Racing’s Brad Keselowski, Chris Buescher sweep Daytona Duels

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Roush Fenway Keselowski teammates Brad Keselowski and Chris Buescher swept Thursday night’s Bluegreen Vacation Duels, but a last-lap collision in the second race wiped out then-front-runner Joey Logano and spoiled a perfect night for the Ford Performance entries. Running second to Logano, Buescher made a move to the inside on the…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Kyle Larson covets victory in biggest race

Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson addressed the media corps Wednesday, taking questions on a wide variety of topics from his chances in Sunday’s Daytona 500 to his expectations for a back-to-back title trophy hoist. Larson’s best Daytona 500 finish in eight starts is 7th place – twice – in 2016 and 2019. He’s…MORE

2021 Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell tops first practices

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Defending champion Michael McDowell turned the fastest lap of Tuesday’s combined two opening Daytona 500 practice sessions at Daytona International Speedway with a top lap of 192.736 mph in the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford. David Ragan, a former summer Daytona race winner, was second fastest in the No. 15…MORE

Blogs