Category Archives: NASCAR

NASCAR notebook: Ross Chastain the runner-up in first Champ 4 appearance

AVONDALE, Ariz. — After a season of career-firsts — a maiden victory and a dramatic lap to qualify for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race — Ross Chastain insisted he felt more hopeful than disappointed after coming up short of hoisting his first major racing trophy on Sunday. Chastain’s No. 1 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet finished…MORE

Joey Logano wins at Phoenix to claim NASCAR Cup Series title

Joey Logano regained the race lead with 29 laps to go and drove away to an extraordinary double, winning the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season finale and walking out of Phoenix Raceway with his second Cup Series championship Sunday in Avondale, Ariz. In his third career win at Phoenix, Logano maneuvered his No. 22 Team…MORE

Jimmie Johnson returning to NASCAR as driver, owner

Seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson is returning to NASCAR in 2023, ending a two-year retirement. The 47-year-old driver announced Friday he has entered an ownership agreement with Petty GMS and will race a limited schedule, starting with the Daytona 500. “I’m incredibly excited to be returning to my NASCAR family and look forward to…MORE

NASCAR Cup Series Championship: Preview, Odds, Best Bets

And then there were four. Christopher Bell, Ross Chastain, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott will race for the title in the NASCAR Cup Series Championship event at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday. Elliott, the 2020 champion, is the title favorite at +250 at BetMGM. He is ahead of Bell (+325), 2018 champion Logano (+400) and Chastain…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Ross Chastain still can’t believe decisive move

PHOENIX — Ross Chastain has spent much of his young career overcoming obstacles and exceeding expectations. However, the 29-year-old Floridian’s singular clutch move to qualify for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race (3 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Phoenix Raceway wasn’t even an expectation, it was a once-an-era moment that…MORE

Championship Weekend Preview: Phoenix Raceway

PHOENIX — Will lightning strike three times for Christopher Bell? Can Ross Chastain parlay his amazing Martinsville rim ride into a championship for upstart Trackhouse Racing? Will the NASCAR Cup Series feature more than one active multiple champion for the first time since Jimmie Johnson retired after the 2020 season? Those questions will be answered…MORE

Championship 4 field set after thrilling Martinsville race

Christopher Bell duplicated his heroics from three weeks ago by racing to the checkers in the NASCAR Cup Series’ Round of 8 playoff finale, winning Sunday’s wild Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver’s triumph set the Championship 4 field for next Sunday’s race at Phoenix Raceway. The 27-year-old…MORE

Alex Bowman (concussion) set to return to track next weekend

Alex Bowman has been cleared to return to the No. 48 Chevrolet next weekend at Phoenix Raceway, Hendrick Motorsports announced on Friday. Bowman, 29, sustained a concussion in a crash on Sept. 25 at Texas Motor Speedway. He has missed the past four races and will sit out a fifth on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway…MORE

Kyle Larson rolls to win at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Kyle Larson avoided a late incident on pit road and sped away on the final restart in a dominant victory Sunday in the Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. After Tyler Reddick’s wreck with 23 laps to go brought out the fifth caution, race leader Martin Truex Jr. was spun on pit…MORE

Dixie Vodka 400: Preview, Odds, Best Bets for Homestead

The NASCAR Cup Series run for the championship makes its only stop of the season in South Florida this weekend with the Dixie Vodka 400 on Sunday. It is the second race in the Round of 8 to determine which four drivers will advance to the Championship 4 season finale in Phoenix. Joey Logano became…MORE

Weekend Preview: Homestead-Miami Speedway

MIAMI, Fla. — The NASCAR Cup Series run for the championship makes its only stop of the season in South Florida this weekend with the Dixie Vodka 400 on Sunday (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). It is the second race in the Round of 8 to determine which four drivers…MORE

Bubba Wallace suspended 1 race for Vegas incident

NASCAR suspended driver Bubba Wallace on Tuesday for the upcoming race at Homestead for intentionally wrecking Kyle Larson last Sunday at Las Vegas. It’s a one-race suspension, with no fine or loss of points. Wallace is the first NASCAR Cup Series driver to be suspended for an on-track incident since Matt Kenseth in 2015. “It’s…MORE

Ty Dillon joining Corey LaJoie at Spire Motorsports

Ty Dillon is joining Corey LaJoie as full-time drivers for Spire Motorsports in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2023. The team announced its driver lineup on Tuesday. Dillon will pilot the No. 77 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and LaJoie will remain behind the wheel of the No. 7 car. Dillon, 30, is driving the No. 42…MORE

Joey Logano wins in Las Vegas, clinches spot in Championship 4

Joey Logano became the first driver to advance to NASCAR’s championship race by passing Ross Chastain with three laps to go at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and winning the South Point 400 Sunday in Las Vegas. With 22 circuits left and gridding 13th on the final restart, Logano sliced through the field and caught Chastain’s…MORE

Kurt Busch (concussion) won’t race full-time in 2023

Driver Kurt Busch announced Saturday that he will miss the rest of this season with a concussion and will not race full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2023. “I know I’m not 100 percent in my ability to go out and race at the top level in the NASCAR Cup Series,” Busch wrote on…MORE

Blake Harris named Alex Bowman’s crew chief for 2023

Blake Harris will be the crew chief for Alex Bowman and the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team in 2023. Hendrick Motorsports made the announcement Friday. Harris, 35, will replace Greg Ives, who announced in August that he was stepping down from the position at the end of the season. Harris has spent the…MORE

Christopher Bell wins at Charlotte, reaches playoff Round of 8

Christopher Bell gambled on tires late, won in overtime and advanced to the NASCAR Cup Series’ next playoff round in Sunday’s Bank of America Roval 400 in Concord, N.C. On the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course’s Roval layout, Bell — running seventh and needing a win in the elimination race to move to the Round…MORE

Weekend Preview: Charlotte Motor Speedway road course

Though 10 NASCAR Cup playoff drivers face widely different challenges this weekend, one driver — Chase Elliott — is firmly in the catbird seat entering Sunday’s Bank of America ROVAL 400 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course. In the fifth postseason event of the 2022 season last Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, Elliott became the…MORE

AJ Allmendinger returning to full-time Cup Series duty in ’23

AJ Allmendinger will return to the NASCAR Cup Series on a full-time basis in 2023, Kaulig Racing announced Wednesday. Allmendinger, 40, initially retired from full-time NASCAR Cup Series competition in 2018 before returning to the NASCAR Xfinity Series for five races the following year. He will team alongside Justin Haley in the two-car Cup Series…MORE

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