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Truex bests Hamlin to win rain-delayed Martinsville Cup race

Only 42 of 500 laps were completed Saturday night before the remainder of the Cup race was postponed until Sunday afternoon.

But a late-race red-flag for a multi-car wreck pushed the race into the night and it was then that Truex’s No. 19 Toyota came to life.

Truex ran down his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate…


Added by Eddie Lopes on April 11, 2021 at 8:46pm — No Comments

NASCAR to test rain tires at Martinsville Speedway

Kyle Larson will pilot the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet and Chris Buescher will pilot the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford on a dampened track.

NASCAR first used rain tires in an official national series event back in 2008 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve road course in Montreal. Cup cars utilized rain…


Added by Eddie Lopes on April 1, 2021 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Logano holds off Stenhouse in OT for Bristol Dirt Track win

On the restart, Hamlin went high in Turns 1 and 2 hoping to gain momentum for a pass for the lead but couldn’t make any progress. Martin Truex Jr., who was running third, also drifted high but with a flat tire that sent him falling back through the field.

That left Ricky Stenhouse Jr. as Logano’s only serious…


Added by Eddie Lopes on March 29, 2021 at 8:04pm — No Comments

Ryan Blaney passes Larson late, captures Atlanta Cup win

Larson took both stage victories and led a race-high 269 of 325 laps but a 56-lap run on tires at Atlanta Motor Speedway is pushing their limits and as the laps wound down, Blaney’s No. 12 Ford appeared to gain ground quickly.

With eight laps remaining and as Larson and Blaney both approached the lapped car of Joey Logano, Blaney dove to the…


Added by Eddie Lopes on March 21, 2021 at 7:39pm — No Comments

Kyle Busch dominant in NASCAR Truck win at Atlanta

Busch dominated Saturday’s Fr8 Auctions 200, leading 102 of the 130 laps and cruised to victory over Austin Hill by more than 4 seconds to win the Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The only thing Busch didn’t do was collect the stage wins – his teammate John Hunter Nemechek passed on the final lap of the first two stages to collect…


Added by Eddie Lopes on March 20, 2021 at 6:18pm — No Comments

Two NASCAR Cup Series crew chiefs suspended for lug nut issues

This week, NASCAR handed out $70,000 in fines for lug nut violations, resulting in the suspensions of two Cup Series crew chiefs.

The crew chiefs of Kurt Busch (Chip Ganassi Racing), Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing) and William Byron (Hendrick Motorsports) were all fined $10,000 for one improperly installed lug nut.…


Added by Eddie Lopes on March 16, 2021 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Truex joins KBM for Truck race at Bristol Dirt Track

Although he wasn’t planning to make the announcement Sunday following his first Cup win of the season at Phoenix Raceway, Truex ended up confirming his entry in the race after he was told one of his sponsors promoted his appearance in an Instagram post.

“Damn, they spilled the beans? Okay, yeah, we are,” Truex said. “We’re going to run the…


Added by Eddie Lopes on March 16, 2021 at 12:11pm — No Comments

Two Cup teams to be without crew chief at Atlanta for penalties

The teams of Brad Keselowski and Daniel Suarez will be without their crew…


Added by Eddie Lopes on March 14, 2021 at 9:33pm — No Comments

Truex snaps winless streak, bests Logano at Phoenix

Joey Logano was first off pit road on the race’s final pit stops but on a restart with 25 of 312 laps remaining, Truex powered to the outside of Logano and grabbed the lead through Turns 1 and 2.

The race remained caution-free from there and Truex held off Logano by 1.698 seconds at the finish.

Truex had a difficult start in the first…


Added by Eddie Lopes on March 14, 2021 at 7:16pm — No Comments

Two Hendrick Motorsports cars among three to start at rear for Phoenix Cup race

The cars of Kyle Larson and William Byron are among three cars that will start at the rear of the field for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Instacart 500 (3:30 p.m. on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) after failing pre-race inspection two times Saturday night.

Cody Ware’s No. 51 Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet will also have to go to the…


Added by Eddie Lopes on March 13, 2021 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Austin Cindric repeats Phoenix Xfinity win after wild restart

Cindric dominated much of Saturday’s race, leading 119 of 200 laps, but a wreck by Alex Labbe set up a two-lap dash to the checkered flag – a very similar position to how he won his inaugural series championship at this race last November.

This time, Cindric was successful again, fending off Justin Allgaier Daniel Hemric on the restart and as…


Added by Eddie Lopes on March 13, 2021 at 8:35pm — No Comments

Shiplett, SHR No. 41 crew chief, suspended for lug-nut violation at Las Vegas

NASCAR issued penalties to six Cup Series teams Tuesday for lug-nut infractions, including a one-race suspension for Stewart-Haas Racing crew chief Mike Shiplett after last weekend’s events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The SHR No. 41 Ford driven by Cole Custer was found with two unsecured lug nuts after Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 at the Nevada…


Added by Eddie Lopes on March 9, 2021 at 6:35pm — No Comments

Kyle Larson and Hendrick Motorsports win big in Las Vegas

In just his fourth start since being suspended most of the 2020 Cup Series season, Larson took control of a wild race on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and cruised to victory in the Pennzoil 400.

Larson, 28, was fired from his Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 team last April for using a racial slur during the broadcast of an…


Added by Eddie Lopes on March 7, 2021 at 8:59pm — No Comments

William Byron comes from the back to win at Homestead

Byron, 23, had to work his way to the front after starting 31st but once he got there, it was difficult to dislodge him.

Byron led a race-high 102 of 267 laps and easily held off Tyler Reddick by 2.8 seconds to win Sunday’s Dixie Vodka 400. Byron led the final 58 laps.

The win is just the second of Byron’s Cup career and first coming with crew…


Added by Eddie Lopes on February 28, 2021 at 7:38pm — No Comments

Myatt Snider snags first Xfinity win in dramatic Homestead race

Tyler Reddick was just 0.085s behind at the finish line. Brandon Jones, Daniel Hemric and Jeb Burton rounded out the top-five.

"Yeah, Hell yes!" Snider said as he crossed the finish line. "Man, I love you guys. Oh hell, never forget your first one.

"I guess I learned my lesson on that first (overtime…


Added by Eddie Lopes on February 27, 2021 at 8:41pm — No Comments

Bell tops Logano on Daytona Road Course for first Cup win

Logano had led 10 of the final 13 laps but on the next-to-last lap, Bell made up considerable ground on him and entering the frontstretch chicane of the Daytona Road Course, Bell powered to his inside and came away the leader to start the final lap.

He deftly navigated the last of the 70 laps and ended up winning by 2.119 seconds – his first…


Added by Eddie Lopes on February 21, 2021 at 7:01pm — No Comments

Ty Gibbs wins wild Daytona Road Course race in Xfinity debut

Gibbs, the 18-year-old grandson of Joe Gibbs Racing owner Joe Gibbs, went from fourth to second in Turn 1 at the start of the second overtime and then cleared leader Jeb Burton for the lead.

Gibbs then had to hold off road-racing ace Austin Cindric, last year’s Xfinity champion, over the last lap but came away with his first NASCAR national…


Added by Eddie Lopes on February 20, 2021 at 9:11pm — No Comments

John Hunter Nemechek to run partial Xfinity schedule

Nemechek, 23, is already running for the Truck Series championship with Kyle Busch Motorsports. He will now add several NXS races to his 2021 schedule He will make his debut with Sam Hunt Racing at Dover in May.

The organization is coming off an impressive showing in the season-opener, scoring a top-ten finish with Brandon Gdovic.…


Added by Eddie Lopes on February 20, 2021 at 8:10pm — No Comments

Ben Rhodes snags Daytona Road Course Truck win in 3 OTs

Rhodes led the way on the start of the third two-lap overtime and managed to remain out front to take the white flag, but as he tried to fend off a charge from Sheldon Creed on the final lap, the caution was displayed again for a truck stopped in the frontstretch chicane.

Rhodes made it back to the checkered flag under caution to secure his win…


Added by Eddie Lopes on February 19, 2021 at 10:52pm — No Comments

Michael McDowell escapes fiery last lap to win Daytona 500

Michael McDowell emerged from a fiery crash among the leaders on the last lap as the leader when NASCAR placed the race under caution, securing his first career victory in NASCAR’s premier series.

Joey Logano led the way entering the final lap and by the exit to Turn 2, his teammate Brad Keselowski had moved in behind him.…


Added by Eddie Lopes on February 15, 2021 at 12:54am — No Comments



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