Eddie Lopes's Articles – July 2020 Archive (24)

Starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire

The starting lineup for Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) has been set.

Aric Almirola will start from the pole position, while three-time New Hampshire winner Denny Hamlin will start alongside him on the the front row for…


Added by Eddie Lopes on July 30, 2020 at 7:05pm — No Comments

Ed Carpenter Racing signs ace NASCAR crew chief Pearn for Indy

In 2015, Pearn became crew chief for FRR and Truex, and they clinched the 2017 NASCAR Cup title, while last year they earned seven wins, more than any other entrant. After moving with Truex to Joe Gibbs Racing, as FRR closed down, Pearn then quit full-time NASCAR competition at the end of 2019 to return to his native Canada and run a business with his…


Added by Eddie Lopes on July 29, 2020 at 7:55pm — No Comments

Denny Hamlin fends off Keselowski for Kansas Cup win

Hamlin ended a streak of three sub-par finishes by passing Kevin Harvick for the lead with 13 laps to go and held off a furious challenge from Brad Keselowski to win Thursday night’s Cup Series race at Kansas.

“This race team is such a dream,” Hamlin said over his team radio as he crossed the finish line.

The win is Hamlin’s fifth of the…


Added by Eddie Lopes on July 23, 2020 at 11:37pm — No Comments

Chad Knaus to miss Kansas race for birth of second child

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion crew chief Chad Knaus is about to become a two-time father — and so he doesn’t miss the birth of his second child, Knaus will not travel with the No. 24 team to this weekend’s race at Kansas Speedway.

Veteran crew chief Keith Rodden, who last served as full-time crew chief on…


Added by Eddie Lopes on July 21, 2020 at 8:02pm — No Comments

NASCAR announces no practice or qualifying for remainder of 2020 events

NASCAR competition officials said Tuesday that the remaining national series events on the 2020 schedule will be held without practice and qualifying.

The move is part of a continued effort to limit at-track time for teams, officials, safety workers and other essential personnel under COVID-19 health protocols. The safeguards — which include…


Added by Eddie Lopes on July 21, 2020 at 5:10pm — No Comments

Austin Dillon wins Texas Cup race, earns playoff spot

Austin Dillon snapped an 88-race winless streak with a stunning victory Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway as Richard Childress Racing finished first and second for the first time since 2011.

Dillon, 30, held off his rookie teammate Tyler Reddick on the final two-lap dash to the finish to claim his first win of the 2020 season, third of his career…


Added by Eddie Lopes on July 19, 2020 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Kyle Busch tops teammate Eckes for Texas Truck Series win

Busch had to survive a tough battle down the stretch with his 19-year-old Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Christian Eckes to come away with the win at Texas Motor Speedway.

Earlier Saturday, Busch appeared to have won the Xfinity Series race at Texas but his car failed post-race inspection and he was disqualified from the event.…


Added by Eddie Lopes on July 18, 2020 at 10:46pm — No Comments

Kyle Busch disqualified from Xfinity race; Cindric inherits win

Busch originally held off Cindric in overtime in Saturday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway to secure his 98th career win but in post-race inspection, his No. 54 Toyota failed the minimum ride height requirements in post-race inspection and was disqualified.

Busch becomes the first winning driver in NASCAR’s three national series in the 2020…


Added by Eddie Lopes on July 18, 2020 at 7:44pm — No Comments

Kyle Busch holds off Cindric in OT for 10th Texas Xfinity win

Busch got a great restart in overtime and easily held off Austin Cindric to win Saturday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway, his 10th series win at the speedway and 98th career victory.

To get to the end, however, Busch had had to fight to the front of the field three different times – after starting 22nd, after a pit road speeding penalty at the start of…


Added by Eddie Lopes on July 18, 2020 at 5:57pm — No Comments

Chase Elliott thrills fans with All-Star Race win at Bristol

Chase Elliott was able to get a jump on Brad Keselowski on the final restart and easily stayed ahead of Kyle Busch over the final 11 laps to win Wednesday night’s NASCAR All-Star Race and claimed the $1 million winner’s purse.

“I can’t believe it. What a better night to have fans back than tonight - y’all are awesome," Elliott said. "There’s…


Added by Eddie Lopes on July 15, 2020 at 11:00pm — No Comments

All-Star Race and NASCAR Open starting lineups

The All-Star Race will run at the Bristol short track for the first time every Wednesday.

Joining the 16 drivers already locked into the event will be the winners from Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 of the Open race. The Fan Vote recipient will fill out the 20th and final position on the grid.



Added by Eddie Lopes on July 14, 2020 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Sheldon Creed wins rain-shortened Truck race at Kentucky

Creed, 22, was declared the winner of Saturday night’s NASCAR Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway when NASCAR called the race after the completion of 71 of a scheduled 150 laps due to persistent rain in the area.

Almost immediately after the conclusion of Stage 2 – which Creed won – the race was red-flagged for lightning in the area as…


Added by Eddie Lopes on July 11, 2020 at 10:52pm — No Comments

Austin Cindric completes Xfinity sweep at Kentucky

One night after grabbing a victory at Kentucky Speedway in overtime, Cindric dominated Friday night’s Alsco 300, leading 181 of 200 laps as he cruised to his fourth series victory.

“I’m just so excited. This is all a credit to my team. What we did tonight was really impressive because we ran one set-up last night and won the race and came with another…


Added by Eddie Lopes on July 10, 2020 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Austin Cindric wins Xfinity race at Kentucky in overtime

Austin Cindric won Thursday night’s Xfinity race at Kentucky Speedway in overtime for his first victory of the season.

Cindric beat…


Added by Eddie Lopes on July 9, 2020 at 10:43pm — No Comments

NASCAR to equip cars with underglow lighting for All-Star Race

Teams already locked into next week's All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway will be equipped with underglow lighting kits on their cars.

The look was first seen during 2019 Champion's Week festivities in Nashville with Chip Ganassi Racing.

This decision by NASCAR is the latest change for an…


Added by Eddie Lopes on July 9, 2020 at 8:15pm — No Comments

NASCAR reveals rest of revamped 2020 regular-season schedule

NASCAR announced the next installment of the rebuilt 2020 schedule on Wednesday, a 19-race update that begins at Michigan International Speedway on the second weekend in August and ends at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on Aug. 30.

The final breakdown: six points-paying NASCAR Cup Series races, five NASCAR Xfinity Series races, four…


Added by Eddie Lopes on July 8, 2020 at 7:58pm — No Comments

Jimmie Johnson medically cleared to resume racing in NASCAR

Last Friday Johnson announced he had received a positive test result for COVID-19 but did not know at that time how long he had the disease. He also had shown no symptoms.

Wednesday morning, Hendrick…


Added by Eddie Lopes on July 8, 2020 at 9:58am — No Comments

NASCAR teams, groups approved for millions in federal COVID-19 loans

Several NASCAR teams and related organizations were approved for between $150,000 and $10 million in loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPE), according to data provided Monday.

The U.S. Small Business Administration posted …


Added by Eddie Lopes on July 7, 2020 at 10:05am — No Comments

Harvick tops Kenseth in OT to snag third Brickyard 400 win

Kevin Harvick got a big push from Stewart-Haas Racing…

Added by Eddie Lopes on July 5, 2020 at 9:19pm — No Comments



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