Eddie Lopes's Articles – August 2020 Archive (21)

William Byron takes dramatic first Cup win at Daytona

By the end of Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, Byron appeared to have run well enough to make the 2020 Cup Series playoff field by points.

But on the final two-lap overtime restart, he grabbed the lead from Denny Hamlin then deftly held off his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott to take the victory –…


Added by Eddie Lopes on August 29, 2020 at 10:53pm — No Comments

Noah Gragson to remain with JR Motorsports for 2021

Gragson, 22, offered a hint of a new deal on Wednesday, posting a tweet that included nothing other than an emoji of a pen.

Gragson is enjoying his most successful NASCAR season. He has two wins in the Xfinity Series this year in the No. 9 Chevrolet, is already locked into the playoffs and is ranked third in the series standings.…


Added by Eddie Lopes on August 27, 2020 at 6:21pm — No Comments

NASCAR veteran Greg Biffle to compete in Darlington Truck race

GMS Racing announced Thursday that Biffle will drive its No. 24 Chevrolet in the Sept. 8 Truck race at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

Prior to last season, Biffle’s most recent appearance in the series came in 2004. He made one start in 2019 at Texas with Kyle Busch Motorsports, starting sixth and picking up the victory – the 17th of his career in…


Added by Eddie Lopes on August 27, 2020 at 12:36pm — No Comments

Harvick dominates in Dover Cup win, earns regular season title

Harvick easily cleared Jimmie Johnson on a restart with 17 of 311 laps remaining in Sunday’s Drydene 311 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway and cruised to the victory over Martin Truex Jr.

“What a weekend, boys,” Harvick said over his team radio has he took the checkered flag. “Fought all day yesterday to get it right and it paid off…


Added by Eddie Lopes on August 23, 2020 at 8:11pm — No Comments

Briscoe goes worst to first to win Sunday's Dover Xfinity race

Briscoe started Sunday’s Drydene 200 from the rear of the field after an on-track incident in Saturday’s race forced his Stewart-Haas Racing team to move to a backup car.

Briscoe took control of the race late in Stage 2 and never looked back as the final 110-lap stage went green the entire way.



Added by Eddie Lopes on August 23, 2020 at 3:28pm — No Comments

Denny Hamlin claims first Dover Cup win with late pass of Truex

Hamlin ran down and passed his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. with eight of 311 laps to go and held on for the win in Saturday’s first race of a doubleheader this weekend at Dover.

The victory is Hamlin’s sixth of the season – tying him with Kevin Harvick for the most this series – and 43rd of his career.

“I’ve been running…


Added by Eddie Lopes on August 22, 2020 at 8:06pm — No Comments

Chase Elliott holds off Hamlin for Cup win at Daytona RC

Elliott, who won the last two road course events on the Cup Series schedule, entered Sunday’s race struggling to return to the form he and his No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports team showed early this year.

He did that and more, taking a dominating win in the series’ inaugural race on the 3.57-mile, 14-turn Daytona Road Course for his second victory of…


Added by Eddie Lopes on August 16, 2020 at 6:56pm — No Comments

Austin Dillon tests positive for COVID-19, will miss Daytona

Richard Childress Racing announced Saturday morning that Dillon, 30, had tested positive for the novel coronavirus and according to NASCAR protocols he would enter a self-quarantine.

Kaz Grala, who drives a partial Xfinity Series schedule for RCR this season, will compete in Sunday’s Cup Series race on the Daytona Road Course.…


Added by Eddie Lopes on August 15, 2020 at 12:50pm — No Comments

JGR confirms Christopher Bell as Jones' replacement for 2021

Bell, who drove for JGR in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (winning 16 races), has spent his rookie Cup Series campaign with the Gibbs-affiliated Leavine Family Racing.

However, LFR is being sold and will cease operations at season's end. JGR announced last week that Erik Jones, who has spent his entire Cup career with a Gibbs or Gibbs-affiliated…


Added by Eddie Lopes on August 10, 2020 at 5:59pm — No Comments

Harvick completes a sweep of Michigan Cup Series doubleheader

In what has become commonplace this season, Harvick had to out-duel Denny Hamlin down the stretch but managed to hold him off to win Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway.

The victory is Harvick’s sixth win in the NASCAR Cup Series this season, the most of any driver. It was also Harvick’s third consecutive win at Michigan and fourth…


Added by Eddie Lopes on August 9, 2020 at 7:43pm — No Comments

Kevin Harvick holds off Keselowski in OT for Michigan Cup win

Harvick led on the overtime restart and Keselowski chose the inside lane and line up alongside. The two raced side-by-side for half a lap before Harvick finally cleared the lead and hung for the victory.

“Yeah boys – thank you. What a car!” Harvick said over his team radio has he took the checkered flag.

The win is the fifth this season for…


Added by Eddie Lopes on August 8, 2020 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Both Roush Fenway cars penalized prior to Michigan Cup race

During pre-race inspection, NASCAR confiscated the spoilers off drivers Ryan Newman and Chris Buescher for violation of rule 20.4.12.b – except as specified, spoilers must be used exactly as supplied from the manufacturer.

Both teams were assessed the following penalties – loss of 20 owner and driver points, $25,000 fine and both cars must…


Added by Eddie Lopes on August 8, 2020 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Zane Smith earns first Trucks win in wild OT finish at Michigan

Leader Grant Enfinger wrecked at the start of the second overtime opening the door for Zane Smith to capture his first NASCAR Truck Series win.

Enfinger led the way on the start of a second…


Added by Eddie Lopes on August 7, 2020 at 9:35pm — No Comments

Erik Jones out at Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of the season

Erik Jones is now officially on the NASCAR free agent market.

Jones won’t return to Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 car in 2021. Jones, who has been in the Cup Series full-time since 2017, signed a one-year contract extension in 2019 to remain with the team for the 2020 season.

Jones, 24, is still one of the best young talents in the Cup…


Added by Eddie Lopes on August 6, 2020 at 8:26pm — No Comments

Spencer Davis to miss Michigan Gander Trucks race after positive COVID-19 test

NASCAR driver Spencer Davis revealed Thursday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Davis will miss Friday’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Henry Ford Health System 200 at Michigan International Speedway. He was set to field the No. 11 truck for his Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series team but the team has withdrawn from the…


Added by Eddie Lopes on August 6, 2020 at 7:50pm — No Comments

NASCAR announces final installment of 2020 schedule

NASCAR today announced the final installment of events in the revised 2020 schedule, including the full Playoffs schedule for all three national series.

In the NASCAR Cup Series, all 10 playoff venues and dates will remain intact from the original 2020 schedule, with the postseason kicking off at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, Sept. 6 (NBCSN, 6…


Added by Eddie Lopes on August 6, 2020 at 7:49pm — No Comments

NASCAR announces procedure changes ahead of playoffs

After experimenting with the idea of a 'choose rule' for restarts during the All-Star Race, NASCAR will implement the procedure for all events excluding those run at superpseedways and road courses.

The rule compels each driver to choose which line they wish to restart in as they approach a designated area on the track, which could prove pivotal at…


Added by Eddie Lopes on August 6, 2020 at 7:43pm — 1 Comment

DGM Racing, Alex Labbe hit with L2 penalty for violation of testing policy

NASCAR officials issued L2-level penalties Tuesday to Xfinity Series driver Alex Labbe and team owner Mario Gosselin for a violation of NASCAR’s testing policy.

Gosselin, who fields multiple Xfinity Series cars under the DGM Racing banner, was fined $50,000 and docked 75 points in the series’ team owner standings. Labbe was also hit with a…


Added by Eddie Lopes on August 4, 2020 at 7:13pm — No Comments

Leavine Family Racing announces sale of its Cup team

The team, which has been in existence since 2011 and fielded a fulltime entry in the Cup Series since 2016, currently fields the No. 95 Toyota with rookie Christopher Bell and enjoys a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing.

“It’s with great sadness today that I announce the sale of the Leavine Family Racing team, assets and charter. Since…


Added by Eddie Lopes on August 4, 2020 at 11:10am — No Comments

Team Penske, Brad Keselowski reach agreement on contract extension

Team Penske announced Monday that Brad Keselowski, the 2012 NASCAR Cup Series champion, has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him in the No. 2 Ford Mustang.

In his tenure with Team Penske driver, Keselowski has earned 31 Cup Series and 33 NASCAR Xfinity Series victories and brought the team its first NASCAR championship when he won…


Added by Eddie Lopes on August 3, 2020 at 3:55pm — No Comments



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