Eddie Lopes's Articles – September 2020 Archive (19)

NASCAR’s 2021 Cup Series schedule features three new tracks, more road courses

NASCAR officials released the 2021 Cup Series schedule Wednesday, introducing three new tracks, expanding to six road courses and placing a dirt-track race on the calendar for the first time in more than 50 years.

Next year’s Cup Series remains at 36 point-paying races, starting as it did this year with the season-opening Daytona 500 (Feb. 14)…


Added by Eddie Lopes on September 30, 2020 at 5:17pm — No Comments

Proposed 2021 Cup schedule features road racing, new venues

According to a copy of the 2021 Cup Schedule obtained by, with a majority of the dates independently confirmed, the Cup Series will see more road racing, less races on intermediate tracks and its first race since 1970 on dirt.

The copy of the schedule obtained is the most recent distributed but is not final.

More road…


Added by Eddie Lopes on September 30, 2020 at 2:17am — No Comments

Chad Knaus stepping off pit box and into leadership role

Knaus, along with Jeff Andrews, are both being promoted to new leadership roles within HMS.

Knaus, 49, has won 82 races atop the pit box and seven championships including a record five in succession. His driver has also made the Cup Series playoffs every year the system has been in place since 2004, doing so with Jimmie Johnson and later William…


Added by Eddie Lopes on September 29, 2020 at 7:35pm — No Comments

Hendrick fined $100,000 for Wind Tunnel testing violation

The team reported the issue to the sanctioning body themselves, which is an L2 penalty as it violates Section 5.3.3 in the NASCAR Rule book.

The result is a $100,000 fine and the loss of ten hours of 2021 Wind Tunnel testing time. NASCAR reports that HMS went over the allotted time by less than an hour.



Added by Eddie Lopes on September 24, 2020 at 7:13pm — No Comments

Ross Chastain to drive Chip Ganassi Racing's No. 42 in 2021

Chastain, 27, will take over the driving duties of Ganassi’s No. 42 Chevrolet in 2021, has learned.

Later Monday morning, CGR confirmed Chastain's hire to drive the No. 42 Chevrolet in the 2021 season. 

“Ross has been a part of this organization for a few years now, and I am happy to announce him…


Added by Eddie Lopes on September 21, 2020 at 9:55pm — No Comments

Denny Hamlin, Michael Jordan to field Cup team for Bubba Wallace

In an announcement first posted on Twitter Monday night, Hamlin said he and NBA Charlotte Hornets owner Jordan would field an as-yet unnamed team beginning in 2021.

Wallace has signed a multi-year deal to be the team’s driver.

“Starting a race team has been something that Michael and I have talked about while playing golf together over the…


Added by Eddie Lopes on September 21, 2020 at 9:51pm — No Comments

Kevin Harvick tops Kyle Busch for Bristol Night Race win

Harvick and Busch emerged as the top contenders late in Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

Over the final 50 of 500 laps, Harvick and Busch played a game of cat-and-mouse for the lead. Busch used lapped traffic to grab the lead on Lap 459 only to see Harvick reclaim the top spot with 31 laps to go, using Joey…


Added by Eddie Lopes on September 20, 2020 at 1:07am — No Comments

Familiar name returns for 2021: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

NASCAR and Camping World announced Tuesday that after leveraging the series entitlement position to support the launch of the Gander RV & Outdoors brand, Camping World will transition back as the series partner beginning in 2021 – marking the return of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

“The transition back to the NASCAR Camping World Truck…


Added by Eddie Lopes on September 15, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

Brad Keselowski tops Truex in dominant Richmond Cup win

Keselowski, led 192 of 400 laps, including the final 48 on his way to the win in Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway.

Keselowski and most of the field utilized a two-stop pit strategy during the final stage, went green the entire way. He ended up taking the checkered flag nearly 2.6 second ahead of Martin Truex…


Added by Eddie Lopes on September 12, 2020 at 11:52pm — No Comments

Grant Enfinger rallies to take Richmond Trucks win over Crafton

Enfinger rebounded from an incident early in the final stage when he developed a tire rub and was forced to pit under green following contact with his ThorSport Racing teammate Ben Rhodes.

Enfinger got back on the lead-lap and gradually worked his way back to the front, eventually passing teammate Crafton with seven laps to go, closing the regular…


Added by Eddie Lopes on September 10, 2020 at 10:55pm — No Comments

Bubba Wallace to leave Richard Petty Motorsports

Wallace, 26, is competing in his third full-time season in the NASCAR Cup Series and has raced only for RPM.

2020 has been his strongest year yet with one top five and five top-tens, but speculation has been swirling about his future prospects for some time. His best result came in the 2018 Daytona 500 where he finished second.…


Added by Eddie Lopes on September 10, 2020 at 3:07pm — 1 Comment

Jimmie Johnson to IndyCar with Ganassi for two-year program

Johnson, who turns 45 this month, has raced full-time in NASCAR since 2002 and has become one the sport's most successful drivers with 83 wins and a record-tying seven championships.

But following the 2020 season, he will take on a new challenge in the NTT IndyCar Series. He will team up with Chip Ganassi Racing to "officially explore the possibility…


Added by Eddie Lopes on September 9, 2020 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Two NASCAR Cup Series playoff crew chiefs suspended

Following Sunday night’s Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, both the No. 18 Toyota of driver Kyle Busch and the No. 14 Ford of driver Clint Bowyer each had two unsecure lug nuts.

Two improperly secured lug nuts results in Busch’s crew chief, Adam Stevens, and Bowyer’s crew chief, Johnny Klausmeier, are suspended from Saturday night’s race at…


Added by Eddie Lopes on September 8, 2020 at 8:48pm — No Comments

NASCAR has plans to convert Auto Club Speedway into a short track

Currently, there are just three short tracks on the Cup Series schedule: Bristol Motor Speedway, Martinsville Raceway and Richmond Raceway. 

The ambitious plan would take place following the 2021 spring race with the goal of having the new track ready for the 2022 season, thus transforming one of NASCAR's largest tracks into a Martinsville…


Added by Eddie Lopes on September 8, 2020 at 5:18pm — No Comments

Harvick wins Southern 500 as Truex and Elliott collide

Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr. both made hard contact with the wall while racing for the lead with 17 of 367 laps remaining in Sunday while Harvick was running third.

Two laps later, Truex was forced to pit under green with a flat tire from the contact and Elliott’s damaged No. 9 Chevrolet began falling through the field, allowing Harvick to…


Added by Eddie Lopes on September 6, 2020 at 11:41pm — No Comments

Brandon Jones steals Darlington Xfinity win as leaders wreck

With two of 147 laps remaining in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race, Jones had finally moved within striking distance of Chastain and Hamlin, who were battling furiously for the lead.

Chastain had remained out front until Hamlin passed him in Turn 3 with one to go. As Hamlin came up in front of Chastain to clear him, Chastain got in the Hamlin’s…


Added by Eddie Lopes on September 5, 2020 at 6:29pm — No Comments

Aric Almirola, sponsor Smithfield will return to SHR in 2021

Almirola will continue to drive the No. 10 Ford Mustang with backing from primary sponsor Smithfield Foods, which also extended its partnership with the team. Additional terms were not disclosed.

Greg Zipadelli, Stewart-Haas Racing’s vice president of competition, said Monday he anticipated the organization keeping its four-driver lineup intact for…


Added by Eddie Lopes on September 2, 2020 at 10:32am — No Comments

William Byron lands two-year contract extension with HMS

Hendrick Motorsports announced Tuesday that Byron had signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him in the team’s No. 24 Chevrolet through at least the 2022 season. Byron’s extension was signed on Aug. 8.

Saturday night’s victory at Daytona International Speedway locked Byron, 22, into this season’s playoffs, which open Sunday night…


Added by Eddie Lopes on September 2, 2020 at 10:25am — No Comments

Chase Elliott wins Busch Pole Award for Sunday’s Darlington playoff opener

Chase Elliott won the Busch Pole Award for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs opener at Darlington Raceway (6 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The Cook Out Southern 500 is a crown-jewel event and will highlight throwback weekend.

The lineup was determined using NASCAR’s new competition-based…


Added by Eddie Lopes on September 2, 2020 at 10:15am — No Comments



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