Eddie Lopes's Articles – October 2020 Archive (25)

Harrison Burton holds off Allgaier for Martinsville Xfinity win

Burton, who was eliminated from title contention early in the playoffs, held off a spirited challenge from Justin Allgaier to win Saturday’s race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, the first series race at the short track since 2006.

Burton led five times for a race-high 81 laps and spent the final 30 laps being chased by playoff drivers trying to win…


Added by Eddie Lopes on October 31, 2020 at 6:44pm — No Comments

23XI Racing unveils car design, technical alliance with JGR

The team, formed by NBA legend Michael Jordan alongside three-time Daytona 500 champion Denny Hamlin, will make its debut next February in the 2021 Daytona 500. Bubba Wallace was named as the driver earlier this year.

23XI Racing confirmed Friday that they will run the No. 23 Toyota Camry with support from Toyota Racing Development. They will also…


Added by Eddie Lopes on October 30, 2020 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Kyle Busch scores first Cup win of 2020 in delayed Texas race

Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway was halted after 52 of 334 laps and persistent rain in the area delated the resumption of the race until late Wednesday afternoon.

Busch, last season’s series champion, had already been eliminated from title contention earlier in the playoffs but he was determined to keep his consecutive wins streak…


Added by Eddie Lopes on October 28, 2020 at 9:43pm — No Comments

Kyle Larson returns to NASCAR with Hendrick in #5 car

Hendrick Motorsports confirmed Wednesday that Larson has signed a multi-year contract to compete in the Cup Series with the organization beginning next season.

Larson will take over the team currently driven by Alex Bowman, but it will be rebranded as the No. 5, a number HMS has used previously. Cliff Daniels will serve as Larson’s crew chief. Bowman…


Added by Eddie Lopes on October 28, 2020 at 4:19pm — No Comments

NASCAR police car wrap to run at Martinsville Speedway

Josh Bilicki will unload his No. 7 machine this weekend at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. It’s the second to last NASCAR Cup Series race of the 2020 season.

View more NASCAR police car photos below.

The special police car design doesn’t honor one police department. Instead, the one-off wrap honors 200+ fallen police officers from…


Added by Eddie Lopes on October 27, 2020 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Rudy Fugle named Byron's 2021 NASCAR Cup Series crew chief

Rudy Fugle will take the place of Chad Knaus atop the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports pit box with driver William Byron in 2021.

Knaus, who was recently promoted to vice president of competition at HMS, will step off the pit box after a wildly successful career that includes seven championships and over 80 race wins.

His replacement will be…


Added by Eddie Lopes on October 26, 2020 at 6:19pm — No Comments

NASCAR confiscates spoiler of No. 19 in Cup at Texas, sends three cars to rear

NASCAR sent three cars to the rear of the field and confiscated the spoiler for the No. 19 car in the Cup Series before Sunday’s Autotraders EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN/NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The No. 19 of Martin Truex Jr., No. 49 of Chad Finchum and No. 96 of Daniel Suarez all failed…


Added by Eddie Lopes on October 25, 2020 at 1:57pm — No Comments

Harrison Burton spins, then wins dramatic Texas Xfinity race

Burton has already been eliminating from the playoffs, but that didn't stop him from spoiling the Round of 8 with his third win of the season.

It was a dramatic race with high attrition and hurt feelings that leaves the championship standings tight heading into the penultimate race…


Added by Eddie Lopes on October 24, 2020 at 8:17pm — No Comments

Erik Jones joins Richard Petty Motorsports for 2021 Cup Series

Jones has signed a multi-year driver agreement with the team, to drive the number made famous by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty.

“It is an incredible honor to have Richard Petty want you to drive for his race team and with the car number he made famous,” said Jones. “Richard Petty Motorsports has a rich history in the sport, but they are not…


Added by Eddie Lopes on October 21, 2020 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Stewart-Haas Racing chooses Chase Briscoe for Cup Series ride in 2021

Stewart-Haas Racing has called up Chase Briscoe to the NASCAR Cup Series for 2021, the team announced Tuesday.

Briscoe, who currently drives SHR’s No. 98 Ford in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, will take over the organization’s No. 14 Ford in the Cup Series next season. The 25-year-old driver is set to replace Clint Bowyer, who is finishing his final season…


Added by Eddie Lopes on October 20, 2020 at 10:40am — No Comments

NASCAR lifts suspension of Kyle Larson effective on Jan. 1

Added by Eddie Lopes on October 19, 2020 at 8:44pm — No Comments

Moffitt grabs first Truck win at Kansas, advances to title race

Moffitt held off a furious challenge from his GMS Racing teammate Sheldon Creed in a two-lap overtime to win Saturday’s Clean Harbors 200 at Kansas Speedway, his first win this season and in more than a year.

With the win, Moffitt becomes the first driver to advance to the Championship 4 and compete for the series title at Phoenix regardless of his…


Added by Eddie Lopes on October 17, 2020 at 7:12pm — No Comments

2012 NASCAR Truck Series champion James Buescher to make return

Buescher, 30, will pilot the FHE FracLock Chevrolet Silverado for Niece Motorsports.

The Texas native hasn't started a Truck race since 2015 and won the series championship back in 2012. His cousin Chris currently races full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Buescher has six wins at the Truck level and one in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

“I am…


Added by Eddie Lopes on October 16, 2020 at 6:13pm — No Comments

Road warrior Chase Elliott wins wild Charlotte Roval Cup race

Elliott navigated a wild race Sunday, that included nine cautions and starting on wet tires, and held off Joey Logano to win for the second consecutive season on the Charlotte Roval.

The win is also Elliott’s fourth consecutive victory on a road course in the Cup Series, including his previous win this season at the Daytona Road Course. He now has…


Added by Eddie Lopes on October 11, 2020 at 6:19pm — No Comments

Allmendinger wins chaotic, soaked Xfinity race at Charlotte Roval

Chase Briscoe led the way on the start of a two-lap overtime but spun going into Turn 1, which allowed Allmendinger to move into the lead.

He then spent the final 1½ laps on the 2.28-mile, 17-turn Charlotte Roval course holding off a spirited challenge from Noah Gragson to win the Xfinity Series race at Charlotte for the second consecutive…


Added by Eddie Lopes on October 10, 2020 at 9:53pm — No Comments

Richard Petty says dirt track racing ‘isn’t professional’ as NASCAR returns to dirt

Earlier this week, NASCAR released the bold 2021 schedule. 6 road courses and a dirt track are now on the tour for the NASCAR Cup Series.

Bristol Motor Speedway was once the hardest ticket to get in NASCAR. You couldn’t buy tickets. Calling to get tickets would just place you on a waiting list.

In 2008, SMI repaved the surface, adding…


Added by Eddie Lopes on October 9, 2020 at 10:08am — No Comments

Clint Bowyer leaving SHR, to join FOX Sports booth in 2021

Bowyer, 41, has raced full-time at the Cup level since 2006. His career includes ten wins and over 500 NCS starts, as well as NASCAR Xfinity Series title in 2008.

He started out with Richard Childress Racing from 2006 to 2011, winning five races and placing as high as third in the standings. He then joined before Michael Waltrip Racing and enjoyed his…


Added by Eddie Lopes on October 8, 2020 at 8:53pm — No Comments

DiBenedetto gets extension at Wood Bros, Cindric to join in 2022

In a two-part announcement on Thursday, the Wood Brothers said they had signed DiBenedetto to another one-year contract extension to drive the iconic No. 21 Ford in the 2021 Cup Series season.

However, Team Penske also announced it had signed Cindric to a multi-year contract extension that would see the upstart run another year in the Xfinity Series in…


Added by Eddie Lopes on October 8, 2020 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Daniel Suarez lands 2021 ride with new NASCAR Cup Series team

rackhouse Entertainment Group, founded and owned by Marks, announced Wednesday it had formed a Cup series team and will debut at the 2021 Daytona 500 with Suarez as its driver.

The team will field the No. 99 Chevrolet and will operate with an alliance with Richard Childress Racing, including technology, intellectual property, human capital and…


Added by Eddie Lopes on October 7, 2020 at 2:26pm — No Comments

Deegan plans first Gander Truck Series start with DGR-Crosley for Kansas

Hailie Deegan will make her first career NASCAR national series start Oct. 17 at Kansas Speedway, it was announced Wednesday.

The 19-year-old from California is set to drive the No. 17 Ford for DGR-Crosley in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. Deegan currently drives full time for the organization in the ARCA Menards Series, steering…


Added by Eddie Lopes on October 7, 2020 at 11:56am — No Comments



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