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Eddie Lopes's Articles – November 2020 Archive (15)

John Hunter Nemechek joins KBM for 2021 Truck season

Nemechek, who just completed his rookie Cup Series season with Front Row Motorsports, will move back to the Truck Series in 2021.

He will compete for the title with KBM, driving the No. 4 Toyota Tundra. The 23-year-old revealed last week that he and FRM would part ways, leaving many to wonder where the young racer was heading with limited rides…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on November 23, 2020 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Revamped 2021 NASCAR Truck Series schedule includes Knoxville

Next year’s schedule features 22 races, down from 23 in recent years, but includes added dirt and road course events.

The series’ first dirt race will take place at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on March 27, joining the Cup Series for an action-packed weekend on the short track’s return to a temporary dirt surface.…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on November 19, 2020 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Kyle Busch gets new crew chief as part of JGR lineup changes

On Tuesday, JGR announced Adam Stevens, who has served as Busch’s crew chief the past six seasons and won two championships with the driver, will move to the No. 20 team, where he will serve in the same capacity with driver Christopher Bell.

Together, Busch and Stevens won 28 races and series titles in 2015 and 2019. The two also collected 19…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on November 17, 2020 at 7:59pm — No Comments

Jeb Burton to run for 2021 Xfinity title with Kaulig Racing

On Monday, Kaulig Racing announced it had hired Jeb, the 28-year old son of NASCAR veteran Ward Burton, to compete for the organization in 2021 in the Xfinity Series. Jeb will have primary sponsorship from Nutrien Ag Solutions.

“Jeb is a hard worker on and off the track,” said Chris Rice, president of Kaulig Racing. “He’s a great fit for Kaulig…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on November 16, 2020 at 5:41pm — No Comments

John Hunter Nemechek and Front Row Motorsports part ways

Nemechek, 23, was a rookie in the NCS this season after running full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2019.

In his rookie campaign with Front Row, Nemechek scored three top-tens with a best career finish of eighth. He ended the season 27th in the championship standings.

"We want to thank John Hunter…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on November 16, 2020 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Daniel Hemric joins JGR Xfinity Series program for 2021

Hemric, who ran a part-time Xfinity schedule in 2020 with JR Motorsports after losing his Cup Series ride at Richard Childress Racing after the 2019 season, will compete for the 2021 Xfinity championship driving JGR’s No. 18 Toyota.

Hemric, 29, will replace driver Riley Herbst, who is leaving JGR to pursue other opportunities.

“It’s been…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on November 12, 2020 at 4:15pm — No Comments

Chase Elliott wins the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series championship

Chase Elliott, the son of Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, ran a flawless championship race, leading 153 of 312 laps at Phoenix Raceway and held off fellow title contender Brad Keselowski by more than 2.7 seconds at the finish.

“I’m at a loss of words, this is unbelievable. We did it. I mean, we did it. That’s all I’ve got to tell you. Unreal,”…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on November 10, 2020 at 6:19pm — No Comments

NASCAR driver Josh Reaume suspended for anti-Semitic post

Reaume, 30, a part-time driver in the Xfinity and Truck series this season, was suspended for a recent anti-Semitic post on one of his social media channels.

Reaume, a native of Redlands, Calif., most recently competed in last Friday’s Truck series season finale at Phoenix Raceway, starting 31st and finishing 33rd. He made a pair of starts in…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on November 10, 2020 at 6:12pm — No Comments

Chase Elliott fails inspection twice, will start from rear

The No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet failed pre-race technical inspection twice, but passed on the third attempt.

Elliott will be forced to start from the rear of the field while the other contenders will make up the first two rows.

Elliott earned his title shot with a dramatic win last weekend at…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on November 8, 2020 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Austin Cindric rallies in OT for Phoenix win and Xfinity title

Cindric, 22, was leading late in the race when a caution sent the 200-lap event into a two-lap overtime. Cindric elected to pit for new tires and lined up third on the restart. Justin Allgaier, who was out of new tires, inherited the lead on the restart.

Cindric quickly got around Allgaier with one lap remaining and passed Noah Gragson in Turn 3 of the…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on November 7, 2020 at 9:25pm — No Comments

Sheldon Creed wins Truck finale and title in wild OT finish

Creed and fellow title contender Zane Smith pit for tires before the final restart in overtime while Brett Moffitt – then the race leader – and Grant Enfinger stayed out on older tires.

As the overtime began, trucks fanned out five-wide with Moffitt getting swallowed up by the field and Chandler Smith briefly grabbed the lead before Creed passed him…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on November 6, 2020 at 11:28pm — No Comments

NASCAR will not penalize Erik Jones’ team

NASCAR announced Monday night that it will not penalize Erik Jones‘ team.

A NASCAR spokesperson stated that the sanctioning body conducted a review of the on-track competition and the radio communication on Jones’…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on November 2, 2020 at 6:51pm — No Comments

No. 20 radio communication: ‘Don’t pass him, Jones’

Radio communication shows that late in Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway, a directive was given for Erik Jones not to pass teammate…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on November 2, 2020 at 4:46pm — No Comments

Justin Allgaier returns to JR Motorsports in 2021

Justin Allgaier will return to JR Motorsports in 2021 for a sixth season, the team announced Monday. Sponsor Brandt also will return, serving 20 races as the primary sponsor on Allgaier’s car.

The 34-year-old Allgaier will race for the Xfinity championship Saturday at Phoenix Raceway (5 p.m. ET on NBCSN). This is his fourth Championship 4 appearance.…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on November 2, 2020 at 4:39pm — No Comments

Elliott wins Martinsville, Harvick eliminated in dramatic finish

Elliott, who for all practical purposes needed a win to advance to the title race next weekend at Phoenix, came up with his best performance at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Sunday, leading 236 of 500 laps and easily held off Ryan Blaney at the finish to clinch the victory.

With the win, Elliott will join Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on November 1, 2020 at 6:36pm — No Comments

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