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A Different Way of Looking at NASCAR's Cup Championship

(CONCORD, NC - NOV 25, 2020) - This was first written as an exercise in historical research. Since then, we’ve tried to keep it updated. In light of past seasons’ somewhat controversial endings, especially where the 2004 championship is concerned, here’s the version for the year just ended.)

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Volume 2020, Issue 11, Posted 7:24 PM, 11.25.2020

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Testing at Charlotte - The Next Gen Cup Car Testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway

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CHIP GANASSI RACING’S, KURT BUSCH, is participating in a two-day Next Gen test held by NASCAR at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kurt Busch met with media via teleconference to discuss his thoughts after the first day of the test, what he’s learned from the test so far, and more. Martin Truex, Jr. is also testing the non branded car.

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Volume 2020, Issue 11, Posted 9:05 PM, 11.16.2020

Chase Elliott Wins Phoenix and Becomes NASCAR Cup Champion

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AVONDALE, AZ – RIS - Like father, like son, Chase Elliott won the playoff race at Phoenix Rsceway on Sunday to join his father, Bill Elliott, as champion of the NASCAR Cup Series.  The younger Elliott is the third-youngest champion in series history. He wins the crown on a day that seven-time champ Jimmie Johnson ran his final Cup race as a full-time series driver before embarking on an IndyCar campaign, while Cup champion Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer ended their careers.

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Volume 2020, Issue 11, Posted 7:56 PM, 11.08.2020

Creed Takes New Tires to Race and Season Crowns

(PHOENIX, AZ - NOV 6, 2020 - RIS) Sheldon Creed led only twice and for only 27 laps in winning the season-ending Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series race and the year's championship.

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Volume 2020, Issue 11, Posted 10:55 PM, 11.06.2020

Elliott Wins at Martinsville and Makes it to the Championship Four

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MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – It was make-or break day at the little paper clip track in Ridgeway, Virginia, known as Martinsville Speedway.  The powers that be decided to make NASCAR’s playoff final four for all national series be determined on the circuits smallest track and it was brilliant.  Chase Elliott needed to win to sneak into the final four that will vie for the NASCAR Cup championship, and he did just that. Elliott passed Martin Truex Jr. for the lead with 43 laps to go. He held that lead the rest of the way to get the win and the automatic berth in the four-driver championship race next weekend in Phoenix. He led a race-best 236 laps at the .526-mile short track and won by 6.5 seconds over friend Ryan Blaney.

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Volume 2020, Issue 11, Posted 7:56 PM, 11.01.2020

Harrison Burton Becomes Youngest Martinsville Winner

Harrison Burton in the lead

MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCT 31, 2020 - RIS) Harrison Burton led the final 52 laps of the Draft Top 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Martinsville to become the youngest driver to win in the series at the half-mile paperclip. His father, Jeff, had previously been the youngest to take the victory. The four drivers going to next weekend's final race of the season with a chance at the season-long championship are Ryan Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier and Alex Haley.

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 6:57 PM, 10.31.2020

Enfinger Grabs Hall of Fame 200 Victory

Austin Hill chases eventual winner Grant Enfinger early in the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCT 30, 2020 - RIS) Grant Enfinger raced into the championship race next weekend at Phoenix by winning the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 at Martinsville. The win was his fourth of the season and sixth career Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series win. Joining Enfinger with a shot at the championship will be Enfinger, Sheldon Creed, Brett Moffitt and Zane Smith. 

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 10:57 PM, 10.30.2020

Kyle Busch Extends Win Streak to 16 at Texas Cup Playoff Race

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FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – In a race that was postponed three times, Mother Nature finally smiled on Texas Motor Speedway, and the Autotrader Echo Park NASCAR Cup race on Wednesday evening. Busch stretched his fuel and held off Martin Truex Jr. to win for the first time this season in Cup. Busch’s 16th consecutive season with a win ties him with Ricky Rudd, Rusty Wallace and Jimmie Johnson for third on the all-time Cup list. Richard Petty has the record with 18 consecutive seasons with at least one win.

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 9:11 PM, 10.28.2020

Texas Cup Race Postponed Until Wednesday, October 28th

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FORT WORTH, TX - RIS - For the third consecutive day, NASCAR had to postpone the Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway due to unseasonable weather.  The race started late on Sunday until fog and rain dominated the track and thed race was postponed until today.  Persistent rain and mist would not allow the race to start, and now it is set to resume on Wednesday, October 28th at 3:00 EDT.  

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 9:34 PM, 10.27.2020

Creed Works Overtime in Texas Trucks

Sheldon Creed added another winner's sticker at Texas

(FORT WORTH, TX - OCT 25, 2020 - RIS) Sheldon Creed captured his fourth Gander RV & Outdoors NASCAR Truck Series win, dominating the race by leading 132 of the 152 laps and ending the race under an overtime caution when Josh Bilicki and Ben Rhodes spun in the second turn. the win ensured Creed of a shot at the championship in the final race of the season at Phoenix.

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 4:01 PM, 10.25.2020

Harrison Burton Wins the Texas Playoff Race in the Final Turn

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FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Harrison Burton passed Noah Gragson on the final turn of the last lap to punch is ticket to the next round of  the Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway and went on to the win with seconds to spare. Gragson took the lead on the final restart but Burton, who spun earlier in the race, chased him down and scored his third win of the season.

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 8:43 PM, 10.24.2020

SVRA - SVRA 2021 SCHEDULE GROWS DESPITE 2020 GLOBAL CHALLENGES

 SVRA Surges Forward with Record Number of Race Weekends

Southlake, TX (October 19, 2020) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced a 17-race schedule for 2021, affirming its resilience in the face of the pandemic-produced global business challenges. SVRA’s vintage racing, contemporary sports cars, and other features present the most diverse and exciting array of race car design and engine sounds in the world and continues to generate growth in sponsorship and membership. 

The 2021 schedule boasts 17 SpeedTour race weekends, a record number in SVRA’s 42-year history.  New to the schedule are Charlotte Motor Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Brainerd International Raceway, and Utah Motorsports Campus. The schedule also includes an unprecedented number of West Coast events starting with Auto Club Speedway in February. Also, West Coast weekends will include a return after a three-year hiatus to Sonoma Raceway, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, and Portland International Raceway. Most of the races will be live-streamed on the SVRA app.

Another feature of the schedule is its design to allow racers a single tow between tracks within the same region on successive weekends. The approach provides SVRA members with a convenient and economical way to plan a vacation road trip over two weekends. "Single Tow" weekends begin in February with Sebring International Raceway and Homestead, in March with Charlotte and Road Atlanta, and then again between Laguna Seca and Sonoma in April.

 

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 9:49 AM, 10.19.2020

Joey Logano Holds Off Kevin Harvick to Win at Kansas and Punch his Ticket to the Final 4

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KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Joey Logano held off the season’s biggest winner to win the NASCAR Cup playoff race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday. Logano used every bit of the track Sunday to hold off the winningest driver this season, Logano took the checkered flag on a cold, blustery Sunday to secure a spot in the championship round of the playoffs. Harvick was followed across by Alex Bowman and Brad Keselowski as postseason contenders swept the top four spots in the opener of the round of eight.

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 7:21 PM, 10.18.2020

Chase Briscoe Wins Xfinity Race at Kansas and Punches his Ticket to the Final Four

Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – The most dominant driver in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series continues to rack up wins.  Chase Briscoe collected his series-high ninth win of the season Saturday night at Kansas Speedway and earned a spot in next month’s championship race at Phoenix. Briscoe dominated, leading 159 of the 200 laps.

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 12:01 AM, 10.18.2020

Moffitt Enters Truck Win Column for 2020

Brett Moffit (R) and Sheldon Creed walked the grid first, then finished the race in the same order at Kansas

Unofficial Results, Clean Harbors 200, Kansas Speedway

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 6:48 PM, 10.17.2020

Clint Bowyer Ford Performance Zoom Call Transcript

Clint Bowyer at the Dirt Track at Charlotte

Ford Performance Zoom Call Transcript, Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers Ford Mustang, announced last week that he will trade his steering wheel for a microphone and transition to the NASCAR On Fox broadcast booth in 2021. Bowyer, who was eliminated from championship contention on Sunday, joined this week's Ford Performance Zoom call to talk about his decision and hopes for winning on Sunday at his home track -- Kansas Speedway.

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 4:44 PM, 10.13.2020

Chase Elliott Wins on the Roval to Advance to the Next Round

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CONCORD, NC – RIS – Chase Elliott Seems to have a knack for road racing.  Elliott won the NASCAR Cup Bank of America 400 race for the second straight year and won convincingly.  In other news, defending Cup champion Kyle Busch no longer can defend his championship.  He did not make it into the final eight vying for the crown this year.

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 7:36 PM, 10.11.2020

A.J. Allmendinger Wins at Charlotte Roval in the Rain

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CONCORD, NC – RIS – Road racing ace A.J. Allmendinger won the road race at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Roval course on Saturday, in the NASCAR Xfinity series playoff elimination race. . It was raining, sometimes pouring, it was dark, and it was quite a spectacle.  Allmendinger avoided spinning cars and kept his car on track during a driving rain to win Saturday’s Xfinity playoff race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 8:44 PM, 10.10.2020

Austin Cindric Extends Penske Contract, Moving to Cup in 2022

Cindric in 2019

Team Penske And Austin Cindric Reach Multi-Year Contract Extension
Team press release: Xfinity Series Title Contender to Race Full NXS Season and Select Cup Series Races in 2021 and will move to the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford Mustang in 2022 and Beyond

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 11:40 AM, 10.08.2020

Hamlin Wins Seventh Race by Surviving Talladega's Carnage

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TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – It took three overtimes and a lot of bent race cars, but in the end, Denny Hamlin won his seventh NASCAR Cup race of 2020 by holding off Matt DiBenedetto in a wild run to the finish.  It was the longest race ever run at Talladega Superspeedway, 532 miles.  Later NASCAR said they had determined that while racing   After the race, NASCAR penalized the driver of the No. 21 Ford for racing below the out of bounds line.  He official finishing position was in 21st place (agate below). It was the 44th career victory for Hamlin.

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 8:51 PM, 10.04.2020

Justin Haley Charges from 10th Place to Win at the Talladega Xfinity Playoff Race

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TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Justin Haley charged from 10th place to win the Ag-Pro 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff race Saturday afternoon.  It is Haley’s third consecutive superspeedway win. He won at Talladega in June and at Daytona in August. Only Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. had won three consecutive Xfinity races on superspeedways.

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 7:49 PM, 10.03.2020

Lessard Gives KBM First 2020 Win in Talladega Thriller

(TALLADEGA, AL - OCT 3, 2020 - RIS) Raphael Lessard got a hard shove from Chandler Smith on the last lap of the Chevrolet Silverado 250 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series race to give the young Canadian the win in his first start at Talladega and Kyle Busch Racing's first win in 2020.

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Volume 2020, Issue 9, Posted 4:37 PM, 10.03.2020

2021 NASCAR Schedule Brings Changes

The 2021 NASCAR Cup Schedule brings many changes to the series.  Some tracks have lost races or even a place on the schedule.  New tracks have been added and some will only have one race next year.  The official schedule is listed below.

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Volume 2020, Issue 9, Posted 10:35 PM, 09.30.2020

Kurt Busch Finally Wins a Las Vegas Cup Race

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LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – After 21 tries, Kurt Busch is a winner at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the South Point 400 NASCAR Cup race.  Busch held off a racy Matt DiBenedetto in overtime for his first win of the 2020 season. It was Busch’s first win at his home track.

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Volume 2020, Issue 9, Posted 11:27 PM, 09.27.2020

Chase Briscoe Wins at Las Vegas for the Second Time in 2020

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LAS VEGAS, NV – Chase Briscoe more than dominated the ALSCO 300 Xfinity Series Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Briscoe led 164 of the 200 laps to win in the Xfinity Series for the second straight week. The triumph was also his second consecutive win at the 1.5-mile Nevada track, giving him an even 10 wins for his Xfinity career.

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Volume 2020, Issue 9, Posted 11:37 PM, 09.26.2020

Austin Hill Repeats At Las Vegas

(LAS VEGAS, NV - SEP 25, 2020 - RIS) Austin Hill goes back to Victory Lane at Las Vegas with his second win after winning the Fall race here last year. Sheldon Creed dominated the race until a late restart, when other traffic dropped him back and let Hill grab the lead.

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Volume 2020, Issue 9, Posted 12:06 AM, 09.26.2020

Kevin Harvick Holds off Kyle Busch to Win Bristol's Night Race

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BRISTOL, TN - RIS – Kevin Harvick held off a charging Kyle Busch and went on to win the NASCAR Cup Series NRA 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night.  It was his ninth win of the season.  Harvick held Busch at bay over the final 32 laps of Saturday night’s Bristol night race to get his ninth win of the season and keep Busch winless. The regular season champion has become the odds-on favorite to win it all, but Busch gave him all he wanted.

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Volume 2020, Issue 9, Posted 11:40 PM, 09.19.2020

Chase Briscoe Wins at Bristol With Momentum for the Xfinity Playoffs

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BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Chase Briscoe won at Bristol Motor Speedway for his seventh win of the season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.  Briscoe passed leader Austin Cindric with six laps to go and held on for the win.  Ross Chastain finished second and Cindric faded to third.  Ross Chastain, Justin Allgaier, Anthony Alfredo, Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, Jeb Burton and Riley Herbst rounded out the top 10 in order.

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Volume 2020, Issue 9, Posted 10:35 PM, 09.18.2020

Rookie Sam Mayer Wins at Bristol, His First win at 17

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BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Sam Myer, all of 17 years old, won the UNOH 200 in his first race in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series on Thursday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.  It was the first national series race for Mayer.  Mayer was hired this week to race in the Xfinity Series next season for JR Motorsports. His win in his seventh career Truck Series start — fourth this year — was an upset in the opening race of the playoffs.

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Volume 2020, Issue 9, Posted 10:09 PM, 09.17.2020

Keselowski Dominates Richmond and Moves On to the Next Round

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RICHMOND, VA – RIS – Brad Keselowski dominated the Federal Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Cup race at Richmond Raceway, leaving no doubt he will be a factor in the championship run.  By winning, he locks his team into the next round with one more race next week at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Volume 2020, Issue 9, Posted 12:02 AM, 09.13.2020

Allgaier Sweeps at Richmond

Justin Allgaier goes three-wide

(RICHMOND, VA - SEP 12, 2020 - RIS) The Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250 checkered flag went to Justin Allgaier, completing a sweep of the weekend for the No. 7 car after he won the Friday evening race and moving him ahead of Austin Cindric in total laps led for the season. Jeb Burton followed in second, with Ross Chastain third, Harrison Burton, Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, Michael Annett, Brandon Jones, Kaz Grala and Austin Cindric completing the top ten.

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Volume 2020, Issue 9, Posted 5:49 PM, 09.12.2020

Book Review - The First 30 Years of the Indianapolis 500

Book Review:
The First 30 Years of the Indianapolis 500. by David Story

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is unquestionably the apex of all motorsports. Many of our readers have a deep enthusiasm for The Speedway. The history, the traditions, the cars, the characters, are really almost a way of life for so many of us.

David Story, like us, is one of those people with The Speedway in his blood. A successful homebuilder in the Northwest, his passion since he was a kid was cars, motorsports, and racing, more specially, creating wonderful art of those racing cars. Now retired, he and his wife Kymm live in the small town of Inkom, Idaho. But don’t be fooled by his background, David Story is a great illustrator and artist.

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Volume 2020, Issue 9, Posted 2:36 PM, 09.12.2020

Jason Allgaier Holds off Justin Haley to Win Xfinity Race at Richmond

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RICHMOND, VA – RIS - Justin Allgaier chased Justin Haley down and moved past Haley for the lead with about 30 laps to go and went on to win Friday night’s Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway.  Allgaier lost the lead to Haley on Lap 174 of 250 and began to pull away. Allgaier rallied and got by Haley with 29 laps to go. Allgaier went on to win his second race of the season.

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Volume 2020, Issue 9, Posted 10:22 PM, 09.11.2020

Grant Enfinger Comes Back From a Tire Rub to Win Richmond Truck Race

AP Photo - Steve Helber

RICHMOND, VA – RIS – Grant Enfinger passed teammate Matt Crafton with seven laps to go to Win the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck race at Richmond Raceway.  It was a 1-2-3 finish for ThorSport Racing and their F-150 Ford trucks. Crafton held on for second and Ben Rhodes finished third.

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Volume 2020, Issue 9, Posted 11:14 PM, 09.10.2020

Kevin Harvick Wins Southern 500 After Truex and Elliott Tangle

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DARLINGTON, SC – RIS – Kevin Harvick won the Southern 500 on Sunday after Martin Truex, Jr. and then-leader Chase Elliott tanged when Truex tried to pass.  Harvick was running third and finished first after a valiant attempt by Austin Dillon failed.  It was the eight win in 2020 and his second at Darlington.  Harvick didn’t dominate the Southern 500 in his series-best eighth victory of the season. The regular-season champion and top seed in the playoffs inherited the lead and win.

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Volume 2020, Issue 9, Posted 11:58 PM, 09.06.2020

Rhodes Woos The Lady In Black

(DARLINGTON, SC - SEP 6, 2020 - RIS) Ben Rhodes and his crew gambled on not taking tires with a late race caution leading to an overtime finish, then had to overcome a challenge from Derek Kraus to earn his first Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race in almost 50 events, with his last victory at Kentucky Speedway in 2018. Rookie Derek Kraus, Austin Hill, Grand Enfinger and another rookie, Christian Eckes completed the top five finishers.

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Volume 2020, Issue 9, Posted 6:01 PM, 09.06.2020

Darlington Thriller Ends with Brandon Jones Inheriting Lead

Brandon Jones in Victory Lane at Darlington

(DARLINGTON, SC - SEPT 5, 2020 - RIS) Brandon Jones inherited his third Xfinity Series victory of 2020 when Denny Hamlin and Ross Chastain battled to the end of the last twenty laps before a slide job send Hamlin into the outside wall as Chastain ran into the wall and Hamlin's rear bumper, handing the win to Jones with Chastain taking second and Hamlin falling back to fifth.

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Volume 2020, Issue 9, Posted 4:18 PM, 09.05.2020

Creed Takes WWT Truck Crown

Sheldon Creed celebrates winning at World Wide Technology Raceway

(MADISON, IL - AUG 30, 2020 - RIS) Sheldon Creed swept around Sam Mayer on a late restart to take his third 2020 victory and a bonus of $100,000 in the CarShield 200 Presented by CK Power at World Wide Technology Raceway. 

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Volume 2020, Issue 8, Posted 3:38 PM, 08.30.2020