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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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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
DAYONA BEACH, FL - RIS - The final race of the NASCAR Cup season at Daytona International Speed was a wild affair, as expected. William Byron rallied to win the race in overtime and Jimmie Johnson's accident near the end kept him out of his final chance to win his eighth Cup championship. The win locks him in the playoffs.
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL - AUG 28, 2020 - RIS) Justin Haley took advantage of a wreck between his two Kaulig Racing teammates to win his second career Xfinity race, taking the lead down the back straight on the last lap as AJ Allmendinger and Ross Chastain wrecked out of the lead.
INDIANAPOLIS (Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020) – Takuma Sato climbed to a higher level of immortality Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, winning the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge and becoming just the 20th driver to capture “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” at least twice.
Sato, from Japan, won the race under caution in the No. 30 Panasonic/PeopleReady Honda fielded by Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing when Spencer Pigot crashed in Turn 4 on Lap 195. Sato also won the race in 2017, with Andretti Autosport.
“This was the entire Rahal Letterman Lanigan team,” Sato said on Victory Podium. “HPD and Honda gave us a lot of power, a lot fuel mileage. And my boys … they sacrifice a lot. I can’t thank all of the people (enough).”
Scott Dixon finished second in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda despite leading a race-high 111 laps. It was the third career Indy 500 runner-up finish for Dixon, a five-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion and the 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner.
DOVER, DE – RIS – Kevin Harvick won his seventh NASCAR Cup race of 2020 on Sunday at Dover International Speedway in runway fashion. Harvick set the pace for 223 of the 311 laps, pushing his Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford Mustang to a 3.525-second margin of victory in Sunday’s Drydene 311. His third win at the 1-mile Delaware track was the 56th in his Cup Series career. The victory also marked Ford’s 700th in Cup Series competition.
(DOVER, DE - AUG 23, 2020 - RIS) Early on race day, Chase Briscoe texted his wife that he would win the second Xfinity race at Dover and he went on to dominate, leading 102 of the 200 laps on his way to the point leader's sixth victory of the season, followed across the line by Ross Chastain and Austin Cindric. "As soon as we took the green I knew that I was going to be really good," said Briscoe following the race. "The car was way better than what it was yesterday and was really what I was looking for."
(DOVER, DE - AUG 22, 2020 - RIS) Denny Hamlin scores sixth 2020 victory at Dover, leading a one-two-three sweep of the top three positions for Joe Gibbs Racing. The win is his 43rd career win and first ever at Dover.
(DOVER DE - AUG 22, 2020 - RIS) Justin Allgaier takes the opening race in the Drydene 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Dover. Allgaier's win comes after a twenty-race cold spell since his last victory. Austin Cindric notched his second race in second place in the last seven races, after winning the other five. Allgaier gave credit to the 'haters' on social media after his run-in with AJ Allmendinger in last week's race at Daytona's road course. "This is the power of social media. I got blasted all week last week and so I guess I need to thank AJ for giving me the drive and the determination and all the haters on social media because that's what's definitely given me some fire and we're firing at the right time," said Allgaier following the race.
(DOVER DE - AUG 21, 2020 - RIS) Zane Smith goes one for one in trucks at Dover. Rookie Zane Smith scored his second career NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race, taking the victory at the 'Monster Mile'. Smith's first series win was at Michigan, two weeks earlier.
INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, Aug. 21, 2020) – Rookie Pato O’Ward turned the fastest lap of Miller Lite Carb Day practice for the 104thIndianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Friday, Aug. 21, with winners of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” looming large in the next three spots on the speed charts.
O’Ward, from Monterrey, Mexico, produced a top lap of 225.355 mph in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet during the two-hour final practice before Race Day this Sunday. O’Ward will start 15th when “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” takes the green flag at 2:30 p.m. (ET), with live coverage starting at 1 p.m. on NBC and the Pennzoil INDYCAR Radio Network.
“I think it's just been really important to try and get the best car under us for Race Day,” O’Ward said. “I think traffic running is going to be key. It's going to be my first ‘500.’ From just feeling out practice and everything, it's so important to have a car that's able to follow closely and be able to get runs on people, ultimately move forward instead of moving backward.”
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Chase Elliott proved he was certainly “King of the Road,” after winning for the third straight time on a road course in a NASCAR Cup Race at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday. After a late caution, he held off Denny Hamlin for the win. Elliott was dominant on the 3.61-mile course. With no practice and qualifying before the race, there were many questions by drivers, but Elliott showed the way, leading 34 of 65 laps.
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL - AUG 16, 2020 - RIS) Sheldon Creed withstood a green-white-checker overtime restart challenge from fellow GMS Racing driver Brett Moffitt to win his second race of the season.
INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time in 33 years, an Andretti will lead the Indianapolis 500 to the green flag.
Marco Andretti, grandson of the 1969 Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti, topped the Fast Nine Shootout on Sunday to claim his first NTT Pole Award of 2020 and his family’s first Indy 500 pole since Mario Andretti won the in 1987.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Month of Marco continued Saturday at the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, as Marco Andretti posted the fastest four-lap qualification run and enters the Fast Nine Shootout on Sunday as the top seed for the run to the coveted NTT P1 Award for pole position.
Andretti posted a four-lap average speed of 231.351 mph in the No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Honda on his only attempt of the five-hour, 50-minute qualifying session. Andretti’s run was even more impressive because he was the 28th of 33 drivers to make his attempt in the first trip through the qualifying draw, blazing the top speed in hotter, more slippery track conditions than earlier qualifiers.
The Fast Nine Shootout takes place from 1:15-2:15 p.m. (ET) Sunday, with live NBC coverage from 1-3 p.m. Andretti, who led “Fast Friday” practice and was in the top three on the speed charts in all three practices this week, will be a favorite for his first career Indianapolis 500 pole.
“It was a steady day,” Andretti said. “The one-and-done things are always nice. It's not fun to have to go do this a few times. We executed on the first time, so my goal is to do the same thing tomorrow.”
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL - AUG 15, 2020 - RIS) Austin Cindric added another notch to his record in winning the fifth of his last six races, taking the checkered flag at the UNOH 188, the first NASCAR Xfinity Series race on the Daytona road course. The win marked Cindrics' fifth win in the last six series races, matching Sam Ard's 1983 record in the series. Cindric's win was not without drama as he was under pressure from Chase Briscoe who led most of, and won the second stage and led much of the final stage. "I'm not sure anyone was really happy with their race car," said Cindric after the race. "Unfortunately, I have a tough perspective of driving really fast high-grip race cars at this track, but great credit to my team -- the MoneyLion guys -- and everyone that puts this together -- Ford Performance, Roush Yates Engines, obviously everyone at Team Penske for workig hard. That's five wins on the year and back-to-back now. I'm really proud of that. I didn't feel like I drove my best today, but we executed there at the end where it counts and that's what makes these races so difficult to win."
INDIANAPOLIS – The boost was turned up, but the suspects remained the same during “Fast Friday” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Andretti Autosport ended Friday with all seven of its cars or affiliated cars in the top 15 during the final full day of practice before Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying for the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.
There are six drivers racing out of the Andretti Autosport stable for this event. Meyer Shank Racing, which has Jack Harvey as its driver, is a satellite team sharing and engineering alliance with Michael Andretti’s organization and counts as the seventh for the “500.”
Friday, Marco Andretti ran the fastest lap at IMS since Arie Luyendyk in 1996. Andretti ran 233.491 mph in the No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Honda entered by Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco & Curb-Agajanian. Luyendyk turned a lap at 239.260 mph on May 10, 1996.
INDIANAPOLIS – Scott Dixon just keeps on rolling.
NTT INDYCAR SERIES points leader Dixon jumped to the top of the speed chart Thursday on the second day of practice for the 104thIndianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge with a top lap of 39.8050 seconds, 226.102 mph in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. His fast lap came with the benefit of an aerodynamic tow, as drivers continued to refine race setups in traffic.
Dixon, who opened the 2020 season with three straight victories, rose to the No. 1 spot on the 2.5-mile oval after recording the third-fastest speed Wednesday on Opening Day at 224.047. He looks to be a prime contender for both pole position during Armed Forces Qualifying Weekend this Saturday and Sunday and for his second Indy 500 victory on Race Day, Sunday, Aug. 23.
“Today, we made some minor changes and tried to figure out some different balances,” Dixon said. “We’re also focusing on how the car feels. The No. 8 car had some changes yesterday that (teammate Marcus Ericsson) liked and we tried them, but I’m on the fence. We’re just running through those variations and trying to run in as much traffic as possible and get the car as comfortable as possible for the race.
BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – (August 9, 2020) Kevin Harvick completed the sweep of Michigan International Speedway in the Consumers Energy NASCAR Cup race on Sunday. Harvick led 90 laps but had competition this time. Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski was going for leader and Team Penske teammate Ryan Blaney, when Keselowski slipped and got into Blaney, destroying both cars. That left Harvick, Denny Hamlin, and Martin Trues, Jr. to battle for the win. Harvick passed Hamlin and the rest is history.
BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – Kevin Harvick came, saw and conquered the competition in the first of two NASCAR Cup races at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. Joey Logano led the first 18 laps from the pole, but it was all Harvick, all of the time after that. It was not easy. Even though he looked to have the best car, he had to do some work to make sure he won the race over a final sequence that was disrupted by numerous cautions. Harvick lost the lead to Chase Elliott on a restart with less than 20 scheduled laps to go and then to Kyle Busch on a restart with less than 10 scheduled laps to go. The race ended in overtime with a two-lap shootout.
(ELKHART LAKE, WI - AUG 8, 2020 - RIS) Austin Cindric showed the field his heels several times during the Henry 180 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on the historic four-mile Road America road course, overcoming rain, lightning and challenges from other road course experts. The young Mustang pilot beat AJ Allmendinger to the checkered flag by 1.318 second after a restart with two laps left in the race. Chase Briscoe followed in third, with Kaz Grala fourth and sports car ace Andy Lally fifth. "This car was really fast on short runs," said Cindric after the race. "Those guys brought a great package and I tried to mind my Ps and Qs and put together two of my best laps to come home with the win.
"I am over the moon about it. This is the first place I ran an Xfinity race and I feel like every time I have come here we have had a shot to win. It feels great to do it and do it in front of fans and a home crowd from Menards."
(BROOKLYN, MI - AUG 7, 2020 - RIS) Zane Smith led his first green flag laps of the season tonight at Michigan International Speedway's Henry Ford Health System 200, but it was the most important lap of the event: the last one for the checkered flag. Multiple overtime restarts led to contact between leader Grant Enfinger and challenging Austin Hill with Smith taking the lead on the last lap.
'Choose' Rule Coming to Cup Races: NASCAR Announces Two Procedure Changes Ahead of Playoffs; Performance Metrics Set Starting Lineup, Busch Pole Award & Cometic Gaskets Pole Award
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 6, 2020) – NASCAR today announced two competition procedure changes that it will implement ahead of the Playoffs in all three national series.
LOUDON, NH – RIS – Brad Keselowski won for the third time since NASCAR shut the series down in a Cup Race at New Hampshire’s one-mile track. The 2012 Cup champion took the checkered flag at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, beating Hamlin by 1.647 seconds after trading the lead with him for most of the 301-lap race.
CarParts.com Makes Winning Bid in Auction of All-Star Bumper in Support of MRO Company to Make Additional Donation to Victory Junction
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 29, 2020) - CarParts.com, the e-commerce auto parts company, recently made the winning bid of $20,034 to own the one-of-a-kind memento from the first-ever NASCAR All-Star race at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway with all proceeds benefiting Motor Racing Outreach (MRO). Now, CarParts.com will pay it forward by making an additional donation of $20,043 to Victory Junction in honor of Darrell "Bubba" Wallace, Jr., and Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM).
(KANSAS CITY, KS - JULY 25, 2020 - RIS) Brandon Jones surprised the field with a seventh-to-first charge on a late race overtime restart to take his second race win at Kansas and his third career series win. Austin Cindric dominated the race, leading 131 laps of the 175 total. Leading only the last two laps, Jones said that the win was due to being "just in position there. I didn't think the bottom was going to roll like it did. The top was pretty dominant all day. Just kind of depended on how your balance was and it really fired off the best we have all day. It was a group effort there, it wasn't just me right there. It was an adjustment made and I think it really shows that we continue to make speed and keep our heads in the game."
(LEVEL CROSS, NC - July 25 - RIS)The Petty family announces with great sadness the loss of Maurice Petty, who died peacefully on Saturday, July 25, 2020. Maurice, a stock-car racing pioneer whose career supplied the horsepower that propelled Petty Enterprises to victories, passed away surrounded by family earlier this morning. He was 81-years old.
(KANSAS CITY, KS - JULY 25, 2020 - RIS) Matt Crafton, defending NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series champion, returned to Victory Lane today after a three-year absence, winning the e.p.t. 200 race over rookie Christian Eckes.
(KANSAS CITY, KS - JULY 24, 2020 - RIS) Austin Hill dominated the Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race, leading 65 of the 134 laps.
(KANSAS CITY, KS - JULY 23, 2020 - RIS) Denny Hamlin put emphasis on his 2020 season, winning the Super Start Batteries 400 NASCAR Cup Series race, powering around Kevin Harvick for the fifth win this year for the No. 11 Toyota.
FORT WORTH, TX – RIS - Austin Dillon stayed in front after a restart with two laps to go and beat rookie Tyler Reddick to the checkered flag at Texas, giving Richard Childress Racing a 1-2 NASCAR Cup finish and quite a show for spectators spread out in the stands on a sweltering Sunday. It was the third career win for Dillon, the last coming in 2018.
FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Kyle Busch finished first in the Xfinity race early today, but in post-race inspection, his car was too low and he was disqualified, but he had another race to run Saturday night. The NASCAR Outdoors Series race was next on his schedule and he was up to the task, winning in a battle with his teammate over the final 10 laps. Upon being congratulated by an NBC commentator, Busch said, “Technically, I haven’t won yet, so put it over the sticks,” apparently meaning his KBM Toyota had not passed inspection yet.