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.
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(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.
Kyle Busch won the My Bariatric 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race with his 98th career series win - until the post-race inspection found his car in violation of the height rules, handing Austin Cindric his third-straight series win after the young driver swept last week's pair of races at Kentucky Speedway.
BRISTOL, TN - RIS - Chase Elliott won the 2020 NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, which was hosting the event for the first time. It was just the second time in All-Star Race history that it was not at Charlotte Motor Speedway (Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1986).Elliott also took home the $1 million prize awaiting the victor.
Almirola, Byron win first two Open stages, DiBenedetto wins final stage and Clint Bowyer moved into the 2020 NASCAR All-Star by winning the fan vote.
For the second time in its history, the NASCAR Cup Series All-Star race will not be held at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The race for previous winners and event champions will instead be held at Bristol Motor Speedway, the evening of Wednesday, July 15. With Sunday's surprise victory by rookie Cole Custer, the guaranteed entrie list for the All-Star has sixteen cars. The entry list for the Open, which puts its winner into the All-Star consists of 22 cars. One additional entry is awarded, by fan vote.
SPARTA, KY – RIS – Rookie Cole Custer, running the No. 41 SHR Ford was in sixth place before the final restart from the outside. The determined young man passed both Martin Truex, Jr Kevin Harvick, and Ryan Blaney to win his first NASCAR Cup race at Kentucky Speedway. His passes were good enough for him to cruise to the finish.
SPARTA. KY – RIS - Sheldon Creed won his first career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck race on Saturday when ran and lightening made it impossible to continue at the end of the second stage. NASCAR rules say race is official at halfway or the end of the second stage. Rain has been a constant factor during the NASCAR season. Creed won, taking the second stage just before the thunderstorm hit the track.
ELKHART LAKE, WI – RIS - Scott Dixon dominated on track in the season opener and had strategy drop a second victory in his lap. On Saturday he won the front end of the REV Group Grand Prix doubleheader on pit lane at Road America to stay unbeaten in the NTT IndyCar Series. The five-time series champion survived three restarts and held off Will Power by 2.5386 at Road America.
SPARTA, KY – RIS – Austin swept the second of two NASCAR Xfinity races tonight in a show of pure domination. It was the first time anyone had won races on consecutive nights at the same track since Richard Petty did it way back in 1971 – 49 years ago. The No. 22 Team Penske Ford led 130 laps of 200 overall, including the last 43 to capture his second checkered flag of the 2020 season.
SPARTA, KY – RIS – With the first two stages being dominated by Noah Gragson, it looked like another non-winning night on an oval by Austin Cindric, but the final stage was a very different matter, but it was not easy.
WATKINS GLEN, NY - RIS - The following statement from Watkins Glen International was "As a result of the ongoing pandemic, NASCAR has realigned The Go Bowling at The Glen NASCAR weekend to the Daytona International Speedway road course. While we are disappointed that wewill not see our NASCAR fans at The Glen this year, we must proritize the health and safety of our attendees, competitors, and staff"
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – RIS – Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR Cup Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 for the second straight year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. It was Harvick’s fourth win of the season, and 53es of chis career, coming within one of NASCAR Hall of Fame member Lee Petty. Harvick led 68 of the 161 scheduled laps., besting Chase Elliott by 42 laps.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – RIS – Chase Briscoe dreamed of running at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The kid from Indiana wanted to win there in a stock car like Tony Stewart did. It happened in a wild run on the road course at Indy. The winner was celebrating and kissing the bricks on a day where he almost gave it away but fought back and won.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – RIS – Scott Dixon won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the second time in his career twelve years after the first one. The five-time series champion won by a dominant 19.9469 seconds over Graham Rahal in the IndyCar Grand Prix.
NASCAR Cancels 2020 Champion's Week
Due to the continuing, and in some areas, accelerating, COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR announced Monday that the 2020 Champion's Week and associated events will not be held in Nashville. Some sort of celebrations may be held but plans are not yet finalized.
Here is NASCAR's statement:
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 29, 2020) – "With the uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus and the impact on the industry, this year’s NASCAR Champion’s Week and NASCAR Cup Series Awards originally scheduled to take place in Nashville will not occur. The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series champions will be celebrated at the end of the season with more details to come. We look forward to returning to Nashville in 2021."
When further details are announced, we will post them.
LONG POND, PA – RIS – Denny Hamlin, a runner-up in yesterday’s NASCAR Cup race won at Pocono Raceway by turning the tables on Kevin Harvick on Sunday. Harvick won Saturday’s race with Hamlin second. The second race in two days found Hamlin winning and Harvick second. Apparently, both teams and drivers know their way around this 2.5-mile triangle.
LONG POND, PA – RIS – Chase Briscoe passed Ross Chastain on the first of two overtime laps and drove away to the lead to win the NASCAR Xfinity race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday. Briscoe overcame speeding in the pits and a blown tire, but with a fast Ford Mustang, he was able to score his fourth win of the season. The race went two extra laps past the scheduled 90 laps due to a late caution that saw Chad Finchum hit the wall with five laps to go.
(LONG POND, PA - JUNE 28, 2020 - RIS) The Pocono triple-header opening race went to Brandon Jones for his career-first Truck Series win, a mark he also set for his entire crew. The race was delayed a day after persistent weather problems on Saturday forced the race to be delayed until Sunday morning. Jones had to dash from his truck to the Xfinity garage, where his car waited for a seventh-place finish.
LONG POND, PA – RIS - Kevin Harvick won the Cup Series race on Saturday at Pocono Raceway. Harvick had lost all 38 races at the tri-oval track. Denny Hamlin was second and Aric Almirola third.
Harvick starts 20th on Sunday for the second Cup race of the weekend with the field set by inverting the lead-lap finishers from race No. 1.
Ryan Preece finished 20th and will start on the pole Sunday.
F4 U.S. and FR Americas To Be Added To SpeedTour Format
Southlake, TX (June 25, 2020) – Parella Motorsports Holdings (PMH), the owner of the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) and majority owner of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli, today announced it has engaged a partnership with two SCCA Pro Racing open-wheel series, Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda and Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda.The agreement builds on the success of the tried-and-true relationship of PMH and Trans Am, which is also sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing.
“SCCA Pro Racing has proven the viability of FR Americas and F4 U.S. and we are confident that through a combined effort we can take both to the next level,” said Tony Parella, SVRA President and CEO and majority owner of Trans Am. “I want to thank our newest PMH board member, Nick Craw who was instrumental in making this deal come together. His exceptional executive leadership experience in SCCA, ACCUS, and FIA proved invaluable.”
(TALLADEGA, AL - JUN 22, 2020 - RIS) Ryan Blaney overcame rain, fuel mileage doubts and challenges to win the Geico 500 in front of NASCAR's first race before paying customers since March. "I just kind of blocked, just trying to block the best we could," said Blaney in Victory Lane. "Ride the top, ride the bottom. The 20 got to my outside and I tried to go up there to slow him down and I'm not sure, I don't know three-wide, I hate that I hit him, but just kind of trying to beat and bang to the line and things like that. We just edged it out, but I'm really proud of this whole Menards/Sylvania Ford Mustang team. It's been a cool year so far and I'm really excited to get our first win of the year at a cool place. Thank you everybody for coming. I appreciate it you sticking around. That was a lot of fun."
TALLADEGA, AL - RIS - The NASCAR Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway has been postponed until 3 p.m. ET. Monday. The race will air on Fox and Motor Racing Network.
TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Justin Haley won his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series race Saturday afternoon in a three-lap shootout. Haley started in second place and passed Jeb Burton and held the lead until the checkers. He beat teammate Ross Chastain, Jeb Burton, Austin Cindric and Brett Moffitt, who finished in the top five.
(BRISTOL, TN - JUN 15, 2020 - RIS) For the first time since its 1986 running at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the 2020 NASCAR All-Star race will not be held at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This year, the July 15 Wednesday evening event will be held at Bristol Motor Speedway, with the stands open to 30,000 fans.
Hamlin Sweeps Miami
(HOMESTEAD, FL - JUN 14, 2020 - RIS) Denny Hamlin welcomed crew chief Chris Gabehart back to the track after a four-race suspension in the strongest way possible, winning both stages and the race at the Dixie Vodka 400, his fortieth career win and third of the 2020 season, beating out Chase Elliott by 0.895 sec at the checkered flag. Ryan Blaney followed in third, with Tyler Reddick and Aric Almirola completing the top five. "This one was real special," said a smiling Hamlin after the race. "I knew that if I was just patient and ran the pace that I wanted and the pace I was comfortable with, we were going to be hard to beat in the long run.
HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – In a race that seems was destined to be Noah Gragson’s, Austin Cindric brought out the caution by spinning. That means an overtime period because Gragson didn't reach the last lap white flag. It happened again in the first overtime, and Chase Briscoe was up to the task and won the first half of a Sunday double-dip. It was Briscoe’s third win of the season. Gragson saw a huge lead slip away in the final laps for the second consecutive day.
Homestead, FL – RIS – Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Baptist Health 200 Truck Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday night, his 58th career win on the circuit and his eighth victory in his last 10 trucks starts. He’d been winless in his last two outings, which — by his standards behind the wheel of a truck — constitutes a drought.
HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS -Harrison Burton prevailed in a three-wide, frantic push to the checkered flag to win Saturday's Hooters 250 on a restart with only two laps remaining in the first event of a NASCAR Xfinity Series doubleheader weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. A late caution flag gave Harrison Burton new life, and he took advantage.