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NASCAR 2020 Champion's Week Celebration Cancelled

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:
NASCAR 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.

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Volume 2020, Issue 6, Posted 3:42 PM, 06.29.2020

Denny Hamlin Turns the Tables on Kevin Harvick and Wins the NASCAR Cup Race on Sunday

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.

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Volume 2020, Issue 6, Posted 10:03 PM, 06.28.2020

Chase Briscoe Wins Pocono NASCAR Xfinity race

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.

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Volume 2020, Issue 6, Posted 4:06 PM, 06.28.2020

Brandon Jones Opens Pocono Triple with Truck Series Win

(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.

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Volume 2020, Issue 6, Posted 3:15 PM, 06.28.2020

Harvick Ends Pocono Drought for His Third Win of 2020

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.

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Volume 2020, Issue 6, Posted 8:51 PM, 06.27.2020

Blaney Back To Back at Talladega

(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."

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Volume 2020, Issue 6, Posted 9:41 PM, 06.22.2020

Talladega Cup Race Postponed

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.

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Volume 2020, Issue 6, Posted 12:35 AM, 06.22.2020

Justin Haley Wins First Career Xfinity Race at Talladega

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.

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Volume 2020, Issue 6, Posted 9:42 PM, 06.20.2020

2020 NASCAR All-Star Moving to Bristol

(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. 

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Volume 2020, Issue 6, Posted 9:22 PM, 06.15.2020

Hamlin Tames the Lightning at Miami

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.

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Volume 2020, Issue 6, Posted 12:15 AM, 06.15.2020

Chase Briscoe Holds Off the Field for an Overtime Xfinity Win at Homestead

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.

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Volume 2020, Issue 6, Posted 4:27 PM, 06.14.2020

Kyle Busch Wins Gander Outdoors Truck Race at Homestead

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.

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Volume 2020, Issue 6, Posted 12:05 AM, 06.14.2020

Harrison Burton Goes Three Wide to Win at Homestead

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.

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Volume 2020, Issue 6, Posted 8:12 PM, 06.13.2020

Martin Truex, Jr. Wins Historic Race at Martinsville Speedway

MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Martin Truex won the NASCAR Cup race on Wednesday night on a historic night for NASCAR and Martinsville Speedway. It was the first race under the lights at historic Martinsville Speedway, which hosted its first NASCAR race in 1949, and it came on a day when NASCAR made a monumental announcement to ban the Confederate flag.

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Volume 2020, Issue 6, Posted 12:05 AM, 06.11.2020

Kevin Harvick Dominates Atlanta and Goes On to Victory

HAMPTON, GA – RIS – It was another runaway in a NASCAR Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Harvick led 151 of the 325-lap race and ran away from the field after the final pit stop.  Competing again in front of empty grandstands, Harvick won for the second time since NASCAR returned from the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, adding to his emotional victory at Darlington in the first race back. Harvick now has three victories in Atlanta, following up his triumphs in 2001 and 2018.

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Volume 2020, Issue 6, Posted 9:39 PM, 06.07.2020

AJ Allmendinger Wins Atlanta Xfinity Race

HAMPTON, GA – RIS - AJ Allmendinger showed Saturday he still has a lot of racing success left in him, winning the Echo Park 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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Volume 2020, Issue 6, Posted 8:13 PM, 06.06.2020

Grant Enfinger Passes Austin Hill in Overtime for Atlanta Truck Win

HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Grant Enfinger passed Austin Hill on the last lap of overtime to win the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Vet Tix 200 truck race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  The green-white-checker finish gave Enfinger his fourth career win and second this season (he also won the 2020 opener at Daytona). It also was Ford’s first-ever Truck Series win at the 1.54-mile track in Hampton, Georgia. Enfinger passed hill on the outside, which is known as not as fast as the inside lane.  Enfinger just powered through to make the pass and was never headed.

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Volume 2020, Issue 6, Posted 7:46 PM, 06.06.2020

Gragson Wins at Bristol for His Second Win of 2020

BRISTOL, TN – RIS – In a race so similar to what we used to see at Bristol Motor Speedway, Noah Gragson muscled past Jason Allgaier to win the Cheddar’s 300 in a NASCAR Xfinity Series race.  The track appeared to have one fast way around, and that was the inside line, just like the days before the track was changed several years ago.  

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Volume 2020, Issue 6, Posted 10:53 PM, 06.01.2020

Brad Keselowski Steals Bristol when Chase Elliott and Joey Logano Wreck

BRISTOL, TN – RIS – After Brad Keselowski stepped from his No. 22 Ford Mustang, he said “I think this whole Discount Tire team is going to Las Vegas tonight.  Are they open?”  It was an apt comment since the blind draw for the pole position, and the wreck between his teammate and Chase Elliott was the reason for his victory.  Keselowski was running behind the two, pushed the gas for the final three laps and took the checkered flag.

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 8:51 PM, 05.31.2020

Brad Keselowski Starts on Bristol Pole

(BRISTOL, VA - MAY 30 - RIS) Following a seventh place finish in the rain-delayed ALSCO Uniforms 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Brad Keselowski 'won' the draw for starting positions in Sunday's Supermarket Heroes 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. 

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 8:43 PM, 05.30.2020

Chase Elliott Wins the NASCAR Cup Alsco Uniforms 500 at Charlotte

CONCORD, NC – RIS – Chase Elliott finally won a Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday night in the Alsco 5oo 500km race.  He ran down Kevin Harvick in the closing laps for his first victory of the 2020 season.  Elliott had near won the Coca-Cola 600 on Monday, but late-race scrap with Kyle Busch ended his effort. 

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 12:19 AM, 05.29.2020

Byron on Pole for Rescheduled Alsco Uniforms 500

Rain Postpones Alsco Uniforms 500 Until Thursday
(CONCORD, NC - MAY 27, 2020 - RIS)
With continued inclement weather around the track, NASCAR has postponed the Alsco Uniforms 500 until Thursday.

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 9:54 PM, 05.27.2020

Chase Elliott Edges Kyle Busch in Bounty Truck Race at CMS

CONCORD, NC – RIS – Chase Elliott won the bounty in a narrow victory over Kyle Busch in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Gander Outdoors NASCAR truck race on Tuesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Elliott, John Hunter Nemechek and Brennan Poole were vying for a bounty placed on Busch, who was aiming for his eighth straight Gander Trucks victory, a streak dating back to 2018. The $100,000 prize was set by Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick and Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis, who each placed $50,000 in the pot for an eligible Cup Series driver who could best Busch in a Gander Trucks race.

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 11:31 PM, 05.26.2020

Jimmie Johnson Moved to Last After No. 48 Fails Post Race Tech

NASCAR.com Report May 25, 2020 at 1:59 AM: NASCAR officials disqualified the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet after post-race inspection at Charlotte Motor Speedway, striking Jimmie Johnson from a second-place finish in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 3:00 PM, 05.26.2020

Kyle Bush's Pass in Overtime Propels Him to Xfinity Win in Charlotte

CONCORD, NC - RIS - Kyle Busch led a lot of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte on Monday night, but a speeding penalty on pit road made things interesting.  A large multi-car accident slowed things down with Busch in second behind Austin Cindric.  On the last lap of overtime, Busch got by and rolled to the win.  Cindric wound up third.

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 11:52 PM, 05.25.2020

Keselowski Wins the Coca-Cola 600 in Overtime

CONCORD, NC - RIS -Brad Keselowski won the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night after battles with Chase Elliott and Martin Truex, Jr. With Elliott leading, a spin by William Byron brought out the caution and sent the race into a two-lap overtime.  While Chase Elliott pitted for tires, Keselowski stayed out on the track and assumed the lead.  The shootout that followed proved Keselowski’s crew chief as Keselowski was never headed to score the 31st win of his career and his first of 2020 for the 2015 champion.

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 1:25 AM, 05.25.2020

Chase Briscoe Holds Off Kyle Busch for Darlington Xfinity Win

DARLINGTON, SC – RIS – During a heart-braking week for Chase and Marissa Briscoe, Chase held off all-time winner Kyle Busch to win the Toyota 200 NASCAR Xfinity race at Darlington Raceway on Thursday.  A 10-lap shootout between Briscoe, Justin Allgaier, and Busch turned into a last lap shootout between the driver with the most Xfinity career wins (Busch), and a 23 year old driver who had recently heard the worst news of his life (Briscoe). Running side-by-side the entire last lap, Briscoe was able to win.  The tire marks on the side of his car showed how difficult it was.

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 8:01 PM, 05.21.2020

Hamlin Wins Rain-Shortened Darlington Race

DARLINGTON, SC – RIS – Denny Hamlin won the Toyota 500 NASCAR Cup race on Wednesday night in a rain-shortened event.  Hamlin was leading when late in the race, Kyle Busch clipped Chase Elliott, knocking him out of the race.  The ensuing rains came while the field was under caution when another cell of rain wet the racing surface.  There were 20 laps to go when the race was halted.

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 12:04 AM, 05.21.2020

Kevin Harvick Wins Darlington as NASCAR Returns

RAINELLE, WV – RIS -  Today was a banner day.  NASCAR was the first major sport to go back live with an event since most which meant they were under the microscope.  Everyone wanted to see if the drivers had lost a step, and how safe would be.  Everyone from the NBA, MLB, NBA, and others were watching.  The stands were empty, drivers and crews wore masks, and so did reporters, as few as there were. A big audience of viewers saw a good race. 

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 10:20 PM, 05.17.2020

NASCAR Schedule Announced Through June 21st

NASCAR has released a new schedule through late June in its effort to run 36 races this year.  It’s quite ambitious and a sign that NASCAR’s national series will continue to be as normal as possible in the coming weeks.   The new schedule is as follows:

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 6:20 PM, 05.14.2020

More Schedule Changes for NASCAR National Series Races Announced

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – NASCAR announced several schedule changes on Thursday, including the elimination of some races.  Earlier, the sanctioning body an early schedule of races at Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Adding to that announcement is the elimination of races at Richmond Speedway, the road race at Sonoma, and the lone race at Chicagoland Speedway.  The details are listed below.

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 12:48 PM, 05.10.2020

The Sad Saga of Kyle Larson

RAINELLE, WV - RIS - It’s amazing how things have changed since the beginning of March.  After the March 8th NASCAR Cup series race at Phoenix no one has been racing.  Joey Logano had won his second (of the four events run) race.  Other winners were Denny Hamlin, Alex Bowman, and William Byron.  It looked like Team Penske, and Hendrix Motorsports has found their mojo.  The racing stopped then and there., It had been a noticeable season already.  Ryan Newman had survived a crash that this old writer thought was fatal.  A promising season was halted because of the pandemic called the Corona virus.

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Volume 2020, Issue 4, Posted 11:39 PM, 04.14.2020

Logano Overcomes Problems and Wins Cup Race at Phoenix Speedway

AVONDALE, AZ – RIS -Joey Logano had his share of bad luck in the Ticket Guard 500 NASCAR Cup race, but recovered from each to win his second race of the season. An uncontrolled tire sent Joey Logano to the rear of the field. A broken jack cost him time on pit road, and an overtime restart put the field on his back bumper.

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Volume 2020, Issue 3, Posted 11:00 PM, 03.08.2020

Brandon Jones Passes Kyle Busch for Phoenix Xfinity Win

AVONDALE, AZ - RIS - Brandon Jones passed Kyle Busch with 20 laps to go and held on to win Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Phoenix Raceway. It was Jones’ second career win in 141 Xfinity starts. His previous win came last October at Kansas.

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Volume 2020, Issue 3, Posted 10:31 PM, 03.07.2020

Elliott Nips Harvick for Phoenix Pole

AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Chase Elliott was able to outrun Phoenix master Kevin Harvick after Harvick tested the top and Elliott followed him.  Elliott won the pole position for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Speedway.  Harvick will start beside Elliott when they come to the green flag.

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Volume 2020, Issue 3, Posted 10:02 PM, 03.07.2020

18-Inch Centerlock Wheels Coming With Next Gen NASCAR Racer

NASCAR Cup Series Next Gen Goes To Center-Lock Wheels
Just one of numerous changes for 2021
(CONCORD, NC – MAR 5, 2020 – RIS) The Next Gen's fourth on-track test, scheduled this week at Auto Club Speedway saw NASCAR's 'Next Gen' car tested by William Byron on the new design's . The three previous tests featured a larger aluminum wheel, but with the five-lug pattern that's been used in NASCAR for decades.

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Volume 2020, Issue 3, Posted 4:48 PM, 03.05.2020

Alex Bowman Wins at Fontana

FONTANA, CA – RIS – Alex Bowman won his second career NASCAR Cup race by holding off the Busch brothers at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA.  Bowman had one of the fastest cars all weekend, but after Ryan Blaney had to pit late in the race for tires, the win was his. Coincidentally, Bowman’s contract is up at the end of the season.  Winning is imperative.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 11:00 PM, 03.01.2020

Harrison Burton Wins First Career Xfinity Race at Fontana

FONTANA, CA – RIS – Harrison Burton won his first career Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on Saturday.  Burton held off fellow Joe Gibbs Racing driver Riley Herbst in the closing laps of the race.  The 19-year-old Burton is the son of NASCAR veteran Jeff Burton, and he finished strong with an impressive final restart.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 9:10 PM, 02.29.2020

Bowyer Wins California Pole

FONTANA, CA – RIS – Clint Bowyer won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday at Auto Club Speedway.  He ran a lap of 40.086 seconds or 179.614 mph.  Six-time winner at the track, Jimmie Johnson was.007 seconds slower.  He will start on the front row with Bowyer.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 7:31 PM, 02.29.2020