BRISTOL, TN - RIS - Kyle Larson won the NASCAR Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway, but he had help. It is a long story, but in the end, teammate Chase Elliott, who had fallen laps down while battling with Kevin Harvick, decided to help fellow Hendrick Motorsports driver Larson. The incident is in the eye of the watcher, but regardless, Larson won the race with Kevin Harvick second. The result was familiar.
Cup / Xfinity / Truck News
BRISTOL, TN - RIS - AJ Allmendinger went sliding across the finish line after he was hit by Austin Cindric to win Friday night’s Xfinity Series race and beat Cindric for the regular-season title. In the final laps a late caution bunched the field together and led to a final run to the checkers, The end featured more rubbing, Cindric had an ample lead before the caution, but a determined Allmendinger shove and pushed his way for the lead with one lap to go. The result was just what the fans wanted. Although they booed Cindric early, he was later cheered.
(BRISTOL, TN – SEP 16, 2021 – RIS) Chandler Smith took advantage of a late race restart to lead the final five laps of the UNOH 200 Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway after Sheldon Creed dominated, leading 190 laps. Creed finally lost the lead after the final restart, ropping bac, to finish 19th after a tire went down.
(RICHMOND, VA – SEP 12, 2021 – RIS) Martin Truex Jr overcame penalties to head a Joe Gibbs Racing sweep of the top three finishing positions in the Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders at Richmond Raceway. Denny Hamlin led just under half the laps, running at the front for 197 of the 400 laps, while Truex was in front for 80 laps. Christopher Bell led 10 laps on his way to the third-place finishing position, while the fourth Gibbs driver, Kyle Busch, finished ninth after a couple of penalties that sent him down pit road and possibly cost him a win. The four Gibbs cars led 326 laps of the race distance.
RICHMOND, VA – RIS – Noah Gragson remains white hot in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series. He won his second consecutive race on Saturday afternoon by beating the field. He had earlier won last week at Darlington Raceway. Gragson held onto the lead after a restart with seven laps to go and held off Justin Haley on Saturday for the win.
(DARLINGTON, SC – SEP 5, 2021 – RIS) Denny Hamlin drove to his fourth victory at Darlington and first of the 2021 season, winning the 2021 Cook Out Southern 500. Hamlin stayed in front of a charging Kyle Larson to take his 45th career NASCAR Cup Series win in a race that saw several Playoffs qualified driver knocked out of the race early.
(DARLINGTON, SC - SEP 5, 2021 - RIS) Sheldon Creed ran roughshod over the field in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series In It to Win It 200 at Darlington, heading the field for 104 of the 147 laps and only easing off late in the race. John Hunter Nemechek and Chandler Smith were the only other lap leaders, with Smith at the front for 4 laps during a caution and Nemechek leading once for the 39 remaining laps of the "Lady in Black as Darlington is known.
DARLINGTON, SC - RIS - Noah Gragson held off Harrison Burton in overtime to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway on Saturday afternoon. In a race dominated by Denny Hamlin in the famous No.54 Toyota Supra from Joe Gibbs’ shop, Gragson had what it took to hold off the competition. What it took was a large launch on the restart in the overtime period. Burton made it a close finish, but in the end Gragson got his first win of 2021 and trip to the playoffs. It looked for a while like a NASCAR Cup Series regular, Denny Hamlin, might take the victory. But a penalty on the final pitstop with less than 10 laps to go took him out of contention and opened the door for Gragson.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Ryan Blaney survived a rough and rowdy late race melee and went on to hold of Chris Beuscher in the NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway for his second straight win and momentum in the coming playoffs. The win came in overtime. Blaney dodged every wreck and held on to the lead as the laps ran down. It was his third win of the season, the first time he has had multiple wins.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Justin Haley nipped teammate A.J. Almendinger on the final lap to win the NASCAR Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday afternoon. The race was scheduled to be held on Friday night, but rain prevented any racing at after Lap 19. The race was the first of two races at the 2.2-kmile speedway on Saturday. The NASCAR Cup cars will race at 7:00 PM Saturday night. Haley’s team, Kaulig Racing has won six of the last eight speedway races.
BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – Ryan Blaney passed William Byron on a late restart and then held off the field for victory in the NASCAR Cup Firekeeper’s Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Though many will say Blaney was the surprise winner, but in a race which ran more like a speedway race (see Daytona and Talladega), his driving was masterful. It all started with a big push as the drivers came to the restart with ten laps to go. Kyle Busch’s push propelled Blaney to the lead, which he never gave up. Blaney edged Byron by 0.077 seconds – the closest finish on the two-mile track since electronic scoring began. He has two victories this season and six overall. He only led once for those final eight laps.
BROOKYN, MI – RIS - AJ Allmendinger won his second straight Xfinity Series race in a triple overtime win at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. Allmendinger held off Brandon Jones, who finished runner-up after multiple overtimes due to cautions toward the end of the event.
MADISON, IL – RIS - Defending Camping World Truck series champion Sheldon won the playoff NASCAR Camping World truck series at WWT Raceway on Friday night in dominating fashion. Creed won the first two stages and toped it off with a victory as he took the checkers at the end of the race. He took the lead on Lap 3 and never looked back. It took him only 20 seconds to advance that lead to two seconds.
(SPEEDWAY, IN – AUG 15, 2021 – RIS) AJ Allmendinger more than made up for his disappointment in Saturday's Xfinity Series race by leading the last two laps of a second overtime restart to take his second career NASCAR Cup victory.
(SPEEDWAY, IN - AUG 14, 2021 - RIS) Austin Cindric set a big exclamation point on the Indycar/NASCAR Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, winning the Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard NASCAR Xfinity Series race on the heels of Will Power's win in the Indycar race in a Penske Indianapolis car.
WATKINS GLEN, NY – RIS – Kyle Larson ran up front all day and cruised to victory in the NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen International on Sunday. It was Larson’s fifth win of 2021. He finished ahead of teammate Chase Elliott.. Elliott had won the past two races at Watkins Glen but started at the back for an inspection violation that also led to the ejection of crew chief Alan Gustafson, among other penalties. He had to avoid a spinning Ryan Newman on the second lap in Turn 1. .Elliott was also docked ten driver points and other penalties. It is third time among Larson’s five wins that Elliott has finished second to Larson. Among Elliott’s two wins this year, Larson finished second to him once.
(WATKINS GLEN, NY – AUG 7, 2021 – RIS) Ty Gibbs had a "Monster" of a race in the Xfinity Series Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey 200 – winning his third series race of the ten he has contested this year, dominating the race over Watkins Glen's 2.45 mile road course, leading five times over 43 of the 82 laps with Austin Cindric's 22 laps in front next.
WAKTINS GLEN, NY – RIS – Austin Hills won the lightning shortened NASCAR truck series race at Watkins Glen International for his second win of the season. Hill made it two wins at WGI. He had yesterday won the ARCA series race at the Glen. The United Rentals 176 became the United Rentals 150, as multiple lightning strikes within an eight-mile radius of the track along with the scheduling of the NASCAR Xfinity Series event, forced the sanctioning body to shorten the series’ regular season finale, 11 laps short of the finish.
Earlier today it was announced that Brad Keselowski will be joining Roush Fenway Racing as a full-time driver and minority owner of the organization beginning in 2022. A press conference was held at the NASCAR Hall of Fame to discuss the deal, which included Jack Roush and Steve Newmark of Roush Fenway Racing, Ed Weiss of the Fenway Sports Group and Keselowski.
CHARLOTTE, NC - RIS - Although Ryan Newman got the news that new minority owner of Roush Fenway Racing, Brad Keselowski, would be, in addition to ownership, driving the ride Newman has options at RFR. According to tam President Steve Newmark, the team has discussed options for 2022 of the current No. 6 Ford driver.
LOUDON, NH – RIS – With darkness approaching, the delayed Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 NASCAR Cup race had to end early, so drivers were given ten laps to settle who would win. Aric Almirola driving a Stewart Haas Ford held off Christopher Bell in a JGR Toyota for the win. It was the third win of Almirola’s career on a day when the Fords and Toyotas found speed missing throughout the season.
LOUDON, NH – RIS - For years, you knew who was in the No.54 Toyota Supra in the Xfinity Series. It was Kyle Busch. Since Busch has said he will not run in that series again, that doesn’t mean the performance is not there. Christopher Bell proved that on Saturday. Making his first Xfinity start in nearly two years, Bell dominated Saturday’s Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Starting 14th, Bell quickly zoomed to the front and won both stages while leading 151 of 200 laps.
HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Kurt Busch passed his brother Kyle with 24 laps to go, but it still was a duel between the two brothers until Kurt prevailed. Kurt Busch raced to his first victory of the season, 33rd overall and the fourth of his career at Atlanta. He locked up a spot in the playoffs and possibly improved his chances of securing a new ride next season.
HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Kyle Busch in perhaps his last NASCAR Xfinity race won on Saturday for his record-setting 102nd career win. It wasn’t a runaway this time, though. Although he led most of the race, it came down to several restarts and maybe a little luck.
(KNOXVILLE, IA – JULY 9, 2021 – RIS) After four overtime restarts at Knoxville Raceway's Corn Belt 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series dirt track race, Austin Hill earned his first win on a dirt track, edging ahead of Chandler Smith just before the final yellow flag flew and driving away to the win over rookie Chandler Smith by 1.207 second.
ELKHART LAKE, WI – RIS - Leave it to the road racing expert. Chase Elliott recorded his sixth win in the last eight NASCAR Cup- road races and his seventh in the last 11. The reigning Cup champion took the lead from Kyle Busch on Lap 46 of 62, then pulled away over the final 16 laps to claim a 5.7-second victory over Christopher Bell.
ELKHART LAKE, WI – RIS – Kyle Busch won his 101st NASCAR Xfinity race at Road America on Saturday afternoon. It was his fourth Xfinity race he has entered this year... After spinning off course twice, Busch rallied in the final stage and led the final five laps in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
LONG POND, PA – RIS – Kyle Busch had an eventful day. A broken transmission and a failing clutch to start, but it all even for the best for the driver of the No. 18 Toyota. As usual, the NASCAR Cup series Pocono Mountains 350 became a fuel mileage race. As driver after driver had to pit for fuel in the closing laps, Busch conserved fuel and won, beating new phenom Kyle Larson by a whopping 8.654 seconds.
(LONG POND, PA – JUN 27, 2021 – RIS) Austin Cindric led the most laps, started from pole and won the race to pad his points lead in the NASCAR Xfinity Series to 101 points over closest competitor AJ Allmendinger. Rookie sensation Ty Gibbs finished just under a third of a second behind Cindric, with Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson and AJ Allmendinger the rest of the top five finishers.
(LONG POND, PA - JUNE 26, 2021) Alex Bowman had luck on his side Saturday in the Pocono Organics 325 NASCAR Cup Series race in front of a packed grandstand. Bowman put an exclamation point on his new two-year contract with Hendrick Motorsports by winning his third race of the 2021 season. Kyle Larson's string of wins in Cup races got snapped when his left-front tire went flat on the last lap of Saturday's half of the weekend double-header event.
LONG POND, PA – RIS - John Hunter Nemechek passed his truck owner Kyle Busch off a restart with six laps to go and pulled away to win Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway. The victory is Nemechek's third in the last four races and his fifth overall this season.
BREAKING: NASCAR has disqualified the No. 9 Chevrolet of Chase Elliott in today's NASCAR Cup race at Nashville Superspeedway
CHAD KNAUS, VICE PRESIDENT OF COMPETITION FOR HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS, ON THE DISQUALIFICATION OF THE NO. 9 TEAM AT NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY:
“It’s unfortunate. The lug nuts on the No. 9 were loose at the end of the race. At the end of the race Chase had a vibration. There were quite a few tire issues through the course of the day so they were hopeful that it was just a cord or something in the tire that was creating the vibration so they chose to run the race out. It’s unfortunate that the lug nuts vibrated loose on the left rear and now we are sitting here with a disqualification for the 9 team.”
LEBANON, TN – RIS – The hottest driver in NASCAR, one Kyle Larson continued his domination of the 2021 season by running away from the field and winning the NASCAR Cup Series Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway. The last time the Cup Series raced on this speedway was 1984, and that day another Hendrick Motorsports car No. 5 won then too. It was driven by Geoff Bodine.
LEBANON, TN – RIS – Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Xfinity Series Tennessee Lottery 250 at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday afternoon to achieve his 100th win in the series. He did it in dominate fashion by winning the pole position and winning the last two stages. Austin Cindric won the first stage. He did have to work for it in the final stage. Justin Allgaier battled Busch, but fell short at the end, finishing second.
NASHVILLE, TN – RIS – It was Ryan Peerce’s first truck race, but it did not matter at all. He stormed through half the field to pass every truck ahead of him in the final stage to win the Rackley Roofing 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Preece was driving a truck from the Gilliland stable. The two Fords were so good on this night that teammate Todd Gilliland finished second and threatened to take the lead, but it was Preece's night.
FORT WORTH, TX – RS – Kyle Larson won Sunday’s NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway, collecting the $1 million prize in the final 10-lap shootout. Larson won the first and last of the six rounds in the unique All-Star format, leading 17 of the 100 laps in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. It was his second All-Star win, adding to the invitational victory he claimed at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2019.
(FORT WORTH, TX – JUN 12, 2021 – RIS) "Left Twix" Kyle Busch schooled the field in the Alsco Uniforms 250 at Texas Motor Speedway, leading 94 laps of the 171 run, with a single overtime finish, beating Justin Allgaier by 0.433 second at the checker, series champion Austin Cindric finishing third after shoving Busch into the lead on the last couple of restarts. The win places Busch just one victory short of 100 in the series, a total he said before the race would see him retire from the Xfinity series. The win made his track total of series wins ten. In car temperatures approached 150 degrees, the heat affected both drivers and cars,
FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – John Hunter Nemechek won the NASCAR Camping World truck race at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon. A slick pit stop while other leaders had taken earlier allowed him to lead the final 22 laps en route to his second consecutive victory in the Camping World Truck series. Nemechek wound up finishing more than 3.3 seconds ahead of reigning Cup champion Chase Elliott on a steamy Saturday in Texas.
SONOMA, CA – RIS – Kyle Larson started from the pole and dominated the NASCAR Cup race at the road course at Sanoma Raceway on Sunday. Larson won both stages and outran Chase Elliott to the final overtime checkered flag. Martin Truex finished third. Joey Logano and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five finishers on the tricky road course.
(LEXINGTON, OH – JUNE 5, 2021 – RIS) A pit penalty that sent him to the rear of the field on lap 55 was not enough to deny AJ Allmendinger his fifth career road course win in NASCAR's Xfinity series races. 'Dinger took the lead on a late race restart, holding it through an overtime restart and going on to best his fellow Kaulig racing driver Justin Haley by 0.809 second and denying 18-year-old Ty Gibbs his second series win in a row.