AUSTIN, TX – RIS – Ross Chastain finally won a race on the road course at the Circuit of the Americas in hard-fought battle between A.J. Allmendinger, Alex Bowman, Tyler Reddick, and of course, the eventual winner, Chastain.
Cup / Xfinity / Truck News
Complete unofficial standings, following the weekend of races at COTA:
(AUSTIN TX – MARCH 26, 2022 – RIS) AJ Allmendinger led 27 of the 46 laps in the NASCAR Xfinity Pit Boss 250 at Circuit of the Americas, beating out Austin Hill by just over two seconds to score his eleventh career win and his seventh on a road course.
AUSTIN, TX – RIS – Zane Smith watched from fourth place as Kyle Busch, Alex Bowman, and Stewart Friesen went three-wide in the second overtime to claim victory at the Circuit of the Americas in a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday afternoon. Busch was leading while hotly being perused by Alex Bowman. Stewart Friesen had a good run to the outside and decided to make it three wide and slowed the progress from Bowman and Busch. Smith turned left when a spot opened and ran away at the finish by over three seconds. His restart in the second overtime came from the third row.
AUSTIN, TX – RIS – Ryan Blaney hit the wall n practice, but proof that this Nex-Gen car is very sturdy, went on to win the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race at the Circuit of the Americas road track. Blaney was surprisingly fast on the 3.41-mile course. He advanced to the final round of qualifying by posting the fifth-fastest speed in Group A, then his average lap of 92.759 mph was enough to hold off a late run by Daniel Suarez (92.741 mph).
Ty Gibbs, coming off a win last weekend at Atlanta, won the pole for Saturday's Xfinity Series race at Circuit of the Americas. Gibbs won the pole with a lap of 91.258 mph on Friday. It's his second career series pole. His previous pole was last year at Road America. Ross Chastain, driving in a one-off start for DGM Racing, will start on the front row alongside Gibbs. DGM Racing was fast in Friday’s (Mar. 25) qualifying session, as Chastain’s teammates Alex Labbe and Preston Pardus also qualified in the top 10.
Sheldon Creed won the pole for Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck race at the Circuit of the Americas on Friday with a speed of 90.985 mph on the 3.41-mile road course. Unfortunately, Creed may not get to start on the first row. Creed confined that the fuel pump would probably be replaced on his truck. Normally, any change in the qualifying vehicle would have to start at the end of the field. Creed won the pole with a lap of 90.985 mph around the 3.41-mile road course.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - NASCAR announced Thursday morning that they have assessed a major penalty to Brad Keselowski and the RFK Racing No. 6 team after discovering that the team had modified a single-source supplied part for the Next Gen car. The infraction was discovered after NASCAR had taken Keselowski's No. 6 back to their Research & Development Center following the Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway earlier in March.
William Byron survived many crashes and held off Ross Chastain on the final lap to win at Atlanta’s newly configured high banks. Byron surged to the front, battling with Bubba Wallace side-by-side in the final laps after they lined up in the front row with just under 15 to go. Byron fended off the cars flanking him as others crashed coming to the checkered flag. Ross Chastain finished second. NASCAR ruled that Christopher Bell, who crossed the finish line in second, also crossed below the yellow line and he was bumped down to 23rd. Kurt Busch, Daniel Suárez and Corey LaJoie finished in the top five. Byron earned his third win in 149 Cup starts. The win also marked the third victory for Hendrick Motorsports with three different drivers this season.
HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Young phenom Ty Gibbs led only one lap, but it was the important one to lead-the last lap. Gibbs passed Ryan Sieg on the last lap of double overtime to win Saturday night’s Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Georgia native Austin Hill finished second and was followed by AJ Allmendinger, Riley Herbst and Landon Cassell. Mason Massey finished a career-best sixth. His previous best in 26 previous Xfinity races was 17th. Brandon Jones was seventh. Kyle Weatherman tied his career-best finish of eighth.
HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Cory Heim won his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at newly configured Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday. It was a home track win, since the 19-year-old live 40 miles from the track. The winning move was a push from his KBR teammate, John Hunter Nemechek to the finish line. The push denied another teammate, Chandler Smith a second straight truck win.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Chase Briscoe won his first NASCAR Cup race on Sunday by taking the final restart and going out to a lead that could not be caught in winning for the first time at Phoenix Raceway. Briscoe shot out of a cannon on the restart with less than five laps to go in the Ruoff Mortgage 500 and kept the rest of the field in his rear-view
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Noah Gragson is on a roll. After just missing a win last week, he stormed back at Phoenix Raceway on Saturday afternoon. Gregson qualified well, but in the end, he dominated. Gragson led 72 of the final 87 laps – a race best 114 of 200 laps on the day – to earn the win in the United Rentals 200 at Phoenix Raceway. He passed race runner-up Brandon Jones with 15 laps remaining, negotiated lapped traffic and ultimately pulled away to an impressive 2.555-second win.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Ryan Blaney, who is no stranger to winning the pole position at Phoenix Raceway, was fastest in qualifying Saturday afternoon for Sunday’s Ruoff Mortgage 500 NASCAR Cup race. The Team Penske driver put up a 132.709mph lap to take pole position from Denny Hamlin. They were separated by 0.073s on the time charts. William Byron was third, Christopher Bell fourth and Almirola fifth. Chase Briscoe, Larson, Austin Cindric, Alex Bowman and Logano rounded out the top-ten.
Trevor Bayne continues to impress. Hie sits on the pole for the Xfinity race at Phoenix for Saturday's race.
“That was nerve-wracking, haven’t experienced those kinds of nerves in quite a while,” Bayne said when asked about the close calls late in qualifying. “Our fastest lap in practice was like, lap 8 in traffic,” he added when asked about the limited practice.
LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Kyle Busch was driving along with a good lead with three laps to go in the NASCAR Cup series, and then it happened. A spin brought out a final caution flag and after pit stops, found himself in fourth position and a race to the finish in overtime. As luck would have it, the three cars in front of him were very good drivers. In the end, Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson, and Ross Chastain finished ahead of him, but before that ending, a competitive race could not overshadow Busch’s monumental road to a top five performance.
(LAS VEGAS, NV – MAR 5, 2022 – RIS) Ty Gibbs came back from early adversity and added another victory to his career total in taking the checkered flag under caution when a crash occurred after the white flag flew for a crash involving CJ McLaughlin and Bayley Currey.
(LAS VEGAS, NV – MAR 5, 2022 – RIS) Christopher Bell topped the field in qualifying for his first career NASCAR Cup Series pole position, taking the No. 1 qualifier spot for the Pennzoil 400 Presented by Jiffy Lube. Flanking Bell on the front row is last week's winner, Kyle Larson, with Daytona 500 winning Austin Cindric third in his Penske Ford. Stewart Haas driver Chase Briscoe is fourth, with Chase Elliott fifth at the start of the race Sunday.
LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Chandler drove a brilliant last lap to pass Kyle Busch and hold off Zane Smith for a victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday night in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. It was the third victory in 40 career starts for Smith, a 19-year-old from Georgia who is in his second season driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Smith was side-by-side with Zane Smith as the two trucks took the white flag for the final lap around the speedway. They had raced three-wide with Busch, the winningest driver in series history, and finally broke away for a two-truck battle for the win. Smith used a crossover move on Zane Smith to seal the deal. Zane Smith finished second.
LAS VEGAS, NV -RIS – Allmendinger has won the pole for Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Allmendinger was near the end of qualifying when he pulled off his fast lap. It was fast enough for him to start first on Saturday night.
FONTANA, CA – RIS - Kyle Larson held off Austin Dillon in the final two laps of the race as Chevrolet cars ended up sweeping the top four spots. Larson had the lead on the race's final restart with five laps to go after Chase Elliott spun with less than 10 laps to go. Elliott's spin came from damage after he hit the wall while racing for the lead with Larson and Joey Logano. Larson moved to the outside to pass Logano and said he was unaware that Elliott had made a move to his outside. That pushed Elliott into the wall and ruined his chances at the win.
FONTANA, CA – RIS – Former NASCAR Xfinity Champion Cole Custer took a Ford Mustang to Auto Club Speedway on Saturday and dominated the Xfinity event on Saturday afternoon. Custer, who is a SHR Cup driver, was driving a car that has an alliance with Stewart Hass Racing and ran away from the field in the third overtime for his second xfinity win at the track.
FONTANA, Calif – RIS - Daytona 500 winner Austin Cindric continued his momentum by claiming the pole position for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway. Cindric (174.647 mph), driving the No. 2 Team Penske Ford, turned the fastest lap among 10 drivers in the final round of qualifying on the two-mile oval in Fontana, California.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Feb 20, 2022 - It just happened to be his birthday and Roger Penske must have been smiling. His Ford Mustangs with Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Austin Cindric leading the way all day, it looked like it may not work out for ‘The Captain’, but Cindric drove masterfully in the final two-lap overtime to win the Great American Race, by a fender over Bubba Wallace.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – In the Beef 300 NASCAR Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night, Austin Hill was the winner in his maiden voyage in a Richard Childress Chevrolet. Hill took the lead on the last lap from A.J. Allmendinger before the caution came out for a multi-car crash on the backstretch. One of the drivers involved, Myatt Snider, was flipped into the catch fence and the impact destroyed both ends of his car. Snider was able to climb out and walk away under his own power.
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEB 19, 2022 – RIS) Daniel Hemric and Austin Hill will start from the front row in the Beef. It's What's for Dinner 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona. Opening the 2022 season for the series, the reigning champion Hemric picks up where he ended the 2021 season, at the front of the field. In both the full field first session and then in the second, top-ten session, matched each other's times to the thousandth of a second. CJ McLaughlin and Jeb Burton also matched times in the first session.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – In a race that had few incidents, it all broke loose in the final laps of the NASCAR Camping World truck series race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night. Zane Smith had been near the front all night, mostly running with John Hunter Nemechek, a duo who seemd to find each other all night. Smith was battling for the lead in the No. 38 Ford coming to the white flag when a massive crash was triggered when Tyler Ankrum was spun by John Hunter Nemechek as Smith was fighting Christian Eckes for the lead.
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEB 18, 2022 – RIS) Ty Majeski will start on the pole for Friday evening's NextEra Energy 250, with Joh Hunter Nemechek flanking him on the front row. The 2021 champion, Ben Rhodes, will start far back in the pack at 27th. The race will be Majeski's second career start in the Truck Series at Daytona.
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEB 17, 2022 – RIS) Brad Keselowski started his ownership in RFK (Roush-Fenway-Keselowski) in fine form by winning the first of the Bluegreen Vacations Duels by just over a quarter second ahead of fellow Ford driver Ryan Blaney.
(Daytona Beach, FL - Feb 17, 2022 - RIS) Grant Enfinger drove his No. 23 Champion Power Equipment Chevy to the top of the time sheets in the sole pre-race practice session for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. A couple of brief red flags for spins slowed the session but no real 'incidents' occurred. The race takes the green flag at 7:30 Friday evening for the 100-lap event.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – It certainly was not a surprise. Hendrick Motorsports led qualifying as usual with a surprise visit from Aric Almirola. Hendrick Motorsports has won seven of the last eight Daytona 500 poles. This is Larson’s first Daytona 500. He had never started better than eight for this race. Bowman qualified for the event’s front row for a record fifth consecutive year.
DAYTONA BEACH FL – RIS – The first and only practice sessions for Sunday’s Daytona 500 were held at the Daytona International Speedway this evening and proved to be an eye-opener. Two sessions were held with Michael McDowell was fastest in the first round of practice, and Ryan Blaney having the fastest speed in the second. In fact, Ford Mustangs had the fastest practice times all day. The fifth fastest speeds in the first round were held by McDowell, David Ragan, Todd Gilliland, Brad Keselowski, and Chris Beuscher.
LOS ANGELES, CA – RIS – The exhibition race known as the Bush Clash usually was an appetite inducer for the Daytona 500. Not this year. NASCAR spent seven figures (at least) of their money, moved the race to not only Los Angeles, but the iconic LA Coliseum and built a beautiful quarter mile track to stage it. It brought west coast fans back into the fold and the racing was good. Joey Logano held off Kyle Busch over the Busch Light Clash's final 20 laps to win on the quarter-mile purpose-built track at the LA Coliseum.
LOS ANGELES, CA – RIS – NASCAR made the Busch Lite Clash unique in every way. Qualifying Saturday night was augmented to heat races, something familiar to other forms of automobile races. The first heat had the following results:
LOS ANGELES, CA – RIS – Kyle Busch will start on the pole for Sunday’s Busch Light Clash exhibition opening season race at the LA Coliseum, home of the USC Trojans football team in a track created for the event. In this case, temperatures were twenty degrees cooler that Saturday morning practices and that made a difference in speeds.
(LOS ANGELES, CA – FEB 5, 2022 – RIS) Chase Elliott headed the first practice sessions for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season. Elliott's best time in practice for the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum of 13.455 seconds. Elliott just edged out Kevin Harvick in the No. 4 Ford by 0.002 second and Harvick was 0.013 second ahead of Chase Briscoe. Justin Haley and Kyle Busch filled out the top five, with Busch setting the best average speed for ten consecutive laps at 66.307 mph.
JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Mustang – TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW PAINT SCHEME? “Yellow, a lot of yellow. We’re gonna see that car on the racetrack, for sure. I thought Shell and Pennzoil coming together doing that video on our social pages did a great job of kind of explaining the story of what Next Gen is for NASCAR and what Next Gen is for Joey Logano and what it is for Shell and Team Penske, and kind of going to the next level and unveiling a cool paint job while we’re at it. It’s obviously very clean. I’d call it basic, which I think a lot of times when you get a good-looking scheme you get too many lines and you miss some of the awesome body lines that are on this Next Gen car, so it really kind of shows a lot of the cool curvature of the new design on the Next Gen car and, like I said, she’s clean, she looks good, she’s got some polished up wheels on it. That’s something that definitely sets it apart from a lot of other cars on the racetrack and that’s also a lot of work on Team Penske’s side to do that, but it’s definitely gonna be neat when you see that on a Team Penske car. I’m proud to finally unveil it. I know everyone has been waiting, but we just felt like 2-2-22 was the right time. We felt like we should play off the 22 in 22 and then go with this date as well for the unveil, so I’m pretty excited about the car and excited to drive it this weekend.”
Austin Cindric and Harrison Burton are both preparing for their first season in the NASCAR Cup Series. Cindric will be driving the No. 2 Ford Mustang for Team Penske while Burton takes the wheel of the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford. Before jumping into their new rides for the start of the 2022 season, both will be teaming up to drive a Mustang GT4 for PF Racing in the four-hour Michelin Pilot Challenge event at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 28. Both drivers took part in a media Q&A session this afternoon.
CONCORD, NC - RIS - Matt DiBenedetto shared a laugh this morning from the Rackley W.A.R. headquarters near Nashville when he confirmed out loud that he’s spent the past 12 years driving in two of NASCAR’s top series’; NASCAR Cup and Xfinity. “I may be telling my age, I don’t know. I forget that I’ve been doing this stuff so long,” said DiBenedetto, upon being announced as the full-time driver of Rackley W.A.R.’s No. 25 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado for the 2022 racing season.
MOORESVILLE, NC - RIS - Front Row Motorsports (FRM) today announced the sharp-minded and energetic leader Blake Harris as the crew chief for Michael McDowell and the No. 34 Ford Mustang team. Harris, 34, joins FRM from previous winning stints at Furniture Row Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing with NASCAR Cup Series champion, Martin Truex, Jr.