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.
Cup / Xfinity / Truck News
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.
(CONCORD, NC – DEC. 17, 2021 – RIS) Two days of testing the 2022 "Next Gen" NASCAR Cup cars concluded Friday, Dec. 17, with further progress made on determining the configurations for the coming season of racing.
CONCORD, NC - RIS - At a news conference at Charlotte Motor Speedway today, it was announced that Roush Fenway Racing would renamed Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing to reflect Brad Keselowski's ownership. The following is comments from the team and the new owner. BRAD KESELOWSKI, Driver and Co-Owner, Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing -- “It’s been a work of love from a lot of different people to bring all of this together. Steve brings up the passion and the passion has really peaked out. All of us are super excited about what we have going on here, but with that we want to first acknowledge where we’ve been.
This was first written as an exercise in historical research. Since then, we’ve tried to keep it updated. In light of past seasons’ somewhat controversial endings, especially where the 2004 championship is concerned, here’s the version for the year just ended.)
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – In a season that he dominated, Kyle Larson got a good pit stop just when he needed it and went on to win the final NASCAR Cup race and get the trophy as the 2021 champion. The other two Championship 4 contenders were not far behind. Denny Hamlin finished third and Chase Elliott finished fifth. Ryan Blaney came home fourth, the first of the non-playoff drivers.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Daniel Hemric passed defending champion Austin Cindric on the last lap of overtime to win for the first time in his career and the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship at Phoenix Raceway on Saturday night.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – With a maniac-like final run, Ben Rhodes won the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Championship by shifting gears and running down Chandler Smith. Rhodes finished third behind race winner Smith and runner-up Stewart Friesen. It was enough to give him his first Truck Series title over Zane Smith (finished fifth), John Hunter Nemechek (finished seventh) and Matt Crafton (finished 12th).
(MARTINSVILLE, VA – OCT 31, 2021 – RIS) Alex Bowman won the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway on lap 501 after bumping and spinning Denny Hamlin to bring out the 15th and final caution while fighting for the lead on lap 493 and then holding off the new second place driver, Kyle Busch, on the overtime restart and final lap. This was Bowman’s sixth NASCAR Cup series career victory.
Martinsville, VA, 10/31/2021, Ed Turner, RIS
(MARTINSVILLE, VA – OCT 30, 2021 – RIS) NASCAR'S oldest track, Martinsville Speedway, saw the Championship Four selected for the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series with Noah Gragson racing cleanly to the win to earn a spot racing for the season ending championship next weekend at Phoenix Raceway. Joining Gragson in the Chapionship Four group racing for the season crown are Austin Cindric, second-place finisher at Martinsville, and AJ Allmendinger, plus Daniel Hemric, who earned his place at the table without winning a single race this season.
MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Zane Smith survived in the Camping Word Truck Series race on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. On the final restart in overtime, trucks got three- wide on the tiny half mile track. Todd Gilliland was leading as he did all day, but that was to change. Smith was running three-wide with Todd Gilliland and Stewart Friesen for the lead when Friesen made contact with Gilliland and spun Gilliland as the field took the white flag in overtime. Smith pulled ahead in Turn 1 as Friesen spun into the wall, bringing out the caution. Since the field had taken the white flag, the caution ended the race. Smith won the event.
KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Kyle Larson won his ninth NASCAR Cup race on Sunday which was the second time this season he has won three Cup races in a row. His magical season was capped by the fact that his car number and paint scheme mirrored the scheme Rick Hendrick, son of car owner Rick Hendrick, used on his short career in NASCAR. Twenty-one years ago, Ricky was killed in a place crash traveling to the Martinsville Cup race, but the day is still celebrated every year.
KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Ty Gibbs won his fourth race of an abbreviated season by taking the checkers at Kansas Speedway in playoff race on Saturday. Gibbs passed playoff driver and defending series champion Austin Cindric with 11 laps remaining in the 200-lap Kansas Lottery 300 at the 1.5-mile oval. It’s the fourth time in the five postseason races so far that a non-playoff driver has gone to Victory Lane.
FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Kyle Larson became the first driver to be part of the NASCAR Cup final four at Phoenix Speedway. Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway found Larson dominating the race even though he had plenty of drivers who were very competitive chasing him. Larson led 256 of 334 laps at the 1 1/2-mile track and got his eighth win this season, staying in front through seven restarts in the final stage. Three of those restarts came after incidents involving other playoff contenders in the closing laps.This was the first chance for anyone to guarantee a shot at racing for the Cup title in Phoenix on Nov. 7.
FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – John Hunter Nemechek used a two-tire final pit stop to gain track position and roared back to pass Daniel Hemric to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday. He was in the No.54 Toyota from Joe Gibbs Racing made famous by Kyle Busch was competing in the series. With 20 laps to go, his march to the front was impressive.
(CONCORD, NC - OCT 13, 2021) Monday and Tuesday were the first truly open test sessions for the new Next Gen car that will see its first on-track competition at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with the Feb 6, 2022 'The Clash at L. A. Memorial Coliseum.'
NASCAR completed a two-day Next Gen test at Charlotte Motor Speedway and as part of that, Travis Geiser, NASCAR competitiondirector for Team Penske, answered some questions from members of the media on Tuesday afternoon. Here is a transcript of that session.
(CONCORD, NC – OCT. 10, 2021 – RIS) A problem with the battery and alternator belt couldn't keep Kyle Larson out of Victory Lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway's Bank of America ROVAL™400. After the crew replaced the battery and alternator belt and he dropped back in the pack, Larson drove back to the front to lead the last eight laps of the race, beating out Tyler Reddick by 0.782 second. Chris Buescher took third, another eight plus seconds back with Kyle Busch fourth and Denny Hamlin fifth.
(CONCORD, NC - OCT 9, 2021 - RIS) Break out the brooms: AJ Allmendinger took the checkered flag for his third straight victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Drive for the Cure 250 on Charlotte Motor Speedway's ROVAL™. Current champion Austin Cindric finished second, followed by Daniel Hemric, Justin Haley, Brandon Jones and Noah Gragson. All of the top six finishers are locked into the next round of the playoffs.
Starting Line Up 62nd Annual Bank of America ROVAL 400, Sunday, Oct. 10
Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course
Starting Line Up 62nd Annual Bank of America ROVAL 400, Sunday, Oct. 10
Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course
Pos, Driver, Car
1) Denny Hamlin (P), No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota
2) Brad Keselowski (P), No. 2 Wurth Ford
3) Joey Logano (P), No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford
4) Christopher Bell (P), No. 20 Irwin Trade Strong Toyota
5) Martin Truex Jr. (P), No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota
6) Ryan Blaney (P), No. 12 DEX Imaging Ford
7) Kevin Harvick (P), No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford
8) Chase Elliott (P), No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet
9) Kyle Busch (P), No. 18 M&M's Toyota
10) Kyle Larson (P), No. 5 HendrickCars.com
TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Darrell “Bubba” Wallace won the rain-shortened NASCAR Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway on Monday. The race was postponed on Sunday due to rain, but the rain persisted on Monday, but the race was called because of more rain and NASCAR monitoring the situation on radar.