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Zane Smith Wins NASCAR Truck Series Race at Daytona

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.

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Volume 2022, Issue 2, Posted 10:48 PM, 02.18.2022

Majeski on Daytona Truck Pole

(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.

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Volume 2022, Issue 2, Posted 6:25 PM, 02.18.2022

Keselowski, Buescher Head RFK Duels Sweep

(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.

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Volume 2022, Issue 2, Posted 10:36 PM, 02.17.2022

Enfinger Heads Truck Practice

(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.

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Volume 2022, Issue 2, Posted 7:20 PM, 02.17.2022

Hendrick Motorsports Dominates Daytona 500 Qualifying, Larson on the Pole

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.

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Volume 2022, Issue 2, Posted 10:33 PM, 02.16.2022

Fords Lead Daytona 500 Practice

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.   

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Volume 2022, Issue 2, Posted 9:18 PM, 02.15.2022

Joey Logano Wins the Busch Light Clash at the LA Coliseum.

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.

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Volume 2022, Issue 2, Posted 9:20 PM, 02.06.2022

The Field For the Busch Light Clash is Set

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:

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Volume 2022, Issue 2, Posted 5:26 PM, 02.06.2022

Kyle Busch Wins Pole for Sunday's Busch Lite Exhibition Race at the LA Coliseum

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.

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Volume 2022, Issue 2, Posted 10:18 PM, 02.05.2022

Chase Elliott Tops Busch Light Clash Practice

(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.

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Volume 2022, Issue 2, Posted 3:58 PM, 02.05.2022

Joey Logano Ready for Clash at the Coliseum

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.”

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Volume 2022, Issue 2, Posted 10:39 PM, 02.02.2022

Ford Performance NASCAR: Cindric and Burton Preparing for IMSA and NASCAR Openers

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.

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Volume 2022, Issue 1, Posted 11:42 PM, 01.14.2022

Matt DiBenedetto to run in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series full-time for Rackley W.A.R. in 2022

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.

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Volume 2022, Issue 1, Posted 9:19 PM, 01.06.2022

Harris to Lead No.34 Team in 2022

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.

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Volume 2022, Issue 1, Posted 9:09 PM, 01.06.2022

2022 NASCAR Rules Closer After Charlotte Testing

(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.

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Volume 2021, Issue 12, Posted 10:02 PM, 12.18.2021

Roush Fenway Racing Becomes Roush Fenway Keselowski 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.

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Volume 2021, Issue 11, Posted 10:06 PM, 11.16.2021

Kyle Larson Wins at Phoenix and Claims the 2021 Cup Championship

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.

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Volume 2021, Issue 11, Posted 8:03 PM, 11.07.2021

Ben Rhodes Wins Truck Series Championship, while Chandler Smith Wins at Phoenix Raceway

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).

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Volume 2021, Issue 11, Posted 1:25 AM, 11.06.2021

Alex Bowman Wins Xfinity 500 NASCAR Cup Race at Martinsville Speedway

(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.

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 7:49 PM, 10.31.2021

Gragson Takes Martinsville Grandfather Clock

(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.

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 10:31 PM, 10.30.2021

Zane Smith Wins Martinsville Truck Race and Punches His Ticket to the Championship Race

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.

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 4:33 PM, 10.30.2021

Kyle Larson Wins Ninth Race of 2021 at Kansas

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.

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 7:48 PM, 10.24.2021

Ty Gibbs Win Fourth Xfinity Race at Kansas

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.

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 7:14 PM, 10.23.2021

Kyle Larson Punches his Ticket to the Championship Four at Texas

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.

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 7:42 PM, 10.17.2021

John Hunter Nemechek Uses Pit Strategy to Win Texas Xfinity Playoff Race

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. 

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 7:17 PM, 10.16.2021

ROVAL Next Gen Test Notes

(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.'

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 6:43 PM, 10.13.2021

Penske's Travis Geisler on NextGen ROVAL Test

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.

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 12:04 PM, 10.13.2021

Larson Overcomes to Sweep 2021 Charlotte Cup Races

(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.

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 9:51 PM, 10.10.2021

Allmendinger Takes Third ROVAL Win

(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. 

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 9:32 PM, 10.09.2021

Charlotte ROVAL Starting Lineups

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 

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 4:41 PM, 10.08.2021

Bubba Wallace Wins Rain Shortened Talladega Race

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. 

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 4:51 PM, 10.04.2021

Brandon Brown Second First-Time Winner at Talladega

(TALLADEGA, AL – OCT 2, 2021 – RIS) Following North Carolinian Tate Fogleman's first career win in the Camping World Truck Series race earlier, Brandon Brown scored his first career Xfinity Series race when encroaching darkness after a pair of late race cautions forced NASCAR to end the race under caution before the scheduled distance.

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 9:54 PM, 10.02.2021

Tate Fogleman Wins Talladega Truck Race by Spinning John Hunter Nemechek

TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Tate Fogleman spun leader John Hunter Nemechek out on the final lap of the NASCAR Camping World truck race in overtime to win in an upset.  The final lap saw To0dd Gilliland leading with Nemechek alongside.  Nemechek was able to get by the damaged truck with lap the lap to go.  Before the finish line, Fogleman turned Nemechek and took the checkers.

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 4:04 PM, 10.02.2021

Josh Berry Substitutes for Annett to Win at Las Vegas

(LAS VEGAS, NV – SEP 25, 2021 – RIS) Josh Berry took advantage of driving as a sub for Michael Annett to capture his second career NASCAR Xfinity Series race, sweeping around Justin Allgaier after late green flag pit stops to win the first Xfinity playoffs race by over four seconds. Berry's car headed a JR Motorsports sweep of the top three positions, followed by Justin Allgaier and Noah Gragson. Reigning 2020 champion Austin Cindric came home in fourth position, with Daniel Hemric finishing fifth.

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 12:06 AM, 09.26.2021

Thorsport Trucks Sweep Las Vegas Top Four

Christian Eckes Leads Thorsport Four Truck Sweep at Las Vegas
(LAS VEGAS, NV – SEP 24, 2021 – RIS) Christian Eckes made personal and series history in taking his first career NASCAR win, heading the four Thorsport trucks to a first-ever top four finish for the same team. Ben Rhodes took second, followed by Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter. Rhodes' second place finish moved him into the points lead as the series goes to Talladega next weekend.

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 12:06 AM, 09.25.2021

Kyle Larson Wins at BMS with a Little Help From His Friend

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.

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 12:48 AM, 09.19.2021

Allmendinger Spins across the Finish Line for Bristol win.

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.

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 10:57 PM, 09.17.2021