AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Joey Logano won four times this year, but this last one made him the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series champion for 2022. Logano won the pole and the first stage while winning the season’s final race at Phoenix Raceway. It was the second time Logano had accomplished this feat, having won first in 2018.
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Laps for Charity, Live Auction Among the Ways Fans Can Support Speedway Children’s Charities This Weekend
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 4, 2022) – One world-class NASCAR driver will make his way to Victory Lane following the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 on Sunday, but thanks to the efforts of Speedway Children’s Charities, he won’t be the only winner of the weekend. Through a variety of different initiatives, Speedway Children’s Charities will use the weekend to raise money to support local nonprofits in the community.
LOUDON, N.H. (July 17, 2022) – Christopher Bell drove his Toyota Camry TRD to victory lane on Sunday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway where he met the famous ‘Loudon the Lobster’ trophy as he punched his ticket to this year’s NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. Bell led the final 42 laps of the race en route to his second career Cup Series victory. Fellow Toyota drivers Bubba Wallace (third), Martin Truex Jr. (fourth), Denny Hamlin (sixth) and Kurt Busch (10th) also scored top-10 finishes for Toyota. Truex Jr. won the first two stages of the race and led the most laps with 172 (of 301).
KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 GEARWRENCH Ford Mustang -- (Finished 5th) - HOW MUCH WERE YOU SLIPPING AND SLIDING AT THE END THERE? “A lot. We put two tires on there, which we all thought was the right thing to do and it just would not get going. We were sliding up the race track and it took seven or eight laps to get the car underneath ya and then about 20 laps to get the pace back. Then at the end, everybody was just out of tires. I am proud of everybody on our GEARWRENCH Ford Mustang. We will keep plugging away.”
TREVOR BAYNE, No. 18 Devotion Nutrition Toyota GR Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing Finishing Position: 2nd--How was your race overall?---“Congratulations to (Justin) Allgaier again. This is the second time I’ve run second to him – Nashville and here. Our car was good, but as the grip compound wore out of the race track, I feel like we got behind early in the race and actually got free in the second run, late in the run and took us a while to get it back. Felt like we gave up some in the short run speed there. On restarts, it was chaos. That’s why my car looks the way it does. People missing shifts and putting us four wide. I think if we could have got there or been up front a little sooner, I think we had a shot. Allgaier was just a little better on that short run.”
TEAM CHEVY POST-RACE NOTES AND QUOTES:
CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1 – Race Winner
THAT FINISH WAS CRAZY. YOU WIN BOTH OF THE STAGES TODAY AND FOR THESE FANS HERE AT ATLANTA, THE HOMETOWN BOY DELIVERS. YOU’VE HAD A LOT OF BIG WINS IN YOUR CAREER. I CAN THINK OF ONE IN PHOENIX THAT GOT YOU A TITLE, BUT WHERE DOES THIS RANK ON THE ALL-TIME LIST?
“This one is up there for sure, man. To win at your home track is a really big deal.. I think to any race car driver. I've watched a lot of guys do it over the years; Jimmie (Johnson) out in California. We haven't really had a very good run here, so I felt like today was a great opportunity for us.
AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 2 Menards/Quaker State Ford Mustang – YOUR MUSTANG SEEMED TO COME TO LIFE IN THE LAST STAGE. “It came to life. We had to do a little CPR there early. We were struggling pretty bad. We were pretty loose to start the race and I’m just proud of the effort from the guys on the 2 car, being able to make the right adjustments and get us out of a hole there. We went from not being able to go full throttle by myself on the racetrack to being able to run close behind other guys wide-open, so I’m proud of that effort and proud of a top-three finish. I felt like we deserved to be up there by the end of the race after we established track position. It was a solid day. I wish we could have gotten the Quaker State Ford in victory lane in the Quaker State 400, but a top-three is pretty good.”
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 Coca-Cola Toyota Camry TRD, Joe Gibbs Racing--Finishing Position: 25th--After having a solid top-five run, Ross Chastain made contact with you, how frustrating is it to lose what could have been a strong finish?---“It’s just frustrating. We were in pretty good position, but ultimately got taken out.”--Are you frustrated with Ross Chastain after the contact that impacted your race?--“Yeah, of course.”
Chris Buescher, driver of the No. 17 Fastenal Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing, is coming off a sixth-place finish last week at Road America, his second top-6 finish in the last three races (2nd at Sonoma). He stopped by the Atlanta Motor Speedway infield media center before qualifying to talk about his recent hot streak and expectations for tomorrow’s scheduled race.
TEAM CHEVY POST-RACE NOTES AND QUOTES:
CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1 – Race Winner
WHAT WERE YOU THINKING WHEN THAT LAST CAUTION CAME OUT?
“I was figuring that it was coming, but was hoping not. Ryan (Blaney) gave me a great shove and I appreciate him doing me a solid there in getting us out front. Just so proud of our team because we kind of had a setback there about halfway and we were able to get our NAPA Chevy dialed back in and get back in the mix.
RYAN BLANEY, No. 12 Advance Auto Parts Ford Mustang – “I’m not sure as the race kind of kept progressing later into the night I thought we lost some ground between some of the other cars. I thought hot and slick during the day we were pretty competitive and then something went down and I didn’t think we were as good. I had to go to the back and then spun out trying too hard. Jonathan made a good call to stay out the last stop. Why not, running ninth and was able to run third, so that was a good call by him. Overall, I wish it was in the hot and slick of the day because I thought we were a little bit more competitive, but not a bad finish.”
KURT BUSCH, No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota Camry TRD, 23XI Racing--Finishing Position: 2nd---What more did you need to beat Chase Elliott on the final restar“I got soft on him. I should have been throwing some fenders and moving some momentum around. I didn’t stick with our strength. We didn’t have many strengths tonight. We just executed really well. The restarts were so-so and long run speed was good. I just needed to stick with our strength and I messed up. I want to thank all my guys at 23XI. We have a great group of guys and girls. The way that we’re running, a second is cool, but we’re here for wins with the Playoff situation. Thanks to Monster Energy, Toyota and all of our associate sponsors. This Camry and all the TRD Camrys were awesome. I just hate it when we don’t get into victory lane and I was right there.”
TREVOR BAYNE, No. 18 Devotion Nutrition Toyota GR Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing--Finishing Position: 2nd
How was your race overall and how were you able to come from the back twice to score and second-place finish?---“It’s really hard to win a race when you go to the back twice. We drove to second twice, from the back. The second stage, we came in with Riley (Herbst) and hit a pit crew member, not intentionally, but it can happen. Then fell back to 15th and drove back to second. Then we had a loose wheel and had to go to the very back and drove back and was catching (Justin) Allgaier. He’s my buddy, Gator, congrats to him. Happy for him, but man, I wanted to win that guitar and win here at Nashville. I feel like we did everything right on the car and feel like I did everything right behind the wheel. We have to clean up the mistakes and we’re going to win because it takes every piece of this deal. But thankful to be here, but it’s perspective. I used to be mad and I’m still mad, but with perspective being happy to be here.”
RILEY HERBST, No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang – “I don’t think the whole field had anything for the 7. I think he was on cruise control all day, but our Monster Energy Ford Mustang was really good. I’m just proud of us as a group. Way to execute. I messed up on pit road a few times myself and the team, so we’ve got to clean up a little stuff there, but, all in all, it was a good day. We got a pole and good points. This is what we need to keep doing, just knock on the door and eventually it will open.”
JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Mustang – YESTERDAY YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE PRETTY FAST, SO DID TODAY SURPRISE YOU? “I really didn’t think I was that fast, that’s for sure. Good changes, I guess, at least for qualifying got the car doing the right things at least for one lap. We’ll see what that means later on, but we’ll take that and we’ll go from there.”
Ryan Preece gave David Gilliland Racing its second consecutive victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series after winning tonight’s Rackley Roofing 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Preece, who won the race for the second year in a row, follows Todd Gilliland’s victory last week at Knoxville Raceway. Zane Smith finished second to give Ford a 1-2 finish.
KNOXVILLE, Iowa (June 18, 2022) – The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) took
to the historic Knoxville dirt in Iowa on Saturday night for the second time in series history. Toyota
Tundra drivers scored three top-five finishes and six top-10 results overall with John Hunter
Nemechek leading the way as he took the checkered flag in the second position.
Tyler Ankrum tied his best-career dirt track finish on Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway after delivering a ninth-place result. The driver of the No. 16 LiUNA! Toyota Tundra TRD Pro completed a fierce late-race rally from 20th position with less than 25 laps remaining after being black flagged and forced to make repairs to a front bumper bar. His performance at the “Sprint Car Capital of the World” marks the second time this season he has recorded consecutive top-10 results and earned him the eighth most points of all drivers in the field.
Hailie Deegan, driver of the No. 1 Monster Energy Ford F-150 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for David Gilliland Racing, was a guest today on the weekly Ford Performance media call. She answered questions from the media about her season to date and this weekend’s return to Sonoma Raceway.
MADISON, Ill. (June 4, 2022) – Corey Heim won his second career Truck Series race in just his ninth career start in the Toyota 200 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on Saturday afternoon. Heim won the race from the pole, his first. Heim led four other Toyota Tundras across the finish line, as Toyota swept the top-five positions for the sixth time in their NASCAR Truck Series history.
Ford Performance NASCAR: Ford Sweeps Front Row as Chase Briscoe Captures First Career Cup Series Pole (NCS Qualifying)
Chase Briscoe, No. 14 HighPoing.com Ford Mustang -- THIS IS YOUR FIRST CAREER CUP SERIES POLE. HOW DOES THAT FEEL? “Yeah, I felt like yesterday in practice our car was really good. I thought we were a third to fifth-place car and I thought the 22 was the best car. The first round of qualifying I felt like I didn’t run a very good lap at all and wasn’t sure I would make the top five. To see how fast it was I knew we would be pretty good for the second round. The second round I kind of did the opposite and overdrove that one. I didn’t think the lap was going to hold up. I felt like Reddick or Joey would be able to get us but we were able to hold it off. It is super cool to be here. This is a cool race track and a cool area. There are a lot of really passionate race fans in the St. Louis area and a lot of great dirt tracks and race tracks in general. I remember coming here in the Truck Series and always having a huge crowd and it will be the same tomorrow. I am excited to be a part of the inaugural event here and it is really special to lead the field to green in front of a sold-out crowd here. I am looking forward to tomorrow for sure.”
SMI release: Legendary Businessman, Philanthropist
And NASCAR Hall of Famer Bruton Smith Passes Away
Smith had trailblazing careers in motorsports, philanthropy and automotive retail, serving as Founder and Executive Chairman of Sonic Automotive, Speedway Motorsports and Speedway Children’s Charities
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 22, 2022) – A visionary and transformative figure in both business and entertainment, Ollen Bruton Smith, the founder and executive chairman of Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH), Speedway Motorsports and Speedway Children’s Charities died today of natural causes. He was 95.
THE MODERATOR: We are joined by our race winner tonight, Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 FedEx Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.
DENNY HAMLIN: Yeah, it feels great. Obviously it wasn't looking good for about 398 laps. Considering our day, I was going to be pretty content with a fourth-place finish.
I just knew with that number one pit stall we had an opportunity, if everyone pitted, that we could come out first. We didn't. But we were the first car on four tires.
TYLER REDDICK, NO. 8 CHEDDAR’S SCRATCH KITCHEN CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 6th
TALK ABOUT YOUR RACE TONIGHT.--“To start with, I was worried about it. I’m not really sure what I have going on, but I’m not 100 percent. Can’t really breath that well; all that fun stuff. So trying to battle that in our longest race of the year is not fun.
Outside of that, it’s tough having a really fast car and having these things keep happening. I don’t know – we may have been in that really big crash, or a couple of them there; so maybe it’s a good thing we had the problem on pit road.
We had a good No. 8 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chevy. We’ll just keep moving forward.”
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry TRD, Joe Gibbs Racing--Finishing Position: 1st--Can you tell me what this win means to you?---“It's so special. It's the last big one that's not on my résumé. It meant so much. Man, I just can't thank this whole FedEx team enough. Jordan Brand, Shady Rays, Toyota, Coco-Cola. I've been a Coke family driver for 18 years. Never won the Coke 600 before. This means a lot. Man, we weren't very good all day. Just got ourselves in the right place at the right time. What a battle there.”
HRIS BUESCHER, No. 17 Fifth Third Bank Ford Mustang – “We just got caught up in it with our Fifth Third Bank Mustang. Our team did a really nice job and made some huge gains through the weekend. I’m really proud of them. We had a good race car. We drove all the way into the top 10 and just got back a little bit there and got around cars that really hadn’t been and got caught up in a wreck. It’s unfortunate.”
BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 6 Kohler Generators Ford Mustang – “Something happened where Blaney got turned and I saw it and checked up and got wiped out from behind. I hate it for everybody at RFK. We unloaded and weren’t very good and we finally got the car good the run before this. We were driving forward and making passes and were almost into the top 10 and then get wrecked. We just can’t seem to catch a break.”
KURT BUSCH, No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota Camry TRD, 23XI Racing--What happened in the accident that ended your race?---“We had a winning top-five Monster Energy Toyota Camry TRD, we did. Just was hoping we would have enough tires to get to the end and the sequences that everyone was on. Billy Scott’s (crew chief) a great leader. We’ve wrecked a lot of cars this year and we were just wrong place, wrong time this year. Bubba (Wallace) was in front of me and tried not to hit him. I think I hit about 15 different things. And I tried to crank it up and was like, ‘Nah, she’s done.’ This is a rough situational event. Fast car and I’m really proud of my guys. I’ll be at the shop on Tuesday helping them tear it down.”
AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 2 Menards/Cardell Ford Mustang – “We cut a left-rear tire down right on corner entry.
AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 2 Menards/Cardell Ford Mustang – “I definitely want more. We were pretty loose in qualifying. I’m not sure I can do 400 laps, 600 miles hanging on like that, but a solid day for our Menards Ford Mustang. I think we need a little bit of speed to run up inside the top five, but this race is gonna be about execution. This is gonna be my first Coke 600 in person and from the driver’s seat, so I want to do all 600 miles and being in the top 10 is a good start.”
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry TRD, Joe Gibbs Racing--Did that turn three and four feel as good as it looked?---“Yes. Just the reps I’ve run down there in practice and then in my first run and the first round, I had reps down there, so I knew what I needed in my car. Just forward thinking that this track was going to get a little better and wanted to get the most distance we could off if the track continued to grip up.”
Group A Qualifying - Round One: Alex Bowman led Chevrolet as the third-fastest lap in round one of qualifying, advancing his No. 48 Ally Patriotic Camaro ZL1 team to the final round of qualifying.
TY GIBBS, No. 54 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota GR Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing---Finishing Position: 2nd--How close were you to having a perfect day after having to start in the back of the field?--“We were just a little slower than those guys and I was too tight center. Our guys worked really hard overnight to get this thing ready so I’m very thankful to my guys. Just need to be able to rotate the center of the corner, that’s where we were lacking the most and that’s where we got beat. But we held onto a second-place finish. We’ll take that – solid day.”
JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK, No. 4 Pye-Barker Fire & Safety Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, Kyle Busch Motorsports --Finishing Position: 3rd
Can you take us through those last couple of laps and what else did you need?---“We weren’t very good all night. I’m just thankful for all of my guys on this No. 4 Pye-Barker, Fire Alarm Services Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. We never stopped working on it. We put ourselves in the ballpark and we were able to have a shot there at the end. We struggled all day, from the time that we unloaded. We have a little bit of work to do. I feel like we struggled the last couple of weeks, but proud of all of my guys. Proud of the effort they put in and excited to see where it goes. Just racking up top-fives.”
FORT WORTH (May 22, 2022) – Denny Hamlin finished second in Sunday night’s NASCAR Cup Series All-Star race at Texas Motor Speedway. Hamlin pitted for two tires in his final pit stop giving him a run at the leaders. When the final caution flag flew with one lap remaining, eventual race-winner Ryan Blaney had taken his window net down and was unable to secure it before the final restart. While Hamlin had a run on the outside of Blaney in the final lap, he was not able to make the pass and was forced to settle for a second-place result.
DANIEL SUAREZ, NO. 99 FREEWAY INSURANCE CAMARO ZL1, All-Star Open Race Winner; Advances to the All-Star Race.--YOU HAD A GOOD CHANCE GETTING IN BY THE FAN VOTE, BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO RACE YOUR WAY IN?--“I wish I knew the result because I felt like I’ve received a lot of support on social media in the last couple of weeks from the fans. I felt like they were going to have my back if something happened, but I really wanted to get in on speed.
FORT WORTH (May 20, 2022) – Stewart Friesen claimed his first victory behind the wheel of a Toyota Tundra TRD PRO in Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Friesen passed fellow Tundra driver, Christian Eckes on the final restart to claim his first win since 2019.
AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 2 Menards/Monster Ford Mustang – “It was pretty decent and fun to kind of follow the track around and see where grip goes. It’s kind of what makes this place unique, especially this part of the weekend. Tomorrow, we’ll definitely be wrapping the fence for sure. If we were doing it in qualifying, we’ll be doing it in the race. Obviously, I’m glad to have some speed in our Menards/Monster Ford Mustang. I want the pole, but it’s a good starting spot.”
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M’s Crunchy Cookie Toyota Camry TRD, Joe Gibbs Racing--You welcomed your daughter this week. Can you talk about what life has been like adjusting to two children?--“It’s been great. I’m just really thankful for all the blessings that we’ve had over the years – struggles and trying to get where we are today. It’s really meaningful to be able to welcome home our baby girl. Lennix is doing well. Mom (Samantha Busch) is adjusting and doing well, so working on that man-to-man coverage with children. I’m sure that’s going to change as she gets older but enjoying every moment of it thus far.”
DARLINGTON, S.C. (May 8, 2022) – Christopher Bell (sixth) scored a top-10 finish to lead Toyota in the NASCAR Cup Series race at South Carolina’s Darlington Raceway on Sunday afternoon. In addition to Bell, Denny Hamlin (21st), Martin Truex Jr. (24th) and Kyle Busch (33rd) took turns leading laps in the 293-lap event but would all fall victim to various on-track incidents that ended their races early.