INDIANAPOLIS, IN – RIS – Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR Cup Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 for the second straight year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. It was Harvick’s fourth win of the season, and 53es of chis career, coming within one of NASCAR Hall of Fame member Lee Petty. Harvick led 68 of the 161 scheduled laps., besting Chase Elliott by 42 laps.
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – RIS – Chase Briscoe dreamed of running at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The kid from Indiana wanted to win there in a stock car like Tony Stewart did. It happened in a wild run on the road course at Indy. The winner was celebrating and kissing the bricks on a day where he almost gave it away but fought back and won.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – RIS – Scott Dixon won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the second time in his career twelve years after the first one. The five-time series champion won by a dominant 19.9469 seconds over Graham Rahal in the IndyCar Grand Prix.
NASCAR Cancels 2020 Champion's Week
Due to the continuing, and in some areas, accelerating, COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR announced Monday that the 2020 Champion's Week and associated events will not be held in Nashville. Some sort of celebrations may be held but plans are not yet finalized.
Here is NASCAR's statement:
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 29, 2020) – "With the uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus and the impact on the industry, this year’s NASCAR Champion’s Week and NASCAR Cup Series Awards originally scheduled to take place in Nashville will not occur. The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series champions will be celebrated at the end of the season with more details to come. We look forward to returning to Nashville in 2021."
When further details are announced, we will post them.
LONG POND, PA – RIS – Denny Hamlin, a runner-up in yesterday’s NASCAR Cup race won at Pocono Raceway by turning the tables on Kevin Harvick on Sunday. Harvick won Saturday’s race with Hamlin second. The second race in two days found Hamlin winning and Harvick second. Apparently, both teams and drivers know their way around this 2.5-mile triangle.
LONG POND, PA – RIS – Chase Briscoe passed Ross Chastain on the first of two overtime laps and drove away to the lead to win the NASCAR Xfinity race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday. Briscoe overcame speeding in the pits and a blown tire, but with a fast Ford Mustang, he was able to score his fourth win of the season. The race went two extra laps past the scheduled 90 laps due to a late caution that saw Chad Finchum hit the wall with five laps to go.
(LONG POND, PA - JUNE 28, 2020 - RIS) The Pocono triple-header opening race went to Brandon Jones for his career-first Truck Series win, a mark he also set for his entire crew. The race was delayed a day after persistent weather problems on Saturday forced the race to be delayed until Sunday morning. Jones had to dash from his truck to the Xfinity garage, where his car waited for a seventh-place finish.
LONG POND, PA – RIS - Kevin Harvick won the Cup Series race on Saturday at Pocono Raceway. Harvick had lost all 38 races at the tri-oval track. Denny Hamlin was second and Aric Almirola third.
Harvick starts 20th on Sunday for the second Cup race of the weekend with the field set by inverting the lead-lap finishers from race No. 1.
Ryan Preece finished 20th and will start on the pole Sunday.
F4 U.S. and FR Americas To Be Added To SpeedTour Format
Southlake, TX (June 25, 2020) – Parella Motorsports Holdings (PMH), the owner of the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) and majority owner of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli, today announced it has engaged a partnership with two SCCA Pro Racing open-wheel series, Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda and Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda.The agreement builds on the success of the tried-and-true relationship of PMH and Trans Am, which is also sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing.
“SCCA Pro Racing has proven the viability of FR Americas and F4 U.S. and we are confident that through a combined effort we can take both to the next level,” said Tony Parella, SVRA President and CEO and majority owner of Trans Am. “I want to thank our newest PMH board member, Nick Craw who was instrumental in making this deal come together. His exceptional executive leadership experience in SCCA, ACCUS, and FIA proved invaluable.”
(TALLADEGA, AL - JUN 22, 2020 - RIS) Ryan Blaney overcame rain, fuel mileage doubts and challenges to win the Geico 500 in front of NASCAR's first race before paying customers since March. "I just kind of blocked, just trying to block the best we could," said Blaney in Victory Lane. "Ride the top, ride the bottom. The 20 got to my outside and I tried to go up there to slow him down and I'm not sure, I don't know three-wide, I hate that I hit him, but just kind of trying to beat and bang to the line and things like that. We just edged it out, but I'm really proud of this whole Menards/Sylvania Ford Mustang team. It's been a cool year so far and I'm really excited to get our first win of the year at a cool place. Thank you everybody for coming. I appreciate it you sticking around. That was a lot of fun."
TALLADEGA, AL - RIS - The NASCAR Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway has been postponed until 3 p.m. ET. Monday. The race will air on Fox and Motor Racing Network.
TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Justin Haley won his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series race Saturday afternoon in a three-lap shootout. Haley started in second place and passed Jeb Burton and held the lead until the checkers. He beat teammate Ross Chastain, Jeb Burton, Austin Cindric and Brett Moffitt, who finished in the top five.
(BRISTOL, TN - JUN 15, 2020 - RIS) For the first time since its 1986 running at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the 2020 NASCAR All-Star race will not be held at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This year, the July 15 Wednesday evening event will be held at Bristol Motor Speedway, with the stands open to 30,000 fans.
Hamlin Sweeps Miami
(HOMESTEAD, FL - JUN 14, 2020 - RIS) Denny Hamlin welcomed crew chief Chris Gabehart back to the track after a four-race suspension in the strongest way possible, winning both stages and the race at the Dixie Vodka 400, his fortieth career win and third of the 2020 season, beating out Chase Elliott by 0.895 sec at the checkered flag. Ryan Blaney followed in third, with Tyler Reddick and Aric Almirola completing the top five. "This one was real special," said a smiling Hamlin after the race. "I knew that if I was just patient and ran the pace that I wanted and the pace I was comfortable with, we were going to be hard to beat in the long run.
HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – In a race that seems was destined to be Noah Gragson’s, Austin Cindric brought out the caution by spinning. That means an overtime period because Gragson didn't reach the last lap white flag. It happened again in the first overtime, and Chase Briscoe was up to the task and won the first half of a Sunday double-dip. It was Briscoe’s third win of the season. Gragson saw a huge lead slip away in the final laps for the second consecutive day.
Homestead, FL – RIS – Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Baptist Health 200 Truck Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday night, his 58th career win on the circuit and his eighth victory in his last 10 trucks starts. He’d been winless in his last two outings, which — by his standards behind the wheel of a truck — constitutes a drought.
HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS -Harrison Burton prevailed in a three-wide, frantic push to the checkered flag to win Saturday's Hooters 250 on a restart with only two laps remaining in the first event of a NASCAR Xfinity Series doubleheader weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. A late caution flag gave Harrison Burton new life, and he took advantage.
MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Martin Truex won the NASCAR Cup race on Wednesday night on a historic night for NASCAR and Martinsville Speedway. It was the first race under the lights at historic Martinsville Speedway, which hosted its first NASCAR race in 1949, and it came on a day when NASCAR made a monumental announcement to ban the Confederate flag.
HAMPTON, GA – RIS – It was another runaway in a NASCAR Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Harvick led 151 of the 325-lap race and ran away from the field after the final pit stop. Competing again in front of empty grandstands, Harvick won for the second time since NASCAR returned from the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, adding to his emotional victory at Darlington in the first race back. Harvick now has three victories in Atlanta, following up his triumphs in 2001 and 2018.
HAMPTON, GA – RIS - AJ Allmendinger showed Saturday he still has a lot of racing success left in him, winning the Echo Park 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Grant Enfinger passed Austin Hill on the last lap of overtime to win the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Vet Tix 200 truck race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The green-white-checker finish gave Enfinger his fourth career win and second this season (he also won the 2020 opener at Daytona). It also was Ford’s first-ever Truck Series win at the 1.54-mile track in Hampton, Georgia. Enfinger passed hill on the outside, which is known as not as fast as the inside lane. Enfinger just powered through to make the pass and was never headed.
--For Immediate Release -- For the first time in the event’s illustrious 36-year history, the NASCAR All-Star Race will be contested mid-week.
The NASCAR All-Star Open and ARCA Menards Series General Tire 150 will fill out the mid-week schedule at America’s Home for Racing, with coverage of all three races on FS1.
Options for fan entry are being evaluated in consultation with state and local health officials, but no decisions have been finalized at this time
PRESS RELEASE: Nashville Superspeedway to host the NASCAR Cup Series in 2021
DOVER, Del. (June 3, 2020) – NASCAR and Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD) have agreed to host a NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway in 2021.
"We were energized to see how excited Nashville was to host the NASCAR Cup Series banquet last December," said Denis McGlynn, president & CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. "When we built Nashville Superspeedway in 2001 our goal was to one day secure a NASCAR Cup Series race for the venue. Nashville, central Tennessee and the surrounding market area is filled with passionate race fans. We are thrilled that we were able to collaborate with NASCAR and our television partners to get this done and we can’t wait to put on a great show there in 2021.
BRISTOL, TN – RIS – In a race so similar to what we used to see at Bristol Motor Speedway, Noah Gragson muscled past Jason Allgaier to win the Cheddar’s 300 in a NASCAR Xfinity Series race. The track appeared to have one fast way around, and that was the inside line, just like the days before the track was changed several years ago.
BRISTOL, TN – RIS – After Brad Keselowski stepped from his No. 22 Ford Mustang, he said “I think this whole Discount Tire team is going to Las Vegas tonight. Are they open?” It was an apt comment since the blind draw for the pole position, and the wreck between his teammate and Chase Elliott was the reason for his victory. Keselowski was running behind the two, pushed the gas for the final three laps and took the checkered flag.
(BRISTOL, VA - MAY 30 - RIS) Following a seventh place finish in the rain-delayed ALSCO Uniforms 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Brad Keselowski 'won' the draw for starting positions in Sunday's Supermarket Heroes 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
CONCORD, NC – RIS – Chase Elliott finally won a Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday night in the Alsco 5oo 500km race. He ran down Kevin Harvick in the closing laps for his first victory of the 2020 season. Elliott had near won the Coca-Cola 600 on Monday, but late-race scrap with Kyle Busch ended his effort.
Rain Postpones Alsco Uniforms 500 Until Thursday
(CONCORD, NC - MAY 27, 2020 - RIS) With continued inclement weather around the track, NASCAR has postponed the Alsco Uniforms 500 until Thursday.
CONCORD, NC - RIS -With continued inclement weather around the track, NASCAR has postponed the Alsco Uniforms 500 until Thursday.
CONCORD, NC – RIS – Chase Elliott won the bounty in a narrow victory over Kyle Busch in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Gander Outdoors NASCAR truck race on Tuesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Elliott, John Hunter Nemechek and Brennan Poole were vying for a bounty placed on Busch, who was aiming for his eighth straight Gander Trucks victory, a streak dating back to 2018. The $100,000 prize was set by Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick and Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis, who each placed $50,000 in the pot for an eligible Cup Series driver who could best Busch in a Gander Trucks race.
NASCAR.com Report May 25, 2020 at 1:59 AM: NASCAR officials disqualified the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet after post-race inspection at Charlotte Motor Speedway, striking Jimmie Johnson from a second-place finish in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.
CONCORD, NC - RIS - Kyle Busch led a lot of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte on Monday night, but a speeding penalty on pit road made things interesting. A large multi-car accident slowed things down with Busch in second behind Austin Cindric. On the last lap of overtime, Busch got by and rolled to the win. Cindric wound up third.
CONCORD, NC - RIS -Brad Keselowski won the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night after battles with Chase Elliott and Martin Truex, Jr. With Elliott leading, a spin by William Byron brought out the caution and sent the race into a two-lap overtime. While Chase Elliott pitted for tires, Keselowski stayed out on the track and assumed the lead. The shootout that followed proved Keselowski’s crew chief as Keselowski was never headed to score the 31st win of his career and his first of 2020 for the 2015 champion.
Atrium Health Creates COVID-Safe Environment for First Motorsports Race in North Carolina
New, one-of-a-kind MED-1 mobile hospital gets its first deployment at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Coca-Cola 600
CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 22, 2020 — As the world of professional sports considers how to resume operations, the burning question is: "Can we do it safely?" Atrium Health is answering that question with an emphatic "YES!" by working in partnership with Charlotte Motor Speedway to create a COVID-Safe environment for four live competition NASCAR races, beginning Sunday, May 24, with the historic Coca-Cola 600. Additional NASCAR races will take place the following Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Atrium Health will deploy members of its Sports and Events Medicine team to provide screening for fevers and symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) for drivers, support team personnel, members of the media and others who will be working at the events. The process is designed to help prevent someone who is contagious from entering the facility while maintaining the highest standards of care for all race events. Due to Coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings, no spectators will be allowed at the races.
DARLINGTON, SC – RIS – During a heart-braking week for Chase and Marissa Briscoe, Chase held off all-time winner Kyle Busch to win the Toyota 200 NASCAR Xfinity race at Darlington Raceway on Thursday. A 10-lap shootout between Briscoe, Justin Allgaier, and Busch turned into a last lap shootout between the driver with the most Xfinity career wins (Busch), and a 23 year old driver who had recently heard the worst news of his life (Briscoe). Running side-by-side the entire last lap, Briscoe was able to win. The tire marks on the side of his car showed how difficult it was.
Postponed From May, Road America Lands On Fathers’ Day Weekend
Southlake, TX (May 21, 2020) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today affirmed June dates at both Road America and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The agreement with Road America is a new date after a postponement from the original May 15 -17 Vintage Festival. Fathers’ Day June 18 – 21 weekend became available with the postponement of the Brickyard Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and changes to the Indy car date originally planned at Road America at that time. Mid-Ohio will take place on its previously announced date, June 25 – 28.
DARLINGTON, SC – RIS – Denny Hamlin won the Toyota 500 NASCAR Cup race on Wednesday night in a rain-shortened event. Hamlin was leading when late in the race, Kyle Busch clipped Chase Elliott, knocking him out of the race. The ensuing rains came while the field was under caution when another cell of rain wet the racing surface. There were 20 laps to go when the race was halted.
RAINELLE, WV – RIS - Today was a banner day. NASCAR was the first major sport to go back live with an event since most which meant they were under the microscope. Everyone wanted to see if the drivers had lost a step, and how safe would be. Everyone from the NBA, MLB, NBA, and others were watching. The stands were empty, drivers and crews wore masks, and so did reporters, as few as there were. A big audience of viewers saw a good race.
NASCAR has released a new schedule through late June in its effort to run 36 races this year. It’s quite ambitious and a sign that NASCAR’s national series will continue to be as normal as possible in the coming weeks. The new schedule is as follows:
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – NASCAR announced several schedule changes on Thursday, including the elimination of some races. Earlier, the sanctioning body an early schedule of races at Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. Adding to that announcement is the elimination of races at Richmond Speedway, the road race at Sonoma, and the lone race at Chicagoland Speedway. The details are listed below.