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Byron Survives to Win the 2024 Daytona 500

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – On an evening where wrecks were the rule and not the exception, William Byron could be considered the last survivor as he crossed the finish line ahead of teammate Aex Bowman for the win on Sunday.  Byron, the 2023 win leader, won  under caution after Ross Chastain and Austin Cindric crashed as the white flag flew.

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Volume 2024, Issue 2, Posted 8:43 PM, 02.19.2024

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Austin Hill’s Xfinity Series Three-Peat Win Closes Daytona Speedweeks

(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEB 19, 2024 – RIS) “Never say die” may now be the official motto of the Richard Childress Racing Xfinity No. 21 team. After getting involved in a crash early in the race and dropping to the rear of the field at least three times, Austin Hill captured his third Daytona February race in a row, beating out his old teammate Sheldon Creed by a margin of 0.591 second after 120 laps of NASCAR Xfinity Series racing.

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Volume 2024, Issue 2, Posted 12:53 AM, 02.20.2024

Rookie Jesse Love Takes Daytona Pole in First Xfinity Start, United Rentals 300 Delayed to Monday Morning

(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEB 17, 2024 – RIS) In his first series start, 19-year-old series rookie Jesse Love took the pole for the United Rentals 300 NASCAR Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway, pipping fellow Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Hill by only three thousandths of a second. His lap of 49.702 seconds at 181.079 mph was just enough to beat out Austin Hill, winner of the last two Xfinity season opening races at Daytona

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Volume 2024, Issue 2, Posted 6:51 PM, 02.17.2024

Sanchez Wins Daytona Overtime Truck Race

Sanchez Takes Caution-Filled Trucks in Overtime
(FEB 16, 2024 – DAYTONA, FL – RIS) Nick Sanchez overcame crashes and weather to score an overtime victory in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Fresh From Florida 250 race to open the 2024 season. The race ended under caution when the final overtime period got interrupted by a multiple truck crash approaching the checkered flag whemuch of the field got involved in a crash starting when Rajah Caruth tapped Taylor Gray and Gray’s truck spun into the path of another truck. The No. 17 Toyota got launched into a barrel roll over competitors before landing on its tires and sliding to a halt.

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Volume 2024, Issue 2, Posted 11:22 PM, 02.16.2024

Jeb Burton Fastest in Xfinity Practice at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Practice for Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race found Jeb Burton as the fastest driver at 186.189mph.  Speeds were close during the session on the dusk setting.  Second was Sammy Smith at 186.177 mph and Sheldon Creed at 186.141 mph.  Cole Custer (186.104) and Ryan Truex (186.070) rounded out the top five qualifiers. 

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Volume 2024, Issue 2, Posted 7:56 PM, 02.16.2024

Tyler Reddick Wins Daytona 500 Qualifying Race No. One as Johnson Makes the Field

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Tyler Reddick made all the right moves in the final laps of the first Bluegreen Vacations Duel qualifying race for Sunday’s Daytona 500 and won.  Reddick made a pass on Kyle Larson going into turn 3 on the final lap, pulling away and holding off Chase Elliott for the victory.  Reddick made a pass on Kyle Larson going into turn 3 on the final lap, pulling away and holding off Chase Elliott for the victory. Alex Bowman, rookie Carson Hocevar and Erik Jones rounded out the top five.

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Volume 2024, Issue 2, Posted 8:50 PM, 02.15.2024

Denny Hamlin Scores a Vicory in the Busch Light Clash

LOS ANGELES, CA – RIS – Denny Hamlin passed Ty Gibbs and held off the field to win the 2024 Busch Light Clash at Memorial Stadium in Los Angeles.  The race was scheduled for tomorrow night, but the threat of heavy rain made NASCAR change the schedule.  All that was scheduled for today was practice and qualifying, but the forecast changed that scenario after the weather forecasts. 

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Volume 2024, Issue 2, Posted 11:36 PM, 02.03.2024

Hamlin Races Pole to Checker in the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum

(Los Angeles, Feb 3, 2024 – RIS)  After a rapidly approaching rainstorm forced NASCAR to The Busch Light Clash for 2024 got completely scrambled by the approaching rains on the West Coast, running the entire show on Saturday, instead of practice and heat races on Saturday and the featured 150-lap race on Sunday with the grid set by practice times. The only starter not racing into the annual no points race was reigning champion Ryan Blaney, using a provisional spot thanks to his championship standing. 

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Volume 2024, Issue 2, Posted 10:44 PM, 02.03.2024

Kaz Grala Tapped for 25 Cup Events With RWR

Kaz Grala in his Legend Car days

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 17, 2024) - Rick Ware Racing (RWR) has named Kaz Grala to its 2024 driver lineup with the 25-year-old Boston native piloting the organization's

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Volume 2024, Issue 1, Posted 11:19 AM, 01.17.2024

Three-Time NASCAR Champ, Cale Yarborough - 1939-2023

Terry Labonte drives by a Yarborough crash at Rockingham's Fall, 1983 race

Cale Yarborough, one of the top stars in NASCAR in four decades, from his first race in 1957, to his retirement in 1988, passed away on Dec. 30, 2023. NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Yarborough took his first green flag in the 1957 Southern 500, finishing 42nd out of 50 starters after the right front hub failed on his Chevy. He continued to run just a single Grand National race a season until starting eight races in 1962, then started moving up the odds sheets until he scored an initial victory at Valdosta, Ga’s 200-lap race in 1965. ’65 was the year he went sailing over the rail at Darlington in a battle for the lead with Sam McQuagg, emerging the wrecked car with essentially no injuries. 

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Volume 2023, Issue 12, Posted 3:35 PM, 12.31.2023

Thad Moffitt to Compete Full-Time in NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series Faction46 Newest NASCAR Team to Continue Petty Tradition

Thad Moffitt will run the entire NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season in 2024

LEVEL CROSS, N.C. (December 9, 2023) — Thad Moffitt, the grandson of “The King” Richard Petty, will make his full-time series debut in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series with a new team, Faction46. The new team is owned by Lane Moore, owner of Venture Food Stores, and will have an alliance with Niece Motorsports. Veteran NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series crew chief, Doug George will lead the team.

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Volume 2023, Issue 12, Posted 4:46 PM, 12.09.2023

zMAX® Joins CARS Tour as Entitlement Sponsor

Marcus Smith and Kevin Harvick unveiling the series' pace convertible

CARS Tour Ownership Group Unveils 2024 schedule; FloRacing Renewed to Livestream all 19 events
Highlights
• zMAX® announced as new entitlement sponsor for CARS Tour in multi-year agreement.
• FloRacing to continue as official streaming partner of zMAX CARS Tour; will livestream all 19 races for second consecutive year.
• Unveiled 2024 zMAX CARS Tour schedule includes 19 events at 13 facilities with Late Model Stock Car and Pro Late Model champions crowned in season finale at North Wilkesboro Speedway.

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Volume 2023, Issue 11, Posted 7:46 PM, 11.27.2023

2024 Toyota NASCAR Camry Revealed

PLANO, Texas (November 27, 2023) – Toyota revealed today a newly-designed NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) Toyota Camry XSE race car that will make its debut in the 2024 NCS season. The Camry XSE Next Gen follows the Toyota Camry TRD Next Gen, which produced 18 victories and 25 poles during the last two seasons of competition. 

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Volume 2023, Issue 11, Posted 1:01 PM, 11.27.2023

A Gearhead’s Bookshelf – thinking outside the the stocking

Greatest Road Trip indeed - inspiration for maybe a new trip

Looking for a different gift for the gearhead on your holiday gift list? Would you rather find something other than team regalia or souvenirs in the giftwrap? Here are some suggestions that might start someone else on the path to reading more about our favorite subject: cars and racing. Not all of these books are still in print, but they can be found online or in a local second-hand bookstore and most are available as ebooks.

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Volume 2023, Issue 11, Posted 3:53 PM, 11.16.2023

A New, Merry and Bright Speedway Christmas presented by Atrium Health

Part of the new concourse display for 2023

CONCORD, NC (Nov. 14, 2023) - The lights, sights and sounds of Speedway Christmas presented by Atrium Health have played a part in bringing the magic of the holidays to visitors for the last 14 seasons. This year the lights are brighter and the show even bigger as the new nearly four-mile course is illuminated by almost 5 million lights featuring a new concourse, tunnels and Christmas Village attractions.

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Volume 2023, Issue 11, Posted 4:18 PM, 11.14.2023

Who Would Have Won NASCAR's Cup - 2023 Edition

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.)

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Volume 2023, Issue 11, Posted 8:57 AM, 11.08.2023

Ryan Blaney Wins the 2023 NASCAR Cup Championship at Phoenix

Darryl Webb - AP

AVONDALE, AZ– RIS – Ryan Blaney is the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series champion by finishing higher in the race standings by the other three qualifiers.  Blaney finished second to race winner Ross Chastain, but ahead of Kyle Larson, William Byron, and Christopher Bell.  It was Blaney’s first Cup championship. It’s the second consecutive season Team Penske took home NASCAR’s top prize, with Blaney following Joey Logano’s 2022 title conquest. It also gives Ford a sweep of championships following titles by Cole Custer and Ben Rhodes earlier this weekend.

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Volume 2023, Issue 11, Posted 7:44 PM, 11.05.2023

Cole Custer Wins Xfinity Championship in Phoenix

Timothy D. Easley - AP

AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Cole Custer was sent back to the NASCAR Xfinity Series the last two seasons after a less than spectacular 2020 season.  Tonight he proved that he does not give up.  Tonight, Custer pulled away from Justin Allgaier during a two-lap overtime shootout to win his first NASCAR Xfinity Series championship Saturday night at Phoenix Raceway.  It was an exciting finish with Custer, JustinAllgaier and John Hunter Nemechek three-wide on the next-to-last lap, with Allgaier’s JR Motorsports Chevrolet finding some room in between the other two cars. But Custer — who went to the inside — pulled away while the others battled for position.

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Volume 2023, Issue 11, Posted 10:56 PM, 11.04.2023

Byron Lords Over Phoenix Cup Qualifying, Sammy Smith Grabs Xfinity Pole

William Byron, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, drives during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway on November 04, 2023 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(AVONDALE, AZ – NOV 4, 2023 – RIS) William Byron added a weapon to his battle for the NASCAR Cup champioinshp with the first pit stall by winning the pole position for the final race in the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season. Byron, along with fellow Hendrick driver Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell from Joe Gibbs Racing and Ryan Blaney out of the Penske stables, are racing for the big trophy to end the season. Byron has won more races this year than any other driver and will have the best stall on pit road.
In qualifying for Saturday evening's Xfinity race, Sammy Smith beat out Austin Hill for the pole by only two thousandths of a second.

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Volume 2023, Issue 11, Posted 7:14 PM, 11.04.2023

Results and points added: Ben Rhodes Wins the 2023 Truck Championship in Four overtimes

Ben Rhodes, driver of the #99 Kubota Ford, speaks to the media during the NASCAR Championship Media Day at Phoenix Raceway on November 02, 2023 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Ben Rhodes nursed an injured Ford truck over the final overtime finish to win the 2023 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship.  It took four overtimes to determine the winner and the championship in what could be called a rough race.  Christian won the race after all the contenders except Rhodes and runner up Grant Enfinger had problems, usual.ly caused by racing accidents. 

“To go 25 laps into overtime, you know what that feels like? Almost lose it three times? Look at the front of the truck. It’s crazy. I didn’t think we were going to make it, I thought we were going to pop a tire. I thought anything that could have gone wrong was going to go wrong.”

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Volume 2023, Issue 11, Posted 1:19 AM, 11.04.2023

Thornton Turns Up the Heat At World Of Outlaws World Finals

Ricky Thornton in Victory Lane

Ricky Thornton Jr. claimed Friday’s World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models feature in the second night of World of Outlaws World Finals racing at The Dirt Track at Charlotte
Brent Marks (World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars) and Tim Fuller (Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds) also claimed victories on Friday

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Volume 2023, Issue 11, Posted 11:27 PM, 11.03.2023

Kyle Busch Heads Final 2023 Cup Series Practice

Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Menards/Dutch Boy Ford, speaks to the media during the NASCAR Championship Media Day at Phoenix Raceway on November 02, 2023 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

(PHOENIX, AZ – NOV 3. 2023 – RIS) Kyle Busch topped the charts in practice for the season-ending and championship-deciding NASCAR Cup Series race, setting a fastest lap time of 27.520 seconds and 130.814 mph. Bubba Wallace was second, 0.029 second back, followed by Ryan Blaney.

 

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Volume 2023, Issue 11, Posted 9:52 PM, 11.03.2023

Nemechek Tops in Phoenix Xfinity Practice

John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the #20 Pye Barker Fire & Safety Toyota, speaks to the media during the NASCAR Championship Media Day at Phoenix Raceway on November 02, 2023 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

(PHOENIX, AZ – NOV 3, 2023 – RIS) John Hunter Nemechek topped the lap speed table for both single-lap speed and ten-lap average in preparation for Saturday’s championship-deciding NASCAR Xfinity race. Cole Custer set the second-quickest single lap at 27.817 sec and 129.417 mph, some 0.138 second slower than Nemechek’s 27.679 / 130.063 best round.

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Volume 2023, Issue 11, Posted 8:46 PM, 11.03.2023

Heim Qualifies Last To Take Pole at Phoenix Truck Finale

 Corey Heim, driver of the #11 Safelite Toyota, speaks to the media during the NASCAR Championship Media Day at Phoenix Raceway on November 02, 2023 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Heim Qualifies Last To Take Pole at Phoenix Truck Finale

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Volume 2023, Issue 11, Posted 7:36 PM, 11.03.2023

Nick Sanchez Tops in Phoenix Truck Practice

(PHOENIX, AZ – NOV 2, 2023 – RIS) Rookie Nick Sanchez ended the final NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series practice session at the top of the time sheet, edging out Playoffs-qualified Corey Heim by less than a tenth of a second. Sanchez’ best lap in the 50-minute session, 26.678 seconds at 134.943 mph was only 0.079 second quicker than Heim’s lap of 26757 seconds and 134.544 mph. 

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Volume 2023, Issue 11, Posted 10:08 PM, 11.02.2023

Ford Performance Debuts New Mustang For 2024 NASCAR Cup Series

The NASCAR Cup Series Mustang Dark Horse will debut on Feb. 4, 2024, as part of the Clash at the Coliseum exhibition race inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

DEARBORN, MI, 12:00pm, Nov. 1, 2023 – Ford Performance has today unveiled the new Mustang for the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series based on the Mustang Dark Horse®. After a busy year of Mustang racing news, this 2024 NASCAR Cup Series Mustang is the icing on the cake for the full family of performance Mustang cars. 

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Volume 2023, Issue 11, Posted 9:46 AM, 11.02.2023

Blaney Wins Martinsville as the Championship Four is Decided

Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Discount Tire Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 29, 2023 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

MARTINSVILLE, VA – October 29, 2023 – Ryan Blaney started out good and ended it with a win to qualify him fr the Championship Four to run for a championship next week at Phoenix Raceway. Blaney didn’t need to win at Martinsville to have a chance at the Cup Series title but he got the victory anyway.

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Volume 2023, Issue 10, Posted 7:13 PM, 10.29.2023

Blaney Wins after Hamlin Dominates Martinsville

Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Discount Tire Ford, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Cup Series Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 29, 2023 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

(MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCT29, 2023 - RIS) Ryan Blaney led 145 laps after following Denny Hamlin for most of the race to capture another checkered flag for a young race fan and punch his ticket into the championship four racing for the NASCAR Cup Series crown next weekend at Phoenix.

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Volume 2023, Issue 10, Posted 6:54 PM, 10.29.2023

Allgaier Wins Martinsville Race to Punch his Ticket to the Championship Four

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MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – In a wild race to determine who sill race for the 2023 Xfinity championship, It was Justin Allgaier who goes on to race for a championship in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.  The JR Motorsports driver won for the first time at Martinsville Speedway and locked up a spot in the championship 4. He joined fellow race-winners Sam Mayer and John Hunter Nemechek in the Championship 4. Cole Custer also pointed his way into the Championship 4 despite finishing 19th with a car on fire.

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Volume 2023, Issue 10, Posted 8:19 PM, 10.28.2023