Stenhouse, Beuscher, Suarez, and Jones Advance to the NASCAR Cup All-Star race Field
FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – The full field for the NASCAR Cup All-Star race is set. Heading to the big show are Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., winner of the opening run, Chris Beuscher, who won the second stage, and Daniel Suarez, winner of the final 10-lap final stage. Eric Jones, driver of the No. 43 Petty car won the fan vote and will run in the All-Star race.
The opening stage saw Stenhouse almost run away and hide to be transferred to the big race. Tyler Reddick, who won the pole on speed, but had to start at the rear because of some stages wasn’t much of a factor. The second stage was nearly a carbon copy of the first stage. Chris Beuscher finally took off and won the stage in impressive fashion. Reddick spun in this stage which eliminated him from competing in the All-Star race.
Suarez took the lead late and cruised to victory in the third and final stage.
Eric Jones no doubt was chosen for as the fan vote winner no doubt because he was driving the No. 43. Taking nothing away from Jones, who is a fine driver and winner on the Cup circuit, but he had big competition from Reddick, Suarez, and others for the fan vote. The 43 is sacred among NASCAR loyalists.
The race is slated to start shortly after 8:00 PM tonight and will be carried by the Motor Racing radio network and Fox Sports One.
Unofficial Results: NASCAR All-Star Open, May 22, 2022, Texas Motor Speedway
Fin, Str, Driver, Car, Laps, Pts, Status, Tms, Laps
1) 2, Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Freeway Insurance Chevrolet, 50, 0, Running, 1, 10
2) 7, Austin Dillon, No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road Chevrolet, 50, 0, Running, ,
3) 6, Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 50, 0, Running, ,
4) 8, Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Built.com Chevrolet, 50, 0, Running, 1, 11
5) 4, Erik Jones, No. 43 FOCUSfactor Chevrolet, 50, 0, Running, ,
6) 12, Ty Dillon, No. 42 Ferris Chevrolet, 50, 0, Running, ,
7) 10, Cole Custer, No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford, 50, 0, Running, ,
8) 14, Todd Gilliland #, No. 38 First Phase Credit Card Ford, 50, 0, Running, ,
9) 13, Cody Ware, No. 51 Nurtec ODT Ford, 50, 0, Running, ,
10) 15, Garrett Smithley, No. 15 Trophy Tractor Ford, 50, 0, Running, ,
11) 16, BJ McLeod, No. 78 Pala Casino Ford, 50, 0, Running, ,
12) 1, Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Guaranteed Rate Chevrolet, 42, 0, Accident, ,
13) 9, Harrison Burton #, No. 21 Motorcraft/DEX Imaging Ford, 42, 0, Accident, ,
14) 5, Chris Buescher, No. 17 Fastenal Ford, 40, 0, Stage 2 , 1, 9
15) 11, Landon Cassill(i), No. 77 Shelton Energy Solutions Chevrolet, 25, 0, Accident, ,
16) 3, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Kroger/Viva Towels Chevrolet, 20, 0, Stage 1 , 1, 20
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie
Time: 0 Hrs, 54 Mins, 32 Secs.
Race Length: 50 Laps, 75. Miles
Average Speed: 82.518 MPH
Margin of Victory: 1.393 Seconds
Comments: Daniel Suarez has won the NASCAR All-Star Open at Texas Motor Speedway, his second career victory in the special non-points NASCAR Cup Series event.
Prior to the start, the following vehicle(s) dropped to the rear of the field under penalty: Nos. 8, 31 (unapproved adjustments)
Stage 1 Winner: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.,
Stage 2 Winner: Chris Buescher,
Fan Vote Winner: Erik Jones.
Cautions: 4 for 8 laps;
Laps: 20-20 (Stage 1 Conclusion [None]);
27-31 (No. 77 Incident Turn 4 [None]);
40-40 (Stage 2 Conclusion [None]);
42-42 (No. 8, 21 Incident Frontstretch [None]).
Lead Changes: 4 among 4 drivers;
T. Reddick 0;
R. Stenhouse Jr. 1-20;
C. LaJoie 21-31;
C. Buescher 32-40;
D. Suarez 41-50.
Ron Fleshman with John Davison
RIS NASCAR Editor. Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.