(HAMPTON, GA – FEB 25, 2024 – RIS) Daniel Suarez took Trackhouse Racing to the team’s seventh victory in a race filled with highlight reel incidents beginning on the second lap and ending with a three-wide photo finish split among Suarez, Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch. The official margin of victory was announced as 0.003 second, which likely covered the top three finishers. The race featured 14 leaders, 48 lead changes, multiple spins and crashes that involved all but about eight or nine of the competitors punctuating the race with ten cautions and a brief red flag for track cleanup.
Cup / Xfinity / Truck News
(HAMPTON, GA – FEB 24, 2024 – RIS) Empty tanks under a full moon wrote the story of the NASCAR RAPTOR King of Tough 250 Xfinity Series race on Atlanta Motor Speedway’s mile and a half track. Ryan Sieg and the other Fords on the track all ran out of fuel late in the race, Sieg’s stopping on the apron and sending the race into overtime with many of the other lead cars running short on fuel after the restart. Dominant Jesse Love faltered after leading 157 laps and teammate Austin Hill dodged through gaps to become the fourth driver in the series to win the season opening races, joining Chad Little, Dale Earnhardt Sr and Tony Stewart.
HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Kyle Busch passed a faltering Grant Enfinger late in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race to win the truck race on Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Busch led 33 of the 135 laps in the Fr8 208 on the 1.54-mile track. His Spire Motorsports No. 7 Chevrolet was 0.187 seconds ahead at the drop of the checkered flag, sealing Busch’s first victory of the season, his seventh in the series at Atlanta and the 65th of his Truck Series career.
(HAMPTON, GA – FEB 24, 2024 – RIS) Michael McDowell, after starting second in the Daytona 500, earned his first career NASCAR Cup Series pole in 467 race starts, running the only lap under 31 seconds to beat out Joey Logano in time trials for the Ambetter Health 400. Logano is joined in the front two rows by his teammate at Front Row Motorsports, Todd Gilliland. Today’s pole resets the most starts by any driver in the NASCAR Cup Series prior to their first career pole. The previous record was held by J.D. McDuffie at 404 starts.
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.
(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.
NASCAR officials have postponed the Daytona 500 to Monday because of rain, meaning it will join the season-opening Xfinity Series race in a first-ever doubleheader at Daytona International Speedway to start the work week.
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
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.
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.
Majeski Drives to Daytona Truck Pole Over Sauter
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.
Reddick Bobs and Weaves to Duel One Win, Bell Rings Win in Second Qualifier
Johnny Sauter (Who Else?!) Tops Daytona Truck Practice
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.
(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.
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.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - NASCAR president Steve Phelps confirmed what a lot of team executives have been saying for years: Cup Series teams are not currently a profitable endeavor.
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.)
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.
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.
(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.
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.”
(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.
(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.
Heim Qualifies Last To Take Pole at Phoenix Truck Finale
(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.
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.
(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.
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.
MARTINSVILLE VA – RIS -= Truex turned a lap of 32.256 sec. (167.411 mph) to narrowly defeat Bubba Wallace for the pole position for Sunday’s race at the 1.5-mile speedway in Miami. This pole is the second of the 2023 season for Truex, and it is the 22nd pole position of his stellar NASCAR Cup Series career.
Martinsville, VA– RIS - Sammy Smith, a Xfinity playoff driver will lead the field to green at the start by winning the pole position for the Xfinity race at Martinsville Speedway. The race is scheduled to take the green flag at 3:48 p.m. ET Saturday on USA Network. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver earned his first career series pole with a lap of 94.515 mph.
(HOMESTEAD, FL – OCT 22, 2023 – RIS) Christopher Bell only led one time in winning the 4EVER 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, taking the lead from William Byron on lap 252 and leading the final sixteen rounds of the mile and a half track to lock into the championship four.
(HOMESTEAD, FL – OCT 21, 2023 – RIS) Sam Mayer held off a charging Riley Herbst to claim his fourth checkered flag of the 2023 Xfinity season and first career oval track win. Mayer’s team owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr, placed fifth after touching Josh Berry and sending the driver for his team into the wall and out of the race.
Truex Wins Homestead Pole
(HOMESTEAD, FL – OCT 21, 2023 – RIS) After Bubba Wallace ruled in practice and the first qualifying session, Martin Truex Jr edged him out for the pole in Sunday’s 4EVER 400 Presented by Mobil 1 NASCAR Cup Series race. Wallace had the quickest single lap and best ten-lap average in practice, then out-ran Truex in the first round of qualifying before Truex’ round two lap of 32.256 seconds bumped Wallace to second on the grid, just 0.057 second behind.
(HOMESTEAD, FL – OCT 21, 2023 – RIS) Carson Hocevar grabbed the lead with eleven laps left, driving to a lead of over 2.7 seconds ahead of Zane Smith to cement a slot in the top four positions heading into the final race of the season two weeks from now at Phoenix.
(HOMESTEAD, FL – OCT 20, 2023 – RIS) Cole Custer ran the table in practice and qualifying for the Contender Boats 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race, setting the quickest lap times in practice and in qualifying, plus the fastest five and ten-lap average speeds, in his No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang out of the Stewart-Haas Racing shops.
Earlier in the day, Nick Sanchez ran fourth in practice for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Baptist Health Cancer Car 200 race, beating out Carson Hocevar by 0.239 second.
MORRESVILLE, NC – RIS – Late Tonight, NASCAR has rescinded the penalty assessed to the No.12 Ford driven by Ryan Blaney after Sunday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. NASCAR’s explanation was as follows:
LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Kyle Larson punched his ticket to NASCAR’s version of the final four to determine a champion. As he did in his championship-winning season in 2021, Larson won the NASCAR Cup Series playoff Round of 8 opener at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday. He’s now in the Championship 4 race at Phoenix on Nov. 4 and can spend the next two weeks game-planning for the finale. Larson had to hold off a late-race charge from pole winner Christopher Bell in a photo finish.