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Weather Rules Charlotte Saturday

(CONCORD, NC – MAY 27, 2923 – RIS) NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway officials have announced that all Saturday activities including the Alsco Uniforms 300 scheduled for Saturday, May 27, has been delayed until Monday with green flag slated for noon. Gates will open at 10:00 a.m.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 4:14 PM, 05.27.2023

Ben Rhodes Takes Charlotte Trucks

Ben Rhodes is Charlotte Truck Winner
Jesse Love Scores ARCA Hat Trick
(CONCORD, NC – MAY 26, 2023 – RIS) Ben Rhodes scored his first victory of the 2023 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series by coming through the field from starting 19th. He led  the final stage of the North Carolina Education Lottery 200, his first victory for the year and Ford’s first Truck Series win at Charlotte.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 12:59 AM, 05.27.2023

Allgaier, Tanner Gray Top Charlotte Qualifying

(CONCORD, NC – MAY 26, 2023 – RIS) Justin Allgaier out qualified John Hunter Nemechek in time trials for Saturday’s Alsco Uniforms 300. “It’s been disappointing as a team to not have a win so far,” Allgaier said. “You don’t work any less hard when you’re running bad.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 6:16 PM, 05.26.2023

Larson Dominant in NASCAR's Return to North Wilkesboro

(NORTHWILKESBORO, NC – MAY 21, 2023 – RIS) Kyle Larson celebrated his 199th racetrack entry by dominating the 2023 NASCAR All-Star race, leading 145 of the 200 laps, including almost the entire second half of the race on his way to a million dollar payoff. Larson and Daniel Suarez were the only drivers to lead, with Suarez leading from the pole, leading the first 54 laps, then once at the mid-race competition caution before Larson resumed the lead.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 10:54 PM, 05.21.2023

Berry, Gibbs and Gragson Transfer to the NASCAR Cup All Star Race

NORTH WILKESBORO, NC – RIS – Josh Berry won the All Star Open race during NASCAR’s All Star weekend at North Wilkesboro Speedway. In the race the top two finishers transfer to the All Star race with one driver who wins the fan vote.  Berry and Ty Gibbs had to race their way into their first career All-Star race in the 100-lap Open, a precursor to the main event.  Berry was part of the field due to Alex Bowman’s injury.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 7:17 PM, 05.21.2023

Suarez Hot in All-Star Heat 1

(NORTH WILKESBORO, NC – MAY 20, 2023 – RIS)Daniel Suarez won the first qualifying heat for the 2023 NASCAR All-Star race, setting a handful of precedents by racing an entire race on an oval with rain tires mounted and the first Cup race on North Wilkesboro Speedway’s 0.625-mile uphill-downhill oval since 1996.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 8:49 PM, 05.20.2023

Kyle Larson Wins NASCAR Craftsman Truck Race at North Wilkesboro

NORTH WILKESBORO, NC  – RIS – Kyle Larson, driving a Chevrolet truck prepared by Spire Motorsports and sponsored by Hendrick Cars, ran away from the field in overtime to win the NASCAR Craftsman truck series race at the newly revived North Wilkesboro Speedway.  With Larson and Majeski on the front row at the restart, Larson ran away with the win  and made history as the first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver to win at North Wilkesboro Speedway in 27 years following his overtime win in the Tyson 250 Saturday afternoon. Larson led 138 of 252 laps in a Spire Motorsports truck to score his third career series win Saturday.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 5:15 PM, 05.20.2023

Corey Heim Wins Wilkesboro Truck Pole

(NORTH WILKESBORO, NC – MAY 20, 2023 - RIS) Corey Heim beat Carson Hocevar for the pole in the Tyson 250 for NASCAR’s Craftsman Truck Series race.  "Poles are cool, but wins are cooler. I’m proud of everyone on my Safelite team, proud of all the work and progress they’ve made this year. We’re ready to go,” said Heim after time trials finished. Heim’s time of 20.072 sec / 112.096 mph  was 0.782 sec and over four and a half mph slower than Johnny Benson’s record of 19.290 sec, 116.64 mph from the September, 1996 race.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 1:21 PM, 05.20.2023

Gibbs Crew Wins the Pit Crew Competition at Wilkesboro All Star Race

NORTH WILKESBORO, NC - RIS - Ty Gibbs will start from the pole in the All-Star Open at North Wilkesboro Speedway after his Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 team clicked off the fastest pit stop Friday night in the Pit Crew Challenge. A time of 13.012s stop was fastest. .

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 7:49 PM, 05.19.2023

They’re Back at North Wilkesboro! NASCAR Truck and Cup Practice Reports

(NORTH WILKESBORO, NC – MAY 19, 2023 – RIS) After 26 years away, NASCAR returned to the uphill/downhill, five-eighths mile North Wilkesboro Speedway for the 2023 NASCAR All-Star weekend. The race track last hosted a NASCAR Cup race in September, 1996, with Jeff Gordon earning his nineteenth career win and tenth of the season. 

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 6:30 PM, 05.19.2023

Byron Avenges 2002 in Dramatic Darlington Finish

(DARLINGTON, SC – MAY 14, 2023 – RIS) William Byron scored his third season win and first win for Hendrick Motorsports at Darlington in eleven years – since Gordon was 14 years old. Byron’s family are all in New York for his sister’s college graduation, his family Mothers Day celebration will have to wait.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 7:54 PM, 05.14.2023

Larson Wins Xfinity Darlington in Near Replay of 2003 Spring Finish

(DARLINGTON, SC – MAY 13, 2023 – RIS) Kyle Larson bounced off the wall and then John Hunter Nemechek, sending Nemechek into a spin out of second place, to win the Shriners Children’s 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race. The win is Larson’s first victory at “the track too tough to tame” and his 14th career series win. Nemechek spun across the start/finish line in fifth place, unlike the 2003 Cup race at Darlington, when Ricky Craven and Kurt Busch banged fenders down the straight and under the checkered flag in a finish separated by two thousandths of a second.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 5:19 PM, 05.13.2023

Truex, Wallace Take Toyota Front Row at Darlington

(DARLINGTON, SC – MAY 13, 2023 – RIS) After clocking the 22nd-fastest time in practice, Martin Truex Jr went on a tear, recording the second fastest time in his first qualifying round and then clocked the fastest time in the final round, beating Bubba Wallace’s Toyota to the pole by only 0.012 second. Truex’ lap was 29.028 seconds at 169.409 mph.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 2:31 PM, 05.13.2023

Christian Eckes Dominates the ‘Lady in Black’

(DARLINGTON, SC – MAY 12, 2023 – RIS) Christian Eckes claimed his third career Craftsman Truck Series win, dominating the Buckle Up South Carolina 200 and lasting through multiple overtime restarts on Darlington’s historic oval.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 10:37 PM, 05.12.2023

Corey Heim Sneaks to Darlington Truck Pole

(Darlington, SC – May 12, 2023 – RIS) Corey Heim, going onto the track late in the session, beat out Grant Enfinger for the pole in Friday night’s Buckle Up South Carolina NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race by a scant 0.059 second gap.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 5:05 PM, 05.12.2023

Wild NASCAR Cup Race at Kansas Ends with Hamlin in Victory Lane

KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – The final laps of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race were rough, rowdy  and ended in fisticuffs.  Denny Hamlin passed Kyle Larson with a daring last lap pass which included contact all over the track. Larson took control of the 1.5-mile track, rambling down the straightaways at speeds exceeding 180 miles per hour, but Hamlin caught him by the final lap.  They touched, and Hamlin took the checkered flag.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 8:15 PM, 05.07.2023

Grant Enfinger Masters Kansas Truck Race

KANSAS CITY, KS - RIS - Grant Enfinger secured his first victory of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, pulling away in a late green-flag stretch Saturday at Kansas Speedway.  Enfinger led a race-high 65 of the 134 laps in the Heart of America 200. He drove the No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet to his first win at the 1.5-mile Kansas City track and the eighth of his Craftsman Truck Series career.  Defending series champ Zane Smith was third with Stewart Friesen fourth and Cup Series regular Ross Chastain completing the top five.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 10:40 PM, 05.06.2023

Legacy Motor Club to Switch to Toyota in 2024

STATESVILLE, NC -RIS - Legacy Motor Club, the NASCAR team formerly owned by Richard Petty and now run by seven-time champ Jimmie Johnson and businessman Maury Gallagher, will leave Chevrolet at the end of the season and run Toyotas in 2024. That means the legendary number 43 will be on a Camry for the first time ever.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 4:21 PM, 05.02.2023

Rain at Dover Postpones Cup Race

DOVER, DE - Lingering rain has caused NASCAR to postpone the NASCAR Cup Series race until noon on Monday, May 1, 2023. The race will be telecasted on FS1.  

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Volume 2023, Issue 4, Posted 2:07 PM, 04.30.2023

Ryan Truex Wins First Career Xfinity Race at Dover

DOVER, DE - RIS - After 89 tries, Ryan Truex finally visits victory land with a win at Dover Motor Speedway in Saturday’s Xfinity race.  Truex ran away from the field, amassing 5 to 6 second leads.  Truex, younger brother of former Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr., dominated Saturday’s 200-mile Xfinity Series race at his home track, Following the 31-year-old New Jersey driver in the top five were Josh Berry, Justin Allgaier, Austin Hill and John Hunter Nemechek.

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Volume 2023, Issue 4, Posted 4:42 PM, 04.29.2023

Kyle Busch Sits on Dover Pole

DOVER, DE – RIS - The same shower that ended Cup Series practice early brought a cancellation to qualifying, forcing competition officials to set the starting lineup by the NASCAR Rule Book. That elevated Busch’s No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet to the No. 1 starting spot for Sunday’s Würth 400. 

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Volume 2023, Issue 4, Posted 2:37 PM, 04.29.2023

Klingerman on the Pole After Rain Dampens Xfinity Qualifying at Dover

DOVER, DE – RIS – A serious rainstorm parked over Dover Motor Speedway for the racing weekend.  It forced Xfinity Series qualifying to be cancelled. As such, the lineup for the race on Saturday was set by formula instead of on-track speed, putting Parker Klingerman on the pole and Cole Custer alongside in the grid.

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Volume 2023, Issue 4, Posted 6:51 PM, 04.28.2023

Kyle Busch Wins Talladega With the Caution Flag Waving In Double Overtime

TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Kyle Busch just happened to be in the3 right place at the right time to claim victory in Sunday’s GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.  It was his second win of the season and his 62nd career win. Busch was the beneficiary after Ryan Blaney pushed Bubba Wallace hard into turn 1 and caused the No. 23 Toyota to spin into the wall. Blaney had lead for a good portion of the race, but the carnage that resulted in the second overtime is very typical of races on the high banked 2.66-mile speedway.

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Volume 2023, Issue 4, Posted 8:05 PM, 04.23.2023

Jeb Burton Wins Talladega for Jordan Anderson's Team First

(TALLADEGA, AL – APR 22, 2023 – RIS) Jeb Burton scored his second career NASCAR Xfinity victory in an overtime finish in the Ag-Pro 300. The win is also the first for Jordan Anderson’s young team, coming after Anderson’s fiery crash in a truck series race last year that saw him helicoptered out of the track.

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Volume 2023, Issue 4, Posted 8:49 PM, 04.22.2023

Hamlin Swipes Talladega Pole From Almirola

(TALLADEGA, AL – APR 22, 2023 – RIS) Denny Hamlin took the pole for the GEICO 500 from Aric Almirola by a margin of 0.032 second, the only car to clock under 53 seconds in the second round of time trials. Rookie and fellow Joe Gibbs Racing driver Ty Gibbs placed third on the grid for the race, followed by Chase Briscoe and Ryan Blaney. Kyle Larson drove the sole Chevrolet in the second round of trials and will start the race in ninth place, just a thousandth of a second ahead of tenth-place Chris Buescher’s Ford.

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Volume 2023, Issue 4, Posted 1:41 PM, 04.22.2023

Birthday Boy Austin Hill Scores Xfinity Pole at Talladega

TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Austin Hill continues to dominate the speed charts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He won the pole for Saturday’s Xfinity Series race named the Ag-Pro 300. Hill, the sole three-time winner on the season, posted a killer time in the second round of Friday’s qualifying session from the 2.66-mile superspeedway, laying down a 49.483-second lap, equivalent to 182.459mph

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Volume 2023, Issue 4, Posted 8:42 PM, 04.21.2023

Kyle Larson Surprises Himself with Martinsville Cup Win

MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Kyle Larson  finally  got track position in the final stage of the race to claim victory on Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race at Martinsville Speedway.  The final 30 laps were very friendly to Larson after the new short track package NASCAR enacted made it hard to pass. He got that welcomed track position with a two tire stop and it seemed to be just what the doctor ordered.

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Volume 2023, Issue 4, Posted 7:46 PM, 04.16.2023

Martinsville Speedway Starting LineUp NASCAR Cup Series NOCO 400

MARTINSVILLE, VA - RIS - Ryan Preece piloting the #41 Ford earned the pole starting position for the NOCO400 NASCAR CUP series race with a lap time of 19.979seconds and speed of 94.780MPH.  Starting on the outside position is Daniel Suarez in the #99 Worldwide Express Chevrolet. 

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Volume 2023, Issue 4, Posted 7:11 PM, 04.15.2023

Unofficial Race Results Long John Silver's 200 Craftsman Truck Series Martinsville Speedway

NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series Race Number 7
Race Results for the Long John Silver's 200 - Friday, April 14, 2023
Martinsville Speedway - Martinsville, VA - 0.526 - Mile Paved
Total Race Length - 124 Laps - 65.224 Miles
Stage 1 Pos Stage 2 Pos Pts Status Tms Laps Playoff Pts
Fin Str Trk Driver Team Laps
1 4 11 Corey Heim Safelite Toyota 124 1 1 60 Running 1 82 7
2 2 51 Kyle Busch(i) Zariz Transport Chevrolet 124 2 2 0 Running 1 37
3 1 38 Zane Smith Long John Silver's Ford 124 3 3 50 Running 1 5
4 12 98 Ty Majeski Soda Sense Ford 124 7 6 42 Running
5 9 15 Tanner Gray JBL Toyota 124 4 5 45 Running
6 3 99 Ben Rhodes Campers Inn RV Ford 124 6 7 40 Running
7 5 25 Matt DiBenedetto Rackley Roofing Chevrolet 124 8 9 35 Running
8 24 17 Taylor Gray # Dead On Tools Toyota 124 29 Running
9 22 1 William Sawalich Starkey/Soundgear Toyota 124 10 29 Running
10 8 4 Chase Purdy Bama Buggies Chevrolet 124 27 Running
11 19 2 Nick Sanchez # Gainbridge Chevrolet 124 26 Running
12 25 41 Ross Chastain(i) Worldwide Express Chevrolet 124 0 Running
13 18 35 Jake Garcia # Chevrolet 124 24 Running
14 10 23 Grant Enfinger Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet 124 23 Running
15 6 19 Christian Eckes Gates Hydraulics Chevrolet 124 5 4 35 Running
16 31 02 Kris Wright F.N.B. Corporation Chevrolet 124 21 Running
17 26 9 Colby Howard Grant County Mulch Chevrolet 124 10 21 Running
18 15 66 Conner Jones TSPORT Ford 124 19 Running
19 28 56 Timmy Hill UNITS Storage Toyota 124 18 Running
20 27 13 Hailie Deegan Ford Performance Ford 124 17 Running
21 36 5 Dean Thompson Thompson Pipe Group Toyota 124 16 Running
22 23 32 Bret Holmes # Bret Holmes Racing Chevrolet 124 15 Running
23 30 12 Spencer Boyd Freedom Warranty Chevrolet 124 14 Running
24 29 46 Memphis Villarreal S&S Fishing and Rental Toyota 124 13 Running
25 16 24 Rajah Caruth # Wendell Scott Foundation Chevrolet 124 12 Running
26 11 88 Matt Crafton Jack Links/Menards Ford 124 11 Running
27 14 16 Tyler Ankrum LiUNA! Toyota 124 10 Running
28 17 04 Kaden Honeycutt CarQuest Ford 123 9 Running
29 33 30 Jonathan Shafer Osgar's Autobody Toyota 123 8 Running
30 13 52 Stewart Friesen Halmar International Toyota 123 7 Running
31 21 43 Daniel Dye # HEISE LED Lighting Systems Chevrolet 123 6 Running
32 20 45 Lawless Alan AUTOChargit Chevrolet 122 5 Running
33 32 33 Mason Massey Colonial Countertops Ford 122 4 Running
34 7 42 Carson Hocevar Worldwide Express Chevrolet 122 9 8 8 Running
35 34 20 Brad Perez(i) Bonesteel Aerospace Chevrolet 118 0 Running
36 35 22 Stephen Mallozzi Stacking Dennys Ford 116 1 Running
Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 23 Mins, 32 Secs. Average Speed: 46.849 MPH Margin of Victory: Under Caution
Stage 1 Top 10: 11, 51, 38, 15, 19, 99, 98, 25, 42, 1
Stage 2 Top 10: 11, 51, 38, 19, 15, 98, 99, 42, 25, 9
Race Comments: Corey Heim won the 25th running of the Long John Silver's 200 at Martinsville Speedway, his third victory in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series. Prior to the start of the race, the following cars dropped to the rear of the field under penalty for the reasons indicated: No. 4 (unapproved adjustments).
Failed to Qualify: (1) 90 Justin Carroll.
Caution Flags: 6 for 63 laps; Laps: 28-43 (Competition Caution [46]); 52-71 (Stage 1 Conclusion [Red Flag 00:24:40] [41]); 82-86 (#45, 43 Incident Turn 3 [12]); 97-105 (#52 Spin Turn 3/Stage 2 Conclusion [43]); 111-115 (#43 Spin Turn 4 [24]); 117-124 (#17, 42 Incident Backstretch [16]).

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Volume 2023, Issue 4, Posted 12:33 AM, 04.15.2023

Corey Heim Wins Rain Shortened Long John Silver's 200 Craftsman Truck Race at Martinsville Speedway

MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS   Corey Heim driving the #11 Safelight Toyota led the final 82 laps of the rain delayed and rain shortened Long John Silver’s 200 Craftsman Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway to be declared the winner after 124 of 200 laps.  Rounding out the top five were 51 Kyle Busch who led three times for a total of 39 laps, 38 Zane Smith who led the first six laps, 98 Ty Majeski and 15 Tanner Gray.

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Volume 2023, Issue 4, Posted 12:28 AM, 04.15.2023

Bell Rings Up Bristol Dirt Win

BRISTOL, TN - RIS - Christopher Bell, an accomplished driver on dirt tracks, battled Tyler Reddick, Chase Brisco, and others to win at Bristol Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup race. When dirt racing returned to the NASCAR Cup Series, drivers in the series with backgrounds in dirt racing were expected to be the major powers in the race. Since 2 two years, open wheel stars like Christopher Bell and Kyle Larson were instead shut out by Joey Logano and Kyle Busch, two drivers who grew up racing on paved tracks. Bell finally changed that tonight. Those at the front of the 250-lap race on Bristol’s half-mile track were predominately dirt racers. Kyle  Larson, a noted dirt ace, would fall out of contention after crashing in an altercation with Ryan Preece, but Reddick was able to stay with Bell until the end and pressure him on the final restart. Bell would stay far enough ahead to hold control into turn 3 on the final lap, where a wrecked car stopped along the outside wall brought a caution and an early end.

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Volume 2023, Issue 4, Posted 10:50 PM, 04.09.2023

Joey Logano Dominates NASCAR truck Race on Bristol Dirt

BRISTOL, TN - RIS - Joey Logano borrowed a truck from multi-champion ThorSport Racing and went on to dominate the race.  Two multi-truck cautions during the opening laps involving a combined nine trucks failed to sway Logano’s No. 66 Ford away from the top of the field as the Team Penske regular led 39 of the 40 opening laps en route to the Stage 1 win. A dominant run via the inside lane continued for Logano entering Stage 2, leading another 39 laps to win Stage 2.

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Volume 2023, Issue 4, Posted 10:40 PM, 04.08.2023

Dirt Ace Kyle Larson will start on the pole at the Cup Dirt Race at Bristol

BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Kyle Larson won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race on Saturday.  Larson went from sixth to first to win his Heat race, earning the most points (15) of any driver in the four Heats. Austin Dillon, who won Heat 1, will join Larson on the outside pole in second. Ryan Blaney will start ninth after winning Heat 3, and Bubba Wallace will start 11th after winning Heat 4.

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Volume 2023, Issue 4, Posted 10:39 PM, 04.08.2023