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.
Cup / Xfinity / Truck News
Kyle Busch Wins NASCAR Cup All-Star Pole and Tyler Reddick Wins Open Pole on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway
FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Kyle Busch won the pole for the NASCAR Cup All-Star Race on a fast pit stop. In a complicated way to determine who starts first, drivers faced an elimination concept pitting driver against driver. The eight fastest cars were faced with a competition on who might win the pole, ending in a battle of pit crews. It all came down to Busch and Ryan Blaney for that honor. Busch ousted Ryan Blaney in a head-to-head battle for the pole, with his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team completing a four-tire pit stop, and Busch getting a solid launch and prevailing in the race off pit road and a lap back to the checkered flag in the final matchup.
(FORT WORTH, TX – MAY 21, 2022 – RIS) Tyler Reddick gave Big Machine Racing the team’s first Xfinity Series race win, ending Chevy’s victory drought at Texas, leading William Byron across the line by nearly two seconds, taking the lead a major crash at lap 137 and leading the last 31 laps of the race.
(FORT WORTH, TX – MAY 20, 2022 – RIS) Stewart Friesen dominated the SpeedyCash.com 220 at Texas Motor Speedway, leading 60 of rhe 149 laps run and beating out Christian Eckes by 0.122 second for his third career series victory.
FORT WORTH, TX - RIS - With a speed of 182.791 mph, Noah Gragson knocked Tyler Reddick off the pole as the last car in the NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying session to win his first career series pole via speed at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, May 20.
(FORT WORTH, TX, MAY 20, 2022 – RIS) John Hunter Nemechek’s roll of fast qualifying runs continued in qualifying for the SpeedyCash.com 220 at Texas Motor Speedway, setting fastest time of 29.612 sec / 182.359 mph for his third straight pole of the season. “Looking forward to seeing what we can do tonight,” said the young driver. Corey Heim joins Nemechek on the front row and Stewart Friesen placed third, with Christian Eckes fourth.
KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Kurt Busch got by Kyle Larson with eight laps to go and went on to win the NASCAR Cup race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday. Busch was near the top of the leaderbolard all day and in the end it was Larson or Busch to win. Larson took his usual high one and Busch passed him as the No. 5 Chevy brushed the wall. After that it was all Kurt Busch, as he never surrendered the lead.
KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS - Zane Smith dominated the Kansas NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in a dominating performance as he led 108 of 134 laps to win on Saturday night. It was the third victory for Smith, driving the No. 38 Ford 150 out of Bob Jenkins’ Front Row Racing stable.
KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Christopher Bell will sit on the pole for Sunday NASCAR Cup race at Kansas Speedway. Bell ran a fast .lap of 179.575 mph to start first. . Tyler Reddick joins Bell on the front row after a lap of 178.855 mph. It’s Reddick’s best start of the season. Kyle Larson (178.772 mph) qualified third. Daytona 500 winner Austin Cindric (178.448) qualified fourth. Kurt Busch (178.359) completed the top five. Kyle Busch (177.983) joins his brother in the third row.
(KANSAS CITY, KS - MAY 14, 2022 - RIS) John Hunter Nemechek has become the second-generation “Front Row” qualifier in the family, joining his father Joe in posting fast qualifying times. This time, he qualified on pole position for the Heart of America 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway. Corey Heim will start second, with Ty Majeski and Zane Smith third and fourth.
DARLINGTON, SC – RIS – Joey Logano did it all at Darlington on Sunday. He won the pole on Saturday, won the Southern 500 on Sunday, and pretty much shoved William out of way en route to his first victory of 2022 on a day he wore his “Smokin’ Joe” t-hirt under his firesuit for the first time (his father used that nickname when he was a child prodigy).
KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Rheem Ford Mustang – NOTE: Harvick cut a left-rear tire during practice and did not make a qualifying attempt while repairs were made. “It’s really just kind of a guess. How long the tire was going flat. Trying to decide did the tire come apart or was it going low. You’re kind of guessing as to what was what to analyze your handling characteristics of the car. So it’s definitely a lot of guessing at this point. Fixing the diffuser, not having a backup car, no spare parts or anything like that. You have to round all that stuff up from somebody else and put that stuff on your car and repair those couple of pieces that were damaged. They got all that done. The big key is just trying to figure out how to analyze your car and not knowing what the circumstances were with the tire.”
DARLINGTON, SC - RIS - Justin Allgaier had a rough start to begin NASCAR’s Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway, but it all turned out fine as he celebrated his first victory in 2022 and his first win in 54 consecutive races overall in 34 races. It all started with a dead battery before the start.
(DARLINGTON, SC – MAY 7, 2022 – RIS) Joey Logano won the pole position for the Goodyear 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway, beating out Kyle Larson with a fast lap of 28.805 seconds at 170.720 mph, against the Hendrick Chevy driver's 28.887/170.236 lap. Logano's pole is his first at the old egg-shaped South Carolina oval and the 23rd pole in his NASCAR Cup Series career of 483 races.
(DARLINGTON, SC - MAY 6, 2022 - RIS) John Hunter Nemechek took his first victory of 2022 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series over Carson Hocevar in a NASCAR overtime finish. Grant Enfinger, Ty Majeski and Matt Crafton filled out the top five finishers in a race slowed by ten cautions, featuring 16 lead changes among nine trucks. Later, Crafton was disqualified in post-race inspection when his truck was found too low in the front end, this moves all trucks up one position with the No. 88 Jack Links/Menards Toyota scored last.
(DARLINGTON, SC – MAY 6, 2022 – RIS) John Hunter Nemechek set the pace in practice for the Dead on Tools 200 Cometic Gasket NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Darlington Raceway, then clobbered the field with his qualifying lap of 28.719 sec/171.232 mph eclipsing Ty Majeski's second-place lap at 19.151 sec by 0.432 second and almost three mph.
DOVER, DE – RIS – Chase Elliot is a winner after 26 races without a win on an oval. After taking the lead from Ross Chastain on a restart, Chase Elliott was able to drive away from Ricky Stenhouse Jr. over the final run and win the rain-delayed DuraMAX Drydene 400 at Dover to take his first victory of 2022 and the 14th of his Cup career on Monday. Elliott's win snapped a 26-race winless streak that had dated back to Road America last July, and it is also his first win on an oval since his Phoenix victory that won him the Cup Series championship in 2020. With Elliott entering the winner's circle, all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers -- Elliott, Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman, and William Byron -- have now won this season.
DOVER, DE - RIS - Josh Berry won his third career NASCAR Xfinity Series race in an event dominated by JR Motorsports Camaros. Berry led for 55 of the 200 laps in the No. 8 JRM Chevrolet. His triumph in the A-GAME 200 was his first of the season, and his first at the 1-mile Delaware track. Justin Allgaier won Stage 2, led a race-high 67 laps and wound up second in the No. 7 JRM Chevy. Ty Gibbs placed third with two more JR Motorsports drivers finishing well being Noah Gragson fourth and Sam Mayer rounding out the top five.
DOVER, DE – RIS – In a total surprise, Chris Beuscher did what no other RFK driver has done in five years. He will sit on the pole of Sunday’s race at Dover Motor Speedway. Buescher set the pace in the final 10-driver group, posting a best lap of 160.149 mph in the No. 17 RFK Racing Ford. He scored the organization’s first pole in nearly five years, dating back to May 2017 at Talladega, and he became the fourth first-time pole winner so far this season in the Cup Series.
DOVER, DE – RIS – Brandon Jones will sit on the pole position for Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Dover Motor Speedway. Jones’ lap of 157.398 miles per hour around the one-mile concrete oval was enough to earn his first pole of the season. It came after he ran the fastest lap in the preceding practice session. Jones last won an Xfinity pole in February 2020 at Auto Club Speedway, 72 starts ago.
TALLADEGA, AL - RIS - Ross Chastain won the NASCAR Cup Series Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in a surprise finish. Hendrick Chevrolets were lined up for most of the race and at the end, fans got the usual surprise finish. Chastain edged past Austin Dillon and Kyle Busch in a thrilling finish. Chastain only led the last lap of the race, This is Chastain's second win of the NASCAR Cup Series, and first at Talladega Superspeedway.
In an usual move, Chastain simply stayed in line over the final few laps as leader Erik Jones and reigning Cup champion Kyle Larson fought for the win. Larson made his attempt on the final lap and Jones moved for the defensive block., and Chastain just pointed his Chevrolet straight, slipped past the leaders and won for the second time in five races.
“Holy cow! We didn’t do anything! We just stayed down there!” Chastain screamed over his radio.
The eighth-generation watermelon farmer from Florida then climbed out of his winning TrackHouse Racing through the open roof flaps – like a sunroof – and smashed a watermelon from the roof of the Chevy in celebration.
“I’m always the one going to the top early and making the mistake and there at the end it was like eight to go, and I was like, ‘I’m not going up there again,’” Chastain said. “I did that a couple of times today, I was like, ‘I’ll just ride on the bottom. I’m not going to lose the race for us.’
“I have no idea. They just kept going up. They just kept moving out of the way.”
Chastain and William Byron are the only multiple race winners through 10 Cup events – a quarter of the season. He’s solidly locked into the playoffs with TrackHouse, a second-year team owned by former driver Justin Marks and Pitbull.
TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – It took three overtimes, but Noah Gragson won NASCAR Xfinity race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday. Gragson took advantage of teammate Justin Allgaier running out of fuel at the start of the third overtime and held off Jeffrey Earnhardt to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Earnhardt’s runner-up finish is his best in 136 Xfinity starts. It comes after he won his first career series pole Friday.
TALADEGA, AL – RIS – Christopher Bell will sit on the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Alongside will be Martin Truex, Jr. as Toyotas took the first two starting positions. Bell earned his second career NASCAR Cup Series pole position with a lap of 180.928 mph around the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday morning, narrowly just edging teammate Martin Truex Jr. by .081 seconds. This is the first time JGR has swept the front row at Talladega.
TALLADEGA, AL - RIS - Jeffrey Earnhardt won the pole position for Saturday's Xfinity Race. The grandson of the legendary Dale Earnhardt, Sr., thrilled fans by winning the pole for Saturday’s NASCAR’s Xfinity race. Qualifying had two runs—one round that set the stage for the run for the pole by the ten fastest drivers. Earnhardt was the fastest, besting Austin Hill in speed at the 2.66-mile superspeedway.
BRISTOL, TN - RIS - It all came down to the final laps on a duel between a closing Chase Briscoe and Tyler Reddick, who was leading the NASCAR Cup Food City Dirt Race. Briscoe and Reddick got together and Kyle Busch was there to claim the victory. The final margin of victory was a matter of feet between Reddick and Busch, but a win nonetheless. Busch was following behind in third place by about three seconds. Busch’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota led only that final lap of Sunday’s race. His first victory of the season was the 60th of his Cup Series career.
(BRISTOL, TN – APRIL 16, 2022 – RIS) Ben Rhodes swept both early stages and then the race's final few laps to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pinty's Truck Race on Dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway's dirt surface, moving into second place in the point standings.
BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Once again, NASCAR’s Cup Series teams are qualifying on dirt and the way the starting lineup was established is far different from what NASCAR fans are used to seeing. For the 36 drivers entered in the Cup Series dirt race, the four qualifying heats each were run as 15-lap races and only green-flag laps counted toward the total. The heats drivers will compete in, along with the lineup for each one, were determined by a random draw.
(BRISTOL, TN - APRIL 16, 2022 - RIS) Joey Logano and Ben Rhodes will lead the field to the start of the second Pinty's Truck Race on Dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway's dirt track surface. Logano and Rhodes finished one-two in the fourth and final heat race, earning enough passing points to start in that order in Saturday night's race.
(BRISTOL, TN – Apr 15, 2022 – RIS) Tyler Reddick's time early in the first of two sessions led the day's running in practice for the Food City Dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The only driver whose first session time didn't hold up over the second session was Harrison Burton, with the slowest first session time of 20.684 sec/87.024 mph over the half mile dirt surface.
(BRISTOL, TN - APRIL 15, 2022 - RIS) Stewart Friesen Topped the first session of practice for the NASCAR Camping World Pinty's Truck Race on Bristol Motor Speedway's dirt surface, just 0.025 second ahead of Ben Rhodes' Toyota.
MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS William Byron won the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400 at Martinsville Speed after holding off 22 Joey Logano in a green white checkered overtime finish to win on lap 403 for his 4th career victory in 152 NASCAR Cup series races.
MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS -Brandon Jones driving the #19 Menards/Lyons Toyota survived a multi-car crash on lap 250 of the scheduled 250 lap race that resulted in a red flag ,and then gained the lead on an overtime green white checker finish to take the win on lap 261 of the Call 811 Before You Dig 250 Powered by Call811.com at Martinsville Speedway. This is his first victory and fourth top-10 in 2022. Perhaps this should have been called the 911 special with all that occurred.
Landon Cassill finished second for his fourth top 10 finish in 2022. Third place and the $100,000 Dash for Cash went to AJ Allmendinger. Austin Hill finished fourth and was the highest finishing rookie.
Chase Elliott won the pole for the 73rd annual Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400 at Martinsville Speedway.
MARTINSVILLE, VA , RIS
William Byron led the final 84 laps and won the 24th Annual Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200 for his eighth victory in 26 Camping World Truck Series races. He led 3 times for a total of 94 laps. This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in three races at Martinsville Speedway. After climbing from his truck, Byron stated “It was a lot of fun.” “I’ve never won before at Martinsville.”
Martinsville, Virginia- RIS April 7, 2022
Practice and Qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200 at Martinsville Speedway were cancelled due to rain. The starting line-up was set by owner points and NASCAR rules.
Unofficial Results: 24th Annual Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200, April 7, 2022, Martinsville Speedway
Fin, Str, Driver, Truck, Team, Laps, St1, St2, Tms Led, Laps Led, Playoff Pts, Pts, Status
1) 32, William Byron(i), 7, HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 200, , , 3, 94, , 0, Running
2) 36, Johnny Sauter, 13, Protect The Harvest Toyota, 200, , , , , , 35, Running
3) 2, Kyle Busch(i), 51, JBL Toyota, 200, , , 1, 1, , 0, Running
4) 5, John H. Nemechek, 4, Mobil 1 Toyota, 200, 4, 5, , , , 46, Running
5) 3, Ben Rhodes, 99, Tenda Toyota, 200, 3, 1, 2, 47, 1, 50, Running
6) 4, Chandler Smith, 18, Safelite AutoGlass Toyota, 200, , , 2, 2, , 31, Running
7) 11, Matt Crafton, 88, Richmond Water Heaters/Menards Toyota, 200, , , , , , 30, Running
8) 12, Grant Enfinger, 23, Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet, 200, 5, 9, , , , 37, Running
9) 1, Zane Smith, 38, Michael Roberts Construction Ford, 200, 1, 4, 1, 55, 1, 45, Running
10) 8, Tyler Ankrum, 16, LiUNA! Toyota, 200, 10, , , , , 28, Running
11) 16, Ty Majeski, 66, American Racing Wheels Toyota, 200, , 6, , , , 31, Running
12) 7, Christian Eckes, 98, TSPORT/Curb Records Toyota, 200, 6, 2, , , , 39, Running
13) 6, Stewart Friesen, 52, Halmar International Toyota, 200, 2, , , , , 33, Running
14) 10, Derek Kraus, 19, NAPA AutoCare Chevrolet, 200, 7, , , , , 27, Running
15) 23, Matt Dibenedetto, 25, Rackley Roofing/WAR Shocks Chevrolet, 200, , 7, , , , 26, Running
16) 18, Parker Kligerman, 75, Food Country USA Chevrolet, 200, , 8, , , , 24, Running
17) 9, Carson Hocevar, 42, Premier Security Solutions Chevrolet, 200, , 3, 1, 1, , 28, Running
18) 26, Colby Howard, 91, Gates Hydraulics Chevrolet, 200, , , , , , 19, Running
19) 31, Hailie Deegan, 1, Wastequip Ford, 200, , , , , , 18, Running
20) 15, Lawless Alan #, 45, AUTOParkIt.com Chevrolet, 200, , , , , , 17, Running
21) 13, Tanner Gray, 15, Black's Tire Ford, 200, 8, , , , , 19, Running
22) 21, Tate Fogleman, 30, Rangeline Group Toyota, 200, , , , , , 15, Running
23) 20, Timmy Hill, 56, Hill Motorsports Toyota, 200, , , , , , 14, Running
24) 35, Bret Holmes, 32, Holmes II Excavation Chevrolet, 199, , , , , , 13, Running
25) 27, Chase Janes, 33, ButlerBuilt Chevrolet, 199, , , , , , 12, Running
26) 19, Taylor Gray, 17, Ford Performance Ford, 198, , 10, , , , 12, Running
27) 25, Jesse Little, 02, SkuttleTight Chevrolet, 198, , , , , , 10, Running
28) 30, Blake Lothian, 43, The Texas Lawbook Toyota, 198, , , , , , 9, Running
29) 17, Chase Purdy, 61, Bama Buggies Toyota, 197, 9, , , , , 10, Running
30) 14, Kris Wright, 44, F.N.B. Corporation Chevrolet, 195, , , , , , 7, Running
31) 22, Austin Wayne Self, 22, GOTEXAN/AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet, 157, , , , , , 6, Brakes
32) 33, Dillon Steuer, 20, RANDCO Industries Chevrolet, 122, , , , , , 5, Accident
33) 24, Spencer Boyd, 12, Rimtyme Chevrolet, 119, , , , , , 4, Electrical
34) 34, Kaden Honeycutt, 46, Toyota, 107, , , , , , 3, Accident
35) 29, Jack Wood #, 24, Chevyliners.com Chevrolet, 26, , , , , , 2, Accident
36) 28, Dean Thompson #, 40, Worldwide Express Chevrolet, 13, , , , , , 1, Electrical
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie
Starting Line Up: 2nd Annual Call 811 Before You Dig 250 Powered by Call811.com, Martinsville Speedway
RICHMOND, VA – RIS – William Byron was leading the Toyota Owners 500, but Martin Truex, Jr., Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick were closing in. With five laps to go, Hamlin got by Byron and Harvick came along as they finished one-two in the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Cup race at Richmond Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The race featured four sets of green-flag pit stops and a whole lot of tire strategy, Hamlin closed the huge gap between Byron and teammate Martin Truex Jr., passing Truex on the outside and Byron shortly thereafter. He then held off a challenge from Harvick, a three-time winner at Richmond.
RICHMOND, VA – RIS – In the end, it came down to two drivers, Ty Gibbs and John Hunter Nemechek, who had fought all day. On the final lap, Gibbs “moved” Nemechek to win an Xfinity race at Richmond Raceway. Nemechek was not amused.
(Richmond, VA – Apr 2, 2022 – RIS) Ryan Blaney and William Byron capped the second round of qualifying for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway, with Blaney capturing his third straight pole position in the first season for NASCAR's NextGen race car.