BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Christopher Bell won his third consecutive Cup pole of 2023 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday. Bell did it with a fast lap of 126.997 mph. He’s the first driver to sweep the pole awards in the opening round of the playoffs.
Cup / Xfinity / Truck News
(BRISTOL, TN – SEPT 15, 2023 – RIS) Cole Custer ruled qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Food City 200, running his Mobil 1 Mustang to a lap of 15.684 seconds at 122.341 mph to beat out Josh Berry for pole by 0.028 second. John Hunter Nemechek, Chandler Smith and Daniel Hemric balance out the top five qualifiers for Friday’s race.
(BRISTOL, TN – SEP 14, 2023 – RIS) Corey Heim used a daring low-lane pass over Christian Eckes to lead only the final six laps of the UNOH 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck race at Bristol Motor Speedway. In scoring his third victory of the season, Heim locked himself into one of the spots going into the championship finale at Phoenix to end the season.
(BRISTOL, TN – SEPT 14, 2023 – RIS) Christian Eckes headed both the practice session and time trials for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series UNOH 200 race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
(KANSAS CITY, KS – SEPT 10, 2023 – RIS) Tyler Reddick gave 23XI Racing a victory in the team’s hundredth race, sweeping into the lead after a late race restart to lead only two laps of the 268 rounds in a green-white-checker overtime. Thew win moves Reddick on to the round of twelve in the Playoffs for the NASCAR Cup championship.
KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – It was no contest. John Hunter Nemechek dominated the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway Saturday while the elimination race left some drivers ineligible for a championship in 2023.
KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – It’s become a habit for Christopher Bell. Today, he won the pole position for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. This week at Kansas Speedway, Bell qualified fastest with the only lap over 180 mph at 180.276. Last week’s winner Kyle Larson joins fellow dirt racer Bell on the front row, running a lap of 179.826 mph. Martin Truex Jr. qualified third at 178.767 mph.
KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Christiam Eckes took his three wide with Zane Smith and Cory Heim and won the playoff NASCAR Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway on Friday night. Eckes lined up fourth on the final restart with Corey Heim out front. He went to the outside of Heim and Zane Smith in Turn 3 and the three briefly bounced off each other before Eckes darted to the inside to clear them both for the lead.
KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Chase Purdy will start first in tonight’s Craftsman Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway. Purdy clocked in at 176.292 mph to earn his first career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pole on Friday, Sept. 8. Only Nick Sanchez, who will line up alongside him Friday night starting second, was able to reach the 176 mph range with him.
DARLINGTON, SC – RIS – Early on, it looked like the NASCAR Cup Series Cook Out Southern 500 was going to be a repeat of Denny Hamlin’s win in the Xfinity Series race on Saturday, but a vibration during the race left him far behind, leaving it up to Kyle Larson to be the dominator and that’s the story of the day. The driver of the No.5 Chevrolet held off Tyler Reddick and Chris Buescher for the victory.
DARLINGTON, SC – RIS – Denny Hamlin came on late, and won the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway on Saturday. He passed Austin Hill with only a lap left to go to win his 6th Xfinity race of his career at the “Track too tough to tame” on Saturday. The margin of victory was 0.657 seconds,
Bell, Hamlin and Reddick Lead Toyota Top Three Sweep at Darlington Cup Qualifying; Nemechek Heads Xfinity Field
Bell, Hamlin and Reddick Lead Toyota Top Three Sweep at Darlington Cup Qualifying; Nemechek Heads Xfinity Field
(MILWAUKEE, WI – AUG 27, 2023 – RIS) Grant Enfinger won the pole position in qualifying, both stages and led 96 laps on his way to victory in the Clean Harbors 175 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the Milwaukee Mile. As a warmup for the day’s feature race on the historic flat oval, he also ran to a fifth-place finish in the ARCA Menards Series Sprecher 150 earlier Sunday.
(MILWAUKEE, WI – AUG 27, 2023 – RIS) Grant Enfinger claimed his first pole of the season and sixth career Craftsman Truck Series pole, beating out rookie Nick Sanchez by a thin sixty thousandths of a second on America’s oldest speedway with a lap of 29.744 seconds and 122.848 mph. The pole for GMS Racing came just after the announcement that the team will be closing down at the end of the current racing season.
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – AUG 26, 2023 – RIS) Chris Buescher scored his third race of 2023, his first NASCAR Cup series superspeedway win and fifth career victory with a push from team co-owner Brad Keselowski, leading only the final two laps of the Coke Zero Sugar 400 in an overtime finish of a race slowed by only a pair of inciden cautions. One of those cautions ended the second stage as well, and included a red flag for a multi-car crash involving almost half the field as they approached the stage-ending flag. The second incident was the spectacular barrel-roll by Ryan Preece in the grass on the back straight.
(MILWAUKEE, WI - AUG 26, 2023 - RIS) Ty Majeski topped practice for Sunday's Clean Harbors 175 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on the historic Milwaukee Mile. A thin 0.031 second back was rookie Nick Sanchez, with Carson Hocevar, Matt DiBenedetto and Zane Smith completing the top five in practice. Corey Heim put his truck in sixth, with the top six drivers all Playoffs contenders for the series championship.
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – AUG 25, 2023 – RIS) Justin Allgaier had to serve a pass-through penalty at the start of the Wawa 250 after the No. 7 Jr Motorsports car failed inspection before qualifying but that never dampened his optimism and he drove to the front, eventually winning the race in a pair of overtime restarts by just inches over Sheldon Creed. The top five finishers were Allgaier, Creed, Daniel Hemric, Parker Kligerman and Cole Custer, with Parker Retzlaff, Ryan Sieg, Anthony Alfredo, Gray Gaulding and Justin Haley rounding out the top ten.
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – AUG 25, 2023 – RIS) Chase Briscoe and Aric Almirola clinched the front row for Stewart-Haas Racing by qualifying one-two for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona in the final regular season race for NASCAR’s Cup Series, leading up to the Playoffs for the season championship. Briscoe’s lap of 49.4999 seconds was 0.035 second quicker than Almirola’s, after the pair ran first and seventh in the first round of qualifying.
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – AUG 25, 2023 – RIS) RCR cars occupy the front row of the Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Xfinity race at Daytona with Austin Hill on the pole and Sheldon Creed next to him. Hill headed the first session's times, followed by Chandler Smith, who qualified fourth for the regular season final race. Qualifying for the 100-lap race over Daytona's oval was single-car runs, with Jordan Anderson and Ryan Sieg starting at the end of the pack after failing tech inspection.
It’s Win Five for the No. 24 at Watkins Glen
(WATKINS GLEN, NY – AUG 20, 2023 – RIS) William Byron seemed to channel his mentor’s road course skills in dominating the Go Bowling at the Glen NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen’s historic road course in New York’s Fingerlakes region. Chase Elliott’s woes continued as he coasted to a halt at the Bus Stop chicane on the back straight, out of fuel on lap 57 and had to be pushed to the pits for the only caution flag of the race.
WATKINS GLEN, NY – RIS – Sam Mayer won the NASCAR Xfinity ace at Watkins Glen International on Saturday in what amounted to a wreck fest in the final laps. Ty Gibbs dominated the race, but in overtime, it was Mayer exercising a little payback on Gibbs. Mayer spun race leader and archrival Ty Gibbs following a late restart in the Xfinity Series race at Watkins Glen International on Saturday and went on to win for the second time in four weeks.
WATKINS GLEN, NY -RIS – Denny Hamlin won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen International Raceway., with a fast lap in the final round of qualifying. It is Denny's fourth pole of the season and the 40th of his NASCAR Cup career. This will be the second time Hamlin starts on pole at Watkins Glen, where he has one victory in 2016. William Byron joins Hamlin on the front row, as the battle between Joe Gibbs Racing and Hendrick Motorsports rolls on. It was Hamlin’s 40th pole in his career.
WATKINS GLEN, NY – RIS - Ty Gibbs who led the way in qualifying with a speed of 125.019 mph. It’s the first pole for Gibbs in his limited 2023 Xfinity schedule, and his first since winning the Xfinity championship at Phoenix Raceway last November.
SPEEDWAY, IN - RIS -With one of the top road racers in NASCAR breathing down his neck, Michael McDowell stayed cool, calm, and collected. McDowell held off Chase Elliott on a last lap charge to score the win in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway infield road course.
Chase Elliott finished in second, with pole sitter Daniel Suarez in third, Tyler Reddick in fourth, and Alex Bowman in fifth.
SPEEDWAY, IN – RIS – Ty Gibbs watched favorite A.J. Allmendinger win the first two stages and then ran away with the final run to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race featured a 43-minute weather delay which made the competitors start on rain tires, but shortly thereafter, the field put on slicks to run the rest of the race.
SPEEDWAY, IN - -Daniel Suarez will lead the field to green at Indianapolis the road course for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race.. Suarez won the pole Saturday with a lap of 99.814 mph. This is his third career pole and his first since Kentucky in 2019. Tyler Reddick qualified second with a lap of 99.649 mph.
INDIANPOLIS, IN – RIS – AJ Allmendinger will lead the field for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Allmendinger, the defending winner at the road course, won the pole with a lap of 92.985 mph. This is his third consecutive Xfinity pole at Indianapolis. He finished second and first in the last two races at the track. Ty Gibbs will start second with a lap of 92.352 mph.
(BROWNSBURG, IN – AUG 11, 2023 – RIS) Ty Majeski scored the first win of the 2023 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series playoffs in dominant fashion, leading 179 of the 200 laps on Indianapolis Raceway Park’s .686-mile oval. Only Christian Eckes and Corey Heim led any other laps in the TSport 200. “That was awesome,” said Majeski after the race. “This is just the start of our playoff run.”
(INDIANAPOLIS, IN – AUG 11, 2023 – RIS) Christian Eckes sped his NAPA Auto Care Chevy to the pole position for the TSport 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Indianapolis Raceway Park. In the top ten qualifiers, only three are not Playoffs-qualified: rookies Rajah Caruth in fourth and Jake Garcia in seventh with William Sawalich tenth. Shane Van Gisbergen, winner of the NASCAR Cup Series street race at Chicago, will roll off in 28th position at the start.
(BROOKLYN, MI – AUG 7, 2023 – RIS) Chris Buescher captured his second-consecutive NASCAR Cup Series victory, out-racing the charging Martin Truex Jr to win the rain-interrupted Firekeepers 400. The win moves Buescher up two spots in points to eleventh place.
(BROOKLYN, MI – AUG 6, 2023 – RIS) Rain interrupted the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway after 74 of the scheduled 200 laps with Tyler Reddick ahead of the field, followed by Alex Bowman, with Kyle Larson next. Martin Truex Jr and Erik Jones completed the top five at the time the race was halted due to the precipitation.
BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – An early spin didn’t slow John Hunter Nemechek down and he went on to win the Cabo Wabo 250 Xfinity Series race at Michigan International Speedway. The Race began with a pair of JR Motorsports drivers separating themselves from the pack, as Justin Allgaier got the better of pole-sitter Josh Berry when the green flag dropped. From there it was matter of three drivers-Nemechek led 65 laps, Justin Allgaier 32 laps, and Ty Gibbs 22 laps.
(BROOKLY, MI – AUG 5, 2023 – RIS) Christopher Bell drove the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Rheem Toyota to the fastest time in qualifying for the FireKeepers Casino 400 with his time of 37.232 seconds at 193.382 mph. This is sixth career pole and second of the 2023 season. Bell’s front row partner at the start of Sunday’s race will be Ross Chastain, lapping just 0.027 second slower in the No 1 Jockey Chevy. Top rookie qualifier Ty Gibbs and Chris Buescher occupy the second row with Martin Truex Jr and Joey Logano in the third row. William Byron, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott round out the top ten qualifiers.
(BROOKLYN, MI – AUG 4, 2023 – RIS) Justin Allgaier beat out the competition in practice for Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Cabo Wabo 250 by nearly two-tenths of a second ahead of Sammy Smith, but in qualifying, Josh Berry was almost another second quicker, at 37.985 seconds and 189.549 mph, beating Allgaier to the pole. Allgaier’s time was even quicker than his practice time, at 38.239 seconds and 188.289 mph and beat Austin Hill’s time by 0.022 second. Sam Mayer, last week’s race winner, starts fourth and Riley Herbst will line up in fifth position for the race.
RICHMOND, VA – RIS – Chris Buescher rallied the RFK Ford team with a convincing victory in Richmond Raceway’s Cook Out 400 Cup Series race on Sunday. Buescher pulled away on a restart with three laps to go and won at Richmond Raceway on Sunday, earning himself a spot in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Buescher led 88 laps. He was ahead by nearly six seconds when a caution came out with under 10 laps to go. That erased his sizeable lead over local favorite Denny Hamlin, but when the race went back to green, Buescher pulled away easily. The Texan driver had never led a lap at the 0.75-mile, D-shaped oval before Sunday’s Cook Out 400, but the No. 17 RFK Racing Ford paced the field for 88 of 400
RICHMOND, VA – RIS – Carson Hocevar was the winner in the NASCAR Craftsman truck race Saturday night at Richmond Raceway. Hocevar stormed past Ty Majeski with four laps remaining to win the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series regular-season finale at Richmond Raceway on Saturday night.
(ELKHART LAKE, WI – JULY 20, 2023 – RIS) Sam Mayer returned to his childhood home area to win the Road America 180 NASCAR Xfinity Series race in a thrilling overtime finish ahead of Parker Kligerman and Austin Hill after Justin Allgaier slid off the track and Sage Karam erred in the last turn of the white flag lap to allow Mayer around into the lead.
RICHMOND, VA – RIS – Tyler Reddick won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Richm9ond Raceway. He turned a lap at 23.749 seconds. Reddick scraped the wall earlier in the first round qualifying session, but that didn’t make a difference as he went to the top of the grid. Kyle Busch finished with the second-fastest time in the final round of qualifying and will join Reddick on the front row.
Allmendinger Moonlights to Xfinity Pole at Road America
(ELKHART LAKE, WI – JULY 28, 2023 – RIS) AJ Allmendinger, taking Saturday’s race day off of his driving duties in the Cup Series race at Richmond, ran third-fastest in practice over Road America’s four-mile road course, then advanced to second place in Round 1 of qualifying before setting the fastest time of the day in the second round of time trials, eventually clocking a lap of 2 min,10.768 sec at 111.440 mph on the newly-repaved track.
LONG POND, PA – RIS – Denny Hamlin battled with Kyle Larson for the win on the last lap of the NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday. It was Hamlin’s 50 career Cup win and the 600th win for Toyota in racing. Hamlin led just nine of the 160 laps, pushing his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to a record seventh Pocono victory. His win on Sunday’s HighPoint.com 400 was his second of the Cup Series season, and it ended with a combined yellow and checkered flag after Ryan Preece’s spin and stall on the final lap.