LOUDON, NH – RIS – Brad Keselowski won for the third time since NASCAR shut the series down in a Cup Race at New Hampshire’s one-mile track. The 2012 Cup champion took the checkered flag at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, beating Hamlin by 1.647 seconds after trading the lead with him for most of the 301-lap race.
Cup / Xfinity / Truck News
(KANSAS CITY, KS - JULY 25, 2020 - RIS) Brandon Jones surprised the field with a seventh-to-first charge on a late race overtime restart to take his second race win at Kansas and his third career series win. Austin Cindric dominated the race, leading 131 laps of the 175 total. Leading only the last two laps, Jones said that the win was due to being "just in position there. I didn't think the bottom was going to roll like it did. The top was pretty dominant all day. Just kind of depended on how your balance was and it really fired off the best we have all day. It was a group effort there, it wasn't just me right there. It was an adjustment made and I think it really shows that we continue to make speed and keep our heads in the game."
(LEVEL CROSS, NC - July 25 - RIS)The Petty family announces with great sadness the loss of Maurice Petty, who died peacefully on Saturday, July 25, 2020. Maurice, a stock-car racing pioneer whose career supplied the horsepower that propelled Petty Enterprises to victories, passed away surrounded by family earlier this morning. He was 81-years old.
(KANSAS CITY, KS - JULY 25, 2020 - RIS) Matt Crafton, defending NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series champion, returned to Victory Lane today after a three-year absence, winning the e.p.t. 200 race over rookie Christian Eckes.
(KANSAS CITY, KS - JULY 24, 2020 - RIS) Austin Hill dominated the Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race, leading 65 of the 134 laps.
(KANSAS CITY, KS - JULY 23, 2020 - RIS) Denny Hamlin put emphasis on his 2020 season, winning the Super Start Batteries 400 NASCAR Cup Series race, powering around Kevin Harvick for the fifth win this year for the No. 11 Toyota.
FORT WORTH, TX – RIS - Austin Dillon stayed in front after a restart with two laps to go and beat rookie Tyler Reddick to the checkered flag at Texas, giving Richard Childress Racing a 1-2 NASCAR Cup finish and quite a show for spectators spread out in the stands on a sweltering Sunday. It was the third career win for Dillon, the last coming in 2018.
FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Kyle Busch finished first in the Xfinity race early today, but in post-race inspection, his car was too low and he was disqualified, but he had another race to run Saturday night. The NASCAR Outdoors Series race was next on his schedule and he was up to the task, winning in a battle with his teammate over the final 10 laps. Upon being congratulated by an NBC commentator, Busch said, “Technically, I haven’t won yet, so put it over the sticks,” apparently meaning his KBM Toyota had not passed inspection yet.
Kyle Busch won the My Bariatric 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race with his 98th career series win - until the post-race inspection found his car in violation of the height rules, handing Austin Cindric his third-straight series win after the young driver swept last week's pair of races at Kentucky Speedway.
BRISTOL, TN - RIS - Chase Elliott won the 2020 NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, which was hosting the event for the first time. It was just the second time in All-Star Race history that it was not at Charlotte Motor Speedway (Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1986).Elliott also took home the $1 million prize awaiting the victor.
Almirola, Byron win first two Open stages, DiBenedetto wins final stage and Clint Bowyer moved into the 2020 NASCAR All-Star by winning the fan vote.
SPARTA, KY – RIS – Rookie Cole Custer, running the No. 41 SHR Ford was in sixth place before the final restart from the outside. The determined young man passed both Martin Truex, Jr Kevin Harvick, and Ryan Blaney to win his first NASCAR Cup race at Kentucky Speedway. His passes were good enough for him to cruise to the finish.
SPARTA. KY – RIS - Sheldon Creed won his first career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck race on Saturday when ran and lightening made it impossible to continue at the end of the second stage. NASCAR rules say race is official at halfway or the end of the second stage. Rain has been a constant factor during the NASCAR season. Creed won, taking the second stage just before the thunderstorm hit the track.
SPARTA, KY – RIS – Austin swept the second of two NASCAR Xfinity races tonight in a show of pure domination. It was the first time anyone had won races on consecutive nights at the same track since Richard Petty did it way back in 1971 – 49 years ago. The No. 22 Team Penske Ford led 130 laps of 200 overall, including the last 43 to capture his second checkered flag of the 2020 season.
SPARTA, KY – RIS – With the first two stages being dominated by Noah Gragson, it looked like another non-winning night on an oval by Austin Cindric, but the final stage was a very different matter, but it was not easy.
WATKINS GLEN, NY - RIS - The following statement from Watkins Glen International was "As a result of the ongoing pandemic, NASCAR has realigned The Go Bowling at The Glen NASCAR weekend to the Daytona International Speedway road course. While we are disappointed that wewill not see our NASCAR fans at The Glen this year, we must proritize the health and safety of our attendees, competitors, and staff"
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – RIS – Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR Cup Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 for the second straight year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. It was Harvick’s fourth win of the season, and 53es of chis career, coming within one of NASCAR Hall of Fame member Lee Petty. Harvick led 68 of the 161 scheduled laps., besting Chase Elliott by 42 laps.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – RIS – Chase Briscoe dreamed of running at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The kid from Indiana wanted to win there in a stock car like Tony Stewart did. It happened in a wild run on the road course at Indy. The winner was celebrating and kissing the bricks on a day where he almost gave it away but fought back and won.
NASCAR Cancels 2020 Champion's Week
Due to the continuing, and in some areas, accelerating, COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR announced Monday that the 2020 Champion's Week and associated events will not be held in Nashville. Some sort of celebrations may be held but plans are not yet finalized.
Here is NASCAR's statement:
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 29, 2020) – "With the uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus and the impact on the industry, this year’s NASCAR Champion’s Week and NASCAR Cup Series Awards originally scheduled to take place in Nashville will not occur. The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series champions will be celebrated at the end of the season with more details to come. We look forward to returning to Nashville in 2021."
When further details are announced, we will post them.
LONG POND, PA – RIS – Denny Hamlin, a runner-up in yesterday’s NASCAR Cup race won at Pocono Raceway by turning the tables on Kevin Harvick on Sunday. Harvick won Saturday’s race with Hamlin second. The second race in two days found Hamlin winning and Harvick second. Apparently, both teams and drivers know their way around this 2.5-mile triangle.
LONG POND, PA – RIS – Chase Briscoe passed Ross Chastain on the first of two overtime laps and drove away to the lead to win the NASCAR Xfinity race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday. Briscoe overcame speeding in the pits and a blown tire, but with a fast Ford Mustang, he was able to score his fourth win of the season. The race went two extra laps past the scheduled 90 laps due to a late caution that saw Chad Finchum hit the wall with five laps to go.
(LONG POND, PA - JUNE 28, 2020 - RIS) The Pocono triple-header opening race went to Brandon Jones for his career-first Truck Series win, a mark he also set for his entire crew. The race was delayed a day after persistent weather problems on Saturday forced the race to be delayed until Sunday morning. Jones had to dash from his truck to the Xfinity garage, where his car waited for a seventh-place finish.
LONG POND, PA – RIS - Kevin Harvick won the Cup Series race on Saturday at Pocono Raceway. Harvick had lost all 38 races at the tri-oval track. Denny Hamlin was second and Aric Almirola third.
Harvick starts 20th on Sunday for the second Cup race of the weekend with the field set by inverting the lead-lap finishers from race No. 1.
Ryan Preece finished 20th and will start on the pole Sunday.
(TALLADEGA, AL - JUN 22, 2020 - RIS) Ryan Blaney overcame rain, fuel mileage doubts and challenges to win the Geico 500 in front of NASCAR's first race before paying customers since March. "I just kind of blocked, just trying to block the best we could," said Blaney in Victory Lane. "Ride the top, ride the bottom. The 20 got to my outside and I tried to go up there to slow him down and I'm not sure, I don't know three-wide, I hate that I hit him, but just kind of trying to beat and bang to the line and things like that. We just edged it out, but I'm really proud of this whole Menards/Sylvania Ford Mustang team. It's been a cool year so far and I'm really excited to get our first win of the year at a cool place. Thank you everybody for coming. I appreciate it you sticking around. That was a lot of fun."
TALLADEGA, AL - RIS - The NASCAR Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway has been postponed until 3 p.m. ET. Monday. The race will air on Fox and Motor Racing Network.
TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Justin Haley won his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series race Saturday afternoon in a three-lap shootout. Haley started in second place and passed Jeb Burton and held the lead until the checkers. He beat teammate Ross Chastain, Jeb Burton, Austin Cindric and Brett Moffitt, who finished in the top five.
(BRISTOL, TN - JUN 15, 2020 - RIS) For the first time since its 1986 running at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the 2020 NASCAR All-Star race will not be held at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This year, the July 15 Wednesday evening event will be held at Bristol Motor Speedway, with the stands open to 30,000 fans.
Hamlin Sweeps Miami
(HOMESTEAD, FL - JUN 14, 2020 - RIS) Denny Hamlin welcomed crew chief Chris Gabehart back to the track after a four-race suspension in the strongest way possible, winning both stages and the race at the Dixie Vodka 400, his fortieth career win and third of the 2020 season, beating out Chase Elliott by 0.895 sec at the checkered flag. Ryan Blaney followed in third, with Tyler Reddick and Aric Almirola completing the top five. "This one was real special," said a smiling Hamlin after the race. "I knew that if I was just patient and ran the pace that I wanted and the pace I was comfortable with, we were going to be hard to beat in the long run.
HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – In a race that seems was destined to be Noah Gragson’s, Austin Cindric brought out the caution by spinning. That means an overtime period because Gragson didn't reach the last lap white flag. It happened again in the first overtime, and Chase Briscoe was up to the task and won the first half of a Sunday double-dip. It was Briscoe’s third win of the season. Gragson saw a huge lead slip away in the final laps for the second consecutive day.
Homestead, FL – RIS – Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Baptist Health 200 Truck Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday night, his 58th career win on the circuit and his eighth victory in his last 10 trucks starts. He’d been winless in his last two outings, which — by his standards behind the wheel of a truck — constitutes a drought.
HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS -Harrison Burton prevailed in a three-wide, frantic push to the checkered flag to win Saturday's Hooters 250 on a restart with only two laps remaining in the first event of a NASCAR Xfinity Series doubleheader weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. A late caution flag gave Harrison Burton new life, and he took advantage.
MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Martin Truex won the NASCAR Cup race on Wednesday night on a historic night for NASCAR and Martinsville Speedway. It was the first race under the lights at historic Martinsville Speedway, which hosted its first NASCAR race in 1949, and it came on a day when NASCAR made a monumental announcement to ban the Confederate flag.
HAMPTON, GA – RIS – It was another runaway in a NASCAR Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Harvick led 151 of the 325-lap race and ran away from the field after the final pit stop. Competing again in front of empty grandstands, Harvick won for the second time since NASCAR returned from the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, adding to his emotional victory at Darlington in the first race back. Harvick now has three victories in Atlanta, following up his triumphs in 2001 and 2018.
HAMPTON, GA – RIS - AJ Allmendinger showed Saturday he still has a lot of racing success left in him, winning the Echo Park 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Grant Enfinger passed Austin Hill on the last lap of overtime to win the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Vet Tix 200 truck race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The green-white-checker finish gave Enfinger his fourth career win and second this season (he also won the 2020 opener at Daytona). It also was Ford’s first-ever Truck Series win at the 1.54-mile track in Hampton, Georgia. Enfinger passed hill on the outside, which is known as not as fast as the inside lane. Enfinger just powered through to make the pass and was never headed.
BRISTOL, TN – RIS – In a race so similar to what we used to see at Bristol Motor Speedway, Noah Gragson muscled past Jason Allgaier to win the Cheddar’s 300 in a NASCAR Xfinity Series race. The track appeared to have one fast way around, and that was the inside line, just like the days before the track was changed several years ago.
BRISTOL, TN – RIS – After Brad Keselowski stepped from his No. 22 Ford Mustang, he said “I think this whole Discount Tire team is going to Las Vegas tonight. Are they open?” It was an apt comment since the blind draw for the pole position, and the wreck between his teammate and Chase Elliott was the reason for his victory. Keselowski was running behind the two, pushed the gas for the final three laps and took the checkered flag.
(BRISTOL, VA - MAY 30 - RIS) Following a seventh place finish in the rain-delayed ALSCO Uniforms 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Brad Keselowski 'won' the draw for starting positions in Sunday's Supermarket Heroes 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
CONCORD, NC – RIS – Chase Elliott finally won a Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday night in the Alsco 5oo 500km race. He ran down Kevin Harvick in the closing laps for his first victory of the 2020 season. Elliott had near won the Coca-Cola 600 on Monday, but late-race scrap with Kyle Busch ended his effort.
Rain Postpones Alsco Uniforms 500 Until Thursday
(CONCORD, NC - MAY 27, 2020 - RIS) With continued inclement weather around the track, NASCAR has postponed the Alsco Uniforms 500 until Thursday.