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Gragson Wins at Bristol for His Second Win of 2020

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.  

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Volume 2020, Issue 6, Posted 10:53 PM, 06.01.2020

Brad Keselowski Steals Bristol when Chase Elliott and Joey Logano Wreck

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.

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 8:51 PM, 05.31.2020

Brad Keselowski Starts on Bristol Pole

(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. 

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 8:43 PM, 05.30.2020

Chase Elliott Wins the NASCAR Cup Alsco Uniforms 500 at Charlotte

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. 

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 12:19 AM, 05.29.2020

Byron on Pole for Rescheduled Alsco Uniforms 500

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.

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 9:54 PM, 05.27.2020

Chase Elliott Edges Kyle Busch in Bounty Truck Race at CMS

CONCORD, NC – RIS – Chase Elliott won the bounty in a narrow victory over Kyle Busch in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Gander Outdoors NASCAR truck race on Tuesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Elliott, John Hunter Nemechek and Brennan Poole were vying for a bounty placed on Busch, who was aiming for his eighth straight Gander Trucks victory, a streak dating back to 2018. The $100,000 prize was set by Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick and Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis, who each placed $50,000 in the pot for an eligible Cup Series driver who could best Busch in a Gander Trucks race.

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 11:31 PM, 05.26.2020

Jimmie Johnson Moved to Last After No. 48 Fails Post Race Tech

NASCAR.com Report May 25, 2020 at 1:59 AM: NASCAR officials disqualified the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet after post-race inspection at Charlotte Motor Speedway, striking Jimmie Johnson from a second-place finish in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 3:00 PM, 05.26.2020

Kyle Bush's Pass in Overtime Propels Him to Xfinity Win in Charlotte

CONCORD, NC - RIS - Kyle Busch led a lot of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte on Monday night, but a speeding penalty on pit road made things interesting.  A large multi-car accident slowed things down with Busch in second behind Austin Cindric.  On the last lap of overtime, Busch got by and rolled to the win.  Cindric wound up third.

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 11:52 PM, 05.25.2020

Keselowski Wins the Coca-Cola 600 in Overtime

CONCORD, NC - RIS -Brad Keselowski won the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night after battles with Chase Elliott and Martin Truex, Jr. With Elliott leading, a spin by William Byron brought out the caution and sent the race into a two-lap overtime.  While Chase Elliott pitted for tires, Keselowski stayed out on the track and assumed the lead.  The shootout that followed proved Keselowski’s crew chief as Keselowski was never headed to score the 31st win of his career and his first of 2020 for the 2015 champion.

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 1:25 AM, 05.25.2020

Chase Briscoe Holds Off Kyle Busch for Darlington Xfinity Win

DARLINGTON, SC – RIS – During a heart-braking week for Chase and Marissa Briscoe, Chase held off all-time winner Kyle Busch to win the Toyota 200 NASCAR Xfinity race at Darlington Raceway on Thursday.  A 10-lap shootout between Briscoe, Justin Allgaier, and Busch turned into a last lap shootout between the driver with the most Xfinity career wins (Busch), and a 23 year old driver who had recently heard the worst news of his life (Briscoe). Running side-by-side the entire last lap, Briscoe was able to win.  The tire marks on the side of his car showed how difficult it was.

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 8:01 PM, 05.21.2020

Hamlin Wins Rain-Shortened Darlington Race

DARLINGTON, SC – RIS – Denny Hamlin won the Toyota 500 NASCAR Cup race on Wednesday night in a rain-shortened event.  Hamlin was leading when late in the race, Kyle Busch clipped Chase Elliott, knocking him out of the race.  The ensuing rains came while the field was under caution when another cell of rain wet the racing surface.  There were 20 laps to go when the race was halted.

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 12:04 AM, 05.21.2020

Kevin Harvick Wins Darlington as NASCAR Returns

RAINELLE, WV – RIS -  Today was a banner day.  NASCAR was the first major sport to go back live with an event since most which meant they were under the microscope.  Everyone wanted to see if the drivers had lost a step, and how safe would be.  Everyone from the NBA, MLB, NBA, and others were watching.  The stands were empty, drivers and crews wore masks, and so did reporters, as few as there were. A big audience of viewers saw a good race. 

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 10:20 PM, 05.17.2020

NASCAR Schedule Announced Through June 21st

NASCAR has released a new schedule through late June in its effort to run 36 races this year.  It’s quite ambitious and a sign that NASCAR’s national series will continue to be as normal as possible in the coming weeks.   The new schedule is as follows:

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 6:20 PM, 05.14.2020

More Schedule Changes for NASCAR National Series Races Announced

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – NASCAR announced several schedule changes on Thursday, including the elimination of some races.  Earlier, the sanctioning body an early schedule of races at Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Adding to that announcement is the elimination of races at Richmond Speedway, the road race at Sonoma, and the lone race at Chicagoland Speedway.  The details are listed below.

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 12:48 PM, 05.10.2020

The Sad Saga of Kyle Larson

RAINELLE, WV - RIS - It’s amazing how things have changed since the beginning of March.  After the March 8th NASCAR Cup series race at Phoenix no one has been racing.  Joey Logano had won his second (of the four events run) race.  Other winners were Denny Hamlin, Alex Bowman, and William Byron.  It looked like Team Penske, and Hendrix Motorsports has found their mojo.  The racing stopped then and there., It had been a noticeable season already.  Ryan Newman had survived a crash that this old writer thought was fatal.  A promising season was halted because of the pandemic called the Corona virus.

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Volume 2020, Issue 4, Posted 11:39 PM, 04.14.2020

Logano Overcomes Problems and Wins Cup Race at Phoenix Speedway

AVONDALE, AZ – RIS -Joey Logano had his share of bad luck in the Ticket Guard 500 NASCAR Cup race, but recovered from each to win his second race of the season. An uncontrolled tire sent Joey Logano to the rear of the field. A broken jack cost him time on pit road, and an overtime restart put the field on his back bumper.

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Volume 2020, Issue 3, Posted 11:00 PM, 03.08.2020

Brandon Jones Passes Kyle Busch for Phoenix Xfinity Win

AVONDALE, AZ - RIS - Brandon Jones passed Kyle Busch with 20 laps to go and held on to win Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Phoenix Raceway. It was Jones’ second career win in 141 Xfinity starts. His previous win came last October at Kansas.

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Volume 2020, Issue 3, Posted 10:31 PM, 03.07.2020

Elliott Nips Harvick for Phoenix Pole

AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Chase Elliott was able to outrun Phoenix master Kevin Harvick after Harvick tested the top and Elliott followed him.  Elliott won the pole position for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Speedway.  Harvick will start beside Elliott when they come to the green flag.

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Volume 2020, Issue 3, Posted 10:02 PM, 03.07.2020

18-Inch Centerlock Wheels Coming With Next Gen NASCAR Racer

NASCAR Cup Series Next Gen Goes To Center-Lock Wheels
Just one of numerous changes for 2021
(CONCORD, NC – MAR 5, 2020 – RIS) The Next Gen's fourth on-track test, scheduled this week at Auto Club Speedway saw NASCAR's 'Next Gen' car tested by William Byron on the new design's . The three previous tests featured a larger aluminum wheel, but with the five-lug pattern that's been used in NASCAR for decades.

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Volume 2020, Issue 3, Posted 4:48 PM, 03.05.2020

Alex Bowman Wins at Fontana

FONTANA, CA – RIS – Alex Bowman won his second career NASCAR Cup race by holding off the Busch brothers at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA.  Bowman had one of the fastest cars all weekend, but after Ryan Blaney had to pit late in the race for tires, the win was his. Coincidentally, Bowman’s contract is up at the end of the season.  Winning is imperative.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 11:00 PM, 03.01.2020

Harrison Burton Wins First Career Xfinity Race at Fontana

FONTANA, CA – RIS – Harrison Burton won his first career Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on Saturday.  Burton held off fellow Joe Gibbs Racing driver Riley Herbst in the closing laps of the race.  The 19-year-old Burton is the son of NASCAR veteran Jeff Burton, and he finished strong with an impressive final restart.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 9:10 PM, 02.29.2020

Bowyer Wins California Pole

FONTANA, CA – RIS – Clint Bowyer won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday at Auto Club Speedway.  He ran a lap of 40.086 seconds or 179.614 mph.  Six-time winner at the track, Jimmie Johnson was.007 seconds slower.  He will start on the front row with Bowyer.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 7:31 PM, 02.29.2020

Logano Takes the Pennzoil 400 at LVMS

LAS VEGAS< NV – RIS – Joey Logano missed a strategy call from his crew chief, but won the Pennzoil 400 NASCAR Cup race anyway.  Logano still wound up in victory lane for the second year in a row, winning a two-lap sprint to the finish that ended under caution after Logano had moved out to a large lead.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 9:13 PM, 02.23.2020

Briscoe Takes Las Vegas Xfinity Checker

(LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – FEB 23, 2020) Chase Briscoe gained only one net position in the rain delayed Boyd Gaming 300, but considering he started second on the field, his win capped a Ford sweep of the day. Joey Logano took his Ford to victory in the Pennzoil 400 earlier.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 11:13 PM, 02.23.2020

Kyle Busch Win Vegas Truck Race in Dominating Performance

LAS VEGAS, NV - RIS - Kyle Busch does what Kyle Busch does in truck races.  He dominated.  Johnny Sauter won the pole in a ThorSport Ford, butit was the Kyle Busch show. Busch ran away with the race at a large margin and the laps ran down. Put Busch in one of his own Kyle Busch Motorsports trucks, and he’s all but certain to win. That’s been the case for seven straight starts in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, counting Friday night’s victory in the Strat 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, his home track.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 1:55 AM, 02.22.2020

Denny Hamlin Wins Third Daytona 500, and NASCAR Nation's Thoughts move to Ryan Newman

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Denny Hamlin won the 2020  Daytona 500, but a crash at the end left everyone praying.  As Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman, and Ryan Blaney raced for the lead, Newman’s car flipped into the air and then was hit by Corie LaJoie’s car at full speed.  No injury report has been issued by NASCAR and Roush Fenway Racing as of this hour.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 10:06 PM, 02.17.2020

Noah Gragson Gets his First Victory in the Xfinity Series at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - Noah Gragson won his first NACAR Xfinity race on stock cars biggest showplace-Daytona International Speedway.  Gragson was min the lead when a caution came out do to a crash behind him.  The race finished under caution by rule.  It was business as usual.  JR Motorsports car, Chevrolet Camaro, and lots of crashes, a scenario that has gone on for the last three races at this 2.5-mile superspeedway. 

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 8:48 PM, 02.15.2020

Grant Enfinger Wins the Daytona Truck race by 1/100 of a Second

DAVTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Grant Enfinger won the NewEra 250 the old-fashioned way on Friday night.  In a side-by-side battle on the last lap in overtime. .Enfinger skillfully beat and banged on that final home stretch to win by 1/00 second.  It was Ford's 100the win in the NASCAR Outdoors truck series. Enfinger beat Jordan Anderson in a frantic push to the finish that drew sparks as the trucks banged back and forth.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 12:05 AM, 02.15.2020

Herbst Wins Daytona Truck Pole

Daytona Beach, FL - RIS - Riley Hebst won the pole for tonight's NextEra 250 Gander Outdoors truck race at Daytona International Speedway.  H will start alongside Brett Modditt at the start.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 11:32 PM, 02.14.2020

Logano Wins Bluegreen Daytona 500 Qualifying Race One with some help from Almirola

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Joey Logano rode the inside lane to win the first Bluegreen Vacations Duel one at Daytona International Speedway.  The Daytona 500 has a unique form of qualifying.  The field is split into two races, one led by the pole winner, and the other by the outside pole winner.  These races determine the starting lineup for the 500- mile race on Sunday.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 11:36 PM, 02.13.2020

William Byron Wins Duel Two at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - William Byron won the second Daytona 500 qualifying race Thursday night, beating Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Larson.  The 60-lap races set the field for the Daytona 500 raced on Sunday.  Byron led the final three laps after he passed Kevin Harvick for the lead with help from a push by Kurt Busch.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 11:55 PM, 02.13.2020

Hamlin Pushes Erik Jones to Clash Finish Line

Erik Jones Pushed to 42nd Annual Busch Clash At Daytona
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEB 9, 2020 – RIS) The original sponsor of the Busch Clash returned for the 2020 edition of SpeedWeeks at Daytona and the nickname for the event featuring last season's pole winners became somewhat appropriate again: "The Busch 'Crash'"returned with three major incidents punctuating the race. Erik Jones led only a single lap, and had to have help doing that, but he won the race.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 7:22 PM, 02.09.2020

Stenhouse Opens 2020 With Daytona 500 Pole

Stenhouse Puts JTG-Daugherty on the Daytona 500 pole

(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEB 9, 2020 – RIS) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, in his first drive for JTG-Daugherty Racing after transitioning from a ride with Roush, set a quick time of 0.730 sec quicker than the previous top qualifier, clocking a lap on the 2.5-mile Daytona Speedway of 46.253 sec over Tyler Reddick's lap. His reign on the pole lasted for the rest of the session as variable winds seemed to affect speeds. "It’s cool," said Stenhouse. "Tad (Geschickter, team owner) and (wife) Jodi are back at the shop with everybody. So. I’m just thankful for the opportunity to be here and to bring guys with me like Brian (Pattie, crew chief). They’ve been working really hard. They’re in my corner. They’ve been behind me throughout all my career. Ernie (Cope, competition director) runs a great organization and a great shop.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 4:01 PM, 02.09.2020

Junior Johnson - 1931-2019

(CONCORD, NC – RIS – DEC 21, 2019) The racing world has lost another superstar in Junior Johnson's passing Dec. 20 in a hospice center in Charlotte, NC. Starting his NASCAR racing career at Darlington in 1953, he won five races two seasons later and added 45 more victories to his career total. He is credited with discovering how to draft and slingshot and named one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers in 1998 and inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame as a member of the inaugural class of 2010.

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Volume 2019, Issue 12, Posted 4:37 PM, 12.22.2019

Hailie Deegan Signs with Ford Performance

CONCORD, NC - RIS -Hailie Deegan, who made NASCAR history when she became the first female driver to win a race in what is now known as the ARCA Menards Series West (formerly K&N Pro Series West) in 2018, has signed a development contract to drive with Ford Performance.

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Volume 2019, Issue 12, Posted 1:38 AM, 12.19.2019

Jimmie Johnson Will Retire After 2020 Season

RIS - In a surprise announcement,seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Champion announced today that the 2020 season will be his last season. He announced that 2020 will be the final year he will drive competitively on a full-time basis. He has been racing in NASCAR for 18 seasons and he's looking to win one more championship before he retires.

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Volume 2019, Issue 11, Posted 9:02 PM, 11.20.2019

Kyle Busch Wins the Ford Ecoboost 400 to Claim the 2019 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup

HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS- Kyle Busch won the Ford Ecoboost 400 going away at Miami-Homestead Speedway on Sunday and won the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship for the second time.  He was aided by his two teammates, and they had problems.  Martin Truex, Jr had to make an early pit stop because the wrong tires were installed, and Denny Hamlin for overheating in the final stage. Kevin Harvick, who had the only non-Toyota in the final four, finished fourth.

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Volume 2019, Issue 11, Posted 8:57 PM, 11.17.2019

Matt Crafton Wins the Championship as Austin Hill Wins at Homestead

HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS -Matt Crafton won the 2019 NASCAR Outdoors Truck Series driver championship by finishing second, the highest finishing of the four drivers eligible to win the title. Driving the No. 88 ThorSport Racing Ford, Crafton finished second to race winner Hill (led a race-high 56 laps), but placed higher than the other Championship 4 drivers – Ross Chastain (finished fourth in the race, second in the season standings), 2018 champ Brett Moffitt (fifth in the race and third in the season standings) and Stewart Friesen (11th in the race and fourth in the season standings) – to take home his third career Truck Series title.

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Volume 2019, Issue 11, Posted 1:21 AM, 11.16.2019