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Jimmie Johnson to Retire from Full Time Racing

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Jimmie Johnson,  a seven time NASCAR champion and IndyCar driver has decided t retire from full time racing.   Johnson, who joined Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda’s IndyCar team in 2021, competed only on road and street courses during that first season, earning best results of 17th in the final two rounds.

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 4:04 PM, 09.26.2022

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Tyler Reddick Survives Tire Failures to Win at Texas

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FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Tyler Reddick was fastest in the end of the NASCAR Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday.  In a race where every possible thing could go wrong, Reddick finished strong beating Joey Logano to the checkered flag on a record hot day which was fought with tire problems and driver feuds.  The tires weren't reliable, there was a rain delay of nearly an hour and passing wasn't plentiful. Teams were basically playing roulette with their tires and hoping they wouldn't be the next to crash because of a tire failure. Sunday's race set a Texas record with 17 cautions. Many of them were due to tire failures.

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 10:22 PM, 09.25.2022

Gragson Wins Fourth Straight Xfinity Race at Texas Motor Speedway

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FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Noah Gragson continued his winning streak in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway by winning his fourth consecutive Xfinity race, something that hasn’t been done in nearly forty years.  After pit stops late in the race, Gragson took the lead with 11 laps left and went on to win again.  He led 85 laps enroute to his winning finish.

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 7:44 PM, 09.24.2022

Brad Keselowski Sits on the Pole for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Race

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FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Surprising almost everyone, Brad Keselowski will lead the field to green for Sunday’s Cup Series playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET, USA Network, NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) as he won his first pole since 2019 with a fastest lap of 188.990 mph in Saturday’s qualifying session. The pole win for RFK Racing follows up on the momentum built from Chris Buescher’s win at Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend.

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 3:39 PM, 09.24.2022

Brandon Jones Wins the Xfinity SeriesPole Position at Texas

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FORT WORTH, TX – Red hot Brandon Jones will start of the pole for Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity race at Texas Motor Speedway.  It was his third pole in the last four races with a speed of 185.637 mph.  Jones will be joined by JR Motorsports driver Noah Gragson on the front row. Daniel Hemric, John Hunter Nemechek, and Sam Mayer round out the top five. Nemechek is the only non-playoff driver starting in the top 10.

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 3:28 PM, 09.24.2022

Chris Beucher Wins at Bristol while Some Drivers are Eliminated

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BRISTOL, TN – RIS – All it took for the winner at Bristol Motor Speedway was a late pitstop.  Buescher had ran will all night, frequently in the top 10.  That two tires pitstop put him in the position he wanted.  From then on it was getting to the finish while playoff drivers chased him.   It meant that no playoff driver won in the first round of the playoffs, and Buescher was the 19th winner in 2022.

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 11:52 PM, 09.17.2022

Gragson Wins Xfinity Race at Bristol

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BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Noah Gragson held off Brandon Jones, who had fresher tires to win the NASCAR Xfinity race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday night.  Gragson was the only car not to pit with 25 laps to go and inherited the lead. He held off a furious challenge by Jones, who will take over Gragson’s car next year JR Motorsports.

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 10:34 PM, 09.16.2022

Aric Almirola Motors to Bristol Night Race Pole

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BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Aric Almirola, who started the season having a retirement announcement, motored to the pole for Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.  Almirola turned a lap of 128.382 mph in his No. 10 Ford to earn his 4th career Busch Pole Award.  Almirola be joined on the front row by teammate Chase Briscoe (128.193 mph) who was just .022-seocnds behind Almirola for earning his second career pole. This is his first top 10 starting spot in the last 7 races as he enters this weekend 9 points below the cutline.

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 7:13 PM, 09.16.2022

Ty Gibbs Fastest in Bristol Xfinity Qualifying

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BRISTOL, TN – Go out last and beat them all.  Ty Gibbs won the pole for Friday night’s Xfinity race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday afternoon.  Gibbs spoiled the show for Josh Berry, who will have to settle for a front row start after being one car away from his second career pole. Justin Allgaier will take the green flag in third, while points leader AJ Allmendinger and Sam Mayer will round out the top five.

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 5:06 PM, 09.16.2022

Ty Majeski Holds Off Zane Smith in Dominating Fashion for Bristol Truck Series Win

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BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Ty Majeski got his initial win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Thursday night as he held off Zane Smith for the victory.  Majeski took the lead from Smith on the second-to-last restart, and had to hold off the field one more time on a late restart with 15 laps to go.

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 11:50 PM, 09.15.2022

Derek Kraus on Bristol Truck Race Pole

Shown here earlier in 2022, Derek Kraus was fastest in qualifying for Bristol's Camping World Truck Series race

(BRISTOL, TN – SEP 15, 2022 – RIS) Derek Kraus grabbed the top qualifying position for the UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics with a lap of 15.276 sec/125.609 mph, his fourth career pole, with Chandler Smith scoring a tenth front row position. John Hunter Nemechek smacked the outside wall when he had a right front tire fail in practice and sat out qualifying while his crew prepared the backup truck for the race. Zane Smith’s truck had a leak problem, causing him to sit out qualifying and rely on owner points to secure a starting spot in the race.

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 7:37 PM, 09.15.2022

NASCAR Releases 2023 National Schedules

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 14, 2022) – NASCAR today announced the 2023 schedules for the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series. During the organization’s 75th anniversary season, NASCAR’s national series will visit an exciting mix of history-rich venues, short tracks and road courses, with the sport reaching a new level of excitement with the already-announced Chicago Street Race – a bold, first-of-its-kind addition in a globally renowned city.

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 9:15 PM, 09.14.2022

Kyle Busch Move to Childress Confirmed

Kyle Busch in his Rick Hendrick days in 2005

(CONCORD, NC – SEP 13, 2022 – RIS) Ending months of speculation and rumors, Richard Childress Racing and Kyle Busch announced today that two-time Cup champion Busch, will be driving for RCR in NASCAR beginning in 2023.

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 4:31 PM, 09.13.2022

Erik Jones, Ty Dillon Join Charlotte Area Students to Paint ‘Turtles’ Ahead of Oct. 7-9 Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 Weekend

Students painted several of the curbing 'turtles' to be used at the ROVAL weekend 

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 13, 2022) – Petty GMS drivers Erik Jones and Ty Dillon joined students from six Charlotte-area schools at Charlotte Motor Speedway to paint ‘turtles’ as the famed 1.5-mile superspeedway prepares for the upcoming Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 weekend, Oct. 7-9.

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 5:30 PM, 09.13.2022

Bubba Wallace Wins Cup Race at Kansas Speedway--His Second Career Cup Win

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KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – At the end of the NASCAR Cup race at Kansas Speedway, it came down to an owner vs. a driver.  Denny Hamlin was running second to the car he owns with basketball star Michael Jordan.  Leading was their driver, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace.  They finished 1-2 with Bubba crossing the finish line first for his second Cup victory. One thing was clear.  Playoff drivers are 0-2 to start the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 7:58 PM, 09.11.2022

Noah Gragson Wins Rain-Shortened Xfinity Race at Kansas Speedway

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KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Noah Gragson was declared the winner of the rain-shortened NASCAR Xfinity race at Kansas Speedway on Saturday afternoon.  Rain appeared on radar as the race progressed to nearly the end of the second stage-which would signal a completed race.  The field, under caution took several laps to get to the second stage window.  Shortly thereafter the race was called.  Jason Allgaier finished second and Ty Gibbs third.  Gragson survived a two-lap shootout to win the second stage, after which the race was considered official. He used a great restart after the race’s first caution to assume the lead and held the advantage when rain caused the caution flags to come out with eight laps left in the stage.

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 5:35 PM, 09.10.2022

Concord, NC’s John Wayne Stowe’s 1969 Ford Torino Talladega Takes Home Walt Hollifield Best of Show at AutoFair

Stowe found his way to Victory Lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway with his carefully restored 1969 Ford Torino Talladega

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 10, 2022) – Concord native John Wayne Stowe and his 1969 Ford Torino Talladega took home the Walt Hollifield Best of Show title and a one-of-a-kind custom trophy from Cold Hard Art as the fall AutoFair wrapped up at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday.

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 9:34 PM, 09.10.2022

Tyler Reddick Wins the Pole Position for Sunday's Cup Race at Kansas Speedway

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KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Tyler Reddick went out last in the run for the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race, but he ended up on the pole, nipping Joey Logano for the fastest speed.  Reddick pushed the No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet to a best lap of 180.608 mph in the final round of time trials at the 1.5-mile Kansas City track. His second pole of the season was the third of his Cup Series career.

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 2:16 PM, 09.10.2022

Nemechek Makes Last Lap Pass to win Truck Race in Kansas

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KANSAS CITY, KS - RIS - John Hunter Nemechek passed Carson Hocevar on the final lap to win THE Kansas Lottery 2020 NASCAR Camping World Truck race Friday night. Nemechek chased down Hocevar over the final laps at Kansas Speedway on Friday night, passing him as the white flag flew and Hocevar ran out of fuel in his last-gasp chance at advancing in the NASCAR Truck Series playoffs. Hocevar coasted across in second place but needed the win to advance. Nemechek’s late pass allowed Christian Eckes to sneak into the final playoff spot, while three-time series champion Matt Crafton also was eliminated.

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 10:23 PM, 09.09.2022

Brandon Jones Wins the Xfinity Pole at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, KS - RIS - Brandon Jones will start on the pole for Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway. Jones won the pole with a lap of 174.695 mph. Ty Gibbs qualified second at 174.520 mph to give Joe Gibbs Racing a sweep of the front row. The pole is the sixth of Jones’ Xfinity career and his second in a row. He’s won two of the last four Xfinity races at this 1.5-mile track. Sheldon Creed  (173.617 mph) qualified third and is followed by points leader AJ Allmendinger (173.461) and Noah Gragson (173.410) Gragson won last weekend’s race at Darlington Raceway.

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 10:42 PM, 09.09.2022

Nemechek Wins Truck Pole at Kansas Speedway

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KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – John Hunter Nemechek will sit on the pole for Friday’s NASCAR Truck race on Friday night.  It is Nemechek’s sixth pole of the season. He led the way with a lap of 175.444 mph. He’ll be joined on the front row by Ty Majeski (175.182 mph)

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 7:57 PM, 09.09.2022

2023 NASCAR All-Star Goes to Wilkesboro

Dale Earnhardt Sr's Monte Carlo in front of the NC Museum of History

(CONCORD, NC – SEP 8, 2022 – RIS) NASCAR’s All-Star race will have a new home in 2023, as announced today in a press conference on the steps of North Carolina’s Museum of History with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr. and NASCAR Chief Operating Officer Steve O’Donnell joining the program. Marcus Smith, president and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, said: “The NASCAR All-Star Race has always been the fans’ race, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the fans during NASCAR’s 75th anniversary than returning to North Wilkesboro Speedway. We couldn’t have made this happen without tremendous support from so many people including Gov. Cooper, our state legislature, NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and of course, the people of Wilkes County. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but we’ve got the will to create something special alongside a community and hard-working staff that will get it done.”

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 9:18 PM, 09.08.2022

New Rule Change to Combat Fires Effective at Kansas Cup Race

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CONCORD, NC - RIS - NASCAR has quickly issued what might help reduce the car fires that happened in last weekend's Cup series race at Darlington Raceway.  The use of intumescent coatings are now permitted for the underside of the car’s lower crush panels, inside the exhaust cover panels and the upper surface of the rocker box. It is also permitted to apply the coating to the right side stop panel.

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 3:09 PM, 09.07.2022

Can’t-Miss Attractions Coming to AutoFair This Weekend

There will be thousands of classics, customs, hot rods and muscle cars on display at this weekend's Charlotte AutoFair, but that's just the beginning of the fun in store for fans at the world's largest auto extravaganza.

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 5, 2022) – The cars may be the stars when the Charlotte AutoFair returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway this Thursday through Saturday, but they are far from the only attraction bringing fans to the famed 1.5-mile superspeedway. An action-packed lineup of entertainment and fun includes a chainsaw artist, seminars with automotive icons, music, Q&As and more.

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 3:20 PM, 09.05.2022

Eric Jones is the Surprise Winner of the Southern 500

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DARLINGTON, SC – RIS - Erik Jones inherited the lead during the final caution flag when leader Kyle Busch had an engine problem with less than 25 laps to go and led the final 23 laps on the way to his first win of the season and the 200th win for the No. 43 car at the top level of NASCAR during Sunday night's Southern 500 at Darlington. Jones inherited the lead during the final caution flag when leader Kyle Busch had an engine problem with less than 25 laps to go and led the final 23 laps on the way to his first win of the season and the 200th win for the No. 43 car at the top level of NASCAR during Sunday night's Cup race.

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 11:25 PM, 09.04.2022

Gragson Wins Three-Way Battle to Finish First in Darlington Xfinity Race

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DARLINGTON, S.C. - RIS - Noah Gragson charged to the front on the final lap and outran Kyle Larson and Sheldon Creed in a tight battle to win Saturday night’s Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway.  Sheldon Creed took the lead on a round of pit stops late in the race and led until Gragson and Larson surged to the front and made the fight for the win a three-way battle. The three drivers had a fierce battle over the closing two miles, with Larson and Creed running side by side and banging fenders. Creed ran much of the final lap against the outside wall, struggling to reach the finish line.

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 8:36 PM, 09.03.2022

Logano Goes 2 for 2 as He Wins the Cup Pole at Darlington

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DARLINGTON, SC – RIS – Joey Logano outran Christopher Bell for the pole for the Bojangles NASCAR Cup race on Sunday.  It was his second pole at Darlington this year.  The last driver to do this was Sterling Marlin way back in 1992.  Bell starts next to Logano on the front row, while William Byron and Tyler Reddick begin third and fourth. Kyle Busch rounds out the top five.  Austin Cindric, who was quickest in practice, starts sixth, and Kyle Larson is seventh. Bubba Wallace begins eighth, Ryan Blaney is ninth (putting all Team Penske cars in the top 10) and Michael McDowell starts 10th.

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 5:19 PM, 09.03.2022

Brandon Jones Wins Darlington Xfinity Pole

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DARLINGTON, SC – RIS – Brandon Jones sped to the pole for the Xfinity race at Darlington Raceway Saturday.  Jones has picked up multiple poles in a single season, besting the field in Saturday’s single-car qualifying.  Jones, who has a win at the Track Too Tough to Tame, will lead the field to greern on Saturday afternoon.

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Volume 2022, Issue 9, Posted 2:49 PM, 09.03.2022

Jet-Powered Batmobile, Vehicles from Ghost Rider, Animal House and Leatherheads Coming to AutoFair

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CONCORD, N.C. (Aug. 30, 2022) – For a car or motorcycle enthusiast, there’s nothing more exciting than seeing a vehicle up close that starred in a favorite movie. During Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Sept. 8–10 Charlotte AutoFair, fans will have a chance to spend time with the only DC-licensed jet-powered Batmobile; cars and bikes from Ghost Rider, Animal House, and Leatherheads; and a trio of big-screen big-rigs.

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Volume 2022, Issue 8, Posted 11:05 AM, 08.31.2022

Austin Dillon Survives Daytona Enduro

(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – AUG 28, 2022 – RIS) Austin Dillon won his way into a slot in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs by winning the (twice) rain-delayed Coke Zero 400. The race originally scheduled for Saturday night started Sunday morning after storms in Daytona forced the delay. Then in the third stage, a sudden rainfall on the first turn sent most of the cars spinning before widespread rain forced a red flag that lasted over three hours. Dillon went on to win the race and a slot in the playoffs.

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Volume 2022, Issue 8, Posted 6:37 PM, 08.28.2022

Storms Push Coke Zero Sugar 400 to Sunday Morning

Rain postpones Cup Series regular-season finale at Daytona until Sunday
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – AUG 27, 2022 – RIS) — The NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400 has been rescheduled for a 10 a.m. start Sunday morning due to continued storms and rain on the speedway. The race is going to be aired on CNBC, Peacock, the NBC Sports App, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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Volume 2022, Issue 8, Posted 9:34 PM, 08.27.2022

Clements Survives Daytona

(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – AUG 27, 2022 – RIS) Jeremy Clements avoided multiple big crashes and benefitted from a push by Timmy Hill to prevent a pass in overtime by AJ Allmendinger to capture his second career NASCAR Xfinity Series win. Clements’ first victory was at Road America’s road course exactly five years to the date from his Daytona checkered flag: Aug 29, 2017. The 2022 win started late on Friday, Aug 26, when weather pushed the start time back.

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Volume 2022, Issue 8, Posted 2:13 AM, 08.27.2022

Rain and Lightning Scrub Daytona Road Course Qualifying

Weather Wipes Out Daytona Qualifying, Allmendinger, Larson Lead Grids
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – AUG 26, 2022 – RIS) Weather in the form of rain soaking the track and lightning in the area caused NASCAR to cancel practice and time trials for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 and the Wawa 250 races on Daytona’ road course. The starting grids have been set according to NASCAR policies, with Kyle Larson leading Saturday’s Cup Series race and AJ Allmendinger at the front of Friday’s Xfinity Series race.

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Volume 2022, Issue 8, Posted 5:18 PM, 08.26.2022

Kyle Larson Sweeps Watkins Glen by Winning Cup Race

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WATKINS GLEN, NY – RIS – It all came down to two teammates at Hendrick Motorsports.  They lined up side by side in the final laps, and in the end, it was Kyle Larson winning with Chase Elliott fading to fourth place at the end.  Elliott had control of the race late, but a caution gave Larson a chance and he took advantage, moving Elliott to the left coming out of the first turn and pulling away for a weekend Xfinity-Cup sweep.

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Volume 2022, Issue 8, Posted 8:20 PM, 08.21.2022

“The Seas Parted” - Kyle Larson Gifted Glen Xfinity Victory After Gibbs and Byron Spin

(WATKINS GLEN, NY – AUG 20, 2022 – RIS) Kyle Larson finally got to victory lane at an Xfinity Series road course, winning the Sunoco Go Rewards 200 at Watkins Glen International. Larson dodged the spinning race lead pair of William Byron and Ty Gibbs at the ‘Bus Stop’ chicane late in the race and drove on to the win after leading only seven laps of the 82-lap race. William Byron had the dominant car in the race, leading 35 laps before the late race spin dropped him out of the top twenty. Ty Gibbs led 25 more laps before the contact with Byron, eventually getting the short end of Byron’s ire and dropping back to 27th in the finishing order.

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Volume 2022, Issue 8, Posted 6:40 PM, 08.20.2022

Road Ace Chase Elliott on Watkins Glen Cup Pole

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WATKINS GLEN, NY – RIS – If it’s a road course, it must be Chase Elliott leading the pack.  And so it was on Saturday as Elliott will start on the pole for Sunday’s race at WGI in the NASCAR Cup Series race. Elliott was fast early in that second round and held the top spot as other drivers struggled through the bus stop area. He earned his 12th career pole and third of the year.

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Volume 2022, Issue 8, Posted 2:56 PM, 08.20.2022

William Byron Moonlights into Xfinity Pole at Watkins Glen

(WATKINS GLEN, NY – AUG 20, 2022 – RIS) William Byron ran third in practice, then headed his group in round one of qualifying on the way to a new track qualifying record of 1:10.548 at an average lap speed of 125.021 mph, beating out Ty Gibbs by 0.292 sec. Gibbs’ average speed is just over a half mph slower. Byron and Gibbs were the only drivers who recorded times quicker than a minute and eleven seconds in the morning sessions. Joey Logano held the previous qualifying record at 1:10.814 and 124.552 mph, set in 2016.

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Volume 2022, Issue 8, Posted 1:22 PM, 08.20.2022