Fri, 2020-08-21 16:01
When NASCAR returns to Richmond Raceway (Richmond) for three days of racing with all three national series on Sept. 10-12, fans will not be in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. America’s Premier Short Track will host the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race and Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, Sept. 12, Go Bowling 250 Xfinity Series race on Friday, Sept. 11, and ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series regular season finale on Thursday, Sept. 10.
NASCAR and Richmond have worked closely with public health officials, medical experts and state and federal officials throughout the development of this season’s realigned NASCAR schedule. After careful consideration, NASCAR and Richmond determined the track will host its fall races without fans in attendance to ensure the safety of competitors, staff, and the local community.
“This was a difficult decision, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic we believe at this time it is in the best interests of the local community to host races without fans,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “We are grateful for the patience and support of our long-time loyal fans in this unprecedented season, but we will unite over race weekend as we tune in to the national broadcasts on NBCSN, FS1, and MRN to watch NASCAR’s best compete in four races over three days at America’s Premier Short Track.”
Fri, 2020-08-21 09:46
Darlington Raceway (Darlington) and Cook Out have announced a partnership to bring one of the fastest growing family-owned restaurant chains to The Lady in Black. Cook Out is now the Official Quick Service Restaurant of Darlington Raceway, and will hold exclusive promotional rights to the track Too Tough To Tame.
“Cook Out has been serving fresh burgers, barbecue, hot dogs and shakes to NASCAR fans across the south for over 30 years, so we are proud to welcome them as a new partner at Darlington Raceway,” said Darlington President Kerry Tharp. “We look forward to Cook Out helping fire up the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs with the iconic Southern 500 at the track Too Tough To Tame.”
by Holly Cain; Photos by Getty Images Sun, 2020-08-16 23:48
No practice, no qualifying, new course. No problem for Hendrick Motorsport's driver Chase Elliott.
The 24-year old Elliott gave a not-so-subtle reminder Sunday afternoon in the NASCAR Cup Series debut on the Daytona International Speedway Road Course that he is one of the sport’s very best on the technical road circuits, even sight unseen as was the case this week.
Just before a caution flag with five laps remaining, Elliott had pulled out to a 10-second advantage on the field. He turned in a fantastic restart and drove three perfect final laps in his No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to ultimately hold off Denny Hamlin by .202-second to win the Go Bowling 235. It is Elliott’s third consecutive road course win dating back to last year.
by Holly Cain; Photos by Getty Images Sun, 2020-08-16 16:10
Sheldon Creed had to hold off his GMS Racing teammate Brett Moffitt twice on restarts with less than five laps remaining in Sunday’s Sunoco 159, with the 22-year old Creed ultimately beating the former series champion by a mere .743-seconds in overtime to earn the inaugural NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race victory at Daytona International Speedway’s famed road course.
It was the third thrilling race on the 3.61-mile, 14-turn infield road course this weekend – absolutely matching the intensity of Friday night's ARCA Menards Series race, Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race and boding well for lots of excitement to come in the NASCAR Cup Series race later Sunday afternoon.
by Holly Cain; Photos by Getty Images Sat, 2020-08-15 12:51
Austin Cindric’s summer of dominance continued Saturday afternoon in the inaugural UNOH 188 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course.
Cindric, 22, of Mooresville, N.C., earned his fifth victory in the last six races, his No. 22 Team Penske Ford pulling away to a hefty 7.108-second win over Brandon Jones’s Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. That impressive ultimate margin of victory, however, is not indicative of the action-packed debut on Daytona’s famed road course.
Noah Gragson recovered from an off-course excursion early in the race while leading the field to finish third and maintain a perfect record of top-10 finishes on every Xfinity Series road course event he’s competed in. A.J. Allmendinger and Andy Lally – both road course experts – finished fourth and fifth.
by Holly Cain; Photos by Getty Images Sun, 2020-08-09 21:50
Kevin Harvick’s victory in Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway gave the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford team a weekend race sweep and a whole lot of momentum as the NASCAR Cup Series closes out its regular season schedule at the end of this month.
Harvick’s win is a series-best sixth of the season and 55th of his career – placing the 44-year old Californian 10th on the NASCAR Cup Series all-time wins list tied with NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace. And Sunday marked the first time since 1971 (Richard Petty) a driver has won back-to-back NASCAR Cup Series races on back-to-back days.
It was the fourth win in the last five Michigan races for Harvick and his weekend double earned the prestigious Heritage Trophy for Ford Motor Company – honoring the weekend’s top make in America’s auto manufacturer’s backyard.
by Holly Cain; Photos by Getty Images Sat, 2020-08-08 19:12
In ways both literally and figuratively the NASCAR Cup Series field saw red most of Saturday afternoon – Kevin Harvick’s red-colored No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, which dominated the Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway - resulting in Harvick’s third Michigan win in the last four races and fourth of his career.
Harvick’s red car was out front the majority of the afternoon – leading a race best 92 of the 161 laps - but five restarts in the final 30 laps - including an overtime finish – certainly forced Harvick, 44, "The Closer" to close out the win - his fifth of the year tying him with Denny Hamlin for most in the series in 2020.
by Holly Cain; Photos by Getty Images Sat, 2020-08-08 18:43
Austin Cindric really earned the victory in Saturday’s Henry 180 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on the historic 4-mile Road America road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisc. – managing to hold off traffic on numerous restarts both early and late in an elongated afternoon of competition that included wet and dry conditions and 13 dramatic lead changes.
Cindric, 21, took his No. 22 Team Penske Ford to the lead for good on a restart with three laps remaining having to hold off hard-charging veteran road course ace A.J. Allmendinger; ultimately taking a 1.318-seconds victory – Cindric's fourth win in the last five races. He is the 11th different Road America winner in the last 11 races on the track.
by Holly Cain; Photos by Getty Images Fri, 2020-08-07 18:08
Zane Smith made a last lap pass in double overtime to earn his first career NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series victory Friday night in the Henry Ford Health System 200 at Michigan International Speedway.
The 21-year old Smith held off his friend, Sunoco rookie Christian Eckes by a mere 0.318-second for the victory and his official berth into the upcoming 2020 series Playoffs. Their duel was made possible after the race’s most dominant driver Grant Enfinger was taken from the lead on the restart in a three-truck collision at the front of the field involving 2019 Michigan race winner Austin Hill and NASCAR Cup Series rookie John Hunter Nemechek.
by Zachary Hinson; Photos by Getty Images, NASCAR Mon, 2020-06-22 09:40
Nobody loves Monday afternoon races a Talladega more than Ryan Blaney after picking up his second win at the track in said circumstances at one entertaining race in the Geico 500. The race began on Monday with Denny Hamlin in the pole position after rain once again ruined the day before. The race started fairly calm as Hamlin, Martin Truex, and Joey Logano all took the lead for a while until the competition caution came out. Logano kept the lead on the restart but lost it soon after to Ricky Stenhouse Jr who got loose and shuffled out; making it a three-wide battle for the lead. As the field stabled back into only two lines it was Penske vs the rest of field for the next few laps. Hamlin came up and scraped the wall and had a tire go down right as Tyler Reddick took the lead and the caution came out for rain hitting the track. After a lengthy red flag for the weather, the stage ended under caution, with Reddick as the winner, his first of his Cup career.