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After 400 miles around the 1.5-mile track of Kansas Speedway, it was ultimately Joey Logano that grabbed the checkered flag. The victory marks Logano’s third win of the 2020 season. Historically, Kansas has been a decent track for him, with his last win at Kansas coming in 2015. Amplifying the excitement of the win, Logano is now the only driver locked into the final four that will compete for the championship at Phoenix Raceway. This marks the fourth time Logano has advanced to the final four in his Cup Series career.
“Hell, yeah! Racing for a championship,” Logano said over the radio to his crew.
En route to Logano’s win, there were six cautions through the entirety of the race. The first caution came 25 laps after the pole sitter, Chase Elliott, led the field to green; this was the competition caution. Following 80 laps of competition, Elliott held off Keselowski to nab the stage one win.
The first incident-related caution of the day appeared on lap 144 for Matt Kenseth, who was not clear when attempting to pass Erik Jones. Both cars suffered damage from the contact. Just 16 laps later, Denny Hamlin led the field to grab the stage two win, marking his tenth stage win of the season.
On lap 199, a caution appeared for Kurt Busch, who experienced a major engine failure. Now, Busch is most likely in a must-win situation to continue his fight for a championship. With 47 laps to go, the yellow flag flew for Tyler Reddick, after he made contact with the wall.
Though it was Logano that piloted the field on the last lap, Kevin Harvick trailed by 0.205 seconds to finish in the runner-up spot. Alex Bowman, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Busch rounded up the remainder of the top-five.
Notably, four non-playoff drivers collected top-tens today at Kansas, with Ryan Blaney in seventh, William Byron in eighth, and Christopher Bell in tenth.
Kansas was the stage for the first of three races that will determine the final four drivers, who will compete for a championship. Since Logano is now locked in with a win, three vacant spots remain open to compete with him for the championship trophy. Harvick, Hamlin, and Keselowski follow behind Logano to make up the remainder of the top-four. With two races until Phoenix, Elliott, Bowman, Truex Jr., and Ku. Busch will look to progress above the cutline to continue on the path to their championship ambitions.
The playoff action continues next week as the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, October 25. Catch all the action on NBCSN at 3:30 PM ET.
At the close of the 200-mile race, the No. 16 ultimately outdid the rest of the field. This marked Hill’s second win of the 2020 season. Hill was one of three drivers to have already won at Las Vegas going into the race, due to his victory at the track in 2019. The win came in perfect timing for the regular season champion, since Hill finished 25th the week prior at Bristol Motor Speedway.
“We didn’t have the best truck today. Sheldon (Creed) was much faster than us, but we will happily celebrate the victory,” Hill said with a smile.
Trailing by 0.546 seconds, Sheldon Creed managed to nab a runner-up finish. Tanner Gray, Stewart Friesen, and Chandler Smith rounded up the remainder of the top-five.
Throughout the race, there were two incident-related cautions and tons of side-by-side racing. The first yellow flag appeared for the competition caution on lap 10. Otherwise, both of the two stages persisted with no accident-related cautions. Though Brett Moffitt led the field to green, due to a competition-based formula, it was Sheldon Creed that took both the stage wins.
The first accident-related caution appeared on lap 84 for a spin from Ben Rhodes, who battled mechanical issues throughout the evening. Shortly thereafter with only 45 to go another yellow flag appeared for Jordan Anderson.
Las Vegas marked the second race in the 2020 playoffs for the Gander Trucks. Going into the race, the eight drivers that were above the cutoff line were Moffitt, Creed, Smith, Enfinger, Ankrum, Crafton, Rhodes, and Hill. Meanwhile, Eckes and Gilliland entered the race outside the cutline. After the 134-lap race, Hill, Creed, Moffitt, Smith, Enfinger, Ankrum, Crafton, and Eckes will head into Talladega next week above the cutline. Meanwhile, Rhodes (6 points below) and Gilliland (19 points below) are looking to continue their playoff hopes with solid runs at “Dega.”
Catch the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series back in action next Saturday, October 3, at Talladega Superspeedway, for what is sure to be an exciting event. Coverage can be found on FS1 at 1 PM ET.
After a total of 500 laps around Richmond Raceway throughout the two-race showdown, it was ultimately Justin Allgaier that took home the checkered flag for both races. Historically, Richmond has been a solid track for him. In fact, he finished in the top-five in both 2019 races at the track. With his first win at the track the night prior, Allgaier is now the only full-time Xfinity driver in the field to win at Richmond Raceway. At length, the win marks Allgaier’s third of the season.
"I knew how good our car was all day. I knew we had speed," said Allgaier.
Pursuing Allgaier to the finish line was Jeb Burton, who trailed the winner by 2.185 seconds. Ross Chastain, Harrison Burton, and Noah Gragson rounded up the remainder of the top-five.
Before the second race of the double-dip at Richmond began, it was determined that Tommy Joe Martins would lead the field to green. The starting order was decided via an invert of the top-fourteen finishers from the race the night prior. Positions 15-36 were decided from the new qualifying formula.
Martins was quickly passed by Brandon Jones on lap one. Gragson went on to lead after passing Chase Briscoe. Gragson piloted the field until the competition caution on lap 40. On the restart, Gragson’s teammate, Allgaier, took the number one position. The first stage came to a close on lap 75 with Allgaier collecting the stage one victory, marking his tenth stage win of the season.
Ross Chastain led the way in stage two, until Allgaier passed him on lap 128. The competition persisted under green until the first incident-related caution transpired when Colby Howard hit the wall on lap 140. After 150 laps of racing, the second stage win was ultimately claimed by Chastain, motioning in his second stage win of the season.
The first caution of the final stage emerged when Riley Herbst made contact with Brandon Brown with 22 laps to go. Though Chastain and J. Burton both piloted the field during various points of the final stage, it was the No. 7 that led the final lap.
Looking at the playoff standings at the close of the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250, Michael Annett and Herbst both clinched playoff positions on points. Meanwhile, Brown holds onto the final open playoff position. Meanwhile, Jeremy Clements looks in from the outside, 49 points below the cut line. Additionally, Austin Cindric scored the regular season championship by maintaining the points gap ahead of Briscoe; this grants Cindric fifteen points to take into the playoffs.
You won’t want to miss the last race of the regular season on Friday, September 18 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Coverage for the Food City 300 can be found on NBCS at 7 PM ET.
Following 400 miles under the lights at Daytona International Speedway, William Byron managed to outdo the rest of the field. The win marks the first of Byron’s Cup Series career. With the win, Byron managed to nab a spot in the playoffs. In addition to his playoff spot, Byron has collected eight top-tens throughout the season to complement his first Cup series win.
“Oh my God. I had confidence in Chad (Knaus) and the guys. We can get four tires and make the most of it. I’m extremely blessed. This is incredible, man. It has been a hard couple years in the Cup series, trying to get my first win and gel with this team. They’ve done a great job today and got us into the playoffs. It’s amazing,” Byron said.
Although it was Byron that collected the trophy, his teammate, Chase Elliott, finished in the runner-up position. Amidst the chaos, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., and Bubba Wallace survived the 160-lap race to round up the remainder of the top-five.
In addition to the excitement that superspeedways bring, the Coke Zero Sugar 400 marked the end of the regular season. Going into the race, spots one through twelve of the playoffs were secured through wins or clinching on points. The spots were occupied by the following drivers: Harvick, Hamlin, Keselowksi, Elliott, Logano, Truex Jr., Blaney, Bowman, A. Dillon, Custer, Almirola, and Ky. Busch. The final handful of spots would be determined by the results placed during the race. Prior to the green flag, Bowyer, Ku. Busch, Byron, and DiBenedetto filled positions thirteen through sixteen. The drivers remained in the top-16 to advance into the playoffs, after Johnson was involved in a late-race incident.
Before playoff spots were sought after and the forty drivers launched into the high banks of DIS, it was Kevin Harvick that led the field to set the race into motion. Harvick clinched the regular season championship at the Drydene 311 at Dover, just a week earlier; the regular season title earned the driver a 15-point bonus heading into the playoffs.
The field remained under green until the competition caution on lap 21. The remainder of the first stage continued under green. The second stage bred no yellow flags. Joey Logano accumulated both stage wins.
With 17 laps to go, the first incident-related caution appeared; James Davison’s spin was the cause. Brennan Gaughan was also involved in the accident. Lap 153 saw another yellow flag when Tyler Reddick attempted to block Kyle Busch. Reddick, Ky. Busch, Ku. Busch, A. Dillon, McDowell, Stenhouse Jr., Jones, Newman, and Preece were all involved in “the big one.” Just a few laps later, another big wreck came into fruition. Johnson, Reddick, Logano, Suarez, Nemechek, Custer, and Kenseth were all tangled in the disarray of racecars. The incident ruined Johnson’s playoff berth.
The first race of the playoffs begins next Sunday, September 6 at 6 PM ET. You won’t want to miss all of the action and throwback paint schemes in the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Catch all of the coverage on NBCS.
After 200 laps around the mile long track, it was ultimately Zane Smith that slayed Miles the Monster in the KDI Office Technology 200. Smith became familiar with the track from running both Dover races in the Xfinity Series in 2019, both of which he finished top-ten. Additionally, the race marks his second win of the season, tying him for the most wins in the series this year with Sheldon Creed and Grant Enfinger. Notably, Smith has also mustered up 7 top-tens in the last twelve races.
“I love this place. I think we all know I suck on restarts, but I picked a good time to have a good one,” Smith said of his win.
Not only did Smith capture the Monster trophy, but he also nabbed $50,000, as the race marked the second installment of the inaugural Triple Truck Challenge. Sheldon Creed claimed the first $50,000 cash prize last week with his win at the Daytona Road Course.
Though it was Smith that led the final lap at Dover, Brett Moffitt ushered the field to the green flag from the pole position. Moffitt, who currently sits second in points, earned the pole via statistical data. The formula weighs and averages three categories: owner points position, fastest lap time from the previous race, and finish from the prior race.
Moffitt ran the show until a caution appeared on lap 7 for Tate Fogleman. The competition caution followed shortly after on lap 21 to ensure teams a chance to make adjustments that would’ve been made in practice sessions. As the stage came to a close on lap 45, Austin Hill accumulated the stage one win, marking his second stage win of the year.
Lap 87 brought out the fourth caution of the race; Chandler Smith, Christian Eckes, Ben Rhodes, and Sheldon Creed all had some degree of damage. Zane Smith collected the stage two victory under caution, adding ten points to his total overall points.
Outside of cautions, Parker Kligerman’s day ended for an engine issue, and Norm Benning had brake issues that also ended his run in the final stage of the race. Bryant Barnhill and Clay Greenfield’s trucks also ended up behind the wall prior to the race’s end.
With only 8 laps to go, another caution came out for Stewart Friesen; this led to one last restart determining the winner.
As Smith crossed the finish line, Matt Crafton trailed him by 0.989 seconds, marking his first runner-up finish of the season. Moffitt, Todd Gilliland, and Rhodes rounded up the remainder of the top-five.
While the Cup and Xfinity Series will race at the high banks of Daytona International Speedway, the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series will be back in action next week at World Wide Technology Raceway. Coverage of the race begins at 12 PM ET on Sunday, August 30. Catch all the excitement in Illinois on FS1.
After forty-five laps around the fourteen turns of Road America, Austin Cindric ultimately reigned supreme, celebrating his fourth win of the season. The win marks the eleventh different winner in eleven Xfinity Series races at the road course. Additionally, the victory adds on to Cindric’s current points leader position and his eleven top-five finishes on the season.
Though it was Cindric that led the final lap, it was Michael Annett who led the field to green at the start of the 182-mile race. This marked the third race in a row that Annett was selected by the random draw to start in the number one position. Cindric grabbed the lead from Annett on lap one.
The race remained green under Cindric’s control until the first yellow flag waved at the end of lap two for Bayley Currey. Tommy Joe Martins and Scott Heckert also suffered issues at the time of the caution. Additionally, Brandon Brown faced fuel pressure issues before the race even started, causing him to lose a lap prior to the first yellow flag.
The second incident-related caution flew for Daniel Hemric’s engine failure on lap eight. Lightning came into sight under the caution and paused racing action for over an hour and a half. Once the red flag lifted, drivers were forced to decide if they were to opt for rain tires or slicks. Vinnie Miller faced issues prior to the restart, which eventually brought another caution on lap 12. After fourteen laps of competition and plenty of breaks in the race, Justin Haley took the stage one win.
In the second section of the race, competition was brought to a halt on lap 27 for Jesse Little, who got caught in the gravel trap. Stage two concluded under caution with A.J. Allmendinger nabbing the stage win.
Lap 39 saw the first yellow of the final stage as Heckert remained stuck in the gravel. The seventh caution flew after the restart for damage to Justin Allgaier, Jeffrey Earnhardt, and Myatt Snider.
At the wave of the checkered flag, Allmendinger trailed Cindric by a mere 1.318 seconds. Chase Briscoe, Kaz Grala, and Andy Lally rounded up the remainder of the top-five.
The Xfinity Series will be back for more road course racing on August 15 at the Daytona Road Course. Catch all the action next Saturday on NBCSN at 3 PM ET.
After 250 miles in the “Lone Star State,” Kyle Busch won his fifth race at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. Busch claimed the win after battling with Christian Eckes for much of the race. Busch led 72 of the 167 laps. The win adds to his two other victories out of the five races he has run in the 2020 season.
“Yeah, I mean what can you say about Christian. He is getting better each and every week,” Busch said of his driver.
“Technically, I haven’t won yet. So, put it over the sticks,” said Busch, as he joked over his disqualification from the Xfinity race earlier in the day.
Christian Eckes trailed Busch to nab his first runner-up finish of the season, after battling with his boss and leading 52 laps. Meanwhile, Matt Crafton, Stewart Friesen, and Brett Moffitt rounded up the remainder of the top-five.
Notably, Tyler Ankrum grabbed his third top-ten finish of the season, with his sixth place finish.
Prior to the checkered flag, the 167-lap race began with Sheldon Creed leading the field to green. Creed won his first race just a week prior, as rain shortened the 150 laps at Kentucky Speedway to 71. Although he led the first seven laps, Creed was forced to pit under green on lap 10 to manage a flat right rear tire.
The field continued under green until the conclusion of stage one. As the stage came to a close, it was Busch who claimed the stage win, after stealing the lead from Zane Smith.
Racing came to a halt on lap 59 for fluid on the track. Sauter, a five-time Texas winner, had a mechanical failure that ended his night. Another yellow flag appeared with 6 laps to go in the second stage; Jordan Anderson’s spin was the cause of the caution. The final lap of the stage saw an incident between Derek Kraus and Tate Fogleman. Simultaneously, Moffitt grabbed the stage two win under caution.
During the closing portion of the race, the final accident-related caution materialized for Todd Gilliland with fifteen laps remaining; Gilliland received heavy contact from Ben Rhodes prior to his spin.
The Truck Series will be back in action on July 24 and 25 for a double-dip at Kansas Speedway. Friday’s race is at 7 PM ET, while Saturday’s is at 1:30 PM ET. Coverage of both races can be found on FS1.
After 500 total miles over the course of two days at Kentucky Speedway, Austin Cindric collected his second win of the season and managed to win both races of the two day showdown. The last driver to win consecutive nights in the same series was Richard “The King” Petty. Over the races in the Bluegrass State, Cindric was able to gather 114 points for his wins. Not only this, but the two wins add on to his seven top-five finishes throughout the season.
“Well, I hope I laid enough rubber down to make up for Watkins Glen last year. That was pathetic, so i’m just so excited. I really want to give credit to my team. What we did was really impressive, because we ran one setup last night and won the race. Then, we came with another setup and won the race again,” Cindric told the FS1 program.
Chase Briscoe finished second by a margin of 2.262 seconds, after grabbing a fourth-place finish on Thursday. Justin Haley captured a third-place finish, followed by Ross Chastain and Justin Allgaier.
Notably, Anthony Alfredo finished sixth, just as he did in the Shady Rays 200. Additionally, Daniel Hemric grabbed the ninth position, marking the first time the No.8 has finished a race since Homestead.
Before Cindric grabbed the checkered flag, the 300-mile race began with rookie Myatt Snider leading the field to the green; the top-fifteen finishers from Kentucky-1 were inverted to decide the starting lineup. However, racing under green didn’t last long as the first caution appeared on lap 3 for Ryan Sieg’s spin. The competition caution came out on lap 20. The first stage came to a close on lap 45 with Noah Gragson claiming the stage win, just as he did the day before; this marks his eighth stage win of the season.
The second stage of the race remained caution free. After 90 laps of racing, it was Cindric who grabbed the stage two win.
The last incident-related yellow flag of the race materialized for Brandon Jones' spin with 22 laps to go. Harrison Burton and Noah Gragson made contact late in the race. Though there was no caution, fists did fly once the race concluded.
The Xfinity Series will be back in action on Saturday, July 18 at Texas Motor Speedway. Catch all of the coverage on NBCSN at 3 PM ET.
After 90 laps around the three corners of Pocono Raceway, it was Chase Briscoe who claimed the win in the second race of the historic tripleheader. Despite a spin on lap 68, Briscoe was able to bounce back and grab his fourth win of the season in overtime. The win came after a long battle with Ross Chastain. To back up his four wins, Briscoe has also collected eight top-tens this season.
“We didn’t start out that great. Zippy and the guys kept working on it. We got better and better,” Briscoe said of his car.
“We are halfway to eight, so hopefully we can keep going. It was fun. We raced clean the whole time, and it’s always fun when you can do that.”
The 225-mile race began with Noah Gragson leading the field under green until the first caution appeared in less than a lap; the source of the caution was a spin from Brandon Jones, after he received contact from Austin Cindric. A second caution came on lap 5 for Joe Graf Jr. and Josh Williams. Just 10 laps later, Harrison Burton spun in oil that coated the track and brought out a red flag. After twenty minutes under the red flag, Alex Labbe was the cause of the next caution on lap 20. Cindric won the first stage under this caution, marking his third stage win of the year.
The second stage of the race remained caution-free. Though Chastain led much of the stage, Justin Allgaier ultimately took home the stage two win. This was his fifth stage win of the season.
In the final segment, a caution materialized with 42 laps to go; the root of the yellow flag was Justin Haley wrecking Riley Herbst. NASCAR officials held Haley for two laps due to his aggressive driving. The seventh caution emerged on the restart as Myatt Snider made contact with Gragson. Daniel Hemric, Ryan Sieg, Allgaier, and Cindric also obtained damage from the incident. Both Hemric and Cindric were unable to continue. With 22 laps to go, Briscoe’s left rear tire went down as he was leading; this issued in the eighth caution. Chad Finchum brought out the ninth yellow flag with only 6 laps to go.
Chastain was able to survive the race to finish in the runner-up position. Meanwhile, Jeremy Clements, Snider, and Michael Annett followed behind to round up the top-five.
The Tricky Triangle marked the final installment of the Dash 4 Cash initiative. Justin Haley, Ross Chastain, Austin Cindric, and Alex Labbe were all eligible for the $100,000 prize. At the end of the day, it was Chastain who snagged the final prize of the four-race series.
The Xfinity Series will be back on Saturday, July 4 at 3 PM ET. Catch all the racing action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on NBC.
Chase Briscoe faced a difficult day on Saturday due to a mechanical issue that kept him on pit road for six laps at the start of the race. Despite that, Briscoe finished seventh. However, the highlight of the weekend came in the second race of the doubleheader at Homestead-Miami, as he was able to grab the checkered flag in double overtime.
The win marks the fifth of his career and his third of the season. Briscoe also holds seven top-tens on the season.
Notably, Briscoe was able to snag his win at Homestead without his crew chief, car chief, and engineer, following their suspension due to the weight falling out of his car the day before. Greg Zipadelli served as his crew chief and gained his first Xfinity Series win in that position.
“Yeah, that was a team win for sure. You know yesterday we were so good, and then today, I don’t know if it was the heat or what, but we weren’t very good. We were decent on the long run, but the 9 was definitely better. This is a testament to all the guys at Stewart-Haas racing. We have a good run going so far, and we are looking to win a lot more,” said Briscoe.
Brandon Jones finished second, less than 0.2 seconds behind Briscoe, and Ross Chastain claimed the third spot. AJ Allmendinger finished fourth, followed by Noah Gragson, who led a race-high 81 laps. Gragson also led the most laps in Saturday’s race.
Just as he did a day prior, Ryan Sieg claimed stage one, marking the third stage win of his career. The race repeated the Hooters 250 yet again, as Noah Gragson grabbed back-to-back stage two wins. This marked his fifth stage win of the season.
As far as yellow flags went, the competition caution appeared on lap 20, which gave drivers the opportunity to head to the pits for fresh tires. Just twelve laps later, Tommy Joe Martins and Caesar Bacarella collided to bring out the first incident-related caution of the race.
Stage two remained caution-free. Thus, the next caution of the race appeared with only two to go, as Austin Cindric spun with a flat tire. Cindric was in the top-five at the time of his spin and led 56 laps earlier in the day. However, this overtime restart was not the final shootout. Daniel Hemric, Michael Annett, and Riley Herbst were involved in the accident that led to the second overtime attempt.
The 250 mile race marked the second installment of the Dash 4 Cash initiative. Daniel Hemric, Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, and AJ Allmendinger were all eligible for the cash prize. However, it was Allmendinger who walked away with the $100,000 bonus. The drivers eligible for the next cash payout at Talladega Superspeedway includes Chase Briscoe, Brandon Jones, AJ Allmendinger, and Ross Chastain.
Catch the Xfinity Series back in action on Saturday, June 20 at 5:30 PM. Coverage of the superspeedway race will be found on FS1.