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Josh Slate

Josh Slate

Hello, my name is Josh Slate and I'm from Richmond, Virginia. I'm currently a student at Randolph-Macon College studying Communications with a minor in Journalism. I am following my dream of pursuing a career in the media side of the NASCAR industry. In my free time, I love to spend time with my family, watch sports and explore the outdoors.
 
 

It’s been 21 days since the last time the drivers of the NASCAR Cup Series have raced against one another. Today, the seven-turn road course in Watkins Glen, New York welcomed them back and Kyle Larson was able to ‘strike’ victory in the Go Bowling at the Glen event.

Larson came into the race 13 points behind Denny Hamlin in regular season points and he left tied for the points lead after an impressive race.

“Chase [Elliott] was already catching me pretty quick even with me being in the open track. So when I caught those four lapped cars, I got into the 38 here, I thought the No. 9 would be right on me. Luckily I had a comfortable enough gap to make a mistake like that,” Larson said post-race to NBC Sports.

“It’s awesome. This really just shows how good their organization is. All the people that they have assembled at their race shop. The four of us could not have gotten all these wins without them,” Larson continued about the success of Hendrick Motorsports this season.

Both Christopher Bell and Chase Elliott were forced to start in the rear for today’s race at Watkins Glen for issues with their rear window air deflectors. Along with starting in the rear, their crew chiefs were ejected for the race and fined $25,000 each. Additionally, they were each docked 10 driver points.

Due to NASCAR’s formula to determine the starting grid, Team Penske secured the top-three spots with Brad Keselowski on the pole beside Joey Logano in second.

By the end of lap one, Keselowski was able to put a half-second gap on teammate Logano.

Coming to the lap ten competition caution, Keselowski spun his car around in turn six after battling brake problems early. He was able to collect his car and only lost five spots. Keselowski led a small group of cars to pit road under this yellow including Elliott and Bell who made their way up to 19th and 22nd respectfully.

Logano stayed on track during this caution and led the field into turn one on the restart. With three to go in the stage, crew chiefs decided to play strategy, bringing many of the leaders down pit road including Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick. While this happened Logano was able to hold off a charging Kyle Larson to capture the stage one victory.

Stage One:

  1. Joey Logano
  2. Kyle Larson
  3. Denny Hamlin
  4. Tyler Reddick
  5. William Byron
  6. Kyle Busch
  7. Alex Bowman
  8. Austin Dillon
  9. Chase Elliott
  10. Erik Jones

 

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. obtained the lead under the pit sequence and was quickly disposed of by Truex Jr. and Chase Briscoe by turn one. Just two laps after the field took the green, the caution flew for James Davison who was stalled on track.

After scoring stage points in stage one, Elliott had to pit under green to replace his tires after he flat-spotted them in turn one.

Martin Truex Jr. led 18 of the 20 laps in stage two en route to his fourth stage win of the 2021 season.

Stage Two:

  1. Martin Truex Jr.
  2. Christopher Bell
  3. Kevin Harvick
  4. Kyle Larson
  5. Chase Briscoe
  6. Ross Chastain
  7. Matt Dibenedetto
  8. Denny Hamlin
  9. Joey Logano
  10. Kyle Busch

 

Hamlin was the first of the leaders to pit and he brought Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Tyler Reddick, Alex Bowman and many others with him.

Truex Jr. kept the lead through this stage break and when the field was shown the green flag to begin the final stage, a three-car battle for the lead began between Truex Jr., Bell, and Larson. On lap 54, Larson gets into Bell putting an end to the battle for the lead and allowing Truex to once again pull away.

On the next lap, the brake troubles continued for Keselowski as he spun again in turn one, this time taking his teammate, Logano, with him. The green continued to be shown as the field was making its way down pit road for green flag pit stops.

When the two leaders, Truex Jr. and Larson, made the trip to pit road for fuel and tires, Larson’s crew helped him jump the No. 19 machine and take the position by the exit of pit lane; Larson would ultimately become the leader once the green flag stops came to an end. 

With 20 laps to go, the No. 9 of Chase Elliott came to life as he made his way past third place, Kyle Busch, and set his sights on second place, Martin Truex Jr. 

Elliott was able to make the pass on Truex Jr. with nine laps to go, still 5.5 seconds back from Larson.

Larson majestically made his way through lapped traffic and was able to capture the Go Bowling at the Glen victory for his fifth win of the season and his second on a road course this year.

Next week, the NASCAR Cup Series heads to a familiar racetrack with a different layout. Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be home to the Cup Series’ inaugural trip to the road course configuration. Catch the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard on Sunday, August 15th at 1:00PM EST on NBC.

 

After 260 laps, a brief red flag and an epic battle with his brother, Kurt Busch was able to wheel his Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet into victory lane Sunday afternoon. His Quaker State 400 victory was his first win of the 2021 season and his first win in 26 races.

Busch was able to lead 144 laps working his way meticulously through groups of lapped cars in the midst of the battle for the win.

“Hell yeah we beat Kyle [Busch]! I taught that kid everything he knows; he should be grateful. What a battle and what a genuine, awesome, old-school racetrack and I asked the track today, ‘last time here on your old asphalt, can I get an old guy to win?’ and she answered. Thank you to Atlanta Motor Speedway,” Kurt Busch joked in his post-race interview with NBC Sports.

“I don't know where I’m going, [next year] but I just love racing cars and I want to race that Next Gen car next year; that’s why I’m trying to stick around,” Busch continued.

After making their long awaited return to Road America in Plymouth, Wisconsin last week, the NASCAR Cup Series makes their final trip to this Atlanta Motor Speedway configuration.

Earlier this week, Speedway Motorsports announced that the 1.5 mile track will undergo a reconfiguration narrowing the track as well as adding banking to the corners. The project is set to start next week, meaning this was the last time NASCAR will compete on what some people call a “cheese grater” surface.

Chase Elliott started on pole with Saturday’s Xfinity Series winner, Kyle Busch, starting second. The lone driver to drop to the rear of the field for the start was Martin Truex Jr. due to failing inspection twice earlier this morning.

Elliott got an enormous jump on the start and gapped the field by almost three car-lengths as he led the field into turn one. Elliott remained the leader until the No. 18 of Kyle Busch worked his way around the driver of the No. 9 on lap 14. Busch was able to sustain the lead until the competition caution flew on lap 25.

Under this yellow, everyone came down pit road to put four fresh tires on their car and make adjustments. Elliott was the biggest loser under this round of pit stops as he overshot his pit stall and went from third to eighteenth. Denny Hamlin won the race off pit road but was quickly overtaken by Busch by the conclusion of lap 30.

The first incident-related caution came out as the battle for the lead continued to heat up. Cody Ware made an aggressive four-wide move causing Daniel Suarez and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to wreck on the backstretch. Suarez was able to continue while Stenhouse Jr. was forced to go to the garage; he would make his way back out on track later in the race.

Busch was able to lead all but 16 laps in the first stage en route to his stage one victory. 

Stage One:

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Kurt Busch
  3. Denny Hamlin
  4. Alex Bowman
  5. Tyler Reddick
  6. Kyle Larson
  7. Joey Logano
  8. William Byron
  9. Martin Truex Jr.
  10. Kevin Harvick

 

Under the stage break, Kurt Busch came off pit road ahead of young brother, Kyle, as the rain inched closer to the racetrack.

Lap 27 brought trouble to Joey Logano as he was forced to come down pit road with a loose wheel. William Byron and Matt Dibenedetto were the first drivers to make scheduled pit stops on lap 39. This pushed everyone to make the decision on whether or not to pit then or wait.

Aric Almirola and Ryan Preece made the gamble to stay out longer than the leaders in hope for rain but the bet did not pay off. Kurt Busch worked his way past both of those drivers and began extending his lead on Kyle Busch once more. The Busch brothers dominance continued as Kurt Busch cruised to the stage two win.

Stage Two:

  1. Kurt Busch
  2. Kyle Busch
  3. Alex Bowman
  4. Kyle Larson
  5. Denny Hamlin
  6. Tyler Reddick
  7. Ryan Blaney
  8. Brad Keselowski
  9. Austin Dillon
  10. Martin Truex Jr.

 

The red flag was displayed as the field was ready to take the green for track repair on the frontstretch. Kurt Busch maintained the lead after the restart as the battle for second started to get intense between Alex Bowman and Kyle Busch.

The flood gates opened on pit road with 49 laps to go when Joey Logano brought his Shell Pennzoil Mustang to receive service. Shortly after, all the leaders made their way to their teams and Kyle Busch cycled around to the lead. Kyle Larson was hit with a speeding on pit road penalty under these pit stops.

Similar to what happened in the first race at Atlanta this year, lapped traffic became a major factor in the outcome of the race. Ross Chastain held up Kyle Busch just long enough for his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Kurt Busch, to make his way past Kyle to return to the lead.

“He did his job as a teammate and Ross [Chastain] is going to get a little flack for it, but that's what it takes to be a good teammate at the right moment. I’ll pay him back eventually,” Kurt Busch said about the help from Chastain.

Kurt Busch was able to make his way through lapped traffic and outduel his brother to pick up the Quaker State 400 win and lock himself into the playoffs.

 

After not hosting a race in the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sonoma Raceway held the Toyota Save Mart 350 for the NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday afternoon. After 90 grueling laps around the 2.52-mile road course, Kyle Larson reigned victorious to pick up his second straight win.

“It was not easy. No road course is easy; just keeping it on track is tough, especially when you have two of the best behind you on that restart. Chase [Elliott] kept the pressure on and Martin [Truex Jr.] was strong as well. But what an effort and what a car,” Larson said post-race to FOX Sports.

When asked about how special it is to win in front of his home crowd, Larson said, “It means a lot. Northern California, this will always be home to me, even if I live all the way on the east coast now.”

Coca-Cola 600 winner, Larson, started on pole alongside 2020 champion, Chase Elliott. Larson took off from his first-place starting position to put a gap of two seconds between him and second place by the end of lap one.

The scheduled competition caution flew on lap ten, giving teams the opportunity to make adjustments to their cars if needed. Before the caution came out, most of the leaders made their way to pit road to get tires. Of the front-runners, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, and Cole Custer all decided to stay out before the competition caution.

As stage one drew to a close, William Byron, Chris Buescher, and Michael McDowell made it to pit road before it was closed. Daniel Suarez made an attempt to make it to pit road but entered a closed pit and had to restart at the tail of the field for stage two. Ultimately, it was Larson who captured the stage victory, gaining ten championship points along with one playoff point.

Stage One:

  1. Kyle Larson
  2. Chase Elliott
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. Martin Truex Jr.
  5. Alex Bowman
  6. Austin Dillon
  7. Tyler Reddick
  8. Kurt Busch
  9. Matt Dibenedetto
  10. Erik Jones

 

The top-13 drivers stayed out under the stage break, and Kurt Busch was able to lead the field up the hill into turn one. 

The first incident-related caution came on lap 31 when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. slammed the wall on the frontstretch with a flat tire. This caution allowed strategy to play out once more with Denny Hamlin leading a majority of the lead lap cars down pit road. After Larson took back the lead under that pit exchange, he drove away to the stage two win.

Stage Two:

  1. Kyle Larson
  2. Joey Logano
  3. Alex Bowman
  4. Kurt Busch
  5. Chase Elliott
  6. William Byron
  7. Kyle Busch
  8. Brad Keselowski
  9. Denny Hamlin
  10.  Christopher Bell

 

Kurt Busch, once again, stayed out under the stage break, and he advanced to the lead after collecting stage points in stage two. After leading for two laps, Busch gave up the lead to Chase Elliott until Larson made his way back up to the point on lap 58. 

Through varying strategies, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch were able to both lead two laps before they were overtaken by Larson.

With 19 laps to go, Quin Houff’s car came to a halt bringing out the fifth caution of the day. All the leaders pitted under this disruption to action except for Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Tyler Reddick, Corey LaJoie, and Anthony Alfredo. 

Larson once again took back the lead on lap 76 but when the field got to turn 11, chaos ensued. Ross Chastain spun Corey Lajoie leaving Alex Bowman, Kevin Harvick, and William Byron all with heavy damage. Bowman and Harvick could continue, but Byron ,unfortunately, had to call it a day.

Lap 85 brought trouble to Ryan Preece and Cody Ware. As Preece lost control of his car, he pulled out on track, and Ware piled into his rear-end.

On the restart, Alex Bowman forced Anthony Alfredo into Christopher Bell, spinning Bell around but ultimately leaving Alfredo with the worst damage from the incident.

In the first and only attempt of NASCAR overtime, Kyle Larson was able to build a gap between himself and Chase Elliott en route to his third win of the year.

Top Ten:

  1. Kyle Larson
  2. Chase Elliott
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Joey Logano
  5. Kyle Busch
  6. Kurt Busch
  7. Ross Chastain
  8. Denny Hamlin
  9. Alex Bowman
  10.  Ryan Blaney

 

Next week, the NASCAR Cup Series’ best hit the track at Texas Motor Speedway for the All-Star Race. The event will take place Sunday, June 13th with the open at 6:00pm EST and the All-Star Race at 8:00pm EST; both on FOX Sports One.



Sunday afternoon, NASCAR’s best hit the track in Austin, Texas for their first ever race at Circuit of the Americas. The 3.43-mile track opened in 2012 hosts the Formula One United States Grand Prix. After 54 laps around the 20-turn course, it was Chase Elliott who found victory lane for the first time this season in the rain-shortened race. 

“I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve never won a rain race before so it’s kind of cool. Just super proud of our team just continuing to fight. At the start of the race we weren’t really good so I kept pushing myself and the team made changes during the day and got to where I thought we were on pace to where those guys were at the end,” Chase Elliott said to FOX Sports’ Regan Smith post-race.

Elliott continued by saying, “It’s not the greatest thing ever for it to have a rain race win be your first one, but I think it’s okay if it’s down the road and I’m pretty excited about that.”

Rain was in the forecast all weekend and before the start of the EchoPark Automotive Texas Grand Prix drivers were able to decide if they wanted wet-weather or standard tires during pace laps. Michael McDowell, Ryan Preece, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Martin Truex Jr. were the only drivers who decided to stay on wet-weather tires to start the race.

Before the race began, NASCAR announced eleven drivers would need to start at the rear of the field including: Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Chase Briscoe, James Davison, Chris Buescher, Anthony Alfredo, Erik Jones, Cody Ware, and Daniel Suarez.

Tyler Reddick won the pole for the event and led the field up into turn one when the green flag was thrown ahead of Kyle Larson in second. At the conclusion of lap one, roughly half the field came to pit road for the wet-weather tires; eventually, those who had standard tires made their way to pit road as the rain continued to fall.

The first caution of the race came on lap seven when Daniel Suarez’s car got stuck in gear and stopped on the racetrack. Michael McDowell inherited the lead by staying out under this caution with Bubba Wallace alongside. Joey Logano stole the lead from McDowell with five laps left in stage one and ultimately cruised to the stage win. Before the green-white-checkered flag was displayed, Matt Dibenedetto hit the rear-end of William Byron, leaving Byron with heavy damage and a flat right-rear tire with two to go in the stage.

Stage One:

  1. Joey Logano
  2. Michael McDowell
  3. Kurt Busch
  4. Kyle Larson
  5. Austin Cindric
  6. Chris Buescher
  7. Chase Briscoe
  8. Ross Chastain
  9. Kyle Busch
  10. Matt Dibenedetto

 

After pit stops, Logano and McDowell retained the top-two positions but Kurt Busch stole second place from McDowell as they dove into turn one on the restart. 

The third caution came on lap 18 when Ryan Blaney was hit by Chistopher Bell going into turn 12. While braking for the incident, Kevin Harvick was slammed from behind by Bubba Wallace ending both of their days. Brad Keselowski and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. also sustained some damage in this incident.

On the restart, Ross Chastain made it three wide and took the lead from Logano. By the end of the lap, Ryan Preece snagged the lead from Chastain. Going down the backstretch, Martin Truex Jr. slammed into the back of Michael McDowell and then got viciously hit by Cole Custer bringing out the fourth caution and eventually the red flag.

When the yellow flag was displayed eventually, NASCAR made the decision to make restarts single-file to help with visibility. After Chastain came down pit road, Preece led the field into turn one. Kyle Busch was able to make his way past Preece with four laps to go in stage two en route to the stage victory.

Stage Two:

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Chase Elliott
  3. Tyler Reddick
  4. Austin Cindric
  5. Corey LaJoie
  6. Kyle Larson
  7. Ryan Preece
  8. AJ Allmendinger
  9. Chase Briscoe
  10. Alex Bowman

 

On the restart, Erik Jones spun around in the esses and Brad Keselowski spun out on the exit of turn eleven while Kyle Busch stretched his lead to three seconds on the first green flag lap of stage three; they stayed green.

On lap 39, pole-sitter Tyler Reddick made contact with AJ Allmendinger and he lost control of his car in turn 20. The race stayed green but he fell from fifth to 24th. As pit strategy played out in the final stage, Kyle Larson, Ross Chastain, and Alex Bowman led laps. Chase Elliott passed Kyle Busch during the pit sequence, when Bowman made his way to pit road, Elliott cycled around to the lead. 

With 14 laps to go, the yellow flag was thrown for visibility issues and track conditions; subsequently the red flag was displayed. As they did earlier, NASCAR brought the Air Titans back out on track to try to remove the standing water off the backstretch.

This red flag ultimately led to NASCAR’s decision to call the race and Chase Elliott, who was short on fuel if the race remained green, was crowned victorious.

Top Ten:

  1. Chase Elliott
  2. Kyle Larson
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Ross Chastain
  5. AJ Allmendinger
  6. Chase Briscoe
  7. Michael McDowell
  8. Alex Bowman
  9. Tyler Reddick
  10. Kyle Busch

The NASCAR Cup Series is back in action next week as they return to "America's Home for Racing." Catch all the action from Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 30th at 6:00pm ET for the running of the Coca-Cola 600 on FOX.

 

After a washout on Sunday, the NASCAR Cup Series was forced to run the Food City Dirt Race on Monday. It was ultimately Joey Logano who was able to capture the checkered flag in NASCAR’s return to dirt. Logano led 61 laps en route to his first win of the season.

“Man it's incredible. How about that guys! This is incredible. Man we did a lot of work in the dirt department here in the last couple weeks,” Logano told FOX Sports post-race. 

“I was getting nervous because there were so many new winners and first time winners, so I told my guys we had to win.”

Due to heat races on Saturday getting canceled because of rain, NASCAR set the lineup by the formula. Kyle Larson was supposed to start from the pole, but an engine change on Friday forced him to go to the back on pace laps. Other drivers who had to drop to the back on pace laps included Michael McDowell and Matt Dibenedetto; both for unapproved adjustments.

Kyle Busch pounced on Denny Hamlin at the start to steal the lead by the end of lap one. On lap eight, Busch had to make his way to pit road for an overheating issue. On lap 40, Anthony Alfredo slammed into the wrecking Aric Almirola right in front of Truex Jr. “Holy crap that was close,” Truex Jr. told crew chief, James Small. 

Corey Lajoie and Shane Golobic were also involved in this incident, ending both of their days. Seven laps later, William Byron tagged the left rear quarter panel of Ryan Newman and spun Newman around. This caution served as the competition caution.

Two of the favorites for the race, Christopher Bell and Kyle Larson, took eachother out on lap 52 collecting Ross Chastain. Bell and Chastain both took their cars to the garage and Larson was never able to make his way back to the front. On the ensuing restart, Alex Bowman couldn’t get going and he told his team, “I’ve got no fourth gear.” Bowman fought throughout the race without fourth gear, rallying for a 22nd place finish.

The remainder of the stage stayed green and Truex Jr. was able to win stage one by 2.6 seconds over William Byron.

On lap 135, Daniel Suarez made his way to the back bumper of Truex Jr. and made a pass for the lead. The second and final competition caution flew on lap 150 with Suarez still leading and Byron in second.

The sixth caution flew on lap 152 when Ryan Blaney ran into Kyle Busch collecting Alex Bowman, Michael McDowell, Austin Dillon, and Cody Ware.

Chase Briscoe wrecked off of turn four in a similar fashion to what was seen in the caution prior. The dust was creating a huge challenge for these drivers and making it extremely hard to see. Kyle Busch said, “I can’t see anything. Not even the car right in front of you.” After that incident, NASCAR made the restarts single-file.

Cody Ware was the cause of the ninth caution when he wrecked by himself in turn two on lap 185. Joey Logano was able to get a jump on the restart, passing Suarez en route to the stage two victory. NASCAR took this break to do track-prep in an effort to reduce the amount of dust being stirred up.

With 35 to go, Bubba Wallace came down into Ricky Stenhouse Jr. causing Wallace to blow a tire from the seventh position; the race stayed green.

The last yellow flag flew with four laps to go as Mike Marlar spun out on the front-stretch while Logano continued to stretch his lead. 

In overtime, Hamlin jumped to the outside but the move did not work as he lost second place to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Logano was able to put a big enough gap between himself and Stenhouse Jr. as he was able to become the seventh different winner in seven different races. Rounding out the top-five was Stenhouse Jr., Hamlin, Suarez, and Ryan Newman.



Once the skies finally cleared at Bristol Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers made history as Martin Truex Jr. won the first ever Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt.

“Yeah it's unbelievable, I guess they had to put dirt on Bristol to put me in victory lane here,” Truex Jr. said to FOX Sports post-race.

“I learned a lot. It was really amazing how much the track changed. I think if you have a good car you can be up front all day long. I’m looking forward to this afternoon.”

On Saturday, the trucks lined up to run heat races. After two laps in the first heat, NASCAR deemed the track not ready and as crews went back out to prepare the track, the rain began to fall. Since the heat races were rained out, starting positions were determined by the NASCAR formula.

John Hunter Nemechek started on the pole with Austin Hill starting alongside him in second.

When the green flag waved, Austin Hill made his way to the point until Sheldon Creed made an aggressive three-wide move on lap two to pass both Hill and Matt Crafton in second.

After contact with the turn two wall on lap three, Tanner Gray spun around on lap 12 bringing out the first caution of the day. Carson Hocevar was the reason for the second yellow when his No. 42 Silverado was stopped on the frontstretch. On lap 34, Chandler Smith got bumped by Austin Wayne Self, this ultimately spun Smith around and he made head on contact with Tyler Ankrum; Ankrum’s day was done after this incident. The stage went green with one lap remaining and Martin Truex Jr. used the outside lane to get around Creed for the stage one victory.

Stewart Friesen and Nemechek stayed out under the stage break, but Truex Jr. on fresh tires made his way around both of them to take the lead back on lap 43. Five laps later, Nemechek spun in turn two and collected both Derek Kraus and Timothy Peters; Kraus and Nemechek went to the garage. Jennifer Jo Cobb went around on lap 62, this brought out the sixth caution. Within two laps of going green, a tire problem for Norm Benning brought out the seventh yellow. 

Lap 79 brought trouble to Myatt Snider when he wrecked in turn four and collected Daniel Suarez; both had minimal damage. They went green with six to go in the stage and Truex Jr. was able to gap the field once again, winning stage two.

With 51 laps to go, Kyle Larson slammed into the back of the lapped machine of Mike Marlar; Brett Moffitt and Danny Bohn are among those who were also involved. The rough days for Chandler Smith and Johnny Sauter continued on lap 118 as they collided and both hit the inside wall off of turn two. As Truex Jr. began to pull away from second place, Ben Rhodes, the caution flag flew once more. This time, the caution was for Andrew Gordon when he lost control of his truck in turn four. 

A twelve lap green-flag run was all Martin Truex Jr. needed to gap the field once again and pick up his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory.



After 50 minutes in the final practice session for the Food City Dirt Race, Ryan Blaney was the fastest with a lap time of 20.172 seconds.

“It’s rough, slick, really rough actually. Larson and Reddick were able to run the top but for only a few minutes,” Blaney said in a press conference after practice when asked how the track conditions were.

“We’re seeing tires cord really quickly. It's going to be interesting when it comes to saving tires on Sunday.”

Rounding out the top-five was Alex Bowman(20.194), Denny Hamlin (20.228), Joey Logano (20.262), Chase Briscoe (20.313).

The lone caution of the practice came with five minutes left when Cole Custer went for a quick spin. A problem for race favorite, Kyle Larson, leaves him starting at the rear for Sunday due to an engine change. Before his engine issues, Larson put down a ten lap run that put him first of 33 drivers in ten lap averages.

On Saturday, the NASCAR Cup Series drivers hit the track for four, fifteen lap heat races in Bush's Beans Qualifying. Catch all the action from Bristol on FOX Sports One at 4:30pm ET.



Ben Rhodes tops final practice for the Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt with a time of 20.703 seconds.

“It’s going to be a thrilling race. This is something I never expected to happen in my lifetime,” Rhodes said in his press conference after practice.

When asked about if skills from Eldora transfer to Bristol dirt, Rhodes said, “I think it is similar. I think everything you learned at Eldora applies.”

“I feel really good about our truck; I’m really confident.”

The trend continued throughout the day as the fastest laps in this practice session were posted in the first few minutes of practice.

While Ben Rhodes had the fastest time in practice, the four drivers that followed him were, Ryan Newman (20.716), Tanner Gray (20.721), Stewart Friesen (20.784), and Matt Crafton (20.797).

Raphael Lessard, who was fastest in first practice, finished 16th in the second session.

Ryan Newman was the fastest of the Cup Series drivers in the field for Saturday night’s event and was the fastest of anyone in five and ten lap averages.

During the 50 minute final practice, there were a few stoppages. JR Heffner wrecked three minutes into the session with heavy damage to the nose and rear-end. The other break to the action happened halfway through when the caution was thrown for debris. With ten minutes remaining, Bubba Wallace spun in turn two but did not make any contact with the wall.



After a week off, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returned today for the Fr8Auctions 200 and it was Kyle Busch who came home with the checkered flag; his first win of the season.

“It’s great to get back to victory lane; well it’s always cool to get to victory lane in Billy Blue’s backyard here in Atlanta,“ Busch said to FOX Sports’ Jamie Little.

John Hunter Nemechek started on the pole alongside Matt Crafton. Crafton was able to steal the lead from Nemechek by the end of lap one but was unable to hold off Busch as he took the lead just a few laps later.

The first caution came out halfway through the first stage; this was the competition caution. With two laps to go in the stage, Nemechek was able to make his way past Busch en route to a stage one victory.

Once again, the stage came down to Busch and Nemechek; it was Nemechek claiming the stage two victory.

With 34 laps to go, green flag pit stops began when Grant Enfinger made his way down pit road. Busch was able to cycle back around to the lead, but Austin Hill was able to pass Nemechek under this sequence.

Ultimately, it was Kyle Busch who crossed the finish line in first with Hill and Nemechek rounding out the top-three.

Next week, the trucks head to The Last Great Colosseum for the Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt. Tune in to FOX Sports 1 at 8:00pm ET on Saturday, March 27 for coverage of the event.

 

After 400 miles around Homestead-Miami Speedway, it was William Byron who brought home the checkered flag.

“That guy has been huge for my career. He’s why I’m here. I’m glad we could get him; he’s just awesome” Byron said about his crew chief, Rudy Fugle, in his post-race interview with FOX Sports.

“I can’t even believe it, honestly. This was just a really smooth day, and we worked hard in the winter on this track. I can’t believe it.”

Four cars were forced to start at the rear of the field on Sunday including pole-sitter, Denny Hamlin, Alex Bowman, Corey LaJoie, and James Davison. With Hamlin starting in the rear, Joey Logano was the control car on the initial start.

Brad Keselowski was able to take the lead from his teammate on lap 13 and led until the competition caution flew on lap 26. Keselowski remained on-point until Chris Buescher passed him on lap 53.

10 laps after Buescher took the lead, the caution came out for James Davison when his engine expired. Buescher went on to claim the stage one win, marking his second stage win of his career. Other drivers receiving points in this stage included: Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., William Byron, Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, and Austin Dillon.

Green flag pit stops in stage two started on lap 38 when Ryan Newman came to get service. The leaders soon followed, and Truex Jr. was able to cycle around as the leader, passing Buescher. 

The third caution of the race came on lap 153 when Corey LaJoie’s engine blew up. This set up a one lap shootout for the stage win, which ultimately went to William Byron. The rest of the top-ten included: Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson, Chris Buescher, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, and Brad Keselowski.

The yellow flag was thrown again on lap 199 for debris from an incident between Aric Almirola and Ryan Blaney. Under this caution, Hamlin was caught for speeding on pit road.

With 40 laps to go, Kurt Busch hit pit road for a vibration. The Team Penske cars followed him to pit road shortly after to get four tires and fuel.

The race went green the rest of the way, and it was William Byron who was victorious.

Next week, the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Las Vegas for the running of the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube. Tune into FOX at 3:30 PM ET on Sunday for coverage of the race.

 

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