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Now that Duel 1 is complete, half of the lineup is set for the annual Daytona 500 race. Aric Almirola was able to win the duel in order to grab the third-place starting position for Sunday’s race. Notably, Alex Bowman and William Byron respectively each claimed their starting positions on the front row prior to the duels during Wednesday night’s qualifying session.
Duel 1 consisted of odd-numbered drivers according to the qualifying speed charts, and the duel served the purpose of setting the odd-numbered starting positions for the 500.
Though there was no caution during the first half of the race, pole-sitter Alex Bowman reported an issue with the engine of the No. 48 and took his car to pit road at the halfway point. Though less severe than Bowman, Austin Cindric also faced a challenge just a few laps later. As he came for his scheduled pit stop, he was handed a penalty for speeding on pit road, which hurt his chances at locking into the Daytona 500. Notably, the race remained caution-free all the way through.
Although Daniel Suarez and Christopher Bell both managed to lead the race at various points, it was Aric Almirola that dominated the race. He led a whopping 52 laps en route to his win. Almirola bested second-place finisher Christopher Bell by a 0.041 second margin.
“This thing is really fast. I can’t wait until Sunday,” Almirola told Fox Sports’ Jamie Little.
For some drivers, the sole purpose of the duels was to advance their car to the main event. Teams that did not have a charter had to battle through the duels in order to participate in the Daytona 500. Of these eight unchartered cars, the No. 37 of Ryan Preece and the No. 36 of David Ragan both secured their spot in Sunday’s race due to their qualifying speeds.
This left Austin Cindric, Ty Dillon, and Timmy Hill to battle their way into the race in Duel 1. Since Preece was the first open car to finish, this allowed Cindric to advance to the big race on qualifying speed, despite his speeding penalty. Meanwhile, Ty Dillon fell short in advancing by a mere 0.038 seconds.
Duel 2 is currently under delay for inclement weather.
After the last 150 miles of the season came to a close at Phoenix Raceway, it was ultimately Sheldon Creed that took home both the checkered flag and the 2020 Truck Series championship title. His win marked him above the other round of 4 drivers and allowed him to collect his first championship. Additionally, the win at Phoenix marked Creed’s fifth win of the season. Of the other playoff drivers, Zane Smith had the second best finish in second. Meanwhile, Brett Moffitt finished tenth, and Grant Enfinger crossed the finish line in thirteenth.
“I thought my teammate was gonna win the championship, and we were going to run third. We made a good strategy call. I nailed the restart right there. I just drove into second as hard as I could. I wanted this so bad. I drove as hard as I could, and I knew if I did that I would have a shot,” Creed said of the championship title.
The race began with 150 laps to determine a champion. Round of 4 driver Grant Enfinger started from the pole position to initiate the race. However, Zane Smith stole the lead from him early on and later collected the stage one win on lap 45.
Stage two of the race remained caution free. As the stage came to a close on lap 90, Brett Moffitt took the stage win.
The first incident-related yellow flag of the evening emerged for 17-year-old Carson Hocevar with 46 laps to go. The last caution of the event manifested itself for Dawson Cram on lap 147. This caution caused the race to go into NASCAR overtime.
Though it was Creed that seized the win in overtime, it was notable that Chandler Smith, Christian Eckes, and Rapheal Lessard all managed to round out the final race of their season with top-five finishes.
While the 2020 season has come to a close, more racing action from the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series will return in February of 2021.
After 500 laps around the short half-mile of Martinsville Speedway, Chase Elliott took home his fourth win of the 2020 season. The win transfers Elliott to the Round of 4 at Phoenix to compete for the championship title. This is Elliott’s first final four playoff appearance. Certainly, Martinsville has been a solid track for Elliott with three top-fives there throughout his Cup career, but this marks his first Cup Series win at the half-mile.
“Oh my gosh. I’m so proud. We were backed into a corner and had to win. We performed when we didn’t have a choice. I couldn’t ask for a better night. It is unreal,” exclaimed Elliott.
Prior to the drop of the checkered flag, there was 263 miles ahead of the drivers, and it was Brad Keselowski who led them to the green flag on lap one. However, it was Martin Truex Jr. that was leading at the time of the competition caution on lap 60. The first accident-related caution appeared on lap 73 when Aric Almirola turned Clint Bowyer; Austin Dillon was also caught up in the incident. The yellow flag made another appearance after 104 laps of competition for Garrett Smithley. Shortly after, Lap 115 brought another caution for Joey Gase who spun with help from Quin Houff. On lap 130, the first portion of the race came to a close with Denny Hamlin taking the stage one win.
The first caution of the second stage emerged on lap 147 for Chris Buescher, who suffered from a radiator issue. Another incident put a halt to the racing action on lap 185; Brennan Poole was the cause. Ryan Preece spun after receiving contact from John Hunter Nemechek on lap 214, which allowed another caution to materialize. After 260 laps of competition, Chase Elliott claimed the stage two win.
During the course of the final stage, a caution for Timmy Hill appeared on lap 352. The eleventh caution of the day took shape for James Davison on lap 400. Just 41 laps later, another break in the race emerged; William Byron was the cause of the caution. On the final lap of the race, Kevin Harvick made contact with Kyle Busch, but there was no caution for the incident.
As Elliott went on to win the race, Blaney trailed behind him to grab the runner-up position. Meanwhile, Logano, Keselowski, and K. Busch made up the remainder of the top-five.
The conclusion of all the action at “The Paperclip” brought an end to the Round of 8 and set the four drivers that will compete for a championship next week at Phoenix. Going into the race Logano, Harvick, Hamlin, and Keselowski were above the cutline. This left Bowman, Elliott, Truex, and Ku. Busch lingering below the cutoff. However, it was ultimately Elliott, Logano, Keselowski, and Hamlin that advanced into the Round of 4.
Find out who wins the championship title in Phoenix by tuning into NBC on Sunday, November 8, at 3 PM ET. You won’t want to miss the conclusion of the 2020 NASCAR Season!
Sheldon Creed held off Austin Hill to claim the victory after a 220-mile race in Fort Worth, Texas. With this win, Creed is now locked into the final four to compete for the championship at Phoenix. This marked Creed’s fourth win of the 2020 season, and his first win at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series.
“Gosh, what a learning day, honestly,” Creed said.
Following 0.131 seconds behind Hill grabbed a runner-up finish, his eleventh top-five of the season. Zane Smith, Raphael Lessard, and Brett Moffitt rounded up the remainder of the top-five.
The drop of the green flag initiated in the second race within the Round of 8. Creed led the field from the pole position, and he remained in the lead until the first caution appeared on lap 33 for Timothy Viens. The first stage was completed under this caution with Creed taking the stage one win.
Just 7 laps into the second stage, another break in the race emerged for Clay Greenfield. Luckily, Greenfield walked out from the incident without injury, but the damage to his racecar ended his day. Tyler Hill also received some damage from the accident. Another yellow flag materialized shortly after when Tate Fogleman slid into the wall on lap 53. Back under green, Crafton bested Creed for the stage two win, marking his first stage win of the season.
The fourth incident-related caution appeared on lap 92 for playoff contender Grant Enfinger, who suffered from a mechanical issue. Enfinger is now in a must-win situation to continue his fight for the title. Lap 106 brought another caution. This time it was for Todd Gilliland, who sustained major damage following his battle with Ben Rhodes. With only 31 laps to go, Chandler Smith spun to bring out the yellow flag again. C. Smith was running inside the top-ten at the time of his spin. With less than twenty laps to go, Stewart Friesen and Johnny Sauter collided while battling for the lead to usher in the yellow flag. The accident ended Friesen’s day. The wrecks continued on with another caution with two to go. Christian Eckes was spun by Ben Rhodes, and the damage brought an end to Eckes day. The caution also carried the racing action into NASCAR overtime.
Going into the race at Texas, only Brett Moffitt had secured his place in the Round of 4. Moffitt locked his position last week with his win in Kansas. Meanwhile, Creed, Hill, and Z. Smith resided above the cutline heading into the race. This left Enfinger, Crafton, Rhodes, and Ankrum looking in from the outside. After 147 laps in Texas, this remains true. Creed and Moffitt are locked in with Hill and Z. Smith joining them above the cutline. On the other hand, Crafton, Enfinger, Rhodes, and Ankrum linger below the cutline and will work to advance their position next week in order to fight for their championship aspirations.
Find out who advances to the Round of 4 next week at Martinsville Speedway. Catch all of the action on Friday, October 30, at 8 PM ET on FS1.
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.