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Matthew Jackson

William Byron went back-to-back winning Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway.

Byron took advantage of a late race restart to secure his second win of the season.

Rounding out the top five were Ryan Blaney in second, Tyler Reddick in third, Kyle Larson in fourth and Kevin Harvick in fifth.

Harvick, who finished second led 36 laps before a late race caution hurt his chances at victory.

Driver No. 24 took two tires under caution to give him a restart in the front row. Byron would restart ahead of Kevin Harvick who had dominated late in the race after passing Kyle Larson. Harvick would take the lead with 44 laps to go.

Harvick had a near 5 second lead over second place Kyle Larson with 10 laps to go when Harrison Burton spun out and brought out the caution, setting up a late-race restart. The race would resume with 4 laps to go, but a caution would come out after AJ Allmendinger, Noah Gragson and Ty Gibbs crashed. That would result in the race going into overtime with Hendrick Motorsports teammates Byron and Larson on the front row respectively.

Byron would emerge past Larson, who held a race high lead of laps led with 201 laps and would not be challenged over the final laps.

“We’ve done a good job to put ourselves in those positions on the front row with a shot at the end,” Byron told FOX Sports post-race.

Josh Berry, who is currently filling in for Chase Elliott while he recovers from a leg injury finished 10th on Sunday giving all four Hendrick Motorsports a finish in the top ten.

Sunday’s race featured the debut of of NASCAR’s new short track package which is designed to lower downforce. The changes made cars harder to drive for drivers on Sunday, however there was little competition except on the late race restarts. 

Rounding out the top ten were Christopher Bell in sixth, Chase Briscoe in seventh, Kyle Busch in eighth, Alex Bowman in ninth and Josh Berry in tenth.

Alex Bowman, who finished ninth currently holds a three point lead over Kevin Harvick in second.

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway next Sunday on March 19th at 3 p.m. Eastern on FOX.

Stage 1 Winner: William Byron
Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Larson
Race Winner: William Byron

John Hunter Nemechek won Sunday nights NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway.
Sunday's win for Nemechek marked his third win of his Xfinity Series career. His last Xfinity series win came in October of 2021 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Rounding out the top five were Sam Mayer in second, Justin Allgaier in third, Chandler Smith in fourth and Josh Berry in fifth.
Chandler Smith, who finished fourth was a career best finish for him in the Xfinity Series. 
Austin Hill, who won last Saturday at Daytona finished sixth and remains the points leader after two races. 
Rounding out the top ten were Austin Hill in sixth, Riley Herbst in seventh, Austin Dillion in eighth, Brett Moffitt in ninth and Parker Kligerman in tenth.
Coke Custer, who won the first two stages of the race finished in a disappointing 27th place after having a tire go down on Lap 91 of the 150 Lap race. 
Tyler Reddick, who ran the Cup series race earlier on Sunday for 23XI Racing finished 36th after being a victim of an accident earlier in the race.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 4th at 4:30 p.m. Eastern.
Stage 1 Winner: Cole Custer
Stage 2 Winner: Cole Custer 
Race Winner: John Hunter Nemechek 
Hendrick Motorsports swept the Daytona 500 front row on qualifying for Sunday's Daytona 500.
Alex Bowman took the pole with a top speed of 181.686 mph in his Hendrick Chevrolet. His teammate Kyle Larson was second with a top speed of 181.057 mph. Both drivers are locked for the front row for Sunday's "Great American Race," while others will have to race their way in during the duels on Thursday night.
For Bowman, this marks his sixth straight front row start in the Daytona 500.
"I'm so proud of the engine shop, all the guys" Bowman told FS1 post-qualifying. "I'm just fortunate to qualify some really fast cars. It's really cool to see Hendrick cars one, two, three."
Hendrick Motorsports leads all other active teams with 16 career poles in the Daytona 500. Richard Childress Racing is next on the list with 6 Daytona 500 poles.
Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson who embarks on a new venture as a co-owner with Legacy Motorclub formerly Petty GMS Racing locked himself a starting spot in the 500 as well as Travis Pastrana, who returns to NASCAR with a start in the 500 with 23XI Racing.
Four drivers still have yet to lock themselves into the race. Connor Daly, Chandler Smith, Austin Hill and Zane Smith. 
Daly, who is coming from the IndyCar series failed to post a lap due to oil line issues.
The Duels at Daytona are set to begin shortly after 7p.m. Eastern on FS1.
The CARS Tour will have some new ownership when the 2023 season begins this year. On Monday, it was announced that Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick and Justin Marks purchased the asphalt late model series. 
"This is a dream come true for me," Dale Earnhardt Jr. said on Monday afternoon. "I'm a huge fan of the CARS Tour and local short-track racing. The competition, the tracks and the drivers are some of the best around. These regional series are vital to the quality of racing you see at the top level. Jack has done a tremendous job establishing the CARS Tour as a preeminent series and I'm thrilled to be apart of its future.
As result of the announcement, the 2023 schedule will remain the same. The 2023 schedule is set with 19 race weekends and Jack McNelly will continue to oversee racing operations and the events at the track. 
"Owning and developing the CARS Tour has been an honor and one I'm immensely proud of," said McNelly in a statement. "Fortunately it's in the best of hands with this new group. They have the passion and the talent to take the Tour to the next level. I can't wait to see what this next chapter brings for everyone involved. I give my heartfelt thanks to all that have contributed to the success of the series over the years. It has truly been a team effort. The CARS Tour staff, officials,  competitors, sponsors and fans have made this series one of the best in the country." 
Each of the new owners of the CARS Tour have each driven late models at some point in their career over the years. Both Dale Jr. and Jeff Burton both grew up racing late models in the southeast while Kevin Harvick grew up racing late models on the West coast. 
"I grew up racing late models on the west coast," Kevin Harvick said. "Late model racing has always been a passion of mine and I want to ensure short-track asphalt racing and the CARS Tour continue to succeed. I look forward to sharing the responsibility with this like-minded group of racers." 
Many of NASCAR's stars today came from the CARS Tour including Josh Berry, Harrison Burton, William Byron, Ty Gibbs, Sam Mayer and Myatt Snider. 
"The opportunity to work with a group of sponsors that I have so much respect for in the sport and that I love is amazing," Jeff Burton said.  "Collectively, I believe we can contribute to grass roots racing and the overall health of motorsports in the process by building off the positive foundation Jack has built, I'm confident we can create a next-level experience for the competitors, partners and fans."
The 2023 CARS Tour season begins at Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday, March 11th, 2023.
Ty Gibbs won Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race and championship at Phoenix Raceway. 
Gibbs, who stirred controversy after wrecking his teammate Brandon Jones last weekend at Martinsville Speedway put all that aside and won the Xfinity Series championship for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Gibbs led 125 of the 200 lap race.
"I know what I did last week was unacceptable, and I apologize once again,” Gibbs said post-race. “It was unacceptable because we could have had two shots to win this deal, and it was stupid from an organization standpoint. I will sit here and tell you I’m sorry as much as I can, but it is not going to fix it. I’ve got to fix my actions."

Gibbs outlasted championship 4 drivers Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier and Josh Berry.

Noah Gragson, who was in control of the lead for a portion of the race lost the top spot during a pit stop and would drive from eighth to second but couldn't close the gap to Gibbs at the finish.

Rounding out the top five were Noah Gragson in second, Justin Allgaier in third, Landon Cassill in fourth and AJ Allmendinger in fifth. 

Josh Berry, who was on of the championship 4 drivers fell back from the race leaders with 30 laps to go and would make contact with the wall ending his championship hopes. 

Berry would finish 13th.

Rounding out the top ten were Sheldon Creed in sixth, Riley Herbst in seventh, Daniel Hemric in eighth, Austin Hill in ninth and Sammy Smith in tenth. 

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Daytona International Raceway on Saturday Feb. 18th

Stage 1 Winner: Ty Gibbs
Stage 2 Winner: Ty Gibbs
Race Winner: Ty Gibbs

Josh Berry won Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, giving him a spot in the championship race at Phoenix Raceway next month.

Three JR Motorsports drivers finished in the top three following the checkered flag. Noah Gragson finished second and Justin Allgaier finished third.

Allgaier, who finished third had a chance at the race win but would make contact with the Turn 4 wall with two laps remaining in the race.

Ty Gibbs and Trevor Bayne would round out the top five.

Hailie Deegan, who started her first NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, finished 13th. It marks the best finish for a female driver in their first Xfinity Series start.

Josh Berry sits atop the playoff board after his win on Saturday. Noah Gragson, Ty Gibbs and Justin Allgaier make up the top four spots above the cutoff line.

Austin Hill, AJ Allmendinger, Brandon Jones and Sam Mayer all are below the cutoff line with two races left in the Round of 8.

Rounding out the top ten were Austin Hill in sixth, Sam Mayer in seventh, Daniel Hemric in eighth, Brandon Jones in ninth and Anthony Alfredo in tenth.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway next Saturday October, 22nd at 4:30 p.m. Eastern on USA Network.

Stage 1 Winner: Ty Gibbs
Stage 2 Winner: Noah Gragson
Race Winner: Josh Berry

Christopher Bell won Sunday’s Bank of America Rival 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and punched his ticket into the next round of the playoffs.

Sunday’s race was rather calm until the final few laps when there were some cautions for wrecks which would send the race into an overtime finish.

Bell, who would get fresh tires during a late race pit stop under caution needed a win in order to advance into the Round of 8. When the race went back to green, Bell would charge past race leader Kevin Harvick and win over a margin of. 1.7 seconds.

Adam Stevens, who is the crew chief for Bell, made the decision to go with four tires in the late race pit stop to try and pull off a miracle. “We hit a three-pointer at the buzzer,” Stevens said post-race.

“I was the first one on new tires,” Bell told NBC Sports post-race. “I guess we’ll roll the dice and see what happens. When I got into Turn 1 my spotter did an amazing job. They all started wrecking, that kept me out of the junk in Turn 1.”

For Bell, Sunday’s win marks his second win of the year and gives him a spot into the next round of the playoffs. Bell also became the sixth driver to win below the cutoff line in an elimination race.

Chase Briscoe, who needed a good finish in order to advance into the Round of 8 would do just that with his ninth place finish.

Briscoe’s Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Cole Custer, who was racing drivers that Briscoe needed to pass to finish high enough to not get eliminated from the playoffs. Custer would slow down off the back stretch in order to slow other drivers so that Briscoe could get past them.

NASCAR announced after the race that they’re reviewing data, video and radio transmissions from Cole Custer and his team related to Custer’s actions. NASCAR also added that any penalties that might come from their investigation into the matter won’t affect the Round of 8 field. Custer, who started the final lap in eighth would finish 24th.

Rounding out the top five were Kevin Harvick in second, Kyle Busch in third, AJ Allmendinger in fourth and Justin Haley in fifth.

Chase Elliott, who was in control of the race up until a restart with two laps to go. Harvick would drive past race-leader Elliott for the lead and Elliott and Reddick would make contact as they both race for second place, sending Elliott around.

Drivers advancing into the Round of 8 next weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway are Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Ross Chastain, Christopher Bell, William Byron, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin and Chase Briscoe.

Drivers who did not advance into the Round of 8 are Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez, Austin Cindric and Alex Bowman. Bowman has been out with a concussion. 

Rounding out the top ten were Chris Buescher in sixth, Bubba Wallace in seventh, Tyler Reddick in eighth, Chase Briscoe in ninth and Austin Dillion in tenth.

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday October, 15th in the opening race for the Round of 8 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on NBC. 


Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano

Stage 2 Winner: Ross Chastain 

Race Winner: Christopher Bell

AJ Allmendinger won Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval. 

Allmendinger worked his way to the top spot after a overtime restart to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series playoff race.
Saturday’s win marked Allmendinger’s fourth straight win on the Charlotte Roval. 
Rounding out the top five were Ty Gibbs in second, Noah Gragson in third, James Davidson in fourth and Justin Allgaier in fifth. 
“I didn’t think we had anything for him,” Allmendinger told NBC Sports post-race. “I knew it was going to be a battle. The 9 gave me a good shove and I drove into Turn 1 as deep as I could. I didn’t believe with five or 10 to go that I would be able to get it done. I knew it was restart or bust.” 
Allmendinger would race Ty Gibbs on the final restart before ultimately prevailing and would drive past Gibbs to get the win.
Saturday’s Xfinity Series race also marked the final race in the Round of 12. Moving onto the next round are Noah Gragson, AJ Allmendinger, Ty Gibbs, Justin Allgaier, Josh Berry, Austin Hill, Brandon Jones and Sam Mayer. 
Noah Gragson, who leads the points standings going into the Round of 8 has a 12 point lead over second place AJ Allmendinger.
Drivers not advancing into the next round are Daniel Hemric, Ryan Sieg, Jeremy Clements and Riley Herbst.
Herbst was involved in a wreck late in Saturday’s race with nine laps remaining. 
Notable IndyCar driver Marco Andretti wrecked with 22 laps to go in his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut as result of Jeb Burton spinning out. 
Rounding out the top ten were Alex Labbe in sixth, Brandon Jones in seventh, Josh Berry in eighth, Ryan Sieg in ninth and Landon Cassill in tenth. 
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will begin the Round of 8 next Saturday October, 15th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on NBC.
Stage 1 Winner: AJ Allmendinger 
Stage 2 Winner: Brandon Jones
Race Winner: AJ Allmendinger 
AJ Allmendinger won Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Talladega.
Allmendinger edged out Sam Mayer in the final stretch and went on to score the victory.
Rounding out the top five were Sam Mayer in second, Landon Cassill in third, Ryan Sieg in fourth and Josh Berry in fifth.
With his win on Saturday, Allmendinger punched his ticket into the next round of the Xfinity Series playoffs joining Noah Gragson. 
"Yes I hate Superspeedway racing, but it's awesome to win in front of this Talladega crowd," Allmendinger told NBC Sports post-race
The six drivers above the cutting are Ty Gibbs, Austin Hill, Josh Berry, Justin Allgaier, Sam Mayer and Ryan Sieg. 
Drivers below the cutting include Brandon Jones, Daniel Hemric, Jeremy Clements and Riley Herbst. 
Noah Gragson who was looking for his fifth straight win in a row on Saturday finished 10th. 
Austin Hill, who won both stages of the race finished 14th. 
The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval next Saturday October, 8th at 3 p.m. Eastern on NBC.
Stage 1 Winner: Austin Hill
Stage 2 Winner: Austin Hill 
Race Winner: AJ Allmendinger 

Erik Jones won Sunday’s CookOut Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

Sunday’s opening round of the playoffs shown everything you could imagine. Drama, carnage and hurt feelings.

Jones, who is not one of the sixteen playoff drivers, emerged from everyone else’s troubles to win the Southern 500, a huge upset victory to open the playoffs.

Jones took advantage of the other playoff drivers troubles on a restart with 21 laps to go in the race. Driver No. 43 would pull out to a one second lead over second place Denny Hamlin on the restart. Jones would beat Hamlin by .252 of a second at the finish.

Sunday’s win for Jones marked the third win of his career. The famous No. 43 returned to victory lane at the track “Too tough to tame” for the first time since Richard Petty won back in 1967.

The results of Sunday’s playoff driver troubles took a big hit in the point standings. Chase Elliott, who started the playoffs at the top of the charts fell to ninth in standings, Kevin Harvick, who started the playoffs in ninth fell seven spots sixteenth in standings.

Joey Logano took over the lead in the point standings over William Byron in second and Denny Hamlin in third place in standings.

Probably the most strange thing of the race happened when Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Ford went into a haze of fire and smoke on lap 277 of 367. Fire would erupt on both sides of Harvick’s car, forcing Harvick to quickly park the car and exit through the drivers side window.

Harvick was arguably mad at NASCAR during his comments in the garage after his incident. Harvick said the fire started without any contact, blaming it on the parts NASCAR issues the teams.

Rounding out the top five were Denny Hamlin in second, Tyler Reddick in third, Joey Logano in fourth and Christopher Bell in fifth.

Rounding out the top ten were Michael McDowell in sixth, Brad Keselowski in seventh, William Byron in eighth, Bubba Wallace in ninth and Alex Bowman in tenth.

The NASCAR Cup Series second race of the playoffs will take place at Kansas Speedway in the running of the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on USA Network.

Stage 1 Winner: William Byron
Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch
Race Winner: Erik Jones

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