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5 KYLE LARSON

 

Age: 30 (July 31, 1992)

 

Hometown: Elk Grove, California

 

Resides: Mooresville, North Carolina

 

Crew Chief: Cliff Daniels

 

Standings: 6th

 
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No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

 

HISTORIC PERFORMANCE: In October 2021, Kyle Larson entered the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL event 22 points ahead of the cutoff position heading into the final race of the Round of 12 of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. The Elk Grove, California, native and the No. 5 HendrickCars.com team overcame an alternator issue to lead the final eight laps en route to victory on the serpentine layout. Along with his wins at Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International last year, Larson became the first driver in Cup Series history to win three road course races in one season.

ONE TO GO: Last Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, Larson started second and finished 18th in the final superspeedway event of 2022. The reigning Cup Series champion sits sixth in the point standings, 18 markers above the cut line heading into the final race of the Round of 12.

TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT: In 2018, Larson entered the Round of 16 elimination race at the Charlotte ROVAL 17 points ahead of the cutline. He won stage one and led a race-high 47 laps that day but was involved in a multi-car accident on a restart while running second with six laps to go. Driving a car with heavy suspension damage, Larson was able to bounce off the wall in the final turn to grab one final position and finish 25th. The result landed him in a three-way tie for the final playoff position and the 2014 Cup Series rookie of the year advanced to the next round with the tiebreaker advantage.

STILL ACTIVE: With his win at Watkins Glen International in August, Larson now has four career road course victories and trails only Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott (seven) among active drivers. The driver of the No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has five stage wins on road courses, which is also second to Elliott's seven stage victories on that track type. Larson’s two stage wins at the Charlotte ROVAL are tied for the most in the Cup Series.

FIVE FOR FIVE: Since 2020, there have been 25 playoff races with Larson victorious in five of them – one more than Elliott who sits second in that statistical category – while competing in only 15 of them. Last year, the driver of the No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet won half of the 10 playoff races including the finale at Phoenix Raceway to capture the 2021 Cup Series championship.

5 MORE: Larson has won 12 times since joining Hendrick Motorsports at the beginning of last year. Second and third during that span are Hendrick Motorsports teammates Alex Bowman and Elliott with five and seven wins to their credit.

HOME TEAM: This weekend, Larson and the No. 5 HendrickCars.com team will wear their “home” white uniforms at the Charlotte ROVAL. Home races occur in markets where there are Hendrick Automotive Group dealerships nearby, and the Charlotte area is home to 23 of them. Be sure to follow Hendrick Automotive Group’s social media channels and visit HendrickCars.com to view the complete home and away schedule.

 
 
 
 

9 CHASE ELLIOTT

 

Age: 26 (Nov. 28, 1995)

 

Hometown: Dawsonville, Georgia

 

Resides: Dawsonville, Georgia

 

Crew Chief: Alan Gustafson

 

Standings: 1st

 
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No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

 

LOCKED IN: With his win last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, Chase Elliott is locked into the Round of 8 of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs with one race remaining in the Round of 12. This is the sixth consecutive season the driver of the No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has advanced to the Round of 8. The previous two seasons he moved on to the Championship 4, earning his first career Cup Series title in 2020 after capturing the victory at Phoenix Raceway. Elliott’s Talladega win was the first victory for a playoff driver in the 2022 postseason. As of now, he has earned 46 playoff points that will carry into the next round when the points reset. 

ROVAL READY: The Dawsonville, Georgia, native has an impressive résumé at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL with two wins in four Cup Series starts on the serpentine track. Elliott scored back-to-back victories there in 2019 and 2020. He’s led a total of 64 laps on the Charlotte ROVAL – second-most behind teammate William Byron – and his average finish of 5.0 leads the series. Last season, Elliott started the race in the eighth position, won the first stage, finished second in stage two and came back from an on-track incident to take the checkered flag in the 12th position to advance to the Round of 8. 

LEFTS AND RIGHTS: Elliott has three top-five finishes and four top-10s out of five road course races this season, both marks are tied for the most in the series. The 2020 Cup Series champion drove to a fourth-place result at Circuit of The Americas, scored an eighth-place result at Sonoma Raceway, finished runner-up at Road America and fourth at Watkins Glen International. He also has a series-high two poles on tracks that turn left and right this year, leading the field to green at Road America and Watkins Glen. His average finish of 6.8 on road courses, 91 laps led and 178 points earned are also bests in the series on that track type this season. 

WHERE IT STARTED: Elliott’s first career Cup Series victory came on a road course. He led 52 of 90 laps en route to victory in 2018 at Watkins Glen. The 2022 regular-season champion earned another win at that same track the very next year. It was his fifth career Cup Series victory and second road course win.

GETTING IT DONE: The 26-year-old leads all active drivers with seven wins on road courses. He’s also third on the overall list of drivers with road course victories, trailing only NASCAR Hall of Famers Jeff Gordon (nine) and Tony Stewart (eight). Elliott has victories across five different road courses, the most in series history. In 24 Cup Series starts on road courses, Elliott has an average finish of 7.67, which is not only the best among active drivers, but ranks second all-time among drivers (five or more starts) behind NASCAR legend Fireball Roberts (2.78 average finish in nine starts). 

GUSTAFSON THE GREAT: No. 9 crew chief Alan Gustafson will call his fifth Charlotte ROVAL Cup Series race from atop the pit box this Sunday. In four races on the serpentine track – all with Elliott – the Ormond Beach, Florida, native has two victories and three top-10s with 64 laps led. Gustafson leads all active crew chiefs with seven road course victories in 45 races. All seven of his road course wins have come with his current driver. In all, the 2020 Cup Series championship-winning crew chief has 17 top-five finishes and 24 top-10s on road courses with 490 laps led.

WINNING WAYS: Following his win at Talladega last weekend, Gustafson has moved closer to the top spot for victories by active crew chiefs. His 38 career Cup Series wins are second to only Rodney Childers (40). Gustafson now has 13 playoff victories to his name, most among active crew chiefs.

 
 
 
 

24 WILLIAM BYRON

 

Age: 24 (Nov. 29, 1997)

 

Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Resides: Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Crew Chief: Rudy Fugle

 

Standings: 10th

 
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No. 24 Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

 

GAME TIME: The second race in the Round of 12 of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs took place at Talladega Superspeedway last weekend. Following a 12th-place finish, William Byron is ranked 10th, 11 points below the cutoff line. However, an appeal is set to be heard this week regarding the 25-point penalty assessed to Byron last Tuesday following the race at Texas Motor Speedway.

PLAYOFF POWER: In the first five races of the Cup Series playoffs, Byron has an average finish of 7.2 – second-best to Denny Hamlin (5.6). He has finished eighth at Darlington Raceway, sixth at Kansas Speedway, third at Bristol Motor Speedway, seventh at Texas and 12th at Talladega. 

UP FRONT: Byron continues to hold the statistic of leading the second-most laps so far this season with 714 – behind Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott, who has led 773. Those 714 laps led by Byron are his most in a single Cup Series season. In fact, in the playoffs alone so far, the 24-year-old driver has led 102 laps – seventh-most in the Cup Series field in that time span. 

ROAD RINGER?: With four previous starts at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, Byron is prepared for his fifth start at the 17-turn course. His strong runs there include the pole position in 2019 and two sixth-place finishes in 2019 and 2020. In fact, Byron has led a total of 80 laps at his hometown road course – the most among the Cup Series field. He also has collected 116 points in his starts at the Charlotte ROVAL – tied for seventh-most among all drivers.

FUGLE FILES: This Sunday’s race will mark crew chief Rudy Fugle’s second start on this layout. In his first showing at the venue, Fugle and the No. 24 team qualified 11th and led 30 laps before an untimely caution late in the race shuffled the running order, leaving them with an 11th-place finish. As a crew chief on road courses, Fugle has 12 Cup Series starts, three starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and seven in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In those seven Truck Series starts, the Livonia, New York, native has one win (Erik Jones, 2015), three top-five finishes, and five top-10s. One of those seven truck starts was also with Byron where the duo raced to a 10th-place finish at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2016.

HOME SWEET HOME: Cutting his teeth in the racing world in Charlotte, North Carolina, Byron is one of only a handful of drivers who was born and raised in the “home of NASCAR.” After visiting U.S. Legend Cars International headquarters in Harrisburg, North Carolina with his father in 2012, Byron found himself behind the wheel for the first time the next year competing in the Young Lion Division. Winning 33 of the 69 legend car events he ran across the United States in 2013, Byron went on to lock up the U.S. Legend Young Lions National championship and the Thursday Thunder Young Lion championship at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Progressing to the Legend Car Pro Division the next season, Byron also signed with JR Motorsports' developmental program at the same time. From that point on, Byron hasn’t slowed down any as he climbed the racing ranks before ultimately making it to the top level of NASCAR as a Cup Series rookie in 2018. 

HOME TRACK FEEL: In addition to Charlotte Motor Speedway being the home track of Byron, three other members of the No. 24 team also claim this as their home track. Mechanic Jacob Bowman (from Pilot Mountain), fueler Landon Walker (from North Wilkesboro) and jackman Spencer Bishop (from Pinehurst) are all from North Carolina.

VALVOLINE RETURNS: Valvoline will be the primary sponsor of Byron’s No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at the Charlotte ROVAL this weekend. This will be the final race that the Valvoline colors will be onboard Byron’s No. 24 in the 2022 season. Valvoline Inc. (NYSE: VVV) is a leading worldwide marketer and supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services, with sales in more than 140 countries. Established in 1866, the company’s heritage spans more than 150 years, during which time it has developed powerful brand recognition across multiple product and service channels. Valvoline ranks as the No. 3 passenger car motor oil brand in the DIY market by volume. To learn more, visit www.valvoline.com

 
 
 
 

48 Noah Gragson

 

Age: 24 (July 15, 1998)

 

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

 

Resides: Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Crew Chief: Greg Ives

 

Standings: Alex Bowman - 12th

 
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No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

 

NO. 48: Noah Gragson became the 48th driver to start for Hendrick Motorsports last Sunday when he filled in for Alex Bowman at Talladega Superspeedway. Bowman was unable to compete due to concussion-like symptoms sustained in a single-vehicle incident at Texas Motor Speedway on Sept. 25. Gragson will make his 15th start in the NASCAR Cup Series this Sunday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL – his first on a road course in the series.

WINNER, WINNER: Gragson leads all drivers in the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series season with seven wins. The No. 9 JR Motorsports driver won four straight races in September, which tied the record for consecutive wins in the Xfinity Series set by Sam Ard in 1983. 

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: In Xfinity Series races where Gragson turned left and right, the Las Vegas native has placed inside the top 10 in 17 of his 20 appearances. In fact, he has finished in every position in the top 10 except for first. 

ROVAL RINGER: Gragson has finished inside the top 10 in all three of his Xfinity Series starts at the Charlotte ROVAL, including a runner-up finish in 2020. 

ATOP THE BOX: In four starts as a crew chief at the Charlotte ROVAL, Greg Ives has never finished outside the top 10. At the serpentine layout, Ives and Bowman combined for an average finish of 6.0 on the 17-turn layout. His best result was a runner-up finish in the 2019 race.

ALL PAWS ON DECK: Each week of the 2022 Cup Series schedule, Bowman and Ally team up to donate $4,800 to a Best Friends Animal Society network partner in each race market they visit, accompanied with a decal that bears the name of the recipient of the donation. This weekend, the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will have two network partners on the decklid to raise awareness for the partner’s that are receiving the donation. The Lake Norman Humane Society and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department’s Animal Care and Control division will bookend the Ally Racing logo on the No. 48 decklid. Bowman and Ally have upped their donation efforts with $4,800 going to the Lake Norman Humane Society and $9,600 going to the CMPD Animal Care and Control.

 
 
 

HENDRICK

MOTORSPORTS /

Hendrick Motorsports
 
 

 

2022

 

 

All-Time

 

 

ROVAL

 

Races

 

31

 

 

1,304

 

 

4

 

Wins

 

10*

 

 

290*

 

 

3*

 

Poles

 

6

 

 

237*

 

 

1**

 

Top 5

 

32*

 

 

1,188*

 

 

5*

 

Top 10

 

56*

 

 

2,039*

 

 

12*

 

Laps Led

 

1,991

 

 

76,933*

 

 

154*

 

Stage Wins

 

16

 

 

77

 

 

2**

 

 

*Most **Most (tie)
 

LEADING THE WAY: With 10 wins through the 31 NASCAR Cup Series races in 2022, Hendrick Motorsports has earned the most victories so far this season. This is the organization’s 12th 10-win season – the most among all Cup Series teams. The four-car team is the only one to see all of its drivers win a race this season as well as the only one to have multiple drivers with at least two wins – Chase Elliott (five), Kyle Larson (two) and William Byron (two). On top of that, Elliott and Byron rank 1-2 in laps led this year. 

WINDOW OF HOPE: Each of the four Hendrick Motorsports drivers in Sunday's race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL will participate in the Window of Hope pink window net program started by Kurt Busch. The program shows support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Following the race, each participating driver will sign their window net and it will be auctioned off through The NASCAR Foundation with proceeds benefiting Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute's Project PINK. 

RULERS OF THE ROAD: At 26 wins, Hendrick Motorsports has the most all-time triumphs on road courses in Cup Series history. The two closest teams in this statistic have combined for only 21 wins. Since their inaugural season in 1984, the organization has won 29% of road course events (26 wins in 90 races).

COUNTING 'EM UP: Seven different drivers have accounted for the 26 road course wins in team history and those seven winners are the most for a Cup Series team on road courses. Jeff Gordon leads the way for the team with nine victories (which are also the most among all drivers) followed by Elliott with seven and Larson has four. Tim Richmond had three wins followed by Jimmie Johnson, Geoff Bodine and Ricky Rudd with one victory apiece.

STUDYING THE TRENDS: In the last 19 road course races, the Concord, North Carolina-based organization has won 11 times. Only one team has more all-time wins on road courses (13) than the number of wins Hendrick Motorsports has scored in the last 19 races on serpentine layouts. 

ON A ROLL AT THE ROVAL: Hendrick Motorsports has won the last three races at the Charlotte ROVAL. Elliott won back-to-back races at the 17-turn layout in 2019 and 2020 and Larson earned the victory in 2021. In fact, the last two race winners have gone on to win the Cup Series championship after their triumphs at the North Carolina venue. 
 
SWEEP SENSATIONS: In the era of stage racing, there have been two times - both by Hendrick Motorsports - when one driver swept every road course stage and won the race. Elliott was the first to do so in his 2019 win at Watkins Glen International. Larson also accomplished this with his victory in 2021 at Sonoma Raceway.   

ELIMINATION DOMINATION: In the last eight cutoff races in the NASCAR playoffs, Hendrick Motorsports has won seven times. The team has won at least one elimination race in the last four postseasons (not counting this season). 

MR. OCTOBER: The Rick Hendrick-owned organization has won the last five October races dating back to last season. The team’s 38 career wins in October stand as the second-most in one month – June is the company’s winningest month with 39 victories. Ten drivers have won in the month – the most of all teams with three of the team’s four active drivers posting wins.

RECORD SETTERS: Hendrick Motorsports has posted a series-best 54 wins in the playoffs – 21 more than the next closest organization. Johnson has the most wins with 29. Among the current driver lineup, Elliott tops the board with seven wins, followed by Larson with five and Alex Bowman has one. Nine different drivers have won a playoff race for the team, which is the most in the Cup Series ranks. Entering this year's playoffs, the company has won a race in the postseason in 18 seasons and that mark is also the most among all Cup Series teams.

 
 
 

QUOTABLE /

 

Kyle Larson, driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on if he races differently since he is above the cutoff line: "I don’t think so – well, maybe a little bit. You may look at a situation and think risk versus reward and maybe hold back on a move early in the race. Our road course program has been really good and I hope it carries over to this weekend. I’ve been above the cut line several times before here and have had some crazy races and results."

Cliff Daniels, crew chief of the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on the uniqueness of the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL: "The (Charlotte) ROVAL is substantially different compared to the other road courses on the circuit because you have the addition of the banking. There are a lot of different suspension components that we have to look at differently with this car. There were maybe a lot of similarities to a ROVAL setup last year compared to a Sonoma (Raceway) setup. It’s a much different look now for this weekend – it’s almost not a road course setup. I was joking earlier that it’s almost dune-buggy style – you have the banking, you have big elevation changes. There is a lot more happening with the suspension geometry and the travel of the car that we have not encountered anywhere else this year."
 



Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on what the win Talladega Superspeedway does for the team heading into the Charlotte ROVAL: "At Talladega (Superspeedway), we really just wanted to have a solid day and try to get as many points as we could. Honestly after that second stage, I was super happy with our day. Regardless of what happened from there, I thought we had done a really good job. We had gained some good stage points and that was going to keep us in a position, we had hedged our bet to have a pretty solid points day regardless of how the finish ended up. To have the win on top of that was just icing on the cake. Now we can try to have a good weekend here at the (Charlotte) ROVAL. Gives us an opportunity to short those stages and not have to go for stage points and hopefully we have enough pace to fight for the win."

Alan Gustafson, crew chief of the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on how the win at Talladega affects how the team approaches the Charlotte ROVAL: "We always try to win. That just goes without saying. For us, it’s just about bonus points. It’s the biggest thing that we can do to put ourselves in a better position going into the next round. Our road course program has not been exactly where we’ve wanted it to be. We’ve been good, we’ve had shots to win and we haven’t been able to win. So focusing on trying to improve that, continuing to learn there, trying to get some bonus points and solidifying our position moving forward."
 



William Byron, driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on his approach to the playoffs so far: "Rudy (Fugle) and I have been taking it one week at a time in the playoffs. We’re not worrying about races past the one that comes up next. I think it’s been working pretty well so far since we have the second-best average finish in the playoffs right now. I think when you start worrying too far in advance, that’s when mistakes happen. We’ve done a good job of showing up, having speed and executing a good race while minimizing any mistakes. Would we like to be in a better position heading into a cutoff race? Yeah, of course. We can’t worry about the what ifs. We just need to go out and do our jobs the best we can." 

Rudy Fugle, crew chief of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on what he expects at the Charlotte ROVAL: "Even though we tested at the (Charlotte) ROVAL in the Next Gen car, I’m not sure there’s much that’s going to translate from that test since it was so long ago and we’ve made so many changes to the car since then. I think the biggest unknown will be in regard to tires. We’ll be running road course tires for the race. With part of the track being on the oval, we don’t know what to expect from tire fall off and grip levels in that part of the track. Same with our set up, the infield and the oval have such different characteristics and need such different things, you almost have to pick and choose which portion you think is most important. If anything, we can pull notes from the Indianapolis (Motor Speedway) road course race earlier this year, but that’s about the closest we have right now before we get on track Saturday."
 



Greg Ives, crew chief of the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on having Noah Gragson as his driver at the Charlotte ROVAL: "The whole team wants to continue our playoff run with Alex (Bowman) behind the wheel, but that will not happen. Despite that, our goal remains the same from an owner's championship – we will show up to give our all to win. Noah (Gragson) did a great job filling in for Alex last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway and we will prepare him to do the same at the (Charlotte) ROVAL."

Ives, on Bowman’s recovery: "Our main priority is to make sure Alex is back to 100% before he gets back in the No. 48 Ally Chevy. We are committed to his long-term health and trust the process. There is no doubt he is working hard and doing everything he can to return when the time is right."

Hendrick Motorsports PR

Ryan Vargas and JD Motorsports are excited to welcome Swann Security back on board the #6 Chevrolet Camaro next weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This time around, Swann is excited to expand their campaign with Best Buy through their placement on the race car and a special yellow roof number matching the signature Best Buy Logo.

“I’m thrilled to have Swann Security on board next weekend in Vegas” says Vargas. “Swann’s commitment to myself and racing has been incredible, and I’m thrilled to showcase their line of Enforcer Surveillance Systems that are available at all Best Buy retailers as well as BestBuy.com. In the Spring, we had a very strong run going there (Vegas) running inside the top-20 before getting caught up in an unfortunate incident; this time around we hope to dig deep into our notebook and execute with another solid performance.”

“Everyone here at Swann will be eagerly cheering on Ryan Vargas for a big finish,” says Cameron Boucher, Head of Americas Marketing at Swann. “We are proud to have Vargas representing Swann and admire his determination on and off the track. Be sure to tune in October 16th to cheer on Ryan in the #6 car and check out Swann’s “Only at Best Buy” products!”

The Alsco Uniforms 302 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will take place Saturday, October 15 at 3:30PM ET LIVE on NBC.

JDM PR

Road Course Racing

Overall, RFK has 242 starts on road courses in the Cup Series with five wins, 84 top-10s and 40 top five finishes. RFK Cup drivers have a 17.5 average finish with 585 laps led.

 

Buescher’s Road Course Success
A year ago in this race Buescher ran inside the top-10 for much of the final stage and picked off five positions in the closing 20 laps to finish third, his now third top five on a road course. He has four-straight top-10s on road courses with finishes of ninth (Watkins Glen), 10th (Indy), sixth (Road America) and second (Sonoma).

 

In total, Buescher has a 15.4 average finish in road course action in the Cup Series in 25 starts with six overall top-10s.

 

Victories on the Road

Former RFK driver Carl Edwards was the last Jack Roush driver to go to victory lane on a road course, earning the win at Sonoma in 2014. Mark Martin, winner of the other four road course races in NCS action, also won at Sonoma in 1997, and went to victory lane at Watkins Glen in three straight races from 1993-95. On the Xfinity side, Edwards is responsible for three of the four victories, all in the 60 car, crossing the line first at Watkins Glen (2012), Road America (2010) and Montreal (2009). Chris Buescher also went to victory lane in the 60 in 2014 at Mid-Ohio.

 

RFK PR

Eight years. Eight races. Eight different winners.
 
The beat goes on with this Friday night’s ninth running of the Peoples National Bank Jason Leffler Memorial for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship on October 7 at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill.
 
Throughout the past decade, the event has sustained its unpredictability with a new feature winner emerging each and every year since the inaugural edition back in 2013.
 
Just one past winner of the event is expected to compete in this year’s installment of the Leffler Memorial, and he’d sure like to put an end to the string of different winners on an annual basis for a myriad of reasons.
 
Zach Daum captured victory in the first Leffler Memorial in 2013 and went on to also garner a 5th in 2014 and a 3rd in 2015. In 2021, he added an 8th to his resume when the event was moved indoors to the Southern Illinois Center for the first time. This year on the USAC tour, he’s finished on the podium in three of his last four feature starts as he looks for his first USAC victory since 2014.
 
Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) is the only driver to finish inside the top-four during each of the past two runnings of the Leffler Memorial. He finished 2nd a year ago in 2021 after leading the initial 13 laps. In 2020, he started on the pole and was in contention for the lead throughout much of the feature before a turn three fence bang dropped him back to 4th in the final running order.
 
Current point leader, reigning series champ and 10-time 2022 USAC National Midget feature winner Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) was 17th in 2020 during his only previous Leffler Memorial start. He’s one of seven entries out of the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports stable for the event as Kunz vies for a USAC National Midget record 134th victory as a series entrant. Kunz currently stands tied with Steve Lewis for number one all-time with 133. However, a Kunz car has yet to win the Leffler Memorial thus far.
 
The KKM stable also brings Leffler Memorial returnees Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) and Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) back to the event for the first time since 2020. As Rookies that year, Pursley scored a 5th while Bryson took 18th. Meanwhile, Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas), Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.), Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.) and Dominic Gorden (Clovis, Calif.) are among those attempting to make their first Leffler Memorial feature start on Friday.
 
CB Industries comes into the event as the reigning winning team after Christopher Bell captured the Leffler Memorial in 2021. The CBI team will sport two entries for the event with Mitchel Moles and Chase McDermand at the wheel. Moles (Raisin City, Calif.), the leading series Rookie, is fresh off a victory at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway two weeks ago. He finished a solid 5th at the Leffler Memorial in 2021. McDermand (Springfield, Ill.) will be making his “Leffler” debut.
 
Justin Grant (Ione, Calif) has recorded top-five results in two of his past three starts at the Leffler Memorial. Grant notched a best of 4th in both 2014 and 2018, then followed up with a 5th in 2019 and a 10th in 2020. Grant was also a feature starter in the inaugural Leffler Memorial in 2013. His RMS Racing teammate, Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), will make his return to the Leffler Memorial after making his only previous start in the event in 2019, finishing 16th.
 
After sweeping last weekend’s pair of USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship features at Kokomo and Lawrenceburg, Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) is eying a second career Leffler Memorial start after finishing 7th in the 2020 main while also setting a new 10-lap track record of 1:51.378 during a 10-lap heat race.
 
Series Rookie Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio) will make his Leffler Memorial debut this Friday. He previously won this season with the USAC National Midgets at Lincoln Park Speedway during Indiana Midget Week. The two-time USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midget titlist will be one of two Mounce-Stout Motorsports entries for the race along with micro sprint standout Talin Turner (Basehor, Kan.).
 
Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.) will make his comeback to action this weekend after a wild crash at Eldora on September 24. Crum finished on the podium in his Leffler Memorial debut in 2021, finishing 3rd. Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) also returns for his second Leffler Memorial appearance following a 20th place result in 2020. 
 
Furthermore, series veterans Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) and BCRA Midget champion Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.) plan to make their first Leffler Memorial starts this Friday night along with many more.
 
The $5,000-to-win event honors the life and memory of Leffler, the four-time USAC National driving champion (1997-98-99 Midget & 1998 Silver Crown) who lost his life in a sprint car accident at New Jersey’s Bridgeport Speedway in June of 2013.
 
The 40-lap main event will pay feature points only to all USAC nationally licensed participating drivers and teams, with all non-transfers receiving 10 appearance points.
 
Friday at Wayne City, the grandstands open at 5pm Central with the drivers meeting at 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm with racing immediately following. Adult general admission tickets are $30. Kids 12 & under are free. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Non-Wing Outlaw Micros, Restrictors and Junior Sprints will also be on hand.
 
It’s all part of a doubleheader weekend for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship. The following night, on Saturday, October 8, at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., Harvest Cup will feature the series along with MSCS Sprint Cars and MMSA Mini Sprints.
 
Both of this weekend’s USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship events can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3OivVbj.
 
 
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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1581, 2-Justin Grant-1424, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-1232, 4-Cannon McIntosh-1227, 5-Thomas Meseraull-1219, 6-Mitchel Moles-1215, 7-Kaylee Bryson-1173, 8-Jacob Denney-970, 9-Taylor Reimer-967, 10-Brenham Crouch-928.
 
 
TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT WAYNE COUNTY (IL) SPEEDWAY:
 
10 Laps - 10/9/2020 - Kyle Cummins - 1:51.378
 
12 Laps - 10/21/2016 - Ryan Robinson - 2:19.19
 
 
JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL WINNERS:
 
2013: Zach Daum (8/28)
 
2014: Daryn Pittman (8/26)
 
2015: Bryan Clauson (10/23)
 
2016: Brady Bacon (10/20)
 
2017: Rained Out
 
2018: Tyler Thomas (10/21)
 
2019: Tyler Courtney (10/17)
 
2020: Tanner Thorson (10/9)
 
2021: Christopher Bell (12/18)
 
 
JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL WINS:
 
1-Brady Bacon, Christopher Bell, Bryan Clauson, Tyler Courtney, Zach Daum, Daryn Pittman, Tanner Thorson & Tyler Thomas
 
 
PAST JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL RESULTS:
 
(2013-14 sanctioned by POWRi & 2015-present sanctioned by USAC)
 
2013 FEATURE: 1. Zach Daum, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Shane Cockrum, 5. Bryan Clauson, 6. Chett Gehrke, 7. Dereck King, 8, Andrew Felker, 9. Hud Cone, 10. Daniel Robinson, 11. Bobby East, 12. Parker Price-Miller, 13. Tyler Robbins, 14. Justin Grant, 15. Jake Blackhurst, 16. Austin Brown, 17. Christopher Bell, 18. Darren Hagen, 19. Tim Siner, 20. Colten Cottle, 21. Tyler Robbins, 22. Seth Motsinger.
 
2014 FEATURE: 1. Daryn Pittman, 2. Christopher Bell. 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Zach Daum, 6. Spencer Bayston, 7. Andrew Felker, 8. Darren Hagen, 9. Rico Abreu, 10. Tanner Thorson, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Tyler Thomas, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Daniel Robinson, 15. Garrett Aitken, 16. Nick Knepper, 17. Shane Cockrum, 18. Colten Cottle, 19. Chett Gehrke, 20. Austin Brown, 21. Brady Bacon, 22. Parker Price-Miller, 23. Seth Motsinger.
 
2015 FEATURE: 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Zach Daum, 4. Daryn Pittman, 5. Payton Pierce, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Jonathan Beason, 8. Danny Stratton, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Andrew Felker, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Kyle Schuett, 14. Anton Hernandez, 15. Ryan Robinson, 16. Tanner Thorson, 17. Isaac Chapple, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Dereck King, 20. Tyler Thomas, 21. Darren Hagen, 22. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 23. Austin Brown, 24. Spencer Bayston, 25. Justin Peck, 26. Tyler Courtney.
 
2016 FEATURE: 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Andrew Felker, 6. Alex Bright, 7. Chett Gehrke, 8. Spencer Bayston, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Shane Cottle, 12. Justin Peck, 13. Grady Chandler, 14. Jonathan Beason, 15. Chad Boat, 16. Riley Kreisel, 17. Ryan Robinson, 18. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 19. Andy Malpocker, 20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 21. Jake Neuman, 22. Brayton Lynch, 23. Damion Gardner, 24. Colten Cottle, 25. Holly Shelton, 26. Jason McDougal, 27. Rico Abreu, 28. Gage Walker. NT
 
2017 FEATURE: Rained Out
 
2018 FEATURE: (starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Thomas (2), 2. Chad Boat (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (3), 4. Justin Grant (16), 5. Jonathan Beason (18), 6. Christopher Bell (7), 7. Spencer Bayston (8), 8. Zeb Wise (12), 9. Logan Seavey (9), 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (17), 11. Ryan Robinson (21), 12. Cole Bodine (11), 13. Sam Johnson (23), 14. Alex Bright (14), 15. Jerry Coons, Jr. (10), 16. Brady Bacon (6), 17. Tanner Carrick (15), 18. Dave Darland (13), 19. Jake Neuman (5), 20. Holly Shelton (20), 21. Tucker Klaasmeyer (22), 22. Jason McDougal (1), 23. Zach Daum (19).
 
2019 FEATURE: (starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (3), 2. Tyler Thomas (1), 3. Jason McDougal (2), 4. Logan Seavey (19), 5. Justin Grant (6), 6. Chris Windom (10), 7. Brady Bacon (16), 8. Daryn Pittman (15), 9. Sam Johnson (13), 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer (18), 11. Jesse Colwell (4), 12. Russ Gamester (21), 13. Gio Scelzi (11), 14. Daniel Robinson (8), 15. Zeb Wise (17), 16. Thomas Meseraull (12), 17. Tanner Carrick (7), 18. Jake Neuman (14), 19. Cannon McIntosh (22), 20. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 21. Andrew Layser (20), 22. Holley Hollan (23), 23. Jerry Coons, Jr. (9).
 
2020 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (6), 2. Chris Windom (2), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (4), 4. Cannon McIntosh (1), 5. Daison Pursley (3), 6. Tyler Courtney (10), 7. Kyle Cummins (11), 8. Chase Randall (5), 9. Emerson Axsom (7), 10. Justin Grant (9), 11. Jerry Coons Jr. (15), 12. Cole Bodine (20), 13. Cody Brewer (18), 14. Robert Dalby (19), 15. Tyler Thomas (14), 16. Chase Johnson (12), 17. Buddy Kofoid (17), 18. Kaylee Bryson (22), 19. Sam Johnson (21), 20. Hayden Reinbold (23*), 21. Brady Bacon (13), 22. Logan Seavey (8), 23. Jason McDougal (16). NT
 
2021 FEATURE: (50 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Christopher Bell (3), 2. Cannon McIntosh (2), 3. Chance Crum (5), 4. Sam Johnson (9), 5. Mitchel Moles (4), 6. Jordan Kinser (13), 7. Chad Boespflug (8), 8. Zach Daum (10), 9. Chett Gehrke (14), 10. Chase Briscoe (1), 11. Terry Babb (12), 12. Greg Mitchell (15), 13. Chase Howard (20), 14. Rylan Gray (7), 15. Jake Neuman (18), 16. Cory Eliason (6), 17. Max Adams (11), 18. Zach Boden (19), 19. Dillon Silverman (17), 20. Daniel Robinson (16). NT
 
USAC PR

No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry TRD News and Notes:

  • BELL AT THE ROVAL: Christopher Bell will make his third NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) start on the ROVAL at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. Last year Bell started fourth but struggled with rear grip throughout the race. The team made gains throughout the race earning an eighth-place finish. In 2020, Bell started 33rd and raced his way into the top 10 in stage one. He maintained his position throughout stage two but lost grip in the final stage and finished 24th.  
  • ROVAL NXS: Bell has two prior NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) starts at the ROVAL. In 2019, Bell led 19 total laps and was running second late in the race when he was issued a penalty for running off course in the chicane while battling for position. After taking the final restart from the back of the field, Bell raced his way forward to finish 12th. In 2018, Bell qualified 13th, ran in the top five most of the race, won stage two, led five laps and crossed the finish line fifth.
  • TALLADEGA RECAP: Bell qualified on the pole at Talladega Superspeedway. The pole was his fourth of the season and his second at Talladega. During stage one Bell go hung out and dropped to the back to avoid any incidents ahead. During a green flag stop in stage two, Bell spun getting onto pit road, resulting in a speeding penalty and needing new Goodyear tires. Bell lost a lap but was in the “lucky dog” position at the end of stage two. Bell started the final stage 28th and crossed the finish line 17th.
  • JGR at ROVAL: Joe Gibbs Racing has earned three top-five finishes and six top-10s in 16 combined starts at the Charlotte ROVAL.
  • RACE INFO: The Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course begins at 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 9, 2022. The race will be broadcast live on NBC, SiriusXM 90, and PRN Radio.

 

From the Cockpit:

Christopher Bell: “Racing at Charlotte is always cool; all the teams’ family members are around and it’s a big event. The ROVAL has become a staple on the schedule, and I hope we can go there and contend for the win this weekend.” 

JGR PR

Speedway Motorsports and Gigantik are offering Las Vegas Motor Speedway and RaceDayNFT fans a unique chance to purchase a NASCAR Weekend Club-Level experience by using the Tokenproof verification tool.

Tokenproof, which facilitates the verification of ownership for NFT holders, is now integrated with RaceDayNFT.com, Speedway Motorsports’ digital marketplace for race fans. An NFT (non-fungible token) is a digital collectible (such as a video or image) that is officially licensed and recorded on the blockchain to demonstrate proof of ownership.

Users prove ownership of tokens via authentication facilitated through the use of the Tokenproof Mobile App and it is usable with any virtual wallet on the Flow Blockchain, including RaceDay NFT’s Dapper Wallet offering.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s latest Club Level NFT Token goes on sale today with the sale ending Thursday, Oct. 13 at 11:59 p.m. The price is $1,100 per pass and there are only 10 passes available.

Las Vegas fans who authenticate ownership of the Club Level Las Vegas NFT via the Tokenproof app will receive one (1) Las Vegas Club admission in the following way:

  • Check-in at Satellite Ticket Office (immediately behind the Tickets and Gift Shop Building on LVMS property) on Saturday, Oct. 15 between 7 AM – Noon PST with Club-Level NFT (which will be authenticated with the tokenproof app)
  • Las Vegas Club-Level Package amenities include:
    • Full-track view, including pit road
    • Outdoor/indoor seating, with a climate-controlled viewing area
    • Complimentary food and beverage
    • Weekend Neon Garage pass (includes access to a NASCAR-approved viewing area behind the team pit boxes near pit road and a view of Victory Lane each day)
    • Driver Introduction/Pre-Race Experience pass (Sunday only)
    • Premium VIP parking pass (one for every two tickets)
    • Wi-Fi/TVs
    • Package Bonuses:
        • RaceDayNFT Swag Pack
        • LVMS VIP Swag Pack
        • One Rare RaceDayNFT (to be airdropped after the event)

“NFT fans will receive an incredible Las Vegas Motor Speedway experience with their Club Level NFT purchase,” said LVMS President Chris Powell. “All of our NFT offerings this year have had a large following and we look forward to more fans taking advantage of Tokenproof on RaceDayNFT.com for our upcoming events.” 

The Club Level Las Vegas NFTs can be re-sold in RaceDayNFT marketplace after the event but will not be valid for any future entrance to a Speedway Motorsports/Las Vegas Motor Speedway event.

RaceDayNFT.com is built on the environmentally friendly Flow Blockchain, home of other leading sports NFT projects including NBA Top Shot and NFL ALL DAY.

Speedway Motorsports and RaceDay NFT is the first major sports organization on the Flow Blockchain to use Tokenproof as a critical NFT enhancement. Tokenproof made its NASCAR debut at Texas Motor Speedway on Sept. 25 as well as Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 9.

In partnership with Gigantik, Speedway Motorsports created RaceDayNFT.com, the original motorsports NFT marketplace for race fans, in 2021.

RaceDay NFT is also linked with Dapper Wallet, which allows customers to conduct NFT business with credit cards as well as multiple currencies including popular cryptocurrency options such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Speedway Motorsports leverages the proprietary platform Gigantik to create and operate its
NFT marketplace. Gigantik helps brands remove the complexity of smart contracts, blockchain integration, NFT design and management of event services.

Visit RaceDayNFT.com for more details.

The full schedule for Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Oct. 14-16 NASCAR weekend includes:

  • Sunday, Oct. 16: South Point 400 NASCAR Cup Series race (11:30 a.m. PT, NBC, PRN)
  • Saturday, Oct. 15: Alsco Uniforms 302 NASCAR Xfinity Series race (Noon, PT, NBC, PRN)
  • Friday, Oct. 14: Star Nursery 150 ARCA Menards Series West race, The Bullring at LVMS (7:15 p.m. PT)

TICKETS:

Tickets for the Oct. 15-16 NASCAR weekend are still available. Go to www.lvms.com to purchase.

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Keep track of all of Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s events by following on Twitter and Instagram or become a Facebook fan. Keep up with all the latest news and information with the Las Vegas Motor Speedway mobile app.

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What is NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, or NASCAR for short, is the governing entity for stock-car racing in the United States. It was established in 1948 in Daytona Beach, Florida, and is largely credited with making stock-car racing vastly popular in North America by the beginning of the 21st century.

 

The Biggest NASCAR races

The Daytona 500, the Coke Zero Sugar 400, and the NASCAR Championship race are the three most important races in the NASCAR season. The Daytona 50 is always the opening race of the regular season, while the NASCAR championship is always the last race of the season. Late in the month of May, over  Memorial Day weekend, the Coke Zero Sugar 400 takes place. At this point in the season, it is approximately one-third of the way through.

 

Online Betting on NASCAR

Here is the answer for those asking the question; is online sports betting legal in Florida or is it banned? Online betting in this state exists in something of a legal gray area. People who want to bet on a sporting event but aren't willing to go to another state have the option to use offshore sportsbooks, which are theoretically not against the law in Florida.

There is no shadow of a doubt that wagering on sports online in Florida continues to be the most secure choice. You are not breaking any rules if you place bets while staying in the convenience of your own home.

You may place wagers on your personal favorites in an atmosphere that is both protected and private if you register with trustworthy sports betting sites in Florida.

Bets placed on NASCAR races are seeing significant growth, much like the remainder of the legalized sports betting sector in the United States. The NASCAR schedule is crammed with events from February all the way through November every year. This will result in 38 racing events being held in 2022, with broadcast races occurring practically every weekend for a period of ten months.

How many drivers are in the NASCAR race?

Generally, starting spaces are allotted for 43 drivers. Despite this, there is no guarantee that all 43 will participate in the race or make it to the finish line. Wallace wins Kansas If you wish to bet will be able to conduct research on the shortlist of drivers well in advance of the start time of the race since any unexpected or late scratches will cause the odds board to be cleared.

How many NASCAR race tracks are there?

At the moment, the NASCAR Cup Series races on 26 different tracks. The Charlotte Roval and the Charlotte Motor Speedway oval are counted as two different tracks. Also, the NASCAR Xfinity Series adds one track that isn't on the Cup Series schedule, and the Camping World Trucks add three more. That means the three national series now have a total of 30 tracks.

 

Daytona 500

The Daytona 500 is widely regarded as the most significant and prestigious event on the NASCAR schedule. It also features the championship trophy and the biggest prize money overall. The number of championship points available is equivalent to that of any other race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

It is also the first race of the year for the series; this is an almost unprecedented occurrence in the world of sports since championships and other significant competitions are often held toward the finale of the season as opposed to the beginning.

The competition is the last feature of Speedweeks and it functions as the conclusion of the event series. The race has always been conducted around the middle to late part of February ever since it was first held.

The event was formerly held on the Sunday preceding the 3rd Monday in February from 1971 until 2011, and it has returned to that date for the first time since 2018 in order to coincide with Presidents Day weekend.

As of 1997, the champion has been awarded the Trophy in Victory Lane, the victorious car itself is shown at Daytona 500 Experience, in an exhibition for a whole year next to Daytona International Speedway, whilst being left in the same state it was in when it won the race.

the latest champion of the Daytona 500 is Austin Cindric who won the championship in 2022

 

Coke Zero Sugar 400

The Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona was formerly known as the Firecracker 250.

The only other race that takes place at the Daytona International Raceway is the Coke Zero Sugar 400.

What's the big deal about it? Because the Coke Zero 400 is a restrictor-plate Cup Series event, the drivers are permitted to race as close as possible to one another, with just inches between them, at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour.

It just so happens that this race is the very last one of the regular season for NASCAR, which means that the winner will have one last shot at clinching a position in the NASCAR playoffs.

 

Conclusion

The Daytona 500 attracts crowds of more than 150,000 people on a regular basis, many of whom travel from various locations in the United States and throughout the world to see the event. Because the marathon takes place in February, a lot of people are excited to get away from the chilly weather in their home states and spend some time in Florida instead.

Check out how Wallace wins Kansas, this victory came this September when Bubba was fighting for the Owners Championship and Kurt Busch was sidelined with a concussion. Bubba Wallace put everything together for a virtually perfect race.

 

Like father, like daughter.
 
On September 22 at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway, Maria Cofer became one of the select few offspring to follow in their father’s footsteps in becoming a fast qualifier with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.
 
Maria’s father, Johnny Cofer, accomplished the same feat during the tail-end of the 1995 season when he set fast time at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway, setting a new track record which still stands to this day.
 
Next, Maria is set to take on a pair of USAC National Midget events this weekend, starting Friday night, October 7, at Wayne City, Illinois’ Wayne County Speedway and on Saturday night, October 8, at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.
 
Now, the Cofers enter the weekend as just one of 17 parent/child duos to record a fast time with the series since its inception in 1956.
 
In doing so, they became the second father/daughter to tally fast times with the USAC National Midget series. Warren Mockler scored a fast qualifying award twice on the Illinois’ dirt bullrings of Godfrey Speedway in 1981 and Belle-Clair Speedway in 1982. Daughter Stephanie Mockler’s turn came in 2007 when she earned P1 in time trials on the pavement of Ohio’s Mansfield Motorsports Park.
 
Overall, the first father/child pair to achieve the mark was Gene and Ted Hartley in 1961. Most unusual about this case is that Gene, the son, set fast time prior to his father, Ted!
 
After winning the first ever feature in 1956 at the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Memorial Coliseum, Gene recorded his first USAC National Midget fast time in the third event of the inaugural season at Michigan’s Grand Rapids Stadium, a February event which was halted with 37 laps complete due to snow!
 
Ted, meanwhile, had to wait until November 1961 when he set quick time at the slightly more comfortable confines indoors at Ohio’s Cincinnati Gardens.
 
On four separate occasions, a father and his multiple children were fast-timers with the series. The first to do so was Tony Bettenhausen followed by his two sons Gary and Merle. Parnelli Jones sons, P.J. and Page, followed suit as well in the coming years. Jim Hines and his two boys, Ted and Tracy, all hit the top of the speed chart in qualifying during their careers. All three of these father/sons pairings – Bettenhausen, Jones and Hines – won USAC National Midget features as well.
 
Pancho Carter and sons Dane and Cole soon added their names to the fast qualifying list in the coming years. Dane and Cole set those marks under the watchful eye of their father, USAC’s first Triple Crown champion driver to capture a USAC National Midget, National Sprint Car and Silver Crown title in his career.
 
There’s been just one single instance of three generations from a single family emerging as USAC National Midget fast qualifiers. Gene Gurney notched his first in 1960 at California’s Kearney Bowl. His son, Chuck, tripped the timing light fastest overall on Valentine’s Day 1975 when he turned the quickest lap at the Oklahoma City Sports Arena. Gene’s grandson and Chuck’s son, Chuck Gurney Jr., made his historic mark on the timing charts and in the USAC record books with fast time at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 2010.
 
 
UP NEXT:
 
Next up on the USAC calendar are a pair of National Midget outings this weekend, Friday, October 7, in the 9th running of the Peoples National Bank Jason Leffler Memorial at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. and on Saturday, October 8, in the Harvest Cup at Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway.
 
Friday at Wayne City, the grandstands open at 5pm Central with the drivers meeting at 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm with racing immediately following. Adult general admission tickets are $30. Kids 12 & under are free. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Non-Wing Outlaw Micros, Restrictors and Junior Sprints will also be on hand.
 
Saturday at Tri-State, pits open at 3pm Central with grandstands opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting at 4:30pm and hot laps at 5:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students aged 13-18 are $20 and kids aged 12 & under are free. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Also racing at the Harvest Cup are the Midwest Sprint Car Series and the Midwest Mini Sprint Association.
 
 
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MULTIPLE GENERATIONS OF USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FAST QUALIFIERS:
 
(As of October 4, 2022)
 
Father: Don Vogler (6) & Son: Rich Vogler (84)
 
Father: Bob Wente (72) & Son: Terry Wente (1)
 
Father: Jim Hines (2) & Sons: Tracy Hines (38) & Ted Hines (3)
 
Father: Dave Strickland (38) & Son: Dave Strickland Jr. (9)
 
Father: Johnnie Parsons (3) & Son: Johnny Parsons (36)
 
Father: Parnelli Jones (27) & Sons: P.J. Jones (3) & Page Jones (2)
 
Father: Tony Bettenhausen (3) & Sons: Gary Bettenhausen (25) & Merle Bettenhausen (5)
 
Father: Ted Hartley (2) & Son: Gene Hartley (24)
 
Father: Pancho Carter (10) & Sons: Dane Carter (4) & Cole Carter (3)
 
Father: Henry Pens (7) & Son: Danny Pens (2)
 
Father: Billy Boat (5) & Son: Chad Boat (6)
 
Father: Bob Gregg (1) & Son: Mike Gregg (6)
 
Father Danny Frye (4) & Son: Danny Frye Jr. (1)
 
Father: Gene Gurney (1), Son: Chuck Gurney (4) & Grandson: Chuck Gurney Jr. (1)
 
Father: Warren Mockler (2) & Daughter: Stephanie Mockler (1)
 
Father: Johnny Cofer (1) & Daughter: Maria Cofer (1)
 
Father: Danny Kladis (1) & Son: George Kladis (1)
 
 
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2022 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET STAT LEADERS
 
Driver Point Leader: Buddy Kofoid
 
Entrant Point Leader: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67
 
Leading Rookie Driver in Points: Mitchel Moles
 
Most Feature Wins: 10-Buddy Kofoid
 
Laps Led: 140-Buddy Kofoid
 
Top-Fives: 19-Buddy Kofoid
 
Top-Tens: 21-Buddy Kofoid
 
Fast Qualifying Times: 5-Buddy Kofoid
 
Heat Race Wins: 7-Buddy Kofoid
 
Feature Starts: 23-Kaylee Bryson, Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid, Cannon McIntosh, Mitchel Moles & Bryant Wiedeman
 
Most Positions Gained in a Feature: Jun 5: Tri-State Speedway – Kaylee Bryson (22nd to 4th)
 
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2022 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS
 
Feb 11: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL
WINNER: Justin Grant (RMS Racing #2J)
 
Feb 12: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL
WINNER: Justin Grant (RMS Racing #2J)
 
Apr 22: Port City Raceway | Tulsa, OK
WINNER: Justin Grant (RMS Racing #2J)
 
Apr 23: Port City Raceway | Tulsa, OK
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)
 
Jun 2: Tri-City Speedway | Granite City, IL
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)
 
Jun 3: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN (I)
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)
 
Jun 4: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN (I)
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)
 
Jun 5: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN (I)
WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)
 
Jun 9: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN (I)
WINNER: Jacob Denney (Mounce-Stout Motorsports #61)
 
Jun 11: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN (I)
WINNER: Cannon McIntosh (Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports #08)
 
Jul 8: Huset's Speedway | Brandon, SD (A)
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)
 
Jul 9: Huset's Speedway | Brandon, SD (A)
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)
 
Jul 10: Huset's Speedway | Brandon, SD (A)
WINNER: Cannon McIntosh (Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports #08)
 
Jul 12: Red Dirt Raceway | Meeker, OK (M)
WINNER: Ryan Timms (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #97K)
 
Jul 13: Solomon Valley Raceway | Beloit, KS (M)
WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)
 
Jul 15: Jefferson County Speedway | Fairbury, NE (M)
WINNER: Mitchel Moles (CB Industries #89)
 
Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway | Fairbury, NE (M) (F)
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)
 
Aug 3-4: (F) The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway | Speedway, IN
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)
 
Sep 9: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex | Sweet Springs, MO
WINNER: Cannon McIntosh (Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports #08)
 
Sep 10: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex | Sweet Springs, MO
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)
 
Sep 22: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)
 
Sep 23: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH
WINNER: Mitchel Moles (CB Industries #89)
 
Sep 24: (F) Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH
WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89x)
 
Oct 7: (F) Wayne County Speedway | Wayne City, IL
 
Oct 8: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN
 
Nov 15: Bakersfield Speedway | Bakersfield, CA
 
Nov 17: (A) Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA (A)
 
Nov 18: (A) Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA (A)
 
Nov 19: (F) Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA (F)
 
Nov 22: Merced Speedway | Merced, CA
 
Nov 23: Merced Speedway | Merced, CA
 
Nov 26: Ventura Raceway | Ventura, CA
 
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(I) represents an Indiana Midget Week event
 
(M) represents a Mid-America Midget Week event
 
(A) represents an event awarding appearance points only
 
(N) represents an indoor event
 
(F) represents an event awarding feature points only
 
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2022 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)
 
POS.     PTS.      DRIVER, HOMETOWN
 
1            1,581    Buddy Kofoid, Penngrove, Calif.
 
2            1,424    Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.
 
3            1,232    Bryant Wiedeman, Colby, Kan.
 
4            1,227    Cannon McIntosh, Bixby, Okla.
 
5            1,219    Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, Calif.
 
6            1,215    (R) Mitchel Moles, Raisin City, Calif.
 
7            1,173    Kaylee Bryson, Muskogee, Okla.
 
8            970       (R) Jacob Denney, Galloway, Ohio
 
9            967       Taylor Reimer, Bixby, Okla.
 
10          858       Brenham Crouch, Lubbock, Texas
 
® = USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year Contender
 
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2022 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OWNER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)
 
POS.     PTS.      ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION
 
1            1,581    Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#67)
 
2            1,424    RMS Racing, Western Springs, Ill. (#2J)
 
3            1,247    RMS Racing, Western Springs, Ill. (#7x)
 
4            1,232    Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#01)
 
5            1,227    Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports, Bixby, Okla. (#08)
 
6            1,215    CB Industries, Mooresville, N.C. (#89)
 
7            1,173    Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#71)
 
8            1,134    Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#97)
 
9            1,023    Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#25K)
 
10          1,003    Bundy Built Motorsports, Mooresville, N.C. (#9m)
 
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2022 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)
 
POS.     PTS.      DRIVER, HOMETOWN
 
1            1,215    Mitchel Moles, Raisin City, Calif.
 
2            970       Jacob Denney, Galloway, Ohio
 
3            666       Chase McDermand, Springfield, Ill.
 
4            653       Jade Avedisian, Clovis, Calif.
 
5            585       Jace Park, Overland Park, Kan.
 
6            525       Cade Lewis, Bakersfield, Calif.
 
7            513       Dominic Gorden, Clovis, Calif.
 
8            278       Mariah Ede, Fresno, Calif.
 
9            264       Blake Brannon, Morgan Hill, Calif.
 
10          96          Travis Buckley, Auckland, N.Z.
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2022 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS
 
FEATURE WINS
 
10-Buddy Kofoid (Apr 23 at Port City Raceway, Jun 2 at Tri-City Speedway, Jun 3 at Bloomington Speedway, Jun 4 at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Jul 8 at Huset’s Speedway, Jul 9 at Huset’s Speedway, Jul 16 at Jefferson County Speedway, Aug 4 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sep 10 at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex & Sep 22 at Gas City I-69 Speedway)
 
3-Justin Grant (Feb 11 at Bubba Raceway Park, Feb 12 at Bubba Raceway Park & Apr 22 at Port City Raceway)
 
3-Cannon McIntosh (Jun 11 at Kokomo Speedway, Jul 10 at Huset’s Speedway & Sep 9 at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex)
 
2-Thomas Meseraull (Jun 5 at Tri-State Speedway & Jul 13 at Solomon Valley Raceway)
 
2-Mitchel Moles (Jul 15 at Jefferson County Speedway & Sep 23 at Eldora Speedway)
 
1-Jacob Denney (Jun 9 at Lincoln Park Speedway)
 
1-Ryan Timms (Jul 12 at Red Dirt Raceway)
 
1-Chris Windom (Sep 24 at Eldora Speedway)
 
USAC PR

NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: Bank of America ROVAL 400

The Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course

The Date: Sunday, October 9

The Time: 2 p.m. ET

The Purse: $7,262,080

TV: NBC, 1 p.m. ET

Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR (Channel 90)

Distance: 252.88 miles (109 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 25),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 50), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 109)

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Next Race: Drive for the Cure 250 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

The Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course

The Date: Saturday, October 8

The Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

The Purse: $1,319,119

TV: NBC, 3 p.m. ET

Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR (Channel 90)

Distance: 155.44 miles (67 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 20),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 40), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 67)

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Next Race: Baptist Health 200

The Place: Homestead-Miami Speedway

The Date: Saturday, October 22

The Time: 1 p.m. ET

The Purse: $721,227

TV: FS1, 12 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR (Channel 90)

Distance: 201 miles (134 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 30),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 60), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 134)

 

NASCAR Cup Series

 

A lot on the line in Playoffs’ Round of 12 elimination race at Charlotte Road Course

The intense NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 12 comes down to this weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course for the Bank of America ROVAL 400 elimination-race at 2 p.m. ET this Sunday, October 9 on NBC, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90). The 12-driver Playoff field will be cut to eight as four driver’s title hopes will come to an end this weekend. Ever since the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course has joined the NASCAR Cup Series postseason in 2018, it has proven to be a wildcard event with twists and turns that challenge the competitors along its multi-elevational 2.32-miles. Chase Elliott won his way into the Round of 8 with his victory at Talladega last weekend, leaving seven spots still on the line come Sunday.

 

Construction began on Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) in 1959 and the track’s first NASCAR Cup Series race was held on June 19, 1960 – won by Joe Lee Johnson in a Chevrolet. But it wasn’t until 2017, the track underwent renovations to add what is now known as the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course (ROVAL) a 2.32-mile, 17-turn, multi-elevational road course that incorporates the oval portion of the track. This season will be the fifth-time the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course has hosted a NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race (2018-2022) and the 2.32-mile track has occupied two spots on the series postseason schedule – from 2018-2019 the Charlotte Road Course hosted the third race in the Playoffs and from 2020-2022 the sixth race.

 

The Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course (2020-2022) is the fourth different track to host the sixth race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs (2004-Present); joining Martinsville Speedway (2004-2010), Talladega Superspeedway (2011, 2013-2016) and Kansas Speedway (2012, 2017-2019).

 

From 2018-2019, the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course hosted the third race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs – Ryan Blaney won the event in 2018 and Chase Elliott won in 2019.

 

A total of 11 different drivers have won the sixth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, led by Jimmie Johnson with four postseason victories – all at Martinsville Speedway (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008). Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers with three victories (2009, 2010, 2019) in the sixth race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. Chase Elliott leads all active drivers in Charlotte ROVAL wins with two (2019, 2020).

 

NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs - Race No. 6 Winners

Track

Race Winner

Date

Charlotte RC

Kyle Larson

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Charlotte RC

Chase Elliott

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Kansas

Denny Hamlin

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Kansas

Chase Elliott

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Kansas

Martin Truex Jr

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Talladega

Joey Logano

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Talladega

Joey Logano

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Talladega

Brad Keselowski

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Talladega

Jamie McMurray

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Kansas

Matt Kenseth

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Talladega

Clint Bowyer

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Martinsville

Denny Hamlin

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Martinsville

Denny Hamlin

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Martinsville

Jimmie Johnson

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Martinsville

Jimmie Johnson

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Martinsville

Jimmie Johnson

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Martinsville

Jeff Gordon

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Martinsville

Jimmie Johnson

Sunday, October 24, 2004

 

Six-times the winner of the sixth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs has gone on to win the championship later that same season - once at Kansas Speedway, three-times at Martinsville Speedway and twice at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course: 

 

  • In 2006, Jimmie Johnson won at Martinsville Speedway, then the sixth race in the Playoffs, and went on to win his first NASCAR Cup Series title later that season.
  • In 2007, Jimmie Johnson won at Martinsville, then the sixth race in the Playoffs, and went on to win his second consecutive NASCAR Cup Series title later that season.
  • In 2008, Jimmie Johnson won at Martinsville, then the sixth race in the Playoffs, and went on to win his third consecutive NASCAR Cup Series title later that season.
  • In 2017, Martin Truex Jr. won at Kansas Speedway, then the sixth race in the Playoffs, and went on to win his first NASCAR Cup Series title later that season.
  • In 2020, Chase Elliott won at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course, then the sixth race in the Playoffs, and went on to win his first NASCAR Cup Series title later that season. It was the first of his three wins during the 2020 postseason run.
  • In 2021, Kyle Larson won at the Charlotte Road Course, then the sixth race in the Playoffs, and went on to win his first NASCAR Cup Series title later that season. It was the second of his record tying five Playoff wins during the 2021 postseason.

 

The worst finish by a driver in the sixth Playoff race that went on to win the NASCAR Cup Series title that same season was: 

 

  • At Kansas Speedway (2012, 2017-2019) it has happened twice - Brad Keselowski in 2012 and Joey Logano in 2018 each finished eighth in the sixth race of the Playoffs at Kansas Speedway and then went on to win the title later those same seasons.
  • At Talladega Superspeedway (2011, 2013-2016) – Jimmie Johnson in 2016 finished 23rd in the sixth race of the Playoffs at Talladega Superspeedway and went on to win the title later that season.
  • At Martinsville Speedway (2004-2010) – Jimmie Johnson in 2010 and Kurt Busch in 2004 each finished fifth in the sixth race of the Playoffs at Martinsville Speedway and then went on to win the title later that same season.

 

When the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course hosted the third race in the Playoffs (2018-2019) the winner in 2019, Chase Elliott, finished the season 10th in the final championship standings and the 2018 ROVAL winner, Ryan Blaney, also finished the season 10th in the final standings.

 

Three non-Playoff drivers have won the sixth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs:

 

  • In 2005, Jeff Gordon won the Playoff race at Martinsville Speedway he was ranked 15th in the series standings at the time of the win.
  • In 2011, Clint Bowyer won the Playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway he was ranked 13th in the series standings at the time of the win.
  • In 2013, Jamie McMurray won the Playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway he was ranked 14th in the series standings at the time of the win.

 

This weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs elimination race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course will be 109 laps (252.88 miles) and will be broken up into three stages. The first to stages will be 25 laps each and the final stage is scheduled for 59 laps.

 

All the NASCAR Cup Series on-track activity will begin with practice and Busch Light Pole Qualifying, and both can be viewed on Saturday, October 8 from 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. ET on the USA Network.

 

Clinch Scenarios: Advancing out of the Round of 12

The Bank of America ROVAL 400 (Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. ET on NBC, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) is the last chance for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff contenders to secure their spot in the Round of 8. Only one driver has locked themselves into the Round of 8 – Chase Elliott – heading into this weekend leaving 11 Playoff contenders vying for just seven positions.

 

Already Clinched

The following driver has clinched a spot in the eight-driver field of the next round: Chase Elliott.

 

Can Clinch Via Points

If there is a repeat winner or a win by a driver who cannot advance to the next round, the following drivers could clinch by being ahead of the 8th winless driver in the standings. The same point requirements listed below would hold true if a new win comes from among Ryan Blaney, Ross Chastain, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson or Daniel Suarez.

 

  • Ryan Blaney: Would clinch with 21 points
  • Ross Chastain: Would clinch with 26 points
  • Denny Hamlin: Would clinch with 33 points
  • Joey Logano: Would clinch with 36 points
  • Kyle Larson: Would clinch with 36 points
  • Daniel Suarez: Would clinch with 42 points
  • Chase Briscoe: Would clinch with 54 points
  • Austin Cindric: Would clinch with 54 points
  • William Byron: Could only clinch with help
  • Christopher Bell: Could only clinch with help
  • Alex Bowman: Could only clinch with help

 

If there is a new winner from Chase Briscoe or another winless driver lower in the standings but still eligible to advance to the next round, the following drivers could clinch by being ahead of the 7th winless driver in the standings.

 

  • Ryan Blaney: Would clinch with 23 points
  • Ross Chastain: Would clinch with 28 points
  • Denny Hamlin: Would clinch with 35 points
  • Joey Logano: Would clinch with 38 points
  • Kyle Larson: Would clinch with 38 points
  • Daniel Suarez: Would clinch with 44 points
  • Chase Briscoe: Could only clinch with help
  • Austin Cindric: Could only clinch with help
  • William Byron: Could only clinch with help
  • Christopher Bell: Could only clinch with help

 

Can Clinch Via Win

The following drivers would clinch on their win alone: Ryan Blaney, Ross Chastain, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez, Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, William Byron, Christopher Bell and Alex Bowman.

 

Playoff Bubble: Cindric, Byron, Bell and Bowman facing elimination

It all comes down to this one last race for the drivers facing elimination this weekend in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. The Playoff challengers below the Round of 8 cutline will have to showcase their best skills this weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course if they want to move on in the postseason.

 

Following a wild Talladega Superspeedway Playoff race last weekend, Stewart-Haas Racing’s Chase Briscoe currently resides in the eighth and final transfer spot on points in the next round. Outside the cutoff looking in are Team Penske’s Austin Cindric (-0 points) who is tied with Briscoe in points, but Briscoe owns the tie breaker of best finish in this round, then Hendrick Motorsport’s driver William Byron (-11) in 10th, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell (-33) in 11th, and Hendrick Motorsport’s Alex Bowman (-54) in 12th. Bowman has already announced he will not be in the No. 48 Chevrolet this weekend and instead Noah Gragson will be behind the wheel.

 

NASCAR Cup Series Driver Playoff Outlook Following Race No. 31

Rank

Drivers

Points

Race Wins

Stage Wins

Playoff Pts

+/- Cutoff

1

Chase Elliott

3,103

5

6

46

In On Wins

2

Ryan Blaney

3,101

0

7

15

32

3

Ross Chastain

3,097

2

5

20

28

4

Denny Hamlin

3,090

2

3

13

21

5

Joey Logano

3,087

2

5

25

18

6

Kyle Larson

3,087

2

4

20

18

7

Daniel Suárez

3,081

1

2

7

12

8

Chase Briscoe

3,069

1

4

9

0

9

Austin Cindric

3,069

1

1

6

0

10

William Byron

3,058

2

4

15

-11

11

Christopher Bell

3,036

1

4

13

-33

12

Alex Bowman

3,015

1

2

7

-54

13

Tyler Reddick

2,116

3

2

17

Eliminated From The Playoffs

14

Austin Dillon

2,107

1

0

5

15

Kyle Busch

2,089

1

3

10

16

Kevin Harvick

2,071

2

0

12

 

Team Penske’s Austin Cindric (3,069 points) teeters along the Playoffs’ Round of 8 cutoff in the first spot outside the cutline (ninth) tied with Chase Briscoe in the eighth and final transfer spot. Briscoe currently owns the tiebreaker between the two of best finish in the Round of 12; he finished fifth at Texas to Cindric’s best finish of ninth last weekend at Talladega. This weekend will be a series of firsts for Cindric, he will be making his series track debut at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course, and this will be his first career attempt at advancing out of the Round of 12. Only two previous rookies have earned a spot in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs prior to Cindric this season – Denny Hamlin (2006) and Chase Elliott (2016). If Cindric were to advance out of the Round of 12 and into the Round of 8, he would become the first rookie in the ‘elimination-style’ Playoff Era (2016-2022) to accomplish the feat. Elliott was eliminated in the Round of 12 in 2016.

 

Hendrick Motorsports’ driver William Byron (3,058 points) is currently 10th in the Playoff outlook standings 11 points back from Stewart-Haas Racing’s Chase Briscoe (3,069 points) in eighth in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs standings – the final transfer spot to the Round of 8. Byron should feel optimistic about this weekend though, the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course is one of his better tracks. In four starts at the 2.32-mile road course he posted two top-10 finishes and a pole. Plus, he is top five in three key pre-race Loop Data categories: an Average Running Position of 9.215 (series-best), a Driver Rating of 109.9 (third-best) and 30 Fastest Laps Run (third-best). He also leads the series in laps led at the Charlotte ROVAL with 80 laps out front (18.6% of his laps completed). Byron is looking to advance out of the second round of the Cup Playoffs for the first time in his career.

 

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell (3,036 points) in his second appearance in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs finds himself in 11th in the Round of 12 standings, 33 points back from the cutline as the series heads to Charlotte for the second elimination race of the postseason. Bell has made two starts at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course posting one top-10 finish and has an average finish of 16.0. The Oklahoma native is looking to advance out of the Round of 12 for the first time in his career.

 

Hendrick Motorsports’ Alex Bowman (3,032 points) is ranked 12th in the Playoff standings 54 points back from the Round of 8 cutline. Bowman has announced he will not be back in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet this weekend and in his stead will be NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Noah Gragson. This will be Gragson’s series track debut at the Charlotte ROVAL, but he does have three Xfinity Series starts at the 2.32-mile track putting up two top fives and three top 10s.

 

Playoff Dozen at the ROVAL

Playoff elimination races amp up the intensity and this weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course is no different. Here is a quick look at the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 12 drivers at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course:

 

Rank

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
   

1

Chase Elliott

4

0

2

2

3

0

5.0

113.9

   

2

Ryan Blaney

4

0

1

2

4

0

5.8

101.1

   

3

Ross Chastain

3

0

0

0

0

0

23.0

47.1

   

4

Denny Hamlin

4

0

0

1

1

0

12.8

82.3

   

5

Joey Logano

4

0

0

1

4

0

7.2

96.9

   

6

Kyle Larson

3

0

1

1

1

0

13.0

112.6

   

7

Daniel Suárez

4

0

0

0

0

0

23.2

66.6

   

8

Chase Briscoe

1

0

0

0

0

0

22.0

59.8

   

9

Austin Cindric

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.0

0.0

   

10

William Byron

4

1

0

0

2

1

14.2

109.9

   

11

Christopher Bell

2

0

0

0

1

0

16.0

83.8

   

12

Alex Bowman

4

0

0

2

4

0

6.0

85.6

   

 

Keep Digging: Drivers that have raced their way into the Round of 8

Since the introduction of the ‘elimination style’ format of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs in 2014, several drivers have raced their way into the Round of 8 in the sixth and final cutoff race of the Round of 12.

 

2014: Heading to Talladega (sixth race of the Playoffs) in 2014, Matt Kenseth was ranked ninth in the Playoff standings, one point back from the Round of 8 cutoff and Brad Keselowski was ranked 10th in the Playoff standings, 19 points behind the Round of 8 cutoff. Brad Keselowski won the race at Talladega and automatically advanced to the next round. Matt Kenseth finished second at Talladega and advanced on points to the Round of 8 knocking Kasey Kahne (12th-place finish at Talladega) and Kyle Busch (40th-place finish at Talladega) out of the Playoffs. Heading into the elimination race, Kyle Busch was second in the Playoff standings 26 points above the cutline and Kasey Kahne was eighth in the Playoff standings just one point above the Round of 8 cutoff.

 

2015: Heading to Talladega (sixth race of the Playoffs) in 2015, Kyle Busch was ranked ninth in the Playoff standings just six points back from the Round of 8 cutoff. Kyle Busch finished 11th at Talladega and advanced on points knocking his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin (37th-place finish at Talladega due to an incident) out of the Playoffs. Heading into the elimination race, Denny Hamlin was second in the Playoff standings, 18 points above the Round of 8 cutoff.

 

2016: Heading to Talladega (sixth race of the Playoffs) in 2016, Denny Hamlin was ranked 10th in the Playoff standings, six points back from the Round of 8 cutoff. Hamlin went on to finish third at Talladega and advanced on points knocking Martin Truex Jr. (40th-place finish at Talladega due to an engine failure) out of the Playoffs. Heading into the elimination race, Martin Truex Jr. was sixth in the Playoff standings, 13 points above the Round of 8 cutoff.

 

2017: Heading to Kansas (sixth race of the Playoffs) in 2017, Kyle Busch was ranked ninth in the Playoff standings, seven points back from the Round of 8 cutoff. Busch went on to finish 10th at Kansas and advanced on points knocking Kyle Larson (39th-place finish at Kansas due to an engine failure) out of the Playoffs. Heading into the elimination race, Kyle Larson was third in the Playoff standings, 29 points above the Round of 8 cutoff.

 

2018: The four drivers below the Round of 8 cutline heading into the sixth race of the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs at Kansas Speedway – Brad Keselowski (-1 point from cutoff), Ryan Blaney (-5), Kyle Larson (-19) and Alex Bowman (-51) – all failed to advance to the Round of 8 and were eliminated from the Playoffs following the Kansas race. At Kansas, Larson finished third, Keselowski finished sixth, Blaney finished seventh and Bowman finished ninth.

 

2019: Heading to Kansas Speedway (sixth race of the Playoffs) in 2019, Chase Elliott was ranked 10th in the Playoff standings, 15 points back from the Round of 8 cutoff. Elliott went on to finish second at Kansas and advanced on points knocking Brad Keselowski (19th-place finish at Kansas) out of the Playoffs. Heading into the elimination race, Keselowski was fifth in the Playoff standings, nine points above the Round of 8 cutoff.

 

2020: Heading to the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course (sixth race of the Playoffs) in 2020, Kurt Busch was ranked 10th in the Playoff standings, five points back from the Round of 8 cutoff. Kurt Busch went on to finish fourth in the Charlotte Road Course race and advanced on points knocking Austin Dillon (19th-place finish at the Charlotte ROVAL) out of the Playoffs. Heading into the elimination race, Dillon was eighth in the Playoff standings tied with Kyle Busch (ninth) on points (3,053 each) along the Round of 8 cutline.

 

2021: The four drivers below the Round of 8 cutline heading into the sixth race of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course – Kevin Harvick (-9 points from cutoff), Christopher Bell (-28), William Byron (-44) and Alex Bowman (-52) – all failed to advance to the Round of 8 and were eliminated from the Playoffs following the Charlotte ROVAL race. At the Charlotte Road Course, Harvick finished 33rd, Bell finished eighth, Byron finished 11th and Bowman finished 10th.

 

NASCAR Cup Series, Etc.

AJ Allmendinger to return to fulltime Cup racing in 2023 – Kaulig Racing has announced this week that AJ Allmendinger will return to full-time NASCAR Cup Series competition for the 2023 season, as he jumps behind the wheel of the No. 16 entry.

 

“When I first went to Kaulig Racing to compete part-time in 2019 and 2020, I remember how I felt on the weekends that I wasn’t racing and how much I missed it. Competing full-time is a mentally tough battle at times. No matter how much work you put in as a driver, there’s a chance you will not achieve success. For a while, I think I lost that competitive drive to be the best. Kaulig Racing helped me find that again. I now feel more competitive than ever and believe there is more success to be earned as a team.”

 

Allmendinger is currently competing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs for Kaulig Racing and has won the last two Regular Season Championships in the series (2021-2022).

 

NASCAR Cup Series Featured Matchups: Bank of America ROVAL 400 – Below is a close look at the featured matchups fans can bet on heading into this weekend’s event.

 

Chase Elliott vs. Kyle Larson (Fan Vote)

Chase Elliott made the perfect move at the right time, passing Ryan Blaney to take home the checkered flag at Talladega Superspeedway last weekend securing the first spot in the Round of 8. Elliott also won Stage 2, and now sits atop the Playoff Standings. Since he has clinched his spot in the Round of 8, the Roval should be a stress-free race for Elliott, who will look for his first road course win of the season. His counterpart, Kyle Larson, won the last road course at Watkins Glen, while Elliott finished fourth. Larson finished 18th at Talladega and currently sits sixth in the Playoff standings and 18 points above the Round of 8 cutline. With this week being the elimination race of the Round of 12, Larson is probably feeling good about his chances to advance if he can replicate his performance at Watkins Glen. Larson and Elliott are known as two of the best road course ringers in the Cup Series, so there is a good chance these two are battling for the win come Sunday.

 

Christopher Bell vs. William Byron

It was not the race Christopher Bell and William Byron were looking for as they left Talladega both finishing outside the top 10. Coming into the race both were sitting behind the cutline and were looking to rack up stage points. As we head into the elimination race at the Charlotte ROVAL, both Bell and Byron will need to do everything they can in order to advance into the Round of 8. Byron sits 11 points back of the cutline while Bell is 33 points behind. Although he has never won at a road course, Byron’s 121.8 driver rating at the Roval is the highest in the field. Bell only posts a rating of 83.9 but has shown that he is incredibly competitive at road courses. The winner of the Daytona Road Course last year will likely need to win this week if he has any chance to advance into the Round of 8.

 

Austin Cindric vs. Chase Briscoe

Great friends off the track, Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe will likely be battling with one another for the final spot in the Round of 8 this weekend at the Charlotte Road Course. Both drivers are currently tied with 3069 points, putting them right along the Round of 8 cutline in the Playoff standings. Although both are young in experience in the Cup Series, Cindric and Briscoe have shown that they are top tier road course ringers. It should be fun to watch these two Ford’s battle amongst each other to have their best race of the season. Both Cindric and Briscoe racked up wins at road courses in the Xfinity Series. It has been a great season for both drivers already this year, but they may have to fight for only one spot this weekend if they want their season to continue.

 

Daniel Suarez vs. Joey Logano

As we enter the final race of the Round of 12, Daniel Suarez and Joey Logano are currently above the cutline. Logano sits in fifth place while Suarez is in seventh. Suarez, the winner at Sonoma, is only 12 points above the Round of 8 cutline. Suarez’s first career win came at Sonoma earlier this year and has shown that he is a talented road course driver. In his five races at road courses this year, Suarez has three top fives. Logano has a solid record at road courses this year as well. After not posting a top 20 in the first three, Logano finished sixth at Indianapolis and third at Watkins Glen. He also has top 10s in each of his last four races at the Roval. Both will need to be at their best on Sunday and avoid any mishaps to ensure they stay above the cutline and advance into the Round of 8.

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series

 

Charlotte Road Course elimination-race to challenge Playoff contenders

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will be crossing its last road course of the season off the 2022 schedule this weekend as they head to the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course for the Drive for the Cure 250 Presented by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina on Saturday, October 8 at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR radio.

 

This weekend’s elimination-race will be the fifth time the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course has hosted a NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff race (2018-2022). The Charlotte Road Course has occupied two positions on the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs schedule – from 2018-2019 the Charlotte ROVAL hosted the second race in the Playoffs’ Round of 12, and then from 2020-2022 the 2.32-mile track has hosted the Round of 12 elimination race (the third race of the Playoffs).

 

The inaugural Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs race was on September 29, 2018 and was won by Chase Briscoe. In the years since then, AJ Allmendinger has been the only victor, taking the checkered flag the last three consecutive years (2019, 2020, 2021).

 

Although Allmendinger has three wins under his belt, Briscoe still holds the race record from his win in 2018 at 81.267 mph. With Briscoe competing full time in the Cup Series and in his own Playoff hunt, Allmendinger is the only previous winner entered in this weekend’s Drive for the Cure 250 Presented by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina.

 

A few drivers entered in this weekend’s race could be considered Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course veterans as they have raced in every Xfinity Series road course race at the track since the inaugural race in 2018 – Justin Allgaier, Jeremy Clements, Ryan Sieg, Brandon Jones, Josh Bilicki and Alex Labbe.

 

There has yet to be a driver to win from the pole or first starting position at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Couse so expect the field to hit the gas a bit harder as they head into practice on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET followed by qualifying at 10:30 a.m. ET on the NBC Sports App.

 

Clinch Scenarios: One to go in the Playoffs Round of 12

Heading into this weekend, only two drivers - Noah Gragson and AJ Allmendinger - have punched their ticket to the Round of 8, leaving 10 drivers vying for the residual six spots. Time is of the essence for the remaining Xfinity Series Playoff drivers hoping to clinch their spot in the next round of the postseason that kicks off at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct. 15.

 

Already Clinched

The following two drivers have clinched a spot in the eight-driver field of the next round: AJ Allmendinger, Noah Gragson.

 

Can Clinch Via Points

If there is a repeat winner or a win by a driver who cannot advance to the next round, the following drivers could clinch by being ahead of the 7th winless driver in the standings. The same point requirements listed below would hold true if a new win comes from among Ty Gibbs, Austin Hill, Josh Berry, Justin Allgaier, Sam Mayer or Ryan Sieg.

 

  • Ty Gibbs: Would clinch with 7 points
  • Austin Hill: Would clinch with 13 points
  • Josh Berry: Would clinch with 29 points
  • Justin Allgaier: Would clinch with 31 points
  • Sam Mayer: Would clinch with 43 points
  • Ryan Sieg: Would clinch with 50 points
  • Daniel Hemric: Could only clinch with help
  • Riley Herbst: Could only clinch with help
  • Brandon Jones: Could only clinch with help
  • Jeremy Clements: Could only clinch with help

 

If there is a new winner from Daniel Hemric or another winless driver lower in the standings but still eligible to advance to the next round, the following drivers could clinch by being ahead of the 6th winless driver in the standings.

 

  • Ty Gibbs: Would clinch with 13 points
  • Austin Hill: Would clinch with 19 points
  • Josh Berry: Would clinch with 35 points
  • Justin Allgaier: Would clinch with 37 points
  • Sam Mayer: Would clinch with 50 points
  • Ryan Sieg: Could only clinch with help
  • Daniel Hemric: Could only clinch with help
  • Riley Herbst: Could only clinch with help
  • Brandon Jones: Could only clinch with help
  • Jeremy Clements: Could only clinch with help

 

Can Clinch Via Win

The following drivers would clinch on their win alone: Ty Gibbs, Austin Hill, Josh Berry, Justin Allgaier, Sam Mayer, Ryan Sieg, Daniel Hemric, Riley Herbst, Brandon Jones, Jeremy Clements.

 

Scouting the Playoff field at the Charlotte Road Course

We are one race away from the start of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Round of 8. This weekend, the 10 drivers still fighting for their spot in the eight-driver field will compete on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course. Below is a look at the Playoff drivers’ past performances at the Charlotte ROVAL.

 

Noah Gragson: The driver of the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet will be making his fourth Xfinity Series start on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course. He has posted two top fives and three top 10s in his three previous starts. His average finish at 2.32-mile track is a solid 4.3.

 

AJ Allmendinger: The anointed ‘King of Xfinity Road Courses’ and driver of the No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet has three consecutive starts under his belt on the Charlotte Road Course and has yet to experience defeat. He has taken the checkered flag all three times, even when starting deep in the field (started 22nd in 2020).

 

Ty Gibbs: The driver of the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota will be posting his second start at the Charlotte Road Course this weekend. In his only other start, he started 12th and finished 21st.

 

Austin Hill: The driver of the No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet will be making his third Xfinity Series start this weekend on the Charlotte Road Course. He has a best finish of 18th in his two previous starts.

 

Josh Berry: The driver of the No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet will be posting his first Xfinity Series start at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course this weekend.

 

Justin Allgaier: The driver of the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet has made all four Xfinity Series starts at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course. In his four starts, he has posted one top five and two top 10s.

 

Sam Mayer: The driver of the No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet made his first and only start at the Charlotte ROVAL last season where he posted a 10th-place finish.

 

Ryan Sieg: The driver of the No. 39 RSS Racing Ford will be making his fifth Xfinity Series start at the Charlotte Road Course this weekend. He has a best finish of 21st in 2020.

 

Riley Herbst: The driver of the No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford has two starts on the Charlotte Road Course with a best finish of 12th in 2020.

 

Daniel Hemric: The driver of the No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet has three starts on the Charlotte Road Course with two top-five and three top-10 finishes.

 

Brandon Jones: The driver of the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota will be making his fifth start on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course. He has one top five (2021) and two top 10s under his belt.

 

Jeremy Clements: The driver of the No. 51 Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet. He has four starts at the Charlotte Road Course with a best finish of 11th (2019).

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series, Etc.

 

Chandler Smith to compete fulltime in Xfinity Series in 2023 – Kaulig Racing has announced this week that Chandler Smith will join its 2023 NASCAR Xfinity Series roster. The 20-year-old, Georgia native has signed a multi-year deal with Kaulig Racing and plans to compete for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors during the 2023 season, as he drives the No. 16 Chevrolet.

 

“I’m really excited to have an opportunity like this for my rookie year in the NASCAR Xfinity Series,” said Smith. “Kaulig Racing has grown from a small team to a multi-series, powerhouse team in just a few short years. I’m honored to take over the No. 16 car that has had so much success these last couple of years.

 

Currently in his second, full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Smith has recorded five wins, 22 top fives and 32 top-10 finishes. Smith currently is second in the Camping World Truck Series Playoff standings.

 

“Chandler Smith is a kid who we see a ton of potential in at Kaulig Racing,” said Chris Rice, president of Kaulig Racing. “We take pride in giving kids like Chandler an opportunity to compete for wins and be a steppingstone in their career. It’s been exciting to see what Chandler has done in the truck series over two seasons, and we think competing for Kaulig Racing is the perfect next step for both Chandler and our team.”

 

Marco Andretti to make NASCAR debut at Charlotte ROVAL – Former NTT IndyCar driver Marco Andretti will be behind the wheel of the No. 48 Big Machine Racing Chevrolet this weekend for the Drive for the Cure 250 Presented by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina.

 

After retiring from full-time NTT IndyCar Series competition at the end of 2020, Andretti made his stock car debut in the SRX Series, scoring the 2022 championship.

 

He will be the first member of the Andretti family to start in a NASCAR national series race since the late John Andretti competed in the 2010 Daytona 500.

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

 

Talladega lives up to its name: DiBenedetto snags first NASCAR national series win

Talladega Superspeedway is known for its wild racing and unexpected results and last weekend was no exception. In his first year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, DiBenedetto, driver of the No. 25 Rackley WAR Chevrolet, made his first-ever trip to Victory Lane after a race that ended under caution.

 

DiBenedetto is no rookie to NASCAR, making his first NASCAR national series start in 2009 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at just 17 years old. He went on to run a part-time Xfinity Series schedule from 2009 to 2019, posting 69 starts and two top 10s. He has also posted 248 starts in the Cup Series between 2015 and 2021, scoring nine top fives and 31 top 10s.

 

In his first stint in the Camping World Truck Series this season, he has posted one win (Talladega), one top five and seven top 10s.

 

He will have two weeks to soak up his win before heading back to the track at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

 

Although he will be heading to the 1.5-mile track looking to make his first start there in the Truck Series, he has given the track a go several times. In the Cup Series, he has posted seven starts with a best finish of 20th (2014) and in the Xfinity Series, he has made two starts.

 

Clinch Scenarios: Wide open for the Championship 4 Round

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has one race to go before making it to the Championship 4 Round at Phoenix Raceway and only one driver has clinched his spot: Ty Majeski.

 

With a two-week break before running at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the last race in the Round of 8, the remaining seven Playoff drivers will have some time to strategize with their teams.

 

Already Clinched

The following driver has clinched a spot in the four-driver field of the next round: Ty Majeski.

 

Can Clinch Via Points

If there is a repeat winner or a win by a driver who cannot advance to the next round, the following drivers could clinch by being ahead of the 4th winless driver in the standings. The same point requirements listed below would hold true if a new win comes from among Chandler Smith, Zane Smith or Ben Rhodes.

 

  • Chandler Smith: Would clinch with 26 points
  • Zane Smith: Would clinch with 38 points
  • Ben Rhodes: Would clinch with 52 points
  • Christian Eckes: Could only clinch with help
  • Stewart Friesen: Could only clinch with help
  • John Hunter Nemechek: Could only clinch with help
  • Grant Enfinger: Could only clinch with help

 

If there is a new winner from Christian Eckes or another winless driver lower in the standings but still eligible to advance to the next round, the following drivers could clinch by being ahead of the 3rd winless driver in the standings.

 

  • Chandler Smith: Would clinch with 29 points
  • Zane Smith: Would clinch with 41 points
  • Ben Rhodes: Could only clinch with help
  • Christian Eckes: Could only clinch with help
  • Stewart Friesen: Could only clinch with help
  • John Hunter Nemechek: Could only clinch with help
  • Grant Enfinger: Could only clinch with help

 

Can Clinch Via Win

The following drivers would clinch on their win alone: Chandler Smith, Zane Smith, Ben Rhodes, Christian Eckes, Stewart Friesen, John Hunter Nemechek, Grant Enfinger,

 

Playoff Bubble: Eckes, Friesen, Nemechek, Enfinger outside Champ 4 cutline

Looking at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff standings following the second race in the Round of 8 at Talladega Superspeedway, the postseason competitors are tasked with trying to make the Championship 4 Round with just one race to go.

 

ThorSport Racing’s Ty Majeski won at Bristol in the Round of 8 opener and non-playoff driver Matt DiBenedetto snagged the win last weekend, leaving three spots still up for grabs. Heading into their next Playoff race, Chandler Smith and Zane Smith assume the second and third Playoff positions. Ty Majeski’s ThorSport Racing teammate Ben Rhodes is currently ranked in the fourth and final transfer spot on points to the Championship 4 Round, up only three points on teammate Christian Eckes in fifth. Behind Eckes is Halmar Friesen Racing’s Stewart Friesen in sixth (-3 points below the cutline), then Kyle Busch Motorsports’ John Hunter Nemechek in seventh (-5 points) and GMS Racing’s Grant Enfinger in eighth (-29 points).

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.

 

Hailie Deegan to make Xfinity Series debut at Las Vegas – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Hailie Deegan will be making her NASCAR Xfinity Series debut later this month in the No. 07 Ford with SS Green Light Racing.

 

“I really just wanted to make my debut, for sure, on a mile-and-a-half because that’s where I feel the most comfortable,” said Deegan. “I wanted to get my feet wet in the Xfinity Series.”

 

Deegan is in her second full-time season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with David Gilliland Racing. She has posted three top 10s in her 44 starts and finished a career-high sixth last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

NASCAR PR

The Roval at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway this weekend marks the final playoff race in the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Round of 12.

When Ross Chastain climbs behind the wheel of the No. 1 Worldwide Express Chevrolet on Sunday at Charlotte, he will start the race 28 points above the playoff cutoff line.

All he needs to do is run a clean 109 laps and finish in the ninth position, no matter what happens with his competitors. Once the checkered flag flies on Sunday evening, four drivers will have their 2022 championship hopes eliminated.

Adding to an already intense weekend, Sunday marks the first time the Next Gen car has raced on the unique Roval at Charlotte. While Chastain and teammate Daniel Suárez have both found success at road course events this season, the Roval presents a challenge because it's not a traditional road course.

The Alva, Florida native earned his first Cup Series career win at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) road course in Austin, Texas on March 27. Chastain had a thrilling three-wide battle in the closing laps to secure his and Trackhouse Racing's first Cup win.

Chastain and teammate Suárez are third and seventh in points going into the Charlotte Roval. If they remain in the top-eight they will advance to the next playoff round that begins next weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct., 16.

Chastain is looking for a third win to go along with his COTA win in March and his April win at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. So far this season, he has accumulated 11 top-fives, 17 top 10s and 621 laps led.

Last weekend at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Chastain led a race-high 36 laps in route to a fourth-place finish at the 2.66-mile track. The No. 1 driver also earned five bonus points in Stage 2 to help pad his points position leading into this weekend's race at Charlotte.

NBC will broadcast Sunday's Cup race at 2 p.m. ET.

 

USA Network's "Race for the Championship"

Watch Ross Chastain and teammate Daniel Suárez in upcoming episodes of USA Network's "Race for The Championship." The unscripted documentary follows Chastain, Suárez and other NASCAR Cup Series drivers and teams.

USA Network will air a new episode on Thursday at 10 p.m. ET.

The series will give a behind-the-scenes look at the elite drivers and teams competing in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Documenting the lives of the sport’s best on and off the track, viewers will get a rare glimpse of what it takes to balance personal relationships with the pressure to perform. Packed with action, heart and drama, this exhilarating series will offer up a taste of what it’s really like to partake in the world’s top level of stock car racing. Watch as the drivers are pushed mentally and physically to their limits, navigating a NASCAR season unlike any other – with a new car, new tracks and new challenges – for their chance to make history.

Over 10 episodes, “Race for the Championship” will tell the story of the 2022 NASCAR Cup season and playoffs.

 

Ross Chastain, Driver of the No. 1 Worldwide Express Chevrolet

How do you feel going into the Charlotte Roval?

"I feel ready to win. I'm ready to jump back in the Chevy simulator and brush up on a few things. That's been the road course that I've been focused on the most. I've focused a lot on road courses in my career, but I haven't shown the speed at that course like I have at other ones. So I'm looking for that next step there in speed for overall raw lap times."

Road courses have seen aggressive racing all year. Lots of drivers pushed off and things like that. You don't really have that option because of the Roval layout. Are you expecting that same kind of aggression?

"We'll just have to be mindful of what is around our No. 1 Chevy. We need to know at all times what is going on. We'll be aware of the points and not put ourselves in the position to fall out of the race. Aside from the that, we'll just go and try and make fast laps."

 

2022 Playoff Standings Before Race 3 of 3 in Round of 12

 

Trackhouse Racing Marks 100th and 101st Entry at Charlotte Roval

Trackhouse Racing marks its 100th and 101st entries in NASCAR Cup Series races Sunday when Daniel Suárez and Ross Chastain fire their engines on the Roval at Charlotte.

Trackhouse began as a single car team in 2021 with Suárez behind the wheel. After Justin Marks, team owner and founder, purchased the NASCAR assets of Chip Ganassi Racing, Trackhouse began competing as a two-car team in 2022 adding Ross Chastain as a driver.

Kimi Raikkonen drove one race under the team's PROJECT91 banner at Watkins Glen in August.

Chastain and Suárez have so far combined for three wins, 17 top-five and 29-top-10 finishes in 2022.

Trackhouse joins Penske Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing as the only teams remaining in the playoffs.

Trackhouse is by far the newest among the teams fielding cars for the playoff drivers.

Trackhouse Racing PR

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