NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: USA TODAY 301

The Place: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

The Date: Sunday, June 23

The Time: 2:30 p.m. ET

The Purse: $7,876,911

TV: USA Network, 2 p.m. ET

Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 318.46 miles (301 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 70),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 185), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 301)

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Next Race: SciAps 200

The Place: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

The Date: Saturday, June 22

The Time: 3 p.m. ET

The Purse: $1,270,055

TV: USA Network, 3:30 p.m. ET

Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 211.6 miles (200 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 45),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 90), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 200)


Next Race: Rackley Roofing 200

The Place: Nashville Superspeedway

The Date: Friday, June 28

The Time: 8 p.m. ET

The Purse: $897,631

TV: FS2, 8 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 199.5 miles (150 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 45),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 95), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 150)

NASCAR Cup Series

New Hampshire’s Magic Mile & Giant Lobster await the NASCAR Cup Series

While there might not be any wizards or witches casting spells this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, fittingly nicknamed the ‘Magic Mile,’ but there will be some enchanting short track racing and a dinosaur-sized lobster awarded in Victory Lane, in this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race, the USA TODAY 301 (on USA Network, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio this Sunday, June 23 at 2:30 p.m. ET).

The property that is now New Hampshire Motor Speedway was originally a 1.6-mile road course that opened in 1964 called Bryar Motorsports Park. Groundbreaking for New Hampshire International Speedway, as New Hampshire Motor Speedway was originally named, was August 13, 1989. The 1.058-mile paved oval is located on approximately 1,200 acres and the multi-use complex is the largest sports facility in New England.

The first NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was on July 11, 1993, and the inaugural race was won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace driving a Team Penske Pontiac (105.947 mph, 02:59:45). The event saw 13 leads changes among six leaders, and Wallace led 106 laps, taking the lead the final time with 30 to go.

There have been 52 NASCAR Cup Series races held at New Hampshire Motor Speedway since 1993; one per year from 1993 through 1996 and two per year from 1997-2017. In 2018, the series reverted back to visiting the track just once a season.

One thing that makes New Hampshire Motor Speedway unique is its 1.058-mile layout, the only of its kind on the schedule, but even more so is the giant lobster the track awards the race winner in Victory Lane.

“I’ve always wanted to hold the lobster (in Victory Lane) ever since I was a kid,” said reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion and Team Penske driver Ryan Blaney. “The area is great. I love the fans. I love the weather up there. It’s nice this time of year. … that place (New Hampshire Motor Speedway) is awesome, and I feel like it’s a good test for Phoenix.”

All of the NASCAR Cup Series on-track activity at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will begin with practice followed by Busch Light Pole Qualifying on Saturday, June 22 at 12:35 p.m. ET on USA, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Magic happens at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Sometimes it just takes a little magic, and this weekend’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway is notorious for longshot winners and shaking up the Playoff field. A NASCAR Cup Series driver has started outside the top-20 and went on to win the race at New Hampshire 10 different times (19.2% of the total races).

New Hampshire Motor Speedway is tied with Charlotte Motor Speedway for the third-most winners starting outside the top-20 in the NASCAR Cup Series (with 10 each); behind only Daytona International Speedway with 14 and Richmond Raceway with 13.

The 2021 New Hampshire winner, Aric Almirola, started from the 22nd position, and six of the last 11 winners at New Hampshire have started outside the top-10.

Looking for a win in a magical place, New Hampshire

Heading into this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, there are six former Magic Mile winners entered in the field, led by Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin and Richard Childress Racing’s Kyle Busch with three victories each.

Active New Hampshire Winners
Denny Hamlin
2017, 2012, 2007
Kyle Busch
2017, 2015, 2006
Brad Keselowski
2020, 2014
Joey Logano
2014, 2009
Martin Truex Jr.
Christopher Bell

Of the six former New Hampshire winners entered this weekend, three are still looking for their first win of the season – Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Joey Logano. Both Busch and Logano are currently ranked below the Playoff outlook cutline. Truex, who recently announced his retirement from fulltime racing at the end of the season, is the defending winner of this race, and is riding a 33-race winless streak dating back to this race last season.

One driver that will be tough to beat this weekend will be Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin, all three of his wins this season have come on tracks 1-mile in length or shorter (Bristol, Richmond and Dover). New Hampshire is one of Hamlin’s better tracks, in 30 starts he has put up three wins, 11 top fives (both his wins and top fives are tied with Kyle Busch for most among active drivers) and 19 top 10s (most among active drivers).

Quickness in qualifying pays dividends at New Hampshire

While wins can happen from anywhere on the starting grid at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series, starting up front has proven to be fortuitous as well.

The 52 NASCAR Cup Series races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have produced 23 different pole winners and 27 different race winners. The first starting position is the most proficient starting position in the NASCAR Cup Series field at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, producing more winners (six) than any other starting position at 1.058-mile track.

Winners From The Pole
Kyle Busch
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Ryan Newman
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Clint Bowyer
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Kevin Harvick
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Ryan Newman
Sunday, September 15, 2002
Jeff Gordon
Sunday, August 30, 1998

Ryan Newman leads the NASCAR Cup Series in poles at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with seven (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2011 sweep, 2013). Brad Keselowski leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in poles at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with four (2010, 2013, 2014, 2019).

This weekend, four of the 23 NASCAR Cup Series pole winners at New Hampshire Motor Speedway are active.

Active New Hampshire Pole Winners
Brad Keselowski
2019, 2014, 2013, 2010
Kyle Busch
2017, 2014, 2012
Martin Truex Jr
2022, 2017
Christopher Bell

Last season, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell won the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, his first at the 1.058-mile track and the organization’s 10th. The pole tied Joe Gibbs Racing with Team Penske for the series-most poles at New Hampshire with 10 each. 

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Martin Truex Jr. returns to New Hampshire to defend last season’s win

Last season, New Hampshire Motor Speedway was the third win of the year for Joe Gibbs Racing’s Martin Truex Jr.’s season, the last win to this day he would get to enjoy. Since then, the New Jersey native, has been riding a winless streak that has spanned 33 Cup races, and this weekend he would like nothing more than to snap the streak and become the fifth driver all-time to win consecutive Cup races at the 1.058-mile track; joining Jimmie Johnson (2003 sweep), Kurt Busch (2004 sweep), Matt Kenseth (2015 fall, 2016 spring) and Kevin Harvick (2018, 2019).

Truex has made 30 NASCAR Cup Series career starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway posting two poles, one win, nine top fives and 15 top 10s. He is one of just four drivers all-time to lead more than a 1,000 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1,170 – most among active drivers), and his average finish at 1.058-mile track is 11.3 – third-best among active drivers.

Chase for a Regular Season Championship

Just nine races to go and the battle for the top spot in the regular season points is heating up. For the first time since 2022, Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott sits atop the NASCAR Cup Series driver standings but does so with just a slight eight point edge over his Hendrick teammate Kyle Larson in second. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin is in third in the points (-38 from Elliott) and Elliott’s HMS teammate William Byron (-54) is in fourth and JGR’s Martin Truex Jr. (-61) rounds out the top five in the driver standings with just nine races to go in the regular season.

Not only is Elliott looking to take home the Regular Season Championship trophy and bank the 15 Playoff bonus points that come with it, but he would also like to become just the third driver since the introduction of the Regular Season Championship to win more than one; joining Martin Truex Jr. (2017, 2023) and Kyle Busch (2018, 2019). Elliott won his first NASCAR Cup Series Regular Season title in 2022.

In total only five drivers have won the NASCAR Cup Series Regular Season Championship – Martin Truex Jr. (2023, 2017), Kyle Busch (2019, 2018), Chase Elliott (2022), Kyle Larson (2021) and Kevin Harvick (2020).

Nine races to go, Playoffs loom with just six spots still open

When drivers and teams start doing the math, a Playoff appearance isn’t adding up for many unless they win a race over these last nine events on the regular season schedule.

A total of 10 different drivers have secured their spot in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs with a win this season, leaving just six spots open on points as the series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend.

2024 Driver Playoff Outlook Following Race No. 17 – Drivers Without Wins
RankDriverPointsWinsStagesPlayoff PtsPts From Cutoff
11Martin Truex Jr.530022122
12Ross Chastain47901171
13Ty Gibbs47802270
14Alex Bowman47400066
15Chris Buescher43502227
16Bubba Wallace4140006
17Joey Logano408011-6
18Kyle Busch383000-31
19Chase Briscoe370000-44
20Todd Gilliland317000-97
21Josh Berry #314000-100
22Michael McDowell309011-105
23Carson Hocevar #302000-112
24Noah Gragson287000-127
25Ricky Stenhouse Jr.268000-146
26Erik Jones255000-159
27Ryan Preece249000-165
28John H. Nemechek247000-167
29Corey LaJoie242000-172
30Justin Haley234000-180
31Daniel Hemric234000-180
32Austin Dillon229000-185
33Harrison Burton185000-229
34Zane Smith #158000-256

Of the six former NASCAR Cup Series New Hampshire Motor Speedway winners entered this weekend, three of them are looking to lock themselves into the Playoffs this season with a win – Martin Truex Jr. (11th in the Playoff points outlook, +122 points up from the cutline), Joey Logano (17th in the Playoff points outlook, -6 points from the cutline), and Kyle Busch (18th in the Playoff points outlook, -31 points from the cutline)

NASCAR’s history in New England

Among the six states that make up New England (Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire), the NASCAR Cup Series has competed in four of them for a total of 120 races.

Tracks in New Hampshire
Track Name
First Year
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Tracks in Connecticut
Track Name
First Year
Thompson Speedway
Tracks in Maine
Track Name
First Year
Oxford Plains Speedway
Tracks in Massachusetts
Track Name
First Year
Norwood Arena

First-time winners happen at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

New winners are always a fan favorite, and this season we have yet to see one, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen this weekend. The NASCAR Cup Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a track that is home to five driver’s first-time wins in the series; including Connecticut’s Joey Logano.

First-Time Winners at New Hampshire
Joey Logano
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Clint Bowyer
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Ryan Newman
Sunday, September 15, 2002
Robby Gordon
Friday, November 23, 2001
Joe Nemechek
Sunday, September 19, 1999

Looking to this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 12 different drivers entered in the USA TODAY 301 are looking for their first career Cup win – Josh Berry, Harrison Burton, Ty Dillon, Ty Gibbs, Todd Gilliland, Noah Gragson, Daniel Hemric, Carson Hocevar, Corey Lajoie, John H. Nemechek, Ryan Preece, and Zane Smith.

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Josh Berry is coming off a top-10 finish last weekend at Iowa Speedway (seventh) and is looking to carry the momentum to this week at New Hampshire, another track he feels confident about.

“It just has a short-track feel,” said Josh Berry. “It is obviously bigger, but the way I approach that track is similar to a short track and it usually opens up to have multiple grooves in the race, which creates good racing. For me, the options of other lanes and choosing where to run and how to make passes, the creativity of it all, is what makes that place fun for me.”

NASCAR Cup Series Etc.

New England Linebacker Matthew Judon named Honorary Pace Car Driver for USA TODAY 301 – On Sunday, June 23, Matthew Judon, linebacker for the NFL’s New England Patriots, has been named the Honorary Pace Car Driver and will lead the NASCAR Cup Series field to the green flag for the USA TODAY 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS).

“Driving the pace car at a NASCAR race is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said 31-year-old Judon. “I can’t wait to get behind the wheel and lead NASCAR’s stars to the green flag at ‘The Magic Mile’ for the USA TODAY 301 NASCAR Cup Series race on June 23.”

Six-foot-three-inch Judon will enter his fourth season with New England this year after being signed as an unrestricted free agent from Baltimore in 2021. The West Bloomfield, Mich. native has earned four Pro Bowl invitations (2019 – 2022), was named to the All-AFC Team for the Professional Football Writers of America (2019, 2021 and 2022), was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week (2017 and 2022) and reached a career-high 15.5 sacks in 2022 putting him at the top of the list for most New England sacks since 2000.

In 2023, Judon was limited to four games with two starts due to injury. He recorded 13 tackles, four sacks for a loss of 25 yards, nine quarterback hits, five tackles for loss and a safety.

“He’s a leader on the football field, and I can’t wait to see him lead the field of NASCAR’s stars to the green flag at New Hampshire Motor Speedway,” said New Hampshire Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager David McGrath. “We’re proud to put him behind the wheel of the official Toyota Camry XSE pace car and welcome him to ‘The Magic Mile’ on June 23.”

Two-time Super Bowl winner and New England co-captain David Andrews (July 2022), wide receiver and All-Pro punt returner Gunner Olszewski (July 2021), safety Patrick Chung (July 2018), offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (July 2017), offensive tackle Matt Light (September 2016), linebacker Rob Ninkovich (July 2015) and wide receiver Julian Edelman (July 2014) have all served as pace car drivers, making Judon the eighth member of the professional New England football team to get behind the wheel of the official Toyota Camry XSE pace car for a NCS race at NHMS. Other notable pace car drivers include Boston Bruins forward Chris Wagner (July 2019), Richard Rawlings of Discovery Channel’s “Fast N’ Loud” (September 2017), Dave Matthews Band bassist Stefan Lessard (July 2016), Olympic triathlete Sarah True (September 2015) and Boston Bruins legend Brad Park (September 2014).

Milestone Watch: New Hampshire Motor Speedway:  Below are the possible milestones that can be achieved this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway or in coming weeks in the NASCAR Cup Series.


Martin Truex Jr. will make his 675th NASCAR Cup Series career start this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Truex is currently tied with Joe Nemechek for 22nd on the all-time Cup Series starts list with 674 starts each.

Kyle Larson is expected to make his 350th NASCAR Cup Series career start at the Chicago Street Race.

Austin Cindric is expected to make his 100th NASCAR Cup Series career start at Pocono Raceway

Kyle Busch is expected to make his 700th NASCAR Cup Series career start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


Denny Hamlin currently has 54 NASCAR Cup Series wins, if he were to win another race, he would tie NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace for 11th on the all-time wins list with 55 victories each.

Joey Logano currently has 32 NASCAR Cup Series wins, if he were to win another race, he would tie NASCAR Hall of Famer Fireball Roberts for 27th on the all-time wins list with 33 victories each.

Track Specific Milestones:

Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing are tied for the most poles in the NASCAR Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with 10 each, if either organization wins the pole this weekend, they will break the tie and solely become the series leader in poles at New Hampshire.

A win by Kyle Busch (three NHMS wins) or Denny Hamlin (three NHMS wins) would tie them with Jeff Burton (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000) and Kevin Harvick (2006, 2016, 2018, 2019) for the NASCAR Cup Series most wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with four victories each.

Crew Member Spotlight: New Hampshire Motor Speedway Weekend – This weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway we wanted to highlight several of the team’s crew members that are from the surrounding areas of the track in New England.

Crew Members From New England States
NameOrganizationTeam NumberCurrent RoleHometown
Brit AndersenFront Row Motorsports38SpotterBranford, CT
Stephen GodfreyFront Row Motorsports38MechanicWest Haven, CT
Rick RozierLegacy Motor Club42Fueler/ Gas ManMilford, CT
Michael DuskiKaulig Racing16FuelerGranby, CT
Greg ZipadelliStewart-Haas Racing4,10,14,41Chief Competition OfficerBerlin CT
Andrew FlynnTeam Penske22Tire Specialist/ InteriorMontville, CT
Mike HannTrackhouse Racing1EngineerEasy Granby, CT
Ron MiskeTrackhouse Racing99Hauler DriverBridgeport, CT
Jeff CorderoHendrick Motorsports24Front tire ChangerSalem, CT
Nick GardinerHendrick Motorsports9Interior/Rear MechanicMapleton, Maine
Troy DavisTrackhouse Racing99EngineerWindham, Maine
Thomas EllisTeam Penske22Car ChiefNorth Dartmouth, MA
Phil SurgenTrackhouse Racing1Crew ChiefLake Elmore, VT
Steven LegendreHendrick Motorsports5Engine TunerDanville, VT

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Up Next: The Magic Mile at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

After returning to Iowa Speedway for the first time in five years, the NASCAR Xfinity Series shifts gears to New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s “Magic Mile” for the SciAps 200 on Saturday, June 22 at 3:30 p.m. ET on USA Network, the NBC Sports App, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

This will be the 37th NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the 1.058-mile New Hampshire track. There have been 28 different race winners and 21 different pole winners in the previous 36 races. Nine drivers have won from the pole or first starting position, most recently by Kyle Busch in 2017.

The two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, Kyle Busch, holds several records in the Xfinity Series at New Hampshire – most wins (six), laps led (740), and is tied with former Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick for most top fives (nine).

The weekend’s festivities commence on Friday, June 21 at 4:05 p.m. ET with practice followed by qualifying at 4:35 p.m. ET on USA Network and streaming on the NBC Sports App.

Qualifying will be key this weekend given that in the last 11 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, all but one driver has gone on to win the race from a starting position of third or higher.

Feelin’ the magic of Victory Lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

There are only two drivers entered in this weekend’s SciAps 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway who have conquered the Magic Mile previously – Justin Allgaier and Christopher Bell.

Allgaier heads into the weekend with 12 starts at New Hampshire under his belt. In those 12 starts, he’s posted one win (2022), three top fives and nine top 10s.

The Cup Series regular, Bell, will be getting behind the wheel of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for his first Xfinity Series start since the 2022 season. The 29-year-old has a perfect record at New Hampshire, having posted a win in all three of his Xfinity Series starts (2018, 2019, 2021). He also has led a combined 430 of 600 laps across the three races.

With his feat of three wins in three starts at New Hampshire, he joins a short list of drivers in the Xfinity Series who have perfect records at a track with more than one start – AJ Allmendinger (Charlotte Road Course – four wins in four starts) and Chandler Smith (Richmond – two wins in two starts).

Xfinity Drivers To Watch: New Hampshire edition

While former New Hampshire winners, Justin Allgaier and Christopher Bell, will be competing for their chance to land themselves in Victory Lane once again this weekend, other drivers will be pushing to post their first win at the Magic Mile this Saturday as well.

Seeking retribution for last year’s runner-up finish, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Chandler Smith will look to snag the trophy this time around. Joe Gibbs Racing has dominated in the Xfinity Series at New Hampshire, winning seven of the last eight races. Smith has already shown his prowess at one-mile ovals earlier this season, winning at Phoenix and posting a seventh-place finish at Dover.

While leading the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings and having six top fives and 12 top 10s through the first 15 races, Stewart Haas Racing’s Cole Custer has yet to secure a victory this season. However, he returns to the track where he made history in 2014 by becoming the youngest winner in NASCAR national series history at 16 years, 7 months, 28 days in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series.

In total, Custer has made four starts at New Hampshire in the Xfinity Series posting one top five and three top 10s.

Xfinity Series Playoff picture following Iowa

With JR Motorsports driver Sam Mayer’s second win of the season at Iowa Speedway last weekend, only five spots are still available to make the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs with 11 races left in the regular season.

Mayer, along with Austin Hill, Chandler Smith, Justin Allgaier, Jesse Love, and Shane van Gisbergen have all earned Playoff spots by virtue of their wins this season. Current Xfinity driver standings leader, Cole Custer, is also guaranteed a spot as the points leader.

That leaves just five spots left. Currently holding those spots on points are Sheldon Creed (+92 from Cutoff), Riley Herbst (+91), AJ Allmendinger (+60), Parker Kligerman (+55) and Sammy Smith (+31).

Here’s how the playoff standings look heading into New Hampshire.

RankDriverPointsStartsRace WinsStage WinsPlayoff Pts+/- Cutoff
1Chandler Smith546152515In On Wins
2Austin Hill506152212
3Sam Mayer396152010
4Shane Van Gisbergen #365152111
5Justin Allgaier5031511015
6Jesse Love #44215149
7Cole Custer54715022Points Leader (+197)
8Sheldon Creed4421500092
9Riley Herbst4411501191
10AJ Allmendinger4101500060
11Parker Kligerman4051501155
12Sammy Smith3811500031
13Ryan Sieg35015000-31
14Anthony Alfredo32715000-54
15Brandon Jones30715000-74
16Parker Retzlaff27615000-105
17Brennan Poole27215000-109
18Josh Williams23715000-144
19Jeremy Clements22815000-153
20Leland Honeyman #22715000-154
21Ryan Ellis20515000-176
22Kyle Weatherman19915000-182
23Jeb Burton19015000-191
24Blaine Perkins16715000-214
25Hailie Deegan #16015000-221

NASCAR Xfinity Series, Etc.

Justin Bonsignore to make Xfinity Series debut – Justin Bonsignore will be making his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut behind the wheel of the No. 19 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the SciAps 200 on Saturday, June 22.

The three-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion will be pulling double duty, looking to defend his crown in Saturday’s Mohegan Sun 100 following his debut in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

“I’m looking to have a smooth day and take it all in,” Bonsignore said. “If we can contend in the top five or top 10, that would be a win, but I wouldn’t have done this if I didn’t think we couldn’t contend for the win. We’re in a Gibbs car, so you have to go there with that mindset, but we need to execute and try to learn each and every lap.”

Justin Allgaier to move solely into sixth on all-time Xfinity Series starts list – JR Motorsports’ veteran Justin Allgaier is currently tied with Joe Nemechek for sixth on the NASCAR Xfinity Series all-time starts lists with 453 starts each. With his start this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Allgaier will pass Nemechek and move solely into the sixth position on the all-time starts list.

Jeremy Clements currently holds the fifth position on the Xfinity Series starts list with 479 starts.

Ryan Sieg to make 350th career NASCAR Xfinity Series start at New Hampshire – Geogia native and veteran NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ryan Sieg, of RSS Racing, will be making his 350th NASCAR Xfinity Series career start this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

With the start this weekend, Sieg will tie Randy Lajoie and Kevin LePage for 16th on the all-time starts list in the Xfinity Series.

Sam Mayer to make 100th career start in the NASCAR Xfinity Series – JR Motorsport’s Sam Mayer, who won last weekend’s race at Iowa Speedway, will be making his 100th career NASCAR Xfinity Series start this weekend at New Hampshire. Mayer will look to become the seventh different driver to win on their 100th start in the series.

Drivers That Won On Their 100th NXS Start
DateTrackRace WinnerStart
Saturday, November 7, 2020PhoenixAustin Cindric100
Saturday, October 5, 2019DoverCole Custer100
Saturday, July 7, 2007DaytonaKyle Busch100
Saturday, November 6, 2004PhoenixJamie McMurray100
Saturday, March 15, 1997Las VegasJeff Green100
Sunday, March 9, 1986HickoryRonnie Silver100


NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series looks ahead to Nashville Superspeedway

The NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series has one more week off to regroup and go over strategy before heading to Nashville Superspeedway for the Rackley Roofing 200, the final race of the 2024 Triple Truck Challenge (Friday, June 28, at 8:00 p.m. ET on FS2, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

The 16 previous CRAFTSMAN Truck Series races at the 1.33-mile track have produced 13 different race winners and 12 different pole winners. Seven of the Truck Series races have been won from the pole or first starting position, most recently by Ryan Preece in 2022.

Johnny Benson Jr., Kyle Busch, and Ryan Preece lead all drivers with two victories each at the 1.33-mile track and Toyota leads the pack with the most wins in Nashville, coming in at six victories.

Race Winners
David Reutimann
Johnny Benson Jr.
Johnny Benson Jr.
Kyle Busch
Todd Bodine
Kyle Busch

Ford and Chevrolet follow with four trips to Victory Lane each and Dodge has two wins.

The Rackley Roofing 200 will be broken up into three stages. The first stage will be 45 laps, followed by 50 in the second stage, and the final stage will be 55 laps for a race total of 150 laps (199.5 miles). 

Practice will begin Friday, June 28 at 4:30 p.m. ET followed by Cometic Gasket Pole Qualifying at 5:00 p.m. ET.

‘The Trip’ makes its final stop in Music City

Since its inception in 2019, no driver has been able to win all three Triple Truck Challenge races in one season to collect the $500,000 bonus. The streak continues this year after Corey Heim took home the $50,000 bonus at World Wide Technology, following Nick Sanchez’s win at Charlotte.

“The Trip” will close out next weekend at the 1.33-mile track with a new race winner receiving $50,000 or one of the two previous winners pocketing an additional $150,000.

Let’s take a look at the past winners of the Triple Truck Challenge:

2019 Season2020 Season
TrackTTC WinnerTrackTTC Winner
GatewayRoss ChastainDaytona RoadSheldon Creed
IowaBrett MoffittDoverZane Smith
TexasGreg BiffleGatewaySheldon Creed
2021 Season2022 Season
TrackTTC WinnerTrackTTC Winner
DarlingtonSheldon CreedGatewayCorey Heim
COTATodd GillilandNashvilleRyan Preece
CharlotteJohn H. NemechekMid-OhioParker Kligerman
2023 Season2024 Season
TrackTTC WinnerTrackTTC Winner
CharlotteBen RhodesCharlotteNick Sanchez
GatewayGrant EnfingerGatewayCorey Heim
NashvilleCarson HocevarNashville ?

Regular Season Title Watch: Eckes determined to hold point standings with four to go

McAnally-Hilgemann Racing’s Christian Eckes continues to have a breakout year as he holds onto the driver points lead in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series with four races left in the regular season. The 23-year-old is currently 31 points up on Corey Heim in second as the series has one more off week before returning at Nashville Superspeedway for the Rackley Roofing 200 on Friday, June 28 at 8 p.m. ET on FS2, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

If Eckes can hold on and win the Regular Season Championship, he will get an additional 15 Playoff points to take with him into the postseason and will become the eighth different driver to win the regular season title; joining Christopher Bell (2017), Johnny Sauter (2018), Grant Enfinger (2019), Austin Hill (2020), John H. Nemechek (2021), Zane Smith (2022) and Corey Heim (2023).

Eckes’ points lead began after a strong showing at Darlington – earning himself a total of 50 points to jump over Heim. The Middletown, New York Native has accumulated two wins, six top-five, and 11 top-10 finishes this season. He also leads the series in laps led this season with 464.

The driver of the No. 19 Chevrolet cannot yet clinch the Regular Season Championship since there are still four wins available.

Right in Eckes’ review mirror is last season’s Regular Season champion and TRICON Garage driver Corey Heim, who is coming off an impressive win at World Wide Technology Raceway. The 21-year-old driver of the No. 11 Toyota has collected four wins (the most of any driver this season), eight top fives, 10 top 10s, and has led 408 laps on the season. 

Heim is hoping to catch Eckes within the next four races and become the first driver to win multiple Regular Season Championships in the series.

The Race Is On: Six CRAFTSMAN Truck Series Playoff spots still up for grabs

Through 12 races this season, four drivers have earned their spot in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series Playoffs by virtue of their wins – Christian Eckes, Corey Heim, Nick Sanchez and Rajah Caruth – leaving six spots in the 10-driver Playoff field still available heading into Nashville Superspeedway on June 28.

With only four races in the regular season remaining, the battle for the final postseason transfer spot is heating up and time is running out.

Following World Wide Technology Raceway, Stewart Friesen is ranked 11th in the Playoff outlook, 26 points back from Grant Enfinger in the 10th and final postseason transfer spot on points. Just behind Friesen is Daniel Dye in 12th, -37 points back from the postseason cutoff, and three-time Truck Series champion Matt Crafton is 13th, -46 points back from Enfinger.

Since the introduction of the Playoffs in the series in 2016, Matt Crafton has not missed the Playoffs, and he leads the CRAFTSMAN Truck Series in postseason appearances with eight consecutive (2016-2023).

NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series Playoff Outlook Following World Wide Technology Raceway (Race No. 12)
RankDriverPointsStartsRace WinsStage WinsPlayoff Pts+/- Cutoff
1Corey Heim475124424    In On Wins
2Christian Eckes506122313
3Nick Sanchez453122111
4Rajah Caruth35712105
5Ty Majeski44212055149
6Taylor Gray3651200072
7Tyler Ankrum3421202249
8Ben Rhodes3291200036
9Tanner Gray3211201128
10Grant Enfinger3191200026
11Stewart Friesen29312000-26
12Daniel Dye28212000-37
13Matt Crafton27312000-46
14Chase Purdy26712000-52
15Jake Garcia25012000-69
16Layne Riggs #24312000-76
17Dean Thompson24012000-79
18Bayley Currey22212000-97
19Bret Holmes22112000-98
20Ty Dillon21512000-104
21Timmy Hill20312000-116
22Matt Mills17712000-142
23Mason Massey17612000-143
24Lawless Alan15812000-161
25Spencer Boyd14812000-171
26Thad Moffitt #10612000-213


Akinori Ogata to join Young Motorsports at Nashville Superspeedway – Akinori Ogata is set to pilot the No. 20 Young Motorsports Chevrolet at Nashville Superspeedway.

Ogata grew up a race-winning Motocross racer until he was 26 but in 2010 made the decision to leave his home in Kanagawa, Japan, and pursue his dream of racing in NASCAR.

The 50-year-old has made 14 previous starts in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series, but this will be his first at Nashville Superspeedway.

2024 Sunoco Rookie of the Year breakdown – Layne Riggs continues to dominate in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings following 12 races in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series.

The driver of the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford now sits 134 points over Connor Jones and 137 points over Thadd Moffitt. Riggs was the highest finishing rookie at Gateway (fifth).

NCTS Sunoco Rookie of the Year Standings 
Layne Riggs2437
Connor Jones1093
Thadd Moffitt1062

Special Feature: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

Justin Bonsignore prepares for potentially biggest weekend of his career

Three-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore is not only racing in Saturday’s Mohegan Sun 100 – of which he is the defending winner – but he is also making his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in the SciAps 200 piloting the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

The 36-year-old star has made 25 Modified Tour starts at New Hampshire over the past 14 years. In those 25 races, he has two wins in points-paying events and one in a non-points race, along with 10 top-five finishes.

Bonsignore’s most recent New Hampshire win came last July where he outdueled defending series champion, Ron Silk, and six-time Tour champion Doug Coby. The Holtsville, New York native is one win away from tying Ted Christopher for third on the all-time Modified Tour wins list.

Driving the No. 51 for team owner Ken Massa, Bonsignore has one win, five top-five, and six top-10 finishes in 2024. He currently sits second in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour point standings, 16 points behind Ron Silk.

Storylines to watch: Mohegan Sun 100 edition

Among the many stars entered in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Mohegan Sun 100 is NASCAR Cup Series star and 2013 Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece. The Berlin, Connecticut native is making his second start of the Modified Tour season in his own No. 40 Modified. Preece has one Modified Tour victory at New Hampshire, which came in 2021.

Bobby Santos III – the active wins leader at New Hampshire with seven Modified Tour wins – will chase his eighth victory at the track in the Advantage Motorsports No. 14.

Six-time Tour champion Doug Coby will reunite with Tommy Baldwin Racing to chase his fifth New Hampshire win. He’ll do so while honoring the late Bugsy Stevens with a special tribute paint scheme.

Ron Silk, three-time Modified Tour race winner already this year, will chase his fourth New Hampshire win.

Anthony Nocella, the 2022 New Hampshire race winner, will pilot the No. 17 for team owner Michele Davini.

Chase Dowling, a winner at New Hampshire in 2018, will also be in the field behind the wheel of the No. 44 for team owner Lawney Tinio.

Luke Baldwin, son of Tommy Baldwin Jr., will be making his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start. The younger Baldwin will make his debut in the No. 38 for Sadler-Stanley Racing.

Jon McKennedy will return to the series to make his 100th career start.