Josh Slate

Josh Slate

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

On Thursday night, the drivers of the NASCAR Xfinity Series kicked off a packed weekend of racing at Kentucky Speedway. After 134 laps and one NASCAR Overtime, it was Austin Cindric winning his first race of the year in the Shady Rays 200. 

The field was set by random draw and Noah Gragson drew the pole position for the fourth time since NASCAR returned from the COVID-19 break.

Before the cars rolled off the grid, Anthony Alfredo had steering problems in his Richard Childress Racing entry; he was able to fix the problem and keep his starting position of 11th.

Lap one brought the first caution out as Jeb Burton lost control of his car in turn two, collecting Brandon Jones. For the second time in the last three races, Jones’ day was done on the opening lap.

When they went back green, Gragson and Austin Cindric put a three second gap on third place before the competition caution on lap 15.

After an aggressive move for the lead by Cindric with seven laps to go in the first stage went wrong, he fell back to third. Gragson used Cindric’s mistake to his advantage and led every lap in the stage leading to his sixth stage win of the season

Stage One:

  1. Noah Gragson
  2. Harrison Burton
  3. Austin Cindric
  4. Ross Chastain
  5. Anthony Alfredo
  6. Michael Annett
  7. Justin Haley
  8. Justin Allgaier
  9. Ryan Sieg
  10. Brett Moffitt

 

Chase Briscoe, who pitted under the competition caution, stayed out during the stage break and led the field to green in the second stage. 

Gragson got the jump on the restart, passing Briscoe using the inside lane and leading all the way to a Stage Two victory.

Stage Two:

  1. Noah Gragson
  2. Austin Cindric
  3. Chase Briscoe
  4. Ross Chastain
  5. Riley Herbst
  6. Justin Allgaier
  7. Michael Annett
  8. Ryan Sieg
  9. Brandon Brown
  10. Anthony Alfredo

 

What started as a three car battle for the lead, turned into a two car battle when Gragson and Cindric were able to pull away from Briscoe.

In the midst of the intense battle for the lead, Justin Haley got loose underneath the No. 68 of Brandon Brown, ultimately putting Brown into the wall bringing out the fifth caution of the race. Strategy on pit road was played during this caution as Haley and Jeremy Clements took two tires while the rest of the leaders took four.

By restarting fourth, Cindric was able to start on the outside line and quickly take the lead from Haley with 39 laps to go.

On lap 102, Ross Chastain drove his car hard into turn three, getting into the side of Brett Moffitt, putting an end to the solid run Moffitt was having.

Colby Howard was the reason for the seventh caution when he lost control of his car and hit the tire barrier in turn one.

After clearing Briscoe off of turn two on the restart, Cindric looked as though he would win the race until Harrison Burton spun his No. 18 Toyota Camry around, bringing out the caution with 2 to go. This led to NASCAR Overtime.

Cindric got a big push from Justin Allgaier on the final restart which allowed him to pass Chase Briscoe and capture his first oval win of his Xfinity Series career.

When talking about his first win on an oval with FOX Sports’ Jamie Little, Cindric said, “I don't care Jamie! I don’t care what shape the track is. I don't care if it's dirt, oval, I don't care. I'm just happy this Snap-On Ford Mustang went to victory lane.”

“We've been so close all year. These guys have given me so many race winning cars.”

The NASCAR Xfinity Series is back in action tomorrow night at Kentucky Speedway again for the running of the Alsco 300. Catch all the action from Kentucky on Friday, July 10th at 8:00 EST on Fox Sports 1.

With the postponement of the NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series on Saturday, it set up for a historic triple-header Sunday with all three of NASCAR’s top series. For the third week in a row, weather delayed the start of the Pocono 350. At the conclusion of the 140 lap race, it was Denny Hamlin who crossed the start/finish line first to win his fourth race of the season.

“Yeah he's just unbelievable. He's done a great job at this racetrack. This work that happens in the shop, this is why this happens on race day” Hamlin said when asked about his crew chief, Chris Gabehart.

With this win, Hamlin tied Jeff Gordon for the most wins at Pocono. When asked about how he feels about that stat, Hamlin said, “Six! I can't even put it into words. I can't even tell you how much it means to me.”

When the weather cleared, it was Austin Dillon leading the field to green, thanks to a top-20 invert from Saturday's race and Ryan Preece, who was supposed to start on pole, having to start in the rear due to an engine change. Other drivers who had to start in the rear included: Byron (engine), Elliott (transmission), Bowman (backup), Reddick (backup), Logano (backup), Jones (backup), McLeod (transmission), Houff (backup).

Four laps into the race, rain started to fall which brought out the first caution and red flag. The race resumed on lap 12 and a battle for the lead ensued between Kurt Busch and last week’s winner, Ryan Blaney; Busch prevailed. 

Lap 16 brought trouble to Michael McDowell as he went spinning in turn two in a single car incident.

Busch went on to lead the entirety of Stage One and pick up his first stage win of the season.

Stage One:

  1. Kurt Busch
  2. Ryan Blaney
  3. Christopher Bell
  4. Kevin Harvick
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Matt Dibenedetto
  7. Chris Buescher
  8. Martin Truex Jr.
  9. Kyle Busch
  10. Cole Custer

Shortly after the green flag flew to start the second stage, Blaney took the lead and gapped the pack until Christopher Bell backed into the turn two wall after blowing a right rear tire on lap 38. Bell had a strong run going prior to this incident; he was in the top-five most of the race.

When they went back green, Chris Buescher lost control of his car and hit the wall on the exit of turn three; this brought out the fifth caution of the race.

Various strategies played out in this stage, a few of the leaders cut the stage in half. In the midst of strategy playing out, Kyle Busch wrecked in turn two on lap 75 after making contact with Ryan Blaney. I don’t think anybody could have guessed Busch would be winless this far into the season, but his losing streak continues. 

Four laps later, turn two brought trouble to yet another driver, this time it was Ryan Preece, bringing out the seventh caution.

In a wild Stage Two, it was Brad Keselowski who edged Aric Almirola to the line to win his third stage of the season. 

Stage Two:

  1. Brad Keselowski
  2. Aric Almirola
  3. Ryan Newman
  4. Martin Truex Jr.
  5. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  6. Kevin Harvick 
  7. Austin Dillon
  8. Matt Dibenedetto
  9. Kurt Busch
  10. Denny Hamlin

When pit stops began in the final stage, both Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano got hit with pit road penalties, resulting in a drive through penalty. A battle of strategies played out between Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin. Harvick went to pit road as soon as the fuel window opened, while Hamlin waited until he needed to. When Hamlin got back up to speed, he found himself just over a second ahead of Harvick.

Hamlin was able to use his fresh right side tires and pull away from Harvick to win his sixth win at Pocono Raceway. Rounding out the top five was Kevin Harvick in second, Erik Jones in third, Chase Elliott in fourth, and Aric Almirola in fifth.

When asked about the pit strategy battle with Harvick by Fox Sports, Hamlin said, “I was excited, hoping for no caution. I knew we had the car. I just had to maintain the gap and I didn’t want to make any mistakes like I did at bristol -- I gave that away.”

The NASCAR Cup Series is back in action next weekend for a historic double-header weekend with IndyCar at the prestigious Indianapolis Motor Speedway. You can catch all the action from the Brickyard on Sunday, July 5th at 4:00 EST on NBC.



Mother Nature did not want to cooperate on Sunday, so the GEICO 500 was postponed to Monday afternoon. After 188 laps and NASCAR overtime, Ryan Blaney was victorious for his first time of the season at the Talladega Superspeedway.

NASCAR allowed fans at the track for the second week in a row; Monday there were 5,000 fans compared to the 1,000 that attended Homestead-Miami Speedway.

When asked by FOX what was going through his head on the final lap, Blaney said, “I just tried to block the best we could. Block the top, block the bottom. The 20 [Erik Jones] got up to my outside and I went up there to slow him down.” 

He continued by saying, “Really proud of this Menards, Sylvania team. It's been a cool year so far, really excited to get our first win of the year at such a cool place. Thank you to everyone coming. I appreciate it and I’m sticking around; that was a lot of fun.” 

Martin Truex Jr. led the field to green, and the race stayed green until lap 25 when NASCAR threw the competition caution. When things on track were heating up, rain moved from the southwest and over top of Talladega Superspeedway, leading to a red flag. When the race resumed, it was Tyler Reddick who went on to win Stage One under caution.

Stage One:

  1. Tyler Reddick
  2. Alex Bowman
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Jimmie Johnson
  5. Kyle Busch
  6. Ryan Blaney
  7. Brad Keselowski
  8. Kurt Busch
  9. Chase Elliott
  10. William Byron

As green flag pit stops were approaching, John Hunter Nemechek spun on the frontstretch, bringing out the third caution of the race on lap 94. Debris on the backstretch brought out the yellow flag with six to go in the second stage. That caution set up for a two lap shootout for the stage win that Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was able to capture.

Stage Two:

  1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  2. Ryan Blaney
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. Brad Keselowski
  5. Christopher Bell
  6. Joey Logano
  7. Bubba Wallace
  8. Cole Custer
  9. Chris Buescher
  10. William Byron

The sixth caution came out on lap 133 when Chase Elliott spun around and collected Austin Dillon. Lap 141 brought trouble to Brennan Poole when he got loose and collected Joey Gase. 

With three laps to go Jimmie Johnson made contact with Kevin Harvick, causing Johnson to spin while entering turn one; this set up for the first attempt of NASCAR overtime.

Chaos ensued as they crossed the start/finish line as Ryan Blaney held off a charging Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Rounding out the top-five was Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones.

Next weekend the NASCAR Cup Series travels to Pennsylvania to take on Pocono Raceway in a doubleheader weekend. Tune into FOX on Saturday, June 27th at 3:30pm EST for the Pocono Organics 325 and Fox Sports 1 on Sunday, June 28th at 4:00pm EST for the Pocono 350!



On Sunday afternoon the NASCAR Cup Series traveled to Bristol, Tennessee for 500 laps around “The Last Great Colosseum” in the first short track race of the season. At the end of the day it was Brad Keselowski who was victorious, leading 116 laps on his way to his second victory of the season.

“Oh my goodness, I think everyone on this Discount Tire Ford Mustang team is going to [Las] Vegas. Is it open yet? Because things have been going our way” Keselowski told FOX Sports post-race.  “From the luck of the draw in the qualifying and the last few laps. We couldn't get anything to go our way at the start of the race.” 

Because of the excessive tire wear of Bristol Motor Speedway, NASCAR decided to have two competition cautions; the first on Lap 20, the second on Lap 60.

The first caution of the race came on Lap 6, when the No. 6 of Ryan Newman spun on his own. The first of the two competition cautions split the field with around half the leaders going to pit road. The second competition caution brought everyone to the pits for fresh tires and fuel. 

The No. 9 of Chase Elliott passed the No. 12 of Ryan Blaney for the lead on Lap 105, ultimately leading to his fourth stage win of the season. Blaney won the race off pit road under caution and led the field to green for the start of Stage Two.

Stage One:

  1. Chase Elliott
  2. Ryan Blaney
  3. Brad Keselowski
  4. Aric Almirola
  5. Joey Logano
  6. Kevin Harvick
  7. Matt Dibenedetto
  8. Denny Hamlin
  9. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  10. Jimmie Johnson

After coming up one spot short of a stage win in the first stage, Blaney was the cause of the fifth caution when he spun in turn two and collected the No. 13 of Ty Dillon. After this incident, Blaney had to retire from the race. 

Lap 211 brought trouble to the No. 51 of Joey Gase when he had a problem on the backstretch. When they returned to green, the caution flew immediately when Gase’s teammate, the No. 53 of Bayley Currey, was stalled on track.

The eighth caution on Lap 228 took out more big names: Alex Bowman, Tyler Reddick, Cole Custer and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Others who were involved in this incident were: Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Preece, Michael McDowell and Matt Dibenedetto. This wreck caused NASCAR to throw the red flag for a total time of 0:11:35.

After getting into the preceding incident, Preece brought out the yellow flag with 12 laps to go in Stage Two. This caution led to a seven lap dash to the end of the stage, in which Elliott was triumphant.

Stage Two:

  1. Chase Elliott
  2. Denny Hamlin
  3. Kevin Harvick
  4. Joey Logano
  5. Kyle Busch
  6. Clint Bowyer
  7. William Byron
  8. Erik Jones
  9. Brad Keselowski
  10. Chris Buescher

Elliott decided to come down pit road under the stage break; he started 12th after the top eleven cars stayed out. 

The No. 17 of Chris Buescher tagged the wall and a few laps later, his tire went down and brought out the caution on Lap 268.

The No. 3 of Austin Dillon was having a really strong day coming off a successful week in Charlotte until he had a tire go down on Lap 328 which resulted in the 12th yellow flag. 

Newman’s struggles continued when he spun on his own for the second time on Lap 354, bringing out caution thirteen.

With 89 laps to go, a battle for the lead started to form between Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott. The battle slowly fizzled out as Johnson got past Busch and Elliott got into the back of Daniel Suarez as the leaders were putting him another lap down.

Big names continued to struggle as the No. 4 of Kevin Harvick and the No. 20 of Erik Jones both had tires go down with 68 laps to go, bringing out the caution.

As the battle for the lead between Hamlin and Elliott was rekindling, the yellow flag flew for the fifteenth time on Lap 258.

When the green flag was waved, chaos ensued as Martin Truex Jr. spun and collected Aric Almirola and Michael McDowell with 36 to go.

With 12 to go Hamlin hits the wall, in the next corner Logano makes the same mistake Hamlin made causing Hamlin to check up and spin into the No. 78 of BJ McLeod.

With two to go, Elliott got loose under Logano, Logano hit the wall, dropping back to 21st while Elliott fell all the way to 22nd. Brad Keselowski snuck his way through the carnage and went on to win the Food City Supermarket Heroes 500.

Top 10:

  1. Brad Keselowksi
  2. Clint Bowyer
  3. Jimmie Johnson
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. Erik Jones
  6. Austin Dillon
  7. Kurt Busch
  8. William Byron
  9. Christopher Bell
  10. Bubba Wallace

Next week the NASCAR Cup Series goes to Atlanta Motor Speedway, the track at which NASCAR put it’s season on hold, for the running of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. That race will be aired on FOX at 3:00pm EST on Sunday, May 31st.



On Tuesday night, the drivers from the NASCAR Xfinity Series hit the track for 200 laps around the Charlotte Motor Speedway. When the checkered flag flew, it was the No. 54 of Kyle Busch who took home the hardware on Memorial Day.

When the green flag dropped, pole-sitter Ross Chastain took off from the field. The first caution of the race came out on lap four, when the No. 52 of Kody Vanderwal tagged the wall in turn two. 

On lap 21, the competition caution was thrown. By the time of the caution, Busch who started 18th, made his way up to fourth. 

An engine issue for Vanderwal, brought out another caution on lap 27.

When Stage One ended on lap 45, it was Busch who was the winner, followed by Chastain and the No. 11 of Justin Haley.

Stage One:

  1. Kyle Busch*
  2. Ross Chastain
  3. Justin Haley
  4. Noah Gragson
  5. Brandon Jones
  6. Austin Cindric
  7. Riley Herbst
  8. Chase Briscoe
  9. Daniel Hemric
  10. Harrison Burton

*not eligible for stage points

 

Busch led the field to green to start the second stage but was passed by Chastain in turn two on the same lap. A battle between Busch and Chastain loomed throughout the stage, eventually leading to last week’s winner, Chase Briscoe being brought into the mix. 

Busch went on to win the battle as well as his second stage of the race.

Stage Two:

  1. Kyle Busch*
  2. Ross Chastain
  3. Chase Briscoe
  4. Austin Cindric
  5. Noah Gragson
  6. Brandon Jones
  7. Daniel Hemric
  8. Riley Herbst
  9. Justin Haley
  10. Harrison Burton

*not eligible for stage points

 

The final stage was relatively calm in the first half, but when they got past 50 to go, things got wild.

Briscoe had to start at the rear of the field because of an uncontrolled tire penalty on pit road, but made his way back into the top-ten within the first 25 laps of the run. Busch, Briscoe and the No. 19 of Brandon Jones were hit with pit road speeding penalties while in the midst of green flag pit stops right before action picked up.

With 46 to go, the No. 66 of Timmy Hill had an engine expire and drop fluid on the track, causing Briscoe and Chastain to both slide up the track and hit the wall.

Trouble continued for Briscoe on lap 170 when he took a hard hit to the turn two wall.

Lap 175 brought trouble to the No. 61 of Austin Hill as well as the No. 51 of Jeremy Clements.

With 17 to go, the No. 21 of Myatt Snider got loose off of turn two with help from the No. 7 of Justin Allgaier and spun around on the backstretch.

On lap 192, the No. 11 of Justin Haley hit the wall and hit the No. 18 of Riley Herbst, sending him into the artificial turf on the frontstretch.

When they went green after the last caution, the No. 9 of Noah Gragson slid up the track and collected Harrsions Burton, Brandon Jones, Justin Haley and the No. 44 of Tommy Joe Martins bringing out the eleventh caution of the race.

After one NASCAR overtime, it was Kyle Busch who won the Alsco 300.

Top 10:

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Daniel Hemric
  3. Austin Cindric
  4. Ross Chastain
  5. Justin Allgaier
  6. Brett Moffitt
  7. Michael Annett
  8. Brandon Brown
  9. Harrison Burton
  10. Myatt Snider

Tune into FS1 on Saturday, May 30th at 3:30pm EST for coverage of the Cheddar’s 300 Presented by Alsco at Bristol.



After a much anticipated race for the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Tuesday was postponed until Thursday, the skies finally cleared as Chase Briscoe led 45 laps to win the Toyota 200 at Darlington Raceway.

Briscoe was in tears post-race, after news earlier in the week that his wife miscarried their first child.

“This is for my wife, this is the hardest week I’ve ever had to deal with. This God is so good, even when I took the lead with 50 to go, I was crying inside the racecar,” Briscoe said in his post-race interview with FOX Sports.

“You know, emotionally I wasn’t there at all. There’s nothing other to say than this God is so glorious… This is more than a race win, this is the biggest day of my life, after the toughest day of my life. Just to be able to beat the best there is [Kyle Busch] is so satisfying.”

The No. 54 of Kyle Busch was quick to get to the front, he started 26th and was able to make his way up to the top-five before the competition caution. This modified competition caution by NASCAR gave the teams the window to work on their cars without losing a spot, as long as they didn’t go a lap down. 

The No. 39 of Ryan Sieg showed a lot of speed early, battling for the lead before the competition caution was thrown. 

On lap 33, the No. 61 of Timmy Hill tagged the rear of the No. 93 machine of Myatt Snider, sending him into the outside wall, bringing out the second caution. 

The No. 9 of Noah Gragson led every lap en route to the Stage One victory, giving him ten championship points and one playoff point.

Stage Two began with Gragson leading the field to green, but before they could make it to turn-three, Busch already stole the lead. A battle for fourth place between the No. 10 of Ross Chastain and the No. 98 of Chase Briscoe carried on for much of the 45 lap stage; it settled down when Chastain got the air taken off of his car and resulting in him falling to seventh when the green/white checkered flag flew for the second time. Busch went on to win Stage Two.

Busch had to start at the rear of the field to begin the final stage due to a speeding on pit road penalty. Briscoe took the lead off the restart, passing the No. 7 of Justin Allgaier for the top spot. With 25 to go, Busch made his way up to eighth and was constantly running laps faster than the leader. With 18 to go, Allagier took the lead from Briscoe and was looking to stretch it. A caution with 15 to go halted that process for Allgaier when his teammate, the No. 1 of Michael Annett, spun in turn-four. 

When the flagman waved the green flag with nine to go, it was all Briscoe. With two laps to go Busch got to his back bumper and it looked like Busch would take the win; but Briscoe fought back to win in the Xfinity Series return at Darlington.

Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, and Noah Gragson rounded out the top-five. A strong day from JR Motorsports had three of their four drivers finish in the top-ten with the No. 8 of Daniel Hemric finishing 8th.

Tune in to FOX Sports 1 on Monday, May 25th at 7:30 for your coverage of the Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.



Round two of the eNASCAR Pro-Invitational Series was just as wild as the first, as the No. 66 of Timmy Hill was victorious at the virtual Texas Motor Speedway. Hill took the lead with 4 laps to go and never looked back. 

In his post race interview with FOX Sports, Hill said, “It means so much, I’ve got a tremendous amount of fans, friends, and family all reaching out to me, and really congratulating me for the recognition we have been getting. Our team, myself, and our sponsors lots of time don’t get that recognition.”

Finishing second was the No. 37 of Ryan Preece, third was the No. 51 of Garrett Smithley, fourth was the No. 89 of Landon Cassil, and rounding out the top-five was the No. 88 of Alex Bowman.

Four drivers had to race their way into the field of 35, those drivers were: Ty Majeski, Alex Labbe, Anthony Alfredo, and Rubén Garcia Jr.

The No. 24 of William Byron led the field to green, leading 80 of the 125 laps, until he was collected in an incident late in the race that took him out of contention to win.

The race started calm and remained that way throughout; there were a total of five cautions. The first caution was brought out on lap 27 when the No. 34 of Michael McDowell collided with the No. 95 of Christopher Bell on the front stretch. 16 laps later, the second caution flag flew when Alfredo, one of the four drivers who raced their way into this event, was spun in turn 3. 

With 16 to go, the action picked up when the No. 96 of Daniel Suarez spun out on track. Lap 115 brought trouble to the No. 14 of Clint Bowyer, after he made contact with the No. 16 of Greg Biffle. The final caution of the day came with three laps to go, when Preece drove through the frontstretch grass after sliding into the door of the No. 77 of Parker Kligerman off of turn-four.

The eNASCAR Pro-Invitational Series returns next Sunday at the virtual Bristol Motor Speedway at 1:00pm EST on FS1, FOX (check local listings), as well as the FOX Sports App.



On Sunday afternoon, NASCAR, iRacing, and FOX Sports all came together to broadcast the first race of the eNASCAR Pro-Invitational Series at the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway. At the end of the 100 lap race, Denny Hamlin was victorious. The No. 51 of Garrett Smithley started on pole, but didn’t stay there long as veteran iRacer, William Byron, led the first lap.

Cautions happened, and they happened often. The virtual yellow flag came out a total of nine times. The drivers had two “resets”; giving them the opportunity to repair their car of all damage two times during the race. 

The first caution of the race happened on lap two, when the No. 12 of Austin Cindric got loose off of turn-four and hit the No. 33 of Anthony Alfredo, sending him into the inside wall. The second caution flew 12 laps later when the No. 7 of Justin Allgaier went around and collected the No. 48 of Jimmie Johnson. Lap 20 brought trouble to Johnson again, he collected the No. 88 of Alex Bowman and a few others in this incident. 

The No. 6 of Ross Chastain brought out the fourth caution of the day after contact with Byron in turn-two. Ten laps after the Chastain incident, Kurt Busch wrecked and collected the No. 11 of Denny Hamlin as well as the No. 77 of Parker Kligerman. The sixth caution was drawn on lap 45, when the No. 20 of Erik Jones went spinning with no contact with the safer-barrier. 

Lap 59 brought trouble to the No. 9 of Chase Elliott, he was racing alongside the No. 43 of Bubba Wallace when Wallace got tight and slid into the left rear of Elliott’s car. The penultimate caution came out on lap 69, when Byron got into his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Bowman, as well as the No. 8 of Dale Earnhardt Jr. The ninth and final caution of the race came with 23 to go when the No. 14 of Clint Bowyer made contact with the No. 37 of Ryan Preece sending Bowyer into the wall.

Hamlin completed his pass for the lead in the exit of turn-four, passing Earnhardt Jr. to win his 31st iRacing race. 

“I didn't think we were going to get back there, especially with 10 [laps] to go, we were just 13th or so and I got bottled up there, and really made the top line work those last few laps to get the win,” said Hamlin in his post-race interview with FOX Sports.



After 312 laps and one NASCAR Overtime, the No. 22 of Joey Logano led 60 laps en route to his victory at Phoenix Raceway. After re-taking the lead with 20 laps to go, nobody could get past Logano.

“Two wins already in the books, we got to keep this thing rocking,” said Logano, in his post-race interview with FOX Sports.

Following behind Logano was the No. 4 of Kevin Harvick, the No. 18 of Kyle Busch, the No. 42 of Kyle Larson, and rounding out the top-five was the No. 14 of Clint Bowyer.

The saying, ”cautions breed cautions,” could not be more accurate, and we saw that today. The first caution was brought out on lap 58, by the No. 47 of Ricky Stenhouse Jr., when he went for a spin in turn-two. The following caution flew with ten laps to go in stage one, when the No. 11 of Denny Hamlin got tight and tagged the No. 2 of Brad Keselowski, collecting the No. 12 of Ryan Blaney, ultimately ending Blaney’s day. The third caution came out ten laps later, as the No. 4 of Kevin Harvick crossed the start/finish line for the end of stage one. 

Midway through the second stage, the No. 3 of Austin Dillon took a hard hit to the wall, sending him to the garage on lap 131, bringing out the fourth caution. The fifth caution came out as the green/white checkered flag was about to fly for the conclusion of the second stage, when the No. 51 of Garrett Smithley’s engine blew up in the dogleg. 

The sixth caution of the day was drawn on lap 213, when the No. 00 of Quin Houff had his engine expire. 39 laps after the Houff incident, the No. 20 of Erik Jones spun and made contact with the outside wall leading to the seventh caution. 13 laps later, the No. 8 of Tyler Reddick, who was having a stellar day, slammed the outside wall, which ended his day after running second just a few laps before the accident.

Lap 277 brought trouble to the No. 17 of Chris Buescher, as he made contact with the wall after a left-front tire rub cut a tire. Shortly after, the No. 19 of Martin Truex Jr. had contact with the No. 10 of Aric Almirola shooting Truex Jr. into the turn-two wall, sending him to the garage. The eleventh caution gave way on lap 304, when the No. 6 of Ross Chastain was involved in a single car spin in the dogleg. Lastly, the twelfth and final caution of the day flew because of an incident between Stenhouse Jr. and the No. 38 of John Hunter Nemechek.

The NASCAR Cup Series will be back on track March 15th at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, for the running of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. Coverage of the race begins at 2:00p.m. EST on FOX. 

 

Stage 1 Winner: Kevin Harvick

Stage 2 Winner: Brad Keselowski

Race Winner: Joey Logano