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.
 
 

After a washout on Sunday, the NASCAR Cup Series was forced to run the Food City Dirt Race on Monday. It was ultimately Joey Logano who was able to capture the checkered flag in NASCAR’s return to dirt. Logano led 61 laps en route to his first win of the season.

“Man it's incredible. How about that guys! This is incredible. Man we did a lot of work in the dirt department here in the last couple weeks,” Logano told FOX Sports post-race. 

“I was getting nervous because there were so many new winners and first time winners, so I told my guys we had to win.”

Due to heat races on Saturday getting canceled because of rain, NASCAR set the lineup by the formula. Kyle Larson was supposed to start from the pole, but an engine change on Friday forced him to go to the back on pace laps. Other drivers who had to drop to the back on pace laps included Michael McDowell and Matt Dibenedetto; both for unapproved adjustments.

Kyle Busch pounced on Denny Hamlin at the start to steal the lead by the end of lap one. On lap eight, Busch had to make his way to pit road for an overheating issue. On lap 40, Anthony Alfredo slammed into the wrecking Aric Almirola right in front of Truex Jr. “Holy crap that was close,” Truex Jr. told crew chief, James Small. 

Corey Lajoie and Shane Golobic were also involved in this incident, ending both of their days. Seven laps later, William Byron tagged the left rear quarter panel of Ryan Newman and spun Newman around. This caution served as the competition caution.

Two of the favorites for the race, Christopher Bell and Kyle Larson, took eachother out on lap 52 collecting Ross Chastain. Bell and Chastain both took their cars to the garage and Larson was never able to make his way back to the front. On the ensuing restart, Alex Bowman couldn’t get going and he told his team, “I’ve got no fourth gear.” Bowman fought throughout the race without fourth gear, rallying for a 22nd place finish.

The remainder of the stage stayed green and Truex Jr. was able to win stage one by 2.6 seconds over William Byron.

On lap 135, Daniel Suarez made his way to the back bumper of Truex Jr. and made a pass for the lead. The second and final competition caution flew on lap 150 with Suarez still leading and Byron in second.

The sixth caution flew on lap 152 when Ryan Blaney ran into Kyle Busch collecting Alex Bowman, Michael McDowell, Austin Dillon, and Cody Ware.

Chase Briscoe wrecked off of turn four in a similar fashion to what was seen in the caution prior. The dust was creating a huge challenge for these drivers and making it extremely hard to see. Kyle Busch said, “I can’t see anything. Not even the car right in front of you.” After that incident, NASCAR made the restarts single-file.

Cody Ware was the cause of the ninth caution when he wrecked by himself in turn two on lap 185. Joey Logano was able to get a jump on the restart, passing Suarez en route to the stage two victory. NASCAR took this break to do track-prep in an effort to reduce the amount of dust being stirred up.

With 35 to go, Bubba Wallace came down into Ricky Stenhouse Jr. causing Wallace to blow a tire from the seventh position; the race stayed green.

The last yellow flag flew with four laps to go as Mike Marlar spun out on the front-stretch while Logano continued to stretch his lead. 

In overtime, Hamlin jumped to the outside but the move did not work as he lost second place to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Logano was able to put a big enough gap between himself and Stenhouse Jr. as he was able to become the seventh different winner in seven different races. Rounding out the top-five was Stenhouse Jr., Hamlin, Suarez, and Ryan Newman.



Once the skies finally cleared at Bristol Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers made history as Martin Truex Jr. won the first ever Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt.

“Yeah it's unbelievable, I guess they had to put dirt on Bristol to put me in victory lane here,” Truex Jr. said to FOX Sports post-race.

“I learned a lot. It was really amazing how much the track changed. I think if you have a good car you can be up front all day long. I’m looking forward to this afternoon.”

On Saturday, the trucks lined up to run heat races. After two laps in the first heat, NASCAR deemed the track not ready and as crews went back out to prepare the track, the rain began to fall. Since the heat races were rained out, starting positions were determined by the NASCAR formula.

John Hunter Nemechek started on the pole with Austin Hill starting alongside him in second.

When the green flag waved, Austin Hill made his way to the point until Sheldon Creed made an aggressive three-wide move on lap two to pass both Hill and Matt Crafton in second.

After contact with the turn two wall on lap three, Tanner Gray spun around on lap 12 bringing out the first caution of the day. Carson Hocevar was the reason for the second yellow when his No. 42 Silverado was stopped on the frontstretch. On lap 34, Chandler Smith got bumped by Austin Wayne Self, this ultimately spun Smith around and he made head on contact with Tyler Ankrum; Ankrum’s day was done after this incident. The stage went green with one lap remaining and Martin Truex Jr. used the outside lane to get around Creed for the stage one victory.

Stewart Friesen and Nemechek stayed out under the stage break, but Truex Jr. on fresh tires made his way around both of them to take the lead back on lap 43. Five laps later, Nemechek spun in turn two and collected both Derek Kraus and Timothy Peters; Kraus and Nemechek went to the garage. Jennifer Jo Cobb went around on lap 62, this brought out the sixth caution. Within two laps of going green, a tire problem for Norm Benning brought out the seventh yellow. 

Lap 79 brought trouble to Myatt Snider when he wrecked in turn four and collected Daniel Suarez; both had minimal damage. They went green with six to go in the stage and Truex Jr. was able to gap the field once again, winning stage two.

With 51 laps to go, Kyle Larson slammed into the back of the lapped machine of Mike Marlar; Brett Moffitt and Danny Bohn are among those who were also involved. The rough days for Chandler Smith and Johnny Sauter continued on lap 118 as they collided and both hit the inside wall off of turn two. As Truex Jr. began to pull away from second place, Ben Rhodes, the caution flag flew once more. This time, the caution was for Andrew Gordon when he lost control of his truck in turn four. 

A twelve lap green-flag run was all Martin Truex Jr. needed to gap the field once again and pick up his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory.



After 50 minutes in the final practice session for the Food City Dirt Race, Ryan Blaney was the fastest with a lap time of 20.172 seconds.

“It’s rough, slick, really rough actually. Larson and Reddick were able to run the top but for only a few minutes,” Blaney said in a press conference after practice when asked how the track conditions were.

“We’re seeing tires cord really quickly. It's going to be interesting when it comes to saving tires on Sunday.”

Rounding out the top-five was Alex Bowman(20.194), Denny Hamlin (20.228), Joey Logano (20.262), Chase Briscoe (20.313).

The lone caution of the practice came with five minutes left when Cole Custer went for a quick spin. A problem for race favorite, Kyle Larson, leaves him starting at the rear for Sunday due to an engine change. Before his engine issues, Larson put down a ten lap run that put him first of 33 drivers in ten lap averages.

On Saturday, the NASCAR Cup Series drivers hit the track for four, fifteen lap heat races in Bush's Beans Qualifying. Catch all the action from Bristol on FOX Sports One at 4:30pm ET.



Ben Rhodes tops final practice for the Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt with a time of 20.703 seconds.

“It’s going to be a thrilling race. This is something I never expected to happen in my lifetime,” Rhodes said in his press conference after practice.

When asked about if skills from Eldora transfer to Bristol dirt, Rhodes said, “I think it is similar. I think everything you learned at Eldora applies.”

“I feel really good about our truck; I’m really confident.”

The trend continued throughout the day as the fastest laps in this practice session were posted in the first few minutes of practice.

While Ben Rhodes had the fastest time in practice, the four drivers that followed him were, Ryan Newman (20.716), Tanner Gray (20.721), Stewart Friesen (20.784), and Matt Crafton (20.797).

Raphael Lessard, who was fastest in first practice, finished 16th in the second session.

Ryan Newman was the fastest of the Cup Series drivers in the field for Saturday night’s event and was the fastest of anyone in five and ten lap averages.

During the 50 minute final practice, there were a few stoppages. JR Heffner wrecked three minutes into the session with heavy damage to the nose and rear-end. The other break to the action happened halfway through when the caution was thrown for debris. With ten minutes remaining, Bubba Wallace spun in turn two but did not make any contact with the wall.



After a week off, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returned today for the Fr8Auctions 200 and it was Kyle Busch who came home with the checkered flag; his first win of the season.

“It’s great to get back to victory lane; well it’s always cool to get to victory lane in Billy Blue’s backyard here in Atlanta,“ Busch said to FOX Sports’ Jamie Little.

John Hunter Nemechek started on the pole alongside Matt Crafton. Crafton was able to steal the lead from Nemechek by the end of lap one but was unable to hold off Busch as he took the lead just a few laps later.

The first caution came out halfway through the first stage; this was the competition caution. With two laps to go in the stage, Nemechek was able to make his way past Busch en route to a stage one victory.

Once again, the stage came down to Busch and Nemechek; it was Nemechek claiming the stage two victory.

With 34 laps to go, green flag pit stops began when Grant Enfinger made his way down pit road. Busch was able to cycle back around to the lead, but Austin Hill was able to pass Nemechek under this sequence.

Ultimately, it was Kyle Busch who crossed the finish line in first with Hill and Nemechek rounding out the top-three.

Next week, the trucks head to The Last Great Colosseum for the Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt. Tune in to FOX Sports 1 at 8:00pm ET on Saturday, March 27 for coverage of the event.

 

After 400 miles around Homestead-Miami Speedway, it was William Byron who brought home the checkered flag.

“That guy has been huge for my career. He’s why I’m here. I’m glad we could get him; he’s just awesome” Byron said about his crew chief, Rudy Fugle, in his post-race interview with FOX Sports.

“I can’t even believe it, honestly. This was just a really smooth day, and we worked hard in the winter on this track. I can’t believe it.”

Four cars were forced to start at the rear of the field on Sunday including pole-sitter, Denny Hamlin, Alex Bowman, Corey LaJoie, and James Davison. With Hamlin starting in the rear, Joey Logano was the control car on the initial start.

Brad Keselowski was able to take the lead from his teammate on lap 13 and led until the competition caution flew on lap 26. Keselowski remained on-point until Chris Buescher passed him on lap 53.

10 laps after Buescher took the lead, the caution came out for James Davison when his engine expired. Buescher went on to claim the stage one win, marking his second stage win of his career. Other drivers receiving points in this stage included: Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., William Byron, Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, and Austin Dillon.

Green flag pit stops in stage two started on lap 38 when Ryan Newman came to get service. The leaders soon followed, and Truex Jr. was able to cycle around as the leader, passing Buescher. 

The third caution of the race came on lap 153 when Corey LaJoie’s engine blew up. This set up a one lap shootout for the stage win, which ultimately went to William Byron. The rest of the top-ten included: Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson, Chris Buescher, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, and Brad Keselowski.

The yellow flag was thrown again on lap 199 for debris from an incident between Aric Almirola and Ryan Blaney. Under this caution, Hamlin was caught for speeding on pit road.

With 40 laps to go, Kurt Busch hit pit road for a vibration. The Team Penske cars followed him to pit road shortly after to get four tires and fuel.

The race went green the rest of the way, and it was William Byron who was victorious.

Next week, the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Las Vegas for the running of the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube. Tune into FOX at 3:30 PM ET on Sunday for coverage of the race.

 

After the two and a half month offseason, the stars of the NASCAR Cup Series hit the track for the Busch Clash. Kyle Busch reigned victorious in Daytona in the 35 lap event.

“I just knew to keep my head down and keep my focus ahead to see if I could hit my marks and get close enough to have a shot at it if something like that were to materialize, fortunately it did for us.” Kyle Busch said about the finish to FOX Sports.

When asked about the new crew chief on the No. 18, Ben Beshore, Busch said, “Been through a couple crew chiefs anyways and it always seems to go well for a little while then it fizzles out. It is what it is in this kind of racing.”

For the first time ever, the Busch Clash was held on the road course instead of the typical oval. 2020 champion, Chase Elliott, had to start in the rear of the 20 car field for unapproved adjustments. 

When the green flag waved, it was Ryan Blaney leading the field to green, beside Alex Bowman in second. Tyler Reddick made an aggressive three-wide move going into turn-one, propelling him to third place from his sixth place starting position. By the end of lap one, Denny Hamlin was able to steal the lead from Blaney and stretch his lead to almost two seconds in two laps.

On lap three, Kevin Harvick went through the dirt in the backstretch chicane, spinning his No. 4 Mustang around. 

After early damage to the nose of Joey Logano, he made his way down pit road under green on lap 6 with Kurt Busch. On the next lap, the caution flag flew for the first time for debris. This led to a track cleanup for the dirt thrown on the racing surface.

On the restart, Blaney overshot turn-one, allowing Reddick to snag the lead while Harvick spun around behind him. Hamlin, who made his way down pit road on the lap 7 caution, made his way through the pack and back to the lead on lap 13. The competition caution flew on lap 15 and Martin Truex Jr. was able to pass his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate for the lead on the lap prior.

Under this caution, Truex Jr. did not make it through the frontstretch chicane, making him restart at the tail-end of the field.

The third caution came on lap 22 when Cole Custer was stopped in the frontstretch chicane; NASCAR deemed this as a mechanical problem and allowed the team to return to competition if they fixed it.

With eight laps to go, Truex Jr. fought his way back up to the lead, just to spin out in the backstretch chicane on the next lap. This brought out the fourth caution of the race.

Coming to three laps to go, Tyler Reddick got into the back bumper of Chris Buescher, spinning the No. 17 around collecting Alex Bowman; the race remained green.

On the last lap, Chase Elliott drove into Blaney, which spun Blaney around, allowing Kyle Busch to take the inside line to steal the win from Elliott.

The Busch Clash was just the start of all the action in Daytona. Make sure to tune in to FOX on Sunday, February 14th, at 2:30pm EST for your coverage of the Daytona 500.

 

After 312 miles around Phoenix Raceway, Chase Elliott was able to capture both the win and the NASCAR Cup Series championship. This win marks his fifth win of the season and this championship is the first of his career.

Championship contenders Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top-four.

“Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. We are the champions,” Elliott screamed over the radio.

In his post-race interview with NBC, Elliott said, “I’m at a loss for words. This is so unbelievable. We did it, that's all I have to tell you. Championship crew chief, Alan Gustafson, is now a NASCAR Cup Series champion."

“I can't say enough about our group; we took some really big strides this year and having a chance to race is unbelievable.”

Pole-sitter, Elliott, had to start at the rear of the field due to multiple failed inspections, so Joey Logano led the field to green. From the top spot, Logano pulled away from Keselowski by 1.5 seconds in the first ten laps.

Chase Elliott made his way up into the tenth position when the competition caution came out on lap 31. By lap 40, Elliott entered the top-five.

Joey Logano led all but one lap in the first stage in way to his stage one victory.

Stage One

  1. Joey Logano
  2. Denny Hamlin
  3. Chase Elliott
  4. Brad Keselowski
  5. Ryan Blaney
  6. Kyle Busch
  7. Alex Bowman
  8. Clint Bowyer
  9. Kurt Busch
  10. Matt Dibenedetto

Stage two was highlighted by an almost 50 lap battle between Logano and Hamlin. Elliott was able to drive up from third to steal the lead from Logano on lap 120.

Halfway through the stage, green flag pit stops began with Keselowski being the first of the championship contenders to make his way down pit road.

The first incident related caution came on lap 160 when James Davison scraped the wall in turn two. All the leaders pit under this caution and Kurt Busch won the race off pit road taking two tires.

Keselowski was able to just edge out Elliott to rally for the win in stage two.

Stage Two

  1. Brad Keselowski
  2. Chase Elliott
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Denny Hamlin
  5. Ryan Blaney
  6. Jimmie Johnson
  7. Kurt Busch
  8. Kyle Busch
  9. Matt Dibenedetto
  10. William Byron

Green flag pit stops allowed Logano to pass Elliott after short pitting, but Elliott soon fought back and took the lead on lap 270. Elliott led 154 laps as he captured his first Cup Series title.

In their final starts in full-time NASCAR Cup Series competition, Jimmie Johnson finished fifth and Clint Bowyer ended up with a 14th place finish.

This race marks the end of the 2020 NASCAR season. The 2021 season starts in February at the historic Daytona International Speedway.

 

Chase Briscoe was able to capture the checkered flag Saturday night in the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway. This victory marks his ninth win of the season and locks him into the Championship Four.

“Super happy to be locked into Phoenix. It's going to be a lot less stressful the next two weeks; so that will be nice. Big thanks to Stewart-Haas Racing, this Ford Performance Mustang was lights out. This was the car we had at Vegas,” Briscoe said in his post-race interview with NBC Sports.

When asked about what advantage this gives him heading into Texas and Martinsville, Briscoe said, “I'm glad after the chaos at the beginning of the race a lot of guys are going to be in scary points situations so I’m glad we don't have to deal with that.”

This event marked the first race of the Round of Eight for the NASCAR Xfinity Series; the drivers still in contention for the championship include: Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, Brandon Jones, Ross Chastain, and Ryan Sieg.

Last week’s winner, Noah Gragson, started on pole with Cindric starting alongside in second and Daniel Hemric in third.

The first caution came on lap 10 when the No. 5 of Matt Mills spun in turn two.

On the restart, an aggressive four-wide move by Brandon Jones bunched up the leaders and caused the No. 9 of Gragson to get into Cindric, causing heavy damage to both cars. Chase Briscoe barely made it through the chaos in front of him. Cindric was able to return to the race, but Gragson had to retire early.

On lap 26, NASCAR threw the competition caution to give teams the opportunity to evaluate tire wear and perform routine pit stops.

Lap 33 brought trouble to Daniel Hemric when he had a tire go down running eighth. He was able to make it to pit road and the race stayed green.

Briscoe was able to maintain his one second gap to Brandon Jones as he won the first stage and picked up another valuable playoff point.

Stage One:

  1. Chase Briscoe
  2. Brandon Jones
  3. Harrison Burton
  4. Anthony Alfredo
  5. Ross Chastain
  6. Riley Herbst
  7. Justin Allgaier
  8. Ryan Sieg
  9. Brandon  Brown
  10. Justin Haley

 

When the field returned to green, they couldn’t make it back around to the start/finish line as Joe Graf Jr. drove into the back bumper of Jeffery Earnhardt, spinning Earnhardt around in turn four.

Chase Briscoe once again held off Brandon Jones to pick up another playoff point as he swept the first two stages for the third time in the last four races.

Stage Two:

  1. Chase Briscoe
  2. Brandon Jones
  3. Anthony Alfredo
  4. Harrison Burton
  5. Ross Chastain
  6. Riley Herbst
  7. Justin Allgaier
  8. Ryan Sieg
  9. Brett Moffitt
  10. Austin Hill

 

The final stage was relatively calm until lap 155 when Josh Reaume had a mechanical problem that sent him wrecking on the apron in turn four. This caution came out in the middle of a green flag pit cycle and gave Ryan Sieg the advantage of being able to take fresh tires under this yellow.

Harrison Burton was the cause of the eighth caution as he spun off of turn two in an effort to avoid contact with Chastain and Alfredo after they had an incident in front of him. His car was unscathed and he was able to continue the race.

With 28 laps to go, Justin Allgaier got loose on the apron in turn one sliding up the track into Anthony Alfredo, sending Alfredo hard into the outside wall and eventually on his roof. The red flag was displayed while they cleaned up the wreck, Alfredo was able to walk away under his own power.

The last caution came out with nine laps to go after an incident involving Myatt Snider while Briscoe was extending his lead.

At the end of the night it was Chase Briscoe who lead 159 laps en route to his domination of the Kansas Lottery 300

Results:

  1. Chase Briscoe
  2. Daniel Hemric
  3. Ryan Sieg
  4. Justin Haley
  5. Austin Hill
  6. Josh Williams
  7. Brett Moffitt
  8. Michael Annett
  9. Brandon Jones
  10. Ross Chastain



Next week, NASCAR heads to Fort Worth, Texas to race at the Texas Motor Speedway. You can catch all the action in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 on October 24 at 4:30pm EST on NBCSN.

 

The NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs began under the lights in Las Vegas and it was Chase Briscoe who locked himself into the Round of 8. Briscoe led 165 laps en route to his Alsco 300 victory.
In his post-race interview with NBC Sports' Marty Snider, Briscoe said, “First off, incredible car by Stewart-Haas; that made my job way too easy. I knew if i could just take the lead on the restart I would be okay, but I was spinning the tires so bad all night for whatever reason. I guess it's all that Roush Yates horsepower.”

Last week’s winner, Chase Briscoe, led the field to green with Austin Cindric starting second. As things were getting settled up front, Kyle Weatherman had a steering issue that sent him spinning on the front stretch.

Eleven laps later, Austin Hill lost control of his Chevrolet Camaro in turn-two and brought out the second caution; this also counted as the competition caution.

With six to go in the stage, Briscoe made an aggressive move off of turn-four to get past Ryan Sieg and Ross Chastain to steal the lead and capture the stage win.

Stage One:

  1. Chase Briscoe
  2. Ross Chastain
  3. Ryan Sieg
  4. Noah Gragson
  5. Anthony Alfredo
  6. Justin Haley
  7. Austin Cindric
  8. Daniel Hemric
  9. Brandon Jones
  10. Riley Herbst

 

Midway through the second stage, Noah Gragson came over the radio and reported that his nose was bleeding. His crew chief, Dave Elenz, told him to use roll bar padding the stuff up his nose to stop the bleeding.

Briscoe was able to hold off Gragson to win his second stage of the race. This is the first time Briscoe has swept the first two stages in a race.

Stage Two:

  1. Chase Briscoe
  2. Noah Gragson
  3. Austin Cindric
  4. Ryan Sieg
  5. Anthony Alfredo
  6. Brandon Jones
  7. Justin Haley
  8. Daniel Hemric
  9. Justin Allgaier
  10. Riley Herbst

 

In a calm final stage, Harrison Burton brought his Toyota Supra down pit road to begin the green flag pit cycle. Sieg had trouble on pit road when he overshot his pit box.

Before the green flag stops cycled through, the caution came out when Joe Graf Jr. 's pit crew lost control of a tire while Michael Annett was leading. This caution was exactly what Annett needed as he was going to be a lap down once he pitted.

With 14 to go, Alex Labbe lost power in his car bringing out the sixth caution. This changed the strategy of the race and gave drivers the opportunity to put their last set of tires on the car. Every lead lap car took advantage of the opportunity and Briscoe won the race off pit road.

The race resumed to green with nine laps to go and Briscoe held off Gragson to put a gap between him and the No. 9. Briscoe was able to stretch the gap to almost two seconds as he picked up his eighth win of the season.

Top Ten:

  1. Chase Briscoe
  2. Noah Gragson
  3. Daniel Hemric
  4. Justin Allgaier
  5. Ryan Sieg
  6. Austin Cindric
  7. Michael Annett
  8. Anthony Alfredo
  9. Harrison Burton
  10. Justin Haley

 

Next week, the NASCAR Xfinity Series travels to Talladega, Alabama for the running of the Ag-Pro 300. You can catch all the action from Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, October 3rd at 4:30pm EST on NBCSN.

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