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TOP TEAM CHEVY UNOFFICIAL RACE RESULTS:

POS.   DRIVER

1st      CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1

4th      KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1

5th      ROSS CHASTAIN, NO. 1 JOCKEY CAMARO ZL1

11th    ERIK JONES, NO. 43 FOCUSFACTOR CAMARO ZL1

14th    AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 BASS PRO SHOPS / TRACKER OFF ROAD CAMARO ZL1

15th    DANIEL SUAREZ, NO. 99 TOOTSIES ORCHID LOUNGE CAMARO ZL1

 

TOP FIVE UNOFFICIAL RACE RESULTS:

POS.  DRIVER

1st      Chase Elliott (Chevrolet)

2nd     Kurt Busch (Toyota)

3rd      Ryan Blaney (Ford)

4th      Kyle Larson (Chevrolet)

5th      Ross Chastain (Chevrolet)

 

The NASCAR Cup Series season continues next Sunday, July 3, at Road America with the Kwik Trip 250 presented by JOCKEY Made in America at 3 p.m. ET. Live coverage can be found on USA Network, the NBCSports Gold App, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

                                                                                                                                           

TEAM CHEVY POST-RACE NOTES AND QUOTES:

TEAM CHEVY POST-RACE NOTES AND QUOTES:

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1 – Race Winner

WHAT WERE YOU THINKING WHEN THAT LAST CAUTION CAME OUT?

“I was figuring that it was coming, but was hoping not. Ryan (Blaney) gave me a great shove and I appreciate him doing me a solid there in getting us out front. Just so proud of our team because we kind of had a setback there about halfway and we were able to get our NAPA Chevy dialed back in and get back in the mix.

It was a long day, a fun day. Thank you guys so much for hanging out. Just so proud of our team. We have had a pretty rough month and month-and-a-half, so just nice to get going back in the right direction. Getting a win is always huge, but to do it in a really cool city like Nashville is even better. Looking forward to that guitar.”

 

HOW DID THIS CAR COME TO LIFE AFTER THE RAIN DELAY?

“We were able to work on it a little bit after the penalty and got it going a little better. My team just stuck with it. Thanks to everybody at Hendrick Motorsports. They have been working really hard over the winter and through the spring to keep up. The engines have been running great and obviously great support from Chevrolet. I look forward to getting home and seeing my family; seeing mom and dad and hopefully enjoy it this week. These things are hard to come by and you have to enjoy them. You never know when or if ever you will get another one. So, super thankful and looking forward to next week.”

 

KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 4th

EARLIER IN THE RACE YOU DIDN’T SOUND LIKE YOU HAD A LOT OF SPEED IN IT. WHAT DID YOU GUYS DO TO IT? THAT WAS AMAZING.

“It was definitely better once the sun went down. I don’t know whatever changes they made to it, so proud of my guys for working hard and persevering. Didn’t have a lot of things work out for us there as we got caught a lap down and we had to take the wave around and drove from twenty-something to 10th there before the last caution. We stayed out and netted out a top-five. So proud of my No. 5 HendrickCars.com team and proud of Chase Elliott too. That’s great for Hendrick Motorsports and everybody there. Everybody has been working hard and trying to figure out how to go faster and they were definitely the best of the four of us all weekend. Cool to see that he closed it out.”

 

THIS WEEK YOU HAD TO WORK REMOTELY WITH CLIFF (DANIELS). DID THAT WORK OUT WELL OR WERE THERE ANY HICCUPS WITH THAT AND DID YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO CATCH UP WITH HIM DURING THE DELAY?

“Yeah, all of us were virtually on together in the hauler and tapped into where he was, and we can talk. Adam and Kevin did a great job this weekend in leading this team. As far as Cliff, it really shows you how well he has prepared our team to face moments like we will these next four weeks. Everything I think ran really smooth. I am not sure how it went behind the wall with the crew and stuff, but from my seat it seemed like it went pretty smooth. I am sure there will be things we will tweak on and make even smoother, but I was overall pleased for the first time in my Cup career without my primary crew chief.”

 

 

ROSS CHASTAIN, NO. 1 JOCKEY CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 5th

YOU CAME DOWN AND GOT SOME TIRES AND YOU CAME BACK TO THE SAME SPOT YOU WERE WHEN YOU HIT PIT ROAD. TAKE US THROUGH YOUR NIGHT.

“An incredible night for the No. 1 Jockey Chevrolet Camaro. Trackhouse Racing brought two incredibly fast cars and that was the right call to pit, but we just didn’t know that 10 people were going to stay out. If a few less stay out, we have got a shot. We got through traffic the best of all of us that pitted, so proud of that and proud of the effort. Incredible job on pit road tonight by our pit crew in picking up spots each and every stop all night. We just needed a little more to run with those top four, but we were definitely a top-five car. In the Cup Series, that is all I can ask for.”

 

ERIK JONES, NO. 43 FOCUSFACTOR CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 11th

“We definitely had our ups and downs today, but nice to rebound and get an 11th-place finish. We fought the handling of our FOCUSfactor Chevy early in the race and I felt like we were making the right adjustments to have a good day before the rain delay. Once we restarted, after 10-15 laps, the handling would go away and it was just hard to drive. We’ll keep learning and working to get better. Overall, a good finish that we’ll take with us in to next week at Road America.”

 

AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 BASS PRO SHOPS/TRACKER OFF ROAD CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 14th

“We got in a deficit early today at Nashville Superspeedway but this Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road team climbed our way out of it. We were too loose to start the race, and that got us behind early. We went a lap down but earned our lap back. From there, crew chief Justin Alexander made some great strategy moves to gain track position. Unfortunately, by the time we got track position our Chevy was too tight in the same places on the track that we were too loose earlier in the race. On a restart with four laps remaining, we knew that there would be a high likelihood of crashing. I just hugged the bottom of the track and dug. We raced from 18th to 14th. We were still just too tight at the end to make anything else happen. It’s not what we wanted, but we dug hard.”

 

ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 48 ALLY MUSIC CITY CAMARO ZL1 – Sidelined by damage sustained in an accident on lap 51; Finished 36th

“It’s frustrating to not be able to finish the Ally 400. Greg (Ives, Crew Chief) and everyone on the No. 48 team works so hard on these race cars and it’s unfortunate I wasn’t able to go compete for a win. We were just in the wrong place at the wrong time today. Greg threw the kitchen sink at the car and then we made two laps before getting wrecked, so it was tough to not be able to see if we would have found something on that stop.

 

 

Huge thank you to everyone at Ally for putting on a great event this weekend. Ally goes all in on what they do and I’m glad they are all in on the No. 48 team.”

 

TEAM CHEVY QUICK NOTES

Stage One:

·       42 laps into the NASCAR Cup Series Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway, the race went under red flag conditions due to a lightning hold.

·       Following resumption of the race, a caution flew on lap 51 for an accident involving Alex Bowman. The No. 48 Ally Music City Chevrolet team brought their Camaro ZL1 to the garage for repairs, but expiration of the DVP clock forced Bowman to be done for the day.

·       Under that same caution, William Byron brought his No. 24 Valvoline Camaro ZL1 to the garage with steering issues. The No. 24 Chevrolet team was able to make repairs to his Camaro ZL1 and return to competition.

·       The 90-lap stage one saw two Chevrolet drivers score stage points in the top-10:

Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Camaro ZL1 (6th)

Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Camaro ZL1 (8th)

 

 

 

Stage Two:

·       Precipitation brought the caution out on lap 119, with pit strategy coming into play throughout pit road. In that round of pit stops, the No. 8 3CHI Chevrolet pit crew gained Tyler Reddick four spots on pit road, the most of the top-10.

·       Another lightning hold and rainfall brought the race to its second red flag at lap 138. The race was under red flag conditions for two hours, eight minutes and 35 seconds. The 300-lap race restarted at the halfway point with 150 laps to go.

·       Team Chevy Stage Two Top-10:

Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Camaro ZL1

Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Camaro ZL1

Ross Chastain, No. 1 Jockey Camaro ZL1

 

Post-Race Notes:

·       The win is Elliott’s 15th-career victory in 238 NASCAR Cup Series starts.

·       It also marks the sixth win of 2022 for Hendrick Motorsports; and the organization’s 286th all-time in NASCAR’s premier series.  

·       Elliott is now the fifth driver this season to become a repeat winner.

·       Elliott’s triumph is the ninth of the season for the Camaro ZL1, more than double its manufacturer competitors.

·       The winningest brand in NASCAR, Chevrolet now has 823 all-time NASCAR Cup Series victories.

 

GM PR

Kurt Busch claimed the runner-up result at Nashville Superspeedway in Sunday night’s rain-delayed NASCAR Cup Series race after a late-race caution forced the leading Toyota Camrys of Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. to make a call to pit road for fresh tires. But when much of the field stayed on the track, including race-winner Chase Elliott, the Camry TRD group had to settle for finishes outside the top-five.

 

Toyota Post-Race Recap

NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)

Nashville Superspeedway

Race 17 of 36 – 399 miles, 300 laps

 

TOYOTA FINISHING POSITIONS


1st, Chase Elliott*

2nd, KURT BUSCH

3rd, Ryan Blaney*

4th, Kyle Larson*

5th, Ross Chastain*

6th, DENNY HAMLIN

8th, CHRISTOPHER BELL

12th, BUBBA WALLACE

21st, KYLE BUSCH

22nd, MARTIN TRUEX JR.

*non-Toyota driver  


 

TOYOTA QUOTES

KURT BUSCH, No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota Camry TRD, 23XI Racing

Finishing Position: 2nd

What more did you need to beat Chase Elliott on the final restart?

“I got soft on him. I should have been throwing some fenders and moving some momentum around. I didn’t stick with our strength. We didn’t have many strengths tonight. We just executed really well. The restarts were so-so and long run speed was good. I just needed to stick with our strength and I messed up. I want to thank all my guys at 23XI. We have a great group of guys and girls. The way that we’re running, a second is cool, but we’re here for wins with the Playoff situation. Thanks to Monster Energy, Toyota and all of our associate sponsors. This Camry and all the TRD Camrys were awesome. I just hate it when we don’t get into victory lane and I was right there.”

 

What did you want to do differently on the restart?

“I wanted to throw some fenders, but I didn’t get the job done. Everybody will be smiling, but I let them down. I should have come up with a better plan.”

 

Were you always staying out on the final caution?

“We were going to stay out no matter what and I needed to start throwing fenders to move people around. I didn’t get after it and I made too many mistakes and didn’t stick with our strength. I’m not going to say what our strength was, but we did a lot of things good. We didn’t have one exceptional item. We’re second with our Toyota Camry. I want to do it over, but you don’t get those at this elite level and Chase (Elliott) got the job done.”

TRD PR

FORD FINISHING RESULTS

3rd – Ryan Blaney

7th – Austin Cindric

9th – Joey Logano

10th – Kevin Harvick

13th – Michael McDowell

17th – Aric Almirola

24th – Todd Gilliland

25th – Harrison Burton

26th – Cole Custer

27th – Cody Ware

28th – JJ Yeley

29th – Brad Keselowski

30th – Chris Buescher

32nd – BJ McLeod

34th – Chase Briscoe

 

RYAN BLANEY, No. 12 Advance Auto Parts Ford Mustang – “I’m not sure as the race kind of kept progressing later into the night I thought we lost some ground between some of the other cars.  I thought hot and slick during the day we were pretty competitive and then something went down and I didn’t think we were as good.  I had to go to the back and then spun out trying too hard.  Jonathan made a good call to stay out the last stop.  Why not, running ninth and was able to run third, so that was a good call by him.  Overall, I wish it was in the hot and slick of the day because I thought we were a little bit more competitive, but not a bad finish.”

 

JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Mustang – “It’s an ugly top 10, but it was a top 10 nonetheless.  It was a battle.  I had some false hope by qualifying second, thinking we might be better than what we were, but as soon as the race started we realized we weren’t.  We just kind of fought everything.”

 

HOW WERE YOU AFTER THE BREAK?  BLANEY SAID HE PREFERRED THE DAY PORTION.  “He was better than me.  I don’t know where we deserved to finish, but I feel like we probably overachieved for what we had.”

 

AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 2 Duracell/Menards Ford Mustang – “I’ll take it, I guess.  That was a long way to get there for sure.  Obviously, getting the lucky dog halfway through the third stage and getting our Duracell/Menards Ford Mustang into the top five.  I got passed by a few guys on tires there at the end, but obviously had speed in the car.  We just needed the track position.  Jeremy made a great call to run long and we got probably 10 spots out of that and probably got about six or eight more on the restart there and was able to have a representative day.”

 

ALL THREE PENSKE CARS FINISHED IN THE TOP 10 DESPITE ALL OF YOU HAVE SOME ADVERSITY THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT.  “Good cars and never giving up.”

Ford Performance PR

Chase Elliott and the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Camaro ZL1 team scored their second win of 2022 at Nashville Superspeedway.

·       The win is Elliott’s 15th-career victory in 238 NASCAR Cup Series starts.

·       It also marks the sixth win of 2022 for Hendrick Motorsports; and the organization’s 286th all-time in NASCAR’s premier series.  

·       Elliott is now the fifth driver this season to become a repeat winner.

·       Elliott’s triumph is the ninth of the season for the Camaro ZL1, more than double its manufacturer competitors.

·       The winningest brand in NASCAR, Chevrolet now has 823 all-time NASCAR Cup Series victories.

 

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1, Race Winner Quick Quote: 

WHAT WERE YOU THINKING WHEN THAT LAST CAUTION CAME OUT?

“I was figuring that it was coming, but was hoping not. Ryan (Blaney) gave me a great shove and I appreciate him doing me a solid there in getting us out front. Just so proud of our team because we kind of had a setback there about halfway and we were able to get our NAPA Chevy dialed back in and get back in the mix.

It was a long day, a fun day. Thank you guys so much for hanging out. Just so proud of our team. We have had a pretty rough month and month-and-a-half, so just nice to get going back in the right direction. Getting a win is always huge, but to do it in a really cool city like Nashville is even better. Looking forward to that guitar.”

 

HOW DID THIS CAR COME TO LIFE AFTER THE RAIN DELAY?

“We were able to work on it a little bit after the penalty and got it going a little better. My team just stuck with it. Thanks to everybody at Hendrick Motorsports. They have been working really hard over the winter and through the spring to keep up. The engines have been running great and obviously great support from Chevrolet. I look forward to getting home and seeing my family; seeing mom and dad and hopefully enjoy it this week. These things are hard to come by and you have to enjoy them. You never know when or if ever you will get another one. So, super thankful and looking forward to next week.”

 

GM PR

Patience and adaptability defined the weekend experienced by Louis-Philippe Dumoulin and the #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare team, during the NASCAR Pinty's Series' first ever visit to the ⅜ mile oval track at Eastboud International Speedway.

On Saturday morning (June 25), rain forced a schedule change, combining practice and qualifying into a one-hour late morning session and changing the race start time to Sunday, June 26, at 11 a.m. (local time - 9:30 a.m. EST).  “Looking at the track on Saturday morning, the configuration of the walls surprised me. The regulations here appear not to be the same as at the other tracks, it seemed a little dangerous and I told myself to stay away from the walls.”

Starting 4th on the grid, based on the best times from the practice session, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin had a quick car for the race. “The car was handling very well at the start, as my crew had come up with great settings for the early part of the race as well as a good plan on what to change to also make it quick for the last part of the race and make the podium.” explains the three-time series champion.

Sixth on the restart after the halfway point, things went sour as Louis-Philippe Dumoulin “rubbed the wall a little bit between turns 2 and 3, which caused a right rear flat. As I entered turn 3, the #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare car slid sideways. I tried to avoid the barrels that were positioned there, but without success, hit them hard and broke the rear suspension.”

This incident on lap 120 abruptly ended Louis-Philippe Dumoulin’s race. “The team will have a lot of damage to repair on the oval car when we get back to the shop. In the meantime, we are working hard on the street car to come back even stronger in Toronto,” concluded the driver of the #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare car.

Practice and Qualifying

The #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare team had an unusual experience this weekend: racing at the easternmost tip of Canada. The drivers of the team rigs had to drive for over 25 hours and navigate the high seas on a ferry to get to Newfoundland.

The combined practice and qualifying session allowed Louis-Philippe Dumoulin to quickly come to grips with the oval track. “The Practice went well for us on the track that was unknown to most of the teams and that we all had to learn. It is fun to drive and I am sure that the race will be exciting. In terms of set-ups, we were conservative as we don't know how the track surface will change over the race distance with 22 cars dropping rubber and oil on it for 225 laps. My focus for the first half of the race will be to fine-tune the settings that should be applied to the suspension during the mid-race pit stop to improve the car for the final push.”

Next events: an 8-race sprint over the next two months (see results table for details)

After the Newfoundland and Labrador race, the #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare team begins the most intense portion of the season: back in the shop, preparing the road course and oval cars for both the Toronto street course, the trio of oval races in Edmonton and Saskatoon, followed by the most important event of the year for Dumoulin Competition, the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières on the urban circuit, then the dirt oval race in Ohsweken, west of Toronto and the ICAR Mirabel reconfigured airport layout.

PPP PR

It was a first for the NASCAR Pinty's drivers on Sunday as the Canadian NASCAR series took to the track for the first time in Newfoundland-and-Labrador this past weekend.

Eastbound International Speedway hosted the first attempt at a race on Saturday, which was eventually postponed to Sunday due to rain. This new track did not suit Kevin Lacroix, who thought he would succeed there. The Saint-Eustache native finished in 7th position after a remarkable comeback at the beginning of the race. 

"It's a fairly long oval, so our car was fast," explained the driver of the #74 Lacroix Tuning | ESR Performance Wheels | La Boulonnerie. With the qualifying session cancelled due to rain, the practice times were used to set the starting grid for the race.

"We were fast; I started from 6th position and worked my way up to third before the halfway point. I was faster than Lapcevich (Treyten), so I think we could have taken the second place."

However, Lacroix suffered significant problems with his steering as he clipped the outside wall. "The walls on this track are made differently than at other tracks. They are angled like the walls on the highway, so cars were climbing on them at the slightest contact."

After the incident, Lacroix began to lose ground. "It was a very long second half of the race!" With only a five-minute pause between the two segments, the Lacroix Motorsports crew could not fix his steering.

"It's a shame to finish this way, especially when thinking I could have finished second. I am now 10 points behind Camirand (Marc-Antoine). We've had our share of bad races, but our luck will pick up. Especially for the next four events; Toronto, Edmonton and Saskatoon twice, we are usually very fast there."

Kevin Lacroix PR

KEY NOTES
 
  • Jeffrey Earnhardt made his track debut at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday in the No. 26 ForeverLawn Toyota GR Supra, bringing home a 7th-place finish in the Tennessee Lottery 250.
 
  • Earnhardt qualified 11th out of 38 cars, tying Sam Hunt Racing’s third-highest qualifying effort to date.
  • Nemechek qualified 11th at Phoenix earlier this year.
 
  • Out of 60 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts, Earnhardt’s 7th-place finish is the Sam Hunt Racing’s fifth Top-10 in team history.
 
  • The No. 26 ForeverLawn Toyota GR Supra battled loose handling conditions getting into Turn 3 for the majority of the event, while also working against tight conditions from center to exit.
 
  • Earnhardt went for a spin after getting loose under the No. 2 of Sheldon Creed during the final stage, but had no damage to the No. 26 ForeverLawn machine. 
  • Earnhardt restarted 20th after that caution and improved 13 positions in 66 laps.
 
  • In the final laps of the race, Earnhardt was one of the top-five cars on speed. 
 
 
RACE RECAP
 
Stage One Recap
  • Earnhardt started 11th in the Tennessee Lottery 250 on Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway, starting on the inside.
  • The first stage went caution-free. 
  • Earnhardt reported that the No. 26 ForeverLawn Toyota GR Supra was handling free in Turn 3 from the drop of the green flag, but as the run continued, the car began to get tight from center to exit.
  • Earnhardt completed Stage One in the 15th position.
  • During the stage break, Earnhardt pitted for four tires, fuel, and track bar and wedge adjustments.
Stage Two Recap
  • Earnhardt restarted Stage Two in the 10th position after gaining five positions on pit road.
  • Stage Two also went caution-free.
  • The tight handling conditions continued during this stage.
  • Ending the stage in the 12th position, Earnhardt brought the ForeverLawn machine down pit road for four more fresh tires, fuel, and another track bar adjustment.
Final Stage Recap
  • Earnhardt restarted 13th for the final stage. 
  • On Lap 104, the caution flew for an incident ahead of Earnhardt.
  • Earnhardt restarted 11th once the green flag waved on Lap 109.
  • On lap 116, Earnhardt got loose under the No. 2 and spun with no damage.
  • Earnhardt was able to maintain the lead lap, but was forced to pit for four tires. Additional handling adjustments were made during this stop.
  • Earnhardt restarted 20th with 66 laps remaining, and he rallied back to a 7th-place finishing position.
 
 
 
QUOTES
 
 
Image by Daylon Barr Photography
 
Tell us about your weekend from start to finish.
 
“Solid weekend for our Sam Hunt Racing #26 Toyota GR Supra. We ran pretty decent in practice…made a lot of changes that we felt were in the right direction. I felt like we made some speed and that we made the right changes that we needed to to be good for the race and qualifying. I felt good about everything. We made a couple of more adjustments, went out for qualifying and was a little bit free, but we still put together a decent qualifying run. We started 11th in the race. We kept adjusting on it all day long and got a little too far out of the box, but Allen [Hart] and all of the guys dialed it back in and got it pretty solid right there. I think we just needed a little more speed to be a race-winning car. I’m really happy for all the guys at Sam Hunt Racing who put together a solid weekend like this. It was really great to have all of the ForeverLawn people come out — they had 70-something people here. It’s awesome to see their support for this program and what we’re doing on the racing side of things. All in all, a good weekend. We'll take the momentum from this, build on it and go get them in Atlanta.”
 
 
-- Jeffrey Earnhardt, Driver of the No. 26 ForeverLawn Toyota GR Supra
 
SHR PR

Race Winner: Justin Allgaier of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner: Justin Allgaier of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner: Justin Allgaier of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)

 

Overview:

Riley Herbst and the No. 98 Monster Energy team were strong out of the gate as the NASCAR Xfinity Series returned from a two-week break during Saturday’s Tennessee Lottery 250 at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway. After scoring his second career Xfinity Series Pole this morning with a lap of 156.665 mph, Herbst led the field to green for this afternoon’s 188-lap race. The Las Vegas native ran solidly in the top-10 for the first two stages, finishing third and fourth, respectively, and earning a total of 15 bonus points. Crew chief Richard Boswell made the call of the race when he brought Herbst to pit road for the final time during a lap-117 caution while half the field stayed out. Herbst restarted 17th and quickly and methodically worked his way into the top-10 by lap 140. The final 58 laps of the race went green, playing into the No. 98 Monster Energy team’s strategy as others were forced to pit for tires and fuel. Herbst was able to stay out and drive his way up to the third position, which he held all the way to the checkered flag. It was his fifth top-five and 10th top-10 of the season.

 

Riley Herbst, driver of the No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“Our Monster Energy Ford Mustang was good today. We got the pole and we wanted to lead some laps but, unfortunately, we didn’t lead any. We got quite a bit of stage points, which is what we needed. It’s just a good day for everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing, myself included. I’m proud of all these guys on the 98 team. If we just keep getting these runs, we’ll eventually get there and, if we just keep knocking on the door, eventually it will open.”

 

Notes:              

● Herbst’s pole was the second of his NASCAR Xfinity Series career. He won his first in May 2021 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

● Herbst third-place finish equaled his best result so far this season. He finished third May 7 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

● Herbst finished third in Stage 1 to earn eight bonus points and fourth in Stage 2 to earn seven more bonus points.

● Justin Allgaier won the Tennessee Lottery 250 to score his 18th career Xfinity Series victory, his second of the season and his first at Nashville. His margin over second-place Trevor Bayne was 4.513 seconds.

● There were five caution periods for a total of 27 laps.

● Only 12 of the 38 drivers in the race finished on the lead lap.

● AJ Allmendinger remains the championship leader after Nashville with a 25-point advantage over second-place Ty Gibbs.

 

Next Up:          

The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the Henry 180 on July 2 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The race starts at 2:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by USA and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.  

 

TSC PR

Sheldon Creed and the No. 2 Whelen Chevrolet

Team Sidelined by Incident at Nashville Superspeedway

 

36th

19th

17th

“The results don't show how fast our Whelen Chevrolet was today at Nashville Superspeedway. Our Richard Childress Racing pit crew did a great job. Those guys gained us positions every time we came to pit road. My crew chief, Jeff Stankiewicz, kept working to make all the right adjustments and we had worked our way into position to score a top-10 finish. Unfortunately, I sped on pit road after Stage 1 and that put us behind but we fought our way back into contention. Then, we got caught up in a wreck and weren't able to salvage our No. 2 Whelen Chevrolet Camaro. It stinks our day ended early but we’ll bounce back next week at Road America.

 

-Sheldon Creed

Austin Hill and the No. 21 Bennett Transportation

& Logistics Chevrolet Team Fight Hard for Top-10 Finish at Nashville Superspeedway

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8th

4th

8th

“It was a hot one in the Bennett Transportation and Logistics Chevrolet today at Nashville Superspeedway. I felt like I did a pretty decent job hydrating but I might need to work on it a little bit. In the middle of the race, I got pretty hot. I had to do a reset. I got some ice and got to feeling better again to finish the run. All in all, it was a decent day for us. We fought a loose entry. Our Chevy would get tight across the middle and we never found the right balance. On the last pit stop towards the end of the race I went for a call that I thought would help us, but it didn’t. We lost some speed on the long run so we’ll reevaluate this week. Our RCR Chevrolet was good. I thought we were pretty decent on a short run. As the run went, we would start getting free and then tight across the middle. I feel like we got our front ends working pretty decent now, we just have to get the rear back in the race track.”

 

-Austin Hill

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