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After 200 laps around the mile long track, it was ultimately Zane Smith that slayed Miles the Monster in the KDI Office Technology 200. Smith became familiar with the track from running both Dover races in the Xfinity Series in 2019, both of which he finished top-ten. Additionally, the race marks his second win of the season, tying him for the most wins in the series this year with Sheldon Creed and Grant Enfinger. Notably, Smith has also mustered up 7 top-tens in the last twelve races.
“I love this place. I think we all know I suck on restarts, but I picked a good time to have a good one,” Smith said of his win.
Not only did Smith capture the Monster trophy, but he also nabbed $50,000, as the race marked the second installment of the inaugural Triple Truck Challenge. Sheldon Creed claimed the first $50,000 cash prize last week with his win at the Daytona Road Course.
Though it was Smith that led the final lap at Dover, Brett Moffitt ushered the field to the green flag from the pole position. Moffitt, who currently sits second in points, earned the pole via statistical data. The formula weighs and averages three categories: owner points position, fastest lap time from the previous race, and finish from the prior race.
Moffitt ran the show until a caution appeared on lap 7 for Tate Fogleman. The competition caution followed shortly after on lap 21 to ensure teams a chance to make adjustments that would’ve been made in practice sessions. As the stage came to a close on lap 45, Austin Hill accumulated the stage one win, marking his second stage win of the year.
Lap 87 brought out the fourth caution of the race; Chandler Smith, Christian Eckes, Ben Rhodes, and Sheldon Creed all had some degree of damage. Zane Smith collected the stage two victory under caution, adding ten points to his total overall points.
Outside of cautions, Parker Kligerman’s day ended for an engine issue, and Norm Benning had brake issues that also ended his run in the final stage of the race. Bryant Barnhill and Clay Greenfield’s trucks also ended up behind the wall prior to the race’s end.
With only 8 laps to go, another caution came out for Stewart Friesen; this led to one last restart determining the winner.
As Smith crossed the finish line, Matt Crafton trailed him by 0.989 seconds, marking his first runner-up finish of the season. Moffitt, Todd Gilliland, and Rhodes rounded up the remainder of the top-five.
While the Cup and Xfinity Series will race at the high banks of Daytona International Speedway, the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series will be back in action next week at World Wide Technology Raceway. Coverage of the race begins at 12 PM ET on Sunday, August 30. Catch all the excitement in Illinois on FS1.
After forty-five laps around the fourteen turns of Road America, Austin Cindric ultimately reigned supreme, celebrating his fourth win of the season. The win marks the eleventh different winner in eleven Xfinity Series races at the road course. Additionally, the victory adds on to Cindric’s current points leader position and his eleven top-five finishes on the season.
Though it was Cindric that led the final lap, it was Michael Annett who led the field to green at the start of the 182-mile race. This marked the third race in a row that Annett was selected by the random draw to start in the number one position. Cindric grabbed the lead from Annett on lap one.
The race remained green under Cindric’s control until the first yellow flag waved at the end of lap two for Bayley Currey. Tommy Joe Martins and Scott Heckert also suffered issues at the time of the caution. Additionally, Brandon Brown faced fuel pressure issues before the race even started, causing him to lose a lap prior to the first yellow flag.
The second incident-related caution flew for Daniel Hemric’s engine failure on lap eight. Lightning came into sight under the caution and paused racing action for over an hour and a half. Once the red flag lifted, drivers were forced to decide if they were to opt for rain tires or slicks. Vinnie Miller faced issues prior to the restart, which eventually brought another caution on lap 12. After fourteen laps of competition and plenty of breaks in the race, Justin Haley took the stage one win.
In the second section of the race, competition was brought to a halt on lap 27 for Jesse Little, who got caught in the gravel trap. Stage two concluded under caution with A.J. Allmendinger nabbing the stage win.
Lap 39 saw the first yellow of the final stage as Heckert remained stuck in the gravel. The seventh caution flew after the restart for damage to Justin Allgaier, Jeffrey Earnhardt, and Myatt Snider.
At the wave of the checkered flag, Allmendinger trailed Cindric by a mere 1.318 seconds. Chase Briscoe, Kaz Grala, and Andy Lally rounded up the remainder of the top-five.
The Xfinity Series will be back for more road course racing on August 15 at the Daytona Road Course. Catch all the action next Saturday on NBCSN at 3 PM ET.
After 250 miles in the “Lone Star State,” Kyle Busch won his fifth race at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. Busch claimed the win after battling with Christian Eckes for much of the race. Busch led 72 of the 167 laps. The win adds to his two other victories out of the five races he has run in the 2020 season.
“Yeah, I mean what can you say about Christian. He is getting better each and every week,” Busch said of his driver.
“Technically, I haven’t won yet. So, put it over the sticks,” said Busch, as he joked over his disqualification from the Xfinity race earlier in the day.
Christian Eckes trailed Busch to nab his first runner-up finish of the season, after battling with his boss and leading 52 laps. Meanwhile, Matt Crafton, Stewart Friesen, and Brett Moffitt rounded up the remainder of the top-five.
Notably, Tyler Ankrum grabbed his third top-ten finish of the season, with his sixth place finish.
Prior to the checkered flag, the 167-lap race began with Sheldon Creed leading the field to green. Creed won his first race just a week prior, as rain shortened the 150 laps at Kentucky Speedway to 71. Although he led the first seven laps, Creed was forced to pit under green on lap 10 to manage a flat right rear tire.
The field continued under green until the conclusion of stage one. As the stage came to a close, it was Busch who claimed the stage win, after stealing the lead from Zane Smith.
Racing came to a halt on lap 59 for fluid on the track. Sauter, a five-time Texas winner, had a mechanical failure that ended his night. Another yellow flag appeared with 6 laps to go in the second stage; Jordan Anderson’s spin was the cause of the caution. The final lap of the stage saw an incident between Derek Kraus and Tate Fogleman. Simultaneously, Moffitt grabbed the stage two win under caution.
During the closing portion of the race, the final accident-related caution materialized for Todd Gilliland with fifteen laps remaining; Gilliland received heavy contact from Ben Rhodes prior to his spin.
The Truck Series will be back in action on July 24 and 25 for a double-dip at Kansas Speedway. Friday’s race is at 7 PM ET, while Saturday’s is at 1:30 PM ET. Coverage of both races can be found on FS1.
After 500 total miles over the course of two days at Kentucky Speedway, Austin Cindric collected his second win of the season and managed to win both races of the two day showdown. The last driver to win consecutive nights in the same series was Richard “The King” Petty. Over the races in the Bluegrass State, Cindric was able to gather 114 points for his wins. Not only this, but the two wins add on to his seven top-five finishes throughout the season.
“Well, I hope I laid enough rubber down to make up for Watkins Glen last year. That was pathetic, so i’m just so excited. I really want to give credit to my team. What we did was really impressive, because we ran one setup last night and won the race. Then, we came with another setup and won the race again,” Cindric told the FS1 program.
Chase Briscoe finished second by a margin of 2.262 seconds, after grabbing a fourth-place finish on Thursday. Justin Haley captured a third-place finish, followed by Ross Chastain and Justin Allgaier.
Notably, Anthony Alfredo finished sixth, just as he did in the Shady Rays 200. Additionally, Daniel Hemric grabbed the ninth position, marking the first time the No.8 has finished a race since Homestead.
Before Cindric grabbed the checkered flag, the 300-mile race began with rookie Myatt Snider leading the field to the green; the top-fifteen finishers from Kentucky-1 were inverted to decide the starting lineup. However, racing under green didn’t last long as the first caution appeared on lap 3 for Ryan Sieg’s spin. The competition caution came out on lap 20. The first stage came to a close on lap 45 with Noah Gragson claiming the stage win, just as he did the day before; this marks his eighth stage win of the season.
The second stage of the race remained caution free. After 90 laps of racing, it was Cindric who grabbed the stage two win.
The last incident-related yellow flag of the race materialized for Brandon Jones' spin with 22 laps to go. Harrison Burton and Noah Gragson made contact late in the race. Though there was no caution, fists did fly once the race concluded.
The Xfinity Series will be back in action on Saturday, July 18 at Texas Motor Speedway. Catch all of the coverage on NBCSN at 3 PM ET.
After 90 laps around the three corners of Pocono Raceway, it was Chase Briscoe who claimed the win in the second race of the historic tripleheader. Despite a spin on lap 68, Briscoe was able to bounce back and grab his fourth win of the season in overtime. The win came after a long battle with Ross Chastain. To back up his four wins, Briscoe has also collected eight top-tens this season.
“We didn’t start out that great. Zippy and the guys kept working on it. We got better and better,” Briscoe said of his car.
“We are halfway to eight, so hopefully we can keep going. It was fun. We raced clean the whole time, and it’s always fun when you can do that.”
The 225-mile race began with Noah Gragson leading the field under green until the first caution appeared in less than a lap; the source of the caution was a spin from Brandon Jones, after he received contact from Austin Cindric. A second caution came on lap 5 for Joe Graf Jr. and Josh Williams. Just 10 laps later, Harrison Burton spun in oil that coated the track and brought out a red flag. After twenty minutes under the red flag, Alex Labbe was the cause of the next caution on lap 20. Cindric won the first stage under this caution, marking his third stage win of the year.
The second stage of the race remained caution-free. Though Chastain led much of the stage, Justin Allgaier ultimately took home the stage two win. This was his fifth stage win of the season.
In the final segment, a caution materialized with 42 laps to go; the root of the yellow flag was Justin Haley wrecking Riley Herbst. NASCAR officials held Haley for two laps due to his aggressive driving. The seventh caution emerged on the restart as Myatt Snider made contact with Gragson. Daniel Hemric, Ryan Sieg, Allgaier, and Cindric also obtained damage from the incident. Both Hemric and Cindric were unable to continue. With 22 laps to go, Briscoe’s left rear tire went down as he was leading; this issued in the eighth caution. Chad Finchum brought out the ninth yellow flag with only 6 laps to go.
Chastain was able to survive the race to finish in the runner-up position. Meanwhile, Jeremy Clements, Snider, and Michael Annett followed behind to round up the top-five.
The Tricky Triangle marked the final installment of the Dash 4 Cash initiative. Justin Haley, Ross Chastain, Austin Cindric, and Alex Labbe were all eligible for the $100,000 prize. At the end of the day, it was Chastain who snagged the final prize of the four-race series.
The Xfinity Series will be back on Saturday, July 4 at 3 PM ET. Catch all the racing action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on NBC.
Chase Briscoe faced a difficult day on Saturday due to a mechanical issue that kept him on pit road for six laps at the start of the race. Despite that, Briscoe finished seventh. However, the highlight of the weekend came in the second race of the doubleheader at Homestead-Miami, as he was able to grab the checkered flag in double overtime.
The win marks the fifth of his career and his third of the season. Briscoe also holds seven top-tens on the season.
Notably, Briscoe was able to snag his win at Homestead without his crew chief, car chief, and engineer, following their suspension due to the weight falling out of his car the day before. Greg Zipadelli served as his crew chief and gained his first Xfinity Series win in that position.
“Yeah, that was a team win for sure. You know yesterday we were so good, and then today, I don’t know if it was the heat or what, but we weren’t very good. We were decent on the long run, but the 9 was definitely better. This is a testament to all the guys at Stewart-Haas racing. We have a good run going so far, and we are looking to win a lot more,” said Briscoe.
Brandon Jones finished second, less than 0.2 seconds behind Briscoe, and Ross Chastain claimed the third spot. AJ Allmendinger finished fourth, followed by Noah Gragson, who led a race-high 81 laps. Gragson also led the most laps in Saturday’s race.
Just as he did a day prior, Ryan Sieg claimed stage one, marking the third stage win of his career. The race repeated the Hooters 250 yet again, as Noah Gragson grabbed back-to-back stage two wins. This marked his fifth stage win of the season.
As far as yellow flags went, the competition caution appeared on lap 20, which gave drivers the opportunity to head to the pits for fresh tires. Just twelve laps later, Tommy Joe Martins and Caesar Bacarella collided to bring out the first incident-related caution of the race.
Stage two remained caution-free. Thus, the next caution of the race appeared with only two to go, as Austin Cindric spun with a flat tire. Cindric was in the top-five at the time of his spin and led 56 laps earlier in the day. However, this overtime restart was not the final shootout. Daniel Hemric, Michael Annett, and Riley Herbst were involved in the accident that led to the second overtime attempt.
The 250 mile race marked the second installment of the Dash 4 Cash initiative. Daniel Hemric, Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, and AJ Allmendinger were all eligible for the cash prize. However, it was Allmendinger who walked away with the $100,000 bonus. The drivers eligible for the next cash payout at Talladega Superspeedway includes Chase Briscoe, Brandon Jones, AJ Allmendinger, and Ross Chastain.
Catch the Xfinity Series back in action on Saturday, June 20 at 5:30 PM. Coverage of the superspeedway race will be found on FS1.
After a solid day, Grant Enfinger was able to grab the top spot from Austin Hill due to his strong final restart from the fourth position in overtime. This is his second win of the season, and the fourth of this career. It was also the first win for Ford at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
“Man, first of all, Chis Lambert said it perfectly over the radio. This race was won at the shop. We didn’t have the best truck on the long-run, but we had the best truck on the short-run, I feel like. The good Lord was looking out for us. It’s just a special weekend. Congratulations to my grandparents. They’re celebrating their seventieth wedding anniversary. I’m sorry we couldn’t be there. Man, this one is for them. This one really means a lot,” Enfinger said.
Though Enfinger Won the race, it was Kyle Busch who captured both stage one and two wins. The second stage victory marked his fifth straight stage win at Atlanta.
Of the 200-mile race’s handful of accident-related cautions leading up to the checkered flag, the first appeared on lap two with Bryan Dauzat spinning on the backstretch. Additionally, Dauzat brought out the second caution, as his tire went down on lap 13. This also served as the competition caution. Stage one later concluded on lap 30. While pitting prior to the next stage, Matt Crafton and John Hunter Nemechek made contact.
The only caution of the second stage came with 79 to go due to a spin from Austin Wayne Self.
Many trucks began pitting under green with 34 to go in the final stage. This brought trouble for two NASCAR Cup Series stars. Chase Elliott carried too much speed while trying to get to pit road, which forced him to pit a lap later and resulted in some lost time on the rest of the field. Meanwhile, Busch collected a speeding penalty during his stop, and he made contact with the wall shortly after, as he tried to avoid Jordan Anderson on the track. Busch pitted to repair his damage under green and obtained a second speeding penalty.
The only caution of the final stage came with three laps to go, as Elliott spun around. This caution forced a restart under NASCAR overtime.
Surviving the duration of the 130-lap race allowed Hill to finish second, trailing only by 0.215 seconds, after leading 36 straight laps at his home track. Christian Eckes was third, and Todd Gilliland was fourth. Zane Smith rounded out the top-five with another solid finish following his third place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The trucks will be back in action in just one short week. The tour’s next race will be on Saturday, June 13 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Coverage of the race can be found on FS1 at 12:30 PM.
At the end of the 300 lap race around the “World’s Fastest Half Mile,” Noah Gragson ultimately reigned supreme after making contact with his teammate Allgaier in the late laps of the race. Gragson finished just ninth at the track last year. This victory marks Gragson’s second win of the 2020 season.
“I really apologize to Justin and the 7 team. That’s not how I want to race. The track was like ice out there. We were slipping and sliding,” Gragson said of his win. “Man, I’m worn out. It’s Bristol baby,” said Gragson.
Behind Gragson was Chase Briscoe, who trailed by roughly three tenths of a second. Brandon Jones, Harrison Burton, and Myatt Snider rounded up the remainder of the top-five.
Thunder Valley delivered in both close racing and cautions. The first caution appeared on lap six, when Ross Chastain made contact with Austin Cindric. Michael Annett was also collected in the accident. Then, the competition caution arrived on lap 35. Lap 65 brought the final caution of the first stage on account of debris from Joe Nemechek’s race car. After passing Burton on lap 47, Gragson was able to hold off Allgaier for the stage one win.
The next 85 laps brought another handful of cautions. The first popped up on lap 102 as Timmy Hill spun and collected Vinnie Miller. On lap 124, AJ Allmendinger spun, bringing out the sixth yellow of the evening. Patrick Emerling was the cause of the caution just eighteen laps later, after contact from behind; this contact brought an end to his Xfinity Series debut. Ultimately, the roles were reversed from those in stage one, and Allgaier held off his teammate, Gragson, to come first in stage two.
Tommy Joe Martins’ spin ushered in the first caution of the last stage on lap 223. Immediately after the restart on lap 215, Justin Haley and Riley Herbst collided to bring out yet another yellow flag. Colby Howard collected some damage from this incident. The eleventh caution of the night came with thirteen laps to go as Howard hit the wall with two flat tires. The last caution came as Gragson made contact with Allgaier with only five laps to go, which led to Allgaier’s spin.
Not only was the race at the The Last Great Colosseum intense, but it also acted as the qualifier for the Dash for Cash initiative. The top four finishers of the Xfinity Series regulars qualified for the next event at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where they will compete for a $100,000 bonus. These drivers are as follows: Noah Gragson, Chase Briscoe, Brandon Jones, and Harrison Burton.
Catch all the Xfinity Series racing action and the first Dash for Cash payout of the season this Saturday, June 6 at 4:30 on Fox.
After a grueling 600-mile race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, drivers had an unexpected extra day of rest due to extensive rain from Tropical Storm Bertha. Despite the Alsco Uniforms 500 taking place a day late, Elliott returned to the track and capitalized at the end of the 310.6-mile race.
Aside from an impressive win after his pass on Harvick, Elliott was able to break his streak of bad luck. Elliott was taken out by Kyle Busch at Darlington, when it appeared as though he was a contender to win. Then, as he was leading the Coca-Cola 600, the caution flag flew, and his competitors stayed out on the track as he pitted. Thus, Elliott seemed incredibly relieved to improve upon his second place finish from Sunday.
“It’s been a tough week for sure. That deal on Sunday night was a heartbreaker. It’s not the 600, but it’s a win,” Elliott said of the victory. “I was just waiting for the caution to come out to be honest with you. I surely did not think it was going to go green until the end,” said Elliott.
As far as cautions went, the first one appeared rapidly in turn four during lap 1 as contact was made between Joey Gase and Garrett Smithley. Just shortly after, the competition caution followed on lap 20. During their pit stops, William Byron and Corey LaJoie had a minor collision. A few laps after going green, both Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski cut a tire on lap 29, which brought out the third caution. Lightning entered the area immediately after, generating a red flag.
Once the cars were back on the oval, the remainder of stage one was completed with no cautions. The first caution in stage 2 came on lap 74 when Quin Houff was tapped by Brennan Poole, which led him to make contact with the wall. With 64 laps left, the yellow flag flew for the final time for Timmy Hill.
Though it was Elliott that came out on top, Hamlin managed to finish second. The remainder of the top-five consisted of Ryan Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Kurt Busch. Of the top-five, three of them were Chevrolets. Notably, the stage one winner, Joey Logano, finished sixth. Meanwhile, Alex Bowman took home stage two, and a thirty-first place finish after making contact with the wall in the final stage.
Luckily, the NASCAR Cup Series will be back in action in just three short days at Bristol Motor Speedway. Catch all the action from Thunder Valley on Sunday, May 30 at 3:30 PM on FS1.
Though Quin Houff is often traveling to racetracks across the United States to compete in the Nascar Cup Series, he traces his roots back to the small town of Weyers Cave found in Augusta County, VA. In order to connect back with his local fans, Houff opted to participate in the Town of Bridgewater’s Virtual Town Hall Series, since Bridgewater is another quaint town only twenty minutes from his own.
Through the meeting on Zoom, local citizens were able to ask Houff questions about his Nascar career. As of now, Houff has fifty professional career starts in three years. Racing at the top level was something Houff dreamed of from his humble beginnings of go-karting and competing at the local level.
On the call, the Weyers Cave native discussed his humble start, mentioning how he played baseball in Grottoes and noticed a go-kart track behind the batting cage. This immediately sparked his interest, and by the time he was nine, he was racing at Shenandoah Speedway, his local racetrack. This is where his career really grew. In fact, Houff said this was the point where his dad looked at him and said, “Well, I don’t know what I’m doing with all this racing stuff right now, so you’re on your own.”
From there, he raced at South Boston, ran the whole CARS Super Late Model Series schedule in 2015, and ran one ARCA race at Daytona in 2017. The following year, he ran four more ARCA races. However, 2017 was most memorable for Houff due to his two Xfinity Series starts with Precision Performance Motorsports. Five more Xfinity starts followed in 2018, as he raced part-time with JD Motorsports.
His Cup Series racing began in 2019, where he ran the No. 77 on a part-time basis for Spire Motorsports. Now, he races full-time in the No. 00 for Starcom Racing. Of this new start, Houff said, “Even though we’ve only run a handful of races together, I am excited to work with this team, since it’s only their third full season in the Cup Series. We’re starting to work the kinks out. There are a lot of hurdles along the way that you wouldn’t expect. It’s a lot of money, and you have to make a lot of great connections with those sponsors, which is what we have really been working on doing.”
For the time being, Houff has been enjoying his time at home, while looking forward to the future. “I’ve enjoyed spending my time in my hometown with my wife and staying connected to everybody through means like Zoom. I’ve been trying to learn how these simulators work, since I recently got mine from Sim Seats. I’m ready to get back to real racing, and I’m especially excited to race at Bristol and Martinsville this year, since they aren’t too far from home. For now, I just want everyone to stay safe out there, and NASCAR will find a way to get all these races in soon,” said Houff.