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Chris Buescher’s No. 17 Fastenal Ford Mustang was a force to be reckoned with throughout all three stages of Sunday’s NASCAR All-Star Open, but a chaotic opening ten laps left him just on the outside of the main event.

Buescher began the race from the second position, with the winners of each of three stages advancing to the All-Star Race later Sunday evening. He held serve on the opening lap of the race, but NASCAR initiated a review and ultimately decided Buescher had beat the race leader to the start/finish line and black-flagged him.

The Fastenal Racing team pled their case, but were told to complete a pass-through penalty. Fortunately for the team, a caution came out just before they were to complete the penalty under green. Buescher would have to restart from the tail end of the field on the ensuing restart, where he powered up through the field until contact with the No. 47 sent his Ford Mustang spinning onto the banking of Texas Motor Speedway.

Despite the setbacks, Buescher would recompose himself for a strong showing in the 20-lap opening segment. He drove up to eighth place after the two incidents, then continued to work his way to the front of the field and reached 4th place by the end of the second segment.

With just ten laps left to race his way into the main event, Buescher pulled out all the stops but dirty air kept him from completing the final passes. Buescher would finish the event in the third position, just missing out on his second All-Star Race appearance.

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Matt DiBenedetto and the No. 21 Quick Lane Tire and Auto Center Mustang didn’t have quite enough speed to race their way into Sunday’s NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway. But their fans had stepped up and voted DiBenedetto into the non-points extravaganza, so he was able to join the 21-driver starting field and wound up finishing the 100-lap affair in 17th place.

DiBenedetto started the night by taking the green flag for the NASCAR Open from third place.

That race, divided into three segments, two 20 lap segments followed by a 10 lap segment, offered the winner of each segment a berth in the All-Star race. He ran in the top five throughout the Open, but came short of winning a segment. He finished fourth in the first round, third in the second and second in the third.

Then the results of the fan vote were announced.
 
“I’m really thankful to the fans who voted us in,” DiBenedetto said. “That was really cool for all of us, pretty special. We were up against some good competition on that.”
 
Like the Open, the All-Star Race proved to be one in which track position was critical.
 
Because the drivers who advanced to the All-Star Race from the Open had to start in the rear of the pack, they were at a disadvantage from the start. DiBenedetto ran near the back of the 21-driver field for most of the first two Rounds of the All-Star race.
 
“We didn’t have great speed but we were able to hang on pretty good when we had track position,” he said, adding that when he did get to start up front he could stay there.
 
In the third 15-lap Round of the All-Star race, the line-up was set by a full-field inversion of the previous segment, and DiBenedetto started second.
 
He got the lead just after the drop of the green flag, led the first six laps and finished second in that segment.
 
DiBenedetto started eighth in the fourth Round, after a partial inversion, and ran as high as fourth before finishing eighth.
 
In the fifth Round, at 30 laps the longest of the night, he made his mandatory four-tire pit stop after just two laps but a slow stop cost him valuable track position, and he finished 19th. He gained two spots in the final 10-lap run and was scored 17th for the night.
 
“Once we lost track position, I couldn’t do much in the dirty air,” he said. “But, overall it was a good night, especially winning the fan vote.

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Race Winner:  Kyle Larson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner:  Kyle Larson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner:  Ryan Blaney of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 3 Winner:  Alex Bowman of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 4 Winner:  William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 5 Winner:  Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-15):

Aric Almirola started 20th and finished 21st.

● The driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang was in 20th place on lap six when he reported that the car was a little loose to start the race.

● Almirola quietly completed the first stage and finished 20th. He reported that the car was “way loose” throughout the stage. The team elected to make a trip to pit road for a chassis adjustment, four tires and fuel.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 16-30):

Almirola started 21st and finished 21st.

● Almirola was scored in 21st on lap 24 when he reported that the adjustments helped ease the loose-handling condition but that the car was now “chattering the front tires.”

● As the stage continued the handling on the Smithfield Ford Mustang shifted to the tight side. The team elected to go back on the chassis adjustment, make an air pressure adjustment, change tires and add fuel.

● The entire field was inverted at the end of the second stage to set the lineup for the start of the third stage. This placed Almirola in first place to start the third stage.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 31-45):

Almirola started first and finished third.

● The Smithfield Ford driver spent the first two laps battling to hold onto the top spot, but he dropped back to third by lap 33. He dropped back to fourth but reassumed third place a few laps later, as the team noted Almirola was turning the fastest laps on the track.

● Almirola maintained third position to the end of the stage. He reported that the adjustments helped the car’s handling. The team elected to make a few more changes to the chassis and tire air pressures during the caution.

● The inversion for the start of the fourth stage involved the first nine cars. This resulted in Almirola lining up seventh to start Stage 4.

 

Stage 4 Recap (Laps 46-60):

Almirola started seventh and finished ninth.

● After a furious restart, Almirola dropped a few positions to 12th place.

● Almirola was able to race his way back into the top-10 as the laps in Stage 4 wound down. He was scored in ninth place on lap 60.

● The team made a trip to pit road to make a minor chassis adjustment.

● The cumulative finish from the first four stages determined the lineup to start Stage 5, with the driver having the best cumulative finish starting on the pole. This placed Almirola in 18th.

 

Stage 5 Recap (Laps 61-90):

Almirola started 18th and finished 10th.

● All teams had to make a pit stop for four tires and fuel during the first 20 laps of Stage 5. A handful of cars made their stops during the first couple laps. This enabled Almirola to race back to the top-10. He was scored in eighth place by lap 65.

● Almirola was up to third place before making his mandatory green-flag pit stop on lap 78 for four tires and fuel. He was scored in 13th after the stop.

● Caution was displayed for a single-car accident on lap 79. Almirola was in 13th place for the restart on lap 80.

● Almirola picked up two more positions to finish Stage 5 in 10th place.

● Almirola reported the balance on the Smithfield Ford was good but that traffic made it challenging at times.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 91-100):

Almirola started 10th and finished eighth.

● The Smithfield Ford Mustang driver battled hard in the final stage. He picked up two positions to finish eighth.

 

Notes:

● Almirola raced his way into the All-Star Race by winning the All-Star Open. He led one time for 10 laps to secure the win and advance to the All-Star Race.

● Almirola’s eighth-place result marked his third straight top-10 in the All-Star Race. He finished sixth in 2019 and ninth last year.

● Kyle Larson won the All-Star Race with a .206-of-a-second margin of victory over runner-up Brad Keselowski.

● The All-Star Race featured 11 lead changes among eight different drivers. Twenty-one drivers comprised the field.

 

Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“As a team we had a really solid day. Winning the final stage (of the Open) to transfer to the All-Star Race today was the first goal, and we had a fast Smithfield Ford to get it done. It was honestly one of our most solid days all year. We didn’t make any mistakes, and we ran better than we have all year at a 1.5-mile track. And we finally had a race with no mistakes. We needed that heading to Nashville.

 

“I’m just so thankful for all of our partners that continue to stick behind us even through these bad times. I’ve gotten so many messages of support from our partners – everybody at Smithfield, Ford, GoBowling, Pit Boss, Honey Stinger, Shady Ray sunglasses – everybody continues to build me up and support me even though it’s been a rough year. I’m just proud to give them something to smile about.”

 

Event:  NASCAR All-Star Open Qualifier (non-points event)

Series:  NASCAR Cup Series

Format:  50 laps, broken into three stages (20 laps/20 laps/10 laps)

Start/Finish:  10th / 1st (Running, completed 50 of 50 laps)

 

Race Winner:  Aric Almirola of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Stage 1 Winner:  Ross Chastain of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner:  Tyler Reddick of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)

Fan Vote Winner:  Matt DiBenedetto of Wood Brothers Racing (Ford)

Note:The All-Star Open was the undercard event to the NASCAR All-Star Race, where non-qualified drivers attempted to race their way into the All-Star Race by winning any one of the race’s three stages or by winning the fan vote.

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-20):

Aric Almirola started 10th and finished fifth.

Caution waved on lap five for a single-car accident. Almirola was in sixth place. The team elected to stay out during the caution, placing the No. 10 Smithfield Ford in fifth for the restart.

Caution waved again on lap eight for another incident. Almirola lined up sixth for the restart on lap 14.

● A multicar accident took place following the restart. Almirola was able to avoid the incident and climbed to second place as the field came around to take the caution.

Green-flag racing resumed on lap 18. Almirola lost a few positions on the restart and dropped back to fifth place as the first stage came to a close.

● “I got way, way, way tight,” was the report from Almirola at the conclusion of the first stage. The team elected to stay out during the caution, placing Almirola in fourth place to start the second stage.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 21-40):

Almirola started fourth and finished second.

● The driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford quietly stalked the leaders and picked up positions as the second stage unfolded.

Almirola was in third place on lap 29 when the team reported that his lap times were faster than those of the leader.

With less than five laps to go Almirola made a pass to take over second place, and he set about tracking down the leader. He was able to make up ground and was on the tail of the leader but ran out of time to make a pass for the stage win, settling for second place.

● The team elected to stay out during the break, placing Almirola in first place to start the final stage.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 41-50):

Almirola started first and finished first.

● Almirola quietly went to work for the final 10 laps. He held off a charge by other drivers on the restart and stretched his lead as the laps wound down.

● Almirola maintained the lead through the final stage to score the win and advance to the NASCAR All-Star Race.

 

Next Up:

The NASCAR Cup Series returns to points-paying racing on Sunday, June 20, with the inaugural Ally 400 at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway. The race gets underway at 3:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

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 Jordan Anderson Racing (JAR) and hotel Indigo by IHG announced today a partnership that will make hotel Indigo Nashville Downtown the official hotel partner of JAR throughout NASCAR’s return to Nashville, Tennessee. 
 
As a part of the new partnership, hotel Indigo Nashville Downtown will serve as an associate sponsor on the No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Rackley Roofing 200 on June 18, and on the No. 31 Bommarito Automotive Group Chevrolet Camaro SS during the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) Tennessee Lottery 250 on June 19 that will be held at the nearby Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tennessee. 


"All of us at the Hotel Indigo Nashville Downtown are excited to be partnering with Jordan Anderson Racing, The NASCAR race is one of the first major events in Nashville since the pandemic.” Stated hotel Indigo Nashville Downtown Director of Sales, Gina Westbury.  “It is also the first race as NASCAR returns to Nashville Motor Speedway since 2011. We are excited the city will be thriving with fans."
 

Long before downtown Nashville was filled with the twang of honky-tonks and the tunes of singer-songwriters, printing presses provided the soundtrack to the neighborhood. Soon after, speakeasies cemented the district’s rowdy reputation, with patron’s brown-bagging their own liquor to Printer’s Alley’s “mixing bars,” giving birth to a BYOB movement that continued after Prohibition’s repeal.
 
With the transformation of an early 1900’s bank, Printing meets Prohibition at Hotel Indigo Nashville Downtown, which brings the area’s past lives to the forefront of its design and artwork with a modern spin on the 161-room boutique hotel anchored by a restaurant and bar that complements traditional Southern food and drink.

 
The District Bar and Lounge is a popular chef driven locally sourced restaurant focused around entertainment featuring LIVE music seven nights a week located right in the lobby of the hotel.  
 
“Traveling each weekend February to November the NASCAR schedule brings us to some amazing cities all around the United States enriched with incredible history and cuisine,” stated JAR President and Driver, Jordan Anderson. “I am excited for our team to pair with a brand that is big on local tradition and history all while providing modern accommodations to give us a sense of being right at home after being spending a long day at the track.”  


In 2004, the first Hotel Indigo property opened its doors across from the Fabulous Fox Theatre in the eclectic arts and entertainment district of Midtown Atlanta. Today, hotel Indigo calls 143 culturally rich communities all over the world home, from New York to Paris, London to Shanghai, Hong Kong to Singapore— there is a hotel Indigo in all the places you’ve always wanted to visit and do business in. 
 
This partnership is not just contained to JAR. Friends and fans of JAR are invited to also enjoy the benefits of this partnership by claiming savings on a stay at hotel Indigo Nashville Downtown during NASCAR weekend at Nashville Superspeedway by visiting the 
hotel Indigo Jordan Anderson Racing Page
 
Be sure to follow hotel Indigo Nashville Downtown on Social Media for all the latest news; 
Facebook, and Instagram
 
Tickets for both the NCWTS Rackley Roofing 200 and the NXS Tennessee Lottery 250 are still available for purchase by visiting the 
Nashville Superspeedway online. 
 
If you are unable to make it to Nashville the NCWTS Rackley Roofing 200 will be aired LIVE on 
Fox Sports 1and the Fox Sports App at 8:00 PM EST on Friday night June 18. While the
NXS Tennessee Lottery 250 will be broadcast LIVE on 
NBCSN and the NBC Sports App at 3:30 PM EST on Saturday afternoon June 19. 
 
Both races will also be aired live on the radio on the
Motor Racing Network and SIRIUS/XM NASCAR radio Channel 90.
 
For more information on JAR, visit 
JordanAndersonRacing.com, and be sure to follow the team along all season on the JAR social channels on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.  

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Race fans, raise your spoons!  In celebration of Andy's Frozen Custard's 35th anniversary and as part of a multi-year agreement with Texas Motor Speedway, Andy's™, the award-winning frozen custard and treat shop, announced the title sponsorship of the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) race on October 16 at Texas Motor Speedway. The "Andy's Frozen Custard 335," is the first-ever entitlement of a sanctioned NASCAR race for the 35-year-old company.

Andy's will also be partnering with Kaulig Racing for the "Andy's 335."  A. J. Allmendinger, who just earned his second win of the 2021 NXS season and has already locked himself into the playoffs, will be driving the No.16 Andy's Frozen Custard Chevy in the race.

"This is such an exciting time for Andy's, with this motorsport's partnership launching in our 35th anniversary year," Andy Kuntz, president of Andy's Frozen Custard said. "Our family has a long history of being motorsports fans and has sponsored regional and developing drivers. We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate our anniversary than to become part of the racing community in this way." 

The partnership kicked off last month as Andy's Frozen Custard became the Official Treat of Texas Motor Speedway, offering "Lone Star State" race fans the chance to enjoy Made Fresh Hourly™ frozen custard treats on-site through branded kiosks, treat trucks and to suite holders.  Fans of Andy's across the country and racing alike have enjoyed the new "Three-Crete Concrete" frozen custard treat, created by Austin Dillon himself featuring his favorite toppings of fresh bananas, cookie dough and creamy peanut butter.  Andy's sponsored the Austin-Dillon-driven No. 3 Chevrolet in this year's NASCAR Cup Series, which debuted June 13 at the NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway.

The Andy's Frozen Custard 335 will take place at 3 p.m. E.T. on Saturday, October 16, and will be broadcast live nationally on NBC.

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Luke Combs, the multi-platinum, ACM, CMA, CMT and Billboard Music Award-winning artist, will become the first entertainer in history to perform the DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show in back-to-back years prior to the 64th running of The Great American Race on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, at Daytona International Speedway (FOX, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Prior to the season-opening DAYTONA 500 this past February, the longtime NASCAR fan from Asheville, NC, entertained a limited number of fans in attendance at the 2.5-mile venue because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Daytona International Speedway recently announced that spectator restrictions moving forward have been lifted. Anticipation continues to grow for the return of so many beloved fan experiences at the iconic venue, including access to pre-race festivities, the UNOH Fanzone, expanded camping and more.

"Performing before the DAYTONA 500 this past February was something I never could have imagined,” said Combs, who grew up watching NASCAR races on television with his grandfather. “I will never forget it, but it wasn’t with a full house. That is why I am so excited to come back and have the opportunity to entertain more than 101,000 of the greatest fans in the world in person and millions worldwide on FOX.

“I can’t wait to feel that energy and excitement, to connect with the crowd and get every one of them pumped up for The Great American Race. Moments like this are what I live for and it’s why I do what I do. I can’t wait….for the DAYTONA 500.”

“Luke said he wanted to come back, so we are welcoming him with open arms,” said Daytona International Speedway President Frank Kelleher. “It means a great deal to the speedway, the competitors, NASCAR and all our fans that he wants to be a part of the DAYTONA 500 again. We’re expecting a packed house, and he will be electrifying for those in attendance as well as those watching at home on FOX. Plus, Speedweeks Presented by AdventHealth will kick off the ’22 season in incredible fashion with the competitive debut of the Next Gen car. It will be an experience our fans will never forget.”

Fans who purchase UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race Access ($95) for the DAYTONA 500, which will be held on its traditional Presidents Day weekend, will be able to view Combs’ DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show, as well as driver introductions and pre-race festivities from the grass trioval area. A limited number of the Luke Combs VIP Package ($230) has also been designed around Combs’ appearance. The package includes a reserved DAYTONA 500 ticket, UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race Access, VIP stage front access to the performance and a live Q&A with Combs.  All VIP ticket packages are available now at www.DAYTONA500.com.

The 2022 DAYTONA 500 will debut NASCAR’s ‘Next Gen’ car, designed to give the drivers greater control. It will put an emphasis back on race strategies, team personnel and vehicle setups while returning the ‘stock car’ look to NASCAR. The cars are set to put on great racing for fans, incorporate relevant technology and look more like street version vehicles.

Ahead of the DAYTONA 500 performance, Combs, who The New York Times calls “the most promising and influential new country star of the last five years," will return to the stage this fall for his massive headline arena tour, featuring a special new in-the-round stage design. Kicking off at Raleigh's PNC Arena, the tour includes stops at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Chicago’s United Center, Dallas’ American Airlines Center and Boston’s TD Garden among several others. Combs will also perform his first ever headline stadium show at Boone, NC’s Kidd Brewer Stadium on September 4.

The fall dates add to an already groundbreaking and historic career for Combs, whose new deluxe album, What You See Ain't Always What You Get, debuted at #1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart as well as Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart last fall. The extended edition features all 18 tracks from Combs’ double Platinum-certified, global #1 album, What You See Is What You Get, as well as five new songs including his Platinum-certified single, “Forever After All,” which is currently #1 at country radio. This is Combs’ eleventh-consecutive #1 single, a first on the chart the Billboard Country Airplay chart, as well as his tenth single to spend multiple weeks atop the chart and eighth-consecutive, multi-week #1. The song, which debuted at #2 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart this past November—the highest entrance ever for a male country solo artist—is also the sixth-consecutive #1 from What You See Ain’t Always What You Get, tying the record for most #1 singles to come from the same album.

With the deluxe album, Combs also reached #1 on Rolling Stone’s Top 200 Albums chart, Top 100 Songs chart and Artists 500 chart—the first country artist ever to lead all three charts in the same week and first to top the Artists 500. A 5x ACM, 3x CMA and 3x Billboard Music Award-winner, Combs recently made history as the first artist ever to have their first two studio albums spend 25 weeks or more at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart—breaking Taylor Swift’s previously held record at 24 weeks. The achievement comes as What You See Is What You Get topped the chart for the 25th time, while his 2017 debut, This One’s For You, has spent 50 non-consecutive weeks at #1—tying the record for the longest reign atop the chart. 

Fans can follow Luke across a variety of platforms, including LukeCombs.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok.

Drew Parker, who has been opening on Combs’ current tour, will also be on hand prior to the start of the 2022 DAYTONA 500, performing on the main stage of the UNOH Fanzone in the heart of the infield. The Warner Music Nashville singer/songwriter, a native of Covington, GA, schooled on ‘90s country giants like Ronnie Dunn, Travis Tritt and Alan Jackson, has led a recent resurgence in organic country hits. With a standalone single released in 2016 and a four-song collection following in 2018, Parker reached a creative high-water mark last year: The While You’re Gone EP – seven twangy, energy-filled lyrical masterstrokes that were too “him” for anyone else to sing. The title track recently became Parker’s first single at country radio, the most-added debut single upon impact.

Tickets to the 2022 DAYTONA 500 are on sale now and start at $99. Fans wishing to attend should make their plans early. For all ticket information and a complete schedule of all racing events as part of 2022 DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth, log onto www.DAYTONA500.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP. Michael McDowell is the reigning DAYTONA 500 Champion, winning earlier this year for his first career triumph.

The World Center of Racing will also be the site of two races this summer during the last weekend in August - the Coke Zero Sugar 400, the NASCAR Cup Series regular season finale, on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. ET, and the Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Friday, Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Tickets are on sale now for both events and can be found at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest speedway news.

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Race Winner:  Kyle Larson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner:  Kyle Larson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner:  Ryan Blaney of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 3 Winner:  Alex Bowman of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 4 Winner:  William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 5 Winner:  Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-15):

Kevin Harvick started eighth and finished 11th.

● The No. 4 #BuschToTheMoon Ford Mustang raced into the top-10 before a caution on the opening lap.

● Harvick raced in and around the top-10 throughout the stage. He radioed to crew chief Rodney Childers that his car was loose in traffic.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 16-30):

After an inversion of the top-12 drivers, Harvick started second and finished 16th.

● The No. 4 #BuschToTheMoon Ford Mustang got tight during the restart and, with no help from behind, Harvick lost momentum and fell to 15th place.

● Harvick continued to note tight-handling conditions during the first four laps of the stage.

● The No. 4 team pitted at the end of the stage for four tires, fuel and adjustments.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 31-45):

● Due to a full-field invert, Harvick started sixth and finished 15th.

● The No. 4 #BuschToTheMoon Ford Mustang driver held his place inside the top-10 throughout the stage.

● Harvick pitted at the end of the stage for chassis adjustments and fuel.

● The No. 4 team just missed the position to start the next stage on the pole position after the random draw inverted the top-nine cars.

 

Stage 4 Recap (Laps 46-60):

Harvick started 10th and finished 16th.

● The No. 4 #BuschToTheMoon Ford Mustang was extremely loose four laps into the stage.

● Harvick continued to lose momentum due to handling issues and fell outside the top-15.

 

Stage 5 Recap (Laps 61-90):

Harvick started 17th and finished 15th.

● The No. 4 #BuschToTheMoon Ford Mustang made a green-flag pit stop on the opening lap of the stage. All cars were required to make a green-flag pit stop within the stage’s first 20 laps.

● When green-flag pit stops cycled through, Harvick was ninth.

● The caution was thrown on lap 79 due to a spin by the No. 42 car. The No. 4 team opted not to pit during the caution period.

● On the restart, Harvick was caught in the middle lane and lost momentum, demoting him to 15th.

● The team pitted at the end of the stage for four tires, fuel and adjustments.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 91-100):

Harvick started 15th and finished 15th.

● The No. 4 #BuschToTheMoon Ford Mustang driver drove hard in the opening laps, but handling issues continued to mire his day and he dropped to 19th.

● Despite challenges with the car’s handling, Harvick was able to race his way back up to 15th when the checkered flag waved.

 

Notes:

● Harvick has made an appearance in every single NASCAR All-Star Race during his 21-year career, the most of any driver eligible for this year’s All-Star Race.

● Kyle Larson won the All-Star Race with a .206 of a second margin of victory over runner-up Brad Keselowski.

● The All-Star Race featured 11 lead changes among eight different drivers. Twenty-one drivers comprised the field.

 

Next Up:

The NASCAR Cup Series returns to points-paying racing on Sunday, June 20 with the inaugural Ally 400 at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway. The race gets underway at 3:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

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Race Winner:  Kyle Larson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner:  Kyle Larson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner:  Ryan Blaney of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 3 Winner:  Alex Bowman of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 4 Winner:  William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 5 Winner:  Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-15):

Cole Custer started fourth and finished fifth.

● The No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang picked up a position on the opening lap when Christopher Bell spun in front of Custer to bring out the only caution flag of the stage.

● Custer restarted third on lap two, moved up to second behind race leader Kyle Busch for a short time, then gradually fell back to his stage-finishing position of fifth, saying his No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford was “just a little bit too free to be confident.”

● He pitted during the break for fuel and a track-bar adjustment intended to tighten up his racecar.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 16-30):

Custer started eighth after the top-12 finishing positions in Stage 1 were inverted. He finished eighth.

● The No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang was tight in turns one and two, free in turns three and four, according to Custer, “but overall, I’m pretty happy with it.”

● Custer briefly dropped to 11th but rallied in the closing laps to eighth by stage’s end. He pitted for fuel and a set of scuffed tires during the break.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 31-45):

Custer started 14th after the entire Stage 2 finishing order was inverted. He finished 20th.

● The No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang encountered a tight condition during this stage on the set of scuffed tires Custer took on during the stage break. He was unable to make any forward progress, pitting during the break for fuel, sticker tires and track-bar adjustments intended to free up the racecar.

 

Stage 4 Recap (Laps 46-60):

Custer was not involved in the top-nine invert and started 20th. He finished 14th.

● The No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang was improved during this stage, having started on sticker tires. Custer said the fronts were chattering at the very start, and “once they came in, I had the same problems as before but not close to as bad. Loose in and tight center were probably the biggest problem, just need to free it up a tick.”

● He pitted during the break for fuel and slight adjustments to free up the racecar.

 

Stage 5 Recap (Laps 61-90):

Custer started 12th based on cumulative finishing position in the first four stages. He finished 11th.

● The No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang team opted to make its mandatory green-flag pit stop during this stage on lap 67 while Custer was running ninth. He took four tires and adjustments to tighten up the racecar.

● The caution flag flew for a single-car incident on lap 79 with Custer running 12th. He stayed on track and restarted 12th with 10 laps to go in the stage, quickly picking up three positions to ninth on the restart lap.

● Custer reported his Mustang was too tight after too much tire falloff during the closing laps of the stage. He stayed on track during the break.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 91-100):

Custer started ninth and finished 14th.

● The No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang driver stayed out of trouble but was unable to make headway in the final sprint to the finish.

 

Notes:

● Custer’s 14th-place finish marked his best All-Star Race result. He finished 16th last year.

● Kyle Larson won the All-Star Race with a .206 of a second margin of victory over runner-up Brad Keselowski.

●  The All-Star Race featured 11 lead changes among eight different drivers. Twenty-one drivers comprised the field.

 

Cole Custer, driver of the No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“Well, we didn’t win the money tonight, but I think we at least leave here with a better idea on a lot of different things. We had nothing to lose, and I think we made the most of our track time. I think we leave here having gained some knowledge that is going to pay off as we head into the second half of the season.”

 

Next Up:

The NASCAR Cup Series returns to points-paying racing on Sunday, June 20, with the inaugural Ally 400 at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway. The race gets underway at 3:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

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Race Winner:  Aric Almirola of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Stage 1 Winner:  Ross Chastain of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner:  Tyler Reddick of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)

Fan Vote Winner:  Matt DiBenedetto of Wood Brothers Racing (Ford)

Note: The All-Star Open was the undercard event to the NASCAR All-Star Race, where non-qualified drivers attempted to race their way into the All-Star Race by winning any one of the race’s three stages or by winning the fan vote.

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-20):

Chase Briscoe started ninth and finished 10th.

● Briscoe powered his way into the fourth position on the first lap of the first stage.

● The first caution flag was shown on lap six, and Briscoe inherited the second position for the restart on lap eight.

● The Ford Performance Racing School driver maintained the second spot until lap 15, when he received damage on the left-rear quarter panel of his Ford Mustang as the No. 43 spun under him in turn four.

● Briscoe visited pit road for repairs and restarted in the 11th position on lap 19. He gained one spot to finish the first stage in 10th.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 21-40)

Briscoe started ninth and finished 10th.

● The Ford Performance Racing School driver was running as high as seventh before falling back to 10th due to a free-handling Mustang. At the end of the second stage, Briscoe radioed that he couldn’t carry enough speed into the corner without losing the back end.

● Briscoe pitted at the end of the stage for tires and adjustments.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 41-50):

Briscoe started ninth and finished fourth.

● With fresh tires, Briscoe restarted ninth on lap 41 and maneuvered his way into the top-five by lap 43.

● Coming to the line on lap 48 Briscoe was closing the gap on third place, but he was unable to make the pass in the final two laps and ultimately crossed the line in fourth.

 

Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 14 Ford Performance Racing SchoolMustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“We had a really fast Ford Performance Racing School Mustang, and I really thought we were going to have a chance to race our way in. Unfortunately, that incident with the 43 sent us back further than we needed to be and really messed up our handling. It would’ve been cool to race for a million dollars, but it was still fun to be out there and running up front.”

 

Next Up:

The NASCAR Cup Series returns to points-paying racing on Sunday, June 20, with the inaugural Ally 400 at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway. The race gets underway at 3:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

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Austin Dillon and The No. 3 Andy's Frozen Custard Chevrolet Team Vie For A Cool $1.1 Million in NASCAR All-Star Race
 
 
 
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“It was great to see all of the fans at Texas Motor Speedway today, and all of the excitement and buildup for the All-Star Race. Man, what an opportunity to be able to race for $1.1 Million dollars in the No. 3 Andy’s Frozen Custard Chevrolet. It was a hot one out there tonight, which made Andy’s Frozen Custard a cool sponsor for the race. We started fifth and ran a strong race despite how slick the track was. We were lacking a lot of grip and just missing something, but this team never gave up. I got a little too aggressive during our timed pit stop and we ended up with a speeding penalty, which put us a lap down. I wish we could have gotten the Lucky Dog before the last round. It was hard to make up many positions in those last 10 laps. We’ll regroup and move onto Nashville Superspeedway next week.” 
 
-Austin Dillon
 
Tyler Reddick Races His Way into the NASCAR All-Star Race with the iCashautos / I Am Second Chevrolet Team 
 
 
 
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“Man, that was one of the hottest races I’ve ever been part of, but we did what we initially came to do and that was to make the main show tonight to give it our all for the $1 million dollars. Our iCashautos / I Am Second Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE was really loose in the Open, but I was able to keep it up front and win Stage 2 to advance to the All-Star race. We definitely fired off better for the All-Star race, but it was tough to tell which direction the car was leaning in once the shade started to come in. I felt like we teetered right on the edge of being too tight and too loose all night long, but the car seemed to change every single lap. We kept fighting though to try to make our car better all night long and made some progress. It was fun to be in the All-Star race for the first time in my career and race with no points on the line, but I’m ready to get back to the season and continue our momentum at Nashville next weekend.”
 
-Tyler Reddick

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