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BJ McLeod Motorsports (BJMM) announces today that full-time Arca Menards Series driver Nick Sanchez will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) debut with team owner BJ McLeod for several races in 2022.

A member of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program, Nick Sanchez is making the leap up into the NXS after finishing his first full-time year of racing in the Arca Menards Series where he’s earned 8 top-fives and 12 top-ten finishes in the 2021 season.

“We are excited to have Nick make his Xfinity series debut with our team,” said team owner BJ McLeod. “Nick has proven himself behind the wheel in the ARCA series and he has the drive to make the next step in the Xfinity Series.”

“The significance of this next step is very meaningful for me,” said Nick Sanchez. “It’ll obviously be my first time participating in one of the top 3 series of NASCAR, which is something I’ve always dreamed of ever since I started racing. Since the day I first met BJ, we’ve always been on the same page. We both share the same collective goals for next year and I feel he and his team have made significant strides in performance each year they’ve been in the (Xfinity) Series. My main goal next year is to learn and get the most out of the car's performance, hopefully yielding some good finishes for myself and the team."

Additional details regarding race schedule and partners for Sanchez will be announced in the near future.

BJMM PR

The exclusive renewal period opens this morning at 10 a.m. ET for race fans who attended this year’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and purchased 3-Day Grandstand tickets. These customers will have until Monday, Nov. 15 to renew or upgrade their seats. General public sales will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. ET.  
 
This 18th annual event, featuring NTT INDYCAR SERIES’ season-opening race for the 10th time, is set for Feb. 25-27, 2022, in downtown St. Petersburg. These renewal customers purchasing 3-Day Grandstand seats again will receive a Champions Club membership at no additional cost when placing orders through the Nov. 15th deadline closing at 5 p.m. ET. 
 
"It’s great to have the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg back as the season-opening event of the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule," said Kim Green, co-owner, chairman and CEO of Green Savoree St. Petersburg, LLC, organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. “We appreciate our fans’ patience as we’ve all had to navigate the challenges of the last two years. Having the paddock back open and the grandstands full again is going to be tremendous. The enthusiasm and momentum surrounding the event in downtown St. Petersburg along the waterfront just keeps building each year."
 
The complimentary Champions Club membership included with renewal ticket purchases offers extra benefits and exclusive access to enhance the weekend experience. These fans get up close to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES cars and drivers with a complimentary Firestone Paddock Pass, participate in Sunday’s pre-race grid walk, and will receive savings and discount offers for use at the event. Also, they are automatically entered for a chance to win a two-seater INDYCAR ride on the track, plus, the opportunity upgrade to a Pit Pass for only $99 through the Nov. 15th renewal deadline. Regular price is $125. Champions Club memberships will be sold for a very limited time to the public after the renewal period for a cost of $75.
 
Renewals are available online at gpstpete.com or by phone at 1-727-898-4639 with pricing starting at $125 for reserved 3-Day Grandstand seats. For all ticket pricing and 2022 event information and news, visit gpstpete.com or follow Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on social media using #FirestoneGP.
 
Green Savoree PR
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is pleased to announce a renewed partnership with SONAX USA and has named the company Official Car Care Product of the IMS Museum.
 
SONAX is a global leader in premium car care products. Founded in Germany in 1950, SONAX is distributed in more than 100 countries today and has participated in motorsports for 30 years.
 
SONAX USA, based in Westfield, Indiana, has partnered with IMS Museum on several initiatives in recent years and has been designated “Official Car Care Product” since 2017.
 
“We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and honored that they trust SONAX products with their valued collection,” said Rob McCrary, Managing Director for Vision Investments (the US importer of SONAX products).
 
Under the new agreement, SONAX USA will play an active role with the IMS Museum Restoration department staff to preserve and maintain the hard surfaces on the Museum’s vast and priceless vintage automotive and motorsports collection.
 
In addition to providing premium car care products, SONAX USA will conduct training sessions for the Museum’s detailing team and provide consultation and process recommendations to complete the most delicate and challenging IMS Museum Restoration projects. SONAX USA staff will also provide support upon request for IMS Museum events and workshops.
 
In 2019, SONAX USA and the museum’s Restoration team collaborated on a “preservation project,” which saw the group take historic vehicles with compromised finishes and restore them to the IMS Museum’s extremely high standards. SONAX USA has also prepared IMS Museum-owned vehicles for high-profile events such as the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the Museum’s featured exhibits.
 
Learn more about SONAX USA and quality SONAX products by visiting their website: sonaxusa.com.
 
For information on IMS Museum ticket prices, memberships, current and permanent exhibits and news, visit imsmuseum.org or call the Museum at 317-492-6784 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily March through October, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. November-February.
 
IMS Museum PR

PROGRAM FORMAT

Updated on 10/18/21

 

Thursday and Friday Night

 

Qualifying:

All cars will qualify two (2) laps. The faster of the two (2) laps will be their qualifying time. If a car misses their qualifying spot by more than three positions that car goes to the end of the qualifying line and will receive one (1) lap, that car won’t be able to start any higher than 50% of the scheduled feature field.

 

Heat Races:

All cars will be in the heat races. There will be a total of four (4) heat races. The top six qualifiers will be fully inverted and if the car count exceeds 36 cars, split qualifying will be used. If the winner of the heat race is not in the top six of qualifying, that car will lineup directly behind the top-six invert in the A Main. The top four in each heat race will transfer to the thirty (30) laps A Main event. The cars finishing 5th and back will go straight to the B Main. Each heat race will be ten (10) laps.

 

B Main:

The B Main will have a total of 24 cars. All cars finishing 5th – 8th in the heat races will make up the lineup for the B Main plus the four transfers from the C Main. The lineup will straight up base on qualifying times. The top eight (8) cars will transfer to the A Main. The B Main will be twelve (12) laps.

 

A Main:

The A Main will have a total of 24 cars. The fastest six (6) cars that transferred from the heat races will be inverted to make up rows 1-3. Any Car that wins a Heat Race that was not in the top six (6) in qualifying, will lineup behind the fastest six that transferred from the heat races. The rest of the field will be lined straight up according to qualifying times. The A Main will be thirty (30) laps.

SATURDAY NIGHT’S FORMAT

"THE SUPER SIX"

The "TOP SIX" in points from Thursday and Friday Night’s program will transfer directly to Saturday's A Main. Any ties in points will be broken by Friday Night’s qualifying times.

 

Qualifying: 

All cars will qualify two (2) laps. The faster of the two (2) laps will be their qualifying time. If a car misses their qualifying spot by more than three positions that car goes to the end of the qualifying line and will receive one (1) lap, that car won’t be able to start any higher than 50% of the scheduled feature field.

 

Heat Races:

All cars will be in the heat races. There will be a total of three (3) heat races with the top six cars inverted in each heat. The top four (4) in each heat race will transfer to the forty (40) lap A Main event. The cars finishing 5th - 10th will go to B Main. If a C Main is needed, cars finishing 11th on back will comprise the C Main. Each heat race will be ten (10) laps.

 

THE SUPER SIX DASH:

The top six in points will be fully inverted and run a six (6) lap dash. The finishing order will determine the first three rows in the A Main. The winner of the dash may choose the inside or outside of row 1. 

 

B Main

If a C Main is needed, it is 10 laps and transfers the top two (2). The B Main Lineup will be based on total points including Saturday night’s points. B Main will be twelve (12) Laps. The top six (6) cars from B Main will transfer to the A Main. 

 

SATURDAY’S A MAIN EVENT

The A Main will have a total of twenty-four (24) cars. The lineup for the first three (3) rows will be determined by the Super Six Dash. Rows 4 - 9 will be the cars that transferred from the Heats and they will lineup according to their total points. Rows 10 – 12 will be the cars that transferred from the B Mains and they will line up according how they finish the B Main. The A Main will be Forty (40) laps. The Oval Nationals will be governed by the Official Rule Book for the USAC National and CRA Series. Once the first car is pushed off for the A Main, a 45-minute clock will begin. Once the clock reaches 45 minutes, the next yellow flag will produce a red flag to allow fuel only to be added to the cars. Any provisional starts in the Preliminary Mains on Thursday and Friday night’s program, any points earned will only be awarded for USAC National standings and USAC/CRA standings. No Oval National points will be awarded for a Provisional start. You must earn your way into Thursday and Friday nights Main to earn Oval National points for your starting position on Saturday Night.

 

 

 

Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the SoCal Fair and Event Center (home of October’s Southern California Fair), approximately one-hour east of Los Angeles and one-hour North of San Diego. To get to the track, take the 215 freeway, on the Ramona Expressway and go three miles east to the fairgrounds. For directions on online, the address to enter is: 18700 Lake Perris Drive and the zip code is 92571.

 

Advance tickets for all other races on the 2021 schedule are also available at www.tix.com

 

Fans can stay up to date on track and driver news on The PAS social media efforts at the links below.

 

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Perris-Auto-Speedway/113876798686480?ref=hl

 

Twitter: Perris Auto Speedway on Twitter.

 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/perrisautospeedway/

 

Website: http://perrisautospeedway.com/

 

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank the following corporate partners.  Ahern Equipment Rentals, All Coast Construction, Anderson Chevrolet, Battery Systems, Bud’s Tire Pro, Chris’ Hauling, City of Perris, Communication Innovations, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Flowdynamics, HD Industries, Heimark/Anheuser Busch, Hoosier Tires, Inland Rigging, Living Water’s Hospice, LKQ Pick Your Part, Luke’s Transmission, Moose Racing, Pepsi-Cola, Performance Online, Pole Position, PrintItNow.com,  Rainbow Bolt & Supply, Rugged Radios, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunoco Race Fuels, Trench Shoring, Upland Rock, Varner Construction and Vista Paint.

 

Video and DVD productions of all racing sprint cars events at Perris Auto Speedway are available from Loudpedal Productions. For more information on these productions you can contact them by calling (805) 844-3854, E-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can visit the website LoudPedal Productions.

 

DVDs of all the PASSCAR/IMCA racing and Nights of Destruction at The PAS are available from Fourvideos.  For more information call (714) 225-9500. 

 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is the only authorized Internet address to issue official media news released from The Perris Auto Speedway or Oval Entertainment.

 

 

2021 EVENT SCHEDULE

 

October 30th - LKQ Pick Your Part Presents NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION VII - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Trailer Figure 8's, Mini Stocks and Double Deckers     

 

November 3rd - 25TH ANNUAL HEIMARK/ANHEUSER BUSCH OVAL NATIONALS Presented by ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION - Practice Night

 

November 4th  - 25TH ANNUAL HEIMARK/ANHEUSER BUSCH ANNUAL OVAL NATIONALS Presented by ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION AMSOIL USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars   

 

November 5th - 25TH ANNUAL HEIMARK/ANHEUSER BUSCH OVAL NATIONALS Presented by ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION AMSOIL USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

 

November 6th - 25TH ANNUAL HEIMARK/ANHEUSER BUSCH OVAL NATIONALS Presented by ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION AMSOIL USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars   

 

November 13th - PASSCAR “CHAMPION’S NIGHT” - Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks, IMCA Modifieds  

 

November 20th LKQ Pick Your Part Presents NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION V – Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Trailer Figure 8's, Mini Stocks and Double Deckers

 

NOTE: SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE COVID 19 LEVELS AND MODIFICATIONS REQUIRED REOPENING.

 

PAS PR

No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Supra News and Notes

  • THREE WINS: Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway will be Ty Gibbs’ 17th career NASCAR Xfinity Series start, but he has already racked up three wins. He scored a win in his series debut in February at the road course at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, in May at Charlotte Motor Speedway and in August at Watkins Glen International. He has scored one pole position (Elkhart Lake) and eight top-five finishes and has led 214 laps in just 16 starts.
  • WHAT A DEBUT: In Gibbs’ Xfinity Series debut at the Daytona Road Course, he led 14 of the 56 laps en route to his first career Xfinity Series win. Gibbs became the youngest driver to win a Xfinity road course race at 18 years, 4 months, 16 days. The Charlotte, N.C., native also became the second-youngest winner in Xfinity Series history after Joey Logano who won in June 2008 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta when he was 18 years and 21 days old.
  • IN GOOD COMPANY: Gibbs is the sixth driver to win in his Xfinity Series debut, joining Dale Earnhardt, Joe Ruttman, Ricky Rudd, Terry Labonte and Kurt Busch. Those five drivers had already driven in the NASCAR Cup Series before racing in the Xfinity Series.
  • GIBBS 2021 SCHEDULE UPDATE: In 2021, Gibbs will compete for an ARCA Championship and in 18 Xfinity races, while also attempting to win the Xfinity Sunoco Rookie of the Year award. His remaining Xfinity schedule has been updated and his remaining races include: Kansas Speedway in Kansas City (October 23) and Martinsville Speedway (October 30).
  • A TITLE IN MIND: While Gibbs is set to compete in 18 Xfinity races in 2021, he is competing fulltime in the ARCA Menards Series where he is first in points, and has scored wins at Phoenix International Raceway, Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Toledo (Ohio) Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Mid-Ohio, Iowa Speedway, Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, The Milwaukee Mile and Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
  • LEADER: Gibbs leads the ARCA Menards Series by 34 points over Corey Heim with one race remaining.
  • KANSAS ARCA RESULTS: Gibbs started first and finished 14th in October 2020 and then started first, led all 100 laps and finished first in May 2021.
  •        MOVING ON UP: Gibbs now has 18 ARCA Menards Series victories and is now tied for 14th on the all-time wins list with Ken Schrader.
  •        FOUR CROWN CHAMPION: Gibbs clinched the CGS Imaging Four Crown championship in the ARCA Series following his second place finish at Du Quoin. The Four Crown is a four-race series within the ARCA Menards Series that celebrates a diverse schedule with events at each of the types of tracks it visits: superspeedways, road courses, short tracks and dirt ovals. Gibbs entered the dirt race at Du Quoin having won all three of the prior Four Crown races, at Kansas Speedway (superspeedway), at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (road course) and Winchester (Ind.) Speedway (short track).
  • GIBBS IN 2020: Gibbs captured an ARCA Menards Series-high six wins in 2020, despite only running a partial schedule. He also scored 12 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes in his 16 starts last season to help claim the organization’s first ARCA Menards Series Owner’s Championship.
  • ATOP THE PIT BOX: Veteran crew chief Chris Gayle will oversee the No. 54 team’s efforts this weekend. Gale, who is from Little Rock, Arkansas, has led his drivers to two NASCAR Cup Series victories and 28 Xfinity Series wins. The list of drivers Gayle has visited victory lane with includes Gibbs, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Sam Hornish Jr., Erik Jones, Elliott Sadler, Christopher Bell and John Hunter Nemechek
  •        JGR AT KANSAS: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 54 total starts at Kansas in Xfinity competition with10 wins, 17 top-five finishes, 31 top-10 finishes, five poles and the team has led 1187 laps.
  •        RACE INFO: The Kansas Lottery 300 is scheduled for 3 pm EDT on Saturday, October 23 and will be broadcast on NBC, SiriusXM Channel 90 and MRN.

JGR PR

Chris Buescher had a top-15 run going in the Fastenal Ford Sunday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway, before a late incident inside 10 laps to go spoiled the showing, relegating him to a 21st-place finish.

Based off his finishing result (third) a week ago, Buescher lined up 10th on the grid in his home state, giving him an early advantage in track position in the 500-mile event. The Prosper native had a fuel strategy play come up just short to end stage one, as he was forced to pit road on the final lap of the opening segment, putting him a lap down to the leaders.

He would spend a majority of the second stage trying to secure the free pass position, one he would ultimately capture to end the second stage, putting him back on sequence with the leaders and in the mix. A flurry of cautions over the final stage saw Buescher sneak into the top-10 by lap 303, before he made an impressive save with 30 to go. On a restart with Buescher in eighth, a car behind him forced the Fastenal machine sideways, but a save kept him in line as a caution came out just behind him.

Following the red flag for cleanup, three more cautions would be displayed with Buescher just outside the top-10 each time. Then, with under 10 laps remaining, Buescher made contact with the No. 14 car, sending him sideways into the inside wall, ending his day early.

The No. 17 team is back next weekend at Kansas Speedway, where race action Sunday is set for 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN. It can also be heard on MRN and SiriusXM Channel 90.

RFR PR

Ryan Newman’s afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway came to a halt early after a 15-car pileup just 30 laps in caused damage too severe on the No. 6 Violet Defense Ford.

Newman had worked his way to just outside the top-20 just 25 laps in, despite starting from near the tail end of the field. Just after the competition caution at the 1.5-mile track, the largest crash in TMS history occurred with Newman’s machine ultimately catching the brunt of the impact.

After the team worked tirelessly on pit road to get him back rolling, the damage was ultimately too severe, spoiling his afternoon.

The No. 6 team is back at Kansas Speedway next weekend, where Sunday’s race is set for 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN. It can also be heard on MRN and SiriusXM Channel 90.

RFR PR

Race Winner:  Kyle Larson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner:  Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Larson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-105):

Kyle Busch started third and finished first, earning 10 bonus points.

● The Interstate Batteries driver jumped to second place once the field took the green flag. He maintained the position for a handful of laps before dropping to fifth place by the time the competition cautioned waved on lap 25.

● Busch made a trip to pit road during the caution for right-side tires and fuel. As he was making a stop on pit road, Busch had to take evasive action to avoid a stopped car and wound up speeding. He had to start at the end of the field in 33rd place after making an extra trip to pit road to also change left-side tires and top off the fuel.

● Green-flag racing resumed but not for long, as a big accident unfolded on the backstretch collecting multiple cars. Busch was able to avoid most of the melee, suffering only minor damage to the left-rear area of the car. He made a trip to pit road for tires and fuel, along with some sheet metal repair work. He lined up 26th for the restart.

● Busch patiently logged laps, racing back to the top-20 by lap 44 and the top-10 by lap 63.

● As the first stage came to a close, the majority of the field had to make their respective trips to pit road for tires and fuel. Because the No. 18 Interstate Batteries team had topped off multiple times prior to the long, green-flag run, they were able to stretch the fuel mileage.

● Busch took the lead on lap 96 and maintained the top spot to the end of Stage 1, collecting the victory and corresponding bonus points.

During the caution Busch reported that the car was handling on the tight side, mostly in turns one and two. The team made some air pressure adjustments, changed four tires and added fuel. Busch won the race off pit road to line up first to start Stage 2.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 106-210):

Busch started first and finished 10th, earning one bonus point.

● The two-time NASCAR champion lost the lead on lap 117 after a tight battle with driver Kyle Larson. He lost another position a few laps later before settling into a competitive pace in third for the next several laps.

Busch was in third place on lap 148 when he reported that the Interstate Batteries racecar had started Stage 2 on the loose side. As the run continued, however, the balance on the car improved to a more neutral handling situation.

On lap 162 Busch noted that the handling had started to trend to the tight side. Caution waved three laps later for debris.

After making a trip to pit road for four tires and fuel, Busch lined up second for the restart. During the next several laps he proceeded to lose positions on the track, settling in at 10th place on lap 185. He reported that the car had no grip.

Busch maintained the position to the end of the stage, finishing 10th.

During the caution the team changed four tires, made a round of adjustments and added fuel. Quick pit work got Busch off pit road in seventh place to start the final stage.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 211-334):

Busch started seventh and finished eighth.

● Green-flag racing resumed, and Busch lost a handful of positions during the opening laps of the final stage, dropping back to 10th place.

Caution was displayed on lap 274 for a single-car incident. Busch was scored in 10th place. He reported that he needed the car to turn better and needed more speed.

The team made some air pressure adjustments, changed four tires and added fuel. Busch lined up 10th for the restart.

The Las Vegas native was scored in 10th place when a caution was displayed on lap 298. The first eight cars on the track stayed out, while Busch and a handful of others elected to pit. After a round of air pressure adjustments, four tires and fuel, Busch lined up 10th for the restart on lap 304.

Caution came out quickly for a multicar accident that unfolded behind the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota. It forced NASCAR to display the red flag for cleanup.

Green-flag racing resumed on lap 309 with Busch in 10th place.

A series of three more cautions went on to slow the race. Busch was able to avoid all of the issues and finish the race in eighth place.

 

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing:

“We were just off today. I don’t know how we missed it, why we missed it, or what but just taking off – there was just no grip whatsoever. We would just chatter the front tires, so we missed it today. The one positive of the day is that we are above the cut line right now to get to Phoenix. Thanks to Interstate Batteries. I appreciate all of their people that were with us today. I just feel bad that we didn’t do a better job. We have to go back to work. Next week is Kansas – same kind of thing.”

 

Team Interstate Results:

● Christopher Bell finished third.

● Kyle Busch finished eighth.

Denny Hamlin finished 11th.

● Martin Truex Jr. finished 25th.

 

Next Up:

The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday, Oct. 24, at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. It is the eighth race of the 10-race playoffs and the second race in the Round of 8. It starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

TSC PR

Matt DiBenedetto and the No. 21 Menards/Atlas/Mohawk team bounced back from a mid-race setback to race inside the top 10 before finishing 13th in Sunday’s Autotrader 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

DiBenedetto started the final 500-mile race of the 2021 Cup Series season from 13th place and drove up to 11th before the Competition Caution flag flew at Lap 26.

Crew chief Jonathan Hassler elected to change just two tires under the yellow flag, and the time saved on pit road allowed DiBenedetto to restart the race from sixth place.

He quickly drove into the top five and ran as high as third place before dropping out of the top 10.

The Menards team pitted before the end of Stage One to make adjustments and service the No. 21 Mustang, and fell a lap off the pace. DiBenedetto took the wave-around at the end of the Stage and restarted the race from 16th place.

In Stage Two, a caution flag flew just after the team had made a green-flag pit stop, and that put the No. 21 Mustang two laps in arrears. 

The team used the wave-around to regain one lap, and as the third Stage got underway, DiBenedetto found himself battling Austin Dillon for the Free Pass position.
 
He took that spot when Dillon headed to pit road for a green-flag stop.
 
This time, the caution flag was DiBenedetto’s friend, as a spin by Chase Briscoe allowed the Menards Mustang to rejoin the lead lap and line up 14th for a restart with 54 laps remaining.

During a flurry of late-race restarts, DiBenedetto worked his way as high as seventh place, before losing ground on the last two restarts and ending the race in 13th place.

“We came from two laps down back to seventh place and thought we were going to sneak off a good finish, but the top lane restarts hurt us at the end,” DiBenedetto said. “The Menards/Atlas/Mohawk team had to work hard today.
 
“Now, we’re just hoping for a very good last three races.”
 
With their finish, DiBenedetto and the Wood Brothers team were able to regain 18th place in the points standings heading into this weekend’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

WBR PR

Race Winner: Kyle Larson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Larson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-105):

Chase Briscoe started 26th and finished sixth, earning five bonus points.

● The Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford driver maintained his position during the 25-lap run to the competition caution despite a growing loose condition. He pitted for four tires, fuel and track-bar, wedge and air-pressure adjustments in an effort to tighten up the racecar. He restarted 26th when the race went back to green on lap 30.

● Briscoe was able to make his way around a 12-car incident ahead of him on the restart that brought out the caution flag and emerged in 18th place. He pitted to top off the fuel tank and restarted 20th on lap 39.

● The changes made helped the loose condition marginally, Briscoe told the crew as he was running 19th on lap 53. He said his Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford was still loose getting into turn one and also on entry.

● In fuel-saving mode for the latter part of the run to the stage break, Briscoe was able to make it last to the end of the stage in sixth place. He pitted for four tires and fuel and further adjustments during the break.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 106-210):

Briscoe started sixth and finished eighth, earning three bonus points.

● The Rush Truck Center/Cummins Ford driver briefly moved into the top-five during the opening laps of the stage but again found himself fighting a loose condition that cost him his spot in the top-10.

● Briscoe reported on lap 137 while running 12th that the handling “was finally coming to me.” He was back in the top-10 when the caution flag flew on lap 165 for debris on the backstretch. “It felt way better there,” Briscoe said. “I feel like the track’s getting more grip.” He pitted for four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment and restarted 10th on lap 170.

● Handling continued to improve during the early part of the run to the end of the stage, enabling the Rush Truck Center/Cummins Ford driver to move forward. He reached eighth place before reporting he “lost the right front” during the closing laps of the stage. He pitted for four tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment during the break.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 211-334):

Briscoe started 12th and finished 15th.

● The Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford driver had a solid start to the stage, advancing to ninth in the opening laps and then picking up a couple of more positions to seventh by lap 233, where he settled for the remainder of his fuel-and-tire run.

● On lap 273, while still running seventh, Briscoe reported smelling tire smoke after contact with the turn-one wall while racing Denny Hamlin. Moments later, his right-rear tire blew and he was able to get safely to pit lane while the caution flag flew for his debris. He took tires, then returned to the pits two laps later under caution to assess and repair the right-rear bodywork damage. He restarted 17th on lap 280, one lap down.

● The caution flag flew on lap 299 for fluid on the track with Briscoe still running 17th. He pitted for four tires and fuel and restarted 16th on lap 304. Shortly after the field took the green flag, the caution flag, and then the red flag, flew for a multicar incident in turns one and two. The race resumed after the 11-minute red-flag period, and Briscoe restarted 16th and in the Lucky Dog position when it went back to green on lap 309.

● Briscoe earned his way back to the lead lap when the next caution flag flew for a spinning car in the backstretch on lap 313. He asked for the Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford to be tightened up, “so I can be really aggressive here.” After pitting for four tires, fuel and some front-end inspection and repair, he restarted 15th on lap 317.

● Just three laps later, a car into the turn-four wall brought out the caution once again. Briscoe took advantage of the opportunity to come down pit road for further damage inspection and repairs and restarted 14th on lap 325.

● On lap 327, Briscoe was contacted from behind by the car of Chris Buescher in the backstretch, sending the Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford into the outside wall. Briscoe was able to drive it back to the pits for repairs under caution. He restarted 15th on lap 332 and held position during the two-lap run to the checkered flag.

 

Notes:

● Briscoe earned his 11th top-15 of the season, and it came in his first NASCAR Cup Series start at Texas.

● Briscoe was the highest finishing NASCAR Cup Series rookie for the 28th time this season.

● Kyle Larson won the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 to score his 14th career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his series-leading eighth of the season and his first at Texas. His margin over second-place William Byron was .459 of a second.

● There were 11 caution periods for a total of 55 laps.

● Only 15 of the 39 drivers in the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 finished on the lead lap.

 

Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“The finish didn’t show it, but the guys did a great job making our Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford better all day long. I really appreciate the effort, especially after last week. It got a little crazy at the end, there, which makes you wonder what might have been if we could’ve avoided at least some of that. But it is what it is.”

 

Next Up:

The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday, Oct. 24, at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. It is the eighth race of the 10-race playoffs and the second race in the Round of 8. It starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

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