Josh Slate

Josh Slate

Hello, my name is Josh Slate and I'm from Richmond, Virginia. I'm currently a student at Randolph-Macon College studying Communications with a minor in Journalism. I am following my dream of pursuing a career in the media side of the NASCAR industry. In my free time, I love to spend time with my family, watch sports and explore the outdoors.
 
 

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

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

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

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

Stage One:

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

 

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

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

Stage Two:

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

 

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

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

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

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

Top Ten:

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

 

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

Overcast skies hovered over Richmond Raceway as Justin Allgaier won the Go Bowling 250, the first of two races for the NASCAR Xfinity Series this weekend.

“I didn't know when it was time to be honest with you,” Allgaier said when asked about when he needed to push. “He [Justin Haley] pushed the pace there early on."

"These guys did such a fantastic job. I feel like we’ve had so many get away here and we just haven’t been able to seal the deal.” 

“I got damage early so I feel bad so I had to make up for the damage, it’s just how it goes I guess,” Allgaier joked.

Ross Chastain started on the pole with Brandon Jones starting alongside in second place. 

NASCAR Cup Series champion, Kyle Busch, was entered into the event in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54. He started the race in 29th, but made his way up front in a hurry.

Chastain used his first place starting position to his advantage as he was able to gap Jones by a half-second in the first two laps.

Colby Howard brought out the first caution when he lost power in his No.15 Camaro on the exit of turn four.

The lap before the competition caution on lap 40, Justin Haley passed teammate, Chastain, for the race lead. 

When they went back green on lap 46, the group of cars who pitted were nestled behind the drivers who stayed out. Chastain made it four-wide in turn two and had to hit the brakes as he made contact with the wall; this started an accordion effect behind him, causing Myatt Snider to spin around and hit the inside safer barrier. 

Austin Cindric passed Chase Briscoe for the lead with 15 laps to go in the stage and went on to collect 10 more championship points along with an important playoff point.

Stage One:

  1. Austin Cindric
  2. Chase Briscoe
  3. Ross Chastain
  4. Justin Haley
  5. Justin Allgaier
  6. Michael Annett
  7. Kaz Grala
  8. Kyle Busch
  9. Brett Moffitt
  10. Jeremy Clements

 

Justin Haley had to repair nose damage under the stage break causing him to start shotgun on the field for the start of the second stage.

Justin Allgaier stole the lead from Cindric at the halfway mark, lap 125. When Allgaier made his way around Cindric, that opened the door for Chastain and Kyle Busch to advance their position around the No. 22 Mustang.

Allgaier led the last 25 laps in the caution-free stage two en route his ninth stage win of 2020.

Stage Two:

  1. Justin Allgaier
  2. Ross Chastain
  3. Justin
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. Kaz Grala
  6. Austin Cindric
  7. Brett Moffitt
  8. Noah Gragson
  9. Jeb Burton
  10. Michael Annett

 

Brett Moffitt, who gathered stage points in both stages Friday night, passed Chastain for fourth early in the final stage to continue his solid night for Our Motorsports.

Haley made his way past Allgaier on lap 174 to regain the lead after coming from the back at the beginning of stage two.

Allgaier battled way back past Haley on lap 222 while Kyle Busch sat 2.5 seconds back and he led the last 29 laps on his way to his second victory of the year.

Top Ten:

  1. Justin Allgaier
  2. Justin Haley
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. Austin Cindric
  5. Ross Chastain
  6. Brett Moffitt
  7. Michael Annett
  8. Noah Gragson
  9. Kaz Grala
  10. Riley Herbst

 

Tomorrow, the NASCAR Xfinity Series hits the track for their second race at the .75 mile short track. You can catch the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250 at 2:00pm EST on NBCSN.

 

Justin Haley claimed his second victory of the year under the lights at the World Center of Racing. Haley made his way through his wrecking teammates on the final lap to claim his Wawa 250 victory.

“Yeah I mean an amazing effort by Kaulig Racing. I hate that AJ and Ross got together there. As you guys at home can see, Matt Kaulig and Chris Rice, we build a team and a family. We all worked together and we just won”, Haley said in his post-race interview with NBC Sports.

“I parked it right here on the double yellow line where I went a little lower two years ago in an Xfinity race."

Chase Briscoe led the field to green with Kaulig Racing’s Ross Chastain starting alongside. Riley Herbst was the sole car who had to start at the rear of the field due to three failed inspections.

A single-file train on the bottom lane broke out in the first lap as the top-five all jumped in line. The field remained mostly single-file until lap seven, when Joe Graf Jr. and Caesar Bacarella had an incident in the trioval that ended Graf Jr.’s day early. This caution also served as the competition caution that was scheduled for lap 10.

On lap 14, Bacarella’s rough night continued as he spun around on the backstretch with heavy nose damage that sent him to the garage.

With six to go in stage one, Jeffery Earnhardt lost control of his car in turn one. This incident also collected Earnhardt’s teammate, BJ McLeod as well as Kody Vanderwhal.

NASCAR returned to green with one lap remaining in the stage and Justin Haley blocked a charging Austin Cindric to win stage one.

Stage One:

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

 

Kaulig Racing teammates Chastain, Haley and AJ Almendinger made their way up to the front as the three of them led the inside line around the inside, a common trend throughout the night.

Lap 40 brought trouble to a majority of the field when Brandon Jones turned into Briscoe collecting the following: Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, Brett Moffitt, Alex Labbe, Anthony Alfredo, Myatt Snider, Brandon Brown, Tommy Joe Martins, Colby Howard, Michael Annett.

Seven laps later, Allgaier blew a left rear tire and lost control of his car. Other drivers involved in this wreck include: Joey Gase, Alex Labbe, Myatt Snider and Brandon Brown. The cleanup for this incident required a red flag.

The seventh caution of the race came on lap 53 when debris flew onto the racetrack setting up for a shootout for the stage win which resulted in Allmendinger making a last lap pass on Gray Gaulding to capture the second stage victory of the night for Kaulig Racing.

Allmendinger was able to make a last lap pass on Gray Gaulding to capture a stage two victory.

Stage Two:

  1. AJ Allmendinger
  2. Ross Chastain
  3. Justin Haley
  4. Gray Gaulding
  5. Michael Annett
  6.  Brandon Jones
  7. Harrison Burton
  8. Chase Briscoe
  9. Austin Cindric
  10. Ryan Sieg

 

When the final stage began, the top ten cars broke away from the field with the Kaulig Racing drivers continuing their domination at the front of the train.

The stage was relatively calm until the last five laps when Chase Briscoe made an aggressive move to make a pass that pushed him to the rear of the nine car pack.

On the last lap, Chastain and Allmendinger made contact and collected Michael Annett. Justin Haley was able to slide through the mayhem and win his second superspeedway race of 2020.

Results:

  1. Justin Haley
  2. Gray Gaulding
  3. Chase Briscoe
  4. Riley Herbst
  5. Harrison Burton
  6. Ross Chastain
  7. Michael Annett
  8. Austin Cindric
  9. Josh Williams
  10. Jesse Little

 

Next weekend, the NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Darlington Raceway for their annual Labor Day weekend date with the Lady in Black. You can catch all the action from Darlington on Saturday, September 5th at 12:30pm EST for the running of the Sports Clips Haircuts 200 on NBC.

On Saturday afternoon, Denny Hamlin was able to conquer the Monster Mile to capture his sixth win of the 2020 season. 

“I've been running down the leaders these past few weeks and have been unable to get there. We didn’t control that restart there and we just had to battle back. We had to go back and get it and we were able to work that top line there to get some momentum. It looked like our car was just a little bit better by moving around to different lines” Hamlin said to NBC Sports post-race.

When asked about how it feels to get his first win at Dover Hamlin said, “People always ask when we have Q&As, ‘what's your least favorite track?’ and I always say Dover because I’m just not good here. I love the track but I just haven’t been good here.”

Last week's winner, Chase Elliott, started on pole with championship favorite Denny Hamlin starting second. Four cars were required to start in the rear: the No. 15 of Brennan Poole (two inspection failures), the No. 96 of Daniel Suarez (unapproved adjustments), the No. 51 of Joey Gase (unapproved adjustments and the No. 7 of Garrett Smithley (impound procedure infraction).

When the Motor Racing Network’s Mike Bagley waved the green flag, Elliott got a big jump over Hamlin as the dove into turn one. 

The action started when Kurt Busch brought out the first caution on lap 8 as he spun around after contact with Erik Jones. Alex Bowman was also damaged in the incident that ended Busch’s day.

The competition caution came out on lap 26 as Elliott continued to stretch out his lead. Austin Dillon and Matt Kenseth led the field to green during this restart after they stayed out under the yellow.

Dillon was able to stretch his lead to 3.7 seconds before Hamlin got around Kenseth and started closing the gap, ultimately taking the lead from Dillon on lap 59. Hamlin went on to grab his sixth stage win of the season as he won stage one.

Stage One:

  1. Denny Hamlin
  2. Austin Dillon
  3. Brad Keselowski
  4. Clint Bowyer
  5. Martin Truex Jr.
  6. Joey Logano
  7. Kevin Harvick
  8. Jimmie Johnson
  9. Chris Buescher
  10. Aric Almirola

 

Midway through the stage, sixth placed Kevin Harvick came down pit road to begin the cycle of green flag pit stops; Hamlin was able to cycle back around to the lead. 

Denny Hamlin continued his domination as he also won stage two.

Stage Two:

  1. Denny Hamlin
  2. Martin Truex Jr.
  3. Clint Bowyer
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Kevin Harvick
  7. Jimmie Johnson
  8. Joey Logano
  9. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  10. Chase Elliott

 

Martin Truex Jr. was able to win the race off of pit road and jump out to the lead on the restart followed by his teammate Kyle Busch. Joe Gibbs Racing took the top three positions of the race when Hamlin took the third position from Brad Keselowski on lap 208.

All eyes were on the playoff picture throughout the race as there are only two races left in the regular season. William Byron, who came into the race 25 points ahead of Jimmie Johnson, struggled most of the day, eventually going two laps down in the second stage after staying out under green much longer than the leaders.

Harvick was yet again the first of the leaders to bring their car to get service under green. New tires are roughly one second per lap faster than old tires. Because of that, when Harvick brought his Stewart-Haas Racing entry to pit road, all the leaders pitted right away.

With 13 to go, the battle for the lead heated up when Hamlin chased down Truex Jr. as they weaved in and out of lapped traffic. Hamlin was able to steal the lead from his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate with nine laps to go. The driver of the No. 11 Toyota Camry never looked back as he swept all three stages, scoring 60 championship points along with seven playoff points.

Results:

  1. Denny Hamlin
  2. Martin Truex Jr.
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. Kevin Harvick
  5. Chase Elliott
  6. Clint Bowyer
  7. Jimmie Johnson
  8. Joey Logano
  9. Brad Keselowski
  10. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

 

The NASCAR Cup Series is back in action tomorrow for the second leg of their doubleheader at Dover. You can catch the Drydene 311 on Sunday, August 23rd at 4:00pm EST on NBCSN for the penultimate race of the Cup Series regular season.

 

Sunday afternoon, Sheldon Creed won the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series inaugural race at the Daytona road course. With their previously scheduled race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park being canceled due to COVID-19 protocols, this was their sole road course race of the season.

In a post-race interview with Fox Sports, Creed said, “Brett is really good at road courses and he's helped me so much. I don't know, it was all about not making a mistake. He tried to cross me up over in turn three and five, but I just stopped mid-corner so he couldn't get a run”  

Zane Smith and Christian Eckes led the field to green in their first career road course starts in the Truck Series. When the green flag was thrown it was Smith who got a jump on the start and overshot turn one, allowing Brett Moffitt to steal the lead as he led lap one.

The stalled car of Mark Smith brought out the caution with two laps to go in Stage one, ultimately allowing Moffitt to secure his fourth stage win of the season.

Stage One:

  1. Brett Moffitt
  2. Sheldon Creed
  3. Christian Eckes
  4. Austin Hill
  5. Todd Gilliland
  6. Ben Rhodes
  7. Tyler Ankrum
  8. Tanner Gray
  9. Austin Wayne Self
  10. Derek Kraus

 

Eckes stayed out under caution along with Matt Crafton and teammate Raphael Lessard. A battle for the lead ensued between those three until Crafton took the lead on lap 15.

After battling for the lead the lap before, Eckes made a mistake in the international horseshoe, which spun him around and put him back into 18th position.

Crafton missed the backstretch chicane while leading the race with seven laps to go in the stage; this caused him to fall back to fifth once he got back up to speed. Sheldon Creed moved into the lead, followed by Lessard in second.

Differing strategies started to show as Eckes decided to bring his Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 18 truck to pit road to split the race in half. Moffitt and Lessard also came to pit road prior to the stage break. 

On the final lap of stage two, Sheldon Creed made a mistake and thought the stage was over. Despite the issue, Creed was able to beat Austin Hill to the green/white checkered flag to win his fourth stage win of 2020.

Stage Two:

  1. Sheldon Creed
  2. Austin Hill
  3. Tyler Ankrum
  4. Zane Smith
  5. Kris Wright
  6. Spencer Davis
  7. Raphael Lessard
  8. Alex Tagliani
  9. Brett Moffitt
  10. Ty Majeski

 

Coming to 14 to go, Lessard blew the frontstretch chicane and had to come to a complete stop before he could return to racing; Crafton returned to the lead with Moffitt on his back bumper.

On lap 32, Jordan Anderson was stalled on track bringing out the third caution. They restarted with ten laps to go in the race with Crafton leading Creed, Tyler Ankrum and Eckes who all stayed out. Creed was able to get back to the lead on lap 34 when he passed Crafton on the backstretch.

With six laps to go, the caution flag flew when Derek Kraus was stopped on track on the exit of turn four.

The No. 40 of Carson Hocevar was the reason for the fifth caution as his Niece Motorsports entry lost power and was stopped on track. This setup for the first attempt of a NASCAR Overtime.

A battle between GMS teammates, Creed and Moffitt, continued when the green flag waved for the start of overtime.

After 44 laps and one green/white/checkered, Sheldon Creed was victorious in the Sunoco 159 at Daytona.

Results:

  1. Sheldon Creed
  2. Brett Moffitt
  3. Raphael Lessard
  4. Matt Crafton
  5. Austin Hill
  6. Tyler Ankrum
  7. Grant Enfinger
  8. Parker Kligerman
  9. Scott Lagasse Jr.
  10. Stewart Friesen



Next weekend, the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series heads to Dover International Speedway for the running of the KDI Office Technology 200. You can catch all the action from the Monster Mile on Friday, August 21st at 5:00pm EST on Fox Sports One.

 

After the rain passed through New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Brad Keselowski dominated the Foxwoods ResortCasino 301, leading 184 of the 301 laps. This win marks Keselowski’s third win of the season and his second at New Hampshire.

“We've had a lot of great races this year with the No. 2 car, but we haven't really gone out here and dominated a race. I was Talking to Jeremy Bullins and that's what we needed to get to the next level, and we were right there” Keselowski said to NBC Sports in a post-race interview

When asked about why he and Bullins have been so good, Keselowski said, “It’s been good, I’ve had a good career and probably needed a kick in the ass. Jeremy and this whole team have been a kick in the butt for me and it made me a little better.”

Aric Almirola started the race on pole, his third random draw pole since the return from the COVID-19 break. Almirola pulled away on the initial start, but it didn’t take Keselowski long to steal the lead from him.

Traction compound was added to the racetrack on the bottom and outsides lines and it proved to be very challenging early, as multiple drivers including Ryan Blaney and William Byron, overshot the corners and put them out of the racing line.

The cautions began on lap 16 when Kyle Busch made hard contact with the outside wall after puncturing a tire from debris on the racetrack. He made contact with the wall a few laps earlier, but Goodyear discovered it was a debris puncture and not caused by damage on Busch’s car.

The competition caution flew on lap 31 and allowed the drivers to pit for tires and fuel. Tires proved to be very crucial throughout the race as many drivers had tire issues.

After the caution, a battle between Keselowski, Blaney and Denny Hamlin emerged which Keselowski was able to prevail from. Shortly after the battle concluded, Jimmie Johnson lost control of his car after contact with Clint Bowyer in turn two, bringing out the caution.

Denny Hamlin was able to steal the lead back after the caution, and go on to win Stage One.

Stage One:

  1. Denny Hamlin
  2. Martin Truex Jr.
  3. Kevin Harvick
  4. Christopher Bell
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Ryan Blaney
  7. Clint Bowyer
  8. Joey Logano
  9. Ryan Preece
  10. Aric Almirola

Shortly after going green in stage two, precipitation began over the racetrack. The rain did not change the track, so no red flag was needed and the cars were able to go back green within a few laps.

After drivers pitted under the caution, Kevin Harvick stayed out and took the lead but Hamlin made his march back up to the front, taking back the lead on lap 104.

Everywhere Hamlin went, Keselowski seemed to follow as Keselowski took back the lead on lap 146 after a short battle that resulted in Hamlin tapping the wall on the exit of turn two.

Harvick, who ran well thus far, had to make a green flag pit stop for fuel and tires after not pitting under the previous yellow. Harvick lost two laps on pit road but made his way back up to the front in no time.

On lap 171, Christopher Bell had a right-rear tire go down after running top-ten most of the race to this point; this was the sixth caution. 

When they went back green, Matt Kenseth lost control of his No. 42 Camaro, keeping it off the wall with no damage. This set up for a two lap shootout for the stage win and Keselowski was able to win by a car length over Hamlin.

Stage Two:

  1. Brad Keselowski
  2. Denny Hamlin
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Aric Almirola
  5. William Byron
  6. Clint Bowyer
  7. Austin Dillon
  8. Martin Truex Jr.
  9. Chase Elliott
  10. Matt Dibenedetto 

After both Keselowski and Hamlin stayed out under caution, a battle ensued for the race lead until the caution flag flew once more. Kenseth was the cause of the yellow as he hit the wall with a tire down.

Less than ten laps later, Kenseth’s nightmare of a race got worse, as he had another tire go down which sent him to the garage, as well as it brought out the 10th caution of the race. 

The last caution of the race came out on lap 214 when John Hunter Nemechek slammed the outside wall with a tire issue.

When the race returned to green, Keselowski took the lead from Hamlin once more and from there, he didn’t look back. 

Harvick, who was two laps down at one point, marched his way back to the front, passing Matt Dibenedetto with only a few laps to go.

Nobody seemed to have anything for Brad Keselowski as he was able to cruise to victory with a 1.647 second gap over second-place, Denny Hamlin.

Results:

  1. Brad Keselowski
  2. Denny Hamlin 
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Joey Logano
  5. Kevin Harvick
  6. Matt Dibendetto
  7. Aric Almirola
  8. Cole Custer
  9. Chase Elliott
  10. Tyler Reddick

Next week, the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Michigan International Speedway for a doubleheader weekend. The FireKeepers Casino 400 is on Saturday, August 8th at 4:00pm EST with the Consumers Energy 400 closing out the weekend on Sunday, August 9th at 4:30pm EST. You can catch both races from Michigan on NBCSN.

 

Friday night, the NASCAR Gander Outdoors and RV Truck Series drivers raced out in the midwest at Kansas Speedway for the first race of their two-race weekend. After coming up one spot short from claiming his first career win last week, Christian Eckes started on the pole for the 137 lap race. 

After 200 miles around the D-shape oval, it was Austin Hill punching his ticket to the Playoffs with his first win of the season in the Blue Emu 200.

“Oh man it's awesome. You know we’ve been working so hard this season, we’ve been running so consistent,” Austin Hill told FOX Sports after he hopped out of his truck. “Last week was a bummer having engine troubles. I told the guys when we’re coming here that we finished fourth last year, let's finish three spots better and we did it.”

Tyler Ankrum, who started the race 34 points above the cutoff line, had a tire problem early, sending him to the garage with a mechanical problem.

After a wild start, things seemed to calm down until Robby Lyons spun around bringing out the first caution with 12 to go in the stage.

Brett Moffitt used his second place starting spot to his advantage as he claimed his first stage victory of the season.

Stage One:

  1. Brett Moffitt
  2. Austin Hill
  3. Ross Chastain
  4. Todd Gilliland
  5. Matt Crafton
  6. Derek Kraus
  7. Christian Eckes
  8. Zane Smith
  9. Ben Rhodes
  10. Sheldon Creed

Moffitt pitted under the stage break, this made him start outside the top-20 to begin Stage Two.

After his best finish of the season last week at Texas, Stewart Friesen had a flat tire causing him to pit for four tires and fuel under green.

Hill was able to break away from the field and earn his first stage win of his 2020 season.

Stage Two

  1. Austin Hill
  2. Ben Rhodes
  3. Zane Smith
  4. Ty Majeski
  5. Derek Kraus
  6. Christian Eckes
  7. Ross Chastain
  8. Sheldon Creed
  9. Brandon Jones
  10. Tanner Gray

 

On lap 69, Zane Smith was able to steal the lead from Christain Eckes and grow his lead to two seconds before the caution came out on lap 81. Korbin Forrister was the cause of the yellow when he smacked the outside wall.

Last year’s race winner, Ross Chastain, had to make an unscheduled pit stop for a flat right-rear tire. Moments after he made his way back out on track, he had another tire problem. That issue ultimately ended his night and ruined his chances of going back-to-back. 

Austin Hill was able to stretch his lead to almost four seconds as he took his No. 16 Toyota Tundra to victory lane at Kansas.

Unofficial Results:

  1. Austin Hill
  2. Brett Moffitt
  3. Grant Enfinger
  4. Matt Crafton
  5. Derek Kraus
  6. Zane Smith
  7. Ben Rhodes
  8. Sheldon Creed
  9. Johnny Sauter
  10. Ty Majeski

 

The NASCAR Gander Outdoors and RV Truck Series is back in action tomorrow afternoon at 1:30pm EST for the running of the e.p.t. 200. You can catch all the action from Kansas Speedway on Fox Sports One.

 

On Sunday afternoon, NASCAR’s best hit the track for 334 laps around Texas Motor Speedway. In-car temperatures of over 140°F didn’t stop Austin Dillon from collecting his first win of the season in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500.

“Not bad for a silver spoon kid”, Austin Dillon joked in his post-race interview with NBC Sports. “1,2 for RCR, this has been coming; we’ve had fast cars all year."

“I'm so happy. Thank God”, Dillon said as he leaned over his car, exhausted from the 500 mile race.

Due to failed inspections, Chase Elliott and Reed Sorenson had to start at the tail of the field. Pole-sitter, Aric Almirola came over the radio during the pace laps saying his No. 10 Mustang has no brakes.

Despite having brake troubles, Almirola was able to pull away from Ryan Blaney before the competition caution came out on lap 20. Almirola stayed out under this caution along with Kevin Harvick and a few others.

During green flag pit stops, Almirola was too aggressive off pit road and was handed a blend line violation penalty; he had to serve a pass-through. While that was happening, Martin Truex Jr. ran out of gas on track.

After pit stops concluded, it was Ryan Blaney who held off Kyle Busch to win stage one.

Stage One:

  1. Ryan Blaney
  2. Kyle Busch
  3. Kevin Harvick
  4. Tyler Reddick
  5. William Byron
  6. Kurt Busch
  7. Jimmie Johnson
  8. Alex Bowman
  9. Chris Buescher
  10. Martin Truex Jr.

 

12 laps into the second stage, the No. 48 of Jimmie Johnson got loose in turn four, hitting the outside wall causing heavy damage. To add on to his already tough day, Johnson was held two laps on pit road for having too many men over the wall while his crew worked under the damaged vehicle policy.

Truex Jr. was told to save gas towards the end of stage two because they did not put enough fuel in the car. He was able to make it to the green/white checkered flag as Ryan Blaney won his second stage of the race.

Stage Two:

  1. Ryan Blaney
  2. Joey Logano
  3. Denny Hamlin
  4. Kurt Busch
  5. Kevin Harvick
  6. Martin Truex Jr.
  7. Chase Elliott
  8. Aric Almirola
  9. Erik Jones
  10. Kyle Busch

 

As the final stage began, the action picked up when Almirola got into Kyle Busch. Busch spun around collecting Truex Jr., William Byron and Chris Buescher. This brought out the fifth caution as well as a red flag. While slowing down for the caution, Jimmie Johnson hit the back bumper of Ty Dillon causing damage to both vehicles.

John Hunter Nemechek was the cause of the sixth caution when he spun around on the backstretch.

Lap 250 brought trouble to Ty Dillon, he got into the side of William Byron and backed into the outside wall in turn two.

With 29 laps to go, Quin Houff took a hard hit into the outside wall after making contact with Christopher Bell while he was trying to pit. This caution allowed the 14 cars who haven't pit to make their way down pit road.

Blaney and Denny Hamlin both had to pit under green, so they took the wave-around under this yellow and started behind all the others who pitted under the caution.

When the race looked like it was falling into Austin Dillon’s hands, Denny Hamlin got into Alex Bowman; this wreck ended Bowman’s day.

Ten laps later, Hamlin brought out another caution. This time he got loose coming off of turn four and spun through the infield grass. Setting up for a green/white/checker finish for the second week in a row.

After a NASCAR Overtime, Austin Dillon was able to hold off a charging Tyler Reddick to win his first race of the 2020 season.

Ryan Blaney, who dominated most of the race, finished seventh after leading 150 laps.

Results:

  1. Austin Dillon
  2. Tyler Reddick
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. Kevin Harvick
  6. Erik Jones
  7. Ryan Blaney
  8. Kurt Busch
  9. Brad Keselowski
  10. Aric Alimrola

 

The next race for the NASCAR Cup Series will be the Super Start 400 Presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts. Catch all the action from Kansas on Thursday, July 23rd at 7:30pm EST on NBCSN.



On Thursday night, the drivers of the NASCAR Xfinity Series kicked off a packed weekend of racing at Kentucky Speedway. After 134 laps and one NASCAR Overtime, it was Austin Cindric winning his first race of the year in the Shady Rays 200. 

The field was set by random draw and Noah Gragson drew the pole position for the fourth time since NASCAR returned from the COVID-19 break.

Before the cars rolled off the grid, Anthony Alfredo had steering problems in his Richard Childress Racing entry; he was able to fix the problem and keep his starting position of 11th.

Lap one brought the first caution out as Jeb Burton lost control of his car in turn two, collecting Brandon Jones. For the second time in the last three races, Jones’ day was done on the opening lap.

When they went back green, Gragson and Austin Cindric put a three second gap on third place before the competition caution on lap 15.

After an aggressive move for the lead by Cindric with seven laps to go in the first stage went wrong, he fell back to third. Gragson used Cindric’s mistake to his advantage and led every lap in the stage leading to his sixth stage win of the season

Stage One:

  1. Noah Gragson
  2. Harrison Burton
  3. Austin Cindric
  4. Ross Chastain
  5. Anthony Alfredo
  6. Michael Annett
  7. Justin Haley
  8. Justin Allgaier
  9. Ryan Sieg
  10. Brett Moffitt

 

Chase Briscoe, who pitted under the competition caution, stayed out during the stage break and led the field to green in the second stage. 

Gragson got the jump on the restart, passing Briscoe using the inside lane and leading all the way to a Stage Two victory.

Stage Two:

  1. Noah Gragson
  2. Austin Cindric
  3. Chase Briscoe
  4. Ross Chastain
  5. Riley Herbst
  6. Justin Allgaier
  7. Michael Annett
  8. Ryan Sieg
  9. Brandon Brown
  10. Anthony Alfredo

 

What started as a three car battle for the lead, turned into a two car battle when Gragson and Cindric were able to pull away from Briscoe.

In the midst of the intense battle for the lead, Justin Haley got loose underneath the No. 68 of Brandon Brown, ultimately putting Brown into the wall bringing out the fifth caution of the race. Strategy on pit road was played during this caution as Haley and Jeremy Clements took two tires while the rest of the leaders took four.

By restarting fourth, Cindric was able to start on the outside line and quickly take the lead from Haley with 39 laps to go.

On lap 102, Ross Chastain drove his car hard into turn three, getting into the side of Brett Moffitt, putting an end to the solid run Moffitt was having.

Colby Howard was the reason for the seventh caution when he lost control of his car and hit the tire barrier in turn one.

After clearing Briscoe off of turn two on the restart, Cindric looked as though he would win the race until Harrison Burton spun his No. 18 Toyota Camry around, bringing out the caution with 2 to go. This led to NASCAR Overtime.

Cindric got a big push from Justin Allgaier on the final restart which allowed him to pass Chase Briscoe and capture his first oval win of his Xfinity Series career.

When talking about his first win on an oval with FOX Sports’ Jamie Little, Cindric said, “I don't care Jamie! I don’t care what shape the track is. I don't care if it's dirt, oval, I don't care. I'm just happy this Snap-On Ford Mustang went to victory lane.”

“We've been so close all year. These guys have given me so many race winning cars.”

The NASCAR Xfinity Series is back in action tomorrow night at Kentucky Speedway again for the running of the Alsco 300. Catch all the action from Kentucky on Friday, July 10th at 8:00 EST on Fox Sports 1.

With the postponement of the NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series on Saturday, it set up for a historic triple-header Sunday with all three of NASCAR’s top series. For the third week in a row, weather delayed the start of the Pocono 350. At the conclusion of the 140 lap race, it was Denny Hamlin who crossed the start/finish line first to win his fourth race of the season.

“Yeah he's just unbelievable. He's done a great job at this racetrack. This work that happens in the shop, this is why this happens on race day” Hamlin said when asked about his crew chief, Chris Gabehart.

With this win, Hamlin tied Jeff Gordon for the most wins at Pocono. When asked about how he feels about that stat, Hamlin said, “Six! I can't even put it into words. I can't even tell you how much it means to me.”

When the weather cleared, it was Austin Dillon leading the field to green, thanks to a top-20 invert from Saturday's race and Ryan Preece, who was supposed to start on pole, having to start in the rear due to an engine change. Other drivers who had to start in the rear included: Byron (engine), Elliott (transmission), Bowman (backup), Reddick (backup), Logano (backup), Jones (backup), McLeod (transmission), Houff (backup).

Four laps into the race, rain started to fall which brought out the first caution and red flag. The race resumed on lap 12 and a battle for the lead ensued between Kurt Busch and last week’s winner, Ryan Blaney; Busch prevailed. 

Lap 16 brought trouble to Michael McDowell as he went spinning in turn two in a single car incident.

Busch went on to lead the entirety of Stage One and pick up his first stage win of the season.

Stage One:

  1. Kurt Busch
  2. Ryan Blaney
  3. Christopher Bell
  4. Kevin Harvick
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Matt Dibenedetto
  7. Chris Buescher
  8. Martin Truex Jr.
  9. Kyle Busch
  10. Cole Custer

Shortly after the green flag flew to start the second stage, Blaney took the lead and gapped the pack until Christopher Bell backed into the turn two wall after blowing a right rear tire on lap 38. Bell had a strong run going prior to this incident; he was in the top-five most of the race.

When they went back green, Chris Buescher lost control of his car and hit the wall on the exit of turn three; this brought out the fifth caution of the race.

Various strategies played out in this stage, a few of the leaders cut the stage in half. In the midst of strategy playing out, Kyle Busch wrecked in turn two on lap 75 after making contact with Ryan Blaney. I don’t think anybody could have guessed Busch would be winless this far into the season, but his losing streak continues. 

Four laps later, turn two brought trouble to yet another driver, this time it was Ryan Preece, bringing out the seventh caution.

In a wild Stage Two, it was Brad Keselowski who edged Aric Almirola to the line to win his third stage of the season. 

Stage Two:

  1. Brad Keselowski
  2. Aric Almirola
  3. Ryan Newman
  4. Martin Truex Jr.
  5. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  6. Kevin Harvick 
  7. Austin Dillon
  8. Matt Dibenedetto
  9. Kurt Busch
  10. Denny Hamlin

When pit stops began in the final stage, both Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano got hit with pit road penalties, resulting in a drive through penalty. A battle of strategies played out between Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin. Harvick went to pit road as soon as the fuel window opened, while Hamlin waited until he needed to. When Hamlin got back up to speed, he found himself just over a second ahead of Harvick.

Hamlin was able to use his fresh right side tires and pull away from Harvick to win his sixth win at Pocono Raceway. Rounding out the top five was Kevin Harvick in second, Erik Jones in third, Chase Elliott in fourth, and Aric Almirola in fifth.

When asked about the pit strategy battle with Harvick by Fox Sports, Hamlin said, “I was excited, hoping for no caution. I knew we had the car. I just had to maintain the gap and I didn’t want to make any mistakes like I did at bristol -- I gave that away.”

The NASCAR Cup Series is back in action next weekend for a historic double-header weekend with IndyCar at the prestigious Indianapolis Motor Speedway. You can catch all the action from the Brickyard on Sunday, July 5th at 4:00 EST on NBC.



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