Wednesday, May 25
Matthew Jackson

Matthew Jackson

Ryan Blaney won Sunday nights NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race, giving him the $1 million prize for the first time in his career. 

 
It took two attempts before Blaney would win the race. As Blaney was approaching the finish line, NASCAR threw out the caution for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. who made contact with the outside wall in Turn 2. 
 
Overtime rules for this years All-Star Race stated that the race must end under green flag conditions. Since Blaney was not yet across the finish line, the race would be sent into overtime. 
 
Blaney had thought the race was over and doing so he unhinged his window net believing that he had won the race. It would take Blaney the entire caution flag to get his window net secure enough to not be sent down pit road by NASCAR. 
 
In the overtime finish, Blaney would hold off Denny Hamlin and Austin Cindric to win the million dollar prize. Blaney would lead the final 84 laps of the race.
 
Rounding out the top five were Denny Hamlin in second, Austin Cindric in third, Joey Logano in fourth and Daniel Suarez in fifth. 
 
Denny Hamlin who finished second, was noticeably upset with NASCAR’s decision to not have Blaney come down pit road to fix his window net. 
 
“He (expletive) was holding the latch up.” 
 
Hamlin would also take to Twitter to show his displeasure about NASCAR’s call to throw the the caution and not to take action on Blaney’s window net.
 
 
The originally scheduled 125 lap race was 140 laps due to on-track incidents. The most serious on-track incidents when race leader Kyle Busch got a flat right rear tire at the Turn 4 exit. Busch attempted to get out of the way of other drivers but wounded up in the path of Ross Chastain. Chastain would launch over the left rear of Kyle Busch’s car. The wreck would also collect Chase Elliott as well. 
 
The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 29th. at 6:00 p.m. Eastern on FOX. 
 
Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch
Stage 2 Winner: Austin Cindric
Stage 3 Winner: Ryan Blaney
Race Winner: Ryan Blaney

Joey Logano used the back bumper of William Byron to snap his 40-race winless streak at Darlington on Sunday.

In the final two laps, Logano caught up to then leader William Byron in Turn 3 and gave Byron a shot in the bumper. As a result, that would send Byron into the outside wall and allow Logano to pass by for the lead and go onto win.

Logano said post race that it was retaliation from earlier in the race when Byron got into him.

“You’re not gonna put me in the wall and not get anything back. That’s not how that works,” Logano told FS1 post-race.

Meanwhile Byron would go onto finish 13th after significant damage was made to his car after the contact with Logano.

Byron was noticeably upset with Logano during his post-race interview with Fox Sports.

“He’s just an idiot. He does this stuff all the time. I’ve seen it with other guys. He drove in there 10 mile an hour too fast and with these Next Gen cars he slammed me so hard it knocked the whole right side off the car and no way to make the corner. He’s just a moron,” Byron told FS1 post-race.

Rounding out the top five were Tyler Reddick in second, Justin Haley in third, Kevin Harvick in fourth and Chase Elliott in fifth.

Justin Haley who finished third, scored his first top-five series finish since winning at Daytona in July of 2019.

Kevin Harvick who finished fourth, scored his 13th straight top-10 place finish at Darlington Raceway, breaking the tie he had with Bill Elliott for the most consecutive top tens at the track.

Notable and reigning Cup Series champion Kyle Larson finished 36th after an engine failure on Sunday. This marks his fifth finish of 29th or worse this year in 12 races. In all of 2021 he had just four finishes of 29th or worse.

Rounding out the top ten were Christopher Bell in sixth, Michael McDowell in seventh, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in eighth, Austin Dillion in ninth and Daniel Suarez in tenth.

The NASCAR Cup Series will head to Kansas Speedway on May 15th at 3:30 p.m. Eastern on FS1.

Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano
Stage 2 Winner: Ross Chastain
Race Winner: Joey Logano

Chase Elliott won Monday’s NASCAR Cup race at Dover Motor Speedway.

Elliott took the lead from Ross Chastain after a restart with 53 laps to go and went on to pick up his first Cup win of the season.

“Let’s enjoy it,” Elliott said to his team over the radio after the race.

With his win on Monday, Elliott snaps a 26-race winless streak. He is also the ninth different winner in the first 11 races of the season.

Driver No. 9 was on the inside lane when the race went back to green. Elliott passed by Chastain when the green flag waved and would hold onto command of the lead for the remainder of the race picking up his 14th NASCAR Cup Series win.

Rounding out the top five were Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in second, Ross Chastain in third, Christopher Bell in fourth and Alex Bowman in fifth.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who finished second, snapped a seven race streak of finishing 25th or worse.

Martin Truex Jr, who was racing Chastain for third on the final lap made contact with Chastain and spun out on the final lap.

Kyle Busch led a race-high of 103 laps but bad luck would come his way when he pitted under green flag and a caution would come out after AJ Allmendinger’s car lost a wheel. That would put Busch restarting 16th on the restart. He would go on to finish 7th.

Rounding out the top ten were Kyle Larson in sixth, Kyle Busch in seventh, Chris Buescher in eighth, Kevin Harvick in ninth and Erik Jones in tenth.

The NASCAR Cup Series will head to Darlington Raceway on May 8th at 3:30 p.m. Eastern on FS1.

Stage 1 Winner: Denny Hamlin
Stage 2 Winner: Ryan Blaney
Race Winner: Chase Elliott

Kyle Busch won Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race on the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt. 

 
Busch was running third on the final lap of the race but after first place Tyler Reddick and second place Chase Briscoe wrecked each other on the final turn, Kyle Busch would drive by and sneak through for the victory.
 
“We got one. It doesn’t matter how you get them. It’s all about getting them,” Busch told FS1 post-race as he was getting booed by fans. “Man, I feel like Dale Earnhardt Sr. right now. This is awesome. I didn’t even do anything.”
 
“I don’t know why our car would not refire after the rain both times,” Busch said post-race. “I was leading on the first big rain delay coming back and I fell to eighth and I was able to drive back through on the long run and get back into position. Then on that one again same thing and I fell off and couldn’t hang. It got me about 20 laps to get going, but overall just great to get back in victory lane.”
 
Reddick who was leading on the final lap before the wreck led a race-high 99 of the final 100 laps. Briscoe didn’t catch Reddick until the final lap and sent him and Reddick both hard into Turn 3. Briscoe lost control on Turn 3 and slid right into Reddick’s left rear quarter panel. Both cars spun out, but Reddick did a quick 360 and got back going. Busch drove past both drivers and would beat Reddick by 0.33 seconds.
 
Sunday’s win for Busch marks his 60th career NASCAR Cup Series victory and puts him ninth on the all-time wins list. His last win came back in June of 2021 at Pocono Raceway. 
 
Rounding out the top five were Tyler Reddick in second, Joey Logano in third, Kyle Larson in fourth and Ryan Blaney in fifth.
 
The race was halted throughout the night when rain showers would pop up the track would get muddy and NASCAR would have to send packers out onto the track to get the track in race shape again.
 
Rounding out the top ten were Alex Bowman in sixth, Christopher Bell in seventh, Chase Elliott in eighth, Michael McDowell in ninth and Ty Dillion in tenth. 
 
The NASCAR Cup Series will head to Talladega Superspeedway on April 24th at 3:30 p.m. Eastern on FOX. It was announced that Dale Earnhardt Jr. would be the guest analyst for the race.
 
Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Larson
Stage 2 Winner: Chase Briscoe
Race Winner: Kyle Busch
 
 

AJ Allmendinger won Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Circuit of the America’s.

 
Allmendinger won his first Xfinity Series race of the season, leading 27 of the 46 laps which was a race-high.
 
Saturday’s win marks Allmendinger’s seventh career Xfinity road course win.
 
 “I was hard on myself yesterday. I was not happy with where I put ourselves, the setup that I made for us,” Allmendinger told Fox Sports post-race. “All these men and women here at Kaulig Racing, between the Cup side of it and the Xfinity side of it, they don’t sleep during the week. They’re busting their tails.

“That’s why I’m so frickin hard on myself sometimes because they deserve to win more than anybody here and I just want to do it for them, so thankfully, we got one done today.”

Rounding out the top five were Austin Hill in second, Cole Custer in third, Noah Gragson in fourth and Sam Mayer in fifth. 

Allmendinger, Hill, Gragson and Mayer are the eligible drivers for next Saturday’s Dash 4 Cash opener at Richmond Raceway with their top five finishes.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will head into Richmond Raceway next Saturday, April 2nd at 1:30 p.m. Eastern on FS1.

Stage 1 Winner: AJ Allmendinger 

Stage 2 Winner: Sam Mayer

Race Winner: AJ Allmendinger 

Cole Custer won Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway. 

 
Custer led a race-high 80 laps and had to survive three overtime attempts before getting the checkered flag. Saturday’s win marks Custer’s 10th win in both the Cup Series and Xfinity Series.
 
Saturday’s win also marks the first career Xfinity Series win for SS Greenlight Racing. The team has a technical alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing.
 
“Man that was just an awesome car,” Custer told FS1 post-race. “That thing was a rocket ship all day. I can’t thank Bobby Dotter enough and everybody who was involved on this car. It was unreal how fast we were.”
 
Driver No. 07 took the lead on a restart with six laps to go but a caution with four laps to go would send the race into overtime. 
 
Saturday’s race included a record high number of cautions for the Xfinity Series with 12 total cautions. 
 
Rounding out the top five were Noah Gragson in second, Trevor Bayne in third, Josh Berry in fourth and Anthony Alfredo in fifth. 
 
Trevor Bayne’s third place finish marks his first race back in the Xfinity Series in several years. The 2011 Daytona 500 winner has six more scheduled starts in the Xfinity Series with Joe Gibbs Racing.
 
Rounding out the top ten were Sam Mayer in sixth, AJ Allmendinger in seventh, Justin Allgaier in eighth, Riley Herbst in ninth and Ryan Sieg in tenth.
 
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will head to Las Vegas Motor Speedway next Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Eastern on FS1.
 
Stage 1 Winner: Trevor Bayne 
Stage 2 Winner: Cole Custer
Race Winner: Cole Custer

Kyle Larson won Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series finale race at Phoenix Raceway in route to his first ever NASCAR Cup Series championship.

With his win on Sunday, Larson caps off what was one of the best seasons by a driver in series history.

“I cannot believe it,” Larson told NBC Sports post-race. I didn’t think I would be racing a Cup car a year and a half ago and to win the championship is crazy. There were so many points of this race where I did not think that we were going to win and without my pit crew on that last stop, we would nit be standing here. They’re the true winners this race. They’re the true champion. I’m just blessed to be apart of this group. Every single person at Hendrick Motorsports. This win is for all of us and every one of you.

An 11.8 second pit stop under yellow gave Larson the lead in the race’s final restart with just 24 laps to go.

Larson held off his fellow championship four drivers for the win.

Martin Truex Jr. finished second, Denny Hamlin finished third and Chase Elliott rounded out the championship four drivers in fifth.

Ryan Blaney finish fourth, leading the non championship drivers.

Martin Truex Jr., who won the Cup series title in 2017 now has finished runner-up in points for the third time in the last four seasons.

“’18, ’19’, ’21 three years, we were right there and had a car capable of winning and just for whatever reason it didn’t go the way we needed it to,”Truex told NBC Sports post-race. “And at the end there not quite enough speed to get to Larson and around him. I thought if he’d stay on the bottom a little bit longer, id have a shot but he moved up and I couldn’t do anything on the bottom. It is what it is. They did a great job. They had a great season. Congrats to them. We’ll come back and try again next year,”

Larson is the third different driver to win a Cup series title in the modern era in his first season with a new team.

The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season begins on February 6th with the Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The first points paying race of the season is the Daytona 500 on February 20th on FOX.

Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr.

Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Larson

Race Winner: Kyle Larson 



Kyle Larson won his seventh win of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season with his win on Sunday in the Round of 12 elimination race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Larson faced issues early in the race when his car suffered electrical issues that forced the team to change the battery and the alternator belt.

However, driver No. 5 quickly rebounded and climbed back into race contention. On the race’s final resort with 8 laps to go, Larson passed Denny Hamlin, who is already loved into the Round of 8 with his win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the lead and would go on to win.

Rounding out the top five were Tyler Reddick in second, Chris Buescher in third, Kyle Busch in fourth and Denny Hamlin in fifth.

In Larson’s post-race interview with NBC Sports, he admitted some electrical problems that he was aware of the would put him below the cutoff line to advance for a portion of the race.

“Obviously I had a pretty good idea. I’d gone through it here a few years ago in the 42,” Larson told NBC Sports post-race. When you think you’re good and all of a sudden you’re running like 40th. You’re like well… I’m down below the cutline.”

Kevin Harvick, Christopher Bell, William Byron and Alex Bowman all were eliminated from the playoffs after Sunday’s race.

Harvick’s day came to an end after his playoff feud with 2020 Cup Series champion Chase Elliott started again during the final stage of the race.

On lap 55, contact from Harvick would send Chase Elliott into the Turn 7 wall. In Turn 8, Elliott lost control of the car and clipped Cole Custer. After the wreck, communication over Elliott’s team radio centered payback on Kevin Harvick.

Elliott wouldn’t have to return the favors.

With 11 laps remaining, as Harvick was closing in on Elliott, Harvick locked up his brakes in Turn 1 and slid into the safer barrier.

After the race, Elliott chimed in on the situation.

“Our team has a lot of fight and I’m super proud of that,” Elliott told NBC Sports. As far as Kevin goes, I just want to wish them a merry offseason and a happy Christmas.”

Rounding out the top ten were Matt DiBenedetto in sixth, Joey Logano in seventh, Christopher Bell in eighth, Ryan Blaney in ninth and Alex Bowman in tenth.

The NASCAR Cup Series will head to Texas Motor Speedway next Sunday in the Round of 8 opener at 2:00 p.m. Eastern on NBC.

Stage 1 Winner: Chase Elliott

Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch 

Race Winner: Kyle Larson 

Denny Hamlin won Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff round of 12 opener at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

With his win on Sunday, Hamlin earns a spot into the round of 8.

Sunday’s victory marked Hamlin’s second win of the season. His first win came in the NASCAR Cup Series round of 16 opener at Darlington Raceway.

“It feels so good to win in Vegas,” Hamlin told NBCSN post-race. Last couple of times I’ve been so close. Just didn’t have the right brakes but they dialed the car in great and we were able to hold these guys off.”

Hamlin doesn’t have to worry about the next two weeks at Talladega and the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval as he has locked himself into  the next round of the playoffs.

Rounding out the top five were Case Elliott in second, Kyle Busch in third, Martin Truex Jr. in fourth and Ryan Blaney in fifth.

Chase Elliott, who finished second made a run at the win in the final few laps as he cut down his lead to under half a second.

“We were really close just not quite close enough,” Chase Elliott told NBCSN post-race.

Rounding out the top ten were Tyler Reddick in sixth, Brad Keselowski in seventh, Kurt Busch in eighth, Kevin Harvick in ninth and Kyle Larson in tenth.

The NASCAR Cup Series will head to Talladega Superspeedway next Sunday, Oct. 3 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern on NBC.

Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Larson

Stage 2 Winner: Denny Hamlin

Race Winner: Denny Hamlin 

Ryan Blaney won Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway.
 
Blaney took the lead on a restart with eight laps to go and would hold on to his lead to win Sunday's Cup race.
 
Ryan Blaney beat William Byron by 0.077 seconds, the closest finish at the track since electronic scoring. 
 
"That was cool," Blaney told NBCSN post-race. "I'm fired up!" 
 
Sunday's win marked Blaney's second win of the season and his first multiple race win in a season. 
 
Rounding out the top five were William Byron in second, Kyle Larson in third, Kurt Busch in fourth and Denny Hamlin in fifth. 
 
"This was like a plate race in disguise," Kurt Busch told NBCSN post-race.
 
Kevin Harvick, who finished 14th clinched the 15th playoff spot with one playoff spot left in next weekends race at Daytona International Speedway. 
 
Rounding out the top ten were Matt DiBenedetto in sixth, Kyle Busch in seventh, Chase Elliott in eighth, Brad Keselowski in ninth and Martin Truex Jr. in tenth.
 
The NASCAR Cup Series will head into Daytona International Speedway in on August 28th at 7 p.m. Eastern on NBC.
 
Stage 1 Winner: Chase Elliott
Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch
Race Winner: Ryan Blaney 
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