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
The NASCAR Xfinity Series races again on Aug. 14 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Kyle Busch scored his 100th NASCAR Xfinity Series victory on Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway.
Busch held off Justin Allgaier on two restarts in the final 10 laps to score the win.
With his win on Saturday, Busch becomes only the third NASCAR national series driver to win 100 or more races. Richard Petty is first with 200 wins, David Pearson is second with 105 wins and Kyle Busch is third with his 100 NASCAR Xfinity Series wins.
Busch, who started the race from the pole, led 122 of the 189 lap race. The race was extended 1 lap due to a late race incident.
Rounding out the top five were Justin Allgaier in second, Harrison Burton in third, Josh Berry in fourth and AJ Allmendinger in fifth.
Austin Cindric, who won the first stage of the race, saw his day end when he was involved in an incident with 30 laps to go when Michael Annett and Daniel Hemric collided. Annett’s car came down the track and collected Cindric’s car in the back, sending him into the wall.
Rounding out the top ten were Brandon Brown in sixth, Jeb Burton in seventh, Noah Gragson in eighth, Austin Hill in ninth and Riley Herbst in tenth.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will race at Pocono Raceway on June 27th at 12:00 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN
Stage 1 Winner: Austin Cindric
Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch
Race Winner: Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch scored his 99th NASCAR Xfinity Series win on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.
Busch, who led 94 of the 171 lap race, pulled away during an overtime restart to win on Saturday.
Busch, who is the all-time winningest driver in the NASCAR Xfinity Series will have the chance to score his 100th Xfinity Series victory next Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway.
Joe Gibbs Racing scored their 15th Xfinity Series win on Saturday. That achievement ties for the most Xfinity Series wins at a track. Roush Fenway Racing has 15 Xfinity Series wins at Darlington Raceway.
Rounding out the top five were Justin Allgaier in second, Austin Cindric in third, Daniel Hemric in fourth and Brandon Jones in fifth.
Justin Allgaier, who finished second scored his fourth top-three place finish in the last six races. Daniel Hemric, who finished fourth, finally ended his streak of finishing outside of the top 10. Noah Gragson, who finished seventh snapped a streak of four straight races of finishing outside the top 10.
Rounding out the top ten were AJ Allmendinger in sixth, Noah Gragson in seventh, Brett Moffitt in eighth, Justin Haley in tenth and Michael Annett in tenth.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will return to Nashville Superspeedway next Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN.
AJ Allmendinger won Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio in overtime.
Allmendinger won in dominating fashion, passing Ty Gibbs in overtime to win on Saturday. Gibbs would go on to finish third after Justin Haley passed him in overtime to finish second.
With his win on Saturday, Allmendinger ties Marcos Ambrose for most Xfinity road course series wins with five total.
Rounding out the top five were Justin Haley in second, Ty Gibbs in third, Brandon Jones in fourth and Andy Lally in fifth.
This marks Allmendinger’s second win of the year and Kaulig Racing’s third win of the year. Allmendinger’s first win of the year came at Las Vegas.
Rounding out the top ten were Brandon Brown in sixth, Michael Annett in seventh, Josh Berry in eighth, Ryan Sieg in ninth and Josh Williams in tenth.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will race at Texas Motor Speedway next Saturday at 4 p.m. Eastern on FS1.
Stage 1 Winner: AJ Allmendinger
Stage 2 Winner: Justin Haley
Race Winner: AJ Allmendinger
Ty Gibbs won Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Gibbs overcame a spin late in the race to win his second win of the season.
Gibbs, who is running a partial schedule for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Xfinity Series, has won two out of his last six starts with Joe Gibbs Racing.
Gibbs pulled ahead from Chase Briscoe with 20 laps to go in the race for the lead. Briscoe would slide up into the wall and make contact after an incident.
“i didn’t hit him. I absolutely helped him out with him getting lose there and it was not my intention,” Gibbs told FS1 post-race.
Rounding out the top five were Austin Cindric in second, Harrison Burton in third, Brandon Brown in fourth and Tyler Reddick in fifth.
Rounding out the top ten were Chase Briscoe in sixth, Ty Dillion in seventh, Brandon Jones in eighth, Brandon Jones in ninth, Jeremy Clements in tenth.
Stage 1 Winner: Daniel Hemric
Stage 2 Winner; Daniel Hemric
Race Winner: Ty Gibbs
John Hunter Nemechek won Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Nemechek was able to hold off late charging Carson Hocevar in second to win at Charlotte.
“How about this crowd? It’s awesome to have all you guys back. It’s spot cool to have the crowd here,” Nemechek told FS1 post-race.
Driver No. 4 had a good margin over second place when his truck was hit from debris from a bad wreck involving Johnny Sauter and Trey Hutchens III on Lap 115 of Lap 134.
Despite the damage to the roof of Nemechek’s truck, he was able to hold off Carson Hocevar in the final 10 laps for his ninth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory.
“Second is bittersweet, You’re the first loser but you also run second. It’s a good points day,” Carson Hocevar told FS1 post-race.
With his win on Friday, Nemechek picks up the final $50,000 bonus from the Triple Truck Challenge.
Rounding out the top five were Carson Hocevar in second, Ben Rhodes in third, Stewart Friesen in fourth and Todd Gilliland in fifth.
Rounding out the top ten were Chandler Smith in sixth, Ty Majeski in seventh, Derek Kraus in eighth, Austin Hill in ninth and Zane Smith in tenth.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will head into Texas Motor Speedway in the running of the SpeedyCash.com 200 on Saturday, June 12th at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on FS1.
Stage 1 Winner: Sheldon Creed
Stage 2 Winner: Zane Smith
Race Winner: John Hunter Nemechek