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Race Winner: William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner: Chris Buescher of Roush Fenway Racing (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner: William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):
● Kyle Busch started 24th and finished 15th.
● The M&M’S Fudge Brownie driver started 24th but moved up to 15th by lap five, and he stayed there until the competition yellow waved on lap 25.
● Busch came down pit road on lap 27 with the No. 18 over-the-wall team making quick work to gain him two positions on pit road and restart 13th.
● The two-time Cup Series champion dropped to 15th by the time the next caution waved on lap 65, telling crew chief Ben Beshore he was still too loose.
● Busch came down pit road on lap 68 to take on four tires, fuel and both trackbar and wedge adjustments as he restarted in the 18th spot.
● The M&M’S Fudge Brownie driver moved up to 15th by the end of Stage 1.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):
● Busch started ninth and finished 16th.
● The M&M’S Fudge Brownie driver came down pit road on lap 83 to take on tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment, and the No. 18 team performed a strong stop to help Busch restart in the ninth spot.
● Busch continued to struggle with the handling of his No. 18 Toyota, as he and Beshore went back and forth to diagnose the ill-handling racecar.
Final Stage Recap (Laps 161-267):
● Busch started 19th and finished 10th.
● Despite pitting under caution with four laps to go in Stage 2, Beshore called Busch back down pit road for four tires during the stage break. With Busch running in 16th, there wasn’t much track position to lose in order to gain a few laps with fresher tires, which matter at Homestead.
● The M&M’S Fudge Brownie driver restarted the final stage in the 19th position.
● The Las Vegas native was able to move up quickly and was in 12th by lap 175.
● Busch came to pit road on lap 201, and the No. 18 team gained three spots off pit road to restart ninth. The M&M’S Fudge Brownie driver gained two quick spots on the restart to get back into the top-10.
● Busch radioed to tell Beshore the car just didn’t hold on during the long run, but he battled the last 60 laps of the race to bring home his first top-10 finish of the season.
● This marks Busch’s 10th top-10 in 17 career starts at Homestead.
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Fudge Brownie Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing:
“We struggled a bit tonight with our M&M’S Fudge Brownie Camry. We finally got the handling back in the right direction there closer to the end, but we just didn’t quite have the longevity we were looking for. We’ll take what we learned today and hopefully get better for Las Vegas next weekend.”
The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Pennzoil 400 on Sunday, March 7, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race begins at 3:30 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by FOX and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Austin Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops / TRACKER Off Road Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Team Show Speed at Homstead-Miami Speedway
"All-in-all not a bad night for the Bass Pro Shops / TRACKER Off Road Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. We really had a strong car early. We drove to the front and we were going to finish fifth in Stage 2 but the caution came out. We restarted on the bottom and just made the wrong move going into Turn 1 and lost a bunch of spots. We lost some Stage Points there, so that was disappointing. We were able to get a Stage Point at the end of Stage 1. I thought we were going to be pretty good. We just never got going again like we needed to. We kind of got jumbled on some restarts. Man, Homestead-Miami Speedway is such a fun track. I got a little too tight in and loose off at the end. We just missed it when it got darker outside. We were really good early. We were doing a good job of keeping up with the track, but it changed drastically. It was really cool to see Tyler Reddick drive up to second and show us what we've got. It's on to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for us."
Tyler Reddick and the No. 8 Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen Team Impress With Second-Place Finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway
"Well, finishing second is a good night considering how the first two weekends of the season have gone, but I hate that I didn't get this Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen Chevy into Victory Lane because if I would have then I would have gotten a lot of people in America free chicken tenders on Monday night. Once I really saw how fast we were in clean air at the end of the race, and I saw how fast we were catching everybody it became beyond frustrating because I know just two or three different decisions on a restart would have put me miles ahead. I knew that we were going to have to have a well-executed restart. We didn't do that, and it takes time to get around all of those cars who pass you on a restart because they are all really good drivers. That's the difference. I thought we would be better in the day and everyone would catch up at night, but it was the opposite of that. We tried to work on our Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen Chevy throughout the night. We learned a lot. You have to win these races by being very consistent and making the right calls as a driver and as a team. I'm proud of how fast we were at the end of the race."
Race Winner: William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner: Chris Buescher of Roush-Fenway Racing (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner: William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):
● Chase Briscoe started 30th and finished 27th.
● The Ford Performance Racing School driver advanced to the 25th position prior to the competition caution on lap 27. Under yellow, he pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments to help tighten up his No. 14 Mustang in the center of turns three and four. Then he lined up 28th for the lap-30 restart.
● Briscoe was running 26th when the second caution of the race occurred on lap 65. He radioed that he couldn’t hustle at the start of a run and was lacking grip. With less than 15 laps remaining in Stage 1, the No. 14 crew gave him four fresh tires and fuel.
● The race returned to green on lap 72 with Briscoe restarting 23rd. He quickly dropped to 30th but moved back to 27th before the end of the stage on lap 80.
● Crew chief Johnny Klausmeier elected to pit for four tires and fuel, but no adjustments were made to the Ford Performance Racing School Mustang after Briscoe said the track came to him on the previous run.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):
● Briscoe started 23rd and finished 30th.
● On lap 91, Briscoe fell back to the 31st position and reported that he was “wrecking loose” following contact with the 23 that resulted in damage to his left-rear quarter panel.
● Briscoe made a scheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 126, getting four tires, fuel and adjustments. The No. 14 team also made repairs to the damaged quarter panel during the stop, but Briscoe returned to the track two laps down to the leaders.
● The yellow flag was shown for the fourth time on lap 155, and Briscoe remained on track to get back one lap. He restarted 30th on lap 159, one lap down, with just one lap remaining in the second stage.
● The No. 14 was the beneficiary of the stage-ending caution, allowing Briscoe to rejoin the lead-lap cars. He pitted under caution on lap 165 for four tires, fuel and additional repairs.
Final Stage Recap (Laps 161-267):
● Briscoe started 30th and finished 18th.
● The Ford Performance Racing School driver began the final stage in the 26th position and was 24th when caution came out on lap 201. Briscoe pitted for four tires and fuel on lap 202 and lined up 22nd for the restart.
● Briscoe entered the top-20 for the first time when the race resumed on lap 208 and advanced to 18th before the end of the race to earn his second top-20 finish in three Cup Series starts.
● The Dixie Vodka 400 marked Briscoe’s third NASCAR Cup Series start.
● Briscoe was the highest finishing NASCAR Cup Series rookie.
● William Byron won the Dixie Vodka 400 to score his second career NASCAR Cup Series victory and his first at Homestead. His margin over second-place Tyler Reddick was 2.777 seconds.
● There were six caution periods for a total of 36 laps.
● Twenty-five of the 40 drivers in the race finished on the lead lap.
● Denny Hamlin remains the championship leader after Homestead with a 20-point advantage over second-place Harvick.
Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 14 Ford Performance Racing School Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:
“I felt like for all the things we went through, finishing 18th was good recovery from being two laps down. I’m still learning so much. It took me until halfway through the race to understand what I needed to do. I definitely got schooled on restarts in the beginning, and that’s everything in this deal. It’s going to take time and experience and learning the hard way, but I’ll continue to build on it. This was our first real race of the season in a sense, so we’ll go to Vegas and finally be able to start a little closer to the front. Hopefully that will pay dividends for our Ford Performance Racing School team.”
The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Las Vegas 400 on Sunday, March 7, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race begins at 3:30 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by FOX and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Longs, SC driver Matt Cox prevailed in a race-long battle with Ryan Millington to win the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stocks feature Saturday afternoon at Florence Motor Speedway.
Cox sped to his second pole position of the season with a speed of 81.232 miles per hour to lead the 18-car field to the green flag. Cox got the advantage on the start over outside pole sitter, Zack Miracle, but the car on the move was Millington as he made his way to the front from the sixth starting position. The only caution of the race waved on lap 25 when David Roberts appeared to have an engine problem and stalled on the track in turn four.
On the restart, Cox and Millington traded several door slams before Millington was able to take the lead. But, just as it had earlier this month, Millington’s machine began to struggle late in the race, allowing Cox to make several attempts to take the lead. Cox made an aggressive move to take the lead entering turn one with 12 laps to go and was able to bypass Millington for the top spot. Cox led the rest of the way for the win over Ryan Glenski, Millington, Janson Marchbanks, and Jamie Weatherford. Rounding out the top 10 were Austin Somero, Averitt Lucas, Chris Throckmorton, Casey Kelley, and RA Brown.
Polesitter Davey Hatchell survived a dust up on the first lap to score a dominant win in the Charger division. Hatchell and Brian Owens got together on the front stretch at the completion of lap one and both barely avoided crashing. Following Hatchell and Owens at the finish were Archie Adams, Jr., Talon Gallimore, and Carter Langley.
The SuperTrucks raced for 40 laps with Lucas Williams taking the lead from Jody Measamer on lap three and holding on the rest of the way for his first win since 2019 at Myrtle Beach. The only caution of the race occurred on lap six when James Krakeel went for a spin on the backstretch. Following Williams at the finish were Neal Grant, Strom Altman, Measamer, and Adam McCumbee.
Kevin Jackson prevailed in a side-by-side battle with AJ Sanders in the late going to claim his first Mini Stock win of the season. Rounding out the top five were Brandon Clements, BJ Thrasher, and Matt Briggs
The next race at Florence Motor Speedway will be on Saturday afternoon, March 20th featuring the SMART Tour Open Wheel Modifieds, plus the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stocks, Chargers, SuperTrucks, and Mini Stocks. Be sure to “Like” Florence Motor Speedway on Facebook, follow @FlorenceMSpdwy on Twitter to keep up on all that’s going on in 2021, visit fmspeedway.com. or watch all the action live each week on fmspeedway.tv.
In the midst of an already-dramatic points championship finale, Saturday’s Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series Feature offered just as much excitement on the red clay of Modoc Raceway.
Brandon Overton, from nearby Evans, GA, brought the fans to their feet with a bit of outside groove magic, making the pass on runner-up Ross Bailes in the closing laps to pick up $7,000 and his second Xtreme DIRTcar Feature win of the year.
“[Modoc’s] kinda my home track. It’s the closest thing to me, so to win in front of everybody I know, it’s pretty awesome,” Overton said.
Defending Series champion and Team Drydene driver Chris Madden, of Gray Court, SC, carried a 25-point lead into Saturday night’s finale at Modoc and left still 20 points ahead of runner-up Kyle Strickler when all was said and done. A sixth-place finish to Strickler’s top-five in the Feature was good enough to seal his second consecutive Xtreme DIRTcar championship.
“It’s huge for us to win for [Drydene],” Madden said. “They help us a lot, and I’m just thankful to have them and be a part of this.”
While it all worked out in the end, Madden did not get the start to his night that he was looking for. Qualifying 22nd out of 29 cars in the field, his path to the championship was in question as he searched for the right setup for his Heat Race.
“I made a really bad decision right before Qualifying; that’s on me. But we were able to dig ourselves out of the hole,” Madden said.
Coming from eighth in Heat Race #1, Madden snagged the fifth and final transfer spot at the line on the final lap, placing him 13th on the starting grid for the Feature. Strickler had a much better Qualifying effort and earned a fourth-place starting spot for the 40-lap Feature via the redraw.
Polesitter Christian Hanger got the jump into Turn 1 at the drop of the green and led the first two laps before Dustin Mitchell made the power move to the inside to take the top spot – one he would keep until Lap 25 when Ross Bailes made the groove one lane higher work to swipe the lead away.
Overton had been riding third and decided to try the higher groove out for himself. What he found worked, as he made the move around the outside of Mitchell just four laps later.
“I had to wait on everybody’s tires to get hot so they’d start getting free in [the corner], and when they started getting free in, I knew I could attack getting into [Turn] 3,” Overton said.
By this time, Bailes had pulled out to a considerable lead as he approached lapped traffic. As the laps were winding down under 10-to-go, Overton made reeling Bailes in look easy.
“We caught that traffic just at the right time. I didn’t run the top until I got back to [Bailes]. I went up there a lap before and I got really close and I hung, and he kinda got away, so I knew not to get really, really high in [Turn] 1 and I could still do my deal down in 3 and 4,” Overton said.
With five laps left on the board, Overton knew it was crunch time. He peeled off the bottom and slung it to the higher groove he’d used on Mitchell to make the pass, bringing the Modoc crowd to their feet with his bravery as he drove off with the lead and the eventual win.
“[Bailes] just kinda got it stuck up there, and I finally got it blown-off enough to finally clear him. It was a hell of a race,” Overton said.
Strickler gave it a solid effort, bagging his fourth top-five in five Xtreme races this season, even after a bit of contact with Overton in the opening laps heading into Turn 1.
“It cost us some spots, but it didn’t cost us a championship,” Strickler said.
Madden crossed the stripe right behind him after a solid run up through the field from 13th. While he is noted for having a solid poker face in these pressure situations, Madden did admit the points situation was an active thought in his mind as he pulled onto the track for the Feature.
“It was pretty heavy,” he said. “[Strickler] drew a four, and that put himself in-position to get it done. I put myself in a position to get beat.
“Especially when you’re coming into the Feature and the guy you’re battling is up front and you’re in the back. It was mine to lose when I came here tonight, and I almost did it.”
Despite coming up just 20 points shy of dethroning Madden and winning his first Xtreme DIRTcar championship, Strickler recalls the abundant success he’s had to this point and looks to continue it as a full-time member of the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series in 2021, chasing his first national championship as a rookie.
“Top-five [finish] and second in points; I’m really proud of my guys, all my supporters and sponsors,” Strickler said. “It’s definitely a testament to how hard we’re working and how bad we want this.”
Feature (40 Laps) 1. 76-Brandon Overton [$7,000]; 2. 79-Ross Bailes [$2,500]; 3. D8-Dustin Mitchell [$1,700]; 4. 71-Hudson O’Neal [$1,400]; 5. 8-Kyle Strickler [$1,200]; 6. 44-Chris Madden [$1,000]; 7. 89-GR Smith [$800]; 8. 2-Matthew Nance [$700]; 9. 6JR-Parker Martin [$600]; 10. 18D-Daulton Wilson [$550]; 11. 19-Pearson Lee Williams [$500]; 12. 88-Trent Ivey [$500]; 13. J1-Joshua Bishop [$500]; 14. 10-Garrett Smith [$500]; 15. 421-Anthony Sanders [$500]; 16. 57-Adam Yarbrough [$500]; 17. 6-Dillon Brown [$500]; 18. 17V-Tim Vance [$500]; 19. O3-David Yandle [$500]; 20. 29-Christian Hanger [$500]; 21. 42K-Cla Knight [$500]; 22. OO-Dalton Polston [$500]; 23. 87-Walker Arthur [$500]; 24. 18-Brett Hamm [$500] Hard Charger: 44-Chris Madden[+7]
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Brett Moffitt and the No.02 Our Motorsports Chevrolet started from the 6th position Saturday in the Contender Boats 250 at Homestead Miami Speedway and brought home an eighth-place finish after leading laps and having top-3 speed all race. The day overall was an up and down day for the team, but the common theme throughout the day was the speed of the Our Motorsports Chevy before misfortune hit with less than ten laps to go.
In the first stage of the race, Moffitt once again flexed the strength of the 2021 Our Motorsports program, picking up several spots right after the drop of the green flag. Moffitt fought off several NASCAR Xfinity Series championship contenders, running second most of the stage. A late-stage caution showed mixed pit strategies, with the No.02 Chevy team deciding to stay out, neglecting to take tires, saving them for later in the race. Unfortunately, although the strategy was a long play, the No.02 team lost spots in the closing laps of the stage, finishing the stage in 16th. The team pit for a small adjustment, four tires, and fuel at the end of the stage.
Stage two saw Moffit working his way up after restarting 15th. A caution about halfway through the stage shuffled up pit strategies once again, and the No.02 team again decided to save tires for late-race scenarios. Moffitt was fighting a loose condition on his No.02 Chevy, and finished the stage in 12th, before pitting for adjustments, tires, and fuel.
Final stage: Moffitt and the No.02 team started 15th and drove up into the top-10 in just two laps. A caution came out with 58 laps to go and the Our team bolted on four fresh Goodyear Racing tires and took fuel. They were one of the only teams to pit under that caution. With 52 laps left, the green came back out, and Moffit restarted 19th and it only took Brett and the No.02 Chevy two laps to pick up eleven spots. With just less than 40 laps to go, Moffitt took the lead. The No.02 eventually fell back to second but pulled back within just a second of the leader with 10 to go. Unfortunately, lap traffic created an obstacle for Brett and contact with the wall forced the Our Motorsports team to pit with a right-rear tire flat. The team found themselves back in 20th with six to go, and two green, white, checkered finishes allowed the team to pit for tires and fuel and fight back for an eighth-place result.
Driver Brett Moffit:
“Once again, the Our Motorsports team gave us a piece to contend for the win. We had a really strong day with pace, and we did all we could with a loose racecar. I’m really thankful as always for this opportunity with Chris Our and the opportunity to work with Joe Williams and all of the great people that work here. If we keep bringing cars like this to the racetrack, I know we’ll get a win very soon and I can’t wait for that moment.”
The NASCAR Xfinity Series and the Our Motorsports team are headed west next week to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Alsco Uniforms 300. Fans can catch the action on FS1, MRN/Sirius XM NASCAR, and other local radio affiliates at 4:30pm and by following Our Motorsports on social media.
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David Prickett scored his eleventh career Western Midget Racing presented by Masters Design and Construction victory by grabbing Saturday’s season opener at Glendale, Arizona’s Adobe Mountain Speedway. The victory marks the fourth different venue where Prickett has prevailed in WMR competition and gives him the debut win for the series in the Copper State.
Nine stock production-powered Midgets were on hand for the non-points opener. Prickett won the opening heat race from the outside pole before Peoria, Arizona’s Cory Brown duplicated the feat in the second heat race.
A three-car inversion for the 20-lap feature placed Greg Jewett on the pole on the 1/5th mile dirt oval. Prickett took the win from the third starting position, holding off Brown by a scant .625 seconds. Jewett’s debut was a strong one, finishing third ahead of fellow debutant Las Cruces, NM’s Aasa Flores and Granite Bay, Calif.’s Gary Dunn.
Western Midget Racing opens its 2021 championship points season on March 20th at Adobe Mountain with Ocean Speedway’s first WMR date on March 26 and Ventura Raceway seeing its first WMR action of the year on April 3.
For more information on Western Midget Racing, visit them at www.WesternMidgetRacing.com or follow them on Facebook!
Western Midget Racing is presented by: Masters Design and Construction, Rockwell Security, Rams Racing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Extreme Mufflers, FTK, King Racing Products, and BR Motorsports.
February 27, 2021 - Adobe Mountain Speedway (Glendale, Ariz.) Results
HEAT 1 (8 laps) – 1. 0FG David Prickett; HEAT 2 (8 laps) - 1. 29 Cory Brown
FEATURE (20 laps) - 1. 0FG David Prickett ; 2. 29 Cory Brown ; 3. 74 Greg Jewett ; 4. 6 Aasa Flores ; 5. 12h Gary Dunn ; 6. 17 Megan Moorhead ; 7. 5 CJ Bunch ; 8. 50 Kala Keliinoi ; 9. 99 Darren Brent 
NEXT RACE: March 20 – Adobe Mountain Speedway (Glendale, Ariz.)
Race Winner: Myatt Snider of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner: AJ Allmendinger of Kaulig Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 2 Winner: Austin Cindric of Team Penske (Ford)
Riley Herbst endured an up-and-down day in the Contender Boats 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The driver of the No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang started 29th in the 179-lap race around the 1.5-mile oval and climbed to as high as fourth. In fact, that’s where he started the final stage, and the Las Vegas-native was poised to race with the leaders and potentially contend for the win. But on lap 99, Justin Allgaier came off turn two and pinched Herbst into the outside wall. This damaged the front end of the Monster Energy Ford, forcing a prolonged pit stop for repairs. Herbst restarted all the way back in 30th, but rallied his way into the top-15 by lap 109. “Tight, tight,” is how Herbst described his racecar, and as the laps ticked down toward the checkered flag, the damage to the Monster Energy Mustang was too pronounced to overcome. Herbst still finished 11th, one spot shy of going three-for-three in terms of top-10s at Homestead. Herbst finished 10th and ninth, respectively, in the two Xfinity Series races last year at Homestead during his rookie season.
Riley Herbst, driver of the No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:
“The first two stages we were just biding time because we had to start so deep in the field. Then at the start of the final stage, we had good track position but the ‘7’ (Allgaier) just came across our nose and we got damage and had to go all the way back in the field again. We made our way back up to 11th. It kind of sucks, but we’ll go to Vegas now.”
● Herbst finished fourth in Stage 2 to earn seven bonus points.
● Myatt Snider won the Contender Boats 250 to score his first career Xfinity Series victory. His margin of victory over second-place Tyler Reddick was .085 of a second. (Note: Reddick was disqualified in post-race inspection.)
● There were eight caution periods for a total of 42 laps.
● Twenty-five of the 40 drivers in the Contender Boats 250 finished on the lead lap.
● Austin Cindric remains the championship leader after Homestead with a 28-point advantage over second-place Snider.
The next event on the Xfinity Series schedule is the Alsco Uniforms 300 on Saturday, March 6 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race starts at 4:30 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.