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Jesse Embraces Full-Time Xfinity Series Racing Journey with RCR

Jesse Embraces Full-Time Xfinity Series Racing Journey with RCR

WELCOME, N.C. — Richard Childress Racing (RCR) has announced that Jesse Love, the reigning ARCA Menards Series champion, will be making the transition to the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the upcoming season.

Love is set to take the wheel of the No. 2 Whelen Chevrolet as he embarks on his full-time journey with RCR’s championship-winning Xfinity Series program.

Hailing from Menlo Park, Calif., the 18-year-old driver delivered a standout performance in the ARCA Menards Series this year, securing victory in half of the races on the series schedule on his way to clinching the championship.

Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR, expressed his admiration for Love’s impressive performance: “We’ve been watching Jesse for a while now, and his breakout performance in the ARCA Menards Series was impressive this season. We know that he has the talent and determination to win races and compete for championships within RCR’s NASCAR Xfinity Series program. We are looking forward to welcoming Whelen back for another year on the No. 2 program and feel confident that Jesse will be a strong ambassador for Whelen.”

This move signifies a notable shift for Love, who has been a prominent member of the Toyota Racing Driver Development program for several years. Love achieved an impressive 10 wins in the ARCA Menards Series while driving Venturini Motorsports Toyotas this season.

A two-time ARCA Menards Series West champion and the youngest champion in NASCAR history, Love’s racing journey began at the tender age of five, maneuvering quarter-midgets across the San Francisco Bay area. He later advanced to full midget and sprint cars, accumulating six USAC championships in the USAC Speed 2 Ford Focus division. Love made his stock car debut in a late model at the astonishingly young age of 10.

“I’ve been fortunate to gain a lot of racing experience at a young age, but nothing compares to the opportunity to race for a legendary team like Richard Childress Racing,” Love shared. “I have so much respect for Richard Childress and am extremely grateful to be able to race and learn with one of the most successful teams in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. I’ve dreamed of racing at the highest levels of the sport since I was a young kid, and the path to the NASCAR Cup Series seems more clear with this opportunity.”

Love also expressed his enthusiasm for representing Whelen, a company deeply involved in motorsports and dedicated to crafting American-made products.

As for Sheldon Creed, who has commanded the No. 2 Chevrolet for the past two seasons at RCR, he is currently in the final stretch of his tenure with the organization. The team disclosed on October 11 that Creed would not be returning, and Creed has yet to reveal his plans for the upcoming season.


Dale Earnhardt Jr Acknowledges Error, Throws Support Behind Jeff Gordon's NASCAR Vision

Dale Earnhardt Jr Acknowledges Error, Throws Support Behind Jeff Gordon’s NASCAR Vision

The recent Racers Forum featuring former NASCAR Cup Series champions Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon has sent ripples through the racing community. Their discussions on reshaping the future of the sport have ignited a lively debate.

While NASCAR has welcomed superstar presence in the sport, it has also seen a decline in fan affiliation with specific racing teams. Dale Earnhardt Jr., a revered figure in the sport, and now a team owner, initially had reservations about Gordon’s ideas.

Earnhardt, known for his vocal stance on racing matters, has never shied away from conversations about the sport’s future. Many drivers have echoed the sentiment that NASCAR is currently more driver-centric, carrying on the legacy of the previous generation of NASCAR stars. However, over time, Earnhardt came to understand the underlying intentions of Jeff Gordon’s plan to enhance team marketability.

During the forum, four-time champion Gordon argued that NASCAR, as a sport, should work on incentivizing the fanbase to foster broader support for teams. Even powerhouse teams like Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing witness fans gravitating more towards individual drivers rather than the team as a whole. In comparison to Formula 1, the most popular motorsport, NASCAR teams have yet to cultivate a following on par with Formula 1 teams.

Ferrari, a giant in the motorsport world, boasts a dedicated and loyal fanbase, endorsing the brand irrespective of the drivers, emphasizing all facets of the team. Perhaps Gordon envisions something akin to this, which could potentially benefit teams. However, Dale Earnhardt Jr. raised a valid concern about the challenge of achieving this.

“It is going to be more difficult for the teams to create brands that separate themselves from each other enough to where you’re going to have fans that can get diehard behind the team,” stated Junior.

He further pondered, “How does a team that’s been branded forever like RCR, how does it create real substance and equity behind that? Whereas Trackhouse is sort of doing that. Pitbull named his album Trackhouse. Trackhouse has got logos in other forms of sport. Their brand is on other athletes in different sports. They are sort of trying to create an identity that’s unique to what we know as a race team. Maybe, in turn, creating a fanbase that loves all things Trackhouse, right? Much like someone may love Chevrolet, Ferrari.

The preceding era of NASCAR luminaries exuded a unique mystique and charisma. In today’s cohort of drivers, Chase Elliott stands out, earning the title of NASCAR’s most popular driver for five consecutive years. Yet, Elliott’s impact differs from the likes of Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, or Dale Earnhardt Jr.

As the chairman of Hendrick Motorsports, Gordon has delved even deeper into the dynamics of the sport. He now oversees the operations of teams featuring champions like Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott, along with emerging talents like his successor, William Byron.

Gordon’s evolving perspective came to light at the Racers Forum when he remarked, “I believe race teams have a role in building our brand, perhaps not to the extent of a driver’s star power, but in a manner where drivers— and we’ve witnessed this recently with Jimmie Johnson, Dale Jr., and myself— several prominent drivers with substantial fan followings have stepped away from the sport, and I think it profoundly impacted the sport.”

When pressed for an explanation, he offered a direct response, “Because it appears that fans may not have as strong a connection to the team as they did to the driver.” Conversely, Brad Keselowski underscored how star power impacts teams. He contends that the diminishing involvement of sponsors and partners will persist if drivers remain the primary focus. While implementing this model will undoubtedly require time, NASCAR may explore its options in due course. Nevertheless, transitioning an entire fanbase from an established system will be a substantial undertaking.

Kyle Larson Secures Spot in NASCAR Title Race, Stays Unwavering for Upcoming Two Weeks

Kyle Larson Secures Spot in NASCAR Title Race, Stays Unwavering for Upcoming Two Weeks

In an eventful week, Kyle Larson has surged as a NASCAR title favorite, clinching a sprint car championship, securing entry into the Indianapolis 500, and becoming the first driver to lock in a spot in NASCAR’s championship finale. His recent victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the playoff opener keeps him in the running for his second Cup title in three years.

Despite his secure position in the championship finale, Larson is not letting off the gas in the upcoming two races. Next on the NASCAR schedule is the Homestead-Miami Speedway, where Larson is the defending race winner. The series will then head to Martinsville Speedway in Virginia before concluding at Phoenix on November 5.

Larson emphasized the importance of not getting ahead of himself, focusing on the challenges ahead, and putting pressure on himself to perform exceptionally well, especially at Homestead. He aims to dominate by winning both stages and the race by significant margins.

The precedent of Joey Logano, who won at Las Vegas last year and secured a championship at Phoenix, serves as a reminder that maintaining intensity is crucial. Larson’s crew chief, Cliff Daniels, is determined to keep the No. 5 team on track to match the competition’s intensity.

Despite his busy schedule due to sprint car racing, Larson wrapped up his extracurricular racing commitments by winning the High Limit Sprint Car Series championship at Lincoln Park Speedway in Indiana, a series he founded with his brother-in-law Brad Sweet, a four-time World of Outlaws Series champion.

Larson is preparing to make a historic double appearance in next year’s Indy 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600. He recently completed the rookie orientation program at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he is set to participate in a joint entry between Hendrick Motorsports and McLaren. The achievement was a significant moment for Larson and his team.

As Larson’s schedule opens up for the next month, it will be interesting to see how his newfound free time affects his NASCAR performance. However, for now, Larson is solely focused on his upcoming race in Homestead, aiming to maintain momentum and not get complacent in the pursuit of a second Cup title.


Larson Secures NASCAR Championship Race Spot with Victory in Las Vegas

Larson Secures NASCAR Championship Race Spot with Victory in Las Vegas

In an electrifying showdown at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kyle Larson outpaced Christopher Bell to become the first driver to secure a spot in NASCAR’s championship race. The 2021 Cup champion clinched the first of four coveted positions in the November 5 title-deciding finale, triumphing in Sunday’s opening race of the round of eight in NASCAR’s playoffs.

Relieved by the victory, Larson commented, “Glad that we don’t have to sweat through these next two races.”

Larson’s Hendrick Motorsports team gained the lead on pit road with the fastest stop after a caution with 57 laps to go. Although Bell led the race at that point, a pit stop shuffled the leaders, and Larson in his Chevrolet emerged as the front-runner.

Bell, starting from the pole in a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, found himself in third place post-pit stop. Passing was challenging on this particular Las Vegas Sunday, leaving Bell trailing Larson for the remainder of the race. However, Bell mounted a late charge, closing the gap with each lap. As they approached the checkered flag, Bell made one last fervent push inside Larson but couldn’t quite overtake him at the finish line.

Larson’s fourth win of the season held paramount significance: Hendrick Motorsports can now relax over the next two weeks and concentrate on preparations for the championship at Phoenix Raceway. Joey Logano’s victory in Las Vegas last year, followed by two weeks of preparation, culminated in a championship-clinching win at Phoenix.

Larson acknowledged Bell’s closing speed, stating, “I could see him coming in my mirror, for sure. Luckily, Christopher has always raced me clean. It could have gotten crazy there coming to the start/finish line.”

Larson, leading for 133 laps, defeated Bell by a mere 0.082 seconds. Bell expressed disappointment, saying, “I don’t know what else I could have done. I feel like that was my moment. That was my moment to make the final four and didn’t capture it. It would have been nice to lock in.”

Las Vegas native Kyle Busch finished third in a Chevrolet, followed by Brad Keselowski in a Ford and Ross Chastain in a Chevrolet. All three had been eliminated from the playoffs the previous Sunday at Charlotte.

The next five spots went to playoff drivers, with Ryan Blaney finishing sixth in a Ford from Team Penske, followed by Larson’s teammate William Byron, Tyler Reddick in a Toyota for 23XI Racing, and JGR drivers Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin. Chris Buescher, racing a Ford for RFK Racing, was the lowest-finishing playoff driver, coming in 11th.

A win in any of the three playoff races in this round guarantees an automatic berth in the championship finale. The remaining slots are determined by points standings, with Bell, Reddick, Blaney, and Buescher currently below the cutline.

This victory concludes a memorable week for Larson, as he begins preparations for next year’s Indianapolis 500. Larson plans to compete in both the Indy 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 in May, having recently completed the rookie orientation program at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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With boss Rick Hendrick observing, Larson logged 72 laps at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, achieving a top speed of 217.898 mph.

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In the next race, NASCAR heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the middle event of the round of eight, with Larson as the defending race winner.


After Revealing NASCAR's 'Corporate' Obsession, Kenny Wallace Applauds Dale Jr for Denny Hamlin Hire

After Revealing NASCAR’s ‘Corporate’ Obsession, Kenny Wallace Applauds Dale Jr for Denny Hamlin Hire

In the dynamic realm of NASCAR, change is a routine pit stop, but the most noticeable transformation of late revolves around the iron grip that sponsors hold over the sport. Without sponsors to appease the financial deities, a driver’s career prospects seem doomed. Gone are the days of unadulterated racers and unscripted theatrics. Today, it’s a world of polish and PR approval, where even the most gifted drivers must choose their words carefully, adhering to their sponsor’s script.

One individual who has witnessed this transformation from the frontlines is the esteemed NASCAR reporter, Bob Pockrass. He recently divulged insights on the Kenny Wallace Show, partnering with racing veteran Kenny Wallace to dissect the evolution of the sport into what they call “corporate NASCAR.”

In the battle between the raw, unfiltered past and the sanitized, corporate present, there’s a continuous struggle. Pockrass, who has been deeply entrenched in NASCAR since his early days as a sports writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal in 1991, remains a keen observer of the ever-shifting landscape of stock car racing, now as an on-air talent for Fox Sports.

In a recent episode of the “Kenny Conversation,” Wallace ventured into a topic that’s been lurking in the garages: the corporate takeover. Wallace, in his trademark unfiltered manner, proclaimed, “The sport is undeniably too corporate; we all recognize that. It’s because sponsors can’t risk their drivers saying anything that might harm their sales.”

He continued, “So, you’re a journalist, did you prefer it when Rusty threw the water bottle at Dale Sr.? Did you like it when Dale Jr. was fined for saying ‘sh*t’? What’s your take? Have we become too sanitized? Is that why we’ve lost the drama and the intensity? It was more exciting back then. What’s your perspective?”

Pockrass acknowledged the real grip of corporate influence, stating, “In my opinion, sponsors still wield too much power, but they pay for that influence.” He suggested that the solution might lie in reducing teams’ dependence on sponsorship, allowing talent to shine through. “It could potentially enable them to express themselves more freely.”

In his candid style, Wallace nodded in agreement, remarking, “Absolutely, we’ve deliberately toned down the drivers.” He highlighted Denny Hamlin, a prominent figure known for his “Actions Detrimental” podcast under Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s media empire, “Dirty Mo Media.” Hamlin’s unapologetic openness and refusal to censor his thoughts have certainly raised eyebrows in the sport.

Wallace praised Hamlin, noting that his outspokenness is a positive for the sport, saying, “That’s why I admire Denny Hamlin. I appreciate ‘actions detrimental.’ I think, even though it may make NASCAR somewhat uncomfortable, as you’ve said, you have to step outside your comfort zone. Dale Jr. hiring Denny Hamlin is a great move for the sport.”

Denny Hamlin, the outspoken figure behind “Actions Detrimental,” has become a ringmaster of sorts, directing his voice in various directions. His latest target? NASCAR itself.

With the freshly minted 2024 schedule introducing a host of wildcard races into the playoff mix, controversy abounds. The playoffs commence with a high-banked 1.54-mile drafting oval in Atlanta, followed swiftly by a journey to Watkins Glen. Hamlin, however, doesn’t mince words.

NASCAR’s Senior Vice President, Ben Kennedy, attempted to defend the changes, citing their desire to “introduce a bit of variety.” He explained, “Introducing a drafting-style track like Atlanta to the Round of 16, followed by Watkins Glen and the Bristol Night Race, will truly test our drivers’ versatility and skill as they aim to secure a spot in the Round of 12. We wanted to do something different and shake things up.


Allmendinger Secures Another Victory at The Roval, Shakes Up NASCAR Playoffs

Allmendinger Secures Another Victory at The Roval, Shakes Up NASCAR Playoffs

CONCORD, N.C. — AJ Allmendinger may not be in contention for a NASCAR championship, but he understood the high stakes for Kyle Busch in Sunday’s playoff elimination race at The Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Busch’s entire season depended on winning the race to avoid elimination.

Recognizing the significance of Busch’s predicament, Allmendinger, who led the race for Kaulig Racing, chose not to relinquish his track position, even though he wasn’t part of the championship field. Back in the Cup Series full-time for the first time since 2018, Allmendinger led for 46 laps to secure his first victory in NASCAR’s top series since Indianapolis in 2021.

I knew Kyle had to win. I kept looking up at the board to see where he was in terms of points,” Allmendinger explained. “Kyle has been a tremendous supporter throughout my entire career. I knew he was going to race hard. I understood what he was racing for.

Overwhelmed with emotion, Allmendinger, who became a father just a month ago, was in tears as he received the checkered flag.

“It’s because you never know when you’ll experience this again,” said the 41-year-old, who turns 42 in December. Typically, he gives the checkered flag to a fan, but this time, he intended to keep the flag from Sunday’s race for his newborn son.

That drive was quite possibly the defining moment of my career, he reflected later.

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Following his victory, Allmendinger made his way into the stands to take selfies with ecstatic fans who were chanting his name. This marked the third Cup Series win for Allmendinger, a seasoned driver with 16 Cup seasons under his belt. However, he had taken a hiatus from NASCAR’s top series in 2019 and 2020 for mental health reasons.

Kaulig Racing gradually enticed him back, starting with five Cup races in 2021 and ultimately leading to a full season in the current year, which marks Kaulig’s second season in the elite division.

With tears in his eyes, Allmendinger stated, “I’m not a fan of crying right now, but it’s a Cup race, man. You never know when this will happen again. This is why you do it. It’s the only reason you do it. You fight through all the challenges, the hard work, the dedication. It’s only our second year in the Cup Series.

Allmendinger had previously won four consecutive Xfinity Series races on the hybrid road course/oval. However, he didn’t participate in Saturday’s race for Kaulig because he had already exhausted his allotted five starts in the second-tier series. While he won twice this year in the Xfinity Series, it remains uncertain whether he will continue in the Cup Series or return to Xfinity racing next season.

Regardless, his victory played a crucial role in the playoff elimination of Kyle Busch, the two-time series champion who needed a win on Sunday to advance to the round of eight. Despite Busch’s valiant efforts, including a third-place finish, he fell short of securing a spot in the next round. However, Busch remained optimistic and expressed his intention to compete for wins in each of the final four races, embracing the role of a potential spoiler.

I would love to be the spoiler. That would be fun, Busch remarked. We’ve got our work cut out for us, but we’ll keep building.

Additional casualties in the playoffs included Ross Chastain, the runner-up from last year’s championship, as well as the 2012 champion Brad Keselowski and Bubba Wallace. Wallace, who marked his 30th birthday on the day of the race, concluded his maiden playoff appearance in the round of 12 while being observed by Michael Jordan, co-owner of 23XI Racing, from Wallace’s pit stand.

Wallace reflected, saying, “Many didn’t expect us to make it this far, but we proved them wrong. We also silenced the doubters in the garage who didn’t think the No. 23 could perform well in a road course race. We must continue to improve. I don’t believe we’re a race-winning team yet, but we’ve made significant progress compared to where we were just a few races ago.”

The race day turned out to be particularly challenging for Chevrolet, with both fan-favorite Chastain from Trackhouse Racing and the resurgent Busch facing elimination. Busch had recorded three wins in his debut season with Richard Childress Racing, providing a substantial boost to the organization, which last secured a championship in 1994 with the late Dale Earnhardt.

Busch acknowledged the responsibility, stating, “It’s my first year at RCR, and it means a lot to me that Richard and the Chevy team had faith in me. Making it this far is significant. The onus is on me to reach the next round, so I need to step up.

Keselowski’s performance resulted in the exit of a Ford team, while Toyota’s championship hopes were dashed with Wallace’s elimination.


The remaining eight drivers in the championship race are spearheaded by William Byron and Ryan Blaney, both of whom secured victories in the three-race round of 12, earning automatic berths in the next trio of races.

Denny Hamlin, driving a Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, successfully advanced, as did Tyler Reddick, who is part of the 23XI Racing team co-owned by Hamlin and Michael Jordan. Christopher Bell and Martin Truex Jr., the regular season champion, also progressed alongside Hamlin to ensure three Gibbs cars in the next round.

Kyle Larson, representing Hendrick Motorsports and Chevrolet, displayed remarkable resilience by finishing 13th after crashing during Saturday’s practice session. Hendrick Motorsports, situated just a mile from the speedway, worked tirelessly through the night to prepare a backup car for Sunday’s morning inspection.

Ford’s representatives in the next round include Ryan Blaney from Team Penske and Chris Buescher from RFK Racing, even though Keselowski from RFK Racing didn’t advance. This means that Ford still has one driver competing for the championship.

Denny Hamlin had already secured his spot in the round of eight earlier in the race through stage points, rendering his last-place finish on Sunday inconsequential.

We’ve already shifted our focus to Vegas, and we’ll see what we can do there,” Hamlin remarked. “I’m feeling really optimistic about the next three weeks.


The round of eight in NASCAR’s playoffs kicks off next Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Joey Logano is the defending race winner, and William Byron secured his first win of the season at Las Vegas in March.


PIT BOX Whelen Modified Tour Title Clash Heats Up at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

PIT BOX: Whelen Modified Tour Title Clash Heats Up at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship Showdown Heats Up at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

The race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship has reached its zenith as Justin Bonsignore and Ron Silk prepare for a pivotal clash at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this Sunday in the World Series 150 presented by (4 p.m. ET on FloRacing).

This 152nd race in the history of the Whelen Modified Tour at the 0.625-mile oval promises an intense showdown between the two championship contenders, setting the stage for a game of one-upmanship ahead of the season finale at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 26.

Bonsignore, fresh from his victory in the Thompson 150 in August, now holds the most recent triumph at Thompson, marking his 13th career win in 42 starts at the track. He shares second place on the all-time Whelen Modified Tour win list at Thompson with Ted Christopher, while Mike Stefanik leads the way with 15 victories.

Silk is a formidable contender, boasting five wins at Thompson in 58 starts. His last victory at Thompson occurred in 2020, adding to a legacy that includes victories in 2012, two in 2008, and one in 2007.

The World Series 150 presented by is set to play a pivotal role in determining the 2023 series champion. With just two points separating points leader Justin Bonsignore from his rival Ron Silk, every position on the track holds immense significance as both drivers strive to gain an upper hand. With a combined total of 17 victories at Thompson between them, either driver could emerge as the victor on Sunday, taking a decisive step toward the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.

While the spotlight shines on Bonsignore and Silk, a host of other drivers will be vying for a coveted trip to Victory Lane at one of the Modified Tour’s most historic venues. Notable contenders include two-time Thompson winner Craig Lutz, eager to give a parting gift to his retiring team owner, Danny Watts Jr. Woody Pitkat will make his final start of the year aboard the No. 6, another car under a retiring owner, Stan Mertz.

Austin Beers, consistently fast throughout the season, seeks his third victory of the year in the No. 64 KLM Motorsports entry. Ronnie Williams, last year’s pole-sitter for this race, returns aboard the No. 50. Eric Goodale, the defending race winner, is also slated to compete in the No. 58.

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Kyle Bonsignore aims for his second victory of 2023 on Sunday, while Bobby Santos III looks to improve upon his ninth-place finish at North Wilkesboro Speedway last weekend.

The entry list for Sunday’s World Series 150 presented by features additional noteworthy drivers, including Sam Rameau, Dave Sapienza, Anthony Sesely, Matt Swanson, and Anthony Nocella, among others.


RaceWorld Series 150 presented by
DateSaturday, Oct. 8, 2023
TrackThompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Layout:0.625-mile paved oval
LocationThompson, Connecticu
Start Time:4 p.m.
Posted Awards:$92,995
Posted Awards$FloRacing (Live)


  • Saturday, Oct. 7: Practice from 1 to 2:15 p.m. ET, Qualifying at 4 p.m. ET
  • Sunday, Oct. 8: World Series 150 presented by at 4 p.m. ET (FloRacing).

Qualifying: Two consecutive qualifying laps. Faster lap determines qualifying position. No adjustments or repairs after taking the green flag. NASCAR may allow multiple vehicles to qualify simultaneously. Starting field limited to 30 starters, including Provisional Positions.

Tire Allotment: Teams have an allocation of eleven (11) tires per team, with all tires for qualifying and the race obtained at the track and scanned by Hoosier, unless prior approval from the Series Director. Four (4) tires are to be used for qualifying and to start the race. Qualifying tires remain in impound until released by NASCAR Officials. The remaining tire allocation can be used for practice and/or tire changes during the event. The tire change rule permits three (3) tires at any position.


Denny Hamlin Maintains Pole Position in NASCAR Power Rankings Following Talladega Triumph

Denny Hamlin Maintains Pole Position in NASCAR Power Rankings Following Talladega Triumph

“Denny Hamlin Holds Top Spot in NBC Sports NASCAR Power Rankings After Talladega Success”

Denny Hamlin continues to reign supreme atop the NBC Sports NASCAR Power Rankings, showcasing his dominance with an impressive eighth consecutive top-10 finish in a Talladega playoff race.

Notable developments in the rankings include Chase Elliott’s significant climb and the emergence of a new driver in the top 10 as anticipation builds for the Round of 12 elimination race at the Charlotte Roval (2 p.m. ET on NBC).


1. Denny Hamlin (Last Week: 1st): Despite a speeding penalty, Hamlin stormed to a third-place finish. He maintains an impeccable record, having not finished worse than 10th in a Talladega playoff race since 2015. Hamlin stands as the highest-seeded driver without a win in the Round of 12, with a string of top-five finishes, including his Round of 16 victory at Bristol.

2. William Byron (Last Week: 3rd): Byron secured a runner-up finish at Talladega, marking his second consecutive top-two finish in the playoffs. His Texas win already secured a spot in the next round. Byron’s consistent postseason performance includes just one finish outside the top 10, complemented by 18 stage points.

3. Kyle Larson (Last Week: 2nd): Larson endured a late-race crash, ultimately finishing 15th. Despite this setback, he managed to accumulate 12 stage points and remained comfortably above the cutline, heading to the Roval, where he triumphed in 2021.

4. Chase Elliott (Last Week: 7th): With only two finishes outside the top 10 in the past eight races, Elliott’s consistency shines. Although he ran out of fuel at Watkins Glen and secured an 11th-place finish at Texas, Elliott collected 13 stage points at Talladega, positioning the No. 9 entry well for advancement in the owner championship.

5. Chris Buescher (Last Week: 4th): Buescher, aiming for top-five finishes at Daytona and Talladega, expressed disappointment with his 19th-place finish. However, he lost only two points and maintains a 19-point cushion above the cutline. The Roval, where he boasts two consecutive top-six finishes, is up next.

6. Brad Keselowski (Last Week: 5th): Keselowski’s day took a turn for the worse after initiating a wreck with Carson Hocevar’s Chevrolet. Despite qualifying fifth and winning stage 2, Keselowski finished 32nd and finds himself just two points above the cutline. He faces a challenging battle against drivers with road course wins for Round of 8 qualification.

7. Bubba Wallace (Last Week: 6th): Wallace’s prospects of gaining points or contending for a win faded at a track where he previously triumphed. Struggling to secure track position, Wallace finished 23rd. Now, he faces a nine-point deficit on a road course, a style that doesn’t align with his strengths, in his quest to advance to the next playoff round.

8. Christopher Bell (Last Week: NR): Bell’s 14th-place finish at Talladega marked only his second finish outside of the top 10 during the playoffs. Despite driving a damaged race car in the final two stages following a crash involving Ross Chastain, Bell outperformed eight other playoff drivers. He maintains a 22-point lead above the cutline, heading to a track where he is the defending winner.

9. Tyler Reddick (Last Week: 8th): Reddick’s recent playoff performances have seen him finish no better than 15th in the past three races after his Kansas win. At Talladega, he secured a 16th-place finish, missing out on stage points but moving to just two points below the cutline. As a three-time road course winner, Reddick eyes Round of 8 qualification at the Roval.

10. Martin Truex Jr. (Last Week: 10th): Truex hasn’t found his way inside the top 10 since Watkins Glen in August, concluding Talladega in 18th place. Despite this, he succeeded in avoiding wrecks and completing the race, resulting in minimal playoff point loss. Truex now enjoys a 17-point buffer above the cutline, heading to a road course, a track style where he has previously excelled.


Erebus Motorsport sets sights on NASCAR Cup Series debut.

Erebus Motorsport sets sights on NASCAR Cup Series debut.

Prospective New NASCAR Team for 2024? Erebus Motorsport, an Australian-based outfit known for its presence in the Supercars Championship, currently fields the No. 9 car driven by Will Brown and the No. 99 car piloted by Brodie Kostecki.

Kostecki made a notable debut in the NASCAR Cup Series earlier this season at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course and is keen on further ventures in the series.

Having collaborated with Richard Childress Racing, Erebus Motorsport envisions an extended partnership into the year 2024.

Erebus Motorsport is actively exploring the possibility of entering a NASCAR Cup Series team in the upcoming season.

Team CEO Berry Ryan expressed, “This is a topic we’ve been discussing for a while, and I’ve consistently advised Betty [Klimenko] that it’s worth considering,” as reported by Auto Action.

“Given Brodie’s keen interest and the commendable performance he put up, it would be unwise not to further nurture our collaboration with RCR, which would be mutually beneficial for both teams,” Ryan added.

“RCR unequivocally recognizes the advantages it brings to their road course program, and we concur. If we can allocate more staff to their operations and gain invaluable experience in between events, it’s a priceless opportunity,” he emphasized.


Chase Elliott Optimistic Despite Wreck, Aims to Challenge for Owner Points at Talladega NASCAR Race

Chase Elliott Optimistic Despite Wreck, Aims to Challenge for Owner Points at Talladega NASCAR Race

Chase Elliott had a tumultuous day at the Cup race in Talladega, enduring a collision that left him with four flat tires. Despite the setback, he managed to secure a top-10 finish and earn valuable stage points.

Elliott, who started the race in 23rd position, expressed his frustration with the last-lap collision, admitting he had no idea what caused it. “I have no idea what happened; just got hit in the door, had four flat tires, I couldn’t drive back,” Elliott lamented.

When questioned about his team’s approach for the next race, he remained optimistic, saying, “Yeah, I think it was fine. We got some decent stage points and, um, finished seventh or eighth or something, so hopefully that’s good enough to, uh, help us in the points deal.”

Chase Elliott and his team continued their pursuit of the owner championship, making significant strides. With only one race left in the Round of 12, the No. 9 team now sits comfortably in fourth place in the owner points standings, boasting a 20-point cushion above the cutoff.

The owner’s title holds considerable importance in NASCAR, as it directly impacts team finances. While Elliott missed securing a spot in the driver’s playoffs, he remains fully dedicated to the owner’s playoffs, aiming to deliver the best results for his team.

“I don’t feel any different than I have felt in years past. It still keeps us very motivated and keeps me motivated to want to go and do a good job. Now that we are here, it feels like another playoff year really in our approach and my approach,” Elliott affirmed.

Despite facing challenges such as running out of gasoline at Watkins Glen and finishing 11th in Texas, as well as the multi-car crash at Talladega resulting in four flat tires, Elliott’s determination to secure the best outcome for his team this season remains unwavering.


NASCAR Spares Matt Crafton Despite Altercation Leaving Nick Sanchez Bloodied

NASCAR Spares Matt Crafton Despite Altercation Leaving Nick Sanchez Bloodied

NASCAR has decided not to suspend Matt Crafton following his altercation with Nick Sanchez after Saturday’s Truck Series race at Talladega. Sanchez, 22, sustained a bloodied face, alleging a “cheap shot” from Crafton, 47, during the race, which led to a 14-truck wreck, eliminating Crafton from contention.

Sanchez expressed his frustration, stating, “Cheap shot, it is what it is, I guess. I’m all for fighting, but no cheap shots. I got a cheap shot and never really had a chance to get it back.”

Crafton responded to the incident on social media, denying that he had hit Sanchez and claiming that Sanchez had initiated the collision at high speed, saying, “If a man looks at me and threatens me, I will respond.” Instead of suspension, Crafton received a $25,000 fine, while Sanchez was fined $5,000. Additionally, Sanchez’s father had his entry into the Truck Series garage revoked at the end of the season due to his involvement in the altercation.

A suspension for Crafton would have disrupted his streak of consecutive starts dating back to the final race of the 2000 season. The three-time Truck Series champion has competed in 542 consecutive Truck Series races, with fifteen career victories, although his last win occurred three seasons ago.


NASCAR Disqualifies Kevin Harvick's Runner-Up Car Following Race

NASCAR Disqualifies Kevin Harvick’s Runner-Up Car Following Race

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Kevin Harvick’s runner-up finish to winner Ryan Blaney at Talladega Superspeedway was disqualified after post-race inspection on Sunday. NASCAR cited the failure of windshield fasteners on Harvick’s car, breaching Cup Rulebook sections, 14.1.E, and 14.1.P, which require secure fastening of windshield components throughout the event.

Crew chief Rodney Childers responded to the disqualification on Twitter, explaining the situation: “Today got DQ’d for the car buffering in the draft all day and some windshield bolts vibrating out. My guys had silicon on the threads and gobbed on the tip. Still came out. Not sure what else we could do.”

As a result of the disqualification, Harvick was listed as finishing last in Sunday’s race, despite crossing the finish line just .012 seconds behind Blaney. Harvick expressed his disappointment, saying, “We needed one more push.”

Blaney secured the victory with a push from William Byron in Turn 3, leaving Harvick behind in the tri-oval. A crash at the finish was triggered when Riley Herbst, who had been pushing Harvick, got turned into Chase Elliott by Corey LaJoie. This incident occurred after Harvick and Blaney ran side by side through the tri-oval.

Harvick’s disqualification adds to his frustrating playoffs, where he previously had strong performances but encountered setbacks, including a pit road penalty in the Southern 500 and elimination from the playoffs after the first round.


NASCAR Texas Playoff Race 2023: Start Time, TV, Stream, Lineup for AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400

NASCAR Texas Playoff Race 2023: Start Time, TV, Stream, Lineup for AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to the Lonestar State as the playoffs begin the Round of 12.

Four motorists were excluded from crown contention last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, trimming the playoff field from 16 to 12 motorists and resetting the points for the three- race alternate round.

First over is another test on an intermediate round, as Texas Motor Speedway hosts its first and only race of the season. This will be followed coming weekend by wild pack racing at Talladega Superspeedway before the round concludes with an elimination race on the Roval – the part road course, part round circuit at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

A palm at Texas on Sunday takes all the pressure off for the remainder of the round since the winner will automatically advance to the Round of 8. A bad race, still, puts motorists in the extremely uncomfortable position of having to perform well at Talladega – NASCAR’s most changeable track – the following weekend.

Who’ll taste palm on Sunday? Then’s all the information you need to get ready for the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400

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What time does the Cup race at Texas start?
The AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400 thresholds at 330p.m. ET( 230p.m. original) at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

What television channel is the Cup race at Texas on?
USA Network is broadcasting the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400 and has apre-race show beginning at 3p.m. ET( 2p.m. original), while USA and Peacock will have apost-race show at 7p.m. ET( 6p.m. original).

Will there be a live sluice of the Cup race at Texas?
The AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400 can be live streamed on the NBC Sports website and the NBC Sports app.

NASCAR PLAYOFFS UPDATE Where the motorists stand entering alternate round

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What are the standings as the alternate round begins in Texas?
*-former champion)

William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports — 3,036 points
Martin TruexJr. *, Joe Gibbs Racing — 3,036 points
Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing — 3,032 points
Kyle Larson *, Hendrick Motorsports — 3,023 points
Chris Buescher, RFK Racing — 3,021 points
Kyle Busch *, Richard Childress Racing — 3,019 points
Christopher Bell, Joe Gibbs Racing — 3,016 points
Tyler Reddick, 23XI Racing — 3,014 points
Ross Chastain, Trackhouse Racing — 3,011 points
Brad Keselowski *, RFK Racing — 3,011 points
Ryan Blaney, Team Penske — 3,008 points
Bubba Wallace, 23XI Racing — 3,000 points
How numerous stages is the Cup race at Texas?
The AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400 is 267 stages around the1.5- afar round for a aggregate of400.5 long hauls. The race will feature three parts( stages per stage) — Stage 1 80 stages; Stage 2 85 stages; Stage 3 102 stages.

Who won the most recent race at Texas?
Tyler Reddick led 70 of 334 stages onSept. 25, 2022 when last time’s playoff race was a 500- afar event. Reddick passed Joey Logano on stage 310, leading the final 24 stages before pulling down from the eventual 2022 champion by1.190 seconds.

What’s the lineup for the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400?
Auto number in hiatuses; P- playoff motorist)

1.( 23) Bubba Wallace( P), Toyota

2.( 17) Chris Buescher( P), Ford

3.( 6) Brad Keselowski( P), Ford

4.( 54) Ty Gibbs, Toyota

5.( 1) Ross Chastain( P), Chevrolet

6.( 16) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet

7.( 8) Kyle Busch( P), Chevrolet

8.( 99) Daniel Suarez, Chevrolet

9.( 20) Christopher Bell( P), Toyota

10.( 11) Denny Hamlin( P), Toyota

11.( 5) Kyle Larson( P), Chevrolet

12.( 43) Erik Jones, Chevrolet

13.( 3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet

14.( 48) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet

15.( 45) Tyler Reddick( P), Toyota

16.( 19) Martin TruexJr.( P), Toyota

17.( 34) Michael McDowell, Ford

18.( 24) William Byron( P), Chevrolet

19.( 42) Carson Hocevar, Chevrolet

20.( 22) Joey Logano, Ford

21.( 10) Aric Almirola, Ford

22.( 4) Kevin Harvick, Ford

23.( 12) Ryan Blaney( P), Ford

24.( 47) Ricky StenhouseJr., Chevrolet

25.( 41) Ryan Preece, Ford

26.( 77) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet

27.( 7) Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet

28.( 31) Justin Haley, Chevrolet

29.( 9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet

30.( 21) Harrison Burton, Ford

31.( 14) Chase Briscoe, Ford

32.( 2) Austin Cindric, Ford

33.( 38) Zane Smith, Ford

34.( 78) BJ McLeod, Chevrolet

35.( 15) JJ Yeley, Ford

36.( 51) Todd Gilliland, Ford


NASCAR Playoff Weekend Draws Thousands to the Metroplex

NASCAR Playoff Weekend Draws Thousands to the Metroplex

Thousands of people are in the Metroplex this weekend for the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 400 NASCAR Playoffs doubleheader at Texas Motor Speedway.

“ moment is my first time. So happy. So happy to be then,” said Martin Martinez, who lives in Irving.

Others come from a little further down, bringing with them a boost to the original frugality.

“ We surely want to explore, you know, Dallas, see what it has to offer. We ’re from down south and it was a seven- hour drive, so we really want to see what there is,” said Steven Rose, who came with a group of musketeers from Corpus Christi.
Others, like Connor Hopkins, came from indeed further– seeing a business occasion for themselves.

“ First- ever NASCAR event and it’s been worth every penny to get down then,” said Hopkins, who came from Ohio to represent his business, Crocodile Cloth.

But for Texas Motor Speedway’s biggest event of the time, prophet David Hart said the figures are not what they used to be.

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David Hart, with Texas Motor Speedway.

“ I suppose a lot of it is, we went through COVID and people got used to being at home,” Hart said.

Hart said they have been trying different marketing strategies and meeting with original officers, businesses, and other groups.

“ We ’re a big boat and we do n’t turn veritably presto but we ’re making some great raids, working with the folks in Fort Worth, working with the folks in Dallas, and trying to make back what we had in the history,” Hart said.

They have also been mixing up entertainment options outside of the racetrack, with effects like regale contests, armadillo races, and races on their dirt track located on the property.

The moves feel to be working and the figures are turning a corner.

“ We ’re veritably happy. Thousands more bought tickets this time than last,” Hart said.

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Fans at Texas Motor Speedway, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023.

They hope further people continue coming back.

“ We need tode-couch people, give them a reason to come back out to the racetrack and see it. See it in person, be a part of it,” he said.

Being a part of it, that is what keeps Troy Stindt coming back from New Braunfels, time after time.

“ Feeling the buses drive in is just so fantastic . I mean it gets in your soul,” he said.

Tickets are still available for Sunday’s playoff race. You can find further information then.


Driver Reactions Post-Playoff Race at Texas Motor Speedway

Driver Reactions: Post-Playoff Race at Texas Motor Speedway

William Byron – Winner: “Yeah, it’s a great feeling. We’ve been pretty consistent over the first three or four races, but we haven’t had that standout moment. Today, I felt we had a strong car, and if we could have made our way to the front, we knew we could be competitive. Towards the end, our car was really fast, and it all came together.”

Ross Chastain – Finished 2nd: “Early in the race, I thought we were one of the top-performing cars, and I wish we could have stayed up there with the leaders. We made some strategic decisions, opting for four tires and struggling with a few restarts, which set us back. However, we had the speed, and it showed throughout the weekend.”

Bubba Wallace – Finished 3rd: “Unfortunately, I made the wrong move starting from the top lane for the third time. The team gave me the right advice, but I ended up on the wrong side. The #14 car was aggressive, but that’s racing; they’re here to win. I regret not holding my line in Turn 3 and making William work for it. These cars can be vulnerable, and I’m disappointed in myself. We really needed a win, and we had a strong performance today. I’m not sure about our standings, but I know I made a mistake, and it stings.”

Christopher Bell – 4th Place Finish: “We had to overcome a challenging performance today, that’s for sure. We didn’t have the speed to secure a fourth-place finish, so we were fortunate in some ways. The restarts played in our favor, allowing us to sneak by on the bottom and salvage a decent result. Right now, I’m disappointed because our performance wasn’t up to par, but I know I’ll be much happier about it in a few days.”

Denny Hamlin – 5th Place Finish: “Initially, we had a really fast FedEx Camry, but things changed when we got some damage. After that, it wasn’t as quick as it was earlier in the race. Despite the damage, we had a car that could have finished in the top three. Fortunately, we managed to avoid some late-race chaos, and now we’re in a better position than when the race began.”

Kevin Harvick – 6th Place Finish: “I faced some challenges on the restarts, struggling to get the car pointed quickly enough to make significant progress. I didn’t position the car well a couple of times, which cost us a few spots. We probably had the potential to finish third or fourth, but it was still a solid day overall.”

Brad Keselowski – 7th Place Finish: “It was a day with its share of ups and downs. We hovered around the top-10, mainly in the 10th-12th range for most of the race. Towards the end, we decided to pit and take two tires. We were running fourth or fifth, but the numerous late-race wrecks disrupted our plans. We could only recover to seventh place.”

Daniel Suarez – 8th Place Finish: “Our day had its moments of inconsistency for the No. 99 Kubota Chevy team. I felt like the car had potential, but we kept fine-tuning the balance to improve it. We faced a couple of issues on pit road, including a mistake during a green-flag pit stop. Despite the challenges, I believe the car had top-10 potential, and overall, it was a positive day for our team.”

Justin Haley – 13th Place: Justin Haley expressed satisfaction with his car’s handling from the outset, highlighting a strong start to the race. However, as the race progressed, the car began to tighten during shorter runs. Overcoming a pit-road penalty and enjoying longer runs, Haley’s car showcased impressive speed, closely matching the leader’s lap times. While the finish didn’t match last year’s performance, he considered it a positive day overall.

Chris Buescher – 14th Place: Chris Buescher’s race strategy aimed to shake things up towards the end of the race. Unfortunately, green flag conditions proved challenging to maintain, ultimately diminishing the effectiveness of their strategic moves. Buescher found himself amidst a group of unpredictable drivers, resulting in a less than desirable finishing position.

Carson Hocevar – 16th Place: Carson Hocevar enjoyed a solid result in the end, consistently performing as a top-10 to top-15 contender throughout the race. However, a mishap, possibly due to a loose wheel or handling issues, led to contact with the wall. Despite the damage and the resulting difficulties, Hocevar displayed resilience, adapting to the compromised handling of the car and securing a respectable finish.

Martin Truex Jr. – 17th Place: Martin Truex Jr. summed up his race day with the phrase “a long terrible day.” Expressing a need for improvement, he acknowledged that significant changes are necessary to enhance their performance.

Tyler Reddick – 25th Place: Tyler Reddick’s race day featured a competitive Jordan Brand Toyota Camry TRD. Despite a challenging start due to qualifying, strategic moves allowed Reddick to win Stage One. However, a pivotal caution disrupted their strategy, forcing a pit stop for fuel. The subsequent restarts had a mixed impact on Reddick’s race, ultimately leading to a 25th-place finish.

Ryan Blaney – 28th Place: Ryan Blaney’s race day included ups and downs. The team exhibited improvement throughout the race and implemented a strategic move to gain track position with right-side tire changes. However, Blaney’s race took a downturn when he incurred a pit road speeding penalty, which significantly hindered their chances of a strong finish.

Erik Jones – 30th Place: Erik Jones, driving a fast Chevy throughout the weekend, pitted at a crucial juncture in the race, setting him back in the field. In his pursuit to regain positions, Jones got high and out of the racing groove, making contact with the wall.

Kyle Larson – 31st Place: Kyle Larson found himself in an unexpected situation when battling with another driver during a restart. His car lost grip in Turn 1, leading to a loss of control and a 31st-place finish.

Ty Gibbs – 33rd Place: Ty Gibbs acknowledged the speed of his car at the beginning of the race. Despite a temporary setback that led him out of the racing groove, Gibbs remained determined to continue working hard and improving his performance.

Kyle Busch – 34th Place: Kyle Busch shared his concerns about the car’s handling during the race. He initially thought he had a flat right front tire but decided against pitting. Unfortunately, the car unexpectedly spun into the bottom of the race track in Turn 1, ultimately leading to a 34th-place finish.

Austin Dillon – 36th Place: Austin Dillon faced a challenging race due to a loose wheel issue. As he navigated Turns 3 and 4, the loose wheel ultimately came off, leaving Dillon with no choice but to deal with the unfortunate situation and finish in 36th place.


2023 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings William Byron Leading the Pack into Round of 8

2023 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings: William Byron Leading the Pack into Round of 8

The winningest motorist of the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season formerly knows he is through to the coming round of the playoffs two weeks ahead of time. William Byron, who formerly had a season-high five wins coming into Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, indented his sixth palm of the season to decide a spot in the Round of 8.

William Byron – 3,083 *
. Denny Hamlin – 3,074
. Chris Buescher – 3,059
. Christopher Bell – 3,057
. Martin TruexJr. – 3,056
. Ross Chastain – 3,049
. Brad Keselowski – 3,045
. Kyle Larson – 3,039
, Cut line

Bubba Wallace – 3,037
. Tyler Reddick – 3,036
. Ryan Blaney – 3,028
. Kyle Busch – 3,022

settled entry in Round of 8 NASCAR Cup Series remaining schedule
PLAYOFFS ROUND OF 12 YellaWood 500
Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama
Sunday,Oct. 1, 2p.m. ET( NBC)
2022 winner Chase Elliott Bank of America ROVAL 400
Charlotte Motor Speedway road course, Concord, North Carolina
Sunday,Oct. 8, 2p.m. ET( NBC)
2022 winner Christopher Bell PLAYOFFS ROUND OF 8 South Point 400
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Sunday,Oct. 15, 230p.m. ET( NBC)
2022 winner Joey Logano NASCAR Cup Series Race at Homestead- Miami
Homestead- Miami Speedway, Homestead, Florida
Sunday,Oct. 22, 230p.m. ET( NBC)
2022 winner Kyle Larson Xfinity 500
Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, Virginia
Sunday,Oct. 29, 2p.m. ET( NBC)
2022 winner Christopher Bell Crown 4 NASCAR Cup Series Championship
Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Arizona
Sunday,Nov. 5, 3p.m. ET( NBC)
2022 winner Joey Logano

NASCAR cup series 2023 fall Talladega race, What to know: tickets, parking, TV, etc

It’s that time of time again, time for the fall mug series race at Talladega Motor Speedway.

There will be to NASCAR races at the track coming weekend, the Cup Series in the YellaWood 500 and the Truck Series in the Love’s caravan Stop 250. There will be dirt track racing at the Talladega Short Track over the weekend.

NASCAR Cup series fall Talladega race information
Date Sunday, October 1

Time 1p.m.

television NBC

position Talladega Motor Speedway

Defending winner Chase Elliott

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Oct 2, 2022; Talladega, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) celebrates winning the Yellawood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

YellaWood 500 race details
Race length 500 long hauls

Laps 188 stages

Stages TBA

How to watch YellaWood 500
How to buy tickets for the fall Talladega race
There are options for one- day and two- day tickets, along with a pupil package that’s$ 25 bones
to see the Cup race on Sunday.

Fall Talladega weekend rainfall outlook
Weather streamlined as of Saturday, September 23, via Weather Channel

For Saturday the high will be 82 ℉, the low will be 60 ℉ with incompletely cloudy skies. There’s an 11 chance of rain with evening coming around 630p.m.

For Sunday the high will be around 82 ℉ and a low of 58 ℉ with incompletely cloudy skies, as well. The chance of rain is 8. Sunset will be 629p.m.CT.

Parking at Talladega Motor Speedway
Talladega Motor Speedway offers free parking, click then for a chart. There are option for near paid parking, go to Talladega Motor Speedway’s website for further information.

Track details of Talladega Motor Speedway
Lap length2.660 long hauls

Turn Banking 33 °

Trioval banking16.5 °

Trackwidth 48- bases wide, 12- bottom apron

Lights No

Love caravan Stop 250 NASCAR truck race information
Date Sunday, September 30

Time 12p.m.

television Fox Sports

position Talladega Motor Speedway

Fall Talladega 2023 race weekend schedule
All times Central, full schedule

Monday,Sept. 25

10a.m.-Outside camping opens

Wednesday,Sept. 27

10a.m.- Infield camping opens

Friday,Sept. 29

3p.m.- NASCAR Cup Series Hauler Parade

9p.m.- Fireworks at track

Saturday,Sept. 30

7a.m.- parking opens

8a.m.- track opens

830a.m.- Love’s caravan Stop 250 Qualifying

1130a.m.- Truck motorist prolusions

12p.m.- Loves caravan Stop 250 launch

330p.m.- Mug series qualifying

730p.m.- Musicale featuring Hardy

Sunday,Oct. 1

7a.m.- parking opens

9a.m.- track opens

1p.m.- launch of Cup Series race



Is Texas Motor Speedway’s Land More Valuable Than Its NASCAR Races?

Texas Motor Speedway, once constructed in the midst of an expansive prairie, has transformed into a hub of growth and development. The land it occupies has become immensely valuable in its own right, potentially rivaling the worth of hosting car races. With approximately 1,500 acres under its belt, TMS possesses a substantial property, boasting more parking space than even Disney World. However, the prospect of TMS selling parts of its vast estate is not on the horizon, as it would likely involve legal battles and complications.

Despite the value of its land, don’t expect significant changes at TMS anytime soon, even though the landscape of its marquee events may evolve. NASCAR continues to hold events at TMS, including the upcoming Auto Trader Echo Park Automotive 400, a 267-lap race scheduled for Sunday. However, it may be the last time TMS hosts a playoff race for a while.

The challenge TMS faces is the sheer size of its facilities. The sprawling 1.5-mile track comes with a surplus of seats, and there’s only so much demand to fill them all. Reports suggest that NASCAR may move its Fort Worth race to the spring, which could potentially result in the discontinuation of an IndyCar race at TMS in 2024. TMS Vice President and General Manager Mark Faber refrains from commenting on these speculations, but industry insiders believe there’s credence to these reports.

TMS has a strong desire for IndyCar to return, and discussions have taken place regarding a multi-year extension of their contract. However, potential scheduling conflicts with IndyCar, NASCAR’s Circuit of the Americas Race in Austin (operated by TMS), and the desire to avoid scorching Texas summer heat may complicate matters.

This situation underscores the changing landscape of motorsports and the need to adapt to evolving viewer preferences. TMS, once capable of accommodating over 181,655 fans, now faces the challenge of making its seating capacity align with the expectations of modern viewers. While TMS has removed some seats, a significant reduction would come at a considerable cost.

Faber remains focused on modernizing the facility and diversifying its events, including non-racing ones like conventions, festivals, and concerts. TMS, while sitting on valuable land, is far from imperiled. It will continue to be a prominent fixture in the world of motorsports, with the primary challenge being the management of its extensive seating capacity.


Top-5s: 75 Highlights Celebrating NASCAR's 75th Anniversary

Top-5s: 75 Highlights Celebrating NASCAR’s 75th Anniversary

We’re rapidly approaching the final stretch of the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season, marking the 75th anniversary of this beloved stock car racing campaign. To commemorate this historic occasion, Ryan McGee is unfolding his weekly tribute by sharing his top five favorite aspects of the sport.

From ranking the top five best-looking cars to highlighting the five toughest drivers, McGee’s countdown has been exhilarating. However, when it comes to rating the top five mustaches among NASCAR personalities, well, let’s just say that’s a topic of heated debate.

Without any more delay, let’s delve into our celebration of 75 years of NASCAR and explore our 75 favorite facets of this thrilling world of stock car racing.

Five Most Remarkable Racetracks

As we navigate our way through the NASCAR 75th-anniversary jubilee with our weekly top-five lists of all-time greatness, we find ourselves on a mission to tread the fine line between sheer madness and astonishing spectacle. Picture the thrill of Cale Yarborough’s electrifying qualification at Daytona in 1983 – one moment soaring past 200 mph, the next, battling to regain control as gravity flips the script.

Just last week, we ventured into the world of quirky racetracks, exploring the weirdest of the lot. It only seems fitting that we now pivot from those moments of peculiarity to embrace the grandeur. So, fasten your seatbelts, don your helmets, and follow the pace car onto the hallowed asphalt (though, let’s keep a safer distance than Dale Earnhardt once dared with Elmo Langley).

Presenting our esteemed list of the top five all-time greatest NASCAR racetracks.

Honorable Mention: Charlotte Speedway

No, we’re not referring to the Charlotte Motor Speedway, nor its Roval variant or the Charlotte Fairgrounds Speedway. Our nod goes to the plain and unassuming Charlotte Speedway – the three-quarter-mile red-clay oval nestled southwest of the tranquil heart of Charlotte.

The racing circuit in question was far from pristine, exhibiting an erratic blend of conditions – parched and dusty at one end, and resembling a mud pit at the other. It served as the backdrop for a dozen Cup Series races, known then as Strictly Stock, spanning from 1949 to 1956. This storied track witnessed the coronation of eight champions, four of whom have earned their rightful places in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Notably, there are two more deserving candidates, Fonty Flock and Speedy Thompson, who warrant consideration for this prestigious honor.

However, the primary reason this track earns a spot on our list is its pivotal role in hosting the inaugural race that marked the genesis of what we now know as the Cup Series. It may not have been the epitome of perfection, but its imperfections made it an ideal setting for this historic event. Regrettably, the track itself has faded into history, but a poignant reminder of its significance endures in the form of a historical marker. This marker is nestled amidst the backdrop of razor-wire-wrapped trucking depots and sprawling parking lots, quietly bearing witness to its past glory just north of the bustling Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

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Bill Elliott’s 1987 speed record set at Talladega Superspeedway still stands in NASCAR history books to this day. ISC Archives/CQ-Roll Call Group via Getty Images

Talladega Superspeedway:

Talladega Superspeedway has always defied convention. Its sheer size, incredible speed, and unique history make it an enigmatic entity in the world of NASCAR. This sprawling 2.66-mile behemoth, with its 33-degree banked turns towering 26 feet above ground, is an anomaly in the world of racetracks. Its very existence is unconventional, as it was constructed on the grounds of an abandoned military airbase and Native American sacred land, adding an intriguing layer of mystique to its already eccentric profile.

Throughout its 54-year history, Talladega Superspeedway has been the stage for numerous spectacular crashes known as the “Big One,” which have sparked debates and controversies aplenty. In fact, its intimidating nature was so daunting that when it first opened its doors in 1969, the sport’s top stars staged a walkout, leaving the inaugural race to be contested by journeyman racers summoned from lower divisions under the defiant leadership of Big Bill France.

However, over the years, Talladega Superspeedway has also given birth to incredible moments and finishes that defy belief. Iconic instances, such as Dale Earnhardt Sr. miraculously passing 18 cars in just four laps to claim victory in 2000, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. securing four consecutive wins, have etched their names into NASCAR lore. Not to be overshadowed, Bill Elliott’s record-breaking lap of 212.808 mph in 1987 still stands as a testament to the track’s unmatched speed.

Even amidst a parade of bizarre and often unsettling Talladega tales, such as the infamous Talladega curses, these remarkable feats and records continue to captivate the hearts of NASCAR enthusiasts.

Martinsville Speedway:

Martinsville Speedway, a half-mile paper clip nestled in the hills of southern Virginia, has remained a constant on the NASCAR calendar since its inclusion in the original NASCAR Strictly Stock schedule of 1949. Unlike its fallen counterpart, North Wilkesboro, Martinsville’s mega-flat track has retained the essence of its past, preserving the nostalgia of the sport’s early days.

While the track has undergone some modernization, including paving, it still echoes the spirit of September 1949 when Red Byron clinched the first of 149 NASCAR premier series races held at this iconic bullring. The slow-moving train along the backstretch, a tradition for decades, allows the conductor to keep tabs on the race leaders. The track’s demanding nature continues to wreak havoc on brakes, and the famous Martinsville hot dogs, still as delicious and vibrant as ever, remain a cherished part of the experience.

Charlotte Motor Speedway:

In 1960, Curtis Turner and Bruton Smith embarked on a daring endeavor, building a mile-and-a-half oval in the remote outskirts of Charlotte. Many labeled them as reckless visionaries, but in reality, they were pioneers in the world of motorsports. NASCAR was in the midst of its Speedway Era, transitioning from a schedule dominated by short tracks to larger, more grandiose weekend venues.

On that fateful day in 1960, the newly laid asphalt disintegrated into chunks, forcing racers to protect their cars with chicken wire to shield their radiators from flying debris. It was a turbulent start, but it marked the beginning of a new era for NASCAR. Charlotte Motor Speedway became a symbol of the sport’s evolution, both literally and figuratively, as it expanded its horizons.

These three iconic NASCAR tracks, Talladega Superspeedway, Martinsville Speedway, and Charlotte Motor Speedway, continue to defy conventions, challenge drivers, and captivate fans with their rich histories and unique characteristics. They are a testament to the enduring legacy of NASCAR and the ever-evolving nature of motorsports.

Charlotte Motor Speedway:

Charlotte Motor Speedway has been a relentless pioneer since its inception. It has consistently served as a catalyst for the future of NASCAR, setting the stage for groundbreaking moments in the sport’s history. From the determined efforts of former speedway president Humpy Wheeler, who secured funding to bring a young Dale Earnhardt and the initially resistant Janet Guthrie to the track, to its trailblazing innovations like the introduction of the first speedway lighting grid, the creation of the Speedway Club, the development of Turn 1 condos, the inception of the NASCAR All-Star Race, and the daring introduction of the Roval, this speedway has been a breeding ground for innovation and progress.

Charlotte Motor Speedway’s distinctive double-dogleg D-shaped intermediate layout has also left an indelible mark, becoming the blueprint for a whole generation of racetracks, whether for better or for worse. This track embodies dynamism, and its legacy as a forward-thinking institution is irrefutable. It’s a place that refuses to stand still, constantly evolving to stay at the forefront of the NASCAR universe.

Darlington Raceway:

Darlington Raceway, often hailed by two distinctive nicknames, “The Lady in Black” and “The Track Too Tough To Tame,” exudes an awe-inspiring aura that sets it apart in the world of NASCAR. Its charm lies not only in its formidable reputation but also in its fascinating origin story.

This iconic track can be likened to the “Field of Dreams” long before “Shoeless” Joe Jackson famously emerged from the cornfields. Its creation was the vision of entrepreneur Harold Brasington, who drew inspiration from a visit to the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Undeterred by skeptics who believed he had lost his sanity, Brasington transformed the sandhills of South Carolina into a captivating 1.366-mile oval. The track’s distinctive egg-shaped design, a result of working around a minnow pond that a neighboring farmer adamantly refused to sell, adds an element of quirkiness to its character.

Darlington Raceway’s rich history and unconventional layout have made it an enduring treasure in the world of motorsports. Its resilience and unique charm continue to captivate fans and drivers alike, reaffirming its status as a legendary venue in NASCAR’s storied history.

As stock car racing’s first asphalt speedway, Darlington Raceway holds a special place in the hearts of racers and fans alike. While its layout has undergone slight modifications over the years, Darlington remains a living testament to the history of stock car racing. For modern-day drivers with a reverence for the sport’s past, Darlington and the Southern 500 are hallowed grounds where they can connect with the moonshine-soaked pioneers who roared to life on Labor Day weekend in 1950, taking Darlington’s inaugural green flag.

Daytona International Speedway:

In the realm of classic racetracks, none shine brighter than Daytona International Speedway. This iconic track, often referred to as the “World Center of Racing,” owes its existence to the legacy of storied venues like Darlington and Martinsville. When ranking the top-five NASCAR tracks of all time, the decision to place Daytona at the pinnacle is nothing short of unanimous.

The word “Daytona” resonates globally, transcending language barriers and borders. It is a name that evokes a rich tapestry of unforgettable moments in stock car history. From Lee Petty’s historic photo finish in 1959 to the epic David Pearson vs. Richard Petty showdown in 1976, from the legendary clashes between “The King” and “There’s a fight!” in 1979 to Petty’s milestone 200th win in 1984, and from Darrell Waltrip’s emotional victory in 1989 to Earnhardt’s long-awaited triumph in 1998, Daytona has been the canvas for countless indelible memories.

Daytona’s legacy extends beyond its borders. It’s the place where Dale Jr.’s poignant July win in 2001 touched the hearts of fans worldwide. It’s where Kevin Harvick and Mark Martin waged epic battles, and where recent years have witnessed wild checkers-or-wreckers finishes that left fans on the edge of their seats.

In the vast tapestry of NASCAR’s incredible racetracks, Daytona International Speedway stands as the axis upon which the entire NASCAR world revolves. This sprawling, majestic 2.5-mile oval on the Florida coast is not just a racetrack; it’s a symbol of the sport’s enduring spirit and the place where legends are born.

While the decision between Darlington and Daytona may have been close, the significance of these two tracks in NASCAR’s rich history is beyond measure, and they continue to capture the imagination of racing enthusiasts worldwide.


2023 NASCAR Cup Series Full Schedule Dates and Venues for All 36 Races, Starting with This Weekend's Event in Texas

2023 NASCAR Cup Series Full Schedule: Dates and Venues for All 36 Races, Starting with This Weekend’s Event in Texas

The 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season is comprised of 36 thrilling races, kicking off with a pair of exhibition events in February at the Daytona 500 and concluding in November with the championship race in Phoenix. Here’s a look at the schedule for the early part of the season:


  1. Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum
    • Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
    • Date: Feb. 5, 8 p.m. ET (Fox)
    • Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
  2. Daytona 500
    • Venue: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida
    • Date: Feb. 19, 4:30 p.m. ET (Fox)
    • Winner: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  3. Pala Casino 400
    • Venue: Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California
    • Date: Feb 26, 3:30 p.m. ET (Fox)
    • Winner: Kyle Busch

March 4. Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube

  • Venue: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • Date: March 5, 3:30 p.m. ET (Fox)
  • Winner: William Byron
  1. United Rentals Work United 500
    • Venue: Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Arizona
    • Date: March 12, 3:30 p.m. ET (Fox)
    • Winner: William Byron
  2. Ambetter Health 400
    • Venue: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia
    • Date: March 19, 3 p.m. ET (Fox)
    • Winner: Joey Logano
  3. EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix
    • Venue: Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas
    • Date: March 26, 3:30 p.m. ET (Fox)
    • Winner: Tyler Reddick

April 8. Toyota Owners 400

  • Venue: Richmond Raceway, Virginia
  • Date: April 2, 3:30 p.m. ET (FS1)
  • Winner: Kyle Larson
  1. Food City Dirt Race
    • Venue: Bristol Motor Speedway, Tennessee
    • Date: April 9, 7 p.m. ET (Fox)
    • Winner: Christopher Bell
  2. NOCO 400
    • Venue: Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, Virginia
    • Date: April 16, 3 p.m. ET (FS1)
    • Winner: Kyle Larson
  3. GEICO 500
    • Venue: Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama
    • Date: April 23, 3 p.m. ET (Fox)
    • Winner: Kyle Busch

May 12. Würth 400 – Venue: Dover Motor Speedway, Delaware – Date: May 1, Noon ET (FS1) – Delayed by rain – Winner: Martin Truex Jr.

  1. AdventHealth 400
    • Venue: Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas
    • Date: May 7, 3 p.m. ET (FS1)
    • Winner: Denny Hamlin
  2. Goodyear 400
    • Venue: Darlington Raceway, South Carolina
    • Date: May 14, 3 p.m. ET (FS1)
    • Winner: William Byron
  3. NASCAR All-Star Race
    • Venue: North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Carolina
    • Date: May 21, 8 p.m. ET (FS1)
    • Winner: Kyle Larson
  4. Coca-Cola 600
    • Venue: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina
    • Date: May 29, 3 p.m. ET (Fox) – Delayed by rain
    • Winner: Ryan Blaney

June 17. Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter – Venue: World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, Madison, Illinois – Date: June 4, 3:30 p.m. ET (FS1) – Winner: Kyle Busch

  1. Toyota / Save Mart 350
    • Venue: Sonoma Raceway, California
    • Date: June 11, 3:30 p.m. ET (Fox)
    • Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
  2. Ally 400
    • Venue: Nashville Superspeedway
    • Date: June 25, 7 p.m. ET (NBC)
    • Winner: Ross Chastain

July 20. Grant Park 220 – Venue: Chicago Street Circuit – Date: July 2, 5 p.m. ET (NBC) – Winner: Shane van Gisbergen”

These are some of the exciting races early in the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season.

Shane van Gisbergen won the inaugural NASCAR street race in Chicago in his Cup Series debut. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) Photo Cradit:

Here’s the information presented in a revised format:


  • Quaker State 400 at Walmart
    • Venue: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia
    • Date: July 9, 7 p.m. ET (USA)
    • Winner: William Byron
  • Crayon 301
    • Venue: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire
    • Date: July 17, noon ET (USA) — Delayed by rain
    • Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
  • 400
    • Venue: Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania
    • Date: July 23, 2:30 p.m. ET (USA)
    • Winner: Denny Hamlin
  • Cook Out 400
    • Venue: Richmond Raceway, Virginia
    • Date: July 30, 3 p.m. ET (USA)
    • Winner: Chris Buescher


  • Firekeepers Casino 400
    • Venue: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan
    • Date: Aug. 6, 2:30 p.m. ET (USA)
    • Winner: Chris Buescher
  • Verizon 200 at the Brickyard
    • Venue: Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Speedway, Indiana
    • Date: Aug. 13, 2:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
    • Winner: Michael McDowell
  • Go Bowling at the Glen
    • Venue: Watkins Glen International, New York
    • Date: Aug. 20, 3 p.m. ET (USA)
    • Winner: William Byron
  • Coke Zero Sugar 400
    • Venue: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida
    • Date: Aug. 26, 7 p.m. ET (NBC)
    • Winner: Chris Buescher

September – PLAYOFFS ROUND OF 16

  • Cook Out Southern 500
    • Venue: Darlington Raceway, South Carolina
    • Date: Sept. 3, 6 p.m. ET (USA)
    • Winner: Kyle Larson
  • Hollywood Casino 400
    • Venue: Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas
    • Date: Sept. 10, 3 p.m. ET (USA)
    • Winner: Tyler Reddick
  • Bass Pro Shops Night Race
    • Venue: Bristol Motor Speedway, Tennessee
    • Date: Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. ET, (USA)
    • Winner: Denny Hamlin


  • AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400
    • Venue: Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas
    • Date: Sept. 24, 3:30 p.m. ET (USA)
    • 2022 winner: Tyler Reddick


  • YellaWood 500
    • Venue: Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama
    • Date: Oct. 1, 2 p.m. ET (NBC)
    • 2022 winner: Chase Elliott
  • Bank of America ROVAL 400
    • Venue: Charlotte Motor Speedway road course, Concord, North Carolina
    • Date: Oct. 8, 2 p.m. ET (NBC)
    • 2022 winner: Christopher Bell


  • South Point 400
    • Venue: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
    • Date: Oct. 15, 2:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
    • 2022 winner: Joey Logano
  • NASCAR Cup Series Race at Homestead-Miami
    • Venue: Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Florida
    • Date: Oct. 22, 2:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
    • 2022 winner: Kyle Larson
  • Xfinity 500
    • Venue: Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, Virginia
    • Date: Oct. 29, 2 p.m. ET (NBC)
    • 2022 winner: Christopher Bell


  • NASCAR Cup Series Championship
    • Venue: Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Arizona
    • Date: Nov. 5, 3 p.m. ET (NBC)
    • 2022 winner: Joey Logano


Highlighted NASCAR Cup Series Drivers at Texas Motor Speedway

Highlighted NASCAR Cup Series Drivers at Texas Motor Speedway

The NASCAR Cup Series is set to race at Texas Motor Speedway in continuation of the playoffs this Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET on USA Network, post-race show on Peacock).

This event marks the opening race of the Round of 12, with Tyler Reddick, holding a three-point advantage above the cutline, defending his victory from the previous year.

Here’s an overview of the drivers to keep a close watch on during the Sunday afternoon race in Texas:


Kyle Larson

  • Points position: 4th
  • Best finish this season: 1st (Richmond I, Martinsville I, Darlington II)
  • Past at Texas: Two top-10 finishes in his last two starts, including one win. Larson also claimed victory in the 2021 All-Star Race at Texas. He has three DNFs in his previous seven races at this 1.5-mile track. Notably, Larson boasts the best average finish in this season’s playoffs (2.3) along with one win.

Denny Hamlin

  • Points position: 3rd
  • Best finish this season: 1st (Kansas I, Pocono, Bristol)
  • Past at Texas: With 32 career starts, Hamlin has secured 15 top-10 finishes, seven top-fives, three wins, and just one DNF. Hamlin’s recent Texas performances have been strong, finishing 11th or better in his last three starts. In this season’s playoffs, he holds an average finish of 9.3, including one victory at Bristol.

Kyle Busch

  • Points position: 6th
  • Best finish this season: 1st (Fontana, Talladega I, Gateway)
  • Past at Texas: In his previous 32 starts at Texas, Busch has notched 18 top-10 finishes, 14 top-fives, and four wins. However, his streak of five top-10 finishes ended last season with a crash, marking his first career DNF at Texas. Notably, Busch has led 628 laps since 2012.

Ryan Blaney

  • Points position: 11th
  • Best finish this season: 1st (Charlotte)
  • Past at Texas: Blaney has consistently performed well at Texas, with only one finish worse than eighth in his last nine starts. His lone disappointing result came in spring 2019 when he finished 37th due to a mechanical issue. While he hasn’t secured any points-paying wins at Texas, he did win last season’s All-Star Race and finished fourth in the playoff race.


Chris Buescher

  • Points position: 5th
  • Best finish this season: 1st (Richmond II, Michigan, Daytona II)
  • Past at Texas: Buescher’s Texas record includes 13 career starts with a career-best finish of 15th, zero laps led, and two DNFs. Currently, he sits 10 points above the cutline as the Round of 12 begins, and a strong performance is crucial to maintain his contention for a spot in the Round of 8.

Christopher Bell

  • Points position: 7th
  • Best finish this season: 1st (Bristol Dirt)
  • Past at Texas: Bell’s Texas history features four career starts with two third-place finishes and two finishes outside the top 21. His performances at Texas reflect the inconsistency of his current campaign, which includes five top-10 finishes and four finishes of 13th or worse in his past nine races.

Ross Chastain

  • Points position: 9th
  • Best finish this season: 1st (Nashville)
  • Past at Texas: Chastain has participated in six career starts at Texas, with a career-best finish of 13th in last season’s race. He has secured three top-10 finishes in the past 13 races of this season. Chastain enters the Round of 12, three points below the cutline, making every race crucial for his playoff hopes.

Martin Truex Jr.

  • Points position: 1st
  • Best finish this season: 1st (Dover, Sonoma, New Hampshire)
  • Past at Texas: Truex has notched 17 top-10 finishes in 33 career starts at Texas but has faced six DNFs, including the last two Cup races at the 1.5-mile track. His second-place finish behind Kyle Busch in 2020 remains his sole result better than 25th in the past four races at Texas.