Author: Motorsport.com NASCAR

The series will follow Wallace in his first season with the newly formed 23XI Racing team, co-owned by NBA icon Michael Jordan and three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin. Wallace, 27, became an outspoken voice against racial injustice in 2020 following the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis PD. He successfully advocated for the banning of the Confederate Flag from all NASCAR events. Notably, he wore an ‘I Can’t Breathe’ shirt during pre-race ceremonies at Atlanta Motor Speedway and ran a Black Lives Matter paint scheme at Martinsville Speedway soon after. Wallace’s activism threw him into the national spotlight…

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Even with the performance issues his Stewart-Haas Racing organization has battled this year, Almirola’s season couldn’t go much worse. He’s mired in 27th in the series standings after nine race; he’s yet to lead a lap this season; he’s wrecked out of three races and finished on the lead-lap in only three races. Almirola and his No. 10 Ford team did get a reprieve last weekend at Richmond (Va.) Raceway – he ran strong all day and finished with a season’s best sixth-place finish. It was a small step in the right direction and one Almirola desperately hopes can build…

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On Tuesday afternoon, a U.S. jury found Derek Chauvin, the former police officer accused of Floyd’s murder on a Minneapolis street last year, guilty on three charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Floyd, a Black man whose neck was knelt upon by Chauvin for more than nine minutes during his arrest, was pronounced dead about an hour after an ambulance had been called. Hamilton, the only Black driver in F1, has been a long-time activist for social rights said he was “overcome with rage” in the aftermath of Floyd’s murder last May. Speaking on his social media…

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On Monday, NASCAR confirmed that Cob has not been approved to compete on superspeedway tracks in the Cup Series thus would not be making her planned debut in Rick Ware Racing’s No. 15 Chevrolet. While Cobb, 47, has made a combined 247 starts in the Xfinity and Truck series, a NASCAR spokesman told Motorsport.com that Cobb is only currently approved to compete on superspeedways in Trucks. She previously had approval to compete in the Xfinity Series but since she has not made a start in the series since 2018, she would need to reapply for approval if she decided to…

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After starting the season with three finishes of 28th or worse, DiBenedetto was mired 35th in the NASCAR Cup Series driver standings. Over the next four weeks, the team have put together better finishes and finally broke through with their first top-10 finish Sunday at Richmond (Va.) Raceway. DiBenedetto, 29, had fallen a lap down before the final caution of the race but took the wave-around and over the final 10 laps rallied to a ninth-place finish. Read Also: “It definitely feels long overdue that we got that top-10 finally, so that’s good. We’ve had some rough circumstances that sort…

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Hamlin is leading the regular season standings and has no finish worse than 11th. In nine races, he’s scored eight top-fives and has won five stages. Despite all this, he has yet to reach Victory Lane. Sunday was just the latest opportunity that slipped away. Alex Bowman snatched away the race lead on the final restart and led just ten laps en route to his third career win. “Yeah, I mean, there’s frustration, for sure,” said Hamlin. “But it doesn’t change my attitude or work ethic. I’m going to work just as hard to win next week and the week…

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Hamlin led on the final restart with 10 of 400 laps remaining with Logano lined up alongside him. While Hamlin had led the most laps in the race, Logano had shown the ability to lead late in the event. It looked like the duo would duel to the finish. Enter Alex Bowman. Bowman, who had run consistently in the top-five most of the race but got sent to the back of the field early at the stage of the third stage for an uncontrolled tire penalty, fired off strong on the restart, quickly moving under Logano to take second. By…

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On a restart with 10 of 400 laps remaining Sunday at Richmond (Va.) Raceway, Bowman – who had not led a lap in the race up to that point – navigated around leader Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano to take the lead. He had little trouble from that point hanging on for the win, finishing .381 seconds ahead of Hamlin to the victory in the ToyotaOwners 400. It’s Bowman’s first win of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season and his first driving the iconic No. 48 Chevrolet, made famous by former seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, who made his first…

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Nemechek dominated a caution-marred race Saturday at Richmond (Va.) Raceway, leading 114 of 250 laps, and held Busch at bay over the closing laps to win the ToyotaCare 250. The win is Nemechek’s second of the 2021 NASCAR Truck season and he’s quickly established himself as a championship favorite in his first full season with Kyle Busch Motorsports. Nemechek, 23, now has eight career series victories. “It’s pretty cool to be able to come out here and do what we were able to do. We had a really fast truck. I’m super proud of all of my guys and…

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At one point early in Dillon’s Cup career, he made no secret the Virginia short track was his “least favorite” and he wouldn’t be upset if NASCAR dropped it off the schedule entirely. In his first nine races at the track with Richard Childress Racing, Dillon didn’t finish better than 13th and four times finished outside the top-20. In fall 2018, Dillon and his No. 3 Chevrolet team suddenly seemed to turn things around, posting a sixth-place finish which he repeated in the spring 2019 race. After a 22nd-place finish in fall 2019, Dillon produced his best finish yet –…

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