Author: Motorsport.com NASCAR

NASCAR issued a series of penalties to the Nos. 9 and 48 teams Thursday after discovering Hendrick used a sealed engine from the No. 9 Chevrolet of Chase Elliott in Alex Bowman’s No. 48 Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last weekend. According to the Cup Series rulebook, “When the long block is sealed the engine must be used in the same vehicle number the next time it is used.” Alan Gustafson, crew chief of the No. 9, and Greg Ives, crew chief of the No. 48, were both fined $50,000. Each team also lost 25 owner and driver points.…

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While Roush, 79, has not been as visible as he once was, the longtime NASCAR owner made it clear this week that he still plans to play an active role in the organization’s ‘reset’ with the addition of Keselowski. “I welcome (Brad) as a partner and look forward to what we can do together. I’ve been asked to say that I’m passing my baton to him, which I am, but I still have one hand on the thing, so I’m not going to give up completely for a while,” Roush said. “There are no retirement plans for me in my…

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Keselowski went out of his way to compare his new driver/owner role at Roush beginning in 2022 to Tony Stewart’s move into a similar position at Haas CNC Racing in 2009. As Keselowski noted, Stewart was the same age – 37 years old – and had the same amount of career wins in the NASCAR Cup Series – 35 – when Stewart-Haas Racing was formed. But when Stewart joined forces with Gene Haas, the biggest gain wasn’t just in adding Stewart the accomplished driver. It was also all the exceptional and talented people who came to work at the organization…

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Keselowski, 37, has competed for Team Penske since he went full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2010. In 2012, he delivered ‘The Captain’ his first Cup title and has won 34 races with the team. But after 12 seasons with the prestigious organization, he is taking on a new challenge. Motorsport.com’s May report that Keselowski would become the next driver/owner in the top level of NASCAR has finally been confirmed. He will join Roush-Fenway Racing in 2022. Initially, Keselowski looked to gain an ownership stake in Penske, which was not available with the way the team is structured. Read…

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As his Penske teammates Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski battled up front for the win, Logano spent much of Sunday’s rain-delayed race recovering from a two-lap penalty assessed by NASCAR. Rain and a multi-car wreck brought out a caution on Lap 6 followed by a 1-hour, 42-minute delay. When the cars were re-fired but before the red-flag was withdrawn, Logano noticed an issue with his throttle and members of his team lifted his hood and took pictures of the area to try to diagnose the issue. However, when the red flag was eventually withdrawn, Logano was hit with the 2-lap…

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In a memo sent to Cup drivers and teams over the weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, NASCAR said it was “pleased with the assessments” from the expert panel that reviewed all crash test data of the car, including a crash test of the current spec Next Gen done June 30 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway using a crash dummy. The memo said teams could now move on to building and testing of the new car. A NASCAR spokesperson confirmed teams should begin to receive Next Gen chassis by the end of this week. The panel consisted of Dr. James Raddin,…

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Due to darkness and an earlier 1 hour, 42-minute rain delay, NASCAR finally called Sunday’s race eight laps short of its scheduled 301 laps. Unfortunately for Bell, that was eight fewer laps in which he had the opportunity to run down and pass eventual winner Aric Almirola and he had to settle for second place. “Whenever I saw the board and saw that we were eight laps short, it stings, man. I felt like I probably had a little better pace than him and I was able to get to him,” Bell said. “I know lapped cars were giving him…

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Almirola entered Sunday’s race 27th in the series standings and with no chance to make the 16-driver playoffs without a victory. With Stewart-Haas Racing’s struggles this season, Sunday’s race on the 1.056-mile oval didn’t appear to be a good opportunity to pick one up. But with darkness closing in due to an earlier 1 hour, 42-minute rain delay and no lights at the track, Almirola moved into the lead for the first time on Lap 246 of a planned 301. “This is by far one of my favorite race tracks. I love coming to the New England area and racing,”…

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Despite drivers and a track official telling race control the track was wet in Turns 1 and 2 from “weepers” during pace laps the race went green as scheduled. Heavy mist was already in the air and as the first handful of laps ticked off, it quickly got worse but before NASCAR could throw a caution, leader Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin all spun on the track on Lap 6. The caution was finally displayed and almost immediately afterward, NASCAR put the race under the red flag as the entire track was soaked. The damage to…

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Elliott crossed the stripe .439 of a second ahead of Stewart after battling his father, Bill, for much of the 77-lap race around the .596-mile oval. “I had a ball. I got to race against two of my heroes,” Chase said. “I got to race against dad there throughout the race and those are moments I will cherish forever. Just super thankful to be here.” Chase started fourth in his No. 94 machine and by Lap 32 of 77 was second to his father, who led from the start. Chase took the lead from Bill for the first time on…

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