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Listen to this article In an interview on Monday with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Marcus Smith, president and CEO of Speedway Motorsports (which owns TMS) was noncommittal about the idea of moving the annual race to a different track in 2023. “We had it in Charlotte for a number of years, and did it in Bristol in 2020 when we couldn’t have it in North Carolina (due to COVID-19 restrictions),” he said. “Then, we moved it to Texas for the last couple of years. “This event, we had more people buying tickets than we did last year. We had increases in…

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Listen to this article Initially, Blaney took the checkered flag ahead of Hamlin in Sunday night’s All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday night but a caution was displayed on the final lap for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Under normal rules, Blaney would have been declared the winner but under special rules for this year’s race, the winner of the final 50-lap segment had to take the victory under a green flag. That sent the race into a two-lap overtime but with a problem for Blaney – thinking he had already won, had let down the window net on the driver’s…

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Listen to this article Initially, Blaney took the checkered flag ahead of Denny Hamlin but a caution was displayed on the final lap for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. getting into the backstretch wall. Under normal rules, Blaney would have been declared the winner but under special rules for Sunday night’s race, the winner had to take the victory under a green flag. That sent the final 50-lap segment at Texas Motor Speedway into a two-lap overtime but with a problem – Blaney, thinking he had won, had already let down the window net on the driver’s side of his No. 12…

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Listen to this article Kyle Busch dominated the 2022 All-Star Race from pole position until he cut down a right-rear tire and slowed in front of the field. As he tried to get off the racing surface, a fast-approaching Ross Chastain ran over the back of the No. 18 Toyota and went airborne for a brief moment. Chastain, now out of control, crashed into Chase Elliott as his car careened into the outside wall. All drivers were checked and released from the infield care center. “Just got a flat tire out of Turn 4, right rear is flat,” explained…

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Listen to this article Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chris Buescher and Daniel Suarez each won a segment in the All-Star Open to advance to the All-Star Race. The Open featured three segments of 20, 20 and 10 laps. Erik Jones became the 24th and final entry in the All-Star field after winning the Fan Vote. “We definitely got a fortunate circumstance there getting to go to the front row. Our (Car) took off really, really strong there,” Stenhouse said. “The team has been working really hard the last few weeks and we’ve been getting results, which is nice. “Now, we get…

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Listen to this article Using a new format for the first time, the drivers with the top eight speeds in single-car qualifying advanced to an elimination round where they paired off in one-on-one battles featuring a pit stop and one-lap dash to the checkered flag. Busch and Blaney’s team advanced to the final matchup, with the pole going to the winner. “Anytime you’re able to showcase the pit crew’s ability and have them and their athleticism in this competition and in this qualifying format, I enjoy that,” said Busch. “I think that’s my most favorite part of the year, coming…

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Listen to this article Reddick was the next to last driver to make a qualifying attempt and his average lap speed of 186.981 mph just edged Daniel Suarez (186.903 mph) for the pole in Sunday’s preliminary race. The Open race will feature three segments of 20, 20 and 10 laps. The winner of each segment – plus the winner of the fan vote – advance to the field for Sunday night’s NASCAR All-Star Race. However, Reddick will have to start the race from the rear of the field after his team made unapproved adjustments to his No. 8 Richard Childress…

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Listen to this article In the 15-minute session devoted to practice on the oval track, Hamlin led all 20 drivers with an average lap speed of 187.252 mph. Kyle Larson ended up second (186.825 mph) and Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Kyle Busch, was third (186.793 mph). Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top-five. Among those drivers who ran at least 10 consecutive laps, Larson had the fastest average speed (185.017 mph). He was followed by Hamlin, Blaney and Kurt Busch, respectively, in that category Teams also received five minutes of practice launching from pit road, which…

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Listen to this article Reddick, a regular in the Cup Series, was making just his second start of the year driving Big Machine Racing’s No. 48 Chevrolet. The win is the first for the organization – owned by Scott Borchetta – which only began fielding a team last season. Just before the final caution of the race, Reddick passed Brandon Jones on Lap 137 of 167 laps to take the lead for the first time in the race. He got a great jump on the restart with 21 laps to go and held off William Byron by 1.825 seconds for…

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Friesen was strong all night, leading a race-high 60 laps. At the finish, he was just 0.122s clear of Christian Eckes. “I made all the mistakes I needed to make in the first two segments,” said Friesen after the race. “I had an awesome truck. Finally, we have something to celebrate,” he said. “Thanks, you guys. Thanks everyone at Toyota and TRD. You have no idea the work that has gone into this race team over the past three years to build this up. It’s an awesome group. We’re in the playoffs – how about that? “The No. 17 lined…

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