Author: Motorsport.com NASCAR

Byron and his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team were eliminated from the 2021 playoffs following last Sunday’s race at the Charlotte Roval, but they showed no signs of slowing down at Texas Motor Speedway. For the vast majority of Sunday’s race, Byron proved to be one of the few drivers who could keep pace with his HMS teammate, Kyle Larson, who won for the eighth time this season and led 256 of the 334 laps” “Our Chevy was fast all day. We just never quite got control (of the race),” Byron said. “I think (Larson) was definitely better than us…

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It started on Lap 300 of 334 when Joey Logano’s engine blew, immediately putting the No. 22 Team Penske Ford out of the race. Logano finished 30th, now a distant 43 points back of the cut line. “I thought it was starting to maybe give up a little bit of power in that run,” explained Logano. “We were just getting passed. Not really though. It just kind of let go. It is one of those days when nothing went right. The strategy didn’t go the way we wanted it to early in the race. Cautions didn’t fall the way we…

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Larson had to hold off multiple contenders over six restarts in the final 60 laps and edged his Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron by .459 seconds at the checkered flag to earn his series-leading eighth win of the 2021 season. This win in the semifinal round of the playoffs at Texas Motor Speedway locks Larson into the Championship 4 at Phoenix, regardless of where he finishes in the next two races. Larson, 28, has never previously had the opportunity to compete for the series title under NASCAR’s playoff format. The win is the 14th of Larson’s career and first…

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Nemechek, driving Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 Toyota this weekend, had one of the fastest cars in Saturday’s race but his run to his second career series win was nearly derailed on Lap 144 of 200 when he was penalized for having a crew member over the wall too soon during his pit stop and had to restart from the rear of the field. The 24-year-old Truck Series regular didn’t waste time any coming back through the field. A late-race caution on Lap 174 sent most of the lead-lap cars to pit road and Nemechek’s crew chief, Chris Gayle, elected…

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What time is the NASCAR race? Eight drivers remain in the fight for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series championship. Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch lead the field with wins at TMS with 10 victories between the trio. Busch won the most recent Cup race there earlier this year Race: Autotrader Echo Park Automotive 500 Date: Sunday, October 17th, 2021 Start time: 2 p.m. EST. Location: Texas Motor Speedway There will be a competition caution at Lap 25. Read Also: What channel is the NASCAR race? TV Channel: NBC (TSN in Canada) Radio Station: Motor Racing Network (MRN) Green flag: 2:08 pm…

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Byron’s No. 24 Chevrolet will continue to carry primary sponsorship from Liberty University in 12 Cup races annually through the 2026 season. Byron’s current contract with Hendrick goes through the 2022 season but team owner Rick Hendrick his desire to sign him to an extension. Byron, 23, is currently a junior working toward an undergraduate degree in strategic communication via Liberty University’s online program. The school began its support of Byron in 2014 when he drove Late Model stock cars and has been a 12-race primary sponsor since his 2018 rookie Cup season. “We are honored to partner with and…

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After joining McLaren at the start of the season, Ricciardo accepted a wager with Brown over him scoring his first podium for the team. With memories still fresh of Ricciardo’s famous tattoo bet with his former Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul, Brown was eager to avoid any physical discomfort from needles so opted for a racing incentive instead. With Ricciardo being a big fan of Dale Earnhardt Sr, and racing with the NASCAR legend’s number 3, Brown felt a prize living up to those themes would be best. After handing him a model of Earnhardt’s 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo as a…

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“I think on the road courses we’re not far off. I think you can line us up and go,” Logano, 31, said after testing Monday and Tuesday on the Roval in his No. 22 Ford Mustang. “I think we’ve proven in the last year or two – whatever, just line us up and race. “I always go back to Daytona (Road Course) last year when we showed up with no practice on a brand new race track that none of us had ever raced on. That’s the craziest thing I ever heard and we were fine. “We’ve had two days…

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Kyle Busch Motorsports announced Thursday that Nemechek, 24, will return to drive the No. 4 Toyota next season. Also returning to the No. 4 team will be crew chief Eric Phillips, the winningest crew chief in series history. “I came to Kyle Busch Motorsports because it was an opportunity to get back to Victory Lane – I accomplished my goal of being here for wins and I’m excited to be coming back for more next year,” Nemechek said. “We have some unfinished business left trying to bring the championship trophy home to KBM this year and then we’ll go to…

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Tony Stewart Racing will field two fulltime entries in 2022 – one in Top Fuel for nine-time event winner Leah Pruett and one in Funny Car for 39-time event winner Matt Hagan. Stewart, 50, has been a regular at NHRA events since last year when he and Pruett began dating. The couple are now engaged and set to be married in November after the NHRA season finale in Pomona, Calif. “When I retired from fulltime driving I said it wasn’t the end, but the beginning of a new chapter. This is proof of that,” said Stewart, who also co-owns Stewart-Haas…

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