Author: Motorsport.com NASCAR

Hamlin led a race-high 276 laps and had the speed to retake the lead on the final restart, but just couldn’t hold back Martin Truex Jr. as the laps ticked away. “I thought it was a matter of time,” he admitted. “With about 25 to go or so, he already got into my rear bumper, kind of beating the back end off. It was just a matter of time.” He added that Truex was just able to turn the corner better than the No. 11 team during the final run, finally relinquishing the race lead to his teammate with 14 laps…

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Elliott, the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion, got off to a strong start this season with a runner-up finish in the Daytona 500 and was in position to challenge for a win at the Daytona Road Course until a late-race spin. Since then he’s struggled at Homestead and Las Vegas, ran well at Phoenix, lost an engine at Atlanta and rallied to a 10th place finish at the Bristol Dirt Race. In Sunday’s rain-delayed race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Elliott stayed in the hunt throughout the race – finishing fourth in both stages, had a solid day on pit road…

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Only 42 of 500 laps were completed Saturday night before the remainder of the Cup race was postponed until Sunday afternoon. But a late-race red-flag for a multi-car wreck pushed the race into the night and it was then that Truex’s No. 19 Toyota came to life. Truex ran down his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin – who dominated much of the race – and passed him with 15 to go. He then held off late charge from Chase Elliott to secure his second win of the 2021 season. “It was pretty incredible there at the end. James…

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Berry led 95 of 250 laps on his way to capturing the checkered flag. After rain forced the postponement of Friday’s NASCAR’s Xfinity Series race, the event got back underway Sunday. Brandon Jones led the way at the Lap 97 restart, and it didn’t take long for contact on the half-mile short track. Ryan Vargas sustained significant nose damage after a brake failure on the restart. Joshua Williams brought out a yellow in what NASCAR called an intentional spin, holding him for one lap. The caution caused a split in the strategy game with Daniel Hemric staying out and…

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Due to persistent rain showers and thunderstorms, Saturday night’s Cup Series race at Martinsville was halted after 42 laps and has been postponed until 4 p.m. ET Sunday. The race will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1. In addition, the remainder of Friday night’s Xfinity Series race will run at noon ET Sunday and broadcast live on Fox Sports 1. The race was halted Friday night 29 laps short of the finish of Stage 2 due to rain. Read Also: When the Cup race was halted, Denny Hamlin was the leader followed by Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex…

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The TV rights to broadcast NASCAR in the U.S. is one of the most expensive in all of American sports. The current contract, which was renegotiated in 2015, is split between NBC Sports and Fox Sports and is worth $8billion in total. How has NASCAR’s live TV coverage evolved? All NASCAR Cup races have been broadcast live since 1985, with up to six networks covering races by 2000. The deal first became centralized by NASCAR in 2001, when it agreed six-year contracts with Fox Sports, NBC and Turner Sports for a total of $2.4billion – covering both Cup and Xfinity (then…

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Friday night’s race was halted by rain with 29 of 60 laps remaining in Stage 2 and following nearly a 3-hour delay it was finally called. The remainder of the race has been postponed until 12:25 p.m. ET Sunday and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1. When the race resumes, Brandon Jones will lead the field followed by Josh Berry, Daniel Hemric, Brett Moffitt and Jeb Burton. Had Stage 2 been completed, the race would have been considered official. Following the break between Stages 1 and 2, several lead-lap cars elected to pit with Austin Cindric the first…

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Through the first seven races of the Cup season, the series has produced seven different winners and yet only one – Joey Logano’s victory at the Bristol Dirt Race – has come from the four drivers who competed for the 2020 season title. Together, reigning champion Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin and Keselowski amassed 16 victories last year yet all are still searching for the first win in 2021. Keselowski, 37, is off to a solid start – he’s fifth in the series standings with three top-five finishes in seven races – but remains winless while his Penske teammates Logano and…

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Gray, the 16-year-old brother of Camping World Truck Series driver Tanner Gray, drives for David Gilliland Racing and was scheduled to make his first Truck Series start next week at Richmond (Va.) Raceway, but that has now been put on hold. The accident occurred in Statesville, N.C., according to a press release from his team. Sources confirmed to Motorsport.com that Gray and a female passenger were transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., where both remained Thursday. DGR issued an update Thursday evening which said Gray underwent surgery to address a fractured L4 vertebra. He will also…

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Gray, the 16-year-old brother of Camping World Truck Series driver Tanner Gray, drives for David Gilliland Racing and was scheduled to make his first Truck Series start next week at Richmond (Va.) Raceway. The accident occurred in Statesville, N.C., according to a press release from his team. Sources confirmed to Motorsport.com that Gray and a female passenger were transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., where both remain Thursday morning. The team said Gray was listed in stable condition. Gray won his first NASCAR race last season, taking the checkered flag in the ARCA West race at…

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