Author: Motorsport.com NASCAR

NASCAR and Goodyear conducted a tire test this week with Cup Series driver Tyler Reddick at Darlington, primarily to gather data to develop race tires to be used next season. The new car was originally set to debut in the Cup Series this season but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed its on-track arrival until 2022. In all the testing thus far, the cars have had a manufacturer-generic overall design, but they do include several prominent features that make them stand out from the current Cup Series models. They include far more stock-looking wheels and wheel well, body side molding and character…

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DiSavino, who turns 20 years old on April 10, will make his first Truck Series start on April 17 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway, the home track for the native of Chesterfield, Va. Anderson has made three starts in his truck this season, with Bobby Reuse competing at the Daytona Road Course and J.R. Heffner was to compete at the Bristol Dirt Race but was forced to withdraw. “I’m incredibly humbled about this opportunity to not only compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Jordan Anderson Racing but for the chance to race in front of my family, friends…

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A test at Martinsville Speedway this week will be aimed at figuring out whether rain tires could be feasible at some short tracks in the future. Kyle Larson will pilot the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet and Chris Buescher will pilot the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford on a dampened track. NASCAR first used rain tires in an official national series event back in 2008 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve road course in Montreal. Cup cars utilized rain tires for the first time during 2020’s Charlotte Roval event, but never before on an oval. “I think the overall goal is…

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Well, technically it is in the fall. But in the spring this year – and for the foreseeable future – the concrete-covered Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway is now a haven for dirt track racing, thanks to the importation of 23,000 cubic yards of dirt to cover its surface. The high-banked short track at Bristol has been home to a pair of NASCAR Cup Series races each season since 1961. But when NASCAR released its long anticipated 2021 Cup schedule with the promise of new venues and new events, even the most hopeful didn’t envision the addition of a create-your-own dirt…

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After just missing out on a top-ten last weekend, Suarez came back even better at the Bristol Dirt Track. The No. 99 team led 58 laps and nearly won the second stage. Ultimately, they finished fourth in Suarez’s first top-five finish since Texas, 2019. What made Suarez’s run even more impressive was his lack of experience on dirt. “I want to be very honest with you, I love racing at Bristol. Is one of my favorite racetracks. When they announced we’re going to be coming here with dirt in one of the races, I wasn’t too sure about it because…

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Late during the rain-delayed race, Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway issued a news release and the track’s executive vice president and general manager, Jerry Caldwell, announced over the public address system that the track’s spring Cup weekend in 2022 would once again feature dirt racing. “There has been so much buzz and excitement around the inaugural Food City Dirt Race weekend that with NASCAR’s blessing, we are thrilled to announce that we will be bringing back dirt in 2022 as part of the NASCAR Cup Series spring schedule,” Caldwell said in a statement. “The dirt experience is unlike any other for…

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Joey Logano was cruising to victory when a late-race accident brought out a caution and sent the race into a two-lap overtime. On the restart, Hamlin went high in Turns 1 and 2 hoping to gain momentum for a pass for the lead but couldn’t make any progress. Martin Truex Jr., who was running third, also drifted high but with a flat tire that sent him falling back through the field. That left Ricky Stenhouse Jr. as Logano’s only serious challenger over the final two laps but Logano had little trouble holding on for the victory in the Food City…

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Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell. Both have already won this year and are dirt racing experts. Larson was forced to start from the rear of the field due to an engine change, but quickly charged through the pack. Bell also made his way forward, entering the top-five. But just over 50 laps into the race, Bell lost traction and spun. The car directly behind happened to be Larson and the two came together, collecting Ross Chastain. Both Bell and Chastain were done, but Larson limped on. Now two laps down, he finds himself running 30th halfway through the event. …

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Truex easily got away from Ben Rhodes and Raphael Lessard on a restart with 11 of 150 laps remaining and cruised to a 1.149-second win over Rhodes on the reconfigured Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. He led a race-high 105 laps, including the final 57. Truex was entered in the event, driving the No. 51 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports to get experience for the Cup Series’ first race on dirt in more than 50 years. The win is Truex’s first win in three Truck starts and he becomes the 36th driver to win at least one race in each of…

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Heavy rains on Saturday night left the parking and campground areas around Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway flooded and rain was expected to continue until late afternoon on Sunday. Once it stopped raining, the dirt track surface would require extensive track preparation that made conducting Sunday’s races impracticable. NASCAR also said Sullivan County (Tenn.) flood warnings and safety concerns played a role in the decision. Sunday’s Cup Series race – the first in the series on dirt in more than 50 years – has been postponed until 4 p.m. Monday and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports. Sunday night’s…

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