Author: Motorsport.com NASCAR

Larson, 28, was fired from his Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 team last April for using a racial slur during the broadcast of an iRacing event and was also indefinitely suspended by NASCAR at the time. He was hired by Hendrick Motorsports to drive its No. 5 Chevrolet last October beginning with the 2021 season and was cleared to return to NASCAR racing activities beginning on Jan. 1. Through the first three Cup Series races of 2021, Larson has found himself in contention for the win in each of them. So far, he’s had a pair of top-10 finishes and…

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Four 15-lap heat races will be held on Saturday, March 27, for both the Cup and Truck series races to determine the starting lineups for each main race. The Cup series heat races will begin at 6 p.m. ET, with the Truck series heat races beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET and the main Truck race at 8 p.m. ET. The Truck series has run one dirt series race each season from 2013 through the 2019 seasons at Eldora Speedway. Last season’s dirt race was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Cup series last ran on dirt in September 1970…

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Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. took part in a Goodyear tire test on Tuesday to shakedown the tire selection for NASCAR’s debut at the 20-turn, 3.41-mile road course. All three NASCAR national series – Cup, Xfinity and Trucks – will compete on the course in Austin, Texas, for the first time May 21-23. Each driver at times described the course as “fun” and they all agreed it appeared to be a mix of the tire wear typically seen at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway and the high-speed straightaways and hard braking zones of Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. What the…

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The .533-mile, highly banked concrete Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway has been converted to a dirt surface and will a Truck and Cup series weekend March 27-28. The dirt surface has 19-degree banking in the corners and a 50-foot wide racing surface. The most recent Cup Series race on dirt took place in the fall of 1970 on a track at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, N.C. The Truck Series has made an annual stop at Eldora Speedway’s dirt surface since 2013 until the COVID-19 pandemic scuttled the 2020 race. Read Also: Valuable laps at the Bristol Dirt Track Taking…

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In 2016, while both were at Kyle Busch Motorsports, Byron and Fugle combined to win a series-high seven races. While a blown engine at Phoenix kept him out of championship contention that season, 2016 remains Byron’s most dominate in NASCAR national series competition. That may well be ready to change. Fugle joined Hendrick Motorsports in the offseason to become Byron’s crew chief in the Cup Series this season and the reunion is off to a stellar start. Byron put in a dominating performance in Sunday’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway and held off a late charge from Tyler Reddick to earn…

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McDowell earned his first series win in the Daytona 500 – a surprising win for sure, but teams like his Front Row Motorsports are on a much more equal footing with top-level teams due to the aero rules. He followed up his victory a week later with an eighth-place finish at the Daytona Road Course – again, not a total surprise as McDowell has a sports car background and has shown to be a talented road racer. But Sunday’s sixth-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway? That was a giant step forward for McDowell and Front Row. The intermediate tracks are generally…

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The Richard Childress Racing driver was one many were watching entering Sunday’s race, and for good reason. Reddick won there twice in the Xfinity Series and finished fourth in his first Cup start at the 1.5-mile track in 2020. Just this weekend, he crossed the line second in the NXS race before a post-race technical violation. However, he was nowhere to be seen early in the running Sunday. “I feel like the story of our — of my rookie season and the story of our team last year was start off really good, midway through the race, just go all…

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Roush Racing’s performance – particularly that of Buescher – was an unexpected surprise in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Buescher first moved into the lead on Lap 53 of 267 with a crafty “slide job” pass of Brad Keselowski and ended up winning the first stage of the race. It was just the second stage win of his career. He followed that up with a sixth-place finish in the second stage, losing his lead to Martin Truex Jr. during a round of green-flag pit stops. By the start of the final stage, Buescher had led 57 of…

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Byron, 23, had to work his way to the front after starting 31st but once he got there, it was difficult to dislodge him. Byron led a race-high 102 of 267 laps and easily held off Tyler Reddick by 2.8 seconds to win Sunday’s Dixie Vodka 400. Byron led the final 58 laps. The win is just the second of Byron’s Cup career and first coming with crew chief Rudy Fugle, with whom Byron had enjoyed much success in the Truck Series. “I mean that guy has been huge for my career; he’s the reason I’m here,” Byron said…

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Tyler Reddick was just 0.085s behind at the finish line. Later, Reddick was disqualified following post-race inspection for failing rear heights. “Yeah, Hell yes!” Snider said as he crossed the finish line. “Man, I love you guys. Oh hell, never forget your first one. “I guess I learned my lesson on that first (overtime restart). I spun the wheels and I didn’t spin the wheels on the next one and I thought I might have a chance. It’s been a rough journey, but we’re here with a win and I can’t complain.” Asked how nervous he was on the final…

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