Author: Motorsport.com NASCAR

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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Gutiérrez, a six-time Super Kart Champion and last year’s NASCAR Mexico Challenge Series champion, kicked off his first fulltime season in ARCA East with a victory in the season opener Feb. 8 at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway. The 18-year-old Mexico City native will go for his second consecutive win Saturday night at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., in Rette Jones Racing’s No. 30 Ford. “I still have no words to describe that moment,” Gutiérrez said of his win. “We want to keep learning and keep training as much as we can. It wouldn’t be possible without the help of…

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Briscoe knew there would be a transition period to the Cup Series and two races into his Cup rookie season, he’s felt it full-force. Briscoe, 26, has already competed on a superspeedway and a road course and neither race went particularly well. He ended up 19th at Daytona following his involvement in an early-race accident and struggled him to a 32nd-place finish last Sunday on the Daytona Road Course. He was actually running in the top-10 late in the race when contact with Denny Hamlin left his No. 14 Ford without power steering. He then had to pit under green…

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Spire Motorsports announced Wednesday that Ryan Sparks, crew chief for Spire Motorsports’ No. 7 Cup Series team, will be unavailable to participate in Sunday’s Dixie Vodka 400 and will not travel to Homestead-Miami Speedway. Additionally, two other members of the No. 7 team will be inactive this weekend in adherence with the same directives. Veteran Cup Series crew chief, NBC Sports analyst and Spire Motorsports consultant Steve Letarte will call the race for the No. 7 team in Sparks’ absence for the team and driver Corey LaJoie. In a previous interview with Motorsport.com, Letarte said his consultant role allows him…

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Bell, 26, earned his first career victory in the NASCAR Cup Series this past weekend with his win on the Daytona International Speedway Road Course, passing veteran Joey Logano with one lap to go and holding him off for the victory. Road course racing in NASCAR hasn’t necessarily been Bell’s forte given his dirt racing background, but the more experience he’s gained, the better his performances have been. “I enjoy road racing because I think it’s very difficult. Racing the race track, producing lap time, seeing who’s fast at it, is very rewarding. It’s real, right? If you go out…

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Considering Gibbs’ victory came on the Daytona Road Course, it should come as no surprise the 18-year-old grandson of team owner Joe Gibbs has several more road courses on his additional 14-race schedule. “Winning this past weekend in Daytona was really a dream come true for me,” said Gibbs. “I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel again. I know I still have a lot to learn, but I have great teams behind me in both ARCA and Xfinity and I’m so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with all of them. “I’m just really excited for the…

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