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iRacing Race Recap: Denny Hamlin passes Dale Jr. for victory in eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series opener

 



 

March 22, 2020
By Holly Cain 

Denny Hamlin edged Dale Earnhardt Jr. in a door-banging final push to the checkered flag in Sunday’s eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series debut event, the Dixie Vodka 150, at iRacing’s virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway.
 
Hamlin, who also won the NASCAR Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500, admitted Sunday’s iRacing event was certainly a different experience. He noted that he received a shaken Coca-Cola from his at-home pit crew (young daughter) during a caution period and actually competed barefoot. 
 
"I like feeling the pedals, with shoes I just can’t do it, so I always go barefoot," Hamlin said with a laugh. Ultimately, he certainly provided a thrilling last-lap pass indicative of NASCAR’s best brand of tight racing – real or virtual. Shoes or not.
 
"I just ran my line, he gave me the proper space and we were able to race to the line,’’ Hamlin said, noting that he had an advantage of newer tires.
 
Earnhardt also noted the tight finish.
 
"I’ve raced him on here [iRacing] for two decades, I thought he’d be hard to beat,’’ Earnhardt said.
 
"I was trying to get a good finish, trying to win the race and trying not to wreck anybody. So I think I probably gave Denny a little more room than I really wanted to, but I had to keep from crashing him or anybody else. We got together off of [Turn] 4. I thought I might have been able to get a photo finish at the line, but we got together in [Turn] 4 and I about wrecked there.
 
"But it was a fun race. Denny had better tires and he was just really, really fast, but it was a good race.’’
 
Timmy Hill, Chase Briscoe and pole-winner Garrett Smithley rounded out the top five in an event that had nine caution periods and certainly tested the iRacing skills of NASCAR’s top names.
 
The 100-lap virtual race had all the crowd-pleasing, competitive elements to provide an afternoon escape from the worries about the COVID-19 virus that has paused all live action in the sports world. Hamlin pledged prior to the race to donate $100 per lap led plus $5,000 for winning the race – for a total of $6,400 this afternoon –  to The NASCAR Foundation to assist Miami-area families affected by the virus, while others matched and added on to his donation.
 
Both longtime race fans and - judging by social media - lots of new eyeballs checked out the FS1 broadcast called by FOX Sports’ regulars, Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon and Larry McReynolds. And the race included a broad spectrum of NASCAR regulars representing all three national series – from the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series.
 
The list of competitors included highly accomplished drivers like past NASCAR Cup Series champions Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano along with NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Labonte. Also racing were the sport’s decades-long Most Popular Driver Earnhardt and Chase Elliott, who assumed that crown when Earnhardt retired from fulltime competition two years ago.
 
And all these longtime NASCAR champs were dutifully challenged by a group of competitors with lots of iRacing experience such as Hill and Smithley.
 
The virtual race provided all the exciting, lap-by-lap intrigue as what fans would have seen in a regular points race.
 
Hamlin, who drove a replica of his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the NASCAR Cup Series, was among the pre-race favorites, along with Smithley and Hill, who has accumulated 673 iRacing wins but his best NASCAR Cup Series finish is 14th. Smithley’s best NASCAR Cup Seires finish is 28th.
 
While Hamlin’s iRacing set-up cost nearly $40,000 (by his own estimate) and featured all the modern accoutrements, Hill was racing on a basic steering wheel he attached to a desk at home. It all shows how this form of competition evens the playing field, making it more about experience than equipment.
 
"Wow what a day!,’’ Smithley said on Twitter following the race. "Pole, led laps, came home 5th. Awesome race! Really good way for all of us to have some fun.’’
 
Hill was equally as energized by the afternoon and his showing.

"DANG! Should’ve put tires on there at the end!,’’ he said on Twitter. "Fun race all around!"
 
Rounding out the top 10 were Cup Series regulars Alex Bowman,  Bubba Wallace and Ryan Preece. Gander Trucks driver Ty Majeski - who led all 20 laps in winning the qualifying race to advance to Sunday’s 100-lapper -  finished ninth. And Hamlin’s JGR Cup Series teammate Erik Jones was 10th.
 
William Byron, a pre-race favorite who started on the outside pole position, led laps early but was collected in an accident late in the race. He finished 34th. His Hendrick Motorsports teammate, seven-time champ Johnson, finished 31st after also being involved in a couple incidents.
 
Johnson smilingly said of his racing experience on Sunday, "It’s quite different to say the least.’’
 
Following the race, Johnson posted on social media. "Awesome to see our industry come together for the #ProInvitationalSeries today. Appreciate all the fans who tuned in and everyone who made this possible.’’
 
That was certainly the overall feeling from the drivers who participated.
"It’s always fun when you win, but regardless, I mean, it’s just – it was a great event,’’ Hamlin said. "For the community, the racing community, the NASCAR drivers to come together and put 20-something drivers on the racetrack with such short notice, everyone is buying up simulation rigs this week and last week getting ready for the event, and for it all to come together and have a great finish, I think it was definitely a success.’’
 
And, Hamlin added, "If we got five new fans that were just sitting at home watching TV today that thought it was exciting and is willing to tune in next week or willing to tune into a NASCAR race or go to a NASCAR race because they got introduced to racing today by iRacing, it’s a success.
 
"There’s no number that makes it a success. If you made positive gains in your audience, whether it be one person or 1,000, it’s a good thing.’’
 
eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series Race
Dixie Vodka 150
Virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway
Sunday, March 20, 2020
 
1. (9) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Toyota, 100.
2. (5) Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 8 Chevrolet, 100.
3. (7) Timmy Hill, No. 66 Toyota, 100.
4. (6) Chase Briscoe, No. 98 Ford, 100.
5. (1) Garrett Smithley, No. 51 Chevrolet, 100.
6. (12) Alex Bowman, No. 88 Chevrolet, 100.
7. (18) Bubba Wallace, No. 43 Chevrolet, 100.
8. (13) Ryan Preece, No. 37 Chevrolet, 100.
9. (3) Ty Majeski, No. 45 Chevrolet, 100.
10. (25) Erik Jones, No. 20 Toyota, 100.
11. (16) Matt DiBenedetto, No. 21 Ford, 100.
12. (10) Landon Cassill, No. 89 Chevrolet, 100.
13. (8) Parker Kligerman, No. 77 Toyota, 100.
14. (4) Ross Chastain, No. 6 Ford, 100.
15. (19) Joey Logano, No. 22 Ford, 100.
16. (11) Clint Bowyer, No. 14 Ford, 100.
17. (23) Ryan Truex, No. 40 Chevrolet, 100.
18. (29) Bobby Labonte, No. 19 Toyota, 100.
19. (28) Ty Dillon, No. 13 Chevrolet, 100.
20. (26) Justin Allgaier, No. 7 Chevrolet, 100.
21. (33) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Chevrolet, 100.
22. (15) Austin Cindric, No. 12 Ford, 100.
23. (32) Michael McDowell, No. 34 Ford, 100.
24. (20) Chase Elliott, No. 9 Chevrolet, 100.
25. (30) Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Ford, 100.
26. (27) Christopher Bell, No. 95 Toyota, 100.
27. (24) Austin Dillon, No. 3 Chevrolet, 100.
28. (21) Chris Buescher, No. 17 Ford, 99.
29. (34) Kyle Busch, No. 18 Toyota, 94.
30. (22) John Hunter Nemechek, No. 38 Ford, 93.
31. (35) Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Chevrolet, 93.
32. (17) Anthony Alfredo, No. 33 Chevrolet, 86.
33. (14) Kyle Larson, No. 42 Chevrolet, 86.
34. (2) William Byron, No. 24 Chevrolet, 79.
35. (31) Kurt Busch, No. 1 Chevrolet, 46.

 
Race statistics
Margin of victory: 0.153 seconds.
Caution periods: 9 for 42 laps.
Lead changes: 11 among 6 drivers.
Lap leaders: Byron (28), Smithley (24), Hamlin (14), Earnhardt (14), Hill (13), Briscoe (7).
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eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series

Next Race: O’Reilly Auto Parts 125

The Place: Virtual Texas Motor Speedway

The Date: Sunday, March 29

The Time: 1 p.m. ET

TV: FOX (where available and subject to change), FS1 and FOX Sports App

Distance: 125 Laps

 

eNASCAR Pro Invitational Qualifier

The Place: Virtual Texas Motor Speedway

The Date: Sunday, March 29

The Time: 10:55 a.m. ET

Online: enascar.com/live

Distance: 30 Laps, No Cautions

 

Additional Resources to Assist in Coverage

 

More fun to come in Sunday’s O'Reilly Auto Parts 125

While NASCAR’s on-track activity has been postponed through the weekend of May 3rd to align with CDC guidance, drivers and fans are turning to the virtual world to see some of the best racing competition around.

 

Last Sunday, NASCAR, iRacing and FOX Sports teamed up to deliver the first-ever eNASCAR iRacing Pro invitational Series event, the Dixie Vodka 150, at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway. This week, FOX Sports announced their commitment to cover the remainder of the season, beginning Sunday, March 29, at 1 p.m. ET from virtual Texas Motor Speedway with the O'Reilly Auto Parts 125.

 

Entitled FOX NASCAR iRacing, the races will be simulcast on the FOX broadcast network where available, FS1 and the FOX Sports app. Races will also be available in Canada through FOX Sports Racing.

 

Last weekend's inaugural event, won by three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin, drew 903,000 viewers on FS1, according to Nielsen Media Research. Fox Sports iRacing was the most-watched telecast on FS1 since the pandemic-induced sports shutdown began on March 12 and Sunday’s most-watched sports telecast on cable television, as well as ranks as the highest-rated esports TV program in history.

 

Additionally, according to rankings by Twitter interactions, the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series on FS1 was the #1 most-social TV program overall on Sunday. NASCAR-owned content related to the event also produced more than one million engagements throughout the weekend.

 

Again this Sunday the event will feature FOX NASCAR broadcasters Jeff Gordon, Mike Joy and Larry McReynolds calling the action. They will be complimented by Stewart-Haas Racing driver Clint Bowyer, scheduled to return as the in-car analyst while competing from a simulator in the FOX NASCAR Charlotte studio.

 

Fans can watch the eNASCAR Pro Invitational Qualifier race online

This week the qualifier race to fill the final four spots in the 35-car field will be streamed for fans to watch.

 

The eNASCAR Pro Invitational Qualifier will take place at 10:55 a.m. ET at eNASCAR.com/live.

 

34 qualifiers from the NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and regional series are scheduled to battle to join the 31 drivers locked in to Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 125 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX (where available, subject to change), FS1 and the FOX Sports App.

 

The race will consist of 30 laps at Texas Motor Speedway and there will be no cautions.

 

Note – should there be any late additions or drops to the list of guaranteed entries, that will impact the number of qualifiers advancing from the eNASCAR Pro Invitational Qualifier.

 

Sunday’s run of show and race format

Below is a breakdown of Sunday’s run of show for the eNASCAR Pro Invitational Qualifier and the O’Reilly Auto Parts 125:

 

eNASCAR Pro Invitational Qualifying Race

10:30 a.m. - Practice begins

10:55 a.m. - Qualifying begins, 5 minutes - 2 laps

11:02 a.m. - Race begins - 30 laps, no cautions

 

O’Reilly Auto Parts 125

12:00 p.m. - Practice begins

12:50 p.m. - Qualifying begins, 3 minutes - 2 laps

12:54pm - Warmup begins (set to 45 minutes, will advance on FOX command)

1:00pm - Broadcast Begins

1:13pm - Green flag - 125 laps

 

Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 125 will consist of 125 laps with double-file restarts and lapped cars will go to the rear. There will be three attempts at a green-white-checkered finish, if necessary.

 

Drivers will be allowed one fast repair this week at virtual Texas Motor Speedway. If a car is damaged, drivers must drive back to their pit stall and come to a complete stop. This will automatically apply the fast repair and give the driver a new car.

 

Fantasy eNASCAR available for fans

Fantasy offerings for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 125 1 p.m. ET on FOX – where available and subject to change, FS1 and the FOX Sports app) are growing.

 

This weekend DraftKings, in collaboration with NASCAR, has put together a $10K winner-take-all Sportsbook Pools contest. Free to enter, the contest requires participants to submit their picks for questions like, “Who will have the highest finish this week?” and “Will the winning car number be odd or even?” The participant with the most correct answers wins, pursuant to NASCAR official rules and scoring.

 

Last weekend’s kick-off race garnered over 13K unique entries, adding to the over 300K people participating in overall free-to-play pools entries since mid-March.

 

Over the airwaves overseas

Sunday’s eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race from virtual Texas Motor Speedway will be available to our international affiliates in 165 countries and territories, reaching over 300 million households.

 

Including the United States, the show will be available to over 400 million households worldwide.

 

Below is a lineup of broadcasters:

 

Texas Motor Speedway - eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series

Arena Sport

Czech Republic, Slovakia

Astro

Malaysia

Automoto La Chaine

France, Belgium, Turkey

Discovery

India

ESPN Latam

Argentina, Colombia, Chile

FOX Sports Australia

Australia

FOX Sports Mexico

Mexico

MatchTV

Russia

MAX Sport

Bulgaria

Motowizja

Poland

Premier Sports

UK

Sport TV Portugal

Portugal

Sport1/Motorvision

Austria, Switzerland, German

Sportitalia

Italy

SportKlub Balkans

Croatia

SportsKlub Poland

Poland

SuperSport Africa

Sub-Saharan and West Africa

Telcel

Mexico

TSN

Canada

TV3 Spain

Spain

Viasat Sweden

Sweden

Viasat Denmark

Denmark

Viasat Finland

Finland

Viasat Norway

Norway

Ziggo Sport

Netherlands

 

 

Giving back

The regular season may be on hold but NASCAR’s regular and passionate commitment to giving remains strong as the world deals with the COVID-19 coronavirus.

 

The NASCAR Foundation has partnered with the sport’s race facilities to help those immediately impacted by the virus in local communities. It hosted a Feed the Children campaign last week in the Homestead-Miami area where the sport was scheduled to compete on track and instead debuted the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series. The plan is to go forward with similar charitable organizations in other markets.

 

At the Homestead-Miami Event on March 22, for example, the NASCAR Foundation and other industry partners raised almost $40,000 for “response efforts” including a donation to the area’s Feed the Children organization. The group will use the funds to distribute supplies – including food, cleaning supplies and other daily essentials - to local schools in the community. Dixie Vodka, iRacing, FOX Sports and Coca-Cola Racing joined drivers Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick by either pledging or donating supplies/money during the Homestead-Miami iRacing event.

 

This week, the NASCAR Foundation, will work with Speedway Children’s Charities - the official charity of Speedway Motorsports, which owns Texas Motor Speedway – site of this week’s iRacing event. The organizations will partner up with the American Red Cross to help “lifesaving missions” in North Texas because of COVID-19. Specially, this effort will make sure the American Red Cross is prepared for patients and their critical needs for people “affected by disasters big and small.”

 

Similar partnerships with the industry and local charities are expected. Donations are currently being accepted in support of these efforts at: NASCARfoundation.org/response.

 

Statistical Notes

A wide range of drivers with various experience both at Texas Motor Speedway and in iRacing will be contending in this Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 125 in the second race of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series (1 p.m. ET on FOX – where available and subject to change, FS1 and the FOX Sports app).

 

Below is a list of anticipated participants (listed alphabetically), their statistics, and career highlights, for the second race of the series. Please note, the participant list is subject to change.

 

Note on iRacing stats below:

The stats are cumulative lifetime stats for each driver in public oval events in stock car disciplines (ranging from top-level Cup cars to Legends) on iRacing. It doesn’t include stats from private leagues. Statistics for drivers who have starts in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series include those races run.

 

There are currently 31 guaranteed entries for today’s race. The 35-car field will be filled by drivers from a multitude of other series, including the NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and regional series, who will compete in a qualifying race in the morning. Thirty-four drivers will vie for the final four spots.

  

Drivers with guaranteed spots are as follows (list is subject to change and will be updated in the News & Notes on NASCARMedia.com if necessary):

 

#1 Kurt Busch

#3 Austin Dillon

#6 Ross Chastain

#8 Dale Earnhardt Jr

#9 Chase Elliott

#11 Denny Hamlin

#12 Ryan Blaney

#13 Ty Dillon

#14 Clint Bowyer

#16 Greg Biffle

#17 Chris Buescher

#18 Kyle Busch

#19 Bobby Labonte

#20 Erik Jones

#21 Matt Dibenedetto

#24 William Byron

#31 Tyler Reddick

#34 Michael McDowell

#37 Ryan Preece

#38 John Hunter Nemechek

#42 Kyle Larson

#43 Bubba Wallace

#47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr

#48 Jimmie Johnson

#51 Garrett Smithley

#66 Timmy Hill

#77 Parker Kligerman

#88 Alex Bowman

#89 Landon Cassill

#95 Christopher Bell

#96 Daniel Suarez

 

The drivers who need to qualify are as follows (list is subject to change and will be updated in the News & Notes on NASCARMedia.com if necessary):

 

#7 Justin Allgaier

#15 Brennan Poole

#16 Justin Haley

#22 Austin Cindric

#23 Sam Mayer

#26 Tyler Ankrum

#27 Ruben Garcia

#29 Kaz Grala

#29a Trevor Bayne

#33 Anthony Alfredo

#35 Todd Gilliland

#36 Jesse Iwuji

#40 Ryan Truex

#45 Ty Majeski

#46 Chandler Smith

#50 Jeffrey Earnhardt

#52 Stewart Friesen

#53 Joey Gase

#54 Kyle Weatherman

#63 Scott Stenzel

#68 Brandon Brown

#74 Sheldon Creed

#78 Ryan Ellis

#80 Joe Graf Jr.

#81 Christian Eckes

#90 Alex Labbe

#93 Myatt Snider

#98 Chase Briscoe

#99 Harrison Burton

#02 Spencer Boyd

#08 Jeb Burton 

#TBD Derek Kraus

#TBD Drew Dollar

#TBD JJ Yeley

 

Guaranteed spots in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 125 (drivers listed in alphabetical order):

 

Christopher Bell – iRacing #95

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 96 Leavine Family Racing Toyota

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 5 starts, 1 win, 3 top fives, 4 top 10

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 5 starts, 1 win, 2 top fives, 3 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • Bell won his most recent outing at Texas Motor Speedway, last fall in the Xfinity Series. He also has a Gander Trucks win there (spring, 2017
  • Bell made his NASCAR national series track debut at Texas in the Gander Trucks in 2015
  • In 2019, Bell won a NASCAR Xfinity Series career-high eight races after setting the rookie single season Xfinity Series wins record with seven victories in 2018
  • In 2017, he won the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series championship and captured five race wins along the way

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 1027 starts, 237 wins, 556 top fives and 132 poles
  • Finished 27th last week at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

 

Greg Biffle – iRacing #16

Current Series/Occupation: Former NASCAR Cup Series driver, part-time NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series – No. 54 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 26 starts, 2 wins (2005, ’12), 8 top fives, 13 top fives

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 10 starts, 0 wins, three top fives, five top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 6 starts, 2 wins (2000, ’19), 4 top fives, 4 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • Has made starts at Texas in all three NASCAR national series with four wins (two in Cup and two in Gander Trucks)
  • Has a total of 56 NASCAR national series wins.
  • 2005 NASCAR Cup Series championship runner-up
  • 2002 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion.
  • 2000 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series champion.

 

iRacing Stats

  • N/A

 

 

Ryan Blaney – iRacing #12

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 12 Team Penske Ford

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 10 starts, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 4 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 6 starts, 1 win, 5 top fives, 6 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 3 starts, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 2 top 10s

 

Highlights:

·         Has won a race and earned a Cup Series Playoff berth in each season from 2017-19 and has three total wins in the Cup Series.

  • Finished runner-up in 2014 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series standings, won most popular driver in the series

·         Won 2013 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award 

 

Overall iRacing Stats

·         N/A

 

 

Alex Bowman – iRacing #88

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 9 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five, 1 top 10

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 2 start, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Bowman’s best Cup Series finish at Texas came last fall, a fifth-place effort
  • Bowman started on the pole in both of his Xfinity Series races, which took place in 2013
  • Bowman made his NASCAR national series track debut at Miami in the Xfinity Series in 2013
  • Bowman captured his second career NASCAR Cup Series win earlier this season at Auto Club Speedway. His first came last year at Chicagoland Speedway
  • Bowman filled in the No. 88 for 10 races in 2016 while Dale Earnhardt Jr. was sidelined with concussion symptoms. He took over the ride fulltime in 2018 following Earnhardt’s retirement
  • He was the 2011 NASCAR Menards Series East and the 2012 ARCA Menards Series rookie of the year

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 1 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives and 0 poles
  • Finished sixth last week at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

 

Clint Bowyer – iRacing #14

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 28 starts, 0 wins, 4 top fives, 12 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 11 start, 0 wins, 3 top fives, 6 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 1 start, 1 win, 1 top five, 1 top 10

 

Highlights:

  • His best NASCAR Cup Series finishes at Texas were runner-up results in the spring race last year and also in 2011
  • Bowyer won his only Gander Trucks start at Texas from the pole in the fall of 2006
  • Bowyer made his NASCAR national series track debut at Miami in the Xfinity Series in 2004
  • In 2019, Bowyer qualified for the Playoffs on points and finished ninth in the series standing
  • Bowyer was the runner-up for the 2012 NASCAR Cup Series championship
  • He won the 2008 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship
  • Multiple winner in all three NASCAR national series. (10 NASCAR Cup Series, eight NASCAR Xfinity Series, 14 Gander Trucks wins)

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 1 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives and 0 poles
  • Finished 16th last week at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

 

Chris Buescher – iRacing #17

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 9 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 5 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 1 top 10

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • His best finish at Miami was a ninth-place effort in 2015 in the Xfinity Series
  • Buescher made his NASCAR national series track debut at Miami in the Xfinity Series in 2013
  • Buescher joined Roush-Fenway Racing for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season
  • In 2016, he won first NASCAR Cup Series race (Pocono-2) in his rookie season; first driver since Joey Logano (2009) to accomplish the feat
  • One of three drivers in NASCAR Cup Series history to make the Playoffs in their rookie season, joining Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin
  • Won the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship in 2015
  • Was the 2012 ARCA Menards Series champion

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 1 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives and 0 poles
  • Finished 28th last week at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

 

Kurt Busch – iRacing #1

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series – No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 34 starts, 1 win, 3 top fives, 21 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 3 starts, 1 win, 1 top five, 2 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 2 starts, 0 win, 1 top five, 2 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • Made his national series track debut in 2000 in the Gander Trucks
  • Got his first Cup Series win at the track in the fall of 2009. His Xfinity Series win came in his first series start there in the spring of 2006

·         2004 NASCAR Cup Series champion; winner of the inaugural NASCAR Playoffs

·         Has driven for many of NASCAR’s most iconic teams such as Roush-Fenway Racing, Team Penske, Furniture Row Racing, Stewart-Haas

·         Racing, and now Chip Ganassi Racing

·         Multiple winner in all three NASCAR national series

·         2000 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Rookie of the Year and championship runner-up

 

Overall iRacing Stats

·         1 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives and 0 poles

·         Finished 35th last week at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

 

Kyle Busch – iRacing #18

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series – No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 28 starts, 3 wins, 12 top fives, 15 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 21 starts, 9 wins, 16 top fives, 17 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 13 starts, 4 wins, 9 top fives, 9 top 10s

 

Highlights:

·         Busch’s three NASCAR Cup Series wins at Texas all came in the spring race – 2013, 2016, 2018

·         Busch made his NASCAR national series track debut at Miami in the Gander Trucks in 2001

·         Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion, also won championship in 2015. One of two (Jimmie Johnson) active drivers with multiple Cup championships

·         Has made the Championship 4 in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs the last five consecutive seasons

·         Won the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship in 2009

·         In 2010, set all-time single-season record with 24 victories across NASCAR’s three national series

·         Currently has most all-time NASCAR national series wins with 208 (56 Cup, 96 Xfinity, 57 Gander Trucks)

·         Record seven-time NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series owner champion (2010, ’13, ’14, ’15, ’16, ’17 and ‘19) and one driver championship (2015)

 

Overall iRacing Stats

·         1 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives and 0 poles

·         Finished 29th last week at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

 

William Byron – iRacing #24

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series – No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 4 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 2 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 2 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 2 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 2 starts, 1 win, 1 top five, 2 top 10s

 

Highlights:

·         His best Cup Series finish at Texas was sixth last spring

·         Byron made his NASCAR national series track debut at Texas in the Gander Trucks in 2016, winning in his first start in the spring race

·         Earned first career Playoff berth in 2019, finishing a career-high 11th in final standings

·         Won the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award; becoming just the second driver all-time to win Rookie of the Year honors in all three NASCAR national series; joining Erik Jones

·         Won the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship and the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award

·         Won the 2016 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series owner championship for Kyle Busch Motorsports and the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award, setting a series rookie record with seven victories

·         Won the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship and the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award

 

Overall iRacing Stats

·            1,467 starts, 292 wins, 698 top fives and 249 poles

·            Finished 34th last week at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

 

Landon Cassill – iRacing #89

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series – No. 89 Shepherd Racing Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 19 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 8 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

·            His best finish at Miami was 18th in 2010 in the Xfinity Series.

·            Cassill made his NASCAR national series track debut at Miami in the NASCAR Cup Series in the spring of 2010.

·            In 2014, he scored a NASCAR Cup Series career-best fourth-place finish at Talladega-2

·            In 2010, he made his NASCAR Cup Series debut at Michigan

·            In 2008, he won the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year award

 

Overall iRacing Stats

·            43 starts, 4 wins, 25 top fives and 2 poles

·            Finished 12th last week at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

 

Ross Chastain – iRacing #6

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series – No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 4 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 10 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five, 1 top 10

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 7 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 2 top 10s

 

Highlights:

·            His best finish at Miami was a runner-up effort last fall in the Xfinity Series

·            Chastain made his NASCAR national series track debut at Miami in the Gander Trucks in 2011

·            This year, he has filled in for Ryan Newman in the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford in the NASCAR Cup Series for three races

·            In 2019, he completed 19 races in the Xfinity Series and posted a win at Daytona with Kaulig Racing

·            In 2018, he made the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs and won his first career race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway racing for Chip Ganassi Racing

·            In 2011, he made his NASCAR national series debut in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series debut at Lucas Oil Raceway

 

Overall iRacing Stats

·            538 starts, 67 wins, 196 top fives and 64 poles

·            Finished 14th last week at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

 

Matt DiBenedetto – iRacing #21

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motors Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 9 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 4 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

·            Earned his best finish at Miami in the Cup Series in the fall race last year (14th)

·            Made his national series track debut in the spring of 2014 in the Xfinity Series, finishing 39th

·            Notched his first career top-five finish in 2019 at Sonoma Raceway

·            Signed with Wood Brothers Racing for the 2020 season after racing for Leavine Family Racing in 2019

·            His two career-best finishes were runner-up in Bristol Motor Speedway in 2019 and Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2020

·            His best finish in the Xfinity Series was in 2010 at Iowa Speedway, where he finished ninth

 

Overall iRacing Stats

·            311 starts, 77 wins, 2014 top fives, 29 poles

·            Finished 11th last week at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

 

Austin Dillon – iRacing #3

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series - No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 14 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 1 top 10

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 11 starts, 0 wins, 6 top fives, 11 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 5 starts, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 3 top 10

 

Highlights:

·            Made his national series track debut in Miami in the Gander Trucks in spring of 2010 and started from the pole

·            In 2011, he finished runner-up at Miami in the Gander Trucks. He also had a pair of third-place finishes in the Xfinity Series in the spring of 2013 and the fall of 2015

·            Got his first Cup Series win in 2017 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

·            Won the 2018 Daytona 500

·            Won the 2013 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship

·            Won the Xfinity Series Rookie-of-the-Year Award n 2012

·            Is the 2011 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Champion as well as the Most Popular Driver

·            Won rookie of the year honors in Gander Trucks in 2010

 

Overall iRacing Stats

·            1 start, 0 wins, 0 top fives and 0 poles

·            Finished 27th last week at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

 

Ty Dillon – iRacing #13

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series – No. 13 Germain Racing Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 7 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 10 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five, 3 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 5 starts, 1 win, 4 top fives, 5 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • Made his national series track debut in 2011 for the Gander Trucks and finished third
  • Got his first and only victory at Texas in the Gander Trucks in 2013
  • In 2019, got his best Cup Series finish at the spring Daytona race in fourth place
  • Made his Cup Series debut in 2014 at Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • Won Most Popular Driver Award for Gander Trucks in 2013
  • In 2012, Dillon won Rookie-of-the-Year honors for the Gander Trucks

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 1 start, 0 wins, 0 top fives and 0 poles
  • Finished 19th last week at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. – iRacing #8

Current Series/Occupation: Retired NASCAR Cup Series Driver, NBC Sports Analyst

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 30 starts, 1 win, 7 top fives, 18 top 10s, 2 poles

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 9 starts, 1 win, 5 top fives, 7 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Made his national series track debut in 1998 in the Xfinity Series and won the race, marking his first national series win
  • Got his first career Cup Series win at Texas in 2000
  • Made his debut as an NBC broadcaster in 2018
  • Retired from full-time racing at the end of 2017
  • His first NASCAR national series win was in 1998 at Texas Motor Speedway for the Gander Trucks
  • In 2000, he got his first Cup Series win, also at Texas Motor Speedway in his first full season in the series
  • Won the Cup Series Most Popular Driver Award for 15 straight years (2003-2017)
  • Won the 1998 and 1999 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship
  • In 1999, won the Xfinity Series Rookie-of-the-Year Award
  • Team owner of Xfinity Series team JR Motorsports, collecting 47 wins since 2005

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 90 starts, 11 wins, 44 top fives, 18 poles
  • Finished runner-up last weekend at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

 

Chase Elliott – iRacing #9

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 8 starts, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 5 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 5 starts, 1 win, 3 top fives, 5 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Made his national series track debut in 2014 in the Xfinity Series and went on to win the race
  • In 2016, he got his best finish at the track in the Cup Series, finishing fourth
  • Got his first Cup Series win at Watkins Glen International in 2018, then went on to win two more times that season (Dover-2, Kanas-2)
  • Won three races in 2019 including the Charlotte Road Course
  • Won the Cup Series Most Popular Driver Award for the last two years (2018, 2019)
  • Won the Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year Award in 2016
  • Won Gander Trucks Most Popular Driver Award in 2015
  • 2014 NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion and won rookie of the year and most popular driver in the same year

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 256 starts, 36 wins, 107 top fives, 31 poles
  • Finished 24th last weekend at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

Denny Hamlin – iRacing #11

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series – No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 28 starts, 3 wins, 7 top fives, 13 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 12 starts, 0 wins, 6 top fives, 9 top 10s, 1 pole

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 1 start, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

 

Highlights:

 

  • Won the inaugural eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race last weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • Made his national series track debut in 2004 in the Gander Trucks and finished 18th
  • Got his first Cup Series win at Texas in 2010 and then went on to sweep the weekend with another win at the second race at Texas in the same year
  • Won Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year Award in 2006
  • Has 38 Cup Series wins to his name and the first came in 2006 at Pocono Raceway
  • He has 162 top fives, 261 top 10s and 33 poles in the Cup Series
  • 2019 was a career-best season for him, winning six races and making it to the Championship 4
  • Won the Daytona 500 three times (2016, 2019, 2020)
  • Is already in the Playoffs this season with his season-opening win at Daytona

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 164 starts, 31 wins, 75 top fives, 31 poles
  • Won last weekend’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a last-lap pass on Dale Earnhardt Jr.

 


Timmy Hill – iRacing #66

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series – No. 66 Motorsports Business Management Toyota

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 6 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 12 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 4 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • Made his national series track debut in 2011 in the Xfinity Series 28th
  • Made his first start in the Cup Series at the track in 2013, finishing 36th
  • Is currently racing in all three NASCAR national series
  • Finished third in the 2020 Xfinity Series season-opener at Daytona, his career-best finish
  • Made his Cup Series debut in 2012 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • Owner of Hill Motorsports, fielding the No. 56 Chevrolet in the Gander Trucks

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 1,676 starts, 673 wins, 1,204 top fives, 456 poles
  • Finished third last weekend at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

 

Jimmie Johnson – iRacing #48

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 33 starts, 7 wins, 16 top fives, 22 top 10s, 2 poles

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 2 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 1 top 10

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Johnson’s first Cup Series win at Texas was in 2012 starting from the pole
  • He won three back-to-back races at Texas (2014-2015)
  • Made his Cup Series debut at the track in 2002 and finished sixth
  • Johnson made his NASCAR national series track debut at Texas in the Xfinity Series in 2000
  • First driver in series history to win five consecutive NASCAR Cup Series championships (2006-10)
  • Johnson ranks tied for sixth on the all-time NASCAR Cup Series wins list, with 83
  • Has the series record with 15 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff berths
  • 2009 Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 1 start, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 poles
  • Finished 31st last weekend at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

Erik Jones – iRacing #20

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 7 starts, 0 wins, 3 top fives, 5 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 6 starts, 3 wins, 6 top fives, 6 top 10s, 2 poles

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 3 starts, 1 win, 1 top five, 1 top 10, 1 pole

 

Highlights:

  • Jones made his NASCAR national series track debut at Texas in 2014, finishing 11th for Kyle Busch Motorsports
  • Made his Cup Series debut at Texas in 2015 and finished 12th
  • Won his first race at Texas in the Gander Trucks and the Xfinity Series in 2015
  • Won both Xfinity Series race at Texas in 2017
  • Won his first NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway in July of 2018
  • 2017 NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year - becoming the first driver to earn the award in all three of NASCAR’s national series
  • 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year
  • 2015 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Champion and Sunoco Rookie of the Year - the youngest champion in series history

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 1 start, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 poles
  • Finished 10th last weekend at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

 

Parker Kligerman – iRacing #77

Current Series/Occupation: NBC Sports TV Analyst and part-time NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series driver

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 5 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: N/A

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 6 starts, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 4 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • Made his national series debut at Texas in the Gander Trucks in 2010 and finished ninth
  • Made his Xfinity Series debut at the track in 2013 and finished 18th
  • Has made 28 Cup Series starts since 2012
  • Kligerman has a pair of wins in the Gander Trucks, both at Talladega (2012, 2017)

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 415 starts, 57 wins, 189 top fives and 11 poles
  • Finished 13th last weekend at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

 

Bobby Labonte – iRacing #19

Current Series/Occupation: 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 26 starts, 0 wins, 3 top fives, 5 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 7 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five, 2 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Made his Cup Series and Xfinity Series debut at Texas in 1997
  • Got a best finish of fourth in the Xfinity Series at Texas in 2008
  • Labonte was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2020. He joins his brother, Terry, with the prestigious honor
  • He won the 2000 NASCAR Cup Series championship
  • Labonte has 21 NASCAR Cup Series wins, 10 Xfinity Series and one Gander Trucks win
  • He is one of 27 drivers to have a win in all three of NASCAR’s national series

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 76 starts, 7 wins, 31 top fives, 5 poles
  • Finished 18th last weekend at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

 

Kyle Larson – iRacing #42

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 13 starts, 0 wins, 3 top fives, 4 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 8 starts, 1 win (2016), 3 top fives, 4 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Won at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2016.
  • He has made the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs four consecutive seasons (2016-2019).
  • Larson won a career-best four NASCAR Cup Series races in 2017.
  • 2014 NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year
  • 2013 NASCAR Xfinity Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year
  • 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion and Rookie of the Year

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 304 starts, 57 wins, 143 top fives and 27 poles
  • Finished 33rd last week at virtual Homestead Miami Speedway.

 

 

Michael McDowell – iRacing #34

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 20 starts, best finish of 14th (2018)

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 6 starts, best finish of 17th (2009)

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Posted a track-best finish of 14th in the NASCAR Cup Series at Texas in 2018.
  • McDowell is entering his 13th season in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • Finished a career-best 26th in the 2017 and 2018 NASCAR Cup Series standings.
  • Earned his lone NASCAR Xfinity Series win in 2016 at Road America.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 101 starts, 25 wins, 45 top fives and 25 poles
  • Finished 23rd last week at virtual Homestead Miami Speedway.

 

 

John Hunter Nemechek – iRacing #38

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 1 start (2019) – started 29th and finished 21st

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 3 starts, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 3 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 5 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 1 top 10

 

Highlights:

  • Has made at least one start in all three NASCAR national series at Texas.
  • 2020 is Nemechek’s first fulltime season in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • Earned his first NASCAR Xfinity Series win in 2018 at Kansas while driving for Chip Ganassi Racing.
  • Won his first NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in 2015, driving for NEMCO Motorsports and has tallied six wins in the series.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 289 starts, 29 wins, 97 top fives and 37 poles
  • Finished 30th last week at virtual Homestead Miami Speedway.

 

 

 

Ryan Preece – iRacing #37

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 3 starts, best finish of 22nd in 2019

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 4 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five, 1 top 10

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Posted a track-best finish of fifth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Texas in 2018.
  • Finished runner-up in 2019 Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • Won first career NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Iowa in 2017.
  • In 2013, he was the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, youngest champion in series history.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 252 starts, 42 wins, 102 top fives and 14 poles
  • Finished 33rd last week at virtual Homestead Miami Speedway.

 

 

 

Tyler Reddick – iRacing #31

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 5 starts, 1 pole, 2 top fives, 2 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Finished runner-up twice in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Texas in 2018, 2019.
  • Back-to-Back NASCAR Xfinity Series champion (2018-2019), and first driver to do it with two different organizations (JR Motorsports 2018, Richard Childress Racing 2019).
  • 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year; just third driver in series history to win the title in his rookie season joining Chase Elliott (2014) and William Byron (2017).
  • In 2017, captured his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory, at Kentucky, while running a partial schedule.
  • In 2015, he competed full-time in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, winning his first race and finishing runner-up in the championship standings.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • N/A

 

 

 

Garrett Smithley – iRacing #51

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 51 Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 2 starts, best finish of 32nd (2019)

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 8 starts, best finish of 17th (2017)

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 1 start (2019), started 25th and finished 15th

 

Highlights:

  • Posted a Texas track-best finish of 15th in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series in 2019.
  • Has made starts at Texas in all three NASCAR national series.
  • Finished a career-best 18th in the 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series standings.
  • Has a NASCAR national series career-best finish of fifth at Daytona in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 1,226 starts, 146 wins, 536 top fives and 131 poles
  • Finished fifth last week at virtual Homestead Miami Speedway.

 

 

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – iRacing #47

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 14 starts, best finish of 11th in 2018

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 7 starts, 1 win (2012), 2 top fives, 4 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Won the 2012 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • Captured first two NASCAR Cup Series wins in 2017 (Talladega-1, Daytona-2),
  • 2013 NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
  • Two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion (2011, 2012).
  • 2010 NASCAR Xfinity Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 65 starts, 6 wins, 26 top fives and 1 pole
  • Finished 21st last week at virtual Homestead Miami Speedway.

 

 

Daniel Suarez – iRacing #96

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 6 starts, 2 top fives, 2 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 5 starts, 1 top five, 2 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 3 starts, 3 top fives, 3 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • Has posted top-five finishes at Texas in all three of NASCAR’s national series.
  • Competed in the NASCAR Cup Series for Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018-2019; finished a career-best 17th in Cup points in ‘19.
  • Made NASCAR Cup Series debut for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2017, finished the season 20th in points
  • 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion -  the first Latin American, as well as the first NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate, to win a NASCAR national series title.
  • In 2016, he became the first Mexican driver to win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, claiming three victories at Michigan, Dover and the championship finale at Homestead-Miami.
  • 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year - the first Mexican driver to win the award.
  • In 2013, he finished third in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East final championship standings, the highest finish for an international driver in series history
  • 2010 NASCAR Mexico Series Rookie of the Year. 

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • N/A

 

 

Bubba Wallace – iRacing #43

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 4 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 1 top 10

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 5 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 2 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 5 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 3 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • Has posted top-10 finishes at Texas in all three of NASCAR’s national series.
  • In 2018, Wallace finished in the second place in the Daytona 500 - the highest finish by a NASCAR Cup Series rookie to date. It was also the best finish by an African-American driver in the Great American Race.
  • Made NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs in 2016, finishing 11th in the driver standings.
  • Won his first NASCAR national series race in the Gander Trucks at Martinsville in 2013 and became the first African-American to win a NASCAR national touring series event since 1963.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 106 starts, 29 wins, 43 top fives and 32 poles
  • Finished seventh last week at virtual Homestead Miami Speedway.

 

 

 

 

The drivers below are entered into the qualifier race on Sunday morning (listed in alphabetical order):

 

 

Anthony Alfredo – iRacing #33

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series - No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: N/A

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 2 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • Made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut earlier this year at Auto Club Speedway, finishing sixth
  • Alfredo ran 13 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series races in 2019, posting two top-10 finishes at 1.5-mile tracks (Charlotte, Chicago)

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 101 starts, 7 wins, 36 top fives and 7 poles
  • Finished 32nd last weekend at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway after starting 17th

 

 

Justin Allgaier – iRacing #7

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series – No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 4 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 19 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five, 9 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 1 start, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • In 2019, Allgaier made his fourth consecutive appearance in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs, and third Championship 4 in the four years of the format
  • In 2018, won the NASCAR Xfinity Series regular season championship

  

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 32 starts, 1 win, 9 top fives and 3 poles
  • Finished 20th at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway starting from 26th

 

Tyler Ankrum – iRacing #26

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series – No. 26 GMS Racing Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: N/A

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 2 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five, 2 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • 2019 was his first fulltime season in the Gander Trucks with GMS Racing
  • He got his first career win in 2019 at Kentucky Speedway
  • Won Rookie-of-the-Year Award in Gander Trucks last season

  

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 187 starts, 47 wins, 71 top fives and 54 poles

 

 

Trevor Bayne – iRacing #29a

Current Series/Occupation: Former NASCAR Cup Series driver

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 17 starts – best finish of 12th in spring of 2018

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 9 starts – won the fall race in 2011

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Last raced in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2018
  • Won the 2011 Daytona 500 the day after his 20th birthday
  • Made his NASCAR national series debut in the Xfinity Series in Bristol in 2009

  

Overall iRacing Stats

  • N/A

 

 

Spencer Boyd – iRacing #02

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series – No. 20 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 3 starts - best finish of 25th (twice) in 2018

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 2 starts – best finish of 11th in 2019

 

Highlights:

  • Made his national series debut in 2016 at Martinsville Speedway
  • Got his first career win at Talladega Superspeedway last season
  • Has made starts in all three national series

  

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 58 starts, 8 wins, 19 top fives and 3 poles

 

 

Chase Briscoe – iRacing #98

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series - No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 3 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five, 1 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 2 starts, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 2 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • He won his third NASCAR Xfinity Series race earlier this season, taking the checkered at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • In 2019, Briscoe tallied one win (Iowa) while qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs
  • In 2016, he won the ARCA Menards Series championship in his first full season in the series

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 1918 starts, 299 wins, 813 top fives and 203 poles
  • Finished fourth at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway last weekend starting from the sixth position

 

Brandon Brown – iRacing #68

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series – No. 68 Brandonbilt Motorsports Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 3 starts – best finish of 17th in 2019

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Career-best finish of sixth place at the 2019 spring Daytona race

  

Overall iRacing Stats

  • N/A

 

 

Harrison Burton – iRacing #99

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series - No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 1 start, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 1 top 10

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 3 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five, 2 top 10s

 

Highlights:

·         His best finish at Miami was a 10th-place effort in 2019 in the Xfinity Series.

·         Burton made his NASCAR national series track debut at Miami in the Xfinity Series in 2018.

·         Won his first career NASCAR national series race earlier this year, winning in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Auto Club Speedway. This marks his first full-time season in the Xfinity Series.

·         In 2019, Burton made his Xfinity Series debut competing in nine races for Joe Gibbs Racing.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

·         14 starts, 5 wins, 8 top fives and 4 poles

 

 

Jeb Burton

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series – No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series – Niece Motorsports

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 1 start – finished 32nd in 2015

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 4 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five, 2 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 5 starts, 1 win, 2 top fives, 2 top 10s, 1 pole

 

Highlights:

  • Currently competes in select races for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series and in the Gander Trucks for Niece Motorsports
  • His first and only career win was in the Gander Trucks at Texas in 2013
  • Has competed in all three national series and has a combined 151 starts
  • First national series start was in 2012 in the Gander Trucks, finishing 13th
  • Best Cup Series finish was in 2015 at Martinsville Speedway

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • N/A

 

Austin Cindric – iRacing #22

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series - No. 22 Team Penske Ford

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 4 starts, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 3 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 2 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five, 1 top 10

 

Highlights:

·         Got his first NASCAR national series win in 2019 at Watkins Glen International and then went on to win at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course the next week

·         His first and only win in the Gander Trucks was in 2017 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

·         2019 marked his first full season with Team Penske in the Xfinity Series

 

Overall iRacing Stats

·         11 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five, 0 poles

·         Finished 22nd last weekend at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway after starting 15th

 

 

Sheldon Creed – iRacing #74

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series – No. 2 GMS Racing Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: N/A

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 3 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five, 1 top 10

 

Highlights:

·         Last season was Creed’s first full time in the Gander Trucks, he got career-best finishes of second at Eldora and Michigan in 2019

  

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 22 starts, 5 win, 9 top fives and 3 poles

 

 

Drew Dollar – iRacing #TBD

Current Series/Occupation: ARCA Menards Series – No. 15 Venturini Motorsports Toyota

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: N/A

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

·         Dollar competes fulltime in the ARCA Menards Series. He already has one top five and one top 10 in two starts this season

·         He made his first start in 2019 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway and finished sixth

  

Overall iRacing Stats

·         N/A

 

Jeffrey Earnhardt – iRacing #50

Current Series/Occupation: Scheduled to race part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for JD Motorsports, has not raced in 2020

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 4 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 4 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 1 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

·         In 2015, he made his NASCAR Cup Series debut

·         In 2011, Earnhardt scored first career NASCAR national series top 10 in the Gander Trucks.

·         Finished fifth in the now-ARCA Menards Series East standings, voted Most Popular Driver

 

Overall iRacing Stats

·         88 starts, 19 wins, 40 top fives and 12 poles

 

 

Christian Eckes – iRacing #81

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series – No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: N/A

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • 2020 is his first fulltime season in the Gander Trucks with Kyle Busch Motorsports
  • Ran eight races in the series in 2019 and got three top fives, four top 10s and three pole awards

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 229 starts, 43 win, 116 top fives and 33 poles

 

 

Ryan Ellis – iRacing #78

Current Series/Occupation: Former driver in all three series, current Public Relations Representative for Go Fas Racing

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 1 start in 2016 – Finished 38th

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 4 starts – best finish of 30th in 2016

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 4 starts – best finish of 20th in 2015

 

Highlights:

  • Made his first national series start at Road America in the Xfinity Series in 2012
  • Made his first Cup Series start at Texas in 2016

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 19 starts, 7 win, 9 top fives and 3 poles

 

 

Stewart Friesen – iRacing #52

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series – No. 52 Halmar-Friesen Racing Toyota

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: N/A

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 6 starts, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 3 top 10s, 1 pole

 

Highlights:

  • Grabbed his first career win at Eldora Speedway in 2019 and made his way into the Playoffs and Championship 4
  • His second win came at Phoenix Raceway during the Playoffs
  • Finished fourth in the standings in 2019, a career best

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 97 starts, 9 wins, 34 top fives, 10 poles

 

 

Ruben Garcia – iRacing #27

Current Series/Occupation: Most recently – NASCAR Peak Mexico Series, has not raced in 2020

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: N/A

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Garcia is a three-time (2015, 2018, 2019) NASCAR Peak Mexico Series champion and is a graduate of the NASCAR Next and Drive for Diversity programs

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 179 starts, 18 win, 59 top fives and 26 poles

 

 

Joey Gase – iRacing #53

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series – No. 53 Rick Ware Racing Ford

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 4 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 15 starts – best finish of 20th in 2018

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Competes in the Cup Series fulltime for Rick Ware Racing and part-time in the Xfinity Series for various teams
  • Has made starts in all three national series
  • Got a career-best finish of fifth at Talladega Superspeedway in the Xfinity Series in 2015

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 2139 starts, 181 win, 1012 top fives and 69 poles

 

 

Todd Gilliland – iRacing #35

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series – No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: N/A

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 4 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five, 2 top 10s

  

Highlights:

  • Got his first Gander Trucks win at Martinsville Speedway last season for Kyle Busch Motorsports
  • Runs fulltime for Front Row Motorsports in the Gander Trucks

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 128 starts, 10 win, 36 top fives and 13 poles

 

 

Joe Graf, Jr. – iRacing #80

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series – No. 08 SS Green Light Racing Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: N/A

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Made his Xfinity Series debut in 2019 at Iowa Speedway for Richard Childress Racing
  • This season marks his first fulltime in all three national series

  

Overall iRacing Stats

  • N/A

 

 

Kaz Grala – iRacing #29

Current Series/Occupation: Scheduled to race part-time in the NASCAR Xfintiy Series for Richard Childress Racing, has not raced in 2020

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 2 starts – best finish of 18th in 2019

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 2 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 2 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • Running select races in 2020 with Richard Childress Racing
  • Best Xfinity Series finish is fourth at the 2018 Daytona season-opener
  • Got his first national series win in the Gander Trucks in 2017 at Daytona

  

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 78 starts, 9 win, 24 top fives and 6 poles

 

 

Justin Haley – iRacing #16

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series - No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 2 start, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 1 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 4 starts, 1 win, 3 top fives, 4 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • Made Xfinity Series track debut in 2019, finishing seventh
  • Won at Texas Motor Speedway in 2018 in the Gander Trucks
  • Has made four Cup Series starts and won the 2019 summer Daytona race
  • 2019 marked his first full season in the Xfinity Series with Kaulig Racing
  • His best finish in the Xfinity Series was runner-up at Daytona-2 in 2019

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 371 starts, 32 wins, 140 top fives, 20 poles

 

 

Jesse Iwuji – iRacing #36

Current Series/Occupation: United States Naval Officer, Part-Time NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Driver

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: N/A

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 1 start in 2019 – started 30th and finished 17th

 

Highlights:

  • Has made seven career starts in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series
  • He is a part-time driver as well as a United States Naval Officer
  • Made his first start in the Gander Trucks at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in 2018

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 693 starts, 16 wins, 188 top fives, 9 poles

 

 

Derek Kraus – iRacing #TBD

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series – No. 19 McAnally-Hilgemann Racing Toyota

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: N/A

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • 2020 is Kraus’ first fulltime season in the Gander Trucks
  • He finished fourth at the season-opening Daytona race, marking his career-best finish
  • 2019 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Champion

  

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 2023 starts, 249 win, 979 top fives and 329 poles

 

Alex Labbe – iRacing #90

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series – No. 90 DGM Racing Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 3 starts – best finish of 28th in 2017

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Got a career-best finish (sixth) at the Charlotte Road Course last season
  • Made his Texas debut in the Xfinity Series in 2017
  • Raced in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series for eight years
  • This is his fifth year in the Xfinity Series and his second fulltime season

  

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 376 starts, 61 win, 210 top fives and 97 poles

 

 

Ty Majeski – iRacing #45

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series - No. 45 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 1 start in 2018 – started 38th and finished 13th

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Made his NASCAR national series track debut in the Xfinity Series in 2018 and finished 13th

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 1,200 starts, 914 wins, 1,035 top fives and 1,014 poles
  • Raced his way into the race by leading all laps and winning the qualifying race, qualified third and finished ninth last week at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

Sam Mayer – iRacing #23

Current Series/Occupation: ARCA Menards Series East – No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: N/A

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Made three starts in the Gander Trucks last season for GMS Racing and had a best finish of 19th at Phoenix Raceway

  

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 151 starts, 26 wins, 58 top fives and 10 poles

 

 

Brennan Poole – iRacing #15

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series – No. 15 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 5 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 2 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 3 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 2 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • Made his first start at Texas in the Xfinity Series in 2015 and finished 13th
  • 2020 marked his first full season in the Cup Series, making his debut at the Daytona 500
  • He finished runner-up at Charlotte Motor Speedway last season in the Gander Trucks, a career-best finish  

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • N/A

 

Chandler Smith – iRacing #46

Current Series/Occupation: Driver in the ARCA Menards Series

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: N/A

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Had made only four national series starts in the Gander Trucks for Kyle Busch Motorsports last season
  • Got his first pole award in his first career start at Iowa Speedway
  • Finished runner-up at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2019

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 634 starts, 111 win, 366 top fives and 103 poles

 

 

Myatt Snider – iRacing #93

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series - No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: N/A

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 4 starts – best finish of 12th in 2017

 

Highlights:

  • In 2019, Snider raced full-time in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, and earned a best finish of second two times, along with one pole award
  • Won 2018 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Sunoco Rookie-of-the-Year honors and finished the season ninth in the championship points driving for ThorSport Racing
  • In 2016, he made his NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series debut at Phoenix Raceway

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 228 starts, 17 wins, 66 top fives and 9 poles

 

 

Scott Stenzel – iRacing #63

Current Series/Occupation: Part-time NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series driver, has not raced in 2020

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: N/A

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 2 starts – best finish of 16th in 2019

 

Highlights:

  • Got a career-best finish of 15th at Daytona in the Gander Trucks in 2018

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 749 starts, 33 win, 193 top fives and 19 poles

 

 

Ryan Truex – iRacing #40

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series - No. 40 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 4 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 3 starts, 0 wins, 1 top fives, 2 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • Made his track debut in 2016 in the Gander Trucks and finished 21st
  • Finished runner-up in the Xfinity Series twice (2012 Dover, 2019 Phoenix)

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 150 starts, 35 wins, 80 top fives, 31 poles
  • Finished 17th last weekend at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway after starting 23rd

 

 

Kyle Weatherman – iRacing #54

Current Series/Occupation: Part-time NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 1 start, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: N/A

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 6 starts, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 3 top 10s, 1 pole

 

Highlights:

  • Has made at least one start in every national series, got his career-best finish of 22nd at Kansas Speedway last season in the Xfinity Series

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 187 starts, 19 wins, 71 top fives and 22 poles

 

 

J.J. Yeley – iRacing #TBD

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series – No. 52 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 17 starts – best finish of 17th in 2007

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 22 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 1 top 10

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 3 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • Currently competes in the Cup Series and Xfinity Series
  • Has a combined 661 national series starts to his name
  • Made his national series debut in the Xfinity Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2004
  • In 2007, got his best Cup Series finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway in second

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • N/A

 

 

NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series

Next Race: Dixie Vodka 150

The Place: Virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway

The Date: Sunday, March 23

The Time: 1:30 p.m. ET

TV: FS1 and FOX Sports App

Distance: 100 Laps

 

Background on Sunday’s Dixie Vodka 150

While NASCAR’s on-track activity has been postponed through the weekend of May 3rd to align with CDC guidance, drivers and fans are turning to the virtual world to get their racing fix.

 

NASCAR and iRacing collaborated to create the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series – a sim racing exhibition format featuring some of the biggest names in the sport – which kicks off this weekend at iRacing’s virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway with the Dixie Vodka 150. The brick-and-mortar track in Miami was originally scheduled to host this weekend’s “real” NASCAR national series action.

 

The broadcast on FS1 and the FOX Sports app will feature FOX NASCAR broadcasters Jeff Gordon, Mike Joy and Larry McReynolds calling the action. They will be complimented by Clint Bowyer serving as the in-car analyst while competing from a simulator in the FOX NASCAR Charlotte studio.

 

Dixie Vodka and The NASCAR Foundation to support families in Miami

In conjunction with their sponsorship of the first race in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, Dixie Vodka is donating $10,000 to The NASCAR Foundation – which is centralizing charitable donations in the NASCAR industry to support those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“Supporting our local communities, from buying from local vendors to linking up with regional nonprofits, has been part of our DNA since day one,” Grain & Barrel CEO and Dixie Vodka creator Matti Anttila said. “Never has that been more critical than in the crisis we all find ourselves in today. For that reason, we didn’t think twice about linking up with The NASCAR Foundation to help bring vital resources to feed the children South Florida, assisting those most in need in and around the home of the Dixie Vodka 400 and now, virtually, the Dixie Vodka 150. Working together as a sport and as a country I know we can overcome the enormous challenge we are facing today.”

 

Their donation, and those of drivers such as Denny Hamlin – who pledged, on Twitter, to donate $100 for every lap led and $5,000 if he wins the race – will be earmarked to assist Miami-area residents.

 

The NASCAR Foundation is working with Feed the Children to help families in the Miami area. Donations may be made at: NASCARFoundation.org/response.

 

Donations will be used to provide food staples, personal care items and educational materials for children as local schools close in the face of pandemic.

 

Tim Dugger to perform virtual pre-race concert for Dixie Vodka 150

Curb Records recording artist Tim Dugger will perform a virtual pre-race concert before the Dixie Vodka 150 as part of the opening race of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series.

 

The first ever virtual pre-race concert will stream on Facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter.com/NASCAR on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET, and be hosted by Alex Weaver, NASCAR.com’s digital host. The show will include a performance by Dugger and a visit from NASCAR driver, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.  

 

What is iRacing?

iRacing is the world’s premier motorsports racing simulation. iRacing puts you in the driver’s seat by allowing members to experience one of the most competitive forms of motorsports: virtual racing. iRacing is a fun, inexpensive and highly competitive way for race fans and gamers to experience the head-to-head challenges usually reserved for professional racers.

 

Statistical Notes

A wide range of drivers with various experience both at Homestead-Miami Speedway and in iRacing will be contending in this Sunday’s Dixie Vodka 150 to open up the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series (1:30 p.m. ET on FS1 and the FOX Sports app).

 

Below is a list of anticipated participants, their statistics, and career highlights, for the opening race of the series. Please note, the participant list is subject to change.

 

Note on iRacing stats below:

The stats are cumulative lifetime stats for each driver in public oval events in stock car disciplines (ranging from top-level Cup cars to Legends) on iRacing. It doesn’t include stats from private leagues.

 

Anthony Alfredo

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series - No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: N/A

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 1 start, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • His lone race at Miami came last year in the Gander Trucks, when he started 24th and finished 32nd.
  • Made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut earlier this year at Auto Club Speedway, finishing sixth.
  • Alfredo ran 13 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series races in 2019, posting two top-10 finishes at 1.5-mile tracks (Charlotte, Chicago).

 

iRacing Stats

  • 100 starts, 7 wins, 36 top fives and 7 poles

 

 

Justin Allgaier

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series - No. 7 Jr. Motorsports Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 2 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 10 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 2 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • His top-10 finishes at Miami in the Xfinity Series came in 2016 (sixth) and 2018 (seventh).
  • His NASCAR national series track debut at Miami came in 2008, in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, racing for Team Penske.
  • In 2019, Allgaier made his fourth consecutive appearance in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs, and third Championship 4 in the four years of the format.
  • In 2018, won the NASCAR Xfinity Series regular season championship.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 31 starts, 1 win, 9 top fives and 3 poles

 

 

Christopher Bell

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 96 Leavine Family Racing Toyota

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 3 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five, 1 top 10

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 3 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five, 2 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • His best finish at Miami was a runner-up in the Gander Trucks in 2017. He also had a fifth-place finish in the Xfinity Series in 2019.
  • Bell made his NASCAR national series track debut at Miami in the Gander Trucks in 2015.
  • In 2019, Bell won a NASCAR Xfinity Series career-high eight races after setting the rookie single season Xfinity Series wins record with seven victories in 2018.
  • In 2017, he won the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series championship and captured five race wins along the way.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 1026 starts, 237 wins, 556 top fives and 132 poles

 

 

Clint Bowyer

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 14 starts, 0 wins, 3 top fives, 8 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 6 start, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 4 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • His best finish at Miami was a runner-up in the 2012 NASCAR Cup Series race.
  • Bowyer made his NASCAR national series track debut at Miami in the Xfinity Series in 2004.
  • In 2019, Bowyer qualified for the Playoffs on points and finished ninth in the series standings.
  • Bowyer was the runner-up for the 2012 NASCAR Cup Series championship.
  • He won the 2008 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship.
  • Multiple winner in all three NASCAR national series. (10 NASCAR Cup Series, eight NASCAR Xfinity Series, 14 Gander Trucks wins)

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • N/A

 

 

Chase Briscoe

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series - No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 1 start, 0 wins, 1 top fives, 1 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 1 start, 1 win, 1 top five, 1 top 10

 

Highlights:

  • His best finish at Miami came in 2017, when he finished sixth in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series final standings after winning the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • That win also marked Briscoe’s NASCAR national series debut at Miami.
  • He won his third NASCAR Xfinity Series race earlier this season, taking the checkered at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • In 2019, Briscoe tallied one win (Iowa) while qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs.
  • In 2016, he won the ARCA Menards Series championship in his first full season in the series.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 1917 starts, 299 wins, 812 top fives and 203 poles

 

 

Chris Buescher

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 4 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 2 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five, 1 top 10

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • His best finish at Miami was a fifth-place effort in 2014 in the Xfinity Series.
  • Buescher made his NASCAR national series track debut at Miami in the Xfinity Series in 2014.
  • Buescher joined Roush-Fenway Racing for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season.
  • In 2016, he won first NASCAR Cup Series race (Pocono-2) in his rookie season; first driver since Joey Logano (2009) to accomplish the feat.
  • One of three drivers in NASCAR Cup Series history to make the Playoffs in their rookie season, joining Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin.
  • Won the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship in 2015.
  • Was the 2012 ARCA Menards Series champion.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • N/A

 

 

Harrison Burton

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series - No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 1 start, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 1 top 10

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 2 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • His best finish at Miami was a 10th-place effort in 2019 in the Xfinity Series.
  • Burton made his NASCAR national series track debut at Miami in the Xfinity Series in 2018.
  • Won his first career NASCAR national series race earlier this year, winning in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Auto Club Speedway. This marks his first full-time season in the Xfinity Series.
  • In 2019, Burton made his Xfinity Series debut competing in nine races for Joe Gibbs Racing.
  • In 2016, he made his NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 14 starts, 5 wins, 8 top fives and 4 poles

 

Kurt Busch

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series – No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 19 starts, 1 win, 4 top fives, 7 top 10s, 2 poles

NASCAR Xfinity Series: N/A

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series:

 

Highlights:

  • Made his national series track debut in 2000 in both the Cup Series and Gander Trucks. He finished 19th in the Cup race and ninth in the Gander Truck race
  • Got his first Cup Series win at the track in 2002

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • N/A

 

 

Kyle Busch

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series – No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 15 starts, 2 wins, 5 top fives, 8 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 9 starts, 2 wins, 7 top fives, 7 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 8 starts, 2 wins, 6 top fives, 7 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • Busch’s two NASCAR Cup Series wins at Miami came in 2015 and 2019, both en route to his pair of series titles.
  • His Xfinity Series wins at the track came in 2009 and 2010. His Gander Trucks wins were in 2010 and 2013.
  • Busch made his NASCAR national series track debut at Miami in the Xfinity Series in 2004.
  • Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion, also won championship in 2015. One of two (Jimmie Johnson) active drivers with multiple Cup championships.
  • Has made the Championship 4 in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs the last five consecutive seasons.
  • Won the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship in 2009.
  • In 2010, set all-time single-season record with 24 victories across NASCAR’s three national series.
  • Currently has most all-time NASCAR national series wins with 208 (56 Cup, 96 Xfinity, 57 Gander Trucks).
  • Record seven-time NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series owner champion (2010, ’13, ’14, ’15, ’16, ’17 and ‘19) and one driver championship (2015).

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • N/A

 

 

William Byron

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series – No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 2 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 1 start, 0 wins, 1 top five, 1 top 10

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 1 start, 1 win, 1 top five, 1 top 10

 

Highlights:

  • His lone Gander Trucks race at Miami resulted in a win in 2016.
  • Byron made his NASCAR national series track debut at Miami in the Gander Trucks in 2016.
  • Earned first career Playoff berth in 2019, finishing a career-high 11th in final standings.
  • Won the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award; becoming just the second driver all-time to win Rookie of the Year honors in all three NASCAR national series; joining Erik Jones.
  • Won the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship and the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award.
  • Won the 2016 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series owner championship for Kyle Busch Motorsports and the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award, setting a series rookie record with seven victories.
  • Won the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship and the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 76 starts, 17 wins, 36 top fives and 5 poles

 

 

Landon Cassill

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series – No. 89 Shepherd Racing Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 10 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 5 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • His best finish at Miami was 15th in 2019 in the Xfinity Series.
  • Cassill made his NASCAR national series track debut at Miami in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2010.
  • In 2014, he scored a NASCAR Cup Series career-best fourth-place finish at Talladega-2
  • In 2010, he made his NASCAR Cup Series debut at Michigan
  • In 2008, he won the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year award

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 42 starts, 4 wins, 25 top fives and 2 poles

 

Ross Chastain

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series – No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 4 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 5 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 6 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five, 3 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • His best finish at Miami was fourth in 2019 in the Gander Trucks
  • Chastain made his NASCAR national series track debut at Miami in the Gander Trucks in 2011
  • This year, he has filled in for Ryan Newman in the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford in the NASCAR Cup Series for three races
  • In 2019, he completed 19 races in the Xfinity Series and posted a win at Daytona with Kaulig Racing
  • In 2018, he made the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs and won his first career race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway racing for Chip Ganassi Racing
  • In 2011, he made his NASCAR national series debut in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series debut at Lucas Oil Raceway

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 537 starts, 67 wins, 196 top fives and 64 poles

 

 

Austin Cindric

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series - No. 22 Team Penske Ford

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 2 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five, 2 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 1 start, 0 wins, 1 top five, 1 top 10

 

Highlights:

  • His best finishes at the track were fifth in the 2017 in the Gander Trucks and 2018 in the Xfinity Series
  • Made his national series track debut in 2017 in the Gander Trucks and finished fifth
  • Got his first NASCAR national series win in 2019 at Watkins Glen International and then went on to win at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course the next week
  • His first and only win in the Gander Trucks was in 2017 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
  • 2019 marked his fist full season with Team Penske in the Xfinity Series

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 10 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five, 0 poles

 

 

Matt DiBenedetto

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 5 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 2 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Made his national series track debut in 2014 in the Xfinity Series, finishing 38th
  • Got his best finish at Miami in the Cup Series in 2019 (20th)
  • Notched his first career top-five finish in 2019 at Sonoma Raceway
  • Signed with Wood Brothers Racing for the 2020 season after racing for Leavine Family Racing in 2019
  • His two career-best finishes were runner-up in Bristol Moor Speedway in 2019 and Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2020
  • His best finish in the Xfinity Series was in 2010 at Iowa Speedway, where he finished ninth

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 310 starts, 77 wins, 2014 top fives, 29 poles

 

 

Austin Dillon

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series - No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 6 starts, 0 wins, 1 top fives, 1 top 10

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 4 starts, 0 wins, 3 top fives, 3 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 3 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 1 top 10, 1 pole

 

Highlights:

  • Made his national series track debut in 2010 and started from the pole position
  • In 2019, Dillon got his best track finish of eighth place at Miami in the Cup Series
  • In 2015, he finished runner-up at Homestead in the Xfinity Series
  • Got his first Cup Series win in 2017 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Won the 2018 Daytona 500
  • Won the 2013 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship
  • Won the Xfinity Series Rookie-of-the-Year Award n 2012
  • Is the 2011 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Champion as well as the Most Popular Driver
  • Won rookie of the year honors in Gander Trucks in 2010

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • N/A

 

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Current Series/Occupation: Retired NASCAR Cup Series Driver, NBC Sports Analyst

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 17 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five, 2 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 5 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five, 3 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Made his national series track debut in 1997 and finished 13th
  • In 1999, he finished runner-up in the Xfinity Series, marking his best track finish
  • His best track finish in the Cup Series was in 2013, finishing third
  • Made his debut as an NBC broadcaster in 2018
  • Retired from full-time racing at the end of 2017
  • His first NASCAR national series win was in 1998 at Texas Motor Speedway for the Gander Trucks
  • In 2000, he got his first Cup Series win, also at Texas Motor Speedway in his first full season in the series
  • Won the Cup Series Most Popular Driver Award for 15 straight years (2003-2017)
  • Won the 1998 and 1999 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship
  • In 1999, won the Xfinity Series Rookie-of-the-Year Award
  • Team owner of Xfinity Series team JR Motorsports, collecting 47 wins since 2005

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 89 starts, 11 wins, 43 top fives, 18 poles

 

 

Chase Elliott

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series - No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 4 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five, 2 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 2 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 1 top 10

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Made his national series track debut in 2014 in the Xfinity Series and went on to win the championship the same year
  • In 2017, he got his best finish at the track in the Cup Series, finishing fifth
  • Got his first Cup Series win at Watkins Glen International in 2018, then went on to win two more times that season (Dover-2, Kanas-2)
  • Won three races in 2019 including the Charlotte Road Course
  • Won the Cup Series Most Popular Driver Award for the last two years (2018, 2019)
  • Won the Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year Award in 2016
  • Won Gander Trucks Most Popular Driver Award in 2015
  • 2014 NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion and won rookie of the year and most popular driver in the same year

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 255 starts, 36 wins, 107 top fives, 31 poles

 

 

Stewart Friesen

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series – No. 52 Halmar-Friesen Racing Toyota

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: N/A

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 4 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five, 2 top 10s, 1 pole

 

Highlights:

  • Made his national series track debut in 2016
  • In 2018, he got his best track finish of fourth place
  • Got his first pole at the track in 2019 and went on to finish 11th
  • Grabbed his first career win at Eldora Speedway in 2019 and made his way into the Playoffs and Championship 4
  • His second win came at Phoenix Raceway during the Playoffs
  • Finished fourth in the standings in 2019, a career best
  • During the offseason, Halmar-Friesen Racing made the switch from Chevrolet to Toyota
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Overall iRacing Stats

  • 96 starts, 9 wins, 34 top fives, 10 poles

 

 

Justin Haley

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series - No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 1 start, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 2 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 2 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • Made his national series track debut in 2017 starting seventh and finishing ninth in the Gander Trucks
  • In his first Xfinity Series start at the track in 2019, he started eighth and finished 33rd
  • Got his best track finish of eighth in 2018 in the Gander Trucks
  • Has made four Cup Series starts and won the 2019 summer Daytona race
  • 2019 marked his first full season in the Xfinity Series with Kaulig Racing
  • His best finish in the Xfinity Series was runner-up at Daytona-2 in 2019
  • He made the Playoffs in 2019 but was eliminated in the Round of 8

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 370 starts, 32 wins, 140 top fives, 20 poles

 

 

Denny Hamlin

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series – No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 15 starts, 2 wins, 4 top fives, 10 top 10s, 4 poles

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 6 starts, 0 wins, 3 top fives, 4 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 1 start, 0 wins, 1 top five, 1 top 10

 

Highlights:

 

  • Made his national series track debut in 2011 in the Gander Trucks and finished runner-up
  • His best finish at the track in the Xfinity Series was in 2004, finishing fourth
  • Got his first win at the track in the Cup Series in 2009, followed by another win in 2013
  • Won Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year Award in 2006
  • Has 38 Cup Series wins to his name and the first came in 2006 at Pocono Raceway
  • He has 162 top fives, 261 top 10s and 33 poles in the Cup Series
  • 2019 was a career-best season for him, winning six races and making it to the Championship 4
  • Won the Daytona 500 three times (2016, 2019, 2020)
  • Is already in the Playoffs this season with his season-opening win at Daytona

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 163 starts, 30 wins, 74 top fives, 31 poles

 


Timmy Hill

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series – No. 66 Motorsports Business Management Toyota

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 2 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 6 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 1 start, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • Made his national series track debut in 2011 in the Xfinity Series and finished 21st
  • Made his first start in the Cup Series at the track in 2018, finishing 37th
  • Is currently racing in all three NASCAR national series
  • Finished third in the 2020 Xfinity Series season-opener at Daytona, his career-best finish
  • Made his Cup Series debut in 2012 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • Owner of Hill Motorsports, fielding the No. 56 Chevrolet in the Gander Trucks

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 1,675 starts, 673 wins, 1,203 top fives, 456 poles

 

Jesse Iwuji

Current Series/Occupation: United States Naval Officer, Part-Time NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Driver

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: N/A

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

Highlights:

  • Has made seven career starts in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series
  • He is a part-time driver as well as a United States Naval Officer
  • Made his first start in the Gander Truck at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in 2018
  • Got a career-best finish of 17th at Texas Motor Speedway in 2019

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 692 starts, 16 wins, 188 top fives, 9 poles

 

 

Brad Keselowski

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series – No. 2 Team Penske Ford

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 12 starts, 0 wins, 3 top fives, 5 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 8 starts, 2 wins, 4 top fives, 5 top 10s, 2 poles

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 2 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • Made his national series track debut in 2005 finishing 22nd
  • First win at the track was in 2011 in the Xfinity Series and he went on to win again in 2013
  • Got back-to-back third-place finishes in the Cup Series in 2014 and 2015 at Homestead
  • Has 30 wins to his name with 116 top fives, 188 top 10s and 17 pole awards in the Cup Series
  • His first Cup Series win came in his second Cup Series season at Talladega Superspeedway in 2009
  • Won the 2012 NASCAR Cup Series Championship for Team Penske
  • Won the 2010 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship and won the Most Popular Driver Award three years in a row (2008-2010)
  • Made his national series debut in the Gander Trucks in 2004

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 31 starts, 7 wins, 19 top fives, 3 poles

 

 

Parker Kligerman

Current Series/Occupation: NBC Sports TV Analyst and part-time NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series driver

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 1 start (2013) – started 30th and finished 25th

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 3 starts, 1 top 10

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 3 starts, 1 pole, 2 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • Posted a track best finish of seventh in the Gander Trucks (2012) and the Xfinity Series (2013) at Homestead.
  • Has made at least one start in all three NASCAR national series at Homestead.
  • Made his first NASCAR national series start at Homestead in the Xfinity Series in 2009.
  • Kligerman has a pair of wins in the Gander Trucks, both at Talladega (2012, 2017).

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 414 starts, 57 wins, 189 top fives and 11 poles

 

 

Bobby Labonte

Current Series/Occupation: 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 14 starts, 1 win, 3 top fives, 4 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 3 starts, 0 wins, 1 top five, 1 top 10

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 1 start, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • Labonte’s win in the NASCAR Cup Series at Miami came in 2003.
  • Made his first NASCAR national series start at Homestead in the Xfinity Series in 1996. He started from the pole and finished second.
  • Labonte was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2020. He joins his brother, Terry, with the prestigious honor.
  • He won the 2000 NASCAR Cup Series championship.
  • Labonte has 21 NASCAR Cup Series wins, 10 Xfinity Series and one Gander Trucks win.
  • He is one of 27 drivers to have a win in all three of NASCAR’s national series.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • N/A

 

 

Kyle Larson

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 7 starts, 3 top fives, 3 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 4 starts, 1 win (2015), 3 top fives, 4 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 3 starts, 2 top fives, 2 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • Won at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2015.
  • Has made at least one start in all three NASCAR national series at Homestead.
  • Made his first NASCAR national series start at Homestead in the Gander Trucks in 2012.
  • He has made the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs four consecutive seasons (2016-2019).
  • Larson won a career-best four NASCAR Cup Series races in 2017.
  • 2014 NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year and 2013 NASCAR Xfinity Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year
  • 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion and Rookie of the Year.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 303 starts, 57 wins, 143 top fives and 27 poles

 

 

Joey Logano

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 22 Team Penske Ford

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 11 starts, 1 win (2018), 1 pole (2012), 4 top fives, 6 top 10s

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 6 starts, 2 poles, 1 top five, 5 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Won the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series championship by winning the season finale race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • Has posted poles and top fives in both the NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series.
  • Made his first NASCAR national series start at Homestead in the Xfinity Series in 2008.
  • Became youngest driver to win a NASCAR Cup pole on March 19, 2010, at Bristol.
  • Won 2009 NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year, the youngest-ever winner of the award.
  • Became youngest driver to win a NASCAR Cup race on June 28, 2009, at New Became youngest driver to win a NASCAR Xfinity Series race on June 14, 2008, at Kentucky.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 11 starts, two wins, three top fives and four poles

 

 

Ty Majeski

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series - No. 45 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 1 start (2017) – started 9th and finished 10th

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Posted a top-10 finish in his NASCAR national series track debut at Homestead (2017).
  • Made his NASCAR national series track debut in the Xfinity Series in 2017.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 1,199 starts, 914 wins, 1,035 top fives and 1,014 poles

 

Michael McDowell

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 10 starts, 1 top 10

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 2 starts, best finish of 32nd (2007)

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Posted a track-best finish of 10th in the NASCAR Cup Series at Homestead in 2016.
  • Made his NASCAR national series track debut in the Xfinity Series at Homestead in 2007.
  • McDowell is entering his 13th season in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • Finished a career-best 26th in the 2017 and 2018 NASCAR Cup Series standings.
  • Earned his first NASCAR Xfinity Series win in 2016 at Road America.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 100 starts, 25 wins, 45 top fives and 25 poles

 

 

John Hunter Nemechek

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 1 start (2019) – started 30th and finished 23rd

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 2 starts, 1 top five, 2 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 4 starts, 1 top five, 2 top 10s

 

Highlights:

  • Finished runner-up at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Gander Trucks in 2015.
  • Has made at least one start in all three NASCAR national series at Homestead.
  • Made his first NASCAR national series start at Homestead in the Gander Trucks in 2015.
  • Nemechek is entering his first fulltime season in the NASCAR Cup Series
  • Earned his first NASCAR Xfinity Series win in 2018 at Kansas while driving for Chip Ganassi Racing.
  • Won his first NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in 2015, driving for NEMCO Motorsports and has tallied six wins in the series.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 288 starts, 29 wins, 97 top fives and 37 poles

 

 

Ryan Preece

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 2 starts, best finish of 25th in 2019

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 4 starts, 1 top five, 2 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Posted a track-best finish of fifth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Homestead in 2017.
  • Made his NASCAR national series track debut in the Xfinity Series at Homestead in 2014.
  • Finished runner-up in 2019 Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • Won first career NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Iowa in 2017.
  • In 2013, he was the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, youngest champion in series history.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 251 starts, 42 wins, 102 top fives and 14 poles

 

 

Garrett Smithley

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 51 Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 5 starts, best finish of 24th in 2017

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 1 start (2015), started 29th and finished 28th

 

Highlights:

  • Posted a track-best finish of 24th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2017.
  • Made his NASCAR national series track debut at Homestead in the Gander Trucks in 2015.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 1,225 starts, 146 wins, 535 top fives and 130 poles

 

 

Myatt Snider

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Xfinity Series - No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: N/A

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 2 starts, best finish of 12th in 2017

 

Highlights:

  • Posted a track-best finish of 12th in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series in 2017.
  • Made his NASCAR national series track debut at Homestead in the Gander Trucks in 2017.
  • In 2019, Snider raced full-time in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, and earned a best finish of second two times, along with one pole award.
  • Won 2018 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors and finished the season ninth in the championship points driving for ThorSport Racing.
  • In 2016, he made his NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series debut at Phoenix Raceway.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 227 starts, 17 wins, 66 top fives and 9 poles

 

 

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 8 starts, best finish of 15th in 2017

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 3 starts, 2 top fives, 3 top 10s

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: N/A

 

Highlights:

  • Finished runner-up at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Xfinity Series in 2011.
  • Made his first NASCAR national series start at Homestead in the Xfinity Series in 2010.
  • Captured first two NASCAR Cup Series wins in 2017 (Talladega-1, Daytona-2),
  • 2013 NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
  • Two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion (2011, 2012).
  • 2010 NASCAR Xfinity Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 64 starts, 6 wins, 26 top fives and 1 pole

 

 

Ryan Truex

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series - No. 40 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: N/A

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 2 starts, best finish of 15th in 2018

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 2 starts, 1 top five

 

Highlights:

  • Posted a track-best finish of fourth in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series in 2017.
  • Made his NASCAR national series track debut at Homestead in the Xfinity Series in 2012.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 145 starts, 35 wins, 80 top fives and 31 poles

 

 

Bubba Wallace

Current Series/Occupation: NASCAR Cup Series - No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet

 

NASCAR National Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series: 2 starts, best finish of 21st in 2018

NASCAR Xfinity Series: 2 starts, 1 top 10

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 2 starts, 1 win (2014)

 

Highlights:

  • Won the 2014 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • Has made at least one start in all three NASCAR national series at Homestead.
  • Made his first NASCAR national series start at Homestead in the Gander Trucks in 2013.
  • In 2018, Wallace finished in the second place in the Daytona 500 - the highest finish by a NASCAR Cup Series rookie to date. It was also the best finish by an African-American driver in the Daytona 500.
  • Made NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs in 2016, finishing 11th in the driver standings.
  • Won his first NASCAR national series race in the Gander Trucks at Martinsville in 2013 and became the first African-American to win a NASCAR national touring series event since 1963.

 

Overall iRacing Stats

  • 105 starts, 29 wins, 43 top fives and 32 poles
 

 

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Joey Logano Gets Second 2020 Win in Overtime at Phoenix

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By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service

AVONDALE, Ariz. – Joey Logano expected a bump from Kevin Harvick in the two-lap overtime Sunday at Phoenix Raceway, but the bump never came.

Instead, Harvick pulled up beside Logano in the center of Turns 1 and 2 on the final lap of the FanShield 500, but Logano sped away with a hard charge off Turn 2 and cruised to the finish line with a margin of .276 seconds.

With the victory—his second at Phoenix and the 25th of his career—Logano is the first multiple winner of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, having previously taken the checkered flag at Las Vegas in the year’s second event.

Logano won on Sunday at the one-mile track in the Sonoran desert despite snafus that might have thwarted a lesser driver. On Lap 133, Logano’s crew was flagged for an uncontrolled tire, sending the driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford to the rear of the field for a restart on Lap 138.

After Logano drove through the field and regained his track position, a broken jack during a yellow-flag pit stop on Lap 268 dropped him to 18th for a Lap 272 restart. By staying on the track while other lead-lap cars pitted under caution on Lap 279, Logano moved up to third in the running order, and on Lap 293 he passed teammate Brad Keselowski for the lead and took control of the race.

“Man, we had a really good car, really good Shell‑Pennzoil Mustang,” said Logano, who won for the second time with new crew chief Paul Wolfe after an offseason personnel shakeup at Team Penske. “We had more things go wrong today. Unfortunate situation with the jack breaking. No one’s fault.

“Had some good restarts, got ourselves back up there, being aggressive, having some tires there towards the end. I knew racing Kevin was going to be hard. I was figuring I was going to get hit, so I throttled up in the corner so much, I thought he was going to give me the bump‑and‑run, which I expected, wouldn’t blame him for.

I’m out of breath. That was a pretty intense last 30 minutes or hour of the race. A lot going on. Couldn’t be more proud of this team. Two wins already in the books. We’ve got to keep this thing rocking.”

With arguably the fastest car in the race, Harvick got bottled up in traffic on the Lap 272 restart and never regained the top spot. Logano controlled the final two restarts, including the overtime, chose the bottom lane and cut the dogleg just beyond the start/finish line to maintain his lead.

“He just had control of the race,” Harvick said. “After we pitted there (on Lap 268), I got stuck behind a couple of cars there, lost five or six spots. He got by and got control of the race. He got to restart where he wanted to.

“Our Jimmy John’s Ford was better, especially when we could put it in front of his. We just didn’t get the control of the race back there, and he was able to get by us on that restart where I got hung up.”

Kyle Busch ran third, as NASCAR’s new low-downforce competition package provided lively action throughout the afternoon.

“There at the end, obviously, making up some good spots on the bottom when everybody would get bottled up there mid-pack… but once you get closer to the front, it’s hard to make up those spots anymore on the bottom anymore like we were,” Busch said.

“The guys did a great job. We weren’t very good when we unloaded (on Friday), we made a lot of ground, but still not enough ground as I would have wanted to race with some of the top guys. I felt like we were a fifth- or sixth-place car probably, and we were able to come out with a third. Good for us with that effort. We need some points right now. We have to climb the ladder back and get back where we need to be.”

Kyle Larson ran fourth, followed by Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch. Pole winner Chase Elliott led a race-high 93 laps, but his No. 9 Chevrolet was forced to pit road for an unplanned stop under green on Lap 156 because of a loose wheel, and Elliott never recovered. He finished seventh after regaining the lead lap under caution on Lap 195.

Notes: Logano led 60 of 316 laps, fourth most behind Elliott (93) Keselowski (82) and Harvick (67)… There were 12 cautions for 73 laps, the last of which forced the overtime that extended the race by four laps… Ninth-place finisher Cole Custer was the top Sunoco rookie in the race, posting his first career top 10 in the Cup Series… Harvick took over the series lead by one point over Logano… Ryan Blaney, who entered the race as the points leader, was an innocent victim in a Lap 64 wreck involving Denny Hamlin and Keselowski and finished 37th in the 38-car field, dropping to sixth in the standings… Harvick won the first stage of the race, and Keselowski was the winner of the second stage.

NASCAR Cup Series Race – 16th Annual FanShield 500

Phoenix Raceway

Avondale, Arizona

Sunday, March 8, 2020

1. (13)  Joey Logano, Ford, 316.

2. (2)  Kevin Harvick, Ford, 316.

3. (10)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 316.

4. (4)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 316.

5. (18)  Clint Bowyer, Ford, 316.

6. (7)  Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 316.

7. (1)  Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 316.

8. (6)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 316.

9. (16)  Cole Custer #, Ford, 316.

10. (17)  William Byron, Chevrolet, 316.

11. (14)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 316.

12. (21)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 316.

13. (9)  Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 316.

14. (8)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 316.

15. (25)  Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 316.

16. (22)  Michael McDowell, Ford, 316.

17. (23)  Chris Buescher, Ford, 316.

18. (20)  Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, 316.

19. (27)  Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet, 316.

20. (3)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 316.

21. (31)  Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 316.

22. (19)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet, 316.

23. (24)  Ross Chastain(i), Ford, 316.

24. (15)  Christopher Bell #, Toyota, 316.

25. (26)  John Hunter Nemechek #, Ford, 316.

26. (33)  JJ Yeley(i), Ford, 316.

27. (28)  Corey LaJoie, Ford, 316.

28. (11)  Erik Jones, Toyota, 313.

29. (37)  Joey Gase(i), Chevrolet, 313.

30. (35)  Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 312.

31. (32)  Brennan Poole #, Chevrolet, Electrical, 292.

32. (12)  Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, Accident, 282.

33. (29)  Tyler Reddick #, Chevrolet, Accident, 264.

34. (34)  Quin Houff #, Chevrolet, Accident, 208.

35. (36)  Garrett Smithley, Chevrolet, Engine, 181.

36. (30)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, Accident, 129.

37. (5)  Ryan Blaney, Ford, Accident, 65.

38. (38)  Timmy Hill(i), Toyota, Engine, 51.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  94.407 mph.

Time of Race:  3 Hrs, 20 Mins, 50 Secs. Margin of Victory:  .276 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  12 for 73 laps.

Lead Changes:  20 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   C. Elliott 1-60;K. Harvick 61-91;C. Elliott 92-102;K. Harvick 103-132;C. Elliott 133-137;M. Truex Jr. 138-140;C. Elliott 141-155;B. Keselowski 156-193;C. Buescher 194;B. Keselowski 195-215;C. Elliott 216;M. Truex Jr. 217-224;J. Logano 225-250;K. Harvick 251-254;C. Elliott 255;K. Harvick 256-257;J. Logano 258-267;B. Keselowski 268-271;K. Larson 272-273;B. Keselowski 274-292;J. Logano 293-316.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Chase Elliott 6 times for 93 laps; Brad Keselowski 4 times for 82 laps; Kevin Harvick 4 times for 67 laps; Joey Logano 3 times for 60 laps; Martin Truex Jr. 2 times for 11 laps; Kyle Larson 1 time for 2 laps; Chris Buescher 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 4,9,22,21,18,88,19,10,8,20

Stage #2 Top Ten: 2,4,19,8,18,10,22,14,42,41


 

Alex Bowman Scores Dominating NASCAR Cup Victory at Fontana

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By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service

FONTANA, Calif. – Alex Bowman had a new nose for the finish line Sunday at Auto Club Speedway.

Driving the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet—a sleeker version of the Camaro with a new front fascia—Bowman ran away with the final stage of the Auto Club 400 at the two-mile track in the Inland Empire.

In picking up his second career victory and his first at Fontana, Bowman led five times for 110 of the 200 laps in the third NASCAR Cup event of the season. He grabbed the top spot on Lap 133, gave it up briefly during a cycle of green-flag pit  stops midway through the final run and regained it for the final time on Lap 167 when Brad Keselowski gave up the lead to come to pit road.

After Ryan Blaney—running second at the time—was forced to pit with three laps left because of a corded right rear tire, Bowman crossed the finish line 8.904 seconds ahead of runner-up Kyle Busch, who made a solid run forward from his 17th starting position.

“How about that, California?” an exultant Bowman shouted after exiting his car. “I grew up quarter-midget racing maybe 20 minutes from here in Pomona Valley. Went there every week, met a lot of great friends and I know a lot of you guys were here. I promised my buddy Aaron that we would get matching ’88’ tattoos if I won, and I think I have to go get a tattoo now, but that will be a good time.

“It’s been a lot of fun. Thanks to (crew chief) Greg (Ives) and all the guys. He made great calls all day. We were up front when it counted.”

Bowman looks for better things to come after winning at Fontana—the antithesis of the aftermath of his first career victory at Chicagoland Speedway in June of last year.

“The first one, it was a really enjoyable experience and then we sucked for six months,” Bowman said. “We started this year so strong. I feel like I have a lot on my side that is much better. My life is a lot more organized than it was back then. Greg and all the guys are just on point.

“We’ve unloaded the last two weeks – I don’t think we’ve had to make a change in the race car from how it came off the truck. That makes my job a heck of a lot easier. I’m just so proud of this team. We put a lot of effort into this new car, and it’s obviously worked out really well.”

Blaney led 54 laps, handily winning Stage 2 after finishing second to Bowman in Stage 1. But after Bowman pulled out to a five-second lead in the closing laps, Blaney came to pit road on Lap 197 to change the shredded tire and finished 19th, one lap down.

Busch inherited the second position after Blaney’s issue and finished 1.013 seconds ahead of brother Kurt Busch, who rallied from a pit road snafu (missing his stall under the first caution on Lap 63) to run third.

Kyle Busch was pleased with his team’s effort, but he leaves Fontana still searching for the speed that carried him to the championship last year.

“Yeah, we have a lot of work to do,” Busch acknowledged. “Guys did a great job here, though, just trying to work on it and trying to make everything that we could out of it all day long, all weekend long. The Interstate Batteries Camry wasn’t a second-place car, but thankfully we got a good finish out of here—we tried to get some points.

“Guys are doing all they can, I know, and all everybody at TRD (Toyota Racing Development). So I appreciate all the hard work. We’ve just got to get a little bit better. We finished the end of last year so strong, I don’t know what we’re missing here, but, obviously, it’s a little bit of something here or there, maybe a little bit of something in a few different areas. But overall, good car today.”

Chase Elliott came home fourth and Keselowski fifth. Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Aric Almirola, Kevin Harvick and Erik Jones completed the top 10.

Johnson, who is retiring from full-time Cup racing at the end of the season, led three times for 10 laps but faded in the final run to finish seventh. Pole winner Clint Bowyer pounded the Turn 2 wall with a flat tire on Lap 93, the result of a valve stem cut during a green-flag pit stop four laps earlier.

Martin Truex Jr. started last (38th) after his car failed pre-qualifying inspection three times, but the 2017 series champion drove through the field to the second position. A green-flag pit stop on Lap 160, however, proved his undoing.

Truex’s rear tire changer developed a cramp in his arm, and Truex never recovered from the resulting slow stop. He finished 14th.

Tyler Reddick was the top-finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender with an 11th-place run. Ross Chastain came home 17th in his second race as a substitute for injured Ryan Newman.

NASCAR Cup Series Race – 24th Annual Auto Club 400

Auto Club Speedway

Fontana, California

Sunday, March 1, 2020

  1. (3)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 200.
  2. (17)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 200.
  3. (4)  Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 200.
  4. (13)  Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 200.
  5. (15)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 200.
  6. (28)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 200.
  7. (2)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 200.
  8. (6)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 200.
  9. (5)  Kevin Harvick, Ford, 200.
  10. (29)  Erik Jones, Toyota, 200.
  11. (19)  Tyler Reddick #, Chevrolet, 200.
  12. (7)  Joey Logano, Ford, 200.
  13. (12)  Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 200.
  14. (38)  Martin Truex Jr, Toyota, 200.
  15. (21)  William Byron, Chevrolet, 200.
  16. (11)  Chris Buescher, Ford, 200.
  17. (27)  Ross Chastain(i), Ford, 200.
  18. (18)  Cole Custer #, Ford, 199.
  19. (16)  Ryan Blaney, Ford, 199.
  20. (10)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Chevrolet, 199.
  21. (9)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 199.
  22. (8)  Michael McDowell, Ford, 199.
  23. (1)  Clint Bowyer, Ford, 199.
  24. (25)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 199.
  25. (23)  John Hunter Nemechek #, Ford, 199.
  26. (24)  Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 199.
  27. (14)  Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet, 198.
  28. (31)  Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 198.
  29. (26)  Corey LaJoie, Ford, 197.
  30. (20)  Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, 197.
  31. (30)  JJ Yeley(i), Ford, 197.
  32. (32)  Brennan Poole #, Chevrolet, 195.
  33. (34)  Joey Gase(i), Ford, 193.
  34. (36)  Garrett Smithley, Chevrolet, 193.
  35. (35)  Quin Houff #, Chevrolet, 192.
  36. (33)  Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 191.
  37. (37)  Timmy Hill(i), Toyota, 184.
  38. (22)  Christopher Bell #, Toyota, Engine, 80.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  152.753 mph.

Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 37 Mins, 7 Secs. Margin of Victory:  8.904 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  3 for 13 laps.

Lead Changes:  16 among 8 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   C. Bowyer 1-10;A. Bowman 11-29;R. Stenhouse Jr 30-35;A. Bowman 36-63;J. Johnson 64-68;R. Blaney 69-70;J. Johnson 71;R. Blaney 72-91;W. Byron 92;R. Blaney 93-123;J. Johnson 124-127;R. Blaney 128;A. Bowman 129;M. Truex Jr 130-132;A. Bowman 133-160;B. Keselowski 161-166;A. Bowman 167-200.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Alex Bowman 5 times for 110 laps; Ryan Blaney 4 times for 54 laps; Clint Bowyer 1 time for 10 laps; Jimmie Johnson 3 times for 10 laps; Ricky Stenhouse Jr 1 time for 6 laps; Brad Keselowski 1 time for 6 laps; Martin Truex Jr 1 time for 3 laps; William Byron 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 88,12,48,10,1,2,22,21,9,18

Stage #2 Top Ten: 12,88,48,2,19,9,18,11,20,4

 

 

 

NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

The Place: Atlanta Motor Speedway

The Date: Sunday, March 15

The Time: 2 p.m. ET

TV: FOX, 1 p.m. ET

Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 500.5 miles (325 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 105),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 210), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 325)

2019 Race Winner: Brad Keselowski

 

NASCAR Cup Series

 

Keselowski looking to repeat in Atlanta

Brad Keselowski has been the cream of the crop - the car on top - when it comes to Atlanta Motor Speedway’s most recent NASCAR Cup Series races. He’s won two of the last three and finished second in the other. And after a frustrating near-miss at Phoenix Raceway’s trophy last Sunday, the 2012 series champion arrives at Atlanta Motor Speedway for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (2 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) primed and ready to celebrate that first victory of 2020. 

 

Results have traditionally met high hopes for the Team Penske driver there.

 

In 11 starts at the 1.5-mile Atlanta track, Keselowski has earned four top-five and seven top-10 finishes. He’s finished in the top 10 in the last five consecutive races. And he is the defending champion of this weekend’s race. 

 

Last year after winning at Atlanta (which was the second race on the schedule instead of the fifth, as it is now) – Keselowski earned top-3 finishes in three of the next four events. He won his second race of the year at Martinsville Speedway four weeks after celebrating in Atlanta’s Victory Lane.

 

The driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford could use a dose of that good energy now. After a frustrating early exit in the season-opening Daytona 500 – he finished 36th after being collected in an accident – he rallied to seventh-place (Las Vegas) and fifth-place (California)  finishes. Last week he pitted from third with only a handful of laps remaining at Phoenix, and returned to salvage an 11th-place finish. He won Stage 2 and his recovery was good enough to move him inside the top 10 in the driver points (10th place) for the first time this season.

 

He led 82 laps at Phoenix – a mark only bettered by Chase Elliott’s 93 laps out front – and advanced Keselowski from a 30th-place ranking after the Daytona 500 to a season high 10th place heading to Atlanta. He’s 46 points behind the leader Kevin Harvick.

 

And Keselowski has proven himself to be an absolute favorite at the Georgia track – where he owns two wins. Of his 30 career wins, 13 of them have come on 1.5-mile venues such as Atlanta; the largest win tally among the NASCAR Cup Series style of race tracks.

 

 

Harvick takes over points lead

No one’s been more consistent than Kevin Harvick this season… his series best four top-10 finishes in four races backs that up. And thanks to a season-best runner-up finish at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday, Harvick has earned the NASCAR Cup Series points lead – by a single point over two-race winner Joey Logano.

 

But as great as the perch atop the standings may be, the driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford would like to firmly secure that championship opportunity with a victory. And soon.

 

Atlanta Motor Speedway has been both a productive and sentimental venue for the 44-year old Californian.

 

He scored his first career NASCAR Cup Series win at Atlanta in 2001 in the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet – the same car that Dale Earnhardt drove (as No. 3) when he died in that season’s Daytona 500. A then-25-year-old Harvick, in only his third career series start, earned one of the most emotional wins in the sport’s history that afternoon.

 

He answered it 17 years and 27 Atlanta races later with a victory in 2018. And he’s a favorite this weekend too.

 

Harvick has 14 career top-10 finishes at Atlanta - 11 in the last 13 races. The driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford has led an unmatched 960 laps in just the last six races, including 181 in his 2018 victory and an impressive 292 of the 325 laps in his 2017 ninth-place run.

 

Harvick’s success has been indicative of the whole Stewart-Haas organization of late, as the team swept a top 10 day at the track Sunday in Phoenix. Led by Harvick’s runner-up finish, Clint Bowyer was fifth, Aric Almirola was eighth and Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Cole Custer was ninth.

 

Almirola is currently ranked eighth in the standings, 43 points behind his teammate Harvick. Bowyer is 13th, 59 points back, and the rookie Custer is 22nd in the standings.

 

 

Home again, home again for Chase Elliott

This week’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is a home race for the sport’s Most Popular Driver, 24-year old Chase Elliott of Dawsonville, Georgia. There will be plenty of family and friends joining a huge fandom in the stands and Elliott would love nothing more than to earn his first victory of the season at the venue.

 

It would be fantastically popular and fantastically important.

 

Elliott, the driver of the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet is in third place in the NASCAR Cup Series standings, only 20 points behind leader Kevin Harvick. He’s climbed up the standings with a pair of top-10 finishes in the last two races - fourth in California and seventh at Phoenix last week, where he also won the Busch Pole position.

 

Elliott has a series best three stage wins. And he’s led laps in three of the four races, including a race best 93 laps at Phoenix. His 70 laps out front at Las Vegas were second only to Harvick’s 92 laps led. Neither of the drivers, however, has won a race. Yet.

 

Atlanta Motor Speedway certainly is a prime prospect for Elliott to celebrate mightily in Victory Lane. He has three top-10 finishes in four NASCAR Cup Series starts at the track, including a best of fifth place in 2017. His worst showing was in 2019 when Elliott finished 19th.

 

Interestingly, for as good as Elliott’s results have been, he’s never led a lap at Atlanta.

 

 

Hendrick Motorsports off to a strong start

Chase Elliott’s early season success is just one of the bright spots for the Hendrick Motorsports organization in 2020. Three of its drivers are ranked among the top 10 in the standings – Elliott is third, 20 points behind leader Kevin Harvick. Alex Bowman – the Auto Club Speedway winner – is fourth, 26 points out. Jimmie Johnson is fifth, 33 points back and after a hard-knocks start to the season William Byron has broken into the top-20 and is part of a two-way tie with Bubba Wallace at 18th place in the standings

 

It’s the first time the team has had three drivers ranked in the top 10 after four races since 2015 (Kasey Kahne, fourth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., sixth and Johnson, seventh).

 

Bowman has the early season victory and the one top five in four races. Elliott and Johnson each have a pair of top 10s and one top five. And Elliott leads the whole series in stage wins (three) and laps led (186). Bowman also has topped the 100-lap mark in laps led with 113.

 

And the best news for the organization is the success has been spread out. Elliott’s 17th-place finish in the season-opening Daytona 500 was the best for the team. Johnson’s fifth place at Las Vegas was tops. Bowman won at California. And Elliott (seventh) and Byron (10th) both had top-10 runs last weekend at Phoenix - the first top 10 of the year for Byron.

 

While more recent Atlanta races have been dominated by two-time winners Harvick and Brad Keselowski, Johnson actually leads the series in the most important statistics. His five victories in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet are most in the field – nearly double that of any other driver (Kurt Busch has three). Twice he won back-to-back races – sweeping the 2007 season and winning in 2015-16. Johnson’s 14 top-five and 16 top-10 efforts are also best among the competition. And he’s tied with Harvick for the top driver rating (100.5).

 

 

Joe Gibbs Racing bouncing back after slow West Coast swing

After a historic 19-win NASCAR Cup Series season in 2019 – including Kyle Busch’s second series championship – the Joe Gibbs Racing organization is still largely fine-tuning its winning form this year.

 

Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, won his second consecutive Daytona 500 to open the season in the same triumphant way JGR closed out the 2019 season. But since that race, JGR has found itself in a bit of catch-up mode – not always of its own doing.

 

Three JGR drivers – Busch, Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. – qualified for the Championship 4 season finale last year. But after four races this season, not a single JGR driver is ranked among the top 10 in the NASCAR Cup Series standings.

 

Hamlin is 11th, 53 points off the leader Kevin Harvick, who was the fourth member of the Championship 4 last year. Reigning series champ Busch is ranked 12th, also 53 points back. Truex is ranked 15th, 68 points off Harvick and Jones is 21st, 87 points off the title pace.

 

Only Hamlin has won a stage this year (one). His 79 laps out front – all in his Daytona win – are the most for any Gibbs driver. Truex has led only 15 laps, Busch has led only 14 laps and Jones has not been out front yet.

 

This is his first season for Truex without longtime crew chief Cole Pearn, so there is a natural learning curve for the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. He has yet to earn a top 10 and has two DNFs in four races. But the good news is Truex has a good history at this week’s Atlanta Motor Speedway venue and was the race runner-up just last spring. He leads all drivers in laps run in the top 15 at Atlanta (80.7 percent) and quality passes (883). He’s scored top-10 finishes in nine of his 21 starts.

 

Busch leads the Gibbs’ contingent with two wins (2008 and 2013) at Atlanta. The driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota has five top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 21 races there, and was sixth at Atlanta last year.

 

Hamlin’s victory at Atlanta came in 2012. He has four top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 20 starts there.

 

Jones has only three Atlanta starts, but the driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota has never finished worse than 14th (first start in 2017). He has one top 10 in three races and was a career best seventh there last spring.

 

 

Taking a glance at the Sunoco Rookies

Last weekend’s Phoenix Raceway event was a significant outing for several members of the NASCAR Cup Series’ talented Sunoco Rookie class.

 

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Cole Custer earned his first NASCAR Cup Series top 10 with a ninth-place finish on Sunday. The effort moved him to 22nd in the standings – best among rookies.

 

Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick earned points in the first two Stages and ran among the top five for a portion of the race before a late accident cost him a fitting finish. The two-time and defending NASCAR Xfinity Series champion was ultimately 33rd in the finishing order, but earned a lot of positive praise for his work Sunday. The up-and-down day dropped him to 25th in the standings heading into Atlanta.

 

Christopher Bell had his best outing of the four-race season, finishing 24th in the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Toyota, one position ahead of Front Row Motorsports’ driver John Hunter Nemechek. 

 

Custer is tops among the rookies in the standings, followed by Reddick and Nemechek, who sit in 25th and 26th position, respectively.

 

Bell is currently 32nd  in the NASCAR Cup Series standings, but he does have two wins at this week’s Atlanta Motor Speedway venue. He won the 2017 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race from pole position and answered it with a victory in last year’s Xfinity Series race at Atlanta.

 

“Atlanta is statistically one of my best race tracks,’’ Bell said. “Every race I’ve ran there, I’ve been able to lead laps at some point. I was able to win once in the truck and once in the Xfinity car. 

 

“Atlanta is definitely another race I have circled, and I love that race track. It’s going to be different in the Cup car, but I’m ready to get there this weekend see what happens’’

 

Nemechek is the only other rookie to have celebrated in Atlanta’s Victory Lane – earning the 2016 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race win.

 

Custer’s best showing was a runner-up to Bell in last year’s Xfinity race. Reddick was fifth in that race.

 

 

Competition Highlights

Only four races into the 2020 season and three NASCAR Cup Series teams have celebrated pole positions – JTG Daugherty in Daytona (driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.), Stewart-Haas Racing in Fontana (Clint Bowyer) and Hendrick Motorsports in Phoenix (Chase Elliott).

 

Three drivers from three teams have hoisted trophies in the opening four races. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin won the season-opening Daytona 500, becoming only the third driver in history to earn back-to-back titles in the legendary race. Hendrick Motorsports’ Alex Bowman earned his second career win at California’s Auto Club Speedway and Team Penske’s Joey Logano is the year’s first multi-time winner – taking the trophy at both Las Vegas and Phoenix.

 

The average Margin of Victory through the first four races is 4.590-seconds (twice the race has ended under caution). The average number of leaders per race is 8.75 – up from 8.25 in 2019. The average number of lead changes per race is 21.25 – the most since 2014 (24.25).

 

The season’s 148 Green Flag Passes for the Lead are the fifth most in the last 10 seasons. The highest total in the last decade after four races is 255 – a mark set in 2014. The total number of Green Flag Passes (2,241) at Phoenix was the highest total in the last decade and up 66 percent from a year ago.

 

The Phoenix race had 19 Green Flag Passes for the Lead – an increase of 46 percent from last year’s Spring race (13 Green Flag Passes for the Lead) and an increase of 90 percent from the 2019 Playoff race (10 Green Flag Passes for the Lead).

 

 

Parade Laps: Insights ahead of this week’s driver media rotations

Four drivers from the NASCAR Cup Series –Stewart-Haas Racing’s Aric Almirola, GOFAS Racing’s Corey LaJoie, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Erik Jones and Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney will be participating in group press conferences at Atlanta Motor Speedway in advance of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series’ Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (2 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

 

Aric Almirola, 35, of Tampa, has scored top-10 finishes in the last two races – eighth-place runs at both the Fontana and Phoenix tracks. It’s helped elevate the driver of the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to eighth place in the NASCAR Cup Series standings, 43 points behind the leader, his SHR teammate Kevin Harvick. He shows up at Atlanta as the defending pole-winner. He finished a career-best at Atlanta last year of eighth and led his first-ever laps at the track (36 laps). He also has a pair of top-five runs in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series races at Atlanta – third in 2010 and fifth in 2012. (Best Atlanta Finish: Eighth, 2019)

 

Corey LaJoie, 28, of Concord, N.C., earned his first top 10 of the season – an eighth place showing - in the season-opening Daytona 500. A 16th-place effort in Las Vegas the next week has also helped put LaJoie 23rd in the NASCAR Cup Series standings heading into Atlanta. In two previous starts at the 1.5-miler, the driver of the No. 32 GOFAS Racing Ford has finishes of 34th and 29th. LaJoie is a previous ARCA Menards Series East championship runner-up, finishing second to fellow NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson in the 2012 standings. (Best Atlanta Finish: 29th, 2019)

 

Erik Jones, 23, of Byron, Mich., is looking to get his 2020 season on track after an uncharacteristically slow start. The driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota has only one top-10 finish through the opening four races – a 10th-place showing at Auto Club Speedway. He’s ranked 21st in the standings and has yet to lead a lap. Although Jones has not won at this week’s Atlanta venue previously, he has three NASCAR Cup Series finishes of 14th or better, including a career-best seventh-place effort last year. He finished third at the track in the 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and has another top 10 (seventh) in a NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race there in 2015. (Best Atlanta Finish: Seventh, 2019)

 

Ryan Blaney, 26, of High Point, N.C., is enjoying his best career season start. He finished runner-up in the season-opening Daytona 500 then led the NASCAR Cup Series championship standings for the first time in his career for the next two weeks. A tough-luck accident early in last week’s Phoenix race resulted in a 37th-place finish for the driver of the No. 12 Team Penske Ford, however, dropping him from first in the standings to sixth, 41 points behind new leader Kevin Harvick. Blaney is looking for his first career top-10 finish at Atlanta. His best work was a 12th-place result in 2018. He led 41 laps last year in the race but finished 22nd.  He has only one start in either of NASCAR’s other two major series – starting 12th and finishing 11th in a 2012 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race. (Best Atlanta Finish: 12th, 2018)

 

 

NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: FanShield 500

The Place: Phoenix Raceway

The Date: Sunday, March 8

The Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

TV: FOX, 2:30 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 312 miles/500 kilometers (312 laps)

Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 75), Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 190),

Final Stage (Ends on Lap 312)

2019 Race Winner: Kyle Busch

NASCAR Cup Series

 

Phoenix might be the ‘jewel in the desert’ for Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch

For the second consecutive week, Kyle Busch shows up at a NASCAR Cup Series track as the defending race winner, and though the Joe Gibbs Racing driver is till winless this season, he arrives at Phoenix Raceway for Sunday’s FanShield 500 (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) looking to continue a positive upswing after a rough couple early season outings.

 

The reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion has finished either first or second in the last four races at the Phoenix one-miler, and this weekend, he is the defending winner of both the weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series races. 

 

Busch, driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota enters Sunday’s race ranked 19th in the championship standings, throwing out the 2015 season when he was injured, this is the lowest he’s been after the first three races of the season since his 2005 rookie campaign (22nd after first three races). But Phoenix certainly presents an optimum opportunity to reestablish his championship game.

 

Busch has won two of the three races since the one-mile Phoenix track was “re-envisioned” with a facelift and new configuration in late 2018. In total he has made 29 series starts at Phoenix posting three wins (2005, 2018, 2019), 11 top fives and 21 top 10s. His 1,190 laps led is second only to nine-time Phoenix winner Kevin Harvick’s 1,595 laps out front.

 

Last spring, Busch led 177 of 312 laps en route to a healthy 1.259-second win over JGR teammate Martin Truex Jr. His win a day earlier in the Xfinity Series race marked the largest margin of victory in track history – 3.025-seconds ahead of Truex’s younger brother, Ryan Truex.

 

Busch was optimistic his first top-10 finish of the season last week at California was a positive sign of better days ahead.


“Guys are doing all they can, I know along with everybody at TRD (Toyota Racing Development),’’ Busch said Sunday at Auto Club Speedway. “I appreciate all the hard work. We just have to get a little bit better. We finished the end of last year so strong, I don’t know what we’re missing here. Obviously, it’s a little bit of something here and maybe a little bit of something in a few different areas, but overall a good car today.’’

 

 

Ryan Blaney has been close but still searching for first win of the season

Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney heads to Phoenix Raceway still atop the NASCAR Cup series championship standings, now 11 points up on his teammate Joey Logano in second. He’s eager to fortify that points lead with a race winner’s trophy. And he’s been so close.

 

The driver of the No. 12 Team Penske Ford had to pit from second place with only three laps remaining in Sunday’s race in California last weekend; he ultimately finished 19th. Dating back to last season at Talladega he has made eight starts since his last victory. 

 

But he can take some solace in his season’s early work. He is the only driver to lead laps in every race – four in the Daytona 500, 19 at Las Vegas and 54 at California – for a total of 77 laps out front (fifth-most this season). Plus, he leads the series in average running position this season with a 6.3.

 

And as these performances would indicate, Blaney is capable of running up front and playing into the victory. He told reporters prior to Sunday’s race that there is a lot to be gained by the strong start and that he doesn’t hang onto disappointments.

 

“About 10 minutes,’’ Blaney said of pondering the tough luck finish in the season’s second race at Las Vegas. He pitted from the race lead during the final caution period and was able to race back to 11th. His Team Penske teammate Joey Logano did not pit and went on to win the race.

 

But with the points lead and four top-10 finishes in eight previous starts at this week’s Phoenix Raceway, Blaney is ready for the race in the desert. He scored back-to-back third-place finishes in both Phoenix races last year and he’s a two-time Phoenix pole winner, out-qualifying the field in the 2017 Playoff race and again in this race last spring.

Like so many of his competitors, Blaney is eager to get some laps in at Phoenix, which will now – for the first time – host the series championship race on Nov. 8.

 

“It is obviously a huge race,’’ Blaney said of this weekend’s FanShield 500. “Usually you only go to [the previous championship venue] Homestead once, so you don’t have a chance to kind of get a race under your belt there in the spring.

 

“It is a really important race for multiple reasons, the championship and the low downforce stuff,’’ he added. “It is really important to get some good notes from there and hopefully make it back there for the championship.’’

 

 

Harvick: The Phoenix of Phoenix

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick holds the special distinction of being his generation’s most dominant driver at this week’s Phoenix Raceway. With an unequalled nine victories on the desert one-miler – including an unprecedented four straight from 2013-‘15 – Harvick has led the most laps (1,595) and in the last 16 Phoenix races, only finished outside the top-10 one time. He hasn’t finished worse than ninth since 2013. He is the only driver in series history to win consecutive races here, multiple times.

 

The driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford has seven of his nine victories and a pair of runner-up finishes in just the last 15 races – essentially every other race he’s won or finished second in that time.

 

His 110.5 driver rating is understandably tops among the competition and he is averaging a 9.2 finish - the only driver in the Top 16 in the driver standings with an average finish inside the top 10. His Loop Data stats are quite impressive as well, his average running position (8.418), laps in the top 15 (7,814) are also best in the field this weekend.

 

In the three races since the track’s repave in 2018, however, Harvick has two fifth-place finishes and a ninth-place showing and has led 73 laps (all in in the 2018 Playoff race). Very uncharacteristically, the 2014 NASCAR Cup Series champion has not led a lap in the last two Phoenix races.

 

Harvick shows up this weekend the only driver in the series to have earned top-10 finishes in the opening three races of 2020. He is fourth in the driver standings and trails points leader Ryan Blaney by 12 markers following California.

 

“I felt like last year, with that particular rules package, we definitely weren’t as good as we had been in the past,’’ Harvick said, suggesting it was the different car style not the change in Phoenix layout that may have affected recent performances.

 

“I think with the 2018 package (used now), I think we were in the game. It’s been a great race track for us as we’ve gone through the years and a place that we go to expect a win. And I don’t see that any different, no matter what the rules package is, the expectations from our side are the same and that’s to go there and have a chance to win. We didn’t do that last year, but the expectations didn’t change.’’

 

 

Hendrick Motorsports resurgence

If there was one team mighty happy to head West, it was probably Hendrick Motorsports. Alex Bowman’s statement-making victory last Sunday at Auto Club Speedway led the best full-team showing for the organization of the year. He led 110 of the 200 laps en route to his second career win.

 

Chase Elliott (fourth) and seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson (seventh) also had top 10 efforts in California and the team’s youngest member, 22-year-old William Byron, earned his first top 20 of the season with a 15th-place finish.

 

The victory propelled Bowman to a career best early season position in the standings. He’s now in third place, 12 points behind leader Ryan Blaney. Johnson, who is competing in his final fulltime season, is fifth in the driver standings, only 16 points behind Blaney. Elliott is a single-point behind Johnson in sixth place. And Byron has climbed back into 20th in the standings.

 

The positive momentum seems likely to continue on the final stop of NASCAR’s western swing, the one-mile Phoenix Raceway site of this week’s FanShield 500 (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

 

Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, leads the team with four wins and three poles on the Phoenix oval. His 15 top fives and 21 top 10s – including three runner-up finishes are marks second only to the track’s all-time best Kevin Harvick. Johnson’s driver rating 105.2 is second best in the field this week (to Harvick’s 110.5) as is his average finish (10.3). Johnson was eighth in this race last year.

 

Elliott, driver of the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, has an impressive four top-10 finishes in eight starts. Twice he finished top five, including a career best effort of runner-up in the 2017 Playoff race. He was 14th in this race last year.

 

Tucson-native Alex Bowman, driver of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, won the pole position for the 2016 Playoff race – filling in for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. His sixth-place finish and 194 laps led in that race are a personal high at his home state track. He’s had a rough last few outings, getting collected in crashes in two of the last three races. He took a DNF in this race last year, finishing 35th after being in an accident.

 

Byron, the youngest of the team and driver of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, has one top-10 finish in four previous starts at Phoenix – earning a ninth place in the 2018 Playoff race. His 15 laps led in his very first NASCAR Cup Series try on the desert mile are his only laps out front to date.

 

“I think it’s really important just to not be embarrassed like we were last time there,’’ Bowman’s crew chief Greg Ives said about Phoenix. “We kind of had a stranglehold on that place for a while, winning with Dale (Earnhardt Jr.) and then almost winning with Alex and having a lot of confidence going to that track and then to kind of fall flat on your face is not a really good feeling, especially when I know it’s his hometown.

 

“I know we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to run well there, and I don’t care if it’s the championship race or not, I want to win at any place we go and not be embarrassed.’’

 

 

Joe Gibbs Racing is shifting gears

Three races into the 2020 season and last year’s dominant Joe Gibbs Racing team (JGR) is still working to capture some of that incredible mojo that resulted in a modern-day NASCAR Cup Series record 19 victories for the four-driver team.

 

JGR is actually on a very similar pace to 2019. Denny Hamlin has matched his Daytona 500 victory and Kyle Busch heads to Phoenix Raceway as defending winner. The big “if” is whether the organization can equal the torrid early season pace it set a year ago.

 

By the 10th race of the 2019 schedule, Joe Gibbs Racing drivers had already hoisted six trophies. Hamlin won at Daytona and then Texas. Busch won at Phoenix, California and Bristol and Martin Truex Jr. earned the first of his season best seven wins at Richmond.

 

This year, the pace has felt a little slower. Hamlin leads the team with a seventh place position in the driver standings with the Daytona victory and a sixth-place finish at Auto Club Speedway over the weekend. Truex is ranked 13th and has yet to earn a top 10. His best showing is 14th at California.

 

Jones has only one top-10 finish and is ranked 18th in the driver standings, 55 points behind the leader Ryan Blaney. And Busch, the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion just broke into the top 20 of the standings – with a runner-up finish at California; his only top 10 of the year. He’s ranked 19th and trails Blaney by 57 points.

 

“These things, they’re very picky and very tricky and things change really quick,’’ Truex said last week of his team’s pace. “Guys are obviously doing a good job. Had a really strong car in Vegas last week, I was really happy with that. Felt like we were going to be in position to have a shot at winning there. Of course we had our issues. That’s part of the deal.’’

 

Truex said he was encouraged by the new technical rules package for Phoenix, likening it to the 2018 cars and remained optimistic about his chances this week.

 

“It’s been kind of a decent track for us over the years,’’ Truex said. “I felt like, since the repave, it’s taken a little bit for us to get our arms around it. I feel like we’re getting better there and that’s a good thing.

 

“We’ve had some good runs there the last couple years. Last fall, I felt like we were about the closest we’ve been in a few years at least to having a shot. With the new rules going back a few years, we ran well there in 2018, so hopefully we can expand on that and find some more speed there.”

 

 

Sunoco Rookie Report: Reddick seizes rookie standings lead

NCS Sunoco Rookie of the Year Standings

Rookies

Points

Tyler Reddick

55

John H. Nemechek

51

Cole Custer

44

Brennan Poole

34

Christopher Bell

13

Quin Houff

8

Last week in California, two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Tyler Reddick tied fellow Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender John Hunter Nemechek’s season-high water mark, finishing 11th. And in the process took the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings lead by just four points. In fact, three rookies earned top-25 finishes last Sunday – California’s Cole Custer was 18th and Nemechek was 25th.

 

Twice now (at Las Vegas and at Auto Club Speedway) Reddick, driver of the No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, has been the top finishing rookie.

 

It has been an adjustment for this class of rookies as none of the first-year drivers are ranked among the NASCAR Cup Series top 20 in the series driver standings three races in, but Reddick leads them, ranked 23rd with a four-point edge on Front Row Motorsport’s driver John Hunter Nemechek in 24th.

 

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Cole Custer is 26th in the standings just 11 points behind Reddick, and Premium Motorsport’s Brennan Poole, driver of the No. 15 Chevrolet, is 29th in the driver standings - 10 points behind Custer.  

 

Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Toyota, is ranked 32nd in the series driver standings, 32 points behind rookie standings leader Tyler Reddick. Quin Houff rounds out the rookie standings in sixth and is ranked 34th in the overall driver standings, 47 points back from Reddick.

 

The biggest surprise thus far has been Bell’s slow start, but it all could turn around this weekend at Phoenix Raceway. He won a NASCAR Xfinity Series race there in 2018. He’s led 259 laps in the last four races there and swept the pole position at the two races there last year in the Xfinity Series.

 

But Reddick will be hard to catch as the Californian has four top-10 finishes in five NASCAR Xfinity Series Phoenix starts with a best showing of third – in both of the 2019 races. Custer was runner-up in the 2019 Xfinity Playoff race and has finished top-10 in his last five races at the track.

 

Nemechek is a perfect three-for-three in top-10 Xfinity Series finishes at Phoenix. He won the pole position in his first start in 2018 and was a career best fourth in his last race there – last November. Made his NASCAR Cup Series debut at Phoenix last November and finished 27th.

 

Houff actually made his first NASCAR Cup Series start at Phoenix last March, finishing 30th. He was 29th in the November Xfinity Series race there.

 

Reddick, Custer, Poole, and Bell will all be making their series track debuts this weekend at Phoenix.

 

 

Parade Laps: Insights ahead of this week’s driver media rotations

Six drivers from the NASCAR Cup Series – Germain Racing’s Ty Dillon, Stewart-Haas Racing’s Clint Bowyer, Leavine Family Racing’s Christopher Bell, Premium Motorsport’s Brennan Poole, Roush Fenway Racing’s Chris Buescher and Richard Petty Motorsport’s Bubba Wallace will be participating in this week’s media rotations at Phoenix Raceway in advance of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series’ FanShield 500 (3:30 p.m., ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at 2:45-3:!5 p.m. (local time) in the Drivers Meeting Room.

 

Ty Dillon (No. 13 Germain Racing Chevrolet), 28, of Lewisville, N.C., has already put a top-10 on his season scoreboard with a 10th-place finish at Las Vegas two weeks ago. The driver of the No. 13 Germain Racing Chevrolet would love to make that happen again on the Phoenix Raceway one-miler, where he posted a best finish of 11th in the 2017 Playoff race. Last year, Dillon earned finishes of 15th and 20th in the two Phoenix races. And he does bring an encouraging history to Sunday’s race. He earned seven top-10 finishes while competing in the Xfinity Series at Phoenix – including a best ever showing at the track of fourth place in 2014.

 

Clint Bowyer (No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford), 40, of Emporia, Kansas, is eager to restore his early season trajectory after a tire issue gave him problems midway through last Sunday’s race in California. He won the pole position for the event, but the tire issue relegated him to a 23rd-place finish and dropped him to 16th in the season driver standings after encouraging early race finishes of sixth (at Daytona) and 12th (Las Vegas). The driver of the No. 14 Ford has never won in 29 previous starts on the Phoenix mile, but has a pair of top five efforts highlighted by a runner-up finish in 2008. He’s led only one lap in the last 27 races but earned finishes of 11th and eighth at the track last season.

 

Christopher Bell (No.95 Leavine Family Racing Toyota), 25, of Norman, Oklahoma, is certainly looking to get his Sunoco Rookie of the Year season back on track this week at a facility he has excelled on previously. Bell’s best finish this year in the No. 95 Toyota is 21st in the Daytona 500 season-opener and he arrives in Phoenix ranked 32nd in the series driver standings and fifth in the Sunoco Rookie standings (out of six). This desert one-miler, however, has been good to Bell in the past. He won a 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series race here leading a dominating 94 of 200 laps. He won the pole position for both of the 2019 Xfinity Series races and has led 259 laps in the last four Xfinity Series races. This will be his NASCAR Cup Series track debut this weekend.

 

Brennan Poole (No. 15 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet), 28, of The Woodlands, Texas, is coming off a fine showing in the Daytona 500 (16th-place finish) for his No. 15 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet team. He’s ranked 29th in the NASCAR Cup Series driver standings and fourth in the rookie points heading to Phoenix where he has a pair of top-10 efforts in five previous NASCAR Xfinity Series races – eighth in 2017 and 10th in 2016. This weekend marks his NASCAR Cup Series debut on the Phoenix flat track.

 

Chris Buescher (No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford), 27, of Prosper, Texas, is turning in a fine early effort in the Roush Fenway Racing No. 17 Ford – his first NASCAR Cup Series season with the team with whom he won the 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship. In eight career Cup Series starts at Phoenix, Buescher’s best result is a 16th-place finish – a mark he doubled in the two 2019 races. His third-place showing in the season-opening Daytona 500 is already half as many total top-five finishes he’s ever had in a single NASCAR Cup Series season.

 

Bubba Wallace (No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet), 26, of Mobile, Alabama, is hoping to continue his strong season start in the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet. A solid 15th-place finish opened the season at Daytona, and he answered with a sixth-place run at Las Vegas (his best ever NASCAR Cup Series finish at the track) and then a 27th at California last weekend. He’s ranked 17th in the championship – only one point behind 16th place Clint Bowyer in the final Playoff transfer spot. Wallace has one top-10 finish in four NASCAR Cup Series starts at Phoenix – a 10th in 2018 Playoff race. He has two top-10 finishes in the Xfinity Series and another in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series.

 

 

 

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Giant Killer Brandon Jones Knocks Off Kyle Busch to Win at Phoenix

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By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service

AVONDALE, Ariz. – From race winner Brandon Jones’ standpoint, it’s too bad there wasn’t a bounty on Kyle Busch in Saturday’s LS Tractor 200 at Phoenix Raceway.

Buoyed by a strong run through Turns 3 and 4, Jones shot past Busch into the lead on the frontstretch on Lap 181 and pulled away to win by 3.556 seconds over Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Harrison Burton, who passed Busch on Lap 190 for the runner-up position.

Next weekend at Atlanta, there will be a $100,000 bounty on Busch in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race, courtesy of NASCAR cup veteran Kevin Harvick and Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World.

On Saturday, Jones had to be content with the satisfaction of beating the career leader in NASCAR Xfinity Series victories, who rolled home third without adding to his 96 wins in the series. Jones was happy to settle for the trip to Victory Lane—after beating Busch and fellow NASCAR Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, who ran fourth.

“These are two of arguably the best in the business,” Jones said. “We just had a car to beat ‘em today. These guys just did an incredible job.”

Crucial to the win was a quick pit stop on Lap 130 that got Jones second off pit road and fourth in the running order for a restart on Lap 134.

“I told (crew chief) Jeff (Meendering) kind of early in the race… I’m like ‘Man, I’m just lacking track position—that’s the only thing I’m lacking. The pit crew did a heck of a job, and they said, ‘There you go. There’s your track position, and it paid off at the end.”

The 1-2-3 finish for JGR was the sixth in company history. More important, Jones’ second victory in the series and first at Phoenix was the 500th win for Toyota in NASCAR’s top three national series combined.

Burton’s No. 20 Toyota improved throughout the afternoon, as the 19-year-old driver—fresh from his maiden win at Auto Club Speedway last week—posted his fourth straight top-five finish to start the season.

“Early in the day, we weren’t good enough at all,” Burton said. “We were running ninth, 10th, somewhere back there. We fought really hard and got a lot better by the end. The 19 (Jones) kind of did the same thing.

“We got better and better and better as the race went on, so I’m really proud of that. That was Toyota’s 500th victory, so that’s really cool. Good to have a 1-2-3 when we do it. Proud of our guys. Proud of our effort. Not quite enough, but we’ll be back (at Phoenix in November), hopefully with a chance to win the championship.”

Keselowski recovered from an off-sequence pit stop and a brush with the outside wall to finish fourth, followed by Xfinity regulars Justin Haley, Chase Briscoe, Noah Gragson, Austin Cindric, Ross Chastain (who overcame a power-steering issue that put him a lap down) and Riley Herbst.

Star-crossed Justin Allgaier had perhaps the fastest car in the race, but the driver of the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet was trapped in a pit stop zugzwang after staying on the track under caution early in Stage 3. Subsequently, Allgaier pitted for fuel only under the sixth yellow on Lap 139, but he failed to get a timely caution late in the race that would have allowed him to use his final set of new tires.

Allgaier, who led 51 laps and won Stage 1, stood by crew chief Jason Burdett’s pit call.

“I’m good with the decision,” Allgaier said. “Obviously, it didn’t work out, and to say that I’m not disappointed would be lying to you. We had a fast, fast Camaro today. I thought we made the right call. I told him (Burdett) multiple times that I thought we made the right call.”

Notes: Busch led a race-high 78 laps… Gragson won Stage 2 and led 27 laps… Jones was fourth in laps led with 24… All told there were 12 lead changes among seven drivers… There were seven cautions for 45 laps, the last coming on Lap 143.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Race – 16th Annual LS Tractor 200

Phoenix Raceway

Avondale, Arizona

Saturday, March 7, 2020

1. (8)  Brandon Jones, Toyota, 200.

2. (3)  Harrison Burton #, Toyota, 200.

3. (1)  Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 200.

4. (4)  Brad Keselowski(i), Ford, 200.

5. (14)  Justin Haley, Chevrolet, 200.

6. (9)  Chase Briscoe, Ford, 200.

7. (7)  Noah Gragson, Chevrolet, 200.

8. (2)  Austin Cindric, Ford, 200.

9. (5)  Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 200.

10. (11)  Riley Herbst #, Toyota, 200.

11. (10)  Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 200.

12. (13)  Brandon Brown, Chevrolet, 200.

13. (6)  Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 200.

14. (15)  Myatt Snider, Chevrolet, 200.

15. (29)  Jeff Green, Chevrolet, 200.

16. (24)  Josh Williams, Chevrolet, 200.

17. (26)  Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 200.

18. (20)  Dillon Bassett, Chevrolet, 199.

19. (17)  Brett Moffitt(i), Chevrolet, 199.

20. (21)  BJ McLeod, Chevrolet, 199.

21. (33)  Jesse Little #, Chevrolet, 199.

22. (22)  Alex Labbe, Chevrolet, 199.

23. (30)  Timmy Hill(i), Toyota, 198.

24. (31)  Chad Finchum, Toyota, 196.

25. (23)  Ray Black II, Chevrolet, 196.

26. (32)  David Starr, Chevrolet, 196.

27. (35)  Vinnie Miller, Chevrolet, 196.

28. (28)  Tommy Joe Martins, Chevrolet, 194.

29. (36)  Kody Vanderwal #, Chevrolet, 177.

30. (12)  Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet, DVP, 142.

31. (19)  Joe Graf Jr #, Chevrolet, Accident, 142.

32. (27)  Joe Nemechek(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 127.

33. (25)  Stephen Leicht, Toyota, Clutch, 101.

34. (34)  Colby Howard, Chevrolet, Accident, 81.

35. (16)  Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, Vibration, 63.

36. (18)  Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, Engine, 58.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  92.462 mph.

Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 9 Mins, 47 Secs. Margin of Victory:  3.556 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  7 for 45 laps.

Lead Changes:  12 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   A. Cindric 1-9;K. Busch(i) 10-39;J. Allgaier 40-48;B. Keselowski(i) 49-55;J. Allgaier 56-75;K. Busch(i) 76-85;R. Chastain 86-89;N. Gragson 90-116;J. Allgaier 117-138;B. Jones 139-142;K. Busch(i) 143-180;B. Jones 181-200.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Kyle Busch(i) 3 times for 78 laps; Justin Allgaier 3 times for 51 laps; Noah Gragson 1 time for 27 laps; Brandon Jones 2 times for 24 laps; Austin Cindric 1 time for 9 laps; Brad Keselowski(i) 1 time for 7 laps; Ross Chastain 1 time for 4 laps.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 7,10,98,54,22,9,12,11,20,19

Stage #2 Top Ten: 9,10,98,54,7,39,19,20,22,68

 

Harrison Burton Gets Breakthrough NASCAR Xfinity Win at Fontana

Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service

FONTANA, Calif. – Holding off teammate Riley Herbst with a determined run over the final 19 laps, 19-year old rookie Harrison Burton charged to his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory in Saturday’s Production Alliance Group 300 at Auto Club Speedway.

Working his way through traffic in the closing laps in his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Burton beat Herbst’s No. 18 Camry to the finish line by .455 seconds, with Austin Cindric trailing the winner by .642 seconds in third.

The victory was redemption of sorts for Burton, son of former NASCAR Cup Series star Jeff Burton, after last year’s winless season in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series.

“Heck yeah, man, this is awesome,” said Burton, who protected the top lane over the final 19-lap green-flag run. “All we’ve heard is that we can’t do it… we’ll never do what last year’s (No. 20 team with driver Christopher Bell) did, but we’re off to a good start. It feels so good to win.

“There’s times when you go through a little bit of a drought, and you doubt yourself. But to get a win feels so good, especially after last year. We struggled a little bit. Once we moved up to the top (of the track) at the end, it was going to be really hard for (Herbst) to pass us. I was trying to be smart and not put it in the wall in the lead. The whole team was huge. I’m just so happy, man. This is something I’ve worked so hard for, and my team’s worked so hard for.

“Hell yeah, we won—that’s awesome!”

Herbst, who has yet to win a race in one of NASCAR’s top three national series, felt both he and Burton proved a point with their 1-2 run on Saturday. Herbst felt he needed a few more laps to make a winning pass.

“I’m really, really proud of Harrison as well,” Herbst said. “We’ve been working so hard this offseason. We’ve heard it all—everything—(that) we’re not ready for it, that we can’t do this in this series. Well, keep on talking, because we’re coming for more runs this year, for sure.”

In a third Joe Gibbs Racing car, the No. 19 Toyota, Brandon Jones led the first 73 laps in sweeping both the first and second 35-lap stages of the race. But Jones suffered a tire rub and subsequent flat tire after contact in traffic on a restart on Lap 102 of 150 and was relegated to 30th at the finish, four laps down.

Ryan Sieg ran fourth behind Cindric, posting his second straight top five and third straight top 10 to start the 2020 season. Justin Haley was fifth, followed by Anthony Alfredo (sixth in his first start in the series), Daniel Hemric, Ross Chastain, Jeremy Clements and Josh Williams.

Chase Briscoe, last week’s winner at Las Vegas, led 16 laps, but his No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford spun off Turn 4 on Lap 26 while chasing Burton for the lead. Briscoe finished 19th, two laps down.

Burton leaves California with the series lead, 10 points ahead of second-place Briscoe. Cindric is 18 points back of Burton in third, followed by Sieg, who trails the leader by 24.

Note: Coincidentally, Burton’s uncle, Ward Burton, collected his first Xfinity Series victory on February 29, 1992—also a “Leap Day” win.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Race – 22nd Annual Production Alliance Group 300

Auto Club Speedway

Fontana, California

Saturday, February 29, 2020

  1. (2)  Harrison Burton #, Toyota, 150.
  2. (5)  Riley Herbst #, Toyota, 150.
  3. (7)  Austin Cindric, Ford, 150.
  4. (8)  Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 150.
  5. (9)  Justin Haley, Chevrolet, 150.
  6. (13)  Anthony Alfredo, Chevrolet, 150.
  7. (4)  Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet, 150.
  8. (6)  Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 150.
  9. (11)  Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 150.
  10. (25)  Josh Williams, Chevrolet, 150.
  11. (19)  Myatt Snider, Chevrolet, 150.
  12. (10)  Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 150.
  13. (17)  Alex Labbe, Chevrolet, 150.
  14. (29)  Brett Moffitt(i), Chevrolet, 150.
  15. (36)  Vinnie Miller, Chevrolet, 150.
  16. (15)  Austin Hill(i), Toyota, 149.
  17. (14)  Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 149.
  18. (31)  Tommy Joe Martins, Chevrolet, 149.
  19. (3)  Chase Briscoe, Ford, 148.
  20. (27)  Chad Finchum, Toyota, 148.
  21. (30)  David Starr, Chevrolet, 148.
  22. (20)  Ray Black II, Chevrolet, 148.
  23. (35)  Robby Lyons II, Chevrolet, 147.
  24. (26)  BJ McLeod, Chevrolet, 147.
  25. (23)  JJ Yeley, Chevrolet, 147.
  26. (12)  Noah Gragson, Chevrolet, 147.
  27. (32)  Matt Mills, Chevrolet, 146.
  28. (16)  Jesse Little #, Chevrolet, 146.
  29. (34)  Josh Bilicki, Toyota, 146.
  30. (1)  Brandon Jones, Toyota, 146.
  31. (22)  Joe Graf Jr #, Chevrolet, 143.
  32. (18)  Bayley Currey(i), Chevrolet, 120.
  33. (21)  Brandon Brown, Chevrolet, Engine, 115.
  34. (28)  Kyle Weatherman, Chevrolet, Engine, 97.
  35. (33)  Stephen Leicht, Toyota, Fuel Pump, 78.
  36. (24)  Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, Fuel Pressure, 38.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  121.417 mph.

Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 28 Mins, 15 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.455 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  8 for 36 laps.

Lead Changes:  13 among 8 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   B. Jones 1-73;D. Hemric 74-77;H. Burton # 78-85;D. Hemric 86-90;J. Allgaier 91-93;J. Haley 94-96;C. Briscoe 97-100;D. Hemric 101;C. Briscoe 102-109;R. Chastain 110-113;C. Briscoe 114-117;H. Burton # 118-129;M. Annett 130;H. Burton # 131-150.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Brandon Jones 1 time for 73 laps; Harrison Burton # 3 times for 40 laps; Chase Briscoe 3 times for 16 laps; Daniel Hemric 3 times for 10 laps; Ross Chastain 1 time for 4 laps; Justin Haley 1 time for 3 laps; Justin Allgaier 1 time for 3 laps; Michael Annett 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 19,98,20,10,8,18,39,22,9,1

Stage #2 Top Ten: 19,8,20,98,22,18,10,7,39,1

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Next Race: EchoPark 250

The Place: Atlanta Motor Speedway

The Date: Saturday, March 14

The Time: 4 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 3:30 p.m. ET

Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 251.02 miles (163 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 40),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 80), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 163)

2019 Race Winner: Christopher Bell

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series

 

Atlanta Motor Speedway heats up for the NASCAR Xfinity Series

Highspeed action this season has the NASCAR Xfinity Series thrilled for some more great racing this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway as part of a double-header Saturday that will feature the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race, the Vet Tix Camping World 200, at 1:30 p.m. ET (FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) directly followed by the NASCAR Xfinity Series race, the EchoPark 250, at 4 p.m. ET (FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). 

 

Atlanta Motor Speedway has hosted 28 NASCAR Xfinity Series races dating back to the inaugural event in 1992 (won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon). The 28 Xfinity races have produced 17 different pole winners and 17 different race winners. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch leads the Xfinity Series in poles at Atlanta Motor Speedway with six. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick leads the series in wins (five), top fives (11), top 10s (13) and laps led (973) at the 1.54-nile track. Joe Nemechek is the only former Atlanta race winner (2001) entered in this weekend’s race, and fans will be guaranteed to see a new Xfinity Atlanta pole winner this weekend as none of the former series pole winners are entered.

 

Atlanta Motor Speedway has the oldest surface the NASCAR Xfinity Series competes on all season, which has made for great racing and has several drivers excited about this weekend’s challenge.

 

“The old age and grittiness of the surface in Atlanta makes for great racing because the tires fall off and the cars will start slipping and sliding around,” said JR Motorsports Noah Gragson heading into this weekend at Atlanta.

 

“It’s another one of those places that’s kind of slick and worn out, and I love that type of track,” said Chase Briscoe. “It plays into my dirt-racing background, and it’s just a lot of fun to be on those low-grip tracks.”

 

This season’s Xfinity race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the EchoPark 250, will be 163 total laps that will be broken up into three stages. The first stage will end on Lap 40, the second stage will end on Lap 80 and the final stage is scheduled to end on Lap 163.

 

Atlanta Motor Speedway has been the home to four drivers getting their first NASCAR Xfinity Series win – NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon (1992), Mike Skinner (1999), Jamie McMurray (2002) and Carl Edwards (2005). Twenty-six of the 36 drivers entered this weekend are looking for their first series win. Atlanta has also been the track four Xfinity drivers got their first series career pole, including the first pole by a female competitor in NASCAR national series history – Shawna Robinson (March 12, 1994), Tim Bender (1997), Ryan Newman (2001) and Chase Elliott (2014). 

 

 

Standings leader Harrison Burton continues record rookie streak

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Harrison Burton continued to make history last weekend at Phoenix Raceway, notching his fourth consecutive top-five finish to start the season in as many races. This is the seventh time in series history a driver has started the season with four top fives and Burton is the first and only rookie in the NASCAR Xfinity Series to accomplish the feat, and the sixth driver all-time; joining Sam Ard (1984), Kevin Harvick (2005), Carl Edwards (2009, 2010), Elliott Sadler (2012) and Kyle Busch (2014). The series record for the most consecutive top-five finishes to start a season is eight, by Kyle Busch in 2014. In fact, Busch is the only driver to make it to five straight top fives to start a season. 

 

With a win (California) and four top fives to start 2020, Burton has a grasp on the series standings lead by three points over second-place Chase Briscoe. This weekend will be Burton’s series track debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and though Burton is off to a record pace, adding a little extra pressure this weekend is the fact the No. 20 JGR team won this race at Atlanta last season with driver Christopher Bell. Bell dominated the event, leading 142 of the 163 laps (87%).

 

On the bright side, Burton isn’t a complete stranger to Atlanta Motor Speedway, he made his NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series debut at the 1.54-mile facility for Kyle Busch Motorsports last season – starting second and finishing in the top 10 (eighth).

 

“I have some experience at Atlanta,” said Burton. “I’ve ran the Trucks there, ran really good last year in the truck. I think I was running second most of the race to Kyle (Busch). I felt like I was a 10th faster than the field and he was a 10.5 faster than me. But that was a good race for us. I finished eighth or so, just had a bad restart at the end. Ran up front all day. So, I have some experience at Atlanta.”

 

 

4 For 4: Xfinity winners aplenty

Since going to the ‘select a series’ format in NASCAR in 2011, this season is the first to see four different NASCAR Xfinity Series championship contenders visit Victory Lane in as many series races to start the year. 

 

Last weekend at Phoenix, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Brandon Jones added his name to the 2020 wins list, joining his JGR teammate Harrison Burton (California), Stewart-Haas Racing’s Chase Briscoe (Las Vegas) and JR Motorsports’ Noah Gragson (Daytona). All four Xfinity drivers have now virtually locked themselves into the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs by virtue of their victories.  

 

Looking ahead to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend, padding their points and adding more wins to the boxscore should be their goal going forward.

 

Harrison Burton will be making his series track debut this weekend attempting to defend both his driver standings lead and his rookie standings lead. Gragson made his Atlanta track debut last season, starting fourth and finishing ninth. Brandon Jones has made four series starts at Atlanta with an average finish of 11.5, and Briscoe has made two series starts with an average finish of 15.0.

 

 

Who keeps the Xfinity Series’ different winner streak rolling?

The two names jumping to the top of most lists when asked, ‘Who is closest to a win this season?’ are JR Motorsports’ Justin Allgaier and Team Penske’s Austin Cindric. Both put up wins last season and made it deep into the Playoffs, and now both are back this season running strong.

 

The high-level skills of veteran Allgaier are a consistent theme in his performances on track, and this season has been no different. The 33-year-old from Riverton, Illinois, has run up front leading the most laps (140) and winning the most stages (three) of any Xfinity driver this season. In fact, he has led laps in every race this year, but only has one top-10 finish in four starts to show for the effort. Now, Allgaier is ninth in the series driver standings, 38 points behind the standings lead, but Atlanta Motor Speedway could be the track where he finds Victory Lane. In nine starts at the 1.54-mile raceway he has posted two top fives, five top 10s and an average finish of 11.0. Interestingly, he put up his career-best performance at Atlanta last season, starting seventh and finishing third. 

 

“I’m really looking forward to getting to Atlanta,” said Allgaier. “Our JR Motorsports Camaros have had a lot of speed this season and this No. 7 team has been stout every week. We’ve led a lot of laps and won some stages, now we just need to put it all together and get that victory. I feel like we’ve got a great chance to get it done this weekend.”

 

Austin Cindric’s breakout season last year was just a precursor to what he hopes this season can be. The 21-year-old from Mooresville, North Carolina, has already been impressive this year collecting two top fives and three top 10s in his first four starts. He’s third in the standings, the highest ranked driver without a win yet this season, just 21 points back from Harrison Burton in the standings lead. This weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway should be a continuation of his early success this season. In two starts, he has two top 10s and an average finish of 8.5 – best among the drivers entered.

 

Both drivers have a chance to keep the NASCAR Xfinity Series different winners to start the season streak alive. The record for the highest number of different winners to start a NASCAR Xfinity Series season is 13 back in 1988; followed by 1987 with 10 different winners, then 2018 with nine and 1998, 2006 with eight.

 

The 1988 and 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series seasons are tied for the series-most different winners for the entire season with 18 each.

 

 

Georgia On My Mind: Sieg and Jones are amped to compete at their home track

Two drivers from Georgia entered in this weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race, the EchoPark 250 (4 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), are extra revved-up about racing at their home track, Atlanta Motor Speedway – RSS Racing’s Ryan Sieg from Tucker and Joe Gibbs Racing’s Brandon Jones from Atlanta.

 

The 32-year old driver Ryan Sieg and his family-owned organization, RSS Racing, are based in Tucker, Georgia, Sieg’s hometown. The team is run by Ryan’s father, Rod Sieg, and the duo have competed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2013 when they made their series debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 

This season Sieg is having a career-best start, in four races he has gathered two top fives, three top 10s and an average finish of 6.75 – second-best behind series standings leader Harrison Burton’s 2.75. Sieg and Burton also are the only two drivers that have completed 100% of their laps attempted this season.  

 

“It definitely makes you feel good to get some top fives early in the season,” said Sieg following Phoenix. “We’re super excited to get to Atlanta and race there.”

 

Sieg heads to Georgia this weekend seventh in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver standings, 33 points back from Burton in the standings lead. Sieg has made six series starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway posting a best finish of 11th in last season’s race. 

 

Following his first win of the season last weekend at Phoenix Raceway, the site of the Championship 4 Playoff finale later this season, is Atlanta, Georgia’s own Brandon Jones of Joe Gibbs Racing. Much like Sieg, Jones is also having a career best start to his season posting a win, two stage wins, two top fives, three top 10s and an average finish of 10.2. Not to mention, he won at Phoenix by out-racing arguably one of the best to ever compete in the series, his JGR teammate Kyle Busch.

 

“We are coming off a huge win at Phoenix Raceway and our 19 team is really excited about our 2020 season,” said Jones. “We have a lot of momentum and we are headed to my home track at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Atlanta has not always been one of my strongest tracks, but neither was Phoenix. Our team is up to the challenge that the track brings with the old surface which makes saving tires part of the strategy. Our No. 19 Toyota Service Centers team has spent a lot of time over the off-season preparing for Atlanta; we probably put in 200-laps around the track using Toyota’s simulator. It’s a fun race and the Atlanta fans are great. I think if we get our Supra dialed-in to run the bottom of the track, we will be the team in Victory Lane.”

 

Jones has made four series starts at Atlanta posting an average finish of 11.5; including his career best finish of fourth at the track last season.

 

 

Loop Data stats point to Chase Briscoe as the driver to beat in Atlanta

Scrolling through the facts and figures in this week’s NASCAR Xfinity Series pre-race Loop Data packet and it’s easy to see whose name is atop most of the key statistical categories heading into this weekend’s EchoPark 250 (4 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Atlanta Motor Speedway - Stewart-Haas Racing’s Chase Briscoe.

 

Briscoe is currently second in the series driver standings, just three points behind Harrison Burton in the standings lead after posting a win (Las Vegas), two top fives and three top 10s on the year.

 

The 25-year old grabbed the checkered flag at the first 1.5-mile track (Las Vegas) on the Xfinity schedule earlier this season, and the loop data says Briscoe could be the one to beat come Saturday. He leads the series in driver rating (112.9), average running position (5.953) and fastest laps run (98). He is also second in laps led (110) and fourth in laps in the top 15 (92.5%, 619 laps) at Atlanta.

 

Briscoe has made two series starts at Atlanta, posting an average finish of 15.0. But the Indiana native can find solace knowing his SHR organization won in an alliance with Fred Biagi in 2018 with driver Kevin Harvick and finished second last season with Briscoe’s then teammate driver Cole Custer at Atlanta. 

 

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series, Etc.

Getting to know EchoPark -  Last week Atlanta Motor Speedway announced EchoPark Automotive (“EchoPark”) as the proud sponsor of its upcoming NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, March 14, 2020 (4 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

 

“It takes great partners to do what we do, so we’re beyond thrilled to have EchoPark as our title sponsor,” said AMS Executive Vice President and General Manager Brandon Hutchison.

 

Launched in the fall of 2014, EchoPark currently has nine locations and has transformed how consumers buy pre-owned cars, offering one to four-year old vehicles priced 20-40 percent below new car pricing. All vehicles come with a clean CarFax history report and 190-point inspection.

 

This year’s EchoPark 250 will be the first NASCAR race sponsored by the organization and is a part of Atlanta’s NASCAR double-header following the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race, the Vet Tix Camping World 200, earlier that day.

 

“We’ve been a member of the Atlanta community for years with several Sonic Automotive dealerships and look forward to sharing our EchoPark experience with guests when we open our doors later this year,” said David Smith, CEO of Sonic Automotive, Inc. and EchoPark Automotive, Inc. “We are excited to be the title sponsor of this NASCAR Xfinity Series race and believe fans will thoroughly enjoy the race weekend at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.”

 

Approaching Milestones – Mike Harmon Racing’s Joe Nemechek is just two starts away from becoming just the sixth different driver to make 450 or more NASCAR Xfinity Series starts. He currently has 448 Xfinity Series starts dating back to 1989. … Motorsports Business Management’s driver Chad Finchum will attempt to make his 75th NASCAR Xfinity Series start this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

 

Playoff Bubble update – Brandonbilt Motorsport’s driver Brandon Brown jumped from 13th to 12th, the final Playoff transfer spot, in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver standings, leap frogging DGM Racing’s Alex Labbe. Brown sits four points ahead of Labbe heading to Atlanta; followed by Josh Williams (-8) in 14th and Myatt Snider (-12) in 15th.

 

Fun Stat of the Week – Seven of the last 10 NASCAR Xfinity Series races have been won by the driver who has led more than 100 laps (70%); including 2019 (Christopher Bell, 142 laps), 2018 (Kevin Harvick, 141), 2016 (Kyle Busch, 119), 2015 (K. Harvick, 101), 2014 (K. Harvick, 159), 2013 (K. Harvick, 132) and 2011 (Carl Edwards, 101). The three drivers to lead less than 100 laps and win were Kyle Busch in 2017 with 26 laps led, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in 2012 with 16 laps led and Jamie McMurray in 2010 with 48 laps led.

 

 

Parade Laps: Insights into the drivers in this week’s media availabilities 

Four drivers from the NASCAR Xfinity Series – Kaulig Racing’s Ross Chastain, Stewart-Haas Racing’s Chase Briscoe, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Brandon Jones and RSS Racing’s Ryan Sieg – will be participating in press conferences at Atlanta Motor Speedway leading into the EchoPark 250 on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. The press conferences are scheduled for Friday, March 13, from 12 – 12:30 p.m. ET in the Deadline Room. 

 

Ross Chastain (No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet) 

Birthdate: December 4, 1992

Driver’s Age: 27 

Hometown: Alva, Florida

Hobbies: Farming watermelons 

Team: Kaulig Racing 

Crew Chief: Alex Yontz 

Xfinity Career Highlights: 

·        In 2019, he completed 19 races in the Xfinity Series and posted a win at Daytona with Kaulig Racing. 

·        In 2018, he made the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs and won his first career race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; he ultimately finished a career-best 10th in championship standings.  

·        In 2016 and 2017, Chastain ran full seasons, finishing 16th and 13th, respectively.  

·        In 2015, he ran his first full NASCAR Xfinity Series season, finishing 15th in points. 

·        In 2014, he made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway. 

2020 Season Highlights: 

·        Currently fifth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver standings, 30 markers behind the standings lead.  

·        In four starts this season he has posted three top-10 finish and an average finish of 12.2.  

Atlanta Motor Speedway Performance: 

·        Has made five series starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway posting a best finish of 14th last season.  

·        Average start, 22.6 and average finish, 21.4.  

 

Chase Briscoe (No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford) 

Birthdate: December 15, 1994 

Driver’s Age: 25 

Hometown: Mitchell, Indiana  

Hobbies: Spending time with family, online racing, watching sports 

Team: Stewart-Haas Racing 

Crew Chief: Richard Boswell II 

Xfinity Career Highlights: 

·        In 2019 -- his first fulltime Xfinity Series season – Briscoe made a huge statement in the series with one win, 13 top fives, 26 top 10s and two poles. He also made it into the Playoffs and competed for a spot in the Championship 4 before being eliminated in the Round of 8. 

·        In 2018, he ran 17 races for Roush Fenway Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi and won the inaugural race at the Charlotte Road Course.  

·        Made NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in 2018 at Atlanta. 

2020 Season Highlights: 

·        Currently second in the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings, three points behind the standings lead.  

·        In four series starts this season he has posted a win (Las Vegas), two top fives, three top 10s and an average finish of 7.8.   

Atlanta Motor Speedway Performance: 

·        Has made two series starts at Atlanta finishing 15th both times.  

·        Average start, 23.0 and average finish, 15.0.  

 

Brandon Jones (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) 

Birthdate: February 18, 1997 

Driver’s Age: 22 

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia 

Hobbies: Woodworking, antique car restoration, metal fabrication, farming 

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing 

Crew Chief: Jeff Meendering 

Xfinity Career Highlights: 

·        In 2019, Jones earned his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory at Kansas Speedway. He qualified for the Playoffs for the third time and finished 10th in the final standings. 

·        In 2018, he tallied a career-best finish of second at Talladega and reached the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs for the second time, finishing a career-best ninth in the standings. 

·        In 2017, he captured his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series pole (Daytona-1). 

·        In 2016, he made the inaugural NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs in his rookie season; ultimately finishing a then career-best 10th in the standings. 

2020 Season Highlights: 

·        Currently fourth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings, 28 points behind the standings lead.  

·        In four series starts this season he has posted a win (Phoenix), two top fives, three top 10s and an average finish of 10.2.   

Atlanta Motor Speedway Performance: 

·        Has made four series starts at Atlanta posting one top five (fourth in 2019).  

·        His average start, 16.3 and his average finish is 11.5. 

 

Ryan Sieg (No. 39 RSS Racing Chevrolet) 

Birthdate: June 20, 1987

Driver’s Age: 32 

Hometown: Tucker, Ga.

Team: RSS Racing 

Crew Chief: Kevin Starland 

Xfinity Career Highlights: 

·        In 2019, Ryan Sieg earned a berth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs and finished 11th in the season standings with 12 top 10s. 

·        In 2018, he posted two top 10s and finished 16th in the series championship standings. 

·        In 2017, driver Ryan Sieg finished 15th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver standings. 

·        In 2016, driver Ryan Sieg finished a career-best ninth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver standings and earned a spot in the inaugural NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs.  

·        In 2015, he finished 11th in NASCAR Xfinity Series driver standings. 

·        In 2014, Sieg competed in his first full season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. 

·        In 2013, Sieg made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut with Jeremy Clement Racing.  

2020 Season Highlights: 

·        Currently seventh in the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings, 33 points behind the standings lead. 

·        In four series starts this season he has posted two top fives, three top 10s and an average finish of 6.8 – second only standings leader Harrison Burton  (2.75). 

·        Sieg and Burton are the only two drivers to complete 100% of their laps attempted this season.   

Atlanta Motor Speedway Performance: 

·        Has made six series starts at Atlanta posting a best finish of 11th in last season’s race. 

·        Average start, 19.2 and average finish, 19.0.  

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Next Race: LS Tractor 200

The Place: Phoenix Raceway

The Date: Saturday, March 7

The Time: 4 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 3:30 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 200 miles (200 Laps)

Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 45), Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 90),

Final Stage (Ends on Lap 200)

2019 Race Winner: Kyle Busch

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series

 

Phoenix Raceway welcomes the NASCAR Xfinity Series

As the NASCAR Xfinity Series prepares to compete in the LS Tractor 200 at Phoenix Raceway this Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, many of the drivers, crew chiefs and teams are looking at this weekend’s race as a learning experience because when the series returns to the desert in November it will be to crown an Xfinity champion. 

 

Phoenix Raceway has hosted the NASCAR Xfinity Series 36 times, dating back to the inaugural event on November 6, 1999 – won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon. From 1999 to 2004 the series visited the one-mile raceway just once a year, but since 2005 the facility has been the stage for two NASCAR Xfinity Series races a year. This season the second visit will be the championship race for the series’ Playoffs.

 

The 36 Xfinity Series Phoenix races have produced 19 different pole winners and 18 different race winners. Joe Gibbs Racing dominated this event last season, winning the pole with Christopher Bell and then winning the race with Kyle Busch. Busch leads the series in poles (nine) and race wins (11) at Phoenix Raceway.

 

Phoenix Raceway is currently riding a streak of five different Xfinity winners dating back to William Byron’s win in November of 2017; followed by Brad Keselowski (March 2018), Christopher Bell (Nov. 2018), Kyle Busch (March 2019) and Justin Allgaier (November 2019). Three former Xfinity Phoenix winners are entered this weekend – Busch, Keselowski and Justin Allgaier.  

 

 

Harrison Burton already setting records as a rookie

In the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Harrison Burton is the first Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate to post three top-five finishes in as many races to start the season.

 

In fact, a driver starting the Xfinity season with three consecutive top fives has only occurred in the series 16 times and Burton is the 11th different driver all-time to accomplish the feat; joining Sam Ard (1984), Dale Jarrett (1988), Dale Earnhardt (1990, 1991), Harry Gant (1991), Terry Labonte (1995), Kevin Harvick (2004, 2005), Carl Edwards (2007, 2009, 2010), Elliott Sadler (2012, 2018), Brad Keselowski (2014) and Kyle Busch (2014).

 

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Harrison Burton has made three starts this season, posting one win (Auto Club), three top fives (second at Daytona, fifth at Las Vegas and first at Auto Club) and an average finish of 2.7.

 

 

Joe Gibbs Racing’s rookie tandem are finding their footing

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders Harrison Burton and Riley Herbst flexed their muscles this last weekend at Auto Club Speedway, finishing first and second, respectively, becoming the youngest 1-2 finish in series history.

 

Harrison Burton not only grabbed his first win in the series, he also catapulted himself into the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver standings lead by 10 points over second-place Chase Briscoe. Plus, he locked in his spot in the Playoffs with the victory. Now the 19-year-old will turn his attention to Phoenix Raceway as this weekend will be his series track debut.

 

“I’m excited to get to Phoenix and get back to racing this weekend,” said Burton. “I ran well there in a Truck a couple of times. Ran ARCA West a time there too, so I have some experience at Phoenix.  It’s one of my favorite racetracks.”

 

But Burton is not the only one with success last weekend, Riley Herbst’s second-place finish on Saturday was a huge boost to his championship hopes jumping him five spots in the driver points from 16th to 11th – now just inside the Playoff cutoff. Herbst’s season had a slow start with an incident at Daytona miring him back in points, but he has since rebounded with a ninth-place finish at Las Vegas and a runner-up last weekend in California. Herbst will be looking for more redemption this weekend at Phoenix as the 21-year old from Las Vegas made his series track debut at the track last season starting 11th but finishing 30th after being caught in an incident early in the race.

 

 

Briscoe, Gragson, Jones spin their tires in the points at California

Three drivers looking forward to moving on from Auto Club Speedway this weekend are Chase Briscoe, Noah Gragson and Brandon Jones. All three dropped spots in the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings after posting their worst finishes of the 2020 season thus far. Now all three look to Phoenix Raceway this weekend to realign their championship focus.

 

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Chase Briscoe finished 19th at Auto Club Speedway last weekend following a late race spin, and as a result he lost the series points lead to Harrison Burton dropping to second in the standings, 10 points back. Despite the speed bump last Saturday, Briscoe is already having a strong season posting a win (Las Vegas) and two top fives in three starts. With his win, his position in the Playoffs all but guaranteed, now Briscoe’s main goal is racking up more wins and Playoff points. Expect the 25-year-old to likely bounce back this weekend at Phoenix where he has made two starts posting two top 10s and average finish of 7.0.     

 

Another front runner heading into last weekend’s race at California was JR Motorsport’s driver Noah Gragson, but a mid-race incident with the No. 10 of Ross Chastain relegated the Las Vegas native to a 26th-place finish – his worst of the season. The low finish dropped him a staggering seven spots in the top 10 in points from second to ninth. Fortunately for Gragson, he won the season-opener at Daytona and is already locked in to the postseason. But you can count on Gragson trying to regain his early season momentum this weekend at Phoenix. The 21-year-old has made two series starts on the one-mile raceway, posting an average finish of 10.5.

 

Feeling the biggest gut punch from last weekend’s lackluster finish was Joe Gibbs Racing’s Brandon Jones, who dominated the first two stages of the race leading the first 73 laps of competition and taking home both stage wins. Unfortunately, all that unraveled after getting pushed up the track and into the wall, causing a tire rub during the final stage resulting in a 30th-place finish. Jones’ success in the early stages, though, softened the blow to his points total, dropping him just one spot in the points from fifth to sixth. Unlike Briscoe and Gragson, Jones is still looking for his first win of the season, which could come this weekend.

 

“Our number 19 team is coming off of three very strong races to start the season.” Said Jones. “After winning the pole and sweeping the first two stages last week, it gave me the confidence I need to carry into Phoenix. As I look at data and notes from last year, I have already picked up on several areas I can improve on before getting on track activity. It will be a very important weekend to learn since this is also the track that will hold the title to the XFINITY championship. Phoenix Raceway is extremely technical and can trick you into overdriving the track.”

 

The 23-year-old has made eight starts at Phoenix posting, two top-10 finishes and an average finish of 11.875. 

 

 

Cindric, Sieg, Haley, Chastain keep climbing the standings ladder

While some of the front runners in the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series driver points standings had some rough outings at Auto Club Speedway, four drivers – Austin Cindric, Ryan Sieg, Justin Haley and Ross Chastain - were able to capitalize on the others’ misfortunes.

 

Team Penske’s Austin Cindric leap-frogged three spots in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver standings from sixth to third following his third-place finish at Auto Club Speedway. Now the 21-year -old sets his sights on the series standings lead just 18 points away. Cindric skidded through Daytona with a 25th-place finish due to an incident, but quickly grabbed a gear at Las Vegas, finishing second and then third last weekend at California. Cindric is one of the early favorites heading into this weekend at Phoenix because he has made four series starts there, posting two top fives, three top 10s and an average finish of 7.8.

 

RSS Racing’s Ryan Sieg is also proving he and the No. 39 Chevrolet team are true contenders this season for the championship. Sieg is currently fourth in the standings, up three spots after finishing fourth at Auto Club Speedway – his third top-10 finish in as many races. Sieg is only 24 points back from the series standings lead as the series heads to Phoenix. Sieg has made 13 series starts at Phoenix, posting a best finish of 10th at the one-mile facility in this race last season. 

 

Kaulig Racing’s duo of Justin Haley and Ross Chastain is already seeing the benefits of a two-team, full-time operation. Haley is currently fifth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver standings, up three spots from eighth, following a fifth-place finish at Auto Club Speedway. His teammate, Chastain, is not far behind him in seventh in the series driver standings, also up three spots from 10th following an eighth-place finish last weekend.

 

Both Kaulig Racing drivers are anticipating their luck to continue this weekend in Phoenix. Haley has made two series starts at Phoenix Raceway, posting an average finish of 9.5. Chastain has made nine series starts at Phoenix, posting a best finish of 15th in 2018.

 

“We are headed back to the desert for the final leg of our West Coast swing,” said Chastain. “I am actually excited to shift! This will be my first time going into the race preparing to shift to third gear. I’ve watched guys do it in the Xfinity Series for years and never was able to. It will be a bit of a learning curve for me, but going there with a racecar prepared to do it is an awesome feeling for me that my team puts that into it. The top 10s have been great to start the year, but obviously we want a lot more. There have been a lot of mistakes on my end, but if we clean those up, I think we will have a shot come the end of Saturday’s Xfinity race.”

 

 

Allgaier could use some good Phoenix mojo

JR Motorsport’s veteran Justin Allgaier returns to Phoenix Raceway after taking the checkered flag in last season’s Playoff race to secure his spot in the Championship 4. Fast forward to this year, Allgaier sits 10th in points looking for a jolt to his championship run this season and Phoenix just might be the spark.

 

In three starts this season, Allgaier has only mustered one top 10 (Las Vegas) and an average finish of 16.7. But Phoenix has been quite the playground for Allgaier as of late. The 33-year old has made 19 series starts at the track posting two wins, seven top fives and 12 top 10s. His average finish at Phoenix is 8.6.

 

“Phoenix is always a track that I have circled on my calendar as one of my favorites,” said Allgaier. “We were fortunate enough to get another win here last year and it’s all because of how great of a job this team does of preparing fast Camaros. I know we’ll have another hot rod this weekend and I’m excited to see what we can accomplish during the race on Saturday.”

 

Loop Data also supports Allgaier finding success this weekend at Phoenix, he is ranked third in driver rating (105.2), average running position (7.587), fastest laps run (213) and is second in laps led (334).

 

 

Playoff Bubble: Xfinity postseason aspirations check

Following the third race of the season at Auto Club Speedway, the Playoff bubble got particularly bouncy, tossing Brandon Brown and Ray Black Jr. from inside the Playoff cutoff to the outside looking in. And in the process Riley Herbst and Alex Labbe each moved up spots into Playoff contention. Now the series heads to Phoenix this weekend, a track that will undoubtedly play a role in deciding a champion at season’s end.

 

Below is the Xfinity Series driver standings Playoff bubble following Auto Club Speedway:

Rank

Drivers

Points

From 12th

From Next

12

Alex Labbe

72

0

10

13

Brandon Brown

65

-7

7

14

Ray Black Jr

64

-8

1

15

Josh Williams

62

-10

2

16

Myatt Snider

56

-16

6

 

Four of the five drivers listed in the above chart have made series starts at Phoenix Raceway. Brandon Brown leads the group in average finish at Phoenix with a 17.5; followed by Labbe (21.6), Ray Black Jr. (24.3) and Josh Williams (24.3). Myatt Snider will be making his series track debut at Phoenix this weekend.

 

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series, Etc.

NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart to race Xfinity at Indy - Tony Stewart will compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race July 4 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a Ford Mustang from Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). The three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee will headline the inaugural Xfinity Series event on Indianapolis’ 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course, with the 62-lap race serving as Stewart’s 28th overall start at the Brickyard but his first in the Xfinity Series. Stewart has competed in 18 Brickyard 400s, five Indianapolis 500s and four IROC Series races. Stewart is a two-time Brickyard 400 winner (2005 and 2007) and a member of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame.

 

“Everyone knows what Indy means to me, so I can’t think of a better place to race on Fourth of July weekend,” said Stewart, who grew up 45 minutes from Indianapolis in the towns of Columbus and Rushville, Indiana. “It’s going to be cool making history by turning left and right in a stock car at the Brickyard, and the racing will be full of action and contact. Any time you can drive any racecar at the speedway is special, and you know I’m going for the win. The date is already circled on my calendar.”

 

Snider is back with RCR – After a one race hiatus with RSS Racing last weekend at Auto Club Speedway, Myatt Snider will be back in the No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet at Phoenix Raceway.

 

"Well it's a short track of course, so we're going to be a little closer to each other than we would normally be on a mile-and-a-half,” said Snider. “I've always ran decent at Phoenix, but I definitely have room for improvement. I'm excited for the challenge and fortunately for me, there's no better group than this No. 21 TaxSlayer team to make me better."

 

This will be Snider’s series track debut at Phoenix. In his first three starts this season, the 25-year-old has put up an average finish of 20.0.   

 

Alfredo has impressive debut – Sharing the No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Myatt Snider and Kaz Grala this season is Anthony Alfredo, who made his season debut last weekend at Auto Club Speedway in impressive fashion, starting 13th and racing up to a sixth-place finish. He is scheduled to run 17 races this season. His next time behind the wheel will be in two weeks at Homestead-Miami.

 

Winningest winner, Kyle Busch, returns – The number of former race wins on the entry list of the LS Tractor 200 at Phoenix Raceway has been raised significantly with the word that Kyle Busch will be making his NASCAR Xfinity Series season debut on Saturday at Phoenix Raceway.

 

Busch not only holds the record for the most wins in the NASCAR Xfinity Series all-time with 96 victories, but 11 of his wins came at this weekend’s venue, Phoenix Raceway. Busch is by far the best at Phoenix in the Xfinity Series, he leads the series in poles (nine), wins (11), top 10s (19) and laps led (2,156).

 

Busch is currently tied with NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin (Rockingham) for the record of the most wins in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at a single track with 11 wins each. If Busch were to win this weekend, he would break the tie with Martin and become the sole leader in series wins at a single track. Martin and Busch are the only two drivers in series history to win more than 10 times at a single track. In Busch’s last 33 Xfinity Series career starts he has won an impressive 16 times – a winning percentage of 48.5%.  

 

Penske stacks the deck with Keselowski – Team Penske has tapped NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski this weekend to drive the team’s second entry – the No. 12 Ford - at Phoenix Raceway. This weekend will be Keselowski’s Xfinity Series season debut. Keselowski has made 20 series starts at Phoenix posting two wins, 11 top fives, 14 top 10s and a pole.

 

Rookie debut for Kody Vanderwal – Means Motorsports has called upon former ARCA Menards Series East & West driver Kody Vanderwal from LaSalle, Colorado, to pilot the No. 52 Chevrolet with crew chief Tim Brown. Vanderwal has primarily spent his time in the West Series, having made 35 starts posting two wins, eight top fives and 18 top 10s.

 

”I wasn’t sure if I would ever get the chance to race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, but I jumped at the chance when I got the call,” said Vanderwal. “I’m excited to show the team and my fellow competitors what I am capable of.”

 

Vanderwal will replace JJ Yeley, who has driven the No. 52 Means Motorsports Chevrolet for the first three races of the 2020 season putting up an average start of 20.7 and an average finish of 19.7.

 

Loop Data points to Daniel Hemric – Kyle Busch, with his nine wins, leads most of the Loop Data categories, obviously, but the driver the Loop Data stats that stack up right behind him in several key categories is JR Motorsport’s driver Daniel Hemric. Hemric is ranked second in driver rating (107.0), average running position (7.402) and is fourth in fastest laps run (38). He has made four series starts at Phoenix posting two top fives, four top 10s and a series leading average finish of 5.0.

 

“I’ve always enjoyed racing at Phoenix,” said Hemric. “We’ve had some strong runs there in the past in the Xfinity Series and I feel like we can do that again this weekend. I feel like we made a lot of positive gains last week in Fontana and hopefully we can continue that once we unload on Friday. I know that Taylor (Moyer, crew chief) and everyone on this No. 8 team had some really good runs at Phoenix last year which gives me a ton of confidence that we can do that this year.”

 

Fun Stat of the Week – Since the introduction of stage racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2017, none of the Phoenix Raceway spring races have been won by a driver that won either of the first two stages of the events.

 

 

Parade Laps: Insights into the drivers participating in the media breakouts

Four drivers will participate in this weekend’s media breakouts at Phoenix Raceway - NASCAR Xfinity Series points leader and Joe Gibbs Racing driver Harrison Burton, Kaulig Racing’s Justin Haley, Richard Childress Racing driver Myatt Snider and DGM Racing’s Alex Labbe. The drivers will hold their media breakout session at 10:45-11 a.m. (local time) in the Drivers Meeting Room.  

 

Harrison Burton (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

Birthday: October 9, 2000

Driver’s Age: 19

Hometown: Huntersville, N.C.

Hobbies:  Playing lacrosse, hunting, fishing, avid fan of Duke, Carolina Panthers and Charlotte Hornets

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing

Crew Chief: Ben Beshore

Xfinity Career Highlights:

  • Is the first Xfinity Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate in series history to start his rookie season with three top fives in as many races.
  • Won first NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway last weekend, locking himself into the Playoffs as a rookie. Plus, he is the current point standings leader.
  • In 2019, made his Xfinity Series debut competing in nine races for Joe Gibbs Racing. His then best finish was fourth at Iowa Speedway. He had five top-10 finishes.
  • Made NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in 2019 at Bristol; he started fifth and finished 10th.

2020 Season Highlights:

  • Currently the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings leader, 10 points ahead of second place Chase Briscoe. 
  • In three starts this season he has posted one win (California), three top fives, three top 10s and an average finish of 2.7.

Phoenix Raceway Performance:

  • Will be making his series track debut at Phoenix Raceway this weekend.

 

Justin Haley (No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet)

Birthdate: April 28, 1999

Driver’s Age: 20

Hometown: Winamac, Indiana

Hobbies: Muscle car restoration, surfing, fishing and hunting, triathlons, mountain biking

Team: Kaulig Racing

Crew Chief: Alex Yontz

Xfinity Career Highlights:

  • In 2019, he made the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs in his rookie year but was eliminated in the first round; finished the season 12th in points.
  • He secured his career-best finish in the Xfinity Series (second) in 2019 July race at Daytona.
  • In 2018, he made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Iowa Speedway for GMS Racing.

2020 Season Highlights:

  • Currently fifth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver standings, 31 markers behind the standings lead.
  • In three starts this season he has posted one top-five, two top-10 finishes and an average finish of 7.7.

Phoenix Raceway Performance:

  • Has made two series starts at Phoenix posting a best finish of seventh in 2019 Playoff race.
  • Average start, 12.0 and average finish, 9.5.

 

Myatt Snider (No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet)

Birthdate:  December 30, 1994

Driver’s Age: 25

Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina

Hobbies: Flying planes, NASA, astronomy, running

Team: Richard Childress Racing

Crew Chief: Andy Street

Xfinity Career Highlights:

  • In 2020, he made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut with Richard Childress Racing at Daytona International Speedway. He won the pole for the race but finished 33rd due to an incident.

2020 Season Highlights:

  • Currently 16th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series points, 16 markers behind Alex Labbe in 12th – the final Playoff transfer spot.  
  • In three starts this season he has posted an average finish of 20.0.

Phoenix Raceway Performance:

  • Will be making his series track debut at Phoenix Raceway this weekend.

 

Alex Labbe (No. 36 DGM Racing Chevrolet)

Birthdate: April 29, 1993

Driver’s Age: 26

Hometown: Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada

Hobbies: Riding ATVs, go-karting, spending time with family

Team: DGM Racing

Crew Chief: Mario Gosselin

Xfinity Career Highlights:

  • Posted a career-best NASCAR Xfinity Series finish of sixth at the Charlotte Road Course in 2019.
  • Has made a total of 49 career starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and has scored three top-10 finishes.
  • Made NASCAR Xfinity Series debut for DGM Racing in 2016 at Phoenix Raceway – started 33rd and finished 23rd.

2020 Season Highlights:

  • Currently 12th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series points – the final Playoff transfer spot - 64 points behind the standings lead. 
  • In three starts this season he has posted one top 10 and an average finish of 13.7.

Phoenix Raceway Performance:

  • Has made three series starts at Phoenix posting a best finish of 20th in 2018 Playoff race.
  • Average start, 24.0 and average finish, 21.7.

 

 

 

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NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series 

Next Race: Vet Tix Camping World 200

The Place: Atlanta Motor Speedway

The Date: Saturday, March 14

The Time: 1:30 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 1 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 200.02 miles (130 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 30),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 60), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 130)

2019 Winner: Kyle Busch

 

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Trucks Series

 

Atlanta awaits after two-week break

Trucks are back!

 

After two weeks off for the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, they are back in action on Saturday afternoon on the 1.54-mile track of Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Vet Tix Camping World 200 (1:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

 

Saturday’s event will be the 19th race for the series at the 1.54-mile track, the first being on March 13, 2004. Bobby Hamilton started 12th in a Dodge and won the inaugural race.

 

It will also mark the third race of the season for the Gander Trucks.

 

Grant Enfinger secured the season-opening win at Daytona International Speedway and Kyle Busch returned to the series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and took home another checkered flag to kick off 2020.

 

Matt Crafton, the 2019 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Champion, will make his 19th start at Atlanta, the most of any active driver in the series. He’s the only driver to have competed in every race since the inaugural one in 2004.

 

Behind him is Kyle Busch, who will be back behind the wheel of the No. 51 Toyota, with 11 previous starts. Busch has dominated at Atlanta, winning five of the 18 races run at the track. He’s the only driver to have won back-to-back races (2007-2008) and he won the most recent race last season.

 

Only five drivers in history have won the race at Atlanta from the pole and twice a driver has won from the 18th starting position.

 

A Toyota has won the last three years and in total has eight victories. Dodge has the one win from the inaugural race and Chevrolet has nine wins.

 

In 2018, Brett Moffitt won at Atlanta and went on to with the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Championship.

 

Drivers that won for the first time at Atlanta Motor Speedway and won the championship in the same year:

  • Bobby Hamilton – 2004
  • Todd Bodine – 2006
  • Christopher Bell – 2017
  • Brett Moffitt – 2018

   

Quick facts about Atlanta Motor Speedway for the upcoming race:

  • The Hampton, Georgia track is 1.54-miles.
  • The race length is 200.2 miles, which is 130 laps. There is 24-degree banking in corners and five-degree banking on straightaways. The frontstretch is 2,332 feet and the backstretch is 1,800 feet.
  • Ron Hornaday Jr. still holds the race record from March 18, 2005 at 142.424 mph.
  • The closest margin of victory was in 2005 at 0.008 seconds and the greatest margin of victory was in 2015 at 8.752 seconds.
  • There have been 12 different pole winners, 13 different race winners and 11 different winning truck owners.
  • Five of 18 races have been won from the pole.

 

 

Beating Kyle Busch = Winning Bounty
It all started on Twitter when Kevin Harvick tweeted that any full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver who competes in a NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race and beats Kyle Busch would also win an additional $50,000. Marcus Lemonis, the CEO of Camping World and Gander RV & Outdoors, pushed it even further raising the reward to a total of $100,000.

 

Busch currently has four more Gander Trucks races on his schedule: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway.

 

GMS Racing announced that Georgia native Chase Elliott will drive the No. 24 Chevrolet for the team, making Atlanta the first race where the bounty comes into play.

 

If Elliott doesn’t secure the win, Kyle Larson will get a shot at it, also with GMS Racing, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Elliott will be back behind the wheel of the No. 24 again at Kansas.

 

Billy Ballew and James Finch have come together to run a truck entry for Erik Jones at Homestead-Miami Speedway in hopes of winning the bounty. Jones is the only one of the three contenders who is a Gander Trucks champion (2015).

 

However, if Busch is successful at holding off anyone from taking the bounty in these four races, the money will be donated to the Bundle of Joy Foundation.

 

As a note, any driver taking up the bounty doesn’t have to actually win one of the races, they only have to finish ahead of Busch. If more than one Cup Series driver is competing against Busch in a single race, the highest-finishing driver will get the bounty. A driver is not allowed to wreck Busch for the money, either.

 

Chase Elliott’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Stats
Elliott has 12 starts to his name in the Gander Trucks with two wins, eight top-five finishes, 10 top-10 finishes and three poles. Plus, he led a total of 301 laps and had an average start of 6.3 and average finish of 7.9.

 

His first Gander Trucks win came at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2013, in only his sixth career start in the series. His second win was in 2017 at Martinsville from the pole.

 

His first and only start at Atlanta Motor Speedway was in 2017. He started ninth and finished fifth. He’s never run a Gander Trucks race at Kansas, so this season will mark his series track debut.

 

Kyle Larson’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Stats
Kyle Larson has 13 career starts in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Trucks Series with two wins, seven top fives, 10 top 10s and two poles.

 

His first Gander Trucks win came at Rockingham Speedway in only his fifth start in the series. He later went on to win the Eldora Dirt Derby in 2016 from the seventh starting spot.

 

He has led 703 laps and has an average start of 7.3 and average finish of 8.5 in the Gander Trucks.

 

Larson will be making his fourth Gander Trucks start at Homestead-Miami Speedway. His first was in 2012, when he started on the front row but ended up finishing 27th due to a incident. He competed at Homestead again in 2014, starting on the pole and finishing runner-up. And his last start in the series was at Homestead in 2016. He started third and finished fourth.

 

Erik Jones’ NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Stats
Erik Jones has the most experience in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series of all three Cup drivers pursuing the bounty. He has 42 career starts from 2013-2018 with seven wins, 10 top fives, 35 top 10s and seven poles.

 

Not to mention, Jones is the 2015 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series champion, too.

 

Jones’ first win was at Phoenix Raceway in 2013 in only his fifth career Gander Trucks start. His most recent win was in 2015 at Texas Motor Speedway.

 

He has a Gander Trucks career average start and average finish of 7.0.

 

 

Home cooking in Georgia

There’s no place like home and for three drivers making a start in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series this weekend, home is not too far away from the 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway track.

 

Austin Hill, driver of the No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota, is from Winston, Georgia. Approximately one hour away from the Atlanta track, Hill will be making his fifth start at his home track on Saturday.

 

Last season, Hill started from the pole for the first time at the track. He also got his first top-10 finish of his career at Atlanta, finishing in seventh. Previous statistics show that Atlanta hasn’t always been Hill’s best track, but his performances have continued to get better each year.

 

Hill is also the only fulltime driver in the series with home ties to Georgia.

 

Chase Elliott will be running in the No. 24 GMS Racing Chevrolet in an effort to win the bounty against Kyle Busch in the Gander Trucks. Elliott is from Dawsonville, Georgia, which is about an hour and a half away from the Atlanta track.

 

In his only start at Atlanta in the series, he finished fifth after starting ninth. This will be Elliott’s 13th career start in the series.

 

Spencer Davis, also from Dawsonville, will pilot the No. 11 Spencer Davis Motorsports Toyota at Atlanta.

 

Davis will be making his 11th career start and second at his home track. He started fourth in 2018 and finished 13th. He has a career-best finish of seventh.

 

Korbin Forrister is entered to race the No. 7 All Out Motorsports Toyota this weekend. Forrister is another driver that calls Atlanta his home track. He’s from Cedartown, Georgia, which is approximately two hours from the track.

 

This will be Forrister’s fifth start at the track and 51st career start. His best finish was in 2018, when he started in 21st and finished 16th.

 

 

Ryan Truex, Jeb Burton running for Niece Motorsports

Ryan Truex hasn’t run a race yet in 2020 for any of the three series he competes in. But he will be back behind the wheel of a truck this weekend for Niece Motorsports.

 

Truex hasn’t competed in the Truck Series since 2017 but has 10 top fives, 19 top 10s and two poles to his name. He’ll pilot the No. 40 truck for the team.

 

Truex has made two starts at Atlanta prior and had a best finish of 13th in 2017.

 

Jeb Burton will also be running for Niece Motorsports this weekend in the No. 38 truck.

 

Burton has 55 starts in the series with one win (2013), seven top fives, 21 top 10s and seven poles under his belt. His win was at Texas Motor Speedway in 2013, where he started third.

 

However, Burton has never made a start at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the series.

 

 

Points on points on points
Although the series is only two races into the season for the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Trucks, taking a look at the driver point standings shows us who has been on top of their game since the start of the season.

 

Hattori Racing Enterprises driver Austin Hill leads the driver standings with 82 points, nine markers up on second-place Johnny Sauter. Hill has one top five and two top 10s in the first two races of the season and has led 11 laps.

 

Veteran ThorSport Racing driver Sauter is right in Hill’s rearview mirror in second in the Gander Trucks driver standings with 73 points. He also has one top five and two top 10s on the year.

 

Ben Rhodes sits in third in the series driver standings, 22 points back from driver standings lead, with one top-five finish this season. Rhodes gained a massive 16 spots in the standings after Vegas, and is now just 13 points behind second-place Sauter.

 

GMS Racing’s Brett Moffitt, the 2018 series champion, is in fourth in the Gander Trucks driver standings following Las Vegas with 59 points, 23 back from Austin Hill in the standings lead.

 

Moffitt’s GMS Racing teammate Sheldon Creed rounds out the top five in the standings with two top-10 performances in as many races. He has accumulated 58 points this season, 24 back from Hill and just one back from Moffitt. 

 

Looking ahead to Atlanta, Hill will have his work cut out for him to hold on to the standings lead as of the top five in points, Rhodes has the best average finish on the 1.54-mile track with a 4.8; followed by Moffitt (5.3), Creed (12.0), Sauter (12.1) and Hill (13.8).

 

 

Rookie Battle update: Zane Smith out front early

We’re only two races into the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series 2020 season, but here’s how the top three drivers in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings are faring thus far.

NGROTS Sunoco Rookie of the Year Standings

Rookies

Points

Awards

Zane Smith

57

1

Christian Eckes

55

0

Derek Kraus

48

1

Tanner Gray

44

0

Raphael Lessard

39

0

Ty Majeski

29

0

Spencer Davis

25

0

Tate Fogleman

25

0

 

GMS Racing’s Zane Smith stands atop the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings with 58 points; sixth in the Gander Trucks driver points after one top-10 finish in two starts this season.

 

Two points behind Smith is Kyle Busch Motorsports’ Christian Eckes in second in the rookie points and eighth in the Gander Truck driver standings. And seven points back from Eckes is McAnally Hilgemann Racing’s Derek Kraus in third in the rookie standings and 15th in the series driver standings. 

 

Smith and Kraus are the first two drivers to win the Sunoco Rookie of the Race awards in 2020.

 

Smith opened the season strong with an 11th-place finish at Daytona and a sixth-place finish at Las Vegas. He has completed 100% of laps attempted and has earned an average finish of 8.5.

 

Eckes has had a slow start to the season, finishing 22nd at Daytona and 23rd at Las Vegas. The driver of the No. 18 Toyota was competing hard with his owner (and teammate) during the race at Las Vegas but ended up suffering from penalties and being involved in an incident late in the race.

 

Kraus has had mixed results too in 2020, finishing fourth at Daytona and 22nd at Las Vegas due to an incident on the third lap of the race and was unable to work his way back to the front of the field.

 

Looking ahead to Atlanta, the only series rookie that has made a previous Gander Trucks start at Atlanta is Spencer Davis in 2018 – he started fourth and finished 13th. The rest of the class will be making their series track debuts.

 

 

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Tennessee strong: Clay Greenfield will pilot the No. 68 Clay Greenfield Motorsports truck on Saturday, honoring all of those who suffered loss and devastation in Nashville, Tennessee due to the tornado. The truck says #TennesseeStrong on it and Greenfield is advertising that you can donate by texting “Restore The Dream” to 41444.

 

T.J. Bell behind the wheel: Young’s Motorsports has signed T.J. Bell Jr. to pilot the No. 12 Chevrolet for the team in Atlanta this weekend. Bell has made 118 starts in his Gander Trucks

career. Most recently, he ran three races for Niece Motorsports last season in the No. 38 Chevrolet. He has a career-best finish of fifth at Auto Club Speedway in 2009.

 

Women’s History Month Highlight - Jennifer Jo Cobb: As part of Women’s History Month, let’s take a look at Jennifer Jo Cobb who has been competing in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series for 13 years. Cobb, who is from Kansas City, has not only been a driver for all these years but also runs her own team – Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing. This weekend’s attempt at Atlanta Motor Speedway would mark her 191st career start in the series. Cobb’s best finish was in 2011 at Daytona International Speedway in sixth place. Cobb has also made 31 starts in the Xfinity Series.

 

 

Parade Laps: Insights into the drivers in this week’s media availabilities

Four drivers from the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series – Hattori Racing Enterprises’ Austin Hill, Young’s Motorsports’ Spencer Boyd, GMS Racing’s Zane Smith and Front Row Motorsports’ Todd Gilliland - will be participating in press conferences at Atlanta Motor Speedway leading into the Vet Tix Camping World 200 on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. The press conferences are scheduled for Friday, March 13, from 12:30 – 1 p.m. ET in the Deadline Room.

  

Todd Gilliland (No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford)

Birthdate: May 15, 2000

Driver’s Age: 20

Hometown: Sherrill’s Ford, NC

Team: Front Row Motorsports

Crew Chief: Jon Leonard

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Career Highlights:

  • In 2018, he competed in 19 races finishing 10th in the championship points and recorded career-highs in top fives (four) and top 10s (nine).
  • In 2017, he made his NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series debut at Dover International Speedway for Kyle Busch Motorsports. In total, made six starts, posting two top fives and three top 10s.

2019 Season Highlights:

  • Gilliland got his first career win in 2019 at Martinsville Speedway.
  • He had a career-best season, as well, with six top fives, 14 top 10s and one pole.
  • Front Row Motorsports announced that they’d be running a fulltime Truck Series team for the first time in history and Gilliland would be their driver.
  • He left Kyle Busch Motorsports after being with the organization since 2017.

Atlanta Motor Speedway Performance:

  • This weekend will be Gilliland’s second start at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
  • His first start was last season, when he started 11th and finished ninth.

 

Spencer Boyd (No. 20 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet)

Birthdate: June 26, 1995

Driver’s Age: 25

Hometown: Creve Coeur, Missouri

Team: Young’s Motorsports

Crew Chief: Joe Lax

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Career Highlights:

  • Boyd’s first career victory was last season at Talladega Superspeedway.
  • Made his series debut in 2016 at Martinsville Speedway for MB Motorsports.

2019 Season Highlights:

  • Won his first NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
  • In 17 starts, Boyd had one win, two top fives and two top 10s.
  • His average starting position was 22.8 and average finishing position was 19.0.

Atlanta Motor Speedway Performance:

  • This weekend will mark Boyd’s second career start at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
  • His first start was last season; he started 18th and finished 25th.

 

Austin Hill (No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota)

Birthdate: April 21, 1994

Driver’s Age: 26

Hometown: Winston, Georgia

Team: Hattori Racing Enterprises

Crew Chief: Scott Zipadelli

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Career Highlights:

  • Hill captured his first four Gander Truck Series wins in 2019 (Daytona, Michigan, Las Vegas, Homestead-Miami).
  • He finished 11th in the points standings in 2018, his first fulltime season.
  • In 2017, he made 12 starts for Young’s Motorsports, finishing 23rd in the standings.
  • In 2016, he posted his first top-10 finish in the Truck Series at Martinsville.
  • In 2014, he made his series debut at Martinsville.

2019 Season Highlights:

  • 2019 was a career-best season for Hill.
  • He won the season-opening race at Daytona and locked himself into the Playoffs.
  • He went on to will three more times after that and made his way into the Round of 6.
  • He had seven top fives, 12 top 10s and three poles at the end of the season.

Atlanta Motor Speedway Performance:

  • Hill will be making his fifth start at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend.
  • Last season, he started on the pole and finished in seventh.

 

Zane Smith (No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet)

Birthdate: June 9, 1999

Driver’s Age: 20

Hometown: Huntington Beach, California

Team: GMS Racing

Crew Chief: Kevin Manion

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Career Highlights:

  • 2020 is Smith’s first fulltime season in the Truck Series.
  • Smith is a NASCAR Next alumnus and made his Truck Series debut at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in 2018 for DGR-Crosley Racing.

2019 Season Highlights:

  • Smith made 10 Xfinity Series starts with JR Motorsports in 2019.

Atlanta Motor Speedway Performance:

  • This weekend’s race will be Smith’s debut at Atlanta.

 

 

 

 

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series 

Next Race: Georgia 200

The Place: Atlanta Motor Speedway

The Date: Saturday, March 14

The Time: 1:30 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 1 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 200.2 miles (130 Laps)

Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 30), Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 60),

Final Stage (Ends on Lap 130)

2019 Winner: Kyle Busch

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On the way to Atlanta
It’s another off week for the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series as they get ready for a battle on the 1.54-mile track of Atlanta Motor Speedway in one week.

 

The race on Saturday, March 14 (1:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will mark the third race of the 2020 season for the Gander Trucks and the first of a Saturday double-header with the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

 

Grant Enfinger secured the season-opening win at Daytona International Speedway and Kyle Busch returned to the series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and took home another checkered flag to kick off 2020.

 

Quick facts about Atlanta Motor Speedway for the upcoming race:

  • The Hampton, Georgia track is 1.54-miles.
  • The race length is 200.2 miles, which is 130 laps. There is 24-degree banking in corners and five-degree banking on straightaways. The frontstretch is 2,332 feet and the backstretch is 1,800 feet.
  • Ron Hornaday Jr. still holds the race record from March 18, 2005 at 142.424 mph.
  • The closest margin of victory was in 2005 at 0.008 seconds and the greatest margin of victory was in 2015 at 8.752 seconds.
  • There have been 12 different pole winners, 13 different race winners and 11 different winning truck owners.
  • Five of 18 races have been won from the pole.

 

Gander Trucks Bounty: Beat Kyle Busch
It all started on Twitter when Kevin Harvick tweeted that any full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver who competes in a NASCAR Gander R V& Outdoors Truck Series race and beats Kyle Busch would also win an additional $50,000. Marcus Lemonis, the CEO of Camping World and Gander RV & Outdoors, pushed it even further raising the price to $100,000.

 

Busch currently has four more Truck Series races on his schedule. Atlanta Motor Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway.

 

GMS Racing announced that Georgia native Chase Elliott will drive the No. 24 Chevrolet for the team, making Atlanta the first race where the bounty comes into play.

 

If Elliott doesn’t secure the win, Kyle Larson will get a shot at it, also with GMS Racing, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Elliott will be back behind the wheel of the No. 24 again at Kansas.

 

Former NASCAR team owners Billy Ballew and James Finch have come together to run a truck entry for Erik Jones at Homestead-Miami Speedway in hopes of winning the bounty. Jones is the only one of the three that is a Truck Series champion.

 

However, if Busch is successful at holding off anyone from taking the bounty, Harvick will donate the money to the Bundle of Joy Foundation.

 

As a note, any driver taking up the bounty doesn’t have to actually win one of the races, they only have to finish ahead of Busch. If more than one Cup Series driver is competing against Busch in a single race, the highest-finishing driver will get the bounty. A driver is not allowed to wreck Busch for the money, either.

 

Chase Elliott’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Stats
Elliott has 12 starts to his name in the Gander Truck Series with two wins, eight top-five finishes, 10 top-10 finishes and three poles. Plus, he led a total of 301 laps and had an average start of 6.3 and average finish of 7.9.

 

His first Gander Trucks win came at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2013, in only his sixth career start in the series. His second win was in 2017 at Martinsville from the pole.

 

His first and only start at Atlanta Motor Speedway was in 2017. He started ninth and finished fifth. He’s never run a Truck Series race at Kansas so this season will mark his series track debut.

 

Kyle Larson’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Stats
Kyle Larson has 13 career starts in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Trucks Series with two wins, seven top fives, 10 top 10s and two poles.

 

His first Gander Truck win came at Rockingham Speedway in only his fifth start in the series. He later went on to win the Eldora Dirt Derby in 2016 from the seventh starting spot.

 

He has led 703 laps and has an average start of 7.3 and average finish of 8.5 in the Truck Series.

 

Larson will be making his fourth Gander Trucks start at Homestead-Miami Speedway. His first was in 2012, when he started on the front row but ended up finishing 27th due to a incident. He competed at Homestead again in 2014, starting on the pole and finishing runner-up. And his last start in the series was at Homestead in 2016. He started third and finished fourth.

 

Erik Jones’ NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Stats
Erik Jones has the most experience in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series of all three Cup drivers pursuing the bounty. He has 42 career starts from 2013-2018 with seven wins, 10 top fives, 35 top 10s and seven poles.

 

Not to mention, Jones is the 2015 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series champion, too.

 

Jones’ first win was at Phoenix Raceway in 2013 in only his fifth career Truck start. His most recent win was in 2015 at Texas Motor Speedway.

 

He has a Gander Trucks career average start and average finish of 7.0.

 

 

Points, points, points
Although the series is only two races into the season for the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Trucks, taking a look at the driver point standings shows us who has been on top of their game since the start of the season.

 

Hattori Racing Enterprises driver Austin Hill has popped out of the gate quick this season and leads the driver standings with 82 points, nine markers up on second place Johnny Sauter. Hill has one top five and two top 10s in the first two races of the season and has led 11 laps.

 

Veteran ThorSport Racing driver Johnny Sauter is right in Hill’s rearview mirror in second in the Gander Truck driver standings with 73 points. He also has one top five and two top 10s on the year.

 

Ben Rhodes is right in Sauter’s sits in third in the series driver standings, 22 points back from driver standings lead, with one top-five finish this season. Rhodes gained a massive 16 spots in the standings after Vegas, just 13 points behind second place Johnny Sauter.

 

GMS Racing’s Brett Moffitt, the 2018 series champion, is in fourth in the Gander Trucks driver standings following Las Vegas with 59 points, 23 back from Austin Hill in the standings lead.

 

Moffitt’s GMS Racing teammate Sheldon Creed rounds out the top five in the standings with two top-10 performances in as many races. He has accumulated 58 points this season, 24 back from Hill and just one back from Moffitt. 

 

Looking ahead to Atlanta, Hill will have his work cut out for him to hold on to the standings lead as of the top five in points Ben Rhodes has the best average finish on the 1.54-mile track with a 4.8; followed by Moffitt (5.3), Creed (12.0), Sauter (12.1) and Hill (13.8).

 

 

Sunoco Rookie Update: Zane Smith out front early

NGROTS Sunoco Rookie of the Year Standings

Rookies

Points

Awards

Zane Smith

57

1

Christian Eckes

55

0

Derek Kraus

48

1

Tanner Gray

44

0

Raphael Lessard

39

0

Ty Majeski

29

0

Spencer Davis

25

0

Tate Fogleman

25

0

Although we’re only two races into the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series 2020 season, here’s how the top three drivers in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings are faring thus far.

 

GMS Racing’s Zane Smith has leaped of front of the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings with 58 points; sixth in the Gander Trucks driver points after one top-10 finish in two starts this season. Two points behind Smith is Kyle Busch Motorsport’s Christian Eckes in second in the rookie points and eighth in the Gander Truck driver standings. And seven points back from Eckes is McAnally Hilgemann Racing’s Derek Kraus in third in the rookie standings and 15th in the series driver standings. 

 

Smith and Kraus are the first two drivers to win the Sunoco Rookie of the Race awards in 2020.

 

Smith opened the season strong with an 11th-place finish at Daytona and a sixth-place finish at Las Vegas. He has completed 100% of laps attempted and has earned an average finish of 8.5.

 

Eckes has had a slow start to the season, finishing 22nd at Daytona and 23rd at Las Vegas. The driver of the No. 18 Toyota was competing hard with his owner (and teammate) during the race at Las Vegas but ended up suffering from penalties and being involved in an incident late in the race.

 

Kraus has had mixed results too in 2020, finishing fourth at Daytona and 22nd at Las Vegas due to an incident on the third lap of the race and was unable to work his way back to the front of the field.

 

Looking ahead to Atlanta, the only series rookie that has made a previous Gander Trucks start at Atlanta is Spencer Davis in 2018 – he started fourth and finished 13th. The rest of the class will be making their series track debuts.

 

 

Chandler Smith returns to Kyle Busch Motorsports for eight races
Kyle Bush Motorsports announced that Chandler Smith will return to the organization for eight races in 2020. Smith will have primary sponsorship from JBL.

 

Smith’s schedule will kick off at Richmond Raceway in April for the start of the Triple Truck Challenge. His second race is slated to be at Dover International Speedway.

 

Smith had an impressive four starts with KBM last season, marking an average finish of 4.2 while driving a split schedule in the Nos. 51 and 46. Smith finished inside the top 10 in all of his starts, led 56 laps and also recorded three top-five finishes.

 

His best finish was runner-up at Bristol Motor Speedway. Smith also made starts for KBM’s Super Late Model program. He notched a runner-up finish in the All-American 400 at Fairground Speedway and finished sixth-place in the Snowball Derby.

 

Smith also ran part-time in the ARCA Menards Series collecting five victories, four poles, eight top fives and 10 top 10s. He led 666 laps and did all of that while only competing in 11 of 20 races.

 

He will also make starts at Michigan International Speedway, Word Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, Bristol, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway and Phoenix Raceway.
 

 

On Point Motorsports taps Danny Bohn for Atlanta

On Point Motorsports announced that Danny Bohn will run five races in the No. 30 Toyota Tundra in 2020 for the team starting at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The other races include Richmond Raceway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.

 

Bohn raced in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and finished runner-up the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour in 2012 taking the Rookie of the Year and Most Popular Driver honors.

 

Prior to Atlanta, On Point Motorsports had Brennan Poole in the No. 30 truck. In the two starts he made this season he putting up an average finish of 16.0.

 

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Statement from NASCAR

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 16, 2020) – “The health and safety of our fans, industry and the communities in which we race is our most important priority, so in accordance with recent CDC guidance, NASCAR is currently postponing all race events through May 3rd, with plans to return racing in Martinsville. We appreciate the patience of our fans and we look forward to returning to the racetrack. We intend to hold all 36 races this season, with future rescheduling soon to be determined as we continue to monitor this situation closely with public health officials and medical experts. What is important now transcends the world of sports and our focus is on everyone’s safety and well-being as we navigate this challenging time together.”

 

NASCAR, iRacing Introduce eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series

NASCAR Cup Series Drivers and Racing Icons to Compete in Esports Series;

Exhibition Races to Provide Fans with Entertaining Content While NASCAR’s National Series Await Return

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 17, 2020) – NASCAR and iRacing announced today the formation of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, an exhibition esports series featuring many of the sports most talented and popular drivers. The simulation-style showcase will include a cross-section of competitors from the NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series™ and a group of NASCAR dignitaries.

 

The multi-week series will kick off Sunday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m. ET on the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway. The remaining race and broadcast details will be announced at a later date.

 

“Until we have cars back on track, the entire NASCAR community has aligned to provide our passionate fans with a unique, fun and competitive experience on race day,” said Ben Kennedy, vice president, racing development, NASCAR. “Our long-time partners at iRacing offer an incredible product and we are excited to see how many of our best drivers will stack up in the virtual domain of competitive racing.”

 

NASCAR postponed events through May 3, prioritizing the health and safety of fans, the industry and race communities. The eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series will provide much needed racing entertainment for sports fans on the premier motorsports racing simulation platform, often used by NASCAR drivers to prepare for race events.

 

The exhibition series will feature some of the best NASCAR drivers including:

 

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • Kyle Busch
  • Denny Hamlin
  • Clint Bowyer
  • Kyle Larson
  • Christopher Bell

 

NASCAR and iRacing have an unprecedented history in the esports space, currently in the 11th season of the longest-running officially sanctioned esports racing series, the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series™. The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series features 40 of the best sim racers in the world competing for more than $300,000, one of the richest payouts in esports racing competition. The elite series features NASCAR and professional esports teams, including those established by NASCAR Cup Series drivers William Byron, Denny Hamlin and Austin Dillon.

 

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Track

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Busch Clash at Daytona

Daytona International Speedway

2/13

Bluegreen Vacations Duel at Daytona

Daytona International Speedway

2/16

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Daytona International Speedway

2/23

Pennzoil 400

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

3/1

Auto Club 400

Auto Club Speedway

3/8

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Phoenix Raceway

3/15

Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

Atlanta Motor Speedway

3/22

Dixie Vodka 400

Homestead-Miami Speedway

3/29

O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

Texas Motor Speedway

4/5

Food City 500

Bristol Motor Speedway

4/19

Toyota Owners 400

Richmond Raceway

4/26

GEICO 500

Talladega Superspeedway

5/3

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Dover International Speedway

5/9

Martinsville 500

Martinsville Speedway

5/16

NASCAR All-Star Race

Charlotte Motor Speedway

5/24

Coca-Cola 600

Charlotte Motor Speedway

5/31

Kansas 400

Kansas Speedway

6/7

FireKeepers Casino 400

Michigan International Speedway

6/14

Toyota/Save Mart 350

Sonoma Raceway

6/21

Chicagoland 400

Chicagoland Speedway

6/27

Pocono Race #1

Pocono Raceway

6/28

Pocono Race #2

Pocono Raceway

7/5

Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

7/11

Quaker State 400

Kentucky Speedway

7/19

Foxwoods Casino 301

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

8/9

Consumers Energy 400

Michigan International Speedway

8/16

Go Bowling at The Glen

Watkins Glen International

8/23

Drydene 400

Dover International Speedway

8/29

Coke Zero Sugar 400

Daytona International Speedway

9/6

Southern 500

Darlington Raceway

9/12

Federated Auto Parts 400

Richmond Raceway

9/19

Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

Bristol Motor Speedway

9/27

South Point 400

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

10/4

Alabama 500

Talladega Superspeedway

10/11

Bank of America ROVAL 400

Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval

10/18

Hollywood Casino 400

Kansas Speedway

10/25

Texas 500

Texas Motor Speedway

11/1

Martinsville 500

Martinsville Speedway

11/8

Phoenix 500

Phoenix Raceway

 
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2/22 Boyd Gaming 300 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
2/29 Production Alliance Group 300 Auto Club Speedway
3/7 LS Tractor 200 Phoenix Raceway
3/14 Atlanta 250 Atlanta Motor Speedway
3/21 Homestead-Miami 300 Homestead-Miami Speedway
3/28 My Bariatric Solutions 300 Texas Motor Speedway
4/4 Alsco 300 Bristol Motor Speedway
4/25 MoneyLion 300 Talladega Superspeedway
5/2 Dover 200 Dover International Speedway
5/23 Alsco 300 Charlotte Motor Speedway
5/30 Mid-Ohio 170 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
6/6 Lti Printing 250 Michigan International Speedway
6/13 Iowa 250 Iowa Speedway
6/20 Chicagoland 300 Chicagoland Speedway
6/28 Pocono Green 250 Pocono Raceway
7/4 Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course
7/10 Alsco 300 Kentucky Speedway
7/18 New Hampshire 200 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
8/1 U.S. Cellular 250 Iowa Speedway
8/8 Henry 180 Road America
8/15 Watkins Glen 200 Watkins Glen International
8/22 Dover 200 Dover International Speedway
8/28 Coca-Cola 250 Daytona International Speedway
9/5 Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 Darlington Raceway
9/11 GoBowling 250 Richmond Raceway
9/18 Food City 300 Bristol Motor Speedway
9/26 Las Vegas 300 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
10/10 Drive for the Cure 250 Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course
10/17 Kansas Lottery 300 Kansas Speedway
10/24 O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Texas Motor Speedway
10/31 Xfinity Series Race at Martinsville Martinsville Speedway
11/7 Phoenix 200 Phoenix Raceway
 

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3/22 Homestead-Miami 200 Homestead-Miami Speedway
3/27 Vankor 350 Texas Motor Speedway
4/18 ToyotaCare 250 Richmond Raceway
5/1 Dover 200 Dover International Speedway
5/15 NC Education Lottery 200 Charlotte Motor Speedway
5/30 Kansas 250 Kansas Speedway
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6/19 Chicagoland 225 Chicagoland Speedway
6/27 Pocono 150 Pocono Raceway
7/9 Buckle Up In Your Truck 250 Kentucky Speedway
7/30 Eldora Dirt Derby Eldora Speedway
8/8 Michigan 200 Michigan International Speedway
8/21 Gateway 200 World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway
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9/25 World of Westgate 200 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
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11/6 Lucas Oil 150 Phoenix Raceway
 
 

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