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Kyle Larson kisses the bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

 Justin Casterline/Getty Images

July 21, 2024


By Holly Cain

NASCAR Wire Service


SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Only two months after competing in the Indianapolis 500, Kyle Larson returned to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon to claim the trophy in one of the NASCAR Cup Series’ crown jewel events, the 30th Anniversary Brickyard 400 Presented by PPG – holding off the field in a dramatic double overtime finish.


Larson led only eight of the race’s 167 laps in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet – seven of them coming in the overtime periods when he needed them most - ultimately holding off the race polesitter, 23XI Racing’s Tyler Reddick and Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney on the white flag lap. A caution came out moments later to officially end the race after Ryan Preece’s Ford spun and became stalled on track.


The 31-year-old Californian Larson climbed out of and onto his Chevrolet Camero to wave his arms toward the grandstands and encourage the cheering crowd, clearly elated with his first win in one of NASCAR’s most prestigious races – a return to the 2.5-mile oval after four years racing on the infield road course. And it comes 30 years after his Hendrick Motorsports team executive Jeff Gordon won the inaugural stock car race at the historic 2.5-mile oval.


It's the third NASCAR crown jewel win for Larson, also including the Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway and the sport’s longest race, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.


It comes only eight weeks after a 18th-place showing for Larson in his Indianapolis 500 debut. Bad weather delayed his trip to Charlotte to compete in NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600, the second half of racing’s “Double” so this week’s work at Indy felt like redemption. 


“This is just such a prestigious place, such hallowed ground," said the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion Larson, who now leads the series with four wins this season.


“Pretty neat to get an opportunity to race here on the oval again. What a job by our team. I mean, never gave up at all.


“And to all the fans, I love it here," he added with a grin. “I think everything has come full circle with what was meant to be and today was meant to be for us."


For much of the closing laps, the third-place finisher Blaney thought it was meant to be for him and his No. 12 Team Penske Ford team. He was lined up on the front row alongside fellow Ford driver Brad Keselowski for the first overtime restart when Keselowski suddenly pulled onto pit road after running out of gas - not taking the green flag.


That opened a hole for Larson – who was positioned behind Keselowski for the start – to rush forward and claim the lead over Blaney. It was a position he would never relinquish.


“It’s no fun, had a really good shot to win today," a visibly disappointed Blaney said. “Our car was fast. Thought we had really good strategy. Kind of was the front guy having to save a little bit of gas. I thought we put ourselves in a great spot.


“I know the 6 [Keselowski] was probably going to run out if it went green. Came to the restart, I couldn't believe they stayed out. I knew there was no way they were going to make it. So, I obviously chose the top because he might run out in the restart zone. He runs out coming to the green so he gets to do to pit road and the 5 gets promoted.


“Luck of the day right there, I guess. I don't know. I don't know what to be mad about. Mad at losing this race because I thought we were in the perfect position."


Reddick’s runner-up effort – passing Blaney on the white flag lap - keeps him right in the mix for the Regular Season Championship. Larson takes a 10-point lead into in the sport’s summer break and Reddick is only 15 points back with four races remaining in the regular season to settle the 16-driver Playoff field.


“Obviously a lot of cars and a lot of things had to happen for us to get second," said Reddick, who led a race best 40 laps in the No. 45 23XI Racing Toyota. “Honestly, it was a good day. Obviously return to the Brickyard, it's tough coming up one spot short. Once we got off of turn two there, I knew I was pretty much it. He [Larson] was going to have to make a mistake.


“Glad we had a good recovery. Another solid points day. We didn't close the gap on the 5 [Larson] that much, but a little bit on the 9 [Elliott]. In the big picture, it was a great day for the team.”


Larson’s teammate Elliott finished fourth and Front Row Motorsports’ 24-year-old driver Todd Gilliland turned in an impressive fifth-place performance running up front for most of the day.


There was never real rhythm to the race with varying pit stop strategies putting drivers out front. There were 13 leaders and 17 lead changes on the afternoon.


Denny Hamlin, who led 21 laps earned the first stage win - his sixth stage victory of the season and the first ever for the veteran at Indy. He finished 32nd after being involved in a multi-car accident during the first overtime restart and now is fourth in the championship standings, 43 points behind Larson.


Stewart Haas Racing’s Noah Gragson, Team Penske’s Austin Cindric, Spire Motorsports rookie Carson Hocevar, 23XI Racing’s Bubba Wallace and JTG Daugherty Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. rounded out the top-10. Wallace also claimed his first stage win since 2022, leading the field at the second stage break.


It was an important points-grab for Wallace, who is still trying to become Playoff eligible. Wallace now trails Trackhouse Racing’s Ross Chastain by only seven points for the 16th and final Playoff position. Roush Fenway Keselowski’s Chris Buescher is 15th in points, only 17 points up on Wallace.


The sport is taking a two-week summer break in competition with the NASCAR Cup Series schedule resuming Aug. 11 with the Cook Out 400 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway (6 p.m. ET, USA Network, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Buescher is the defending race winner.


NASCAR Cup Series Race - Brickyard 400 Presented by PPG

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Speedway, Indiana

Sunday, July 21, 2024


                1. (5)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 167.

                2. (1)  Tyler Reddick, Toyota, 167.

                3. (7)  Ryan Blaney, Ford, 167.

                4. (18)  Christopher Bell, Toyota, 167.

                5. (17)  Bubba Wallace, Toyota, 167.

                6. (24)  Todd Gilliland, Ford, 167.

                7. (38)  Austin Cindric, Ford, 167.

                8. (25)  Daniel Suarez, Chevrolet, 167.

                9. (21)  Noah Gragson, Ford, 167.

                10. (3)  Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 167.

                11. (9)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet, 167.

                12. (30)  Carson Hocevar #, Chevrolet, 167.

                13. (11)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 167.

                14. (19)  Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet, 167.

                15. (28)  Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 167.

                16. (8)  Michael McDowell, Ford, 167.

                17. (27)  Zane Smith #, Chevrolet, 167.

                18. (36)  Cody Ware, Ford, 167.

                19. (22)  Ty Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 167.

                20. (35)  Justin Haley, Ford, 167.

                21. (26)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 167.

                22. (23)  Chris Buescher, Ford, 167.

                23. (6)  Ty Gibbs, Toyota, 167.

                24. (20)  Chase Briscoe, Ford, 167.

                25. (34)  Kyle Busch, Chevrolet, 166.

                26. (31)  Ryan Preece, Ford, Accident, 165.

                27. (14)  Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 165.

                28. (29)  Erik Jones, Toyota, 165.

                29. (10)  John Hunter Nemechek, Toyota, Accident, 161.

                30. (32)  Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet, Accident, 161.

                31. (13)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, Accident, 161.

                32. (2)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, Accident, 161.

                33. (33)  Jimmie Johnson, Toyota, Accident, 110.

                34. (12)  Joey Logano, Ford, Accident, 109.

                35. (37)  Josh Berry #, Ford, Accident, 104.

                36. (16)  Harrison Burton, Ford, Accident, 74.

                37. (15)  AJ Allmendinger(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 74.

                38. (4)  William Byron, Chevrolet, Accident, 73.

                39. (39)  BJ McLeod(i), Ford, Engine, 15.


Average Speed of Race Winner:  119.77 mph.

Time of Race:  3 Hrs, 29 Mins, 9 Secs. Margin of Victory:  Under Caution Seconds.

Caution Flags:  10 for 34 laps.

Lead Changes:  18 among 13 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   T. Reddick 1-36;M. McDowell 37;C. Bell 38-39;B. Keselowski 40;D. Hamlin 41-51;T. Reddick 52-55;J. Nemechek 56-69;K. Busch 70-72;T. Gilliland 73;K. Busch 74-75;B. Wallace 76-101;D. Hamlin 102-111;J. Nemechek 112-113;R. Chastain 114-121;K. Larson 122;C. Elliott 123;N. Gragson 124-126;B. Keselowski 127-160;K. Larson 161-167.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Tyler Reddick 2 times for 40 laps; Brad Keselowski 2 times for 35 laps; Bubba Wallace 1 time for 26 laps; Denny Hamlin 2 times for 21 laps; John Hunter Nemechek 2 times for 16 laps; Ross Chastain 1 time for 8 laps; Kyle Larson 2 times for 8 laps; Kyle Busch 2 times for 5 laps; Noah Gragson 1 time for 3 laps; Christopher Bell 1 time for 2 laps; Michael McDowell 1 time for 1 lap; Todd Gilliland 1 time for 1 lap; Chase Elliott 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 11,5,12,24,45,34,48,54,47,10

Stage #2 Top Ten: 23,9,11,12,42,45,47,19,20,14


Tyler Reddick snags pole position for return to Indianapolis oval

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PEEDWAY, Ind.—Indianapolis Grand Prix Course or traditional oval—when it comes to speed, it’s all the same to Tyler Reddick.


Fastest in both rounds of NASCAR Cup Series qualifying on Saturday, Reddick will lead the field to green in Sunday’s Brickyard 400 presented by PPG (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, IMS Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).


Sunday’s race marks both the 30th anniversary of the inaugural Brickyard 400 and the first time the Cup Series will race on the 2.5-mile “big track” since 2020.


In the intervening three years, NASCAR raced on the Grand Prix Course, and in 2022—the first season for the Gen 7 Cup race car—Reddick won from the pole on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course.


The last driver to make a qualifying run in the final round of Saturday’s time trials, Reddick will start from the top spot in his No. 45 23XI Racing Toyota after knocking Chase Elliott off the provisional pole by 0.044 seconds.


Despite negotiating Turn 1 in less-than-perfect fashion, Reddick covered the 2.5-mile distance in 49.460 seconds (181.932 mph) to edge the Hendrick Motorsports driver (181.803 mph) for the top starting spot.


The Busch Light Pole Award was Reddick’s second of the season and the eighth of his career.


“In Round 2, I knew what the target lap time was,” said Reddick, who ran 182.637 mph (49.278 seconds) in the opening round. “I did not feel great about my Turn 1, but the rest of the lap was really, really stout.


“It’s just really cool. I’ve been really fortunate to come here and have a lot of speed on the road course. It’s great to be back on the oval here and have that speed again. I’m excited for (Sunday). We’re going to have an awesome opportunity with pit selection, and obviously, our Toyota Camry is really fast.”


Because the field is ordered—the front row excepted—with Group A drivers on the outside row and Group B drivers on the inside, Reddick will start next to his car owner, Denny Hamlin, the Group A driver who posted the fastest final-round lap at 181.492 mph.


Elliott will start from the inside of the second row beside teammate William Byron (180.155 mph).


The remaining starting spots in the top 10 were filled, respectively, by Kyle Larson (who also started fifth in the Indianapolis 500), Ty Gibbs, Ryan Blaney, Michael McDowell, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and John Hunter Nemechek.


Stenhouse advanced to the final round of qualifying for the first time this year. Nemechek made the top 10 for the first time since the season-opening Daytona 500, where he also started 10th.


Ross Chastain, the last driver currently in a Playoff-eligible position on points (27 ahead of Bubba Wallace), qualified 28th to Wallace’s 17th. There are five races left before the 16-driver Playoff field is set at Darlington Raceway.



Ryan Blaney earns his 12th career win at Pocono Raceway


 James Gilbert/Getty Images

By Holly Cain

NASCAR Wire Service


July 14, 2023


Long Pond, Pa. – Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Ryan Blaney returned to the site of his first career NASCAR Cup Series win and pulled away from the field in the closing laps of Sunday’s The Great American Getaway 400 at a sold-out Pocono (Pa.) Raceway to deliver a strong reminder to the competition that he’s primed to contend for another season trophy.


Blaney’s No. 12 Team Penske Ford held off the track’s all-time winningest driver Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota by 1.312-seconds to give Blaney his second victory of the season – both coming in just the last month - and the 12th win of the 30-year old’s career.


“Hell yeah boys, let’s go,’ an elated Blaney screamed to his team as he crossed the historic Pocono finish line.


With the victory Blaney moves up to fifth place in the championship standings and thanks to his first win of the year at Iowa Speedway on June 16, he’s one of only five drivers with multiple victories on the season.


“Feel like we’ve gotten to a great pace and speed the last couple months, honestly thought we let a couple races slip away from us I thought we should have won,’’ Blaney said, adding, “It’s just so cool to win here again. Won here seven years ago for my first Cup win, so awesome to be back.’’


Although he ran among the top-10 for much of the race, Blaney ultimately took the lead on a restart with 44 laps remaining and never relinquished it despite two more restarts and a highly-motivated Hamlin lining up either alongside him or directly behind him on each of those green flags. 


Last week’s race winner, Hendrick Motorsports’ Alex Bowman filled Blaney’s mirrors for much of the closing laps until getting passed by Hamlin with seven laps remaining. Bowman finished third with his Hendrick teammate William Byron and Blaney’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano rounding out the top-five.


“Track position was just such a big thing and when that 12 [Blaney] jumped on that stage we won that put them in front of us and certainly were going to be hard to pass,’’ said Hamlin, a seven-time Pocono race winner who won Sunday’s second stage.


“Just not enough laps of green there at the end but hats off to them, great run. He kept up great pace at there at the front and hard for me to even get up there close enough to try to reel him in.’’


23XI Racing’s Tyler Reddick, Roush Fenway Keselowski’s Brad Keselowski, JGR’s Martin Truex Jr. (the opening stage winner), Hendrick’s Chase Elliott and 23XI’s Bubba Wallace rounded out the Top-10. Both Elliott’s and Wallace’s finishes, in particular, were impactful on the championship standings.


The 2020 series champion Elliott took over the championship lead from his teammate, 2021 series champ Kyle Larson and takes a slim three-point advantage atop the regular season standings with only five races remaining before the Playoffs. The regular season champion receives a valuable 15 extra Playoff points to carry with him through the 10-race Playoff run.


Wallace’s top-10 was also important in his quest to become championship eligible for the second consecutive year. He is now ranked 17th, only 27 points behind 16th place Ross Chastain with the top-16 drivers following the Sept. 1 race at Darlington, S.C. eligible for the championship.


Chastain, one of four drivers inside the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff field without a win but based on points, finished 36th on Sunday. His No. 1 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet slammed the Turn 1 wall on Lap 53 and the team had to retire the car.


Richard Childress Racing’s Kyle Busch was involved in a multi-car accident with 39 laps remaining and finished 32nd Sunday. He’s now finished 27th or worse in four of the last five races and is ranked 19th in the standings, 102 points behind 16th place Chastain. The two-time series champion is not only trying to make the Playoffs but extend a career winning streak to 19 seasons.


The NASCAR Cup Series moves to the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Sunday’s Brickyard 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Race Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Front Row Motorsports driver Michael McDowell won last year’s Indy race, but it was on the road course. The last driver to win a race on the 2.5-mile speedway is recently retired driver Kevin Harvick in 2020.





NASCAR Cup Series Race - The Great American Getaway 400 Presented by VisitPA.com

Pocono Raceway

Long Pond, Pennsylvania

Sunday, July 14, 2024


                1. (8)  Ryan Blaney, Ford, 160.

                2. (4)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 160.

                3. (6)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 160.

                4. (2)  William Byron, Chevrolet, 160.

                5. (10)  Joey Logano, Ford, 160.

                6. (7)  Tyler Reddick, Toyota, 160.

                7. (14)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 160.

                8. (3)  Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 160.

                9. (11)  Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 160.

                10. (29)  Bubba Wallace, Toyota, 160.

                11. (18)  Chris Buescher, Ford, 160.

                12. (13)  Christopher Bell, Toyota, 160.

                13. (12)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 160.

                14. (23)  Erik Jones, Toyota, 160.

                15. (28)  Chase Briscoe, Ford, 160.

                16. (16)  Daniel Suarez, Chevrolet, 160.

                17. (15)  Carson Hocevar #, Chevrolet, 160.

                18. (20)  Austin Cindric, Ford, 160.

                19. (30)  Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet, 160.

                20. (5)  Josh Berry #, Ford, 160.

                21. (26)  AJ Allmendinger(i), Chevrolet, 160.

                22. (34)  Justin Haley, Ford, 160.

                23. (17)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 160.

                24. (21)  Michael McDowell, Ford, 158.

                25. (27)  Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet, Suspension, 153.

                26. (35)  Cody Ware, Ford, Overheating, 134.

                27. (1)  Ty Gibbs, Toyota, Engine, 132.

                28. (32)  John Hunter Nemechek, Toyota, Accident, 126.

                29. (9)  Zane Smith #, Chevrolet, Accident, 126.

                30. (36)  Ryan Preece, Ford, Accident, 121.

                31. (22)  Harrison Burton, Ford, Accident, 121.

                32. (24)  Kyle Busch, Chevrolet, Accident, 120.

                33. (31)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet, Accident, 120.

                34. (33)  Todd Gilliland, Ford, Accident, 115.

                35. (37)  JJ Yeley(i), Chevrolet, Fuel Pump, 112.

                36. (19)  Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, Accident, 53.

                37. (25)  Noah Gragson, Ford, Accident, 13.


Average Speed of Race Winner:  123.722 mph.

Time of Race:  3 Hrs, 13 Mins, 59 Secs. Margin of Victory:  1.312 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  8 for 34 laps.

Lead Changes:  8 among 8 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   T. Gibbs 1-17;M. Truex Jr. 18-31;J. Logano 32-34;B. Keselowski 35-54;T. Gibbs 55-58;J. Berry # 59-66;D. Hamlin 67-97;C. Buescher 98-116;R. Blaney 117-160.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Ryan Blaney 1 time for 44 laps; Denny Hamlin 1 time for 31 laps; Ty Gibbs 2 times for 21 laps; Brad Keselowski 1 time for 20 laps; Chris Buescher 1 time for 19 laps; Martin Truex Jr. 1 time for 14 laps; Josh Berry # 1 time for 8 laps; Joey Logano 1 time for 3 laps.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 19,11,45,24,9,48,22,6,20,43

Stage #2 Top Ten: 11,9,6,24,43,5,48,20,22,45





Ty Gibbs earned his second career NASCAR Cup Series Busch Light Pole


James Gilbert/Getty Images




July 13, 3024



NASCAR Wire Service


Long Pond, Pa. – Joe Gibbs Racing’s Ty Gibbs earned his second career NASCAR Cup Series Busch Light Pole Position Saturday claiming the top starting spot for Sunday’s The Great American Getaway 400 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (2:30 p.m. ET, USA Network, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).


The 21-year old Gibbs will line up first in the No. 54 JGR Toyota, equaling his best previous series qualifying effort at Charlotte Motor Speedway this May. His lap of 170.039 mph around the 2.5-mile Pocono oval was .118-seconds faster than William Byron in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.


“Definitely satisfying for sure,’’ Gibbs said, adding, “We were really fast and I just appreciate all the effort from my Monster Energy team, wouldn’t be here without them and all my sponsors. It was really really fun and the car is really good. So we’ll see what we can do and hopefully we can get a win tomorrow.’’


Three of the four JGR drivers advanced the final round of qualifying. And it was an all-JGR second row including Martin Truex Jr. in the No. 19 JGR Toyota and the track’s all-time winningest active driver, seven-time Pocono race winner Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 JGR Toyota.


Stewart-Haas Racing’s rookie Josh Berry and last week’s Chicago race winner, Hendrick Motorsports’ Alex Bowman will take the green flag from the third row. 23XI Racing’s Tyler Reddick, Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney, Spire Motorsports rookie Zane Smith and Penske’s Joey Logano round out the Top-10 drivers who advanced to the final round of qualifying.


Hendrick Motorsports’ teammates Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott, who are first and second in the NASCAR Cup Series championship standings, will start 12th and 11th, respectively.


Reddick was fastest in practice with a lap of 168.231 mph in the No. 45 Toyota. He was second fastest to Truex in 10 Lap Consecutive Speed.


Hamlin, Truex, Bowman, Blaney and Logano are all past-Pocono winners. Both Hamlin (2006) and Blaney (2017) earned their first career NASCAR Cup Series wins at the Tricky Triangle.




Alex Bowman earns NASCAR Cup Playoff berth with strategic Chicago win

 Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

July 7, 2024


By Reid Spencer

NASCAR Wire Service


CHICAGO—On a wet-and-dry day on the streets of Chicago, crew chief Blake Harris made the right call, and driver Alex Bowman promised to wet his whistle after ending an 80-race drought.


“The last time we won, we didn’t really get to celebrate—we’re going to drink so much damn bourbon tonight,” said Bowman, who clinched a spot in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs with his victory in Sunday’s Grant Park 165 at the Chicago Street Race.


“It’s going to be a bad deal. I’m probably going to wake up naked on the bathroom floor again. That’s just part of this deal sometimes.”


Driving the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, Bowman claimed the eighth victory of his career with a pass of sports car ace Joey Hand on Lap 51—moments before Josh Berry plowed into the tire barrier in Turn 2 of the 2.2-mile, 12-turn course to cause the fifth and final caution.


At that point, the race was on the clock, thanks to a heavy rain that had caused a lengthy stoppage after Lap 25. Facing a deadline of 8:20 p.m., with two laps to follow that point in the race, Bowman held off runner-up Tyler Reddick to win an event shortened from 75 to 58 laps because of the delay.


Harris got his first win as a crew chief by keeping Bowman out on older wet tires after the final caution. Neither Christopher Bell, who arguably had the best car in the race, nor Reddick could catch Bowman over the closing laps.


Bell’s charge to the front was blunted by a five-car melee, and Reddick nicked the wall and lost momentum on the final lap.


“We were catching Alex by a large margin there, and, I don't know, that puzzles me,” said Reddick, who finished second for the second straight week. “I clearly just screwed up. Trying to stay in the dry groove, and I had more than enough of dry groove… I cut the wheel a little too hard.”


Bowman crossed the finish line with a 3.447-second edge over Reddick to score his first win since March 6, 2022 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.


“Man, I broke my back (in a sprint car accident), had a brain injury, and we've kind of sucked ever since,” Bowman said. “I didn't… you start to second-guess if you're ever going to get a chance to win a race again.”


Enhancing Bowman’s opportunity on Sunday was the ill fortune that befell the top two contenders.

Halfway through the restart lap for Stage 2 (Lap 25), the complexion of the race changed dramatically. Chase Briscoe, out of control in his No. 14 Ford, slid toward the tire barrier in Turn 6 and clipped the rear of the Chevrolet of defending winner Shane van Gisbergen.


The impact propelled van Gisbergen’s Camaro nose-first into the outside wall at the exit from the corner, and the car came to rest, unable to continue. Van Gisbergen’s exit suddenly raised the stakes for the drivers who trailed him to the finish line in Stage 1.


After leaving the infield care center, van Gisbergen watched a replay of the incident.

“Just sort of turned in, looked pretty good and then just got smashed by someone (Briscoe),” the New Zealander said. “Just gutting. The car was really good. We were in the lead for a lot of that race and, you know, felt good taking off in the rain. That sucks—an unfortunate mistake by him, but I’m sure he didn’t mean it.


“But, yeah, when he just clipped me, there was nothing I could do. Of course I’m disappointed. We had a pretty amazing Camaro there… I felt like I was driving well within myself. It’s a shame to be out so early and a shame we couldn’t have a proper crack at it at the end.”


By the time Briscoe delivered the coup de grace to the No. 16 Chevy, Gibbs had wrested the lead from Zane Smith, who stayed out on older wet tires, and Bell, who was first off pit road during the stage break.

The field didn’t complete Lap 25 before NASCAR called the second caution of the race for heavy rain. After a red-flag period of 1 hour, 43 minutes, one second, the race resumed and went green on Lap 31, with Bell retaking the lead from Gibbs before completion of that circuit.


On Lap 34, pole winner Kyle Larson, in pursuit of Gibbs, hydroplaned into the Turn 6 tire barrier, damaging his No. 5 Chevrolet beyond repair.


In a race where late strategic calls scrambled the field, Gibbs led a race-high 17 laps and came home third, followed by Hand and Michael McDowell. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Todd Gilliland, William Byron, Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney completed the top 10.


Bell led 14 circuits, but he, Gibbs and Reddick pitted for slick tires on Lap 43 and couldn’t get back to the front.


For the second straight year, rain shortened the NASCAR Cup race at the Chicago Street Race, but the wet weather did little to diminish the festival atmosphere that captivated the Windy City throughout the weekend.


“I’ve raced about every street course in the country and a lot around the world, and you won’t find a backdrop like this,” said Hand, who led seven laps on wet tires before Bowman led the final eight.




NASCAR Cup Series Race - Grant Park 165

Chicago Street Race

Chicago, Illinois

Sunday, July 7, 2024


                  1. (8)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 58.

                  2. (4)  Tyler Reddick, Toyota, 58.

                  3. (2)  Ty Gibbs, Toyota, 58.

                  4. (38)  Joey Hand, Ford, 58.

                  5. (3)  Michael McDowell, Ford, 58.

                  6. (33)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet, 58.

                  7. (26)  Todd Gilliland, Ford, 58.

                  8. (27)  William Byron, Chevrolet, 58.

                  9. (19)  Kyle Busch, Chevrolet, 58.

                  10. (17)  Ryan Blaney, Ford, 58.

                  11. (9)  Daniel Suarez, Chevrolet, 58.

                  12. (35)  Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet, 58.

                  13. (6)  Bubba Wallace, Toyota, 58.

                  14. (28)  Noah Gragson, Ford, 58.

                  15. (21)  Austin Cindric, Ford, 58.

                  16. (23)  Justin Haley, Ford, 58.

                  17. (30)  Zane Smith #, Chevrolet, 58.

                  18. (10)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 58.

                  19. (15)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 58.

                  20. (16)  Chris Buescher, Ford, 58.

                  21. (18)  Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 58.

                  22. (14)  Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 58.

                  23. (32)  Joey Logano, Ford, 58.

                  24. (13)  Carson Hocevar #, Chevrolet, 58.

                  25. (31)  Harrison Burton, Ford, 58.

                  26. (40)  Kaz Grala #, Ford, 58.

                  27. (20)  Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet, 58.

                  28. (39)  Josh Bilicki(i), Ford, 58.

                  29. (25)  Erik Jones, Toyota, 58.

                  30. (11)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 58.

                  31. (34)  Austin Hill(i), Chevrolet, 58.

                  32. (22)  Chase Briscoe, Ford, 58.

                  33. (24)  Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 58.

                  34. (29)  Ryan Preece, Ford, 58.

                  35. (12)  John Hunter Nemechek, Toyota, 57.

                  36. (36)  Josh Berry #, Ford, 57.

                  37. (7)  Christopher Bell, Toyota, Accident, 55.

                  38. (37)  AJ Allmendinger(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 48.

                  39. (1)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, Accident, 33.

                  40. (5)  Shane Van Gisbergen(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 24.


Average Speed of Race Winner:  54.921 mph.

Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 19 Mins, 24 Secs. Margin of Victory:  2.863 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  5 for 19 laps.

Lead Changes:  9 among 6 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   K. Larson 0;T. Gibbs 1-11;S. Van Gisbergen(i) 12-14;C. Bell 15;S. Van Gisbergen(i) 16-21;Z. Smith # 22-24;T. Gibbs 25-30;C. Bell 31-43;*. Hand 44-50;A. Bowman 51-58.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Ty Gibbs 2 times for 17 laps; Christopher Bell 2 times for 14 laps; Shane Van Gisbergen(i) 2 times for 9 laps; Alex Bowman 1 time for 8 laps; * Joey Hand 1 time for 7 laps; Zane Smith # 1 time for 3 laps.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 16,20,54,14,5,48,23,38,45,99

Stage #2 Top Ten: 60,48,6,77,19,10,31,47,21,11



Kyle Larson edges Ty Gibbs for Chicago Street Race pole



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July 6, 2024


By Reid Spencer

NASCAR Wire Service


CHICAGO—Kyle Larson made the most of his last chance in qualifying on Saturday, edging Ty Gibbs for the pole position for the Grant Park 165 NASCAR Cup Series on the Chicago Street Course (4:30 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).


On his final lap in the final round of time trials on the tight 2.2-mile course, Larson’s No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet covered the distance in 87.836 seconds (90.168 mph) to outrun Gibbs (90.158 mph) by .010 seconds.


“It wasn’t perfect,” said Larson, who ran a track-record 90.496 mph (87.518 seconds) in the opening round. “It was better than my first lap (in the final round), but I think I had better grip potential on the first lap, so I wish I could have had a couple corners back there.


“Judging by the reaction from my spotter, it had to be pretty close on lap time, so really awesome to get a pole here in Chicago… (We’ve) checked the first box, and hopefully we can keep it going.”


The Busch Light Pole award was Larson’s series-best fifth of the season and the 21st of his career. His three victories this year, however, have come from starting positions of second, fourth and fifth.


Michael McDowell qualified third at 90.141 mph, followed by Tyler Reddick (89.923 mph) and defending race winner Shane van Gisbergen (89.813 mph).


“I was trying to get my Ford Mustang on the pole,” said McDowell, who won last year’s road race on the Indianapolis Grand Prix Course. “We were close, right? So proud of everybody. We made good changes in between Round 1 and 2 because I felt like Larson and SVG (van Gisbergen) sort of had everybody covered there.


“Then we went into that next round and made some gains and got close. You know what it means to get a pole and track position and all that. So we’re starting up front. We’ll have a great shot at it with the White Sox Ford Mustang.”


Bubba Wallace, Christopher Bell, Alex Bowman, Daniel Suárez and Brad Keselowski claimed starting positions six through 10, respectively, though Keselowski spun into the wall during his first final-round lap and was off the pace when he finished the circuit.


Denny Hamlin, last year’s pole winner for the Chicago Street Race, narrowly missed the final 10 and will start 11th on Sunday.


William Byron, a three-time winner this season, suffered a power steering failure in the first round, requiring a complete replacement of the steering system. Byron will start from the rear of the field on Sunday after repairs.


Harrison Burton, in his final season in the Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford, ended the first round with a spin into a tire barrier, requiring a tow truck to remove the car. Josh Berry, named earlier in the week as Burton’s replacement next year, spun during the opening round and will start 36th in the 40-driver field.




Joey Logano wins at Nashville after a record five overtime restarts

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June 30, 2024


By Holly Cain

NASCAR Wire Service


LEBANON, Tenn. – It took a record five overtime restarts to settle Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway, but two-time series champion Joey Logano finally emerged as the race winner, securing his first win of the season and a bid into the 2024 Playoffs in dramatic fashion.


With race leaders falling out of contention with each late race restart – 31 extra laps and 15 total cautions on the day - Logano and his Team Penske team gambled that his No. 22 Ford Mustang had enough fuel for a final push to the checkered flag. Ultimately Logano’s Mustang turned 110 laps with that final tank of fuel. 


The reward was the trip to Victory Lane Sunday – the first for Ford at the 1.333-mile Nashville track - and a coveted ticket to the Playoffs for Logano and team.


Logano finished .068-seconds ahead of Spire Motorsports rookie Zane Smith – the best career showing for the former NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series champion. 23XI Racing’s Tyler Reddick was third, followed by Stewart-Haas Racing’s Ryan Preece and RFK Racing’s Chris Buescher.


The 34-year-old Logano said he wasn’t sure how much fuel was left or if he would definitely make it to the checkered, “I know into [turn] three, my fuel light came on and it stumbled across the line, so that was definitely all of it.


’We’ve got to give a lot of credit to Roush Yates, not only building horsepower but building fuel milage – that’s what won today,’’ said Logano, who still had enough fuel to do a brief victory burnout in front of the sold-out Nashville crowd that stayed to the epic end, despite a one hour, 21-minute red flag for rain only 136 laps into the 331-lap race.


“So proud of this team. It’s been a stressful few weeks trying to get in the Playoffs so being able to win here is huge for our season. Felt great to get that. It feels good for our team. 


“So much pressure. Trying to make the Playoffs is not easy these days in these Next Gen cars and everyone is so evenly matched,’’ he added. “I made a lot of mistakes, even some tonight and it’s nice to be able to overcome. .. This is a much-needed win for sure.’’


His crew chief Paul Wolfe confirmed Logano’s Mustang ultimately ran out of gas.


“We just got to the point. .. we’ve gotten this far, let’s just stick with it,’’ Wolfe said of the team staying out instead of pitting for fuel. “Fortunately it was enough, but he did run out on the last lap.’’


Even before all the extra laps, the race’s scheduled ending featured an amazing duel between pole-winner Denny Hamlin racing for what would have been a series best fourth victory and the 2023 Nashville winner Ross Chastain, racing for his first win of the season. For 30 laps they raced in front of the field with Hamlin cutting into Chastain’s lead before finally overtaking him with seven laps remaining in the originally scheduled 300-lap race.


But just as Hamlin and Chastain were seemingly settling the trophy, Logano’s teammate Austin Cindric spun out with four laps remaining, forcing the first overtime.


Hamlin and Chastain restarted next to one another on the first overtime, but Chastain was hit from behind by Hendrick Motorsports’ Kyle Larson, whose Chevrolet’s splitter hit the apron and unintentionally moved into Chastain’s car. The accident eliminated Chastain and Hamlin had to hold off the field in two subsequent overtimes before having to pit himself for fuel – a decision the team struggled to make, but ultimately were forced to do.


That left Logano and Stewart-Haas Racing’s Chase Briscoe on the front row for the fourth overtime restart. Smith had moved into second place around Briscoe when the final caution came out for SHR’s Josh Berry.


Only one (Reddick) of the top-11 cars lined up for the fifth overtime restart had won a race this season, but a highly motivated Logano got a stellar jump on the field at the drop of the flag and was able to keep the challengers behind with other incidents happening as the checkered flag flew.


“The winning side of me is pissed with the second place, especially after hearing the 22 [Logano] was going to run out for the past 10 laps, I don’t know how many restarts,’’ Smith said of his runner-up showing.


“But no, I wouldn’t have done anything different. I felt like I chose the right lane and it’s crazy how much different these cars drive with cleaner air. Just proud of our strategy there.’’ 


Logano’s Team Penske teammate and reigning series champ Blaney finished sixth, followed by 23XI Racing’s Bubba Wallace, Larson, Kaulig Racing’s Daniel Hemric and SHR’s Noah Gragson. 


There were nine race leaders and 20 lead changes on the day.


For much of the early day, last week’s winner Christopher Bell looked like he was positioned to earn the first back-to-back victories of his career. But pit strategy put Bell’s No. 20 JGR Toyota the farthest back in the field. He spun out alone in Turn 2, racing in 15th place on the restart with 74 laps remaining.


Bell swept the opening two stage wins to lead the series with nine stage victories on the season and was out front a race-best 131 of the first 229 laps  - more than twice as many laps as any other driver in the field at that point.


‘Just put myself in a bad spot, lost my cool, got back in traffic with all those yellow flags and put myself in a really bad spot going into [turn] one,’’ Bell said.


Larson’s eighth place showing was good enough to keep the NASCAR Cup Series championship lead by 20-points over his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott, who was among those who had an incident on the race’s final lap. Hamlin is 43 points back with eight races remaining to decide the regular season champion.


The NASCAR Cup Series returns to the Chicago Street Course for the Grant Park 165 next Sunday (4:30 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). New Zealander Shane van Gisbergen is the defending race winner – claiming the trophy in his first ever series start.




NASCAR Cup Series Race - Ally 400

Nashville Superspeedway

Nashville, Tennessee

Sunday, June 30, 2024


          1. (26)  Joey Logano, Ford, 331.

          2. (36)  Zane Smith #, Chevrolet, 331.

          3. (6)  Tyler Reddick, Toyota, 331.

          4. (22)  Ryan Preece, Ford, 331.

          5. (9)  Chris Buescher, Ford, 331.

          6. (18)  Ryan Blaney, Ford, 331.

          7. (24)  Bubba Wallace, Toyota, 331.

          8. (4)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 331.

          9. (37)  Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet, 331.

          10. (16)  Noah Gragson, Ford, 331.

          11. (28)  AJ Allmendinger(i), Chevrolet, 331.

          12. (1)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 331.

          13. (33)  Justin Haley, Ford, 331.

          14. (12)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 331.

          15. (10)  Austin Cindric, Ford, 331.

          16. (15)  Carson Hocevar #, Chevrolet, 331.

          17. (32)  Todd Gilliland, Ford, 331.

          18. (13)  Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 331.

          19. (7)  William Byron, Chevrolet, 331.

          20. (21)  Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet, 331.

          21. (19)  Chase Briscoe, Ford, 331.

          22. (31)  Daniel Suarez, Chevrolet, 331.

          23. (8)  Ty Gibbs, Toyota, 331.

          24. (17)  Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 331.

          25. (5)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 330.

          26. (2)  Josh Berry #, Ford, Accident, 327.

          27. (27)  Kyle Busch, Chevrolet, Accident, 319.

          28. (25)  Harrison Burton, Ford, Accident, 312.

          29. (29)  Corey Heim(i), Toyota, Accident, 312.

          30. (23)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet, Accident, 312.

          31. (35)  John Hunter Nemechek, Toyota, Accident, 306.

          32. (11)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, Accident, 305.

          33. (20)  Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, Accident, 304.

          34. (34)  Erik Jones, Toyota, Suspension, 287.

          35. (14)  Michael McDowell, Ford, Transmission, 239.

          36. (3)  Christopher Bell, Toyota, Accident, 227.

          37. (30)  Riley Herbst(i), Ford, Accident, 201.

          38. (38)  Chad Finchum(i), Ford, Electrical, 132.


Average Speed of Race Winner:  108.298 mph.

Time of Race:  4 Hrs, 3 Mins, 54 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.068 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  15 for 79 laps.

Lead Changes:  20 among 9 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   D. Hamlin 1-16;C. Bell 17-38;T. Gibbs 39-40;T. Reddick 41-45;M. McDowell 46-76;C. Bell 77-92;D. Hamlin 93-117;C. Bell 118-187;T. Reddick 188;C. Bell 189-208;T. Reddick 209-213;C. Bell 214;T. Reddick 215;C. Bell 216-217;T. Reddick 218-221;R. Blaney 222-233;A. Allmendinger(i) 234;R. Blaney 235-248;R. Chastain 249-293;D. Hamlin 294-322;J. Logano 323-331.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Christopher Bell 6 times for 131 laps; Denny Hamlin 3 times for 70 laps; Ross Chastain 1 time for 45 laps; Michael McDowell 1 time for 31 laps; Ryan Blaney 2 times for 26 laps; Tyler Reddick 5 times for 16 laps; Joey Logano 1 time for 9 laps; Ty Gibbs 1 time for 2 laps; AJ Allmendinger(i) 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 20,11,45,5,6,54,24,17,19,23

Stage #2 Top Ten: 20,45,5,11,6,9,19,12,17,10




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Race / Track


Start Time (ET)


Sunday, February 4

Clash (L.A. Memorial Coliseum)


8:00 p.m.


Thursday, February 15

Duel at Daytona


7:00 p.m.


Sunday, February 18



2:30 p.m.


Sunday, February 25

Atlanta Motor Speedway


3:00 p.m.


Sunday, March 3

Las Vegas Motor Speedway


3:30 p.m.


Sunday, March 10

Phoenix Raceway


3:30 p.m.


Sunday, March 17

Bristol Motor Speedway


3:30 p.m.


Sunday, March 24



3:30 p.m.


Sunday, March 31

Richmond Raceway


7:00 p.m.


Sunday, April 7

Martinsville Speedway


3:00 p.m.


Sunday, April 14

Texas Motor Speedway


3:30 p.m.


Sunday, April 21

Talladega Superspeedway


3:00 p.m.


Sunday, April 28

Dover Motor Speedway


2:00 p.m.


Sunday, May 5

Kansas Speedway


3:00 p.m.


Sunday, May 12

Darlington Raceway


3:00 p.m.


Sunday, May 19

All-Star Race (N. Wilkesboro)


8:00 p.m.


Sunday, May 26

Charlotte Motor Speedway


6:00 p.m.


Sunday, June 2

World Wide Technology Raceway


3:30 p.m.


Sunday, June 9

Sonoma Raceway


3:30 p.m.


Sunday, June 16

Iowa Speedway


7:00 p.m.


Sunday, June 23

New Hampshire Motor Speedway


2:30 p.m.


Sunday, June 30

Nashville Superspeedway


3:30 p.m.


Sunday, July 7

Chicago Street Race


4:30 p.m.


Sunday, July 14

Pocono Raceway


2:30 p.m.


Sunday, July 21

Indianapolis Motor Speedway


2:30 p.m.


Sunday, August 11

Richmond Raceway


6:00 p.m.


Sunday, August 18

Michigan International Speedway


2:30 p.m.


Saturday, August 24

Daytona International Speedway


7:30 p.m.


Sunday, September 1

Darlington Raceway


6:00 p.m.


Sunday, September 8

Atlanta Motor Speedway


3:00 p.m.


Sunday, September 15

Watkins Glen International


3:00 p.m.


Saturday, September 21

Bristol Motor Speedway


7:30 p.m.


Sunday, September 29

Kansas Speedway


3:00 p.m.


Sunday, October 6

Talladega Superspeedway


2:00 p.m.


Sunday, October 13

Charlotte Roval


2:00 p.m.


Sunday, October 20

Las Vegas Motor Speedway


2:30 p.m.


Sunday, October 27

Homestead-Miami Speedway


2:30 p.m.


Sunday, November 3

Martinsville Speedway


2:00 p.m.


Sunday, November 10

Phoenix Raceway


3:00 p.m.







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