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Martin Truex Jr. Holds On to Win NASCAR Cup Nail-Biter at Darlington

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By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service

DARLINGTON, S.C. – In the final stage of Sunday’s Goodyear 400, Kyle Larson turned a Martin Truex Jr. cakewalk into a study in suspense, but Larson couldn’t keep Truex out of Victory Lane in the 12th NASCAR Cup Series race of the season.

Truex swept the first two stages and led 248 laps to win his third event of the season and remain the only multiple winner in the series this year. 

But after the final sequence of pit stops, Larson — who gained time by pitting one lap earlier than Truex — closed the leader’s advantage to .170 seconds on Lap 266 of 293 as the drivers worked stubborn lapped traffic.

Larson stayed within a second of Truex until the final few laps, when Truex finally pulled away to win by 2.571 seconds. No previous stage winner had ever gone on to claim victory at Darlington.

“We just had a good balance,” said Truex, who committed to run the top of the track throughout the race. “The car would do what I wanted it to do. I just had to manage those long runs. It was really loose that last run. I was nervous when the 5 (Larson) was catching us. We got mired in some traffic there, and that’s always tough … 

“What an awesome team we have. Hopefully, we can keep this rolling.”

The victory was the second at Darlington for the driver of the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and the 30th of his career. Truex was elated to win another race with the high-horsepower, low-downforce competition package used at Darlington this year.

“I think the most important part is we are winning with the low downforce package, which most of the Playoff races we run are,” Truex said. “Phoenix was a really, really big confidence booster for us – to go there and win. 

“I feel like we’ve carried it since there. We just have to keep this thing going. Guys are doing a really good job all around. It’s so fun to drive race cars like that.” 

Kyle Busch finished third, 6.209 seconds back. Fourth-place William Byron was 17.067 seconds in arrears and fifth-place Denny Hamlin was 21.939 seconds behind his JGR teammate, as only nine cars remained on the lead lap at the finish.

Larson lopped two seconds off Truex’s advantage during the final exchange of pit stops but couldn’t pull off a winning pass.

“I was surprised that I was able to get to him,” said Larson, who posted his sixth top-10 result in seven Darlington starts and improved his average finish at the track to a series-best 6.0. 

“I caught him, I closed on pit road, was riding and actually had an opportunity to get by and thought I’d stay patient, and he was better on the long run.”

As close as Larson made it near the end, the first two stages were an absolute runaway. 

Truex’s Camry was decked out in an Auto-Owners Insurance paint scheme. The only other time Truex had used that livery at Darlington was in 2016 — and that was the only time he had ever won a Cup race at the track.

But the nod to 2016 wasn’t the only throwback involved. In harkening to 2016, Truex was recalling a season in which he achieved the sort of dominance he enjoyed on Sunday afternoon.

At Charlotte Motor Speedway, the 40-year-old from Mayetta, New Jersey, put a permanent stamp on the Cup Series with an utterly dominant run in the Coca-Cola 600. Truex led 392 of 400 laps, translating to a NASCAR-record 588 of 600 miles.

By the time he took the green/checkered flag on Saturday to complete a sweep of the first two stages, Truex had a 14.516-second lead over Kyle Busch.

And for much of Sunday afternoon, the race threatened to present a similar outcome — until Larson intervened.

Kevin Harvick came home sixth, followed by reigning series champion Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney and Chris Buescher, the last driver on the lead lap.

Byron’s fourth-place finish was his 10th straight top-10 result this season.

NASCAR Cup Series Race – 2nd Annual Goodyear 400

Darlington Raceway

Darlington, South Carolina

Sunday, May 9, 2021

               1. (4)  Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 293.

               2. (14)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 293.

               3. (3)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 293.

               4. (5)  William Byron, Chevrolet, 293.

               5. (7)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 293.

               6. (2)  Kevin Harvick, Ford, 293.

               7. (6)  Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 293.

               8. (16)  Ryan Blaney, Ford, 293.

               9. (11)  Chris Buescher, Ford, 293.

               10. (20)  Ryan Newman, Ford, 292.

               11. (22)  Chase Briscoe #, Ford, 292.

               12. (10)  Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, 292.

               13. (12)  Joey Logano, Ford, 292.

               14. (21)  Christopher Bell, Toyota, 292.

               15. (18)  Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 291.

               16. (9)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 291.

               17. (19)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 291.

               18. (26)  Erik Jones, Chevrolet, 291.

               19. (8)  Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 290.

               20. (28)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet, 290.

               21. (23)  Bubba Wallace, Toyota, 290.

               22. (30)  Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet, 290.

               23. (15)  Daniel Suarez, Chevrolet, 290.

               24. (1)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 290.

               25. (29)  Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, 290.

               26. (25)  Anthony Alfredo #, Ford, 289.

               27. (13)  Michael McDowell, Ford, 288.

               28. (31)  Justin Haley(I), Chevrolet, 288.

               29. (34)  JJ Yeley(i), Chevrolet, 286.

               30. (35)  Quin Houff, Chevrolet, 286.

               31. (36)  James Davison, Chevrolet, 286.

               32. (32)  BJ McLeod(i), Ford, 285.

               33. (37)  Josh Bilicki, Ford, 245.

               34. (33)  Cody Ware(i), Chevrolet, Driveshaft, 188.

               35. (17)  Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, Accident, 106.

               36. (24)  Cole Custer, Ford, Accident, 97.

               37. (27)  Aric Almirola, Ford, Accident, 5.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  123.562 mph.

Time of Race:  3 Hrs, 14 Mins, 21 Secs. Margin of Victory:  2.571 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  6 for 36 laps.

Lead Changes:  19 among 10 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   B. Keselowski 1-4;K. Harvick 5-13;K. Busch 14-21;M. Truex Jr. 22-24;T. Reddick 25;C. Ware(i) 26;M. Truex Jr. 27-60;T. Reddick 61;R. Chastain 62-71;M. Truex Jr. 72-92;D. Hamlin 93;M. Truex Jr. 94-110;D. Hamlin 111-114;M. Truex Jr. 115-144;C. Buescher 145;K. Harvick 146;C. Bell 147-149;M. Truex Jr. 150-187;K. Busch 188;M. Truex Jr. 189-293.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Martin Truex Jr. 7 times for 248 laps; Kevin Harvick 2 times for 10 laps; Ross Chastain 1 time for 10 laps; Kyle Busch 2 times for 9 laps; Denny Hamlin 2 times for 5 laps; Brad Keselowski 1 time for 4 laps; Christopher Bell 1 time for 3 laps; Tyler Reddick 2 times for 2 laps; Cody Ware(i) 1 time for 1 lap; Chris Buescher 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 19,11,8,5,4,22,12,9,24,48

Stage #2 Top Ten: 19,18,24,11,5,20,22,8,12,17

 

 

Kyle Busch gets birthday present with a win at Kansas

 (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

May 2, 2021

 

By Holly Cain

NASCAR Wire Service

 

Perhaps it was birthday fate. When the name of the race is the Buschy McBusch Race 400, your name is Kyle Busch and it’s your 36th birthday – you have to figure there’s some serious racing juju in your favor. And Busch took advantage of it.

 

Busch’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota took the lead on a restart with two laps remaining and held off the field by .336-seconds Sunday at Kansas Speedway to give him his first NASCAR Cup Series win of the season – 58th of his career – and his new crew chief Ben Beshore the first win of his career.

 

It completed a weekend trophy sweep for Busch, who won Saturday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race too.

 

“Just a great day to be able to put this M&Ms Camry up front,” Busch said smiling, adding “Great to be able to get everyone back in Victory Lane again this early in the season and get those points going our way.

 

“And,” he said breaking into a grin, “I just remembered it’s the Buschy McBusch race and a Busch won. What do you know?”

 

It was a dramatic ending to what had been largely a Kyle Larson show up front all day. The Hendrick Motorsports driver led a race best 132 of the 267 laps. But he got shuffled back to the second row on the last restart and had contact with Ryan Blaney’s front-row running Ford after taking the final green flag. The two cars slid up and bounced into the wall and out of the groove, allowing Busch to take off with the help of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. pushing from behind.

 

Ultimately the Fords driven by Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski – on fresher tires – chased down Truex on the last lap to claim second and third place behind Busch. Keselowski, last week’s Talladega winner, led a season-best 72 of the opening 80 laps.

 

Matt DiBenedetto was fourth and reigning series champion Chase Elliott finished fifth. Truex was sixth, followed by Tyler Reddick, Chris Buescher, William Byron and Austin Dillon.

 

Larson, looking to claim his second victory of the season was understandably disappointed after the race. He finished 19th after leading the most laps on the afternoon.

 

“I had the 2 [Keselowski] behind me and he didn’t get to my bumper and I think he had to protect behind him and it just allowed the bottom [row] to get a good jump on us and the bottom two lanes cleared me,” Larson explained.

 

“I was back to third and planned on pushing [Ryan] Blaney as good as I could and obviously, I pushed too hard and got him loose and chased both of us back into the wall. I was just trying to help him stay side by side with the 18 [Busch] on the back to allow myself to have some sort of opportunity, but I just pushed too hard.

 

“That’s really the first time I was behind somebody on a restart. I learned for next time.”

 

The first 167 laps of the 267-lap race were run with no major incidents – the caution flags came out only for a scheduled competition caution and the two stage breaks. Busch won Stage 1 and Larson won Stage 2.

 

But there were three cautions in the last 20 laps – making pit decisions and lane choice crucial in that last run to the checkered flag.

 

Ultimately, the two-time series champion Busch, was able to keep his car up front and make the move when he needed to – his victory obviously a huge boost in confidence for the team, which had only two previous top-five finishes in the opening 10 races of the season.

 

“It’s hard sometimes when you go through the lulls, you go through the disappointment, you go through dejection and the lack of understanding if you can still do it,” Busch said. “There’s a sense of doubt there for sure. But you just have to keep persevering, keep digging and putting your focus forward.”

 

The NASCAR Cup Series races next Sunday at the historic Darlington (S.C.) Raceway in the Goodyear 400 (3:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

 

NASCAR Cup Series Race – 2nd Annual Buschy McBusch Race 400

Kansas Speedway

Kansas City, Kansas

Sunday, May 2, 2021

 

  1. (9)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 267.
  2. (4)  Kevin Harvick, Ford, 267.
  3. (1)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 267.
  4. (5)  Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 267.
  5. (17)  Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 267.
  6. (15)  Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 267.
  7. (11)  Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, 267.
  8. (16)  Chris Buescher, Ford, 267.
  9. (2)  William Byron, Chevrolet, 267.
  10. (6)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 267.
  11. (21)  Daniel Suarez, Chevrolet, 267.
  12. (20)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 267.
  13. (3)  Michael McDowell, Ford, 267.
  14. (24)  Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 267.
  15. (28)  Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 267.
  16. (14)  Ryan Newman, Ford, 267.
  17. (29)  Joey Logano, Ford, 267.
  18. (25)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 267.
  19. (32)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 267.
  20. (19)  Chase Briscoe #, Ford, 267.
  21. (7)  Ryan Blaney, Ford, 267.
  22. (38)  Austin Cindric(i), Ford, 267.
  23. (22)  Anthony Alfredo #, Ford, 266.
  24. (10)  Cole Custer, Ford, 266.
  25. (27)  Erik Jones, Chevrolet, 266.
  26. (13)  Bubba Wallace, Toyota, 266.
  27. (26)  Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet, 265.
  28. (8)  Christopher Bell, Toyota, 265.
  29. (18)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 264.
  30. (31)  Justin Haley(i), Chevrolet, 263.
  31. (30)  BJ McLeod(i), Ford, 260.
  32. (12)  Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, Accident, 259.
  33. (36)  Garrett Smithley(i), Chevrolet, 259.
  34. (23)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet, Accident, 258.
  35. (35)  Joey Gase(i), Chevrolet, 258.
  36. (33)  Cody Ware(i), Chevrolet, 257.
  37. (34)  Quin Houff, Chevrolet, 256.
  38. (39)  Matt Mills(i), Ford, 255.
  39. (37)  Josh Bilicki, Ford, 250.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  129.647 mph.

Time of Race:  3 Hrs, 5 Mins, 21 Secs. Margin of Victory:  .336 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  7 for 36 laps.

Lead Changes:  18 among 6 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   B. Keselowski 1-63;K. Larson 64;B. Keselowski 65-73;K. Larson 74-76;K. Busch 77-83;K. Larson 84-121;R. Stenhouse Jr. 122-144;K. Larson 145-162;K. Busch 163;K. Larson 164-167;K. Busch 168;K. Larson 169-212;C. Buescher 213-225;K. Larson 226-230;D. Hamlin 231;K. Larson 232-236;D. Hamlin 237-242;K. Larson 243-256;K. Busch 257-267.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Kyle Larson 9 times for 132 laps; Brad Keselowski 2 times for 72 laps; Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 1 time for 23 laps; Kyle Busch 4 times for 20 laps; Chris Buescher 1 time for 13 laps; Denny Hamlin 2 times for 7 laps.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 18,5,8,2,24,9,4,12,11,20

Stage #2 Top Ten: 5,18,11,2,9,12,19,8,20,4

 

 

NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: Goodyear 400

The Place: Darlington Raceway

The Date: Sunday, May 9

The Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 2 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 400.2 miles (293 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 90),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 185), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 293)

 

NASCAR Cup Series

 

The Future Is Now: Next Gen car unveiled

The Next Gen car is a collaboration of the brightest engineering minds in racing, with contributions coming from all sides of the NASCAR and automotive industries. The design of the Next Gen car gives the drivers greater control while putting an emphasis back on race strategies, team personnel and vehicle setups. While wind tunnels and computer simulations play an important role in racing, we want the competition to remain focused on the racetrack.

 

Technology is at the forefront of the Next Gen car. The platform implements new technologies that are more relevant to what NASCAR manufacturers offer in their street cars, as well as technology that will bring fans closer to the sport than ever before. While the current car was designed to give Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota their unique identities on the track, the Next Gen car goes much further in returning the ‘stock car’ look to NASCAR.

 

The Next Gen car has given manufacturers greater latitude to incorporate features into the race car body that better replicate the look and feel of the street car. A sleek new design has lowered the greenhouse, shortened the deck lid and widened the track width of the car giving it more of a coupe look. The body is fully symmetrical which will reduce aerodynamic forces and put an emphasis back on race car setup and driver control. The new composite material is more durable and will allow more beating and banging without loss of performance. Plus, new 18" forged aluminum wheels and wider Goodyear tires better replicate what is found on passenger cars and will allow for softer tire compounds.

 

But it’s not just the styling that been taken to the next level. Upgraded specs to match modern passenger vehicle technology including independent rear suspension, rack and pinion steering and larger brakes were also added. A new transaxle combines the transmission and rear gears into one package with an eye on the future - the ability to incorporate electrification. The bottom of the car is sealed with an underwing and rear diffuser which will help with handling in traffic and reduce "dirty air”. Hood louvers will allow teams to maximize engine performance independent of aerodynamics. And a redesigned chassis features new front and rear bumpers for increased safety. Both the front and rear clips bolt on to the center section for easier serviceability and damage repair. And to top it all off, upgraded car connectivity will allow for an in-car camera in every vehicle, with the ability to bring fans more real-time data in the future.

 

For additional information and content about the Next Gen car select this link to visit the Content Hub on NASCARMedia.com

 

Throwback Weekend at the historic Darlington Raceway

Nothing better than honoring the past and paying tribute to the folks that paved the way for what we know as the NASCAR Cup Series today. This weekend at Darlington Raceway the NASCAR heroes of today and yesteryear will come together to celebrate Throwback Weekend at as the series competes in the 12th race of the season, the Goodyear 400 on Sunday, May 9 at 3:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Many of the drivers will be paying tribute to the past this weekend with special paint schemes on their cars. For a full detailed list of the paint schemes and car participating select this link and visit NASCAR.com’s 2021 Throwback Weekend Photo Gallery.

 

Darlington Raceway is the perfect stage for Throwback Weekend. The historic 1.366-mile egg-shaped paved oval has hosted 119 NASCAR Cup Series races dating back to 1950. The raceway was built as a 1.25-mile paved superspeedway in 1949-1950 and hosted the first 500-mile race in NASCAR history and the first on asphalt on Sept. 4, 1950. A total of 75 cars competed in the inaugural event and Curtis Turner won the pole at 82.034 mph, and the race was won by Johnny Mantz (Plymouth, 75.250 mph). The race took 6 hours, 38 minutes, and 40 seconds to complete.

 

Since then, Darlington Raceway has undergone some changes through the years. In 1953, the track was re-measured to 1.375 miles. Then in 1970, the track was re-configured to 1.366 miles following the spring race of that season. The track was repaved in 1995 and then again prior to the 2008 season. Over the years the historic facility has become known amongst its competitors as ‘the track too tough to tame’.

 

In total, the 119 NASCAR Cup Series races has produced 51 different pole winners and 51 different race winners. Six of the 51 NASCAR Cup Series pole winners at Darlington Raceway are active this weekend – Kevin Harvick (two poles), Kurt Busch (two), Brad Keselowski, Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin and William Byron (each have one pole). NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leads the series in poles at Darlington with 12 (1967, ’70, ’72, ’73 sweep, ’75 sweep, ’76 sweep, ’77, ’78 and ’82). Kurt Busch (2001, 2013) and Kevin Harvick (2014, 2017) lead all active drivers in poles at Darlington with two each.

 

Of the 51 Cup winners at Darlington Raceway, six are active this weekend.

 

Rank

Active Race Winners

Wins

Seasons

1

Kevin Harvick

3

2020, 2020, 2014

2

Denny Hamlin

3

2020, 2017, 2010

3

Erik Jones

1

2019

4

Brad Keselowski

1

2018

5

Martin Truex Jr

1

2016

6

Kyle Busch

1

2008

 

NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leads the series in victories at Darlington with 10 wins (1968, ’70, ’72, ’73, ’74, ’76 sweep, ’77, ’79, 80); followed by Dale Earnhardt with nine and Jeff Gordon with seven. Kevin Harvick (2020, 2020, 2014) and Denny Hamlin (2020, 2017, 2010) lead all active drivers in victories at Darlington with three wins each.  

 

This weekend’s Goodyear 400 will be 293 laps (400.2 miles) and will be broken up into three stages. The first stage will be 90 laps, the second stage will be 95 laps and the final stage will be 108 laps.

The starting lineup for this weekend’s Goodyear 400 was determined by Metric Qualifying and as a result Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski will start from the pole and Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick, the defending winner of this race last season, will join Keselowski on the front row.

 

Mother’s Day rare extravaganza

This weekend’s Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway (May 9 at 3:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will be just the eighth time in NASCAR Cup Series history the series has competed on Mother’s Day.

 

The most recent winner on Mother’s Day in the NASCAR Cup Series will be in the FOX Sports booth this weekend, NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon, who won the 2007 rain delayed Darlington Raceway race on May 13, 2007.

 

NASCAR Hall of Famer inductee Buck Baker holds the record for the most wins on Mother’s Day at two (1956, 1954).

 

 

 

Count ‘Em: Different winners almost every week

Through 11 races the NASCAR Cup Series has seen 10 different winners making 2021 just the third season in the Modern Era (1972-Present) to accomplish the feat; joining the 2000 and 2003 seasons (each with 10 winners). Will we see an 11th winner in 12 races this weekend?

 

The record in the Modern Era (1972-Present) for the most different NASCAR Cup Series winners in a single season in its entirety is 19 set back in 2001. The series has also seen a total of 18 different winners (second-most) in a single season twice – in 2002 and 2011. Last season the series produced 13 different winners. Since moving to the elimination-style format in the Playoffs in 2014, the most different winners the series has seen in a season is 15 in 2017.

 

If you anticipate the streak of different winners to keep growing this weekend, you may be right. Of the six former NASCAR Cup Series Darlington Raceway winners entered this weekend three are still looking for their first win of the season; including Denny Hamlin (2010, 2017, 2020), Kevin Harvick (two Darlington wins in 2020, 2014) and Erik Jones (2019). In addition, three other Cup drivers still looking for their first win of 2021 have grabbed wins in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at 1.366-mile track – Chase Briscoe (2020), Cole Custer (2019) and Chase Elliott (2014).

 

Of course, we could also possibly see a new first-time NASCAR Cup Series winner this weekend. It has happened before at Darlington. Six drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Cup Series win at Darlington Raceway: Johnny Mantz (1950), Nelson Stacy (1961), Larry Frank (1962), Terry Labonte (1980), Lake Speed (1988) and Regan Smith (2011).

 

Hamlin, Elliott, Harvick amongst the winless this season

Three of the biggest names in the NASCAR Cup Series and perennial championship contenders, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott, are still looking for their first win of 2021 season and their ticket to the Playoffs.

 

Last season, Harvick (nine), Hamlin (seven) and Elliott (five) were the three winningest drivers of the year; combining to visit Victory Lane in 21 of the 36 events (58.3%).

 

But this season, all three are still looking to capture a win 11 races into the year. All three have come close to winning, Elliott has finished runner-up twice (Daytona 500 and Martinsville), both Hamlin (Richmond) and Harvick (Kansas) have finished second once this season.

 

But looking to Throwback Weekend at Darlington on Sunday, all that longing for a victory could be vanquished for one of the three. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick has made 26 starts at Darlington posting two poles, three wins - including two last season, 11 top fives and 15 top 10s. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin has also found success at Darlington, in 17 starts he has one pole, three wins, nine top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. Hamlin has also won five times in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Darlington. Hendrick Motorsport’s driver and 2020 series champion Chase Elliott has yet to win in the Cup Series at the ‘Lady in Black’ but does have 2014 win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. In total, Elliott has made just eight NASCAR Cup Series starts at Darlington collecting two top fives and three top 10s. 

 

Playoff Bubble: 15 races to go and just 12 points separate the drivers along the cutline

With 15 races left in the regular season in the NASCAR Cup Series and already 10 different winners banking their spots in the Playoffs with wins, position availability and time are conspiring against the competitors still looking for their ticket to the postseason. Plus, consider the driver standings’ points leader is guaranteed a spot in the Playoffs, that leaves just five positions left on the postseason grid up for grabs as the series heads to Darlington Raceway for Throwback Weekend and the Goodyear 400 on Sunday, May 9 (3:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). 

 

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin currently holds the NASCAR Cup Series driver standings lead with a comfortable 87 points up on second place Martin Truex Jr. Hamlin has three wins at Darlington including one last season, and most likely intends to add his name to this season’s wins list this weekend.

 

But if you look by the Playoff outlook cutline, from Austin Dillon in position 14th to Daniel Suárez in 22nd, just 95 points separate the nine positions with 15 races to go.

 

The points tighten up considerably between Wood Brothers Racing’s Matt DiBenedetto in 16th position – the final Playoff transfer spot – and Chip Ganassi Racing’s driver and 2004 series champion Kurt Busch in the 17th position – the first spot outside the postseason cutoff – with just 12 points separating them. DiBenedetto has been riding a hot streak, posting three consecutive top-10 finishes in his last three starts of the season heading into this weekend at Darlington, but the Grass Valley, California native will have his work cut out for him this weekend as Busch has a slightly better average finish (15.6) than DiBenedetto (21.0).

 

NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Outlook – Drivers Without Wins Following Race No. 11

Rank

Driver

Points

Race Wins

Stage Wins

Playoff Pts

Pts From Cutoff

11

Denny Hamlin

481

0

5

5

243

12

Chase Elliott

349

0

1

1

111

13

Kevin Harvick

348

0

0

0

110

14

Austin Dillon

295

0

0

0

57

15

Chris Buescher

258

0

1

1

20

16

Matt DiBenedetto

250

0

1

1

12

17

Kurt Busch

238

0

0

0

-12

18

Tyler Reddick

232

0

0

0

-18

19

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

232

0

0

0

-18

20

Ryan Newman

219

0

0

0

-31

21

Bubba Wallace

207

0

1

1

-43

22

Daniel Suarez

200

0

0

0

-50

23

* Ryan Preece

197

0

0

0

-53

24

Ross Chastain

196

0

0

0

-54

25

Cole Custer

191

0

0

0

-59

26

Chase Briscoe #

172

0

0

0

-78

27

Erik Jones

169

0

0

0

-81

28

Aric Almirola

167

0

0

0

-83

29

Anthony Alfredo #

114

0

0

0

-136

30

Corey LaJoie

101

0

0

0

-149

 

Six of the top 10 in average finishing position among active drivers at Darlington are looking for a win this season - Erik Jones (5.2), Denny Hamlin (7.5), Austin Dillon (12.0), Ryan Newman (12.8), Kevin Harvick (12.9) and Tyler Reddick (14.3).

 

South Carolina’s best in NASCAR

Over the years, a total of 140 different drivers have made at least one NASCAR national series start with their home state recorded as South Carolina.

 

James Hylton, from Inman, S.C., leads all NASCAR drivers from South Carolina with the most NASCAR national series starts at 607.

 

Three drivers from South Carolina have been inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame – David Pearson (Spartanburg), Cale Yarborough (Timmonsville), and Cotton Owens (Spartanburg).

In total, 11 drivers from South Carolina have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series totaling 239 victories; seven have won in the NASCAR Cup Series.

 

South Carolina Race Winners

Cup

Xfinity

Truck

Combined

David Pearson

105

1

0

106

Cale Yarborough

83

0

0

83

Cotton Owens

9

0

0

9

Tiny Lund

5

0

0

5

James Hylton

2

0

0

2

Johnny Allen

1

0

0

1

Joe Eubanks

1

0

0

1

Larry Pearson

0

15

0

15

Jason Keller

0

10

0

10

Butch Lindley

0

6

0

6

Jeremy Clements

0

1

0

1

Totals

206

33

0

239

 

Drivers are not the only South Carolinians getting in on the NASCAR national series competition, there are also some great people behind the scenes as well.

 

 

NASCAR Cup Series, Etc.

Sunoco Rookie Update – Well it has been ‘trial by fire’ type season for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year class with no practice or qualifying before the races, but Stewart-Haas Racing’s Chase Briscoe and Front Row Motorsport’s Anthony Alfredo have adapted quickly. Briscoe currently the rookie standings over Alfredo by 58 points. Both drivers have performed similarly this season, they posted their best finishes of the year so far at Talladega – Briscoe (11th) and Alfredo (12th). And both drivers will be making their NASCAR Cup Series debuts at Darlington Raceway this weekend. Briscoe does have a slight edge over Alfredo this weekend though, as he won the in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Darlington last season.

 

Potential Milestones – Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski will be making his 425th NASCAR Cup Series start this weekend at Darlington Raceway. Keselowski ranks 61st on the all-time Cup Series starts list and will become the eighth active driver with 425 or more starts in the series.  … Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick will be making his 50th NASCAR Cup Series start this weekend at Darlington Raceway.

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Justin Allgaier Pulls Off Dramatic Overtime Victory at Darlington

 

By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service

In a dramatic two-lap overtime shootout, Justin Allgaier squeezed past JR Motorsports teammate Josh Berry and held on to win Saturday’s Steakhouse Elite 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Darlington Raceway.

Allgaier chose the outside lane for the final restart and had to fend off Berry, who edged ahead entering Turn 1. But Allgaier shot the gap to the outside off Turn 2 and pulled away to win by .422 seconds over his teammate.

Allgaier had wrestled the lead from Berry from the bottom lane on the previous restart on Lap 138 and appeared a likely winner before Ryan Vargas’ spin on Lap 142 forced the final restart and sent the race to overtime.

“Our car wasn’t as good as we wanted all day, but the guys down in the pits, they just kept fighting,” said Allgaier, who added his first Darlington win to his maiden win this season at Atlanta. “To check off Atlanta and Darlington, I couldn’t be more appreciative of this race team … We’re going to celebrate this one for a while.”

The victory was the 16th of Allgaier’s career.

Berry will cede his part-time ride in the No. 8 JRM Chevrolet to Sam Mayer in the second half of the season.

“I’m mad,” Berry said. “I want to win. I’m racing for my life out here, man. We need to find a sponsor or something so I can run this thing full-time. But it’s hard to be mad, coming here, running second, no practice, first time with these guys — that’s pretty incredible.”

Brandon Jones ran third, one spot ahead of Noah Gragson, who pocketed his third-straight $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus for finishing highest among four eligible drivers.

Gragson passed Harrison Burton for the lead on Lap 100 of a scheduled 147 and held it until Gray Gaulding spun off the bumper of Joe Graf Jr.’s Chevrolet on Lap 126. Both Burton and Berry beat Gragson off pit road, a sequence of events Gragson felt was decisive.

“It’s our third $100,000 bonus in a row — I want to say thanks to Xfinity and Comcast and everyone who makes that possible — but I’m pretty frustrated,” Gragson said. “Got beat on pit road there. I’ve got to go back and look and see if I could have done a better job on my speeds. 

“Came off pit road third as the leader, and that really hurt us … but it’s hard to be mad when you’re $100,000 richer.”

Daniel Hemric finished fifth after leading 38 laps — second only to Gragson’s 40. Jeremy Clements, Michael Annett, Brett Moffitt, Ryan Sieg and Alex Labbe completed the top 10. All four JR Motorsports drivers — Allgaier, Berry, Gragson and Annett — finished in the top seven.

“We had four fantastic Camaros today, all of which had a shot at going to Victory Lane,” Allgaier said.

Series leader Austin Cindric was out front for 34 laps and won the first stage but crashed on the frontstretch coming to the checkered flag. He finished 30th and saw his points advantage over second-place Hemric shrink from 59 to 39.

Harrison Burton won Stage 2, but the decision to pit for tires before the final two-lap shootout proved unproductive. Burton, who led 12 laps, finished 11th. 

The race featured nine cautions for 43 laps.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Race – 2nd Annual Steakhouse Elite 200

Darlington Raceway

Darlington, South Carolina

Saturday, May 8, 2021

  1. (16)  Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 148.

  2. (24)  Josh Berry #, Chevrolet, 148.

  3. (22)  Brandon Jones, Toyota, 148.

  4. (5)  Noah Gragson, Chevrolet, 148.

  5. (7)  Daniel Hemric, Toyota, 148.

  6. (12)  Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 148.

  7. (20)  Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 148.

  8. (13)  Brett Moffitt, Chevrolet, 148.

  9. (11)  Ryan Sieg, Ford, 148.

  10. (23)  Alex Labbe, Chevrolet, 148.

  11. (8)  Harrison Burton, Toyota, 148.

  12. (19)  Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 148.

  13. (1)  AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 148.

  14. (4)  Justin Haley, Chevrolet, 148.

  15. (14)  Tommy Joe Martins, Chevrolet, 148.

  16. (33)  Ryan Ellis, Toyota, 148.

  17. (17)  David Starr, Toyota, 148.

  18. (29)  Ty Gibbs #, Toyota, 148.

  19. (10)  Myatt Snider, Chevrolet, 148.

  20. (3)  Jeb Burton, Chevrolet, 148.

  21. (36)  Tanner Berryhill, Chevrolet, 148.

  22. (35)  JJ Yeley, Chevrolet, 148.

  23. (15)  Timmy Hill(i), Ford, 148.

  24. (9)  Brandon Brown, Chevrolet, 148.

  25. (39)  Bayley Currey(i), Chevrolet, 148.

  26. (38)  BJ McLeod(i), Chevrolet, 148.

  27. (34)  Ryan Vargas #, Chevrolet, 148.

  28. (6)  Riley Herbst, Ford, 148.

  29. (25)  Colby Howard, Chevrolet, Accident, 147.

  30. (2)  Austin Cindric, Ford, Accident, 147.

  31. (28)  Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 146.

  32. (31)  Jesse Little, Chevrolet, 146.

  33. (26)  Kyle Weatherman, Chevrolet, 142.

  34. (40)  Matt Jaskol, Toyota, 142.

  35. (18)  Jade Buford, Chevrolet, 140.

  36. (27)  Brandon Gdovic, Toyota, 140.

  37. (30)  Joe Graf Jr., Chevrolet, Accident, 132.

  38. (37)  Gray Gaulding, Chevrolet, Accident, 107.

  39. (21)  Josh Williams, Chevrolet, Suspension, 48.

  40. (32)  Matt Mills, Chevrolet, Accident, 44.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  98.739 mph.

Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 2 Mins, 51 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.422 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  9 for 43 laps.

Lead Changes:  13 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   A. Allmendinger 1-3;A. Cindric 4-15;N. Gragson 16-25;A. Cindric 26-47;N. Gragson 48;D.

Hemric 49-86;A. Allmendinger 87-89;H. Burton 90-99;N. Gragson 100-128;H. Burton 129-130;J. Berry # 131-

137;J. Allgaier 138-145;J. Berry # 146;J. Allgaier 147-148.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Noah Gragson 3 times for 40 laps; Daniel Hemric 1 time

for 38 laps; Austin Cindric 2 times for 34 laps; Harrison Burton 2 times for 12 laps; Justin Allgaier 2

times for 10 laps; Josh Berry # 2 times for 8 laps; AJ Allmendinger 2 times for 6 laps.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 22,9,20,18,44,16,2,7,54,1

Stage #2 Top Ten: 20,9,16,8,39,10,1,7,22,02

Sheldon Creed Holds Off Ben Rhodes for Darlington Win

Chris Graythen/Getty Images

By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service

After a 17-truck wreck effectively ended Kyle Busch Motorsports’ stranglehold on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Sheldon Creed outdueled Ben Rhodes on the final two restarts to win Friday night’s LiftKits4Less.com 200 at Darlington Raceway.

Driving a No. 2 GMS Racing Chevrolet whose paint scheme was an homage to the late Jason Leffler, Creed took the lead from runner-up Rhodes in a side-by-side battle after a restart on Lap 140. 

After Danny Bohn’s spin brought out the 11th caution of the race on Lap 141, Creed prevailed once again on a Lap 146 restart when Rhodes got loose, slipped and lost ground. Fittingly, the race ended under yellow for Hailie Deegan’s final lap spin on the frontstretch.

That caution was the 12th of the race, for a total of 66 of the 147 laps.

Creed, the defending series champion, collected a $50,000 bonus for winning the first Triple Truck Challenge event of the season.

“It feels great,” Creed said after a celebratory burnout on the frontstretch. “Didn’t have the best truck there, for sure… firing off I was really tight. Then I was wrecking loose there, just doing everything I could. 

“I was really aggressive on restarts — that’s what it takes. We’ve been struggling, but we keep chipping away at it. We’re getting better trucks the last couple weeks. All I ask for are trucks I can race with. 

“Won an extra $50K tonight — whoo!” 

The victory was Creed’s first of the season, first at Darlington and the sixth of his career. Not only did it stop a record-tying streak of five-straight victories for KBM, but it also broke Toyota’s seven-race monopoly to start the season. 

Before a game-changing restart on Lap 117, however, KBM drivers seemingly had firm control of the race. Series leader and Stage 2 winner John Hunter Nemechek held the point with teammate Corey Heim — making his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut on one of NASCAR’s most challenging tracks — beside him.

But wide disparities in tire strategy created an accordion effect on the restart, with trucks with newer tires pushing trucks that were having trouble putting power down. Nemechek and Heim both turned sideways due to contact from behind, and chaos reigned in their wake.

All told, 17 of the 33 trucks still running sustained damage in the wreck, including all three of the KBM entries. 

That set the stage for Creed and Rhodes to battle for the victory. Rhodes had recovered from two flat tires and a penalty for pitting early to work his way back to the front. 

“I saw going into the corner we were going to push low, so I tried to work our way back up to give us some line so we could be side-by-side coming off of (Turn) 2, but got really loose,” Rhodes said of the final restart. “Luckily, we saved it, but it was an up-and-down night. I had a lot of fun. 

“We set ourselves up for the end there with our Bombardier Tundra to go for a long run — with like low pressures, and then lo-and-behold, red flags and caution after caution after caution. So what do you do, right? He had seven-lap newer tires, some help on the restarts, and I guess conditions were perfect for him, but I’m not going to pout about it. I’m driving a race car. I’m happy.”

Sunoco rookie Carson Hocevar ran third, followed by Matt Crafton, Grant Enfinger and Johnny Sauter, as ThorSport Racing placed four trucks in the top six. Timmy Hill was seventh, and Nemechek recovered to finish eighth. Austin Wayne Self and Jordan Anderson completed the top 10.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – 2nd Annual Liftkits4less.com 200

Darlington Raceway

Darlington, South Carolina

Friday, May 7, 2021

               1. (15)  Sheldon Creed, Chevrolet, 147.

               2. (4)  Ben Rhodes, Toyota, 147.

               3. (14)  Carson Hocevar #, Chevrolet, 147.

               4. (9)  Matt Crafton, Toyota, 147.

               5. (17)  Grant Enfinger, Toyota, 147.

               6. (6)  Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 147.

               7. (26)  Timmy Hill, Chevrolet, 147.

               8. (1)  John Hunter Nemechek, Toyota, 147.

               9. (12)  Austin Wayne Self, Chevrolet, 147.

               10. (31)  Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, 147.

               11. (18)  Ryan Truex, Chevrolet, 147.

               12. (19)  Ryan Reed, Chevrolet, 147.

               13. (2)  Austin Hill, Toyota, 147.

               14. (16)  Tyler Ankrum, Chevrolet, 147.

               15. (5)  Todd Gilliland, Ford, 147.

               16. (3)  Zane Smith, Chevrolet, 147.

               17. (22)  Erik Darnell, Chevrolet, 147.

               18. (27)  Danny Bohn, Toyota, 147.

               19. (21)  Timothy Peters, Chevrolet, 147.

              20. (10)  Hailie Deegan #, Ford, 147.

               21. (38)  Bayley Currey, Chevrolet, 146.

               22. (34)  Spencer Boyd, Chevrolet, 144.

               23. (13)  Corey Heim, Toyota, DVP, 142.

               24. (37)  Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, Overheating, 139.

               25. (7)  Stewart Friesen, Toyota, DVP, 131.

               26. (36)  Parker Kligerman, Chevrolet, Accident, 130.

               27. (8)  Chandler Smith #, Toyota, Parked, 126.

               28. (35)  David Gilliland, Ford, Accident, 117.

               29. (28)  Spencer Davis, Toyota, Accident, 117.

               30. (33)  Tate Fogleman, Chevrolet, Accident, 117.

               31. (32)  Dawson Cram, Chevrolet, Accident, 117.

               32. (39)  BJ McLeod, Chevrolet, Accident, 117.

               33. (11)  Tanner Gray, Ford, Accident, 110.

               34. (23)  Akinori Ogata, Toyota, Accident, 110.

               35. (20)  Derek Kraus, Toyota, 109.

               36. (24)  Chase Purdy #, Chevrolet, Accident, 80.

               37. (40)  Norm Benning, Chevrolet, Too Slow, 61.

               38. (25)  Codie Rohrbaugh, Chevrolet, Accident, 26.

               39. (30)  Kris Wright #, Chevrolet, Accident, 25.

               40. (29)  Cory Roper, Ford, Accident, 13.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  81.041 mph.

Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 28 Mins, 40 Secs. Margin of Victory:  Under Caution Seconds.

Caution Flags:  12 for 66 laps.

Lead Changes:  20 among 12 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   J. Nemechek 1-6;A. Hill 7-17;R. Truex 18-21;B. Rhodes 22-32;T. Gilliland 33-48;A. Ogata

49;S. Friesen 50-51;T. Gilliland 52;J. Nemechek 53-85;T. Gray 86-87;T. Hill 88;J. Nemechek 89-94;C.

Hocevar # 95;J. Nemechek 96-105;C. Heim 106;J. Nemechek 107-116;C. Heim 117;B. Rhodes 118-139;S. Creed

140-144;B. Rhodes 145;S. Creed 146-147.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  John Hunter Nemechek 5 times for 65 laps; Ben Rhodes 3

times for 34 laps; Todd Gilliland 2 times for 17 laps; Austin Hill 1 time for 11 laps; Sheldon Creed 2

times for 7 laps; Ryan Truex 1 time for 4 laps; Corey Heim 2 times for 2 laps; Stewart Friesen 1 time for

2 laps; Tanner Gray 1 time for 2 laps; Akinori Ogata 1 time for 1 lap; Timmy Hill 1 time for 1 lap; Carson

Hocevar # 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 38,4,21,16,2,88,18,51,98,26

Stage #2 Top Ten: 4,51,42,18,52,56,38,2,16,25

 
 NASCAR Xfinity Series

Next Race: Steakhouse Elite 200

The Place: Darlington Raceway

The Date: Saturday, May 8

The Time: 1 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 12:30 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 200.1 miles (147 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 45),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 90), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 147)

NASCAR Xfinity Series

 

Xfinity Series heads to Darlington Raceway

After another off week for the NASCAR Xfinity Series last weekend, the series is back in action this weekend for the Steakhouse Elite 200 at Darlington Raceway (1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) on Saturday, May 8.

 

AJ Allmendinger will start from the pole with Austin Cindric joining him on the front row. Jeb Burton, Justin Haley and Noah Gragson will round out the top five starters on Saturday.

 

There have been 61 NASCAR Xfinity Series races held at Darlington Raceway producing 33 different race winners and 29 different pole winners.

 

The youngest pole winner is Kyle Busch in 2004 at age 18 years, 10 months, 18 days and the oldest pole winner was Harry Gant in 1991 at 51 years, 7 month, 21 days.

 

There have been 33 different race winners. The youngest winner is Chase Elliott in 2014 at age 18 years, 4 months, and 14 days. The oldest winner was Dick Trickle in 1998 at 56 years, 10 months, and 9 days.

 

A total of 15 of the 61 races have been won from the pole or first starting position. The last race won from the pole was in 2017 by Denny Hamlin.

 

NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin holds a bunch of records for the Xfinity Series at Darlington. He has the most poles (eight), most wins (eight), most top fives (14), and most top 10s (18). He’s also led the most laps at 972.

 

Another First: Jeb Burton wins first career Xfinity Series race at Talladega

Time was of the essence on Saturday as a thunderstorm was barreling toward Talladega Superspeedway in the middle of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race. The competition was fierce but as the skies opened up, it was Kaulig Racing’s Jeb Burton that was able to hold onto the lead just before the final caution came out before the race was red-flagged and ultimately called because of weather securing his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series win.

 

Burton’s win marked the third straight win at Talladega Superspeedway for Kaulig Racing as Justin Haley swept both races at the Alabama track last season.

 

The first two stages had no incidents. Haley won the first stage and JR Motorsport’s driver Noah Gragson won the second stage.

 

Series standings leader and Team Penske driver Austin Cindric finished second at Talladega followed by AJ Allmendinger, Riley Herbst and Ryan Sieg rounding out the top five.

 

Not only did Gragson grab a stage win at Talladega, but he also pocketed another $100,000 Xfinity Dash 4 Cash bonus as the highest finisher among the four eligible drivers. He won the money at the previous Dash 4 Cash event at Martinsville Speedway as well bringing his 2021 Dash 4 Cash bonus total to $200,000.

 

Jeb Burton, Austin Cindric, AJ Allmendinger and Noah Gragson have all qualified for the next round of the Dash 4 Cash that will take place at Darlington Raceway on May 8 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

Doubled Up: Gragson wins back-to-back Dash 4 Cash checks, Darlington is next
The NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash program was designed to add elements of unpredictability and drama leading up to and during four designated races, increase on-track competition, engage fans and reward and recognize NASCAR Xfinity Series regular competitors.

 

The NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash will take place at four tracks in 2021 - Martinsville Speedway (April 9), Talladega Superspeedway (April 24), Darlington Raceway (May 8) and Dover International Speedway (May 15).

 

JR Motorsport’s Noah Gragson took home both Dash 4 Cash prizes so far this season at Martinsville and Talladega bringing his Dash 4 Cash bonus total to $200,000.

 

Gragson and the next three highest finishing full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers (Allmendinger, J. Burton, and Cindric) have qualified for the next round of the Dash 4 Cash program at Darlington Raceway this weekend (May 8).

 

The format will then continue to Dover International Speedway as the finale, with the Dash 4 Cash winner and the highest three finishing NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers at Darlington qualifying for the final round.

Dash 4 Cash Qualifiers at Darlington:

 

Noah Gragson will make his fourth start at Darlington on May 8. He has finished in the top-10 in all three of his previous starts at the track and has a best finish of fifth in this race last season. He started on the pole, too. Gragson has led 46 laps at the track and has an average start of 7.7 and an average finish of 6.7.

 

Jeb Burton and AJ Allmendinger will make their Xfinity Series debuts at Darlington on May 8.

 

Austin Cindric will be making his fifth start at Darlington this season. He has one top five and two top 10s in those four previous starts at the track. He also, has an average start of 7.8 and an average finish of 16.5.

 

Xfinity Sunoco Rookie Update

The NASCAR Xfinity Series Sunoco rookie standings tighten up after Talladega Superspeedway.

 

Sunoco Rookie of the Year

Rookies

Points

Awards

Ty Gibbs

128

2

Josh Berry

126

2

Ryan Vargas

68

4

Jordan Anderson

0

0

Sam Mayer

0

0

 

 

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Ty Gibbs still leads the way in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings after only starting three of the eight races this season. He has 128 points and has scored two Sunoco Rookie of the Race awards in his three starts. He has also collected a win in his debut at the Daytona RC and hasn’t finished outside of the top-five in all three starts.

 

JR Motorsport’s Josh Berry is two points behind Gibbs in second in the rookie standings. Berry scored his first career Xfinity Series win at Martinsville Speedway a few weeks ago. Berry is also running a part-time schedule, having made seven starts this season posting a win and three top 10s.

 

JD Motorsport’s Ryan Vargas is still sitting in third in the rookie standings with 68 points. In eight starts so far this season for JD Motorsports, Vargas has a best finish of 18th from the season-opener at Daytona.

 

Jordan Anderson and Sam Mayer have still not made any starts this season, so they are fourth and fifth respectively with no points or awards, yet.

 

Xfinity Playoff Bubble: Who’s in, Who’s out?

With seven different race winners so far in 2021 and five drivers already locked in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs, there are a lot of shakeups each week in the Playoff picture.

 

Jeb Burton’s win in the rain-shortened race at Talladega Superspeedway put Burton and the No. 10 Kaulig Racing team in the Playoffs. He became the second Kaulig Racing driver to punch their Playoff ticket.

 

Daniel Hemric has stayed consistent and keeps the highest Playoff spot without a win. He’s 132 points above the cutline and has three stage wins and three Playoff points.

 

In terms of biggest surprises in the Playoff outlook so far, two drivers are standing out. Jeremy Clements has been in the top 12 for most of the season and has shown speed all year. Clements is currently 45 points above the Playoff cutline in ninth in the Playoff standings.

 

The biggest jump in the standings that is notable is Noah Gragson. Gragson, who won the Dash 4 Cash prize for back-to-back weeks has made his way up to 10th in the standings.

 

Brandon Brown jumped ahead of the cutline after his performance at Talladega, he was below the cutline but swapped places with Michael Annett heading into this weekend.

 

Of the drivers inside the Playoff outlook top 12 that are still looking for a win this season, Gragson has the best average finish at Darlington Raceway with a 3.7; followed by Harrison Burton (7.5), Riley Herbst (11.0), Justin Haley (11.3), Brandon Jones (12.0), Michael Annett (17.6), Daniel Hemric (18.0) and Josh Williams (18.3).

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver Playoff Outlook Following Talladega-1:

 

Rank

Driver

Points

Wins

Stage Wins

Playoff Pts

Pts From Cutoff

1

Austin Cindric

367

2

4

14

In On Wins

2

Jeb Burton

270

1

0

5

3

AJ Allmendinger

257

1

1

6

4

Myatt Snider

239

1

0

5

5

Justin Allgaier

217

1

0

5

 

6

Daniel Hemric

308

0

3

3

132

7

Harrison Burton

275

0

0

0

99

8

Justin Haley

269

0

1

1

93

9

Jeremy Clements

221

0

0

0

45

10

Noah Gragson

217

0

2

2

41

11

Brandon Jones

198

0

1

1

22

12

Brandon Brown

191

0

0

0

15

13

Riley Herbst

176

0

0

0

-15

14

Michael Annett

175

0

0

0

-16

15

Tommy Joe Martins

140

0

0

0

-51

16

Josh Williams

135

0

0

0

-56

 

Throwback Weekend Paint Schemes
This weekend is the highly anticipated Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway and the Xfinity Series drivers are ready to show off their schemes on the track that’s “Too Tough To Tame.” Check out all of the throwback schemes that have been announced for this weekend so far:

 

  • Jeffrey Earnhardt, No. 0 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet is throwing back to Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s Olympics paint scheme.
  • Michael Annett, No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet is running a Gatorade throwback scheme.
  • Ryan Vargas, No. 6 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet honoring Mark Martin with throwback scheme.
  • Justin Allgaier, No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet resembles Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s Tazmanian Devil look from the 2000 Daytona 500.
  • Josh Berry, No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet honoring Dale Jr. with a throwback scheme.
  • Jeb Burton, No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet honoring his dad, Ward Burton, with throwback scheme.
  • Justin Haley, No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet honoring LeafFilter’s first ever paint scheme.
  • Matt Jaskol, No. 13 MBM Motorsports Toyota honoring early NASCAR diversity and paying tribute to the late Thee Dixon.
  • Harrison Burton, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota honoring his dad, Jeff Burton, with throwback.
  • Brandon Gdovic, No. 26 Sam Hunt Racing Toyota honoring Kyle Petty’s 1997 Hot Wheels paint scheme.
  • Tommy Joe Martins, No. 44 Martins Motorsports Chevrolet paying tribute to Rick Bickle with throwback scheme.
  • Jade Buford, No. 48 Big Machine Racing Chevrolet honoring Dan Gurney.
  • Jeremy Clements, No. 51 Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet running Dale Jarrett tribute scheme.
  • Timmy Hill, No. 66 MBM Motorsports Toyota running Rusty Wallace throwback.
  • Bayley Currey, No. 74 Mike Harmon Racing Chevrolet running “Gray Ghost” tribute scheme.
  • Josh Williams, No. 92 DGM Racing Chevrolet honors late team member Rusty Crews, who died before the start of the 2021 season.
  • Riley Herbst, No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford throwing back to 1999 Tony Stewart rookie-year classic scheme.
  • Ryan Ellis, No. 99 BJ McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet honoring his grandfather at Darlington.
  • AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet throwing back to this 2014 NASCAR Cup Series win at Watkins Glen.
  • Colby Howard, No. 15 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet will honor his father, Rodney Howard, and his 1980’s styled late model.
  • Daniel Hemric, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota will honor Red Farmer for Throwback Weekend.
  • Kyle Weatherman, No. 47 Mike Harmon Racing Chevrolet is teaming up with Pit Viper Sunglasses for a Richard Petty throwback scheme.
  • Brandon Brown, No. 68 Brandonbilt Motorsports Chevrolet will honor Dale Jarrett with a Darlington throwback paint scheme.
  • Myatt Snider, No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet will honor his grandfather at Darlington.

 

Tanner Berryhill joining Our Motorsports

Our Motorsports announced that Tanner Berryhill will join their 2021 driver lineup piloting the No. 23 Chevrolet for three races beginning with this weekend’s Steakhouse Elite 200 at Darlington Raceway.

 

Berryhill, who is a native of Bixby, Oklahoma, will have sponsorship from Realty Connect. Berryhill will also be behind the wheel of the No. 23 at Texas Motor Speedway in June and October.

 

This weekend will mark Berryhill’s 41st Xfinity Series start. His first was in 2012 and his most recent start was in 2018 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He has a series career best finish of 17th at Mid-Ohio in 2014.

 

This will be his third start at Darlington Raceway. The first was in 2013 and second was in 2014.

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. back behind the wheel at Richmond in ‘21
NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced that his yearly NASCAR Xfinity Series start will take place at Richmond Raceway this season on September 11.

 

This year’s start will come on the 20th anniversary of the 2001 attacks on September 11 and he will drive a special United for America paint scheme to honor the 9/11 victims. His longtime partner Unilever will be on board the No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet.

 

In the spirit of remembering the victims, his paint scheme will mirror that of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum’s Tribute in Light. The scheme will be blue and white and have four spotlights representing the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and the Flight 93 Memorial site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The words “Never Forget” will also be displayed on the lower-rear quarter panel to honor those who lost their lives during the attacks.

 

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since that terrible day,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “The spirit of unity and togetherness our country felt on Sept. 11 is just as relevant now as it was then. I’m honored to be driving this car, and championing Unilever’s United for America program.”

 

“On the 20th anniversary of a day we will never forget, we are grateful to welcome Dale Earnhardt Jr. back to Richmond Raceway to recognize 9/11 victims and first responders,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “As the Xfinity Series and Cup Series compete on one day in Richmond, we will unite and stand together to remember that fateful day.”

 

Earnhardt has won seven NASCAR national series races at Richmond Raceway in his career. He is a three-time Cup race winner at America’s Premier Short Track with victories in the Crown Royal 400 in 2006, Chevy American Revolution 400 in 2004 and Pontiac Excitement 400 in 2000. Earnhardt has also won four Xfinity Series races at Richmond with his last career victory coming in the 2016 ToyotaCare 250.

 

 

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Kyle Busch grabs his 61st Truck win at Kansas Speedway

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Statistically speaking, Kyle Busch had a perfect night at Kansas Speedway on Friday, sweeping both stage victories in the Wise Power 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, leading the most laps and earning his series record 61st trophy.

But the veteran had to earn that joyous finish – rallying from a fourth-place starting position on the final overtime restart to take the lead in a three-wide battle. He ultimately led the final two laps to take the checkered by .665-seconds over Ross Chastain. It marked the second win of the season for Busch. He’s either won or finished runner-up in his four Truck Series races this season.

Despite the dominance of Busch’s No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, he was on the radio with his team during the race’s final caution, worried there may have been some sort of technical problem with his truck. But at the drop of the green, he maneuvered around the front-running trucks of Chastain and Austin Hill, pulling away on the final lap.

Busch’s win marks the fifth straight this season for his Kyle Busch Motorsports. His 59 laps out front were most on the night. It’s Busch’s third victory in his last four Kansas starts.

“No restarts actually went our way tonight, I was shocked, we definitely missed something just being able to come up through the gears and get going," said the Las Vegas native who turns 36 Sunday.

“It just would not go. Those guys would just swarm us. I think we saw it on one of the restarts with the 4-truck (Nemechek) too, he got run over. So all and all, great job by KBM and Toyota, TRD, this Cessna Beechcraft Tundra was awesome."

Hill finished third, behind Busch and Chastain. Christian Eckes and Busch’s teammate John Hunter Nemechek rounded out the top five.  Todd Gilliland, Zane Smith, Raphael Lessard, Johnny Sauter and Ben Rhodes completed the top 10.

Series rookie Hailie Deegan finished a career-best 13th and was running as high as eighth place, before pitting just before the final restart.

As with Busch, at one point Hill was worried about his truck’s performance – pitting twice during the first stage break but steadily making his way back up through the field. Last year’s regular-season champion, Hill hasn’t won since September, 2020 and the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway is statistically his best track.

“I thought I did everything right on that restart, threw it on the apron and saw Chastain go up to block whoever was coming on his outside and got beside him and from there on out it was a drag race, I was wide open the whole green-white-checkered," Hill said, adding, “Good finish, finishing third with everything we had going on. I want to win so bad, so just really frustrating right now."

With his fifth-place finish, Nemechek – a two-race winner in 2021 – maintains a 33-point lead over fellow two-race winner Ben Rhodes in the championship standings. And that was good enough to earn Nemechek’s No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports team a $50,000 mid-season “road crew” bonus from series sponsor Camping World.

The series next race, the LiftKits4Less.com 200 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway is Friday night at 7:30 p.m. (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race - 21st Annual Wise Power 200

Kansas Speedway

Kansas City, Kansas

Saturday, May 1, 2021

 

               1. (2)  Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 140.

               2. (34)  Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 140.

               3. (7)  Austin Hill, Toyota, 140.

               4. (17)  Christian Eckes, Toyota, 140.

               5. (1)  John Hunter Nemechek, Toyota, 140.

               6. (6)  Todd Gilliland, Ford, 140.

              7. (9)  Zane Smith, Chevrolet, 140.

               8. (15)  Raphael Lessard, Chevrolet, 140.

               9. (4)  Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 140.

               10. (3)  Ben Rhodes, Toyota, 140.

               11. (5)  Chandler Smith #, Toyota, 140.

               12. (26)  Bayley Currey(i), Chevrolet, 140.

              13. (20)  Hailie Deegan #, Ford, 140.

               14. (10)  Stewart Friesen, Toyota, 140.

               15. (13)  Tyler Ankrum, Chevrolet, 140.

               16. (16)  Austin Wayne Self, Chevrolet, 139.

               17. (29)  Grant Enfinger, Chevrolet, 139.

               18. (18)  Tanner Gray, Ford, 139.

               19. (30)  Chase Briscoe(i), Ford, 139.

               20. (31)  Ryan Truex, Chevrolet, 139.

               21. (22)  Timothy Peters, Chevrolet, 139.

               22. (25)  Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, 139.

               23. (11)  Carson Hocevar #, Chevrolet, 139.

               24. (12)  Matt Crafton, Toyota, 139.

               25. (23)  Chase Purdy #, Chevrolet, 138.

               26. (21)  Danny Bohn, Toyota, 138.

               27. (32)  Bret Holmes, Chevrolet, 138.

               28. (14)  Derek Kraus, Toyota, 138.

               29. (19)  Spencer Davis, Toyota, 137.

               30. (36)  Jordan Anderson(i), Chevrolet, 137.

               31. (28)  Dawson Cram, Chevrolet, 137.

               32. (8)  Sheldon Creed, Chevrolet, 136.

               33. (24)  Kris Wright #, Chevrolet, 135.

               34. (40)  CJ McLaughlin, Toyota, 133.

               35. (27)  Spencer Boyd, Chevrolet, 133.

               36. (35)  Tate Fogleman, Chevrolet, 130.

               37. (39)  Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, Electrical, 106.

               38. (38)  Jesse Iwuji, Chevrolet, Too Slow, 73.

               39. (37)  Norm Benning, Chevrolet, Too Slow, 42.

               40. (33)  Ryan Reed, Chevrolet, Steering, 27.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  119.582 mph.

Time of Race:  1 Hrs, 45 Mins, 22 Secs. Margin of Victory:  .665 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  5 for 25 laps.

Lead Changes:  14 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   J. Nemechek 1-11;S. Creed 12-25;K. Busch(i) 26-37;S. Creed 38-39;K. Busch(i) 40-63;J. Nemechek 64-68;K. Busch(i) 69-74;S. Creed 75-99;K. Busch(i) 100;B. Rhodes 101-102;C. Eckes 103-105;J. Sauter 106-118;K. Busch(i) 119-132;R. Chastain(i) 133-138;K. Busch(i) 139-140.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Kyle Busch(i) 6 times for 59 laps; Sheldon Creed 3 times for 41 laps; John Hunter Nemechek 2 times for 16 laps; Johnny Sauter 1 time for 13 laps; Ross Chastain(i) 1 time for 6 laps; Christian Eckes 1 time for 3 laps; Ben Rhodes 1 time for 2 laps.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 51,4,2,99,88,16,52,38,19,44

Stage #2 Top Ten: 51,4,2,16,21,52,19,99,38,1

 

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Next Race: LiftKits4Less.com 200

The Place: Darlington Raceway

The Date: Friday, May 7

The Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 6:30 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 200.1 miles (147 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 45),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 90), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 147)

 

 

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Triple Truck Challenge Presented by Womply kicks off at Darlington Raceway

The Triple Truck Challenge was introduced in 2019, as a three-race program that provides drivers in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series an opportunity to win up to $500,000 in bonus money.

 

The Triple Truck Challenge will award a $50,000 bonus to the race winner of any one of the three events; win two of the three races and the driver pockets an additional $150,000; win all three and collect a cool half a million dollars.

 

This season the Triple Truck Challenge will be held at Darlington Raceway (May 7), Circuit of The Americas (May 22) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 28).

 

Womply, a leading small business solutions provider and local commerce platform that helps small businesses access the PPP program, enters NASCAR as the presenting sponsor of the 2021 Triple Truck Challenge Presented by Womply.

 

“As the leader in helping small businesses access the PPP program, Womply has a timely mission to reach NASCAR’s audience,” said Jeff Wohlschlaeger, NASCAR Vice President and Chief Sales Officer. “With NASCAR’s brand-loyal fan base and the plethora of small and micro business involvement in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in particular, the Triple Truck Challenge is a perfect fit for Womply as presenting sponsor.”

 

During the 2021 Triple Truck Challenge Presented by Womply, the brand will be integrated throughout the program at-track, on broadcast and across digital and social media. Through this agreement, Womply will highlight its PPP Fast Lane product, which assists small businesses and self-employed workers with PPP loan applications.

 

“Womply believes that when small businesses win, we all win,” said Womply Founder and CEO Toby Scammell. “We identified a problem in that millions of self-employed Americans simply don’t know they qualify for PPP. We solved that with the simplicity of PPP Fast Lane and our partnership with NASCAR strategically enables us to reach a demographically and geographically diverse audience.”

 

Womply leads in helping small businesses and self-employed workers with their loan applications to secure PPP loans through the various lenders. The company is focused on ensuring access and prioritization of all loan sizes to all small business and self-employed workers. PPP Fast Lane is a simple, web-based data collection process aiming to simplify the PPP process by removing friction that only applies to larger businesses. PPP Fast Lane includes multiple layers of fraud prevention and identity verification, which is essential to serving PPP loans at scale in accordance with government rules.

 

Last season, GMS Racing’s Sheldon Creed banked two Triple Truck Challenge wins, the most by a driver in the series.

 

2019 Season

2020 Season

Track

TTC Winner

Track

TTC Winner

Gateway

Ross Chastain

Daytona Road

Sheldon Creed

Iowa

Brett Moffitt

Dover

Zane Smith

Texas

Greg Biffle

Gateway

Sheldon Creed

 

 

Hot Streaks: Toyota and Kyle Busch Motorsports seem unstoppable

Toyota drivers have won every race this season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and this weekend at Darlington Raceway for the LiftKits4Less.com 200 (May 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) they will look to keep the streak alive and bring the win total to eight straight.

 

Toyota already holds the record for the most wins consecutive wins to start a season with 10 straight in 2014.

 

This season, ThorSport Racing’s Ben Rhodes drove his Toyota Tundra to Victory Lane at the opening two races in Daytona (oval and road course), and ever since then, Kyle Busch Motorsport’s drivers Martin Truex Jr. (Bristol Dirt), Kyle Busch (Atlanta and Kansas) and series standings leader John Hunter Nemechek (Las Vegas and Richmond) have all grabbed victories (last five races) and this weekend the KBM crew are hunting for the series record and their sixth straight win.

 

With Kyle Busch’s victory last weekend at Kansas, gave Kyle Busch Motorsports its fifth straight win this season tying Kevin Harvick Inc. (2009) and Roush Fenway Racing (2000 and 1999) as just the third organization in series history to win five consecutive races.

 

  

This weekend at Darlington, Kyle Busch Motorsport’s drivers John Hunter Nemechek (No. 4), Chandler Smith (No. 18) and Corey Heim (No. 51) will have their chance at securing the record making the KBM the only organization in series history with six straight wins.

 

Nemechek and Heim will be making their series track debuts this weekend at Darlington Raceway for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Smith competed in last season’s event, he started 14th and finished 23rd.  

 

Trucks brief history at Darlington Raceway

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has competed at Darlington Raceway just seven times (2001-2004, 2010, 2011, 2020) since the series inception in 1995.

 

The seven Camping World Truck races have produced five different pole winners and five different race winners.

 

Five different drivers are tied for the most poles at Darlington on the Truck Series with one each – Carl Edwards, Jason Leffler, Timothy Peters, Jack Sprague, and Cole Whitt.

 

Bobby Hamilton (2001 and 2003) and Kasey Kahne (2004 and 2011) lead the series wins at Darlington with two each. Hamilton won the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Darlington Raceway on May 12, 2001 driving his own (Bobby Hamilton Racing) Dodge. He led all but 10 of the 135-lap event.

 

ThorSport Racing’s Matt Crafton is the only driver in the series to make all seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Darlington Raceway. In seven Darlington starts Crafton has posted an average finish of 9.286 and a best finish of fourth in 2011.

 

ThorSport Racing’s Ben Rhodes collected the win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series return to Darlington Raceway last season.

 

This season, the LiftKits4Less.com 200 (May 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will be 147 laps (200.1 miles) and broken up into three stages the first two stages will be 45 laps each and the final stage will be 57 laps.

 

This weekend’s starting lineup was decided by Metric Qualifying and as a result Kyle Busch Motorsport’s John H. Nemechek will start from the pole and Hattori Racing Enterprises’ Austin Hill will join Nemechek on the front row.

  

Rhodes back for a second dance with the ‘Lady In Black’ in Victory Lane

After firing out of cannon to start the season, winning the opening two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Daytona (oval and road course), ThorSport Racing’s Ben Rhodes hasn’t slowed and is looking to defend his last season win Darlington and go for a second dance with the ‘Lady In Black’ in Victory Lane this weekend.

 

Rhodes is currently second in the standings just 33 markers back from series standings leader John Hunter Nemechek. This season, Rhodes has been next level, in seven starts he has accumulated two wins, three top fives and six top 10s.

 

Last season, Rhodes started fifth and didn’t battle for the lead until late in the race but wrestled his way to the front with just two laps to go to take the checkered flag.

 

Rhodes will start fourth this weekend.

 

Deegan finding her footing in the Truck Series

David Gilliland Racing’s rookie driver, Hailie Deegan, is coming off her best finish of the season last weekend at Kansas Speedway (13th) and the rising star is starting to find her footing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

 

Deegan is currently 15th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck driver Playoff outlook just 41 points back from the postseason cutline with eight races left in the regular season. Since the inception of the Truck Series Playoffs, no female competitors have qualified for the postseason.

 

In seven starts this season, Deegan has posted an average finish of 21.4

 

Deegan will be making her series track debut this weekend at Darlington Raceway. She will become the seventh different female competitor to compete at Darlington Raceway in the series; joining Jennifer Jo Cobb (2010, 2020), Johanna Long (2011), Deborah Renshaw (2004), Kelly Sutton (2004), Teri MacDonald (2003) and Tina Gordon (2003).

 

The best finish by a female competitor in the Truck Series at Darlington Raceway is 14th by Jennifer Jo Cobb on Aug. 14, 2010 – it was Cobb’s series track debut. 



 

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2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule:

Feb. 14 — Daytona International Speedway

Feb. 21 — Homestead-Miami Speedway

Feb. 28 — Auto Club Speedway

March 7 — Las Vegas Motor Speedway

March 14 — Phoenix Raceway

March 21 — Atlanta Motor Speedway

March 28 — Bristol Motor Speedway

April 4 — Easter holiday

April 10 — Martinsville Speedway

April 18 — Richmond Raceway

April 25 — Talladega Superspeedway

May 2 — Kansas Speedway

May 9 — Darlington Raceway

May 16 — Dover International Speedway

May 23 — Circuit of The Americas

May 30 — Charlotte Motor Speedway

June 6 — Sonoma Raceway

June 13 — Texas Motor Speedway, All-Star Race

June 20 — Nashville Superspeedway

June 26 — Pocono Raceway

June 27 — Pocono Raceway

July 4 — Road America

July 11 — Atlanta Motor Speedway

July 18 — New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Aug. 8 — Watkins Glen International

Aug. 15 — Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course

Aug. 22 — Michigan International Speedway

Aug. 28 — Daytona International Speedway

Sept. 5 — Darlington Raceway

Sept. 11 — Richmond Raceway

Sept. 18 — Bristol Motor Speedway

Sept. 26 — Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Oct. 3 — Talladega Superspeedway

Oct. 10 — Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval

Oct. 17 — Texas Motor Speedway

Oct. 24 — Kansas Speedway

Oct. 31 — Martinsville Speedway

Nov. 7 — Phoenix Raceway

 

Date

Race / Track

Saturday, February 13 Daytona
Saturday, February 20 Homestead-Miami
Saturday, February 27 Auto Club
Saturday, March 6 Las Vegas
Saturday, March 13 Phoenix
Saturday, March 20 Atlanta
Friday, April 9 Martinsville
Saturday, April 24 Talladega
Saturday, May 8 Darlington
Saturday, May 15 Dover
Saturday, May 22 COTA
Saturday, May 29 Charlotte
Saturday, June 5 Mid-Ohio
Saturday, June 12 Texas
Saturday, June 19 Nashville Superspeedway
Sunday, June 27 Pocono
Saturday, July 3 Road America
Saturday, July 10 Atlanta
Saturday, July 17 New Hampshire
Saturday, August 7 Watkins Glen
Saturday, August 14 Indianapolis Road Course
Saturday, August 21 Michigan
Friday, August 27 Daytona
Saturday, September 4 Darlington
Saturday, September 11 Richmond
Friday, September 17 Bristol
Saturday, September 25 Las Vegas
Saturday, October 2 Talladega
Saturday, October 9 Charlotte Roval
Saturday, October 16 Texas
Saturday, October 23 Kansas
Saturday, October 30 Martinsville
Saturday, November 6 Phoenix

*Denotes playoff races

 

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Feb. 12 Daytona International Speedway
Feb. 19 Daytona International Speedway Road Course
March 5 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
March 20 Atlanta Motor Speedway
March 27 Bristol Motor Speedway (Dirt)
April 17 Richmond Raceway
May 1 Kansas Speedway
May 7 Darlington Raceway
May 22 Circuit of the Americas
May 28 Charlotte Motor Speedway
June 12 Texas Motor Speedway
June 18 Nashville Superspeedway
June 26 Pocono Raceway
July 9 Knoxville Raceway
Aug. 7 Watkins Glen International
Aug. 20 World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway
Sept. 5 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Sept. 16 Bristol Motor Speedway
Sept. 24 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Oct. 2 Talladega Superspeedway
Oct. 29 Martinsville Speedway
Nov. 5 Phoenix Raceway
 
 

 
 
 
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