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By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Right in the middle of Monday Night Football, three-time Daytona 500 champion and the GOAT Michael Jordan announced they’ll be pairing up to start a brand new single-car NASCAR Cup Series team beginning next season with Bubba Wallace behind the wheel. In fact, deciding a driver was the easiest part of the whole ordeal as Hamlin, who ironically had previous beef following the final lap of the 2018 Daytona 500, described how far Wallace has grown as a competitor and as a person. “Bubba has shownRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor Bristol Motor Speedway hosted the first elimination race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs on Saturday night, marking the end of the road for four drivers and their championship aspirations. Several drivers entered the night within striking distance of the top-12 in points, but when the checkered flag fell Cole Custer, William Byron, Matt DiBenedetto, and Ryan Blaney would be the unlucky drivers to get the axe. All four came into the Bristol Night Race with ground to make up in the points battle, butRead More
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service In a battle of two of stock car racing’s titans, Kevin Harvick swapped the lead with Kyle Busch and held off the defending NASCAR Cup Series champion over an intense string of closing laps to win Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Harvick picked up his ninth victory of the season, his second of the Round of 16 in the Playoffs and his third at Bristol. The driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford finished .310 seconds ahead ofRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Angry and broken hearts galore during Saturday’s Bristol Night Race where a lot was on the line. Some things ended up being the same as Kevin Harvick scored his ninth win of the year, leaving him just a victory away of being the first driver since Jimmie Johnson in 2007 to get at least 10 wins in a single campaign. Not only that, it was a 500-lap event filled with chaos as hoods popping, tires vibrating and even a little rivals battling it out for everyRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Thunder Valley this weekend for the annual Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, a showdown under the lights on the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile” that is sure to leave sheet metal twisted and tempers flaring once these drivers get done battling for 500 laps. Racing at Bristol is always intense, but when the lights go down for the night race, the intensity gets cranked to 11. The aggressiveness that the drivers will show on the high-banked bullringRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor Two races down, one to go. With the conclusion of Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond, the first round of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs is nearly complete, with Bristol Motor Speedway and the first elimination race looming large next weekend for those drivers who have yet to lock themselves into the next round. Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin are safe from whatever carnage may lie ahead at the Last Great Colusseum as the Playoff field is cut from 16 to 12.Read More
By Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service Brad Keselowski made good on a confident Babe Ruth-like prediction earlier this week when he said he expected to dominate and win Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 Playoff race at Richmond (Va.) Raceway. Dominate, he did. After leading a race best 192 of the 400 laps at the three-quarter mile track, Keselowski scored an impressive 2.568-second victory over Martin Truex Jr. to guarantee his position in the next round of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. It’s Keselowski’s fourth win of the season inRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Not going to lie, Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway was a bit refreshing. Rather than it being the same song and dance where a couple of drivers ended up schooling everyone, there was different faces who set the tone all night. Brad Keselowski ended up victorious for his fourth win of the year to cap off a perfect Saturday for Team Penske. Like IndyCar driver Will Power earlier at Mid-Ohio, Keselowski was the man to beat as a few drivers just couldn’t matchRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor Race No. 2 of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs is here as the championship contenders get set to take on the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway. After a barn burner in last weekend’s Southern 500 at Darlington to kick off the first round of the Playoffs, the traveling circus moves north to Virginia for its first visit to Richmond this season after the first race, originally scheduled for this spring, was moved elsewhere due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, this year’s raceRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor Richard Petty Motorsports will be looking for a new driver for its famous No. 43 car in 2021 after Bubba Wallace announced that he will be leaving the team when the current season comes to a close. In a Thursday morning social media post, Wallace announced his departure, expressing his thanks and respect to seven-time champion Richard Petty and the team that bears his name for taking a chance on him by putting him in their car back in 2017 to start his NASCAR Cup SeriesRead More