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By David Morgan, Associate Editor Darlington, March 1988. Proving that persistence pays off, Lake Speed finally made good on his last name that seemed destined for a racing greatness by dominating at one of the toughest tracks on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit to capture what would be his one and only win at NASCAR’s highest level. Before getting his start in NASCAR in 1980, Speed’s greatest claim to fame was winning the World Karting Championship in LeMans, France two years prior, defeating a future three-time Formula 1 champion, the lateRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent DARLINGTON, S.C. – With two marquee wins, Denny Hamlin’s legacy has been firmly cemented in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. With two wins in the Daytona 500 and the Bojangles Southern 500, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver has equaled a select few, Bobby Allison, Bill Elliott, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, and Cale Yarborough in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Hamlin has the opportunity this weekend to inch closer to Gordon’s three Daytona 500 and six Southern 500-win mark. Last year, he finished thirdRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor TALLADEGA, Ala. – Not since the days when the Earnhardt family reigned supreme on the restrictor plate tracks has a cheer from the crowd been as a loud as the one that echoed throughout the Talladega Superspeedway grandstands after Chase Elliott scored his first victory on the 2.66-mile superspeedway in Sunday’s GEICO 500. While Atlanta Motor Speedway is technically Elliott’s home track, being situated near his home town of Dawsonville, Georgia, the fans at Talladega made it clear their track is just as much aRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor Glen Wood, who co-founded the Wood Brothers Racing Team in 1953, passed away Friday morning at the age of 93. The team confirmed the loss of the legendary NASCAR Hall of Famer via a statement on social media. “It’s with profound sadness that we mourn the passing of team founder and family patriarch Glen Wood this morning. We want to thank family, friends, our small-town Virginia community of Patrick County, as well as everyone in the NASCAR community for their unwavering support.” Wood started his careerRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor The Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway has always been a special race for those in NASCAR, with a win in the 500-mile slugfest on the track “Too Tough to Tame” residing on the bucket list for nearly every driver and team that has ever turned a lap around the 1.366-mile oval. Entering the 1985 edition of the Southern 500, the pressure of winning at the storied track was ratcheted up even more for Bill Elliott, as a $1 million payday awaited him at the end ofRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott had a topsy turvy afternoon in his return, salvaging a 20th place finish after being involved in two incidents during Saturday’s Johnsonville 180 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. After getting out his yellow striped red No. 23 ISM Connect Chevrolet, it was all smiles for Elliott, with a little humor along the way. “I feel like I hit everything but the the lottery,” said Elliott. “It was a great day. I’d like to thank Xfinity and allRead More
By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer It’s the 23rd race of the season and three full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series regulars have combined to score eight victories. The Xfinity Series returns to Road America for the Johnsonville 180. No Cup drivers, road course ringers, the possibility of racing in the rain, the battle to make the Playoffs, and stage racing are just some of the storylines heading into the 23rd race of the season. Coverage for the Johnsonville 180 is scheduled to start Saturday at 3:00 p.m. ET. Road America has hosted the 23rd race ofRead More
By Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Chase Elliott’s day had finally come. The high-fives, shouts of joy and “I told ya so” moments filled NASCAR fandom Sunday from living room, to pool deck to cell phone to “man-caves” around the country as the most popular of the sport’s “favorite sons” – 22-year old Chase Elliott won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Even he acknowledged hearing the grandstand cheers as he wheeled his No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 around the famed WatkinsRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor Amid the doom and gloom talks around the NASCAR garage area this year and three drivers dominating week in and week out, the sport needed an energizing moment to get out of the current rut it finds itself in. Enter Chase Elliott’s win Sunday at Watkins Glen and they got exactly what they were looking for. Elliott, the son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, has been a fan favorite since he first entered the sport and in his three seasons in the Cup SeriesRead More
By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott will return to NASCAR competition at Road America, competing in the Johnsonville 180 in GMS Racing’s No. 23 ISM Connect Chevrolet Camaro SS. Bill Elliott, father of current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott, will compete in his first NASCAR Xfinity Series race since Memphis Motorsports Park in 2006. He will also join Chase as one of several drivers that have climbed behind the wheel of the No. 23 this season. Four of Chase’s five Xfinity SeriesRead More