NASCAR Playoffs Tag

By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service A 17-year-old stole the thunder from the Playoff drivers at Thunder Valley. Driving in a part-time role for GMS Racing, Sam Mayer beat GMS teammate and 2018 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series champion Brett Moffitt to the finish line by 4.413 seconds to win Thursday night’s UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics at Bristol Motor Speedway. Moffitt led 117 of the 200 laps at the .533-mile concrete short track, but, with superior tires for the final run, Mayer passed him for theRead 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 Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service Kevin Harvick was in the right place at the right time to take the lead, then put on an impressive show of tenacity to hold off a hard-charging Austin Dillon to earn his second career Cook Out Southern 500 win at Darlington Raceway in Sunday night’s NASCAR Cup Series Playoff opener. It may have been his series best eighth victory of the season, but the veteran Harvick was emotional on the team radio, letting out a loud congratulatory yell as he crossed the finish lineRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer A battle for the win between the two best drivers turned into real disappointing results due to late-race fender bender dashed Chase Elliott and Martin Truex, Jr.’s bid of a Cook Out Southern 500 triumph Sunday. Truex ended up winning the first two stages, but Elliott was the only one who responded effectively to his dominance as the duo led a combined total of 310 of 367 laps. With pit stops out of the way, the bout began to unravel and with 15 laps to go,Read More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Austin Dillon had a strong points night in Sunday’s Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, even coming up close of getting his second NASCAR Cup Series victory of the year. Dillon’s 367-lap odyssey began with a low note due to the fact he had to start the race from the rear of the field due to unapproved adjustments, relinquishing the 12th starting position. During Sunday’s post-race video conference, Dillon went into detail on the pre-race hiccup that was a direct result of his tires beingRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer It’s hard to imagine a caliber driver like two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch being winless after 26 races, but here we are. Several pit falls such as lack of practice, crashes and not having the outright pace to battle his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick, the duo who have put on a stranglehold on the competition, have made things very frustrating for Busch. That became evident after being collected in a multi-car crash last Saturday at Daytona, simply describing hisRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Pending who you ask among the NASCAR Cup Series playoff contenders, they’ll likely say Aric Almirola is the true dark horse contender for this year’s 10-race championship odyssey. Who can blame them as Almirola has had a career year with a career-high five top-fives and 14 top-10s in just the regular season alone. Due to him being more consistency than last season, it was good enough for both Stewart-Haas Racing and long time sponsor Smithfield re-upping their deals for next season on Tuesday. Almirola said thatRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Fresh off his maiden NASCAR Cup Series win last Saturday at Daytona, William Byron has been upbeat now that he got the win, but also a contract extension. On Tuesday, Hendrick Motorsports announced that Byron will stay in the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE through 2022. A day later, Byron discussed that talks about staying with them have been going on for some time with Rick Hendrick saying the deal was signed on August 8, according to Bob Pockrass. “I had one year left afterRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Joey Logano and Erik Jones share an odd bond in their captivating NASCAR careers and that’s being ousted by Joe Gibbs Racing. Logano was replaced by Matt Kenseth at the end of the 2012 season and landed a home with Team Penske where he won a Daytona 500 and a Cup Series title since. Meanwhile, Jones is about to be replaced by Christopher Bell next season and yet to find a ride. During Wednesday’s portion of NASCAR Playoffs Media Day, Logano went into greater detail aboutRead More