Talladega Superspeedway Tag

By Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced Wednesday some important new procedural changes for the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season, all designed to strengthen the quality of the race fields and add to the intensity of the racing on track. The updates come at a time the sanctioning body – along with the series sponsors, teams and the broadcast partners – have seen a tangible increase in interest level and excitement for the two series. There are strong fields filledRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent BRISTOL, Tenn. – Journeyman driver David Ragan will step away from full-time competition following the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. The 33-year-old made the decision with a focus on spending more time with his family. Ragan has competed in NASCAR’s Premier Series full-time for 13 years. While he only visited victory lane twice, his accomplishments both around and off the track are greater than those on track. Ragan was one of several drivers that filled-in for Kyle Busch in 2015 following the viciousRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent After a few weeks off, Jeffrey Earnhardt and iK9 have announced their remaining schedule for the 2019 season. Earnhardt has six NASCAR Xfinity Series races beginning with the B&L Transport 170 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in the No. 18 Toyota Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing. He will also compete at Road America, ISM Raceway, and Homestead-Miami Speedway for JGR. Kyle Busch will have iK9 as the primary sponsor at Watkins Glen International in August. This will be iK9’s return to JGR after brieflyRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent Hattori Racing Enterprises will return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Daytona International Speedway with Austin Hill. The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series regular will attempt his Xfinity Series debut in the organization’s No. 61 AISIN Group Toyota Supra in the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250. Hill will have to qualify the No. 61 Supra on time since the team does not compete full-time in Xfinity competition. HRE last competed in the Xfinity Series in 2015 with Ross Kenseth. In nine series starts, the team has oneRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent  CONCORD, N.C. – For Todd Gilliland, recent results in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series have been a welcome reassurance. The 2019 season for the Kyle Busch Motorsports driver have had one speed bump after another. Although Gilliland had speed in his No. 4 Mobil 1 Toyota Tundra, mistakes have cost him finishes inside the top-five at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Three straight incidents at Martinsville Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, and Dover International Speedway kept the 19-year-oldRead 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 Luis Torres, Staff Writer It was “Damage Inc.” on the final lap of Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama that ended in violent blows for several drivers, putting a damper on what was considered a thrilling 188-lap race. The situation began to unravel once the red-flag was lifted due to a multi-car crash on Lap 182 that ended with Matt DiBenedetto plowing into the back end of Chris Buescher in Turn 2. This led to the race restarting with just four laps to go. The chaos began toRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The ultimate equalizer known as Talladega Superspeedway proved to be an ultimate breakthrough result for two of this year’s Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders Daniel Hemric and Ryan Preece. Both drivers have shown flashes of brilliance in the first nine races, but luck has hampered their results. Sunday’s GEICO 500 changed all of that as both rookies scored their maiden top-fives in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series after surviving the intense competition and violent crashes. After having a heroic Daytona 500 that can beRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent A decision to block one run cost Joey Logano a chance at victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500. In a highly competitive race at Talladega Superspeedway Logano was out front on the final restart in the No. 22 Money Lion Ford Mustang. The Team Penske driver successfully held off runs from Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch, and Daniel Suarez without losing the top spot. However, when he blocked a run from Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott squeezed beneath defending series champion. Logano slidRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor TALLADEGA, Ala. – After the checkered flag flew in Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, Brendan Gaughan couldn’t help but smile, noting how much fun he just had driving his way to an eighth-place finish on the day with his underdog team. “I was telling the guys, ‘I don’t know what y’all think is so tough about this. I show up once every three months and drive into the top-10!’ This stuff is easy,” Gaughan said. “I miss this sport. It is a lot ofRead More