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By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Last season’s top competitors were able to conquer multiple tracks in a short period of time. They were able to fight for podiums and race wins, setting themselves apart from the rest of the competition. More fascinating is the mixed balance of the sport’s elite racers and young guns, each looking to leave their marks. No other sport right now can really say there’s a good parity than the NTT IndyCar Series. In the final installment of our previews, we’ll highlight the drivers who finished inRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The combination of Chase Elliott and Martinsville Speedway has certainly been eventful. Maybe a bit of an understatement considering the luck he’s had in Virginia, highlighted with last fall’s wild comeback win. Eventful wasn’t the word during Sunday’s Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500. The defending Cup Series champion finished second after passing Denny Hamlin late in the going, equaling his best result this season. However, if you ask him how his 500-lap race went, he bluntly said it was uneventful. Compared to the luck Elliott hasRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer A week after a pit penalty bit Daniel Suarez’s bid of a strong result at Atlanta, he was able to deliver big at Bristol. Suarez crossed the line in fourth, bringing Trackhouse Racing its maiden top-five in just their seventh race. Despite being a dirt track, not only Suarez adapted extremely well, he even led 58 laps in Monday’s race. It wasn’t a maiden NASCAR Cup Series win for him and Trackhouse, but certainly felt sweet. “To be honest, I had no idea what I wasRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Homestead-Miami Speedway once again proved to be Kyle Larson’s natural habitat in NASCAR. Only this time, he was navigating the 1.5-mile circuit for Hendrick Motorsports. In his third start with the team, Larson finished fourth in Sunday’s Dixie Vodka 400 for his fourth career Homestead top-five. While it wasn’t a race win yet again, Larson rebounded from a disappointing 30th place finish at the Daytona Road Course last Sunday. In the closing laps, Larson was running in the top-three but the shot of catching teammate WilliamRead 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 Derek Kraus scored his best career finish in Sunday’s South Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Darlington Raceway, reducing the playoff cutoff gap on Todd Gilliland down to 10 points. Kraus, who drove a throwback of Ron Hornaday’s NAPA scheme, appeared was going to have a modest 147-lap race, battling his former Bill McAnally Racing teammate for the seventh spot. Up to that point, Kraus said his afternoon wasn’t great as track position was hard to come by up until the final stage when his McAnally-Hilgemann RacingRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer What can be best described as another classic Xfinity Series duel at Darlington Raceway, both Ross Chastain and Denny Hamlin put on an absolute barn burner. In the closing laps of Saturday’s Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200, two aggressive drivers gave it their all. Neither were giving up an inch if it meant a win was on the horizon as both were hungry for redemption in “The Lady in Black.” Hamlin haven’t won an Xfinity race since Darlington in 2017 as a result of him beingRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Ryan Sieg’s visit to Darlington Raceway had its wild moments that led to his second third-place finish of the Xfinity Series campaign. However, his Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 could’ve looked much different on Lap 2 when he got collected in a multi-car accident on the backstretch. That was a direct result of Anthony Alfredo and Justin Allgaier tangling which led Daniel Hemric slamming into the wall and darted left into Sieg’s No. 39 CMR Roofing Chevrolet Camaro. Trouble early at @TooToughToTame! Brandon Brown, Ryan Sieg,Read More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Nothing but smiles from Gray Gaulding after a last lap drama involving two Kaulig Racing teammates saw him go from sixth to finishing second in Friday’s Wawa 250 at Daytona International Speedway. As the leaders were running in Turn 3 for the last time, it appeared Gaulding’s No. 07 Walk-Ons.com Chevrolet Camaro was fighting with Austin Cindric for the final top-five spot. That would all change once Ross Chastain’s attempt of going for a very slim opening to get by leader and teammate A.J. Allmendinger completelyRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer For the fifth straight race, your third-place finsher, MTJ. Yes indeed, Martin Truex, Jr. got another third in Sunday’s Go Bowling 235 at the Daytona International Speedway road course, leading 10 of 65 laps. Truex’s No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry had one of the strongest cars out of the 39-car field and it clearly showed as he made several passes all afternoon. A lot of them taking place in Stage 3 because he had to start at the rear of the field. This wasRead More