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Joey Logano (22) hits the wall coming out of Turn 2 after he tried to block Chris Buescher (17) on the final lap of the second of two NASCAR Daytona 500 qualifying auto races at Daytona International Speedway, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Michael McDowell (34) made it by and Harrison Burton (21) had minor damage. (AP Photo/Don Howard)APmlive.com
Daytona Road Course Takes Spotlight For NASCAR
NASCAR CUP SERIESO’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at DaytonaSite: Daytona Beach, FloridaSchedule: Sunday, race, 3 p.m.Track: Daytona road courseRace distance: 70 laps, 253 milesLast year: Chase Elliott won after starting seventh in mid-August. … Reigning series champion Chase Elliott finished second. NASCAR XFINITY SERIESSuper Start Batteries 188Site: Daytona Beach, FloridaSchedule: Saturday, race, 5 p.m.Track: Daytona road courseRace distance: 52 laps, 188 milesLast year: Austin Cindric won from the pole in mid-August. Last race: Cindric, the reigning series champion, held off Brett Moffitt and Harrison Burton in a two-lap overtime battle for his ninth career victory. NASCAR TRUCK SERIESBrakeBest Pads 159Site: Daytona Beach, FloridaSchedule: Friday, race, 7:30 p.m.Track: Daytona road courseRace distance: 44 laps, 159 milesLast year: Sheldon Creed won after starting 14th in mid-August.detroit.cbslocal.com
Cindric starts new season with big Xfinity win at Daytona
Austin Cindric celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Austin Cindric launched his bid for a second consecutive Xfinity Series title with a victory in Saturday night's season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Cindric makes his Cup Series debut Sunday in the Daytona 500. “What a way to start the season,” Cindric said. Cindric won the Xfinity Series debut on Daytona’s road course last August as well as a rallycross event early in his career. The 22-year-old has this final season in Xfinity before moving next year to Cup to drive for Penske-supported Wood Brothers Racing.
NASCAR Finale Arrives For Final Foursome
NASCAR CUP SERIESSeason Finale 500Site: Avondale, ArizonaSchedule: Sunday, race, 3 p.m.Track: Phoenix RacewayRace distance: 312 laps, 312 miles. … Logano (2018) and Keselowski (2012) are seeking their second series titles, Elliott and Hamlin their first. NASCAR XFINITY SERIESDesert Diamond Casino West Valley 200Site: Avondale, ArizonaSchedule: Saturday, race, 5 p.m.Track: Phoenix RacewayRace distance: 200 laps, 200 miles. Last year: Justin Allgaier won after starting fifth in the last race before the championship finale. Last year: Stewart Friesen won after starting second in the last race before the championship finale.detroit.cbslocal.com
Austin Cindric completes Xfinity sweep at Kentucky Speedway
SPARTA, Ky. Austin Cindric dominated Friday night to sweep the NASCAR Xfinity Series doubleheader at Kentucky Speedway. A night after racing to his first career oval victory in an overtime finish, the Team Penske driver was even stronger in the No. Cindric was third in the first stage, won the second and stretched it out in the final segment. The 21-year-old Cindric, son of Team Penske president Tim Cindric, won twice last year on road courses at Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio. Gragson again showed early strength in taking the 45-lap first stage, his third segment win in two nights on the 1.5-mile oval.
Briscoe holds off Chastain to win Xfinity race at Pocono
Chase Briscoe smokes his tires in celebration after winning a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Sunday, June 28, 2020, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)LONG POND, Pa. Chase Briscoe held off Ross Chastain in overtime to win the crash-filled Xfinity Series at Pocono Raceway, the second of three NASCAR races at the track on Sunday. Pocono became the first track to hold a Truck, Xfinity and Cup race on the same day. 98 Ford and won his fourth race of the season, and second in three races. Hes always one of the hardest guys to race against.Chastain hit the jackpot with his runner-up finish. Pocono turned in a wreck-fest for the second straight race, the track-record tying nine cautions in Trucks was given a run for the money early in Xfinity.
Briscoe finds a way, wins Xfinity race at Homestead
HOMESTEAD, Fla. Chase Briscoe lost much of his team and got a win for them. Its just a testament to our team, Briscoe said. With 15 laps to go, it was basically down to a two-car race: Gragson was leading, about 2 1/2 seconds ahead of Briscoe. Gragson never had control of the race again, and Briscoe wound up in victory lane. That was a team win, for sure, Briscoe said.
Earnhardt returns; Burton wins Xfinity race at Homestead
Burton, Gragson and Austin Cindric were three-wide going into that last lap, and it was Burton the 19-year-old son of former Cup star Jeff Burton, who wound up in front in a wild finish. I love you.Cindric was second and Gragson third, two spots ahead of Earnhardt part of his cars JR Motorsports ownership. It was Earnhardts third Xfinity Series appearance since retiring as a full-time Cup Series driver in 2017. Hed also raced there five times in the Xfinity Series, placing second in 1999 for his best finish. The Xfinity cars are back on the track Sunday before the Cup Series race at Homestead.
Gragson wiggles past Allgaier to win Xfinity race at Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. Noah Gragson squeezed past JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier with four laps remaining, a move that caused Allgaier to crash, and Gragson held on at Bristol Motor Speedway for his second win of the season. His victory Monday night was set up by a caution with 13 laps remaining that wiped away Allgaier's lead. The Chevrolet teammates lined up side-by-side for the restart with seven laps remaining but Allgaier cleared him on the restart. I really apologize to Justin and the (number) 7 team, thats not how I want to race, Gragson said. I was terrible here in trucks and Xfinity, Gragson said.
Bowman Gets 2nd NASCAR Win At Fontana, Burton Gets 1st Xfinity Win
Bowman raced to his second career NASCAR Cup Series victory Sunday, holding off Kyle and Kurt Busch at Fontana. The win was the culmination of a tremendously encouraging weekend for Bowman, who has run 156 Cup races without extraordinary success. I feel like if somebody doesnt want you driving their race car, youre not going to be driving it. BURTON CLAIMS 1ST XFINITY WINHarrison Burton held off Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota teammate Riley Herbst for his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory Saturday. The 19-year-old Burton is the son of NASCAR veteran Jeff Burton, and he finished strong with an impressive final restart.detroit.cbslocal.com