by Michael Eubanks; Photos by Chris Owens, INDYCAR Media Sun, 2020-09-13 19:26
Colton Herta became the first Andretti Autosport driver to win an IndyCar race in 2020 Sunday afternoon, dominating round two of the series’ doubleheader at Mid-Ohio.
Just as Will Power did in Saturday’s race, Herta started the race from the pole position and led nearly every lap en route to his first win of the year. The 20-year-old driver last won in IndyCar’s 2019 season finale at Laguna Seca last September.
“I’m so happy. We’ve been knocking on the door almost every week,” Herta said. “We’ve had the speed, but for one reason or another, something always has gone wrong. We finally put everything together.”
by Brent Gambill; Photos by Getty Images Sat, 2020-09-12 23:49
Earlier this week, Brad Keselowski said he expected to go to Richmond Raceway (Richmond) for Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race to dominate and win. He did just that, leading a race-high 192 laps and passing Austin Dillon with 48 laps left to cruise to the victory and advance to the second round of the Cup Series Playoffs.
“Our Mustang was really hauling,” said Keselowski, the No. 2 Ford driver for Team Penske who picked up his second Richmond triumph (2014). “This car was really strong and I really got a great rhythm out on the racetrack. You’ve got to get a really precise rhythm for how you get around here and I was able to find that very early on, put a lot of thought into what I was gonna do and it paid off.”
by Holly Cain; Photos by Getty Images Sat, 2020-09-12 16:24
The difference in his race was like night and day but Justin Allgaier proved himself tops again – winning Saturday afternoon’s Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway answering a hard-fought victory Friday night and sweeping the Xfinity Series weekend doubleheader.
Allgaier’s No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet essentially dominated the afternoon leading a race best 135 of the 250 laps and holding off his teammate Jeb Burton by a healthy 2.185-seconds for his third win of the season. It is the 14th victory of the 34-year old Illinois native’s career and Allgaier's 770 total laps led in 2020 is most of any driver this season.
by Michael Eubanks; Photos by Chris Owens, INDYCAR Media Sat, 2020-09-12 16:18
Will Power scored his first IndyCar victory of 2020 Saturday afternoon, winning in commanding fashion at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Power started the race from the pole position and lead nearly every lap in round one of IndyCar’s doubleheader at the 13-turn road course. The victory was Power’s 38th in IndyCar competition, and his first at Mid-Ohio.
“We’ve had a pretty trying year, obviously everyone has, circumstances very tough with COVID and all the social distancing that we have to do. But the fact we’re out here racing and have some fans is fantastic,” Power said. “That’s what we love to do. We love to entertain. We love to drive.
by Brent Gambrill; Photos by Getty Images Mon, 2020-09-07 11:07
Ben Rhodes, driver of the No. 99 Ford F-150 for ThorSport Racing, drove away from the field after the white flag in overtime to win the South Carolina Education Lottery 200, which was the first NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Darlington Raceway (Darlington) in nine years.
“That was such a tough win,” said Rhodes. “We weren’t the best truck all day. I was actually really disappointed when the (final) caution came out because I thought fourth place is a good finish for us, we’ll get in the playoffs. But I’m not letting this checkered flag go. It’s been a long time coming.”
by Brett Gambrill; Photos by Getty Images Sun, 2020-09-06 22:56
Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing, was in the right place at the right time in winning the 71st running of the Cook Out Southern 500® at Darlington Raceway (Darlington). After Martin Truex Jr. in the No. 19 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing and Chase Elliott of the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro for Hendrick Motorsports pancaked the second-turn wall with just 15 laps remaining while battling for the lead, Harvick pulled ahead to hold off a late-charge by Austin Dillon in the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro for Richard Childress Racing to claim his second NASCAR Cup Series Darlington triumph in 2020.
by Brent Gambrill; Photos by Getty Images Sun, 2020-09-06 11:15
In one of the more dramatic races of the NASCAR season, Brandon Jones, driver of the No. 19 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing, passed Denny Hamlin and Ross Chastain with two laps remaining to capture the checkered flag in dramatic fashion in the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway (Darlington). The race was the kickoff to the Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR at the track Too Tough To Tame.
by Michael Eubanks; Photos by Joe Skibinski Mon, 2020-08-31 18:56
Defending IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden picked up his second victory of 2020 Sunday afternoon, winning round 2 of the series’ doubleheader at Gateway.
Newgarden started the race from the second position but did not take the lead until Lap 157 when the field cycled out of the final pit stop. Teammate Will Power had been leading up until then but lost the lead when he was caught up in traffic entering the pits.
By narrowly beating out Pato O’Ward of the pits a few laps prior, Newgarden then found himself in control of the race. He led all 43 remaining laps of the event, which ended under caution when race polestitter Takuma Sato hit the Turn 4 wall with four laps remaining.
by Holly Cain, Photos by Getty Images Sun, 2020-08-30 06:43
With his NASCAR Cup Series Playoff hopes on the line, Hendrick Motorsports’ driver William Byron earned his first career victory Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 regular season finale.
The victory was an automatic berth into the Playoffs for the 22-year old Byron – a hard-fought trophy in a typically full-contact, high-emotion contest on NASCAR’s famed Daytona high-banks to settle the Playoff field.