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.
by Holly Cain; Photos by Getty Images Sat, 2020-08-29 06:45
Teamwork was the buzz word of the night for the Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway, but ultimately it came down to team members aggressively deciding the win amongst themselves instead of a team versus team surge for the checkered flag.
Ross Chastain tagged the left rear of his Kaulig Racing teammate – and the race leader - A.J. Allmendinger’s Chevrolet on the final lap in the final turns sending both cars into the wall while their other teammate Justin Haley surged through the field to the checkered flag. It was the 21-year old Indiana-native’s second career Xfinity Series win matching his work at the sport’s other big track, Talladega Superspeedway earlier this season.
by Reid Spencer, Photos by Getty Images Sun, 2020-08-23 11:23
After winning Saturday’s Drydene 200 at Dover International Speedway, Justin Allgaier offered an unexpected thank-you to AJ Allmendinger.
A week earlier at the Daytona Road Course, Allmendinger wheel-hopped into Allgaier’s No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet and knocked him out of a top-five finish. Allgaier expressed his displeasure after the race and ignited a firestorm on social media from those who thought Allmendinger’s miscue was purely accidental.
by Reid Spencer; Photos by Getty Images Sun, 2020-08-23 06:16
Working traffic adroitly over the final run on Saturday, Denny Hamlin cruised to victory in the Drydene 311 at Dover International Speedway after passing Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. for the lead with eight laps left.
At a track he considers one of his worst, based on past performance, Hamlin made up for a poor restart on Lap 193 of 311, gradually running down Truex, who was stuck behind the lapped car of Aric Almirola during the closing run.
"I’ve been running down the leaders the past few weeks, but I haven’t been able to get there," said Hamlin, who won for the sixth time this season, tying Kevin Harvick for the NASCAR Cup Series lead. "We didn’t control that restart there, and we just had to battle back.
For residents of the town of Speedway, Indiana, Sunday afternoon will likely feel strange.
The sound of race cars will be heard in the distance, but fans of the Indy 500 will all be at home, watching the action on TV.
The historic race is being held outside the month of May and without fans for the first time in history. Both changes come due to restrictions on large gatherings of people in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the first time in its storied history, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) will host three generations of racing royalty on track together just before the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, Aug. 23. Legendary racer Mario Andretti will take his son Michael on a thrill ride in Honda’s Fastest Seat in Sports, before Mario’s grandson and Michael’s son, pole winner Marco Andretti, leads the NTT INDYCAR SERIES field to the green flag in the 104th Running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”