LOUDEN, NH (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series are at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend and time is running out for drivers looking to qualify for NASCAR’s Playoffs.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kurt Busch comes into the weekend hot off the heels of his victory last Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway.
The win was the first for the No. 1 car in the Cup Series since October 10, 2013 when Jamie McMurray visited Victory Lane at Talladega Superspeedway.
The win was the 31st for Busch in the Cup Series and his first with Ganassi. Busch has also visited Victory Lane with Roush Fenway Racing, Team Penske and Stewart-Haas Racing.
Busch’s CGR teammate Kyle Larson has the third-best average finish at New Hampshire (10.7). Larson has four top-five and five top-10 finishes in nine starts at the oval. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin has the best average finish (10.2).
Kyle Busch has three wins at New Hampshire (2006, 2015, 2017) and four runner-up finishes at the track. Kyle Busch is also the only driver on the grid with victories at the track in all three of NASCAR’s premier series.
“Loudon is a Martinsville-like short track,” Kyle Busch said. “It’s a little more spread out, but there’s some rooting and gouging going on because it’s a one-lane track and everybody fights for that particular groove.”
New Hampshire is slightly longer than a mile and is a shorter, flat track with variable banking at two and seven degrees in the corners and one degree on the straights.
The first practice session on Friday runs from 12:05 p.m. to 12:55 p.m. ET followed by qualifying at 4:35 p.m.
There will be two practice sessions on Saturday, 10:05 a.m. to 10:55 p.m. and a final practice session from 12:35 p.m. to 1:25 p.m. ET.
The Foxwood Resorts Casino green flag drops at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday.
William Byron Wins NASCAR Cup Series Race At Homestead-Miami Speedway
HOMESTEAD, FL (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Hendrick Motorsports William Byron picked up the win in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Byron led race-high 102 laps en route to his second career Cup Series victory.
“This car was just awesome,” said Byron, who credited his crew chief Rudy Fugle. “The track was super slick to start. We had to start pretty far back but made our way up and just had to keep adjusting on the car and kind of finding those little bits.”
Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick was chasing down Byron in final laps of the race but simply ran out of time to catch the leader.
“It’s beyond frustrating,” said Reddick. “2 or 3 different decisions on a restart would have put me miles ahead and I would have been in-reach (of Byron). 2nd’s great but I saw how much faster I was than those guys at the end so naturally it’s frustrating.”
Martin Truex Jr finished third followed by Kyle Larson in fourth and Kevin Harvick and in fifth.
“My balance got off their the last 40-laps or so,” said Truex. “So close.”
Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell finished sixth follow by Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Newman in seventh.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kurt Busch finished eighth and his teammate Ross Chastain finished 17th.
The races featured 20-lead changes among 16-drivers and was slowed by 6-caution flags for 36-laps.
Myatt Snider Wins NASCAR Xfinity Race At Homestead Miami Speedway
HOMESTEAD, FL (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Myatt Snider held off a hard-charging Tyler Reddick to win the Contender Boats 250 Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The victory was Snider’s NASCAR Xfinity Series win.
“It’s amazing to finally be in this position of having won a NASCAR Xfinity Series race,” said Snider.
Snider spun his tires on the first restart and Reddick got the lead before the eighth and final caution flag flew for AJ Allmendinger, who spun in Turn 1.
“I yelled ‘damn it’ to myself when they told me on the radio that Tyler was ahead of me,” Snider said after that restart. Snider made the most of the next restart.
“I guess I got a great second chance there,” said Snider. “I saw Tyler (Reddick) happened to do the same thing on the second restart, so I knew that if I could just lay as much power down as I could and get out ahead of everybody then I had a great chance.”
Reddick may have crossed the finish line second but that was short-lived as his car failed NASCAR’s post-race inspection because the ride height in the right rear measured too low.
Reddick’s penalty moved Brandon Jones up to second.
“Those restarts are crazy,” remarked Jones. “That’s a big one there at the end, getting your tires picked up and trying to regroup and you’re going three or four-wide.”
Daniel Hemric finished third with Jeb Burton and Austin Cindric rounding out the top 5.
Snider beat Reddick by .085-seconds. The race featured 20-lead changes among 11-drivers. There were 8-caution flags for 42-laps. The average speed of the race was 103.72 MPH.
Chip Ganassi Fined And Suspended By NASCAR
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Team owner Chip Ganassi ended up on the NASCAR penalty report following this weekend’s events at Daytona International Speedway.
Ganassi was fined $30,000 and suspended from the next NASCAR Cup Series Championship Points Event which is Sunday at Homestead Miami Speedway.
Ganassi violated section 12.8.1.b of the NASCAR Rule Book “for bringing into the competition area a non-essential individual that was restricted from the footprint”, essentially brining someone not authorized inside the ‘bubble’ which part of the sanctioning body’s COVID-19 protocol.
Chip Ganassi Racing will be permitted to enter their cars, the No. 1 Monster Energy/Gearwrench Chevrolet driven by Kurt Busch and the No. 42 McDonald/Clover Camaro driven by Ross Chastain, in the event.