Well it finally happened – a playoff driver won a playoff race. And Chase Elliott did it in fine form, racing clean and hard right to the checkered flag. It had a record number of lead changes, in a race where it was very hard to pass. The only real wreck was a multi-car spin that wasn’t all that serious.
The 2022 playoffs continue without a playoff driver winning a race. This may be a season where the eventual champion may only win a single race in the final 10 races. Tyler Reddick was the fourth consecutive non-playoff driver to win a race. Reddick was eliminated from the Round of 16 but proved that his remaining time with RCR will not go quietly.
John Nemechek won the Camping World Truck race at Kansas with Berlin, CT’s Ryan Preece taking a third with Parker Kligerman of Westport, CT finishing in 11th while Boston’s Kaz Grala ended his day in 18th.
In the Xfinity race on Saturday at Darlington, SC, Austin Hill was the winner.
Jeremy Clements won Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Daytona while Anthony Alfredo of Ridgefield, CT came in seventh and Jeb Burton finished 19th. Alfredo and Burton drive team cars for Cape Cod’s Chris and Mary Our, who reside in Harwich, MA.
Kyle Larson pulled off a rare sweep of the weekend races at Watkins Glen. In the Xfinity race, he was the beneficiary of contact between the leaders that sent them both spinning and allowing Larson through to hold off AJ Allmendinger. Fast forward to the rain delayed Sunday race and it was Larson once again holding off AJ for the win. But the win wasn’t without some controversy.
Grant Enfinger won the Camping World Track race at IRP on Friday night while Boston’s Kaz Grala finished up his effort in 20th position.
For the second consecutive season, the NASCAR Cup Series will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course for the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard on Sunday, July 31 at 2:30 p.m. ET (NBC, IMS Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) as part of an action-packed tripleheader weekend with the NTT IndyCar Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series (on Saturday, July 30).
Chase Elliott inherited the win in Sunday’s Cup race at Pocono after Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch were DQ’s for various infractions.
Corey LaJoie nearly scored his first-career NASCAR Cup Series win a couple of weeks ago at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but he’s coming into this weekend’s M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400 at Pocono Raceway looking like a world champion.