NASCAR Cup Series News & Notes – Martinsville Speedway

The NASCAR Cup Series finds itself amid a short track swing on the 2021 season schedule, tasking the teams to find the best setups for the Next Gen cars on three similar tracks in length (less than a mile) but vastly different competitive arenas.

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Ross Chastain Wins at COTA Out of One Heck of a Finish

Ross Chastain continued an incredible 2022 as the third driver to become a first time winner this season. In a race that saw plenty of drama, Chastain steadily climbed through the field and wound up in an epic battle for the lead between himself and three other drivers during the final laps;  Allmendinger, Bowman, and Reddick.

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Surprising Win From Kyle Larson At California

While I don’t think anyone is surprised at Kyle Larson winning in 2022, it is kind of surprising how he won this past weekend at California. Tyler Reddick looked like he had the car to beat. Until he didn’t.

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NASCAR Announces Two Key Competition Personnel Promotions

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 6, 2022) – NASCAR today announced that Brad Moran has been promoted to NASCAR Cup Series Managing Director and Seth Kramlich will transition to the role of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Managing Director.

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NASCAR officials set base Next Gen rules configuration: 670 horsepower, 4-inch rear spoiler

NASCAR officials set the rules configuration for a majority of tracks on the 2022 Cup Series schedule Tuesday, announcing that the Next Gen car will use a 4-inch rear spoiler for downforce and will use engines with 670 target horsepower as a baseline.

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Bowman Ruins Hamlin’s Day; Championship Four Set For Phoenix

Martinsville gave us all we could want in a cut off race and more. The two drivers that led the most laps are moving on, but they didn’t win. A non-championship driver and three time race winner, not a hack, stayed competitive and saw a chance to win at the end and went for it. Lap after lap Alex Bowman and Denny Hamlin raced hard side by side before Bowman got lose after driving his car in too deep and sent Hamlin spinning.

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Denny Hamlin Sets the Pace With Las Vegas Win

Denny Hamlin showed why he has to be considered a top threat to win it all at Las Vegas, leading a race high 137 laps and dominating the final portion of the race.

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2021 Win Number 5 is Kyle Larson’s First at Watkins Glen

Kyle Larson held off a hard-charging Chase Elliott for his first ever win at Watkins Glen, and his Cup series-leading 5th win. With Elliott starting from the rear for failing pre-race inspection, Larson was one of the favorites to win the race. But, first he had to get past Martin Truex, Jr.

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Racing on TV Listings for August 4-8

Check out Mike Pryson’s (Auto Week) motorsports TV listings for the next several days through the weekend…

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