Daytona & World Wide Technology Raceway

All three NASCAR top-level series were active this past weekend. On Friday night, the XFINITY Series was featured at Daytona Int’l Speedway. The Cup series held it’s final ‘regular season’ race at Daytona on Saturday night. William Byron scored his first career victory in that event that was extended with four overtime laps. As a result of the win, he also made the final cut to complete the 16-driver field competing in the 10-race playoffs for the 2020 Cup Series Championship title. The Gander Trucks closed out the weekend on Sunday with the race at the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

                NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)

Sat, Aug 29, Coke Zero Sugar 400 – Daytona Int’l Speedway – 160 laps (+4 laps OT)
Kevin Harvick (#4 Ford Mustang) started on the pole for Saturday night’s event with #19 Martin Truex Jr. sharing the front row in the P2 spot. #22 Joey Logano, #2 Brad Keselowski, #10 Aric Almirola, #24 William Byron, #48 Jimmie Johnson, #88 Alex Bowman, #12 Ryan Blaney and #11 Denny Hamlin, respectively formed the rest of the top-10 in the lineup. The field was set based on race finishes, points standing and fastest race laps.

William Byron (#24 Chevrolet Camaro) scored his 1st victory in 98 NCS races. This is his 9th top-10 finish in 2020 and 2nd top-10 finish in six races at Daytona. Chase Elliott (2nd) posted his 1st top-10 finish in 10 Daytona races and his 15th top-10 finish in 2020. Denny Hamlin (3rd) earned his 11th top-10 finish in 30 races at Daytona. Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick led 6 laps and finished in 20th place. John Hunter Nemechek (11th) was the highest finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year (ROTY) contender. William Byron and Matt DiBenedetto clinched the final two spots in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. Next on the NCS schedule, Sun, Sep 6, Cook Out Southern 500 – Darlington Raceway – 367 laps.

CUP Playoffs – Round of 16:
Reseeding order based on regular season stage wins, race wins, points, etc.
1. Kevin Harvick
2. Denny Hamlin
3. Brad Keselowski
4. Joey Logano
5. Chase Elliott
6. Martin Truex Jr.
7. Ryan Blaney
8. Alex Bowman
9. William Byron
10. Austin Dillon
11. Cole Custer
12. Aric Almirola
13. Clint Bowyer
14. Kyle Busch
15. Kurt Busch
16. Matt DiBenedetto
-After the next 3 races (Darlington, Richmond and Bristol), the bottom 4 will not advance to the CUP Playoffs – Round of 12 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 27.

                            NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)

Fri, Aug 28, Wawa 250 – Daytona Int’l Speedway – 100 laps
Chase Briscoe (#98 Ford Mustang) started on the pole for Friday night’s event with #10 Ross Chastain sharing the front row in the P2 spot. #22 Austin Cindric, #9 Noah Gragson, #7 Justin Allgaier, #19 Brandon Jones, #8 Daniel Hemric, #1 Michael Annett, #11 Justin Haley and #18 Riley Herbst, respectively formed the rest of the top-10 in the lineup. The field was set based on race finishes, points standing and fastest race laps.

Justin Haley (#11 Chevrolet Camaro) scored his 2nd victory in 58 NXS races. This is his 2nd victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2020. It is his 1st victory and 3rd top-10 finish in six races at Daytona. Gray Gaulding (2nd) posted his 2nd top-10 finish in five Daytona races. It is his 2nd top-10 finish in 2020. Pole-sitter Chase Briscoe led 22 laps, finished 3rd and earned his 2nd top-10 finish in five races at Daytona. Riley Herbst (4th) was the highest finishing ROTY. Austin Cindric (finished 8th in the WaWa 250) leads the point standings by 58 points over Chase Briscoe. Next on the NXS schedule, Sat, Sep 5, Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 – Darlington Raceway – 147 laps.

TOP 12 – NXS Playoff Contenders (G/L):
1. Austin Cindric
2. Chase Briscoe
3. Ross Chastain +1
4. Noah Gragson -1
5. Justin Haley +2
6. Harrison Burton
7. Justin Allgaier -2
8. Michael Annett
9. Brandon Jones
10. Riley Herbst
11. Ryan Sieg
12. Brandon Brown

                     NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (GOT)

Sun, Aug 30, WWT Raceway 200 – WWT Raceway at Gateway – 160 laps
Zane Smith (#21 Chevrolet Silverado) started on the pole for Sunday’s event with #23 Brett Moffitt sharing the front row in the P2 spot. #88 Matt Crafton, #16 Austin Hill, #99 Ben Rhodes, #38 Todd Gilliland, #18 Christian Eckes, #26 Tyler Ankrum, #13 Johnny Sauter and #19 Derek Kraus, respectively formed the rest of the top-10 in the lineup. The field was set based on race finishes, points standing and fastest race laps.

Sheldon Creed (#2 Chevrolet Silverado) scored his 3rd victory in 44 GOT races. This is his 3rd victory and 8th top-10 finish in 2020. It is his 1st victory and 2nd top-10 finish in two races at WWT Raceway. Brett Moffitt (2nd) posted his 2nd top-10 finish in three races at WWT Raceway and his 9th top-10 finish in 2020. Austin Hill (3rd) earned his 1st top-10 finish in four races at Gateway. Pole-sitter Zane Smith led 45 laps and finished in 7th place. Raphael Lessard (6th) was the highest finishing ROTY. Austin Hill leads the point standings by 28 points over Zane Smith. Next up for the GOT, Sun, Sep 6, South Carolina Education Lottery 200 – Darlington Raceway – 147 laps.

TOP 10 – GOT Playoff Contenders (G/L):
1. Austin Hill
2. Zane Smith
3. Brett Moffitt
4. Ben Rhodes +1
5. Sheldon Creed +1
6. Christian Eckes -2
7. Matt Crafton
8. Grant Enfinger
9. Tyler Ankrum
10. Todd Gilliland

                         NASCAR Feeder Series

ARCA Menards Series: Sat, Aug 29, Dutch Boy 150 – World Wide Technology Raceway – 120 laps
Winner: Ty Gibbs – P1: Michael Self – Points Leader: Michael Self
Next: Sat, Sep 5, Zinsser SmartCoat 200 – Lebanon I-44 Speedway – 200 laps

ARCA Menards East: Fri, Aug 21, General Tire 125 – Dover Int’l Speedway – 125 laps
Winner: Ty Gibbs – P1: Sam Mayer – Points Leader: Sam Mayer
Next: Sat, Sep 12, Combo with AMS – Toledo Speedway – 200 laps

ARCA Menards West: Sat, Aug 22, ENEOS 150 – Colorado National Speedway – 150 laps (+3 OT)
Winner: Jesse Love – P1: Jesse Love – Points Leader: Jesse Love
Next: Not yet announced

Whelen Modified Tour: Sat, Aug 29, Adv. Gas Distributors 200 – Monadnock Speedway – 200 laps
Winner: Justin Bonsignore – P1: Jon McKennedy – Points Leader: Justin Bonsignore
Next: Wed, Sep 2, Thompson 150 – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park – 150 laps

Pinty’s Series: Sat, Aug 29, DoubleHeader at Flamboro Speedway – 125 laps each
Pinty’s 125 Winner: Jason Hathaway – P1: Jason Hathaway
PartyCasino 125 Winner: Kevin Lacroix – P1: Kevin Lacroix – Points Leader: Jason Hathaway
Next: Sat, Sep 12 – Season-ending DoubleHeader at Jukasa Motor Speedway – 125 laps each

Peak Mexico Series: Thu, Aug 20, Autodromo Int’l de Aguascalientes
Winner: Ruben Rovelo – Points Leader: Ruben Rovelo
Next: Fri/Sat, Sep 11-12, DoubleHeader at Autodrome Miguel E Abed, Puebla

                                Track Details

Autodromo Int’l de Aguascalientes – 0.875-mile concrete oval – Mexico
Autodromo Miguel E. Abed – 1.25-mile oval – Puebla, Mexico
Bristol Motor Speedway – 0.533-mile concrete oval – Bristol, Tennessee
Colorado National Speedway – 0.375-mile oval – Dacono, Colorado
Darlington Raceway – 1.366-mile oval – Darlington, South Carolina
Daytona Int’l Speedway – 2.5-mile tri-oval – Daytona Beach, Florida
Dover Int’l Speedway – 1-mile concrete oval – Dover, Delaware
Flamboro Speedway – 0.333-mile oval – Millgrove, Ontario
Jukasa Motor Speedway – 0.625-mile oval – Hagersville, Ontario
Las Vegas Motor Speedway – 1.5-mile tri-oval – Las Vegas, Nevada
Lebanon I-44 Speedway – 3/8-mile paved oval – Lebanon, Missouri
Monadnock Speedway – 0.25-mile oval – Winchester, New Hampshire
Richmond Raceway – 0.75-mile oval – Richmond, Virginia
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park – 0.625-mile oval – Thompson, Connecticut
Toledo Speedway – 0.5-mile oval – Toledo, Ohio
World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway – 1.25-mile oval – Madison, Illinois

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