Burton wins 2nd straight to disrupt Xfinity Series playoffs
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Harrison Burton played the spoiler for a second consecutive week by winning Saturday at Martinsville Speedway to disrupt the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs. Burton’s back-to-back wins prevented Noah Gragson and Ross Chastain from advancing to next week’s Xfinity Series championship race at Phoenix. The Xfinity Series is crowning its first new champion in three years; Tyler Reddick was promoted to Cup after winning the last two crowns. It put Gragson in a must-win situation Saturday at Martinsville, where the Xfinity Series raced for the first time since 2006. He’s a two-time Xfinity Series winner at Phoenix, which he believes puts him at an advantage.
God’s Pit Crew logo featured on NASCAR driver’s car
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – All eyes are on Martinsville for NASCAR, and if you’re paying close enough attention during the race on Saturday, you might recognize a familiar logo on one of the cars. NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Jeb Burton will be sporting something new on the track today: a God’s Pit Crew logo. The organization’s founder and director, Randy Johnson, tells 10 News that he’s excited to “ride-along” with him. “So it’s just been great to see Jeb use his gifts and talents to make a difference as well as to drive the wheels off that race car,” said Johnson. The race starts at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Martinsville Speedway and you can catch it on WSLS 10.
No. 10 at Texas for Kyle Busch for 98th career Xfinity win
Kyle Busch heads for the front stretch during the NASCAR Xfinity auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, July 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)FORT WORTH, Texas Kyle Busch got his 98th victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, winning at Texas for the 10th time when he was never challenged on a final two-lap sprint to the checkered flag. There is only one more Xfinity race this season for Busch, who wants to reach 100 wins in the series. Busch has 212 wins combined in NASCAR's top three series, with 56 Cup Series wins and 58 in the Truck Series race. There were no spectators allowed for the Xfinity race, or the Truck Series race on Saturday night, but thousands of fan will be in the stands for the Cup race Sunday.
Junior to savor Homestead again, but virus upends routine
Hell change into driver gear, hop into his race car about 10 minutes before the flag drops and, without the benefit of any practice, hope for the best. Im experiencing this for the first time, Earnhardt Jr. said on his podcast this week. Once that engine fires up, things should seem normal again for Earnhardt Jr., who will take to the Homestead track Saturday for the first time since his NASCAR Cup Series career ended. Hes in the field for one of the two Xfinity Series races at Homestead this weekend, his third start in an Xfinity car since retiring. But on Saturday, the only fans watching Earnhardt Jr. in the No.
NASCAR bans Confederate flag from its races and properties
FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2015, file photo, a Confederate flag flies in the infield before a NASCAR Xfinity auto race at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C. Bubba Wallace, the only African-American driver in the top tier of NASCAR, calls for a ban on the Confederate flag in the sport that is deeply rooted in the South. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)NASCAR has banned the Confederate flag from its races and properties. NASCAR says Wednesday the Confederate flag runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry.Bubba Wallace, NASCAR's lone black driver, called this week for the banishment of the Confederate flag and said there was no place for them in the sport. Former chairman Brian France in 2015 tried to ban the flying of Confederate flags at race tracks, a proposal too broad to enforce and one that angered NASCARs core Southern-based fan base. Wallace was set to drive a Chevrolet with a #BlackLivesMatter paint scheme.
Rain postpones Xfinity Series return at Darlington
(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)DARLINGTON, S.C. Noah Gragson couldn't wait to get back to Xfinity Series racing at Darlington. It started Sunday with the NASCAR Cup Series' return to racing and will continue when those racers are back on the track for a rare midweek event Wednesday night. We saw some guys in the Cup race who were pretty tame at the start and other guys who were pretty aggressive. Cup drivers are scheduled to run again at Darlington on Wednesday night, although forecasts have called for additional rain. Thursday's Xfinity race will be the first in the series since March 7 at Phoenix.