This past weekend, the “Official NASCAR Throwback Weekend” was held at South Carolina’s Darlington Raceway. All three top series were active on the “Track too tough to tame”, with drivers trying their best not to get a “Darlington Stripe” after getting too close to the wall. Most of the car and truck teams honored one of NASCAR’s Past (and some present) champions and notable drivers with paint schemes that duplicated the driver’s original race cars (and trucks).
NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)
Sun, Sep 6, Cook Out Southern 500 - Darlington Raceway - 367 laps.
- Chase Elliott (#9 Chevrolet Camaro) started on the pole for Sunday night’s event. Denny Hamlin (#11 Toyota Camry) shared the front row in the P2 spot. #24 William Byron, #88 Alex Bowman, #2 Brad Keselowski, #19 Martin Truex Jr., #12 Ryan Blaney, #4 Kevin Harvick, #14 Clint Bowyer and #10 Aric Almirola, respectively formed the rest of the top-10 in the lineup. The field was set based on race finishes, points standing and fastest race.
- Kevin Harvick (#4 Ford Mustang) scored his 57th victory in 710 NCS races. This is his 8th victory and 22nd top-10 finish in 2020. It is his 3rd victory and 15th top-10 finish in 27 races at Darlington Raceway. Austin Dillon (2nd) posted his 3rd top-10 finish in ten races at Darlington and his 8th top-10 finish in 2020. Joey Logano (3rd) earned his 7th top-10 finish in 15 Darlington races. Pole-sitter Chase Elliott led 114 laps and finished in 20th place. Cole Custer (12th) was the highest finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year (ROTY) contender. Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 19 points over Denny Hamlin (finished 13th). Next on the NCS schedule: Sat, Sep 12, Federated Auto Parts 400 - Richmond Raceway - 400 laps.
CUP Playoffs - Round of 16 (G/L):
1. Kevin Harvick
2. Denny Hamlin
3. Joey Logano +1
4. Brad Keselowski -1
5. Alex Bowman +3
6. Martin Truex Jr.
7. Chase Elliott -2
8. Austin Dillon +2
9. William Byron
10. Kyle Busch +4
11. Kurt Busch +4
12. Aric Almirola
- After the next 2 races (Richmond and Bristol), the bottom 4 will not advance to the CUP Playoffs Round of 12 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 27.
13. Clint Bowyer
14. Cole Custer -3
15. Matt DiBenedetto +1
16. Ryan Blaney -9
NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)
Sat, Sep 5, Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 - Darlington Raceway - 147 laps.
- Justin Haley (#11 Chevrolet Camaro) started on the pole for Saturday’s event. Chase Briscoe (#98 Ford Mustang) shared the front row in the P2 spot. #20 Harrison Burton, #22 Austin Cindric, #10 Ross Chastain, #18 Riley Herbst, #1 Michael Annett, #19 Brandon Jones, #92 Josh Williams and #4 Jesse Little, 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.
- Brandon Jones (#19 Toyota Supra) scored his 4th victory in 161 NXS races. This is his 3rd victory and 12th top-10 finish in 2020. It is his 1st victory and 3rd top-10 finish in seven races at Darlington. Ross Chastain (2nd) posted his 3rd top-10 finish in seven Darlington races and his 20th top-10 finish in 2020. Ryan Sieg (3rd) earned his 2nd top-10 finish in nine races at Darlington. Pole-sitter Justin Haley led seven laps and finished in 13th place. Riley Herbst (4th) was the highest finishing ROTY. Austin Cindric (finished 12th) leads the point standings by 54 points over Chase Briscoe (finished 11th). Next on the NXS schedule: Fri/Sat, Sep 11-12, DoubleHeader - Richmond Raceway - 250 laps each race.
TOP 12 - NXS Playoff Contenders (G/L):
1. Austin Cindric
2. Chase Briscoe
3. Ross Chastain
4. Noah Gragson
5. Harrison Burton +1
6. Justin Haley -1
7. Justin Allgaier
8. Brandon Jones +1
9. Michael Annett -1
10. Riley Herbst
11. Ryan Sieg
12. Brandon Brown
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (GOT)
Sun, Sep 6, South Carolina Education Lottery 200 - Darlington Raceway - 147 laps (+5 laps OT).
- Brett Moffitt (#23 Chevrolet Silverado) started on the pole for Sunday’s event. Sheldon Creed (#2 Chevrolet Silverado) shared the front row in the P2 spot. #16 Austin Hill, #21 Zane Smith, #99 Ben Rhodes, #4 Raphael Lessard, #98 Grant Enfinger, #52 Stewart Friesen, #26 Tyler Ankrum and #88 Matt Crafton, 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.
- Ben Rhodes (#99 Ford F-150) scored his 3rd victory in 112 GOT races. This is his 1st victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2020. It is his 1st victory and 1st top-10 finish in two races at Darlington. Derek Kraus (2nd), the highest finishing ROTY, posted his 1st top-10 finish in two Darlington races and his 9th top-10 finish in 2020. Austin Hill (3rd) earned his 1st top-10 finish in two races at Darlington. Pole-sitter Brett Moffitt led 63 laps and finished 10th. Austin Hill leads the point standings by 38 points over Brett Moffitt. Next up for the GOT: Thu, Sep 10, ToyotaCare 250 - Richmond Raceway - 250 laps.
TOP 10 - GOT Playoff Contenders (G/L):
1. Austin Hill
2. Brett Moffitt +1
3. Zane Smith -1
4. Ben Rhodes
5. Sheldon Creed
6. Christian Eckes
7. Matt Crafton
8. Grant Enfinger
9. Tyler Ankrum
10. Todd Gilliland
NASCAR Feeder Series
ARCA Menards Series: Sat, Sep 5, Zinsser SmartCoat 200 - Lebanon I-44 Speedway - 200 laps.
Winner: Sam Mayer - P1: Bret Holmes - Points Leader: Michael Self
Next: Sat, Sep 12, Combo with AME - Toledo 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.
Whelen Modified Tour: Wed, Sep 2, Thompson 150 - Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park - 150 laps (+4 laps OT).
Winner: Ron Silk - P1: Doug Coby - Points Leader: Justin Bonsignore
Next: Sat, Sep 12, Musket 200 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway - 200 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.
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
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
New Hampshire Motor Speedway - 1.058-mile oval - Loudon, 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