Monday, July 18, 2022

NASCAR / SRX Race Weekend Recap (NHMS & I-55)

NASCAR / SRX Race Weekend Recap (NHMS & I-55)

Winners: Christopher Bell (Cup); Justin Allgaier (Xfinity); plus Tony Stewart (SRX)



Christopher Bell Lands First Win of Season

Christopher Bell lands first win of season


Christopher Bell has quietly established himself as a New England force over the past three years coming up the NASCAR ranks and on Sunday afternoon, he convincingly earned his biggest triumph to date there, a victory in the NASCAR Cup Series Ambetter 301 and a ticket to the 2022 Playoffs.


Bell led the last 42 laps of the 301-lapper at the 1.058-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway, claiming the trophy — and the traditional lobster hoist in Victory Lane — with a massive 5.767-second victory over last week‘s race winner Chase Elliott.


It‘s only the second NASCAR Cup Series win for the third-year driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota but oh, so significant as it launches the 27-year-old Oklahoman into a provisional postseason berth. The 14th different winner of the season came into the race ranked last among the top 16 drivers that would advance to the Playoffs. Now he has bolstered his hopes of a title run.


“Man, that one was much-needed right there,” said Bell, who won three consecutive NASCAR Xfinity Series races at the track from 2019-2021 and was runner-up in last year‘s NASCAR Cup Series race there.


Pole: Martin Truex Jr

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Next Race: The Cup Series will return on Sunday, July 24 for the M&M's Fan Appreciation 400 at Pocono Raceway. 



NASCAR Xfinity

Justin Allgaier Zooms to Xfinity Series

Justin Allgaier Zooms to Xfinity Series


Justin Allgaier prevailed in an action-packed Crayon 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, earning his third victory of the season and a very special birthday present for his wife, Ashley. A race trophy.


The driver of the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet delivered Chevy’s first win at the 1.058-mile track in 15 years. It’s Allgaier’s third win of the season — coming a comfortable 3.869 seconds ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driver Trevor Bayne, who was trying to earn the JGR team its seventh consecutive New Hampshire win.


“We finished second here last year to one (Toyota) and I told these guys I really wanted to win here,’’ said Allgaier, who now has three wins in the last eight races. “This place has been so much fun over the years.’’


“First of all, it’s my wife’s birthday, so if I can’t be with my wife on her birthday, the best thing to do is take home a trophy to her. Just proud of the team.”


Pole: Josh Berry

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Next Race: The Xfinity Series will return on Saturday, July 23 for the Explore The Pocono Mountains 225 at Pocono Raceway. 




Trucks Were Off Last Weekend


Next Race: The Truck Series will return on Saturday, July 23 for the CRC Brakleen 150 at Pocono Raceway. 




The ARCA Series Did Not Race Last Weekend


Next Race: The ARCA Series will return on Friday, July 22 for the General Tire Delivers 200 at Pocono Raceway.



Superstar Racing Experience

Tony Stewart Wins in the Dirt


Although it's hard to believe that any dirt track in America is brave enough to keep Tony Stewart out of its winner's circle, a win in a feature race at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 had eluded Smoke entering Saturday night. But even as the biggest wreckfest of the 2022 SRX season ensued, Smoke was able to preserve his spotless record in SRX on dirt and finally check an item off his bucket list.


"This place is pretty awesome. Kenny Schrader and these fans are diehard race fans, and you aren't gonna find fans that are any more diehard in this country for late models and modifieds and sprint cars than here at Pevely," Stewart told CBS Sports. "… It's hard. It's been a 90 degree day, it's sunny, windy, everything that kills dirt tracks, and their staff did an awesome job giving us an awesome racetrack there.


"I love it when it gets up close to the wall like that. That's when I'm having the most fun."


Pole:Tony Stewart

Race Results:

  1. #14 - Tony Stewart
  2. #98 - Marco Andretti
  3. #52 - Ken Schrader
  4. #39 - Ryan Newman
  5. #69 - Greg Biffle
  6. #99 - Ernie Francis Jr. 
  7. #15 - Michael Waltrip
  8. #3 - Paul Tracy
  9. #38 - Hailie Deegan
  10. #6 - Tony Kanaan
  11. #18 - Bobby Labonte
  12. #5 - Matt Kenseth
  13. #1 - Ryan Hunter-Reay



Next Race: The SRX Series’ Season Finale will happen on Saturday, July 23 for the at Sharon Speedway.


source: NASCAR Media

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