Monday, October 30, 2023

NASCAR Race Weekend Recap (Martinsville)

NASCAR Race Weekend Recap (Martinsville)

Winners: Ryan Blaney (Cup); with Justin Allgaier (Xfinity);

View from above - Martinsville Speedway for the Xfinity 500.



Ryan Blaney Wins at Martinsville; Joins Bell, Larson, Byron in Championship 4

Ryan Blaney Wins at Martinsville - #NASCAR


Ryan Blaney did what Denny Hamlin couldn’t do in Sunday‘s Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway.


As a result, Blaney will race for the NASCAR Cup Series championship next Sunday at Phoenix Raceway (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, Peacock, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), and Hamlin exits the playoffs after a hard-luck Round of 8.


During a 168-lap green-flag run to the finish, Blaney tracked down Aric Almirola and passed him for the lead on Lap 478 of 500. Twenty-two laps later, Blaney took the checkered flag 0.899 seconds ahead of Almirola to earn advancement to the Championship 4 race.


“Well, I mean, felt like we put together really strong playoffs—especially the Round of 8… we had a good run in the whole Round of 8,” Blaney said. “Yeah, just overall really proud of the whole effort. RP (Team Penske owner Roger Penske) couldn’t be here, unfortunately, but I know he’s watching. This is awesome. Can’t wait to get to Phoenix next week.”


“I grew up in High Point, not too far from here,” Blaney said. “Really cool. Wanting to win here for a long time. Been super close for many years. Awesome to close it out.”


Pole: Martin Truex Jr

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Next Race: The Cup Series will return on Sunday, Nov. 5 3:00 PM ET for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway.



NASCAR Xfinity

Justin Allgaier Clinches Xfinity Series Championship 4 Spot in Dramatic Finish

Justin Allgaier Clinches Xfinity Series Championship 4 Spot in Dramatic Finish


At the end of Saturday‘s chaotic Dead on Tools 250, Justin Allgaier rescued his season with an improbable victory that earned the driver of the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet a berth in the Nov. 4 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship 4 event at Phoenix Raceway.


Allgaier‘s Camaro crossed the finish line glued to the side of Sheldon Creed‘s No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, scoring his first win at Martinsville, his fourth of the season and the 23rd of his career by 0.032 seconds over Creed, who needed a victory to advance to the title race.


“We‘ve got a shot at going for a championship at Phoenix. This is an emotional one. I‘ve wanted to win at Martinsville for a long time, and I‘ve been on the other end of that (pointing at the crashed cars on the frontstretch) too many times.”


Pole: Sammy Smith

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Next Race: The Xfinity Series will return on Saturday, Nov. 4 - 6:00 PM ET for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway.


Martinsville Speedway Crowd - #NASCAR



The #NASCAR Craftman Truck Series enjoyed a weekend off.

Next Race: The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series concludes the season with the Craftsman 150 at the 1-mile Phoenix Raceway on Friday, Nov. 3 (10 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).



The ARCA West was off this Weekend

Next Race: The ARCA Series will return on Friday, Nov. 3, 2023 1:30 p.m. ET for the Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 100 at Phoenix Raceway.



source: NASCAR Media

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