Darlington Raceway – Goodyear 400
All 3 NASCAR high-level series appeared at South Carolina’s Darlington Raceway for Throwback weekend including paint plans revealing tribute to previous chauffeurs and groups. In the NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday, Martin Truex Jr. led a race-high 248 laps, won his 3rd race in 2021 and continues as the only chauffeur with several wins up until now this season. The current outcomes and upcoming scheduled occasions for the NASCAR feeder series are likewise consisted of listed below in addition to information on all tracks pointed out in this column.
NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)
Sun, Might 9, Goodyear 400 – Darlington Raceway – 293 laps.
– No practice or certifying. NASCAR’s certifying metric set the beginning lineup for this occasion based upon race surfaces, point standings and fastest race laps. This put Brad Keselowski (#2 Ford Mustang) P1 on the beginning grid. Kevin Harvick (#4 Ford Mustang) finished the front row in the P2 area. #18 Kyle Busch, #19 Martin Truex Jr. #24 William Byron, #9 Chase Elliott, #11 Denny Hamlin, #21 Matt DiBenedetto, #3 Austin Dillon and #8 Tyler Reddick, respectively formed the remainder of the top-10 in the lineup. Did not make the 40-car field: Nobody, just 37 entries.
– Martin Truex Jr. (#19 Toyota Camry) scored his 30th success in 561 NCS races. This is his 3rd success and 8th top-10 surface in 2021. It is his second success and 9th top-10 surface in 18 races at Darlington. Kyle Larson (second) published his sixth top-10 surface in 7 Darlington races and his 7th top-10 surface in 2021. Kyle Busch (3rd) published his 13th top-10 surface in 19 races at Darlington. Polesitter Brad Keselowski led 4 laps and completed in 24th position. Chase Briscoe (11th) was the greatest completing Sunoco Novice of the Year (ROTY) competitor.
– NCS points leader: Denny Hamlin by 75 points over Martin Truex Jr.
– TOP-16 NCS Playoff Competitors (G/L):
1. Denny Hamlin
2. Martin Truex Jr.
3. William Byron
4. Joey Logano
5. Ryan Blaney
6. Kyle Larson +3
7. Kevin Harvick +1
8. Chase Elliott -1
9. Brad Keselowski -3
10. Kyle Busch
11. Christopher Bell +1
12. Austin Dillon -1
13. Chris Buescher +2
14. Alex Bowman
15. Michael McDowell -2
16. Tyler Reddick +2
– Next: Sun, May 16, Drydene 400 – Dover International Speedway – 311 laps.
NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)
Sat, May 8, Steakhouse Elite 200 – Darlington Raceway – 147 laps (+1 lap OT).
– No practice or certifying. NASCAR’s certifying metric set the beginning lineup for this occasion based upon race surfaces, point standings and fastest race laps. This put AJ Allmendinger (#16 Chevrolet Camaro) P1 on the beginning grid. Austin Cindric (#22 Ford Mustang) finished the front row in the P2 area. #10 Jeb Burton, #11 Justin Haley, #9 Noah Gragson, #98 Riley Herbst, #18 Daniel Hemric, #20 Harrison Burton, #68 Brandon Brown and #2 Myatt Snider, respectively formed the remainder of the top-10 in the lineup. Did not make the 40-car field: #77 Ronnie Bassett Jr., #31 Jordan Anderson and #03 Andy Lally.
– Justin Allgaier (#7 Chevrolet Camaro) scored his 16th success in 348 NXS races. This is his second success and fourth top-10 surface in 2021. It is his first success and 8th top-10 surface in 12 races at Darlington. Josh Berry (second), the greatest completing ROTY competitor, published his first top-10 surface in 2 Darlington races and his fourth top-10 surface in 2021. Brandon Jones (3rd) made his fourth top-10 surface in 7 races at Darlington. Polesitter AJ Allmendinger led 6 laps and completed in 12th location. Allmendinger won the Xfinity Dash 4 Money today at Darlington. Justin Allgaier, Josh Berry, Brandon Jones along with A.J. Allmendinger received the last round of the Xfinity Dash 4 Money at Dover next weekend.
– NXS points leader: Austin Cindric by 39 points over Daniel Hemric.
– TOP-12 NXS Playoff Contenders (G/L):
1. Austin Cindric
2. Daniel Hemric
3. Harrison Burton
4. AJ Allmendinger +2
5. Jeb Burton -1
6. Justin Haley -1
7. Justin Allgaier +2
8. Myatt Snider -1
9. Jeremy Clements -1
10. Brandon Jones +1
11. Noah Gragson -1
12. Michael Annett +2
– Next: Sat, May 15, Drydene 200 – Dover International Speedway – 200 laps.
NASCAR Outdoor Camping World Truck Series (NTS)
Fri, May 7, LiftKits4Less.com 200 – Darlington Raceway – 147 laps.
– No practice or certifying. NASCAR’s certifying metric set the beginning lineup for this occasion based upon race surfaces, point standings and fastest race laps. This put John Hunter Nemechek (#4 Toyota Tundra) P1 on the beginning grid. Austin Hill (#16 Toyota Tundra) finished the front row in the P2 area. #21 Zane Smith, #99 Ben Rhodes, #38 Todd Gilliland, #13 Johnny Sauter, #52 Stewart Friesen, #18 Chandler Smith, #88 Matt Crafton and #1 Hailie Deegan, respectively formed the remainder of the top-10 in the lineup. Did not make the 40-truck field: Nobody, just 40 entries.
– Sheldon Creed (#2 Chevrolet Silverado) scored his sixth success in 61 NTS races. This is his first success and fourth top-10 surface in 2021. It is his first success and first top-10 surface in 2 races at Darlington. Creed likewise made a $50,000 benefit for winning the first race of the Triple Truck Obstacle. Ben Rhodes (second) published his second top-10 surface in 2 Darlington races and his 7th top-10 surface in 2021. Carson Hocevar (3rd), who was making his first start at Darlington, was the greatest completing ROTY competitor. Polesitter John Hunter Nemechek led a race-high 65 laps and completed in 8th location.
– NTS points leader: John Hunter Nemechek by 46 points over Ben Rhodes.
– TOP-10 NTS Playoff Competitors (G/L):
1. John Hunter Nemechek
2. Ben Rhodes
3. Sheldon Creed +1
4. Austin Hill -1
5. Matt Crafton +1
6. Todd Gilliland +2
7. Stewart Friesen -2
8. Grant Enfinger +1
9. Zane Smith -2
10. Johnny Sauter
– Next: Sat, Might 22, Toyota Tundra 225 – Circuit of the Americas – 42 laps.
NASCAR Feeder Series
ARCA Menards Series:
Sat, May 1, Dutch Young Boy 150 – Kansas Speedway – 100 laps.
Winner: Ty Gibbs – P1: Ty Gibbs – Points Leader: Corey Heim
Next: Sat, Might 22, Herr’s Potato Chips 200 – Toledo Speedway – 200 laps.
ARCA Menards East:
Sat, Might 8, Crosley Record Pushing 200 – Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway – 200 laps.
Winner: Sammy Smith – P1: Mason Mingus – Points Leader: Sammy Smith
Next: Fri, Might 14, General Tire 125 – Dover International Speedway – 125 laps.
ARCA Menards West:
Fri, Mar 12, General Tire 150 – Phoenix Raceway – 150 laps.
Winner: Ty Gibbs – P1: Ty Gibbs – Points Leader: Ty Gibbs
Next: Sat, Jun 5, General Tire 125 – Sonoma Raceway – 50 laps.
Whelen Modified Trip:
Fri. Apr 30, NAPA Spring Sizzler – Stafford Motor Speedway – * 150 laps.
Winner: Patrick Emerling – P1: Matt Swanson – Points Leader: Eric Goodale
* rain-shortened to 130 laps
Next: Sat. Might 15, Miller Lite 200 – Riverhead Raceway – 200 laps.
Season opener: Sun, Might 23, TBA – Sundown Speedway
Peak Mexico Series:
Season opener: Sun, Might 22, TBA – Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas
Circuit Of The Americas – 3.426-mile, 20 turn roadway course – Austin, Texas
Darlington Raceway – 1.366-mile oval – Darlington, South Carolina
Dover International Speedway – 1-mile concrete oval – Dover, Delaware
Kansas Speedway – 1.5-mile oval – Kansas City, Kansas
Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway – 0.596-mile oval – Nashville, Tennessee
Phoenix Raceway – 1-mile tri-oval – Avondale, Arizona
Riverhead Raceway – 0.25-mile oval – Riverhead, New York City
Sonoma Raceway – 2.520-mile, 12-turn roadway course – Sonoma, California
Stafford Motor Speedway – 0.5-mile oval – Stafford Springs, Connecticut
Sundown Speedway – 0.333-mile oval – Innisfil, Ontario
Super Ovalo Chiapas – 0.75-mile tri-oval – Tuxtla Gutierrez
Toledo Speedway – 0.5-mile oval – Toledo, Ohio
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.