Michigan hosts Cup and XFINITY, Trucks at WWTR
The quick 2-mile oval in Michigan’s ‘Irish Hills’ was the hosting track for the Cup and XFINITY Series races on Saturday and Sunday. Ryan Blaney crossed the goal just .077 seconds ahead of William Byron, a performance history, to win Sunday’s Cup race. The very first 2021 Outdoor camping World Truck Series Playoffs’ race was hung on Friday night at the World Wide Innovation Raceway in Illinois. To contribute to the enjoyment, a fire beyond the center triggered an overall power failure inside the track while the race remained in development. The majority of the lighting and the scoring devices was out which highlighted the warning for about an hour up until power was brought back. The current outcomes and upcoming scheduled occasions for the NASCAR feeder series are likewise consisted of listed below along with information on all tracks discussed in this column.
NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)
Sun, Aug 22, FireKeepers Gambling Establishment 400 – Michigan Int’l Speedway – 200 laps.
– No practice or certifying. NASCAR’s certifying metric set the beginning lineup for Sunday’s occasion based upon race surfaces, point standings and fastest race laps. This positioned Kyle Larson (#5 Chevrolet Camaro) P1 on the beginning grid. Chase Elliott (#9 Chevrolet Camaro) finished the front row in the P2 area. #12 Ryan Blaney, #21 Matt DiBenedetto, #19 Martin Truex Jr., #1 Kurt Busch, #18 Kyle Busch, #4 Kevin Harvick, #11 Denny Hamlin and #48 Alex Bowman formed the remainder of the top-10 because order. Did not make the 40-car field: Nobody, just 37 entries.
– Ryan Blaney scored his sixth success in 223 NCS races. This is his second success and 13th top-10 surface in 2021 and his first success and sixth top-10 surface in 13 races at Michigan. William Byron (second) published his second top-10 surface in 7 Michigan races and his 16th top-10 surface in 2021. Polesitter Kyle Larson (3rd) led a race-high 70 laps and published his 7th top-10 surface in 13 races at Michigan. Chase Briscoe (11th) was the greatest ending up Sunoco Novice of the Year competitor (ROTY).
– NCS points leader: Kyle Larson by 28 points over Denny Hamlin.
– TOP-16 NCS Playoff Competitors (G/L):
1. Kyle Larson
2. Denny Hamlin
3. Kyle Busch
4. William Byron
5. Chase Elliott
6. Martin Truex Jr. +1
7. Ryan Blaney +1
8. Joey Logano -2
9. Kevin Harvick – (Clinched an area in Playoffs based upon points)
10. Brad Keselowski
11. Tyler Reddick
12. Alex Bowman
13. Austin Dillon
14. Kurt Busch
15. Christopher Bell
16. Matt DiBenedetto
– Next: Sat, Aug 28, Coke No Sugar 400 – Daytona Int’l Speedway – 160 laps.
NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)
Sat, Aug 21, New Holland 250 – Michigan Int’l Speedway – 125 laps (+14 OT).
– No practice or certifying sessions. NASCAR’s certifying metric set the beginning lineup for this Saturday’s occasion based upon race surfaces, point standings and fastest race laps. This positioned Austin Cindric (#22 Ford Mustang) P1 on the beginning grid. AJ Allmendinger (#16 Chevrolet Camaro) finished the front row in the P2 area. #11 Justin Haley, #9 Noah Gragson, #7 Justin Allgaier, #20 Harrison Burton, #18 Daniel Hemric, #98 Riley Herbst, #2 Myatt Snider and #54 Ty Gibbs formed the remainder of the top-10 because order. 41 automobiles got in for the 40-car field: #13 Timmy Hill did not make the race.
– AJ Allmendinger scored his 8th success in 49 NXS races. This is his 3rd success and 15th top-10 surface in 2021 in his series launching at Michigan. Brandon Jones (second) published his fourth top-10 surface in 5 races at Michigan and his 12th top-10 surface in 2021. Noah Gragson (3rd) published his second top-10 surface in 2 Michigan races. Josh Berry (fourth) was the greatest finishing ROTY. Polesitter Austin Cindric led 12 laps however was captured up in the lap 36 7-car wreck and was not able to finish the race (credited with a 37th location surface).
– NXS points leader: Austin Cindric by 35 points over AJ Allmendinger.
– TOP-12 NXS Playoff Contenders (G/L):
1. Austin Cindric
2. AJ Allmendinger
3. Justin Allgaier +1
4. Daniel Hemric -1
5. Harrison Burton
6. Justin Haley
7. Noah Gragson +1
8. Jeb Burton -1
9. Brandon Jones
10. Jeremy Clements
11. Riley Herbst
12. Myatt Snider +1
– Next: Fri, Aug 27, Wawa 250 – Daytona Int’l Speedway – 100 laps.
NASCAR Outdoor Camping World Truck Series (NTS)
Fri, Aug 20, WWT Raceway 200 at Entrance – World Wide Innovation Raceway – 160 laps (+3 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 positioned Austin Hill (#16 Toyota Tundra) P1 on the beginning grid. John Hunter Nemechek (#4 Toyota Tundra) finished the front row in the P2 area. #38 Todd Gilliland, #2 Sheldon Creed, #21 Zane Smith, #42 Carson Hocevar, #99 Ben Rhodes, #98 Christian Eckes, #52 Stewart Friesen and #88 Matt Crafton formed the remainder of the top-10 because order. Did not make the 40-truck field: Nobody, just 40 trucks got in.
– Sheldon Creed (#2 Chevrolet Silverado) scored his 7th success in 69 NTS races. This is his second success and 8th top-10 surface in 2021. It is his second success and 3rd top-10 surface in 3 races at Entrance. Creed advances to the NTS Playoffs Round of 8 at Las Vegas. Matt Crafton (second) published his 10th top-10 surface in 18 races at Entrance and his 8th top-10 surface in 2021. Ben Rhodes (3rd) published his fourth top-10 surface in 6 races at Entrance. Hailie Deegan (7th) was the greatest finishing ROTY. Polesitter Austin Hill led 2 laps, was associated with the lap 112 multi-truck wreck and completed the race 6 laps down in 23rd location.
NTS Playoffs – Round of 10:
1. John H. Nemechek
2. Sheldon Creed +3 (P)
3. Ben Rhodes
4. Matt Crafton +3
5. Stewart Friesen +5
6. Austin Hill -4
7. Carson Hocevar +1
8. Todd Gilliland -4
9. Zane Smith -3
10. Chandler Smith -1
– After the next 2 races (Darlington and Bristol), the bottom 2 will not advance to the NTS Playoffs – Round of 8 – at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sept. 24.
– (P) Clinched an area in the Round of 8.
– Next: Sun, Sep 5, In It to Win It 200 – Darlington Raceway – 147 laps.
NASCAR Feeder Series
ARCA Menards Series:
Fri, Aug 20, Henry Ford Health System 200 – Michigan Int’l Speedway – 100 laps.
Winner: Ty Gibbs – P1: Ty Gibbs – Points Leader: Ty Gibbs
Sun, Aug 22, Allen Crowe 100 – Springfield Mile – 100 laps.
Winner: Corey Heim – P1: Corey Heim – Points Leader: Ty Gibbs
Next: Sun, Aug 29, * Sprecher 150 – Milwaukee Mile Speedway – 150 laps.
* Combination race with ARCA Menards East Series
ARCA Menards East:
Sat, Jul 24, Coast Lunch 150 – Iowa.Speedway – 150 laps.
Winner: Ty Gibbs – P1: Ty Gibbs – Points Leader: Sammy Smith
Next: Sun, Aug 29, * Sprecher 150 – Milwaukee Mile Speedway – 150 laps.
* Combination race with ARCA Menards Series
ARCA Menards West:
Sat, Sat, Aug 21, NAPA Vehicle Components 150 – Irwindale Speedway – 150 laps (+3 OT).
Winner: Jesse Love – P1: P.J. Pedroncelli – Points Leader: Jesse Love
NEXT: Sat, Sep 11, Portland 112 – Portland International Raceway – 57 laps.
Whelen Modified Trip:
Sat. Aug 21, Rumble at the Ridge 200 – Beech Ridge Motor Speedway – 200 laps.
Winner: Ron Silk – P1: Matt Hirschman – Points Leader: Justin Bonsignore
Next: Sat. Sep 4, Toyota Mod Classic 150 – Oswego Speedway – 150 laps.
Sun, Aug 15, Guardian Angles 60 – Trois-Rivieres, Quebec – 60 laps.
Winner: Alex Tagliani – P1: LP Dumoulin – Points Leader: Raphael Lessard
Next: Sat, Aug 28, Lafleur 75 – Circuit ICAR – 75 laps.
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway – 0.333-mile oval – Scarborough, Maine
Bristol Motor Speedway – 0.533-mile concrete oval – Bristol, Tennessee
Circuit de Trois-Rivieres – 1.53-mile street circuit – Trois-Rivieres, Quebec
Circuit ICAR – 2.125-mile roadway course – Mirabel, Quebec
Darlington Raceway – 1.366-mile oval – Darlington, South Carolina
Daytona Int’l Speedway – 2.5-mile tri-oval – Daytona Beach, Florida
Iowa Speedway – 0.875-mile oval – Newton, Iowa
Irwindale Speedway – 0.5-mile oval – Irwindale, California
Las Vegas Motor Speedway – 1.5-mile tri-oval – Las Vegas, Nevada
Michigan Int’l Speedway – 2-mile oval – Brooklyn, Michigan
Milwaukee Mile Speedway – 1-mile oval – West Allis, Wisconsin
Oswego Speedway – 0.625-mile oval – Oswego, New York City
Portland Int’l Raceway – 1.967-mile roadway course – Portland, Oregon
Springfield Mile – 1-mile clay oval – Springfield, Illinois
World Wide Innovation Raceway at Entrance – 1.25-mile oval – Madison, Illinois
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.