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Kyle Larson Wins Toyota Care 250 in Overtime at Richmond over Justin Allgaier

Richmond, VA – Kyle Larson only leads 10 laps en route to the victory at in the Toyota Care 250.

Richmond, Va – We have preached this on our platform many times and it has been said much more in this sport, the fastest car does not always win the race. That was the case for the 2017 Toyota Care 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Leading the second least laps of the day Kyle Larson found himself in victory lane after a thrilling but somewhat confusing overtime finish.

“I was happy to see them all wreck because I didn’t want to have to race a whole other lap with Justin behind me because he had the dominant car,” Larson said after the victory. “Good solid race for us. Didn’t expect to be the winner and we ran a lot better than I thought we would.”

The Monster Energy Cup Series points leader holding himself to a much higher standard as the Credit One Bank driver finished all three stages of today’s 250-lap race within the top ten and of course winning the most important one. Showing speed early in the race, Larson seemed to be quite content running the bottom groove and running laps off the board.

Larson almost got caught in a sticky situation early on in the race coming off turn two when he had to back off the throttle to avoid being a sheet metal sandwich and ending his day early. Luckily for Larson, he was able to keep his nose clear and give a car to his crew to work on all day.

As the race progressed, pretty mildly if I might add, it appeared that Justin Allgaier was going to just walk away with not only the race win but his second Dash 4 Cash victory especially after a power move around Larson on the outside to start the second stage. Things got strung out pretty quick and it was just focusing on keeping the car and tires under him dealing with one of the slickest tracks in recent years.

Things did tend to get dicey and had race fans on the edge of their seats with two restarts with just twelve laps to go set up some wild racing throughout the field. Ty Dillion was the control car for one of the late restarts but, did not last long as he was black flagged on the ensuing caution for jumping the start.

The race witnessed the Richmond version of the Big One on the following restart as several cars, including William Byron, who entered the race second in points, as well as the outside pole sitter Kyler Benjamin, who was making his Xfinity series debut. Needless to say, it ended a great run for both drivers.

This set up the final restart of the race in overtime with Kyle Larson and Justin Allgaier on the front row. When the green was displayed Allgaier got on the gas a little too hard and spun the tires going down the front stretch, which gave Larson the slight advantage. It was a drag race down the backstretch before Ryan Reid looked to get a little assistance from Cole Custer in wrecking into the inside retaining wall. By the time the Caution was displayed the cars had made it over the overtime line going into three making the race official.

Catching up with Kyle after the race he was pretty honest in admitting that he didn’t have the best car today. It was almost as if the planets aligned perfectly when Ty Dillion was assessed the penalty handing the lead of the race over the Larson. This way he would be able to control the start of the race.

“Justin (Allgaier) got a really good start in the top lane,” Larson commented. “I thought he was going to spin his tires a little worse than he did and make it a littler easier for me through one and two but, he was able to hang on my right side through one. We were able to clear him out of two and I guess that’s when they started crashing behind us. We had to race to the overtime line and as soon as we got the caution in three and four I knew I got the win.”

Admitting that he has never been that good here at Richmond, Larson was happy to get the win and to get it with Credit One Bank on the car. He also stated that he was able to learn a few things and discipline himself for tomorrow’s Toyota Owners 400.

“Richmond is a track I know I struggle at,” Larson explained. “I know I just won I still struggle here a lot. I was still able to learn a lot for tomorrow and disciplined myself to run the bottom, I feel like it helped me for the long run. Overall it was great to get a win at a track that I don’t run well at, it was a confidence booster.”

With Richmond switching back to day racing for the first time in eighteen years the drivers had to be up on the wheel all 250-laps as ambient temps were in the mid 80’s all day which created a very slick racing surface.

“The track was really hot and slick,” Larson commented about the track conditions. “I was roasting all day. Pretty wore out right and super hot. I have been dumping water on me since the end of the race and still really hot. Going to have rehydrated tonight and get ready for tomorrow’s race because it’s going to be even hotter and a lot longer race.”

RICHMOND, VA – APRIL 29: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet, and his team celebrate in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway on April 29, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

 

NASCAR Xfinity OFFICIAL Results – Toyota Care 250 – Richmond, VA April 29, 2017

  1. #42 Kyle Larson
  2. #7 Justin Allgaier
  3. #21 Daniel Hemric
  4. #2 Austin Dillon
  5. #22 Ryan Blaney
  6. #6 Darrell Wallace, Jr.
  7. #1 Elliot Sadler
  8. #5 Michael Annett
  9. #98 Casey Mears
  10. #23 Spencer Gallagher
  11. #11 Blake Koch
  12. #24 Dylan Lupton
  13. #00 Cole Custer
  14. #19 Matt Tift
  15. #51 Jeremy Clements
  16. #28 Dakoda Armstrong
  17. #99 David Starr
  18. #07 Ray Black II
  19. #3 Ty Dillion
  20. #52 Joey Gase
  21. #18 Daniel Suarez
  22. #48 Brennan Poole
  23. #16 Ryan Reed
  24. #01 Harrison Rhodes
  25. #90 Brandon Brown
  26. #39 Ryan Sieg
  27. #46 Quinn Houff
  28. #40 Timmy Hill
  29. #0 Garrett Smithley
  30. #9 William Byron
  31. #8 Matt Mills
  32. #20 Kyle Benjamin
  33. #33 Brandon Jones
  34. #13 Carl Long
  35. #62 Brendan Gaughan
  36. #74 Mike Harmon
  37. #78 BJ McLeod
  38. #4 Ross Chastain
  39. #14 JJ Yeley
  40. #93 Jeff Green

NASCAR Updates Driver Participation Guidelines for 2017

TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 23:  Martin Truex Jr, driver of the #78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota, leads the field pass the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hellmann's 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 23, 2016 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)

TALLADEGA, AL – OCTOBER 23: Martin Truex Jr, driver of the #78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota, leads the field pass the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hellmann’s 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 23, 2016 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 26, 2016) – In an announcement that will put an even brighter spotlight on the next generation of stars and bolster the identity of all three of its national series, NASCAR announced on Wednesday driver participation guidelines for the 2017 season. The new guidelines limit the number of events a premier series driver can race in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Starting next season, premier series drivers with more than five years of full-time experience will be eligible to compete in a maximum of 10 races in the XFINITY Series and seven races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Additionally, drivers with more than five years of full-time premier series experience will be ineligible to compete in the final eight races in each series, as well as the Dash 4 Cash races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The final eight races are comprised of the regular season finale and the entirety of the Chase in each series.

Drivers earning premier series points in 2017 also are not eligible to compete in the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“The updated guidelines will elevate the stature of our future stars, while also providing them the opportunity to compete against the best in professional motorsports,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “These updated guidelines are the result of a collaborative effort involving the entire industry, and will ultimately better showcase the emerging stars of NASCAR.”

Drivers with more than five years of full-time experience in the premier series still can run for an XFINITY Series or Camping World Truck Series championship, provided they have declared for championship points in the respective series.

Wednesday’s announcement signals the next step in NASCAR’s driver participation guideline evolution. Prior to the 2016 season, NASCAR announced that members of the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field would be ineligible to compete in the 2016 Championship Race in both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In 2011, NASCAR implemented a rule requiring drivers to select one of the three national series in which to collect championship points.

 

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit http://www.NASCAR.com and http://www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’). For race tickets, visit www.NASCAR.com/tickets.

2016 NASCAR Fun Facts & Changes to Hit This Season – What are your thoughts?

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Alright, so there has been plenty of time by now at least to get updated on what all is going on around the NASCAR community. Other than the fact that we are just a few short weeks away from racing – makes your heart all warm and fuzzy doesn’t it! If you have been keeping up with Race Hub, or NASCAR Radio, or even following along on various social media you have seen quite a few changes to the sport we love. Chase formats for the second and third tier, caution clocks, rules package changes, and the most recent change, the charter system.

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Charter teams

We all knew this was coming at some point in time. If you didn’t then you probably live under a rock or, simply just did not want to accept the fact. 36 teams were issued what NASCAR is calling a “Charter,” this is a 9-year agreement between the teams and NASCAR and it guarantees you a starting position in EVERY race on the Cup circuit.

The foundation of the system was built on three key components, as stated by Rob Kaufmann in a press conference earlier this week, participation, economics, and governance. The teams that were issued a charter were done so based on evaluation over the last three’s of the teams performance. Yes, team owners had a say in the system itself, but not who were given the charters. The charters, much like any type of business or property in the world, can be bought, sold, and even transferred (only once per car per five year period). See folks, before you jump on he high horse of “NASCAR is going down the shitter,” or “All these changes are stupid,” take a step back, and a deep breath and realize there are people in place to think of this stuff. In addition teams will have to remain competitive to keep these charters as NASCAR has made that clear that is one of the stipulations.

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Brandon Gdovic to Drive Richmond for Viva Following Impressive Xfinity Debut

China Grove, NC – Brandon Gdovic is going home! Following his successful debut at Texas Motor Speedway, Yorktown, Virginia based driver Brandon Gdovic has been signed by Viva Motorsports to drive the No. 55 WindStax™ Wind Power Systems Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Xfinity Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway on Friday, April 24th. Gdovic has a high comfort level at his home track, having a number of strong finishes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, including a 2nd in 2013. With a race in the Xfinity series under his belt with Viva Motorsports, Brandon has a better understanding of what to expect from the team and the car, but this time on a track he’s familiar with.

4915_texas1771tkp“I’m very thankful that Viva Motorsports is bringing me back for Richmond. Being able to race on a track I’m familiar with, and to do it in front of friends and family is something I’ve looked forward to for a long time.” Gdovic continues, “Having the experience to carry over from Texas will go a long way, especially on my home track. Richmond places a lot of demands on the driver, and I’m looking forward to delivering for Viva Motorsports and WindStax™ Wind Power Systems. Thank you to everyone involved for the opportunity, my goal this weekend is a clean race and a Top-20 finish!”

Friday will be very long for all the Xfinity Series drivers, encompassing practice, qualifying, and the race in one day. The NASCAR Xfinity Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway kicks off Friday, April 24th with Final Practice at 8:15 am EST. Qualifying will take place at 3:45 pm EST with live coverage on Fox Sports 1. The green flag will drop for the race at 7:30 pm EST, also carried live on Fox Sports 1.

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iRacing: All Good Things Must Come to an End, NASTRACK Won the Battle, More Wins the War

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The season finale was finally upon us this past Monday evening as the driver from the NASTRACK & More league took to the banks of Daytona International to settle the “ole score.” Nothing about this night of racing said “let’s go out there and conserve. Both the team and driver championships were up for grabs, oh and its Daytona so anyone could come from tenth to first in the final lap to steal the win.

Time to break some scenarios down for you; More went into the race leading the team points, NASTRACK would need to sweep the top ten to be able to steal the title. Steven Burnett & Kieth Maiato were tied for the driver points and with each position on the track being one point it came down much like how the 2014 Sprint Cup title did, finish ahead of the other guy and the championship is yours.

The garage opened for practice promptly at 6:45 EDT and drivers from both teams wasted no time putting laps into the books. Things were shaping up to be a barn burner too with the top ten split dead even in times during practice. Back for just his second race of the season, #92 Guy Driggers Red Six Camaro set the fastest time of the entire night with a 45.825 (196.4 MPH).

Moving ahead to qualifying it was the #40 car of Andrew Burton capturing the pole for NASTRACK. Posting a time of 48.770 seconds, which comes out to about 184 mph, which is pretty sporty for the Xfinity style cars here on iRacing. What made things really fun was the fact the top 22 cars were only separated by a tenth of a second! The remainder of your starting five were, #27 Chris Simard (48.775), #92 Guy Driggers (48.776), #37 Parker Traves (48.779), #30 Steven Burnett (48.781). On the flip side to that, there were a few cars who either missed qualifying or decided not to lay a lap down, those drivers were Keith Maiato, Bruce Boyer, Jesse Call, Gary Maiato, Kevin Cornelius, Laurie Meson and Michael Almand.

With the field set and the cars finally on track we were all but ready to get things underway for the fifth and “final” round of the NASTRACK –vs- More Challenge. However, the electronic world thought other wise as the #07 of Billy Howard just takes a hard right into the wall just past the start finish line and jolts back down the track causing a train reaction of carnage. “I don’t know what happened,” Howard said on his way back to the garage. “It’s the second week where when we get the restart it feels like as if I have a flat tire.” He was able to drive his car around to the attention of his crew and use is one and only free reset of the evening and rejoin the field.

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