NASCAR leadership is optimistic about the future of the sport during Championship Weekend at Phoenix Raceway
PHOENIX, Ariz. – In a wide-ranging hour-long question and answer session Friday morning at Phoenix Raceway, NASCAR President Steve Phelps and Chief Operating Officer Steve O’Donnell addressed the media, delivering an upbeat update on the state of the sport and addressing issues from scheduling, leadership, diversity and the status of the Next Gen car heading into the 2023 season, which marks the sport’s 75th anniversary.
On the Hot Seat: Brad Keselowski is the second installment in a series examining drivers who might be in a different spot for next season. This may be due to contract prospects, developments in the sport, or evolving interests.
By all accounts, Brad Keselowski is in the prime of his career. The 2012 NASCAR Cup Series Champion currently drives the No. 2 Ford for Team Penske, where he has been their driver since 2010. All but one of Keselowski’s 34 Cup Series wins are with Team Penske, as well as his 2012 Championship. Keselowski is a premier driver in the sport and can be counted on for several wins per year. He also has two appearances in the Championship 4, most recently in 2020. Despite all of this, there is significant uncertainty as to the prospects for Keselowski at Team Penske.
EDITOR’s NOTE: Due to the delay of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, our Fan4Racing Radio show is rescheduled to Tuesday, October 27th at 8:30 pm ET.
Rain delays the Cup Playoff, Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway from Sunday to Monday, October 26th at 10 am ET.
Misting rain interrupted Sunday’s Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and ultimately forced a postponement of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race until 10 am ET Monday (NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
NASCAR called a caution on lap 42 because of wet track conditions. In the second race of the Round of 8, the Cup cars ran ten laps under caution before the sanctioning body brought the field to pit road and red-flagged the event.
Roughly half the field opted to pit under the caution, leaving Clint Bowyer and seven-time Texas winner Jimmie Johnson in the top two positions awaiting the resumption.
Early Issues for Top Playoff Drivers
The two drivers who have dominated the series this season both had issues in the early going. Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Ford was a victim of the slick track on lap 29, scraping the wall in the tri-oval when his car refused to turn.
Harvick made an unscheduled pit stop on lap 32 and was 36th, one lap down when the race was halted.
Denny Hamlin slipped up the track on a lap 28 restart and fell back to 28th in the running order, but the driver of the No. 11 Toyota avoided contact with the wall and worked his way back to 15th by lap 42.
Persistent rain has again delayed the running of the NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway.
The 501-miler is the second of the three races in the Round of 8 playoff bracket that will whittle the field to the four drivers who will compete for the Cup Series championship on Nov. 8th at Phoenix Raceway.
NASCAR’s fleet of Air Titans and additional dryers were on the track multiple times throughout Monday to combat the wet weather, but bouts of rain have severely hampered the process.
As of 4:30 pm ET, there is still no estimate as to when the track will be ready to race.
NASCAR officials have postponed the remainder of the Cup Series playoff race from Texas Motor Speedway to a Tuesday restart at 12 noon ET on NBCSN because of persistent rain.
Track-drying progress had been made under chilly, damp conditions Tuesday at the 1.5-mile Fort Worth track, but morning rain scratched the proposed noon ET restart time. Mist and light rain intensified near 2 p.m. ET, stalling efforts to dry the speedway. Hope was renewed in the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET hours, but the return of light rain eventually halted a tentative 8:30 p.m. ET restart and forced race officials to postpone the race’s conclusion again.
A tighter turnaround is anticipated for teams, broadcast crews and NASCAR personnel to set up for Sunday’s event in Martinsville, Virginia. Officials said that if the conclusion of the Texas event is completed Wednesday that
“NASCAR plans to leave the advertised Martinsville schedule in place. Any additional postponements will require an adjustment to the Martinsville schedule, and we will notify you of those changes as they happen.”
NASCAR officials have postponed the completion of the Cup Series playoff race from Texas Motor Speedway for a third consecutive day because of continuing rain Tuesday.
The next scheduled time is for Wednesday, Oct 28th at 3 pm ET on NBCSN.
Harvick wins playoff opener in the NASCAR Cup Series, Cook Out Southern 500 on Sunday night at Darlington Raceway.
Kevin Harvick was in the right place at the right time to take the lead, then put on an impressive show of tenacity to hold off a hard-charging Austin Dillon to earn his second career Cook Out Southern 500 win at Darlington Raceway in Sunday night’s NASCAR Cup Series Playoff opener.
Byron earns ticket to playoffs after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
With his NASCAR Cup Series Playoff hopes on the line, Hendrick Motorsports’ driver William Byron earned his first career victory Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 regular-season finale.