Kyle Larson comes full circle in winning NASCAR Cup Championship Race

November 7, 2021 By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service AVONDALE, Ariz. – At the end of an almost mythical season came the quintessential story of redemption. Taking advantage of an opportune caution and a blazingly fast pit stop by his No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet crew, Larson held off Martin Truex Jr. during a 24-lap green-flag run to the finish in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race. The victory—Larson’s 10th of the season and the 10th at a track where he had never won before—made a deserving series champion of the 29-year-old Californian, who honed his racing skills in open-wheeled cars on…

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Daniel Hemric bags Xfinity championship with first NASCAR national series win

November 6, 2021 By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service AVONDALE, Ariz. – Daniel Hemric picked the perfect time to win his first NASCAR national series race—and a title came with it. Executing an aggressive bump-and-run in Saturday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Race, Hemric passed Austin Cindric in the final two corners at Phoenix Raceway. Approaching the finish line, the cars collided side-to-side, with Hemric crossing the stripe .030 seconds ahead of Cindric—roughly five feet—denying the driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford a second straight championship. The victory came in Hemric’s 208th NASCAR national series start, silencing critics who kept…

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NASCAR’s Steve Phelps says the sport is building on encouraging resurgence

November 5, 2021 By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service AVONDALE, Ariz. – NASCAR president Steve Phelps stuck to his guns. In his first state-of-the-sport press conference after taking office in 2018, Phelps acknowledged that NASCAR racing faced significant headwinds but proclaimed, “I do believe as we head into 2019 that our best days are ahead.” The 2021 season has given Phelps no reason to retract that statement, and the promise of 2022, with the introduction of the Next Gen car for the NASCAR Cup Series, only serves to enhance the optimism. “The first time I had the opportunity to do this was…

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Ben Rhodes wins NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship, as Chandler Smith sweeps title race

November 5, 2021 By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service AVONDALE, Ariz. – A bantamweight boxer in the training room, Ben Rhodes punched like a heavyweight on Friday at Phoenix Raceway. On Lap 142 of 150 in the Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship race, Rhodes tapped the tailgate of Zane Smith’s Chevrolet with the nose of his No. 99 ThorSport Racing Toyota, nudged Smith up the track in Turn 2 and made the pass that secured his first title. At the time, the pass was for fourth place—as Chandler Smith was running away to victory in a No. 18…

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