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I'm glad you shared your experience! Lucky you, I've always wanted to go to Bristol, ever since the 2000s. But living on the opposite side of the country makes that not as easy a buy. That is great you got to go and nice to see attendance was very very good!

I'm also thrilled someone posted... Roughly every seven posts I write up, one person responds. Ouch.
When we were tailgating before the race, the gentleman and his son parked next to us flew from CA for the race.
Don't know if I mentioned it, but if you drove a Toyota, parking was free.
 

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Hope that is a joke. :p Why would Toyota get special preference... heck, no brand should.
Not a joke. I don't recall if there were signs or not. I think there was. Toyota wasn't a sponsor of the race, but they are a big sponsor of NASCAR.
 

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Not a joke. I don't recall if there were signs or not. I think there was. Toyota wasn't a sponsor of the race, but they are a big sponsor of NASCAR.
That would be disgusting if that was truly the case. Imagine kids growing up and watching NASCAR and instead of being excited for Camaro, Mustang, (Charger or Challenger) and instead dreaming to have a Camry...
 

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NASCAR NEWS BLURBS

Ford and Toyota Reveal Their New Generation of NASCAR Trucks (Article) (Article)

NASCAR is loosening up its playbook to allow a little more freedom in design for trucks in the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
On Thursday, Ford unveiled its 2020 racing Ford NASCAR F-150 set to make its racing debut next year at Daytona. The truck was developed at Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan, design center and at the Ford Performance Technical Center in Concord, North Carolina.
NASCAR is allowing Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota to update their truck noses and tails next year to more align with the vehicles that find their way to the driveways. For Ford, that means a new composite nose surface that more resembles a production F-150, as well as new composite hood and tail areas. The hood, now steel sheet metal, will be composite for 2022. The new-look fender will remain sheet metal.
On Friday, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Toyota unveiled its new race truck for the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. For the first time, Toyota will campaign the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro beginning at Daytona International Speedway in February.
Toyota's commitment to race vehicles that closely resemble production vehicles continues with this all-new Tundra TRD Pro. With the new body for 2022, Toyota is celebrating the launch of all new next generation Tundra models on showroom floors.
 

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TRUCK SERIES LAS VEGAS RECAP


For the second consecutive week, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series crowned a first-time winner. Christian Eckes, a 20-year old New York native, took the lead on a final restart with four laps remaining to claim his first trophy and lead a historic 1-2-3-4 finish for the ThorSport Racing and Toyota

Eckes teammate Ben Rhodes finished .272-seconds back, followed by playoff driver Matt Crafton and veteran Johnny Sauter who completed the ThorSport four-of-a-kind at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Todd Gilliland finished fifth after leading a race-best 66 laps.

Although understandably excited on the radio when he realized he’d won the race, Eckes was more subdued and reflective when he climbed out of his No. 98 ThorSport Toyota and greeted the crowd.

“Man, this is big,” said Eckes, formerly a Kyle Busch Motorsports driver, who was making only his ninth start in a part-time campaign with ThorSport this season. He shares the ride with Grant Enfinger.

With the runner-up effort, Rhodes was the top finishing Playoff driver in a race that saw five of the eight playoff contenders finish 20th or worse. Rhodes’ work, coupled with an uncharacteristically tough outing for regular-season champion John Hunter Nemechek changed the points standings for the first time since Week 3 of the season.

Rhodes, who won the opening two races of the season, now holds a six-point edge over Nemechek, who finished 33rd with mechanical problems as the series goes into the second race of this three-race Playoff round. Prior to his No. 4 KBM Toyota suffering issues, Nemechek earned his series-best 11th stage win, taking the opening Stage Friday night.

Playoff driver Stewart Friesen finished sixth, followed by Grant Enfinger, Austin Wayne Self, Ryan Truex and Austin Hill.

Not only was it a rough night for the championship contenders – it was a bitter pill to swallow for Gilliland, who paced the race most of the night and had been leading prior to that last restart.

Last week’s first-time race winner Carson Hocevar, who ran among the top-10 most of the night, had a late-race green flag pit stop and ended up 22nd. Zane Smith was 29th and Chandler Smith and reigning series champion Sheldon Creed were 35th and 36th after being involved in a big accident on Lap 70.

Top Ten Finishers
1. Christian Eckes - Toyota
2. Ben Rhodes - Toyota
3. Matt Crafton - Toyota
4. Johnny Sauter - Toyota
5. Todd Gilliland - Ford
6. Stewart Friesen - Toyota
7. Grant Enfinger - Chevrolet
8. Austin Wayne Self - Chevrolet
9. Ryan Truex - Chevrolet
10. Austin Hill - Toyota

So many drivers ha great finishes tonight with their teams. I could spend all night, but look at Gran Enfinger with that team, Austin Wayen Self, Ryan Truex, Brett Holmes in 11th, Chase Purdy in 13th, Tate Fogleman in 14th, Spencer Davis in 15th, Kris Wright in 16th, Tyler Hill in 17th, Danny Bohn in 18th, Spencer Boyd and CJ McLaughlin rounding out the top twenty. It could go on.
 

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XFINITY LAS VEGAS RECAP


A non-playoff driver won the truck race, why not the Xfinity race too?

Josh Berry seized opportunity and drove away from the competition Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Tabbed to substitute for injured JR Motorsports driver Michael Annett, the Tennessee late-model champion Berry earned his second win of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season, claiming an impressive 4.396-second victory in the playoff opener.

Berry, 30, led a 1-2-3 JR Motorsports team sweep in the Alsco Uniforms 302 – besting teammates Justin Allgaier and Noah Gragson, whose second- and third-place finishes were tops among the 12 playoff-eligible drivers. It was the second consecutive night one team showed the way up front at the Vegas 1.5-miler. On Friday, the ThorSport Racing team swept the top four positions in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff race.

I must admit, it was nice to see Berry get this win, but it was also a very boring race. It was nice to see a large attendance in the stands though.

1. Josh Berry - Chevrolet
2. Justin Allgaier - Chevrolet
3. Noah Gragson - Chevrolet
4. Austin Cindric - Ford
5. Daniel Hemric - Toyota
6. Brandon Jones - Toyota
7. AJ Allmendinger - Chevrolet
8. Ty Dillon - Chevrolet
9. Justin Haley - Chevrolet
10. Harrison Burton - Toyota
 

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CUP SERIES LAS VEGAS RECAP


Denny Hamlin is getting hot at the right time, the Playoffs. Denny Hamlin led a race-best 137 of the 267 laps to earn his first Las Vegas victory in 20 starts and take an automatic bid into the next round of the NASCAR Playoffs. He edged reigning Chase Elliott by 0.442 seconds.

Hamlin’s JGR teammates, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr., finished third and fourth, respectively, with Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney rounding out the top five – all playoff drivers. Tyler Reddick, who just missed advancing to this three-race Round of 12 by a mere two points last week, finished sixth after running among the top three for much of the late-race laps. Penske’s Brad Keselowski, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick and regular-season champion Kyle Larson rounded out the top 10. Keselowski, Harvick and Larson are also eligible for the championship.

Hendrick Motorsports driver, Kyle Larson, certainly looked like the driver to beat early on. He led 95 laps and won his series-best 15th stage in the opening portion of the night, but a different pit strategy put him a lap down mid-race and he never fully recovered to challenge for the lead again.

Rick Ware Racing driver Joey Gase was evaluated and released from a local medical facility after a hard crash in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Chevrolet driver crashed in Turns 1 and 2 on Lap 92 of Sunday’s South Point 400 after his left-rear tire fell off. Thankfully he is okay after that extremely hard hit. It looked bad on tv.

With his seventh-place finish, Keselowski moved into the eighth position in the standings, with races at Talladega Superspeedway and the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval remaining to determine which eight drivers move on in the championship battle.

Hendrick Motorsports’ William Byron, who suffered a tire problem late in the race, finished 18th and is now four points below the elimination line. Even with his top 10, Harvick remains ninth in the standings — still looking for his first victory of the season.

Hendrick driver Alex Bowman finished 22nd and is 13 points behind Keselowski. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell finished 25th, two laps down Sunday night after fighting through several setbacks. He is 25 points out of the transfer position.

1. Denny Hamlin - Toyota
2. Chase Elliott - Chevrolet
3. Kyle Busch - Toyota
4. MartinTruex Jr. - Toyota
5. Ryan Blaney - Ford
6. Tyler Reddick - Chevrolet
7. Brad Keselowski - Ford
8. Kurt Busch - Chevrolet
9. Kevin Harvick - Ford
10. Kyle Larson - Chevrolet
 

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NASCAR News Blurbs

Kaulig Racing's Jeb Burton Loses Sponsorship For Next Season, Future Uncertain

Burton met with media members and explained that his father, Ward, has been putting in considerable time meeting with partners and discussing future opportunities. Burton acknowledged that the loss of a key sponsor is not ideal but further explained that he has an opportunity over the remaining races to prove that he is a contender in the Xfinity Series, just like he did with JR Motorsports in 2020 before landing a full-time ride with Kaulig Racing.
One of Burton’s biggest sponsors for the 2021 season — his first full-time in Xfinity — has been Nutrien AG Solutions. The company sponsored Burton 11 times in the first 26 races, including a runner-up at Atlanta Motor Speedway. However, the relationship will come to an end after the 2021 season.
This decision will take away Burton’s primary sponsor and force the team to examine its options for the Xfinity Series lineup, especially with plans to add two Cup Series cars to the fold. Article

Daniel Hemric Joining Kaulig Racing For 2022, Will Drive No. 11
Kaulig Racing announced Saturday they have reached an agreement with Daniel Hemric to take over the No. 11 entry in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the 2022 season.
Hemric currently runs full-time for Joe Gibbs Racing in Xfinity, fielding the No. 18 Toyota after running a part-time schedule for JR Motorsports in 2020. In 113 starts in the series, he has 39 top-five finishes, 66 top 10s and is in his third playoffs season.
The move adds another veteran driver to a Kaulig Racing stable that already includes 2021 Xfinity Series regular-season champion AJ Allmendinger. Twenty-two-year-old Justin Haley, driver of the No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet, will move to the premier Cup Series and field Kaulig’s first full-time Cup Series entry next season. Article

Chip Ganassi Racing Sells Headquarters Property
Chip Ganassi Racing has sold its 22-acre headquarters to a top competitor as the Concord-based NASCAR team shuts down.
A limited liability company whose mailing address is the same as Hendrick Automotive Group in Charlotte bought the Ganassi team property for $10.2 million on Sept. 3, Cabarrus County property tax records show.
CGR fields two full-time cars in NASCAR’s top series based out of its 214,500-square-foot shop at 8500 Westmoreland Dr. NW, near Concord-Padgett Regional Airport. Ganassi also runs IndyCar, IMSA and Extreme E teams out of its facilities in Indianapolis. Regarding the property, Trackhouse is expected to take over CGR’s Concord shop under a landlord-lessee relationship with Hendrick. Hendrick Motorsports, owned by Hendrick Automotive Group founder Rick Hendrick, is located about six miles from CGR’s site in Concord. Article
 

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NASCAR News Blurbs

NASCAR Finally Returns To The Pacific Northwest


NASCAR has long neglected the Pacific Northwest market of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, never having major races in the the region besides some truck races long ago, but that finally changes with the release of the 2022 Xfinity schedule. The NASCAR Xfinity Series is coming to Portland International Raceway for a race on June 4, 2022. It will mark NASCAR’s return to the Pacific Northwest for the first time since 2000, when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stopped at both PIR and at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington. In a news release, officials said the event is expected to bring an economic boost of nearly $15 million to the region. The region last heard from NASCAR when plans for a new track in Washington State never materialized. Nonetheless, there are several tracks worth noting for NASCAR such as Evergreen Speedway, The Ridge, Pacific International Raceway, Spokane International Raceway, and others. Article

NASCAR Reveals The Xfinity And Truck Series Schedules For 2022
Big changes for the schedule are for the Xfinity Series whom will race at Portland International Raceway for the first time in 2022. The Xfinity race at the 1.964-mile Portland International Raceway marks the first time a NASCAR national series has raced there since the Trucks ran there in 1999 and 2000. The Camping World Truck Series schedules a trip to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis – the first time the series has raced there since 2011. That event will open the Truck playoffs. The Trucks also will race at Sonoma Raceway and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The series will return to Knxville Raceway for a race on dirt. Mid-Ohio and Canada are no longer on the schedule. The Truck Series also adds one more race to their racing schedule. Article

Ricky Stenhouse Returning To JTG Daugherty Racing For 2022
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. confirmed he’ll return to JTG Daugherty Racing in 2022. Article

Team Penske Announces Driver and Crew Chief Pairings For Next Season
Team Penske announced their 2022 Cup Series crew chief lineup on Wednesday morning. Paul Wolfe will remain with #22-Joey Logano. Jeremy Bullins will stay with the #2 team and new driver Austin Cindric. Jonathan Hassler will move from the #21 team of Wood Brothers Racing to become the crew chief for #12-Ryan Blaney. Hassler replaces Todd Gordon, who is retiring. Article
 

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TRUCK SERIES TALLADEGA RECAP


You couldn't ask for a more exciting finish to this Truck Series race at Talladega! A lot of fresh faces up front as major accidents wiped out the field of Playoff drivers! Let's get into it!

Tate Fogleman claimed his first ever truck series win in the Chevrolet Silverado 250 after massive fight with John Hunter Nemechek who was turned sideways and passed in the tri-oval as the trucks approached the stripe.

The victory was Fogleman’s first in 46 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts. The driver of the No. 12 Chevrolet scored his second top 10 in the series and his first on pavement, having run ninth on dirt at Knoxville Raceway.

Fogleman had never finished a superspeedway race before, but his luck turned on Saturday when he avoided two multicar wrecks earlier in the event. Annoyingly, after the race, FS1 was not able to interview him and his victory as he was taken to the infield care center due to the ending race accident. They network then switched right to college football.

Nemechek leaves Talladega first in the Playoff standings, one point ahead of Ben Rhodes, who finished 13th on Saturday.

A gigantic wreck on Lap 58 had huge implications both for the race and for the Playoff. Chase Purdy shoved the Ford of Gilliland into the back of Austin Hill’s Toyota, and the resulting off-center contact shot Hill’s Tundra up the track, knocking Zane Smith’s Chevrolet into the outside wall.

Smith was eliminated in 33rd place and likely must win Oct. 30 at Martinsville Speedway to advance to the Championship 4.

All told, 21 trucks — more than half the 40-truck field — were involved in the wreck. Among them was the No. 18 Toyota of Playoff driver Chandler Smith, who managed to continue in the race despite heavy damage to his Tundra. Smith came home 19th, seven laps down.

The field has best finishes by tons of drivers, so lets check it out and celebrate their runs!!

Top Ten Finishers

1. Tate Fogleman - Chevrolet
2. Tyler Hill - Toyota
3. Todd Gilliland - Ford
4. John Nemechek - Toyota
5. Ryan Truex - Chevrolet
6. Cory Roper - Ford
7. Spencer Boyd - Chevrolet
8. Danny Bohn - Toyota
9. Chase Purdy - Chevrolet
10. Keith McGee - Toyota
 

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XFINITY SERIES TALLADEGA RECAP


A fan favorite win by far for a small race team! A lot of fresh faces up front as major accidents wiped out many Playoff drivers! Let's get into it!

As rain and darkness knocked on the door of Talladega, Brandon Brown pulls off his first victory ever in the Xfinity series. The race was determined by loops around the track and was finished under caution after an accident.

It was a dominate day as many drivers made friends such as the JR Motorsports cars working together or Penske's Austin Cindric teaming up with Riley Herbst, a Ford brethren. Many playoff drivers saw tough times today such as AJ Allmendinger early on who was involved in an accident when Sam May turned up into him. Myatt Snider and Noah Gragson also had poor finished along with Riley Herbst, Harrison Burton, and Jeremy Clements.
The shake up of the field left many new faces up front fighting for a win. Let's check out the top ten.

1. Brandon Brown - Chevrolet
2. Brandon Jones - Toyota
3. Justin Allgaier - Chevrolet
4. Daniel Hemric - Toyota
5. Jordan Anderson - Chevrolet
6. Justin Haley - Chevrolet
7. Jeb Burton - Chevrolet
8. Austin Cindric - Ford
9. Josh Berry - Chevrolet
10. Joe Graf Jr. - Chevrolet
 

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A real big shout out to Brandon Brown, driver of the #68, who scored his first win in Xfinity (in 113 starts). Way to go Brandon!

Brandon Brown wins first Xfinity race after darkness falls at Talladega | NASCAR

@NWbyNW - your 1st sentence in the 2nd paragraph has the wrong Brandon.

BrandonBilt Motorsports is a family owned single car team with shops in Virginia and North Carolina. Basically, he is a local boy.

For the 2nd race in a row, a non playoff driver won.

Nice to see some fresh faces in the top 10.
 

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Cup race postponed to Monday 1 pm (NBCSN) due to weather (rain).

NASCAR did have the track race ready by 3:30 pm, but a few light showers in turns 1 & 2 and then on the front straightaway dampened the track as the pre-race pace laps were in process. Given the size of the track and the time needed to dry the track and impending darkness (Talladega does not have lights), NASCAR had no choice but to postpone the race.
 

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It's a shame for NASCAR and the fans. It seems like almost every race that is given air time on a big network (FOX, NBC) it is rained out this year. Then it is shoved aside to the FS1 and NBCSN channel. The races that air on the FS1 and NBCSN's of the world never seem to get rained out. It just stinks when they get prime air time, it's been raining more often than not this year. You know it makes the networks unhappy and less likely to give them that air time in the future.

Gosh forbid we go to streaming services only.
 

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Yeah, it may seem like it, but NBCSN and FS1 have had races rained out as well.

I won't be happy if they go to streaming services only. I doubt they will anytime soon, but who knows.

Talladega is a large track so it does take quite a bit of time to dry the track using the jet dryers and Air Titans. Add in the fact the track doesn't have lights and NASCAR is reluctant to start a race if it cannot run the advertised distance. With sunset around 6:30-7 pm the latest NASCAR can start the race is about 3:30 pm - 4 pm. And that is cutting it close.
 

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CUP SERIES TALLADEGA RECAP


In the right place and the right moment sums up this race. Some intense racing among the pack, and a finish that ended with a first time winner much like the Truck and Xfinity series races last week. Let's dive in.

An opportune caution and a sudden rain storm helped make Bubba Wallace grab his first win ever in the Cup Series. After a big block on the Penske freight train of Ford's, Ryan Preece spun and wrecked just as Wallace was leading only his second lap up front. He hand't been a factor all day until the very end where it counted. Under caution, NASCAR then pulled out the red flag as it started to rain. Having already passed the half way point, NASCAR called it and gave the Toyota driver his very first victory.

It was the first victory for 23XI Racing, a team that debuted this year with driver Denny Hamlin and Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan as co-owners. Drivers outside the respective Playoffs won all three Talladega races in NASCAR’s top three divisions this week. All were first-time winners, a historic first. It also marks Wallace's 5th top five in his career.

Team Penske drivers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano improved their chances of transferring into the Round of 8 in the Playoffs with second- and third-place finishes. Kurt Busch was fourth, followed by Christopher Bell, Chris Buescher, Hamlin and Kevin Harvick. By far Penske looked the strongest with a team of Ford's today including Harvick.

The wreck that ultimately made a winner of Wallace severely damaged the Playoff hopes of William Byron, whose Chevrolet was collected by the spinning car of Preece. Byron was relegated to 36th in the finishing order and likely will need a victory in Sunday’s Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte to advance to the Round of 8.

Byron was the last of three Hendrick Motorsports drivers to get swept up in an accident. Kyle Larson was the first. By the time the first sudden rain shower of the day darkened the asphalt in Turns 1 and 2 and forced a stoppage on Lap 74, Larson’s fortunes already had taken a turn for the worse. A strong push from Byron’s Chevrolet turned Justin Allgaier’s Camaro sideways which then shot up the track into Larson’s Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, severely damaging the front suspension and the sheet metal on the driver’s side of the car. Attrition elevated Larson to 37th at the finish, but he lost the security he had as a six-time winner in the series this year.

Let's check out our top ten finishers.

1. Bubba Wallace - Toyota
2. Brad Keselowski - Ford
3. Joey Logano - Ford
4. Kurt Busch - Chevrolet
5. Christopher Bell - Toyota
6. Chris Buescher - Ford
7. Denny Hamlin - Toyota
8. Kevin Harvick - Ford
9. Erik Jones - Chevrolet
10. Anthony Alfredo - Ford

A great week for Chris Buescher who finished strong in another super speedway race as well as Erik Jones with yet another T10. Anthony Alfredo grabbed his first T10 in the Cup Series as well! Shoutout to Cody Ware who led some laps as well today, he ended up finishing 28th though.
 

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I won't be happy if they go to streaming services only. I doubt they will anytime soon, but who knows.
It isn't likely within the short term. NASCAR is already having talks with networks. I am sure it will start out with televised events and slowly a few streaming events here and there. But their audience isn't currently streaming. But ratings wise, NASCAR has been growing this year on television (and on streaming). I too would hate it be on a Streaming service.

NBC is really wanting sports to go into their Peacock service. And we all know Disney wants to consolidate and put more sports on their ESPN+ thing. So with Disney in control of FOX Sports, you know they will want to shove it into their streaming service. That worries me. Maybe the next TV contracts will get a whole new network to join the fray? CBS saw great success and seemed to enjoy having the SRX on their networks. They even got to bring in their former NASCAR talents for the league!
 

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NASCAR News Blurbs

Michael Annett To Retire From Full-Time Racing Following 2021 Xfinity Season

Longtime NASCAR national series driver Michael Annett announced Wednesday that he plans to retire from full-time competition following the conclusion of the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series season. “I'm just so grateful for the opportunities I‘ve had,” the 35-year-old Annett said in a release from his management group. “Being able to drive race cars for a living is honestly a dream come true for me. It‘s been a privilege to work with some great teams and alongside some of the most talented folks in the garage. None of this would have been possible without the support of my partners, and I am happy to call them life-long friends. It‘s those relationships and friendships that are the most rewarding.” The veteran has been battled a stress fracture in his right femur much of this season and was forced to miss several races while recovering
Annett is currently 17th in Xfinity Series points, two seasons removed from his only win at the national series level when he won the 2019 season opener at Daytona International Speedway. The current driver of the No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet began his full-time career in 2009 in the Xfinity Series. His best points finish came in that series in 2012, wrapping up the season fifth in the standings. Annett has compiled more than 430 starts across NASCAR‘s top three series, including a three-year stint racing full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series from 2014-16. Article

Grant Enfinger Gets Full Time Ride In 2022 With GMS

GMS Racing revealed a portion of their NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver lineup for 2022 and it now includes Grant Enfinger racing full time. Champion Power Equipment will follow Enfinger from ThorSport Racing as he once again returns to full-time competition. Unlike this year, Enfinger’s longtime sponsor will fund the GMS truck for the full 23 races in 2022 and in 2023. The driver claims it rectifies a “mistake” that the company made in cutting back their funding this season. The move is a reunion of sorts for the Truck veteran after four years with Thorsport (2017-2020). He won a race and had five top-10 finishes with GMS in an eight-race, limited schedule back in 2016. Enfinger will be joined at minimum by Jack Wood at GMS next season, who has already been announced as driving full-time. Article

Big Machine Racing Teaming Up With Richard Childress Racing In 2022 Xfinity Series
Big Machine Racing Team will have an enhanced partnership with Richard Childress Racing when it returns to the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2022, the team announced Oct. 7. The organization had previously been known to be returning in 2022 with its full-time driver from 2021, Jade Buford. RCR will provide Big Machine with chassis and engineering support as well as other components. The team will also continue running ECR engines. The one-car team will relocate to RCR’s campus in Welcome, N.C., as part of the changes. Article

Trackhouse Racing Plans To Hire Many Ganassi Employees
NASCAR’s Trackhouse Racing team expects a majority of its operation next season to be made up of former Chip Ganassi Racing employees. Team owner Justin Marks said Thursday that Trackhouse will employ more than 100 people as it expands from fielding one to two Cup Series cars in 2022. CGR employs 120-150 people for its NASCAR operations, according to an estimate provided by the team last month, but the shop will close at the end of the current season as Trackhouse acquires its NASCAR assets, including Ganassi’s two Cup charters. Article

NBC To Test NASCAR On Peacock Streaming Service Starting Right Away...
According to Dustin Long from NBC Sports, in addition to running on NBC, Peacock will stream Cup Series playoff races at Texas, Martinsville and Phoenix. Prior to the race, Peacock will stream pre-race coverage and after the race will have post-race coverage. It is pretty evident NBC and NASCAR will be real interested in seeing how many people watch on streaming as well as watch on the live national broadcast. Article
 
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