Chase Elliott won Sunday’s Yellawood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Ala. after getting some big help from a fellow Chevrolet driver.
Elliott was fifth on the final restart with two laps to go. Ryan Blaney and Erik Jones were both on the front row. Elliott managed to slip ahead and got a critical push from his manufacturer teammate Jones to come out in front. He held off Blaney by 0.046 seconds for the checkered flag, propelling him into the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
Take a look at the push Elliott from the No. 43 Chevrolet to propel him ahead of Blaney.
“After undergoing medical evaluation due to concussion-like symptoms, I will not be driving the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet in Talladega,” Bowman wrote. “I’m disappointed but know my health is the number one priority. I am committed to follow all medical guidance to ensure I can return to competition as soon as possible.”
Bowman suffered the injury after crashing into the wall on lap 98 at last weekend’s Cup Series race at Texas.
The first bump was on Gibbs, but the second contact seemed to come from a brake check by Jones. Either way, the driver of the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is not happy with the youngster.
Gibbs made his Cup Series debut at Pocono in July as a replacement for Kurt Busch in the No. 45 car as Busch was recovering from concussion symptoms. The grandson of Joe Gibbs has now run the last 10 Cup Series races and has one top-10 finish. He finished 20th at Texas last weekend, while apparently making some enemies.
Sep 1, 2022; Charlotte, NC, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) talks with the media during the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Media Day at Charlotte Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
Kyle Larson has a drastic suggestion for Texas Motor Speedway.
Larson is not a fan of the racetrack at Texas Motor Speedway, which has faced complaints from numerous drivers. TMS held two Cup Series events this season — the All-Star Race and Sunday’s Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500. The All-Star Race is headed to North Wilkesboro next year, which gives Speedway Motorsports (owners of Texas Motor Speedway) about a year to make changes to their track.
Larson thinks they should blow it all up.
“I would like them to demolish this place first and then start over from scratch,” Larson said Saturday.
Kyle Larson's suggestion on what should be done to fix Texas Motor Speedway: "I would like them to demolish this place first and then start over from scratch."
Changes were made at Texas Motor Speedway in 2017. They reduced the banking in turns 1 and 2 and expanded the racing surface width for those turns as well. The result is most drivers don’t find the track conducive to good racing.
Many NASCAR fans have long disliked Texas Motor Speedway due to its origins. North Wilkesboro Speedway lost its races in order to create room on the schedule for Texas Motor Speedway. There also were big drainage issues at the track.
Elliott was not the only driver who dealt with tire problems during the race. That prompted him to issue an apparent warning to NASCAR, suggesting that they implement too many restrictions for Goodyear to make a safer tire, and voicing his concern that someone could get seriously hurt.
Chase Elliott tells PRN he doesn't necessarily believe Goodyear is at fault because Goodyear is put in a very tight box by NASCAR to produce a tire that works at tracks like this.
Things got heated on the race track at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday as Andrew Grady absolutely lost his mind on Davey Callihan and began punching the driver.
93 teams entered to compete in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, which is a major Late Model Stock racing event. There were four 25-lap qualifying heats to determine who would make the 40-car field for the race. The top 10 finishers in each heat would qualify for the race.
In the first heat, Grady and Brandon Pierce were wrecked. Grady blamed Callihan for the wreck and attacked the driver after the race.
Video showed Grady throwing punches through the window of the 41 car at Callihan. Grady even kicked the car for good measure.
May 2, 2022; Dover, Delaware, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr stands on pit road prior to the DuraMAX Drydene 400 at Dover Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports
Martin Truex Jr. had an obscene gesture for his No. 19 Toyota after a bad finish in Saturday night’s Cup Series race at Bristol.
Truex finished last of 36 cars in the Bass Pro Shops Night Race after his power steering went out.
“Blew the seal out and pushed all the fluid out on the right front tire,” Truex said after having problems with his Toyota.
Truex also said “crappy parts” were partially to blame.
Multiple NASCAR drivers had the exact same problem during Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee.
Three Toyotas had problems with power steering during the race. Those drivers included Bubba Wallace, Ty Gibbs and Martin Truex Jr.
Aric Almirola, Ty Dillon, Alex Bowman and Chase Briscoe were others who experienced steering problems during the race.
Briscoe somehow finished 14th. He said his steering went out around lap 3 or 4, but he finished the race without it.
“I didn’t have it the whole race. My arms are smoked,” Briscoe said after the race.
Alex Bowman also lost steering midway through the race. His No. 48 Chevrolet wasn’t able to finish due to an accident.
What led to so many steering issues in the race? There was some speculation that the unforgiving concrete track was tough on the NextGen cars. Another speculated issue is that the power steering fluid was getting too hot for some cars, which may have led to blown seals.
Some teams telling drivers that the power steering fluid seems to be getting too hot, so anything they can do to assist with that would be helpful.