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Wild video shows Ty Dillon losing window during race

A look at Ty Dillon window

Ty Dillon lost a window during Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega, and NBC’s cameras were able to catch footage of the flying part.

Dillon was responsible for the first caution of the YellaWood 500, which came on lap 12 due to flying debris. The debris turned out to be the No. 42 Chevrolet’s right side window.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. couldn’t believe the footage NBC got of the flying window.

Dillon was able to get his window fixed and continue.

The No. 42 finished 23rd in the race, which was an improvement from Dillon’s 33rd-place finish at Talladega in April.

Chase Elliott gets great push from Erik Jones to win at Talladega

Erik Jones pushes Chase Elliott

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.

“He gave me some great shoves. Obviously, the team Chevy partner there,” Elliott said in a post-race interview.

Jones finished the race sixth. He is not in the playoff, which is why he was able to help the No. 9 Chevy with the push.

Elliott is the first playoff driver to win one of the playoff races. He is also the first driver to qualify for the Round of 8.

Entering next week’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Roval, Austin Cindric, William Byron, Christopher Bell and Alex Bowman would be the four drivers eliminated from the playoff field.

Blaney finished second at Talladega and is second behind Elliott in the playoff standings.

Alex Bowman makes announcement about his status for Talladega

Alex Bowman in sunglasses

Mar 20, 2022; Hampton, Georgia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman during the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Bowman made an announcement on Thursday regarding his status for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race.

Bowman said that he will not be racing in the YellaWood 500 at Talladega, Ala. due to concussion-like symptoms he is experiencing.

“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 driver of the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet said at the time that it was the hardest crash of his life.

Despite hitting the wall, Bowman continued to race and finished 29th.

Bowman is one of the 12 drivers remaining in the playoff. Hendrick Motorsports announced that Noah Gragson will drive the No. 48 at Talladega.

Erik Jones issues warning to Ty Gibbs

Erik Jones wearing a hat

Mar 20, 2022; Hampton, Georgia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Erik Jones during the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Ty Gibbs is already making enemies in NASCAR’s Cup Series.

Gibbs on Tuesday was fined $75,000 and docked 25 owner points for door-slamming Ty Dillon on pit road during Sunday’s Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

The 19-year-old driver issued an apology over Twitter for his actions. But his apology attracted attention from another driver.

Erik Jones saw the apology and responded with a warning to Gibbs.

“Don’t ever bump me under yellow again,” Jones wrote to Gibbs.

What’s Jones talking about? It turns out that Gibbs bumped him under caution during the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500.

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.

Kyle Larson has drastic suggestion for Texas Motor Speedway

Kyle Larson talks with the media

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 Busch in an interview on Sunday agreed with Larson.

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.

Drivers have different opinions on what changes Texas should make in the future. Some think they should make it shorter, while others have talked about making it another superspeedway.

Larson thinks they should start over.

Chase Elliott has ominous comment for NASCAR after crashing out

Chase Elliott with a hat on

Mar 20, 2022; Hampton, Georgia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) during the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Chase Elliott sent something of a warning to NASCAR on Sunday after crashing out of the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Elliott dealt with tire problems during the race, which directly led to his crash on lap 184. His right front tire appeared to catch fire, sending him into the wall and knocking him out of the race.

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.

Elliott’s warning was certainly relevant, as tire issues may have been a cause of a more serious accident on Sunday. NASCAR may have to answer for this, particularly if other drivers feel the same way as Elliott does.

Cody Ware put onto stretcher after suffering concussion during scary crash

Cody Ware crashed into the wall

Cody Ware was put onto a stretcher after crashing his car during Sunday’s Autotrader Echopark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Ware lost control of his No. 51 Ford on Turn 4 of lap 168 and hit the wall hard. He had no control of his car as he headed into pit road, where he came to a crashing halt.

Ware had trouble getting out of his car and wound up being placed on a stretcher.

Ware was loaded onto an ambulance. According to Jeff Gluck, the ambulance transported Ware to the infield car center.

Ware was later diagnosed with a concussion.

The 26-year-old finished 17th at Bristol last week and had a top-10 finish at Daytona last month.

Video: Andrew Grady punches Davey Callihan over racing conflict

Andrew Grady punches Davey Callihan

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.

Grady didn’t hold back in an interview after the heat. He accused Callihan of flipping him off when he went to talk to the driver. He called Callihan a “dumba–.”

Callihan defended himself in an interview, saying you can’t give an inch at a transfer spot.

“Just hard racing. I do apologize to the one, but we’re fighting for our life out there. So just did what I had to do,” Callihan said.

Callihan also denied flipping off Grady. Callihan was one of the 10 drivers to qualify from his heat.

Martin Truex Jr. had obscene gesture for his car

Martin Truex Jr in sunglasses

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.

The Bass Pro Shops driver was frustrated with his car and flipped it the bird.

Truex and fellow Toyotas driven by Bubba Wallace and Ty Gibbs all had steering issues. So did several other drivers during the race.

Sometimes there’s nothing to do other than flip off the car after a bad night that saw the playoff field cut from 16 to 12 drivers.

Multiple NASCAR drivers had the exact same problem at Bristol

Chase Briscoe

Chase Briscoe after the race

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.

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