Martin Truex Jr. wins his fourth pole of the season at World Wide Technology Raceway. Denny Hamlin also earns his fourth win of the season. Austin Cindric and Christopher Bell round out the top five. In addition, Kevin Harvick makes his second consecutive start at WT.
Martin Truex Jr. wins
Martin Truex Jr. has made two appearances at World Wide Technology Raceway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. In 2004, he won the event and led 123 laps. In 2005, he led 34 laps and finished 26th. He is currently fifth in the series standings after 14 races.
The race at World Wide Technology Raceway was very exciting, but it was also a tough one. The field was full and the time to make a winning move was limited. With only a few laps remaining, Joey Logano was passed by Kyle Busch. But, Logano made one last push, helped by Ryan Blaney.
World Wide Technology Raceway has hosted 21 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races and 15 Xfinity Series races. In addition, the track has hosted 21 races in the past decade. The race will air on FOX Sports 1 and MRN Radio, and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
In the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series, World Wide Technology Raceway will host the Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter. The race will air live on FS1, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. World Wide Technology Raceway was first built as a road course in 1985. It was then known as St. Louis International Raceway Park, but it was demolished in 1996. It features a 1.25-mile paved oval and an accompanying drag strip. The track is home to several car clubs, including the National Hot Rod Association.
Joey Logano wins the World Wide Technology Raceway in overtime. The race was a tight one, with a close finish for the top two. Joey Logano, the Clash winner at Bristol last year, and Martin Truex Jr. leading two-thirds of the field. Several drivers were battling for the top spot, including Kyle Busch, who was runner-up.
Hamlin earns fourth pole of season
Denny Hamlin is a familiar name in the NASCAR Cup Series. Last Sunday, he won the Coca-Cola 600 after clipping the pit crew of Joey Logano. The move was criticized by Logano, who called it dirty. Smith will make his Cup Series debut tomorrow in the No. 17 Ford Mustang of RFK Racing. He is due to replace Chris Buescher, who is unable to drive this weekend due to a positive COVID test. In fact, he qualified 32nd today and will serve double duty.
Denny Hamlin finished the season 11th in the NASCAR Cup Series points standings. In addition to his fourth pole of the season, he also won the Homestead-Miami Speedway finale. His 30 career poles now rank him fourth among active Cup Series drivers.
Hamlin has improved his performance over the last three weeks and now sits 17th in the points standings. His two wins this season have helped him climb the standings. He is one of only two drivers with two wins. He has 12 playoff points.
The inaugural Cup race at World Wide Technology Raceway was a sell-out, with over 57,000 fans in attendance. Joey Logano earned his second pole of the season, as did William Byron and Ryan Blaney. Team Penske also won the NTT IndyCar Series Detroit Grand Prix with Will Power. Kevin Harvick crashed during qualifying, so the race restarted without him. Kyle Busch, who started outside of Logano, took the lead in Turn 3. Joey Logano went underneath Busch in Turn 4 to regain the lead.
Denny Hamlin finished second in last week’s Coca-Cola 600, but did not get a win. He was competing with Denny Chastain for position. Chastain’s car hit Hamlin in Turns one and two. Chastain was injured in the process and ended up finishing seventh.
Austin Cindric finishes third
Austin Cindric finished third at the World Wide Technology Raceway on Sunday, his eighth top-10 finish of the season. The victory came at a time when his team had a rough start to the season. After his first visit to WTCR in early June, Cindric sat 18th in the standings. Since then, however, his team has had a quiet stretch, posting four consecutive top-10 finishes from Sonoma through Atlanta. He has now finished sixth or better in 10 of his last 11 races, and is seeded 14th for the playoffs.
His teammates were not far behind. Chase Briscoe took the pole, and the rest of the team finished second and third, respectively. Another Ford driver, Ryan Blaney, finished fifth. Aric Almirola, who also finished third, finished eighth, while Harrison Burton finished ninth. Cindric, who is just 24 years old, has already won two events this season, including the Daytona 500. He said he’s learning with every race and wants to be the best at every track.
The NASCAR Cup Series came to WTCR on Saturday. It’s located in Madison, Illinois, just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. The track is an oval with long straightaways and tight radius turns in turns one and two. Turns three and four are wide arcs. The track is favorable for Ford Mustangs. A couple of Mustangs will start on the front row. The pole winner, #14-Briscoe, will start from the front row while outside pole-sitter Austin Cindric will start from the 6th position.
Chase Briscoe led the first 27 laps of the race, but had a flat left rear tire on lap 30. Austin Cindric took over the lead after the failure of Briscoe’s tire. He held onto the lead until the green and white checkered flag was displayed. Behind him, Team Penske drivers held off Ryan Blaney, who had an attempt to steal the lead.
Christopher Bell finishes third
The No. 20 Toyota of Joe Gibbs Racing is driven by Christopher Bell. He scored his first career win at Daytona International Speedway in October 2021. In October 2022, he won at Martinsville Speedway. Later that year, he made his first appearance in the premier series championship four. In 2020, he switched to a full-time drive in the No. 95 Toyota of Leavine Family Racing. Before that, he spent two seasons in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with Joe Gibbs Racing. He has won seven races in the Truck Series.
In the first stage of the Daytona 500, Christopher Bell finished third. He was forced to start from the outside due to a tire problem. He also knocked Denny Hamlin into the wall. Despite his blunders, he acknowledged his mistakes and said he deserved some punishment from his teammates. Christopher Bell will face off against his teammates in the championship race on Sunday.
The former Gateway International Raceway and the Gateway Motorsports Park, the World Wide Technology Raceway is located in Madison, Illinois, near the Gateway Arch. It features a 1.25-mile oval and is home to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and the IndyCar Series. It also hosts various car clubs and an annual event for the National Hot Rod Association.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will begin practice at World Wide Technology Raceway on Friday. Pole Qualifying begins at 6:35 p.m. ET on Saturday. Several series drivers have won multiple races at the track, including Sheldon Creed and Ted Musgrave.
Takuma Sato working to return to Dale Coyne Racing
Takuma Sato has signed a full-season deal with Dale Coyne Racing, where he will replace Romain Grosjean, who is moving to Andretti Autosport. The two-time Indianapolis 500 winner previously drove for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and was released in October. Sato is expected to start the 2022 season as the team’s driver, and will be joined by David Malukas, the 2021 Indy Lights runner-up.
Sato has six career INDYCAR SERIES wins and ten career poles. His last victory came in the 2020 Indianapolis 500. He spent four seasons with Rahal Letterman Lanigan and spent 2002 to 2008 in Formula One. The Japanese driver will turn 45 on Jan. 28, 2020, which puts him in the same age group as teammates Helio Castroneves and Jim Johnson.
Takuma Sato finished 21st in Saturday’s Iowa Speedway race. He qualified ninth for the race but was outside of the top-10 on three occasions. The first time Sato entered pit lane, he was running 21st.
Takuma Sato, 44, is a 12-year veteran of IndyCar and the second-oldest full-season driver on the grid. He has previously raced in Formula 1 in 2002 and 2008. In addition to his IndyCar experience, he also competed for Honda in Formula One.
Despite a long-term injury, Takuma Sato is working to return to Dale Coyn-owned car racing in the IndyCar Series. His best finish so far is fifth at the World Wide Technology Raceway. He has also started in the top 10 four times.