Three drivers moving closer to significant NASCAR Sprint Cup milestone


Martin Truex Jr.’s sixth-place finish Sunday at Martinsville Speedway was easy to overlook but it accomplished something that has not been seen in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since 2010.

Truex’s finish marked his sixth consecutive top-10 finish. That’s the longest top-10 streak to open a season since Greg Biffle scored six top-10s to begin the 2010 campaign.

Truex isn’t the only one though. Points leader Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano also have opened the season with six consecutive top-10s to open the season.

NASCAR corrected information it provided previously and stated Tuesday that the record for most top-10 finishes to open a season is 11 by Morgan Shepherd in 1990.

Truex’s streak is one short of the longest top-10 streak during all of last season. Jimmie Johnson had seven consecutive top-10s, which included wins in the Coca-Cola 600, along with Dover and Michigan.

Truex continued his streak despite losing power steering during Sunday’s race. His Furniture Row Racing team later fixed it. He heads into the off weekend third in the points.

“I can’t say enough about the team,’’ said Truex, who had only five top-10 finishes last season. “We showed we never give up. We haven’t all year long.  We haven’t given up on each other since I started here. It feels good to have another good run at one of my worst race tracks. Just can’t believe we were able to stay on the lead lap, fix the power steering and all that and drive back through there.”

Here’s a look at the best top-10 streaks to open a season in recent years:

2015 – Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, six consecutive races

2014 – Jeff Gordon, four consecutive races

2013 – Dale Earnhardt Jr., five consecutive races

2012 – Greg Biffle, three consecutive races

2011 – Kurt Busch, four consecutive races

2010 – Greg Biffle, six consecutive races

2009 – Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth, two consecutive races

2008 – Kasey Kahne, three consecutive races

2007 – Mark Martin, four consecutive races (skipped next two races since he was running a partial schedule and came back to score a top-10 in his fifth start of the season)

2006 – Jimmie Johnson, four consecutive races

Report: Justin Allgaier returning to JR Motorsports in 2020

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Justin Allgaier confirmed to Friday that he will remain with JR Motorsports in 2020.

It will be Allgaier’s fifth season in the Xfinity Series with JRM.

“I will be back next year. Same deal,” Allgaier told “Everything is good. We’re doing the same thing next that we are doing right now.”

Allgaier, 33, is fourth is the point standings entering this weekend’s race at Road America (3 p.m. Saturday on NBCSN).

Allgaier is the only driver in the top six in points without a win this year.


Xfinity Series practice report from Road America

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Christopher Bell was fastest in the final Xfinity Series practice Friday at Road America.

Bell posted a top speed of 108.562 mph around the road course.

The top five was completed by Matt DiBenedetto (108.106 mph), AJ Allmendinger (108.091), Justin Haley (107.927) and Cole Custer (107.895).

Chase Briscoe recorded the most laps in the session with 19.

The session was stopped with about 50 minutes left for a hard crash by Brandon Jones exiting Turn 11. Jones will go to a backup car for Saturday’s race.

Just before Jones’ wreck, the left-rear truck arm mount broke on Jeremy Clements‘ No. 51 Chevrolet and his car stalled on the track.

The red flag was brought out for the second time when Preston Pardus’ No. 43 Chevrolet stalled on the track. His car then stalled a second time in the final minute of the session.

The session had a third red flag when Josh Williams‘ car stalled on the track.

Click here for the practice report.

First Practice

Bell was fastest, posting a top speed of 108.559 mph around the road course.

The top five was completed by defending race winner Justin Allgaier (108.530 mph), Cindric (108.346), DiBenedetto (108.139) and Allmendinger (107.967).

Chase Briscoe recorded the most laps with 14.

The session was stopped once for debris with 35 minutes left in the session.

Minor incidents in the session included Noah Gragson briefly going off course and a spin by Dexter Bean.

Click here for the practice report.

Updated entry lists for Xfinity, Truck Series this weekend

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While the NASCAR Cup Series will be off this weekend, that doesn’t mean there won’t be any racing.

On the contrary, the Xfinity Series will be racing Saturday at Road America and the Truck Series will compete Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Here are the entry lists for both series:

Xfinity – CTECH Manufacturing 180 (3 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN)

There are 38 cars entered.

Regan Smith will be in the No. 8 J.R. Motorsports Chevrolet.

A.J. Allmendinger will drive the No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet.

Saturday’s Cup runner-up, Matt DiBenedetto, will drive the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Ryan Vargas is entered in JD Motorsports’ No. 4 Chevrolet for his second start of the year.

Click here for the entry list.

Trucks – Chevrolet Silverado 250 (2:30 p.m. ET Sunday on FS1)

There are only 29 Trucks listed for the entry list. A full field would be 32 trucks.

Alex Tagliani is entered in Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Toyota for his first start of the year.

Dylan Lupton is entered in Young’s Motorsports’ No. 20 Chevrolet.

Click here for the entry list.

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Friday schedule for Xfinity Series at Road America

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The NASCAR Xfinity Series hits the track today with two practices at Road America in preparation for Saturday’s race.

The forecast for Friday calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 69 degrees and a 10% chance of rain during the day.

Here is today’s schedule at Road America:

(All times are Eastern)

10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

1:35 – 2:25 p.m. – Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)

3:35 – 4:55 – Final Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)