Ryan Blaney wins UNOH 200 at Bristol after early penalty, rain

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Ryan Blaney was fast.  So fast he was able to drive his No. 29 Ford back from a controversial restart penalty to win the Camping World Truck Series’ UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

After leading the first 37 laps, Blaney was black flagged for jumping a restart on Lap 38. Blaney returned to the lead lap thanks to a Lap 80 caution. He wouldn’t lead again until the the final three laps on a green-white-checkered attempt.

“I don’t have much to say on that (penalty),” Blaney told Fox Sports 1. “Obviously we didn’t like it. That’s NASCAR’s jurisdiction and we’ll have to clear that up in the future.”

Blaney led a total of 40 laps on the way to his first CWTS win of 2015 and the fourth of his career.

“It says so much of this team to have such a fast (truck) to drive up through there,” Blaney said. “We were one of the cars that could pass on the bottom, so that really meant a lot. We kind of got into the 88 (Matt Crafton) but I think we were both spinning our tires and I couldn’t stay off of him. I don’t know if it cut their left-rear, if it did I apologize.”

A 45-minute rain delay with 34 laps left created a 25-lap shootout, which ended with Blaney beating Matt Crafton to the lead on the final restart as Crafton unexpectedly dropped through the field and pole-sitter Kyle Busch assumed second place.

Busch had won the previous two Truck races he had entered in 2015.

Blaney was followed by Busch, John Hunter Nemechek, Daniel Hemric and Brandon Jones.

MORE: Truck point standings

MORE: UNOH 200 results

HOW RYAN BLANEY WON: The Brad Keselowski Racing driver took advantage of Matt Crafton’s misfortune on a green-white-checkered and stayed ahead of Kyle Busch for the final three laps.

 WHO HAD A GOOD NIGHT: John Hunter Nemechek started seventh and stayed in the top 10 all night before finishing a career-best third … Erik Jones finished sixth, two spots ahead of points leader Tyler Reddick, who had started 19th.

WHO HAD A BAD NIGHT: Cole Custer had led a race-high 111 laps until Spencer Gallagher, a lapped truck in 16th, spun in front of him with 40 laps to go. Custer hit him hard with his right front, severely damaging his No. 00. Custer finished 16th … Matt Crafton was in position to win and take the points lead before his No. 88 Toyota dropped to seventh on the final restart … Daniel Suarez and Cameron Hayley spun out together on Lap 32 to bring out the first caution … On Lap 112, Caleb Holman suffered damage while trying to avoid Ray Black Jr., who had spun, bringing out the caution … Ty Dillon bounced off two trucks before hitting the inside wall and bringing out the caution with five laps remaining. He finished 23rd, eight laps down.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “I was just glad I didn’t have phone service so I didn’t tweet something I probably didn’t need to say.” Brad Keselowski, Blaney’s team owner, on the restart penalty Blaney received on Lap 38.

NEXT: Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Aug. 30 at 1:30 pm ET on Fox Sports 1.

Daytona road course trophy: Handle with care

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A word of warning for the Cup Series driver who wins Sunday’s inaugural race on the Daytona road course (3 p.m. ET on NBC).

When you’re celebrating the victory, don’t get too excited with the trophy.

It could wind up all over Victory Lane.

That’s because the trophy waiting at the end of the 65-lap/234.65-mile-race is made out of glass.

More: Will chaos (and rain) reign on the Daytona road course?

Via: NASCAR

The 18” tall/4.5” wide trophy for the Daytona road course race was produced by the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. It’s the same institution that’s been responsible for designing the Watkins Glen International trophy since 2012.

Sunday’s race is being held in the place of the Cup Series’ annual visit to Watkins Glen.

Incorporating a blown glass cup, the trophy is inspired by the history of NASCAR and racing at Daytona.

“Thinking about the history of the track and long-held traditions, I was reminded that historically, trophies used to be cups and have evolved into sculptural forms,” said Eric Meek, Sr. Manager of Hot Glass Programs at The Corning Museum of Glass, said in a media release. “We took this trophy back to a more traditional shape. Daytona is the most historical track, and in thinking about a trophy design for a race held in this storied location, I was transported back to the golden age of speed. I wanted to design something that felt like a bit of a throwback – like it belonged in the era of streamline racers and the quest to go faster.”

NASCAR Pinty’s Series 2020 TV schedule released

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The NASCAR Pinty’s Series, which competes in Canada, will get its season under way this weekend after it was postponed back in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The shortened season will consist of three doubleheaders with twin 125-mile races.

The races will be held at Sunset Speedway (Aug. 15), Flamboro Speedway (Aug. 29) and Jukasa Speedway (Sept. 12).

More: Xfinity Series start time for Daytona road course

No NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion or Rookie of the Year will be crowned in 2020 due to the shortened schedule. There will be special recognition for the overall winner of the shortened season.

All races will air delayed on TSN and RDS in Canada and MAVTV in the United States. Fans in the United States can stream races after they air on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.

Here is the full schedule with TV information.

 

Saturday’s Xfinity race at Daytona road course: Start time, forecast and more

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Saturday’s Xfinity race at Daytona will mark the first time the series has competed in the track’s road course circuit.

Austin Cindric, who has won four of the last five races, is on the pole. He is joined on the front row by fellow Ford driver Chase Briscoe.

Here are the details for the Xfinity race at the Daytona road course (all times ET):

START: The command to start engines will be given at 3:07 p.m by Dr. Jeff Jarvis, president of UNOH. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:19 p.m.

PRERACE: Garage access health screening begins at 8:30 a.m. Drivers report to their cars at 2:50 p.m. The invocation will be given at 3 p.m. by Chaplain Farzad Nourian. The national anthem will be performed at 3:01 p.m. by Temecula Road.

DISTANCE: The race is 52 laps (187.72 miles) around the 3.61-mile road course

PACE LAP: At the direction of race control, the entire field will go down pit road during a pace lap for pit road speed verification. If a driver stops in the pit box for any reason, pulls over or slows down, they will start at the rear of the field.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 15. Stage 2 ends on Lap 30.

TV/RADIO: NBCSN will televise the race. Its coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. with Countdown to Green followed by the race broadcast at 3 p.m. ET. Motor Racing Network’s radio broadcast will begin at 2:30 p.m. and also can be heard at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry MRN’s broadcast.

STREAMING: Watch the race on the NBC Sports App by clicking here.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com forecast calls for cloudy skies, a high of 88 degrees and a 70% chance of rain and thunderstorms at the start of the race.

LAST RACE: Austin Cindric beat AJ Allmendinger and Chase Briscoe to win at Road America.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for Xfinity starting lineup

Justin Marks planning to start new Cup team

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Former NASCAR driver Justin Marks is in the process of starting a new Cup Series team and competing as early as 2021, Marks detailed to the Sports Business Journal.

Marks, who has 80 NASCAR starts and last competed in 2018, is building a team called Trackhouse that would have a “cause-marketing focus around promoting STEM education” according to SBJ.

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Marks, who once was a co-owner of an ARCA Menards West team with the late Harry Scott, said a goal of the team is to “serve America’s minorities and underrepresented youth population”

Marks told SBJ he is in negotiations to acquire a charter for the team, that his family foundation will use investment capital to fund 50% of the team’s budget and that a “nationwide family entertainment business” will be a sponsor.

One of Marks’ partners will be Ty Norris, a former executive at Michael Waltrip Racing.

Click here for more from Sports Business Journal.