Friday 5: NASCAR tracks welcoming more fans this season


Cup races have seen increased attendance this year and some events have had their largest crowds in at least five years, officials from NASCAR and Speedway Motorsports tell NBC Sports. 

Such growth has been spurred by a variety of factors, including the racing, NASCAR’s changes on and off the track and new fans. 

The growth also ties in with the sport’s increased TV numbers. 

The nine Cup races that have aired on Fox this season have drawn an average of 4.755 million viewers, a 14% increase from last year’s average. That would tie Fox’s greatest percentage increase in viewership from one season to another (2005 from 2004). NBC begins broadcasting its portion of the Cup schedule June 26 at Nashville Superspeedway.

While Speedway Motorsports and NASCAR do not reveal attendance figures, both companies noted the growth they’ve seen at their events. 

Speedway Motorsports has experienced an increase of more than 20% in attendance for its four races this season — Las Vegas, Atlanta, Circuit of the Americas and Bristol — according to Chief Operating Officer Mike Burch.

Among the tracks that have enjoyed attendance upticks this season: 

  • Talladega Superspeedway’s crowd for last weekend’s Cup race was the track’s largest for its spring event since 2017.
  • Bristol’s dirt race had the largest crowd for the track’s spring event since 2017.
  • Martinsville Speedway’s race this month had the largest crowd for its spring event since 2015.
  • Atlanta Motor Speedway’s crowd for its March Cup race was the event’s largest since 2014.
  • Phoenix Raceway’s spring event sold out for the first time in more than a decade.
  • The Daytona 500 was announced as a sellout six days before the event, the earliest it has sold out in recent years.
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Atlanta Motor Speedway’s crowd in March was its largest for a spring Cup race since 2014. The track was revamped before this season and featured pack racing. (Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“We’re seeing lots of new fans … and the really encouraging thing is it’s largely driven by consumer tickets,” Burch said. “Companies are starting to come back in and buy tickets and hosting more events, but it’s really been the consumer number that has driven the growth. That, to us, is a real core interest in the sport.”

NASCAR-owned tracks are seeing double digit increases in attendance, camping and group sales, said Daryl Wolfe, NASCAR executive vice president and chief revenue officer.

“The Busch Light Clash at the (Los Angeles) Coliseum really set the tone for the sport making some really bold, aggressive decisions,” Wolfe said of the decision to hold the exhibition race in a stadium. “It paid off.”

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A crowd estimated at more than 50,000 attended the Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in February. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Wolfe noted that about 70% of those at the Clash were first-time attendees. NASCAR and Speedway Motorsports both define a first-time attendee as someone who had not bought tickets from them and were not in their ticketing system. Those fans, however, could have attended multiple NASCAR events in the past. They just didn’t get their tickets from tracks owned by those companies.

“I think it’s important to realize that sometimes it’s about exposing your sport to new people and trying to create new fans and having cool events at cool venues or different racetracks and creating that story that doesn’t depend on the race,” Kevin Harvick told NBC Sports before the season.

Burch estimated that close to 50% of the fans at the Bristol dirt race were classified as first-time attendees. 

“We’re seeing increases really everywhere,” Wolfe said of new fans. “Increases in the Hispanic market, African-America market, Gen Z. I think most of that is driven to … (by) some pretty bold and aggressive decisions by the sport. I’d also say we’re seeing continued investment in the sport.”

NASCAR was ranked by Morning Consult as the ninth fastest growing brand in 2020 among Gen Z, defined as those born between 1997-2012. Among the other brands on that list were TikTok, Twitch and Zoom.

The growth also is coming from other avenues.

“The new car is delivering from an on-track product standpoint,” Wolfe said. “That was a major investment by the sport. I think you’re seeing a lot of investment in the fan experience. You’re seeing investment in regards to more marketing techniques. 

“You’re seeing investment in growth strategies like eSports and sports betting and places where maybe younger, more diverse consumer segments are residing. We’ve got to make sure the NASCAR brand, our sport, is exposed to them there. I think the stance on diversity and inclusion (also has been a factor). 

“All of these things combined is exposing our sport. … to additional potential fans that are taking notice. They’re giving our sport a try. They’re liking what they’re seeing, and they’re showing up.”

 The fan experience has been reshaped since the pandemic.

There’s a red carpet that leads to the stage for pre-race introductions and gives fans an up-close look at the drivers. Activities for children have increased. Concerts have been added. A Trackside Live stage serves as a focal point. 

A human cannonball was among the happenings at Circuit of the Americas for fans. (Photo: HHP/Patrick Savage)

Speedway Motorsports had a human cannonball performer at COTA and the Atlanta Braves World Series trophy at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Blake Shelton will perform a concert before the NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway.

The Clash at the Coliseum featured a concert by Pitbull before the race and a performance by Ice Cube during a break in the event. Luke Combs played before the Daytona 500. Collective Soul performed before the Cup race at Auto Club Speedway. 

Once the race starts, fans have been treated to some memorable events this season. 

There have eight different winners in the first 10 races. Rookie Austin Cindric held off the field to win the Daytona 500. Ross Chastain survived the beating and banging on the last lap to win at COTA. Chase Briscoe spun and took out Tyler Reddick on the last lap at Bristol, allowing Kyle Busch to win.

Among those still seeking their first win of the season include former Cup champions Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick.

“I can’t recall a time that the enthusiasm and excitement and the momentum that the sport — and really I think across all the stakeholders — you can feel it,” Wolfe said. “You can see it.

But Wolfe notes the work is not done for the sport.

“We can’t stall out here,” he said. “You’ve got to continue to build the momentum. It’s probably one of the most exciting times I can recall in my multi-decade involvement in this sport. I think the best days of NASCAR are ahead.”

2. Playoff field near set?

Sixteen races remain in the Cup regular season, but history shows that much of the 16-driver playoff field is in place by the season’s 10th race. Last weekend’s race at Talladega was the 10th this season.

In the last five years, 85% of drivers in a playoff spot after the season’s 10th race, made the Cup playoffs. That averages to 2.4 drivers in a playoff spot at this point in the season who won’t make the playoffs.

In the last five years, a driver who is 20th or worse in the points after 10 races has gone on to make the playoffs in four of those years. 

Here is a look at drivers in a playoff spot entering this weekend’s race at Dover Motor Speedway:

Eight drivers with wins in a playoff spot: Ross Chastain (2 wins), William Byron (2), Kyle Busch (1), Alex Bowman (1), Kyle Larson (1), Chase Briscoe (1), Austin Cindric (1), Denny Hamlin (1).

Eight winless drivers in a playoff spot via points: Chase Elliott (368 points), Ryan Blaney (347), Joey Logano (308), Martin Truex Jr. 298), Aric Almirola (265), Kevin Harvick (252), Austin Dillon (245), Christopher Bell (243).

Those below the playoff cutline:

Tyler Reddick (-1 point from cutline)

Erik Jones (-12)

Kurt Busch (-25)

Daniel Suarez (-25)

Chris Buescher (-47)

Bubba Wallace (-50)

Justin Haley (-60)

Michael McDowell (-62)

Ty Dillon (-73)

Cole Custer (-76)

Todd Gilliland (-101)

Corey LaJoie (-103)

Brad Keselowski (-111)

Harrison Burton (-113)

3. NASCAR’s variety package  

Think about this for a moment. In the last three weeks, the Cup Series raced at a short track (Martinsville), a dirt track (Bristol) and the largest oval on the circuit (Talladega)

Now, the series heads to a 1-mile high-banked track in Dover Motor Speedway.

All that in a month’s time in a season that goes from February to November. And that’s without racing on any of the six road courses that are on the Cup schedule. 

“NASCAR drivers are more diverse, and they have to be more diverse,” two-time Cup champion Kyle Busch said. 

Austin Cindric, who raced several different types of cars working his way to Cup, enjoys the variety with the schedule.

“I love it because I think it’s what makes race fans excited every week,” he said. “I think if we can exploit that part of our sport, I think the better, especially as long as the season (is), the better and more entertaining product we have.”

For Tyler Reddick, the variety doesn’t make much difference. He’s experienced similar challenges throughout his racing career.

“It may seem kind of crazy when you think about or when you pose the question, but my background, racing all sorts of different dirt tracks, racing all sorts of different cars, it’s just another day, get ready for the next race,” he said. 

“You don’t really think of the size of the track playing into that. They’re different styles of racing. You just lock in and get ready for the next one.”

4. Championship contender?

AJ Allmendinger shared on this week’s NASCAR on NBC podcast an interesting thought as he closed on Ross Chastain on the final lap of last month’s race at Circuit of the Americas.

“When I tried to chase him down at COTA, I thought, ‘Man, I might be trying to chase down a champion,” Allmendinger told Nate Ryan. “That’s how strong he is. I wouldn’t call him a dark horse anymore.”

Chastain and William Byron are the only drivers with two Cup wins this season. Chastain also has finished in the top five in six of the last eight races, including his last-lap win last weekend at Talladega.

Car owner Justin Marks, though, doesn’t want his team looking at the playoffs, which are still more than four months away. 

“I think when you start talking about playoff strategy, how you’re going to mount a run for the championship, that kind of mental bandwidth is reserved, I think at this point, for the teams that have been there a long time, right?” Marks said after Chastain’s Talladega win. “That’s something that Gibbs talks about, Hendrick, and Penske talk about.

“Trackhouse is so new, we can’t start thinking that way. We just have to focus on what we’re doing every week, just the execution of what we’re doing every week, that’s putting us in that position.

“Obviously we’re contending for wins week in and week out. We just have to commit to that. I don’t think there’s going to be any conversation about playoff strategy for the foreseeable future.”

5. Back-to-back

Michael McDowell heads to Dover after back-to-back top-10 finishes. It’s the first time the Front Row Motorsports driver has had consecutive top 10s since opening last season with three in a row, including his Daytona 500 victory.

“I think there’s a lot of potential with this Next Gen car for us to have more good results and be in contention,” McDowell said. “We were optimistic about that going into this season that this could be a year for us to really have an opportunity to shine and get better results, and so I think there’s still a lot to come this year.

“I’m looking forward to some of the tracks that we have circled and seeing where we can stack up against the competition. There’s a tremendous amount of development going on right now, and there seems to be teams that are sorting it out pretty quickly, so we have to make sure that we keep up with the rapid pace of development of a brand new car.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series results: Justin Allgaier wins at Charlotte


CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier finally broke through for his first win of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season Monday night.

Allgaier stretched his last fuel load over the final laps to finish in front of John Hunter Nemechek. Cole Custer was third, Austin Hill fourth and Ty Gibbs fifth. Gibbs ran both races Monday, completing 900 miles.

The win also was the first of the season for JR Motorsports.

Charlotte Xfinity results

Justin Allgaier wins NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway


CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier won a fuel-mileage gamble to win Monday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Allgaier stretched his fuel to outlast second-place John Hunter Nemechek. Following in the top five were Cole Custer, Austin Hill and Ty Gibbs.

The victory was Allgaier’s first of the year and the first of the season for JR Motorsports. He has 20 career wins.

MORE: Charlotte Xfinity results

After a long day at CMS, the race ended at 11:25 p.m. The race started Monday morning but was stopped twice because of weather before it was halted with 48 of 200 laps completed so that the Coca-Cola 600 Cup Series race could be run.

When the race was stopped, Gibbs, Nemechek and Allgaier were in the top three positions.

Gibbs won the first two stages.

Stage 1 winner: Ty Gibbs

Stage 2 winner: Ty Gibbs

Who had a good race: Justin Allgaier has had good cars in previous races but finally cashed in with a win Monday. He led 83 laps. … John Hunter Nemechek, in second, scored his fifth top-two run of the season. … Cole Custer scored his sixth straight top-10 finish. … Ty Gibbs lasted 900 miles for the day and led 52 laps in the Xfinity race.

Who had a bad race: Sam Mayer was running 10th when he spun off Turn 2. He finished 35th. … Sheldon Creed finished three laps down in 28th.

Next: The series moves on to Portland International Raceway in Oregon for a 4:30 p.m. ET race June 3.

What drivers said at Charlotte Motor Speedway


CONCORD, N.C. — What drivers had to say during and after Monday’s 600-mile race at Charlotte Motor Speedway:

Ryan Blaney (Winner) — “I might shed a tear. This has been a cool weekend. Obviously, Memorial Day weekend means a lot, growing up here watching Dad run this race for a long time. It’s so cool just to be a part of it, let alone win it. I just was able to get the lead, and that car was so good that I could kind of bide my time a little bit and then we were able to drive off. I was hoping no caution just because you never know. I know we had the car to do it, but restarts can be crazy. … You start to get to feel like you can’t win anymore when you don’t win in a while. It kind of gets hard. So just super thankful to the 12 guys for believing in me. It’s just so cool. What a weekend with (Josef) Newgarden and Roger (Penske) winning at Indy and us winning the 600. I mean that’s just so cool. That kind of snaps our winless streak right there and that’s even better. We just kept working on it all night, and I think the track took a change. I didn’t feel great at the end of Stage 3. I was kind of getting pressured by a couple guys and we had to work on our car, and it was getting cooler outside.”

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William Byron (Finished 2nd) — “We just needed a little bit. Really happy for Ryan. He really deserves it. He’s a good dude. Cool to see him get a win. We just needed a little bit. I felt like there were enough restarts for him to get back to the front. He had that one pit road where he lost a few spots, and it was kind of between us and the 5 (Kyle Larson). I knew the 12 (Ryan Blaney) and 45 (Tyler Reddick) were a little bit stronger than we were. Thanks to this Liberty University Chevrolet team. The car was great tonight. Just not quite good enough. Really proud of the effort. Pit crew was phenomenal on pit road. Those guys are just high energy, and that pit stall helps.”

Martin Truex Jr. (Finished 3rd) — “It was a handful. We just battled really hard and never gave up on the car. We had some stumbles on pit road – had some issues there. We had some issues getting a flat tire with some contact leaving pit road, which wasn’t our fault, either. Just battled a lot of adversity today, but our Bass Pro Shops Tracker Boats Camry was really fast. At the end of Stage 3, I thought that we had a shot to win this thing and then we got some damage out of nowhere on the splitter, and then I got too tight. We made some adjustments to try to get us balanced back out, but it just wasn’t as fast then, and we still ran third. Just proud of everybody for the effort. We definitely had a shot at this one tonight, just didn’t get enough things to go our way and we didn’t do a good enough job on pit road. It was a fun day overall. We had just too many hiccups, too many issues on pit road with a couple of bad stops and the damage that sent us to the rear and had to come back. I thought through Stage 3 we were going to have a shot at this thing, and out of the blue at the start of the final stage, we got some damage on the splitter from debris and the car was never quite as good. … It means a lot to have all of the soldiers on our cars this weekend. I got to meet an amazing family this weekend. Really wish I could have taken them to victory lane, so it’s a little bittersweet, but overall, it’s a solid day for us.”

Bubba Wallace (Finished 4th) — “It started on Friday. We didn’t get through tech. We are trying to push all we can get, and didn’t happen, so bad pit selection really set us back all day. I knew it would be a grind. I need my pit crew to know that as well – they made a couple mistakes – but they rebounded. We were playing the cards that we were dealt. I’m super proud of this Dr. Pepper Toyota team. Just continuing to make strides and continuing to show up and be a part of the factor. Just makes you think – if you were that close on the final restart, or closer, what could have happened. It looked like the 12 (Ryan Blaney) was lights out all day. About time he got him one. I thought he was done washed up (laughter).” (On confrontation with Aric Almirola) Yeah, we were just frustrated on how we raced each other. We were in Stage 2 of the Coke 600. I finished fourth and that’s a good day for our team.”

Tyler Reddick (Finished 5th) — “We had a great car. We were really, really strong there. Just made a lot of mistakes – we kind of went to the bad side of it on that one strategy in the second stage. We had a million cautions because we just kept crashing. We got behind there and we had to fight to get our track position back after that and we did. We got to the 12 (Ryan Blaney), and just being too aggressive, got sideways and hit the wall, and front there, hit the wall about 10 more times and pretty much took all of the life out of the race car. We had a fantastic car. We just couldn’t get around the 12 (Ryan Blaney). We were way faster than he was for most of the day. I tried to take our time, because it’s obviously a 400-lap race, but yeah, made a few mistakes along the way and then I knocked the fence down and then every time we did, we lost a little speed in our Jordan Brand 23XI Toyota. So yeah, fifth.”

Kyle Busch (Finished 6th) — “Coca-Cola 600s are normally up-and-down, so we definitely had an up-and-down day. But the guys fought hard all race long and made some good repairs. We made a lot of good adjustments. There were a couple that we had to go back on, and then go back on again. But all-in-all, just proud of everyone on the No. 8 Alsco Chevy team. Our car wasn’t as fast as we wanted on the fire-offs there – we wanted the long run to finish. Even though we hadn’t been good on the long runs all night, we adjusted for that, but we just didn’t get it. We’ll take a good solid effort and top-10 finish.”

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Finished 7th) — “I feel great. I got up and did the ‘Murph’ workout this morning. My trainer wasn’t too thrilled about that, but went ahead and did that, and then came out here and ran 600 miles. Our No. 47 Kroger/Coca-Cola Chevy was so good all night. We just fought some track position every now and then, and then the No. 8 (Kyle Busch) fenced us there. I felt like we would have had a top-five if it wasn’t for that. But all-in-all, it was a great Coca-Cola 600 for us. It was what we needed after last week at the All-Star Race. We kind of got beat up there a little bit. But it’s cool to get another top 10. This team is doing a lot of good things.”

Chris Buescher (Finished 8th) — “It was a really strong day. Our Fastenal Mustang was really good. We got hit on pit road and definitely took a decent amount out of us, so I’m upset about that, but at the end of the day it was a good recovery. We kept digging back and it’s cool to have this camo paint scheme up front for a lot of the day, but I want to do more.”

Austin Dillon (Finished 9th) — “We never gave up all night, and it feels like we passed more cars than anyone else all race long in our Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevrolet. It was a hard-earned top-10 finish. We started this year’s Coca-Cola 600 deep in the field – 33rd — after practice and qualifying were canceled due to weather, but I knew that we would have a chance to be in contention at the end because this is the longest race of the year and there are plenty of laps to work our way forward. It was challenging, though. Pit road was tight for us today, and it felt like every time we gained positions we would pit and get trapped in our box and lose everything we worked so hard for. We never gave up and to finish in the top-10 is a testament to the tenacity that this No. 3 team has. We were just too tight at the end to advance any further, but I think we showed how hard we are willing to work. Today is about our heroes who served and made the ultimate sacrifice. I’m thankful that I can do what I love, which is race, because of them. Thank you to the families of Navy Seal Mark Crampton and Army soldier Rusten Smith for allowing us to recognize them.”

Zane Smith (Finished 10th) – “I am so happy, as happy as could be, really. I was worried when we didn’t take tires there and were running really good and had a really good day. It just worked out, so just a great job by this whole 38 Boot Barn FRM team. We got our Mustang better and better every single stop and that’s so cool. We run on half the budget, if that, than a lot of these guys, so to finish top 10 in our sixth start at the Coke 600 is really cool. It’s been a rough three weeks for me. The Cup Series is a different level and obviously I’m trying to prove I belong here and it’s just an outstanding run. Ryan does an outstanding job and it’s so cool to finish this race, but better yet with a top 10.”

Alex Bowman (Finished 12th)“It doesn’t feel very good at the moment, but about what I was expecting. There was no pain in the car really, but now that I’m out, I feel it a little bit. Just proud of my No. 48 Ally Chevy team. We had a really fast long run car. Obviously the short runs were what we needed, but we were just too tight for that. We got stuck on pit road – every stop, we came in like 10th, but lost spots coming out. But that wasn’t on my guys, it was just pit stall selection. We’ll move onto Gateway. Hopefully we’ll get to qualify there, have a good pit box and just go have a normal day.”

Ryan Preece (Finished 13th) — “What a night. We battled all night long. Some of those cautions just did not work in our favor at all, but we had a good car and just needed track position and clean air. We made strong adjustments throughout the night, and my crew was on it. I think we had a top-10 car. We’ll take 13th after a day like that, and it’s definitely the momentum our team needed. Those top 10s and top fives are coming, and I’m looking forward to St. Louis.”

Justin Haley (Finished 15th) — “We fired off tight today, but the No. 31 team made some great adjustments and had good pit stops. We made it as high as eighth and thought we would get a top 10 there but just got shuffled at the end. A top 15 is not a bad day, but our car was by far the best car we’ve had all year. We made some major gains today as a team.”

Joey Logano (Finished 21st) — “Tough night for the Shell-Pennzoil Mustang team. We struggled with the balance and unfortunately couldn’t miss the late accident and got damage. So happy for Team Penske, Josef and Ryan on a weekend sweep.”

Aric Almirola (Finished 25th) — (On confrontation with Bubba Wallace) “It was early in the race, and I felt like he ran me all over the racetrack and then when he got by me he shot me the bird, so I just went by and asked him why you shot me the bird. I felt like I gave him a lot of room and a lot of respect and he started mouthing off and saying a lot of bad things and cussing at me after he shot me the bird, so I just wasn’t gonna take that. I think it’s squashed. I got my point across. I let him know it’s not acceptable. He’s not gonna cuss at me and shoot me the bird. It was a good night, honestly, for our Smithfield Ford Mustang. It’s Memorial Day and such an honor and privilege to race on Memorial Day. We were running 10th there with 20-something to go and got caught up in that restart wreck in the middle of one and two and got a lot of heavy damage that really killed the race car after that. I hate we didn’t get out of here with a top 10. I felt we certainly had a top 10 race car, got loose on a restart early and hit the right-rear toe link, we fixed it, got two laps down, got all of our laps back and drove from the back to the top 10. I’m really proud of the effort and the fight, not the result, but we certainly fought hard. We’ll go get ready for Gateway. That was a really good racetrack for us last year.”

Austin Cindric (Finished 31st) – “You’re patient for 550 miles; why be patient for the last 40? I probably could have helped myself there by not drifting up the racetrack and knowing my own strength and weaknesses. It’s just unfortunate to get so close to the end of this race and not being able to finish it last year and the same with this year. I felt we had a lot of positives from today – some really good pit stops. We had good speed at times, but just having to put the whole race together as a team. I definitely made some mistakes today and unfortunate not to be able to finish it off.”

Erik Jones (Finished 32nd) — “We had a fast No. 43 U.S. Air Force Chevy, but nothing to really show for it. Appreciate the U.S. Air Force and their support. Just hate that we had the radiator issue, but hopefully we’ll go to Gateway with the same speed and have a good day.”

Chase Elliott (Finished 34th) — “The 11 (Denny Hamlin) ran us up into the fence there. Once you tear the right-side off these things, it’s kind of over. I hate it. I thought our No. 9 NAPA Chevy was getting better. It was nice to be making some gains there throughout the race. Our pit stops were really good. We had some pretty good fortune to get up towards the front there. I was just trying to get to mile 600 and have a shot, so unfortunately failed to do that again.”

Denny Hamlin (Finished 35th) — “I got right-rear hooked in the middle of the straightaway (referring to his collision with Chase Elliott). It’s a tantrum, and he shouldn’t be racing next week. Right rear hooks are absolutely unacceptable. I don’t care. It is the same thing that Bubba Wallace did with Kyle Larson. Exact same. He shouldn’t be racing. It’s a tantrum.”

Noah Gragson (Finished 36th) — “Bummer day for the No. 42 Black Rifle Coffee Company Chevy team. We made it through the first stage clean. Something went through the radiator. We replaced the radiator and the motor blew up. Just frustrating. Thank you to Black Rifle Coffee Company and the Menusa family for coming out here. Wish we could have had a better run for them, but it was an honor to have Sgt. Menusa on the windshield. It makes this weekend all worth it. Wish we could have given him and his family a better run, but we’ll try again at Gateway.”

Jimmie Johnson (Finished 37th) — “I just didn’t know we were put in that three-wide situation. There were a bunch of us cars that were wrecked and just trying to limp it home. Unfortunately, I ended up in a situation I wasn’t aware of and got turned around. It’s a bummer for the No. 84 Club Wyndham Chevy team.”

NASCAR Cup Series results: Ryan Blaney wins at Charlotte


CONCORD, N.C. — Ryan Blaney outran William Byron over the final miles and through several restarts to win Monday’s 600-mile NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Blaney thus ended a 59-race winless streak and qualified for the Cup playoffs.

Following in the top five were Byron, Martin Truex Jr., Bubba Wallace and Tyler Reddick.

Charlotte Cup results

Charlotte Cup driver points