Long: Joey Logano celebrates at Darlington; William Byron fumes


DARLINGTON, S.C. — Joey Logano said he wouldn’t be bullied. William Byron said Logano was being “stupid” with how he raced.

Joey Logano-William Byron might not have been the duel most expected before the green flag waved on a brisk Sunday at historic Darlington Raceway, but sometimes the combatants are not who one expects.

With NASCAR’s emphasis on wins for the playoffs and a season where many teams struggle to be consistently good with the new car, drivers have to fight for the wins when they get the chance. 

That’s how Byron, seeking a series-high third win of the year, and Logano, looking for his first points win in an up-and-down season, wound up in the latest drama on the stock car circuit. 

Logano won. Byron bristled. 

Logano took umbrage with Byron squeezing him up against the wall in Turn 2 with 26 laps left as they dueled for the lead. That’s why Logano was willing to knock Byron up the track to take the lead in the final laps. 

“If you’re willing to make the move to get the lead by doing that, by running a car into the wall, you have opened up the door for retaliation,” Logano said. “When it was only 20 laps or so before that, you’ve got to expect it coming. That’s why he went into the corner low and slow — because he knew it was coming.

“Is it what you have to do? Yeah, you have to do that in that situation. You’re not going to get pushed around. I’m not going to get bullied, I’ll tell you that much. That’s how the sport works. Our sport has worked like this for years. 

“Like I said, if that wasn’t how it happened, if that’s not how he took the lead, I’m not making that move. I’m going to try to race cleaner and try to make the pass a different way, but at that point I knew there was one way to guarantee a victory, so I was taking that maneuver at that point.”

Byron downplayed how he got the lead from Logano in an interview with FS1 after the race.

“We were really close off of (Turn) 2, and I think it spooked him and got him tight, and he was right against the wall and I got the lead,” Byron said. “He’s just an idiot. He does this stuff all the time. I’ve seen it with other guys.”

With that incident in his mind, Logano — “you had an angry race car driver, I’m telling you,” he said — chased down Byron. He caught him coming to the white flag. Logano hit Byron’s rear bumper in Turn 3, shooting Byron’s car up the track. That allowed Logano to get by to lead the final two laps to win.

Byron was furious after finishing 13th.

“He runs everybody over,” Byron said, walking through the garage after the race. “I don’t see what’s different. He does it to everybody. Didn’t even let us finish. He goes in (the corner) 10 mph faster. Stupid.”

Byron went on to say: “He didn’t even barely make the corner, so I don’t know why he goes in so hard and knocks the (expletive) out of you. Makes no sense.

“We barely touched off of (Turn) 2 (earlier). Pretty clean restart. Everybody on the bottom all day couldn’t get through that bump very good. It was tight. No reason for him to say retaliation. That’s stupid.”

That’s racing, Logano suggested.

“I’m a very angry driver, and I think anyone in the field would probably agree, if someone is going to be willing to do that to you, well, the gloves are off at that point,” Logano said. “I knew if I got back there what I was going to do and what I had to do.”

Monday Charlotte Xfinity race: Start time, TV info, weather


Charlotte Motor Speedway’s rescheduled NASCAR Xfinity Series race is set for an 11 a.m. start Monday.

The race originally was scheduled Saturday, but was postponed by weather to noon Monday. After Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 Cup Series race also was postponed to Monday, the Xfinity Series race was moved to an 11 a.m. start.

A look at the Monday Xfinity schedule:

Details for Monday’s Xfinity race at Charlotte Motor Speedway

(All times Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 11:01 a.m. by representatives of race sponsor Alsco Uniforms … The green flag is scheduled to be waved at 11:12 a.m.

PRERACE: Xfinity garage opened at 8 a.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 200 laps (300 miles) on the 1.5-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 45. Stage 2 ends at Lap 90.

STARTING LINEUP: Charlotte Xfinity starting lineup (Justin Haley will replace Kyle Busch in the No. 10 Kaulig Racing car).

TV/RADIO: FS1 will broadcast the race at 11 a.m. … Performance Racing Network coverage begins at 11 a.m. and can be heard on goprn.com. … SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the PRN broadcast.

STREAMING: Foxsports.com

FORECAST: Weather Underground — The forecast calls for overcast skies with a high of 71. There is a 15% chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Josh Berry won last May’s Xfinity race. Ty Gibbs was second and Sam Mayer third.

Justin Haley replaces Kyle Busch in Kaulig car for Xfinity race


Justin Haley will drive Kaulig Racing’s No. 10 car in Monday morning’s scheduled NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Haley replaces Cup Series regular Kyle Busch, who was scheduled to drive for Kaulig in the 300-miler. The race was postponed from Saturday to Monday because of weather, giving NASCAR a 900-mile doubleheader at the track.

Busch decided to concentrate on the Coca-Cola 600 Cup race, scheduled for a  3 p.m. start.

Haley also will race in the 600.

Ty Gibbs is scheduled to run in both races.

Charlotte Cup race postponed to Monday by weather


CONCORD, N.C. — All-day rain Sunday forced the postponement of the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Cup Series race to Monday.

The postponement means that Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled to host 900 miles of stock car racing Monday. A 300-mile Xfinity Series race, originally scheduled Saturday and first postponed to noon Monday, has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. ET Monday (FS1, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The Cup race is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. (Fox, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Sunday’s Cup race was scheduled to start at 6:21 p.m. ET, but light rain was still falling at that time in the speedway area near Charlotte. Rain intensified a few minutes later and, despite an evening forecast that showed slight improvement, officials decided at 6:30 p.m. to postpone the race.

Monday’s forecast calls for a 34% chance of rain at the start of the Xfinity race and a 30% chance at the start of the Cup race.

William Byron will start the race from the pole after qualifying was washed out Saturday night.

RFK Racing gains sponsorship from submarine recruiting group


CONCORD, N.C. — NASCAR racing and submarines? Yes.

RFK Racing announced Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway that it has entered a partnership with BlueForge Alliance, which is involved in securing workers for the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Industrial Base (SIB) program. BuildSubmarines.com will be a primary sponsor for RFK drivers Brad Keselowski and Chris Buescher in 10 Cup Series races this year and in 18 races per season beginning in 2024.

The sponsorship will showcase the careers related to the submarine-building program across the nation.

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“I’m proud to support a cause of such vital significance to our country with this new partnership,” Keselowski said. “The synergies between a NASCAR team and our military’s needs to stay on track fast are countless. We hope to inspire the workforce of the next generation across the country when they see RFK race and hear our message.”

The sponsorship will support the mission to recruit, hire, train, develop and retain the SIB workforce that will build the Navy’s next generation of submarines, the team said.

“We are excited and grateful to be teaming with RFK Racing to drive awareness of the thousands of steady, well-paying manufacturing jobs available across the nation. Innovation, working with purpose and service to others are hallmarks of both of our organizations,” said Kiley Wren, BlueForge chief executive. “Together, we aim to inspire NASCAR fans and all Americans to pursue career opportunities that will support our national defense.”