NASCAR Power Rankings: Ross Chastain remains No. 1


A fourth-place finish Sunday at Road America was Ross Chastain‘s fourth straight top 10 and kept him in first place in NBC Sports NASCAR Power Rankings.

Chastain has led laps in eight of the past 16 races, totaling 426 over that span. In the past 12 races, he has eight top 10s.

Tyler Reddick scored his first Cup Series victory at Road America and burst into the power rankings at 10th place. He surged to the front in the final stage Sunday and was dominant over the closing miles, winning by 3.30 seconds.

Ryan Blaney remains in third place in the rankings with an 11th-place run Sunday.

The Cup Series races Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway (3 p.m., USA Network).

NBC Sports NASCAR Power Rankings

1. Ross Chastain (Last week: No. 1) — Chastain continues his breakout season with Trackhouse Racing, scoring eight top 10s in the past 12 races, with wins in two of the past 13.

2. Chase Elliott (Last week: No. 2) — Elliott was strong Sunday at Road America, dominating the first two stages and leading a race-high 36 laps. He admitted making mistakes in the final stage as Tyler Reddick passed him for the lead and eventually the win.

3. Ryan Blaney (Last week: No. 3) — Blaney was up front for four laps Sunday and came home 11th. He has three top 10s in the past four races.

4. Kyle Larson (Last week: No. 6) — Larson moves up two spots this week after a third-place run Sunday.  He has finished in the top 10 two consecutive weeks and has four finishes of ninth or better in the past seven races.

5. Joey Logano (Last week: No. 4) — Logano drops a position this week after a long day at Road America. He finished 27th after a spin and off-track excursion.

6. Kyle Busch (Last week: No. 6) — Busch was 29th at Road America as Toyotas continue to struggle on road courses. The day was a difficult one for Busch as he spun out on the fifth lap after contact with William Byron, sat for a long pit stop to repair damage on lap 17 and later was penalized for a crew member over the wall too soon.

7. Christopher Bell (Last week: No. 7) –– Bell was 18th at Road America, a mid-pack finish for another struggling Toyota driver.

8. Kevin Harvick (Last week: No. 10) — Despite remaining winless, Harvick showed strength at Elkhart Lake, rallying in the final stage to finish 10th, his third consecutive top-10 run. But he dropped in the playoff standings, falling one spot below the cutoff line.

9. Denny Hamlin (Last week: No. 8) — Hamlin was 17th at Road America, his effort stained by more troubles on pit road. He was penalized twice for driving through too many pit boxes.

10. Tyler Reddick (Last week: unranked) — Before Sunday’s race, Reddick’s career worksheet showed 10 top-10 finishes without a win. He ended that streak with a dominant run in the final stage, powering past Chase Elliott for his first career victory.

Dropped out: Martin Truex Jr. (Last week: No. 9)

COTA Truck race results: Zane Smith wins


Reigning series champion Zane Smith won Saturday’s Craftsman Truck Series race at Circuit of the Americas for the second year in a row.

The victory is Smith’s second of this year.

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Kyle Busch finished second and was followed by Ty Majeski, Tyler Ankrum and Ross Chastain.

The key moment came when Parker Kligerman‘s truck came to a stop on the frontstretch at Lap 28. Smith, running second, made it to pit road before it was closed. Busch, who was leading, had already passed pit road entrance.

Smith gained the lead with the move, while Busch had to pit under the caution and restarted 16th. Smith was able to build a lead and beat Busch by 5.4 seconds.

Stage 1 winner: Christian Eckes

Stage 2 winner: Kyle Busch

Who had a good race: Ty Majeski’s third-place finish is his best of the season. … Tyler Ankrum’s fourth-place finish is his best of the year. … Corey Heim has finished sixth two races in a row. … Rookie Nick Sanchez finished seventh, giving him back-to-back top 10s.

Who had a bad race: Parker Kligerman was running third when electrical issues forced him to stop on track just after the end of the second stage. … After winning the first stage, Christian Eckes had mechanical issues and had to pit for repairs, costing him several laps.

Notable: Front Row Motorsports has won the Truck COTA race all three years. Todd Gilliland won the race in 2021 and Zane Smith has won it the past two years.

Next: The series races April 1 at Texas Motor Speedway (4:30 p.m. ET on FS1).

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COTA winner Zane Smith’s truck catches fire after he did his burnout on the frontstretch. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

COTA Cup starting lineup


Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron, who has won two of the first five races of the season, will lead the Cup field to the green flag Sunday at Circuit of the Americas.

Byron will be joined on the front row of the starting lineup by Tyler Reddick, the only driver to win multiple races at road courses last year.

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Austin Cindric starts third and is joined in the second row by Jordan Taylor, who is filling in for the injured Chase Elliott in the No. 9 Hendrick car.

Taylor’s performance is the best qualifying effort by a driver making their Cup debut since Boris Said started second in his Cup debut at Watkins Glen in 1999.

William Byron wins Cup pole at COTA


William Byron will start on the pole for Sunday’s Cup race at Circuit of the Americas.

Byron won the pole with a lap of 93.882 mph around the 3.41-mile road course Saturday. He becomes the first Cup driver to win a pole at four different road courses: Charlotte Roval (2019), Road America (2021), Indianapolis road course (2021) and COTA (2023).

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Byron will be joined on the front row by Tyler Reddick, who had posted the fastest lap in Friday’s practice and fastest lap in the opening round of qualifying Saturday. Reddick qualified at 93.783 mph.

Austin Cindric (93.459 mph) qualified third. Former IMSA champion Jordan Taylor, substituting for an injured Chase Elliott in the No. 9 car for Hendrick Motorsports, qualified fourth with a lap of 93.174 mph. AJ Allmendinger (93.067) will start fifth.

Taylor’s performance is the best qualifying effort by a driver making their Cup debut since Boris Said started second in his Cup debut at Watkins Glen in 1999.

Ross Chastain, who won this event a year ago, qualified 12th. Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen qualified 22nd, former world champion Jenson Button qualified 24th, seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson qualified 31st and IndyCar driver Conor Daly qualified 35th.

Sunday Cup race at Circuit of the Americas: Start time, TV info, weather


Is this Toyota’s weekend?

Chevrolet won the first four races of the season. Ford won last weekend with Joey Logano at Atlanta. Is it Toyota’s turn to win its first Cup race of the season? Or does Chevrolet return to dominance?

Chevrolet drivers have won 11 of the past 12 Cup races on road courses. The exception was Christopher Bell‘s win for Toyota at the Charlotte Roval in last year’s playoffs. Chevrolets have won the two previous Cup races at COTA: Chase Elliott in 2021 and Ross Chastain in 2022.

Details for Sunday’s Cup race at Circuit of the Americas

(All times Eastern)

START: Brendan Hunt, who plays Coach Beard in “Ted Lasso” on Apple TV+, will give the command to start engines at 3:38 p.m. … The green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:49 p.m.

PRERACE: Cup garage opens at 12:30 p.m. … Drivers meeting at 2:45 p.m. … Driver introductions at 3:05 p.m. … Invocation will be given by Sage Steele, ESPN broadcaster, at 3:30 p.m. … Jaime Camil, actor from “Schmigadoon” on Apple TV+, will perform the national anthem at 3:31 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 68 laps (231.88 miles) on the 3.41-mile, 20-turn road course.

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

TV/RADIO: Fox will broadcast the race at 3:30 p.m. Pre-race coverage begins at 2 p.m. on FS1 and moves to Fox at 3 p.m. … Performance Racing Network’s radio coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. and will also stream at; SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the PRN broadcast.


FORECAST: Weather Underground – Mostly cloudy with a high of 80 degrees and a 2% chance of rain at the start of the race.

STARTING LINEUP: COTA Cup starting lineup

LAST YEAR: Ross Chastain scored his first career Cup win in a physical battle with AJ Allmendinger on the final lap. Alex Bowman finished second. Christopher Bell placed third.


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