NASCAR viewer’s guide: All-Star Race at Texas

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The 2022 NASCAR All-Star Race is set to hit Texas Motor Speedway this weekend.

The 1.5-mile quad-oval plays host to the exhibition event for the second season in a row, falling between the 13th and 14th points races on the Cup Series schedule.

Twenty drivers are locked into Sunday’s big show (8 p.m. ET, FS1), while four others will advance from the All-Star Open (5:30 p.m. ET, FS1).

The Camping World Truck Series and the Xfinity Series also hit the track for their points events before the Cup stars fight for a $1 million prize.

Get set for the full All-Star weekend here:

The format

The full format for this year’s All-Star Race was unveiled in late April. Take a look at how the four-stage race will be broken down:

  • Stage 1 (25 laps): Stage 1 winner will start on the pole in the final stage as long as he finishes 15th or better in Stages 2 and 3.
  • Stage 2 (25 laps): Stage 2 winner starts second in final stage as long as he finishes 15th or better in Stage 3.
  • Special Stage Break (Pit Stop Competition): Each team must pit and perform a four-tire stop. The team with the shortest time on pit road (pit in/pit out) wins the pit crew award and the driver will start fourth in the final stage as long as he finishes 15th or better in Stage 3.
  • Stage 3 (25 laps): Stage 3 winner starts third in final stage.
  • Stage 4 (50 laps): Stage 1 winner starts first, Stage 2 winner second, Stage 3 winner third and pit stop competition winner starts fourth. If a “natural” caution occurs between laps 15-25 of the final stage, standard race procedures will be in effect. If no “natural” caution occurs during that time, NASCAR will call an “All-Star” competition caution. Winner of Stage 4 earns $1 million.

Preceding the All-Star Race will be the Open, in which the 16 drivers not yet entered in the main event will compete in three stages of 20-20-10 laps. The three stage winners will advance to the All-Star Race in addition to the fan vote winner.

Setting the grid

Qualifying for both the Open and the All-Star Race will take place Saturday evening.

The 16 drivers competing in the Open will go out for single-car, single-lap qualifying to set the lineup for their 50-lap race.

The All-Star Race competitors will then qualify in two rounds. The first round will feature typical single-car qualifying in reverse order of the owners points standings. The fastest eight drivers will then advance to the second round, utilizing a three-round, head-to-head elimination bracket.

Here’s the format for round two:

  • Elimination bracket will feature two cars staged in adjacent pit stalls near the end of pit road.
  • At the sound of an alert, each pit crew will perform a four-tire stop and, at the drop of the jack, drivers will exit their pit stalls (with no speed limit) onto the track.
  • First car back to the start/finish line advances to the next round.
  • Final pairing competes for the pole.

All eyes on the stars

Kyle Larson is the man to watch Sunday night at Texas Motor Speedway.

The defending Cup champion is also the defending All-Star Race winner and has won each of his last two All-Star starts, missing the 2020 event due to his 32-race suspension. No driver has won in three consecutive All-Star appearances. Larson could become the first on Sunday and won the track’s playoff race in October.

The last two seasons’ All-Star Races have also produced that year’s eventual champion. Chase Elliott went to Victory Lane in 2020 at Bristol Motor Speedway before claiming his first Cup title in November. Hendrick Motorsports is also chasing its third straight win in the event, a feat no other team has accomplished.

Entry lists

Sixteen drivers will fight in the Open for the four remaining spots in the All-Star Race. Among them are Tyler Reddick, Daniel Suarez, Austin Dillon and Erik Jones.

NASCAR Cup Series — All-Star Open Entry List

Twenty drivers are already qualified for Sunday’s All-Star Race. The drivers eligible are winners from the 2021 and 2022 seasons as well as full-time former All-Star winners and Cup champions.

Four multi-car teams have every driver entered in the 2022 All-Star Race: Hendrick (four), Joe Gibbs Racing (four), Team Penske (three) and 23XI Racing (two). Making the All-Star Race for the first time based on a points win are Daytona 500 champion Austin Cindric, Phoenix winner Chase Briscoe, COTA winner Ross Chastain (made last year’s All-Star Race after winning a stage in the Open) and last fall’s Talladega winner Bubba Wallace.

Kevin Harvick will make his 22nd consecutive All-Star start, while Kurt Busch makes his 21st. Mark Martin holds the record with 24 straight appearances.

AJ Allmendinger will drive the No. 16 Chevrolet for Kaulig Racing. He’s locked in thanks to his win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course last summer.

NASCAR Cup Series — All-Star Race Entry List

In the Xfinity Series, 39 cars will compete for 38 spots, meaning one car will fail to qualify for Saturday’s race.

Tyler Reddick is back in the No. 48 Chevrolet for Big Machine Racing. Jeffery Earnhardt slides back to the No. 26 Toyota for Sam Hunt Racing, his fourth start of the year for that program. Driving the Nos. 44 and 45 Chevrolets for Alpha Prime Racing will be Ryan Ellis and Stefan Parsons, respectively.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Entry List — Texas Motor Speedway

The Truck Series entry list features 39 trucks competing for 36 spots, meaning three will fail to qualify.

Ross Chastain returns to the No. 41 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet. Ryan Preece will drive the No. 17 Ford for David Gilliland Racing. Garrett Smithley will pilot the No. 20 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Entry List — Texas Motor Speedway

This weekend’s schedule and forecast

(All times Eastern)

Friday, May 20

Forecast: Windy with PM thunderstorms, potentially severe, high near 95 degrees, winds south at 20-30 mph, 50% chance of rain

  • 4 – 4:30 p.m. — Truck practice (FS1)
  • 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. — Truck qualifying (single vehicle, one lap, FS1)
  • 6 – 6:30 p.m — Xfinity practice (FS1)
  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. — Xfinity qualifying (single vehicle, one lap, FS1)
  • 8:30 p.m. — Truck race (147 laps/220.5 miles; FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Saturday, May 21

ForecastPartly cloudy, chance of stray thunderstorm, high of 84 degrees, winds south to north at 15-25 mph, 23% chance of rain

  • 1:30 p.m. — Xfinity race (167 laps/250.5 miles, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
  • 7 – 7:35 p.m. — Cup practice (two groups — one for Open entries, one for All-Star, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
  • 7:35 – 7:55 p.m. — All-Star Open qualifying (single vehicle, one lap, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
  • 7:55 – 8:25 p.m. — All-Star Race qualifying, first round (single vehicle, one lap, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
  • 8:25 – 9 p.m. — All-Star Race qualifying, second round (pit battle, elimination bracket, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Sunday, May 22

ForecastPartly cloudy, high 77 degrees, winds northeast at 10-20 mph

  • 5:30 p.m. — All-Star Open (50 laps/75 miles, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
  • 8 p.m. — All-Star Race (125 laps/187.5 miles, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Darlington results: John Hunter Nemechek scores first Truck win of year

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DARLINGTON, S.C. – John Hunter Nemechek led the final 27 laps to score his first Camping World Truck Series win of the season Friday night at Darlington Raceway.

Nemechek, who led a race-high 69 of 149 laps, held off Carson Hocevar on an overtime restart. Hocevear said his truck suffered electrical issues after the restart, and could not challenge Nemechek on the final lap. Hocevear, who seeks his first career series win, finished second for the second race in a row. He did win the second stage Friday.

Grant Enfinger finished third and was followed by Ty Majeski. NASCAR on NBC analyst Parker Kligerman finished fifth after winning the opening stage. Ryan Preece placed sixth.

Matt Crafton crossed the finish line in fifth place but failed post-race inspection and was disqualified. His truck was disqualified for has been disqualified for violating Rule Book section 14.17.3.2.1.2.a Post-Qualifying and Post-Race Front Body Inspection Heights. The truck was too low in the front.

Darlington Truck results

Friday night’s race marked the first of eight consecutive weekends of racing for the Camping World Truck Series. The Trucks head to Kansas Speedway next (8 p.m. ET May 14 on FS1).

POINTS REPORT

Ben Rhodes remains the points leader after Friday night’s race at Darlington. He has 282 points. He’s followed by John Hunter Nemechek (254 points), Chandler Smith (250), Zane Smith (240) and Stewart Friesen (240).

Darlington driver points 

Retro Rundown: 2022 Darlington throwback paint schemes

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NASCAR Throwback Weekend is back at Darlington Raceway.

All three of NASCAR’s national series will feature cars with paint schemes celebrating the sport’s history. Take a look at all the different designs that will hit the track in the Cup, Xfinity and Truck series this weekend:

CUP SERIES

Trackhouse Racing Chevrolets

Ross Chastain‘s No. 1 Chevrolet throwback to Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Daniel Suarez‘s No. 99 to Dale Earnhardt, both schemes from the 1998 exhibition race in Japan

Austin Cindric, No. 2 Team Penske Ford

Throwback to Rusty Wallace’s 2005 paint scheme

Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

Throwback inspired by “Chasing a Cure” scheme Harvick ran in October 2011 and 2012

Kyle Larson, No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Tim Richmond‘s No. 0 Hendrick paint scheme

Brad Keselowski, No. 6 RFK Racing Ford

Throwback to Mark Martin’s 2004 paint scheme

Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Marty Robbins’ 1964 paint scheme

Chase Elliott, No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Jimmy Means’ 1993 paint scheme

Aric Almirola, No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

Throwback to grandfather and former dirt sprint car champion Sam Rodriguez’s paint scheme

Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Throwback to Hamlin’s 2016 Daytona 500 paint scheme

Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

Throwback to Tony Stewart’s 2001 Indianapolis 500 car, when he became the first driver to complete both races on the same day

Rick Ware Racing Fords

JJ Yeley‘s No. 15 Ford throws back to Clint Bowyer’s 2013 paint scheme while Cody Ware‘s No. 51 Ford throws back to Mike Stefanik’s 1996 Xfinity Series paint scheme

Chris Buescher, No. 17 RFK Racing Ford

Throwback to Matt Kenseth’s 2004 paint scheme

Kyle Busch, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Throwback to Ernie Irvan’s 1998 paint scheme

Christopher Bell, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Throwback to Bell’s 2017 paint scheme from his championship-winning Truck Series season

Harrison Burton, No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford

Throwback to father and NBC Sports analyst Jeff Burton’s 2000 paint scheme

Joey Logano, No. 22 Team Penske Ford

Throwback to Logano’s first quarter midget car paint scheme

Bubba Wallace, No. 23 23XI Racing Toyota

Throwback to Wallace’s 2008 late model paint scheme

William Byron, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Jeff Gordon’s 2007 paint scheme

Cole Custer, No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet

Throwback to Jason Leffler’s 2003-04 paint scheme

Petty GMS Motorsports Chevrolets

Ty Dillon‘s No. 42 Chevrolet throws back to Lee Petty’s 1959 Daytona 500 car, while Erik Jones‘ No. 43 car resembles Richard Petty’s from the same race

Kurt Busch, No. 45 23XI Racing Toyota

Throwback to Bill Elliott’s 1996 paint scheme

Alex Bowman, No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Mark Martin’s 1992 paint scheme

BJ McLeod, No. 78 Live Fast Motorsports Ford

Throwback to McLeod’s 2004 super late model paint scheme, which Josh Williams will also run in Xfinity

XFINITY SERIES

Sam Mayer, No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Rick Mast’s paint scheme

Brett Moffitt, No. 02 Our Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Mark Martin’s 1982 rookie paint scheme

Ryan Vargas, No. 6 JD Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Jeff Gordon’s 1999 Xfinity Series paint scheme

Joe Graf Jr., No. 07 SS Green Light Racing Ford

Throwback to Buckshot Jones’ 2001 paint scheme

Justin Allgaier, No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Dale Earnhardt’s 1984 paint scheme

David Starr, No. 08 SS Green Light Racing Ford

Throwback to Bobby Dotter’s 1995 paint scheme

Josh Berry, No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 2002 Xfinity Series Richmond paint scheme

Brandon Jones, No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Throwback to Paul Menard‘s 2011 Brickyard 400 win

Jeb Burton, No. 27 Our Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to father Ward Burton’s 1992 Xfinity Series Rockingham paint scheme

Myatt Snider, No. 31 Jordan Anderson Racing Chevrolet

Throwback to Ken Schrader‘s 1987 paint scheme

Josh Bilicki, No. 44 Alpha Prime Racing Chevrolet

Throwback to Bill Elliott’s 2006 paint scheme

Tyler Reddick, No. 48 Big Machine Racing Chevrolet

Throwback to Bobby Allison’s 1972 Southern 500 paint scheme

Jeremy Clements, No. 51 Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet

Throwback to Dale Earnhardt’s 1982 paint scheme

Ty Gibbs, No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Throwback to Bobby Labonte’s 2002 paint scheme

JJ Yeley, No. 66 MBM Motorsports Toyota

Throwback to Bobby Hamilton’s 1993 paint scheme

Brandon Brown, No. 68 Brandonbilt Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Brown’s first late model win

Mason Massey, No. 91 DGM Racing Chevrolet

Throwback to uncle Marty Massey’s 2003 dirt late model paint scheme

Stefan Parsons, No. 99 BJ McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to father Phil Parsons’ 1988 paint scheme

CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES

Hailie Deegan, No. 1 David Gilliland Racing Ford

Throwback to Bobby Allison’s 1975 paint scheme

Blaine Perkins, No. 9 CR7 Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to crew chief Doug George’s 1996 paint scheme

Spencer Boyd, No. 12 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Michael Waltrip’s 1986 paint scheme

Tyler Ankrum, No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota

Throwback to Mike Skinner’s 2005 paint scheme

Ryan Preece, No. 17 David Gilliland Racing Ford

Throwback to Reggie Ruggiero’s modified paint scheme

Chandler Smith, No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota

Throwback to 2012 and prior when Safelite’s MobileGlassShop vehicles were predominately white with red and black stripes on the side, per a KBM team release

Derek Kraus, No. 19 McAnally Hilgemann Racing Chevrolet

Throwback to owner Bill McAnally’s first NAPA paint scheme

Danny Bohn, No. 20 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Darrell Waltrip’s 1981-82 paint scheme

Matt DiBenedetto, No. 25 Rackley W.A.R. Chevrolet

Throwback to Sterling Marlin’s “Silver Bullet” paint scheme

Dean Thompson, No. 40 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to sprint car racer Dean Thompson’s paint scheme

Carson Hocevar, No. 42 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Travis Pastrana’s 2012 Xfinity Series paint scheme

Akinori Ogata, No. 43 Reaume Brothers Racing Toyota

Throwback to Mike Skinner’s 2008 paint scheme

Kris Wright, No. 44 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Ron Hornaday’s 2008-09 paint scheme

Lawless Alan, No. 45 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Jeff Gordon’s 2007 Coca-Cola 600 paint scheme

Stewart Friesen, No. 52 Halmar Friesen Racing Toyota

Throwback to dirt modified racer Jack Johnson’s paint scheme

Chase Purdy, No. 61 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota

Throwback to Darrell Waltrip’s final Truck start in 2005

Colby Howard, No. 91 McAnally Hilgemann Racing Chevrolet

Throwback to the 1970s

NASCAR viewer’s guide: Darlington Raceway

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NASCAR goes back in time this weekend at Darlington Raceway with the sport’s annual throwback weekend.

Paint schemes similar to those that raced years ago will be plentiful in the Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series this weekend. The Truck race is Friday (7:30 p.m. ET on FS1), the Xfinity race is Saturday (1:30 p.m. ET on FS1) and the Cup race is Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET on FS1).

Here is a look at the viewer’s guide for this weekend at Darlington:

Who is next?

There have been nine different winners in the first 11 Cup races. Among those who have yet to win this season are former champions Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Kurt Busch.

Drivers who won last year but remain winless this year are Ryan Blaney, Christopher Bell, Aric Almirola, Michael McDowell, Bubba Wallace, AJ Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Logano and Keselowski.

Age before youth

In a season where Cup drivers under 30 have dominated, it is the veterans who could be the ones to watch at Darlington.

The win by the 26-year-old Chase Elliott at Dover on Monday marked the ninth time in 11 races a driver under 30 has won. The exceptions were Kyle Busch, who turned 37 this week, winning last month on the dirt at Bristol and 41-year-old Denny Hamlin winning at Richmond.

The last five Darlington races have all been won by a driver older than 35 years old. Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick have won twice each. Martin Truex Jr. won the other race in that stretch. The last driver under 30 to win at Darlington was Erik Jones, who won the 2019 Southern 500 at the age of 23.

For Hamlin to win again at Darlington, he’ll have to do so without crew chief Chris Gabehart and two pit crew members. They were suspended four races each after a wheel came off Hamlin’s car at Dover.

Can hot streak continue?

Kyle Busch goes to Darlington have scored a top-10 finish in each of his last five races. Points leader Chase Elliott has scored a top 10 in each of his last four starts.

Busch is just as good at Darlington. He has six top 10s in his last eight Darlington starts.

Entry lists

Thirty-six cars are on this week’s Cup entry list, meaning none will miss Sunday’s race.

NASCAR Cup Series Entry List — Darlington Raceway

In the Xfinity Series, 40 cars are on the entry list. Two cars will fail to qualify.

Cup points leader Chase Elliott, coming off his Cup win at at Dover on Monday, will drive the No. 88 for JR Motorsports. It will be his third series start since 2019. Tyler Reddick will drive the No. 48 for Big Machine Racing. John Hunter Nemechek is back in the No. 26 for Sam Hunt Racing.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Entry List — Darlington Raceway

In the Camping World Truck Series, 36 trucks are on the entry list.

Ross Chastain is in the No. 41 for Niece Motorsports. Former series champion Todd Bodine will drive the No. 62 for Halmar Friesen Racing. Ryan Preece will drive the No. 17 for Team DGR

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Entry List — Darlington Raceway

This weekend’s schedule and forecast

(All times Eastern)

Friday, May 6

Forecast: Cloudy, high around 90 degrees with scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day

  • 3 – 3:30 p.m. — Camping World Truck Series practice (FS1)
  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. — Camping World Truck Series qualifying (single vehicle, one lap, FS1)
  • 5 – 5:30 p.m. — Xfinity practice (FS1)
  • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. — Xfinity qualifying (single vehicle, one lap, FS1)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Truck race (147 laps/200.1 miles, Motor Racing Network, FS1)

Saturday, May 7

Forecast: Partly cloudy, high of 84 degrees with a stray shower or thunderstorm possible

  • 10:30 – 11:05 a.m. — Cup practice (FS1)
  • 11:05 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Cup qualifying (Group A & B, single vehicle, one laps, two rounds, MRN, FS1)
  • 1:30 p.m. — Xfinity race (147 laps/200.1 miles; FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Sunday, May 8

ForecastPartly cloudy, high near 75 degrees with a slight chance of rain

  • 3:30 p.m. — Cup race (293 laps/400.2 miles; FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. snags much-needed runner-up finish at Dover

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DOVER, Del. — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was in desperate need of the runner-up finish he scored Monday at Dover Motor Speedway.

In the opening 10 races, the No. 47 Chevrolet had just two finishes higher than 27th — 10th at Auto Club Speedway and 21st at Las Vegas.

That miserable stretch was alleviated with a second-place finish at Dover, his best finish since finishing sixth at Nashville in June 2021.

“We needed it bad,” Stenhouse said. “We’ve had race cars and better race cars than I feel like what we’ve shown. Feels like all of our fast races we’ve had issues. Getting crashed at the superspeedways, we’ve had some engine issues, but all in all, man, it was a solid day to put all this together.”

Stenhouse had the seventh-best average running position (8.87) in a race that was postponed to Monday when rain washed out Sunday’s event after 78 laps were completed. Stenhouse entered Dover ranked 24th in average running position at 20.72.

“Our season, I feel like, feels worse than what it is just because our short-track program — we’ve had three short tracks and we’ve been really bad at those,” said Stenhouse, who finished 28th at Richmond, 27th at Martinsville and 29th on Bristol Dirt. “We’re trying to come up with a new philosophy there, but we were excited to come to Dover. It’s always been a decent track for us, and everything kind of played out right there where we got cautions at the right time and kept our track position, had good pit stops. So all that was kind of going into our favor.

“I was hoping we were going to get into a little bit more lapped traffic and stay green from when we went back to green after that stage. But all in all, it was a fun day for us.”

Stenhouse has shown speed at times this season, particularly at in superspeedway racing. He was running third in the Daytona 500 before contact from Brad Keselowski sent him into the wall and was leading at Atlanta when a right-rear tire failed, causing him to crash and ending his race early.

Mechanical failures have bitten the team too, including an engine failure in practice at Phoenix, a drivetrain failure at Circuit of the Americas. Those frustrations, he said, made for a mentally challenging start to the year.

“I mean you can only hang your hat on so much as far as, ‘hey we got fast race cars and got nothing to show for it,'” Stenhouse said. “You can only do that so many times. We’ve been working really hard and taking the information we can get and try and put together good races.”

Finally, Stenhouse was able to earn a result worthy of actually celebrating. The team entered with hopes of a top-15 finish, mindful to not make any greedy wishes.

“Car was a lot of fun to drive,” Stenhouse said. “It was tough. The cars are tough to drive and tough in traffic, but we were able to move around a lot more than I thought we would be coming into this race this weekend. I had a lot of fun.

“Hopefully this is the start of putting everything together. We’ve got a little bit new philosophy coming into this weekend and hopefully that’ll pay dividends as we go forward and the shop guys definitely needed this.”

Still, there was a tinge of disappointment from Stenhouse, who is in the midst of his 10th full-time Cup season. Without a win, he sits 27th in points and remains well outside of any realistic chance to make the playoffs via points.

“No doubt you’ve got to win, and that’s why you’re a little frustrated, finishing second knowing that one spot could really flip your season completely upside down in a good way,” Stenhouse said. “We’ll still battle for that. (Crew chief) Brian Pattie is calling races to make sure we try and get that win that we need.”

Stenhouse’s plans for 2023 remain undetermined. JTG Daugherty Racing condensed to one car at the conclusion of the 2021 season, closing the doors on the unchartered No. 37 team it previously fielded with driver Ryan Preece.

“We’re working on it with (team co-owner) Tad (Geschickter),” Stenhouse said of his future plans. “Tad’s always working hard on the sponsorship side of things and once he gets all that secured, then we’ll move forward with my deal. But I’m having, really, a lot of fun here and everybody’s working hard. You can look at the start of the season and be bummed, but I feel like we’ve got a lot of good things going and hopefully this is the start of it.”