Bell to replace Jones at Joe Gibbs Racing in NASCAR Cup Series – NASCAR

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Christopher Bell will move over to Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, replacing the departing Erik Jones at the team.

Bell, who drove for JGR in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (winning 16 races), has spent his rookie Cup Series campaign with the Gibbs-affiliated Leavine Family Racing, placing third overall in 2019.

JGR announced last week that Erik Jones, who has spent his entire Cup career with a Gibbs or Gibbs-affiliated team, will be out of a ride after 2020, which opened the door for Bell to return to the organisation.

Bell has one top-five and five top-10 finishes in 22 Cup starts this season, placing as high as fourth at Pocono.

“I’m so appreciative of the opportunity I have this year with LFR and I want to finish this season strong for Bob (Leavine) and everyone there,” said Bell.

“At the same time, I’m extremely excited

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Pitstop times compared – Formula 1, NASCAR, WEC and more – F1

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What goes on at a pitstop can make or break a race in motorsport. A delayed stop can deny a driver victory just as a good stop can seal the deal.

Exactly how a pitstop operates varies wildly from series to series. Whether the regulations allow refuelling, how many mechanics are allowed to work on the car and how many pitstops normally occur all determine the cost, or benefit, of stopping.

For fans who are very used to one series’ way of doing pitstops, other regulations may seem odd. Here’s the rundown of how many of the biggest series do it, and the affect the pitstops can have on the race itself.

NASCAR pitstops

NASCAR has some quite strict rules surrounding pitstops. As of 2018 only five mechanics are allowed to go over the wall separating the garages from the pitlane and work on the car, and the entire crew

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Two-time NASCAR Cup race winner Jones loses JGR drive for 2021 – NASCAR

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Erik Jones’ tenure with Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series will come to an end after the 2020 season.

On Thursday evening, JGR announced Jones would not return to its No. 20 Toyota in 2021.

Jones had signed a one-year extension with JGR last season and in recent weeks had said he had been working on another extension.

The 24-year-old has made 131 starts in the Cup series – all with JGR – and has a pair of victories, winning the summer race at Daytona in 2018 and earned a win in the prestigious Southern 500 at Darlington last season.

“We appreciate all Erik has done for Joe Gibbs Racing over the past several years,” JGR owner Joe Gibbs said in a statement.

“He joined us as a teenager and has accomplished so much in his time here and we remain focused on the remainder of this season

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Elliott follows in father’s footsteps to win NASCAR All-Star race at Bristol – NASCAR

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Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott fended off a late charge from reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch to win the rescheduled All-Star race at Bristol and bank $1 million.

The exhibition race is where those who scored a win in the previous year of Cup racing, are a past All-Star winner or a series champion compete in an event that is not part of the regular 36-round Cup season, but is one of the more anticipated races of the year.

Normally run on the final Sunday in May – Memorial Day – the race was not held at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the first time since 1986, moving to the 0.5-mile short track at Bristol, owing to a calendar rejig enforced by the coronavirus pandemic.

With 140 laps split 55-35-35-15 over four stages, Elliott’s #9 Chevrolet Camaro machine scooped victory in stages two and three, making an ultimately decisive pass

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NASCAR to keep race-only schedule for rest of 2020 season – NASCAR

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NASCAR has decided to keep its “show up and race” schedule for the remainder of the 2020 season in its three national series.

Ever since NASCAR resumed running races in May following a two-month hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has run its race weekends without any practices and without qualifying except for the Coca-Cola 600.

Strict coronavirus protocols have also been in place while the opening races have taken place behind closed doors, before a limited number of spectators were allowed to attend races from early June.

On Tuesday, NASCAR announced it would keep to race-only weekend schedules the rest of the year.

“Following discussions with our race teams and the broader industry, NASCAR will continue to conduct its race weekends without practice and qualifying for the remainder of the 2020 season in all three national series,” Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of competition said in a statement.

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Keselowski extends contact at Team Penske into 2021 NASCAR Cup season – NASCAR

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One-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski has renewed his contract with Team Penske into 2021, ending speculation that he would leave upon the expiry of his current deal.

The 2012 champion, whose third victory of the 2020 season last weekend at New Hampshire followed wins in the big ticket Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte and at Bristol, has raced for Penske since 2010 after a part-time schedule for Hendrick Motorsports and Phoenix Racing in 2009.

Amid speculation that the 36-year-old could return to Hendrick or join Chip Ganassi Racing, the latter having called up retired 48-year-old Matt Kenseth to fill in after Kyle Larson was fired for using a racist slur, it was revealed that Keselowski will continue his Penske allegiance into the 2021 season.

He has scored 32 of his 33 Cup Series victories and won the 2010 Xfinity Series title with the team.

Team Penske currently has

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Keselowski: Standard to reach NASCAR Cup Series “lowered significantly” – NASCAR

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With Brad Keselowski in a contract year at Team Penske he says negotiations over his future have altered as the “bar” to reach the NASCAR Cup Series has “lowered significantly”.

After earning his third victory of the 2020 season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Keselowski appears to be in great position to re-sign with his current team, should he want to.

The 2012 NASCAR Cup Series champion has already qualified for the playoffs and his team has proven to be just as strong as Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin, who have dominated the series thus far.

In recent weeks Keselowski has been “making progress” in his contract negotiations but his name has also been linked with job openings at other organisations, notably Hendrick Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing.

Asked about his “silly season” experience this year, Keselowski noted some different perspectives.

“It’s certainly been much different than years previous in

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NASCAR concludes investigation into noose found in Wallace’s garage – NASCAR

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NASCAR has concluded its investigation into the noose that was found in Bubba Wallace’s garage at Talladega Superspeedway last weekend.

The FBI launched a hate crime investigation after the noose was found in the garage of the only African-American NASCAR driver.

Wallace had been instrumental in lobbying NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag – historically the emblem of the Confederate South, who opposed the abolition of slavery during the American Civil War in the 19th Century – from its events earlier this month and ran a ‘Black Lives Matters’ livery on his #43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet at Martinsville.

However, it was confirmed on Tuesday that no crime had been committed and the noose had actually been in place since 2019.

It was part of the garage door’s pull-down rope, which had been fashioned in a way that resembled a noose.

NASCAR has now released an image of the noose,

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New content heading to NASCAR Heat 5 on 30th July – Esports

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First DLC Pack to include over 50 additional paint schemes and three new challenges.

Developer 704Games and publisher Motorsport Games have announced that the first DLC Update for NASCAR Heat 5, officially licensed by NASCAR, will be available to purchase from 30th July.

The Content Pack, which is included in the Season Pass and priced at $12.99 for all non-Season Pass players, includes 41 NASCAR Cup Series paint schemes, 10 NASCAR Xfinity Series schemes and three new in-game challenges.

The following paint schemes are included in the DLC Pack:

NASCAR Cup Series: Alex Bowman (Axalta), Alex Bowman (Cincinnati), Aric Almirola (Pure Farmland), Austin Dillon (Keep America Beautiful), Brad Keselowski (Alliance Parts), Chad Finchum (Smithbuilt), Chase Elliott (Hooters), Chase Elliott (Mountain Dew Zero), Chase Elliott (Unifirst), Chris Buescher (Sunny D), Christopher Bell (Procore), Clint Bowyer (Blue Def), Cole Custer (Haas Tooling), Corey LaJoie (Drydene), Corey LaJoie (Pala Casino), Daniel Suarez (Commscope),

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Blaney hopeful NASCAR Talladega win “opens the floodgates” – NASCAR

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Ryan Blaney is hopeful a breakthrough win at Talladega can “open the floodgates” to further triumphs as he continues to emerge as a NASCAR Cup Series title contender.

The Team Penske driver made it consecutive wins at Talladega’s superspeedway on Monday, to break his victory drought despite being one of the most consistent performers this season, tied with the most top-five finishes (seven) to rank third in the series standings.

Ryan Blaney has been every bit a contender for race wins as his Penske team-mates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski this season and after ending his winless run he’s confident more will follow.

“Nice to finally break through, get the first one of the year. Hopefully, this opens the floodgates here and we can get on a roll,” he said.

“This team has been awesome. They’ve been so much fun to work with all year.

“The whole year really, but

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