Ross Chastain’s ‘Ryan Preece’ Opportunity Has Finally Come

By Toby Christie, Editor – Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

Rides in top-flight equipment in the NASCAR Xfinity Series do not come easy. It typically takes a driver – regardless of their talent – bringing a pile of their own cash if they want to show what they can do in a premier vehicle in the series where names are made.

Ryan Preece is the latest example of what can happen when a talented racer hits the racing lottery. A season ago, Preece – who was an amazing NASCAR Whelen Modified Series driver but was failing to garner attention from top teams in the Xfinity Series — opted to forgo a full-time season with an underfunded race team, and instead lumped his season-long sponsorship funds together for a couple of one-off opportunities with Joe Gibbs Racing. Continue reading “Ross Chastain’s ‘Ryan Preece’ Opportunity Has Finally Come”

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Youngster Noah Gragson Proves Doubters Wrong in Three-Race Xfinity Stint

By Toby Christie, Editor — Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

I’m not exactly sure of the reason but the very outgoing Noah Gragson has become one of the most polarizing young up-and-coming talents that the sport of NASCAR has seen in quite some time.

Some folks love the kid from Las Vegas, others not so much.

However, nobody can argue about the fact that the 19-year-old is talented as hell behind the wheel of a race car. Continue reading “Youngster Noah Gragson Proves Doubters Wrong in Three-Race Xfinity Stint”

There Are 1-Million Reasons to Root For Daniel Suarez This Weekend

By Toby Christie, Editor — Follow On Twitter @Toby_Christie

FORT WORTH, Texas — Regardless who your favorite driver is, everyone will have a reason — or a million of them actually — to pull for Joe Gibbs Racing’s driver of the No. 19 Toyota Camry, Daniel Suarez.

Suarez, will be running this weekend’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, and ACE Hardware has already donated $100,000 to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. If Suarez goes on to win Sunday’s race though, Stanley Tools will donate an extra $1-million to the cause. Suarez spoke to The Final Lap about the excitement around the program, which is now in it’s 12th season, this weekend.
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Opinion: Can We Just Start Stripping Encumbered Race Wins?

By: Toby Christie – @Toby_Christie

In the interest of being honest, I have to admit that when NASCAR announced during the offseason that if a race winning car failed post-race inspection at a high enough level that they would tag the victory as an “encumbered” win, I was a fan of the move. An encumbered win would result in point penalties, but more importantly the win would not count toward the driver’s total of ever important playoff points.

It felt like finally something was going to be happening to teams that decided to bring a tricked up car to the track to tack on more wins.

However, after seeing the process unfold a couple of times so far in 2017, I can’t help but feel like like I was naive for my initial thoughts on the new rule. In fact now I feel the rule is a load of crock.
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The Final Lap Weekly NASCAR Racing Radio Podcast #445 Edwards out, Suarez In at JGR

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Testing - HomesteadSHOW #445 – We hear from the principal players of Carl Edwards decision to step aside from full time NASCAR racing. Kerry and Toby offer their thoughts and opinions, plus other news of the week. Hosted by Kerry Murphey and Toby Christie
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