NASCAR May Have Just Unofficially Eliminated Cup Drivers in Lower Series

By Toby Christie, Editor — Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

On Thursday, NASCAR released new rules for the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoor Truck Series seasons. While there were a ton of new rules announced — I will get to some of those in a few — nothing is bigger than the incentive NASCAR just gave car owners to keep Cup Series drivers out of their Xfinity and Truck Series rides.

Starting in 2019, wins by Cup Series drivers in either of the other two NASCAR National Series will not count toward playoff points, or berths for the teams in which they compete.

In essence this means if any owner wants to be able to run for the owner’s championship they must stick with series regular drivers. Cup drivers had already been eliminated from driving for lower tier series championships while running for the Cup Series title in recent years. Then NASCAR took their rules to the next step by limiting the races in which Cup Series drivers could participate in the NXS and NGOTS.
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Bill Elliott Sporting Rookie Stripes at Road America

By Toby Christie, Editor — Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

Since news broke that Bill Elliott would be coming out of retirement to run the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Road America, Kerry Murphey has joked on basically every episode of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast that in doing so Elliott would be losing his place in the NASCAR Hall of Fame for at least a couple of years.

Of course, Elliott’s enshrinement is staying put, but the 1988 NASCAR Cup Series champion and winner of 44 Cup Series races has an interesting rear bumper this weekend on his No. 23 Chevrolet Camaro.

The team was instructed to place yellow rookie tape on the bumper before Elliott could run any laps in practice around the massive 4-plus mile race course. Elliott also partook in the rookie driving meeting with Tyler Reddick and the other NXS 2018 rookie class.
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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”

Why is Justin Allgaier Stuck in the Xfinity Series?

By Toby Christie, Editor — Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

While most of the buzz in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season has been about how Joe Gibbs Racing’s young phenom Christopher Bell looks like he’s ready to move to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Justin Allgaier has continued to chalk up results like he has throughout his eight full-time seasons in the NXS ranks.

And this has me wondering: Why aren’t more people talking about Allgaier? Continue reading “Why is Justin Allgaier Stuck in the Xfinity Series?”

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”