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Curb Your Racing Line: Last-Second Changes Made to the Esses at COTA

COTA

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

AUSTIN, Texas – Circuit of the Americas returns to the NASCAR Cup Series for 2022 with one significant change to the track surface: the curbing in the “esses” portion of the road course is now removed. The removal of the curbs at COTA was a sudden change that happened without notice, leaving many drivers with …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Pit Boss 250 Win at COTA Adds to AJ Allmendinger’s Road-Racing Legacy

Allmendinger

Photo: Logan Riely/Getty Images via NASCAR Media

AUSTIN, Texas — What began as an AJ Allmendinger versus Ross Chastain duel turned into an Allmendinger clinic on the final green-flag run in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Circuit of the Americas. Allmendinger led 27 of the 46 laps and took the checkered flag more than three seconds ahead of second-place finisher Austin …

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Drivers React to Turn 11 Scramble That Left Zane Smith Victorious in XPEL 225 Truck Race at COTA

Truck Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

AUSTIN, TX — Despite an abundance of cautions, it was a relatively tame battle for the lead in the first 44 laps of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Circuit of the Americas. Zane Smith won both stages by staying on the track while other cars pitted, but Kyle Busch was the dominant car …

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Ty Gibbs on Pole for Pit Boss 250 Xfinity Series Race at Circuit of the Americas

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Ty Gibbs took to the track last of the final 10 qualifiers and blew the field away with a speed of 91.258 mph in final-round qualifying. That speed was good enough for his second career pole in the Xfinity Series, and he will lead the field to the green flag on Saturday …

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Sheldon Creed Wins 1st Truck Series Pole at Circuit of the Americas

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

AUSTIN, TEXAS — In 75 previous starts in the Camping World Truck Series, Sheldon Creed won eight races and the 2020 series championship. Despite all of these accomplishments, however, he had never won a pole. That changed Friday afternoon (March 25), as Creed recorded a lap of 90.985 mph around Circuit of the Americas and …

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Sammy Smith on Pole for Phoenix ARCA Race

2021 ARCA East Southern National Sammy Smith Victory Lane (Credit: Veasey Conway/ARCA Racing used with permission)

Photo: Veasey Conway/ARCA Racing used with permission

In his first start of the 2022 season and his fourth overall, Sammy Smith won his first career ARCA Menards Series pole for tonight’s (March 11) race at Phoenix Raceway. Smith recorded a pole-winning speed of 133.769 mph around the 1-mile circuit, more than a tenth of a second quicker than second place. Smith, who …

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