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Ben Beshore Suspended, 10 Teams Fined in Phoenix Penalty Report

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Ben Beshore, crew chief of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Kyle Busch, has been suspended from the 2022 Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum after two lug nuts were found unsecured after the NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway. In addition to the suspension, Beshore has been …

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Busch Light Clash Will Feature Heats, Last-Chance Qualifier

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NASCAR revealed the qualifying and race format for the 2022 Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Nov. 9. The 2022 edition of the Clash will feature practice, qualifying, heat races and a last-chance qualifier when the series visits the venue for the first time on Feb. 5, 2022. “There has already been …

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Was Phoenix Raceway Ryan Newman’s Final NASCAR Cup Series Race?

Ryan Newman races in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Season Finale 500 at Phoenix Raceway. (Photo: NKP)

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Almost exactly 21 years to the day, Ryan Newman made what could have been his final NASCAR Cup Series start at the same track where it all began: Phoenix Raceway. Since late July, we’ve known Brad Keselowski will take over as driver of the No. 6 Roush Fenway Ford in a minority owner partnership, leaving …

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One For the Road With Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski at Phoenix Raceway

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PHOENIX – Two parties took place Sunday night at Phoenix Raceway. There was a large one on the fronstretch which attracted most of the attention, as Kyle Larson began his reign as the NASCAR Cup Series champion. But as the crowd cheered him on, a much more intimate good time began to unfold on pit …

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Denny Hamlin Falls Short of Elusive Title In 3rd Straight Championship 4

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PHOENIX – For a few moments on Sunday (Nov. 7) at Phoenix Raceway, it looked like Denny Hamlin was finally going to do it. In his 17th full-time season, Hamlin found himself with the quickest car at multiple points in the event. And despite not leading a single lap (the only Championship 4 driver to not …

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Kyle Larson Uses Lightning-Fast Stop to Win Phoenix, NASCAR Cup Championship

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On an afternoon where it seemed like anyone’s game, it was Kyle Larson who took home the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series championship at Phoenix Raceway. After nine wins through 35 races, Larson seemed to be on the wrong end of luck as the laps waned in the title race in the desert. But a late …

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Quin Houff Crashes Out in StarCom’s Final NASCAR Race

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PHOENIX — Quin Houff knew this weekend was going to be pretty emotional. But the worst-case scenario hit hard when his No. 00 Chevrolet was brought back to the garage on the hook. Houff, in StarCom Racing’s final start, suffered a flat left-front tire entering turn 3 on lap 122 and crashed hard into the …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix

Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson pack racing in 2021 spring Phoenix NASCAR Cup race. (Photo: NKP)

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It’s time. Time for the final race of the season. Time for four NASCAR Cup Series drivers to go head-to-head at Phoenix Raceway’s second championship finale, racing 312 laps in the desert on Sunday (Nov. 7). And, of course, time to crown the 2021 Cup Series champion once the checkered flag falls near sunset in …

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Kyle Larson Wins Pole For Cup Series Finale In Phoenix

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Kyle Larson laid down a 137.847 mph lap and will lead the field to the green flag in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race at Phoenix Raceway. Fellow Championship 4 driver Chase Elliott will start alongside on the front row in his bid to win back-to-back championships. William Byron starts third, while Ryan Blaney and …

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Chase Elliott at Ease Pursuing 2nd Consecutive Championship

Chase Elliott Phoenix Championship Race

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Not often does a NASCAR driver win consecutive championships. In fact, no one has done it since Jimmie Johnson claimed his fifth title in 2010.

Chase Elliott can put his name in rarified air Sunday, Nov. 7, at Phoenix Raceway as he chases his second consecutive NASCAR Cup Series title.

In Thursday’s (Nov. 4) media day availability at the Phoenix Convention Center, the defending champion’s cool, calm, collected demeanor was on display yet again, cruising in from a morning first spent at the Arizona State Capitol.

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