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NASCAR SERIES HISTORY

2020 NASCAR Current State

NASCAR MEMORIES
Joey Logano proves strongest among the field while easily capturing the trophy at Phoenix, however, the news turns bleak the following week as the global COVID-19 scare prompts NASCAR to postpone all succeeding events on a provisional basis. NASCAR during the offseason permits its constructors to utilize in-race telemetry for the first time in series history.


FebruaryDaytona Clash2020 Daytona ClashAt Daytona for the Busch Clash (75 laps, 187 miles), the race comes to a Gibbs Toyota under Erik Jones in 1:37:51 (average 134.9 mph), .697 seconds ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Austin Dillon. A relatively mundane race turns chaotic with less than ten laps remaining after a block by race leader Joey Logano of Penske on Kyle Busch of Gibbs brings the grid to a grinding halt. An ensuing crash on the restart triggered by Kevin Harvick brings on a set of G-W-C sessions that subsequently eliminates Chase Elliott of Hendrick. During the third G-W-c session, Kyle Larsen of Ganassi seemingly holds matters in hand with his brash pass of race leader Jones on the approach to the white, yet Hamlin, down a lap, tucks in behind Jones on the final circuit backstretch and shoves his teammate past the remaining four cars all the way around for a stunning cross in the season opener. Photo Credit: FOX Sports.
FebruaryDaytona2020 DaytonaAt Daytona for the 500 in February, a Gibbs Toyota TRD takes race honors under Denny Hamlin (US) in 3:42:10 (average 141.11 mph), under a second (.014) ahead of a Ford driven by Ryan Blaney. After heavy rains force NASCAR to run the classic event on Monday afternoon, the race holds to standard form until only seventeen laps remain and Joey Logano (Penske Ford) shoves Aric Almirola (SHR Ford) in the rear, triggering a multi-car crash that eliminates many contenders from the race. Ryan Newman (Roush Ford) wins the restart and faces a strong challenge from Hamlin until Ross Chastain (Spire Chevrolet) triggers another multi-car shunt with only two laps remaining, nudging the race into a G-W-C condition. Newman and Hamlin battle through the first G-W-C, yet in the succeeding G-W-C session, Hamlin manages to briefly gap the chasing field before Newman and Brady hook up nose-to-tail on the backstretch and run down Hamlin on the final circuit to the flag. Ever game Hamlin tucks in behind and pushes Blaney through Turn 3 to close in on Newman, and as the triad enter the tri-oval for the last time, race leader Newman and Blaney veer low on the banking while Hamlin remains high up against the wall. Blaney tucks in to push Newman over the line, yet the contact turns Newman into the outer wall. The contact slows Blaney just enough to allow Hamlin to narrowly nose out the former at the wire by a fraction of a second, earning Hamlin his second consecutive and third overall victory at the Beach in February. Matters get only worse for Newman, who soars into the air after hitting the outer wall just before struck from behind at high speed by Corey LaJoie (St. Hilaire Ford). Newman flips in the air, crashes hard upside down on his roof, and hearts around the racing world stutter as a shroud of flames engulfs the driver cab. Track officials must cut Newman free from his entry before rushing the stunned driver to a Daytona Beach hospital, and all exhale a sigh of relief after learning of his release from the facility two days later. Photo Credit: Attribution Ascertained.
FebruaryLas Vegas2020 Las VegasA thrilling late race battle between teammates Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney of Penske Ford literally goes up in smoke after a shunt with six laps remaining. Blaney unwisely gives up track position to take on fresh rubber and stablemate Logano pulls away at the point on the final restart with two laps remaining. Another crash on the circuit occurs as Logano takes the white flag, gifting him a good fortune cross at Vegas. Photo Credit:
MarchFontana2020 FontanaAlex Bowman of Hendrick outpaces Kyle Busch and the remaining field over the final 34 laps to win on the Penske-designed Southern California oval for his second career Cup victory. Photo Credit:
MarchPhoenix2020 PhoenixJoey Logano of Team Penske easily survives two restarts within the final ten laps and a G-W-C session to snare his second Cup season victory at the 'tweener' track at Phoenix. Photo Credit: