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TC Daily Pit Stop: Gibbs Dominates For Xfinity Win; Suarez on Cup Series Pole; Harvick Reveals Injury; Sunday's TV Schedule
TC Daily Pit Stop: Sunday, August 13th, 2023
It looked like we were in for a duel between AJ Allmendinger and Ty Gibbs for the win in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Pennzoil 150 at The Brickyard, but in the end, it was all Gibbs.
The 20-year-old Gibbs, who will attempt to win Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race, was excited to take his first win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“Definitely about time,” Gibbs said after climbing from his car. “Really cool to get one here at the Brickyard, I grew up racing go-karts at Newcastle right down the street, so really special to me.”
The driver of the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing entry dusted the competition and won the race by nearly eight seconds over Sam Mayer. Allmendinger, who started from the pole, ended up finishing third.
Time is running out on working his way into the Playoffs field, but Daniel Suarez made an emphatic statement toward his Playoff hopes in Saturday’s qualifying session for the NASCAR Cup Series Verizon 200 at The Brickyard.
Suarez scored his third career pole, and his first NASCAR Cup Series pole since the 2019 season, and he’ll lead the field to green on Sunday.
Tyler Reddick snagged the outside pole position and will start from second, while Chase Elliott, Michael McDowell, and Kyle Busch make up the remainder of the top five starters.
In opening inspection on Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, William Byron’s No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 found troubles. The car failed inspection three times.
As a result of the inspection issues, Byron was not permitted to turn a qualifying lap, and will start 39th on Sunday. He also lost his car chief for the duration of the weekend, and he’ll have to serve a pass-through penalty at the start of the race.
Fortunately for Byron, it’ll be nearly impossible to lose a lap due to the penalty with laps taking just under a minute and a half to complete.
Kevin Harvick’s final NASCAR Cup Series season hasn’t quite gone the way he drew it up. He is winless after 23 races, and he’s had to overcome a lot of adversity. Harvick even revealed on Saturday that he sustained a rib injury in a fall down stairs in Italy during the NASCAR off-week in June.
But despite all of the bad luck, Harvick and the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team have had incredible consistency all season long and find themselves in a position to clinch a Playoff Berth Sunday at Indianapolis.
In a return to the venue where Layne Riggs made his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut, the 21-year-old racer scored his first career top-five finish in Friday night’s race at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.
Friday’s effort came in a drive with Spire Motorsports in the No. 7 entry. Riggs, a blossoming racer, has had similar results to those that put him on the map a season ago, but he’s achieved them this year in a rotation of opportunities with three different teams.
It’s clear Riggs is talented, it’s all about finding enough sponsorship to keep going at this point.
Let’s go NASCAR Cup Series racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course! Here is the TV Schedule for Sunday, August 13th:
12:00 PM ET: NASCAR RaceDay (FS1 / FOX Sports App)
2:00 PM ET: NASCAR Cup Pre-Race (NBC / NBC Sports App)
2:30 PM ET: NASCAR Cup Verizon 200 at The Brickyard (NBC / NBC Sports App)
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