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TC Daily Pit Stop: Larson Scores Xfinity Victory; Highlights from Saturday at Darlington; Exciting ARCA East and Pinty's Finishes
TC Daily Pit Stop: Sunday, May 14th, 2023
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The NASCAR Xfinity Series at Darlington Raceway never fails to provide excitement.
Kyle Larson, in a one-off attempt for Kaulig Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, scored the victory in Saturday’s Shriners Children’s 200 at Darlington, after an incredible battle over the closing laps with series regular John Hunter Nemechek.
Though, in order for Larson to get back into position with his HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro, he would have to overcome a speeding penalty, which he sustained on a caution with several laps to go.
As the NASCAR Cup Series begins to approach the summer stretch of racing, Toyota has brought some major speed to the track, as was evident in Saturday’s qualifying session from Darlington Raceway, where the manufacturer swept the front row.
Martin Truex, Jr., who snapped a 50-plus race winless streak at Dover, will start from the pole in Sunday’s Goodyear 400, after posting the quickest lap in the final round of qualifying, at 29.028 seconds (169.409mph).
The major lap by Truex, is made more impressive by the fact that he ran the first round of qualifying in Group B, meaning his tires were significantly warmer than that of Bubba Wallace, who put his 23XI Racing Toyota in second.
Wallace, who will start alongside Truex on Sunday, was the only driver to run a quicker lap in the second round of qualifying than he ran in the opening round.
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., who scored the victory in the season-opening Daytona 500 for JTG Daugherty Racing, will start from third place on Sunday, while William Byron and Ross Chastain will complete the top five.
Treyten Lapcevich absolutely dominated Saturday’s NTN Ultimate Bearing Experience 250 at Sunset Speedway, leading 247 of the race’s 250 laps. However, the 18-year-old driver nearly didn’t get to celebrate in victory lane.
Driving the No. 20 FBM / Delta Bingo Chevrolet Camaro, Lapcevich started Saturday’s 250-lap contest from the pole position, and based on his speed in practice, was considered to be the driver to beat.
The Grimsby, Ontario native delivered pretty handily on those assumptions, looking essentially untouchable until the event reached its final 50 laps when Marc-Antoine Camirand and Alex Guenette were able to stay within striking distance.
Guenette would still come home in the runner-up position, while Kevin Lacroix was able to sneak through the chaos on the restart to finish in third. Marc-Antoine Camirand and Donald Theetge completed the top five.
After a late-race caution and a single-lap overtime dash to the finish, Luke Fenhaus was able to secure the upset in Nashville, scoring his first ARCA Menards Series East victory in the Music City 200 at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.
Fenhaus, making his third career start in the East Series, was consistent throughout the entirety of the 200-lap contest and was able to save his equipment in the final stint of the race.
However, when Rita Goulet, driving the No. 31 for Rise Motorsports, spun around on the final lap of the race, the caution was displayed, setting the field up for a one-lap overtime dash at the 0.596-mile facility.
The Pinnacle Racing Group driver was able to get a fantastic restart, holding William Sawalich down on the bottom lane, and clearing him off the second corner, beating the race’s dominator back to the start-finish line for the win.
1:30 PM ET - RaceDay (pre-race): Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway - FS1
3:00 PM ET - Race: Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway - FS1
6:30 PM ET - Post Race: Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway - FS1
7:00 PM ET - 75, The Greatest Countdown - FS1
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