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TC Daily Pit Stop: William Byron Steals Sixth Win of 2023 in Scorcher at Texas; Lapcevich Seals Pinty's Series Title; More from Sunday at Texas
TC Daily Pit Stop: Monday, September 25th, 2023
William Byron has saved himself from the headache of the two biggest wildcards of the season, by virtue of his win in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Texas Motor Speedway, the opening race of the ‘Round of 12’.
Byron, who was able to get track position late in the going as a result of a strategy call by Rudy Fugle, picked up his series-leading sixth victory of the season, after making a move on Bubba Wallace and Chase Briscoe with six laps remaining.
“Man, that’s badass,” said Byron after the race. “I finally got a good restart at the end. Just, ohh, it was hot today, I think it’s finally hitting me. But No. 300 for Hendrick Motorsports. Kyle [Larson] really deserved this one, got to say. Those guys were really fast all day, and hate it for them at the end.”
Ross Chastain would sneak through to second-place, while Bubba Wallace would have to settle for third after leading a race-high 111 laps from the pole. Christopher Bell and Denny Hamlin completed the top-five. Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Daniel Suarez, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., and Chase Briscoe rounded out the top-10.
Kyle Larson seemed to have control of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Texas Motor Speedway, until a late-race restart where he crashed his No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet into the outside wall, while trying to battle for the elad with Bubba Wallace.
That’s certainly a new one… After the first stage of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Texas, a massive check-up caused contact between playoff drivers Martin Truex, Jr. and Brad Keselowski, causing damage to both entries.
There was even more trouble involving NASCAR Cup Series Playoff drivers in Sunday’s race at Texas, when Denny Hamlin drove into the oncoming car of Ty Gibbs, who was driving down the middle lane, causing seemingly major damage to both cars.
Kyle Busch will now be in danger of elimination from the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, after a bad start to the ‘Round of 12’ at Texas Motor Speedway, after an accident early in the event, where Busch backed the No. 8 into the fence.
The only thing that Treyten Lapcevich needed to accomplish in Sunday’s NASCAR Pinty’s Series event in order to capture the series championship, was to take the green flag in the Pinty’s Fall Brawl at Delaware Speedway.
So, that’s exactly what he did. Then, the 19-year-old driver put an exclamation point on an already historic NASCAR Pinty’s Series campaign with his seventh victory of the season.
Lapcevich, driving the No. 20 Delta Bingo Chevrolet, was a contender throughout the entirety of Sunday’s 250-lap season-finale at Delaware Speedway, where he primarily had to fight against his 22 Racing teammate Kyle Steckly.
Lapcevich would lead 150 of the final 151 laps in Sunday’s event, on his way to claiming another victory in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, the ninth of his career, and his seventh on the season, which would net him the 2023 championship.
Leading a race-high 166 laps on Sunday, the Grimsby, Ontario native made history with his 1,149 laps led this year, the most in a single season of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, beating out team owner Scott Steckly, who led 1,090 in 2015.
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