Thursday, July 30, 2020

PREVIEW: Just days after the passing of Bob Bahre, Cup Series takes center stage at Loudon

Michael McDowell with new sponsorship from Chicago Pneumatic Compressors
IMAGE: @Team_FRM, scheme by @ksykes_designs
Sunday, August 2, 2020
CUP Race 20 of 36
Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire
2019 Last-Place Finisher: Daniel Hemric

There are 38 drivers entered for 40 spots, meaning all will qualify for Sunday’s lone event of the weekend. This marks the eighth short field in 20 races this season and the first since Kentucky, three races ago.

MISSING: #7-Tommy Baldwin Racing
Reed Sorenson is not entered this week following a 31st-place finish at Kansas following late-race electrical issues on the Tommy Baldwin’s Wilkerson Crane & Rental Chevrolet.

LASTCAR STORYLINE: #37-JTG-Daugherty Racing
LASTCAR STORYLINE: #47-JTG-Daugherty Racing
While Ryan Preece’s record-tying streak of three consecutive last-place finishes ended last Thursday in Kansas, teammate Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.’s issues put the #47 in last instead. This means JTG-Daugherty Racing is now in position to break PRISM Motorsports’ Cup Series record of four consecutive last-place finishes in 2010.

DRIVER CHANGE: #53-Rick Ware Racing
James Davison returns to the Cup Series for the first time since his debut in both rounds of the Pocono double-header. This time, he drives Rick Ware’s #53, taking the place of Josh Bilicki, who isn’t entered after a 25th-place finish in Kansas. Bilicki’s run matched his career-best at Indianapolis earlier that month.

MISSING: #78-B.J. McLeod Motorsports
Also not running this week is B.J. McLeod, who had serious handling issues during the opening stages of the Kansas race and ultimately finished 39th in the field of 40 with rear gear trouble.

Friday, August 7, 2020
TRUCKS Race 11 of 23
Michigan 200 at Michigan
2019 Last-Place Finisher: Norm Benning

Saturday, August 8, 2020
XFINITY Race 18 of 33
Henry 180 at Road America
2019 Last-Place Finisher: J.J. Yeley

Both the XFINITY Series and the Truck Series take the week off and will return for another packed weekend in both Road America and Michigan. The Cup Series will also run double-duty that weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

TODAY IN LASTCAR HISTORY (July 30, 1963): On this day at the Greenville-Pickens Speedway, the late J.D. McDuffie scored the first last-place finish of his Cup Series career. Driving the #76 in place of his familiar #70 on his 1961 Ford, McDuffie started last in the 21-car field and crashed after he completed just one lap of the Pickens 200.

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