Weekend Stat Sheet from NASCAR at Richmond, Icebreaker and More

Some nuggets from the first weekend of racing in April.


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- For the seventh race in a row two things happened in the NASCAR Cup Series. A different driver went to victory lane, and Ryan Blaney led the race to push his season lap leading total to 334. Blaney led a race-high 128 laps at Richmond, but Denny Hamlin snuck in and led the last five laps to steal the win. Hamlin needed the playoff lock as he had not finished in the top 10 yet this season. Blaney is now tied for the points lead with Chase Elliott.

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- Ty Gibbs picked up his third win in seven NASCAR Xfinity Series races this season. Gibbs already has seven wins in his 25 NASCAR Xfinity career starts. Gibbs' seven wins have come at seven different tracks.

READ MORE: Rubbin' is Racing, Mostly, for Ty Gibbs after Richmond Win

- D.J. Shaw cashed in at Thompson with a big win to open the Pro All Stars Series North season. Shaw also won the opening-day PASS North points race in 2019. There have been 16 different winners on opening day in PASS events.

- With the win at Richmond Raceway (VA), Justin Bonsignore recovers from a dead-last finish in race one to move to ninth in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points. Now, Bonsignore has 14 races to make up the 20 points he trails.

READ MORE: Justin Bonsignore Rebounds with Richmond NWMT Victory

- Cole Williams led all 118 laps to win the season opener at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (TN). Williams is a former track champion and starts the year out on top.

READ MORE: Cole Williams Goes Flag-to-Flag in Nashville Season Opener

- Preston Peltier keeps adding big name races to his trophy case with the Apple Cup 125 win being the latest. Peltier has won everything from the Easter Bunny 150, to the World Crown 300 to the Colorado Cup Challenge event.

READ MORE: Preston Peltier Adds Apple Cup 125 to Resume

- Chris Madden left Bristol Motor Speedway (TN) with $230,000 after a win he posted a win and a second to claim the big money as the XR Super Series Late Model top point man. Dale McDowell won the 50-lap race on Saturday and took home his own $50,000 check.

- Layne Riggs is now three-for-three this season at South Boston Speedway (VA) in Late Model Stock Car action. Riggs might keep the streak going because he could likely attend the next five races at South Boston. Riggs had three wins during the week after he scored a victory at Ace Speedway (NC) on Friday night.

READ MORE: Layne Riggs Stays Perfect at South Boston

- Let’s hear about the 2’s at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC). On night number two in the 2022 season on April 2nd there were two Late Model Stock Car events. The night produced two different winners who each won in the featured division for the second time in their careers. William Sawalich and Annabeth Barnes Crum were those two winners.

- Gary Ledbetter, Jr. made some noise with two wins at two different tracks on the same night. Ledbetter, a Street Stock ace, won at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) and then towed up to Tri-County Speedway (NC) and won a second race. At least in the record books, it will show he was in two places at the same time.

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