NASCAR Cup Series
Quirky All Star Race Leaves Ryan Blaney Rich, Denny Hamlin Peeved
May 22, 2022
The NASCAR stars were in the Lone Star State, with the annual All-Star Weekend taking place at Texas Motor Speedway. Here are some notable stats and notes from that and other racing this weekend.
- Ryan Blaney scored the fourth NASCAR All-Star Race win for Team Penske at Texas Motor Speedway. Blaney becomes the 26th different driver to win the All-Star Race.
- On Saturday night, Kyle Busch won the pole competition to earn the top starting spot for the NASCAR All-Star race for the fourth time in his career. Bill Elliott is the only driver with more All-Star poles. He had five of those.
- AJ Allmendinger locks in another top 10 finish, giving him 12 to start the season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He has a ways to go to gather the record, as Sam Ard had 23 in row to start the 1984 season.
- Stewart Friesen became the seventh different driver to win this season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He was also the sixth driver to win from inside the top four starting spots. Friesen also has the best average finish of drivers who are running for points with a 9.4 average finish.
- Scoring his first win since 2017, Alan Tardiff made it four different winners in four races this season at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME). Tardiff is a four-time Super Late Model weekly winner and has led a bunch of laps in the annual Oxford 250.
- For the 12th time in his career, Chris Fleming won at Bowman Gray Stadium (NC) in the Modified ranks. The point leader coming into the race was 11th in the second race, when Zach Brewer added his name to the Modified history books with his first win at Bowman Gray.
- Katie Hettinger went to victory lane not once, but twice at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) over the weekend to being her season-leading Late Model Stock win total to three. Hettinger is the fourth different driver to sweep the twin 40s in a weekend this year.
- A pair of drivers left Franklin County Speedway (VA) with CARS Tour victories. The first was Carson Kvapil in the Late Model Stock race for his second win of the year and his fifth-straight top four finishes. Ryan Moore won his first Pro Late Model race in the series in his second start. That marks the fourth different winner in four races.
- Picking up wins number six and seven this season at South Boston Speedway (VA) was the goal for Layne Riggs. This season, Riggs has been lights out chasing the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts National Championship. He accomplished his third sweep of the season at South Boston.
- For the second straight week Doug Coby started third and then he went to victory lane at Lee USA Speedway (NH) in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Coby now has 33 wins across 11 tracks on the tour.
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