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Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports announced Friday night that it will not compete this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway due to a foot injury.
Josh Berry this weekend will drive a car number 9.
The team said Elliott suffered a left leg injury while snowboarding Friday in Colorado. On Friday evening, he was due to undergo surgery. The team did not specify the exact nature of Elliott’s injury or his status after this weekend. Elliot finished second last weekend at Auto Club Speedway.
Hendrick Motorsports has scheduled a press conference for 12 noon ET Saturday at the track.
Elliott’s streak of consecutive Cup starts ends at 254 races.
“Chase’s health is our top concern,” Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, said in a team statement. “He spoke to several members of our team and is understandably disappointed that he missed time in the car. Of course he has our full support and we will provide whatever resources he needs. We hope to publish another update later this weekend.”
Berry, who drives for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series, is making his third start in the Cup. In 2021 he ran two races for Spire Motorsports.
Chandler Smith won his first career Xfinity pole with the fastest lap in Friday night’s Xfinity Series qualifying session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The Kaulig Racing rider took pole with a 183.119 mph lap. He will be joined in the front row Justin Algayer (182.778 mph).
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Cole Custer (182,500) qualified third. Brett Moffit (182.211) qualified fourth. Josh Berry (182.168) qualified fifth. Kyle Bush (180.156) qualified 11th. Tyler Reddick (179.683) qualified 15th.
Custer cars, Berry, Sheldon CreedBush, Brandon Jones And Gray Golding will go to the rear to use reserve vehicles. This weekend, Xfinity teams must use the same car they raced at Auto Club Speedway or start at the end of the field.
Mason May And Ryan Vargas each failed to qualify.
The Xfinity race is scheduled to receive the green flag at 4:49 pm ET on Saturday.
Kyle Bush won pole position in Friday’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
This is the first of five truck races Busch will host this season. This is Bush’s 23rd pole in the Truck Series. He earned it by completing the lap at 178.678 miles per hour.
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Bush will be joined in the front row by a newcomer Nick Sanchez (177.608 mph). Chase Purdy qualified third at 177.608 mph, You Maeski qualified fourth at 176.910 mph and Hayley Deegan qualified fifth at 176.661 mph. Daytona Winner Zane Smith qualified seventh at 175.844 mph.
The race is scheduled to run under the green flag at 9:13 pm ET on Friday.
75 years on the track is something worth celebrating. Throughout the season, NBC will be celebrating NASCAR’s 75th anniversary and counting down some of the most iconic moments in the history of the sport.
Since 1948, the roar of engines and the thrill of high speeds have conquered the whole world. Now, many years later, the excitement is unabated as the next generation kicks off another exciting season.
Whether it was Red Byron’s first NASCAR championship win in 1949 or Ross Chastain’s unforgettable “video game move” in 2022, there are countless memories to relive from a track that will stand the test of time.
We take a look at some of the most incredible moments in NASCAR history, updated regularly throughout the season. Stay tuned to NBC Sports for memories and moments from over seven decades of competition.
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1959 Daytona 500: photo finish decides first winner
For years, cars have raced along the shores of Daytona Beach, Florida, but Bill France Sr. had another idea – to build a 2.5-mile race track with high banks a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean.
The first NASCAR race took place in 1959. Johnny Beauchamp was declared the winner, crossing the line in a trio with Lee Petty and Joe Weatherly’s lapped car.
Petty claimed to have won the race, but it wasn’t until three days later that photographic evidence was discovered showing that Petty had passed Beauchamp to the finish line. The photo was taken by T. Taylor Warne, who received the NASCAR Squier-Hall Award for Excellence in Media and was honored at the 2023 NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Richard Petty’s father won his third title in the series, taking crowns in 1954 and 1958.
2020 GEICO 500 at Talladega: NASCAR stands for unity Bubba Wallace
During a race weekend in June 2020 at Talladega Superspeedway, a member of Bubba Wallace’s team informed NASCAR that a noose had been placed in Wallace’s garage.
On race day, riders and crew members pushed Wallace’s car onto pit road in solidarity. Wallace finished 14th in the race.
An FBI investigation later ruled that there was no hate crime because the garage rope had been like this since last October, and there was no way to know that Wallace’s team would get that garage a few months later.
After the FBI’s results were made public, Wallace said he was “relieved” that he was not specifically targeted, but also disappointed with the ensuing backlash, which led some on social media to question his honesty and accuse him of a prank.
After the incident, Wallace became the winning driver at the Cup level.
In October 2021, he scored his first career Cup Series victory at Talladega, becoming the first black driver to win a race in NASCAR’s top division in almost 58 years.
A second Cup win followed in September 2022 at Kansas Speedway.
2011 Daytona 500: Trevor Bain adds surprise winners to Daytona legacy
The Daytona 500 is not only NASCAR’s biggest race, it’s also one of the most unpredictable.
Nine drivers took their first NASCAR Cup Series victory in the Daytona 500. In fact, this happened in both 2021 and 2022 (Austin Sindrik – 2022, Michael McDowell – 2021).
Prior to this, the last rider to accomplish this feat was Trevor Bain.
The Tennessee native captured the 2011 Daytona 500 driving Wood Brothers Racing, a team that has been in NASCAR since 1950 but only competed part-time in 2011 (the team returned to full-time status in 2016).
It’s even more upsetting: Bain won just the second Cup Series start of his career, coinciding with the all-time Cup record set by Jamie MacMurray during 2002…