Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth said late last year that he’d reduce his Xfinity Series program to five races. Now, we know which races they’ll be.
The 2003 Cup champ will run the Xfinity events at Atlanta Motor Speedway (Feb. 28), Phoenix International Raceway (March 14), Dover International Speedway (May 30), Chicagoland Speedway (Sept. 19), and Kansas Speedway (Oct. 17).
For those events, he’ll run the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry with backing from Reser’s Fine Foods and with Mike Wheeler as crew chief. Wheeler has transitioned to crew chief following several seasons as race engineer for Denny Hamlin on JGR’s No. 11 Cup team.
Last season, Kenseth made 19 Xfinity starts in the No. 20 Toyota and won in the series’ season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He also collected 10 top-5 and 15 top-10 finishes. During his overall career in NASCAR’s No. 2 national series, he’s won 29 times in 283 starts.
MONTEREY, Calif – Rinus VeeKay may have won the first race of the weekend’s Indy Lights doubleheader at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Saturday afternoon, but all all eyes post-race were all on the driver who finished the race in the fourth position.
That driver was Oliver Askew, who by simply starting the 30-lap event at the famed road course won the 2019 series title, along with the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series scholarship that guarantees a minimum of three races next season.
“It’s all sinking in,” Askew told NBC Sports following the race. “I’m really happy to be part of this team. They’re back to back champions now in Indy Lights, and I feel very fortunate to be driving in this car this year.
“This is what we worked for all year. I’m very happy to be in this position and I can’t wait to celebrate with my team.”
With the championship in Askew’s possession from the get-go, the best VeeKay could do for in race 1 was to win in dominant fashion. He went on to do just so.
After starting the race from the pole position, VeeKay led every lap from start to finish en route to his fifth victory of the season.
“We managed the car well and kept the car consistent throughout the whole race,” VeeKay said. “I got a great car from the team so I want to give a big shout out to them for giving me a winning car.”
Behind VeeKay, Portland race 2 winner Toby Sowery finished the race in the second position, while Robert Megennis finished third.
Live streaming coverage of race two of the Indy Lights doubleheader at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca begins tomorrow afternoon at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold.
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