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News   March 31, 2023   by Auto Service World Staff

Straight Edge: All The Latest From NASCAR

As the first quarter of 2023 draws to a close, high-speed racing has much anticipation. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, LLC is at the forefront of the action, affectionately known as NASCAR, which remains the leading authority in American auto racing.

Renowned for its adrenaline-fueled stock car competitions, NASCAR has captivated audiences for decades with its thrilling races and high-octane performances. With the points spreads constantly fluctuating in the sport, the excitement never ends, and the anticipation for the rest of the year only grows stronger. There’s never been a better time to stay updated with this exciting sport’s latest developments.

In this article, we will talk about some of the latest news from NASCAR.

Garage 56 Prepares For Le Mans

As the countdown to the 24 Hours of Le Mans draws closer, the Garage 56 team is pushing their Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 entry to its limits. Jordan Taylor, the team’s alternate driver, and mentor, recently discovered a surprise during a routine morning test run. He found only a body panel when he lifted the car’s hinged roof flap, revealing that the team still uncovered new aspects of their vehicle.

Despite this unexpected twist, the team remains focused on finalizing their preparations for the upcoming race. The two Next Gen-based racers, adorned with freshly affixed number plates and certification stickers for the FIA and ACO governing bodies, exude the aura of race-ready vehicles. Additionally, the cars’ “IC” Le Mans classification stickers indicate the innovative nature of the team’s approach.

With the final touches made, the team took to the track for a series of laps amid the clouds and drizzle of the morning hours. The two cars, 001 and 002, made their way around the Sebring paddock, with the former logging most of the laps during the project’s development stage. To conserve the 002 Camaro’s performance capabilities, the team limited its track time during the two days leading up to the race.

Greg Biffle Earns His Spot

Greg Biffle’s 20-year career will be forever etched in the annals of racing history as he joins NASCAR’s 75 Greatest Drivers List. A true legend of the sport, Biffle amassed an incredible 56 national series wins, cementing his place among the most significant drivers of all time. This was further confirmed when he was selected as one of NASCAR’s 75 Greatest Drivers in honor of the sport’s diamond anniversary.

Although Biffle still occasionally competes, his career’s most spectacular run occurred in the late 1990s and throughout the 2000s. He competed full-time in all three national series, securing 19 Cup Series victories, 20 wins in the Xfinity Series, and 17 triumphs in the Craftsman Truck Series. With 19 premier series trophies, he is tied with Davey Allison, Buddy Baker, and Fonty Flock. Biffle’s six-win campaign during the 2005 season was a career highlight, as he finished a career-best runner-up in the standings.

In his 14 seasons of year-round competition, Biffle finished three times in the top five of the Cup Series points standings, coming agonizingly close to clinching the championship, only to be narrowly edged out by Tony Stewart. However, he managed to clinch the Xfinity Series championship in 2002, just two years after winning the Truck Series championship, while driving for the legendary Hall of Fame owner Jack Roush.

Repairing Briscoe

Following a successful surgery to repair a broken left middle finger, Chase Briscoe is well on the road to recovery. The accident occurred while racing a late dirt model on April 6, with Briscoe hitting the wall during qualifying, which resulted in his finger breaking. Despite initial concerns about the injury, Briscoe competed at Bristol and Martinsville, earning consecutive fifth-place finishes.

Briscoe underwent the surgical procedure on Monday, April 17, finishing up within a few hours. The driver of the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford said his finger was “OK” during the NOCO 400 at Martinsville, but he did experience some discomfort while driving. Briscoe was able to lead a career-high 109 laps but struggled with counter-steering and had to be patient in keeping the car straight up off the corners.

NASCAR continues to excite fans worldwide with fast-paced races that are second to none. With the year gradually going to an end, keeping up with the news can help fans learn more about their favorite sport.

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