Jim Utter
Author

Jim Utter

Latest articles by Jim Utter

Grid
List

Front Row Motorsports makes Cup Series leadership changes

Front Row Motorsports announced several leadership changes to its NASCAR Cup Series organization, including a new crew chief for driver Michael McDowell.

Keselowski leads big NASCAR contingent in 2022 Snowball Derby

Brad Keselowski leads an impressive lineup of NASCAR drivers who have entered this year’s 55th annual Snowball Derby.

JR Motorsports revamps its NASCAR Xfinity crew chief lineup

JR Motorsports announced Thursday it was shaking up its driver-crew chief combinations next season among its NASCAR Xfinity Series teams.

Hendrick-built Garage 56 Le Mans entry hits track in VIR test

The first version of the Hendrick Motorsports-built Le Mans 24 Hours Garage 56 entry wrapped up two days of testing Tuesday at Virginia International Raceway.

NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon named The Amelia 2023 Honoree

NASCAR Hall of Famer and Hendrick Motorsports executive Jeff Gordon has been named honoree of the 2023 Amelia motoring event.

Mike Kelley named new Cup crew chief for Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Former NASCAR Cup Series crew chief Mike Kelley will return to that role next season with a familiar driver – Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Confidence and experience fueled Logano's NASCAR title run

In a season known for its uncertainty, Joey Logano’s performance in winning the NASCAR Cup Series championship was perhaps the most predictable.

Rushbrook: Ford Performance "really happy" with NASCAR program

Ford Performance went into last weekend’s NASCAR championship races vastly outnumbered but still managed to come away with two of the three 2022 titles.

Roger Penske adds another first to his long racing resume Phoenix II
Video Inside

Roger Penske adds another first to his long racing resume

In his distinguished motorsports career, there are few things Roger Penske hasn’t accomplished but Joey Logano helped him add another on Sunday.

Bell: Competing in Phoenix season finale "extremely tough" Phoenix II
Video Inside

Bell: Competing in Phoenix season finale "extremely tough"

Christopher Bell’s rollercoaster NASCAR Cup playoffs took another bad turn even before Sunday’s season finale at Phoenix began.

"Heck of a drive" leaves Chastain as Cup title runner-up Phoenix II
Video Inside

"Heck of a drive" leaves Chastain as Cup title runner-up

Ross Chastain couldn’t muster any last lap “Hail Mary” move to win his first NASCAR Cup Series title but still left Sunday’s title race feeling pretty good.

Joey Logano beats Chastain to win 2022 NASCAR Cup title Phoenix II
Video Inside

Joey Logano beats Chastain to win 2022 NASCAR Cup title

Joey Logano won Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series season finale at Phoenix and the 2022 season title, handing owner Roger Penske both IndyCar and NASCAR championships in the same season for the first time.

Joe Gibbs Racing vice chairman Coy Gibbs dies at age 49 Phoenix II
Video Inside

Joe Gibbs Racing vice chairman Coy Gibbs dies at age 49

Joe Gibbs Racing vice chairman and chief operating officer Coy Gibbs – whose son, Ty, won the 2022 Xfinity Series championship on Saturday – died Sunday morning, the team confirmed.

Ty Gibbs wins NASCAR Xfinity title in tense Phoenix finale Phoenix II
Video Inside

Ty Gibbs wins NASCAR Xfinity title in tense Phoenix finale

One week after perhaps his worst moment as a NASCAR driver Ty Gibbs enjoyed his best – winning the 2022 Xfinity Series championship.

Title threat Joey Logano takes Phoenix pole in all-Penske front row Phoenix II
Video Inside

Title threat Joey Logano takes Phoenix pole in all-Penske front row

Joey Logano has put himself in the best position possible to capture his second NASCAR Cup Series championship.

FRM's chance on Zane Smith already paying big dividends

Front Row Motorsports took a chance on Zane Smith with a long-term contract and the commitment has already paid off with a NASCAR championship.

Zane Smith claims Truck title in three-way fight to the finish Phoenix
Video Inside

Zane Smith claims Truck title in three-way fight to the finish

Zane Smith used a three-wide move to grab the lead at the start of overtime and held on to win Friday night’s NASCAR Truck Series race at Phoenix and claim the 2022 series title.

Title contender Ross Chastain tops Phoenix Cup practice

Ross Chastain – the final driver to qualify for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 – topped Friday’s final practice session at Phoenix Raceway.

KBM to field two Chevy Truck teams in 2023, assist in third Phoenix
Video Inside

KBM to field two Chevy Truck teams in 2023, assist in third

Kyle Busch unveiled its new-look Kyle Busch Motorsports Truck Series program which will field two fulltime teams and assist in a third next season.

Despite challenges, NASCAR "thrilled for where this sport is" Phoenix II
Video Inside

Despite challenges, NASCAR "thrilled for where this sport is"

NASCAR finds itself riding a wave of positive momentum which its executives say they hope to build on as the sport heads into its diamond anniversary next season.

Logano: Championship 4 appearance "isn’t enough for us"

A confident Joey Logano says he is “ready to go to battle” for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series championship and has never felt more prepared.

Elliott commends Chastain, but questions the wall-riding move Phoenix II
Video Inside

Elliott commends Chastain, but questions the wall-riding move

Chase Elliott respects the move Ross Chastain used to advance in the Cup Series playoffs at Martinsville but struggles on whether NASCAR should ban it.

Gibbs takes heat over "selfish actions" in tense Media Day Phoenix II
Video Inside

Gibbs takes heat over "selfish actions" in tense Media Day

A remorseful Ty Gibbs took responsibility for his actions in last weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Martinsville and called the wrecking of his teammate for the win “dirty and unacceptable.”

Joe Gibbs: Dealing with Ty Gibbs' incident "isn't easy" Martinsville II
Video Inside

Joe Gibbs: Dealing with Ty Gibbs' incident "isn't easy"

Team owner Joe Gibbs said he and his family are helping grandson Ty Gibbs walk through the “consequences” of his actions in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Martinsville.

NASCAR: Ross Chastain's daring wall-riding move legal for now Phoenix II
Video Inside

NASCAR: Ross Chastain's daring wall-riding move legal for now

The daring wall-riding move Ross Chastain used Sunday at Martinsville to advance in the NASCAR playoffs will remain legal at least for now.

Christopher Bell's stunning journey to the Cup title race Martinsville II
Video Inside

Christopher Bell's stunning journey to the Cup title race

Seven months ago, it's doubtful Christopher Bell was on anyone’s list to be a 2022 NASCAR Cup Series title contender, even his own.

Chase Briscoe on late-race pit strategy: "I had a shot”

Chase Briscoe was the first playoff driver Sunday at Martinsville to attempt a ‘Hail Mary’ move to reach the NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 but without the success of Ross Chastain.

Ross Chastain "fully committed" to banzai last-lap NASCAR move Martinsville II
Video Inside

Ross Chastain "fully committed" to banzai last-lap NASCAR move

Ross Chastain used a daring video game-like move on the final lap in Sunday’s race at Martinsville to charge his way into the NASCAR Cup Series title race.

Bell takes clutch Martinsville win to advance to Cup title race Martinsville II
Video Inside

Bell takes clutch Martinsville win to advance to Cup title race

Christopher Bell came up with a clutch victory for the second time in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs and will have the chance to compete for his first series championship.

Bowman: Recovery was "pretty difficult" but he's '100%'

Alex Bowman said Sunday he’s thankful for the opportunity to get back in his car prior to the end of NASCAR Cup Series season.

Gibbs wrecks JGR teammate Jones for Martinsville Xfinity win Martinsville II
Video Inside

Gibbs wrecks JGR teammate Jones for Martinsville Xfinity win

Ty Gibbs wrecked his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Brandon Jones to win Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Martinsville which denied Jones a chance to compete for the series title.

Kyle Larson beats teammate Elliott to Martinsville Cup pole Martinsville II
Video Inside

Kyle Larson beats teammate Elliott to Martinsville Cup pole

Fresh off his victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kyle Larson will look for a second consecutive win starting on the pole Sunday at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Denny Hamlin tops Ryan Blaney in Martinsville Cup practice

Denny Hamlin, who is still looking to advance to the Championship 4, was fastest in Saturday’s practice at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Kligerman joins Big Machine Racing for fulltime Xfinity in 2023

Parker Kligerman will return to fulltime NASCAR competition next year for the first time since 2013 as he moves to the Xfinity Series with Big Machine Racing.

Brandon Jones snags pole for Martinsville Xfinity playoff race

Brandon Jones needs a win Saturday at Martinsville to have a chance to compete for the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series title and he’s off to a good start.

Blaney: "There's no better time to pull (a win) off"

Ryan Blaney remains winless this season and a victory likely his only path to the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series title race but he believes Sunday’s race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway could be the perfect opportunity to change that.

Goodyear to debut new Martinsville Cup tire this weekend

Sunday’s last-chance race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway to reach the NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 will feature a new variable.

Luke Lambert to join Noah Gragson at Petty GMS in 2023

Noah Gragson will have a familiar face leading his team as he makes his fulltime move to the NASCAR Cup Series next season.

2023 NASCAR Euro Series schedule includes first ice race

The 2023 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series schedule features a mix of tradition and innovation, including the sport’s first-ever race on ice.

How the NASCAR Cup Series could award dual titles this year
Video Inside

How the NASCAR Cup Series could award dual titles this year

A confluence of unusual circumstances – including Kyle Larson’s victory Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway – could produce dual championships in the NASCAR Cup Series for the first time in nearly 60 years.

Martin Truex Jr.: "It's been one of those years" Homestead
Video Inside

Martin Truex Jr.: "It's been one of those years"

Martin Truex Jr.’s rocky 2022 season hit another bump Sunday which may have cost him a shot at a win at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Larson beats Chastain and Allmendinger to Homestead Cup win Homestead
Video Inside

Larson beats Chastain and Allmendinger to Homestead Cup win

In a season full of randomness, Kyle Larson produced one of the most consistent and dominating wins of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season on Sunday.

Gragson secures shot at Xfinity title with Homestead win Miami
Video Inside

Gragson secures shot at Xfinity title with Homestead win

Noah Gragson held off Ty Gibbs on a late restart to win Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Homestead and earn a right to compete for the 2022 championship.

Ty Majeski cruises to Homestead Trucks win over Zane Smith Homestead
Video Inside

Ty Majeski cruises to Homestead Trucks win over Zane Smith

Ty Majeski is heading to the NASCAR Truck Series championship race in two weeks on an impressive roll.

Byron tops Bell and Elliott for Cup pole at Homestead Homestead
Video Inside

Byron tops Bell and Elliott for Cup pole at Homestead

William Byron’s first pole of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season couldn’t have come a better time.

Nemechek leads NASCAR Cup practice at Homestead

The first session of NASCAR Cup Series practice on Saturday ended up being the fastest on with substitute driver John Hunter Nemechek leading the way.

Briscoe: Retaliation in NASCAR had "gotten out of hand"

While he doesn’t believe it should ever affect him personally, Cup Series playoff driver Chase Briscoe says he believes NASCAR was sending a message with its recent suspension of Bubba Wallace.

Bubba Wallace suspended by NASCAR for one race
Video Inside

Bubba Wallace suspended by NASCAR for one race

NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace has been assessed a one-race suspension as a result of his altercation with Kyle Larson last weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Ty Dillon on move to Spire Motorsports: "Best is yet to come"

Ty Dillon has embarked in another turn in his NASCAR Cup Series career, this time joining Spire Motorsports as teammate to Corey LaJoie for the 2023 season.

Joey Logano thrilled with "second biggest win of the year" Las Vegas II
Video Inside

Joey Logano thrilled with "second biggest win of the year"

Joey Logano was so excited about his playoff win Sunday he was already advocating moving the NASCAR Cup Series championship race to Las Vegas every season.

Chase Briscoe: "We kept ourselves in the ballgame"

No one saw their playoff fortunes change more in the course of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race than Chase Briscoe.

Ross Chastain on second at Vegas: "That was all we had" Las Vegas II
Video Inside

Ross Chastain on second at Vegas: "That was all we had"

Ross Chastain came oh-so-close to giving fledgling Trackhouse Racing its first opportunity to compete for a NASCAR Cup Series championship.

Logano takes Vegas Cup win with late pass, advances to title race Las Vegas II
Video Inside

Logano takes Vegas Cup win with late pass, advances to title race

On fresher tires, Joey Logano passed Ross Chastain with two laps remaining and held on to win Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Berry takes Las Vegas Xfinity win, advances to Championship 4 Las Vegas II
Video Inside

Berry takes Las Vegas Xfinity win, advances to Championship 4

Josh Berry hit the wall to take the lead and held on to win Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Reddick takes pole position at Las Vegas over Cindric Las Vegas II
Video Inside

Reddick takes pole position at Las Vegas over Cindric

Tyler Reddick may no longer be in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs but he’s certainly still contending for race wins.

Ryan Blaney leads Saturday's Cup practice at Las Vegas

Despite the development of a tire issue, Ryan Blaney ended up fastest in Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Kurt Busch steps away from full-time NASCAR competition
Video Inside

Kurt Busch steps away from full-time NASCAR competition

NASCAR Cup Series veteran Kurt Busch announced Saturday that he will step back from fulltime competition immediately, paving the way for an early arrival of Tyler Reddick to the 23XI Racing organization in 2023.

HMS names Blake Harris as next crew chief for Alex Bowman

Hendrick Motorsports has hired Blake Harris as the next crew chief for NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman beginning next season.

Justin Allgaier to return in 2023 for eighth season with JRM

NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff driver Justin Allgaier will return in 2023 for his eighth season with JR Motorsports.

Bowman to miss at least the next three NASCAR Cup races

NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman will miss at least the next three races as he continues to recover from a concussion.