Christopher Bell vying for number 1

Christopher Bell vying for number 1
Christopher Bell vying for number 1

Christopher Bell achieved weekend success by winning both the Xfinity and Cup races Saturday and Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

It was the first time this season that a driver won multiple times in NASCAR National Series races on the same weekend.

The move moved Bell from third to second in the standings, and this analysis seemed like a good time to take a look at whether these drivers in the standings have ever won a Cup race and another NASCAR National Series race in a weekend and how many times they won. . I did double duty this year.

Cup drivers are limited to five races in each Xfinity Series and Truck during the season. They cannot compete in the final eight races (the regular season finale and playoffs) or special bonus races such as the Dash 4 Cash Xfinity and Triple Truck Challenge events.

And one driver to note: Kyle Busch is not in the standings. He has a record 18 race weekends in which he has won a Cup race and an Xfinity or Truck event. These include the fact that he is the only driver to have two weekend tripleheaders of all three series, both at Bristol (August 2010 and August 2017).

1. Kyle Larson (Last week: 1)

Larson has won Xfinity and Cup races in one weekend twice in his career: in March 2017 at California Speedway and then in August 2022 at Watkins Glen. Larson won the Xfinity race at Circuit of the Americas earlier this year (his only Xfinity start) but finished 17th in the Cup race. He’ll do double duty again next week when he competes in Xfinity and Cup on the Chicago road course.

2. Christopher Bell (LW: 3)

Last weekend at New Hampshire was the first time Bell has earned a weekend spot, fittingly enough as he is 4-for-4 in his Xfinity starts at the track. It was the second time this year that he ran two races in one weekend, the first time in Las Vegas when he finished fifth in a Tricon truck.

FINAL LAPS: Christopher Bell Braves Rain to Take Checkered Flag in New Hampshire

3. Chase Elliott (left: 2)

Elliott has a winning weekend with multiple races, winning the Truck race and Cup race at Charlotte in May 2020. He had a chance to win the Xfinity and Cup races at Charlotte this year, as he won the Xfinity, but finished seventh in the Cup. His next scheduled Xfinity race is in August at Darlington.

4. Denny Hamlin (left: 4)

Hamlin has two multi-win weekends. In May 2010, he won the Xfinity and Cup races at Darlington. And no surprise, he did it again in September 2017 at Darlington. Hamlin hasn’t pulled any double duty this year, but he’s expected to make another run at Darlington this fall.

5. Tyler Reddick (LW: 8)

Reddick hasn’t had a marquee race weekend. He hasn’t pulled double duty this year, but he will this weekend in Nashville when he drives for Sam Hunt Racing.

6. Ryan Blaney (left: 5)

Blaney hasn’t had a winning race weekend. If Blaney pulls double duty, it will be a strange feeling for him: the last time he ran two races in one weekend was 2019, when he ran two Xfinity races.

7. Martin Truex Jr. (LW: 9)

Truex hasn’t had a multi-win race weekend. He’s not one to pull double duty, having competed in an Xfinity race since 2010 and a truck race since 2006 (he won the 2021 truck race on Bristol dirt).

8. William Byron (LW: 6)

Byron won the Truck and Cup races at Martinsville on the same weekend in April 2022. He has had two Xfinity starts this year and has two more scheduled: at Pocono and Watkins Glen.

9. Chris Buescher (LW:NR)

Buescher did not undergo any tests over the weekend. He is focused on Cup: He has not competed in an Xfinity race since winning the championship in 2015 and has never raced in a truck.

10. Josh Berry (LW:NR)

Berry, a Cup rookie looking for his first Cup win, obviously didn’t win. He hasn’t competed in an Xfinity or truck race this year.

Eliminated: Alex Bowman (LW: 10), Brad Keselowski (LW: 7)

On point: Bowman, Ross Chastain, Ty Gibbs, Todd Gilliland, Keselowski, Joey Logano