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Fresh tires propel Hamlin to NASCAR XFINITY win in Charlotte

Fresh tires propel Hamlin to NASCAR XFINITY win in Charlotte

May 28, 2016

By Reid Spencer

NASCAR Wire Service

CONCORD, N.C. – In an event that bore notable similarities to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race a week earlier, Denny Hamlin won Saturday’s Hisense 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a pass on the final lap.

Hamlin’s fresh rubber trumped the old tires of Kyle Larson and Joey Logano, who restarted ahead of Hamlin in overtime at the 1.5-mile track.

In fact, Hamlin restarted sixth on Lap 205 after coming to pit road for four new tires under the eighth and final caution of the race, brought out when polesitter Erik Jones, Hamlin’s teammate, slammed the outside wall and performed the coup de grace on his already wounded No. 20 Toyota.

“It was a second opportunity, obviously,” Hamlin said. “I was hoping for that caution there at the end, and we got it and we were able to get four tires on this Hisense Camry and took off. A little closer than what I thought – I mean, we were just really tight those last couple laps, but what a great day.”

The victory was Hamlin’s first of the year in his only start so far, and it was the fifth this season for the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, the first four coming with Kyle Busch behind the wheel.

Logano surged ahead of Larson at the restart, but Hamlin gained huge momentum on his new tires from the outside lane. With less than a lap left, Hamlin got past Logano and held on to win the race by .291 seconds over Austin Dillon, who edged Logano for second in the final corner.

Dillon had opted for right-side tires only on his final pit stop.

But for a timely caution, however, Hamlin would not have had the opportunity to win the race. As they had done a week earlier in the All-Star race, Larson and Logano swapped the lead, with Logano powering past Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet on lap 166 of a scheduled 200, and Larson regaining the top spot with five laps left in regulation.

But when Jones slammed into the wall on Lap 199, Hamlin had the chance to come to pit road for tires under caution, while Larson and Logano stayed out to preserve their track position.

With just two cars up front on old tires, as had been the case for the final restart in the All-Star race, Hamlin made short work of the cars in front of him.

It was the third last-lap pass for the win in the XFINITY Series this season.

Hamlin and crew chief Chris Gayle conferred before the final pit stop and ultimately opted for the fresh rubber.

“It was a collaborative call,” Hamlin said. “He (Gayle) leaned towards staying out, but I thought that I could get around those guys in just two laps even though we were way faster on that last run. I thought tires were the thing.

“I knew if I could start on the outside that I wanted new tires and it just worked out on pit road where I came out on the outside. It all worked out and it was very exciting in that last corner, a little more exciting than what I expected.”

Hamlin desperately needed the final caution because his No. 18 team had drawn a penalty for an uncontrolled tire on a pit stop under yellow on Lap 160.

Hamlin restarted mid-pack instead of at the rear of the field as the violation requires, because according to NASCAR, the cars at the rear of the field failed to pass Hamlin’s No. 18 Camry before the green flag waved on Lap 164.

Hamlin said he left a large buffer for the laps-down car to pass him before the restart, but that they declined to do so.

By the time Jones hit the wall, Hamlin had driven to third place, trailing only Larson and Logano.

The similarities to the finish of the All-Star Race were not lost on Logano.

“I thought it was kind of supposed to be like what the All-Star Race was with old tires and new tires, but the (my car) was the fastest it’s been all year,” Logano said. “We can’t hold our heads down about it. We had a car that was capable of winning if circumstances went right. I felt like I was going have a good restart next to Kyle. 

“I felt my restarts were a little better than his all day, and I thought, ‘OK, if I can clear him,’ which we did I was like, ‘Alright, we’ve got a shot,’ but it was really hard to hold off those four tires. What a fun race. It got really exciting there at the end. I got passed on the top by Denny and then Kyle just kept ripping up top and had a big run into the corner, so it was fun to watch that. I was hoping they would get into each other, and I would sneak one out.”

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – Hisense 4K TV 300
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Concord, North Carolina
Saturday, May 28, 2016

  1. (3) Denny Hamlin(i), Toyota, 206.
    2. (4) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 206.
    3. (7) Joey Logano(i), Ford, 206.
    4. (11) Cole Custer(i), Chevrolet, 206.
    5. (8) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 206.
    6. (5) Kyle Larson(i), Chevrolet, 206.
    7. (12) Brandon Jones #, Chevrolet, 206.
    8. (10) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 206.
    9. (14) Brennan Poole #, Chevrolet, 206.
    10. (17) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 206.
    11. (27) Jeb Burton, Ford, 206.
    12. (2) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 206.
    13. (19) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 206.
    14. (18) Blake Koch, Chevrolet, 206.
    15. (31) Garrett Smithley #, Chevrolet, 206.
    16. (13) Ryan Blaney(i), Ford, 205.
    17. (16) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 205.
    18. (20) Drew Herring, Toyota, 205.
    19. (15) Ryan Reed, Ford, 204.
    20. (21) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 204.
    21. (23) Dakoda Armstrong, Toyota, 204.
    22. (26) Ryan Preece #, Chevrolet, 203.
    23. (25) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 203.
    24. (40) Harrison Rhodes, Chevrolet, 203.
    25. (30) BJ McLeod #, Ford, 202.
    26. (35) Martin Roy, Chevrolet, 202.
    27. (9) Darrell Wallace Jr., Ford, 201.
    28. (6) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 200.
    29. (22) Spencer Gallagher(i), Chevrolet, 200.
    30. (34) Carl Long, Toyota, 200.
    31. (1) Erik Jones #, Toyota, Accident, 197.
    32. (37) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 183.
    33. (36) Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, Suspension, 130.
    34. (29) Jeff Green, Toyota, Fuel Pump, 127.
    35. (38) Mike Harmon, Dodge, Accident, 91.
    36. (33) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, Transmission, 84.
    37. (32) Ray Black Jr. #, Chevrolet, Oil Line, 27.
    38. (39) Cody Ware #, Ford, Accident, 12.
    39. (28) Josh Wise(i), Chevrolet, Rear Gear, 5.
    40. (24) Matt DiBenedetto(i), Toyota, Vibration, 3.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  114.515 mph.
Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 41 Mins, 54 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.291 Seconds.
Caution Flags:  8 for 54 laps.
Lead Changes:  21 among 10 drivers.
Lap Leaders:   E. Jones # 1-13; D. Hamlin(i) 14-15; E. Jones # 16; J. Green 17; D. Hamlin(i) 18-49; K. Larson(i) 50-54; D. Wallace Jr. 55-59; R. Chastain 60; D. Hamlin(i) 61-97; K. Larson(i) 98-111; R. Blaney(i) 112-113; C. Custer(i) 114; D. Suarez 115-116; D. Hamlin(i) 117-120; J. Logano(i) 121-147; K. Larson(i) 148-159; J. Logano(i) 160; K. Larson(i) 161-165; J. Logano(i) 166-194; K. Larson(i) 195-204; J. Logano(i) 205; D. Hamlin(i) 206;.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  D. Hamlin(i) 5 times for 76 laps; J. Logano(i) 4 times for 58 laps; K. Larson(i) 5 times for 46 laps; E. Jones # 2 times for 14 laps; D. Wallace Jr. 1 time for 5 laps; D. Suarez 1 time for 2 laps; R. Blaney(i) 1 time for 2 laps; J. Green 1 time for 1 lap; C. Custer(i) 1 time for 1 lap; R. Chastain 1 time for 1 lap.
Top 10 in Points: D. Suarez – 376; E. Sadler – 362; J. Allgaier – 353; T. Dillon – 352; B. Gaughan – 336; B. Jones # – 324; E. Jones # – 320; B. Poole # – 314; D. Wallace Jr. – 283; R. Reed – 266.

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05/29/2016 Posted by | 2016 ARCHIVES | Leave a comment

Joey Logano triumphs in scintillating NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race finish

Joey Logano triumphs in scintillating NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race finish

 

May 21, 2016

 

By Reid Spencer

NASCAR Wire Service

 

CONCORD, N.C. – At the end of a wild and crazy Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Joey Logano got the upper hand in an intense battle with last-chance qualifier Kyle Larson and took home the million-dollar prize as the winner of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.

 

Trying to block the stronger car of Logano in the closing 13-lap final segment of the race, Larson buried his car into Turn 1 as Logano edged ahead. Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet got loose and sailed up the track into the outside wall with less than two laps left.

 

“I tell you, Larson is a hard racer,” Logano said. “I watched him in the Showdown earlier today, and I knew what I was up against. I knew he was going to run hard. I’m a hard racer, so I knew it was going to be a fun battle for sure. I got underneath him once, and I got to the outside of him once, we went up high, and I got underneath him and I got loose underneath him. 

 

“I knew I had position on him going into the corner and had to keep him on my quarter panel and not let him get to my door, so I drove in there hard. He was going to drive in there hard to keep on my door and I was going to drive in there hard to keep him at my quarter. 

 

“What a crazy battle for a million dollars at the end. This is the All-Star Race. It’s special just to be in the race. Forget winning it–it’s just special. It’s neat to be in Victory Lane.”

 

Larson’s contact with the wall on the penultimate lap was an opportunity for Logano’s Team Penske teammate, Brad Keselowski, who finished second, 1.142 seconds behind the race winner. Dale Earnhardt Jr. came home third, followed by Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch and Chase Elliott.

 

Larson brought his damaged car to pit road as Logano sped to the win.

 

“I was able to get to the front pretty quick there and be in the best position for that last restart,” Larson said. “I got clear right away and thought I could cruise, but I got looser throughout the race—we were making adjustments, but I guess we weren’t making big enough ones.

 

“I just got loose, and Joey caught me, and he did a really good job of side-drafting me. I tried to hang on his quarter, and I just got really loose as soon as I got down in the corner. We were going so fast I couldn’t correct it and drilled the wall.”

 

The victory was Logano’s first in the non-points event. Team Penske’s 1-2 finish marked the first time an organization has swept the top two spots in the All-Star Race.

 

After two segments of 50 laps each, which included a six-car Lap 73 wreck that eliminated the cars of Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart (who was competing in his final All-Star Race), Logano restarted fifth on fresh tires under unique rules devised for this year’s event.

 

Larson, who restarted third behind two cars required to stay out on old rubber—those of Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch—surged into the lead on Lap 101 and held the top spot until Logano tracked him down and made the winning pass on the next-to-last lap.

 

Keselowski was the primary architect of this year’s All-Star Race format, and he believed the new rules accomplished their purpose, even though there were unforeseen consequences that confused some of the competitors—as when Kenseth failed to make a mandatory green-flag stop in the first segment and trapped a handful of cars a lap down.

 

“There was a next-to-last-lap pass for the lead,” Keselowski said. “There were several passes for the lead. The last four (All-Star) races, there hasn’t been a pass for the lead in the last 20 or 30 laps.  I think our fans deserve a better format than that, and they got that today.

 

“I don’t know how you can get much more compelling racing than what we saw today, so they need to get unconfused and enjoy the racing.”

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race – NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Concord, North Carolina

Saturday, May 21, 2016

 

  1. (8) Joey Logano, Ford, 113.
  2. (6) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 113.
  3. (10) Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Chevrolet, 113.
  4. (4) Carl Edwards, Toyota, 113.
  5. (3) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 113.
  6. (7) Chase Elliott #, Chevrolet, 113.
  7. (15) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 113.
  8. (20) Greg Biffle, Ford, 113.
  9. (12) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 113.
  10. (2) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 113.
  11. (1) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 113.
  12. (5) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 113.
  13. (14) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 113.
  14. (9) Martin Truex, Jr., Toyota, 113.
  15. (19) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 113.
  16. (18) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, Accident, 111.
  17. (13) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 110.
  18. (11) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, Accident, 71.
  19. (16) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, Accident, 71.
  20. (17) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, Accident, 70.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  98.103 mph.

Time of Race:  1 Hrs, 43 Mins, 40 Secs. Margin of Victory:  1.142 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  4 for 18 laps.

Lead Changes:  13 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   K. Harvick 0; Kyle Busch 1-4; K. Harvick 5-25; Kyle Busch 26-34; J. Logano 35-44; C. Edwards 45; M. Kenseth 46-49; C. Edwards 50; B. Keselowski 51-80; Kyle Busch 81-82; C. Edwards 83-84; B. Keselowski 85-93; K. Larson 94-111; J. Logano 112-113.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  B. Keselowski 2 times for 39 laps; K. Harvick 1 time for 21 laps; K. Larson 1 time for 18 laps; Kyle Busch 3 times for 15 laps; J. Logano 2 times for 12 laps; C. Edwards 3 times for 4 laps; M. Kenseth 1 time for 4 laps.

Top 1 in Points:

 

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Matt Crafton dominates NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte

Matt Crafton dominates NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte

 

May 21, 2016

 

By Reid Spencer

NASCAR Wire Service

 

CONCORD, N.C. – Matt Crafton had a lot to overcome on Saturday—a 17th-place starting position and a difficult pit stall that cost him dearly in the early stages of Saturday’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 

But after 134 laps, Crafton was 5.748 seconds ahead of second-place Kyle Busch, winning the race and extending his series lead to 12 points over seventh-place finisher Timothy Peters. In fact, the two-time champion won consecutive races for the first time in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career, going back-to-back in successive weeks at Dover and Charlotte.

 

Even though it took Crafton more than half the race to get to the front, he sensed the quality of his ride from the drop of the green flag.

 

“I literally did,” Crafton said. “I was like, ‘Wow!’  This thing was unbelievable from the time we dropped the green. This thing went through (Turns) 1 and 2—well, the first original start, everybody got jumbled up and went through (Turns) 1 and 2 and then 3 and 4, and I’m like, ‘This thing feels really good right here.’

 

“Then we fell back to the 20s (after pit road issues) at that point and we started driving back through them and I was like, ‘Oh, my goodness, these boys are in trouble today.’”

The victory was the 13th of Crafton’s career, but despite the wide margin of victory, his No. 88 ThorSport Racing Toyota didn’t take the lead for the first time until Lap 80, when Crafton tracked down Peters and passed him for the top spot.

After starting mid-pack, Crafton worked his way forward during the first run but had major issues on pit road, first sliding through his pit box and later getting blocked in his stall. The miscues forced Crafton to pass a gaggle of cars, but by Lap 78 he was fourth for a restart after Christopher Bell’s spin off Turn 4, and two laps later, Crafton had the lead.

 

The advantage grew to more than 8.5 seconds before a cycle of green-flag pit stops for fuel trimmed Crafton’s winning margin in the closing laps.

 

Johnny Sauter did an extraordinary job of saving fuel and rolled home third behind Crafton and Busch. Tyler Reddick and Matt Tifft, the latter recently named to the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class, were fourth and fifth, respectively, both on fuel strategy.

 

Spencer Gallagher, Peters, Bell, Daniel Hemric and polesitter William Byron completed the top 10.

 

Busch led 27 laps in the early going but suffered a suspension part failure that caused the handling of his No. 18 Tundra to tighten up. Nor did it help that Busch’s team was penalized for an uncontrolled tire during a pit stop on Lap 68, forcing the driver to restart at the rear of the field on Lap 71.

 

“Once we got back in traffic, it just got super, super tight,” said Busch, whose Kyle Busch Motorsports organization also owns the trucks driven by Bell, Byron and Daniel Suarez. “Something broke, and after that, it was just laying on the splitter.”

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – NC Education Lottery 200

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Concord, North Carolina

Saturday, May 21, 2016

 

  1. (17) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 134.
  2. (5) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 134.
  3. (4) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 134.
  4. (6) Tyler Reddick, Ford, 134.
  5. (9) Matt Tifft #, Toyota, 134.
  6. (2) Spencer Gallagher, Chevrolet, 134.
  7. (20) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 134.
  8. (15) Christopher Bell #, Toyota, 134.
  9. (8) Daniel Hemric, Ford, 134.
  10. (1) William Byron #, Toyota, 134.
  11. (14) Brandon Jones(i), Chevrolet, 134.
  12. (21) John H. Nemechek, Chevrolet, 134.
  13. (16) Cole Custer #, Chevrolet, 134.
  14. (3) Ben Kennedy, Chevrolet, 134.
  15. (18) Cameron Hayley, Toyota, 134.
  16. (11) John Wes Townley, Chevrolet, 134.
  17. (12) Ben Rhodes #, Toyota, 134.
  18. (13) Parker Kligerman, Ford, 133.
  19. (23) Tyler Young, Chevrolet, 133.
  20. (10) Rico Abreu #, Toyota, 133.
  21. (24) Austin Self, Toyota, 133.
  22. (22) Ryan Truex, Toyota, 133.
  23. (7) Daniel Suarez(i), Toyota, 132.
  24. (25) Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, 132.
  25. (28) Tommy Joe Martins, Chevrolet, 132.
  26. (19) Brandon Brown, Chevrolet, 132.
  27. (26) Bobby Pierce, Chevrolet, 130.
  28. (31) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, 128.
  29. (29) Garrett Smithley(i), Chevrolet, 111.
  30. (27) Travis Kvapil, Chevrolet, 106.
  31. (30) Timmy Hill, Chevrolet, Suspension, 82.
  32. (32) Andy Seuss, Chevrolet, Accident, 20.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  141.855 mph.

Time of Race:  1 Hrs, 25 Mins, 01 Secs. Margin of Victory:  5.748 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  3 for 14 laps.

Lead Changes:  14 among 9 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   W. Byron # 1-25; T. Martins 26; R. Abreu # 27; K. Busch(i) 28-40; D. Hemric 41; K. Busch(i) 42; D. Hemric 43-56; K. Busch(i) 57-68; T. Peters 69-79; M. Crafton 80-122; D. Suarez(i) 123-124; K. Busch(i) 125; D. Suarez(i) 126-129; J. Sauter 130; M. Crafton 131-134.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  M. Crafton 2 times for 47 laps; K. Busch(i) 4 times for 27 laps; W. Byron # 1 time for 25 laps; D. Hemric 2 times for 15 laps; T. Peters 1 time for 11 laps; D. Suarez(i) 2 times for 6 laps; R. Abreu # 1 time for 1 lap; J. Sauter 1 time for 1 lap; T. Martins 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: M. Crafton – 161; T. Peters – 149; D. Hemric – 144; S. Gallagher – 139; W. Byron # – 135; R. Truex – 129; J. Nemechek – 127; T. Reddick – 125; C. Bell # – 124; J. Sauter – 120.

 

 

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Kenseth holds off Larson to win thriller at Dover

Kenseth holds off Larson to win thriller at Dover

 

May 15, 2016

 

By Reid Spencer

NASCAR Wire Service

 

DOVER, Del. – Matt Kenseth’s luck took a turn for the better, after Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet took a turn that wrecked half the field in Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway.

 

In a thrilling 35-lap run to the finish that featured Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott in hot pursuit of Kenseth – and of each other – Kenseth manhandled a loose race car to the stripe, arriving .187 seconds ahead of Larson to win his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season.

 

Elliott came home third, a career-best finish for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender. Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch completed the top five.

 

The victory added to the mojo of Joe Gibbs Racing, which has now won five of the last six Sprint Cup events and seven of 12 this season. Kenseth is the fourth JGR driver to collect a win this season, all but assuring the full roster will compete in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

 

The victory was Kenseth’s third at Dover and the 37th of his career. It was also the 135th Sprint Cup win for Gibbs, tying the organization with Roush Fenway Racing for third on the all-time list.

 

Bitten by ill fortune despite having excellent speed in his No. 20 Toyota this season, Kenseth picked up only his second top five of the year.

 

“It feels good to be here, been a tough few months, for sure,” a relieved Kenseth said in Victory Lane. “These guys did a great job, did a great job on pit road today. Obviously (crew chief) Jason (Ratcliff) and these guys did a great job with the car and adjustments as well as Toyota and TRD (Toyota Racing Development).

 

“We had a good car today. I thought we were competitive and there were a few guys at different parts of the race that were a little bit better and Kyle gave me all I wanted at the end – and then some. We were fortunate to be able to hold him off.”

 

Kenseth’s victory charge had to wait until a massive 18-car wreck at the start/finish line after a restart on Lap 355 thinned the field. Ten-time Dover winner Jimmie Johnson had taken the lead on pit road with a two-tire stop, but a freakish transmission failure as he tried to shift gears ignited the crash.

 

Martin Truex Jr., who had maneuvered his way into the outside lane for the restart by letting Carl Edwards exit pit road in third place, plowed into Johnson’s Chevy, turning it sideways. Harvick then clobbered Truex from behind, as cars bounced off each other like pinballs.

 

After a red-flag period of 11 minutes, 22 seconds, the race restarted on lap 360, with Kenseth leading. But on the restart lap, contact from Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet sent Edwards’ No. 19 Toyota spinning hard against the inside wall.

 

That set up the final restart on Lap 366, with Kenseth and Larson coming to the line side-by-side. On Lap 381, Elliott passed Larson for second but surrendered the position in traffic three laps later. During the final five laps, Larson pulled alongside Kenseth but couldn’t complete the pass from the inside lane.

 

“I had gotten close to his bumper a couple times,” Larson said. “I may have even got into him once. I didn’t want to do anything dirty. I respect Matt Kenseth a lot. He’s definitely, in my eyes, the cleanest racer out there. He always races me with respect. I try to do the same with him.

 

“So I was just going to try and race him as hard as I could without getting into him to beat him. He’s sitting in Victory Lane and I’m not, so maybe I need to do something a little bit different, but nothing crazy to take him out or anything… maybe use the bumper a little bit. I don’t know. 

 

“It would be nice to be sitting here knowing I’m in the Chase. But (we’ll) keep working hard. We got a lot of points to make up if we don’t win a race before the Chase starts (Larson is 21st in the standings). But keep having runs like today and we shouldn’t have a problem.”

Note: Kahne’s No. 5 Chevrolet failed post-race laser inspection station and will be taken to the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, North Carolina, for further evaluation. If penalties are warranted, they will be announced later this week.

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race – AAA 400 Drive for Autism

Dover International Speedway

Dover, Delaware

Sunday, May 15, 2016

 

  1. (10) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 400.
  2. (23) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 400.
  3. (13) Chase Elliott #, Chevrolet, 400.
  4. (11) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 400.
  5. (9) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 400.
  6. (14) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 400.
  7. (6) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 400.
  8. (18) * Ryan Blaney #, Ford, 400.
  9. (7) Martin Truex Jr, Toyota, 400.
  10. (25) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 400.
  11. (19) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 400.
  12. (32) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 400.
  13. (31) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 400.
  14. (5) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ford, 400.
  15. (1) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 399.
  16. (8) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 398.
  17. (27) David Ragan, Toyota, 397.
  18. (30) Chris Buescher #, Ford, 396.
  19. (35) Landon Cassill, Ford, 396.
  20. (28) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 396.
  21. (24) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 395.
  22. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 391.
  23. (20) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 391.
  24. (17) Brian Scott #, Ford, 390.
  25. (21) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 387.
  26. (26) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 374.
  27. (36) * Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, Vibration, 364.
  28. (4) Carl Edwards, Toyota, Accident, 359.
  29. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, Accident, 355.
  30. (3) Kyle Busch, Toyota, Accident, 354.
  31. (15) Aric Almirola, Ford, Accident, 354.
  32. (2) Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, Accident, 354.
  33. (12) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 345.
  34. (34) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, Suspension, 342.
  35. (39) Jeffrey Earnhardt #, Ford, 334.
  36. (40) * Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 331.
  37. (37) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, Accident, 223.
  38. (38) * Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, Accident, 204.
  39. (33) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, Accident, 139.
  40. (29) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, Accident, 116.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  109.348 mph.

Time of Race:  03 Hrs, 39 Mins, 29 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.187 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  12 for 65 laps.

Lead Changes:  19 among 10 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   K. Harvick 1-42; C. Edwards 43-46; K. Harvick 47-120; C. Edwards 121-130; M. Kenseth 131; C. Edwards 132-143; M. Truex Jr 144-173; K. Harvick 174; G. Biffle 175-180; K. Larson 181-214; J. Logano 215; D. Hamlin 216-230; B. Keselowski 231-279; K. Larson 280-289; J. Logano 290; K. Larson 291-331; M. Truex Jr 332-348; C. Edwards 349; J. Johnson 350-353; M. Kenseth 354-400.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  K. Harvick 3 times for 117 laps; K. Larson 3 times for 85 laps; B. Keselowski 1 time for 49 laps; M. Kenseth 2 times for 48 laps; M. Truex Jr 2 times for 47 laps; C. Edwards 4 times for 27 laps; D. Hamlin 1 time for 15 laps; G. Biffle 1 time for 6 laps; J. Johnson 1 time for 4 laps; J. Logano 2 times for 2 laps.

Top 16 in Points: K. Harvick – 418; Kyle Busch – 397; Kurt Busch – 386; C. Edwards – 381; J. Johnson – 370; B. Keselowski – 368; C. Elliott # – 341; J. Logano – 340; M. Truex Jr – 336; A. Dillon – 315; D. Earnhardt Jr – 314; M. Kenseth – 313; D. Hamlin – 308; J. Mcmurray – 296; *. Blaney # – 288; K. Kahne – 286.

 

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Crafton holds off Suárez for Truck Series victory at Dover

Crafton holds off Suárez for Truck Series victory at Dover

May 13, 2016

By Reid Spencer

NASCAR Wire Service

DOVER, Del. – It took 16 tries, but Matt Crafton finally got his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory at Dover International Speedway.

Holding off hard-charging Daniel Suárez throughout a 27-lap green-flag run to the finish of Friday’s Dover 200 at the Monster Mile, the two-time series champion picked up his first win of the season and the 12th of his career, all but assuring himself a berth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase.

“We’ve gotten close and we’ve had very fast trucks – and this truck was very, very good today,” said Crafton, who has recorded all 12 of his career wins in No. 88 trucks fielded by ThorSport Racing. “It’s all about the guys behind me.

“This team never gives up because we weren’t very good in the last practice. We were 21st. Junior (Joiner, crew chief) and I sat down and talked for a while – and we talked again. I just showed up later and let him do his work. They worked on it all day – a little air pressure here and a little air pressure there and finally this thing was right on.”

And “right on” was good enough to keep Suárez at bay over the closing laps.

“It’s awesome,” Crafton said. “I’ve always wanted Miles (the Monster trophy).”

Suárez came home second in the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, matching his career best. Christopher Bell ran third, followed by Johnny Sauter and Cole Custer, who overcame an early penalty for jumping the first restart of the race on lap 49 of 200 to finish fifth.

Suárez thought he had the fastest truck during the closing run but couldn’t get to Crafton’s bumper.

“When I was moving to the top, I thought I was making some ground, but the slow cars were on the top, so it was difficult for me to keep the momentum and stay there,” Suárez said. “I don’t know what I could have done different to try to complete the pass.

“But what I think was that the 51 truck was the fastest out there at the end of that run, but clean air is super important here, and that paid off really good for the 88 team.”

Though Michael Waltrip referred to Joiner as a “mastermind” on the FOX Sports television broadcast, Joiner was quick to deflect credit to his driver.

“We do it together, and we’re both masterminds at what we do, because we never stop,” Joiner said. “That’s what makes us a unit. We don’t ever, ever stop. He’ll text me or call me at midnight if he woke up and had an epiphany or something. The good thing is we’ll both take it in and do it together.”

Notes: Polesitter William Byron, last week’s winner at Kansas, led a race-high 80 laps but faded to 11th at the finish. Crafton was close behind, leading 76 laps… Friday was a mixed bag for ThorSport, which had two of trucks, driven by Ben Rhodes and Rico Abreu, wreck together on Lap 61… Crafton took over the series lead by two points over Timothy Peters, who finished 14th… In post-race inspection, Suárez ‘ No. 51 Toyota was found to be too low in the left rear. If any penalties are warranted, they will be announced next week.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – JACOB Companies 200

Dover International Speedway

Dover, Delaware

Friday, May 13, 2016

  1. (5) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 200.
  2. (6) Daniel Suárez(i), Toyota, 200.
  3. (9) Christopher Bell #, Toyota, 200.
  4. (15) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 200.
  5. (7) Cole Custer #, Chevrolet, 200.
  6. (21) Spencer Gallagher, Chevrolet, 200.
  7. (16) Tyler Reddick, Ford, 200.
  8. (18) Ryan Truex, Toyota, 200.
  9. (8) Daniel Hemric, Ford, 200.
  10. (22) Kaz Grala, Chevrolet, 200.
  11. (1) William Byron #, Toyota, 200.
  12. (3) Matt Tifft #, Toyota, 200.
  13. (11) Ben Kennedy, Chevrolet, 200.
  14. (17) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 200.
  15. (19) John H Nemechek, Chevrolet, 200.
  16. (14) Nick Drake, Chevrolet, 200.
  17. (26) Austin Hill, Ford, 198.
  18. (24) Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, 198.
  19. (4) Cameron Hayley, Toyota, 197.
  20. (2) Brandon Jones(i), Chevrolet, 196.
  21. (27) Tyler Young, Chevrolet, 196.
  22. (13) Rico Abreu #, Toyota, 196.
  23. (30) Travis Kvapil, Chevrolet, 195.
  24. (29) Tommy Joe Martins, Chevrolet, 194.
  25. (31) CJ Faison, Chevrolet, 190.
  26. (28) Bobby Pierce, Chevrolet, Accident, 176.
  27. (12) Parker Kligerman, Ford, Rear Gear, 136.
  28. (10) Ben Rhodes #, Toyota, 131.
  29. (20) John Wes Townley, Chevrolet, Accident, 128.
  30. (32) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, Brakes, 65.
  31. (23) Brandon Brown, Chevrolet, Suspension, 56.
  32. (25) Austin Wayne Self, Toyota, Engine, 41.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  111.369 mph.

Time of Race:  01 Hrs, 47 Mins, 45 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.571 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  6 for 29 laps.

Lead Changes:  3 among 4 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   W. Byron # 1-80; J. Townley 81-83; T. Reddick 84-122; M. Crafton 123-200.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  W. Byron # 1 time for 80 laps; M. Crafton 1 time for 76 laps; T. Reddick 1 time for 39 laps; J. Townley 1 time for 3 laps.

Top 10 in Points: M. Crafton – 124; T. Peters – 122; D. Hemric – 119; R. Truex – 118; S. Gallagher – 112; W. Byron # – 111; J. Nemechek – 106; T. Young – 101; C. Bell # – 99; T. Reddick – 96.

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Qualifying rainout puts Harvick, Earnhardt on front row at Dover

Qualifying rainout puts Harvick, Earnhardt on front row at Dover

May 13, 2016

By Reid Spencer

NASCAR Wire Service

DOVER, Del. – With the threat of rain on Friday at Dover International Speedway, there was an urgency to opening practice and a need for speed in the session.

Strong runs in qualifying trim paid off for Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who will start first and second, respectively, in Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism at the Monster Mile (1 p.m. ET on FS1), with positions on the grid set according to practice speeds.

“I think (the weather) definitely changes the approach,” said Harvick, who picked up his only Dover victory in last year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the one-mile concrete track. “That’s what the forecast looked like all week, and we just decided to come in qualifying trim.

“(Crew chief) Rodney (Childers) and those guys made that decision pretty early – I’d say about midweek – to practice that way.”

Harvick posted a lap at 165.147 mph, which would have supplanted Brad Keselowski’s 2014 qualifying record of 164.444 mph, had it been set during time trials. Practice times, however, are not eligible for official track records.

Earnhardt ran 164.707 mph despite a less-than-perfect effort through Turns 3 and 4.

“It was really hooked up for that lap we had,” Earnhardt said. “And I think we were ahead of Kevin on the Dartfish (a lap-tracking computer program) going into 3. I pushed up off of 4 really bad and had to lift on that exit, but the car was really, really good.

“I just didn’t drive 3 and 4 exactly right.”

With crew chief Adam Stevens serving a one-race suspension for a lug nut violation, Kyle Busch, last week’s race winner at Kansas Speedway, earned the third starting position with a practice run at 164.489 mph. Carl Edwards, a two-time winner this season, will start fourth, followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Newman.

Jamie McMurray, Danica Patrick and Tony Stewart, all of whom went to backup cars after wrecking in the fourth minute of opening practice when the rear gear of Patrick’s car failed and dumped oil on the track, will start 24th, 31st and 34th, respectively.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – AAA 400 Drive for Autism

Dover International Speedway

Dover, Delaware

Friday, May 13, 2016

  1. (4) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 165.145 mph.
  2. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 164.707 mph.
  3. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, Charter Team – 164.489 mph.
  4. (19) Carl Edwards, Toyota, Charter Team – 164.144 mph.
  5. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ford, Charter Team – 163.815 mph.
  6. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, Charter Team – 163.741 mph.
  7. (78) Martin Truex Jr, Toyota, Charter Team – 163.681 mph.
  8. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 163.666 mph.
  9. (41) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 163.607 mph.
  10. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, Charter Team – 163.451 mph.
  11. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 163.406 mph.
  12. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 163.021 mph.
  13. (24) Chase Elliott #, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 162.925 mph.
  14. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, Charter Team – 162.881 mph.
  15. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, Charter Team – 162.462 mph.
  16. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, Charter Team – 162.316 mph.
  17. (44) Brian Scott #, Ford, Charter Team – 162.286 mph.
  18. (21) * Ryan Blaney #, Ford, Open Team – 162.228 mph.
  19. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 162.199 mph.
  20. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 161.645 mph.
  21. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 161.609 mph.
  22. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, Charter Team – 161.478 mph.
  23. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 161.413 mph.
  24. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 161.276 mph.
  25. (6) Trevor Bayne, Ford, Charter Team – 161.182 mph.
  26. (13) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 161.009 mph.
  27. (23) David Ragan, Toyota, Charter Team – 160.271 mph.
  28. (95) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 160.157 mph.
  29. (83) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, Charter Team – 159.794 mph.
  30. (34) Chris Buescher #, Ford, Charter Team – 159.759 mph.
  31. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 159.398 mph.
  32. (15) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 159.341 mph.
  33. (7) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 159.222 mph.
  34. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 158.388 mph.
  35. (38) Landon Cassill, Ford, Charter Team – 157.992 mph.
  36. (98) * Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, Open Team – 154.110 mph.
  37. (46) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 153.767 mph.
  38. (55) * Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, Open Team – 153.146 mph.
  39. (32) Jeffrey Earnhardt #, Ford, Charter Team – 152.879 mph.

05/14/2016 Posted by | 2016 ARCHIVES | Comments Off on Qualifying rainout puts Harvick, Earnhardt on front row at Dover

Sprint Cup Kansas Speedway Results

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race – GoBowling 400

Kansas Speedway

Kansas City, Kansas

Saturday, May 07, 2016

 

  1. (6) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 267.
  2. (26) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 267.
  3. (4) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 267.
  4. (2) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 267.
  5. (7) Ryan Blaney #, Ford, 267.
  6. (17) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 267.
  7. (8) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 267.
  8. (29) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 267.
  9. (13) Chase Elliott #, Chevrolet, 267.
  10. (5) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 267.
  11. (12) Carl Edwards, Toyota, 267.
  12. (16) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 267.
  13. (9) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ford, 267.
  14. (1) Martin Truex Jr, Toyota, 267.
  15. (22) Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 267.
  16. (27) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 267.
  17. (15) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 267.
  18. (19) Aric Almirola, Ford, 265.
  19. (33) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 265.
  20. (23) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 265.
  21. (31) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 265.
  22. (28) Brian Scott #, Ford, 265.
  23. (32) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 265.
  24. (25) Chris Buescher #, Ford, 265.
  25. (10) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 264.
  26. (21) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 264.
  27. (20) Greg Biffle, Ford, 264.
  28. (30) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 264.
  29. (34) David Ragan, Toyota, 264.
  30. (24) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 264.
  31. (35) Landon Cassill, Ford, 264.
  32. (39) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 260.
  33. (40) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 257.
  34. (38) Joey Gase(i), Ford, 257.
  35. (18) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, Accident, 252.
  36. (36) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, Suspension, 245.
  37. (3) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, Accident, 240.
  38. (14) Joey Logano, Ford, Accident, 240.
  39. (37) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 212.
  40. (11) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, Engine, 129.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  141.909 mph.

Time of Race:  02 Hrs, 49 Mins, 20 Secs. Margin of Victory:  1.112 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  6 for 30 laps.

Lead Changes:  16 among 10 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   M. Truex Jr 1-24; D. Ragan 25; Kyle Busch 26-57; M. DiBenedetto 58; M. Truex Jr 59-104; R. Smith 105; M. Truex Jr 106-158; J. Logano 159; D. Patrick 160-161; M. Truex Jr 162-172; M. Kenseth 173; M. Truex Jr 174-211; M. Kenseth 212-213; J. Logano 214-215; B. Keselowski 216-218; T. Stewart 219-230; Kyle Busch 231-267.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  M. Truex Jr 5 times for 172 laps; Kyle Busch 2 times for 69 laps; T. Stewart 1 time for 12 laps; B. Keselowski 1 time for 3 laps; M. Kenseth 2 times for 3 laps; J. Logano 2 times for 3 laps; D. Patrick 1 time for 2 laps; M. DiBenedetto 1 time for 1 lap; D. Ragan 1 time for 1 lap; R. Smith 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 16 in Points: K. Harvick – 390; Kyle Busch – 386; C. Edwards – 367; J. Johnson – 353; Kurt Busch – 350; B. Keselowski – 332; J. Logano – 320; A. Dillon – 307; D. Earnhardt Jr – 305; M. Truex Jr – 303; C. Elliott # – 303; J. Mcmurray – 276; D. Hamlin – 273; M. Kenseth – 269; A. Allmendinger – 265; R. Blaney # – 255.

 

 

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NASCAR Announces 2017 National Series Schedules

NASCAR Announces 2017 National Series Schedules

Unprecedented Industry Collaboration Triggers NASCAR’s Earliest Schedule Release

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 5, 2016) – NASCAR today announced the 2017 schedules for its three national series, giving fans and stakeholders a significant head start in planning for next season’s thrilling slate.

 

A credit to unprecedented industry collaboration, specifically the five-year sanctioning agreement between NASCAR and its tracks, the sanctioning body finalized its 2017 schedules months ahead of previous years’ release.

 

The result: Three unique schedules featuring race tracks that have hosted record-setting races already this season, with the majority of the slate still remaining.

 

A notable change in the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series schedule includes a date swap between a track that just hosted one of the most competitive races in its history, and one that will showcase the lower downforce competition package this coming weekend.

 

Talladega Superspeedway, which last Sunday had the second-highest total of green flag passes for the lead ever recorded (213), will become the second race in the Round of 12 in 2017 (Oct. 15). Kansas Speedway will now become the third and final race in that round (Oct. 22).

 

“Announcing the 2017 national series schedules this early in the season is another example of the collaborative spirit across the NASCAR industry,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “It is an exciting time in NASCAR, with some of the most intriguing racing we’ve seen in years. With the 2017 schedule solidified, the industry can now concentrate on the remainder of this season, while planning for the future much earlier than in previous years.”

 

Texas Motor Speedway’s spring Cup race shifts to Sunday (Apr. 9), a  move expected to produce great racing action like that seen after Richmond International Raceway switched to a Sunday race for the 2016 season. Other changes in the NASCAR Cup schedule include Dover International Speedway’s spring date move to June 4, a week after the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 28). Michigan International Speedway’s second race will return to its traditional early August slot, on Aug. 13.

 

The NASCAR Cup Series 2017 schedule opens with The Great American Race, the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 26. The season culminates with the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 19.

 

The NASCAR XFINITY Series will kick off at Daytona on Feb. 25, and crown its champion at Homestead on Saturday, Nov. 18. Its schedule features four standalone events – Iowa Speedway (July 29), Mid-Ohio (Aug. 12), Road America (Aug. 26) and Kentucky Speedway, the first event in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase (Sept. 23). For the second consecutive season, Iowa will host a NASCAR XFINITY Series-NASCAR Camping World Truck Series companion weekend on June 23-24.

 

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series opens its season at Daytona on Feb. 24, and culminates at Homestead on Nov. 17. Five standalone races are included among the 2017 lineup: Texas Motor Speedway (June 9), Gateway Motorsports Park (June 17), Eldora Speedway (July 19), Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Aug. 27) and Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Sept. 30). The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase once again begins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Sept. 23).

 

All races will air on either the FOX or NBC family of networks, MRN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

See below for all three NASCAR national series schedules.

 

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit http://www.NASCAR.com and http://www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Snapchat (’NASCAR’).

 

 

 

2017 NASCAR CUP SERIES SCHEDULE

Date Site  
     
2/18 Daytona International Speedway (Unlimited)  
2/19 Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500 Qualifying)  
2/23 Daytona International Speedway (Duel)  
2/26 Daytona 500  
3/5 Atlanta Motor Speedway  
3/12 Las Vegas Motor Speedway  
3/19 Phoenix International Raceway  
3/26 Auto Club Speedway  
4/2 Martinsville Speedway  
4/9 Texas Motor Speedway  
4/23 Bristol Motor Speedway  
4/30 Richmond International Raceway  
5/7 Talladega Superspeedway  
5/13 Kansas Speedway  
5/20 Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR All-Star Race)  
5/28 Charlotte Motor Speedway  
6/4 Dover International Speedway  
6/11 Pocono Raceway  
6/18 Michigan International Speedway  
6/25 Sonoma Raceway  
7/1 Daytona International Speedway  
7/8 Kentucky Speedway  
7/16 New Hampshire Motor Speedway  
7/23 Indianapolis Motor Speedway  
7/30 Pocono Raceway  
8/6 Watkins Glen International  
8/13 Michigan International Speedway  
8/19 Bristol Motor Speedway  
9/3 Darlington Raceway  
9/9 Richmond International Raceway  
9/17 Chicagoland Speedway  
9/24 New Hampshire Motor Speedway  
10/1 Dover International Speedway  
10/7 Charlotte Motor Speedway  
10/15 Talladega Superspeedway  
10/22 Kansas Speedway  
10/29 Martinsville Speedway  
11/5 Texas Motor Speedway  
11/12 Phoenix International Raceway  
11/19 Homestead-Miami Speedway  

           

SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

 

2017 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES SCHEDULE

Date Site  
2/25 Daytona International Speedway  
3/4 Atlanta Motor Speedway  
3/11 Las Vegas Motor Speedway  
3/18 Phoenix International Raceway  
3/25 Auto Club Speedway  
4/8 Texas Motor Speedway  
4/22 Bristol Motor Speedway  
4/29 Richmond International Raceway  
5/6 Talladega Superspeedway  
5/27 Charlotte Motor Speedway  
6/3 Dover International Speedway  
6/10 Pocono Raceway  
6/17 Michigan International Speedway  
6/24 Iowa Speedway  
6/30 Daytona International Speedway  
7/7 Kentucky Speedway  
7/15 New Hampshire Motor Speedway  
7/22 Indianapolis Motor Speedway  
7/29 Iowa Speedway  
8/5 Watkins Glen International  
8/12 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course  
8/18 Bristol Motor Speedway  
8/26 Road America  
9/2 Darlington Raceway  
9/8 Richmond International Raceway  
9/16 Chicagoland Speedway  
9/23 Kentucky Speedway  
9/30 Dover International Speedway  
10/6 Charlotte Motor Speedway  
10/21 Kansas Speedway  
11/4 Texas Motor Speedway  
11/11 Phoenix International Raceway  
11/18 Homestead-Miami Speedway  

 

SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

 

 

2017 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES SCHEDULE

Date Site  
     
2/24 Daytona International Speedway  
3/4 Atlanta Motor Speedway  
4/1 Martinsville Speedway  
5/12 Kansas Speedway  
5/19 Charlotte Motor Speedway  
6/2 Dover International Speedway  
6/9 Texas Motor Speedway  
6/17 Gateway Motorsports Park  
6/23 Iowa Speedway  
7/6 Kentucky Speedway  
7/19 Eldora Speedway  
7/29 Pocono Raceway  
8/12 Michigan International Speedway  
8/16 Bristol Motor Speedway  
8/27 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park  
9/15 Chicagoland Speedway  
9/23 New Hampshire Motor Speedway  
9/30 Las Vegas Motor Speedway  
10/14 Talladega Superspeedway  
10/28 Martinsville Speedway  
11/3 Texas Motor Speedway  
11/10 Phoenix International Raceway  
11/17 Homestead-Miami Speedway  
     

SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

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2016 NASCAR Sunoco Rookie Of The Year

2016 NASCAR Sunoco Rookie Of The Year

 



Sunoco Rookie of the Year Infographics

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POLE AWARDS

 

  


2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole & 21 Means 21 Pole Award Winners

Daytona – Daytona 500 (2/14/16): Chase Elliott (No. 24 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet)
Atlanta – Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (2/26/26): Kurt Busch (No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet)
Las Vegas – Kobalt 400 (3/4/16): Kurt Busch (No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet)
Phoenix – Good Sam 500 (3/11/16): Kyle Busch (No. 18 Skittles Toyota)
Auto Club – Auto Club 400 (3/18/16): Austin Dillon (No. 3 American Ethanol Chevrolet)
Martinsville – STP 500 (4/1/16): Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford)
Texas – Duck Commander 500 (4/8/16): Carl Edwards (No. 19 Stanley Toyota)
Bristol – Food City 500 (4/15/16): Carl Edwards (No. 19 Comcast Business Toyota)
Richmond – Toyota Owners 400 (4/22/16): Qualifying was not held due to weather
Talladega – GEICO 500 (4/30/16): Chase Elliott (No. 24 NAPA
 Auto Parts Chevrolet)


2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole & 21 Means 21 Pole Award Winners
Daytona – Powershares QQQ 300 (2/20/16): Ty Dillon (No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet)
Atlanta – Heads Up Georgia 250 (2/27/16): Kyle Busch (No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota)
Las Vegas – Boyd Gaming 300 (3/5/16): Kyle Busch (No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota)
Phoenix – Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 (3/12/16): Erik Jones (No. 20 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota)
Auto Club – TreatMyClot.com 300 (3/19/16): Daniel Suárez (No. 19 Interstate Batteries Toyota)
Texas – O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 (4/8/16): Kyle Busch (No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota)
Bristol – Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 (4/16/16): Erik Jones (No. 20 Gamestop/ Performance Designed Products Toyota)
Richmond – ToyotaCares 250 (4/23/16): Qualifying was not held due to weather
Talladega – Sparks Energy 300 (4/30/16): Matt Tifft (No. 18 NOS Energy Toyota)


2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Coors Light Pole & 21 Means 21 Pole Award Winners

Daytona – NextEra 250 (2/19/16): Grant Enfinger (No. 33 Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet)
Atlanta – Great Clips 200 (2/27/16): Matt Crafton (No. 88 Hormel/Menards Toyota)
Martinsville – Alpha Energy Solution 250 (4/2/16): Ben Rhodes (No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Toyota)

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