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Buescher Wins on Fuel-Strategy After Contact with Teammate

By Reid Spencer (NASCAR Wire Service) DOVER, Del.—Chris Buescher had enough fuel left at the end of Saturday’s Buckle Up 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Dover International Speedway to do a celebratory burnout, but his No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford wasn’t the only thing that was smoking after the checkered flag.

Yes, Buescher won for the second time this season and extended his lead in the series standings to 15 points over eighth-place finisher Ty Dillon, but his winning pass of teammate and Coors Light Polesitter Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. left Wallace fuming.

Contact between the cars on Lap 191 of 200 cut the left front tire of Wallace’s No. 6 Ford and forced the car to pit road for an unplanned stop.

While Buescher spent the final nine laps coasting to an 11.477-second victory over runner-up Matt Kenseth, stretching 98 laps out of his last tank of fuel, Wallace left the Monster Mile in 17th place—and understandably unhappy about it.

“I was saving fuel there, and Chris just ran over me and he ends up winning,” Wallace said. “It should be interesting Monday morning (in the team competition meeting). We just got run over. It sucks that it was my teammate. I thought he got help from the 7 (third-place finisher Regan Smith), but I just saw the replay there.

“I was saving fuel. I didn’t think I was holding him tight and the next thing you know we’re almost in the fence,” continued Wallace, a NASCAR Next and Drive for Diversity alum. “The crappy part about it is we had a really strong Ford EcoBoost Mustang, and we couldn’t get off pit road to save us, and we got caught in dirty air, and then we were in fuel saving mode. I thought we were doing OK until that little incident. I would say I am happy Roush won but I’m not.”

The victory was Buescher’s third in the series and his second in the last three races. The winner pointed out that his teammate, who also was on fuel-conservation strategy, was running a slower pace when Buescher caught him.

“That was tough, because we are sitting there, and he was saving a lot more fuel than I was because they were shorter, and I was able to run into the corner harder, but I couldn’t do anything with the track being pretty narrow and two guys racing for the win,” Buescher said.

“It was tough. We got side by side and it (Buescher’s car) got pretty free, but this Roush Mustang was good all weekend. The race wasn’t exactly where we needed to be, but then (crew chief) Scott (Graves) pulled great strategy and the team did a nice job, and we got to Victory Lane with this Ford.”

As the highest finisher among eligible series regulars, Regan Smith, who thought he was racing Kenseth for the win before Buescher’s fuel strategy paid off, won the $100,000 XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash bonus.

“We’ll take some of XFINITY’s money as a consolation prize, but I want a win so freaking bad,” Smith said.

Buescher, Smith, sixth-place finisher Chase Elliott and seventh-place Brendan Gaughan are the four drivers eligible for the money in the second of four Dash 4 Cash races on July 25 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Note: Sprint Cup regulars Austin Dillon and Kasey Kahne finished fourth and fifth, respectively, but in post-race inspection, Dillon’s car was deemed too low in the rear on both sides. If penalties are forthcoming, NASCAR will announce them next week.

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket

 

  1. (2) Chris Buescher, Ford, 200, $63702.
  2. (3) Matt Kenseth(i), Toyota, 200, $35286.
  3. (10) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 200, $34150.
  4. (8) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 200, $24083.
  5. (7) Kasey Kahne(i), Chevrolet, 200, $22598.
  6. (14) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 199, $27877.
  7. (11) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 199, $26457.
  8. (12) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 199, $26215.
  9. (6) Erik Jones(i), Toyota, 199, $28716.
  10. (15) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 198, $26362.
  11. (17) Ryan Reed, Ford, 198, $25158.
  12. (18) Brennan Poole, Chevrolet, 198, $25031.
  13. (24) David Starr, Toyota, 198, $24931.
  14. (19) Dakoda Armstrong, Ford, 198, $24803.
  15. (16) John Wes Townley(i), Chevrolet, 198, $25328.
  16. (21) Ross Chastain #, Chevrolet, 198, $25652.
  17. (1) Darrell Wallace Jr. #, Ford, 197, $27976.
  18. (23) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 197, $24526.
  19. (4) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 197, $24475.
  20. (20) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 197, $24925.
  21. (13) Elliott Sadler, Ford, 196, $24369.
  22. (28) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 195, $24263.
  23. (37) CJ Faison, Toyota, 194, $24186.
  24. (30) Eric McClure, Toyota, 193, $24111.
  25. (32) Peyton Sellers #, Chevrolet, 193, $24210.
  26. (34) Harrison Rhodes #, Chevrolet, 192, $24009.
  27. (33) BJ McLeod(i), Chevrolet, 191, $17959.
  28. (38) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 187, $17883.
  29. (35) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 179, $23808.
  30. (25) Blake Koch, Toyota, Accident, 171, $24057.
  31. (36) Timmy Hill(i), Dodge, Suspension, 159, $17701.
  32. (29) Mario Gosselin, Chevrolet, 147, $23640.
  33. (26) Cale Conley #, Toyota, Accident, 135, $23575.
  34. (9) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 131, $23540.
  35. (40) Mike Harmon, Dodge, Suspension, 113, $17499.
  36. (5) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, Accident, 63, $21806.
  37. (22) Jamie Dick, Chevrolet, Accident, 62, $20806.
  38. (27) Carl Long, Toyota, Engine, 33, $13806.
  39. (39) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Overheating, 33, $12806.
  40. (31) Jeff Green, Toyota, Vibration, 3, $11806.
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Kenseth Wins Charlotte Pole for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600

By Reid Spencer – (NASCAR Wire Service) – After powering to his second pole of the season on Thursday night, Matt Kenseth will start NASCAR’s longer race from the most advantageous position—with his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota getting serviced in the most advantageous pit stall.

Kenseth ran his fastest lap of the night (194.252 mph) in the third and final round of knockout qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway and secured the top spot on the grid for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET on FOX), the 12th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season.

The Coors Light Pole Award was Kenseth’s first at Charlotte and the 15th of his career. Kenseth, who covered the 1.5-mile distance in 27.799 seconds, was a whopping .204 seconds faster than Joey Logano (192.836 mph), whose No. 22 Team Penske Ford will start beside Kenseth’s Camry on the front row.

“I think starting up front is important at this track,” Kenseth said. “It typically goes through a lot of changes here, especially if the sun is out for the beginning of the race. You want to have good track position, good pit selection—all those things—so if you get a little bit off and you’re chasing the setup, or the track changes, you have a little bit of a buffer being toward the front, hopefully…

“All the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas had some speed tonight, and that was encouraging.”

Carl Edwards (192.733 mph) was third in his No. 19 JGR Toyota, followed by Greg Biffle in his No. 16 Roush Fenway Ford (192.226 mph) and NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winner Denny Hamlin in his No. 11 JGR Toyota (192.007 mph).

Surprisingly, in consecutive seasons that have seen domination of the intermediate speedways by the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Chevrolet of reigning series champion Kevin Harvick and the No. 48 Chevy of six-time champ Jimmie Johnson, Toyotas and Fords claimed the top seven qualifying positions for the 600.

To Logano, however, the absence of a Chevrolet from the top five spots on the grid for the first time this season isn’t hugely significant.

“Those guys have been fast in the race—that’s where their speed really shines,” Logano said. “They qualify good–don’t get me wrong—but in the race they shine a little bit more. You’re talking about the 4, the 41 (Kurt Busch) and the 48. Those are the ones that stand out.

“And I’m sure they’ll be fast when it comes to race time. Qualifying’s a different animal. You use a completely different setup, and qualifying can kind of mask over some issues you have in race trim a lot of times. … I wouldn’t (read) too much into it.”

Notes: All four Hendrick Motorsports entries failed to advance to the final round of knockout qualifying, but Kasey Kahne had a valid excuse. A cut tire prevented him from posting a quick qualifying laps. As a result, the three-time winner of the Coke 600 will start 33rd on Sunday … Jeb Burton, Mike Bliss, Travis Kvapil, Jeff Green and Brendan Gaughan failed to make the 43-car field. The 48-car turnout for qualifying was the largest since 49 entries showed up for the season-opening Daytona 500.

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Four Hard Chargers and A Master Builder Join NASCAR Hall of Fame

By Reid Spencer (NASCAR Wire Service) CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The architect of some of NASCAR’s most impressive facilities joined four of the sport’s most tenacious racers in comprising the 2016 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class, selected Wednesday by the Hall of Fame Voting Panel.

Two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Terry Labonte headlines a quartet of drivers that includes six-time NASCAR modified champion Jerry Cook, 1970 Cup titleholder Bobby Isaac and 17-time premier series race winner Curtis Turner, one of the most flamboyant figures who ever sat behind the wheel of a stock car.

Joining the four men who made their reputations on the track was a man who has spent his life building some of the most prestigious venues in the sport, Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman O. Bruton Smith.

Another pioneer in the realm of race track construction, Darlington Raceway founder Harold Brasington, receives the Landmark Award for outstanding contributions to NASCAR, announced Wednesday along with the 2016 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees.

Known as “Texas Terry,” Labonte also earned the nickname “Iron Man” for his 655 consecutive starts in NASCAR’s foremost series. He won his championships 12 years apart, driving for two different owners—Billy Hagan in 1984 and Rick Hendrick in 1996.

Labonte, who won 22 Cup races and 27 poles in a career that spanned 37 years, was in a hotel room with son Justin Labonte when he realized he had been elected to the Hall.

“My phone started blowing up, and I said, ‘Oh, wow, I just got selected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame,’” Labonte said in a conference call with reporters. “(Justin) said, ‘Oh, cool, is it on TV?’ and we started flipping channels looking for it…

“It was very exciting. It’s quite an honor to be in that group of people that are in the Hall of Fame—all these people I looked up to. I never really thought about being part of the Hall of Fame, because there’s so many great people that are in it.”

Isaac, who died in 1977, raced for the first time at NASCAR’s highest level in 1961, but the most productive stretch of his career was compressed into two seasons, 1969 and 1970. In 1969, the Catawba, N.C., driver won 19 poles in 50 attempts, still a high-water mark for a single season of Cup racing.

All told, Isaac won 37 races and 49 poles, ranking him 10th all-time in the latter category. Isaac’s conversion rate of poles to wins also was phenomenal; 19 of his 37 victories came from the top starting spot.

Known as the “Babe Ruth of Stock Car Racing,” Turner, who died in 1970, competed in NASCAR’s first Strictly Stock event in Charlotte in 1949. Three starts later, he recorded the first of his 17 victories in NASCAR’s premier division at Langhorne (Pa.) Speedway.

Known for his prowess on the dirt tracks, Turner nevertheless won the Southern 500 in 1956 and the first American 500 at Rockingham Speedway in 1965. Turner, who also won 38 races in 79 starts in NASCAR’s Convertible Division, is the only driver to win two consecutive races from the pole, leading every lap, a feat he accomplished in back-to-back starts at Monroe County Fairgrounds in Rochester, N.Y. and Charlotte (N.C.) Speedway in 1950.

Renowned for his intense battles with NASCAR Hall of Famer and fellow Rome, N.Y., driver Richie Evans, Cook won more than 300 races in the NASCAR Modified division to go with his six titles, four of which were consecutive (1974 through 1977).

Cook helped shape the NASCAR Whelan Modified Tour and served as series director before continuing his career with the sanctioning body as competition administrator.

“This is like winning all the championships at one time,” said Cook, the only inductee present at the announcement.

Smith’s Speedway Motorsports Inc. operates eight tracks which collectively host 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. It was Smith’s vision, for example, that transformed Bristol Motor Speedway from a half-mile short track to a vast coliseum with seating for more than 150,000 fans.

“When I found out that I was nominated, I realized how much this meant to my family and the 15,000 employees that work for my companies,” Smith said in a statement released after the results of the voting were announced. “Now I realize how much it means to me. It will truly be an honor to be remembered at the Hall of Fame along with people like Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, Glen Wood, Junior Johnson, Darrell Waltrip and so many others who helped build this sport.

“That’s what I’ve tried to do my entire life.  I’m a frustrated builder who had a knack for promoting races, and it’s been fun to always try to push the sport to greater heights for the fans. From the first World 600, I’ve always wanted the fans to leave with something spectacular to remember about their experience.”

Smith was the leading vote-getter in the 2016 class, being named on 68 percent of ballots. Labonte (61 percent) was second, followed by Turner (60 percent), Cook (47 percent) and Isaac (44 percent).

The induction ceremonies for the 2016 class are scheduled for Jan. 22.

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Joey Logano Leads All 300 Laps In Record Win at Bristol

By Reid Spencer (NASCAR Wire Service) BRISTOL, Tenn.—Joey Logano was enjoying such a perfect day at Bristol Motor Speedway that the driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford kept expecting something to go wrong.

It never did.

Logano led all 300 laps of Saturday’s Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at the .533-mile short track, a record for laps led in a NASCAR XFINITY Series race. It was the first time a driver led every lap in a single race since Kyle Busch accomplished the feat in winning the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond on Sept. 5, 2014.

The victory was Logano’s second of the season, his second at Bristol (and his second straight dating back to his last start at Thunder Valley in 2012) and the 23rd of his career.

“I’ve never led every single lap in a race before—what a fast Discount Tire Ford!” Logano said in Victory Lane. “Gosh, that’s amazing. You’re waiting for something to go wrong. It’s such a fast car, and with late cautions and all that stuff, you’re like ‘All right, where am I going to blow this thing?’

“Those are the ones you’re just nervous throughout the whole race—but what a fast car. (Crew chief) Greg Erwin and all this team here … it was a perfect day. I can’t ask for any more out of them.”

A caution for Jeremy Clements’ contact with the Turn 2 wall brought out the eighth and final caution of the race on Lap 280, but after a restart on Lap 288, Logano pulled away to beat rookie Daniel Suarez to the finish line by 1.172 seconds.

Suarez notched the best finish of his XFINITY Series career. Chris Buescher ran third, followed by polesitter Erik Jones and Ty Dillon. Buescher and Dillon are tied for the series lead, 12 points ahead of reigning series champion and sixth-place finisher Chase Elliott in third.

Early in the race, Kevin Harvick posed the only realistic threat to Logano’s supremacy, but a pit road speeding penalty under caution on Lap 175 sent Harvick to the rear of the field, and the driver of the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet never recovered.

Even after stopping for fresh tires under the final caution, Harvick was unable to make up ground. He restarted seventh with 13 laps left and finished seventh, providing plenty of food for thought for NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chiefs who will have to make tire calls in Sunday’s Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes (1 p.m. ET on FOX).

During the 66-lap green-flag run that preceded the final caution, Suarez took over second place from Jones and began to gain on Logano. But Logano’s car had a maneuverability edge in traffic and was able to keep Suarez comfortably behind him.

“At one point in that run I was thinking, ‘Man, maybe I can take it,’” said Suarez, whose finish was the highest ever by a Mexican-born driver in the XFINITY Series. “I just started thinking about the big picture, and it looked like at one point of that run that maybe for 20 laps or after 10 laps, we were a little bit faster than him (Joey Logano).

“Later in the run we started getting a little too tight in the center, so we killed a little of the momentum off the corner, and it looked like he kept the same speed. Maybe he wasn’t super faster than us, but he was a little bit faster. Really, he had a lot of experience and he was able to pass traffic a little faster and with more confidence than me, and at that point he made a good gap between us.”

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – Drive to Stop Diabetes 300

1. (2) Joey Logano(i), Ford, 300, $61795.
2. (9) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 300, $50774.
3. (14) Chris Buescher, Ford, 300, $43677.
4. (1) Erik Jones(i), Toyota, 300, $44885.
5. (16) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 300, $34701.
6. (13) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 300, $33566.
7. (6) Kevin Harvick(i), Chevrolet, 300, $25998.
8. (4) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 300, $31857.
9. (8) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 300, $31635.
10. (12) Elliott Sadler, Ford, 300, $34382.
11. (17) Brennan Poole, Chevrolet, 300, $31080.
12. (7) Darrell Wallace Jr. #, Ford, 300, $30979.
13. (21) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 299, $30878.
14. (11) John Wes Townley(i), Chevrolet, 297, $30828.
15. (20) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 297, $31152.
16. (3) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 297, $24702.
17. (23) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 296, $30652.
18. (29) David Starr, Toyota, 296, $30601.
19. (33) Cale Conley #, Toyota, 296, $30500.
20. (25) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 295, $30950.
21. (24) Ryan Reed, Ford, 294, $30574.
22. (32) Blake Koch, Toyota, 294, $30319.
23. (22) Dakoda Armstrong, Ford, 294, $30268.
24. (28) Todd Bodine, Chevrolet, 293, $30192.
25. (27) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 293, $30291.
26. (26) Eric McClure, Toyota, 291, $30066.
27. (18) Ross Chastain #, Chevrolet, Engine, 273, $30016.
28. (19) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, Brakes, 268, $29940.
29. (31) Harrison Rhodes #, Chevrolet, 260, $29889.
30. (10) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 252, $29634.
31. (5) Denny Hamlin(i), Toyota, 229, $23128.
32. (35) Peyton Sellers #, Chevrolet, Electrical, 227, $28992.
33. (15) JJ Yeley, Toyota, Accident, 206, $28876.
34. (37) Timmy Hill(i), Toyota, Engine, 198, $28841.
35. (39) Mike Harmon, Dodge, Suspension, 106, $22800.
36. (38) Carlos Contreras, Chevrolet, Brakes, 60, $20646.
37. (36) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, Fuel Pump, 55, $19646.
38. (30) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Brakes, 41, $18646.
39. (34) Jeff Green, Toyota, Vibration, 28, $17646.
40. (40) Derek White, Dodge, Electrical, 11, $16646.

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Matt Kenseth Wins Second Bristol Pole in Friday’s Time Trials

By Reid Spencer (NASCAR Wire Service) BRISTOL, Tenn.—If history repeats itself on Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway, Matt Kenseth won’t have a problem with it.

The last time Kenseth won a pole at the high-banked .533-mile short track—back in 2005—he followed with a victory in the race.

In Friday’s time trials at Thunder Valley, with a lap at 128.632 mph (14.917 seconds) Kenseth earned the 14th Coors Light Pole Award of his career, his second at Bristol and his first of the season.

And that’s a good omen for a driver who hasn’t won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race since his seven-victory debut season with Joe Gibbs Racing in 2013.

Kenseth edged two-time Bristol winner Brad Keselowski (128.442 mph) for the top starting spot by .022 seconds. Carl Edwards (128.322 mph) qualified third, his best effort of the season so far, and reigning series champion Kevin Harvick (128.211 mph) will start fourth in Sunday’s Food City 500 to Support Steve Byrnes (1 p.m. on FOX).

Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano (who was fastest in each of the first two rounds of knockout qualifying), Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne earned the fifth through eighth spots on the grid, as all of the top eight qualifiers are former Bristol winners.

“We need to be able to go out and win races,” Kenseth said. “Last year and so far this year haven’t been particularly great for JGR. I think we’ve had two wins that weren’t plate races in the last year and a half as a company.

“So, obviously, as a company, we’ve got to get running better. … We’ve just got to keep working on it, and I’ve certainly got to be better. I need to do a better job, and I know that. I work at getting better every week, and I have, I think, since the first day I came into this sport.”

If Kenseth is to capitalize on his pole position, his team will have to improve the handling of the No. 20 Toyota in race trim.

“You have to be able to stay on your tires for a long time,” the 2003 series champion said. “You have to have good balance at the end of the run. You have to be pretty fast at the beginning of the run so you don’t give up spots on restarts—it is hard to pass later the run.

“I wasn’t really thrilled with the way my car drove in race trim (in practice) today, but in qualifying trim it would run a fast lap. So I certainly think we’ve got some work to do (in Saturday’s practice).”

So does Jimmie Johnson. Last week’s Texas winner didn’t survive the first elimination in qualifying and will start 28th in Sunday’s race. In fact, Kahne was the only Hendrick Motorsports driver to advance to the final round in Friday’s time trials.

David Ragan continued his solid effort in relief of injured Kyle Busch, qualifying 11th in the No. 18 JGR Camry.

Note: Brendan Gaughan and Ron Hornaday Jr. failed to make the 43-car field.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer

1. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 128.632 mph.
2. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 128.442 mph.
3. (19) Carl Edwards, Toyota, 128.322 mph.
4. (4) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 128.211 mph.
5. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 127.419 mph.
6. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 127.317 mph.
7. (41) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 126.871 mph.
8. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 126.829 mph.
9. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 126.829 mph.
10. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 126.612 mph.
11. (18) David Ragan, Toyota, 126.436 mph.
12. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 126.262 mph.
13. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 127.081 mph.
14. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 127.073 mph.
15. (51) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 126.562 mph.
16. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 126.503 mph.
17. (40) Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 126.428 mph.
18. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 126.088 mph.
19. (95) Michael McDowell, Ford, 125.947 mph.
20. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 125.939 mph.
21. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 125.831 mph.
22. (83) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 125.798 mph.
23. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 125.609 mph.
24. (55) Brett Moffitt #, Toyota, 125.199 mph.
25. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 126.378 mph.
26. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 126.328 mph.
27. (13) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 126.303 mph.
28. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 126.146 mph.
29. (23) JJ Yeley(i), Toyota, 126.046 mph.
30. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 125.823 mph.
31. (6) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 125.798 mph.
32. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 125.625 mph.
33. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 125.551 mph.
34. (26) Jeb Burton #, Toyota, 125.510 mph.
35. (98) Josh Wise, Ford, 125.453 mph.
36. (46) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 125.158 mph.
37. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, Owner Points
38. (34) Chris Buescher(i), Ford, Owner Points
39. (9) Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, Owner Points
40. (7) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, Owner Points
41. (32) Mike Bliss(i), Ford, Owner Points
42. (35) Cole Whitt, Ford, Owner Points
43. (33) Alex Kennedy #, Chevrolet, Owner Points

2 drivers failed to qualify.
44. (62) Brendan Gaughan(i), Chevrolet, 124.034 mph.
45. (30) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, 123.682 mph.

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Joey Logano Pulls Out Wild Overtime Win in Martinsville Truck Race

By Reid Spencer (NASCAR Wire Service) MARTINSVILE, Va.—Race runner-up Matt Crafton said Joey Logano barreled into Turn 1 on the final restart “like he was shot out of a cannon.”

Ducking to the inside with the accelerator mashed was the move Logano, the Coors Light Pole Award winner, had to make to vault from third to first and win Saturday’s Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway in an event that went eight circuits past its posted distance of 250 laps.

Logano led 150 laps in winning the first NCWTS race of his career and becoming the 26th driver to take a checkered flag in each of NASCAR’s top three national touring series.

After Crafton led the field to green on Lap 257, Logano and third-place finisher Erik Jones made a sandwich of Crafton’s No. 88 Toyota, and Logano squeezed his No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford through the first two corners into the lead. With a car that was set up for short runs, Logano was untouchable the rest of the way and arrived at the finish line with a .431-second advantage over the two-time defending series champion.

“I just had a great restart,” Logano said of the winning move. “The tires worked out well. I prepped them good down the back straightaway and made sure I had them clean enough. I got a good jump, a fourth-gear grab there, drove it in there and hope I got past him—and it was able to stick down there…

“It’s cool to say I’ve won in all three series now. It’s kind of special.”

Logano is the first driver to put a Ford truck in Victory Lane since Ricky Craven in 2005.

Crafton caused the caution that sent the race to overtime when he bumped Cole Custer’s No. 00 Chevrolet off Turn 4 and sent him spinning on Lap 248. Crafton’s tap was retaliation for an aggressive move on Custer’s part on lap 246, where Custer drove hard into Turn 1, knocked both Crafton and Logano out of the way and took a short-lived lead.

But Crafton soon caught Custer and moved him out of the way. With Custer’s Chevrolet sitting in the middle of the frontstretch, NASCAR was forced to call the ninth caution of the race, setting up the green-white-checkered-flag finish.

“I drove in too hard and couldn’t stop, and I hit ‘em a little too hard,” Custer said of the move that gave him the lead for two laps. “It worked, so I knew he (Crafton) was going to come back and nudge me a little bit. I was giving it everything I had to try and stay up there.”

In vain, as it turned out. Driving a truck fielded by JR Motorsports, Custer finished 16th after overcoming two pit road speeding penalties.

Crafton led 100 laps in his second-place effort and took the series lead from Tyler Reddick, who ran fifth. Reddick trails Crafton by two points through three events this season.

Johnny Sauter came home fourth, followed by Reddick, Daniel Suarez, James Buescher, John Wes Townley, Matt Tifft and Justin Boston.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – Kroger 250

1. (1) Joey Logano(i), Ford, 258, $51336.
2. (13) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 258, $31542.
3. (4) Erik Jones #, Toyota, 258, $25488.
4. (9) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 258, $19518.
5. (7) Tyler Reddick, Ford, 258, $18458.
6. (11) Daniel Suarez(i), Toyota, 258, $16574.
7. (15) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 258, $14158.
8. (5) John Wes Townley, Chevrolet, 258, $16352.
9. (19) Matt Tifft, Toyota, 258, $16297.
10. (21) Justin Boston #, Toyota, 258, $17191.
11. (3) Cameron Hayley #, Toyota, 258, $16186.
12. (14) Daniel Hemric #, Chevrolet, 258, $16046.
13. (26) Ray Black Jr. #, Chevrolet, 258, $15990.
14. (18) Spencer Gallagher #, Chevrolet, 258, $15935.
15. (6) Brandon Jones #, Chevrolet, 258, $16252.
16. (2) Cole Custer, Chevrolet, 258, $15769.
17. (12) Gray Gaulding, Toyota, 257, $13663.
18. (17) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 257, $15658.
19. (22) Ben Kennedy, Toyota, 257, $15602.
20. (10) Tyler Young, Chevrolet, 257, $16019.
21. (23) Caleb Holman, Chevrolet, 257, $13241.
22. (20) Mason Mingus, Chevrolet, 256, $13213.
23. (27) Korbin Forrister #, Chevrolet, 255, $15436.
24. (31) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, 250, $14130.
25. (30) Tommy Regan, Chevrolet, 248, $14197.
26. (24) Jake Griffin, Chevrolet, Handling, 218, $12992.
27. (28) Cody Ware #, Chevrolet, Vibration, 216, $12964.
28. (29) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, Rear Gear, 174, $12716.
29. (16) John H. Nemechek #, Chevrolet, Transmission, 173, $12660.
30. (8) David Gilliland(i), Ford, Brakes, 132, $12160.
31. (25) Bryan Silas, Chevrolet, Overheating, 120, $10660.
32. (32) Travis Kvapil, Chevrolet, Rear Gear, 83, $9660.

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Kurt Busch Validates the Faith Of His Owner With Pole Run at Fontana

By Reid Spencer (NASCAR Wire Service) FONTANA, Calif.—One week removed from his return from a three-race suspension, Kurt Busch rewarded the unwavering support from Stewart-Haas Racing team co-owner Gene Haas by putting his No. 41 Chevrolet on the pole for Sunday’s Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX).

“It’s amazing to do this in Gene Haas’ back yard,” said Busch, who streaked around two-mile Auto Club Speedway in 38.889 seconds (185.142 mph) during the third and final round of Friday’s knockout qualifying for the fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season.

A day after making an appearance at the Haas Automation headquarters in nearby Oxnard, Busch won his record fourth Coors Light Pole Award at Auto Club Speedway and the 17th of his career. In winning his first pole since May 2013 at Darlington, Busch edged Stewart-Haas teammate and reigning Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick (185.047 mph) by .020 seconds.

Behind the Stewart-Haas sweep of the front row, Matt Kenseth qualified third at 184.966 mph, followed by David Ragan (184.886 mph) and Kyle Larson (184.337 mph). At the track closest to Toyota Racing Development’s home in Costa Mesa, four Toyota drivers made the top 12 on the grid—Kenseth, Ragan, Denny Hamlin (sixth) and Clint Bowyer (10th).

“This is huge for Gene Haas,” said Busch, who was suspended by NASCAR in the wake of allegations of domestic violence against former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll and the finding of a State of Delaware Family Court commissioner that, more likely than not, Busch had committed an act of domestic abuse. “Thank you, Gene, for believing in me. This is my job. Come to the track, drive the car and put it up on the pole and go for wins.

“That is what Gene has told me to do from the get-go, and I’m glad I have this chance to go back out there and live up to why he hired me. It feels good. The guys were just spot-on all day with all the adjustments. The car started off so fast and it is all due to the work back at the shop. Thank you Stewart-Haas Racing. Appreciate it. No. 41 car up front feels good.”

NASCAR lifted Busch’s suspension after he completed a reinstatement program and after the Delaware Department of Justice declined to file charges in the case, citing insufficient evidence.

Since his return, Busch has been fast on the race track, qualifying eighth and finishing fifth last week at Phoenix and winning the pole at Fontana on Friday.

Harvick, who is trying for a sweep of the three races on NASCAR’s West Coast swing – Las Vegas, Phoenix and Fontana — had a good lap going before abandoning his intended line because of cars rolling slowly on the apron.

“I got down into Turn 3, and I was committed to the bottom, and there were three cars on the apron that were cooling off,” Harvick explained. “I wanted to run the apron because I ran it in the second round and thought that I knew what I needed to do in the third round.

“I got through (Turns) 1 and 2 fairly good, got to the green really good and then I had to abort down here. All-in-all, still a good effort.”

Notes: Jeff Gordon will start seventh in his final run at Fontana. … Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick both made the top 24 in the first round of knockout qualifying but failed to advance to the final round. They will start 17th and 22nd, respectively. … Travis Kvapil and Reed Sorenson failed to make the 43-car field.

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Kevin Harvick Dominates NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Las Vegas

By Reid Spencer (NASCAR Wire Service) LAS VEGAS, Nev.—Kevin Harvick must have been tired of finishing second, because on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion did something about it.

Once Harvick got to the front of the field from his 18th-place starting spot in the Kobalt 400, he was untouchable.

Even with a disquieting vibration on the final green-flag run—and a left-rear tire that shredded during his celebratory burnout—Harvick had enough of a working margin to hold off runner-up Martin Truex Jr. by 1.640 seconds.

Harvick, who ran second in the season-opening Daytona 500 and in last week’s 500-miler at Atlanta, led a race-high 142 laps in winning for the first time in Las Vegas and for the 29th time in his career. In his last six races, dating to last year’s championship season, Harvick has three victories and three second-place finishes.

Ryan Newman came home third, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin and AJ Allmendinger. Brad Keselowski, last year’s Las Vegas race winner, rallied from a pass-through penalty for a runaway tire on pit road to finish seventh. Kyle Larson, Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano completed the top 10.

Harvick will try to extend his string of top-two finishes next weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, where the driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet has won four of the last five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.

“It’s so cool to win here in Las Vegas, and to start this West Coast swing off this way is pretty awesome,” Harvick said in Victory Lane. “Just to be in front of all these fans I’ve raced in front of since about the mid-‘90s… it’s pretty special to win here.”

The only issue in doubt for the last half of the race was whether Harvick’s car would hold together in the closing laps.

“That wasn’t a comfortable last run there,” Harvick radioed to his crew after he crossed the finish line.

A few minutes later, after climbing from his car, he elaborated.

“It wasn’t right,’” Harvick said. “Luckily we were able to hang-on to it and had a good enough lead to where we could pace ourselves and be able to keep the lead, I guess.

“It got to be a handful there at the end. For whatever reason we got really, really loose the last run. Tires started vibrating and we were just kind of hanging on. Glad the race is over at that particular point for our own good.”

The victory vaulted Harvick into the lead in the series standings by nine points over Earnhardt, who has finished third, third and fourth in the first three races of the season.

Fourth in the standings after three straight top 10s to open the year, Truex was gaining on Harvick at the finish but never got close enough to make a move. Nor was Truex aware that Harvick had a potential problem.

“I noticed he was getting a lot bigger, and I asked ‘Why in the world is Harvick so slow right now?’” Truex said. “They gave me my lap times and his and I’m like, “What’s going on?’”

“I really thought he was just playing with us, taking it easy because he knew he had a big gap. They never said anything to me about him thinking he had any issues or anything else.”

Note: Pole winner Jeff Gordon started from the rear in a backup car because of an accident in the last minute of Saturday’s final practice. The four-time champion’s luck didn’t improve on Sunday. He ran into the back of Jeb Burton’s Toyota as both drivers were trying to avoid the Chevrolet of Jimmie Johnson, who had blown a tire and hit the wall ahead of them. Gordon finished 18th, one lap down… Gordon was the last driver before Harvick to post six straight top-two finishes, a feat he accomplished in 1996.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race – Kobalt 400

  1. (18) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 267, $431815.
  2. (8) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 267, $268950.
  3. (7) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 267, $236980.
  4. (4) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 267, $184455.
  5. (19) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 267, $162380.
  6. (22) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 267, $162703.
  7. (11) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 267, $170461.
  8. (5) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 267, $156078.
  9. (6) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 267, $157206.
  10. (2) Joey Logano, Ford, 267, $165853.
  11. (10) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 267, $144426.
  12. (24) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 267, $121010.
  13. (23) Brian Scott(i), Chevrolet, 267, $128068.
  14. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 267, $141793.
  15. (28) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 266, $137274.
  16. (34) Regan Smith(i), Chevrolet, 266, $123160.
  17. (3) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 266, $121660.
  18. (1) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 266, $157196.
  19. (30) Ryan Blaney(i), Ford, 266, $101660.
  20. (25) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 265, $146796.
  21. (20) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 265, $137418.
  22. (13) David Ragan, Toyota, 265, $143651.
  23. (37) David Gilliland, Ford, 265, $123318.
  24. (29) Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 265, $126380.
  25. (17) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 264, $118593.
  26. (15) Aric Almirola, Ford, 264, $134771.
  27. (21) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 264, $104710.
  28. (35) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 264, $137185.
  29. (31) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 264, $103385.
  30. (32) Michael McDowell, Ford, 264, $93610.
  31. (26) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 263, $112457.
  32. (38) Cole Whitt, Ford, 262, $94210.
  33. (12) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 262, $118724.
  34. (39) Josh Wise, Ford, 261, $91310.
  35. (42) Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 261, $91085.
  36. (40) JJ Yeley(i), Toyota, 260, $90845.
  37. (36) Brett Moffitt, Ford, 260, $90614.
  38. (43) Brendan Gaughan(i), Chevrolet, 258, $85290.
  39. (33) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 257, $81290.
  40. (41) Jeb Burton #, Toyota, 254, $78790.
  41. (9) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 236, $121226.
  42. (14) Carl Edwards, Toyota, 227, $69290.
  43. (27) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, Engine, 28, $65790.
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Austin Dillon Holds Off Charging Ryan Blaney For XFINITY Win in Las Vegas

By Reid Spencer (NASCAR Wire Service) LAS VEGAS, Nev.—As dominant as Austin Dillon was in Saturday’s Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he had to give his utmost effort in the closing laps to hold off charging Ryan Blaney for the victory.

Dillon led 183 of the 200 laps at the 1.5-mile speedway, but Blaney had a tire advantage at the end of the race, thanks to a late pit stop after his car snapped loose and knocked Erik Jones into the outside wall at the exit from Turn 4.

After restarting fifth with 21 laps left, Blaney charged to the front, making up a deficit of more than 1.5 seconds and forcing Dillon to block him repeatedly during the last three laps. Blaney ran out of room in the final corner, his No. 22 Ford turning sideways and tagging the outside wall as Dillon crossed the finish line with an advantage of .664 seconds.

During the closing laps, winning crew chief Nick Harrison made a point of not telling Dillon that Blaney had fresh tires.

“There at the end, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” said Dillon, who won for the third time in the XFINITY Series and the first time at Las Vegas. “You got to do whatever you can to win. Our car was dominant all day, and to give one away like that would have been heartbreaking.

“I hadn’t heard in my ear all day that somebody was catching me, and he was catching me at about three tenths (of a second) a lap. And that was all I had. The other good thing is that my crew chief made sure no one told me that he had tires on, so I wouldn’t second-guess myself. I just thought I was getting slower—I didn’t know what I was doing wrong.”

In his post-race question-and-answer session with reporters, Blaney was more distraught about his contact with Erik Jones than he was disappointed with his runner-up finish. And after the run-in with Jones, Blaney wasn’t about to move Dillon for the win in the closing laps.

“I didn’t want any more people saying bad things about me after I wrecked Erik,” said Blaney, who passed fourth-place finisher Denny Hamlin on Lap 190 and third-place Regan Smith on Lap 193 before charging after Dillon. “I wasn’t going to move Austin, that’s for sure.

“He did what he had to do. He stopped my run. I didn’t expect him to pull over. So, no, I wasn’t going to move him to win the race.”

Chase Elliott came home fifth, followed by hometown favorite Brendan Gaughan, rookie Darrell Wallace Jr., Ty Dillon, Brennan Poole and Daniel Suarez.

Ty Dillon, Austin’s brother, took over the series lead by six points over Chris Buescher, who came home 14th.

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – Boyd Gaming 300

  1. (1) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 200, $100011.
  2. (4) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 200, $71438.
  3. (7) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 200, $55573.
  4. (11) Denny Hamlin(i), Toyota, 200, $40351.
  5. (8) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 200, $39567.
  6. (5) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 200, $35787.
  7. (12) Darrell Wallace Jr. #, Ford, 200, $38028.
  8. (20) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 200, $33445.
  9. (16) Brennan Poole, Chevrolet, 200, $32346.
  10. (15) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 200, $32681.
  11. (9) Aric Almirola(i), Ford, 200, $25227.
  12. (6) Dale Earnhardt Jr.(i), Chevrolet, 199, $24671.
  13. (13) Elliott Sadler, Ford, 199, $30117.
  14. (10) Chris Buescher, Ford, 199, $23603.
  15. (18) Ryan Reed, Ford, 199, $29941.
  16. (27) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 199, $29129.
  17. (31) David Starr, Toyota, 198, $28942.
  18. (38) Ross Chastain #, Chevrolet, 198, $28806.
  19. (21) John Wes Townley(i), Chevrolet, 198, $22695.
  20. (22) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 198, $29084.
  21. (14) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 197, $28473.
  22. (25) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 197, $28332.
  23. (24) Eric McClure, Toyota, 196, $28196.
  24. (26) Jamie Dick, Chevrolet, 195, $28085.
  25. (28) Cale Conley #, Toyota, 195, $28084.
  26. (29) Harrison Rhodes #, Chevrolet, 193, $27788.
  27. (35) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 192, $27651.
  28. (33) Derek White, Toyota, 175, $27505.
  29. (3) Erik Jones(i), Toyota, Accident, 172, $27354.
  30. (23) Dakoda Armstrong, Ford, Accident, 164, $27517.
  31. (37) Mike Harmon, Dodge, 164, $21087.
  32. (32) Mario Gosselin, Chevrolet, Accident, 154, $26976.
  33. (36) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 113, $26860.
  34. (40) Cody Ware, Chevrolet, Suspension, 80, $26748.
  35. (19) Blake Koch, Toyota, Accident, 52, $26627.
  36. (30) Carl Long, Dodge, Electrical, 34, $18428.
  37. (39) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Suspension, 15, $17428.
  38. (2) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, Engine, 14, $22428.
  39. (17) Mike Bliss, Toyota, Accident, 12, $21428.
  40. (34) Jeff Green, Toyota, Vibration, 3, $14428.
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Jeff Gordon Wins First Las Vegas Pole in Last Attempt

By Reid Spencer (NASCAR Wire Service) LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Scratch one small item off Jeff Gordon’s swan song bucket list.

With a track-record lap at 194.679 mph, Jeff Gordon won the pole for Sunday’s Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, one of three active Cup tracks where the four-time champion had not won a Coors Light Pole Award—before Friday afternoon’s time trials.

Covering the 1.5-mile distance in 27.738 seconds, Gordon shaved .201 seconds off the track record Joey Logano set last year. Logano (194.315 mph) was second to Gordon in Friday’s qualifying during a third and final round that saw nine drivers break the track record.

“Oh, boys, this is good!” Gordon said after setting the record. “That was a damn good lap.”

The pole was Gordon’s second of the season and the 79th of his career. The top qualifier for the season-opening Daytona 500, Gordon did not make a qualifying run in last week’s Sprint Cup race at Atlanta because his No. 24 Chevrolet didn’t clear inspection in time.

Friday’s time trials represented a welcome turnaround. After running a conservative 193.653 mph in the second round of knockout qualifying, Gordon knew he had a shot at the pole.

“Well, I didn’t come off the throttle much, if any—I know I had to blip it just the tiniest, tiniest bit,” Gordon said of his pole-winning lap. “The lap before, in the second session, I was a little conservative and the car just stuck so good, I thought when I heard some of the lap times that were up there (in the third round), I knew (I had to) be fully committed and just go for it.

“So I drove it down into (Turn) 1. I may have come off of it just a tiny bit, but it wasn’t much at all. And it stuck so good, I was like, ‘Okay, do I run wide open through (Turns) 3 and 4?’ I don’t know. It was real close. There was a lot of wide-open throttle there. It was fun. What a turnaround from last week. I’m just so proud of this team and keeping their heads up. Last week was a tough one, and this is a great, great way to start out weekend here in Las Vegas…

“I can’t believe I won my first pole in Las Vegas in my final race here.”

Gordon’s Hendrick Motorsports teammates, Kasey Kahne (194.287 mph) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (194.091 mph), qualified third and fourth, respectively. Kyle Larson (193.959 mph) grabbed the fifth spot on the grid.

Reigning series champion Kevin Harvick will start 18th, having failed to make the final 12 at a 1.5-mile intermediate speedway for the first time since last year’s Las Vegas race.

NASCAR officials pulled the No. 2 Ford of last year’s Las Vegas race winner, Brad Keselowski, after noticing the team had flared out both rear fenders on the car. Before the start of the season, NASCAR informed teams that manipulating the car bodies would not be permitted.

Accordingly, Keselowski’s car had to clear inspection an additional time before being allowed to qualify. Nevertheless, Keselowski made the final 12 and earned the 11th starting spot for Sunday’s race.

Note: The only two remaining tracks where Gordon has not won a pole are Kentucky and Kansas. The only active track where he has not won a Sprint Cup race is Kentucky.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Kobalt 400

1. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 194.679 mph.
2. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 194.315 mph.
3. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 194.287 mph.
4. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 194.091 mph.
5. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 193.959 mph.
6. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 193.632 mph.
7. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 193.507 mph.
8. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 193.389 mph.
9. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 193.334 mph.
10. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 193.112 mph.
11. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 192.555 mph.
12. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 192.287 mph.
13. (18) David Ragan, Toyota, 192.685 mph.
14. (19) Carl Edwards, Toyota, 192.527 mph.
15. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 192.472 mph.
16. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 192.424 mph.
17. (13) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 192.294 mph.
18. (4) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 192.280 mph.
19. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 191.782 mph.
20. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 191.768 mph.
21. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 191.523 mph.
22. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 191.340 mph.
23. (33) Brian Scott(i), Chevrolet, 190.564 mph.
24. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 189.994 mph.
25. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 190.355 mph.
26. (51) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 189.967 mph.
27. (7) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 189.947 mph.
28. (55) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 189.820 mph.
29. (9) Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 189.727 mph.
30. (21) Ryan Blaney(i), Ford, 189.447 mph.
31. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 189.354 mph.
32. (95) Michael McDowell, Ford, 189.314 mph.
33. (46) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 189.228 mph.
34. (41) Regan Smith(i), Chevrolet, 189.215 mph.
35. (6) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 189.003 mph.
36. (34) Brett Moffitt, Ford, 188.488 mph.
37. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, Owner Points
38. (35) Cole Whitt, Ford, Owner Points
39. (98) Josh Wise, Ford, Owner Points
40. (23) JJ Yeley(i), Toyota, Owner Points
41. (26) Jeb Burton #, Toyota, Owner Points
42. (40) Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, Owner Points
43. (62) Brendan Gaughan(i), Chevrolet, Owner Points

5 drivers failed to qualify.

44. (32) Mike Bliss(i), Ford, 185.618 mph.
45. (29) Reed Sorenson, Toyota, 184.925 mph.
46. (44) Travis Kvapil(i), Chevrolet, 184.634 mph.
47. (66) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, 181.245 mph.
48. (83) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 180.668 mph.