Nico Rosberg rallies to pole position in Abu Dhabi

B3DTRYgCEAIV6J6Nico Rosberg will start Sunday’s championship-deciding race in Abu Dhabi from pole position after seeing off the challenge of Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton in an enthralling qualifying session on Saturday evening.

Rosberg, who needs to overturn a 17-point deficit to Hamilton to win the title, finished 0.386s ahead of the Briton, as Mercedes came under unexpectedly strong pressure from Williams. In the end Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa locked out the second row.

Q1 saw Hamilton lead Rosberg, 1m 41.207s to 1m 41.308s, as everyone opted B3DQwkbCMAM9005for supersoft tyres in the declining temperatures, but Mercedes got a bit of a scare right at the end when Massa banged in 1m 41.475s.

Further back, Sauber’s Adrian Sutil, with 1m 42.746s, just squeaked into P15 ahead of the unfortunate Romain Grosjean who lapped his Lotus in 1m 42.768s. Pastor Maldonado failed to get the other Lotus through to Q2 too, with 1m 42.860s for 18th, which was marginally slower than Esteban Gutierrez’s Sauber on 1m 42.819s.

At the back, Kamui Kobayashi took his Caterham round in 1m 44.540s, as rookie Will Stevens did a solid job to lap his CT05 in 1m 45.095s in his first F1 qualifying session.

B3DKBG2CUAEoGyKThings began to get tight at the top in Q2. Hamilton led with 1m 40.920s, but both Massa and Bottas made late runs to push Rosberg down to fourth, with 1m 41.144s and 1m 41.376s respectively. The German made a crucial mistake by running wide on his only run to finish on 1m 41.459s.

Despite losing his first run when his McLaren needed topping up with fuel, Jenson Button comfortably made Q3 but Kevin Magnussen could only muster 11th in the sister car with 1m 42.198s. Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne was 12th on 1m 42.207s ahead of the Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg on 1m 42.239s and 1m 42.384s. Adrian Sutil lined his Sauber up 15th on 1m B3DI9SfCUAAmnsk43.074s.

The pressure really ramped up in Q3, and this time it was Hamilton making the mistake. As Rosberg upped the ante with a lap of 1m 40.697s to go fastest, running wide cost Hamilton badly as he stopped the clocks in 1m 41.021s. That left him only marginally ahead of Massa on 1m 41.119s and Bottas on 1m 41.321s.

As ever, it came down to the final runs.

Bottas came up short of pole with 1m 41.025s, but it was a great lap from the Finn which nearly unseated Hamilton. But it was Rosberg’s show as he carved B3DCcV_CMAAyJtbdown to 1m 40.480s. Hamilton, meanwhile, had a slightly scruffy final run, lapping in 1m 40.866s, which wasn’t enough to beat his team mate. Massa too came up short, his 1m 41.126s failing to improve on his earlier run.

Daniel Ricciardo improved to 1m 41.267s on his final effort but stayed fifth ahead of outgoing Red Bull team mate Sebastian Vettel on 1m 41.893s. The man who’ll replace Vettel at Red Bull next season was next up, Daniil Kvyat underlining his class with seventh for Toro Rosso on 1m 42.908s.

Behind the Russian Button took eighth in what might be his last Grand Prix with 1m 42.964s for McLaren.

That left the fifth row to the Ferraris; Kimi Raikkonen was ninth on 1m 42.236s as a mistake in Turn 1 early on left Fernando Alonso 10th on 1m 42.866s.

 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Q1 Q2 Q3 Gap Laps
1 6 Nico Roseberg 1:41.308 1:41.459 1:40.480 Leader 13
2 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:41.207 1:40.920 1:40.866 -0.386 12
3 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:42.346 1:41.376 1:41.025 -0.159 18
4 19 Felipe Massa 1:41.475 1:41.144 1:41.119 -0.094 20
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:42.204 1:41.692 1:41.267 -0.148 12
6 1 Sebastian Vettel 1:42.495 1:42.147 1:41.893 -0.626 17
7 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:42.302 1:42.082 1:41.908 -0.015 18
8 22 Jenson Button 1:42.137 1:41.875 1:41.964 -0.056 18
9 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:42.439 1:42.168 1:42.236 -0.272 15
10 14 Fernando Alonso 1:42.467 1:41.940 1:42.866 -0.630 19
11 20 Kevin Magnussen 1:42.104 1:42.198 Eliminated 0.668 13
12 25 Jean-Eric Vergne 1:42.413 1:42.207 Eliminated -0.009 12
13 11 Sergio Perez 1:42.654 1:42.239 Eliminated -0.032 15
14 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:42.444 1:42.384 Eliminated -0.145 12
15 99 Adrian Sutil 1:42.746 1:43.074 Eliminated -0.690 14
16 8 Romain Grojean 1:42.768 Eliminated 0.306 8
17 21 Esteban Gutierrez 1:42.819 Eliminated -0.051 8
18 13 Pastor Maldonado 1:42.860 Eliminated -0.041 8
19 10 K. Kobayashi 1:44.540 Eliminated -1.680 7
20 46 Will Stevens 1:45.095 Eliminated -0.555 8

 

 

 

 

 

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Rosberg closes out Abu Dhabi practice fastest

AUTO-PRIX-F1-ABU-DHABI-PRACTICENico Rosberg threw down the gauntlet to Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton by going fastest by three tenths of a second in the final practice session at Yas Marina on Saturday afternoon.

The German lapped in 1m 41.424s – 0.369s faster than his British title rival, though Hamilton appeared to be on his way to a quicker lap late in the session before losing time in the last sector of his final flyer.

The Mercedes duo were, as expected, way ahead of their opposition on the supersoft Pirellis, with Felipe Massa’s third fastest lap of 1m 42.429s a full 1.005s slower than Rosberg’s best. Massa’s Williams team mate Valtteri Bottas had been very quick on the softs, but unusually the Finn made a mistake in the B3CocFkCcAADbXDlast corner of his best lap on supersofts. He recorded a 1m 42.794s for P8 and later had a big lock-up trying to improve on that.

Between the two Williamses, Fernando Alonso bolted the supersofts on very early in the session and went round in 1m 42.653s, which held up for fourth even though the Ferrari man’s running stopped with 25 minutes left to run. Sebastian Vettel got very close to the Spaniard with 1m 42.679s for Red Bull, chased by McLaren’s Jenson Button on 1m 42.768s and team mate Daniel Ricciardo on 1m 42.773s.

B3ClmWCCQAAEWZpDaniil Kvyat took his Toro Rosso round in 1m 42.809s as Kimi Raikkonen’s 1m 43.038s in the second Ferrari completed the top 10.

Kevin Magnussen was 11th in the other McLaren on 1m 43.112s, ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso on 1m 43.352s, the Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg on 1m 43.360s and 1m 43.501s respectively, Esteban Gutierrez on 1m 43.643s for Sauber, and Lotus duo Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean on 1m 43.718s and 1m 43.778s.

Adrian Sutil lapped his Sauber in 1m 44.022s, while Kamui Kobayashi headed B3CkVwvCcAA4jA-rookie Caterham team mate Will Stevens with 1m 45.044s to 1m 45.959s on the supersofts. On softs, Stevens had been within half a second of the Japanese driver as he got progressively quicker the more laps he completed.

Things are perfectly poised for what should be a thrilling final qualifying session of the season. All eyes, of course, will be on Mercedes’ title-chasing duo…

 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Final Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:41.424 Leader Leader 19
2 6 Nico Roseberg 1:41.793 -0.369 -0.369 17
3 20 Kevin Magnussen 1:42.429 -1.005 -0.636 18
4 1 Sebastian Vettel 1:42.653 -1.229 -0.224 8
5 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:42.679 -1.255 -0.026 19
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:42.768 -1.344 -0.089 20
7 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:42.773 -1.349 -0.005 14
8 22 Jenson Button 1:42.794 -1.370 -0.021 19
9 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:42.809 -1.385 -0.015 20
10 19 Felipe Massa 1:43.038 -1.614 -0.229 14
11 11 Sergio Perez 1:43.112 -1.688 -0.074 13
12 13 Pastor Maldonado 1:43.352 -1.928 -0.240 20
13 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:43.360 -1.936 -0.008 19
14 25 Jean-Eric Vergne 1:43.501 -2.077 -0.141 18
15 21 Esteban Gutierrez 1:43.643 -2.219 -0.142 24
16 99 Adrian Sutil 1:43.718 -2.294 -0.075 17
17 8 Romain Grojean 1:43.778 -2.354 -0.060 18
18 10 K. Kobayashi 1:44.022 -2.598 -0.244 22
19 46 Will Stevens 1:45.044 -3.620 -1.022 16
20 14 Fernando Alonso 1:45.959 -4.535 -0.915 21

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Hamilton quickest in second practice for Abu Dhabi GP

Lewis HamiltonMercedes continued to rule the roost in the Abu Dhabi twilight on Friday evening, with Lewis Hamilton maintaining a narrow advantage over team mate Nico Rosberg in FP2.

The Briton topped the session, and the day, with a fastest time of 1m 42.113s – which was just 0.083 seconds faster than Rosberg’s 1m 42.196s.

While Rosberg has said he is looking for Williams to push through and separate himself and his title rival Hamilton on Sunday, on today’s form it could be a McLaren that gets in on the act after Kevin Magnussen lapped his MP4-29 in 1m 42.895s for third. That closed what had been a 1.7s gap between the Silver B2-KAhcIcAIQWxDArrows and the chasing pack in FP1, and also suggested that revisions wrought by former Red Bull aerodynamicist Peter Prodromou might already be beginning to have a beneficial effect for the Woking-based team.

The Red Bulls were once again in the top six, with Sebastian Vettel narrowly heading team mate Daniel Ricciardo as they sandwiched Williams’ Valtteri Bottas. In the last race of both his reign as world champion and his career with the team, Vettel lapped in 1m 42.959s – compared to Bottas’s 1m 43.070s and Ricciardo’s 1m 43.183s.

B2-HWWkIcAERQM1It wasn’t a great session for Fernando Alonso whose Ferrari stopped out on the circuit when he was on only his third lap, leaving him marooned in 20th and without a time.

Kimi Raikkonen was seventh for the Italian team, however, with a 1m 43.489s, while Jenson Button took his McLaren to eighth on 1m 43.503s despite a hydraulic problem that kept him in the garage for the first 35 minutes and prevented him from getting a decent run on Pirelli’s supersoft tyres.

Daniil Kvyat was ninth in the leading Toro Rosso on 1m 43.546s, ahead of B2-AtC9IUAEoD2OFelipe Massa’s Williams on 1m 43.558s and Sergio Perez on 1m 43.746s for Force India.

Pastor Maldonado was Lotus’s leader on 1m 44.005s for 11th, splitting Nico Hulkenberg from his Mexican team mate. The German lapped in 1m 44.068s.

Jean-Eric Vergne was 14th for Toro Rosso on 1m 44.157s, while Esteban Gutierrez led Sauber team mate Adrian Sutil with 1m 44.316s to 1m 44.763s. Romain Grosjean was 17th on 1m 44.986s in the second Lotus, but whatever the Frenchman achieves in qualifying tomorrow will be somewhat academic as B299tVKIMAA6Jfma 20-place grid drop for changing three elements of his power unit for the sixth time will put him to the back of the grid – or perhaps even the pit lane, depending on how the team decide to proceed after qualifying.

Kamui Kobayashi took 18th for the returning Caterham team, with 1m 45.505s, as new team mate and F1 rookie Will Stevens continued his learning curve in 19th, with 1m 47.057s.

 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Second Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:42.113 Leader Leader 35
2 6 Nico Roseberg 1:42.196 -0.083 -0.083 37
3 20 Kevin Magnussen 1:42.895 -0.782 -0.699 37
4 1 Sebastian Vettel 1:42.959 -0.846 -0.064 33
5 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:43.070 -0.957 -0.111 34
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:43.183 -1.070 -0.113 32
7 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:43.489 -1.376 -0.306 33
8 22 Jenson Button 1:43.503 -1.390 -0.014 23
9 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:43.546 -1.433 -0.043 38
10 19 Felipe Massa 1:43.558 -1.445 -0.012 34
11 11 Sergio Perez 1:43.746 -1.633 -0.188 37
12 13 Pastor Maldonado 1:44.005 -1.892 -0.259 38
13 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:44.068 -1.955 -0.063 32
14 25 Jean-Eric Vergne 1:44.157 -2.044 -0.089 39
15 21 Esteban Gutierrez 1:44.316 -2.203 -0.159 38
16 99 Adrian Sutil 1:44.763 -2.650 -0.447 37
17 8 Romain Grojean 1:44.986 -2.873 -0.223 35
18 10 K. Kobayashi 1:45.505 -3.392 -0.519 38
19 46 Will Stevens 1:47.057 -4.944 -1.552 34
20 14 Fernando Alonso No Time -1:42.113 -1:47.057 2

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First blood to Hamilton in Abu Dhabi as he tops FP1

F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi - PracticeLewis Hamilton made an ideal start to this weekend’s title-deciding season finale at Yas Marina by edging his Mercedes team mate and championship rival Nico Rosberg by 0.133s in first practice on Friday afternoon.

Hamilton lapped in 1m 43.476s, Rosberg in 1m 43.609s, whilst their closest challenger, Fernando Alonso, was 1.708s behind for Ferrari, on 1m 45.184s.

Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo were right with the Spaniard in their Red Bulls, on 1m 45.334s and 1m 45.361s respectively, before a small gap to Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat in their stablemate Toro Rossos on 1m 45.718s and 1m 45.835s.

B29THRyCQAA722yWilliams had a horrible session; Valtteri Bottas managed 1m 45.913s before losing part of his FW36’s engine cover. Thereafter he and Felipe Massa, 13th fastest on 1m 46.549s, were grounded while “fixings” on their cars were repaired. Force India’s Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg completed the top 10 with 1m 45.983s and 1m 46.030s apiece.

Kevin Magnussen was McLaren’s leader, lapping in 1m 46.049s in an aerodynamically enhanced MP4-29, but team mate Jenson Button had a troubled session with technical issues limiting him to just eight laps. His time of 1m 47.235s left him only 17th.

B29JNyrCUAAq6fpKimi Raikkonen was 12th for Ferrari with 1m 46.131s ahead of Massa, as Esteban Gutierrez took his Sauber round in 1m 46.556s to head Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado on 1m 46.711s.

Newcomer Esteban Ocon, sitting in for Romain Grosjean in FP1, did a strong job in the second E22 to take 16th on 1m 47.066s, as Kamui Kobayashi’s return with Caterham yielded 1m 47.971s for 18th.

At the back, new boys Adderley Fong and Will Stevens made their respective debuts with Sauber and Caterham. The Chinese rookie, who’ll make way for Adrian Sutil from FP2 onwards, managed 1m 48.269s, while the British Renault 3.5 race winner managed 1m 50.684s despite suffering technical issues that limited him to 14 laps.

 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:43.476 Leader Leader 32
2 6 Nico Roseberg 1:43.609 -0.133 -0.133 31
3 14 Fernando Alonso 1:45.184 -1.708 -1.575 22
4 1 Sebastian Vettel 1:45.334 -1.858 -0.150 30
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:45.361 -1.885 -0.027 23
6 25 Jean-Eric Vergne 1:45.718 -2.242 -0.357 17
7 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:48.835 -2.359 -0.117 32
8 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:45.913 -2.437 -0.078 8
9 11 Sergio Perez 1:45.983 -2.507 -0.070 23
10 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:46.030 -2.554 -0.047 24
11 20 Kevin Magnussen 1:46.049 -2.573 -0.019 23
12 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:46.131 -2.655 -0.082 23
13 19 Felipe Massa 1:46.549 -3.073 -0.418 7
14 21 Esteban Gutierrez 1:46.556 -3.080 -0.007 28
15 13 Pastor Maldonado 1:46.711 -3.235 -0.155 31
16 31 Esteban Ocon 1:47.066 -3.590 -0.355 29
17 22 Jenson Button 1:47.235 -3.759 -0.169 8
18 10 K. Kobayashi 1:47.971 -4.495 -0.736 24
19 37 Adderly Fong 1:48.269 -4.793 -0.298 25
20 46 Will Stevens 1:50.684 -7.208 -2.415 14

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Keselowski earns pole for final Nationwide Series race at Homestead

B2gYeCaCIAAPv8jIn the final NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) qualifying session of the 2014 season, it was Brad Keselowski – with a qualifying lap speed of 166.384 MPH – capturing the pole for today’s Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

This was Keselowski’s fifth series pole of the season, his 19th series career pole and his second series pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Starting second on the outside pole with a qualifying lap speed of 166.353 MPH will be Kyle Larson; followed by Matt Kenseth (166.006 MPH) starting third, Elliott Sadler (165.827) fourth and Ryan Blaney (165.756) start fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 starting positions will be Kyle Busch (165.685 MPH) starting sixth, Brian Scott (165.269) seventh, Brendan Gaughan (165.158) eighth and series rookies Dylan Kwasniewski (164.870) and Chris Buescher (164.224) starting ninth and 10th respectively.

Failing to make the starting lineup and heading home were: Ryan Ellis; Kevin Lepage; Derrike Cope; John Jackson and Martin Roy.

The 20th annual Ford EcoBoost 300 is set to get underway this afternoon around 4:50 p.m. (ET), and ESPN2 is schedule to cover the race beginning with their NASCAR Countdown pre-race show at 4:00 p.m. (ET).

Ford EcoBoost 300 Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Q1 Q2 Q3 Gap
1 22 Brad Keselowski (i) 32.907 32.591 32.455 Leader
2 42 Kyle Larson(i) 32.811 32.498 32.461 -0.006
3 20 Matt Kenseth (i) 32.818 32.575 32.529 -0.068
4 11 Elliot Sadler 33.213 32.759 32.564 -0.035
5 12 Ryan Blaney (i) 32.670 32.383 32.578 -0.014
6 54 Kyle Busch(i) 33.109 32.806 32.592 -0.014
7 2 Brian Scott 32.850 32.771 32.674 -0.082
8 62 Brendan Gaughan 32.938 32.746 32.696 -0.022
9 31 Dylan Kwasniewski # 33.102 32.934 32.753 -0.057
10 60 Chris Buescher # 32.971 32.881 32.882 -0.129
11 16 Ryan Reed # 33.008 32.909 32.933 -0.051
12 5 Josh Berry 33.311 32.911 33.198 -0.265
Eliminated From Round 2
13 6 Trevor Bayne 32.903 32.970 Eliminated 0.228
14 9 Chase Elliott # 33.364 32.997 Eliminated -0.027
15 7 Regan Smith 33.086 33.068 Eliminated -0.071
16 98 Corey LaJoie (i) 33.210 33.086 Eliminated -0.018
17 28 J.J. Yeley 33.231 33.097 Eliminated -0.011
18 19 Mike Bliss 33.172 33.107 Eliminated -0.010
19 43 Dakoda Armstrong # 33.320 33.118 Eliminated -0.011
20 51 Jeremy Clements 33.278 33.193 Eliminated -0.075
21 3 Ty Dillon # 33.089 33.353 Eliminated -0.160
22 44 Blake Koch 33.347 33.361 Eliminated -0.008
23 01 Landon Cassill 33.161 33.363 Eliminated -0.002
24 99 James Buescher 33.287 33.402 Eliminated -0.039
Eliminated From Round 1
25 10 Jeff Green 33.378 Eliminated 0.024
26 25 John Wes Townley (i) 33.421 Eliminated -0.043
27 14 Eric McClure 33.451 Eliminated -0.030
28 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt 33.504 Eliminated -0.053
29 55 David Star 33.576 Eliminated -0.072
30 93 TJ Bell (i) 33.583 Eliminated -0.007
31 33 Paul Menard (i) 33.603 Eliminated -0.020
32 39 Ryan Sieg # 33.642 Eliminated -0.039
33 36 Ryan Preece 33.673 Eliminated -0.031
34 91 Jeff Green 33.724 Eliminated -0.051
35 26 Jake Crum (i) 33.782 Eliminated -0.058
36 40 Matt DiBenedetto 33.841 Eliminated -0.059
37 23 Carlos Contreras Owner
Points
Eliminated -33.841
38 52 Joey Gase Owner
Points
Eliminated 0.000
39 87 Milka Duno Owner
Points
Eliminated 0.000
40 17 Tanner Berryhill 33.803 Eliminated 0.000

# Denotes Rookie
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series

 

 

 

 

 

Kyle Larson wins Pole of Ecoboost 200, NASCAR Trucks title rivals Crafton, Blaney start up front in tonight’s season finale

B2bmruRCMAA0Ao5Kyle Larson, with a qualifying lap speed of 167.431 MPH, captured the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) pole for this evening’s Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

This was Larson’s second series pole of the 2014 season, his second series career pole and his first series pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Starting on the outside pole to start second will be Ryan Blaney with a qualifying lap speed of 167.343 MPH, and he will be followed by Ross Chastain (167.234 MPH) starting third, series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Tyler Reddick (167.198) fourth and Kyle Busch (167.033) starts fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 starting positions will be Matt Crafton (165.939 MPH) starting from sixth, Ty Dillon (165.766) seventh, Darrell Wallace Jr. (165.736) eighth, Jeb Burton (165.482) ninth and Bryan Silas (165.304) starting 10th.

With only 36 drivers attempting to fill the 36-truck field, there was no one failing to make the starting lineup.

The current series points leader and defending champion, Matt Crafton, can clinch the 2014 series championship by finishing 21st or better; or 22nd and lead a lap; or 23rd and lead the most laps. And if Crafton becomes champion, he will become the first driver to receive back-to-back championships in the series.

The 19th annual Ford EcoBoost 200 is scheduled to get started this evening around 8:20 p.m. (ET), and FOX Sports 1 will provide television coverage beginning with their pre-race show at 7:30 p.m. (ET).

 

Ford EcoBoost 200 Results
Pos. Car # Driver Q1 Q2 Q3 Gap
1 42 Kyle Larson (i) 31.988 32.078 32.252 Leader
2 29 Ryan Blaney 32.429 32.261 32.269 -0.017
3 35 Ross Chastain 32.334 32.383 32.290 -0.021
4 19 Tyler Reddick # 32.235 31.897 32.297 -0.007
5 51 Kyle Busch (i) 32.179 32.264 32.329 -0.032
6 88 Matt Crafton 32.140 32.134 32.542 -0.213
7 9 Ty Dillon (i) 32.510 32.418 32.576 -0.034
8 54 Darrell Wallace Jr 32.235 32.175 32.582 -0.006
9 13 Jeb Burton 32.545 32.360 32.632 -0.050
10 99 Bryan Silas 32.892 32.407 32.667 -0.035
11 31 Ben Kennedy # 32.943 32.372 32.702 -0.035
12 05 John Wes Townley 32.335 32.327 32.852 -0.150
Eliminated From Round 2
13 20 Daniel Hemric 32.532 32.439 Eliminated 0.413
14 8 Joe Nemechek 32.510 32.463 Eliminated -0.024
15 17 Timothy Peters 32.388 32.539 Eliminated -0.076
16 23 Spencer Gallagher 32.336 32.554 Eliminated -0.015
17 98 Johnny Sauter 32.595 32.567 Eliminated -0.013
18 48 Mason Malsam 32.769 32.588 Eliminated -0.021
19 21 Joey Coulter 32.669 32.597 Eliminated -0.009
20 32 Tayler Malsam 32.962 32.875 Eliminated -0.278
21 08 Ray Black Jr 32.856 32.958 Eliminated -0.083
22 77 German Quiroga 32.827 32.980 Eliminated -0.022
23 15 Mason Mingus # 32.992 33.163 Eliminated -0.183
24 45 Matt Tifft 33.077 33.386 Eliminated -0.223
Eliminated From Round 1
25 02 Tyler Young # 33.168 Eliminated -0.091
26 92 Austin Hill 33.181 Eliminated -0.013
27 63 Justin Jennings 33.358 Eliminated -0.177
28 59 Kyle Martel 33.590 Eliminated -0.232
29 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb 33.646 Eliminated -0.056
30 50 Wendell Chavous 34.100 Eliminated -0.454
31 74 Jordon Anderson 34.218 Eliminated -0.118
32 07 Todd Peck 34.384 Eliminated -0.166
33 82 Derek White 35.189 Eliminated -0.805
34 0 Caleb Benning 35.516 Eliminated -0.327
35 6 Norm Benning Owner
Points
Eliminated 35.516
36 36 Scott Stenzel 36.614 Eliminated -36.614

# Denotes Rookie 
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series

 

 

 

Brad Keselowski passes Kyle Busch on final lap to win NNS race, Chase Elliott becomes youngest NASCAR champion, captures final Nationwide Series crown at PIR

B19PRVTCEAAhap6After a green-white-checkered (flags) dash to the finish in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) DAV 200, it was Brad Keselowski winning the battle at Phoenix International Raceway. But, it was rookie Chase Elliott – with his fifth-place finish – winning the war by becoming the youngest driver to win a NASCAR national championship at the age of 18.

Keselowski, who held off the dominant performance by Kyle Busch (led the most laps – 187 out of 206), received his fifth series victory in the 2014 season, his 32nd series career victory and his first series victory at Phoenix International Raceway.

Following Keselowski and Busch to the drop of the checkered flag were Elliott Sadler finishing third, rookie Ty Dillon fourth and the new series champion Chase Elliott finished fifth.

Rounding out the top-ten finishing positions were Erik Jones taking sixth-place, Brian Scott seventh, Brendan Gaughan eighth, Trevor Bayne ninth and Regan Smith brought home 10th-place.

RACE NOTES:
Average Speed: 102.573 MPH
Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 00 Mins, 30 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.141 Seconds
Lead Changes: 6 among 4 drivers
Cautions: 5 for 33 laps

Next Up: The final race of the season with the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, Nov. 15th, with an approximate starting time of 4:50 p.m. (ET). Television coverage will be provided by ESPN beginning with their NASCAR Countdown pre-race show at 4:00 p.m. (ET).

DAV 200 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Lead Points Bonus Points
1 22 Brad Keselowski (i) 206 Running 9 0 0
2 54 Kyle Busch(i) 206 Running 187 0 0
3 11 Elliot Sadler 206 Running 0 41 0
4 3 Ty Dillon # 206 Running 0 40 0
5 9 Chase Elliott # 206 Running 0 39 0
6 20 Erik Jones (i) 206 Running 0 0 0
7 2 Brian Scott 206 Running 0 37 0
8 62 Brendan Gaughan 206 Running 0 36 0
9 6 Trevor Bayne 206 Running 0 35 0
10 7 Regan Smith 206 Running 9 35 1
11 51 Jeremy Clements 206 Running 1 34 1
12 60 Chris Buescher # 206 Running 0 32 0
13 42 Kyle Larson(i) 206 Running 0 0 0
14 99 James Buescher 206 Running 0 30 0
15 31 Dylan Kwasniewski # 206 Running 0 29 0
16 19 Mike Bliss 206 Running 0 28 0
17 5 Alex Bowman (i) 205 Running 0 0 0
18 44 Blake Koch 204 Running 0 26 0
19 16 Ryan Reed # 204 Running 0 25 0
20 39 Ryan Sieg # 204 Running 0 24 0
21 43 Dakoda Armstrong # 204 Running 0 23 0
22 29 Kelly Admiraal 204 Running 0 22 0
23 25 John Wes Townley (i) 203 Running 0 0 0
24 40 Matt DiBenedetto 203 Running 0 20 0
25 84 Chad Boat 202 Running 0 19 0
26 14 Eric McClure 202 Running 0 18 0
27 55 Jamie Dick 200 Running 0 17 0
28 52 Joey Gase 200 Running 0 16 0
29 23 Mackena Bell 198 Running 0 15 0
30 28 J.J. Yeley 154 Rear Gear 0 14 0
31 70 Derrike Cope 117 Brakes 0 13 0
32 01 Landon Cassill 81 Accident 0 12 0
33 17 Tanner Berryhill 58 Brakes 0 11 0
34 10 Jeff Green 51 Vibration 0 10 0
35 74 Mike Wallace 41 Suspension 0 9 0
36 77 Brennan Newberry (i) 34 Accident 0 0 0
37 89 Morgan Shepherd 20 Brakes 0 7 0
38 93 TJ Bell (i) 14 Vibration 0 0 0
39 87 Carl Long 10 Brakes 0 5 0
40 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt 0 Engine 0 4 0

# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series Unofficial Point Standings after Phoenix (Top 10)
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF
1 9 Chase Elliott # 1185 Leader 32 3 16 26 0
2 7 Regan Smith 1133 -52 32 1 7 25 0
3 2 Brian Scott 1120 -65 32 0 6 22 1
4 11 Elliot Sadler 1119 -66 32 1 7 24 1
5 3 Ty Dillon# 1111 -74 32 1 7 23 1
6 6 Trevor Bayne 1052 -133 32 0 5 21 3
7 60 Chris Buescher # 975 -210 31 1 4 13 1
8 62 Brendan Gaughan 939 -246 32 2 2 7 2
9 16 Ryan Reed # 872 -313 32 0 1 1 2
10 31 Dylan Kwasniewski # 842 -343 32 0 0 3 4

# – Rookie

NASCAR Nationwide Series Owner Standing After Phoenix (Top 10)
Pos. Owner Car # Points Behind Attempts
1 Roger Penske 22 1310 Leader 32
2 JD Gibbs 54 1281 -29 32
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr 9 1185 -125 32
4 Kelly Earnhardt-Miller 7 1133 -177 32
5 Harry Scott Jr. 42 1130 -180 32
6 Richard Childress 2 1120 -190 32
7 JD Gibbs 11 1119 -191 32
8 Richard Childress 3 1111 -199 32
9 Joe Gibbs 20 1095 -215 32
10 Jack Roush 6 1052 -258 32

 

NASCAR Nationwide Series Manufacturer Standings after Phoenix
Pos. Manufacturer Points Behind
1 Chevrolet 1409 Leader
2 Toyota 1379 -30
3 Ford 1361 -48
4 Dodge 800 -609