Hamilton on top again in second Hungary practice

CKrjXRhUwAAn61-Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton again set the pace in Friday’s second practice in Hungary, but this time the Red Bulls of Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo were his closest challengers – despite the latter’s car coming to a smoky halt late in the session.

Kvyat’s best lap was three-tenths down on Hamilton’s, with Ricciardo a further two-tenths adrift. Nico Rosberg, fourth fastest in the second Mercedes and seven-tenths off his team mate, was the only other man to get within a second of the world champion’s leading time.

Kimi Raikkonen was the front-running Ferrari in fifth, separated from team mate Sebastian Vettel by the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz. Fernando Alonso was an encouraging eighth for McLaren, with the Williams of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa completing the top ten.

It was Hamilton who looked the most hooked up however, as the Briton – a four-time winner in Hungary – set the fastest time of 1m 26.132s on the medium tyres and then did likewise on the softs with 1m 23.949s.

Kvyat and Ricciardo sprang surprises with 1m 24.300s and 1m 24.451s respectively, although it remains to be seen what fuel loads the top teams were running. The day also ended on a slightly downbeat note when Ricciardo ground to a halt, smoke spewing from his Renault engine, at the end of the session – although it was not his race engine, meaning the rest of his weekend will not be affected.

Rosberg had to be content with fourth on 1m 24.668s after never really getting going on the softs, and then there was another gap to Raikkonen who continued to spearhead the Ferrari challenge. The Finn managed 1m 25.134s – which was momentarily the fastest time as he was the first to set time on the soft rubber. Vettel meanwhile had another lacklustre session and was only seventh, behind Sainz’s Toro Rosso, after also spinning in Turns 12 and Turn 1. The German lapped in 1m 25.660s to the Spaniard’s 1m 25.599s.

Alonso was next up, as he brought smiles to McLaren faces with the eighth fastest time of 1m 25.752s. That was fractionally quicker than Bottas’s best of 1m 25.881s, while Massa was similarly close, registering 1m 25.920s to book the final spot in the top 10. Max Verstappen, who continued to struggle with his Toro Rosso and complained of a funny-sounding engine, claimed 11th with 1m 25.935s, which was less than one tenth of a second faster than Jenson Button, who managed 1m 25.994s in the second McLaren.

Lotus got going properly this time after their tyre problems were resolved, but time lost this morning held Pastor Maldonado back to 1m 26.090s and 13th place, while Romain Grosjean spun in Turn 13, went off in Turn 4, and ended up 15th on 1m 26.442s. Felipe Nasr put his Sauber between them on 1m 26.379s, but team mate Marcus Ericsson suffered brake-by-wire issues and was only 16th on 1m 26.831s.

That left the Marussias in 17th and 18th as Roberto Merhi beat Will Stevens by two thousandths of a second, 1m 29.113s to 1m 29.115s.

The Force Indias didn’t run as the team continued to investigate the causes of Perez’s morning accident.

Besides those mentioned above, the afternoon’s miscreants included Kvyat, who spun in Turn 4, and Hamilton, Verstappen, Maldonado, Bottas, Ricciardo and Ericsson, who all briefly went off at the same corner.

Hungarian Grand Prix Second Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:23.949 Leader Leader 36
2 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:24.300 -0.351 -0.351 29
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:24.451 -0.502 -0.151 15
4 6 Nico Roseberg 1:24.668 -0.719 -0.217 34
5 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:25.134 -1.185 -0.466 30
6 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:25.599 -1.650 -0.465 37
7 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:25.660 -1.711 -0.061 26
8 14 Fernando Alonso 1:25.752 -1.803 -0.092 31
9 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:25.881 -1.932 -0.129 35
10 19 Felipe Massa 1:25.920 -1.971 -0.039 31
11 33 Max Verstappen 1:25.935 -1.986 -0.015 19
12 22 Jenson Button 1:25.994 -2.045 -0.059 32
13 13 Pastor Maldonado 1:26.090 -2.141 -0.096 36
14 12 Felipe Nasr 1:26.379 -2.430 -0.289 36
15 8 Romain Grojean 1:26.442 -2.493 -0.063 39
16 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:26.831 -2.882 -0.389 29
17 98 Roberto Merhi 1:29.113 -5.164 -2.282 29
18 28 Will Stevens 1:29.115 -5.166 -0.002 28
19 11 Sergio Perez 0:00.000 -1:23.949 -1:29.115 0
20 27 Nico Hulkenberg 0:00.000 -1:23.949 0.000 0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hamilton fastest, Perez rolls in first Hungarian GP practice

CKrntULWIAERLdVMercedes dominated Friday morning’s opening practice in Hungary, in a session punctuated by a dramatic accident for Sergio Perez, who climbed unhurt from the upturned cockpit of his damaged Force India.

It was Lewis Hamilton who set the outright pace. The Briton looked strong throughout and quickly worked his way into the 1m 25s bracket, at one stage leaving him almost two seconds clear of the field.

The Briton eventually posted a 1m 25.141s, which stood until the chequered flag despite Nico Rosberg’s best efforts – the German closed bit by bit on Hamilton’s benchmark, and eventually wound up just one tenth of a second down on 1m 25.250s.

Those laps came after Perez had given everyone a scare by rolling his Force India. The Mexican ran extremely wide on to the rumble strips on the exit of Turn 11, appeared to suffer a failure of his right rear suspension, and was flicked sharp right across the track and into the barriers. That caused heavy damage, and appeared to also trigger his roll when the left front tyre – broken but still attached via the wheel tethers – dug in under the VJM08 and sent it into the air.

The car was badly damaged, but there was widespread relief as the Mexican was able to extract himself unharmed. The news was quickly radioed by the teams to their concerned drivers.

Perez had been eighth fastest at the time, and stayed there through unusual circumstance. Raikkonen was trying to improve on his 1m 25.812s best when, not long after Perez’s debris had been cleared up, his Ferrari’s front wing collapsed as he ran wide over the saw-tooth kerb exiting Turn 12. As he limped back to the pits without the wing and with a flat front left tyre, the session was red flagged again. It was restarted with seconds to spare, but naturally nobody went quicker.

Behind the Finn, Daniel Ricciardo narrowly headed Red Bull team mate Daniil Kvyat, with 1m 26.053s to 1m 26.070s. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was next up, managing 1m 26.395s despite reporting power loss. Carlos Sainz was seventh for Toro Rosso on 1m 26.727s, with Perez’s 1m 26.776s retaining his eighth slot. Valtteri Bottas was ninth for Williams with 1m 26.825s as Max Verstappen completed the top 10 and the sub-1m 27s runners, with 1m 26.934s in the other Toro Rosso.

There was a modicum of hope for McLaren with Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button 11th and 12th on 1m 27.272s and 1m 27.308s respectively, as Nico Hulkenberg took 13th for Force India on 1m 27.317s. Brazlian duo Felipe Massa and Felipe Nasr were next up – the Williams driver lapped in 1m 27.381s, the Sauber pilot in 1m 27.409s – while Nasr’s team mate Marcus Ericsson was 16th on 1m 27.732s.

Lotus had a difficult morning, completing just a handful of laps. Pastor Maldonado only managed 1m 28.568s for 17th, while a frustrated Jolyon Palmer didn’t set a time.

Fabio Leimer looked good initially against regular encumbent Will Stevens at Marussia, but the Briton subsequently improved to 1m 29.693s as the Swiss did not improve on what had been a decent 1m 30.631s.

Hungarian Grand Prix First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:25.141 Leader Leader 18
2 6 Nico Roseberg 1:25.250 -0.109 -0.109 21
3 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:25.812 -0.671 -0.562 23
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:26.053 -0.912 -0.241 20
5 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:26.070 -0.929 -0.017 16
6 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:26.395 -1.254 -0.325 13
7 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:26.727 -1.586 -0.332 24
8 11 Sergio Perez 1:26.776 -1.635 -0.049 13
9 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:26.825 -1.684 -0.049 18
10 33 Max Verstappen 1:26.934 -1.793 -0.109 26
11 14 Fernando Alonso 1:27.272 -2.586 -0.793 15
12 22 Jenson Button 1:27.308 -2.167 0.419 16
13 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:27.317 -2.176 -0.009 10
14 19 Felipe Massa 1:27.381 -2.240 -0.064 19
15 12 Felipe Nasr 1:27.409 -2.268 -0.028 23
16 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:27.732 -2.591 -0.323 22
17 13 Pastor Maldonado 1:28.568 -3.427 -0.836 8
18 28 Will Stevens 1:29.693 -4.552 -1.125 16
19 42 Fabio Leimer 1:30.631 -5.490 -0.938 17
20 30 Jolyon Palmer 0:00.000 -1:25.141 30.631 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Infraction Sheet for Coke Zero 400

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Infraction Sheet for Coke Zero 400
Car Lap Infraction Flag Penalty Lap Assessed Notes
26 3 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End Garage
47 3 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 8
10 3 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 8
22 3 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 8
38 3 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End Garage
46 4 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End Garage
16 4 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 8
46 4 Speeding-Exiting pits Y Tail End Garage
62 4 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 8
9 4 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 8
22 5 Running the stop and go sign/light Y 1 Lap 6
46 5 Running the stop and go sign/light Y 1 Lap Garage
22 8 Safety Violation G Pit 9 Dragging metal
22 10 Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area G Pass Thru 13
16 27 Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Y Tail End 30
18 28 Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Y Tail End 30
62 28 Speeding-Exiting pits Y Tail End 30
62 28 Running the stop and go sign/light Y 1 Lap 30
16 54 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 57
19 54 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 57
62 54 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 57
19 54 Commitment Line Violation Y Tail End 57
13 55 Driving through more than 3 pit boxes Y Tail End 57
16 59 Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Y Tail End 63
16 59 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 63
18 59 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 63
18 59 Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Y Tail End 63
22 60 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 63
26 60 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 63
46 61 Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Y Tail End 63
19 86 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End Garage
47 86 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 92
42 86 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 92
42 86 Speeding-Exiting pits Y Tail End 92
42 86 Running the stop and go sign/light Y 1 Lap 86
3 87 Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Y Tail End 92
18 87 Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Y Tail End 92
23 87 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End Garage
98 89 Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Y Tail End 92
17 89 Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Y Tail End 92
78 105 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End Garage
10 105 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 114
10 105 Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Y Tail End 114
2 105 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 114
5 105 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 114
1 105 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 114
1 105 Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Y Tail End 114
55 105 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 114
22 106 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 114
20 106 Running the stop and go sign/light Y 1 Lap 106
20 106 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 114
20 106 Speeding-Entering pits Y Tail End 114
9 107 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 114
13 108 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 114
7 108 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 114
62 110 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 114
18 111 Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Y Tail End 114
83 113 Driving through more than 3 pit boxes Y Tail End 114
10 128 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End Garage
2 129 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 132
2 129 Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Y Tail End 132
5 130 Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Y Tail End 132
46 130 Speeding-Exiting pits Y Tail End 132
26 130 Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Y Tail End 132
55 148 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 151

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Austin Dillon comments on the wreck at Daytona

CJNp7W8WEAE9tx7Q) I DON’T THINK I HAVE SEEN MORE HAPPY PEOPLE AFTER A CRASH, HOW ARE YOU?
Dillon: “I am just going to be really sore. It got my tailbone pretty good and my arm. Should be fine, just go ice it up and get ready for Kentucky. But just thank the good Lord for taking care of me and for what NASCAR has done to make the sport this much safer. I just hope everybody in the stands is all right. That is the next biggest concern. Just praying for everybody and glad the good Lord looked out for me tonight.”

Q) WHAT HAPPENED?
Dillon: “You know the 11 got turned by the 4 across the start/finish line and I thought the race was going to be over right there. We were almost there and I was just pushing the 24 and the next thing I knew was that I was looking at my roof for a long time. I thought it was all over when I was sliding there and the 2 came in and really got me. So it was a wicked ride but thank the good Lord above for taking care of me.”

Q) WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS AS YOU LOOKED OUT THE WINDOW AND SAW YOU WERE SURROUNDED BY CREW MEMBERS TRYING TO HELP?
Dillon: “I thought that was pretty awesome. As soon as I looked up and I don’t know if it was Casey Mears pit crew member or Casey right at the door, but that made me feel really good and comfortable. The only thing I was worried about was that there was oil everywhere and I wanted to get away from the car and that was why I was scrambling to get out from under it. And then just wanted to waive to the fans and let them know I was all good.”

Q) THE CATCHFENCE. IT WILL BE A TOPIC OF CONVERSATION. IT KEPT YOU IN THE BALLPARK SO TO SPEAK, BUT DID IT DO ITS JOB?
Dillon: “I don’t know because I haven’t even looked at the replay yet and I don’t know when I am going to. But I just think the next thing is that we are going to have to make this racing even more safe. We are running 200 mph and pushing each other around out there and it’s just bound to happen. No matter how safe we can make the sport, when you are going that amount of speed, things happen.”

Q) JEFF GORDON SAID THIS STYLE OF RACING IS MORE LIKE A VIDEO GAME, BUT IN REAL LIFE. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE WHAT YOU SAW THERE IN THE END?
Dillon: “It definitely is a video game. With three to go you are just going to push somebody until the end of the race. It’s wreckers or checkers. It’s like Talladega Nights out there. So it takes a lot of confidence and just staying into the gas is tough. It is a tough sport and it’s what racing is about and it is why NASCAR has been here for so long.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. dominates Daytona to win Coke Zero 400, which ends with horrific crash

CJNtkJRWsAAWxREDale Earnhardt Jr. endured a weekend of rain, a three-hour-plus pre-race delay, and nine caution flags to win the Coke-Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway early Monday morning.

The race ended at 2:41 a.m. and concluded with a large crash featuring Austin Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet going airborne and smashing into the catch-fence near Turn 1 after he crossed the start-finish line. Dillon walked away from the wreck, the fourth major crash of the night. After being released from the infield care center, Dillon said he suffered a bruised tailbone and forearm.

Pole-sitter Earnhardt dominated the night, leading 96 laps in his No. 88 Nationwide Stars and Stripes Chevrolet. He also had the convincing support of the fans remaining at the track following the 154-minute rain delay. The delay was a harbinger for the race itself, which included four multi-car crashes and those nine caution flags that covered 43 of the scheduled 160 laps before the green-white checkered finish. It was Earnhardt’s fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup career victory on the 2.5-mile Florida track.

“I had a lot of fun tonight,” a somewhat subdued Earnhardt said after the race. “We have such great motors and good cars. We ran Very fast. I had to block a lot, get a lot of pushes from everybody. I had to run real hard to win this race here. We got shuffled back a few times.”

Driver Paul Menard could have been speaking for everyone at the speedway when he said on his radio during the race that Earnhardt’s No. 88 was “ridiculously” fast. Earnhardt consistently outran the competition on re-start after re-start.

Earnhardt’s crew raced onto the track after the last-lap crash to check on Dillon’s condition. The catch fences at Daytona International Speedway were reinforced following an accident in 2013 during a NASCAR XFINITY Series race.

Denny Hamlin finished third, with Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch rounding out the top five. Harvick leads the Sprint Cup points standings by 63 points over Earnhardt.

Postrace tech is complete. No issues. Earnhardt Johnson KuBusch to R&D. Dillon car also will go to R&D for post-accident analysis.

RACE NOTES:
Average Speed: 134.941 mph.
Time of Race: 02 Hrs, 58 Mins, 58 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.122 Seconds.
Caution Flags: 9 for 43 laps.
Lead Changes: 22 among 12 drivers.

Next Up: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves to Kentucky Speedway this week where it will debut its new aerodynamic package in the NSCS Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts on Saturday 7:30 p.m. ET.

Coke Zero 400 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Led Points Bonus Points
1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 161 Running 96 48 5
2 48 Jimmie Johnson 161 Running 35 43 1
3 11 Denny Hamlin 161 Running 10 42 1
4 4 Kevin Harvick 161 Running 0 40 0
5 41 Kurt Busch 161 Running 0 39 0
6 24 Jeff Gordon 161 Running 0 38 0
7 3 Austin Dillon 161 Running 8 38 1
8 31 Ryan Newman 161 Running 1 37 1
9 6 Trevor Bayne 161 Running 0 35 0
10 15 Clint Bowyer 161 Running 1 35 1
11 13 Casey Mears 161 Running 0 33 0
12 55 David Ragan 161 Running 0 32 0
13 40 Landon Cassill (i) 161 Running 0 0 0
14 14 Tony Stewart 161 Running 0 30 0
15 1 Jamie McMurray 161 Running 0 29 0
16 27 Paul Menard 161 Running 0 28 0
17 18 Kyle Busch 161 Running 0 27 0
18 51 Justin Allgaier 161 Running 0 26 0
19 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 161 Running 0 25 0
20 16 Greg Biffle 161 Running 0 24 0
21 47 AJ Allmendinger 161 Running 0 23 0
22 22 Joey Logano 161 Running 0 22 0
23 20 Matt Kenseth 161 Running 1 22 1
24 7 Alex Bowman 161 Running 0 20 0
25 35 Cole Whitt 161 Running 0 19 0
26 83 Matt Dibenedetto # 161 Running 1 19 1
27 34 Brett Moffitt # 161 Running 1 18 1
28 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) 161 Running 0 0 0
29 2 Brad Keselowski 159 Running 0 15 0
30 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 154 Accident 0 14 0
31 98 Josh Wise 154 Running 1 14 1
32 5 Kasey Kahne 149 Running 5 13 1
33 23 J.J. Yeley (i) 139 Running 1 0 0
34 43 Aric Almirola 137 Running 0 10 0
35 10 Danica Patrick 126 Accident 0 9 0
36 26 Jeb Burton # 121 Running 0 8 0
37 46 Michael Annett 110 Running 0 7 0
38 78 Martin Truex Jr. 105 Accident 0 6 0
39 42 Kyle Larson 103 Accident 0 5 0
40 38 David Gilliland 96 Running 0 4 0
41 19 Carl Edwards 85 Accident 0 3 0
42 33 Brian Scott (i) 85 Accident 0 0 0
43 32 Bobby Labonte 2 Accident 0 1 0

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2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Unofficial Point Standings
After Race 17 at Daytona International Speedway
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s DNF
1 4 Kevin Harvick 656 Leader 17 2 12 15 0
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 593 -63 17 2 9 11 1
4 22 Joey Logano 589 -67 17 4 10 12 0
5 78 Martin Truex Jr. 581 -75 17 1 9 12 0
6 1 Jamie McMurray 569 -87 17 1 5 14 2
6 48 Jimmie Johnson 526 -130 17 0 2 7 1
7 2 Brad Keselowski 520 -136 17 1 3 9 1
8 41 Kurt Busch 508 -148 14 2 7 9 0
9 20 Matt Kenseth 501 -155 17 1 5 9 1
10 24 Jeff Gordon 500 -156 17 0 2 9 1
11 5 Kasey Kahne 496 -160 17 0 2 6 1
12 11 Denny Hamlin 480 -176 17 1 4 7 1
13 27 Paul Menard 480 -176 17 0 2 4 1
14 31 Ryan Newman 472 -184 17 0 4 10 1
15 15 Clint Bowyer 465 -191 17 0 1 6 0
16 43 Aric Almirola 441 -215 17 0 1 1 1
Points Outside the Top 16
17 19 Carl Edwards 408 -33 17 1 1 2 2
18 42 Kyle Larson 395 -46 16 0 1 5 3
19 16 Greg Biffle 392 -49 17 0 1 2 0
20 10 Danica Patrick 386 -55 17 0 0 2 1
21 3 Austin Dillon 379 -62 17 0 0 2 2
22 13 Casey Mears 378 -63 17 0 0 1 2
23 47 AJ Allmendinger 352 -89 17 0 0 2 3
24 55 David Ragan 336 -105 17 0 1 1 2
25 14 Tony Stewart 331 -110 17 0 0 1 3
26 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 321 -120 17 0 0 2 2
27 6 Trevor Bayne 319 -122 17 0 0 2 1
28 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 311 -130 17 0 1 1 1
29 51 Justin Allgaier 286 -155 17 0 0 1 3
30 35 Cole Whitt 280 -161 17 0 0 0 1
Points Outside the Top 30
31 38 David Gilliland 267 -13 17 0 0 0 2
32 34 Brett Moffitt # 233 -47 14 0 0 1 0
33 7 Alex Bowman 228 -52 16 0 0 0 2
34 46 Michael Annett 194 -86 17 0 0 0 1
35 98 Josh Wise 185 -95 16 0 0 1 3
36 83 Matt Dibenedetto 182 -98 14 0 0 0 0
37 18 Kyle Busch 152 -128 6 1 1 2 2
38 95 Michael McDowell 11 -269 8 0 0 0 0
39 26 Jeb Burton # 105 -175 13 0 0 0 2
40 33 Alex Kennedy # 67 -213 7 0 0 0 0
41 32 Bobby Labonte 39 -241 3 0 0 0 1
42 55 Brian Vickers 32 -248 2 0 0 0 0
43 55 Michael Waltrip 26 -254 2 0 0 0 0
44 44 Reed Sorenson 22 -258 2 0 0 0 0
45 66 Mike Wallace 8 -272 1 0 0 0 0
46 30 Ron Hornaday Jr. 2 -278 1 0 0 0 1

# – Rookie

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2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Standing 
After Race 17 at Daytona International Speedway
Pos. Owner Car # Wins Points Behind Attempts
1 Tony Stewart 4 2 473 Leader 17
2 Rick Hendrick 88 2 432 -41 17
3 Gene Haas 41 2 410 -63 17
4 Jeff Gordon 48 4 407 -66 17
5 Walter Czarnecki 22 1 401 -72 17
6 Barney Visser 78 1 393 -80 17
7 Felix Sabates 1 0 381 -92 17
8 Roger Penske 2 1 372 -101 17
9 Joe Gibbs 20 1 353 -120 17
10 Rick Hendrick 24 0 346 -127 17
11 Linda Hendrick 5 0 345 -128 17
12 J D Gibbs 11 1 343 -130 17
13 Richard Childress 27 0 339 -134 17
14 Richard Childress 31 0 336 -137 17
15 Rob Kauffman 15 0 321 -152 17
16 Richard Petty 43 0 312 -161 17
17 Chip Ganassi 42 0 296 -177 17
18 J D Gibbs 19 1 292 -181 17
19 Jack Roush 16 0 284 -189 17
20 Tony Stewart 10 0 284 -189 17
21 Joe Gibbs 18 1 274 -199 17
22 Richard Childress 3 0 263 -210 17
23 Bob Germain 13 0 261 -212 17
24 Tad Geschickter 47 0 253 -220 17
25 Margaret Haas 14 0 234 -239 17
26 Richard Petty 9 0 230 -243 17
27 John Henry 6 0 224 -249 17
28 John Henry 17 0 208 -265 17
29 Michael Waltrip 55 0 207 -266 17
30 Harry Scott Jr 51 0 204 -269 17
32 Brad Jenkins 38 0 202 -271 17
33 Jerry Freeze 34 0 193 -280 17
34 Tommy Baldwin 7 0 188 -285 17
35 Bob Jenkins 35 0 150 -323 17
35 Michael Hillman 40 0 144 -329 17
36 Joe Falk 33 0 136 -337 17
37 Ron Devine 83 0 134 -339 17
38 Mike Curb 98 0 131 -342 17
39 Harry Scott Jr 46 0 125 -348 17
40 Ron Devine 23 0 123 -350 17
41 Archie St Hilaire 32 0 106 -367 17
42 Bob Leavine 95 0 101 -372 10
43 Anthony Marlowe 26 0 74 -399 17
44 Glen Wood 21 0 60 -413 7
45 Jay Robinson 62 0 47 -426 17
46 Rick Hendrick 25 0 36 -437 3
47 John Cohen 44 0 12 -461 4
48 Jay Robinson 66 0 8 -465 4
49 Curtis Key 30 0 6 -467 7
50 Robby Benton 129 0 0 -473 4
51 Gordon Smith 139 0 0 -473 2

 

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturer Standings
After Race 17 at Daytona International Speedway
Pos. Manufacturer Wins Points Behind
1 Chevrolet 11 774 Leader
2 Ford 2 691 -83
3 Toyota 4 674 -100

 

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Lewis Hamilton weathers the storm to win the British GP for the third time

CJJ604kWUAAh3fCLewis Hamilton won the 2015 Formula 1 British Grand Prix after an inspired drive in changeable conditions at Silverstone – his third triumph on home soil.

The world champion saw off the threat of early leaders Williams, and then made an inspired pit call when rain hit late in the race to ensure victory over Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg and the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.

Excellent starts for Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas saw Williams in charge of the opening laps and it was only after the first round of stops that Hamilton took control.

But when rain arrived around lap 35, Rosberg began to rapidly close on his team mate and it was Hamilton who blinked first, pitting for intermediate tyres on lap 43. It initially looked premature, but ultimately proved to be perfect timing, as the heavens opened over the circuit.

The leading pack followed Hamilton’s example and after the stops panned out Williams were the losers, with Vettel jumping both their drivers, leaving Massa and Bottas a disappointed fourth and fifth at the flag.

Nico Hulkenberg was seventh in the revised Force India, separated from ninth-placed team mate Sergio Perez by the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen. And there was finally reason to smile at McLaren, as Fernando Alonso scored his first point of the year in tenth.

Drama at the rear of the field on the opening lap had accounted for the Lotuses of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado, and McLaren’s Jenson Button, as a domino-effect collision at Turn 1 also left Alonso pitting for a new nose.

Sauber’s Felipe Nasr failed to even take the start thanks to gearbox issues on the formation lap, while Max Verstappen put his Toro Rosso into the gravel at Farm on lap 4. Next to retire was Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo – with electrical problems – on lap 23, while Toro Rosso stablemate Carlos Sainz succumbed to technical woes on lap 34.

British Grand Prix Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Behind Status Points
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 52 Leader Running 25
2 6 Nico Roseberg 52 -10.956 Running 18
3 5 Sebastian Vettel 52 -25.443 Running 15
4 19 Felipe Massa 52 -36.839 Running 12
5 77 Valtteri Bottas 52 -1:03.194 Running 10
6 26 Daniil Kvyat 52 -1:03.955 Running 8
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg 52 -1:18.744 Running 6
8 7 Kimi Raikkonen 51 -1 Lap Running 4
9 11 Sergio Perez 51 -1 Lap Running 2
10 14 Fernando Alonso 51 -1 Lap Running 1
11 9 Marcus Ericsson 51 -1 Lap Running 0
12 98 Roberto Merhi 49 -3 Laps Running 0
13 28 Will Stevens 49 -3 Laps Running 0
14 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 33 -19 laps Retired 0
15 3 Daniel Ricciardo 23 -29 Laps Retired 0
16 33 Max Verstappen 4 -48 Laps Retired 0
17 13 Pastor Maldonado 1 -51 Laps Retired 0
18 8 Romain Grojean 1 -51 Laps Retired 0
19 22 Jenson Button 1 -51 Laps Retired 0
20 12 Felipe Nasr 0 -52 Laps DNS 0

 

Drivers Championship
After Race 9 of the 2015 season at British Grand Prix
Pos. Car # Driver Team Wins Points Behind
1 44 L. Hamiton Mercedes 5 194 Leader
2 6 N. Roseberg Mercedes 3 177 -17
3 5 S. Vettel Ferrari 1 135 -59
4 77 V. Bottas William-Mercedes 0 77 -117
5 7 K. Raikkonen Ferrari 0 76 -118
6 19 F. Massa William-Mercedes 0 74 -120
7 3 D. Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 36 -158
8 26 D. Kvyat Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 27 -167
9 27 N. Hulkenberg Force india-Mercedes 0 24 -170
10 8 R. Grojean Lotus-Mercedes 0 17 -177
11 12 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 0 16 -178
12 11 S. Perez Force india-Mercedes 0 15 -179
13 13 P. Maldonado Lotus-Mercedes 0 12 -182
14 33 M. Verstappen Toro Rosso 0 10 -184
15 55 C. Sainz Jr Toro Rosso 0 9 -185
16 9 M. Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 0 5 -189
17 22 J. Button McLaren-Honda 0 4 -190
18 14 F. Alonso McLaren-Honda 0 1 -193
19 98 R. Merhi Marussia-Ferrari 0 0 -194
20 28 W. Stevens Marussia-Ferrari 0 0 -194
21 20 K. Magnussen McLaren-Honda 0 0 -194

 

Constructors Championship
After Race 9 of the 2015 season at British Grand Prix
Pos. Team Wins Points Behind
1 Mercedes 8 371 Leader
2 Ferrari 1 211 -160
3 Williams-Mercedes 0 151 -220
4 Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 63 -308
5 Force India-Mercedes 0 39 -332
6 Lotus-Renault 0 29 -342
7 Sauber-Ferrari 0 21 -350
8 Toro Rosso-Renault 0 19 -352
9 McLaren-Honda 0 5 -366
10 Marussia-Ferrari 0 0 -371

 

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Austin Dillon avoids two major wrecks to win Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona

CJHumOVWgAAzLbkAfter a rain delay before the start, and then two red flags within 10-laps to go in Saturday night’s NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Subway Firecracker 250, it was Austin Dillon taking the checkered flag ahead of Elliott Sadler to win at Daytona International Speedway.

This was Dillon’s third series victory and 10th top-10 finish of the 2015 season, his fifth series career victory in 90 races, and his first series victory at Daytona International Speedway.

Following Dillon and Sadler was the reigning series champion Chase Elliott finishing third, Kasey Kahne fourth and Benny Gordon finished fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 finishing positions were Dakoda Armstrong taking sixth, David Ragan seventh, Erik Jones eighth, and series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidates, Harrison Rhodes and Ross Chastain bringing home ninth and 10th respectively.

The current series points leader, Chris Buescher, finished in 12th and leaves Daytona with a 34-point lead over Chase Elliott.

RACE NOTES:
Average Speed: 132.804 MPH
Time of Race: 01 Hrs, 57 Mins, 28 Secs.
Margin of Victory: Caution
Lead Changes: 9 among 5 drivers
Cautions: 7 for 24 laps

Next Up: The series heads to Kentucky Speedway on Friday, July 1oth, for the Kentucky 300, with an approximate starting time at 7:50 p.m. (ET) and television coverage provided by NBCSN.

Subway Firecracker 250 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Lead Points Bonus Points
1 33 Austin Dillon (i) 104 Running 9 0 0
2 1 Elliot Sadler 104 Running 0 42 0
3 9 Chase Elliott 104 Running 0 41 0
4 88 Kasey Kahne (i) 104 Running 0 0 0
5 66 Benny Gordon 104 Running 0 39 0
6 43 Dakoda Armstrong 104 Running 0 38 0
7 20 David Ragan (i) 104 Running 0 0 0
8 54 Erik Jones (i) 104 Running 0 0 0
9 0 Harrison Rhodes 104 Running 0 35 0
10 4 Ross Chastain # 103 Running 1 35 1
11 26 Timmy Hill (i) 103 Running 0 0 0
12 60 Chris Buescher 103 Running 0 32 0
13 16 Ryan Reed 103 Running 0 31 0
14 22 Joey Logano(i) 103 Running 1 0 0
15 18 Daniel Suarez # 103 Running 1 30 1
16 97 Peyton Sellers 102 Running 0 28 0
17 7 Regan Smith 102 Running 0 27 0
18 8 Blake Koch 102 Running 0 26 0
19 25 John Wes Townley (i) 101 Running 0 0 0
20 28 J.J. Yeley 101 Running 0 24 0
21 90 Martin Roy 101 Running 0 23 0
22 85 Bobby Gerhart 101 Running 0 22 0
23 2 Brian Scott 101 Running 84 23 2
24 24 Eric McClure 100 Running 0 20 0
25 62 Brendan Gaughan 100 Running 0 19 0
26 3 Ty Dillon 100 Running 0 18 0
27 39 Ryan Sieg 97 Accident 0 17 0
28 51 Jeremy Clements 97 Running 0 16 0
29 44 David Starr 96 Accident 0 15 0
30 52 Joey Gase 95 Accident 0 14 0
31 01 Landon Cassill 95 Running 0 13 0
32 14 Cale Conley # 95 Running 0 12 0
33 74 Mike Harmon 95 Running 0 11 0
34 6 Darrell Wallace Jr # 90 Accident 0 10 0
35 98 Aric Almirola (i) 90 Accident 0 0 0
36 42 Brennan Poole 90 Accident 0 8 0
37 15 Scott Lagasse Jr 58 Accident 0 7 0
38 70 Derrike Cope 15 Accident 0 6 0
39 89 Morgan Shepherd 10 Overheating 0 5 0
40 92 Mario Gosselin 6 Vibration 0 4 0

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

2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series Unofficial Point Standings 
After Race 15 at Daytona International Speedway
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF
1 60 Chris Buescher 560 Leader 15 2 8 10 0
2 9 Chase Elliott 526 -34 15 0 7 12 1
3 3 Ty Dillon 517 -43 15 0 3 10 0
4 7 Regan Smith 493 -67 15 0 5 9 1
5 1 Elliot Sadler 489 -71 15 0 2 7 0
6 6 Darrell Wallace Jr# 472 -88 15 0 1 5 1
7 2 Brian Scott 453 -107 15 0 2 10 3
8 16 Ryan Reed 441 -119 15 1 1 1 0
9 62 Brendan Gaughan 438 -122 15 0 2 7 3
10 18 Daniel Suarez # 437 -123 15 0 1 5 1
11 51 Jeremy Clements 382 -178 15 0 0 1 1
12 43 Dakoda Armstrong 357 -203 15 0 0 1 2
13 44 David Starr 357 -203 15 0 0 1 2
14 4 Ross Chastain # 348 -212 15 0 0 2 3
15 28 J.J. Yeley 344 -216 15 0 1 1 3
16 39 Ryan Sieg 325 -235 15 0 0 0 2
17 01 Landon Cassill 292 -268 14 0 0 1 2
18 8 Blake Koch 287 -273 15 0 0 0 3
19 14 Cale Conley # 266 -294 15 0 0 0 4
20 24 Eric McClure 257 -303 15 0 0 0 3
21 52 Joey Gase 247 -313 15 0 1 1 1
22 0 Harrison Rhodes # 240 -320 14 0 0 1 3
23 42 Brennan Poole 238 -322 10 0 0 1 2
24 97 Peyton Sellers 188 -372 12 0 0 0 2
25 22 Ryan Blaney 170 -390 5 0 3 4 0
26 19 Mike Bliss 141 -419 8 0 0 0 1
27 74 Mike Harmon 134 -426 13 0 0 0 8
28 55 Jeffrey Earnhardt 128 -432 6 0 0 0 1
29 70 Derrike Cope 120 -440 12 0 0 0 4
30 90 Mario Gosselin 117 -443 7 0 0 0 2
31 90 Jimmy Weller 69 -491 5 0 0 0 0
32 55 Jamie Dick 68 -492 5 0 0 0 2
33 40 Derek White 66 -494 7 0 0 0 3
34 40 Carl Long 61 -499 9 0 0 0 8
35 88 Ben Rhodes 60 -500 2 0 0 1 0
36 90 Martin Roy 53 -507 3 0 0 0 0
37 97 Josh Reaume # 53 -507 4 0 0 0 1
38 25 Dylan Lupton 51 -509 3 0 0 0 1
39 54 Boris Said 47 -513 2 0 0 0 0
40 10 Jeff Green 44 -516 10 0 0 0 10
41 90 Todd Bodine 40 -520 2 0 0 0 0
42 66 Benny Gordon 39 -521 2 0 1 1 0
43 Ross Kenseth 39 -521 1 0 0 1 0
44 13 Chris Cockrum 38 -522 2 0 0 0 0
45 89 Morgan Shepherd 34 -526 6 0 0 0 6
46 55 Brandon Gdovic 32 -528 2 0 0 0 0
47 Bobby Gerhart 30 -530 2 0 0 0 1
48 26 Kenny Wallace 27 -533 2 0 0 0 1
49 26 CJ Faison 25 -535 2 0 0 0 1
50 56 Charles Lewandoski 23 -537 3 0 0 0 2
51 TJ Bell Jr. 21 -539 1 0 0 0 0
52 John Jackson 19 -541 2 0 0 0 1
53 15 Stanton Barrett 19 -541 2 0 0 0 1
54 15 Carlos Contreras 18 -542 2 0 0 0 1
55 13 Mark Thompson 17 -543 1 0 0 0 0
56 19 Scott Lagasse Jr. 14 -546 2 0 0 0 2
57 29 Justin Marks 10 -550 1 0 0 0 1
58 15 Enrique Contreras 10 -550 1 0 0 0 0
59 92 Dextor Bean 8 -552 2 0 0 0 2

# – Rookie