Rosberg leads second F1 practice in Mexico

untitled1Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg was the fastest man in Mexico City on Friday afternoon, as morning pacesetter Max Verstappen crashed out at the very start of second practice. With his FP1 brake issues resolved, Rosberg’s best lap put him a quarter of a second clear of Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat, who was followed in the times by Red Bull team mate Daniel Ricciardo, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, and the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.

Williams’ Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa were seventh and tenth respectively, split by the McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.

The still green track surface – combined with sprinklings of rain culminating in a late shower – made for some tricky conditions at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, and there were several spins and off-moments.

Less than five minutes into the session, as Kimi Raikkonen headed the times with 1m 25.820s, Verstappen went from hero to zero when he got his Toro Rosso sideways exiting Turn 16 and clattered into the barriers. Cue the red flags and exit the Dutchman with left-hand suspension damage.

Rosberg and Vettel squabbled over fastest time until Bottas spun his Williams entering Turn 1 and took his front wing off on the outer wall before limping back to the pits.

Rosberg did 1m 24.682s and Vettel 1m 24.639s, before Hamilton finally got going with 1m 24.016s and Kvyat went second with 1m 24.239s. It was the morning session all over again, as the track kept improving. Vettel then had a minor drama as he slid wide coming into the pits, before Hamilton spun at Turn 4.

After the first half hour Hamilton led Kvyat, Vettel, Rosberg, Ricciardo, local hero Sergio Perez in the Force India, Bottas, the Lotus cars of Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean and Alonso, as Raikkonen reported rain spots on his visor.

Perez was the first man to run Pirelli’s soft-compound tyres, at the hour mark, but it was team mate Nico Hulkenberg who went fastest on them with 1m 23.290s from Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz on 1m 23.987s. Overhead, it was getting darker, as Perez, Grosjean and Sainz traded second fastest time.

Once the Mercedes came out, it was Rosberg versus Hamilton again. The German lapped in 1m 22.272s to go fastest but was supplanted immediately by the Englishman with 1m 21.961s, but whereas Hamilton did not get a decent second lap out of his tyres Rosberg did, going back on top with 1m 21.531s. Behind the Silver Arrows, Vettel jumped to third just ahead of Raikkonen, 1m 22.334s, to 1m 22.399s. The recovered Bottas was fifth on 1m 22.721s as Alonso sprang to a startling sixth for McLaren with 1m 22.993s before Kvyat pushed him back with 1m 22.885s.

It was spitting with rain quite heavily round the track as the final half hour approached, but Ricciardo was able to displace Bottas with 1m 22.468s to go fifth. Then, as Kvyat leapt to second with 1m 21.776s, the Australian went third with 1m 21.868s.

Curiously, it was wet in turns 1 to 6, without adversely affecting lap times. The red flag did, however, momentarily, when Grosjean’s Lotus ground to a halt at Turn 10 with 27 minutes left and had to be removed from the grass on the inside of the corner.

Thereafter, as the rain increased, only Vettel of the front-runners improved, to 1m 21.984s, but he stayed fifth. Button, however, hauled up from last, with deployment problems, to ninth fastest behind McLaren team mate Alonso with 1m 23.109s.

Mexico Grand Prix Second Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 6 Nico Roseberg 1:21.531 Leader Leader 36
2 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:21.776 0.255 0.255 27
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:21.868 -0.337 -0.592 27
4 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:21.961 -0.430 -0.093 33
5 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:21.984 -0.453 -0.023 32
6 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:22.399 -0.868 -0.415 33
7 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:22.721 -1.190 -0.322 28
8 14 Fernando Alonso 1:22.993 -1.462 -0.272 36
9 22 Jenson Button 1:23.109 -1.578 -0.116 24
10 19 Felipe Massa 1:23.289 -1.758 -0.180 32
11 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:23.290 -1.759 -0.001 34
12 13 Pastor Maldonado 1:23.363 -1.832 -0.073 24
13 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:23.364 -1.833 -0.001 41
14 12 Felipe Nasr 1:23.430 -1.899 -0.066 38
15 11 Sergio Perez 1:23.597 -2.066 -0.167 33
16 8 Romain Grojean 1:23.614 -2.083 -0.017 25
17 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:24.533 -3.002 -0.919 34
18 53 Alexander Rossi 1:25.940 -4.409 -1.407 29
19 28 Will Stevens 1:26.968 -5.437 -1.028 28
20 33 Max Verstappen 0:00.000 -1:21.531 -1:26.968 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Joey Logano stays hot, earns second straight pole at Martinsville

untitledJoey Logano, with a qualifying lap speed of 98.548 MPH, captured the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) pole early Friday evening, and will lead the field to the drop of the green flag in Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

Logano, who also won the spring pole at Martinsville, received his sixth series pole and 25th top-10 start of the 2015 season, his 14th series career pole in 252 races and his second series pole in 14 races at Martinsville.

Starting second on the outside pole with a qualifying lap speed of 98.487 MPH will be Martin Truex Jr., and he’ll be followed by AJ Allmendinger (98.068 MPH) starting third, Jamie McMurray (98.007) fourth and Jeff Gordon (97.896) starts fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 starting positions will be Kyle Busch (97.850 MPH) starting sixth, Ryan Newman (97.724) seventh, Aric Almirola (97.684) eighth, Kyle Larson (97.684) ninth and Denny Hamlin (97.503) qualified in 10th.

With only 43 drivers attempting to fill the 43-car field, there was no one failing to make the starting lineup.

On Saturday, the qualified teams will have two more practice sessions beginning with a morning session from 9:00 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. ET on CNBC, and then their “Happy Hour” (final) practice from 12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. ET on CNBC.

The 67th annual Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 is scheduled to get underway around 1:35 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon on NBCSN.

Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Gap
1 22 Joey Logano 19.299 19.166 19.215 Leader
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. 19.322 19.241 19.227 -0.012
3 47 AJ Allmendinger 19.301 19.302 19.309 -0.082
4 1 Jamie McMurray 19.205 19.253 19.321 -0.012
5 24 Jeff Gordon 19.321 19.240 19.343 -0.022
6 18 Kyle Busch 19.337 19.329 19.352 -0.009
7 31 Ryan Newman 19.356 19.338 19.377 -0.025
8 43 Aric Almirola 19.347 19.337 19.385 -0.008
9 42 Kyle Larson 19.351 19.330 19.398 -0.013
10 11 Denny Hamlin 19.380 19.297 19.421 -0.023
11 2 Brad Keselowski 19.377 19.340 19.432 -0.011
12 4 Kevin Harvick 19.294 19.231 19.452 -0.020
13 14 Tony Stewart 19.336 19.344 Eliminated -0.113
14 19 Carl Edwards 19.264 19.355 Eliminated -0.011
15 41 Kurt Busch 19.366 19.362 Eliminated -0.007
16 10 Danica Patrick 19.350 19.375 Eliminated -0.013
17 15 Clint Bowyer 19.262 19.379 Eliminated -0.004
18 20 Matt Kenseth 19.321 19.434 Eliminated -0.055
19 13 Casey Mears 19.354 19.449 Eliminated -0.015
20 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 19.384 19.473 Eliminated -0.024
21 48 Jimmie Johnson 19.373 19.499 Eliminated -0.026
22 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 19.336 19.505 Eliminated -0.006
23 51 Justin Allgaier 19.377 19.562 Eliminated -0.057
24 5 Kasey Kahne 19.384 0.000 Eliminated 19.562
25 16 Greg Biffle 19.395 Eliminated -0.011
26 27 Paul Menard 19.403 Eliminated -0.008
27 40 Landon Cassill (i) 19.436 Eliminated -0.033
28 55 David Ragan 19.443 Eliminated -0.007
29 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 19.454 Eliminated -0.011
30 3 Austin Dillon 19.506 Eliminated -0.052
31 35 Cole Whitt 19.519 Eliminated -0.013
32 6 Trevor Bayne 19.530 Eliminated -0.011
33 38 David Gilliland 19.537 Eliminated -0.007
34 34 Josh Wise 19.576 Eliminated -0.039
35 23 Jeb Burton # 19.580 Eliminated -0.004
36 83 Matt Dibenedetto # 19.600 Eliminated -0.020
37 98 Ryan Preece 19.616 Eliminated -0.016
38 46 Michael Annett 19.636 Eliminated -0.020
39 26 J.J. Yeley (i) 19.649 Eliminated -0.013
40 32 Kyle Fowler 19.675 Eliminated -0.026
41 7 Alex Bowman 19.715 Eliminated -0.040
42 62 Timmy Hill (i) 19.861 Eliminated -0.146
43 33 Alex Kennedy # 19.899 Eliminated -0.038

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

 

 

 

 

Verstappen quickest in opening Mexican GP practice

untitled1The drivers got their first proper taste of the redeveloped Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Friday morning, as Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen topped opening practice for the Formula 1 Gran Premio de Mexico 2015. It was the first time Verstappen has headed a session, the Dutch teenager finishing three-tenths up on Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat, albeit only after cutting part of Turn 10.

Kvyat, meanwhile, set an identical lap time to Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in third. Sebastian Vettel was half a second back on team mate Raikkonen in fourth, with no other drivers getting within a second of Verstappen’s benchmark.

The 90-minute session began with teams using intermediate tyres on a damp-but-drying track. By the end – on slick rubber – the cars were reaching speeds of well over 350 km/h in the rarefied air of Mexico City.

The high altitude presented a few cooling issues, with the most dramatic-looking affecting Rosberg, whose rear brakes caught alight. The fresh track surface also made for plenty of spinners.

Watched by a sizeable crowd of enthusiastic spectators, Pastor Maldonado led the field out at the start, bang on 1000 hours, amid much wild waving of flags, heralding the first official F1 running in Mexico since 1992.

The green track was very slippery in the early going, and everybody bar Williams’ Valtteri Bottas ventured out on intermediate tyres. The Finn opted for full wets.

“The grip is unbelievable, really, really low and not just in the corners,” team mate Felipe Massa reported.

After 12 minutes Raikkonen was the first to set a time, lapping his Ferrari in 1m 37.169s. Verstappen soon beat that with 1m 35.283s, though he appeared to be outside track limits in several slippery corners. Vettel slotted into second, on 1m 35.845s.

As conditions continued to improve, Kvyat set the pace after 16 minutes with 1m 34.041s for Red Bull, before Carlos Sainz went to the top with 1m 33.095s for Toro Rosso. Kvyat improved to 1m 33.719s to stay second until Rosberg posted 1m 33.174s.

After 20 minutes Williams sent both their drivers out on the medium slick Pirellis and the result was a fastest time of 1m 32.489s for Bottas. Ferrari followed suit, and as Bottas improved to 1m 31.868s, Vettel went sixth on 1m 34.032s. Cue wholesale changes to the slick rubber, even though the track was still damp enough to provoke slides and wheelspin. Vettel improved to second, on 1m 32.161s, just after Bottas went faster still on 1m 30.678s and Massa went third on 1m 32.580s.

But the Mercedes were now out, and after 28 minutes Hamilton’s first flier put him second on 1m 31.160s ahead of Sergio Perez, the crowd’s darling, on 1m 32.034s in the Force India. Hamilton then went purple in the first two sectors, but pitted at the end of that lap as he was just out of time on that set of tyres.

At the end of the first half hour the top five read: Bottas, Hamilton, Perez, Felipe Nasr and Vettel. Yet to record times were Jolyon Palmer in Romain Grosjean’s Lotus, and Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India. The latter had problems with its brake temperatures.

After a short lull Ricciardo came out and moved quickly from 12th to third to first, with 1m 30.577s, as the track improved further. Sainz jumped to third with 1m 30.735s, Verstappen to fourth with 1m 30.782s, before Ricciardo did 1m 29.502s to stay first, and Maldonado banged in 1m 30.271s to go second before improving to 1m 29.824s.

Out came the Mercedes again, with just over 40 minutes remaining. By then Hamilton had dropped to eighth, and Rosberg was down in 18th – but not for long. Hamilton’s first lap put him third on 1m 30.126s, just as Fernando Alonso jumped to second with 1m 30.072s for McLaren. Then Palmer went quickest, on 1m 29.163s, before Rosberg topped the times with 1m 28.399s, at one stage resorting to the run-off area to pass Hamilton. It was one of those moments when every lap brought faster pace as the track continued to get better.

With 35 minutes left, Verstappen moved to second on 1m 28.744s, Massa to third on 1m 29.026s.

Then Bottas popped up at the top of the timesheets again, with 1m 27.708s. Hamilton climbed to third with 1m 27.773s, before Rosberg moved back to the top spot once more with 1m 27.226s.

Rosberg’s efforts to go quicker resulted in an off-track moment in Turn 12, which leads into the stadium section, and he was very lucky to get it all stopped before his Mercedes touched the wall. He swept back to the pits with his rear brakes afire, with Mercedes urgently instructing Hamilton to cool his own brakes, which were ‘on the limit’.

Meanwhile, Bottas was second on 1m 27.303s with Verstappen flying in third on 1m 27.381s. To the delight of the crowd, Perez was fifth on 1m 27.581s.

With 27 minutes to go Kvyat again put Red Bull on top with 1m 27.181s, then trimmed that to 1m 26.663s and then 1m 26.295s. Ricciardo joined him, with 1m 27.185s. Curiously, Alonso went out for a few laps on intermediates, after damaging one of his slicks over the numerous kerbs.

With 15 minutes remaining Mercedes sent Hamilton back out to check out the revised cooling on his F1 W06 Hybrid. As he set about his out-lap he was demoted to ninth as Sainz vaulted him for sixth, while Bottas spun harmlessly in Turn 3 chasing the Mercedes.

The stage was set for more improvements. Verstappen jumped to second with 1m 26.602s; Kimi Raikkonen to third with 1m 26.877s; and Vettel to fourth with 1m 27.127s. Hamilton was now 11th, however, and showing little sign of imminent improvement.

Then Verstappen went fastest with 1m 25.990s, though he’d missed a chunk of Turn 11 in doing so. Mercedes got Rosberg out right at the end, and he improved to sixth, hitting 342 km/h on the straight in the process.

Thus, after a non-stop action session, the top 10 was Verstappen, Kvyat, Raikkonen, Vettel, Ricciardo, Rosberg, Bottas, Sainz, Perez and Massa. Hamilton stayed 11th, while further back Button was 19th after stopping early to have his engine changed, and Will Stevens sat in the Marussia garage with technical problems for much of the session and only got going in the final 15 minutes.

Mexico Grand Prix First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 33 Max Verstappen 1:25.990 Leader Leader 38
2 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:26.295 -0.305 -0.305 27
3 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:26.295 -0.305 0.000 36
4 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:26.886 -0.896 -0.591 31
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:27.185 -1.195 -0.299 28
6 6 Nico Roseberg 1:27.196 -1.206 -0.011 18
7 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:27.303 -1.313 -0.107 26
8 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:27.410 -1.420 -0.107 37
9 11 Sergio Perez 1:27.581 -1.591 -0.171 19
10 19 Felipe Massa 1:27.695 -1.705 -0.114 24
11 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:27.723 -1.733 -0.028 27
12 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:28.498 -2.508 -0.775 27
13 13 Pastor Maldonado 1:28.559 -2.569 -0.061 30
14 12 Felipe Nasr 1:28.579 -2.589 -0.020 25
15 30 Jolyon Palmer 1:28.711 -2.721 -0.132 24
16 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:29.099 -3.109 -0.388 15
17 14 Fernando Alonso 1:30.072 -4.082 -0.973 17
18 53 Alexander Rossi 1:30.619 -4.629 -0.547 23
19 22 Jenson Button 1:32.091 -6.101 -1.472 9
20 28 Will Stevens 1:32.866 -6.876 -0.775 10

 

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Joey Logano is fastest in Friday’s Sprint Cup practice at Martinsville

untitled1Early Friday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), it was Joey Logano- with a lap speed of 98.826 MPH – who was the quickest in the first Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 practice session.

Jeff Gordon, with a lap speed of 98.364 MPH, was second quickest in the session, and he was followed by Brad Keselowski (98.338 MPH) who was third,  Kevin Harvick (98.328) fourth and Casey Mears (98.195) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 quickest drivers in he session were Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray (with the identical lap speed as Casey Mears- 98.195 MPH) recorded sixth and seventh quickest respectively, while Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer (with the identical lap speed of 98.190 MPH) were eighth and ninth quickest, and Matt Kenseth (98.139) was 10th.

The teams will return to the track later today for their qualifying session at 4:20 p.m. ET on CSN & Tape Delayed on NBCSN at 6:00 p.m. ET, and Joey Logano holds the current series qualifying track record of 100.201 MPH at Martinsville – which he set on March 3, 2014.

On Saturday, the qualified teams will have two more practice sessions beginning with a morning session from 9:00 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. ET on CNBC, and then their “Happy Hour” (final) practice from 12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. ET on CNBC.

The 67th annual Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 is scheduled to get underway around 1:35 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon on NBCSN.

Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 22 Joey Logano 98.826 19.161 Leader 33
2 24 Jeff Gordon 98.364 19.251 -0.090 30
3 2 Brad Keselowski 98.338 19.256 -0.095 18
4 4 Kevin Harvick 98.328 19.258 -0.097 31
5 13 Casey Mears 98.195 19.284 -0.123 19
6 5 Kasey Kahne 98.195 19.284 -0.123 38
7 1 Jamie McMurray 98.195 19.284 -0.123 24
8 18 Kyle Busch 98.190 19.285 -0.124 39
9 15 Clint Bowyer 98.190 19.285 -0.124 24
10 20 Matt Kenseth 98.139 19.295 -0.134 36
11 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 98.109 19.301 -0.140 31
12 11 Denny Hamlin 98.053 19.312 -0.151 19
13 78 Martin Truex Jr. 98.002 19.322 -0.161 19
14 43 Aric Almirola 97.957 19.331 -0.170 19
15 55 David Ragan 97.911 19.340 -0.179 39
16 42 Kyle Larson 97.901 19.342 -0.181 48
17 19 Carl Edwards 97.800 19.362 -0.201 35
18 31 Ryan Newman 97.795 19.363 -0.202 27
19 16 Greg Biffle 97.780 19.366 -0.205 32
20 47 AJ Allmendinger 97.775 19.367 -0.206 27
21 27 Paul Menard 97.754 19.371 -0.210 28
22 41 Kurt Busch 97.754 19.371 -0.210 39
23 14 Tony Stewart 97.623 19.397 -0.236 38
24 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 97.598 19.402 -0.241 22
25 48 Jimmie Johnson 97.598 19.402 -0.241 20
26 51 Justin Allgaier 97.357 19.450 -0.289 43
27 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 97.292 19.463 -0.302 37
28 40 Landon Cassill (i) 97.222 19.477 -0.316 34
29 3 Austin Dillon 97.202 19.481 -0.320 33
30 10 Danica Patrick 97.128 19.496 -0.335 38
31 7 Alex Bowman 96.993 19.523 -0.362 30
32 6 Trevor Bayne 96.969 19.528 -0.367 43
33 46 Michael Annett 96.909 19.540 -0.379 36
34 98 Ryan Preece 96.845 19.553 -0.392 43
35 35 Cole Whitt 96.706 19.581 -0.420 39
36 38 David Gilliland 96.652 19.592 -0.431 34
37 34 Josh Wise 96.642 19.594 -0.433 37
38 23 Jeb Burton # 96.479 19.627 -0.466 18
39 83 Matt Dibenedetto # 96.195 19.685 -0.524 17
40 26 J.J. Yeley (i) 96.151 19.694 -0.533 31
41 33 Alex Kennedy # 95.147 19.881 -0.720 42
42 32 Kyle Fowler 95.161 19.899 -0.738 38
43 62 Timmy Hill (i) 94.242 20.093 -0.932 19

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

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average
Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg. Speed Behind Gap
1 4 Kevin Harvick 8 17 95.762 Leader Leader
2 18 Kyle Busch 5 14 95.497 -0.265 -0.265
3 24 Jeff Gordon 5 14 95.387 -0.375
4 47 AJ Allmendinger 3 12 94.949 -0.813 -0.438
5 51 Justin Allgaier 4 13 94.469 -1.293 -0.480
6 27 Paul Menard 1 10 94.241 -1.521 -0.228
7 19 Carl Edwards 4 13 94.199 -1.563 -0.042
8 55 David Ragan 3 12 94.177 -1.585 -0.022
9 6 Trevor Bayne 6 15 93.771 -1.991 -0.406
10 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 2 11 93.699 -2.063 -0.072
11 46 Michael Annett 4 13 93.635 -2.127 -0.064
12 42 Kyle Larson 18 27 93.560 -2.202 -0.075
13 41 Kurt Busch 1 10 93.348 -2.414 -0.212
14 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 1 10 92.920 -2.842 -0.428
15 10 Danica Patrick 3 12 92.731 -3.031 -0.189
16 32 Kyle Fowler 5 14 91.927 -3.835 -0.804
17 98 Ryan Preece 6 15 91.768 -3.994 -0.159
Car must run 10 consecutive laps on track to be included in the above chart.

Gold – Chase Drivers

 

 

 

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Infraction Sheet for Campingworld.com 500

Sprint

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Infraction Sheet for Campingworld.com 500
Car Lap Infraction Flag Penalty Lap Assessed Notes
10 0 Pre-Race to the rear P Tail End 0 Transmission Change
14 0 Pre-Race to the rear P Tail End 0 Unapproved Adjustments
51 0 Pre-Race to the rear P Tail End 0 Unapproved Adjustments
3 38 Outside half of the pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tires G Pass Thru 39
43 39 Speed-Entering Pits G Pass Thru 40
34 39 Crewmember(s) over the wall too soon G Pass Thru 41
33 79 Crewmember(s) over the wall too soon G Pass Thru 81
95 79 Speeding-Exiting pits G Pass Thru 81
13 117 Speed-Entering Pits G Pass Thru 121
13 117 Tossing or throwing the fuel filler/overflow containers/equipment Pass Thru 121
88 119 Crewmember(s) over the wall too soon G Pass Thru 121
51 120 Crewmember(s) over the wall too soon G Pass Thru 121
55 125 Safety Violation G Pit 129 Leaking Oil
55 130 Safety Violation G Pit 132 Leaking Oil
47 132 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 139
11 132 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 139
55 132 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End 139
47 135 Tossing or throwing the fuel filler/overflow containers/equipment G Pass Thru 139
38 136 Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Y Tail End 139
34 159 Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area G Pass Thru 162
47 179 Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area G Pass Thru 181
1 184 Pitting before pit road is open Y Tail End Garage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Logano wins at ‘Dega; Earnhardt, Kenseth, Hamlin, Newman eliminated

9For the third consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) weekend, Joey Logano finds himself in victory lane as he wins Sunday’s CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

This was Logano’s sixth series win and 26th top-10 finish of the 2015 season, his 14th series career win in 251 races and his first series win in 14 races at Talladega.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who led the most laps – 61 out of 196, finished in second, while his fellow Hendrick and Carl Edwards was fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 finishing position were Paul Menard taking sixth, Martin Truex Jr. seventh, Clint Bowyer eighth, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ninth and Kurt Busch brought home 10th-place.

Next weekend the points are reset to 4000 for the eight drivers that advance to the round 3, and those eight drivers are: Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick

Failing to advance to the next round were Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman.

RACE NOTES:
Average Speed: 167.311 MPH
Time of Race: 3 Hrs, 06 Mins, 58 Secs.
Margin of Victory: Caution
Lead Changes: 30 among 18 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 18 laps

Up Next: The Goody’s Headache Relief Shoot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, Nov. 1st, with an approximate starting time of 1:35 p.m. (ET) on NBCSN.

Campingworld.com 500 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Led Points Bonus Points
1 22 Joey Logano 196 Running 20 47 4
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 196 Running 61 44 2
3 24 Jeff Gordon 196 Running 8 42 1
4 2 Brad Keselowski 196 Running 0 40 0
5 19 Carl Edwards 196 Running 0 39 0
6 27 Paul Menard 196 Running 2 39 1
7 78 Martin Truex Jr. 196 Running 0 37 0
8 15 Clint Bowyer 196 Running 2 37 1
9 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 196 Running 2 36 1
10 41 Kurt Busch 196 Running 1 35 1
11 18 Kyle Busch 196 Running 11 34 1
12 31 Ryan Newman 196 Running 1 33 1
13 98 Reed Sorenson 196 Running 3 32 1
14 3 Austin Dillon 196 Running 0 30 0
15 4 Kevin Harvick 196 Running 4 30 1
16 43 Aric Almirola 196 Running 0 28 0
17 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 196 Running 0 27 0
18 48 Jimmie Johnson 196 Running 34 27 1
19 5 Kasey Kahne 196 Running 18 26 1
20 16 Greg Biffle 196 Running 18 25 1
21 6 Trevor Bayne 196 Running 0 23 0
22 35 Cole Whitt 196 Running 0 22 0
23 32 Will Kimmel 196 Running 0 21 0
24 42 Kyle Larson 196 Running 0 20 0
25 14 Tony Stewart 196 Running 0 19 0
26 20 Matt Kenseth 196 Running 3 19 1
27 10 Danica Patrick 196 Running 0 17 0
28 95 Michael McDowell 195 Running 0 16 0
29 34 Josh Wise 195 Running 0 15 0
30 55 David Ragan 195 Running 1 15 1
31 13 Casey Mears 195 Running 0 13 0
32 38 David Gilliland 194 Accident 2 13 1
33 7 Alex Bowman 194 Accident 0 11 0
34 40 Landon Cassill (i) 194 Running 0 0 0
35 33 Travis Kvapil (i) 193 Running 0 0 0
36 47 AJ Allmendinger 193 Running 0 8 0
37 11 Denny Hamlin 192 Accident 5 8 1
38 26 J.J. Yeley (i) 192 Running 0 0 0
39 1 Jamie McMurray 182 Engine 0 5 0
40 83 Matt Dibenedetto # 177 Running 0 4 0
41 62 Timmy Hill (i) 168 Electrical 0 0 0
42 51 Justin Allgaier 130 Engine 0 2 0
43 21 Ryan Blaney (i) 84 Engine 0 0 0

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

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Point Standings
After Race 32 at Talladega Superspeedway
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s DNF
1 22 Joey Logano 3142 Leader 32 6 20 26 0
2 19 Carl Edwards 3115 -27 32 2 6 14 2
3 24 Jeff Gordon 3113 -29 32 0 4 17 1
4 41 Kurt Busch 3112 -30 29 2 10 18 0
5 2 Brad Keselowski 3111 -31 32 1 7 22 1
6 78 Martin Truex Jr. 3107 -35 32 1 8 20 2
7 4 Kevin Harvick 3101 -41 32 3 20 24 1
8 18 Kyle Busch 3098 -44 21 4 8 12 2
9 11 Denny Hamlin 3095 -47 32 2 13 17 2
10 31 Ryan Newman 3090 -52 32 0 5 14 1
11 20 Matt Kenseth 3083 -59 32 5 12 19 3
12 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 3054 -88 32 2 14 19 1
13 1 Jamie McMurray 2161 -981 32 4 12 19 1
14 48 Jimmie Johnson 2159 -983 32 0 3 8 2
15 27 Paul Menard 2148 -994 32 0 2 5 1
16 15 Clint Bowyer 2123 -1019 32 0 2 12 1
Points Outside the Top 16
17 43 Aric Almirola 849 -2293 32 0 3 5 2
18 5 Kasey Kahne 837 -2305 32 0 3 9 3
19 16 Greg Biffle 778 -2364 32 0 3 4 0
20 42 Kyle Larson 777 -2365 31 0 1 9 4
21 3 Austin Dillon 718 -2424 32 0 1 5 3
22 13 Casey Mears 685 -2457 32 0 0 1 3
23 10 Danica Patrick 661 -2481 32 0 0 2 3
24 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 659 -2483 32 0 1 3 2
25 47 AJ Allmendinger 653 -2489 32 0 0 3 3
26 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 641 -2501 32 0 0 3 2
27 14 Tony Stewart 627 -2515 32 0 0 2 4
28 55 David Ragan 617 -2525 32 0 1 1 6
29 6 Trevor Bayne 601 -2541 32 0 0 2 3
30 51 Justin Allgaier 506 -2636 32 0 0 1 5
31 35 Cole Whitt 485 -2657 32 0 0 0 3
32 38 David Gilliland 471 -2671 32 0 0 0 3
33 7 Alex Bowman 388 -2754 31 0 0 0 5
34 34 Brett Moffitt # 378 -2764 27 0 0 1 1
35 83 Matt Dibenedetto # 352 -2790 29 0 0 0 1
36 46 Michael Annett 338 -2804 31 0 0 0 3
37 32 Josh Wise 249 -2893 23 0 0 1 4
38 95 Michael McDowell 192 -2950 14 0 0 0 1
39 26 Jeb Burton # 182 -2960 25 0 0 0 4
40 33 Alex Kennedy # 109 -3033 12 0 0 0 0
41 44 Reed Sorenson 74 -3068 9 0 0 0 0
42 32 Bobby Labonte 60 -3082 4 0 0 0 1
43 55 Michael Waltrip 58 -3084 3 0 0 0 0
44 55 Brian Vickers 32 -3110 2 0 0 0 0
45 98 Ryan Preece 12 -3130 1 0 0 0 0
46 32 Will Kimmel III 11 -3131 2 0 0 0 0
47 66 Mike Wallace 8 -3134 1 0 0 0 0
48 Eddie Macdonald 7 -3135 1 0 0 0 0
49 98 TJ Bell 7 -3135 1 0 0 0 0
50 30 Ron Hornaday Jr. 2 -3140 1 0 0 0 1

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2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Standing
After Race 32 at Talladega Superspeedway
Pos. Owner Car # Wins Points Behind Attempts
1 Walter Czarnecki 22 6 3142 Leader 32
2 J D Gibbs 19 2 3115 -27 32
3 Rick Hendrick 24 0 3113 -29 32
4 Gene Haas 41 2 3112 -30 32
5 Roger Penske 2 1 3111 -31 32
6 Barney Visser 78 1 3107 -35 32
7 Tony Stewart 4 3 3101 -41 32
8 Joe Gibbs 18 4 3098 -44 32
9 Richard Childress 31 0 3095 -47 32
10 J D Gibbs 11 2 3090 -52 32
11 Rick Hendrick 88 2 3083 -59 32
12 Joe Gibbs 20 5 3054 -88 32
13 Jeff Gordon 48 4 2161 -981 32
14 Felix Sabates 1 0 2159 -983 32
15 Richard Childress 27 0 2148 -994 32
16 Rob Kauffman 15 0 2123 -1019 32
17 Richard Petty 43 0 849 -2293 32
18 Linda Hendrick 5 0 837 -2305 32
19 Chip Ganassi 42 0 805 -2337 32
20 Jack Roush 16 0 778 -2364 32
21 Richard Childress 3 0 718 -2424 32
22 Bob Germain 13 0 685 -2457 32
23 Tony Stewart 10 0 661 -2481 32
25 Tad Geschickter 47 0 659 -2483 32
26 Richard Petty 9 0 653 -2489 32
27 Margaret Haas 14 0 641 -2501 32
27 John Henry 17 0 627 -2515 32
28 John Henry 6 0 601 -2541 32
29 Michael Waltrip 55 0 583 -2559 32
30 Harry Scott Jr 51 0 506 -2636 32
31 Bob Jenkins 35 0 485 -2657 32
32 Brad Jenkins 38 0 471 -2671 32
33 Jerry Freeze 34 0 428 -2714 32
34 Michael Hillman 40 0 421 -2721 32
35 Joe Falk 33 0 392 -2750 32
36 Tommy Baldwin 7 0 388 -2754 32
37 Ron Devine 83 0 377 -2765 32
38 Harry Scott Jr 46 0 323 -2819 32
39 Mike Curb 98 0 286 -2856 32
40 Glen Wood 21 0 272 -2870 17
41 Ron Devine 23 0 268 -2874 32
42 Archie St Hilaire 32 0 258 -2884 32
43 Anthony Marlowe 26 0 200 -2942 32
44 Bob Leavine 95 0 192 -2950 18
45 Jay Robinson 62 0 102 -3040 32
46 Rick Hendrick 25 0 89 -3053 5
47 John Cohen 44 0 12 -3130 4
48 Jay Robinson 66 0 8 -3134 4
49 Curtis Key 30 0 6 -3136 13
50 Robby Benton 129 0 0 -3142 4
51 Gordon Smith 139 0 0 -3142 2

 

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturer Standings
After Race 32 at Talladega Superspeedway
Pos. Manufacturer Wins Points Behind
1 Chevrolet 12 1401 Leader
2 Toyota 13 1349 -52
3 Ford 7 1342 -59

 

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LAND OF THE THREE – Lewis Hamilton wins the United States Grand Prix is the 2015 World Champion

86The action was non-stop in Sunday’s 2015 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix and only on lap 49 of 56 did Lewis Hamilton move ahead of Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg to seal victory – and with it a second successive world championship, the British driver’s third in total.

The only other man who could have prevented Hamilton tying things up in Austin – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel – took third place in a race which featured two virtual and two actual safety-car periods, and one in which the eventual outcome was never anything but impossible to predict.

“That’s the greatest moment of my life,” was how Hamilton summed up his emotions over team radio after taking the chequered flag for this tenth win of the season and the 43rd of his career, becoming only the second Briton after Sir Jackie Stewart to become a three-time world champion.

As the weather gods finally smiled on the Circuit of The Americas, for a long time it looked like Mercedes’ one-two in a crash-strewn race was going to be the wrong way round, with Rosberg seemingly headed for victory. Hamilton needed to be in front of the German in order to ensure that he outscored Vettel by nine points.

Rosberg had lost the lead as Hamilton aggressively eased him aside in the first corner, but retaken it from Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo during the pit stops on the 19th lap and held it through various virtual and real safety car interventions until the 48th lap.

Then, under pressure from Hamilton, he slid wide in Turn 2, and suddenly the roles were crucially reversed. Hamilton, who had clearly struggled initially on intermediate tyres on a very slippery track, was thus able to take not only to his 10th win of the year, but the one that would allow him to realise his life ambition of matching his hero Ayrton Senna’s three championships.

It nearly didn’t happen in Texas, however. Vettel had driven brilliantly to climb from 13th on the grid to seventh in a rough opening lap, and was set to run to the finish on a set of medium Pirelli slicks after his pit stop, until the safety cars foiled that gamble. On fresh soft tyres he was hounding Rosberg in the closing laps, and had he overtaken him, Hamilton would have had to wait longer for his new crown. But a deeply disappointed Rosberg held on, by half a second.

Fourth place fell to Max Verstappen, who drove his usual feisty race as Toro Rosso gambled like Vettel, but without the final stop for fresh rubber. The Dutchman was comfortably clear of a fabulous fight between Force India’s Sergio Perez, Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz and the McLarens.

Fernando Alonso fell away towards the end, losing out to Ricciardo for P10 on the final lap, but when Sainz had a five-second time penalty added for pit-lane speeding, he dropped behind Jenson Button, who chased the Spaniard and the Mexican home on the road.

Pastor Maldonado was eighth for Lotus, having at one stage eased Button off the road, and Felipe Nasr salvaged two points for Sauber in a forgettable 400th Grand Prix for the Swiss team which saw him collide with team mate Marcus Ericsson on the opening lap. The Swede later triggered a safety car intervention when his car stopped on track with a loss of power.

It turned out to be an awful afternoon for Red Bull, too. Ricciardo was very racy in the slippery early going and overtook Rosberg, team mate Daniil Kvyat and Hamilton to lead easily from the 15th to the 19th lap, but he lost his edge when the road dried enough for slicks from the 19th lap onwards. He was attacked by Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg on the 36th lap, with the German slamming into the side of his car and eliminating himself, as well as causing damage to the Red Bull. The stewards investigated the collision after the race, but decided to take no further action against Hulkenberg on the basis that his front wing had become dislodged under braking and impaired his ability to brake effectively for the corner.

Ricciardo was later passed by Sainz, and a resultant pit stop dropped him to 12th. Kvyat, meanwhile, spun his car heavily into the wall heading down to Turn 20 on the 42nd lap, triggering the final safety car which proved so timely to Hamilton.It was also a day when Marussia looked a points contender due to the high rate of attrition. Alexander Rossi took 12th in his home race, as team mate Will Stevens joined a retirements list which comprised eight cars.

Kimi Raikkonen was forced out with overheating brakes, damaged after he hit the wall at Turn 7 early on. The Finn had pitted for a new nose and rejoined the race, before his car cried enough. Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas were both forced out with technical issues – Williams’ first double DNF since Brazil 2012 – while Lotus’s Romain Grosjean completed the non-finishers.

Hamilton thus came away with an unassailable points total of 327 – with Vettel on 251 and Rosberg 247 – with three rounds of the season remaining.

United States Grand Prix Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Behind Status Points
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 56 Leader Running 25
2 6 Nico Roseberg 56 -2.850 Running 18
3 5 Sebastian Vettel 56 -3.381 Running 15
4 33 Max Verstappen 56 -22.359 Running 12
5 11 Sergio Perez 56 -24.413 Running 10
6 22 Jenson Button 56 -25.619 Running 8
7 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 56 -28.058 Running 6
8 13 Pastor Maldonado 56 -32.273 Running 4
9 12 Felipe Nasr 56 -40.257 Running 2
10 3 Daniel Ricciardo 56 -53.371 Running 1
11 14 Fernando Alonso 56 -54.816 Running 0
12 53 Alexander Rossi 56 -1:15.277 Running 0
13 26 Daniil Kvyat 42 -14 Laps Retired 0
14 27 Nico Hulkenberg 36 -20 Laps Retired 0
15 9 Marcus Ericsson 27 -29 Laps Retired 0
16 7 Kimi Raikkonen 27 -29 Laps Retired 0
17 19 Felipe Massa 25 -31 Laps Retired 0
18 8 Romain Grojean 12 -44 Laps Retired 0
19 77 Valtteri Bottas 7 -49 Laps Retired 0
20 28 Will Stevens 2 -54 Laps Retired 0
Note – Sainz finished sixth but had five seconds added to his race time for speeding in the pit lane

 

Drivers Championship
After Race 16 of the 2015 season at United States Grand Prix
Pos. Car # Driver Team Wins Points Behind
1 44 L. Hamiton Mercedes 10 327 Leader
2 5 S. Vettel Ferrari 3 251 -76
3 6 N. Roseberg Mercedes 3 247 -80
4 7 K. Raikkonen Ferrari 0 123 -204
5 77 V. Bottas William-Mercedes 0 111 -216
6 19 F. Massa William-Mercedes 0 109 -218
7 26 D. Kvyat Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 76 -251
8 3 D. Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 74 -253
9 11 S. Perez Force india-Mercedes 0 64 -263
10 33 M. Verstappen Toro Rosso 0 45 -282
11 8 R. Grojean Lotus-Mercedes 0 44 -283
12 27 N. Hulkenberg Force india-Mercedes 0 38 -289
13 12 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 0 27 -300
14 13 P. Maldonado Lotus-Mercedes 0 26 -301
15 55 C. Sainz Jr Toro Rosso 0 18 -309
16 22 J. Button McLaren-Honda 0 16 -311
17 14 F. Alonso McLaren-Honda 0 11 -316
18 9 M. Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 0 9 -318
19 98 R. Merhi Manor-Ferrari 0 0 -327
20 53 A. Rossi Manor-Ferrari 0 0 -327
21 28 W. Stevens Manor-Ferrari 0 0 -327

 

Constructors Championship
After Race 16 of the 2015 season at United States Grand Prix
Pos. Team Wins Points Behind
1 Mercedes 13 574 Leader
2 Ferrari 3 374 -200
3 Williams-Mercedes 0 220 -354
4 Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 150 -424
5 Force India-Mercedes 0 102 -472
6 Lotus-Renault 0 70 -504
7 Toro Rosso-Renault 0 63 -511
8 Sauber-Ferrari 0 36 -538
9 McLaren-Honda 0 27 -547
10 Manor-Ferrari 0 0 -574

 

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