Aric Almirola tops second Las Vegas test session

Aric+Almirola+Daytona+International+Speedway+TC7EQ7iHkoZlAric Almirola, with a lap speed of 192.940 MPH, was the fastest early Thursday evening during the final 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Kobalt 400 test/practice session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS).

Second fastest in the session with a lap speed of 192.658 MPH was Austin Dillon, and he was followed by series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) contender, Ryan Blaney (191.659 MPH) who was third, Kurt Busch (191.381) fourth and Greg Biffle (189.800) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 fastest drivers in the session were Carl Edwards (189.793 MPH) who was sixth, Matt Kenseth (189.773) seventh, Kasey Kahne (189.600) eighth, Martin Truex Jr. (189.580) ninth and Denny Hamlin (189.387) posting 10th.

The teams will return on Friday for their first regular practice from 1:30 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. (ET), and television coverage provided by FOX Sports 1.

Qualifying to determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s event will be on Friday at 7:45 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, and it was last year that Jeff Gordon – with a qualifying lap speed of 194.679 MPH – set the new series LVMS qualifying track record.

On Saturday, the teams will have two more practice sessions beginning with a session from 11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, and then their “Happy Hour” (final) practice from 2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

The 14th annual Kobalt 400 is scheduled to get underway around 3:50 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon, and FOX will provide television coverage of the event.

Las Vegas Final Test Session Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 43 Aric Almirola 192.940 27.988 Leader 30
2 3 Austin Dillon 192.658 28.029 -0.041 41
3 21 Ryan Blaney # 191.659 28.175 -0.187 45
4 41 Kurt Busch 191.381 28.216 -0.228 56
5 16 Greg Biffle 189.800 28.451 -0.463 43
6 19 Carl Edwards 189.793 28.452 -0.464 49
7 20 Matt Kenseth 189.773 28.455 -0.467 75
8 5 Kasey Kahne 189.600 28.481 -0.493 77
9 78 Martin Truex Jr. 189.580 28.484 -0.496 56
10 11 Denny Hamlin 189.387 28.513 -0.525 41
11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 189.361 28.517 -0.529 75
12 48 Jimmie Johnson 189.129 28.552 -0.564 86
13 2 Brad Keselowski 189.082 28.559 -0.571 61
14 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 189.029 28.567 -0.579 95
15 6 Trevor Bayne 188.871 28.591 -0.603 52
16 18 Kyle Busch 188.778 28.605 -0.617 74
17 47 AJ Allmendinger 188.442 28.656 -0.668 43
18 27 Paul Menard 188.416 28.660 -0.672 74
19 4 Kevin Harvick 188.271 28.682 -0.694 72
20 14 Brian Vickers 188.193 28.694 -0.706 117
21 34 Chris Bueshcher # 187.806 28.753 -0.765 60
22 24 Chase Elliott # 187.793 28.755 -0.767 61
23 42 Kyle Larson 187.787 28.756 -0.768 97
24 22 Joey Logano 187.689 28.771 -0.783 81
25 10 Danica Patrick 187.507 28.799 -0.811 41
26 31 Ryan Newman 187.013 28.875 -0.887 50
27 44 Brian Scott # 186.780 28.911 -0.923 47
28 13 Casey Mears 186.612 28.937 -0.949 52
29 1 Jamie McMurray 186.002 29.032 -1.044 68
30 95 Michael McDowell 185.516 29.108 -1.120 38
31 38 Landon Cassill 185.344 29.135 -1.147 39
32 15 Clint Bowyer 184.887 29.207 -1.219 33
33 7 Regan Smith 184.433 29.279 -1.291 41
34 46 Michael Annett 183.599 29.412 -1.424 36
35 83 Matt Dibenedetto 183.076 29.496 -1.508 39
36 98 Cole Whitt 182.760 29.547 -1.559 28
37 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt # 182.463 29.595 -1.607 36
38 23 David Ragan 180.892 29.852 -1.864 38
39 30 Josh Wise 0.000 0.000 -27.988 0

# – Rookie

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average
Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg. Speed Behind Gap
1 48 Jimmie Johnson 1 10 187.325 Leader Leader
2 20 Matt Kenseth 48 57 187.199 -0.126 -0.126
3 41 Kurt Busch 1 10 186.995 -0.330 -0.204
4 3 Austin Dillon 17 26 186.734 -0.591 -0.261
5 2 Brad Keselowski 39 48 186.708 -0.617 -0.026
6 4 Kevin Harvick 1 10 186.698 -0.627 -0.010
7 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 1 10 186.505 -0.820 -0.193
8 14 Brian Vickers 1 10 186.497 -0.828 -0.008
9 27 Paul Menard 1 10 186.461 -0.864 -0.036
10 18 Kyle Busch 33 42 186.398 -0.927 -0.063
11 19 Carl Edwards 36 45 186.393 -0.932 -0.005
12 21 Ryan Blaney # 1 10 186.252 -1.073 -0.141
13 24 Chase Elliott # 39 48 186.117 -1.208 -0.135
14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 32 41 185.850 -1.475 -0.267
15 16 Greg Biffle 31 40 185.703 -1.622 -0.147
16 5 Kasey Kahne 53 62 185.664 -1.661 -0.039
17 22 Joey Logano 13 22 185.520 -1.805 -0.144
18 78 Martin Truex Jr. 35 44 185.422 -1.903 -0.098
19 42 Kyle Larson 55 64 185.415 -1.910 -0.007
20 31 Ryan Newman 35 44 185.199 -2.126 -0.216
21 1 Jamie McMurray 1 10 184.811 -2.514 -0.388
22 10 Danica Patrick 17 26 184.834 -2.491 0.023
23 6 Trevor Bayne 37 46 184.529 -2.796 -0.305
24 44 Brian Scott # 27 36 183.558 -3.767 -0.971
25 13 Casey Mears 25 34 182.648 -4.677 -0.910
26 95 Michael McDowell 29 38 182.002 -5.323 -0.646
Car must run 10 consecutive laps on track to be included in the above chart.

 

 

 

 

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Kyle Busch wins Saturday’s Great Clips 250, his first NASCAR win of the 2015 season

CHZ6tfVUEAA9oejAfter being injured in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) season opener at Daytona, Kyle Busch made a victorious return in the series. as he wins Saturday’s Great Clips 250 benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America at Michigan International Speedway (MIS).

This was Busch’s 71st series career win in 298 races, and his second series win at Michigan International Speedway.

Finishing second (by 0.477 seconds) was the defending series champion, Chase Elliott, and he was followed by Kyle Larson finishing third, points leader Chris Buescher fourth and Elliott Sadler finished fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 finishing positions were Kevin Harvick taking sixth, pole-sitter Joey Logano (led the most laps – 54 out 125) seventh, Aric Almirola eighth, Brian Scott ninth and Denny Hamlin bringing home 10th-place.

With his fourth-place finish, Chris Buescher leaves Michigan with a 25-point lead over Austin Dillon – who finished 13th.

Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. was the highest finishing rookie with his 15th-place finish.

RACE NOTES:
Average Speed: 132.567 MPH
Time of Race: 01 Hrs, 53 Mins, 09 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.477 Seconds
Lead Changes: 13 among 7 drivers
Cautions: 8 for 26 laps

Next Up: The series heads to Chicagoland Speedway for the  Owens Corning AttiCat 300 during Father’s Day Weekend on Saturday, June 20th, with an approximate starting time of 9:50 p.m. (ET). This race will be the final race to be covered by FOX Sports 1 for the season.

Great Clips 250 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Lead Points Bonus Points
1 54 Kyle Busch(i) 125 Running 27 0 0
2 9 Chase Elliott 125 Running 5 43 1
3 42 Kyle Larson(i) 125 Running 0 0 0
4 60 Chris Buescher 125 Running 23 41 1
5 1 Elliot Sadler 125 Running 0 39 0
6 88 Kevin Harvick (i) 125 Running 0 0 0
7 22 Joey Logano(i) 125 Running 54 0 0
8 98 Aric Almirola (i) 125 Running 1 0 0
9 2 Brian Scott 125 Running 10 36 1
10 20 Denny Hamlin (i) 125 Running 0 0 0
11 7 Regan Smith 125 Running 0 33 0
12 62 Brendan Gaughan 125 Running 0 32 0
13 3 Ty Dillon 125 Running 0 31 0
14 25 Alex Bowman* (i) 125 Running 0 0 0
15 6 Darrell Wallace Jr # 125 Running 0 29 0
16 43 Dakoda Armstrong 125 Running 0 28 0
17 39 Ryan Sieg 125 Running 0 27 0
18 33 Paul Menard (i) 125 Running 5 0 0
19 16 Ryan Reed 124 Running 0 25 0
20 18 Daniel Suarez # 124 Running 0 24 0
21 4 Ross Chastain # 124 Running 0 23 0
22 0 Harrison Rhodes 124 Running 0 22 0
23 24 Eric McClure 124 Running 0 21 0
24 97 Peyton Sellers 123 Running 0 20 0
25 28 J.J. Yeley 122 Running 0 19 0
26 14 Cale Conley # 122 Running 0 18 0
27 52 Joey Gase 122 Running 0 17 0
28 90 Martin Roy 122 Running 0 16 0
29 13 Josh Reaume 121 Running 0 15 0
30 15 Jimmy Weller 120 Running 0 14 0
31 51 Jeremy Clements 111 Accident 0 13 0
32 74 Mike Harmon 107 Running 0 12 0
33 44 David Starr 105 Accident 0 11 0
34 55 Jeffrey Earnhardt 105 Accident 0 10 0
35 01 Landon Cassill 79 Running 0 9 0
36 8 Blake Koch 74 Electrical 0 8 0
37 70 Derrike Cope 32 Transmission 0 7 0
38 40 Carl Long 31 Vibration 0 6 0
39 19 Jeff Green 2 Vibration 0 5 0
40 26 CJ Faison 0 Electrical 0 4 0

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

2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series Unofficial Point Standings 
After Race 13 at Michigan International Speedway
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF
1 60 Chris Buescher 489 Leader 13 2 7 9 0
2 3 Ty Dillon 464 -25 13 0 3 9 0
3 9 Chase Elliott 454 -35 13 0 6 11 1
4 7 Regan Smith 434 -55 13 0 5 9 1
5 6 Darrell Wallace Jr# 428 -61 13 0 1 4 0
6 1 Elliot Sadler 414 -75 13 0 1 6 0
7 2 Brian Scott 394 -95 13 0 2 9 3
8 16 Ryan Reed 378 -111 13 1 1 1 0
9 62 Brendan Gaughan 378 -111 13 0 1 6 3
10 18 Daniel Suarez # 369 -120 13 0 1 4 1
11 51 Jeremy Clements 340 -149 13 0 0 1 1
12 44 David Starr 321 -168 13 0 0 1 1
13 43 Dakoda Armstrong 303 -186 13 0 0 0 2
14 28 J.J. Yeley 292 -197 13 0 1 1 3
15 4 Ross Chastain # 287 -202 13 0 0 1 3
16 01 Landon Cassill 279 -210 13 0 0 1 2
17 39 Ryan Sieg 278 -211 13 0 0 0 1
18 8 Blake Koch 239 -250 13 0 0 0 3
19 14 Cale Conley # 230 -259 13 0 0 0 4
20 52 Joey Gase 220 -269 13 0 1 1 0
21 24 Eric McClure 219 -270 13 0 0 0 3
22 42 Brennan Poole 203 -286 8 0 0 1 1
23 0 Harrison Rhodes # 186 -303 12 0 0 0 3
24 97 Peyton Sellers 143 -346 10 0 0 0 2
25 19 Mike Bliss 141 -348 8 0 0 0 1
26 55 Jeffrey Earnhardt 128 -361 6 0 0 0 1
27 22 Ryan Blaney 127 -362 4 0 2 3 0
28 90 Mario Gosselin 117 -372 7 0 0 0 2
29 74 Mike Harmon 111 -378 11 0 0 0 7
30 70 Derrike Cope 105 -384 10 0 0 0 3
31 55 Jamie Dick 68 -421 5 0 0 0 2
32 40 Derek White 66 -423 7 0 0 0 3
33 40 Carl Long 61 -428 9 0 0 0 8
34 90 Jimmy Weller 54 -435 4 0 0 0 0
35 54 Boris Said 47 -442 2 0 0 0 0
36 97 Josh Reaume # 42 -447 3 0 0 0 1
37 25 Dylan Lupton 41 -448 2 0 0 0 0
38 90 Todd Bodine 40 -449 2 0 0 0 0
39 10 Jeff Green 40 -449 9 0 0 0 9
40 13 Chris Cockrum 38 -451 2 0 0 0 0
41 88 Ben Rhodes 37 -452 1 0 0 1 0
42 55 Brandon Gdovic 32 -457 2 0 0 0 0
43 26 Kenny Wallace 27 -462 2 0 0 0 1
44 26 CJ Faison 25 -464 2 0 0 0 1
45 56 Charles Lewandoski 23 -466 3 0 0 0 2
46 89 Morgan Shepherd 22 -467 4 0 0 0 4
47 15 Stanton Barrett 19 -470 2 0 0 0 1
48 15 Carlos Contreras 18 -471 2 0 0 0 1
49 13 Mark Thompson 17 -472 1 0 0 0 0
50 90 Martin Roy 16 -473 1 0 0 0 0
51 John Jackson 13 -476 1 0 0 0 0
52 29 Justin Marks 10 -479 1 0 0 0 1
53 15 Enrique Contreras 10 -479 1 0 0 0 0
54 19 Scott Lagasse Jr. 7 -482 1 0 0 0 1
55 92 Dextor Bean 4 -485 1 0 0 0 1

# – Rookie

 

 

 

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Jimmie Johnson extends Dover domination in GWC win

CGXL5xuW8AEpBaLAfter a green-white-checkered (flags) dash to the finish in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks, it was Jimmie Johnson finishing ahead of Kevin Harvick (by 0.435 seconds) to win at Dover International Speedway.

This was Johnson’s fourth series win and ninth top-10 finish of the 2015 season, his 74th series career win and his 10th series win at “the Monster Mile.”

Following Johnson and Harvick to the drop of the checkered flag were Kyle Larson finishing third, Kasey Kahne fourth and Aric Almirola finished fifth.

Martin Truex Jr., who led the most laps – 131 out of 405, finished in sixth-place, while Jamie McMurray finished seventh, Paul Menard eighth, Clint Bowyer ninth and Jeff Gordon rounded out the top-10 finishing positions.

With his second-place finish, Kevin Harvick leaves Dover with a 44-point lead over Martin Truex Jr.

RACE NOTES:
Average Speed: 119.547 MPH
Time of Race: 3 Hrs, 23 Mins, 16 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.435 Seconds
Lead Changes: 15 among 9 drivers
Cautions: 7 for 40 laps

Next Up: The Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, June 7th, with an approximate starting time of 1:20 p.m. (ET), and television coverage provided by FOX Sports 1.

FedEx 400 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Led Points Bonus Points
1 48 Jimmie Johnson 405 Running 23 47 4
2 4 Kevin Harvick 405 Running 91 43 1
3 42 Kyle Larson 405 Running 0 41 0
4 5 Kasey Kahne 405 Running 0 40 0
5 43 Aric Almirola 405 Running 0 39 0
6 78 Martin Truex Jr. 405 Running 131 40 2
7 1 Jamie McMurray 405 Running 0 37 0
8 27 Paul Menard 405 Running 0 36 0
9 15 Clint Bowyer 405 Running 1 36 1
10 24 Jeff Gordon 405 Running 0 34 0
11 22 Joey Logano 405 Running 0 33 0
12 2 Brad Keselowski 404 Running 28 33 1
13 55 David Ragan 404 Running 0 31 0
14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 403 Running 3 31 1
15 10 Danica Patrick 403 Running 0 29 0
16 14 Tony Stewart 403 Running 0 28 0
17 16 Greg Biffle 403 Running 0 27 0
18 31 Ryan Newman 402 Running 0 26 0
19 19 Carl Edwards 402 Running 3 26 1
20 7 Alex Bowman 402 Running 0 24 0
21 11 Denny Hamlin 402 Running 118 24 1
22 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 400 Running 0 22 0
23 40 Landon Cassill (i) 400 Running 0 0 0
24 47 AJ Allmendinger 400 Running 0 20 0
25 38 David Gilliland 399 Running 0 19 0
26 35 Cole Whitt 399 Running 0 18 0
27 13 Casey Mears 399 Running 0 17 0
28 34 Brett Moffitt # 398 Running 0 16 0
29 23 J.J. Yeley (i) 397 Running 0 0 0
30 26 Jeb Burton # 396 Running 0 14 0
31 41 Kurt Busch 396 Running 0 13 0
32 83 Matt Dibenedetto # 395 Running 0 12 0
33 3 Austin Dillon 395 Running 0 11 0
34 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) 392 Running 0 0 0
35 32 Mike Bliss (i) 391 Running 0 0 0
36 18 Kyle Busch 374 Accident 7 9 1
37 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 373 Running 0 7 0
38 33 Brian Scott (i) 372 Accident 0 0 0
39 20 Matt Kenseth 346 Suspension 0 5 0
40 98 Josh Wise 346 Electrical 0 4 0
41 46 Michael Annett 317 Running 0 3 0
42 51 Justin Allgaier 310 Running 0 2 0
43 6 Trevor Bayne 221 Running 0 1 0

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greg Biffle leads final Sprint Cup practice at Talladega

032715-nascar-Greg-Biffle-pi-mp_vresize_1200_675_high_57Greg Biffle, with a lap speed of 197.929 MPH, was the fastest Friday in the final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) practice session for Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (TSS).

Second fastest in the session with a lap speed of 197.859 MPH was Tony Stewart, and he was followed by Aric Almirola (197.696 MPH) who was third, Jimmie Johnson (197.175) fourth and Austin Dillon (197.122) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 fastest drivers in the “Happy Hour” (final) practice were Matt Kenseth (196.839 MPH) who was sixth, David Ragan (196.669) seventh, Sam Hornish Jr. (194.603) eighth, Casey Mears (194.456) ninth and Brian Scott (193.881) posting the 10th fastest lap speed.

Usually held on Fridays, qualifying to determine the starting lineup for this weekend’s race will be held on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. (ET – On FOX) in the afternoon. Bill Elliott currently holds, and will probably always hold, the series qualifying track record at ‘Dega with a lap speed of 212.809 MPH, which he set on April 30th, 1987.

The 46th annual GEICO 500 is slated to get started around 1:20 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon, and FOX will provide television coverage of the race.

GEICO 500 Final Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 16 Greg Biffle 197.929 48.381 Leader 22
2 14 Tony Stewart 197.859 48.398 -0.017 20
3 43 Aric Almirola 197.696 48.438 -0.057 10
4 48 Jimmie Johnson 197.175 48.566 -0.185 18
5 3 Austin Dillon 197.122 48.579 -0.198 18
6 20 Matt Kenseth 196.839 48.649 -0.268 18
7 18 David Ragan 196.669 48.691 -0.310 14
8 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 194.603 49.208 -0.827 11
9 13 Casey Mears 194.456 49.245 -0.864 8
10 33 Brian Scott (i) 193.881 49.391 -1.010 8
11 21 Ryan Blaney* (i) 193.541 49.478 -1.097 14
12 24 Jeff Gordon 193.322 49.534 -1.153 2
13 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 193.135 49.582 -1.201 13
14 2 Brad Keselowski 192.858 49.653 -1.272 17
15 1 Jamie McMurray 192.796 49.669 -1.288 7
16 4 Kevin Harvick 192.719 49.689 -1.308 11
17 42 Kyle Larson 192.502 49.745 -1.364 8
18 10 Danica Patrick 192.440 49.761 -1.380 14
19 41 Kurt Busch 192.085 49.853 -1.472 17
20 27 Paul Menard 192.027 49.868 -1.487 10
21 6 Trevor Bayne 191.965 49.884 -1.503 8
22 22 Joey Logano 191.631 49.971 -1.590 7
23 40 Landon Cassill (i) 191.290 50.060 -1.679 5
24 38 David Gilliland 191.210 50.081 -1.700 8
25 5 Kasey Kahne 190.974 50.143 -1.762 2
26 34 Chris Buescher (i) 190.666 50.224 -1.843 8
27 46 Michael Annett 190.393 50.296 -1.915 11
28 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 190.249 50.334 -1.953 13
29 35 Cole Whitt 190.196 50.348 -1.967 5
30 95 Michael McDowell 190.008 50.398 -2.017 8
31 51 Justin Allgaier 189.815 50.449 -2.068 8
32 98 Josh Wise 189.597 50.507 -2.126 8
33 32 Bobby Labonte 189.567 50.515 -2.134 11
34 7 Alex Bowman 189.522 50.527 -2.146 2
35 62 Brendan Gaughan* (i) 189.185 50.617 -2.236 5
36 83 Matt Dibenedetto # 189.081 50.645 -2.264 5
37 23 J.J. Yeley (i) 188.500 50.801 -2.420 5
38 26 Jeb Burton # 187.335 51.117 -2.736 5
39 11 Denny Hamlin 0.000 0.000 -48.381 0
40 15 Clint Bowyer 0.000 0.000 -48.381 0
41 19 Carl Edwards 0.000 0.000 -48.381 0
42 31 Ryan Newman 0.000 0.000 -48.381 0
43 47 AJ Allmendinger 0.000 0.000 -48.381 0
44 55 Michael Waltrip 0.000 0.000 -48.381 0
45 78 Martin Truex Jr. 0.000 0.000 -48.381 0

# – Rookie
* – Required to qualify by speed
(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 16 Greg Biffle 3 12 195.312 Leader Leader
2 14 Tony Stewart 3 12 195.259 -0.053 -0.053
3 20 Matt Kenseth 2 11 195.098 -0.214 -0.161
4 3 Austin Dillon 3 12 195.051 -0.261 -0.047
5 48 Jimmie Johnson 2 11 195.045 -0.267 -0.006
6 18 David Ragan 1 10 182.432 -12.880 -12.613
7 43 Aric Almirola 1 10 176.804 -18.508 -5.628
Car must run 10 consecutive laps on track to be included in the above chart.

 

 

 

Talladega newcomer Erik Jones is fastest in sole Xfinity practice

erik-jones-dega-xfinity-practice-2015-gettyIn the only practice session being held for Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Winn-Dixie 300, it was Erik Jones – with a lap speed of 188.861 MPH – on Friday, posting the fastest lap around Talladega Superspeedway (TSS).

Series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. and Ryan Reed both had the identical lap speed of 188.727 MPH, and were recorded second and third fastest respectively, while Regan Smith (188.086 MPH) was fourth and ROTY candidate Daniel Suarez (187.621) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 fastest drivers in the “Happy Hour” (final) practice were Kasey Kahne (187.141 MPH) who was sixth, Aric Almirola (187.053) seventh, John Wes Townley (187.017) eighth, Brian Scott (186.903) ninth and Chris Buescher (186.827) posting the 10th fastest lap speed.

According to the entry list, 45 drivers will be attempting to qualifying for Saturday’s 40-car race lineup; meaning that 5 of them will be heading home if they fail to start.

Qualifying to determine the starting lineup and pit stall selection for tomorrow’s event will be held that morning at 11:00 a.m. (ET – On FOX Sports 1), where the current series qualifying track record speed is 193.517 MPH – set by Joe Nemechek on April 26th, 1997.

The 24th annual Winn-Dixie 300 is scheduled to get underway around 3:20 p.m. (ET) Saturday afternoon, and FOX (not FOX Sports 1 or 2) will provide television coverage of the race.

Winn-Dixie 300 Final Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 20 Erik Jones(i) 188.861 50.704 Leader 19
2 6 Darrell Wallace Jr # 188.727 50.740 -0.036 21
3 16 Ryan Reed 180.727 50.740 -0.036 20
4 7 Regan Smith 188.086 50.913 -0.209 23
5 18 Daniel Suarez # 187.621 51.039 -0.335 23
6 88 Kasey Kahne (i) 187.141 51.170 -0.466 18
7 98 Aric Almirola (i) 187.053 51.194 -0.490 35
8 25 John Wes Townley (i) 187.017 51.204 -0.500 41
9 2 Brian Scott 186.903 51.235 -0.531 19
10 60 Chris Buescher 186.827 51.256 -0.552 26
11 62 Brendan Gaughan 186.758 51.275 -0.571 12
12 28 J.J. Yeley 186.362 51.384 -0.680 17
13 1 Elliot Sadler 186.180 51.434 -0.783 18
14 42 Brennan Poole 185.989 51.487 -0.801 33
15 9 Chase Elliott 185.924 51.505 -0.807 14
16 43 Dakoda Armstrong 185.902 51.511 -0.809 29
17 54 Boris Said 185.895 51.513 -0.829 23
18 55 Jeffrey Earnhardt 185.823 51.533 -0.881 20
19 24 Eric McClure 185.635 51.585 -0.956 17
20 22 Joey Logano(i) 185.366 51.660 -1.044 21
21 26 Kenny Wallace 185.051 51.748 -2.022 21
22 8 Blake Koch 181.618 52.726 -2.026 33
23 14 Cale Conley # 181.604 52.730 -2.029 26
24 51 Jeremy Clements 181.594 52.733 -0.043 28
25 44 David Starr 181.446 52.776 -2.240 25
26 3 Ty Dillon 181.069 52.886 -2.743 23
27 33 Austin Dillon(i) 180.870 52.944 -2.804 23
28 90 Mario Gosselin 179.168 53.447 -2.805 15
29 13 Mark Thompson 178.964 53.508 -2.930 24
30 17 Benny Gordon 178.961 53.509 -3.512 25
31 35 Chris Cockrum 178.543 53.634 -3.520 29
32 84 Chad Boat 176.627 54.216 -3.544 21
33 39 Ryan Sieg 176.601 54.224 -3.697 20
34 19 Mike Bliss 176.523 54.248 -3.719 12
35 85 Bobby Gerhart 176.026 54.401 -3.779 26
36 40 Derek White 175.955 54.423 -3.719 12
37 10 Jeff Green 175.761 54.483 -3.779 17
38 01 Landon Cassill 175.080 54.695 -3.991 6
39 97 Peyton Sellers 174.499 54.877 -4.173 13
40 0 Harrison Rhodes 174.328 54.931 -4.227 8
41 70 Derrike Cope 174.258 54.953 -4.249 18
42 74 Mike Harmon 173.945 55.052 -4.348 17
43 4 Ross Chastain # 173.929 55.057 -4.353 7
44 52 Joey Gase 173.724 55.122 -4.418 10
45 15 Carlos Contreras 172.864 55.396 -4.692 23

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

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average
Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg. Speed Gap
1 60 Chris Buescher 8 17 179.246 Leader
2 25 John Wes Townley (i) 14 23 169.106 -10.140
3 13 Mark Thompson 9 18 162.614 -16.632
Car must run 10 consecutive laps on track to be included in the above chart.

 

 

Denny Hamlin wins pole for Xfinity Series’ ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway

CDYptEeWoAAFXFtDenny Hamlin, with a qualifying lap speed of 124.069 MPH, captured the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) pole for tonight’s ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway (RIR).

This was Hamlin’s first series pole of the 2015 season, his 17th series career pole and his third series pole at “America’s Premier Short Track.”

Starting second on the outside pole with a qualifying lap speed of 124.018 MPH will be Joey Logano; followed by Erik Jones (122.984 MPH) starting third, Aric Almirola (122.912) fourth and Brian Scott (122.783) starts fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 starting positions will be Kevin Harvick (122.705 MPH) starting sixth, defending series champion, Chase Elliott (122.633) seventh, Regan Smith (122.460) eighth, series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) contender, Daniel Suarez (122.266) ninth and Brennan Poole (122.089) starting 10th.

Two drivers failed to make the 40-car starting lineup, which were Morgan Shepherd and Johanna Long.

The 28th annual ToyotaCare 250 is scheduled to get underway around 7:50 p.m. (ET) tonight, and FOX Sports 1 will be providing television coverage of the event.

ToyotaCare 250 Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Gap
1 20 Denny Hamlin (i) 21.592 21.691 21.762 Leader
2 22 Joey Logano(i) 21.964 22.010 21.771 -0.009
3 54 Erik Jones(i) 21.968 21.861 21.954 -0.183
4 98 Aric Almirola (i) 22.063 21.983 21.967 -0.013
5 2 Brian Scott 22.032 22.022 21.99 -0.023
6 88 Kevin Harvick (i) 21.919 21.898 22.004 -0.014
7 9 Chase Elliott 21.761 21.914 22.017 -0.013
8 7 Regan Smith 22.036 22.076 22.048 -0.031
9 18 Daniel Suarez # 22.067 22.078 22.083 -0.035
10 42 Brennan Poole 22.072 22.070 22.115 -0.032
11 6 Darrell Wallace Jr # 22.043 22.073 22.181 -0.066
12 60 Chris Buescher 22.082 21.958 22.24 -0.059
Eliminated From Round 2
13 33 Austin Dillon(i) 22.018 22.081 Eliminated -0.123
14 16 Ryan Reed 22.021 22.091 Eliminated -0.010
15 3 Ty Dillon 22.014 22.115 Eliminated -0.024
16 62 Brendan Gaughan 22.099 22.139 Eliminated -0.024
17 1 Elliot Sadler 21.659 22.143 Eliminated -0.004
18 43 Dakoda Armstrong 22.127 22.155 Eliminated -0.012
19 39 Ryan Sieg 22.118 22.269 Eliminated -0.114
20 19 Mike Bliss 22.058 22.300 Eliminated -0.031
21 01 Landon Cassill 22.007 22.347 Eliminated -0.047
22 25 Dylan Lupton 22.159 22.436 Eliminated -0.089
23 0 Harrison Rhodes 22.080 0.000 Eliminated 22.436
24 10 Jeff Green 22.140 0.000 Eliminated 0.000
Eliminated From Round 1
25 8 Blake Koch 22.197 Eliminated -0.057
26 51 Jeremy Clements 22.224 Eliminated -0.027
27 13 Timmy Hill (i) 22.284 Eliminated -0.060
28 4 Ross Chastain # 22.285 Eliminated -0.001
29 55 Brandon Gdovic 22.289 Eliminated -0.004
30 14 Cale Conley # 22.310 Eliminated -0.021
31 40 Derek White 22.344 Eliminated -0.034
32 28 J.J. Yeley 22.372 Eliminated -0.028
33 44 David Starr 22.387 Eliminated -0.015
34 90 Jimmy Weller 22.398 Eliminated -0.011
35 24 Eric McClure 22.481 Eliminated -0.083
36 52 Joey Gase 22.610 Eliminated -0.129
37 97 Peyton Sellers 22.774 Eliminated -0.164
38 15 Carlos Contreras 22.789 Eliminated -0.015
39 70 Derrike Cope 22.874 Eliminated -0.085
40 74 Mike Harmon 0.000 Eliminated 22.874
Did Not Qualify
41 89 Morgan Shepherd 22.455 Eliminated -22.455
42 03 Johanna Long 24.505 Eliminated -2.050

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

Denny Hamlin final Xfinity practices at Richmond

denny-hamlin-mville-2015-gettyThe NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) teams were up early Friday morning at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) for their one and only practice session for tonight’s ToyotaCare 250. And, at the end of the session with a lap speed of 124.850 MPH, was Denny Hamlin posting the quickest lap in the session.

Second quickest in the session with a lap speed of 124.441 MPH was Joey Logano, and he was followed by Austin Dillon (124.372 MPH) who was third, Aric Almirola (124.298) fourth and Erik Jones (124.201) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 quickest drivers in the “Happy Hour” (final) practice session were Regan Smith (123.762 MPH) who was sixth, series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Daniel Suarez (123.706) seventh, Kevin Harvick (123.626) eighth, Mike Bliss (123.243) ninth and Ty Dillon (123.063) posting the 10th quickest lap speed.

Qualifying to determine the starting lineup for this evening’s race will be held at 3:45 p.m. (ET – On FOX Sports 1), and the current series qualifying track record at RIR is 129.348 MPH, set on May 14th, 2004 by Kyle Busch.

The 28th annual ToyotaCare 250 is scheduled to get underway around 7:50 p.m. (ET) tonight, and FOX Sports 1 will be providing television coverage of the event.

ToyotaCare 250 Final Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 20 Denny Hamlin (i) 124.850 21.626 Leader 74
2 22 Joey Logano(i) 124.441 21.697 -0.071 82
3 33 Austin Dillon(i) 124.372 21.709 -0.083 85
4 98 Aric Almirola (i) 124.298 21.722 -0.096 74
5 54 Erik Jones(i) 124.201 21.739 -0.113 58
6 7 Regan Smith 123.762 21.816 -0.190 83
7 18 Daniel Suarez # 123.706 21.826 -0.200 91
8 88 Kevin Harvick (i) 123.626 21.840 -0.214 64
9 19 Mike Bliss 123.243 21.908 -0.282 56
10 3 Ty Dillon 123.063 21.940 -0.314 70
11 42 Brennan Poole 122.984 21.954 -0.328 122
12 9 Chase Elliott 122.962 21.958 -0.332 89
13 2 Brian Scott 122.867 21.975 -0.377 76
14 16 Ryan Reed 122.711 22.003 -0.424 75
15 60 Chris Buescher 122.449 22.050 -0.429 87
16 62 Brendan Gaughan 122.421 22.055 -0.474 58
17 6 Darrell Wallace Jr # 122.172 22.100 -0.481 77
18 43 Dakoda Armstrong 122.133 22.107 -0.489 88
19 1 Elliot Sadler 122.089 22.115 -0.492 76
20 01 Landon Cassill 122.073 22.118 -0.581 66
21 28 J.J. Yeley 121.583 22.207 -0.603 61
22 39 Ryan Sieg 121.463 22.229 -0.610 96
23 8 Blake Koch 121.425 22.236 -0.615 52
24 4 Ross Chastain # 121.397 22.241 -0.011 43
25 0 Harrison Rhodes 121.337 22.252 -0.694 31
26 40 Derek White 121.027 22.309 -0.719 11
27 55 Brandon Gdovic 120.968 22.320 -0.736 94
28 14 Cale Conley # 120.832 22.345 -0.737 58
29 44 David Starr 120.741 22.362 -0.738 53
30 25 Dylan Lupton 120.735 22.363 -0.752 106
31 51 Jeremy Clements 120.730 22.364 -0.818 40
32 13 Timmy Hill (i) 120.654 22.378 -1.060 44
33 24 Eric McClure 120.299 22.444 -1.092 64
34 90 Jimmy Weller 119.016 22.686 -1.171 58
35 52 Joey Gase 118.848 22.718 -1.302 35
36 89 Morgan Shepherd 118.437 22.797 -1.171 17
37 15 Carlos Contreras 117.760 22.928 -1.302 59
38 10 Jeff Green 117.580 22.963 -1.337 15
39 70 Derrike Cope 117.514 22.976 -1.350 29
40 97 Peyton Sellers 116.344 23.207 -1.581 34
41 74 Mike Harmon 114.611 23.558 -1.932 18
42 03 Johanna Long 114.088 23.666 -2.040 29

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