Hamlin, Truex fastest in Friday’s Sprint Cup practice at Bristol

Denny HamlinDenny Hamlin, with a lap speed of 128.666 MPH, was the quickest early Friday afternoon in the first 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) practice session for Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS).

Second quickest with a lap speed of 128.399 MPH was Martin Truex Jr., and he was followed by Brad Keselowski (128.374 MPH) who was third, Jimmie Johnson (128.176) fourth and Jamie McMurray (127.767) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 quickest drivers in the session were Kevin Harvick (127.724 MPH) who was sixth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kyle Busch (with the identical lap speed of 127.478 MPH) recorded seventh and eighth respectively, AJ Allmendinger (127.444) ninth and Carl Edwards (127.377) posting the 10th-quickest lap speed.

The teams will return to the track at 4:15 p.m (ET) on FOX Sports 1 for qualifying to determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s race, and it is Denny Hamlin who currently holds the qualifying track record at BMS with a lap speed of 131.407 MPH – which he set last year on August 22nd.

On Saturday, the teams will have two more practice sessions beginning with a early morning session from 8:30 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. (ET) on FOX Sports 1, and then their “Happy Hour” (final) practice from 11:00 a.m. – 11:55 a.m (ET) on FOX Sports 1.

The 56th annual Food City 500 is scheduled to get started around 1:20 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon on FOX.

Food City 500 First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 11 Denny Hamlin 128.666 14.913 Leader 19
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. 128.399 14.944 -0.031 22
3 2 Brad Keselowski 128.374 14.947 -0.034 17
4 48 Jimmie Johnson 128.176 14.970 -0.057 16
5 1 Jamie McMurray 127.767 15.018 -0.105 27
6 4 Kevin Harvick 127.724 15.023 -0.110 20
7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 127.478 15.052 -0.139 30
8 18 Kyle Busch 127.478 15.052 -0.139 34
9 47 AJ Allmendinger 127.444 15.056 -0.143 23
10 19 Carl Edwards 127.377 15.064 -0.151 25
11 20 Matt Kenseth 127.326 15.070 -0.157 26
12 41 Kurt Busch 127.309 15.072 -0.159 19
13 31 Ryan Newman 127.132 15.093 -0.180 38
14 42 Kyle Larson 127.132 15.093 -0.180 38
15 95 Michael McDowell 127.132 15.093 -0.180 23
16 21 Ryan Blaney # 127.090 15.098 -0.185 28
17 13 Casey Mears 127.031 15.105 -0.192 43
18 24 Chase Elliott # 126.955 15.114 -0.201 35
19 22 Joey Logano 126.930 15.117 -0.204 18
20 5 Kasey Kahne 126.838 15.128 -0.215 26
21 27 Paul Menard 126.804 15.132 -0.219 24
22 38 Landon Cassill 126.570 15.160 -0.247 38
23 16 Greg Biffle 126.503 15.168 -0.255 23
24 7 Regan Smith 126.420 15.178 -0.265 14
25 43 Aric Almirola 126.411 15.179 -0.266 25
26 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 126.353 15.186 -0.273 26
27 6 Trevor Bayne 126.337 15.188 -0.275 24
28 23 David Ragan 126.170 15.208 -0.295 29
29 34 Chris Bueshcher # 126.137 15.212 -0.299 40
30 44 Brian Scott # 126.088 15.218 -0.305 36
31 3 Austin Dillon 125.980 15.231 -0.318 18
32 15 Clint Bowyer 125.798 15.253 -0.340 18
33 83 Matt Dibenedetto 125.330 15.310 -0.397 19
34 14 Ty Dillon (i) 125.052 15.344 -0.431 39
35 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt # 124.355 15.430 -0.517 18
36 10 Danica Patrick 124.130 15.458 -0.545 37
37 30 Josh Wise 122.615 15.649 -0.736 25
38 55 Reed Sorenson 121.512 15.791 -0.878 21
39 46 Michael Annett 120.573 15.914 -1.001 35
40 98 Cole Whitt 119.084 16.113 -1.200 33

# – Rookie
(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 13 Casey Mears 14 23 121.472 Leader Leader
2 24 Chase Elliott # 22 31 119.858 -1.614 -1.614
3 34 Chris Bueshcher # 8 17 119.544 -1.928 -0.314
Car must run 10 consecutive laps on track to be included in the above chart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Daytona winner Denny Hamlin fastest in final Sprint Cup practice at Atlanta

Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 The 2016 Daytona 500 race winner, Denny Hamlin – with a lap speed of 188.450 MPH – showed the fastest way around Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) Saturday afternoon during the final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 practice session.

Runner-up in last week’s 500-miler, Martin Truex Jr., was second fastest in the session with a lap speed of 188.226 MPH, and he was followed by Jimmie Johnson (187.297 MPH) who was third, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (187.095) fourth and series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Chase Elliott (186.963) was fifth.

Defending series champion, Kyle Busch (186.679 MPH) was sixth-fastest, while Jamie McMurray (186.347) was seventh, Casey Mears (186.115) eighth, Kurt B.usch (186.084) ninth and Ryan Newman (185.947) rounding out the top-10 fastest drivers in the “Happy Hour” (final) practice.

The 57th annual Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 is scheduled to get started around 1:20 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon, and television coverage of the race will be provided by FOX Sports 1.

Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Final Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 11 Denny Hamlin 188.450 29.419 Leader 52
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. 188.226 29.454 -0.035 46
3 48 Jimmie Johnson 187.297 29.600 -0.181 51
4 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 187.095 29.632 -0.213 51
5 24 Chase Elliott # 186.963 29.653 -0.234 65
6 18 Kyle Busch 186.679 29.698 -0.279 57
7 1 Jamie McMurray 186.347 29.751 -0.332 56
8 13 Casey Mears 186.115 29.788 -0.369 55
9 41 Kurt Busch 186.084 29.793 -0.374 52
10 31 Ryan Newman 185.947 29.815 -0.396 57
11 20 Matt Kenseth 185.903 29.822 -0.403 69
12 42 Kyle Larson 185.822 29.835 -0.416 52
13 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 185.362 29.909 -0.490 55
14 16 Greg Biffle 185.362 29.909 -0.490 48
15 4 Kevin Harvick 185.269 29.924 -0.505 59
16 5 Kasey Kahne 185.207 29.934 -0.515 54
17 2 Brad Keselowski 185.189 29.937 -0.518 49
18 27 Paul Menard 185.071 29.956 -0.537 36
19 21 Ryan Blaney # 184.966 29.973 -0.554 51
20 3 Austin Dillon 184.948 29.976 -0.557 58
21 19 Carl Edwards 184.886 29.986 -0.567 50
22 15 Clint Bowyer 184.327 30.077 -0.658 45
23 83 Matt Dibenedetto 183.899 30.147 -0.728 32
24 43 Aric Almirola 183.643 30.189 -0.770 35
25 6 Trevor Bayne 183.382 30.232 -0.813 51
26 23 David Ragan 183.230 30.257 -0.838 45
27 47 AJ Allmendinger 183.097 30.279 -0.860 56
28 34 Chris Bueshcher # 183.097 30.279 -0.860 47
29 7 Regan Smith 183.097 30.279 -0.860 48
30 44 Brian Scott # 182.964 30.301 -0.882 46
31 10 Danica Patrick 182.922 30.308 -0.889 55
32 22 Joey Logano 182.886 30.314 -0.895 64
33 14 Ty Dillon (i) 182.789 30.330 -0.911 55
34 95 Michael McDowell 181.497 30.546 -1.127 39
35 38 Landon Cassill 180.804 30.663 -1.244 30
36 46 Michael Annett 179.977 30.804 -1.385 36
37 98 Cole Whitt 177.863 31.170 -1.751 34
38 30 Josh Wise 177.385 31.254 -1.835 26
39 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt # 177.317 31.266 -1.847 35

# – Rookie
(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 1 Jamie McMurray 1 10 181.480 Leader Leader
2 31 Ryan Newman 1 10 181.259 -0.221 -0.221
3 48 Jimmie Johnson 1 10 181.096 -0.384 -0.163
4 3 Austin Dillon 27 36 181.048 -0.432 -0.048
4 41 Kurt Busch 21 30 181.038 -0.442 -0.010
6 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 37 46 180.979 -0.501 -0.059
7 21 Ryan Blaney # 31 40 180.864 -0.616 -0.115
8 78 Martin Truex Jr. 34 43 180.790 -0.690 -0.074
9 20 Matt Kenseth 1 10 180.731 -0.749 -0.059
10 11 Denny Hamlin 1 10 180.661 -0.819 -0.070
11 2 Brad Keselowski 22 31 180.609 -0.871 -0.052
12 24 Chase Elliott # 32 41 180.445 -1.035 -0.164
13 13 Casey Mears 1 10 180.437 -1.043 -0.008
14 42 Kyle Larson 1 10 180.381 -1.099 -0.056
15 5 Kasey Kahne 29 38 180.370 -1.110 -0.011
16 43 Aric Almirola 1 10 180.142 -1.338 -0.228
17 16 Greg Biffle 35 44 180.114 -1.366 -0.028
18 4 Kevin Harvick 39 48 179.848 -1.632 -0.266
19 19 Carl Edwards 13 22 179.524 -1.956 -0.324
20 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 38 47 179.499 -1.981 -0.025
21 10 Danica Patrick 18 27 179.427 -2.053 -0.072
22 22 Joey Logano 46 55 179.194 -2.286 -0.233
23 47 AJ Allmendinger 18 27 179.168 -2.312 -0.026
24 6 Trevor Bayne 34 43 179.048 -2.432 -0.120
25 18 Kyle Busch 38 47 179.029 -2.451 -0.019
26 27 Paul Menard 23 32 178.859 -2.621 -0.170
27 44 Brian Scott # 1 10 178.829 -2.651 -0.030
28 14 Ty Dillon (i) 29 38 178.803 -2.677 -0.026
29 15 Clint Bowyer 1 10 178.766 -2.714 -0.037
30 7 Regan Smith 1 10 178.755 -2.725 -0.011
31 34 Chris Bueshcher # 37 46 178.573 -2.907 -0.182
32 23 David Ragan 18 27 177.829 -3.651 -0.744
33 95 Michael McDowell 28 37 177.433 -4.047 -0.396
34 46 Michael Annett 15 24 175.837 -5.643 -1.596
Car must run 10 consecutive laps on track to be included in the above chart.

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

 

 

 

Denny Hamlin wins Daytona 500, edging Martin Truex Jr. in closest finish in race history

2In a thrilling race finish Sunday to start off the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season, it was Denny Hamlin holding off Martin Truex Jr. – by 0.010 seconds – to win the 58th annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway (DIS).

Hamlin, who also led the most laps – 95 out of 200, received his 27th series career win in 363 races, his second series win in 22 races at DIS, and gives himself, Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota their first Daytona 500 win.

By winning the Sprint Unlimited (non-points race) last Saturday night, and now the Daytona 500, Hamlin becomes the sixth driver to win them both in a season joining Lee Petty (1959), Richard Petty (1973), Cale Yarborough (1977), Jeff Gordon (1999) and Dale Jarrett (2000).

Following Hamlin and Truex to the drop of the checkered flag were the defending series champion, Kyle Busch finishing third, Kevin Harvick fourth and Carl Edwards finished fifth.

Last year’s race winner, Joey Logano, brought home sixth-place, while Kyle Larson finished seventh, Regan Smith eighth, Austin Dillon ninth and Kurt Busch rounding out the top-10 finishing positions.

Ryan Blaney was the highest finishing rookie with his 19th-place finish.

With his victory, Denny Hamlin leaves Daytona with the points lead and with a 5-point lead over Martin Truex Jr.

RACE NOTES:
Average Speed: 157.549 MPH
Time of Race: 3 Hrs, 10 Mins, 25 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.010 Seconds (the closest in track history)
Lead Changes: 20 among 15 drivers
Cautions: 6 for 31 laps

Up Next: The series heads to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on Sunday, Feb. 28th, with an approximate starting time of 1:20 p.m. (ET) and television coverage provided by FOX.

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Daytona 500 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Led Points Bonus Points
1 11 Denny Hamlin 200 Running 95 45 5
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. 200 Running 2 40 1
3 18 Kyle Busch 200 Running 19 39 1
4 4 Kevin Harvick 200 Running 0 37 0
5 19 Carl Edwards 200 Running 0 36 0
6 22 Joey Logano 200 Running 0 35 0
7 42 Kyle Larson 200 Running 0 34 0
8 7 Regan Smith 200 Running 0 33 0
9 3 Austin Dillon 200 Running 1 33 1
10 41 Kurt Busch 200 Running 0 31 0
11 31 Ryan Newman 200 Running 1 31 1
12 43 Aric Almirola 200 Running 0 29 0
13 5 Kasey Kahne 200 Running 0 28 0
14 20 Matt Kenseth 200 Running 40 28 1
15 59 Michael McDowell 200 Running 0 26 0
16 48 Jimmie Johnson 200 Running 18 26 1
17 1 Jamie McMurray 200 Running 0 24 0
18 27 Paul Menard 200 Running 0 23 0
19 21 Ryan Blaney # 200 Running 0 22 0
20 2 Brad Keselowski 200 Running 1 22 1
21 47 AJ Allmendinger 200 Running 0 20 0
22 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 200 Running 0 19 0
23 38 Landon Cassill 200 Running 0 18 0
24 44 Brian Scott # 200 Running 1 18 1
25 95 Ty Dillon (i) 200 Running 0 0 0
26 14 Brian Vickers 200 Running 0 15 0
27 46 Michael Annett 200 Running 1 15 1
28 6 Trevor Bayne 200 Running 0 13 0
29 23 David Ragan 200 Running 1 13 1
30 83 Michael Waltrip 200 Running 1 12 1
31 32 Bobby Labonte 200 Running 1 11 1
32 13 Casey Mears 199 Running 0 9 0
33 15 Clint Bowyer 199 Running 0 8 0
34 16 Greg Biffle 198 Running 0 7 0
35 10 Danica Patrick 184 Accident 0 6 0
36 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 169 Accident 15 6 1
37 24 Chase Elliott # 160 Running 3 5 1
38 26 Robert Richardson Jr 135 Engine 0 3 0
39 34 Chris Bueshcher # 91 Accident 0 2 0
40 93 Matt Dibenedetto 91 Accident 0 1 0

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

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Points Standings
After Race 1 at Daytona International Speedway
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s DNF
1 11 Denny Hamlin 45 Leader 1 1 1 1 0
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. 40 -5 1 0 1 1 0
3 18 Kyle Busch 39 -6 1 0 1 1 0
4 4 Kevin Harvick 37 -8 1 0 1 1 0
5 19 Carl Edwards 36 -9 1 0 1 1 0
6 22 Joey Logano 35 -10 1 0 0 1 0
7 42 Kyle Larson 34 -11 1 0 0 1 0
8 7 Regan Smith 33 -12 1 0 0 1 0
9 3 Austin Dillon 33 -12 1 0 0 1 0
10 41 Kurt Busch 31 -14 1 0 0 1 0
11 31 Ryan Newman 31 -14 1 0 0 0 0
12 43 Aric Almirola 29 -16 1 0 0 0 0
13 5 Kasey Kahne 28 -17 1 0 0 0 0
14 20 Matt Kenseth 28 -17 1 0 0 0 0
15 59 Michael McDowell 26 -19 1 0 0 0 0
16 48 Jimmie Johnson 26 -19 1 0 0 0 0
17 1 Jamie McMurray 24 -21 1 0 0 0 0
18 27 Paul Menard 23 -22 1 0 0 0 0
19 21 Ryan Blaney # 22 -23 1 0 0 0 0
20 2 Brad Keselowski 22 -23 1 0 0 0 0
21 47 AJ Allmendinger 20 -25 1 0 0 0 0
22 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 19 -26 1 0 0 0 0
23 38 Landon Cassill 18 -27 1 0 0 0 0
24 44 Brian Scott # 18 -27 1 0 0 0 0
25 14 Brian Vickers 15 -30 1 0 0 0 0
26 46 Michael Annett 15 -30 1 0 0 0 0
27 6 Trevor Bayne 13 -32 1 0 0 0 0
28 23 David Ragan 13 -32 1 0 0 0 0
29 83 Michael Waltrip 12 -33 1 0 0 0 0
30 32 Bobby Labonte 11 -34 1 0 0 0 0
31 13 Casey Mears 9 -36 1 0 0 0 0
32 15 Clint Bowyer 8 -37 1 0 0 0 0
33 16 Greg Biffle 7 -38 1 0 0 0 0
34 10 Danica Patrick 6 -39 1 0 0 0 1
35 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 6 -39 1 0 0 0 1
36 24 Chase Elliott # 5 -40 1 0 0 0 0
37 26 Robert Richardson Jr 3 -42 1 0 0 0 1
38 34 Chris Bueshcher # 2 -43 1 0 0 0 1
39 93 Matt Dibenedetto 1 -44 1 0 0 0 1

# – Rookie

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2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Standing
After Race 1 at Daytona International Speedway
Pos. Owner Car # Wins Points Behind Attempts
1 J D Gibbs 11 1 45 Leader 1
2 Barney Visser 78 0 40 -5 1
3 Joe Gibbs 18 0 39 -6 1
4 Tony Stewart 4 0 37 -8 1
5 J D Gibbs 19 0 36 -9 1
6 Walter Czarnecki 22 0 35 -10 1
7 Chip Ganassi 42 0 34 -11 1
8 Tommy Baldwin 7 0 33 -12 1
9 Richard Childress 3 0 33 -12 1
10 Gene Haas 41 0 31 -14 1
11 Richard Childress 31 0 31 -14 1
12 Richard Petty 43 0 29 -16 1
13 Rick Hendrick 5 0 28 -17 1
14 Joe Gibbs 20 0 28 -17 1
15 Bob Leavine 59 0 26 -19 1
16 Jeff Gordon 48 0 26 -19 1
17 Felix Sabates 1 0 24 -21 1
18 Richard Childress 27 0 23 -22 1
19 Glen Wood 21 0 22 -23 1
20 Roger Penske 2 0 22 -23 1
21 Tad Geschickter 47 0 20 -25 1
22 John Henry 17 0 19 -26 1
23 Brad Jenkins 38 0 18 -27 1
24 Richard Petty 44 0 18 -27 1
25 Joe Falk 95 0 16 -29 1
26 Margaret Haas 14 0 15 -30 1
27 Harry Scott Jr 46 0 15 -30 1
28 John Henry 6 0 13 -32 1
29 Ron Devine 23 0 13 -32 1
30 Ron Devine 83 0 12 -33 1
31 Archie St Hilaire 32 0 11 -34 1
32 Bob Germain 13 0 9 -36 1
33 Harry Scott Jr 15 0 8 -37 1
34 Jack Roush 16 0 7 -38 1
34 Bob Jenkins 34 0 6 -39 1
35 Tony Stewart 10 0 6 -39 1
36 Rick Hendrick 88 0 5 -40 1
37 Rick Hendrick 24 0 3 -42 1
38 Ron Devine 26 0 2 -43 1
40 Wayne Press 93 0 1 -44 1
41 Curtis Key 30 0 0 -45 1
42 Jerry Freeze 35 0 0 -45 1
43 Kevin Radvany 40 0 0 -45 1
44 Mike Curb 98 0 0 -45 1

 

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturer Standings
After Race 1 at Daytona International Speedway
Pos. Manufacturer Wins Points Behind
1 Toyota 1 45 Leader
2 Chevrolet 0 37 -8
3 Ford 0 35 -10

 

Race Awards
3M Lap Leader Denny Hamlin, #11 95 Laps
Ingersoll Rand Power Move Michael McDowell, #59 16 Positions
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race Denny Hamlin, #11
Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap AJ Allmendinger, #47
American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award Kyle Busch, #18
Duralast Brakes “Brake in the Race” Kyle Busch, #18
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race Toyota Racing Development (TRD), #11
Moog Chassis Parts Problem Solver of the Race Carl Edwards, #19 0.239 sec
Sunoco Rookie of the Race Ryan Blaney, #21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denny Hamlin tops the charts after Friday’s final ‪‎DAYTONA 500‬ practice.

hamlin-happy-hour-dover-2015-gettySeven 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Daytona 500 practice sessions are now “in the books” at Daytona International Speedway (the eighth/final session to take place on Saturday), and at the end of the seventh session Friday afternoon, it was Denny Hamlin – with a lap speed of 199.658 MPH – leading the practice.

Defending series champion, Kyle Busch and driver Martin Truex Jr., ran the identical lap speed of 198.640 MPH and were recorded second and third fastest respectively, while Carl Edwards (198.610 MPH) was fourth and Matt Kenseth (198.566) was fifth fastest.

Series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) contender, Ryan Blaney (196.498) had the sixth-fastest lap speed, and he was followed by Joey Logano (196.412) who was seventh, Trevor Bayne (196.386) eighth, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (194.839) ninth and Jamie McMurray (194.696) posted 10th.

The teams will have their “Happy Hour” (final) practice early Saturday afternoon from 12:15 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. (ET), with television coverage provided by FOX Sports 1.

The 58th annual Daytona 500 is set to get started around 1:00 p.m. (ET) Sunday, Feb. 21st, with television coverage provided by FOX.

Daytona 500 Seventh Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 11 Denny Hamlin 199.658 45.077 Leader 13
2 18 Kyle Busch 198.640 45.308 -0.231 15
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. 198.640 45.308 -0.231 15
4 19 Carl Edwards 198.610 45.315 -0.238 22
5 20 Matt Kenseth 198.566 45.325 -0.248 17
6 21 Ryan Blaney # 196.498 45.802 -0.725 10
7 22 Joey Logano 196.412 45.822 -0.745 10
8 6 Trevor Bayne 196.386 45.828 -0.751 13
9 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 194.839 46.192 -1.115 8
10 1 Jamie McMurray 194.696 46.226 -1.149 6
11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 194.670 46.232 -1.155 10
12 48 Jimmie Johnson 194.586 46.252 -1.175 11
13 10 Danica Patrick 194.515 46.269 -1.192 16
14 24 Chase Elliott # 194.175 46.350 -1.273 19
15 2 Brad Keselowski 193.324 46.554 -1.477 18
16 38 Landon Cassill 193.204 46.583 -1.506 17
17 43 Aric Almirola 192.943 46.646 -1.569 13
18 3 Austin Dillon 192.258 46.812 -1.735 13
19 23 David Ragan 191.742 46.938 -1.861 17
20 42 Kyle Larson 191.673 46.955 -1.878 6
21 83 Michael Waltrip 191.665 46.957 -1.880 19
22 93 Matt Dibenedetto 191.465 47.006 -1.929 17
23 44 Brian Scott # 190.876 47.151 -2.074 17
24 14 Brian Vickers 190.573 47.226 -2.149 17
25 46 Michael Annett 190.303 47.293 -2.216 15
26 27 Paul Menard 189.958 47.379 -2.302 5
27 15 Clint Bowyer 189.693 47.445 -2.368 17
28 47 AJ Allmendinger 189.302 47.543 -2.466 12
29 59 Michael McDowell 188.905 47.643 -2.566 10
30 32 Bobby Labonte 188.262 47.798 -2.721 2
31 34 Chris Bueshcher # 0.000 0.000 45.077 0
32 4 Kevin Harvick 0.000 0.000 45.077 0
33 5 Kasey Kahne 0.000 0.000 45.077 0
34 7 Regan Smith 0.000 0.000 45.077 0
35 13 Casey Mears 0.000 0.000 45.077 0
36 16 Greg Biffle 0.000 0.000 45.077 0
37 26 Robert Richardson Jr 0.000 0.000 45.077 0
38 31 Ryan Newman 0.000 0.000 45.077 0
39 41 Kurt Busch 0.000 0.000 45.077 0
40 95 Ty Dillon (i) 0.000 0.000 45.077 0

# – Rookie
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Denny Hamlin wins third Sprint Unlimited

Saturday’s Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway ended with a mere handful of cars undamaged—and race winner Denny Hamlin’s Toyota wasn’t one of them.

But Hamlin got his wreck out of the way early in a two-car incident with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s Ford on Lap 13 and won the race in overtime with a large swatch of silver tape on the right side of his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Camry.

Hamlin triumphed in the season-opening non-points event for the second time in three years (and third time overall) and gave JGR its fourth Sprint Unlimited victory in the last five years.

Under NASCAR’s new overtime rules, which require the leader to reach an overtime line on the backstretch under green on the restart lap before the race is official, the event ended under caution for a six-car wreck in Turn 1.

The overtime extended the race four laps past its scheduled distance, and, by then, Hamlin had a comfortable lead—if any lead on a superspeedway can be considered comfortable.

Joey Logano came home second, Paul Menard third and Kyle Larson fourth in a race that saw only four of the 25 cars avoid wrecks that collectively produced seven cautions for 25 laps.

Hamlin chose the outside line for the final restart, abandoning help from JGR teammate Matt Kenseth, who restarted fourth in the outside line.

“It was just such a dilemma for me to figure out what lane to start in,” Hamlin said. “I had gotten good pushes from Matt all night long, and I hated leaving him in that top line, but I felt like I’d had success on the bottom all night, and I didn’t want to leave it for that final restart.”

A wild seven-car crash on Lap 23 severely damaged the cars of several pre-race favorites, including the No. 88 Chevrolet of Dale Earnhardt Jr. In his first competitive run as a substitute for injured Tony Stewart, Brian Vickers spun while barreling into Turn 1 after his right rear tire went flat.

Vickers’s spin ignited the wreck that also crippled the cars of Earnhardt, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer and also involved the Ford of Greg Biffle and the Chevrolet of AJ Allmendinger.

Vickers’ Chevy took a hard hit against the outside SAFER barrier, but the driver of the No. 14 appeared unhurt in the incident.

“I cut a right rear tire,” Vickers said after exiting the infield care center. “It’s unfortunate. I don’t know how I cut the tire. I had a little contact. Everyone was racing hard. It’s the Sprint Unlimited, right? That’s what it’s all about. The 18 (Kyle Busch) and I got together early on, going four-wide. Had a little rub but it went away so we thought everything was fine.

“The 2 (Brad Keselowski) and I got together a little bit right there on the front stretch going into (Turn) 1. Maybe that was it. I just don’t know. It was a cut of some kind. It’s just unfortunate.”

Lap 44 marked the end of the race for Jimmie Johnson, who spun on the backstretch after contact with the No. 13 Chevy of Casey Mears and tore the front fascia of his No. 48 Chevrolet while sliding across the bus stop chicane used in the Rolex 24 at Daytona sports car race.

But Johnson had run near the front up to that point, and crew chief Chad Knaus was pleased with the effort.

“We learned a little bit tonight,” Knaus said, with a tone of voice that suggested he had actually learned quite a bit. “Thanks, everybody. Good dress rehearsal.”

RACE NOTES:
Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 32 Mins, 16 Secs.
Average Speed: 128.432 MPH
Margin of Victory: Caution
Caution Flags: 7 for 25 laps: Laps: 14-17 (#17, 11 Accident Turn 2); 24-29 (#14, 15, 16, 4, 88, 47, 41 Accident Turn 1); 45-47 (#13, 48 Accident Backstretch); 58-61 (#1, 5, 47, 31 Accident Backstretch); 67-69 (Fluid On The Track); 74-77 (#2, 18, 13, 19, 43 Accident Backstretch); 79-79 (#78, 20, 1, 16, 2, 10 Accident Turn 1).
Lead Changes: 12 among 3 drivers: 0; B. Keselowski 1-10; J. McMurray 11-24; B. Keselowski 25; D. Hamlin 26-32; B. Keselowski 33; D. Hamlin 34-35; B. Keselowski 36-47; D. Hamlin 48-51; B. Keselowski 52; D. Hamlin 53-62; B. Keselowski 63; D. Hamlin 64-79.

Sprint Unlimited Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Led
1 11 Denny Hamlin 79 Running 39
2 22 Joey Logano 79 Running 0
3 27 Paul Menard 79 Running 0
4 42 Kyle Larson 79 Running 0
5 13 Casey Mears 79 Running 0
6 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 79 Running 0
7 41 Kurt Busch 79 Running 0
8 3 Austin Dillon 79 Running 0
9 2 Brad Keselowski 79 Running 26
10 16 Greg Biffle 79 Running 0
11 10 Danica Patrick 79 Running 0
12 20 Matt Kenseth 79 Running 0
13 78 Martin Truex Jr. 78 Running 0
14 1 Jamie McMurray 78 Running 14
15 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 75 Running 0
16 19 Carl Edwards 72 Accident 0
17 18 Kyle Busch 72 Accident 0
18 43 Aric Almirola 72 Accident 0
19 31 Ryan Newman 69 Accident 0
20 5 Kasey Kahne 64 Accident 0
21 47 AJ Allmendinger 56 Accident 0
22 48 Jimmie Johnson 43 Accident 0
23 15 Clint Bowyer 23 Accident 0
24 14 Brian Vickers 22 Accident 0
25 4 Kevin Harvick 22 Accident 0

 

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Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer top final Sprint Unlimited practice

HamlinIn the final 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Sprint Unlimited practice session, it was Denny Hamlin – with a (drafting) lap speed of 198.930 MPH – posting the fastest lap Friday night at Daytona International Speedway.

Clint Bowyer was second fastest in the session with a lap speed of 195.253 MPH, and he was followed by Aric Almirola (194.885 MPH) who was third, Brian Vickers (194.805) fourth and Kevin Harvick (194.763) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 fastest drivers in the “Happy Hour” (final) practice were Kurt Busch (194.611 MPH) who was sixth, Danica Patrick (194.527) seventh, Paul Menard (194.342) eighth, Austin Dillon (194.280) ninth and Brad Keselowski (193.665) posting the 10th-fastest lap speed.

The Sprint Unlimited is scheduled to get underway around 8:00 pm (ET) Saturday evening, and FOX will provide television coverage of the event.

Sprint Unlimited First Practice
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 11 Denny Hamlin 198.930 45.242 Leader 6
2 15 Clint Bowyer 195.253 46.094 -0.852 11
3 43 Aric Almirola 194.885 46.181 -0.939 15
4 14 Brian Vickers 194.805 46.200 -0.958 15
5 4 Kevin Harvick 194.763 46.210 -0.968 23
6 41 Kurt Busch 194.611 46.246 -1.004 22
7 10 Danica Patrick 194.527 46.266 -1.024 16
8 27 Paul Menard 194.342 46.310 -1.068 22
9 3 Austin Dillon 194.280 46.325 -1.083 15
10 2 Brad Keselowski 193.665 46.472 -1.230 11
11 22 Joey Logano 193.320 46.555 -1.313 15
12 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 192.316 46.798 -1.556 16
13 5 Kasey Kahne 192.258 46.812 -1.570 20
14 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 191.881 46.904 -1.662 12
15 48 Jimmie Johnson 191.873 46.906 -1.664 19
16 18 Kyle Busch 191.160 47.081 -1.839 11
17 1 Jamie McMurray 190.690 47.197 -1.955 17
18 31 Ryan Newman 190.517 47.240 -1.998 14
19 42 Kyle Larson 190.456 47.255 -2.013 16
20 47 AJ Allmendinger 189.155 47.580 -2.338 14
21 19 Carl Edwards 75.517 119.178 -73.936 2
22 13 Casey Mears 0.000 0.000 45.242 0
23 16 Greg Biffle 0.000 0.000 45.242 0
24 20 Matt Kenseth 0.000 0.000 45.242 0
25 78 Martin Truex Jr. 0.000 0.000 45.242 0

 

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average
Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg. Speed Behind Gap
1 4 Kevin Harvick 5 14 193.828 Leader Leader
2 14 Brian Vickers 1 10 193.742 -0.086 -0.086
3 10 Danica Patrick 1 10 193.715 -0.113 -0.027
4 15 Clint Bowyer 1 10 193.592 -0.236 -0.123
5 27 Paul Menard 1 10 193.474 -0.354 -0.118
6 41 Kurt Busch 2 11 193.410 -0.418 -0.064
Car must run 10 consecutive laps on track to be included in the above chart.

 

Denny Hamlin spins and wins Chase opener

1Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards made it a one, two Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) finish Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, as Hamlin finishes 0.962 seconds ahead of Edwards to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) myAFibRisk.com 400.

Hamlin, who will advance to the Contender Round with his victory, received his second series win and 14th top-10 finish of the 2015 season, his 26th series career win in 353 races and his first series win in 10 races at Chicagoland.

Following Hamlin and Edwards to the drop of the checkered flag were Kurt Busch finishing third, Ryan Newman fourth and Matt Kenseth finished fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 finishing positions were Joey Logano taking sixth, Kyle Larson seventh, Brad Keselowski eighth, Kyle Busch (led the most laps – 121 out of 267) ninth and Aric Almirola claimed 10th-place.

With his fifth-place finish, Matt Kenseth leaves Chicago as the points leader with a 2-point lead over Denny Hamlin and a 3-point lead over Carl Edwards.

RACE NOTES:
Average Speed: 140.117 MPH
Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 51 Mins, 30 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.962 Seconds
Lead Changes: 17 among 10 drivers
Cautions: 6 for 28 laps

Up Next: The SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, September 27th, with an approximate starting time of 2:20 p.m. (ET) on NBCSN

myAFibRisk.com 400 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Led Points Bonus Points
1 11 Denny Hamlin 267 Running 9 47 4
2 19 Carl Edwards 267 Running 6 43 1
3 41 Kurt Busch 267 Running 37 42 1
4 31 Ryan Newman 267 Running 0 40 0
5 20 Matt Kenseth 267 Running 1 40 1
6 22 Joey Logano 267 Running 1 39 1
7 42 Kyle Larson 267 Running 2 38 1
8 2 Brad Keselowski 267 Running 0 36 0
9 18 Kyle Busch 267 Running 121 37 2
10 43 Aric Almirola 267 Running 0 34 0
11 48 Jimmie Johnson 267 Running 0 33 0
12 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 267 Running 0 32 0
13 78 Martin Truex Jr. 267 Running 39 32 1
14 24 Jeff Gordon 267 Running 41 31 1
15 55 David Ragan 267 Running 0 29 0
16 1 Jamie McMurray 266 Running 0 28 0
17 27 Paul Menard 266 Running 0 27 0
18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 265 Running 0 26 0
19 15 Clint Bowyer 265 Running 0 25 0
20 13 Casey Mears 265 Running 0 24 0
21 16 Greg Biffle 265 Running 0 23 0
22 33 Brian Scott (i) 265 Running 0 0 0
23 51 Justin Allgaier 265 Running 0 21 0
24 5 Kasey Kahne 264 Running 0 20 0
25 14 Tony Stewart 264 Running 0 19 0
26 10 Danica Patrick 264 Running 0 18 0
27 40 Landon Cassill (i) 263 Running 0 0 0
28 6 Trevor Bayne 263 Running 0 16 0
29 35 Cole Whitt 263 Running 0 15 0
30 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 262 Running 0 14 0
31 34 Brett Moffitt # 262 Running 0 13 0
32 38 David Gilliland 262 Running 0 12 0
33 32 Josh Wise 261 Running 0 11 0
34 46 Michael Annett 261 Running 0 10 0
35 26 J.J. Yeley (i) 261 Running 0 0 0
36 47 AJ Allmendinger 260 Running 0 8 0
37 7 Alex Bowman 259 Running 0 7 0
38 23 Jeb Burton # 259 Running 0 6 0
39 83 Matt Dibenedetto # 258 Running 0 5 0
40 98 Reed Sorenson 258 Running 0 4 0
41 62 Timmy Hill (i) 255 Running 0 0 0
42 4 Kevin Harvick 209 Running 10 3 1
43 3 Austin Dillon 198 Running 0 1 0

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

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Unofficial Point Standings
After Race 27 at Chicagoland Speedway
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s DNF
1 20 Matt Kenseth 2052 Leader 27 4 11 17 2
2 11 Denny Hamlin 2050 -2 27 2 10 14 1
3 19 Carl Edwards 2049 -3 27 2 4 10 2
4 18 Kyle Busch 2049 -3 16 4 6 10 2
5 41 Kurt Busch 2048 -4 24 2 9 15 0
6 22 Joey Logano 2048 -4 27 3 16 21 0
7 48 Jimmie Johnson 2045 -7 27 4 11 17 0
8 31 Ryan Newman 2040 -12 27 0 5 13 1
9 2 Brad Keselowski 2039 -13 27 1 6 19 1
10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 2038 -14 27 2 12 17 1
11 78 Martin Truex Jr. 2035 -17 27 1 7 17 2
12 24 Jeff Gordon 2031 -21 27 0 3 13 1
13 1 Jamie McMurray 2028 -24 27 0 2 7 1
14 27 Paul Menard 2027 -25 27 0 2 4 1
15 15 Clint Bowyer 2025 -27 27 0 2 11 0
16 4 Kevin Harvick 2009 -43 27 2 18 22 1
Points Outside the Top 16
17 43 Aric Almirola 727 -1282 27 0 2 3 1
18 5 Kasey Kahne 697 -1312 27 0 2 6 2
19 42 Kyle Larson 656 -1353 26 0 1 8 4
20 16 Greg Biffle 634 -1375 27 0 2 3 0
21 3 Austin Dillon 604 -1405 27 0 1 4 2
22 13 Casey Mears 578 -1431 27 0 0 1 3
23 10 Danica Patrick 570 -1439 27 0 0 2 2
24 47 AJ Allmendinger 564 -1445 27 0 0 3 3
25 55 David Ragan 551 -1458 27 0 1 1 4
26 14 Tony Stewart 530 -1479 27 0 0 2 4
27 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 522 -1487 27 0 0 3 2
28 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 494 -1515 27 0 1 1 2
29 6 Trevor Bayne 489 -1520 27 0 0 2 3
30 51 Justin Allgaier 460 -1549 27 0 0 1 3
Points Outside the Top 30
31 35 Cole Whitt 409 -51 27 0 0 0 2
32 38 David Gilliland 403 -57 27 0 0 0 2
33 7 Alex Bowman 338 -122 26 0 0 0 3
34 34 Brett Moffitt # 333 -127 23 0 0 1 0
35 83 Matt Dibenedetto # 295 -165 24 0 0 0 1
36 46 Michael Annett 287 -173 27 0 0 0 3
37 32 Josh Wise 213 -247 20 0 0 1 4
38 95 Michael McDowell 163 -297 12 0 0 0 1
39 26 Jeb Burton # 160 -300 21 0 0 0 3
40 33 Alex Kennedy # 93 -367 10 0 0 0 0
41 44 Reed Sorenson 48 -412 6 0 0 0 0
42 32 Bobby Labonte 39 -421 3 0 0 0 1
43 55 Brian Vickers 32 -428 2 0 0 0 0
44 55 Michael Waltrip 26 -434 2 0 0 0 0
45 66 Mike Wallace 8 -452 1 0 0 0 0
46 Eddie Macdonald 7 -453 1 0 0 0 0
47 98 TJ Bell 7 -453 1 0 0 0 0
48 Will Kimmel III 6 -454 1 0 0 0 0
49 30 Ron Hornaday Jr. 2 -458 1 0 0 0 1

# – Rookie

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2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Standing
After Race 27 at Chicagoland Speedway
Pos. Owner Car # Wins Points Behind Attempts
1 Joe Gibbs 20 4 2052 Leader 27
2 J D Gibbs 11 2 2050 -2 27
3 J D Gibbs 19 2 2049 -3 27
4 Joe Gibbs 18 4 2049 -3 27
5 Gene Haas 41 2 2048 -4 27
6 Walter Czarnecki 22 3 2048 -4 27
7 Jeff Gordon 48 4 2045 -7 27
8 Richard Childress 31 0 2040 -12 27
9 Roger Penske 2 1 2039 -13 27
10 Rick Hendrick 88 2 2038 -14 27
11 Barney Visser 78 1 2035 -17 27
12 Rick Hendrick 24 0 2031 -21 27
13 Felix Sabates 1 0 2028 -24 27
14 Richard Childress 27 0 2027 -25 27
15 Rob Kauffman 15 0 2025 -27 27
16 Tony Stewart 4 2 2009 -43 27
17 Richard Petty 43 0 727 -1325 27
18 Linda Hendrick 5 0 697 -1355 27
19 Chip Ganassi 42 0 684 -1368 27
20 Jack Roush 16 0 634 -1418 27
21 Richard Childress 3 0 604 -1448 27
22 Bob Germain 13 0 578 -1474 27
23 Tony Stewart 10 0 570 -1482 27
24 Tad Geschickter 47 0 564 -1488 27
25 Margaret Haas 14 0 530 -1522 27
26 Richard Petty 9 0 522 -1530 27
27 Michael Waltrip 55 0 517 -1535 27
28 John Henry 17 0 494 -1558 27
29 John Henry 6 0 489 -1563 27
30 Harry Scott Jr 51 0 460 -1592 27
31 Bob Jenkins 35 0 409 -1643 27
32 Brad Jenkins 38 0 430 -1622 27
33 Michael Hillman 40 0 379 -1673 27
34 Jerry Freeze 34 0 368 -1684 27
35 Tommy Baldwin 7 0 338 -1714 27
36 Joe Falk 33 0 325 -1727 27
37 Ron Devine 83 0 320 -1732 27
38 Harry Scott Jr 46 0 272 -1780 27
39 Ron Devine 23 0 246 -1806 27
40 Mike Curb 98 0 216 -1836 27
41 Archie St Hilaire 32 0 215 -1837 27
42 Glen Wood 21 0 203 -1849 14
43 Bob Leavine 95 0 163 -1889 16
44 Anthony Marlowe 26 0 159 -1893 27
45 Rick Hendrick 25 0 89 -1963 5
46 Jay Robinson 62 0 86 -1966 27
47 John Cohen 44 0 12 -2040 4
48 Jay Robinson 66 0 8 -2044 4
49 Curtis Key 30 0 6 -2046 12
50 Robby Benton 129 0 0 -2052 4
51 Gordon Smith 139 0 0 -2052 2

 

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturer Standings
After Race 27 at Chicagoland Speedway
Pos. Manufacturer Wins Points Behind
1 Chevrolet 11 1187 Leader
2 Toyota 12 1138 -49
3 Ford 4 1120 -67