David Gilliland gets into Clint Bowyer causing a multi-car wreck early in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
Love's Travel Stops to serve as primary sponsor for 18 races Front Row Motorsports announced Tuesday that David Gilliland will return to the team's No. 38 Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2015. The re-signing means the 38-year-old driver will mark his ninth full season in NASCAR's top division and his sixth with team owner Bob Jenkins. The team also announced that Love's Travel Stops will be the team's primary sponsor in 18 races, up from its 15-race sponsorship in 2014. Gilliland struggled last year with just two top-20 finishes in 36 races, but he did post a milestone at the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway in July with the team's first Coors Light Pole Award. He also helped the Statesville, North Carolina-based team achieve its first win in NASCAR's premier series at Talladega Superspeedway in the spring of 2013, providing an aerodynamic push to teammate David Ragan in the final lap. This season will mark the third consecutive year of Front Row's relationship with Love's. The team indicated through its news release that the travel center corporation, based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, will be the primary sponsor at the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 22 (1 p.m. ET, FOX). Among the other races for the Love's team colors: both annual events at Texas Motor Speedway and the series' two road courses, Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International . "I am beyond excited about Love's commitment to our program and to growing it each year," Gilliland said. "What I'm most proud of is the simple fact that it's working. Our program does exactly what a NASCAR partnership is supposed to do. It's been hugely successful, for us and for them. I can't wait to see what we can do as a team this year." Gilliland has one career victory in NASCAR national series competition. His 2006 triumph in an underfunded entry at Kentucky Speedway in what is now the XFINITY Series was not only one of the sport's biggest upsets, but also paved the way for his big break into stock-car racing's major leagues. See the paint scheme for the No. 38 Ford below. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
JGR driver claims back-to-back poles at Loudon, Indy RELATED: Full Indy lineup INDIANAPOLIS -- If Toyota and Ford are to break the Chevrolet stranglehold on Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the two manufacturers took a positive step in that direction during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series time trials on Saturday. Underscoring the recent resurgence of Joe Gibbs Racing , Carl Edwards toured the 2.5-mile track in 49.056 seconds (183.464 mph) to put his No. 19 Toyota on the pole for Sunday's Crown Royal presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at The Brickyard (3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, IMS, SiriusXM), edging Joey Logano 's Team Penske Ford (183.139 mph) by .087 seconds. David Ragan (182.886 mph) qualified third in the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota. Fourth-place qualifier Tony Stewart (182.823 mph) had the fastest Chevrolet in the final round. Chevrolets have won the last 12 Sprint Cup races at Indianapolis. Stewart, though, had the fastest lap of the afternoon (185.547 mph) in the first round of time trials, which trimmed the number of drivers eligible for the pole from 46 to 12. The Coors Light Pole Award was Edwards' first at the Brickyard, his second of the season, his second in a row and the 15th of his career. "After yesterday, this is amazing," Edwards said. "We started so slow yesterday and we struggled. I think at one point (crew chief) Darian (Grubb) and I were looking at each other going, 'What are we going to do here?' "It was a struggle, and everybody buckled down, worked hard -- I'm so proud of my guys. TRD and Toyota have been putting so much effort into this whole program. Stanley has been behind us 100 percent -- not just me, but Matt Kenseth and our whole team. This is big. It will be neat to start up front." Kyle Busch , Edwards' JGR teammate, will start ninth on Sunday in search of his third consecutive victory in the Sprint Cup Series. Sidelined for the first 11 events of the season by injuries sustained in an accident at Daytona in February, Busch has won three of the last four races and has seven races left in which to regain eligibility for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup by finishing the regular season in the top 30 in the series standings. Entering Sunday's race, Busch is 33rd in points, 58 behind David Gilliland in 30th place. Behind Stewart, Kyle Larson , Kevin Harvick , Clint Bowyer and Dale Earnhardt Jr . will line up fifth through eighth on the grid. After qualifying, Logano and Ragan were quick to point out an unusual coincidence. Edwards, Logano and Ragan started 1-2-3, in that order, a week before at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a one-mile flat track. The Sprint Cup cars are running a completely different high-drag aerodynamic package this week, with a nine-inch-tall rear spoiler and a one-inch wicker. Last week at Loudon, the cars featured the regular 2015 rules package with a six-inch spoiler. " David and I were just laughing up here that these are the same three race cars that started up front at Loudon," Logano said. "A completely different race track, different package and the same cars are fast. It's good for us. We're close. Second always hurts, but it's nice to be up toward the front, especially here." Jeff Gordon 's final run at Indianapolis as a full-time driver didn't start the way the driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet would have hoped. "I really think our 3M Chevrolet is really good," said Gordon, who qualified 19th. "It's been good all weekend. I feel like I underestimated the grip. I had a little wiggle out of three coming to the green and that concerned me slightly. The grip was there in Turn 4, and I was aggressive into Turn 1, but not aggressive enough. "That's what's disappointing; it wasn't a balance issue or a speed issue. I didn't get enough speed through (Turn) 1. It adds up with this new package. Yeah, I'm pretty disappointed to start back there." Notes: Josh Wise , Jeb Burton and Reed Sorenson failed to make the 43-car field. ... Ryan Newman ’s time was disallowed because he ran his lap without the mandatory right-side window in his car. Newman will start 43rd on Sunday on a provisional.
Coors Light Pole Qualifying Saturday, July 25 (1:10 p.m. ET, NBCSN/Live Extra) Entry Car # Driver Team 1 98 Timmy Hill (i) Curb Records Ford 2 62 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 3 26 Jeb Burton # Maxim Fantasy Sports/Estes Toyota 4 83 Matt DiBenedetto # VooDoo BBQ & Grill Toyota 5 23 JJ Yeley(i) Dr Pepper Toyota 6 32 Josh Wise Brandise Machinery Ford 7 7 Alex Bowman Marsh Supermarkets Chevrolet 8 34 Brett Moffitt # CSX Play It Safe Ford 9 35 Cole Whitt Speed Stick Ford 10 38 David Gilliland FFA Ford 11 46 Michael Annett Switch Hitch Chevrolet 12 40 Landon Cassill (i) Chevrolet 13 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 14 51 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevrolet 15 9 Sam Hornish Jr . Medallion Bank Ford 16 95 Michael McDowell Thrivent Financial Ford 17 43 Aric Almirola Eckrich Ford 18 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger/Kingsford Charcoal Chevrolet 19 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr . NOS Energy Drink Ford 20 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 21 33 Brian Scott (i) Shore Lodge Chevrolet 22 27 Paul Menard Duracell/Menards Chevrolet 23 31 Ryan Newman Grainger Chevrolet 24 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 25 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 26 16 Greg Biffle Lilly/American Diabetes Association Ford 27 25 Chase Elliott (i) NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 28 3 Austin Dillon Dow/Mycogen Chevrolet 29 19 Carl Edwards Stanley Toyota 30 18 Kyle Busch Skittles Toyota 31 21 Ryan Blaney (i) Motorcraft/Quick Lane/JDRF Ford 32 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's/Cessna Chevrolet 33 55 David Ragan Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 34 78 Martin Truex Jr . Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet 35 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 36 14 Tony Stewart Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 37 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 38 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet 39 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Chevrolet 40 24 Jeff Gordon 3M Chevrolet 41 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 42 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr . Nationwide Chevrolet 43 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's/Budweiser Chevrolet 44 48 Jimmie Johnson Kobalt Tools Chevrolet 45 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 46 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota
JGR driver wins for second consecutive week, continues rise in standings RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings " SHOP: Busch gear LOUDON, N.H. -- The odds in Kyle Busch 's favor made another dramatic surge on Sunday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In winning for the third time in eight starts since returning from an 11-race injury absence, Busch solidified his chances of qualifying for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with a serendipitous victory in the 5-hour ENERGY 301 at the Magic Mile. Two critical moves were essential to Busch's winning for the second time at New Hampshire and the 32nd time in his career. First, with the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota sliding in a patch of oil and thinking he had a tire going flat, Busch brought his car to pit road on Lap 244, sooner than planned. That allowed Busch to gain time on the track while other contending cars stayed out on old tires. The spur of the moment “strategy" ultimately played out in his favor. Second, Busch got back on the lead lap with a gutsy pass of race leader Kevin Harvick and second-place Brad Keselowski , weaving through traffic on the frontstretch seconds before NASCAR called a caution for fluid on the track on Lap 251 of 301. Busch inherited the top spot when the rest of the lead-lap cars came to pit road on Lap 253, and he stayed up front the rest of the way. After taking the white flag, Busch won the race under yellow when Alex Bowman 's accident in Turn 2 on the final lap caused the race's seventh caution. Given the discussion on team radios about the probability of that Lap 251 caution being called, Busch felt a strong sense of urgency to make what proved to be the decisive pass. "I knew I'd been running it hard and I'd been trying to catch (Matt) Kenseth in front of me that entire run, and I had just been so tight that I couldn't get going and couldn't get a rhythm going to close in on Kenseth. And I figured I just chewed the right front off of it, because I went into the corner and the thing just went straight one time so I was like, ‘Man, I'm down to cords now, that's it, it's done.' "We shot to pit road and got it changed there, and evidently it was oil on the race track that just made the car slip so bad from out from under me. We got a lucky break and I hauled butt, man, those five laps I ran were five qualifying laps through traffic trying to get back up to the front and pass Harvick to stay on the lead lap. That was our saving bucket right there. That was what we needed to do." The offshoot of the victory is that Busch's hopes of making the Chase now are better than realistic. To qualify, he must finish the first 26 races in the top 30 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings. With seven races left before the cutoff, Busch is 33rd, trailing 30th-place David Gilliland by 58 points. "This is such an awesome win and such an awesome comeback," Busch said. "I just can't say enough about everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing , the work that they've put in. Our cars are a lot better than what they were last year. "It's so much fun to win these races and to win with this group of guys -- (crew chief) Adam Stevens and this bunch, all my pit crew since 2008, they deserve all this." Keselowski, who got two fresh tires on the last pit stop, was closing on Busch at the end of the race but ran out of time and finished second. For the second straight week, Keselowski failed to win in what was arguably the best car. "We had a really fast car and led a lot of laps (a race-high 100)," Keselowski said tersely. "I'm really proud of the team for bringing me two fast cars these past two weekends." "It's a joy to drive cars that fast," added Keselowski, looking less than joyful. Asked whether he was frustrated, Keselowski replied, "I'm ready to go home." Asked whether taking four tires instead of two on the last pit stop might have made a difference, Keselowski said, "It probably didn't matter, so it's hard to say. It is what it is." Harvick came home third, followed by Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt Jr . Kenseth, polesitter Carl Edwards , Austin Dillon , Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch completed the top 10.
See what the driver of the No. 18 Toyota needs to make the Chase RELATED: Updated series standings " Latest Chase Grid With only seven races left until the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , it's time to check up on Kyle Busch , driver of the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing , as he tries to rebound from early-season injuries and make the Chase. WHAT JUST HAPPENED: Talk about getting hot at the right time. Busch scored his third win in the past four races by going to Victory Lane in the 5-hour ENERGY 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Busch led 96 laps in total, including the final 49 circuits . But it was a pass of Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski to get back on the lead lap with just over 50 circuits to go that set him up for victory. Busch pitted a little early because he thought he had a tire going down and came out a lap down. After battling to get back on the lead lap with the pass of the duo that was running at the front, he inherited the lead when all the leaders came to pit road on Lap 253 under caution. From there, "Rowdy" was able to hold the point for his 32nd career win in the Sprint Cup Series. WHAT HE NEEDS: With three wins in hand, Busch now just needs to finish in the top 30 in the point standings to make the Chase. After New Hampshire, he is unofficially in 33rd place, 58 points behind 30th-place driver David Gilliland . According to NASCAR statistical services, if all things continue at this pace, Busch roughly needs an average finish of 19th over the next seven races. WHAT'S NEXT: Busch heads to legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway having run well at the Brickyard but with no wins to show for it. However, he does have eight top-10s finishes in 10 career starts at Indianapolis, including five straight top-10 finishes and two runner-up showings in the past three races at the 2.5-mile track. His 10.6 average finish is his fourth-best among active tracks and the third-best among drivers with more than one start at Indianapolis. WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: Will this turn out to be the move that wins the race? #NASCARonNBCSN https://t.co/wYzRmOBGvm — NASCAR (@NASCAR) July 19, 2015 . @KyleBusch gets his third win of the season and is one step closer to making the Chase! #5hrENERGY301 — CharlotteMotorSpdwy (@CLTMotorSpdwy) July 19, 2015 #Determined @KyleBusch — Steve O'Donnell (@odsteve) July 19, 2015 Progression of words describing @KyleBusch 's Chase chances: "No way" -> "Highly unlikely" -> "Unlikely" -> "Hmmm" -> "Maybe" -> "HE'S IN." — nascarcasm (@nascarcasm) July 19, 2015 . @nascar should get rid of the "must enter in all races" to be eligible for the Chase. Keep the top 30 rule. Keep it simple. — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) July 19, 2015 A look at the current Chase Grid: FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
AJ Allmendinger gets loose off Turn 4, clipping the No. 51 and sending Justin Allgaier into David Gilliland .
David Gilliland hits the wall and goes up in flames after suffering a flat tire at Pocono Raceway.
Gilliland discusses his second place finish and the good luck charm his daughter placed in his car.
Complete news and notes on all 43 cars in the Quaker State 400 RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid Breaking down how the full 43-car field fared at Kentucky Speedway. 1. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Busch led a race-high 163 laps to win his second Cup event of the year and is 87 points outside the top 30. " MORE: How is Busch positioned for the Chase 2. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano paced the field 23 laps late on Saturday night, but couldn't hold on for his first Kentucky victory. " MORE: See the updated Chase Grid and where Logano is on it 3. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . A cut tire, an unexpected pit stop and a subsequent speeding penalty didn't deter Hamlin, who rallied from two laps down to earn his eighth top 10 of the year. " MORE: Kentucky rules package earns rave reviews 4. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . "My Minions didn't like M&Ms," Edwards radioed his team after lining up next to teammate and leader Kyle Busch for the Lap 157 restart. " RELATED: Sign up for RaceView for in-car audio during race. 5. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kenseth reported early in the race that he had an alternator going down, but restarting the car seemed to fix the issue. " MORE: JGR pulls off rare feat at Kentucky 6. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . The outside pole sitter struggled on pit road, notably dropping nine spots after hitting his front-tire carrier during a stop under the fifth caution flag. 7. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Gordon was shut out in his final Kentucky appearance, and despite a fifth straight top-10 result, the track will remain the only one where the four-time Cup champion is winless. " MORE: Gordon's track record 8. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . The points leader endured a late-race tight-handling condition to claim his Series-leading 16th top 10 of the year. 9. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . "You're back in this game, homeboy," crew chief Chad Knaus told Johnson, who lined up seventh for the Lap 157 restart after some major early changes to his car dropped him deep in the lineup. " RELATED: Sign up for RaceView for in-car audio during race. 10. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Busch was loose running 10th and crashed into the Turn 4 wall on Lap 99 after asking his team to undo the changes they had made on a previous stop. 11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse just missed his second top 10 of the year after traveling up the track and into the side of Jeb Burton on Lap 143 to bring out the seventh caution. 12. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Despite radio communication issues, Almirola held on to earn his best Kentucky result. 13. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne earned the Lucky Dog on the fourth caution flag and rallied to sixth for the final restart. 14. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet. Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. McMurray overcame an early lugnut issue and used a little pit strategy to score his second-best Kentucky result. 15. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard brushed the wall on Lap 81 and left debris to bring out the third caution flag. 16. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Biffle's team tried a variety of adjustments on Saturday in an attempt to help the turning of the No. 16 Ford. 17. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . Despite a car that was "plowing," Truex held on to maintain fifth in the points standing. 18. David Ragan , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Ragan ran in the top 10 early before his team started chasing the handling of his No. 55 Toyota. 19. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . "This new package is awesome," radioed Bowyer, who earned his best 1.5-mile result of the season. "You have to drive your (rear) off, but it's fun." " RELATED: Sign up for RaceView for in-car audio during race. 20. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Newman, in his fifth Kentucky outing, stayed out to inherit the lead briefly for the Lap 192 restart. 21. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Earnhardt, complaining of a lack of brakes, smacked the wall on Lap 136 to bring out the sixth caution flag. After subsequently bumping Danica Patrick , Earnhardt spent time on pit road where his crew tried again to fix the issue. " WATCH: Danica, Dale Jr. tussle on pit road . 22. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish struggled with drive-off, but posted his fastest lap of the night just prior to the eighth caution flag on Lap 152. 23. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears was named the Lucky Dog after Jeb Burton tagged the wall on Lap 143 to bring out the seventh caution flag 24. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier had just returned to the lead lap after the Lap 122 caution when he was penalized for passing before the restart. 25. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Handling was an ongoing issue for Dillon, who reported to his team on Lap 220, "I feel like I'm trying to turn a bulldozer down into the corner." 26. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . Allmendinger's team continually tinkered on the No. 47 Chevy, and he finished as the last car on the lead lap. 27. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne was running in the top 10 by the halfway point, but noticeably fell off the pace with 30 laps to go. 28. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Patience paid off for Cassill, who posted his best 1.5-mile result of the 2015 season. 29. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Gilliland asked his team to check out his grille because his gauges were running hot on Lap 161. 30. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Annett lined up 29th in his second Kentucky appearance. 31. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Bowman had to play catch-up after his team was penalized for going over the wall too soon during the competition caution on Lap 32. 32. Brett Moffitt , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Moffitt, a Kentucky newcomer, earned the Lucky Dog pass heading into the Lap 192 restart. 33. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart locked down his brakes briefly on Lap 143 and hit the wall while trying to avoid wrecking competitors in front of him. 34. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick spun on Lap 207 thanks to contact from a brake-less Earnhardt to bring out a record-tying 10th caution flag. She retaliated by hitting Earnhardt as the two entered pit road. " ALL ACCESS: Danica frustrated with Dale Jr. 35. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. A smoking left-rear tire prompted the pole sitter to pit unexpectedly with 52 laps to go. Upon returning to the track, he hit the wall to bring out a record-setting 11th caution flag. 36. Reed Sorenson , No. 62 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Sorenson drove the No. 62 for the first time this year in his first 1.5-mile start of the season. 37. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Whitt was running 35th when left-rear tire rub prompted his car to start smoking around Lap 110. 38. Will Kimmel III , No. 32 Ford, Go FAS Racing. Kimmel lined up 40th in his Sprint Cup debut. 39. J.J. Yeley, No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . A loose-handling condition prompted Yeley to spin in Turn 4 on Lap 122 and bring out the fifth caution flag of the night. 40. Alex Kennedy , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport . Kennedy picked up a few spots after lining up 43rd in his first career Kentucky start. 41. Jeb Burton , No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . The rookie was pushed into the wall by Ricky Stenhouse on Lap 143 to bring out the seventh caution flag. 42. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . DiBenedetto sustained damage during the Lap 143 wreck and retreated to the garage so his team could make repairs. 43. Josh Wise , No. 98 Ford, Premium Motorsports. Wise brought out the first caution on Lap 19 after J.J. Yeley pushed him into the wall. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule