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.
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In his third career Truck Series start, Christopher Bell goes to Victory Lane RELATED: Complete race results " Updated series standings " See the best Eldora photos In one of the most anticipated races of the year, Christopher Bell scored a dramatic win in the third annual 1-800-Car-Cash Mud Summer Classic on the famed Eldora Speedway dirt. It was the first victory for Bell in just his third career start. Bell’s triumph marked back-to-back victories for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the No. 54 Toyota Tundra at Eldora. "It's just unbelievable," said Bell in Victory Lane. "I've been coming here quite a few times and if you would have told me two years ago that my first win at Eldora was going to be in a truck, I would have told you you're crazy. This is just fantastic. I'm just thrilled to be here." Dirt late model ace Bobby Pierce scored the 21 Means 21 Pole Award earlier in the day, giving MB Motorsports, one of the longest running teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, its first-ever pole. Pierce lost the lead on Lap 1 to John Hunter Nemechek , but took it back on Lap 2. Pierce maintained control of the race, until a Lap 42 restart when Bell, also a dirt veteran, swiped the lead from Pierce in Turn 1. Bell led through Lap 60. When Spencer Gallagher spun on Lap 53, NASCAR utilized the yellow flag to serve as the competition caution originally scheduled for Lap 60, allowing teams to come in for tires and fuel. Brad Keselowski elected to stay out during the caution, inheriting the lead alongside Bell for the Lap 61 restart. Bell quickly slid by Keselowski a lap later and stretched his advantage by 1.5 seconds until a debris caution on Lap 72 brought the field to his bumper. Through the race's then-longest green flag stretch, Bell increased his lead on Pierce, but when Chris Fontaine spun on Lap 94, it once again bunched up the field. On the restart, Pierce attacked Bell and stole the lead on the backstretch and kept it through a yellow for John Wes Townley on Lap 94. Bell slid in front of Pierce two laps after the restart and held the point until the end of segment two for the second competition caution of the night. Under the yellow, most of the field elected to stay out, setting up for the start of segment three, a 40-lap dash. Showcasing his dirt track skills, Bell checked out from the field with Pierce, Ty Dillon , Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick chasing. The opportunity to pull away would be denied when the 11th caution flag of the night waved. Chasing his first career win in his truck series debut, Pierce stalking Bell for the lead, made contact with the Turn 4 wall with about 15 laps remaining, causing significant rear-end damage. Even with a battered truck, Pierce stayed on the throttle. The challenge for the lead would be slowed with 11 laps remaining when Timothy Peters went for a solo spin in Turn 2. A five-lap sprint to the finish set up for the winner of the 1-800-Car-Cash Mud Summer Classic with Bell and Pierce up front on the restart. Bell would accelerate hard, while a slow restart for Pierce put him in the clutches of Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick . Pierce escaped them and set his sights on Bell. When Korbin Forrister spun with two laps to go, the drama meter pegged even more, setting up for a green-white-checkered finish. On the final restart of the night, Bell refused to give up the race lead and withstood an attempted pass by Pierce on the last lap to earn the win. "I'll tell you that’s pretty awesome that Bobby and I could come here and run 1-2," added Bell. "I never heard of him until I was at a sprint car race last year and he was running his late model. It's pretty cool that a couple of dirt guys could run 1-2 at a dirt race track." Tyler Reddick finished third ahead of Erik Jones and Daniel Hemric . Inaugural Eldora winner Austin Dillon was sixth followed by Nemechek, Cameron Hayley , Matt Crafton and Ty Dillon . The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to action on Aug. 1 at Pocono Raceway for the running of the Pocono Mountains 150 (1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See the results for all five qualifying races and last-chance race RELATED: Pierce wins pole in first career Truck race " Qualifying results Qualifying Race 1 Results (top five transfer to main event) 1. No. 63 Bobby Pierce 2. No. 02 Tyler Young 3. No. 29 Brad Keselowski 4. No. 08 Korbin Forrister 5. No. 45 Chris Fontaine 6. No. 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb 7. No. 74 Stewart Hayward Qualifying Race 2 Results (top five transfer to main event) 1. No. 8 John Hunter Nemechek 2. No. 98 Johnny Sauter 3. No. 88 Matt Crafton 4. No. 14 Daniel Hemric 5. No. 51 Matt Tifft 6. No. 11 Ben Kennedy 7. No. 94 Wendell Chavous Qualifying Race 3 Results (top five transfer to main event) 1. No. 52 Ken Schrader 2. No. 17 Timothy Peters 3. No. 6 Norm Benning 4. No. 23 Spencer Gallagher 5. No. 07 Ray Black Jr . 6. No. 1 Travis Kvapil 7. No. 80 Madeline Crane Qualifying Race 4 Results (top five transfer to main event) 1. No. 54 Christopher Bell 2. No. 13 Cameron Hayley 3. No. 15 Chad Boat 4. No. 4 Erik Jones 5. No. 00 Cole Custer 6. No. 35 Cody Erickson 7. No. 03 Jake Griffin Qualifying Race 5 Results (top five transfer to main event) 1. No. 19 Tyler Reddick 2. No. 31 Austin Dillon 3. No. 33 Ty Dillon 4. No. 05 John Wes Townley 5. No. 82 Sean Corr 6. No. 50 Jody Knowles Last Chance Qualifier Results (top two transfer to main event) 1. No. 35 Cody Erickson 2. No. 11 Ben Kennedy 3. No. 1 Travis Kvapil 4. No. 03 Jake Griffin 5. No. 50 Jody Knowles 6. No. 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb 7. No. 74 Stewart Hayward 8. No. 94 Wendell Chavous 9. No. 80 Madeline Crane FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See the lineup as the qualifying races are completed RELATED: Qualifying race results For the 1-800-CarCash Mud Summer Classic (9 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM), five qualifying races will determine the bulk of the starting lineup. The Last Chance Qualifying Race determines two spots for he feature race, while four spots are determined by owner points and possibly a fifth, if the last spot is not filled by an eligible champion. Starting lineup as the qualifying races are run (check back after each qualifying race as this will be updated): 1-Bobby Pierce (No. 63) 2- John Hunter Nemechek (No. 8) 3- Ken Schrader (No. 52) 4- Christopher Bell (No. 54) 5- Tyler Reddick (No. 19) 6- Tyler Young (No. 02) 7- Johnny Sauter (No. 98) 8- Timothy Peters (No. 17) 9- Cameron Hayley (No. 13) 10- Austin Dillon (No. 31) 11- Brad Keselowski (No. 29) 12- Matt Crafton (No. 88) 13- Norm Benning (No. 6) 14- Chad Boat (No. 15) 15- Ty Dillon (No. 33) 16- Korbin Forrister (No. 08) 17- Daniel Hemric (No. 14) 18- Spencer Gallagher (No. 23) 19- Erik Jones (No. 4) 20- John Wes Townley (No. 05) 21- Chris Fontaine (No. 45) 22- Matt Tifft (No. 51) 23- Ray Black Jr . (No. 07) 24- Cole Custer (No. 00) 25- Sean Corr (No. 82) 26- Cody Erickson (No. 35) 27- Ben Kennedy (No. 11) 28- Travis Kvapil (No. 1) 29- Jennifer Jo Cobb (No. 10) 30- Jody Knowles (No. 50) 31-Stewart Hayward (No. 74) 32- Wendell Chavous (No. 94) The two trucks to miss the field are: Jake Griffin (No. 03) and Madeline Crane (No. 80). FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Just .005 seconds separate pair in green-white-checkered finish
Roush Fenway driver conserved fuel for 'Monster Mile' victory RELATED: Final results DOVER, Del. -- Chris Buescher had enough fuel left at the end of Saturday's Buckle Up 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Dover International Speedway to do a celebratory burnout, but his No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford wasn't the only thing that was smoking after the checkered flag. Yes, Buescher won for the second time this season and extended his lead in the series standings to 15 points over eighth-place finisher Ty Dillon , but his winning pass of teammate and Coors Light Polesitter Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. left Wallace fuming. Contact between the cars on Lap 191 of 200 cut the left front tire of Wallace’s No. 6 Ford and forced the car to pit road for an unplanned stop. While Buescher spent the final nine laps coasting to an 11.477-second victory over runner-up Matt Kenseth , stretching 98 laps out of his last tank of fuel, Wallace left the Monster Mile in 17th place -- and understandably unhappy about it. "I was saving fuel there, and Chris just ran over me and he ends up winning," Wallace said. "It should be interesting Monday morning (in the team competition meeting). We just got run over. It sucks that it was my teammate. I thought he got help from the 7 (third-place finisher Regan Smith ), but I just saw the replay there. "I was saving fuel. I didn’t think I was holding him tight and the next thing you know we’re almost in the fence," continued Wallace, a NASCAR Next and Drive for Diversity alum. "The crappy part about it is we had a really strong Ford EcoBoost Mustang, and we couldn’t get off pit road to save us, and we got caught in dirty air, and then we were in fuel saving mode. I thought we were doing OK until that little incident. I would say I am happy Roush won but I’m not." MORE: Tension rises with Roush on-track contact The victory was Buescher's third in the series and his second in the last three races. The winner pointed out that his teammate, who also was on fuel-conservation strategy, was running a slower pace when Buescher caught him. "That was tough, because we are sitting there, and he was saving a lot more fuel than I was because they were shorter, and I was able to run into the corner harder, but I couldn’t do anything with the track being pretty narrow and two guys racing for the win," Buescher said. "It was tough. We got side by side and it (Buescher's car) got pretty free, but this Roush Mustang was good all weekend. The race wasn't exactly where we needed to be, but then (crew chief) Scott (Graves) pulled great strategy and the team did a nice job, and we got to Victory Lane with this Ford." As the highest finisher among eligible series regulars, Regan Smith , who thought he was racing Kenseth for the win before Buescher's fuel strategy paid off, won the $100,000 XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash bonus. MORE: Smith wins first XFINITY Dash 4 Cash bonus "We'll take some of XFINITY ’s money as a consolation prize, but I want a win so freaking bad," Smith said. Buescher, Smith, sixth-place finisher Chase Elliott and seventh-place Brendan Gaughan are the four drivers eligible for the money in the second of four Dash 4 Cash races on July 25 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway . Note: Sprint Cup regulars Austin Dillon and Kasey Kahne finished fourth and fifth, respectively, but in post-race inspection, Dillon's car was deemed too low in the rear on both sides. If penalties are forthcoming, NASCAR will announce them next week. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Passes Matt Crafton in dramatic green-white-checkered finish