NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director Richard Buck spoke with media after the Auto Club 400 to address a late debris caution, as well as the decision to let the race finish under green.
Coors Light Pole Award winner also topped Friday's lone practice Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live RELATED: Practice 2 results Kurt Busch continued his reign as the fastest at Fontana, topping Saturday's opening practice session for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with a fast lap of 187.115 mph. Busch will be making just his second start since NASCAR reinstated him from a suspension that caused him to miss the opening three races of the 2015 season. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver has shown plenty of speed out of the gate this weekend as he topped Friday's lone practice session and also scored the Coors Light Pole Award for Sunday's Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX). Jimmie Johnson (184.247 mph), David Ragan (184.237 mph), Ryan Newman (183.969 mph) and Brian Scott (183.960 mph) rounded out the top five from the 55-minute practice session. Martin Truex Jr . (183.814 mph), Brad Keselowski (183.594 mph), AJ Allmendinger (183.510 mph), Kevin Harvick (183.416 mph) and Casey Mears (183.351 mph) placed sixth through 10th in the session. Harvick, who qualified for a spot on the front row next to his SHR teammate Busch, is looking to sweep the three-race West Coast swing with a win at Fontana. FINAL PRACTICE " Results Another Auto Club Speedway practice produced the same result we have seen at the top all weekend with Kurt Busch once again leading the way with a fast lap of 184.971 mph. The 36-year-old driver topped all three practice sessions at the 2-mile track leading into Sunday's Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX). The veteran driver scored a third-place finish at the California track last year, but has just one win at the venue, which came in 2003. Paul Menard (183.885 mph), Kevin Harvick (183.220 mph), Casey Mears (183.146 mph) and Jimmie Johnson (182.992 mph) placed second through fifth in the 55-minute final practice session. The Chevrolet dominance of the practice leaderboard extended to spots six and seven, with Martin Truex Jr . (182.783 mph) and Ryan Newman (182.699 mph) occupying those slots. Team Penske teammates Joey Logano (182.348 mph) and Brad Keselowski (182.292 mph) were the top Fords on the board, placing eighth and ninth for the session, respectively. Dale Earnhardt Jr . rounded out the top 10 with a lap of 182.099 mph. David Ragan , who qualified fourth and is making his fourth start filling in for the injured Kyle Busch , was the highest-placing Toyota in the final practice, coming in 12th. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See where your favorite driver will pit on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) Vote: Who will win at Martinsville? " Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live The pit stall assignments are out for Sunday's STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) and Coors Light Pole Award winner Joey Logano will have the first pit stall. Logano, who won his second Coors Light Pole Award of the season on Friday, will have no one in front of him on pit road. Ryan Newman (starting second) and Tony Stewart (starting sixth) will also have an opening in front of them on pit road. Denny Hamlin (starting 15th) chose the pit stall closest to the pit road entrance (stall No. 43). In his first Sprint Cup Series start, Chase Elliott will be pitting from pit stall No. 5. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Chase Elliott runs into trouble at Martinsville during his Sprint Cup Series debut as he has to go to the garage with a power steering failure.
Lady Antebellum, Aloe Blacc and 'Nashville's' Stella Sisters to perform DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 24, 2014) -- The slogan is as recognizable as any: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But NASCAR will make an exception on Dec. 5 when it gives audiences a front row seat as Jay Mohr, Lady Antebellum, Aloe Blacc and Lennon and Maisy take the stage at the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards™ show from the Wynn Las Vegas® live on FOX Sports 1. This year, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards will honor 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick, as well as celebrate the other Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup ™ Challengers. FOX Sports 1 will provide coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards beginning at 9 p.m. ET. Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will begin coverage at 8 p.m. ET. Mohr will serve as the host for the second consecutive year. The actor, comedian, radio host and best-selling author has one of the most expansive backgrounds in show business. After landing his dream job at "Saturday Night Live" and launching his career in film alongside Tom Cruise in "Jerry Maguire," Mohr appeared in approximately 200 network television episodes and more than 25 feature films. Additionally, his national radio show, "Jay Mohr Sports," is syndicated in more than 155 markets across the U.S. With a career in entertainment that spans over three decades, Mohr has become an artist who knows no limits, making him the perfect person to help celebrate NASCAR’s most prominent drivers. "This is my fifth time hosting the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards and I'm honored to share the stage once again with some of the most talented athletes in the world," said Mohr. "This has been an incredibly exciting year for NASCAR and it's not every day that you get to be a part of a defining moment in the history of a sport." Keeping his NASCAR performance streak rolling following his act at NASCAR's season-opening, crown jewel event the 2014 DAYTONA 500® at Daytona International Speedway®, Blacc will kick off the musical entertainment for the night with the soulful selection that has "woken up" audiences around the world. The singer / songwriter collaborated as vocalist and co-writer on well-known DJ/producer Avicci’s 2013 track "Wake Me Up," which topped the charts in more than 100 countries across the globe, before releasing his third album "Lift Your Spirit" in March 2014. The rapper-turned-singer uses his surging popularity to affect social change and to deliver messages of positivity and passion. Later in the evening, the seven-time GRAMMY™ Award winning trio Lady Antebellum will keep the audience rocking with a new song from their fifth album entitled "747." The 11-song disc has already spawned the PLATINUM certified multi-week chart-topping smash hit "Bartender," and its new single "Freestyle" is quickly climbing the charts. The new album follows over 11 million albums sold worldwide, nine trips to No. 1 on the country radio charts, six Platinum singles and "Vocal Group of the Year" honors from both the CMA and ACMs three years in a row. Lady Antebellum just wrapped their headlining "TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR," which hit 80 cities in Canada and the U.S. over the course of the year, and delighted both fans and critics with the "Dallas Morning News" declaring, "Lady Antebellum shows off its warranted leap to superstardom." For more information visit: www.ladyantebellum.com . Additionally, 15-year-old Lennon Stella and her 10-year-old sister Maisy Stella from ABC’s hit drama "Nashville" will perform. The daughters of the recording duo Brad and MaryLynne Stella, Lennon and Maisy's musical roots run deep. In 2013, the sisters had a show-stopping performance of "Ho Hey" by The Lumineers on "Nashville," which quickly entered the top 40 of Billboard's "Hot Country Songs" list. Later that same year, Lennon and Maisy performed at the CMA Awards™ and presented Taylor Swift with her Pinnacle award. They also performed at The White House this year and sang alongside cast members from "Degrassi," Magic Johnson, Martin Sheen, The Band Perry, and J.R. Martinez at "We Day Minnesota" last month. This year's talent will join the esteemed list of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards show artists from previous years, which include chart-topping singers, such as John Mellencamp, Phillip Phillips, Sara Bareilles, Dierks Bentley and Kid Rock. "The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards present the opportunity to spotlight the biggest names in NASCAR, and we are thrilled to augment that star power with some of the most popular personalities in the entertainment industry," said Zane Stoddard, NASCAR vice president of entertainment marketing and content development. "This year's line-up is sure to add to what has been one of NASCAR's most climactic racing seasons ever."
XFINITY Series regular to drive No. 34 Ford for Front Row Motorsports Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Chris Buescher will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend in Sunday's Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX). The NASCAR XFINITY Series regular for Roush Fenway Racing will pilot the No. 34 Ford for Front Row Motorsports at Auto Club Speedway . The team announced the news on its Twitter account. . @Chris_Buescher will make his first Sprint Cup start for Front Row Motorsports in the No 34 this weekend. pic.twitter.com/l5iQXQsa4K — FrontRow Motorsports (@FrontRowNASCAR) March 20, 2015 Buescher will replace Brett Moffitt , who shifted over to the No. 55 Toyota for Brian Vickers . Moffitt, a Michael Waltrip Racing development driver, had made starts in the past two races in the No. 34 Ford. Vickers is out for the Auto Club 400 due to a recurrence of blood clots. "We have no Cup starts so this will be the first," Buescher said in a Ford release. "I've run a lot of Cup test sessions and throughout the years I've done a lot at Roush Fenway on the Cup side, but this will be the first race. The circumstances that bring it about are not ideal. We wish Brian Vickers the best and want to try to do the best we can for Front Row Motorsports now at this point." Getting Buescher in the No. 34 Ford all came together very quickly. "I was actually getting breakfast over by the hotel and Robbie Reiser called me," Buescher said. "It's kind of similar to the way my first XFINITY race went down. I was getting ready for an ARCA race and got the call and was rushed to Richmond, so it's been wild. I'm happy to help out Front Row and help out another Ford team. We're trying to all work the best we can to make this happen as smoothly as possible. It's going to be a wild weekend between the two schedules. I's excited to get the opportunity, so I appreciate that very much, but we're gonna have to be on our toes this weekend." Buescher is currently second in the XFINITY Series point standings and has two top-five finishes in four races. The 22-year-old Texas native won at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course last summer for his first NASCAR national series win. "We still have to put our focus on the XFINITY side," Buescher said. "We're in contention to win a championship and we need to make sure that our effort is on that area, but, at the same time, we're more than happy to help out on the Cup side and try to help these guys have a good, solid run and stay up there in points." David Ragan , who has driven the No. 34 Ford for the past three seasons, currently is filling in for Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing . Ragan delivered Front Row Motorsports its first win in 2013 at Talladega Superspeedway . In addition to the No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports fields two other Sprint Cup entries, the No. 35 driven by Cole Whitt and the No. 38 driven by David Gilliland . MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
No. 42 Chevrolet was tops among five cars that hit the track Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Buy Daytona 500 gear DAYTONA 500 PRACTICE 5 " Get full results Kyle Larson topped Thursday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Daytona International Speedway, posting a best speed of 192.699 mph on a chilly Florida afternoon. Larson's top speed was the slowest among all practice session leaders this week, but it came on a day in which nearly every Sprint Cup Series team opted to use the practice time to work on their respective cars in the garage, instead. Single-car runs were the norm Thursday, and only four others joined Larson on the 2.5-mile superspeedway. P1 on the board so far out of 2 cars pic.twitter.com/W8QKpXeZ0k — Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) February 19, 2015 Cole Whitt finished behind Larson in second place (190.710 mph), followed by Michael Annett (190.098 mph), J.J. Yeley (189.478 mph) and Jeb Burton (187.864 mph). Burton steered his No. 26 Toyota onto the track with five minutes remaining in practice. Thursday's 85-minute session was the only on-track time for Sprint Cup Series cars Thursday in advance of tonight's Budweiser Duels (7 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). RELATED: Full lineup for tonight's races Following tonight's qualifying races for the Daytona 500, cars are back on track Friday at 11 a.m. (FOX Sports 1) for practice.
Team withdraws from Atlanta race; car later found Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the car being found. Team Xtreme confirmed Friday that its No. 44 entry for this weekend's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway was stolen in the morning hours outside the team's hotel. Travis Kvapil, who was scheduled to drive the team's Chevrolet this weekend at the 1.54-mile track, offered details through his Twitter account, saying the car was inside an enclosed, white 26-foot trailer attached to a black Ford dually truck, both with New Jersey license plates. The truck and trailer were parked overnight at a hotel in Morrow, Georgia, approximately 16 miles north of the speedway. "What a crazy story," Kvapil told FOX Sports 1. "I got some voicemails and some texts this morning, and I kind of thought the guys were just screwing with me, said they had problems with the car and I guess they had big problems with the car -- it was stolen." By Thursday, the team's hauler was already at the Atlanta track, leaving early to escape the wintry weather forecast for the greater Charlotte area on Wednesday evening. The primary car was brought separately from the organization's North Carolina shop, arriving Thursday at approximately 11 p.m. ET. The team said hotel surveillance video showed that the alleged theft happened Friday at 5:32 a.m. ET. Wow. Anyone near Atlanta find my stolen Cup car let me know! Unreal — Travis Kvapil (@TravisKvapil) February 27, 2015 NASCAR confirmed Friday after that Team Xtreme had withdrawn from Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (1 p.m. ET, FOX). Team officials said the operation hoped to regroup in time for the third race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, March 8 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "Real setback for Team Xtreme, (team owner) John Cohen and all the guys that worked so hard to get us here coming off a decent Daytona race," Kvapil said. "This is a big setback for this little team." Reed Sorenson drove the No. 44 entry to a 32nd-place finish in last weekend's season-opening Daytona 500, capping a week of hard work to prepare a backup car after a crash during Coors Light Pole Qualifying. "While this is obviously a setback for this weekend, our plans remain to compete in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season," Cohen said. "We are working closely with the Morrow police in hopes that our truck, trailer and race car are safely returned." Sunday's race was scheduled to be the first Sprint Cup start of the season for Kvapil, who finished 15th last weekend in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series opener at Daytona International Speedway. The car was later found, dumped off the side of the road, the team announced via Twitter early Saturday morning. Lost and Found section of the road. pic.twitter.com/L3cEdi9o0R — Team XTREME Racing (@Teamxtreme44) February 28, 2015 Official Teamxtreme44 @TravisKvapil @NASCAR car found by @Gwinnettcounty police officers Tonelli, Wolfson Digby pic.twitter.com/SkUkHyCxft — Team XTREME Racing (@Teamxtreme44) February 28, 2015 MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
XFINITY Series champ will start 27th on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) Vote: Who will win at Martinsville? " Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live RELATED: Full starting lineup MARTINSVILLE, Va. – The weather issues might have been a concern, but nothing could dampen the spirits of Chase Elliott Friday at Martinsville Speedway . The 19-year-old will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut here in Sunday's 66th annual STP 500 (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1), thanks to a qualifying effort that will see his Hendrick Motorsports No. 25 Chevrolet start 27th in the 43-car lineup. Joey Logano ( Team Penske ) will start on the pole. "I don't know how I feel about being excited about being 27th, but at the same time it's really exciting to making our first Cup race," Elliott said. "It's just crazy how different a world this is on this side of things, being timed so close. Just a couple of hundredths (of a second) would have had us in the top 24, and a tenth would have had you, heck, up in the teens. "I was doing my best to get in and that was our goal today. Certainly a lot of pressure off to not have to worry about that tomorrow and we can focus on our race car for Sunday afternoon." Because the No. 25 team was making its first appearance and had no owner points, Elliott needed to qualify inside the top 36, ahead of at least nine others, to guarantee himself a spot in the field. Forty-five teams made at least one qualifying attempt. Elliott will move into the Sprint Cup Series full-time next season, taking over the No. 24 ride of four-time champion Jeff Gordon . For 2015, he'll make five attempts on the Sprint Cup side, with Richmond (April 25), Charlotte (May 24), Indianapolis (July 26) and Darlington (Sept. 6) completing his schedule. The defending NASCAR XFINITY Series champion and driver of the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet in that series , Elliott rolled out onto the Martinsville half-mile with a little over half the 20-minute opening session remaining. He was 22nd after the first lap and improved to 17th with a second trip around. A third lap produced the seventh fastest time at that time while a fourth lap failed to improve upon that effort. After pulling back into the garage, Elliott and his team watched as other drivers began posting faster laps. He had fallen to 27th when Ron Hornaday Jr . crashed to briefly bring the first round to a halt. Elliott went back out for a second shot at improving his position, briefly climbed back into the top 24, but then just as quickly was bumped back out. "The challenge was obviously the weather, and just the lack of laps," crew chief Kenny Francis said. "Now all that's behind us and he's got a chance to get some laps tomorrow and we can work on our car, think about it without near the stress. And we can lean on our teammates some." While the No. 25 group is part of the Hendrick organization, Friday's weather delay meant the four full-time teams of Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr ., Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne were busy trying to map out their own strategies for practice and qualifying. Because of the rain, the start of Sprint Cup practice was delayed by more than two hours, and the planned session of an hour-and 25 minutes was squeezed into about 45 minutes. "That was another challenge; yeah, we're part of Hendrick but I mean we're on our own down here (on the far end of the garage)," Francis said. "With the weather and the lack of time, those guys are on their own agenda … so there's not much to collaborate on. "That was a bit challenging. It was fortunate we had a good baseline from the 24 car (of Gordon)." The STP 500 is the sixth of 36 races on this year's Sprint Cup Series schedule. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See where your favorite driver will pit on Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX) Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live The pit stall assignments are out for Sunday's Kobalt 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Jeff Gordon selecting the pit stall closest to the pit road exit. Gordon won his second Coors Light Pole Award of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season on Friday and his third in the past four Sprint Cup Series events. By selecting the first pit stall, Gordon will have no one in front of him when he pulls off of pit road. He is not the only driver to have no one in front of him on pit road. Gordon's Hendrick Motorsports teammates, Kasey Kahne (starting third) and Dale Earnhardt Jr . (starting fourth) as well as Richard Childress Racing 's Ryan Newman (starting seventh) also will have an opening in front of them on pit road. Kyle Larson (starting fifth) chose the pit stall closest to the pit road entrance, giving him an easy shot to his pit stall when he comes in to pit. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule