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Stenhouse captures first Monster Energy Series win at Talladega
RELATED: Race results " Series standings " Detailed breakdown SHOP: Buy winner's gear TALLADEGA, Ala. -- There's no longer a goose egg in the win column next to Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s name. With a last-lap pass in Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, Stenhouse collected his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory in his 158th start and delivered the first win for Roush Fenway Racing since Carl Edwards triumphed at Sonoma in June 2014. "This is for all the guys at the shop -- we've been terrible for a long time," an exuberant Stenhouse said of the Roush renaissance. "This year, every race, we're just getting better and better. We knew Talladega was a good race track for us. It's been a good one in the past. "This Fifth Third Ford was so fast today. Qualifying on the pole, got the win. Can't say enough about the guys. It's cool to get Jack Roush back in Victory Lane. This is cool. The closest track to my hometown (Olive Branch, Mississippi). Man, this is cool." Racing side-by-side with leader Kyle Busch on the restart lap after Ryan Newman's wreck on the backstretch sent the race to overtime, Stenhouse, the polesitter, trailed by the smallest sliver of a second at the stripe but got a strong push from Jimmie Johnson and cleared Busch off Turn 2 on the final circuit. As Jamie McMurray charged up the middle to take second place from Busch, Stenhouse held the top spot through the final two corners and the tri-oval to beat McMurray to the checkered flag by .095 seconds. Busch, in third place, trailed McMurray at the stripe by a mere .004 seconds. Stenhouse led the first 13 laps of the race and didn't lead again until the final lap in overtime. Busch led a race-high 48 laps, including 39 straight before Stenhouse made the winning move. "Stenhouse got a really good run and a good push and got by us there, and then it was just about retaliation to get back on him, and I just never had enough help from behind and just never got it together," Busch said. "I just can't say enough about this Skittles American Mix Camry -- it was really fast. The guys at Joe Gibbs Racing did a great job and TRD (Toyota Racing Development) with everyone on this motor, it was awesome. We did all we could here today, and it's all circumstantial on how you win these things.” The most dramatic circumstance on Sunday occurred on the backstretch on Lap 169 of a scheduled 188. MORE: "Big One" includes Chase Elliott, more As the tension began to build in the closing laps, a massive wreck damaged 18 of the 38 cars still running at the time. After a tap from the No. 47 Chevrolet of AJ Allmendinger, the No. 24 Chevy of Chase Elliott turned sideways across traffic on the backstretch. The nose of Allmendinger's car launched Elliott's into the air, and his car landed on the hood of Joey Logano's Ford. Among the contending cars also damaged in the wreck were those of Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth, Trevor Bayne and Erik Jones. After a stoppage of 26 minutes, 51 seconds to clean up the wreckage, Kyle Busch led the field to green on Lap 174 with JGR teammate Denny Hamlin beside him and Earnhardt running third. MORE: Keselowski, Hamlin top Stages Earnhardt quickly fell off the pace because of a loose left rear wheel and drove slowly back to pit road, losing a lap in the process. But when Landon Cassill lost power and stalled near the inside wall short of pit road on Lap 179, NASCAR called the seventh caution, and Earnhardt had his lap back as the “lucky dog.” But Earnhardt was mired in traffic after the restart and could make up no ground after the caution that forced the overtime. He finished 22nd in his final spring race at NASCAR’s largest oval track. Aric Almirola, who won Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race, capped an excellent weekend with a fourth-place finish on Sunday. Kasey Kahne ran fifth, followed by Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch and Keselowski, who recovered from the "Big One" to secure seventh place. Notes: Stenhouse is the 11th first-time winner at Talladega … Kyle Larson cut a tire and scraped the Turn 1 wall on Lap 17, but he soldiered on to a 12th-place finish and extended his series lead to 54 points over Truex, who was eliminated in the Lap 169 wreck … McMurray climbed to fifth in the series standings in what is rapidly becoming a banner year for Chip Ganassi Racing. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Owner Standings
MORE: XFINITY owner standings " Camping World owner standings Rank Owner Car No. Points Ldr Nxt Race Wins Stage Wins Playoff Pts. Attempts 1 Chip Ganassi Racing 42 475 0 0 1 2 7 11 2 Furniture Row Racing 78 431 -44 -44 2 5 15 11 3 Team Penske 2 408 -67 -23 2 2 12 11 4 Hendrick Motorsports 24 361 -114 -47 0 2 2 11 5 Chip Ganassi Racing 1 354 -121 -7 0 0 0 11 6 Stewart-Haas Racing 4 347 -128 -7 0 3 3 11 7 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 325 -150 -22 0 2 2 11 8 Hendrick Motorsports 48 323 -152 -2 2 0 10 11 9 Team Penske 22 320 -155 -3 1 1 1 11 10 Stewart-Haas Racing 14 317 -158 -3 0 0 0 11 11 Wood Brothers Racing 21 291 -184 -26 0 3 3 11 12 Joe Gibbs Racing 11 289 -186 -2 0 1 1 11 13 Roush Fenway Racing 17 276 -199 -13 1 0 5 11 14 Roush Fenway Racing 6 250 -225 -26 0 0 0 11 15 Stewart-Haas Racing 41 246 -229 -4 1 0 5 11 16 Hendrick Motorsports 5 242 -233 -4 0 0 0 11 17 Richard Childress Racing 31 238 -237 -4 1 0 5 11 18 Joe Gibbs Racing 20 233 -242 -5 0 1 1 11 19 Joe Gibbs Racing 19 217 -258 -16 0 0 0 11 20 Furniture Row Racing 77 217 -258 0 0 0 0 11 21 Germain Racing 13 204 -271 -13 0 0 0 11 22 Richard Childress Racing 3 193 -282 -11 0 0 0 11 23 Richard Petty Motorsports 43 188 -287 -5 0 0 0 11 24 Richard Childress Racing 27 173 -302 -15 0 0 0 11 25 Hendrick Motorsports 88 173 -302 0 0 0 0 11 26 JTG Daugherty Racing 37 155 -320 -18 0 0 0 11 27 Front Row Motorsports 38 144 -331 -11 0 0 0 11 28 Leavine Family Racing 95 137 -338 -7 0 0 0 11 29 TriStar Motorsports 72 136 -339 -1 0 0 0 11 30 JTG Daugherty Racing 47 130 -345 -6 0 0 0 11 31 Front Row Motorsports 34 128 -347 -2 0 0 0 11 32 GO FAS Racing 32 123 -352 -5 0 0 0 11 33 Stewart-Haas Racing 10 115 -360 -8 0 0 0 11 34 Premium Motorsports 15 100 -375 -15 0 0 0 11 35 BK Racing 83 77 -398 -23 0 0 0 11 36 BK Racing 23 65 -410 -12 0 0 0 11 37 Circle Sport / TMG 33 49 -426 -16 0 0 0 11 38 Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 47 -428 -2 0 0 0 3 39 Beard Motorsports 175 37 -438 -10 0 0 0 2 40 Rick Ware Racing 51 27 -448 -10 0 0 0 10 41 Premium Motorsports 55 17 -458 -10 0 0 0 9 42 Horace Long 66 6 -469 -11 0 0 0 1 43 Gaunt Brothers Racing 96 1 -474 -5 0 0 0 2
Jay Mohr to host NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards in Las Vegas
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 28, 2016) -- Grammy-nominated actor, comedian and radio personality Jay Mohr will join NASCAR fans across the nation in honoring the newly crowned NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, Jimmie Johnson , as the host of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards at Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 2. In addition to Sting's previously announced headline performance , the show will feature award-winning musical artists American Authors, Skylar Grey and Olivia Holt. Jay Mohr, who will host the event for an unprecedented sixth time, is the host of "Jay Mohr Sports" on FOX Sports Radio, a daily sports talk and entertainment show, syndicated in more than 150 markets, highlighted by Mohr's trademark comedic style. Best-known for his tenure as a "Saturday Night Live" cast member, he has also appeared on numerous shows including CBS' "Ghost Whisperer" and "Gary Unmarried," and was previously nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award as the host and executive producer of "Last Comic Standing." Additionally, Mohr has worked with more than a dozen Academy Award-winning or nominated actors including Tom Cruise in "Jerry Maguire," Jennifer Aniston in "Picture Perfect," Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt in "Pay it Forward" and Matt Damon in Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter." "I am proud to be asked again to host the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards," said Mohr. "Everyone associated with this organization -- the owners, the staff, the racing teams, and the drivers -- are of the highest caliber, and it is truly an honor to perform for all of them again. It is by far my favorite thing to do." The evening's musical lineup will include a performance by American Authors, best-known for hits "Best Day of My Life" from their debut album "Oh, What a Life" and "Go Big or Go Home" from their second album, "What We Live For." This will be American Authors' second performance during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week, as they will headline the NASCAR Silver Bullet Bash Presented by Coors Light. Singer, songwriter Skylar Grey will also be featured at NASCAR’s championship celebration. The five-time Grammy Award-nominated artist recently released her sophomore album "Natural Causes" and has co-written hits for the likes of Rihanna and Nicki Minaj. Grey has also been featured on tracks alongside Eminem and Kid Cudi, among numerous others, and contributed to official soundtracks for "Suicide Squad," "Fifty Shades of Grey" and "Furious 7." Singer and actress Olivia Holt will join the evening's lineup with a performance from her debut EP "Olivia," released earlier this year. Holt has starred in several Disney originals including the Disney XD series "Kickin' It" and the Disney Channel series "I Didn't Do It." NBCSN, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Channel 90, will present coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards beginning at 8 p.m. ET. For more information on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week in Las Vegas, please visit ChampionsWeek.NASCAR.com .
Sting to headline NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards in Las Vegas
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Grammy Award-winning artist Sting will perform at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards on Friday, Dec. 2, at Wynn Las Vegas. The finale of NASCAR Champion’s Week festivities, the annual awards show brings together some of the greatest names in sports and entertainment to celebrate the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, team owner and 16 Chase drivers. Sting will headline the event, performing both a classic hit and a selection from his new album, 57th & 9th , released November 11 on A&M/Interscope Records. His 12th studio album and first rock/pop project in more than a decade, the 10-song collection represents a wide range of Sting's musical and songwriting styles, including the raucous first single "I Can't Stop Thinking About You," the anthemic, "50,000" and the ferocious, Road Warrior style imagery of, "Petrol Head." The latter is also the aptly named anthem of NASCAR's latest video release designed to build anticipation for the final two races of the season and ultimately the crowning of a new champion. NBCSN presents complete coverage from Wynn Las Vegas beginning at 7 p.m. ET with "NASCAR America," followed by red carpet coverage at 8 p.m. ET and subsequent coverage of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards at 9 p.m. ET. Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 will carry the show live at 8 p.m. ET. Sting released five studio albums as a member of The Police alongside Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers, earning six Grammy Awards, two Brits and induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. As one of the world’s most distinctive solo artists, he has earned an additional 10 Grammy Awards, two Brits, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, three Oscar nominations, a TONY nomination, Billboard Magazine's Century Award, and MusiCares 2004 Person of the Year. Later this month, the American Music Awards will bestow him with their "Award of Merit." Sting joins a star-studded group of musicians who have previously performed at NASCAR's championship celebration, including Andy Grammar, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Sara Bareilles, John Mellencamp, Aloe Blacc, and Kid Rock. Please visit ChampionsWeek.NASCAR.com to view the full NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week schedule. Tune in to watch as the Chase drivers vie to make the Championship 4 in the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway this Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Luke Wilson named Sonoma Sprint Cup Series pace car driver
Perhaps inspired by Darlington Raceway 's successful throwback program, Sonoma Raceway is going to be bringing a little bit of old school to its race weekend later this month. Actor Luke Wilson -- predominantly of "Old School" fame -- will drive a 2016 Toyota Camry pace car to kick off the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, June 26. Wilson is also known for his comedic roles in films including "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," "Legally Blonde," "Idiocracy," "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tenenbaums." The Texas native currently stars in Showtime’s new series "Roadies," which also premieres on June 26. The show follows the lives of a tight-knit group of rock-n roll-roadies working on the tour for a famous rock band. The show marks the first television series created by renowned film director Cameron Crowe ("Almost Famous") and his partnership with J.J. Abrams ("Lost", "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" ) , who is executive producer. "I feel incredibly honored to be asked to lead the field of cars to the green," said Wilson in a track release. "I have never done anything like this before and I'm really excited to start off the race at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 ." This will mark the first time Wilson has served as an Official Pace Car Driver at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. He will also be recognized during pre-race ceremonies and greet each NASCAR driver on stage during driver introductions. With Wilson on board, Sonoma is shaping up to be a nice little Sunday. Maybe after the race you can go to Lowe's. Yeah, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed, Bath & Beyond. I don't know. I don't know if you'll have enough time.
Leavine Family Racing secures Sprint Cup Series charter
MORE: Buy tickets for Homestead-Miami Championship Weekend NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owner Tommy Baldwin said Thursday that this weekend's event at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be the last as a full-time organization for his single-car outfit. The former crew chief said in a post on Facebook that "we felt it's time for a new chapter in our lives and we have sold our charter to a great group of people who will continue to guide our vision." According to a release from Leaving Family Racing, which currently runs under the Circle Sport Leavine Family Racing name, LFR has purchased the charter from Tommy Baldwin Racing . No purchase price was announced. Baldwin's team currently fields the No. 7 Chevrolet with driver Regan Smith . The team was formed following the departure of Bill Davis Racing, for whom Baldwin served as crew chief, in 2009. It has just two top-five finishes in nearly 400 starts, the most recent coming at Pocono this year when Smith finished third. "For the past eight years we've shown up at every race, worked hard to compete at the top level and bring value to our sponsors," Baldwin wrote. "I feel confident that we are moving on having accomplished that. There have been many teams like ours that have come and gone. I'm proud that we have been able to sustain ourselves from the very beginning. … "If you're reading this, you already know that NASCAR is the greatest sport in the world. I have been blessed to have a career in motorsports because of how NASCAR has grown over the years." Baldwin went on to say that he isn't sure what the future holds; fielding a part-time team wasn't mentioned but neither was closing the team entirely. Securing the charter means that the LFR team, which currently fields the No. 95 Chevrolet for driver Michael McDowell , will be guaranteed a starting spot in each race next season. " Leavine Family Racing is committed to continued growth on and off the race track," owner Bob Leavine said. "The charter is a meaningful step forward for our team and provides us further stability as we look towards success in 2017 and beyond. We are confident that the purchase of the charter and continued improvement on the track will lead to increased revenue opportunities."
Texas Sprint Cup Series action delayed due to rain
RELATED: Live weather updates " Weekend schedule " Chase Grid The start of the second race in the Round of 8 of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup was delayed for nearly six hours following an early bout of rain at Texas Motor Speedway and surrounding areas. The AAA Texas 500 's green flag was scheduled for 2:04:30 p.m. ET (NBC, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), and the skies opened just after the national anthem. The green flag fell just before 8 p.m. ET after a lengthy track-drying process. Once the track dried, Richard Childress Racing 's Austin Dillon led the field to green after scoring his third career Sprint Cup Series pole during Friday's Coors Light Pole Qualifying. Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series contender Joey Logano lined up alongside Dillon in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford. Going into today's 500-miler, Jimmie Johnson -- the defending race winner -- is the only Chaser with a secured spot in the Championship 4. The Joe Gibbs Racing trio of Denny Hamlin , Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch currently sit above the cutoff line while Logano, Kevin Harvick , Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards are below it. Next Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway marks the cutoff in the Round of 8 in which four drivers will be eliminated from the Chase ahead of the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20. Wet weather impacted the track schedule earlier in the week when two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practices were washed out on Thursday due to rain. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Dillon on '17: 'Plan on being in the Sprint Cup Series'
NEWTON, Iowa -- The team is a question mark, the number is uncertain and the logistics are still behind closed doors. But one thing's for certain: If he has his way, Ty Dillon will be in a Sprint Cup Series ride next season. "I fully plan on being in the Sprint Cup Series next year full time," Dillon said Friday at Iowa Speedway. "We've got a lot of options on the table. A lot of chips still left to fall before we kind of get to that point, but hopefully we'll have something really close to getting done in a month or so." Dillon has made eight Sprint Cup starts this season, driving both the No. 95 Circle Sport -- Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet and filling in for then-injured Tony Stewart in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing ride. He etched a season-best Cup result of 15th at Phoenix in the No. 14 Chevrolet. He also served as a relief driver for Stewart at Talladega. RELATED: Dillon subs for Stewart With No. 31 driver Ryan Newman's RCR contract up after this season, it looks to be seen whether or not Dillon will take his place as the driver of the team’s third car or if organization will add a fourth car. The possibility of driving for a different team also looms. "Talks have progressed a lot further than they have in past years," Dillon said. "I had talks with other teams in the past couple years and had opportunities, but it's always been my dream to drive for RCR and be teammates with my brother. "But now it seems like the time's more and more important. We've got some things going with RCR but we're still slowly working on other options. So, I have plenty of options and we're going to make sure it's the right decision because I want to be able to compete and win races and I want to be part of a team I know I can do that with." MORE: 'Hero' moment for Dillon as Richard Childress makes NASCAR Hall
Superspeedway cars will get safety enhancements in Sprint Cup and XFINITY series
NASCAR will implement structural enhancements to vehicles competing in the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series next season for races at its two biggest facilities, Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, in an effort to provide additional protection to its competitors. A rules bulletin to teams Thursday detailed the safety measures which affect the front firewall and foot box areas, rear roll cage area behind the driver as well as along the left side door area of the driver's compartment. Referred to as anti-intrusion panels, the thickness of the pieces has been increased for additional strength and to allow each to be welded more significantly, according to officials. The structural changes, part of NASCAR's on-going comprehensive safety initiative, strengthen the interior area of the car surrounding the driver. "We've been doing a very significant body of work over the last year and a half," Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR Vice President of Innovation and Racing Development, said Thursday. "… We've done quite a bit of analysis, crash testing and we've come to the point now that we believe that the package is mature and we want to introduce it. The changes impact existing pieces already in use with one minor exception -- a new piece of material has been added behind the driver that extends from the existing anti-intrusion plating on the door bars into the rear sub frame. The changes are not expected to adversely affect the weight of the vehicle or change center of gravity, impacting balance. "Basically we are making the structure that encapsulates the driver more robust and susceptible to manage energy in a better way," Stefanyshyn said. "It's been implemented … with the teams so that it can be done in the most efficient, quickest and easiest way." By making the enhancements optional for 2016, they could be implemented for this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega, the only remaining event to be held on a superspeedway. The new pieces will be mandatory on superspeedways for 2017 and likely for all events in '18. Defending Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch suffered a broken right leg and fractured left foot in February of 2015 when his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota struck a wall front-end first during an XFINITY Series race at Daytona. Busch missed the first 11 points races of the season due to the injuries. The area of impact in the Busch crash was not protected by SAFER barrier at the time; it has since been added. SAFER barrier is a softer, energy-dissipating material mounted on the track wall. Earlier this year, driver Danica Patrick was involved in a similar crash at Talladega, however the wall was protected by SAFER barrier. Other than bruising and some soreness, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver was not injured. RELATED: Danica discusses Talladega wreck Even with the SAFER barrier, Patrick's impact bent the gas, brake and clutch pedals inside her No. 10 Chevrolet and according to Greg Zipadelli, Vice President of Competition for SHR, "the steering column was moved a ton. "But it was intact," he said a week after the incident. "They've been talking about doing some work in the foot box (area); I think this is the perfect case of what happened. Would that help? I think it probably would have. I think she's lucky she has short legs. Her feet got banged up but once she got going in that direction, she said she just kind of picked her feet up." Patrick underwent x-rays in the infield care center at Talladega and told FOX Sports 1 a week later when the series was at Kansas Speedway that she felt "totally fine." "I've got a couple of bruises; my arm came across and bent the steering wheel," she said. "My foot went past the clutch pedal and came back on (after hitting the wall) … I've got a couple of bruises but I feel really good." Zipadelli said the sport "has come a long way" in the area of safety. "You think about what happened a bunch of years ago, compare these cars," he said. "We're going faster; these guys are hauling the mail every place we go now. When they do wreck, knock on wood, there aren't many complaints. I think they've done a really good job."
O'Donnell addresses Sprint Cup Series drivers racing in XFINITY Series
NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell joined SiriusXM NASCAR Radio to talk about NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series .