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Sprint Cup qualifying canceled at Dover; Keselowski on pole
RELATED: Complete Dover lineup " See the field " Updated Chase Grid Friday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying session at Dover International Speedway was canceled because of rain. The lineup was set according to the NASCAR rule book, putting Brad Keselowski on the pole for Sunday's Citizen Solider 400 (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Martin Truex Jr ., in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota, will start on the front row alongside the No. 2 Team Penske Ford. "We earned it because, obviously, we've been having a great season, maybe not with what we've done on track today, but with what we've done throughout the course of the year in scoring a lot of points and winning races," Keselowski said. "But it's certainly still something to be very proud of, to be this far into the season and be in the points lead. These are the perks you get when you're in that position. We'll take it, and of course, being up front gives us a very advantageous pit road selection for this race, which I think is very critical." The three-round, group qualifying effort at the 1-mile concrete oval was scheduled to begin at 3:40 p.m. ET, but wet weather delayed that schedule. This marks the third straight Sprint Cup event at Dover that qualifying has been washed out by rain. Kevin Harvick , Paul Menard , Michael Annett , AJ Allmendinger and Jeff Gordon will select Sunday's pit stalls last for receving a fourth written warning from NASCAR. Sunday's Citizen Soldier 400 is the final event in the 10-race Chase's opening Round of 16. The results will determine which 12 drivers remain championship-eligible and which four fail to advance in the postseason. Kyle Larson holds the final transfer spot entering the Dover race with a five-point lead over Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates teammate Jamie McMurray and Richard Childress Racing 's Austin Dillon . Larson will start 12th, with McMurray and Dillon directly behind him in 13th and 14th, respectively. The second of two NASCAR XFINITY Series practices was cut short by rain. The practice lasted about nearly half of its scheduled 85 minutes before being put on hold and eventually called due to rain. Contributing: NASCAR Wire Service &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Ryan Reed to attempt Sprint Cup debut at Talladega
XFINITY Series regular Ryan Reed will attempt to make his Sprint Cup Series debut at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 23 (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the team announced Wednesday afternoon. BREAKING: @driverRyanReed will attempt his Sprint Cup debut at @TalladegaSuperS in the @LillyDiabetes No. 99 Fusion https://t.co/vM2ogVNYsH pic.twitter.com/ETls7WJeFt — Roush Fenway Racing (@roushfenway) September 28, 2016 Reed, who pilots the No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford in the XFINITY Series, will drive the No. 99 Lilly Diabetes Ford in his debut. Pretty unbelievable. 5 years ago thought I was done racing. Now getting ready to run my first Cup race. Thanks all for the support. — Ryan Reed (@driverRyanReed) September 28, 2016 The 2015 XFINITY Daytona winner has been racing in the XFINITY Series for three full seasons and has yet to attempt a Sprint Cup start in his racing career. He is currently one of the eight XFINITY drivers vying for the series championship in the inaugural Chase.
O'Donnell: No. 14 car eligible for Sprint Unlimited
RELATED: Sprint Unlimited entry list The Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Chevrolet will be eligible to run in the Sprint Unlimited even without Tony Stewart in the seat, NASCAR Executive Vice President & Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Thursday. Stewart will miss the Sprint Unlimited and the Daytona 500 due to severe back injuries sustained in an all-terrain vehicle crash. The three-time series champion had automatically qualified for the Sprint Unlimited field as a previous event winner. Sources told NASCAR.com that Brian Vickers has emerged as SHR's top target to replace Stewart in the seat of the No. 14 at Daytona. Vickers, 32, competed in only two races last season for Michael Waltrip Racing after missing time due to a recurrence of blood clots.
Hamlin battles through to win wild Sprint Unlimited
Jonathan Merryman breaks down a wild night at Daytona International Speedway, which led to Denny Hamlin capturing his third Sprint Unlimited victory.
Larson sweeps all three Sprint Cup practices at New Hampshire
RELATED: Full results for final practice " Fastest 10-lap averages Kyle Larson made it a perfect sweep of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practices, as his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Chevrolet flew to the top of the leaderboard at 132.577 mph in Saturday's final practice session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . Larson paced the field in Friday's lone session and tied Martin Truex Jr . for the fastest speed/time in Saturday's morning practice. Joe Gibbs Racing 's Denny Hamlin made a late surge to nab the second spot on the speed charts, wheeling his No. 11 Toyota at 132.549 mph. Hendrick Motorsports ' Kasey Kahne laid down the third-fastest speed, his No. 5 Chevrolet peaking at 132.489 mph. Kahne and teammate Alex Bowman (10th), who is driving the No. 88 Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt Jr . this weekend, were the only non-Chase drivers to record top-15 speeds in the final session. Pole sitter Carl Edwards came up fourth in his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (132.420 mph), while Hendrick Motorsports ' Jimmie Johnson completed the top five with a fast speed of 132.255 mph from his No. 48 Chevrolet. Points leader Truex Jr. -- who tied Larson for the fastest speed in practice earlier today -- ranked sixth in the field this session, propelling his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota at 132.250 mph. Reigning race winner Matt Kenseth was seventh-fastest, his No. 20 JGR Toyota topping out at 132.222 mph. Jamie McMurray (18th), Austin Dillon (22nd) and Chris Buescher (28th) were the only Chase drivers to record practice speeds outside the top 15. The Sprint Cup Series returns to the track Sunday for the Bad Boy Off Road 300 (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN/NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). RELATED: Full results for Practice 2 Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr . both reached 132.186 mph early in the second Sprint Cup Series practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday morning. The Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates driver also paced the field during Friday's lone Sprint Cup practice session in his No. 42 Chevrolet. Last weekend's Chicagoland winner, Truex Jr. in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota laid down the exact same speed (132.186 mph) and lap time (28.814 seconds) as Larson in the 55-minute session. Reigning race winner Matt Kenseth was third-fastest, his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota reaching a top speed of 132.085 mph, while his JGR teammate Denny Hamlin came up fourth in the field (132.030 mph). Hendrick Motorsports ' Chase Elliott rounded out the top five with a top speed of 131.980 mph in his No. 24 Chevrolet. Coors Light Pole winner Carl Edwards was sixth-fastest in his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. The top-nine performers in the second session were all Chase drivers and Chasers made up 11 of the top-15; Brad Keselowski (18th), Tony Stewart (19th), Austin Dillon (23rd) and Chris Buescher (33rd) were the outlying Chase competitors.
Dillon wrecks in Larson-led first Sprint Cup practice
Related: Practice 1 results " Top 10 consecutive lap averages Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Austin Dillon crashed into the outside wall of New Hampshire Motor Speedway 's Turn 1 late in Friday's first Sprint Cup Series practice session, and suffered significant damage to the right rear of the No. 3 Chevrolet that will require a move to a backup car. He finished the session 32nd (132.813 mph). WATCH: Dillon hit the wall The session was led by Kyle Larson , who topped the leaderboard at 135.941 mph in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. Right behind him was Chase Elliott in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at 135.893 mph. Rounding out the top five were Kevin Harvick in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet at 135.757 mph, Carl Edwards in the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at 135.738 mph and series points leader Martin Truex Jr . in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota 135.709 mph. Sprint Cup drivers return to the track at 4:45 p.m. ET for Coors Light Qualifying (NBCSN, NBC Sports App). The next practice session is Saturday at 9 a.m. ET (CNBC, NBC Sports App).
Best in-car audio from the Sprint Unlimited
Take a listen to some of the best moments from the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway.
Sprint Cup Series GarageCam takes over NHMS
GarageCam host, Matthew Dillner, takes you on an exclusive and interactive tour of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage before teams hit the track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
'Big One' collects 14 cars in Sprint Unlimited
Hamlin, McMurray and Johnson among drivers caught in wreck Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Vote: Ultimate Daytona Challenge MORE: Complete Sprint Unlimited results DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- It was inevitable, according to Denny Hamlin. "I just didn't think it would happen this early," the Joe Gibbs Racing driver said. It wasn't the first accident of the night, but the multi-car wreck that swept up Hamlin along with more than half the 25-car field certainly put a dent in Saturday night's Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway. "I checked up and whoever was behind me got in the back of me," Hamlin, winner of the 2014 edition of the non-points race, said after exiting the infield care center. "It was just a train wreck and you really can't help it when you're in the middle of the pack like that. It's pretty high risk. … Once we got to the front, we got hung out again and it's just a lot of side-drafting, a lot of blocking going on." RELATED: See the best photos from Saturday's race The Lap 45 incident began when contact from behind turned Jamie McMurray's Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet on the frontstretch. Running third at the time, McMurray had most of the field behind him; when his red No. 1 entry spun low, then back into traffic, few had room to avoid contact. Along with Hamlin and McMurray, others caught up in the fray were Paul Menard, Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth. Hamlin, Menard, Kahne and Johnson made the mandatory trip to the care center but were not injured. Others made it to the garage before calling it a night, while a fortunate few were able to make repairs and rejoin the field. The incident led to the first of two red-flag periods for the 75-lap event, and halted the action for nearly 15 minutes. RELATED: Brad Keselowski crunched early " Harvick, Logano exchange words post-race Told that Biffle said he thought McMurray's car "looked a little loose," McMurray countered: "Well, it was when he had my back tires off the ground. It's hard to hang on to." But, McMurray added, "It's just part of it. When you get a big run like that you have to get to the guy and start pushing because if you don't you lose all of your momentum." Johnson, the six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, said he "slid by a bunch of people and thought I was going to miss it. "I just got in back of the 11 (of Hamlin) and knocked the radiator and oil cooler out of it," he said. "I hate that we tore up a car but I got some good experience in the draft, understand my race car a lot better and (we'll) make our car better for the 500." The racing, for what he saw of it, "was intense," Hamlin said. "I thought it was as intense as any speedway race we've seen in a long time from beginning to end. This race last year … got single file at some point. This one it just never did. It's just so aggressive trying to keep that track position. "I don't know if the (Daytona) 500 will be like, it's 500 miles, but certainly you're gong to see a situation like this." 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
Hamlin tops final Sprint Unlimited practice
Final practice speeds is one option for fans to determine Sprint Unlimited starting lineup