Alex Tagliani wins pole at Canada
RELATED: Full lineup for Sunday's race Wheeling the No. 29 BK Racing Ford at 110.539 mph in a second-lap attempt, road course veteran Alex Tagliani earned the Keystone Light Pole Award at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Saturday's two-round qualifying session. The Quebec native and road course veteran shattered the previous track record with a 80.084-second lap around the track. This marks Tagliani's first Camping World Truck Series start of 2015 and his second consecutive pole win in this event. Tagliani's late run took the top spot away from Erik Jones , who settled for second with a fastest lap of 110.492 mph in his No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. Reigning series champion Matt Crafton (110.113 mph), BKR's Tyler Reddick (110.002 mph) and JR Motorsports' Cole Custer (109.777 mph) rounded out the top five. Reddick led the first round, propelling his No. 19 Ford at 110.276 mph, while teammate Tagliani drafted with him. Robert Mitten brought out the red flag in the first round of qualifying when he smacked the tire wall off Turn 8, leaving his No. 53 Dodge nearly vertical. Mitten climbed out unharmed and ultimately secured a 22nd-place starting position. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is back on track Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET for the Chevrolet Silverado 250 (FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM).
Alex Tagliani wins Keystone Light Pole Award
Driver sets new track record at Canadian road course Related: See the full race lineup BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO -- Alex Tagliani won the Keystone Light Pole Award at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with a track-record lap of 80.558 seconds (109.889 mph), and will make his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the front of the field Sunday. Tagliani , who competes in IndyCar and the Canadian Tire Series, has one other start at the track, a 2008 Canadian Tire Series event in which he started 10th and finished fifth. Rookie Gray Gaulding , driver of the No. 20 NTS Motorsports Chevrolet, will start alongside him. Gaulding's 80.991-second lap was just shy of the pole. Erik Jones will start third, with German Quiroga and Cole Custer starting fourth and fifth. Tagliani waited until less than half of the 30-minute first round of qualifying remained before laying down the round's top speed, a lap of 108.906 mph around the 2.459-mile track. Brennan Newberry , driver of the No. 9 NTS Motorsports Chevrolet, was the first driver who did not advance to the final session as the 13th-place finisher. Several drivers struggled to keep their trucks on course. Joey Coulter drove straight into a barrier in his Allegiant Travel Chevrolet, but the displaced tires seemed to have prevented serious damage to the No. 21. Jones took the No. 51 Toyota slightly off track in the first round of qualifying but did not appear to have sustained any damage to his Toyota Tundra. Ryan Blaney also had to fight to keep his truck on asphalt after getting sideways. Eighth-place qualifier Matt Crafton had a similar incident on his last run after making a pass. The Chevrolet Silverado 250 is scheduled for Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET, with coverage on FOX Sports 1 and MRN. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Custer spins after contact with Tagliani
Cole Custer spins late in the race after making contact with Alex Tagliani as the two were fighting for the second position.
Alex Tagliani to pilot No. 22 on road courses
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Tagliani runs out of gas while leading
Alex Tagliani runs out of gas under caution while leading in the Gardner Denver 200 at Road America.
Jeff Gordon won't drive No. 88 car at Michigan
RELATED: Dale Jr. offers rehab update on social media BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr .'s return to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition remains undetermined. But if the series' most popular driver remains sidelined when the series heads to Michigan International Speedway for the Aug. 28 Pure Michigan 400 (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), it will be Alex Bowman and not Jeff Gordon handling the driving duties of the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet. Gordon, who made his fourth start for the team at Bristol Motor Speedway , will not be available due to a prior commitment, according to Hendrick officials. However, the four-time series champion will travel to Michigan to support the team on Sunday. Earnhardt is recovering from concussion-like symptoms that have kept him sidelined since July. The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol was the fifth race he's missed. Bowman drove for the team at Loudon, New Hampshire, following Earnhardt's initial diagnosis. Gordon took over the following week, and has competed at Indianapolis, Pocono and Watkins Glen prior to Bristol. Bowman, 23, finished 26th in his fill-in role for Earnhardt at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . Gordon, meanwhile, has finishes of 13th, 27th, 14th and 11th, respectively, in his four starts with the team. . @JeffGordonWeb has prior commitment that won't allow him to be in Mich. for entire race wknd. @AlexBRacing to sub if @DaleJr isn't cleared. — Hendrick 88 Team (@Hendrick88Team) August 19, 2016 Happy to be on standby for @DaleJr and @TeamHendrick at @MISpeedway . Hopefully Dale is cleared but if not I'm ready to go! — Alex Bowman (@AlexBRacing) August 20, 2016 UPDATE: The 88 team does not expect to make an announcement for Michigan until Wednesday afternoon. We don’t expect to make an announcement regarding @MISpeedway before Wednesday afternoon. — Hendrick 88 Team (@Hendrick88Team) August 22, 2016 &amp;amp;amp;amp;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;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Tagliani , Elliott exchange words post-race
Drivers seemed civil after contact, but had differing opinions of the final laps
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Regan Smith still has no regrets over late-race bump
RELATED: See how Smith won at Mid-Ohio ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- Regan Smith used a bit of bumper two weeks ago to become NASCAR's most recent road-course winner, shoving road-racing veteran Alex Tagliani in the last lap at Mid-Ohio to take his first XFINITY Series victory of the year. With the final road-course race of the season looming at Road America , Smith said he doesn't have regrets about the late-race contact, which left Tagliani steaming with cross post-race words. "I think if you're in that same situation, you've got to do what you can do to go for wins," Smith said before opening XFINITY practice Friday at the 4.048-mile circuit. "I guess in that circumstance in that situation, I didn't wreck him, just had a little bumper tag there and we came out as the beneficiary of it. I have not spoken to Alex and didn't really figure he'd be in the mood right after the race to talk at all, so I think possibly down the road, we will. He's somebody that I've raced with a few times now and enjoy racing with him. I think he would understand the scenario of going for wins and doing what we've got to do there. "It's a fine line. There's wrecking a guy and there's moving him and getting the position. We see the moving all the time. It's not anything new. It's been done in our sport for a thousand times and a thousand more times in the future, I'm sure. The feedback I got from drivers, crew members, you name it, they thought it was a good move and they thought it was fine. I didn't really hear too much negative about it." Smith's victory helped bolster the JR Motorsports driver's case for a series championship. Though he ranks fourth -- 51 points behind series leader Chris Buescher -- he noted that plenty can change with 11 races remaining on the calendar. "I think we're still in it," Smith said. "We're racing like we're still in it, and the mindset is to go out and do everything we can to lead laps and win races. And if you're doing that, you close up on points even quicker than you can imagine." While the title fight for this season has ramped up, Smith has also kept a focus on making his 2016 plans final. His recent remarks about his potential free-agent status have sparked interest into what next season might hold, plus in which series he'll be competing. Smith reiterated his goal of returning to the Sprint Cup Series, where he's performed admirably in fill-in roles the last two seasons -- including three races this year in place of the suspended Kurt Busch and one race after Kyle Larson 's fainting spell on the eve of the first Martinsville race of 2015. "Working hard every day to figure out 2016," Smith said. "I think I've been clear for the better part of two and a half years now that I want to get back to Sprint Cup and do that at some point, so I'm fortunate to be in fast race race cars at JR Motorsports right now and have an amazing opportunity here and definitely don't take that for granted. At the same time, I want to give myself that opportunity to get back to the other series. As soon as all that stuff plays out and I have answers, then I'll given them as soon as I can."
Snapshot: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Get race details, storylines and quotes ahead of Sunday's race (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) What: Second annual Chevrolet Silverado 250 Where: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park , Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada When: Sunday, Aug. 31 at 1:30 p.m. ET TV/Radio: FOX Sports 1, MRN Distance: 64 laps, 157.37 miles On the front row 1. Alex Tagliani , No. 19 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford (109.889 mph) 2. Gray Gaulding , No. 20 NTS Motorsports Chevrolet (109.301 mph) Failed to qualify None Fastest in practice First practice: German Quiroga , No. 77 Red Horse Racing Toyota (108.967 mph) Second practice: Andrew Ranger, No. 53 NDS Motorsports Dodge RAM (109.614 mph) Inaugural winner Chase Elliott Former winners in the field None. Darrell Wallace Jr. has the best finish among drivers competing in the race. He was fourth place last year. Double duty: Three drivers -- Alex Tagliani , Andrew Ranger and Ray Courtemanche Jr. -- will compete in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Canadian Tire Series events this weekend. Try, try again: "You know, the biggest thing, I think, is just taking care of your equipment -- making sure you don't shift when you're not supposed to and burn the brakes off the thing, and ultimately just finish this race. I've never claimed to be a road race expert, so having said all that, I just need to keep all four tires on the asphalt all day and I think we'll come away with a better finish than what we think we can." -- Johnny Sauter Road course compliments: "Road course racing is a blast. It's a lot of fun turning left and right, plus shifting." -- John Hunter Nemechek on racing at CTMP Applied experience: "It will be kind of new, but with all the data acquisition, simulation and all the other stuff we use these days, I don't know if you are ever truly going to a race track for the first time." - No. 51 crew chief Eric Phillips on both he and driver Erik Jones racing at Mosport for the first time Collaborative effort: "(Friday), I was going around with the Ford safety truck with Matt Crafton and Ben Kennedy ... and Matt was pretty nice to give us some tips of what he felt last year around the track. I think as a driver, you have to feel the beast that you're going to be driving, and then it makes more sense once you're in the truck. So all the things that he was saying to us while we were driving out there, they were very valuable and then they all made sense because when I went out, what he was saying, it really kind of applied on what the truck was doing out there. So it was quite nice of him to give us all those tips before we went out." -- Alex Tagliani Whew!: "I'd say one ... trying to push it into 5 A and B, back in the corner there, I'd gotten in a little too hot, and you've always gotta have a couple of those or you're not driving it hard enough." -- Cameron Hayley on whether he'd had any nervous moments Saturday. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule