Press Pass: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks about his driver Regan Smith winning the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway
Press Pass: Paul Menard
Paul Menard talks about his third place finish in the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway.
Final Laps: Smith holds off Larson for win
Regan Smith holds of Kyle Larson for the win in the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway.
Press Pass: Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson talks about his second place finish in the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway.
Press Pass: Regan Smith
Regan Smith talks about his second win of the season for JR Motorsports in the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.
Victory Lane: Regan Smith
Regan Smith wins the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway.
Elliott tops final practice, scrapes wall at Auto Club
BUY TICKETS: Celebrate Auto Club's 20th anniversary RELATED: Final practice results " Practice 2 results " Best 10-lap averages Chase Elliott posted the fastest lap in Saturday's final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, but a scrape with the outside retaining wall early in the session left his Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet team with work to do. Elliott posted his best speed at 187.480 mph before making contact with the wall just 10 minutes into the final session. He cited a parts failure on the left-front corner of the car that his crew was investigating ahead of Sunday's Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). "We don't really know why it did," Elliott told FS1. "It was nothing fancy or anything we were doing, it's just something that needs to be together to go. We'll look into why. I don't know if it's just the roughness of the race track that bounced it loose or something like that, but I hate it. I was really happy with the NAPA Chevy throughout that run. I thought we were close, maybe needed a tick more initially in a run. "I thought it was decent, so I was pleased with that. Unfortunately, this now puts us behind and we'll have to go to work and hopefully try to get it tuned back up. It's hurt pretty good." The 21-year-old driver indicated that his crew was working to hopefully avoid going to a reserve car. Elliott is scheduled to start 13th in Sunday's 400-miler. "We're going to try to fix this one," Elliott told FS1. "I mean, we'd love to keep our primary. ... We would love to keep this car. I don't know if we can or not, but like I said, it definitely puts us in a hole. I know they'll work hard and try to get it tuned up as best we can for tomorrow." Martin Truex Jr. posted the second-fastest lap (187.378 mph) in the Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota. Ryan Blaney was third-fastest in the Wood Brothers' No. 21 Ford, with Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Erik Jones -- Truex's Furniture Row teammate -- fourth-best in the No. 77 Toyota. Coors Light Pole Award winner Kyle Larson was fifth-fastest in the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet. He drove away from a slight brush with the wall shortly after Elliott's incident. WATCH: Busch's smoky slide in practice Kyle Busch, a three-time Auto Club winner, was involved in a solo spin at the 34-minute mark of the 50-minute session, avoiding contact with the wall or other cars. He limped his Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota back to the garage. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s Roush Fenway Racing No. 17 Ford and Kurt Busch's Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Ford were also among several cars to brush the wall during Saturday's final tune-up. "No, I think I was above the seam by the time the car got loose," Busch told FS1. "It over-rotated on me. I tried getting in the throttle and getting it to rotate a little bit and it just kept going too far. Spun it out on exit there, and unfortunately just didn't keep all the air in the tires in order to be able to drive it back and not damage the car a little bit more than we already did. Not too bad. "We're just missing it a little bit. There's just something that we can't get right on (corner) entry this weekend and we've been trying to work on that, and it's kind of messing up the rest of the corner for us." WATCH: Harvick hits the wall in practice Kevin Harvick, who made contact with the wall in Saturday's earlier practice, returned for the final session and posted the eighth-best lap (185.706 mph) in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford. Erik Jones fast in Saturday's early session Erik Jones topped Saturday's opening practice session at Auto Club Speedway ahead of Sunday's Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the fifth race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Jones posted a lap of 187.251 mph in the Furniture Row Racing No. 77 Toyota to pace the 55-minute session. He was also fastest in the category of consecutive 10-lap averages. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate will start 14th in Sunday's 400-miler, the last of three races in the NASCAR Goes West swing. RELATED: Consecutive 10-lap average speeds Chase Elliott registered the second-fastest lap, ringing up 186.843 mph on the speed chart in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet. Ryan Newman, last week's winner at Phoenix Raceway, was third-fastest in the Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Chevrolet. Jimmie Johnson, who damaged his primary car in Friday's opening practice, turned his first laps with his reserve Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet on Saturday morning. He was fourth-fastest at 186.384 mph. Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five in the first practice of the day. RELATED: Johnson passes on qualifying after practice wreck Pole sitter Kyle Larson, who also topped Friday's lone practice, placed 22nd on the board in the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet. The practice was marked by two incidents late in the session. Kevin Harvick scraped the right side of his Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford on the Turn 4 wall with just over 10 minutes left in the session. Harvick managed the sixth-fastest speed in the 14 laps he turned before the incident. A more significant impact for David Ragan's No. 38 Ford into the outside retaining wall brought the session to a close with less than two minutes of practice remaining. His Front Row Motorsports team will opt for a reserve car for the balance of the race weekend. WATCH: Ragan hits wall, will go to backup "We just cut a left-rear tire going down the back straightaway and I tried to start slowing it down as quick as I could, and just couldn't slow it down fast enough," Ragan said. "By the time I got to Turn 3, I was wrecking before I even got to the corner. It's certainly unfortunate. I felt like our Camping World Ford was pretty decent. We made a few adjustments and hadn't put new tires on yet, and I felt like our speeds hadn't fallen off a lot, so it's unfortunate. Hopefully, we can get our backup out in time to make a few laps in the second practice." Five teams were held out of the opening 15 minutes of practice because of technical violations Friday. Trevor Bayne's team was docked for failing on two passes through the Laser Inspection Station (LIS). The cars of Joey Logano, Gray Gaulding and Matt DiBenedetto failed LIS on their second pass through. The No 38 Ford of David Ragan was penalized for an improper seal for transmission or gears. &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;gt;
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Best 10-lap consecutive averages at Auto Club
BUY TICKETS: Celebrate Auto Club's 20th anniversary PRACTICE 1: RESULTS Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 42 Kyle Larson 1 10 182.404 2 1 Jamie McMurray 1 10 180.880 PRACTICE 2: RESULTS Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 77 Erik Jones # 1 10 183.048 2 48 Jimmie Johnson 1 10 182.874 3 1 Jamie McMurray 1 10 182.788 4 42 Kyle Larson 1 10 182.341 5 31 Ryan Newman 1 10 182.081 6 14 Clint Bowyer 5 14 182.050 7 11 Denny Hamlin 1 10 181.688 8 18 Kyle Busch 1 10 181.650 9 43 Aric Almirola 1 10 181.150 10 3 Austin Dillon 13 22 180.353 11 78 Martin Truex Jr. 7 16 180.279 12 24 Chase Elliott 11 20 179.950 13 34 Landon Cassill 1 10 179.764 14 95 Michael McDowell 1 10 179.751 15 21 Ryan Blaney 7 16 179.635 16 20 Matt Kenseth 9 18 179.453 17 32 Matt DiBenedetto 1 10 178.673 FINAL PRACTICE: RESULTS Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 78 Martin Truex Jr. 1 10 182.180 2 24 Chase Elliott 1 10 182.049 3 42 Kyle Larson 12 21 181.894 4 77 Erik Jones # 1 10 181.873 5 4 Kevin Harvick 15 24 181.603 6 21 Ryan Blaney 1 10 181.551 7 1 Jamie McMurray 1 10 181.436 8 22 Joey Logano 18 27 181.417 9 20 Matt Kenseth 1 10 181.375 10 2 Brad Keselowski 1 10 181.300 11 14 Clint Bowyer 1 10 181. 250 12 5 Kasey Kahne 1 10 181.243 13 18 Kyle Busch 1 10 180.845 14 48 Jimmie Johnson 19 28 180.836 15 11 Denny Hamlin 1 10 180.786 16 31 Ryan Newman 18 27 180.613 17 43 Aric Almirola 1 10 180.551 18 3 Austin Dillon 1 10 180.509 19 6 Trevor Bayne 1 10 180.034 20 47 AJ Allmendinger 20 29 179.620 21 41 Kurt Busch 1 10 179.524 22 19 Daniel Suarez # 18 27 179.298 23 27 Paul Menard 11 20 178.671 24 10 Danica Patrick 1 10 178.289 25 32 Matt DiBenedetto 1 10 178.224 26 95 Michael McDowell 1 10 177.971 27 37 Chris Buescher 18 27 177.859 28 34 Landon Cassill 1 10 176.988 29 51 * Timmy Hill(i) 9 18 167.128 * Car must run 10 consecutive laps on the track to be included in the above chart. * Required to qualify on time # Indicates driver is a rookie in the series (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series
Furniture Row No. 77 hauler damaged in accident
Two Furniture Row Racing hauler drivers were uninjured after the No. 77 team's transporter was involved in a hit-and-run highway crash early Thursday morning. The No. 77 hauler was damaged on Interstate 15 on the way to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, site of this weekend's NASCAR races for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and XFINITY Series. Driver Travis Watts and co-driver David Shano escaped injury. According to the Denver, Colorado-based team, a car pulled off to the road's shoulder then back onto the interstate directly in the hauler's path. There was no damage reported to the trailer, race cars and equipment, but the team has rented a replacement truck to complete the trip to the 2-mile California track. "We're all very relieved no one was injured in the incident," team president Joe Garone said in a release provided by the team. "There was substantial damage to the tractor but everything in the trailer was checked out thoroughly and is OK. We've rented a tractor and the No. 77 hauler is on schedule to arrive at Auto Club Speedway later today." The car and its two occupants left the scene of the accident, approximately 15 miles north of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Both were later located and arrested by the Nevada Highway Patrol. Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Erik Jones is in his first year driving the No. 77 Toyota for Furniture Row. He sits 18th in the series standings ahead of Sunday's Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the fifth race of the season.
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