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American Ethanol E15 names Chicagoland Truck race
Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup kickoff weekend fueled by sponsor BUY: Chicagoland race tickets Chicagoland Speedway announced Tuesday that its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Sept. 18 will be known as the American Ethanol E15 225 (Sept. 18, 8:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). With support from Growth Energy, an official NASCAR Green partner, and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, American Ethanol will serve as the sponsor for the race leading into the first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup event as the 10-race playoff for NASCAR's premier series opens at the Joliet, Illinois facility for the fifth consecutive year. "As we kick off our Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend, we are thrilled to welcome a partner as involved in the sport as American Ethanol ," Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway, said in a track release. "Their commitment to reducing emissions through the cleaner burning ethanol fuel has been a vital part of NASCAR's Green Clean Air initiative. American Ethanol has proven to be a tremendous partner not only for Chicagoland Speedway, but for NASCAR's teams, fans and the industry as a whole." The event will be the 16th of the 23-race Camping World Truck Series schedule, and it will be the third event sponsored by American Ethanol , which served as a presenting sponsor for the June 13 American Ethanol Presents the Drivin' for Linemen 200 Brought to You by Ameren at Gateway Motorsports Park and as the title sponsor of the American Ethanol 200 on June 19 at Iowa Speedway. "Growth Energy is thrilled to sponsor the American Ethanol 225 and work in conjunction with Chicagoland Speedway and Illinois family corn growers to promote a homegrown, American fuel," Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, said in the track release. "The drivers at Chicagoland Speedway and across the nation rely on E15 for superior horsepower and performance, and as they will tell you, it delivers." Kyle Busch won last year's event for his fourth career Camping World Truck Series victory at Chicagoland. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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The top-five finishers comment on an exciting night filled with strategy and determination.
Kyle Busch wins at Chicagoland; Chase field set
RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid JOLIET, Ill. – In a race punctuated by a record 10 cautions, Kyle Busch streaked away from Chase hopeful Cameron Hayley in overtime and won Friday night's American Ethanol e15 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway . With Busch's victory over runner-up Daniel Hemric , who passed Hayley after the final restart on Lap 150, Hemric and Timothy Peters locked up the final two of eight spots in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase, which starts Sept. 24 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . With a truck dialed in on Thursday by last year's series champion Erik Jones while Busch took care of Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup media day duties, Busch led 95 of the 151 laps en route to winning for the second time in four starts this season. It was his fifth win at Chicagoland and the 46th time in his career. Driving a Toyota Tundra built by Kyle Busch Motorsports, ThorSport Racing driver Hayley finished third but failed to make the Chase. Hayley was gaining ground on the race winner, when contact between the trucks of Tyler Reddick and John Wes Townley caused the ninth caution on Lap 144 and ultimately forced the race one lap past its scheduled distance. On the final restart, Busch chose the outside lane and pulled away from Hayley and Hemric before NASCAR called the final caution on the last lap for Rico Abreu's spin and froze the field, with Busch the winner. "This has just been a really good place for us and for KBM over the years," Busch said. "We've been really fast here, so it was really nice to come out here and keep that speed going… I really appreciate Erik Jones being out here (Thursday) and working it in for me and everything that he did." Two of Busch's KBM proteges, William Byron and Christopher Bell , already had qualified for the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase on the strength of regular-season victories. Byron, the top seed in the Chase with five wins as a rookie, had a tough night on Friday, getting loose underneath Ben Rhodes on Lap 3 and slamming the outside wall in Turn 2. Byron placed 30th, but the low finish had no effect on his Chase standing with the reset of points after the race. "It was really important, too, to see the 9 (Byron) and the 4 (Bell) make the Chase this year for KBM," Busch said. "They've got two opportunities there to go for the championship. And then the 13 (Hayley) there at the end, that's a brand new truck out of our KBM stable. "That thing was fast. It was hard to hold him off. He was right there at the end, and he was really quick." In fact, Hayley though he had the fastest truck but fell victim to Busch's vast experience in the series. "We definitely had the faster track there at the end, but he blocked my every move," said Hayley, who missed the playoff by one position in the standings. "But overall, it was all I could do. … We're not in the Chase, but you can't say we didn't try." Byron characterized his early accident as a learning experience. "It was learning what not to do for the Chase," he said. The eight Chase drivers in order of seeding are Byron, two-time champion Matt Crafton , John Hunter Nemechek , Bell, Johnny Sauter , Ben Kennedy , Hemric and Peters. Kennedy got the worst of a violent Lap 112 wreck that started when Sauter tagged Kennedy's Chevrolet and sent it spinning into the wall. Kennedy, who led twice for four laps, emerged from the infield care center with a bandaged hand. "I bruised up my hand a little bit," said Kennedy, who felt he had a truck capable of winning. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;JOLIET, Ill. – In a race punctuated by a record 10 cautions, &amp;amp;amp;lt;a href=&amp;amp;amp;quot;/en_us/sprint-cup-series/drivers/kyle-busch.html&amp;amp;amp;quot; _rte_href=&amp;amp;amp;quot;/en_us/sprint-cup-series/drivers/kyle-busch.html&amp;amp;amp;quot;&amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;a href=&amp;quot;/en_us/sprint-cup-series/drivers/kyle-busch.html&amp;quot; _rte_href=&amp;quot;/en_us/sprint-cup-series/drivers/kyle-busch.html&amp;quot;&amp;gt;<a href="/en_us/sprint-cup-series/drivers/kyle-busch.html" _rte_href="/en_us/sprint-cup-series/drivers/kyle-busch.html"> Kyle Busch </a>&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;gt; streaked away from Chase hopeful &amp;amp;amp;lt;a href=&amp;amp;amp;quot;/en_us/camping-world-truck-series/drivers/cameron-hayley.html&amp;amp;amp;quot; _rte_href=&amp;amp;amp;quot;/en_us/camping-world-truck-series/drivers/cameron-hayley.html&amp;amp;amp;quot;&amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;a href=&amp;quot;/en_us/camping-world-truck-series/drivers/cameron-hayley.html&amp;quot; _rte_href=&amp;quot;/en_us/camping-world-truck-series/drivers/cameron-hayley.html&amp;quot;&amp;gt;<a href="/en_us/camping-world-truck-series/drivers/cameron-hayley.html" _rte_href="/en_us/camping-world-truck-series/drivers/cameron-hayley.html"> Cameron Hayley </a>&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;gt; in overtime and won Friday night’s American Ethanol e15 225 NASCAR &amp;amp;amp;lt;a href=&amp;amp;amp;quot;/en_us/camping-world-truck-series.html&amp;amp;amp;quot; _rte_href=&amp;amp;amp;quot;/en_us/camping-world-truck-series.html&amp;amp;amp;quot;&amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;a href=&amp;quot;/en_us/camping-world-truck-series.html&amp;quot; _rte_href=&amp;quot;/en_us/camping-world-truck-series.html&amp;quot;&amp;gt;<a href="/en_us/camping-world-truck-series.html" _rte_href="/en_us/camping-world-truck-series.html"> Camping World Truck </a>&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;gt; Series race at &amp;amp;amp;lt;a href=&amp;amp;amp;quot;/en_us/nascar-tracks/chicagoland-speedway.html&amp;amp;amp;quot; _rte_href=&amp;amp;amp;quot;/en_us/nascar-tracks/chicagoland-speedway.html&amp;amp;amp;quot;&amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;a href=&amp;quot;/en_us/nascar-tracks/chicagoland-speedway.html&amp;quot; _rte_href=&amp;quot;/en_us/nascar-tracks/chicagoland-speedway.html&amp;quot;&amp;gt;<a href="/en_us/nascar-tracks/chicagoland-speedway.html" _rte_href="/en_us/nascar-tracks/chicagoland-speedway.html"> Chicagoland Speedway </a>&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;gt;.
Kyle Busch's truck fails post-race inspection
RELATED: Busch wins in OT finish; Chase field set JOLIET, Ill. -- The race-winning entry of driver Kyle Busch failed post-race technical inspection following Friday night's American Ethanol e15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway , according to NASCAR officials. Busch, the defending Sprint Cup Series champion, won for the second time this season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series; it was his 46th career series win as well. The No. 18 Toyota measured too low in the rear during post-race inspection. Similar infractions this season have resulted in a fine and probation for the crew chief as well as the loss of driver and owner championship points. The official announcement of any penalties would be made by NASCAR officials next week.
Peters perseveres to the Chase, heartbreak for Hayley
RELATED: Full race results " Chase Grid JOLIET, Ill. -- Timothy Peters ' chances for clinching the final spot in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase weren't exactly dangling by a thread, but his hopes weren't a slam dunk either. Stuck in limbo-land for the duration of Friday night's American Ethanol e15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway , Peters finally exhaled after an eventful eighth-place finish in the Red Horse Racing No. 17 Toyota. He was greeted on pit road by relieved team owner Tom DeLoach, who congratulated his driver with a majority of sentences starting with "Whew!" A Kyle Busch victory denied several Chase hopefuls, all of whom needed to win Friday night's regular-season finale to punch their postseason ticket. At the top of the most-likely candidates was NASCAR Next product Cameron Hayley , who made several fruitless runs at Busch and settled for third. Peters said that crew chief Shane Huffman kept him posted about Hayley's last-ditch bid and the battle at the front of the pack. But with a chain of unfortunate events -- an uncontrolled tire penalty on pit road, a flat-tire and damage to his truck's right-rear fender -- there was little he personally could do to alter the race's outcome. "It wasn't no need to worry about it. I mean, it really wasn't. I can't control it, just like it's starting to rain now," Peters said as the initial drops of an impending downpour started to fall. "We couldn't control that earlier. As long as we do our job, we'll do just fine." After a rush of caution periods that included a 14-minute red flag over the final stretch, Hayley, 20, lined up in second place alongside Busch for the overtime restart. Busch held his foes at bay for the last two laps, leaving Hayley to fight with eventual runner-up Daniel Hemric for the next-highest spot on the podium. "Obviously, you're racing against the best and I think he showed he's the best tonight," Hayley said of Busch. "If it was anybody else, I would've won that race, but he just knows how to counter every attack I put after him and that hurt me in the end." Hemric and Peters claimed the last two spots in the eight-driver field as the highest points-earners without a regular-season victory. Hayley wound up tied for eighth place in the driver standings (before the standings were reset for the Chase) with rookie Cole Custer and Ben Kennedy , the latter of which clinched a Chase berth with his victory last month at Bristol Motor Speedway . RELATED: Hayley reflects on coming up just short in Chase bid Hayley tempered his Chase misfire with a post-race pep talk that showed he was ready to embrace the spoiler role in the seven-race postseason, which begins next Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . "Now we can go out and upset all these guys," Hayley said. "They're all going to go out for wins, and they need to play it safe -- we don't any more. We're just going to win, and we're going to upset those guys. We're going to win five races in a row here and make them look like they shouldn't belong. We're going for it big-time." &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
Tifft cleared for return, set for Trucks start
RELATED: Tifft undergoes surgery to remove brain tumor After recovering from brain surgery and months of missed on-track action, Matt Tifft has been cleared by NASCAR to return to competition, a NASCAR spokesperson confirmed Monday afternoon. Tifft later confirmed the news and his actual on-track return on Twitter for this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol e15 225 (Friday, 8:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Testing at Hickory! Thanks for all the support, I am returning to @ChicagolndSpdwy this wknd with @RedHorseRacing !! pic.twitter.com/cpcmsgvcFr — Matt Tifft (@Matt_Tifft) September 12, 2016 The 20-year-old wheelman underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor in July and has since been recovering. Tifft made six NASCAR XFINITY Series starts this season with two top-10 finishes. He also earned the 21 Means 21 Pole Award at Talladega. The NASCAR Next product also made three Camping World Truck Series starts this season with one top-five finish. Last week, Tifft posted photos of himself in the cockpit of a late model at Hickory Motor Speedway. RELATED: Tifft logs first laps since surgery
Heads Up: Chicagoland weekend
Here are the hot topics, trending news and key story lines to get you ready for this weekend's races -- and Sprint Cup Series Chase opener -- at Chicagoland Speedway . WEATHER The weekend forecast for Joliet, Illinois, looks relatively clear. Friday night -- when the Camping World Truck Series will take the track -- there is a 90 percent chance of rain and expected evening thunderstorms. For the XFINITY race, Saturday looks promising for the afternoon XFINITY race, with partly cloudy skies, a high near 78 degrees and a 20 percent chance of rain. Sunday looks to be ideal race day weather, with sunny skies and a high of 75 degrees. KEY TIMES Sprint Cup Series: The Sprint Cup Series holds its first practice Friday at 1:30 p.m. ET (NBC Sports App) followed by Coors Light Pole qualifying at 6:45 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App). XFINITY Series: The XFINITY Series qualifies Saturday morning at 11:45 ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App), turning around to race that day at 3 p.m. ET (NBC/NBC Sports App). Camping World Truck Series: The Camping World Truck Series is scheduled for a Keystone Light Pole qualifying session at 4:45 p.m. ET on FS1 Friday followed by the American Ethanol E15 225 race at 8:30 p.m. ET (FS1). CATCH DRIVERS LIVE We'll stream every driver press conference in the Chicagoland media center at NASCAR.com/presspass . Click here for a full XFINITY Series/ Camping World Truck Series press schedule. With this weekend being the first race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , NASCAR.com will also live stream a Ready. Set. Chase. launch event, which includes interviews with all 16 competitors, on Thursday at 3:05 p.m. ET. Click here to tune into the live stream . LAST TIME Denny Hamlin notched his second win of the 2015 season at Chicagoland, beating Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Carl Edwards across the finish line by .962 seconds to advance to the next round of the Chase. YOU SHOULD KNOW • Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman 's conflict on track last weekend at Richmond could be far from over. Stewart made the 16-car Chase field, while Newman missed out and was noticeably frustrated with "Smoke" post-race, saying it was "just disappointing that you have somebody old like that that should be retired the way he drives." Will that spill over into the opening Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race? We'll find out Sunday. • Alex Bowman will be wheeling the No. 88 Chevrolet for sidelined Dale Earnhardt Jr . this weekend at Chicagoland. Bowman has made two starts in the Hendrick Motorsports ride and will make seven more starts for the team this season, splitting seat time with veteran driver Jeff Gordon . Click here for the 2016 No. 88 driver schedule . • Given Chicagoland's relatively young age, there have only been nine Sprint Cup winners at the Illinois track. "Smoke" leads the pack with three trips to Victory Lane, with Brad Keselowski on his heels with two wins. Six of the nine winners are current Chase competitors. • A win at Chicagoland would guarantee a Chase competitor entrance into the next round of the Chase, beginning on Oct. 8 at Charlotte Motor Speedway . One thing to watch though, NASCAR announced rules updates for the Chase regarding post-race laser inspection and lug nuts and the penalties associated with those. Read more on those updates here .
Matt Tifft: I'm '100 percent ready to go' at Chicagoland
MORE: Tifft tweets upbeat video post-surgery " Tifft joins Red Horse Racing JOLIET, Ill. -- Matt Tifft climbs back on the horse tonight here at Chicagoland Speedway , a Red Horse in fact, as the 20-year-old returns to competition following surgery for a brain tumor just 11 weeks ago. Tifft will be competing in the No. 11 Toyota Tundra for Red Horse Racing in Friday night's American Ethanol E15 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). It will be his first NASCAR start since May 21 when he finished fifth in a Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway . He recently tested in a Late Model entry at Hickory (N.C.) Speedway and said he has driven go-karts as well to prepare for his return. "I did not feel anything at all that was different and I would not be here this weekend if I did not feel like I was 100 percent and ready to go," Tifft said Friday. In late June, Joe Gibbs Racing officials, for whom Tifft competes part-time in NASCAR's XFINITY Series, announced that doctors had discovered a "low-grade glioma" during Tifft's evaluation and treatment for a back condition. He underwent surgery on July 1. Thursday Tifft was back behind the wheel of the Red Horse entry, taking part in practice on the 1.5-mile track. "I radioed in after the first practice how much I had missed it," said Tifft, who was sixth and 19th, respectively, in Thursday's two Truck Series practices. ... "Going the high speeds and going into the banking of a track like Chicagoland in a Truck Series event, it's totally different than what you can prepare for on a short track. A lot of fun but also I had to be on my game just like any other driver has to be. It takes a lap or two for you to get used to it and I think by the second run out there we were running competitive times again. "But, definitely, was soaking it in going around the first couple of laps." Teammate Timothy Peters said the "feedback and … positives that (Tifft) brings to the race team is just second to none. "A good person to boot," Peters said. "It's hard to beat that. "He was fast in the first practice (on Thursday) and would've been right up there will all of us (in the second)," Peters noted, adding that Tifft's team did not make a mock qualifying run. "Chicagoland is one of my favorites tracks," said Tifft. "I had a lot of fun (Thursday). It was really great to be back in the truck, so I'm looking forward to tonight and getting back in my first race."
2016 Camping World Truck Series Chase field
RELATED: Chase Grid " Every 2016 race winner The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase Grid was set with the end of the 16-race regular season on Friday night at Chicagoland Speedway . Six full-time drivers with victories in 2016 made the eight-driver field with two drivers getting in on their strength of consistency thanks to their point positions in the driver standings. This year marks the first time the Camping World Truck Series will use the elimination-style format that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has used since 2014. The Truck Series Chase will be three rounds and opens next weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . The Round of 8 will consist of races at New Hampshire, Las Vegas and Talladega, where two drivers will be eliminated from the field. The Round of 6 will consist of races at Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix, where two drivers will be eliminated from the field, setting the stage for the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 18. Here's who comprises the field. NASCAR announced the seeding and the points shortly after the finish of the American Ethanol e15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway . 1. William Byron, No. 9 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota (five wins, 2015 points) 2. Matt Crafton , No. 88 ThorSport Racing Toyota (two wins, 2006 points) 3. John Hunter Nemechek , No. 8 NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet (two wins, 2006 points) 4. Christopher Bell , No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota (one win, 2003 points) 5. Johnny Sauter , No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet (one win, 2003 points) 6. Ben Kennedy , No. 33 GMS Racing Chevrolet (one win, 2003 points) 7. Daniel Hemric , No. 19 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford (on points, 2000 points) 8. Timothy Peters , No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota (on points, 2000 points) &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;
Rain shuffles Chicagoland schedule; Kyle Busch awarded pole
RELATED: Live weather updates from Chicago JOLIET, Ill. -- Rain altered Friday's schedule at Chicagoland Speedway and washed out Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. As the top seed in Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , and with his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota seeded first in the corresponding owners' standings, Kyle Busch will start on the pole at the 1.5-mile track for the first of the 10 playoff races that will decide the 2016 champion. Busch also will get first pick of pit stalls, with the corresponding advantage of choosing the stall nearest the exit from pit road. Brad Keselowski , who like Busch recorded a series-best four victories during the 26-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular season, will start on the outside of the front row, as the 16 Chase drivers take the green flag from the top 16 positions, according to respective seeding. A three-time winner thanks to last Saturday's victory at Richmond, Denny Hamlin will start third beside Kevin Harvick , the highest-seeded driver with two wins. Carl Edwards and Martin Truex Jr . will take the green from fifth and sixth, respectively, with Matt Kenseth in seventh, as Toyota drivers occupy five of the top seven starting positions. Jimmie Johnson , Kyle Larson , Tony Stewart , Kurt Busch , Chris Buescher , Chase Elliott , Austin Dillon and Jamie McMurray are eighth through 16th on the grid, respectively. Showers dampened the 1.5-mile track Friday, first delaying opening XFINITY Series practice and then forcing the cancellation of Sprint Cup qualifying. RELATED: See the full lineup According to NASCAR officials, the new schedule for Friday was as follows: XFINITY Series practice from 3:15-4:25 p.m. ET (NBC Sports App); NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying at 4:30 p.m ET (on FS1) and a newly scheduled Sprint Cup Series practice from 6:45-7:45 p.m. ET (NBCSN). Races are scheduled for all three NASCAR national series this weekend, which culminates with Sunday's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM), the opening event of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. The track has been the host of the Chase opener since the 2011 season. The weekend also features regular-season finales for the NASCAR XFINITY Series on Saturday and the Camping World Truck Series on Friday night. The XFINITY tour will set its 12-driver field in Saturday's Drive for Safety 300 (3 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM), and the truck series' eight-driver postseason grid will be set after Friday night's American Ethanol E15 225 (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM). NASCAR Wire Services contributed to this report.