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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
Suarez savors first XFINITY win at Michigan
RELATED: Race results " Standings " Chase Grid SHOP: Suarez gear Daniel Suarez surged to his first NASCAR XFINITY Series victory Saturday at Michigan International Speedway , taking the lead from Kyle Busch with two laps left. Suarez, the series' points leader, recovered from an early race speeding penalty and rallied in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota. He led twice for four laps and became the first Mexican-born driver to win in any of NASCAR's three national series. He also became the XFINITY tour's sixth foreign-born winner in his 48th career start. "I just have no words honestly. I don’t think I can speak English or Spanish right now honestly," Suarez said after emerging from his car in Victory Lane. "I can't thank these guys enough for all the hard work -- Joe Gibbs Racing for having the confidence in me along with Toyota, Telcel Mexico, Coca-Cola and everyone who helped put this program together. I have no words to describe what I'm feeling right now." The victory drew special notice from NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. " Daniel Suarez has competed in NASCAR for a relatively brief time, yet his impact on the sport has been immeasurable," France said in a statement. "Combining impressive talent and an incredible personality, Daniel has attracted fans throughout North America. His accomplishments already are too numerous to list, so I congratulate him on his latest, and so far greatest one -- a NASCAR XFINITY Series victory. He has come close to victory on occasions, and clearly, today was worth the wait, as he had to pass Kyle Busch , the series' all-time winningest driver, in the closing laps. "Today's victory proved what many already knew: Daniel has the skill, fortitude and passion for future NASCAR stardom. I look forward to watching his career grow, and accomplishments mount, as he battles for a championship this year in the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase." Busch, a Sprint Cup Series regular, led a race-high 88 of 125 laps in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota but settled for second in the Menards 250 Presented by Valvoline . In passing Busch for the win, Suarez beat the best. Busch holds the XFINITY Series record for victories with 80. And Busch has been a willing mentor to Suarez, who also drives a limited schedule for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. "The Kyle Busch School of Charm finished 1-2-4 today, so not too bad," said Busch, a four-time XFINITY Series winner this season. "Obviously we want to win. We thought we should have won. We had the best car for the majority of the race there, but not the last 20 laps or so -- just got really loose on me." "But congratulations to Daniel Suarez . He earned that one. It's cool to see. It's a little bittersweet to lose like that, but it's all right. It's one of my students. So the student beat the teacher today." Paul Menard finished third, JGR driver Erik Jones fourth and Elliott Sadler fifth. Jones started second and led 18 laps on an emotional day for the 20-year-old driver. Jones, a Byron, Michigan native, announced through Twitter during Saturday's pre-race that his father had died Tuesday at age 53 after a bout with cancer. Before the race, he paid tribute to his father, affixing a decal with the name "Dave" in place of his own above the driver's door of his Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota. Suarez dedicated his breakthrough win to the Jones family in Victory Lane. Suarez was first off pit road during the first caution period, but a speeding penalty knocked him back to 25th place for the Lap 32 restart that followed. The speeding penalty wasn't the only obstacle Suarez had to overcome. As he was working his way back to the front after the infraction, the clutch in his No. 19 Toyota failed, causing the car to stall during a green-flag pit stop on Lap 71. Suarez gradually regained ground over the final half of the 250-miler, making his most dramatic charge over the long green-flag run to the finish. Suarez caught and inched ahead of Busch as the two drivers flashed side-by-side under the white flag for the final lap. The 24-year-old Suarez -- a NASCAR Next product and last season's Sunoco Rookie of the Year -- held on for a .281-second margin of victory at the finish. "Honestly, I was trying as hard as possible -- I was driving a little more on the edge," said Suarez, who virtually clinched a berth in the XFINITY Series' Chase playoffs. "Honestly, I was maybe risking a little more than I should have. Everything was about the win so I was trying as hard as possible and it seemed like we were good in points, but not very good in wins. I was just very hungry and I know this team was at the same spot, we were very hungry to win races and finally we got the first one." Alex Bowman led 11 laps and secured seventh place in just his third XFINITY start of the season in the JR Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet. He landed his first pole position since 2013 in Saturday's Coors Light Pole Qualifying. Team Penske 's Joey Logano finished the day sixth, but had post-race problems after failing inspection for laser inspection system (LIS). The series' next race -- the American Ethanol E15 250 Presented by Enogen -- is scheduled June 19 (1:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Iowa Speedway . Contributing: NASCAR Wire Service
Post-Race Reactions: American Ethanol 225
The top-five finishers comment on an exciting night filled with strategy and determination.
Rain halts on-track activity at Chicagoland
RELATED: Live weather updates from Chicagoland " Trucks race postponed JOLIET, Ill. -- Rain has halted on-track activity Friday at Chicagoland Speedway , throwing a kink into a busy tripleheader weekend schedule for all three NASCAR national series. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying, which had begun at 4:35 p.m. ET, was canceled without a full round being completed. So the field is being set per the rule book, resulting in practice speeds being used to set the starting grid. Friday's Truck Series race was postponed. The American Ethanol E15 225 is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway (FOX Sports 2, MRN). NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying, scheduled for 6:45 p.m. ET, was also canceled. Kevin Harvick will lead the field to green Sunday from the pole position. Precipitation pelted the 1.5-mile oval and surrounding area Thursday evening and returned Friday, the opening day of track time for the Sprint Cup , XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series. The main event -- the myAFibRisk.com 400 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM) -- marks the first of 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series playoffs. All three series got on track Friday for opening practice before rain started to fall during the opening round of Truck Series qualifying, bringing out both the tarps and a red flag. Still scheduled for today is the American Ethanol E15 225 (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1), the 16th of 23 races for the truck tour this season. The XFINITY Series is scheduled to resume on-track activity Saturday with qualifying at 2:45 p.m. ET and the Furious 7 300 at 6 p.m. ET. Both are to be broadcast on NBCSN/Live Extra.
Chicagoland Truck Series race postponed due to weather
RELATED: Full lineup for NCWTS race " Weekend schedule NASCAR officials called the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Friday night after severe weather swept through Joliet, Illinois, and the surrounding area. The American Ethanol E15 225 is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. ET Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway (FOX Sports 2). Truck Series pole qualifying also was rained out Friday, as was Sprint Cup Series qualifying, resulting in the fields being set by the rulebook. Kyle Larson , who had the top speed of 175.052 mph in NCWTS practice early Friday, will lead the field to green on Saturday in the No. 00 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. Joining Larson on the front row will be the No. 88 Toyota of Matt Crafton after posting the second-fastest lap during practice (174.967 mph). Johnny Sauter , Tyler Reddick and Timothy Peters will complete the top five on the starting lineup based on their practice speeds. Current Truck Series leader Erik Jones will start eighth. There are no previous Chicagoland winners in this weekend's field.
Larson leads sole Truck practice at Chicagoland
MORE: Full practice results Kyle Larson led the first and only NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice on Friday at Chicagoland Speedway . Larson recorded his fastest time of 175.052 mph on Lap 40 of 40. Coming up second-fastest to the JR Motorsports driver was defending two-time Truck Series champion Matt Crafton (174.967 mph). Johnny Sauter (174.927 mph), Tyler Reddick (174.627 mph) and Timothy Peters (174.216 mph) completed the top-five fastest on the leaderboard. Truck Series points leader Erik Jones was eighth-fastest (173.891 mph). There are no previous Chicagoland winners in this weekend's field. The Truck Series returns to the track at 4:35 p.m. ET for Keystone Light Pole Qualifying (FOX Sports 1) for Friday night's American Ethanol E15 225 (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1).
Kyle Larson to make Truck start for JR Motorsports
RELATED: Entry list for Chicagoland Kyle Larson will drive the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol e15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway (8:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). For Larson, it will be his first Truck Series start of the year and first since last year's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway . In nine previous starts in the series, he has one win (at Rockingham in 2013), four top fives and two poles. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular came up short on Saturday night in his bid to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup postseason field. The Chicagoland race will mark the 11th race JR Motorsports has entered in its inaugural campaign in the Camping World Truck Series. The No. 00 is primarily driven by Cole Custer , who has made seven starts in the Truck, with a win at Gateway Motorsports Park in June. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars Kasey Kahne , who won from the pole at Charlotte in May, Kevin Harvick and Alex Bowman have each piloted the Truck for one start this year. The No. 00 is currently 19th in the Camping World Truck Series owner standings.
John Hunter Nemechek scores first Truck Series win
RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings JOLIET, Ill.—One of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' youngest drivers struck a blow for old-school racing on Saturday morning at Chicagoland Speedway . Stretching his fuel mileage beyond the capabilities of most of his of competitors, John Hunter Nemechek rolled across the finish line 12.014 seconds ahead of Tyler Reddick , who was also saving fuel, to score his first victory in the series in the American Ethanol e15 225 . At 18 years, 3 months and 8 days, Nemechek is the fourth youngest winner in the series, and he accomplished the victory with a skeleton crew working on a team owned by his father, Joe Nemechek . Nemechek, a current member of the NASCAR Next class, came to pit road for the last time on Lap 94, topping off under caution one lap before the race returned to green, and managed to squeeze 56 laps out of his last tank of gas. Inheriting the lead on Lap 149 of 150 when Keystone Light Polesitter Kyle Larson ran out of fuel and brought his car to pit road, Nemechek ran out of gas off the final corner and coasted across the stripe. "We got to top off there with one to go, and he (crew chief Gere Kennon) told me to save fuel, save fuel that last run, and that's what we ended up doing," John Hunter Nemechek said. "I ran out coming out of Turn 4. It was great strategy that he had worked up in his mind. "I should know never to doubt him." When Nemechek took the green flag for the last time on Lap 96, Kennon figured the No. 8 Chevrolet was four laps short of finishing the race but didn't give his driver the specific numbers. "I just told him to save," Kennon said. "It got to 10 (laps) to go, and I said, 'Just slow down—just save.' He didn't say anything back, and I was like, 'He may not know how to save.' I told him to slow down even more, and it all worked out.' Exclusive of Joe Nemechek and son, Kennon is one of nine full-time employees supporting the Truck Series operation. "You have to think," Joe Nemechek said. "Gere Kennon and myself—we're thinkers. We're old-school thinkers. You had to figure stuff out back in the past, not with engineering, but with the old-school way of thinking 'How do you make it better?' And we've been able to do that." John Hunter Nemechek is quick to acknowledge the financial and emotional commitment his father has made to his racing effort. "He has everything invested in me, and he believes in me, so, without him, none of this would be possible, and I wouldn't be here today," John Hunter said. With his runner-up finish, Reddick took over second place in the series standings, 10 points behind leader Erik Jones , who finished sixth. Two-time defending series champion Matt Crafton suffered two pit road penalties, ran out of fuel and finished 14th, three laps down, to fall to third in points, 11 behind Jones. Timothy Peters led 41 laps and finished third, followed by Daniel Suarez , who overcame two pit road penalties to run fourth. Johnny Sauter led a race-high 52 laps and came home fifth. The race was originally scheduled to take place Friday night but was postponed due to rain until this morning.
Hemric's pit crew takes hard hit at Chicagoland
It's one of the hazards when you work in the pits, there's always the chance of getting hit during a stop. Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck race at Chicagoland Speedway produced another one of those nasty hits, but fortunately both crewmen walked away. Daniel Hemric , driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet for NTS Motorsports, lost his brakes and hit jackman Graham Molatch and front changer Steve Price during the American Ethanol e15 225 . Both Molatch and Price, who also work in the pits in the Sprint Cup Series, were taken to the infield care and released. Molatch is the starting jackman on the No. 42 car for Kyle Larson and Price is a changer for the No. 7 of Alex Bowman . "Man, I'm a little bruised up but I think I'm OK." Price said. "Most of my pain is on my left foot. I took a decent shot there, but I think it's alright." Read more at PitTalks.com
NASCAR TV schedule: Sept. 13-Sept. 20
RELATED: See the full weekend schedule " NBC Sports Live Extra All times ET Sunday, Sep t. 13 3 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, FOX Sports 1 5:30 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane (re-air), FOX Sports 1 7 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane (re-air), FOX Sports 1 11:30 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lap, NBCSN Monday, Sept. 14 6 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN Noon, NASCAR 120, NBCSN 5:30 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Tuesday, Sept. 15 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 3 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Wednesday, Sept. 16 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 7:30 p.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 Special (re-air), NBCSN 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Thursday, Sept. 17 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 4:30 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 7 p.m., NASCAR K&N Series East: Richmond (tape), NBCSN 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Friday, Sept. 18 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7:30 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 10 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, FOX Sports 1 11 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 12:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, NBCSN 2 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN 4:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1 6:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 8 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Setup, FOX Sports 1 8:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol E15 225 , FOX Sports 1 Saturday, Sept. 19 3:30 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol E15 225 (re-air), FOX Sports 1 12:30 p.m., TUDOR United SportsCar Championship: Circuit of the Americas, FOX Sports 2 1:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, CNBC 2:45 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 4 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 4:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN 5:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Countdown to Green, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Furious 7 300 , NBCSN Sunday, Sept. 20 11:30 a.m., NASCAR Race Day, FOX Sports 1 1:30 p.m., NASCAR America Sunday, NBCSN 1:30 p.m., TUDOR United SportsCar Championship: Circuit of the Americas (re-air), FOX Sports 1 2:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Countdown to Green, NBCSN 3 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series myAFibRisk.com 400 , NBCSN 6:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Post-Race Show, NBCSN 7 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lap, NBCSN 11:30 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN Midnight , NASCAR Victory Lane, FOX Sports 1 2:30 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane (re-air), FOX Sports 1 &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;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;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;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;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;nbsp;