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Austin Dillon avoids spinning Ranger
Championship contender Austin Dillon keeps his day going by avoiding the spinning Andrew Ranger .
Zalenski survives Phoenix melee for first NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series win
RELATED: See the complete iRacing schedule Rookie NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series driver Bobby Zalenski scored his first victory at Phoenix International Raceway Tuesday night, holding off Ray Alfalla and Ryan Luza on two late-race restarts. Zalenski took the lead on a restart with ten laps to go when leader Andrew Fayash missed a shift. Logan Clampitt, who was restarting second, also moved alongside Fayash as the three raced door-to-door into Turn 1. Zalenski had such a sharp angle into the corner he could not keep his car on the bottom which led him to hit Clampitt, spinning the erstwhile series leader out of contention. Zalenski escaped with minimal damage and had the race lead, but he would need to execute on one more restart with the two strongest drivers in 2017 thus far right behind him. The green flew with five laps left but before Alfalla and Luza could challenge for the win, Michael Conti spun Fayash entering Turn One leading to a race-ending caution. Alfalla finished runner-up, right in front of Luza as both rebounded from their problems at Texas. Dylan Duval finished fourth and Zack Novak was fifth, the first time either driver has finished in the top five this season. Matt Bussa started on pole and led the race to the green flag, building a comfortable lead on Luza during the opening laps. Bussa led the entirety of the first run, only relinquishing the lead to pit for tires and fuel on Lap 53. However, Bussa would not return to the front after the stops as several sim racers short-pitted including Michael Conti, who assumed the lead. A caution on Lap 59 brought nearly all the lead lap cars back into the pits for tires with Conti leading the pack off pit road. Conti would restart third but only took one lap to pass Adam Gilliland and Marcus Richardson to retake the lead. Unlike the first run when Luza kept in touch with Bussa, nobody came close to matching Conti's speed on the long run as the No. 5 drove off and left the field. Like Bussa, Conti led until pitting for routine service on Lap 106 and just like the first round of stops, a caution interrupted the pit cycle before it was complete, costing Conti and other frontrunners some track position. The final 40 laps were quite the wreckfest as drivers tried to gain positions after restarts. Chris Overland held the lead briefly but Fayash got by shortly after the restart. Despite not showing speed early in the race, Fayash looked quite strong out front and led until his unfortunate missed shift and subsequent crash one restart later. Luza is back on top of the standings thanks to his third-place effort and Clampitt's troubles. He leads Zalenski by five points while Clampitt slips to third, seven points adrift. Alfalla sits fourth, but is within striking distance as he is only 13 points out of the lead. Darik Bourdeau rounds out the top five, 32 points back. Next up is a date with Richmond International Raceway, the second-consecutive short track on the schedule. Look for many of the same faces to be up front as Luza, Alfalla, Clampitt and Zalenski look to break away from the field. With 2017 looking like one of the most competitive NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series seasons ever, can anyone break away and become the favorite for the sim racing title? Find out in two weeks on iRacingLive!
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
Saturday practice recaps from Atlanta, Canada
Kenseth paces final Sprint Cup practice; Logano led day's first session RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Sprint Cup Series practice 3 " Results Matt Kenseth topped Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' final practice in advance of Sunday's Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Still searching for his first win of 2014, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver rounded the track at a high speed of 188.251 mph. Coming in second-fastest was Team Penske driver Joey Logano at 187.869 mph. Logano led Saturday's opening practice session. Denny Hamlin (187.114 mph), Jeff Gordon (186.956 mph) and Jimmie Johnson (186.855 mph) completed the top five for the final session. Coors Light Pole Award winner Kevin Harvick was 23rd-fastest after posting a speed of 183.473 mph on his first of 41 laps. Making his Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend, Ty Dillon came in as 28th-fastest in the closing session (182.362 mph). The Sprint Cup Series will return to the track Sunday for the Oral-B USA 500 at 7:30 p.m. ET with TV coverage on ESPN. Sprint Cup Series practice 2 " Results Joey Logano topped the speed charts in the 50-minute practice session of Sprint Cup Series practice for the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway . Practice was called five minutes early due to rain. Logano's opening lap of 189.351 mph was good to lead the entire practice. The three-time winner in 2014 has shown plenty of speed all year long. Coors Light Pole Award winner Kevin Harvick placed second in the session with a fast lap of 188.328 mph. Harvick earned his sixth Coors Light Pole Award of 2014 and the 12th of his career on Friday night. Dale Earnhardt Jr. led the way for a Hendrick Motorsports contingent that placed all four of its cars in the top 11 of practice. Earnhardt ran a lap of 187.843 mph, which placed him third overall. Future Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin (187.405 mph) and Carl Edwards (187.215 mph) rounded out the top five. Edwards led Friday's lone practice session with a fast lap of 192.855 mph. Greg Biffle , Edwards' current teammate at Roush Fenway Racing , placed sixth in the session. Tony Stewart , who was participating in just his second practice since return to the track, after a three-race absence finished in 15th place for the session. Brad Keselowski , who will start on the front row with Harvick, placed 26th in the session. He was 18th in the opening practice on Friday. Camping World Truck Series practice 2 " Results Andrew Ranger topped the final practice for the Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park . Ranger's lap of 109.614 mph set the pace in the final 85-minute practice session. Ranger is making his first career Camping World Truck Series start this weekend. The 27-year-old Quebec native is a regular in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and has two wins in eight events on that circuit this season. Ranger does have 17 Nationwide Series starts and one Sprint Cup Series start to his name. German Quiroga Jr. , who topped the charts in the opening practice, placed second in this session with a speed of 109.597 mph. Cole Custer was third with a speed of 109.526 mph. Ryan Blaney and Gray Gaulding rounded out the top five. Defending series champion Matt Crafton placed seventh in the session. Darrell Wallace Jr. , a two-time winner this season, finished ninth. Points leader Johnny Sauter placed 10th in the session. There was a brief caution during the session for debris in Turn 5. Camping World Truck Series practice 1 " Results German Quiroga Jr. used his final lap of opening practice to take the top spot in the session for the Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park . Quiroga led the way with a fast lap of 108.967 mph. Brennan Newberry was second on the speed chart with a lap of 108.492 mph. Road course specialist Alex Tagliani , who is making his first Truck Series start, placed third with a lap of 108.406 mph. Gray Gaulding and Jeb Burton rounded out the top five. Points leader Johnny Sauter finished 13th in the session, while his ThorSport Racing teammate and defending series champion Matt Crafton placed 11th. NASCAR Next alumnus Cameron Hayley placed 14th. Hayley is making his first Truck Series start in the No. 32 for Turner Scott Motorsports. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Blaney edges Quiroga in photo finish at Canada
Blaney scores first Camping World Truck Series victory of 2014
Past, present and future collide in jam-packed two weeks
Plenty of NASCAR action at Charlotte, Iowa and more over the next two weeks
Carnage late in Loudon
Brian Scott turns the No. 66, setting off a multi-car pileup off Turn 2 late in the race.
Snapshot: Kobalt 400
RELATED: Starting lineup " 10-lap averages What: Kobalt 400 Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 1.5-mile D-shaped oval in Las Vegas Green flag: 3:46 p.m. ET TV/Radio: FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Forecast: Sunny with a high near 83 degrees. Light north winds, according to National Weather Service National anthem: Night Ranger Grand Marshal: John Fogerty, singer/musician Race distance: 267 laps, 400.5 miles Pit road speed: 45 mph Caution car speed: 55 mph Stage lengths: Stage 1 ends on Lap 80. Stage 2 ends on Lap 160. Final Stage is scheduled to end on Lap 267
Full schedule for Las Vegas
RELATED: See Las Vegas races live NASCAR Goes West for the start of a three-race weekend swing that begins with a doubleheader at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Check out the full weekend schedule below. Note: All times are ET SUNDAY, MARCH 12: PRE-RACE SCHEDULE -- 1:30 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver/Crew Chief Meeting (Neon Garage) -- 3 p.m: Driver introductions -- 3:30 p.m.: Presentation of Colors by: Nellis Air Force Base Honor Guard -- 3:30:20 p.m.: Invocation by: Kurt Schulke, Chaplain, Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- 3:30:45 p.m.: Intro National Anthem -- 3:31 p.m.: National Anthem by: Night Ranger (Large American flag unfurled by 433rd Fighter Weapons Squadron, Nellis AFB) -- 3:32 p.m.: Fly-By TOT: 2 F-15’s & 2 F-22’s from USAFWS Nellis AFB (Backstretch to Frontstretch) -- 3:37 p.m.: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: John Fogerty -- 3:46 p.m.: Start of the Kobalt 400 (267 Laps, 400.5 Miles) ON TRACK -- 3:30 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Kobalt 400 (267 laps, 400.5 miles), FOX ( Results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 7 p.m. (approximately): Post-Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race FRIDAY, MARCH 10: ON TRACK -- 2-3:25 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1 ( Results ) -- 4-4:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FS1 ( Results ) -- 6-6:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FS2 ( Results ) -- 7:45 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS2 ( Results ) GARAGECAM ( Watch live ) -- 1:30 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series -- 3:30 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 12:15 p.m.: Chris Buescher -- 12:30 p.m.: Matt Kenseth -- 12:45 p.m.: Kurt Busch -- 1 p.m.: Brad Keselowski -- 1:30 p.m.: Brendan Gaughan and Spencer Gallagher -- 3:45 p.m.: Las Vegas Motor Speedway announcement -- 5:10 p.m.: Kyle Busch -- 9 p.m. (approximately): Post-Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying SATURDAY, MARCH 11: ON TRACK -- Noon-12:55 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1 ( Results ) -- 1:05 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 ( Results ) -- 2:30-3:20 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1 ( Results ) -- 4 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Boyd Gaming 300 (200 laps, 300 miles), FS1 ( Results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 6:30 p.m. (approximately): Post-NASCAR XFINITY Series race
'Baddest man' Chuck Norris welcomes Texas Chase opportunity
(Photo credit: Chuck Norris Facebook ) FORT WORTH, Texas -- Chuck Norris is so beloved, treasured and adored that the actor and martial arts expert has internet memes, Twitter handles and fan clubs dedicated to honoring his very existence. According to the hugely popular and always creative Chuck Norris Facts website: "The Bermuda Triangle used to be the Bermuda Square until Chuck Norris roundhouse kicked one of the corners off.'" Another entry promises, "Chuck Norris can believe it's not butter.'" And of course, "Chuck Norris knows the last digit of pi." There are clever memes picturing Norris. MORE: Chuck Norris and NASCAR -- all the memes you need "When Chuck Norris does push-ups, he doesn't push himself up, he pushes the earth down," says one. "When Google has a question, they Norris it," suggests another. The popularity and fondness bestowed on Norris is much appreciated by the actor, who lives near Houston and will be trackside Sunday to introduce the eight Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers prior to the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway . It will truly be a mutual appreciation between NASCAR’s biggest stars and one of America's most treasured celebrities. "I'm looking forward to introducing the drivers and being with the NASCAR fans, plus I haven't seen (track president) Eddie Gossage and (Speedway Motorsports Chairman) Bruton Smith in years so this will be a great opportunity to get re-acquainted," Norris said. "I used to go out to the track often when I lived in Dallas filming the Walker, Texas Ranger series. The Norrises just love speed. I used to race off-road and then I did the powerboat racing for a few years. We're into all this racing stuff." Gossage thought it was the ultimate "natural" idea to invite Norris to introduce the Chase drivers prior to Sunday's race. "The thinking was, introducing the eight baddest drivers because they're still in the Chase you need the baddest man on the planet," Gossage said. "And with all the internet facts and memes it was obvious that has t o be Chuck Norris. The fact he's a friend and a Texan and been here a number of times, that’s an easy one to put together." For all of his work on television, in movies and as one of the most accomplished American martial arts experts, the 76-year old Norris is still genuinely amazed at the warm reception he receives everywhere he goes. And he has a good sense of humor about the cult-like following that has developed worldwide with the memes and fan clubs. "It’s interesting," Norris allowed with a laugh. "These Chuck Norris facts have reconnected me with the young people again. There’s a young college kid that sent me the first three Chuck Norris facts and I read them. "The first one I ever read was: 'They wanted to put Chuck Norris on Mount Rushmore but the granite wasn't tough enough.' It's been 10 years since I saw that one." "And," he recalled, "I did two tours in Iraq to shake hands with the troops and I did that with over 40,000 soldiers because they were bugging their commanders to shake my hand after hearing these Chuck Norris facts. "Every time one of them came over to shake my hand, he'd tell me a Chuck Norris fact. And then I'd go to the commode and Chuck Norris facts were written on the wall. I thought, 'I can't get away from these things.'" Nor does he really want to. His popularity and decades long work in his first love, martial arts, along with his well-received work in television shows like the long-running Walker, Texas Ranger and movies such as Delta Force and Missing in Action make Norris one of the most recognizable faces in the world. And he is using that support and following to continue his great work with the KickStart Kids Foundation he formed in 1992. The program is truly the heart of his commitment to giving back. He and his wife Gena chair the foundation, which has worked with at-risk children and proudly helped graduate over 85,000 since the organization began. For the next week the Norries are selling "Chuck Yeah" t-shirts at represent.com/chuckyeah to raise money for their KickStart Foundation. "I'm a huge NASCAR fan and my son Eric has been driving in NASCAR for years, so we thought this would be a great opportunity," Norris said. "This race gives me the opportunity to help our fundraiser for the Kick Start program. Most of these kids have gone on to college and been successful in their own right." So for this weekend, Norrises intensity comes with a wide smile and proud heart. "I just love going out there and meeting these drivers," Norris said. "They are just down-to-earth guys and they have great values. Those are the kind of guys I like to be around." And it's definitely a mutual feeling.