Practice 2 recap " RELATED: Full practice 2 results Kyle Busch topped the final practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Phoenix International Raceway . Busch paced the 85-minute practice session with a fast lap of 135.491 mph in his No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Just as he did in the first practice session, Ty Dillon (No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet) came in second for the session (135.466 mph). Brendan Gaughan (135.298 mph, No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet), Chris Buescher (134.897 mph, No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford) and Chase Elliott (134.781 mph, No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet) made up the top five for final practice. Buescher, the XFINITY Series points leader, holds a 24-point edge on Elliott for the championship lead. The JR Motorsports driver is the defending series champion and mathematically clinched his title at Phoenix last year. Austin Dillon , who topped the opening practice session, came in seventh. Qualifying for the XFINITY Series DAV 200 Honoring America's Veterans will take place on Saturday at 12:45 p.m. ET (NBCSN/Live Extra). Practice 1 recap " RELATED: Full Practice 1 results The Dillon brothers clocked in the two fastest speeds during Friday's NASCAR XFINITY Series practice at Phoenix International Raceway . The No. 33 of Austin topped the leaderboard (136.018 mph) while the No. 3 of Ty was second (135.542 mph ). Chase Elliott 's No. 9 Chevrolet had a surge late during the session, rounding out the top three with a fastest lap of 135.105 mph. One of the busiest drivers of the weekend, Erik Jones was fourth during Friday's XFINITY Series practice session. Jones, who is racing in all three series at the track, wheeled his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota around the 1-mile track at 134.690 mph. Kyle Busch , with 75 series wins, was fifth-fastest as his No. 54 JGR Toyota came in at 134.013 mph. Daniel Suarez went for a late spin in his No. 18 JGR Toyota, but ended practice with minimal damage to his Toyota. He finished ninth (133.057 mph). Series points leader, Chris Buescher was 12th with his No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford coming in at 132.606 mph.
RELATED: Full results from practice Austin Dillon launched atop Friday's lone practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Texas Motor Speedway . Dillon , the 2013 series champ who is now a regular in the Sprint Cup Series, pushed the Richard Childress Racing No. 33 Chevrolet to a best lap of 184.363 mph in the two-hour, 25-minute session, the only tuning prep for Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, PRN, SiriusXM). Brad Keselowski was second-fastest in the Team Penske No. 22 Ford with a lap of 184.256 mph around the 1.5-mile track. Erik Jones , Regan Smith and Daniel Suarez completed the top five. Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch , a seven-time XFINITY Series winner at Texas, was sixth-fastest in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota. Series leader Chris Buescher turned the 12th-fastest lap in the Roush Fenway Racing No. 60 Ford. He enters the 31st of 33 races this season with a 27-point edge on defending champ Chase Elliott (10th-fastest), a 33-point cushion on Smith and a 36-point advantage over Ty Dillon (ninth-fastest). Darrell Wallace Jr . was seventh-fastest in practice, but scraped the right side of his Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 Ford against the Turn 4 wall late in the session. Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the XFINITY Series is scheduled for Saturday at 12:15 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Kyle Larson passes Austin Dillon with four laps remaining to win the Ford EcoBoost 300.
RELATED: Full lineup NASCAR XFINITY Series qualifying was canceled on Saturday as Air Titans continued to dry a damp Texas Motor Speedway . After posting the fastest lap (184.363 mph) during Friday's practice session, Austin Dillon will bring the 40-car field to the green in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, PRN, SiriusXM). Joining Dillon's No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet on the front row will be Sprint Cup Series pole winner Brad Keselowski after posting the second-fastest lap during XFINITY Series practice. Erik Jones , Friday's winner in the Camping World Truck Series, will start third in his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. The No. 7 Chevrolet of Regan Smith and the No. 18 Toyota of Daniel Suarez will start fourth and fifth, respectively. Series points leader Chris Buescher will line up 12th.
NASCAR.com’s Costner Merrifield recaps the O’Reilly Auto Parts at Texas Motor Speedway as Brad Keselowski battles Austin Dillon in the final laps and grabs the NASCAR XFINITY Series win.
The classic NASCAR film "Days of Thunder" was loosely based on the career of 13-time premier series victor Tim Richmond, who had earned the nickname "Hollywood." Given his comfort in the spotlight over the course of the past two decades, perhaps the nickname would also suit Jeff Gordon , who retired from full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition after falling just short in his bid for a historic fifth title on Sunday. Born a California boy, it was clear from the start of his career that Gordon was cut from a different cloth than the good ol' boys who had ruled NASCAR throughout its storied history. He was polished. He was refined. He was -- eventually, once mustache met razor -- well-groomed. And people took notice. Before long there were endorsements, seemingly more Gordon memorabilia lining the shelves than shelves themselves and, oh yeah, four titles in his first nine seasons, solidifying a Hall of Fame resume before he even hit age 30. And Gordon's influence on the actual racing part of the sport will be everlasting. Take a look at the final Sprint Cup standings . There are only two drivers in the top 25 who originally hail from North Carolina ( Dale Earnhardt Jr . and Austin Dillon ), NASCAR's original talent pool hot bed. Many factors led to this, but Gordon's All-American appeal, charm and charisma helped pave the way -- even while playing the foil to Dale Earnhardt -- opening up NASCAR to a mainstream audience, flooding stands and couches in front of non-flat-screened TV sets with an audience that stretched from coast to coast, border to border. An audience that tuned in to see Gordon become the first -- and to date, only -- race car driver host one of America's most notable television programs, NBC's "Saturday Night Live." Jeff Gordon 's monologue from a 2003 episode of NBC's "Saturday Night Live." "I asked (Gordon) recently, a while back, about what made you go on 'Saturday Night Live,' what made you want to do that," NASCAR Chairman & CEO Brian France said Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway . "Number 1, he said, 'Well, they asked me.' And I said, 'Well, OK.' But he said, 'Look, I felt comfortable doing a lot of things that were not mainstream for a NASCAR driver.' "And he was smart about it. He knew that that could separate him from other drivers and he was good at it." Gordon's SNL appearance on Jan. 11, 2003, was a tipping point of bringing NASCAR to the masses, an unquestionable testament to the Hendrick Motorsports driver's popularity and wide-ranging allure. Gordon got to "beat up" a fake Gary Busey while hosting "SNL." It's the crowning achievement in Gordon's on-screen roles, a list that includes 27 appearances on "Live!" (with Regis/Kathie Lee/Kelly/Michael), including 11 guest hosting gigs. He's also appeared in "Spin City", "Arli$$", "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire", "The Drew Carey Show", "Looney Tunes: Back in Action", "Taxi", "Herbie Fully Loaded", "Sesame Street", "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition", "Top Gear", "The Simpsons", "Jeopardy" and even "Cars 2" -- as the appropriately named character "Jeff Gorvette." That curriculum vitae alone -- which is pared down; check out his entire IMDb page -- shows Gordon's star power across generations of fans and television watchers. Gordon also got to play a fighter pilot. Ultimately, with Gordon walking away on such a high note from the sport he's gotten so much out of, NASCAR has reaped the benefits of his contributions. Millions of NASCAR fans can thank Jeff Gordon for opening their eyes to the sport. "He's one of those guys, I always look back at drivers that take out a lot less than they put in," France said. "He's one of those guys that has put in a lot to grow the sport. And other drivers should think about that a little bit. Because he's really a model in that respect. "I have a lot of respect for Jeff Gordon ."
RELATED: Complete results from Charlotte CONCORD, N.C. – Where Charlotte Motor Speedway is concerned, Austin Dillon doesn't mind being a creature of habit. After experienced veterans Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne knocked themselves out of contention on Lap 151 of Friday night's Drive for the Cure 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the 1.5-mile track, Dillon streaked away from Erik Jones to win by 2.809 seconds over the Joe Gibbs Racing driver. With the victory, Dillon completed a season sweep at Charlotte, both wins coming from the pole position. The triumph was Dillon's fourth of the season in the XFINITY Series and the sixth of his career. Dillon's closest call came not on the track, but during the pre-race ceremony. A fireball from one of the skyrockets used to liven up the proceedings dropped out of the evening sky and singed Dillon's firesuit. "I was actually praying, and the fireworks hit me in the back," Dillon said. "I didn't know if it was a sign from God or what. But it got me going right there with a firework in the butt." Now that he's completed a season sweep in the XFINITY Series, Dillon will go for a weekend sweep on Saturday night, but he'll have to win his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race to achieve it. "We going to do our best (on Saturday) to do the same thing we did tonight," Dillon said. Brad Keselowski ran third, followed by Daniel Suarez and Regan Smith . Chris Buescher came home seventh and extended his series lead to 26 points over defending champion Chase Elliott , who finished ninth. Busch lost several positions after a Lap 147 restart, and he and Kahne raced aggressively for third place -- with repeated side-by-side contact between the two cars, before Busch pulled ahead. But Kahne drove hard into Turn 3 on Lap 151, tapping Busch's Toyota twice and sending it up into the outside wall. Kahne's Chevrolet also sustained damage in the incident, but he managed to finish 12th. Busch took his car to the garage on Lap 154 and retired from the race in 31st-place. "Kyle got mad because he got into it with his teammate (Jones) off Turn 2 on the start," Kahne said after the race. "That shuffled him back to where I was, and I'm racing to try to get by him." By Kahne's account, the hard racing soon escalated. "He started beating on me down the back and on the front, and I overdrove Turn 3 and got into him," Kahne said. Busch was not available to comment after exiting his car. Before the incident, Busch had led a race-high 102 laps, taking over the all-time lead in the series at Charlotte with 1,288 laps led. Mark Martin was the previous record holder with 1,257.
RELATED: See the full lineup Austin Dillon ruled qualifying for the NASCAR XFINITY Series on Friday afternoon, securing the Coors Light Pole Award at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Dillon drove the Richard Childress Racing No. 33 Chevrolet to a fast lap of 183.524 mph on the 1.5-mile track. Dillon will start first in Friday night's Drive for the Cure 300 Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM) after claiming his sixth pole position of the season and the 16th of his XFINITY Series career. Fellow Sprint Cup Series regular Kasey Kahne will start the JR Motorsports No. 88 Chevy alongside Dillon after posting the second-fastest lap at 183.150 mph. Erik Jones was third-best with series points leader Chris Buescher fourth and Kyle Busch completing the top five. Defending race winner Brad Keselowski was among the drivers failing to advance to the final round of qualifying, posting the 13th-fastest time. Defending series champion Chase Elliott was 17th-fastest, also missing out on the final cut. Buescher enters the 29th of 33 races this season with a 24-point lead over Elliott and a 36-point advantage over Regan Smith , last week's winner and the 12th-fastest qualifier. Cale Conley brought out an early stoppage in the first round of qualifying with a long spin out of Turn 2. Conley's No. 14 Toyota made slight contact with the inside retaining wall on the backstretch before he was able to limp back to the XFINITY Series garage.
RELATED: Dillon celebrates amid fireworks at Charlotte CONCORD, N.C.—Pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway had a scary moment for Austin Dillon . A firework came down next to the pole sitter and his girlfriend, Whitney Ward. The firework landed on Dillon's backside and burnt the back of his fire suit, NBCSN reported before the race got underway. By the way the driver of No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet drove on this night, he seemed fine. He led 61 laps en route to completing a season sweep of the Charlotte XFINITY Series events in 2015, while also scoring his fourth XFINITY win of the year in just his 16th start. "I was praying with my girlfriend and I think it was a sign from God," Dillon said after the race. "He said, 'your getting ready to have a good night or something.' Get your butt in gear." Dillon said it hurt a little bit and showed off his burnt fire suit in the media center. Dillon's crew chief, Danny Stockman Jr. said that the whole thing didn't seem real. "To be honest with you, it was looking at a movie screen and seeing all the light crashing right in front of you," Stockman said. "I thought it was not real for a second. Then, it kind of went in between the door and Austin's butt. It burnt his fire suit up. It burnt the wrap on the car. They tell kids don't play with fireworks for a reason." Stockman admitted to also being concerned about possible damage to the car from the firework. "As it fell it hit the left front side skirt and went underneath the car. As hot as whatever is coming off that firework is, it could have burned something underneath there. We checked it out and it was good. Pretty wild."
RELATED: Practice 1 results Austin Dillon rose to the top of opening NASCAR XFINITY Series practice Thursday afternoon, edging his brother on the leaderboard at Richmond International Raceway . Dillon , a Sprint Cup Series regular running a partial XFINITY schedule, drove the Richard Childress Racing No. 33 Chevrolet to a best lap of 121.474 mph on the .75-mile track. He'll shooting for his fourth XFINITY win of the season in Friday night's Virginia 529 College Savings 250 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM). A late-afternoon storm washed away a 55-minute final practice, leaving the 85-minute opening session as Thursday's only track time for the series. Coors Light Pole Qualifying is scheduled Friday at 3:45 p.m. ET. Younger brother Ty Dillon was second-fastest in practice at 120.627 mph in another Childress-owned entry. The No. 3 Chevrolet driver enters the 25th of 33 races this season second in the XFINITY standings, 29 points behind series leader Chris Buescher . Josh Berry was third-fastest in the 85-minute session, pushing the JR Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet to a lap of 120.503 mph in preparation for just his third XFINITY start. Daniel Suarez , a Dash 4 Cash bonus winner last week at Darlington Raceway , and Ryan Truex , making his first XFINITY start since 2012, completed the top five. Defending series champion Chase Elliott was 10th-fastest in the JR Motorsports No. 9 Chevrolet. Defending race winner Kyle Busch , who has five XFINITY victories at Richmond, was 11th-fastest in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota. Buescher, the series points leader since May, was 18th-fastest in the Roush Fenway Racing No. 60 Ford. Berry also posted the best 10-lap average, edging JRM teammates Elliott and Regan Smith atop that chart. Only eight of the 41 drivers entered ran more than 10 consecutive laps. Brian Scott , preparing for his 200th XFINITY Series start, was 14th-fastest in the Richard Childress Racing No. 2 Chevrolet.