Virginia-native Denny Hamlin holds his lead on a late-race restart to get his 11th win in the Nationwide Series.
As far as sports mottos go, it may not be the most inspiring. But coming off a career-best third place finish this past weekend at Chicagoland Speedway , Darrell " Bubba " Wallace isn't so sure. "Our motto is 'suck less,' " the Roush Fenway Racing driver said. "Suck less each and every week." Wallace, 21, earned his third top-five finish in NASCAR's XFINTY Series at Chicago, trailing Sprint Cup Series regulars Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth , both of Joe Gibbs Racing , across the finish line. Running just ahead of another Sprint Cup regular, Richard Childress Racing 's Paul Menard , Wallace's No. 6 Ford ran out of gas coming out of the final turn. Wallace's previous career best was a fifth-place finish at Charlotte earlier this year, a mark he equaled recently at Road America . He has 14 top-10 results in 32 career starts in the series. Another mile-and-a-half track is on tap for this weekend when the XFINITY Series returns to Kentucky Speedway Saturday for the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN). "To come out of (Chicago) with a top five, going into these mile-and-a-halves that we've got coming up, that definitely builds the confidence," Wallace said. "It says a lot. Especially going into Kentucky where we were really strong (earlier) and finished seventh or so. "We can definitely go back, we know where we need to improve and get us another top five." Wallace is sixth in points heading into this weekend's event. Teammate Chris Buescher is the points leader, with Ty Dillon (RCR), Chase Elliott (JR Motorsports), Regan Smith (JRM) and Elliott Sadler (RFR) completing the top five. Including the Kentucky stop, five of the final seven events for the series will be contested on 1.5-mile tracks. And that's just fine with Wallace. "I think our only struggle point will be Phoenix," he said of the season's next-to-last event. "As a whole we weren't good there in the spring and personally I am not good there. I definitely need work on that track. "The rest of the season I think we can take this momentum and finish off strong. We need to just keep our heads up and keep digging. We can use (Chicago) as momentum … good to come out of (there) with a third-place-finish. "Chicago … is always a great venue for me. Kentucky, Dover is redemption for sure. We always run good there. I am looking for a strong season from here." With the Sprint Cup Series competing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend, the only full-time Cup regular scheduled to race at Kentucky is J.J. Yeley. Sprint Cup drivers have won four of the last five XFINITY Series races and 18 of 26 this season. Busch led 102 laps on his way to the win and Kenseth led 84 in the 200-lap event at Chicago. "Every team goes through phases of their strong points and they are hitting on all notes right now," Wallace said of the JGR program. "We are trying to get there. We are close. We are about a seventh-place car each and every weekend and we need to improve on that. We are hitting on the right notes to get that process better and get where they are. "It is going to take a bit. Those guys have been really hitting on it lately. … That is OK. I am not going to worry about them." Two practice sessions are scheduled for XFINITY Series teams Friday at Kentucky from 3:30-4:25 p.m. ET and 6-7 p.m. ET. Qualifying is slated for Saturday, beginning at 4:45 p.m.
RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings John Wes Townley won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rhino Linings 350 on Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway by coasting to the finish line as drivers such a Erik Jones , Matt Crafton and Cameron Hayley ran short of fuel or needed to make a late stop. For Townley it was his first career victory in a major NASCAR series, but it didn't come without some tense moments as his crew chief was advising him to use three-quarters throttle in the race's final three laps. However, it turned out to be enough as race leader Crafton (eighth place) had to pit for a spalsh-and-go with five laps remaining and Jones (ninth) and Hayley (10th) were seen wiggling their trucks short on fuel in the final laps. "I would have run out of gas if it hadn’t been for (spotter) Terry (Cook)," Townley said after the race. "I took care of this thing (truck) tonight and it took care of me. This is amazing; awesome." Said crew chief Michael Shelton, a former series championship crew chief, "It's been a lot of time coming. He's (Townley) had a tough career at times." Timothy Peters finished second, followed by Ben Kennedy , John Hunter Nemechek and Brandon Jones to round out the top five. Erik Jones leads Crafton by four points in the driver standings, with Tyler Reddick , who finished seventh, 16 points down. Reddick wrecked with teammate Austin Theriault on Lap 13. Theriault, whose truck went head-on into the wall, was airlifted to a nearby hospital for observation. According to a post on the driver's Facebook page, Theriault was alert and communicating. RELATED: Theriault airlifted after Vegas wreck The Truck Series will return to the track on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Talladega Superspeedway for the Fred's 250 Presented by Coca-Cola (1 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM).
Presenting NASCAR content from around the web Editor's note: On Wednesday at noon ET, "High 5" will present some of the best NASCAR-related content from around the web. 1. Water, water everywhere ... Well, at least a little bit, according to NASA, which reported on Monday that it had found signs of liquid water on Mars. Water! Strong evidence that liquid water flows on present-day Mars. Details: http://t.co/0MW11SANwL #MarsAnnouncement pic.twitter.com/JNksawz2iN — NASA (@NASA) September 28, 2015 Scientists are pointing to streaks called recurrent slope linaes, which have been spotted extensively on the planet. This is huge news in the scientific community, as water presence suggests an environment that could support human life. Awesome! But if only science were a give-and-take situation -- we could have solved this a while ago. Mars, you give us awesome aliens, we give you rain water that's probably still "weeping" at Kentucky Speedway from July. 2. Flying tempers Forget fly balls --- tempers were the ones flying in Sunday's Nationals-Phillies game. Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon didn't care for teammate Bryce Harper's lack of a hard run after a fly ball. And when Harper hit the dugout, Papelbon let him have it. Jonathan Papelbon attacking Bryce Harper? Jonathan Papelbon attacking Bryce Harper. pic.twitter.com/T2qof97Ymh — Jake Russell (@_JakeRussell) September 27, 2015 Blood pressure was also running high after Saturday night's XFINITY Series event at Kentucky Speedway . Brian Scott , unhappy with Darrell Wallace Jr . post-race, approached the No. 6 car and stuck his head in to ... have a chat? We'll let you all make that call. RELATED: Scott, Bubba get physical post-race at Kentucky 3. Divine intervention? Pope Francis is a powerful individual. So powerful that Philadelphia Eagles' head coach Chip Kelly credited Francis with the Eagles' win over the New York Jets on Sunday -- shortly after the Pope landed in Philadelphia. The Eagles were 0-2 before the matchup. "That the Pope helped us? That's 100 percent true," Kelly said jokingly on Sports Radio 94 WIP Monday. "If you watched what we did in the second half, we were trying to get the game over quicker so we could come back and see him." The Eagles aren't the only team that has been looking for a miracle as of late. Both Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer likely need a win to advance to the next round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . RELATED: Chase Bubble Watch after New Hampshire Well, one of them could win this week at Dover to nab a spot -- the other one just needs a visit from Pope Francis, right? 4. Gym rats The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James may have gotten a bit crazy with his workout schedule in the off-season. The 6-foot-8, 250 -pound forward told reporters during the team's media day on Monday that he had been doing "three-a-days five days a week" in preparation for the season. If each workout spanned two hours each, that would mean King James spends a quarter of each workout day pumping iron. Jimmie, you better step it up. Oh wait, guess you did with a 100-mile bike right FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY. I don't know about you guys, but I celebrate my birthday by eating cake, not riding bikes. But hey, you do you, JJ -- guess you're called "Six-Time" for a reason. 5. Head-butting Brad Keselowski wasn't the only athlete to disagree with an official this weekend. RELATED: Mixed reviews for Keselowski's restart penalty Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton disagreed with veteran NFL referee Ed Hochuli's non-call of an alleged late hit on the quarterback during Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. Despite winning the game 27-22, Newton is still upset over the call, saying Hochuli told him he was "not old enough to get that call." "I didn't think you had to have seniority to get a personal foul or anything like that," Newton said after the game. According to the NFL Network, Hochuli denied saying that to Newton, but if Newton's allegations turn out to be true, Hochuli could be eventually reprimanded. Uh oh.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- No big deal, says Bubba Wallace. Not an issue, according to teammate Chris Buescher . Move along folks, nothing to see here. There may or may not be some lingering ill feelings but no one’s talking payback. Last week’s late-race contact between the two Roush Fenway Racing drivers has been talked out and put away, both said Friday at Watkins Glen International, site of Saturday’s Zippo 200 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR). Buescher, the series points leader for the past 10 weeks, finished outside the top 10 for the fifth straight race after contact between he and Wallace sent the U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway into overtime last Saturday night. Wallace, sixth in the points standings, finished 11th. "We’ve been able to show up competitively to a lot of these race tracks and our teammates have done the same thing," the 22-year-old Buescher said Friday morning at WGI. "We’ve been racing around each other a lot and it’s tough, but we’ve got it handled and we’re looking forward to getting into this stretch (of races). "We have it to the point where we’re going to be able to race around each other and not have to worry about anything." Wallace, 21, agreed. Any ill feelings or issues from last week’s finish, he said, have been dealt with and "the focus is on this weekend’s race." Saturday night’s incident was the second of the season for the RFR teammates. At Dover earlier this year, a similar late-race get-together left Wallace with a flat tire and Buescher celebrating in Victory Lane. A five-time winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Wallace is still chasing his first XFINITY Series victory. Buescher has three career wins in XFINITY Series competition. "I love seeing that (conflict). I don’t know where it stands this week," JR Motorsports driver Regan Smith said Friday when asked about on-track issues among teammates. "It’s always difficult to race a teammate. We did it last year with myself and Chase (Elliott) running 1-2 for the majority of the season. You want to beat them for pride within your own shop but then you also know the picture, to gain points. … It doesn’t make it any easier. We’re all competitors and … selfish individuals." But, he added, "If it takes one ounce of focus away from what they’re doing, then it’s helping us out and I’m fine with that." Smith is fourth in points. Elliott, the defending series champion, is second.
Darrell Wallace Jr. glad for week off after tussle with teammate RELATED: Weekend in GIFs includes Bubba cooling off Two days after Darrell Wallace Jr . lost a shot at his first NASCAR XFINITY Series win and $100,000 Dash 4 Cash prize at Dover International Speedway , he was still upset over the actions of Roush Fenway Racing teammate Chris Buescher . On Lap 191 of 200, Buescher made contact with Wallace's left front tire in a battle for the lead of the Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket . The action sent Wallace to pit road, and he limped to a 17th-place finish while Buescher scored his second win in three starts, extending his points lead over Ty Dillon to 15 points. "There's always two sides to every story," Wallace told FOX Sports 1's "NASCAR Race Hub" on Monday. "Three sides I guess. "Just good thing there's a week off. Got time to settle down and refocus back on the big picture." When asked whether Wallace and Buescher shook hands on Monday, Wallace said, "No, we're not shaking hands yet." The NASCAR Next and Drive for Diversity alum who won the Coors Light Pole Award at Dover sits fifth in points, 49 behind Buescher as one of four RFR drivers in the top eight in the XFINITY Series. The series heads next to team owner Jack Roush's home track, Michigan International Speedway , for the Great Clips 250 benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America on June 13 (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Darrell Wallace Jr. talks about his third-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway.
Roush Fenway Racing drivers Darrell " Bubba " Wallace and Ryan Reed have exchanged crew chiefs as well as crews and will being working with their new personnel beginning with this weekend’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Complex. Chad Norris, previously crew chief for Reed, will move over to head up Wallace's effort in the No. 6 entry while Seth Barbour, formerly with Wallace, will take over the reins of the No. 16 Ford team. Roush Fenway Racing , co-owned by Jack Roush and Boston Red Sox owner John Henry, fields four full-time NASCAR XFINITY Series teams, as well as three full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams. Chris Buescher , the organization's third NXS driver, currently leads the series points standings after 20 events. His group, led by crew chief Scott Graves, was not affected by Tuesday’s moves. Wallace, competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award honors, is sixth in points with one top-five and seven top-10 finishes this season. He is a five-time winner in the Camping World Truck Series and has 26 starts in the XFINITY Series. Barbour has one career win as a crew chief in the series, with he and Reed going to victory lane in the season-opening event at Daytona International Raceway. Norris has three career wins in NXS competition -- with drivers Matt Kenseth (2005), Marcos Ambrose ('11) and Bayne ('11). The 2015 season is the second full-time effort for Reed, who has 59 career starts and one victory. He is currently 10th in points. Norris "has a successful history working with several different drivers of all experience levels and we are excited to see Ryan … continue to develop under his guidance," RFR President Steve Newmark said. "At the same time Seth Barbour provides tremendous engineering experience to all of our XFINITY Series programs and will bring great leadership to Bubba Wallace." Newmark said team co-owner Jack Roush "has a history of similar moves, and we have experienced a great deal of success in the past with these types of adjustments. We feel this will provide both teams with renewed energy as we enter the stretch run of the season." Sprint Cup drivers for the RFR group are veteran Greg Biffle , 2011 Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne and two-time XFINITY Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr . Saturday's Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR) is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. ET start.
Pocono Raceway officials announced Tuesday the addition of a NASCAR XFINITY Series event to the track's 2016 racing schedule. The 250 -mile race is scheduled for Saturday, June 4, and will be part of a three-race weekend at the 2.5-mile track. The Sprint Cup Series' Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 is slated for Sunday, June 5 while the Pocono 200 ARCA Racing Series event will kick off the weekend's racing activities. It will be the first appearance for the XFINITY Series at Pocono, which has hosted NASCAR-sanctioned events since 1974. Track president and CEO Brandon Igdalsky said race fans "have been asking for this to happen for several years." Comcast, parent company of series sponsor XFINITY , is based in Philadelphia. "From Day 1 we've been focused on enhancing the way fans experience NASCAR and highlighting the competition and youth in the XFINITY Series," Matt Lederer, director of sports brand marketing for Comcast, said. "The addition of an event at Pocono Raceway in our home state ... will help carry the momentum built in the first year of our partnership into 2016." In addition to the June race weekend, the Pennsylvania 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is scheduled for July 31 at Pocono, along with the Pocono Mountains 150 Camping World Truck Series race and Modspace 125 ARCA event. Camping World Truck Series teams have been competing at Pocono since 2010 while the ARCA Series began competing at the track in 1987. "Pocono is a very unique track," current XFINITY Series points leader Chris Buescher said. "I'm excited that we are adding a new track to the XFINITY Series schedule. I've raced there a considerable amount in the ARCA Series and have always enjoyed it. It will be a good challenge for the XFINITY teams."
No one would blame Cameron Hayley for getting homesick. The 19-year-old NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver resides in Sandusky, Ohio where his ThorSport Racing team is based -- 1,891.3 miles away from his hometown of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Most of the tracks he races at are even farther away. Distance has not stopped Hayley from chasing his NASCAR dream. Although it's located on the opposite side of Canada, Hayley will have a homecoming of sorts when he performs in front of his fellow countrymen in Sunday's Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (1:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1) -- the NCWTS' only road course race of the season. "Not only is this a track I've been to before, it's also in my home country," said Hayley, who ranks sixth in the NCWTS standings on the strength of three top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 14 starts this season. "I just hope that I will have a good run for all of my Canadian fans." An alumnus of the NASCAR Next initiative highlighting the sport's top up-and-coming drivers, Hayley is still searching for his first NASCAR national series win. If he takes the checkered flag on Sunday, he would be the first Canadian to win a NASCAR national series race since Ron Fellows visited Victory Lane in Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2008. Racing in his first full-time NCWTS season, Hayley has gained momentum lately, logging six top-10 finishes in his last eight starts, including a career-best fourth-place showing at Pocono. He made his series debut at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last season, finishing 11th and believes his prior experience there will help him on Sunday. "We've done really well at tracks that I've been to in the past this year, already," Hayley said. "I've been to Sonoma a couple times and that place was really difficult. You look at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and think, 'it can’t be as difficult as Sonoma ,' but it's a very fast race track, and fast race tracks are not forgiving. It takes a lot of finesse and a lot of guts to go out there and get it done. We are bringing a really good truck, so I think this will be another good race for us to go out and get a solid top five, if not a win."