Virginia-native Denny Hamlin holds his lead on a late-race restart to get his 11th win in the Nationwide Series.
'Tis the season for ... holiday musical remakes? Off-track buddies Ryan Blaney and Darrell Wallace Jr . certainly thought so. Since it's getting close to the holiday season, figured @BubbaWallace and I would give you a classic. https://t.co/oCIOdlrW11 — Ryan Blaney (@Blaney) November 24, 2015 While entertaining, here's a little advice, guys: Don't quit your day jobs.
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.
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.
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
RELATED: Full Champion's Week schedule Champion's Week is here, and NASCAR.com will live stream several events from Las Vegas as NASCAR formally wraps up the 2015 season. Below is the complete schedule. All ti m es are ET TUESDAY, DEC. 1: -- 2:30-3 p.m.: Kyle Busch and Miss Sprint Cup Julianna White chat ( Watch live ) WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2: -- 3-3:30 p.m.: Dirty Air Podcast ( Watch live ) THURSDAY, DEC. 3: -- 2-4:15 p.m.: NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon ( Watch live ) -- 6-7:15 p.m.: NASCAR Victory Lap Fueled by Sunoco, live from the Las Vegas Strip ( Watch live ) -- 7:15-7:30 p.m.: Matthew Dillner rides Toyota pace car to NASCAR After the Lap location ( Watch live ) -- 7:30-7:45 p.m.: Tweets You Might Have Missed, with Taylor Starer and Costner Merrifield ( Watch live ) -- 8:05-9:30 p.m.: NASCAR After the Lap, Live from The Palms ( Watch live )
RELATED: NBC Sports Live Extra All times ET Monday, Nov. 30 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub: Best of the Year, FS1 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub: Best of the Year (re-air), FS2 Tuesday, Dec. 1 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: Best of the Year, FS1 Wednesday, Dec. 2 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 9 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub: Best of the Year (re-air), FS1 10 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub: Best of the Year (re-air), FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub: Best of the Year, FS1 Thursday, Dec. 3 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: Best of the Year, FS1 Friday, Dec. 4 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 8 p.m., NASCAR Red Carpet Special, NBCSN 9 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Show, NBCSN Midnight, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Show (re-air), NBCSN &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;
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.
Roush teammates move past Monster Mile incident, look towards Michigan BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Chris Buescher and Darrell Wallace Jr ., teammates-turned-rivals two weeks ago, said Friday they've put their Dover differences behind them, turning their focus toward an all-important track for their Roush Fenway Racing organization. Buescher enters Saturday's Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) at Michigan International Speedway as the NASCAR XFINITY Series points leader. Wallace, in his first year driving for Roush Fenway, ranks 49 points behind his teammate in fifth place. Their proximity in the standings aside, the two teammates were not exactly chummy after clanging fenders in the latter stages of the series' most recent race at Dover International Speedway . Buescher drove away to his second victory of the season while Wallace faded with a flat tire. The run-in made the Roush Fenway camp's Monday morning meeting after Dover an awkward one, but two weeks later, the waters appear to have smoothed. "It was hard racing is what it comes down to," Buescher told NASCAR.com before Friday's rain-delayed XFINITY practice on the 2-mile track. "We've had a talk about it and obviously it was not an ideal situation and we don't ever want to be in the same situation again. We've talked and we're going to put it behind us. We're going to go into Michigan and treat it as another race where we need to go be teammates again and go perform at our highest level. And we'll be OK. We've talked about it a little bit, and it's just a racing deal, you know? You'll go through that sometimes." Wallace's easy-going Friday demeanor was in direct contrast to his dismay after the checkered flag at Dover. After joking about how "interesting" the Monday meeting was, Wallace said the team was ready to move forward. "Dover's definitely behind us," Wallace said. "We didn't see eye-to-eye in that meeting. We still know we've got to be smart, but I told them they've got a lot more to lose than me." Both Roush Fenway drivers may be feeling more burden to perform this weekend at Michigan, a longtime stronghold for team owner Jack Roush. The premium on running well in the showcase event for manufacturers Ford and Chevrolet is a tall order, a team edict that places a little more pressure on Saturday's 250 -miler. "Every time we talk about Michigan, this exact subject comes up," Buescher said. "It's Jack's home track, it's Ford's home track -- we're expected to come here and perform at our highest level. This is one that, it's a tough race to win. It's a lot of momentum, it's a lot of drafting, which has been difficult for me to get a hold of at a place like this. We try really hard to make sure we bring the best stuff possible here and get the win. "There is pressure here. We keep it circled. We know that we need to come and win this race, not only for Jack but for Ford and for our race team." Wallace said he participated in a private fantasy league among family members growing up, making sure to stock his lineup with heavily favored Roush drivers for each Michigan race. While Roush Fenway's XFINITY efforts -- with three drivers in the top eight in standings -- may be outpacing their Sprint Cup Series brethren (no drivers better than 18th), Wallace suggests that side of the operation may be ready to turn the corner. "We've actually found speed fairly quick," Wallace said of his XFINITY No. 6 team. "It's been cool to see (Greg) Biffle finish second in the 600 there, and he was strong during the All-Star Race. They continue to show speed. It's starting to improve, so it's cool to see that for the future. Hopefully we can continue to find more speed as a team overall." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See how Bubba Wallace will make his name in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.