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Final Laps: Bubba Burger 250
Virginia-native Denny Hamlin holds his lead on a late-race restart to get his 11th win in the Nationwide Series.
NASCAR.com runs with Bubba Wallace in Charlotte
RELATED: Bubba Wallace: Helping NASCAR grow one tweet at a time Dressed in a red "Share a Coke with Bubba " T-shirt, shorts, sneakers and, of course, his signature smile, Darrell Wallace Jr . was enjoying a rare off-night on Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina. And how did Bubba choose to spend it? By going on a 4-mile run around the city with family, friends, fans and NASCAR.com, of course. Let me explain. Every week the XFINITY Series star tweets out to his thousands of followers asking them to join him on a run. Anybody wanna run tonight?! New location....Charlotte trolley trail 7pm at 9th street! — Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) May 10, 2016 It's no secret that Bubba uses his social media platforms to connect with his fans -- how can we forget that hilarious NASCAR Snapchat takeover with his best friend Ryan Blaney -- so it makes sense he would ask his fans to go running with him. RELATED: Blaney, Bubba win fans over on Snapchat I decided to take him up on the offer. @BubbaWallace — Maggie MacKenzie (@Maggie_MKenzie) May 10, 2016 In short, the Roush Fenway Racing wheelman is speedy and won't take it easy on you, so if you plan on joining him be prepared to put in work. You may even make an appearance on his Twitter. Solid run in the QC tonight! Had some me peeps out, even a biker rode with us! pic.twitter.com/irN6bgR6bm — Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) May 11, 2016 See you next week.
Monster smiles: Bubba makes history, strides at Dover
RELATED: E. Jones prevails for Dash 4 Cash bonus " Results DOVER, Del. -- Darrell " Bubba " Wallace Jr. was all smiles and high fives as he climbed out of his No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing LoudMouth Exhaust Ford on pit road late Saturday afternoon at Dover International Speedway . His runner-up finish to Erik Jones was his best of the 2016 season, best of his NASCAR XFINITY Series career, and best ever for an African-American driver in the series. And it came in a backup car. "Our team, I keep saying it, we never give up," an enthusiastic Wallace said on pit road while receiving plenty of congratulations as people walked by. "It is really a credit to my guys right here for really thrashing this thing. It is unfortunate when you do have to bring the backup car out, like we talked about earlier. "We never give up and we work really hard to get some speed in this baby. I can't thank LoudMouth Exhaust enough for coming on board. This is a good debut for them. They will be on our car in Charlotte. We will go have some fun in two weeks, a home track for us, and hopefully we can get one spot better." Wallace had to work for his effort this weekend. He ran among the top six for most of the race after starting 11th. But he was in a reserve Mustang after crashing his car in opening practice. The 22-year-old has always had a good relationship with Dover, however, and his stellar history at this venue helped launch his NASCAR career. He won an XFINITY Series pole position in his first series start at the track in 2012 and again in 2015. He won the pole position in his first Camping World Truck Series start at The Monster Mile in 2013. And he won two poles here in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East ranks -- winning from the pole position in 2011. "That was big," Wallace said, allowing a smile. "We just have to continue on. We can use this for motivation but I said earlier, we are nowhere near close to where we need to be. We are off on speed and handling and we know that. "We have another off-weekend to find some more for our Ford Mustangs. We have to keep plugging away. We can't get frustrated and just give up on it. We have to keep our heads up and work together to get our team better. "This is a really good day for us. I can go to sleep tonight knowing that we gave it our all, especially after the backup car and all those shenanigans, it kind of erased that -- until I go in Monday and hear all about it again in the debrief." The showing at Dover kept Wallace ranked ninth in the XFINITY championship points. He trails leader Elliott Sadler by 81 points entering the series' next race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in two weeks.
NASCAR TV schedule: May 30-June 5
RELATED: Find FS1 in your area All times ET Monday, May 30 6 a.m., Empty Cup: Quest for the 1992 NASCAR Championship (re-air), FS1 6:30 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 4K TV 300 (re-air), FS1 8:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 (re-air), FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Tuesday, May 31 6 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 (re-air), FS1 9 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 4K TV 300 (re-air), FS1 11:30 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 4K TV 300 (re-air), FS1 2 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 (re-air), FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 5:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN Wednesday, June 1 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 2:30 a.m., NASCAR The List: Rookie Seasons (re-air), NBCSN Thursday, June 2 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR K&N Pro Series Race: Dominion Raceway (taped), NBCSN Friday, June 3 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 11 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FS1 12:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FS1 3 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FS1 4 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 Saturday, June 4 9 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 11 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub - Weekend Edition, FS1 11:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FS1 12:30 p.m., WeatherTech Sportscar Championship: Belle Isle Park, FS1 12:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series FOX Pre-Race Show, FOX 1 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Pocono Green 250 , FOX Sunday, June 5 8:30 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Pocono Green 250 (re-air), FS1 11:30 a.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS1 1 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400, FS1 &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;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;
UFC champ Miesha Tate named grand marshal for Michigan
RELATED: Buy tickets to the event BROOKLYN, Mich. (May 31, 2016) – UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate will serve as the grand marshal for the FireKeepers Casino 400 on June 12 at Michigan International Speedway . Tate will give the command of "Drivers, start your engines!" when the FireKeepers Casino 400 gets underway at 1 p.m. The FireKeepers Casino 400 will be broadcast live on FS1. Tate is the Ultimate Fighting Championship Women's Bantamweight Champion. She claimed the title in stunning fashion on March 5, defeating then-champ Holly Holm with a rear naked choke in the fifth round of UFC 196 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Tate is represented by KHI Management, the marketing agency owned by driver Kevin Harvick and his wife, DeLana. Considered a fan favorite in the mixed martial arts world, Tate will defend her title July 9 in Las Vegas against No. 4-ranked Amanda Nunes at UFC 200. "I'm excited and honored to be the grand marshal for the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway ," Tate said. "There are a lot of things I look forward to doing at the track, but to give the command to start the engines is at the top of my list for sure." Training out of Las Vegas, Tate has fought professionally since 2007. She holds an 18-5-0 record in her professional MMA career and a 5-2-0 UFC record. Tate has also earned a host of accolades and recognitions, including being voted "Female Fighter of the Year" in 2011 by World MMA Awards. "We are thrilled to have Miesha Tate serve as the Grand Marshal for the FireKeepers Casino 400," track President Roger Curtis said. "A lot of our guests are fans of the UFC; I certainly am. And it will be exciting for us to share all the great things about NASCAR at Michigan International Speedway with her and really treat her to a thrilling event in our 'octagon.' " Outside of the octagon, Tate has modeled for numerous publications and websites including ESPN Magazine's Body Issue. Her fighting style, which focuses on wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, earns her praise from the media, as well as her peers. "Miesha Tate packs a powerful punch, so she is the perfect grand marshall for the first FireKeepers Casino 400," FireKeepers Casino Hotel President/CEO Brian Decorah. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series goes to Michigan International Speedway twice in 2016. The first of the track's two NASCAR weekends is June 10-12 with the Corrigan Oil 200 ARCA Racing Series on June 10; NASCAR XFINITY Series Menards 250 presented by Valvoline on June 11; and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 on June 12.
Full schedule for Pocono
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series will race at Pocono Raceway this week, while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is off. Check out the full weekend schedule below. Note: All times are ET THURSDAY, JUNE 2: ON TRACK -- 2-2:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series first practice ( Follow live ) -- 4-4:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series second practice ( Follow live ) FRIDAY, JUNE 3: ON TRACK -- 11 a.m.-12:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series first practice, FS1 ( Follow live ) -- 12:30-1:25 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series third practice, FS1 ( Follow live ) -- 3-3:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FS1 ( Follow live ) -- 4:15 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 ( Follow live ) GARAGECAM ( Watch live ) -- 10:30 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SATURDAY, JUNE 4: ON TRACK -- 9:05 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 ( Follow live ) -- 11:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FS1 ( Follow live ) -- 1 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Pocono Green 250 (100 laps, 250 miles), FOX ( Follow live ) SUNDAY, JUNE 5: ON TRACK -- 1 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 (160 laps, 400 miles), FS1 ( Follow live )
Bubba gets a moral victory with P2 finish at Dover
Darrell Wallace Jr. talks about overcoming a crash in practice to bring home a second place finish at Dover. Wallace Jr. becomes the highest finishing African American driver in series history.
Bubba Wallace: Helping NASCAR grow one tweet at a time
As the sport of stock car racing evolves, a new generation of drivers is poised to grab the reins of NASCAR. And Darrell Wallace Jr . -- better known as " Bubba ," driver of the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford in the XFINITY Series -- is one of the leaders of that charge. • • • Standing in the Concord, North Carolina-based Roush Fenway Racing museum on a brisk Wednesday morning, Wallace has zero airs about being one of the up-and-coming stars in racing. Dressed smartly in a pullover, flat-bill hat and leather Converse, he arrives promptly, immediately greeting everyone in the crew like old friends. "Time to look pretty now," Bubba tweeted out just prior to an on-camera interview. It has been a busy day for the 22-year-old, who just biked across RFR's campus from the morning pit practice and reveals he's heading to the ZMAX Dragway later in the day before leaving for Bristol Motor Speedway the next morning. But he's young, energetic and ambitious -- with a booming laugh that comes easily. Busy days like this don't seem to wear on him. That same fire and energy translates to the race track. Wallace and crew chief Seth Barbour put together a sixth-place run at the Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway -- a track that's not on Bubba's list of favorites -- and more recently, a career-best third-place at Auto Club Speedway . "We've just been working really hard, never giving up," Wallace said. "Going into Fontana, I didn't expect to finish third -- maybe 23rd the way we were running. … We've just been trying to really make a lot of gains." Nonetheless, it's the races sandwiched between Bubba's strong runs -- Atlanta, Las Vegas and Phoenix -- and a 15th-place result at Texas that the No. 6 driver focuses his attention on when he recounts the early part of the season. "Daytona, Fontana really went our way somewhat. The (others) did not," Wallace said. "We have to focus on why (those) did not and come up with a better game-plan to attack those next handful of races coming up." As Wallace adjusts to his sophomore season, the newly debuted XFINITY Series Chase format adds another element to the competition with its win-and-you're-in format. And Bubba is a fan. "I think it takes the pressure off us, really," he said. "I was talking to (Dale Earnhardt) Junior about it and he said that was the main thing that helped him was kind of relaxing. You get in kind of this consistent run -- obviously if you win, you're in. So, the emphasis is on winning but you can kind of take a step back knowing the points are going to reset as long as you're in the top 12. "So, it's exciting. I'm glad that NASCAR implemented that into the NASCAR XFINITY Series." • • • It's unsurprising Bubba favors the format, as the thrilling nature of the new Chase seems to fit the Bubba Wallace Brand -- something he's constantly building. It's a brand that’s a mixture of sass, humor, heavy metal music and transparency his fans experience through his social-media accounts. It could be a Twitter video of him and best friend/fellow driver Ryan Blaney 's heavy metal cover of a Parkway Drive song or a Snapchat of his plane ride to the track. It could be a tweet that reveals his fear of spiders ("You want an eight-legged thing running at you? Jumping at you? No," he said later) or an Instagram of his hike on the West Coast. No matter the subject, it's pure Bubba . That transparency allows fans to connect with Bubba away from the race track -- a luxury that many fans lack with their favorite drivers. "You get some of the funny tweets that you're not supposed to respond to but you do," Wallace said. "… It's just fun to be able to interact with them (fans). At the track, getting autographs, we get to talk to each other, but that's only two days out of the week. So, throughout, just keep them up with what you're doing." In the process, Bubba is aiding in the sport's growth: He appeared on an episode of the popular television show "American Idol" while in Los Angeles. He suited up for the gridiron and practiced with his childhood favorite Tennessee Volunteers football team. He's befriended rock stars like the band members from Asking Alexandria, bringing them to the race track. Just like that, NASCAR and pop culture have become intertwined. "Aside from what we do for a living, as far as race cars and turning left and going really fast, we have a personal life that we kind of like to show and show fans how we can connect with them," Wallace said. "A lot of fans watch 'American Idol' and I've got a lot of UT fans that follow me, so I've gotten to go to some of those games. And now I (got) to practice with the squad, which (was) really cool and one of the best days of my life. "But we just connect with the fans -- it's all about the fans in this sport," he continued. "We want to keep them engaged and get them to latch on, help build my brand." As the sport evolves, life's natural processes take place: Original, die-hard fans still form the core of NASCAR's audience, but as star drivers retire and up-and-comers make their marks, a younger generation steps into the light in the stands, too. These fans are still passionate -- but they're different. Young stars like Bubba know how to reach them. "I think anything that we do that's exciting, that's fun, that's cool to us is going to attract a new face," Wallace said. "NASCAR's all about bringing new faces in … We're trying to keep a consistent flow through and just trying to make everything exciting." At just 22 years old and at the beginning of a promising career, Bubba represents the future of NASCAR. And that future rocks out to Parkway Drive on the drums.
Suarez, Bubba , Blaney get 24/7 pit crews
Drivers rely on their pit crews for a lot: changing tires, mechanical adjustments, windshield tear-offs, you name it. Some drivers take it to the next level of dependency, though. Just ask Daniel Suarez , Bubba Wallace and Ryan Blaney , who apparently are so reliant on their pit crews, they're there from the moment the day starts, to helping out (a little too much) in the gym and even assisting during lunchtime, too. Our pals at Whistle Sports gave us an inside look at these drivers using their pit crews outside of the car, to some pretty hilarious results. Being a @NASCAR pit crew is a FULL TIME job... ft. @BubbaWallace @Daniel_SuarezG @Blaney @BuffDudes @ScooterMagruder https://t.co/ZETGEtugr4 — Whistle Sports (@WhistleSports) March 17, 2016 Being a @NASCAR pit crew is a FULL TIME job... ft. @BubbaWallace @Daniel_SuarezG @Blaney @BuffDudes @ScooterMagruder https://t.co/ZETGEtugr4 — Whistle Sports (@WhistleSports) March 17, 2016
Buescher, Bubba address Iowa dust-up
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.