Brad Keselowski fails to catch up to Elliott Sadler as he cruises to his first victory in the Nationwide Series since 1998.
Edwards, Harvick, Newman, Sorenson and Danica Patrick comment on their finishes in Phoenix.
RELATED: Race results " Updated NXS standings DOVER, Del. -- Regan Smith charged from fourth to first during a restart on Lap 121 and stayed there for the rest of the Hisense 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Dover International Speedway Saturday, posting his second victory of the season and working his way back into championship contention. After a 31-minute rain delay, Smith passed Kyle Busch , Denny Hamlin and leader Elliott Sadler on the restart on Lap 121 of 200 , staved off intense pressure from Hamlin midway through the final green-flag run and pulled away as the Joe Gibbs Racing teammates battled for second place. Without a concrete deal in place for next season, Smith won for the first time at the Monster Mile -- in fact, the 80 laps he led were the first circuits he had ever spent out front at Dover. The victory was the sixth of Smith's career, and all of them have come under the JR Motorsports banner. RELATED: Dillon has tire failure as caution waves Hamlin won the fight for the runner-up spot, crossing the finish line .703 seconds behind Smith. Busch led a race-high 110 laps and came home third, followed by Ryan Blaney and Kyle Larson . Austin Dillon ran sixth, one spot ahead of Chase Elliott , who moved into second place in the series standings, 24 points behind leader Chris Buescher , who finished eighth on Saturday. Smith, who rallied from a flat tire in the first third of the race, took over third in points, 36 behind Buescher. "I knew the car was fast, but I didn't know it was that fast until we got out in clean air," Smith said in Victory Lane. "This wasn't a Hail Mary. We came from the back to the front and just had a fast race car. "If we can keep doing that every week, and get another win or two here or there, I don't know what's going to happen. I'm trying to figure out some things for next year, so wins never hurt -- that's never a bad thing going forward." A victory for Smith was not even a remote consideration when a light rain began falling shortly after the halfway point, with the race already under caution for a wreck involving Stanton Barrett and Cale Conley on Lap 106. Sadler, whose 2016 move to JR Motorsports was announced on Friday, took two new tires under the yellow and was first off pit road, leading the race and praying for a monsoon. But the rain abated, depriving Sadler of a going-away present to Roush Fenway Racing , the organization he will leave at season's end. "I've never had much luck with the rain," Sadler said ruefully. "I've always been on the wrong side of that, going back to the 2009 Daytona 500 (where Sadler was fifth with a chance to win when the race was called because of rain after 152 laps)." Note: Ty Dillon cut a tire and hit the outside wall on Lap 24, resulting in a 28th-place finish. He slipped from second to fourth in the series standings, 39 points back of Buescher.
RELATED: Full starting lineup Saturday's Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR XFINITY Series was canceled by heavy Friday rain and a shifting weekend schedule at Dover International Speedway , placing Ryan Blaney on the pole for Saturday's race. Qualifying for the Hisense 200 (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM), the 28th of 33 races this season, was originally scheduled for 12:15 p.m. ET. But a complete rainout of Friday's schedule at the 1-mile track forced NASCAR officials to scramble Saturday's slate, with qualifying for Sprint Cup and K&N Pro Series East cars also being nixed. The washout puts Blaney on the pole for Saturday's 200 -miler by virtue of his Team Penske No. 22 Ford ranking first in the XFINITY owners' points standings. He'll start alongside Kyle Busch , a four-time winner in the series this year, in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota. Chris Buescher , a two-time winner this season and the leader in the XFINITY drivers' standings, will start third in the Roush Fenway Racing No. 60 Ford. Brothers Ty and Austin Dillon will complete the top five on the starting grid. With 40 cars on site for 40 starting berths in a full field, no teams failed to qualify.
RELATED: Live weather updates from Dover Saturday morning started out the same way Friday ended, with wet weather canceling NASCAR XFINITY Series opening practice at Dover International Speedway . Practice was scheduled to run from 8:35 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. ET, but Mother Nature had other ideas. Practice for the K&N Pro Series East was also canceled on Saturday morning. Track drying was underway to try to get the K&N race, the Drive Sober 125, on track for a 9:30 a.m. ET start but rain returned shortly after 9 a.m. ET to hinder those efforts and delay the start of that race. The K&N Pro Series East race will now run at 12:30 p.m. ET. Rain returned about 15 minutes into the final practice for the Sprint Cup Series causing that practice to be abbreviated. Final practice ended up running from about 2:05-2:20 p.m. ET before the red flag was displayed for moisture and practice was eventually called. The first Sprint Cup practice was initially scheduled to begin as soon as the track was available from the K&N Pro Series East race and run until 11:55 a.m. ET. That practice was initially scheduled for 11-11:55 a.m. ET with final practice set for 12:30-2:45 p.m. ET. The revised schedule will see cars on track as soon as its ready (close to 11:30 a.m. ET) until 12:15 p.m. ET, and then final practice going from 2-2:45 p.m. ET. The Hisense 200 XFINITY Series race, 3:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), will be run with no practice time for those drivers. There will be two competition cautions for that race at Lap 25 and Lap 65, because of the lack of practice time. RELATED: How rain could impact Challenger Round This came after all of Friday's on-track activity for the Sprint Cup Series, XFINITY Series and K&N Pro Series East was wiped out by rain as Hurricane Joaquin churns away from the East Coast. Saturday's Coors Light Pole Qualifying in the XFINITY Series was canceled on Friday to provide the Sprint Cup Series with additional practice time.
RELATED: Complete schedule for Dover weekend As drivers and teams prepare for this weekend's elimination race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , they're also bracing for the effects of Hurricane Joaquin as it churns toward the Eastern United States. The storm, rated as a Category 4 hurricane as of 5 a.m. ET Friday, threatens to bring damaging winds, torrential rain and possible flooding to the Mid-Atlantic area and Dover International Speedway , site of this weekend's AAA 400 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM) for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Races for NASCAR's XFINITY Series and the K&N Pro Series East developmental circuit are also on the schedule. Haulers for both national series were scheduled to load into the 1-mile Delaware track Thursday afternoon, but a hauler parade scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ET was canceled. Despite the threatening forecast, a NASCAR spokesperson said Thursday morning that series officials would be flexible with any changes in weather conditions. "NASCAR will continue to work closely with Dover International Speedway and monitor the weather for the weekend," the spokesperson said. "At this time, all schedules remain intact." The Dover track, approximately seven miles inland from the Delaware Bay, is among several areas in the state under a coastal flood watch that remains in effect through Sunday. The National Weather Service has predicted gusty winds and major rainfall amounts -- between 5-7 inches over the next five days -- for the Mid-Atlantic area, even if Joaquin's center fails to make landfall. A statement made by the Delaware Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday said that Joaquin's path was uncertain to predict, but that "it is reasonably sure that the tropical system will have an impact of some kind on Delaware over the weekend. It is too early to tell exactly what that impact will be." A tripleheader of racing makes this weekend an especially busy one for the Dover track. Besides staging the third event of the 10-race Chase on Sunday, the Monster Mile will also host the XFINITY Series' Hisense 200 (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM) and the season-ending Drive Sober 125 presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety for the K&N Pro Series East. The track said in a Thursday release that it was "full steam ahead" with preparations for the race weekend. "We work closely with NASCAR, the National Weather Service and our on-site meteorologist to monitor weather during our major events," a track spokesperson said in the release. "We are currently tracking this weekend's weather and will update fans via social media, and our website, as information becomes available." The last time a tropical disturbance dramatically altered a race weekend schedule was in September 2008, when Tropical Storm Hanna and a declared state of emergency in Virginia postponed two days of on-track activity at Richmond International Raceway , forcing a rare Sprint Cup - XFINITY Series doubleheader on a Sunday. NASCAR officials worked with the track, opting to postpone all events early in the interest of safety for campers and other fans. The decision also weighed that law enforcement officials normally involved in security and traffic management at the race track should be dedicated to disaster relief at the height of the storm.
RELATED: Team transporter catches fire coming home from Kentucky DOVER, Del. -- It might be the oldest transporter in the garage. Hard to say, but if there's one older … Up front in the lounge area there are mirrors on the ceiling. The cabinet includes a stereo system that features a side-by-side cassette tape deck. The lone photo on the wall is an artist's rendering of the No. 52 entry. The car in the picture is sporting sponsorship from Alka-Seltzer. Maybe it's the oldest hauler, maybe not. But the white trailer used to move the Jimmy Means Racing entry from its shop in North Carolina to Dover International Speedway this weekend served its purpose. Called back into active duty after a fire destroyed the team's primary hauler, it's a throwback of sorts to an earlier era. "Watch your head when you go up there," team owner Jimmy Means advised. "This one's old school." Driver Joey Gase finished 21st in last Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race and Means was headed back to North Carolina when a wheel bearing overheated and caught a tire on fire. The fire quickly spread into the hauler. RELATED: Dover race results "We had just stopped 30 miles up the road," Means said Saturday, "fueled up and I personally went around and laid my hand on all the hubs and they were normal." In the days after the incident, other teams reached out and offered assistance. Some offered to loan trailers. One Sprint Cup team owner told his group to give Means whatever he needed to make sure he made it to the next race. Friends and fans raised more than $10,000. Fortunately, help from the No. 22 Team Penske team, which stopped to help, lessened the damage done by the fire. "If it hadn’t been for them … we used up all the fire extinguishers, 42 bottles of water, coke soda, orange soda, ice by the handful," Means said. "We actually thought we had it out and it (flared) up again and we were all out of supplies. Watched it burn for about 15 or 20 minutes until the fire department got there. "At least they helped us keep it from burning the cars up. If they hadn't have stopped it would have burned the cars up for sure." Other than damage to the hauler itself, and the pit box used on pit road, most of the damage to the contents was smoke and water related. The cars, while looking the worse for wear, were salvageable. The trailer and pit box were not. Gase competed in Saturday's Hisense 200 at Dover in the same car he raced at Kentucky. "The cars, I'm amazed they weren't hurt" Means said. "They needed to be completely taken apart, everything painted and all that. They did get warm and from the water on them naturally they all rusted. Plastic strips to keep the heat and the air in (at the rear of the transporter) melted, all that went up in the air and just settled on everything. It was just a big mess. "It really didn't hurt the equipment that much other than just being filthy and water damage to some of it. We were fortunate that our radios were in the front … did get a little water damage but didn't get any intense heat." Prepping the back-up hauler, built in 1990, was a task in itself. It had been sitting idle for several years -- Means said he hadn't kept the license plates up to date and had to rush to the courthouse to pay three years' worth of taxes to get it back on the road. Volunteers joined in to help the team prepare for this week’s race. "Definitely a thrash to get it done," he said. "Actually, by the last day it came out better than we thought it was going to be. We were prepared to be here Friday morning; we loaded Wednesday night at 9:30. Thought that was a pretty good job. "Probably the average age of the crew helping us was 65. Anywhere from 78, 74, 65, 68 working on this stuff, getting it clean. Crew chief (Tim Brown) did a whale of a job of getting everything cleaned up and hopefully putting on the truck what we needed to get through this weekend. That will give us a little more time to get this thing stocked so we can operate out of it the rest of the year." Gase called it "kind of the worst time possible for us for this to happen," but said after going through the car "as best we could," nothing seemed beyond repair. "We had a lot of guys come in, worked a lot of hours, even my girlfriend came in and helped get everything cleaned up," he said. "That was the hardest thing. But it was a group effort and I think we did pretty good to get it back and get it here." Gase's Donate Life Chevrolet started 28th Saturday as the field was set per the rulebook when qualifying was canceled. After a flat left rear early in the race, he finished 24th. It wasn't a win, but given all that the team had to overcome just to get to Dover, it was impressive just the same.
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RELATED: Full race results from Dover " Updated Series standings DOVER, Del. -- Already dressed in street clothes, a disappointed Ty Dillon stood near the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing hauler, huddled with his crew following a tough 28th-place result in the XFINITY Series' Hisense 300 at Dover International Speedway . The finish dropped Dillon from second to fourth in the championship standings, 39 points behind leader Chris Buescher . Dillon's grandfather and team owner Richard Childress stopped by to console his grandson with a few words and a pat on the back. "I ain't finishing fourth." Dillon told Childress. Dillon's unfortunate day began when he blew a tire at Lap 25, taking his Chevrolet off the race track and into the garage for repairs. He returned to the track around Lap 88, finishing the race 85 laps down. "Well, it started with a bang," Dillon said after the race. "Kind of putting things together, I heard that -- sounded like a car exploded, a brake rotor and the 43 might have ran over it and then we were one of the cars to come through. "Because I had no warning -- the car was still handling great. Then all of a sudden I heard a 'pow' into the wall." The XFINITY Series hit the track Saturday for the 200 -mile race without any practice or qualifying time due to inclement weather. And the lack of practice time, Dillon said, may have affected the way many of the cars were running. "You can't blame it on anybody," Dillon said. "When you don't have practice, some of these back marker cars, they aren't able to prepare the race car from week to week like most teams are. It's a bummer, it happens." With five races remaining on the XFINITY Series season, Dillon's once-bright outlook for the championship title appears significantly dimmer. In addition to leader Buescher, Dillon's No. 3 sits behind JR Motorsports' Chase Elliott and Regan Smith , who won Saturday's event at Dover. Nonetheless, Dillon remains optimistic, siting the his team's jump from 43 points down after Daytona in July to 20 points down four races later after Iowa. "I'm proud of my guys -- we've had some awesome race cars lately," Dillon said. "… I know in my heart I can win some of these races and get back in this thing. We're not going to give up, that's for sure."
RELATED: Track live weather updates " Updated Dover weekend schedule DOVER, Del. -- All track activity at Dover International Speedway for Friday has been canceled due to inclement weather. Friday's opening practice for Sprint Cup Series teams was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET. Coors Light Pole Qualifying was set for 3:45 p.m. Now, the lineup for Sunday's AAA 400 (2:30 p.m., NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR) will be set per the NASCAR rulebook, meaning the 43-car field will be set based on current points standings. That will put Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Matt Kenseth , Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards 1-2-3, with Joey Logano ( Team Penske ) and Jimmie Johnson ( Hendrick Motorsports ) completing the top five. RELATED: See the full starting lineup for Sunday's Cup race Additionally, qualifying in the XFINITY Series, scheduled for Saturday, has also been cancelled. Ryan Blaney , who is driving the No. 22 Team Penske Ford, which leads the series' owner points, will start on the pole as that field will also be set per the rulebook. RELATED: See the full lineup Activity in three series -- Sprint Cup , XFINITY and K&N Pro Series East -- was scheduled to take place at the 1-mile track. However, rain fell steadily in the area all morning as Hurricane Joaquin churns away from the East Coast. Two Sprint Cup practice sessions are on tap for Saturday, from 11-11:50 a.m. ET and 12:30-2:50 p.m. ET. The Sprint Cup garage will open at 9 a.m. ET. Friday's season-ending K&N race, the Drive Sober 125, has been rescheduled for approximately 9:30 a.m. ET Saturday while the start of the Hisense 200 XFINITY Series race, 3:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), remains unchanged.