Clint Bowyer, Blake Feese , Kyle Busch, James Buescher and Ryan Newman comment on their Atlanta finishes.
Rookie Blake Feese gets loose in front of new points leader James Buescher and brings out the caution.
Driver will have new number for 2015 XFINITY Series season TriStar Motorsports announced Wednesday that Blake Koch will return to the Mark Smith-owned team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2015. Koch is scheduled to drive all 33 races, but in Toyotas fielding a new car number -- No. 8. The 29-year-old Floridian, who has competed in the majority of XFINITY Series events for the last four seasons, drove cars numbered 10, 44, 23 and 91 over a 28-race slate last year. "After a good 2014 season, I am excited to be back with TriStar Motorsports for the 2015 season," Koch said in a news release provided by the team. "I am looking forward to working with Bruce Cook and the No. 8 crew and can't wait to get to Daytona." Koch wound up 24th in the final 2014 standings with a best finish of 18th place at Phoenix International Raceway in November. His top result in 114 career starts in the XFINITY Series was an 11th-place in the 2013 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway . "We are happy to have Blake Koch back with our team for the 2015 season," Smith said. " Blake did well with our team last season and we look forward to building on that success throughout the 2015 season." Last year, Cook served as the crew chief for nine races with the No. 80 team in the XFINITY Series. In those races, he served as the crew chief for Alex Bowman (one race), Ross Chastain (five races) and Johnny Sauter (three races) in 2014. Before that, Cook served as the crew chief for Ron Hornaday Jr . in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2013 season. He has one victory in his career in XFINITY competition, overseeing Tony Stewart 's win in the 2011 season opener at Daytona International Speedway in what was then called the Nationwide Series. The Mooresville, North Carolina-based organization indicated that sponsorship announcements for the No. 8 team would be made "in the upcoming weeks." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Blake Shelton gives a touching speech as he introduces and offically inducts Dale Jarrett into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Vehicles in all three national series to sport organization's decal Race Centers: Sprint Cup " XFINITY " Camping World Truck For the first time since the season-opening races at Daytona International Speedway , all three national series -- NASCAR Sprint Cup , XFINITY and Camping World Truck -- will race on the same weekend at Dover International Speedway this Friday through Sunday. Heading into Sunday's FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM), 63 teams across all three series will proudly display the Autism Speaks puzzle piece decal on their vehicles throughout the weekend. Denny Hamlin , driver of the No. 11 FedEx Cares Toyota, will also include Autism Speaks artwork on his car's primary FedEx Cares paint scheme. Hamlin and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth have launched a text-to-pledge campaign to help raise awareness for Autism Speaks. Through Sunday, fans are encouraged to make a donation by texting RACING to 30644 to get started. Visit www.AutismSpeaks.org/Racing for more information. In total, 27 drivers from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, 16 drivers from the NASCAR XFINITY Series and 20 drivers from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series are participating: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Jamie McMurray – No. 1 McDonald's/Cessna Chevrolet Austin Dillon – No. 3 DOW Chevrolet Kevin Harvick – No. 4 Ditech Chevrolet Alex Bowman – No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet Sam Hornish Jr . – No. 9 Twisted Tea Ford Danica Patrick – No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet Denny Hamlin – No. 11 FedEx Cares Toyota Tony Stewart – No. 14 Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet Clint Bowyer – No. 15 AAA Insurance Toyota Greg Biffle – No. 16 Safety-Kleen Ford Ricky Stenhouse Jr . – No. 17 Ford Ecoboost Ford Kyle Busch – No. 18 Skittles Toyota Matt Kenseth – No. 20 Dollar General Toyota JJ Yeley – No. 23 Dr. Pepper Toyota Jeb Burton – No. 26 Maxim Fantasy Sports Toyota Paul Menard – No. 27 Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet Ryan Newman – No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet Brian Scott – No. 33 ACME/Kraft Singles Chevrolet Kurt Busch – No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet Kyle Larson – No. 42 Target Chevrolet Aric Almirola – No. 43 WinField Ford Michael Annett – No. 46 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet AJ Allmendinger – No. 47 Scott Products Chevrolet Justin Allgaier – No. 51 Fraternal Order of Eagles/AccuDoc Solutions Chevrolet David Ragan – No. 55 Aaron's Ford Martin Truex Jr . – No. 78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet Matt DiBenedetto – No. 83 Burger King Toyota Camry NASCAR XFINITY Series Brian Scott – No. 2 ACME/Kraft Singles Chevrolet Ty Dillon – No. 3 WESCO Chevrolet Darrell Wallace Jr . – No. 6 Ford EcoBoost Ford Blake Koch – No. 8 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Toyota Camry Cale Conley – No. 14 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Toyota Camry Jeff Green – No. 19 TriStar Motorsports Toyota Camry Eric McClure – No. 24 Reynolds Wrap Toyota Camry John Wes Townley – No. 25 Zaxby's Chevrolet Austin Dillon – No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet Brennan Poole – No. 42 DC Solar Chevrolet Dakoda Armstrong – No. 43 WinField Ford David Starr – No. 44 Zachry Toyota Camry Jeremy Clements – No. 51 RepairableVehicles.com/AllSouthElectric.com Chevrolet Chris Buescher – No. 60 Roush Performance Products Ford Brendan Gaughan – No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Peyton Sellers – No. 97 Vroom Brands Chevrolet NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ryan Ellis – No. 1 MAKE Motorsports Chevrolet Tyler Young – No. 2 Randco Industries/Young's Building Systems Chevrolet Erik Jones – No. 4 Special Olympics World Games Toyota John Wes Townley – No. 5 Zaxby's Chevrolet Norm Benning – No. 6 Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet Ray Black, Jr. – No. 7 ScubaLife.com Chevrolet Korbin Forrister – No. 8 Green Light Racing Chevrolet John Hunter Nemechek –No. 8 MeetBall Chevrolet Jennifer Jo Cobb – No. 10 POW-MIAFamilies.org Chevrolet Ben Kennedy – No. 11 Local Motors Toyota Cameron Hayley – No. 13 Cabinets by Hayley Toyota Daniel Hemric – No. 14 California Clean Power Chevrolet Timothy Peters – No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Broken Bow Records Ford Ryan Blaney – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford Travis Kvapil , – No. 50 BurnieGrill.com Chevrolet Daniel Suarez – No. 51 Arris Toyota Justin Boston – No. 54 ROKMobile.com Toyota Matt Crafton – No. 88 Rip It/Menards Toyota Johnny Sauter – No. 98 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff/Curb Records Toyota FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Host Matthew Strickert takes you on a walk through the XFINITY Series garage at Texas Motor Speedway as teams get ready for practice. He also talks to Blake Koch and Timmy Hill.
We debate the format, location and much more The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race is a non-points event that has seen its format change a bit over the years, but a win carries some weight and plenty of financial gain -- the winning driver gets $1 million. But does the event need a bit of a shakeup? Does holding it at Charlotte Motor Speedway each year make sense? What enhancements or adjustments could be made? Or does nothing need to change? Join NASCAR.com's RJ Kraft and George Winkler as they debate whether changes are needed. Kraft: Let's get this thing going. I'd like to see the eligibility opened up a bit and for fans to have more than one vote. In baseball, hockey and basketball, fans get to vote for the starting lineup, so let's give them more say in this exhibition event. Let's say they can vote on five spots since All-Star events are supposed to be geared more toward the fans. Even more than that, let's open the field up to drivers in all three series. Yes, they have to run in a Sprint Cup car, but wouldn't it be awesome to see Chase Elliott or Darrell Wallace Jr . or Erik Jones or Matt Crafton have a shot to take on the best of the best and win the $1 million prize? I also like the idea of having the two other national series champions automatically eligible for the field. An All-Star event is about having the very best in the field, while also allowing fans to see who they want to see, so let's make it a 30-car event. Winkler : RJ, I like the idea of bringing more power to the people, and the way you have envisioned it allows for more fan participation without completely turning it into a popularity contest. But something I'd like to mention is about the lap segments. I've always felt that things just start to get warmed up racing-wise around Lap 20 or 25, and the way it's set up now with the first four 25-lap segments, that's when it's time to stop. So I'd vote for fewer segments that last a bit longer to let some of the drama build. However, I love the final 10-lap segment as it is because it's like an extended green-white-checkered finish where you don't know what you'll see happen next. Kraft: Part of the reason, to me at least, that the All-Star Race does not have as much shine as it could is because it is held at the same track every year, and it's a track that already holds two points events a year. If you want to keep drivers close to home, how about some of the local short tracks in North Carolina, or bring back a place like Rockingham to hold this special event? If you want to keep the event on a track that already has a Cup races, then how about a rotating mix of Martinsville, Darlington, Bristol and Charlotte? Those sites are close enough that drivers would get close to the full two weeks at home. Another option: Since Kansas is currently the week before the All-Star Race, could holding the event at Iowa Speedway work, since the teams are already in the Midwest? People have been clamoring for Iowa to get a race in the top series, so maybe some short-track action in the All-Star event would be a perfect test to see if a points race should come to the track. Winkler: Those are all good ideas, RJ, especially Iowa since it's a gem of a track, but here are some reasons for keeping the Sprint All-Star Race in Charlotte. First, Charlotte is now considered the hub for NASCAR and as such deserves to host an event like this. The Hall of Fame is in Charlotte. The majority of the team shops are in Charlotte. Heck, you and I work in Charlotte, RJ, as do many others for the company. But most importantly the majority of the drivers call Charlotte home. The NASCAR schedule is challenging to say the least, and it has to be extremely difficult for the families of the participants. To be able to have two weeks where the teams are home is invaluable, and you can see it on the drivers' faces at the track. They seem so happy to be able to recharge, refresh and sleep in their own beds for a change. And since NASCAR has always prided itself on being a family-oriented sport based around its star drivers, it makes perfect sense to have the Sprint All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600 on back-to-back weeks in the Queen City. Kraft: That's a good point George. One addition to add a little more fanfare for the event would be something similar the MLB's Futures Game or the NBA's Rising Stars Game. Perhaps a 50- or 75-lap shootout event with some of the young drivers in the national series or perhaps the field is comprised of current NASCAR Next and Drive For Diversity drivers and some alumni of the programs. That would be a nice way to get those programs more exposure. Winkler : I'll take it one step further and ask: How about we add a celebrity race? Or what about a burnout contest judged by Blake Shelton and Shaquille O' Neal? Who wouldn't want to see that? But I think what everyone wants to see come back is the pit crew challenge. The precision and power that those guys show on a regular basis is amazing, and they certainly deserve to have their time in the spotlight. And to see all of these things in the same place, on the same night would make the event even more appealing than it already is. Kraft : Yes, pit crews are the unsung heroes and are often one of the biggest reasons for a driver being in position to win a race. It would be great to see them showcase their skills on this stage. Winkler: In closing, and this goes to all the mamas and papas out there, let's start the race earlier. The thing I always hear people say about the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race is that it's a great family event, particularly for the young kids because it gives them a taste of what the sport is all about without there being a big investment of time. So why not start the race earlier so it doesn't go past the kids' bedtimes? I've got to tell you, if you keep mama happy, then everyone's happy -- because mamas usually hold those purse strings. Know what I'm saying, RJ? Kraft: Speaking from personal experience, George? Nevertheless, that was well said by a family man himself. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Six cars involved in crash during opening round of qualifying Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live A six-car wreck brought out a red flag during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. Drivers involved included Daniel Suarez, Landon Cassill, Harrison Rhodes, Blake Koch, Carlos Contreras and Tanner Berryhill. The pileup came about at the end of the second group participating in the first round of group qualifying before the season-opening Alert Today Florida 300, 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. Suarez appears to be heading to his backup car. The @ARRISEVERYWHERE backup car is being unloaded. Several parts will need to be swapped. 18 team will be busy. pic.twitter.com/aU1bHQHYus — Boris for JGR (@JoeGibbsRacing) February 21, 2015 The melee also stirred up sentiment from drivers that the new knockout qualifying format is not suited for tracks like Daytona. "This is not what it needs to be," Kyle Busch said to FOX Sports 1 about group qualifying shortly after the wreck. "Somehow, someway, this isn't right." Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted that he hoped everyone was OK following the wreck as his team waited to see if it would make the race. Hope all is well after that accident. Seen a few hit hard. Now we sit and wait and see if we make the show. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) February 21, 2015 Shortly after the wreck qualifying was put on hold due to bad weather in the area. This story will be updated. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See a timelapse of the No. 8 car getting wrapped Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Blake Koch has picked up primary sponsorship for the 2015 XFINITY Series season. TriStar Motorsports announced Thursday that Koch's No. 8 Toyota Camry will see LeafFilter Gutter Protection serve as the primary sponsor beginning with the Alert Today Florida 300 on Feb. 21 at Daytona International Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). "There are so many things about LeafFilter that I love," Koch said in a release provided by the team. "First of all the product is amazing and fun to promote because no one likes to clean their gutters and LeafFilter has the solution." "The people behind the scenes of LeafFilter are awesome, and the hundreds of employees that I have met are so excited to be working for LeafFilter and are extremely motivated. Having their support this year is very encouraging and motivating and we are going to do everything it takes to put the No. 8 LeafFilter Toyota Camry in victory lane in Daytona." Last month, TriStar Motorsports announced that Koch will pilot the No. 8 car on a full-time basis. Bruce Cook will serve as the team's crew chief. TriStar Motorsports will field four entries in the XFINITY Series this season. Besides Koch, the driver lineup includes Cale Conley, Mike Bliss and David Starr. You can see a timelapse of the car being wrapped below. &amp;amp;lt;/center&amp;amp;gt; FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Daniel Suarez, Landon Cassill, Blake Koch, Tanner Berryhill, Harrison Rhodes and Carlos Contreras get involved in a multi-car crash during round one of qualifying at Daytona. Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. weigh in on the new qualifying format.