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Post-Race Reactions: Good Sam Club 200
Clint Bowyer, Blake Feese , Kyle Busch, James Buescher and Ryan Newman comment on their Atlanta finishes.
Buescher and Raymer get together
Rookie Blake Feese gets loose in front of new points leader James Buescher and brings out the caution.
NBC, Blake Shelton bring back the sunshine
RELATED: Full schedule for 2016 Blake Shelton and his NASCAR friends are "Bringing Back the Sunshine" for NBC's second season of NASCAR coverage under its new television deal. The country singer is once again performing the song -- with slightly new lyrics -- that will serve as the introduction ahead of each race televised on the NBC family of networks. The spot was filmed during the spring race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway in April. Watch the video below to see a host of your favorite Sprint Cup drivers barbecuing, including an awkward "bro hug" attempt by Aric Almirola and interesting air guitar by Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr . Who plays it better? You be the judge! NBC's NASCAR race coverage kicks off this weekend at Daytona International Speedway with the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola on Saturday, July 2. Pre-race coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.
Blake Koch ecstatic after advancing to Round of 8
Blake Koch expressed his excitement after a 12th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway advanced him into the Round of 8 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase.
Blake Koch, Austin Dillon lead XFINITY practices at Bristol
RELATED: Practice 2 results Blake Koch topped the leaderboard in Friday's second NASCAR XFINITY Series practice at Bristol Motor Speedway , clocking in at 123.666 mph in his No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet. Right behind him was Kyle Busch in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota after posting a fastest lap of 123.364 mph. Rounding out the top five were Austin Dillon in the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet (123.356 mph), Jeb Burton in the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford (123.166 mph) and Erik Jones in the No. 20 JGR Toyota (122.905 mph). Series points leader Daniel Suarez was eighth-fastest with a speed of 122.131 mph in the No. 19 JGR Toyota while the defending race winner Joey Logano was 10th on the leaderboard in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford (122.092 mph). With approximately five minutes remaining in the 55-minute session, Darrell Wallace Jr . made some contact with the wall, causing slight damage to the right-rear fender of his No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford (18th-fastest, 121.366 mph). Saturday's Coors Light Pole Qualifying is set for a 9:30 a.m. ET green flag (FS1). PRACTICE 1 RECAP RELATED: Practice 1 results Austin Dillon topped the leaderboard in Friday's opening NASCAR XFINITY Series practice at Bristol Motor Speedway , turning a fast lap of 123.237 mph in his No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Kyle Larson clocked in second, wheeling his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet at 123.095 mph around the short track. Richard Childress Racing teammates Brandon Jones in the No. 33 Chevrolet (123.016 mph) and Brendan Gaughan in the No. 62 Chevrolet (122.866 mph) came up third and fourth, respectively, while Texas winner Kyle Busch completed the top five with a fast lap of 122.819 mph in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Defending race winner Joey Logano was eighth-fastest in the field (122.357 mph), driving the No. 22 Ford for Team Penske . Series points leader Daniel Suarez was 11th-fastest with a speed of 121.906 mph in the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
Blake Koch returning to TriStar Motorsports
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’s touching intro for Dale Jarrett
Blake Shelton gives a touching speech as he introduces and offically inducts Dale Jarrett into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
XFINITY Series GarageCam doesn't take things lying down
NASCAR.com GarageCam invades the NASCAR XFINITY Series garage at Pocono Raceway.
Almirola hangs on for XFINITY win at Talladega
RELATED: Race results " Series standings " Detailed breakdown Aric Almirola emerged from a late-race scramble Saturday to score a NASCAR XFINITY Series win at Talladega Superspeedway. Almirola led three times for 13 of the 113 laps in the Biagi-DenBeste No. 98 Ford to win the Sparks Energy 300. His first victory of the season was the third win of his XFINITY career and his first on the 2.66-mile Alabama track. "They let me run this thing seven or eight times a year and I have so much fun, especially at the speedway races," said Almirola, making just his fourth XFINITY start of the season. "Doug Yates brings some awesome horsepower and our Ford Mustang was super-fast. I knew it right from the beginning of practice." Series points leader Elliott Sadler finished second, just .142 seconds behind at the finish. Joey Logano, Ben Kennedy and Erik Jones completed the top five. The race was slowed by a pair of multi-car crashes that caused a red flag in each of the opening stages. The first snared nine cars, triggered by contact involving Tyler Reddick, Brennan Poole and Daniel Suarez on the end of the backstraight on Lap 20. Eight more cars wound up damaged by the second big stack-up, which eliminated several contenders, including Daytona XFINITY winner Ryan Reed and first-time pole starter Blake Koch. Almirola, the Stage 1 winner, accepted the blame for the crash after nudging Reed sideways on Lap 49, the final lap before the Stage 2 break. "I have a lot of respect for him as a driver and as a person, but that just wasn't cool," Reed said of Almirola. "All he had to do was back off a little bit. He just got so aggressive with that push and then didn't hit us square. He hit us off to the right side and when that happened the car was out from underneath me before I knew it." Said Almirola: "I feel really bad about the 16 (Reed). I got in the back of the 16 and tore up a lot of cars there, but I got a good push and I got in the back of him. I was trying to help him, trying to make the Fords work together and I hooked him, so I feel sorry about that." The XFINITY Series' next race is scheduled for May 27 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. &amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Jones thinks young drivers can thrive at 'Dega: 'Anything's possible'
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Talladega RELATED: Full schedule for Talladega " Standings entering the GEICO 500 Pit stops at "FOX and Friends," "The New York Times" and the Marvel Comics offices were all in a day's work for some of NASCAR's youngest stars on Thursday. Erik Jones, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney traded their typical office -- the race track -- for New York City ahead of the big Talladega weekend (GEICO 500, Sunday, 2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) to chat all things racing and the sport's monumental youth movement. Great meeting you today, @Blaney & @erik_jones . pic.twitter.com/qwrxWH8aw3 — Blake Garris (@blakegarris) May 4, 2017 Having fun chatting with some NYC media this morning. pic.twitter.com/zy5oBfvWFh — Hendrick Motorsports (@TeamHendrick) May 4, 2017 "I wouldn't say I'm nervous, it's more of (I'm) not sure what to expect," Jones told NASCAR.com, post-New York City tour, about the upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega. "It should be interesting … we'll definitely be a lot more knowledgeable after the whole deal, after this weekend so just, you know, I have a lot of experience in the (Monster Energy Series) cars at superspeedways and just trying to learn more about how those cars draft and kind of how they work and how to be the best on a superspeedway on them." The 20-year-old -- who is in his rookie campaign, wheeling the No. 77 Furniture Row Racing Toyota -- is part of a youth class dominanting NASCAR's premier series and outracing many of the sport's most successful veterans. 24-year-old Larson leads his peers in the standings, and 21-year-old Elliott sits third. Blaney is lucky No. 13. The always-unpredictable Talladega, however, consistently produces the "Big One" and other fickle situations, which could inhibit some newcomers. And some of the more-experienced racers have mastered restrictor-plate racing with Dale Earnhardt Jr. (six wins), Brad Keselowski (four wins), Joey Logano (two wins) and Jimmie Johnson (two wins) among the most notable. Jones has faith, though. "Anything is possible," he said of the youngsters topping the weekend. "I think if you have a good car and you show up fast, it's definitely a possibility." The 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion enters the race weekend 16th in standings. </p>