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Elliott leaves Phoenix more confident, focused
Nationwide Series rookie looks to his peers for guidance
Phoenix Nationwide qualifying order
Carl Long and Kyle Larson (pictured) head out first for Nationwide qualifying
Harvick: 'On we go' after NHMS victory
Kevin Harvick advances to the Round of 12 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup after a comeback win in Loudon, NH.
Recap: Harvick charges his way into the Round of 12
NASCAR.com's Costner Merrifield recaps the second race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as Kevin Harvick reedems himself by holding off Matt Kenseth in the final laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to clinch his way into the Round of 12.
Starting Grid: Can the front row break their Loudon curse?
NASCAR.com's Matthew Dillner and Regan Smith break down the second race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and see how the new rules will come into play during the Chase.
Matt Kenseth: 'The last restart is my fault'
RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid SHOP: Chase gear Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt Kenseth put the blame squarely on his own shoulders after his second-place finish Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . Kenseth -- who led 105 of 300 laps, including from Laps 243-294 -- ceded the lead on the final restart to eventual race winner Kevin Harvick . Kenseth held on for second place, .442 seconds behind at the checkered flag, but expressed regret as he emerged from his No. 20 Toyota post-race. " The last restart was my fault," said Kenseth, who had his modest win streak at the 1.058-mile track snapped at two. " The one before that I thought I did right and we heard from the (race control) tower down that they thought I slowed up before I restarted or something. So the last one I let Kevin lay back on me, which we're supposed to be side- by -side. "I should have known better. I should have just went really late in the (restart) zone and waited until he had to get up to my nose because he anticipated it just right and laid back. Plus, I spun the tires and I got beat through (Turns) 1 and 2 and then it was over." The late-race slip-up paralleled a restart miscue by Martin Truex Jr ., last week's winner and the driver of the JGR-affiliated Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota. Truex lost ground with a sluggish jump on the next-to-last restart after leading a race-high 141 laps. He wound up seventh. Kenseth sits fourth in the 16-driver Chase standings with one race remaining until the Round of 12 is set. A New Hampshire win would have removed any guesswork for the 44-year-old driver ahead of next Sunday's Citizen Soldier 400 (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Dover International Speedway . "You always want to win," Kenseth said. "I thought we had a top-two or -three car today, but we didn't win. They put me in position to do that and I let them down there so I feel bad about that. We ran good last week and we ran decent today, too, so we'll just go to Dover and try to race them there."
Recap: Sadler takes Chase opener, advances to Round of 8
NASCAR.com's Costner Merrifield recaps the first race in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase at Kentucky Speedway, where the 1.5-mile oval tested the series best and allowed one Chase driver to advance to the Round of 8.
Dillon: 'There was nowhere I could go'
Ty Dillon talks about getting caught up in a late-race incident with Erik Jones and being told to park the No. 3 Chevrolet after the crew worked on the car on pit road and in the garage during a red flag.
Furniture Row heeds call of the West
RELATED: Denver offers warm embrace " Chase Grid Editor's Note: This story was published before Martin Truex Jr .'s Chase-opening winning at Chicagoland DENVER -- NASCAR's most unique race shop sits across from a fabric -manufacturing warehouse on Denver's industrial northeast side. Colorado's "Favorite Meat Store" is down the street. Dull gray concrete walls dominate the addresses here. The noisy and steady sounds of the nearby Interstate 70 freeway are interrupted at regular intervals by the heavy clunking and loud train whistles coming from the neighboring railroad tracks. The street front of Furniture Row Racing 's shop blends in completely with the industrial look of its neighboring businesses. There are no signs to identify the gray building or to offer even a single clue of what lies behind the sturdy, always-locked front doors. Team members have parked their pick-up trucks in a small lot alongside the shop and many more line the street out front. This is NASCAR's version of Oz. And it's been quite the yellow-brick road. "This building has been a lot of different things,'' Furniture Row Racing team owner Barney Visser said, allowing a slight smile. "It was a warehouse for our company, then a waterbed factory, then an oak furniture factory then an upholstery plant. "But we wanted to make sure the inside is real nice for the race team.'' And sure enough, behind the concrete facade and nondescript front doors of the building, is a comfortable home base to a busy, well-equipped, highly motivated NASCAR race shop -- an inspired group of people who spend their Rocky Mountain days on East Coast time preparing the No. 78 Toyotas for driver Martin Truex Jr .'s path into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . No team based west of the Mississippi River has ever won NASCAR's most celebrated trophy. And in fact, until Furniture Row Racing 's championship bid, no one had even considered it a realistic possibility. It may be far removed from NASCAR's traditional Carolina hallowed ground, but as Visser's Denver-based team and two-time 2016 winner Truex have proven, this group is primed, ready and willing to expand conventional wisdom. There is great pride for the team members and this community knowing that this company is doing things its own way and literally changing the landscape of the sport. The team's General Manager Joe Garone -- a Colorado native -- quickly discovered the team's "way" absolutely meant operating out of Denver, not opening up another shop in NASCAR's Southeastern backyard. "In my mind when Barney said we're going to race in Cup, I was like 'OK, we'll find a shop in Charlotte, we'll get this thing going, not a problem,' " Garone recalled of his initial meetings with Visser. "And Barney said immediately, 'No Joe, not in Charlotte, in Denver.' '' "It's what we need,'' Garone said, looking around the facility with pride. "It's more than what we need. It may not be a Taj Majal, but it's all about building race cars that go fast." ***** ***** *****
Looking for the lobstah' in the Rearview
NASCAR.com's Costner Merrifield takes a look back at an exciting weekend for all three of NASCAR's top touring series that included a few lobsters in the 'Live Free or Die' state.