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Late pass sends driver to second win of 2014 RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings SPARTA, Ky. -- Brendan Gaughan capitalized on the opportunity to utilize the high line on the final restart of Saturday night's VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway to win his second NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the season. Gaughan , with a three-wide pass, powered around leaders Chase Elliott and Ty Dillon in the closing laps and cleared his competition in Turn 1, allowing him to cruise to an eight-tenths of a second lead over Richard Childress Racing teammate Brian Scott . "I love my restarts," Gaughan said in Victory Lane. "It was an awesome restart. Shane (Wilson, crew chief) kept telling me that lap times were great when everyone did two and we did four (tires), so it took us a while to get back (toward the lead) there, but four Goodyear tires in the end were the difference." On the final restart of the night, Dillon and Elliott battled but forgot about the guy behind them. Gaughan , with a head of steam, used momentum to clear his competition with six laps to go and cruised to his second career series win, and first on an oval. He also won June's road-course race at Road America . Richard Childress Racing swept the top-three finishing positions with Scott second and Dillon finishing third after a dominating performance. Gaughan , 39, credited his Earnhardt Childress Racing engine and transmission for assisting him in his triumph over the much younger Elliott (18) and Dillon (22). "There are great race teams and great young race car drivers, but the old dog still has something left," said Gaughan . Scott was on the verge of netting his first career Nationwide victory, but settled for his best performance of the season after restarting sixth. "I thought it was the right call to take four tires at the end," Scott said. "I restarted sixth and got a good restart and got up to fourth and I thought we were going to win this race. But, unfortunately, we didn't get any long runs and our Shore Lodge Camaro was a little too tight." Dillon, who led 155 laps, said, "I'm sick for my guys. Our Bass Pros Chevy was top-notch. It's a good thing for confidence to lead all those laps, but this hurts for sure." Dillon's dominance would be challenged on Lap 171 when Cody Ware lost an engine. The fifth caution flag of the night proved to be a significant break for the leaders, as they avoided green flag pit stops. On pit road, Dillon exercised a two-tire stop with fuel with Chase Elliott , Michael McDowell and Elliott Sadler also on the same strategy. Racing resumed with Chase Elliott making a valiant effort to overtake the lead from Dillon. He was able to nip ahead of Dillon's No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, when Eric McClure crashed in Turn 4. With 19 laps to go, Elliott fended off a challenge from Dillon on the initial restart, but his opportunity to stretch his lead would be short-lived, after Regan Smith made contact with Sam Hornish Jr . on Lap 184, sending him hard into the Turn 1 wall. A flawless restart from Elliott allowed the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet to escape the hungry pack behind him. Again, Elliott's gap would be diminished by yet another caution for debris on Lap 190 -- which would prove the difference in the race. Leaving Kentucky, fourth place finisher Elliott holds a 20-point cushion over JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith in the championship standings with six races remaining. Next up for the NASCAR Nationwide Series is a trip to Dover International Speedway on Sept. 27. Joey Logano is the defending champion. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Brendan Gaughan recalls his move on the final restart of the night as he celebrates his first victory at Kentucky Speedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Brendan Gaughan manages to make a great save after being bumped by Dylan Kwasniewski.
Brendan Gaughan takes advantage on a late-race restart passing Ty Dillon and Chase Elliott en route to his second victory of the season.
Matthew Dillner takes to the Nationwide Series garage to talk with drivers and teams before the race at Dover International Speedway.
See who will participate in the 29th race of the Nationwide Series season Entry No. Driver Owner Crew chief Vehicle Sponsor 1 01 Landon Cassill Johnny Davis Dave Fuge 14 Chevrolet All Day Parts 2 2 Brian Scott Richard Childress Phil Gould 14 Chevrolet Smokey Mountain Snuff 3 3 Ty Dillon Richard Childress Danny Stockman Jr 14 Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops 4 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gary Keller Gary Cogswell 14 Chevrolet teamjdmotorsports.com 5 5 Kevin Harvick(i) Rick Hendrick Ernie Cope 14 Chevrolet Morton Buildings 6 6 Trevor Bayne Jack Roush Chad Norris 14 Ford AdvoCare 7 7 Regan Smith Kelley Earnhardt-Miller Ryan Pemberton 14 Chevrolet Hunt Brothers Pizza 8 9 Chase Elliott Dale Earnhardt Jr Greg Ives 14 Chevrolet NAPA AUTO PARTS 9 10 Blake Koch Mark Smith Todd Myers 14 Toyota Supportmilitary.org 10 11 Elliott Sadler J D Gibbs Chris Gayle 14 Toyota OneMain Financial 11 14 Eric McClure Mark Smith Wes Ward 14 Toyota Hefty Ultimatel Reynolds Wrap 12 16 Ryan Reed Jack Roush Seth Barbour 14 Ford ADA Drive to Stop Diabetes presented by Lilly Diabetes 13 17 Tanner Berryhill Adrian Berryhill Daniel Stillman 14 Dodge NationalCashLenders.com 14 19 Mike Bliss Mark Smith Paul Clapprood 14 Toyota TriStar Motorsports 15 20 Matt Kenseth(i) Joe Gibbs Kevin Kidd 14 Toyota Resers 16 22 Ryan Blaney(i) Roger Penske Jeremy Bullins 14 Ford Discount Tire 17 23 Robert Richardson Jr Robert Richardson Sr George Church 14 Chevrolet Lilly Trucking 18 25 John Wes Townley(i) Tony Townley Mike Ford 14 Toyota No. 25 Zaxby's Toyota 19 28 J J Yeley James Whitener Steve Plattenberger 13 Dodge Texas 28 Spirits Stage 20 29 Milka Duno Robby Benton Keith Hinkein 14 Toyota CanTV 21 31 Dylan Kwasniewski Steve Turner Shannon Rursch 14 Chevrolet TBD 22 33 Paul Menard(i) Richard Childress Nick Harrison 14 Chevrolet Tide / Menards 23 39 Ryan Sieg Rod Sieg Kevin Starland 14 Chevrolet RSS Racing 24 40 Matt Dibenedetto Curtis Key Sr Kyle Symington 14 Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 25 42 Kyle Larson(i) Harry Scott Jr Scott Zipadelli 14 Chevrolet Cartwheel by Target 26 43 Dakoda Armstrong Richard Petty Philippe Lopez 14 Ford WinField 27 44 David Starr Mark Smith Greg Conner 14 Toyota Niece 28 46 Ryan Ellis Curtis Key Sr Gary Showalter 14 Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 29 51 Jeremy Clements Tony Clements Ricky Pearson 14 Chevrolet RepairableVehicles.com/Allsouthelectric.com 30 52 Joey Gase Jimmy Means Tim Brown 14 Chevrolet TBA 31 54 Kyle Busch(i) J D Gibbs Adam Stevens 14 Toyota Monster Energy 32 55 Jamie Dick Jimmy Dick Mark Setzer 14 Chevrolet Viva Auto Group 33 60 Chris Buescher Jack Roush Scott Graves 14 Ford Roush Performance Parts 34 62 Brendan Gaughan Richard Childress Shane Wilson 14 Chevrolet South Point 35 70 Derrike Cope Mary Louise Miller Bobby Burrell 14 Chevrolet YOUTHEORY 36 172 John Jackson James Carter Richard Garcia 14 Chevrolet Crash Claims R US 37 74 Mike Harmon Mike Harmon Gary Ritter 12 Dodge Mike Harmon Racing 38 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Andrea Nemechek Steven Gray 14 Ford Rick Ware Racing 39 89 Morgan Shepherd Morgan Shepherd Kevyn Rebolledo 14 Chevrolet Courtney Construction 40 190 Martin Roy Michelle Gosselin Mario Gosselin 14 Chevrolet TBD 41 93 Kevin Swindell Gregg Mixon Gregg Mixon 13 Dodge JGL Racing 42 98 Corey LaJoie(i) Fred Biagi Jon Hanson 14 Ford TBD 43 99 James Buescher Robby Benton Matthew Lucas 14 Toyota Ruud (i) equals ineligible for driver championship points
Chase drivers take 13 of the top 17 spots in opening Cup practice RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize Sprint Cup Series opening practice " Results Kevin Harvick topped the opening 80-minute Sprint Cup Series practice at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 163.852 mph. Right behind Harvick was Brad Keselowski with a speed of 163.726 mph. Harvick has a solid hold on advancing to the Contender Round, while Keselowski's win at Chicagoland Speedway automatically moved the current points leader to the next round. Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers took 13 of the top 17 spots in practice. Jeff Gordon placed third in the session (163.562 mph) as he looks to improve this weekend on his seventh-place position in the standings. Jimmie Johnson, a nine-time winner at Dover International Speedway , was fifth in the session (163.369 mph) and is currently fourth in the standings. Denny Hamlin (163.354 mph) and Kurt Busch (163.162 mph), two drivers currently on the outside looking in of moving on to the Contender Round, placed sixth and seventh in the session, respectively. Hamlin enters the Dover race six points out of the final spot, while Busch is eight points out. A win by either driver would advance them to the next round of the Chase. Joey Logano (162.815 mph) was ninth in the session. He is automatically in the Contender Round due to his win last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . Matt Kenseth (162.690 mph) placed 10th in the session. He is eighth in the standings but his hold on a spot to advance is tenuous as just 12 points separate the drivers that eighth and 16th in the standings Marcos Ambrose (fourth at 163.436 mph) was one of two non-Chase drivers to place in the top 10 of the session. Clint Bowyer (eighth at 163.014 mph), who has Jeff Burton on standby should his wife give birth to their first child this weekend, was the other. Kyle Busch was 11th in the session (162.616 mph) and he is in good shape to advance to the Contender Round as he is in fifth place in the standings. Carl Edwards (13th at 162.536 mph), Aric Almirola (14th at 162.470 mph), Ryan Newman (16th at 162.360 mph), Greg Biffle (17th at 162.162 mph) and Kasey Kahne (22nd at 161.761 mph) are in the log jam between eighth and 16 in the standings. They need strong showings at Dover to advance. Dale Earnhardt Jr. , who is in sixth place in the standings, placed 24th in practice (161.565). Chase underdog AJ Allmendinger finished the lowest among the Chase drivers, in 25th, with a speed of 161.493 mph. He is currently in 10th place in the standings. There was one caution in the practice for some fluid on track from the No. 40 car of Landon Cassill after an apparent blown engine. There will be two 50-minute Sprint Cup Series practice sessions on Saturday. The first is at 11 a.m. ET and will be televised on FOX Sports 1. The second is at 2 p.m. ET and will be televised on FOX Sports 2. Nationwide Series final practice " Results Chris Buescher topped the final practice for the Nationwide Series at Dover International Speedway . After placing 11th in the opening session, Buescher topped the charts with a speed of 154.825 mph in the final 80-minute session. Richard Childress Racing flexed its Nationwide program muscle once again with all four of its cars placing in the top eight of practice. Brendan Gaughan was second (153.991 mph) and Cale Conley was fourth (152.568 mph). Ty Dillon came in sixth (152.104 mph) while Brian Scott , who topped the first session, placed eighth (151.726 mph) Aric Almirola , who is making his second Nationwide Series start of the season, placed third in the session (152.996 mph), while Trevor Bayne (152.517 mph) rounded out the top five. Points leader Chase Elliott was 10th in the session with a speed of 151.330 mph. Kyle Busch , who won at Dover in the spring, placed 11th in the session. James Buescher , the driver of the No. 99 Toyota, will be forced to drive a backup car after the hood popped open and damaged his car during his initial run of final practice. Coors Light Pole Qualifying will take place on Saturday at 12:15 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2 with the Dover 200 taking place at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. Nationwide Series opening practice " Results Brian Scott , fresh off his runner-up finish last weekend at Kentucky Speedway , topped the opening Nationwide Series practice at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 153.191 mph. Richard Childress Racing took the top three spots at Kentucky and four of the top six spots in the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 and the team showed its power in the opening practice with all four of the team's drivers placing in the top 10. In addition to Scott, Cale Conley was second on the charts (152.478 mph), while last week's winner at Kentucky, Brendan Gaughan was sixth in the session (151.815 mph) and Ty Dillon finished ninth (151.560 mph). Points leader Chase Elliott was third for the 50-minute session with a speed of 152.458 mph. Sprint Cup Series regulars Kyle Larson (152.400 mph) and Kyle Busch (152.162 mph) rounded out the top five, respectively. Busch won the spring race at the Monster Mile. He has four wins in the Nationwide Series at Dover. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation