Best 10-lap consecutive averages at Richmond
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Richmond PRACTICE 1: RESULTS Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 5 Kasey Kahne 1 10 119.324 2 95 Michael McDowell 2 11 119.207 3 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 3 12 119.082 4 4 Kevin Harvick 1 10 119.074 5 19 Daniel Suarez # 3 12 118.926 6 32 Matt DiBenedetto 2 11 118.229 7 3 Austin Dillon 9 18 117.340 8 24 Chase Elliott 16 25 116.227 PRACTICE 2: RESULTS Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 77 Erik Jones # 1 10 118.876 2 4 Kevin Harvick 1 10 118.670 3 27 Paul Menard 1 10 118.664 4 37 Chris Buescher 2 11 118.621 5 11 Denny Hamlin 2 11 118.596 6 3 Austin Dillon 2 11 118.584 7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2 11 118.561 8 20 Matt Kenseth 1 10 118.523 9 31 Ryan Newman 2 11 118.455 10 10 Danica Patrick 2 11 118.404 11 22 Joey Logano 1 10 118.374 12 47 AJ Allmendinger 1 10 118.189 13 34 Landon Cassill 3 12 118.010 14 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 4 13 118.000 15 6 Trevor Bayne 2 11 117.973 16 18 Kyle Busch 2 11 117.915 17 38 David Ragan 3 12 117.789 18 14 Clint Bowyer 2 11 117.677 19 1 Jamie McMurray 3 12 117.664 20 32 Matt DiBenedetto 1 10 117.589 21 19 Daniel Suarez # 2 11 117.587 22 48 Jimmie Johnson 17 26 117.531 23 43 Aric Almirola 1 10 117.522 24 23 Gray Gaulding # 2 11 117.358 25 13 Ty Dillon # 1 10 117.356 26 5 Kasey Kahne 2 11 116.793 27 42 Kyle Larson 14 23 116.467 28 95 Michael McDowell 6 15 116.412 29 41 Kurt Busch 24 33 116.228 30 78 Martin Truex Jr. 21 30 115.958 31 24 Chase Elliott 20 29 115.916 32 2 Brad Keselowski 19 28 115.198 33 51 * Timmy Hill (i) 1 10 113.336 FINAL PRACTICE: RESULTS Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 78 Martin Truex Jr. 1 10 117.521 2 11 Denny Hamlin 2 11 117.384 3 42 Kyle Larson 1 10 117.379 4 20 Matt Kenseth 1 10 117.337 5 24 Chase Elliott 2 11 117.160 6 5 Kasey Kahne 1 10 117.145 7 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 1 10 117.038 8 18 Kyle Busch 2 11 116.993 9 14 Clint Bowyer 1 10 116.962 10 1 Jamie McMurray 1 10 116.886 11 48 Jimmie Johnson 1 10 116.856 12 21 Ryan Blaney 1 10 116.847 13 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2 11 116.759 14 77 Erik Jones # 1 10 116.696 15 6 Trevor Bayne 2 11 116.651 16 22 Joey Logano 1 10 116.528 17 2 Brad Keselowski 1 10 116.488 18 3 Austin Dillon 2 11 116.444 19 19 Daniel Suarez # 1 10 116.428 20 43 Aric Almirola 2 11 116.349 21 31 Ryan Newman 2 11 116.263 22 4 Kevin Harvick 1 10 116.206 23 34 Landon Cassill 2 11 116.148 24 47 AJ Allmendinger 2 11 116.140 25 10 Danica Patrick 2 11 116.102 26 95 Michael McDowell 4 13 115.701 27 37 Chris Buescher 1 10 115.700 28 38 David Ragan 3 12 115.398 29 41 Kurt Busch 31 40 114.991 30 13 Ty Dillon # 1 10 114.965 31 32 Matt DiBenedetto 2 11 114.724 32 23 Gray Gaulding # 1 10 114.554 33 27 Paul Menard 28 37 113.997 34 83 * Corey LaJoie # 1 10 113.325 35 15 Reed Sorenson 1 10 113.209 * Car must run 10 consecutive laps on the track to be included in the above chart. *Required to qualify on time, # signifies the driver is a rookie, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series
At a Glance What: Toyota Owners 400 Where: Richmond International Raceway, .75-mile oval in Richmond, Virginia When: Sunday, April 30 Green flag: 2:14 p.m. ET TV/Radio: FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Forecast: Mostly sunny with a high near 89, according to the National Weather Service. Southwest winds at 8 to 11 mph. National anthem: Sophia Nadder, 14-year-old singer from Midlothian, Virginia Grand Marshal: Major Eric Phillips, Toyota owner with Priority Toyota of Richmond Race distance: 400 laps, 300 miles Pit road speed: 40 mph Caution car speed: 45 mph Stage lengths: Stage 1 ends on Lap 100. Stage 2 ends on Lap 200 . Final stage is scheduled to end on Lap 400. Key story lines • In a bit of breaking news Sunday morning, Joey Logano was sent to the rear of the field " Read more • Yes, Dale Jr. is retiring after 2017. Plenty of young drivers are ready to step up , though " Read more • Jimmie Johnson is closing in on NASCAR legends on the all-time wins list ... and is going for three wins in a row " Read more &amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;
Actor Morris Chestnut on Austin Dillon, how NASCAR, Hollywood relate
Actor and star of FOX's police crime drama "Rosewood" Morris Chestnut noticed that the cast seemed nervous while filming a portion of the Season 2 finale in March. For good reason, too. "There was a huge explosion and the explosion was so big that everyone on the set was nervous because it was on the second level of this parking structure," Chestnut recalled Monday to NASCAR.com via telephone. "And it was such a big explosion that everyone thought the second level was going to drop down to the first." But one guest star -- Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Austin Dillon -- seemed quite unnerved by the exploding car behind him, Chestnut noticed. It seemed his day job lent a hand to dealing with crashes, fires and loud noises on the set of a television show. "He was actually in the scene when this happened," Chestnut said of Dillon. "And to see his reaction -- he was just like a pro, didn't flinch. It was great, he did a great job." In the "Rosewood" season finale, Dillon portrays Wayne Cirito, a character that is associated with a crime gang that the show's protagonist Dr. Beaumont Rosewood (played by Chestnut) is trying to interrogate. As for Dillon's acting skills? Chestnut was impressed by the 27-year-old driver's versatility on-screen. "That's one thing that's great about Austin," Chestnut said. "It was a very tough scene because he goes from this hard, tough-as-nails guy, to relating to (character Captain Ira) Hornstock and talking about things he may not have been comfortable (talking about)." But as Chestnut learned after talking with Dillon off-screen, race car drivers have to be tough in a variety of facets in their own jobs -- as well as focused, sharp and able-bodied. It's a familiar area for the 48-year-old actor, as he just released a health and fitness book this month entitled "The Cut: Lose Up to 10 Pounds in 10 Days and Sculpt Your Best Body." "It was great to talk to him about some of the insight toward NASCAR," Chestnut said. "I didn't know some of the things that he goes through as (a driver), that they go through in the cars and everything, so it was great to talk to him about that. "…One thing when I was talking to Austin is the endurance factor. Not only do you have to have a healthy body, but you have to have a healthy and sharp mind because a one-second lapse can not only cost you the race, but you can get into some very bad, brutal accidents. So, health and fitness is a huge part of being sharp and being ready when you're on the track. "These guys are athletes, these drivers are athletes," Chestnut continued. "I didn't realize that. They're not just sitting in the car Sunday driving like I do on the freeway. (They're hitting) 200 mph, going around these tracks and turns … you have to be in tip-top shape and (have) a razor-sharp mind." His conversations with Dillon on set gave Chestnut, who has never attended a NASCAR race, a greater appreciation for the sport of racing. "To be honest, I didn't get (NASCAR)," said Chestnut, who also plans to attend Dillon's 3-on-3 charity basketball tournament this year. "I didn't really get it. But he was breaking everything down to me about the whole entire experience. It's not just about the race -- it's even before the race, everyone coming, meeting the drivers, being right on the track. He was breaking so many little intricate things down to me just about the sport in general to where it really, really piqued my interest. So I'm looking forward to getting out to (a race) … (There were) so many interesting things that he was talking to me about, I was like, 'Man, I have to see one of these.' " The connections between NASCAR and Hollywood have grown deeper in recent years, as more drivers have briefly traded their fire suits and race cars for Hollywood scripts and bright lights for cameo appearances in movies and television shows. Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney and Carl Edwards notably nabbed cameo roles in the upcoming Steven Soderbergh-directed, racing-themed film "Logan Lucky;" which stars Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig and Riley Keough among others. Likewise, several movie and television stars have flocked to the often-unfamiliar race tracks, particularly the Southern California-based Auto Club Speedway and Wine Country's Sonoma Raceway. RELATED: NASCAR meets Hollywood in 'Logan Lucky' movie While he is just starting to learn more about NASCAR, Chestnut already sees parallels between NASCAR and Hollywood, primarily the storytelling aspect of both. "I think they're both very entertaining," Chestnut said. "Like I said, I didn't understand the sport … but once he told me the intricacies of the storylines that are involved and how intimate the fans can be with the drivers, it's a whole other level of entertainment. Even the story within the story, the story within the races with some of the drivers and what happens before they even come to the race. "There's just so many interesting things, I think it's just a natural relationship the two can have. Hollywood has stories -- we tell stories with our show every week. The more you know about our show, the more interested you may be. The more I know about NASCAR drivers, the more interested I am in the sport. It's very similar. They're both very strong forms of entertainment." Catch Dillon and Chestnut on the season finale of "Rosewood" on Friday, April 28 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Final Laps: Bully Hill Vineyards 200
Kyle Busch blows by Ron Hornaday off the restart to capture his second straight CWTS victory at Nashville.
704Games releases NASCAR Heat Mobile
MORE INFO: Android users " IOS users CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Digital games publisher and developer 704Games has announced the worldwide release of NASCAR Heat Mobile , the first authentic NASCAR racing game on mobile to feature 40 stock cars racing simultaneously. NASCAR Heat Mobile is available globally today on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, as well as Google Play for Android devices. 704Games tapped veteran developer Firebrand Games, creators of NASCAR Unleashed , to build this exciting new casual mobile racing game. NASCAR Heat Mobile combines the thrill of 200 mph stock car racing with the ability to build a NASCAR empire in the Fan Zone. The free-to-play game is the first licensed NASCAR mobile racing game to feature 40 stock cars racing simultaneously across 23 NASCAR sanctioned tracks. Using cutting-edge technology and fun interactive gameplay, NASCAR Heat Mobile immerses players in the world of NASCAR. "NASCAR Heat Mobile is a lot of fun," said Joey Logano, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ driver for Team Penske and 704Games investor. "I can take a few laps in my #22 Ford Fusion in NASCAR Heat Mobile anytime I want. It's a great pick-up-and-play racing game for fans." Take the Wheel Against the Biggest Names in NASCAR From the hills of Sonoma to the short-track spectacle of Bristol, NASCAR Heat Mobile features all 23 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series-sanctioned tracks. Players can start their own career or choose their favorite NASCAR driver to compete. As players race through a season, they'll complete challenges to help them improve their stock cars for better on-track performance. Build the Ultimate NASCAR Empire in the Fan Zone NASCAR Heat Mobile features two distinct worlds to play. Not only can fans race as their favorite Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers, NASCAR Heat Mobile also features a world-building component called the Fan Zone. Players can invest their race winnings into their Fan Zone to enhance their stock car or build their fan base to generate even more earnings for their race program. From blimps to hot dog carts and fuel stations, players can customize their Fan Zone with over 35 buildings and decorations. Each building has a special reward to help players improve on-track performance. NASCAR Heat Mobile is available to download today for free in the App Store for iPhone and iPad and Google Play for Android devices. To learn more about NASCAR Heat Mobile , visit the game's social media on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter .
Post-Race Reactions: Bully Hill Vineyards 200
An excited Nelson Piquet Jr. and a disappointed Ron Hornaday comment on the race in Nashville, as well as the rest of the top finishers.
GarageCam replay: Drivers talk Junior, beards, more
Hear from Ryan Blaney, Kasey Kahne and more in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage at Richmond International Raceway with GarageCam
'One Hot Night' sparks trip down the ol' rabbit hole
RELATED: Explaining the format BUY TICKETS: See the All-Star Race Those in the biz call it a second-screen experience, but I refer to it as going down a rabbit hole. And since the Easter Bunny is just around the corner, I think it's highly appropriate for you to join me on this journey. Google "One Hot Night" and you'll find a reference to NASCAR's All-Star Race that took place 25 years ago at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Go a little deeper and you'll read about how it was the first night All-Star Race in NASCAR history, taking place on a 1.5-mile track at a time (1992) when short tracks (and mostly local ones at that) were the only ones doing prime-time shows. Read about the finish, which involved Dale Earnhardt, Davey Allison and Kyle Petty battling on the final lap when The "Intimidator" spun and Allison wrecked. In a dramatic twist, it was Allison who was declared the winner after Petty's number briefly resided atop the scoring pylon. Find out how fans voted to invert the order for the second segment of the race, sending Allison to the back of the field after he had won the first segment. What? Fan interaction before the smartphone era? Way before #Vote on The Voice? Amazing. The race, called The Winston, carried with it the moniker "One Hot Night," and as you can see from down here in the rabbit hole it had a little bit of everything. In a nod to "One Hot Night" NASCAR unveiled the format for this year's Monster Energy Series' All-Star Race, which will have four segments totaling 70 laps, the same number of laps in the 1992 event. You can read more about the newly released All-Star format in our FAQ piece . MORE: All-time All-Star Race winners Or you can continue down the hole, which I know you will, because we do have smartphones now and we do like to look smart. Plus, how many times do you find yourself yearning to know more about the events you love to watch. For example, what were some of NASCAR's other firsts under the lights? According to Bristol Motor Speedway, the first night race at the "Last Great Colosseum" was in 1978 and was won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough. Richard Childress finished seventh in that race. They both were driving Oldsmobiles. Nearly 40 years later the Bristol Night Race in August is still one of the big highlights in the NASCAR schedule. "It's Bristol, baby!" as they say and it's definitely on a lot of fans' bucket lists. So, when was the first night race run by Cup regulars at NASCAR's most iconic track, Daytona? Try 1998, and that one has a story behind it, too. Wildfires in Florida postponed the race from its original date of July 3, 1998. Instead, the flashbulbs were popping on Oct. 17 in a race won by Jeff Gordon as he held off Bobby Labonte, among others. MORE: All-Star team for All-Star Race It was Gordon's 40th win in his career, and he exclaimed, "This is October, baby!" long before he ever uttered, "We're going to Homestead!" -- or before Dane Cook ever uttered, "There's only one October." (Obscure MLB reference, look it up if you want to go farther down the hole.) And when you get done doing that, curiosity will just be killing you about where Gordon got his first Cup win. Hint: It's the same track that hosted "One Hot Night," thus bringing us full circle on this victory lap. Who were the other competitors in that race with Gordon? Glad you asked, and you can answer it by playing trivia right here: https://www.sporcle.com/games/2mbs/gordon_1994_charlotte Why? Well, because it's Easter week and we need something to do without NASCAR races to occupy our time. We need more rabbit holes. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Fifth annual NASCAR Race To Green celebrates industry-wide effort
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- To commemorate the holistic effort being made to help protect and preserve the environment, NASCAR® announced its fifth annual NASCAR Race to Green ™ initiative. Beginning today and culminating with Sunday's TOYOTA OWNERS 400 at Richmond International Raceway, the initiative will build awareness around the programs NASCAR, the industry and multiple partners have developed to help reduce its carbon footprint. A key pillar of NASCAR Race to Green is a call-to-action for fans and the industry to donate trees that will be planted across the country as well as in areas recently devastated by natural disasters. Fans can visit NASCAR.com/green to donate trees -- $1 per tree for a 2-3 foot sapling -- to be planted in those areas with the support of the Arbor Day Foundation. Fans are encouraged to share their own efforts around being green by using the hashtag #NASCARGreen. "The Race To Green initiative allows us to highlight the foundational partners that help reduce our impact on the environment all year long," said Brent Dewar, NASCAR Chief Operating Officer. "As an example of the wide range of initiatives taking place across the industry, American Ethanol has helped us eclipse 10 million miles on Sunoco Green E15, Safety-Kleen recycles all oil and lubricants at more than 200 race events a year, and collectively as an industry more than 400,000 trees have been planted to date. We are proud to continue those efforts under the Race to Green umbrella." As part of this year's initiative, NASCAR fans visiting NASCAR.com/green will be treated to a newly designed digital destination, complete with easy-to-access information, news, an interactive carbon calculator and more. NASCAR Green will debut a new TV spot today as well, featuring a newly created NASCAR Green logo. NASCAR Race To Green will highlight the sustainability efforts of its teams, tracks and NASCAR Official Partners, who work closely with NASCAR, year-round. While NASCAR Green initiatives span the entire year, the following additional activities will take place throughout this week-long effort: • In partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, NASCAR Official Partners have committed to donate trees to Tennessee residents affected by the Chimney Tops 2 Fire in November 2016. NASCAR will match the donations made by its Official Partners. • As part of the 16th annual Comcast Cares Day, NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers will join Comcast volunteers for a Habitat for Humanity build in Johnson City, Tenn. NASCAR will donate trees for the newly built homes. • Pocono Raceway will release a Sustainability Report that details the initiatives it has in place to be environmentally responsible, including its recycling program, solar farm and more. • In partnership with Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Elliot Sadler will visit Oak Mountain Elementary School in Birmingham, Ala. to donate 750 tree saplings provided by NASCAR and the Arbor Day Foundation. • Today, Danica Patrick will help Mobil 1 spotlight its Mobil 1TM Annual Protection, allowing drivers to go one full year -- or 20,000 miles -- between oil changes, with a ceremonial pour at Bristol Motor Speedway. NASCAR Green was launched because it was the right thing to do for the country, climate and fans. Since 2008, NASCAR has taken a holistic approach across its wide-ranging effort to reduce our impact on the environment, including: • NASCAR and the industry have planted enough trees to completely offset carbon emissions for all three national series racing for the past six years, plus the next 40 years. • NASCAR eclipsed more than 10 million competition miles on Sunoco Green E15, demonstrating that the ethanol blended biofuel stands up to high performance racing while significantly reducing emissions. • Safety-Kleen delivers its oil recycling and re-refining services to the track each weekend, ensuring all cleaning solvents, oil, fluids and lubricants are recaptured and incorporated into useable products. • NASCAR also features many teams and tracks using solar power as a renewable energy source, including: Daytona International Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Sonoma Raceway, Roush Fenway Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports. For more information about NASCAR Race to Green , visit NASCAR.com/Green . The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season will continue wit h the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 23 at 2 p.m. ET on FOX, P RN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
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