Kyle Busch blows by Ron Hornaday off the restart to capture his second straight CWTS victory at Nashville.
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.
NASCAR Next driver wins K&N Pro Series East opener for third straight win Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Vote: Ultimate Daytona Challenge MORE: Hill wins K&N Pro Series East opener " More coverage with Home Tracks NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Austin Hill has managed to do more with less as he tries to work his way up the NASCAR ranks. Though his family-run team has scrapped its way to a recent burst of success, it turns out he has a legendary ally working his corner. The 20-year-old Hill continued his trend of stellar performances in Sunday night's NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season opener at New Smyrna Speedway, notching his third straight win on the regional circuit dating back to last season's late two-race sweep at Greenville-Pickens Speedway and Dover International Speedway to close out the campaign. Joining Hill in Victory Lane on the .48-mile track's frontstretch was a NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee who has grown to become a family friend -- engine-building marvel Robert Yates. Yates, long affiliated with Ford, has provided engines for the K&N Series' Ford teams for the past five years. But his connection with Hill runs deeper. When the NASCAR Next driver's team came up empty looking for shop space, Yates took him in for part of last season, giving the family operation room to grow. "Robert and those guys, they've been an awesome help," Hill said. "Ever since we ran our first race as a home-operated and family-operated team, they've just been really supportive of us. We kind of got in a pickle. We really couldn't find a building for our car, and for two races -- we were actually running out of their stable in the back of their shop. They've just been really supportive. Every time we hit the track, we have plenty of power. You never hear me come over the radio and say, 'Hey, this motor just doesn't feel right.' They build awesome motors and I'm really glad I can run a Ford." Yates was particularly pleased with watching a blue oval emblem show the way, as Hill led all 150 laps from the pole position and fended off a stout challenge from Dalton Sargeant, a 16-year-old hotshot finishing second in his first K&N appearance. The race also marked the debut of the K&N Series' new generation of Five Star car bodies, meaning Hill's No. 22 Fusion was easily identifiable at the front of the pack. Though Hill's recent surge has suddenly made him a force on the K&N tour, his search for sponsorship and his next big break continues. Yates said he sees plenty of potential from the NASCAR Home Tracks proving ground, with Hill near the top of that list. "He's definitely on the right step for now, but he's just got to get that right opportunity," Yates said. "All these kids, there's so much talent coming. … The young guys, I know they can do it, but nobody gives them a chance, and of course, look at this -- the talent here." Huge Thanks to @robertyates28 for never letting us down on horse power! Awsome to have you here with us! #NASCARNext pic.twitter.com/UrD1fiSQGC — Austin Hill (@Hillbroracing) February 16, 2015 Hill hopes his recent rise will open the door to more time behind the wheel in NASCAR national series. The Georgia youngster carries high hopes into Friday night's NextEra Energy Resources 250 (7:30 p.m., FOX Sports 1), the season opener for the Camping World Truck Series at Daytona International Speedway. Hill made two Truck Series starts last season, leading an impressive 21 laps at Martinsville Speedway in October, but racing in Daytona's all-important aerodynamic draft is a far different animal. When the 2.5-mile track opens for practice Thursday, Hill hopes to earn some respect in the draft and create friendships that may ultimately benefit him in Friday night's main event. "It's all about the luck of the draw," Hill said. "If you get the right push from somebody, the right draft, and you're there at the end, then you're certainly going to have a shot at it. If you want to pull out of line, though, you better make sure you've got somebody pushing you that's good. Hopefully, I can talk to some of those truck guys and they can work with me and we can get to the front." While he hopes more driving duties in the Camping World Truck Series arise, Hill's season-long focus is on the K&N tour, where he hopes to improve upon his tie for fifth place in last year's final standings. One race into 2015, he finds himself as the series points leader, a distinction that should help as he continues the quest for sponsorship. In the meantime, Hill has derived ultimate satisfaction from turning in a dominant performance as his underdog family team competes against its more well-heeled rivals. Even though he continues to do more with less, it's done nothing to diminish Hill's competitive drive. "Every time I hit the track, I want to win," Hill said. "It doesn't matter if I'm racing out here in the parking lot with somebody. It's just in my blood. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today
NASCAR Next driver, veteran Daytona truck winner open strong Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live PRACTICE 1 " Full results Austin Hill topped the opening practice session of the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season on Thursday at Daytona International Speedway. Hill , a NASCAR Next driver, rounded the 2.5-mile track with a top speed of 188.509 mph and in 47.743 seconds. Travis Kvapil finished second at 188.419 mph. John Wes Townley (188.084 mph), two-time defending series champion Matt Crafton (187.923 mph) and Ty Dillon (187.805 mph) rounded out the top five on the leaderboard. PRACTICE 2 " Full results Johnny Sauter led final practice for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Thursday at Daytona International Speedway. Sauter turned a lap of 190.617 mph and 47.215 seconds at the 2.5-mile track. Cameron Hayley finished second with a speed of 189.962 mph and a time of 47.378 seconds. Austin Theriault (189.645 mph), Ty Dillon (189.577 mph) and Spencer Gallagher (189.561 mph) rounded out the top five on the practice leaderboard. The season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 is set for 7 p.m. ET on Friday with TV coverage on FOX Sports 1. Kyle Busch is the defending race champion. 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
Austin Hill gets loose after blowing a tire, collecting Joe Nemecheck and Donnie Neuenberger.
See who will be in the 22nd and final NCWTS race of the 2014 season Entry # Driver Owner Crew chief Manufacturer Sponsor 1 0 Caleb Roark Kenneth Grimes Michael Stewart 14 Chevrolet Grimes Irrigation & Construction 2 02 Tyler Young Randy Young Bryan Berry 14 Chevrolet Randco/Young's Building Systems 3 05 John Wes Townley Tony Townley Michael Shelton 14 Toyota Zaxby's 4 6 Norm Benning Norm Benning Kevin Dargie 14 Chevrolet TBA 5 07 Todd Peck Ken Smith Doug Weddle 14 Chevrolet TBA 6 8 Joe Nemechek Sidney Mauldin Jerry Babb 14 Toyota swmtx.com 7 08 Ray Black Jr Bobby Dotter Jason Miller 14 Chevrolet ScubaLife / NASE WorldWide 8 9 Brennan Newberry Joe Denette Ryan McKinney 14 Chevrolet Qore-24 9 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Jennifer Jo Cobb Steve Kuykendall 14 Chevrolet Oohrah! Hydration Drink 10 13 Jeb Burton Duke Thorson Jeriod Prince 14 Toyota Estes-Carolina Nut Company 11 115 Mason Mingus Billy Boat Ben Leslie 14 Chevrolet Call 811 Before You Dig 12 17 Timothy Peters Tom Deloach Marcus Richmond II 14 Toyota Red Horse Racing 13 19 Tyler Reddick Brad Keselowski Doug Randolph 14 Ford DrawTite 14 20 TBA Bob Newberry Chris Rice 14 Chevrolet Qore-24 15 21 Joey Coulter Maurice Gallagher Jr Jeff Stankiewicz 14 Chevrolet Allegiant Travel 16 23 Spencer Gallagher Maurice Gallagher Jr Harold Holly 14 Chevrolet Allegiant Travel 17 29 Ryan Blaney Brad Keselowski Chad Kendrick 14 Ford Cooper Standard 18 31 Ben Kennedy Steve Turner Doug George 14 Chevrolet Heater.com 19 32 Tayler Malsam Harry Scott Jr Shannon Rursch 14 Chevrolet Outerwall 20 35 Ross Chastain Kevin Cywinski Mark Rette 14 Toyota TBA 21 136 Blake Koch(i) Beverly Mittler Michael Mittler 14 RAM Mittler Bros Machine & Tool/LG Seeds/Ski Soda 22 40 Todd Peck Michael Peck Keith Wolfe 14 Chevrolet Horizon Pharma/Arthritis Foundation 23 242 Kyle Larson(i) Steve Turner Mike Hillman Jr 14 Chevrolet ParkerStore 24 245 Matt Tifft B J McLeod Trip Bruce III 14 Chevrolet TBA 25 50 T J Bell Mark Beaver Tim Sliva 14 Chevrolet Dedicated to the Electrical Lineman 26 51 Kyle Busch(i) Kyle Busch Eric Phillips 14 Toyota ToyotaCare 27 54 Darrell Wallace Jr Kyle Busch Jerry Baxter 14 Toyota ToyotaCare 28 159 Kyle Martel William Martel William Martel 13 Chevrolet TBA 29 63 Justin Jennings Michael Mittler Michael Mittler 14 Chevrolet Mittler Bros Machine & Tool/LG Seeds/Ski Soda 30 77 German Quiroga Tom Deloach Butch Hylton 14 Toyota OtterBox 31 88 Matt Crafton Rhonda Thorson Carl Joiner 14 Toyota Jeld-Wen/Menards 32 92 Austin Hill Ricky Benton Michael Hester 14 Ford Goodyear Fleet HQ / Wynns / ARCO / A&D Welders 33 98 Johnny Sauter Mike Curb Jeff Hensley 14 Toyota Nextant/Curb Records 34 99 Bryan Silas Chris Baluch Cal Boprey 14 Chevrolet TBA MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Driver leads 97 laps on way to third victory of season MORE: Full Martinsville results MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Driving a No. 34 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota painted and numbered as a tribute to NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Wendell Scott -- and with Scott's family in attendance at Martinsville Speedway -- polesitter Darrell Wallace Jr . held off Timothy Peters to win Saturday's Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Last year at Martinsville, driving the No. 54 KBM Tundra, Wallace became the first African-American driver to win a race in one of NASCAR's top three touring series since Scott accomplished the feat in what is now the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Dec. 1, 1963 at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida. Though his number was changed to 34 on Saturday, in honor of Scott’s traditional car number, the result was the same for Wallace, who grabbed the lead from Johnny Sauter in heavy traffic on Lap 188 of 200 , moments before the 11th caution slowed the race. Wallace pulled away after a restart with six laps left, beating Peters to the finish line by .495 seconds. Peters had bumped Sauter out of the way in the closing laps, also opening the door for reigning series champion Matt Crafton , who came home third and extended his series lead to 18 points over fifth-place finisher Ryan Blaney . "I wasn't worried about anybody, honestly," Wallace said. "They kept telling me where everybody was, and I said I didn't care. It's our weekend and we're going to come out and take this (grandfather) clock (trophy) home with us and we just did that. "That was so fun. Martinsville is my favorite place to come to. Without the support of NASCAR and Toyota… the whole Wendell Scott family is here and this is a special moment, just a perfect weekend for us. It's a true honor to have Wendell Scott on our Toyota Tundra and to be able to put it in Victory Lane. I know he (Scott) just said up there, 'Hell yeah.' This is cool." Wallace said Saturday's win surpassed his first victory in the series at Martinsville a year ago. "It means a lot -- I know I had a guardian angel looking over me this weekend," said Wallace, who took over third place in the series standings, 22 points behind Crafton. "To be able to put it in Victory Lane, you couldn't ask for a better weekend. You thought last year was special, but this definitely beats it." Upset with what he deemed roughhouse tactics from Peters, Sauter attempt to confront the runner-up on pit road after the race, but NASCAR officials and crew members kept the drivers apart. "It's Martinsville," Peters said. "If you're going to dish it out, you're going to need to be able to take it. Did I mean to run into him? Yeah. I'm not going to deny that -- maybe not as hard. "But it is what it is. I don't want to waste too much of my breath on that. We'll just focus on how well we ran today…" Wallace led 97 of the 200 laps. Second was the pace car, which was out front for a record 71 laps during a race that featured more rookies than veterans and six drivers competing in the series for the first time. Erik Jones ran fourth, followed by Blaney, Tyler Reddick , Sauter, Matt Tifft (a UNC-Charlotte freshman making his first start) Alex Guenette and German Quiroga, whose ill-fated attempt to take the lead in heavy traffic on Lap 188 caused his No. 77 Toyota to spin and brought out the 11th caution, solidifying Wallace in the lead. The series now heads to Texas Motor Speedway next weekend for Friday's Winstar World Casino and Resort 350 (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1). 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
'Smoke' sets Texas track record and makes NASCAR history in second round RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today FORT WORTH, Texas -- For the first time in NASCAR history a driver topped 200 mph in a qualifying lap on a 1.5-mile track, and it was Tony Stewart who did the honors in the second of three rounds of qualifying on Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway . Stewart set the track qualifying record with a lap of 200 .111 mph, breaking the previous record of 198.282 mph set by Kevin Harvick in April of 2014. The man known as 'Smoke' lit up the leaderboard with the lap of 26.985 seconds and gained the attention of Chase drivers such as Coors Light Pole Award winner Matt Kenseth . "I never dreamed we'd see a lap time like that around here unless they paved it," Kenseth said. "It's incredibly fast." For Stewart it was a highlight in a difficult season, and it came on the heels of a top-five finish at Martinsville. That was Stewart's first top-five since March at Auto Club Speedway , and combined with the good qualifying run gives Stewart something to build on as he looks towards the 2015 season. Stewart was surprised when he broke the 200 -mph barrier, saying over the radio, "Didn't look that fast." Although he set the record in the second round, Stewart ended up qualifying sixth and will share Row 3 with teammate Kevin Harvick for the start of Sunday's AAA Texas 500 (3 p.m. ET, ESPN). He expressed some regret about not being able to hit the top speed in the third round of qualifying but was still pleased with the record. "It is always cool to be the first guy to be able to do anything," Stewart said. 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
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 .
See which drivers will compete as the series returns to Martinsville RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Entry # Driver Owner Crew chief Manufacturer Sponsor 1 00 Cole Custer Gene Haas Joe Shear 14 Chevrolet Haas Automation 2 0 Matt Tifft Kenneth Grimes Michael Stewart 13 Chevrolet TBA 3 02 Tyler Young Randy Young Bryan Berry 14 Chevrolet Randco/Young's Building Systems 4 05 John Wes Townley Tony Townley Mike Beam 14 Toyota Zaxby's 5 6 Norm Benning Norm Benning Kevin Dargie 14 Chevrolet TBA 6 07 B J McLeod Ken Smith Doug Weddle 13 Chevrolet TBA 7 08 Camden Murphy Bobby Dotter Jason Miller 13 Chevrolet TBA 8 8 John Hunter Nemechek Sidney Mauldin Jerry Babb 14 Toyota TBD 9 9 Brennan Newberry Joe Denette Ryan McKinney 14 Chevrolet Qore-24 10 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Jennifer Jo Cobb Steve Kuykendall 12 RAM Driven2Honor.org 11 13 Jeb Burton Duke Thorson Jeriod Prince 14 Toyota Estes-Carolina Nut Company 12 115 Mason Mingus Billy Boat Ben Leslie 14 Chevrolet 811 Call Before You Dig 13 17 Timothy Peters Tom Deloach Marcus Richmond II 14 Toyota Red Horse Racing 14 19 Tyler Reddick Brad Keselowski Doug Randolph 14 Ford Broken Bow Records 15 20 Gray Gaulding Bob Newberry Chris Rice 14 Chevrolet Gemini Southern / Krispy Kreme 16 21 Joey Coulter Maurice Gallagher Jr Jeff Stankiewicz 14 Chevrolet Allegiant Travel 17 23 Max Gresham Maurice Gallagher Jr Ryan London 14 Chevrolet AmWins Group, Inc. 18 29 Ryan Blaney Brad Keselowski Chad Kendrick 14 Ford Cooper Standard 19 31 Ben Kennedy Steve Turner Doug George 14 Chevrolet Heater.com 20 32 Alex Guenette Harry Scott Jr Mike Hillman Jr 14 Chevrolet MOTORS ILLIMITEES 21 133 Brandon Jones Maurice Gallagher Jr Shane Huffman 14 Chevrolet TBA 22 35 TBA Kevin Cywinski Mark Rette 14 Toyota TBA 23 50 T J Bell Mark Beaver Tim Sliva 14 Chevrolet TBA 24 51 Erik Jones Kyle Busch Eric Phillips 14 Toyota ToyotaCare 25 54 Darrell Wallace Jr Kyle Busch Jerry Baxter 14 Toyota 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Wendell Scott 26 63 Justin Jennings Michael Mittler Michael Mittler 14 Chevrolet Mittler Bros Machine & Tool/LG Seeds/Ski Soda 27 74 Wendell Chavous Mike Harmon TBA 13 Chevrolet Vydox 28 175 Caleb Holman Charles Henderson Darrell Holman 14 Chevrolet Food Country USA-Gain Flings-Lopez Wealth Mgmt. 29 77 German Quiroga Tom Deloach Butch Hylton 14 Toyota OtterBox 30 180 Jody Knowles Tracy Wallace Wayne Hansard 09 Ford Clayton Signs, Inc. 31 182 Cody Erickson John Corr Michael Cheek 13 Ford Performance Auto 32 186 Brandon Brown Jerry Brown Adam Brenner 13 Chevrolet Willmar Concrete Pumping 33 187 Charles Buchanan Jr Charles Buchanan Jr Craig Wood 13 Ford Spring Drug 34 88 Matt Crafton Rhonda Thorson Carl Joiner 14 Toyota Ideal Door/Menards 35 92 Austin Hill Ricky Benton Michael Hester 14 Ford BTS Tire/ Goodyear Fleet HQ/ Wynns 36 98 Johnny Sauter Mike Curb Jeff Hensley 14 Toyota Smokey Mountain/Curb Records 37 99 Bryan Silas Chris Baluch Cal Boprey 14 Chevrolet TBA MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView