Carl Edwards rallies from miscues for top-five spot
RELATED: Full race results CONCORD, N.C. -- A missed pit-road entry, a snag by the dreaded lug-nut check, and Carl Edwards still wound up on the cover of a video game. Despite a stinging penalty just before the final 13-lap segment of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, Edwards manufactured a fourth-place finish with a heavy-duty rally in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 at Charlotte Motor Speedway . He led three times for just four of the 113 laps, but made a bigger mark with how he threaded traffic in the final dash to the checkered flag. It was enough to lay claim to his spot as the top-finishing Toyota driver, landing him on the cover of the NASCAR Heat Evolution game that debuts in September. "We didn't really have the fastest car and we tried to screw it up about four different times," Edwards said with a sheepish grin. Edwards then explained how missing the entrance to pit road during the second of three segments cost the No. 19 team valuable track position, putting extra pressure on the mandatory final stop. That stop was a fast one, helping Edwards gain four spots among those pitting. But the check for lug-nut tightness led to a thumbs-down from the NASCAR official checking the drivers' side of the car. "I put my guys in a box, they had to do the fastest pit stop basically you could ever do," Edwards said afterward on pit road. "One lug nut was not all the way up, but we got it done and went to the back. We made it back up to fourth, and really after all the dust settled, if we had one more caution, I think we would've had a shot at it. It's crazy, just a crazy night." Edwards was rewarded for his final charge after lining up in the seventh row for the final restart. The 36-year-old driver won the All-Star Race in 2011 and had more recent Charlotte history on his side with his Coca-Cola 600 victory here last May. But he's also had a consistently solid pit crew all year, a track record that made it hard for crew chief Dave Rogers to assign blame. "The one thing we got going for us, we've got a bunch of tough guys," Rogers said. "We've got a real tough driver, real tough pit crew, and nobody on this race team gives up. We didn't do a very good job executing today, we just had a couple things go against us. That's not the norm for us. Usually, we're spot-on with our execution, so I'm not too worried about it, but even despite that, everyone battled down, got everything we could get, finished fourth. "If it wasn't the All-Star Race, you'd go home with fourth really pleased, but here it's winner-take-all. We'll go home and regroup for the 600 and we'll be back next week."
Results from Dover heat races
Heat 1 Fin Str Car Driver 1 2 7 Justin Allgaier * 2 1 20 Erik Jones * 3 3 88 Alex Bowman 4 6 22 Joey Logano 5 4 2 Paul Menard 6 7 6 Darrell Wallace Jr 7 5 48 Brennan Poole 8 8 16 Ryan Reed 9 9 44 JJ Yeley 10 11 11 Blake Koch 11 10 24 Drew Herring 12 14 14 Jeff Green 13 15 90 Mario Gosselin 14 16 0 Garrett Smithley 15 18 97 Alex Guenette 16 12 01 Ryan Preece 17 17 13 Timmy Hill 18 20 70 Derrike Cope 19 13 10 Matt DiBenedetto 20 19 74 Mike Harmon * Justin Allgaier and Erik Jones are Dash 4 Cash-eligible for the main race. Heat 2 Fin Str Car Driver 1 3 3 Ty Dillon * 2 1 19 Daniel Suarez * 3 5 39 Ryan Sieg 4 4 18 Matt Tifft 5 7 33 Brandon Jones 6 6 62 Brendan Gaughan 7 13 43 Jeb Burton 8 10 4 Ross Chastain 9 9 51 Jeremy Clements 10 11 07 Ray Black Jr 11 12 28 Dakoda Armstrong 12 20 15 Travis Kvapil 13 15 25 Ryan Ellis 14 16 52 Joey Gase 15 14 78 BJ McLeod 16 2 1 Elliott Sadler 17 8 42 Justin Marks 18 17 40 Carl Long 19 18 89 Morgan Shepherd 20 19 93 Josh Reaume * Ty Dillon and Daniel Suarez are Dash 4 Cash-eligible for the main race.
Carl Edwards: Fences mended with Kyle Busch
RELATED: Watch the last lap at Richmond KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch have put that bump-and-run finish at Richmond International Raceway firmly in their rearview mirrors, a Twitter photo earlier this week and Edwards' comments Friday at Kansas Speedway indicate. On Wednesday, Busch retweeted a photo of himself and Edwards holding a card congratulating Edwards on the April 24 Richmond win from Kyle's sponsor, M&M's/Mars. Edwards explained Friday how the photo came about, letting fans know there were no hard feelings after Edwards nosed Busch out of the way for his second consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory this season. "Mars sends a really nice box of chocolates to the winner of each race, and they sent me that congratulatory box of chocolates," Edwards explained at Kansas Speedway . "Kyle and I had talked that morning and I saw him in the shop, so I went over there and asked him if he'd sign the box, and he laughed and did and we took the picture. I thought that was pretty neat." At the time of the Richmond finish, Busch was looking for his third win in four Sprint Cup events. On Friday, Edwards was effusive about his teammate's skill and perseverance. "Obviously, Kyle and I still race really hard. I think that's obvious. But for a long time, racing against him and not being a teammate, I didn't really understand how good Kyle is," Edwards said between Sprint Cup practices for Saturday's GoBowling 400 (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). "But seeing it firsthand and watching him come back last year after that injury, which for anyone would be devastating … from then all the way up to the championship, I think he exhibited a lot of toughness. It was very impressive." When asked about Busch's record of winning at all but three current Sprint Cup tracks (Kansas, Charlotte and Pocono), Edwards succinctly summed up his teammate's talent. "Nobody will argue that Kyle Busch is one of the greatest drivers in the sport."
Can Carl Long go the distance?
No. 13 driver switched cars with Timmy Hill after crashing in Friday's practice DOVER, Del. -- During Friday's XFINITY Series practice at Dover International Speedway , Carl Long 's No.13 wrecked after a weight fell off Peyton Sellers ' No. 97 and Long ran over it. The piece of tungsten went through Long's radiator, into the steering and engine and caused the MBM Motorsports driver to slam hard into the wall. Having empathy for small team troubles, Selllers and the No. 97 team owner Victor Obaika quickly offered up any help they could. "We have spoken to Carl and we've offered him whatever we can," Obaika said in a statement on Friday. "(Our) backup car, our people, whatever he needs, you know because it's unfortunate, but we have to show some responsibility on our part and we've done that and we'll help however we can." "When you're on the bottom end, everybody kinda sticks together and tries to help each other," Long said on Saturday after the Coors Light Pole Qualifying session. "Some of the guys with a lot of money and a lot of focus and all, some help out, some don't. But all of us little guys usually stick together." While the Obaika Racing owner offered to let Long use the team's backup, the No. 13 driver feels his ride was the way to go. "(Sellers) offered me his backup car, but I had mine here," Long said. "This is the car we had at Iowa, we ran it Talladega, we ran it at Texas, we ran it everywhere. "I just felt like from changing the seats over and doing all the work, we would still be working on his car right now to get it ready for me. So, I think this is a better race car, and that's the ultimate thing is to be here to race, not to ride around." Shortly before the start of the Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket , it was announced that Long switched rides with the No. 40 of Timmy Hill due to the pain he was feeling after Friday's hit. "Yesterday when I got out of the car nothing hurt," Long said. "This morning my chest is hurting, my shoulder is hurting, that's a pretty hard lick, it just didn't seem like it then." " Carl took a pretty good hit yesterday and he's feeling rather sore," Hill said. "He's not sure if he can go the distance. Out of the two cars he's really trying to get the 13 better in the points. With that being said, he wants to assure that the No. 13 runs the whole race." "My chest is hurting quite a bit and I didn't realize that until I did my qualifying laps and I just got to thinking about it," Long said. "My main goal is to run good and have a good finish for our team. If I fall out of the seat, that ain't a good finish." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Harvick signs long -term extension with Stewart-Haas Racing
Kevin Harvick announced Thursday that he will sign a long -term contract extension with Stewart-Haas Racing.
Kevin Harvick signs long -term deal with Stewart-Haas Racing
RELATED: Harvick through the years Stewart-Haas Racing announced Thursday that it has signed Kevin Harvick to a long -term contract extension, scuttling any outlying speculation about his future with the team. Details of the deal were not released. Harvick, 40, is in his third year with the SHR No. 4 Chevrolet team and crew chief Rodney Childers. Harvick won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in 2014, his first year with the operation co-owned by Tony Stewart and Gene Haas. "It was a big decision to join Stewart-Haas Racing and it has turned out to be my best decision," Harvick said in a release provided by the team. "I came to Stewart-Haas Racing to win championships. We have one, but that only made us hungry for more. I'm very happy to have my future secure with a team so dedicated to winning." Thursday's news quashes speculation that Harvick might leave the team, which is moving from Chevrolet to Ford for the 2017 season. Harvick has made 550 starts in NASCAR's top division, all in Chevrolets. "Kevin's results speak for themselves, and in addition to those numbers, he brings a presence to our team that makes everyone want to work harder," Stewart said in the release. " Kevin Harvick has made Stewart-Haas Racing a better team and he will continue to be an integral part of our future." Childers signed a multi-year contract with the No. 4 team last June. Thursday's announcement promises to keep one of the series' most successful driver-crew chiefs pairings together for the indefinite future. Harvick has notched nine of his 32 career Sprint Cup wins in Stewart-Haas equipment. Since making the transition to SHR, he has finished first (2014) and second (2015) in the driver standings, and ranks as the top point-earner so far this season. Harvick will address the media Friday at 1:15 p.m. ET in the media center at Charlotte Motor Speedway , site of Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (9 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM). Video of the news conference will be live-streamed on NASCAR.com.
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XFINITY Series practice results from Bristol
Pos Car Driver Speed 1 2 Austin Dillon (i) 123.237 2 42 Kyle Larson (i) 123.095 3 33 Brandon Jones # 123.016 4 62 Brendan Gaughan 122.866 5 18 Kyle Busch (i) 122.819 6 88 Kevin Harvick (i) 122.631 7 7 Justin Allgaier 122.372 8 22 Joey Logano (i) 122.357 9 20 Erik Jones # 122.310 10 3 Ty Dillon 122.154 11 19 Daniel Suarez 121.906 12 1 Elliott Sadler 121.821 13 98 Aric Almirola (i) 121.428 14 48 Brennan Poole # 121.336 15 43 Jeb Burton 121.205 16 6 Darrell Wallace Jr 121.167 17 39 Ryan Sieg 121.022 18 28 Dakoda Armstrong 120.923 19 14 JJ Yeley 120.915 20 11 Blake Koch 120.414 21 16 Ryan Reed 120.414 22 24 Matt Tifft (i) 120.173 23 15 Jeff Green 119.715 24 51 Jeremy Clements 119.477 25 4 Ross Chastain 119.425 26 44 David Starr 119.291 27 89 Morgan Shepherd 118.899 28 01 Ryan Preece # 118.892 29 78 BJ McLeod # 118.819 30 46 Brandon Gdovic 118.591 31 90 Mario Gosselin 118.240 32 0 Garrett Smithley # 118.182 33 13 Timmy Hill (i) 117.862 34 52 Joey Gase 117.805 35 25 Harrison Rhodes 117.790 36 07 Ray Black Jr # 117.552 37 40 Carl Long 117.408 38 97 Ryan Ellis 117.265 39 70 Derrike Cope 115.856
Results from Richmond heat races
Heat 1 Finish Start Car Driver 1 3 20 Erik Jones * 2 2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr . 3 1 18 Matt Tifft 4 7 48 Brennan Poole * 5 4 1 Elliott Sadler 6 8 6 Darrell Wallace Jr . 7 5 33 Brandon Jones 8 6 62 Brendan Gaughan 9 15 5 Cole Custer 10 12 44 J.J. Yeley 11 9 43 Jeb Burton 12 11 51 Jeremy Clements 13 10 28 Dakoda Armstrong 14 14 14 Jeff Green 15 13 07 Ray Black Jr . 16 16 25 Harrison Rhodes 17 17 97 Ryan Ellis 18 19 40 Carl Long 19 18 70 Derrike Cope 20 20 89 Morgan Shepherd * Erik Jones and Brennan Poole are Dash 4 Cash-eligible for the main race. Heat 2 Finish Start Car Driver 1 5 3 Ty Dillon* 2 3 7 Justin Allgaier* 3 2 19 Daniel Suarez 4 4 22 Brad Keselowski (i) 5 1 2 Austin Dillon (i) 6 6 42 Justin Marks 7 9 4 Ross Chastain 8 10 11 Blake Koch 9 7 16 Ryan Reed 10 8 39 Ryan Sieg 11 20 21 Spencer Gallagher (i) 12 11 01 Ryan Preece # 13 12 0 Garrett Smithley # 14 13 78 BJ McLeod # 15 16 15 Travis Kvapil (i) 16 15 52 Joey Gase 17 17 74 Mike Harmon 18 14 90 Todd Peck 19 18 13 Timmy Hill (i) 20 19 93 Josh Wise (i) * Ty Dillon and Justin Allgaier are Dash 4 Cash-eligible for the main race.