Fourth XFINITY Series pole of the season for 2013 champion RELATED: Full starting lineup Austin Dillon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 300 on Saturday (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, PRN, SiriusXM), turning a lap of 184.615 mph around the 1.5-mile oval at Charlotte Motor Speedway . The No. 33 Richard Childress Racing will be on the pole, sharing the front row with Darrell Wallace, Jr. The No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford led the first round of qualifying with a speed of 183.968 mph and finished the final round of qualifying with a lap at 184.395 mph. This is the fourth pole of the season for Dillon, who won from the top spot in Las Vegas in March. Brian Scott will start third in the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet (183.799 mph); Denny Hamlin starts fourth in the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (183.536 mph); and Kyle Larson rounded out the top five with a lap of 183.474 mph in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Chevrolet. Chad Boat lost control and spun out through the grass during XFINITY Series qualifying. The incident was almost identicial to Boat's wreck in the No. 84 Billy Boat Motrosports Chevrolet during Thursday's practice for the Hisense 300 .
Chad Boat loses control and spins out through the grass during XFINITY Series qualifying, almost identical to his wreck this past Thursday during practice for the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
No repeat in Coca-Cola 600 for Jimmie Johnson CONCORD, N.C. -- Jimmie Johnson said he knew he was in trouble "as soon as I turned off the corner" during Sunday’s running of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway . "I knew it was going around and I fought it as long as I could," the Hendrick Motorsports driver said. His crew worked quickly to replace the damaged front end as Johnson fielded questions in the garage. It wasn’t where the six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion expected to be. In three of the four races contested this year on 1.5-mile tracks, Johnson’s taken the checkered flag before anyone else. Not this time. Johnson lost the back end of the white-and-blue No. 48 coming out of the fourth turn, nearly reined it back in but then hit the inside wall near the pit entrance with the front end of the car. It was the second spin for the No 48 team in the series’ longest race -- he brought out the second caution of the race on lap 90 when he spun in Turn 4. It was a no harm, no foul spin, one that sent him to the rear of the field, but with more than 300 laps remaining, getting back to the front of the pack wasn’t out of the question. And that was exactly the case. With darkness settling in, Johnson said his car was “slowly coming to me.” “That’s how we went from … the tail end of the longest line to fifth,” Johnson, a seven-time winner at CMS, said. “We just drove through there. “The car was coming around. I was trying to set the 88 (of teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr .) up in (Turns) 3 and 4; rolled in behind a lapped car and I’d just kind of got lulled into a comfort zone thinking I could roll in behind someone and be fine because I’d made a couple of moves like that earlier.” The team, led by crew chief Chad Knaus, came in with an aggressive attitude, according to Johnson. Aggressive mindset and setup. Take chances, he said. “We just don’t have anything to lose,” Johnson said. “Unfortunately it didn’t get long enough into the race for the aggressive set up to come into play. Another 30-40 laps we’d have had the car right where we wanted it, I just didn’t make it there. “I could have driven a little easier and tried not to work so hard through traffic but we said we were going to come in and swing for the fences and we did and hit the fence.” Johnson eventually made it back onto the track, down by nearly 30 laps with 70 laps remaining to finish 40th. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
CorvetteParts.net renews partnership with Billy Boat Motorsports Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Vote: Ultimate Daytona Challenge Chad Boat will be back running select NASCAR XFINITY Series races in the No. 84 Chevrolet Camaro for Billy Boat Motorsports. Boat's schedule will begin with Saturday's Alert Today Florida 300 (FOX Sports 1, 3:30 p.m. ET) at Daytona International Speedway. Last season, the 22-year-old made 14 starts in the XFINITY Series with his best finish coming with a 22nd-place result at Iowa in August. In addition, CorvetteParts.net has renewed its partnership with the No. 84 XFINITY Series team as an associate sponsor for the 2015 season. Boat will also make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut this year in the No. 16 Chevrolet Silverado for Billy Boat Motorsports with his first Truck Series event coming at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. The organization already runs a full-time Truck Series team with the No. 15 Chevrolet Silverado piloted by Mason Mingus. "I'm really excited about getting back on the track in the NASCAR XFINITY Series with CorvetteParts.net and to make my debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2015," Chad Boat said in a release provided by the team. "The whole Billy Boat Motorsports team has been working hard this off-season to build great equipment, and I believe that will show on the track this season." 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
See what's coming this week to NASCAR.com Here's what you'll see on NASCAR.com this week: MONDAY: Continued coverage of Dale Earnhardt Jr .'s Talladega win, plus reaction from Jeff Gordon after another speeding penalty ruined his day. And on "Star Wars Day" @nascarcasm combines the iconic film franchise with NASCAR. TUESDAY: Expect Power Rankings presented by John Deere to get another shakeup this week -- how high will Junior rise? Plus, check out Dale Jr.'s imaginary Facebook page created by @nascarcasm, as well as fake texts between Junior and Tony Stewart following their Richmond run-in. Senior writer Kenny Bruce will report from Charlotte at an event with Jimmie Johnson , Chad Knaus, Rusty Wallace and Michael Waltrip . WEDNESDAY: Check out which paint schemes will be on display at Kansas Speedway . Senior writer Kenny Bruce will be at the NASCAR R&D Center for Richard Childress Racing 's final appeal. THURSDAY: In advance of the SpongeBob SquarePants 400, we take a look at what would happen if SpongeBob and NASCAR collided. Senior writer Holly Cain, who has covered both Dale Earnhardt Jr . and his father, has a column on Sunday's remarkable win. And to get you ready for Kansas, Driver Reports has a full breakdown on how the 16 drivers currently in the Chase Grid do at that track. FRIDAY: Get all the on-track action slated for Kansas throughout the day and evening, including a Truck Series race under the lights. We'll also catch you up on eight tweets you might have missed. Also coming this week: On Tuesday, Zack Albert will be on hand when the new NASCAR Next class is announced. Holly Cain writes about Carl Edwards ' frustrating Talladega finish. ... Check out a photo gallery Wednesday of NASCAR drivers and their mothers, in advance of Mother's Day. ... We'll preview Erik Jones first career Sprint Cup start, and look back on Joey Gase 's career-best XFINITY Series finish.
NASCAR Illustrated's Steven Levine sits down with NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie Chad Boat to discuss his early racing career, his family's racing legacy and a deal with his mother to continue his education.
See which drivers are set to compete in Saturday night's race Entry # Driver Owner Crew chief Manufacturer Sponsor 1 1 Jamie McMurray Felix Sabates Matt McCall 15 Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops 2 2 Brad Keselowski Roger Penske Paul Wolfe 15 Ford Miller Lite 3 4 Kevin Harvick Tony Stewart Rodney Childers 15 Chevrolet Hunt Brothers Pizza 4 5 Kasey Kahne Linda Hendrick Keith Rodden 15 Chevrolet Time Warner Cable 5 11 Denny Hamlin J D Gibbs Dave Rogers 15 Toyota FedEx Express 6 14 Tony Stewart Margaret Haas Chad Johnston 15 Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Arctic Cat 7 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Adam Stevens 15 Toyota M&M's Red Nose Day 8 19 Carl Edwards J D Gibbs Darian Grubb 15 Toyota ARRIS 9 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Jason Ratcliff 15 Toyota Dollar General 10 22 Joey Logano Walter Czarnecki Todd Gordon 15 Ford Shell Pennzoil 11 24 Jeff Gordon Rick Hendrick Alan Gustafson 15 Chevrolet Axalta 12 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Luke Lambert 15 Chevrolet Cat/Quicken Loans 13 41 Kurt Busch Gene Haas Tony Gibson 15 Chevrolet Haas Automation 14 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Trent Owens 15 Ford Smithfield 15 47 A J Allmendinger Tad Geschickter Brian Burns 15 Chevrolet Kingsford 16 48 Jimmie Johnson Jeff Gordon Chad Knaus 15 Chevrolet Lowe's Patriotic 17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Rick Hendrick Greg Ives 15 Chevrolet Mountain Dew Baja Blast
Strategy play to stay on older tires late pays off for six-time Cup champ RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings " SHOP: Winner's gear KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Thanks to a brief but wild Kansas spring storm and the long delay it produced, Jimmie Johnson on Sunday became the first Sprint Cup driver to win a race on Mother's Day since 2007. Johnson, who is pursuing a record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship this season, held off Kevin Harvick over the final six laps to win Sunday morning's SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway . Johnson's victory -- which was recorded just after midnight local time because of a delay of 2 hours and 16 minutes -- was his third of the season and his third at the 1.5-mile Kansas oval. "It was a long, hard night," Johnson, who led just 10 laps and who spun out unassisted early in the race, said in Victory Lane. "Once we got up front, we were able to hang on." Reminded about what day it was when he finally took the checkered flag, Johnson said, "I just want to wish Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there. My mother and especially my wife Chani (Johnson, wife), hopefully she is still awake. I wish she was here. I wish my girls were here too, but I will be home tonight and we will have some fun tomorrow." Harvick, who led 53 laps, finished second in his Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet. Third was Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr . Fourth was another Hendrick driver, Jeff Gordon , while pole-sitter Joey Logano was fifth in a Team Penske Ford. The victory was the 73rd of the six-time champion's career. It came thanks to some late-race strategizing by teams who had cars and drivers at the front of the field. Harvick appeared to be headed toward his third victory of the season as the laps wound down after he took the lead on a restart lap with 55 laps to go. The defending series champion had a lead of over 1 second with 14 laps to go and nobody appeared fast enough to close that gap let alone get around him. But with 12 laps to go, Ricky Stenhouse Jr .'s Roush Fenway Racing Ford clipped the outside wall to bring out the final caution. Harvick and all but four others -- Johnson, Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon -- pitted as they were iffy on fuel. Harvick also opted to take two right-side tires. After the restart with six to go, the race became a three-driver affair as Johnson, Earnhardt and Harvick, who restarted sixth, edged away from the field. The decision by Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus turned out to be a winner – even though they had less rubber than did Harvick. Harvick never got close enough to Johnson to take a final shot at a pass. Johnson said the decision to not pit was a split-second, gut-feeling kind of thing and it was mostly his. "I could tell he (crew chief Chad Knaus) was having a hard time making the decision," Johnson said. "I'm kind of running through the events in my mind. We have two wins, we are locked in the Chase, and we are here to win a race, let's gamble. Let's go for it. Sure enough it paid off. A few more laps I think the No. 4 (Harvick) would have had me. He was awfully strong. Obviously being on right side tires would have been an advantage for him. We had just enough time to get this Lowe's Chevrolet to Victory Lane. Just very proud of the team and the effort that has gone into it. We have great race cars. I wish we would qualify a little better on Friday's that would make life a lot easier for us." Harvick said he wasn't mad about his team's decision to pit. "I've been on the other side of this deal where the cars aren't running good and you don't have a chance to win," he said. "We won a championship on pit calls and tires and everything fell our way. We've had a lot of things go our way and we've had a lot of things work." Harvick did insist, however, he had the faster car regardless of the outcome. "He wasn't that strong," Harvick said of Johnson. "He was just trying to run right in front of our car so for those first few laps when you're pushing like that it really takes the air off the front of the car and it gets the chatter in the front end and it snaps around. But that was the strategy they took and it worked out for them." Perhaps the most bummed driver as a result of the finish was Furniture Row Racing 's Martin Truex Jr . His No. 78 Chevrolet was clearly the fastest on the track for the vast majority of the race. It led a race-best 95 laps. But his team felt it needed to pit for fuel during the final caution. On the restart, it became obvious they had made the wrong call. Truex finished ninth. "We should have either stayed out or took new tires," Truex said. "We probably did the worst thing you could have done there with just staying out and getting gas only because we ended up being the last guy with no tires. Everybody else behind us had two and they ate us up on the restart." MORE: Video recap " Dale discusses Hamlin incident FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule All-time premier series wins Rank Driver Wins 1. Richard Petty 200 2. David Pearson 105 3. Jeff Gordon 92 4t. Bobby Allison 84 4t. Darrell Waltrip 84 6. Cale Yarborough 83 7. Dale Earnhardt 76 8. Jimmie Johnson* 73 9. Rusty Wallace 55 10. Lee Petty 54 *200 top-5 finishes is 12th all time *300 top-10 finishes is 17th all time
Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus unveil the newest scheme for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600. Designed by a friend of Knaus, it honors service members everywhere, including the 14,000 active and retired service members at Lowe's.