In the Starting Grid, NASCAR.com's Jonathan Merryman and Chris Rice give a rapid-fire breakdown of the Chase bubble drivers and decide which ones will help or hurt their chances at Bristol.
NASCAR.com analysts Chris Rice and Marty Snider preview all the action this weekend as NASCAR returns to Bristol Motor Speedway for the IRWIN Tools Night Race.
The topic of the day, tampering with tires. NASCAR.com analyst Chris Rice explains why making holes in a tire could be an advantage for some teams.
NASCAR.com Analyst Chris Rice explains what went wrong for Joey Logano during a late-race pit stop at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Veteran crew chief to sit atop box, serve as competition director Chris Rice has left RAB Racing for the position of competition director and crew chief of the No. 20 Chevrolet for NTS Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series , the team announced Tuesday. Rice was crew chief of the No. 99 Toyota in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for 14 races this season (and every race last year) before leaving the box to be the program's competition director. He will serve as crew chief for Austin Dillon this week at Michigan, the team announced, and will lead Gray Gaulding the following week at Bristol. Rice is also an analyst for NASCAR.com. "I have kept my eye on NTS Motorsports and watched them grow over the past few years," Rice said in a press release. "They have a great stable of drivers that continue to impress me week in and week out." All told, Rice has 11 years of experience as a Nationwide Series crew chief. He's called 219 total races in that series, and 41 in the Camping World Truck Series. Team owner Bob Newberry has run 81 races in the Truck Series, starting in 2012. The No. 20 team has used four different drivers in the seat this year and has a best finish of second (Justin Lofton at Texas). The team is currently 13th in the owner standings. "We are proud to have Chris Rice join us at NTS Motorsports," NTS Vice President of Operations Dwayne Gaulding said. "I have known Chris and his family for several years and have been impressed with his attitude and demeanor. Chris will be a great asset to NTS Motorsports on both sides of competition in the Camping World Truck Series and K&N Pro Series. Bob Newberry and myself look forward to Chris' positive attitude and how it will spread throughout the shop." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
In this week's Race Center, NASCAR.com's Chris Rice gets you caught up on all the action for the Pure Michigan 400 which has three of the four Joe Gibbs Racing drivers starting in the top three.
NASCAR.com analysts Chris Rice and Marty Snider preview all the action this weekend as NASCAR returns to Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400.
NASCAR.com's Chris Rice explains how the No. 10 team's left-side driver heat shield could create an advantage on the track.
NASCAR.com's Chris Rice sits down with all four Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chiefs to talk about the organizations changes in 2015.
RELATED: Updated standings Chris Buescher gambled at Bristol and almost came up big. The key word in the previous sentence: 'Almost.' The 22-year-old Roush Fenway Racing driver took the lead at the .533-mile track after electing not to pit on Lap 192 of 300. Buescher paced the field for the next 106 laps, but a fuel pick-up issue on the penultimate go-around of the race ended any hopes of triumph. Buescher was relegated to 11th, while Ty Dillon finished third, cutting Buescher's NASCAR XFINITY Series points lead to 19. If Buescher didn't go for the win, he wouldn't have lost as many points to Dillon. "We had the speed, but it wasn't meant to be," Buescher said. "I'm glad we took the chance. I wouldn't change it if we could do it over again, but unfortunately it knocked us right out of a top-10 and out of a win." RELATED: Buescher: 'I'm glad we took the chance' Buescher and Dillon will continue to battle for the points lead in Saturday's Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin (3 p.m. on NBCSN) -- the third and final XFINITY Series road course race of the season. The two drivers are the only competitors who finished in the top five of the previous two road course races. A natural on road courses, Buescher won at Mid-Ohio last year in addition to his two top fives while turning left and right this year. He placed 18th in his lone start at Road America last season. " Road America is a very difficult and unique road course," Buescher said. "I love road racing and look forward to the challenge." Dillon finished 19th in his first-ever series start at Road America last year. He enters Saturday's race riding a streak of four top-five finishes. "Our team is looking at the big picture and sometimes we have to take a step back and realize that this is a long season; to take it little by little," Dillon said. "This past weekend in Bristol was a perfect example -- we struggled the first part of practice but (Crew Chief) Nick (Harrison), (Race Engineer) Danny (Efland) and the team just took a step back and reevaluated. We have a championship to win here and it won't be easy. "We have 11 races to go and we're not going to let up."