RELATED: See the full lineup Austin Dillon ruled qualifying for the NASCAR XFINITY Series on Friday afternoon, securing the Coors Light Pole Award at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Dillon drove the Richard Childress Racing No. 33 Chevrolet to a fast lap of 183.524 mph on the 1.5-mile track. Dillon will start first in Friday night's Drive for the Cure 300 Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM) after claiming his sixth pole position of the season and the 16th of his XFINITY Series career. Fellow Sprint Cup Series regular Kasey Kahne will start the JR Motorsports No. 88 Chevy alongside Dillon after posting the second-fastest lap at 183.150 mph. Erik Jones was third-best with series points leader Chris Buescher fourth and Kyle Busch completing the top five. Defending race winner Brad Keselowski was among the drivers failing to advance to the final round of qualifying, posting the 13th-fastest time. Defending series champion Chase Elliott was 17th-fastest, also missing out on the final cut. Buescher enters the 29th of 33 races this season with a 24-point lead over Elliott and a 36-point advantage over Regan Smith , last week's winner and the 12th-fastest qualifier. Cale Conley brought out an early stoppage in the first round of qualifying with a long spin out of Turn 2. Conley's No. 14 Toyota made slight contact with the inside retaining wall on the backstretch before he was able to limp back to the XFINITY Series garage.
Miss Coors Light, Amanda Mertz, catches up with Matt Kenseth, the Coors Light Pole Award winner for the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
RELATED: Qualifying results LOUDON, N.H. – Posting the fastest lap of Friday’s time trials late in the final round of knockout qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway , Carl Edwards knocked Kevin Harvick off the pole for Sunday’s Sylvania 300 , the second race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Edwards covered the 1.058-mile distance in 27.604 seconds (137.980 mph) to earn his third Coors Light Pole Award of the season, his second at New Hampshire — completing a season sweep of the top starting spot at the Magic Mile — and the 16th of his career. "To be honest, that third round surprised me, how fast we were," said Edwards, who was 11th fastest in the second round. "I think it helped me almost to struggle through the second round, 'cause I thought, 'Aw, heck with it,' and I just kind of went for it in the third round. "The car has a ton of speed. I hate to admit how poorly I drove it the first and second rounds, but I think it really says a lot about how fast the car is." Needing a victory or an extremely high finish to restore his hopes of repeating as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Harvick (137.845 mph) posted a lap .027 seconds slower than that the pole winner to earn the second-place starting spot. "I felt like I probably left those few hundredths of a second not being aggressive enough off the exit of Turn 2, and as good as the car was off of Turn 4," Harvick said. "Small crumbs. It's hard to balance that here, because if you push the car too much, you wind up giving up two or three tenths (of a second) instead of two or three hundredths." Harvick, however, declined to address his confrontation with Jimmie Johnson after last Sunday's Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway . Side-to-side contact with Johnson’s Chevrolet ultimately flattened the left rear tire of Harvick’s No. 4 Chevy, sending him spinning into the Turn 3 wall and relegating him to a 42nd-place finish. That result left Harvick last in the 16-driver Chase standings and incensed at the six-time champion. When Johnson approached the reigning champ in the motor coach lot after the race, Harvick responded with a blow to Johnson’s chest, as one of Harvick’s handlers tried to keep the drivers apart. Asked whether Johnson might have something to worry about in Sunday’s race, Harvick replied, "I don’t look back. I just do what we have to do to focus on what we need to do looking forward. I’m not going to use you guys (the press) to make threats. I can do that myself." Kurt Busch , Harvick’s Stewart-Haas Racing teammate, qualified third at 137.800 mph, followed by Brad Keselowski (137.671 mph) and Johnson (137.621 mph), as Chase drivers claimed the top five positions on the grid. Non-Chaser Kyle Larson was sixth fastest, while Chase drivers Denny Hamlin , Joey Logano , Ryan Newman , Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr . qualified seventh through 11th, respectively. Other Chase competitors will start as follows: Matt Kenseth , 13th; Kyle Busch , 17th; Paul Menard , 20th; Martin Truex Jr ., 21st; Jamie McMurray , 23rd and Clint Bowyer , 26th. Bowyer was the only Chase driver who failed to advance past the first round. Travis Kvapil failed to make the 43-car field.
RELATED: Full qualifying results Daniel Suarez topped the leaderboard during Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series qualifying at Kentucky Speedway and earned his third Coors Light pole of the season. Suarez covered the 1.5-mile track with a fast lap of 179.856 mph. Joining Suarez on the front row for the Saturday night race will be the No. 2 Chevrolet of Brian Scott who posted a fast lap of 178.855 mph. Scott has been strong all weekend as he was the fastest amongst his competition during both of Friday's practice sessions. Rounding out the top three on the qualifying leaderboard was Regan Smith , who wheeled his No. 7 Chevrolet around the track with a third-fastest lap of 178.719 mph. The No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Ty Dillon (178.353 mpn) and the No. 22 Team Penske Ford of Ryan Blaney (177.895) were fourth and fifth, respectively. The defending race winner, Brendan Gaughan , was sixth-fastest at 177.760 mph in his No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. On-track action picks back up at Kentucky for the NASCAR XFINITY Series' VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 (200 laps, 300 miles) at 8 p.m. on NBCSN/Live Extra.
Miss Coors Light, Amanda Mertz, catches up with Carl Edwards the Coors Light Pole Award winner for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
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RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings Joey Logano surged to a dominant victory Sunday afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway , landing an automatic berth in the next round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. Logano, driving the Team Penske No. 22 Ford, led 227 of 334 laps in the Bank of America 500 , which was postponed by heavy Saturday night rain. He held off defending Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick to record his fourth win of the season, his first at the 1.5-mile track and 12th of his Sprint Cup Series career. The victory gives Logano immunity from elimination in the three-race Contender Round, making him one of the final eight title-eligible drivers in the Eliminator Round. His road to last year's championship round took a similar path; Logano also won 2014's Contender Round opener, which was hosted last year at Kansas Speedway . "This makes Talladega way easier," Logano said, pointing toward the always dicey Contender Round finale at the 2.66-mile Alabama track. "I know that's on everyone's mind when this round starts and last year we won Kansas when it was the first race of this round and now we were able to get it this time at Charlotte. We'll get lots of sleep here the next couple of weeks." Logano notched his victory a week after Harvick triumphed at Dover to claw his way back into the Chase. "I think everyone saw how fast he was last week and it probably made a lot of people nervous, but our team kept their heads up and stayed confident," Logano said. "We know we can beat them. We know we've got what we need over here, and our team is as tight-knit as they get. "I'm proud of them. I couldn't be more proud of them. We had a lot of money stops today to keep us out front. The pit stops were great and I couldn't be more proud of what they’re doing right now." Harvick's Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet finished .704 seconds behind Logano at the end of his 11th runner-up finish this year. Martin Truex Jr ., Denny Hamlin , Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards completed the top six as Chase drivers swept the first half-dozen positions. Seventh-finishing Austin Dillon was the top non-Chase driver. Early trouble made for a difficult day for Chase drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr ., Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch , all of whom failed to finish on the lead lap. Earnhardt spent much of the race's middle section one lap down after brushing the wall twice, on Lap 69 and 74. He continued after repairs, then scraped the wall again after hitting oil on the track on a Lap 190 restart. Kenseth, the Coors Light Pole Award winner in Thursday qualifying, led 72 laps early before running into his own pitfalls. A pair of errors on pit stops pushed him back in the running order, then things got worse when he made contact with fellow Chaser Ryan Newman on Lap 176, sending his Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 entry into the outside wall. After numerous stops for repairs, Kenseth scraped the wall again on Lap 204 and then hammered it on Lap 241, sending him behind the wall. "These are never the kind of days you want to have for sure, but it's just one of those days," Kenseth said. "We're real fast up front and we're real tight in traffic. We got behind on that first pit deal and then didn't catch the cautions right and it went green, overshot my pit and put us in the back so it’s just like one thing led to another and led to another. "We shouldn't have ever been back there to start with. My mistakes and they cost us today so we'll just move on from this and get ready for Kansas." Busch, Kenseth's JGR teammate, suffered damage and lost headway when he collided with Kyle Larson in a quirky collision at the pit-road entrance. Both drivers made moves to fake and entry onto pit road, but when Busch tried to return to the track in third place, he made sizable contact with second-place Larson. Busch wound up with a 20th-place finish, Earnhardt 28th and Kenseth 42nd, leaving all three with plenty of ground to make up in the next two Contender Round races -- next weekend at Kansas Speedway and the following week at Talladega Superspeedway . RELATED: Where Chase bubble drivers stand after Charlotte The race was originally scheduled for Saturday night, but rain forced its postponement to a sunny Sunday. "Well, we definitely had to make some bigger swings at the handling of the car than what we were prepared for last night," said Harvick. "I like racing in the day, and especially here at Charlotte, because it seems like the cars move around more and it's harder to get a hold of your car. "But we never were able to get the balance right on our car all weekend and just never really got comfortable in the car -- but kept grinding away, and it got better throughout the day today, and that's a good thing on race day." Contributing: NASCAR Wire Service
RELATED: Race results " Updated standings MORE: Watch Kenseth, Newman make contact Matt Kenseth 's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship hopes took a heavy dose of damage Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Kenseth took his car to the garage on Lap 241 of 334 after his Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota made major right-side contact with the Turn 4 wall. It was the final crushing blow in a series of misfortune for the Coors Light Pole Award winner, who led 73 laps in the early going. Kenseth had a pair of slow pit stops early -- one when his jack man slipped, the other when he overshot his pit-stall lane -- that pushed him back in the pack. Contact with Ryan Newman on Lap 176 caused significant damage to his car's right side. "Everything kind of snowballed," Kenseth told NBCSN about his trouble-filled day. "With Ryan (Newman), I honestly don't know. I've got to go look at it. He went up like I thought he was broke, so I went up through the middle and I thought I left him plenty of room and then next thing I know I was pointed at the fence, you know? I don't know. I've got to rewatch it." Kenseth scraped the wall again on Lap 204, then was running three laps down in 32nd place when he clouted the wall a final time. He was credited with a 42nd-place finish. Kenseth, a five-time winner this season, had punched his ticket into the Chase's Contender Round with a victory two weeks ago at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . He'll likely need similar magic in the round's next two races -- at Kansas and Talladega.
RELATED: Live weather updates from Charlotte " See the starting lineup CONCORD, N.C. -- Saturday night's scheduled NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway , the Bank of America 500 , has been postponed due to rain. Originally scheduled for a 7:16 p.m. ET start on Saturday, the race will now go green at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon. NBCSN will televise the 334-lap race, with radio coverage on PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio -- NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM will go live with pre-race coverage at noon ET. The race at Charlotte is the first event of the three-race Contender Round in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Prior to this race, six races had a weather delay of some kind during the 2015 Sprint Cup Series season: The Atlanta race in March, the Bristol race in April, the Richmond race in April, the Kansas race in May, the Michigan race in June and the summer race at Daytona. Only the Richmond race was postponed from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon, while the Michigan race was shortened by rain. Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light Pole Award at Charlotte and will start out front. Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch joins him on the front row. Kevin Harvick , who scored a win at Dover International Speedway last weekend to advance in the Chase, is the defending race winner at Charlotte. Twelve drivers remain in play for the championship: Kenseth, Joey Logano , Denny Hamlin , Carl Edwards , Martin Truex Jr . , Kurt Busch , Jeff Gordon , Brad Keselowski , Kyle Busch , Ryan Newman , Dale Earnhardt Jr . and the defending series champion, Harvick. Races at Kansas Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway are also part of the Contender Round. This story will be updated.
RELATED: See all 43 cars for Darlington " Full starting lineup DARLINGTON, S.C. – With two races left before the start of the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , Brad Keselowski got the momentum builder he needed with Saturday's pole-winning effort at Darlington Raceway . "Boy, this feels good," said Keselowski, who toured the treacherous 1.366-mile Lady in Black in 27.492 seconds (178.874 mph) to edge Kurt Busch for the top starting spot in Sunday's Bojangles’ Southern 500 (7 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The Coors Light Pole Award was Keselowski's first of the season, his first at Darlington and the ninth of his career. The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion has but one top five to his credit in six previous starts at the track "Too Tough to Tame," but NASCAR’s switch to a low-downforce configuration for this race seemed to suit the driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford. "For my team, we haven't had, to date I would say, as strong of a year as what we had last year, and I think that kind of wears on everybody a little bit, including myself," Keselowski said. "But I feel like we have positive momentum, and you always want to see results that showcase that, and this is one of those results that I feel like we can carry for the next 12 weeks. "I'm just really pleased with today's qualifying effort and the momentum we're carrying." With tire fall-off a clear reality at Darlington, Busch set the fast speed of the time trials in the first round, running 179.501 mph to edge Ricky Stenhouse Jr . (179.389 mph) by .017 seconds. Through each subsequent round, the top speeds declined as tires accumulated wear, with Keselowski leading both the second and final sessions, the latter of which determines the pole winner. Kevin Harvick , last year’s winner from the pole, qualified third at 177.415 mph, followed by Joey Logano (177.319 mph) and Jeff Gordon (177.192 mph). Harvick, though, didn't seem particular worried. "I feel a lot better about it in race trim than I did in qualifying trim," said the reigning Sprint Cup champion. "We try to concentrate on that the most, because there is so much falloff. The cars are going to slide around so much that I really feel like the cars need to be as manageable as you can make them throughout the night. "It's really not about the first two or three laps. You've got to be able to stay in there and be able to maneuver your car and be comfortable and keep it off the wall for at least 400 miles so that you can be around at the end. So, we'll try to take care of our car and make sure we do everything right and get our car adjusted so that we're ready for the last 100 miles of the race." There was plenty of suspense throughout the three rounds of knockout qualifying. Denny Hamlin , pole winner for Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the Lady in Black, had to bump his way into the top 24 late in the opening round. Three-time Darlington winner Jimmie Johnson was the last driver to punch a ticket to the second round, bumping Matt DiBenedetto by .009 seconds for the 24th spot. But Johnson's run ended with a 19th-place run in the second session. Trying to squeeze enough speed out of her No. 10 Chevrolet, Danica Patrick tagged the outside wall during her final run in the first round, forcing the team to roll out a backup car. Accordingly, Patrick will start from the rear of the field on Sunday. RELATED: See Danica hit the wall in qualifying Fast in Friday's practice, Greg Biffle also sustained damage to his No. 16 Ford after contact with the wall in the second round. Biffle was credited with a 24th-place qualifying effort, and his team opted to try to repair the car, rather than resorting to a backup. Note: Josh Wise , Timmy Hill and Travis Kvapil failed to make the 43-car field.