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Ty Dillon avoids late-race wreck, wins second Dash 4 Cash event
RELATED: At-track photos " Full results " Standings post-race RICHMOND, Va. -- Ty Dillon had visions of a six-figure payday when he unloaded for a compact, rain-tightened NASCAR XFINITY Series event at Richmond International Raceway , but several factors stood in the way of him endorsing the check. Dillon overcame the odds and cashed in Saturday with a runner-up effort in the ToyotaCare 250 , claiming the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus as the top-finishing XFINITY Series regular among the eligible four-driver pool. He did it all with an interim crew chief, a nifty move through a slam-bang restart near the end -- all happening at a race track that hadn't historically been his favorite. "You're sure we're at Richmond, right? Because this place has been really tough on me and our team as a whole," Dillon said after finishing a close .226 seconds behind race winner Dale Earnhardt Jr . "To finish second, to run the way we did all day was just impressive for us." Dillon foiled fellow Dash 4 Cash drivers Brennan Poole , Erik Jones and Justin Allgaier -- all three of whom spent time leading, but none of whom wound up in the top five at race's end. Each caught varying degrees of damage in a multi-car pileup in the next-to-last restart; Poole trudged on to finish 10th, but Jones (34th) and Allgaier (35th) each retired early with severely bent race cars. Dillon was without his regular crew chief, Nick Harrison, who was serving a one-race suspension for a technical infraction the previous week. As a result, Danny Efland -- a former driver currently serving as an engineer -- took over the pit box for the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet team in an interim role. Dillon sat fifth for the penultimate restart, third among Dash 4 Cash drivers. Poole held the lead, his No. 48 Chevrolet team gambling by staying on the race track with older tires to gain track position. Allgaier ran second and in position for the Dash 4 Cash prize for much of the race and lined up there for the return to green with six laps left. But Earnhardt Jr., third on the restart, dove low inside of Poole and Allgaier to forge a three-wide contest for the lead heading to Turn 1. Earnhardt vaulted to the lead, but Poole slid into Allgaier, knocking his JR Motorsports No. 7 into a prolonged slide and entangling pole-starter Jones as part of a nine-car stack but sparing Dillon from the carnage. Allgaier emerged from his battered ride, punching a trash can in frustration before entering the JRM hauler. "It sucks to run that well all day and to have nothing to show for it," Allgaier said. "Obviously being a part of the Dash 4 Cash program and was loving to go for that $100,000, but ultimately for the race win. Instead, I'm standing here in street clothes. Just a frustrating way to end the day, but we've got fast race cars and we'll be back next week." Jones, who divided the heat-race victories with Dillon, was also unable to continue, retiring after 134 of an overtime-extended 149 laps. He also had to contend with an angry Mike Harmon , who confronted the teenager in his hauler after their contact brought out the first caution flag and forced the fateful restart. "I think racing is a sport of highs and lows -- we had our highs last weekend and we have our lows this week," said Jones, who captured the Dash 4 Cash opener last weekend at Bristol. "Just an unfortunate day for us. We were off all day and then it just got worse as it went on." Poole absorbed significant damage, but limped home to register his second top-10 finish of the season. He chalked up the contact to typical short-track restarts in the late going, but also applauded his Chip Ganassi Racing crew's decision to shake up its strategy. "I think that's what you have to do, and Junior had to do what he had to do to get to the inside of me," Poole said of the late-race scramble. "I'd have done the same thing. We're all racing hard. There's only eight laps to go. The restart is really the best way to make up track position, so we're all just battling tight for it and it's just how it goes at the end of these races sometimes. You're battling as hard as you can." The next NASCAR XFINITY Series race featuring the Dash 4 Cash bonus is scheduled May 14 at Dover International Speedway . MORE: See how Dash 4 Cash work s
Chris Buescher, Ty Dillon set to battle for first at Road America
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."
Burton wins Keystone Light Pole at Talladega
Burton wins his sixth pole of the 2013 season
Danny Bohn Rides on Roof at UNOH Battle At the Beach
Danny Bohn Rides on Roof at UNOH Battle At the Beach.
Drivers get real at NASCAR After the Lap
All 16 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers let loose during NASCAR's After the Lap in Las Vegas and a surprise guest shows up to help send Tony Stewart off in style.
Kenseth thankful for successful 2016 season
Matt Kenseth speaks on another successful season with Joe Gibbs Racing at the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards Banquet.
Watch NASCAR's Victory Lap on the Vegas Strip
Watch the full replay of NASCAR's Victory Lap on the Las Vegas Strip as all 16 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup take to the streets with their best burnouts.
Kyle Busch appreciative for a solid 2016 season
Kyle Busch reflects on a solid season in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and thanks some of the people that helped make it possible.
Borland returns to pit box for 2017 as No. 27 crew chief
Richard Childress Racing announced Wednesday that Matt Borland will return to the pit box next year as crew chief for its No. 27 Chevrolet. The car is currently driven by Paul Menard in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Borland will take over at season's end from interim crew chief Danny Stockman, who began his current stint with the No. 27 team in late July. Team owner Richard Childress indicated that Stockman would return to his role as a crew chief in RCR's XFINITY Series operation. RELATED: RCR makes in-season change to No. 27 team Borland, a 45-year-old native of Big Rapids, Michigan, transitions to Richard Childress Racing from his role as vice president of technology for Stewart-Haas Racing . That role expanded in 2014 as an engineering resource and liaison for the Haas F1 team's rollout in Formula 1. "Matt's experience as an engineer in both NASCAR and Formula 1 will be critically important to the growth of RCR's Sprint Cup Series program," Childress said in a release provided by his team. "He has an impressive background and will be a great resource to our racing operations." The veteran Borland has six full seasons of experience as a crew chief in NASCAR's top division, scoring 13 victories -- all with current RCR driver Ryan Newman . Of those premier-series wins, all but one came with Team Penske ; the other was Newman's most recent victory in the series, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2013, the driver's final season with Stewart-Haas. " Richard Childress Racing is one of NASCAR's most prestigious race teams with a storied history and I'm thrilled to be a part of this organization," Borland said in the RCR release. "I'm looking forward to working closely with Dr. Eric Warren and the staff of talented engineers and employees. I'm confident my experience in various forms of motorsports will contribute to RCR's continued success on track." </p>
Tweets to the Winner: Joey Lag … Lug … Lig … the driver of the No. 22
Joey Logano fought his way into the championship race by winning at the track formerly known as Jeff Gordon Raceway on Sunday. A caution late in the race triggered by contact with leaders Matt Kenseth and Alex Bowman left Logano to benefit and ultimately seal the deal -- and left the racing community to debate who was at fault for the incident. The finish of the race also left some fans to debate the correct spelling of "Logano." What a race! That was intense! Way to go Joey Lagano! — Scott Redmon (@scottredmon) November 14, 2016 Glad that Joey Legano won at Phoenix today! — OwlandOwlet (@OwlandOwlet) November 13, 2016 MANNNNN what a great run Chase!!!! Now....beat Loganno...lol https://t.co/UFT671i1PA — Leigh (@EyeFlutterby) November 13, 2016 I hope lagono wins next week — Ralph Emanuel (@yoSkeezo) November 13, 2016 NASCAR news checkered flag congratulations Joey Lugano you win in Phoenix — Carl (@j_r_nelson) November 13, 2016 Great win Joey Legono great win. I think i'll do a load of laundry. — Jolly's PC (@jeffjol) November 13, 2016 @qualls750 Congratulations Joey Logona on your win at Phoenix and best of luck next week!!! — Danny (@qualls750) November 13, 2016 Jody Logano haters don't even try to blame this one on Joey. Kyle Larson was already loose and got into Joey. — ChristianCarver #NFB (@cc49ers) November 13, 2016 This is not a new phenomenon. For years, people have butchered Joey Logano 's name: Logato, Lagonno, Leggano, Llagano, Loganto, Loogano, Logado, LaGatto, Lagado, Lorgano and Lagaña come to mind. Nobody knows who will hoist the Sprint Cup next weekend at Homestead, but if it's Logano, maybe it's time for him to consider signing an autograph that's a bit more legible … ... lest he ends up with a trophy that reads "Joey Lasagna." JOEY!!!!! LASAGNA!!!! WINNER!!! #TheValleyoftheSun — Marietta (@Talrdhd88) March 14, 2015