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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.
Childress 'honored' to join the NASCAR Hall of Fame
On Friday, Richard Childress will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The legendary car owner won six championships with Dale Earnhardt behind the wheel.
With drive, Fromayan follows heart to NASCAR
Editor's note: Images courtesy of Georgia Tech athletics/ Danny Karnik A college football player leaving school early to pursue his dream of being in a professional sport is not unusual. In that regard, Eason Fromayan will not be alone when he departs Georgia Tech following the team's Dec. 31 bowl game with one season of eligibility remaining. Fromayan, a large fellow at 6-foot-4, 285 pounds, has decided to step away from his post as an offensive lineman for the Yellow Jackets after earning his degree this month. His specific path, however, will veer sharply away from all those others with dreams of playing in the NFL. Call it the road less traveled. He wants to be NASCAR pit crew member. "I got into NASCAR when I was really little," Fromayan told NASCAR.com Friday night shortly before making an appearance on ESPN's "SportsCenter." "I would always get die-cast cars and 97-cent Hot Wheels. I loved the Jeff Gordon rainbow die-cast, and I remember I could look at the bottom and it had the year 1997. "Of course, those were the years he (Gordon) was winning everything. It was really easy to turn on the TV and see the rainbow car. So I just fell deeper into the sport over the years." Being a part of NASCAR is an idea that has been a lifetime in the making for Fromayan, but started bubbling to the surface over the past year when he met Dion Williams, former Wake Forest standout and tire carrier for Chase Elliott , during a race at Atlanta Motor Speedway . Williams was one of the first wave of former college athletes to make a serious impact on pit road. Now, NASCAR teams scour college athletics looking for the next great tire carrier or gas man. Pit road is full of college athletes, a trend that is still spiking and not slowing. Alabama (Rowdy Harrell), Wake Forest (Williams, Nate Bolling, Kevin Harris), Virginia Tech (Caleb Hurd), N.C. State (Asa Watson), Nebraska (Nick Covey) are just some of the colleges with alums pitting, and there are countless others. "I've heard the story about how college athletes are going into NASCAR," Fromayan said. "So this just seemed like the most direct avenue from college football to NASCAR. It's just a really direct path to me and my best way into the sport." Fromayan may stand out from his collegiate brethren, though, with his sheer knowledge of the sport. He's been a NASCAR fan first his entire life. It's evident in a chat with him as he details how fascinated he is with car setups -- "They have the same specifications, so where do some of the teams get these tiny, tiny, tiny fractions of a second that can make all the difference in your season?," he marvels -- and how impressed he is with seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus. "They've mastered the past decade," he says. The Alpharetta, Georgia, native picked up additional insight over the years by working at Atlanta Motorsports Park, a 0.85-mile track nestled just 4 miles west of Dawsonville. As a corner marshal, he threw flags when necessary and kept tabs on making sure the competitors were running a clean race. He also studied. From his vantage point, he learned such nuances as what helps separate a great driver from a good driver, and a good driver from an average driver. "I really enjoy that work," he said. "I think I learned a lot about how the sport works and where people come from, and how to be successful. Being in literally the middle of the track, you pick up so much that you can't pick up on TV." Next up for Fromayan -- after his final game against Kentucky in the TaxSlayer Bowl, of course -- is to pick which development program he'd like to attend. He said "several" have reached out to him. He's ready to make a decision, and get to work. Pitting full time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is his ultimate goal. Well, one of them. His other? The guy who used to dress up as Jeff Gordon on Halloween is targeting a start in the prestigious Rolex 24. "In that race, I can see there are opportunities for people, even if they didn't grow up racing sports cars or stock cars," Fromayan said. "You can eventually find your way. I'm going to try to run in the Rolex 24." Then he paused, and added with a bright voice: "It seems like my way to be on track with Jeff Gordon ."
RCR reveals 2017 lineup; will field eight teams
RELATED: Catch up on key offseason moves WELCOME, N.C. -- Richard Childress Racing (RCR) will return with three full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series entries and five full-time NASCAR XFINITY Series teams for the 2017 season. It will be the first time in team history that RCR will field five full-time XFINITY Series entries, and the first time since 2011 the team has fielded eight full-time teams. Austin Dillon , Paul Menard and Ryan Newman return to carry the banner for the RCR Cup Series program in 2017. Richard "Slugger" Labbe, Matt Borland and Luke Lambert have been assigned crew chief duties, respectively. With the addition of rookie driver Daniel Hemric , RCR will operate five entries out of its XFINITY Series stable. The No. 2 and No. 3 Chevrolets in the XFINITY Series will include multiple drivers. Austin Dillon and Paul Menard will be primary drivers for the No. 2 Chevrolet, with second-year crew chief Justin Alexander atop the pit box. Ty Dillon will remain with the No. 3 Chevrolet team and will partner with rookie crew chief Matt Swiderski, who has spent 10 years at RCR in its engineering department. Swiderski made his debut as crew chief last season at Homestead-Miami Speedway , where he led the No. 3 team to a second-place finish. Additional drivers for RCR's No. 2 and No. 3 teams will be named at a later date. Brandon Jones and Brendan Gaughan return with full-time driving duties of the No. 33 and No. 62 Chevrolets, respectively, and will compete for the XFINITY Series driver championship. Jones and veteran crew chief Nick Harrison will be paired together, while Gaughan returns with his long-time crew chief Shane Wilson for their 12th season together. In 2017, RCR will welcome back the storied No. 21 entry with Daniel Hemric behind the wheel. Hemric and two-time NASCAR championship winning crew chief Danny Stockman will work together as Hemric competes for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors and the XFINITY Series driver championship. </p>
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
No. 27 crew chief change made to 'spark results'
CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Paul Menard hopes this week's crew chief change for his No. 27 Richard Childress Racing team can provide a "spark" as the team battles to get into this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field. With only six races remaining before the start of the Chase, RCR officials announced Monday that veteran Danny Stockman has assumed the crew chief duties, replacing Justin Alexander. Stockman's first race with the team will be this weekend's Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway. Alexander had been Menard's crew chief since joining the team with five races remaining in the 2014 season. "Justin is a great guy and extremely smart," Menard told NASCAR.com Tuesday, adding that he expects his former crew chief to "remain within RCR in some role." "The biggest thing is we just haven't run very good this year. We felt we had to do something to try and spark some results." Menard, who is closing in on his 350th career start in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, qualified for the Chase last season and finished a career-best 14th. But he's yet to earn a top-five finish this year, has only two-top 10s and sits 23rd in points. He was 13th in points after 20 races last season, and 15th at this time two years ago. The 16-team Chase field consist of drivers inside the top-30 in points that have one or more wins; if fewer than 16 drivers have won through this year's cutoff race at Richmond International Raceway in September, those 16th or higher in points without a win or wins will be awarded any remaining available spots in the field. Thus far, 11 drivers have one or more wins, meaning only five spots are currently available via points. Menard trails Kyle Larson by 75 points for the final spot in the Chase Grid. "At this point, we have to win a race to get in the Chase," Menard said. "We're going to shake things up and try to make that happen." Stockman guided Austin Dillon to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship in 2011 and the XFINITY Series championship in '13 at RCR. He also served as crew chief for Menard for a victory at Road America in the XFINITY Series last year. This season, he has overseen the No. 2 XFINITY Series team for RCR, which has featured drivers Dillon, Menard and Ben Kennedy. Gil Martin, RCR XFINITY Series director, will fill Stockton's role. Menard is coming off a 10th-place finish this past weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he scored his lone Sprint Cup victory in 2011. " Danny has had a lot of success in the Truck and XFINITY Series," Menard said. "We're trying to get a spark for the team. We're consistently in the top 20, top 15 but we just haven't knocked out those top-10 and top-five finishes this season." In addition to Menard, RCR also fields Sprint Cup entries for drivers Dillon and Ryan Newman. Full-time XFINITY Series teams for the organization feature drivers Ty Dillon, Brandon Jones and Brendan Gaughan, as well as the fourth now spearheaded by Martin.