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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."
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Preview Show: New Hampshire
Preview Show host Marty Snider and analyst Chris Rice preview the action for this upcoming weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and look to see who will hoist the lobster in 'The Granite State' this weekend.
Ben Kennedy is fast learner and just plain fast
NEWTON, Iowa -- Ben Kennedy wasted no time showing speed in a NASCAR XFINITY Series car. In his first track time in the series, Kennedy topped both practice sessions at 0.875-mile Iowa Speedway ahead of Sunday's American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen (1:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Even with that strong early showing, Kennedy is keeping his expectations in check. "I'd be pretty happy with a top-10 finish," Kennedy said on Saturday at Iowa Speedway . "I'm not trying to do anything crazy here. I'm going to give it 100 percent. I gave the guys 100 percent yesterday in practice. It's great to work with (crew chief) Danny Stockman and the entire Ruud team." Piloting the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, Kennedy, who is the son of International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa France Kennedy and the great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., is driving the car that typically sees NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars Paul Menard and Austin Dillon in the cockpit. The No. 2 team currently ranks third in the XFINITY Series owner standings and has one win on the season (Dillon at Fontana). With stand-alone events beginning to pop up on the XFINITY schedule, Kennedy is one of four drivers who will fill in for Menard and Dillon on the No. 2 team over the coming months. Sam Hornish Jr . (Iowa and Kentucky) as well as Sprint Cup Series regulars AJ Allmendinger (Mid-Ohio) and Michael McDowell ( Road America ) are scheduled to be behind the wheel later this year. Every lap turned has been a learning experience for Kennedy. "We did a 20-lap run in the XFINITY car yesterday and I learned more than I've learned in a long time," Kennedy said. "Just in that 20-lap run about different things and tools that I can use inside the car and different tools that I can use during the race as far as line and momentum." Kennedy has been busy this weekend as he pulls double duty driving in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, wheeling the No. 33 GMS Racing Chevrolet in the Speediatrics 200 on Saturday. He finished seventh, but ran the majority of the race in the top five. Bouncing between two different types of NASCAR vehicles in one weekend can present an interesting set of circumstances, and Kennedy experienced that firsthand on Friday in the practice sessions. "You just got to attack the corner differently, different mindset," Kennedy said of the differences between driving both vehicles. "I did the XFINITY car and kind of got used to that pretty quick, I felt like. They just don't have more side force to lean on so you got to close up your entries, close up your exits, drive it a little bit straighter and then the bumps are a little bit different seeing how the package underneath is and anything. "You get in the truck and I messed up and I forgot how deep I drove in the truck when I went from XFINITY to the truck and I was a half a second off. I realized that I was driving 10 truck lengths deeper into the corner than I was in the XFINITY car." Challenges are nothing new for Kennedy. In the Camping World Truck Series, Kennedy has run a full schedule but has done so running three different trucks. He started the year in the No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota for three races before moving over the GMS Racing, where he has driven the Nos. 24 and 33 Chevrolets for the past five events. On top of that, he has constant change on his pit box with four different crew chiefs in the past six races. The Florida native sits eighth in the standings and owns the final spot in the inaugural eight-driver NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase. His best result of the year so far came last weekend at Texas with a fourth-place finish. "I think the first couple of races were just kind of getting our feet wet with learning how we work and how they work as well," Kennedy said of his move to GMS Racing. "Now I think we go out and attack this weekend and next weekend full force and run for wins. "We had a good run last weekend, and that's just a taste of what we can do over here."
Kennedy earns top-10 finish in XFINITY debut
NEWTON, Iowa -- Ben Kennedy 's goal was to land a top-10 finish in his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut, and that is exactly what he did in Sunday's American Ethanol E15 250 Presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway . Kennedy, the son of International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa France Kennedy and the great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., battled hard to earn his 10th-place position behind the wheel of the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. The ride is -- for the most part -- shared between NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars Austin Dillon and Paul Menard . The 250-lap race proved to be a learning experience for the 24-year-old Florida native, who started sixth. "I learned a ton on those restarts," Kennedy said on pit road after the race. "Kind of what to expect throughout the run and different lines. We could really utilize that top line. We were one of the first to find it, I think. I think we made a lot of speed with it." Along with being an immense learning experience, the race was simply fun for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular. "I would have kept going if we could have," Kennedy said. "That was a blast. I just had fun running this car. These things are so much fun to drive. It really puts it in the driver's hands, in my opinion. I enjoyed running up there with those guys." Kennedy spent much of the race running in the top 10 and spent the latter stages battling Roush Fenway Racing 's Darrell Wallace Jr . and Ryan Reed for position. Crew chief Danny Stockman Jr. told NASCAR.com that Kennedy's run in his XFINITY Series debut was notable. "Anybody that comes in this series and performs like he did this weekend from practice to qualifying sixth and finishing 10th, not really a scratch on the car -- that's pretty impressive," Stockman said in the garage after the race. "I think he's got a lot of potential. He's very eager to learn and he's very level-headed, which is what I feel you need these days." Stockman said that the car was just a little off. "I don't feel like the car was where it needed to be," he said. "I think he could have ran in the top five today if we would have had a better piece, but all in all, the kid did a great job and real proud of him."
RCR announces new XFINITY Series drivers for No. 2
WELCOME, N.C. -- Richard Childress Racing (RCR) has announced the addition of four drivers to its 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series team roster to compete in races at Iowa Speedway , Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course , Road America and Kentucky Speedway . The drivers -- Ben Kennedy , Sam Hornish Jr ., AJ Allmendinger and Michael McDowell -- all will share seat time in the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro with crew chief Danny Stockman. "I'm looking forward to working with this talented group of drivers," Stockman said. "It's going to be great to work with Ben (Kennedy) in his XFINITY Series debut and also with all the veteran drivers. They'll bring a lot to the table for us. I'm confident we'll have a shot to win with all of these guys." Kennedy is scheduled to pilot the Ruud Chevrolet in the XFINITY Series race at Iowa Speedway on June 19. The 24-year-old driver currently competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and will make his XFINITY Series debut with the Welcome, North Carolina-based organization. Kennedy has three starts to his credit at the 0.875-mile track in the Camping World Truck Series, where he's earned one top-10 finish. Hornish Jr . is slated to drive the Rheem Chevrolet for RCR at the second Iowa Speedway race of the season on July 30 and at Kentucky Speedway on September 24. Hornish brings a wealth of XFINITY Series experience to the driver's seat of the No. 2 Chevrolet. To date, Hornish has accumulated 110 starts in the XFINITY Series, earning three victories, seven pole awards, 32 top-five and 57 top-10 finishes with 1,124 laps led. With an off weekend on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, AJ Allmendinger will join the Rheem team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Aug. 13 for the road course race. In more than 40 career road course starts, Allmendinger has garnered seven wins and five pole awards. Rounding out the season's road course races, Michael McDowell takes to the seat of the Rheem Chevrolet at Road America . The No. 2 team earned the victory at the Plymouth, Wisconsin track last season with driver Paul Menard . McDowell has 12 road course starts in the XFINITY Series, collecting three top-five and five top-10 finishes with two pole awards. "We're honored to have these gifted drivers join the team for selected races during the 2016 season," said Mike Dillon, RCR's vice president of competition. "We're working hard to put together a driver lineup that allows us to compete for the XFINITY Series owner's championship. With Ben, Sam, AJ and Michael joining Austin (Dillon) and Paul (Menard) in the No. 2 Camaro seat, I'm confident we'll be able to challenge for the title this season and be a threat to win in each of the races." Dillon and Menard will continue to share the seat of the No. 2 Chevrolet for the remainder of the 2016 season.
NASCAR suspends Pearn; six teams docked points
RELATED: Grading every driver after Atlanta " Relive the weekend in photos NASCAR officials have suspended crew chief Cole Pearn for one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points race and fined the Furniture Row Racing employee $50,000 for a rules violation that took place during last week's race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway . In addition, driver Martin Truex Jr . has been penalized 15 championship driver points and team owner Barney Visser has been penalized 15 championship owner points. The infraction, which involved the roof flap(s), was found during pre-race inspection for Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at AMS. According to a statement from Furniture Row Racing , the organization will appeal the penalty: "Due to the severity of the P3 penalty levied against Furniture Row Racing and its crew chief Cole Pearn today (Wednesday), the No. 78 Sprint Cup team has informed NASCAR it will appeal the decision. The infraction, which was immediately corrected following technical inspection at Atlanta Motor Speedway last week, was safety related and not competition related. We sincerely appreciate that NASCAR has an appeal process so we can review the level of the penalty." Because the team is appealing the penalty, Pearn's suspension and fine are temporarily deferred until the matter is heard. The Furniture Row team was one of 10 Sprint Cup teams either fined or the recipients of warnings at Atlanta. The loss of points drops Truex from second to ninth heading into this weekend's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . Randall Burnett, crew chief of the No. 47 JTG Daugherty entry with driver AJ Allmendinger , has been fined $15,000 and placed on probation through Dec. 31 in addition to the loss of 10 championship driver and owner points. The team was penalized for rear wheel crush panel issues that came to light during pre-qualifying inspection on Friday. Allmendinger falls from 26th to 30th with the points deduction. Richard Childress Racing crew chiefs Slugger Labbe (No. 3), Justin Alexander (No. 27) and Luke Lambert (No. 31), as well as crew chief Dave Winston (No. 95 Circle Sport Leavine Family Racing ), have also been fined $15,000 and placed on probation through Dec. 31 while also losing 10 championship owner and driver points. According to the penalty report, those teams were in violation of Rule 20.4 e -- Unless otherwise stated, all body attachment mounts and supports used to connect body components to the chassis must be constructed of magnetic steel round tubing with a minimum outside diameter of 0.168 inch and a maximum outside diameter of 0.5 inch. All body attachment mounts and supports must be non-adjustable and completely welded at both ends. Four teams received warnings for failing template inspection on multiple occasions (Nos. 32, 83, 88 and 98). The No. 32 Go Fas Racing with driver Jeffrey Earnhardt failed template inspection (pre-qualifying) three times; in addition to a written warning, the team will lose 15 minutes of practice time. The No. 83 BK Racing entry with driver Matt DiBenedetto , the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports entry of Dale Earnhardt Jr . and the No. 98 of Cole Whitt (Premium Motorsports) failed template inspection twice (pre-qualifying) and received written warnings. Truex finished second to Denny Hamlin at Daytona in the closest finish in the history of that event (0.01 second). Sunday at Atlanta, Truex finished seventh and was second in points through the season’s first two races. RELATED: Truex comes up short at Daytona Pearn, 33, was placed on probation through Dec. 31, 2016 following this year's season-opening Daytona 500 for an infraction regarding the roof flap(s) on the No. 78 Toyota before Coors Pole Award qualifying. The team was unable to make the necessary corrections in time to allow Truex to make a qualifying attempt. Pearn said of the Daytona issue that the roof flap was "propped up too much" and rather than correct the problem on the grid, officials "wanted us to put (the car) back through templates before we adjusted it. We just didn't have time to get back there and do that before we got back out." In the NASCAR XFINITY Series, crew chief Danny Stockman (RCR No. 2 Chevrolet) was fined $5,000 (rear alignment measurement issues). Six NXS teams received written warnings for failing LIS twice during pre-race inspection -- JR Motorsports No. 1 ( Elliott Sadler ), RCR No. 3 ( Ty Dillon ) and No. 33 ( Brandon Jones ), Kaulig Racing No. 11 ( Blake Koch ), JGL Racing No. 24 ( Corey Lajoie ) and Jeremy Clements Racing No. 51 ( Jeremy Clements ). One NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team was penalized post-Atlanta -- the No. 86 Brandon Brown Racing Chevrolet with driver Brandon Brown . The team received a written warning for a truck trailing arm that did not meet specifications. MORE: Previewing Las Vegas " Complete schedule for Vegas