David Gilliland tweets about uncertain future
Veteran driver David Gilliland took to Twitter on Thursday night to reveal that his 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series plans are uncertain at the moment. Not really sure what's gonna happen next year. @Team_FRM has been great to me. I wish them nothing but the best. — David Gilliland (@DavidGilliland) December 11, 2015 Hopefully we can put something together! #timewilltell — David Gilliland (@DavidGilliland) December 11, 2015 On Thursday, Roush Fenway Racing and Front Row Motorsports announced that newly crowned NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Chris Buescher would drive the No. 34 Ford in the Sprint Cup Series for Front Row under an enhanced technical alliance between the two organizations. The agreement would see Roush provide engineering, equipment and driver support as well as full engineering and pit support. The joint release also noted that plans for Front Row Motorsports ' second Sprint Cup Series entry would be announced at a later date. Gilliland has driven for team owner Bob Jenkins for the past six seasons. The 2015 campaign saw Gilliland make all 36 starts in the No. 38 Ford and finish 32nd in the point standings. The 39-year-old's best finish thus far with Front Row was a runner-up showing in the spring 2013 race at Talladega Superspeedway . That race was won by David Ragan and is the only win Front Row has recorded in the race team's history. In 2014, Gilliland also won the pole for summer race at Daytona International Speedway . In 330 career Cup starts, Gilliland has four top fives, eight top 10s and three poles.
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Mark Martin wrecks David Gilliland before he goes spinning out.
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Brian Scott leads Sprint Cup practice at Daytona
RELATED: Full practice results Brian Scott topped the charts with a speed of 199.349 mph in his No. 44 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford in Friday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, which also saw speeds for two cars in the top 10 disallowed. The session at Daytona International Speedway was rescheduled for Friday after rain washed out most of Thursday's action, and it represented the only Sprint Cup practice before Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola (7:45 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). David Gilliland initially finished fifth in the session, and Josh Wise initially finished ninth. Both cars were too heavy in the rear on the post-practice scales, so their times were disallowed. Wise was scored 40th in the session, Gilliland 41st. During the 45-minute practice Kyle Busch cut a tire in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and made hard contact with the wall. Busch was released from the infield care center and will go to a backup car. Right behind Scott was Austin Dillon in the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet at 199.344 mph. Rounding out the top five were Brad Keselowski , Ryan Blaney and David Gilliland . Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. ET on Friday (NBCSN, Live Extra).
The Rundown: Daytona driver grades
Breaking down the full field for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway : 1. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . What a night for Keselowski and Team Penske . Total domination by Keselowski, who led 115 of 161 laps for his fifth restrictor-plate win but first at Daytona. Grade: A+ 2. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Busch recovers from yet another hard crash at Daytona to score his series-best 10th top five of the season. Grade: A 3. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne avoided being collected in Tony Stewart 's wreck to finish in the top five for the second time this season and third time in his career. You haven't forgotten the first, have you? Grade: A 4. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . It was a tale of two pushes for Logano. Teammate Brad Keselowski loved his on the final restart; Kurt Busch had no love for Logano after he went from 2nd to sliding across the start-finish line in 23rd. Grade: A- 5. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse came into the year with three career top-five finishes, one in each of the past three seasons. Now he has two in 2016. This also was his third top 10, equaling his total for all of 2015. Well done. Grade: A 6. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . Larson's finishes at Daytona this year: 7th and 6th. In his first four starts: 38th, 36th, 34th and 39th with three DNFs for crashes. Grade: A 7. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . In seven starts at Daytona, Dillon has five top-10 finishes. It's only a matter of time before he puts the No. 3 in Victory Lane. Grade: A 8. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Biffle started from the pole for the first time since 2012 and picked up his first top 10 since last September at New Hampshire. Nicely done. Grade: A 9. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . After his quick exit last week at Sonoma (five laps), Bowyer got his third top 10 of the season and led a lap for the first time in 2016. Grade: A+ 10. Michael McDowell , No. 95 Chevrolet, Circle Sport-Leavine Family. McDowell scored the third top 10 of his career (196 starts) and first since 2014. Oh … all three top 10s are at Daytona. Grade: A+ 11. Cole Whitt , No. 98 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Witt just missed the first top 10 of his career (101 starts) but still posted his best finish. Grade: A+ 12. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Despite being collected in Tony Stewart 's wreck on Lap 149, Mears recovered for his best finish since finishing 11th in last year's Coke Zero 400 . Grade: A 13. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . Allmendinger restarted 10th on Lap 155 and was running ninth when Kyle Larson and Clint Bowyer came together, pinching Allmendinger high and he brushed the wall. That could have been disaster. Instead he cut his deficit to 16th place from 20 points to 12. Grade: A 14. Ryan Blaney , No. 21 Ford, Wood Brothers Racing . Blaney was involved in the incidents that brought out the final two cautions but prevailed to post his best finish in three starts at Daytona. Grade: A- 15. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . One day after winning the Xfinity Series race, Almirola gets his best Cup finish since the second week of the season. Grade: A 16. David Ragan , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Yet another driver to post his best finish of the season. Grade: A 17. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin was penalized for driving through too many pit boxes on the last caution, costing him a better finish. Grade: B- 18. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Newman's car sustained damage in the Big One on Lap 90, but his crew fixed the nose of the No. 31 and Newman increased his cushion over 17th place to 26 points despite dropping a spot to 14th in the standings. Grade: B 19. David Gilliland , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Gilliland avoided trouble and has now finished 17th (Talladega) and 19th in his only two starts of the season. Grade: A 20. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Annett was one of 22 drivers officially caught up in the big wreck. He also was one of the drivers to post his best finish of the season. Grade: A 21. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Earnhardt sustained damage in the big wreck but survived and just missed the Carl Edwards wreck on Lap 155. Despite that good fortune, he was not happy with his car. We can't print what said about it over the radio. You'll have to trust us on this one. Grade: C 22. Reed Sorenson , No. 55 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. A familiar refrain: Sorenson posted his best finish of the season. In fact, it's Sorenson's best finish since Talladega in October 2014 (14th). Grade: A 23. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Not that Busch would have caught Brad Keselowski , but he was running second when Joey Logano turned Busch as the field approached the finish line. Busch's 0-fer continues in restrictor plate races, but we give him some love on his grade. Grade: A 24. Bobby Labonte , No. 32 Ford, GO FAS Racing. Labonte was in line for an even better finish until he was collected in Carl Edwards ' crash on Lap 155. Grade: B 25. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Edwards checked up when AJ Allmendinger touched the wall on Lap 155. Unfortunately Ryan Blaney couldn't do the same and Edwards was turned into the wall. His eight laps led were third most in the race. Grade: B- 26. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . By design, Stewart ran in the back for most of the race and looked golden as he totally avoided the big wreck -- he was running 34th -- and found himself running sixth on Lap 149 and staring at a big points jump in the standings. Instead, he got loose in Turn 1, overcorrected and smacked the wall, ending his day. "Definitely my fault," he said after the race. Still, because of the big wreck, he could finish no worse than 26th. And a 26th-place finish with a DNF was a gift. Grade: C 27. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Danica was caught up in the big wreck but returned to the track and finished 31 laps back. Grade: C 28. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Temptation got the better of Kenseth on Saturday night. A bad pit stop put the No. 20 in the back of the field, and he said that should have been a sign to stay back there. But when it appeared the racing had "settled down," temptation wooed him forward. Right into the jaws of the Big One. Kenseth returned to the track and finished 34 laps back. Grade: C- 29. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Toyota, Furniture Row Racing . Truex also sustained damage in the Big One, and like his Toyota brethren Matt Kenseth , also returned to the track and finished 34 laps back. Grade: C 30. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . The Big One made Kahne a big loser. He went from 16th in the standings, with a three-point cushion over Ryan Blaney , to 18th in the standings, nine points behind 16th-place Jamie McMurray . It could have been worse, but the No. 5 team worked hard to get Kahne back on the track. Grade: C 31. Landon Cassill , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . An early electrical issue cost Cassill 42 laps in the garage, but to the team's credit the car returned to the track and Cassill finished 31st rather than 40th. Grade: C- 32. Chase Elliott , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . The rookie is now 2-for-2 at Daytona. Two races, two wrecks. This one wasn't his fault. The Big One did him in. Grade: C 33. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . DiBenedetto also was collected in the Big One. He returned to the track and avoided a fifth DNF in his past eight starts. Grade: C 34. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . McMurray was at the epicenter of the Big One. He was running eighth when he came down the track and made just enough contact with the side of teammate Kyle Larson 's No. 42 to cut his left tire. McMurray said that caused him to lose control of his car. Jimmie Johnson then tapped McMurray from behind, and just like that, half the field was in pieces. Grade: D 35. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . If you're not skipping around, you just read Jamie McMurray and know what happened to Johnson. Saturday's race was Jimmie's second DNF 35th-place finish in the past four races (Pocono). Grade: C- 36. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Three words: The Big One. Grade: C 37. Brian Scott , No. 44 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Scott had the wildest ride of drivers caught up in the big wreck. His car ended up atop Kevin Harvick 's Chevrolet. Grade: C 38. Regan Smith , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Three words: See Paul Menard . Grade: C 39. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Harvick spent a lot of time running in the back, looking to avoid the Big One. Turned out he didn't stay back there long enough. Grade: C 40. Chris Buescher , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Buescher has three DNFs this season -- in each of the three restrictor-plate races. Grade: C
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Sprint Cup qualifying order for Daytona
Car No. Car Driver Team 1 35 * David Gilliland Shaw's Southern Belle Frozen Food Ford 2 30 * Josh Wise Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet 3 32 Bobby Labonte Ford 4 83 Matt DiBenedetto Dustless Blasting Toyota 5 1 Jamie McMurray Credit One Chevrolet 6 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet 7 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger/Drumstick/Outshine Chevrolet 8 13 Casey Mears GEICO Military Chevrolet 9 7 Regan Smith Golden Corral Chevrolet 10 31 Ryan Newman Florida Lottery Chevrolet 11 4 Kevin Harvick Busch Beer Chevrolet 12 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr . Nationwide Chevrolet 13 78 Martin Truex Jr . Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota 14 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Toyota 15 19 Carl Edwards Subway Toyota 16 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota 17 38 Landon Cassill Taco Bell Ford 18 20 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Toyota 19 24 Chase Elliott # SunEnergy1 Chevrolet 20 27 Paul Menard Duracell/Menards Chevrolet 21 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Chevrolet 22 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 23 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Chevrolet 24 41 Kurt Busch Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet 25 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Patriotic Chevrolet 26 95 Michael McDowell KLOVE Radio Chevrolet 27 55 * Reed Sorenson RoyalTeakCollection.com Toyota 28 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 29 16 Greg Biffle Ford EcoBoost Ford 30 23 David Ragan Shriners Hospital Toyota 31 98 * Cole Whitt RTIC Coolers Toyota 32 15 Clint Bowyer AccuDoc Solutions Chevrolet 33 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr . Fifth Third Bank Ford 34 10 Danica Patrick Nature's Bakery Chevrolet 35 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 36 34 Chris Buescher # Love's Travel Stops Ford 37 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 38 21 * Ryan Blaney # Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 39 2 Brad Keselowski Detroit Genuine Parts Ford 40 3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops/NRA Museum Chevrolet 41 44 Brian Scott # Albertsons Co./Shore Lodge Ford *Required to qualify on time
Future stars unveiled in NASCAR Next 2016-17 class
RELATED: Get to know the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 17, 2016) – Two are following in the footsteps of their former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driving fathers. One is a long-time racer who competed on the reality television show "Survivor," and later added a degree from Stanford University. Another is one of the fastest rising stock car drivers in the Midwest. There is even a pair of international phenoms. From Charlotte to New York City, and from Quebec to Israel, the 11 drivers who were announced as the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class today are primed for a successful and impactful future in NASCAR. This is the sixth edition of NASCAR Next, an industry-wide initiative designed to spotlight to best and brightest rising young stars in racing. "The NASCAR Next program has introduced current stars such as Kyle Larson , Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney to the NASCAR fan, and we believe this year’s class has the same potential," said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president of marketing and industry services. "These drivers have shown the talent and intangibles to climb the NASCAR ladder, and we look forward to watching their careers grow." This year's NASCAR Next class was selected through an evaluation process that included input from industry executives, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Drivers Council and media. Drivers must be between the ages of 15-25, have tangible and expressed goals in eventual competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and demonstrate the potential to realize that goal. MORE: Full NASCAR Next coverage The following drivers have been selected to the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class: Harrison Burton ( @HBurtonRacing ) - The 15-year-old from Huntersville, North Carolina, is the son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton . He has climbed to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series after setting the record last year as the youngest Division I race winner in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history. Collin Cabre ( @CollinCabre12 ) – In his second season driving for Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, the 22-year-old from Tampa, Florida, captured his first career win last October after making the successful move from racing sprint cars. Spencer Davis ( @SpencerDavis_29 ) – The 17-year-old Dawsonville, Georgia, driver has shown a proficiency in nearly everything he’s raced. After winning the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award last season in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, Davis has transitioned to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, where he has established himself as a championship contender with top six finishes in his first seven series starts dating back to last season. Alon Day ( @Alon_Day ) – One of two international drivers on the list, Day is the first NASCAR Whelen Euro Series driver to earn a NASCAR Next recognition. Day, 24, from Ashdod, Israel, completed his first full season in the Whelen Euro Series as championship runner-up. Including the final two rounds of 2015, Day has won four of the last eight Elite 1 races and is again a threat win the title. Tyler Dippel ( @Tyler_Dippel ) – An accomplished dirt racer, the 16-year-old from Wallkill, New York, has already scored his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory in March. Dippel previously competed in the DIRTcar Racing Series in the northeast, earning the rookie of the year title and becoming the youngest race winner in that series. Todd Gilliland ( @ToddGilliland_ ) – The son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran David Gilliland , the 16-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, made NASCAR history by winning his first four career NASCAR K&N Pro Series starts. He became the youngest winner in series history with his victory last fall, and has followed it up with wins in both the K&N Pro Series East and West season openers this year. Noah Gragson ( @NoahGragson ) – The 17-year-old from Las Vegas finished second in the championship standings last year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, collecting the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award in the process. Gragson followed the path set by Kyle and Kurt Busch , learning his trade in the Legends and Bandolero Divisions at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . He earned a pair of K&N Pro Series West wins in 2015 and is again a championship contender. Gary Klutt ( @Garyklutt ) – The second Canadian to be named to the program and the first full-time driver from the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, Klutt represents a crop of young drivers making an impact on Canada’s championship stock car series. The 23-year-old from Halton Hills, Ontario, earned his first career pole and win last year en route to being named the Jostens Rookie of the Year. He finished fifth in series points and will be among the title contenders when the series opens later this month. Julia Landauer ( @julialandauer ) – Landauer, 24, from New York City, got her start racing a variety of cars – from Formula BMW to Ford Focus Midgets to stock cars. The versatile Landauer was a contestant on the hit reality show 'Survivor' before graduating from Stanford in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Science, Technology, and Society. She became the first female to win a Limited Late Model division championship at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia, last year before graduating to the K&N Pro Series West this season. Ty Majeski ( @TyMajeski ) – The 21-year-old from Seymour, Wisconsin, showcased his ability with a dominating display at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway in February, collecting three wins and earning the 2016 Super Late Model championship in the 50th Annual World Series of Stock Car Racing. Majeski added a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model track record and victory in the FrostBuster at Wisconsin’s LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in April. Matt Tifft ( @Matt_Tifft ) – A development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing , the 19-year-old from Hinckley, Ohio, is driving part-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for JGL Racing as well as JGR, and racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Red Horse Racing. He earned his first career pole in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Talladega earlier this month. Since its inception in 2011, 27 of the 35 drivers who have been selected as part of the program have gone on to compete in one of NASCAR’s three national series. Nearly a third of the drivers have made a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start, with nine drivers winning a NASCAR national series race. The last two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Rookies of the Year have been NASCAR Next alum, as are the top two contenders for this year’s award: Blaney and Elliott. The last three Sunoco Rookie of the Year winners in both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series were also part of the NASCAR Next program. For more information, visit NASCARNext.com and make sure to follow the drivers on Twitter and on the track. About NASCAR The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit http://www.NASCAR.com and http://www.IMSA.com , and follow NASCAR on Facebook , Twitter , Instagram , and Snapchat ('NASCAR').