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Roush teammates move past Monster Mile incident, look towards Michigan BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Chris Buescher and Darrell Wallace Jr ., teammates-turned-rivals two weeks ago, said Friday they've put their Dover differences behind them, turning their focus toward an all-important track for their Roush Fenway Racing organization. Buescher enters Saturday's Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) at Michigan International Speedway as the NASCAR XFINITY Series points leader. Wallace, in his first year driving for Roush Fenway, ranks 49 points behind his teammate in fifth place. Their proximity in the standings aside, the two teammates were not exactly chummy after clanging fenders in the latter stages of the series' most recent race at Dover International Speedway . Buescher drove away to his second victory of the season while Wallace faded with a flat tire. The run-in made the Roush Fenway camp's Monday morning meeting after Dover an awkward one, but two weeks later, the waters appear to have smoothed. "It was hard racing is what it comes down to," Buescher told NASCAR.com before Friday's rain-delayed XFINITY practice on the 2-mile track. "We've had a talk about it and obviously it was not an ideal situation and we don't ever want to be in the same situation again. We've talked and we're going to put it behind us. We're going to go into Michigan and treat it as another race where we need to go be teammates again and go perform at our highest level. And we'll be OK. We've talked about it a little bit, and it's just a racing deal, you know? You'll go through that sometimes." Wallace's easy-going Friday demeanor was in direct contrast to his dismay after the checkered flag at Dover . After joking about how "interesting" the Monday meeting was, Wallace said the team was ready to move forward. " Dover's definitely behind us," Wallace said. "We didn't see eye-to-eye in that meeting. We still know we've got to be smart, but I told them they've got a lot more to lose than me." Both Roush Fenway drivers may be feeling more burden to perform this weekend at Michigan, a longtime stronghold for team owner Jack Roush. The premium on running well in the showcase event for manufacturers Ford and Chevrolet is a tall order, a team edict that places a little more pressure on Saturday's 250-miler. "Every time we talk about Michigan, this exact subject comes up," Buescher said. "It's Jack's home track, it's Ford's home track -- we're expected to come here and perform at our highest level. This is one that, it's a tough race to win. It's a lot of momentum, it's a lot of drafting, which has been difficult for me to get a hold of at a place like this. We try really hard to make sure we bring the best stuff possible here and get the win. "There is pressure here. We keep it circled. We know that we need to come and win this race, not only for Jack but for Ford and for our race team." Wallace said he participated in a private fantasy league among family members growing up, making sure to stock his lineup with heavily favored Roush drivers for each Michigan race. While Roush Fenway's XFINITY efforts -- with three drivers in the top eight in standings -- may be outpacing their Sprint Cup Series brethren (no drivers better than 18th), Wallace suggests that side of the operation may be ready to turn the corner. "We've actually found speed fairly quick," Wallace said of his XFINITY No. 6 team. "It's been cool to see (Greg) Biffle finish second in the 600 there, and he was strong during the All-Star Race. They continue to show speed. It's starting to improve, so it's cool to see that for the future. Hopefully we can continue to find more speed as a team overall." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
No. 48 driver holds off Harvick in green-white-checkered finish RELATED: Full race results " Updated standings " BUY: Johnson gear, merchandise DOVER , Del. -- Jimmie Johnson , welcome to the club. With his overtime victory in Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway , Johnson became the fifth driver to win 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at a single track, joining Richard Petty, David Pearson, Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Sr. in sharing that distinction. Johnson’s triumph was his series-best fourth of the season and the 74th of his career, eighth most all-time and two behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Earnhardt in seventh place. Unlike many of the six-time champion’s past victories at the Monster Mile, this was not a dominating performance by the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Johnson led but 23 laps, and didn’t take the top spot until he beat race runner-up Kevin Harvick to the stripe for a restart on Lap 383. Johnson quickly cleared Harvick and led the rest of the way, but not before a caution for a wreck involving Clint Bowyer , Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch slowed the field on Lap 386. At that point, Johnson and Harvick were the only two drivers to stay out on old tires, but Johnson was able to maintain control of the race on the subsequent restart on Lap 391. He repeated the performance during a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the event five laps past its posted distance of 400, after a wreck involving Greg Biffle , Casey Mears and AJ Allmendinger produced the seventh caution on Lap 398 and forced the overtime. After the final restart on Lap 404, Johnson crossed the finish line .435 seconds ahead of Harvick, who posted his ninth top-2 finish in 13 races this season and extended his series lead to 44 points over sixth-place finisher Martin Truex Jr . Johnson said he was able to maintain the lead on old tires “just driving hard and working that track bar adjuster as much as I could. “I was trying to be smart with my line and I guess guys on two tires weren’t all that fast. (Crew chief) Chad (Knaus) said something to me about that on the radio, and they never really came, you know? The No. 4 (Harvick) and I did just fine on old tires and held those guys off.” Harvick, on the other hand, had no track bar to work with, because the in-car adjuster had broken during the race. “Yeah, we just struggled at the end of the race on restarts, really all day on the restarts,” said Harvick, who led 91 laps but failed to get his first victory at the high-banked concrete track. “Once the track bar broke, we were pretty much in a box and just kind of had to hold on for the first 25 laps (of a run), and if we weren't in the front, then we struggled to just maintain what we had. “All in all, everybody did a great job, and I think when you look at Dover , it's been a good race track for us. We've led laps and just haven't quite finished it yet, but a good, solid day.” Kyle Larson ran third, followed by Kasey Kahne and Aric Almirola . Starting on the outside of the front row next to Coors Lights Polesitter Denny Hamlin , Truex led a race-high 131 laps—racking up most laps led in his third straight Sprint Cup points race without winning. Hamlin led 118 laps but was waylaid by the Lap 386 wreck and came home 21st, three laps down. Notes: Johnson has now led 2,999 laps at Dover , one shy of become the seventh driver in Sprint Cup history to lead 3,000 laps at a single track… This was only the second green-white-checkered-flag finish at Dover , the first coming in the fall of 2005, and the first ever in the Sprint Cup race at the Monster Mile… In his second race back from surgery to repair his broken right leg and left foot, Kyle Busch was a fixture in the top five until Brian Scott ’s Chevrolet collided with Busch’s No. 18 Toyota in Turn 3 on Lap 376. Busch finished 36th, suffering a setback to his hopes of finishing in the top 30 in the regular-season standings. Busch is now 40th, 168 points behind 30th-place Justin Allgaier . FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule All-time premier series wins Rank Driver Wins 1. Richard Petty 200 2. David Pearson 105 3. Jeff Gordon 92 4t. Bobby Allison 84 4t. Darrell Waltrip 84 6. Cale Yarborough 83 7. Dale Earnhardt 76 8. Jimmie Johnson* 74 9. Rusty Wallace 55 10. Lee Petty 54 *Record 10th win at Dover *Becomes fifth driver to win 10 or more at one track, joining NASCAR Hall of Famers Dale Earnhardt, David Pearson, Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip
Dirty Mo Radio: Discusses key pit-road speeding penalty Carrying the very unofficial title of NASCAR's official grillmaster, Dale Earnhardt Jr . has plenty of experience getting the timing right in his frequent barbecues. Perhaps that's why overcooking his entry onto pit road last weekend at Dover International Speedway left such a sour taste. A crucial pit-road speeding penalty just past the halfway point proved to be an insurmountable obstacle to Earnhardt's chances in the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks . But Earnhardt, in his weekly analysis on the "Dale Jr. Download" podcast on Dirty Mo Radio, said that he was pleased with the speed in his Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet as he twice rallied from deep in the field to a 14th-place finish. "I still had fun driving the car. I hate I fouled up there and screwed up coming onto pit road and disappointed the guys," Earnhardt said. "We just worked so hard to get all that ground back and get back on the lead lap, and I sort of screwed it all up. So that's difficult to deal with but you've got to put it behind you to be able to move on to the next event, and we're going to some tracks where I think we can do really well and I'm looking forward to it." Earnhardt started from the rear of the 43-car field, dropping back during pace laps after the crew was forced to make repairs to the No. 88's rear gearing during Saturday's final practice. Earnhardt lost a lap early, but regained it with some savvy pit strategy from crew chief Greg Ives and the fortunate timing of the race's second caution period. That lead-lap advantage, however, went away with a penalty during the next round of green-flag pit stops. Earnhardt lost two laps in the process, but the net effect wasn't terribly costly in the scope of the season. The 40-year-old driver has already all but sealed his berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs after posting a regular-season win at Talladega Superspeedway last month, allowing him to take more chances ahead of the 10-race championship fight. "Trying to get everything we can," Earnhardt said. "We can be real aggressive with pretty much everything we do since we have the win and we're locked into the Chase. Sometimes, that's going to bite us, and it bit me today. After that we just worked real hard to get everything else we could out of the race. Ended up gaining a bunch more spots and getting back into the top 15 there, but definitely had a much better car -- a top-five car for sure." While the result was less than desirable, Earnhardt emerged confident that the performance should carry over to the series' October visit to Dover , site of the finale to the Chase-opening Challenger Round. Earnhardt and Co. finished a disappointing 17th at the Monster Mile last fall, but hopes Sunday's comeback-filled effort is something the team can build upon. "Starting in the back definitely made things difficult for us, so I'm pretty happy with the speed in the car," Earnhardt said. "Once we found out we were starting in the back, I really wrote off the result no matter what it was and just wanted to make sure we had good speed, because that track is where we really stumbled last year in the Chase. So we need to run better there for sure later in the season, and I think we've got a good baseline of something that'll work." Before Dover ever comes into view, Earnhardt has more pressing matters in Sunday's Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM) at Pocono Raceway , where he has a recent hot streak cooking. Earnhardt was 0-for-28 for his career at the Tricky Triangle until last season, when he swept both annual events at the Pennsylvania track. If Earnhardt is able to connect for a third straight victory at Pocono, he'll join elite company in NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison and the late Tim Richmond as the track's only three-in-a-row winners. Pocono Raceway president Brandon Igdalsky, on hand in Victory Lane for both ends of Earnhardt's double last season, told Dirty Mo Radio that the effect of his success was palpable. "He takes the lead, and any track, anywhere -- the place goes bonkers and it was the same thing here last year, watching fans' reaction," Igdalsky said. "Then to see him do it a second time and now to be trying to go for what only two drivers have accomplished with winning three in a row, it's going to be quite a feat if he can do it." Big Download. @DaleJr discusses up-and-down day. @bigdalsky talks about a @poconoraceway 3-peat. #tdjd by @spyoptic : http://t.co/nrBNfRddzU — Dirty Mo Radio (@DirtyMoRadio) June 2, 2015 FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
An 18-inch square in Turn 4, 10 feet up the track, was fixed RELATED: NASCAR, track repair hole in Turn 2 during 2014 race On Sunday morning, NASCAR made an 18-inch by 18-inch repair to Turn 4 at Dover International Speedway before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). Last spring's FedEx 400 was delayed by a red flag for 22 minutes, 22 seconds when a piece of concrete came up in Turn 2, damaging Jamie McMurray 's front splitter. The track and NASCAR poured Quik-Rok into an area which, according to photographs from television, was approximately 6 inches by 8 inches and about 2 inches deep. NASCAR made the announcement about this morning's repair in the driver's meeting. The sanctioning body said it used the same Quik-Rok material to repair the hole on Sunday. The track is hosting the first NASCAR national series tripleheader since the second weekend of the year at Atlanta Motor Speedway . The Camping World Truck Series ran 200 laps on Friday followed by another 200-lap event for the XFINITY Series on Saturday. The Sprint Cup Series is scheduled to run 400 laps on Sunday. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Wrecks, penalties, mechanical failure hurt team RELATED: Hamlin goes for wild ride " Edwards crew member pulled out of pit box DOVER , Del. -- After the Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway came to a close, Clint Bowyer walked right up to Denny Hamlin on pit road and offered him a sincere apology. "I'm so sorry," Bowyer said repeatedly. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver had gotten into the back of Hamlin's No. 11 on Lap 386 of 400, turning the Joe Gibbs Racing driver loose and sending him into the wall. Hamlin had led 118 laps, the second-highest in the race behind Martin Truex Jr . “We were on those new tires and I thought we were going to really make some hay and we got clear of the 15 ( Clint Bowyer )," Hamlin said post-race. "I thought we were going to make a run at it. We never even got a corner through before we got turned around. Disappointed, but we really didn’t have a winning car there at the end of the race.” Hamlin wasn't the only JGR driver to face troubles at the "Monster Mile." In fact, all four of the teammates did. It began with Carl Edwards on pit road around Lap 164, when he pullled away from his pit box with a wedge wrench still stuck in the car, taking a crew member with him who was trying to remove it. Edwards was penalized for taking equipment out of the pit box. Trouble found Edwards again at Lap 254 when he was penalized for speeding on pit road. The No. 19 driver worked hard to make up the time, but ultimately finished 19th and three laps off pace. "We had a couple problems on pit lane," Edwards said. "But the biggest problem was my speeding. I didn’t realize I couldn’t speed in that segment so I was being a little aggressive and that cost us. I just feel bad for all of my teammates. They were running really well and we all had bad luck. Overall, the JGR ( Joe Gibbs Racing ) cars were very fast this weekend and I still believe we’re on a big upward swing with our Toyotas." Next to face hardship was Matt Kenseth . The No. 20 driver was first penalized for too many crew members over the wall on Lap 355 and then on Lap 367, the suspension on his Toyota broke, taking him out of the race and causing him to finish 39th. Then with 25 laps to go, Kyle Busch collided with Brian Scott , forcing the No. 18 out of the race with a 36th-place finish. MORE: Scott apologizes after spoiling Kyle Busch's run While a lot of what the JGR drives experienced was misfortune, Hamlin spoke about the struggles they've faced as a team to gain speed. "Our cars fade in the middle of the race it seems like," Hamlin said. "We had some good raw speed while the track is clean, but it seems like our cars -- they were fifth-place cars for the most part. The 20 ( Matt Kenseth ), 18 ( Kyle Busch ), those guys got a little better at certain points of the race, but I still think we have work to do. We’re not the best organization, we’re not the fastest cars by any means right now." The Sprint Cup Series heads to Pocono Raceway next weekend where Hamlin has the best record of the JGR squad with four wins, nine top-fives and 12 top-10 finishes. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
No. 88 team changed rear gear Sunday morning RELATED: Need to adjust your Fantasy Live lineup? Dale Earnhardt Jr . will start from the rear in Sunday's FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM) at Dover International Speedway after the team changed a rear gear in his No. 88 Chevrolet on Sunday morning. The No. 88 team changed a rear gear this morning and will start at the rear of the field. This new rule started just prior to the 600. — Laura S. (@Hendrick88Team) May 31, 2015 Earnhardt Jr. had qualified 16th in Friday's session. In a pair of Saturday practice session, the No. 88 came in ninth and 19th. Junior has one win in 30 starts at Dover , and it came in 2001. He's earned a top-10 finish in four of the past six races at the 1-mile concrete oval. Will be a tough hot race today. @MonsterMile can be exasperating. We're starting in the rear due to replacing a broken gear. Time to suit up — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) May 31, 2015
No. 6 driver climbs out of wrecked car before safety crew arrives RELATED: NASCAR issues penalties following Dover races MORE: NASCAR's Steve O'Donnell discusses safety issue " Bayne wrecks, called to hauler NASCAR handed down penalties Wednesday to Sprint Cup Series driver Trevor Bayne for exiting his car without the supervision of safety officials during last Sunday's race at Dover International Speedway . Bayne, in his first full Sprint Cup season for Roush Fenway Racing 's No. 6 Ford team, was fined $20,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. A three-car crash in the 174th lap of Sunday's FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks tangled up Bayne and HScott Motorsports teammates Michael Annett and Justin Allgaier . After Bayne's car skidded to a stop with severe front-end damage, he dismounted during the caution period and walked down the banked track surface in Turn 1 to the awaiting ambulance for the mandatory ride to the infield care center. NASCAR formalized the rule, which is presented as a reminder during each pre-race drivers' meeting, last August after a fatal accident involving three-time premier series champion Tony Stewart . Stewart was driving a sprint car at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park's half-mile dirt track when driver Kevin Ward Jr. exited his car after a crash and was struck and killed. The rule allows a driver to leave his or her vehicle before the arrival of safety personnel in the event of extenuating circumstances, such as fire. Bayne's infraction came two days after a similar incident involving driver Jennifer Jo Cobb , who walked onto the track surface to express displeasure with eventual NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner Tyler Reddick as vehicles circled during the yellow flag. WATCH: Cobb unhappy with Reddick after spin Race officials summoned Bayne to the NASCAR hauler Sunday for consultation. Monday morning, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell told NASCAR.com in its weekly debrief that punishment was likely pending. "Both drivers were called to the hauler and we'll look at both of those incidents, like we always do Tuesday but for us it's a safety issue,” O'Donnell said. "We want to keep the race track as safe as possible for the competitors." Bayne finished last in the 43-car field. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Cole Whitt's No. 35 team crew member is OK after contact Brad Keselowski hit the jackman for the No. 35 Front Row Motorsports team during Sunday's FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway . Cole Whitt was coming in for service right behind the No. 2 Team Penske Ford, leading to the collision. After finishing 12th at Dover , Keselowski took to Twitter on Monday to both acknowledge the accident and compliment jackman Nick Keller on his resilience. The day at Dover was a long one for Whitt, who finished 26th after having power steering problems. Long day at the monster mile today. Makes it really really long when the power steering is on and off through the corners... Glad it's over — Cole Whitt (@ColeWhitt) May 31, 2015 Keselowski checked in on Keller on Monday and was relieved the jackman was doing well. Pit road is dangerous. Glad this guy is ok. pic.twitter.com/JtdvYOCnP3 — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) June 1, 2015 Very impressive athleticism. Just spoke with him on the phone. Can't believe he's ok. https://t.co/Itc8lSZoD9 — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) June 1, 2015 The incident was captured by pit road cameras, and Pittalks.com posted them, showing the agility and competitive spirit that Keselowski was complimenting. Keller held onto his jack and immediately went to work on Whitt's car. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule