2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Owner Standings
Owner Car # Points Ldr Nxt Race Wins Stage Wins 1 Rick Hendrick 88 49 0 0 0 0 2 Jack Roush 16 47 -2 -2 1 0 3 Richard Childress 2 44 -5 -3 0 0 4 Roger Penske 22 39 -10 -5 0 0 5 Richard Childress 62 38 -11 -1 0 0 6 Richard Childress 3 33 -16 -5 0 0 7 Dale Earnhardt 1 33 -16 0 0 2 8 Maria Gonzalez Hernandez 24 31 -18 -2 0 0 9 Joe Gibbs 19 31 -18 0 0 0 10 James Whitener 28 31 -18 0 0 0 11 Jimmy Means 52 30 -19 -1 0 0 12 Gary Cogswell 0 29 -20 -1 0 0 13 Matt Kaulig 11 29 -20 0 0 0 14 Rick Hendrick 9 28 -21 -1 0 0 15 Johnny Davis 01 27 -22 -1 0 0 16 Danielle Long 40 24 -25 -3 0 0 17 Michelle Gosselin 90 24 -25 0 0 0 18 Dale Earnhardt 5 23 -26 -1 0 0 19 Gary Keller 4 21 -28 -2 0 0 20 Bobby Dotter 07 19 -30 -2 0 0 21 Chip Ganassi 42 19 -30 0 0 0 22 Chip Ganassi 48 19 -30 0 0 0 23 Rod Sieg 39 16 -33 -3 0 0 24 Rick Gdovic 46 15 -34 -1 0 0 25 Fred Biagi 98 14 -35 -1 0 0 26 Mark Smith 14 12 -37 -2 0 0 27 Mark Smith 44 10 -39 -2 0 0 28 Lynn Cockrum 25 9 -40 -1 0 0 29 Richard Childress 33 8 -41 -1 0 0 30 Kelley Earnhardt-Miller 7 7 -42 -1 0 0 31 Richard Childress 21 6 -43 -1 0 0 32 Joe Gibbs 20 5 -44 -1 0 0 33 Jack Roush 6 4 -45 -1 0 0 34 J D Gibbs 18 3 -46 -1 0 0 35 Tony Clements 51 2 -47 -1 0 0 36 Maurice Gallagher 23 1 -48 -1 0 0 37 Gene Haas 00 1 -48 0 0 0 38 B J McLeod 78 1 -48 0 0 0 39 Jessica Smith-Mcleod 8 1 -48 0 0 0 40 Jessica Smith-Mcleod 99 1 -48 0 0 0
Kurt Busch: The winning car is a piece of art
Kurt Busch reflects on his first Daytona 500 win during the Champions Breakfast on Monday.
Sense of rejuvenation for Ronnie Bassett Jr., team with his first K&N win
BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Ronnie Bassett Jr. sat in contemplation last May, having rushed to witness first-hand the devastating fire that tore through his family-owned team's race shop in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. While thankfully no one was injured, the material loss was heavy, with little to salvage in the way of cars, tools, equipment and the team's hauler. Sifting through cinders in the days after the blaze, Bassett said he wondered what would come next for him and his brother, Dillon, a pair of next-generation racers. "We were sitting there scratching our heads," Bassett says. "We didn't know whether we were going to be able to race again the rest of that season or what." Sunday night, nearly nine months after their loss, came victory. The 21-year-old Bassett emerged from a frantic second half of the season-opening Jet Tools 150 to score his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory at New Smyrna Speedway. The win also soothed the heartbreak of last year's K&N opener, where an official scoring check after the checkered flag kept Bassett from Victory Lane. Bassett's convincing victory, which included a late-race stretch of running 1-2 with his brother, belies the adversity that his family has faced. Working with insurance to rebuild their own shop has been a gradual process, and the family racing operation is now spread over three buildings in their hometown -- a small warehouse for primary cars, a shed for parts and another space serving as a makeshift fabrication shop. "We're just trying to make it happen," said Ronnie Bassett Sr., who enjoyed a successful career in the Sportsman division at Bowman Gray Stadium. "They don't have much to work out of. It's a tight spot, I can tell you that." What has helped has been a devoted crew, and fellow racers David Calabrese and Brandon Gdovic lending a hand with equipment to help the team finish out 2016 with a part-time slate. "We just prayed to the good Lord about it to see what needed to be done," Bassett Jr. said. "It kind of worked out. We have more than what we had when we were working out of our other shop. We've been blessed with a lot of great people." Bassett Jr. led the final 42 laps, sweating through a pair of red flags for accidents, including a final stack-up near the front of the field that knocked his brother and NASCAR Next driver Tyler Dippel from contention. It marked the first laps led in a K&N East career that's spanned 40 races since 2013. Though Bassett Jr. amassed a three-second lead on the half-mile track over the closing laps, he and his father remained antsy. Intense racing behind him threatened a late caution, and then there were the reminders of the mix-up from last season. Bassett actually crossed under the checkered flag first at New Smyrna in 2016, emerging from a three-car fracas with Todd Gilliland and Spencer Davis . But race officials determined that an extra lap had been inadvertently run beyond the scheduled distance, handing the victory to Gilliland. There was no doubt Sunday night. "I had a counter in my hand tonight," Bassett Sr. said with a laugh. "We were definitely watching the flagstand, that's for sure. It's all good, though." For his son, the victory was a needed boost after a long dry spell. Bassett had two runner-up efforts sprinkled among his nine previous top-five finishes, including a third place at New Smyrna last year. After leaving the Florida half-mile with trophy in hand, Bassett said the sense of rejuvenation was real. "It's been very, very tough on myself -- I went from running good in Late Model Stocks and then coming to these things, it's like punching myself in the heart," Bassett Jr. said, adding that the family plans a full K&N East schedule in its rebuilding year. "To come back and have a good race car and lead laps tonight, it builds my confidence back to know that I can still do it."
Davis named managing director and chief security officer
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation have named veteran FBI executive and risk management expert Christopher Davis as Managing Director and Chief Security Officer.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets 'Simpsons' treatment
BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! Dale Earnhardt Jr . fans watching Super Bowl LI on Sunday may have been surprised to see their favorite driver as a "Simpsons" cartoon character. Turns out the driver was surprised as well. A short clip on FOX used animated series "The Simpsons" to promote the upcoming Daytona 500 on Feb. 26 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), and Earnhardt Jr. was in the driver's seat. Holy smokes Dale Jr Simpson wth — Amy Earnhardt (@AmyEarnhardt) February 6, 2017 Neither one of us were expecting that! — Amy Earnhardt (@AmyEarnhardt) February 6, 2017 Apparently, Junior's camp gave the OK while Dale and wife Amy were attending to more important matters. Y'all were honeymooning. Sorry. https://t.co/by7yhatgOM — Mike Davis (@MikeDavis88) February 6, 2017
GarageCam hustles back into action in Daytona
Host Matthew Dillner takes you inside the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Garage prior to 'The Great American Race' at Daytona International Speedway.
Dale Jr. takes NFL's Thomas Davis on a wild ride at Charlotte
Carolina Panthers linebacker named honorary pace car driver for Coke 600 CONCORD, N.C. -- Making friends with a member of the NFL's Carolina Panthers on Tuesday wasn't all that easy for Dale Earnhardt Jr ., a diehard fan of the Washington Redskins. The driver's outward allegiance to a rival team wasn't lost on Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis , who rode along with Earnhardt at rapid speed at Charlotte Motor Speedway , shortly after gaining his certification to be the honorary pace car driver for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM). "It's OK. I mean, we take care of the Redskins, like I said earlier," Davis said, fully aware of his team's three straight victories against Washington. "I'm pretty sure he knows." Davis' crossover into the world of NASCAR was a seamless one, as the 10th-year pro was unfazed as a passenger for Earnhardt's five-lap thrill ride. Part of Davis' nonchalance perhaps stemmed from the similar intensity of his day job, delivering hard hits as part of the Panthers defense. "I ran that thing as hard as it'd go," said Earnhardt, who estimated he approached speeds of nearly 175-180 mph in a Richard Petty Driving Experience machine with his No. 88 colors. "I was watching him over there. He wasn't impressed. He was filming the whole thing with his phone, like he was riding down the interstate." The connection between Earnhardt and Davis reaches further than their common ground as participants in adrenaline-fueled sports. Davis' humanitarian efforts earned him recognition as the 2014 recipient of the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, an accolade sponsored by Nationwide -- an Earnhardt sponsor. Those bonds, as well as their mutual affiliation with the Charlotte community, have helped Earnhardt separate his fandom from his personal interactions with Panthers players. "Actually, it's gotten easier," Earnhardt said. "I've got a lot of friends -- real, real close friends -- that are Panthers fans and they make it real hard to pull for the Panthers the way they act and cheer for their team is just … I don't know. Some of my close buddies, they just don't have any class when it comes to the Panthers, especially when they beat the Redskins. I have to hear about it years and years later, and they beat 'em two years ago and I still hear about that. "But I got to get to know (Panthers tight end Greg) Olsen really good, working together with him on some stuff for our charities and he restored my faith in the football team. I really appreciate what they do for the Charlotte community and the area. Obviously, being a business owner in downtown Charlotte with Whisky River, they have a huge influence on our business and our company and the decisions we make, and they're something that we're very proud of. I'll always pull for the Redskins, number one, but I'm definitely warming up to the Panthers after meeting some of the players. They've got some genuine, quality people on their team, and Thomas is one of them." The two athletes exchanged helmets as gifts before their ride-along, but Earnhardt said he hadn't given much thought to making a sports crossover of his own. The 40-year-old driver said he's attended Redskins training camps in the past, but seemed content to limit his football participation to made-for-TV backyard games in Wrangler commercials. "I'm really nervous and shy, so I don't know if I'd want to put myself out there like that," Earnhardt said, noting that he was always too small to suit up in high school. "But just because I'm a fan of a particular sport doesn't mean I think I'm very talented in it at participating. I enjoy the occasional softball game with my buddies or basketball in the gym with my friends. And I love going to the training camp to see the 'Skins and just get an idea of how the team feels and how their morale is and their energy on the field is when they're training, but I don't need to be out there trying to play." Davis' own training exercise Tuesday was slightly less rigorous, but he still earned a thumbs-up from NASCAR official Wayne Auton to lead the 43-car field to the green flag in Sunday's 600-miler, stock-car racing's longest event. In some ways, Davis said, his pace-car duties are nothing new, drawing yet another parallel to Earnhardt's day job. "I'm always ready to perform on Sunday," Davis said. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Dillon weaves through chaos
Ty Dillon makes veteran-like moves to stay out of a big crash late.
Logano: 'We go out there to win'
Joey Logano talks about Team Penske's strategy for the race stages during the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
Kyle Busch, Bowman react to final-lap contact
Kyle Busch and Alex Bowman discuss their final-lap contact after The Advance Auto Parts Clash.
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