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Brian Scott and Ty Dillon on the front row at Chicagoland
RELATED: Live weather updates from Chicagoland " Trucks race postponed JOLIET, Ill. -- Rain has halted on-track activity Friday at Chicagoland Speedway , throwing a kink into a busy tripleheader weekend schedule for all three NASCAR national series. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying, which had begun at 4:35 p.m. ET, was canceled without a full round being completed. So the field is being set per the rule book, resulting in practice speeds being used to set the starting grid. Friday's Truck Series race was postponed. The American Ethanol E15 225 is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway (FOX Sports 2, MRN). NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying, scheduled for 6:45 p.m. ET, was also canceled. Kevin Harvick will lead the field to green Sunday from the pole position. Precipitation pelted the 1.5-mile oval and surrounding area Thursday evening and returned Friday, the opening day of track time for the Sprint Cup , XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series. The main event -- the myAFibRisk.com 400 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM) -- marks the first of 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series playoffs. All three series got on track Friday for opening practice before rain started to fall during the opening round of Truck Series qualifying, bringing out both the tarps and a red flag. Still scheduled for today is the American Ethanol E15 225 (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1), the 16th of 23 races for the truck tour this season. The XFINITY Series is scheduled to resume on-track activity Saturday with qualifying at 2:45 p.m. ET and the Furious 7 300 at 6 p.m. ET. Both are to be broadcast on NBCSN/Live Extra.
RELATED: Full lineup for NCWTS race " Weekend schedule NASCAR officials called the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Friday night after severe weather swept through Joliet, Illinois, and the surrounding area. The American Ethanol E15 225 is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. ET Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway (FOX Sports 2). Truck Series pole qualifying also was rained out Friday, as was Sprint Cup Series qualifying, resulting in the fields being set by the rulebook. Kyle Larson , who had the top speed of 175.052 mph in NCWTS practice early Friday, will lead the field to green on Saturday in the No. 00 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. Joining Larson on the front row will be the No. 88 Toyota of Matt Crafton after posting the second-fastest lap during practice (174.967 mph). Johnny Sauter , Tyler Reddick and Timothy Peters will complete the top five on the starting lineup based on their practice speeds. Current Truck Series leader Erik Jones will start eighth. There are no previous Chicagoland winners in this weekend's field.
MORE: Full practice results Kyle Larson led the first and only NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice on Friday at Chicagoland Speedway . Larson recorded his fastest time of 175.052 mph on Lap 40 of 40. Coming up second-fastest to the JR Motorsports driver was defending two-time Truck Series champion Matt Crafton (174.967 mph). Johnny Sauter (174.927 mph), Tyler Reddick (174.627 mph) and Timothy Peters (174.216 mph) completed the top-five fastest on the leaderboard. Truck Series points leader Erik Jones was eighth-fastest (173.891 mph). There are no previous Chicagoland winners in this weekend's field. The Truck Series returns to the track at 4:35 p.m. ET for Keystone Light Pole Qualifying (FOX Sports 1) for Friday night's American Ethanol E15 225 (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1).
RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings JOLIET, Ill.—One of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' youngest drivers struck a blow for old-school racing on Saturday morning at Chicagoland Speedway . Stretching his fuel mileage beyond the capabilities of most of his of competitors, John Hunter Nemechek rolled across the finish line 12.014 seconds ahead of Tyler Reddick , who was also saving fuel, to score his first victory in the series in the American Ethanol e15 225 . At 18 years, 3 months and 8 days, Nemechek is the fourth youngest winner in the series, and he accomplished the victory with a skeleton crew working on a team owned by his father, Joe Nemechek . Nemechek, a current member of the NASCAR Next class, came to pit road for the last time on Lap 94, topping off under caution one lap before the race returned to green, and managed to squeeze 56 laps out of his last tank of gas. Inheriting the lead on Lap 149 of 150 when Keystone Light Polesitter Kyle Larson ran out of fuel and brought his car to pit road, Nemechek ran out of gas off the final corner and coasted across the stripe. "We got to top off there with one to go, and he (crew chief Gere Kennon) told me to save fuel, save fuel that last run, and that's what we ended up doing," John Hunter Nemechek said. "I ran out coming out of Turn 4. It was great strategy that he had worked up in his mind. "I should know never to doubt him." When Nemechek took the green flag for the last time on Lap 96, Kennon figured the No. 8 Chevrolet was four laps short of finishing the race but didn't give his driver the specific numbers. "I just told him to save," Kennon said. "It got to 10 (laps) to go, and I said, 'Just slow down—just save.' He didn't say anything back, and I was like, 'He may not know how to save.' I told him to slow down even more, and it all worked out.' Exclusive of Joe Nemechek and son, Kennon is one of nine full-time employees supporting the Truck Series operation. "You have to think," Joe Nemechek said. "Gere Kennon and myself—we're thinkers. We're old-school thinkers. You had to figure stuff out back in the past, not with engineering, but with the old-school way of thinking 'How do you make it better?' And we've been able to do that." John Hunter Nemechek is quick to acknowledge the financial and emotional commitment his father has made to his racing effort. "He has everything invested in me, and he believes in me, so, without him, none of this would be possible, and I wouldn't be here today," John Hunter said. With his runner-up finish, Reddick took over second place in the series standings, 10 points behind leader Erik Jones , who finished sixth. Two-time defending series champion Matt Crafton suffered two pit road penalties, ran out of fuel and finished 14th, three laps down, to fall to third in points, 11 behind Jones. Timothy Peters led 41 laps and finished third, followed by Daniel Suarez , who overcame two pit road penalties to run fourth. Johnny Sauter led a race-high 52 laps and came home fifth. The race was originally scheduled to take place Friday night but was postponed due to rain until this morning.
It's one of the hazards when you work in the pits, there's always the chance of getting hit during a stop. Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck race at Chicagoland Speedway produced another one of those nasty hits, but fortunately both crewmen walked away. Daniel Hemric , driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet for NTS Motorsports, lost his brakes and hit jackman Graham Molatch and front changer Steve Price during the American Ethanol e15 225 . Both Molatch and Price, who also work in the pits in the Sprint Cup Series, were taken to the infield care and released. Molatch is the starting jackman on the No. 42 car for Kyle Larson and Price is a changer for the No. 7 of Alex Bowman . "Man, I'm a little bruised up but I think I'm OK." Price said. "Most of my pain is on my left foot. I took a decent shot there, but I think it's alright." Read more at PitTalks.com
RELATED: See the full lineup Kyle Larson will start from the pole position for the Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol E15 225 (8:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 2) at Chicagoland Speedway after rain brought out a red flag, ultimately canceling the Keystone Light Qualifying event in advance of tonight's race. The field has been set according to the rule book, and Larson was fastest in practice earlier Friday. Lining up next to Larson, who is driving the No. 00 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, on the front row will be two-time Truck Series champion Matt Crafton . Johnny Sauter , Tyler Reddick and Timothy Peters will complete the top five on the starting lineup based on their practice speeds. Current Truck Series leader Erik Jones will start eighth. There are no previous Chicagoland winners in this weekend's field.
Tyler Reddick talks about finishing second after being black-flagged by NASCAR for leaking fluid and how it actually worked in their favor in the American Ethanol E15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway.