The top finishers talk about their races and comment on the difficult it was to pass trucks during the race.
MORE: Monster Energy Series owner standings " XFINITY owner standings Rank Owner Trk # Points Ldr Nxt Race Wins Stage Wins Playoff Pts. Attempts 1 Maurice Gallagher Jr. 21 478 0 0 1 5 10 11 2 Kyle Busch 4 471 -7 -7 3 4 19 11 3 Brad Keselowski 29 431 -47 -40 0 1 1 11 4 Rhonda Thorson 88 427 -51 -4 1 2 7 11 5 Mike Curb 98 356 -122 -71 0 0 0 11 6 Maurice Gallagher Jr. 124 355 -123 -1 1 1 6 11 7 Joe Nemechek 8 354 -124 -1 2 1 11 11 8 Kyle Busch 51 353 -125 -1 2 4 14 11 9 Duke Thorson 27 337 -141 -16 0 1 1 11 10 Shigeaki Hattori 16 336 -142 -1 0 1 1 11 11 Kyle Busch 18 329 -149 -7 0 1 1 11 12 Brad Keselowski 19 292 -186 -37 0 0 0 11 13 Maurice Gallagher Jr. 33 272 -206 -20 1 0 5 11 14 Matthew Miller 199 253 -225 -19 0 0 0 10 15 Duke Thorson 13 236 -242 -17 0 0 0 11 16 Jeff Bolen 66 233 -245 -3 0 0 0 11 17 Norm Benning 006 205 -273 -28 0 0 0 11 18 Randy Young 02 190 -288 -15 0 0 0 11 19 Al Niece 145 185 -293 -5 0 0 0 11 20 Jay Robinson 49 177 -301 -8 0 0 0 11 21 Tom Deloach 17 170 -308 -7 0 0 0 5 22 Ricky Benton 92 167 -311 -3 0 0 0 7 23 Jennifer Jo Cobb 110 163 -315 -4 0 0 0 11 24 Mark Beaver 50 163 -315 0 0 0 0 11 25 Chris Larsen 52 158 -320 -5 0 1 1 9 26 Tracy Lowe 1 151 -327 -7 0 0 0 11 27 D J Copp 183 146 -332 -5 0 0 0 11 28 Mike Mittler 63 143 -335 -3 0 0 0 11 29 Tom Deloach 7 126 -352 -17 0 0 0 5 30 Charles Henderson 175 99 -379 -27 0 0 0 7 31 Shane Lamb 44 97 -381 -2 0 0 0 9 32 Tim Self 22 94 -384 -3 0 0 0 5 33 Jason Little 297 67 -411 -27 0 0 0 2 34 Kyle Busch 46 65 -413 -2 0 0 0 2 35 Beverly Mittler 136 53 -425 -12 0 0 0 5 36 Richard Wauters 5 36 -442 -17 0 0 0 2 37 Tim Self 132 35 -443 -1 0 0 0 1 38 Jennifer Jo Cobb 0 35 -443 0 0 0 0 7 39 Rick Ware 12 32 -446 -3 0 0 0 5 40 Clay Greenfield 68 21 -457 -11 0 0 0 2 41 Norm Benning 57 19 -459 -2 0 0 0 7 42 Tracy Wallace 180 17 -461 -2 0 0 0 1 43 Bryan Hill 20 17 -461 0 0 0 0 2 44 Andrea Nemechek 87 15 -463 -2 0 0 0 3 45 Duke Thorson 89 14 -464 -1 0 0 0 1 46 Mark Rette 130 12 -466 -2 0 0 0 1 47 Boyd Long Jr. 114 10 -468 -2 0 0 0 1 48 Al Niece 38 8 -470 -2 0 0 0 1 49 Chris Fontaine 47 0 -478 -8 0 0 0 1 50 Jerry Brown 186 0 -478 0 0 0 0 1 51 Jim Rosenblum 28 0 -478 0 0 0 0 1 52 Mike Harmon 74 0 -478 0 0 0 0 1
MORE: XFINITY owner standings " Camping World owner standings Rank Owner Car # Points Ldr Nxt Race Wins Stage Wins Playoff Pts. Attempts 1 Furniture Row Racing 78 780 0 0 3 14 29 20 2 Chip Ganassi Racing 42 732 -48 -48 2 3 13 20 3 Stewart-Haas Racing 4 683 -97 -49 1 3 8 20 4 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 673 -107 -10 0 7 7 20 5 Joe Gibbs Racing 11 612 -168 -61 1 2 7 20 6 Team Penske 2 601 -179 -11 2 3 13 20 7 Chip Ganassi Racing 1 599 -181 -2 0 0 0 20 8 Hendrick Motorsports 24 588 -192 -11 0 2 2 20 9 Joe Gibbs Racing 20 566 -214 -22 0 2 2 20 10 Hendrick Motorsports 48 564 -216 -2 3 1 16 20 11 Stewart-Haas Racing 14 533 -247 -31 0 0 0 20 12 Wood Brothers Racing 21 516 -264 -17 1 3 8 20 13 Team Penske 22 515 -265 -1 1 1 1 20 14 Stewart-Haas Racing 41 463 -317 -52 1 0 5 20 15 Richard Childress Racing 31 462 -318 -1 1 0 5 20 16 Roush Fenway Racing 17 443 -337 -19 2 0 10 20 17 Furniture Row Racing 77 440 -340 -3 0 0 0 20 18 Joe Gibbs Racing 19 434 -346 -6 0 0 0 20 19 Roush Fenway Racing 6 386 -394 -48 0 0 0 20 20 Hendrick Motorsports 5 383 -397 -3 1 0 5 20 21 Richard Childress Racing 3 379 -401 -4 1 0 5 20 22 Hendrick Motorsports 88 353 -427 -26 0 0 0 20 23 Richard Childress Racing 27 345 -435 -8 0 0 0 20 24 Germain Racing 13 340 -440 -5 0 0 0 20 25 Richard Petty Motorsports 43 337 -443 -3 0 0 0 20 26 JTG Daugherty Racing 37 311 -469 -26 0 0 0 20 27 Leavine Family Racing 95 305 -475 -6 0 0 0 20 28 JTG Daugherty Racing 47 302 -478 -3 0 0 0 20 29 Stewart-Haas Racing 10 280 -500 -22 0 0 0 20 30 Front Row Motorsports 38 251 -529 -29 0 0 0 20 31 GO FAS Racing 32 232 -548 -19 0 0 0 20 32 Front Row Motorsports 34 218 -562 -14 0 0 0 20 33 TriStar Motorsports 72 213 -567 -5 0 0 0 20 34 Premium Motorsports 15 162 -618 -51 0 0 0 20 35 BK Racing 23 139 -641 -23 0 0 0 20 36 BK Racing 83 125 -655 -14 0 0 0 18 37 Circle Sport / TMG 33 97 -683 -28 0 0 0 20 38 Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 75 -705 -22 0 0 0 6 39 Beard Motorsports 175 67 -713 -8 0 0 0 3 40 Premium Motorsports 55 54 -726 -13 0 0 0 16 41 Rick Ware Racing 51 50 -730 -4 0 0 0 17 42 Horace Long 266 44 -736 -6 0 0 0 4 43 Gaunt Brothers Racing 96 1 -779 -43 0 0 0 2
The Truck Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway Entry # Driver Owner Crew chief Manufacturer Sponsor 1 00 Cole Custer Gene Haas Joe Shear 14 Chevrolet Haas Automation 2 0 Caleb Roark Kenneth Grimes Michael Stewart 12 RAM Driven2Honor.org 3 02 Tyler Young Randy Young Bryan Berry 14 Chevrolet Randco/Young's Building Systems 4 05 John Wes Townley Tony Townley Mike Beam 14 Toyota Zaxby's 5 6 Norm Benning Norm Benning Kevin Dargie 14 Chevrolet TBA 6 07 B J McLeod Ken Smith Rusty Ebersole 14 Chevrolet TBA 7 08 Ray Black Jr Bobby Dotter Jason Miller 14 Chevrolet ScubaLife 8 8 John Hunter Nemechek Sidney Mauldin Jerry Babb 14 Toyota Smoke-N-Sear/SWM 9 9 Brennan Newberry Joe Denette Ryan McKinney 14 Chevrolet Qore-24 10 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Jennifer Jo Cobb Steve Kuykendall 13 Chevrolet Oohrah! Hydration Drink 11 13 Jeb Burton Duke Thorson Jeriod Prince 14 Toyota Estes-Carolina Nut Company 12 17 Timothy Peters Tom Deloach Marcus Richmond II 14 Toyota Red Horse Racing 13 19 Tyler Reddick Brad Keselowski Doug Randolph 14 Ford DrawTite 14 20 Gray Gaulding Bob Newberry Christopher Rice 14 Chevrolet Silverado 15 21 Joey Coulter Maurice Gallagher Jr Jeff Stankiewicz 14 Chevrolet Allegiant Travel 16 29 Ryan Blaney Brad Keselowski Chad Kendrick 14 Ford Cooper Standard 17 31 Ben Kennedy Steve Turner Doug George 14 Chevrolet Heater.com 18 32 Cameron Hayley Harry Scott Jr Mike Hillman Jr 14 Chevrolet Cabinets by Hayley 19 35 Mason Mingus Kevin Cywinski Dennis Connor 14 Toyota Call 811 20 136 Justin Jennings Beverly Mittler Michael Mittler 14 Chevrolet Mitler Bros Machine & Tool/Ski Soda 21 50 T J Bell Mark Beaver Ken Evans 13 Chevrolet Dedicated to Electrical Linemen 22 51 Erik Jones Kyle Busch Eric Phillips 14 Toyota ToyotaCare/Project Pink 23 54 Darrell Wallace Jr Kyle Busch Jerry Baxter 14 Toyota ToyotaCare 24 63 Jr Heffner Michael Mittler Michael Mittler 14 Chevrolet TBA 25 74 TBA Mike Harmon Gary Ritter 14 Chevrolet TBA 26 77 German Quiroga Tom Deloach Butch Hylton 14 Toyota NET10 Wireless 27 186 Brandon Brown Jerry Brown Adam Brenner 13 Chevrolet Dominion Recycling 28 88 Matt Crafton Rhonda Thorson Carl Joiner 14 Toyota Slim Jim/Menards 29 98 Johnny Sauter Mike Curb Jeff Hensley 14 Toyota Nextant/Curb Records 30 99 Bryan Silas Chris Baluch Cal Boprey 14 Chevrolet TBA MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
RELATED: Race results " Series standings " Updated Chase Grid LOUDON, N. H. – William Byron stole a page from his mentor and team owner, Kyle Busch . Leading 161 of 175 laps in Saturday’s UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway – the first race in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase – Byron cruised to victory, the way Busch has done so many times before, and punched his ticket into the Chase's Round of 6. Not that runner-up Christopher Bell , Byron’s stablemate at Kyle Busch Motorsports, didn’t make it interesting in the closing laps. As Byron worked traffic in the late going, Bell closed from 1.325 seconds behind with five laps left to .430 seconds down on the next-to-last lap. But Bell ran out of time and crossed the finish line .446 seconds behind his No. 1-seeded teammate, who won for a series-best sixth time. "I wore myself out passing some lappers," Byron said. "But with the amount of laps we had left, I thought I'd be OK. I was afraid the 4 (Bell) was going to catch us there at the end. We started to get tight, but that's what happens sometimes when you get out front. "It was really good – just a great race for us. I can't thank these guys enough. Everyone at KBM, (sponsor) Liberty University – it's just really cool to get a win here in the Chase. It feels awesome." Two-time series champion Matt Crafton came home third, followed by Tyler Reddick and Timothy Peters . With the Chase field to be trimmed from eight to six drivers two races hence at Talladega Superspeedway , Ben Kennedy and Daniel Hemric fell below the provisional cut line. Kennedy finished 11th and trails Johnny Sauter (10th on Saturday and sixth in the standings) by one point. If Kennedy's result was only mildly disappointing, Hemric's was a catastrophe. With his left rear tire cut down to the rim, Hemric spun in Turn 1 on Lap 25 to bring out the third caution of the race. His truck suffered a cut brake line and consequent fire in the left rear wheel well. Hemric lost 33 laps under repairs, finished 28th and fell to last in the Chase standings, 21 points behind Sauter with two races left in the Round of 8. In all probability, Hemric will have to win one of those two events, at Las Vegas and Talladega, to advance to the Round of 6. After leading the first 54 laps, Byron lost the top spot briefly when Cody Coughlin stayed out under the fourth caution and Bell, Kennedy, Crafton and Spencer Gallagher leap-frogged ahead of Byron with two-tire and fuel-only calls in the pits. But Byron regained the lead from Bell on Lap 69 and held it the rest of the way. As Bell gained ground in the final laps, Byron was trying to save his equipment to prepare for a possible late caution. "I was expecting it, so I didn't push too hard," Byron said. "I was expecting to get a caution, hopefully save something, but we gave it all we had there the whole race, and I just can’t thank these guys enough." Byron leaves New Hampshire with a 16-point lead in the standings and guaranteed admission to the next round of the Chase. Crafton (+11 points above the cutoff line) is second in the Chase standings, followed by Bell (+10), John Hunter Nemechek (ninth on Saturday, +5), Peters (+3), Sauter (+1), Kennedy (-1) and Hemric (-21). Note: Nemechek's No. 8 Chevrolet failed the post-race heights inspection. Any potential pnelaties will be announced next week. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Truck Chase Grid LOUDON, N.H. – Christopher Bell had what he described as a "good … no, great" truck after his second-place finish in Saturday's UNOH 175 Camping World Truck Chase opener at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . If Bell's No. 4 Toyota Tundra was "good … no, great," his Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate William Byron's race-winning No. 9 entry was great … no, incredible. "All day long, we couldn't run with him and we had 175 (laps) to get it done and we didn't," Byron told NASCAR.com on pit road after the race. "I think he was fading there at the end and lapped traffic was not doing him any favors, so open race track (I probably couldn't have caught him), but the way it was, I maybe had a shot at it." The dominant showing in which KBM trucks led every single lap -- 161 for Byron, 11 for Bell and three for Cody Coughlin 's No. 51, which ran out of gas late – may very well clue us into half the battle contestants we'll be looking at in less than two months at Homestead-Miami Speedway when four drivers compete for the inaugural Camping World Truck Series Chase crown. Based on what we saw Saturday, you'd be hard-pressed to find a reason to not include the streaking Byron and Bell tag-team among the quartet. Byron no longer has to sweat the Chase wild card that looms at Talladega next month in the Round of 8 as he's clinched his berth to the next series of races, while Bell's next-best result puts him in good position to move on should a rare – for him – hiccup occur. In the following Round of 6, it could be the No. 4 driver's time to land in Victory Lane for the second time this season. Bell picked up his second career Camping World Truck Series victory earlier this season at Gateway Motorsports Park and showed his strength at the "Magic Mile," two tracks similar in length and build to the penultimate race at Phoenix International Raceway . "(The similarities between here and Gateway) kind of, maybe (helped)," Bell said. "Gateway was not a race track that I had circled on my schedule that I thought I would have a possible win at, so to come here and be as good as we were, I think it's just a testimony to my crew chief, Jerry (Baxter). He does an awesome job, especially at these flat tracks where he has it all figured out." And don't expect the nerves to get in the way, as the 21-year-old was unfazed by any pressure that came along with Saturday marking the landmark first-ever Chase for the series, approaching it like any other race. "I think it was probably pretty similar (to what I was expecting). You just gotta treat these things the same," Bell said. "All these races are important; you never come out here to finish second. "Just gotta keep digging and pay attention and not make mistakes."
RELATED: Truck Chase Grid " Learn more about the drivers in the Truck Chase LOUDON, N.H. -- The inaugural Camping World Truck Series Chase is upon us, which means the pressure, nerves and action that come along with it are set to rise to unparalleled levels over the next eight weeks. So is the tension. After John Hunter Nemechek and Cole Custer fought, quite literally, to the finish and beyond at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last month -- rguably costing the JR Motorsports his spot in the Chase, as the driver of the No. 8 Chevrolet came away victorious in that one -- the consensus is that Custer will find a way to repay the favor to Nemechek at some point during the series' first playoff season. RELATED: Custer, Nemechek get physical at Canada The two-time 2016 winner doesn't see it that way. "I wouldn't say we have a target on our back; we're all racers," Nemechek said Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway , site of Saturday's Chase-opening UNOH 175 (1 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). " … You can't really worry about it. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, it doesn't. You just kind of have to take it race by race, lap by lap. And we're going to go out there and focus on our race and do everything we have to do to get another win." Custer narrowly missed out on the Chase cut, ending up tied with Cameron Hayley as the first drivers on the wrong side of the standings bubble. Taking that into consideration, along with how the future Stewart-Haas Racing XFINITY Series driver charged at Nemechek following the Mosport checkered flag, it may be a stretch to think that Nemechek won't be targeted for payback at some point during the Chase. William Byron didn’t cross too many drivers on his way to notching the top spot for the landmark CWTS Chase, but he did cross plenty of finish lines ahead of them -- five, in fact. RELATED: Byron checks off boxes one milestone at a time Unlike Nemechek, the Kyle Busch Motorsports driver sees the level of competitiveness rising -- potentially along with the tempers. "I think the competition and intensity is going to ramp up here in the last seven races," Byron said Friday at the "Magic Mile." "We've seen that in the (Sprint) Cup Series and so now we're going to be able to experience that here in the Truck Series, so I'm looking forward to it." Regardless of whether the threat of payback looms large or not, there's an incumbent sense of pressure and nerves that comes along with being among the youngest drivers -- not to mention title favorites -- in the first-ever Chase format for the series. The nerves haven't fully crept in yet, but that could change in a hurry. "We're going to take it race by race and we're not going to let the pressure or nerves get to us unless it's a pressure situation where we have a bad race," Nemechek said. "We're going to go out and do what we do best and that's to run our race, try and lead laps and run up front and hopefully get another win. If you can't do that, salvage a bad day into a good day. You just can't make mistakes. You have to make every day the best you possibly can. In reality, nobody really knows what to expect come Saturday. "I think a little bit of nerves just with the unexpected of what this format is going to be like for us, but honestly it's exciting and it's something new and it’s the new era of the playoff-type format, so I'm looking forward to it," said Byron. "It's something that we've been preparing for and I think we’re going to see what happens here in the next seven races."
RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid Breaking down the full field for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway . 1. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . As we said after Harvick's win three weeks ago at New Hampshire: Fear the 4. Grade: A+ 2. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hard To Believe Fact No. 1: This was Edwards' first top five in the second half of the season. He had seven, including two wins, in the first 18 races. Grade: A 3. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano bounced back nicely after his 36th-place finish at Charlotte. Grade: A 4. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Hard To Believe Fact No. 2: Johnson's finish gave him back-to-back top-five finishes for only the second time this season (Races 2 and 3). Grade: A 5. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Feel free to ask Busch about having the longest active top-10 streak at six races. Just don't ask him about how it went racing against teammate Carl Edwards during Sunday's final green-flag run. Grade: A RELATED: 'Rowdy': That's racing, I guess 6. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . The No. 3 team's two-tire call resulted in a huge wreck on a late restart last week at Charlotte. Not so this week, and Dillon grabbed his second top 10 in the past three races. Grade: A 7. Alex Bowman , No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Dale who? (Just kidding.) Bowman posted the best finish of his career (77 starts) and second top 10 in six starts in place of Dale Earnhardt Jr . Grade: A 8. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . Not even a pit-road speeding penalty could hold back Allmendinger, who turned in his sixth top 10 of the season, his most since a career-high 10 in 2011. Grade: A 9. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kenseth led a race-high 116 laps, all in the first 125 laps. But his car wasn't the same after he hit the wall on Lap 137, a move that made Kenseth feel "dumb and disappointed" after the race. Keep your chin up, Matt: You're heading into Talladega second in the standings and 29 points above the Chase cut line. Grade: A 10. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne continues to churn out top 10s. His sixth top 10 in the past seven races gives him a 7.8 average finish in that stretch, the fourth best in that seven-race span. Grade: A 11. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Toyota, Furniture Row Racing . Truex's 400th Cup start was an adventure because of fueling issues and repeated problems with a right-rear tire rub. Despite all that, he finished just outside the top 10. If Truex survives Talladega, a duel with Kevin Harvick for the title could be epic. Grade: B 12. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Newman closed out his big week -- RCR and Newman agreed to a multiyear extension early in the week -- with a solid finish. Grade: B 13. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Busch had to start in the rear of the field (backup car) but held his ground in the Chase standings (fifth place). Grade: B 14. Ryan Blaney , No. 21 Ford, Wood Brothers Racing . Blaney's run of top-10 finishes at Kansas ends at two. Grade: B 15. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin fell two spots in the Chase standings to 10th, but it could have been much worse. He had major problems early with his splitter and then ran into the back of Brad Keselowski on Lap 190 that spelled the end of his chances for a top-10 finish. Grade: B 16. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart finished 12th and 16th in his final races at Kansas, his best combined finishes at the track since he finished 13th and fifth in 2012. Grade: B 17. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne ran 15 laps in the top 15 Sunday. And you're probably thinking, "So?" In the previous four races, he turned a total of six laps in the top 15. Grade: B- 18. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick followed up last week's season-best 11th with another top-20 finish, marking the third time this season she has posted back-to-back top-20 finishes. Grade: B- 19. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse's average finish this season is 19.1, and he nailed it Sunday. Grade: B- 20. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard's career average finish is 22.7, and he nearly nailed it Sunday. Grade: C 21. Chris Buescher , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . The nailing stops with Buescher. However, he finished in the top 25 for the third consecutive race, a first for the rookie. Grade: B- 22. Michael McDowell , No. 95 Chevrolet, Circle Sport-Leavine Family. McDowell posted his best finish at Kansas in 11 starts. His previous best was 28th in the May race. Grade: B 23. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears led five laps during green-flag pit stops, topping his totals in each of the past two seasons -- four laps in 2015 and four in 2014. The last time Mears led more laps in a race was the fall race at Talladega in 2012 (10 laps). Grade: C+ 24. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . When you're a small fish in a big pond, you take your triumphs where you can find them. DiBenedetto's finishes in his past six starts: 37th, 30th, 28th, 27th, 25th, 24th. And his five consecutive top-30 finishes extends his personal best. Grade: B 25. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Then there's Biffle and RFR, once among the biggest of fishes. Unless Biffle closes out the season strong, 2016 will go down as his worst in 15 seasons (14 full time). Grade: C- 26. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Bowyer didn't have the showing he would have preferred at his home track --unlike Missourian Carl Edwards , Bowyer is actually from Kansas (Emporia). Wait 'til next year. Grade: C- 27. Landon Cassill , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Cassill fell one lap short of finishing on the lead lap. He has eight lead-lap finishes this season, one short of his personal best set last season. Grade: C 28. Brian Scott , No. 44 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Scott had two pit-road speeding penalties and was a factor in the wreck on Lap 36 that claimed teammate Aric Almirola . Not the best of days. Grade: C- 29. Regan Smith , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Smith had to start in the rear of the field for a transmission change and later brought out the eighth caution when he hit the wall. Grade: C- 30. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . Larson brought out the fifth caution when he hit the wall on Lap 177 and went on to post his worst finish in more than five months -- since crashing out of the May race at Kansas (35th). Grade: D 31. Chase Elliott , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Elliott was running with the leaders until tire problems struck on Lap 175 . It was all downhill from there. The rest of the race featured more tire rubs and multiple meetings with the wall. He is last in the Chase standings and needs a lot to go his way at Talladega to advance to the next round. Grade: D 32. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Annett finished three laps off the pace, his fewest from a lead-lap finish since he completed 137 of 138 laps of the rain-shortened Pocono race in August. Grade: D 33. Cole Whitt , No. 55 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Driving the No. 55 for the first time since the 15th race of the season (at Michigan, also named for a casino), Whitt finished five laps back. No word if Whitt ran to a roulette wheel at Hollywood Casino behind Turn 2 and placed a tower of chips on the No. 5 before heading home. Grade: D 34. Reed Sorenson , No. 98 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Sunday's race marked the third time this season -- all in the past four races -- teammates Sorenson and Cole Whitt have finished next to each other. Grade: D 35. Joey Gase , No. 32 Ford, GO FAS Racing. Gase finished seven laps back in his fifth start of the season. Grade: D 36. David Ragan , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . When Aric Almirola slowed as he approached teammate Brian Scott , Ragan ran into the back of Almirola. Despite major damage, the No. 23 was able to return to the track and complete all but nine laps. Grade: C- 37. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . Contact with Alex Bowman resulted in a flat tire and the No. 1 hitting the wall. That brought out the third caution and began a frustrating day for the No. 1 team. Grade: D 38. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Speaking of frustrating days ... Keselowski got loose on Lap 190 and drifted high and right into the path of Denny Hamlin , who sent the No. 2 for a damaging spin into the grass. Keselowski also brought out the seventh caution on Lap 221 when his car started smoking soon after he returned to the track. He dropped to 11th in the Chase standings. Buoying the team's hopes to advance is that Keselowski has four wins at Talladega. Grade: F 39. Josh Wise , No. 30 Chevrolet, The Motorsports Group. Wise took the No. 30 straight to the garage after he brought out the fourth caution when he hit the wall on Lap 116. Grade: F 40. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . When Almirola was unable to slip under teammate Brian Scott and checked up, David Ragan hit the No. 43 from behind. Almirola's 36 laps completed are his fourth fewest in 210 Sprint Cup starts. 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RELATED: See Zuckerberg's day at the shop and with Dale Jr. at the track CHARLOTTE, NC -- Mark Zuckerberg sits in Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 88 Chevrolet with a huge grin on his face Tuesday afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Facebook co-founder and CEO just finished a 175 -plus-mph ride around the 1.5-mile track with Earnhardt Jr. as his driver. And he's impressed. "OK, if this is all we get to do in Charlotte, that will be enough," Zuckerberg says via Facebook Live. "What an amazing experience. … I think there were probably millions of people who would die to do what I just did." He certainly looks the part, dressed in a white helmet and blue NASCAR Racing Experience fire suit, the coloring similar to Earnhardt Jr.'s own ensemble. Zuckerberg has a relaxed, easy demeanor about him as he chats with cameramen, crew members and speedway employees. MORE: Learn about the NASCAR Racing experience But those initial laps with Junior behind the wheel were anything but a Sunday morning jaunt. "Holy s---t!" he says, as Junior veers the No. 88 machine around Turn 2 and up the banking. "All right we're a little close to the wall." "I wanted him to get a sense of the speed and the grip and the G-Forces," Earnhardt says on the ride-along. " … I'm sure it was exhilarating. I couldn't imagine getting into a car with a race car driver having never driven before myself." Zuckerberg's foray into NASCAR began with his desire to learn more about the racing community. He has been traveling around the country throughout the year, visiting different states in hopes of learning about the diverse groups of people that make up America. The NASCAR community is one that intrigued him. "NASCAR and driving and sports in general form the basis of a lot of communities," Zuckerberg says. "You think about not only the community of drivers and the families around them, but NASCAR's probably, I think, the biggest sport in the country that people go to and attend live. "… I have this big belief with Facebook and what we're doing to help people try to build community that we all need to be a part of something bigger than ourselves and certainly all the fans -- I think you have three million fans on Facebook who follow Dale Jr. For them, NASCAR's a huge part of their identity and a lot of people pin their hopes on you going out and winning." "They're very supportive," Earnhardt Jr. says of his fans later. But Zuckerberg is privy to Junior Nation: "Well, you have good fans, though," he says with a chuckle. • • • Zuckerberg's quest to learn more about the NASCAR community began earlier that day in a sub-community of racing: The Hendrick Motorsports race shop in Charlotte, North Carolina. He arrived at the Nos. 48/88 shop -- that builds and prepares race cars for Earnahrdt Jr. and reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson -- dressed in a gray hoodie, jeans and Nikes, with an appetite for racing knowledge apparent. Who better to give it to him than No. 48 crew chief Chad Knaus? "The crew captain!" Zuckerberg exclaims as he walks into the shop and shakes Knaus' hand. Knaus is giving Zuckerberg a private tour today. The two walk into the shop, and almost immediately Zuckerberg begins asking questions. His brow furrows and there's a "Wow!" often dancing around his mouth. Knaus leads the group from the shop and into a side room where the 7-post machine is testing one of the unpainted cars. Zuckerberg's face lights up when the car starts to rattle and shake. "Super nice guy, shockingly normal," Knaus tells NASCAR.com after the tour. "Very inquisitive. He was definitely curious about what it is that we do and he had a ton of questions. They were actually very good questions. I was happy to hear that. "... He was asking about what we do, how the cars are built, where we take them, the differences between a short track car and a high speed track car," Knaus continues. "He was asking about the tire stagger, how we choreograph our pit stops." Hendrick Motorsports presents Zuckerberg with a personalized team jersey and signed helmet upon the conclusion of the tour. "Now don't wear that when you're driving your car, that's for display purposes only," Knaus jokes. No matter: In a few minutes, he'll get his own racing-ready helmet anyway. • • • After a few laps with Junior, it's time for Zuckerberg to wheel a race car on his own. He had a few practice laps earlier that day, with Dale Jr. coaching him via in-car radio. "You're going to come down the apron, down pit road," Earnhardt said earlier. "Where's that?" Zuckerberg asked. "Where you came from," Junior said with a smile. "Oh, that's a wall, there's nothing good over there," Zuckerberg said cheerfully, piloting the race car around Turn 4 and down pit road. Now, he's relatively prepared, as he climbs into the car for another run. "I kind of showed you the line," Junior coaches. "Down the front straightaway, nice and broad, good smooth arc down the front straightaway. And then on the back straightaway, you get out against that fence, as close as you're comfortable with." "I think probably a little further away than you were," Zuckerberg says. "You got pretty close there." "I know, I was doing that on purpose, we probably wouldn't race that close," Junior says with a grin. Zuckerberg gets going, hitting 5,000 RPMs soon into his run. He hugs the white line, moving toward the high line later. He seems to grow more comfortable as his run continues. "We're just down here hanging out," he says with a smile. "After driving with you, I don't feel that we're pushing it that hard here." "Get a little more aggressive!" Junior urges, as Zuckerberg hits the rev limiter on the car. "I don't think it wants me going faster than 5,000 RPMs," Zuckerberg says. He takes a couple more laps and then comes down pit road, the grin still plastered on his face. And he's worked up an appetite. He asks about a promised dinner of fried chicken, then invites Junior to join him for a post-race meal. • • • Zuckerberg and Earnhardt engage in a conversation after their ride, a plate of fried chicken and a biscuit sitting by Zuckerburg. They talk for a while quietly, away from the cameras and lights from today. It has been a day of immersion for Zuckerberg, whose knowledge about racing has significantly increased since he arrived in North Carolina. But it was just as beneficial for NASCAR, too, as the worlds of racing and ever-growing social media industry merged on a different front. "When you have someone that has that many touch points, that many people that he influences, having him come and experience what NASCAR was all about is a tremendous opportunity for our sport," Steve Phelps, NASCAR executive vice president and chief global sales and marketing officer, told NASCAR.com. "Watching him ride along with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the expression on his face and truly to get to experience what it's like to be in car and how fast it is, how loud it is, how much the vibration of the car is. "I think he has a newfound respect and we're trying to get new fans, one fan at a time. Having someone like Mark out here is certainly an opportunity for us to get more than one fan at a time."
RELATED: XFINITY Chase Grid " Race results FORT WORTH, Texas -- Body damage. Pit road penalties. Electrical issues. Take your pick. NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers contending for spots in the Championship Round of the Chase had their share of problems Saturday during the running of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway . In a race dominated by Sprint Cup Series regulars -- they led 175 of the race's 200 laps -- Chase XFINITY Series competitors battled it out among themselves for positioning with one race remaining to set the four-team field for the championship. Kyle Larson , Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick finished 1-2-3; Keselowski led 145 circuits, Larson 30. Among the eight contending for the XFINITY Chase title, Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez finished fourth and fifth, while Elliott Sadler (JR Motorsports) was sixth. A bit further back was Justin Allgaier (JRM) in 10th with Darrell Wallace ( Roush Fenway Racing ) 11th and teammate Ryan Reed 12th . Blake Koch (Kaulig Racing) finished 14th and Brendan Gaughan ( Richard Childress Racing ) 15th . Koch holds the fourth and final transfer spot in spite of his finish, leading Allgaier by a single point. "That just showed the strength and depth of the new race team and how we're growing together and getting stronger," said Koch, whose single-car group had to go to a backup entry following an incident in practice a day earlier. "To be able to rebound from that … and come out of here with a 14th -place finish, still be in the Chase with one race to go, I'm pretty proud of that." MORE: Koch: 'I'm so proud of my team' A speeding penalty Saturday on Lap 137 kept his No. 11 Chevrolet stuck on the back end of the lead-lap cars but cost him only a handful of spots at the time. It was, he said, "the second (speeding penalty) of my life." "You have to push it hard right now to get everything you can, including on pit road," Koch said. "You can't just be cautious all race long. I went a little bit too far. "I had no idea; we're in a backup car so maybe our lights weren't set perfectly. We just took it, had a positive attitude and worked our way back up through there." Electrical gremlins struck the No. 19 team of Suarez, the points leader, while running in the top three and just past the halfway point of the race. "I knew I had a second battery, but you never know how long you are going to be able to go," said Suarez, twice a winner this season. "We have a lot of blowers and switches in the race car that we need to use, some of them really help me a lot and some of them we don't use any more. That's part of racing. Luckily we made it through and we finished fifth." Suarez will head to Phoenix International Raceway with the points lead, one point ahead of Sadler. Reed had damage to his No. 16 Ford practically right off the bat as the field bottled up on the initial restart. But the driver said he was uncertain how or if the damage affected his car -- perhaps a bit less downforce on the front end, "but we were free all day so I don't know how much that would have helped or hurt us not having the damage. "It was just a tough day." He trails Koch by five points as the series regroups and prepares to head to PIR for next weekend's next-to-last event. "You just go out there and lay it all out on the line," Reed said. "At that point it is your whole season. There is nothing left to lose there. You aren't points racing at that point per se. You have to go beat those guys by five positions."