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Post-Race Reactions: F.W . Webb 175
The top finishers talk about their races and comment on the difficult it was to pass trucks during the race.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Standings
After Race 12 of the 2016 season at Dover International Speedway Pos Owner Car # Points Ldr Nxt PPos G/L Attempts 1 Stewart-Haas Racing 4 418 0 -- 1 0 12 2 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 397 -21 -21 2 0 12 3 Stewart-Haas Racing 41 386 -32 -11 5 2 12 4 Joe Gibbs Racing 19 381 -37 -5 3 -1 12 5 Hendrick Motorsports 48 370 -48 -11 4 -1 12 6 Team Penske 2 368 -50 -2 6 0 12 7 Hendrick Motorsports 24 341 -77 -27 11 4 12 8 Team Penske 22 340 -78 -1 7 -1 12 9 Furniture Row Racing 78 336 -82 -4 10 1 12 10 Richard Childress Racing 3 315 -103 -21 8 -2 12 11 Hendrick Motorsports 88 314 -104 -1 9 -2 12 12 Joe Gibbs Racing 20 313 -105 -1 14 2 12 13 Joe Gibbs Racing 11 308 -110 -5 13 0 12 14 Chip Ganassi Racing 1 296 -122 -12 12 -2 12 15 Wood Brothers Racing 21 288 -130 -8 16 1 12 16 JTG Daugherty Racing 47 283 -135 -5 15 -1 12 17 Richard Childress Racing 31 278 -140 -5 17 0 12 18 Roush Fenway Racing 6 275 -143 -3 20 2 12 19 Roush Fenway Racing 17 273 -145 -2 19 0 12 20 Hendrick Motorsports 5 271 -147 -2 18 -2 12 21 Stewart-Haas Racing 14 246 -172 -25 21 0 12 22 Chip Ganassi Racing 42 243 - 175 -3 22 0 12 23 Richard Childress Racing 27 232 -186 -11 24 1 12 24 Stewart-Haas Racing 10 216 -202 -16 26 2 12 25 Roush Fenway Racing 16 215 -203 -1 25 0 12 26 Richard Petty Motorsports 43 213 -205 -2 23 -3 12 27 HScott Motorsports 15 211 -207 -2 27 0 12 28 Front Row Motorsports 38 202 -216 -9 28 0 12 29 Germain Racing 13 184 -234 -18 29 0 12 30 Richard Petty Motorsports 44 178 -240 -6 30 0 12 31 Circle Sport-Leavine Family 95 165 -253 -13 33 2 12 32 BK Racing 23 161 -257 -4 34 2 12 33 BK Racing 83 152 -266 -9 31 -2 12 34 Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 148 -270 -4 32 -2 12 35 Front Row Motorsports 34 141 -277 -7 35 0 12 36 HScott Motorsports 46 103 -315 -38 36 0 12 37 Premium Motorsports 98 102 -316 -1 38 1 12 38 GO FAS Racing 32 97 -321 -5 37 -1 12 39 Premium Motorsports 55 52 -366 -45 39 0 7 40 The Motorsports Group 30 44 -374 -8 40 0 12 41 Circle Sport - Leavine Family 59 26 -392 -18 41 0 1 42 Front Row Motorsports 35 24 -394 -2 42 0 2 43 BK Racing 93 5 -413 -19 43 0 2 44 BK Racing 26 3 -415 -2 44 0 1 45 Hillman Racing 40 0 -418 -3 45 0 1
Townley, Byron, Reddick top Kansas practices
PRACTICE 3: Results After missing out on the top spot during second practice, John Wes Townley locked in the fastest lap in his No. 05 Chevrolet during Thursday's third and final practice at Kansas Speedway (176.980 mph). Right behind Townley was the No. 23 Chevrolet of Spencer Gallagher . The GMS Racing wheelman soared around the track at 176.748 mph. Rounding out the top three was the No. 13 ThorSport Racing Toyota of Cameron Hayley , who climbed to the third spot during the final minutes of the 85-minute session (176.702 mph). The No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford of Tyler Reddick took fourth at 176.448 mph with the two-time champ Matt Crafton behind him in fifth (176.269 mph) in his No. 88 ThorSport Racing Toyota. The field will return to the 1.5-mile track for Keystone Light Pole Qualifying on Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET (FS1). PRACTICE 2: Results In the final minutes of the 55-minute session, William Byron scored the fastest lap during Thursday's second practice at Kansas Speedway . Byron propelled his No. 9 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota around the 1.5-mile track at 176.650 mph. Next was the No. 05 Chevrolet of John Wes Townley who was second-fastest during the practice (176.621 mph). Third-quickest was the defending race winner Matt Crafton in his No. 88 ThorSport Racing Toyota. The two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion posted a quick lap of 176.401 mph. The No. 19 of Daniel Hemric (176.252 mph) and the No. 41 of Ben Rhodes ( 175 .833 mph) were behind Crafton in fourth and fifth, respectively. PRACTICE 1: Results Tyler Reddick soared to the fastest lap in opening NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice Thursday afternoon at Kansas Speedway . Reddick powered the Brad Keselowski Racing No. 29 Ford to a best lap of 176.137 mph on the 1.5-mile track. He was just .028 seconds faster than defending race winner Matt Crafton , a two-time series champ, who posted the second-fastest lap at 175 .976 mph in the ThorSport Racing No. 88 Toyota. Matt Tifft ( 175 .541 mph), John Wes Townley ( 175 .473 mph) and Ben Rhodes ( 175 .444 mph) completed the top five in the opening 55-minute prep session for Friday's Toyota Tundra 250 (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM), the series' fourth race of the season. Series points leader John Hunter Nemechek was 17th-fastest in the NEMCO Motorsports No. 8 Chevrolet. Sprint Cup regular Clint Bowyer , making his first start in the series since 2014, was clocked 16th-fastest in the GMS Racing No. 24 Chevrolet.
UNOH 175 entry list
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
Austin Dillon, Kyle Busch top Fontana XFINITY practices
Practice 2 recap " Results Austin Dillon rolled right to the top of the NASCAR XFINITY Series leaderboard in Friday's second session in his No. 2 Chevrolet after putting the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Sprint Cup car atop that series' first practice at Auto Club Speedway . Dillon's top speed in the final session was 176.622 mph, compared with Kyle Busch 's fastest lap of 177.327 mph to pace the opening session. Busch put his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pretty close to the top of the speed chart again, ranking second at 176.013 mph in the final practice session for the TreatMyClot.com 300 by Janssen (Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.) Ryan Blaney was third-fastest at 175 .863 mph in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford, Ty Dillon 's No. 3 Chevrolet was fourth ( 175 .623 mph) and Kyle Larson ran fifth ( 175 .588 mph) in the No. 42 Chevrolet. Brandon Jones made contact with the wall in his RCR machine about halfway through the afternon XFINITY practice session at Fontana, causing some damage on the right side of the No. 33 car. Practice 1 recap " Results Kyle Busch continued his 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series domination by topping the opening practice at Auto Club Speedway ahead of Saturday's TreatMyClot.com 300 by Janssen (Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Busch paced the opening 85-minute session with a fast lap of 177.327 mph, which was just over 2.3 mph faster than the second-place lap of teammate Erik Jones (174.982 mph). Kyle Larson (174.910 mph), Elliott Sadler (174.795 mph) and Austin Dillon (174.681 mph) rounded out the top five. Busch, Larson and Dillon will be pulling double duty this weekend, running in Saturday's XFINITY race and Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). For Busch, the top spot on the speed chart picks up right where he left off last weekend at Phoenix. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has won the last three XFINITY Series races of the season and six of the last 10 held at Auto Club. Points leader Daniel Suarez placed seventh in the session, while defending race winner Kevin Harvick was 11th. Justin Allgaier , fresh off a fourth-place effort at Phoenix International Raceway , made contact with the wall a little over 20 minutes into practice. That damage led the JR Motorsports driver to go to a backup car.
Kyle Busch wins after dominating Phoenix effort
RELATED: Full race results AVONDALE, Ariz. – Kyle Busch calls it a "knack." His rivals might refer to the continuing saga of Kyle Busch at Phoenix International Raceway as absolute dominance. But the record books will show Saturday's result in the Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 as yet another NASCAR XFINITY Series victory for the Busch juggernaut. Leading 175 of 200 laps at the 1-mile race track, Busch notched his ninth victory in 20 starts at PIR. That's the highest total number of wins by a single driver at an active XFINITY Series venue. ( Mark Martin holds the all-time single track record with 11 victories at Rockingham.) In winning for the third straight time this season and the 79th time in his career -- extending his own series record -- Busch has now led 493 of a possible 563 laps in his three 2016 starts. "It's just a knack for this place, I guess," Busch said. "We've been off a little bit on the (Sprint) Cup side for years, but this year we seem to be a lot better, and last year we improved a lot. But the XFINITY program has always been good." In fact, it was good for the entire Joe Gibbs Racing organization, which started 1-2-3, with pole winner Erik Jones and Daniel Suárez leading Busch in qualifying, and finished 1-2-3, with Jones and Suárez trailing Busch to the finish line by 2.285 and 9.980 seconds, respectively. Busch, Suárez and Jones also ran 1-2-3 in that order a week earlier at Las Vegas, a further indication of just how much JGR has gapped the competition. Justin Allgaier was a distant fourth in Saturday's race, more than 14 seconds behind the winner. "I can't say enough about (crew chief) Chris Gayle and everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing ," Busch said. "Obviously, (they) did a great job for me, giving me the car that I needed and prepared everything for today's race. "We didn't sit on the pole, but our teammates did. They were obviously really fast, and they made me run hard all day long. I mean, there was nothing left in this car. It's all used up. Instead of having to go back to the shop and freshen her up a little bit, they're going to have to rebuild it." The race ran without caution for the final 99 laps, and on Lap 172, Jones caught Busch in traffic and pulled alongside. But Busch regained control of the top spot and led Jones to pit road for a two-tire green-flag stop on Lap 177. That stop proved crucial, with Busch gaining more than three seconds in the exchange. "I knew we were in a little bit of trouble when he rolled by, right when we were just trying to leave the box," Jones said. "I didn't know how much time that was going to equal to, but by the time we got up to speed, he was four or five seconds ahead. It was too much to run back down in that amount of time." Suárez expanded his series lead to eight points over Elliott Sadler , who finished eighth. Chase Elliott followed JR Motorsports teammate Allgaier in fifth, with the Dillon brothers, Ty and Austin, running sixth and seventh. Brad Keselowski and Brennan Poole completed the top 10. With three victories to its credit, the No. 18 JGR Camry leads the owners' standings by seven points over the No. 88 JR Motorsports all-star car driven by Elliott on Saturday. In post-race inspection, Jones' No. 20 was cited for rear toe outside of tolerance when measured by the laser inspection station. NASCAR will address possible sanctions at next week's competition meeting. The series heads to Auto Club Speedway for the NASCAR XFINITY Series 300 on Sat., March 19th at 4 p.m. ET (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM). Contributing: Staff reports RELATED: JGR No. 20 team fails post-race inspection at Phoenix
Erik Jones sweeps Texas XFINITY practices
RELATED: Practice 1 results " Final practice results Erik Jones made a clean sweep of Thursday's NASCAR XFINITY Series practices, pushing atop the leaderboard in the final session at Texas Motor Speedway . Jones, driving the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota, blazed to a speed of 183.830 mph in final prep for Friday night's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.) He netted his first XFINITY win last April at the 1.5-mile Fort Worth track. Kyle Busch , the defending Sprint Cup champ and a three-time winner this season in the XFINITY Series, turned the second-fastest lap (182.297 mph) in JGR's No. 18 Toyota. Sprint Cup regular Kyle Larson was third-best at 181.922 mph in the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet. Ty Dillon (181.269) was fourth-fastest in the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevy. Daniel Suarez and rookie Brandon Jones tied for the fifth-best spot at 181.147 mph. Coors Light Pole Qualifying is set for Friday at 4:45 p.m. ET, broadcast on FS1. Jones shows muscle in early Texas session Defending race winner Erik Jones topped the speed chart in opening NASCAR XFINITY Series practice Thursday at Texas Motor Speedway . Jones registered a best lap of 186.968 mph in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota in preparation for Friday night's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 . The 1.5-mile track was the site of Jones' first XFINITY win last April. Ty Dillon claimed the second-fastest lap, driving the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet to a speed of 183.968 mph in the 85-minute session. He is a former winner at the 1.5-mile track, prevailing at Texas in the Camping World Truck Series in 2013. Dillon was followed by RCR teammate Brandon Jones at 183. 175 mph, third-fastest in the No. 33 Chevrolet. Jones' JGR teammate Daniel Suarez was fourth-best at 182.865 mph in the No. 19 Toyota. Brennan Poole and Jeb Burton tied for the fifth-fastest lap with identical speeds of 181.837 mph. Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch , winner of three of the last four XFINITY Series races, was ninth-fastest in another Gibbs-owned Toyota.
The Rundown: Martinsville driver grades
RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings " Chase Grid Below is a breakdown of how the 40-car field fared at Martinsville Speedway . 1. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Busch earned his first career NASCAR win at Martinsville on Saturday and completed the weekend sweep with a dominating victory on Sunday. He took the lead for the first time on Lap 32 and led five times for a total of 352 laps. Earning his second grandfather clock trophy in as many days, the defending Sprint Cup champion also punched his ticket to the Chase. Grade: A+ 2. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . Allmendinger was impressive all weekend long, and was a factor in the top 10 for much of Sunday’s race. Using aggressive moves, ‘Dinger was able to work his way to third with 25 laps to go, but was not content with that. He moved to second with less than 10 laps to go and put the pressure on Kyle Busch . Grade: A+ 3. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. After struggling in his first four Martinsville starts, Larson was fast all weekend and was a factor in the top 10 for much of the day. Getting aggressive late in the going, Larson worked his way to a third-place finish. Grade: A 4. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . While his RCR teammates were fast all weekend, Dillon struggled mightily in practice and qualifying. However, the team made gains overnight and Dillon raced his way into the top 10 and was inside the top five when the checkered flag flew. He also grew frustrated with teammate Paul Menard for putting him on the high side, but the teammates put their differences aside after the race. Grade: B+ 5. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Keselowski left pit road in second on the first stop of the day, but was forced to the rear for a speeding penalty, putting him in a hole early. By the halfway mark, Keselowski was back in the top five. With 125 laps to go he was in second. Fighting hard in the pack in the closing stages of the race, Keselowski came home fifth. Grade: B 6. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . While his JGR teammates spent the day at the front of the field, Edwards struggled throughout the first half of the race and fought for the free pass position for much of the afternoon. Once he got it, Edwards recovered nicely and was in the top 10 late in the going to finish sixth. Grade: B+ 7. Brian Vickers , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Vickers was fast throughout the weekend and that speed showed up late in the race. After knocking on the door of the top five, Vickers was seventh when the checkered flag flew. Grade: B 8. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Fast all weekend, Menard took the lead for the first time on Lap 22. He had multiple run-ins with his teammate Austin Dillon , but the two shook hands after the race after RCR put all three cars in the top 10. Grade: B+ 9. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . The eight-time Martinsville winner fought hard with multiple drivers throughout the day, and was a constant factor in the top 10. Once dominant at the short track, Johnson’s last win at "The Paperclip" came in 2013. Grade: B- 10. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Newman had a strong car all weekend and in the opening stages of Sunday’s race. He fell outside the top 15 just past the 200-lap mark, fell a lap down on Lap 206, but eventually got his lap back. Charging hard, Newman fought to the top 10 at the end of the day. Grade: B 11. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Blistering fast early, Logano slipped from the lead to outside the top 20 by Lap 70 on worn tires and was put a lap down by Kyle Busch on Lap 74. Overcoming the early setback, Logano was just outside the top 10 by the halfway mark. Logano’s crew drew a penalty for an uncontrolled tire under the sixth caution of the day, dropping him to the rear of the field with 110 laps to go. He raced back to 11th with debris blocking his view in the closing laps. Grade: B- 12. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Running in the top 15 for much of the afternoon, Biffle told the team he used the brakes up just past the halfway mark. Despite the issue, he scored his best Martinsville finish since 2013. Grade: B 13. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . After a lackluster qualifying effort, Busch quietly made his way through the field and was a factor in the top 10. He slipped in the final stages of the event and ended the day 13th. Grade: B- 14. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Starting mid-pack, Earnhardt Jr. brought out the first caution of the day after contact with David Ragan on Lap 4. Junior spent much of the day a lap down, but got the free pass on Lap 313. With 150 laps to go, he was inside the top 15 and brought it home 14th. Grade: B 15. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Trying to put last fall’s wild race behind him, Kenseth was fast throughout the day and took the lead for the first time on Lap 132. Leading three times for 45 laps, Kenseth had one of the strongest cars in the field, but was hung on the high side on the final restart of the race and dropped to 15th. Grade: A- 16. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Starting 28th, Patrick kept her nose clean and moved into the top 15 by the 100-lap mark. Patrick fell a lap down for the first time around Lap 210, fought with Ryan Newman for the lucky dog and got the free pass on the fourth caution of the day on Lap 221. With 100 laps to go, she was in the top 10 and fighting for more, but the handling went away. Grade: B+ 17. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Starting 19th, Harvick was inside the top 10 by Lap 50. He took the lead for the first time on Lap 101 and remained a factor at the front the remainder of the day. Despite leading 72 laps, Harvick struggled on the final set of tires and slipped to 17th on the final run of the day. Grade: B- 18. Ma rtin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Toyota, Furniture Row Racing . The driver of the No. 78 Toyota had a quiet day at the paperclip-shaped short track, starting 16th and finishing 18th. Grade: C+ 19. Ryan Blaney , No. 21 Ford, Wood Brothers Racing . Piloting the historic No. 21 Ford, Blaney was often caught in the high line and struggled with track position. He remained on the lead lap for much of the race, but was finally passed by the leader with 50 laps to go while running 18th. He got his lap back under the seventh caution of the day, and was the last car on the lead lap. Grade: B- 20. Chase Elliott , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . His second Martinsville start went much better than his first, but the rookie driver still struggled a bit, running outside the top 20. He was hit with a pit road speeding penalty under the seventh caution of the day, but fought back to be the first car one lap down. Grade: C 21. David Ragan , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Ragan was involved in the first caution of the day when contact sent Dale Jr. spinning. The BK Racing driver ran as high as 19th at one point and finished just outside the top 20. Grade: C 22. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Battling a free car early, Kahne was unable to maintain his position at the front of the field and fell to 14th by the 50-lap mark. The No. 5 Chevy was lapped by Kyle Busch on Lap 84 and was never a factor. Grade: C- 23. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Fighting for the free pass much of the day, McMurray got back on the lead lap late in the going, but had a bad tire rub with 25 laps to go after contact with another car. The tire eventually let go and he spun to bring out the eighth caution of the day with 15 laps to go. Grade: C- 24. Michael McDowell , No. 95 Chevrolet, Circle Sport- Leavine Family Racing . McDowell had a strong run going for much of the day, but fell a lap down and dropped outside the top 20. Still, a solid performance for the underdog team. Grade: B- 25. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Toyota, HScott Motorsports . Early on it appeared it would be another rough weekend for Bowyer, but the No. 15 team fought hard and finished five spots ahead of where they started. Grade: C 26. Brian Scott , No. 44 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Making his first Martinsville start, Scott spent much of the day fighting to race inside the top 30. When the checkered flag flew, the rookie contender finished exactly where he started. Grade: C 27. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . The weekend got off to a rough start when Bayne wrecked in practice on Friday and went to a backup car. Despite the issues early in the weekend, Bayne avoided trouble on Sunday and finished 27th. Grade: C 28. Landon Cassill , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Cassil started 33rd and worked his way to 28th when the checkered flag flew. Grade: C 29. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . Engine issues brought DiBenedetto to pit road with 200 laps remaining, but he continued on. The team recovered and DiBenedetto finished inside the top 30. Grade: C 30. Cole Whitt , No. 98 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Whitt started 31st and ran around there for much of the afternoon. While he finished five laps down to the race leaders, he was able to gain one spot by the time the checkered flag flew. Grade: C- 31. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Starting 18th, Mears and the No. 13 team had higher hopes for Sunday’s race at Martinsville. By Lap 50, however, he was outside the top 30 and unable to recover. Grade: D 32. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . The No. 17 Ford was sent spinning after a hard-fought battle with Regan Smith to bring out the third caution of the race. That ruined the day for the RFR driver. Grade: C- 33. Chris Buescher , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Making his second Martinsville start, the 2015 XFINITY Series champion finished nine laps down, but still made gains on where he started (36th). Grade: C- 34. Regan Smith , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Smith had a wild day at the rough-and-tumble short track, rubbing fenders with a number of other drivers. The No. 7 had an issue with the left front that sent Smith into the wall with 43 laps to go. Grade: D 35. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Put multiple laps down early in the going, Annett was hit by Brian Scott and sent spinning to bring out the second caution of the day on Lap 92. He also spun off Turn 2 on Lap 384 to bring out the sixth caution. Grade: D- 36. Joey Gase , No. 32 Ford, Go Fas Racing . Gase had a close call when hit from behind by Clint Bowyer , but the young driver was able to keep his car going in the right direction. That was really the highlight of his day, though. Grade: D+ 37. Reed Sorenson , No. 55 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Piloting a second Premium Motorsports car, Sorenson did his best to stay out of the way of the lead lap car. Starting 40th, he finished the day 37th. Grade: D 38. Josh Wise , No. 30 Chevrolet, The Motorsports Group. Running 37th, Wise was ahead of a battle for 13th when Martin Truex Jr . sent him up the hill in Turn 2 to bring out the fifth caution of the day on Lap 313. He eventually took the car behind the wall. Grade: D 39. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . The Martinsville master was hit with a speeding penalty on the first stop of the day, forcing him to the rear of the field. Hamlin was able to work his way back into the top five, but he hit the wall hard on Lap 221 causing heavy damage to the No. 11 Toyota. Pit road problems and a self-inflicted wreck capped off an uncharacteristic day for the JGR driver. Grade: D 40. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola’s day went south just ahead of the Lap 175 mark that the engine was running on six cylinders. The engine continued to go sour, more cylinders failed and the No. 43 was forced behind the wall early. Grade: D
Busch keeps winning, dominates Phoenix
Kyle Busch wins his third consecutive NASCAR XFINITY Series race as he leads 175 of the 200 laps at Phoenix International Raceway.
The Rundown: Las Vegas driver grades
1. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Despite struggling to get by teammate Joey Logano late in the race, Keselowski put the heat on Kyle Busch and took the lead with six laps to go to earn his first victory of the year. The 2012 champ overcame a pit road speeding penalty on Lap 180 to make it happen. Grade: A 2. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano could not keep his teammate at bay in the closing laps, but was able to get by Kyle Busch for second on the last lap to give Team Penske a 1-2 finish. Grade: A 3. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Starting just outside the top 10, it didn’t take the Atlanta winner long to contend for the lead. Johnson made a hard charge late in the race and edged Kyle Busch at the line to finish third. Grade: A 4. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . The hometown driver made an incredible pass for the lead on Lap 224 and was able to get another great restart just laps later to hold onto the top spot. However, Busch could not maintain the lead in the closing laps and slipped to fourth. Grade: A WATCH: Kyle's daring three-wide passes 5. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . The pit crew struggled on the second caution of the day, dropping Dillon from the top 10 to outside the top 20 and leading to some heated radio conversations . Dillon was then hit with a speeding penalty under green at the 150-lap mark, but stayed out with 50 laps to go to restart third. Grade: B- 6. Ryan Blaney , No. 21 Ford, Wood Brothers Racing . The Rookie of the Year candidate continues to impress. The No. 21 Ford was a factor at the front of the field much of the day, earning his first top 10 of the year. Grade: A 7. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Harvick’s weekend included battling the flu, watching his client Miesha Tate win the UFC title and a solid top-10 finish to kick off the West Coast swing. Grade: A- 8. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Starting 20th, Earnhardt Jr. methodically worked his way through the field to earn his second top 10 of the season and move to 12th in the standings. Grade: B+ 9. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . A speeding penalty on the first stop of the day dropped him to the rear with ground to make up. Busch worked his way back into the top 10 by the 125-lap mark, but slid back after spinning to avoid Matt Kenseth . Grade: B+ 10. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne had a quiet day, narrowly avoided Matt Kenseth late in the going and earned his first top 10 of the season. Grade: B 11. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Toyota, Furniture Row Racing . Truex dropped to 21st at the 100-lap mark after having to pit a second time for a missing lug nut. He was able to climb back to 11th with a strong car. Grade: B- 12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . The Roush Fenway Racing driver was hit with a speeding penalty under green, but recovered and heads to Phoenix 11th in the standings. Grade: B+ 13. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Starting 21st, Newman worked his way into the top 10, but slipped to 13th by the time the checkered flag flew. Grade: B 14. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . Allmendinger struggled to find the handling before the competition caution and was hit with a pit road speeding penalty on the second stop of the day. The team never gave up and they rallied at the end. Grade: C+ 15. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard was running in the top 10 with 65 laps to go but slid back following the restart. The car was fast all weekend, but that did not translate as well into the race. Grade: B- 16. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Jamie Mac was never a factor at the front of the field, spent much of the race battling to get into the top 25 and ended the day 16th. Grade: B 17. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne gained 11 spots on the day to score his best finish of the season. Grade: B 18. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . The driver of the No. 19 Toyota was having a quiet, solid day until he spun, avoiding teammate Matt Kenseth late in the race. The crew made repairs and kept their driver on the lead lap. Grade: B 19. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin grabbed the lead early with a two-tire pit stop, but he fell outside the top 15 once the tires went away. He was never able to make his way back to the front. Grade: B- 20. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . A speeding penalty under green on Lap 150 did not help Biffle’s cause, but he took the wave around and finished on the lead lap despite minor damage. Grade: B- 21. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . After starting 18th, Patrick spent most of the day racing for a spot in the top 25. By the end of the day she was knocking on the door of the top 20. Grade: C+ 22. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Bowyer had an uncontrolled tire on the first pit stop of the day, but that didn't slow the team from improving throughout the race. After starting 35th, Sunday's finish was a step in the right direction. Grade. C+ 23. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears missed his pit stall on Lap 144, which dropped him multiple laps down. He was able to rally and was the last car to finish on the lead lap. Grade: C 24. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . After starting seventh, Almirola dropped outside the top 15 early and missed his pit stall under green with 125 laps to go. Disappointing day for the No. 43 team. Grade: C- 25. Regan Smith , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Smith spent the majority of the race mid-pack, but also found trouble late in the race to bring out the fifth caution of the day. Grade: C- 26. Chris Buescher , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . The rookie’s team had an uncontrolled tire on the second stop of the day. Buescher was able to fight his way back and finish one spot behind where he started. Grade: C 27. Brian Scott , No. 44 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . The driver of the No. 44 Ford started 32nd, raced outside the top 30 for much of the day and was caught up in the Lap 224 wreck. By the end of the event, Scott was able to climb to 27th. Grade: C+ 28. Landon Cassill , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Cassill finished the day one spot behind where he started and praised Goodyear and the new package for the fun racing. Grade: C 29. Michael McDowell , No. 95. Chevrolet, Circle Sport- Leavine Family Racing . Staying out of trouble, McDowell and the team made gains throughout the weekend, but there is more work is to be done. Grade: C 30. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Annett has scored back-to-back 30th place finishes in the No. 46 Chevrolet. This is another team that needs to improve going forward. Grade: C- 31. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . Finishing four laps down, DiBenedetto raced much of the afternoon just outside the top 30. However, he finished three positions ahead of where he started. Grade: D+ 32. David Ragan , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Ragan battled an ill-handling car throughout the event and finished five laps down. Grade: D 33. Jeffrey Earnhardt , No. 32 Chevrolet, Go Fas Racing. The fourth generation racer finished five spots ahead of where he started on the day. Grade: C- 34. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Larson was hit with a speeding penalty under green midway through the race, but a bump from AJ Allmendinger sent the No. 42 into the outside wall on Lap 215. Another wreck with 53 laps to go added insult to injury. Grade: D 35. Josh Wise , No. 30 Chevrolet, The Motorsports Group. Wise ran at the back of the field all day and took the car to the garage after 175 laps. The team got the car back on track and gained four spots on the day. Grade: D+ 36. Brian Vickers , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Making his second start in Tony Stewart ’s No. 14, Vickers raced in the top 20, but was sent behind the wall late with a broken rear gear. Grade: C- 37. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . A loose wheel weight led to an unscheduled pit stop on Lap 73, but Kenseth remained a factor at the front of the field, leading 10 laps. On Lap 224, Kenseth lost control of the car in Turn 1 and was hit from behind. Grade: C- 38. Chase Elliott , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . The Daytona 500 pole winner was having another solid outing, racing his way into the top five. However, Elliott had nowhere to go when Matt Kenseth slid up the track right in his path. The young driver was hard on himself afterward for not avoiding the wreck. Grade: C 39. Cole Whitt , No. 98 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Whitt started 36th and was the first driver to pull behind the garage with an issue. Grade: D-