Green flag for 300 -lap event was set to go at 7:44 p.m. ET
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RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings BRISTOL, Tenn. -- When Chris Buescher 's Ford faltered on a green-white-checkered restart on Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch took full advantage, as is his custom. In a Food City 300 that went to two laps of overtime at the .533-mile short track, Busch finished .427 seconds ahead of Kyle Larson , as Buescher faded to 11th after his car failed to pick up fuel off Turn 2 of the next-to-last lap. The victory was Busch's third of the season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, his eighth at Bristol and the 73rd of his career, extending his own series record. "This is home -- this is where I'm supposed to be," Busch said, standing outside the car in Victory Lane. "I wish I was here Wednesday night (after the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race), so we could continue the sweep lookout for (Saturday), but that was a second place. Oh, well." Polesitter Denny Hamlin ran third, followed by Ty Dillon and Daniel Suarez , who got a bonus for his top-five run. As the highest finishing eligible driver in the XFINITY Dash 4 Cash program, Suarez picked up an extra $100,000. Pit strategy put Buescher at the front of the field under the fourth caution of the race, caused by Cale Conley 's spin in Turn 4. Staying out on older tires while most of the lead-lap cars came to pit road for fresh rubber and fuel, Buescher nevertheless pulled away from Busch during a succession of restarts, as Busch saved his equipment for what he thought would be the inevitable late-race caution. "I let the 60 (Buescher) go," Busch said. "He ran out there to about a straightaway on us, and I was just trying to save and do what I could to keep my tires underneath me. I knew we were going to get some cautions at the end to bunch us back up, and fortunately we did. "I wasn't sure they were going to make it on fuel (having pitted on lap 131 of 302), and obviously they cut it close -- a little too close." Busch got the yellow he needed, just in time. Brad Teague 's wreck on the frontstretch with five laps left set up the green-white-checkered and gave Busch the chance he needed. Buescher, who saw his series lead shrink to 19 points over Ty Dillon , knew he could have made it to the end on fuel, had the race not gone to overtime.
RELATED: Full starting lineup Denny Hamlin was the car to beat in Friday's Coors Light Pole Qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway, leading all three rounds en route to his first career XFINITY pole at the Tennessee short track. Hamlin rounded the 0.533-mile oval at 126.896 mph in his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Hamlin's JGR teammate Kyle Busch will also start on the front row in tonight's Food City 300 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Busch used a fast lap of 126.312 mph to snag the runner-up spot in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Kevin Harvick , piloting the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet this weekend, will roll off the grid third (126.021 mph), while Richard Childress Racing 's Brian Scott will start fourth (125.996 mph). Points leader Chris Buescher rounded out the top five in his No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford with a fast lap of 125.699 mph. Practice leader Brendan Gaughan advanced to the second round, but wasn't able to make the final round and will start 15th in tonight's event. Reigning series champion Chase Elliott advanced to the the final round and will roll off the grid 10th tonight.
RELATED: See the full weekend schedule " NBC Sports Live Extra All times ET Monday, August 17 6 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN Noon, NASCAR 120, NBCSN 5:30 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 8 p.m., Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge: Road America (tape), FOX Sports 1 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Tuesday, August 18 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 10 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200 Presented by Cooper Standard and Brad Keselowski 's Checkered Flag Foundation (re-air), FOX Sports 1 4:30 p.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 Special 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 3 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Wednesday, August 19 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 10 a.m., Being: Stewart-Haas Racing (re-air), FOX Sports 1 11 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice, FOX Sports 1 12:30 p.m., Uncompromising: Kevin Harvick (re-air), FOX Sports 1 4:45 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 2 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 8 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Setup, FOX Sports 1 8:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP, FOX Sports 1 3 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Thursday, August 20 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 9 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP (re-air), FOX Sports 1 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 7 p.m., NASCAR K&N Series East: Motordrome Speedway (tape), NBCSN 11 p.m., NASCAR K&N Series East: Motordrome Speedway (re-air), NBCSN 1:30 a.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 Special (re-air), NBCSN 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Friday, August 21 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 9:30 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN 11:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, NBCSN 1 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 1:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN 2:30 p.m., NASCAR K&N Series West: Evergreen Speedway (tape), NBCSN 3:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 5:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 7 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Countdown to Green, NBCSN 7:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Food City 300 , NBCSN Saturday, August 22 4 p.m., The 10: Greatest Bristol Moments, FOX Sports 2 4:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay: Bristol, FOX Sports 2 4:30 p.m., NASCAR K&N Series West: Evergreen (re-air), NBCSN 5:30 p.m., NASCAR America Saturday, NBCSN 7 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Countdown to Green, NBCSN 7:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race , NBCSN 11 p.m., NASCAR Post-Race Show, NBCSN Midnight, NASCAR Victory Lane, FOX Sports 1 2:30 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane (re-air), FOX Sports 1 Sunday, August 23 1 p.m., TUDOR United SportsCar Championship: Virginia International Raceway, FOX Sports 1 11 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lap, NBCSN &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;
RELATED: Smith seals the deal at Mid-Ohio Regan Smith defined what it meant to pull a 180 at Mid-Ohio last Saturday. One week after nearly coming to blows with Ty Dillon on pit road at Watkins Glen, Smith found himself smiling and pumping his fist triumphantly in Victory Lane. "This is an incredible feeling, just an awesome feeling," Smith exclaimed after winning for the first time in 52 starts. On Friday, Smith will try to celebrate for the second consecutive week by winning the Food City 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN). "Once you do it (win a race) once, you want to do that every week," Smith said. "That moment when you pull up to the pit wall and do a burnout with your guys standing there, who put so much time and effort into everything that you get to go out there and showcase, there's no moment like that, nothing that compares to that, no feeling or sensation." Currently fourth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings, Smith trails his JR Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott (+26 points), Ty Dillon (+27) and Chris Buescher (+51) for the lead. Bristol is a prime place for Smith to gain ground on his young adversaries. He has made as many starts (11) at the .533-mile track as Elliott, Dillon and Buescher have combined. RELATED: Series standings Also on the line for Smith is the $100,000 NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash bonus. To earn the extra money Smith must finish ahead of Daniel Suárez, Ryan Blaney and Elliott Sadler . He grabbed the first two Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonuses at Dover and Indianapolis, so if Smith earns the bonus this weekend, he can win $1 million through the Dash 4 Cash program by winning the XFINITY race at Darlington on Labor Day weekend. RELATED: Smith wins second round of Dash 4 Cash, $100,000 "We want to win this weekend, for sure, with the XFINITY Dash 4 Cash on the line, and there’s no better place for it than Bristol," Smith said. "We're looking forward to it."
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Elliott Sadler isn't saying he will be back with Roush Fenway Racing for the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. And the veteran racer isn't saying he won't. "There are a lot of moving parts right now," Sadler said Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway. "... Just when you think something is going to happen, something else happens over in the corner. There's a lot of stuff going on, so we'll see." Sadler said a recent report that he would exit Roush for JR Motorsports after the 2015 season and take sponsor OneMain Financial with him "was about 50/50." "Fifty percent true and 50 percent not true," he said. "The true part was I had not signed and have not signed with anybody, so that part of the report was definitely true. The rest of it, I have no idea about." Sadler, 40, has 10 career wins in the XFINITY Series. He is in his first season with Roush. He is fifth in the points standings, and has finished ninth or better in 10 of his last 13 starts coming into the Food City 300 at Bristol. A wreck with Brendan Gaughan brought Sadler's night to an end earlier than planned. In addition to three Sprint Cup Series teams, Roush Fenway Racing fields XFINITY Series teams for Sadler, points leader Chris Buescher , Bubba Wallace and Ryan Reed . "I don't have anything to announce here today," Sadler said. "We're still working through some things for next year. ... I want to be a part of this sport. I want to be competitive. I still think to this day that last five years there's no other XFINITY regular that has more poles and more wins than I do and I want to keep that going. I want to stay competitive and stay up front." Sponsor OneMain has the longest tenure of any XFINITY Series sponsor currently in the sport, he said. "They want to be in this sport for a long time and hopefully we'll be able to do that."
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Chris Buescher ’s Roush Fenway Racing team gambled twice during Friday night’s Food City 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Staying out under caution put the series points leader in front of the field, where he stayed for 106 laps around the high-banked, 0.533-mile track. But the decision to remain on the track also meant Buescher would need to manage his fuel mileage. And when the caution flag appeared for the eighth time, sending the race two laps beyond its scheduled distance, Buescher’s good fortune ended. On a race-ending green, white, checkered restart, Buescher’s No. 60 Ford sputtered on the backstretch shortly after the green flag appeared, handing the lead and the victory to Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch while leaving Buescher with an 11th-place result. “Honestly, we were really good on fuel mileage,” Buescher said afterward. “We felt like we were good to the end, especially if that caution didn’t come out. (It’s) just a matter of getting fuel into the pickup. Once I shook it around enough we got fuel back in it and ran to the end, but as much banking as we have here at Bristol it’s hard to keep fuel in the pickup. “It’s my fault. I needed to do better.” Ty Dillon ’s fourth-place finish, combined with Buescher’s 11th place ending, allowed Dillon to close to within 19 points in the battle for the series championship. Defending series champion Chase Elliott (seventh) is third, 23 points behind the points leader. While disappointed, Buescher said he would make the same decision under similar circumstances if the opportunity presented itself. “I wouldn’t change the call if we could do it all over again,” he said. “I’m all for taking chances and winning these races. If it would have worked out, we’d have won this thing and we’d be talking about how good of a call it was for our points situation.” Buescher was able to pull away from the field on three of the four restarts that took place after his move to the front. And he appeared on his way to doing so a fourth time before his car began to slow. “We were faster than a lot of guys we were racing around all day and once we got track position we showed we could run away from these guys,” he said. “We had the speed, but it wasn’t meant to be. “I’m glad we took the chance. I wouldn’t change it if we could do it over again, but unfortunately it knocked us right out of a top-10 and out of a win.” Buescher is a two-time winner this season, with victories at Iowa Speedway and Dover International Raceway.
RELATED: Bristol schedule " Paint schemes for Bristol It's no longer the pits, figuratively speaking, when setting up shop in a pit stall on the backstretch at Bristol Motor Speedway. Because it is the only track that still features pit stalls on the front (Nos. 1-22) and back (Nos. 23-43) of the track, teams forced to pit on the backside of the tiny, half-mile bullring often found themselves at a competitive disadvantage, hitting pit road only after those stopping on the frontstretch had already been in for service. Teams pitting on the frontstretch entered pit road at the exit of Turn 4 while those pitting on the back remained behind the pace car until they reached the exit of Turn 2 and were allowed to drop down onto the backstretch of pit road. That changed in 2002 when track officials began requiring all cars to enter pit road in Turn 2, regardless of where their pit stall was located. Now, teams pitting on the frontstretch must maintain pit road speed all the way around to their respective pit stalls before returning to the track in Turn 1. Those pitting on the backstretch get service first, but must also maintain pit road speed all the way back around to Turn 1, still utilizing pit road, before returning to the track as well. It hasn't lessened the advantage of qualifying on the pole and choosing the first pit stall closest to the pit-out area in Turn 1 – that remains a prime piece of real estate regardless of track location. Matt Kenseth , winner of the spring race at BMS, started on the pole and was pitted in pit stall No. 1. But Kenseth also won from a backstretch pit stall (in the 2013 night race at BMS) as did Kasey Kahne (in the spring race of '13). Four of those finishing in the top 10 in this year's spring race at Bristol pitted on the backstretch. When under green, teams pitting on the frontstretch enter pit road off of Turn 4 while those pitting on the backside of the track enter at Turn 2. BMS hosts the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Wednesday night with the running of the UNOH 200 . The Food City 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race is set for Friday night and on Saturday the track hosts the annual Irwin Tools Night Race (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM). Split Decision NASCAR officials took no action beyond obtaining the splitters from the Team Penske No. 2 and 22 entries prior to last weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, leaving most folks to wonder what all the fuss was about. On Sunday morning, officials said the splitters on the cars of Brad Keselowski (No. 2) and teammate Joey Logano (22) were "so close ... we just asked the team to err on the safe side and asked them to switch to a clean splitter." The two pieces were evaluated this week at the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C. A Reason for Increase in Violations There number of violations on pit road this past weekend at Michigan tripled compared to the series' visit there in June. However, the June race was cut short by rain, with only 138 of the scheduled 200 laps completed. This past weekend's race saw 24 penalties handed down for pit road miscues compared with eight in the series' first stop at the 2-mile track. Tires Good to Go The tire codes for this weekend's Sprint Cup , XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series races at Bristol are unchanged from recent combinations used at the concrete half-mile, according to Goodyear officials. It is the only track where this particular set of tire codes are currently used.
RELATED: Full NXS practice results from Bristol Brendan Gaughan led NASCAR XFINITY Series practice Friday morning with a quick lap of 125.289 mph in the No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway. Another RCR Chevrolet, the No. 33 of Brandon Jones , was quick at the end of practice, notching the second-fastest speed of 124.995 mph, edging out teammate Brian Scott . Scott's No. 2 Camaro was third-fastest with a speed of 124.914 mph at the 0.533-mile concrete oval in Bristol, Tennessee, under clear skies. Sprint Cup regulars Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch were fourth- and sixth-fastest, respectively, in their Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas. Hamlin's No. 20 posted a speed of 124.897 mph, and Busch's No. 54 was clocked at 124.549 mph. Ty Dillon rounded out the top five in his No. 3 RCR Chevrolet, posting a fast lap of 124.792 mph. Series points leader Chris Buescher was eighth-fastest in the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford at 124.444 mph. The Food City 300 is scheduled for 7:30 ET tonight (NBCSN/Live Extra, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR).