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Veteran pit boss to serve as crew chief for David Gilliland and the No. 38 team MORE: Find out who else is on the move in 2015 Donnie Wingo has joined Front Row Motorsports for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season as crew chief for the No. 38 Ford and driver David Gilliland . Several news organizations reported the news Monday afternoon, and a spokesperson for the Statesville, North Carolina-based team confirmed the reports independently to NASCAR.com. Wingo, 54, has worked with the venerable Wood Brothers Racing team for the past four seasons, a span that produced his biggest win -- the 2011 Daytona 500 with Trevor Bayne at the wheel. Wingo has seven victories during his 25-year tenure as a crew chief in NASCAR's premier series. Gilliland tweeted his excitement over the news on Monday afternoon. Super excited to have @donniewingo for my crew chief. Going to be a great addition to @FrontRowNASCAR #cantwait — David Gilliland (@DavidGilliland) January 5, 2015 Gilliland, 38, worked with crew chief Frank Kerr for the first 30 races last year, then closed out 2014 with Jay Guy atop the pit box. Gilliland, a teammate to David Ragan on the Bob Jenkins-owned Front Row team, wound up 30th in the final Sprint Cup standings with a best finish of 17th place at Pocono Raceway in August. Gilliland, who joined the Sprint Cup circuit in 2006, spent the holidays driving cross-country to his home state of California. On social media, he has documented visits to at least 20 Love's Travel Stops -- one of his primary sponsors -- along the way. As previously announced, Wingo will be replaced by Jeremy Bullins as crew chief for the Wood Brothers' famed No. 21 Ford and the team's new driver, Ryan Blaney . Last season, Bullins helped guide the Team Penske No. 22 to six victories and the team owner championship in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, now the XFINITY Series.
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BK Racing co-owner believes move still likely to happen A representative for Front Row Motorsports denied rumors that Cole Whitt would join the team in 2015, saying that social media and reports about a potential move were untrue. But a team co-owner with close ties to Whitt said the transition is all but certain. A Tuesday night tweet from Anthony Marlowe, co-owner of BK Racing, seemed to indicate that Whitt had left his team to join Front Row . Via Twitter, Marlowe congratulated Whitt on securing a ride in the No. 34 Ford, which has been driven the past three seasons by David Ragan . @colewhitt congrats on landing the #34 ride @frontrownascar !! Happy Thanksgiving! See you at the track :) — Anthony Marlowe (@AnthonyMarlowe) November 26, 2014 Wednesday morning, Front Row Motorsports reps said that reports that Whitt was shifting to the Statesville, North Carolina,-based team were "not true." Reached Wednesday afternoon, Marlowe said such a move might still become reality. "I think Cole is a very talented driver. I don't think Front Row Motorsports has much of a choice but to say what they've said or respond the way they've responded pursuant to certain agreements. Cole is still under contract with BK Racing," Marlowe said from his Iowa home. "Am I 100 percent certain he's going there? No. If you would've asked me a few months ago if I would be surprised, I would say absolutely yes. If you'd have asked me a few weeks ago if I was surprised, I'd say no, probably not." Marlowe confirmed that Whitt had informed the BK team that he didn't intend to exercise a contract renewal for next season. "Maybe I've made a mistake in (that) he's going to the 34," Marlowe said of Whitt, "but I'm like 98 percent certain he's going to Front Row Motorsports , and if not, the bellwether on garage rumors and Gmail is [that] my pulse is off on that. I think 99 out of 100 times, those rumors tend to be true and an overwhelming amount of people, including your colleague team owners, are kind of unofficially confirming it." Whitt, 23, recently completed his first full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, finishing 31st in the overall standings as a Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate. He began the year with Swan Racing, which was sold and merged with the BK Racing team in the spring. BK fielded entries for Whitt's No. 26, plus full-time entries for the No. 23 and 83 cars. Ragan, 28, brought Front Row and car owner Bob Jenkins their only victory in NASCAR's premier series at Talladega Superspeedway in May 2013. Ragan struggled last season, though, winding up tied for 32nd in the final standings, a single point behind Whitt. He recorded his lone top-10 finish of the season at Martinsville Speedway in the fall with a paint scheme honoring 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Wendell Scott. Jenkins also fields the full-time No. 38 entry driven by David Gilliland . MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Love's Travel Stops to serve as primary sponsor for 18 races Front Row Motorsports announced Tuesday that David Gilliland will return to the team's No. 38 Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2015. The re-signing means the 38-year-old driver will mark his ninth full season in NASCAR's top division and his sixth with team owner Bob Jenkins. The team also announced that Love's Travel Stops will be the team's primary sponsor in 18 races, up from its 15-race sponsorship in 2014. Gilliland struggled last year with just two top-20 finishes in 36 races, but he did post a milestone at the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway in July with the team's first Coors Light Pole Award. He also helped the Statesville, North Carolina-based team achieve its first win in NASCAR's premier series at Talladega Superspeedway in the spring of 2013, providing an aerodynamic push to teammate David Ragan in the final lap. This season will mark the third consecutive year of Front Row's relationship with Love's. The team indicated through its news release that the travel center corporation, based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, will be the primary sponsor at the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 22 (1 p.m. ET, FOX). Among the other races for the Love's team colors: both annual events at Texas Motor Speedway and the series' two road courses, Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International . "I am beyond excited about Love's commitment to our program and to growing it each year," Gilliland said. "What I'm most proud of is the simple fact that it's working. Our program does exactly what a NASCAR partnership is supposed to do. It's been hugely successful, for us and for them. I can't wait to see what we can do as a team this year." Gilliland has one career victory in NASCAR national series competition. His 2006 triumph in an underfunded entry at Kentucky Speedway in what is now the XFINITY Series was not only one of the sport's biggest upsets, but also paved the way for his big break into stock-car racing's major leagues. See the paint scheme for the No. 38 Ford below. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Joey Logano will also start from the front row in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 RELATED: Full starting lineup " See all 43 cars CONCORD, N.C. – After powering to his second pole of the season on Thursday night, Matt Kenseth will start NASCAR's longest race from the most advantageous position—with his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota getting serviced in the most advantageous pit stall. Kenseth ran his fastest lap of the night (194.252 mph) in the third and final round of knockout qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway and secured the top spot on the grid for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN, SiriusXM), the 12th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season. The Coors Light Pole Award was Kenseth's first at Charlotte and the 15th of his career. Kenseth, who covered the 1.5-mile distance in 27.799 seconds, was a whopping .204 seconds faster than Joey Logano (192.836 mph), whose No. 22 Team Penske Ford will start beside Kenseth's Camry on the front row . "I think starting up front is important at this track," Kenseth said. "It typically goes through a lot of changes here, especially if the sun is out for the beginning of the race. You want to have good track position, good pit selection—all those things—so if you get a little bit off and you're chasing the setup, or the track changes, you have a little bit of a buffer being toward the front , hopefully... "All the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas had some speed tonight, and that was encouraging." SHOP: Kenseth gear Carl Edwards (192.733 mph) was third in his No. 19 JGR Toyota, followed by Greg Biffle in his No. 16 Roush Fenway Ford (192.226 mph) and NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winner Denny Hamlin in his No. 11 JGR Toyota (192.007 mph). Surprisingly, in consecutive seasons that have seen domination of the intermediate speedways by the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Chevrolet of reigning series champion Kevin Harvick and the No. 48 Chevy of six-time champ Jimmie Johnson , Toyotas and Fords claimed the top seven qualifying positions for the 600. To Logano, however, the absence of a Chevrolet from the top five spots on the grid for the first time this season isn't hugely significant. "Those guys have been fast in the race—that's where their speed really shines," Logano said. "They qualify good--don't get me wrong—but in the race they shine a little bit more. You're talking about the 4, the 41 ( Kurt Busch ) and the 48. Those are the ones that stand out. "And I'm sure they'll be fast when it comes to race time. Qualifying's a different animal. You use a completely different setup, and qualifying can kind of mask over some issues you have in race trim a lot of times. ... I wouldn't (read) too much into it." Notes: All four Hendrick Motorsports entries failed to advance to the final round of knockout qualifying, but Kasey Kahne had a valid excuse. A cut tire prevented him from posting a quick qualifying laps. As a result, the three-time winner of the Coca-Cola 600 will start 33rd on Sunday ... Jeb Burton , Mike Bliss , Travis Kvapil , Jeff Green and Brendan Gaughan failed to make the 43-car field. The 48-car turnout for qualifying was the largest since 49 entries showed up for the season-opening Daytona 500 .
News and notes for the entire 43-car field from the GEICO 500 RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Latest Chase Grid 1. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Earnhardt led a race-high 67 laps to earn his sixth career Talladega victory and tie teammate Jeff Gordon for second on the Superspeedway's all-time wins list. It was an emotional win for Earnhardt, who needs four more wins at the Alabama track to catch his Daddy, the legendary Dale Earnhardt. " Watch: Junior adds to the family legacy 2. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Johnson led 50 laps, but stuck behind his teammate in the closing laps. He improves to third in the points on the strength of his fourth straight top-three finish. " Watch: Johnson discusses finish 3. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard, whose entire pit crew opted to wear full-face helmets during stops, recorded his best finish this season after spending the majority of Sunday's race running inside the top 15. 4. Ryan Blaney , No. 21 Ford, Wood Brothers Racing . In his third career restrictor-plate outing, Blaney notched his first career top-five result. " More: Blaney proves tough under Talladega pressure 5. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . Truex managed his ninth top-10 result of the season despite dealing with a vibration for a majority of Sunday's 188-lap event. 6. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish, who was on pit road when the final caution flag was waved, restarted fourth with 25 laps to go and held on to record his best 2015 finish. 7. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Despite an early flare-up while pitting under caution, Newman ticked off 11 places in the final 19 laps to record his first top-10 finish in the spring Talladega event since 2009. 8. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Harvick led one lap en route to his ninth top-10 finish this season. He has paced the field in all but one race this season and needs to lead 47 more laps to reach 1,000 total for the second time in his career. 9. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin led five laps and was running fourth when he attempted to make a run on leader Dale Earnhardt Jr . coming to the checkered flag. 10. Josh Wise , No. 98 Ford, Phil Parsons Racing. Wise mostly flew under the radar on Sunday and led Lap 93 en route to his best career Cup finish. 11. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. The two-time Talladega victor picked up 12 spots in the closing 19 laps and narrowly missed his fifth top-10 of the year. 12. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Busch led a lap during the second caution period and overcame an alternator issue to close 20 positions in the final 19 laps to be the best closer of the race. 13. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Whitt didn't pit during the sixth caution flag so he led the field to green on the Lap 162 restart, and he held on to snag his best career finish. 14. J.J. Yeley, No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Yeley was briefly knocked off the lead lap after being penalized for a fallen window net and subsequently speeding on pit road. He rallied to improve 13 places in the final 19 laps. 15. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola guided his car across the finish line despite receiving contact on the last lap to his left- front fender. 16. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Bowman wasn't terribly impacted after being involved in the Lap 47 crash and held on to record his best Talladega finish. 17. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . Allmendinger's team resolved a severe vibration mid-race as he attempted the strategy of laying back until the final laps of the race. 18. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . DiBenedetto, in his restrictor-plate debut in the Sprint Cup Series, rebounded from the Lap 47 incident to earn his highest 2015 result. 19. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart led six laps on Sunday, but couldn't get enough help down the stretch when he attempted to break out of the long parade running the top line. 20. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Running 28th, Gilliland attempted to help Tony Stewart run the bottom line and challenge the leaders in the closing laps. 21. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick reported a transmission issue around the Lap 115 caution for debris and spent the final third of the race running in fourth gear due to a broken shifter. 22. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Keselowski restarted fifth with 26 laps to go and was eyeing his fourth Talladega victory until he was shuffled back. 23. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier was one of 15 cars impacted by the first big crash of the day on Lap 47, and he lost a support pit member, who handled a fuel can without a helmet or head sock. 24. Chris Buescher , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Buescher started the race 38th and showed great patience and poise during his restrictor-plate debut in the top series. 25. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . With fewer than 20 laps to go, Kenseth tried to join Jeff Gordon as the duo fell out of the top line and unsuccessfully tried to run the bottom. 26. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse was the beneficiary of the free pass on a Lap 56 caution after being knocked off the lead lap as a result of the Lap 47 wreck and caution. 27. Bobby Labonte , No. 32 Ford, Go FAS Racing. Labonte made his second start of the year on Sunday (both have been at restrictor-plate tracks) and led the 22nd lap while the field was under the first caution flag. 28. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears was one of 15 drivers to lead Sunday's race and paced Lap 116 when the leaders hit pit road during a caution for debris. 29. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Annett rolled off the grid 40th and ran as high as third during his third Talladega outing. 30. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Bowyer, running ninth with 15 laps to go, predicted chaos in the final laps and he was one of several drivers to sustain contact on the last lap. 31. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . The pole winner led 47 laps but was mired in traffic during the closing laps after being penalized for speeding on pit road just prior to the Lap 158 caution. " More: Gordon's day ruined by penalty, late damage 32. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Edwards posted the fastest lap of the race (Lap 46 at 204.801 mph) and was one of the few drivers willing to attempt to run the bottom in the closing laps. He spun on the final lap as the competition sped by. " Watch: Edwards discusses what happened to him late in the race 33. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano had minor damage after the Lap 47 dust-up, but earned the beneficiary of the free pass twice, including when the final caution flag was waved. 34. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne, the outside pole sitter, paced the field briefly before becoming collateral damage in the Lap 47 incident. 35. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon was running 16th when the right- front of his car erupted into flames, likely due to an engine issue, to bring out the sixth and final caution flag of the day. " Watch: Dillon's car catches fire 36. Michael Waltrip , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . The team owner and former Talladega victor was in the wrong place at the wrong time on Sunday when he ran into a spinning Brian Scott on Lap 19. 37. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush-Fenway Racing. Biffle, involved in the Lap 47 multi-car mashup, spent quite a bit of time in the garage for repairs before returning around Lap 90. " Watch: See the 15-car incident 38. David Ragan , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Ragan's 300th Cup start was derailed when he was collected in the multi-car incident on Lap 47. Next week, Ragan will take the wheel of Michael Waltrip Racing 's No. 55 as a permanent substitute for Brian Vickers . 39. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports . Cassill started 30th and was running inside the top 15 when he was involved in the 15-car accident on Lap 47. 40. Brendan Gaughan , No. 62 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports . Gaughan, making his first Talladega start since 2004, made hard contact with the Turn 2 wall on Lap 91. 41. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne ran as high as third on Sunday before losing the handle on his Ford in traffic and triggering the "Big One" on Lap 47. " Watch: See the 15-car pileup Bayne was involved in 42. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Larson lined up for the race 13th – his best Talladega start – but was sidelined after being collected in the Lap 47 multi-car crash. 43. Brian Scott , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport. Scott spun shortly after his Chevy started smoking and he inadvertently collected Michael Waltrip in the accident. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
News and notes for the entire 43-car field from the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid 1. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Johnson rallied from a rocky start and took the lead with 10 laps to go after opting not to pit when the final caution flag waved. Johnson leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with three wins and remains third in the points. " Watch: 'Six-Time' holds off Harvick 2. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Despite a loose handling car, Harvick led 53 laps at Kansas to eclipse the 1,000-laps led mark this season and maintain the points lead 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Junior capitalized on the beneficiary rule during the third caution period and spent the remainder of the race running in the top 15. " Watch: Junior discusses incident with Hamlin 4. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Gordon posted his second top-five result of the season despite struggling with a lack of rear grip throughout the race. 5. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . The polesitter was only temporarily stalled by two pit road penalties and recorded a race-high 147 green-flag passes en route to his sixth top five of the season. 6. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kenseth picked up a bonus point after leading Lap 81 during green-flag stops. He later spun on the backstretch on Lap 130, but recovered for a top 10. " Watch: Kenseth's spin collects 'Smoke' 7. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . An early vibration was a distant memory by the end of the race for Keselowski, who posted the fastest lap of the race on Lap 136 (189.237 mph). 8. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Busch consistently reported a loose handling condition, but held on to lead 20 laps and continue his ascent in the points. He now ranks 14th. 9. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . The team's late-race pit strategy backfired on Truex, who led a race-high 95 laps before opting to make a fuel stop under caution with 10 laps to go. Truex remains second in the points and has 10 " Related: Truex thinks better things still to come 10. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . A chassis change under caution on Lap 126 might have taken a little extra time, but it was just what Newman needed as he rallied from 25th to earn his seventh top 10 of the year. 11. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola just missed his first top-10 result of the year and picked up a spot to now rank 11th in the points, matching his Kansas finish. 12. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Biffle told his crew he needed more rear grip, so with 70 laps to go the team made big chassis adjustments, pulling shim and rear wedge during a stop under caution. 13. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . A native of nearby Joplin, Missouri, McMurray spent the first half of the race running inside the top 10 before a loose handling condition emerged. 14. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . Allmendinger, who recently inked a five-year extension with JTG Daughtery, made an unscheduled pit stop on Lap 148 after an engine tear-off sheet adhered itself to his car's grille, prompting overheating. " Related: AJ signs new deal with JTG 15. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . During the last 11 laps, Larson dropped from fifth as the handling on his No. 42 Chevrolet swung from loose to tight. 16. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish continually improved his car's ability to get into the turns thanks to slight tweaks made with the driver-adjustable track bar, netting a top-20 finish in the first race under new crew chief Kevin Manion. 17. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . The outside polesitter reported a vibration while running 12th on Lap 161, and that issue persisted into the closing stages of the race. 18. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard spent the majority of the race running inside the top 15 before a tire violation during his final stop sent the car to the rear of the field. 19. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears lauded his pit crew for its performance as he rallied from a set of bad tires to score his best Kansas result in six years. 20. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . The Columbia, Missouri, native was leading the field with 90 laps to go, but roughly 50 laps later had to make an unscheduled pit stop for a vibration. 21. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . The Emporia, Kansas, native was running middle of the pack when he spun to bring out the sixth caution flag of the night. 22. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon pitted for fuel on Lap 255 just as the final caution flag waved, and was put one lap down with 11 laps to go. 23. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Annett rebounded from a starting spot of 43rd to earn his best finish this year on a 1.5-mile track. 24. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse, who made contact with a spinning Clint Bowyer on Lap 185, later hit the wall himself to bring out the ninth caution flag. 25. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . Coming off his best finish of the year (18th at Talladega), DiBenedetto scored his best 1.5-mile result thanks to being the beneficiary at a mid-race caution. 26. Ty Dillon , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport . Making his Kansas debut and his first start on a true 1.5-mile oval in the Sprint Cup Series, Dillon qualified 32nd before posting his best finish of the year. 27. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Wholesale changes to the No. 10 Chevy during a Lap 121 pit stop helped Patrick break even at Kansas. 28. Josh Wise , No. 98 Ford, Phil Parsons Racing. Wise managed his second-best Kansas finish even though he was rear-ended on Lap 120 when he slowed to avoid a wrecking competitor. 29. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports . Cassill recorded his best 1.5-mile showing of the season after rolling off the grid 41st. 30. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier turned in the best Kansas effort of his career despite serving a pit road penalty with 58 laps to go. 31. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne sustained damage to his Ford's nose after making contact with a competitor during the Lap 201 restart. 32. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Gilliland was among a handful of drivers to make a green-flag stop with 17 laps left when it appeared the race would be decided by fuel-mileage. 33. David Ragan , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Recently named the No. 55 replacement driver for the remainder of the season, Ragan spun to a stop in the soggy infield on Lap 120 after contact. 34. Brett Moffitt , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . The MWR developmental driver sustained front -end damage after making contact with a slowing Tony Stewart on Lap 130. 35. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Whitt, in his fourth Kansas start, made hard contact with the wall on Lap 120. 36. Michael McDowell , No. 95 Ford, Leavine Family Racing . McDowell nearly matched his best Kansas finish despite an early pit road speeding penalty. 37. J.J. Yeley , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Yeley spun off Turn 4 within seconds of teammate Jeb Burton on Lap 8 thanks to a loose handling condition. 38. Joey Gase , No. 32 Ford, Go FAS Racing. Gase improved upon his 42nd starting spot in his second Kansas appearance and his first 1.5-mile outing of the season. 39. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart had just returned to the lead lap, when he got into the wall and was rear-ended after Matt Kenseth 's spin jammed up the field. 40. Erik Jones , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . The NASCAR Next alum ran as high as sixth in his first official Cup start, but had his night cut short when he just lost the car coming off the corner on Lap 196. " Watch: Jones wrecks after losing control 41. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin limped to pit road after he blew a tire and ran into the Turn 1 wall on Lap 208. " Related: Hamlin not happy with NASCAR decision 42. Jeb Burton , No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . Burton spun twice in the first 100 laps to bring out two caution flags, but he saved his car both times. 43. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Bowman was running 30th when he radioed an ignition issue to his team on Lap 18 and reported to pit road. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule