NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Standings
After Race 28 of the 2016 season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Pos Owner Car # Points Ldr Nxt PPos G/L Wins Attempts 1 Team Penske 2 2,087 0 0 2 1 4 28 2 Furniture Row Racing 78 2,086 -1 -1 1 -1 3 28 3 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 2,085 -2 -1 3 0 4 28 4 Joe Gibbs Racing 20 2,078 -9 -7 7 3 2 28 5 Team Penske 22 2,073 -14 -5 5 0 1 28 6 Stewart-Haas Racing 4 2,071 -16 -2 14 8 3 28 7 Joe Gibbs Racing 11 2,071 -16 0 4 -3 3 28 8 Hendrick Motorsports 48 2,070 -17 -1 8 0 2 28 9 Hendrick Motorsports 24 2,068 -19 -2 6 -3 0 28 10 Joe Gibbs Racing 19 2,068 -19 0 9 -1 2 28 11 Stewart-Haas Racing 41 2,067 -20 -1 10 -1 1 28 12 Chip Ganassi Racing 42 2,057 -30 -10 15 3 1 28 13 Chip Ganassi Racing 1 2,052 -35 -5 11 -2 0 28 14 Richard Childress Racing 3 2,052 -35 0 13 -1 0 28 15 Stewart-Haas Racing 14 2,046 -41 -6 12 -3 1 28 16 Front Row Motorsports 34 2,027 -60 -19 16 0 1 28 17 Hendrick Motorsports 5 699 -1,388 -1,328 18 1 0 28 18 Hendrick Motorsports 88 697 -1,390 -2 17 -1 0 28 19 Richard Childress Racing 31 676 -1,411 -21 19 0 0 28 20 Wood Brothers Racing 21 642 -1,445 -34 20 0 0 28 21 JTG Daugherty Racing 47 627 -1,460 -15 21 0 0 28 22 Roush Fenway Racing 17 607 -1,480 -20 23 1 0 28 23 Roush Fenway Racing 6 607 -1,480 0 22 -1 0 28 24 Stewart-Haas Racing 10 534 -1,553 -73 25 1 0 28 25 Roush Fenway Racing 16 518 -1,569 -16 24 -1 0 28 26 Richard Childress Racing 27 516 -1,571 -2 26 0 0 28 27 Richard Petty Motorsports 43 488 -1,599 -28 28 1 0 28 28 HScott Motorsports 15 484 -1,603 -4 27 -1 0 28 29 Germain Racing 13 451 -1,636 -33 29 0 0 28 30 Circle Sport-Leavine Family 95 416 -1,671 -35 30 0 0 28 31 Front Row Motorsports 38 397 -1,690 -19 31 0 0 28 32 BK Racing 23 369 -1,718 -28 32 0 0 28 33 Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 364 -1,723 -5 33 0 0 28 34 Richard Petty Motorsports 44 332 -1,755 -32 34 0 0 28 35 BK Racing 83 309 -1,778 -23 35 0 0 28 36 Premium Motorsports 98 256 -1,831 -53 36 0 0 28 37 HScott Motorsports 46 243 -1,844 -13 37 0 0 28 38 GO FAS Racing 32 222 -1,865 -21 38 0 0 28 39 Premium Motorsports 55 182 -1,905 -40 39 0 0 23 40 The Motorsports Group 30 151 -1,936 -31 40 0 0 28 41 Front Row Motorsports 35 46 -2,041 -105 41 0 0 3 42 Circle Sport - Leavine Family 59 26 -2,061 -20 42 0 0 1 43 BK Racing 93 15 -2,072 -11 43 0 0 5 44 BK Racing 26 3 -2,084 -12 44 0 0 1 45 Hillman Racing 40 0 -2,087 -3 45 0 0 1
Intense restart leads to wild racing among Chase drivers
The NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase drivers go three and almost four-wide on a restart just before halfway, creating some great racing at Kentucky Speedway.
Casey Mears inks extension with Germain Racing
Driver will return to the No. 13 Chevrolet in 2016 Casey Mears has signed a contract extension to keep him with Germain Racing for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Mears, 37, has been with Germain Racing since late in the 2010 season. During that time, he has one top-five finish and five top-10 finishes, all of which have come at restrictor-plate tracks. "I'm really happy to announce that Casey Mears is back in the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS next year," team owner Bob Germain Jr. said in a release provided by the team. "He's been an integral part of the team's growth and success over the past 5 years and I am confident he can continue to help us move forward and reach our goals. We've come a long way as a team, and assembled a group of extremely talented people who enjoy working together. As the team owner, that's really the thing I'm most proud of. And, of course, the long term support of GEICO has given us the stability we needed to make it all happen." In his fifth full-time season with Germain , Mears is currently 20th in the Sprint Cup Series point standings. "It's really exciting to drive the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS again in 2016," Mears said in a team release. "I think that it's been a long time in the making here at Germain Racing , being competitive at the Cup level. It's been a long process to get the GEICO program to where we are now. We are finally starting to see some of the benefits from all the hard work from the last four or five years. I'm very excited to carry on the GEICO relationship and to be a part of Germain Racing 's continued growth." In his 13 seasons in the sport's top series, Mears has one win, which came in 2007 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600 with Hendrick Motorsports . FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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The Rundown: Darlington driver grades
RELATED: Full race results " Standings " Chase Grid Breaking down the full field for the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway : 1. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Toyota, Furniture Row Racing . Truex’s two victories this season are the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte and now the Southern 500 ... and he finished second in the Daytona 500 . Even with all the bad luck he has had, Truex is having a monster year. Grade: A+ 2. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . This is word-for-word -- except for the number of laps led Sunday night -- from the race at Dover in May when Harvick finished 15th: Harvick led a race-high 214 laps, and who knows how well he would have done if his pit crew had done its job. Harvick’s grade is an average of his A and his crew’s F. Grade: C 3. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Larson led 45 laps and was in contention to win for the second week in a row. Larson and his team are hitting their stride at the exact right time. Grade: A 4. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Breaking news: No pit-road penalties for Hamlin or his crew ... just their seventh consecutive top-10 finish (5.3 average finish in the streak). Grade: A 5. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano doesn’t have a streak to rival Hamlin's, but he now has top-10 finishes in 11 of his past 13 starts. Grade: A 6. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kenseth was running 14th when he stayed out during the sixth caution and restarted with the lead. He was a fixture in the top 10 the rest of the night. Grade: A 7. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne’s first top-10 finish since Sonoma in June is too little too late. Unless he wins at Richmond, he likely won’t make the Chase. Grade: A 8. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Huge night for Newman. Despite having to start from the back of the field (unapproved adjustments), Newman scored a must-have top 10 and is sitting seven points behind Jamie McMurray for the final spot in the Chase. He came into the race 15 points back. Grade: A+ 9. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . An early vibration and two loose wheels couldn’t keep Keselowski from his 16th top 10 of the season, tying him with Kurt Busch for third most behind Kevin Harvick (20) and Joey Logano (17). Grade: A 10. Chase Elliott , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Elliott did much better on restarts Sunday night, but he lost spots on pit road. Another good run at Richmond should net him a spot in the Chase. He is 24 points ahead of Ryan Newman and 17 ahead of Jamie McMurray . Grade: A- 11. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Busch missed a top-10 finish at Darlington for the first time since 2011 (also an 11th-place finish). Grade: B 12. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . An early pit-road speeding penalty had no bearing on his finish. He is nine points ahead of Jamie McMurray and 16 ahead of Ryan Newman . A good finish at Richmond should clinch a spot in the Chase. But ... in five starts at Richmond, Dillion has finished 27th three times and 20th twice. If he runs to form, that might not be good enough. Grade: B - 13. Ryan Blaney , No. 21 Ford, Wood Brothers Racing . Blaney had multiple visits with the wall, had to pit under green for a flat and had a pit-road penalty (for a crew violation) ... and still finished 13th. Busy night. Grade: B- 14. Jeff Gordon , No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Gordon scored his fourth top-15 finish in five starts for Dale Earnhardt Jr . Grade: B- 15. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. If McMurray misses the Chase by a handful of points, an extra pit stop Sunday night might turn out to be the difference. McMurray had to pit for a second time under caution on Lap 354 for a loose lug nut. Instead of restarting 13th, 13 points to the good on Ryan Newman , McMurray restarted 18th, the last car on the lead lap. Newman finished seven spots better than McMurray and trails McMurray by seven points for the final Chase-eligible spot. Grade: B- 16. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard did a nice job of moving through the field after starting from the back for unapproved adjustments. But a tire rub late in the race resulted in a flat left rear and Menard losing control of the No. 27 and wiping out Kurt Busch on Lap 327. Still, Menard’s 16th-place finish was his second best in his past nine starts. Grade: B- 17. Chris Buescher , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Buescher is not out of the woods yet. He is 11 points ahead of David Ragan for 30th in the points standings and a spot in the Chase. His task at Richmond is simple: Stay ahead of Ragan or close to him all night. It didn’t happen in the April race at Richmond, however, when Ragan finished 23rd and Buescher 34th, an 11-point difference. How’s that for coincidence? Saturday night should be fun. Grade: B 18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse was the final car on the lead lap. Grade: B 19. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Edwards finished 19th in the JGR No. 19 Toyota for the third time, the first time this season. That’s three more times than Edwards finished 99th in No. 99 Ford in 11 seasons driving for Jack Roush. Grade: B- 20. Regan Smith , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Smith scored his third-best finish of the season. The other two are top 10s (eighth in the Daytona 500 , third last month at Pocono). Grade: B 21. David Ragan , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Despite having to start from the rear of the field because of an engine change, Ragan equaled his third-best finish of the season. Grade: B 22. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Contact with Aric Almirola brought out the 10th and final caution. Fortunately for Bowyer, Almirola’s car got the worst of the encounter. Grade: C 23. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . Allmendinger’s run of top-15 finishes ended at four on a night when he completed no laps in the top 15 for the second time this season (Week 4 at Phoenix). Grade: C 24. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . For the third time this season, and second time in three weeks, Patrick had the second-best finish among the four Stewart-Haas Racing cars. Grade: C 25. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . GEICO's "It’s What You Do" fact of the night: RAF, as in "running at the finish." Did you know only two Sprint Cup drivers who have started all 25 races this season have been running at the finish of each race this season? One is Brad Keselowski . The other is GEICO’s very own Casey Mears . It's what he does. Grade: C 26. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . DiBenedetto scored his fourth-best finish of the season, his best at a track more than a mile long. Grade: B+ 27. Michael McDowell , No. 95 Chevrolet, Circle Sport- Leavine Family Racing . Despite an early pit-road speeding penalty on his first stop, McDowell posted his best finish at Darlington in five starts. Grade: C 28. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Annett equaled his fourth-best finish of the season. Grade: C 29. Josh Wise , No. 30 Chevrolet, The Motorsports Group. The theme of the backmarkers continues: Wise also equaled his fourth-best finish of the season. Grade: C 30. Landon Cassill , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Cassill matched his lowest finish at Darlington in six starts. Grade: C 31. Reed Sorenson , No. 55 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Sorenson finished nine laps off the pace. Grade: C 32. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola was running 20th with 18 laps to go when he got into Clint Bowyer and then Bowyer hit Almirola, sending the No. 43 hard into the wall. Grade: C- 33. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . The lowlight of Johnson’s night came when he lost control off of Turn 4 on Lap 214 and went for a spin. He ultimately finished 39 laps off the pace and with his 77th finish of 30th of worse in his illustrious Sprint Cup career -- which also equals his Cup wins. Who knew? Well, you do now. Grade: F 34. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Busch called it a "tough, tough night." We call it being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Paul Menard was nursing a tire going down, and Busch was next to him when it finally did. The No. 41 suffered major damage, and Busch was left with his second DNF for crashes in three weeks. Grade: C 35. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Score one for karma in Stewart’s final race at "The Lady in Black". In a move few will dispute, Stewart wrecked Brian Scott to bring out the third caution. Then, after battling a cooling issue for a good chunk of the night, Stewart’s engine expired a shade more than 100 laps later. Grade: F 36. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Biffle got loose in Turns 3 and 4 and hit the wall to bring out the sixth caution. The No. 16 returned to the track but was through after 295 laps run, giving Biffle his sixth DNF, tying a season high with 11 races remaining in 2016. Grade: F 37. Cole Whitt , No. 98 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Electrical issues cut short Whitt’s night after 250 laps run. Grade: F 38. Jeffrey Earnhardt , No. 32 Ford, Go Fas Racing . Earnhardt hit the wall literally and figuratively on Lap 250. Grade: F 39. Brian Scott , No. 44 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Scott was running 24th on Lap 204 when Tony Stewart took exception to something Scott did or was doing and turned the No. 44, sending it crashing into the inside wall. Maybe Scott wasn’t handling his car as well as 'Smoke' thought he should. But no one will dispute how well Scott handled himself in his interview on NBC afterward. Grade: B 40. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne brought out the first caution when he went for a spin trying to get to pit road on Lap 95. But it was his engine that ended his night after 161 laps, leaving Bayne with his first DNF of the season. Grade: F
The Rundown: Richmond driver grades
RELATED: Full race results " Standings " Chase Grid Breaking down the full field for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway : 1. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin was awesome on restarts and just plain fast Saturday night at his home track. He now has four top-five finishes in his past five starts, including two wins. What’s more, he heads into the Chase with a series-best eight consecutive top-10 finishes. Hamlin is smokin’. Grade: A++ 2. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Larson enters his first Chase riding finishes of first, third and second in the past three races. The No. 42 team is oozing confidence. Grade: A 3. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Toyota, Furniture Row Racing . Not even a pit-road speeding penalty could hold back Truex, who led a race-high 193 laps. Surprising fact No. 1: This is the first time Truex has had back-to-back top-five finishes in more than a year. Grade: A+ 4. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Keselowski had a pit-road speeding penalty, missed a shift on a late restart that resulted in Matt Kenseth wrecking out of the race ... and still finished in the top five for the ninth time in the past 14 races. Top fives, by the way, are dynamite in the Chase. Grade: A- 5. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Harvick’s pit-road speeding penalty came on the sixth caution. Notice how it didn’t torpedo his night? Or Truex’s, Keselowski’s or (as you’ll read next) Kasey Kahne ’s? That’s what happens when a race has a record 16 cautions. Also worth noting: The top-five finish was Harvick’s fourth in a row. Grade: A 6. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne’s only ticket into the Chase was with a win, and he fell short. Kahne finished seventh last week at Darlington and has put together back-to-back top 10s for the first time in almost a year. And to close the book on speeding penalties (for now), Kahne’s came during the second caution. Grade: A 7. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Ryan Newman ’s 15-point penalty after last week’s race made life a lot easier for McMurray, as did Newman's run-in late with Tony Stewart . Bottom line: McMurray turned in his fourth top-10 finish in the past five races and raced his way into the Chase with room to spare. Grade A 8. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Busch didn’t get a speeding penalty, but penalized himself making sure he didn’t speed. How? He missed his pit stall during the second caution because he was looking down at his instruments to ensure he didn’t speed and had to come down pit road a second time for service. By Lap 229 he was back in the lead. Grade: A- 9. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Busch’s 6.0 average running position trailed only Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr ., but a final pit stop before overtime didn’t bear fruit. Grade: A 10. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano heads into the Chase with 12 top-10 finishes in the past 14 races. Last year, it was 11 of 14 and he began the Chase with six top 10s, including three wins. Grade: A 11. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Let’s see … two pit-road penalties and one meeting with the wall. Not exactly heading into the Chase with any momentum, are we? Surprising fact No. 2: Johnson has 10 top 10s this season. Unless he finishes in the top 10 in each of the final 10 races, he will fall short of at least 20 top 10s in a season for the first time in his career. Grade: C 12. Michael McDowell , No. 95 Chevrolet, Circle Sport- Leavine Family Racing . In his 204th Cup start, McDowell produced the fourth-best finish of his career and his best finish on a non-restrictor plate track. All three of his career top 10s have come at Daytona. Grade: A 13. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . On a night filled with mistakes, drama and a track-record for cautions, you won’t find Dillon’s name associated with any of it. Mission accomplished. Welcome to the Chase. Grade: A 14. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne is making progress, albeit incrementally. Saturday’s finish was his 11th top 15 in his past 20 starts. He had nine top 15s in his first 100 starts. Grade: B 15. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick almost was collected in the wreck that caused the eighth caution. Instead, her night ended with her third-best finish of the season. Grade: B 16. Jeff Gordon , No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Gordon was involved in the third caution that resulted in Chase Elliott hitting the wall. Later, he somehow made it through the big Tony Stewart - Ryan Newman carnage unscathed. Gordon also spent some quality time in the top 10. Pretty eventful night for a retired guy. Grade: B 17. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . A flat tire and a pit-road penalty contributed to Almirola’s 26.1 average running position. To his credit, though, that’s nowhere near where he finished. Grade: B 18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse was party to the seventh caution, and the No. 17 team got in on the pit-road penalty action en route to Stenhouse’s second straight 18th-place finish. Grade: B- 19. Chase Elliott , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Problems and penalties on pit road plus a brush with the wall are footnotes on a night Elliott where was one of two rookies to make the Chase ( Chris Buescher was the other). Grade: B- 20. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . Two words that seemingly were attached Saturday night: "caution" and "Allmendinger." We also could add "spins," "penalties," and "damage to the 47." And somehow, despite all that, AJ finished 20th. Must be the Mr. Tickles Effect. Grade: C 21. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Without his great save from the contact that brought out the eighth caution, there is no 21st-place finish. Grade: C+ 22. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Bowyer picked up only his 12th lead-lap finish of the season and is in jeopardy of having his fewest LLFs since his rookie season in 2006 (19). Grade: C 23. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Biffle’s 500th career start might be remembered for what didn’t happen. Biffle spun in overtime, but because he was able to save his car and not hit anything, there was no caution. Would the outcome have been different? We’ll never know but Denny Hamlin should thank Biffle. Grade: C 24. Chris Buescher , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Buescher was in and out of dangerous situations all night -- situations he never should have been in. All he had to do was protect his spot in the top 30 and instead he was getting "racy." Yes, he finished 24th. Yes, David Ragan ’s crash cemented Buescher’s spot in the Chase. But Buescher’s night easily -- and needlessly -- could have ended earlier. Thus, his low mark. Grade: D 25. Dylan Lupton , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . In only his second Sprint Cup start, Lupton ended up on top of Ryan Newman ’s car in the big wreck on Lap 363 -- and still finished 25th. Grade: A 26. Reed Sorenson , No. 55 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. With four laps to go in regulation, Sorenson was hit by Kyle Larson and made a great save to keep from going into the wall. He was rewarded with his second-best finish over the past two seasons. Grade: A- 27. Jeffrey Earnhardt , No. 32 Ford, Go Fas Racing . Two Sprint Cup milestones for Earnhardt: His first laps led (two, during the first caution) and his best finish (in 16 starts over two seasons). Congrats. Grade: A 28. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Newman needed a Hail Mary to make the Chase. It didn’t happen. Instead, his incident with Tony Stewart will become part of NASCAR lore. Not because of the wreck itself, but because of what Newman said afterward. When he looked right into the NBC camera and called out Stewart, it was like watching professional wrestling on Saturday mornings when I was in junior high. Great stuff. Grade: WWE 29. Regan Smith , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Despite losing a tire and crashing out of the race with two laps to go in regulation, Smith scored a top-30 finish for the fourth straight week. Grade: C- 30. Josh Wise , No. 30 Chevrolet, The Motorsports Group. Wise put together back-to-back top-30 finishes for the second time this season. Grade: C 31. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Annett brought out the ninth caution when a flat tire sent him right into the wall on Lap 291. He finished 17 laps back. Grade: D 32. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Edwards was involved in two incidents, including the big wreck on Lap 363. The result was his career-worst fifth DNF of the season. Grade: D 33. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . For the second race in a row, Stewart wrecked an opponent. Although you have to admire his candor for admitting it, the collateral damage from the incident with Ryan Newman was unacceptable. Grade: F 34. David Ragan , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Ragan and his destroyed car easily qualified as collateral damage from the Stewart-Newman incident. Until that point, the Ragan- Chris Buescher points battle was a key element of the evening. Grade: D 35. Brian Scott , No. 44 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Scott, who was the subject of Tony Stewart ’s wrath at Darlington, got the short end of a Stewart revenge run again when his No. 44 plowed into David Ragan ’s car and then was hit from behind by AJ Allmendinger . Grade: D 36. Landon Cassill , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . A brakes issue sent the No. 38 to the garage early. Cassill finished the race 49 laps back. Grade: F 37. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 93 Toyota, BK Racing . DiBenedetto’s night ended when a tire went down and he hit the wall hard with less than 50 laps to go in regulation. Grade: F 38. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Brad Keselowski ’s missed shift on a late restart set off a chain of events that left Kenseth in the wall and through for the night. Kenseth was not pleased with Keselowski, who took responsibility for the mishap after the race. Grade: C 39. Ryan Blaney , No. 21 Ford, Wood Brothers Racing . Blaney’s shot at a good night ended right after the flyover. Well, almost. In the first five laps Blaney suffered tire damage while battling with Trevor Bayne . On Lap 11 the tire went down, and Blaney went into the wall. "Two guys going for the same spot. It was a shame it happened so early. … Maybe a little stubborn-headed on both of our parts, but I should know better than that." Yes, you should. To get into a bad spot in the first five laps of a 400-lap race? Even a rookie knows better than that. Grade: F 40. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard was running in the top 15 on Lap 265 when a tire rub turned into a blowout, contact with the wall and then Ricky Stenhouse Jr . He finished last for the second time in the past 16 races, which equals his last-place finishes in his first 337 Cup starts. Grade: F
Dusenberry Martin Racing to sponsor DiBenedetto with 'NASCAR Heat' car
Following the release of NASCAR Heat Evolution , BK Racing announced Monday that it has teamed with game developer Dusenberry Martin Racing to sponsor Matt DiBenedetto 's No. 83 Toyota Camry at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. "We are proud to showcase the NASCAR Heat Evolution game on Matt's car this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ," said BK Racing CMO Doug Fritz in a team release. "Dusenberry Martin Racing is a great partner for everyone in NASCAR and we’re excited to feature three BK Racing cars in the game." NASCAR Heat Evolution will adorn DiBenedetto's ride for Sunday's New England 300 (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at the "Magic Mile." NASCAR Heat Evolution connects fans more than ever before. A new online competitive multiplayer feature supports a full field of up to 40 racers, a NASCAR video game first. Gamers can race as and against the top drivers and teams of today. Users can enter their rookie season and race for a spot in The Chase, relive classic NASCAR moments, or make new ones. "Dusenberry Martin Racing is proud to partner with Toyota Racing and BK Racing with our brand new NASCAR Heat Evolution video game," said Tom Dusenberry, DMR Chief Executive Officer. " Matt DiBenedetto is an authentic gamer, talented driver, and we are excited to have him represent the NASCAR Heat Evolution game on track at Loudon. Fans can race the with the No. 83 Toyota Camry in NASCAR Heat Evolution on Xbox One, PlayStation®4, and PC. Pick up your copy today!" . @dmrnascarheat to sponsor @mattdracing @NHMS --> https://t.co/l6F4fIMHiQ pic.twitter.com/6lDjIIMhH5 — BK Racing (@BKRacing_2383) September 19, 2016 NASCAR Heat Evolution is now available in North American stores for $59.99 as a retail and digital release on the PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One and Windows PC. This title is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB.
Furniture Row Racing issues statement on failed post-race inspection
Furniture Row Racing said in a team release Monday that it accepts NASCAR's failed post-race inspection ruling, while also citing on-track contact with the No. 4 Chevrolet of Kevin Harvick as the likely reason for being out of compliance. "The right rear of our car was well within the tolerance margin, which showed that we were trying to be conservative," the statement read. "However, the left rear wheel alignment was off by approximately ten-thousandths of an inch, which in high probability was due to damage in that area as a result of being hit by the No. 4 car. "We believe the laser inspection numbers were correct and accept NASCAR's decision that was made following Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway ." Truex Jr.'s race-winning No. 78 Toyota, along with the No. 48 Chevrolet of Jimmie Johnson , failed post-race inspection after Sunday's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series opener at Chicagoland Speedway . NASCAR recently updated its rules for "encumbered" victory penalties during the postseason, but those are not be in effect for Truex Jr. because it was the lowest grade of failure for the LIS platform. Any penalties will be announced later in the week, according to NASCAR.
Mears soars in final Sprint Cup practice at Richmond
RELATED: Practice 1 results " Final practice results Casey Mears set the pace in final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice Friday afternoon at Richmond International Raceway . Mears steered the Germain Racing No. 13 Chevrolet to a best lap of 120.557 mph on the .75-mile track in final preparation for Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM). Saturday's regular-season finale will determine the 16-driver field for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. Kyle Larson posted the second-fastest lap in the 85-minute session at 120.096 mph with the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet. Martin Truex Jr ., last weekend's winner at Darlington Raceway , turned the third-fastest lap (119.808 mph) in the Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota. Jamie McMurray , currently clinging to the last playoff spot on the provisional Chase grid, was fourth-fastest (119.665 mph) in the Ganassi No. 1 Chevrolet. Tony Stewart , a three-time Richmond winner, completed the top five at 119.612 mph in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Chevy. Jeff Gordon , making another substitute start as Dale Earnhardt Jr . continues to sit out with concussion-related issues, was 14-fastest in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet. Defending Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch , who was fastest in opening practice Friday morning, was 17th-fastest in the afternoon session in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota. Coors Light Pole Qualifying for Saturday's 400-lapper is scheduled Friday at 5:45 p.m. ET (NBCSN). Kyle Busch fastest in opening practice Kyle Busch topped the leaderboard in Friday's first Sprint Cup Series practice at Richmond International Raceway at 120.979 mph in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. 'Rowdy' has four wins at the 0.75-mile Virginia track and a sterling 6.9 average finish in 22 starts. Right behind him was last week's Darlington Raceway winner Martin Truex Jr . in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota at 120.649 mph. Rounding out the top five were Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 JGR Toyota, Kasey Kahne in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet and Matt Kenseth in the No. 20 JGR Toyota. Series points leader Kevin Harvick was 13th fastest with a speed of 119.105 mph in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet.
Custer excited to join Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017
Cole Custer says he's excited to join Stewart-Haas Racing's XFINITY Series team in 2017 but is also still focused on winning this year in the Camping World Truck Series.