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Kenseth paces final Sprint Cup practice; Logano led day's first session RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Sprint Cup Series practice 3 " Results Matt Kenseth topped Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' final practice in advance of Sunday's Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Still searching for his first win of 2014, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver rounded the track at a high speed of 188.251 mph. Coming in second-fastest was Team Penske driver Joey Logano at 187.869 mph. Logano led Saturday's opening practice session. Denny Hamlin (187.114 mph), Jeff Gordon (186.956 mph) and Jimmie Johnson (186.855 mph) completed the top five for the final session. Coors Light Pole Award winner Kevin Harvick was 23rd-fastest after posting a speed of 183.473 mph on his first of 41 laps. Making his Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend, Ty Dillon came in as 28th-fastest in the closing session (182.362 mph). The Sprint Cup Series will return to the track Sunday for the Oral-B USA 500 at 7:30 p.m. ET with TV coverage on ESPN. Sprint Cup Series practice 2 " Results Joey Logano topped the speed charts in the 50-minute practice session of Sprint Cup Series practice for the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway . Practice was called five minutes early due to rain. Logano's opening lap of 189.351 mph was good to lead the entire practice. The three-time winner in 2014 has shown plenty of speed all year long. Coors Light Pole Award winner Kevin Harvick placed second in the session with a fast lap of 188.328 mph. Harvick earned his sixth Coors Light Pole Award of 2014 and the 12th of his career on Friday night. Dale Earnhardt Jr. led the way for a Hendrick Motorsports contingent that placed all four of its cars in the top 11 of practice. Earnhardt ran a lap of 187.843 mph, which placed him third overall. Future Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin (187.405 mph) and Carl Edwards (187.215 mph) rounded out the top five. Edwards led Friday's lone practice session with a fast lap of 192.855 mph. Greg Biffle , Edwards' current teammate at Roush Fenway Racing , placed sixth in the session. Tony Stewart , who was participating in just his second practice since return to the track, after a three-race absence finished in 15th place for the session. Brad Keselowski , who will start on the front row with Harvick, placed 26th in the session. He was 18th in the opening practice on Friday. Camping World Truck Series practice 2 " Results Andrew Ranger topped the final practice for the Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park . Ranger's lap of 109.614 mph set the pace in the final 85-minute practice session. Ranger is making his first career Camping World Truck Series start this weekend. The 27-year-old Quebec native is a regular in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and has two wins in eight events on that circuit this season. Ranger does have 17 Nationwide Series starts and one Sprint Cup Series start to his name. German Quiroga Jr. , who topped the charts in the opening practice, placed second in this session with a speed of 109.597 mph. Cole Custer was third with a speed of 109.526 mph. Ryan Blaney and Gray Gaulding rounded out the top five. Defending series champion Matt Crafton placed seventh in the session. Darrell Wallace Jr. , a two-time winner this season, finished ninth. Points leader Johnny Sauter placed 10th in the session. There was a brief caution during the session for debris in Turn 5. Camping World Truck Series practice 1 " Results German Quiroga Jr. used his final lap of opening practice to take the top spot in the session for the Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park . Quiroga led the way with a fast lap of 108.967 mph. Brennan Newberry was second on the speed chart with a lap of 108.492 mph. Road course specialist Alex Tagliani , who is making his first Truck Series start, placed third with a lap of 108.406 mph. Gray Gaulding and Jeb Burton rounded out the top five. Points leader Johnny Sauter finished 13th in the session, while his ThorSport Racing teammate and defending series champion Matt Crafton placed 11th. NASCAR Next alumnus Cameron Hayley placed 14th. Hayley is making his first Truck Series start in the No. 32 for Turner Scott Motorsports. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
JR Motorsports shows strength in all three cars RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings HAMPTON, Ga. -- No wonder they call Kevin Harvick the "Closer." From the moment Harvick's No. 5 JR Motorsports Chevrolet took the lead from polesitter Chase Elliott on Lap 37, Saturday night's Great Clips 300 to benefit Feed The Children at Atlanta Motor Speedway was an open-and-shut case. In posting his third NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of the season and the 43rd of his career, Harvick led the last 159 laps and finished 0.567 seconds ahead of runner-up Joey Logano . "This thing was bad fast from the drop of the green flag," Harvick said after finishing off a spectacular victory burnout and exiting the car. "This is just one of those race tracks where I like the challenge of everything you get to do here." The only factors preventing Harvick from lapping the field -- or so it seemed -- were a pair of debris cautions, the first of which erased a four-second lead after Harvick had paced the field from Laps 37 through 72. The second caution flag, which flew on Lap 120, wiped out a Harvick advantage that was close to seven seconds. A light rain extended that second caution to 13 laps, but after a restart on Lap 134, it was more of the same. Harvick quickly pulled out to a lead of more than four seconds before a cycle of green-flag pit stops trimmed his advantage to two seconds over Logano, the only driver able to keep pace with Harvick throughout the closing laps. Kyle Larson ran third, followed by Kyle Busch and Elliott, who extended his series lead to 15 points over JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith , who finished sixth. Logano's car came to life in the closing laps but not soon enough for him to catch Harvick. "I took off that last run and started to catch Kevin a little bit and then started to get too tight," Logano said. "He started driving away a little bit, and then the last six or seven laps, all of a sudden the light switch turned on and I started catching him. "I just ran out of time. I wish there were five or seven more laps, and I could have got to him and tried to do something with him. We were catching him two or three tenths (of a second) a lap there at the end and having some fun with it, but it was too little, too late." In Friday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series time trials, Harvick won the Coors Light Pole Award for Sunday's Oral-B USA 500 at the 1.54-mile speedway. Though there are vast differences in the behavior of NNS versus Cup cars, Harvick's ability to run the bottom at Atlanta might be an indication of good things to come on Sunday. "I'm really happy with our car," Harvick said. "It's been good in every practice and obviously qualified well. You just have to have it all go your way. These races are hard to win, so we'll just enjoy this one tonight and go from there." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceVie FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Kevin Harvick wins his sixth pole award of 2014 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, leading the field to green for the Oral-B USA 500 .
Three-time Sprint Cup champion has missed past three races MORE: NASCAR statement on Tony Stewart's return RELATED: Full coverage of Tony Stewart incident Tony Stewart will return this weekend in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and make his first Sprint Cup start since Pocono Raceway on Aug. 3. Stewart will speak to the media at 1 p.m. ET at the infield media center at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He will be joined by Stewart-Haas Racing Executive Vice President Brett Frood. That availability will be streamed live on NASCAR.com . In a statement, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell said: "Tony Stewart has received all necessary clearances required to return to all racing activities, and therefore is eligible to compete this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. NASCAR has remained in constant contact with his race team, and we will stay very close to this situation as Stewart returns to competition." NASCAR President Mike Helton will participate in a media availability in the Atlanta Motor Speedway media center on Friday at 2 p.m. ET. NASCAR will have no further comment until that time. That availability will be streamed live on NASCAR.com . Stewart was involved in a sprint car racing incident earlier this month that resulted in driver Kevin Ward Jr. suffering fatal injuries at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, a half-mile dirt track on the Ontario County Fairgrounds. The investigation regarding the incident is ongoing. Stewart's racing plans outside NASCAR have been canceled and will not resume until further notice. Stewart has not raced in the past three Sprint Cup events. Jeff Burton filled in at Bristol and at Michigan, guiding the No. 14 team to finishes of 15th and 37th at each track, respectively. At Watkins Glen, NASCAR Nationwide Series regular Regan Smith piloted the No. 14 Chevrolet to a 37th-place finish. Stewart was on the initial entry list for Atlanta that was released Monday. Stewart-Haas Racing officials said at Michigan on Aug. 15 that there was no timetable for Stewart's return to NASCAR racing and that the decision would be the driver's call to make. After sitting out the past three races, Stewart is 26th in points. To be eligible for this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, a driver must attempt to qualify for all 26 races leading up to the Chase and be in the top 30 in points. However, according to NASCAR, for rare instances the requirement can be waived as long as the driver is in the top 30. It is not known if Stewart would receive a waiver. Stewart currently has 537 points while 30th-place David Gilliland has 376. Stewart is returning to a track where he has fared well in his career. In 26 starts, he has three wins, 10 top-five finishes, 15 top-10 finishes and a pole. In the past nine years, he also has the third-highest driver rating at the track (100.2). The Oral-B USA 500 is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 31, at 7:30 p.m. ET, with coverage on ESPN. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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'This is something that will definitely affect my life forever' RELATED: Full coverage of the Tony Stewart incident For the first time since his involvement in the sprint car accident that claimed the life of Kevin Ward Jr., Tony Stewart spoke publicly before his return to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway . "This has been one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with both professionally and personally," Stewart said in reading a prepared statement. "This is something that will definitely affect my life forever. This is a sadness and a pain I hope no one ever has to experience in their life. … But I know the pain and mourning Kevin Ward's friends and family are experiencing is something I can't even imagine. " ... I want to thank all my friends and family for their support." Stewart, who was set to practice for Sunday's Oral-B USA 500 (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN), was at the track preparing to compete for the first time since the fatal incident on Saturday night, Aug. 9 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York. Since then, Stewart-Haas Racing has used replacements Regan Smith and Jeff Burton to drive the No. 14 Chevrolet, finishing 37th at Watkins Glen with Smith behind the wheel and 37th at Michigan and 15th at Bristol with Burton. On Thursday, SHR announced that Stewart would end his three-week hiatus and return to action at Atlanta. NASCAR released the following statement from Executive Vice President Steve O'Donnell regarding Stewart's announced return: "Tony Stewart has received all necessary clearances required to return to all racing activities, and therefore is eligible to compete this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. NASCAR has remained in constant contact with his race team, and we will stay very close to this situation as Stewart returns to competition." NASCAR President Mike Helton is scheduled to participate in media availabilities at 2 p.m. ET on Friday at Atlanta, a session that can be seen live on NASCAR.com . MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Edwards tops Sprint Cup session, C. Buescher and Kenseth pace NNS practices RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice 1 " Results Carl Edwards topped the opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice on Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway . Edwards posted a speed of 192.855 mph on his first lap at the Georgia track. The Roush Fenway Racing driver has earned three wins at the track, the most recent coming in 2008. Ryan Newman had the second-fastest speed at 191.628 mph. Marcos Ambrose (191.417 mph), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (191.199 mph) and rookie Kyle Larson (191.113 mph) rounded out the top five on the leaderboard. Defending race champion Kyle Busch circled the track at a top speed of 186.297 mph putting him at 31st on the speed chart. Tony Stewart , who returned to his No. 14 Chevrolet for the first time since the tragic sprint car accident that claimed the life of Kevin Ward Jr., posted a speed of 189.642 mph for 10th place. Stewart hasn't run at Atlanta since 2012 due to missing last year's race with a broken leg. There will be two more practice sessions for the Sprint Cup Series on Saturday. A 50-minute session will start at 3 p.m. ET and final practice will also run 50 minutes and begin at 6 p.m. ET. Both sessions will be televised on FOX Sports 2. NASCAR Nationwide Series practice 1 " Results Chris Buescher set the pace in opening practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway . The Roush Fenway Racing driver posted a top speed of 177.880 mph on his first lap of the first session. Buescher finished 13th last year in his only start at Atlanta. Buescher earned his first Nationwide Series win earlier this season at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course . Coming in second-fastest was Sprint Cup Series veteran Matt Kenseth at 177.357 mph. Rookie Ty Dillon , (176.313 mph), Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch (175.927 mph) and Joey Logano (175.743 mph) completed the top five on the leaderboard. Defending race champion and Sprint Cup Series veteran Kevin Harvick came in as eighth-fastest, as he rounded the track at 175.354 mph. The practice had one caution flag in the closing minutes for debris in Turn 4. NASCAR Nationwide Series practice 2 " Results Matt Kenseth closed out Friday's Nationwide Series practices for Saturday's Great Clips 300 benefitting Feed the Children with the fastest lap of 177.738 mph. The Sprint Cup Series veteran was second-fastest in the opening practice earlier in the day. Ty Dillon came in as second-fastest at 176.201 mph. Dillon will make his Sprint Cup Series debut on Sunday at Atlanta for the Oral-B USA 500 . Completing the top five on the leaderboard was Joey Logano (176.173 mph), Nationwide Series points leader and rookie Chase Elliott (175.755 mph) and Chris Buescher, who led opening practice (175.171 mph). There was just one caution that came at the start of practice for debris in Turn 4. The Nationwide Series returns to the track on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. ET for the Coors Light Pole Qualifying with TV coverage on FOX Sports 2. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule