The top 5 drivers along with an upset Dale Earnhardt Jr. give post-race comments.
RELATED: Updated Chase Grid CONCORD, N.C. -- After a tough run of races over the summer heading into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , Martin Truex Jr . came into the postseason a bit under the radar. Most don't see us. We're still here. #ambush #truexnation — Martin Truex Jr . (@MartinTruex_Jr) October 13, 2015 The Furniture Row Racing driver's stealth run toward a possible championship continued at Charlotte Motor Speedway on a day that saw Joey Logano dominate his way to victory and several title contenders find trouble. Truex scored a third-place finish in the Bank of America 500 that puts him third in the standings and 12 points above the cutline to be one of eight drivers to advance to the Eliminator Round. RELATED: See how the entire 43-car field fared at Charlotte "Third is great and all, but it's no guarantee," Truex said after the race. "I felt like this round would be good for us. Charlotte and Kansas, we ran so good here in the first race this year, and then after practice I was like, 'oh my God, we're struggling.' This was honestly the worst weekend we've had all season long as far as how I felt about the race car. "So I was like, ok, kind of damage control. Let's just hopefully get a top 10 out of this thing, and to do ‑‑ to get third out of it was a huge step for us." Truex qualified 15th for the Bank of America 500 and finished 16th, 4th and 15th in the three practice sessions. "From the time practice was over on Friday until this morning, we were texting about the set-up and what we were going to do and what we had to do and what to focus on," Truex said of his single-car team's efforts to improve the No. 78 Chevrolet this weekend. " I'm just proud of those guys for what they did. It was a true team effort and a testament to this team and their fight." The run was Truex's best result since a third-place finish at Michigan in August and was his best career finish at Charlotte. The finish also gave Truex a career-high in top-fives for a single season (eight) and matched his career-high in top 10s (19). And now the 35-year-old turns his attention to the next race of the Contender Round at Kansas. Truex led a race-high 95 laps in the spring race at Kansas, the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 , en route to a ninth-place finish. Prior to that, he had four top-four finishes in his past six starts at the 1.5-mile track. "Honestly, I think going to Kansas, a win is huge," Truex said. "It would be so huge. It's so critical to try to get that win out of the way. Logano is the only one that's going to sleep for the next two weeks. You know what I mean? "Kansas has been one of my best race tracks, and certainly one of my best since I went to Furniture Row. Honestly, we're going there as hard as we can go with everything we have to try to win just because we know Talladega is that wild card." Add in his 6.7 average finish in the seven intermediate track races that have used the 2015 rules package and its easy to see why Truex feels confident heading into Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 (2:15 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM). "Talladega still looms. It still makes us nervous," Truex said. "But next week could be a really good race for us and we're looking forward to getting that win that’s been eluding me at Kansas for a couple of years."
Relive the 2014 Hollywood Casino 400 from Kansas Speedway where Joey Logano wins and advances to the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
RELATED: See the full weekend schedule " NBC Sports Live Extra All times ET Sunday, Oct. 11 11:30 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN Monday, Oct. 12 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 2 p.m., NASCAR 120, NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 6:30 p.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 Special (tape), NBCSN 10:30 p.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 Special (re-air), NBCSN Tuesday, Oct. 13 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 4:30 p.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 Special (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS12 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FS2 2:30 a.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 Special (re-air), NBCSN Wednesday, Oct. 14 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 4:30 p.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 Special (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FS2 Thursday, Oct. 15 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 7 p.m., NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour: Charlotte Motor Speedway (tape), NBCSN 11 p.m., NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour: Charlotte Motor Speedway (re-air), NBCSN 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FS2 Friday, Oct. 16 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN Noon, NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 1 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, NBCSN 2:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, NBCSN 3:30 p.m., NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour: Charlotte Motor Speedway (re-air), NBCSN 4:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 7:30 p.m., Being: Stewart-Haas Racing (re-air), FS1 Saturday, Oct. 17 11:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, CNBC 12:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 2 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 2:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN 3:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Countdown to Green, NBCSN 4 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Kansas Lottery 300 , NBCSN Sunday, Oct. 18 11 a.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS1 12:30 p.m., Continental SportsCar Challenge: Road Atlanta (tape), FS1 1 p.m., NASCAR America Sunday, NBCSN 1:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Countdown to Green, NBCSN 2:15 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 , NBC 6 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Post-Race, NBCSN 6:30 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lap, NBCSN 8 p.m., Continental SportsCar Challenge: Road Atlanta (re-air), FS2 11:30 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN Midnight, NASCAR Victory Lane, FS1 3:30 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane (re-air), FS1 &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;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;
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Series are at Kansas Speedway this week, while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is off. Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series practices, qualifying sessions and races can be watched on NBC Sports Live Extra . All ti m es are ET FRIDAY, OCT. 16: ON TRACK -- 1-2:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, CNBC/ Live Extra ( Leaderboard ) -- 2:30-3:20 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, NBCSN/ Live Extra ( Leaderboard ) -- 4:30-5:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN/ Live Extra ( Leaderboard ) -- 6:15 p.m: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN/ Live Extra ( Leaderboard ) GARAGECAM ( Watch live ) -- 12:30 p.m. Sprint Cup Series -- 4 p.m.: XFINITY Series PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- Post-NSCS qualifying SATURDAY, OCT. 17: ON TRACK -- 11:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, CNBC/ Live Extra ( Leaderboard ) -- 12:45 p.m. ET: NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN/ Live Extra ( Leaderboard ) -- 2:30-3:20 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN/ Live Extra ( Leaderboard ) -- 4 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Kansas Lottery 300 (200 laps, 300 miles), NBCSN/ Live Extra ( Leaderboard ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- Post-NXS race SUNDAY, OCT. 18: ON TRACK -- 2:15 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 (267 laps, 400 .5 miles), NBC/ Live Extra ( Leaderboard ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- Post-NSCS race
After the fourth race of the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway , PitTalks.com ranks the 12 remaining Chase teams' pit crews. For more pit crew news provided by PitTalks.com come back throughout the Chase. No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pit crew for Carl Edwards Rank: 1 Wins: 2 -- Charlotte and Darlington Notes: This team was strong again in the pits, and we see no reason to move them from the top spot. They weren't the fastest crew of the race, but they were good enough to help their team to a top-six finish. No. 22 Team Penske Ford pit crew for Joey Logano Rank: 2 Wins: 4 -- Daytona, Watkins Glen, Bristol, Charlotte Notes: This is the second week in a row where the No. 22 was very strong on pit road. On four separate pit sequences they kept the No. 22 out front and helped bring the Penske Ford to Victory Lane. No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pit crew for Denny Hamlin Rank: 3 Wins: 2 -- Martinsville, (Sprint All-Star Race), Chicago Notes: This was the a great day on pit road for the No. 11 crew. They were fast all day and, from what we can tell, averaged stops in the low 11-second range for the race. Without a strong day by the Nos. 19 and 22 crews, this team would be back in first. No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet pit crew for Kevin Harvick Rank: 4 Wins: 2 -- Las Vegas and Phoenix Notes: Not a bad day at all by this group. They almost pulled off back-to-back wins. The team was solid all day on pit road, particularly giving a great effort on the last green-flag pit stop to close the gap on the No. 22. None of their stops were longer than the 11-second range. No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet pit crew for Kurt Busch Rank: 5 Wins: 2 -- Richmond and Michigan Notes: The No. 41 finished fifth Sunday, and that's exactly where they end up on the power rankings. With consistently fast stops, we don't see them dropping out of the top five. No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pit crew for Kyle Busch Rank: 6 Wins: 4 -- Sonoma , Kentucky, New Hampshire, Indianapolis Notes: This team moves up another spot after a strong performance Sunday. New changer; same results. This group was really fast during stops and ended up 20th after contact with the No. 42 car entering pit road. No. 2 Team Penske Ford pit crew for Brad Keselowski Rank: 7 Wins: 1 -- Fontana Notes: This was one of the best races for this group so far this year. In their third week with a new rear changer, the team seems to be coming together fast. They left Charlotte as one of the fastest crews of the race and that's why they jumped up one spot. No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pit crew for Matt Kenseth Rank: 8 Wins: 5 -- Bristol, Pocono, Michigan, Richmond, New Hampshire Notes: The few stops they got to do were good ! Finishing 42nd hurt their efforts in moving up the rankings, but we try not to hold that against the crew. This team pitted well; it just didn't get the opportunity to finish the race strong. No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet pit crew for Martin Truex Jr . Rank: 9 Wins: 1 - Pocono Notes: The car couldn't have finished third without good stops, and that's exactly what the crew provided. It was a solid day on pit road, but it will take another week of stops like this to move up any farther. Still, it's a good jump from 11th to ninth for this crew. No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet pit crew for Ryan Newman Rank: 10 Wins: 0 Notes: This team is a mystery to us. The crew has tons of talent and has produced fast stops, but they haven't put up the races we thought we would see ... yet. We still think they're a better crew than 10th, but so far nine other crews have been better. No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet pit crew for Jeff Gordon Rank: 11 Wins: 0 Notes: This team needs a few more weeks to get a real feel for how their changes are going to pay off. It's unfair to say they're an 11th-place crew, but right now that's where they are. Expect them to move up quickly after these crew members get more reps together. No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet pit crew for Dale Earnhardt Jr . Rank: 12 Wins: 2 -- Talladega and Daytona Notes: The No. 88 hit the wall and wrecked. Pit stops were OK up until that point, but not enough to move out of 12th. This group needs a good day with no mistakes and things can turn around quickly. For more pit crew news, visit PitTalks.com
NASCAR RETURNS TO AMS FEB. 26-28; SPEEDWAY INTRODUCES ‘PERFECT RACE WEATHER GUARANTEE’ Buy Tickets for 2016 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 . HAMPTON, Ga. (Oct. 13, 2015) – NASCAR racing will make its thunderous return to Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2016 with the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Weekend Feb. 26-28. The Speedway today announced several great new benefits for fans attending the weekend event. The 2016 NASCAR Weekend has become more affordable and fan-friendly than ever. The majority of grandstand seat prices have been reduced, and no ticket to the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 is priced at more than $99, with seats starting as low as $39. The new ticket prices represent an overall average reduction of 15 percent from previous levels. Along with reduced ticket prices, Atlanta Motor Speedway has introduced a “Perfect Race Weather Guarantee.” The all-new policy offers fans options in the event that inclement weather prevents them from attending the race. If the daytime high temperature in Hampton, Georgia on Saturday or Sunday of race weekend fails to reach at least 50 degrees as observed by the National Weather Service, or if weather issues postpone the day’s activities to a different day and fans are unable to attend on the rescheduled date, fans who do not enter the admission gates on the day the event is held will receive an account credit for the full price of their tickets. Credits can be applied to any future AMS event or events in 2016 or the 2017 NASCAR Weekend. Also new in 2016, Atlanta Motor Speedway is rolling out the ultra-affordable “ Good ,” “Better” and “Best” ticket packages that offer unbeatable weekend deals. •The “ Good ” ticket package, priced at $79, includes upper Petty Grandstand seating for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 , plus general admission seating to Friday’s Sprint Cup Series qualifying day and Saturday’s doubleheader, a savings of $40 off the regular prices. •The “Better” ticket package is priced at $139 and offers seating in the Winners, Earnhardt or Petty Grandstand for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 , general admission seating to Friday’s Sprint Cup Series qualifying day and Saturday’s doubleheader, a weekend FanVision rental and a Sunday pre-race pit pass, for a total savings of $125 off regular prices •The “Best” package, which offers the best value of all three deals, is priced at $179 and boasts an ultimate NASCAR weekend combination, including a seat in the Upper Champions Grandstand or the Upper Winners Grandstand chairback seats for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 , general admission seating to Friday’s Sprint Cup Series qualifying day and Saturday’s doubleheader, a weekend FanVision scanner rental, a weekend pre-race pit pass, and $25 off a purchase of $50 or more in the AMS souvenir shop. In total, the “Best” package shaves a whopping $165 off normal pricing. The Good , Better and Best packages are available for purchase now in addition to other traditional, price-friendly ticket packages. Those include the Two-for-$99 deal, the $159 Start/Finish Line Package, which includes both Saturday and Sunday tickets plus a Sunday pre-race pit pass, and the Jimmie Johnson package, which grants access to a pre-race Q&A session with the defending Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 winner for just $48 and half the price for kids. Another fan-favorite experience available now is the Champions Suite, which offers an indoor, climate-controlled atmosphere, a pre-race pit pass, individual reserved seating, TVs, dedicated restrooms, a delicious food and beverage buffet and much more. For the second consecutive year, AMS will host all three NASCAR national series on the same weekend. Saturday, Feb. 27 features a Camping World Truck Series and XFINITY Series same-day doubleheader unique to Atlanta, for a combined 450 miles of racing, while the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race headlines the weekend on Sunday, Feb. 28. Sprint Cup Series qualifying will open the weekend’s events on Friday, Feb. 26. Fans are encouraged to secure their tickets early and take advantage of these 2016 NASCAR Weekend specials, as many are available for a limited time and only while supplies last. For event information and to purchase tickets today , fans are encouraged to contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com . -AMS- Buy Tickets for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Now!
RELATED: Charlotte race results " Updated series standings CONCORD, N.C. -- At the end of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway , Daniel Suarez climbed out of his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota like a seasoned pro. With his feet planted on the concrete and his helmet off, he immediately found himself in the midst of a media frenzy, everyone wanting a quote or two from the Mexican-born driver. No, Suarez did not win the Charlotte race, but his fourth-place finish (best among XFINITY Series regulars) was in many ways, the equivalent of a trip to Victory Lane. Yet, Suarez remains hungry for that elusive victory. "We are getting closer," Suarez said, coated thickly in his signature accent. In his first full-time season in a NASCAR national series, Suarez has seen plenty of progress in himself. His 2015 stats are on the caliber of the veterans with a total of seven top fives, 14 top 10s and three poles. He is also leading Darrell Wallace Jr . in the race for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the series. The only thing missing from his resume is that coveted win. "I have great teammates with a lot of experience and they have been super helpful to me," Suarez explained. "I think that has been all the difference." In addition to Suarez, Kyle Busch , Denny Hamlin , Erik Jones , Matt Kenseth , Boris Said and Kenny Habul are among the notable drivers to spend significant seat time in JGR cars in the XFINITY Series. The 23-year-old not only credits JGR for the recipe for his success, but puts hard work into the equation as well. "I never had to work that hard to be running in the top 10, top five," Suarez said, referencing his past racing career in Mexico with great success in the NASCAR Mexico Series. "The competition is so much more difficult here. You have to work hard. A good car is not enough. You have to make the car as perfect as possible." And Suarez looks forward to take his almost "perfect" Toyota to Kansas for the second time this year for Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM). Suarez raced at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series back in May and earned a sixth-place result after starting 10th. "I am happy to go back to Kansas. I am happy to go back to these race tracks for the second time. (I'm) learning information, that is ... helpful. The second time is always better." The second time proved to be better at Charlotte where Suarez improved on a sixth-place result in the spring XFINITY race to last weekend's fourth-place finish. And that "better" at Kansas could possibly come in the form of a win for the rookie, who is now ranked seventh in the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings.
RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid Below is a breakdown of how the full 43-car field fared at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the rain-delayed Bank of America 500 : 1. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano led a career-high 227 laps on Sunday en route to his first Charlotte victory. He advances to the next round of the Chase. " 1-on-1: Logano discusses victory, locking in Eliminator Round spot 2. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Harvick was quiet on the radio with 22 laps to go Sunday as he continually tried to chip away at Logano's lead. 3. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . Truex held on to notch his best Charlotte result despite brushing the wall and developing a front-end handling issue with 52 laps to go. " RELATED: Truex discusses Charlotte run 4. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin flipped to his backup battery with about 100 laps left in Sunday's race and outran concern that even his backup battery was experiencing issues. 5. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Kurt Busch spent most of Sunday quietly running inside the top 10 and keeping himself in contention for the next round of the Chase. 6. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Edwards started eighth and was a steady presence in the top 10 en route to his 12th top-10 of the season. 7. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon won Friday's XFINITY race at Charlotte and then on Sunday posted his best Cup performance at the 1.5-mile track. 8. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Gordon held steady in his final race at Charlotte, site of his first career Cup victory in 1994. 9. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Keselowski held ninth during the last 19 laps despite a loose wheel. 10. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola used his best Charlotte finish to score his fifth top-10 of the year. 11. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Bowyer stayed out during green-flag stops to lead Lap 234 before settling back into the top 15. 12. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Under caution on Lap 195, McMurray told his team that his car was pretty good until it got into oil and he lost position on a track where passing was difficult. 13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse earned the beneficiary pass during the final caution period and rolled on to match his second-best finish at Charlotte. 14. Ryan Blaney , No. 21 Ford. Wood Brothers Racing . A native of nearby High Point, North Carolina, Blaney scored his best Charlotte result and third top-15 of the year. 15. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Just prior to the sixth caution flag, Newman sustained right-side damage after Matt Kenseth cut across his nose on his way into the wall. " RELATED: Is Newman in bubble trouble? 16. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . Allmendinger overcame early damage sustained when he made contact with another car on Lap 193 and knocked in his right-side fenders. 17. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish stretched his pit window in the closing 100 laps when he stayed out during green-flag stops to lead twice for 22 laps around Charlotte. 18. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears held on after a tight-handling condition developed late in Sunday’s race and sent him into the fence. 19. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick worked with her team on the handling of her car and benefited from long green-flag runs en route to her best Charlotte finish. 20. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . "He was never going to make the commitment cone anyway," Busch said said after making contact with Kyle Larson near the entrance of pit road. Busch, then running in the top five, made a late decision to skip pit road, while Larson did just the opposite. " RELATED: Busch disappointed after rough day at Charlotte 21. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. "Please apologize as much as you can," Larson radioed his crew after making a late decision to hit pit road during the eighth caution period and collecting Chase contender Kyle Busch in the process. " For more in-car audio, sign up for RaceView and/or Scanner today 22. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne made an unscheduled pit stop on Lap 71 just prior to the fourth caution flag for a right-front wheel vibration. 23. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Cassill held out during green-flag stops and ran as high as third on Lap 131 before finally making his green-flag stop. 24. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Biffle struggled to recover track position after making an unscheduled stop on Lap 90 for a loose wheel. 25. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . In his fourth Charlotte outing, Annett picked up his best finish at the 1.5-mile speedway. 26. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart grazed the wall on Lap 115 and had to pit 12 laps later with a flat tire. 27. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Carrying the #SCStrong on his decklid in support of the recent flooding in South Carolina, Gilliland did his best to avoid trouble on Sunday. 28. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Earnhardt lost his right-front tire and faded through the field before hitting the wall to bring out the fourth caution period. " RELATED: Junior says 'it ain't over' for the 88 team 29. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . It was a promising day for DiBenedetto who turned in his best Charlotte result. 30. Brett Moffitt , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Moffitt recorded his best Charlotte finish after lining up 37th Sunday. 31. Michael McDowell , No. 95 Ford, Leavine Family Racing . McDowell bounced off the wall in the closing third of Sunday’s race, but survived without picking up a tire rub. 32. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . A puncture in the left-rear tire prompted Bowman to make an unscheduled stop during the first 115 laps, but a subsequent tire rub put the No. 7 Chevy back on pit road for repairs. 33. J.J. Yeley, No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . Yeley was black-flagged on Lap 35 after one of his crew members kneed-in his right-rear quarter panel. 34. Alex Kennedy , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport Racing. Kennedy survived a messy start to Sunday’s race, but very quickly found himself fighting for the beneficiary pass. 35. Reed Sorenson , No. 98 Ford, Premium Motorsports. Sorenson earned the beneficiary pass during the competition caution, but struggled to stay on the lead lap. 36. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard brushed the wall on Lap 133 but held on to keep the caution flag from coming out and made his scheduled stop three laps later. 37. David Ragan , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . On Lap 291, Ragan told his team the engine was out of water and he brought his car to pit road. 38. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Stacked up on the first green flag, Whitt received contact from behind and had to spend an extended amount of time on pit road during the first caution flag to patch his bumper. 39. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Johnson's strong day was stalled by an engine issue (oil pump) that sent him to the garage with 77 laps to go on Sunday. " RELATED: Silver lining to early exit 40. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier radioed that he just "killed the radiator" after he made contact with Michael McDowell on the Lap 182 restart. " For more in-car audio, sign up for RaceView and/or Scanner today 41. Jeb Burton , No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . As he took the green flag at the start, Burton ran into the back of slowing competitors, incurring significant left-front damage and bringing out the caution flag on Lap 1. 42. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kenseth's day "snowballed" after a couple pit road mistakes combined with tire rub and then on-track contact with Ryan Newman . Kenseth ultimately broke something on the right-front of his car and retreated to the garage. " RELATED: Multiple incidents ruin Kenseth's day 43. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne cut a tire twice inside the first 61 laps on Sunday; the second one sent him hard into the wall and brought out the third caution flag.
RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings Joey Logano surged to a dominant victory Sunday afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway , landing an automatic berth in the next round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. Logano, driving the Team Penske No. 22 Ford, led 227 of 334 laps in the Bank of America 500 , which was postponed by heavy Saturday night rain. He held off defending Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick to record his fourth win of the season, his first at the 1.5-mile track and 12th of his Sprint Cup Series career. The victory gives Logano immunity from elimination in the three-race Contender Round, making him one of the final eight title-eligible drivers in the Eliminator Round. His road to last year's championship round took a similar path; Logano also won 2014's Contender Round opener, which was hosted last year at Kansas Speedway . "This makes Talladega way easier," Logano said, pointing toward the always dicey Contender Round finale at the 2.66-mile Alabama track. "I know that's on everyone's mind when this round starts and last year we won Kansas when it was the first race of this round and now we were able to get it this time at Charlotte. We'll get lots of sleep here the next couple of weeks." Logano notched his victory a week after Harvick triumphed at Dover to claw his way back into the Chase. "I think everyone saw how fast he was last week and it probably made a lot of people nervous, but our team kept their heads up and stayed confident," Logano said. "We know we can beat them. We know we've got what we need over here, and our team is as tight-knit as they get. "I'm proud of them. I couldn't be more proud of them. We had a lot of money stops today to keep us out front. The pit stops were great and I couldn't be more proud of what they’re doing right now." Harvick's Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet finished .704 seconds behind Logano at the end of his 11th runner-up finish this year. Martin Truex Jr ., Denny Hamlin , Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards completed the top six as Chase drivers swept the first half-dozen positions. Seventh-finishing Austin Dillon was the top non-Chase driver. Early trouble made for a difficult day for Chase drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr ., Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch , all of whom failed to finish on the lead lap. Earnhardt spent much of the race's middle section one lap down after brushing the wall twice, on Lap 69 and 74. He continued after repairs, then scraped the wall again after hitting oil on the track on a Lap 190 restart. Kenseth, the Coors Light Pole Award winner in Thursday qualifying, led 72 laps early before running into his own pitfalls. A pair of errors on pit stops pushed him back in the running order, then things got worse when he made contact with fellow Chaser Ryan Newman on Lap 176, sending his Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 entry into the outside wall. After numerous stops for repairs, Kenseth scraped the wall again on Lap 204 and then hammered it on Lap 241, sending him behind the wall. "These are never the kind of days you want to have for sure, but it's just one of those days," Kenseth said. "We're real fast up front and we're real tight in traffic. We got behind on that first pit deal and then didn't catch the cautions right and it went green, overshot my pit and put us in the back so it’s just like one thing led to another and led to another. "We shouldn't have ever been back there to start with. My mistakes and they cost us today so we'll just move on from this and get ready for Kansas." Busch, Kenseth's JGR teammate, suffered damage and lost headway when he collided with Kyle Larson in a quirky collision at the pit-road entrance. Both drivers made moves to fake and entry onto pit road, but when Busch tried to return to the track in third place, he made sizable contact with second-place Larson. Busch wound up with a 20th-place finish, Earnhardt 28th and Kenseth 42nd, leaving all three with plenty of ground to make up in the next two Contender Round races -- next weekend at Kansas Speedway and the following week at Talladega Superspeedway . RELATED: Where Chase bubble drivers stand after Charlotte The race was originally scheduled for Saturday night, but rain forced its postponement to a sunny Sunday. "Well, we definitely had to make some bigger swings at the handling of the car than what we were prepared for last night," said Harvick. "I like racing in the day, and especially here at Charlotte, because it seems like the cars move around more and it's harder to get a hold of your car. "But we never were able to get the balance right on our car all weekend and just never really got comfortable in the car -- but kept grinding away, and it got better throughout the day today, and that's a good thing on race day." Contributing: NASCAR Wire Service