The top 5 drivers along with an upset Dale Earnhardt Jr. give post-race comments.
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RELATED: Results John Wes Townley won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rhino Linings 350 on Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway by coasting to the finish line as drivers such a Erik Jones , Matt Crafton and Cameron Hayley ran short of fuel or needed to make a late stop. For Townley it was his first career victory in a major NASCAR series, but it didn't come without some tense moments as his crew chief was advising him to use three-quarters throttle in the race's final three laps. However, it turned out to be enough as race leader Crafton (eighth place) had to pit for a spalsh-and-go with five laps remaining and Jones (ninth) and Hayley (10th) were seen wiggling their trucks short on fuel in the final laps. Timothy Peters finished second, followed by Ben Kennedy , John Hunter Nemechek and Brandon Jones to round out the top five. Erik Jones leads Crafton by four points in the driver standings, with Tyler Reddick , who finished seventh, 16 points down. Reddick wrecked with teammate Austin Theriault on Lap 13. Theriault, whose truck went head-on into the wall, was airlifted to a nearby hospital for observation. According to a post on the driver's Facebook page, Theriault was alert and communicating. RELATED: Theriault airlifted after Vegas wreck The Truck Series will return to the track on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Talladega Superspeedway for the Fred's 250 Presented by Coca-Cola (1 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM).
Jonathan Merryman recaps a busy Friday at Dover International Speedway, despite cars being unable to hit the track due to weather, with Clint Bowyer announcing his plans for 2016 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. welcoming Elliott Sadler to JR Motorsports.
RELATED: Full final practice results Kevin Harvick topped the speed chart in final practice for Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover International Raceway (2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR). He wheeled the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet around Dover's 1-mile track at a top speed of 156.033 mph in the 14 laps he ran before rain resumed, ending the session. Carl Edwards was second-fastest in the No. 19 Joe Gibbs racing Toyota at 156.013 mph, followed by Kasey Kahne in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at 155.783 mph. Harvick's teammate Kurt Busch and the No. 41 Chevrolet posted the fourth-fastest speed in the final Sprint Cup practice session at 155.588 mph. Sitting on the Chase bubble going into Sunday's race, Dale Earnhardt Jr . got the fifth-quickest speed out of his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at 155.434 mph. Amid a schedule compressed by rain that wiped out all of Friday's on-track activities and cut into Saturday's first practice, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers lost the track to rain again about 15 minutes into the second session. RELATED: First practice results After more rain doused Dover International Speedway Saturday morning, canceling NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series got a 25-minute practice in and Kasey Kahne made the most of it. Kahne wheeled his No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet around Dover's 1-mile track at 160.506 mph, topping the speed chart. Carl Edwards was second quickest in the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at 160.442 mph. JGR teammate Denny Hamlin was right behind Edwards at 160.285 mph. It was the first time Sprint Cup cars had been on track after rain washed out Friday's practice and qualifying. Kevin Harvick was fourth on the leaderboard at 159.964 mph in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet. The No. 4 team and No. 2 team of Brad Keselowski had been docked 15 minutes of practice time for infractions at New Hampshire in the inspection process. Given the amended schedule, neither the Stewart-Haas entry nor the Team Penske entry was required to serve the time -- it will instead carry over to the next race at Charlotte. Aric Almirola rounded out the top five with a speed of 159.943 mph in the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford.
RELATED: Race results " Updated NXS standings DOVER, Del. -- Regan Smith charged from fourth to first during a restart on Lap 121 and stayed there for the rest of the Hisense 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Dover International Speedway Saturday, posting his second victory of the season and working his way back into championship contention. After a 31-minute rain delay, Smith passed Kyle Busch , Denny Hamlin and leader Elliott Sadler on the restart on Lap 121 of 200, staved off intense pressure from Hamlin midway through the final green-flag run and pulled away as the Joe Gibbs Racing teammates battled for second place. Without a concrete deal in place for next season, Smith won for the first time at the Monster Mile -- in fact, the 80 laps he led were the first circuits he had ever spent out front at Dover. The victory was the sixth of Smith's career, and all of them have come under the JR Motorsports banner. RELATED: Dillon has tire failure as caution waves Hamlin won the fight for the runner-up spot, crossing the finish line .703 seconds behind Smith. Busch led a race-high 110 laps and came home third, followed by Ryan Blaney and Kyle Larson . Austin Dillon ran sixth, one spot ahead of Chase Elliott , who moved into second place in the series standings, 24 points behind leader Chris Buescher , who finished eighth on Saturday. Smith, who rallied from a flat tire in the first third of the race, took over third in points, 36 behind Buescher. "I knew the car was fast, but I didn't know it was that fast until we got out in clean air," Smith said in Victory Lane. "This wasn't a Hail Mary. We came from the back to the front and just had a fast race car. "If we can keep doing that every week, and get another win or two here or there, I don't know what's going to happen. I'm trying to figure out some things for next year, so wins never hurt -- that's never a bad thing going forward." A victory for Smith was not even a remote consideration when a light rain began falling shortly after the halfway point, with the race already under caution for a wreck involving Stanton Barrett and Cale Conley on Lap 106. Sadler, whose 2016 move to JR Motorsports was announced on Friday, took two new tires under the yellow and was first off pit road, leading the race and praying for a monsoon. But the rain abated, depriving Sadler of a going-away present to Roush Fenway Racing , the organization he will leave at season's end. "I've never had much luck with the rain," Sadler said ruefully. "I've always been on the wrong side of that, going back to the 2009 Daytona 500 (where Sadler was fifth with a chance to win when the race was called because of rain after 152 laps)." Note: Ty Dillon cut a tire and hit the outside wall on Lap 24, resulting in a 28th-place finish. He slipped from second to fourth in the series standings, 39 points back of Buescher.
RELATED: Qualifying results Matt Crafton earned himself his second Keystone Light pole of the season, and the ninth of his career, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during Saturday's qualifying session. Crafton wheeled his No. 88 Chevrolet around the 1.5-mile track with a fastest lap of 176.396 mph during the final minute of qualifying. Joining Crafton on the front row for Saturday night's race is John Wes Townley . Townley drove his No. 05 Chevrolet to a quick lap of 175.758 mph. And rounding out the top three was the No. 33 Chevrolet of Brandon Jones , who had a fastest lap of 175.678 mph. Next was the No. 17 of Timothy Peters (175.490 mph), followed by the No. 54 of Christopher Bell (175.308 mph) coming in fourth and fifth, respectively. Defending race winner, Erik Jones , failed to advance to the second, and final, round and qualified 15th (174.531 mph), but will start at the rear of the field due to an engine change. On-track action picks back up at Las Vegas at 10 p.m. ET for the Rhino Linings 350 (146 laps, 219 miles), FOX Sports 1.
RELATED: Track live weather updates " Updated Dover weekend schedule DOVER, Del. -- All track activity at Dover International Speedway for Friday has been canceled due to inclement weather. Friday's opening practice for Sprint Cup Series teams was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET. Coors Light Pole Qualifying was set for 3:45 p.m. Now, the lineup for Sunday's AAA 400 (2:30 p.m., NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR) will be set per the NASCAR rulebook, meaning the 43-car field will be set based on current points standings. That will put Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Matt Kenseth , Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards 1-2-3, with Joey Logano ( Team Penske ) and Jimmie Johnson ( Hendrick Motorsports ) completing the top five. RELATED: See the full starting lineup for Sunday's Cup race Additionally, qualifying in the XFINITY Series, scheduled for Saturday, has also been cancelled. Ryan Blaney , who is driving the No. 22 Team Penske Ford, which leads the series' owner points, will start on the pole as that field will also be set per the rulebook. RELATED: See the full lineup Activity in three series -- Sprint Cup , XFINITY and K&N Pro Series East -- was scheduled to take place at the 1-mile track. However, rain fell steadily in the area all morning as Hurricane Joaquin churns away from the East Coast. Two Sprint Cup practice sessions are on tap for Saturday, from 11-11:50 a.m. ET and 12:30-2:50 p.m. ET. The Sprint Cup garage will open at 9 a.m. ET. Friday's season-ending K&N race, the Drive Sober 125, has been rescheduled for approximately 9:30 a.m. ET Saturday while the start of the Hisense 200 XFINITY Series race, 3:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), remains unchanged.
Meet Kim, Official NASCAR Fan Council member of the month Name: Kim Current City: Hayward, California Member since: 2012 Getting to know Kim Q. Why did you join the Official NASCAR Fan Council? "I was impressed that NASCAR wanted to hear the opinions of the fans. Can't think of another sport that cares so much about their fan base." Q. What comes to mind when you think of NASCAR? What's your favorite NASCAR memory? "Anticipation! I start getting excited two days before the race. My favorite memory is reaching the top of the grandstands at Charlotte in May of 2008 and seeing, hearing and feeling my first Cup car as it flew past me. It. Was. AWESOME! It cemented my love of the sport right then and there -- the 2008 All-Star race was my very first race!" Q: Do you have a favorite in any of the following categories? Driver: " Kasey Kahne " Track: " Sonoma " Memorabilia: "I have an entire room devoted to NASCAR. As Kasey Kahne won the first two races I attended (2008 All-Star Race, 2009 Sonoma race), my favorite memorabilia are the framed photos from those events. Not to mention the photos I have with both Kasey and Kenny Francis (who I adore!)." Q: If you could go to any NASCAR race/track, where would you go? "I've been to Charlotte, Talladega and Sonoma . I'd like to make it to the Daytona 500 one day!" Q: What do you like to do in your free time? "I read, crochet and keep up on NASCAR gossip. I'm also a HUGE Doctor Who fan." Q: Tell us about your family. Do you have children and/or pets? "I've been married to my husband, John, for 37 years. I have three adult children -- Lillian is a teacher, Kendall is an attorney and my youngest, Rebecca, is an RN. Right now we have 6 cats and an elderly dog!" Q: What's your dream car? "A Chevy truck!" From all of us at NASCAR, we thank Kim for Her continued support and look forward to hearing from her in 2015! Look for Kim on the Official NASCAR Fan Council page on NASCAR.COM.
RELATED: Full starting lineup Saturday's Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR XFINITY Series was canceled by heavy Friday rain and a shifting weekend schedule at Dover International Speedway , placing Ryan Blaney on the pole for Saturday's race. Qualifying for the Hisense 200 (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM), the 28th of 33 races this season, was originally scheduled for 12:15 p.m. ET. But a complete rainout of Friday's schedule at the 1-mile track forced NASCAR officials to scramble Saturday's slate, with qualifying for Sprint Cup and K&N Pro Series East cars also being nixed. The washout puts Blaney on the pole for Saturday's 200-miler by virtue of his Team Penske No. 22 Ford ranking first in the XFINITY owners' points standings. He'll start alongside Kyle Busch , a four-time winner in the series this year, in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota. Chris Buescher , a two-time winner this season and the leader in the XFINITY drivers' standings, will start third in the Roush Fenway Racing No. 60 Ford. Brothers Ty and Austin Dillon will complete the top five on the starting grid. With 40 cars on site for 40 starting berths in a full field, no teams failed to qualify.