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Kyle Busch Motorsports takes top two spots in Rhino Linings 350 RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings LAS VEGAS—He isn't old enough to gamble, but Erik Jones played his cards right on Saturday night and won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . Jones, 18, made a late-race pass on his Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Darrell Wallace Jr . with 13 laps to go, earning his second victory in nine starts this season. "It was a blast," said Jones, who recovered from an early race hiccup on pit road to win in his debut at Las Vegas. "I learned a ton. To get a win on a mile-and-a-half that's awesome. It drove so good at the end, I couldn't ask for any more than this. I wanted to win out here so bad, I had this marked down as one I was looking forward to. This is really surreal for me right now." Jones, who notched KBM's 10th NCWTS win of 2014 credited crew chief Eric Phillips with the right adjustments on the final stop that earned him his third-career victory in 14 NCWTS starts. "It was perfect," he added. "We were way, way too loose in traffic before it, but we had a strong Tundra. It was a perfect adjustment. We made a big swing at it, it just worked out." For Wallace Jr., after a dominant performance, took the defeat as a huge bust. "Just got beat, flat out," said Wallace Jr., after recording his fifth runner-up performance of the season. "Congrats to the 51 (Jones), hate that it's not the 54. We need a win. (It's) frustrating, I hate finishing second so bad. Thanks to my guys though. I thought it was ours. Another KBM dominance for sure. We'll go onto Talladega and try to finish one spot better." Ryan Blaney recorded his second 21 Means 21 Pole Award of the season and led the field to green, but Wallace Jr. used momentum to make the pass for the lead on Lap 1. Blaney, though, reclaimed the top-spot for six laps on Lap 2, before Wallace Jr. retook control on Lap 8 and led for 10 laps, when German Quiroga made a move on the second restart of the night. His Red Horse Racing teammate Timothy Peters flexed his muscles, taking the lead on Lap 19, before Jones muscled ahead for five laps, until the scheduled competition caution on Lap 30. When the leaders hit pit road, Jones barely overshot his pit stall, which cost him the lead, allowing Peters to put his No. 17 Toyota Tundra back on the point. Peters controlled the field for 17 laps, before Wallace Jr. muscled back around him on Lap 51. The fourth and final caution of the race waived on Lap 57 for an accident in Turn 4, which sent the leaders to pit road. Peters' crew won the race off pit lane, but Wallace Jr. soared ahead on the restart, which set the tone for the second half of the event, until green flag pit stops began on Lap 105. Wallace Jr. cycled back through to the lead on Lap 114, but Jones already on the prowl caught him, making the move on the frontstretch on Lap 133, sealing his triumph. With five races remaining, the NCWTS will take a three-week break before returning to action at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, October 18. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Truck Series heads to Las Vegas with four-way battle for title Darrell Wallace Jr. has insisted that he considers "points" a forbidden term in his vocabulary, even as he ventures deeper into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship fight. His goal remains the same as ever: wins, which -- figuratively, at least -- he doesn't consider a four-letter word. Wallace's bid for a third victory this season heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for Saturday night's Rhino Linings 350 (10 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1), the 17th of 22 races this season. He enters the final stand-alone event of the year at the 1.5-mile track fourth in the series standings, just 35 points back of leader and defending series champion Matt Crafton . While Wallace's three career wins have come at a short tracks (Martinsville, Eldora) and a relatively flat 1.25-mile layout with short-track characteristics (Gateway), he said his Kyle Busch Motorsports team's growth on the intermediate-sized 1.5-mile tracks has been measurable. Strong suits aside, the 20-year-old hasn't strayed from the approach that's brought him success. "I'm excited for Vegas," Wallace said last Sunday after a second-place run at New Hampshire. "Got a brand-new Toyota Tundra going there, and we should be OK, but I'm not worried about the championship. I'll just let the crew worry about that and I'll go out and try to win races." Wallace sits at the back end of a four-driver breakaway atop the standings. Johnny Sauter , Crafton's ThorSport Racing teammate and a winner at Las Vegas in 2009, ranks second with just a seven-point deficit in search of his first title. Ryan Blaney , in his second full season of Camping World Truck Series competition, sits third, just 24 points off the top. After Wallace, it's another 37 points back to fifth-place German Quiroga , another second-year driver who's come oh-so-close to notching his first Truck Series victory. The Mexico native wound up as runner-up to Wallace at Gateway in June by a margin of .329 seconds, then came up short by just .049 seconds -- about a fender -- to Blaney in a thrilling finish last month at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park . To put his name among the championship contenders, Quiroga will have to make strides from his 21st-place finish -- last on the lead lap -- in his Vegas debut last season. "Last year was my first time competing at Las Vegas and we struggled a bit," Quiroga said. "This time around I have a full season under my belt and feel better prepared. I have a lot of friends and family visiting this weekend, so it would be great to capture my first win in front of them." Two other former Vegas winners are scheduled to be in the field: Defending race winner Timothy Peters , Quiroga's Red Horse Racing teammate, and four-time series champion Ron Hornaday Jr ., who returns to the series with NTS Motorsports after a three-race absence. Joe Nemechek , who has 15 starts each in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series at the 1.5-mile track, is scheduled to make his first truck start at Las Vegas this weekend. Nemechek, an occasional competitor in all three NASCAR national series this season, will celebrate his 51st birthday Friday. After Las Vegas, the series takes two weeks off before returning Oct. 18 at Talladega Superspeedway . That event kicks off a season-ending stretch of races on five consecutive weekends, culminating with the Nov. 14 finale as part of Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway . MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Alan Cavanna gives you the latest information about the final weekend of racing in NASCAR's top three series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway .
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Expect plenty of strategies at play for Sunday's MyAFibStory.com 400 (2 p.m. ET, ESPN) RELATED: Play Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota JOLIET, Ill. -- In less than 24 hours, the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will officially begin when the green flag drops at Chicagoland Speedway . That much we know. And that's about all we know. What actually happens -- and the strategy and reasoning behind why whatever happens actually happens -- over the ensuing 10 weeks is very much a mystery in this new era of a 16-driver, four-round Chase Grid. Will drivers go for wins? Play it cautious at first? Race for points? Yes. Any and all strategies and mindsets will be in play in Sunday's MyAFibStory.com 400 (2 p.m. ET, ESPN), the opening event of the three-race Challenger Round in which all 16 Chase drivers will vie for the 12 spots in the Contender Round. "There are a lot of different ways you can win, or advance, with this format," said Brad Keselowski , the postseason's top-seeded driver after winning four races in NASCAR's regular season. "We can run through all the hypotheticals, but there's so many different scenarios that it's a waste of time in my mind. I just want to go out there and take care of business." Taking care of business presents the simplest and most clear, direct path to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Championship Round, where four drivers have a shot at the Sprint Cup Series championship. Winning a race guarantees an eligible Chase driver a spot in the next round. So win once in the Challenger Round, the Contender Round and the Eliminator Round, you're in Homestead with absolutely no questions asked. What if you don't win in all three rounds? That scenario, which is far more likely than the first, is where the water becomes murky. "I think you could get through this whole Chase and not win a race and win a championship," said Kevin Harvick , who had two regular-season wins. "There's so many ways this whole thing could shake out. You could see one of the favorites get knocked out in first two rounds, and they can be back in stride and win the last few races. "There's a million different ways it could all play out." To combat that aura of uncertainty, NASCAR drivers are prepping for Sunday's opener and the ensuing postseason events in a variety of ways. Denny Hamlin said he will be more mindful of his pit-road speed, opting to go a hair slower to ensure not surpassing the limit -- even if it risks losing a position or two. Kyle Busch is one driver who comes to the track with a brand-new, never-been-used car. Harvick has practically a brand-new crew on pit road, while Aric Almirola 's over-the-wall team was also tweaked. These moves were made to give those respective drivers, and their teams, the best shot at a championship, whether it comes by winning or logging top-10s. "I think consistency is still going to pay off, at least in the first couple of rounds," Hendrick Motorsports driver Jeff Gordon said. "Now, what it takes to move on to Homestead is a little different than going from the first segment to the second, and the second to the third. But there's no strategy or formula that's going to be perfect. "There's no magic formula to winning no matter what the format is because you don't know what the other cars are going to do." While some drivers, such as Keselowski, agreed with Harvick that winning a title could come without winning a postseason event, others wouldn't go that far. "I think consistency can get you to the fourth round at Homestead," Kasey Kahne said. "Wins are more important if you want to win a championship. I think your wins get you going in the right direction, and that's what's going to win a championship in my opinion. You have to win races." Perhaps Carl Edwards , who brought a fast No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford to the track this week, said it the most succinctly. His strategy would guarantee practically any of the Chase drivers a championship. How feasible it is presents a different question altogether. "Really," Edwards said, "what it comes down to is, you have to be perfect." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: NASCAR Chase Grid games WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Kyle Busch in good shape to advance; Kenseth and Hamlin will battle at Dover RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota One week after all three of its teams came out of Chicagoland Speedway with top-10 finishes, Joe Gibbs Racing heads into the final race of the Challenger Round in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with two teams suddenly looking very vulnerable. Only a Herculean effort by driver Kyle Busch and his crew kept the No. 18 team from finding itself in a similar position. "Completely the opposite," JGR’s Jimmy Makar, senior vice president of racing operations, said following Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway when asked to compare the results of the first two Chase races. Busch, seventh the previous week, somehow managed to salvage an eighth-place finish at NHMS in spite of severe damage to the front of his Toyota. Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin weren't as fortunate. Fueling issues kept Hamlin on pit road for an extended period during the race, which in turn left him deep in the field and in the middle of trouble when a four-car accident unfolded on Lap 180 of the scheduled 300-lap race. Kenseth had run in the top 10 for much of the day, eventually climbing as high as third, before contact with Paul Menard sent the No. 20 entry into the wall with less than 30 laps remaining. Kenseth wound up 21st on the day, Hamlin finished 37th. With four drivers trimmed from the field of 16 after this week’s race at Dover International Speedway , Kenseth will be looking to, at the very least, hold his ground. The 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion enters Sunday’s AAA 400 (ESPN, 2 p.m. ET), eighth in points and only eight ahead of Hamlin in the No. 13 spot. Kenseth's record at Dover is solid, with a pair of victories (2006, ‘11) and 20 top-10 finishes in 31 career starts at the fast, high-banked one-mile track. He finished third there earlier this year. Hamlin and his No. 11 team sit six points out of the 12th spot, held for now by Richard Childress Racing driver Ryan Newman . But Hamlin's far from alone -- only 12 points separate those between Kenseth (2,057) and 16th-place Aric Almirola (2,045). A week ago, the gap was a far more imposing 34 points between the two positions. He has yet to win at the Monster Mile, but Hamlin has finished inside the top 10 on six occasions, including a fifth-place result this past June. "Kyle was able to get up on the wheel and do what he could, fought hard for all his positions and they ended up with a respectable finish out of it," Makar said. "Matt didn't have time to get back; it was just a bad situation with just a few laps to go. He … didn't have time to actually race back with a couple of laps to go. It was just a tough situation for him." "Denny, I tell you, just snake bit there. We still don't know what happened to the fuel system. It was some freak thing, something we’ll have to look at when we get back (to the shop). But right now … it's nothing really obvious." Hamlin's issues put the driver "in a bad spot, a bad place on the race track" Makar said. And with everything else that happened after Hamlin's fuel issues, there were no guarantees he would have escaped those unscathed. "But he had a good, fast race car. It's a shame they weren’t able to race all day like that," Makar said. The strange turn of events for the three teams certainly weren't expected, given their solid start a week earlier. Now, they regroup and head to Dover , hoping to remain relevant. "I was really surprised," said Makar. "But I think it's going to be interesting next week. We've got to go race hard and get a good finish with everybody and hopefully we can move on." Four more drivers will be trimmed from the field following the Contender Round (Kansas, Charlotte and Talladega), leaving eight to battle through the Eliminator Round (Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix ). The final four will advance into the Championship Round, scheduled for Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Late model champion will drive No. 5 at Homestead Josh Berry has picked up his second NASCAR Nationwide Series race for JR Motorsports, team co-owner Kelley Earnhardt Miller announced Wednesday on her podcast. On "Fast Lane Family," a radio show Earnhardt Miller hosts as part of Dirty Mo Radio, she announced that Berry would drive the No. 5 Ragu Chevrolet in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway . "We have worked really hard (for that sponsorship), and we're still working. We'd love to put Josh in more races," Earnhardt Miller said. Berry, who won the track championship at Hickory Motor Speedway this year driving a late model for JRM, finished 12th in his Nationwide Series debut at Iowa Speedway in August. "It's so exciting for me and I'm very thankful that Ragu came on board and everyone at JRM worked as hard as they did," Berry said on the radio show. "It's so cool to see happen." The No. 5 vehicle has been split among Berry, Kevin Harvick , Kasey Kahne and Austin Theriault this season. The team's two full-time drivers, Chase Elliott and Regan Smith , are currently first and second in the points standings. That's not lost on Berry. "I have a pretty good feeling it's going to be a real exciting weekend for all of JR Motorsports that weekend," he said. Click here to listen to this week's episode of Fast Lane Family. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Opening race of the Chase at Chicagoland showed what we can expect RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota It was a case of mistaken identity. If you thought the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup preview took place on Thursday at The Murphy in downtown Chicago, you’re not alone. After all, there were banners on the walls, TV and radio crews, national, regional and local reporters—and, of course, the 16 Chase drivers clad in their colorful fire suits. As they always do on such occasions, drivers answered questions optimistically. Those entering the Chase with obvious strength explained why their excellent performances would continue. Those who qualified for the Chase by the thinnest of margins explained why their fortunes were about to improve. But make no mistake. That annual ritual wasn't the real Chase preview. The real Chase preview took place on Sunday, in the first race of NASCAR's playoff. The MyAFibStory.com 400 was a crystal ball that provided a clear vision of Nov. 16, 2014, the date of the final Chase race at Homestead-Miami Speedway . The drivers likely to be competing for the title under NASCAR's new Chase format were the same drivers running up front and leading laps on Sunday. Admittedly, on Thursday afternoon, Kyle Busch singled out the No. 2 of Brad Keselowski , the No. 4 of Kevin Harvick and the No. 24 of Jeff Gordon as the strongest cars entering the Chase. But it wasn't until Sunday that the reality hit home with the force of a wrecking ball. It wasn't until Sunday that what happened at Chicagoland Speedway either affirmed or silenced Thursday’s happy talk. What Sunday's race told us was that, barring calamity, Keselowski, Gordon and Harvick (the first, second and fifth-place finishers, respectively, at Chicagoland) will be three of the four drivers who survive elimination and qualify for the final race. What Sunday's race told us was that six-time champion Jimmie Johnson is likely to be in a dogfight for the final spot at Homestead with the likes of Joey Logano , Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin . At Chicagoland, Johnson continued to run where he has been running—in the top 10 for most of the race, but without the speed to challenge the frontrunners for the victory. Johnson finished 12th and didn't lead a lap. The performance of the No. 48 team two weeks from now at Dover, Johnson's personal playground, will be telling. What Sunday's race told us was that the Joe Gibbs Racing cars are on the upswing, but they still can’t answer "Yes" to the question "Are we there yet?" Hamlin ran sixth. Kyle Busch started on the pole (based on practice speed because of a rainout of time trials), led 46 laps and finished seventh. Kenseth survived a spin on pit road to run 10th. That's the third time this season all three JGR drivers have finished in the top 10 in the same race. The first time didn't come until the 19th race of the year, at New Hampshire, which hosts the second event of the Chase next Sunday. What Sunday's race told us is that the handling issues of the Roush Fenway Racing cars have not abated and that Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle may be hard-pressed to advance beyond the first elimination round. Biffle narrowly made the Chase at Richmond with an ill-handling car. If possible, the No. 16 Ford he drove at Chicagoland was worse, as his 23rd-place finish attests. Edwards started third but soon drifted back through the field, finishing 20th. If the RFR teams hope to be players in the Chase, they have much work to do and very little time to do it. What Sunday's race told us is that, after a mid-season lull, non-Chase driver Kyle Larson is ready to win a Sprint Cup race, and his breakthrough victory will probably come at one of the intermediate tracks in the Chase. That has the potential to complicate the equation for Chase drivers trying to advance to the next round by winning. What Sunday's race told us was that, if you have to pick a favorite to win it all this year, his name is Keselowski. His race-winning move, splitting the cars of Harvick and Larson off Turn 2, was vintage Kyle Busch. The resilience of Keselowski and his entire No. 2 Team Penske outfit was vintage Jimmie Johnson. Twice Keselowski drove from the back to the front, the second time after front tire changer Hunter Masling had the maturity and courage to admit he hadn't gotten his lug nuts tight. Keselowski returned to pit road on Lap 183 of 267 to correct the problem, restarted behind a blockade of lapped cars and still found the right balance between patience and aggression that enabled him to drive back to the lead in time to win the race. If Keselowski's victory at Richmond a week earlier made a statement, Sunday's win at Chicagoland provided the exclamation point. And it told us that, after the reality check of missing the Chase last year, Keselowski is ready to win another title—and has the hunger to match. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation