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Tony Stewart Chase Watch
RELATED: Coverage of Stewart's accident, comeback " Updated Chase Grid Tony Stewart returned from a back injury in April and the three-time champion is in pursuit of one of the 16 spots in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in his final season. Here's a look at where the driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet stands in his pursuit after the season's 13th of 26 regular-season races. WHAT JUST HAPPENED Stewart faced adversity early in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway , as he was forced to start the 600-mile event from the rear due to unapproved body adjustments to the No. 14 Chevrolet. Undeterred, "Smoke" made his way from the back to mid-pack, making a three-wide move for 21st place at Lap 36. But a pit road penalty halfway through the race and lightning fast frontrunners didn't bode well for the No. 14 Chevrolet and he ultimately finished 24th, four laps down. Nonetheless, the result did allow Stewart to jump two spots in the driver standings to 35th. WHAT HE NEEDS Stewart received a waiver from NASCAR for Chase eligibility. The surest way into the Chase is by winning before the end of regular season (at Richmond International Raceway on Sept. 10) and climb into the top 30 in the points standings. En route to his 2015 championship, Kyle Busch faced a similar path after missing the first 11 races with a leg injury. Currently, Stewart is 35th in the standings, 60 points behind David Ragan for 30th place. WHAT'S NEXT "Smoke" heads to Pocono Raceway on June 5 (1 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio). Stewart is a two-time winner at "The Tricky Triangle," his last trip to Victory Lane coming in 2009. In his 34 starts, he also has 12 top fives and 23 top-10 results. RELATED: See all of Stewart's wins " "Smoke" granted Chase waiver
Custer earns top-five result in second XFINITY start
RELATED: Full results " Relive the day in photos CONCORD, N.C. -- After a career-best fourth-place finish in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 4K TV 300 , Cole Custer emerged from his No. 88 Chevrolet beet-red but satisfied with his result at Charlotte Motor Speedway . The 18-year-old earned a fist bump and congratulations from JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier , among others. "Really happy with where we ended up there," Custer said. "Good call there at the end taking two tires and catching a little more track position. We were just able to make some things happen there on that last restart. "Day didn't start out that great. We got some damage on pit road but we were able to work our way back up there and ended up pretty well." Custer spent much of the latter half of the race running in the top 10, even leading a lap (his first in the series) and spent some time in the top five before starting to fade back to seventh. A late caution from an accident involving Erik Jones on Lap 198 opened the door for some pit strategy to get back some track position. Crew chief Dave Elenz told NASCAR.com there was no doubt what call he had to make. "We were doing two," Elenz said on pit road after the race. "We were set on that. We had to get ahead of the 18 (eventual race winner Denny Hamlin , who restarted sixth on four fresh tires), so that was the only way we were going to do that. We actually were going to stay out if we could have gotten the front row, but that didn’t happen." Custer restarted in fifth on the third row with Hamlin, and the California native was able to gain one spot in the overtime finish. The result builds off a sixth-place showing Custer had last month at Richmond International Raceway in his series debut. Custer has three more starts slated to come for JRM at Kentucky Speedway in the No. 88 (July 8), before returning to the No. 5 at Charlotte (Oct. 7) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 19). JR Motorsports teammate Allgaier has noticed what a quick study Custer is, and Custer admitted that he has picked the brain of veteran teammate Elliott Sadler a little bit. Allgaier said he enjoys having a rotating cast of drivers in the No. 88 Chevrolet that already has included Chase Elliott , Kevin Harvick , Dale Earnhardt Jr . and Alex Bowman . "I told Cole as soon as the race was over, he did a great job today," said Allgaier, who finished fifth. "He was on it, no question, and those guys did a great job. "I think as a company, when you get into that grind of going every week and pushing each other each and every week, it can be sometimes hard to race every week and to not get stale or stagnate. Having those guys come in and push us and we learn from them, I think it definitely helps the whole organization." And with two strong results on the board in the XFINITY Series, Custer is optimistic that the results and speed will carry over to his run at a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship. The two-time winner in the series is in the midst of his first full-time season in the sport and sits 15th in the standings. "We've definitely struggled some in the truck and we thought we were having more speed," Custer said. "I think we are going to have some speed here coming up. I think we are working real hard on it with Joe (Shear Jr., crew chief of the No. 00 Chevrolet) and everybody, so I think we will definitely have some speed, but it definitely means a lot to know that I can still do it."
As sun sets at Charlotte, so does Junior's speed
RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings CONCORD, N.C. -- In a race punctuated by long, green-flag runs, Dale Earnhardt Jr . went from 25th to 10th in the opening 60 laps of Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway . While most of those in the top 10 were holding their own, Earnhardt and Kyle Larson ( Chip Ganassi Racing ) were on the move. Larson had started 24th and cracked the top 10 after only 40 laps on the 1.5-mile track. Earnhardt’s No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet climbed as high as seventh early. But as daylight turned to darkness and the track temperature cooled, Earnhardt’s fortunes also waned. "We made a ton of changes all night trying to help the car," Earnhardt, 14th at the finish, said. "We were stuck there around 11th and couldn’t move forward. "The way it took off at the start of the race I thought it showed a lot of promise. There were times in the race when we ran top-five laps but track position hurt us, the track cooled off and everybody was running the bottom. It was just hard to pass." Restart opportunities were few -- the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' longest race at 600 miles was slowed only four times by caution flags. The final yellow, for debris on the backstretch, fell with only 60 laps remaining and Earnhardt already on pit road. By taking the wave-around, he was able to remain on the lead lap, but not allowed to pit under the yellow. "When they don’t throw the debris cautions, we’re going to have a lot of green flag (stops)," he said. "We got caught on pit road when one of those debris cautions came out late in the race and it bit us. "There wasn’t any debris out on the track (for much of the race) so there wasn’t any use in throwing the yellow; they didn’t and we ran green." With three second-place finishes in the first eight races, Earnhardt had been as high as sixth in points. But recent weeks haven’t been as kind to the team. Sunday’s result was his seventh outside the top 10 and he’s winless through the season’s first 13 stops. He’ll head to Pocono Raceway next weekend 13th in points. "We were doing OK, running about 10th , 11th all night," he said. "When the race started, the car was great and we moved all the way up to seventh. "I was really happy with the car, but when it got cool the top (groove) went away. The track cooled off, the bottom gripped up and that’s where everybody ran."
NASCAR TV schedule: May 30-June 5
RELATED: Find FS1 in your area All times ET Monday, May 30 6 a.m., Empty Cup: Quest for the 1992 NASCAR Championship (re-air), FS1 6:30 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 4K TV 300 (re-air), FS1 8:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 (re-air), FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Tuesday, May 31 6 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 (re-air), FS1 9 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 4K TV 300 (re-air), FS1 11:30 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 4K TV 300 (re-air), FS1 2 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 (re-air), FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 5:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN Wednesday, June 1 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 2:30 a.m., NASCAR The List: Rookie Seasons (re-air), NBCSN Thursday, June 2 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR K&N Pro Series Race: Dominion Raceway (taped), NBCSN Friday, June 3 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 11 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FS1 12:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FS1 3 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FS1 4 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 Saturday, June 4 9 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 11 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub - Weekend Edition, FS1 11:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FS1 12:30 p.m., WeatherTech Sportscar Championship: Belle Isle Park, FS1 12:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series FOX Pre-Race Show, FOX 1 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Pocono Green 250, FOX Sunday, June 5 8:30 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Pocono Green 250 (re-air), FS1 11:30 a.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS1 1 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400, 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;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;
Full schedule for Pocono
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series will race at Pocono Raceway this week, while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is off. Check out the full weekend schedule below. Note: All times are ET THURSDAY, JUNE 2: ON TRACK -- 2-2:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series first practice ( Follow live ) -- 4-4:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series second practice ( Follow live ) FRIDAY, JUNE 3: ON TRACK -- 11 a.m.-12:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series first practice, FS1 ( Follow live ) -- 12:30-1:25 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series third practice, FS1 ( Follow live ) -- 3-3:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FS1 ( Follow live ) -- 4:15 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 ( Follow live ) GARAGECAM ( Watch live ) -- 10:30 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SATURDAY, JUNE 4: ON TRACK -- 9:05 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 ( Follow live ) -- 11:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FS1 ( Follow live ) -- 1 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Pocono Green 250 (100 laps, 250 miles), FOX ( Follow live ) SUNDAY, JUNE 5: ON TRACK -- 1 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 (160 laps, 400 miles), FS1 ( Follow live )
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Chase Elliott reveals Darlington paint scheme
RELATED: Buy Darlington tickets " '16 throwback schemes " SHOP: No. 24 gear Chase Elliott became the latest driver to reveal his throwback paint scheme for the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway (Sept. 4, 6 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) via Race Hub on Friday. . @ChaseElliott unveils his @NAPARacing @TooToughToTame throwback paint scheme on @FS1 's #NASCAR #RaceHub . https://t.co/VA17ixUToP — FS1 (@FS1) May 27, 2016 The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender's No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet will feature a yellow and black paint scheme honoring Elliott's primary sponsor NAPA Auto Parts and its delivery truck logo from the 1960s. The bottom half of the Chevrolet is a sleek black with the current NAPA design atop the quarter panels. The rear television panel includes white script reading "90 Years Strong" to celebrate the company's 90 years in business. Hendrick Motorsports posted a live teaser video minutes before the unveiling with Kenny Wallace at the organization's Concord, North Carolina-based shop. "We appreciate the support of our throwback program by Chase Elliott and Hendrick Motorsports," Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile said in a release. "Chase's special paint scheme for the Bojangles' Southern 500 is one that fans won't want to miss on Labor Day weekend." This marks Darlington's second straight year -- in a five-year plan -- hosting a throwback-themed event for the famed Southern 500 event.