Two on-track incidents see Poole get parked, called to hauler at Iowa NEWTON, Iowa -- One of the most famous quotes from the iconic baseball movie "The Sandlot" goes as follows: "Heroes get remembered, but legends never die." If NASCAR XFINITY Series rookie Brennan Poole had been in the film, perhaps it might've gone a little something like this: "Heroes get remembered … as the driver who you need to pay back once you get back out on the track." The HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi driver was black-flagged and parked in the garage for retaliation from an earlier incident with J.J . Yeley – who he later expressed his adoration for -- in the 3M 250 at Iowa Speedway. "( Yeley's ) kind of a hero to me … Hate that it happened between me and JJ," Poole said in the garage area after he'd been taken off the track. "He's a guy I looked up to a lot when I was racing quarter-midgets. … Just tough racing. Just a little bummed it happened between me and him. Just unfortunate. I really felt like we had a shot at it; we'll never know now." A few minutes later, Poole expanded on his comments and appeared to indicate that the second incident on Lap 151 -- which put Yeley's No. 28 into the wall, crunching the hood and ending the veteran driver's day – was more than just rough racing. It was retaliation. "He just deliberately crashed me like five laps into the race when there's 245 laps left. There's no sense in that," Poole said before heading to the NASCAR hauler to speak with officials. "It costs us a lot of money to be out here. DC Solar is putting everything on the line to build a brand. I'm trying to make myself known in this sport so I can stay here and then one of my heroes just deliberately crashed me five laps into the race. Just doesn't make sense. "I feel like it's pretty common sense to know that you've got 245 to go, like, 'What are you doing?' So we fixed the car, I got back to him and we just got into it. Just part of racing. Hate it happened between me and JJ but it's just how it goes sometimes." In these situations, the drivers involved rarely see it in the same light, and Sunday was no different. Yeley was firm in saying that early on when the initial contact happened in the early stages of the race, his Toyota Camry just got loose off of Turn 2 and he "tried to tuck it behind him and just barely clipped him. Obviously nothing intentional. I'm not just going to wreck somebody on Lap 15. It's just a stupid thing to do. "Obviously he was upset and instead of just talking to us like a man after the race, he came back out there and took a good finish away from a guy with a small team," said Yeley , who finished 34th. "We don't have a lot of cars and obviously he's got no issue unloading another bullet for next week. Very furious. Hopefully NASCAR gets a hold of him before I do." A NASCAR spokesperson said after the race Sunday that there would be no penalty to Poole for his actions Sunday. In what was a very aggressive race overall, the Yeley /Poole incident still felt especially odd and out of place. The duo each said positive and negative things about each other. "I don't know (if that's just racing). I've raced him pretty clean throughout the year," Yeley added. "I even congratulated him at Texas because we raced all night long together and had no issues. I thought he did a fantastic job. It's racing, but sometimes you understand that stuff happens. And again, when it's Lap 15 and we're back in 20th, you have to understand that it's nothing intentional. It's very disappointing. I haven't been in that situation in a very long time where someone wants to come get you. "For a guy like that, as a rookie, to go out there and do that thing kind of … it sucks. "The shoe will be on the other foot before too long." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
J.J . Yeley made contact with Brennan Poole, sending the 42 machine spinning and down pit road for repairs. These two would have another run-in late in the race that would send Yeley to the garage and Poole to the NASCAR XFINITY Series hauler.
NASCAR executive weighs in on busy racing weekend NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell said Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that competition officials were working to increase side-by-side racing and passing near the front of the pack after a NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race that heavily favored leading cars. O'Donnell said that the process goes on every day at the sanctioning body's Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina, as NASCAR moves closer to making a final decision on the rules package for its premier Sprint Cup Series in 2016. "We actually do that every day," O'Donnell said. "We're focused on the racing, so when you look at particularly that race, we look at that as one of all of our events. We're a third of the way through the season. Lot of really great dialogue going on with the drivers, with the owners, with the race tracks, looking at how does the racing compare really over the last three to five years what, if any, of the levers can we look at as we look to the '16 package. So those discussions take place every day and we'll continue to do that today and heading into the season. "But still a third of the way through, too early to make an overall decision but certainly a lot of dialogue going on." Saturday night, Denny Hamlin claimed the $1 million All-Star prize after his Joe Gibbs Racing crew won the race off pit road before the final 10-lap segment. Once out in clean, non-turbulent air, Hamlin set sail to lead the rest of the way, taking the checkered flag by .923 seconds at Charlotte Motor Speedway . RELATED: Hamlin holds off Harvick to win Sprint All-Star Race The outcome was different than that of Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at the intermediate-sized track. Eventual winner Kasey Kahne edged rookie Erik Jones in a captivating green-white-checkered finish after the two drivers raced side-by-side for virtually the entire two-lap shootout. O'Donnell said it was difficult to compare the two divisions, but he liked what he saw. "I think the ability to maintain that side-by-side racing is what we want to see," O'Donnell said. "There's a lot of variables with trucks, with aero, the distance of the races, who's in the field, that sort of thing. But certainly thought it was a tremendous race Friday night and of course, ultimately we'd like to see that throughout all of our divisions each and every race." This weekend's racing for all three national series brought some official rulings, both post-race and mid-race. In the truck series' event, Kahne's winning JR Motorsports No. 00 Chevrolet was deemed too low on both sides in the front and too high on one side in the rear after a post-race inspection. RELATED: Kahne wins Truck Series race, but fails post-race inspection Kahne started at the rear of the field after the team made an unapproved shock change before the race. Competition officials are expected to rule on the issue Tuesday, but O'Donnell said all factors will be considered before the final decision. "Every car or truck will have to pass pre-race inspection, so that's something that there's a balance there at the end of the race to make sure certain components aren't being manipulated, and that's our job to look at, but there's also cases where some pieces legitimately break," O'Donnell said. "These vehicles are out there running high 190s to 200 miles per hour, lots of contact especially when you talk truck racing. That's something that we take into consideration when we're evaluating all the vehicles post-race." Also in Saturday night's All-Star Race, a NASCAR spokesperson said that a crew member for the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 team of driver Jimmie Johnson was under review for potentially altering a body panel late in the 110-lap invitational event. The practice of teams flaring out the side skirts ahead of the rear wheels was outlawed in the offseason. RELATED: Possible infraction for 48 team O'Donnell said that even though the event did not pay championship points, the high stakes would be reflected in how the NASCAR Rule Book is upheld for All-Star violations. "Still evaluating that like we do and if we make a decision to react, that would be on Tuesday, but there's a lot on the line for the All-Star Race," O'Donnell said. "It's not a points race, but certainly we know how much it means to win that race, so hopefully we don't have to make a call on this, but we would maintain the rule book throughout the race." Sunday in the NASCAR XFINITY Series 3M 250 , driver Brendan Poole was parked by NASCAR officials after retaliating in reaction to early race contact with J.J . Yeley at Iowa Speedway . O'Donnell said the immediate decision of race officials was necessary. "In this case when something happens on track, it's our policy to warn both drivers that we're going to be specifically looking at contact between those two," O'Donnell said. "In this case, we saw something that we believed was a move to really take someone out and we had to react. Not something we like doing, but we've got to react in that case and we did in Iowa." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Elliott leads 114 laps, couldn't hold off Buescher on old tires RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings NEWTON, Iowa — Chris Buescher and all but one driver battling at the front of the pack yearned for one last caution. The lone exception? Chase Elliott , who, fully fueled, had powered to a commanding lead and near-certain win in Sunday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series 3M 250 at Iowa Speedway . Two laps remained. Elliott’s trip to Victory Lane loomed. Then, it happened. Jamie Dick , running mid-pack, hit the wall and spun, drawing a caution flag. Buescher — his No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford packed with fuel and four fresh tires — smiled, charging hard and low on the restart to cap a temper-tinged and thrill-filled race with a green-white-checkered triumph at the 7/8-mile short track. “When that happened, I knew we had an awesome shot at it,” said Buescher, who raced to the series standings lead by eight points over Ty Dillon , who finished 14th. Buescher had on-track help — namely from Roush Fenway teammate, Darrell Wallace Jr ., who provided a strong nudge as the race went green. Maybe more than a nudge. “(He) gave us a heck of a shot on the restart,” said Buescher, who relegated Elliott to second while notching his first win of the season and Roush Fenway’s fifth in 11 XFINITY Series races at Iowa. “It was a hard hit. That was almost a crash. It was exactly what we needed to get going and get to the inside and be able to pull this win off.” Elliott took the runner-up finish in stride. He led 114 laps. His car ran fast all day long. The late-race pit strategy — partly because of minor right-side damage, he pitted on lap 177 while other leaders stayed out — nearly paid off. “That’s racing some days,” said Elliott, who -- like Buescher -- enjoys a series-leading five top-five finishes this season. “You make a decision — and I think it was a good one. We had some right-side damage and it was good to come in and make sure that was OK rather than to face the opposite of that, cutting down a tire and have a day like we did in Talladega. So I think it was the right move.” Erik Jones climbed from 35th to take third. Brian Scott and Ryan Blaney completed the top five. Jones started near the rear of the field because Drew Herring qualified the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota on the pole while Jones remained in Charlotte. By the Lap 60 competition caution, Jones had raced into the top 10, but couldn’t find enough speed in the ensuing laps to advance past third. “We worked ourselves into a good position,” Jones said. “A long day coming from the back.” Buescher — who raced outside the top 10 in both XFINITY Series Iowa races last season — merely needed to come from the second row. He’d reluctantly accepted the waning laps would mostly entail driving in “points mode,” as Dillon had pitted late after running in the top eight most of the day. “I hate points racing,” Buescher said. “I despise it. When that caution came out — watched it happen right in front of me — it was like, ‘All right, this is it. This is what we need. We need to come in and get some tires and get back rolling here.’” That he did, right to the top, for now, at least. “This is big,” Buescher said. Black Flag: The race was marred by a temper-stoked wreck. Brennan Poole — who felt rival J.J . Yeley had struck him intentionally early in the race — spun Yeley out on lap 153. Yeley ’s car sustained damage, but he was unharmed. Poole drew the black flag and told the Motorsports Racing Network, “it happens.” Yeley said the early-race encounter was unintentional and described his mood as “very furious.” “Hopefully NASCAR gets ahold of him before I do,” Yeley added. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Yeley will compete full-time with team beginning with March 9 race at Las Vegas
J.J . Yeley shows his displeasure with Trevor Bayne after an incident that sent Yeley into the fence at Watkins Glen.
Allgaier discusses cautions, Charlotte to have new tires and more NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Justin Allgaier says he understands the concern voiced about the timing of caution flags in the past two weeks, but said Tuesday from his team's shop in Spartanburg, South Carolina, that he has no issues with how the end of the races have been officiated. "Obviously if you are the car that everybody's screaming by, you're probably going to have a lot greater issue with it," the HScott Motorsports driver said. Two weeks ago at Talladega after Carl Edwards crashed on the final lap of the GEICO 500 , the Joe Gibbs Racing driver was critical of the lack of a caution flag being thrown for his incident as well as how others reacted after his No. 19 Toyota slid down onto the apron then shot back up on the racing surface. Several cars, including Allgaier's, were still at speed and with no caution being thrown shot past Edwards' out-of-control entry. "I saw the crash, and I've seen enough crashes in that regard with the way that it happened to know that they don't (normally) come back onto the race track," Allgaier said. "When I came into the sport, the answer was always lock it down and turn to the left, that was always the big deal. In my mind, and seeing what happened to Carl, I felt like the way the circumstances were playing out that that's what was going to happen." Edwards' teammate, Denny Hamlin , voiced similar concerns this past weekend after he was involved in a crash at Kansas Speedway . "I keep spinning out, I keep hitting the wall and I can't figure out why everyone is still coming at 200 (mph), and I look and the green light is still on," Hamlin said afterward. "They didn't throw a caution until seven seconds after I wrecked. Luckily nobody hit us. They'll continue to monitor the situation is what they'll say." On Monday, Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR's executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said officials hoped to speak with Hamlin this week. Officials did throw the caution at Talladega when a multicar incident occurred just moments after Edwards' spin. "My spotter had already done a great job calling the wreck out, the back straightaway wreck had already happened, so obviously the attention had already moved to that because there were more cars involved," Allgaier said. "The first wreck was kind of buttoned up and we'd already kind of written it off. I think when I got there I wasn't at full speed by any means but I wasn't (going) 50 mph, either." On larger tracks such as Talladega where drivers often would have enough time to slow their cars before making their way back around to the scene of an incident, officials lean toward allowing the race to finish under green-flag conditions when it's the last lap of the race. If the crash is severe, then getting emergency vehicles dispatched to the scene takes precedence. If a crash brings out the yellow flag before the leader has taken the white flag (signifying one lap remaining), officials will make up to three attempts at a green-white-checkered finish. RELATED: NASCAR's racing flags and what they mean Allgaier says that's important for the fans. "I look at the IndyCar finishes that end under yellow. They had one earlier this year I think, and I think everybody would have loved to have seen it … finish under green. "For us, we get three attempts. If you can't figure out in three attempts, we probably don't need to finish it. But I feel like if I was a fan paying money to see a race, I'd like to see it end under green." New Right-Side Tires for Charlotte A Goodyear tire test in March has resulted in a change to the right-side tires for teams competing in this weekend's Sprint All-Star Race (May 16, 7 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM) as well as next weekend's Coca-Cola 600 (May 24, 6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM). The new tire contains a multi-zone tread, according to Goodyear. The outboard 10 inches of the tire features the same compound used at Charlotte Motor Speedway last season. Aric Almirola ( Richard Petty Motorsports ), Kasey Kahne ( Hendrick Motorsports ), Martin Truex Jr . ( Furniture Row Racing ) and J.J . Yeley ( BK Racing ) participated in the tire test. The left-side tire is the same as that used in '14. Teams competing at CMS in Friday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NC Education Lottery 200 (May 15, 8:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1 , MRN, SiriusXM) will use the same tire set-up as those in Sprint Cup . XFINITY Series teams competing this weekend in Iowa in the 3M 250 (May 17, 2 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM) will have the same left-side tire set-up as last season, but it will be paired with a new right-side configuration. Kansas Penalty Totals NASCAR officials meted out 30 penalties during the running of Saturday night's SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas, flagging teams most often for pitting before pit road was officially open. It's a common occurrence during events as teams typically hit pit road early to repair damage as soon as possible, knowing that the violation will result in re-starting the race at the back of the field. It's a loss of track position that, in most cases, they've already lost. J.J . Yeley and the No 23 team became the first to be penalized this season for pitting after already having taken the wave-around. The infraction occurred on Lap 100. The penalty was the loss of one lap. There have been 30 or more penalties handed down in seven of this year's 11 Sprint Cup races. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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News and notes for the entire 43-car field from the GEICO 500 RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Latest Chase Grid 1. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Earnhardt led a race-high 67 laps to earn his sixth career Talladega victory and tie teammate Jeff Gordon for second on the Superspeedway's all-time wins list. It was an emotional win for Earnhardt, who needs four more wins at the Alabama track to catch his Daddy, the legendary Dale Earnhardt. " Watch: Junior adds to the family legacy 2. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Johnson led 50 laps, but stuck behind his teammate in the closing laps. He improves to third in the points on the strength of his fourth straight top-three finish. " Watch: Johnson discusses finish 3. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard, whose entire pit crew opted to wear full-face helmets during stops, recorded his best finish this season after spending the majority of Sunday's race running inside the top 15. 4. Ryan Blaney , No. 21 Ford, Wood Brothers Racing . In his third career restrictor-plate outing, Blaney notched his first career top-five result. " More: Blaney proves tough under Talladega pressure 5. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . Truex managed his ninth top-10 result of the season despite dealing with a vibration for a majority of Sunday's 188-lap event. 6. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish, who was on pit road when the final caution flag was waved, restarted fourth with 25 laps to go and held on to record his best 2015 finish. 7. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Despite an early flare-up while pitting under caution, Newman ticked off 11 places in the final 19 laps to record his first top-10 finish in the spring Talladega event since 2009. 8. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Harvick led one lap en route to his ninth top-10 finish this season. He has paced the field in all but one race this season and needs to lead 47 more laps to reach 1,000 total for the second time in his career. 9. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin led five laps and was running fourth when he attempted to make a run on leader Dale Earnhardt Jr . coming to the checkered flag. 10. Josh Wise , No. 98 Ford, Phil Parsons Racing. Wise mostly flew under the radar on Sunday and led Lap 93 en route to his best career Cup finish. 11. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. The two-time Talladega victor picked up 12 spots in the closing 19 laps and narrowly missed his fifth top-10 of the year. 12. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Busch led a lap during the second caution period and overcame an alternator issue to close 20 positions in the final 19 laps to be the best closer of the race. 13. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Whitt didn't pit during the sixth caution flag so he led the field to green on the Lap 162 restart, and he held on to snag his best career finish. 14. J.J . Yeley , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Yeley was briefly knocked off the lead lap after being penalized for a fallen window net and subsequently speeding on pit road. He rallied to improve 13 places in the final 19 laps. 15. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola guided his car across the finish line despite receiving contact on the last lap to his left-front fender. 16. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Bowman wasn't terribly impacted after being involved in the Lap 47 crash and held on to record his best Talladega finish. 17. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . Allmendinger's team resolved a severe vibration mid-race as he attempted the strategy of laying back until the final laps of the race. 18. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . DiBenedetto, in his restrictor-plate debut in the Sprint Cup Series, rebounded from the Lap 47 incident to earn his highest 2015 result. 19. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart led six laps on Sunday, but couldn't get enough help down the stretch when he attempted to break out of the long parade running the top line. 20. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Running 28th, Gilliland attempted to help Tony Stewart run the bottom line and challenge the leaders in the closing laps. 21. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick reported a transmission issue around the Lap 115 caution for debris and spent the final third of the race running in fourth gear due to a broken shifter. 22. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Keselowski restarted fifth with 26 laps to go and was eyeing his fourth Talladega victory until he was shuffled back. 23. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier was one of 15 cars impacted by the first big crash of the day on Lap 47, and he lost a support pit member, who handled a fuel can without a helmet or head sock. 24. Chris Buescher , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Buescher started the race 38th and showed great patience and poise during his restrictor-plate debut in the top series. 25. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . With fewer than 20 laps to go, Kenseth tried to join Jeff Gordon as the duo fell out of the top line and unsuccessfully tried to run the bottom. 26. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse was the beneficiary of the free pass on a Lap 56 caution after being knocked off the lead lap as a result of the Lap 47 wreck and caution. 27. Bobby Labonte , No. 32 Ford, Go FAS Racing. Labonte made his second start of the year on Sunday (both have been at restrictor-plate tracks) and led the 22nd lap while the field was under the first caution flag. 28. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears was one of 15 drivers to lead Sunday's race and paced Lap 116 when the leaders hit pit road during a caution for debris. 29. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Annett rolled off the grid 40th and ran as high as third during his third Talladega outing. 30. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Bowyer, running ninth with 15 laps to go, predicted chaos in the final laps and he was one of several drivers to sustain contact on the last lap. 31. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . The pole winner led 47 laps but was mired in traffic during the closing laps after being penalized for speeding on pit road just prior to the Lap 158 caution. " More: Gordon's day ruined by penalty, late damage 32. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Edwards posted the fastest lap of the race (Lap 46 at 204.801 mph) and was one of the few drivers willing to attempt to run the bottom in the closing laps. He spun on the final lap as the competition sped by. " Watch: Edwards discusses what happened to him late in the race 33. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano had minor damage after the Lap 47 dust-up, but earned the beneficiary of the free pass twice, including when the final caution flag was waved. 34. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne, the outside pole sitter, paced the field briefly before becoming collateral damage in the Lap 47 incident. 35. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon was running 16th when the right-front of his car erupted into flames, likely due to an engine issue, to bring out the sixth and final caution flag of the day. " Watch: Dillon's car catches fire 36. Michael Waltrip , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . The team owner and former Talladega victor was in the wrong place at the wrong time on Sunday when he ran into a spinning Brian Scott on Lap 19. 37. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush-Fenway Racing. Biffle, involved in the Lap 47 multi-car mashup, spent quite a bit of time in the garage for repairs before returning around Lap 90. " Watch: See the 15-car incident 38. David Ragan , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Ragan's 300th Cup start was derailed when he was collected in the multi-car incident on Lap 47. Next week, Ragan will take the wheel of Michael Waltrip Racing 's No. 55 as a permanent substitute for Brian Vickers . 39. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Cassill started 30th and was running inside the top 15 when he was involved in the 15-car accident on Lap 47. 40. Brendan Gaughan , No. 62 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Gaughan, making his first Talladega start since 2004, made hard contact with the Turn 2 wall on Lap 91. 41. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne ran as high as third on Sunday before losing the handle on his Ford in traffic and triggering the "Big One" on Lap 47. " Watch: See the 15-car pileup Bayne was involved in 42. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Larson lined up for the race 13th – his best Talladega start – but was sidelined after being collected in the Lap 47 multi-car crash. 43. Brian Scott , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport. Scott spun shortly after his Chevy started smoking and he inadvertently collected Michael Waltrip in the accident. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
News and notes for the entire 43-car field from the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid 1. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Johnson rallied from a rocky start and took the lead with 10 laps to go after opting not to pit when the final caution flag waved. Johnson leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with three wins and remains third in the points. " Watch: 'Six-Time' holds off Harvick 2. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Despite a loose handling car, Harvick led 53 laps at Kansas to eclipse the 1,000-laps led mark this season and maintain the points lead 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Junior capitalized on the beneficiary rule during the third caution period and spent the remainder of the race running in the top 15. " Watch: Junior discusses incident with Hamlin 4. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Gordon posted his second top-five result of the season despite struggling with a lack of rear grip throughout the race. 5. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . The polesitter was only temporarily stalled by two pit road penalties and recorded a race-high 147 green-flag passes en route to his sixth top five of the season. 6. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kenseth picked up a bonus point after leading Lap 81 during green-flag stops. He later spun on the backstretch on Lap 130, but recovered for a top 10. " Watch: Kenseth's spin collects 'Smoke' 7. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . An early vibration was a distant memory by the end of the race for Keselowski, who posted the fastest lap of the race on Lap 136 (189.237 mph). 8. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Busch consistently reported a loose handling condition, but held on to lead 20 laps and continue his ascent in the points. He now ranks 14th. 9. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . The team's late-race pit strategy backfired on Truex, who led a race-high 95 laps before opting to make a fuel stop under caution with 10 laps to go. Truex remains second in the points and has 10 " Related: Truex thinks better things still to come 10. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . A chassis change under caution on Lap 126 might have taken a little extra time, but it was just what Newman needed as he rallied from 25th to earn his seventh top 10 of the year. 11. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola just missed his first top-10 result of the year and picked up a spot to now rank 11th in the points, matching his Kansas finish. 12. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Biffle told his crew he needed more rear grip, so with 70 laps to go the team made big chassis adjustments, pulling shim and rear wedge during a stop under caution. 13. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . A native of nearby Joplin, Missouri, McMurray spent the first half of the race running inside the top 10 before a loose handling condition emerged. 14. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . Allmendinger, who recently inked a five-year extension with JTG Daughtery, made an unscheduled pit stop on Lap 148 after an engine tear-off sheet adhered itself to his car's grille, prompting overheating. " Related: AJ signs new deal with JTG 15. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . During the last 11 laps, Larson dropped from fifth as the handling on his No. 42 Chevrolet swung from loose to tight. 16. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish continually improved his car's ability to get into the turns thanks to slight tweaks made with the driver-adjustable track bar, netting a top-20 finish in the first race under new crew chief Kevin Manion. 17. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . The outside polesitter reported a vibration while running 12th on Lap 161, and that issue persisted into the closing stages of the race. 18. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard spent the majority of the race running inside the top 15 before a tire violation during his final stop sent the car to the rear of the field. 19. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears lauded his pit crew for its performance as he rallied from a set of bad tires to score his best Kansas result in six years. 20. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . The Columbia, Missouri, native was leading the field with 90 laps to go, but roughly 50 laps later had to make an unscheduled pit stop for a vibration. 21. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . The Emporia, Kansas, native was running middle of the pack when he spun to bring out the sixth caution flag of the night. 22. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon pitted for fuel on Lap 255 just as the final caution flag waved, and was put one lap down with 11 laps to go. 23. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Annett rebounded from a starting spot of 43rd to earn his best finish this year on a 1.5-mile track. 24. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse, who made contact with a spinning Clint Bowyer on Lap 185, later hit the wall himself to bring out the ninth caution flag. 25. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . Coming off his best finish of the year (18th at Talladega), DiBenedetto scored his best 1.5-mile result thanks to being the beneficiary at a mid-race caution. 26. Ty Dillon , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport . Making his Kansas debut and his first start on a true 1.5-mile oval in the Sprint Cup Series, Dillon qualified 32nd before posting his best finish of the year. 27. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Wholesale changes to the No. 10 Chevy during a Lap 121 pit stop helped Patrick break even at Kansas. 28. Josh Wise , No. 98 Ford, Phil Parsons Racing. Wise managed his second-best Kansas finish even though he was rear-ended on Lap 120 when he slowed to avoid a wrecking competitor. 29. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Cassill recorded his best 1.5-mile showing of the season after rolling off the grid 41st. 30. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier turned in the best Kansas effort of his career despite serving a pit road penalty with 58 laps to go. 31. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne sustained damage to his Ford's nose after making contact with a competitor during the Lap 201 restart. 32. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Gilliland was among a handful of drivers to make a green-flag stop with 17 laps left when it appeared the race would be decided by fuel-mileage. 33. David Ragan , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Recently named the No. 55 replacement driver for the remainder of the season, Ragan spun to a stop in the soggy infield on Lap 120 after contact. 34. Brett Moffitt , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . The MWR developmental driver sustained front-end damage after making contact with a slowing Tony Stewart on Lap 130. 35. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Whitt, in his fourth Kansas start, made hard contact with the wall on Lap 120. 36. Michael McDowell , No. 95 Ford, Leavine Family Racing . McDowell nearly matched his best Kansas finish despite an early pit road speeding penalty. 37. J.J . Yeley , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Yeley spun off Turn 4 within seconds of teammate Jeb Burton on Lap 8 thanks to a loose handling condition. 38. Joey Gase , No. 32 Ford, Go FAS Racing. Gase improved upon his 42nd starting spot in his second Kansas appearance and his first 1.5-mile outing of the season. 39. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart had just returned to the lead lap, when he got into the wall and was rear-ended after Matt Kenseth 's spin jammed up the field. 40. Erik Jones , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . The NASCAR Next alum ran as high as sixth in his first official Cup start, but had his night cut short when he just lost the car coming off the corner on Lap 196. " Watch: Jones wrecks after losing control 41. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin limped to pit road after he blew a tire and ran into the Turn 1 wall on Lap 208. " Related: Hamlin not happy with NASCAR decision 42. Jeb Burton , No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . Burton spun twice in the first 100 laps to bring out two caution flags, but he saved his car both times. 43. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Bowman was running 30th when he radioed an ignition issue to his team on Lap 18 and reported to pit road. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule