After slew of rain delays, drivers finally get practice round in RELATED : Practice results Originally, the first practice round for the XFINITY Series was scheduled for 2 p.m. ET at Kentucky Speedway, but due to tough weather conditions Thursday the on-track events for all three series were either canceled or rescheduled. Thus, the sole practice session for the NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers began once the rain stopped at 5 p.m. ET. The No. 28 Chevrolet of J.J . Yeley topped the event with a best speed of 174.967 mph (30.863 seconds). Ty Dillon finished second (174.729 mph) following an emotional few days leading up to the Kentucky weekend after his brother Austin's crash in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. Rounding out the top three was Brendan Gaughan 's No. 62 with a fastest lap of 174.526 mph (30.941 seconds). Next to complete the session were Keselowski (174.22 mph), Menard (174.137 mph) and Kyle Busch (173.896 mph) taking fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. NASCAR XFINITY Series action continues Friday with Coors Light Pole Qualifying at 3:45 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network ( Follow live ). FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Coors Light Pole Qualifying canceled; lineup set by practice speeds RELATED: Full starting lineup With rain continuing to fall at Kentucky Speedway, NASCAR officially canceled the XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying event scheduled for 3:45 p.m. ET, and the lineup for Friday's Kentucky 300 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network) was set according to Thursday's practice times. This put No. 28 J.J . Yeley on the pole for Friday night's event with Richard Childress Racing driver Ty Dillon lining up next to him in second. Brendan Gaughan , Brad Keselowski and Paul Menard completed the top five. The XFINITY Series has had only an hour and 10 minutes on the track for one practice on Thursday due to the weather in Kentucky. The XFINITY Series was supposed to have two practices on Thursday, but the first was canceled due to rain. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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.
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.
Complete news and notes on all 43 cars in the Quaker State 400 RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid Breaking down how the full 43-car field fared at Kentucky Speedway. 1. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Busch led a race-high 163 laps to win his second Cup event of the year and is 87 points outside the top 30. " MORE: How is Busch positioned for the Chase 2. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano paced the field 23 laps late on Saturday night, but couldn't hold on for his first Kentucky victory. " MORE: See the updated Chase Grid and where Logano is on it 3. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . A cut tire, an unexpected pit stop and a subsequent speeding penalty didn't deter Hamlin, who rallied from two laps down to earn his eighth top 10 of the year. " MORE: Kentucky rules package earns rave reviews 4. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . "My Minions didn't like M&Ms," Edwards radioed his team after lining up next to teammate and leader Kyle Busch for the Lap 157 restart. " RELATED: Sign up for RaceView for in-car audio during race. 5. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kenseth reported early in the race that he had an alternator going down, but restarting the car seemed to fix the issue. " MORE: JGR pulls off rare feat at Kentucky 6. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . The outside pole sitter struggled on pit road, notably dropping nine spots after hitting his front-tire carrier during a stop under the fifth caution flag. 7. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Gordon was shut out in his final Kentucky appearance, and despite a fifth straight top-10 result, the track will remain the only one where the four-time Cup champion is winless. " MORE: Gordon's track record 8. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . The points leader endured a late-race tight-handling condition to claim his Series-leading 16th top 10 of the year. 9. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . "You're back in this game, homeboy," crew chief Chad Knaus told Johnson, who lined up seventh for the Lap 157 restart after some major early changes to his car dropped him deep in the lineup. " RELATED: Sign up for RaceView for in-car audio during race. 10. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Busch was loose running 10th and crashed into the Turn 4 wall on Lap 99 after asking his team to undo the changes they had made on a previous stop. 11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse just missed his second top 10 of the year after traveling up the track and into the side of Jeb Burton on Lap 143 to bring out the seventh caution. 12. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Despite radio communication issues, Almirola held on to earn his best Kentucky result. 13. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne earned the Lucky Dog on the fourth caution flag and rallied to sixth for the final restart. 14. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet. Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. McMurray overcame an early lugnut issue and used a little pit strategy to score his second-best Kentucky result. 15. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard brushed the wall on Lap 81 and left debris to bring out the third caution flag. 16. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Biffle's team tried a variety of adjustments on Saturday in an attempt to help the turning of the No. 16 Ford. 17. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . Despite a car that was "plowing," Truex held on to maintain fifth in the points standing. 18. David Ragan , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Ragan ran in the top 10 early before his team started chasing the handling of his No. 55 Toyota. 19. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . "This new package is awesome," radioed Bowyer, who earned his best 1.5-mile result of the season. "You have to drive your (rear) off, but it's fun." " RELATED: Sign up for RaceView for in-car audio during race. 20. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Newman, in his fifth Kentucky outing, stayed out to inherit the lead briefly for the Lap 192 restart. 21. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Earnhardt, complaining of a lack of brakes, smacked the wall on Lap 136 to bring out the sixth caution flag. After subsequently bumping Danica Patrick , Earnhardt spent time on pit road where his crew tried again to fix the issue. " WATCH: Danica, Dale Jr. tussle on pit road . 22. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish struggled with drive-off, but posted his fastest lap of the night just prior to the eighth caution flag on Lap 152. 23. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears was named the Lucky Dog after Jeb Burton tagged the wall on Lap 143 to bring out the seventh caution flag 24. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier had just returned to the lead lap after the Lap 122 caution when he was penalized for passing before the restart. 25. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Handling was an ongoing issue for Dillon, who reported to his team on Lap 220, "I feel like I'm trying to turn a bulldozer down into the corner." 26. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . Allmendinger's team continually tinkered on the No. 47 Chevy, and he finished as the last car on the lead lap. 27. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne was running in the top 10 by the halfway point, but noticeably fell off the pace with 30 laps to go. 28. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Patience paid off for Cassill, who posted his best 1.5-mile result of the 2015 season. 29. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Gilliland asked his team to check out his grille because his gauges were running hot on Lap 161. 30. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Annett lined up 29th in his second Kentucky appearance. 31. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Bowman had to play catch-up after his team was penalized for going over the wall too soon during the competition caution on Lap 32. 32. Brett Moffitt , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Moffitt, a Kentucky newcomer, earned the Lucky Dog pass heading into the Lap 192 restart. 33. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart locked down his brakes briefly on Lap 143 and hit the wall while trying to avoid wrecking competitors in front of him. 34. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick spun on Lap 207 thanks to contact from a brake-less Earnhardt to bring out a record-tying 10th caution flag. She retaliated by hitting Earnhardt as the two entered pit road. " ALL ACCESS: Danica frustrated with Dale Jr. 35. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. A smoking left-rear tire prompted the pole sitter to pit unexpectedly with 52 laps to go. Upon returning to the track, he hit the wall to bring out a record-setting 11th caution flag. 36. Reed Sorenson , No. 62 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Sorenson drove the No. 62 for the first time this year in his first 1.5-mile start of the season. 37. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Whitt was running 35th when left-rear tire rub prompted his car to start smoking around Lap 110. 38. Will Kimmel III , No. 32 Ford, Go FAS Racing. Kimmel lined up 40th in his Sprint Cup debut. 39. J.J . Yeley , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . A loose-handling condition prompted Yeley to spin in Turn 4 on Lap 122 and bring out the fifth caution flag of the night. 40. Alex Kennedy , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport . Kennedy picked up a few spots after lining up 43rd in his first career Kentucky start. 41. Jeb Burton , No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . The rookie was pushed into the wall by Ricky Stenhouse on Lap 143 to bring out the seventh caution flag. 42. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . DiBenedetto sustained damage during the Lap 143 wreck and retreated to the garage so his team could make repairs. 43. Josh Wise , No. 98 Ford, Premium Motorsports. Wise brought out the first caution on Lap 19 after J.J . Yeley pushed him into the wall. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
J.J . Yeley has a right-front tire go down, sending him hard into the wall and out of the race.
See where every driver will pit in race at 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network RELATED: Full starting lineup When the XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying was cancled due to rain at Kentucky Speedway, the lineup for Friday's race (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM) was set by practice speeds from Thursday's session. J.J . Yeley claimed the Coors Light Pole for Friday night's race and also selected the 14th pit stall. Ty Dillon driver of the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, lines up second and chose the first pit stall off pit road with an empty space in front of him. Erik Jones also chose a pit stall with an empty space in front of him. Jones will start the race seventh. Ryan Reed , who is starting the race 12th, chose the first stall onto pit road with an open box behind his stall. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Early scrape doesn't slow No. 33 Chevy, which leads 1-2-3 RCR sweep RELATED: Practice 1 results " Final practice results Austin Dillon recovered from a brush from the wall in opening NASCAR XFINITY Series practice to top the final practice leaderboard Friday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Dillon drove his freshly repaired Richard Childress Racing No. 33 Chevrolet to a best lap of 130.707 mph on the 1.058-mile track. He'll be aiming for his fourth XFINITY victory of the season in Saturday's Lakes Region 200 (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM). Childress Chevrolets swept the top three in the 85-minute session. Brendan Gaughan landed the second-fastest lap at 129.498 mph in the No. 62 Chevy, and teammate Brian Scott was third-fastest (129.459 mph) in the No. 2 Camaro. Sprint Cup regulars Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski -- who collectively have won the last six XFINITY races at New Hampshire -- both secured spots in the top 10 on the leaderboard. Busch -- an XFINITY winner at the Loudon, N.H., track from 2009-11 and 2013 -- was fifth-fastest in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota. Keselowski, the 2012 and defending race winner, was seventh-best in the Team Penske No. 22 Ford. Daniel Suarez landed the fourth-best spot with a late mock qualifying run in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota. J.J . Yeley , who started first last weekend after a qualifying rainout at Kentucky Speedway, was sixth-fastest in the JGL Racing No. 28 Toyota. Defending series champion Chase Elliott piloted the JR Motorsports No. 9 Chevrolet to the 11th-fastest lap. Series points leader Chris Buescher was 12th-fastest in the Roush Fenway Racing No. 60 Ford. Saturday's Coors Light Pole Qualifying is set for an 11:15 a.m. ET start, to be televised on NBC Sports Network. Keselowski tops early New Hampshire practice Brad Keselowski roared to the fastest lap in Friday's first practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Keselowski, last week's XFINITY winner at Kentucky, posted a lap of 130.122 mph in the No. 22 Ford in preparation for Saturday's Lakes Region 200 (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM), the 17th of 33 races this season. His top time was a solid .273-seconds better than second-fastest Denny Hamlin , who ran 128.920 mph in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota. Keselowski has prevailed in two of the last three XFINITY Series races on the 1.058-mile track. Kyle Busch , seventh-fastest in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota, has won four of the series' last six New Hampshire events. Ryan Sieg was third-fastest in the RSS Racing No. 39 Chevrolet. NASCAR Next products Ben Rhodes and Daniel Suarez were fourth and fifth respectively in the 55-minute session. Austin Dillon , a three-time winner in the XFINITY Series this year, posted the eighth-fastest lap but damaged the right side of his Richard Childress Racing No. 33 Chevrolet after he scraped the outside wall at the exit of Turn 4. His brother, Ty Dillon , third in the XFINITY Series standings, also made contact later in the session but with less damage to his No. 3 Chevy. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule