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NASCAR hands down sanctions to Jake Crum
Crum restricted to tracks of 1.25 miles or less, plus road courses
Ellis upset after wreck with Crum
Ryan Ellis shows his displeasure with Jake Crum after an incident at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200.
Single car spins plague first half of Truck race
Several cars hit the wall early including Jake Crum , John Wes Townley and Todd Bodine.
Peters pays a price for starting in the back
After starting in the rear due to unapproved adjustments, Timothy Peters gets caught up in an early wreck with Bryan Silas and Jake Crum .
21 Questions with Ryan Blaney and Jake Short
Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 21 Ford, puts Kids Drive NASCAR Honorary Ambassador, actor Jake Short, on the clock with a set of 21 questions.
iRacing's championship: Alfalla wins third crown
RELATED: Full iRacing schedule, results Ray Alfalla (Slip Angle Motorsports) captured his third NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series championship, capping a remarkable season with a second-place finish in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway . PJ Stergios (ineX Racing), Alfalla’s competition for the championship, won the race in a clutch performance but fell two points short of winning his first championship. The difference in the championship came down to laps led, with Alfalla's 50 giving him the bonus point for leading the most laps while Stergios could manage only 34 circuits at the front of the field. If Stergios had led 17 more laps, he would have taken the championship on a tiebreaker. The night started off with Alfalla starting on pole while Stergios rolled off 13th. Pole position gave Alfalla an immediate advantage in that he would have a very good chance at leading a lap early on and picking up an all-important bonus point. When the race went green, Alfalla did exactly that by jumping out to an early lead over Michael Conti and Justin Bolton. As the first run wore on, Alfalla's lead stabilized at around 1.5 seconds over Brad Davies, who overhauled Conti for second on Lap 28. Further back, Stergios had moved into the top five. A few laps later sim racers started heading into the pits for tires, but the two championship contenders stayed on the track not wanting to get trapped a lap down in case a caution flew. On Lap 41 the two pitted together with Alfalla winning the battle off pit road. However, due to running several additional laps Alfalla lost the lead to Conti with Nick Ottinger (Gale Force Sim Racing) in second. The first caution flag flew on Lap 58 when Ottinger was battling Davies and Kenny Humpe (The TEAM) for second. Davies got loose under Ottinger coming off Turn 2, hit Ottinger, and spun down into Humpe. Humpe got the worst of it, smashing into the inside wall and ending his night. Ottinger continued without damage and won the race off pit road during the yellow, earning the race lead. Alfalla did not wait long to reclaim the lead, doing so on a Lap 75 restart just before a massive crash happened behind him when Kevin King was hooked in front of the field. Nearly a dozen cars piled into the melee on the backstretch, but both Alfalla and Stergios were unscathed. After trailing Alfalla for much of the race, Stergios made his move on the next round of green flag pit stops. Stergios pitted before Alfalla and jumped in front thanks to his fresher tires. When the field cycled through pit stops, Stergios held the lead with Conti leading Alfalla for second. Stergios looked to be in prime position to threaten Alfalla's laps-led mark but another caution flew for a crash on the front stretch and bunched the field up again. Stergios hung on, though, winning the race off pit road and maintaining the lead on the restart only for the yellow light to flash again, forcing him and Alfalla to pit road again for another set of fresh tires. With 17 laps to go, the race resumed, this time with Taylor Hurst in the lead courtesy of a two-tire pit stop. Stergios and Alfalla both looked to pounce on the restart with the fresh tires and the next 10 laps featured phenomenal sim racing among Hurst, Alfalla, Stergios and Ottinger. Stergios finally took the lead from Hurst with nine laps to go, but was unable to secure the bonus point for most laps led. Alfalla also came through for second with Ottinger finishing third ahead of Cody Byus as Hurst slipped to fifth at the checkers. Alfalla's third championship brings to six the number of consecutive top-two finishes in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series standings, dating back to 2011. Stergios, to his credit, had the second-best year ever in series history. Both drivers had an average finish of fourth to go along with 13 top-10s in 16 races, but Alfalla was more consistent and had a better average starting position (sixth versus 12th). Jake Stergios won the battle for third in the standings, though he was well back of the top two. Chris Overland took fourth despite finishing 27th at Homestead as Dylan Duval also found trouble, finishing 31st, but taking fifth in the standings over Ottinger. With another season in the books, the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series enters into hibernation until March 2017. Alfalla will once again bask in the glow of being crowned the best oval sim racer in the world at Homestead-Miami Speedway during the Ford Championship Weekend (where he will collect a check for $10,000 prize and third NASCAR championship ring), while the rest of the field has to wonder what they can do to knock him off his perch. His success is truly unprecedented in a field that is loaded with talent and gets more competitive each year. Congratulations to Ray Alfalla, 2016 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series champion!
Jake Owen: My connection to NASCAR
Singer details his relationship with Kevin Harvick for NASCAR.com Editor's note: Country music star Jake Owen has played at NASCAR races and is a client at KHI Management. The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion recently made an appearance in the music video for Owen's latest single, "Real Life." Learn more about Jake by clicking here and follow Jake on Twitter here . See below for a behind-the-scenes video of "Real Life." I've always enjoyed NASCAR and have always been a fan of the sport. I definitely became more involved once Kevin Harvick and I started working together. The last several years, watching how well he's done, has been incredible. To have the changes he did, not just in racing but in life, to go out and win the championship and join a new team and really start his own company when he had a new baby -- he's done so much stuff and has been so successful. He and his wife DeLana enjoyed my music, and four years ago they asked me to perform at a charity event for him, and I did. It was right about time they found out they were going to have a baby. I was going to be a dad as well, so we were going through the same things at the same time. We became friends, and it made sense for us to team up. Another reason it's been so great to work with him is that I think country music and NASCAR go together like peanut butter and jelly. The same folks who watch a NASCAR every race weekend are the same folks who come out to our shows and sing with us. Country music is fueled by people who live real lives, who are just everyday, good people. Both are very loyal. Our fans support us our whole careers. Same with NASCAR -- if there's a Dale Earnhardt fan or a Junior fan, they are lifelong fans. I just love that. When you talk about a NASCAR driver moving up and a country music singer making it big, I think they correlate a lot. Kevin and I really do get along and understand and have a similar background. I have good family, but I didn't have anything handed to me. I dropped out of college and moved to Nashville. My dad said, 'Good luck.' I worked really hard and built a little following, playing county fairs and festivals and backyard barbecues. I played everywhere I could. Now to be out playing stadiums with guys like Kenny Chesney, and to headline my own arenas, is amazing. When I go back to the city where that county fair was 10 years ago, it's so flattering that people will lay down money they’ve worked hard for to see my show. There's nothing more fulfilling to know after all the hard work, you make it -- call it going from dirt tracks to Daytona. I ended up asking Kevin to be in my new music video and told him, "I just want you to celebrate in the back of truck like you won a race, spraying everyone with champagne." Kevin was like, "I'm totally down with that." The song is called "Real Life," and it's about anything that happens on a daily basis that's out of our control, in our control, just things that happen every day. Really, it's about living it and treating others with respect. It's about being what I call a good all-American human being. We all have high moments and low. The guy who brings his camper out to race on Sunday, there's a chance he gets a flat tire. It's hot, kids are yelling in the background … those situations to me are what real life is all about -- living life to your best and fullest and smiling along the way.
Jake Owen gets golf critique from Keelan
NASCAR.com's Costner Merrifield and Taylor Starer get you caught up on the latest tweets you might have missed including Keelan Harvick critiquing Jake Owen’s golf skills.
Busch wins for sixth time at Charlotte
Shows dominance by leading 130 of 134 laps in Truck Series race
Nationwide Series Kentucky testing results
Results of first session from Kentucky Speedway