While running in the top 10, Danica Patrick slides up the track and into Jason Bowles .
Four drivers and fans have chances to win $100,000 MORE: How Dash 4 Cash works; enter now! CONCORD, N.C. -- Regan Smith said he didn't realize until Friday that Saturday's Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway was the qualifier for the NASCAR XFINITY Series' Dash 4 Cash Sweepstakes. But on Saturday in the driver's meeting he tapped Jason Burdett, crew chief of the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, on the shoulder and said, "Hey, you know this is the Dash 4 Cash race and we need to be good today." The No. 7 remained steady and in the top 10 for the majority of the race, but what made Saturday good was a late pit stop that propelled Smith to a fourth-place finish, his best at Charlotte. Smith led a group of Dash 4 Cash qualifiers that included Darrell Wallace Jr . (fifth place), Daniel Suarez (sixth) and Ty Dillon (seventh) in a race won by Austin Dillon . The best finisher among the four in next week's Buckle Up presented by Click it or Ticket 200 at Dover International Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET, FOX) will take home $100,000 and advance to the next round of the Dash 4 Cash. For Wallace, the fifth-place finish at Charlotte was a career best in his young XFINITY Series career and came on the heels of a sixth-place showing at Iowa. Wallace also finished sixth at Texas earlier this season, and the driver of the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford said he's building some momentum. "This is a confidence booster for all of my guys," Wallace said. "We just have to clean up ourselves on pit road. That's been a struggle for us these last couple races, but we've been able to manage a couple spots on restarts and come away with our first top-five in the series. ... This is where we need to be. We're setting up ship for late in the season." As for the immediate future, Wallace said he needed to learn how to translate qualifying success at Dover International Speedway into a race win. In 2012, Wallace won the pole in the fall XFINITY race at Dover only to finish 12th. He also won a pole there in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the spring of 2013 but finished 10th. "Dover has been a very successful track for me," Wallace said. "It would be nice if (the Dash 4 Cash) paid for the pole there because I'm pretty good at qualifying there. I haven't got the finishes I wanted, but I'm excited to be in the XFINITY Series and part of the Dash 4 Cash Series, so I'm glad to be one of the four." Wallace and fellow rookie Suarez will mix it up with Smith and Dillon, who are veterans of the Dash 4 Cash battles -- with Dillon winning a Dash 4 Cash race last year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway . In addition to Dover and Indianapolis, the Dash 4 Cash will take place at Bristol Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway this year. Suarez, who qualified 19th for Saturday's race in Charlotte, charged through the field early and maintained a top-10 position for the second half of the race. Suarez's sixth-place finish in his first race at CMS was his fourth top 10 of the season. "We had a hard time in qualifying -- maybe one of my worst qualifying runs of the year at 19th," Suarez said. "All these guys, they don't know how to give up and that's something that is really good, and I'm learning to be just like that as well." And like Smith, Suarez was pleasantly surprised that Saturday marked the beginning of the Dash 4 Cash. "That's cool and something new actually," Suarez said. "I saw the Dash 4 Cash, and I don't know exactly how it works or anything, but I'm really proud to be part of this and something new for me." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Full-time rookie pleased with 2015 Truck Series performance KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Take a look at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings. At the top, you see familiar names -- two-time defending champion Matt Crafton , Brad Keselowski Racing product Tyler Reddick , 18-year-old phenom Erik Jones , 2012 series champion James Buescher … But there's also another, lesser-known name -- Ray Black Jr . With just 11 NASCAR national series starts under his belt -- all of which have come in the Truck Series over the past two seasons -- many fans aren't familiar with the SS Green Light Racing driver. "I'd say we’re doing a really good job with the team we have," Black said Thursday at Kansas Speedway . "We're growing a lot. This is our first full season with them and they're really respected in the series, and they've been around for a long while. (Team owner) Bobby Dotter is a good guy and he's taken us under his wing and showed us the ropes and I'm glad to be able to give him a good season so far." With an average finish of 23.0 in seven starts scattered throughout last season behind the wheels of the Nos. 07 and 08 Chevrolets, Black struggled to find the stability necessary to make much noise. Shuffling through three different crew chiefs (Doug Weddle, Keith Wolfe and Jason Miller) will do that. Now that he's secured a full season with the team and seems to have found a fit with Miller, the results are already showing. Black came out of the gate firing with a fifth-place finish at Daytona and hasn't looked back. "I like the bigger tracks because I like to go fast. (Daytona) played out very well," Black said "It's just all luck there. You just kind of ride and stay on the bottom and stay out of trouble, but I don't know. We got really lucky there with two big wrecks and somehow stayed out of both of them. I don't know how we did, but somebody was looking out for us. "We ran good at Atlanta, we were in the top 15 and … had some problems with the truck and couldn't finish the race, which limited us to 25th place. Things like that, that's 10 spots right there and 10 points. We'd be doing a lot better if it wasn't for those circumstances, I'd say." Ten extra points would've had him in sixth heading into Friday's Toyota Tundra 250 , ahead of John Wes Townley and one point behind Buescher. After Black recovered with a 13th-place finish at Martinsville, the series had more than a month of downtime before getting back on track. The driver -- who moonlights as a certified scuba instructor, once leaving racing for two years to focus on that -- spent that time diving in his private spring, surfing and road-tripping, but also thinking about how he'd approach Kansas. A blown engine on Lap 110 sent Black to a 21st-place finish in the Toyota Tundra 250 . That puts him ninth in the standings heading to Charlotte. Black has developed a close, mentoring relationship with his spotter, Stevie Reeves, who also spots for Paul Menard in the Sprint Cup Series. The advice he's gotten from Reeves has proven invaluable thus far. "(Stevie's) really helpful and he tells me what I'm doing wrong or if I need to change something or try something or whatever it is," Black said. "That's usually who I look to, to help me out. Just because they can tell you all day (what to do), but it's when you're out there on the track that I really see it and feel it the most. "(The best advice he's given me) is just give and take. You've got to respect other drivers. They're long races. I've come up running 25-lappers and there's no give-and-take at those kind of things. These races are 200 laps-plus, so you've got to make sure you know who you're racing with because some of these drivers are different and some are more aggressive than others. Some are good to follow and some aren't. He's really smart on that edge and he looks out for me so I have to give him props." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
10-week summer program begins at NASCAR Sprint All-Star Weekend DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 15, 2015) -- Twenty of the best and brightest college students from across the country will descend on Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend as the sport introduces the 2015 NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP) class at NASCAR Sprint All-Star Weekend. The interns come to NASCAR from as far north as the University of Minnesota and as far south as the University of Puerto Rico, and will take part in the 10-week, paid program, created to expose multicultural college students to employment opportunities within America's No. 1 motorsport. As the NDIP grows in popularity, so has the number of internship roles at NASCAR and other companies within the industry, in the areas of engineering, finance, marketing, licensing and public relations. Hendrick Motorsports , Rev Racing, Pocono Raceway and Switch, a marketing agency, are among the companies participating in 2015. "Since 2000, the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program has grown to become one of the premier internships in sports," said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. "For NASCAR, the program is an important part of our efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace." Nearly 300 interns have participated in the NDIP since its inception, and many secured full-time jobs in motorsports following their internships. Recent graduates have found roles at NASCAR, International Speedway Corporation, Octagon and Toyota, among other companies tied to the industry. "The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program has proven to be an effective pipeline for hiring top talent across the industry," said Paula Miller, NASCAR senior vice president and chief human resources officer. "We have several former interns who now have key roles in helping to grow our sport." Pedro Mojica, a graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio, completed his NDIP internship in 2014 and now works full-time as an engineer for Toyota Racing Development. "As an intern, I had the opportunity to become immersed in the world of NASCAR -- a sport I was passionate about," said Mojica, who also participated in the NASCAR Mentorship Program. "The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program provided me with a platform to launch my career in motorsports." Several former interns are now employed at NASCAR within multiple business units, including: Brandon Thompson, director, racing operations; Marvin Aylor Jr., manager, marketing; Lauren Houston, senior account executive, multicultural development; Kathryn Lee, senior coordinator, events; Jusan Hamilton, account executive, industry services; Ade Herbert, coordinator, communications; Jason Simmons, licensing assistant; and Cameron McCarty, pit road technician. This weekend, the 2015 class will experience NASCAR 101 and receive guided tours of the NASCAR Research & Development Center, NASCAR Hall of Fame and Charlotte Motor Speedway before taking in Saturday's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, which will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 at 7 p.m. ET. The class includes the following students from colleges and universities across the country: Intern Internship Assignment College or University Hometown Kent Booze NASCAR Brand and Consumer Marketing Dartmouth College Spiro, Okla. Karl Bostick Octagon Marketing Elon University Englewood, N.J. Adrienne Bright NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications Central Michigan University Flint, Mich. Nichole Dominguez NASCAR Weekly and Touring University of Central Florida Daytona Beach, Fla. Sydnei Fryson Rev Racing PR/Marketing Hampton University Charleston, W.V. James Harris Hendrick Marketing/Business Development University of North Carolina at Charlotte Apex, N.C. Zubin Jhambani NASCAR Marketing Research Syracuse University Udaipur (Rajasthan), India Giridhar Kathiresan NASCAR Digital Media University of North Carolina at Charlotte Chennai (Tami Nadu), India Victoria Kim Pocono Raceway Marketing Penn State University Horsham, Pa. Jordan Leatherman Switch Marketing Oklahoma State University Muskogee, Okla. Yuyi Li NASCAR Industry Services Duke University Chapel Hill, N.C. Bice Lizza NASCAR Human Resources Penn State University Montville, N.J. Jade McCrary NASCAR Member Services Florida A&M University Daytona Beach, Fla. Cole McGinnis NASCAR Licensing University of Iowa Davenport, Ia. Jasmine Neely NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Charlotte, N.C. Hakeem Onafowokan NASCAR Legal University of Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. Alexandre Pendegrass NASCAR Multicultural Development Howard University Dallas, Texas Keyzza Plaza NASCAR Production Engineering University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez Toa Alta, Puerto Rico Tonya Vanderpool NASCAR Finance University of Central Florida Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands Ashleigh Young NASCAR Productions Oklahoma State University Santa Ana, Calif.
See which drivers are set to compete in Saturday night's race Entry # Driver Owner Crew chief Manufacturer Sponsor 1 1 Jamie McMurray Felix Sabates Matt McCall 15 Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops 2 2 Brad Keselowski Roger Penske Paul Wolfe 15 Ford Miller Lite 3 4 Kevin Harvick Tony Stewart Rodney Childers 15 Chevrolet Hunt Brothers Pizza 4 5 Kasey Kahne Linda Hendrick Keith Rodden 15 Chevrolet Time Warner Cable 5 11 Denny Hamlin J D Gibbs Dave Rogers 15 Toyota FedEx Express 6 14 Tony Stewart Margaret Haas Chad Johnston 15 Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Arctic Cat 7 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Adam Stevens 15 Toyota M&M's Red Nose Day 8 19 Carl Edwards J D Gibbs Darian Grubb 15 Toyota ARRIS 9 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Jason Ratcliff 15 Toyota Dollar General 10 22 Joey Logano Walter Czarnecki Todd Gordon 15 Ford Shell Pennzoil 11 24 Jeff Gordon Rick Hendrick Alan Gustafson 15 Chevrolet Axalta 12 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Luke Lambert 15 Chevrolet Cat/Quicken Loans 13 41 Kurt Busch Gene Haas Tony Gibson 15 Chevrolet Haas Automation 14 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Trent Owens 15 Ford Smithfield 15 47 A J Allmendinger Tad Geschickter Brian Burns 15 Chevrolet Kingsford 16 48 Jimmie Johnson Jeff Gordon Chad Knaus 15 Chevrolet Lowe's Patriotic 17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Rick Hendrick Greg Ives 15 Chevrolet Mountain Dew Baja Blast
Townley finished 11th in points last season and had seven top-10 finishes
The stars of the Nationwide garage were all abuzz and eager to talk with CamGuy before their 2nd practice at Kansas Speedway.
For the final time in 2012, CamGuy takes a stroll through the Nationwide garage as teams prep for the season finale.
CamGuy, for the first time, ventures into the Nationwide garage at Indianapolis.
Join CamGuy and the cars and stars of the Nationwide series as they get ready for practice.