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Ron Bouchard passes away at age 67
RELATED: Bouchard's standout Modified career Ron Bouchard, winner of the 1981 Talladega 500 and the premier series' rookie of the year that same season, passed away Thursday. He was 67. A family friend and close pal of my fathers Ron Bouchard passed away today. My thoughts and prayers go to his family. — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) December 10, 2015 NASCAR made a statement on Thursday regarding the news, "Ron Bouchard's passion for racing was evident from his very early years in NASCAR. Competition fueled Ron, whether racing modifieds at short tracks across the Northeast or winning rookie of the year honors in NASCAR's premier series. He loved this sport, and made an indelible mark on it, one that won’t soon be forgotten. "NASCAR extends its condolences to the friends and family of Ron Bouchard, a true racer." A native of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Bouchard pulled off one of NASCAR's most stunning victories when he shot from third to first on the final lap at Talladega (then known as Alabama International Motor Speedway), passing Darrell Waltrip and Terry Labonte to score his lone premier series victory. The win came in his 11th career start. He was driving the Jack Beebe-owned Race Hill Farm No. 47 Buick, with crew chief Bob Johnson. Bouchard had taken over the ride earlier in the season following the departure of driver Harry Gant. Bouchard became the 13th different winner in the 13-year history of the summer race at the 2.66-mile track. "Coming off the fourth turn … I was behind Waltrip and Terry when Terry decided to pass Darrell on the outside," Bouchard told reporters following his Talladega victory. "When he moved up, Darrell moved up to get in front of him. When I saw that, I just shot down to the inside … and moved up fast." A standout Modified driver, Bouchard won track championships at Stafford Springs, Thompson and Seekonk speedways before moving up to what was then known as NASCAR's Grand National division. He made 160 starts at NASCAR’s top level, finishing a career-best eighth in points in '82. In addition to his one win, Bouchard scored 19 top-five and 60 top-10 finishes. He won the series' rookie title in a class that included Morgan Shepherd , Tim Richmond and Joe Ruttman . Seven years later, his brother Ken Bouchard captured the series rookie of the year award as well.
No. 88 crew chief Greg Ives fined, others receive warnings post-Kansas
NASCAR officials handed down a P2 penalty to the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team for not having lug nuts properly installed during Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway . The infraction also brought a fine of $10,000 to Greg Ives, crew chief of the No. 88 Chevrolet. The No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team received a written warning and a loss of 15 minutes practice time for failing pre-race LIS three times. The cars of Carl Edwards , Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr . failed pre-race LIS twice and received written warnings. The cars of Austin Dillon and Regan Smith failed pre-race template inspection twice and received written warnings. Cole Whitt 's No. 55 Chevrolet failed pre-qualifying LIS twice and received a written warning. The cars of Jamie McMurray and Martin Truex Jr . failed pre-qualifying template inspection twice and received written warnings. Other warnings issued after last weekend's events at Kansas Speedway : The XFINITY Series cars of Cole Custer and Brandon Brown failed pre-race LIS twice and received written warnings. Also, the cars of Brennan Poole and Derrike Cope failed pre-race template inspection three times and received written warnings.
PEAK becomes title sponsor of NASCAR Mexico Series
RELATED: Peak becomes new sponsor for Mexico Series DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 18, 2016) -- During an event with team owners, drivers, local dignitaries and media at the InterContinental Presidente Hotel in Mexico City, NASCAR today announced plans to strengthen its presence in Mexico for years to come with a full slate of races in 2017 and beyond. Also announced was a multi-year agreement with Old World Industries (OWI) to make PEAK® title sponsor of the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series, only the third title sponsor in series history. Additionally, PEAK becomes an Official NASCAR Partner along with other key brands such as BlueDEF®. "The NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series is a place where young drivers are honing their skills and competing for a championship against the toughest competition in Latin America," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. "The series drives interest in stock car racing in Mexico, while cultivating talented drivers and pit crew members aspiring to compete at the NASCAR national series level." The NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series will make its return with an exhibition race on Dec. 3-4 in Mexico City. Celebrating its 10th season, the series will officially get underway in 2017, with a full championship schedule that will be announced at a later date. The NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series has helped develop some of NASCAR's best young drivers, including Daniel Suárez, who is the first Mexican-born driver to capture Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors; win a NASCAR national series race; lead a national series in points; and compete in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase for a championship – which he is currently pursuing. Furthermore, the continued development of young Mexican drivers, like reigning NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series Champion Ruben Garcia Jr., exemplifies the wealth of talent competing throughout the series. "I am extremely proud to be a Mexican driver competing against the best young drivers making a name for themselves in the NASCAR XFINITY Series," said Suárez, driver of the No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing . "I am lucky to have had the support of NASCAR's developmental programs along the way – including the NASCAR Mexico Series. I am excited to see that other talented Latin American drivers will continue to have similar opportunities for many years to come." "We remain steadfast in our commitment to develop young talent and engage our passionate fan base in Mexico," said Lou Garate, vice president, partnership marketing, NASCAR. "PEAK is a world-class brand, and its three decades of experience in motorsports will help elevate NASCAR-sanctioned racing in Mexico." Old World Industries' PEAK, BlueDEF and HURCULINER brands have a storied history in motorsports. PEAK held race entitlements in NASCAR throughout the 1990s and 2000s. In 2016, PEAK sponsored Clint Bowyer 's No. 15 Chevrolet, including two primary races and a season-long associate sponsorship. PEAK is also the title sponsor of NASCAR's eSports partner, iRacing.com, which has helped produce current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader William Byron. "Old World Industries products have been a recognized part of the racing industry for decades, and we're proud to help bring NASCAR to the passionate fans in Mexico and the U.S. for years to come," said Bryan Emrich, chief marketing officer at Old World Industries. "Whether in the garage or on the track, we'll continue to deliver quality products that auto enthusiasts can count on." As an Official NASCAR Partner, race fans will see the NASCAR bar mark on select products including: PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant (Official Antifreeze/Coolant of NASCAR®), PEAK Windshield Washer Fluid and Wipers (Official Washer Fluid and Wiper Blade of NASCAR®), BlueDEF Diesel Exhaust Fluid and Equipment (Official Diesel Exhaust Fluid of NASCAR® and Official Diesel Exhaust Fluid Equipment of NASCAR®) and Herculiner Truck & Bed Liners (Official Roll-On and Spray-On Bed Liner of NASCAR®). For more information on OWI products and the company's involvement in motorsports, please visit www.PeakAuto.com .
Larson loves Miami, joins teams testing at Homestead
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Kyle Larson is hopeful his fast performance in Tuesday's rain-interrupted NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be a harbinger of good things to come when the series returns to the track for the Nov. 20 season finale. The 24-year-old, who was eliminated after the opening round of this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs, would have preferred that his test session work contribute to deciding the Sprint Cup championship later at Homestead. But he will gladly go for the track trophy instead this year. "Homestead is probably my favorite track for racing the trucks and XFINITY series and for Cup, it's my second favorite to Bristol," said Larson, who has a win here in the XFINITY Series. "I always enjoy coming here and running really close to the wall. It's a real race track where I feel like driver can make up a lot. You always have to have a good car but I feel like the driver can have an impact here." Larson's No. 42 Target Chevrolet paced the field in the morning session at the 1.5-mile track, just ahead of fellow Chevy driver Chase Elliott , who sits 25 points back from the cutoff as the series heads to the Talladega eliminator this weekend. Ryan Blaney was third fastest in the opening session. Elliott led Larson in the afternoon session, which was extended two hours because of the rainy weather, lasting till 7 p.m. Larson, Kurt Busch , Carl Edwards and Austin Dillon rounded out the top five on the speed charts in the afternoon session. Many of the teams here were specifically non-specific in their goals for the two-day test, guarding their objectives and the pursuit of them. Ford driver Brad Keselowski was less circumspect and certainly less technical in explaining his team's intent this week. "It's always a little complicated to explain," he said smiling. "We're always working on them, always making them better and we've come up with a couple things and we try to validate them on track. "We put them through all these engineering tests with all these fancy computer simulations telling us if it's going to work or not work. And we get pretty confident it's going to work, but like to backstop check it. We're going through a lot of things we've been doing with the proper implementation of all these gizmos to check things you're allowed to use in testing. Just validating the parts and pieces." Veteran Carl Edwards said he just likes to get laps here in advance of the series crowning its champion and that his Joe Gibbs Racing Team welcomed the opportunity to try new things. "We're just working on a bunch of different things," Edwards said. "This sport is evolving so quickly and all of the teams are pushing. I talked to (crew chief) Dave (Rogers) this morning and all the Chase contenders are up there and fast. We're working on a bunch of different things." Some teams, most notably, Martin Truex Jr .'s Furniture Row Racing team opted not to use the Homestead test -- something Edwards said he understood as well. RELATED: Truex, No. 78 team to pass on Homestead test "One of the things that can happen is you can come test and be too confident in what you find out," Edwards said. "We're just kind of going through some things and really having fun.. …Even if we don't gain anything huge for the car, we're having a good time." The series is set to conduct another full-day test at Homestead on Wednesday. &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
Dale Earnhardt-Wrangler deal risky, but paid off big for Richard Childress
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Richard Childress went all in. He wagered everything -- his yesterday, his today and his tomorrow. He bet it on a late-season deal with a driver who was a maverick, and he bet it on nothing more than a sliver of a sponsorship. And at the end of that 1981 season, less than a dozen races after the relationships began, the driver and the sponsor departed. The story could have ended there. Driver gone, sponsor gone and Childress, who had tried to scratch out a living as a racer before going the ownership route, hopelessly broke and perhaps finished with NASCAR. But it didn't. Two years later, both Dale Earnhardt and Wrangler reunited with Childress. The union produced a pair of championships and a slew of wins, and set Childress and Earnhardt on a path of success rarely seen in NASCAR. "I borrowed everything I could on my home; I sold everything I had that I thought I could sell just to run Dale those 10 races," Childress said Wednesday during a celebration at Wrangler's headquarters here in Greensboro. "At the end of it, I was just in debt. I had borrowed money from some folks and everything just to run those 10 races." It's fitting that the celebration of the region's textile community, dubbed Jeansboro Day, took place this week, just as NASCAR's premier series prepares to return to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. Because it was at Talladega in the summer of '81 that all the pieces first came together that would unite Childress, Earnhardt and Wrangler. "I had already talked to Dale at the track earlier that day," Childress said, "and put our deal together." Later, at the long-gone Anniston Inn just east of the track, he met with Phil Holmer of Goodyear, Wrangler officials and Joe Whitlock, who handled Earnhardt's public relations at the time. Earnhardt had won the 1980 title while driving for team owner Rod Osterlund, but when the team was sold mid-season to J.D. Stacy in '81, the driver wanted out. A deal to run the final 11 races of the season was struck, with Childress and Wrangler. By year's end, Earnhardt had managed six top-10 finishes, but the strong runs were offset by mechanical issues and parts breakage. "We ran good, but I knew we didn't have what it took to run him for a championship," Childress said. Dale Earnhardt talks with Richard Childress after the two reunited in 1984. Dale Earnhardt Jr . remembers that season, in particular his father's second start with Childress. "I remember the race at Bristol where you had the accident on pit road that second race that dad drove for you in 1981," Earnhardt Jr. said Wednesday. "I was there. I know that because one of my most favorite photos of me and my father, they basically had these two tires stacked on top of each other and I'm standing in the wheel to get a better perspective to watch the race. I must have been 7 years old. "But Dad is standing with me and we're both watching the rest of the race; the car is in the background too damaged to continue. But my favorite photo of me and my father actually happened that day at Bristol." At the suggestion of Childress, Earnhardt left at the end of the year, taking the Wrangler funding with him to sign with veteran team owner Bud Moore. Childress hired driver Ricky Rudd, and a late deal put Piedmont Airlines on the car and helped stabilize the organization. Wrangler officials, knowing his dire financial situation, had kicked in an extra $50,000 at year's end to help Childress keep his operation upright. "That really helped me going into the following year," Childress said. What would have he done without it? "It's hard to say," he said. "I never look back. I just look ahead and that was one of those deals that helped me look ahead. I don't know where we would have been without it." Before the '84 season began, Childress said Wrangler officials wanted to reunite, with Earnhardt once again driving the No. 3 Chevrolet. The Earnhardt/Moore union had produced just three wins over the course of two years. Childress was more than willing to agree. "I'll never forget Bud told me at Riverside, 'Boy, that boy will break you,'" Childress recalled Moore telling him of Earnhardt. Instead, the pair flourished. A Legacy Continues In 2010, Earnhardt brought the brand back to the race track for a one-off race, winning the XFINITY Series event that summer at Daytona International Speedway . The car, prepared by his own JR Motorsports group, sported the No. 3 and a paint scheme similar to his father's. He continues to serve as a spokesperson for the company, and says it is "amazing" that the relationship has endured for so long. "My father first had Wrangler on the side of his car at the end of the 1980 season; he won the championship with Wrangler on the quarter panel of his car racing at Ontario in 1980 for the final race of the season," Earnhardt Jr. said. "Then he went into 1981 with Wrangler as a full-time sponsor. And we're still working together today. "I'm very proud of that relationship, very proud that it spanned so many years. Typically, relationships just don't last that long. So it says a lot about Wrangler and what they get out of the sport itself; their connection to race fans and the legacy of the Earnhardt family and Richard, everything that Richard and Dad did together."
Bruce: Harvick continues to thrive in must-win scenarios
RELATED: Full race results " Chase Grid KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Forget El Toro. The Closer? That's so yesterday. More like Houdini. Kevin Harvick , the master escape artist. Back to the wall? No way out? Done? To quote John "Bluto" Blutarsky, "Nothing is over until we decide it is!" Harvick and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team pulled another rabbit out of the hat here Sunday, winning the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway and earning an automatic berth into NASCAR’s Round of 8. Championship dreams haven't been extinguished. He and Jimmie Johnson , last week's winner at Charlotte, will sleep soundly. There will be no Talladega nightmares in the coming week. The 2014 champions have made a habit of survival in NASCAR's Chase elimination format since its debut two years ago. In '15, it was a must-win situation at Dover; Harvick went out and dominated to stay alive. In '14, same scenario, different round; he won at Phoenix to stave off elimination and move into the Championship Round, then went to Homestead to win the race and the title. This year has been no different. A 20th-place finish in the first round at Chicago dropped the team outside the top 12 in the 16-team field; Harvick won the next week at New Hampshire. A 38th-place result last week at Charlotte -- in the opening race of the second round -- dropped him to 12th, with anything-can-happen Talladega ahead and only the top eight moving on. He won at Kansas. If some teams wilt under pressure, this one seems to step up. Challenges surface, but they're met and overcome. Harvick led 74 laps of the 267-lap race Sunday, including the final 30. "If you can't win, you won't win one of these championships," Harvick, now a four-time winner this season, said afterward. "You'll get to Homestead and you may point (race) your way in, but there will be a car that shows up there that's going to win the race and win the championship." Points and points racing hold no interest for Harvick, thanks to Rodney Childers, the man who oversees everything concerning the No. 4 team and how it operates. "He didn't want to hear anything about points before we started this deal," Harvick said of his crew chief. "I'm like, 'OK, well, that's a new approach for me.' Usually you go home, you look at the points standings, that was a pretty good week." Now? "If we don't win, it's not a good week," Harvick said. Harvick credits Childers, Childers returns the favor, saying it's his driver's confidence and drive that "feeds down through him" to the team. "We're just fortunate to have a lot of guys that won't quit," Childers explained. "They don't take no for an answer. They don't care how many hours they work. They don't care what they have to do. They just try to make it happen. "It's cool to be in that environment and be around people like that. It's something that we all hope that we can do sometime in our lifetime." Maybe there were better cars Sunday, maybe there were faster cars. But NASCAR is often a game of opportunity; Harvick and his crew seized this one. "Do I feel like we had the best car today? Probably not," Harvick said. "Did we have the best car at (New Hampshire)? Probably not. But guess what, we kept ourselves in it all day. ... It's good to feel like you probably didn't have the fastest car and win the race because I felt like, we felt like, a lot of times we've had the fastest car and didn't win the race. So it's good to get a few of those back." The team's ability to step up isn't lost on the competition. Others have been there to see it play out all too often. "When it comes to these situations, they usually find a little more speed somewhere in their cars," said third-place finisher Joey Logano ( Team Penske ). "I don't know how, but when they are in must-win situations, they find more speed, which is always interesting to me that they have a little left in the tank." Said runner-up Carl Edwards ( Joe Gibbs Racing ): "I don't think they had the fastest car (but) they made it happen. So congrats to them." Only Austin Dillon ( Richard Childress Racing ), a solid sixth in the final rundown, seemed to have an idea of how to curtail Harvick's comeback combativeness, suggesting others "get together and block … in elimination races or just pull for something because he's tough to beat in those final races. "There's no doubt about it, he steps up when the pressure's there," Dillon said. "That team does a good job." No matter the situation, the team knows it can perform. It has proven it time and time again. So much so, Harvick said, that it's "not something we really even talk about because we've already done all that." Add Sunday's victory to the list. It may not have been magic, but it was magical just the same. &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;lt;/p&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;gt;
H2H: Chase hits halfway; Talladega tempest next
RELATED: See the Chase grid " Chase Bubble Watch The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup postseason is making the turn for home -- five races down and five to go. This weekend's stop on the 10-race ride is among the most pivotal of them all, Sunday's Alabama 500 (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM) at Talladega Superspeedway . With the playoff field about to be cut from 12 drivers to a final eight, our Holly Cain and Zack Albert tackle pressing topics ahead of a true Chase wildcard: *** Halfway through the Chase, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr . have each won twice, leaving Jimmie Johnson as the only other race winner in the postseason's first five races. Will the champion be one of these three or is there still room for a Chase dark horse? Cain: It is highly likely that the champion will come from among these three drivers, who have not only won lately but set the bar this year. With half the Chase remaining, someone else may -- and needs to -- step up, figuring it would be Brad Keselowski or Joey Logano or one of the four remaining Toyota drivers who have led the way. No dark horse here. Albert: There's time left, but that clock -- not to be confused with the Camping World Truck Series' caution clock -- is ticking more urgently. Harvick, Truex and Johnson may be the main Chase triumvirate so far, but I'm holding the door open for a Keselowski-led Penske effort or another Joe Gibbs Racing entry to stage a Round of 12 rally, starting at Talladega. Next year, a schedule shake-up for the Chase's Round of 12 will have Kansas trading places with Talladega to be the three-race series' elimination event. Do you favor the move or was the Charlotte-Kansas-Talladega progression a suitable schedule? Cain: Depending on whom you talk to, Talladega settling the third-round Chase grid was either a huge opportunity or a crazy wild card. Everyone goes into the unpredictable Talladega race feeling like either he/she has a big opportunity or scant chance to emerge. That makes for a heightened excitement level, but the question is whether this type of race should solidify the next round of elimination. Cases can be made either way, but I think the switch-up is a good idea. Albert: Talladega races are heart-clenching enough as it is -- whether it's in the regular season in May, in the playoffs in October or a 20-lap offseason trophy dash for funsies (just a suggestion). Making the schedule shift may slightly reduce spectator palpitations, but the track loses little in stature as the middle event in a three-race series. A more conventional venue such as Kansas makes more sense as the host of an elimination race. The Chase's current bottom four: Austin Dillon , Denny Hamlin , Brad Keselowski , Chase Elliott . Of those four, who is best positioned to take out the math and guesswork and emerge with a season-saving Talladega win? Cain: I truly see any and all four of these with the possibility of point-climbing their way up to Chase advancement. Among them, it's hardest to argue with Keselowski's Talladega resume. He already has two restrictor-plate wins at Daytona in July and at Talladega in the spring. He has lots of good Alabama juju -- scoring his first-ever Cup win at Talladega in 2009 and amassing four total wins there. He's finished in the top five in three of his last trips to the track. Albert: With such a stacked quartet in the Chase basement, this is a tough one. All four drivers have the backing of teams with standout superspeedway programs, and Keselowski has evolved into one of the sport's best at the large, fast ovals where horsepower is restricted. While still imagining some No. 3 magic for Dillon or a No. 24 breakthrough for Elliott, Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin gets the slight nod from these parts in a plate-track pick 'em.
Lifelong high school friends get surprise of life from Kyle Busch
Photo credit: WTVM RELATED: Busch gets awesome fan reaction on the road Kyle Busch will have VIP guests on hand this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway , fresh from a Homecoming Dance where the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champ played a role in making it an unforgettable moment. Auburn (Alabama) High School students Holman Head and Taylor Johnson celebrated this weekend at homecoming after Johnson asked her longtime friend to the dance earlier this month with a NASCAR-themed proposal. Johnson decorated her car with Busch's No. 18 and a makeshift M&M's paint scheme, asking Head, "Will you race to homecoming with me?" Busch apparently got wind of their special date and Head's status as a dedicated fan in a story first broadcast by WTVM in Columbus, Georgia . The Joe Gibbs Racing driver arranged for a chauffeured ride to homecoming in an Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, and surprised the couple in a personal video message. With both students already overjoyed, Busch sweetened the gift. "I also think that since we are racing Talladega in a couple of weeks, you two should come out and join us for the race weekend," Busch said, making plans to meet the two this weekend before the sixth of 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. "When I saw the video I cried," Taylor's mom told WTVM. "I just want to say thank you to Kyle Busch for making their dream come true." Busch tweeted Monday morning about the two: Can't wait to meet these 2 this weekend in Dega! Hope u all had a great time at the dance. https://t.co/KtrHCRyeQ5 — Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) October 17, 2016
Kyle Busch wins at Kansas; XFINITY Chase gets shake-up
RELATED: Race results " Standings " Chase Grid " Photos from the day SHOP: Busch gear KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Kyle Busch 's domination of Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway was about the only predictable thing that happened in the first race of the Round of 8 in the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase. In winning his fourth XFINITY race at the 1.5-mile track, his ninth of the season and the 85th of his career -- extending his own series record -- Busch led 150 of 200 laps, passing Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez after a restart with 13 circuits remaining. "It was a hard-fought battle," said Busch, who had surged to a lead of 7.961 seconds before the first caution slowed the field on Lap 57. "Seemed like it was going to be easy for us. We had a super-fast car, and when we were out front, I could take it easy on those long runs and we could drive away. "The car would turn so well. A lot of things were trying to work against us at the end of the race. We were able to persevere and do the right things and have lucky restarts and be in the right grooves and not get caught up in the melee that was happening." Suarez had reason to be elated with his eventual third-place finish. An unexplained "popping" sound in his No. 19 Toyota accompanied a loss of horsepower, and Suarez settled for a hard-won result after Elliott Sadler passed him in the closing laps for the runner-up spot. Because Suarez led laps and Sadler didn't, he and Sadler leave Kansas tied for the Chase lead, but Sadler owns the tie-breaker due to higher finishes. "I'm proud of my race team," Sadler said. "We just kept working on the car and getting it better and better. I've got to do a better job trying to outrun that 18 car (Busch). He's really good, and he knows how to manipulate the air. But I've got to keep trying." Blake Koch finished ninth -- third among Chase drivers -- despite a late flat tire, the adverse effect of which was diminished by a timely caution, one of 10 during the afternoon. Koch is seven points behind the two Chase leaders. Chaos gobbled up the remaining five Chase contenders. A tap from Brandon Jones turned Chaser Justin Allgaier sideways and ignited a six-car wreck that also eliminated Darrell Wallace Jr ., who crashed out in 33rd-place. In a severely damaged car, Allgaier soldiered to a 14th-place result and left Kansas tied with Erik Jones for the final transfer spot into the Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway . Jones ran up front through the vast majority of the race, but his No. 20 Toyota was turned into the Chevrolet of Ty Dillon when NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Kyle Larson made an aggressive move after a restart on Lap 183. Jones pitted with a cut tire and finished one position behind Allgaier, one lap down. "He (Larson) said it was his fault," Jones said after talking to Larson on pit road. "He owned up to it, got me ran over. It is what it is… He just said he got a good start and there was no hole there, nowhere to go with the run he had just got into my left rear and turned us. It's a shame, we both had fast cars." Ryan Reed salvaged a 16th-place finish despite a loose plug wire that kept him down on power until his team could troubleshoot the problem on pit road. After contact in heavy traffic on Lap 176, Brendan Gaughan took a wild spin through the infield grass and came home 31st, 18 laps down. Both Wallace and Gaughan will have yeoman work to do when the Chase resumes at Texas Motor Speedway after a two-week break for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge (Nov. 5, 3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Standings
After Race 31 of the 2016 season at Kansas Speedway Pos Owner Car # Points Ldr Nxt PPos G/L Wins Attempts 1 Hendrick Motorsports 48 3,082 0 -- 1 0 3 31 2 Joe Gibbs Racing 20 3,074 -8 -8 2 0 2 31 3 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 3,072 -10 -2 3 0 4 31 4 Joe Gibbs Racing 19 3,069 -13 -3 6 2 2 31 5 Stewart-Haas Racing 41 3,062 -20 -7 5 0 1 31 6 Furniture Row Racing 78 3,058 -24 -4 7 1 4 31 7 Stewart-Haas Racing 4 3,048 -34 -10 12 5 4 31 8 Team Penske 22 3,045 -37 -3 11 3 1 31 9 Richard Childress Racing 3 3,045 -37 0 9 0 0 31 10 Joe Gibbs Racing 11 3,039 -43 -6 8 -2 3 31 11 Team Penske 2 3,038 -44 -1 4 -7 4 31 12 Hendrick Motorsports 24 3,020 -62 -18 10 -2 0 31 13 Stewart-Haas Racing 14 2,131 -951 -889 14 1 1 31 14 Chip Ganassi Racing 42 2,120 -962 -11 13 -1 1 31 15 Front Row Motorsports 34 2,090 -992 -30 16 1 1 31 16 Chip Ganassi Racing 1 2,088 -994 -2 15 -1 0 31 17 Hendrick Motorsports 5 797 -2,285 -1,291 17 0 0 31 18 Richard Childress Racing 31 767 -2,315 -30 18 0 0 31 19 Hendrick Motorsports 88 765 -2,317 -2 19 0 0 31 20 JTG Daugherty Racing 47 686 -2,396 -79 22 2 0 31 21 Wood Brothers Racing 21 682 -2,400 -4 21 0 0 31 22 Roush Fenway Racing 17 680 -2,402 -2 20 -2 0 31 23 Roush Fenway Racing 6 675 -2,407 -5 23 0 0 31 24 Stewart-Haas Racing 10 600 -2,482 -75 24 0 0 31 25 Roush Fenway Racing 16 564 -2,518 -36 25 0 0 31 26 Richard Childress Racing 27 563 -2,519 -1 26 0 0 31 27 HScott Motorsports 15 541 -2,541 -22 28 1 0 31 28 Richard Petty Motorsports 43 540 -2,542 -1 27 -1 0 31 29 Germain Racing 13 486 -2,596 -54 29 0 0 31 30 Circle Sport-Leavine Family 95 471 -2,611 -15 30 0 0 31 31 Front Row Motorsports 38 445 -2,637 -26 31 0 0 31 32 Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 406 -2,676 -39 33 1 0 31 33 BK Racing 23 403 -2,679 -3 32 -1 0 31 34 Richard Petty Motorsports 44 384 -2,698 -19 34 0 0 31 35 BK Racing 83 356 -2,726 -28 35 0 0 31 36 Premium Motorsports 98 284 -2,798 -72 36 0 0 31 37 HScott Motorsports 46 277 -2,805 -7 37 0 0 31 38 GO FAS Racing 32 248 -2,834 -29 38 0 0 31 39 Premium Motorsports 55 209 -2,873 -39 39 0 0 26 40 The Motorsports Group 30 167 -2,915 -42 40 0 0 31 41 Front Row Motorsports 35 46 -3,036 -121 41 0 0 3 42 Circle Sport - Leavine Family 59 26 -3,056 -20 42 0 0 1 43 BK Racing 93 15 -3,067 -11 43 0 0 5 44 BK Racing 26 3 -3,079 -12 44 0 0 1 45 Hillman Racing 40 0 -3,082 -3 45 0 0 1