Championship contenders Kligerman, Coulter, Dillon, and Peters comment on their Kentucky runs along with Brian Scott.
The GarageCam crew takes a stroll through the Sprint Cup Series garage and views the patriotic paint schemes for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Buescher thanks his team and sponsors after celebrating his Kentucky 201 win.
Team's race shop suffered major damage from last week's fire Photo credit: Leavine Family Racing For at least the next two weeks, Leavine Family Racing will operate out of the Team Penske facility in Mooresville, North Carolina, according to an official with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series organization. LFR, which fields the No. 95 Ford for driver Michael McDowell , has been forced to relocate due to damage from a fire last week that destroyed much of the back portion of the team's shop, including four of its race cars. Employees discovered the blaze upon their arrival at the shop, which is located behind Charlotte Motor Speedway , Friday morning and immediately notified authorities. The bulk of the race team had already arrived in Kansas City for this past Saturday night's race at Kansas Speedway , where McDowell finished 36th. "We are working out of the Porsche shop at Penske for the short term," Jeremy Lange, LFR vice president, said Monday. "They provided the space for us and it's been very nice of them to come through in a pinch and offer their help. "It's not a long-term solution but it's a short-term fix." Team Penske is housed in a 400,000-plus square foot complex that currently serves as the base of operations for its Sprint Cup , XFINITY Series and IndyCar teams. Lange said that the four vehicles destroyed were the team's back-up cars. Those in the process of preparation for upcoming events at Charlotte Motor Speedway -- this weekend's Sprint Showdown and next week's Coca-Cola 600 -- were among those in the front of the building and were not damaged. "Luckily enough our cars for Charlotte were already put together and wrapped," Lange said. "Now it's going to come down to set-up and dyno and K-rig and getting the car ready for a race, not assembly. Which is a positive. If this had been weeks ago, it might be a different story. "It's never a good time … but we can work out of that shop with (our) resources. Basically what we have working out of there are our guys and the hauler, all the tools and parts and pieces that were in the hauler." Crew chief Wally Rogers' approach to the situation has been, "if we can do it at the race track we can do it in the shop," Lange said. "If we need something, we'll get it (from our shop). We are doing what we can and taking what we need to get the job done for the Showdown and the 600." Lange said a best-case scenario would be for the team to be able to return to its facility the week following the 600. LFR does not run the full 36-race Sprint Cup schedule and isn't slated to compete at the next three races (Dover, Pocono and Michigan) following the Charlotte events. With an off-weekend in the mix, the break should give the team four weeks to prepare for consecutive stops at Sonoma, Daytona and Kentucky . "We were strategic in our approach with the schedule," Lange said. "We knew having those three races off allows Wally and the guys to get Sonoma, Daytona and Kentucky ready, which are three different cars for three different tracks. It's not like we're going to three mile-and-a-half tracks. It's still a challenge but one that as a team … we're not going to bow down to." As news of the fire spread through the garage at Kansas Friday morning, LFR personnel began getting texts from other teams. Fellow owners and crewmen stopped by to personally offer assistance and ask about employees. And it didn't cease when the race was completed and teams headed back to their own headquarters. The entire NASCAR community, Lange said, has reached out to the team. Sponsorship partners K-Love and Thrivent Financial have offered support as well. "It's been tremendous," he said. "Other teams, drivers, just friends in the sport all reaching out, texting, asking a) 'is everyone OK and b) what can we do to help you?' "As a small team, it's nice to know that we still get the same respect and love as the big teams, because as a small team, you're kind of on your own little island in a sense. We don't shy away from that, we like that. We like being under the radar. We also like that underdog role. I think this is no different than not making a race. We will overcome it and get better. "This incident will not define our race team. We're not missing a beat. We could have easily said, 'hey, we're not going to the Showdown.' Wally doesn't want to bow down from the challenge and we're also committed to our partners. We said we're going and we're going to go." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
18-year-old didn't live typical teenage life NEWTON, Iowa -- No high school dances, no high school football games and no NASCAR XFINITY Series starts. While it might be too late to change those first two, Ben Rhodes is set to make his NXS debut Sunday at Iowa Speedway in the 3M 250 (2 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1), his first of 10 scheduled 2015 starts for JR Motorsports. As one of the sport’s hottest prospects, the NASCAR Next alum has spent a fair share of his high school years, well, away from high school. His efforts are paying off, as the 18-year-old won five of 16 races on his way to a 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East title and finished in the top 10 in three of his four Camping World Truck Series races in the No. 32 last year -- both of which helped lead to his JRM shot. So the fact that Rhodes missed his Holy Cross High School (Louisville, Kentucky ) graduation on Friday night and will get his diploma during driver intros on Sunday like Erik Jones at Texas last year -- albeit without the cap and gown -- doesn't faze him. "For me, it doesn't seem like that big of a deal, because I've already missed so much and when it comes to high school in the first place, I haven't been to a single dance, I haven't been to a single football game, none of that," Rhodes said Saturday. "I've already missed everything, so why not throw graduation in there, too? I know that's probably a bad way to look at it, but I'm being optimistic. This is what I love to do. This is what I want to make a career out of and this is my first opportunity out of hopefully a long career. I'm going to make the most of it. This is a wonderful opportunity JR Motorsports has given me. I've just got to do my best and work as hard as I can." That said, Rhodes did still have to finish his year out, Senioritis or not. Whoo! I'm free! #LastDayOfSchool #ClassOf15 pic.twitter.com/hUI5UuNz7b — Ben Rhodes (@benrhodes) May 7, 2015 "Senioritis kicked in as soon as senior year started. It was pretty bad for me," Rhodes said. "By the time I was there in high school and I was doing everything I was doing over the summer; living somewhere else, working on the cars in the shop every day, it was difficult for me to come back and completely change my lifestyle from being race-focused every single day to what is "To Kill A Mockingbird"? "Actually, we didn't read that, we read "The Possibility of Evil" and all this other junk. I shouldn't say junk. (English teacher Mrs. Cheryl) Feathers will get mad at me." Since the announcement that he'd be joining the organization on a part-time, developmental basis, Rhodes has been in constant contact with everyone at JR Motorsports -- the drivers, the crew chiefs, the shop men, the engine men. He's doing all he can to absorb and learn everything he can to ensure this opportunity doesn't go unfulfilled, starting with Iowa. One JRM employee, in particular, that has been extra helpful? Chase Elliott . "I called him coming down here and I said, 'Chase, I need some guidance. What happens? What goes on?' and we talked for about 30 minutes on the phone about just race runs, how the track changes, different quirks of this car and stuff that you have to work on," said Rhodes. "He helped me out a lot. I've talked to Regan (Smith) a little bit, too. Over the course of the season, going to different tracks with Kevin (Harvick) and Dale (Earnhardt Jr.), they've shed a lot of light on this subject as well. "It's been interesting. A huge learning curve. I will say these ( XFINITY ) cars are pretty edgy. There's a lot of stuff going on that I'm not used to; lot of stuff that I'm learning." Rhodes' first start coming at Iowa was likely by design, as the young driver has already accumulated four starts at the 0.875-mile track in the K&N Series, winning here last year as the first leg of a four-race win streak that propelled him to the title. So while he's never been behind the wheel of a NXS Chevrolet Camaro prior to Friday's practices (16th, fifth) and qualifying (14th) sessions, the bumps and feel of this short track are nothing new to him. "I think time on the track was pretty huge for me. At least it gives me the confidence coming into the race, but then also how the cars race on the track, it's not the exact same because you have to move around a lot more for the aero in these cars, but I feel like the grooves are similar. The grooves are the same; you can move up, you can move down. The overall experience on how the track changes throughout runs, I think is pretty comparable. "It gives me a lot of confidence knowing that I have a win here and I have a trophy that I wake up next to. It makes me feel good." Now that high school is behind him and his future is in focus, Rhodes can put 100 percent of his effort into competing on the race track, and not splitting time unraveling the mystery of Boo Radley or deciding who he would've asked to the senior prom. "I feel like racing is my life and it's what I want to do, but at the same time it would've been cool to experience some of the stuff that everybody else has, but I've been used to sacrificing that stuff in my life from the time I was 7," Rhodes said. "I never played any other sports. I came home and worked on go-karts every single day after school and did my homework and prepared for the next race. "It's what I know, but it would've been cool to experience that and maybe make a few more friends, but I wouldn't trade it for what I'm doing." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Jamie Dick to backup car after damage from lead coming off another car FINAL PRACTICE RECAP " Full practice 2 results Brian Scott led the final NASCAR XFINITY Series practice at Iowa Speedway for Sunday's 3M 250 (2 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM) with a top speed of 133.747 mph during the 85-minute session. Brandon Jones , who topped the opening practice, was second at 133.435 mph, followed by Darrell Wallace Jr . (132.347 mph), John Wes Townley (132.314 mph) and Ben Rhodes (132.048 mph). Rhodes is making his XFINITY Series debut this weekend in the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. The 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion will be missing his high school graduation in Louisville, Kentucky . Defending series champion Chase Elliott was ninth in the final practice, while points leader Ty Dillon was 10th. There was a caution just past the halfway point of final practice for smoke coming from Jamie Dick 's backup car. Dick had a scary moment in the opening practice when lead came off of Ross Chastain 's car and hit the No. 55 Chevrolet, causing significant damage to the car while a piece of metal also struck his helmet. Coors Light Pole Qualifying is on tap for 5:45 p.m. ET. FIRST PRACTICE RECAP " RELATED: Full practice 1 results Brandon Jones topped the opening NASCAR XFINITY Series practice at Iowa Speedway . The 18-year-old paced the field with a fast lap of 135.676 mph during the 55-minute session. This will be Jones' first XFINITY Series start as he pilots the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Jamie Dick had to go to a backup car after lead came off Ross Chastain 's car and hit the No. 55 Chevrolet, causing significant damage to the car while a piece of metal also struck his helmet. This will be Dick's first start since being diagnosed with new on-set diabetes in March. Chastain took to Twitter to apologize for what happened to Dick's car. pic.twitter.com/sVx3nnQ2ns — Ross Chastain (@RossChastain) May 16, 2015 Chris Buescher (135.606 mph) was second, while Daniel Suarez (135.211 mph), Ty Dillon (134.938 mph) and Chase Elliott (134.225 mph) completed the top five. It was a quick turnaround for Elliott, who competed in Friday night's Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Drew Herring shook down the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for Erik Jones , who will compete in Sunday's race. Herring was 11th in the session. The series' stop at the 0.875-mile track marks the first standalone event of the schedule. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
No. 24 driver sets track record, has earned three of the last four poles RELATED: Starting lineup for race " See every car in the field LAS VEGAS — Scratch one small item off Jeff Gordon 's swan song bucket list. With a track-record lap at 194.679 mph, Jeff Gordon won the pole for Sunday's Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway , one of three active Cup tracks where the four-time champion had not won a Coors Light Pole Award—before Friday afternoon's time trials. Covering the 1.5-mile distance in 27.738 seconds, Gordon shaved . 201 seconds off the track record Joey Logano set last year. Logano (194.315 mph) was second to Gordon in Friday's qualifying during a third and final round that saw nine drivers break the track record. "Oh, boys, this is good!" Gordon said after setting the record. "That was a damn good lap." The pole was Gordon's second of the season and the 79th of his career. The top qualifier for the season-opening Daytona 500 , Gordon did not make a qualifying run in last week's Sprint Cup race at Atlanta because his No. 24 Chevrolet didn't clear inspection in time. Friday's time trials represented a welcome turnaround. After running a conservative 193.653 mph in the second round of knockout qualifying, Gordon knew he had a shot at the pole. "Well, I didn't come off the throttle much, if any—I know I had to blip it just the tiniest, tiniest bit," Gordon said of his pole-winning lap. "The lap before, in the second session, I was a little conservative and the car just stuck so good, I thought when I heard some of the lap times that were up there (in the third round), I knew (I had to) be fully committed and just go for it. "So I drove it down into (Turn) 1. I may have come off of it just a tiny bit, but it wasn't much at all. And it stuck so good, I was like, 'Okay, do I run wide open through (Turns) 3 and 4?' I don't know. It was real close. There was a lot of wide-open throttle there. It was fun. What a turnaround from last week. I'm just so proud of this team and keeping their heads up. Last week was a tough one, and this is a great, great way to start out weekend here in Las Vegas… "I can't believe I won my first pole in Las Vegas in my final race here." Gordon's Hendrick Motorsports teammates, Kasey Kahne (194.287 mph) and Dale Earnhardt Jr . (194.091 mph), qualified third and fourth, respectively. Kyle Larson (193.959 mph) grabbed the fifth spot on the grid. Reigning series champion Kevin Harvick will start 18th, having failed to make the final 12 at a 1.5-mile intermediate speedway for the first time since last year's Las Vegas race. NASCAR officials pulled the No. 2 Ford of last year's Las Vegas race winner, Brad Keselowski , after noticing the team had flared out both rear fenders on the car. Before the start of the season, NASCAR informed teams that manipulating the car bodies would not be permitted. Accordingly, Keselowski's car had to clear inspection an additional time before being allowed to qualify. Nevertheless, Keselowski made the final 12 and earned the 11th starting spot for Sunday's race. Note: The only two remaining tracks where Gordon has not won a pole are Kentucky and Kansas. The only active track where he has not won a Sprint Cup race is Kentucky . READ MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule All-time Sprint Cup poles Rank Driver Poles 1. Richard Petty 123 2. David Pearson 113 3. Jeff Gordon* 79 4. Cale Yarborough 69 5. Darrell Waltrip 59 6. Bobby Allison 58 7. Mark Martin 56 8. Bill Elliott 55 9. Ryan Newman* 51 10. Bobby Isaac 49 *Active driver
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
Get the on-track times for everything this weekend The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series are at Charlotte Motor Speedway , while the NASCAR XFINITY Series heads to Iowa Speedway . Check out the full schedule below. &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;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;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;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp; All times are ET SUNDAY, MAY 17: RUN OF SHOW 1:30:00: Driver introductions 2:02:00: Intro Presentation of Colors by Iowa National Guard 2:02:20: Invocation by Randy Danley, Iowa Speedway Ministries 2:02:45: Intro National Anthem (30x50 American flag unfurled on ballfield Turn 1 side of stage TBD) 2:03:00: National Anthem by Zack Williams, Ankeny, Iowa 2:04:30: Fly-by TOT: Six planes from KC Flight Formation Team (Turn 4 to Turn 1) 2:09:30: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by Tracinda Yaw, Plant Manager, 3M Knoxville 2:16:30: Green flag: 3M 250 (250 laps, 218.75 miles) ON TRACK -- 2 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series 3M 250 (250 laps, 218.75 miles), FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) THURSDAY, MAY 14: ON TRACK -- 3-5:55 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 7-8:55 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 2:15 p.m.: Cameron Hayley , Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter GARAGECAM ( Watch live ) -- 2:30 p.m.: Camping World Truck Series FRIDAY, MAY 15: ON TRACK -- noon-1:40 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Showdown final practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 1:45-3:15 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race final practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 4:15 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Showdown Qualifying, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 5:45 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 7:15 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Showdown (20 laps/20 laps), FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 8:30 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NC Education Lottery 200 , FOX Sports 1 (134 laps, 201 miles) ( Get results ) MISS SPRINT CUP LIVE CHAT ( Watch live ) -- 12:30 p.m.: Jeff Gordon live chat with Miss Sprint Cup Madison Martin PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- noon: Doug Rice with Joey Logano -- 3:25 p.m.: Martin Truex Jr . -- 3:40 p.m.: Kasey Kahne and Keith Rodden -- 3:55 p.m.: Kyle Busch -- 7:45 p.m. (approx.): NSCS Sprint Showdown Post Race Press Conference -- 10:45 p.m. (approx.): NCWTS Post Race Press Conference GARAGECAM ( Watch live ) -- 1:15 p.m.: Sprint Cup Series SATURDAY, MAY 16: ON TRACK -- 10-10:55 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series practice ( Get results ) -- noon-1:25 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice ( Get results ) -- 5:45 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying ( Get results ) -- 7:10 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Qualifying (three laps with pit stop and a four tire change), FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 9 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race (25 laps/25 laps/25 laps/25 laps/10 laps), FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 10:45 p.m. (approx.): NSCS Post Race Press Conference
Kentucky natives meet again at Talladega, renew relationship