Post-Race Reactions: Kentucky 225
Austin Dillon comments on his effort to catch Hornaday and James Buescher recaps his night in Kentucky .
2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Owner Standings
MORE: Monster Energy Series owner standings " Camping World owner standings Rank Owner Car # Points Ldr Nxt Race Wins Stage Wins Playoff Points Attempts 1 Roger Penske 22 441 0 0 0 3 3 10 2 Joe Gibbs 20 388 -53 -53 2 2 12 10 3 Chip Ganassi 42 357 -84 -31 2 1 11 10 4 Richard Childress 2 337 -104 -20 0 1 1 10 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1 332 -109 -5 0 2 2 10 6 Kelley Earnhardt-Miller 7 326 -115 -6 1 2 7 10 7 J D Gibbs 18 315 -126 -11 1 3 3 10 8 Richard Childress 3 291 -150 -24 0 0 0 10 9 Rick Hendrick 9 275 -166 -16 0 1 1 10 10 Richard Childress 21 253 -188 -22 0 1 1 10 11 Jack Roush 6 249 -192 -4 0 0 0 10 12 Jack Roush 16 237 -204 -12 1 0 5 10 13 Chip Ganassi 48 229 -212 -8 0 0 0 10 14 Joe Gibbs 19 227 -214 -2 0 0 0 10 15 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5 225 -216 -2 0 0 0 10 16 Matt Kaulig 11 220 -221 -5 0 0 0 10 17 Gene Haas 00 209 -232 -11 0 0 0 10 18 James Whitener 28 191 -250 -18 0 0 0 10 19 Fred Biagi 98 177 -264 -14 1 1 6 8 20 Maria Gonzalez Hernandez 24 158 -283 -19 0 0 0 10 21 Mark Smith 14 155 -286 -3 0 0 0 10 22 Rod Sieg 39 155 -286 0 0 0 0 10 23 Richard Childress 33 154 -287 -1 0 0 0 10 24 Richard Childress 62 149 -292 -5 0 0 0 10 25 Tony Stewart 41 138 -303 -11 0 2 2 3 26 Tony Clements 51 135 -306 -3 0 0 0 10 27 Maurice Gallagher Jr. 23 132 -309 -3 0 0 0 10 28 Jimmy Means 52 126 -315 -6 0 0 0 10 29 Gary Keller 4 122 -319 -4 0 0 0 10 30 Roger Penske 12 121 -320 -1 2 1 11 3 31 Gary Cogswell 0 118 -323 -3 0 0 0 10 32 Johnny Davis 01 117 -324 -1 0 0 0 10 33 Michelle Gosselin 90 109 -332 -8 0 0 0 10 34 Danielle Long 40 93 -348 -16 0 0 0 10 35 Jessica Smith-Mcleod 99 92 -349 -1 0 0 0 10 36 Bobby Dotter 07 91 -350 -1 0 0 0 10 37 Rick Hendrick 88 82 -359 -9 0 0 0 2 38 Jessica Smith-Mcleod 8 82 -359 0 0 0 0 10 39 Bj McLeod 78 49 -392 -33 0 0 0 10 40 Rick Gdovic 146 47 -394 -2 0 0 0 3 41 Danielle Long 13 33 -408 -14 0 0 0 10 42 Mike Harmon 74 29 -412 -4 0 0 0 10 43 Lynn Cockrum 25 16 -425 -13 0 0 0 3 44 Maurice Gallagher Jr 96 12 -429 -4 0 0 0 1 45 Mark Smith 44 10 -431 -2 0 0 0 1 46 Pamela Sieg 93 8 -433 -2 0 0 0 8 47 Cindy Shepherd 89 4 -437 -4 0 0 0 7 48 Victor Obaika 97 4 -437 0 0 0 0 6 49 Craig Martins 45 0 -441 -4 0 0 0 1 50 Victor Obaika 177 0 -441 0 0 0 0 1
Different tire compound to be tested at Kentucky
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Kentucky " Get kids tickets to races Goodyear officials will look to do more than verify the tire package for this year's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway when they hold a two-day test Tuesday and Wednesday at the 1.5-mile track. "We've also got some things to try to actually promote a little more wear on a repaved surface, which is something we haven't been able to do," Greg Stucker, director of race tire sales for Goodyear, told NASCAR.com on Sunday. "The guys have kind of taken a different approach on compound formulation to see if we can't actually generate some wear on what we project to be a fairly smooth surface." Kentucky Speedway will host the Quaker State 400 on Saturday, July 8 and will be preceded by NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (July 6) and XFINITY Series (July 7) races. The 1.5-mile track was repaved before last year's tripleheader; a portion of the asphalt has since been replaced. "From my understanding they re-did the top two inches of it; they didn't go down and take up everything, they put a new top coat on," Stucker said of the changes. "We're going to go there with the same package that we raced last year. At the same time, we feel like that was probably conservative. ... We admit it was probably conservative but that's OK, it was a repave and I'd rather be that way than not. "So we'll go back and see how different the surface is -- it's supposed to be the same (asphalt) mix. We're going to verify that." Teams from Chip Ganassi Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing and Furniture Row Racing are scheduled to take part in the test. Drivers expected to be on hand are Jamie McMurray (CGR), Austin Dillon (RCR), Kurt Busch (SHR) and Erik Jones (FRR). Two tire tests have been held this season, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A test at Michigan was postponed due to weather and has been rescheduled for July 10-11. Because of the date change, the MIS test will now be dealing with potential '18 changes rather than focused on this year's races at the 2-mile track.
KBM rookies ready for Kentucky
Erik Jones, Christopher Bell and Daniel Suarez looking for win When the Kyle Busch Motorsports haulers rolls up to Kentucky Speedway on Thursday, it will arrive with trucks that will be driven by a trio of talented young drivers. Erik Jones , 19, Christopher Bell, 20, and Daniel Suarez , 23, will try to capture the second consecutive KBM win in the Bluegrass State in Thursday’s UNOH 225 (7:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). Team owner Kyle Busch took the checkered flag in last season’s event, leading a race-high 91 laps on his way to Victory Lane. Jones enters the race coming off his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win of the season at Iowa. He has never competed in a NASCAR event at Kentucky , but finished sixth at an ARCA race there in 2013. "Should be fun, Kentucky is a cool place with a lot of character," Jones said. "It's getting rougher and I haven’t been there in a few years so it should be pretty good and rough now." Jones' crew chief Randy Fugle added, "We finally put it all together and collected our first win. Now, we need to go out and get five or six more." Fresh off his NCWTS debut at Iowa where he finished fifth, Bell will make his first start at an intermediate track. The dirt standout is transitioning to stock cars and has already won four races in KBM's Super Late Model. "Obviously the top-five run at Iowa was awesome, so anything less is going to be a letdown, but we need to go there with realistic expectations of me never running at a track that size," Bell said. "First I need to finish the race, but also continue to be competitive as I gain more experience in these Tundras." Suarez seems closer and closer to getting his first NASCAR national series win every time he straps into the No. 51 truck. He finished second in his last two NCWTS races, at Texas and Dover. " Kentucky Speedway is a fun, interesting track that is really fast," Suarez said. "I'm excited about it, especially since I'm also competing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race there. Running both events will help me figure the track out quicker and will hopefully lead to two positive results." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Matt Crafton wins wreck-shortened race at Kentucky
Ben Kennedy involved in spectacular wreck with five laps remaining RELATED: Complete NCWTS results " Updated standings SPARTA, Ky. -- In a race that ended five laps short of its scheduled distance, polesitter Matt Crafton was declared the winner of Thursday night’s UNOH 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event after Ben Kennedy ’s Toyota damaged the catchfence at Kentucky Speedway beyond the track’s capacity to repair it expeditiously. With a shove from the Ford of Ryan Blaney , Crafton had taken the lead on Lap 145 moments before Kennedy was launched into the fence from contact with David Gilliland ’s Ford. The victory was the fourth of the season for the two-time defending series champion, who won for the first time at Kentucky and the ninth time in his career. The race was slowed for the seventh time on Lap 140, when contact from the No. 05 Chevrolet of John Wes Townley sent the No. 23 Silverado of Spencer Gallagher hard into the outside wall. NASCAR red-flagged the proceedings for 3 minutes, 28 seconds for track clean-up, leaving Jones in the lead for a restart on Lap 145. But Gallagher's wreck was nothing compared with the jolt Kennedy took on the restart lap after contact with Gilliland's Ford sent Kennedy's Toyota to the top of the SAFER barrier and into the catchfence. "I thought I was clear," Kennedy said on his radio. The driver of the No. 11 Tundra had moved up the track into Gilliland's Ford after being cleared by his spotter. "I heard 'Clear' on the radio, so I moved up to the wall and as soon as I went to the wall," Kennedy said after leaving the infield care center. "I guess Gilliland had a run on the outside and pretty much hit me in the right rear -- and I went up. "I guess I was on top of the wall. I remember being on top of the wall for quite some time. I didn't see much -- just a bunch of dust and debris flying. Then came down. The ride from the wall to the ground was pretty hard. But I’m OK. "Thank God for everything that NASCAR has done to keep this sport safe. 'Cause for me to get out of my car on my own power after a hit like that is pretty incredible." Blaney finished third, followed by Daniel Suarez and Timothy Peters . Two support poles in the catchfence had to be replaced, a process that would consume 90 minutes. Accordingly, NASCAR called the race with five laps left. It was the second straight race in one of NASCAR’s top three touring series in which a car has hit the fence protecting the grandstands. In last Sunday's Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway, Austin Dillon 's Chevrolet was launched into the fence during a last-lap wreck in the tri-oval. Erik Jones finished second, followed by Ryan Blaney , Daniel Suarez and Timothy Peters . FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Kentucky Camping World Truck pit assignments
See where every driver will pit at 7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1 RELATED: Full starting lineup When the Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying was cancled due to rain at Kentucky Speedway, the first 26 drivers in the field for Thursday's UNOH 225 (7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) were set by owner's points. Two-time Truck Series champion Matt Crafton claims the pole for Thursday night's race and also claimed the first pit stall off pit road with an open pit box in front of him. Tyler Reddick , driver of the No. 19 Ford, lines up second and chose the 14th pit stall with two empty pit boxes in front of him. Ray Black Jr ., who is lining up 15th, chose the first stall onto pit road with an open box behind his stall. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Crafton claims Kentucky under red flag
Matt Crafton wins the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway due to Ben Kennedy's late race wreck that caused enough damage to the catch fence for NASCAR to call the race.
Rain wreaks havoc on Thursday's Kentucky schedule
Air Titan 2.0 drying track for Camping World Truck race (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1) GALLERY: Best photos from a rainy Thursday at Kentucky After enduring a soggy day on Wednesday, NASCAR drivers across all three series were at the mercy of the weather once again on Thursday at Kentucky Speedway as rain canceled all Sprint Cup , XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series practice sessions along with Keystone Light Pole Qualifying for Trucks. NASCAR later said that XFINITY cars might get on track "if the track comes around in due time," according to a spokesman for the sanctioning body. Ten NASCAR Air Titans have been cirulating the track since 9:30 a.m. and are continuing their drying efforts in order to get the Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225 (7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) on track to race. Since qualifying for the Truck race was canceled, the field will be set according to NASCAR Rule Book that states that the first 26 drivers in the field will be set by owner's points. This means two-time Truck Series champion Matt Crafton will start from the pole position in Thursday night's event, flanked by Tyler Reddick in the No. 19 Ford. Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez will start second and third, respectively. Since Thursday's Sprint Cup Series practice session was added to the schedule because two practice sessions on Wednesday were rained out, teams continue to wait for their first chance to test the new Kentucky rules package on the track. The Sprint Cup Series has two practices scheduled for Friday, along with Coors Light Pole Qualifying. The XFINITY Series has qualifying and its race scheduled for Friday. Friday's schedule had not changed at the time this story was published. MORE: Complete weekend schedule for Kentucky FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Catch fence repairs complete at Kentucky
Fences were significantly damaged in Thursday's Truck Series race SPARTA, Ky. -- Track officials completed repairs to a damaged catch fence at Kentucky Speedway early Friday morning after a severe crash in Thursday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Ben Kennedy 's Red Horse Racing No. 11 Toyota made contact with two other trucks, then became airborne, clipping the catch fence and the energy-absorbing SAFER barrier as the truck rode along the outside retaining wall in Turn 1 before coming to rest. No debris was reported in spectator areas, and Kennedy emerged shaken but unhurt. The race was halted five laps short of the complete distance because of the damage, with two-time series champion Matt Crafton declared the winner. A Kentucky Speedway spokesperson said that track workers spent 3 1/2 hours making repairs. A NASCAR representative said that 35 feet of catch fencing and two support posts were replaced, as were 15 "pyramids" -- the impact-reducing foam blocks behind the steel-tubed exterior wall as part of the SAFER (Steel And Foam Energy Reduction) system. No other structural repairs were necessary for the SAFER barrier, the NASCAR spokesperson said. One invested viewer was Sprint Cup Series regular Kyle Busch , whose team fielded three trucks in Thursday night's UNOH 225 . Busch said he was entertained by the quality of the racing, hoping that Saturday night's Sprint Cup event emulated the slipping, sliding, multi-groove show. Busch also lauded the sanctioning body's progress in safety, but said that despite the improvements and extra measures, inherent danger still exists in the high-speed sport. Kennedy's crash came on the heels of Austin Dillon 's frightening wreck that severely damaged the Daytona International Speedway catch fence earlier in the week. "As far as the catch fence and everything, I'm glad they're there," Busch said. "I'm glad they're obviously doing their job, they're keeping the race cars or trucks on the race track and so it's a dangerous sport. We live it every day. Sometimes we take it for granted because of all the safety advancements we've gotten over the years that we feel invincible but there's certainly rare, opportune times that you can put yourself in a situation to get hurt. We saw it in Daytona with myself, we saw it in Daytona again with Austin Dillon and we probably saw it again last night among other times. Those times just seem to be the most severe, the most scary crashes that we've seen." MORE: Learn about the SAFER barrier system FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
How to follow the Kentucky action
Keep tabs on this weekend's national series activity The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series all head to Kentucky Speedway this week. Here's more info on how you can follow along all weekend. RACES Sprint Cup Series: Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts (Saturday, July 11, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM) XFINITY Series: Kentucky XFINITY Series 30 (Friday, July 10, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, MRN, SiriusXM) Camping World Truck Series: UNOH 225 (Thursday, July 9, 7:30 p.m. FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM) &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; WEEKEND SCHEDULE Click here for on-track times, press conferences, leaderboards and GarageCam. RACE DAY • NSCS leaderboard • NXS leaderboard • NCWTS leaderboard • NSCS Lap-by-Lap • NXS Lap-by-Lap • NCWTS Lap-by-Lap • NSCS live standings PRODUCTS • RaceBuddy: Through the remainder of the season, NASCAR RaceBuddy will feature two (2) alternate live action camera angles, along with up to six (6) in-car cameras with different driver selections for each Sprint Cup race and four (4) for XFINITY races. • RaceView: Watch virtual video of cars on track and listen to the scanner. • RaceView Mobile: On your phone? Try RaceView here. • Scanner: In-car audio only. • Mobile Apps: Follow the leaderboards live from your device. NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA Web stream: NBC Sports Live Extra Mobile app: iOS/Android NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs will provide racing fans with unparalleled interactive digital access to every NASCAR Sprint Cup series race, including exclusive camera angles, custom diver information, and insider track information. • Multi-view options that bring fans inside the race, combining NBC Sports Group’s race simulcast and alternative camera angles, ranging from in-car views to various key track locations. For the Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on July 11, one specialty camera will offer an innovative speed shot from Turn 4, capturing the cars as they speed by. • Dedicated full-view, on-board alternate cameras. • Additional features on the desktop/laptop experience, bringing fans comprehensive race-day information to their fingertips, including: • Driver updates, cup standings, and biographies • Track infographics with key facts and history NBC Sports Live Extra will stream NASCAR coverage on NBC and NBCSN via "TV Everywhere", giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra . FOX SPORTS GO The Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225 will be available through FOX Sports GO; which is an online and mobile streaming product that allows subscribers of participating TV providers to watch live sports and shows from FOX, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Deportes. FOX Sports GO is currently available for download on iTunes for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices or can be accessed online at FOXSportsGO.com . The app is also available via Google Play, Kindle Fire and from the Windows Store. Access to programming in FOX Sports GO requires a pay TV subscription of FOX Sports 1 with a participating TV provider. Login credentials are the same username and password used to access online accounts with your TV provider. FANTASY • NASCAR Fantasy Live: Set your lineups, check your progress • Streak to the Finish: Play in all three national series LIVE INTERVIEWS PressPass: Watch exclusive post-race interviews. Stay tuned to NASCAR.com throughout the weekend for the latest news.
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