Hard-hitting journalist Barb Jorgenson asks the tough questions Want to learn more about Carl Kyle Larson ? So did "journalist" Barb Jorgenson … who called the Chip Ganassi Racing driver by the wrong name repeatedly in this bit. From being told he's a father of four to having a couple of fake call-ins dealing with Dale Earnhardt Jr ., Larson shines in this situation. The best part of the video? It's only Part 1. Stay tuned for Part 2 later this week.
RELATED: Entry list for Chicagoland Kyle Larson will drive the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol e15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway (8:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). For Larson , it will be his first Truck Series start of the year and first since last year's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway . In nine previous starts in the series, he has one win (at Rockingham in 2013), four top fives and two poles. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular came up short on Saturday night in his bid to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup postseason field. The Chicagoland race will mark the 11th race JR Motorsports has entered in its inaugural campaign in the Camping World Truck Series. The No. 00 is primarily driven by Cole Custer , who has made seven starts in the Truck, with a win at Gateway Motorsports Park in June. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars Kasey Kahne , who won from the pole at Charlotte in May, Kevin Harvick and Alex Bowman have each piloted the Truck for one start this year. The No. 00 is currently 19th in the Camping World Truck Series owner standings.
RELATED: See who is in the Chase " Full series standings RICHMOND, Va. – Aric Almirola leaned back against his bright blue Ford and took a long swig of water. The disappointment was evident on his face, but so was the determination. He missed making the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field by a slim 17 points, but Almirola was certain that he had given it all he had. His No. 43 Richard Petty-owned Ford finished fourth in Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway in an impressive and impassioned effort from a 24th-place starting position. Almirola's most realistic shot of earning one of the 16 Chase berths was to win the race, and he sure made a run at it, advancing as high as third on a restart with 18 laps remaining. "Disappointed for sure," Almirola said on pit road. "I drove my heart out tonight and all year long, really. I feel like we've overachieved this year. Our cars really haven't had the speed and we've managed a way to get good results. "This race team is a great race team and we wanted another shot at it, and we just came up short. Just wasn't meant to be." It was a similar feeling after the race from other high profile Chase near-misses such as veteran Kasey Kahne , who fell 33 points shy of qualifying and last year's Sunoco Rookie of the Year, Kyle Larson , who also missed making his first postseason appearance. For the first time since the Chase format was instituted in 2004, there will be no Roush Fenway Racing cars among the playoff contenders. RELATED: Chase format explained While Almirola and Kahne could have made it on points if they got some help, Larson had to score a victory to earn a Chase berth because he was too far back in the point standings. Larson qualified well (11th) among the group of must-win-to-get-in drivers and ran among the top 10 for much of the night. But while his Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates teammate Jamie McMurray secured the team its first Chase appearance since Juan Pablo Montoya in 2009 -- Larson's 12th place finish Saturday wasn't quite good enough to put the team "all in." "We ran about where we typically do here at Richmond, which is right around the top 10," Larson said. "I don't think anybody was beating [race winner] Matt Kenseth tonight. He was super fast. "Disappointing run for the Chase. I think everybody on our team thought the 42 would definitely be in the Chase to start the season after the way we ended last year. But it wasn't the case this season, so we'll work hard the last 10 races to try and run strong for Target and get them a win and work on being consistent. "That's where we've struggled pretty much all year long was being consistent, so we'll try and work hard at that and try and finish strong." Larson's team owner Chip Ganassi was equally philosophic about the situation. "I'm not one of these guys that gets disappointed because one guy's in and one guy's not," Ganassi said. "When you can punch somebody into the playoffs, that's good for the whole team. "Would I like to have two cars in the Chase? Yes. Who wouldn't? It's not to be. … You're happy for the ones that are in and sad for the ones that are not. The fact you have one in there makes it good for the entire team." RELATED: Ganassi undergoes surgery It was an undeniably tough night to have to win your way into the postseason. Kenseth led a dominating 352 of the race's 400 laps to finish ahead of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch . Three JGR cars – also including sixth-place finisher Denny Hamlin – led all but 25 of the race's laps. Kahne conceded he never really had anything for the JGR cars. He ran between 15th and 20th for most of the race and his No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy finished 18th, two laps down to the winner. It's the first time in four seasons that Kahne did not qualify for the Chase. "I think the main thing for me is just figuring out how to get a car to turn again," Kahne analyzed. "I've struggled all year to have front turn and if I don't have that, I can't race. That's how I've been my whole life. We'll just work on trying to get the cars the way I need them to and if we can't, we'll keep running about 15th." RELATED: Hendrick discusses state of organization
Kyle Larson -- and his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet -- are getting a plaid look just in time for the fall season. The team announced on Tuesday that Larson's car will undergo a fall makeover for eight of the final nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races of 2015. What will his car look like? See the tweet below. "At Darlington, we had one of the most talked about paint schemes, and I know these eight plaid inspired cars will generate some buzz around the garage," Larson said. "The cars are definitely stylish and unique. Target comes up with some great ideas, and it's really cool for our team to be a part of such a big initiative" . @KyleLarsonRacin 's No. 42 is getting into fall fashion with an epic @Target plaid takeover! #TargetStyle #TeamTarget pic.twitter.com/CNxzNNUE3Y — CGR NASCAR Teams (@CGRnascar) September 22, 2015
MORE: Full practice results Kyle Larson led the first and only NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice on Friday at Chicagoland Speedway . Larson recorded his fastest time of 175.052 mph on Lap 40 of 40. Coming up second-fastest to the JR Motorsports driver was defending two-time Truck Series champion Matt Crafton (174.967 mph). Johnny Sauter (174.927 mph), Tyler Reddick (174.627 mph) and Timothy Peters (174.216 mph) completed the top-five fastest on the leaderboard. Truck Series points leader Erik Jones was eighth-fastest (173.891 mph). There are no previous Chicagoland winners in this weekend's field. The Truck Series returns to the track at 4:35 p.m. ET for Keystone Light Pole Qualifying (FOX Sports 1) for Friday night's American Ethanol E15 225 (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1).
RELATED: See the full lineup Kyle Larson will start from the pole position for the Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol E15 225 (8:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 2) at Chicagoland Speedway after rain brought out a red flag, ultimately canceling the Keystone Light Qualifying event in advance of tonight's race. The field has been set according to the rule book, and Larson was fastest in practice earlier Friday. Lining up next to Larson , who is driving the No. 00 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, on the front row will be two-time Truck Series champion Matt Crafton . Johnny Sauter , Tyler Reddick and Timothy Peters will complete the top five on the starting lineup based on their practice speeds. Current Truck Series leader Erik Jones will start eighth. There are no previous Chicagoland winners in this weekend's field.
Aric Almirola finishes fourth, but comes up 17 points short of making the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Kyle Larson is also left out of the 2015 Chase Grid.
RELATED: Chase Grid " Chase Bubble Watch Kyle Larson spent three intense days at Homestead-Miami Speedway last week logging laps, studying data and working on what could potentially be the most important homework assignment of his career. So far. Knowing that the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will be crowned at the Nov. 22 season-finale at the 1.5-mile speedway, the test session -- a two-day Goodyear tire test followed by a one-day open test -- was an essential learning tool. Thing is, Larson , last year's Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year, still has to earn a spot in the 16-driver Chase field to even be among the title discussion by the time the series heads back to the South Florida track to race. And time's running out. Only two chances remain to grab one of the playoff spots -- this week at Darlingon and next week at Richmond. Because Larson is not currently ranked among the top-16 in the points standings, his only chance of earning a Chase berth is winning a race and making his first career trip to a Sprint Cup Victory Lane. It's crunch time, and Larson knows it. "We know we have to win," Larson said. "And still right now, we have to find some more speed to compete for a win. We've been close a couple times this year just based on strategies. "It could happen even with just two races left. We tested at Richmond earlier in the year and it went well. I always run just outside top-10 at Richmond and I thought I learned a lot (at the test). So we've got good stuff for Richmond, and Darlington is a track I like a lot." Having his season's fate decided in such dramatic fashion wasn't exactly what Larson or others predicted. Larson was widely considered a shoe-in for a title run -- at least a playoff berth -- after an impressive rookie season. A natural talent from the same kind of open-wheel background as three-time Cup champ Tony Stewart and four-time champ Jeff Gordon , Larson has emerged as one of the sport's new young headliners and is widely regarded as future championship material. Now the 23-year-old must seal the deal. "I'm definitely surprised it's come down to this," Larson said while waiting out a rain delay last week at Homestead. "The way both Jamie (McMurray, CGR teammate) and I ended last year, we thought we'd be a contender this year. "We've been fast but just haven't had any luck at all this year and that's been really frustrating. When we have speed in the cars we run in top-10. At Bristol, for example, we blew two front tires. Last year we'd run way worse but have better finishes." WATCH: Rough night for Larson at Bristol There's no denying it's been a no-luck, hard-knock kind of season despite the team's best efforts. While Chip Ganassi Racing 's other Chevrolet driven by McMurray is in promising position to earn a Chase position based on points, it's been a tough road for the team's second-year driver. Larson's third place at Dover in May is his best finish of the season and only top-five showing after a rookie year when he was regularly mixing it up at the front of the field, posting five top-three finishes, including three runner-ups. He's had only two top-10s in the No. 42 Target Chevrolet since Dover this spring, and his four DNFs equal the number he had all of last year. But there is encouraging news to consider, and Larson has not conceded a thing. His No. 42 Chevrolet was easily one of the best cars in the Chase last year with six top-10 finishes in the final 10 races, including a streak of five consecutive as the postseason kicked in. MORE: Larson's Darlington 'Days of Thunder' throwback scheme Should Larson earn a playoff chance, he feels the team should be strong down the stretch. "Last year I thought we were running better at this point in the season than we are now," Larson said. "But a lot of the tracks in the Chase I really enjoy running at and I think that's part of why we had success in the Chase. "I think we'll be good again this year in the Chase. It's just right now, we're not in it." He added quickly: "That could change." MORE: Who's most likely to win way into Chase?
RELATED: Race results " Updated NXS standings DOVER, Del. -- Regan Smith charged from fourth to first during a restart on Lap 121 and stayed there for the rest of the Hisense 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Dover International Speedway Saturday, posting his second victory of the season and working his way back into championship contention. After a 31-minute rain delay, Smith passed Kyle Busch , Denny Hamlin and leader Elliott Sadler on the restart on Lap 121 of 200, staved off intense pressure from Hamlin midway through the final green-flag run and pulled away as the Joe Gibbs Racing teammates battled for second place. Without a concrete deal in place for next season, Smith won for the first time at the Monster Mile -- in fact, the 80 laps he led were the first circuits he had ever spent out front at Dover. The victory was the sixth of Smith's career, and all of them have come under the JR Motorsports banner. RELATED: Dillon has tire failure as caution waves Hamlin won the fight for the runner-up spot, crossing the finish line .703 seconds behind Smith. Busch led a race-high 110 laps and came home third, followed by Ryan Blaney and Kyle Larson . Austin Dillon ran sixth, one spot ahead of Chase Elliott , who moved into second place in the series standings, 24 points behind leader Chris Buescher , who finished eighth on Saturday. Smith, who rallied from a flat tire in the first third of the race, took over third in points, 36 behind Buescher. "I knew the car was fast, but I didn't know it was that fast until we got out in clean air," Smith said in Victory Lane. "This wasn't a Hail Mary. We came from the back to the front and just had a fast race car. "If we can keep doing that every week, and get another win or two here or there, I don't know what's going to happen. I'm trying to figure out some things for next year, so wins never hurt -- that's never a bad thing going forward." A victory for Smith was not even a remote consideration when a light rain began falling shortly after the halfway point, with the race already under caution for a wreck involving Stanton Barrett and Cale Conley on Lap 106. Sadler, whose 2016 move to JR Motorsports was announced on Friday, took two new tires under the yellow and was first off pit road, leading the race and praying for a monsoon. But the rain abated, depriving Sadler of a going-away present to Roush Fenway Racing , the organization he will leave at season's end. "I've never had much luck with the rain," Sadler said ruefully. "I've always been on the wrong side of that, going back to the 2009 Daytona 500 (where Sadler was fifth with a chance to win when the race was called because of rain after 152 laps)." Note: Ty Dillon cut a tire and hit the outside wall on Lap 24, resulting in a 28th-place finish. He slipped from second to fourth in the series standings, 39 points back of Buescher.
RELATED: Bowyer falls in manure, smells like roses DOVER, Del. -- Clint Bowyer , introduced as the newest driver in the Stewart-Haas Racing stable for 2017 just two days ago, ended speculation about his 2016 plans Friday, announcing he will join HScott Motorsports for the upcoming season. The single-season move will keep Bowyer, 36, in the Chevrolet family while three-time premier series champion Tony Stewart wraps up his final season as driver of the No. 14 entry. RELATED: Bowyer, SHR a perfect fit HScott Motorsports , located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, currently fields Sprint Cup Series entries for drivers Justin Allgaier and Michael Annett . The organization works closely with both SHR and Hendrick Motorsports in NASCAR's premier series, purchasing its chassis from SHR and engines from Hendrick. "What a whirlwind year, to say the least," Bowyer said. "… It's kind of weird, as we've gone through this together, there's always been that door, the one that opens the easiest, and Harry Scott was definitely that. Looking forward to the marriage that he has with Hendrick, with Stewart-Haas, (those are) very strong. … "Harry is a young, very aggressive owner that we need in this sport; to have this together and tie my name to HScott Motorsports is something I'm looking forward to and get back to my winning ways." Scott said the addition of Bowyer "will help us long term because he's basically going to be able to help us reset our program and set the bar higher going forward. "With his experience, his leadership and his enthusiasm, I think it will be contagious amongst all the team members. Going forward he will help us form an even stronger relationship with Stewart-Haas and that will obviously be beneficial to us." RELATED: Bowyer to join SHR in 2017 5-Hour Energy will be the primary sponsor of Bowyer's entry for 24 of next season's 36 races. Scott started HScott Motorsports in 2013, running Allgaier, Ryan Truex , Michael McDowell and Kyle Larson in 11 of the season's 36 races. Allgaier was named the team's full-time driver in '14; Annett was brought on board prior to the start of the '15 season as the group added a second team. Allgaier is currently 30th in the points standings while Annett is 36th with eight races remaining. Scott said it was too soon to speculate on how the organization's roster would look for 2016, neither confirming nor denying speculation that Bowyer would replace one of the group's two current drivers. "We really haven't ruled out anything for 2016 or beyond," he said. "I'm not prepared to give you an answer for that because I simply don't know at this point." Friday's announcement closed the books on what has been a tumultuous season for the Emporia, Kansas, native. A little more than a year after announcing a multi-year contract extension with its driver, Michael Waltrip Racing announced in mid-August that Bowyer and the organization had "mutually agreed to separate" at the conclusion of the 2015 season as the team closes its doors. After slipping into this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field as the final driver in the 16-team field, Bowyer's No. 15 team was hit with penalties in the opening Chase race, at Chicagoland Speedway , for suspension irregularities. The P4-level infractions resulted in the loss of 25 driver points for Bowyer and owner points for co-owner Rob Kauffman. Crew chief Billy Scott was fined $75,000 and suspended for three races. RELATED: Drivers on the move for 2016 MWR appealed the penalties, but on Wednesday the National Motorsports Appeals Panel heard the appeal and upheld the sanctions against the team. Bowyer is an eight-time winner at the Sprint Cup level but enters this weekend's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR), riding a 105-race winless streak. He is making his sixth Chase appearance and has a best points finish of second (2012). The specifics of the move, as far as car number and team personnel, have yet to be determined. "It's going to take hard work and dedication, it's going to take funding. We have to have all these and we (do) at HScott Motorsports ," Bowyer said. "I've got the best of the best; when you talk about equipment we've got Hendrick engines, we've got ties to the Stewart-Haas organization. These are the guys that are winning races and I now have that bond, that connection to this kind of equipment. For me as a race car driver, that's huge."