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Michael Waltrip throws punches after taking issue with the driving of Lake Speed after the 1995 Miller Genuine Draft 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
Larson, Jones lead final practices at Richmond
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Richmond FINAL PRACTICE: Full results " Top 10-lap times A fast lap of 119.074 mph put Kyle Larson's No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet at the top of the leaderboard in Saturday's final practice at Richmond International Raceway. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points leader turned 84 laps in the 50-minute session, more than any other driver in the field. Furniture Row Racing teammates Martin Truex Jr. (119.016 mph) and Erik Jones (118.702 mph) were second- and fourth-fastest, respectively. Both drivers have recorded top-five speeds in all three practices (Truex's No. 78 Toyota led the opening practice, while Jones' No. 77 Toyota topped the second session). Sandwiched between the Furniture Row wheelmen in third was Hendrick Motorsports' Jimmie Johnson, whose No. 48 Chevrolet clocked in at 118.801 mph. Johnson's teammate Chase Elliott rounded out the top five with a fast lap of 118.452 mph in his No. 24 Chevrolet. After battling a car issue in Saturday's opening session and coming up 31st on the leaderboard, Kurt Busch nabbed the sixth-fastest speed in the field in his No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford during final practice. The XFINITY Series is on track at Richmond next for the ToyotaCare 250 race (1 p.m. ET, FS1). PRACTICE 2: Full results " Top 10-lap times Earlier in the day, Erik Jones wheeled his No. 77 Furniture Row Racing Toyota at 120.714 mph, nabbing the top spot on the speed charts during Saturday morning's opening practice at Richmond International Raceway. The Monster Energy Series rookie, who topped the leaderboard early in the 55-minute session, was second-fastest in Friday's lone practice to his teammate Martin Truex Jr. Stewart-Haas Racing's Kevin Harvick was second on the leaderboard Saturday, his No. 4 Ford clocking a fast lap of 120.048 mph. Richard Childress Racing's Paul Menard was third-fastest (120.005 mph) in his No. 27 Chevrolet, while JTG Daugherty Racing's Chris Buescher ranked fourth in the field (119.973 mph from his No. 37 Chevrolet). Friday's practice leader Truex Jr. completed the top five with a 119.941-mph lap in his No. 78 Toyota. Pole-sitter Matt Kenseth was 11th-fastest in the field in his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who announced his retirement from full-time racing after 2017 on Tuesday, was 10th on the leaderboard. In the middle of the 55-minute session, Kurt Busch radioed his team that he thought his No. 41 Ford was "on seven cylinders" and brought the car into the garage for examination. He returned to the track a little over 20 minutes later and told his team that he thought they "fixed it, whatever it was," ending the session 31st on the leaderboard. The following teams were held for the first 15 minutes of Saturday's opening session due to infractions: No. 1 of Jamie McMurray (failing LIS twice), No. 17 of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (failing LIS second time through) and No. 21 of Ryan Blaney (failing template twice). &lt;/p&gt;
Furniture Row's Martin Truex Jr., Erik Jones top Richmond practice
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Richmond RELATED: Practice 1 results " Top 10-lap times Furniture Row Racing came to play at Richmond International Raceway, as Martin Truex Jr.'s No. 78 Toyota topped the leaderboard at 124.178 mph in Friday's opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice. He was followed by teammate and rookie Erik Jones, whose No. 77 Toyota notched a top speed of 123.035 mph. Wood Brothers Racing's Ryan Blaney was third-fastest, his No. 21 Ford clocking in at 122.772 mph. Roush Fenway Racing's Trevor Bayne (122.084 mph) and Joe Gibbs Racing's Denny Hamlin (121.726 mph) rounded out the top five, respectively. Hamlin won the most recent race at Richmond (September 2016) in his No. 11 Toyota. Despite notching the second-fastest speed , Jones spun with 74 minutes left in the opening session, his No. 77 Furniture Row Racing Toyota making slight contact with the wall. With rain impacting on-track activity last weekend at Bristol, NASCAR deferred several holds and penalties coming out of Texas Motor Speedway to this weekend. The following teams sat out the first 15 minutes of practice, as they failed race inspection at Texas: No. 11 of Hamlin, No. 17 of Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 37 of Chris Buescher, No. 48 of Jimmie Johnson and No. 88 of Dale Earnhardt Jr. There were several holds and penalties out of Bristol as well that were enforced in this session: Ty Dillon's No. 13 team, AJ Allmendinger's No. 47 team and Austin Dillon's No. 3 team also abided by 15 minute-holds for failing LIS race inspection, as well as Aric Almirola's No. 43 group (failing race inspection, templates x 2, T1-T2 and T1). Dillon also will start Sunday's race from the rear. Joey Logano (No. 22 team) and Matt Kenseth (No. 20 team) were held for 30 minutes for swerving at Bristol. The Nos. 6 and 23 XFINITY Series teams of Darrell Wallace Jr. and Spencer Gallagher, respectively, will also have 15 minute holds. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is back on track at 4:45 p.m. ET for Coors Light Pole Qualifying (FS1). &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
Zalenski survives Phoenix melee for first NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series win
RELATED: See the complete iRacing schedule Rookie NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series driver Bobby Zalenski scored his first victory at Phoenix International Raceway Tuesday night, holding off Ray Alfalla and Ryan Luza on two late-race restarts. Zalenski took the lead on a restart with ten laps to go when leader Andrew Fayash missed a shift. Logan Clampitt, who was restarting second, also moved alongside Fayash as the three raced door-to-door into Turn 1. Zalenski had such a sharp angle into the corner he could not keep his car on the bottom which led him to hit Clampitt, spinning the erstwhile series leader out of contention. Zalenski escaped with minimal damage and had the race lead, but he would need to execute on one more restart with the two strongest drivers in 2017 thus far right behind him. The green flew with five laps left but before Alfalla and Luza could challenge for the win, Michael Conti spun Fayash entering Turn One leading to a race-ending caution. Alfalla finished runner-up, right in front of Luza as both rebounded from their problems at Texas. Dylan Duval finished fourth and Zack Novak was fifth, the first time either driver has finished in the top five this season. Matt Bussa started on pole and led the race to the green flag, building a comfortable lead on Luza during the opening laps. Bussa led the entirety of the first run, only relinquishing the lead to pit for tires and fuel on Lap 53. However, Bussa would not return to the front after the stops as several sim racers short-pitted including Michael Conti, who assumed the lead. A caution on Lap 59 brought nearly all the lead lap cars back into the pits for tires with Conti leading the pack off pit road. Conti would restart third but only took one lap to pass Adam Gilliland and Marcus Richardson to retake the lead. Unlike the first run when Luza kept in touch with Bussa, nobody came close to matching Conti's speed on the long run as the No. 5 drove off and left the field. Like Bussa, Conti led until pitting for routine service on Lap 106 and just like the first round of stops, a caution interrupted the pit cycle before it was complete, costing Conti and other frontrunners some track position. The final 40 laps were quite the wreckfest as drivers tried to gain positions after restarts. Chris Overland held the lead briefly but Fayash got by shortly after the restart. Despite not showing speed early in the race, Fayash looked quite strong out front and led until his unfortunate missed shift and subsequent crash one restart later. Luza is back on top of the standings thanks to his third-place effort and Clampitt's troubles. He leads Zalenski by five points while Clampitt slips to third, seven points adrift. Alfalla sits fourth, but is within striking distance as he is only 13 points out of the lead. Darik Bourdeau rounds out the top five, 32 points back. Next up is a date with Richmond International Raceway, the second-consecutive short track on the schedule. Look for many of the same faces to be up front as Luza, Alfalla, Clampitt and Zalenski look to break away from the field. With 2017 looking like one of the most competitive NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series seasons ever, can anyone break away and become the favorite for the sim racing title? Find out in two weeks on iRacingLive!
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Richmond At a Glance What: Toyota Owners 400 Where: Richmond International Raceway, .75-mile oval in Richmond, Virginia When: Sunday, April 30 Green flag: 2:14 p.m. ET TV/Radio: FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Forecast: Mostly sunny with a high near 89, according to the National Weather Service. Southwest winds at 8 to 11 mph. National anthem: Sophia Nadder, 14-year-old singer from Midlothian, Virginia Grand Marshal: Major Eric Phillips, Toyota owner with Priority Toyota of Richmond Race distance: 400 laps, 300 miles Pit road speed : 40 mph Caution car speed : 45 mph Stage lengths: Stage 1 ends on Lap 100. Stage 2 ends on Lap 200. Final stage is scheduled to end on Lap 400. </p>
Hamlin: JGR's slump means team's working 'extra hard'
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Richmond MORE: Starting lineup " Photos: Richmond weekend RICHMOND, Va. -- Daniel Suarez is still a newbie in stock-car racing's major leagues, just eight races into his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career. But even without the benefit of gobs of top-level experience, he has clear perception about the difference in his Joe Gibbs Racing team. "If you think about it, by this point last year, I think we had already a few wins and right now we have zero," Suarez said, accurately recalling that JGR had won half of the first eight races of the 2016 campaign. "Definitely there is some speed missing as an organization, but maybe we have one more step left as a team." If there's increased reason for optimism in the JGR camp this weekend, it may help that Richmond International Raceway -- the venue for Sunday's Toyota Owners 400 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) -- ranks as friendly territory for the Coach Joe Gibbs-owned team. Matt Kenseth gave that notion some heft Friday by winning the Coors Light Pole Award, leading a qualifying effort where three JGR cars -- including Kyle Busch in seventh and Suarez in 11th -- made the final cut in eliminations. The only Gibbs Toyota outside the top 12 belonged to Denny Hamlin, who qualified 16th but has a resume that includes three Richmond wins. Joe Gibbs Racing placed all four of its entries among the top-10 finishers in this race last year, memorably going 1-2 with Carl Edwards' bump-and-run maneuver past Busch on the final lap. That victory clinched a JGR sweep of 2016's early short-track swing and was a key cog of the season-long push, in which Gibbs entries and the JGR-affiliated Furniture Row Racing won 16 of 36 points-paying events. This year has been a different tune, with no Joe Gibbs Racing cars among the top 10 in the standings as victories and top-five finishes have proven difficult to attain. Hamlin speculated that rules changes have played at least a partial role in the power shift, but that the competition has also been making its own gains to put faster cars on the grid. "That makes their job a whole lot easier," said Hamlin, 15th in the series standings. "But these are the trying times, you could say, that defines your character. It makes you work hard. We were on top for probably a year and a half, every week having four out of five of the fastest cars each week. Sometimes we won, sometimes we didn't. But we're going to get better. We're not on top right now, so we've got to work extra hard to get there." JGR's performance has run in contrast to a relatively quick start to the season for its Toyota ally, Denver-based Furniture Row. The team has thrived in the first year of its expansion to a two-car operation, with Martin Truex Jr. leading the way with a Las Vegas victory, a series-high five stage wins and a third-place ranking in the standings. His teammate, rookie Erik Jones, has also shown speed as he makes his first steps into premier-series competition. He is currently 12th in the standings. Truex said no single factor was to account for the early disparity, but echoed a hopeful sentiment that JGR -- Toyota's flagship organization -- would make a speedy turnaround. "It's hard to find when you don't have it, but those guys have been competitive," Truex said. "I know a lot of their finishes haven't really showed how well they've ran at times. … It'll come. Those guys are really, really good, and they'll figure it out pretty quick." &lt;/p&gt;
Best 10-lap consecutive averages at Richmond
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Richmond PRACTICE 1: RESULTS Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 5 Kasey Kahne 1 10 119.324 2 95 Michael McDowell 2 11 119.207 3 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 3 12 119.082 4 4 Kevin Harvick 1 10 119.074 5 19 Daniel Suarez # 3 12 118.926 6 32 Matt DiBenedetto 2 11 118.229 7 3 Austin Dillon 9 18 117.340 8 24 Chase Elliott 16 25 116.227 PRACTICE 2: RESULTS Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 77 Erik Jones # 1 10 118.876 2 4 Kevin Harvick 1 10 118.670 3 27 Paul Menard 1 10 118.664 4 37 Chris Buescher 2 11 118.621 5 11 Denny Hamlin 2 11 118.596 6 3 Austin Dillon 2 11 118.584 7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2 11 118.561 8 20 Matt Kenseth 1 10 118.523 9 31 Ryan Newman 2 11 118.455 10 10 Danica Patrick 2 11 118.404 11 22 Joey Logano 1 10 118.374 12 47 AJ Allmendinger 1 10 118.189 13 34 Landon Cassill 3 12 118.010 14 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 4 13 118.000 15 6 Trevor Bayne 2 11 117.973 16 18 Kyle Busch 2 11 117.915 17 38 David Ragan 3 12 117.789 18 14 Clint Bowyer 2 11 117.677 19 1 Jamie McMurray 3 12 117.664 20 32 Matt DiBenedetto 1 10 117.589 21 19 Daniel Suarez # 2 11 117.587 22 48 Jimmie Johnson 17 26 117.531 23 43 Aric Almirola 1 10 117.522 24 23 Gray Gaulding # 2 11 117.358 25 13 Ty Dillon # 1 10 117.356 26 5 Kasey Kahne 2 11 116.793 27 42 Kyle Larson 14 23 116.467 28 95 Michael McDowell 6 15 116.412 29 41 Kurt Busch 24 33 116.228 30 78 Martin Truex Jr. 21 30 115.958 31 24 Chase Elliott 20 29 115.916 32 2 Brad Keselowski 19 28 115.198 33 51 * Timmy Hill(i) 1 10 113.336 FINAL PRACTICE: RESULTS Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 78 Martin Truex Jr. 1 10 117.521 2 11 Denny Hamlin 2 11 117.384 3 42 Kyle Larson 1 10 117.379 4 20 Matt Kenseth 1 10 117.337 5 24 Chase Elliott 2 11 117.160 6 5 Kasey Kahne 1 10 117.145 7 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 1 10 117.038 8 18 Kyle Busch 2 11 116.993 9 14 Clint Bowyer 1 10 116.962 10 1 Jamie McMurray 1 10 116.886 11 48 Jimmie Johnson 1 10 116.856 12 21 Ryan Blaney 1 10 116.847 13 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2 11 116.759 14 77 Erik Jones # 1 10 116.696 15 6 Trevor Bayne 2 11 116.651 16 22 Joey Logano 1 10 116.528 17 2 Brad Keselowski 1 10 116.488 18 3 Austin Dillon 2 11 116.444 19 19 Daniel Suarez # 1 10 116.428 20 43 Aric Almirola 2 11 116.349 21 31 Ryan Newman 2 11 116.263 22 4 Kevin Harvick 1 10 116.206 23 34 Landon Cassill 2 11 116.148 24 47 AJ Allmendinger 2 11 116.140 25 10 Danica Patrick 2 11 116.102 26 95 Michael McDowell 4 13 115.701 27 37 Chris Buescher 1 10 115.700 28 38 David Ragan 3 12 115.398 29 41 Kurt Busch 31 40 114.991 30 13 Ty Dillon # 1 10 114.965 31 32 Matt DiBenedetto 2 11 114.724 32 23 Gray Gaulding # 1 10 114.554 33 27 Paul Menard 28 37 113.997 34 83 * Corey LaJoie # 1 10 113.325 35 15 Reed Sorenson 1 10 113.209 * Car must run 10 consecutive laps on the track to be included in the above chart. *Required to qualify on time, # signifies the driver is a rookie, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series
Kenseth nabs first pole of season at Richmond
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Richmond RELATED: Full results RICHMOND, Va. – Matt Kenseth won't have to come from the middle of nowhere, as he did Monday at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he started 22nd, charged toward the front in the closing laps and finished fourth. Quite the contrary. In Sunday's Toyota Owners 400 (on FOX at 2 p.m. ET) at Richmond International Raceway, Kenseth will lead the field to the green flag in the ninth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season after winning the pole during Friday's knockout qualifying session. Kenseth posted a lap at 121.076 mph (22.300 seconds) to edge Ryan Blaney (120.854 mph) for the top starting spot by .041 seconds. The driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota claimed his first Coors Light Pole Award of the season, his second at Richmond and the 19th of his career. Kenseth was fast enough to make the cut for the first two rounds despite running a single lap in each, and the tire conservation paid off in the money round. "We had enough speed in our Circle K Toyota Camry that we only had to do one lap each of the first two rounds to get us into the third round, and we improved a little bit the second lap (in the final round). It was a good qualifying effort for us. Feels good to be on the pole. Kenseth is 20th in points after bottom-five finishes at Daytona, Phoenix and Fontana, and qualifying rainouts hurt him at Bristol and Martinsville, where he had to start mid-pack on owner points. "This year has not been a good year for us, obviously, so far," Kenseth said. "We finished strong at Bristol, but we didn't get to qualify because of the rain, and that put us in the middle of the pack – there and Martinsville. "We haven't been getting any stage points. We're buried in the points back there and we finally got a decent finish last week, so hopefully this week we can start up front, stay up front and hopefully collect some of the stage points. But most importantly we're in the mix for a win at the end of the day." Martin Truex Jr. (120.681 mph) will start third, followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (120.471 mph) and Joey Logano (120.380 mph). It was the third second-place qualifying effort of the season for Blaney, who also put the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford on the front row at Phoenix and Texas. "We weren't great the first round but kept getting steps better each round, which we've done a really good job of this year," Blaney said. "I thought that's where we struggled a lot last year. We didn't improve last year, we would go backwards. This year we're improving round-to-round. "It's just communication and knowing what we need to change in our car. That's something to be proud of. That's a lot of second starts now. I really want to race the Clash at Daytona (the season-opening exhibition race primarily for pole winners). That's my biggest thing right now. It's upsetting me that we can't get a pole. I think our Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion is good—we'll find out in race trim." WATCH: Dillon makes ... interesting ... qualifying lap Both Kenseth and Blaney saved their fastest laps for the final round. The same couldn't be said of Logano, who ran the fastest lap of the afternoon (121.468 mph) in the second round but couldn't sustain his speed in the third. "We just lost a little bit there the last run," said Logano who tied Kevin Harvick for the fastest lap in the opening round at 120.870 mph. "We got loose into (Turns) 3 and 4, missed it the first lap and did the same exact thing the second lap. "It's so frustrating when you win the first two rounds and the one that pays the money, you're not there. That's always frustrating. I guess we have decent speed in our car… it is just frustrating. I don't know what else to say. It just sucks." &amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;
Texas penalties upheld after JRM No. 88 appeal
RELATED: Series standings " Chase grid " Texas penalties A three-member panel upheld a P2-grade penalty to the JR Motorsports No. 88 team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at the conclusion of an expedited appeals hearing Wednesday. Kevin Harvick drove the No. 88 Chevrolet to a third-place finish last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway , but the JRM entry did not meet the proper height requirement in the rear during a post-race inspection, a violation of Sections 12.1; 18.104.22.168.2 in the 2016 NASCAR Rule Book. The team -- with Rick Hendrick the car owner of record for the Dale Earnhardt Jr .-owned organization -- was docked 10 points in the XFINITY team owner standings. Crew chief David Elinz was fined $10,000. The penalties were affirmed Wednesday by the National Motorsports Appeals Panel. The team had the option of a final appeal to Bryan Moss, the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer, but it declined. The panel members who heard Wednesday's appeal were: Dale Pinilis, longtime operator of NASCAR-affiliated Bowman Gray Stadium; former premier series driver Lake Speed ; and Kevin Whitaker, owner of Greenville-Pickens Speedway, another historic weekly NASCAR track.
Clear skies, sailing for Johnson in Bristol victory
RELATED: Race results " Stage results " Full schedule for Richmond SHOP: Winner gear! MORE: Detailed race breakdown Jimmie Johnson surged to victory in the rain-delayed Food City 500 on Monday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Johnson powered the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet to his second straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season, leading 81 of the 500 laps. His 82nd win of his career was his second on the .533-mile Tennessee track. The victory moved Johnson another step up NASCAR's all-time win list, putting him one triumph behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough and two back from fellow inductees Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip. "That's just mind-blowing," said Johnson, who sits seventh on the all-time list. "I wouldn’t be here without Mr. Hendrick's support. Thanks to him and to Jeff Gordon for believing in me. For Hendrick Motorsports to make this job kind of a family environment for all of us to thrive in has been a perfect environment for me and (crew chief) Chad Knaus, and for the consistent group of guys behind me through all these years has led to the environment to win 82 races, or whatever it is, which is just insane. I'm truly humbled." Clint Bowyer took second place in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Ford, 1.199 seconds behind the race winner in his best finish since running second at Richmond on April 27, 2013. His late-race boost secured his second top-five finish of the season, but wasn't enough to unseat Johnson from the top spot. "It is frustrating, you could see him out there," Bowyer said, "but dammit, you'd think he'd get tired of winning all these races." Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano completed the top five. Pole-starter Kyle Larson seemed poised for a top-five finish after leading the opening 202 laps and snagging a Stage 1 win, but a pit-road speeding penalty on Lap 423 knocked him back to 17th in the running order. He rallied to a sixth-place finish and maintained his lead in the season-long standings. "Yeah, disappointed in myself," said Larson, who emerged with a 27-point lead over Chase Elliott in the standings. "I think I speed on pit road every single time I come to Bristol. So, got to clean that up." Martin Truex Jr., the Stage 2 winner and leader of 116 laps, was also bitten by a speeding penalty on pit road with 34 laps remaining. The infraction shuffled him to 15th place for the final run to the finish. He wound up eighth. "I thought I was exactly where I was the time before, so the time before must have been close," Truex said of his pit road timing. "Typically we don't get many speeding penalties for this team, but today we were just pushing the issue trying to get a win and sometimes they'll get you." RELATED: Photo gallery of at-track sights at Bristol Several other big names finished well off the pace after a variety of pitfalls. Kyle Busch, a five-time Bristol winner, rallied from a brush with the wall into the top 10, but a second hit sidelined him after 383 laps. Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran just 218 laps before his day was done, a Turn 1 wall crunch and a broken oil cooler ending his race. Brad Keselowski, a two-time winner this year, and Ryan Blaney also spent extended time behind the wall with steering issues. The event was delayed one day because of persistent rain Sunday. The series' next race is the Toyota Owners 400 (Sunday, 2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM) at Richmond International Raceway. Contributing: NASCAR Wire Service &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;