James Buescher celebrates with his son, Steston, for the first time after his Michigan National Guard 200 victory.
Kyle Busch was frustrated by his second place finish, while Joey Logano was upbeat in commenting on his fourth place finish in the Michigan National Guard 200 .
James Buescher breaks down his Michigan National Guard 200 win and how the victory will turn the team's season around.
Michigan International Speedway schedule, news, media, tickets, information for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series track only on the official site of NASCAR
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See how the field will lineup up for the Eliminator Round premiere RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize Pos Car Driver Team 1 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 2 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 3 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 4 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 5 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 6 2 Brad Keselowski Alliance Truck Parts Ford 7 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 8 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Halloween Toyota 9 31 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevrolet 10 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 11 99 Carl Edwards Ford EcoBoost Ford 12 15 Clint Bowyer AAA Insurance Toyota 13 24 Jeff Gordon Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet 14 27 Paul Menard Richmond/Menards Chevrolet 15 47 AJ Allmendinger Clorox Chevrolet 16 42 Kyle Larson # Target Chevrolet 17 55 Brian Vickers Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Pit for a Pair Ford 19 3 Austin Dillon # Dow Chevrolet 20 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 21 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 22 51 Justin Allgaier # Auto-Owners Insurance Chevrolet 23 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 24 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Chevrolet 25 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 26 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 27 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 28 40 Landon Cassill(i) Newtown Building Supplies Chevrolet 29 34 David Ragan Wendell Scott HOF Tribute Ford 30 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Breast Cancer Awareness Chevrolet 31 36 Reed Sorenson Zing Zang Chevrolet 32 23 Alex Bowman # DipYourCar.com Toyota 33 4 Kevin Harvick Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet 34 38 David Gilliland A&W All American Food Ford 35 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet 36 26 Cole Whitt # Uponor Plumbing Systems Toyota 37 7 Michael Annett # Allstate Peterbuilt Group Chevrolet 38 93 Clay Rogers Burger King Toyota 39 33 Travis Kvapil Little Joe's Autos Chevrolet 40 83 JJ Yeley(i) DipYourCar.com Toyota 41 44 Timmy Hill Phoenix Warehouse Chevrolet 42 32 Kyle Fowler(i) corvetteparts.net Ford 43 66 Mike Wallace(i) Testoril Toyota (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
See the order the cars will go off in on Friday (4:40 p.m. ET, FS1) RELATED: Follow your picks in the Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota # Car Driver Team 1 26 Cole Whitt # Uponor Plumbing Systems Toyota 2 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Breast Cancer Awareness Chevrolet 3 66 Mike Wallace(i) Testoril Toyota 4 4 Kevin Harvick Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet 5 42 Kyle Larson # Target Chevrolet 6 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet 7 51 Justin Allgaier # Auto-Owners Insurance Chevrolet 8 36 Reed Sorenson Zing Zang Chevrolet 9 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 10 34 David Ragan Wendell Scott HOF Tribute Ford 11 44 Timmy Hill Phoenix Warehouse Chevrolet 12 23 Alex Bowman # DipYourCar.com Toyota 13 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 14 3 Austin Dillon # Dow Chevrolet 15 15 Clint Bowyer AAA Insurance Toyota 16 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 17 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 18 33 Travis Kvapil Little Joe's Autos Chevrolet 19 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 20 31 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevrolet 21 83 JJ Yeley(i) DipYourCar.com Toyota 22 32 Kyle Fowler(i) corvetteparts.net Ford 23 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Halloween Toyota 24 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 25 7 Michael Annett # Allstate Peterbuilt Group Chevrolet 26 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Chevrolet 27 99 Carl Edwards Ford EcoBoost Ford 28 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 29 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 30 55 Brian Vickers Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 31 27 Paul Menard Richmond/Menards Chevrolet 32 40 Landon Cassill(i) Newtown Building Supplies Chevrolet 33 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 34 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 35 38 David Gilliland A&W All American Food Ford 36 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 37 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 38 93 Clay Rogers Burger King Toyota 39 47 AJ Allmendinger Clorox Chevrolet 40 2 Brad Keselowski Alliance Truck Parts Ford 41 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 42 24 Jeff Gordon Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet 43 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Pit for a Pair Ford MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Kasey Kahne tops leaderboard at Michigan , nears track record
Wallace Jr. tries to repeat on weekend honoring Wendell Scott TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Darrell Wallace Jr. bounds into the media center, shaking hands and saying hellos as though he wanted to be there. He recently turned 21, and is excited to finally have the chance to win a Keystone Light Pole Award. A year ago, when he won his first NASCAR national series race at Martinsville Speedway in the Camping World Truck Series , he couldn’t enjoy a champagne celebration in Victory Lane. The Kyle Busch Motorsports driver has seen a lot in that year. In the 21 races following his first win, he's scored two more trips to Victory Lane and seven top-five finishes. He still taunts good friend Ryan Blaney on Twitter, showing that he really is just 21, but has developed into a more level-headed driver in the year after his first win. "The maturity level has gone up, I'd say, inside the race car," Wallace said of the past year. "... I think just learning everything -- learning the tracks, understanding how things work, letting little stuff go, and focusing on the end of the race, instead of getting flustered at the beginning when I lose six or seven spots, and get upset and end up wrecking." That scenario plagued Wallace twice last year, once at Charlotte Motor Speedway and again at Kentucky Speedway. A poor restart at Charlotte and slow pit stop at Kentucky both lost positions for the then 20-year-old rookie, and both situations ended in a wreck for the No. 54 team. He's kept himself out of trouble more often this year, resulting in a much-improved season. " ... Now we just go out and have (a) fun, smooth race -- still not happy if we don't win, but it's still a good points day to finish in sixth vs. 26th, so i think that has changed a lot," Wallace said. "I've relaxed and learn to take in more and listen more and go out there and utilize that -- what I've learned, -- it's definitely shown." Also impressed with his season is boss and Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch , who knows how emotion can impact the performance of his full-time driver. "Our trucks have been really good this year; it has been great to see other talent run well in our stuff with Bubba -- and Erik Jones as well," Busch said after his win at Chicagoland Speedway , finishing five spots ahead of Wallace. "I look forward to watching the rest of the year and see if Bubba can't make a challenge for the championship ... he needs to keep his head up and just keep fighting." Wallace has also been a big part of NASCAR history. Beyond earning a personal milestone at Martinsville Speedway with his first Trucks win, Wallace also became the first African-American driver to win a national series race since Wendell Scott in 1963, as well as the first to win in the Camping World Truck Series. The Scott family was on hand at Martinsville to witness and celebrate the history of the occasion. "When the checkered flag dropped, I heard a big boom from heaven, and my daddy said 'Hell, yeah!'" Franklin Scott, son of the soon-to-be Hall of Famer, said after the race. Wallace, on the other hand, seemed a bit overwhelmed by the magnitude of the occasion. "It's been great seeing all the outlets that I'm on, doing all this stuff, it's for the better, and it's trying to change the sport, and I'm all-in for that," he said. "Just carrying the torch that Wendell Scott laid down for us, and taking it farther. That's the biggest thing I'm trying to do." When he returns to the track this weekend, known as Scott's home track, Wallace will drive with Scott's number and paint scheme adorning his KBM truck as he continue to battle toward the Camping World Truck Series title, which would put the young driver in NASCAR history books once again. "The colors look good, the blue-and-white Toyota Tundra No. 34 is going to be different for sure, but I'm excited to carry on the Wendell Scott banner and represent their family and his legacy for that weekend," Wallace said. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
What the key parties involved have gone on to do since the incident One year ago, Darrell Wallace Jr . stormed to his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory at Martinsville Speedway , etching his name in the history books at the sport's oldest big-league track. But behind him loomed a powder keg. Once Kevin Harvick and Ty Dillon made late-race contact in a battle for second place, the events that followed ignited a short fuse; the actions of both sides kept it dry, with Harvick offering a scalding parting shot toward Richard Childress -- then his team owner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series -- and his ascendant grandsons, whom he referred to as "punk-ass kids" on his way out of the race track. One year removed from all the hard feelings, bent fenders and name-calling in one of the season's most incendiary moments, the truck series returns to Martinsville for Saturday's Kroger 200 (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). Neither of the 2013 combatants are entered in the 200 -lapper, leaving a large crop of series regulars to fight it out in the tour's 19th of 22 events this season. While there won't be a carbon-copy repeat of last year's melee, all sides have made significant growth from the fireworks that offered an extra layer of heat to the cool autumn weekend in the south Virginia foothills. KEVIN HARVICK His role: Running second with 13 laps remaining, Harvick's NTS Motorsports No. 14 was nudged from behind twice by Ty Dillon 's Childress-owned No. 3, sending both spinning and catching series leader Matt Crafton and rookie Chase Elliott up in the mess. Once righted, Harvick sideswiped Dillon's truck under caution and played bumper cars with his rival before eventually parking, firing off a testy verbal salvo and leaving the track in a huff. Zinger quote: "Exactly the reason why I'm leaving RCR because you've got those kids coming up and they've got no respect for what they do in this sport and they've had everything fed to them with a spoon." Fast forward: Just two weeks later, Harvick and Childress were all smiles and embracing in Victory Lane at Phoenix International Raceway, sharing a post-race toast of celebratory beers and proving that wins go a long way toward shortening memories and allowing bygones to fade. Harvick, who finished third in the Sprint Cup standings in his RCR swan song, joined Stewart-Haas Racing as planned in the offseason and has enjoyed one of the most successful seasons of his career, winning eight Coors Light Pole Awards -- two more than he achieved in 13 years with Childress. Harvick is the lone SHR driver still title-eligible in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. He wound up 30th last October at Martinsville and apologized for his comments the next day; he hasn't entered a truck series event since. TY DILLON His role: Dillon's nudge triggered the rapidly escalating conflict, but he claimed later that Harvick may have dragged his brake to initiate contact or stall his momentum. Either way, the youngster wasn't content to let Harvick's retaliation go unanswered. Dillon repeatedly rammed Harvick's truck from behind during yellow-flag laps, including a resounding pop when Harvick slowed to a stop in his pit stall. Zinger quote: "I used to look up to that guy but I guess he doesn't understand the circumstances of what's going on. I understand it's tough racing down there in (turns) one and two at Martinsville. I know we wrecked, but to tear up a truck after the race and act like a punk on the track and on pit road and stop on pit road in my pit stall when my guys were coming out, that was pretty ridiculous. I'm not happy with him. And for him not to stick around, that's pretty sad, too." Fast forward: The 22nd-place finish -- last on the lead lap -- didn't help Dillon's championship hopes; he took second in the season-long standings, 40 points behind eventual champ Crafton. The 22-year-old, who became engaged in the offseason, advanced to the Nationwide Series for 2014 and landed a defining win, driving the Childress No. 3 to victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. The Nationwide rookie ranks fifth in the series standings with three races left. AUSTIN DILLON His role: The older Dillon brother wasn't even entered in the Kroger 200 , but found himself lumped in with Harvick's collective ire in his post-race rant. A Nationwide Series regular at the time, Austin Dillon was already earmarked for Sprint Cup duty with his grandfather's team though the official announcement was still two months away. Zinger quote: "Growing up in the family with RCR and knowing what goes on here on a daily basis, it hurt my feelings. But I forgive Kevin. Kevin's taught me a lot; he's done a lot for our company and stepped in at a tough time for RCR. He's kept us at the forefront of NASCAR. With my grandfather's help he was able to do that. My grandfather gave him that opportunity." Fast forward: Austin Dillon officially took Harvick's place at RCR in December, with the team announcing that it would bring the No. 3 back to Sprint Cup competition for the first time since Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s death in the 2001 Daytona 500 . The rookie ranks 19th in the series standings with four top-10 finishes in 32 races. The elder Dillon has also dabbled in truck series competition, with five of his seven starts coming with the NTS team that fielded Harvick's truck last October. RICHARD CHILDRESS His role: The veteran team owner was left seething after being summoned to the NASCAR hauler, but did his best to try to calm Ty Dillon in the garage after the late-race dust-up. Childress' team, however, was anything but calm, approaching Harvick's truck on pit road and heaving a heavy rubber mallet toward it. Five days later, the team was penalized, with crew chief Marcus Richmond absorbing a $10,000 fine and crew member Adam Brown suspended indefinitely for the hammer throw. Zinger quote: "I'm disappointed. Very disappointed -- that's all I can say. I've got too much class to say what I really want to say. When I say it, I'll say it to his face." Fast forward: Childress launched its 2014 campaign with a new-look Sprint Cup driver lineup, with Austin Dillon replacing Harvick and Ryan Newman taking over for the retiring Jeff Burton alongside the returning Paul Menard . Newman was the only RCR driver to qualify for the Chase playoffs, and his title hopes remain alive in the eight-driver Eliminator Round. Childress ended his full-time participation in the truck series after 2013, but expanded his Nationwide Series operation to three full-time teams with full-time drivers by promoting truck regulars Ty Dillon and Brendan Gaughan . Richmond remained in the truck series and joined Red Horse Racing as a crew chief for Timothy Peters . Brown, the only one suspended in the Martinsville aftermath, is listed as a tire specialist for Gaughan's No. 62 team on RCR's website. NTS MOTORSPORTS Its role: Harvick's only two truck starts of 2013 came at Martinsville behind the wheel of NTS Chevrolets, and both races ended in DNFs. Though last October's effort wasn't for championship points, it had the unintended impact of drawing more TV time for Anderson's Maple Syrup, primary sponsor on Harvick's No. 14 entry. Zinger quote: None. Fast forward: NTS Motorsports currently occupies the Kernersville, N.C., racing shop of the former Kevin Harvick Inc., which ceased operations after the 2012 season. Nine drivers have taken the wheel for Bob Newberry-owned trucks in 2014, with the major highlight coming from Justin Lofton 's runner-up finish after starting from the pole at Texas Motor Speedway in June. The team is still looking for its first victory in the Camping World Truck Series. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule