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Dillon, Papis react to post-race incidents
Ty Dillon expresses his frustration with Chase Elliott on their last-lap wreck and Max Papis recalls his rough racing with Mike Skeen at the end of the Chevrolet Silverado 250.
Papis gets slapped
Max Papis holds his composure after being slapped by Mike Skeen's girlfriend after the Chevrolet Silverado 250.
21 Questions with Ryan Blaney and Jesse Metcalfe
Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 21 Ford, puts Jesse Metcalfe, star of Hallmark's new series 'Chesapeake Shores' on the clock with a set of 21 questions.
'Loop Dawg' helps set your lineup for Kansas
The 'Loop Dawg,' Mike Forde, joins Sirius XM NASCAR Radio to share what he thinks are the best NASCAR fantasy picks for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Stewart not interested in playing numbers game
RELATED: Updated Chase Grid " Who's on the bubble? " Series standings CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Crunch the numbers. Do the math. But don't bother telling Tony Stewart the potential scenarios required for him to advance to the Round of 12 in this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . You'd be wasting your time and his time, too. The only scenario Stewart, 45 and three times a Sprint Cup Series champion, cares about is the one that ends with him and his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing team celebrating in Victory Lane this weekend at Dover International Speedway . "All we can do is go out and do the best we can this weekend," Stewart said Wednesday during a daylong media stop in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. "It still amazes me how people can take something that's so simple and make it so complicated. 'Will we be watching where everybody else is?' "Well yeah, I can waste my time and do that but … I've got to focus on winning the race. Because if I win the race I don't have to worry about where they're at. But if I go and do everything I can to try and win the race and I finish second, then wherever they are is wherever they are. I can't control those guys on the race track so why focus your attention on it? It's a waste of time." The 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is the final one for Stewart. He'll remain involved in the series as co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing , which fields four Sprint Cup teams and one that will debut a NASCAR XFINITY Series entry next year. He's a track owner, team owner and competitor in other series -- some NASCAR-affiliated, some not -- as well. But his quest for a fourth title rests solely on the outcome of Sunday's Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). A 16-driver field that began the Chase two weeks ago will be trimmed to 12 after Dover, and Stewart will arrive Friday 15th on the Chase Grid. His approach to what could be his final race as a title contender will be no different than any other weekend. "There is no mindset to it," he said. "The most realistic mindset to go into it with is the same approach you go into it with every weekend of the year and that's to go try to win the race. If you don't, get the best finish you can get out of it. That's not glamorous and that's not what you want to hear … but it's literally that simple. Go try to win the race. Do everything you can to win the race. If you can't win the race, try to finish second. If you can't finish second, try to finish third. It is as simple as it can possibly get." That Stewart is in this predicament is something of a surprise, given the strong summer run that saw him collect six top-10 finishes, including a win at Sonoma , in eight races. The No. 14 team, headed up by crew chief Mike Bugarewicz, seemed primed for a possible run at yet another title. RELATED: See all of Stewart's victories But the results of the most recent six races weren't nearly as impressive, with no finish higher than 16th. "These things are such science projects," Stewart said of today's cars, "and pretty much the whole (SHR) organization fights the same thing. It's whichever one can find the solution first." Teammate Kevin Harvick has guaranteed himself a spot in the Round of 12 with a win this past weekend at New Hampshire and Kurt Busch can advance either by points, depending on his finish, or with a victory. Teammate Danica Patrick is the only SHR entry not in the Chase field. RELATED: Harvick surges late for Loudon win "We're going to have to rely on Kevin and Rodney (Childers, crew chief), Kurt and (Tony) Gibson (crew chief) for sure and do the best we can," Stewart said. "We weren't totally terrible at the spring race but definitely have to be better than we were to get done what we need to get done." Scenarios? Talk to Stewart at Homestead, if he happens to be one of the championship four. That's when he'll be more aware of such things. "When you get to the last race of the year and you're racing for a championship and you've got enough of a lead that no matter what, if you finish from here on up, then yeah, you think about that," he said. "But that’s not the scenario we're in." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
'Loop Dawg' gives you your best picks for Dover
The 'Loop Dawg,' Mike Forde, joins Sirius XM NASCAR Radio to share some NASCAR fantasy picks for the Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway.
As career winds down, Stewart eliminated from Chase
RELATED: Race results " Chase Grid DOVER, Del. -- The final margin was of little consequence. Tony Stewart would either be in or out after 400 miles at Dover International Speedway . In, and he would be one those advancing to the Round of 12, the second elimination round in this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . Out, and he would have no chance to end his NASCAR Sprint Cup career as a four-time series champion. Stewart was out. Exiting his car, he was flanked by media as he made his way down pit road, through the garage, up the stairs and out of sight. "I'm pretty excited about our day," Stewart said. "We were much better than we were yesterday. Really proud of our team. "We kept making (the car) better all day. That is good as we had." His 13th-place finish in Sunday's Citizen Soldier 400 was fitting; the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet wasn't a top-10 car. It was a top-15 and that was that. He didn't challenge for the lead, but he didn't have any problems staying ahead of a good portion of the field either. It was the other fast few for which Stewart and his team had no answer. Martin Truex Jr . ( Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota) won handily, and Chase drivers took the top nine spots. Not that some of those in the 16-driver Chase field didn’t have their problems -- both Chip Ganassi Racing entries with drivers Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson were among the four not advancing as well as Stewart and Chris Buescher ( Front Row Motorsports ). Stewart was a long shot to get in, outside the top 12 in points before the race went green and outside when the checkered flew. Austin Dillon ( Richard Childress Racing ) didn't falter and stayed well enough ahead of Stewart to secure the final transfer spot. RELATED: Stewart comments on Austin's speed "That's all we had guys," Stewart radioed his team after crossing the finish line. "Much better than yesterday," crew chief Mike Bugarewicz replied, referencing a limited practice session on the 1-mile concrete oval. Stewart is the winner of 49 premier series races and it's not unthinkable that he could return to Victory Lane at some point with seven races remaining. He has the talent and the team to do that. But it wouldn't be as a championship contender. For Stewart, that's one Chase that's ended. &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;lt;/p&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;gt;
Race Rewind: Kansas in 15
Relive all the action from the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway as many Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers struggle while others rally, keeping there hope of advancement alive.
Handling issues force Hamlin to pit road
Chase contender Denny Hamlin makes an unplanned pit stop while under caution due to potential handling problems, leaving the No. 11 crew to work on the front of the car.
Mike Bliss to drive for Go FAS Racing in 2015
Veteran driver will be one of several drivers to pilot No. 32 Ford Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Vote: Ultimate Daytona Moment Mike Bliss will be part of the Go FAS Racing lineup for the 2015 Sprint Cup Series season, the team announced on Tuesday. Bliss will join Bobby Labonte and Boris Said as drivers of the No. 32 Ford Fusion for select races in 2015. His first start for the team will come in the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 1 (1 p.m. ET, FOX) "With the top tier teams expanding, we believe our best strategy is to fill the seat with veterans who have performed well in the past," said team owner Archie St. Hilarie in a release provided by the team. "This helps ensure we maintain a healthy standing in the points as the season progresses. Mike Bliss has proven time and time again that he can be competitive in the Sprint Cup Series, while bringing the car home in one piece, which is crucial for a small organization like us." The 2002 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion made eight Sprint Cup Series starts last season for both BK Racing in the No. 93 Toyota and Tommy Baldwin Racing in the No. 37 Chevrolet. His best finish was a 35th-place finish at Richmond International Raceway in September. "I'm really excited to be driving for Archie St. Hilarie and Go FAS Racing in the Sprint Cup Series," Bliss said in a team release. "I'm really thankful for the opportunity to drive the No. 32 and achieving some good finishes that will help solidify the teams position in the point standings for the 2015 season." The 49-year-old Bliss has made 169 premier series starts with his lone top-five coming in 2004 in the Richmond fall race. For the past seven seasons, he has run a full-time XFINITY Series schedule and will do so again in 2015 for TriStar Motorsports. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule