Roush Fenway driver conserved fuel for 'Monster Mile' victory RELATED: Final results DOVER, Del. -- Chris Buescher had enough fuel left at the end of Saturday's Buckle Up 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Dover International Speedway to do a celebratory burnout, but his No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford wasn't the only thing that was smoking after the checkered flag. Yes, Buescher won for the second time this season and extended his lead in the series standings to 15 points over eighth-place finisher Ty Dillon , but his winning pass of teammate and Coors Light Polesitter Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. left Wallace fuming. Contact between the cars on Lap 191 of 200 cut the left front tire of Wallace’s No. 6 Ford and forced the car to pit road for an unplanned stop. While Buescher spent the final nine laps coasting to an 11.477-second victory over runner-up Matt Kenseth , stretching 98 laps out of his last tank of fuel, Wallace left the Monster Mile in 17th place -- and understandably unhappy about it. "I was saving fuel there, and Chris just ran over me and he ends up winning," Wallace said. "It should be interesting Monday morning (in the team competition meeting). We just got run over. It sucks that it was my teammate. I thought he got help from the 7 (third-place finisher Regan Smith ), but I just saw the replay there. "I was saving fuel. I didn’t think I was holding him tight and the next thing you know we’re almost in the fence," continued Wallace, a NASCAR Next and Drive for Diversity alum. "The crappy part about it is we had a really strong Ford EcoBoost Mustang, and we couldn’t get off pit road to save us, and we got caught in dirty air, and then we were in fuel saving mode. I thought we were doing OK until that little incident. I would say I am happy Roush won but I’m not." MORE: Tension rises with Roush on-track contact The victory was Buescher's third in the series and his second in the last three races. The winner pointed out that his teammate, who also was on fuel-conservation strategy, was running a slower pace when Buescher caught him. "That was tough, because we are sitting there, and he was saving a lot more fuel than I was because they were shorter, and I was able to run into the corner harder, but I couldn’t do anything with the track being pretty narrow and two guys racing for the win," Buescher said. "It was tough. We got side by side and it (Buescher's car) got pretty free, but this Roush Mustang was good all weekend. The race wasn't exactly where we needed to be, but then (crew chief) Scott (Graves) pulled great strategy and the team did a nice job, and we got to Victory Lane with this Ford." As the highest finisher among eligible series regulars, Regan Smith , who thought he was racing Kenseth for the win before Buescher's fuel strategy paid off, won the $100,000 XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash bonus. MORE: Smith wins first XFINITY Dash 4 Cash bonus "We'll take some of XFINITY ’s money as a consolation prize, but I want a win so freaking bad," Smith said. Buescher, Smith, sixth-place finisher Chase Elliott and seventh-place Brendan Gaughan are the four drivers eligible for the money in the second of four Dash 4 Cash races on July 25 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway . Note: Sprint Cup regulars Austin Dillon and Kasey Kahne finished fourth and fifth, respectively, but in post-race inspection, Dillon's car was deemed too low in the rear on both sides. If penalties are forthcoming, NASCAR will announce them next week. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Victory is first for Edwards with Joe Gibbs Racing SHOP: Edwards gear " RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings CONCORD, N.C. – Will the mystery winner of Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600 enter and sign in please? Hint: It's the guy who does back flips every time he takes the checkered flag. But for the first 370 of 400 laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway , no one would have picked Carl Edwards or his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota as the likely winner of the season's 12th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Martin Truex Jr ., Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin had spent the lion's share of time at the head of the field, but none of that mattered when Edwards got 62 laps out of his last tank of fuel and took the checkered flag 4.785 seconds ahead of Greg Biffle , who also was on a fuel-saving strategy. In fact, the top four finishers all stretched their gas mileage after pit stops under caution on Lap 337. Dale Earnhardt Jr . ran third, followed by polesitter Matt Kenseth and Truex, who led a race-high 131 laps. Ryan Newman , Brad Keselowski , Hamlin (53 laps led), Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch (118 laps led) completed the top 10. Kyle Busch came home 11th in his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points race of the season, after missing the first 11 races of the season because of injuries sustained Feb. 21 at Daytona. The victory was Edwards first of the season, his first for Joe Gibbs Racing , his first at Charlotte and the 24th of his career. "It's so cool to get this win—we've had such bad luck," said Edwards, who joined Joe Gibbs Racing as the organization's fourth Sprint Cup driver after the 2014 season. "And we were the slowest of the (JGR cars) tonight, but we had (crew chief) Darian (Grubb) on the box. He made the right call, he put us in a position to win, and it worked. ... "This is truly a gift. I took advantage of it to win, and we'll get better." In all likelihood, the victory will propel Edwards into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . It was also Toyota’s 300th national series victory in the manufacturer's 300th Sprint Cup start. But after the very early stages of the race, Edwards wasn't a factor until fuel strategy came into play in the closing laps. Soon after Jimmie Johnson spun off Turn 4 on Lap 90 to cause the second caution of the afternoon, the race evolved into a two-car contest between the Chevrolets of Kurt Busch and Truex. Within two laps of a restart on Lap 95, Busch drove from ninth to the lead, passing Joey Logano for the top spot on Lap 97. From that point, Busch and Truex swapped stints at the head of the field, and by the time Johnson spun off Turn 4 and smacked the inside wall on Lap 273 to bring out the caution flag for the fifth time, Busch had racked up 118 laps led and Truex 59. But another quick yellow flag on Lap 282 for Ryan Blaney 's blown engine created the opportunity for divergent strategies and scrambled the running order. Truex was one of nine drivers who stayed out under the caution, but both Harvick and Kurt Busch came to pit road for fresh rubber and restarted 10th and 11th, respectively, on Lap 292. Gradually, methodically, Harvick and Kurt Busch drove back toward the front, but the contrarian strategies introduced another major player into the mix. Denny Hamlin surged to the front of the field and led 53 laps before pitting with a loose wheel on Lap 363 and giving up the lead. That put Truex back in front, with Harvick chasing, and both drivers needing one more pit stop to get to the end of the race. Edwards, Biffle, Earnhardt and Kenseth, on the other hand, stopped with 62 laps left, and the decision to come to pit road and gamble on fuel proved decisive—and stole a victory from Truex's dominant car. Biffle put pressure on Edwards in the closing laps, until he momentarily lost fuel pressure with two circuits left. "Running where we were running, it gave us the opportunity to try and stretch the fuel window and make it," Biffle said. "I was putting a lot of pressure on Carl there. I started going with about 10 laps to go. The crew chief (Matt Puccia) told me 'Save all you can, just stay in front of the 88 (Earnhardt),' and I made a decision that I was going to try and beat Carl. I got pretty close to him there, and then with two to go, the fuel light came on that the fuel pressure was low, and so I came around and had to start pushing the clutch in and shutting it off and coasting and try and preserve what fuel I had to make it back. "So excited to see the checkered flag. I wasn't sure I was going to stretch two laps of gas out of it. But it was probably on the straightaway it sucked some air and started flashing the fuel pressure. I was able to run it around the corners and didn't have any more issues, but stayed in front of the 88, finished second, big boost for the team, but probably a bigger boost for the team was how we ran tonight on the race track.” If Biffle had mixed feelings about finishing second, Truex was disconsolate. "Hell, I didn't even know guys could make it on gas," Truex said. I didn't know what was going on. Just can't catch a break there. I'm proud of the guys for an awesome race car. All my guys in Denver (where Furniture Row Racing is based) are putting a great car together. I don't know what to do about that. "We had a great car. Had a chance at it and it stinks to come up short like that on fuel mileage. I've never once in my whole career gained positions on a fuel mileage deal. I don't know what I have to do to catch a break on them deals. It is what it is. Just proud of my guys for what they brought--we will get one." Note: Late in the race, Hamlin reported feeling ill in his car and complained of a severe headache. He was taken to the infield care center after the race, and team owner Joe Gibbs said his driver was dehydrated, was given an IV and was feeling better after the treatment. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See what's coming this week to NASCAR .com Here's what you'll see on NASCAR .com this week: MONDAY: Dover is over, but we still have plenty of coverage. Check out The Rundown, a report on how all 43 drivers finished, and senior writer Holly Cain tackles what went down late in the FedEx 400 between Martin Truex Jr . and Kasey Kahne . TUESDAY: Look for Power Rankings presented by John Deere to get another shakeup this week. Who would you vote for No. 1? Make sure to tell us in the comments section. With the regular season now halfway over, we take a comprehensive look at the drivers without a win yet this year and analyze their Chase chances. WEDNESDAY: Check out which paint schemes will be on display at Pocono Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. Plus, learn more about the history of Pocono in our track photo gallery. High 5, which drops every Wednesday at noon ET, will bring some of the best NASCAR -related content from around the web. THURSDAY: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has two practices at Texas, where the series hosts a stand-alone race Friday night. Driver Reports analyzes which drivers you can expect to do well -- and not so well -- at Pocono. And with new pit gear being mandated for safety reasons starting Sunday, crew member Ben Steger explains how that impacts performance in the pits. FRIDAY: There are four on-track events, and we'll cover them all, starting at noon (ET) with Sprint Cup Series practice and culminating later in the evening with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. We'll also have eight of the best tweets that you may have missed from the previous week. Also coming this week: We'll recap the entire Charlotte weekend in GIF form, a fun way to look back at the top moments from CMS ... @nascarcasm explains how Jimmie Johnson came to conquer the Monster Mile as only he can ... speaking of @nascarcasm, he'll have a mockup of Jimmie Johnson 's Facebook page after Sunday's win ... and if there are any penalties coming out of the weekend, we'll have full coverage on Tuesday.
Three-time Sprint Cup Series race winner tweets out news Brian Vickers will be part of NBC's NASCAR coverage starting today with an appearance on " NASCAR America," NBC Sports Network's show covering the sport, according to tweets from the driver. Vickers is slated to appear on the Tuesday and Wednesday editions of the show as well. Really excited to welcome @BrianLVickers to #NASCARAmerica today on @NBCSN ! — NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) June 1, 2015 For those wondering what I am up to-happy for an opportunity to join @NASCARonNBC on some of their shows. Great to see them back in NASCAR — Brian Vickers (@BrianLVickers) June 1, 2015 I will be on NASCAR Night in America Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week as well as numerous other times this season. — Brian Vickers (@BrianLVickers) June 1, 2015 In addition, Vickers will be involved in their telecasts of races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Michigan International Speedway . Also lending a hand to their NH & MI races & maybe some others. Looking forward to seeing the other side of the broadcasts! Tune in tonight — Brian Vickers (@BrianLVickers) June 1, 2015 Vickers has been sidelined since March because of recurring blood clots. The 31-year-old made two starts this season at Las Vegas and Phoenix, with a best result of 15th-place at Las Vegas. David Ragan is filling in on the No. 55 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing for the remainder of the season. Michael Waltrip and Brett Moffitt also have been behind the wheel of the No. 55. NBC's coverage of Sprint Cup Series races kicks off Fourth of July weekend at Daytona with the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola on July 5 (NBC, 7:45 p.m. ET).
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Get full lineup of NASCAR programming for the week RELATED: See the full weekend schedule All times ET Monday, June 1 10 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks (re-air), FOX Sports 1 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBC Sports Network 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Tuesday, June 2 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBC Sports Network 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBC Sports Network 10 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket (re-air), FOX Sports 1 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBC Sports Network 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Wednesday, June 3 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBC Sports Network 7:30 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBC Sports Network 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBC Sports Network 8:30 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBC Sports Network 11 a.m., TUDOR United SportsCar Championship: Belle Isle (re-air), FOX Sports 1 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBC Sports Network 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Thursday, June 4 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBC Sports Network 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 6:30 p.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBC Sports Network 7 p.m., NASCAR K&N Pro Series East: Bowman Gray Stadium (tape), NBC Sports Network 8 p.m., NASCAR K&N Pro Series West: Shasta Speedway (tape), NBC Sports Network 9 p.m., NASCAR America: The States of NASCAR (re-air), NBC Sports Network 11 p.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 (re-air), NBC Sports Network 11:30 p.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 (re-air), NBC Sports Network 1 a.m., NASCAR K&N Pro Series East: Bowman Gray Stadium (re-air), NBC Sports Network 2 a.m., NASCAR K&N Pro Series West: Shasta Speedway (re-air), NBC Sports Network 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Friday, June 5 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBC Sports Network 7:30 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBC Sports Network 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBC Sports Network 8:30 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBC Sports Network 10 a.m., NASCAR Masters of the Clock: The Legend of Martinsville (re-air), FOX Sports 1 11 a.m., One Hot Night: The NASCAR 1992 All-Star Race (re-air), FOX Sports 1 Noon, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 4:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1 6 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1 8:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Setup, FOX Sports 1 9 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 400 , FOX Sports 1 Saturday, June 6 9 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 11:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FOX Sports 1 12:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub: Weekend Edition, FOX Sports 1 Midnight, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East: Bowman Gray Stadium (re-air), NBC Sports Network 1 a.m., NASCAR K&N Pro Series West: Shasta Speedway (re-air), NBC Sports Network 2 a.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 (re-air), NBC Sports Network 2:30 a.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 (re-air), NBC Sports Network Sunday, June 7 11:30 a.m., NASCAR RaceDay: Dover, FOX Sports 1 1 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 , FOX Sports 1 &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;
An 18-inch square in Turn 4, 10 feet up the track, was fixed RELATED: NASCAR , track repair hole in Turn 2 during 2014 race On Sunday morning, NASCAR made an 18-inch by 18-inch repair to Turn 4 at Dover International Speedway before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). Last spring's FedEx 400 was delayed by a red flag for 22 minutes, 22 seconds when a piece of concrete came up in Turn 2, damaging Jamie McMurray 's front splitter. The track and NASCAR poured Quik-Rok into an area which, according to photographs from television, was approximately 6 inches by 8 inches and about 2 inches deep. NASCAR made the announcement about this morning's repair in the driver's meeting. The sanctioning body said it used the same Quik-Rok material to repair the hole on Sunday. The track is hosting the first NASCAR national series tripleheader since the second weekend of the year at Atlanta Motor Speedway . The Camping World Truck Series ran 200 laps on Friday followed by another 200-lap event for the XFINITY Series on Saturday. The Sprint Cup Series is scheduled to run 400 laps on Sunday. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule