Post-Race Reactions: Nashville 300
A discontented Kyle Busch and others comment on their finishes at Nashville .
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Kennedy knocks rust off to record fourth at Talladega
RELATED: Race results TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Ben Kennedy said he needed to "knock the rust off" his restrictor-plate prowess during Saturday's Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway. For the 25-year-old driver, that meant posting a career-best fourth-place result in only the second XFINITY Series start of his career. "Really happy with the finish," Kennedy said post-race. "Got to Joey (Logano) there at the end -- you're really only as good as whoever's behind us and how close they are behind us when they're all single file there for a while. We even lost the pack, just running wide open. So, it was a lot of fun and got a lot of out of it." Kennedy has a nearly-full plate this season, splitting 21 races between driving Richard Childress Racing's No. 2 Chevrolet (nine races) and with GMS Racing (12 races). His next turn behind the wheel comes up quickly at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 27 with GMS Racing. "I'm just looking to be competitive," Kennedy said. "My goal was, laying out the options over the offseason, to go be in something that we could go win races in, no matter what series." While Kennedy has three full-time Camping World Truck Series seasons (2014-2016) on his resume, Saturday's Talladega race was his first start in one of NASCAR's three major series this season. Waiting for his turn has been "long," he joked. "It kills you sitting on the sidelines watching Truck and XFINITY races," Kennedy said. "But at the same time in the back of my head, I knew good things were to come, with RCR cars and running GMS as well. I'm really looking forward to the season. It was tough -- I still stayed busy with some Legends stuff -- but it's good to be back at the race track for a reason." With the 300 -miler at Talladega marking only the second XFINITY Series race of his career (his series debut was at Iowa in 2016), Kennedy does believe he'll experience some growing pains as he continues throughout his season. "Honestly, just trying to get back in the car and get used to things again," Kennedy said. "This XFINITY car drives so different from what I'm used to. That's going to be a whole new learning curve." That being said, a fourth-place at always-menacing Talladega doesn't hurt a driver's self-confidence behind the wheel moving forward. "This (finish) gives you a lot of confidence and momentum and it's just one of the first times I've had some good fortune here at Talladega," Kennedy said. "So, it's rare, but I'll take it." &amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Poole seeks redemption for Talladega near-win
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Talladega TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Around this time last year at Talladega Superspeedway, Brennan Poole experienced the thrill of winning, followed by the sinking feeling of third-place disappointment in a matter of minutes. This weekend's Sparks Energy 300 marks the XFINITY Series' first stop at the Alabama superspeedway since that day -- which brings some unfinished business for the No. 48 team. "Our guys have been calling it 'redemption weekend' this week," Poole said Friday at the Talladega Media Center with a slight smile. Poole's No. 48 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet was running third in the final overtime lap of the April 30, 2016 XFINITY Series event at Talladega, when the seas – the seas being leader Joey Logano and second-place driver Elliott Sadler -- seemed to part with a hard wreck triggered by the pair on the final turn. Poole shot through the middle, cheering inside the car for what he and NASCAR announcers thought was his first career XFINITY Series win. However, after further review, NASCAR officials ruled that Sadler's No. 1 Chevrolet was ahead when the caution flag waved -- which freezes the field per NASCAR overtime rules -- thus awarding the victory to Sadler's JR Motorsports camp. RELATED: Poole wins fans after losing in Talladega Saturday's 300 -miler is a chance for Poole to finally nab that first career win in the series that has eluded him for 58 races. "Last year, this is where we were the closest (to a win)," Poole said. "It seems like for whatever reason I can just finish third -- I've got several thirds, I need to break the plane a little bit and get up to battle for some of these wins and lead some laps and just be a little bit more in contention." But that third-place run at Talladega a year ago seemed to spark something for Poole's No. 48 team; more than 77 percent of his 22 top-10 finishes have come since that day, most recently a trio of eighth-place results at Phoenix, Fontana and Bristol this season. "We definitely have a lot of confidence coming into this weekend," Poole said. "But really, even last week, these next string of races are really good tracks for me. Richmond, we were really fast and qualified really well, we just didn't have the race go the way that we wanted it to … Then going to Charlotte, last year, we ran in the top five both races and had a parts failure that kept us from moving on in the playoffs. "I'm excited about these next several weeks and feel like we have just as good of an opportunity as anybody." One of the beauties of Talladega and all of its restrictor-plate glory is that its Alabama asphalt is practically breeding ground for first-time winners and surprise visitors to Victory Lane. Think Brad Keselowski (2009), Ken Schrader (1988), Dick Brooks (1973). This -- along with fast cars and a 10th-place spot in the series standings -- gives Poole confidence heading into race weekend. "All the cars handle so good here that there's so many people that have an opportunity to win a race, that literally it could be anybody," Poole said. "So, it's really just about putting yourself in that position to be able to make it happen. "I feel like we've got a good team and a fast car where we feel like we could be up there and be in position to win tomorrow." </p>
NASCAR TV schedule: May 8-14
What channel is NASCAR programming on this week? We answer that and provide all the weekly NASCAR television listings here. RELATED: Find NBCSN in your area " See Talladega races live All times ET Monday, May 8 3 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane (re-air), FS1 6 a.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: GEICO 500 (re-air), FS1 9:30 a.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: GEICO 500 (re-air), FS2 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 7 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: GEICO 500 (re-air), FS1 Tuesday, May 9 7 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series: Sparks Energy 300 (re-air), FS1 5:30 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 Wednesday, May 10 5:30 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 Thursday, May 11 5:30 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 7 p.m., NASCAR K&N Pro Series East: South Boston Speedway Twin #1 (taped), NBCSN 8 p.m., NASCAR K&N Pro Series East: South Boston Speedway Twin #2 (taped), NBCSN Friday, May 12 11:30 a.m., NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1 (Canada: TSN 2) 12:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS1 1:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1 (Canada: TSN 2) 4:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS1 6:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 (Canada: TSN 2) 8 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Setup Kansas, FS1 8:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Toyota Tundra 250, FS1 11 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Post-Race Show, FS1 Saturday, May 13 7 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Toyota Tundra 250 (re-air), FS1 12:30 p.m., Contintental Tire SportsCar Challenge: Circuit of the Americas (taped), FS1 7 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay Kansas, FS1 7:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Go Bowling 400, FS1 (Canada: TSN 1, 3, 4) 11 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Toyota Tundra 250 (re-air), FS1 Sunday, May 14 10 a.m., Contintental Tire SportsCar Challenge: Circuit of the Americas (re-air), FS1
Almirola hangs on for XFINITY win at Talladega
RELATED: Race results " Series standings " Detailed breakdown Aric Almirola emerged from a late-race scramble Saturday to score a NASCAR XFINITY Series win at Talladega Superspeedway. Almirola led three times for 13 of the 113 laps in the Biagi-DenBeste No. 98 Ford to win the Sparks Energy 300 . His first victory of the season was the third win of his XFINITY career and his first on the 2.66-mile Alabama track. "They let me run this thing seven or eight times a year and I have so much fun, especially at the speedway races," said Almirola, making just his fourth XFINITY start of the season. "Doug Yates brings some awesome horsepower and our Ford Mustang was super-fast. I knew it right from the beginning of practice." Series points leader Elliott Sadler finished second, just .142 seconds behind at the finish. Joey Logano, Ben Kennedy and Erik Jones completed the top five. The race was slowed by a pair of multi-car crashes that caused a red flag in each of the opening stages. The first snared nine cars, triggered by contact involving Tyler Reddick, Brennan Poole and Daniel Suarez on the end of the backstraight on Lap 20. Eight more cars wound up damaged by the second big stack-up, which eliminated several contenders, including Daytona XFINITY winner Ryan Reed and first-time pole starter Blake Koch. Almirola, the Stage 1 winner, accepted the blame for the crash after nudging Reed sideways on Lap 49, the final lap before the Stage 2 break. "I have a lot of respect for him as a driver and as a person, but that just wasn't cool," Reed said of Almirola. "All he had to do was back off a little bit. He just got so aggressive with that push and then didn't hit us square. He hit us off to the right side and when that happened the car was out from underneath me before I knew it." Said Almirola: "I feel really bad about the 16 (Reed). I got in the back of the 16 and tore up a lot of cars there, but I got a good push and I got in the back of him. I was trying to help him, trying to make the Fords work together and I hooked him, so I feel sorry about that." The XFINITY Series' next race is scheduled for May 27 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. &amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Two 'Big Ones' take out XFINITY favorites at Talladega
RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Detailed breakdown TALLADEGA, Ala. -- "It's normal Talladega," driver Justin Allgaier said with a sigh and that summed it up about as well as could be here Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway. Normal on the biggest track hosting NASCAR events means an afternoon of pack racing with competitors three, four and occasionally five-wide, searching for the narrowest opening and the slightest opportunity. Allgaier won the second stage of the Sparks Energy 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series event, finished eighth at the end of the day and his JR Motorsports Chevrolet was dinged but relatively undamaged sitting on pit road. Others weren't as fortunate. Minor skirmishes are the exception at Talladega and Saturday's race drove home that point. Two of the race's five cautions involved multiple cars and left officials little choice but to red flag the race to restore some semblance of order. The race was only 21 laps old when contact between Brennan Poole and Daniel Suarez ignited a nine-car incident on the backstretch that gobbled up such series regulars as Darrell Wallace Jr., William Byron and Daniel Hemric. "Everybody is not using their heads early in the race," Hemric, driver of the No. 21 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, said. "… (It was) just too aggressive. I thought we were able to miss it until the 18 (Suarez) or whoever hit me in the right rear." Hemric, who finished 38th, is now two-for-two in superspeedway misfortunes this season -- he was involved in a wreck in the season-opening race at Daytona as well and finished 31st. "Just people were racing crazy pretty early in the race and we got damage and it was hard to overcome that," Suarez noted after battling back to wind up ninth. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver called it "a solid top 10 … and overall we were able to overcome all the issues from the first segment."
Robert Yates: 'Now I have a permanent place' in NASCAR
NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018 member Robert Yates reacts to being inducted to the sports highest honor.
Biffle, No. 16 team to go 'Nashville Hot' for Daytona 500
CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 20, 2016) – Roush Fenway Racing has announced a multi-race partnership with KFC as a primary partner for Greg Biffle and his No. 16 Sprint Cup Series team during the 2016 season. The partnership will kick off at Daytona Speedweeks and include primary placement in the famed Daytona 500 and Sprint Unlimited All-Star events at Daytona International Speedway . The partnership in Daytona will feature KFC’s recently launched line of smoky and crispy ‘ Nashville Hot’ chicken, which comes just in time for the launch of the 2016 NASCAR season. Nashville Hot is available on KFC’s first ever tailgate platter; perfect for tailgating at events, watching sports and hosting group parties. "It’s definitely exciting to have KFC on the car," said two-time NASCAR Champion Biffle. "I don’t think there is a more iconic brand out there; who didn’t grow up loving KFC? Their new spicy, smoky and crispy Nashville Hot Chicken is now available nationwide – which I am very excited about – and I can’t wait to get to Daytona, enjoy a couple of tailgate platters with the team and hopefully put the Colonel in victory lane at our biggest race of the season." A perennial NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase contender, Biffle has scored 55 NASCAR wins and two championships during his celebrated career. He captured the pole for the 2004 Daytona 500 after winning the 2003 summer event at the 2.5-mile track known as the ‘World Center of Racing.’ "We are very happy to be teaming with Greg Biffle and Roush Fenway Racing and especially to partner with them for the Daytona 500 ,"said Kevin Hochman, KFC U.S. CMO. "Greg and Roush Fenway have a strong tradition of winning at Daytona, and we can’t think of a better way to launch our new Nashville Hot Chicken than at NASCAR’s biggest race of the season where we will be promoting the biggest thing in spicy chicken since Buffalo wings." In addition to looking for his second trip to victory lane at Daytona, Biffle will aim for Roush Fenway’s seventh win at Daytona in the Sprint Cup Series and its third Daytona 500 victory. "We are proud to welcome KFC to the Roush Fenway Racing family with Greg and the No. 16 team," said Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark. "We know they will be a great partner going forward in 2016 and look forward to a strong partnership launch as the season kicks off in Daytona." The Daytona 500 is set for Sunday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. ET and will be televised live on FOX. The Sprint Unlimited will kick off the 2016 season on Saturday, Feb. 13 with the Daytona 500 qualifying duel races scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18. Roush Fenway Racing is the winningest team in NASCAR history, fielding multiple teams in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series competition with drivers Greg Biffle , Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., Trevor Bayne , Ryan Reed , Chris Buescher and Bubba Wallace. Now in its 29th season, Roush Fenway is a leader in driver development, having launched the careers for many of the top drivers in the sport. Off-track, Roush Fenway is a leader in NASCAR marketing solutions, pioneering motorsport’s first team-focused TV show and producing multiple award-winning digital and experiential marketing campaigns. Roush Fenway is co-owned by Jack Roush, the winningest team owner in NASCAR history and Fenway Sports Group, parent company of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox and English Premier League’s Liverpool F.C. Visit RoushFenway.com, circle on Google+, become a fan on Facebook and Instagram and follow on Twitter at @roushfenway.
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