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Post-Race Reactions: Nashville 300
A discontented Kyle Busch and others comment on their finishes at Nashville .
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.
Heads up: Charlotte weekend
Here are the hot topics, trending news and key story lines to get you ready for this weekend's races at Charlotte Motor Speedway . WEATHER Hurricane Matthew could make this weekend very soggy. Or, Matthew could take a turn and not affect Charlotte weather as much as expected. The entire slate of on-track activity Thursday was unaffected, but rain rolled in overnight. There's an 80 percent chance of rain throughout Friday afternoon, which increases to 90 percent in the evening -- the XFINITY Series Drive for the Cure 300 Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC is scheduled for 8 p.m. According to the National Weather Service, heavy rain is expected early Saturday before dropping to a 20 percent chance late Saturday afternoon and into the evening. All of this is subject to rapid changes, however. KEY TIMES Sprint Cup Series: The Sprint Cup Series holds its first practice Thursday at 1:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App), with Coors Light Pole qualifying at 7:20 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App). The Bank of America 500 is at 7 p.m. ET Saturday (NBC/NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). XFINITY Series: The XFINITY Series opens practice Thursday at 3 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App) and qualifies Friday at 4:45 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App). The Drive for the Cure 300 Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC is Friday at 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). CATCH DRIVERS LIVE We'll stream every driver press conference in the Charlotte media center at NASCAR.com/presspass. Click here for a full schedule. Click here to tune into the live stream . LAST TIME The Bank of America 500 in 2015 was rained out and postponed until Sunday, but Joey Logano didn't suffer any ill effects from the delay. Logano led 227 of 334 laps en route to the first victory of his dominating Round of 12 in which he won all three races (Charlotte, Kansas and Talladega). YOU SHOULD KNOW • Joey Logano returns to the race where his (shortlived) 2015 postseason dominance began. Logano swept the Round of 12 a year ago, but hasn't been nearly as triumphant this season, with just one win at Michigan in June. Still, in Logano's last eight races this season, he's had only one finish outside the top 10, and that was a near miss (11th). Is he on the verge of rediscovering last year's magic? • Martin Truex Jr . has won three of the last five races (Darlington, Chicago and Dover), which now gives him more wins this season (four) than in the rest of his career, combined. And who can forget how Truex Jr. led all but eight laps at this track in May at the Coca-Cola 600 ? He's en fuego. • This is a cut-off race for the inaugural XFINITY Series Chase, with only Elliott Sadler and Daniel Suarez guaranteed trips to the Round of 8 by virtue of their first-round victories. Early title favorites Ty Dillon (ninth) and Erik Jones (10th) currently are on the outside looking in, and a Charlotte win would guarantee a spot in the next round.
Logano wins at Charlotte, XFINITY Round of 8 field set
RELATED: Race results " Updated series standings " Chase Grid CONCORD, N.C. -- If stealing a race were against the law, there would be an arrest warrant out for Joey Logano on Sunday night. Grabbing the lead from Kyle Larson after a restart on Lap 183 of 200, Logano held off a charging Elliott Sadler by .462 seconds to win the Drive for the Cure 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway , the event that trimmed the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Chase field from 12 drivers to eight. Larson, who led 165 laps and at one point had the lead lap to himself, closed on Logano with three circuits left but brushed the Turn 2 wall on Lap 197 and fell to fourth at the finish behind Sadler and Daniel Suarez . "We had a good car -- maybe not the best car … but the pit crew did their job to keep us in position to make an awesome restart there at the end," said Logano, who led the final 12 laps in earning the 27th NASCAR XFINITY Series victory of his career. "It was kind of an all-or-nothing move, to be able to get the lead and ultimately to hold him off and get the checkered flag. It was a lot of fun to be able to do that." Both Sadler and Suarez had earned spots in the Chase's Round of 8 by virtue of victories at Kentucky and Dover, respectively. Erik Jones advanced with a fifth-place finish and will join Justin Allgaier (sixth on Sunday), Blake Koch (12th), Brendan Gaughan (13th), Ryan Reed (15th) and Darrell Wallace Jr . (20th) in the Round of 8. Eliminated on points were Ryan Sieg (10th), Ty Dillon (11th), Brandon Jones (16th) and Brennan Poole (18th). Dillon, whose Chase started to go awry in a wreck with Erik Jones at Kentucky in the opening race of the Round of 12, was bitterly disappointed by his failure to advance. "It's heartbreaking," said Dillon. "We're a team that should have been in the final round. You've got to expect things to happen, which happened in the first race at Kentucky … But you've got to be able to rebound if you're going to win a championship. "We had so much momentum coming off of Dover (where we had) a car capable of winning the race, but today we couldn't even stay on the lead lap. It's very upsetting. I've wanted this championship so bad -- it just hurts." Dillon needed one more point to tie for eighth with Wallace, but he couldn't catch Sieg, who pitted for fresh tires under the final caution for Dakoda Armstrong 's spin off Turn 4 on Lap 183. Dillon would have won the tiebreaker for the final spot in the Round of 8 based on his runner-up finish at Dover. Sadler characterized Koch's success with start-up Kaulig Racing as "the biggest story of the first round." Koch finished the Round of 12 seventh in the standings, three points clear of Dillon. Poole had a top-10 car for much of the afternoon, but an electrical issue forced him to the pits for an unscheduled stop on Lap 123, and he lost four laps in the process. He finished the round in 10th place, five points behind Wallace. The series leader entering the Chase, Erik Jones had disappointing outings at Kentucky and Dover but transferred into the Round of 8 by six points with his fifth-place finish on Sunday. "We did what we needed to do today and got into the next round, you know?" Jones said. "Just ran a smart race, stayed up front all day, stayed out of trouble -- only had one mistake that got us back a little bit, but got a caution right away -- got a lucky break and finished where we needed to. "I think we had a car that probably could have went up and contended with Kyle (Larson), but we were just taking it pretty easy for the most part and doing what we needed to do today." &amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;
Heads up: Kansas weekend
Here are the hot topics, trending news and key story lines to get you ready for this weekend's races at Kansas Speedway . WEATHER The good news? It doesn't appear likely that a hurricane will impact this weekend's racing at Kansas. The highest chance of precipitation is around 20 percent, according to Weather.com. Otherwise, we're looking at consistent temps hovering around 81 degrees most of Saturday and Sunday, while it will be mostly cloudy and a little cooler (70 degrees) when cars roll on Friday, according to the National Weather Service. KEY TIMES Sprint Cup Series: The Sprint Cup Series holds its first practice Fri d ay at 1 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App), with Coors Light Pole qualifying at 6:15 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App). The Hollywood Casino 400 is at 2:15 p.m. ET Sunday (NBC/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). XFINITY Series: The XFINITY Series opens practice Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App) and qualifies Saturday at noon ET (CNBC/NBC Sports App). The Kansas Lottery 300 is Saturday at 3 p.m. ET (NBC/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). CATCH DRIVERS LIVE We'll stream every driver press conference in the Kansas media center at NASCAR.com/presspass. Click here for a full schedule. Click here to tune into the live stream . LAST TIME Like last week, Joey Logano is the defending race winner. The Team Penske driver led 42 of 269 laps to secure a victory in the middle of his three-race sweep of the Round of 12 (Charlotte, Kansas and Talladega) last season. In fact, he has won this race the past two years. YOU SHOULD KNOW • Joey Logano had three times as many wins in the Round of 12 last year than he does in all of 2016 (one). In need of a stellar finish -- if not a win -- after limping to a 36th-place finish at Charlotte, Logano certainly isn't hurting for motivation this weekend and Kansas lines up well for the prospects of regaining his mojo. The Penske driver has won two of the past four races at Kansas and had a top-five streak of five races snapped in the spring race (38th). • Despite winning the race with driver Kyle Busch , the spring event at Kansas didn't favor Toyota as we've seen much of this year, placing just two drivers (Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth ) in the top 10. After the pair was the only set of Toyotas in the top 10 at Charlotte, as well, this trend could continue. But then again -- it wouldn't be a shock to see either of those drivers win and advance. • Some XFINITY Series heavy hitters were knocked out of the Round of 12 after failing to advance at Charlotte in Ty Dillon , Brennan Poole , Brandon Jones and Ryan Sieg . In the series' first Chase, it'll be interesting to observe how teams adjust after seeing firsthand (in some cases) how a subpar opening round race can put a group in a serious, unrecoverable hole -- quickly.
XFINITY contenders to apply Round of 12 lessons at Kansas
RELATED: Chase Grid KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The first round of the first Chase for NASCAR's XFINITY Series trimmed the field of championship hopefuls from 12 to eight. The three-race subset also served as a learning tool for those who advanced to the second round, which begins Saturday with the Kansas Lottery 300 (3 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) here at Kansas Speedway . "I learned that in the first race of the first round the intensity level was very high," Daniel Suarez ( Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota) said Friday. "It was definitely more high than what I was expecting." Elliott Sadler (JR Motorsports No. 1 Chevrolet) won the Chase opener held at Kentucky Speedway . Suarez was a close second, won the following week at Dover and finished third last weekend at Charlotte, unofficially taking the mantle of Chase favorite with four races remaining. "I thought everyone was going to go out there to try to be consistent and to try to make it for the next round and that wasn't the case," Suarez said. "Everyone was going for the win and everything got a little crazy in the first race in Kentucky. "But, honestly I'm very proud of everyone …. We had three races with three top-three finishes which I think is something really good for the first round. We have to do exactly the same thing for the second round and after that try to put ourselves in a good position for Homestead and pull everything we have for that last race and the most important race of the year." Sprint Cup Series regular Joey Logano won the Charlotte event, the only race not won by an XFINITY Series regular in the Round of 12. Suarez, 24, said he expects the level of intensity seen in that opening race to return here this weekend as drivers and teams try to knock out an early win and qualify for the Round of 8. "For some reason everyone – I thought everyone was going to be more relaxed in the first race but for some reason everyone was very, like I said, the intensity level was very high," he said. "And, then for the second race it was lower and everyone was more relaxed because everyone was a little bit too crazy in the first one. I wouldn't be surprised if it was the same in this second round. "I don't think that I was myself, I don't think I got super crazy in Kentucky and we ended up with a pretty good result. Actually I felt like we should've won that race, we just came up one lap short. "I felt like everything that we learned the whole year we are trying to put that in the most important part of the year in the Chase in the first round and second round in order to get to the last race at Homestead and so far it's been working out. So, hopefully we can keep it up and move forward." Justin Allgaier (JRM), Erik Jones (JGR), Brendan Gaughan ( Richard Childress Racing ), Ryan Reed ( Roush Fenway Racing ), Darrell Wallace Jr . (RFR) and Blake Koch (Kaulig Racing) complete the Round of 8 for the XFINITY Series Chase. Suarez, Sadler and Jones are the only drivers in the postseason with victories this season. Gaughan, who has 15 top 10s, including a season-best runner-up at Road America , said the first round taught his team that "organizationally, to make sure we are prepared. "Make sure … we have everything kind of set and ready. "Another thing Shane (Wilson, crew chief) and I learned was (we) still are clowns that do it our way. It works for us. We don't scream and yell. … He doesn't get down on me when I hit a wall twice at Kentucky. And I don't bark at him when I think he makes the wrong call on pit road or we unload and it doesn't handle quite the way I want. "We're going to do it the way we think it needs to be done, stay patient and stay on each other’s team. A lot of pressure comes on these guys … and a lot of people succumb to that pressure." NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have won the last three XFINITY Series races at Kansas.
Wild Kansas race gives Chase contenders motivation for Texas
RELATED: Results " Chase Grid KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- It was, Elliott Sadler noted, "like Kentucky all over again." Sadler, driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, won that one. He didn't win Saturday's caution-filled Kansas Lottery 300 -- he finished second. But he was the highest-finishing XFINITY Series regular, trailing Kyle Busch under the checkered flag. The race was the first stop in the Round of 8, a trio of races that will determine which four teams will advance to Homestead-Miami Speedway -- in the Championship 4 -- next month to battle for the series title. Kentucky opened the first round, and "when you start with an even playing field," things can get intense, Sadler said. The intensity returned for Kansas. "Everybody wants to get the edge, you want to get the advantage," he said. "That creates hard racing and protecting your real estate and that creates closer racing. When you have closer racing you have mistakes and sometimes a lot of cautions." Fellow Chase hopeful Daniel Suarez ( Joe Gibbs Racing ), Joey Logano ( Team Penske ) and Kyle Larson ( Chip Ganassi Racing ) completed the top five. There were 10 cautions and plenty of mistakes on Saturday, which surprisingly wasn't a track record for either. Not all involved were Chase contenders, but enough did to promise the next few weeks will be interesting. Three Chase drivers, Justin Allgaier , Bubba Wallace and Ryan Reed , were part of a six-car incident on Lap 165 of the 200-lap race. Reed ( Roush Fenway Racing ) had been battling troubles all day; Wallace, his teammate, had led briefly; Allgaier (JRM) had been solid. But the incident took Wallace out of the race and Allgaier out of contention. "I just got run over from behind," Allgaier said. "We were three wide so obviously there was a lot going on behind us, cars getting big runs, and I just kind of got run over." His car was mangled -- body damage and mechanical issues -- but Allgaier still managed a 15th-place finish. "I think more than anything, the fact that we rallied back and had a solid finish to what really was a catastrophic day," he said of the end result. "Yeah it's a little frustrating to not be better in points than we are but at the same time we battled through adversity today and lost as few points as we could lose. That's a big plus." Wallace, 33rd, said his No. 6 team wasn't "knocked out" of the title picture. "It is just motivation to go to Texas," he said. "We have all wrecked plenty of times in our careers, so we know how to use it as fuel. This is just a little dent. Nothing to be worried about. We just have to do our job in Texas and Phoenix and make up as much time as we can." Trouble also found pre-Chase favorite Erik Jones (JGR) and Brendan Gaughan ( Richard Childress Racing ). Jones was leading the race when contact from Kyle Larson resulted in damage and a tire issue, sending the winner of four races this year to pit road with less than 15 laps remaining. Jones, a four-time winner this season, even led for 11 circuits. Jones finished 16th, and if there's a silver lining, it's that he's been here before -- an accident at Kentucky put his No. 20 team in a hole it had to dig itself out of to advance out of the first round. "We really didn't want to be in that position again," Jones noted afterward. "We were in a good position not to be in that spot but we just got turned there on the restart. It's unfortunate. … "It's such a shame because we had such a fast car." The series is off until Nov. 5 at Texas Motor Speedway for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Sadler will reside as the points leader at least until then, with Daniel Suarez , Blake Koch , Allgaier and Jones second through fifth, respectively. Only 12 points separate those five. Reed (-14), Gaughan (-29) and Wallace (-30) complete the top eight.
Kyle Busch wins at Kansas; XFINITY Chase gets shake-up
RELATED: Race results " Standings " Chase Grid " Photos from the day SHOP: Busch gear KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Kyle Busch 's domination of Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway was about the only predictable thing that happened in the first race of the Round of 8 in the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase. In winning his fourth XFINITY race at the 1.5-mile track, his ninth of the season and the 85th of his career -- extending his own series record -- Busch led 150 of 200 laps, passing Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez after a restart with 13 circuits remaining. "It was a hard-fought battle," said Busch, who had surged to a lead of 7.961 seconds before the first caution slowed the field on Lap 57. "Seemed like it was going to be easy for us. We had a super-fast car, and when we were out front, I could take it easy on those long runs and we could drive away. "The car would turn so well. A lot of things were trying to work against us at the end of the race. We were able to persevere and do the right things and have lucky restarts and be in the right grooves and not get caught up in the melee that was happening." Suarez had reason to be elated with his eventual third-place finish. An unexplained "popping" sound in his No. 19 Toyota accompanied a loss of horsepower, and Suarez settled for a hard-won result after Elliott Sadler passed him in the closing laps for the runner-up spot. Because Suarez led laps and Sadler didn't, he and Sadler leave Kansas tied for the Chase lead, but Sadler owns the tie-breaker due to higher finishes. "I'm proud of my race team," Sadler said. "We just kept working on the car and getting it better and better. I've got to do a better job trying to outrun that 18 car (Busch). He's really good, and he knows how to manipulate the air. But I've got to keep trying." Blake Koch finished ninth -- third among Chase drivers -- despite a late flat tire, the adverse effect of which was diminished by a timely caution, one of 10 during the afternoon. Koch is seven points behind the two Chase leaders. Chaos gobbled up the remaining five Chase contenders. A tap from Brandon Jones turned Chaser Justin Allgaier sideways and ignited a six-car wreck that also eliminated Darrell Wallace Jr ., who crashed out in 33rd-place. In a severely damaged car, Allgaier soldiered to a 14th-place result and left Kansas tied with Erik Jones for the final transfer spot into the Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway . Jones ran up front through the vast majority of the race, but his No. 20 Toyota was turned into the Chevrolet of Ty Dillon when NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Kyle Larson made an aggressive move after a restart on Lap 183. Jones pitted with a cut tire and finished one position behind Allgaier, one lap down. "He (Larson) said it was his fault," Jones said after talking to Larson on pit road. "He owned up to it, got me ran over. It is what it is… He just said he got a good start and there was no hole there, nowhere to go with the run he had just got into my left rear and turned us. It's a shame, we both had fast cars." Ryan Reed salvaged a 16th-place finish despite a loose plug wire that kept him down on power until his team could troubleshoot the problem on pit road. After contact in heavy traffic on Lap 176, Brendan Gaughan took a wild spin through the infield grass and came home 31st, 18 laps down. Both Wallace and Gaughan will have yeoman work to do when the Chase resumes at Texas Motor Speedway after a two-week break for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge (Nov. 5, 3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Charlotte Sprint Cup, XFINITY races both set for Sunday
UPDATED: 10:40 a.m. Saturday RELATED: Weather updates from Charlotte " Update schedule for Charlotte The effects of Hurricane Matthew reached far into North Carolina on Friday and Saturday as rain from the storm forced the cancellation of on-track activity at Charlotte Motor Speedway , including the postponement of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series races. Sunday will be a NASCAR doubleheader with two races the same day on the same track for the second consecutive weekend. The Sprint Cup Series race is scheduled to start at noon ET, with TV coverage simulcast on NBC and NBCSN (PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The XFINITY Series race would follow, with a projected start time of 4:30 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast on NBCSN with the same radio coverage. As of 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Hurricane Matthew was a Category 1 hurricane (down from a Category 4 on Thursday) and was causing severe damage along the South Carolina coast on its way northward. Charlotte's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Bank of America 500 , is the first race in the premier series' Round of 12 of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . The Drive for the Cure 300 Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC is the final race in the XFINITY Series Chase's Round of 12. Two Sprint Cup Series practices were slated for Friday, and the NASCAR XFINITY Series was slated to have Coors Light Pole Qualifying as well. Those three events were canceled. </p>
Bubba in, Ty Dillon and others out in Chase elimination
RELATED: Updated Chase Grid " Race results CONCORD, N.C. -- One point. One point separated Ty Dillon from Darrell Wallace Jr . in the Chase Grid after Sunday's elimination race at Charlotte Motor Speedway that dwindled the field of 12 to eight drivers. And with one point, Dillon's 2016 championship run came to a sorrowful end. "Man, it's heartbreaking," an emotional Dillon said after the race. "We're a team that should have been in the final round and you've got to expect things to happen, which happened in the first race at Kentucky. That's the way this Chase is built. Things happen, some of the best cars are going to get knocked out. But you've got to be able to rebound if you're going to win a championship and we weren't able to rebound good enough." The Chase bubble fluctuated throughout the 300 -mile event, as initial problems for Wallace & Co. set the No. 6 back in the field and on the Chase Grid. But Dillon's crash that resulted in a 27th-place finish in the opening Chase race at Kentucky Speedway two weeks ago put the No. 3 camp in an upward battle that needed an especially strong run at Charlotte. And despite posting a runner-up result last week at Dover, Dillon's 11th-place finish Sunday didn't cut it, as he struggled to pass 10th-place Ryan Sieg on older tires for that one point he needed to advance. "We had so much momentum coming off Dover," Dillon said. "Had a car capable of winning a race and today we couldn't even stay on the lead lap, so it's just very upsetting. "... I've wanted this championship so bad every year I've ran the XFINITY Series. Just, it hurts." As the checkered flag waved as the sun set in North Carolina, Wallace Jr. was on the other side of the Chase bubble, his No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford advancing with a 20th-place result. But after battling a torn-up nose, pit road penalty and free-handling race car in the day time, Wallace was less than thrilled about his performance. "We don't deserve to be in the Chase," Wallace said on pit road after the race. "Just bummed we couldn't have a better showing for Leidos, especially at our home track. ... When we race during the day, no matter what track we go to, we are all over the place. But here when nightfall came about, they were telling me to be conservative, but I felt like I could have drove up there to the lead, how much different the car was and how much better it drove. "We're missing something ... I don't know what ... we've got going on for daytime stuff, but it's just a bummer -- yeah, cool we made it to the next round. But who the hell is happy about the way we ran?" Despite the messy run, Wallace expressed gratitude for his advancement to the next round, a chance to improve upon the team's daytime racing program. "My team never gave up and I never gave up," Wallace said. "Never got too pissed off, too frustrated, never put her in the fence. (Ran) up there in the top, I was trying to get it all I could to keep us going ... We've just got to get better. I don't like running 20th." Wallace will move on to Kansas next week to vie for the XFINITY Series championship, along with Elliott Sadler , Daniel Suarez , Erik Jones , Justin Allgaier , Blake Koch , Brendan Gaughan and Ryan Reed . Brennan Poole -- who was forced to change the battery midway through the race in his No. 48 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Chevrolet -- Brandon Jones , Sieg and Dillon were the four drivers eliminated in the opening round of the inaugural XFINITY Series Chase. For No. 3 crew chief Nick Harrison, these final four races are about redemption, finishing a disappointing Chase on a high note. "Just one of those deals -- you've just got to hold your head up and move on to the next race," Harrison told NASCAR.com in the garage. "It's racing and (you've) gotta be a big boy -- we weren't good enough to advance, we had ourselves in a hole at Kentucky. Just didn't make it. "... The only way to have a little satisfaction of a season is to go out there and win some of these races and that's definitely what we're going to do -- there will be no give-up here."