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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
Playoff intensity ratcheted up with new format
Chase contender chalks up post-race fracas at Charlotte to 'display of passion' RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize The post-race drama involving Denny Hamlin , Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski at Charlotte Motor Speedway has sure gotten a lot of attention and fellow Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Carl Edwards believes you can chalk up what happened to the intensity of the sport's new playoff format. "This is fierce competition," Edwards said on a teleconference with NASCAR media members. "There's a lot on the line. There's a lot of risk, not just financially, there's real risk. When you see people get that wound up, I think it shows how much passion there is inside the sport. "But overall it's obvious that this format has raised the level of intensity which all of us have to compete. People definitely care. That's what I take away from it. I'm glad nobody was hurt. At the end of the day it was just a display of passion, I think." The new format was presented by NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France in January. "If you would have said Charlotte ended the way Charlotte ended, I never could have guessed that," Edwards said. "As I left the race track the other night, I thought 'I guarantee you Brian France is kicked back with his feet up with a smile on his face' because right now this is working." After the checkered flag dropped on Saturday at Charlotte is when the fireworks really began. Keselowski clipped Hamlin's rear bumper on the cool-down lap after the race, later hitting Kenseth's car after Kenseth had removed his seat belt and HANS safety device. Tony Stewart was also caught up in the round of bumper cars, causing the No. 14 driver to retaliate by backing his car into the No. 2, crumpling its front. Keselowski then drove through a garage stall in the Sprint Cup Series garage before parking his car near his hauler. After getting out of his car, members of Hamlin and Kenseth's teams were yelling at Keselowski and his team. As Keselowski walked between his and teammate Joey Logano 's haulers, Kenseth ran after Keselowski and things got physical between the two. Eventually the two were separated by Keselowski's crew chief, Paul Wolfe. "Everybody's responsible for their own actions," Edwards said. "At the end of the day you just have to decide what you're willing to put up with or what you're going to do something if somebody does something to you." On Tuesday, NASCAR fined Keselowski $50,000 and Stewart $25,000 for their involvement in Saturday night's incidents. Both drivers were placed on NASCAR probation for the next four Sprint Cup Series events. Kenseth and Hamlin are set to be teammates with Edwards next season as he makes the move to Joe Gibbs Racing following the end of Edwards' 11-year Sprint Cup tenure at Roush Fenway Racing . Kenseth and Edwards have previously been teammates at Roush. That said, Edwards didn't want to get into specific thoughts about the drivers involved in the post-race drama at the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway . "I'm really careful not to get involved in other people's fights because a good sound bite can sound good, but you never know the whole story," Edwards said. "I know I've been involved in stuff with people and I have seen things personally that have been framed in ways that I did not think were accurate. So I try to stay out of all that." Edwards does not expect to see any retaliation at Talladega this weekend, but he does think you could see it later in the year. "I think, and I'm not certain, but I think that everyone will go to Talladega and they'll be very professional," Edwards said. "I don't believe that you would see any on‑track retaliation at Talladega. It's such a fast place. There's so much potential for collateral damage with other cars, other teams. I have a feeling, my gut feeling, is that Talladega will go pretty smoothly. I think once we get to Martinsville, some other places, if there are any hard feelings over stuff that happened over the year or even last week, I think that's where you'll see most of that dealt with." Edwards comes into Talladega in good shape to advance to the Eliminator Round. He is in fifth place in the points standings and just 12 points back of Joey Logano for the lead. Edwards also said that this format has essentially taken a full season "down to a 10‑race season, and now it's a series of three races. There's no place to hide if you have a bad race with this format." So far Edwards hasn't had to hide with an average finish of 12.2 in the first five races of the Chase, including back-to-back top-10s in the first two races of the Contender Round. Edwards is 20 points ahead of Kenseth, who sits in ninth place. Edwards can clinch a spot in the Eliminator Round several ways: He could win at Talladega or he can finish 18th or better at Talladega; finish 19th and at least one lap led or he can finish 20th with the most laps led. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Keep tabs on all the action this weekend at Martinsville This weekend brings the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to Martinsville Speedway . The Sprint Cup Series Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 is on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPN. The Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200 is on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 1:30 p.m. ET with coverage on FOX Sports 1. For more information on track times, press conferences and GarageCam, you can check out this weekend's schedule . For TV times, see this week's TV schedule . We know you may not have the time to watch the race action without any interruptions, so if you're on the go, here's how to keep up at Martinsville. NASCAR.com's live Sprint Cup Series leaderboard and Camping World Truck Series leaderboard update in real-time and offer constant text updates of lead changes, cautions, strategies, strong runs and everything in between. From the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leaderboard, fans can also access live standings . On the go? Download the NASCAR Mobile app to follow the leaderboards live from your device. Lap-by-Lap will keep you caught up even if you can only take a peek here or there. Check in to read back through all the laps you've missed, or keep an eye on the feed for real-time race updates. For all the information you need on the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format, check out Chase 101 for an easy-to-follow guide -- Martinsville is the first race in this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Eliminator Round. Fans can also keep up with how their fantasy Chase Grid is doing here . You can also see what drivers need to do to lock up their spots in the Championship Round here . We'll also send race updates via Twitter through the official @NASCAR and @NASCARStats handles. RaceBuddy will have enhanced views and coverage for the Sprint Cup Series race with 10 HD live race views, including six in-car cameras as well as a backstretch camera, pit road camera and more. Haven't tried RaceView yet? If you sign up, you'll get virtual video of cars on the track from various angles and hear what your favorite team is saying over the radio. Use it as a second screen or as your only screen. Just want to scan the radios? You can have that too with RaceView Audio . On a mobile device? Get RaceView Mobile here . If you want to be more involved in the on-track action, you can manage your fantasy team on NASCAR.com and follow your team's performance in NASCAR Fantasy Live . Mobile users can also download NASCAR Connect , a game from OneUp Sports that allows users to play other fans with race predictions, for some off-track competition while drivers battle it out on the track. Live Press Pass video streams will keep the NASCAR action rolling even after the winner goes in and out of Victory Lane. Catch interviews with the top finishers immediately following the checkered flag for the Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series, and stay tuned to NASCAR.com throughout the week for the latest news. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Both series to incorporate new qualifying rule next season MORE: Enhancements next for NASCAR XFINITY, Camping World Truck Series DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR today announced three key enhancements in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2015 season. The updates include: • Beginning next season, the qualifying rule for the NASCAR XFINITY Series (currently the NASCAR Nationwide Series ) and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will resemble that of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , and will emphasize speed. • The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series maximum starting field will be set at 32 trucks. • The drivers' last name will be featured on the back window of each series' cars and trucks, helping fans to better identify the drivers. "Our mission of providing the best on-track product possible is always among our top objectives," said Robin Pemberton, senior vice president of competition and racing development. "We're confident in the direction these changes will take these series." 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Qualifying Procedure Next season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, cars starting in positions 1-33 will be determined by their fastest single lap during qualifying in descending order with the fastest qualifier starting first. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will follow the same procedure for positions 1-27. In the XFINITY Series, the next six positions will first be assigned to the highest ranking cars in owner points that have attempted all of the races, have not already earned a starting position through qualifying and have entered the event by the posted entry deadline. The final starting position will be awarded to the most recent eligible past champion driver. If there is no eligible past champion driver, then a seventh car will make the field based upon owner points In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the next four positions will first be assigned to the highest ranking trucks in owner points that have attempted all of the races, have not already earned a starting position through qualifying and have entered the event by the posted entry deadline. The final starting position will be awarded to the most recent eligible past champion driver. If there is no eligible past champion driver, then a fifth truck will make the field based upon owner points. Prior to this enhancement, the top 30 cars and top 25 trucks in owner points in each series, respectively, were guaranteed a starting spot in each of those series’ events. Starting next year, a maximum of seven cars and five trucks will be locked into a given NASCAR XFINITY Series or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. If a qualifying session is cancelled because of inclement weather, each series' field will be set per the rule book with starting lineups determined by practice speeds. Maximum Field Set At 32 Trucks For NASCAR Camping World Truck Series As NASCAR continues to encourage and reward hard racing, help solidify and build the ownership base, add even more drama and intrigue to the race weekend and most importantly, provide fans the best competition possible, the maximum starting field for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be set at 32 trucks starting in 2015, as opposed to the 36-truck field in previous years. A maximum NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting field continues to stand at 43 cars while the NASCAR XFINITY Series will remain at 40. Drivers' Last Names On Rear Window This new design element is part of the implementation of NASCAR’s Industry Action Plan, specifically in the area of Driver Star Power. This enhancement will feature the drivers' last name displayed on the upper rear window of cars and trucks, helping fans more easily identify the drivers. The window treatment won't affect the on-track competition and placing it on the back window allows for both series sponsors – XFINITY (starting in 2015) and Camping World – to continue to maintain placement on the front windshield. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Driver of No. 11 Toyota has strong history at final four tracks on the schedule RELATED: Follow your picks in the Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Denny Hamlin has had an up and down year, but that hasn't stopped the Joe Gibbs Racing driver from emerging as a dark horse to win this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. From an eye ailment that kept him out of a race at Auto Club Speedway , to his win at Talladega Superspeedway in the spring, to seeing his crew chief Darian Grubb be suspended for the six races before the start of the Chase to battling his way through the Challenger and Contender Rounds, it has been a roller coaster season. And with his advancement into the Eliminator Round of eight drivers, things are setting up nicely for "The Deliverminator" to get to the Championship Round at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a shot at the title. "Really, this year, our expectations have been so low from everyone around that we've flown so much under the radar that we don't have any pressure from here on out," Hamlin said during Eliminator Round Media Day at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. "I mean, no one thought we'd be here. Now, I love our chances at having a shot for a championship at Homestead. "This format is just tailor made for an average team that's just been squeaking by, squeaking by, to get hot at the right time and next thing you know, steal a championship." Martinsville Speedway , Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway are three of Hamlin's better tracks in the Sprint Cup Series. The 33-year-old has four wins at Martinsville (with an average finish of 8.8, his second-best among active tracks), two wins at Texas (with an average finish of 10.8, his fifth-best among active tracks) and one win at Phoenix (with an average finish of 11.3, his seventh-best among active tracks). "Looking at these three racetracks, I can win any of them, easily." Hamlin sees this round -- specifically Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway (1:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) -- as a great chance for his team to take advantage of speed not being as big of an issue. "It's a huge opportunity for us," Hamlin said. "As average as our team, in general, has been this year, we go into a short track where horsepower doesn't matter. Aerodynamics doesn't matter. It's about the driver and mechanical setup. And I feel like that's our strong suit with our team." While speed has been an issue at times for the Gibbs group and the Toyota fleet in general, Hamlin sees no reason that the team can't be right there at the end. "I believe we've got all the tools necessary. We've got a pit crew that is very, very fast even though we've got a setback there with losing our jackman (Nate Bolling). There's no reason we can't be as competitive as any one of these seven guys that we're going to be racing against these last four races." Despite his good record at Martinsville, Hamlin finished 19th there in the spring after qualifying second. He warned that those results came with little practice time at the track as the final two practices were washed out by rain. Since then, Hamlin disclosed that his team worked on their Martinsville setup at a similarly-configured track in Sandusky, Ohio. "Normally I wouldn't give that information away, but there's no more testing," Hamlin joked referring to a change announced as part of the 2015 rules package for the Sprint Cup Series that bans private testing by teams. And should he reach Homestead, Hamlin has a strong record there with two wins and an average finish of 11.2, his sixth-best among active tracks. The driver of the No. 11 Toyota won there in last year's season finale. "Truth be told, if you ask me 'you have one race to race heads up for a championship, pick either Martinsville or Homestead?' I'd almost pick Homestead simply because we've just had a lot of success there over these last few years and its been a great track for us. No one saw us winning last year. We were running like 15th every week and all of sudden, we win Homestead." Hamlin came to Homestead once before with a shot at the championship. In 2010, Hamlin led Jimmie Johnson by 15 points entering the season's final race. Hamlin finished 14th that day, while Johnson finished second, securing his fifth straight title by 39 points. Since then Hamlin has learned plenty, but mostly he just wants that chance to race for a championship in the season finale again and the new format makes that a bit easier to reach. "What we learned in 2010 is to have fun," Hamlin said. "And this year is going to be fun no matter what, because the expectations have been so low. I always said that if you just give me that Homestead 2010 chance back, then I promise I'd win it. It's hard to do that knowing you are going to have to race three guys heads-up and its going to be the best of the four (that wins the title), but I just want that chance again to be heads-up with those guys at Homestead." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation