Parsons' 10-step list finally complete after Hall's call
RELATED: Five legends unveiled for 2017 Hall of Fame Class CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When Benny Parsons had learned that his recent cancer diagnosis was a terminal one, he made a plan for his wife, Terri, to carry out after his death in January 2007. On Wednesday, May 25 -- Voting Day for the NASCAR Hall of Fame -- Terri Parsons checked the last box on that 10-item list. "I know when Benny knew that he wasn't going to make it, his biggest fear was he was going to be forgotten. And I think this cements that," Terri Parsons said. "He will never be forgotten now, and I think his final wish ... he gave me a list of 10 things to do, and as of today, all 10 are done." Benjamin Stewart Parsons will forever be remembered as a NASCAR champion, a Daytona 500 winner and a blue-collar competitor behind the wheel. But he'll also be known as a brilliant, engaging commentator for stock-car racing from the TV booth. After Wednesday, if either of those memories were ever to fade, he'll now be forever known as a NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee. Mostly, Parsons will also be known simply as Benny, an everyman ambassador for the sport known as much for his driving and broadcasting skills as for his ability to bond with fans in the stands. That enduring popularity is what produced a groundswell of fan support on social media and an overwhelming show of approval by the 54-member voting panel, which named him on 85 percent of its ballots, leading all 20 Hall of Fame nominees. "It always meant a lot to Benny what people thought of him because Benny loved everybody," said Phil Parsons , Benny's younger brother and himself a longtime TV broadcaster. "From the fans to the competitors to the owners, sponsors, NASCAR, ARCA, whoever it might've been, they always meant a lot to him. So it was important that people liked him because he genuinely liked everybody in return. And I think he would be very pleased today knowing that this honor was bestowed upon him." Fellow Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett, whose bond with Parsons dates back to his earliest experience in NASCAR, shared the sentiment. Parsons made his first start in NASCAR's top divison in August 1964 at Asheville-Weaverville Speedway in western North Carolina. Jarrett won that Sunday in dominating fashion, but took time out of the race weekend to welcome the newcomer. That first chance meeting forged a friendship that extended beyond their driving careers and into television, where the two often shared a role as color commentator. "To have worked with him for so long on television and to see his dedication to the sport and the love for the fans, and the reaction of the fans over the years -- he was a people person," Jarrett said. "People could relate to him because he was one of them, just a down-to-earth type of individual who wanted the best for them, and they sensed that. With all of that, we became great friends." Jarrett said he had a strong gut feeling about Parsons on Wednesday, pointing also to the support he received in the voting room. Terri Parsons had a similar feeling, one that was somehow different than the previous seven votes -- all of which she faithfully attended. Maybe it was the overwhelming response she said she received from her persistent campaigning for her husband, reminding people every day to participate in fan balloting. Maybe it was her welcome upon her arrival at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Wednesday afternoon. "There was a man waiting for me at the parking place that said, 'Are you Mrs. Parsons ? Hurry, hurry,' " she said with a laugh. "I felt a little different about that. They didn't care last year if I had a parking place or not." Benny Parsons now has a permanent place, one that will become official with his enshrinement in January 2017, close to the 10-year mark since his passing at age 65. "Somewhere tonight he's saying 'fantastic,' I'm sure, and we all know the smile that he'd have on his face, and there's certainly one on mine because I've been here for nine years waiting for this," Terri Parsons said, noting the time it's taken to cross the last item from her list. "All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you."
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With long history in sport, Childress ready for Friday's Hall of Fame induction
RELATED: Mark Martin on what drove him to success Richard Childress will go into the NASCAR Hall of Fame Friday night with perhaps a bit more of an appreciation than most, having spent the better part of his life tied snugly to the sport of stock car racing. It's been his livelihood and his lifeblood. From selling snacks as a youngster in the grandstands at a local track to overseeing a racing organization today that boasts more than 500 employees, Childress is one of the few still around that has seen and done it all. Childress, 71, will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame Friday along with fellow team owners Rick Hendrick and Raymond Parks and former drivers Mark Martin and Benny Parsons (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN). Incredible stories shadow each of this year's inductees. The story of Childress' rise from dropout to multi-millionaire is no less so. Today, his Richard Childress Racing organization fields three full-time teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and three in the NASCAR XFINITY Series . His teams have won 12 championships and 214 races across NASCAR's three national series (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck). Six of his championships came with driver Dale Earnhardt, an inaugural member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and regarded by many as one of the sport's most talented and influential drivers. "I'm sure every one of the inductees are very proud," Childress said last week during a round of media availabilities for this year's Hall of Fame Class. "My feeling is, I started out selling peanuts and popcorn at Bowman-Gray Stadium watching my heroes, Billy and Bobby Myers, Curtis Turner and Glen Wood, these guys race and that's all I ever wanted to do was become a race driver." He worked full time to live his dream part-time until the pull of the racing won out and for the longest time it looked like a fool's errand. Money didn't flow and bills piled up but like everyone else chasing a dream, Childress was undeterred. At 24, he got his first big break, competing at Talladega Superspeedway after many of NASCAR's top stars, citing tire concerns, boycotted the race. He returned home to purchase a small parcel of land with the money he earned from that weekend's races, and started his own auto repair business. "I left there with more money than I'd ever seen at one time," he said. Being his own boss also kept his NASCAR dream alive. He jumped in full time in 1976 as an owner/driver at a time when only a handful of teams had the support and the finances to contend for wins on a consistent basis. "I can remember the days when we had to syphon the fuel out of the race car to get home, put it in the tow car," Childress said. "A lot of people don't understand how it was back in the early '70s … what not just me but everyone was going through. You had the Pettys, Junior Johnson, Bud Moore, there were about four big teams … those were the guys you were racing against." His second big break came in the early '80s when he made the decision to focus on ownership and leave the driving to someone else. Earnhardt came and went, driving a handful of races at the end of the '81 season. A two-year stint with Ricky Rudd helped the team turn the corner and build the consistency necessary to compete for wins on a regular basis. By '84, Earnhardt had returned and RCR had improved its product tremendously. "Ricky was a young, up and coming driver and I think we both helped each other a lot," Childress said. "He helped me as a car owner and I think we helped him as a driver, with the past driving experience I had and as an owner being able to work with a driver was totally different. I think it was a learning experience for all of us. "When Dale came back in '84 I was much more comfortable as an owner at that point." It's been three years since a driver for RCR won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series although all three of its current drivers -- Austin Dillon , Paul Menard and Ryan Newman -- have qualified for the Chase on one or more occasions. Childress, winless as a driver in 285 career starts, remains positive and focused. No different than when he was just starting out with little more than a dream and a desire. "You had to have a passion," he said. "Even when I was driving and wasn't winning … I never started a race that I didn't think this was going to be the day that the big boys had a problem and I was going to be able to come in there and win. "Just the sheer drive of wanting to succeed, that's what kept me going." And it's led him right into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Class of 2017: Induction day schedule, info
Members of the eighth NASCAR Hall of Fame class will join their rightful place among other NASCAR legends Friday night in Charlotte, North Carolina. Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin, Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons officially answer the call in a ceremony beginning at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Here's all you need to know about the event. The details WHAT: Induction ceremony for eighth annual NASCAR Hall of Fame Class WHEN: 8 p.m. ET WHERE: NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte, North Carolina HOW CAN I WATCH: Television coverage on NBCSN GO DEEPER: NASCAR.com will live-stream the post-induction press conferences. Stay tuned for more information and a link. The class
Determination, focus drive Martin to Hall of Fame
RELATED: Learn more about the Class of 2017 " Martin's top moments Mark Martin is respected and revered for a 31-year NASCAR racing career that includes 40 Cup victories, 49 XFINITY wins and five heralded IROC championships. He is considered one of the most talented, highly focused and broadly successful competitors in NASCAR history. And later this week, Martin will formally acquire a designation that makes him most proud of all: NASCAR Hall of Famer. "When I'm introduced at a function, now people can call me something, I'll have a title," Martin, 58, said this week with a laugh. "Prior to that, you kind of had to search for a title, although I had done a lot of cool and amazing things in my career." His long list of "cool and amazing things" is what earned Martin this highest of honors. He joins Benny Parsons , Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick and Raymond Parks in this year’s Hall of Fame class and will be formally inducted Friday in Charlotte (8 p.m. ET on NBCSN). RELATED: Parks set early standard " Prolonged excellence Childress' hallmark For Martin, it is a story of supreme determination and talent. In addition to his 40 wins and five championship runner-up finishes in NASCAR's highest level, Martin proved to be one of the series’ most diverse competitors -- ever. He won four GT class championships competing in the Rolex 24 during the 1990s. And his five IROC titles -- and four more runner-up IROC championship finishes -- showed Martin’s great ability bettering the best drivers across all forms of racing from NASCAR to IndyCar to sports cars to sprint cars. It is certainly something that separates and elevates him to the highest of standards through four decades of the best competition in multiple genres. So understandably, Martin had to really think about what in his vast career makes him most proud. "I don't know if there's a single thing," Martin said. "One thing, I would have to say the fact that I made it to NASCAR at such a young age (22). At the time it was an amazingly young age, then I fell on my face and had to go home and start my career again. "So I would say perseverance, if you want to sum it up in one word. Having to start my career all over again and building my way back. Having a second chance is probably the biggest thing." "And the second thing is what I did in the IROC Series." Martin has acknowledged that he was as focused and intense as they came. He was the first driver to seriously incorporate fitness training into his race preparation -- something that may have eased his ability to compete at such a high level even into his 50s. That determination to find an edge was apparent in the garage, even from an early age. He was among the rare drivers to frequently be seen looking into the hood of his car and working alongside the crew. It was the way he was raised by his father Julian, who took great care in guiding his son's passion. There are photos of Martin’s earliest racing days clearly showing how Julian Martin had gone so far to alter his son's first race cars out of love and safety -- mounting the steering wheel in the middle of the car instead of having it on the far left. Dad and son travelled from their native Arkansas throughout the Midwest following the racing dream and they were very close -- now the hard work rewarded with Martin’s long list of achievements and this highest of NASCAR's high honors. Heartbreakingly, Julian was killed when the plane he was piloting crashed in the Nevada mountains in August of 1998, also taking the life of Martin’s stepmother and 11-year old stepsister. Martin remembers immersing himself in competition as best he could to deal with the tragedy. Martin won the night race at Bristol two weeks after losing his father. Immediately after climbing out of his car in Victory Lane, he emotionally thanked the race fans for "their sympathy, love and support" saying their "love for our family has meant everything." "I felt it was my obligation and responsibility to go racing and that's what my dad would have wanted," Martin acknowledged last week. "It was tough, but it would have been tough sitting on a couch in a daze, too. "To me, racing was sort of a responsibility that I had. I felt responsibility toward the 50 or 100 people that supported the (then-Roush Racing) 6-car and a responsibility to race. I just didn't feel like missing a race because I was grieving. … To me, at the time, it just didn't seem like the right thing to do. "It did help me cope with the horrendous loss I was experiencing because I did have to pick up and go racing." And for Martin, the success he would later experience in the second half of his career is as impressive and inspiring as anything he accomplished. He came as close as he ever had to winning the Daytona 500 in 2007, losing the race to Kevin Harvick by a mere 0.02-seconds -- a hood-length -- in a photo finish that marked Martin’s best ever showing in the Great American Race. RELATED: Closest finishes in the history of the Great American Race Two years later, at the age of 50, Martin challenged Jimmie Johnson for what is now known as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship, winning five races and claiming seven pole positions. Martin led the standings after each of the opening three Chase races, only to finish runner-up to Johnson, a seven-time winner on the year. It marked the fifth and final time Martin was a championship runner-up in an amazing 20-year span of his career. It is a remarkable accomplishment and something he says he is at last comfortable enjoying, free of any near-miss regret. "I never scored enough points to win one, and that's that," Martin said, when asked about it last week. "I would have won one if I had scored more points than anyone else. … and I let that take an enormous amount of joy (from me). "It's something I let go of and I refuse to allow that to rob me of joy. I have a lot to be thankful of, be grateful for. I accomplished a lot in my career and I’m not sour about the things I didn't accomplish." The attitude accompanies good reason -- because by all standards Martin accomplished so much and is admired by so many. Later this week, he will be fittingly celebrated in all the glory he deserves for a career that showed everyone what hard work and mental focus could produce. Forever more, Mark Martin shall be known and introduced as a NASCAR Hall of Famer. "It means more than anything I achieved while I was racing because I was so busy racing, anything I achieved I never paid attention to," Martin said. "I was just storming ahead worried about how I would win the next race. "Now that I've had some time to soak it in, it's the last big deal, the big win, the crown jewel of my career. "Don't forget the people in the Hall of Fame are my heroes, the founders of the sport, the real men that did it with their bare hands. I'm a little bit uncomfortable going in there with them, to be honest with you, because I don't feel like I belong in that kind of company." Perhaps once he stands on stage -- properly celebrated and duly honored -- Martin will accept that he is absolutely a part of that good company. The best. &amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;
Rundown: Analysis of all 43 cars at Dover
Below is a breakdown of how the full 43-car field fared at Dover International Speedway . 1. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Harvick scored his spot in the Round of 12 in dramatic fashion by leading a career-best 355 laps and notching the 750th victory for manufacturer Chevrolet. 2. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Post-race, Busch said he was pleased with where his team finished, citing it had a second-place car, but also adding it had quite a bit of ground to make up to catch the "lightning-fast" No. 4 team. 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . The final caution flag was a lucky break for Earnhardt, who took the opportunity to address a loose wheel. He then used a solid restart to slip past fellow Chase contender Jamie McMurray and punch his ticket to the next round. 4. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . "Nice work guys. Nothing to be ashamed of," McMurray radioed his team after just missing the cut for Round 2. For more in-car audio, sign up for RaceView . 5. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola was posting top-five lap times with 55 laps to go, but needed those remaining circuits to pick up seven spots and match his best Dover result. 6. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . The decision to stop twice during the fifth caution period to ensure the No. 5 was full of fuel didn't hurt Kahne, who earned his seventh Dover top 10. 7. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kenseth, already a Round 2 contender thanks to his Loudon victory, spent the remaining 125 laps on Sunday looking for more corner speed. 8. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse restarted 10th after the fifth caution flag, and he held on for his best Dover finish. 9 . Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . Larson looked to play the spoiler when he moved into the top three in the final 100 laps, but a decision to stay out during the final caution flag hurt his chances. 10. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano advances to the next round of the Chase with his ninth Dover top 10. 11. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . Truex, a Round 2 contender, climbed through the field after starting from the rear when NASCAR had a post-inspection issue with the flare on his side skirt. 12. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . " Man, it's never easy," Gordon told his team after a rough final restart. "I know that wasn't easy," spotter Eddie D'Hondt said. "But we did what we needed to" (to advance). For more in-car audio, sign up for RaceView . 13. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush-Fenway Racing. Biffle got sideways with 11 laps to go, but saved his car while running 15th . 14. Clint Bowyer , No. 15, Michael Waltrip Racing . Bowyer recovered after dropping from eighth to 25th when he made an unscheduled stop on Lap 175 for a loose wheel. 15. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Crew chief Darian Grubb didn't want to risk the No. 19's spot in the next round of the Chase so he called his driver back down pit road during the sixth caution flag for a right-front tire issue. 16. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Around Lap 60, Keselowski was running 16th when he reported that his engine temperatures were dropping. He maintained and will compete in the second round of the Chase. 17. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . An issue with the left-front jack bolt caused Busch to lose ride height late in the race. The team corrected the issue but still had to make additional repairs during the Lap 374 stop under caution. 18. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin won the race off pit road after a four-tire stop during the competition caution, but his forward momentum was stalled because he was tagged for speeding. A second penalty sealed the deal, but he still advanced because he won Chicagoland. 19. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Newman earned the beneficiary pass after the third caution flag and managed to stay only one lap down as the race progressed. He advanced to the second round of the Chase. 20. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish and his team chased the handling of his No. 9 Ford all day, even as the track took on rubber. 21. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick worked with her team to help her No. 10 Chevy take off better around Dover's 1-mile oval. 22. David Ragan , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Ragan, who fell off the lead lap by Lap 105, had previously told his team he was "too free on exit and pretty snug in the center." 23. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon's team made several chassis adjustments during the second half of the race to help him get into the corner better. 24. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears was running 25th during the first half of Sunday's race when he was hooked in the right rear and saved his car from spinning on-track. 25. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard rolled off the grid 14th and almost immediately went backward as he watched his first Chase run fade. 26. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart recently announced he'd retire from driving after 2016 to focus on ownership. But on Sunday, the driver of the No. 14 focused on pit strategy to improve his track position. 27. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier received the beneficiary pass during the competition caution, but spent much of the race looking for mid-corner grip. 28. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Like his teammate Brett Moffitt , Whitt discovered that his car improved around Dover as the 1-mile concrete oval took on rubber. 29. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG-Daugherty Racing. Allmendinger was going too fast trying to get onto pit road when he spun up the track on Lap 311. 30. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Gilliland reported a tight-handling condition during the final 60 laps of Sunday's race, which his team worked to address. 31. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Halfway through a fuel run when the fifth caution flag was waved, Bayne elected to take the wave-around like most cars one or more laps down. 32. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Bowman and his team continually made adjustments on the No. 7 Chevy throughout Sunday's race trying to find balance. 33. Reed Sorenson , No. 98 Ford, Phil Parsons Racing. Already three laps down and in 36th, Sorenson told his team that he was "just racing the track right now" when they informed him leader Kevin Harvick was bearing down. 34. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . "Holy crap," DiBenedetto said while running 37th on Lap 101 when he learned leader Kevin Harvick was on his bumper -- again. 35. J.J. Yeley, No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . Long green-flag runs were a struggle Sunday for Yeley. 36. Josh Wise , No. 32 Ford, Go FAS Racing. Wise sustained minimal nose damage after making contact with Jeb Burton on Lap 3. 37. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . During the fifth caution flag, Annett reported that his entry was neutral and he couldn't pick up the gas when he wanted to. 38. Alex Kennedy , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport . Kennedy rolled off the grid 36th in his Dover debut. 39. Timmy Hill , No. 62 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports . Starting 43rd at the fast 1-mile oval made forward progress an immediate issue for Hill in his fourth Dover appearance. 40. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Cassill's fear that his engine was "letting go" was realized on Lap 372 and prompted the eighth caution flag. 41. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . A torn rear axle seal sidelined Johnson in his 500th Cup start and ended his quest for a seventh championship. 42. Brett Moffitt , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Moffitt's lap times were improving as the track picked up rubber, but his car was "killed" when he blew a right-front and made hard contact with the wall to bring out the seventh caution flag. 43. Jeb Burton , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Burton spun on Lap 3 and cut a tire on Lap 192 to bring out the caution flag twice on Sunday.
Danica Patrick wins Sprint Fan Vote
SHR driver will be part of field for Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday night Danica Patrick was revealed to be the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote on Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway following the Sprint Showdown. That put Patrick in the field for Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race , where engine trouble sent her to a 20th-place finish. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver became the first person to win the Sprint Fan Vote twice, earning the honor in 2013. Earlier in the week, Miss Sprint Cup revealed that Clint Bowyer ( Michael Waltrip Racing ), Kyle Larson ( Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates), Patrick ( Stewart-Haas Racing ), Martin Truex Jr . ( Furniture Row Racing ) and Josh Wise ( Phil Parsons Racing) were the top-five vote getters. Since the Sprint Fan Vote was instituted in 2004, only one driver -- Kasey Kahne in 2008 -- has won the vote and gone on to win the race. The 12 fan vote winners have averaged a finish of 14.75 in the Sprint All-Star Race. Previous Sprint Fan Vote winners and their results in the Sprint All-Star Race Year Driver Result 2004 Ken Schrader 13th 2005 Martin Truex Jr . 22nd 2006 Kyle Petty 8th 2007 Kenny Wallace 16th 2008 Kasey Kahne WON 2009 Joey Logano 8th 2010 Carl Edwards 21st 2011 Dale Earnhardt Jr . 14th 2012 Bobby Labonte 19th 2013 Danica Patrick 20th 2014 Josh Wise 15th 2015 Danica Patrick 20th
The Rundown: Bristol
RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase standings Below is a breakdown of how the full 43-car field fared at Bristol Motor Speedway. 1. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano became just the third driver to lead approaching the halfway point on Saturday night, and he paced 176 laps en route to his second Bristol victory. " MORE: Logano victorious again in night race 2. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Harvick rallied from two pit-road speeding penalties to run second with five laps to go when he unsuccessfully attempted a run for the lead. " MORE: Harvick scores 10th runner-up finish 3. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . The polesitter held steady in the top 10 but struggled to find the answer when navigating the middle to exit of the turns at Bristol. " WATCH: Hamlin leads field to green flag 4. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . "These have been really good laps, man," crew chief Chad Knaus radioed Johnson as he scored his 10th top-five result at Bristol. " SIGN UP: RaceView Scanner 5. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Bowyer qualified ninth and was running second by Lap 232, but he struggled some after receiving contact late in the race. " MORE: Bowyer gives MWR a boost 6. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Keselowski was running second with teammate and eventual winner Joey Logano with 100 laps to go before being shuffled back on a restart. 7. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Edwards gave up the lead on Lap 354 when he hit pit road for a flat tire. 8. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Busch recovered from an unscheduled pit stop on Lap 350 for a loose wheel and a subsequent pit-road speeding penalty with 68 laps to go. 9. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Earnhardt fought to stay on the lead lap mid-race and recorded back-to-back beneficiary passes on the fourth and fifth caution periods. He then held on for his 15th Bristol top 10. 10. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Mostly quiet on the radio, Newman encouraged his team to leave the car alone as he also scored his 15th Bristol top 10. 11. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet. Chip Ganassi Racing . McMurray completed a 50-lap run in practice that helped him get a feel for long green-flag stretches, of which there was one past halfway when he hovered in the top 10. 12. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Despite some early front-fender damage and a pit-road speeding penalty, Allgaier made the most of a promising run and earned his third top-15 finish of the year. 13. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon stopped late in the race for some repair to the left-rear of his car and finished as the last car on the lead lap. 14. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . "There's nothing I can really do to help you," crew chief Tony Gibson radioed Busch during the Lap 359 caution period, so Busch stayed out despite issues from an earlier mash-up with David Ragan . " SIGN UP: RaceView Scanner 15. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne restarted 18th at the tail end of the longest line with 67 laps to go after speeding on pit road. 16. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . "It took a lot longer to start vibrating this time," Kahne reported to his team on Lap 330 while running 18th. 17. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola qualified 31st in his repaired No. 43 Ford and was running 19th on Lap 358 when he told the team he feared they had lost the handle on it, prompting more adjustments. 18. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish experienced a tight-handling condition when running the bottom line and a loose-handling one when running the top, so his team worked on dialing the car in. 19. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart qualified 40th and cracked the top 15 by Lap 150 but later reported his car wouldn't cut in the middle of the corner any more. 20. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Gordon was running fifth when he had to bring his throwback rainbow paint scheme to pit road on Lap 409 for a "bad vibration." 21. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse had just taken the wave around and lined up 19th for the restart when he smacked the wall on Lap 384 to bring out the seventh caution flag. 22. Ryan Blaney , No. 21 Ford, Wood Brothers Racing . Blaney spent most of the race trying to recover from a pit-road speeding penalty assessed on Lap 57. 23. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears, in his 26th Bristol outing, reported a vibration that his team addressed along with right-rear damage from earlier contact during the Lap 384 caution. 24. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard lost some track position early after a near-spin on Lap 43. He had another setback during the fifth caution period when his team lost control of a tire and he was penalized. 25. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Significant damage to the No. 16 prompted the team to make multiple stops for repairs during the sixth caution period. 26. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . On Lap 146, Allmendinger collided with Ricky Stenhouse Jr . and bounced off the inside wall. 27. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick radioed to her team that it felt like her right-front tire was going down, so she hit pit road on Lap 313 for four tires and fuel. 28. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . Running a back-up car, Truex suffered left-front damage on Lap 384 and had to make two unscheduled pit stops, which put the team two laps down. 29. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Prior to the sixth caution flag, Whitt asked his team to check the right-side of his car after a competitor shoved him into the wall. 30. Brett Moffitt , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . The fastest qualifying rookie radioed early that he started off loose, but improved as the run continued. 31. Michael McDowell , No. 95 Ford, Leavine Family Racing . A big setup change during a mid-race pit stop slowed McDowell’s forward progress. 32. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Bowman qualified 36th and picked up six spots but had trouble passing because his car developed a tight-handling condition in traffic. 33. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . DiBenedetto was running 33rd when he radioed his team on Lap 308 that he needed to stop for flat right-rear tire. 34. J.J. Yeley, No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Yeley caught a break on Lap 250 when the caution flag was waved. Just a few laps earlier, he had reported a right-front tire vibration. " MORE: Yeley's daughter steals the show 35. Josh Wise , No. 32 Ford, Go Fas Racing. Early in the race, Wise's team got creative with adjustments when they handed him a paint stick so he could reach and adjust his in-car track bar. 36. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . In his 19th Bristol appearance, Gilliland was stalled early when he had to make an unscheduled pit stop for a loose wheel. 37. Mike Bliss , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport. Bliss suited up for his ninth race of the year, but his first behind the wheel of the No. 33. 38. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Cassill's team took a big swing at his setup early in the race, changing the bump stop setup, and chased the handling of the No. 40 throughout the race. 39. Timmy Hill , No. 98 Ford, Phil Parsons Racing. Hill, making his second Bristol start on Saturday night, improved upon his first result at the half-mile track. 40. David Ragan , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Ragan retreated behind the wall after receiving contact and spinning out of the top five to bring out the sixth caution flag on Lap 371. " MORE: Ragan, Bowyer show strength amid shake-up 41. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . An early two-tire call turned out to be a losing gamble as Larson cut his left-front on Lap 125 and hit the wall. He later brought out the fifth caution flag after hitting the wall. 42. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Around Lap 111, Kenseth limped from running in the top 10 to pit road for his team to assess his smoking car. An engine issue sent the No. 20 behind the wall. " MORE: Early exit for Kenseth 43. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Annett made an unscheduled pit stop after the first lap at Bristol for a transmission issue.
The Rundown: Talladega
News and notes for the entire 43-car field from the GEICO 500 RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Latest Chase Grid 1. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Earnhardt led a race-high 67 laps to earn his sixth career Talladega victory and tie teammate Jeff Gordon for second on the Superspeedway's all-time wins list. It was an emotional win for Earnhardt, who needs four more wins at the Alabama track to catch his Daddy, the legendary Dale Earnhardt. " Watch: Junior adds to the family legacy 2. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Johnson led 50 laps, but stuck behind his teammate in the closing laps. He improves to third in the points on the strength of his fourth straight top-three finish. " Watch: Johnson discusses finish 3. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard, whose entire pit crew opted to wear full-face helmets during stops, recorded his best finish this season after spending the majority of Sunday's race running inside the top 15. 4. Ryan Blaney , No. 21 Ford, Wood Brothers Racing . In his third career restrictor-plate outing, Blaney notched his first career top-five result. " More: Blaney proves tough under Talladega pressure 5. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . Truex managed his ninth top-10 result of the season despite dealing with a vibration for a majority of Sunday's 188-lap event. 6. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish, who was on pit road when the final caution flag was waved, restarted fourth with 25 laps to go and held on to record his best 2015 finish. 7. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Despite an early flare-up while pitting under caution, Newman ticked off 11 places in the final 19 laps to record his first top-10 finish in the spring Talladega event since 2009. 8. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Harvick led one lap en route to his ninth top-10 finish this season. He has paced the field in all but one race this season and needs to lead 47 more laps to reach 1,000 total for the second time in his career. 9. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin led five laps and was running fourth when he attempted to make a run on leader Dale Earnhardt Jr . coming to the checkered flag. 10. Josh Wise , No. 98 Ford, Phil Parsons Racing. Wise mostly flew under the radar on Sunday and led Lap 93 en route to his best career Cup finish. 11. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. The two-time Talladega victor picked up 12 spots in the closing 19 laps and narrowly missed his fifth top-10 of the year. 12. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Busch led a lap during the second caution period and overcame an alternator issue to close 20 positions in the final 19 laps to be the best closer of the race. 13. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Whitt didn't pit during the sixth caution flag so he led the field to green on the Lap 162 restart, and he held on to snag his best career finish. 14. J.J. Yeley, No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Yeley was briefly knocked off the lead lap after being penalized for a fallen window net and subsequently speeding on pit road. He rallied to improve 13 places in the final 19 laps. 15. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola guided his car across the finish line despite receiving contact on the last lap to his left-front fender. 16. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Bowman wasn't terribly impacted after being involved in the Lap 47 crash and held on to record his best Talladega finish. 17. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . Allmendinger's team resolved a severe vibration mid-race as he attempted the strategy of laying back until the final laps of the race. 18. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . DiBenedetto, in his restrictor-plate debut in the Sprint Cup Series, rebounded from the Lap 47 incident to earn his highest 2015 result. 19. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart led six laps on Sunday, but couldn't get enough help down the stretch when he attempted to break out of the long parade running the top line. 20. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Running 28th, Gilliland attempted to help Tony Stewart run the bottom line and challenge the leaders in the closing laps. 21. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick reported a transmission issue around the Lap 115 caution for debris and spent the final third of the race running in fourth gear due to a broken shifter. 22. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Keselowski restarted fifth with 26 laps to go and was eyeing his fourth Talladega victory until he was shuffled back. 23. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier was one of 15 cars impacted by the first big crash of the day on Lap 47, and he lost a support pit member, who handled a fuel can without a helmet or head sock. 24. Chris Buescher , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Buescher started the race 38th and showed great patience and poise during his restrictor-plate debut in the top series. 25. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . With fewer than 20 laps to go, Kenseth tried to join Jeff Gordon as the duo fell out of the top line and unsuccessfully tried to run the bottom. 26. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse was the beneficiary of the free pass on a Lap 56 caution after being knocked off the lead lap as a result of the Lap 47 wreck and caution. 27. Bobby Labonte , No. 32 Ford, Go FAS Racing. Labonte made his second start of the year on Sunday (both have been at restrictor-plate tracks) and led the 22nd lap while the field was under the first caution flag. 28. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears was one of 15 drivers to lead Sunday's race and paced Lap 116 when the leaders hit pit road during a caution for debris. 29. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Annett rolled off the grid 40th and ran as high as third during his third Talladega outing. 30. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Bowyer, running ninth with 15 laps to go, predicted chaos in the final laps and he was one of several drivers to sustain contact on the last lap. 31. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . The pole winner led 47 laps but was mired in traffic during the closing laps after being penalized for speeding on pit road just prior to the Lap 158 caution. " More: Gordon's day ruined by penalty, late damage 32. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Edwards posted the fastest lap of the race (Lap 46 at 204.801 mph) and was one of the few drivers willing to attempt to run the bottom in the closing laps. He spun on the final lap as the competition sped by. " Watch: Edwards discusses what happened to him late in the race 33. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano had minor damage after the Lap 47 dust-up, but earned the beneficiary of the free pass twice, including when the final caution flag was waved. 34. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne, the outside pole sitter, paced the field briefly before becoming collateral damage in the Lap 47 incident. 35. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon was running 16th when the right-front of his car erupted into flames, likely due to an engine issue, to bring out the sixth and final caution flag of the day. " Watch: Dillon's car catches fire 36. Michael Waltrip , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . The team owner and former Talladega victor was in the wrong place at the wrong time on Sunday when he ran into a spinning Brian Scott on Lap 19. 37. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush-Fenway Racing. Biffle, involved in the Lap 47 multi-car mashup, spent quite a bit of time in the garage for repairs before returning around Lap 90. " Watch: See the 15-car incident 38. David Ragan , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Ragan's 300th Cup start was derailed when he was collected in the multi-car incident on Lap 47. Next week, Ragan will take the wheel of Michael Waltrip Racing 's No. 55 as a permanent substitute for Brian Vickers . 39. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Cassill started 30th and was running inside the top 15 when he was involved in the 15-car accident on Lap 47. 40. Brendan Gaughan , No. 62 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Gaughan, making his first Talladega start since 2004, made hard contact with the Turn 2 wall on Lap 91. 41. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne ran as high as third on Sunday before losing the handle on his Ford in traffic and triggering the "Big One" on Lap 47. " Watch: See the 15-car pileup Bayne was involved in 42. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Larson lined up for the race 13th – his best Talladega start – but was sidelined after being collected in the Lap 47 multi-car crash. 43. Brian Scott , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport. Scott spun shortly after his Chevy started smoking and he inadvertently collected Michael Waltrip in the accident. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
NASCAR issues P3 penalty to No. 98 team
Crew chief suspended for a race; team owner docked 15 points RELATED: NASCAR's official release NASCAR handed down a P3-level penalty Wednesday to the Premium Motorsports No. 98 Ford team for failure to properly attach weight during last weekend's Sprint Cup Series event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The No. 98 car, driven by Timmy Hill for the second straight week in last Sunday's Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400, lost a piece of tungsten during Friday practice near the pit-road exit on the 2.5-mile track. The dropped weight was a violation of three sections of the 2015 NASCAR Rule Book (Sections 12:1; 188.8.131.52.1; 20.3.5). NASCAR officials suspended crew chief Scott Eggleston for one Sprint Cup Series race and fined him $25,000. NASCAR also suspended car chief Kevin Eagle for one race. Both were placed on probation through Dec. 31. Mike Curb, the listed team owner for the Premium No. 98, was also docked 15 championship points in the car owner standings. The No. 98 began the year under the Phil Parsons Racing umbrella before Premium Motorsports took ownership in the spring. Josh Wise failed to qualify the car for the season-opening Daytona 500 , but competed in the next 17 races before announcing that he had parted ways with the team. Hill has driven for the team the last two weekends. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule