Parsons beloved for many hats as a racer, broadcaster, brother
RELATED: Full coverage of NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2017 A full generation knows Benny Parsons best for his work behind the steering wheel, banging fenders and hoisting trophies competing alongside Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough and David Pearson in NASCAR’s early heyday. Another generation appreciates "BP" for his work in front of the television camera, his easy and enlightening way of bringing NASCAR racing into our living rooms and enticing new fans to the sport. He was supreme at both callings, a natural. The 1973 premier series champion Parsons won 21 races yet only competed full time for 10 of his 21 years on the circuit. His "retirement" was also highly-decorated earning him an Emmy Award for his work on the other side of the camera. RELATED: See every premier series champion since 1972 His story is a righteous throwback to NASCAR's formative days, the kind of shake-your-head tale of what can happen when great talent and the right opportunity fuse in unexpected ways. This Friday, Parsons , who passed away in 2007 at the age of 65, will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame joining Raymond Parks, Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick and driver Mark Martin in the Hall's Class of 2017 (8 p.m. ET on NBCSN). "I'm not sure how he will be remembered most -- for the racing or for the announcing," Phil Parsons said of his older brother. "We're all just so proud, and I know Benny will be smiling down." Smiling was something the affable and well-liked Parsons did a lot. And with good reason. Not only was he successful in racing's highest levels, but his course to NASCAR's big time reads more like a grand tale than the methodical, step-by-step path of drivers in today's era. And for Parsons , it had the happiest of endings. So the story goes. … Parsons had moved from his North Carolina birthplace to Michigan and was driving taxi cabs for his father’s business. He met a race team at a gas station, asked how he could get involved in the sport, followed through with an invitation to join in and the rest is history, as they say. In this case, it is truly history. Parsons turned that local racing opportunity into a highly-decorated, nationally-acclaimed career. Over his 21 years in the premier series, Parsons won the 1973 championship (in only his second full-time season), the 1975 Daytona 500 , and the 1980 World 600 at Charlotte. Parsons won at 15 different venues and varied from the smallest of the small like the .357-mile South Boston Speedway to the vast of the vast in Daytona. Perhaps as notable as his win total is an extraordinary statistic that speaks to Parsons' ability to make the most out of an even limited opportunity. He finished among the top-10 a remarkable 283 times in 526 starts -- more than half the races he entered -- a phenomenal and talent-telling indicator. RELATED: More about the Class of 2017 From 1972 to 1980 Parsons never finished worse than fifth in the championship standings. And in 1982 he became the first driver to run a qualifying lap at Talladega Superspeedway over 200 mph. Parsons , who won the ARCA Series championship in 1968 and 1969, also went on to earn an IROC race win on the Daytona high banks in 1976. He collected top-five showings in three of the four IROC races that year pitting NASCAR’s best against the elites of other racing genres. His was such a robust racing career, people legitimately wondered how much more hardware Parsons could have collected if he’d competed full time more than half his career. As it turned out, Parsons would hoist other trophies -- specifically an Emmy Award. When it came to broadcasting races, Parsons was, simply, beloved. He had all the knowledge of a champion driver, and made it his passion to stay informed -- working the garage for insight and, as his brother Phil likes to joke, a good meal to boot. Fans loved that about Parsons . He was homey, comfortable, and felt like one of them. But he was also one of the best drivers to ever suit up for a NASCAR race. He brought that all to television, delivering insight and excitement that earned him the 1996 Emmy Award for his work at ESPN. "There wasn't a person that Benny didn’t know and not a person that didn't know him," Phil Parsons figures. And that is indicative of how Parsons lived his life. For as loved and respected as Parsons was by audiences, he was the ultimate big brother to Phil , who followed a similar path, racing (and winning at Talladega in 1988) in the sport's top series an, now, broadcasting races for FOX Sports. Benny was just about 16 years older than Phil , who recalls their relationship being based around the race track from the very beginning. His racing hero was also his big brother. "I remember going with my father to see Benny race once I was old enough, maybe four or five years old," Phil Parsons said. "That's really my first memories of him. And I don't have too many that didn't involve racing somehow." For Phil and the entire Parsons family, this week is the ultimate acknowledgement of Benny -- a beloved role model in the family and a genuine success story all around. "I know I will be emotional and not sure yet how it will manifest itself," Phil Parsons said, anticipating the moving Hall of Fame tributes to his brother to come. "It's just so special for my family, really a nice tribute." And really, so very deserved. &amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;
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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Terri Parsons , the widow of the late Benny Parsons , inducts him into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
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; 184.108.40.206.1; 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
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
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.
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
The Rundown: Miami
RELATED: Full race results " Final 2015 standings " Chase Grid Below is a breakdown of how the full 43-car field fared at Homestead-Miami Speedway : 1. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kyle Busch capped his comeback season in dramatic fashion, winning at Homestead and claiming his first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. The title marks the first for manufacturer Toyota, as well. 2. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . The 2014 champion led 46 laps -- the most of any championship contender. 3. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Keselowski battled back after an early pit road penalty to lead a race-high 86 laps and match his best Homestead result. 4. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . The outside pole sitter led 72 laps, but was shuffled back after late-race pit stops. He picked up two spots after restarting sixth with seven laps to go. 5. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . Larson won Saturday's XFINITY race at Homestead and put in a strong showing in his third and best Homestead outing. 6. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . "It's a happy good day," Gordon said after exiting his No. 24 Chevrolet. He climbed from 10th to sixth with five laps to go in his Cup finale. 7. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kenseth quietly recorded his eighth top-10 at Homestead in his first race back after serving a two-race suspension. 8. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Kurt Busch fell back to 41st after making contact with the wall early, but resumed running inside the top 10 on Lap 55. 9. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Johnson fought back after having to serve an early penalty when his jackman attempted to manipulate the body near the right-rear wheel. 10. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin rallied from being three laps down after a gear oil leak sent him to the garage early. 11. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Homestead is typically one of Edwards' better tracks, and he spent most of the day running inside the top 10. 12. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . Truex's best Cup season ended short of a championship as handling issues plagued him down the stretch. 13. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . McMurray capped a solid season with his seventh top-15 at Homestead. 14. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon and his team chased the handling of the No. 3 Chevy with minimal success. With 100 laps to go, Dillon reported the adjustments weren't helping as his car was sliding through the corners. 15. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush-Fenway Racing. Biffle took the wave-around late in Sunday's race to resume running on the lead lap in 17th. 16. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Newman sustained some right-side damage after getting caught up in the oil laid down by Denny Hamlin early in the race. The damage later triggered a tire rub. 17. Ryan Blaney , No. 21 Ford, Wood Brothers Racing . Blaney was strong in his Homestead debut, qualifying sixth and running a decent amount of the race in the top 15. 18. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne cracked the top 10 on Lap 30, but started to fade thanks to a loose-handling condition. 19. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne saved his car from hitting the wall on Lap 40, but still sustained a blown right-rear tire and brought out the third caution flag. 20. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG-Daugherty Racing. Allmendinger was running inside the top 15 early in the race when he had a challenging sequence on pit road -- he was hit entering pit road and then blocked in his stall after a four-tire stop. 21. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard ran as high as ninth on Saturday, but ultimately couldn't find the right balance. 22. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing . Despite getting into the wall early, Stenhouse held on to match his best Homestead finish. 23. Ty Dillon , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport. Dillon sustained significant damage after being involved in the multi-car incident on the backstretch on Lap 46. 24. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Crew chief Daniel Knost took a big swing at adjustments and called Patrick to pit road during green-flag stops on Lap 134. 25. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish sustained damage on Lap 11 after slipping on oil on-track and getting into the wall. 26. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Bowman spent his second Homestead appearance looking for forward bite on the take-off. 27. David Ragan , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . After pitting to repair damage received during the Lap 46 accident, Ragan later reported a vibration and found himself racing for the beneficiary pass on Lap 171. 28. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Whitt, in his third Homestead appearance, reported early that he didn't have any grip in his right-front tire. 29. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart put handling into perspective saying, "It feels like running Eldora Speedway (a dirt track he owns)" as he tried different lines around the 1.5-mile speedway. 30. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Early in his second Homestead appearance, Annett hit the wall, prompting a right-rear tire rub. 31. Brett Moffitt , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Moffitt requested significant adjustments and had a long stop during the competition caution. 32. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Handling was an issue for Gilliland, who was running 29th on Lap 124 when he asked his team, "How many more until we pit? I feel like I'm going to wreck every lap." 33. Michael McDowell , No. 95 Ford, Leavine Family Racing . An early pit road penalty stalled McDowell's forward progress. 34. J.J. Yeley, No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . Yeley stayed out during the first caution period to jump from 34th to fifth but couldn't hold off the competition that stopped for fresh tires. 35. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Cassill avoided the multi-car incident on Lap 46, but reported that he thought he ran over debris during Lap 100 green-flag stops. 36. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . "Something broke," Allgaier reported as smoke poured from the right-rear with around 100 laps to go. 37. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . DiBenedetto saved his car -- and kept the field green -- when he recovered after getting hit from behind by Trevor Bayne with 62 laps to go. 38. Ryan Preece , No. 98 Ford, Phil Parsons Racing. Preece made an unscheduled pit stop for a flat right-rear tire on Lap 64. 39. Josh Wise , No. 32 Ford, Go FAS Racing. Wise scrubbed the wall and blew a tire to bring out the sixth caution flag. 40. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Earnhardt was caught up in the Lap 46 incident and needed significant repairs on pit road before returning to the track. 41. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola sustained significant front-end damage and reported to the garage for repairs after being collected in a multi-car incident on Lap 46. 42. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Early handling issues were compounded after Mears was collected in the Lap 46 accident. 43. Clint Bowyer , No. 15, Michael Waltrip Racing . Bowyer's final race with Michael Waltrip Racing came to a disappointing end after his car got loose and he triggered an accident on Lap 46.
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