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Post-Race Reactions: Pioneer Hi-Bred 250
Kurt Busch and Michael McDowell comment on their last lap contact, while others comment on a challenging day in Iowa.
Hamlin rides fresh tires to overtime XFINITY win at Charlotte
RELATED: Full Charlotte race results CONCORD, N.C. -- In an event that bore notable similarities to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race a week earlier, Denny Hamlin won Saturday's Hisense 4K TV 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a pass on the final lap. Hamlin's fresh rubber trumped the old tires of Kyle Larson and Joey Logano , who restarted ahead of Hamlin in overtime at the 1.5-mile track. In fact, Hamlin restarted sixth on Lap 205 after coming to pit road for four new tires under the eighth and final caution of the race, brought out when polesitter Erik Jones , Hamlin's teammate, slammed the outside wall and performed the coup de grace on his already wounded No. 20 Toyota. "It was a second opportunity, obviously," Hamlin said. "I was hoping for that caution there at the end, and we got it and we were able to get four tires on this Hisense Camry and took off. A little closer than what I thought -- I mean, we were just really tight those last couple laps, but what a great day." The victory was Hamlin's first of the year in his only start so far, and it was the fifth this season for the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, the first four coming with Kyle Busch behind the wheel. Logano surged ahead of Larson at the restart, but Hamlin gained huge momentum on his new tires from the outside lane. With less than a lap left, Hamlin got past Logano and held on to win the race by .291 seconds over Austin Dillon , who edged Logano for second in the final corner. Dillon had opted for right-side tires only on his final pit stop. But for a timely caution, however, Hamlin would not have had the opportunity to win the race. As they had done a week earlier in the All-Star race, Larson and Logano swapped the lead, with Logano powering past Larson's No. 42 Chevrolet on lap 166 of a scheduled 200, and Larson regaining the top spot with five laps left in regulation. But when Jones slammed into the wall on Lap 199, Hamlin had the chance to come to pit road for tires under caution, while Larson and Logano stayed out to preserve their track position. With just two cars up front on old tires, as had been the case for the final restart in the All-Star race, Hamlin made short work of the cars in front of him. It was the third last-lap pass for the win in the XFINITY Series this season. Hamlin and crew chief Chris Gayle conferred before the final pit stop and ultimately opted for the fresh rubber. "It was a collaborative call," Hamlin said. "He (Gayle) leaned towards staying out, but I thought that I could get around those guys in just two laps even though we were way faster on that last run. I thought tires were the thing. "I knew if I could start on the outside that I wanted new tires and it just worked out on pit road where I came out on the outside. It all worked out and it was very exciting in that last corner, a little more exciting than what I expected." Hamlin desperately needed the final caution because his No. 18 team had drawn a penalty for an uncontrolled tire on a pit stop under yellow on Lap 160. Hamlin restarted mid-pack instead of at the rear of the field as the violation requires, because according to NASCAR, the cars at the rear of the field failed to pass Hamlin’s No. 18 Camry before the green flag waved on Lap 164. Hamlin said he left a large buffer for the laps-down car to pass him before the restart, but that they declined to do so. By the time Jones hit the wall, Hamlin had driven to third place, trailing only Larson and Logano. The similarities to the finish of the All-Star Race were not lost on Logano. "I thought it was kind of supposed to be like what the All-Star Race was with old tires and new tires, but the (my car) was the fastest it's been all year," Logano said. "We can't hold our heads down about it. We had a car that was capable of winning if circumstances went right. I felt like I was going have a good restart next to Kyle. "I felt my restarts were a little better than his all day, and I thought, 'OK, if I can clear him,' which we did I was like, 'Alright, we've got a shot,' but it was really hard to hold off those four tires. What a fun race. It got really exciting there at the end. I got passed on the top by Denny and then Kyle just kept ripping up top and had a big run into the corner, so it was fun to watch that. I was hoping they would get into each other, and I would sneak one out."
NASCAR TV schedule: May 9-May 15
RELATED: Find FOX Sports 1 in your area All times ET Monday, May 9 8:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: GoBowling 400 (re-air), FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Tuesday, May 10 9:30 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Toyota Tundra 250 (re-air), FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 5:30 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Wednesday, May 11 Noon, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Toyota Tundra 250 (re-air), FS2 2 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: GoBowling 400 (re-air), FS2 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 5:30 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Thursday, May 12 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Race: Tucson Speedway (taped), NBCSN 6:30 p.m., Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge: Mazda (re-air), FS2 Friday, May 13 8 a.m., Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge: Mazda (re-air), FS1 10 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FS1 11 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FS1 12:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FS1 2 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 3:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series SetUp, FS1 5:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: May Dover Race, FS1 Saturday, May 14 3 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: May Dover Race (re-air), FS1 9:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FS1 10:30 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 Noon, NASCAR Race Hub: Weekend Edition, FS1 12:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FS2 1:30 p.m., One Hot Night: The NASCAR 1992 All-Star Race (re-air), FS2 2 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series FOX Pre-Race Show, FOX 2:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series: Ollie's Bargain Outlet 200 , FOX Sunday, May 15 2:30 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series: Ollie's Bargain Outlet 200 (re-air), FS1 8:30 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series: Ollie's Bargain Outlet 200 (re-air), FS1 11:30 a.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS1 1 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: AAA 400 Drive for Autism, FS1 11:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: AAA 400 Drive for Autism (re-air), FS1 &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;
Erik Jones pockets second Dash 4 Cash win of season
RELATED: Race results " Standings " Dash 4 Cash hub DOVER, Del. -- Erik Jones has a few extra bucks in his pocket after a weekend of racing at the "Monster Mile." The Joe Gibbs Racing driver locked up his second Dash 4 Cash win of the season Saturday at Dover International Speedway , topping an eligible field that also included his teammate, Daniel Suarez , Richard Childress Racing 's Ty Dillon and JR Motorsports' Justin Allgaier . Oh, by the way, he won the Ollie's Bargain Outlet 200 race outright, to boot. By virtue of his two Dash 4 Cash wins (the other came in April at Bristol, a race he also won) along with two said race victories, Jones now sits atop the XFINITY Series Chase Grid with three wins. He's fifth overall in the points standings and would be higher had he not wrecked from the pole in the Dash 4 Cash race last month at Richmond. RELATED: Dash 4 Cash 101 -- What you need to know "It's pretty cool to get another win here ... at Dover and another Dash 4 Cash race," Jones said. "I wouldn't say (the new format plays to my strengths), I'd say that it's more the tracks; that they're at tracks that I've had historically good runs at. They just kind of work out that way. ... "I think our ability to adjust and maintain and get better throughout the day and throughout the race is just one of the best in the garage, and having the opportunity to do it after the heat race just gives us that little bit of an edge." With three Dash 4 Cash races in the books, only Saturday's Heat 2 winner, Dillon (winner of the second event at Richmond), still has a shot at earning a Chase berth by acquiring a pair of D4C wins. The RCR driver finished fifth, while Heat 1 winner Allgaier landed a spot ahead in fourth. Suarez was ninth. Drivers will have one last chance at the $100,000 check on July 23 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Lilly Diabetes 250 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN). Jones is just hoping he's allowed to spend some of his Bristol winnings by then. "I'm still waiting to get my cut of the last check," the JGR driver said. "I haven't gotten a chance to spend any of it yet." While the 19-year-old isn't quite sure how he'll splurge yet, don't expect any exotic pet monkeys a la Tony Stewart coming his way. "It's hard to say. I'm not one to buy too many extravagant things, I guess," Jones said. "You never know. Maybe I'll find something I come across that I may want. I guess we'll see when that day comes around."
Sherry Pollex readies for 'Catwalk for a Cause' atop big month
RELATED: Learn more about 'Catwalk for a Cause' The Martin Truex Jr . Foundation hosts its biggest event of the year -- "Catwalk for a Cause" -- on Wednesday. The seventh annual fashion show helps raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer. Sherry Pollex, Truex's longtime girlfriend, plays a strong role in the campaign. She raised the idea in 2010, and the event has taken on new meaning since Pollex's ovarian cancer diagnosis in August 2014. The event is from 6-10 p.m. ET in Mooresville, North Carolina. Last year's version had more than 600 people attend and raised more than $ 250 ,000. Earlier this month, the NASCAR community rallied around Sherry Pollex on May 10 to send her well wishes on her birthday, a big day for the philanthropist after she completed her final chemotherapy treatment in January. Pollex had an extra special reason to celebrate her day as she launched her website SherryStrong.org -- a platform for her to connect with those affected by cancer. Wish @SherryPollex a #HappyBirthday ! Stop by @MTJFoundation to support Martin & Sherry's fight against cancer: https://t.co/LSJRyOLbHY — Furniture Row Racing (@FR78Racing) May 10, 2016 Happy birthday to the American badass, @SherryPollex ! TIME FOR DANCE. #NASCAR https://t.co/WoI3BI5B5b — nascarcasm (@nascarcasm) May 10, 2016 https://t.co/pt2bzo8wGC — Sherry Pollex (@SherryPollex) May 10, 2016 MORE: Learn more about 'Catwalk for a Cause'
2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class revealed
NASCAR Chairman and CEO, Brian France, unveils the 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame class which includes Benny Parsons, Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin, Raymond Parks and Richard Childress.
Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America set for June 13 at MIS
Money raised through innovative partnership benefits paralyzed veterans BROOKLYN, Mich. (May 29, 2015) -- Michigan International Speedway is proud to announce a partnership with Great Clips and Paralyzed Veterans of America to sponsor the June 13 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the track, the Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America. This innovative partnership continues beyond race weekend. From July 1 through August 8, Great Clips patrons throughout Michigan, Northern Ohio and Northern Indiana will receive a $2 coupon toward a haircut with every $4 donated to Paralyzed Veterans of America. Patrons receive $1 voucher for a haircut with every $2 donation to Paralyzed Veterans of America. While Great Clips has had a presence in NASCAR for years, this marks the first time the organization has sponsored a race at NASCAR's fastest track. As title sponsor, Great Clips will market its brand through television, radio, print and social mediums on a nationwide scale, all while benefiting paralyzed veterans. "It's special to work with two organizations who tirelessly support our nation's precious veterans," speedway President Roger Curtis said. "We're thrilled to help promote Great Clips and the work Paralyzed Veterans of America does by welcoming them by introducing them to the most brand loyal and giving fans in all of sports." Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, Paralyzed veterans of America has ensured veterans receive the benefits earned through their service to our nation, monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis. As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation, and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families, and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. "We are excited to expand our involvement in motorsports as the beneficiary of the Great Clips 250 ," Paralyzed Veterans National President Al Kovach, Jr. said. "Paralyzed Veterans has a rich history in Motorsports and partnering with Great Clips allows us to continue sharing our mission with so many loyal race fans, donors and veterans. We offer a special thanks to Great Clips Racing and Michigan International Speedway for supporting our ongoing fight for disabled veterans and their families." "Great Clips is proud to contribute our time, talents and resources to a variety of great causes including this partnership with Michigan International Speedway for the Great Clips 250 benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America ," Great Clips Senior Manager of Marketing Strategy and Analysis Dave Randall. "We look forward to an exciting weekend of racing. It's gonna be great!" Great Clips, Inc. was established in 1982 in Minneapolis. Today, Great Clips has more than 3,700 salons throughout the United States and Canada, making it the world's largest salon brand. Great Clips salons employ nearly 35,000 stylists who receive ongoing training to learn the Great Clips system and advanced technical skills. Make Great Clips your choice for value-priced, high-quality haircare for men, women and children. No appointments are needed, and salons are open nights and weekends. And it's more convenient than ever with Great Clips' Online Check-In and Clip Notes®. To check in online, visit GreatClips.com or download the app for Android and iPhone. For more information about Great Clips, Inc. or to find a location near you, visit GreatClips.com . Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It's the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike. Tickets are on sale at http://www.MISpeedway.com or by phone at 800-354-1010. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Hayley returns home for Chevrolet Silverado 250
No one would blame Cameron Hayley for getting homesick. The 19-year-old NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver resides in Sandusky, Ohio where his ThorSport Racing team is based -- 1,891.3 miles away from his hometown of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Most of the tracks he races at are even farther away. Distance has not stopped Hayley from chasing his NASCAR dream. Although it's located on the opposite side of Canada, Hayley will have a homecoming of sorts when he performs in front of his fellow countrymen in Sunday's Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (1:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1) -- the NCWTS' only road course race of the season. "Not only is this a track I've been to before, it's also in my home country," said Hayley, who ranks sixth in the NCWTS standings on the strength of three top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 14 starts this season. "I just hope that I will have a good run for all of my Canadian fans." An alumnus of the NASCAR Next initiative highlighting the sport's top up-and-coming drivers, Hayley is still searching for his first NASCAR national series win. If he takes the checkered flag on Sunday, he would be the first Canadian to win a NASCAR national series race since Ron Fellows visited Victory Lane in Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2008. Racing in his first full-time NCWTS season, Hayley has gained momentum lately, logging six top-10 finishes in his last eight starts, including a career-best fourth-place showing at Pocono. He made his series debut at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last season, finishing 11th and believes his prior experience there will help him on Sunday. "We've done really well at tracks that I've been to in the past this year, already," Hayley said. "I've been to Sonoma a couple times and that place was really difficult. You look at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and think, 'it can’t be as difficult as Sonoma ,' but it's a very fast race track, and fast race tracks are not forgiving. It takes a lot of finesse and a lot of guts to go out there and get it done. We are bringing a really good truck, so I think this will be another good race for us to go out and get a solid top five, if not a win."
1-on-1: 250 miles of smiles for Dillon
NASCAR.com's Jonathan Merryman talks with a very happy Austin Dillon after grabbing his first career win at Daytona International Speedway in the Firecracker 250 .
NXS Race Recap: Hamlin leads 248 of 250 laps
Nick Duncan recaps the ToyotaCare 250 as Denny Hamlin starts on the pole, Brendan Gaughan's pit crew escapes a massive pit road fire and Hamlin leads all but two laps en route to victory.