RPM signs LaJoie to Nationwide ride
Corey LaJoie , 23, to pick up four more races this season
Corey LaJoie to make Sprint Cup debut at Loudon
22-year-old has made just four NASCAR national series starts MORE: Sylvania 300 entry list RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota Corey LaJoie is scheduled to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . LaJoie , a 22-year-old development driver for Richard Petty Motorsports , plans to drive for Randy Humphrey Racing in Sunday's Sylvania 300 (2 p.m. ET, ESPN), the second battle in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup postseason. Dave Blaney (four races), Joe Nemechek and Nelson Piquet Jr. (one race each) have taken turns driving the Humphrey No. 77 Ford this season. LaJoie has made four NASCAR national series starts -- two each in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series . The product of the NASCAR Next program was also a five-time winner and runner-up in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings in 2012. LaJoie's father, Randy , is a two-time champion of what is now the NASCAR Nationwide Series. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Son of former champ to make Nationwide debut
Five-time K&N Pro Seres East winner Corey LaJoie to race at Homestead
Lajoie makes hard contact with inside wall
After Brendan Gaughan gets loose Corey Lajoie gets caught up in the aftermath, causing him to make hard contact with the inside wall at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Lajoie gets loose, hits wall
Corey Lajoie gets loose and slams into the wall after riding beside Ross Chastain at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Wheel falls off Sieg’s car, collects Lajoie
Ryan Sieg’s left-rear tire falls off the No. 39 car and collects the No. 98 of Corey Lajoie .
NASCAR Nation congratulates Ben Kennedy on first win
MORE: Race results " Standings " Chase Grid Ben Kennedy , great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France and son of Lesa France Kennedy, CEO of International Speedway Corporation and Vice Chairperson of NASCAR, won his first career NASCAR national series race on Wednesday night, picking up the victory in the Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway . The GMS Racing driver received a flood of attention on Twitter, where NASCAR Nation was quick to congratulate him on the momentous occasion. SO excited for @BenKennedy33 ! Wins Bristol and off to the Chase! pic.twitter.com/2rOWdmYStW — Lesa Kennedy (@LesaISC) August 18, 2016 @BenKennedy33 congrats — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) August 18, 2016 So happy for you @BenKennedy33 Big win @BMSupdates buddy! Great driving under intense pressure from @Brett_Moffitt Awesome job boys. — Michael Waltrip (@MW55) August 18, 2016 Good for you @BenKennedy33 ! — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) August 18, 2016 Hell yea so happy for @BenKennedy33 great dude awesome win! — Ty Dillon (@tydillon) August 18, 2016 Congrats @BenKennedy33 ! — Chase Elliott (@chaseelliott) August 18, 2016 All in all...nice win @BenKennedy33 !Nice job @BMSupdates with the track! Gonna be interesting Friday n Saturday night! — Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) August 18, 2016 Well that got the ol ticker beating kinda fast. Congrats @BenKennedy33 .... great job @Brett_Moffitt and @DanielHemric — Corey LaJoie (@CoreyLaJoie) August 18, 2016 Pretty impressive job @BenKennedy33 to hold on for the win. Nice work @Brett_Moffitt — Ryan Truex (@Ryan_Truex) August 18, 2016 Congrats @BenKennedy33 nice win! you are in the Chase. Great racing way to be smooth. Great spotting and coaching @jimmyk146 — Todd Bodine (@Team_Onion) August 18, 2016 Awesome job @BenKennedy33 !!! @NASCAR_Trucks — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) August 18, 2016 Congrats @BenKennedy33 , enjoy it bud! Props to @Brett_Moffitt , made the most out of tonight's opportunity. — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) August 18, 2016 Congrats on the win @BenKennedy33 well deserved! @NASCAR — Austin Dillon (@austindillon3) August 18, 2016 Congrats @BenKennedy33 ...Victory Lane at @BMSupdates is hard to beat. @NASCAR_Trucks — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) August 18, 2016
Lajoie makes rookie mistake and spins
Corey Lajoie makes a costly rookie mistake and spins after slight contact with Kevin Swindell.
Complete Analysis: Charlotte
See where each driver finished at Charlotte and why RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota Editor's note: Drivers in italics are in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup 1. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing Harvick showed the "freaky fast" dominance that he's been notorious for throughout the 2014 season as he led for a total of 162 laps out of 334 to win the Bank of America 500 . Harvick started seventh in the field and maintained a top-10 presence. The No. 4 SHR driver won by pulling away on the final restart on Lap 333 to beat Jeff Gordon to the finish line by .571 seconds. Harvick enters the final race in the Contender Round with a win to guarantee a position in the Eliminator Round. Get more driver data with RaceView. 2. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports Gordon wasted little time shooting from second place to stealing the lead from Kyle Busch on Lap 14. The No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports driver led for a total of 74 laps before finishing .571 seconds away from first. Gordon currently sits sixth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings with 18 points over Matt Kenseth , the first driver sitting in a position to be eliminated in ninth. 3. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing McMurray used an interesting pit strategy on a Lap 95 caution, only taking two tires. The pit move put the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing driver second in the field on the restart, alongside Dale Earnhardt Jr ., who also only took two tires. Unlike Dale Jr., McMurrary maintained his position. CGR teammates McMurray and Larson went on to bounce in and out of the top five, giving the Chase drivers a run for their money along the way. McMurray ultimately finished third at Charlotte, achieving his seventh top five of his Cup career at the track. Get more pit data with RaceView. 4. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske Logano played a low profile this week. Why make a scene when you're already guaranteed a spot in the Elimination Round of the Chase? "Sliced Bread" started 13th in the field, and besides his slight run-in with Danica Patrick on Lap 246 when he got into the back of the No. 10 coming out of Turn 2, causing Patrick to spin out, the Team Penske driver had a successful night. Logano remains on the top of the points standings heading into Talladega. See Logano's interaction with Patrick here . 5. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing Pole-sitter Kyle Busch came out looking as strong as ever. Leading a total of 41 laps, the No. 18 Toyota driver had a lot of contenders gunning after his lead position and he just couldn't hold off the hard-charging Harvick. Despite losing the lead, Busch just added another top-five finish at Charlotte his new total of 10. Busch sits second in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings. 6. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing Larson found the high line early in the race and was able to fly into the top 10 on a restart after the competition caution on Lap 25. The No. 42 Chevrolet driver even saw the lead for five laps. The Chip Ganassi Racing rookie has been consistent for his first Sprint Cup Series season -- with eight top fives and now 16 top 10s, Larson's sixth-place finish proves he's a driver Chasers should be worried about now and in the future. 7. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing Newman was running in the top 15 when a spin from Danica Patrick collected him and sent the No. 31 shooting across the track. Newman started the race fifth, and despite his incident managed to rally a top-10 finish. Newman now sits fourth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings as he heads to Talladega. See Newman's spin here . 8. Carl Edwards , No. 99 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing Starting 10th in the Bank of America 500 , Edwards didn't make any significant moves in the second race of the Contender Round of the Chase besides scoring his 13th top-10 finish at Charlotte. Looking ahead, Edwards is 12 points off of first in the standings. The No. 99 driver would need to finish 18th with no laps led, 19th with at least one lap led or 20th with most laps led at Talladega to advance in order to the clinch into the Eliminator Round of the Chase. 9. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing Hamlin started the race third and surprisingly didn't see the lead until Lap 272 out of 334. Hamlin led 22 laps before falling short to eventual winner Kevin Harvick . The lead gave Hamlin enough momentum to remain in the top 10 from there on out. After the race on the cool down lap, Hamlin found himself tangled in post-race drama with Brad Keselowski . The No. 2 and No. 11 seemed to have a disagreement, causing Keselowski to try to wreck Hamlin. "He just tried to turn ya," Hamlin's crew chief explained to Hamlin. "Get out of there. Be smart. Don't do nothing stupid. Let Tony (Stewart) handle it." Get more in-race audio with RaceView . " View the video of the post-race drama here . 10. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports Kahne escaped the craziness of what was the Bank of America 500 with a top-10 finish and even moved a position higher in the Chase standings. Currently sitting in the eighth position in the standings, in order for Kahne to clinch a spot in the Eliminator Round of the Chase he would have to win at Talladega. Kahne has three top-fives in 21 starts at the superspeedway with an average finish of 21.5. 11. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing The kind of run that Busch had at Charlotte was exactly the kind of run he needed earlier in the season to have remained in the Chase. Busch saw his way into the top five quickly after starting the race 11th in the field and even saw the lead for two laps. The No. 41 SHR driver finished 11th, more than 8 spots ahead of his average finishing position at the North Carolina track. 12. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing Although no longer in the Chase, Allmendinger is still running in the top 15. The 'Dinger started the race 26th and made significant positive movement in the race despite a pit road penalty on Lap 97 for equipment leaving his pit box. Allmendinger is also leading in the non-Chase driver standings. 13. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing Improving his previous Charlotte showing, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year competitor started the Bank of America 500 20th in the field and eventually led for a total of six laps during a flurry of green-flag pits stops. Dillon has shown he's powerful on speedways, earning his first Coors Light Pole Award at the start of the year in the Daytona 500 . Dillon's previous trip to Talladega had him finishing 15th. Not bad for a rookie. 14. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing In one of Truex's better races this season, the Furniture Row Racing driver started 23rd and made huge gains by Lap 124 and was running as high as sixth. Truex's average finish at Charlotte is 18.5 in 19 starts, so his 14th-place finish is a move in a positive direction. Truex Jr. moved up one spot in the standings. 15. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports Still in his rookie season, Allgaier has only two Sprint Cup Series starts at Charlotte, his best run coming in the Bank of America 500 . Not only was this Allgaier's best run at Charlotte, it was also his best run of 2014. Could the HScott driver be catching on? 16. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske Unlike Keselowski's typical chamionship-worthy form, the No. 2 Team Penske driver fought to stay in the top 10 at Charlotte. It wasn't until after the race that Keselowski started to heat up. During the cool-down lap, the No. 2 and No. 11 seemed to have a disagreement, causing Keselowski to go after Denny Hamlin . Once heading onto pit road Keselowski then went after Matt Kenseth and also crashed into Tony Stewart along the way. Stewart had no tolerance for it and reversed himself into Keselowski. Back in the garage area, Hamlin and Kenseth went after Keselowski and physical altercations broke out between the No. 2 and No. 20 team. All in all, with a finish of 16th, Keselowski now must battle at Talladega next week to keep his position in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Keselowski sits 19 points behind the eighth-place cut off for the Eliminator Round. View the video of the post-race drama here . 17. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports Better than his finish last week at Kansas, Johnson could have still had a better night in the Bank of America 500 . In his 27 starts, Johnson had earned seven wins at the North Carolina track, his most recent coming in the spring race of this year. Unlike his typical calm and cool demeanor, Johnson let a bit of the pressure get to him, resulting in a heated exchange with crew chief Chad Knaus over the radio as Knaus was trying to adjust Johnson's car. Hanging on the edge of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings in 11th, the Hendrick Motorsports driver must win at Talladega in order to clinch a spot in the next round. Johnson only has two wins in 25 starts at the Alabama superspeedway where he finished 23rd earlier this year. To hear the heated discussion click here . 18. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing Even though Biffle is out of the Chase, he still found a way to make an impact. Biffle's 18th-place finish was not only better than his spring showing, but the non-Chaser took away a position that Kenseth and Dale Jr. were gunning for. 19. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing After starting the race in the rear for unapproved adjustments, winless Chase contender Kenseth worked his way through traffic and even saw the top five. It wasn't until Lap 272 that things started to shake up. During a restart on that lap, Kenseth and Keselowski made contact and Hamlin ran away with the lead. The contact dropped Kenseth from fourth back to 18th-place. Following Harvick's win, Kenseth was driving down pit road with his seat belt and HANS device off, and Keselowski charged from behind him to scrape the back side of the No. 20 Toyota Camry. Kenseth later found Keselowski on pit road and a fight broke out between the two teams. View the video of the post-race drama here . 20. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports Earnhardt Jr. needed Charlotte to be a success story. He even went as far as declaring his win a day before the race. "We're gonna win this race," Earnhardt said in a televised interview after Friday's first practice at Charlote. "I've got a really good feeling about it." Earnhardt Jr. pitted before pit road was open on Lap 138 and got a penalty, forcing him to restart in the rear. The No. 88 crew also had to deal with a broken shifter in the Hendrick Chevrolet. Earnhardt was also penalized for speeding on pit road which ultimately set him back further in the field. After a second penalty for speeding and constantly battling to stay on the lead lap, Dale Jr. finished the race 20th and is currently 12th in the Chase standings with one race left in the Contender Round. Junior has the best record at Talladega of any of the Chasers on the bubble going into next round with five wins, 10 top-fives and 14 top-10s in 29 career starts. 21. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing It looked like a quiet night for Stewart. The SHR co-owner and driver started fourth in the field and by Lap 4 had stolen third from Hamlin. He eventually drifted back, occasionally making an appearance in the top 10. Stewart finished the race 21st and was heading down pit road when Keselowski made contact with the No. 14 as he was attempting to go after Kenseth. Stewart had zero tolerance for the No. 2's behavior and put his SHR Chevrolet into reverse, crunching the hood of Keselowski. View the video of the post-race drama here . 22. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports It's a good thing Almirola is no longer in the Chase running. His poor showings at both Kansas (31st) and Charlotte (22nd) would be a surefire way to eliminate himself. The No. 43 team couldn't seem to find their groove on Saturday night and caught themselves a lap down on Lap 85. After starting 15th, Almirola just dropped back. We know the RPM driver is capable of more because he finished 11th in the spring race this year. Perhaps, Almirola is experiencing more of a laid back attitude now that the Chase pressure is off his shoulders. 23. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Racing With three previous DNFs at Charlotte, just finishing the race is an accomplishment for the No. 40 team. Cassill's 23rd-place finish is his second best in nine starts at the track. His best was 18th in 2012. Although Cassill only finished 331 out of 334 laps, this is still a move in the right direction. 24. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing While this isn't Stenhouse's worst finish at Charlotte, it isn't his best either. The No. 17 RFR driver started 28th in the field and didn't see much movement. Perhaps he was distracted by his contact he made with Mears on Lap 109. From the looks of it, it seemed intentional and Mears headed to pit road. If Stenhouse gets his mind back on racing, he might find himself in the top five at Talladega, as he was in 2013. 25. Marcos Ambrose , No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports 2014 hasn't been Ambrose's year at Charlotte. This weekend earning 25th, and then previously finishing 29th in the spring, he doesn't seem like he's looking to leave his mark on the Cup Series before he leaves after the end of the season. Moving forward, although the No. 9 is a road course expert, he did once earn a top five on Talladega Superspeedway . 26. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing Patrick celebrated a small victory early in the race as she moved up 11 positions to fourth in the race off pit road following the competition caution on Lap 25. After that, the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing driver quickly fell into the 20s. Patrick brought herself back up to 11th but spun in Turn 2 after trying to get around Logano. Patrick collected Ryan Newman with her. "It was such a bummer for the GoDaddy team," Patrick said. "We were having such a good night, and I really think we had a car that was capable of a top-10 finish tonight, and that got taken away from us for really no reason. It's just really frustrating. Charlotte has not been good to me." The No. 10 suffered damage to the right-rear and front end as she hit the wall but was able to continue with the race. Patrick ultimately finished 26th, her second-best finish at the track in five starts. See Patrick's spin here . 27. Reed Sorenson , No. 36 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing Sorenson started 30th in the field and finished just three positions better. The No. 36 driver finished 42nd in the spring race, ultimately improving his finish by 15 positions in the fall race. Looking ahead, Sorenson has four DNFs at Talladega, his most recent coming in the spring. The Tommy Baldwin Racing driver's best finish at the superspeedway is 10th in 2007. 28. Cole Whitt , No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing Sunoco Rookie of the Year competitior Whitt made his fourth Sprint Cup Series start at Charlotte and scored his second-best finish. Whitt started 36th and finished 28th, raising him one spot in the Cup standings. 29. Michael McDowell , No. 95 Ford, Leavine Family Racing Scoring his best finish at Charlotte in 11 starts, McDowell might be on to something. Although he only improved two spots from his starting position, the No. 95 driver is chipping away at his high average finish of 36.3 30. Alex Bowman , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing In his second career start at Charlotte, rookie Bowman may have had a finish barely inside the top 30, but it's the better of his two appearances, so that has to be a step in the right direction. His pit crew, on the other hand, might be what's slowing him down. On Lap 330, nearing the end of the race, Bowman pitted and was penalized for a missing lugnut on his car. Without that, could the No. 23 rookie have pulled off a top-20 finish? 31. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing It's been about seven years, but Mears knows what it feels like to win at Charlotte. More often than that, though, he knows how it feels to get a DNF at the track. Thankfully, the No. 13 driver avoided the latter, but finished several positions off his average of 23.6. 32. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports Finishing two spots behind his position a week prior at Kansas, it seems like Gilliland might only drop off the map from here on out, or we could see another top 10 performance at Talladega like he put on in 2013. Although the No. 38 driver gained five positions from his starting spot, he still finished a few places behind his average of 29.8. 33. Michael Annett , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing Annett got into the wall on Lap 266, bringing out a caution at Charlotte. The No. 7 driver also experienced leakage earlier in the race, but finished 33rd despite his shortcomings. Annett finished 28th in his first start at Charlotte in the spring. 34. David Ragan , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports Ragan saw no movement at Charlotte after starting the race in the same position as he ended. Ragan's average finish at Charlotte is 23.7, but his last six efforts have all been worse than that. Looking ahead, the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports driver actually has a win at Talladega than came in the spring of 2013. 35. Corey LaJoie , No. 77 Ford, Randy Humphrey Racing Making his second career Cup start and his first at his hometrack, LaJoie didn't exactly make a grand entrance. The 23 year old started the race 42nd, so to say he didn't make any gains would be a lie, they were just few and far between. 36. Timmy Hill , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport Spilled gasoline in Hill's pit box brought a small fire that was quickly extinguished on pit road. If only the No. 33 brought the same heat to the track. Hill finished 36th in his fourth start at Charlotte. This is the third time out of those four starts that Hill has finished 36th. 37. Brian Vickers , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing Vickers was running in the top 15 when he spun in Turn 2, bringing out a caution on Lap 237. Vickers was then running 20th when his engine blew on Lap 328, bringing out another caution. Vickers finished 37th after starting the race eighth. This is Vickers' second time finishing 37th in 17 starts at Charlotte. 38. J.J. Yeley, No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing Yeley's best performance at Charlotte came in 2007 when he finished second. Since then, the No. 83 driver has hardly seen finishes inside the top 30. Although this isn't Yeley's worst finish at Charlotte, he's seen better days. 39. Blake Koch , No. 32 Ford, FAS Lane Racing Koch's 39th-place finish in the Bank of America 500 was the worst position the driver has earned in his total of three starts at the track. The only other tracks Koch has raced s Cup car are Phoenix and Dover. Some experience on different styles of tracks could help out the 29-year-old. 40. Brett Moffitt , No. 66 Toyota, Jay Robinson Racing In his first start at Charlotte Motor Speedway , the 22-year-old Sprint Cup part-timer was just getting his feet wet. Moffitt has made four other Cup starts this season, scoring his best finish of 22nd in his series debut at Dover. 41. Josh Wise , No. 98 Chevrolet, Phil Parsons Racing Wise had to head to the garage for vibrations on Lap 81, but returned on Lap 116. Not making any big moves, the No. 98 came down the apron, car smoking at Lap 221 bringing out a caution. Wise ultimately finished 41st and 156 laps behind. 42. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing On Lap 136, Menard brought out a caution as the No. 27 blew an engine and was forced to the garage. This was Menard's second career DNF at Charlotte, his first coming in 2008. Menard started sixth in the race and had showed potential of a top-10 finish. 43. Clint Bowyer , No 15 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing Bowyer faced engine issues on Lap 96, which brought out a caution, and ultimately had to take the No. 15 Toyota to the garage. This is Bowyer's first DNF at Charlotte and his fourth of 2014, his first coming in the season-opening Daytona 500 . MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceVie FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Complete analysis: New Hampshire
Driver-by-driver news and notes from the second race of the Chase MORE: Full race results " Updated series standings " Best Loudon photos " Gallery of winners RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota Editor's note: Drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will appear in italics. 1. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske. Logano called this his "worst track," yet picked up his second career victory here. He's guaranteed a spot in the Contender Round along with Team Penske stablemate Brad Keselowski after a late four-tire strategy call paid off. To watch Logano's highlights from Sunday, click here. 2. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing. Consecutive top-three finishes is a great way to start the postseason for Larson -- it's just too bad he's not actually in the 16-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field. Still, doesn't it seem inevitable that the rookie will win at least once in 2014? To watch Larson's highlights from Sunday, click here. 3. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing. Harvick soothed crew chief Rodney Childers over the radio, saying it's as much about "advancing as it is winning" when Childers second-guessed a strategy call. Still, the desire to win was as strong as ever, which was evidenced by Harvick's talk on the radio about his displeasure with Joey Logano 's restarts. For access to radio scanners during the race, sign up for RaceView today. 4. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing. Chip Ganassi's two cars both finished in the top 10 for the second consecutive week, and both finished in the top-five for the first time this year. McMurray recovered from contact with Matt Kenseth on Lap 188 for his third fourth-place finish of 2014, and second in the past three races. 5. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports. Johnson didn't spend much time running inside the top five, but that's where he finished. Perhaps the best part of his day, though, was avoiding a calamitous five-car wreck on Lap 188 that involved four other Chase drivers. 6. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports. Almirola's odds of advancing to the Contender Round still aren't exceptional, but the No. 43 team again brought a really good car to the track. He's 16th out of 16 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, but just 10 points behind 12th-place Ryan Newman . 7. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske. Keselowski led early, then ceded the lead by taking four tires on the first pit stop. He led late, but didn't quite have the car capable of keeping up with the leaders by the end. Oh, and he took a spin into the wall on Lap 194 to bring out the caution. Just another day at the office for the series points leader. Watch Keselowski's race highlights here. 8. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing. Following a Lap 188 wreck, Busch said his car was "absolutely wrecked." He wasn't wrong, but his No. 18 crew taped it up enough to stay out of the garage. And he made up ground as the race went on, finishing with a race-leading pass differential of 25, for a stunning top-10 finish. See Busch's race highlights here. 9. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports. Following a caution for debris on Lap 105, Junior noted on the restart that he thought there was a loose wheel. He pitted again. "Great decision," crew chief Steve Letarte said, after confirming the problem. The No. 88 eventually got back on the lead lap and avoided the late trouble that plagued so many others. See Junior's race highlights here. 10. Brian Vickers , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing. Vickers stood alone in at least one aspect Sunday -- he was the only driver in the field to run all 303 laps in the top 15. And he also led 15 circuits, the first time he's been out front for multiple laps in a race since Talladega in May. 11. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing. Finishing 11th was the best showing for Dillon since July, and there was a fascinating moment during the race when the No. 3 and No. 88 made contact. Past meets present. 12. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing. "I worked all day for ya," Truex said as the race concluded, and it was evident. He was two laps down after a Lap 181 wreck, but rallied for his best showing since the first race at Loudon -- also a 12th-place finish. 13. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing. Allmendinger was one of the only Chase drivers not involved in some sort of trouble Sunday. Despite running 25th or so most of the race, he climbed into the top 15. Due to that and others' misfortune, he's 10th in the standings with one race remaining in the Challenger Round. 14. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing. Always one of the best radios in which to tune, Bowyer uttered a "we aren't worth a (expletive)" early on, and then noted that Kyle Larson was "taking this (expletive) too seriously." For uncensored audio during the race, click here. 15. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing. Menard led all drivers with 64 green-flag passes. His day seemed destined to end with a top-10, but wrecking with Matt Kenseth on Lap 270 while battling for fifth ended those thoughts. 16. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing. "What a (expletive) (expletive) show," Biffle uttered after the race. As his radio would indicate, he was fortunate to even finish 16th and benefited from a spate of late cautions. The top 12 drivers advance out of the Challenger Round, and Biffle is 14th with one race to go. To subscribe to RaceView, click here. 17. Carl Edwards , No. 99 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing. Edwards' car seemed to get worse as the race went on, and he's now finished outside the top 15 for three consecutive races. 18. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing. Newman qualified for the postseason by virtue of his consistency, something that's been lacking during the Chase. He's currently the bubble driver, sitting 12th in the standings. 19. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing. Patrick ran in the top 10 and was in fifth with the race more than 80 percent of the way finished. The spate of late cautions (five in the final 50 laps) didn't help, and in fact sent her No. 10 Chevy sliding down the speed chart. 20. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports. Allgaier has improved as the season's gone on, and this result bears that out. His finish was 17 places better than his first trip to Loudon, and it gives Allgaier his fourth top-20 in the past eight events. 21. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing. Kenseth may have had a more eventful day than any other driver. He was involved in one five-car wreck, then another that sent Brad Keselowski into the wall. "Gosh man, I gave him three lanes," Kenseth quipped. The worst incident came late, when a surefire top-five turned into a finish outside the top 20 after contact with Paul Menard . See his highlights here. 22. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, German Racing. A 22nd-place finish matches Mears' best effort since the Bristol race a month ago, and it betters his finish in the summer Loudon race by 16 positions. 23. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports. Kahne's car handled OK, and it wasn't mashed like Kyle Busch 's following a five-car wreck in which Kahne was involved. The problem? As Kahne succinctly said over the radio: "It would be really good if it would just go faster." 24. Marcos Ambrose , No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports. Ambrose has been remarkably consistent lately, following a 27th at Richmond and 25th at Chicago with a 24th-place effort at Loudon. He has eight races remaining before heading back to Australia. 25. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Racing. Cassill improved nine spots on his previous performance at Loudon and improved five places from his starting position on Sunday. 26. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports. The thought of a smooth, no-frills top-10 in which Gordon's pit strategy paid off went up in smoke when the veteran blew a right front tire on Lap 292. Thanks to his finish last week and his nine bonus points from the regular season, he doesn't appear to be in any real danger of missing out on the next round, though. 27. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports. Gilliland had his best finish in four races and improved seven spots from his starting position, but he was slightly worse than his previous outing at Loudon (24th). 28. Alex Bowman , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing. The 20-year-old had his best finish in five races and improved seven spots from his starting position. 29. Michael Annett , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing. This was a nice finish for Annett after two weeks of struggles in finishing 37th and 40th, and two weeks of DNFs in two of the three races before that. 30. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing. Stewart struggled and was on his way to a ho-hum finish when his spin on Lap 298 necessitated a green-white-checkered finish, shaking up the field in the process. See Stewart's highlights. 31. Reed Sorenson , No. 36 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing. Sorenson ended a run of seven straight top-30 finishes as he completed 300 of 303 laps on Sunday. 32. Travis Kvapil , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing. Kvapil was supposed to drive the No. 93 for BK Racing, but got this seat when the team announced Ryan Truex would not compete. This was Kvapil's first race for BKR this year, and it produced his second-best 2014 finish in 18 starts. 33. Josh Wise , No. 98 Chevrolet, Phil Parsons Racing. Wise completed 297 of 303 laps as he finished 33rd for the third time in the past four races. 34. Mike Wallace , No. 66 Toyota, Jay Robinson Racing. In his only Sprint Cup Series race of the season, the veteran Wallace improved on his starting position by eight spots. 35. Timmy Hill , No. 32 Ford, GO Fas Racing. The 21-year-old improved eight spots from his starting position and six spots from his previous performance at Loudon this season. 36. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing. The 'Outlaw' put himself in perfect position to get back on the lead lap on Lap 170 following a debris caution. But a cut tire sent Busch slamming into the wall on Lap 222. He was 15th at the time and, with one race remaining in the Challenger Round, is 15th in the standings. "I am not (expletive) coming in until there is another yellow," was one of his radio comments. Click here for his highlights . 37. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing. Hamlin had a good car and great stops on pit road early, but he also had a mechanical problem. His machine wouldn't take on fuel, leading to a lengthy pit stop to fix it and a testy exchange with crew chief Darian Grubb. "Keep your mouth shut until we get it fixed," Grubb said after Hamlin's colorful expression of dismay. He came out four laps down and was caught up in a later wreck. Click here to subscribe to RaceView and listen to in-race dialogues as they happen. 38. Cole Whitt , No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing. Typically BK Racing's most consistent driver and often its top finisher, Whitt's 38th-place effort was his worst showing since Watkins Glen. He had previously finished 30th for four consecutive races. 39. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing. At times, Stenhouse ran consistently in the top 15 -- and even top 10 -- with the Chase drivers. His finish does not reflect that. Contact with teammate Carl Edwards sent Stenhouse slamming into the wall late, creating a tire rub which eventually resulted in a blown tire that ended his day on Lap 264. 40. David Stremme , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport Racing. Stremme's ninth start of the season produced his worst finish of the year. 41. Corey Lajoie , No. 77 Ford, Randy Humphrey Racing. Fellow drivers first started reporting a possible oil leak from the No. 77 after 45 laps, and Lajoie finally had to go to the garage after 88 laps to change a rear gear. He would return to the track and log 201 total laps, even tweeting while his car was being worked on, in his first career Sprint Cup Series start. 42. David Ragan , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports. Caught up in a wreck on Lap 180, Ragan's day was done for good. His finish was the worst of the season and the only time he's been outside the top 40. 43. Clay Rogers , No. 93 Toyota, BK Racing. Sunday was the first career Cup start for the 33-year-old, who found out Friday he'd have a seat when Travis Kvapil slid over to the No. 83 Toyota. Rogers went to the garage after completing 45 laps. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation