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Kenseth holds off Larson, wins at chaotic Dover
RELATED: Race results " Updated series standings " SHOP: Kenseth gear Matt Kenseth roared to victory Sunday afternoon at Dover International Speedway , holding off a hard-charging Kyle Larson to score his first win of the season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Kenseth led 48 of 400 laps in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota. His triumph in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism was his third at the 1-mile track and the 37th of his Sprint Cup career. But the victory also helped stem a rough start to the 2016 season as he virtually clinched a berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. "It all worked out for us, kind of the opposite as I feel like it's been going the last couple months," said Kenseth, who has just one other top-five run this year -- a fourth place last weekend at Kansas. "We've had really fast race cars. We've been in position to win a lot. This wasn't our fastest car by any means. But we were able to be there at the end of the race and pull it off." RELATED: See all of Kenseth's wins in the sport's top series Larson, seeking his first premier series win, held on for second in the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet. He led 85 laps and wound up just .188 seconds behind at the checkered flag after a stirring challenge for the lead down the stretch. Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Chase Elliott surged within striking distance of the front-running pair, but settled for a career-best third-place finish. Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch completed the top five in a topsy-turvy day. A massive, 18-car crash brought out an extended red flag on Lap 354, thinning the field of contenders. After a stoppage of 11 minutes, 22 seconds, the race restarted on Lap 360, with Kenseth leading. But on the restart lap, contact from Larson's No. 42 Chevrolet sent Carl Edwards ' No. 19 Toyota spinning hard against the inside wall. That set up the final restart on Lap 366, with Kenseth and Larson coming to the line side-by-side. On Lap 381, Elliott passed Larson for second but surrendered the position in traffic three laps later. During the final five laps, Larson pulled alongside Kenseth but couldn't complete the pass from the inside lane. "I had gotten close to his bumper a couple times. I may have even got into him once," Larson said of his close-quarters battle with Kenseth. "I didn't want to do anything dirty. I respect Matt Kenseth a lot. He's definitely in my eyes the cleanest racer out there. He always races me with respect. I try to do the same with him." Two pre-race favorites -- Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick -- had rallied from their share of issues at the Monster Mile, including their involvement in the event's sixth yellow flag before the fateful 11th caution period and ensuing red flag. RELATED: Botched restart sets off 18-car wreck Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet suffered a mechanical failure trying to get up to speed on a restart, with Martin Truex Jr ., Harvick and others piling in behind him. The chain reaction blocked the frontstretch, collecting several other cars in the melee. Harvick had started from the pole position and led three times for a race-high 117 laps, but lost ground on a series of early pit stops. "We just keep getting further and further back," Harvick radioed his Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet crew on Lap 172, during the fourth caution period. Johnson, a 10-time Dover winner, started 21st in the 40-car field, but gradually moved up in the running order. But Johnson spun during the sixth caution, looping his Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevy after Reed Sorenson 's spinning car dropped fluid through the first and second turns on Lap 212. Johnson avoided contact, catching a fortunate break when Harvick slowed his car to a halt just shy of a collision. Those strokes of luck for the two favorites went for naught after the large pileup nearly 140 laps later. Brad Keselowski , a winner two weeks ago at Talladega, led once for 49 laps Sunday, but dropped from contention after crunching into Austin Dillon 's slower car, damaged from an earlier wreck. Keselowski made multiple pit stops for repairs and rallied for a sixth-place finish. Tony Stewart finished 34th in just his fourth start of the season since missing the first eight Sprint Cup races with a back injury. His hopes were dimmed by a mechanical failure -- a broken track bar that punctured the oil tank -- that caused his Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Chevrolet to slow in the 341st lap. The result kept him 37th in the driver standings. He needs to finish the regular season 30th or better in the rankings and post a victory to qualify for the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. The series returns Saturday night for its traditional mid-spring invitational, the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (9 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM) at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Note: Kahne's No. 5 Chevrolet failed post-race laser inspection station and will be taken to the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, North Carolina, for further evaluation. If penalties are warranted, they will be announced later this week. Contributing: Reid Spencer , NASCAR Wire Service
Edwards edges Allmendinger for pole at Sonoma
RELATED: Full race lineup " See all 40 cars SONOMA, Calif. -- Carl Edwards ran a lightning-fast lap in the first round of Saturday’s knockout qualifying at Sonoma Raceway -- and it worried him. "After that first lap -- I have to be honest -- I sat here and thought, 'Man, I’m really going to screw this up on the second one,' 'cause the first one was really good, but it held on for the pole, and so I’m really excited.” Edwards toured the 1.99-mile road course in 1 minute, 14.392 seconds (96.301 mph) in the first round and was the only driver to crack 96 mph either in Friday’s practice or Saturday’s time trials. But he need not have worried about the second round. In Sunday’s Toyota - Save Mart 350 (3 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), Edwards' No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota will lead the field to the green flag. On the lap that counted, as tires fell off and the track got marginally warmer, Edwards secured his third Coors Light Pole Award of the season, his first at Sonoma and the 19th of his career with a run at 95.777 mph (1:14.799). AJ Allmendinger was a close second at 95.676 mph (1:14.878). The road course ace put his No. 47 JTG/Daugherty Chevrolet on the front row at Sonoma for the third straight year, having started second in 2014 and from the pole last season. "It was a struggle yesterday," Allmendinger said of Friday’s practice. "We just never could really find the direction of the car. All my guys did a great job to get to work, to get this car closer to the front. "When I saw Carl's first lap, I said, 'I don't care what kind of lap I run -- if he runs that again I'm not going to get close.' Then, after I saw it was less than a tenth (of a second), you sort of nit-pick, but it's definitely a big gain from where we were yesterday." Martin Truex Jr . (95.672 mph) qualified third, followed by Kurt Busch (95.654 mph) and Kyle Larson (95.362 mph). Seventh-place qualifier Joey Logano (95.276 mph) had the fastest Ford. "That's better than where we were last year," said Logano, the Sprint Cup Series' most recent winner (Michigan). "We were (19th) last year, so we've improved. I thought I had a shot after the first round but lost some grip the second round and tried harder at the same time, and all of that just didn’t work out. "It's unfortunate that we lost a little bit from the first round to the second round (three positions), but we're still in good shape. I still think we have a top-five car, and we proved that today in qualifying." None of the four Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolets advanced to the second round. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., who led Friday's second practice, will start 13th, with Jimmie Johnson 15th, Chase Elliott 16th and Kasey Kahne 19th. Danica Patrick qualified 11th, her best starting spot since last year's Chase race at Texas. Cody Ware failed to make the 40-car field.
SHR to field NASCAR XFINITY Series team in 2017
Stewart-Haas Racing announced that it would field a single-car team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series full time in 2017. The driver lineup and sponsorship for the team will be announced prior to the completion of the 2016 season.
NASCAR TV schedule: July 25-31
RELATED: Find NBCSN in your area All times ET Monday, July 25 6 a.m., WeatherTech SportsCar Championship: Lime Rock (re-air), FS1 7 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN 9 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane (re-air), FS1 Noon, NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN 3 p.m., NASCAR 120, NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Tuesday, July 26 7 a.m., NASCAR The List: Dale Earnhardt St. Moments (re-air), NBCSN 7:30 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 5:30 p.m., NASCAR The List: Daytona Memories (re-air), NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 7 p.m., NASCAR Whelen Series: All-Star Shootout, New Hampshire (taped), NBCSN 7:30 p.m., NASCAR The List: Dale Earnhardt Sr. Memories (re-air), NBCSN Wednesday, July 27 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR RaceHub, FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR The List: Greatest Finishes (re-air), NBCSN 5:30 p.m., NASCAR The List: Memorable Moments (re-air), NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Thursday, July 28 7:30 a.m., WeatherTech SportsCar Championship: Lime Rock (re-air), FS1 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR RaceHub, FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR The List (re-air), NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Friday, July 29 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 11 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, NBCSN 12:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice, FS1 3 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, FS1 4 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 5:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, NBCSN 7 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN 8:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice (re-air), NBCSN 10 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying (re-air), NBCSN Saturday, July 30 9 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 10:30 a.m., NASCAR Whelen Series: All-Star Shootout, New Hampshire (re-air), NBCSN 11 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN 12:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series SetUp, FS1 1 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountains 150 , FS1 2:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Post-Race, FS1 4 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying (re-air), NBCSN 7:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Countdown, NBCSN 8 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250, NBCSN 11 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountains 150 (re-air), FS1 Sunday, July 31 6:30 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountains 150 (re-air), FS2 9 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountains 150 (re-air), FS1 10:30 a.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS1 10:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying (re-air), NBCSN Noon, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge: Lime Rock Park (taped), FS1 Noon, NASCAR America Sunday, NBCSN 1 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Countdown, NBCSN 1:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pennsylvania 400, NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Post-Race Show, NBCSN 9 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, 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;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;
RECAP: Busch makes NASCAR history with weekend sweep
NASCAR .com's Jonathan Merryman recaps the Crown Royal Presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard that saw several late-race wrecks, NASCAR Overtime, and Kyle Busch completing a historic sweep of the bricks.
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Dave Blaney released from hospital after Eldora wreck
Sprint car superstar Dave Blaney , father of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Blaney , was injured during Friday's qualifying for a World of Outlaws event at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Blaney's car flipped multiple times, and after he was extracted from the vehicle, Blaney was transported to a local hospital where CT scans proved negative. He was released shortly after 12 midnight ET. Ryan Blaney , along with sister Emma, provided updates via Twitter. Dad is alright, got his bell rung pretty good but is up and being himself. Thanks for all the support. — Ryan Blaney (@Blaney) May 7, 2016 Thank you for all the prayers. My dad is one tough guy. He is a little sore but going to be okay probably already watching dirtvision — Emma Blaney (@EmmaBlaney) May 7, 2016 Though Dave Blaney is best known for a phenomenal career in the open-wheel ranks, he also has a combined 597 NASCAR national series starts to his credit, including 473 in Sprint Cup . His lone national series win came in the fall 2006 XFINITY Series race at Charlotte.
Kurt Busch stretches fuel to win at Pocono
RELATED: Complete results " SHOP: Winner gear LONG POND, Pa. – Working with a substitute crew chief, and saving enough fuel to get to the finish line and complete a celebratory burnout, Kurt Busch won Monday's rain-delayed Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 at Pocono Raceway . Busch won for the first time this year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and for the third time at Pocono, a 2.5-mile speedway featuring three widely different corners. And Busch claimed his 28th victory in NASCAR ’s premier series with race engineer John Klausmeier leading the team in place of crew chief Tony Gibson, who was serving a one-race suspension for a lug nut violation last week at Charlotte. Told he was two laps short at the start of the final 33-lap green-flag run, Busch saved enough fuel to get to the finish while keeping race runner-up Dale Earnhardt Jr . behind him. "We just had to balance everything," said Busch, who got to the stripe 1.126 seconds ahead of Earnhardt. "We had a fast car, a (suspended) crew chief, and the way the fuel mileage played out, I didn't know if we would have enough fuel. "It's a wonderful win for us. We have been so close all year. It was just a matter of putting it all together – pit crew, engines and everybody who works on these bodies, chassis, you name it. It was so much fun to drive and be competitive and be up front." Busch, however, was taken aback when told how much fuel he had to save. "I was like, 'Whoa, how many laps shy are we?'" Busch said. "They said two. These are really long straightaways at Pocono, and you have to manage saving fuel as well as maintaining lap time. So many thoughts can go through your head, but I just stuck with the checklist. "I just stuck with saving fuel and watching the No. 88 (Earnhardt) behind us." Polesitter Brad Keseslowki ran third, followed by Chase Elliott and Joey Logano . Kasey Kahne , Matt Kenseth , Carl Edwards , Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney completed the top 10. A series of mistakes and divergent strategies scrambled the running order almost from the drop of the green flag. On Lap 23, under caution for Brian Scott 's spin in Turn 1, Keselowski was nabbed by NASCAR for unapproved body modifications when his jackman threw his shoulder into the right side of the No. 2 Ford during a pit stop. Keselowski had to serve a pass-through after the Lap 27 restart as part of the penalty for the infraction. WATCH: Keselowski forced to pit for body modifications Logano, who started on the front row beside his Team Penske teammate, got shuffled to the back by the front bumper of Ryan Newman 's Chevrolet. Taking umbrage at contact from Logano's Ford on the frontstretch, Newman pounded a series of dents in the left rear of Logano's car, knocking him up the track in Turn 1 as half the field passed him to the inside. WATCH: Newman bumps Logano out of the way Harvick was forced to pass cars – repeatedly – because of an early speeding penalty and a pair of inopportune cautions that occurred right before he was to make planned green-flag pit stops. Harvick, however, had plenty of muscle under the hood of his No. 4 Chevrolet and was able to fight his way back into contention with relative ease. Keselowski and Logano also recovered, but it took longer stints on track and a succession of three cautions between Lap 88 and Lap 102. By the time the field restarted on Lap 109, Logano, with the left rear of his car heavily taped, was fifth, and Keselowski had climbed to 10th. But three more quick cautions and an array of different strategies once again altered the complexion of the race. Ty Dillon stayed out under the ninth caution (called for brother Austin Dillon 's wreck) and led the field to green on Lap 123, trailed by Casey Mears , who took fuel only under the yellow. Moments after the restart, Jimmie Johnson , who had been running in the top five for most of the afternoon, spun in Turn 1 and clipped the inside wall, sending the No. 48 Chevrolet to the garage. When the field restarted on Lap 127, Earnhardt had the lead, trailed by Elliott, Mears, Busch and Keselowski. At that point, Harvick was 20th, having pitted under the ninth caution to top off with fuel with 39 laps left. As Elliott and Earnhardt battled for the top spot entering Turn 2, Busch surged past both cars, and that was the move that decided the race. Thirty-two laps later Busch was doing donuts on the frontstretch after taking the checkered flag. The Sprint Cup Series returns to the track next weekend at Michigan International Speedway for the FireKeepers Casino 400 (June 12, 1 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Erik Jones wins at Dover, takes Dash 4 Cash
RELATED: Complete race results " Updated standings DOVER, Del. – NASCAR ’s new Dash 4 Cash format agrees with Erik Jones – even when his No. 20 Toyota is running on older tires. Despite staying out on used rubber for a restart with five laps left in Saturday's Ollie's Bargain Outlet 200 at Dover International Speedway , Jones pulled away to beat runner-up Darrell Wallace Jr . to the finish line by 1.434 seconds. The victory was Jones' second of the year, both on concrete tracks (Bristol and Dover). He has now won two of the three NASCAR XFINITY Series races held under the new Dash 4 Cash format, which features two Heat races and a main event. Since his car was blessed with short-run speed, Jones and crew chief Chris Gabehart liked their chances at the front of the field on older tires, even though others came to the pits for fresh rubber before a restart on Lap 116 of 120. Driving a stock car for the first time in seven months, Alex Bowman came home third after leading 33 laps, a run that was broken by a debris caution on Lap 71. The top three finishers – Jones, Wallace and Bowman – are all alumni of NASCAR Next, an industry initiative that spotlights the sport's rising stars. Justin Allgaier ran fourth, followed by Ty Dillon and series leader Elliott Sadler , who holds a three-point edge in the standings over ninth-place finisher Daniel Suárez. "I couldn't see how many came to pit road, so I wasn't too sure," Jones said of the decision to stay out under the final caution. "I was a little anxious to see how many came and how many stayed out. Fortunately enough stayed out to make it viable for us to still get the win here." After seven months away from racing, except for an appearance at the Chili Bowl in January in a midget car, Bowman made steady progress throughout the weekend in the first of nine scheduled rides with JR Motorsports, the next of which will come at Pocono in early June. "I was a little worried, being so rusty," Bowman said. "Obviously, you can't just take a car to the race track and go test anymore (because of NASCAR rules). I think Friday morning (before practice), I was probably the most nervous I've been in years, as far as getting in the race car. "This is one of the toughest places we come. 'Can I still do this? Am I going to mess up, make stupid mistakes?'… I haven't given feedback on a race car in seven months either. I didn't really do a good job of that throughout practice, but I think (crew chief) Dave (Elenz) overcame it and gave me a really good piece for the race." Wallace posted the highest XFINITY Series finish ever for an African-American driver, improving on his own record of third (twice), and he did it in a backup car, necessitated by a crash in Friday's practice. "I keep saying it, we never give up," Wallace said. "It's really a credit to my guys right here for really thrashing this thing. It's unfortunate when you do have to bring the backup car out, (but) we never give up and we work really hard to get some speed in this baby." But the day – and the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus – belonged to Jones, who thought the tracks that stage the Dash 4 Cash races had more to do with his success than the format itself. "The tracks that they're at are tracks that I've had historically good runs at," Jones said. "It just kind of worked out that way. The Heat race format gives us a chance to go out and adjust on our stuff. I think our ability to adjust and maintain and get better throughout the race is one of the best in the garage, and having the opportunity to do that in the Heat race gives us that little bit of an edge." MORE: Relive the day in photos