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Logano earns Coors Light Pole at Martinsville
RELATED: Full starting lineup MARTINSVILLE, Va. – The third time was the charm for Joey Logano . Then again, so were the first and second. The driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford dominated qualifying for Sunday's STP 500 (1 p.m. ET on FS1), topping the speed chart in all three sessions of Friday's knockout qualifying at Martinsville Speedway . The Coors Light Pole Award was the third straight for Logano at the .526-mile paperclip-shaped short track, marking the first time a driver has won three consecutive poles at Martinsville since Jeff Gordon accomplished the feat in 2003-2004. Navigating the speedway in 19.513 seconds (97.043 mph), Logano claimed the top starting in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race for the 15th time in his career. Logano, who was taken out of last year's Chase race when Matt Kenseth drove him into the Turn 1 wall, also is the third driver to sweep all three rounds in time trials since the group qualifying format was instituted at the start of the 2014 season. "I couldn't be more proud of these guys," Logano said of his team. "I say all the time that Martinsville is the most important track to start up front, and that's when you've got to come here and really show what you've got. "This is a nice little fire for us to get going. We've had a good season so far, but you want to break through and get some wins, and this pole is definitely going to help with some momentum." Logano edged outside front-row starter Kasey Kahne (97.033 mph) by .002 seconds. The driver of the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet hadn't enjoyed a top-five position on the grid since last October's Chase race at Talladega. "It feels good," Kahne said. "The car was really fast, this Great Clips Chevrolet. The guys did a nice job in practice and in qualifying. I just kept getting better with my laps. We didn't make any adjustments. The car is fine. Just let me get my laps a little better. So we did that, and it was close. "Joey just barely got us. But it is definitely a good starting spot. That was one of my goals today was to help out on pit road (by earning second pit selection). Pit road is huge here. We have the best pit crew for stops, than anyone, in my opinion. And if I can help them on pit road, myself, and get a better spot, I think all that will be beneficial on Sunday." Brian Vickers , who led Friday's opening practice at Martinsville, qualified third at 96.864 mph. Paul Menard (96.854 mph) was fourth, followed by Ryan Newman (96.736 mph) and AJ Allmendinger (96.676 mph). Vickers was the only Stewart-Haas Racing driver to advance past the first round. Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch , both former winners at the track, will start 19th and 23rd, respectively. Denny Hamlin -- reigning race winner and one of the pre-race favorites -- earned the eighth starting spot, but eight-time Martinsville winner Jimmie Johnson wasn't as fortunate. The six-time Sprint Cup champion squeaked into the second round by .007 seconds over Carl Edwards but couldn't improve beyond the 24th-place starting position. The two leading drivers in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle, however, both made the top 12. Chase Elliott will take the green flag from in 10th, with Ryan Blaney right behind him in 12th, as the Wood Brothers Racing team returns to Martinsville for the first time since 2011. Dale Earnhardt Jr . experienced brake issues and qualified 21st.
NASCAR TV schedule: May 2-May 8
RELATED: Find FS1 in your area All times ET Monday, May 2 8 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: GEICO 500 (re-air), FS1 11 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Tuesday, May 3 6 a.m., The 10: Talladega Moments (re-air), FS1 6:30 a.m., WeatherTech SportsCar Championship: Laguna Seca (re-air), FS1 9 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Sparks Energy 300 (re-air), FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Wednesday, May 4 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Thursday, May 5 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 Friday, May 6 11:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FS1 12:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub: Weekend Edition, FS1 1:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FS1 4:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub: Weekend Edition, FS1 6:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 8 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series SetUp, FS1 8:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Toyota Tundra 250 , FS1 11 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Post-Race Show, FS1 Saturday, May 7 4 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Toyota Tundra 250 (re-air), FS1 6:30 a.m., The 10: Earnhardt Moments (re-air), FS1 7 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying (re-air), FS1 7 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS1 7:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: GoBowling 400, FS1 Sunday, May 8 3 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: GoBowling 400 (re-air), FS1 8 a.m., Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge: Mazda (taped), 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;nbsp;
O'Donnell: NASCAR at work mulling 'Dega tweaks
RELATED: Gallery: Sunday photos from Talladega The NASCAR Research & Development Center figures to be a busy place this week, with officials investigating Dale Earnhardt Jr .'s detached steering wheel and multiple airborne crashes after an eventful race weekend at Talladega Superspeedway . NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell said those topics would be studied in the aftermath of Sunday's GEICO 500 at the high-speed Alabama track. O'Donnell's comments were broadcast Monday morning during one of his regular guest appearances on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "Morning Drive" program. Earnhardt Jr. finished last in the 40-car field Sunday after a pair of early crashes sidelined his No. 88 Chevrolet. But in-car video of him trying to wrangle his car under control by grabbing the steering shaft after his steering wheel detached from the column gained traction on social media, but also caught the eye of NASCAR competition officials.
SpongeBob, NASCAR team up for new apparel
SHOP: SpongeBob NASCAR gear Do fire suits come in size square? NASCAR and Nickelodeon launched on Monday a new line of SpongeBob SquarePants-themed fan merchandise highlighting the absorbent yellow icon and his underwater cast of characters from Bikini Bottom. The new offerings include apparel for kids of all ages (yes, adults too!) as well as lanyards, beach towels, flags, koozies and more. So whether you want to show your fandom for the Krusty Krab pit crew or fly your Bikini Bottom colors with pride, the NASCAR Superstore has got you covered. But that's not all. This summer, Nickelodeon will unveil a line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed NASCAR gear as the season heats up for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway , the kick off of the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . Fans can grab the new merchandise at the Fanatics Trackside Superstore and the NASCAR .com Superstore.
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NASCAR explains review of Talladega finish
RELATED: Full race results " Frame-by-frame of finish TALLADEGA, Ala. -- NASCAR XFINITY Series Managing Director Wayne Auton said officials felt "100 percent that we got it exactly right" in flagging Elliott Sadler the winner in Saturday's Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway . The official results were delayed after a hard crash involving Joey Logano and Blake Koch brought out the caution flag as the field raced to the checkered flag following an overtime restart at the fast, 2.66-mile superspeedway. The incident was typical for Talladega and chaotic for officials trying to sort out the running order while also making sure those involved in the incident were attended to as quickly, and a safely, as possible. RELATED: See the wreck that came at the end of the race "At the end of the race we knew that everybody was going to be jockeying for position trying to get that win to get into the XFINITY (Series) Chase," Auton said. "We use every resource we can. Our main goal is to make sure that we got it right. It took us a little time up in the tower. We feel 100 percent that we got it exactly right. We used film … eyes … we took our time in the tower." Video replays from cameras located inside the track, outside the track and from high above were studied not only to determine who was leading the race at the time the yellow flag appeared, but also to determine the running order of others throughout the field. RELATED: Ride with the Nos. 22 and 48 on the final lap Auton said there was never any question about whether the caution was necessary. "Our No. 1 job in this sport is safety of these drivers, safety of crewmembers and of fans," he said. "When you see a car turn hard right … it's pretty scary. With all the safety features we’ve applied, the safer walls that are all the way around all of our race tracks now … and the safety features that we have inside the car, our No. 1 concern was when the 22 car hit (was) to make sure that Joey was OK. "Automatically we went ahead and put out the caution. We felt like it was the right time. As you saw, another car came in and made contact with the 22 when he came off the wall. We need to start getting the guys to roll out of the throttle for the safety of the other drivers." Logano ( Team Penske ) was the leader when the field roared off the fourth turn for a final time. But contact with Sadler -- Logano later said it was likely he that moved down on the JR Motorsports driver -- sent his car into the outside wall. Although Sadler's No. 1 Chevrolet dropped below the yellow line, it was the result of the contact. More importantly, Auton said, Sadler did not advance his position, which the rule does not allow. "He was also forced down there when … he and the 22 car made contact," he said. "In our eyes, he did not gain any positions, he was already there. It was legal by the rules."
Johnson: Hendrick will adjust to SHR loss
Stewart-Haas Racing 's blockbuster announcement of its impending move from Chevrolet to Ford in 2017 affects another NASCAR powerhouse -- Hendrick Motorsports . Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson is confident team owner Rick Hendrick will make the adjustment in the 10 months between Tuesday's announcement and SHR’s departure from the engine and chassis deal that has been in place since Tony Stewart partnered with Gene Haas in 2009. "It was certainly a shock," Johnson said on Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway . "We have contracts in place with Stewart-Haas Racing that Hendrick has to honor and will honor and honor with integrity the way we always do. We have a lot of employees whose jobs count on that and rely on that. "Nothing is different this year. Fortunately, we have a year to figure out if we service some other teams and provide engines and chassis or how we handle it. I know Rick's goal is to keep the staff where it is. That gets me excited, because, if we maintain the staff, I think we'll be able to develop much more cool stuff for our race cars."
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Chase Elliott wins Daytona 500 pole
RELATED: Full qualifying speeds " From tardy note to Daytona pole winner DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Chase Elliott 's rookie campaign just got a jump-start. Faced with the daunting prospect of succeeding Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, the 20-year-old Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate drove the same chassis to the same result Gordon accomplished last year—the pole position for the Feb. 21 Daytona 500 (on FOX at 1 p.m. ET). In the money round of qualifying for the Great American Race, Elliott toured 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway in 45.845 seconds (196.314 mph), edging Matt Kenseth (196.036 mph) by .065 seconds for the top starting spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series opener. Elliott and Kenseth are the only drivers whose positions for the Daytona 500 are now locked in. The balance of the field will be filled and ordered in Thursday night’s 150-mile Can-Am Duel qualifying races. "I've never qualified on the front row here before, so that certainly takes off some pressure for later in the week," Kenseth said. "This is a very, very cool day," Elliott said after Earnhardt, the last qualifier, failed to knock him off the pole. "I don't know that this opportunity has sunk in yet, much less sitting on the pole for the Daytona 500 . "So this is very cool. I think the big thing is just the team and the Daytona 500 qualifying is about the team guys and the effort they put into these cars and it's nothing special I did. It's really what kind of work they did this offseason to make it happen. "Jeff (Gordon) knows all about that and I just wanted to give a big thanks to NAPA Auto Parts and all of our partners at HMS on this No. 24 car. This is very special and a great way to start the season." Elliott's first Sprint Cup pole was a milestone in many other respects. At 20 years, 2 months and 17 days, he is the youngest-ever winner of a Daytona 500 pole, supplanting Austin Dillon (23 years, 9 months 27 days in 2014). Should Elliott win the race next Sunday, he would displace Trevor Bayne as the youngest winner of the event often referred to as NASCAR's Super Bowl. This was the 10th Daytona 500 pole for Hendrick Motorsports and the third for the No. 24 Chevrolet, with Gordon winning the previous two in 1999 and 2015. Elliott completed the fourth father/son combination to win poles for the 500, joining Richard and Kyle Petty, Bobby and Davey Allison and Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr . In fact, Earnhardt Jr. was fastest in the first round of Sunday's qualifying session, posting a lap at 195.788 mph, but he slipped to third in the final round and will start on the outside of the front row in the first Can-Am Duel. Kyle Busch posted the fourth fastest lap in the final round and will start from the second spot in the second Duel. Ricky Stenhouse Jr . and Jimmie Johnson were fifth and sixth, respectively, in the final round. The qualifying times of the Nos. 4 and 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolets, driven by Kevin Harvick and Brian Vickers , were disallowed after NASCAR discovered track bar infractions during post-qualifying inspection. Those cars will start from the rear in their respective Duels. RELATED: Nos. 4, 14 fail post-Daytona qualifying inspection Ryan Blaney powered the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford to a seventh in Sunday's time trials. As the fastest "open" car (required to qualify on speed), he is locked into the Daytona 500 . Matt DiBenedetto , the second fastest of the open cars (and 24th overall) also is locked into the field. Related: Blaney, DiBenedetto lock up Daytona spots The No. 78 Furniture Row Toyota of Martin Truex Jr . failed to post a time after NASCAR inspectors noticed that one of the roof flaps was out of compliance. The car was on the five-minute clock at the time and the problem could not be corrected in time to make a qualifying run. As a consequence, Truex will start from the rear of the field in the second Can-Am Duel. RELATED: Roof flap keeps Truex parked in qualifying
John Hunter Nemechek wins wild Atlanta Truck race
RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings HAMPTON, Ga. – In a wild race that saw some of the best trucks in the field destroyed before the finish, John Hunter Nemechek held off Cameron Hayley in a two-lap dash to the checkers to win Saturday's Great Clips 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Atlanta Motor Speedway . But it was a skull session with 2014 Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick the night before that was instrumental in guiding Nemechek to victory in his unsponsored No. 8 Chevrolet. "I've got to give a shout-out," said Nemechek, who was racing at AMS for the first time. "I can't thank Kevin Harvick enough. I went and sat with him for about 30 minutes to an hour last night, trying to learn everything I could." Obviously, the lesson paid off. After extensive cleanup from Christopher Bell 's hard crash into the Turn 4 wall, Nemechek chose the inside line for a restart on Lap 199 of 200. When John Wes Townley spun his tires in the outside lane, Nemechek pulled away to beat Hayley to the stripe by .305 seconds. The victory was Nemechek's second in 32 Truck Series starts and his second on a 1.5-mile intermediate speedway, the first coming last year at Chicagoland Speedway . At 18 years, 8 months and 16 days, Nemechek is the youngest NASCAR national series winner at Atlanta. Before the family-owned team with a shoestring budget could get to Victory Lane, however, attrition took care of the drivers who led the majority of laps leading up to the finish. Two corners after a restart on Lap 112 — following the race's second expiration of the 20-minute caution clock — Bell lost the nose of his No. 4 Toyota, hooked Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Daniel Suarez 's No. 51 Tundra and turned Suarez into race leader Matt Crafton , who had spent 76 circuits at the front of the field. MORE: Caution Clock expires for first time in CWTS " Bell triggers big wreck The trucks of Crafton and Suarez were damaged beyond repair, leaving Bell, who lead 42 of the 130 laps, to grab the top spot after the subsequent restart on Lap 116. Bell pulled away, but on Lap 123, a tire rub resulting from the earlier contact finally popped the right front, and Bell’s Toyota swerved straight into the outside wall in Turn 4. Behind Nemechek and Hayley, Timothy Peters came home third, followed by Daniel Hemric and Grant Enfinger, respectively. Nemechek was circumspect about the circumstances surrounding his conversation with Harvick, but the information he received was clearly valuable. "That's kind of a secret," said Nemechek, who got pit crew help from Jimmie Johnson 's No. 48 Sprint Cup team. "But Kevin's one of the best racers here in Atlanta, so I had to ask him. He's very good at conserving tires, very good at winning races here, so to go and talk to him was very special." Nemechek also got advice from his father and team owner Joe Nemechek , who won a NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Atlanta in 2001. Eighth-place finisher Parker Kligerman took the lead in the series standings by one point over Hemric and three over Nemechek. The afternoon proved expensive for Kyle Busch , who as a driver won the first leg of the Saturday doubleheader in the XFINITY Series race, only to lose three trucks as an owner in the nightcap. In addition to the wrecked trucks of Bell and Suarez, Busch also had to write off the engine of William Byron, which blew on lap 59, with Byron running second.