Darrell Wallace Jr. topped the leaderboard in Thursday's opening session Final practice RELATED: Final practice results After posting the 10th-fastest speed in the opening practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway , Ty Dillon found a bit more momentum early in Thursday's final session, shooting to the top of the leaderboard at 181.068 mph in his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing ride. Opening practice leader Darrell Wallace Jr . continued to post fast lap times, using a high speed of 181.020 mph in his No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford to snag the second spot on the leaderboard. Dillon's Richard Childress Racing teammate Brendan Gaughan also found speed in the final practice, his 180.995 mph-lap qualifying him for the third-fastest speed in the field. The elder Dillon -- Austin Dillon -- had posted a top-five speed earlier in the day and continued his strong run in the final session with a high speed of 180.246 mph from his No. 33 Chevrolet to grab the fourth-fastest ranking. Rounding out the top five was Ryan Blaney , whose No. 22 Team Penske Ford whirled around the 1.5-mile oval at 179.033 mph. Sprint Cup Series veteran Kasey Kahne managed to find his way into the top 10 this session, recording a high speed of 177.288 mph in his No. 5 JR Motorsports ride to claim the sixth-fastest speed. Current series champion Chase Elliott managed to maintain a top-10 speed, maneuvering his No. 9 JR Motorsports ride at 177.784 mph for the final spot in the top 10. Coors Light Pole Qualifying is set for Saturday at 11:15 a.m. on FOX Sports 1. Practice 1 RELATED: Full practice 1 results Turning his first laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a XFINITY Series car this weekend Darrell Wallace Jr . experienced a stroke of beginner's luck on Thursday, soaring to the top of the leaderboard during opening practice for the Hisense 300 (Saturday, 2:30 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM). The Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate propelled his No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing ride at 180.536 mph around the 1.5-mile track early in the session to snag the top spot. Just behind Wallace was Sprint Cup regular Austin Dillon , who posted a high speed of 180.469 mph in his No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Dillon also will compete in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM). Richard Childress Racing 's Brian Scott (179.778 mph), current points leader and Roush Fenway Racing 's Chris Buescher (179.772 mph) and Joe Gibbs Racing 's Erik Jones (179.521 mph) completed the top five. Reigning XFINITY Series champion Chase Elliott showed plenty of momentum during opening practice, recording the seventh-fastest speed in the field (179.027 mph) in his No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. Like Dillon, Elliott is also performing a double-header this weekend, as he looks to make his third Sprint Cup start as a part-time rookie for Hendrick Motorsports . The track was peppered with several Sprint Cup regulars during opening practice, all of whom will be competing in Saturday's Hisense 300 . The list included Kyle Larson (eighth-fastest), Denny Hamlin (ninth-fastest), 2014 Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick (13th-fastest), Kasey Kahne (14th-fastest) and Aric Almirola (18th-fastest). FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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XFINITY Series points leader discusses what he hopes the future holds NEWTON, Iowa – When Austin Dillon wrapped up his 2013 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship run, he'd run two full-time Camping World Truck seasons (winning a title in his second) another two at the XFINITY level and had a ride with the sport's most famous number – 3 – waiting for him in the Sprint Cup Series. Austin's brother, Ty, is well on his way to his own XFINITY Series championship – in his second campaign after two full-time seasons in the Truck Series, no less – as the points leader after the season's first nine races. Only difference is, with Richard Childress Racing 's three-car stable occupied by Austin, Ryan Newman and Paul Menard , there's no clear option for Ty to advance to. That doesn't mean Ty and his grandfather and RCR team owner, Richard Childress , aren't coming up with a plan. "We've definitely talked about (my Cup plans for 2016) and I think it's our goal," Ty said Saturday at Iowa Speedway , site of Sunday's 3M 250 (2 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). "It's my goal and my grandfather and I have talked about it a lot, (running) in Cup next year. "Still working on things, but that's next year. I think if we win the championship this year, it'll make plans easier to come by." Coming off a championship certainly helped Austin's case, as he had big shoes to fill and doubters to quiet, stepping into a car that adorns the number Dale Earnhardt made famous. The only problem with Ty's plans for next year is that there's no obvious car to step into, famous or not. It's conceivable that the No. 33 Circle Sport Chevrolet in which, RCR has an alliance with and the car that Ty has made his four Cup starts in over the past two years, could be transformed into a fourth Childress entry, but nothing has been said to indicate this. Expansion has been a trend the past two seasons with Joe Gibbs Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing going to four-car teams. JGR added a fourth team for the 2015 season to compete with other four-car stables in SHR and Hendrick Motorsports , but the organization has had some ups and downs in the early going since expanding to four cars. Either way, Ty is focusing on the task at hand. "We just have to focus on my job, and that's to win races," the 23-year-old driver said. "Hopefully sponsorship and everything will come together, but (running Cup in 2016) is our full intention." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Drivers support decision to make Busch Chase eligible BUY: Rowdy Returns T-Shirt " RELATED: NASCAR grants Busch a Chase waiver NASCAR competitors testing at Dover International Speedway on Wednesday said they have no qualms with NASCAR granting fellow Kyle Busch a waiver that keeps his Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup eligibility intact. "We don't have sick days in our sport," six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson said during a lunch break at the 1-mile track. "If you get injured in our industry, the repercussions are so big. "Even though he is granted a waiver, you just look at what the team has been through – a couple of different drivers trying to develop the equipment and get it going, missed opportunities to win races. It's a huge penalty to have an injury. If you can come back and win a race, you deserve to be in the Chase." Busch, driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota, missed the first 11 points races after breaking his right leg and fracturing his left foot in a crash in the season-opening XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway . On Wednesday, NASCAR announced its decision to allow Busch to remain eligible, as long as he is in the top 30 in championship driver points standings following the season's 26th race. Busch announced on Tuesday that he would be back in the Sprint Cup car this weekend for Saturday's Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway (7 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, PRN, Sirius XM NASCAR). MORE: Busch says All-Star event is 'perfect' for return Under the rules, to be eligible for the Chase drivers must attempt to complete in the 26 points races leading up to the Chase. The 16-team field is comprised of the season's winners and, if fewer than 16 drivers win at least one race, those highest in the points standings following the cutoff race. Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano ( Team Penske ) said, "It's not like he chose to skip races … that's the difference. "They don't want to see someone win a race and say 'alright, I'm good, I'm going to take four or five weeks off and enjoy it and not drive a race car.' … "Kyle is getting back in the car as soon as he possibly can to try to make the Chase. I think letting him do it is fine … that's the way it should be. It's not his fault he got hurt in the first place." The possibility that Busch wins one of the remaining 15 "regular-season" races isn't far-fetched. He has 29 career victories and has won one or more races for 10 consecutive seasons. Climbing his way into the top 30 in points is another matter. Busch would likely need an average finish of at least 16th or to find himself in the top 30 after 26 races. "I don't know what he has to do to get in the top 30," Logano said. "… I think it's well deserved; he's worked hard to get back in the race car and if we race him for a championship at the end of the year, great. I'm not going to say it he shouldn't have won it or something like that. "Those are the rules that we've got … with the Chase, that you're able to recover if something like that happens." David Ragan , who filled in for Busch in nine races, said the NASCAR announcement simply provided Busch an avenue to attempt to qualify. The rest will be up to the driver and the team, led by crew chief Adam Stevens. Ragan took over the reins of the car after Daytona (two-time Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton stepped in at DIS) while 18-year-old Erik Jones made his Sprint Cup debut last weekend at Kansas with the team. "He's just eligible, obviously," Ragan said of Busch. "He's still got to have a great season to make the Chase. He's got to win a race, which isn't easy to do, there are still a lot of good guys that haven't won a race in quite some time; he's got to score some pretty good points to get in the top 30. "I think NASCAR made the right call and Kyle should be happy with that; if he can meet that criteria and make the Chase, he deserves to be in. "If he can score those kind of points, be in the top 30 and win a race, (that's) a chase team and (he's) a Chase driver." • Johnson, Logano and Ragan were among 12 drivers taking part in the open test at Dover. Also on hand were Jamie McMurray ( Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates), Austin Dillon ( Richard Childress Racing ), Danica Patrick ( Stewart-Haas Racing ), Denny Hamlin ( Joe Gibbs Racing ), Casey Mears ( Germain Racing ), Greg Biffle ( Roush Fenway Racing ), Jeb Burton ( BK Racing ), Aric Almirola ( Richard Petty Motorsports ) and AJ Allmendinger ( JTG Daugherty Racing ). Logano, Hamlin, Patrick and Allmendinger took part in a two-day Goodyear tire test at Dover prior to Wednesday's team test. • Johnson said while Dover and Charlotte appear vastly different, there are things his Hendrick Motorsports team could pick up during the Wednesday test that might be beneficial at CMS. "We might not be able to learn and have the speed on the track today, but we'll go home with some ideas … some things that didn't work or did work and let our group at home stew on it," he said. "It'll help actually this weekend leading into Charlotte. Charlotte and Dover, oddly enough, do have very common sensations and loads and things through the race car. So this test … comes at a good time for us and we should be able to apply things to Charlotte." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Jamie Dick to backup car after damage from lead coming off another car FINAL PRACTICE RECAP " Full practice 2 results Brian Scott led the final NASCAR XFINITY Series practice at Iowa Speedway for Sunday's 3M 250 (2 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM) with a top speed of 133.747 mph during the 85-minute session. Brandon Jones , who topped the opening practice, was second at 133.435 mph, followed by Darrell Wallace Jr . (132.347 mph), John Wes Townley (132.314 mph) and Ben Rhodes (132.048 mph). Rhodes is making his XFINITY Series debut this weekend in the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. The 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion will be missing his high school graduation in Louisville, Kentucky. Defending series champion Chase Elliott was ninth in the final practice, while points leader Ty Dillon was 10th. There was a caution just past the halfway point of final practice for smoke coming from Jamie Dick 's backup car. Dick had a scary moment in the opening practice when lead came off of Ross Chastain 's car and hit the No. 55 Chevrolet, causing significant damage to the car while a piece of metal also struck his helmet. Coors Light Pole Qualifying is on tap for 5:45 p.m. ET. FIRST PRACTICE RECAP " RELATED: Full practice 1 results Brandon Jones topped the opening NASCAR XFINITY Series practice at Iowa Speedway . The 18-year-old paced the field with a fast lap of 135.676 mph during the 55-minute session. This will be Jones' first XFINITY Series start as he pilots the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Jamie Dick had to go to a backup car after lead came off Ross Chastain 's car and hit the No. 55 Chevrolet, causing significant damage to the car while a piece of metal also struck his helmet. This will be Dick's first start since being diagnosed with new on-set diabetes in March. Chastain took to Twitter to apologize for what happened to Dick's car. pic.twitter.com/sVx3nnQ2ns — Ross Chastain (@RossChastain) May 16, 2015 Chris Buescher (135.606 mph) was second, while Daniel Suarez (135.211 mph), Ty Dillon (134.938 mph) and Chase Elliott (134.225 mph) completed the top five. It was a quick turnaround for Elliott, who competed in Friday night's Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Drew Herring shook down the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for Erik Jones , who will compete in Sunday's race. Herring was 11th in the session. The series' stop at the 0.875-mile track marks the first standalone event of the schedule. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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