Richard Petty Motorsports revealed Tuesday at its shop in Mooresville, North Carolina, that Ford will be its manufacturer for the 2016 season and beyond in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Richard Petty Motorsports has been aligned with Ford since 2010. The team will also continue its relationship with Roush Yates Engines and its services agreement with Roush Fenway Racing . Proud to announce @FordPerformance will continue to be our manufacturer in 2016 and beyond. #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/oOZCIgOceI — RPMotorsports (@RPMotorsports) October 6, 2015 "Our relationship with Ford Performance has a history, a present and now a future of winning races and competing for championships," Richard Petty , co-owner of Richard Petty Motorsports said in a release provided by the team. "As we took on additional internal responsibilities within our organization over the past 12 months, Dave Pericak and his team at Ford Performance have been with us supporting Richard Petty Motorsports each step of the way. And to know they will continue to be our partner is very important to our combined desire to make RPM a championship caliber organization." Petty and Ford go back quite a ways to the 1969 season, when "The King" scored nine of his 10 wins that year driving a Ford en route to a runner-up finish for the championship. " Richard Petty Motorsports has made steady progress since joining our program, and we're looking forward to seeing them take that next step to being a consistent Chase participant," Dave Pericak, director, Ford Performance said in a release. "We feel they have the people in place to achieve that goal, and we're going to do everything we can to provide them the resources to make that happen." RPM is a two-car race team that includes Aric Almirola driving the No. 43 and Sam Hornish Jr . driving the No. 9. Neither driver qualified for the Chase in 2015, although Almirola advanced to the postseason last year after winning the summer race at Daytona. Almirola ranks 18th in points after 29 Sprint Cup Series races this season and Hornish Jr. stands 27th. RPM also fields an entry for Dakoda Armstrong in the XFINITY Series. The driver of the No. 43 Ford is 14th in the series standings. Together, Ford and RPM have teamed up for three wins in the Sprint Cup Series and two wins in the XFINITY Series.
Officials with Richard Petty Motorsports and transportation services company J.B. Hunt have announced a five-race associate sponsorship agreement that will consist of one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event this season and four for 2016. The company will serve as an associate on the No. 9 RPM Ford, currently driven by Sam Hornish Jr ., at this year's AAA Texas 500 race weekend (Nov. 6-8) as well as events next season at Atlanta Motor Speedway , Auto Club Speedway , one of two stops at Pocono Raceway and at Chicagoland Speedway . "Nobody does it better than J.B. Hunt and their thousands of employees," team owner Richard Petty said in a statement announcing the agreement. "We're proud to partner with them and I'm excited to be a part of their driver recruitment program. Our country's truck drivers are the backbone of our commerce system and I can't wait to interact with them." J.B. Hunt is based in Lowell, Ark. "There is no bigger brand in NASCAR than Petty ," Craig Harper, Executive Vice President of Operations for J.B. Hunt Transport said. "All of our drivers know that name and can relate to the race team, their goals and the work and dedication that is required to safely transport the team's equipment from race to race each week." RPM fields two entries in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, featuring drivers Hornish and Aric Almirola . Petty is the sport's all-time leader in wins with 200 career victories and is one of only two drivers to capture seven premier series titles. He was one of five inaugural members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame inducted in 2010. Almirola is currently 17th in points, the highest ranked driver not among the 16 competing in this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup . Hornish is 27th in the standings. The Sprint Cup Series travels to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., this weekend for Sunday's Sylvania 300 (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR).
RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid Below is a breakdown of how the full 43-car field fared at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the rain-delayed Bank of America 500 : 1. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano led a career-high 227 laps on Sunday en route to his first Charlotte victory. He advances to the next round of the Chase. " 1-on-1: Logano discusses victory, locking in Eliminator Round spot 2. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Harvick was quiet on the radio with 22 laps to go Sunday as he continually tried to chip away at Logano's lead. 3. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . Truex held on to notch his best Charlotte result despite brushing the wall and developing a front-end handling issue with 52 laps to go. " RELATED: Truex discusses Charlotte run 4. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin flipped to his backup battery with about 100 laps left in Sunday's race and outran concern that even his backup battery was experiencing issues. 5. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Kurt Busch spent most of Sunday quietly running inside the top 10 and keeping himself in contention for the next round of the Chase. 6. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Edwards started eighth and was a steady presence in the top 10 en route to his 12th top-10 of the season. 7. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon won Friday's XFINITY race at Charlotte and then on Sunday posted his best Cup performance at the 1.5-mile track. 8. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Gordon held steady in his final race at Charlotte, site of his first career Cup victory in 1994. 9. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Keselowski held ninth during the last 19 laps despite a loose wheel. 10. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola used his best Charlotte finish to score his fifth top-10 of the year. 11. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Bowyer stayed out during green-flag stops to lead Lap 234 before settling back into the top 15. 12. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Under caution on Lap 195, McMurray told his team that his car was pretty good until it got into oil and he lost position on a track where passing was difficult. 13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse earned the beneficiary pass during the final caution period and rolled on to match his second-best finish at Charlotte. 14. Ryan Blaney , No. 21 Ford. Wood Brothers Racing . A native of nearby High Point, North Carolina, Blaney scored his best Charlotte result and third top-15 of the year. 15. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Just prior to the sixth caution flag, Newman sustained right-side damage after Matt Kenseth cut across his nose on his way into the wall. " RELATED: Is Newman in bubble trouble? 16. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . Allmendinger overcame early damage sustained when he made contact with another car on Lap 193 and knocked in his right-side fenders. 17. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish stretched his pit window in the closing 100 laps when he stayed out during green-flag stops to lead twice for 22 laps around Charlotte. 18. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears held on after a tight-handling condition developed late in Sunday’s race and sent him into the fence. 19. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick worked with her team on the handling of her car and benefited from long green-flag runs en route to her best Charlotte finish. 20. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . "He was never going to make the commitment cone anyway," Busch said said after making contact with Kyle Larson near the entrance of pit road. Busch, then running in the top five, made a late decision to skip pit road, while Larson did just the opposite. " RELATED: Busch disappointed after rough day at Charlotte 21. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. "Please apologize as much as you can," Larson radioed his crew after making a late decision to hit pit road during the eighth caution period and collecting Chase contender Kyle Busch in the process. " For more in-car audio, sign up for RaceView and/or Scanner today 22. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne made an unscheduled pit stop on Lap 71 just prior to the fourth caution flag for a right-front wheel vibration. 23. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Cassill held out during green-flag stops and ran as high as third on Lap 131 before finally making his green-flag stop. 24. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Biffle struggled to recover track position after making an unscheduled stop on Lap 90 for a loose wheel. 25. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . In his fourth Charlotte outing, Annett picked up his best finish at the 1.5-mile speedway. 26. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart grazed the wall on Lap 115 and had to pit 12 laps later with a flat tire. 27. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Carrying the #SCStrong on his decklid in support of the recent flooding in South Carolina, Gilliland did his best to avoid trouble on Sunday. 28. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Earnhardt lost his right-front tire and faded through the field before hitting the wall to bring out the fourth caution period. " RELATED: Junior says 'it ain't over' for the 88 team 29. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . It was a promising day for DiBenedetto who turned in his best Charlotte result. 30. Brett Moffitt , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Moffitt recorded his best Charlotte finish after lining up 37th Sunday. 31. Michael McDowell , No. 95 Ford, Leavine Family Racing . McDowell bounced off the wall in the closing third of Sunday’s race, but survived without picking up a tire rub. 32. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . A puncture in the left-rear tire prompted Bowman to make an unscheduled stop during the first 115 laps, but a subsequent tire rub put the No. 7 Chevy back on pit road for repairs. 33. J.J. Yeley, No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . Yeley was black-flagged on Lap 35 after one of his crew members kneed-in his right-rear quarter panel. 34. Alex Kennedy , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport Racing. Kennedy survived a messy start to Sunday’s race, but very quickly found himself fighting for the beneficiary pass. 35. Reed Sorenson , No. 98 Ford, Premium Motorsports. Sorenson earned the beneficiary pass during the competition caution, but struggled to stay on the lead lap. 36. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard brushed the wall on Lap 133 but held on to keep the caution flag from coming out and made his scheduled stop three laps later. 37. David Ragan , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . On Lap 291, Ragan told his team the engine was out of water and he brought his car to pit road. 38. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Stacked up on the first green flag, Whitt received contact from behind and had to spend an extended amount of time on pit road during the first caution flag to patch his bumper. 39. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Johnson's strong day was stalled by an engine issue (oil pump) that sent him to the garage with 77 laps to go on Sunday. " RELATED: Silver lining to early exit 40. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier radioed that he just "killed the radiator" after he made contact with Michael McDowell on the Lap 182 restart. " For more in-car audio, sign up for RaceView and/or Scanner today 41. Jeb Burton , No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . As he took the green flag at the start, Burton ran into the back of slowing competitors, incurring significant left-front damage and bringing out the caution flag on Lap 1. 42. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kenseth's day "snowballed" after a couple pit road mistakes combined with tire rub and then on-track contact with Ryan Newman . Kenseth ultimately broke something on the right-front of his car and retreated to the garage. " RELATED: Multiple incidents ruin Kenseth's day 43. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne cut a tire twice inside the first 61 laps on Sunday; the second one sent him hard into the wall and brought out the third caution flag.
After Race 30 of the 2015 season at Charlotte Motor Speedway Pos Owner Car # Points Ldr Nxt PPos G/L Attempts 1 Walter Czarnecki 22 3,048 0 0 2 1 30 2 Tony Stewart 4 3,042 -6 -6 12 10 30 3 Barney Visser 78 3,041 -7 -1 5 2 30 4 J D Gibbs 11 3,040 -8 -1 3 -1 30 5 Gene Haas 41 3,039 -9 -1 6 1 30 6 J D Gibbs 19 3,039 -9 0 4 -2 30 7 Rick Hendrick 24 3,037 -11 -2 7 0 30 8 Roger Penske 2 3,035 -13 -2 8 0 30 9 Richard Childress 31 3,029 -19 -6 10 1 30 10 Joe Gibbs 18 3,025 -23 -4 9 -1 30 11 Rick Hendrick 88 3,016 -32 -9 11 0 30 12 Joe Gibbs 20 3,003 -45 -13 1 -11 30 13 Felix Sabates 1 2,130 -918 -873 13 0 30 14 Jeff Gordon 48 2,092 -956 -38 14 0 30 15 Richard Childress 27 2,083 -965 -9 15 0 30 16 Rob Kauffman 15 2,082 -966 -1 16 0 30 17 Richard Petty 43 801 -2,247 -1,281 18 1 30 18 Linda Hendrick 5 771 -2,277 -30 17 -1 30 19 Chip Ganassi 42 770 -2,278 -1 19 0 30 20 Jack Roush 16 726 -2,322 -44 20 0 30 21 Richard Childress 3 685 -2,363 -41 21 0 30 22 Bob Germain 13 650 -2,398 -35 22 0 30 23 Tad Geschickter 47 628 -2,420 -22 23 0 30 24 Tony Stewart 10 622 -2,426 -6 24 0 30 25 Margaret Haas 14 599 -2,449 -23 25 0 30 26 Richard Petty 9 598 -2,450 -1 26 0 30 27 John Henry 17 592 -2,456 -6 27 0 30 28 John Henry 6 552 -2,496 -40 29 1 30 29 Michael Waltrip 55 549 -2,499 -3 28 -1 30 30 Harry Scott Jr. 51 486 -2,562 -63 30 0 30 31 Bob Jenkins 35 452 -2,596 -34 31 0 30 32 Brad Jenkins 38 450 -2,598 -2 32 0 30 33 Michael Hillman 40 410 -2,638 -40 33 0 30 34 Jerry Freeze 34 401 -2,647 -9 34 0 30 35 Tommy Baldwin 7 364 -2,684 -37 35 0 30 36 Ron Devine 83 359 -2,689 -5 36 0 30 37 Joe Falk 33 351 -2,697 -8 37 0 30 38 Harry Scott Jr. 46 313 -2,735 -38 38 0 30 39 Ron Devine 23 261 -2,787 -52 39 0 30 40 Mike Curb 98 248 -2,800 -13 40 0 30 41 Glen Wood 21 233 -2,815 -15 42 1 15 42 Archie St Hilaire 32 232 -2,816 -1 41 -1 30 43 Anthony Marlowe 26 192 -2,856 -40 43 0 30 44 Bob Leavine 95 176 -2,872 -16 44 0 17 45 Jay Robinson 62 99 -2,949 -77 45 0 30 46 Rick Hendrick 25 89 -2,959 -10 46 0 5 47 John Cohen 44 12 -3,036 -77 47 0 4 48 Jay Robinson 66 8 -3,040 -4 48 0 4 49 Curtis Key Sr. 30 6 -3,042 -2 49 0 13 50 Robby Benton 129 0 -3,048 -6 51 1 4
Aric Almirola sports throwback shirt stumping his boss for office RELATED: Almirola's mustache highlights throwback looks Few in the NASCAR garage have been able to top Aric Almirola’s throwback efforts thus far during Darlington Raceway’s retro weekend celebrating the return of the Bojangles’ Southern 500 to Labor Day Weekend. RELATED: Darlington's throwback paint schemes Between his paint scheme honoring the legendary No. 43 and Richard Petty -styled handle-bar mustache, the RPM driver came to the track "Too Tough to Tame" in full throwback force. Almirola stepped up his game even further after Sprint Cup Series qualifying on Saturday, doing his post-qualifying interview in an STP hat and " Richard Petty for President" T-shirt. 1. Awesome. 2. Where can I get one? So, assuming Petty runs for office in 2020 (when he'll be a spry 83-years-old, on Election Day -- take that, Bernie Sanders!), who are you voting for, him -- or Kanye West, who announced his candidacy earlier this week at the MTV Video Music Awards? RELATED: NASCAR drivers aghast over Miley Cyrus, VMAs
Comparing two of NASCAR's greatest streaks Vote: Who will win at Martinsville? " Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Editor's note: Kevin Harvick has eight consecutive top-two finishes. The all-time best top-two streak is 11, by Richard Petty . Here's a look at how they compare.
Below is a breakdown of how the full 43-car field fared at Dover International Speedway . 1. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Harvick scored his spot in the Round of 12 in dramatic fashion by leading a career-best 355 laps and notching the 750th victory for manufacturer Chevrolet. 2. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Post-race, Busch said he was pleased with where his team finished, citing it had a second-place car, but also adding it had quite a bit of ground to make up to catch the "lightning-fast" No. 4 team. 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . The final caution flag was a lucky break for Earnhardt, who took the opportunity to address a loose wheel. He then used a solid restart to slip past fellow Chase contender Jamie McMurray and punch his ticket to the next round. 4. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . "Nice work guys. Nothing to be ashamed of," McMurray radioed his team after just missing the cut for Round 2. For more in-car audio, sign up for RaceView . 5. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola was posting top-five lap times with 55 laps to go, but needed those remaining circuits to pick up seven spots and match his best Dover result. 6. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . The decision to stop twice during the fifth caution period to ensure the No. 5 was full of fuel didn't hurt Kahne, who earned his seventh Dover top 10. 7. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kenseth, already a Round 2 contender thanks to his Loudon victory, spent the remaining 125 laps on Sunday looking for more corner speed. 8. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse restarted 10th after the fifth caution flag, and he held on for his best Dover finish. 9 . Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . Larson looked to play the spoiler when he moved into the top three in the final 100 laps, but a decision to stay out during the final caution flag hurt his chances. 10. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano advances to the next round of the Chase with his ninth Dover top 10. 11. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . Truex, a Round 2 contender, climbed through the field after starting from the rear when NASCAR had a post-inspection issue with the flare on his side skirt. 12. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . " Man, it's never easy," Gordon told his team after a rough final restart. "I know that wasn't easy," spotter Eddie D'Hondt said. "But we did what we needed to" (to advance). For more in-car audio, sign up for RaceView . 13. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush-Fenway Racing. Biffle got sideways with 11 laps to go, but saved his car while running 15th . 14. Clint Bowyer , No. 15, Michael Waltrip Racing . Bowyer recovered after dropping from eighth to 25th when he made an unscheduled stop on Lap 175 for a loose wheel. 15. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Crew chief Darian Grubb didn't want to risk the No. 19's spot in the next round of the Chase so he called his driver back down pit road during the sixth caution flag for a right-front tire issue. 16. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Around Lap 60, Keselowski was running 16th when he reported that his engine temperatures were dropping. He maintained and will compete in the second round of the Chase. 17. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . An issue with the left-front jack bolt caused Busch to lose ride height late in the race. The team corrected the issue but still had to make additional repairs during the Lap 374 stop under caution. 18. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin won the race off pit road after a four-tire stop during the competition caution, but his forward momentum was stalled because he was tagged for speeding. A second penalty sealed the deal, but he still advanced because he won Chicagoland. 19. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Newman earned the beneficiary pass after the third caution flag and managed to stay only one lap down as the race progressed. He advanced to the second round of the Chase. 20. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish and his team chased the handling of his No. 9 Ford all day, even as the track took on rubber. 21. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick worked with her team to help her No. 10 Chevy take off better around Dover's 1-mile oval. 22. David Ragan , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Ragan, who fell off the lead lap by Lap 105, had previously told his team he was "too free on exit and pretty snug in the center." 23. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon's team made several chassis adjustments during the second half of the race to help him get into the corner better. 24. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears was running 25th during the first half of Sunday's race when he was hooked in the right rear and saved his car from spinning on-track. 25. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard rolled off the grid 14th and almost immediately went backward as he watched his first Chase run fade. 26. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart recently announced he'd retire from driving after 2016 to focus on ownership. But on Sunday, the driver of the No. 14 focused on pit strategy to improve his track position. 27. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier received the beneficiary pass during the competition caution, but spent much of the race looking for mid-corner grip. 28. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Like his teammate Brett Moffitt , Whitt discovered that his car improved around Dover as the 1-mile concrete oval took on rubber. 29. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG-Daugherty Racing. Allmendinger was going too fast trying to get onto pit road when he spun up the track on Lap 311. 30. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Gilliland reported a tight-handling condition during the final 60 laps of Sunday's race, which his team worked to address. 31. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Halfway through a fuel run when the fifth caution flag was waved, Bayne elected to take the wave-around like most cars one or more laps down. 32. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Bowman and his team continually made adjustments on the No. 7 Chevy throughout Sunday's race trying to find balance. 33. Reed Sorenson , No. 98 Ford, Phil Parsons Racing. Already three laps down and in 36th, Sorenson told his team that he was "just racing the track right now" when they informed him leader Kevin Harvick was bearing down. 34. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . "Holy crap," DiBenedetto said while running 37th on Lap 101 when he learned leader Kevin Harvick was on his bumper -- again. 35. J.J. Yeley, No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . Long green-flag runs were a struggle Sunday for Yeley. 36. Josh Wise , No. 32 Ford, Go FAS Racing. Wise sustained minimal nose damage after making contact with Jeb Burton on Lap 3. 37. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . During the fifth caution flag, Annett reported that his entry was neutral and he couldn't pick up the gas when he wanted to. 38. Alex Kennedy , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport . Kennedy rolled off the grid 36th in his Dover debut. 39. Timmy Hill , No. 62 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports . Starting 43rd at the fast 1-mile oval made forward progress an immediate issue for Hill in his fourth Dover appearance. 40. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Cassill's fear that his engine was "letting go" was realized on Lap 372 and prompted the eighth caution flag. 41. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . A torn rear axle seal sidelined Johnson in his 500th Cup start and ended his quest for a seventh championship. 42. Brett Moffitt , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Moffitt's lap times were improving as the track picked up rubber, but his car was "killed" when he blew a right-front and made hard contact with the wall to bring out the seventh caution flag. 43. Jeb Burton , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Burton spun on Lap 3 and cut a tire on Lap 192 to bring out the caution flag twice on Sunday.
NASCAR officials will return to Michigan International Speedway on Tuesday, Oct. 20 to test a low downforce package similar to what was used in competition last month at Darlington Raceway . Drivers scheduled to take part in the test are defending NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Chase Elliott in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 25 Chevrolet, current XFINITY Series points leader Chris Buescher ( Roush Fenway Racing No. 17 Ford) and Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contender Denny Hamlin ( Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota). According to information provided to the teams on Wednesday, the test is to verify max and corner speeds with three different grip levels of tires. The schedule calls for individual 10- and 25-lap runs in the morning and afternoon sessions. The lower downforce package debuted at Kentucky Speedway this season before also being put into play at Darlington, where it featured a 3.5-inch spoiler, 25-inch splitter extension panel (radiator pan) and 6.63-inch by 25-inch splitter. The only change for the MIS test will be an increase in the splitter extension panel to 33 inches. Drivers and teams were pleased with the initial results of the package, particularly at Darlington where Goodyear was able to provide a specific tire based on data gained from testing there prior to the race. The MIS test will take place approximately two months after the Sprint Cup Series competed at the 2-mile facility with a high-drag aerodynamic configuration. A high-drag package was also used at Indianapolis Motor Speedway . JGR driver Matt Kenseth called the high-drag package "terrible." "You just can't pass," he said after finishing seventh in the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard. "Yeah, you can run up on the straightaway a little bit, but you can't run though the corner with anything." A month later, after his driver dominated at Michigan with the same rules package, Kenseth's crew chief Jason Ratcliff said "at the end of the straightaway (cars could) gain on others two or three car-lengths. But they just couldn't do much once they got there and they got down in the corner, they were kind of helpless." The high-drag rules included a 9-inch spoiler with a 1-inch wicker bill, a rear fascia extension panel (similar to those used for superspeedway events at Daytona and Talladega), a 2-inch leading edge on the splitter and a 43-inch splitter extension panel. "We know that high drag package is awful," four-time premier series champion Jeff Gordon said following the Darlington race. "We know that this (lower downforce) is definitely in the right direction. … I think when you look at the less horsepower we had coming in this year it's the package that should have been with this car that we have now. You can't take that kind of power away and not do something significant to the downforce as well." Homestead Test Slated for December NASCAR and Goodyear officials have added a post-season test scheduled for Dec. 14-15 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to continue preparations for the 2016 rules package. Organizations scheduled to participate in the test are Stewart-Haas Racing (Chevrolet), Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet), Richard Petty Motorsports (Ford) and Furniture Row Racing (Toyota). It is expected to be the first on-track testing for Furniture Row and driver Martin Truex Jr . with a Toyota entry. The Denver-based team is making the switch from Chevrolet to Toyota for '16. Because of the change, SHR was added to the test to replace Furniture Row for Chevrolet. "I think '16, we're not really even thinking about right now," Truex said earlier this week. "We know what we're doing next year, we'll worry about that after (the final race at) Homestead. "I think everybody in the Chase is probably in the same position -- you're worried about today and tomorrow and this coming weekend. No further ahead. Once you set your plans, it's real easy." Lineup Change for Atlanta Test The Toyota teams of Michael Waltrip Racing and BK Racing have declined to take part in the Goodyear tire test slated for Oct. 27-28 at Atlanta Motor Speedway . Joe Gibbs Racing has been added to the lineup to represent Toyota teams at the 1.54-mile track. MWR will not field a full-time Sprint Cup Series team next season. The two-day program is a confirmation test for Goodyear; an open team test is scheduled for Oct. 29 following the completion of the tire test. CMS Tire Info Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series teams will be running the same tire codes this weekend at Charlotte, according to Goodyear officials, and is unchanged from what was provided for the 1.5 mile track's May races. The left-side tire code has been used at CMS since 2012; the right side, which features a multi-zone tread, was used there for the first time in May.
RELATED: Full final practice results Kevin Harvick topped the speed chart in final practice for Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover International Raceway (2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR). He wheeled the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet around Dover's 1-mile track at a top speed of 156.033 mph in the 14 laps he ran before rain resumed, ending the session. Carl Edwards was second-fastest in the No. 19 Joe Gibbs racing Toyota at 156.013 mph, followed by Kasey Kahne in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at 155.783 mph. Harvick's teammate Kurt Busch and the No. 41 Chevrolet posted the fourth-fastest speed in the final Sprint Cup practice session at 155.588 mph. Sitting on the Chase bubble going into Sunday's race, Dale Earnhardt Jr . got the fifth-quickest speed out of his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at 155.434 mph. Amid a schedule compressed by rain that wiped out all of Friday's on-track activities and cut into Saturday's first practice, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers lost the track to rain again about 15 minutes into the second session. RELATED: First practice results After more rain doused Dover International Speedway Saturday morning, canceling NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series got a 25-minute practice in and Kasey Kahne made the most of it. Kahne wheeled his No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet around Dover's 1-mile track at 160.506 mph, topping the speed chart. Carl Edwards was second quickest in the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at 160.442 mph. JGR teammate Denny Hamlin was right behind Edwards at 160.285 mph. It was the first time Sprint Cup cars had been on track after rain washed out Friday's practice and qualifying. Kevin Harvick was fourth on the leaderboard at 159.964 mph in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet. The No. 4 team and No. 2 team of Brad Keselowski had been docked 15 minutes of practice time for infractions at New Hampshire in the inspection process. Given the amended schedule, neither the Stewart-Haas entry nor the Team Penske entry was required to serve the time -- it will instead carry over to the next race at Charlotte. Aric Almirola rounded out the top five with a speed of 159.943 mph in the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford.
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