No. 5 Sprint Cup team docked 15 driver points
RELATED: Kenseth survives for Dover victory NASCAR officials handed down a P3-grade penalty Wednesday to the Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 team of driver Kasey Kahne for infractions last weekend at Dover International Speedway . The Hendrick No. 5 team was found in violation of sections 22.214.171.124.2 (post-race general inspection measurements); 126.96.36.199.2 a, b, c, d; and 188.8.131.52.1 n,o (that spell out P3 penalty examples) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rule Book. NASCAR fined crew chief Keith Rodden $25,000 and assessed Rick Hendrick a loss of 15 championship owner points and Kahne a loss of 15 championship driver points. Kahne was 16th in the Chase Grid before his penalty. With the 15-point deduction, AJ Allmendinger climbs into the 16th and final postseason spot as it stands today. RELATED: Tracking 2016 points penalties A NASCAR spokesperson announced after Sunday's AAA 400 Drive for Autism that the No. 5 Chevrolet failed the post-race laser inspection. The car was taken for further evaluation at the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, North Carolina. Kahne's fourth-place finish at the Monster Mile matched a season best, equaling the fourth-place result he achieved at Richmond last month. In a press release, Hendrick Motorsports said it would not appeal the penalty. "We had an unintentional issue at Dover when our left- and right-side truck arms were bent at some point during the race," No. 5 crew chief Keith Rodden said. "I'm disappointed in NASCAR's decision, but we have to accept it and focus on the upcoming races. We have a great team with a lot of positive momentum that we hope to carry into the summer." NASCAR officials also penalized the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 team in the Camping World Truck Series after its second-place finish last Friday at Dover. The No. 51 Toyota operation was assessed a P2 for violations of sections 184.108.40.206.1 a, b, c; 220.127.116.11.1 g; and 18.104.22.168.2 a, b, c, d of the NASCAR Rule Book. Crew chief Kevin "Bono" Manion was fined $6,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. The team was assessed with the loss of 10 championship owner points. NASCAR officials announced after the Jacob Companies 200 that the No. 51 truck was found too high in the left rear during a post-race inspection. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series scrapped rules on ride heights before the 2014 season, but the regulations remain in place for the other two NASCAR national series. Daniel Suarez , who competes full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, logged the fourth runner-up finish of his Truck Series career in Friday's 200-miler. In other penalty news from Dover: -- The No. 23 ( David Ragan ) in Sprint Cup and the No. 25 ( Ryan Ellis ) in XFINITY received P1s for violations of section 22.214.171.124.1 a -- "failure by the driver or crew members to properly wear or secure mandatory safety apparel or equipment (i.e. head socks, under garments, helmet face shields, shoes, gloves, etc.) in accordance with the NASCAR Rules" -- and a crew member for each team was fined $1,000. -- The Nos. 7 ( Regan Smith ), 42 ( Kyle Larson ), 88 ( Dale Earnhardt Jr .) in Sprint Cup received written warnings for failing pre-race laser inspection twice, and the No. 24 ( Chase Elliott ) was given a written warning for failing pre-race template inspection twice. -- The No. 18 ( Matt Tifft ) in XFINITY received a written warning for failing pre-race laser inspection twice. -- The No. 07 ( Cj Faison ) in the Camping World Truck Series received a written warning because truck trailing arms did not meet specifications.
Results from Dover heat races
Heat 1 Fin Str Car Driver 1 2 7 Justin Allgaier * 2 1 20 Erik Jones * 3 3 88 Alex Bowman 4 6 22 Joey Logano 5 4 2 Paul Menard 6 7 6 Darrell Wallace Jr 7 5 48 Brennan Poole 8 8 16 Ryan Reed 9 9 44 JJ Yeley 10 11 11 Blake Koch 11 10 24 Drew Herring 12 14 14 Jeff Green 13 15 90 Mario Gosselin 14 16 0 Garrett Smithley 15 18 97 Alex Guenette 16 12 01 Ryan Preece 17 17 13 Timmy Hill 18 20 70 Derrike Cope 19 13 10 Matt DiBenedetto 20 19 74 Mike Harmon * Justin Allgaier and Erik Jones are Dash 4 Cash-eligible for the main race. Heat 2 Fin Str Car Driver 1 3 3 Ty Dillon * 2 1 19 Daniel Suarez * 3 5 39 Ryan Sieg 4 4 18 Matt Tifft 5 7 33 Brandon Jones 6 6 62 Brendan Gaughan 7 13 43 Jeb Burton 8 10 4 Ross Chastain 9 9 51 Jeremy Clements 10 11 07 Ray Black Jr 11 12 28 Dakoda Armstrong 12 20 15 Travis Kvapil 13 15 25 Ryan Ellis 14 16 52 Joey Gase 15 14 78 BJ McLeod 16 2 1 Elliott Sadler 17 8 42 Justin Marks 18 17 40 Carl Long 19 18 89 Morgan Shepherd 20 19 93 Josh Reaume * Ty Dillon and Daniel Suarez are Dash 4 Cash-eligible for the main race.
Ellis upset after wreck with Crum
Ryan Ellis shows his displeasure with Jake Crum after an incident at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200.
XFINITY Series practice results from Bristol
Pos Car Driver Speed 1 2 Austin Dillon (i) 123.237 2 42 Kyle Larson (i) 123.095 3 33 Brandon Jones # 123.016 4 62 Brendan Gaughan 122.866 5 18 Kyle Busch (i) 122.819 6 88 Kevin Harvick (i) 122.631 7 7 Justin Allgaier 122.372 8 22 Joey Logano (i) 122.357 9 20 Erik Jones # 122.310 10 3 Ty Dillon 122.154 11 19 Daniel Suarez 121.906 12 1 Elliott Sadler 121.821 13 98 Aric Almirola (i) 121.428 14 48 Brennan Poole # 121.336 15 43 Jeb Burton 121.205 16 6 Darrell Wallace Jr 121.167 17 39 Ryan Sieg 121.022 18 28 Dakoda Armstrong 120.923 19 14 JJ Yeley 120.915 20 11 Blake Koch 120.414 21 16 Ryan Reed 120.414 22 24 Matt Tifft (i) 120.173 23 15 Jeff Green 119.715 24 51 Jeremy Clements 119.477 25 4 Ross Chastain 119.425 26 44 David Starr 119.291 27 89 Morgan Shepherd 118.899 28 01 Ryan Preece # 118.892 29 78 BJ McLeod # 118.819 30 46 Brandon Gdovic 118.591 31 90 Mario Gosselin 118.240 32 0 Garrett Smithley # 118.182 33 13 Timmy Hill (i) 117.862 34 52 Joey Gase 117.805 35 25 Harrison Rhodes 117.790 36 07 Ray Black Jr # 117.552 37 40 Carl Long 117.408 38 97 Ryan Ellis 117.265 39 70 Derrike Cope 115.856
Results from Richmond heat races
Heat 1 Finish Start Car Driver 1 3 20 Erik Jones * 2 2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr . 3 1 18 Matt Tifft 4 7 48 Brennan Poole * 5 4 1 Elliott Sadler 6 8 6 Darrell Wallace Jr . 7 5 33 Brandon Jones 8 6 62 Brendan Gaughan 9 15 5 Cole Custer 10 12 44 J.J. Yeley 11 9 43 Jeb Burton 12 11 51 Jeremy Clements 13 10 28 Dakoda Armstrong 14 14 14 Jeff Green 15 13 07 Ray Black Jr . 16 16 25 Harrison Rhodes 17 17 97 Ryan Ellis 18 19 40 Carl Long 19 18 70 Derrike Cope 20 20 89 Morgan Shepherd * Erik Jones and Brennan Poole are Dash 4 Cash-eligible for the main race. Heat 2 Finish Start Car Driver 1 5 3 Ty Dillon* 2 3 7 Justin Allgaier* 3 2 19 Daniel Suarez 4 4 22 Brad Keselowski (i) 5 1 2 Austin Dillon (i) 6 6 42 Justin Marks 7 9 4 Ross Chastain 8 10 11 Blake Koch 9 7 16 Ryan Reed 10 8 39 Ryan Sieg 11 20 21 Spencer Gallagher (i) 12 11 01 Ryan Preece # 13 12 0 Garrett Smithley # 14 13 78 BJ McLeod # 15 16 15 Travis Kvapil (i) 16 15 52 Joey Gase 17 17 74 Mike Harmon 18 14 90 Todd Peck 19 18 13 Timmy Hill (i) 20 19 93 Josh Wise (i) * Ty Dillon and Justin Allgaier are Dash 4 Cash-eligible for the main race.
Results from Bristol heat races
RELATED: How Dash 4 Cash works " Full D4C coverage Heat race 1 Finish Start Car Driver 1 1 20 Erik Jones # 2 2 42 Kyle Larson (i) 3 3 18 Kyle Busch (i) 4 4 7 Justin Allgaier 5 5 33 Brandon Jones # 6 7 62 Brendan Gaughan 7 8 6 Darrell Wallace Jr 8 10 1 Elliott Sadler 9 11 16 Ryan Reed 10 9 48 Brennan Poole # 11 6 4 Ross Chastain 12 14 15 Jeff Green 13 15 24 Matt Tifft (i) 14 16 46 Brandon Gdovic 15 18 25 Harrison Rhodes 16 13 28 Dakoda Armstrong 17 17 52 Joey Gase 18 20 74 Mike Harmon 19 19 13 Timmy Hill (i) 20 12 10 Matt DiBenedetto (i) Heat race 2 Finish Start Car Driver 1 1 2 Austin Dillon (i) 2 5 3 Ty Dillon 3 3 22 Joey Logano (i) 4 2 19 Daniel Suarez 5 6 88 Kevin Harvick (i) 6 4 98 Aric Almirola (i) 7 8 43 Jeb Burton 8 7 11 Blake Koch 9 11 51 Jeremy Clements 10 9 39 Ryan Sieg 11 10 90 Mario Gosselin 12 15 44 David Starr 13 13 01 Ryan Preece # 14 16 78 BJ McLeod # 15 18 0 Garrett Smithley # 16 19 97 Ryan Ellis 17 20 70 Derrike Cope 18 17 07 Ray Black Jr # 19 14 14 JJ Yeley 20 12 93 Josh Wise (i)
21 Questions with Ryan Blaney and Jason Jones
Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 21 Ford, asks Jason Jones, star of the new TBS comedy series The Detour, 21 hard hitting questions.
Gordon's love for Charlotte lasting, 22 years after first win
Photo credit: Charlotte Motor Speedway CONCORD, N.C. – With its close proximity to race shops, Charlotte Motor Speedway is known as the home track for most of the NASCAR community. But Tuesday's gathering at the 1.5-mile speedway had more of a tourist feel, as fans hailed from places near and far. There was the man from Bakersfield, California, – "Harvick country," he states proudly – the fan from Switzerland, the Canadian couple and everyone in between. They wore different numbers on their shirts and spoke with different accents, but they were all there to see one man. Mr. Jeff Gordon . The FOX Sports analyst and four-time NASCAR champion helped celebrate the 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder leading up to Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) by taking photos with 100 Charlotte ticketholders. Despite Gordon's retirement following his championship run last season, the fandom was as feverous as ever, as each visitor itched to exchange a few words with the former No. 24 driver. "It's slightly different (now) because many of them say a lot of the same things, 'I wish you were out there,' (or) 'I miss you being out there,'" Gordon said of the fans. "But I'm getting a lot of great comments about being up in the booth, so it's nice. I'm enjoying myself, so I think it comes across in the broadcast and interacting with the fans, I get to hear that from them as well." Gordon and the fans stood on the roof of the infield's Champion's Pavilion, the spot providing the group a birds-eye view of the quad oval. The track is impressive; a feeling Gordon reciprocates, as he recalls the first time he laid eyes on it. "I think it doesn't mean the same to everybody," Gordon said, "but for me, the very first time I ever came to North Carolina … when I drove by this facility, I was blown away. I'd seen Indianapolis Motor Speedway , but beyond that, I'd never seen anything that looked like this. Just the appearance of it put me in awe." Gordon found success at Charlotte early in his career, earning a runner-up result in his first race at the North Carolina track in 1993. And on Sunday, he'll broadcast his first Coca-Cola 600 ; 22 years after he earned his first-ever win in the Cup Series in the '94 running of the 600-mile event. The win put Gordon on the racing map and made folks wonder about this young "kid" from California who was driving nose-to-nose with Dale Earnhardt. RELATED: See all the winners of the longest race in NASCAR But Gordon's love affair with Charlotte began before the Victory Lane celebration. "When I drove a stock car here for the first time, I just fell in love with it," Gordon said. "I love the way the track flows, the banking, the grip level, bumps and everything that comes along with it. And of course, winning my first race, having it happen in the 600." The longest race on the Cup circuit, the Coca-Cola 600 has long been revered as one of NASCAR's biggest races – one of the sport's "Majors," as Gordon says. "Daytona, here, Brickyard, maybe a Southern 500, some would also say Talladega." Gordon said, rattling off a list of stock car racing's biggest events. "But this is a big, big deal to win this race. To me, it's probably second or third ranking in our series as far as most prestigious events." Winning the coveted Coca-Cola 600 trophy is no easy feat – the man who has won three of those races can tell you that. With the cars being more advanced today and eliminating some of the physical aspect, Gordon emphasizes the continued need for mental toughness. "You're talking about a minimum of four hours being in the car," Gordon said. "Pit crews, crew chiefs, everyone's on edge, not just the drivers … (They're) pushing the limits every single lap, which is not the way it used to be. You used to pace yourself and be able to manage the tires and your car and you could still be competitive at the end of the day – if you were in one piece. "That's not the case anymore – it's just all out. So, that mentally drains you by pushing that hard for that period of time." RELATED: Gordon embraces new career with 'contagious' energy The task of taming a 600-mile monster is daunting, especially for younger drivers. Gordon's No. 24 replacement Chase Elliott will attempt the feat, as he prepares to make his second Coca-Cola 600 start. Elliott, now in his rookie season, started 28th and finished 18th in the 2015 Coca-Cola 600 , then driving the No. 25 for Hendrick Motorsports . As for any advice from the former boss of the No. 24? Gordon said his 20-year-old successor doesn't need it. "I haven't had to give him much advice on the race track," Gordon said. "He's a natural … He gets better every weekend. "I'm excited for that 24 team. I had to defend a lot with fans being upset about them keeping the No. 24 and I said, 'Just wait, just wait, I think you're going to be proud of the results.' And now, I'm starting to see everybody's now saying, 'What a great replacement for the 24!' " Gordon's statement was validated by fans sporting Elliott-themed shirts earlier, one young boy in particular wearing a blue No. 24 NAPA hat. This fan will likely grow up knowing Elliott -- rather than Gordon -- as the driver of the legendary No. 24 Chevrolet. It's a mark of a racing transition, a generational shift. And Gordon loves it. "Listen, I love seeing the sport grow," he said. "I'm still heavily involved in the sport, not just from the FOX side, but from Hendrick Motorsports . And I think the sport is amazing right now. The racing is as good as it's ever been. We have some great young talents. Not to mention veterans that are doing great things … I'm all for bringing new fans and seeing fans get excited about it, people like Chase or Ryan Blaney or Kyle Larson . "I support it 100 percent."
Ty Dillon, Erik Jones top Friday practices at Charlotte
PRACTICE 2: Results Richard Childress Racing 's Ty Dillon topped the board in the XFINITY Series' final practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Sitting behind the wheel of his No. 3 Chevrolet, Dillon laid down a field-fast lap of 181.342 mph. Landing in the runner-up spot was Joe Gibbs Racing 's Daniel Suarez in the No. 19 Toyota (181.056 mph) with his teammate Erik Jones -- who topped opening practice -- right behind him to take third in the No. 20 (180.379 mph). Defending race winner Austin Dillon , who is pulling double duty this weekend, was fourth-quickest on the speed charts at 180.210 mph. Rounding out the top five was the No. 48 Chevrolet of Brennan Poole , who wheeled his Chip Ganassi Racing entry around CMS at 179.958 mph. Next on the agenda for the XFINITY Series is Saturday's Coors Light Pole Qualifying (11:15 a.m. ET, FS1) for the Hisense 4K TV 300 (2:30 p.m. ET, FS1). PRACTICE 1: Results Two-time 2016 XFINITY Series winner Erik Jones scored the fastest lap during the series' opening practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway . The No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing wheelman topped the leaderboard at 181.159 mph. Next on the speed charts was fellow JGR driver -- and Sprint Cup Series regular -- Denny Hamlin , driving the No. 18 Toyota at 180.584 mph. This weekend marks the first XFINITY Series start of the season for the Daytona 500 winner. Fellow Sprint Cup regular Ryan Blaney was third-quickest after propelling his No. 12 Team Penske Ford around the 1.5-mile track at 179.874 mph. Daniel Suarez 's No. 19 JGR entry (179.826 mph) and the No. 3 of Richard Childress Racing 's Ty Dillon (179.468 mph) were fourth and fifth, respectively. Defending race winner Austin Dillon was right behind his brother in sixth (179.378 mph).
'Hero' moment for Ty Dillon as Richard Childress makes NASCAR Hall
CONCORD, N.C. -- Richard Childress has many titles to Ty Dillon : Team owner, hunting buddy, grandfather. And now NASCAR Hall of Famer, thanks to a moment that Dillon and his family -- including brother and fellow driver Austin -- weren't expecting Wednesday. "I was actually standing with my mom when I got a text message, 'Congratulations to your grandfather,'" Dillon said on Thursday during a media availability at Charlotte Motor Speedway . "We were like, 'No way!' We weren't even expecting this year. I'm so happy for him." Childress is part of the five-person 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame class that was unveiled Wednesday. Joining Childress in the Hall will be Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin , Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons. H. Clay Earles was named the recipient of the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. "I think at first, I called him probably five minutes after I found out -- I'm sure he was getting all kinds of calls -- it seemed like it hadn't set in for him yet," Dillon said of his first communication with his grandfather after learning Childress had made the Hall of Fame. "He's a hard worker so he's always thinking about what's going on next. "I saw him this morning (at an appearance at Bass Pro Shops). First thing I did was just give him a big hug because I was proud of him. He's very happy today and excited, and it's well-deserved." Childress, 70, began his career as a driver, making his first NASCAR start in 1969, and he went on to score six top-five finishes and 76 top-10 finishes over 12 years and 285 starts. He formed Richard Childress Racing in 1969 and eventually teamed with NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt for six championships. In his storied history as an owner, Childress is the first to have owner championships in all three NASCAR national series, and his 11 driver championships are second all-time. RCR has 212 NASCAR national series victories: 105 wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, 76 wins in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and 31 wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The bond Dillon and Childress share is much more than that of your typical grandfather and grandson. "He's my hero and glad that I get to spend time with him not only in our sport but every day at the shop and away from it, when we're hunting and hanging out with family," Dillon said. RCR currently fields Chevrolets for three full-time teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ( Austin Dillon in the No. 3, Paul Menard in the No. 27 and Ryan Newman in the No. 31) and four full-time teams in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (Menard/Dillon primarily in the No. 2, Ty Dillon in the No. 3, Brandon Jones in the No. 33 and Brendan Gaughan in the No. 62). "He's such a focused individual about making this race team great again." Ty Dillon said. "I think this is a moment that is going to be big for him for feeling like he's finally made it. He's the first one at the shop every single day and the last one to leave. Working hard like he did way back when he had a $20 race car. I think it's finally a moment for him to sit back and realize what he's accomplished and hopefully it continues to set in for the rest of the week."