Ellis makes hard contact with wall
Ryan Ellis receives heavy damage after making contact with the outside wall at Dover International Speedway.
Logano, crews, teams answer call at young fan's funeral
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Upon his arrival in Phoenix Thursday, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano spent time at the Phoenix Children's Hospital where he met with kids, handed out NASCAR merchandise and made a $5,000 donation to the hospital through his Joey Logano Foundation. Such efforts always leave a lasting impression; Thursday's even more so. Only one day earlier, Logano and his wife, Brittany, attended the funeral for 5-year-old Jake Leatherman in Hickory, North Carolina. Leukemia claimed the youngster, an avid fan of NASCAR in general and Richard Petty in particular. The couple were among the many members of the NASCAR community who responded to a grieving family and a mother's request. Brittany Logano had learned of the child's story while in Texas for last weekend's Sprint Cup race, seeing a Facebook post by Charlotte television reporter Molly Grantham. "She had just watched the video and told me about him and how he was a big race fan," Logano said, "and I thought it would be cool if we could do something for his funeral." The Loganos provided a small race suit with Leatherman's name on it, and because he was big fan of Petty, the suit included the seven-time champion's famous No. 43 car number. But it didn't stop there. "It wasn't just Brittany and myself," Logano, driver of the No. 22 Ford for Team Penske , said. "There were around 100 team members there (at the funeral). It was one of the most real moments, one of the proudest moments I have been a part of in this NASCAR community. … We compete against every week out here at the race track and fight the crap out of each other every week. To come together as one team and be NASCAR as a whole for a child that who looked at us as superheroes. That is how his family members described what he thought of NASCAR." According to WBTV, fellow drivers Matt DiBenedetto , Ryan Ellis and J.J. Yeley were among those in attendance. Crewmen and crew chiefs turned out. Driver firesuits and crewmen uniforms replaced coats and ties. Logano said he was "bummed" that he never got to meet the youngster. "We all came together and were all there for him but we didn't get to meet him and give him his race suit and how cool he would have thought that was," he said. "To see all his heroes and pit crew members there that day would have been very special." It was one of the most difficult things he's had to do, but Logano said it was "also one of the most impressive things, to see our NASCAR community come together like that. It was definitely eye opening and it puts life into perspective. "I don't have a kid yet but I can’t even imagine – watching his mom and dad and sister and grandparents all there it tore my heart out." And that was still fresh on his mind when Logano arrived at the Children’s hospital in Phoenix for Thursday's previously scheduled event. "It sure made that visit different for me," he said.
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.
Top consecutive 10-lap averages for Texas
Practice 1: Results Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 24 Chase Elliott # 16 25 181.325 2 44 Brian Scott # 5 14 180.716 Practice 2: Results Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 19 Carl Edwards (C) 1 10 183.137 2 3 Austin Dillon 1 10 182.523 3 31 Ryan Newman 1 10 182.522 4 18 Kyle Busch (C) 19 28 181.828 5 15 Clint Bowyer 1 10 181.818 6 1 Jamie McMurray 1 10 181.810 7 42 Kyle Larson 1 10 181.706 8 2 Brad Keselowski 24 33 181.636 9 48 Jimmie Johnson (C) 1 10 181.439 10 20 Matt Kenseth (C) 18 27 181.422 11 34 Chris Buescher # 1 10 181.360 12 95 Michael McDowell 5 14 181.254 13 11 Denny Hamlin (C) 7 16 180.956 14 21 * Ryan Blaney # 15 24 180.550 15 27 Paul Menard 17 26 180.352 16 5 Kasey Kahne 9 18 180.269 17 47 AJ Allmendinger 19 28 180.205 18 44 Brian Scott # 19 28 180.195 19 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr . 28 37 180.059 20 78 Martin Truex Jr . 19 28 180.053 21 10 Danica Patrick 1 10 179.377 22 24 Chase Elliott # 11 20 179.358 23 43 Aric Almirola 17 26 179.269 24 6 Trevor Bayne 19 28 179.093 25 4 Kevin Harvick (C) 16 25 178.449 26 83 Matt DiBenedetto 6 15 176.445 Practice 3: Results Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 78 Martin Truex Jr . 1 10 184.413 2 24 Chase Elliott # 1 10 184.197 3 2 Brad Keselowski 1 10 184.191 4 22 Joey Logano (C) 1 10 183.859 5 19 Carl Edwards (C) 1 10 183.852 6 3 Austin Dillon 1 10 183.725 7 20 Matt Kenseth (C) 1 10 183.593 8 31 Ryan Newman 1 10 183.461 9 21 * Ryan Blaney # 1 10 183.127 10 1 Jamie McMurray 9 18 182.165 11 15 Clint Bowyer 1 10 182.001 12 10 Danica Patrick 1 10 181.994 13 4 Kevin Harvick (C) 24 33 181.751 14 34 Chris Buescher # 1 10 181.669 15 48 Jimmie Johnson (C) 26 35 181.503 16 88 Alex Bowman (i) 22 31 181.318 17 13 Casey Mears 1 10 181.287 18 16 Greg Biffle 16 25 180.947 19 5 Kasey Kahne 23 32 180.909 20 42 Kyle Larson 14 23 180.432 21 47 AJ Allmendinger 19 28 180.366 22 18 Kyle Busch (C) 26 35 179.947 23 27 Paul Menard 28 37 179.922 24 11 Denny Hamlin (C) 22 31 179.581 25 41 Kurt Busch (C) 21 30 179.305 26 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr . 6 15 179.238 27 6 Trevor Bayne 23 32 178.983 28 83 Matt DiBenedetto 1 10 178.801 29 44 Brian Scott # 13 22 178.252 30 43 Aric Almirola 23 32 178.044 31 93 * Ryan Ellis (i) 1 10 177.479 32 23 David Ragan 1 10 177.317 33 46 Michael Annett 1 10 176.402 34 38 Landon Cassill 22 31 176.278 -- Car must run 10 consecutive laps on the track to be included in the above charts. (C) indicates driver is in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . (#) indicates Sunoco Rookie of the Year Candidate. (*) indicates driver required to qualify on time. (i) indicates ineligible for Sprint Cup championship points.
GarageCam heats up for the finale in Homestead
GarageCam host Matthew Dillner takes you through the NASCAR XFINITY Series garage as teams prepare for the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
NXS GarageCam gears up for Phoenix, celebrates Veterans Day
Matthew Dillner welcomes back NASCAR K&N Pro Series driver and member of the U.S. Navy, Jesse Iwuji, to pay respect on Veterans Day and tour the NASCAR XFINITY Series garage at Phoenix International Raceway.
Reactions to Monster Energy being named NASCAR entitlement sponsor
NASCAR announced on Thursday in Las Vegas that Monster Energy would become the new entitlement sponsor of stock car auto racing's premier series. Needless to say, the NASCAR community was thrilled with the news. Happy to see the fusion of @NASCAR , the sport I love & @MonsterEnergy , the brand I love. Future is bright...proud to be part of both. #KB41 pic.twitter.com/CpwnZRrukH — Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) December 1, 2016 Wow! @MonsterEnergy https://t.co/asVCzDghNZ — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) December 1, 2016 Cutting edge brand that has the potential to bring a millennial fan base to our sport. https://t.co/tqpAf52B0F — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) December 1, 2016 Big for the sport. https://t.co/avLVnaR6bg — Ryan Blaney (@Blaney) December 1, 2016 Pretty fired up about this. Welcome @MonsterEnergy https://t.co/72QVMLe4S8 — Ryan Truex (@Ryan_Truex) December 1, 2016 Looks like @MonsterEnergy will be the new sponsors for the Cup Series! #Nascar pic.twitter.com/dRvhWz8o9j — Joey Gase Racing (@JoeyGaseRacing) December 1, 2016 Wow that's great! Hopefully this will bring a younger crowd to @NASCAR . Congrats @MonsterEnergy ! https://t.co/04gtBzVRMh — Tanner Berryhill (@tannerberryhill) December 1, 2016 Way to go @NASCAR , big initiative to engage younger audience. This is a huge step in that direction! @MonsterEnergy — Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) December 1, 2016 Awesome to see @MonsterEnergy as the new entitlement partner. Great brand with a lot of energy. Can't wait for Daytona #NASCAR — Ben Kennedy (@BenKennedy33) December 1, 2016 Excited for @MonsterEnergy to sponsor the series i think it's a great move for our sport! — Ty Dillon (@tydillon) December 1, 2016 We're excited to hear @MonsterEnergy , "The Official Energy Drink of Pocono Raceway " is now sponsoring @NASCAR 's Premier Series in 2017! pic.twitter.com/LTlx3AodjZ — Pocono Raceway (@poconoraceway) December 1, 2016 Thrilled to have you on board, @MonsterEnergy ! https://t.co/YBRfWos4KE — Richmond Raceway (@RIRInsider) December 1, 2016 Welcome to the @NASCAR family @MonsterEnergy ! We'll see you soon for #Speedweeks and the #DAYTONA500 ! https://t.co/oRIZmXJQoo — Daytona IntlSpeedway (@DISupdates) December 1, 2016 It’s Official, Monster Energy replace Sprint as the new NASCAR Premier Series Sponsor! #NASCAR Welcome to the Family @MonsterEnergy — Martinsville Spdway (@MartinsvilleSwy) December 1, 2016 Welcome to the family @MonsterEnergy @NASCAR pic.twitter.com/eCHuHPEjpJ — Steve O'Donnell (@odsteve) December 1, 2016
Who is Ryan Reed?
Ryan Reed goes into depth with Omar Amador about his growth as a NASCAR XFINITY Series driver, being diagnosed with diabetes and his Mexican roots.
21 Questions with Ryan Blaney and Chuck Norris
Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 21 Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, puts Chuck Norris, popular actor and martial arts expert on the clock with a set of 21 questions.
The Rundown: New Hampshire driver grades
RELATED: Complete race results " Updated Chase Grid Breaking down the full field for the New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: 1. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Not even a hiccup on pit road during the second caution could derail the No. 20 team. Remember this for when the Sprint Cup Series returns to Loudon for the second Chase race: Kenseth has won two in a row at New Hampshire and three of the past six. Grade: A 2. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing. Smoke's third top five in the past four races gives him 185 for his career, tying Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett for 16th all time. And to think that just a few weeks ago the discussion was whether Stewart would crack the top 30. Grade: A+ 3. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske. The No. 22 team used the race as a test for the September race at Loudon and still finished in the top five for the fifth time in the past six weeks. Grade: A 4. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing. Great finish, but the continued woes on pit road are troubling -- especially this late into the season. Grade: A- 5. Greg Biffle, No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing. Fact 1: Taking a wave around followed by another caution enabled Biffle (and others, as you will see) to post a great finish, despite running only 20 laps in the top 15. Fact 2: In racing, you're ultimately judged by where you finish. And Biffle has his first top five since last September at Loudon. Grade: B+ 6. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing. McMurray said his goal was to minimize mistakes to keep alive his Chase chances, yet he found himself jousting side-by-side with Denny Hamlin with 21 laps to go. Fortunately for McMurray, they traded only paint, and McMurray was able to post his second-consecutive top 10 and take advantage of Dale Earnhardt Jr. 's absence to move up a spot to 14th in the standings. Grade: A 7. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing. Newman was part of the wave-around gang and left Loudon a solid 12th in the standings. Sometimes, timing is everything: Newman's average running position for the day, 21.0, was the worst among top-10 finishers, just below Greg Biffle's 20.4. Grade: B 8. Kyle Busch, No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing. Busch led a race-high 133 laps, the first time since last September at Chicagoland he has led the most laps and not won. Grade: A 9. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing. Hamlin ran with the leaders all afternoon. He stayed out on the fourth caution and restarted with the lead on Lap 269. He held it one more lap before Matt Kenseth passed him. But his dust-up with Jamie McMurray caused a tire rub on the No. 11 and a pit stop on the sixth caution. Grade: A 10. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. , No. 17 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing. Stenhouse spent all of 30 laps in the top 15 but was one of the drivers who parlayed the wave around on the fifth caution into a good finish. Grade: B 11. Ryan Blaney , No. 21 Ford, Wood Brothers Racing. Blaney fell from 11th to 25th after serving a pit road speeding penalty on Lap 184. He was able to avoid a points calamity with a wave around on the fifth caution. He's 17th in the standings, two points behind Trevor Bayne and 16 behind 15th-place Dale Earnhardt Jr. Grade: B- 12. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports. The polesitter led the first lap, and that was it. He did, however, post his best finish since coming home third at Charlotte in May. Grade: B 13. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing. A solid finish enabled Dillon to take advantage of Dale Earnhardt Jr. 's absence and move up a spot to 13th in the standings. Grade: B 14. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing. Danica also was a wave-around winner Sunday, finishing well ahead of her 23.7 average running position. It was her second-best finish of the season. Grade: B- 15. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske. Keselowski was having a great day until he found himself sandwiched between teammate Joey Logano low and Kurt Busch high with fewer than 20 laps to go. Keselowski made contact with both and cut a tire, ending any chances for a better finish. Grade: B 16. Martin Truex Jr. , No. 78 Toyota, Furniture Row Racing. Truex had a great car and led 123 laps until ... his gear shift broke with fewer than 50 laps to go and then his clutch went, meaning he had trouble leaving pit road and trouble on restarts. Pit road was Truex's problem, restarts was everyone else's. Grade: C 17. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing. Running seventh, Larson's fate was sealed with 15 laps to go when Ryan Newman got into the back of Carl Edwards , who hit Larson and sent him spinning. It could have been a lot worse. Grade: B 18. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing. Menard finished 18th for the second week in a row and fifth time this season. If you think I'm counting, you're right. Grade: C 19. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports. Almirola's streak without a top-10 finish hit 20 races. Grade: C 20. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing. It was unintentional, but Ryan Newman got into the back of Edwards with 15 laps to go, touching off the final caution. Edwards had a top-10 car and was running eighth when it happened. Grade: B 21. AJ Allmendinger, No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing. Allmendinger rolled off the grid 10th but couldn't convert his best start at Loudon since September 2010 into a quality finish. A penalty for his crew over the wall too soon on Lap 222 didn't help. Grade: C 22. Kurt Busch, No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing. Running in the top 10, Busch was up top on a three-wide with Joey Logano low and Brad Keselowski in the middle. Contact with Keselowski resulted in a tire rub and a couple of laps later a blown left-rear tire. It is only the fourth time this season Busch has finished outside the top 10. Even with the blowout, he still had an average running position of 7.0. Grade: B 23. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing. 'Twas not Bayne's day. He completed zero laps in the top 15, and if it weren't for the lucky dog on Lap 277, his finish would have been worse. He also benefitted from Dale Earnhardt Jr. absence. Bayne is 16th in points, 14 behind Junior. Grade: C- 24. Clint Bowyer, No. 15 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports. This was not the same Clint Bowyer who has two wins and seven top 10s at New Hampshire. Maybe next year. Grade: C 25. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports. Kahne was one of the bigger losers Sunday. He had a solid top-15 car and was vying for a top-10 finish when he was collected in the Ryan Newman - Carl Edwards - Kyle Larson wreck and his promising day went south with 15 laps to go. He dropped a spot to 18th in the standings. Grade: B- 26. Alex Bowman , No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports. Bowman was the story of the day, subbing for Dale Earnhardt Jr. , who missed the race because of concussion-like symptoms. He was staring at the best finish of his young Sprint Cup career when a tire went down and he hit the wall on Lap 273 while running eighth. Grade: B 27. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing. Mears improved his finish a handful of spots thanks to the lucky dog on the final caution. Grade: C- 28. Landon Cassill , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports. Cassill posted his second-best finish at New Hampshire in his past seven starts at the track. Grade: C 29. Chris Buescher , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports. Buescher brought out the second caution when he spun on Lap 100 trying to avoid Josh Wise , who had slowed just ahead of him. He finished two laps down. Grade: C 30. David Ragan , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing. An unscheduled pit stop under green on Lap 130 for a vibration costs Ragan a better finish. He was running in the top 25 at the time. Grade: C 31. Matt DiBenedetto, No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing. DiBenedetto's finish tied for his best since a 30th-place run at Kansas in May. Grade: D 32. Regan Smith , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing. Smith was making his first start at New Hampshire since September 2012 when he finished 16th. Grade: D 33. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports. Annett's run of top-30 finishes ended at two (20th at Daytona, 26th at Kentucky). Grade: D 34. Chase Elliott , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports. Elliott sustained a tire rub as cars made contact behind the hobbled car of Martin Truex Jr. on the restart on Lap 269. Four laps later, while running in the top 10, the tire blew. Even with the poor finish, Elliott still had an average running position of 10.2. Grade: C 35. Reed Sorenson , No. 55 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Just like Michael Annett , Sorenson's run of top-30 finishes ended at two (22nd at Daytona, 27th at Kentucky). Grade: D 36. Eddie MacDonald , No. 32 Ford, GO FAS Racing. MacDonald, a K&N Pro Series East veteran from Massachusetts, made his third Sprint Cup Series start, all in the No. 32 Ford at New Hampshire. Last July he finished 37th and the year before 35th. Grade: C- 37. Ryan Ellis , No. 98 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Ellis also made his third Sprint Cup Series start but first at New Hampshire. He finished nine laps back Sunday. Grade C- 38. Brian Scott , No. 44 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports. A fluid leak caused Scott's brakes to fail. He finished 23 laps back. Grade: F 39. Michael McDowell , No. 95 Chevrolet, Circle Sport-Leavine Family. Electrical issues doomed McDowell to his second DNF of the season, all in his past three starts. Grade: F 40. Josh Wise , No. 30 Chevrolet, The Motorsports Group. One week after his best finish of the season (24th at Kentucky), Wise got his fifth DNF (accident). Grade: F &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;