Post- Race Reactions: Sam's Town 300
Mark Martin, Trevor Bayne and others talk about a difficult race in Sin City.
Press Pass: Sam Hornish Jr.
Sam Hornish Jr. comments on his second career NASCAR Nationwide Series victory after the Sam's Town 300 .
Press Pass: Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch comments on his second place run after the Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Final Laps: Martin, Patrick make history
Keselowski's flat tire, Mark Martin's record win and Danica Patrick's historic finish make up the last laps of the Sam's Town 300 .
Post-Race Reactions: Las Vegas
Justin Allgaier, Carl Edwards, Trevor Bayne and Denny Hamlin on the exciting Sam's Town 300 finish.
Kennedy knocks rust off to record fourth at Talladega
RELATED: Race results TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Ben Kennedy said he needed to "knock the rust off" his restrictor-plate prowess during Saturday's Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway. For the 25-year-old driver, that meant posting a career-best fourth-place result in only the second XFINITY Series start of his career. "Really happy with the finish," Kennedy said post-race. "Got to Joey (Logano) there at the end -- you're really only as good as whoever's behind us and how close they are behind us when they're all single file there for a while. We even lost the pack, just running wide open. So, it was a lot of fun and got a lot of out of it." Kennedy has a nearly-full plate this season, splitting 21 races between driving Richard Childress Racing's No. 2 Chevrolet (nine races) and with GMS Racing (12 races). His next turn behind the wheel comes up quickly at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 27 with GMS Racing. "I'm just looking to be competitive," Kennedy said. "My goal was, laying out the options over the offseason, to go be in something that we could go win races in, no matter what series." While Kennedy has three full-time Camping World Truck Series seasons (2014-2016) on his resume, Saturday's Talladega race was his first start in one of NASCAR's three major series this season. Waiting for his turn has been "long," he joked. "It kills you sitting on the sidelines watching Truck and XFINITY races," Kennedy said. "But at the same time in the back of my head, I knew good things were to come, with RCR cars and running GMS as well. I'm really looking forward to the season. It was tough -- I still stayed busy with some Legends stuff -- but it's good to be back at the race track for a reason." With the 300 -miler at Talladega marking only the second XFINITY Series race of his career (his series debut was at Iowa in 2016), Kennedy does believe he'll experience some growing pains as he continues throughout his season. "Honestly, just trying to get back in the car and get used to things again," Kennedy said. "This XFINITY car drives so different from what I'm used to. That's going to be a whole new learning curve." That being said, a fourth-place at always-menacing Talladega doesn't hurt a driver's self-confidence behind the wheel moving forward. "This (finish) gives you a lot of confidence and momentum and it's just one of the first times I've had some good fortune here at Talladega," Kennedy said. "So, it's rare, but I'll take it." &amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Poole seeks redemption for Talladega near-win
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Talladega TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Around this time last year at Talladega Superspeedway, Brennan Poole experienced the thrill of winning, followed by the sinking feeling of third-place disappointment in a matter of minutes. This weekend's Sparks Energy 300 marks the XFINITY Series' first stop at the Alabama superspeedway since that day -- which brings some unfinished business for the No. 48 team. "Our guys have been calling it 'redemption weekend' this week," Poole said Friday at the Talladega Media Center with a slight smile. Poole's No. 48 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet was running third in the final overtime lap of the April 30, 2016 XFINITY Series event at Talladega, when the seas – the seas being leader Joey Logano and second-place driver Elliott Sadler -- seemed to part with a hard wreck triggered by the pair on the final turn. Poole shot through the middle, cheering inside the car for what he and NASCAR announcers thought was his first career XFINITY Series win. However, after further review, NASCAR officials ruled that Sadler's No. 1 Chevrolet was ahead when the caution flag waved -- which freezes the field per NASCAR overtime rules -- thus awarding the victory to Sadler's JR Motorsports camp. RELATED: Poole wins fans after losing in Talladega Saturday's 300 -miler is a chance for Poole to finally nab that first career win in the series that has eluded him for 58 races. "Last year, this is where we were the closest (to a win)," Poole said. "It seems like for whatever reason I can just finish third -- I've got several thirds, I need to break the plane a little bit and get up to battle for some of these wins and lead some laps and just be a little bit more in contention." But that third-place run at Talladega a year ago seemed to spark something for Poole's No. 48 team; more than 77 percent of his 22 top-10 finishes have come since that day, most recently a trio of eighth-place results at Phoenix, Fontana and Bristol this season. "We definitely have a lot of confidence coming into this weekend," Poole said. "But really, even last week, these next string of races are really good tracks for me. Richmond, we were really fast and qualified really well, we just didn't have the race go the way that we wanted it to … Then going to Charlotte, last year, we ran in the top five both races and had a parts failure that kept us from moving on in the playoffs. "I'm excited about these next several weeks and feel like we have just as good of an opportunity as anybody." One of the beauties of Talladega and all of its restrictor-plate glory is that its Alabama asphalt is practically breeding ground for first-time winners and surprise visitors to Victory Lane. Think Brad Keselowski (2009), Ken Schrader (1988), Dick Brooks (1973). This -- along with fast cars and a 10th-place spot in the series standings -- gives Poole confidence heading into race weekend. "All the cars handle so good here that there's so many people that have an opportunity to win a race, that literally it could be anybody," Poole said. "So, it's really just about putting yourself in that position to be able to make it happen. "I feel like we've got a good team and a fast car where we feel like we could be up there and be in position to win tomorrow." </p>
Full schedule for Talladega
NASCAR heads to Talladega Superspeedway for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series events. Check out the full weekend schedule below. Note: All times are ET FRIDAY, MAY 5: ON TRACK -- 11:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FS1 -- 1:30-2:25 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FS1 -- 2:30-3:25 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1 -- 4:30-5:25 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1 GARAGECAM ( Watch live ) -- 11 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series -- 2 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series SATURDAY, MAY 6: ON TRACK -- 10:30 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 -- 1 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Sparks Energy 300 (113 laps, 300 .58 miles), FOX -- 4 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX SUNDAY, MAY 7: ON TRACK -- 2 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 (188 laps, 500.08 miles), FOX </p>
High participation scheduled for Charlotte tests
It's a rare occasion when NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams get a day all to themselves for on-track testing, so it's not surprising that more than 40 drivers are expected to take part in an open test May 2 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Multiple teams from JR Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing, Team Penske, Richard Childress Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing are among those slated to participate in the XFINITY Series portion of the test, which is scheduled to run from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. ET at the 1.5-mile facility. Entries from ThorSport Racing, GMS Racing, Red Horse Racing, Kyle Busch Motorsports and Brad Keselowski Racing head up the Camping World Truck Series lineup. Scheduled on-track time for Truck Series teams is 3-9 p.m. ET. RELATED: Travis Pastrana set for NASCAR return, starting with test "We met with the teams about testing and because we knew that Texas was going to be a repave, we'd already heard that Kentucky was going to be another repave and we knew we were looking at a new aero drag and restrictor-plate package at Indy; all the teams got together and asked us to let them have one full-blown test," Wayne Auton, managing director for the XFINITY Series, told NASCAR.com."They voted to have one test and they all picked Charlotte, which works out with the aero package and it's before the two series race there." The schedule mirrors actual race time for the two groups -- the May 27 Hisense 4K TV 300 for the XFINITY Series is scheduled for a 1 p.m. ET start, while the May 19 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 for the Truck Series will begin at 8:30 p.m. ET. Each entry will get six sets of tires for the test and the use of telemetry on the vehicles will be allowed. Teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series have several opportunities to test during the season -- through Goodyear tire tests and organizational tests. XFINITY and Truck Series teams, however, are limited to additional track time during select race weekends. Auton said because of rules changes instituted this year, teams asked for and received additional on-track time at Atlanta and Phoenix. Practice time was also beefed up at Texas because that track underwent a repave earlier this year. The Charlotte test will give teams in the XFINITY Series to gather data from the new aerodynamic package through the use of telemetry on the vehicles. Truck Series teams can run telemetry during extra practice sessions, but Auton said XFINITY Series teams are prohibited from running the data-gathering devices at the request of the teams. Testing is prohibited in the two series with the exception of two developmental tests for drivers with fewer than 10 career starts and two additional tests for those competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. Auton said Monster Energy Series drivers are allowed to participate in the one-day test. "We made suggestion that no Cup drivers could come to the test," he said. "If you look at the numbers in the XFINITY garage for example, that was going to leave a bunch of teams out and wasn't fair. The owners wanted to know 'Why can't we bring our Cup guys if that's who we have driving our cars?' "The (Team) Penske cars wouldn't get to test; the No. 98 (Biagi DenBeste Racing) which is part time with Aric Almirola most of the time, wasn't going to be able to test. The owners called us and said they would like the opportunities to be able to test their cars." According to track officials, grandstands will be open to the public from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. ET. Speedway Club members, season ticket holders, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ticket holders and anyone purchasing Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tickets on Tuesday will get infield access and can view the test session from the Pit Suites overlooking pit road. The Speedway Club will be open for lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ET. Drivers scheduled to participate in the test are: NASCAR XFINITY Series: Kevin Harvick and Cole Custer (Stewart-Haas Racing); Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski (Team Penske); William Byron, Elliott Sadler, Michael Annett and Justin Allgaier (JR Motorsports); Tyler Reddick and Brennan Poole (Chip Ganassi Racing); Brandon Jones, Brendan Gaughan and Daniel Hemric (Richard Childress Racing); Matt Tifft, Christopher Bell and either Denny Hamlin or Erik Jones (Joe Gibbs Racing); Darrell Wallace and Ryan Reed (Roush Fenway Racing); Blake Koch (Kaulig Racing); Ben Kennedy and Spencer Gallagher (GMS Racing); Dakoda Armstrong (JGL Racing), Casey Mears (Biagi DenBeste Racing); and Brandon Brown (King Autosport). Camping World Truck Series: Ryan Truex (Hattori Racing Enterprises); Travis Pastrana (Niece Motorsports); Noah Gragson and Myatt Snider (Kyle Busch Motorsports); Johnny Sauter, Spencer Gallagher, Justin Haley and Kaz Grala (GMS Racing); Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe (Brad Keselowski Racing); Cody Coughlin, Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton and Grant Enfinger (ThorSport Racing); Brett Moffitt and Timothy Peters (Red Horse Racing); John Hunter Nemechek (NEMCO Motorsports); Austin Wayne Self (AM Racing); Austin Hill (Young's Motorsports); and Brandon Jones (MDM Motorsports).
NASCAR TV schedule: May 8-14
What channel is NASCAR programming on this week? We answer that and provide all the weekly NASCAR television listings here. RELATED: Find NBCSN in your area " See Talladega races live All times ET Monday, May 8 3 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane (re-air), FS1 6 a.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: GEICO 500 (re-air), FS1 9:30 a.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: GEICO 500 (re-air), FS2 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 7 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: GEICO 500 (re-air), FS1 Tuesday, May 9 7 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series: Sparks Energy 300 (re-air), FS1 5:30 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 Wednesday, May 10 5:30 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 Thursday, May 11 5:30 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 7 p.m., NASCAR K&N Pro Series East: South Boston Speedway Twin #1 (taped), NBCSN 8 p.m., NASCAR K&N Pro Series East: South Boston Speedway Twin #2 (taped), NBCSN Friday, May 12 11:30 a.m., NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1 (Canada: TSN 2) 12:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS1 1:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1 (Canada: TSN 2) 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., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 (Canada: TSN 2) 8 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Setup Kansas, 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 13 7 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Toyota Tundra 250 (re-air), FS1 12:30 p.m., Contintental Tire SportsCar Challenge: Circuit of the Americas (taped), FS1 7 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay Kansas, FS1 7:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Go Bowling 400, FS1 (Canada: TSN 1, 3, 4) 11 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Toyota Tundra 250 (re-air), FS1 Sunday, May 14 10 a.m., Contintental Tire SportsCar Challenge: Circuit of the Americas (re-air), FS1
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