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Post- Race Reactions: Sam's Town 300
Mark Martin, Trevor Bayne and others talk about a difficult race in Sin City.
Matt Tifft earns 21 Means 21 Pole Award at 'Dega
RELATED: Full lineup Matt Tifft topped the leaderboard during Saturday's single-car qualifying session to earn the 21 Means 21 Pole Award at Talladega Superspeedway . Tifft, in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, posted a fastest lap of 181.168 mph. Tifft's teammate Daniel Suarez will join him on the front row for the Sparks Energy 300 after posting the second-fastest lap during the two-round single-car qualifying event (180.846 mph). Rounding out the top three was the No. 2 of Austin Dillon , soaring around the 2.66-mile track at 180.506 mph. The third JGR entry Erik Jones was fourth-quickest, logging a fast lap of 180.366 mph. Next was the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Ty Dillon (180.217 mph), rounding out the top five. Defending race winner Joey Logano will start on the fourth row in eighth (178.817 mph). Josh Reaume , Derrike Cope and Mike Harmon failed to qualify for the 40-car event. The 300 -mile event is set for 3 p.m. ET (FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Sadler wins 'Dega race after chaotic overtime finish
RELATED: Results " Standings " Frame-by-frame of finish TALLADEGA, Ala. -- On his 41st birthday, Elliott Sadler got an unexpected present. When Saturday's Sparks Energy 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race ended under caution in overtime with the front-runners just short of the finish line, Sadler had the lead, after Joey Logano 's last-ditch attempt to block Sadler in the tri-oval ended with Logano's No. 22 Team Penske Ford plowing nose-first into the outside wall. Brennan Poole got to the finish line first and thought he had won the race, until NASCAR officials reviewed the video of the finish and determined Sadler was ahead when the caution lights illuminated before Poole's No. 48 Chevrolet reached the stripe. "It's a great birthday gift to me," said an emotional Sadler, who broke a 65-race winless streak dating to May 2014 at Talladega. "We really needed this win. I told everybody this morning, 'We've got the car to win this with.' Things went our way, we had a little luck, and we were able to make it at the end." The victory was Sadler's second in the series at Talladega and the 11th of his career, and it came with a deft move as the cars roared into the tri-oval on the second overtime lap. Logano had the lead and blocked Sadler's move to the outside. Sadler dived to the inside and contact between the cars sent Logano's Ford out of control. The two cars collided again, and Logano's No. 22 shot up into the wall, but Sadler was able to maintain control with his left-side tires on the infield grass and kept his JR Motorsports Chevrolet moving forward in the lead until NASCAR called the caution that ended the race. RELATED: Ride with Logano to the finish "I was going to try to get to the outside of Joey," Sadler said. "He made a great block, I went back to the inside and then I just held it straight. I've had some races I've done some good driving and some I've probably done some bad, but I feel like that was one of the best saves I've ever made through the grass to keep it straight." In fact, JR Motorsports got an unexpected double, because Justin Allgaier 's JRM Chevy was inches ahead of Poole's car when the caution flew. Poole took the disappointment with extremely good grace. "I think I'm upbeat today because I had so much fun racing with everybody," he said. "It was just a blast. As I was waiting there (for the decision), I was thinking, 'Man, hopefully the caution didn't come out as early as I think it came out,' and I'm hoping we raced to the line. "But at the same time, (I thought) hopefully NASCAR gets it right. I want the guy who deserves to win the race to be the winner and go by the rules. And according to the rules, Elliott was the winner. I can't be mad about it. It is what it is." RELATED: No hard feelings for Poole after near-win Logano likewise harbored no ill feelings toward Sadler, despite his hard crash into the outside wall. "I know Elliott is a great speedway racer, and he knew what he had to do to win the race, and I knew what I had to do to try to keep him behind me," Logano said. "He went to make the move on the top, and then he pulled it down to the bottom and got it underneath me, and then I was a little late to the block. "He was already there. Around I went and hit a bunch of other stuff along the way." Jeremy Clements finished fourth, a career best, as Chevrolets claimed the top six positions, with Brendan Gaughan fifth and Austin Dillon sixth. Notes: Sadler leaves Talladega tied for the series lead with seventh-place finisher Daniel Suarez -- and with a spot in the first NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase… The victory was the second straight for JR Motorsports, piggy-backing on Dale Earnhardt Jr .'s win last week in Richmond.
Tifft, Wallace top XFINITY practices at Talladega
Practice 2: Results Matt Tifft kicked off the weekend strong, topping final NASCAR XFINITY Series practice at Talladega Superspeedway . Tifft, who was wheeling the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, earned a fastest lap of 181.918 mph. Next was the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Ty Dillon (181.515 mph), last week's Dash 4 Cash winner. Rounding out the top three was the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Brandon Jones (180.346 mph). The No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Daniel Suarez , the current points leader, and No. 51 Chevrolet of Jeremy Clements were fourth and fifth, respectively. The defending race winner Joey Logano finished the 55-minute session 33rd (153.787 mph). Practice 1: Results Darrell Wallace Jr . scooted to the top spot in opening NASCAR XFINITY Series practice Friday at Talladega Superspeedway . Wallace wheeled the Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 Ford to a best lap of 192.413 mph around the 2.66-mile track. He vaulted to the top of the leaderboard with an aerodynamic boost from teammate Ryan Reed , who clocked the second-fastest lap at 192.355 mph in Roush Fenway's No. 16 Ford. Ty Dillon , last week's winner of the Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus from the series sponsor, was third-fastest at 191.827 mph in the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet. Matt Tifft (191.670 mph) was fourth-best in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota with Austin Dillon (190.601) completing the top five in Childress' No. 2 Chevy in early prep for Saturday's Sparks Energy 300 event (3 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Series points leader Daniel Suarez , in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota, wound up 10th of the 43 drivers to turn laps in the opening 55-minute session. Sprint Cup regular Joey Logano , the defending race winner, was 18th-best in Team Penske 's No. 22 Ford.
Poole wins fans as he loses in Talladega review
RELATED: Full results " Standings post-Talladega " See the finish in photos TALLADEGA, Ala. – Brennan Poole won Saturday's XFINITY Series race at Talladega Superspeedway . And then he didn't. After a chaotic finish was ruled final under caution, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender was initially named the Sparks Energy 300 victor before Elliott Sadler was told to bring his No. 1 Chevrolet to Victory Lane, several minutes after the checkered flag flew. Before NASCAR came to that conclusion, however, the pair of drivers each patiently sat on opposite sides of the start/finish line at the 2.66-mile Alabama track, about to swap emotions. "As I was waiting there, one, I was thinking hopefully the caution didn't come out as early as I think it came out and I'm hoping we race to the line but at the same time I'm thinking 'I hope NASCAR gets it right,' " Poole said in his post-race press conference. "I want the guy who deserves to win the race be the winner and go by the rules. And according to the rules, Elliott was the winner. I can't get mad about it. It just is what it is." The finish was certainly among NASCAR's wildest -- both with the wreck that saw Joey Logano get airborne to spark the caution and with the period of time it took to make the final call. The minutes must have felt like an eternity to Poole and Sadler as the running order was sorted out. RELATED: See the finish from the point of view of the No. 48 NASCAR is certain it got it right. "Took us a little time up in the tower. We feel 100 percent that we got it exactly right," said Wayne Auton, XFINITY Series managing director. "We used film, we used eyes. ... We took our time in the tower. "I think all of you saw the 1 and the 48 come and sit at the start/finish line, which was pretty cool, to just have both drivers sit there really calm. ... We used every bit of film that we had; slow down, speed up -- we arrived at the finish we did and that's by using every piece of technology that we had to our availability." RELATED: Auton explains video review process Poole was lauded on social media and by the press for how he handled the situation, being told that he'd picked up his first career NASCAR win at any national level -- on a day which his sponsor, DC Solar, brought droves of people to the track -- only to have it swept out from under him. He had to settle for a third-place finish. It was still a career-best showing for the promising 25-year-old, but moreso it was his post-race demeanor that people will come away remembering. "I was just glad that they were able to take the time to get it right. Happy that the rightful winner has taken the trophy home tonight. I wish it was us, but we were close," said Poole, who now sits eighth in the points standings. "So, Elliott's the winner and it is what it is. It's racing. "Any time you come up a little bit short, it kind of sucks. We've been fast for several weeks this year, we just haven't been able to close a whole race out and that's been tough. "It's been an exciting last couple weeks and certainly this afternoon is one of the most exciting times in my racing career." MORE: See the wild finish
RECAP: Talladega turmoil well timed for Sadler
NASCAR.com's Jonathan Merryman recaps the Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway, which included a fantastic finish that had to be reviewed by NASCAR.
NASCAR explains review of Talladega finish
RELATED: Full race results " Frame-by-frame of finish TALLADEGA, Ala. -- NASCAR XFINITY Series Managing Director Wayne Auton said officials felt "100 percent that we got it exactly right" in flagging Elliott Sadler the winner in Saturday's Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway . The official results were delayed after a hard crash involving Joey Logano and Blake Koch brought out the caution flag as the field raced to the checkered flag following an overtime restart at the fast, 2.66-mile superspeedway. The incident was typical for Talladega and chaotic for officials trying to sort out the running order while also making sure those involved in the incident were attended to as quickly, and a safely, as possible. RELATED: See the wreck that came at the end of the race "At the end of the race we knew that everybody was going to be jockeying for position trying to get that win to get into the XFINITY (Series) Chase," Auton said. "We use every resource we can. Our main goal is to make sure that we got it right. It took us a little time up in the tower. We feel 100 percent that we got it exactly right. We used film … eyes … we took our time in the tower." Video replays from cameras located inside the track, outside the track and from high above were studied not only to determine who was leading the race at the time the yellow flag appeared, but also to determine the running order of others throughout the field. RELATED: Ride with the Nos. 22 and 48 on the final lap Auton said there was never any question about whether the caution was necessary. "Our No. 1 job in this sport is safety of these drivers, safety of crewmembers and of fans," he said. "When you see a car turn hard right … it's pretty scary. With all the safety features we’ve applied, the safer walls that are all the way around all of our race tracks now … and the safety features that we have inside the car, our No. 1 concern was when the 22 car hit (was) to make sure that Joey was OK. "Automatically we went ahead and put out the caution. We felt like it was the right time. As you saw, another car came in and made contact with the 22 when he came off the wall. We need to start getting the guys to roll out of the throttle for the safety of the other drivers." Logano ( Team Penske ) was the leader when the field roared off the fourth turn for a final time. But contact with Sadler -- Logano later said it was likely he that moved down on the JR Motorsports driver -- sent his car into the outside wall. Although Sadler's No. 1 Chevrolet dropped below the yellow line, it was the result of the contact. More importantly, Auton said, Sadler did not advance his position, which the rule does not allow. "He was also forced down there when … he and the 22 car made contact," he said. "In our eyes, he did not gain any positions, he was already there. It was legal by the rules."
Sadler celebrates ‘a great birthday gift’
Elliott Sadler celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway on his 41st birthday.
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.