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Post-Race Reactions: Sargento 200
Danica Patrick, Jacques Villeneuve and others talk about the last-lap incident and the day at Road America.
Driver Sober 200 postponed at Dover
The Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway has been postponed and will be run prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, October 2nd.
Phoenix offers all four XFINITY championship spots for the taking
RELATED: Championship 4 scenarios for Phoenix " Chase Grid The inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Chase still has some business to settle, namely determining which four drivers will square off Nov. 19 for the championship in the Homestead-Miami Speedway finale. With all four berths available heading toward the season's penultimate event, it's a wide-open race. The XFINITY Series will figure out its Championship 4 contenders in Saturday's Round of 8 finale, the Ticket Galaxy 200 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM) at Phoenix International Raceway . Put simply, four drivers will advance and four will be eliminated from the postseason field. Since Sprint Cup Series regulars won the first two events in the three-race round, no XFINITY Series contender has a free pass to the final before Saturday's 200 -miler. Daniel Suarez -- driver of Joe Gibbs Racing 's No. 19 Arris Toyota -- has the favorable perch as the leader in series standings, 17 points clear of the cut-off line. But even with the momentum of nine straight top-10 finishes on his side, last season's Sunoco Rookie of the Year said he knows it's a delicate grip. "With this Chase format you are never in a real comfortable place," Suarez said, "but if we continue to do what we've been doing the last few weeks as a team, I feel like we will be OK. I really enjoy racing at Phoenix and think the track really suits my driving style. We always have such tremendous fan support when we go out there, it's really great to see." Elliott Sadler , Erik Jones and Blake Koch sit behind Suarez in the Chase pecking order, in position to transfer should they maintain their standing in the points. The remaining four -- (in order) Justin Allgaier , Ryan Reed , Darrell Wallace Jr . and Brendan Gaughan -- have ground to make up. Allgaier sits the closest, just one point behind Koch at the cut-off line. It's four more points back to Reed, another 15 back to Wallace and 13 more back to Gaughan. With a certain degree of spacing among the bottom four, any points gains would have to come in sizable chunks. The other, more preferred method of advancing involves a trip to Victory Lane to nix any number-crunching. "I'm not going to worry about the points situation," said Wallace, driver of Roush Fenway Racing 's Leidos No. 6 Ford, repeating a familiar personal refrain. "We just need to go out there and go after the win and then hopefully have a chance at that championship at Homestead. Either way, we are going to have some fun this weekend and give it everything we have." Sealing a Championship 4 spot in style with a win will mean denying one of seven Sprint Cup regulars in the field. Kyle Busch is a nine-time Phoenix winner who has won five of the last seven XFINITY events on the 1-mile track. And Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., a two-time XFINITY champ, will make his first start in the series since 2013, driving Roush Fenway's No. 60 Ford.
Kyle Busch wins at Phoenix; XFINITY title field set
RELATED: Race results " Chase Grid AVONDALE, Ariz. -- It was just another routine Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway for Kyle Busch . But nothing else in the Ticket Galaxy 200 was at all ordinary. All the drama unfolded behind Busch, as eight drivers scrambled for four positions in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase's Championship 4 Round at Homestead-Miami Speedway . Busch led 190 of 200 laps on the way to his 10th NASCAR XFINITY Series victory of the season, his 10th at the 1-mile track and the 86th of his career, extending his own series record. Busch beat runner-up Austin Dillon to the finish line by 6.115 seconds. Ricky Stenhouse Jr . ran third in his first XFINITY Series start since 2013. "It means a lot," said Busch, who won his 170th race across NASCAR's top three touring series. "That's what we set out to do tonight, and we've been really fast here at Phoenix. We've had some great race cars and Chris Gayle (crew chief) and all these guys do such a great job each and every week preparing these things -- and it's fun to win here." Justin Allgaier and Daniel Suarez secured spots in the Championship 4 with respective fourth and fifth-place finishes, as did Erik Jones , who recovered from a pit road mistake on Lap 93 to finish 10th. But the real tension waited until after the race, when Elliott Sadler sat anxiously on pit road as NASCAR officials decided whether loose lug nuts would cost Sadler, the 13th-place finisher, the services of his crew chief, Kevin Meendering, in the season finale. NASCAR found two loose lug nuts, and that means Meendering will serve a suspension next week. Sadler did not know who his crew chief will be at Homestead -- though he was lobbying, somewhat facetiously, for team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr . to take over the pit box. "The emotions of the last 30 minutes have been tough," Sadler said. "We knew one was loose, and one was in question. Kevin's pretty much become my best friend, and Kevin's made me a race car driver again this year." NASCAR XFINITY Series Managing Director Wayne Auton said there was never a possibility of Sadler losing his spot in the Championship 4. "At the end of the race, we bring all the cars down to the entrance of pit road for inspection of the wheels and the lug nuts," Auton said. "We observed that the No. 1 car had two lug nuts not secured to the wheel. With that being said, all the teams were very much aware at the start of the Chase of the violations that could come about. "We've advised the team that they're going to be looking for a crew chief for next week and a monetary fine of about $10,000. It's clearly in the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Rule Book." Blake Koch finished eighth and lost the final Championship 4 position to Sadler by four points. Joining Koch on the Chase sidelines were Ryan Reed , who finished sixth, and Brendan Gaughan and Darrell Wallace Jr ., who were wrecked and eliminated before the race was 150 laps old. Wallace's grandmother passed away during the week before the race, and the No. 6 Ford carried her name, "Granny Jan," above the driver's door. On Lap 148, Koch ducked to the inside off Turn 4 and knocked Wallace's Mustang into the inside frontstretch wall. "My grandmother was giving me the ride of my life," Wallace said, his voice breaking with emotion. "That was the most fun I have had all year. Just circumstances took us out. It's just hard. Thanks, Granny, I love you. We will go on to Homestead and let her ride again." &lt;/p&gt;
Sauter's a veteran, but doesn't believe he's a favorite
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Johnny Sauter won two of the three Chase races in the Round of 6 for the Camping World Truck Series, but the veteran racer says it would be wrong to call him and his GMS Racing team the favorite in Friday night's championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway . "I don't ever consider myself the favorite," Sauter said Thursday at the Loew's Hotel here. "Anything can happen. We've seen it time and time again. I feel really comfortable with where we are as an organization and a team going into this race, but to say that I'm a favorite, that would not be doing ourselves a service." Sauter, Timothy Peters , Christopher Bell and Matt Crafton make up the Chase drivers who will be competing for the series' title in Friday night's Ford EcoBoost 200 (8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Crafton's a two-time series champion (2013-14) and drives for ThorSport Racing; Peters doesn't have a win this season, but has managed to survive through the inaugural Chase for the series to put his Red Horse Racing team in title contention; Bell's the only youngster in the group, a winner at Gateway earlier this year in the No. 4 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Sauter is the only one of the four finalists to bag a win in the Chase -- he went back to back with victories at Martinsville and Texas to advance to the finals. Crafton's had three top five finishes; Peters has four while Bell has posted a pair. That the title group is heavy on veterans isn't a surprise to Sauter, who said the more experienced drivers "just probably through the course of the year raced a little differently than some of the younger guys ... maybe a little bit smarter, and that just comes with experience, taking care of your equipment, things like that." Having spent time in the Sprint Cup , XFINITY and Truck Series, Sauter has seen just about every type of situation arise; for that reason, he said it's unlikely anything can happen that will catch himself or his GMS team off guard. "For me personally, I feel like I've seen and heard and have done it all so nothing would surprise me in the least," he said. "Having said that, I'm going to do everything I can to make sure nothing crazy happens, nothing foolish. "But this sport is very humbling; you can have all the momentum in the world, everything going your way, win two of the last three races in the final round and tomorrow night anything can happen." Sauter has 13 career wins in the Truck Series and he won three times in the XFINITY Series. His Sprint Cup career consisted of 85 starts for a handful of teams, including Haas CNC before it became Stewart-Haas Racing . He finished second in points in the Camping World Truck Series in 2011 and fourth the past three seasons. But he's never won the title. It's something he's considered, especially now that he has another opportunity. What it would feel like to win it and what it might feel like if he doesn't. "I've definitely done that," he said. "What a championship would mean for GMS as an organization for all the guys; this is a long season ... I can make a case for both sides. It's means nothing until we run that race tomorrow night. "You have to make sure you don't get caught up in it from a mental standpoint. Just keep doing what we've been doing." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Wallace Jr., Gaughan, Reed, Koch miss Championship 4
RELATED: Full race results " Updated Chase Grid AVONDALE, Ariz. -- A tearful Darrell Wallace Jr . left the infield care center at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday night, disappointed after a crash took him out of Chase contention and distraught over the loss of a cherished grandmother only days earlier. The Roush Fenway Racing NASCAR XFINITY Series driver had honored his grandmother by placing "Granny Jan" above the door of his No. 6 Ford. One of eight drivers vying for a berth in next week's Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and seventh in points, Wallace needed a victory to secure a spot in the final. He was running inside the top 10 when contact from fellow Chase driver Blake Koch on Lap 149 of the 200 -lap event sent his car hard into the wall, erasing any hopes of a victory. "My grandmother was giving me the ride of my life," an emotional Wallace said after exiting the care center. "That was the most fun I've had all year. Just circumstances took us out. ... We will go to Homestead and let her ride again." Wallace, teammate Ryan Reed , Koch (Kaulig Racing) and Brendan Gaughan ( Richard Childress Racing ) failed to transfer into the final round. Daniel Suarez and teammate Erik Jones ( Joe Gibbs Racing ) will make up half the field batting for the title as will JR Motorsports drivers Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier .
Heads up: Phoenix weekend
RELATED: Complete schedule for Phoenix Here are the hot topics, trending news and key story lines to get you ready for this weekend's races at Phoenix International Raceway . WEATHER The National Weather Service predicts an ideal weekend for racing (and, really, an ideal weekend, in general). Friday should be sunny with a high of 81, while Saturday and Sunday have identical forecasts of sunny with a high of 82. KEY TIMES Sprint Cup Series: The first practice will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App), with another pair of practices coming Saturday at 3 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App) and 6 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App). Coors Light Pole Qualifying is at 6:45 p.m. ET Friday (NBCSN/NBC Sports App). Sunday's main event, which is the final race in the three-race Round of 8, begins at 2:30 p.m. ET (NBC/NBC Sports App) XFINITY Series: The first practice is Friday at 12:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBCSN Sports App) with final practice later that day at 4:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App). Saturday is a busy day for the field with Coors Light Pole Qualifying beginning at 4:15 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App) ahead of the 200 -mile race (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN/NBC Sports App), which is the third in the Round of 8 of the XFINITY Series Chase. Camping World Truck Series: Friday is the only day of action, kicked off by two practices, at 11:30 a.m. ET (FS2) and 3 p.m. ET (FS2). The third race of the Round of 6 of the Camping World Truck Series Chase is Friday at 10 p.m. ET on FS1 with Keystone Light Pole Qualifying just before at 8:30 p.m. ET (FS2). CATCH DRIVERS LIVE We'll stream every driver press conference in the Phoenix media center at NASCAR.com/presspass . Drivers who will be among the scheduled sessions Friday include Chasers Joey Logano at noon, Kurt Busch at 12:15 p.m., Matt Kenseth at 12:30 p.m., Denny Hamlin at 3:30 p.m. and Kyle Busch at 3:45 p.m. Click here for a full schedule. LAST TIME Dale Earnhardt Jr . encountered the perfect storm at this race a year ago -- just as a storm was brewing -- to wrest the win away from Kevin Harvick . The race was delayed from afternoon to evening because of rain, and ended with just 219 of 312 laps completed before the rain returned. Earnhardt came to pit road for fuel and tires one lap before Joey Gase and Ricky Stenhouse Jr . crashed in Turn 3 to bring out the second caution of the race on Lap 196. While on pit road, Earnhardt crossed the scoring line at the flag stand before Harvick, who had dominated with 143 laps led. And when other lead-lap cars came to pit road under the yellow, Earnhardt inherited the top spot, with Harvick second and Joey Logano third. Before track workers could complete clean-up from the accident, rain began to fall, and NASCAR called the race after the light precipitation became a deluge. At the time, it was the first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race under the current format to be called early because of rain (last week's race at Texas has since joined that list). It was Earnhardt Jr.'s third win of the season, but he already had been eliminated from the Chase. Carl Edwards , Brad Keselowski , Kurt Busch and Logano all were eliminated from the Round of 8 in Phoenix. Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr . joined Martinsville winner Jeff Gordon in advancing to the Championship 4. YOU SHOULD KNOW • Kevin Harvick has been the most dominant driver at any track of late with six victories at Phoenix International Raceway since the track was reconfigured in 2011 (and he's won there eight times overall). He's led 1,079 laps since the November 2012 race that kicked off his streak of dominance -- 51.3 percent of all laps run in 10 races. • This is the final race in the Round of 8, before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field is cut to the Championship 4 for the Homestead-Miami Speedway finale. Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards have clinched spots in the Championship 4 by virtue of their victories at Martinsville and Texas, respectively, and two spots remain up for grabs. • Of the six drivers still vying for a spot in the Championship 4 -- Harvick, Kyle Busch , Denny Hamlin , Matt Kenseth , Kurt Busch and Joey Logano -- only Logano has never won at Phoenix International Raceway .
Starting lineup for Zippo 200 at The Glen
See the full lineup for the XFINITY Series Zippo 200 at The Glen -- Watkins Glen International.
NASCAR TV schedule: November 14-20
Suarez 'living a dream' following XFINITY title win
RELATED: Full race results " Final Chase Grid SHOP: Champion gear HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Daniel Suarez , 24 and only two years into a NASCAR XFINITY Series career, can check another box off his career bucket list. Series champion. The Monterrey, Mexico, native became a winner in the series for the first time earlier this season to qualify for the inaugural XFINITY Series Chase. Saturday evening at Homestead-Miami Speedway , he led 133 of 200 laps that made up the Ford EcoBoost 300 , and survived a wild, late-race restart to become the first Latin American driver to capture a NASCAR national series title. He is the first Joe Gibbs Racing driver to capture the series title since 2009 when Kyle Busch won the crown. MORE: Joe Gibbs thrilled after Suarez win Saturday, Suarez outran series veterans Elliott Sadler (third) and JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier (sixth) as well as JGR teammate Erik Jones (ninth) to become the series' 27th different champion and the 34th overall. In the Championship Round, the driver finishing highest wins the title. Suarez made sure no one, Chase contender or otherwise, finished in front of his orange and white No. 19 Toyota. "I'm speechless right now," Suarez, a graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, said as fans streamed onto the frontstretch to witness the official coronation and fireworks exploded overhead. "It's very hard to put into words. "I'm just very proud of everyone and thankful to have the family that I have -- my mom, my dad. They gave me all the tools to be here right now. They put me in a car even when we didn't have the support or the racing background. They supported me and right now we are just living a dream." Suarez's parents were on hand to watch their son capture the championship at Homestead. Alejandro Suarez, Daniel's dad, said he has personally watched his son race "maybe 10 times" since Daniel came to the U.S. to embark upon a NASCAR career. "It's a dream. It's a dream and tomorrow I will tell you (what if feels like)," he said, smiling. Success so quickly wasn't expected "Maybe next year, maybe 2-3 years," the father said. "But not this year. But Daniel works hard." MORE: Suarez's long road to the title Jones will head off to begin a premier series career in '17, already having been named to drive the No. 77 Toyota for Furniture Row Racing as that organization expands from one to two teams. Suarez, talented as he is, is expected to return to JGR for another year of seasoning in the XFINITY Series. Gibbs' group currently fields four Sprint Cup teams -- for drivers Denny Hamlin , Matt Kenseth , Carl Edwards and Busch, the defending series champ. "We're in there now," team owner Joe Gibbs said of Suarez's move to the XFINITY Series, "and I think … it's going to be pretty quick we'll be going to Cup. I think it's in Daniel's hands, but obviously he's performed so well. "As everybody knows, it's hard to get all that organized, but we're working -- that's going to be our end game. That's what we're going to be working for." If Suarez is in a hurry to get to the top level, he wasn't showing it Saturday night. He knows he gets to run against some of the premier series drivers some of the time now. "But you never race with all of them," he said. "So I'm pretty sure that the Cup car is going to be different, and to race with all those guys at the same time is going to be even more difficult. "Like I said before … we have to focus on today and tomorrow is going to take care of itself." Today he's a champion. Tomorrow? Who knows. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;