RELATED: Complete race lineup Ben Rhodes won the Twenty One Means Twenty One pole for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Road America 180 Fired up by Johnsonville on Saturday as rain washed out the qualifying session. Rhodes, who was the 2014 K&N Pro Series East champion, landed on the front row for Saturday's race (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM) based on his top speed in the first practice. Defending XFINITY series champion Chase Elliott will start alongside Rhodes on the front row for the 45-lap race on the 4.048-mile Wisconsin road course. For Rhodes, a NASCAR Next product and the driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, this was his first pole in a major NASCAR series. This will be Rhodes' seventh race this season in the XFINITY Series. He finished 35th and 10th in this year's previous road-course races at Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio, respectively. Ryan Blaney , Justin Marks and Brian Scott rounded out the top five in the starting lineup. Current series points leader Chris Buescher was sixth. And Boris Said , the highest-ranking Toyota driver, was seventh in what may be his last NASCAR race. RELATED: Is this Said's final run?
RELATED: Practice 2 results Justin Marks sped to the top of the leaderboard late in Friday's final NASCAR XFINITY Series practice at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, piloting his No. 42 Chevrolet around the road course at 95.574 mph. That was just quick enough to unseat Ty Dillon from the top spot. Dillon, who led Friday's opening practice and was looking for a sweep, had a best speed of 95.538 mph, which looked like it would hold up. That ended up being good for second place. Marks hasn't raced an XFINITY Series car since the season-opening race at Daytona, in which he finished 34th in the No. 29 Toyota. Alex Tagliani (95.205 mph) was third in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford, followed by Chris Buescher (95.152 mph) and Elliott Sadler (94.965 mph). Chase Elliott , who finished eighth in the final session, spent time in the garage so his team could swap his transmission after the driver reported a small vibration on his second run, according to JR Motorsports. Next on the docket for the XFINITY Series is qualifying, which takes place Saturday at 11:15 a.m. ET. The Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 follows at 3:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM). Opening practice RELATED: Practice 1 results A late mock qualifying run vaulted Ty Dillon to the top of the leaderboard in Friday's opening NASCAR XFINITY Series practice at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. In the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, Dillon topped Brian Scott 's best speed with approximately 90 seconds remaining in the opening 55-minute session with a pace of 95.660 mph. Scott , his Richard Childress Racing teammate, settled for second in the session at 94.937 mph. In a practice session that saw its leaderboard get topsy-turvy as teams made late runs in qualifying trim, Boris Said piloted the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to third place (94.825 mph). Regan Smith was fourth at 94.755 mph and defending race winner and series points leader Chris Buescher taking fifth (94.736 mph). Buescher enters Saturday's Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM) 24 points ahead of both Chase Elliott and Dillon. Elliott finished seventh in the first practice. Dillon, of course, was involved in a pit-road tussle with Smith following last week's race at Watkins Glen. They avoided each other in Friday's opening period of on-track activity. RELATED: Smith, Dillon get physical post-Watkins Glen Seven NASCAR XFINITY Series teams lost 15 minutes of on-track time as a result of recent minor infractions. The following XFINITY Series teams served 15-minute practice time deduction penalties during the opening practice: Richard Childress Racing No. 2 (driver Brian Scott ), Team Penske No. 22 ( Alex Tagliani ), JGL Racing No. 26 ( Tomy Drissi ), Richard Childress Racing No. 33 ( Brandon Jones ), Jimmy Means Racing No. 52 ( Joey Gase ), Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 ( Boris Said ) and JR Motorsports No. 88 ( Ben Rhodes ). The seven teams were penalized for issues arising at Watkins Glen this past weekend (late exiting garage).
RELATED: Practice 2 results The NASCAR XFINITY drivers were battling some weather conditions during the second practice session on Friday afternoon with light rain. Despite the rain, Paul Menard was the fastest during the second practice at Road America . Menard's No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet clocked in at 108.202 mph. Second on the leaderboard was the No. 54 Toyota of Boris Said , soaring around the 4.048-mile road course at 108.044 mph. Chase Elliott 's No. 9 Chevrolet had some speed in the second session with a quickest lap of 107.672 mph, followed by the No. 22 Ford of Ryan Blaney (107.656 mph), for fourth on the leaderboard. Rounding out the top five was the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Ty Dillon (107.636 mph). NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville is set for Saturday afternoon at 12:15 p.m. ET (NBCSN/ Live Extra ). The Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville will be held on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET (NBCSN / Live Extra. , MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). RELATED: Practice 1 results Ben Rhodes topped the leaderboard for Friday afternoon's first NASCAR XFINITY Series practice session at Road America for the Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville. Rhodes' No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet posted a fastest lap of 108.500 mph. The No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet of Chase Elliott was next on the leaderboard, clocking in a fastest lap of 108.133 mph. Last week's winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Ryan Blaney , rounded out the top three with a fast lap of 108.039 mph in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford. The No. 42 Chevrolet of Justin Marks (107.948 mph) and the No. 2 Chevrolet of Brian Scott (107.947 mph) came in fourth and fifth, respectively. Points leader Chris Buescher just missed the top five as he had a fastest lap of 107.879 mph and was sixth on the leaderboard. The race at Road America is the final road course race of the 2015 season for the XFINITY Series.
RELATED: Full NXS practice results from Bristol Brendan Gaughan led NASCAR XFINITY Series practice Friday morning with a quick lap of 125.289 mph in the No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway. Another RCR Chevrolet, the No. 33 of Brandon Jones , was quick at the end of practice, notching the second-fastest speed of 124.995 mph, edging out teammate Brian Scott . Scott's No. 2 Camaro was third-fastest with a speed of 124.914 mph at the 0.533-mile concrete oval in Bristol, Tennessee, under clear skies. Sprint Cup regulars Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch were fourth- and sixth-fastest, respectively, in their Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas. Hamlin's No. 20 posted a speed of 124.897 mph, and Busch's No. 54 was clocked at 124.549 mph. Ty Dillon rounded out the top five in his No. 3 RCR Chevrolet, posting a fast lap of 124.792 mph. Series points leader Chris Buescher was eighth-fastest in the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford at 124.444 mph. The Food City 300 is scheduled for 7:30 ET tonight (NBCSN/Live Extra, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR).
RELATED: Complete race results " Updated standings ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- The decision to compete in Saturday afternoon's NASCAR XFINITY Series sixth annual Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville at Road America (Wisconsin) paid off in a huge way for Paul Menard , who scored his third career XFINITY victory at his hometown track. Menard, a native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, started eighth and saw a decision to stay out after pitting on Lap 24 work to his advantage as he edged out a relentless Ryan Blaney by 0.573 seconds at the 14-turn road course. After the contest, Menard said had the race extended a lap farther, he would not have collected his first XFINITY win since Michigan International Speedway last June. "I've been really fortunate to win at some of the coolest tracks, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Road America is right there," Menard said. "These guys called a great race. We didn't have the fastest car. We had a really good short run car. We really burned off the rear tires as we ran, but the Richmond Water Heaters/Menards Chevrolet was fast and (crew chief Danny) Stockman made a hell of a call at the end." If wondering about running out of fuel wasn't enough, Menard also had to fend off a hard-charging Blaney. "I was definitely concerned," added Menard on both circumstances. "I was saving as much as I could under caution, but then when we fired off I was just chattering the left rear tire really bad. It took a couple of laps for it to come in, then the (No.) 22 started burning his stuff up, but it just didn't fire off very good in the end, but it came to us." After inclement weather forced the cancellation of Coors Light Pole qualifying, Ben Rhodes earned the top starting spot based upon turning the fastest lap at the 4.048-mile road course in the first XFINITY Series practice session Friday afternoon. Rhodes, a NASCAR Next alum, would find himself under pressure from the drop of the green flag when JR Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott made the move for the lead in Turn 1. Quickly, though, the field would be under the first full-course caution of the day when Tomy Drissi found himself stuck in the gravel trap in Turn 5. Racing resumed on Lap 4 with Elliott checking out from the field and before the first round of green-flag pit stops. The reigning champion stretched his lead to over 10 seconds, when he relinquished the top spot on Lap 11 for a routine pit stop. Championship contender Ty Dillon inherited the lead when Elliott pitted. Dillon, who finished 10th, stretched his fuel run an extra lap to earn a crucial bonus point toward the championship picture. When pit stops cycled through, Elliott reclaimed the point on Lap 16 and built a 13.7-second lead over second-place Brian Scott at the halfway mark. On Lap 22, the second caution waved for fluid on the track, erasing Elliott's substantial advantage. Despite half of the field electing to come to pit road for service behind them, Elliott and his JRM team stood firm on their plan and stayed out. On the restart, Elliott withstood a challenge for Brian Scott and Ryan Blaney , but in Turn 14 and through the frontstretch, Scott mounted the pressure and made the move on Elliott to take the lead on Lap 27. Unable to make it to the end on fuel, Scott pitted under green on Lap 29 handing the lead to defending race winner Brendan Gaughan . Three laps later, though, Gaughan pitted, handing the lead to hometown hero Paul Menard who pitted during the second caution with 13 laps remaining. Planning to stay out till the end, Menard in saving mode purposely gave up the lead to Blake Koch ,who led with 10 laps remaining when pole-sitter Rhodes found himself stuck in the gravel trap in Turn 7 issuing the third full course caution. During the extended caution, Koch lost power, putting Menard back at the point. On the Lap 41 restart, Menard withstood challenges from Darrell Wallace Jr . and Blaney to seal the win in his 197th career start. Next up for the NASCAR XFINITY Series is a trip to the track dubbed "Too Tough To Tame" at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway for the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 on Sept. 5 (3:30 p.m. ET on NBC).
Racing community sounds off on Sunday night's awards show MTV's Video Music Awards show on Sunday night was a spectacle, to say the least. While there were a few shining moments -- we're looking at you, Tori Kelly -- the majority of the night was simply full of outrageousness. From host Miley Cyrus' outlandish outfits to singer Kayne West's long-winded speech and declaration of 2020 presidential candidacy, the awards show left eyes wide and mouths agape, with an occasional nervous chortle slipping through the shock. And the NASCAR community was not immune -- especially Ricky Stenhouse Jr . This @MTVVideoAward pre show is making me want to scratch my eyes out and put some ear plugs in... ( @DanicaPatrick ) — Ricky Stenhouse Jr . (@StenhouseJr) August 31, 2015 Got back from dinner with tv on the VMA's. #ChangedtoFootball — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) August 31, 2015 I remember when "Achy Breaky Heart" came out and we thought THAT was the worst thing Billy Ray Cyrus would ever create. #vmas — nascarcasm (@nascarcasm) August 31, 2015 Good thing I've got something way better to watch than this garbage show thanks @SpeedShiftTV pic.twitter.com/El1wFVqT7W — Ricky Stenhouse Jr . (@StenhouseJr) August 31, 2015 Well I just don't get it #MTVVMAs — Ty Dillon (@tydillon) August 31, 2015 And for the record... I had a boy. WTH is with these girls and their outfits???? Leave a lil something to the imagination! #classitup — DeLana Harvick (@DeLanaHarvick) August 31, 2015 Thought I was done... Such a weirdo .."bro listen to the kids".. Making zero sense. I've always believed in myself not sure about him #VMAs — Ricky Stenhouse Jr . (@StenhouseJr) August 31, 2015 Don't do drugs kids. #kanyewest — Brian Scott (@bscottracing) August 31, 2015 Poor Billy Ray #MTVVMAs — Ty Dillon (@tydillon) August 31, 2015 See what @Chris_Buescher has to say about last night's #VMAs ! pic.twitter.com/sbf2f5rMVp — Roush Fenway Racing (@roushfenway) August 31, 2015 Despite all the Miley and Kanye-bashing, there was some love for America's sweetheart -- and Denny Hamlin 's favorite -- Taylor Swift. @DeLanaHarvick All I have to say is Thank God for Taylor Swift, and that she is more popular with all the girls than the others! — Nikki Krone (@NKrone) August 31, 2015 I have to agree with you... She seems to have it together. #positiverolemodel http://t.co/1K3Jn43HEW — DeLana Harvick (@DeLanaHarvick) August 31, 2015 And then there's Kenny Wallace , who dared to be different in the Twitterverse. LOL I am pretty sure the only way you all know about @MileyCyrus is you "Tuned into" the #VMAs2015 and that was your choice. — Kenny Wallace (@Kenny_Wallace) August 31, 2015 Seriously? Have any of you watched @MileyCyrus "Sit Down" interviews? She is a carbon copy of @Madonna and some "I guess" have forgot? — Kenny Wallace (@Kenny_Wallace) August 31, 2015 Pretty sure Ryan Reed got it right, though -- never thought we'd say it, but thank goodness for Monday. I'm really excited for when my timeline isn't filled with vma tweets. — Ryan Reed (@driverRyanReed) August 31, 2015
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RELATED: Qualifying speeds Alex Tagliani won the Coors Light Pole Award on Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, posting a speed of 96.056 mph in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford during the second and final round of group qualifying. He'll start first later today in the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM), with defending race winner Chris Buescher starting second. In his No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, Buescher posted a speed of 95.776 mph. Ty Dillon will start third, followed by Boris Said and Brian Scott . Defending series champion Chase Elliott claimed the sixth starting spot. Saturday's road-course qualifing consisted of a 25-minute first round, with the 12 cars advancing to a 10-minute final round. The results of the final round set the order for the top 12. The opening round was delayed for approximately 15 minutes after Darrell Wallace Jr . appeared to lose power and needed help back to pit road. Justin Marks , who led Friday's second practice, will start 13th.
Jamie Dick to backup car after damage from lead coming off another car FINAL PRACTICE RECAP " Full practice 2 results Brian Scott led the final NASCAR XFINITY Series practice at Iowa Speedway for Sunday's 3M 250 (2 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM) with a top speed of 133.747 mph during the 85-minute session. Brandon Jones , who topped the opening practice, was second at 133.435 mph, followed by Darrell Wallace Jr . (132.347 mph), John Wes Townley (132.314 mph) and Ben Rhodes (132.048 mph). Rhodes is making his XFINITY Series debut this weekend in the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. The 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion will be missing his high school graduation in Louisville, Kentucky. Defending series champion Chase Elliott was ninth in the final practice, while points leader Ty Dillon was 10th. There was a caution just past the halfway point of final practice for smoke coming from Jamie Dick 's backup car. Dick had a scary moment in the opening practice when lead came off of Ross Chastain 's car and hit the No. 55 Chevrolet, causing significant damage to the car while a piece of metal also struck his helmet. Coors Light Pole Qualifying is on tap for 5:45 p.m. ET. FIRST PRACTICE RECAP " RELATED: Full practice 1 results Brandon Jones topped the opening NASCAR XFINITY Series practice at Iowa Speedway . The 18-year-old paced the field with a fast lap of 135.676 mph during the 55-minute session. This will be Jones' first XFINITY Series start as he pilots the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Jamie Dick had to go to a backup car after lead came off Ross Chastain 's car and hit the No. 55 Chevrolet, causing significant damage to the car while a piece of metal also struck his helmet. This will be Dick's first start since being diagnosed with new on-set diabetes in March. Chastain took to Twitter to apologize for what happened to Dick's car. pic.twitter.com/sVx3nnQ2ns — Ross Chastain (@RossChastain) May 16, 2015 Chris Buescher (135.606 mph) was second, while Daniel Suarez (135.211 mph), Ty Dillon (134.938 mph) and Chase Elliott (134.225 mph) completed the top five. It was a quick turnaround for Elliott, who competed in Friday night's Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Drew Herring shook down the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for Erik Jones , who will compete in Sunday's race. Herring was 11th in the session. The series' stop at the 0.875-mile track marks the first standalone event of the schedule. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
He has the best average finishing position overall, and the points lead. Now he hopes to build a little separation between himself and the rest of the field. Heading back to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, where he scored his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series win last year, Chris Buescher likes his chances. The Roush Fenway Racing driver has been atop the series points standings since earning career win No. 2, at Iowa, in a span of near one dozen races. Next up is Saturday's Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio (3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR). It's the second of three road-course stops in the span of a month for the series. Given his success at Mid-Ohio, and a third-place run this past weekend at Watkins Glen, it's little wonder Buescher, 22, is looking forward to the next few weeks. "I really hope that road courses will be a strong point for us," Buescher said. "I feel really comfortable going back to Mid-Ohio obviously. Road America (where he finished 18th a year ago) was the one where I needed a little bit more work. "I think we should be able to run top 10 very easily there. I like road racing ... I seem to hang in there and we seem to be able to put fast Roush Fenway race cars on the track." Road America, coming up at month's end, falls later on this year's schedule than in recent seasons when the race there was held in June. Buescher doesn't lead the series as far as average finish on road courses is concerned. In the past two seasons, he ranks fourth (12.8) along with Ty Dillon . Chase Elliott (5.3), Elliott Sadler (7.8) and Brian Scott (8.8) have been a bit more consistent. But Buescher, crew chief Scott Graves and his No. 60 crew have been getting better. Not that there haven't been hiccups, but the team has yet to finish outside the top 20 this season. They've been good, but not great, as the Watkins Glen finish attests. "I like where we’re at right now," Buescher said. "We have speed in our road course cars. The (Team) Penske cars showed up better than us (at Watkins Glen) though. They were very fast, class of the field. That being said, they always run fast at that particular track. "Mid-Ohio, I don't feel like there was a car there that really had something better than us last time around. If we can repeat that, maybe we can improve on it a little bit. I’m pretty comfortable where we're at." Elliott, the defending series champion, trails Buescher by 24 points (724-700). Dillon (also 24 back), Regan Smith (minus-57) and Sadler (minus-58) round out the top five.