Nine years ago, team selected 42nd at Dover, had to share stall RELATED: Nos. 48, 51 and 1 penalized for Charlotte infractions MORE: Hendrick appeals P1 penalty " Johnson stands by appeal The importance of a team's pit stall location isn't lost on Jimmie Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 team. Especially when it comes to Dover International Speedway , a fast 1-mile concrete track that has been the site of nine of Johnson's 73 wins in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. The six-time series champion has earned 19 top-10s at Dover, 15 of which came from a starting spot inside the top 10. Overall, drivers starting on the front row there have won 28 of 90 Sprint Cup races and 71 winners have come from inside the top-10 on the starting grid. A better qualifying result, and pit stall location, doesn't guarantee success, but it is one less problem for a team to deal with on race day. The order for the selection of pit stalls is based on qualifying results, with the Coors Light Pole Award winner getting first choice, and the remainder (pos. 2-43) choosing in order of their position in the starting lineup. Unless you're hit with a NASCAR penalty, which was the case this week for Johnson and the HScott Motorsports team with driver Justin Allgaier . The two teams were penalized Wednesday for receiving consecutive warnings from NASCAR for minor infractions at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 weekends. The P1-level penalty was the loss of choice in pit selection, meaning the two teams would be left with whatever pit stall locations remained after the other 41 teams had made their selections. HMS notified NASCAR officials of its intent to file an appeal on Thursday, and as a result the penalty has been deferred. No date for the appeal hearing has been announced. Now, instead of having to choose one of the last available pit stalls for Sunday's FedEx 400 Benefitting Autism Speaks (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM), the No. 48 team's pit selection will be determined by Johnson's qualifying position in the 43-car field. Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is scheduled for Friday at the 1-mile track. Had they not appealed, it would not have been the first time Johnson and his team found themselves with a less-than-prime pit position at Dover. Before 2009, the track featured only 42 pit boxes along pit road, leaving two teams to share one pit stall. And when Johnson spun during qualifying for the spring race of 2006, his team was forced to share a pit stall with fellow driver Scott Wimmer and the Morgan-McClure Motorsports No. 4 team. Actually, they shared more than just the pit stall. Under an agreement between the two teams, Johnson's pit crew initially pitted both cars. And crew chiefs Chad Knaus (Johnson) and Chris Carrier ( Wimmer ) sat atop the same pit box. When pitting, whoever was higher in the running order at the time, Johnson or Wimmer , would pit first. Then the second driver would hit pit road to be serviced by the same crew. The moved ended up costing Wimmer track position when his car ran out of gas under the second caution of the race while waiting to pit. It wasn't until Hermie Sadler retired from the race after 136 laps that a pit stall opened up, allowing Wimmer and the Morgan-McClure team to move to the vacant pit box. In spite of starting at the back of the field, and going two laps down at one point in the race, Johnson was able to rebound and score a sixth-place finish. Wimmer finished 34th, four laps down. Dover added a 43rd pit stall in 2009, part of an upgrade to the facility that included widening pit road and increasing the length of each pit box by four feet. The concrete pit wall from Turn 4 to Turn 1, previously boilerplate, was also torn down and a new wall, 432 feet longer and protected by SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barrier, was installed in its place. No date has been set for the No. 48 team's appeal of the penalty for consecutive written warnings. Warnings, which are not appealable, are typically issued for minor, first-time infractions and the reason for the warnings isn't made public. Multiple warnings elevate the severity of the penalty to a P1 level and may result in one or more consequences besides the loss of choice in pit selection. Track time deduction in practice or qualifying, a delay in the order of inspection and selection for post-race inspection are among the other options NASCAR may impose. Johnson is a nine-time winner at the track and is the defending race winner. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
RELATED: Where does No. 88 team stack up in this week's pit crew rankings? CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr . said he doesn't anticipate any further changes to his pit crew even though teammate Jimmie Johnson has been knocked out of this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . Earnhardt and fellow Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon advanced into the Contender Round of the Chase, which begins this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Johnson, a six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, did not secure one of the 12 Chase positions, falling by the wayside when a rear axle seal failed during Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway . RELATED: Johnson's dream of seventh title in 2015 washed away at Dover Speaking to the media Tuesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Earnhardt couldn't guarantee that there would be no changes in his over-the-wall crew, "but I would like to keep my guys," he said. Earnhardt's last win came in July at Daytona. His pass of Jamie McMurray in the closing laps at Dover vaulted him into the Contender Round, but he and his team had to overcome a loose wheel during the race to put themselves back in contention. A caution allowed Earnhardt to pit and correct the problem and kept him from having to come to pit road under green-flag conditions. "I'll be honest with you. … I don't know what's going to happen. You might find out tomorrow that somebody got changed," he said. "I don't think you build a guy's trust … he needs to know that you believe in him; the same for the driver. The driver needs to know the team believes he can do it. "I think the (tire) carrier, the (tire) changer, all those guys want to think that the driver and everyone involved believes in them when they go over the wall. "If I take the 48 guys because I think they're better, then what am I going to do next year when we have to start from scratch again? All those guys that are on my car now are going to be pissed off because I don't believe in them because I took the 48 guys when the going got tough. "So I don't believe in doing that. I think that my guys can do it; I think we will find the combination that works for us to get to the end of the season and beyond." RELATED: Change made to No. 88 pit crew Earnhardt's No. 88 crew has been retooled in recent weeks, most recently for Dover as front-tire changer Scott Brzozowski replaced David Mayo, who had earlier been replaced by Kevin Novak but had been brought back onto the main crew. The addition of Brzozowski can possibly be a game-changer for the team, according to Earnhardt. "I hope that Scott wants to stick around beyond this season," he said. "I actually talked to him today. "It's not like we need two new (tire) changers. We just need one key guy that can come in and kind of elevate the standard and push everyone. Over the past couple of years when we've had great pit crews, a lot of the guys that we've been working with this year were on those teams. "If you get one guy in there that’s kind of a key player … like a wide receiver or a quarterback is to a football team, he can really elevate the play of everybody around him and boost the entire crew; just the confidence that those guys have going over the wall when he's a part of it changes the whole consistency of the team." Gordon's No. 24 team picked up the services of tire changer Nick Odell recently, which freed up the move for Brzozowski to the 88. Gordon, a four-time champion in his final full-time season, is still searching for his first win in 2015. "We really want Scott to try to wrap his brain around sticking with us," Earnhardt said. "We could really use a guy like him on the 88 car to bring some stability to the rest of the group. I've got a lot of faith in our guys; it's not like we need to go crazy and blow it up, go looking outside our system." Any crew changes for his team, he said, would be orchestrated by crew chief Greg Ives and Hendrick Motorsports General Manager Doug Duchardt. Swapping individual crew members heading into the Chase isn't unusual. There have even been cases of swapping entire crews, in the middle of a race no less, as Johnson and Gordon did in 2010. "I know teams have done that before but I just feel like, yeah you might get somewhere in the short term and get some stability but over the long term you basically have just destroyed the integrity of the team you have," Earnhardt said. "Having those guys back at the beginning of next season is not going to be an option. They're not going to want to work for you once you take them off the car during the Chase."
After the third race of the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway , PitTalks.com ranks the 16 Chase teams' pit crews. For more pit crew news provided by PitTalks.com come back throughout the Chase . No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pit crew for Carl Edwards Rank: 1 Wins: 2 -- Charlotte and Darlington Notes: This crew had an exceptional race in the pits. We usually wouldn't send a seventh-place team last week to first this week, but these guys laid down some very fast stops. They had an issue late in the race that brought the No. 19 down pit road, but we're hearing it was a car issue, not a crew misstep. No. 22 Team Penske Ford pit crew for Joey Logano Rank: 2 Wins: 3 -- Daytona, Watkins Glen, Bristol Notes: After a struggle last week on a few stops, this crew was on fire at Dover. It gained spots on five of the six pit sequences and helped keep the No. 22 up front all day. No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet pit crew for Kevin Harvick Rank: 3 Wins: 2 -- Las Vegas and Phoenix Notes: This team did everything it needed to do to advance to the Contender Round of the Chase. The pressure this crew was under was huge, and team members were in a situation where mistakes weren't tolerated. They had fast stops all day and have earned the third spot. No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet pit crew for Kurt Busch Rank: 4 Wins: 2 -- Richmond and Michigan Notes: This has been a top team all year and it continued to put up good times at Dover. The stops weren't as fast as the top two teams in Dover, but they were still very good. Late in the race the car entered pit road with problems on the left front, but that wasn't on the crew. No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pit crew for Denny Hamlin Rank: 5 Wins: 2 -- Martinsville, (Sprint All-Star Race), Chicago Notes: The first stop of the day was blistering for this crew: sub 11 seconds. But after two speeding penalties it seemed the wind was taken out of the team's sails. We still wouldn't bet against them when the race is on the line ... it just wasn't this weekend. No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pit crew for Matt Kenseth Rank: 6 Wins: 5 -- Bristol, Pocono, Michigan, Richmond, New Hampshire Notes: Dover wasn't a great race for the No. 20 nor was it a bad one. The crew made adjustments on the back of the car during the second stop and lost a few spots, but after that it was solid for most of the day. This team wasn't as dominant as last week but was still fast. No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pit crew for Kyle Busch Rank: 7 Wins: 4 -- Sonoma , Kentucky, New Hampshire, Indianapolis Notes: Landing in the seventh spot this week is the good ol' No. 18 car. What a drama-filled two weeks for these guys! They seem to be handling it well. Their stops looked fast, and Josh Leslie has stepped in nicely for Nick Odell. We see this team only getting faster during the next round. No. 2 Team Penske Ford pit crew for Brad Keselowski Rank: 8 Wins: 1 -- Fontana Notes: This crew didn't do enough to gain on the top seven, but was good enough to hold onto eighth. Even with a change in the rear changers three weeks ago, this team keeps getting better. In order to help the No. 2 car advance to the next round, they must continue to improve. No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet pit crew for Ryan Newman Rank: 9 Wins: 0 Notes: Newman is in the Contender Round of the Chase, and he had no problems on pit road that would have kept him out. Sometimes that is what is asked of the pit crew: don't make mistakes. We can't fairly say how fast their stops were. So with that, they stay hunkered down at No. 9. No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet pit crew for Jeff Gordon Rank: 10 Wins: 0 Notes: Nick Odell joined the No. 24 this week only one week after being released from JGR. The crew seemed to be OK, but we didn't see much that would push us to move it up from the past two weeks. No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet pit crew for Martin Truex Jr . Rank: 11 Wins: 1 - Pocono Notes: The No. 78 has seen better days but did what it took to advance. On the fourth sequence, it lost a spot and lost two more on pit stop No. 6. They're a scary crew because they can put up very low times, but the inconsistency is what keeps them near the bottom of the power rankings. No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet pit crew for Dale Earnhardt Jr . Rank: 12 Wins: 2 -- Talladega and Daytona Notes: This crew can't seem to catch a break. Toward the end of last week a change was announced and front changer Scott Brzozowski was taken off the No. 24 and put on the No. 88. They had a loose wheel on Stop 2 and had another potential wheel coming loose before the last caution. For more pit crew news, visit PitTalks.com
RELATED: Full race results SPARTA, Ky. -- Some mid-race contact in the NASCAR XFINITY Series VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 led to some post-race fireworks at Kentucky Speedway for Brian Scott and Darrell Wallace Jr . On pit road, moments after the race ended, Scott went over to Wallace's parked car on pit road to have an exchange of words that appeared to get physical with the Richard Childress Racing driver pushing and shoving a still-seated Wallace before being separated by a NASCAR official. After being separated, Scott went back for some more heated words with Wallace before walking away and back to his car. "We got a restart and the 6, he drove down into me." Scott said on pit road. "I never felt like he even gave me a chance to get in the corner. He loosened my right rear wheel and it ruined our day. Really unfortunate. Such a fast car. "We're racing for wins, so we don't have to worry about points and stuff and that puts us in position to race those guys aggressively if that's how they're going to race." Scott's anger stemmed from an incident on a Lap 128 restart where the two made contact and dropped him from out of the top 10 and eventually forced him to pit under a green flag, going a lap down on Lap 143. Scott led 45 laps and ended up with a 13th-place finish but remains in search of his first XFINITY Series win. RCR, as a whole, had a solid day with three cars in the top six. "I think we showed as a company we're really dominant," Scott said. "I felt good about our Shore Lodge Chevrolet. Extremely good out front. We struggled with it in dirty air. "We just kind of kept having restarts and red flags, and the race wasn't really going smoothly, and that didn’t really play into our favor." Wallace didn't really address the incident much, prefering to focus on his Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 Ford's run that resulted in a ninth-place finish for his 11th top-10 finish of the season. "I don't even know if we got together on pit road," Wallace told NBCSN. "We come home ninth, another top 10, so that's good. Just not what we were expecting all day. Our Bleacher Report Mustang wasn't what we had in practice. It was a kind of, a totally different animal. That's what produces here at Kentucky. Great racing all around. "Just a bummer we didn't run better. We were expecting better than what we did. I tried to do some pit strategy but it hurt us in the long run, but we'll go to Dover, where really good and have some fun." Asked for side of the incident, Wallace simply said, "that was -- that was early in the race." After the race, Wallace and Scott both shared their sides on Twitter. Some say the interview was bad..apologies! Hard to gather the brains when ya get blindsided by him, his wife..and bus driver.. Anybody else? — Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) September 27, 2015 Well @BubbaWallace when your so classless that you call my wife the C word you should be ready for something to happen... — Brian Scott (@bscottracing) September 27, 2015 Both drivers will be back in action at Dover International Speedway for the Hisense 200 (Oct. 3, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
RELATED: Practice 2 results SPARTA, Ky. -- Rain ended Friday's on-track activity early for the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Kentucky Speedway . Final practice was set to run from 6 p.m. to 7:25 p.m. ET, but a red flag for wet weather came out around 30 minutes in with NASCAR calling it shortly thereafter. At the time of the stoppage, Drew Herring (175.959 mph) was at the top of the speed chart. Herring is practicing and qualifying the No. 54 Toyota for Erik Jones and Joe Gibbs Racing at Kentucky. Jones will be in the No. 54 for the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 (Saturday, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) Ryan Blaney (175.661 mph) and Daniel Suarez (175.593 mph) were in the top three in the final practice session. Brian Scott topped the opening practice with a speed of 178.159 mph, followed by his RCR teammates of Ty Dillon (177.439 mph) and Brandon Jones (177.194 mph). Chris Buescher enters this weekend's race with a 25-point lead on Dillon and a 28-point lead on defending series champion Chase Elliott in the driver championship standings. Brendan Gaughan is the defending race winner. The VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 is the final standalone of the 2015 XFINITY Series schedule. XFINITY Coors Light Pole Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 4:45 p.m. ET (NBCSN/Live Extra) with the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. Brad Keselowski won the July XFINITY Series race at Kentucky in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford. That car will be driven this weekend by Ryan Blaney , who won this race in 2013 for his first career XFINITY Series win. It has been a rainy NASCAR season for the 1.5-mile oval track as much of the NASCAR tripleheader schedule in July was washed out by rain. All three national series races were run at their scheduled times, but most practice and qualifying sessions were rained out. RELATED: Practice 1 results Brian Scott topped the leaderboard during the final minutes of opening NASCAR XFINITY Series practice at Kentucky Speedway . In the series' final stand-alone event of the year, Scott had a fastest lap of 178.159 mph in his No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Scott's RCR teammate, Ty Dillon , was right behind him, wheeling his No. 3 Chevrolet around the 1.5-mile track with a fastest lap of 177.439 mph. Next was Brandon Jones , who finished with the third-fastest lap (177.194 mph) after topping the leaderboard for much of the first session. Ryan Blaney (176.840 mph) and Daniel Suarez (176.811 mph) were fourth and fifth, respectively. Defending race winner Brendan Gaughan was ninth-fastest, pulling a fastest lap of 175.279 mph.
Learn more about the crew chief of the No. 13 Germain Racing Chevrolet RELATED: Subscribe to NASCAR Illustrated March 2, 1971 Robert "Bootie" Barker, Born in Scottsburg, Virginia. "I'm from the woods, I guess you'd say. My family farmed." 1989 Graduated from Halifax County High School. 1994 Graduated from Old Dominion University. "I figured that being an engineer would give me a great opportunity to get a job. I listened to a radio show Benny Parsons had every Thursday and he was speaking about — I don't remember exactly — Felix Sabates was upset at Ricky Rudd or vice versa about one had stolen the other's shock engineer, so I was like, 'Oh, OK.' I enjoy competing. That was a way to combine both." 1995-96 Bill Elliott Racing. "Harold Holly [crew chief] picked up the phone and called Mike Beam, who was Bill Elliott 's crew chief at the time. I went to see Mike. He listened to me at least — I did have some credentials — and he said, 'All right, but you're going to clean toilets for a while.' " 1997 Mechanic, Roehrig Motorsports. "I noticed that the crew chief, other than a driver, to me, made the most difference. He got to do the c oolest things. He had the most input." 1998 Shock Builder, Bill Davis Racing. 1999-2000 Shock Builder, Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 team. "You know that if you're working for Jeff Gordon , you have a shot at winning. "I wanted to be Jeff Gordon 's crew chief. I didn't want to be Jeff's shock guy. I did ask Jeff, I said, 'You're not going to make me your crew chief are you?' And he said, 'No, not right now.' " 2001-02 Crew Chief, Bill Davis Racing Nationwide team. Won four races with Scott Wimmer at the end of the 2002 season. "We had a good group. We were killing it." 2003 Crew Chief, Jasper Motorsports, No. 77 with Dave Blaney . "I took the opportunity to jump to Cup for various reasons. It went well in the beginning but I thought it should go a certain way, ownership thought it should go another. … I was a little foolish in my decisions at that time. But I learned." 2004 Crew Chief, Haas CNC Racing, No. 00 Nationwide Chevrolet. 2005-08 Crew Chief, Haas CNC Racing. 2009 Crew Chief, No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota. "I was Michael’s crew chief for about three-quarters of a year, which is really good considering how long most crew chiefs hang with Michael. Make sure you print that. [Laughing]" 2010-Present Crew Chief, Germain Racing . SUBSCRIBE NOW!
Brian Scott has some choice words for Darrell Wallace Jr. after NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Kentucky Speedway.
After Race 29 of the 2015 season at Dover International Speedway Pos Owner Car # Points Ldr Nxt PPos G/L Attempts 1 Joe Gibbs 20 2,137 0 0 1 0 29 2 Walter Czarnecki 22 2,123 -14 -14 4 2 29 3 J D Gibbs 11 2,119 -18 -4 2 -1 29 4 J D Gibbs 19 2,118 -19 -1 3 -1 29 5 Barney Visser 78 2,104 -33 -14 9 4 29 6 Gene Haas 41 2,100 -37 -4 7 1 29 7 Rick Hendrick 24 2,100 -37 0 10 3 29 8 Roger Penske 2 2,100 -37 0 8 0 29 9 Joe Gibbs 18 2,099 -38 -1 13 4 29 10 Richard Childress 31 2,099 -38 0 6 -4 29 11 Rick Hendrick 88 2,098 -39 -1 12 1 29 12 Felix Sabates 1 2,098 -39 0 11 -1 29 13 Jeff Gordon 48 2,086 -51 -12 5 -8 29 14 Tony Stewart 4 2,082 -55 -4 15 1 29 15 Richard Childress 27 2,075 -62 -7 14 -1 29 16 Rob Kauffman 15 2,048 -89 -27 16 0 29 17 Linda Hendrick 5 770 -1,367 -1,278 17 0 29 18 Richard Petty 43 767 -1,370 -3 18 0 29 19 Chip Ganassi 42 746 -1,391 -21 19 0 29 20 Jack Roush 16 706 -1,431 -40 20 0 29 21 Richard Childress 3 647 -1,490 -59 21 0 29 22 Bob Germain 13 624 -1,513 -23 22 0 29 23 Tad Geschickter 47 600 -1,537 -24 23 0 29 24 Tony Stewart 10 597 -1,540 -3 24 0 29 25 Margaret Haas 14 581 -1,556 -16 25 0 29 26 Richard Petty 9 570 -1,567 -11 26 0 29 27 John Henry 17 561 -1,576 -9 27 0 29 28 Michael Waltrip 55 542 -1,595 -19 28 0 29 29 John Henry 6 530 -1,607 -12 29 0 29 30 Harry Scott Jr. 51 482 -1,655 -48 30 0 29 31 Bob Jenkins 35 446 -1,691 -36 31 0 29 32 Brad Jenkins 38 433 -1,704 -13 32 0 29 33 Michael Hillman 40 389 -1,748 -44 33 0 29 34 Jerry Freeze 34 387 -1,750 -2 34 0 29 35 Tommy Baldwin 7 352 -1,785 -35 35 0 29 36 Ron Devine 83 344 -1,793 -8 37 1 29 37 Joe Falk 33 341 -1,796 -3 36 -1 29 38 Harry Scott Jr. 46 294 -1,843 -47 38 0 29 39 Ron Devine 23 258 -1,879 -36 39 0 29 40 Mike Curb 98 239 -1,898 -19 40 0 29 41 Archie St Hilaire 32 232 -1,905 -7 41 0 29 42 Glen Wood 21 203 -1,934 -29 42 0 14 43 Anthony Marlowe 26 181 -1,956 -22 43 0 29 44 Bob Leavine 95 163 -1,974 -18 44 0 16 45 Jay Robinson 62 99 -2,038 -64 45 0 29 46 Rick Hendrick 25 89 -2,048 -10 46 0 5 47 John Cohen 44 12 -2,125 -77 47 0 4 48 Jay Robinson 66 8 -2,129 -4 48 0 4 49 Curtis Key Sr. 30 6 -2,131 -2 49 0 13 50 Robby Benton 129 0 -2,137 -6 51 1 4
RICHMOND, Va. -- Richard Childress Racing driver Brian Scott will celebrate a milestone tomorrow night when he makes his 200th career start in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. He's hoping his next milestone comes in another, more visible series. The 27-year-old said Friday at Richmond International Raceway that his plans for next season are uncertain, but that he'd like to be competing full-time in Sprint Cup . "I don't have plans yet," Scott said. "We're focused really hard at trying to move into Sprint Cup and find a competitive ride. But really the options are slim out there. It's tough to find. But that's what we're really focused on … try to make that step up and put together all the pieces we need to for a competitive ride. Trying to not be in the XFINITY Series next year at least on a full-time, for-points basis." The Boise, Idaho native has competed in the XFINIY Series on a full-time basis since 2009, driving for teams such as Braun Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing and Richard Childress Racing . Scott has been with RCR since 2013. Twice a winner in the Camping World Truck Series (at Dover and Phoenix), Scott is still chasing his first win in the XFINITY Series. He has managed 18 career top-fives, including four runner-up finishes. Any perceived lack of success on the undercard doesn't mean he isn't ready to take the next step. "I've felt like I've been ready for … probably the last two years," Scott said. "I've felt like I've got a really good understanding of almost all the race tracks that we go to. I felt like I've developed the consistency … It's really just kind of an opportunity thing. The right opportunities haven't come up in the past and I've been content to continue to run in the XFINITY Series. "I guess the difference this year is I've tried to draw a line in the sand, say I don't want to continue to find what's easy out there and continue to do the same thing. I want to take that next step and really kind of push for all or nothing." RCR currently fields three Sprint Cup Series teams for drivers Ryan Newman , Austin Dillon and Paul Menard . At one time, the organization did field four full-time teams. RCR has a technical alliance in place with Circle Sport Racing as well as Furniture Row Racing . Every option, Scott said, has been considered. "I'm not sure what's actually feasible and possible," he said. "Obviously I've really enjoyed my time at RCR; I love it there. It would be great to stay within their fold or if not under the same roof (then) be part of that technical alliance. "But we're not closing any doors; we're open to all opportunities. Nothing is off the table right now. We're exploring everything and trying to be very thorough in this process." Scott has 13 career Sprint Cup Series starts and one pole. His career-best finish, 13th, came at Las Vegas earlier this year. NASCAR XFINITY Series teams will be competing in the Virginia529 College Savings 250 Friday night at RIR (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).
Presenting NASCAR content from around the web Editor's note: On Wednesday at noon ET, "High 5" will present some of the best NASCAR-related content from around the web. 1. Water, water everywhere ... Well, at least a little bit, according to NASA, which reported on Monday that it had found signs of liquid water on Mars. Water! Strong evidence that liquid water flows on present-day Mars. Details: http://t.co/0MW11SANwL #MarsAnnouncement pic.twitter.com/JNksawz2iN — NASA (@NASA) September 28, 2015 Scientists are pointing to streaks called recurrent slope linaes, which have been spotted extensively on the planet. This is huge news in the scientific community, as water presence suggests an environment that could support human life. Awesome! But if only science were a give-and-take situation -- we could have solved this a while ago. Mars, you give us awesome aliens, we give you rain water that's probably still "weeping" at Kentucky Speedway from July. 2. Flying tempers Forget fly balls --- tempers were the ones flying in Sunday's Nationals-Phillies game. Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon didn't care for teammate Bryce Harper's lack of a hard run after a fly ball. And when Harper hit the dugout, Papelbon let him have it. Jonathan Papelbon attacking Bryce Harper? Jonathan Papelbon attacking Bryce Harper. pic.twitter.com/T2qof97Ymh — Jake Russell (@_JakeRussell) September 27, 2015 Blood pressure was also running high after Saturday night's XFINITY Series event at Kentucky Speedway . Brian Scott , unhappy with Darrell Wallace Jr . post-race, approached the No. 6 car and stuck his head in to ... have a chat? We'll let you all make that call. RELATED: Scott , Bubba get physical post-race at Kentucky 3. Divine intervention? Pope Francis is a powerful individual. So powerful that Philadelphia Eagles' head coach Chip Kelly credited Francis with the Eagles' win over the New York Jets on Sunday -- shortly after the Pope landed in Philadelphia. The Eagles were 0-2 before the matchup. "That the Pope helped us? That's 100 percent true," Kelly said jokingly on Sports Radio 94 WIP Monday. "If you watched what we did in the second half, we were trying to get the game over quicker so we could come back and see him." The Eagles aren't the only team that has been looking for a miracle as of late. Both Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer likely need a win to advance to the next round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . RELATED: Chase Bubble Watch after New Hampshire Well, one of them could win this week at Dover to nab a spot -- the other one just needs a visit from Pope Francis, right? 4. Gym rats The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James may have gotten a bit crazy with his workout schedule in the off-season. The 6-foot-8, 250-pound forward told reporters during the team's media day on Monday that he had been doing "three-a-days five days a week" in preparation for the season. If each workout spanned two hours each, that would mean King James spends a quarter of each workout day pumping iron. Jimmie, you better step it up. Oh wait, guess you did with a 100-mile bike right FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY. I don't know about you guys, but I celebrate my birthday by eating cake, not riding bikes. But hey, you do you, JJ -- guess you're called "Six-Time" for a reason. 5. Head-butting Brad Keselowski wasn't the only athlete to disagree with an official this weekend. RELATED: Mixed reviews for Keselowski's restart penalty Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton disagreed with veteran NFL referee Ed Hochuli's non-call of an alleged late hit on the quarterback during Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. Despite winning the game 27-22, Newton is still upset over the call, saying Hochuli told him he was "not old enough to get that call." "I didn't think you had to have seniority to get a personal foul or anything like that," Newton said after the game. According to the NFL Network, Hochuli denied saying that to Newton, but if Newton's allegations turn out to be true, Hochuli could be eventually reprimanded. Uh oh.