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Top consecutive 10-lap averages for Talladega
Final practice: Results Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 18 Kyle Busch (C) 11 20 195.398 2 20 Matt Kenseth (C) 11 20 195.348 3 78 Martin Truex Jr . (C) 3 12 195.314 4 11 Denny Hamlin (C) 3 12 195.314 5 5 Kasey Kahne 2 11 193.453 6 99 * Ryan Reed (i) 2 11 193.394 7 88 Alex Bowman (i) 2 11 193.376 8 48 Jimmie Johnson (C) 2 11 193.348 9 24 Chase Elliott # (C) 2 11 193.133 Practice 1: Results Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 16 Greg Biffle 2 11 195.657 2 44 Brian Scott 4 13 194.855 3 95 Michael McDowell 2 11 194.531 4 4 Kevin Harvick # (C) 4 13 194.201 5 43 Aric Almirola 3 12 194.173 6 88 Alex Bowman (i) 8 17 193.979 7 22 Joey Logano (C) 5 14 193.941 8 24 Chase Elliott # (C) 7 16 193.927 9 10 Danica Patrick 3 12 193.909 10 48 Jimmie Johnson (C) 3 12 193.895 11 21 * Ryan Blaney # 3 12 193.886 12 47 AJ Allmendinger 6 15 193.883 13 5 Kasey Kahne 7 16 193.849 14 42 Kyle Larson 7 16 191.233 15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr . 2 11 191.115 16 6 Trevor Bayne 2 11 191.073 17 3 Austin Dillon (C) 6 15 189.066 18 2 Brad Keselowski (C) 1 10 188.422 19 1 Jamie McMurray 24 33 187.786 20 34 Chris Buescher 1 10 185.131 -- Car must run 10 consecutive laps on the track to be included in the above charts. (C) indicates driver is in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . (#) indicates Sunoco Rookie of the Year Candidate. (*) indicates driver required to qualify on time. (i) indicates ineligible for Sprint Cup championship points.
Junior finds Intimidator's dirt car roof, more tweets
Editor's note: Every Friday, "Tweets You Might Have Missed" will present eight of the best NASCAR-related tweets from the week. 1. Through the help of a good friend, I acquired this roof today. Was from a dirt car my father drove in 1982. Very grateful to have it. pic.twitter.com/bnW545ZAAp — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) October 19, 2016 2. @JeffGordonWeb Staying busy in NY! @LiveWithKelley and @ciara , hanging with @JerrySeinfeld and @michaelstrahan pic.twitter.com/yCNigQf4QD — Ingrid Vandebosch (@ivandebosch) October 19, 2016 3. My guys think they're funny @Team_FRM pic.twitter.com/LJPeJg51jy — landon cassill (@landoncassill) October 18, 2016 4. A little bump-drafting practice to get ready for @TalladegaSuperS . Did not end well for daddy. pic.twitter.com/h17p6cphH7 — Brian Scott (@bscottracing) October 20, 2016 5. Sorry mom! #lookbackatit pic.twitter.com/9w3NJBklTo — Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) October 19, 2016 6. Found my helper for today's workout pic.twitter.com/ap4ybPLBSt — Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) October 19, 2016 7. In honor of Halloween being just around the corner!! #Frankenstein #cake #cakedesign #Halloween2016 pic.twitter.com/nzvFmHFhpN — Haley Dillon (@HaleyKDillon) October 19, 2016 8. Cash seems to be a bit LOOSE!!! pic.twitter.com/6e5bfvoFZG — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) October 17, 2016
Talladega Sprint Cup qualifying order
RELATED: How qualifying works at Talladega # Car Driver Team 1 32 Bobby Labonte VisoneRV.com Ford 2 93 * Matt DiBenedetto Dustless Blasting Toyota 3 7 Regan Smith Golden Corral Chevrolet 4 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Chevrolet 5 55 * Reed Sorenson Toyota 6 35 * David Gilliland Dockside Logistics Ford 7 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna Chevrolet 8 83 Jeffrey Earnhardt # Starter Toyota 9 23 David Ragan sweetFrog Toyota 10 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Chevrolet 11 41 Kurt Busch (C) Haas Automation/Monster Energy Chevrolet 12 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 13 3 Austin Dillon (C) American Ethanol Chevrolet 14 22 Joey Logano (C) Shell Pennzoil Ford 15 21 * Ryan Blaney # Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 16 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 17 2 Brad Keselowski (C) Miller Lite Ford 18 14 Tony Stewart Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 19 10 Danica Patrick Nature's Bakery Chevrolet 20 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 21 11 Denny Hamlin (C) FedEx Ground Toyota 22 42 Kyle Larson Energizer Chevrolet 23 78 Martin Truex Jr (C) Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota 24 18 Kyle Busch (C) Snickers Halloween Toyota 25 99 * Ryan Reed (i) Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford 26 27 Paul Menard SYLVANIA/Menards Chevrolet 27 88 Alex Bowman (i) Mountain Dew Chevrolet 28 5 Kasey Kahne UniFirst Chevrolet 29 19 Carl Edwards (C) Subway Toyota 30 24 Chase Elliott # (C) NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 31 20 Matt Kenseth (C) DeWalt Flexvolt Toyota 32 48 Jimmie Johnson (C) Lowe's Pro Services Chevrolet 33 4 Kevin Harvick (C) Jimmy John's Chevrolet 34 38 Landon Cassill FR8 Auctions Ford 35 44 Brian Scott # Goody's Ford 36 95 Michael McDowell KLOVE Radio Chevrolet 37 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 38 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Zest Ford 39 34 Chris Buescher # Love's Travel Stops Ford 40 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger/ Scott Products Chevrolet 41 16 Greg Biffle Cheez-it Ford *Driver is required to qualify on time, (i) ineligible for driver points in this series
No. 48 appeal avoids repeat of 2006 pit pick
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
GarageCam asks who's hungry for a 'Dega win
GarageCam host, Matthew Dillner, takes you on an exclusive and interactive tour of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage before teams hit the track at Talladega Superspeedway.
Kyle Busch paces opening practice at Kansas
RELATED: Practice 1 results " Best 10-lap averages " Chase Grid Defending champion Kyle Busch landed atop the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leaderboard Friday afternoon in opening practice at Kansas Speedway . Busch ripped off a lap of 194.595 mph around the 1.5-mile track in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota. His speed slightly slower than the track qualifying record of 197.612 mph, set by Kevin Harvick in October 2014. His brother, Kurt Busch , was second-fastest in the 70-minute session with a best lap of 194.119 mph in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Chevrolet. Carl Edwards was third-fastest at 194.098 mph in the Gibbs No. 19 Toyota in opening prep for Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 (2:15 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the fifth of 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. Alex Bowman , scheduled for his sixth Sprint Cup start of the season in place of Dale Earnhardt Jr ., was fourth-fastest in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet. Teammate Chase Elliott , a top Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate, completed the top five in his No. 24 Chevy (194.056 mph). The cars of Kyle Busch , a first-time Kansas winner in May, and Kyle Larson were both held in the garage for 30 minutes as a penalty for post-race actions in last weekend's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway . NASCAR competition officials had warned teams three weeks ago in the drivers' and crew chiefs' meeting at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to avoid taking measures on the cool-down lap that might circumvent the post-race Laser Inspection Station (LIS) platform. "We told them then that we would look at our resources after the races and we've been doing that," said Scott Miller, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition. "They swerved. That's about all there is to it." The cars of Tony Stewart , Regan Smith , Paul Menard and Kasey Kahne were also held 15 minutes on pit road for an accumulation of written warnings and minor infractions. The practice session began 20 minutes after its scheduled 1 p.m. ET start time because of persistent damp conditions after a morning rain. To allow teams more practice time, the end of the session was extended five minutes to 2:30 p.m. ET. Martin Truex Jr ., set to make his 400th premier-series start Sunday, was seventh-fastest in the Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota (193.882 mph). Jimmie Johnson , last weekend's winner in Charlotte, was eighth-best on the early leaderboard in his No. 48 HMS Chevy (193.653 mph). &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Top consecutive 10-lap averages for Kansas
Practice 1: Results Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 11 Denny Hamlin (C) 3 12 186.256 2 13 Casey Mears 1 10 185.041 Practice 2: Results Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 18 Kyle Busch (C) 1 10 182.530 2 27 Paul Menard 1 10 181.964 3 19 Carl Edwards (C) 16 25 181.930 4 42 Kyle Larson 14 23 181.592 5 14 Tony Stewart 1 10 181.370 6 1 Jamie McMurray 19 28 181.028 7 11 Denny Hamlin (C) 1 10 180.975 8 20 Matt Kenseth (C) 19 28 180.946 9 3 Austin Dillon (C) 18 27 180.860 10 2 Brad Keselowski (C) 21 30 180.595 11 21 * Ryan Blaney # 14 23 180.335 12 16 Greg Biffle 25 34 179.901 13 24 Chase Elliott # (C) 20 29 179.575 14 6 Trevor Bayne 22 31 179.469 15 5 Kasey Kahne 13 22 179.367 16 31 Ryan Newman 18 27 179.199 17 95 Michael McDowell 5 14 178.752 18 23 David Ragan 10 19 177.826 19 44 Brian Scott # 9 18 176.984 Practice 3: Results Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 4 Kevin Harvick (C) 1 10 183.740 2 14 Tony Stewart 1 10 183.490 3 18 Kyle Busch (C) 1 10 183.346 4 24 Chase Elliott # (C) 1 10 183.208 5 20 Matt Kenseth (C) 1 10 182.690 6 42 Kyle Larson 20 29 182.534 7 27 Paul Menard 1 10 182.483 8 5 Kasey Kahne 35 44 182.422 9 3 Austin Dillon (C) 1 10 182.393 10 2 Brad Keselowski (C) 1 10 182.371 11 11 Denny Hamlin (C) 1 10 182.144 12 31 Ryan Newman 1 10 182.004 13 41 Kurt Busch (C) 32 41 181.903 14 1 Jamie McMurray 34 43 181.813 15 48 Jimmie Johnson (C) 1 10 181.773 16 78 Martin Truex Jr . (C) 6 15 181.768 17 88 Alex Bowman (i) 24 33 181.642 18 22 Joey Logano (C) 23 32 181.612 19 21 * Ryan Blaney # 21 30 181.127 20 19 Carl Edwards (C) 28 37 180.788 21 10 Danica Patrick 1 10 179.888 22 7 Regan Smith 1 10 179.836 23 23 David Ragan 1 10 179.544 24 34 Chris Buescher # 18 27 179.322 25 83 Matt DiBenedetto 1 10 179.074 26 95 Michael McDowell 5 14 178.930 27 43 Aric Almirola 25 34 178.599 28 46 Michael Annett 15 24 173.901 * Car must run 10 consecutive laps on the track to be included in the above charts. (C) indicates driver is in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup .
Stewart visits hauler after incident with Scott
RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Tony Stewart 's final trip to Darlington Raceway as a Sprint Cup driver ended with a post-race visit with NASCAR officials, but the three-time series champion was smiling as he departed. "Got to come in and check in once in a while," Stewart said. "It was a happy visit." Officials had requested the presence of Stewart and crew chief Mike Bugarewicz following the race to discuss an on-track incident between the Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner and driver and fellow competitor Brian Scott (No. 44 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports ). Contact between the two on Lap 204 of the Bojangles' Southern 500 brought out the caution flag for the third time in the 367-lap race. Scott , who was four laps down at the time, was on the outside of Stewart as the two came off the second turn of the 1.366-mile track. The two cars touched and Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet shot briefly to the inside, then darted back up the track and caught the left rear of Scott's Ford. The RPM entry spun to the inside where it hit the wall. Unable to return to the race, Scott finished 39th in the 40-car field. RELATED: Examining the Chase bubble In the garage afterward, Scott said he was attempting to let drivers on fresher tires, including Stewart, go by. "I think he got inside of me and got loose there," Scott said of the initial contact. "I was pointing him to the inside to let him go. Apparently he got mad at me. … I have a lot of respect for Tony. He has always raced me really clean. … I am not sure if he thought I was trying to hold him up there; I wasn't. I was trying to let him go. I even pointed him to the inside. Maybe he thought I was giving him the finger or something. I will talk with him. We will figure it out." Stewart, who was running 13th at the time, eventually saw his night come to an end when the engine overheated in his No. 14 Chevrolet. Retiring from Sprint Cup competition at the end of the season, he ends his Darlington career winless in 24 career attempts. It is one of only two current tracks where he failed to score at least one Sprint Cup victory -- Kentucky Speedway is the final track on his winless list. Officially, he completed 317 laps and finished 35th. "Overheating was the first part of it, and it finally grenaded," Stewart said of the engine trouble. "It was 375 degrees on water temperature. "There's a screen in there that keeps all the trash from getting into the radiator and it got separated from its mount, so all the trash was getting underneath it and going up inside the radiator and it just kept blocking it until we finally lost the motor." The meeting with officials after the race was brief. "We wanted to hear from Tony, get his perspective on what he saw out there," Kurt Culbert, managing director of racing communications for NASCAR, said. "It was more about gaining information than anything else and to confirm that it will be over with once we leave here." Stewart has one victory this season, winning on the Sonoma Raceway road course, and is locked into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . Scott is in his first full season of Sprint Cup competition and is 33rd in points. &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;gt;
Scott picks up heavy damage after contact with Stewart
Tony Stewart and Brian Scott make contact sending Scott into the wall and causing major damage to the No. 44 Ford at Darlington Raceway.
Patrick, Mears and Scott involved in wreck
Following a restart Casey Mears and Danica Patrick get together, collecting Brian Scott at Michigan International Speedway.