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Kyle Busch dominates New Hampshire to snag sixth win of 2016
RELATED: Results " Standings LOUDON, N.H. -- Another NASCAR XFINITY Series race, another set of milestones for Kyle Busch. Leading 190 of 200 laps in Saturday's AutoLotto 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Busch held off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones in the closing laps to claim his 82nd career victory, extending his own series record. In the process, Busch raised his total of XFINITY laps led to 17,064, once again extending his own record. Busch won for the fifth time in 11 races at the Magic Mile and the sixth time in 10 starts this season. "I guess they're big numbers," said Busch, who ran the entire race on one set of left-side tires and arrived at the finish line 1.499 seconds ahead of Jones, who had taken four tires on his final pit stop under caution on Lap 178. "I really don't know what big numbers are, and records are made to be broken. "There may be somebody like me that comes along down the road that does the same thing that I've been fortunate enough to do … Running in this series is something fun for me to do, cool for me to do, and it also helps me out and gets me a little more experience." Brad Keselowski ran third but didn't have an answer for the top two JGR cars. Daniel Suarez came home fourth, followed by Austin Dillon . "We had a decent day," Keselowski said. "A little better than where we have been, which was something to be proud of, but of course we want to get to Victory Lane with the (No. 22 Team Penske) Ford. We aren't quite there, but we'll keep pushing. "That was a step in the right direction overall for sure." Busch may have been dominant up front, but there were compelling subplots behind him, the most noteworthy between Ty Dillon and Alex Bowman . Bowman, who will sub for ailing Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, turned left into Dillon's No. 3 Chevrolet off Turn 2 on Lap 76, sending Dillon's car into the outside wall. Dillon was convinced Bowman wrecked him on purpose. Bowman asserted his car was forced wide, and the contact was unintentional. Dillon returned to action 55 laps down after repairs in the garage and twice tried to impede Bowman's progress on the track. "He tried to wreck me about four times after (the accident)," Bowman said after the race. "I don't blame him for being upset. He has every right to be upset… "He drove me way up the race track (right before the contact). He obviously got tight underneath me. I had a ton of wheel in it, and it finally caught. I barely came off the wall. You come off the wall six inches and you tag somebody in the right rear. I hate that for the 3 car, but I definitely didn't do it intentionally. He can think what he wants." Bowman was able to continue despite damage to the left front of his No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet and posted an eighth-place finish. Dillon, on the other hand, was scored 33rd and held third place in the XFINITY standings but fell to 48 points behind Suarez, who also expanded his series lead to 15 points over second-place Elliott Sadler , who ran 10th on Saturday.
Like with his beloved drums, Bubba seeks proper rhythm
RELATED: Race Center for AutoLotto 200 There's a cadence to a lap at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . Gas, lift, brake, turn the wheel. Gas, lift, brake, turn the wheel. Gas, lift, brake, turn the wheel. The best drivers do each of those things in the same place at the same time on every lap, a mad-dash meets a metronome at more than 100 mph. Because it has short straightaways, tight corners and little banking, New Hampshire demands mistake-free rhythm, and the drivers who succeed at Loudon coax all four of their limbs to work in concert from the green flag until the checkered. NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Darrell Wallace Jr . has found a unique way off the track to fine-tune his rhythm on the track: He plays the drums. "My mom says I was beating on pots and pans since I was 2 years old. So I guess I had something for it," he says. RELATED: Growing NASCAR one tweet at a time He got his first drum set when he was 11 or 12, and he played the bass drum in the seventh and eighth grade band. He gave the instrument up for a while, and then last year, when he bought a house, he bought a new kit. Since then, he says, he has practiced the drums daily, often for two hours at a time. "The drums help with hand-eye coordination," he says, which next to patience is the most important attribute a driver needs. "You're doing something different with each arm and each leg on your body. It's something to keep a good rhythm with -- which is what you need. You need a good rhythm with hitting your marks every time. I think that helps out a lot." New Hampshire, site of this weekend's AutoLotto 200 , requires more rhythm and timing than most tracks. ( AutoLotto , a new mobile application that allows users to play the Powerball from their smartphones, is also the sponsor on Wallace's No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang.) Intermediate tracks with wide surfaces and ample banking, like Atlanta Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway , allow drivers to move up and down the race track searching for the fastest line. At the restrictor-plate tracks of Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway , the draft means no two laps are ever exactly the same. The difference between places like that and places like New Hampshire is the difference between a jam session and a recording session, the difference between going with the flow and being precise. At New Hampshire, if drivers miss the beat, even by a fraction of a second, it could mean the difference between getting booed off stage and being hailed for an encore. "That place is pretty tough if you can't get around there," Wallace says "You've got to be able to learn how the car will handle under heavy braking. You've got to have a lot of patience through the center of the corner, letting the car rotate and turn. You've got to have good forward drive off the corner. You can't spin the tires coming off the corner. So it's all about rhythm -- where your lifting points are, where your marks are." The way Wallace prepares to play a song is similar to the way he prepares to race at a track. He listens to the song, and if there is video available, he watches that. Before the New Hampshire race, he plans to watch last year's TV coverage and whatever in-car cameras he can find, including his own, which he will examine to see where on the track he was fast and where he wasn't. For other drivers, he will watch the steering wheel/attitude of the car and listen to the throttle for clues about when and where they hit their marks. "It's a quick process leading up to the point to play (a song), but then it's going back and recording yourselves thousands of times going back and watching where you're messing up," he says. "It takes time, and it takes patience. There's a lot of tough parts about a certain race track. There's a lot of tough parts about learning a song." MORE: Blaney-Wallace the next death metal duo?
Dillon on Bowman: 'He wrecked me on purpose'
RELATED: Best at-track photos Saturday at New Hampshire LOUDON, N.H. -- Alex Bowman gained a lot of new fans this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway -- but he may have earned an on-track enemy, as well. Bowman, the 23-year-old tapped to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. (concussion-like symptoms) in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series New Hampshire 301 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), got into an on-track incident with full-time XFINITY Series driver Ty Dillon shortly before the midway point in Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series Auto Lotto 200 race. The No. 88 JR Motorsports driver appeared to clip the right rear of Dillon's No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet on the straightaway, sending the title hopeful into the outside wall and out of race contention. Bowman indicated over his team radio that it was not intentional and that his Camaro was battling tight handling, but Dillon wasn't buying it. "Just watching the replay, he wrecked me on purpose," Dillon said in the garage as his No. 3 crew worked to repair his ride. " ... You can ask everybody that was around the 88 today. I'm sure after the race they'll say that he was the toughest one to pass for whatever reason. " ... He felt like he needed to turn me down the straightaway. Obviously I'm not very happy. I'll just try and be the cooler head right now because I'm glad he's still out there on the track and not here (in the garage) with me." Bowman maintained after the race that while he "wasn't really thrilled with how (Dillon) drove (him) prior to the wreck" that "it wasn't, by any means, intentional," but he'll probably wait a bit to offer a face-to-face apology to Dillon. "I'll talk to him, probably let him cool down a little bit," said Bowman, set for his first Sprint Cup Series start of the season on Sunday. "Kid tried to wreck me like four times but he couldn't get it done after that. Probably let him calm down without it turning into just him yelling at me. That's probably what he's going to do. That's probably what I'd do, too. I'd be upset, too. He has every right to be upset. " ... He'll get over it someday." Dillon was able to get back out on the track after the midway mark, but came out more than 50 laps off the pace. He finished 33rd. The championship hopeful came into the race 19 points behind leader Daniel Suarez, in third place. That gap widened to 48 points, just six ahead of second-place finisher Erik Jones . "Pretty upset right now. It's not how you race," Dillon said. "You don't turn me when we're going down the straightaway. I don't know what to say, because I don't have anything good to say, except for I'm glad he's not around right now. "Seemed like (his car) turned pretty good down the straightaway when I was passed him, so maybe he needs to figure out what loose and tight mean. Maybe I can explain it to him."
RECAP: Rowdy reigns supreme at the 'Magic Mile'
NASCAR.com's Costner Merrifield recaps the AutoLotto 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as Alex Bowman and Ty Dillon tussle, Bubba bounces back from a wreck, and Kyle Busch claims his 82nd NASCAR Xfinity Series victory.
John Wes Townley sitting out Eldora race with possible concussion
Concord, N.C. (July 18, 2016) – John Wes Townley remains under treatment for a possible concussion and will not compete in Wednesday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway. ARCA competitor Brady Boswell will drive the No. 05 Zaxby's/Jive Communications Chevrolet at Eldora for Townley. The 19-year-old Boswell, like Townley, is a resident of Watkinsville, Georgia. Both drivers are graduates of North Oconee High School in Bogart, Georgia. Veteran driver and NASCAR on NBC analyst Parker Kligerman will substitute for Townley in Friday night's ARCA Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by Jive at Lucas Oil Raceway. Townley is scheduled to be re-evaluated by his physician July 25, when he anticipates gaining medical clearance to return to competition in ARCA and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for events next week at Pocono Raceway.
Dale's call: Bowman misses FaceTime with boss
LOUDON, N.H. -- We found out earlier this weekend that Alex Bowman is prone to missing important phone calls, but you'd think when the boss man tries to FaceTime, he'd answer. Not quite. RELATED: Bowman gets call to jump in No. 88 -- sends it to voicemail After placing eighth in Saturday's AutoLotto 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Bowman -- tapped to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Sunday's New Hampshire 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event -- mentioned in his post-race press conference that Junior "loves to FaceTime." But he's never answered the, for lack of a better term, Dale Call. "I don't think I've ever actually answered any type of video chat from him," Bowman said. "Definitely missed a few from him." Race weekends are busy, sure, but you'd think the 23-year-old would jump at the opportunity to take a video chat from the man for whom he's subbing, knowing Earnhardt is hanging around his house, bored and probably Netflixed-out as he recovers from concussion-like symptoms. "Dale's probably sitting at home, super bored, watching the TV," said Bowman, who will line up 20th in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. "He's probably criticizing what I did today, saying 'Why didn't you do a better job?.' I don't know; he's probably just really bored at home trying to talk to everybody last night. "I just know that everybody's phone kept ringing (Friday) night. I was in the shower, (spotter) TJ Majors told me that he was in the shower and his phone rang three times. So, Dale was just wanting to talk." </p>
Busch rock solid in 'The Granite State'
Kyle Busch celebrates in victory lane following the AutoLotto 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Jones eyeing improvement after clinching Chase berth
Erik Jones clinched his spot in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase after a strong run in the AutoLotto 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Battle on restart bounces Bubba
Darrell Wallace Jr. battles with Austin Dillon late in the AutoLotto 200 sending Wallace spinning, collecting Ryan Preece and Ross Chastain.
Bowman: 'It's my fault'
Alex Bowman talks about making contact with Ty Dillon, causing Dillon to him to receive severe damage after hitting the wall during the AutoLotto 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.