Showers at Michigan halt Quicken Loans 400 four times RELATED: Track live weather updates " Leaderboard BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 is being delayed by rain yet again, with the fourth red flag of the afternoon being displayed on Lap 139. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event took the green flag at 1:06 p.m. ET, but showers moved into the area approximately 10 minutes later, bringing out first a yellow flag then the first red flag. The flag moved from red to yellow around 2:30 p.m. ET, but rain returned to the area and the cars were brought back down pit road. A second red flag for weather was displayed at 2:34 p.m. ET. Racing resumed with a green flag at approximately 3:26 p.m. ET following the lengthy delay. But at 3:42 p.m. ET the red flag came out again. At 4:28 p.m. ET, the race went green, ending the third red-flag period, and the track was clear until 5:40 p.m. ET, at which point the red flag was displayed when a large storm moved in. Kurt Busch is the current leader, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. in second, followed by Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano. There are 16 of the NASCAR Air Titan dryers on site, plus 10 conventional jet dryers. They began circulating at 10 a.m. ET, shortly after the morning drizzle had stopped. The Quicken Loans 400 (FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM) is the 15th of 36 points races on this year's schedule. Sunday's delay marked the fifth time this season inclement weather has impacted a Sprint Cup event. Three of the four were completed on the originally scheduled date. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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SHR driver paces session with best speed of 202.094 mph RELATED: Live weather updates from Michigan " Practice 1 results Rain halted the opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Michigan International Speedway twice on Friday afternoon, but Kevin Harvick had already established a formidable speed atop the leaderboard that stuck through the remainder of the session. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver paced the field with a best speed of 202.492 mph, achieved in just five laps in prep for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). Joey Logano was second in the session at 201.607 mph, followed by last week's winner Martin Truex Jr . (201.157 mph), Denny Hamlin (200.921 mph) and Jeff Gordon (200.781 mph). Clint Bowyer struggled in the session with his new crew chief, Billy Scott, as the No. 15 Toyota came in 27th on the leaderboard at 197.055 mph. With 25 minutes left in the session, Kurt Busch lost control of his No. 41 Chevrolet, sending it into the outside wall. "Went down in there and was a little twitchier when it turned in and then it went full on left," Busch radioed to his team after the hit. "Sorry … it's pretty much ruined." Crew chief Tony Gibson decided to switch to a backup car, which the 2004 Cup champion will test run during Coors Light Pole Qualifying at 4:15 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See where your favorite driver will pit on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) RELATED: Full starting lineup " See all 43 cars The pit stall assignments are out for Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). Coors Light Pole Award winner Kasey Kahne got first pick of a stall on pit road and the Hendrick Motorsports driver chose the pit stall closest to the exit of pit road. Kahne will have a clear path off pit road to get back out to the 2-mile track. Kevin Harvick (starting second) has the pit stall right behind Kahne, which could make for some interesting races off pit road. Carl Edwards (starting fourth) and Ryan Blaney (starting fifth) have openings in front of them on pit road. Jeff Gordon (starting sixth) chose the pit stall closest to the entrance of pit road. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Host Matthew Dillner has a lot to deal with as he makes his way through the NASCAR XFINITY Series garage in Daytona.
Stewart-Haas Racing driver paces both sessions at Charlotte RELATED: Final practice results " See all 43 cars at Charlotte Kurt Busch topped final practice for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM) at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Busch led the 50-minute session with a fast lap of 188.653 mph. The driver of the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet also topped Saturday's earlier practice session. Kasey Kahne placed second in the session at a speed of 187.052 mph. The driver of the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet has four wins at Charlotte with three coming in the Coca-Cola 600 . Paul Menard (186.987 mph) was third, followed by Greg Biffle (186.942 mph) and polesitter Matt Kenseth (186.780 mph) rounded out the top five. MORE: Kenseth starts on pole Erik Jones spent the latter half of final practice logging laps in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Jones will be on standby for Kyle Busch on Sunday night in case he can't go the full distance. Busch is making his first points-paying start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since suffering a compound fracture of the right leg and a broken left foot in a crash in the NASCAR XFINITY Series opener at Daytona International Speedway in February. Jones made his Sprint Cup debut at Kansas Speedway two weeks ago; he also logged laps in relief of Denny Hamlin at Bristol Motor Speedway in April. The No. 18 Toyota was 17th in final practice. The standby plan was mentioned on Jones' Twitter feed. Erik will be on standby duty this weekend for @KyleBusch . As a precaution Erik will finish out happy hour on the 18 cup car. — Erik Jones (@erik_jones) May 23, 2015 Sunday's 600-miler is the longest race of the season in the Sprint Cup Series . Second practice " RELATED: Practice 2 results Kurt Busch topped the first of Saturday's two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice sessions at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM). Busch paced the 55-minute practice session with a fast lap of 192.644 mph. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver has just one win at Charlotte, a Coca-Cola 600 victory in 2010. Polesitter Matt Kenseth placed second in the session with a fast lap of 191.680 mph. Kenseth's first premier series win came in this race in 2000. Jimmie Johnson (190.813 mph) came in third, followed by David Ragan (190.550 mph) with Brad Keselowski (190.496 mph) rounding out the top five. Johnson is the defending race winner and has seven career wins at Charlotte, the most all-time. All three of Johnson's wins this season have come on intermediate tracks. Ragan went for a spin off Turn 4 late in practice, making no contact with the wall but going through the grass. The driver of the No. 55 Toyota suffered no real damage to the car and is set to start seventh in Sunday's race. Kyle Busch , who will be making his first points-paying Sprint Cup Series start of the season, finished the session sixth. Points leader Kevin Harvick , who has finished in the top two in all four races at intermediate tracks, placed 30th on the chart. AJ Allmendinger had his share of issues during the practice. The driver of the No. 47 appeared to scrape the wall and was fighting a loose car during the session in which he placed 33rd. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Take a look ahead at the action that awaits as both the NASCAR XFINITY and Sprint Cup Series head back to Daytona International Speedway.
After Race 15 of the 2015 season at Michigan International Speedway
Driver making third Cup start of 2015 at Pocono LONG POND, Pa. -- Ty Dillon was a bit more definitive about his 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series plans on Friday morning. "The plan is to be with be RCR," Dillon said. "And that's definitely what I want to do and my grandfather ( Richard Childress Racing team owner Richard Childress) so we're working 100 percent. There might be options later down the road, but right now we're 100 percent focused on getting sponsorship for full-time for RCR." That said, the driver who is currently second in the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings in his second full-time season says there is "nothing real concrete" yet about the move up. "We had talks, actually starting last year that going into this year we were going to start searching for an opportunity for me to run full-time in the Sprint Cup Series , like my brother (Austin) after his second year in the XFINITY Series . But it's a slow process. We're doing a lot of different things and working with a lot of different people. It's not really our main focus. It's kind of on the back burner at this point. "But if we could get something nailed down early, it would only help our effort for next year. But right now, my main focus as a driver is getting experience." The 23-year-old did offer up his dream scenario for next season, though. "I think in a perfect world, just to kind of put it out there, I would love to run both series full-time and compete for the Rookie-of-the-Year title in the Sprint Cup Series and do what my brother is kind of doing this year in the XFINITY Series , but run all the races if I could." Austin Dillon has run 10 XFINITY Series races so far this season with two wins, in addition to a full Sprint Cup slate. Dillon will make his third Cup start of 2015 in Sunday's Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 at Pocono Raceway (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM) and fifth of his career. His best finish so far was a 25th-place showing in his debut last Labor Day weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway . FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
XFINITY Series points leader discusses what he hopes the future holds NEWTON, Iowa – When Austin Dillon wrapped up his 2013 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship run, he'd run two full-time Camping World Truck seasons (winning a title in his second) another two at the XFINITY level and had a ride with the sport's most famous number – 3 – waiting for him in the Sprint Cup Series . Austin's brother, Ty, is well on his way to his own XFINITY Series championship – in his second campaign after two full-time seasons in the Truck Series , no less – as the points leader after the season's first nine races. Only difference is, with Richard Childress Racing 's three-car stable occupied by Austin, Ryan Newman and Paul Menard , there's no clear option for Ty to advance to. That doesn't mean Ty and his grandfather and RCR team owner, Richard Childress, aren't coming up with a plan. "We've definitely talked about (my Cup plans for 2016) and I think it's our goal," Ty said Saturday at Iowa Speedway , site of Sunday's 3M 250 (2 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). "It's my goal and my grandfather and I have talked about it a lot, (running) in Cup next year. "Still working on things, but that's next year. I think if we win the championship this year, it'll make plans easier to come by." Coming off a championship certainly helped Austin's case, as he had big shoes to fill and doubters to quiet, stepping into a car that adorns the number Dale Earnhardt made famous. The only problem with Ty's plans for next year is that there's no obvious car to step into, famous or not. It's conceivable that the No. 33 Circle Sport Chevrolet in which, RCR has an alliance with and the car that Ty has made his four Cup starts in over the past two years, could be transformed into a fourth Childress entry, but nothing has been said to indicate this. Expansion has been a trend the past two seasons with Joe Gibbs Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing going to four-car teams. JGR added a fourth team for the 2015 season to compete with other four-car stables in SHR and Hendrick Motorsports , but the organization has had some ups and downs in the early going since expanding to four cars. Either way, Ty is focusing on the task at hand. "We just have to focus on my job, and that's to win races," the 23-year-old driver said. "Hopefully sponsorship and everything will come together, but (running Cup in 2016) is our full intention." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule