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Jones scores first top-10 finish in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
RELATED: Full race results " Updated standings " Detailed breakdown AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Erik Jones’ No. 77 Furniture Row Racing team did everything right in Sunday's Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway -- except for predicting how many cars would take two tires versus four on the final pit stop before overtime. Jones was running fifth when a melted bead caused Joey Logano's right front tire to explode and sent the No. 22 Ford of the polesitter into the Turn 1 wall on Lap 307 of a scheduled 312. Jones took four tires under the ensuing caution and restarted 14th. He was able to regain six positions in the two-lap overtime that took the race to Lap 314, but for the third straight week, Jones finished lower than where he had run for much of a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. The eighth-place finish nevertheless was the first top-10 of Jones' fledgling Monster Energy Series career. "When you feel like you have a fifth-place car, you want to run fifth, but it just didn't work out at the end," Jones said. "We had a lot of guys take two (tires). A lot more than I thought would. A lot more, obviously, than (crew chief) Chris (Gayle) thought would. "We had a great restart and were able to get back up to eighth. Not too much gain, not too much loss. A solid day for us. Definitely the best day overall for the 5-Hour Energy Camry. Just well put together. We got better all day, had good pit stops, good on pit road, executed well and did everything we needed to do to run in the top 10." Jones was one of two Sunoco rookies to get a maiden top 10 on Sunday. Fellow Toyota driver Daniel Suarez finished seventh, gaining five positions after the final restart. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Owner Standings
MORE: XFINITY owner standings " Camping World owner standings Owner Car # Points Ldr Behind leader Nxt Race Wins Stage Wins Playoff points Attempts 1 Chip Ganassi Racing 42 184 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 Hendrick Motorsports 24 171 -13 -13 0 1 1 4 3 Furniture Row Racing 78 153 -31 -18 1 2 7 4 4 Team Penske 2 143 -41 -10 1 0 5 4 5 Team Penske 22 135 -49 -8 0 1 1 4 6 Wood Brothers Racing 21 127 -57 -8 0 0 0 4 7 Chip Ganassi Racing 1 119 -65 -4 0 0 0 4 8 Stewart-Haas Racing 4 113 -71 -6 0 3 3 4 9 Stewart-Haas Racing 41 105 -79 -8 1 0 5 4 10 Hendrick Motorsports 5 105 -79 0 0 0 0 4 11 Richard Childress Racing 31 101 -83 -4 1 0 5 4 12 Roush Fenway Racing 6 100 -84 -1 0 0 0 4 13 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 97 -87 -3 0 1 1 4 14 Joe Gibbs Racing 11 97 -87 0 0 0 0 4 15 Stewart-Haas Racing 14 97 -87 0 0 0 0 4 16 Hendrick Motorsports 48 93 -91 -4 0 0 0 4 17 Richard Petty Motorsports 43 90 -94 -3 0 0 0 4 18 Furniture Row Racing 77 82 -102 -8 0 0 0 4 19 Richard Childress Racing 27 78 -106 -4 0 0 0 4 20 Joe Gibbs Racing 20 72 -112 -6 0 0 0 4 21 Joe Gibbs Racing 19 72 -112 0 0 0 0 4 22 Roush Fenway Racing 17 71 -113 -1 0 0 0 4 23 Hendrick Motorsports 88 70 -114 -1 0 0 0 4 24 Germain Racing 13 68 -116 -2 0 0 0 4 25 Richard Childress Racing 3 66 -118 -2 0 0 0 4 26 Leavine Family Racing 95 62 -122 -4 0 0 0 4 27 GO FAS Racing 32 56 -128 -6 0 0 0 4 28 Front Row Motorsports 34 55 -129 -1 0 0 0 4 29 Stewart-Haas Racing 10 52 -132 -3 0 0 0 4 30 TriStar Motorsports 72 50 -134 -2 0 0 0 4 31 Premium Motorsports 15 48 -136 -2 0 0 0 4 32 JTG Daugherty Racing 47 39 -145 -9 0 0 0 4 33 JTG Daugherty Racing 37 39 -145 0 0 0 0 4 34 Front Row Motorsports 38 37 -147 -2 0 0 0 4 35 Beard Motorsports 175 26 -158 -11 0 0 0 1 36 Circle Sport / TMG 33 21 -163 -5 0 0 0 4 37 BK Racing 23 19 -165 -2 0 0 0 4 38 BK Racing 83 18 -166 -1 0 0 0 4 39 Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 17 -167 -1 0 0 0 1 40 Rick Ware Racing 51 7 -177 -10 0 0 0 4 41 Premium Motorsports 55 7 -177 0 0 0 0 4 42 Gaunt Brothers Racing 96 1 -183 -6 0 0 0 1
Truex, Elliott lead final Vegas Monster Energy Series practices
BUY TICKETS: See the races in Las Vegas RELATED: Second practice results " Third practice results Martin Truex Jr. topped the leaderboard in the final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, logging a lap at 188.613 mph in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota. Right behind him was Chase Elliott, who led Monster Energy Series practice earlier in the day, in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at 188.574 mph. Rounding out the top five were: Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at 188.436 mph, Matt Kenseth in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at 188.258 mph and pole winner Brad Keselowski in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford at 188.140 mph. Late in the practice, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. scraped the right side of his No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford against the outside wall. His car suffered significant damage, and he will use a backup car in Sunday's Kobalt 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX). Earlier in the day, Elliott led Saturday's first practice in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series , wheeling his No. 24 Chevrolet around the 1.5-mile track at 191.510 mph. Kyle Larson was second in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet at 188.818 mph. A pair of Toyotas -- Joe Gibbs Racing's Kenseth and Kyle Busch -- were third and fourth, respectively. Hendrick's Kasey Kahne rounded out the top five in the No. 5 Chevrolet. The top Ford team was Ryan Blaney in sixth place in the No. 21 for Wood Brothers Racing. Blaney qualified third for Sunday's race with fellow Ford driver Brad Keselowski winning the Coors Light Pole Award. NASCAR opened up the timing lines on pit road for practice, allowing teams to practice pit road speeds following the race in Atlanta when there were 13 penalties for speeding. Meanwhile, three teams served practice penalties: Kahne's No. 5 and Truex's No. 78 failed templates twice in pre-qualifying inspection and lost 15 minutes of practice time. And Erik Jones' No. 77 failed weights and measures three times and lost 15 minutes of practice time, along with pit selection.
Sting to headline NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards in Las Vegas
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Grammy Award-winning artist Sting will perform at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards on Friday, Dec. 2, at Wynn Las Vegas. The finale of NASCAR Champion’s Week festivities, the annual awards show brings together some of the greatest names in sports and entertainment to celebrate the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, team owner and 16 Chase drivers. Sting will headline the event, performing both a classic hit and a selection from his new album, 57th & 9th , released November 11 on A&M/Interscope Records. His 12th studio album and first rock/pop project in more than a decade, the 10-song collection represents a wide range of Sting's musical and songwriting styles, including the raucous first single "I Can't Stop Thinking About You," the anthemic, "50,000" and the ferocious, Road Warrior style imagery of, "Petrol Head." The latter is also the aptly named anthem of NASCAR's latest video release designed to build anticipation for the final two races of the season and ultimately the crowning of a new champion. NBCSN presents complete coverage from Wynn Las Vegas beginning at 7 p.m. ET with "NASCAR America," followed by red carpet coverage at 8 p.m. ET and subsequent coverage of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards at 9 p.m. ET. Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 will carry the show live at 8 p.m. ET. Sting released five studio albums as a member of The Police alongside Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers, earning six Grammy Awards, two Brits and induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. As one of the world’s most distinctive solo artists, he has earned an additional 10 Grammy Awards, two Brits, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, three Oscar nominations, a TONY nomination, Billboard Magazine's Century Award, and MusiCares 2004 Person of the Year. Later this month, the American Music Awards will bestow him with their "Award of Merit." Sting joins a star-studded group of musicians who have previously performed at NASCAR's championship celebration, including Andy Grammar, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Sara Bareilles, John Mellencamp, Aloe Blacc, and Kid Rock. Please visit ChampionsWeek.NASCAR.com to view the full NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week schedule. Tune in to watch as the Chase drivers vie to make the Championship 4 in the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway this Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Leavine Family Racing secures Sprint Cup Series charter
MORE: Buy tickets for Homestead-Miami Championship Weekend NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owner Tommy Baldwin said Thursday that this weekend's event at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be the last as a full-time organization for his single-car outfit. The former crew chief said in a post on Facebook that "we felt it's time for a new chapter in our lives and we have sold our charter to a great group of people who will continue to guide our vision." According to a release from Leaving Family Racing, which currently runs under the Circle Sport Leavine Family Racing name, LFR has purchased the charter from Tommy Baldwin Racing . No purchase price was announced. Baldwin's team currently fields the No. 7 Chevrolet with driver Regan Smith . The team was formed following the departure of Bill Davis Racing, for whom Baldwin served as crew chief, in 2009. It has just two top-five finishes in nearly 400 starts, the most recent coming at Pocono this year when Smith finished third. "For the past eight years we've shown up at every race, worked hard to compete at the top level and bring value to our sponsors," Baldwin wrote. "I feel confident that we are moving on having accomplished that. There have been many teams like ours that have come and gone. I'm proud that we have been able to sustain ourselves from the very beginning. … "If you're reading this, you already know that NASCAR is the greatest sport in the world. I have been blessed to have a career in motorsports because of how NASCAR has grown over the years." Baldwin went on to say that he isn't sure what the future holds; fielding a part-time team wasn't mentioned but neither was closing the team entirely. Securing the charter means that the LFR team, which currently fields the No. 95 Chevrolet for driver Michael McDowell , will be guaranteed a starting spot in each race next season. " Leavine Family Racing is committed to continued growth on and off the race track," owner Bob Leavine said. "The charter is a meaningful step forward for our team and provides us further stability as we look towards success in 2017 and beyond. We are confident that the purchase of the charter and continued improvement on the track will lead to increased revenue opportunities."
Second place isn't first loser for points leader Larson
RELATED: Phoenix race results " Series standings MORE: Buy tickets for Auto Club AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Kyle Larson figured he was in the best possible position, sitting in fourth place with two fresh tires and facing a two-lap shootout on a hot, slick Phoenix Raceway track. Turns out that wasn't the case. Contact on the restart with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. allowed Ryan Newman to slip away and leave the Chip Ganassi Racing driver second for the third time in four races this season and the fourth time since last year's season-ending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Sunday's Camping World 500 was the first of two stops at the 1-mile track this season for the series . "This one stings because I felt like I was in the best spot out of anybody there to line up fourth on two tires," Larson said afterward. "I just turned across Ricky's nose and got sideways, killed both of our runs off (Turn) 2 and allowed Newman to get out on us." Larson also finished second at Atlanta, where he led seven laps, and Las Vegas, where he led none. On a hot day in the Arizona desert, he led three laps but ran in the top five for practically the entire day. Ganassi teammate Jamie McMurray finished 15th but also ran higher for much of the day. A crash by Team Penske's Joey Logano on Lap 308 of the scheduled 312-lap race set the stage for the two-lap shootout and sent much of the field scurrying to pit road. Newman, Stenhouse and Martin Truex Jr. opted to remain on the track, gambling on old tires and two miles of asphalt. Larson, first off pit road, lined up on the outside behind Newman; Stenhouse was on the inside with Truex behind. But Newman was starting to pull away when Larson tried to squeeze his way low entering Turn 1, only to make contact with Stenhouse in the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. Both drivers were able to hang on -- no harm, no foul -- although Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing) shot past Stenhouse on the final lap to grab third. RELATED: This Kyle Larson-Ryan Newman photo is best of all time The finish put Larson, 24, on top of the points standings -- he leads Brad Keselowski (Team Penske) 184-178 after four races. "It's really, really cool to be the points leader right now," Larson said. "That was a goal of mine going into today. So thanks to everybody at Chip Ganassi Racing for all your hard work. "We'll hopefully continue to have this speed in our race cars and maybe close some of these races out." Larson is the first driver since Carl Edwards in 2011 to finish second in three consecutive races. Edwards closed the season with runner-up finishes at Texas, Phoenix and Homestead. Larson won his first (and to date, only) Monster Energy Series race last year, at Michigan. Sunday's race at Phoenix was just his 115th career start in the series . Second place isn't winning, but he said he's yet to grow tired of the result. "We've never had that speed," Larson said. "It's a lot of fun right now. I'm sure if I ran second for the next eight weeks, yeah, it's probably going to grow old. "But, yeah, it's so cool to be one of the fastest cars every week. I feel like I've got a shot to win every week at a race track. "It's weird running all these seconds. It took me like three years to finish second in sprint cars. Now I finish second like every week, so (it's) a little weird but maybe we’ll turn them into wins soon." &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
Jay Mohr to host NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards in Las Vegas
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 28, 2016) -- Grammy-nominated actor, comedian and radio personality Jay Mohr will join NASCAR fans across the nation in honoring the newly crowned NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, Jimmie Johnson , as the host of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards at Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 2. In addition to Sting's previously announced headline performance , the show will feature award-winning musical artists American Authors, Skylar Grey and Olivia Holt. Jay Mohr, who will host the event for an unprecedented sixth time, is the host of "Jay Mohr Sports" on FOX Sports Radio, a daily sports talk and entertainment show, syndicated in more than 150 markets, highlighted by Mohr's trademark comedic style. Best-known for his tenure as a "Saturday Night Live" cast member, he has also appeared on numerous shows including CBS' "Ghost Whisperer" and "Gary Unmarried," and was previously nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award as the host and executive producer of "Last Comic Standing." Additionally, Mohr has worked with more than a dozen Academy Award-winning or nominated actors including Tom Cruise in "Jerry Maguire," Jennifer Aniston in "Picture Perfect," Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt in "Pay it Forward" and Matt Damon in Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter." "I am proud to be asked again to host the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards," said Mohr. "Everyone associated with this organization -- the owners, the staff, the racing teams, and the drivers -- are of the highest caliber, and it is truly an honor to perform for all of them again. It is by far my favorite thing to do." The evening's musical lineup will include a performance by American Authors, best-known for hits "Best Day of My Life" from their debut album "Oh, What a Life" and "Go Big or Go Home" from their second album, "What We Live For." This will be American Authors' second performance during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week, as they will headline the NASCAR Silver Bullet Bash Presented by Coors Light. Singer, songwriter Skylar Grey will also be featured at NASCAR’s championship celebration. The five-time Grammy Award-nominated artist recently released her sophomore album "Natural Causes" and has co-written hits for the likes of Rihanna and Nicki Minaj. Grey has also been featured on tracks alongside Eminem and Kid Cudi, among numerous others, and contributed to official soundtracks for "Suicide Squad," "Fifty Shades of Grey" and "Furious 7." Singer and actress Olivia Holt will join the evening's lineup with a performance from her debut EP "Olivia," released earlier this year. Holt has starred in several Disney originals including the Disney XD series "Kickin' It" and the Disney Channel series "I Didn't Do It." NBCSN, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Channel 90, will present coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards beginning at 8 p.m. ET. For more information on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week in Las Vegas, please visit ChampionsWeek.NASCAR.com .
Texas Sprint Cup Series action delayed due to rain
RELATED: Live weather updates " Weekend schedule " Chase Grid The start of the second race in the Round of 8 of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup was delayed for nearly six hours following an early bout of rain at Texas Motor Speedway and surrounding areas. The AAA Texas 500 's green flag was scheduled for 2:04:30 p.m. ET (NBC, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), and the skies opened just after the national anthem. The green flag fell just before 8 p.m. ET after a lengthy track-drying process. Once the track dried, Richard Childress Racing 's Austin Dillon led the field to green after scoring his third career Sprint Cup Series pole during Friday's Coors Light Pole Qualifying. Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series contender Joey Logano lined up alongside Dillon in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford. Going into today's 500-miler, Jimmie Johnson -- the defending race winner -- is the only Chaser with a secured spot in the Championship 4. The Joe Gibbs Racing trio of Denny Hamlin , Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch currently sit above the cutoff line while Logano, Kevin Harvick , Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards are below it. Next Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway marks the cutoff in the Round of 8 in which four drivers will be eliminated from the Chase ahead of the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20. Wet weather impacted the track schedule earlier in the week when two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practices were washed out on Thursday due to rain. &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;gt;
O'Donnell addresses Sprint Cup Series drivers racing in XFINITY Series
NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell joined SiriusXM NASCAR Radio to talk about NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series .
Social reaction to first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race
RELATED: Read more Inside Groove " Full race results Kurt Busch won the 59th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday in legendary fashion, coming to the lead in the closing laps of the first race under the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series banner. NASCAR Nation reacted to the truly remarkable day -- here are some of the best tweets. Wasn't our day, but the @AspenDental car was fast. IT WAS, @KurtBusch day! Congrats also to @TonyOldman41 @FordPerformance @StewartHaasRcng — Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick) February 27, 2017 Huge congrats to @KurtBusch and every single @StewartHaasRcng employee. @roushyates hp was the heat all week long. #DAYTONA500 — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) February 27, 2017 Way to go @KurtBusch that was cool. I thoroughly enjoyed that #Daytona500 — Regan Smith (@ReganSmith) February 26, 2017 There's a couple old DEI #8 2004 #Daytona500 guys on @KurtBusch team. Certainly happy for @TonyOldman41 @jguarneri41 and those boys! — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) February 26, 2017 How about that? @KurtBusch wins the #Daytona500 . What a crazy, crazy race! — Eddie Gossage (@eddiegossage) February 26, 2017 . @KurtBusch wins his 1st #Daytona500 after a wild final few laps. What a way to start the Monster era. @NASCARonNBC #NASCAR — Christopher Estrada (@estradawriting) February 26, 2017 Neat.... The first race for the @MonsterEnergy NASCAR Cup Series is won by the #Haas / @MonsterEnergy car. #NASCAR — Chris Knight (@Knighter01) February 26, 2017 Congrats Kurt and Ashley on the big win — Samantha Busch (@SamanthaBusch) February 26, 2017 Wow, what a way to ring in the Monster Energy era. Congrats, @KurtBusch ! #Daytona500 — Kristen Schneider (@KristenS_Writes) February 26, 2017 How fitting that the Monster car wins the first ever Monster Energy #NASCAR Cup race. #Daytona500 — Nick DeGroot (@ndegroot89) February 26, 2017 Wow, what a race?! @mattdracing runs P9 in the freaking Daytona 500 ! So happy for you my man. #timetoparty — Tanner Berryhill (@tannerberryhill) February 26, 2017 Congrats on the win @KurtBusch ! #Daytona500 — Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) February 26, 2017 Crazy #Daytona500 ... gets me excited to get the season going! — Chad Boat (@ChadBoat) February 26, 2017 This is how Rhett watched the last laps of the #Daytona500 ! Congrats @KurtBusch and @TonyOldman41 ! #rhettlovesracing pic.twitter.com/hOQWQADXOm — Megan Smith (@megansmith1217) February 26, 2017 Congrats @KurtBusch Can't help but think about Your #Daytona500 winning story as one of perseverance at this track. — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) February 27, 2017 &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;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;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;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;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;