Sta-Green to sponsor New Hampshire NNS race
The Nationwide Series Sta-Green 200 will run July 12 on ESPN2
Keselowski wins Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire
Perfect Saturday: Keselowski led two Cup practices, won NNS pole before race win
Sta-Green 200 entry list
New Hampshire hosts the 17th event of the Nationwide Series season
Lineup for Sta-Green 200
Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch on front row
Ben-Hur's Jack Huston to drive pace car at The Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (July 29, 2016) -- Jack Huston, star of the upcoming epic action adventure "BEN-HUR" from Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, will drive a 2016 Toyota Camry pace car to kick off the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It™ 355 at Watkins Glen International on Sunday, August 7. This will be Huston’s first time serving as an Official Pace Car drive at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. He will also be recognized during pre-race ceremonies and will greet each NASCAR driver on stage during driver introductions. "I am excited to join NASCAR and get behind the wheel of today’s modern chariot," said Huston. "BEN-HUR" is the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption. Based on Lew Wallace's timeless novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. The film also stars Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi, Ayelet Zurer, Pilou Asbaek, Sofia Black D’Elia and Morgan Freeman. Timur Bekmambetov directed the film from a screenplay by Keith Clarke and John Ridley. Sean Daniel, Joni Levin, and Duncan Henderson served as producers, with Mark Burnett, Roma Downey, Keith Clarke, John Ridley, and Jason F. Brown serving as executive producers. "BEN-HUR" will be released in theaters on August 19, 2016. Huston previously starred for four seasons in HBO's hit series, Boardwalk Empire, as the sniper with the horribly disfigured face, 'Richard Harrow.' In 2013, Huston appeared in the critically acclaimed and award-winning film American Hustle, where he played mobster 'Pete Musane.' Additionally, he starred as 'Young Ira' in George Tillman Jr.'s film adaption of the Nicholas Sparks novel, The Longest Ride. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Watkins Glen International August 4-7 for the Cheez-It™ 355 race weekend, which also features the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Bully Hill Vineyards 100, and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Zippo 200 at The Glen. Tickets for all of the action are available by calling 1-866-461-RACE or by logging on to www.theglen.com . Fans can also watch the Cheez-It™ 355 live on USA at 2:30 p.m. ET or listen on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Located within five (5) hours (~300 miles) of 25 percent of the US population, Watkins Glen International is the premier road racing facility in North America, voted "Best NASCAR Track" by readers of USA Today. Keep up with The Glen on Facebook and Twitter. For tickets, call 866-461-RACE or visit www.theglen.com.
Erik Jones wins fuel-mileage duel at Iowa
RELATED: Results " Standings " Chase Grid NEWTON, Iowa -- For 83 laps, it looked like Ty Dillon's winless drought would finally end. That was until Erik Jones flashed the brilliance that has many predicting big things for the Joe Gibbs Racing prodigy. Jones led a race-high 154 laps in the No. 20 DeWalt Toyota en route to Victory Lane on Saturday night in the U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. Jones passed Dillon with 15 laps remaining to retake the lead for the final time of the night and beat Dillon's No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet to the checkered flag by 3.533 seconds. The NASCAR XFINITY Series victory was the third of the season for Jones and the fifth of his career in his 45th start. Having one of the most impressive Sunoco Rookie of the Year campaigns in recent memory, Jones has 11 top-five and 12 top-10 results in 19 starts this season. "It's a great day. We had a great car. One that definitely deserved to win the race," Jones said in victory lane. "The fastest car I feel like won tonight, which is always a good feeling. It was an awesome day for us. "I feel like we deserved to win when we came here earlier this year, we had a really fast car. It was nice to get some redemption for that one." Jones qualified second but passed his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez on the first lap. While several teams flew in Sprint Cup pit crews from Pocono, the Joe Gibbs Racing teams did not. Despite dropping spots after pitting, Jones would quickly regain them when the field returned to green. When the caution flew at Lap 150 as Brandon McReynolds made hard contact with the Turn 1 wall, teams hit pit road for fresh tires and fuel. Dillon's pit crew had the quickest stop to give Dillon the lead for the first time of the night at Lap 152. When the field returned to green, Dillon was able to put some distance between his No. 3 Chevrolet and Jones. Dillon would lead the next 83 laps before Jones drove to the bottom and made the final pass on Dillon at Lap 235. "I want the win so bad," said Dillon, whose drought extended to 66 races. "That was all I had. They (Joe Gibbs Racing) are good right now. That was all I had. "I'm proud of my guys. They gave us a great opportunity tonight. My heart's been broken every race since Indy (site of Dillon's last win in 2014). I want to get in victory lane again. We're close; we just have to get a little better." Brad Keselowski, the only Sprint Cup regular to make the trip from Pocono Raceway, site of this Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race (1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN), finished eighth in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford. Daniel Suarez won the Coors Light Pole Award on Saturday afternoon and ran second to his teammate Jones for the first-half of the race. On the restart for McReynolds' accident, Suarez was running seventh and when Josh Berry's No. 88 didn’t go, Suarez's No. 19 ARRIS Toyota plowed into it, suffering heavy front-end damage. Suarez would remain on track for several laps before hitting pit road. Unable to continue, Suarez finished 30th and lost the lead in the championship standings to Elliott Sadler. By virtue of his third-place finish in the No. 1 OneMain Chevrolet, Sadler leads Suarez by 14 points. The NASCAR XFINITY Series returns to action next Saturday at Watkins Glen International for the running of the Zippo 200 at The Glen.
New Hampshire Nationwide pit stall assignments
Brad Keselowski takes stall No. 1 for Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire
Almirola reflects on career, heritage as he makes 200th start
Aric Almirola insists he was absolutely prepared to climb into his No. 43 Smithfield Ford this Sunday for the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway completely focused on nothing other than scoring a victory and working toward earning a position in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. But his public relations team brought up an important milestone that even he conceded was definitely worth noting, if not celebrating. This Sunday's race marks the 32-year old Almirola's 200th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start -- a significant measure of his staying power and a testament to how far he's come. Literally. He is the son of a Cuban immigrant on his dad's side of the family and the grandson of one of Florida's most celebrated and accomplished racers -- Sam Rodriguez -- on his mom's side. That has created a unique background dynamic that gives Almirola motivation and pride. And makes this weekend a heartfelt measure of success. "I think here I am and my dad came over from Cuba and 50 years later I'm making my 200th start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Richard Petty," Almirola said. "It's so crazy to me, what living in this country affords you and allows you to be able to do, and my grandparents made that decision to come over here and take this chance." The sheer number of starts represents a mark of opportunity for Almirola. Making it into NASCAR's big league was always the harder path, the road less travelled. But he has made it. And that's only the beginning. "I don't think anybody dreams about running two hundred races, they dream about 'a' race," Almirola said. "So as a kid I dreamed about driving 'a' Cup car, running 'a' race. So, now the fact I've had the opportunity to do it two hundred times, when you realize that, and the marketing department brings to your attention that, 'Hey, Pocono is going to be your 200th start,' it really makes you kind of reflect on everything that's led up to this. "From being a kid racing go-karts all the way up to all the opportunities I've had. I realize by reflecting on all that stuff how fortunate and blessed I am." The thing is, Almirola could have just as easily been a star baseball player as a winning NASCAR driver. His native city of Tampa, Florida is a ballplayer's town. It produced Wade Boggs and Lou Piniella. Both Dwight Gooden and Gary Sheffield graduated from Almirola's Hillsborough High School. A calendar year in this part of the country has traditionally been delineated by baseball and football seasons. That just makes Almirola's success climbing the NASCAR ranks even more impressive. "I was in somewhat of a hot bed there for athletes," Almirola said smiling. "But I had a really strong passion for racing and I know that made me somewhat of an outsider at school growing up. When friends would ask, 'Hey what are you doing this weekend?' I'd say, I was going racing. "That kind of separated me from a lot of kids at school -- not in a bad way, I wasn't an outcast in a negative way, but I didn't have as close a relationship with kids at school because I didn't go parties at their house Friday night after football games. I was always working on my race cars or go-karts and racing on the weekends. "I wasn't looking for something to do on the weekend. I already had it." "I was always going to be a NASCAR guy. My grandfather raced sprint cars, so obviously the open wheel path was there, too. He'd race at East Bay every Saturday night and occasionally travel around the country going to races. But every Sunday it was normal, to get up, eat breakfast, hang around the house and then watch the Cup race. That was routine around my parents and my grandparents. We love NASCAR." The result for Almirola has been a starring role driving his sport's most iconic car -- the No. 43 -- for the sport's biggest legend, Petty. NASCAR's crown jewel, Daytona International Speedway, is also Almirola's "home track" and fittingly the venue he won his first Sprint Cup Series race in 2014, the Coke Zero 400 -- exactly 30 years after his boss Petty scored his historic 200th victory at the track. Consider this: Petty's win total would be equivalent to Almirola winning every start he's made. RELATED: Almirola's Darlington scheme honors Petty " Darlington schemes Though that remains the only Cup victory so far for Almirola, it was enough to propel him into the 2014 Chase and make him only more eager to return. His team's best finish this year is a 12th-place in the season-opening Daytona 500. He's had four top-15 showings -- three in the season's opening four races. He ranks 25th in points entering Pocono, hopeful to score a win in one of the remaining six races to set the 16-driver Chase field. "I think the reality is we have struggled this season and you can tell by watching the race and looking at our results," Almirola said. "This year has been a struggle and we can't really put our finger on what's wrong. People often ask what's wrong and it sounds like a smart-aleck answer, but if I knew, we'd fix it. "There are a couple places looking ahead that have been strong for us. Bristol comes to top of mind. We had a chance to win there a couple years ago battling with Carl Edwards. And then there's (regular season finale) Richmond. Last year we went there kinda do or die to make the Chase and finished fourth, but had a really strong car and a legitimate chance to win that race, too. Those are kind of top of mind to me where we might go in and get a win." Listening to Almirola reflect on his first 200 races, there is both a fond memory of what it took to get to this point and a distinct urgency in his voice to succeed in a way worthy of the hard work already put in. "Making my 200th start really forces me to reflect and when I do that and think about doing it for Richard Petty, who is very much an American icon. And I can't help but reflect on my family, which has done so much and sacrificed so much to get me where I'm at," Almirola said. "It really is amazing."
Full schedule for New Hampshire
RELATED: Find NBCSN in your area " Watch live online at NBCSports.com The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series will gather for a doubleheader weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this week. Check out the full weekend schedule below. Note: All times are ET SUNDAY, JULY 17: PRE-RACE SCHEDULE 11:30:00 a.m.: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting (NXS Garage) 12:55:00 p.m.: NSCS Drivers Introductions with NASCAR Special Awards 1:23:15 p.m.: Canadian National Anthem by: Kirk Young, Tilton, NH Resident 1:25:00 p.m.: Moment of Silence 1:25:15 p.m.: Presentation of Colors by: Combined Services Color Guard 1:25:35 p.m.: Invocation by: Joshua Johnson 1:26:15 p.m.: National Anthem: Caroline Burns, NBC's The Voice Contestant 1:32:15 p.m.: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan 1:39:45 p.m.: Start of the New Hampshire 301 (301 laps, 318.46 miles) ON TRACK -- 1:30 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series New Hampshire 301 (301 laps, 318.46 miles), NBCSN ( Results ) PRESS CONFERENCE ( Watch live ) -- 4:30 p.m. (approx.): Post-NSCS race DAILY ROUNDUP -- Bowman keeps missing Dale's call -- NASCAR offers review of pit-road rule -- Report: Lorenzen joins brain pledge -- Bowman gains confidence behind wheel of No. 88 -- Kenseth surges late for New Hampshire win -- Ky. Busch, Edwards sew up Chase berths -- Kenseth's No. 20 Toyota fails post-race inspection -- Stewart proves what 'Smoke will rise' means FRIDAY, JULY 15: -- 11:30 a.m.-12:55 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series first practice, NBCSN ( Results ) -- 1-1:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series first practice, NBCSN ( Results ) -- 3-4:25 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series second practice, NBCSN ( Results ) -- 4:45 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN ( Results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 9:30 a.m.: Hendrick Motorsports general manager Doug Duchardt, Sprint Cup Series No. 88 crew chief Greg Ives and driver Alex Bowman (No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet) -- 10:15 a.m.: Ty Dillon -- 10:30 a.m.: Ryan Newman -- 10:45 a.m.: Kyle Busch -- 1 p.m.: Carl Edwards -- 1:20 p.m.: Kyle Larson -- 1:50 p.m.: Joey Logano -- 6 p.m. (approx.): Brad Keselowski , Post-NSCS qualifying GARAGECAM ( Watch live ) -- 11 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series -- 2:30 p.m: NASCAR XFINITY Series DAILY ROUNDUP -- Dale Jr. to miss New Hampshire race, Bowman filling in -- Reaction to Junior's concussion news -- What drivers are saying about Dale Jr. missing race -- Gordon to drive No. 88 at Indy if Junior can't -- Chase clinching scenarios for New Hampshire -- See Bowman in the No. 88 Chevrolet -- Bowman looks to make most of opportunity -- Junior's health news unexpected, Hendrick official says -- Truex fastest in Friday's first practice -- At-track photos from Friday at New Hampshire SATURDAY, JULY 16: -- 10-10:55 a.m: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series second practice, CNBC ( Results ) -- 11:15 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, CNBC (NBCSN will pick up coverage at noon ET) ( Results ) -- 12:30-1:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN ( Results ) -- 4 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series AutoLotto 200 ( 200 laps, 211.6 miles), NBCSN ( Results ) PRESS CONFERENCE ( Watch live ) -- 6 p.m. (approx.): Post-NXS race DAILY ROUNDUP -- Cain: Junior's decision to sit out is absolutely right -- Elliott, Edwards top Saturday practices -- What was the secret to Jimmie's pole-winning run? -- At-track photos from New Hampshire -- Ky. Busch wins XFINITY race at New Hampshire -- Dillon calls wreck by Bowman 'on purpose' -- Watch Busch hold off Jones in final laps &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;gt;
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.