The Nationwide Series Sta-Green 200 will run July 12 on ESPN2
Perfect Saturday: Keselowski led two Cup practices, won NNS pole before race win
New Hampshire hosts the 17th event of the Nationwide Series season
Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch on front row
Brad Keselowski takes stall No. 1 for Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire
Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup kickoff weekend fueled by sponsor BUY: Chicagoland race tickets Chicagoland Speedway announced Tuesday that its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Sept. 18 will be known as the American Ethanol E15 225 (Sept. 18, 8:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). With support from Growth Energy, an official NASCAR Green partner, and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, American Ethanol will serve as the sponsor for the race leading into the first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup event as the 10-race playoff for NASCAR's premier series opens at the Joliet, Illinois facility for the fifth consecutive year. "As we kick off our Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend, we are thrilled to welcome a partner as involved in the sport as American Ethanol," Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway, said in a track release. "Their commitment to reducing emissions through the cleaner burning ethanol fuel has been a vital part of NASCAR's Green Clean Air initiative. American Ethanol has proven to be a tremendous partner not only for Chicagoland Speedway, but for NASCAR's teams, fans and the industry as a whole." The event will be the 16th of the 23-race Camping World Truck Series schedule, and it will be the third event sponsored by American Ethanol, which served as a presenting sponsor for the June 13 American Ethanol Presents the Drivin' for Linemen 200 Brought to You by Ameren at Gateway Motorsports Park and as the title sponsor of the American Ethanol 200 on June 19 at Iowa Speedway. "Growth Energy is thrilled to sponsor the American Ethanol 225 and work in conjunction with Chicagoland Speedway and Illinois family corn growers to promote a homegrown, American fuel," Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, said in the track release. "The drivers at Chicagoland Speedway and across the nation rely on E15 for superior horsepower and performance, and as they will tell you, it delivers." Kyle Busch won last year's event for his fourth career Camping World Truck Series victory at Chicagoland. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Organizations have combined to win last four Cup races at New Hampshire LOUDON, N.H. -- The past two weeks, we've seen a Joe Gibbs Racing -- in both cases, Kyle Busch -- and Team Penske one-two finish. Both organizations manhandled New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend across the Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series with a JGR sweep of both Coors Light Pole Awards and victories in the Lakes Region 200 and 5-hour ENERGY 301 , so are we set for a battle for the ages between the six drivers when the sport returns north in September during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup ? If July 18 and 19 were any indication, yes. Between the two races, JGR and Penske cars led a whopping 414 of 501 laps with an average finishing position of 4.7 among the 10 cars entered ( Denny Hamlin , Brad Keselowski , Busch and Daniel Suarez in the XFINITY race; Hamlin, Busch, Matt Kenseth , Carl Edwards , Keselowski and Joey Logano in the Cup race). Needless to say, both teams know their way around the "Magic Mile." With every trophy since September 2013 residing in one of their shops, it's a near certainty that a JGR or Penske car will wind up in Sunoco Victory Lane after the Sylvania 300 (Sep. 27, 2 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, PRN, SiriusXM) -- and onto the Contender 12 round of the Chase. The six Cup drivers all have wins that practically put them in the Chase, although Busch has some work left to do to meet the top-30 in the point standings requirement. "I look at the cars that are in front of us," Joey Logano said on pit road after placing fourth. "Those are our competition. I look at the Gibbs cars. "Gibbs definitely got fast (overall) the last three or four weeks. They've got a lot of speed in their stuff and they figured something out on both sides; their XFINITY cars are super fast, too. They figured out something that's giving them a lot of speed." Penske and Gibbs cars have always seemed to run especially well at New Hampshire -- Brian Vickers ' 2013 win is the only thing standing between six straight victories, since Busch finished second in that one -- but it seems they've turned up the dial even further since last season. One of the most dominant performances the sport has seen the past few seasons came during the 2012 Chase when Hamlin "called his shot" a la Babe Ruth and tweeted that he would win at New Hampshire. He backed it up by leading 193 of 300 laps en route to victory. RELATED: Hamlin calls shot, takes New Hampshire Somehow, these teams look even stronger than that right now. "As of late, we've really put some good finishes together and had some strong runs with (crew chief) Darian Grubb coming over and helping on the 11 car," said Kyle Busch . "I feel like maybe that was a little bit of (why we're so good at New Hampshire.) "But Dave (Rogers, crew chief) also. We just kind of completely revamped what our thought process was for this place. When we did that, it seemed to really help us." This season's Chase is already shaping up to be something special. The oncoming battle between two of the sport's premier organizations less than 70 days from now guarantees it will be. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Smith, Sadler, Blaney and Suarez advance to Dash 4 Cash at Bristol SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- Regan Smith 's eighth place finish in Saturday's Lilly Diabetes 250 XFINITY Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway wasn't the victory he'd hoped for, but Smith and his JR Motorsports team was still able to celebrate having gotten one step closer to winning a million dollars in the series' Dash 4 Cash incentive program. While race winner Kyle Busch was hoisting trophies nearby in victory lane, Smith accepted a check for $100,000 as the second round winner of the Dash4Cash program. He also collected $100,000 on May 30, after winning the first round at Dover, Delaware. Any driver who wins the first three Dash 4 Cash awards then wins the final round race outright -- Sept. 5 at Darlington -- would total $1 million for the effort. Smith bettered championship leader Chris Buescher , Chase Elliott and Brendan Gaughan to claim Saturday's portion of the winnings. Smith, along with Indianapolis' runner-up Ryan Blaney , third place finisher Daniel Suarez and fifth place finisher Elliott Sadler now advance and are eligible for the third round of competition Aug. 21 at Bristol Motor Speedway. "We had three battles we were fighting today,'' Smith said standing alongside his No. 7 AmericasPower.org Chevy covered in pretend dollar bills. "First and foremost we wanted to win the race and we weren't capable of doing that today. We knew that so then we wanted to win the money and gain points on the 60-car and we did both of those things today and that's what we've got to keep doing every week. "I know as a company we're working hard to get going further forward. "I thought we could have been anywhere from 6th to 10th . We'll take that and we're going to bust our ass the rest of the year." Smith, last year's championship runner-up sits fourth in the rankings entering next week's XFINITY Series race at Iowa Speedway. He trails Buescher by 51 points. In the meantime, Smith joked that he already had an idea how to spend at least a portion of his now $ 200 ,000 Dash 4 Cash effort. "I'd like to buy a cool box, I'm really hot right now," he joked with a big smile. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Still time to win prizes in NASCAR.com fantasy game Play: Streak to the Finish We're past the halfway point in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series seasons -- and nearing the mark in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- but this weekend's on-track activity represents a new "first" in NASCAR.com's Streak to the Finish game. Streak to the Finish ( sign up here to play ) gives users the chance to select a driver in any of the three national series to finish in the top 10 of their respective race. If your driver finishes in the top 10, it counts as one point toward your streak. Once you pick that driver in a series, though, you can't pick him or her again until your streak is broken. If you've never played, there's still incentive to do so despite the season being well underway. Streak to the Finish is broken up into five segments, with each segment producing one winner that wins a promotional code worth $ 200 from the NASCAR.com Superstore. Segment 4 begins Wednesday at Eldora Speedway, essentially wiping the slate clean -- except for personal milestone numbers -- for all players. So if you haven't played yet this year, you're still eligible for prizes in Segment 4 ... and then again in Segment 5.
See where drivers finished in the race at Gateway Motorsports Park NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race - American Ethanol presents the Drivin' for Linemen 200 brought to you by Ameren Gateway Motorsports Park Madison, Illinois Saturday, June 13, 2015 1. (2) Cole Custer , Chevrolet, 160 2. (14) Spencer Gallagher #, Chevrolet, 160 3. (4) Johnny Sauter , Toyota, 160 4. (12) John H. Nemechek #, Chevrolet, 160 5. (9) Cameron Hayley #, Toyota, 160 6. (13) Timothy Peters , Toyota, 160 7. (15) Ben Kennedy , Toyota, 160 8. (6) Tyler Reddick , Ford, 160 9. (7) Daniel Hemric #, Chevrolet, 160 10. (10) Austin Theriault #, Ford, 160 11. (11) John Wes Townley , Chevrolet, 160 12. (5) Brandon Jones #, Chevrolet, 160 13. (18) Ray Black Jr . #, Chevrolet, 160 14. (20) Travis Kvapil , Chevrolet, 160 15. (17) Tyler Young , Chevrolet, 160 16. (21) Tyler Tanner , Chevrolet, 159 17. (28) Ryan Ellis , Chevrolet, 157 18. (23) Timmy Hill , Chevrolet, 157 19. (27) Jordan Anderson , Chevrolet, 156 20. (25) Jennifer Jo Cobb , Chevrolet, 156 21. (3) Matt Crafton , Toyota, Accident, 151 22. (24) Korbin Forrister #, Chevrolet, 148 23. (1) Erik Jones #, Toyota, Electrical, 145 24. (26) Tommy Regan , Chevrolet, Electrical, 108 25. (8) Matt Tifft , Toyota, Accident, 92 26. (29) Norm Benning , Chevrolet, Brakes, 56 27. (19) Justin Boston #, Toyota, Accident, 51 28. (16) Mason Mingus , Chevrolet, Accident, 51 29. (22) Justin Jennings , Chevrolet, Brakes, 26 30. (31) Michael Affarano (i), Chevrolet, Brakes, 13 31. (30) Adam Edwards , Chevrolet, Brakes, 6 32. (32) Joey Gattina, Chevrolet, Engine, 0 Average Speed of Race Winner: 96.97 mph. Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 03 Mins, 45 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.871 Seconds. Caution Flags: 6 for 35 laps. Lead Changes: 9 among 5 drivers. Lap Leaders: E. Jones # 1-55; M. Crafton 56-62; E. Jones # 63-82; M. Crafton 83-93; J. Sauter 94-97; C. Custer 98-110; E. Jones # 111-119; M. Crafton 120-150; T. Reddick 151-154; C. Custer 155-160. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): E. Jones # 3 times for 84 laps; M. Crafton 3 times for 49 laps; C. Custer 2 times for 19 laps; T. Reddick 1 time for 4 laps; J. Sauter 1 time for 4 laps. Top 10 in Points: M. Crafton - 329; T. Reddick - 317; J. Sauter - 299; E. Jones # - 296; J. Townley - 260; C. Hayley # - 254; S. Gallagher # - 251; D. Hemric # - 246; T. Peters - 245; B. Kennedy - 238.