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Hard hits for Barrett , Conley lead to fire
Stanton Barrett gets loose off Turn 2 and collects Cale Conley, sending both into the wall hard and igniting a fire on the No. 15.
Unlikely issue hinders Barrett at Road America
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- With 14 turns and high-speed sections, it's easy to find trouble at Road America . Journeyman driver Stanton Barrett did during Friday's opening day for the NASCAR XFINITY Series, but from an unexpected source and without ever turning a lap. Barrett , preparing for his fourth XFINITY start of the season for car owner Rick Ware, was unable to get on the track for Friday practice ahead of Saturday's Road America 180 Fired up by Johnsonville (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). There were no issues with the car; instead, a faulty lift-gate motor left the No. 17 entry trapped in the team's hauler while the crew searched for a solution. "It's one of those things, man. It's a bummer," Barrett said. "We'll get it going. We won't be out on the track, so we just have to get the car through tech (inspection) now. There's a lot of work to do." Barrett said the team spent approximately four hours wrangling with circuitry, switches and wiring in an effort to override the system. When all else failed, Barrett checked the manufacturer's label to discover that the company -- Dings Dynamics Group -- was located in Milwaukee, 60 miles south of the 4.048-mile track. The 42-year-old driver dialed the manufacturer up, saying, "It's Stanton Barrett . I drive and need some help!" From there, the company helped the team sort out the problem with the assistance of a local electrician. "Thank God, it worked great," Barrett said. "An electrician came out and helped us bypass all the systems, too. It was really nice that we found all the resources we needed." Coors Light Pole Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday at 12:15 p.m. ET (NBCSN/Live Extra).
NXS GarageCam fit for a King
GarageCam host Matthew Dillner gives you a tour of the NASCAR XFINITY Series garage, catches up with some drivers and gets Richard Petty's thoughts on the 2016 low-downforce package that will be run at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Habul gets spun when Barrett goes off course
Kenny Habul and Carlos Contreras collide after Stanton Barrett goes off the course in the Gardner Denver 200 at Road America.
XFINITY GarageCam ‘drafts’ at Talladega
Matthew Dillner strolls the NASCAR XFINITY Series garage to catch up with drivers and football personality, Eli Gold, to see who the No. 1 draft pick could be.
Hollywood stuntman, former NASCAR owner dies
Nine-time winner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series earned honorary Oscar in 2012
Nationwide GarageCam Replay: Charlotte
CamGuy goes trick or treating in the Nationwide garage at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
RECAP: Junior tastes victory, Dillon cashes in at Richmond
NASCAR.com's Costner Merrifield recaps the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway as Erik Jones and Ty Dillon won the two heat races, a big wreck collected several Dash 4 Cash contenders, and Dale Jr. walked away with a win.
Ty Dillon wins XFINITY pole at Daytona
RELATED: Complete XFINITY lineup for Daytona The leader of two of three practices, Ty Dillon continued to show speed at Daytona International Speedway , as he propelled his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet at 181.844 mph to the top of the leaderboard during Saturday's XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying. Dillon also led the opening round of qualifying with a fast lap of 181.796 mph around the 2.5-mile track. The front three rows at Daytona will be comprised of Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas and Richard Childress Racing Chevrolets. Starting outside Dillon is 2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Daniel Suarez , who propelled his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing machine to the top of the speed charts with a fast lap of 181.408 mph. Suarez's JGR teammate Bobby Labonte , who is wheeling the No. 18 car this weekend, will roll off the grid third, while Richard Childress Racing 's Austin Dillon , Joe Gibbs Racing 's Erik Jones and Richard Childress Racing 's Brendan Gaughan round out the first three rows, respectively. Darrell Wallace Jr ., who is driving a backup car after a spin during the first practice, showed plenty of speed during knockout qualifying, advancing to the final round. The Roush Fenway Racing driver will line up 12th for today's PowerShares QQQ 300 (3:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Reigning race winner Ryan Reed will line up 11th in his No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford beside his RFR teammate. Mark Thompson , Mario Gosselin , Harrison Rhodes , Derrike Cope , Chris Fontaine , Derek White , Stanton Barrett and Mike Harmon did not qualify for the event. Trouble arose early during the first round for Harmon, who lost a left rear tire during his run, sending his No. 74 ride spinning and ultimately into the wall. Ty's brother Austin won the XFINITY Series pole last year in the season-opening event at Daytona.
Kevin Harvick's jackman to miss Daytona 500
Kevin Harvick 's jackman, Mike Casto, who has been jacking for nearly 15 years, will miss at least the Daytona 500 on Feb. 21 after off-season surgery on both his shoulder and knee to repair injuries suffered while working in the pits. Stan Doolittle, backup jackman at Stewart-Haas Racing , will replace Casto. Casto had left shoulder surgery to repair the rotator and AC joint Nov. 25, and right knee surgery three weeks later to fix torn meniscus. He is hopeful to return for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 in Atlanta on Feb. 28, but is targeting Las Vegas' Kobalt 400 on March 6 as a definite return. Casto suffered the shoulder injury three years ago during a pit stop in Chicago. "There was a four-tire stop called and it was changed to a two-tire stop," Casto said. "I didn't hear the changed call and when I came around the car, the hose puller pulled the hose up in front me to try and stop me, I think. I tripped and fell into the spinning left rear tire and my head hit the rear quarter panel. I've been getting shots in it to [delay] the surgery." The knee injury occurred last year in Chicago, again, and Casto said he needed 50 cc of fluid drained from it each week until the end of the season. When both injuries hampered him last season, Casto admited he began to think about the longevity of his career. "I've always said that I will do this as long as my body lets me and I'm competitive," Casto said. "Do injuries put questions in your head? Sure. But I never doubt my ability to always do my best and to get back and be better than I was before, irrelevant of my age. No one is ever really pain-free in this sport, but it's all about how you manage it." Casto said he now has had five surgeries in his nearly 15-year career, all injuries suffered from blunt-force traumas. For more pit crew news, visit PitTalks.com .