Post-Race Reactions: Subway Firecracker 250
Regan Smith and Elliott Sadler offer their thoughts following the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway.
Matt Tifft tweets upbeat video after surgery for brain tumor
Matt Tifft tweeted a video on Saturday morning, a day after the NASCAR XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series driver had surgery to remove a brain tumor. "Good morning, everybody. Everything with the surgery last night went great, other than the fact it feels like someone drilled a hole in my head," Tifft said with a chuckle, adding "Kinda painful." Video update! Thanks so much to everyone for all the positive thoughts and prayers pic.twitter.com/kdqANY3uoC — Matt Tifft (@Matt_Tifft) July 2, 2016 Finally awake for a bit. Here's the stitches to hold my head together. Sounds like they got the whole tumor out! pic.twitter.com/c4JTgh8Cw2 — Matt Tifft (@Matt_Tifft) July 3, 2016 Tifft was supposed to drive the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at Daytona International Speedway in Friday night's Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola , but JGR announced early in the week that Tifft would not make the start as the 20-year-old would instead undergo surgery for removal of a low-grade glioma in the brain. David Ragan drove the No. 18 to the pole and the team kept Tifft's name above the door. Ragan finished 21st. "Sounds like the sooner I get up and walking, the sooner I get home," Tifft said. He expects to get pathology results in a week or two. According to a release from JGR on Tuesday, the tumor is slow-growing and was discovered while Tifft was being evaluated for a disc condition in his back. Before and after surgery, Tifft said he was eager to get back on the track with a diagnosis of "perfectly health" as soon as possible. In the early morning Sunday, the young driver tweeted that he had been released from the hospital, saying that, so far, his recovery is going "really well." Update: have been released from hospital pic.twitter.com/FlWlReVEUA — Matt Tifft (@Matt_Tifft) July 3, 2016
NASCAR TV schedule: June 27-July 3
RELATED: Find NBCSN in your area All times ET Monday, June 27 6 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin for Linemen 200 (re-air), FS1 8:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/SaveMart 350 (re-air), FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Tuesday, June 28 2:30 a.m., NASCAR The List (re-air), NBCSN 4 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/SaveMart 350 (re-air), FS1 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR The List (re-air), NBCSN 5:30 p.m., NASCAR The List (re-air), NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Wednesday, June 29 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 8:30 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin for Linemen 200 (re-air), FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 8 p.m., #NASCARThrowback: 2001 July Daytona race, NBCSN 8 p.m., #NASCARThrowback: 2001 July Daytona race (re-air), NBCSN Thursday, June 30 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN Noon, NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 1 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 2 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, NBCSN 3 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, NBCSN 4 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 8 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice (re-air), NBCSN 9 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice (re-air), NBCSN 10 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice (re-air), NBCSN 11 p.m., NASCAR K&N Pro Series Race: Sonoma Raceway (taped), NBCSN Friday, July 1 2:30 a.m., NASCAR Special (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 9:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN Noon, NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice (re-air), NBCSN 1 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice (re-air), NBCSN 2 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 4 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 7 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Countdown, NBCSN 7:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola , NBCSN 10 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Post-Race Show, NBCSN 10:30 p.m., Building 43 (re-air), NBCSN Saturday, July 2 2 p.m., Building 43 (re-air), NBCSN 5:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS1 6:30 p.m., NASCAR America Saturday, NBCSN 7 p.m., NASCAR Countdown, NBC 7:45 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola , NBC 11 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Post-Race Show, NBCSN 11:30 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lap, NBCSN Sunday, July 3 1:30 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, FS1 2:30 a.m., NASCAR The List: Greatest Finishes (re-air), NBCSN 9:30 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane (re-air), FS1 10 a.m., WeatherTech SportsCar Championship: Watkins Glen, FS1 3 p.m., NASCAR 120, NBCSN 11 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN &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;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;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;nbsp;
NASCAR fines Darrell Wallace Jr.
NASCAR fined Darrell Wallace Jr. $15,000 on Wednesday as a behavioral penalty under Sections 12.1; 12.8 a; 12.8.1 b of the NASCAR Rule Book. Those sections pertain to disciplinary action and NASCAR member conduct. Wallace criticized NASCAR officials on social media following the XFINITYSeries' Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway when expressing his displeasure with how the race ended. The finish was reviewed by NASCAR officials as the race ended under caution, and Aric Almirola was declared the winner. Section 12.1 of the rule book deals with the general procedure for a violation of NASCAR rules. Rule 12.8 a deals with NASCAR membership and member conduct. Rule 12.8.1 b deals with potential penalties and details having to do with member conduct. The XFINITY Series driver pilots the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford and is currently ninth in the series standings after a 20th-place finish at Daytona. Also on this week's penalty report: The No. 1 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team of Jamie McMurray was issued a written warning for failing the pre-race laser inspection system. This is the team's second warning. After four warnings, a team loses its pit selection for the next applicable race.
Rain curtails on-track activity at Daytona
RELATED: Live weather updates from Daytona NASCAR Sprint Cup Series had a very abbreviated time on track due to rain hitting Daytona International Speedway on Thursday. As a result, there will be a Sprint Cup practice session on Friday from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ET, which will be televised on NBCSN. Sprint Cup Series cars got on track for about five minutes on Thursday -- after lightning delayed the scheduled 55-minute session by five minutes to a 3:05 p.m. ET. Less than five minutes later, rain began to fall, drenching the 2.5-mile track and ultimately washing out the final Sprint Cup Series practice that was scheduled for 5 p.m. ET. Only eight drivers clocked speeds in the extremely limited practice time -- that ultimately did not count as a practice -- in preparation for Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola (7:45 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Ricky Stenhouse Jr . was the best of the bunch that took the track in the Roush Fenway Racing No. 17 Ford, recording one timed lap at 191.014 mph. Wet weather impacted much of Thursday's schedule with the NASCAR XFINITY Series getting a practice session in that came to a halt a bit early. The series' second practice of the day was canceled due to the weather. Both the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series will take to the track on Friday for their Coors Light Pole Qualifying sessions that will be two rounds of single-car qualifying. The XFINITY Series will take the track at 2:10 p.m. ET (NBCSN), followed by the Sprint Cup Series at 4:10 p.m. ET (NBCSN). The evening will be capped off by the XFINITY Series' 15th race of the year, the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). RELATED: How Daytona qualifying works
NASCAR industry to salute U.S. military with XFINITY Series tribute
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- In a show of appreciation for the United States Armed Forces, NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers will bear the names of active military units and installations on their race car windshields during Friday's Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The 82nd Airborne Division, 1st Marine Raider Battalion and the USS New York (LPD-21) are among the military units and installations from all five branches that will replace the " XFINITY " header on NASCAR XFINITY Series cars. NASCAR: An American Salute ™ ( #NASCARSalutes ) is the industry's collective expression of reverence, respect and gratitude for those who have served and continue to defend the United States today. Last month, NASCAR together with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race teams honored 40 fallen service members with 600 Miles of Remembrance, a similar tribute during Memorial Day Weekend. RELATED: See all cars in 600 Miles of Remembrance "NASCAR's long-standing tradition of honoring the U.S. Armed Forces will never waver -- it is woven into the fabric of our sport," said Brent Dewar, chief operating officer, NASCAR. "We have a unique opportunity with the NASCAR XFINITY Series to pay tribute to the military units and bases integral to preserving our country's freedom." Several NASCAR XFINITY Series teams have personal or direct connections to the units displayed on their race cars. Driver Brendan Gaughan 's windshield will read "23RD STS," representing the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron (U.S. Air Force) from Hurlburt Field in Fort Walton, Florida. Gaughan is one of a handful of civilians recognized as an Honorary Member of the Combat Control Association. Elliott Sadler 's windshield will be adorned with Fort Campbell to honor JR Motorsports employee Lee Langley, who served for six years at the Army base as an infantry team leader in the 101st Airborne Division. Ty Dillon and Brandon Jones both work with Hope 4 Warriors and will honor 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines and 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, respectively, from Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Justin Allgaier will honor the U.S. Air Force 469th Flight Training Squadron through a personal connection, as Allgaier is friends with Major Robert Harms, one of the pilots serving in that specific unit. The squadron operates out of Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. "I always look forward to getting a chance to pay homage those who serve our country at Daytona each year," Allgaier said. "We're thankful to Comcast for providing the space on all of our cars to support these military heroes and to NASCAR for continuing their NASCAR Salutes program. This year there's a personal tie for me as I get to display the squadron of one of my friends. We love that we're able to support our military, but a sticker or event will never be enough to truly give them all the credit they deserve for what they do." The special windshield tribute is one of several military activities planned for the Independence Day Weekend races at Daytona International Speedway , culminating with Saturday's Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola (7:45 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The race track will again host and recognize three recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award given to military service members, continuing a tradition dating back several years. The Medal of Honor recipients in attendance this weekend will include Staff Sergeant Ty Carter, Command Sergeant Major Gary Littrell and Captain Florent Groberg, each representing the U.S. Army. NASCAR together with Daytona International Speedway and race teams will host hundreds of active military and veterans, and their families, during the race weekend. Among them will be the 65th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army, nicknamed "The Bourinqueneers," a Puerto Rican regiment that was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in April. Several active military members present for Saturday's Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola will take part in a special moment of recognition for the U.S. Armed Forces before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Pre-race activities will also feature a flyover of four F-16s from the 93rd Fighter Squadron from Homestead Air Reserve Base during the national anthem, which will be performed by the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band from Fort Benning, Georgia. The national anthem will be performed as 200 military members unfurl a giant American flag in the infield. Retired U.S. Air Force Sergeant Kelly Miller will be grand marshal for Friday's Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola . A Subway franchisee, Miller served as an aeromedical service specialist, responsible for the healthcare of Air Force pilots and flight crews. Retired Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Fred Gardner, also a Subway franchisee, will serve as the honorary starter. Gardner operated the Terrier missile first control system during Mediterranean tours. Additional live coverage of the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola and Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola can be found on NASCAR.com .
Weather delays Friday's on-track action at Daytona
RELATED: Live weather updates from Daytona Inclement weather rolled into Daytona International Speedway on Friday, interrupting NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying midway through the first of two scheduled rounds. Twenty-two cars attempted laps before NASCAR halted the session for lightning with David Ragan atop the leaderboard. Qualifying did resume shortly after 3:30 p.m. ET NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying got underway at 4:50 p.m. ET (NBCSN, Live Extra). Weather washed out most of Thursday's on-track activity, as only one NASCAR XFINITY Series practice was completed. Two Sprint Cup practices and XFINITY final practice were canceled on Thursday. The Sprint Cup cars were on the track Friday morning for a rescheduled practice, the only practice before Saturday's Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola (7:45 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Brian Scott t led that practice, a 45-minute session during which Kyle Busch wrecked hard into the outside wall. Busch was evaluated and released from the infield care center, but he will have to go to a backup car. The XFINITY Series' Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola is scheduled for Friday night at 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Tifft to undergo surgery to remove brain tumor
RELATED: Matt Tifft, NASCAR Next driver Joe Gibbs Racing issued a medical update on XFINITY Series and NASCAR Next driver Matt Tifft on Tuesday, announcing the 20-year-old will undergo surgery for removal of a low-grade glioma in the brain. Per the team release, the slow-growing tumor was found during treatment and evaluation for a recent disc condition in his back. Tifft is expected to undergo surgery and rehabilitation soon and once cleared by physicians is expected to return to racing. The release noted the JGR rookie is anxious to return to the race track as soon as possible. As stated, I will be undergoing a brain tumor removal surgery after a scan during back procedure. No correlation pic.twitter.com/6dnox6arj6 — Matt Tifft (@Matt_Tifft) June 28, 2016 In six series starts this season, the driver has two top-10 finishes and earned the 21 Means 21 Pole Award at Talladega. Tifft was replaced by interim driver Sam Hornish Jr . earlier this month at Iowa Speedway . Hornish won the race, leading 183 of 250 laps. David Ragan has been enlisted to drive the No. 18 Surface Sunscreen/Rugged Maniac Toyota Camry XFINITY series entry for Joe Gibbs Racing for Friday's Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).
Allgaier comes up short in Daytona's reviewed finish
RELATED: Results " Chase Grid " Standings DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The fast and furious finish in Friday night's Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola didn't go Justin Allgaier 's way, but the JR Motorsports driver still managed a smile afterward. "When you come home second two restrictor-plates races in a row with fairly non-torn up race cars, it does make it nice," the No. 7 Chevrolet wheelman said. "But still this one's going to hurt for a little while." Aric Almirola and Allgaier were running first and second, side- by -side during an overtime finish when the caution flag appeared for the final time at Daytona International Speedway . Officials didn't immediately throw the caution when an eight-car crash on the backstretch unfolded on Lap 103 of the originally-scheduled 100-lap race, and it appeared the battle for the win might go all the way down to finish line in the NASCAR XFINITY Series event. But eventually the yellow caution lights flashed, and Allgaier was left to wonder if he or Almirola was out front at the crucial moment. WATCH: Final XFINITY Series restart at Daytona "The last restart was crazy," Allgaier said. "Coming down to the end of the race there we knew it was going to be all out and everyone was going to do everything they could to get to the end. T.J. Majors, my spotter, he called the crash off of Turn 2. I pulled to the outside of Aric just trying to get any run that I could and actually had some momentum and then kind of stalled out in the middle of (Turns) 3 and 4. "Had some momentum coming back and unfortunately the (caution) light switch flipped maybe a 16th of a foot too early for me to get the win." Teammates Chase Elliott and Elliott Sadler finished ninth and 18th, respectively. Had Allgaier been flagged the winner Saturday night, it would have been a sweep of the plate tracks for JRM. Elliott won the season-opener here in February while Sadler scored the victory at Talladega Superspeedway . "I told them before the race this is the best race car I've ever had at a superspeedway," Allgaier said. "We came really close to sweeping all the restrictor plate races this year at JR Motorsports and that's a testament to the guys back at the shop, the Hendrick engine department, everybody that's involved in these cars. It's a lot of fun when you know that your race car is capable of winning every week." Ryan Sieg , Joey Logano and Brendan Gaughan completed the top five. The race was slowed by eight cautions and was red-flagged for nearly eight minutes for a 14-car crash -- the "Big One" -- on Lap 16. Friday's race rekindled memories of the Talladega finish, which also required video evidence to determine a winner after the caution appeared as Sadler and Brennan Poole battled for the lead. Allgaier said he did not question the timing of Saturday's final caution call but he wasn't in a hurry to lift and possibly throw away a win either. "I think Aric and I ran the whole rest of the lap, even after we got through the debris, trying to just be a little bit faster than other one, stay out in front, maybe that would be the determining factor," he said. "It's so hard. At the point we were at, I don't know if it would have been better to (race) back to the line. It's the same scenario as Talladega. … If they call it a little bit before, we're ahead, if they call it a little bit later, we're ahead. But right where they called it we were behind. It is what it is. "When they come down to the end like that you know it's going to be crazy. … Unfortunately, we were just a little bit behind." The runner-up finish kept Allgaier fourth in points. Daniel Suarez remains the points leader in spite of a 32nd-place finish caused by a crash that sidelined the Joe Gibbs Racing driver after just 48 laps. He now leads Sadler by six points (499-493).
Erik Jones, Ragan go 1-2 in XFINITY Series practice
RELATED: Practice 1 results Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Erik Jones and David Ragan topped the charts in opening NASCAR XFINITY Series practice Thursday, a session halted early by lightning at Daytona International Speedway . Jones drove JGR's No. 20 Toyota to a best lap of 193.353 mph around the 2.5-mile track. He was just .011 seconds ahead of teammate Ragan, who posted a 193.307 mph lap as he substitutes for NASCAR Next driver Matt Tifft , who is scheduled for surgery to remove a slow-growing brain tumor. Another pair of teammates claimed the third and fourth spots on the leaderboard in preparation for Friday's Subway Firecracker 250 powered by Coca-Cola (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Richard Childress Racing 's Ty Dillon was third in the No. 3 Chevrolet at 192.102 mph, just ahead of Brandon Jones ' No. 33 Chevy (192.045 mph). Justin Marks completed the top five at 192.004 mph in the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet. The first on-track opportunity for XFINITY Series teams was halted 28 minutes into a scheduled 55-minute session by lightning and thunderstorms in the area. The track ordered the grandstands evacuated and the spotters' stand cleared. Thursday's second XFINITY Series practice was canceled due to rain at Daytona International Speedway . The drivers will get back on track at 2:10 p.m. ET on Friday for Coors Light Pole Qualifying (NBCSN).