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RELATED: Practice 1 results " Buy tickets for Auto Club Kyle Larson put his name atop the early speed charts at Auto Club Speedway, topping the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice. Larson powered to a best lap of 189.071 mph on the 2-mile track, setting the early pace in the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet. The unofficial lap was better than the track qualifying record of 188.511 mph, set by Denny Hamlin in Coors Light Pole Qualifying last year. Hamlin continued his show of California speed, logging the second-fastest lap in the 85-minute session, posting a lap of 188.462 mph in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota. Kevin Harvick (188.344 mph), Jamie McMurray (187.94 mph) and Joey Logano (187.588 mph) completed the top five in preparation for Sunday's Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the final event of the three-race NASCAR Goes West swing. The opening practice was an eventful one with three stoppages -- including one for an incident involving seven-time series champ Jimmie Johnson, a six-time Auto Club winner. Johnson spun his Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet off Turn 4, narrowly avoiding the car of Kurt Busch on the apron before his car's body plowed into the infield grass. The damage was not major, but significant enough that the crew opted to unload and prep its reserve car for the balance of the race weekend. "We just showed up at the track swinging hard and trying to get all that we can," Johnson said, noting to FS1 that the team was focused on improving its qualifying efforts. "We crossed the line there for sure and the car came around on me." The session's other interruptions were varied. The opening of practice was delayed for sweepers and blowers to clean off the backstretch. Shortly after practice began, an owl planted itself on the race track, halting the cars until safety workers were able to remove it. RELATED: Owl disrupts opening practice Ryan Newman, last week's winner at Phoenix Raceway, was 15th-fastest at 188.921 mph in the Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Chevrolet. Several drivers served penalties at the start of practice for their teams' tardiness to inspection last weekend at Phoenix. The following drivers were held 15 minutes for being late to qualifying inspection: Trevor Bayne, Daniel Suarez, Chase Elliott, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chris Buescher, David Ragan, AJ Allmendinger, Timmy Hill , Derrike Cope, Corey LaJoie and Michael McDowell. The cars for Erik Jones and Matt DiBenedetto were held 30 minutes for being late to pre-qualifying and pre-race inspection. </p>
RELATED: Qualifying results Nine cars failed to make a lap during Friday's Coors Light Pole three-round qualifying session at Texas Motor Speedway after they were not cleared in pre-qualifying inspection. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson, Erik Jones, Chris Buescher, Derrike Cope and Timmy Hill were the drivers whose cars did not pass inspection in time to make a qualifying attempt. They all will start from the back in Sunday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). NASCAR officials passed rules ahead of the season that require vehicles to travel through all stations on each pass through technical inspection. Any issue mandates that teams must complete their inspection pass, then address any issues in their garage stall before beginning the process of cycling through each station again. "We don't feel good about anybody missing qualifying, but it is something that happens when teams are pushing the envelope," said Elton Sawyer, NASCAR Vice President, Officiating and Technical Inspection. "Teams know our expectations and every team was afforded the opportunity to go through inspection. Some needed multiple tries and some weren't able to get their cars ready in time to qualify." Earnhardt, scheduled to start 37th in the 40-car field, said he wasn't overly concerned about how his starting spot would impact the No. 88 team's efforts in Sunday's race, "I ain't too worried about it," said Earnhardt, who is set to start 37th Sunday. "The races are pretty long. Pit selection bothers you a little bit because we won't be able to get out there and get a better pit stall, but we'll see where we end up on pit road. I don't know what was wrong with our car going through tech, but if you don't make it, you don't get out there and I like that. I like the rules being the same for everybody so we'll just -- we'll work on our car for tomorrow in practice. I'm anxious to get more track time. Certainly, the track's going to be changing so freakin' much. We didn't really get a chance to see where it was going today." Larson, a winner two weeks ago at Auto Club Speedway and the current series points leader, was slightly more concerned by his starting spot. "I don't know exactly what happened; we just didn't make it through tech," said Larson, scheduled to start 32nd on Sunday. "Yeah, this is not the place you want to not make it through tech. It will be really hard to pass, I think, on Sunday. Wherever we end up starting is going to hurt us." Reed Sorenson and Paul Menard were the last cars to make it through tech in time to make a lap. Busch's team worked feverishly to repair his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota this afternoon, as Busch smacked the wall with approximately 40 minutes remaining in Friday's opening practice. "There's an awful lot of cars coming through … if we get out there, we get out there; if we don't, we don't," Busch told FS1, standing in the garage during the opening round. Adam Stevens, crew chief for Busch's No. 18, attributed the car's failure to make it to the pre-qualifying grid on pit road to a mistake made in the rush to make repairs to the team's primary car. Busch is scheduled to start 34th in Sunday's 500-miler. "Well, we were just behind the eight ball having to fix that car, so obviously we got in line really late and in our haste, we didn't get our tech blocks set correctly," Stevens said. "So we passed templates, passed the grid, passed undercar, passed everything except when we got to the scales, which is the very last thing, and the wedge has to be within a certain number and we were below that number. That's just for tech -- it's not for on the race track -- so the car was all set to go and we didn't get a chance to set our tech blocks because we were in such a hurry, so just an error on our part." Jimmie Johnson's spin during the opening round of qualifying brought out the red flag momentarily and allowed several cars more time to get through tech. It was the only on-track issue during the three rounds of qualifying on the repaved and revamped 1.5-mile track. Kevin Harvick eventually won the pole position in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford, clocking a lap of 198.405 mph in the final round to notch his second pole of the season. &amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
RELATED: Vote now! The polls are open! The Monster Energy All-Star Race Fan Vote is now available on NASCAR.com for fans to chime in on which driver they would like to see make the Monster Energy All-Star Race (May 20, 8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Drivers listed in the Fan Vote have not yet qualified for the All-Star Race; those who have qualified for the race are not represented. They already are in the race, so no need to vote for them. The following drivers have not yet qualified for the All-Star Race and are in the Fan Vote: AJ Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, Trevor Bayne, Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Landon Cassill, Matt DiBenedetto, Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chase Elliott, Timmy Hill , Erik Jones, Corey LaJoie, Michael McDowell, Paul Menard, Danica Patrick, David Ragan, Reed Sorenson, Daniel Suarez and Cole Whitt. Fans can vote once per day, and votes shared on Facebook or Twitter count double. To join the conversation on social media, use the hashtags #AllStarRace and #FanVote. Make sure to vote early -- polls close on Friday, May 19 at 11:59 p.m. ET. MORE: Cast your Monster Energy All-Star Fan Vote now Those eligible for the Monster Energy All-Star Race include drivers who won a points event in either 2016 or 2017; drivers who have won a Monster Energy Series All-Star Race and compete full time; and drivers who won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship and compete full time. Drivers who have already clinched an All-Star spot are: Chris Buescher, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. The Monster Energy Open event, which precedes the All-Star Race, has a field comprised of drivers not yet qualified for the main event. The three-stage race of 20 laps, 20 laps, 10 laps will send three drivers into the All-Star Race -- the winners of each of the three stages. The winner of the Fan Vote will then complete the field. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Timmy Hill all will start from the rear Sunday for the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Patrick, in the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, will begin the 400-miler from the rear after her team changed a rear gear. Timmy Hill , in the No. 51 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet, has a new transmission in his car. Stenhouse, in the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, will race in a backup car following damage his primary car received during final practice Saturday when he got into the wall. WATCH: Stenhouse smacks the wall during practice Patrick qualified 28th, Stenhouse 29th and Hill 39th. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today the team’s intent to compete in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as an "open non-chartered" team beginning with next month's 59th annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway . RWR's return to the elite level of NASCAR will have Timmy Hill aboard the No. 51 Chevrolet for Speedweeks with a rotating list of drivers to follow throughout the season including longtime RWR drivers Stanton Barrett , Cody Ware and road course veteran Kevin O’Connell to name a few. "We've been eyeing our return to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series since the end of last year," said RWR team principal Rick Ware. "We knew with the competition level stronger than ever, we needed to take the steps to make sure we could come to the track and be as competitive as possible, while focused on building our organization as the season presses on.” RWR also announced the team has acquired assets from Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) for use this season, including cars, pulldown rig and technology support. Additionally, longtime industry veteran Joe Lax, also previously with TBR will serve as crew chief, while pro-motor engineering (PME) will supply the horsepower during the season. Furthermore, Mike Hillman Sr., a longtime fixture in NASCAR joins RWR in a newly created role as team consultant. "I feel like we've done a great job getting our stars aligned for this year," Ware added. "Between acquiring cars from Tommy Baldwin Racing and having a good open relationship with them, plus being able to bring key personnel aboard who have the desire and drive to make our team the best it's ever been. "One component I'm really proud about is our initiative to bring our body work in-house. We really have hired some talented and experienced personnel overall and I couldn't be more excited to get our season underway." Hill is hopeful to make his "World Center of Racing" debut in next month's Super Bowl event. The 23-year-old hopes to make his 49th Cup race in his first ever Daytona 500 . Despite no Cup starts at Daytona, the Port Tobacco, Maryland native has four XFINITY starts at the 2.5-mile oval with two career top-10 finishes including back-to-back top-10 runs for Rick Ware Racing in 2012 with a career-best seventh in the season-opening race. "I'm thankful to continue my relationship with Rick Ware Racing for the 2017 season," said Hill . "I've always wanted the chance to compete in the Daytona 500 and thanks to Rick and Lisa (Ware), I'll have that opportunity. It won't be easy, but as a team and Joe (Lax) leading the way, we’re focused and will give it all we have and hope we’ll be one of the 40 cars running in the Daytona 500 !" In addition to their effort in the Cup Series, Rick Ware Racing will also compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) this season with recently announced driver Spencer Boyd at the wheel. Sponsorship for the team’s Cup entry will be announced at a later date. </p>
RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid Breaking down the full field for the Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway : 1. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Toyota, Furniture Row Racing . Truex dominated the first round of the Chase with two wins and a total of 360 laps led. The 78 team is a serious threat for the championship if its performance (and lack of bad luck/mistakes) continues. Grade: A+ 2. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Busch earned his third top-10 finish in the Chase with a runner-up effort Sunday. Add in 102 laps led in Dover and the defending Sprint Cup Series champion is doing what's necessary to get back to Homestead. Grade: A 3. Chase Elliott , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Elliott continues to knock on the door by putting in quiet but solid runs. In a format that has proven consistency can carry a driver through each round, Elliott certainly looks like he can be this year's beneficiary. Grade: A 4. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Keselowski started on the pole and led seven laps, but was hardly a factor. Still, he was near the top of the leaderboard at the end, and the 2012 champion is still in Chase contention. Grade: A 5. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Unlike last weekend when he finished second, Kenseth put in an unassuming day to grab his third consecutive top-nine finish. He'll move on in the Chase with a chance at that elusive second title. Grade: A- 6. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano rounded out the Penske pair with a sixth-place finish after starting fifth. He'll move on to the Round of 12, which he dominated in the Chase last year with three straight victories. Grade: A – 7. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Johnson found himself in contention for a victory for the second time in three Chase races before a mistake on pit road cost him -- again. This time it was by his crew. If Johnson is going to advance into the Round of 8 for the first time, the No. 48 team needs to get buttoned up . Grade: A- 8. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Problems for Kyle Larson aided his cause, but Dillon rose to the occasion to advance in the Chase. The No. 3 solidly improved throughout the day and scored its first top 10 in the Chase. Grade: A 9. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin has been only hot or cold at Dover -- with little in between -- and Sunday was just his eighth top-10 finish in 22 starts. Grade: A- 10. Jeff Gordon , No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . It took Gordon seven starts to earn a top 10 filling for Dale Earnhardt Jr this season. He also led seven laps during a cycle of green flag pit stops. Grade: A- 11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . The good news? Stenhouse steadily climbed the leaderboard on Sunday. The bad news? He hasn't had a top-10 finish since Bristol in August. Grade: B+ 12. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne was the worst of the Hendrick cars while finishing outside the top 10 for the first time in five races. Grade: B+ 13. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart's late-season slide continued with his seventh consecutive finish outside the top 10 -- as well as his elimination from the Chase in his final season of full-time Sprint Cup driving. Grade: B 14. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Edwards admittedly struggled in this first round of the Chase (with finishes of 15th, sixth and 14th) and has plenty of work to do if he's going to keep up with his Toyota teammates from here on out. Grade: B 15. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . An unimpressive first round for Busch, who was the first car two laps down in Dover. Now it's time to improve upon just two top-10 finishes in the last five races. Grade: B 16. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Through 29 races (30 straight if you go back to last season), Almirola has still not scored a top-10 finish. Grade: B- 17. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . After fighting for a spot in the Chase, Newman has been a non-story the last three weeks. He was up and down the leaderboard throughout the race, but wound up finishing around where he started (19th). Grade: B- 18. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Green flag pit stops helped Biffle lead seven laps. He ended the day the first car four laps down. Grade: B- 19. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . Sunday was Allmendinger's first top-20 finish at Dover since the spring 2012 race. Grade: B- 20. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne stayed out of trouble and now has two top-20 finishes in four career Dover starts. Grade: B- 21. Brian Scott , No. 44 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Scott earned a career-best Dover finish on Sunday in addition to picking up his first top-25 finish in six races. Grade: B- 22. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Pairing with crew chief Danny Stockman still has not brought the consistency or improvement Menard and company are looking for. Grade: C 23 . Chris Buescher , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Buescher's best Chase finish wasn't enough to carry the him through to the next round as the Cinderella story came to an end in Dover. Grade: B- 24. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Bowyer was oh-so close, but his streak of consecutive 22nd-place finishes ended at four Sunday. Grade: C 25. Kyle Larson , No. 42, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Lightning did not strike twice for Larson at Dover (where he finished second in May), as his Chase came to an end following repeated miscues. A power problem led to a pit road penalty and Larson later hit the wall to end up six laps down. Grade: C 26. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears has little to add to his Dover notebook after duplicating his finish from May. Grade: C 27. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . DiBenedetto earned his best Dover finish in four starts there. Grade: C 28. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick now has finished 25th or worse in four of her nine Dover starts. Grade: C- 29. Landon Cassill , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Cassill is now on a three-race streak of finishing 29th, nice. Grade: C- 30. David Ragan , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Ragan was eight laps back and remains 31st in points. Grade: C- 31. Regan Smith , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Smith was the first car nine laps down. Grade: C- 32. Ty Dillon , No. 95 Chevrolet, Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing . Sunday was Dillon's worst finish in his 10 Sprint Cup starts this season. Grade: C- 33. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Annett has not finished in the top 30 in the last four races. Grade: D 34. Timmy Hill , No. 98 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Hill finished 14 laps off the pace. Grade: D 35. Reed Sorenson , No. 55 Toyota, Premium Motorsports. Sorenson finished where he ran (35.33) throughout the event on Sunday. Grade: D 36. Jeffrey Earnhardt , No. 32 Ford, Go Fas Racing . Earnhardt finished 16 laps off the pace in his second Dover start. Grade: D 37. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Locked into the Round of 12 in the Chase after winning in New Hampshire, Harvick was unaffected by a broken track bar mount that led to him finishing 46 laps down. Grade: F 38. Ryan Blaney , No. 21 Ford, Wood Brothers Racing . Blaney hit the wall hard off Turn 2 when he blew a tire on Lap 106. Grade: F 39. Josh Wise , No. 30 Chevrolet, The Motorsports Group. Wise earned his sixth DNF of the season following a blown engine. Grade: F 40. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. McMurray went from looking like he had a spot in the Round of 12 to missing the cut after his engine expired on Lap 194. Grade: F