Roush teammates Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse and others comment on a hot and long day in Charlotte.
In the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase Jimmie Johnson won his 3rd consecutive Texas Chase race and Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned his first grandfather clock at Martinsville Speedway, both victories earned a spot in the Top 10 Chase moments.
Title contenders show speed heading into season finale Camping World Truck Series opening practice " Results NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader Matt Crafton topped the 60-minute opening practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Thursday. Crafton paced the field with a best speed of 166.728 mph. Crafton, who needs a finish of 21st-or-better to win his second straight Camping World Truck Series championship, is aiming to become the first back-to-back championship winner in Truck Series history. Crafton holds a 25-point lead on Ryan Blaney entering Friday night's season finale, the Ford EcoBoost 200 (8 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). Blaney, who won the pole for this race last year, placed third in the session with a speed of 166.241 mph. Both title contenders were joined in the top five of the opening practice by teammates of their respective organizations. Blaney's Brad Keselowski Racing cohort, Tyler Reddick , placed second in the session (166.359 mph), while Crafton's ThorSport Racing teammate Johnny Sauter placed fourth (165.792 mph). German Quiroga rounded out the top five with a speed of 165.527 mph. In addition to the driver championship, the owners championship is still up for grabs. The No. 51 truck owned by Kyle Busch enters Homestead with an 18-point lead over the No. 88 truck owned by Rhonda Thorson. Neither Busch-owned truck, the No. 51 (driven by Kyle Busch ) or the No. 54 (driven by Darrell Wallace Jr .) went out for laps in the opening session. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice " Results Ryan Blaney topped the 90-minute final practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway . Blaney posted a speed of 165.996 mph to top the charts after finishing third in the opening practice. Blaney comes into the Ford EcoBoost 200 , 25 points back of Matt Crafton for the championship. After topping the opening practice, Crafton finished 17th in the final practice session. He just needs to finish 21st-or-better to secure his second straight Camping World Truck Series title. Tyler Reddick once again placed second in practice, this time with a speed of 165.817 mph. Reddick is in a battle with Ben Kennedy for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. After not running laps in the opening practice, Kyle Busch and Darrell Wallace Jr . both placed in the top eight of the final practice. Busch was third on the speed charts at 165.771 mph, while Wallace, a three-time winner this season, was eighth at 164.986 mph. Busch is the defending race winner at Homestead and has seven wins in nine starts this season. Ross Chastain (165.675 mph) and Spencer Gallagher (165.451 mph) rounded out the top five. Ty Dillon , who will drive the No. 9 truck this weekend for just his second Truck Series start of the season, finished 19th in the final practice. Keystone Light Pole Qualifying will take place on Friday at 2:45 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1). MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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NASCAR Next driver hoping to get more seat time in XFINITY Series Ryan Preece came up just shy in his pursuit of a second consecutive NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship this year, but his strong closing kick may translate to bigger things as he prepares for an offseason of transition. Preece locked down his third runner-up finish in the last six seasons this year, completing a three-year run in team owner Eric Sanderson's No. 16 with back-to-back victories in the tour's final two races of the year. One day after the dust settled on the season, Preece announced he'd join car owner Eddie Partridge's No. 6 team full-time in the northern-based series in 2015 With the track championship from Thompson Speedway in his home state of Connecticut in hand, the NASCAR Next driver extended his hot streak by winning the non-points North-South Shootout at Caraway Speedway in North Carolina, making his first start for Partridge. But before he continues his career in the ground-pounders from NASCAR's oldest division, he's still getting his feet wet on the national-series stage. "It was really good," Preece said of his season over the weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway . "To end it with the 16 and then start it with the 6, it started really well. Obviously I hope we carry momentum into next year with the Modified stuff, but this is definitely something different here." Something different came in the form of his third career start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in last Saturday's Ford EcoBoost 300 . Though Preece started 33rd and finished 28th in the scrappy Tommy Baldwin Racing No. 36, he emerged with a lead-lap finish in his first Nationwide start outside of New Hampshire Motor Speedway . The race marked Preece's first start on a track that size, all in a series -- which will be called the XFINITY Series starting in 2015 -- that the 24-year-old driver hopes to spend more time in next year. His Modified schedule is set, but Preece said he has "some other stuff in the works" as his complete plans for 2015 take shape. Until then, he's been reaping the benefits of participating in the NASCAR Next youth initiative for the second straight year. While Preece enjoyed the exposure from championship weekend festivities in the Miami area, he said he's eager to get back on track to keep the good vibes of 2014 going. "They bring me different places, they've put me in front of certain people," Preece said, "and now it's just up to me to get seat time and get out there." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Crafton made history by becoming the first Truck Series driver to win consecutive titles Nov. 14: Crafton wins second straight Truck Series title With two wins in the season and a series-best 13 top -fives, Matt Crafton became the first driver to win back-to-back titles in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. " Read more Sept. 13: Truck points race turns on a dime in Chicago Staying out of trouble when everyone else suffered on the track is what boosted Crafton to take over the Truck Series points lead coming out of Chicagoland. He trailed Johnny Sauter by seven points entering the race but would lead the standings the rest of the season. " Read more June 6: Texas-sized victory Crafton put an end to his 13-year, 26-race winless streak at Texas Motor Speedway when he grabbed the checkered flag at the Fort Worth track when gambling with fuel mileage worked in his favor. " Read more May 30: Crafton sees streak end at Dover In 2013 Crafton made history by being the only driver to finish every lap of a race in a season, but that streak ended along with his points lead in 2014 at Dover when he hit the wall with less than 50 laps to go. " Read more March 30: Crafton holds off Wallace Jr., wins Kroger 250 It came down to the very last stretch when Crafton beat polesitter Wallace Jr. to the start/finish line at Martinsville as the race went under yellow because of a last-lap accident. " Read more Jan. 14: ThorSport excels in second-day testing at Daytona Prior to the start of the 2014 season, testing was held at Daytona International Speedway and Crafton, along with the rest of his ThorSport team, ran at the top of the leaderboard, showing their 2014 strength and speed early. " Read more Nov. 15, 2013: Crafton claims 2013 championship After driving full-time in the Camping World Truck Series for 13 years, Crafton finally secured his first title. The Truck Series champ led Ty Dillon by 46 points going into the finale and only needed to start the race at Homestead-Miami to clinch the championship. " Read more MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
On the eve of Veterans Day weekend, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France and his wife Amy helped raise more than $6 million on Wednesday at "Stand Up for Heroes" in New York City in support of post-9/11 injured service members, veterans and their families through the Bob Woodruff Foundation. It was the latest in a long line of examples of NASCAR going beyond the call for America's troops. The Frances and another party bid and won a special auction with items and experiences from rock 'n roll legend Bruce Springsteen. The package includes a signed guitar and an hour guitar lesson from Springsteen, who also will provide a homemade lasagna dinner and a motorcycle ride in Springsteen's side car with "The Boss" driving. This year's event surpassed expectations, besting last year's record $5 million total. Springsteen helped raise $600,000 alone with the Frances and the other party committing $ 300 ,000 apiece to the Stand Up for Heroes Fund. NASCAR has a long track record of supporting the U.S. military, dating back to its roots. NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. began a tradition that continues to this day of recognizing Medal of Honor winners before the July 4th race at Daytona International Speedway . In June, NASCAR marked the fifth anniversary of its Troops to the Track presented by Bank of America initiative. Thousands of troops from local military installations across the country have been treated to customized VIP experiences which include garage tours, driver meet-and-greets and recognition during the drivers' meeting, among many other special-access activities. "NASCAR: An American Salute" is an annual tribute to the men and women who fight for our freedom. Beginning Memorial Day weekend in Charlotte through Fourth of July weekend in Daytona, teams, sponsors, tracks, the sanctioning body and its stakeholders sport special red, white and blue paint schemes and host military members and their families throughout the summer. On this Veterans Day weekend as the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup heads to Phoenix International Raceway , the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will run the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 as veterans, active military members and their families will be honored throughout the weekend. Like every weekend on the NASCAR schedule, the patriotic pre-race ceremony will feature an honor guard, a rousing rendition of the National Anthem and a military flyover. "It's in our DNA," NASCAR President Mike Helton said, "to help military families understand how grateful we are and to encourage our fans to do the same thing; it's evolved with the sport. Bill France Jr. and certainly Bill (France) Sr. were adamant about NASCAR being a voice to remind everybody that there were men and women who were making sacrifices so that we had the opportunity to do the things that we enjoy. "And a lot of it had to do with the fact that (France Sr.) created NASCAR right after World War II ... he had a very direct purpose behind it. "But that culture was passed on and handed down; as NASCAR grew, that responsibility grew with it." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Relive some of the best moments from this weekend's races at Phoenix International Raceway in this edition of Weekend Top 5 as Chase Elliott makes NASCAR history and Kevin Harvick races his way into the Championship 4 at Homestead.
Relive some of the best moments from this weekend's races at Texas Motor Speedway in this edition of Weekend Top 5 as Kyle Busch earns historic wins and tempers flare.