Check out the starting lineup for the ToyotaCare 250
Chase Elliott and Elliott Sadler talk about their finish in the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway.
Nick Duncan recaps the ToyotaCare 250 as Denny Hamlin starts on the pole, Brendan Gaughan's pit crew escapes a massive pit road fire and Hamlin leads all but two laps en route to victory.
Delayed race ends early Saturday morning
The Nationwide Series makes its eighth stop of the year at Richmond
Anthony O'Brien back to Brendan Gaughan's pits after Richmond incident RELATED: Adapting, reacting to new pit road safety measures Anthony O'Brien, rear tire changer for the No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Brendan Gaughan in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, is back to work today at Michigan after recovering from injuries sustained in a pit road fire at Rhichmond International Raceway. O'Brien, RCR gasman Josh Wittman and Clifford "Doc" Turner, the gas runner for Eric McClure 's No. 24 team, were all transported to the hospital after flames flashed across two pit stalls during the ToyotaCare 250 on April 24. The fire was caused by a malfunction on the head of the gas can, which prevented the nozzle from sealing flush with the No. 62 car. O'Brien was changing the left rear tire right under the fuel nozzle when the fire erupted. He was hospitalized until the Monday following the race, April 27. The fire prompted NASCAR to institute new rules requiring over-the-wall pit crew members to wear gear that affords more protection in the event of a fire. Teams began instituting the new head socks and other gear at Pocono and Texas last weekend. Gaughan tweeted the good news Saturday about O'Brien's return to pit road. RT @RCR62BGaughan UPDATE: Rear tire changer Anthony O'Brien will return to action today @MISpeedway . #NASCAR — Brendan Gaughan (@Brendan62) June 13, 2015 FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
JR Motorsports driver eyes first top-10 finish at restrictor-plate track Much of the attention given to Chase Elliott lately has centered around his five scheduled NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts as he readies to replace Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet next season. Elliott performed well at Richmond Sunday, finishing 16th in just his second NSCS start. Quietly, the 19-year-old Georgia native has climbed to second in the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings, eight points behind leader Ty Dillon . Elliott posted a fifth-place showing in last Friday's ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond, jumping Chris Buescher in the standings as he tries to defend his XFINITY Series championship. Since his 28th-place finish in the season-opener at Daytona, Elliott has produced seven consecutive top-10 finishes, including four top fives. The NASCAR Next alum will put his streak on the line in Saturday's Winn Dixie 300 at Talladega Superspeedway (3 p.m. ET on FOX). Restrictor-plate tracks have proven to be Elliott’s kryptonite in his young career. He has only finished outside of the top 10 in eight of his XFINITY Series races (19.5%), including all four of his restrictor-plate contests. His best restrictor-plate finish was 15th at Daytona in his XFINITY Series debut last year. Elliott placed 19th at Talladega last spring. Elliott feels his experience at the Alabama track from last season has prepared him for Saturday's showdown. "It's really tough to plan for a race like this, since there's so much uncertainty that can happen," he said. "We were in contention last year late in the race, but got caught up in a wreck, which eventually killed our day. Going into this Saturday's race, I have more confidence knowing I've been in a late-race situation there." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Takes checkered flag one week after last-lap loss at Indy RELATED: Race results " Series standings NEWTON, Iowa - As the cautions — and wreckage — piled up, Ryan Blaney didn’t blink. Trouble reigned for most in the late tension-filled stages of the U.S. Cellular 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Iowa Speedway, but the driver of the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford remained calm and poised. Seemed so, anyway. “It’s not ideal,” Blaney said of four cautions in the final 20 scheduled laps that interrupted his stirring Saturday night run to Victory Lane. “At all. You have a great car and those late cautions are just chances to give it away.” Not Saturday. Blaney’s turn at the wheel put the Team Penske No. 22 in Victory Lane at Iowa for the third straight August. Brad Keselowski drove it to wins each of the past two seasons. Blaney led an astounding 252 laps of 260, churning out the most dominant performance in his young career and first series win of the season after three runner-up finishes. “It’s crazy that you lead more laps than the race is actually scheduled for,” Blaney’s crew chief, Greg Erwin, said. Crazy indeed, but fitting for Blaney, who felt he had “given away” last weekend’s Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to Kyle Busch , who made a last-lap pass. “It really speaks a lot to this team,” Blaney said. “(They gave me) a great race car.” Regan Smith finished a season-best second and Brian Scott took third. Ty Dillon and Brendan Gaughan — who took a late shot at Blaney that slightly damaged both cars — completed the top five. Blaney simply shined from the start. He swiftly passed Coors Light polesitter Daniel Suarez after the green flag flew and led the first 146 laps — or 50 more than his previous best total he amassed while notching his first series win at Kentucky in 2013. The first hiccup: Trailing Smith for four laps after easing off pit road on Lap 147 slightly behind him. The next green flag erased that issue. On Lap 151 Blaney surged to the front again and set a blistering pace in clean air, virtually unchallenged. But one more pit stop was required and Chase Elliott — who powered to second during the late stages— beat Blaney off pit road. A change in the evening’s balance of power? Hardly. Blaney quickly swept past Elliott and never looked back — except to survey the misfortunes of others. Eight cautions marred the event, with six coming after Lap 205. WATCH: Post-race scuffles on pit road Elliott drew one after contact with Brandon Jones sent him spinning into the wall on Lap 231. He recovered to finish ninth and sits 20 points behind standings leader Chris Buescher , who was collected in the multi-car wreck that came on the first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish. Buescher settled for 13th. Kenny Wallace , who made his record 547th and final appearance with the series, spun twice. He ended up 15th. Blaney’s No. 22 sustained some damage on the first green-white-checkered attempt as Brendan Gaughan tried to make a run to his low side, but didn’t clear his left rear. No hard feelings, Blaney said. Just good, hard racing. “Wouldn’t want it any other way,” Blaney said. Still, the twisted metal gave Smith hope — until he missed his mark on the final restart. “He went a lot earlier than I anticipated,” said Smith, who notched his best finish this season. “It was my fault for not being ready.” No one could mount much for Blaney all night. Blaney led every green flag lap. He led 160 more laps than he’s ever led in an XFINITY Series race. And his first win of 2015 came at a track where he snared his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win in 2012. “Just a fun place,” said Blaney, whose 252 laps led, unsurprisingly, proved to be a track record. “We’ve always had good runs here.” FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Dillon, Suarez both looking for first Iowa win RELATED: Practice 2 results After running fourth in Friday's first practice, Ty Dillon topped the leaderboard in the second practice with an impressive fastest lap of 133.012 mph in 23.682 seconds. The No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet completed a total of 67 laps for the session. NASCAR XFINITY Series veteran Brendan Gaughan was second on the leaderboard for Friday's final practice session with his No. 62 Chevrolet coming in hot with a fastest lap of 132.704 mph in 23.737 seconds. T.J. Bell rounded out the top three with a lap of 131.871 mph (23.887 seconds). This weekend will mark the first time Bell has lined up for a NASCAR XFINITY Series race since 2012's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. Next on the leaderboard was Drew Herring in his No. 6 Ford. Herring had a fastest lap of 131.519 mph (23.951). This will be his first NASCAR XFINITY appearance since 2013's Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. And completing the top five for this session was Brian Scott in his No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with a lap of 131.403 mph. Daniel Suarez , who topped the first practice, finished ninth in the Friday night's practice (131.026 mph). The No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing driver will be on the lookout for his fourth consecutive top-five finish this weekend at Iowa Speedway. Kenny Wallace , who will be competing in his last race in the series this weekend at Iowa, finished 15th. Wallace is looking for his 10th career win at Saturday's U.S. Cellular Presented by New Holland (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SiriusXM). NXS action continues Saturday with the Coors Light Pole Qualifying at 4:45 p.m. ET. RELATED: Practice 1 results Daniel Suarez topped the leaderboard in the NASCAR XFINITY Series opening practice on Friday at Iowa Speedway. The driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota posted a fastest lap of 133.367 mph. Next was fellow rookie Brandon Jones in his No. 33 Chevrolet with a fastest lap of 131.965 mph. Saturday's U.S. Cellular 250 Presented by New Holland marks Jones' second start in the XFINITY Series. His first race was at Iowa’s May race, the 3M 250 , where he finished eighth. Rounding out the first session's top three was Ben Rhodes . Rhodes had a fastest lap of 131.744 mph. Ty Dillon (131.546 mph) and Darrell Wallace Jr . (131.486 mph) came in fourth and fifth, respectively. XFINITY Series points leader, Chris Buescher finished practice in the seventh spot, posting a fastest lap of 130.332 mph. Johanna Long , finished 30th in the first session. This is Long's first 2015 appearance as she hasn't raced since 2013's Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. On-track action continues at 7 p.m. ET with the NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice on NBCSN. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See where drivers will pit for the U.S. Cellular 250 presented by New Holland RELATED: Complete lineup at Pocono The pit stall assignments are out for Saturday's U.S. Cellular 250 presented by New Holland at Iowa Speedway (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN/Live Extra, MRN, SiriusXM) with pole-sitter Daniel Suarez getting his first pick on pit road for the second time this season. After snagging the lead from Ryan Blaney in the final 30 seconds of qualifying, Suarez, in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, chose the last pit stall off pit road, giving him an easy exit during stops. Suarez is not the only one with an open-stall advantage as Brendan Gaughan (starting third) will service his No. 62 Chevrolet in stall 20, which also has an opening ahead of it. Erik Jones (starting fifth), Chris Buescher (starting sixth) and Kenny Wallace (starting seventh) all have openings in front of their pit stalls. Blaney was second in qualifying and his No. 22 Team Penske Ford will pit in the fourth pit box. Elliott Sadler , in the No. 1 Ford, has the pit stall even with the start-finish line at the Brickyard. Sadler will lineup in the 15th position. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule