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Austin Dillon, Kyle Busch top Fontana XFINITY practices
Practice 2 recap " Results Austin Dillon rolled right to the top of the NASCAR XFINITY Series leaderboard in Friday's second session in his No. 2 Chevrolet after putting the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Sprint Cup car atop that series' first practice at Auto Club Speedway . Dillon's top speed in the final session was 176.622 mph, compared with Kyle Busch 's fastest lap of 177.327 mph to pace the opening session. Busch put his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pretty close to the top of the speed chart again, ranking second at 176.013 mph in the final practice session for the TreatMyClot.com 300 by Janssen (Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.) Ryan Blaney was third-fastest at 175.863 mph in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford, Ty Dillon 's No. 3 Chevrolet was fourth (175.623 mph) and Kyle Larson ran fifth (175.588 mph) in the No. 42 Chevrolet. Brandon Jones made contact with the wall in his RCR machine about halfway through the afternon XFINITY practice session at Fontana, causing some damage on the right side of the No. 33 car. Practice 1 recap " Results Kyle Busch continued his 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series domination by topping the opening practice at Auto Club Speedway ahead of Saturday's TreatMyClot.com 300 by Janssen (Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Busch paced the opening 85-minute session with a fast lap of 177.327 mph, which was just over 2.3 mph faster than the second-place lap of teammate Erik Jones (174.982 mph). Kyle Larson (174.910 mph), Elliott Sadler (174.795 mph) and Austin Dillon (174.681 mph) rounded out the top five. Busch, Larson and Dillon will be pulling double duty this weekend, running in Saturday's XFINITY race and Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). For Busch, the top spot on the speed chart picks up right where he left off last weekend at Phoenix. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has won the last three XFINITY Series races of the season and six of the last 10 held at Auto Club. Points leader Daniel Suarez placed seventh in the session, while defending race winner Kevin Harvick was 11th. Justin Allgaier , fresh off a fourth-place effort at Phoenix International Raceway , made contact with the wall a little over 20 minutes into practice. That damage led the JR Motorsports driver to go to a backup car.
Kyle Busch fined $10,000 after XFINITY race
RELATED: Danica fined $20,000 for actions in Sunday's race Defending Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch has been fined $10,000 by NASCAR for failing to fulfill post-race media obligations following Saturday's TreatMyClot.com 300 XFINITY Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Busch, the series' leader with 79 career victories, saw a three-race win streak come to an end at ACS when his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota suffered a flat left-front tire on the final lap of the race. He had led five times for 133 laps of the 150-lap event when he took the white flag. After climbing from his car on pit road, Busch returned to his team's hauler in the XFINITY Series garage, speaking with no media on pit road and failing to make an appearance in the media center. According to the NASCAR rulebook, the second- and third-place drivers must report to the media center for post-race interviews upon the conclusion of the race, unless otherwise instructed by NASCAR. NASCAR officials said afterward that no such release from that obligation had been granted to Busch. In addition to the monetary fine, Busch has been placed on probation through April 27, 2016, a period that covers the next four championship points events. With teams conserving fuel in an attempt to make it to the checkered flag on the heels of a long green-flag run, Busch led teammate Daniel Suarez by more than a second as the final lap began. The left-front tire let go before he made it to Turn 1, damaging the front fender and hood and sending debris across the track. Suarez briefly overtook Busch, only to run out of gas as he entered the backstretch. Eventual winner Austin Dillon ( Richard Childress Racing ) caught and passed Busch for the lead as the two raced out of Turn 4 coming to the checkered flag. While Busch has been fined for his actions, Kevin Harvick , who finished second following an overtime ending to the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series event on Sunday was not. Harvick ( Stewart-Haas Racing ) spoke with the media as he made his way away from pit road, but was informed that his presence in the media center was not required. Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer, told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio earlier this week that he was "disappointed" in Busch's comments and actions. "I applaud Kyle's passion because at the end of the day, the guy wants to win and he's not happy when he doesn't, so you always want to see that," O'Donnell said. "Little disappointed ... in terms of the post-race comments and certainly the media obligations." NASCAR also announced that Sprint Cup driver Danica Patrick had been fined $20,000 for walking toward the racing surface after she was involved in a crash with fellow driver Kasey Kahne at ACS. Patrick approached the track to express her displeasure to Kahne following the incident. Competitors are instructed to remain inside their vehicles until safety/emergency personnel arrive and to avoid walking on an active racing surface. Patrick has also been placed on probation for the next four events. In addition to the fines for Busch and Patrick, NASCAR also issued warnings to six Sprint Cup Series teams for inspection issues at Auto Club. Warnings, with season totals in parenthesis, were given to the following teams for failing the Laser Inspection Station twice during pre-qualifying inspection: Richard Childress Racing No. 3 with driver Austin Dillon (1); Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 with driver Matt Kenseth (1); Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 with driver Ryan Blaney (1); and Richard Childress Racing No. 27 with driver Paul Menard (1). The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 with driver Carl Edwards (2) failed the LIS twice during pre-race inspection. The No. 20 team also received a warning, its second, for failing template inspection twice during pre-qualifying. The Circle Sport Leavine Family Racing No. 95 with driver Michael McDowell was given a warning for a truck trailing arm that did not meet specifications. The issue was discovered during initial inspection on Friday. Vehicles failing either pre-qualifying or pre-race inspection twice receive a written warning. A third failure results in the loss of 15 minutes of practice as well. Any team receiving four warnings forfeits its opportunity for pit stall selection, either at that event if pit selection hasn't taken place or at the next event if pit stall selection has been completed. Once a team has forfeited its pit selection, its total is reset to zero.
Dillon celebrates after Hollywood ending at Fontana
Austin Dillon celebrates in Victory Lane after snatching a history-making victory from Kyle Busch in the Treatmyclot.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway.
A personal mission becomes a cause for Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Finalist
In 2011, Andy Hoffman's young son Jack was diagnosed with a brain tumor. And so, in America's Heartland, the battle began for the life of one child. Soon, the situation led Hoffman's family to take on another battle of national scope, for the lives of many children. One year after the devastating diagnosis, Hoffman had T-shirts made to sell as a fundraiser for children's brain cancer research. Approximately 20,000 shirts were sold, more than $ 300 ,000 was raised. Inspiration morphed into dedication and a year later Hoffman and his wife, Brianna, formed "Team Jack Foundation" based in Atkinson, Nebraska. In the process, they confronted the fact that procedures to treat pediatric brain cancer – both in surgery and chemotherapy – were more than 30 years old. A further catalyst was the obvious need for funding, for further childhood cancer research. Team Jack Foundation raises money to fund impactful pediatric brain cancer research while working to create national awareness for the disease. The long-term goal of the non-profit organization is to fund research at the top research centers in the United States and internationally with a special emphasis on the state of Nebraska and the surrounding region, where research centers are limited. "Our goal is to raise as much money as we can, as fast as we can and get that money into the hands of the best researchers in the world to help find a cure for pediatric brain cancer," Hoffman said. It's happening. In 2013, Hoffman appealed to the Nebraska State Legislature for funding at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, resulting in the state matching Team Jack Foundation's commitment of $1.5 million. The foundation has raised nearly $3 million, with the funding going to five research programs across the country. In addition, Hoffman has run three marathons through which he personally raised more than $10,000. Hoffman, 37 – and a longtime Jeff Gordon fan – is one of four finalists for The NASCAR Foundation's 2016 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented by Nationwide. The award will be presented by France, The NASCAR Foundation's Chairwoman Emeritus and founder, on Sept. 27 during the inaugural Honors Gala at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. The foundation will donate $100,000 to the charity represented by the award winner and $25,000 to each of the other three finalists' charities. The award winner will be determined via an online vote now underway and running through Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. ET at NASCAR.com/Award Andy Hoffman and his son, Jack, at a chemotherapy session. Each year, approximately 4, 300 children are diagnosed with life-threatening brain cancer. Young Jack Hoffman's battle continues, but for many other children, the battle is lost. "As a parent, when your child receives that first cancer diagnosis, it's a process," Hoffman said. "It's devastating. It's paralyzing. Then you go from being paralyzed to almost having a pity party, and you're praying, asking God, 'Why?' But then, the next step is, 'How are we going to beat this thing?' "I can't ask for a better group to advocate for, than these kids going through something like this. … There's so much more work that needs to be done. We've only scratched the surface. "For whatever reason, God chose us [to face this challenge] so we felt like it was our job, our obligation to other families … to use all of the blessings in our life, to do the most amount of good as possible." To learn more about this year's finalists for The NASCAR Foundation's Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award presented by Nationwide, and to cast your vote today, go to www.NASCAR.com/Award . Voting is open now until Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. ET.
Austin Dillon wins in overtime finish at Bristol
RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid BRISTOL, Tenn. -- A remarkable chain of circumstances gave Austin Dillon the chance to win Friday night's Food City 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway . Dillon took full advantage, completing two harrowing overtime laps to edge surprise runner-up Justin Allgaier in a race that went eight laps beyond the scheduled distance at the ultra-fast .533-mile concrete short track. Dillon didn't take the top spot until Lap 305 of 308, when Brad Keselowski 's No. 22 Ford ran out of fuel while leading under the eighth and final caution of the evening. Driving a No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet that slipped noticeably in Turn 3 on the white-flag lap -- just after crossing the overtime line at the entrance to the corner -- Dillon nevertheless held off Allgaier, third-place finisher Kyle Larson and fourth-place Elliott Sadler , who swapped positions behind the winner on the two overtime laps. Dillon crossed the finish line .227 seconds ahead of Allgaier, who won a drag race against Larson off the final corner. And in Victory Lane, Dillon stayed busy counting his blessings, not the least of which was a shout-out to fiancée Whitney Ward, who recently accepted Dillon's marriage proposal. "It was just a war of attrition," said Dillon, whose new crew chief, Justin Alexander, got his first victory. "We had a pretty good car -- maybe not the fastest car -- but the car that won. I made a mistake in (Turn) 3 coming to the white, but, luckily, everybody else got loose… "It was just a war of attrition, and we did what we had to do to win." Keselowski's empty fuel tank was simply the last domino in a sequence of events that put Dillon in position to win for the first time at Bristol -- or on any short track for that matter -- the second time this season and the eighth time in his career. On Lap 243, pole winner Erik Jones spun Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez in Turn 3, triggering a six-car wreck that sent both Jones and Suarez to the garage. "I just made a mistake," Jones said ruefully. "I basically turned the 19 (Suarez). It's unfortunate. I feel bad for Daniel and I feel bad for this team and my guys. The (car) was really good, and it deserved a good finish and was probably good enough to win. "I just threw it away on that restart and tried to make too much happen too quick. Just trying to get back in line behind them before the others got there, and I wasn't clear. Just mad at myself." The pivotal wreck that followed was even more dramatic. Keselowski and Kyle Busch were fighting for the lead on Lap 296 when Busch tried a pass in the lower lane and slid his No. 18 Toyota up the track in front of Keselowski's Mustang. Unwilling to surrender the position, Keselowski maintained his momentum off the corner, clipped the right rear of Busch's Camry and sent both cars into the outside wall. Keselowski was able to continue, but Busch blew a tire and shot up into the outside wall in Turns 3 and 4, collecting Ty Dillon , younger brother of the race winner, who was running behind -- and who had led briefly after a restart on Lap 287. "Kyle is, of course, real good at this track, and he was quite a bit faster," Keselowski said. "I was just trying to hold him off anyway I could. He got a good run on the bottom, and the bottom groove was just a little bit faster in (Turns) 1 and 2 than it was in 3 and 4. He knew that and made a really smart move and got up next to me, but I had a big run on exit and he wasn't quite clear. "I knew he needed to come up because 3 and 4, like I said, the bottom groove wasn't as good. He knew he needed to come up and there just wasn't enough room. I was already there and it clipped him in the right rear. I don't really know what happened from there, but it was tough. We were battling really hard and definitely didn't want to see it end that way." When the race went past its posted distance and Keselowski had issues picking up fuel under the yellow, that left Dillon to hold off Larson, who had led 200 laps at that point. With advice from his grandfather and team owner, Richard Childress, Dillon picked the outside lane for the final restart and pulled out a victory that would have seemed an unlikely outcome just 50 laps earlier. </p>
RECAP: Dillon dabs on the competition
NASCAR.com's Jonathan Merryman recaps a wild night in Bristol that saw Austin Dillon take the advantage on the final restart after a late-race wreck to go on to win the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Suarez tops lone Bristol practice, rain cancels final session
RELATED: Get full results Joe Gibbs Racing 's Daniel Suarez was first on the speed charts Thursday for a shortened XFINITY Series opening practice at Bristol Motor Speedway . Suarez, who enters the weekend second in points, posted a quickest lap of 126.046 mph in his No. 19 Toyota. NASCAR called practice a few minutes early due to threats of rain at the Tennessee short track. After Suarez was Regan Smith in the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, earning a fast lap of 125.782 mph. The No. 18 JGR Toyota of Kyle Busch (125.716 mph), the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Austin Dillon (125.330 mph) and the No. 20 JGR Toyota of Erik Jones (125.036 mph) completed the top five. RCR's Ty Dillon -- making his 100th series start this weekend -- was eighth-fastest in his No. 3 Chevy (124.768 mph). Series points leader Elliott Sadler finished the session 15th (124.018 mph) in the No. 1 JR Motorsports entry. On-track action for the series was scheduled to pick back up at 3:30 p.m. ET for final practice, but was canceled due to persistent rains hitting the track and surrounding areas. The field returns Friday for Coors Light Pole Qualifying (NBC Sports App) at 3:15 p.m. ET ahead of the Food City 300 (7:30 p.m. ET, USA, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Keselowski: 'He probably deserved to win’
Brad Keselowski talks about the late-race wreck with Kyle Busch that cost both drivers a chance to win the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Wallace Jr. reflects on top-ten finish at Bristol
Darrell Wallace Jr. talks about his night at Bristol after finishing 7th in the Food City 300 .
Justin Marks nabs first XFINITY win at rainy Mid-Ohio
RELATED: Full race results " Chase Grid " Updated standings LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Not even a caution with four laps remaining in Saturday's Mid-Ohio Challenge could detour road course expert Justin Marks from scoring his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course . Marks, driver of the No. 42 Katerra Chevrolet Camaro, withstood a rain-soaked challenge from Sam Hornish Jr on the final restart, but Marks showcased his road racing skills when it counted most and stretched his lead to 3.7 seconds when the checkered flag flew. "These are as tough conditions as you can put drivers in," said Marks from a makeshift Victory Lane. "It's just really hard on everybody when it's dry and wet and you don't really know what to do, so strategy plays a big role in it. You know, my specialty is road racing in the rain in these stock cars and I don't get much of an opportunity to do it so when that opportunity presents itself, you have to really take advantage of it and I about threw it away today. "I knew if the race ended in the rain that we would have a real shot at winning it. I wish my family was here. I'm just really happy." Marks dedicated the win to former Chip Ganassi Racing driver Bryan Clauson who passed away last Sunday night from injuries in a sprint car accident during the Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas. "Bryan's short career in stock car racing came with Chip Ganassi Racing , so it's great to be able to put this thing in Victory Lane to honor him and think about him," added Marks. "He's a real American hero race car driver. Bryan was. They don't make them like that anymore." RELATED: Drivers share thoughts, memories of Bryan Clauson Hornish in a limited schedule driving the No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro for Richard Childress Racing settled for second. "All in all, a good day for the Rheem Chevrolet," he said. "My hat's off to Justin Marks . I generally held myself as a pretty decent rain racer and even given the opportunity there at the end, I couldn't do anything with him. I would have had to take massive chances with our car to be able to do anything and you still gotta pass him to keep up with him. "I'm proud of what the guys gave me on the No. 2 car today. I wish we would have gotten a little more out of it. In the dry, I feel like we could win, but Justin just went out there and was just a monster in the wet." Hornish won the pole on Friday in dry conditions, but as the field took the green at the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course, Mother Nature moved in and sent the team to pit road for an optional change of tires from slicks to wets on Lap 3. Joe Gibbs Racing 's Owen Kelly , in his XFINITY Series return, took the lead on the restart, but spun shortly thereafter in Turn 6 sending Hornish back to the top spot. Hornish, however, would get his first glimpse of Marks on Lap 12 when the Chip Ganassi Racing driver took the lead for the first time. The Rocklin, California, native would maintain the lead through the halfway point where he pitted from the lead, cycling the top spot through a variety of drivers during green flag pit stops, as the race track began to transition back to dry. A Lap 50 caution for debris, however, would be the starting point where the race would set the tone for the closing laps. While under the yellow, the skies opened up, soaking the road course and sending almost all the competitors back to pit road for wet tires and fuel for the end. When the race restarted with 14 laps to go, Darrell Wallace Jr . found himself at the top. But with 12 laps to go, he went off course, giving the lead to Ty Dillon with a stalking Marks behind. With rain continuing to fall, Marks used his experience to close the distance between Dillon and took advantage as Dillon himself went off course on Lap 65, giving the lead back to Marks on Lap 66 and never relinquishing. Next up for the XFINITY Series is its annual summer trip to Bristol Motor Speedway for the running of the Food City 300 (7:30 p.m. ET, USA, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) on Aug. 19. Kyle Busch is the defending champion. Note: NASCAR Next driver Alon Day made his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut on Saturday, finishing 13th. With the start, Day -- who ran as high as third -- became the first driver from Israel to make a NASCAR national series start.