Garagecam truly behind the scenes in Pocono
GarageCam host Matthew Dillner walks through the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage at Pocono Raceway where drivers and teams prepare their cars to tame the Tricky Triangle.
Runner-up finish leaves Dillon heartbroken at Iowa
RELATED: Results " Chase Grid " Standings NEWTON, Iowa -- Ty Dillon's face shown with sweat and slight disappointment as he climbed out of his No. 3 Chevrolet and exchanged a quick word with crew chief Nick Harrison on pit road following a runner-up finish to winner Erik Jones in Saturday night's U.S . Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. His Richard Childress Racing ride was dominant, leading 83 of the 250 laps -- but it wasn't enough for the checkered flag, leaving Dillon a bridesmaid for the second time this season in the Hawkeye State. And for a driver who hasn't won since Indianapolis in 2014, that certainly stings. "It's heartbreaking, I really wanted to win ever since two years ago at Indy," Dillon said on pit road. "We've had so many ups and downs and so many second-place finishes. "To lead a lot of laps here is encouraging, but man, it just hurts." His No. 3 was aggressive all night, moving through the field with purpose since the drop of the green flag. By the time the first caution flag was waved at Lap 29, Dillon had already moved into the top 10 after starting 15th. As the race continued, the 24-year-old driver looked poised for Victory Lane when a strong pit stop won Dillon the race off pit road at Lap 152. He held onto the lead for 83 laps, but Jones' powerful No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota eventually overtook Dillon's No. 3 Chevy. "I was pushing so hard, I just started to get a little bit loose and a little bit looser and his car was just a little bit better at that point," Dillon said. "I could make it work for a couple laps there, but every once in a while I'd just get a little too free and he'd make a gain on me. There were other cars in front of me and I don't know if it just kind of took a little air off us or what, but I could not get to them, could not get past them and let Erik get a good run on us. "I knew he was going to try the top and he was just better than me, so he could run whatever line I wasn't. I tried to block him and he made a good move and got by me." The Joe Gibbs Racing fleet has flexed its muscle this season across all series, winning 13 of the 19 XFINITY Series events alone. Daniel Suarez won the Coors Light Pole for the organization and remained near the front of the field for the much of the race's first half until a run-in with Josh Berry's No. 88 left the No. 19 with too much damage to continue. "You've just got to be so perfect to outrun them and when you get the lead, you can't give them any inch cause they're there," Dillon said of the Gibbs cars. "I try to be perfect all night and just came up 10 laps short." Joe Gibbs Racing's continued success begs the question: What is everyone else missing? According to No. 3 crew chief Nick Harrison, not as much as it appears. "I don't think Gibbs has got anything else that we don't have -- I just think that they're a little bit better in a couple areas right now," Harrison said in the garage post-race. "It's not that we don't notice -- we've got everything they've got and we're making gains. I feel like come time to shine, we'll be right there for the sun to get on us." While the runner-up finish stings, the team's dominance and aggressiveness throughout the night also sings praises -- and provides encouragement as the Chase draws nearer. "We were in second tonight and showed we could compete with those guys," Dillon said. "We know we've got to get better, we know we can get better. If we execute like that we'll have a great shot going in the Chase." And Harrison can see his driver's motivation -- and appetite for victory -- growing. "These second-place finishes, they've not all been so bad because they probably make Ty that much more hungry, make my guys that much more hungry," Harrison said. "... And come time for it, we're going to be there to get our meal." MORE: Photos from the day
Erik Jones wins fuel-mileage duel at Iowa
RELATED: Results " Standings " Chase Grid NEWTON, Iowa -- For 83 laps, it looked like Ty Dillon's winless drought would finally end. That was until Erik Jones flashed the brilliance that has many predicting big things for the Joe Gibbs Racing prodigy. Jones led a race-high 154 laps in the No. 20 DeWalt Toyota en route to Victory Lane on Saturday night in the U.S . Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. Jones passed Dillon with 15 laps remaining to retake the lead for the final time of the night and beat Dillon's No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet to the checkered flag by 3.533 seconds. The NASCAR XFINITY Series victory was the third of the season for Jones and the fifth of his career in his 45th start. Having one of the most impressive Sunoco Rookie of the Year campaigns in recent memory, Jones has 11 top-five and 12 top-10 results in 19 starts this season. "It's a great day. We had a great car. One that definitely deserved to win the race," Jones said in victory lane. " The fastest car I feel like won tonight, which is always a good feeling. It was an awesome day for us. "I feel like we deserved to win when we came here earlier this year, we had a really fast car. It was nice to get some redemption for that one." Jones qualified second but passed his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez on the first lap. While several teams flew in Sprint Cup pit crews from Pocono, the Joe Gibbs Racing teams did not. Despite dropping spots after pitting, Jones would quickly regain them when the field returned to green. When the caution flew at Lap 150 as Brandon McReynolds made hard contact with the Turn 1 wall, teams hit pit road for fresh tires and fuel. Dillon's pit crew had the quickest stop to give Dillon the lead for the first time of the night at Lap 152. When the field returned to green, Dillon was able to put some distance between his No. 3 Chevrolet and Jones. Dillon would lead the next 83 laps before Jones drove to the bottom and made the final pass on Dillon at Lap 235. "I want the win so bad," said Dillon, whose drought extended to 66 races. "That was all I had. They (Joe Gibbs Racing) are good right now. That was all I had. "I'm proud of my guys. They gave us a great opportunity tonight. My heart's been broken every race since Indy (site of Dillon's last win in 2014). I want to get in victory lane again. We're close; we just have to get a little better." Brad Keselowski, the only Sprint Cup regular to make the trip from Pocono Raceway, site of this Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race (1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN), finished eighth in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford. Daniel Suarez won the Coors Light Pole Award on Saturday afternoon and ran second to his teammate Jones for the first-half of the race. On the restart for McReynolds' accident, Suarez was running seventh and when Josh Berry's No. 88 didn’t go, Suarez's No. 19 ARRIS Toyota plowed into it, suffering heavy front-end damage. Suarez would remain on track for several laps before hitting pit road. Unable to continue, Suarez finished 30th and lost the lead in the championship standings to Elliott Sadler. By virtue of his third-place finish in the No. 1 OneMain Chevrolet, Sadler leads Suarez by 14 points. The NASCAR XFINITY Series returns to action next Saturday at Watkins Glen International for the running of the Zippo 200 at The Glen.
Ben-Hur's Jack Huston to drive pace car at The Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (July 29, 2016) -- Jack Huston, star of the upcoming epic action adventure "BEN-HUR" from Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, will drive a 2016 Toyota Camry pace car to kick off the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It™ 355 at Watkins Glen International on Sunday, August 7. This will be Huston’s first time serving as an Official Pace Car drive at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. He will also be recognized during pre-race ceremonies and will greet each NASCAR driver on stage during driver introductions. "I am excited to join NASCAR and get behind the wheel of today’s modern chariot," said Huston. "BEN-HUR" is the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption. Based on Lew Wallace's timeless novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. The film also stars Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi, Ayelet Zurer, Pilou Asbaek, Sofia Black D’Elia and Morgan Freeman. Timur Bekmambetov directed the film from a screenplay by Keith Clarke and John Ridley. Sean Daniel, Joni Levin, and Duncan Henderson served as producers, with Mark Burnett, Roma Downey, Keith Clarke, John Ridley, and Jason F. Brown serving as executive producers. "BEN-HUR" will be released in theaters on August 19, 2016. Huston previously starred for four seasons in HBO's hit series, Boardwalk Empire, as the sniper with the horribly disfigured face, 'Richard Harrow.' In 2013, Huston appeared in the critically acclaimed and award-winning film American Hustle, where he played mobster 'Pete Musane.' Additionally, he starred as 'Young Ira' in George Tillman Jr.'s film adaption of the Nicholas Sparks novel, The Longest Ride. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Watkins Glen International August 4-7 for the Cheez-It™ 355 race weekend, which also features the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Bully Hill Vineyards 100, and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Zippo 200 at The Glen. Tickets for all of the action are available by calling 1-866-461-RACE or by logging on to www.theglen.com . Fans can also watch the Cheez-It™ 355 live on USA at 2:30 p.m. ET or listen on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Located within five (5) hours (~300 miles) of 25 percent of the US population, Watkins Glen International is the premier road racing facility in North America, voted "Best NASCAR Track" by readers of USA Today. Keep up with The Glen on Facebook and Twitter. For tickets, call 866-461-RACE or visit www.theglen.com.
Dillon on '17: 'Plan on being in the Sprint Cup Series'
NEWTON, Iowa -- The team is a question mark, the number is uncertain and the logistics are still behind closed doors. But one thing's for certain: If he has his way, Ty Dillon will be in a Sprint Cup Series ride next season. "I fully plan on being in the Sprint Cup Series next year full time," Dillon said Friday at Iowa Speedway. "We've got a lot of options on the table. A lot of chips still left to fall before we kind of get to that point, but hopefully we'll have something really close to getting done in a month or so." Dillon has made eight Sprint Cup starts this season, driving both the No. 95 Circle Sport -- Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet and filling in for then-injured Tony Stewart in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing ride. He etched a season-best Cup result of 15th at Phoenix in the No. 14 Chevrolet. He also served as a relief driver for Stewart at Talladega. RELATED: Dillon subs for Stewart With No. 31 driver Ryan Newman's RCR contract up after this season, it looks to be seen whether or not Dillon will take his place as the driver of the team’s third car or if organization will add a fourth car. The possibility of driving for a different team also looms. "Talks have progressed a lot further than they have in past years," Dillon said. "I had talks with other teams in the past couple years and had opportunities, but it's always been my dream to drive for RCR and be teammates with my brother. "But now it seems like the time's more and more important. We've got some things going with RCR but we're still slowly working on other options. So, I have plenty of options and we're going to make sure it's the right decision because I want to be able to compete and win races and I want to be part of a team I know I can do that with." MORE: 'Hero' moment for Dillon as Richard Childress makes NASCAR Hall
Rodney Childers is having the worst week ever
Rodney Childers, crew chief for the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team of Kevin Harvick, is having just about the worst week ever. Here's why: 1. Penalized for lug nut violation during last weekend's Indianapolis race -- costing him $20,000 and a one-race suspension (Pocono.) " Read more 2. On the receiving end of some unpleasant dental work. Sitting at the dentist, mouth numb.. Mom in the hospital.. Dermatologist this morning.. Suspended.. Anything else?? pic.twitter.com/Huu09DQJxZ — Rodney Childers (@RodneyChilders4) July 27, 2016 3. Someone messed with his grass. To the person that just pulled in my yard and spun the grass up, please come back and do it again!! — Rodney Childers (@RodneyChilders4) July 28, 2016 4. His 12-hour-old car needed a pit stop. Here we go.. Day 2.. Busted windshield pic.twitter.com/S3MHQiHtvK — Rodney Childers (@RodneyChilders4) July 28, 2016 But, hey, at least he'll be getting some rare downtime to relax and focus on some of his non-racing hobbies. Guess I should have failed post race instead of having one lugnut loose.. Looking fwd to some ⛳️ https://t.co/OQz577IlQR — Rodney Childers (@RodneyChilders4) July 27, 2016 We see you lookin' on the bright side, RC.
From the Vault: Stewart scores special win for SHR at Pocono
Tony Stewart won Stewart-Haas Racing's first NASCAR event in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race in 2009. In June, at Pocono, Stewart scored the first points-paying victory for his organization.
Darrell Wallace Jr. clips the wall off Turn 2, goes for a spin
Darrell Wallace Jr. has an issue off Turn 2 hitting the wall and spinning down the backstretch.
Who can tame the Tricky Triangle?
Chris Rice and Jonathan Merryman make their NASCAR Fantasy Live picks for the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway.
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 .