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Post-Race Reactions: Tempers flare in UNOH 200
All the top finishers share their thoughts on how the final laps of the UNOH 200 went down in Bristol.
UNOH 200 rained out, moved to Thursday
Bristol Truck Series race will run at 10 a.m. ET (FOX Sports 1)
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See who will be in the field at Bristol on Wednesday
Post-Race Reactions: UNOH 200
The top-five finishers comment on strong finishes, while Brad Keselowski is left to question what happened in the final laps.
NASCAR TV schedule: August 17-August 23
RELATED: See the full weekend schedule " NBC Sports Live Extra All times ET Monday, August 17 6 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN Noon, NASCAR 120, NBCSN 5:30 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 8 p.m., Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge: Road America (tape), FOX Sports 1 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Tuesday, August 18 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 10 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200 Presented by Cooper Standard and Brad Keselowski 's Checkered Flag Foundation (re-air), FOX Sports 1 4:30 p.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 Special 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 3 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Wednesday, August 19 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 10 a.m., Being: Stewart-Haas Racing (re-air), FOX Sports 1 11 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice, FOX Sports 1 12:30 p.m., Uncompromising: Kevin Harvick (re-air), FOX Sports 1 4:45 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 2 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 8 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Setup, FOX Sports 1 8:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP, FOX Sports 1 3 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Thursday, August 20 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 9 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP (re-air), FOX Sports 1 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 7 p.m., NASCAR K&N Series East: Motordrome Speedway (tape), NBCSN 11 p.m., NASCAR K&N Series East: Motordrome Speedway (re-air), NBCSN 1:30 a.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 Special (re-air), NBCSN 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Friday, August 21 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 9:30 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN 11:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, NBCSN 1 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 1:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN 2:30 p.m., NASCAR K&N Series West: Evergreen Speedway (tape), NBCSN 3:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 5:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 7 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Countdown to Green, NBCSN 7:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Food City 300 , NBCSN Saturday, August 22 4 p.m., The 10: Greatest Bristol Moments, FOX Sports 2 4:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay: Bristol, FOX Sports 2 4:30 p.m., NASCAR K&N Series West: Evergreen (re-air), NBCSN 5:30 p.m., NASCAR America Saturday, NBCSN 7 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Countdown to Green, NBCSN 7:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race , NBCSN 11 p.m., NASCAR Post-Race Show, NBCSN Midnight, NASCAR Victory Lane, FOX Sports 1 2:30 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane (re-air), FOX Sports 1 Sunday, August 23 1 p.m., TUDOR United SportsCar Championship: Virginia International Raceway, FOX Sports 1 11 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lap, NBCSN &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;
Hamlin rides fresh tires to overtime XFINITY win at Charlotte
RELATED: Full Charlotte race results CONCORD, N.C. -- In an event that bore notable similarities to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race a week earlier, Denny Hamlin won Saturday's Hisense 4K TV 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a pass on the final lap. Hamlin's fresh rubber trumped the old tires of Kyle Larson and Joey Logano , who restarted ahead of Hamlin in overtime at the 1.5-mile track. In fact, Hamlin restarted sixth on Lap 205 after coming to pit road for four new tires under the eighth and final caution of the race, brought out when polesitter Erik Jones , Hamlin's teammate, slammed the outside wall and performed the coup de grace on his already wounded No. 20 Toyota. "It was a second opportunity, obviously," Hamlin said. "I was hoping for that caution there at the end, and we got it and we were able to get four tires on this Hisense Camry and took off. A little closer than what I thought -- I mean, we were just really tight those last couple laps, but what a great day." The victory was Hamlin's first of the year in his only start so far, and it was the fifth this season for the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, the first four coming with Kyle Busch behind the wheel. Logano surged ahead of Larson at the restart, but Hamlin gained huge momentum on his new tires from the outside lane. With less than a lap left, Hamlin got past Logano and held on to win the race by .291 seconds over Austin Dillon , who edged Logano for second in the final corner. Dillon had opted for right-side tires only on his final pit stop. But for a timely caution, however, Hamlin would not have had the opportunity to win the race. As they had done a week earlier in the All-Star race, Larson and Logano swapped the lead, with Logano powering past Larson's No. 42 Chevrolet on lap 166 of a scheduled 200 , and Larson regaining the top spot with five laps left in regulation. But when Jones slammed into the wall on Lap 199, Hamlin had the chance to come to pit road for tires under caution, while Larson and Logano stayed out to preserve their track position. With just two cars up front on old tires, as had been the case for the final restart in the All-Star race, Hamlin made short work of the cars in front of him. It was the third last-lap pass for the win in the XFINITY Series this season. Hamlin and crew chief Chris Gayle conferred before the final pit stop and ultimately opted for the fresh rubber. "It was a collaborative call," Hamlin said. "He (Gayle) leaned towards staying out, but I thought that I could get around those guys in just two laps even though we were way faster on that last run. I thought tires were the thing. "I knew if I could start on the outside that I wanted new tires and it just worked out on pit road where I came out on the outside. It all worked out and it was very exciting in that last corner, a little more exciting than what I expected." Hamlin desperately needed the final caution because his No. 18 team had drawn a penalty for an uncontrolled tire on a pit stop under yellow on Lap 160. Hamlin restarted mid-pack instead of at the rear of the field as the violation requires, because according to NASCAR, the cars at the rear of the field failed to pass Hamlin’s No. 18 Camry before the green flag waved on Lap 164. Hamlin said he left a large buffer for the laps-down car to pass him before the restart, but that they declined to do so. By the time Jones hit the wall, Hamlin had driven to third place, trailing only Larson and Logano. The similarities to the finish of the All-Star Race were not lost on Logano. "I thought it was kind of supposed to be like what the All-Star Race was with old tires and new tires, but the (my car) was the fastest it's been all year," Logano said. "We can't hold our heads down about it. We had a car that was capable of winning if circumstances went right. I felt like I was going have a good restart next to Kyle. "I felt my restarts were a little better than his all day, and I thought, 'OK, if I can clear him,' which we did I was like, 'Alright, we've got a shot,' but it was really hard to hold off those four tires. What a fun race. It got really exciting there at the end. I got passed on the top by Denny and then Kyle just kept ripping up top and had a big run into the corner, so it was fun to watch that. I was hoping they would get into each other, and I would sneak one out."
Sargeant to make Truck Series debut at Bristol
RELATED: NASCAR Home Tracks " More on Sargeant At 17, Dalton Sargeant is a little old for the school-time tradition of "show and tell." But when he returns to Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale just a week or so after entering his first NASCAR national series race, he should have a whale of a story to tell about what he did during summer vacation. Wauters Motorsports announced Tuesday that Sargeant, a member of the 2015-16 NASCAR Next development class, is scheduled to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut Aug. 19 at Bristol Motor Speedway. He'll drive the No. 5 GALT Toyota in the UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP (8:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). "This is a huge opportunity to go up against some of the big guys in the series," Sargeant said. "I think going into Bristol, it's going to be a tough race track, but definitely a good place to start with it only being half a mile. Looking at the team's experience, (team owner) Richie Wauters has a pretty good background at Bristol, so definitely looking forward to being able to go and run there for my first truck series start. Just looking to go out there and learn as much as I can really, and just try to have the best result." Since Wauters Motorsports will have no championship points as the team makes its first truck series effort of the season, Sargeant will need to qualify on speed for the 32-truck field or hope that 32 or fewer trucks are entered in the midweek 200 -lapper. He tested the No. 5 Toyota at the .533-mile track Aug. 4 in preparation for his debut. Familiarity with Wauters' operation may help, too. Sargeant, a regular in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, first paired up with Wauters for an impressive runner-up finish last December in the prestigious Snowball Derby. Since then, the partnership has grown as Sargeant has gained experience wheeling Wauters' Super Late Model cars. "Richie's a really good crew chief and he's taught me a lot while I've been driving for him," Sargeant said. "Every time I feel like I'm in a car with Richie, I learn more and more, so it's really cool to be able to make my first truck start with him." Sargeant prevailed in the K&N West opener at Kern County Raceway Park to start the season on an up note. In his full-time ride with HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks on the K&N East circuit, he's finished second or third in half of the season's 10 races, logging "definitely too many runner-ups than I'd like to have," he said. Though he's come oh-so-close to victory, Sargeant said he's learned plenty, both on the driving side and through the NASCAR Next program. "I think the Next program, really what it's done is given me an opportunity to meet all the other NASCAR Next drivers and see what it's going to be like as you make the transition up through the multiple levels of NASCAR," Sargeant said. "It's just opened up my eyes and given me a perspective maybe some of the other drivers aren't able to see, just being able to work with some of the NASCAR media group as well as just being with some of the other drivers." RELATED: Meet the drivers of this year's NASCAR Next class Though he'll soon be dipping his toe into the national series waters, Sargeant still has designs on making a late charge for a championship in K&N East, where he ranks fourth with four races remaining. But soon, his other focus will be centered on hitting the books for his final year of high school. Even though his racing schedule often takes him far away from his Florida home, Sargeant said he's learned to balance the demands of school and his racing career. It's also helped to have a built-in rooting section of classmates offering support when he returns. "It can only help you more on the racing side of things to be able to have a good education," Sargeant said. "Whenever I'm at the race track, I'm always super-focused on just racing. I never really worry about the school side of things, but as soon as I'm away from the track, I give my attention 100 percent focused on my homework and my schoolwork aspects of everything, just to get all that done. Whatever I'm doing, it's one or the other -- I never try to mix the two because I always feel like it hurts me." Photos: Sargeant Motorsports
Kyle Busch wins Keystone Light Pole at Bristol
RELATED: Full qualifying results Kyle Busch won the Keystone Light Pole Qualifying on Wednesday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway. Despite Kyle's recent on-track dominance in all three series, this is his first pole for the 2015 Camping World Truck Series season. "Rowdy" had a fastest speed of 125.683 mph in 15.267 seconds. Next on the leaderboard was the driver of the No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford, Ryan Blaney . Blaney posted a fast lap of 125.559 mph in 15.282 seconds. And rounding out the top three was Brandon Jones in his No. 33 Chevrolet, coming in at 125.469 mph (15.293 seconds). Next was the No. 4 of Erik Jones (125.166 mph) and the No. 00 of Cole Custer (125.142 mph) in fourth and fifth, respectively. On-track action for the NCWTS picks back up at 8:30 p.m. ET for the UNOH 200 Presented by ZLOOP ( 200 laps, 106.6 miles), FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM.
Ryan Blaney wins in overtime at Bristol
RELATED: Complete race results " Updated standings BRISTOL, Tenn -- A spin with four laps to go in Wednesday night's UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway proved to be the saving grace for Brad Keselowski Racing's Ryan Blaney , who grabbed the lead on a green-white-checkered restart to win his first race of the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Blaney recovered from an early race penalty for jumping a restart to find himself closing on leader Matt Crafton with five laps remaining. When Ty Dillon spun on Lap 196, it triggered the final caution of the night and the opportunity for Blaney to steal Crafton's thunder. On the final restart, Crafton's truck sputtered, failing to come up to speed, allowing Blaney to take off and seal his fourth career NCWTS victory. "It feels really good," Blaney said. "I'm proud of everyone on this No. 29 team. I've had a chance to drive this truck four times this year and we've come really, really close every single time and to finally get it to Victory Lane, my last start of the year for this truck, it really means a lot to get Chad (Kendrick, crew chief) and Brad (Keselowski, team owner) back to Victory Lane. "To do that in that fashion coming from a lap down and being able to drive through the field like that says a lot about our race team and a lot about what as an organization we can do." Keystone Light Pole Award winner Kyle Busch 's slow start allowed outside pole-sitter Blaney to steal the lead early by the exit of Turn 1, controlling the field through the first caution on Lap 31 for a spin in Turn 2. On the restart, Blaney roared away from the field, but a few laps later, NASCAR black-flagged him on Lap 37 for jumping the restart, forcing a pass-through penalty, giving the lead to Cole Custer . Busch, who restarted fifth, methodically worked his way forward and attempted to take the lead away from the young NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner, but Custer kept Busch at bay through the race's second caution on Lap 79 for debris in Turn 1. Busch and Johnny Sauter would trade the lead following the caution, before Custer returned to the top spot on lap 90. A more than 1.5-second lead for Custer would be erased when Ray Black Jr . and Caleb Holman crashed in Turn 4 on lap 112. With darkening skies overhead and the threat of rain approaching the World's Fastest Half-Mile, a majority of the teams elected to stay out. Despite his best efforts, Crafton tried to snatch the lead away from the JR Motorsports driver, but to no avail. Custer slowly saw Crafton become a diminishing factor in his rear-view mirror until he hit heavy lap traffic with 50 laps remaining. That's when Spencer Gallagher spun in Turns 3 and 4, and Custer found himself trapped in the high-line and collided with Gallagher. Heavy front-end damage sent the No. 00 Chevrolet to pit road for repairs, eliminating the NASCAR Next driver from competition. As the accident happened, Crafton slipped by on the inside and took the lead -- which he held until the green-white-checkered restart that lost him the race. While under yellow for the fourth time of the night, heavy rain began to fall, causing a red flag for 45 minutes, 50 seconds while the track was dried. Next up for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is the Aug. 30 race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the third-annual Chevrolet Silverado 250 . Blaney is the defending champion. MORE: Nemechek gets career-best finish
Crew chief on Nemechek: 'He's the real deal'
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- The SWM-NEMCO Motorsports crew checked out the light damage on the corners of its No. 8 truck, finding nothing more than cosmetic scrapes in the aftermath at Bristol Motor Speedway, a track known for chewing up fenders and young drivers alike. "That'll buff out" seemed to be the happy consensus. Few were happier about that development Wednesday night than all-smiles John Hunter Nemechek , who turned his second Bristol start into his career-best finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. His third-place result was just behind race winner Ryan Blaney and runner-up Kyle Busch , two drivers with the benefit of far fresher tires down the stretch in the UNOH 200 . "It was one of those deals … don't do anything stupid. Just, you had to let them go," Nemechek said of ceding late-race positions to the front two. "You couldn't race them hard just because of tires. One way or another, he's going to get around you, if he has to move you, dump you, whatever. Decided to play it smart and we know what we need for next time." Nemechek had more to withstand in the late going after the fifth and final caution flag with five laps left extended the race distance by an extra two laps. Though the green-white-checkered attempt was completed on the first try, the frantic competition among the front-runners made Nemechek's feat of finishing where he restarted no easy task. "I spun the tires there on that last restart and I was kind of beating myself up about it going into Turn 1," Nemechek said, "and then they all stacked up and I had a chance to get underneath of them so I took it. We got under them and made the pass." Nemechek's growth as a driver -- three top-10s in just eight starts this year -- has been measured in progress that goes well beyond his 18 years of age. The veteran poise doesn't fall far from the family tree, owing at least a nod to his father, Joe Nemechek . "He's had a good teacher, his dad," said Gere Kennon, crew chief of the SWM-NEMCO No. 8. "… I'm proud to help him because I've raced just like Joe -- his whole life, my whole life. He listens. He's doing good and he's adapted to this very, very well. We help on the Late Model car, too, and he's consistent there. Haven't seen that in a long time. He's the real deal, I think." The younger Nemechek, who took over full-time driving duties for the team after his 18th birthday in June, has nine races ahead of him to close out the 2015 season. He's improved upon his career-best with each of his top-five finishes thus far, but said more improvement in the results column -- or even the win column -- is a reachable goal. "I hope we can have a couple more top-fives, but hopefully we can get a win under our belt," Nemechek said. "I feel like we have the potential to do so. We've just got to have Lady Luck on our side."