Kyle Busch will lead off the start of the UNOH 225
Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney and James Buescher recap their performance in the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway.
The Truck Series returns to action at Kentucky Speedway
Get the latest results from on-track action for all three series RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today SPRINT CUP SERIES PRACTICE " RESULTS There was plenty of speed to be had in Friday's Sprint Cup Series practice session from Michigan International Speedway , as the defending race winner Joey Logano topped the speed charts in the opening 80-minute session. Logano laid down a lap of 204.545 mph in his 18th and final lap of the session. Overall, 26 drivers topped the 200-mph mark. Carl Edwards was second with a speed of 204.111 mph, followed by Brian Vickers (203.920 mph), Kurt Busch (203.897 mph) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (203.229 mph). All three Roush Fenway Racing cars were in the top 10. In addition to Edwards and Stenhouse, Greg Biffle was eighth in the session. Dale Earnhardt Jr. , a two-time winner at Michigan, was sixth in the session. Jimmie Johnson , who won in June at Michigan, reported a vibration issue on his car early in the 80-minute session and brought his car in for adjustments. After returning to the track several times, Johnson continued to feel a vibration and brought the car back into the garage. The six-time series champion finished 39th in the opening practice. Jeff Burton , who is filling in for Tony Stewart in the No. 14 Chevrolet, had some problems early on. A part failure within the rear end gear moments into practice sent Burton into the garage for repairs. He did return to practice with just less than a hour to go. About a half-hour into the session, practice had a brief caution for debris on the track, but cars returned to the track in short order. Ryan Blaney filled in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford for Trevor Bayne , who is at Mid-Ohio for the Nationwide Series. Blaney will be driving that car next season for the Wood Brothers. Matt Crafton filled in for Martin Truex Jr. in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet as Truex Jr. is with his longtime girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, who is undergoing surgery on Friday after recently being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Both Bayne and Truex Jr. are expected to be in Michigan for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 (1 p.m. ET, ESPN). There will be two practice sessions for the Sprint Cup Series on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. ET and 11 a.m. ET. Both sessions will be televised on ESPN2. CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES PRACTICE 1 " RESULTS Kyle Busch led Friday's opening practice at Michigan International Speedway for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Career for Veterans 200. Busch topped the charts with a speed of 186.485 mph. The Sprint Cup veteran has won every Truck Series race he has entered this season with his most recent win coming at Kentucky Speedway in the UNOH 225 . Sprint Cup rookie Austin Dillon was second-fastest as he rounded the track at 186.466 mph. Dillon saw Victory Lane in the most recent Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway . Darrell Wallace Jr. (186.384 mph), Johnny Sauter (185.893 mph) and Timothy Peters (185.869 mph) rounded out the top-five fastest. Truck Series points leader Ryan Blaney finished practice seventh-fastest with a top speed of 185.581 mph. It was announced this week that Blaney will pilot the No. 21 Ford part time for Wood Brothers Racing in the Sprint Cup Series next year. Blaney is currently seven points ahead of Sauter in the Truck Series standings. No. 08 Jimmy Weller brought out the first and only caution of the practice when his truck started smoking. Weller finished 20th-fastest with a speed of 179.332 mph. NATIONWIDE SERIES PRACTICE 1 " RESULTS Sam Hornish Jr. kept the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota in a familiar place at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course , topping the opening Nationwide Series practice with a speed of 95.245 mph. Saturday's Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 will mark Hornish's seventh start of the season for JGR. He finished third in last year's race at Mid-Ohio for Team Penske . The rest of the leaderboard was unable to break the 95 mph mark. Regan Smith was closest, with a best speed of 94.609 mph, followed by Chris Buescher . Alex Tagliani , driving the No. 22 Penske Ford, finished the hour-long session in fourth place. Brian Scott rounded out the top five. Current points leader Chase Elliott took 23 laps around the track, the most of any driver in the field, clocking a best lap at 93.602 mph for an 11th-place finish in the session. The No. 20 of Kenny Habul brought out a full-course caution after coming to a stop between Turns 8 and 9. Eleven cars had logged a lap at the time, with Brian Scott holding the fastest speed of 93.171 mph at that time. The caution lasted under five minutes. CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES PRACTICE 2 " RESULTS Kyle Busch topped Friday's final Truck Series practice for the Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway . Busch, who led opening practice, came in with the fastest with a speed of 186.989 mph. Joey Coulter came in as second-fastest at the Irish Hills track posting a speed of 186.587 mph. Darrell Wallace Jr. (186.509 mph), Johnny Sauter (186.080 mph) and former Michigan winner Travis Kvapil (186.032 mph) rounded out the top-five fastest of the final practice session. Tyler Young ran the most laps at 38, posting a top speed of 179.924 mph. Young came in as 21st-fastest. Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying will take place Saturday, August 16 at 9:40 a.m. ET with TV coverage on FOX Sports 1. NATIONWIDE SERIES PRACTICE 2 " RESULTS Justin Marks made a surprise appearance at the top of the final practice leaderboard, running a lap of 95.187 mph in the closing minutes of the session. Marks was tenth-fastest in the opening session. Chris Buescher followed his early speed with a lap just shy of Marks', his lap of 95.182 mph holding him in the top spot until Marks' late pace-setting lap. Sam Hornish Jr. , fastest in the earlier session, fell to the third position on the leaderboard after moving into the top spot on his first lap. His earlier speed of 95.245 mph still was the highest of both sessions. Hornish clocked a best lap of 94.798 mph in the second session. Regan Smith , who trailed Hornish earlier in the day, ran 21 laps for a fastest lap of 94.670 mph. Brendan Gaughan rounded out the top five. Points leader Chase Elliott was ninth-fastest, again clocking the most laps in the session with 35. The caution flag came out nearly an hour into practice when the No. 77 of Roger Reuse got off the course in Turns 12 and 13. A second yellow was displayed when Elliott Sadler spun, but lasted just under five minutes. The No. 11 team later reported that the engine blew, and would need to be replaced. His speed of 94.049 mph on his fourth practice lap was the 11th-best on the chart. Qualifying for the Nationwide Series Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 will take place at 9:40 a.m. on Saturday, and will be aired on ESPN2. The race is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, on ESPN. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Defending series champion Crafton takes over lead, others take step back JOLIET, Ill. -- In the shadows of the garage area, Ryan Blaney stood over the engine that had blown a cylinder during Saturday night's Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway and stared blankly while shaking his head. The blown engine combined with some bad timing on a late caution led to a 12th-place finish for the driver of the No. 29 Ford for Brad Keselowski Racing. It also caused Blaney, who entered the race 13 points behind Johnny Sauter in the standings, to slip to 16 points out of first place. It was a night when the points standings got shuffled thanks to situations that played out in the final 40-45 laps. Blaney and Johnny Sauter were both victimized by late-race mishaps. Meanwhile, Matt Crafton rode to the front of the standings in part by managing to stay out of trouble. Before all the mayhem occurred Blaney had pulled to within eight points of the lead on NASCAR.com's live standings . When informed of this, Blaney raised up from looking under the hood and calmly shook his head yet again. "We had an engine problem," Blaney said. "That's part of racing. These are the things that you have to overcome. We can bounce back from this; there's still seven races to go." Blaney, who had run in the top five for the first 110 laps of the race, had a truck that was capable of second place on a night when Kyle Busch ran through the entire field on more than one occasion en route to the victory. And after finishing fourth in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race, Blaney was on course for quite the doubleheader in a city where the Cubs' Ernie Banks made double dips famous. But it wasn't meant to be as the race started to unravel for him on Lap 111. That's when Blaney came to pit road along with the race leader Austin Dillon . One lap later, Todd Shafer spun on the infield grass to bring out a caution. The top five were still out on the track, and after the caution, Blaney found himself a lap down. By Lap 138, Blaney's cylinder was going bad, and he had no chance to make up the ground he lost on that fateful pit stop. Earlier, around Lap 108, Sauter came to pit road, but after that stop, he had to serve a pass-through penalty for speeding. That sequence sent him on the way to a 14th-place finish and relinquishing the points lead to ThorSport teammate Crafton. Sauter is now five points behind. Interestingly, though, it was Crafton who offered some hope for Blaney and Sauter by saying it's too early to start counting points. "We had to do a points race last year, and it was one of the most miserable things that I had to do," Crafton said. "Those sleepless nights that you'd wake up and say, 'Oh my God, am I going to lose this?' " "(This year) we're just going to go to each and every race and try to win each and every damn race. I've won one (championship). I have zero pressure. I'm having a great time knowing that I have a truck to win every week." Blaney and Sauter could both easily say the same thing if it weren't for the late-race problems. And they might be able to say it again if situations play out differently the next time the trucks take the track, which is next Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the UNOH 175 (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). And while Crafton might not be counting points, fans of the Camping World Truck Series certainly can. Chicagoland proved to be a good time to start a little scoreboard watching. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: NASCAR Chase Grid games WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Parker Kligerman, Joey Coulter, Brendan Gaughan and Todd Bodine comment on their finishes at Kentucky.
Ty Dillon, Brad Keselowski, Matt Crafton and Timothy Peters on the race in Kentucky.
Keselowski tops Cup practice; Crafton, Jones, Custer top Truck sessions RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota Sprint Cup Series Practice 1 " RESULTS Already in the hunt for his second straight win and a sweep of New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the season, Brad Keselowski topped opening Sprint Cup Series practice on Friday morning in Loudon, New Hampshire. The Team Penske driver ran just 12 laps, but found enough speed in his No. 2 Ford on his final run around the Magic Mile to best the field with a speed of 138.421 mph. The top 10 was chock-full of Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, save for Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Jamie McMurray (137.890 mph) and Kyle Larson (137.631 mph), who both ran well at Chicagoland last week and placed second and fifth, respectively, in Friday's opening session. After McMurray, 12 of the next 14 drivers on the chart were all postseason contenders, with the top five rounded out by Dale Earnhardt Jr . (3rd, 137.825 mph) and Kasey Kahne (4th, 137.661 mph). Reigning champion Jimmie Johnson was the slowest Chase driver, pulling in 29th with a speed of 135.699 mph. Just over 50 minutes into the session, practice was halted for debris on the track. Nationwide Series final practice " RESULTS A Richard Childress Racing driver led final NASCAR Nationwide Series practice at Kentucky Speedway , just not the one most would have expected. Rookie Cale Conley , on a part-time schedule this season, circled the 1.5-mile speedway at a clip of 175.404 mph to take top honors in the final 60-minute session. He also led the field with most laps run at 53. RCR's Brian Scott (175.075 mph), who drives the No. 2 Chevrolet, finished third in the standings after coming in second in the opening session. Scott is fifth in the standings, 56 points behind leader Chase Elliott . A late push from Trevor Bayne put his No. 6 Ford into second on the speed chart (175.239 mph). Sam Hornish Jr . (174.944 mph) and Chris Buescher (174.419) rounded out the top five, with RCR's Ty Dillon (174.323 mph) coming in sixth. Elliott finished eighth (174.087 mph) with his JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith in 16th. Smith trails Elliott in the standings by 18 points. Next up is Coors Light Pole Qualifying, scheduled for 4:10 p.m. ET. The VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 follows at 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPNEWS). Nationwide Series practice 1 " RESULTS Richard Childress Racing opened up the weekend strong, placing all three of its cars in the top four placers in opening Nationwide Series practice for the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPNEWS) at Kentucky Speedway in Lexington, Kentucky. Brian Scott was at the helm, leading the charge with a best speed of 173.980 mph to finish second fiddle to practice topper Chris Buescher (174.701). Brendan Gaughan (173.210) and RCR rookie Ty Dillon (173.205) were right behind Scott. Sam Hornish Jr. , filling in for Kyle Busch in the No. 54 this weekend, placed fifth on the charts at 173.082. Nationwide Series points leader Chase Elliott was eighth overall at 172.629, while Michael McDowell , driving the defending race-winning No. 22 Ford, was 11th overall at 172.348. Camping World Truck Series Practice 1 " RESULTS Rookie driver Erik Jones paced the first of three Camping World Truck Series practices at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday morning in Loudon, New Hampshire. The Kyle Busch Motorsports driver posted a best speed of 131.925 mph on his 35th of 36 laps around the Magic Mile. Jones ousted reigning champion Matt Crafton from the top of the leaderboard in the closing seconds of practice, besting the ThorSport driver's speed of 131.035 mph. Sixteen-year-old Cole Custer , set to make just his seventh NASCAR National Series start in Saturday's UNOH 175 (1 p.m. ET, FS1), was third on the leaderboard with a speed of 131.031 mph -- 0.001 seconds off Crafton's pace. Joey Coulter (130.999 mph) and Ryan Blaney (130.864 mph) rounded out the top five. Positions six through nine were occupied by Toyota drivers in Darrell Wallace Jr . (130.846 mph), Johnny Sauter (130.260 mph) and Red Horse Racing teammates Timothy Peters (129.754 mph) and German Quiroga (129.648 mph). Camping World Truck Series practice 2 " RESULTS In the second of three scheduled Camping World Truck Series practices, reigning champion Matt Crafton topped the leaderboard on Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Crafton's late-session best speed of 132.347 mph shot him past Cameron Hayley , who placed second with a best speed of 131.433. Gray Gaulding (131.180 mph), Joey Coulter (131.044 mph) and Timothy Peters (130.815 mph) rounded out the top five. First session leader Erik Jones was ninth at 130.385 mph. Camping World Truck Series final practice " RESULTS LOUDON, N.H. -- NASCAR Next driver Cole Custer cruised to the top of the speed charts in final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice Friday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . Custer, 16, turned a lap of 133.226 mph in the Haas Racing Development No. 00 Chevrolet in preparation for Saturday's UNOH 175 (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). Custer, who is scheduled to make just the seventh Truck Series start of his career here, also won the pole position in June at Gateway Motorsports Park, a track of similar length with similar short-track characteristics. Ryan Blaney, 20 years old and third in the series standings, was second-fastest in the Brad Keselowski Racing No. 29 Ford at 133.007 mph. Erik Jones , another NASCAR Next class member at age 18, ran the most laps (63) and was third-best at 132.924 mph, just ahead of Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Darrell Wallace Jr ., a two-time winner this season. Tyler Reddick completed the top five in another Keselowski-owned truck. Points leader Matt Crafton , the defending series champion, was ninth-fastest of the 26 drivers who participated in the 85-minute finalsession. Saturday's Keystone Light Pole Qualifying is scheduled for a 10:10 a.m. ET start, broadcast on FOX Sports 1. The race is the 17th Truck Series event hosted by New Hampshire, but the first for the 1.058-mile track since 2011. -- Zack Albert MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
After starting last, points leader frustrated with giving up lead late RELATED: Full race results LOUDON, N.H. -- Matt Crafton wasn't much for silver linings after a roundabout worst-to-first type of day, but a spirited rally from pre-race misfortune was the type of resilient performance that kept his bid for a repeat NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title on track. Crafton started dead last in the 30-truck field in Saturday's UNOH 175 , but turned in a stirring drive all the way to the lead before the last in a series of late-race restarts shuffled him to a third-place finish. He left with his lead in the series standings intact, adding two points for a seven-point edge over ThorSport Racing teammate Johnny Sauter , but the frustration in falling just short behind history-making 16-year-old race winner Cole Custer was evident in his succinct assessment of the race. "Started in the back, drove to the front, got beat at the end," Crafton said. It was a familiar sight to see Crafton playing with his daughter, Elladee, in the moments before the race, the 2-year-old toddler exploring the cockpit of his racer. It was quite unfamiliar to see his No. 88 Toyota so far back on the starting grid, the result of unapproved adjustments during Saturday morning's Keystone Light Pole Qualifying. Crafton's crew detected a loose battery plug and raised the hood during the opening round of knockout-style qualifying. Because of the violation, Crafton did not make a qualifying attempt. Starting at the rear of the field in such a short race loomed as a potentially devastating penalty, but instead wound up being a stroke of good fortune -- far better to catch the issue early rather than suffering mechanical gremlins during the 175-lap main event. "Actually, we were really lucky to find it in qualifying," said Carl "Junior" Joiner, Crafton's crew chief. "A little bad luck created some good luck." Said Crafton: "That definitely wasn't what we wanted, but at the same time it was very good that we found it when we did and not start the race in a dead end. We were very lucky there, but just super disappointed in the finish." Though Crafton wasn't able to show his speed in qualifying, he pounced at the drop of the green flag. By the end of the first lap, he had jumped from 30th to 19th place; just 20 laps in, he was up to the top 10. Crafton eventually found his way to the top five, then advanced over a flurry of late-race cautions to take the lead for the first time on Lap 152. He withstood the challenges for two late-race restarts, but not the final one as Custer -- in the lone front-running truck on four fresh tires -- and Darrell Wallace Jr . freight-trained past him with four laps left. "They led the most laps and sat on the pole, so he deserves a win," Joiner said of Custer's first career victory. "Hats off to those guys. I think our stuff was really good, man. I think we were probably the second-best truck if not the best, so we'll move on." While the dejection was clear in the No. 88 camp, the ability to take such a major comeback to nearly full fruition was an inspiring takeaway from a day that could've had a far worse outcome. With just 35 points spanning the top four spots in the standings, Crafton and Co. take the series lead to next weekend's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with six more races to try to close out championship No. 2. "I think if we don't get a yellow there (at the end), we're over there in Victory Lane right now, but that didn't happen and it's still a good, solid points day," Joiner said. "That's what these guys need to do. We've been strong, and I think we're about to hit stride. We've really stepped on some stuff and we're picking up our game. Just needed Lady Luck on our side, and I think maybe today, we had it." 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
Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender will compete for BBM starting at Las Vegas Billy Boat Motorsports is expanding into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and will begin fielding an entry starting next weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Rhino Linings 350 (Saturday, Sept. 27, 10 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). Mason Mingus will drive the entry at Las Vegas as well as the final five races of the season. Dan Deeringhoff, a championship-winning crew chief in 2008 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series , will serve as the team's crew chief at Las Vegas. Mingus shared his excitement on Twitter. I am excited to announce that I will run the last 6 races of the @NASCAR_Trucks season with @BBMTeam84 starting at @LVMotorSpeedway — Mason Mingus (@Mason_Mingus) September 18, 2014 With BBM, Mingus will run the No. 15 Call 811 Before You Dig Chevrolet Silverado. Mingus, who has run the first 15 races of the season and will run this weekend's UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Win-Tron Racing, is 11th in the Camping World Truck Series points standings with one top-10 finish. He is also second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle. "I am really looking forward to Las Vegas and my first race with Billy Boat Motorsports," Mingus said in a release. "They have brought quality equipment to the track in both the ARCA Racing and NASCAR Nationwide Series, and I know their transition to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be no different. BBM has built great trucks, and with the help of ECR Engines and my sponsors Call 811 Before You Dig and Diamond Equipment, I know I can run up front. I believe we will come out of Vegas with a strong finish, and it will be a great foundation to build on for the remaining five races of the 2014 season." Here is a look at the paint scheme: The @NASCAR_Trucks rookie will complete the 2014 season with #TeamBBM in the No. 15 @Call811 Before You Dig Chevy. pic.twitter.com/ks0VZTcLfD — BB Motorsports (@BBMotorsprts) September 18, 2014 BBM currently runs a part-time team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Chad Boat , who has made 11 starts this season. "My goal has always been to run multiple cars or trucks and multiple drivers out of our shop," said team owner Billy Boat. "We have been building the foundation of our team, hiring talented people and building quality race cars and trucks. Having raced against Mason last year in the ARCA Racing Series, I was very familiar with his talent and determination. I hope to use these six races as a springboard into 2015, with Billy Boat Motorsports running full-time entries in the NCWTS." 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