RELATED: Practice 1 results Austin Dillon rose to the top of opening NASCAR XFINITY Series practice Thursday afternoon, edging his brother on the leaderboard at Richmond International Raceway . Dillon, a Sprint Cup Series regular running a partial XFINITY schedule, drove the Richard Childress Racing No. 33 Chevrolet to a best lap of 121.474 mph on the .75-mile track. He'll shooting for his fourth XFINITY win of the season in Friday night's Virginia 529 College Savings 250 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM). A late-afternoon storm washed away a 55-minute final practice, leaving the 85-minute opening session as Thursday's only track time for the series. Coors Light Pole Qualifying is scheduled Friday at 3:45 p.m. ET. Younger brother Ty Dillon was second-fastest in practice at 120.627 mph in another Childress-owned entry. The No. 3 Chevrolet driver enters the 25th of 33 races this season second in the XFINITY standings, 29 points behind series leader Chris Buescher . Josh Berry was third-fastest in the 85-minute session, pushing the JR Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet to a lap of 120.503 mph in preparation for just his third XFINITY start. Daniel Suarez , a Dash 4 Cash bonus winner last week at Darlington Raceway , and Ryan Truex , making his first XFINITY start since 2012, completed the top five. Defending series champion Chase Elliott was 10th-fastest in the JR Motorsports No. 9 Chevrolet. Defending race winner Kyle Busch , who has five XFINITY victories at Richmond, was 11th-fastest in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota. Buescher, the series points leader since May, was 18th-fastest in the Roush Fenway Racing No. 60 Ford. Berry also posted the best 10-lap average, edging JRM teammates Elliott and Regan Smith atop that chart. Only eight of the 41 drivers entered ran more than 10 consecutive laps. Brian Scott , preparing for his 200th XFINITY Series start, was 14th-fastest in the Richard Childress Racing No. 2 Chevrolet.
RELATED: Full Richmond lineup A week after missing the cut to advance to Round 2 at Darlington Raceway , Kyle Busch earned the Coors Light Pole after topping qualifying on Friday afternoon at Richmond International Raceway . Busch topped the first (122.277 mph) and third rounds of qualifying, with his third round speed of 122.073 mph besting Joey Logano (122.017 mph) by one one-hundredth of a second, time-wise. Logano topped the second session with the best speed of qualifying -- 122.349 mph. Three of Busch's five victories at Richmond have been won from the pole. Making his 200th career start, Brian Scott (121.968 mph) will start third, followed by the JR Motorsports duo Regan Smith (121.808 mph) and Josh Berry (121.540 mph). Morgan Shepherd failed to make the 40-car field. The Virginia 529 College Savings 250 gets underway at 7:30 p.m. ET with coverage on NBCSN/Live Extra as well MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Rookies Travis Pastrana and Ryan Blaney comment on their first NNS races, while the top-five finishers comment on strong runs at RIR.
RELATED: Updated standings " Full results from Darlington Chris Buescher insists he's not counting points, not with nine races left in the NASCAR XFINITY Series season. That doesn't mean he doesn't enjoy his perch atop the standings as the calendar turns toward crunch time. "It's not over by any means," Buescher said Saturday after a scrappy fifth-place finish at Darlington Raceway . "There's a long way to go and we're going to have to race 'em hard all the way till the end, but I do like where we're at. We've been able to kind of fluctuate a little bit right in this area this year, and that's a huge testament to this 60 team, to everybody back at Roush Fenway. They've been working their tails off to try to get this stuff better, so we're in a good spot. We want to get Ford back to a championship this year." Buescher, 22, converted his last time out with his first top-five finish in four career tries at Darlington, looking old-school with a damp towel around his neck after a sweltering afternoon of survival. The effort helped the Roush Fenway Racing ace pad his lead from 16 to 29 points over new second-place driver Ty Dillon . Chase Elliott slipped a rung to third place in the standings after Darlington, but remains within striking distance, just 35 points off the top. The next challenge looming for Buescher is Friday night's Virginia 529 College Savings 250 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM) at Richmond International Raceway , a track where he is 0-for-4 in the top-five column. "Circling that one as one we need to try to turn around," Buescher said. "That was a rough one for us earlier this year, but we have a lot of notes. We have a lot of things that've worked really well for us at short tracks since then, so we feel pretty comfortable going back. We'll have to wait and see, but it'll be a challenge surely. Honestly, I'm just glad we came out of Darlington with a solid day." Buescher will need more of the same at the .75-mile Virginia track, where he wrestled an ill-handling car to a 20th-place result in the most recent Richmond race, posting the No. 60 team's worst finish of the season. Since that April evening, when he lagged three laps behind at the checkered flag, Buescher has righted the ship with two victories, the most recent of which placed him atop the standings. To keep the team's streak at No. 1 intact, crew chief Scott Graves said he's hoping for another workman-like effort this weekend. "We've spent a lot of time since the last Richmond really thinking about what we're going to do there and coming up with a plan," Graves said. "So next week, for sure, it's really big for us." Buescher's recent results on short tracks offer some encouragement. He prevailed in May at Iowa Speedway , a slightly larger but similar layout, and just last month the Texas native contended for the win at .533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway before running out of fuel on the race's final restart. The latter performance showed that Graves isn't afraid to gamble for victories rather than playing it safe. Even then, he remains cognizant about the bigger picture. "At this point, I'm always thinking about it," Graves said of his driver's position in the standings. "Nothing you can do other than just have days like we had today. If we keep doing this part, we're going to be fine. We've just got to prevent the bad things from happening. We do the best we can to keep it from happening and if we keep it up like this, we'll be just fine."
Championship contenders Elliott Sadler and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and up and comers Darrell Wallace Jr. and Travis Pastrana talk about their runs at Richmond.
The top finishers comment on an exciting night and Kevin Harvick comments on his on-track scuffles.
RELATED: See the full weekend schedule " NBC Sports Live Extra RICHMOND CUP RACE: Full race lineup " Live weather updates All times ET Monday, Sept. 7 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 9 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane (re-air), FOX Sports 1 2 p.m., NASCAR 120, NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 6:30 p.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 Special 2015: Episode #7 (tape), NBCSN 10:30 p.m., NASCAR 120 (re-air), NBCSN Tuesday, Sept. 8 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 4:30 p.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 Special 2015 (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 Wednesday, Sept. 9 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 Thursday, Sept. 10 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 2:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, NBCSN 4 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 7:30 p.m., NASCAR K&N Series West: Meridian (tape), NBCSN 8:30 p.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 Special 2015 (re-air), NBCSN Friday, Sept. 11 6 a.m., NASCAR America: The States of NASCAR (re-air), NBCSN 6:30 a.m., NASCAR America: The States of NASCAR (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 Special, Episode #4 (re-air), NBCSN 7:30 a.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 Special, Episode #5 (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 Special, Episode #6 (re-air), NBCSN 8:30 a.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 Special, Episode #7 (re-air), NBCSN 10 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, NBCSN Noon, NASCAR K&N Series West: Meridian (re-air), NBCSN 1 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN 2:30 p.m., NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified: Langley (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 Virginia529 College Savings 250 , NBCSN Saturday, Sept. 12 3:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying (re-air), NBCSN 4 p.m., NASCAR Race Day, FOX Sports 2 5 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 Federated Auto Parts 400 , NBCSN 11 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Post-Race Show, NBCSN 3 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, FOX Sports 1 Sunday, Sept. 13 5:30 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane (re-air), FOX Sports 1 7 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane (re-air), FOX Sports 1 4 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lane (re-air), FOX Sports 1 11:30 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;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;
Harry Scott didn't set out to own the most teams competing in NASCAR, but that's pretty much the situation the Raleigh, North Carolina native finds himself in today. Scott currently fields eight teams in NASCAR -- two in the Sprint Cup Series through his HScott Motorsports organization, one XFINITY Series team in collaboration with fellow Sprint Cup owner Chip Ganassi and five NASCAR K&N Pro Series East teams with co-owner/driver Justin Marks . Last year, driver Ben Rhodes captured the K&N Pro Series East title while driving for Scott's group. "My goal eventually is to have one of these K&N drivers come all the way with me or with an affiliated organization -- come from our K&N East operation to XFINITY and on up to Cup. That would be a pretty special thing," Scott told NASCAR.com earlier this season. This weekend's racing program at Richmond International Raceway will see each of Scott's teams in action as the three-quarter mile track hosts K&N East, XFINITY and Sprint Cup events. Drivers William Byron and Scott Heckert headed into Thursday night's UNOH 100 at RIR first and second in points with teammates Dalton Sargeant (fourth), J.J. Haley (sixth) and Rico Abreu (seventh) also in the top 10. Brennan Poole , who has split seat time with Sprint Cup driver Kyle Larson and Marks in the No. 42 XFINITY Series entry, will make his 14th start of the season in Friday's Virginia529 College Savings 250 . Saturday's Federated Auto Parts 400 will include HScott Motorsports drivers Justin Allgaier and Michael Annett . That's quite a lot to keep up with for an owner who began his NASCAR efforts less than seven years ago by partnering with then-Nationwide Series owner Todd Braun and Braun Racing. "I've always been interested in racing, always been a race fan, always been attracted to it," Scott, founder of AccuDoc Solutions, a medical billing services provider, said. "Growing up in Raleigh I wasn't in the racing scene, I didn't grow up in it. My father was a physician. The first real inside exposure that I had was with Todd and that group. I was introduced to them in Daytona in February of 2009. We built a friendship and then we built a partnership in 2010. "It was almost an internship. I had the ability to get the exposure; they welcomed me. It was a really good opportunity to get the experience that prepared me for what it's become today through a series of other opportunities." After Braun ceased operations, Scott joined forces with team owner Steve Turner, who fielded XFINITY , Camping World Truck Series and K&N teams. The union, though, was already dissolving in the fall of 2013 when the opportunity for Scott to become a Sprint Cup team owner surfaced. Scott had been considering such a move, "but not necessarily at that point," he said. Former team owner James Finch was looking to unload his Phoenix Racing operation, and Scott was an interested party. "Everything happens for a reason," Scott said. "I'm very pleased that I took the jump and took the risk. In an ideal situation for me, it was probably a year or two earlier than what I had expected. But it's worked out really, really well." The fact that he wouldn't have to build a team from the ground up was enticing, and less costly. Phoenix Racing also already had working arrangements in place with Hendrick Motorsports (which had also provided engines to Turner Scott) to supply engine and chassis. Primary sponsor Brandt had expressed an interest in moving into Sprint Cup as well. "All those things kind of came together in September of 2013," Scott said. "It was an opportunity that I really couldn't turn down. "The key to being able to do all this are the relationships that we've been able to forge with Hendrick, with Chevrolet, with Stewart-Haas now, they provide us some engineering support, and our sponsor relationships. Without all of those things, there's no way we could compete and do what we do. It was almost a perfect storm so to speak." The association with Ganassi made sense on two fronts -- Scott had the available XFINITY Series operation from the earlier Turner-Scott affiliation and Ganassi needed a feeder series for the development of driver Kyle Larson . An expected two-year program for Larson, however, was cut in half when the opportunity to put the youngster in the No. 42 vacated by Juan Pablo Montoya surfaced. But the team remains in place, another stop on the racing ladder where drivers can continue to gain experience. "It's a good fit for both of us because (Ganassi) provides us with a lot of support technically; we lease space in their shop and it also allows Chip to stay close to Larson's racing ... Obviously they've got an interest in making sure he's in the most competitive equipment he can be in. As we both do." His Sprint Cup teams, Scott said are "paying our dues." Allgaier, in just his second full season, is 30th in points while Annett, who joined HScott in January after a '14 season with Tommy Baldwin Racing , is 36th. Scott is among the younger Sprint Cup Series team owners at 49 and hopes to be around "as long as I'm able to do it physically." "I'm not in it for the short term," he said. "I'm trying to build this the right way. Some of these guys have got 20, 30 years head start on me. It's hard when you're competing against them every week to keep it in perspective. You want to be as competitive as you can, but you also don't want to be naïve enough and get disappointed when you're racing a Hendrick organization, or Joe Gibbs or Stewart-Haas. ... "I didn't come into the Cup series thinking I was going to light the world on fire immediately, because it just doesn’t happen, I don't care how much resources you have. It's not just resources. It's people, it's time, it's experience, and you can't buy experience." Scott sees the ownership landscape changing, and says he hopes he can assist others the way owners today have helped him. He listens, he is given advice and he learns. "I take all that to heart," he said of conversations with Hendrick, Ganassi and others. I'm glad they're here. "There will come a time where hopefully I'm in their position giving the advice and I can give back to the sport, help young teams coming along ... and that would be my ultimate goal -- to bring some of these young drivers along too. That would be really fulfilling."
RELATED: Dale Jr. proud of JRM teams Josh Berry will make his first NASCAR XFINITY Series start of 2015 for JR Motorsports on Sept. 11 at Richmond International Raceway . Berry will pilot the No. 88 Chevrolet in the Virginia529 College Savings 250 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The No. 88 car will carry sponsorship from Speedco for the race. "We're happy to be able to put Josh in our XFINITY car again at a track he has some laps on to allow him to show what he can do," JRM co-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr . said in a release provided by the team. "I felt like he performed well last year in the two races he was able to run. He's really elevated himself as a driver this year, winning at multiple tracks in the late model to earn this opportunity and I expect him to make the most of it." Berry made two XFINITY Series starts last season for JRM at Iowa (in August) and the season finale at Homestead. His best finish was a 12th-place result at Iowa. "I'm just really excited to have another opportunity to move up," Berry said in a team release. "We've had a really good season so far in the late model car, and I'm really excited to get to do another XFINITY race, especially at a race track I've been to before. I ran in the XFINITY Series twice last year and wasn't sure I would have the opportunity to do it again, but luckily Speedco came on board for this race. I'm really thankful for their support and for the opportunity Dale, Kelley, L.W. (Miller) and everyone at JRM are giving me." Berry runs a late model for JRM and has totaled nine wins this season. The No. 88 car is currently 10th in the owner standings in the XFINITY Series. Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick , Kasey Kahne and Ben Rhodes all have piloted the No. 88 car this season. Harvick has driven the team to its two wins and will be behind the wheel this weekend at Darlington in the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
RICHMOND, Va. -- Richard Childress Racing driver Brian Scott will celebrate a milestone tomorrow night when he makes his 200th career start in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. He's hoping his next milestone comes in another, more visible series. The 27-year-old said Friday at Richmond International Raceway that his plans for next season are uncertain, but that he'd like to be competing full-time in Sprint Cup . "I don't have plans yet," Scott said. "We're focused really hard at trying to move into Sprint Cup and find a competitive ride. But really the options are slim out there. It's tough to find. But that's what we're really focused on … try to make that step up and put together all the pieces we need to for a competitive ride. Trying to not be in the XFINITY Series next year at least on a full-time, for-points basis." The Boise, Idaho native has competed in the XFINIY Series on a full-time basis since 2009, driving for teams such as Braun Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing and Richard Childress Racing . Scott has been with RCR since 2013. Twice a winner in the Camping World Truck Series (at Dover and Phoenix), Scott is still chasing his first win in the XFINITY Series. He has managed 18 career top-fives, including four runner-up finishes. Any perceived lack of success on the undercard doesn't mean he isn't ready to take the next step. "I've felt like I've been ready for … probably the last two years," Scott said. "I've felt like I've got a really good understanding of almost all the race tracks that we go to. I felt like I've developed the consistency … It's really just kind of an opportunity thing. The right opportunities haven't come up in the past and I've been content to continue to run in the XFINITY Series. "I guess the difference this year is I've tried to draw a line in the sand, say I don't want to continue to find what's easy out there and continue to do the same thing. I want to take that next step and really kind of push for all or nothing." RCR currently fields three Sprint Cup Series teams for drivers Ryan Newman , Austin Dillon and Paul Menard . At one time, the organization did field four full-time teams. RCR has a technical alliance in place with Circle Sport Racing as well as Furniture Row Racing . Every option, Scott said, has been considered. "I'm not sure what's actually feasible and possible," he said. "Obviously I've really enjoyed my time at RCR; I love it there. It would be great to stay within their fold or if not under the same roof (then) be part of that technical alliance. "But we're not closing any doors; we're open to all opportunities. Nothing is off the table right now. We're exploring everything and trying to be very thorough in this process." Scott has 13 career Sprint Cup Series starts and one pole. His career-best finish, 13th, came at Las Vegas earlier this year. NASCAR XFINITY Series teams will be competing in the Virginia529 College Savings 250 Friday night at RIR (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).