NASCAR's inaugural Fan Appreciation Weekend kicks off at Richmond
Editor's note: NASCAR.com will celebrate Fan Appreciation Weekend by making all premium features free in the NASCAR Mobile App. Those features include driver audio, in-car cameras and live, real-time telemetry. The driver who finishes first in Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 race won't be the only winner this weekend at Richmond International Raceway . As part of NASCAR's inaugural Fan Appreciation weekend, more than one lucky fan will have the opportunity to go home with prizes like an iPad Mini, or even a fire suit worn by Miss Sprint Cup . "I'm really excited about everything we have this weekend to recognize the fans. They are the heart-and-soul of this sport and the reason we're so passionate about what we do," Richmond International Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier said. "This goes far beyond Richmond International Raceway , as the entire industry has jumped on board to say 'Thank You, Fans'." The prizes have been donated from companies and teams like XFINITY , Monster, Roush Fenway Racing , Sprint, and MARS. The prizes will be awarded to both fans at the track and watching at home through the RIR mobile app, @RIRinsider on social media and www.rir.com . The prize giveaways are in addition to the fan experiences already in place, such as Gridside Live! and premium fan upgrades in the Midway at displays like Chevy, Coca-Cola and Sprint. While the bulk of fan appreciation-related activities will take place on Saturday, kids will be the ones getting the recognition on Friday, before the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race. The first 50 kids 12-and-under who stop by the RIR Kids Club Tent on the Midway will have the chance to take part in the Kids' High-Five Tunnel with their favorite NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers during driver introductions for the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race. In addition, one lucky kid will present the NBC12 pole award to the driver with the fastest time in qualifying. "Providing a fun and entertaining experience for all fans is a priority," Bickmeier said. "Opportunities to put young fans in the center of the sport, like we are doing with some of the kids-related activities during Fan Appreciation Weekend, provides a strong connection to NASCAR in a fun and educational environment." Kids can also visit the Virginia529 Kids Zone, where children and their parents can enjoy games, crafts and science experiments. As in years past, all children 12-and-under are admitted free to the Virginia529 College Savings 250 with a paying adult. For the latest news, weekend schedules, and behind-the-scenes exclusive content, follow @RIRInsider on social media. Searching #ThanksFans is the fastest way to stay up-to-date with latest Fan Appreciation Race news from around the sport including NASCAR, partners, media, and other fans. Tickets for the Who's Your Driver NASCAR race weekend at Richmond International Raceway are still available for purchase. The action starts Friday with US Department of Veteran Affairs Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and continues with the Virgina529 College Savings 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race. On Saturday night, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series takes to the track for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at 7:30 p.m. The race marks the last chance for drivers to clinch a spot in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup . To purchase tickets call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com .
Full schedule for Richmond
RELATED: Find NBCSN in your area " Watch live online at NBCSports.com The NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series will gather for a doubleheader showing at Richmond International Raceway this weekend while the Camping World Truck Series has an off week. Check out the full schedule below. Note: All times are ET SATURDAY, SEPT. 10: PRE-RACE SCHEDULE -- 5:30:00 p.m.: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting (Tent) -- 7:00:00 p.m.: NSCS Drivers Introductions w/ NASCAR Special Awards -- 7:20:00 p.m.: Team Fastrax Skydive Team Jumps -- 7:27:45 p.m.: Pledge of Allegiance: Enlistment members of the 317th Air Force Recruiting Squadron -- 7:28:30 p.m.: God Bless America: SSgt Faith Flippo, Richmond City Police -- 7:29:30 p.m.: Flyby TOT: Bandit Flight Team -- 7:30:00 p.m.: Presentation of Colors: Fort Lee Noncommissioned Officer's Academy -- 7:30:15 p.m.: Invocation by: Lieutenant Colonel Ed Hamlin, Deputy Command Chaplain, Military District Washington, DC. -- 7:31:00 p.m.: National Anthem by: US National Marine Corps Band -- 7:32:30 p.m.: Flyby TOT by: 2 T-38’s from Langley Air Force Base (Turn 1 to Turn 4) -- 7:37:30 p.m.: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by Pete Larson, Owner Larsen’s Automotive, Mt. Pleasant SC; Flyby: Bandit Flight Team -- 7:44:00 p.m.: Start of the Federated Auto Parts 400 (400 Laps, 300 Miles) ON TRACK -- 7:30 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 (400 laps, 300 miles), NBCSN/NBC Sports App ( Results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 10:30 p.m. approx.: Post-NSCS race DAILY ROUNDUP -- Hamlin wins at Richmond -- See photos from Saturday's action -- Dale Jr. live-tweets Richmond race -- Late-race wreck thwarts Newman from Chase -- See who's in the Chase FRIDAY, SEPT. 9: ON TRACK -- 8-9:55 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series first practice, NBCSN/NBC Sports App ( Results ) -- 10-10:55 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series first practice, NBCSN/NBC Sports App ( Results ) -- Noon-1:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN/NBC Sports App ( Results ) -- 4:15 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN/NBC Sports App ( Results ) -- 5:45 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN/NBC Sports App ( Results ) -- 7:30 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Virginia529 College Savings 250 ( 250 laps, 187.5 miles), NBCSN/NBC Sports App ( Results ) GARAGECAM ( Watch live ) -- 11:30 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 11 a.m.: Carl Edwards -- 11:15 a.m.: Ryan Reed -- 11:30 a.m.: Elliott Sadler -- 2 p.m.: Austin Dillon -- 2:30 p.m.: Chris Buescher -- 6:45 p.m. approx.: Post-NSCS Qualifying -- 9:30 p.m. approx.: Post-NXS race DAILY ROUNDUP -- Mears, Ky. Busch top Sprint Cup practices -- Top 10 consecutive lap averages at Richmond -- Edwards remembers battle with 'Rowdy' at Richmond -- NASCAR's inaugural fan appreciation weekend kicks off at Richmond -- At-track gallery: Friday, Richmond -- Dillon tops XFINITY Coors Light Pole qualifying -- Saturday's starting lineup -- Hamlin on pole for Richmond race -- Elliott hopes career-worst start can yield positive results -- McMurray, Newman, Buescher vie for Chase berths -- Busch dominates for XFINITY win at Richmond -- 2016 XFINITY winners -- Snapshot: Saturday's main event &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;lt;/p&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;gt;
Kyle Busch dominates for XFINITY win at Richmond
RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings " Chase Grid SHOP: Busch gear RICHMOND, Va. -- With one ferociously fast pit stop, Kyle Busch erased a lackluster qualifying effort and cruised to victory in Friday night’s Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway . A master at getting on and off pit road in minimal time, Busch entered the pits in fourth place under the first caution of the race after a tap from J.J. Yeley sent Justin Marks spinning into the frontstretch grass on Lap 48. Busch was first off pit road -- decisively -- and at that point it was game over, thanks for playing, and Busch was well on the way to his sixth NASCAR XFINITY Series victory at Richmond, his eighth in 14 starts this season and the 84th of his career, extending his own gargantuan series record. "I never would have guessed that," Busch exulted on the team radio before he started his celebratory burnout. "Great pit stop! Awesome!" Before the second caution flew on Lap 164 of 250 , Busch had a lead of 7.312 seconds and had lapped up to eighth place in the running order before a cycle of green-flag stops began. Busch finished 6.453 seconds ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing teammate and runner-up Erik Jones , who ran the same setup Busch had in his No. 18 Toyota. The victory marked a decisive return to form for the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, who had crashed out of his two previous XFINITY races. "I just doubted our car today," said Busch, who led 197 laps and scored a perfect driver rating of 150.0. "It just wasn’t right. We just kind of missed it all through practice. It wasn’t good there, and then we qualified, and it was just a handful in qualifying. We didn’t qualify very well -- seventh. That’s not very well for my expectations. "We worked on it there at the start of the race. We were really out of control and loose, and I got to fourth, I thought that was kind where we were going to be. But my guys had an awesome pit stop, got me out front, and (crew chief) Chris Gayle made some really smart adjustments to it that first time on pit road. "After that, it was lights out. It was on a rail from there." Jones could only admire the skill of his more experienced teammate -- when he was close enough to see Busch ahead of him, that is. "Not much to say," said Jones, whose two laps led during a cycle of green-flag pit stops constituted the only interruption to Busch’s charge to the finish. "He had the same setup as us. He’s just that good. It’s unfortunate. We’ve run second to him a number of times this year. "I wish all those were wins, but we’ve been getting stronger every time." Brad Keselowski ran third, followed by XFINITY regulars Elliott Sadler , the series leader, and Justin Allgaier . Ty Dillon , polesitter Austin Dillon , Daniel Suarez , Alex Bowman and Brennan Poole completed the top 10. Ryan Reed , the last driver to finish on the lead lap, clinched a spot in the inaugural XFINITY Series Chase with an 11th-place run, leaving two berths still open heading to the Sept. 17 cutoff race at Chicagoland Speedway .
NASCAR TV schedule: September 5-11
RELATED: Find NBCSN in your area All times ET Monday, September 5 8:30 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250 (re-air), FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 7:30 p.m., NASCAR 120, NBCSN Tuesday, September 6 5:30 p.m., NASCAR Scan All Special: Sonoma , Daytona, Kentucky, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Wednesday, September 7 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Thursday, September 8 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Friday, September 9 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN 10 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, NBCSN 11 a.m., NASCAR K&N Pro Series Race: Greenville-Pickens Speedway (taped), NBCSN Noon, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN 1:30 p.m., Southern Speed: Legend of Darlington (re-air), NBCSN 3:30 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 4 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, 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 10 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Post-Race Show, NBCSN Saturday, September 10 2:30 a.m., NASCAR: The List - Daytona Memories (re-air), NBCSN 3:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS2 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 11:30 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lap, NBCSN Sunday, September 11 12:30 a.m., NASCAR The Season (re-air), NBCSN 1:30 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, FS1 &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;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;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;
Virginia529 College Savings 250 entry list
See who is on the Nationwide Series entry list for Richmond RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live Entry No. Driver Owner Crew chief Vehicle Sponsor 1 01 Landon Cassill Johnny Davis Dave Fuge 14 Chevrolet TeamJDMotorsports.com 2 2 Brian Scott Richard Childress Phil Gould 14 Chevrolet Smokey Mountain Snuff 3 3 Ty Dillon Richard Childress Danny Stockman Jr 14 Chevrolet Yuengling Light Lager 4 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gary Keller Gary Cogswell 14 Chevrolet TeamJDMotorsports.com 5 5 Kevin Harvick(i) Rick Hendrick Ernie Cope 14 Chevrolet Armour Vienna Sausage 6 6 Trevor Bayne Jack Roush Chad Norris 14 Ford AdvoCare 7 7 Regan Smith Kelley Earnhardt-Miller Ryan Pemberton 14 Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 8 9 Chase Elliott Dale Earnhardt Jr Greg Ives 14 Chevrolet NAPA AUTO PARTS 9 10 Mike Bliss Mark Smith Paul Clapprood 14 Toyota TriStar Motorsports 10 11 Elliott Sadler J D Gibbs Chris Gayle 14 Toyota OneMain Financial 11 14 Jeff Green Mark Smith Wes Ward 14 Toyota Hefty Ultimate / Reynolds Wrap 12 16 Ryan Reed Jack Roush Seth Barbour 14 Ford ADA Drive to Stop Diabetes presented by Lilly Diabetes 13 17 Tanner Berryhill Adrian Berryhill Daniel Stillman 14 Dodge NationalCashLenders.com 14 19 Hermie Sadler III Mark Smith Eddie Pardue 14 Toyota VA Lottery 15 20 Matt Kenseth(i) Joe Gibbs Kevin Kidd 14 Toyota GameStop 16 22 Ryan Blaney(i) Roger Penske Jeremy Bullins 14 Ford Hertz 17 23 Cody Ware Robert Richardson Sr George Church 14 Chevrolet Lilly Trucking/38 Special Filtered Cigars 18 28 J J Yeley James Whitener Steve Plattenberger 13 Dodge Texas 28 19 29 Kelly Admiraal Robby Benton TBA 14 Toyota Swan Rentals 20 31 Dylan Kwasniewski Steve Turner Shannon Rursch 14 Chevrolet Rockstar 21 33 Cale Conley(i) Richard Childress Nick Harrison 14 Chevrolet IAVA 22 39 Ryan Sieg Rod Sieg Kevin Starland 14 Chevrolet StationDigital.com 23 40 Josh Wise(i) Curtis Key Sr Gary Showalter 14 Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 24 42 Kyle Larson(i) Harry Scott Jr Scott Zipadelli 14 Chevrolet Colgate 25 43 Dakoda Armstrong Richard Petty Philippe Lopez 14 Ford WinField 26 44 Will Kimmel III Mark Smith Greg Conner 14 Toyota Ingersoll Rand 27 46 Matt Dibenedetto Curtis Key Sr Kyle Symington 14 Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 28 51 Jeremy Clements Tony Clements Ricky Pearson 14 Chevrolet Allsouthelectric.com-RepairableVehicles.com 29 52 Joey Gase Jimmy Means Tim Brown 14 Chevrolet TBA 30 54 Kyle Busch(i) J D Gibbs Adam Stevens 14 Toyota Monster Energy 31 55 Jamie Dick Jimmy Dick Mark Setzer 14 Chevrolet Viva Auto Group 32 60 Chris Buescher Jack Roush Scott Graves 14 Ford Mustang's 50th Anniversary 33 62 Brendan Gaughan Richard Childress Shane Wilson 14 Chevrolet USAF Combat & Command 34 70 Derrike Cope Mary Louise Miller Bobby Burrell 14 Chevrolet YOUTHEORY 35 172 John Jackson James Carter Richard Garcia 14 Chevrolet Crash Claims R US 36 74 Mike Harmon Mike Harmon Gary Ritter 12 Dodge TBA 37 184 Chad Boat Billy Boat Dan Deeringhoff 14 Chevrolet CorvetteParts.net 38 86 TBA Scott Deware George Church 14 Chevrolet Racetrac Convenience Stores 39 87 Josh Reaume Andrea Nemechek Steven Gray 14 Chevrolet City of the Outcast 40 89 Morgan Shepherd Morgan Shepherd Kevyn Rebolledo 14 Chevrolet King's Tire-Courtney Construction 41 91 Blake Koch Mark Smith Todd Myers 14 Toyota SupportMilitary.org 42 93 Mike Wallace Gregg Mixon David Goulet 13 Dodge JGL Racing 43 99 James Buescher Robby Benton Matthew Lucas 14 Toyota Ruud (i) equals ineligible for driver championship points MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Elliott holds off Busch to win at Richmond
RELATED: Full race results " Updated standings RICHMOND, Va. – Reigning NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Chase Elliott was first off pit road under caution on Lap 218 of 250 and held the top spot the rest of the way in breaking a 39-race winless streak on Friday night at Richmond International Raceway . Elliott's victory in the Virginia529 College Savings 250 trimmed his deficit to 21 points behind series leader Chris Buescher , who finished 10th. Elliott's first victory of the season was also the first in 22 races for an XFINITY Series regular at Richmond. "We always want to come and give our best shot and try to win," Elliott said. "(Crew chief) Ernie (Cope) brought a great car, and the pit stops were phenomenal. "I'm just super excited to be back in Victory Lane." Yes, Elliott won the event in the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, leading a race-high 83 laps on the way to his first win at Richmond and the fourth of his career. Perhaps, the loudest noise, however, came from late model stock car star and Dale Earnhardt Jr . protégé Josh Berry , who trumpeted his presence in his maiden XFINITY race at Richmond with a seventh-place finish. During an 81-lap green-flag run from Lap 54 through Lap 134, Berry drove from seventh to second. In the latter half of the run, Berry trimmed a five-second deficit to Scott, the leader, to 2.6 seconds before Jeremy Clements ’ wreck in Turn 2 slowed the action for the fourth cation of the race. Berry repeatedly lost positions on pit road, the last time because egress from his stall was blocked by the No. 6 Ford of Darrell Wallace Jr . He lost five positions under that sixth caution and restarted ninth on Lap 226 before recovering to finish seventh. "I need to do better on restarts, I need to do better on pit road, and I think we would have had a real shot at winning that race," said Berry, who is auditioning for potential partners in hopes of running a full XFINITY Series schedule for JR Motorsports next year. "I'm just so proud of this team. They brought a great car tonight. "I sure hope I helped (my cause) tonight. I'm just a short-track racer at heart, so tonight played into my favor." Polesitter Kyle Busch came home second, 1.308 seconds behind Elliott. Brian Scott led 63 laps and finished third, followed by Joey Logano , Erik Jones , Regan Smith and Berry. "I wasn't good enough all race long," said Busch, who led 78 laps, including the first 49, before Scott took a long stint at the front. "I don't know where the long-run speed went."
NASCAR TV schedule: Sept. 7-Sept. 13
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;
Meet the man who owns eight NASCAR teams
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."
Josh Berry to drive No. 88 car at Richmond for JRM
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).
How to follow the action at Richmond
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series head to Richmond International Raceway this week. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is off this weekend. RACES Sprint Cup Series: Federated Auto Parts 400 (Saturday Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN/Live Extra, MRN Radio, SiriusXM) XFINITY Series: Virginia529 College Savings 250 (Friday Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN/Live Extra, MRN Radio, SiriusXM) WEEKEND SCHEDULE Click here for on-track times, press conferences, leaderboards and GarageCam. RACE DAY • NSCS leaderboard • NXS leaderboard • NSCS Lap-by-Lap • NXS Lap-by-Lap • NSCS live standings PRODUCTS • RaceBuddy: Through the remainder of the season, NASCAR RaceBuddy will feature two (2) alternate live action camera angles, along with up to six (6) in-car cameras with different driver selections for each Sprint Cup race and four (4) for XFINITY races. • RaceView: Watch virtual video of cars on track and listen to the scanner. • RaceView Mobile: On your phone? Try RaceView here . • Scanner: In-car audio only. • Mobile Apps: Follow the leaderboards live from your device. NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA Web stream: NBC Sports Live Extra Mobile app: iOS/Android NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs will provide racing fans with unparalleled interactive digital access to every NASCAR Sprint Cup series race, including exclusive camera angles, custom driver information, and insider track information. • Multi-view options that bring fans inside the race, combining NBC Sports Group’s race simulcast and alternative camera angles, ranging from in-car views to various key track locations. • Dedicated full-view, on-board alternate cameras. • Additional features on the desktop/laptop experience, bringing fans comprehensive race-day information to their fingertips, including: • Driver updates, cup standings, and biographies • Track infographics with key facts and history NBC Sports Live Extra will stream NASCAR coverage on NBC and NBCSN via "TV Everywhere", giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra . FANTASY • NASCAR Fantasy Live: Set your lineups, check your progress • Streak to the Finish: Play in all the national series that are in action this week LIVE INTERVIEWS PressPass: Watch exclusive post-race interviews. Stay tuned to NASCAR.com throughout the weekend for the latest news.