Parker Kligerman, Nelson Piquet Jr. and James Buescher comment after the CTWS race in Texas.
Austin Dillon comments on inching closer to the title, while his brother Ty talks about his comeback to finish third.
Justin Lofton will lineup first in Friday's WinStar World Casino and Resort 400
Several drivers, including Matt Crafton, German Quiroga, and Timothy Peters offer up their thoughts following the WinStar World Casino and Resort 350.
Track conditions throw curveball to Cup veterans in Truck race
Sauter finishes second, Busch with a DNF
Jones, Reddick chasing two-time defending champ in standings Five races into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, the cream is still on top. Matt Crafton ’s third-place finish last Friday in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway allowed the series points leader to maintain his top spot. Crafton, driving the No. 88 for ThorSport Racing, now has 217 points on the strength of two wins, four top fives and a series-best five top-10 finishes. The 38-year-old Crafton is trying to three-peat as the Camping World Truck Series points champion. Crafton has 343 Trucks races under his fire suit, starting with the Motorola 200 at Fontana back in 2000. His first-ever win was the 2008 edition of the North Carolina Education Lottery. He has a modest seven career wins, but consistency works in his favor. He’s placed among the top 10 in his Trucks races 57.4 percent of the time (197 out of 343). Erik Jones ’ epic battle with Kasey Kahne , which included side-by-side racing for most of the final lap and a photo finish, is the type of excitement NASCAR officials — and fans — want to see. Kahne won the race by 0.005 (that’s not a typo) of a second. The No. 00 Truck failed the post-race inspection for a ride-height violation. Kahne does, however, get to keep the win. Driving the No. 4 for Kyle Busch Motorsports, Jones led 88 of the 139 laps at Charlotte. Jones, who turns 19 on May 30, ranks second in the points standings. He finished 18th last year. Just two points behind Jones in the standings sits Tyler Reddick , who picked up his fourth top-five finish of the year by placing fourth last week. Driving the No. 19 Truck for Brad Keselowski Racing, Reddick already has one more top-five finish than he had in 16 starts as a rookie in 2014. The 19-year-old placed 12th in the standings last year. More than a decade removed from his rookie season in a NASCAR national series, Johnny Sauter is chasing his first-ever Truck Series title. Sauter, who turned 37 earlier this month, ranks fourth in the current standings. His best season was a second-place finish in 2011, and he placed fourth in the standings the past two years. John Wes Townley moved into the top five with a sixth-place finish at Charlotte. Townley doesn’t have a win in his 74 career starts on the circuit. He was 15th in the final 2014 standings, and his best year was an 11th-place showing in 2013. Up next for the Camping World Truck Series is the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway on May 29 (5:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Future seven-time champ finished 22nd in sport's longest race 40 years ago Dale Earnhardt wasn't a NASCAR legend in 1975. He hadn't earned the nickname "The Intimidator," won a Cup championship or even driven the iconic black No. 3 ride. Forty years ago, the man who would one day hoist seven Cup championship trophies was just a racer from Kannapolis, North Carolina, trying to compete in NASCAR's premier series. • • • Earnhardt strapped into his pale blue and yellow No. 8 Dodge for his first start in NASCAR’s premier series on May 25, 1975 at Charlotte Motor Speedway . The task that lay ahead of the 24-year-old driver was a daunting one, as Earnhardt was getting set to compete in the World 600 -- NASCAR’s longest race. Even for the most experienced wheelmen, the 600-mile event was a grueling mission. Coming from the back, Earnhardt lined up 33rd for the drop of the green flag. Only seven cars stood between Earnhardt and the tail end of the field, but as NASCAR would one day discover, a little thing like qualifying position never stopped "The Intimidator." In a race that spanned more than four hours, Earnhardt fought his way toward the front. He eventually finished a modest 22nd with the legendary Richard Petty taking the checkered that day. Earnhardt also finished one spot above someone who he would come to know very well one day -- his future car owner Richard Childress. • • • A 22nd-place finish wasn't something extraordinary. But for Earnhardt, it was the first spark in a blazing career that would forever change the world of NASCAR. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
JGR driver discusses how baby's name was picked, if he would let Brexton race RELATED: Kyle, Samantha Busch welcome baby boy " Keselowski, Paige White have baby girl CONCORD, N.C. -- The sight of Kyle Busch riding a neon green motorized cooler into the media center on Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway had some folks chuckling, but the new dad smiled as he made a sharp left turn and quickly ascended onto the front stage. The scene had "cool dad" written all over it, but Busch was perched on top of the plastic vehicle in order to rest his legs as he continues his comeback from injuries sustained in the NASCAR XFINITY Series season opener at Daytona. Busch returned to action last week in the Sprint All-Star Race, finishing sixth. Then, he and wife Samantha welcomed son Brexton Locke into the world on Monday. To say the least, it has been quite a busy week for the driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, and now he is prepping for Sunday's ultimate endurance race, the Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM). Despite his claims of some lost sleep, Busch was alert and more than happy to discuss the birth of his son. On what has changed since Monday, Kyle said: "It's way different than what it was before he was born. Obviously, Samantha was taking care of him. She had him in her so just taking care of him that way and carrying him around (laughter). "I didn't have to worry about anything. I didn't have to feed him, I didn't have to change him or nothing like that, but it's a whole different world now that he's here with having to take care of him so we both have to spread our time. Obviously, when his favorite thing to do is make stinky diapers, then you've certainly got your work cut out for you." On his wife Samantha, Kyle said: "It was emotional and physically taxing on me, I couldn't imagine what Samantha was going through. Obviously, I was there and trying to help her and coach her and be with her the entire time and she did phenomenal. ... She's a champ. Samantha is my champion. No matter how well or successful I ever am in my career, she's got the championship trophy on her mantle." On how he and Samantha picked the name: "Samantha and I, we were back-and-forth a lot on names. We kind of tried to figure out whether we wanted to keep the initials K.B. or not, and we decided not to. I kind of liked her maiden name (Samantha Sarcinella), the S.S., so we decided we'd go with the B.B. So then we just started looking up some B names and put the pieces together and kind of made it up. It's pretty cool that we both agreed on it." On whether he wants his son to follow in his footsteps: "Whether he follows in my footsteps or not that's totally up to him. Brexton one day will be his own person and his own individual. If he wants to be a golfer, by golly we'll help him be a golfer. If he wants to be a racecar driver like his daddy, more power to him. We'll give him the best stuff we possibly can. He'll only make it here if he wins races, that's my stipulation. He won't make it here if he ain't any good. I'll quit spending money on him long before that. Toyota might not, but I will (laughs)." MORE: If Busch and Keselowski exchanged texts about fatherhood ... On whether he'd allow his son to go to the prom with Brad Keselowski 's daughter, also born this week: "(Brad and I) obviously don't have a relationship and may or may not ever, but that's to be seen down the road. We live two completely different lives right now -- and you know -- we'll take care of our son the best we can and put him in the best situations we can. But if for some reason, he feels like he needs to chase down Brad's daughter, then have at it, bud (laughter)." And shortly after that zinger, Busch rode his motorized cooler out the back door and off to the garage. SHOP: 'Rowdy Returns' shirts and more Kyle Busch gear FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Four drivers and fans have chances to win $100,000 MORE: How Dash 4 Cash works; enter now! CONCORD, N.C. -- Regan Smith said he didn't realize until Friday that Saturday's Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway was the qualifier for the NASCAR XFINITY Series' Dash 4 Cash Sweepstakes. But on Saturday in the driver's meeting he tapped Jason Burdett, crew chief of the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, on the shoulder and said, "Hey, you know this is the Dash 4 Cash race and we need to be good today." The No. 7 remained steady and in the top 10 for the majority of the race, but what made Saturday good was a late pit stop that propelled Smith to a fourth-place finish, his best at Charlotte. Smith led a group of Dash 4 Cash qualifiers that included Darrell Wallace Jr . (fifth place), Daniel Suarez (sixth) and Ty Dillon (seventh) in a race won by Austin Dillon . The best finisher among the four in next week's Buckle Up presented by Click it or Ticket 200 at Dover International Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET, FOX) will take home $100,000 and advance to the next round of the Dash 4 Cash. For Wallace, the fifth-place finish at Charlotte was a career best in his young XFINITY Series career and came on the heels of a sixth-place showing at Iowa. Wallace also finished sixth at Texas earlier this season, and the driver of the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford said he's building some momentum. "This is a confidence booster for all of my guys," Wallace said. "We just have to clean up ourselves on pit road. That's been a struggle for us these last couple races, but we've been able to manage a couple spots on restarts and come away with our first top-five in the series. ... This is where we need to be. We're setting up ship for late in the season." As for the immediate future, Wallace said he needed to learn how to translate qualifying success at Dover International Speedway into a race win. In 2012, Wallace won the pole in the fall XFINITY race at Dover only to finish 12th. He also won a pole there in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the spring of 2013 but finished 10th. "Dover has been a very successful track for me," Wallace said. "It would be nice if (the Dash 4 Cash) paid for the pole there because I'm pretty good at qualifying there. I haven't got the finishes I wanted, but I'm excited to be in the XFINITY Series and part of the Dash 4 Cash Series, so I'm glad to be one of the four." Wallace and fellow rookie Suarez will mix it up with Smith and Dillon, who are veterans of the Dash 4 Cash battles -- with Dillon winning a Dash 4 Cash race last year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway . In addition to Dover and Indianapolis, the Dash 4 Cash will take place at Bristol Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway this year. Suarez, who qualified 19th for Saturday's race in Charlotte, charged through the field early and maintained a top-10 position for the second half of the race. Suarez's sixth-place finish in his first race at CMS was his fourth top 10 of the season. "We had a hard time in qualifying -- maybe one of my worst qualifying runs of the year at 19th," Suarez said. "All these guys, they don't know how to give up and that's something that is really good, and I'm learning to be just like that as well." And like Smith, Suarez was pleasantly surprised that Saturday marked the beginning of the Dash 4 Cash. "That's cool and something new actually," Suarez said. "I saw the Dash 4 Cash, and I don't know exactly how it works or anything, but I'm really proud to be part of this and something new for me." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule