WinStar World Casino & Resort 400 lineup
Justin Lofton will lineup first in Friday's WinStar World Casino and Resort 400
Post-Race Reactions: WinStar World Casino 400
Matt Crafton, Joey Coulter and Brendan Gaughan comment after the race in Texas.
NASCAR TV schedule: June 1-7
Get full lineup of NASCAR programming for the week RELATED: See the full weekend schedule All times ET Monday, June 1 10 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks (re-air), FOX Sports 1 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Tuesday, June 2 10 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket (re-air), FOX Sports 1 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Wednesday, June 3 11 a.m., TUDOR United SportsCar Championship: Belle Isle (re-air) 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Thursday, June 4 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 7 p.m., NASCAR K&N Pro Series East: Bowman Gray Stadium (tape), NBC Sports Network 8 p.m., NASCAR K&N Pro Series West: Shasta Speedway (tape), NBC Sports Network 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Friday, June 5 10 a.m., NASCAR Masters of the Clock: The Legend of Martinsville (re-air), FOX Sports 1 11 a.m., One Hot Night: The NASCAR 1992 All-Star Race (re-air), FOX Sports 1 Noon, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 4:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1 6 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1 8:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Setup, FOX Sports 1 9 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 400 , FOX Sports 1 Saturday, June 6 9 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 11:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FOX Sports 1 12:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub: Weekend Edition, FOX Sports 1 Sunday, June 7 11:30 a.m., NASCAR RaceDay: Dover, FOX Sports 1 1 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 , FOX Sports 1 &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;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;
Tech Talk: Pocono puts pressure on durability
Plus, No. 4 team gets used to car going to R&D Center NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will shift gears, literally and figuratively, this week as they move from the banked 1-mile oval of Dover International Speedway to the 2.5-mile triangle of Pocono Raceway . That quick boost of acceleration off the corners of the uniquely shaped track often comes with a price -- the potential for parts breakage. "It (raises) durability concerns because that's one more part, one more abuse cycle you're going through every time you shift," Darian Grubb, crew chief for the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota for driver Carl Edwards , said Tuesday. "It's more parts that can break." Performance may not be affected if a driver chooses not to shift, he said, but "to get the maximum lap times you pretty much have to. "We're still curious to see with this engine package and aero package going there is it going to be mandatory where you have to (shift) every lap or you're going to get run over, or is it going to kind of mute it out a little bit and make handling that more important? I'm not sure. "There have been a lot of tracks where people have shifted so far this year where we really haven't because we didn't see much of an advantage to it." Shifting also can dramatically change the balance of the car, Grubb said, because of the specific gear ratios required by NASCAR. "If you have a tight car, you can make it loose by downshifting and breaking your rear tires loose. "It's actually something we try to push at Pocono, having our drivers practice shifting and non-shifting laps in all three turns to know where we stand on balance if we (make certain changes)." Historically, data doesn't seem to favor either option. "I think it's all a matter of setup, driver timing and driver preference," Grubb said. "You have a lot of teams there that shift in all three corners and a lot of drivers that shifting in the tunnel turn is the last thing they want to do because it's already white knuckles (through there)." Satellite Shop For No. 4 -- NASCAR R&D The Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 entry of Kevin Harvick that finished second at Dover on Sunday was one of three cars taken back to the NASCAR Research & Development Center for final inspection. Also taken were the cars of race winner Jimmie Johnson and 21st-place finisher Denny Hamlin . NASCAR officials said Tuesday that all three cars had been inspected and no issues were found. It marked the 10th time this season one of Harvick's cars had been sent to the R&D center following a race, something crew chief Rodney Childers said he has become accustomed to. His cars made the trip back to Concord, North Carolina at least a dozen times last season. "It's not that big of a deal," Childers told NASCAR.com recently. "It works out fine. It always sounds bad when you hear how many times we've been over there since this team was started, but I'd rather have it that way. They always take first, second and a random, and we've been first or second a lot." Childers said crewmen from the team take the car apart for officials as the final inspection process begins. "We take all the suspension off, the motor out, fuel cell out, pretty much every little piece and part and they inspect all of it," he said. "When we get it back to the shop, it's almost halfway disassembled, which is a good thing. We would be doing that anyway." The first- and second-place entries, and often a random, are taken back to the R&D center by NASCAR officials after all events except for the season-opening Daytona 500 and the season-ending finale at Homestead. The Daytona 500 winning car, in the most recent case the No. 22 of Team Penske driver Joey Logano , goes through final inspection at the track so that it may be put on display at DIS for one year. At Homestead, the four cars competing in the season finale for the Chase also go through final inspection at the track to expedite official championship results. When Push Comes To Shove NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams have been penalized 12 times this season for driving through more than three pit stalls, a violation that results in a pass-thru penalty. But for the first time this season, a team was penalized for pushing a car through more than three pit stalls. The HScott Motorsports No. 46 team, with driver Michael Annett , was flagged for the infraction this past weekend at Dover, on Lap 279 of the 400 -lap race. Goodyear Stands Pat At Pocono, Texas The Goodyear tire combination provided to teams for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 is the same that's been used exclusively at the 2.5-mile track since 2012. Camping World Truck Series teams, competing at Texas Motor Speedway , will have the same tire combination used last season. Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series teams ran the combination, which includes right side tires featuring a multi-zone construction, at Texas earlier this season. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Heads up: Dover and Las Vegas weekend
Here are the hot topics, trending news and key story lines to get you ready for this weekend's races at Dover International Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway . WEATHER The weekend forecast for Dover, Delaware, looks like there's a chance for rain. Friday for Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole qualifying there is a 60 percent chance for precipitation. For the XFINITY Series race on Saturday, there is an 50 percent chance for precipitation with a high of 76 degrees. And for the Sprint Cup race on Sunday, there's a 30 percent chance for precipitation and a high of 76 degrees. For Las Vegas, site of this weekend's Camping World Truck Series events, it will be clear and 70 degrees for the start of Saturday's practices. And on Saturday it will be clear and 90 degrees for the start of the race. KEY TIMES Sprint Cup Series: The Sprint Cup Series holds its first practice Friday at 10 a.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App) followed by Coors Light Pole qualifying at 3:40 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App). The Citizen Soldier 400 is at 2 p.m. ET Sunday (NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). XFINITY Series: The XFINITY Series opens practice on Friday at 11:30 a.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App) and qualifies Saturday at 11:45 a.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App). The Drive Sober 300 is on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Camping World Truck Series: The Camping World Truck Series is scheduled for a Keystone Light Pole qualifying session Saturday at 6:10 p.m. ET on FS2, followed by the DC Solar 350 race at 8:30 p.m. ET (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). CATCH DRIVERS LIVE We'll stream every driver press conference in the Dover media center at NASCAR.com/presspass. Click here for a full schedule. Click here to tune into the live stream . LAST TIME In September of 2015, Kevin Harvick punched his ticket to advance to the next round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup by leading 355 of 400 laps at Dover International Speedway , a career-best at any track. Harvick beat out eventual 2015 Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch by 2.639 seconds for the victory. YOU SHOULD KNOW • Chris Buescher (-30 from 12th place), Tony Stewart (-11), Austin Dillon (-5) and Jamie McMurray (-5) are all on the outside looking in as far as the Chase Grid standings are concerned. Of those drivers, Stewart is the only one who has won at the "Monster Mile" -- three times to be exact. Stewart's most recent win came in 2013. • With 10 wins, six-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson has been to Dover's Victory Lane more times than any NASCAR driver. Johnson is looking to punch his ticket to the next Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup round and a win at his best track could be in the cards. • Winning the opening XFINITY Series Chase race at Kentucky, Elliott Sadler continues his momentum to Dover where he has earned three top five and 10 top-10 finishes, two of which came in the last two XFINITY Series races at the 1-mile track. Sadler's experience in 17 starts at Dover could shine through on Saturday compared to the young guns he's competing against for the championship. • Of the Camping World Truck Series Chase drivers, only Johnny Sauter and Timothy Peters have wins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . Canadian Tire Motorsport Park winner John Hunter Nemechek has the best average finish of 4.0 out of the Truck Series Chase drivers. Behind Nemechek is Ben Kennedy with 5.0. Nemechek has run just one Truck Series race at Dover, while Kennedy has experienced two. In 15 starts, two-time Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton has an average finish of 11.9, but is still seeking a win.
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After Race 17 of the 2016 season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Denny Hamlin to start on the Pole in Federated Auto Parts 400
Denny Hamlin takes the Coors Light Pole Award at Richmond International Raceway at his home track for the Federated Auto Parts 400 .
Stewart not interested in playing numbers game
RELATED: Updated Chase Grid " Who's on the bubble? " Series standings CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Crunch the numbers. Do the math. But don't bother telling Tony Stewart the potential scenarios required for him to advance to the Round of 12 in this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . You'd be wasting your time and his time, too. The only scenario Stewart, 45 and three times a Sprint Cup Series champion, cares about is the one that ends with him and his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing team celebrating in Victory Lane this weekend at Dover International Speedway . "All we can do is go out and do the best we can this weekend," Stewart said Wednesday during a daylong media stop in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. "It still amazes me how people can take something that's so simple and make it so complicated. 'Will we be watching where everybody else is?' "Well yeah, I can waste my time and do that but … I've got to focus on winning the race. Because if I win the race I don't have to worry about where they're at. But if I go and do everything I can to try and win the race and I finish second, then wherever they are is wherever they are. I can't control those guys on the race track so why focus your attention on it? It's a waste of time." The 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is the final one for Stewart. He'll remain involved in the series as co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing , which fields four Sprint Cup teams and one that will debut a NASCAR XFINITY Series entry next year. He's a track owner, team owner and competitor in other series -- some NASCAR-affiliated, some not -- as well. But his quest for a fourth title rests solely on the outcome of Sunday's Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). A 16-driver field that began the Chase two weeks ago will be trimmed to 12 after Dover, and Stewart will arrive Friday 15th on the Chase Grid. His approach to what could be his final race as a title contender will be no different than any other weekend. "There is no mindset to it," he said. "The most realistic mindset to go into it with is the same approach you go into it with every weekend of the year and that's to go try to win the race. If you don't, get the best finish you can get out of it. That's not glamorous and that's not what you want to hear … but it's literally that simple. Go try to win the race. Do everything you can to win the race. If you can't win the race, try to finish second. If you can't finish second, try to finish third. It is as simple as it can possibly get." That Stewart is in this predicament is something of a surprise, given the strong summer run that saw him collect six top-10 finishes, including a win at Sonoma , in eight races. The No. 14 team, headed up by crew chief Mike Bugarewicz, seemed primed for a possible run at yet another title. RELATED: See all of Stewart's victories But the results of the most recent six races weren't nearly as impressive, with no finish higher than 16th. "These things are such science projects," Stewart said of today's cars, "and pretty much the whole (SHR) organization fights the same thing. It's whichever one can find the solution first." Teammate Kevin Harvick has guaranteed himself a spot in the Round of 12 with a win this past weekend at New Hampshire and Kurt Busch can advance either by points, depending on his finish, or with a victory. Teammate Danica Patrick is the only SHR entry not in the Chase field. RELATED: Harvick surges late for Loudon win "We're going to have to rely on Kevin and Rodney (Childers, crew chief), Kurt and (Tony) Gibson (crew chief) for sure and do the best we can," Stewart said. "We weren't totally terrible at the spring race but definitely have to be better than we were to get done what we need to get done." Scenarios? Talk to Stewart at Homestead, if he happens to be one of the championship four. That's when he'll be more aware of such things. "When you get to the last race of the year and you're racing for a championship and you've got enough of a lead that no matter what, if you finish from here on up, then yeah, you think about that," he said. "But that’s not the scenario we're in." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Best in-car audio from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400
Check out the best in-car audio from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 as Martin Truex Jr. wins the first race of the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase explained
Get caught up on the format for the inaugural Chase in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with this informative video.