Sam Hornish Jr. wil start from the pole for the Zippo 200 and sets the track record.
Presenting NASCAR content from around the web Editor's note: On Wednesday at noon ET, "High 5" will present some of the best NASCAR-related content from around the web. 1. Remembering Buddy Baker NASCAR driver Buddy Baker was known as a fearless racer and one of the sport's greats. Baker, 74, passed away Monday after battling lung cancer. In a career that spanned for over three-and-a-half decades, Baker had racing in his blood. His father Buck Baker was a two-time premier series champ. ESPN's Bob Pockrass wrote about Baker's successful career, touching on important career highlights on the man who was nicknamed the "Gentle Giant." Read the entire piece here . 2. Trouble in the Empire State New York seems to be the home of altercations in recent history, with Ty Dillon and Regan Smith getting physical with one another at Watkins Glen International during the Zippo 200 . The two, however, weren't the only athletes duking it out in the Empire State. RELATED: Ty tweets after scrap with Smith Just a couple of weeks into training camp the New York Jets are already making headlines. Head coach Todd Bowles announced on Tuesday that quarterback Geno Smith will be sidelined for 6-10 weeks due to a broken jaw. The quarterback and LB IK Enemkpali, a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft, got physical with one another in the locker room. Now Smith needs surgery and Enemkpali needs to find another team. Geno out 6 to 10 weeks becuse of an altercation in the locker room. Broken jaw. Requires surgery. IK Enemkpali hit him. Been released. #Jets — dom cosentino (@domcosentino) August 11, 2015 3. 'Tom Brady Sux' Remember that time Kyle Busch likened himself to Tom Brady? Well he might want to play down the comparisons between himself and the Deflategate star. RELATED: Kyle compares himself to Tom Brady Sun King Brewing, an Indiana-based brewing company, is showing its disdain for the Patriots quarterback. Look closely at the expiration date. This from @SunKingBrewing in Indy. (Look closely at the expiration date) pic.twitter.com/NbjRRUT8pI — Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) August 10, 2015 Not sure when that date on the calendar falls so be extra safe and drink the beer right away; you don't want to be drinking expired beer. 4. One-year anniversary of Robin Williams' passing Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the passing of the beloved Robin Williams. Superb actor, witty comedian and Oscar winner are just a few of the accomplishments listed on the funny man's lengthy resume and many in the NASCAR community were avid Williams fans. Check out what some of the drivers were tweeting about the late actor this time last year: I remember Mork & Mindy as a kid. Was a fan. #NanuNanu What an amazing talent. — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) August 11, 2014 Sad to hear about Robin Williams. Brings light to the fact that you can't be sure what tomorrow holds, and Everyone has their struggles. — Aric Almirola (@aric_almirola) August 12, 2014 5. Squirrels are everywhere XFINITY Series star Bubba Wallace and Kansas City Royals infielder Ben Zobrist have one interesting thing in common, squirrels. Yes, you heard that right, squirrels. Bubba had a rollercoaster weekend during the Zippo 200 . Not only did he finish outside the top 10, but he had the misfortune of running over a squirrel during the race. He confessed to reporters, right away, about his hit and run, "Yeah, I hit a squirrel." RELATED: Bubba hits squirrel during Watkins Glen race Days before during a Royals-Tigers game, Zobrist also had an interaction with a furry rodent. Read the full story here to find out just how the squirrel was able to outsmart the entire outfield. Your browser does not support iframes.
RELATED: Smith, Dillon get physical post-race Regan Smith shared his view of the post-race fracas with Ty Dillon at Watkins Glen International last week, and he made no apologies for his actions. "I was pretty fired up after the race, and I feel like rightfully so," Smith said on "JR Motorsports Up Front" on Dirty Mo Radio. "That's the passion of our sport, that's why we do it. We don't do it because we go there to be all happy-go-lucky. We do it because we want to go out there and race hard and win. When you feel like you've been wronged, then sometimes you've got to handle it." Last Saturday following the Zippo 200 , Smith stopped at competitor Ty Dillon's car, leaned in and grabbed Dillon by the front of his uniform, confronting him about an incident between the two in Turn 1 on a Lap 40 restart. The two NASCAR XFINITY Series championship contenders pushed and shoved and shouted angrily at each other, promising retaliation down the road before NASCAR officials and various team members stepped in to separate them. Smith eventually was pulled away and made his way back to the garage area still fuming. The JR Motorsports driver offered some insight into his history with Dillon and the on-track incident that sparked his ire. "I think from my perspective I've been on the receiving end on more than one occasion from that car," he said. "And that's the frustrating part and that's the part that really builds. I think this year for the most part we have done a good job of racing each other hard, racing each other clean and kind of had an understanding of how we were going to run each other. I didn't take very nicely to the move that was made on Saturday. "I feel like and I don't mean to say this arrogantly, but there are certain guys in our series that are very good at braking and in braking zones … If you outbrake them, it probably means you have missed the corner, whether its a restart or whatever. For me to get in any deeper in that corner, I would have wadded the 22 ( Brad Keselowski ) up and wrecked him and the 33 ( Paul Menard ) likely. I don't race that way. ... On a road course, I feel like probably most of us, or the majority of the field has enough experience to understand that and realize that." RELATED: Dillon gets an interesting gift from Virginia Tech coach The turn of events was even more frustrating for Smith because it was an example of yet another good run at a road course turned bad for circumstances out of his control. "If you look back at my two-and-a-half-years here, we have run top five at every road course, and run strong enough to ... potentially win all of them," he said. "That's the most frustrating for me. We've got nothing to show from any of them. And it's not by our own hand of making mistakes on our own. "It's been of other things and other people just doing boneheaded stuff that makes absolutely no sense to you. We could be sitting here talking about almost 10 straight top fives on a road course instead of 'Wow, Regan never finishes good at a road course.' That's not the case. We are always up there, in the hunt and maybe that, sometimes that can be the curse. A lot of times you look at the top fives when these races are over and its guys that didn't run near the top five all day long and that's just how these things shape out sometimes." Heading into Mid-Ohio for the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM) Smith is fourth in the points standings, 57 points behind championship leader Chris Buescher . Dillon is tied with Smith's JRM teammate and defending series champion, Chase Elliott for second place in the standings. Smith says he thinks that circumstances will put he and Dillon together a bit this weekend. RELATED: Latest series standings "You can pretty much guarantee that we will qualify next to each other, ride on the same pack truck prior to the race. That's how it works in NASCAR." And while Smith says he has not watched the incident, he is confident someone at JRM will make sure he sees it at some point. "I haven't watched it, nor will I," Smith later jokingly added, "I'm sure I'll be forced to watch it at the Christmas party or at some point. I know I am not going to be able to get away from it."
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Bubba Wallace had one of those days Saturday at Watkins Glen International. The Roush Fenway Racing driver, trying to make up ground on teammate and points leader Chris Buescher , lost track position early during the Zippo 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race and battled back -- and then hit a squirrel. The incident didn’t improve the aerodynamics of the No. 6 Ford. It did leave a bit of a mess on the front of the car. "Yeah, I hit a squirrel," Wallace said as his team began prepping the entry for the long trip back to Concord, North Carolina. "I saw it (run out). Hit it. I knew I hit it." Crewmen removed the remains during the team’s last pit stop. Wallace was penalized after his first pit stop for speeding as he exited pit road on Lap 19. As a result, he had to make another trip down pit road and lost track position. "That was my worst pit road ever," he radioed his crew afterward. He was punished for excessive pit road speed and having too many crew members in contact with the pit service area. He was not penalized for hitting the squirrel. Wallace finished 16th and sits sixth in the points standings after 20 races.
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RELATED: Full qualifying results Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International on Saturday. The driver of the No. 12 Team Penske Ford set the pace with a speed of 124.308 mph (a new track record) in the final round of qualifying. His teammate Brad Keselowski will start second after posting a speed of 123.607 mph. Chase Elliott , Kyle Larson and series points leader Chris Buescher round out the top five. The group qualifying procedure for a road course includes two rounds, the first being 25 minutes. The 12 fastest cars from the opening session advanced to the 10-minute final round. Logano paced the first session as well, followed by Keselowski. Ty Dillon was 14th in the first session before his final run vaulted him up to sixth, advancing the driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet into the final round and knocking Brendan Gaughan out. Dillon will start sixth. Morgan Shepherd did not qualify for the race in the No. 89 Chevrolet but will drive the No. 40 Toyota in the race. The Zippo 200 is scheduled for later today at 3 p.m. ET (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM).
RELATED: Practice 1 results " Final practice results Kyle Larson led the way in final NASCAR XFINITY Series practice Friday afternoon, putting the HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet atop the leaderboard at Watkins Glen International. Larson, a Sprint Cup regular with two XFINITY wins in his career, turned a lap of 123.623 mph late in the 57-minute session, which was extended two minutes past its scheduled window by NASCAR officials. His lap was slightly more than eight-tenths of a second better than second-fastest Joey Logano , who clocked a 122.223-mph lap in the Team Penske No. 22 Ford and was fastest in opening practice. Paul Menard was third-fastest 122.201 mph in the Richard Childress Racing No. 33 Chevrolet in a 1-2-3 sweep by Sprint Cup regulars. Ty Dillon was fourth-fastest in another Childress Chevy, just ahead of fifth-best Brad Keselowski in the other Penske entry, the No. 22 Ford. Defending series champion Chase Elliott managed just the 18th-fastest lap at 119.444 mph, but dealt with mechanical trouble when his JR Motorsports No. 9 Chevrolet slowed on the frontstretch midway through practice. "I think the rear end locked up on it," Elliott told his crew. "May have been a fluid issue with it. I don't think I missed any shifts." Series points leader Chris Buescher was sixth-fastest in the Roush Fenway Racing No. 60 Ford. Daniel Suarez , who severely damaged his primary Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota during a crash in opening practice, was 11th-fastest. His lap was just one spot better than JGR teammate Boris Said , a veteran road racing making his third XFINITY start of the season. NASCAR officials added two minutes to final practice because of two late-session instances of stalled cars -- one for Eric McClure 's No. 24 and another for Tomy Drissi 's No. 26. Coors Light Pole Qualifying is scheduled Saturday at 11:15 a.m. ET (CNBC) . Logano sets early pace; heavy crash early hits Suarez Joey Logano sailed to the top of the leaderboard Friday afternoon in opening NASCAR XFINITY Series practice at Watkins Glen International. Logano drove the Team Penske No. 12 Ford to a fast lap of 122.452 mph on the 2.45-mile road course in preparation for Saturday's Zippo 200 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM), the 20th of 33 races this season. His lap was just slightly better than second-fastest Brad Keselowski , his Penske teammate who registered an 122.286 mph lap in the No. 22 Ford. Brendan Gaughan was third-fastest and Paul Menard fourth-best in a pair of Richard Childress Racing Chevrolets. Kyle Larson completed the top five. The 85-minute first session was marked by a severe crash for rookie Daniel Suarez in the early going. Suarez lost control of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota at the exit of the bus-stop chicane, sliding off course and hard into the Turn 5 barrier. The 23-year-old Suarez was uninjured, but the force of the impact lifted the No. 18 entry off the ground. His crew prepared his backup car in time for him to return to the track at the tail end of the practice. "When I got to that part of the race track, I was a little bit too loose on entry," Suarez said. "Like I say, it was my first lap with speed and it looks like it was a pretty hard hit. I just wasn't able to handle that little loop because it was getting worse and worse and worse, and I wasn't able to put the car back straight. I'm just disappointed with myself because it was very, very early. Hopefully we can get back to the race track to make up some ground." Aside from Suarez's wreck, the session was marked by a handful of harmless solo spins. John Wes Townley and Todd Bodine both looped their cars in Turn 7, near the track's pit entrance. Keselowski overshot the chicane, putting all four wheels in the grass before Turn 5. XFINITY Series points leader Chris Buescher was sixth-fastest in the Roush Fenway Racing No. 60 Ford. Boris Said , the 52-year-old road racing expert, was ninth-fastest in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota as he readies for his third XFINITY Series start of the year. Final XFINITY practice is scheduled from 3:30-4:25 p.m. ET (NBCSN), with Coors Light Pole Qualifying set for Saturday at 11:15 a.m. ET (CNBC).
RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Penalty? So what? Polesitter Joey Logano shook off a pit road infraction that sent him to the back of the field early in Saturday’s Zippo 200 at The Glen. But by the end of the NASCAR XFINITY Series race, Logano’s No. 12 Team Penske Ford was comfortably at the front of the field. The only other car that was close was the No. 22 of teammate Brad Keselowski , who recovered from a pit road speeding penalty to finish second. "Everything went as planned," said Logano, who was penalized for dragging a fuel can from his pit stall after a green-flag stop on Lap 20 of 82. "It was fun to have a car that was that fast, out there racing these guys and racing your teammate there for the win. It shows a lot about our organization." Logano was 22nd when he restarted on Lap 27 after NASCAR threw the second caution of the race to retrieve the errant fuel can. With the help of two quick cautions, he drove quickly to the front, and on Lap 49, Logano passed Keselowski for the lead, drag-racing his teammate from the exit of Turn 7 to the start/finish line and clearing him through Turn 1. "I knew my car was fast enough to get there," Logano said of the quick run to the front. "I didn’t know if I was going to run them all down in that one run like that. I didn’t think that would happen, but it showed a lot of strength in our race car." It was the first road course victory for Logano in any of NASCAR’s top series. "I’ve been so close to winning with the 22 team on the (Sprint) Cup side and this XFINITY team has been close to winning here lately, so it’s nice to get Team Penske back in Victory Lane," said Logano, who had Sprint Cup crew chief Todd Gordon calling the race and his Sprint Cup crew servicing the car on pit road to gain experience for Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at The Glen (2 p.m. ET on NBCSN), the 22nd race on the Cup schedule. If Logano and Keselowski dominated at the front of the field, leading 39 and 40 laps, respectively, behind them was chaos. XFINITY Series title contender Regan Smith suffered the brunt of the damage, getting the short end of run-ins with both Ty Dillon and Brendan Gaughan . Smith came home 20th and lost 18 points to XFINITY Series leader Chris Buescher , who finished third. After stopping by Gaughan’s car for a few words post-race, Smith headed for Dillon. The argument started to get physical, before NASCAR officials and crew members separated the drivers. Dillon admitted making two mistakes during the race, the first of which spun Smith’s JR Motorsports Chevrolet after a restart on Lap 40. What Dillon didn’t countenance was a threat from Smith. "He said he was going to wreck me -- we’ll see," Dillon said. "I took the blame for it, but he came down here picking a fight. That’s a different game." After the altercation, Smith repeated the promise to reporters. "I got dumped in Turn 1," Smith said. "It was pretty plain and simple. I don’t think I’m the only one he dumped today … I guarantee you, I might have lost the championship today, but he did, too. There’s no chance that 3 car wins the championship, and I’m going to make sure of it." Substituting for Kyle Busch , who opted not to run the race in favor of staying fresh for Sunday’s Cup race, road course ace Boris Said finished fourth, followed by Dillon and Brian Scott . Buescher extended his series lead to 24 points over Dillon and seventh-place finisher Chase Elliott . Smith is fourth in the standings, now 57 points behind Buescher. Information provided by NASCAR Wire Service
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