Starting lineup for Zippo 200 at The Glen
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Starting lineup for XFINITY Series' Zippo 200 at The Glen
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Related: Zippo 200 at The Glen Results " Updated Chase Grid WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Early misfortunes, including a major multi-car wreck, had an unsettling effect on the Chase chances for several NASCAR XFINITY Series playoff hopefuls Saturday at Watkins Glen International . Darrell Wallace Jr . and Blake Koch were among the hardest hit in a 10-car stack-up on the 18th of 82 laps in the Zippo 200 , a pileup that forced a red flag of nearly 14 minutes. Wallace's Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 Ford sustained heavy front-end damage and spent plenty of time in the garage for repairs, extending his streak to four straight races without a top-10 finish. He wound up 29th in the final rundown, 19 laps off the pace. Wallace started and ended the day ninth on the provisional Chase grid, but slipped to just a 16-point edge over 10th-place Ryan Reed -- the wrong direction for momentum ahead of the playoffs. "All I see is we have bad luck and it is getting old, my friend," Wallace told NBCSN. "It is unfortunate for my team. We come here and I messed up on the first lap in the first practice we had, and then we were sitting pretty for the rest of the weekend. It is just getting old. We will go on to Mid-Ohio and try to have some luck there." Koch's Kaulig Racing No. 11 Chevrolet was done for the day with damage all around. Koch, who was clinging to the final spot on the provisional Chase grid after last weekend's event at Iowa Speedway , failed to finish for the second time in the last four races. "Just points. That's the only thing going through my mind from the first impact, all I thought was points," Koch said. "It's not good, but I made a mistake early on and lost a bunch of spots and got us back there and that kind of started it. I've just got to be a little bit smarter at these road courses, but man, I hate it for everybody." Koch was evaluated and released from the infield care center, but had his right hand bandaged -- a byproduct, he said, of blisters from all of the shifting in Thursday's extended XFINITY practice on Watkins Glen's new pavement. "You know what, I need to have manlier hands," Koch said with a laugh. "That's the issue." Jeremy Clements was another driver with plenty to gain from the multicar wreck, entering the day tied for the top spot among drivers outside the provisional Chase grid. But Clements' No. 51 Chevrolet had its own pitfalls, limping to the garage with a broken track bar on Lap 9 and returning for a 25th-place finish. He dropped from 13th to 15th in the series standings. Ross Chastain took sole possession of 13th place in the XFINITY standings with a 14th-place outing Saturday at The Glen. He closed from 24 points back to just a two-point gap behind Koch in the final cut-off spot. The XFINITY Series sticks to road racing next week for Saturday's Mid-Ohio Challenge (3:30 p.m. ET, USA, MRN, SiriusXM) at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course .
Full schedule for Watkins Glen
RELATED: Watch live online at NBCSports.com The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINTIY Series will gather for a doubleheader weekend at Watkins Glen International this week. Check out the full weekend schedule below. Note: All times are ET THURSDAY, AUG. 4: ON TRACK -- 1-2:25 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series first practice ( Results ) -- 3:30-4:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series second practice ( Results ) FRIDAY, AUG. 5: ON TRACK -- 10-10:55 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN ( Results ) -- 12:30-1:55 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series first practice, NBCSN ( Results ) -- 3-4:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN ( Results ) -- 4:45 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN ( Results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 10:45 a.m.: Chris Buescher -- 11:15 a.m.: Chase Elliott -- Noon: Dale Earnhardt Jr . -- 2:05 p.m.: Carl Edwards -- 2:30 p.m.: Martin Truex Jr . and Joe Garone, Furniture Row Racing team president -- 6 p.m. approx.: Post-NASCAR XFINITY Series qualifying GARAGECAM ( Watch live ) -- 9:30 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series -- noon: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series DAILY ROUNDUP -- At-track photos: Friday, Watkins Glen -- Junior gives concussion update, intends to get back to racing -- Dale Jr. talking 'weddin,' more tweets -- Earnhardt Jr. targets contract extension at Hendrick -- Junior: 'I'm not ready to stop racing. I'm not ready to quit' -- Dale Jr. in his own words -- Furniture Row GM: 'Good time' to mull second team -- Chase-clinching scenarios for Watkins Glen -- Allmendinger, Truex lead Sprint Cup practice at The Glen -- Following Pocono's 'big moment,' Buescher steadies Chase focus -- Full lineup for tomorrow's XFINITY Series event SATURDAY, AUG. 6: ON TRACK -- 12:15 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, CNBC ( Results ) -- 2 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Zippo 200 at The Glen (82 laps, 200 .9 miles), CNBC ( Results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 1:30 p.m. approx.: Post-NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying -- 4:30 p.m. approx.: Post-NASCAR XFINITY Series race DAILY ROUNDUP -- Sources: Details set for Furniture Row announcement -- Watkins Glen mayhem tights XFINITY Chase standings -- Cain: Dale Jr.'s trip to the track brings mutual reassurance -- At-track photos: Saturday at The Glen -- 'Rowdy' surprises fan with autograph on RV -- Logano wins Penske-dominated race at Watkins Glen -- Said still having a blast with fans, racing -- Snapshot: Watkins Glen -- Backward pit stops? How stops at The Glen work -- Edwards earns pole award at Watkins Glen -- See the entire Watkins Glen 40-car field SUNDAY, AUG. 7: ON TRACK -- 2 p.m.: Driver Introductions -- 2:28 p.m.: Canadian National Anthem: Amy Rivard, Singer/Songwriter -- 2:30 p.m.: USA Live on air -- 2:30 p.m.: Presentation of Colors: U.S. Marines Color Guard (on stage), New York State Troopers (Turn 1), Alfred State ROTC (Turn 2), Chemung-Schuyler Cadet Squadron (Esses) -- 2:30 p.m.: Invocation by: Reverend David Fife, Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church -- 2:31 p.m.: National Anthem by : J.W. Cortes -- 2:32 p.m.: Flyover by: C-130 Hercules, 914th Airlift Wing, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station - - 2:38 p.m.: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: John Persons, President and Chief Operating Officer, Top's Markets and Johnny Persons -- 2:49 p.m.: Start of the Cheez-It 355 (90 laps, 220.5 miles), USA ( Results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 10 a.m.: Furniture Row Racing announcement -- 5:30 p.m. approx.: Post-NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race DAILY ROUNDUP -- Hamlin wins thriller at Watkins Glen -- Keselowski, Truex make post-race contact -- Chase Bubble: Analyzing the playoff picture post-Watkins Glen -- 'Dinger hangs head after final lap run-in with Larson -- Jones, Furniture Row announce second car for '17 -- Childers airs frustrations during Watkins Glen race -- Hard-hitting wreck brings out the red flag -- Gordon makes 800th Cup start Sunday -- NASCAR looming for IndyCar's Newgarden? -- Cope addresses strange explosion -- Race-day images from Watkins Glen
Cope on car issues: I've never 'seen that transpire before'
RELATED: Watkins Glen race results WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Elton Sawyer, NASCAR Vice President of Officiating and Technical Inspection, said Sunday morning that the odd explosion involving Derrike Cope's car Saturday at Watkins Glen International was a result of excessive brake heat with little place to escape forcing a dramatic tire failure. Cope's No. 70 Chevrolet slowed to a stop in a cut-through area at the 2.45-mile road course's chicane during Saturday's Zippo 200 for the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The front end of the car then sustained severe damage in the blowout, sending up a cloud of brake dust and bringing out the last of the race's eight caution flags. NASCAR competition officials impounded the car after the race, with Sawyer -- who was named to his post July 12 -- and XFINITY Series director Wayne Auton investigating the issue alongside Goodyear tire engineers in the Watkins Glen garage. Sawyer said that Cope's No. 70 had made contact with another car one or two laps before the incident, causing a vibration and brake issue on his car's right-front corner. When his brake pedal started to lose its effect, Cope indicated he was looking for a place to pull off the course. The contact broke the brake caliper where it attached to the spindle, Sawyer said, creating excessive heat to melt the bead on the right-front tire's inner sidewall. "As soon as the vehicle comes to a stop, you've got all that radiant heat and it's just sitting there at the soft point of the sidewall, which is where it basically explodes," Sawyer said. Sawyer said that NASCAR did not take the car back to its Research & Development Center in North Carolina, releasing the car to the team after at-track investigation and adding that competition officials would review the issue further. "We'll look into it as we always do," Sawyer said. "We'll get back and get with the guys at the R&D Center and say, 'here's what happened.' We've got plenty of photographs and documentation, so we'll look into it. But I think it's when you're at a high-speed place where there's high braking, like a Martinsville, we see beads all the time. The situation here was when the vehicle came to a stop, there's no air moving, so it's probably the biggest issue." Cope was evaluated and released from the infield care center after the incident. "In 35 years of racing, I don't think I've ever seen that transpire before," Cope told NBCSN after Saturday's evaluation. "We were just trying to survive and get through this thing so next week we could kind of work on this thing. I lost the brake pedal going into Turn 1, and I knew something happened to a piston or whatever so I just went easy down there and got off the end down there and started coming to a stop, and the whole thing just blew the hood off. And I don't know really what it was. It looked like the shocks were all intact and the tires were up, so I don't know really what exploded." The incident was also a new one on Sawyer, too, who competed for parts of 20 seasons in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. "That may be the first," Sawyer said. "We see tires blow all the time, but they're at speed, they go down, so we don't usually see it in a static situation like that."
RECAP: Logano goes back-to-back at The Glen in NXS
Joey Logano gets back-to-back wins at Watkins Glen International in the NASCAR XFINITY Series after grabbing Team Penske's first XFINITY Series win of the season in the Zippo 200 .
Ben-Hur's Jack Huston to drive pace car at The Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (July 29, 2016) -- Jack Huston, star of the upcoming epic action adventure "BEN-HUR" from Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, will drive a 2016 Toyota Camry pace car to kick off the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It™ 355 at Watkins Glen International on Sunday, August 7. This will be Huston’s first time serving as an Official Pace Car drive at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. He will also be recognized during pre-race ceremonies and will greet each NASCAR driver on stage during driver introductions. "I am excited to join NASCAR and get behind the wheel of today’s modern chariot," said Huston. "BEN-HUR" is the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption. Based on Lew Wallace's timeless novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. The film also stars Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi, Ayelet Zurer, Pilou Asbaek, Sofia Black D’Elia and Morgan Freeman. Timur Bekmambetov directed the film from a screenplay by Keith Clarke and John Ridley. Sean Daniel, Joni Levin, and Duncan Henderson served as producers, with Mark Burnett, Roma Downey, Keith Clarke, John Ridley, and Jason F. Brown serving as executive producers. "BEN-HUR" will be released in theaters on August 19, 2016. Huston previously starred for four seasons in HBO's hit series, Boardwalk Empire, as the sniper with the horribly disfigured face, 'Richard Harrow.' In 2013, Huston appeared in the critically acclaimed and award-winning film American Hustle, where he played mobster 'Pete Musane.' Additionally, he starred as 'Young Ira' in George Tillman Jr.'s film adaption of the Nicholas Sparks novel, The Longest Ride. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Watkins Glen International August 4-7 for the Cheez-It™ 355 race weekend, which also features the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Bully Hill Vineyards 100, and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Zippo 200 at The Glen. Tickets for all of the action are available by calling 1-866-461-RACE or by logging on to www.theglen.com . Fans can also watch the Cheez-It™ 355 live on USA at 2:30 p.m. ET or listen on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Located within five (5) hours (~300 miles) of 25 percent of the US population, Watkins Glen International is the premier road racing facility in North America, voted "Best NASCAR Track" by readers of USA Today. Keep up with The Glen on Facebook and Twitter. For tickets, call 866-461-RACE or visit www.theglen.com.
Check out special TV coverage of NASCAR at Watkins Glen on USA Net
Friday, Aug. 5 9 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice (re-air), NBCSN 10:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice (re-air), NBCSN Midnight, NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying (re-air), NBCSN Saturday, Aug. 6 2:30 a.m., NASCAR: The List - Iconic Cars (re-air), NBCSN Noon, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, CNBC 1:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Countdown, CNBC 2 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Zippo 200 at The Glen , CNBC 4:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Post-Race Show, CNBC Sunday, Aug. 7 12:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS2 2 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Countdown, USA 2:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, USA 4 p.m., WeatherTech SportsCar Championship: Road America , FS1 5:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Post-Race Show, USA Midnight, NASCAR Victory Lap, NBCSN TUNE-IN GUIDE Daytona Market: Brighthouse Cable USA Network: Channel 1238 NBCSN: Channel 1152 CNBC: Channel 1219 Charlotte Market: Time Warner Cable USA Network: Channel 101 NBCSN: Channel 314 CNBC: Channel 205 New York Market: Time Warner Cable USA Network: Channel 101 NBCSN: Channel 314 CNBC: Channel 205 Optimum Cable USA: Channel 38 NBCSN: Channel 212 CNBC: Channel 24 Verizon FIOS USA: Channel 550 NBCSN: Channel 590 CNBC: Channel 602 Los Angeles Market: Time Warner Cable USA Network: Channel 101 NBCSN: Channel 314 CNBC: Channel 85 National Carriers: DIRECTV USA Network: Channel 242 NBCSN: Channel 220 CNBC: Channel 355 Dish Network USA: Channel 105 NBCSN : Channel 159 CNBC: Channel 208 Verizon FIOS USA : Channel 550 NBCSN: Channel #590 CNBC: Channel 602 Top providers in top markets: DirecTV Dish USA CNBC NBCSN USA CNBC NBCSN New York 242 355 220 105 208 159 LA 242 355 220 105 208 159 Chicago 242 355 220 105 208 159 Philadelphia 242 355 220 105 208 159 Dallas/FtW 242 355 220 105 208 159 San Fran. 242 355 220 105 208 159 Boston 242 355 220 105 208 159 Wash., D.C. 242 355 220 105 208 159 Atlanta 242 355 220 105 208 159 Houston 242 355 220 105 208 159 Charlotte 242 355 220 105 208 159 Indianapolis 242 355 220 105 208 159 Daytona 242 355 220 105 208 159 Miami 242 355 220 105 208 159 Optimum Time Warner Cable USA CNBC NBCSN USA CNBC NBCSN New York 38 24 212 101 205 314 LA 101 205 314 Chicago Philadelphia Dallas/FtW 101 205 314 San Fran. Boston Wash., D.C. Atlanta Houston Charlotte 101 205 314 Indianapolis Daytona Miami ATT Uverse Brighthouse USA CNBC NBCSN USA CNBC NBCSN New York LA 1125 1216 1640 Chicago 1124 1216 1640 Philadelphia 1124 1216 1640 Dallas/FtW 1124 1216 1640 San Fran. 1125 1216 1640 Boston Wash., D.C. Atlanta 1124 1216 1640 Houston 1124 1216 1640 Charlotte 1124 1216 1640 Indianapolis 1124 1216 1640 1139 1305 1424 Daytona 1124 1216 1640 1238 1219 1152 Miami 1124 1216 1640 Fios XFINITY USA CNBC NBCSN USA CNBC NBCSN New York 550 602 590 LA Chicago 221 266 174 Philadelphia 550 602 590 823 819 848 Dallas/FtW San Fran. 738 762 723 Boston 550 602 590 835 795 865 Wash., D.C. 550 602 590 823 819 848 Atlanta 842 836 845 Houston 621 645 649 Charlotte Indianapolis 1205 1115 1607 Daytona Miami 420 470 448
Erik Jones wins fuel-mileage duel at Iowa
RELATED: Results " Standings " Chase Grid NEWTON, Iowa -- For 83 laps, it looked like Ty Dillon's winless drought would finally end. That was until Erik Jones flashed the brilliance that has many predicting big things for the Joe Gibbs Racing prodigy. Jones led a race-high 154 laps in the No. 20 DeWalt Toyota en route to Victory Lane on Saturday night in the U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. Jones passed Dillon with 15 laps remaining to retake the lead for the final time of the night and beat Dillon's No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet to the checkered flag by 3.533 seconds. The NASCAR XFINITY Series victory was the third of the season for Jones and the fifth of his career in his 45th start. Having one of the most impressive Sunoco Rookie of the Year campaigns in recent memory, Jones has 11 top-five and 12 top-10 results in 19 starts this season. "It's a great day. We had a great car. One that definitely deserved to win the race," Jones said in victory lane. "The fastest car I feel like won tonight, which is always a good feeling. It was an awesome day for us. "I feel like we deserved to win when we came here earlier this year, we had a really fast car. It was nice to get some redemption for that one." Jones qualified second but passed his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez on the first lap. While several teams flew in Sprint Cup pit crews from Pocono, the Joe Gibbs Racing teams did not. Despite dropping spots after pitting, Jones would quickly regain them when the field returned to green. When the caution flew at Lap 150 as Brandon McReynolds made hard contact with the Turn 1 wall, teams hit pit road for fresh tires and fuel. Dillon's pit crew had the quickest stop to give Dillon the lead for the first time of the night at Lap 152. When the field returned to green, Dillon was able to put some distance between his No. 3 Chevrolet and Jones. Dillon would lead the next 83 laps before Jones drove to the bottom and made the final pass on Dillon at Lap 235. "I want the win so bad," said Dillon, whose drought extended to 66 races. "That was all I had. They (Joe Gibbs Racing) are good right now. That was all I had. "I'm proud of my guys. They gave us a great opportunity tonight. My heart's been broken every race since Indy (site of Dillon's last win in 2014). I want to get in victory lane again. We're close; we just have to get a little better." Brad Keselowski, the only Sprint Cup regular to make the trip from Pocono Raceway, site of this Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race (1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN), finished eighth in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford. Daniel Suarez won the Coors Light Pole Award on Saturday afternoon and ran second to his teammate Jones for the first-half of the race. On the restart for McReynolds' accident, Suarez was running seventh and when Josh Berry's No. 88 didn’t go, Suarez's No. 19 ARRIS Toyota plowed into it, suffering heavy front-end damage. Suarez would remain on track for several laps before hitting pit road. Unable to continue, Suarez finished 30th and lost the lead in the championship standings to Elliott Sadler. By virtue of his third-place finish in the No. 1 OneMain Chevrolet, Sadler leads Suarez by 14 points. The NASCAR XFINITY Series returns to action next Saturday at Watkins Glen International for the running of the Zippo 200 at The Glen.