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Starting lineup for Zippo 200 at The Glen
See the full lineup for the XFINITY Series Zippo 200 at The Glen -- Watkins Glen International.
Hornish grabs the pole for Zippo 200
Sam Hornish Jr. wil start from the pole for the Zippo 200 and sets the track record.
Starting lineup for XFINITY Series' Zippo 200 at The Glen
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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."
Logano wins XFINITY Series' Coors Light Pole Award at The Glen
RELATED: Complete race lineup Defending race winner Joey Logano won the XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Award on Friday and will lead Saturday's Zippo 200 at The Glen (2 p.m. ET, CNBC) field to green. This is the No. 12 driver's second pole win at the New York road course, his first coming last season prior to his XFINITY Series win at the track. Logano's Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski will line up next to him on Saturday's front row in his No. 22 Ford. Richard Childress Racing 's Paul Menard , Chip Ganassi Racing 's Kyle Larson and Joe Gibbs Racing 's Kyle Busch complete the top five on the leaderboard; all are Sprint Cup Series regulars. XFINITY Series points leader Elliott Sadler qualified 10th. The Zippo 200 at The Glen will kick off at 2 p.m. ET Saturday with TV coverage on CNBC.
Logano wins Penske-dominated race at Watkins Glen
Related: Results WATKINS GLEN, N. Y. – Joey Logano finally finished what he started. The driver of the No. 12 Ford won Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Watkins Glen International from the pole, giving Team Penske its first XFINITY victory in what has been a disappointing season so far. The win in the Zippo 200 was the second straight at the 2.45-mile road course for the 26-year-old driver, who led 67 of 82 laps and drove his car to the limit, keeping teammate Brad Keselowski behind him until a broken track bar mount forced Keselowski's No. 22 Ford out of the race after 79 laps. Keselowski's problem gave Logano some breathing room. Though Paul Menard was making up ground in the closing laps, he finished second, 1.517 seconds behind Logano, who collected the 26th victory of his career. The win was the sixth for Team Penske in the Zippo 200 . In addition to Logano, Kurt Busch won the event twice, and Ryan Newman and Keselowski once each. "Brad gave me a run for my money, that's for sure," Logano said of Saturday's race. "He was just as fast as me, maybe faster. I never ran so many qualifying laps inside the car. I was running as hard as I possibly could, and I wasn't sure if my car would last, running that hard, but she held together just long enough. "I couldn’t be more proud to be here in Victory Lane. This is big for Team Penske on the XFINITY side of things. Great to get a win for them." Logano swept the XFINITY and Sprint Cup weekend at The Glen last year. Kyle Larson ran third on Saturday, followed by Daniel Suarez and Trevor Bayne . Series points leader Elliott Sadler , Justin Allgaier , Brendan Gaughan , Ryan Reed and Brennan Poole – all XFINITY regulars – completed the top 10. Keselowski finished 24th and understandably had mixed feelings about the outcome. "It looked like a bad weld broke," he said of the track bar issue. "I don't know what to say about that. You can't win races in the garage. Joey and I were both really fast, and if either one of us got in the lead it was obvious we were going to drive away. "That's something to be really proud of. We had very fast Ford Mustangs today, and congrats to Joey on the win. It's good for the program to see Team Penske get in Victory Lane today. I wish it could have been us, but I am happy for Joey and all those guys." The race featured six cautions for 18 laps. The most massive incident was a multi-car pileup in the esses on Lap 18 that eliminated Kyle Busch , who is attempting to win a race on all active XFINITY tracks at which he has competed. Currently, he lacks only Watkins Glen and Pocono to complete the feat. Saturday’s race also had a healthy dose of the bizarre. On Lap 59, Derrike Cope 's No. 70 Chevrolet slowed and came to a stop in the runoff area beside the Inner Loop. After a few seconds, an explosion rocked the car, blowing the hood off its pinions and sending a billow of black smoke skyward. Cope was unhurt in the incident, but baffled as to the cause of the explosion. Tweeting as he watched the broadcast, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr . wrote: "Reminds me of when I used to put M80s in the models I built." The XFINITY Series returns to the track Aug. 13 for the series standalone race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (3:30 p.m. ET USA/MRN/Sirius XM).
Watkins Glen mayhem tightens XFINITY Chase standings
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
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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 .