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Kyle Larson overcame two pit-road penalties on Saturdayafternoon at Dover International Speedway to bring home a solid sixth-place finish for Turner Scott Motorsports. The weekend started off with Larson posting the fourth- and 12th-fastest laps during the two scheduled NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) practice sessions. Larson followed up by advancing the No. 42 Cartwheel by Target Chevrolet to the final round of knockout qualifying, ultimately starting the race in the fourth position.
As the 200-lap race began, Larson quickly settled into the top five until the first caution flag flew on lap 41, and crew chief Scott Zipadelli elected to bring the No. 42 Cartwheel Chevy down pit road for four tires and fuel. During the stop, however, Larson exited his pit stall with part of the fuel can still attached, which resulted in a penalty and forced him to drop to the tail end of the field. Restarting in 23rd, Larson quickly made work of the drivers in front of him, moving up to the 15th position by lap 50. Larson continued to climb through the field until another caution was called on lap 98. Zipadelli called Larson back to pit road for another standard stop, but unfortunately, Larson was hit with another penalty, this time for speeding, which once again placed the 22-year-old at the tail end of the field. Larson quickly began to climb through the field again, and by lap 135, the Cartwheel Chevy was on the tail end of the top 10. Zipadelli called for a quick two-tire pit stop under the final caution of the race on lap 149. Larson restarted the race in the sixth position and wouldn't fall outside the top 10 through the remainder of the race. Despite fighting hard to gain additional track position in the final 50 laps, Larson ultimately brought home a sixth-place finish in his fourth-career NNS start at the Monster Mile. With just five races remaining in the 2014 NNS season, Larson and his TSM team have claimed 19 top-10 finishes in just 23 starts.
Kyle Larson on Racing at Dover:
"It was quite the up-and-down day for us at Dover. Unfortunately, pit-road penalties caused us to restart towards the back of the field quite a few times this afternoon.. I'm really proud of how strong my team worked together, and I'm glad we were able to battle back and bring home another top 10 for Cartwheel and Turner Scott Motorsports. I wish we could've gotten a win at this track, but we'll give it another shot at Kansas."
Kwasniewski Finishes 21st in Dover
The NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) made its second and final stop of the 2014 season at Dover International Speedway for the Dover 200 on Saturday afternoon. Dylan Kwasniewski and his No. 31 Rockstar Energy Drink team were looking for redemption and a solid finish in the young rookie's second NNS start at the one-mile short track. After working on finding speed in both practice sessions on Friday afternoon, Kwasniewski qualified 17th in NASCAR's knockout qualifying on Saturday morning. After fighting a tight racecar throughout the majority of the race, Kwasniewski crossed the finish line in the 21st position for Turner Scott Motorsports.
Following the drop of the green flag, Kwasniewski survived an early caution on lap 10 and settled into the top 20 for a long green-flag run to start the race. On lap 20, while running in 18th, Kwasniewski reported to crew chief Shannon Rursch that his Rockstar Energy Drink Chevy was tight when exiting the corners. Continuing to battle a tight racecar, Kwasniewski was scored in the 19th position when the second caution of the day came out on lap 41. During the caution, Rursch called Kwasniewski down pit road for four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment to help loosen up the Rockstar Energy Drink Chevy. Restarting 15th on lap 47, Kwasniewski remained in the top 20 until the third caution came out on lap 97. During the caution, Rursch again called Kwasniewski down pit road for four tires, fuel and another big adjustment to help with the tight condition. Following the restart on lap 104, Kwasniewski survived a long green-flag run and one more caution, ultimately coming home in the 21st position.
Dylan Kwasniewski on his run at Dover:
"Today was a pretty frustrating day for this Rockstar Energy Drink team. We struggled with the setup all weekend and never did get it exactly where we wanted it; however, my guys showed a lot of grit and never gave up. We will put this one behind us and move on to Kansas next weekend."
Reed Finishes 24th at the Monster Mile
Roush Fenway Racing rookie of the year contender Ryan Reed ran inside the top-15 for the majority of Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Dover International Speedway. Ultimately, the No. 16 American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop DiabetesSM presented by Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang ran out of fuel with three laps remaining, crossing the finish line in 24th.
“We had a pretty decent Ford Mustang, but we got behind on those long green flag runs,” said Reed. “I think if we would have had a couple more opportunities to adjust on our Mustang we would have had a shot at a top-10. We tried a pit strategy in the hopes of getting back on the lead lap, but the cautions didn’t fall the way we needed them to.”
After a Saturday afternoon qualifying session, Reed lined up 18th to start the 200-Lap 200-Mile race at the Monster Mile. Reed settled into the top-20 during the opening run, coming down pit road for the first time of the day under the caution flag on Lap 41. To help his tight handling Mustang, Crew Chief Seth Barbour called for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment.
On the following long green flag runs, Reed fell two laps behind the race leaders, as he continued to battle a tight race car. After visiting pit road under the caution flag for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment on Lap 99, Barbour opted to take the wave around during the following caution on Lap 153. The bold strategy left the No. 16 just one lap down, fighting for the free pass position, but also around 10 laps shy on fuel.
The caution that the team was hoping for never flew, as the remainder of the race was run under green flag conditions. With three laps remaining, Reed ran out of gas, being forced to pit road for fuel as the leaders took the checkered flag.
Reed was credited with a 24th-place finish. With the result he remains ninth in the NNS point standings heading to Kansas Speedway next week.
Kyle Busch and Monster Energy Overtake Monster Mile in 2014
Kyle Busch and the No. 54 Monster Energy team pulled away from week 28 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with their sixth win of the season on Saturday at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. The Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) team had high expectations on the concrete track, appropriately named the ‘Monster Mile,’ having been the spring winners there earlier this year. After leading a race-high 101 of 200 laps, Busch then captured the checkered flag, sweeping the 2014 events, his fifth victory in 19 races on the one-mile oval. It was the second time the Monster Energy athlete swept both Dover Nationwide Series events in a year, last accomplishing the feat in 2010. Busch is now recorded as the all-time Dover wins leader, breaking a tie with former Joe Gibbs Racing driver Joey Logano.
Busch qualified in fifth place for the 200-lap NASCAR Nationwide Series event, which wasn’t an indication of how fast the team would be for the race. In Friday’s two practice sessions, the Toyota team struggled to reach the top of the speed charts with a loose-handling car in the turns. The speed would eventually show itself, though, after the race started and Busch worked quickly to pursue the cars ahead of him. The Monster Energy athlete took over third place on lap 32, where he stood when the first event caution-flag waved.
“The car’s not bad, anyone I’m behind though I’m loose,” described Busch to his teammates who facilitated a pit stop to the black and green machine on its first visit to pit road where crew members made adjustments to affect the car’s loose-handling condition. While some teams replenished only two tires during the pit-road sequence, the No. 54 team took on four fresh Goodyear tires, but allowed Busch to remain in third place for the green-flag restart at lap 45.
Lap 58 saw progress as crew chief Adam Stevens relayed lap times to his driver, “Good laps, same as the leaders, you are catching those two.” Busch replied back, “My right-rear and right-front tires are up all over the track,” alluding to rubber buildup that was affected by the K&N Series race that occurred the night before. That didn’t stop Busch from advancing to second place, close to the event’s halfway mark at lap 90. Busch further relayed to his team, “I’m a ‘4’ tight, not sure this track is ever going to free up.”
Then a pit-road visit occurred that helped move Busch into the lead position he sought, when on lap 98 he came to his pit stall and the veteran over-the-wall pit crew members, who have been with Busch for six years, completed a fast pit stop that gave Busch the lead as he exited pit road.
The rest of the race ran pretty smoothly for the No. 54 team. Once they had that lead, the Joe Gibbs Racing unit never looked back and paced the field out front the rest of the afternoon. Busch commented at one point, “The car is real good, really fast and really comfortable.” One more pit stop transpired with 50 laps to go and the team maintained first place after replacing two right-side Goodyear tires and Sunoco Racing fuel. Busch would hold the lead another 50 laps and take his fifth checkered flag of the season.
When asked post-race about the strength of his No. 54 Monster Energy Camry, Busch described, “It was really good -- this Monster Energy Toyota was awesome. I can't say enough about the guys. We fought, we battled hard on it -- I don't know why I just didn't quite like what we had going on -- it shows up in the race. I’m happy about that. Qualifying just doesn't quite go our way. Everybody on pit road did a great job today. Adam Stevens (crew chief) made some really good calls. Just to get two tires there at the end and stay out front and keep the track position that we had -- I felt like that was a good call. That was important. We screwed up going the other way on that here before and so that helped us here today.”
When further asked why the team was forced to “tweak” on the car through the race, Busch commented, “Well, even the first half -- you know I knew we had a good car and I was kind of biding my time -- I was just chilling. I was trying to pass those guys when I could. But, the opportunity never really presented itself quick enough I thought. And, then the second half of the race there when we beat the 22 (Joey Logano) guys off pit road -- these guys here they did a great job on that pit stop to be able to do that. It was good for us to be able to get out front like that -- get out in clean air and show what this car had for speed. This Monster Energy Toyota Camry was awesome. It was really, really fast. I can't say enough about all these guys. Adam Stevens (crew chief) and everybody here on this team -- they do a great job for me. Our race setup is really good, but it doesn't qualify very well. I'm always -- it's just a handful in qualifying to say the least. These guys did a good job though -- I'm proud of that. Really like what we have going on. It's good to be back here in victory lane again.”
The No. 54 Monster Energy team owned by J.D. Gibbs maintains second place in the Owner’s Point standings, now trailing the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford by 32 points.
Busch won the event, his 68th NASCAR Nationwide Series win in 291 races. Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Elliott Sadler and Justin Boston finished fifth and 12th respectively, with Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Chris Buescher and Sadler finishing out the top-five spots. There were four caution periods for 23 laps of the race along with four lead changes across four drivers. Busch led one time for 101 laps earning him the 3M Lap Leader Award.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series competes again on October 4 in the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, with television broadcast starting at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Kyle Busch will make his 22nd start behind the wheel of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Monster Energy Camry.
James Buescher Rallies for Top-15 Finish at Dover
James Buescher and the No. 99 Rheem RAB Racing team were forced to overcome adversity early in the Dover 200 weekend. It was during the opening lap of final practice when the hood on the No. 99 Rheem Toyota Camry came unsecured and flew open causing significant damage to the Toyota Camry. After assessing the damage, the Rheem crew was forced to roll out the backup car from the hauler. With no laps on track in the back up car, Buescher went on to secure the 14th-place starting spot in Saturdayafternoon's race. When the green-flag released the 40-car field, Buescher settled into the 15th running position. Multiple times during the first half of the 200-lap race the Texas Native radioed to the Rheem crew that his Toyota Camry was loose entering the corner and tight from the center all the way through the exit. It was just shy of the half-way mark of the race that Buescher fell down a lap to the leader. Buescher however fought hard to stay in the lucky dog position and caught a lucky break with a yellow flag to put him back on the lead lap. Safely back on the lead lap, Crew Chief Matt Lucas and the Rheem crew got an opportunity to swing at the handling on the Rheem Camry. During the final green-flag run Buescher came over the radio and said that the car was getting better the longer the race stayed green. Buescher was in an intense battle for the remaining 10-laps of race, the 24-year-old would hold onto his position and bring home his 13th top-15 of the 2014 season with a 15th-place finish.
James Buescher Quote:
"We had a really unfortunate turn of events during final practice on Friday. It was probably one of the best cars we've had straight off the truck in quite a while. The entire Rheem crew was looking forward to getting the primary Rheem Camry dialed in, but mistakes happen and you have to put that behind you. I'm really proud of how my RAB Racing team rebounded from that and gave me a solid back up for the race. We really didn't know what we were going to have but overall it felt pretty good at the end. We could have used at least one more restart at the end to see if we could get back on the lead lap and gain a couple more positions. I'm looking forward to getting back to Kansas where I've run well in the past."
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RCR Nationwide Series Dover International Speedway Post Race Report
- Ty Dillon qualified third for the Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway and was the highest qualifying Richard Childress Racing entry. Teammates Brian Scott, Cale Conley and Brendan Gaughan qualified seventh, ninth and 12th respectively.
- RCR teammates Brian Scott, Ty Dillon, Cale Conley and Brendan Gaughan finished seventh, 10th, 11th and 28th.
- Ty Dillon currently leads the RCR drivers in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver point standings in third, Brian Scott, fourth and Brendan Gaughan eighth.
- Next up for the Nationwide Series is the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway. Catch all the action live next Saturday, October 4 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on ESPN2.
Brian Scott Earns 18th Top-10 Finish in 2014 at Dover International Speedway
Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro collected their 25th top-10 qualifying position of the season at Dover International Speedway starting in the seventh position in the Dover 200. Scott initially reported a loose-handling Camaro and would come in for two tires and adjustments on the visit to pit road during the lap-39 caution. The two-tire stop marked Scott as the race leader and would take them to green on lap 45. A tight-handling exit of the corners early in the green-flag run took Scott to the second position before the caution flew on lap 98. Scott would get shuffled to the sixth position on the lap 103 restart and settle in that position until the 147 caution. The Phil Gould-led team took two tires on the final visit to pit road, gaining one position restarting fifth. With 17 laps to go, Scott moved into the seventh position and would cross the finish line there, earning the team's 18th top-10 finish of the season.
Start - 7th Finish - 7th Laps Led - 3 Pts - 4th
"My guys hustled all day long on this No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet. I was hanging on for dear life there at the end. It was the right call to take two tires at the end there. I'm proud of our effort today."
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE:
Ty Dillon Finishes 10th at Dover International Speedway
Ty Dillon drove Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet Camaro to a 10th-place finish Saturday afternoon, recording the team's 21st top-10 finish of the season. Earlier in the afternoon, Dillon qualified third despite battling a loose-handling Camaro in the first of two qualifying sessions. When the green-flag waved, Dillon remained inside the top 10 but reported his car lacked the balance he needed to get through the corners. On the team's first pit stop on lap 41 crew chief Danny Stockman called for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustments to help loosen the handling conditions. Dillon restarted seventh and for the next 50 laps remained inside the top 10. With his car improving on the longer green-flag stretch, Dillon still needed an adjustment to loosen up the No. 3 Camaro. Stockman continued to work on the car's balance on the team's pit stop on lap 99 and lap 150. In the final laps of the race Dillon was running in the 11th position, made a quality pass and crossed the finish line 10th; his 21st top-10 finish of the season. Dillon remains third in the Nationwide Series driver point standings.
Start - 3rd Finish - 10th Laps Led - 0 Points - 3rd
TY DILLON QUOTE:
"I'm disappointed in our performance today. We were battling a tight car all afternoon and seemed to be just a couple of steps behind it. We're not going to give up until the final lap at Homestead, but we're just going to have to work a little bit harder."
Cale Conley Earns an 11th-Place Finish at The Monster Mile
Cale Conley brought home the IAVA Chevrolet Camaro to an 11th-place finish at Dover International Speedway Saturday afternoon, after fighting a tight-handling condition throughout the 200-lap event. The West Virginia-native started the race from the ninth position and proved to be a mainstay inside the top-10 for the first half of the race, climbing as high as sixth. Throughout the lengthy green-flag run Conley reported to crew chief Nick Harrison he was fighting a tight handling race car. The caution-flag flew on lap 96 which allowed the 22-year-old Richard Childress Racing driver to come to pit road for four-fresh tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. Green-flag racing resumed on lap 103 with Conley seventh in the running order. The afternoon's final caution allowed the No. 33 team to help alleviate the continued tight condition on pit road with another chassis adjustment. Conley restarted 12th on lap 153 and fought hard with Series regulars to bring the No. 33 Chevrolet home in the 11th position.
Start: 9th Finish: 11th Laps Led: 0 Points: N/A
CALE CONLEY QUOTE:
"It was a hard fought finish today. We were just tight throughout most of the race, but we battled hard and were so close to getting our second top-10 finish. It was great to be in the car two weeks in a row and to keep the week-to-week rhythm. Charlotte can't come soon enough; I can't wait to get back on the 1.5-mile tracks."
Brendan Gaughan Finishes 28th at Dover International Speedway
Brendan Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro qualified 12th for Saturday afternoon's Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway. The Richard Childress Racing teams day experienced trouble early when issues with the right front suspension sent the team to the garage on lap 11. The Shane Wilson-led team was able to repair the South Point Hotel & Casino Camaro and return to the track eight laps down. The Las Vegas-native fought for the remainder of the day to make up as much ground as possible and crossed the finish line in the 28th position. Brendan Gaughan and the No. 62 team remain eighth in the driver point standings as the Nationwide Series heads to Kansas Speedway.
Start - 12th Finish - 28th Laps Led - 0 Points - 8th
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE:
"This was a disappointing day for this 62 South Point team. My guys did a great job with repairs at the beginning of the race and getting me back out on track after we had an issue with the left front suspension. These things happen, it is just part of racing."
TriStar Motorsports Post-Race Report: Dover International Speedway
Below are the Post-Race results for TriStar Motorsports for the Dover 200:
Blake Koch Finishes 23rd: Blake Koch qualified 29th for the Dover 200 on Saturday afternoon. The team made adjustments to Koch's No. 44 Camry and was ready to race 200 laps. Early into the race when an early caution flag waved, Koch brought his Camry to pit road for adjustments and Sunoco Racing fuel. Koch reported that his Camry was loose after the adjustments that were made on the first stop. When the second caution flag waved, Koch came to pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and adjustments. On lap 67, Koch was running in the 24th position. When a late race caution flag waved, Koch reported to his team that his Camry was good, but he needed to be tightened up. Koch brought the No. 44 Camry to pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments. With 14 laps to go, Koch was running 24th and would advance one position to finish 23rd.
Jeff Green Finishes 26th: In his final race with the No. 14 Hefty®/Reynolds Wrap® team, Jeff Green qualified 32nd. Early into the race, Green reported that his Camry was extremely loose while running 33rd. The team pitted for adjustments and fuel under caution. Green restarted 28th after that caution and once the second caution flag waved he brought his Camry to pit road for four tires, fuel and more adjustments. These adjustments, unfortunately, made the No. 14 Hefty®/Reynolds Wrap® Camry tighter and Green was scored in the 26th position. With 14 laps to go, Green was scored in the 26th position and would maintain that position and finish the race 26th.
Mike Bliss Finishes 29th: Mike Bliss and the No. 19 Support Military Foundation Camry qualified 15th for the Dover 200. Early into the race, Bliss was running in the 14th position. On lap 7, Bliss radioed in and reported that his Camry was tight. Once the second caution flag waved, Crew Chief Paul Clapprood radioed to Bliss and stated they would make a track bar adjustment. Unfortunately, Bliss came to pit road due to a right rear shock coming loose. The team went to the garage to repair the shock and Bliss came back out on track 16 laps down. With 93 laps to go, Bliss was running 30th when the track-bar mount on the No. 19 Camry broke. The No. 19 Camry retired from the race and posted a 29th place finish.
A Monster Recovery for Chase Elliott at Dover
Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet, finished third in Saturday afternoon’s Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway. It was Elliott’s 14th top-five of the season and increased his championship lead to 26 points over teammate Regan Smith with only five races remaining. Kyle Busch won his 68th career Nationwide race after leading a race-high 101 laps.
Starting second, Elliott piloted his NAPA machine steady in the second spot for the majority of the first 38 laps. On lap 39, the caution fell for a wreck involving the No. 17 and No. 93 cars directly in front of Elliott. Unfortunately for Elliott, minor contact while navigating through the wreckage cracked his front bumper, forcing him to make two trips to pit road to repair his No. 9 Chevrolet. Crew chief Greg Ives’ strategy to thoroughly repair the damage while also gaining a valuable championship point by leading a lap under caution set the tone for the upswing the remainder of the race.
Elliott restarted 23rd at lap 47 and methodically worked his way back to fifth by lap 90. The determined 18-year-old rookie was on a mission as his radio went silent and his lap times gradually became faster than the leaders.
After Elliott found his way back inside the top five, he never left. The final caution came on lap 147 and Ives directed Elliott to pit road for right-side tires, grill tape and a splash of fuel, guaranteeing him through the 200-lap distance. Elliott entered pit road third and restarted third. He’d go on to finish third and increase his points lead by six points with five races to go in the 2014 Nationwide season.
Behind race winner Busch, Joey Logano, Elliott, Chris Buescher, and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top five.
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