>>And please remain sing as we have our invocation.
>>Gracious father, you are the giver of all good gifts. We thank you for the gift of this
good day, the opportunity that we have to spend it with family and friends here at Darlington
raceway. Father, we ask your favor and protection over the lives of the drivers and their teams
as they compete here today. We ask it in Jesus name. Amen.
>>And here to perform our national anthem, please welcome Nashville recording artist,
radio romance. O say can you see
but the dawn’s early light what so proudly we hale
at the twilight’s last gleaming whose broad stripes and bright stars
through the perilous fight oer the ramparts we watched
were so gallantly streaming and the rockets red glare
the bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night
that our flag was still there O say does that star spangled banner yet wave
oer the land of the free, and the home of the brave [ cheers and applause ]
>>Rick: Great crowd filing in here to Darlington raceway. Kyle Busch, rowdy as he likes to
be called, did not have a qualifying effort that was good enough to get him into the top
36. Disqualified by NASCAR for going above what they thought was the blend line so he
has to start 36th. That’s going to be interesting to watch him come through the field.
>>Interesting to say the least. He thought he was out of the racing groove when he blended
onto the racetrack. I think that line he was in, he’s going to be in it the first few laps
because he has to find every bit of real estate he can to get into the cars in front of him.
>>The other driver we have to keep our eyes on has to be the points leader for the XFINITY
series, Chris Buescher. Very narrow margin between he, Ty Dillon and chase Elliott. .
>>Jeff: It is a narrow margin. He doesn’t want to make a mistake. The position he’s
in, he has to stay in attack mode and go try to take this championship.
>>Rick: Drivers are strapping in. We have 200 miles of XFINITY series racing in front
of us. We’ll fire the engines next.>>I promise when I get to him we’ll have torn up race cars.
>>The cameras can look at it.>>I might have lost the championship today,
but he sure as hell did, too.>>You are going into the [ bleep ] Wall so
[ bleep ].>>Side by side for the win! Elliott has the
lead off four.>>Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!
>>Just to come and be a part of this race is unbelievable. But to come and win this
thing, it’s a deal I’ll never forget.>>Rick: Tempers have been heated over the
past few races, and that could be amplified here on a hot day in Darlington, South Carolina,
at Darlington, raceway. We get ready for XFINITY series racing presented by k&n. 1 1/3 mile
racetrack. We have to look at a driver like Daniel Suarez who starts on the front row.
Here is a Younan who could potentially get his first win.
>>Jeff: This is a tough racetrack. He got in the wall and came back and qualified second.
Hitting the wall at Darlington is part of the initiation process. He did it and came
back in a good starting spot.>>Steve: I don’t know why we should be surprised.
He’s continued to surprise.>>Rick: Joe Gibbs making up row number one.
Time to hear the command. Let’s go track side.>>Now for the most famous words in motorsports,
please welcome your grand marshal help a hero recipient Chris.
>>Drivers, start your engines!>>Fire it up.
>>Fire it up.>>Rick: 40 cars have come to life. Drivers,
cars will be on track when we return to Darlington raceway throw back weekend.>>Truck.
>>That was a classic mistake.>>But last year a young 18-year-old racer,
son of a man she knew well, rose up to her challenge.
>>Chase Elliott wins in his first try at Darlington.
>>Chase Elliott went on to become XFINITY series champion.
>>Ladies and gentlemen, here he is, your 2014 champion, chase Elliott.
>>Today he returns to Darlington in the hunt for a second title, but XFINITY points leader
Chris Buescher and contender Ty Dillon want the crown for themselves. The lady is waiting.
>>Week in week out drivers test one another.>>But on this weekend the greatest test comes
from the racetrack.>>And she will give no mercy, either to NASCAR’s
young guns or the sprint cup stars that race them today. At Darlington, the track too tough
to tame.>>Rick: Welcome back to NASCAR XFINITY series
racing from Darlington presented by k&n. Gorgeous 1 1/3 mile facility started NASCAR racing
back in 1950. Want to take a look at our starting grid. Denny Hamlin and Daniel Suarez make
up row number one. Denny Hamlin’s three Darlington wins all came from the pole.
>>A pair of cup regulars, Kyle Larson and Joey Logano.
>>Steve: Row three, Paul Menard and Brendan Gaughan.
>>Rick: Row four, chase Elliott who won here a year ago trying to defend that win.
>>Jeff: Five is Kevin Harvick and the point leader, Chris Buescher.
>>Steve: Row six, J.J. Yeley and Brian Scott. J.J. Yeley running that awesome throw back
paint scheme.>>Rick: Ty Dillon finished top ten in the
last seven races in 2015 right in the hunt for the championship.
>>Jeff: Row eight, Darrell Wallace and Jeremy.>>Steve: Ryan reed with his best Darlington
start.>>Rick: Row 10, parker kligerman making his
first XFINITY series start since 2013. Let’s see if we can hear from the 2014 series champion,
chase Elliott.>>Jeff: Chase, Jeff Burton in the NBC booth.
Are you with us?>>Yeah, man, go ahead.
>>Jeff: We talked a lot about this racetrack and how tough it is. Can you tell us what
you believe the most difficult part of the racetrack is?
>>Just I think the big piece of it, the groove’s really narrow. The preferred lane is out around
the wall. You’ve got to be on your toes. Make sure you don’t lose your concentration at
all because it can bite you in a hurry. It’s already bit me twice this weekend. Need to
work on that myself for today and hopefully we can try to put together a solid afternoon
in our napa Chevrolet here.>>Jeff: We saw you win last year in a thrilling
race. Do you think you can do it this year?>>I think we had as good a shot as anybody.
Happy to be part of the team. Looking forward to this afternoon.
>>Jeff: Good luck to all of you guys. Have fun.
>>Thank you.>>Rick: One of the drivers he’ll have to
keep his eye on will start behind him and carry one of our on board cameras, that will
be the 54 of Kyle Busch. He started 36th. He’ll start at the back of the field. He has
the tyota on board camera. Chris Buescher starts 10th today. Chase Elliott won this
race a year ago carrying the XFINITY camera. He will start seventh today. And starting
in row number two in the third position with the Chevy on board camera is Kyle Larson.
Beautiful day here in Darlington, South Carolina. Our Ariel coverage provided by our partners
at smithfield foods. Interesting look and perspective of this racetrack. It is different
at two ends. Both ends of this track, turns three and four, a lot narrower than turns
one and two. Take a look at our track facts. Just over 1 1/3 mile is the length of this
track and built back in 1949. The bankings in turn one and two, 25 degrees, three and
four, 23 degrees. Straightaways, 6 degrees. Look at the race analysis. 147 laps, Jeff,
as you mentioned. Very short race. Just 200 miles. It will go quickly. Pit road speed
45 miles an hour. Fuel window, 60, 63 laps. Will the tires last that long?
>>Jeff: That’s going to be the question. The guys will only have to stop twice for
fuel. They have four sets of tires in their pits today. I think at a place like Darlington,
what we see this weekend, they’ll want to use up all four sets.
>>Rick: So Denny Hamlin who starts up front on the poll, three previous races that he
started up front on the poll he has won. That doesn’t bode well for the rest of the field.
Daniel Suarez will start outside of him. Still looking for his first win.
>>Jeff: For me the start of the race is so amped up. Going down the back straightaway
coming to get the green. You’ll drive inside by side. There’s not room for two cars side
by side in turn one. Don’t make a mistake on this first lap. We see it happen a lot
here. Don’t let it happen to you. Get yourself in a hole on the start.
>>Rick: Pace car making the hard left turn. Leaving the field in the hands of the driver
in the 20. Denny Hamlin on pole. Throwback weekend kicks off from Darlington raceway.
The XFINITY series underway. 40 cars strong coming to the green flag. Kyle Larson trying
to make it two groves as he goes for second on the inside. Daniel Suarez as they work
their way through one and two and down the back stretch they go. Three and four we’ll see multiple groves,
two to three wide in three and four. As you mentioned before, one and two really the high
groove. Right up against the wall the preferred line.
>>Steve: What makes the difference. You see them enter turn one. You don’t enter high
against the wall. You enter crossing over the apron on the left and then go up to the
wall. It’s a very narrow track. You use all of it just to run by yourself.
>>Rick: The gray ghost, the 28 making the move forward. Second continues. Now it’s for
third. He’s going to lose that spot to the 22, Joey Logano. Logano strong here at Darlington.
>>Jeff: Kyle wisely knew the 22 was underneath him, going to take the spot. Why drive into
turn one side by side. Slow up, give him the spot, move in behind him. Smart move early
in the race.>>Rick: What’s the strategy? We know tires
fall off quickly. Do you get all the good out of them and then hang on or do you try
to save your tires, conserve that good in the tires for as long as you can?
>>Jeff: I always use the race car to save tires. That is a passing zone. You can see
Suarez smartly again just like we saw the 42 kind of gave way. Joey Logano made an aggressive
moved as far as not wanting to go side which side. Now the 42 making a move.
>>Rick: Here comes Kyle Larson to the inside for that third spot. Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano,
Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez still fighting for third.
>>Steve: The right side of the 18 Daniel Suarez already has a Darlington stripe in
the middle of three and four. Kyle Larson getting into the left rear quarter panel.
This is how we have to race around here. When I get the position, you need to let me go
when you get into turn one. Now it’s going to cost him another position, Mike.>>Marty: You mentioned the damage on the
right side. The spotter noticed tire smoke, perhaps a tire rub on the 18. We’ll pay attention
to that.>>Rick: The 60 of Chris Buescher, the points
leader in the XFINITY series, got into the wall. Take a look.
>>Jeff: Outside. Just gets up in the wall. I don’t think there’s any major damage there
though. I think that’s a typical Darlington rub. I don’t think he hit anything hard. I
don’t think that will hurt him.>>Steve: No, but it’ll get his attention.
While it wasn’t a hard Darlington hit, that was six inches away from a hard Darlington
hit. That’s what we’re going to talk about all day long. You think football will be a
game of inches, so isn’t laps around Darlington. Turn one as Chris Buescher enters on the bottom,
he has to be very careful with the 62 of Brendan Gaughan outside of him. There’s no real estate
out there. He has to be very, very careful not to line up out there.
>>Jeff: That’s one of the things that’s changed over the years in the racetrack. In the past
that spot would have been given up by Brendan Gaughan. He would not have contested it. The
way the drivers attack the racetrack is different than 15, 20 years ago. Mike?
>>Michael: You may have seen Paul Menard dropping back several positions. That’s because
he believes he has a tire going down, a rear tire, maybe the left rear tire. They’re going
to bring him down pit road, change all four and get him back out there as quickly as possible.
Obviously a big disappointment early for the guy who won last week’s XFINITY race.
>>Rick: So difficult to go from almost 160 miles an hour all the way down to 45 miles
an hour on pit road. You think you have a tire issue. No issues right now for Denny
Hamlin as he is out to a 3.5 second lead over second place, Joey Logano. Kyle Larson, Regan
Smith, and Kevin Harvick the top five. Kyle Busch has gone from the back of the field
all the way up to 15th as he continues to move towards the front.>>Rick: You can get news, results, highlights
delivered straight to your inbox. Subscribe to the free initial newsletter at nascar.com/newsletter.
Welcome back to Darlington. Out front and already putting cars a lap down, the 20 of
Denny Hamlin. Has over a 4 second lead now over Joey Logano, the 3 of Ty Dillon got into
the wall. Maybe a little more than a Darlington stripe.
>>Jeff: Coming off turn two. Very back of your picture. Pretty good contact. That’s
harder than we’ve seen other people hit it. They’ll have to work on that on the pit stop.
>>Rick: The 2, Brian Scott, also got into the wall.
>>Steve: You can sometimes afford to get into the wall a little bit in three and four
but that exit of two really comes up on you quick. Marty, you have some more on the 3?
>>Marty: Guys, Darlington, hot, slick. These guys are having a tough time hanging on. The
cars are extremely tight right now. That’s what Ty Dillon has said. When he made the
contact with the wall he came on the team and said, I hit it. I think from that replay
he might be a little bit wrong. He hit it pretty hard and made right front contact.
Yesterday it was right rear contact mostly.>>Rick: Kyle Busch continues to move towards
the front after having his qualifying times disallowed he had to qualify 36th in that
qualifying effort. Then missing driver introductions put him to the back of the field and already
after 17 laps he’s into the top ten.>>Jeff: I said this earlier in the race.
People gave me a hard time. When you have a fast race car it’s almost fun to start in
the back. When you are that much faster, especially in an XFINITY race where you’re not racing
for points and it’s a huge challenge and it’s fun to go do it, you feel like you can charge
through the field, it’s fun starting in the back. You don’t want to. Don’t get me wrong,
you would never start back there. You accept it as a challenge. I’m going to get us to
the top ten before the competition caution on lap 25, those things can be motivating. You have the situation, deal with it. That’s
what Kyle is doing.>>Steve: How about J.J. Yeley running ninth.
>>Rick: Kelly.>>Kelli: Kyle Busch’s spotter has been busy
guiding Kyle through traffic. He’s already up 20 positions through the start of the race.
They’re reminding him to take care of the right side of the car. Kyle came over the
radio to report that he’s really tight when he has to get up on the wheel and turn. He
says it’s a little bit free when he’s on the gas.
>>Rick: Kyle having to work a little bit harder at the start of this race because of
his starting position. Has made his way into the top ten, currently eighth. Dey Hamlin
the fastest laps continually here at Darlington. Dave?
>>Dave: Rick, defending XFINITY race series winner chase Elliott, you see him right there.
We spoke to him at the top of the race. Going the wrong way. Very, very tight race cars.
Seven out of ten he called it especially across the middle.
>>Rick: Elliott Sadler trying to get by the 62 of Brendan gaup. Gaughan. The preferred
line, passing can be made, we’ve seen it happen. It slowed his momentum down off of 2. It allowed
the 1 car to get underneath him and make a move. When you catch somebody can determine
what the guy behind you does. Elliott Sadler makes the move and gets by him.
>>Rick: So you have to figure out when you’re going to pass someone. At this moment Mike
Harmon in that 74 slowed the 62 down.>>Steve: We’re going to see this all day
long. There’s a lot of times you’re better off slowing up in the middle of turns one
and two. Not slow enough for the guy behind you to
get you but that way you can leave turn two with the momentum that you need. This is Darlington.
That’s the way it happens at Darlington. You have to look ahead of you
and plan for it.
>>Rick: NASCAR warning the 74, Mike Harmon, they’ve got to pick up the speed. There is
a minimum speed you have to maintain while on the track as we see the 22 continues to
move forward, Joey Logano moving forward a spot. He just lost a spot to Kevin Harvick.
Harvick able to get by him. Marty.>>Marty: Rick, he said his car was a little
bit tight. He played it well. He told me before he climbed in the car, we’re going to have
a competition caution coming up in one lap, lap 25. I’m going to be really aggressive
in these first 25 laps, not something you normally want to do at Darlington. It’s a
finite number of laps. You agree for the call for Logano to be very aggressive. He only
has to put 25 laps on this set of tires.>>Steve: We spoke about the sprint cup regulars.
He knows he has to make a certain length run. He’ll run harder than Normal to find out how
much tire he’s going to burn off if he runs hard for 25 laps.
>>Rick: 25 laps is the number because of rain that had come through the area last night
washing the rubber off the racetrack creating a green track condition. So NASCAR mentioned
that there would be a competition caution on or around lap 25 and that is what has happened
now. Our competition caution has come out. Field will be able to go on to pit road. They
can add fuel, change tires, make any adjustments now once we’ve reached this 25 lap mark and
then the race off of pit road to determine the starting order and the restarts are going
to be interesting here all day.>>Steve: You know who lap 25 caution really
hurt was Paul Menard. Thought he had a flat left rear tire. He had to pit under green.
He’s two laps down. He got all the way back to Denny Hamlin’s bumper but he was unable
to get himself to one lap down. Not only has he lost one set of tires but now as he rides
around two laps down, very short race, very hard to overcome.>>Rick: You watch a live stream of every
XFINITY series race with NBC sports live extra available on your laptop, tablet, smartphone
and connected TV. NBC sports live extra brings you closer to every race. Making their way
on to pit road, the pit road speed, 45 miles per hour. Denny Hamlin leading them on to
pit road. Kelli?>>Kelli: Kyle Busch will come to pit road.
Back of the car is loose. Mostly getting freer and freer. Dave?
>>Dave: Kevin Harvick loose on exit race car. He’s called for a track bar and air pressure
adjustment, four Goodyear tires and sunoco fuels.
>>Marty: Joey Logano says I’m losing time. Taking air pressure out of both front tires.
Mike?>>Michael: Kyle Larson with a chassis adjustment,
air pressure adjustment. Four tires and fuel. Denny Hamlin adjustment, four tires and fuel.
His car tight.>>Rick: Denny Hamlin winning the Geico pit
race off the pit road. Kevin Harvick moves up into the front row.>>Rick: Kyle Busch topping that chart. He
has already made up 35 spots after starting at the back of this 40 car field. Currently
fifth after a nice pit stop.>>Jeff: He doesn’t mess around. So aggressive.
Getting real aggressive here and smooth. Gets after him.
>>The 13, stay on the bottom. Stay high.>>Jeff: Love the spotter. High, low, clear.
That’s what spotters like to do.>>Rick: Kyle Busch qualifying was disallowed.
Starting position was 36th. He started at the back of the field because of missing driver
introductions, and now he’s all the way up to the top five. Denny Hamlin has chose the
outside line for this restart. He’ll have Kevin Harvick on his inside, Kyle Larson,
Regan Smith just behind him. Green flag back in the air! Incredible restart. The 88 of
Kevin Harvick, bottom line looked to be the fastest line because not only did Kevin Harvick
get in front of Denny Hamlin but also Kyle Larson took the second spot away. Crew chiefs will be keeping that note in the
notebook I’m guessing, that the inside line may be the preferred line on the restarts.
>>Steve: Yeah, we asked Denny Hamlin what he thought about his restart. Perhaps he didn’t
get a good one. We’ll just have to ask him the next time we have the opportunity. Maybe
he made a mistake. A veteran like Denny Hamlin will let you know. If he picks the outside
he’ll think he didn’t do a good job.>>Jeff: He was beaten before he got to turn
one. Harvick was underneath him. It wasn’t that he was on the outside, Harvick had Larsson
pushing him and propelled him in front of him. I don’t think it was on the outside getting
into the corner, in the corner he was already running second or third.
>>Rick: Take another look at this restart.>>Jeff: The 42 behind the 88. The 20’s out
in front but the 42 is pushing the 88. 42 pushes him past Hamlin. I don’t think it was
a bad pick for the outside. I think that the 88 of Harvick had more help and pushed him
to the lead.>>Steve: Now the first run was real easy
— whoa, we’re going to run 25 laps, I’ll run as hard as I can, see how my tires will
fall off. This is undefined. We don’t know how long it will be. At some point you may
get a caution, at some point you’ll have to pit under green. They’re racing side by side.
What the leaders have to decide as Denny Hamlin takes second, how hard do I want to run? Is
this Kyle Larson giving the position to Denny Hamlin? Is he pressuring the leader, Kevin
Harvick. Does he race him or let him go? Darlington is about manage being your own equipment.
Not any of these guys can go as hard as they can every lap because eventually you will
have just abused the equipment so bad you won’t keep up.
>>Jeff: I’m going to play did he have devil’s advocate on that. I ran quite a few XFINITY
races. When they dropped the green flag I went as hard as I could. I was not an aggressive
driver. My 100% may not have been what some other people’s 100% was. I ran as hard as
I could. I never tried to save tires the entire time I raced Darlington. I went and ran. When
you look in the mirror and you see the 54 coming, how much can you save tires? He’s coming, right? You know where he started.
Everybody in the field knows where he started. You see him in your rear-view mirror.
>>Rick: Denny Hamlin looking to the inside. He’ll take the lead away from Kevin Harvick.
Harvick falls back to second. Hamlin definitely moving. He had a four second lead earlier
before the competition caution. Joey Logano moving up and he’ll take the position away
from the 7 of Regan Smith. Guys moving to the front on this labor day weekend. Racing
once again at Darlington raceway. Nobody on a free right here at darlington>>Rick: A moment for Denny Hamlin just moments
ago. Coming up on slower traffic. Denny Hamlin decides to take the high line. So does the
70 of Derek cope.>>Steve: Same thing we saw earlier. You catch
a guy off of turn two. He’s not going the same speed. We saw that
allowing Harvick to gain a lot of space on him.
>>Steve: You have a situation here, the 2 of Brian Scott. Looking for room off the corner.
The 25 of John Wes Townley gets into his rear bumper. The 25 of John Wes Townley gets all
the way up and gets a famous Darlington stripe.>>Rick: That’s not something that you strive
as an award when you come to this racetrack.>>Steve: No, but you’re probably going to
get it. This is a great battle. Chris Buescher in the 60, he’s continued to work on the 7
of Regan Smith, working the high line, working the low line. Another great run around the
bottom of three and four. A couple feet short of clearing him and that’s all it takes for
Regan Smith to keep the position into turn one. Just out the mirror as these two race,
the 18 of Daniel Suarez starts to look at gaining the position. That’s a hard place
to make the pass through. Looks like he’s got beside him? No, he has to give it back.
>>Rick: Gave it another try. Chris Buescher, the points leader coming in. The battle for
sixth continues between Regan Smith and Chris Buescher in the 60 and Daniel Suarez in the
18.>>Jeff: This time he’s going to be able to
go door to door with him. Let’s see what happens.>>Rick: Lower line. Can he make the pass
stick this time? He does. Championship points. Good run. Chris Buescher in front of chase
Elliott by 19 and Ty Dillon by 29 points. Each position worth one point.
>>Jeff: Trying to take advantage of the momentum in turn two. Chase is on the outside of Suarez
trying to get to the outside of the 7 of Regan Smith. Going to clear Suarez getting into
one.>>Rick: Title contenders, Chris Buescher
running sixth. Chase Elliott is eighth. Ty Dillon all the way back in 16th. 88 of Kevin Harvick after having a great restart
taking the lead, lost it to Denny Hamlin. Still running second. Dave?
>>Dave: Rick, I talked to his crew chief this morning about what happened at Indianapolis.
It wasn’t good. They showed up with new race cars and didn’t run well. Was it so bad that
you cut them all up? Yup, and we went a new direction and the best example of that direction
will be this weekend at Darlington. So far worked out well. All the jrm cars running
well, Mike?>>Michael: That’s what the 42 car is doing,
totally different feeling for that driver, Kyle Larson, than he had in practice earlier
this weekend. Opening practice he was extremely loose. They went back, tried to hitten it
up. That’s exactly where he’s been throughout the weekend so far despite the adjustments
during the competition caution, he’s very tight. Mike telling him to keep battling,
Kelli?>>Kelli: Regan Smith took the racing world
by surprise when he got his first cup win here at Darlington. He said it was a blur
but a night that boosted his confidence. He’s running for seventh as we see a battle for
the lead.>>Rick: Side by side as they go into turn
number one. Harvick looks like he has the advantage. The momentum goes to Hamlin. Harvick
takes the lead away.>>Steve: That was all due to lapped traffic.
Denny Hamlin had a small lead over Kevin Harvick. They catch the 24 of Eric Mcclure and gets
Denny Hamlin all stopped up. There wasn’t a worst place to catch him on the racetrack,
Jeff, than in the middle of three and four.>>Jeff: Now he clears him but he slowed his
momentum down. Harvick was able to keep his momentum up. That was a line Harvick has been
running. He’s been on the bottom. Harvick has the preferred position and ends up taking
the lead.>>Steve: When you talk about a narrow racetrack,
it’s not narrow for you and your own car, it’s narrow when you’re trying to get out
of the way. There’s only so many places to go.
>>Rick: Kevin Harvick has taken the lead back from Denny Hamlin. Hamlin running second.
Kyle Busch all the way up to third.>>Rick: Welcome back to Darlington raceway
in the XFINITY series presented by k&n. NASCAR mobile is the best way to follow your favorite
drivers. You can build your own leader boards and watch live in car cameras and listen to
driver in car audio. All you have to do is go to nascar.com/mobile. 56 laps complete
at Darlington for the XFINITY series, and we’ve got a new leader once again. Denny Hamlin
was able to make the pass on Kevin Harvick. Look at how it happened.
>>Jeff: Good run off turn four. Turns left of Harvick. Able to take the spot right here.
Door to door and Harvick says, you know what, take it. I don’t want to go into turn two
side by side. We’ll live to fight another day.
>>Rick: The gap between the two has stayed the same. Experience from these cup drivers
not only on this racetrack but in numerous other racetracks, is that playing into how
we’re seeing these leads continue to change? You would think that as much experience as
these drivers have, they would be looking forward at the slower cars on the track and
not having them slow them down and then lose the lead.
>>Jeff: It’s part of Darlington. Part of Darlington is catching guys at the right time
and slowing yourself down. One thing I will say, the closure rate is so large. These leaders
are so much faster than the guys that they’re lapping, I think it’s catching the leaders
off guard because they’re catching them so much faster. Marty?
>>Marty: Rick, Ty Dillon is back there in the field and the car extremely tight for
Ty right now. In fact, he just radioed the crew. It will not turn. Remember he has that
right side damage as well. They thought about coming down a second time to look at the right
side damage we saw a moment ago. They decided not to do it. Certainly not helping the car
right now. For a championship leader Chris Buescher, it’s been fun to watch the battles
all over the racetrack. A moment ago he took the sixth position. Highest running XFINITY
series regular. Only has three top tens in the last nine races. Over that period he’s
lost 20 points in the champion standing. I asked him before the race, how does that
sit with you? Our theory has been to be in a position where we don’t worry about points.
They showed that at Bristol. They ran out of fuel. He told me starting this weekend
we must start thinking about points. We have to shift our focus to focus on the championship.
Jeff, to his point, it’s tough to be a guy in the championship lead. If you start chasing
points, completely changes the way you race, doesn’t it?
>>Jeff: It does. You have to play to your strengths. The things that you do well, you
need to continue to do well and you need to try to improve on things you don’t do well.
Then you come to a racetrack like this, to me it’s an opportunity. You can ride around
and just try to make lap times, you’re going to run poorly. He’s doing a great job. Running
in sixth position. Ahead of all the guys in the championship. They’re doing what they
need to do. He’s not out there riding around. Don’t do anything silly, right? Run hard.
>>Steve: I think what makes chasing an XFINITY championship so difficult, one factor is,
Marty touched on it, he’s running sixth, the top XFINITY regular. You can get lost in the
fact that those five in front of you are all cup regulars. You want to beat them, there’s
all points available, you’re not racing those five for the championship. If you put your
car in a bad position racing against one of those guys, shame on you and your team because
while have you to race all the competitors, you have to understand what’s in front of
you.>>Rick: Chris Buescher and the team is looking
at the championship. Right now Denny Hamlin looking for another checkered flag at darlington.>>Rick: Welcome back to the Darlington raceway
in the XFINITY series. Denny Hamlin has a little over a second lead over Kevin Harvick
running in second spot. Back in eighth is Daniel Suarez. Right now best scored driver
eligible for the dash for cash. XFINITY dash for cash. Highest finisher between Brian Scott,
Ty Dillon, chase Elliott and Daniel Suarez will win a $100,000 bonus in the XFINITY dash
for cash promotion and there are fans associated with each driver. In this race whichever one
ends up winning the dash for cash, a fan will also win $100,000. Great promotion by XFINITY
series. Denny Hamlin now with only a .4 second lead over Kevin Harvick. The gap has closed
once again between the race leader and second place. Close call there. Brian reed just in
front of Denny Hamlin in the 16 got sideways. Everyone had to check up but has since been
able to put some more distance between himself and Harvick. Kyle Busch running in third position.
Kyle Larson, Joey Logano all your top five. Chris Buescher, Regan Smith for sixth and
seventh as we see Elliott Sadler and chase Elliott fighting for position. The ninth spot
there battling for it. Elliott Sadler has it.
>>Learning a lot about these cars in the long run. 41 lap green flag run right here.
That’s by far the longest in the practice and the beginning of the race that they’ve
run. You see a car spinning.>>Rick: The 90 of Todd Bodine goes around.
That brings out the caution for the second time, just the second time.
>>Good job saving that thing right there.>>Rick: Fuel window scheduled to be between
60 and 63 laps. We have 77 laps to go now that the caution has come out. They won’t
be able to make it all the way until the end unless someone tries to conserve the fuel.
>>Steve: The drivers are probably thankful the way the tires are falling off and as slick
as it is. I don’t think anyone wants to stretch the fuel run. Todd gets down into turn three.
Free on entry, Jeff, and it just comes around on him.
>>Rick: Riding along with chase Elliott. That’s what he saw.
>>Jeff: Benefactor of this spin was Ryan reed who will get the free pass. First car
a lap down.>>Rick: There will be 21 cars on the lead
lap. Denny Hamlin has been setting a blistering pace this labor day weekend. The pits are
open. We’ll see — I’m sure everyone ducking on to pit road. We’ve completed 71 laps.
>>Steve: This is the point. You’re almost halfway. The track has taken rubber. The balance
has shifted. You know what you have. This is the pit stop, Jeff, you have to make big
adjustments if you feel you don’t have the car you need.
>>Jeff: That’s right. Once Kyle Busch got to the top three, then he didn’t have a car
good enough. Now he knows what he needs to do to his car. See if they make the right
adjustments.>>Rick: Lead lap cars on pit road, Kelly.
>>Kelli: Kyle Busch running third. He said the front is no issue but the back is out
of control. Chris Gael promising to make changes.>>Dave: Kevin Harvick will get four retro
label Goodyear tires and fuel.>>Michael: Chassis adjustment on the 42.
Kyle Larson saying he’s tight. Track bar adjustment and four tire change. Denny Hamlin a little
bit snug. Four tire change there as well. Air pressure
adjustment and a very quick stop.>>Rick: The race off pit road brought to
you by Geico. Think you’re going to see the 54 going the wrong direction here. He lost
four spots. Got bottled up coming off of pit road. Denny Hamlin still out in front.
>>Rick: Trouble on pit road for a few drivers and pretty important ones.
>>Jeff: We talked about pit road making mistakes. This race is too short. The left rear, slow
stop. Takes time to get the left rear off. This was a slow stop. Now as he rolls down
pit road you’re going to see the side — the 7 car of Regan Smith, side by side. Now a
car pulls out in front. Busch has to slow down, loses a spot. That put him in the position
to lose those spots.>>Steve: Another team, he gets the second
can, the transition isn’t smooth. He never gets the second can engaged. It looks fine.
Denny Hamlin is the leader but is he full of fuel?>>Michael: Absolutely not. That’s going to
be a concern.>>Rick: That will be something we have to
keep our eye on as Denny Hamlin has chosen the inside line. Kevin Harvick will be on
the outside. Green flag back in the air! The 20 has cleared the 88. Denny Hamlin has the
lead. Kevin Harvick running second. Kyle Larson third. Joey Logano is fourth. Moving back
though, Chris Buescher will be trying to hold off Kyle Busch. Kyle Busch making a hard charge
and takes fifth away from Buescher. Now Regan Smith closing the gap between he and Chris
Buescher. Regan Smith to the inside trying to take that spot away. Through one and two
once again and Regan Smith also gets by Chris Buescher. The team gained quite a few spots
on pit road for the 60 team, but Chris Buescher has lost those since the restart.
>>Steve: Talk about being a points leader. This is the toughest part is restarts. You
can’t drive and be cautious. You have to be aggressive. At the same time you have to keep
the fenders on it. There’s not the right answer. You talked about it at the top of the show,
Jeff, turn two and how narrow the exit is.>>Rick: Joey Logano in the throwbakamus tang
paint scheme. Carol Shelby. Joey Logano running fourth, Marty.
>>Marty: We talked about the problems on pit road. Joey Logano’s team had a problem
on pit road as well. They are planning because Joey is very loose towards the end of the
run to go down 1 1/2 rounds on the track bar to tighten up the car. They only went down
half a round and the track bar bolt stuck. That’s a common problem. Greg Irwin said we
cannot do anymore track bar adjustments for the rest of the day. Common problem, isn’t
it, Steve, at Darlington?>>Steve: You’re absolutely right. A battle
between the a 54 of Kyle Busch and the 42 of Kyle Larson. It’s so dirty here. The sand
in South Carolina and the track bar adjustment crew is out there in the open exposed to the
elements. You put grease on it. What happens when the sand sticks to the grease and it
turns into basically sand paper. You go to turn that thing, it gets froze up. Now they
know they can’t adjust it. This is very hard to lose a tool like the track bar. That’s
already put that team behind.>>Rick: Handling so important here. This
track where the tires fall off. You lose handling very quickly. .
>>Jeff: What’s fascinating is they’re two distinct minds. Watch the 88 running to the
bottom. The 20 of Hamlin goes to the very top. They’re doing the same thing in one and
two. 88 is on the bottom in one and two as well. The cars are running about the same
speed, they’re approaching the racetrack two completely different ways.
>>Rick: We noticed on the pit stop the 20 of Denny Hamlin we don’t believe got the car
full of fuel. Here was the communication on the radio after that stop.
>>We didn’t get you quite full of fuel there. Just had a little mixup. Nothing to worry
about. A few pounds. Not too many gallons. Should be good for a long time though.
>>Rick: Now the engineers will have to do the math to figure out how much fuel they
think they got in the car so they don’t run out.
>>Steve: They should be able to accurately measure that. You know how much they put in.
You can calculate how much they need fuel. If you are going to have that happen, this
is a great track. As they talk about, the tires fall off. Most tracks you don’t want
to come to pit road too early because these guys could stay on the racetrack and keep
you a lap down. Here at Darlington if Denny Hamlin is forced to pit halfway between now
and the end of the race, while that might seem like a disadvantage, Kevin Harvick, Kyle
Busch, that Denny Hamlin will be flying on new tires making up a lot of ground. He’ll almost force everyone else to pit road.
>>Rick: Chris Buescher, XFINITY points leader coming into this race trying to get by the
7 of Regan Smith. Takes that spot back. The top two have separated themselves by 2 1/2
seconds. Denny Hamlin hustling around this racetrack.
>>Rick: Welcome back to Darlington raceway. Today’s Ariel coverage brought to you by our
partners at smithfield foods. Want to take a look at who’s topping the XFINITY speed
charts. It has to be the driver of the 20, Denny Hamlin. So dominant on this lap. 167.29
miles per hour. That’s his average speed around this 1 1/3 mile racetrack. Want be to go through
the field. I’ll start with Mike Massaro.>>Michael: Rick, as we’ve mentioned before,
Denny Hamlin has had twice the success rate here in Darlington. Three victories all from
the pole. He’s trying to do the same thing here this afternoon. I spoke with his crew
chief Mike wheeler this week, asked him, why do you think he’s so good at this racetrack?
He broke it down. He said, look, this place is kind of like pocono in a way. He said,
it’s a complicated oval. When it comes to these racetracks, ddaptsadapts. As strong
as his car has looked, he’s still saying it’s a little bit tight, Dave.
>>Mike, Kevin Harvick does for the 88 team what he does for every other team. Brings
his experience. In fact, in practice yesterday he only ran three laps in the first practice
because he knew the car was close so when they got to final practice he had plenty of
laps left on that set of tires. Marty?>>Marty: Joey Logano back in the third position
right now. He has three straight Darlington top fives trying to make a fourth Darlington
top five. This is part of the run where he felt he was competitive. He felt at the end
of the run they fell off. Greg Irwin trying to make him better. Kyle Busch trying to track
them down, Kelli.>>Kelli: Kyle Busch started from the pole
three times. Today he started from the opposite end. He quickly made his way to the front.
The car got really loose. He’s had a handful with the 54 all day. It was a slow pit stop.
He lost ground. He’s moving ahead again, Mike.>>Michael: Kyle Larson fighting a tight condition.
They’ve gone to work on the chassis, in particular the track bar. Went up two rounds. Still he’s saying he’s
sliding the nose. Marty?>>Marty: I asked Chris Buescher about his
first ever Darlington race. He filled in for Trevor Bayne. He said I had no idea what I
was getting myself into. Every time I come here I’ve learned to love this racetrack.
I don’t have the finishes to show for it, but Darlington, my favorite track.
>>Michael: When you consider Daniel Suarez prepared for this by watching YouTube videos,
he’s in the top ten. He’s pretty happy with his race car. Kelli.
>>Kelli: Regan Smith not giving up. He knows he has to be perfect. Right now he’s in the
front. Too tight in three and four and he knows he’s getting beaten in one and two,
Marty.>>Marty: Before the race Ty Dillon said I
cannot figure out the three round qualifying. I lose time every time. I’ve got to get better
than that. It puts us in a bad position. They hit the wall earlier and fighting back ever
since. The car pretty good on long runs. Little too tight, Kelli.
>>Kelli: Elliott Sadler has finished runner up. He would love to do one better today.
His car was losing laterals. They made a bunch of adjustments. He said the car did not like
it at all. Elliott Sadler in the 1 car looking for a little more help, Dave.
>>Dave: Chase Elliott started the day with a tight race car. They took a quote, big swing
at it. It did nothing. They took another big swing at it, it did nothing. Ten laps ago
he said, we have done nothing to change this race car. Still tight. Behind him Brendan
Gaughan changed his race car earlier in the race. He tapped the wall. The crew chief said,
that does not help us go faster. They haven’t taken any time to repair it. The car has been
on both sides of the balance issue. Right now he continues to run fairly decent pace,
Marty.>>Marty: Brian Scott right behind him, Dave,
trying to get the twelfth position. Talked to his crew chief Mike hillman, he said, do
not run hard with the tires on. I give you one mulligan for hitting the wall.
The car fairly good. Not enough front grip.>>Kelli: Racing here in the XFINITY car for
the first time. He has no front down force in traffic. He’s free on entrance. He says,
look, I’m not trying to impress everyone, I’m trying to keep it out of the wall. Rick?
>>Rick: He has to try to do that because in practice he put it into the wall a few
times and just moments ago he got into the wall again.
>>Jeff: Tough racetrack. Trying to push as hard as you can. Sometimes you saw what happened
there, he got into the wall and he couldn’t get away from it. It sucks you in, you ride
the wall. It seems like you can never get off of it. Hit the wall again a little bit.
Got to give himself a little bit more room, back his pace off just a little bit.
>>Rick: The lady in black, the track too tough to tame taking its toll on a few drivers.
Not Denny Hamlin though, he’s out in front.>>Rick: Welcome back to Darlington raceway.
Look at today’s driver update. All you have to do is look up front. Denny Hamlin and Kyle
Busch. First and third. Daniel Suarez with jgr. Seventh. J.J. Yeley, 15th. Brian Scott
came upon the 9 of chase Elliott and a little contact here with the left rear.>>Jeff: Get together on the front straightaway,
but they’ve been racing side by side for three or four laps. We keep waiting for something
to happen. You know, I don’t think any damage right there, but they just keep going at it
and at it and at it. Nobody giving any spots. In Darlington if you run side by side long
enough, you’re going to make contact with each other.
>>11th and 12th.>>Guess what they’re doing?
>>Rick: Side by side?>>Steve: They’re not done yet. It’s been
a battle. Behind them, Brendan Gaughan has caught them. He’s ready to get in the middle
of it. Right behind Brendan Gaughan is Darrell Wallace Jr. He’s stuck. Cannot seem to complete
the pass.>>If he does that one more time he might
not like the outcome.>>Do it.
>>Rick: If he does it one more time, he’s not going to like the outcome.
>>Steve: For the record, most of the times I’ve ever heard it on the radio neither guy
like the outcome because they end up gathering both of them up.
>>Rick: Once again, Brian Scott goes down to the bottom of the track. Now the 9 of chase
Elliott comes right in front of the 2 of Brian Scott. Apparently the message hasn’t been
delivered yet to the spotter and the driver.>>Jeff: Oh, it has.
>>Rick: Chase was trying to deliver the message himself.
>>Steve: The question is does Brian Scott care. He feels he’s better than chase Elliott.
He’s probably frustrated he can’t get by.>>Rick: Trying to get past. Still using that
lower line. And that time clears the 9 but the 9 right back on the bumper. Doesn’t want
to give him that high line. Now it’s Scott’s. Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Joey
Logano, Kyle Larson, they’re the top five. Points leader Chris Buescher running sixth.
Daniel Suarez, Ty Dillon, Regan Smith, Elliott Sadler the top ten. Marty?
>>Marty: Rick, it’s hot out here. Brian Scott said he wants to race me like that for tenth,
seriously? Bring it on, I’ll race him like that for tenth all day long.
>>Rick: Yes, that was the battle for the tenth spot on the track. Dave?
>>Dave: Rick, chase Elliott after he got passed was told remember the big picture.
The championship is well within reach of this young man and so is his future in the sprint
cup next year, so a lot to keep in mind big picture for chase Elliott.
>>Rick: And they’re going to have to come to pit road again, maybe a little sooner than
the others for Denny Hamlin who didn’t get full last stop.>>Rick: NASCAR on NBC is brought to you by
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at Darlington raceway paying tribute to former winners of the southern 500, Darlington raceway
winners. Denny Hamlin has won here three times previously in the XFINITY series looking to
make that four. As we continue on with the bfw sports clips help a hero 200. As dominant
as Denny Hamlin has been, he’s LED all but seven laps of the 114 completed, he cannot
be the most dominant ever at Darlington because that guy is sitting next to me. Jeff Burton
LED 147 laps. He LED them all, Jeff.>>Jeff: Good day.
>>Steve: You told me you were aggressive. I didn’t realize you were 147 laps aggressive.
>>Jeff: I’ve been lucky enough to lead all the laps in two races.
>>Rick: That’s right.>>Jeff: Everybody said they were boring but
I found them to be quite exciting.>>Rick: You did that at new Hampshire.
>>Steve: This green flag run is exciting. We dropped this with 73, 74 laps to go in
the race but you know you can’t make it on fuel. All the crew chiefs on pit road have
to decide what do I do, do I run out of fuel come to a ten lap for the finish or do I pit
with 30 laps to go, get new tires on? I’m instantly going to be well over a second or
two seconds over the field, maybe you can draw somebody else to pit road. It’s a big
gamble. I don’t expect Chris Buescher or Daniel Suarez to do it but how about Kevin Harvick,
Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick?>>Jeff: We know Hamlin has to pit early.
I think doing the math on his car and trying to figure out when he had to pit and pit a
couple of laps before that. You are going to pick up so much time. The only loss in
it is if the caution comes out you’re going to be laps down. You’re here to win the race.
If you’re here to take a gamble, not to win the championship, I’m the first on pit road
if I’m the 88 Carrick car.>>Rick: Looks like rush hour traffic on the
back stretch here at Darlington.>>Steve: I say that. We watched Chris Buescher
stretch his fuel at br– Bristol. They have to be points leaders by racing their style
of race. Maybe they need to run more. You got something on the 9, Dave?
>>Dave: That car was sputtering. I was thinking fuel. No, it sounds really bad. They’re saying
it might possibly be a valve spring on that motor on the 9 car. Championship implications right there.
>>Steve: Serious implications. Looks sick down the front stretch. Cars going by it.
Now they have to nurse it home for 28 laps.>>Rick: We can just hear that engine’s gone
south for the 99 as we see a battle for the lead taking place. Kevin Harvick has now caught
the 20 of Denny Hamlin.>>Jeff: Here’s what I believe if I’m the
88, I’m hitting pit road. It’s going to force Hamlin to hit pit road. It’s going to force
everybody else.>>Steve: My only fear, we have the nine down
a cylinder. You can’t have that motor let loose. I’m with you. Kevin Harvick isn’t here
for points, he’s here for the win. He can set the tone by coming to pit road early.
>>Rick: As quickly as they were side by side, now there’s two car lengths separating Denny
Hamlin and Kevin Harvick. 27 to go from the lady in black. Things heating up here at the
track too tough to tame.>>Marty: Back at Darlington raceway, Denny
Hamlin on pit road. He’s been saying he’s awfully tight. A wedge adjustment mart Jie?
>>Marty: The reason Chris Buescher wanted to pit early, he felt like he was hurting
the right front. When you’re the championship leader, you don’t want to take a chance. Four
tires. The front grip absolutely gone. The car way too tight for Chris Buescher. Four
tires and all the sunoco fuel he can stand, Dave.
>>Dave: Brendan Gaughan, water, four fresh Goodyear tires. He was running 15th when he
came down pit road.>>Steve: It can be very stressful. If the
caution comes out it will hurt him severely. If this race goes green, he’s going to gain
a ton of spots. He’s running a second or two seconds faster than our current race leader,
Kevin Harvick.>>Rick: Kevin Harvick out front. He has a
1.5 second lead over Kyle Busch. Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, and Daniel Suarez the top five.
If we stay green, that will help Denny Hamlin who’s already been on pit road. Time for us
to go NASCAR nonstop.>>Rick: Kyle Larson just coming out of his
pit stall. Problems amplified when he didn’t make pit road the first time he tried. Kelli.
>>Kelli: Elliott Sadler had been running tenth. He didn’t like the wedge adjustment.
Tighten up the middle, take that back out. Do something else. Four Goodyear tires and
sunoco fuel, he’s on his way, Dave.>>Dave: The 88 is on pit road. They know
part of the issue is all the other fast cars pitted already. Kevin Harvick said on the
radio, we’re going to be way behind. Track bar and air pressure adjustment, four Goodyear
tires, Marty.>>Marty: Joey Logano coming down pit road.
He pitted with Kevin Harvick from the seven perked for Logano. They do not have use of
the track bar. One can of fuel. Four Goodyear tires and they’re going to pull a spring rubber
out of the right rear.>>Kelli: Bubba Wallace in his first XFINITY
race at Darlington. He has no down force in traffic. He’s free on entry. Also a four tire
stop for bubba Wallace. Sunoco fuel. Regan Smith also running inside the top ten. The
left rear’s not working like he needs to. We need to find a way for the front end to
work better. The rear end is back on the last adjustments. Four tire stop for Regan Smith.
They topped him off with fuel, sent him on his way.
>>Rick: Daniel Suarez scored as the race leader as he will also have to come on to
pit road. I mentioned the 42 of Kyle Larson was on pit road when we came back from commercial
break but that was the second attempt for him to be on pit road. Here was the first
Friday coming on pit road.>>Jeff: Made the traditional Darlington mistake
trying to get on pit road. Every single race, you have to practice this. In practice on
Friday, on Saturday to make sure that you can get on pit road. We see this every single
race at Darlington.>>Rick: Getting congested here at Darlington
raceway. You saw Kyle Larson get by the 16 of Ryan reed and a few others. Fresher tires paying off for Kyle Larson but
again the issue that he had trying to get on to pit road hurt him dearly. Marty?
>>Marty: Brian Scott, one of our dash for cash guys coming in in the fourth position,
Rick. Clearly they have a lot on the line today trying to win 100 grand from XFINITY.
He says the car just has absolutely no front grip. Way too tight for Brian Scott. They
make an air pressure adjustment. Also you see that wedge wrench going in the back side
of the window as well to try to loosen this car up for Brian Scott.
>>Rick: Brian Scott one of the dash for cash drivers as well as Ty Dillon, chase Elliott,
Daniel Suarez. We’ll keep an eye on them as we go NASCAR nonstop.>>>Daniel Suarez out in front. Only seven
laps to go. He has a gap between himself and Ty Dillon of 3.3 seconds. The bigger gap that
we’ve got to keep our eye on is Denny Hamlin. He is 6.5 seconds behind Daniel Suarez. It
sounds as though Suarez may be trying save fuel.
>>Start saving a little bit of fuel. We need to keep the 30 car back there. He’s about
25 back.>>I’ll save.>>Try to keep the 3 at bay. We’ve just got
to save. You’ve got 2.5 seconds back to him.>>Steve: So for the win he has to worry about
the 3 and the 20 of Denny Hamlin. The 20 has got by the 3. He’s coming to look for the
win. Daniel Suarez is in the dash for the cash. Even if Denny Hamlin gets in front of
him he’ll still be the best XFINITY regular.>>Jeff: Hamlin is 3.5 seconds behind him.
Been catching him pretty quickly.>>Rick: Last time by 33.2 seconds. Best time
31.4 for Denny Hamlin. Almost 2 seconds a lap difference. You do the math. Hamlin’s
definitely going to catch him.>>Steve: Look at the traffic. There’s no
guarantees. Daniel Suarez doing a great job. The 20 has four or five cars to get through
to catch him.>>Rick: They’re teammates both driving for
Joe Gibbs racing. Daniel Suarez looking for his first XFINITY series win as you mentioned
also the $100,000. The dash for cash bonus. There’s the gap now between the 18 and the
20. You see it closing. Four laps to go when they come out of turn four and across the
stripe it will be three to go at Darlington. The 3 of Ty Dillon came to pit road. Now there’s
the gap between one and two. A lot fresher tires on the 20. Denny Hamlin will take the
lead away from Daniel Suarez.>>Steve: At this point there’s nothing Daniel
Suarez can do. With three to go he has to worry about his fuel. He has to worry about
the tires. Get real slow. Slow way down. Now it’s just a matter of trying to make the end
of the race.>>Steve: Four seconds back to Kyle Busch.
Look even further back, ten seconds back to Kevin Harvick. Get way out of the gas. Right
now you want to finish. If you run out of gas it will kill you with ten cars on the
lead lap.>>Rick: Chris Buescher, championship point
leader, currently fifth. A great day for him at Darlington. When you
look at the championship standings. Denny Hamlin out in front. Under 2 laps of racing
to go. Three previous times Denny Hamlin has started on the pole. All three of those times
he has ended up winning. White flag in the air. One more time around for Denny Hamlin.
>>White flag.>>Rick: Suarez continues to back up but all
he has to do is make it another lap. He lost the spot to Kyle Busch. That was for second.
Denny Hamlin has put on a clinic today at Darlington. As he works his way through three
and four. And coming to the start/finish line, the checkered flag in the air. Denny Hamlin
wins at Darlington!>>You made it exciting.
>>All right, man. Nice work.>>Well done, buddy.
>>Rick: Daniel Suarez just cashed $100,000 check, XFINITY for the dash for cash. The
gamble worked out as far as a third place finish. Congratulates his teammate as he goes
by.>>Jeff: $100,000 gamble. That was worth taking.
>>Rick: And the fan. The fan that was associated with Daniel Suarez was cheering him on for
that strategy because the fan will also receive $100,000 check from XFINITY. More now for
the most Darlington wins. That equals Jeff Burton standing here with me, mark martin
with eight XFINITY wins here at the track too tough to tame. There are just a few drivers
that have figured this track out. One of those is Denny Hamlin. Dave?
>>Dave: With Mike wheeler, the crew chief for Denny Hamlin. There were a lot of whews
when I came down to this pit stall when you made it after what happened. What were you
thinking after that second can of fuel didn’t get in?
>>It’s one of those things that happen. Stumbles happen. Not a big deal. We overcame it and
got to victory lane.>>Dave: How in the world were you so dominant
at Darlington?>>Denny Hamlin is so great. The guys in the
shot are great.>>Dave: Mike wheeler on the crew chief job
did very, very well, Rick.>>Rick: Absolutely. Overcame what could have
been a mishap not getting the car full of fuel. Were the first on pit road. Got the
fresh tires and powered their way to the win at Darlington. We’ll go to victory lane next..
>>>After the record fastest race at Darlington for the XFINITY series. This could have been
a problem for him, not getting enough fuel in the car.
>>Steve: They were very fortunate that came at an opportune time to give up track position.
Luckily Kevin Harvick followed him. That nine laps and a really fast race car is all Denny
Hamlin needed. He went back on the racetrack and basically
checked out from there.>>Rick: With three to go he was able to pass
Daniel Suarez and get his fourth checkered flag in the XFINITY series from Darlington
raceway. Let’s hear from his teammate standing by with Kelli.
>>Kelli: Kyle Busch brings the 54 car home. Strategy played out. How much did you have
for the 20 at the end of the race?>>I felt like our car was pretty good at
the end of the race. The second to the last run where the 20 had to pit early, I felt
like we were running them down. We caught them a little bit. Not enough. We were only
half a tenth, not a full tenth. Overall the monster energy Camry was fast. Kind of surprising
the 20 was as good as they were. First practice they weren’t great. Second practice I saw
they were good from yesterday. I knew we were going to have our work cut out from us. Coming
home one, two, three Joe Gibbs racing is pretty stout. Everybody in the shop can be proud
of that. Thank jgr engines, Toyota. We didn’t have enough for the 20 but it’s good for a
jgr car.>>Kelli: From the back of the field to second.
>>Rick: Kyle Busch reference, one, two, three, third straight year every car entered finished
in the top five. Let’s go to victory lane and Mike Massaro.
>>Michael: Denny Hamlin sat idol in his race car waiting for his team to arrive. They’re
going to celebrate as a team here in victory lane in Darlington in a dominant race victory
to celebrate in all. You LED over 100 laps today. How would you describe the afternoon?
Amazing?>>Yeah, it was. Great car. Great sport clips
Toyota. Hisense for sponsoring me. Great run. Won with all of our sponsors we won with at
Loudon, Toyota XFINITY, coke, the Jordan brand, greenbrier. Thank all of them. You can’t have performances
without a dominant race car. Obviously Mike wheeler and these guys have done that for
me.>>Michael: You said there were going to be
sub plots. You didn’t get it full on one of the final pit stops. How much of a concern
was that for you?>>I’m almost glad we didn’t. We didn’t want
a caution to fall and trap us up there. I scraped the wall and kind of misjudged my
line one time, got a little right side damage. The car stopped turning. I don’t know whether
my right front would have made it or not. I’m so proud of this team, even the pit crew
did an amazing job keeping all of our track position. Fun to run in the XFINITY series.
Going to enjoy it.>>Michael: Denny Hamlin truly a Darlington
darling for the fourth time in his career. He wins from the pole. Kelli?
>>Kelli: Kevin Harvick finished fourth. I think a lot of people were expecting the caution.
Is that what you guys were banking on? 9 hit the wall or was blowing up. We stayed out
a few extra laps thinking the caution was going to come out. Got a little bit behind.
The 20 had the best car. We were better in the long run. We could run him back down and
race with him. Short run those guys were a little bit better than we were. Really proud
of everybody on our armor Meade Chevrolet. We were competitive with the Gibbs car. Everything
didn’t play out with all the circumstances. All in all a pretty good day.
>>>>Kelli: Kevin Harvick the first non-jgr races.
>>Rick: Jgr have won the last eight of ten races. They have continued their dominance.
Take a look at the unofficial results. It was a one, two, three sweep for Joe Gibbs
racing, Kevin Harvick in fourth. Chris Buescher, points leader finishing in the top five.
>>Jeff: Shout out to Landon cassill and Ross Chastain.
>>Steve: Elliott Sadler and Ty Dillon back in 15th.>>Rick: 21st through 30th. Chase Elliott,
a big hit for that team running for the championship with a 24th place finish. Jeff green, former
champion back in the 37th position. We’ll hear from more of the drivers when we come
back to Darlington.>>Rick: Welcome back. XFINITY series racing
presented by k&n from the lady in black, the track too tough to tame. The dash for cash
winner gambled on fuel and it looks like it’s going to pay off, Marty.
>>Marty: For the second straight race that is Daniel Suarez. From the looks of this side
of the racetrack it’s amazing you finished third. How much were you watching your rear-view
mirror to see how fast your teammate Denny Hamlin was coming?
>>It’s crazy. It’s always difficult to save fuel. More of a difficult situation. Every
driver can be able to. I can’t thank everyone enough. They’ve done an amazing job, BOB,
sandy, Ron. They believe in me and they believe in this project. I feel like we are doing
good. I feel like we can be learning a lot. You know, leave this historic place, Darlington,
with a third place finish and with the dash for cash, something really good.
>>Honestly, as you’re watching YouTube videos this week you told me, man, what have I gotten
myself into? Did you think you could finish top three?
>>No. My goal was to finish the race because I knew that the race here, it was tough. Just
to make laps in practice, it was tough. I didn’t want to imagine how it was going to
be on traffic, you know? But like I said, enjoy racing here. Did an
amazing job. I hit the wall yesterday in the second practice. The guys fix T. I hit it
again in the race. Obviously they weren’t able to fix it. The car wasn’t strong. The
car wasn’t strong all day long. Thanks we were able to finish in the top three.
>>Marty: Maybe more importantly you win another $100,000. Are you buying the team dinner again?
>>Yes. I guess. They’re waiting for it from two weeks ago. We have been very busy. I want
to — I want to say hi and thanks, like I say, everyone for supporting this program
and the most important person, one other person that believe in me in the first time, he helped
me to come to the United States, right now he is in the hospital, my friend. Hopefully
everything goes well for his operation this morning.
>>Marty: There’s a second part of this now. You get to present $100,000 to Kurt colstad
who is your fan. That’s pretty cool. We’ll let you flaent to Kurt. There you go. The
money flying everywhere. Not a bad day, is it, Kurt? How hard were you rooting for that
18 car?>>Great. Just wonderful. Fabulous job here.
It’s been a very, very exciting experience.>>Marty: Never hurts that you walk away with
100,000 dd to top it all off?>>No, that is absolutely beautiful.
>>Marty: Got to see a very interesting race. Terrific job by XFINITY. Daniel Suarez wins
the last two of them.>>Rick: The 23-year-old out of Monterey,
Mexico. Wonderful moment for he and his friend Kurt. We’ll hear from more drivers.
>>Rick: Looking at our championship standings. Nine races remain in the 2015 season. 29 points
now separating Chris Buescher and Ty Dillon. You tack ten points onto the gap between he
and Ty Dillon. Chase Elliott falls back 35 points. And Dave burns caught up with Chris
Buescher.>>Dave: Chris Buescher picked a great time
for his first top ten. It was a top five. How did you do it?
>>It was a long day but I owe a lot to this team. We worked really hard throughout practice.
They changed everything including the kitchen sink on this advocare Ford mustang trying
to find rear grip. This track is so slick in the middle of the day. Races like this
is the reason it’s my favorite track to go to. I thought it was a really good race from
inside the car. Hopefully all the fans loved it. I’m sure they’re going to see a really
good race tomorrow. Good day for us. Good points day. When it’s all said and done we
get to look at points and laugh about it and say it’s good. It’s not over by any means.
We have a lot of races to go. 29 points, it can all be gone in a race. We’re going to
keep our heads down and work hard on this and get back to a championship.
>>Chris, where Darlington is concerned, do you feel like you got some more adapting to
do to it or do you feel like that rear grip alone if you can find that in your race cars
here, that can fix what you need here?>>I definitely have a lot to learn. When
you look at most of the race was run behind cup drivers, four or five of them. You know,
those are the guys that have a lot of laps here and know this place really well. We just
need seat time, learn from them while I can. There were things that I was able to point
out during the race line wise and they were doing better that I know I need to work on. I’ve just got to try and tune the car during
practice to get to a point where I can run that line. Hats off to the 60 team. They did
a nice job. Pit road was awesome. You know, just a good day for us.
>>Nice run at a critical time for Chris Buescher.>>Rick: Absolutely. Top five finish for Chris
Buescher, but in the end it was Denny Hamlin who was most dominant leading 117 laps in
the win. Let’s go to our NASCAR America studio and Chris at that, Kyle, D.J.
>>Thanks, Rick. Great way to kick off Darlington’s throw back weekend. You’re right. The path
to victory lane is one Denny Hamlin knows well. His fourth win here. All four have come
from the poll. The fans have enjoyed and also struggled through, I guess, a hot labor day
weekend. That’s what they want. That’s the race — what this racing is supposed to be
in the daytime. XFINITY series racing back under the lights of the sunshine of the day
for the first time in 2004. Krista voda alongside of Kyle petty and Dale Jarrett. What stood
out to each of you guys? Do you want to talk the winner?
>>No. We expected Denny Hamlin and I expected Kyle Busch to battle him right there.
>>You have something else, don’t you?>>I am so impressed with Daniel Suarez. I
can’t begin to tell you.>>Yes.
>>We talked about him all year and the great job he’s done as he gets to the racetracks,
seeing these racetracks for the first time. This isn’t another oval that you go race on
that you haven’t seen before. This is the tough oes racetrack that he will find and,
yeah, he had a little scrape of the wall yesterday. To get it in a position to be able to save
fuel and almost pull this thing off. He’s just such a tremendous talent. This is a young
man that’s going to be in the cup series driving a car for someone before too many years go
by.>>I’ll talk a little bit about Chris Buescher.
Great run. When they needed a run. They had been in a slide, two or three points a week,
two or three points a week. Boom, they stopped that and added to it today.
We saw the 3 car of Ty Dillon have a couple of issues. They went back to point racing
towards the end. They pitted at the right time. They did what they needed to do to salvage
a good finish and only lose 8 or 10 points to where the leader was. Now we go to chase
Elliott. There was a time when he was racing with Brian Scott. It’s like, hey, I’m talking
toot TV stand. Let him go. See the larger picture, see the chase.
>>Right.>>He ends up having trouble, loses a lot
of points. Drops from second to third. The guy that came out the best was Chris Buescher
when you look at it. I think Ty Dillon did a great job of salvaging something out of
nothing.>>Denny Hamlin is the winner. You talked
about two other guys who technically won. Daniel Suarez, great performance, won a whole
lot of money for himself and a fan and Chris Buescher a big winner in the points standings.
There you see, it’s $100,000. It’s XFINITY’s dash for cash program. That is Kurt kohlstadt
from Minnesota. They both get a check for $100,000. Alexandria, Minnesota, is a long
way from here, 1450 miles.>>I’d drive farther than that for 100 grand.
>>I’ve run a lot of 500 mile races for af lot less than that. I will take that.
>>He can afford a plane ticket now.>>Yeah.
>>Congratulations to Kurt and to all of our winners today, whether they are in victory
lane or not. We’re going to talk about some of them as we continue to wrap things up here
from Darlington today. But the sports coverage does not end when we do.
He is in victory lane here at Darlington for the fourth time. More to come.>>>Back in Darlington, this was the finish
a few minutes ago. Denny Hamlin picking up his fourth win from the pole. He’s four for
four here at Darlington. It was his third XFINITY series win this season. And you know
when you’re the pole sitter, you take the furthest pit out. So his crew had to go the
longest distance to get to victory lane because that victory lane here at Darlington, way
back towards turn number four. I don’t think those crew members minded that one bit. It
was a long walk they would gladly take. Here you see the standings for the XFINITY series.
We talked about Chris Buescher, Kyle, you talked about it, big points day. He leads
by 29 over Ty Dillon. Chase Elliott, 35 back. You see there, Ty Dillon jumping back up to
second gaining a position today. Mike Massaro was with him.
>>It was a hard fought day at Darlington for Ty Dillon. 15th place finish. How would
you describe the day?>>You know, we struggled at first, too tight.
Fell back. Had to work on the car there that first stop. Put us back behind the field.
We came back through. My car was good. We battled back to eighth place. We got back
into the championship battle by being aggressive. That’s what we were there, that’s the name
of the call. We were going to try to make it. Hopefully a caution come out with five
or six to go, us and the 18 would have stickers on at the end. We’d have a great shot to win
it. We went all out for it. It didn’t work out. We never got our caution. With those
guys putting the tires on. Proud of my guys. We fought hard. We have to take the positives
out of this. Our car was good. We kept getting better. We’ve been further out. We’re going
to keep being aggressive. I think we put ourselves into second place. All we have to do is worry
about beating that 60 for the last nine races. We can do that.
>>Big picture as you talk about the championship chase. How do you look at things as we get
closer and closer to the fall?>>Yeah, we’ve got to be aggressive, continue
to do what we did. It kind of bit us. It got us to 19 points
out from 46. We might be a little bit further back, but we’re going to stay with the game
plan, keep being aggressive. One thing goes different. That 60 killed the wall right in
front of me with 10 or 11 to go and they don’t throw the caution. If that would have happened,
me and the 18 would have been fresher tires than anybody by a lot. It would have been
a battle. We’d of had our shot at winning the race. The whole role is reversed. You’d
be talking about how many points we gained today. Just part of it. We’re going to keep
our aggressive mentality and go on. We’ve got to win some races.
>>Still pleasant bring of racing to go. Ty Dillon 29 back.
>>Love seeing that retromic flag for NBC as well. There you see the crew loading the
car. Man, it’s hot. They are suffering through one of the hottest days of the year. We’ve
been making this point all weekend. That’s how racing on labor day is supposed to be.
That’s how you guys did it, right?>>Always been hot here as far as I can remember
back. I don’t remember getting a cool break here. It’s tough. I don’t care when it was
and how great of shape everybody is in. These guys have been out here working hard the entire
day. They had to be early this morning, got through qualifying, didn’t have much time
to get ready for the race and making pit stops, standing out there in the heat of the day.
It’s tough.>>This is their chance to race like the guys
who drove these cars used to. You heard from Ty there. They say they have to take the positives.
That’s the point you started to mention when you were talking about Buescher as well.
>>I think Buescher ran his race.>>Yeah.
>>All day long. He got what he could out of his car. I think we hear Ty say, we have
to be aggressive. I applaud those guys being aggressive. We saw at the end of the race
the 9 car pit with fresher tires, drive back around them and steal the win from Elliott
Sadler. It’s all because of tires, not because he was a better car. Ty said right there,
the 18 and the 3 car of himself, it would have come down to them. He saw the 16 car
slam the wall with 10 or 12 laps to go, thinking that’s my caution. We would have been standing
there talking to him about what a great points day this was for you guys. Win the race, gain points on the championship.
Instead, we’re talking about ten points that he lost. If you’re going to be aggressive,
you can get a big swing to the positive, but you can lose a lot, too. He didn’t lose as
much as he could today. Those guys are going for a championship and they showed it today.
The call didn’t work out, but they made a call.
>>Because of Chris Buescher having a good day. He was going to lose points probably
regardless. Why not take a chance that may put you in a position to win the race and
actually gain some spots when it looked like you were going to pretty much lose because
Buescher did have a very, very solid day. I don’t mind gambles like that. You’re putting
yourself in a position to win or to at least gain points. I think that’s how you get things
done. And if we had been anywhere else, you talk about that 16 car hitting the wall, anywhere
else, you throw a caution. We’d never have anything but caution laps here if you did
that.>>You get immune to cars bouncing off the
wall at this place.>>You’re surprised when they don’t.
>>Let’s hear from another driver from today’s race. The gentleman that finished 12th, Brian
Scott, is with Kelli.>>Brian Scott brought his car home in the
12th position. It looked like it was an eventful day. How would you assess your race?
>>Difficult day for rcr as a whole. We missed it setup wise on what direction we thought
the track was going to go. Didn’t seem like any of our cars were competitive. Proud for
my safeway team fighting hard. It wasn’t easy out there. Hot, slick Darlington labor day.
Definitely a different monster than what we raced in the spring. It was tough. There’s
little real estate. Have you to fight for every inch of it. It’s pretty tough if there’s
not any give or take.>>Hot, slick Darlington. Were you surprised
by the few numbers of cautions out there?>>Yeah, you know, it seems like when it’s
really hot and slick and you struggle for grip there would be more cautions. In my experience,
it actually seems like there’s less because nobody can race.
>>12th place for Brian Scott.>>And he used a phrase there, give and take.
There was an incident where we were talking about Brian Scott and chase — why are you
laughing?>>I’m not laughing.
>>Chase Elliott. Tell us a little bit about what we were seeing here on the track.
>>Go, Dale. I’ll let you have it.>>Have a great battle. I think this was for
tenth spot that they were battling. A little contact as they got down into turn one. I’m
not going to put that on be anybody. I think that contact is going to happen, but you’ve
got to understand where both of them are. They’re racing for tenth. This happened about
three times between the two of them.>>Yes.
>>Brian Scott in the position that he’s in, he just looking to move forward. He’s not
looking forward to win or lose a championship, Kyle.
>>You know what, I’m going to say this. There is give and take, but when you just get to
my bumper, that’s not a time to give and take. I’m sorry. Brian Scott gets into you one time,
I can live with you that. You get into me two more times, I’m going to let you around
and I’m going to bust your butt in the corner. I expected chase to pay him back. From the
other side of the coin I’m thinking, why are you putting yourself in this position? You
have so much more to lose than what Brian Scott has to lose. I didn’t like the way those
two guys raced each other at that point in time. Obviously chase Elliott ended up having
some issues. Brian went on to finish the race in 12th spot, but that’s not give and take.
That is not a give and take situation right there. When you give and take is when you
get position on somebody getting down into the corner and they let you have it. You get
position halfway down the straightaway going into turn three, they let you have it. That’s
give and take. You keep running into somebody, that’s all take and no give.
>>It was great racing for a few laps though. Very entertaining. You just expected to have
a caution there though eventually because you’d try to do that too much and you’d find
yourself into the wall or into the other car.>>Brian Scott, Ty Dillon, chase Elliott,
all guys looking for their first win this season. They all want what Hamlin had, a piece
of victory lane. More from Darlington next.>>Denny Hamlin to the inside. He’ll take
the lead away!>>White flag in the air. One more time around.
Denny Hamlin wins at Darlington!>>You make it exciting.
>>All right, man. Great fun.>>I love that music. Like that just pumped
me up. Denny Hamlin not the only winner, if you will, for Joe Gibbs racing. They finished
one, two, three again. It’s the third straight year every car in the race finished in the
top five. They won the pole for six of the last eight races. One of those drivers finishing
one, two, three was second place, Kyle Busch. He was in the media center a few moments ago.
>>Well, we passed a lot of cars today and kept it in one piece. Fought hard there at
the end and just pit strategy kind of got mixed up there a little bit. Denney was short
on fuel, didn’t get it full the previous stop, stopped early. That won him the race because
that got him far enough away that he could cruise the final laps and didn’t have to push
hard. Bide his time and didn’t allow us enough time to catch him. Come home second.
>>Okay. Came home second but they started 36th. I mean, they passed just about every
car on the racetrack. That’s a good day is what I’m saying. Kyle didn’t seem obviously
thrilled because he wasn’t in victory lane. You have something to say.
>>No, no, no. I will say this, I do not mean this derogatory in any way, but Kyle is such
a great race car driver, he’s going to pass 15 or 20 of those guys in the first ten laps
just automatically.>>Which he did.
>>When you get to the sharp end of the stick it gets a little bit harder. That’s what he
was speaking of there. Finally he got himself in position but Denny’s strategy and the way
it played out, they pitted short, got the big lead, no matter how good of a driver Kyle
was or how good of a team, they weren’t going to make up the position on the racetrack.
By putting themselves there gets them to the front but they couldn’t capitalize on it.>>If you missed, you were watching the race,
hey, why was Kyle back there. It was in qualifying. They failed to blend. They had a penalty.
Check this out, here are their finishes when starting 36th or worse. That’s pretty well.
>>Yeah, I wouldn’t mind starting 36th or worse if I could do that.
>>No.>>I’ve started 36th or worse. Let me say
that.>>Such a good car and everything that they
want to do that. That’s just what he does. What happened in qualifying to get him in
that position was something that they — it’s a disagreement still right now in the interpretation
of what they were going to do. Kyle just — at the start of this he just went where people
weren’t. You talk about running around the top, that’s where a lot of people were going
to be. He passed them wherever he caught them.>>Yeah, again, Kyle Busch having to start
back in 36th because of a bad qualifying effort. The teams continuing to load the haulers.
I love seeing the shot because of the surface. The old Darlington surface in the garage area,
the gritty, rocky surface.>>That’s still around. You want to be careful
pushing them around in there. You’ll wear the tires out. Kyle petty and I are saying
we may go talk to Joe Gibbs and see if we can get an XFINITY ride. If they finish in
the top five, how can we go wrong?>>Here at Darlington.
>>It’s a short race, we can do that, K.P., 147 laps.
>>Don’t go lobby for that. I need you to stick around and close out the show. Daniel
Suarez had a great day. He had a little bit of a different strategy going. We talked about
he was in the dash for cash. Won $100,000 for himself and a fan. A little while ago
he talked about that strategy.>>It’s always hard to be in the position
where you need to save fuel and you are leading the race because I wanted to go. I wanted
to go even more but the problem is if I go, if for some reason we run out of fuel, that’s
my fault. So, you know, it just difficult situation right there but it was way better. I felt like I said before, top ten car, we
were running seventh, sixth maybe. Not much better than that and we finished third so
we’ll take it.>>He’s such a nice young man. He gets so
>>He was talking about the fact that he was watching our pit reporters documented, he’s
been watching the races on YouTube. He had never raced at Darlington before. To come
home third is huge.>>He was talking about a fifth or sixth place
car where the others were cup drivers that he was going to finish behind. Maybe Buescher.
You know, he did an outstanding job. I talked about this. I’m really impressed with what
he was able to do.>>What a roller coaster weekend. He hits
the wall in the second practice. Starts the race, he qualifies pretty good. Back up. He
starts the race. A little free. He gets back and then they say, okay, now slow down. Slows
down. Then he wins $100,000. His graph looks like this. Big weekend.
>>The last dash for cash race was Bristol and Suarez picked up $100,000 there. Great
day for Joe Gibbs racing cars including Suarez in that 18. It most certainly is throwback
weekend here at Darlington as the southern 500 returned to its rightful place labor day
weekend. We will tell you what to expect and what to watch for tomorrow when we come back.>>The car into the pit wall.
>>Yarborough right out of the racetrack.>>Pierson’s been playing it cool. .
>>Ah, the Darlington stripe. Labor day weekend. The southern 500. It’s a throwback weekend.
We’re honoring the ’70s, a time when the men who raced the cars that are in front of our
set did it without the creature comforts that some of the drivers have. I say that with all respect because the drivers
today drive a car I can’t. I want to point that out. There is something special that
Darlington is doing for the throwback weekend.>>The throwback stuff has been amazing. Looking
at the tickets, the race fans. There’s guys, men and women around here wearing 30 and 40-year-old
t-shirts that are David Pearson, Richard petty. I hate to admit it. Dale Jarrett and I are
in that throwback stuff. You see the Mello yello car. You see the 43 car. You see all
of that stuff. Grand funk railroad is coming. We are decked out with a disco ball. We’re
going to do it all, baby.>>Kyle’s going to be driving the 21 car.
You’ll have to tune in tomorrow. There’s only two tickets left for the playoffs.
>>Two tickets left and some drivers, especially five of them, that are really looking that
are going to be tough ballots. How hard do they go after a win versus not giving away
any points.>>You’re going to be on track in the 21 car.
Dale, there you see it, look at that.>>Whoa. How about that?
>>We’re just cruising right there. We’ll see some speed tomorrow.
>>I can’t wait for that. Dale’s going to be busy tomorrow, too.
>>Yes, he is.>>A lot of connection with the hall of fame.
You’re going to be up in the broadcast booth after finishing on the pre-race show.
>>Looking forward to it. Ken Squier and my dad.
>>14 hall-of-famers.>>They’re pairing up with modern day drivers
for driver introductions. You’ll see the throw back paint scheme. Yo throwback wardrobe.
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