Penske jumps to top in final Quals practice
Ryan Blaney | 21
(February 13, 2016 3:33 PM EST)
Penske Racing had an ace up their sleeve at the end of the final practice before Sunday’s pole qualification. Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Ryan Blaney ran in tandem to give them a faster speed than anyone who ran single runs.
This is critical for Blaney—who is in a Penske affiliated team. He is one of the Open drivers without a charter and guaranteed start. He needs to make the show on time and if qualification is rained out, he will get to start near the front of his Gatorade 150 Duel on Thursday. Additionally, today’s times will allow two drivers to get in on time if time trials do not happen.
Buschs head final Quals practice
Kyle Busch | 18
(February 13, 2016 3:28 PM EST)
Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch headed the list of drivers making single copy runs with speeds of 194.877 mph and 194.686.
Qualification will be set by single car runs so these drivers are among the favorites to win the pole on Sunday. At the end of the session, the three Penske Racing drivers went out in tandem and swept ahead of them on the speed chart, however.
Buschs head final Quals practice
Kurt Busch | 41
(February 13, 2016 3:27 PM EST)
Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch headed the list of drivers making single copy runs with speeds of 194.877 mph and 194.686.
Qualification will be set by single car runs so these drivers are among the favorites to win the pole on Sunday. At the end of the session, the three Penske Racing drivers went out in tandem and swept ahead of them on the speed chart, however.
Earnhardt fastest in pole practice 1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. | 88
(February 13, 2016 12:32 PM EST)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for pole qualification. His top speed of 194.116 mph edged Joey Logano’s 193.853.
Earnhardt is the Pied Piper of plate racing and this adds to his mystique. He will be on most fantasy rosters.
Chase Elliot fastest early Saturday
Chase Elliott | 24
(February 13, 2016 10:53 AM EST)
Chase Elliott topped the leaderboard through the first 20 drivers on track Saturday with a speed of 193.461 mph. Matt Kenseth was second at the time with a 193.175.
Practice on Saturday morning was all single-car as they prepare for the pole. Look for Elliott to stay near the top of the leaderboard and have a shot at winning the pole on Sunday.
Corey LaJoie first of JGL 'Young Guns' in #24
Corey LaJoie | H15
(February 12, 2016 7:42 PM EST)
"The JGL Racing Young Guns" program designed to highlight a group of rising stars in the NASCAR ranks has been formed for the team's #24 Toyota entry in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Corey LaJoie will debut in the program as he will climb behind the wheel of the #24 Toyota for the season's second race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The 24-year old LaJoie has six prior starts in the XFINITY Series to his credit to go along with two starts in the Sprint Cup Series. The son of Randy LaJoie, two time XFINITY Series champion, is a former developmental driver for Richard Petty Motorsports. JGL Racing will field two full-time entries in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for the 2016 season. The team previously announced the signing of Dakoda Armstrong to pilot the #28 WinField Toyota. The team's #24 and #28 Toyota's will be powered by Joe Gibbs Racing engines for the 2016 season.-Integrity Sports Marketing
Annett to use Premium Mtrsprt charter in 2016
Michael Annett | 46
(February 12, 2016 7:30 PM EST)
HScott Motorsports announced today that it has reached agreement with Premium Motorsports for use of its Charter in 2016 to run the No. 46 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet driven by Michael Annett.
This agreement has been accepted and approved by NASCAR. "The No. 46 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet driven by Michael Annett will be locked into the field for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2016 thanks to an agreement HScott Motorsports reached with Premium Motorsports for a short term transfer of its Charter," said team owner Harry Scott, Jr. "I want to thank Jay Robinson, owner of Premium Motorsports, for his collaborative approach and belief in HScott Motorsports."
Harvick: fastest 10-laps in final practice
Kevin Harvick | 4
(February 12, 2016 7:30 PM EST)
Kevin Harvick posted the fastest 10-lap average in final practice for the Sprint Unlimited with a speed of 193.83 mph. He topped Brian Vickers’ speed of 193.74,
Harvick was solid on plate tracks last year and with nothing on the line, he will go for broke Saturday night.
Hamlin fastest in final Unlimited practice
Denny Hamlin | 11
(February 12, 2016 7:27 PM EST)
Denny Hamlin posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the Sprint Unlimited with a top speed of 198.930 mph.
His speed was nearly 9/10th of a second faster than Clint Bowyer, but that was because he sucked up to a large draft. Hamlin also had the fastest five-lap average in this session.
Credit One Bank backs McMurray in three races
Jamie McMurray | 1
(February 12, 2016 7:24 PM EST)
Credit One Bank has entered into a multi-year partnership with NASCAR to include official agreements with both the sanctioning body and Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR).
The collaborations designate Credit One Bank as the "Official Credit Card of NASCAR," in addition to being a partner of CGR. As part of the agreement with NASCAR, Credit One Bank will offer fans officially licensed NASCAR-themed credit cards. Credit One Bank will also be the primary sponsor of the No. 1 Chevrolet, piloted by "2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup" contender Jamie McMurray for three races, as well as an associate partner throughout the 2016 Sprint Cup campaign. The No. 1 Credit One Bank Chevy SS will debut on the track at Richmond International Raceway on April 24.-CGR

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