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Chris Buescher gets great restart over Chase Elliott en route to GWC Xfinity win at Iowa

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Chris Buescher got tires while Chase Elliott essentially tired out. That pretty much explains how Buescher earned his second career Xfinity Series victory in Sunday’s 3M 250 at Iowa Speedway.

When a late caution came out with less than two laps left in the scheduled 250-lap race, Buescher and three other drivers in the top 5 went to pit road for tires and fuel, while Elliott stayed on the track to keep his lead.

That caution extended the race from its scheduled 250-lap distance to a 259-lap green-white-checker outcome, the first Xfinity race to go extra distance at the .875-mile central Iowa racetrack.

When the race resumed, Buescher got past Elliott on the restart with two laps to go and sailed on to the checkered flag, and also took over the lead in the Xfinity points standings.

It was also the 135th Xfinity Series victory for Roush-Fenway Racing.

Elliott, meanwhile, had a slow restart and saw the bid for his first win of 2015 slip through his hands.

Elliott finished second, followed by Erik Jones, Brian Scott and Ryan Blaney. Sixth through 10th were Darrell Wallce Jr., Ben Rhodes, Brandon Jones, Elliott Sadler and Brendan Gaughan.

How Buescher won: With less than two laps remaining in the scheduled 250-lap race, Jamie Dick hit the wall and collected Ross Chastain. Buescher and three other drivers in the top five came to pit road for tires and/or fuel, while Elliott elected to stay out and retain track position. On the resulting green-white-checker finish, Buescher dived low from the second row into the lead.

Who else had a good day: Even though he finished second, Elliott was still heartened by a strong run. The reigning Xfinity Series champ still has yet to win this season, but felt he and his team made significant progress with Sunday’s finish, even though it didn’t end in Victory Lane. “It’s part of racing,” Elliott told Motor Racing Network. “I’ve seen ‘em go both ways. Everything comes around. It was just unfortunate to us. We had a great car all weekend. We’re working real hard to get our program better. I thought today and this whole weekend we really came together well, had a solid week and were that close to having a great day.” … Erik Jones and Darrell Wallace, who recovered from early contact with each other to finish 3rd and 6th, respectively. … Ben Rhodes, who skipped his high school graduation to compete at Iowa this weekend, finished seventh.

Who had a bad day: There was one significant incident that drew NASCAR’s ire: Brennan Poole was parked after being involved in a second wreck of the race with JJ Yeley on Lap 153 in what appeared to be possible retaliation for an earlier incident on Lap 11. Once Poole took his car to the garage, he was immediately summoned to the NASCAR hauler.

MORE: Brennan Poole parked, ordered to NASCAR hauler after second crash with JJ Yeley at Iowa

Notables: Elliott dominated the event, leading 114 of the 259 laps. Buescher led the second-most laps (94), while Daniel Suarez led 48. … This was the first ever green-white-checker finish in the Xfinity Series at Iowa Speedway.

Quote of the day: “It’s awesome, awesome. I’m still shaking. I’m in shock.” – Race winner Chris Buescher.

What’s next: Hisense 300, Saturday May 23 at 2:30 pm ET, Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Joey Logano throws blocks at right time, holds on to win Xfinity race at Talladega

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Joey Logano made a picture-perfect move on the final lap, blocking to hold off late surges by Brian Scott, Chris Buescher and Austin Dillon, to win Saturday’s Winn Dixie 300 at Talladega Superspeedway.

“That was intense,” Logano said over his team radio after taking the checkered flag.

It was Logano’s second career Xfinity win at Talladega (also won in 2012), his second victory in NASCAR’s junior league this season and 24th career triumph.

“It’s a combination of the old school draft and cars hooking up and bumping,” Logano said. “It’s so intense out there and your mind is looking at everything in the mirror the whole time. It’s just so cool to get to Victory Lane.”

Brian Scott rallied to finish second, followed by Dillon, JJ Yeley and Joey Gase. Buescher placed sixth,

There were six cautions, and four involved multiple cars.

On Lap 39, defending Xfinity champion Chase Elliott cut a right front tire while leading, and his car slammed into the outside wall. Elliott’s car suffered significant damage and finished 37th.

On Lap 73, a 10-car wreck occurred as several cars tried to reach pit road, bringing out a red flag for cleanup.

Among those involved were Daniel Suarez, Ryan Reed, Ryan Sieg, Kenny Wallace, Gase, Brendan Gaughan and Ty Dillon. Gaughan lost control after the wreck and slammed hard into the pit wall after bouncing off teammate Ty Dillon.

Gaughan’s car struck the pit sign for Aric Almirola’s team when he hit the wall, whipping the sign into the crew. Two crew members were injured. One was treated and released from the infield care center, while the other was sent to a local hospital by ambulance for evaluation and treatment.

UPDATE: Troy Ward, was released from Trinity Medical Center, a team spokesman confirmed Saturday night.

How Logano won: Logano actually made three different moves on the final lap to keep Elliott Sadler at bay, as well as to make a couple of late blocks to hold off the late surge by Buescher and Ty Dillon.

Who else had a good day: Scott was just one position from earning his first career Xfinity Series win after 184 starts. Scott rallied from sixth to second on the last lap. “I wanted it so bad,” Scott told FOX Sports. “These things always seem to kind of snakebite me, so I’ll take it.”

Who had a bad day: Because of wrecks, several drivers saw what appeared to be promising days end prematurely. Among those: Brendan Gaughan (finished 39th), Chase Elliott (37th), Kasey Kahne (33rd), Daniel Suarez (31st) and Erik Jones (30th).

Notables: Also having a good day was JJ Yeley, who finished fourth, and Joey Gase, who recorded a career-best fifth-place finish. … Aric Almirola also had a strong day, consistently in the top 10 before finishing 10th.

Quote of the day: “I don’t know if they don’t pay attention or don’t realize it, but when you’re pitting and start sliding up, get the hell out of the way and get down. Talladega’s easy to get down on to pit road, just get out of the way. People don’t get out of the way or try to come from the outside and chaos happens. … It just pisses me off, it’s not that tough to get onto pit road here, and for some reason, guys can’t figure it out.” – Brendan Gaughan, who got caught up in a multi-car wreck on Lap 73.

Standings: Ty Dillon remains in first in the Xfinity Series point standings, Chris Buescher (nine points out of the lead) gained one place to once again take over second place, Chase Elliott (-37) dropped one position to third place, Darrell Wallace Jr. (-37) and Regan Smith (-43) remained unchanged in fourth and fifth place respectively, Brian Scott (-44) gained three spots up to sixth, Elliott Sadler (-48) and Ryan Reed (-75) remained in seventh and eighth respectively, Daniel Suarez (-760 moved up one spot to ninth, and Brendan Gaughan (-81) dropped four spots to 10th.

Next race: Sunday, May 17, Iowa Speedway.

FINAL RESULTS:

1 Joey Logano … 113 laps

2 Brian Scott … 113 laps

3 Austin Dillon … 113 laps

4 JJ Yeley … 113 laps

5 Joey Gase … 113 laps

6 Chris Buescher … 113 laps

7 Elliott Sadler … 113 laps

8 Ty Dillon … 113 laps

9 Regan Smith … 113 laps

10 Aric Almirola … 113 laps

11 Landon Cassill … 113 laps

12 Jeffrey Earnhardt … 113 laps

13 Benny Gordon … 113 laps

14 David Starr … 113 laps

15 John Wes Townley … 113 laps

16 Boris Said … 113 laps

17 Jeremy Clements … 113 laps

18 Peyton Sellers … 113 laps

19 Mario Gosselin … 113 laps

20 Darrell Wallace Jr. … 113 laps

21 Eric McClure … 113 laps

22 Dakoda Armstrong … 113 laps

23 Blake Koch … 113 laps

24 Cale Conley … 113 laps

25 Ross Chastain … 111 laps

26 Derek White … 111 laps

27 Mark Thompson … 111 laps

28 Brennan Poole … 110 laps

29 Ryan Sieg … 107 laps

30 Erik Jones … 105 laps

31 Daniel Suarez … 101 laps

32 Ryan Reed … 99 laps

33 Kasey Kahne … 98 laps

34 Mike Bliss … 98 laps

35 Chad Boat … 97 laps

36 Harrison Rhodes … 84 laps

37 Chase Elliott … 84 laps

38 Kenny Wallace … 72 laps

39 Brendan Gaughan … 72 laps

40 Charles Lewandoski … 3 laps

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Logano, Harvick qualify on front row for Phoenix Xfinity race

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Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick will start from the front row in Saturday afternoon’s Axalta Faster Tougher Brighter 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.

Logano took the pole during Saturday morning’s Xfinity qualifying with a speed of 135.201 mph. Harvick, who will start Sunday’s Sprint Cup race from the pole, was second-fastest in Xfinity qualifying at 134.741 mph.

Rounding out the top five were Erik Jones (134.685), Matt Kenseth (134.630) and Austin Dillon (134.605).

Here’s how the starting grid shapes up for this afternoon’s race, which takes the green flag at 4 pm ET/1 pm PT:

1. Joey Logano … 135.201 mph
2. Kevin Harvick … 134.741
3. Erik Jones … 134.685
4. Matt Kenseth … 134.630
5. Austin Dillon … 134.605
6. Daniel Suarez … 134.333
7. Chase Elliott … 134.138
8. Regan Smith … 133.968
9. Brendan Gaughan … 133.849
10. Elliott Sadler … 132.871
11. Ty Dillon … 132.139
12. Brian Scott … 132.851
13. Chris Buescher … 132.621
14. Dakoda Armstrong … 132.509
15. Ryan Sieg … 132.445
16. Darrell Wallace Jr. … 132.426
17. Ryan Reed … 131.694
18. Jeremy Clements … 131.305
19. Blake Koch … 131.191
20. Mike Bliss … 131.186
21. Brennan Poole … 131.128
22. Landon Cassill … 130.615
23. Dylan Lupton … 130.544
24. JJ Yeley … 130.534
25. David Starr … 130.114
26. Cale Conley … 130.067
27. Ross Chastain … 129.734
28. Jamie Dick … 129.408
29. Harrison Rhodes … 128.954
30. Joey Gase … 128.627
31. Eric McClure … 128.590
32. Mario Gosselin … 128.581
33. Carl Long … 128.301
34. Peyton Sellers … Owner Points
35. Derrike Cope … Owner Points
36. Jeff Green … Owner Points
37. Enrique Contreras … Owner Points
38. Mike Harmon … Owner Points
39. Derek White … Owner Points
40. Charles Lewandoski … 127.909

Did not qualify: Morgan Shepherd

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Regan Smith, Chase Elliott among top 3 fastest in second Xfinity practice at Phoenix

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It was a JR Motorsports show in Friday’s second Xfinity Series practice of the day at Phoenix International Raceway.

Regan Smith led the field with a lap of 133.680 mph, while teammate and defending series champion Chase Elliott was third fastest (133.185 mph).

Sandwiched by the JR Motorsports due was Ty Dillon (133.650 mph) of Richard Childress Racing.

Here’s how the field stacked up:

1. Regan Smith … 133.680 mph … 41 laps

2. Ty Dillon … 133.650 … 42 laps

3. Chase Elliott … 133.185 … 47 laps

4. Daniel Suarez … 132.734 … 37 laps

5. Austin Dillon … 132.626 … 28 laps

6. Joey Logano … 132.416 … 53 laps

7. Chris Buescher … 132.280 … 46 laps

8. Erik Jones … 132.062 … 49 laps

9. Brendan Gaughan … 131.921 … 34 laps

10. Kevin Harvick … 131.916 … 52 laps

11. Brian Scott … 131.887 … 58 laps

12. Matt Kenseth … 131.728 … 47 laps

13. Ryan Sieg … 131.666 … 40 laps

14. Dylan Lupton … 131.646 … 46 laps

15. Dakoda Armstrong … 131.349 … 53 laps

16. Brennan Poole … 131.286 … 56 laps

17. Elliott Sadler … 131.028 … 48 laps

18. Darrell Wallace Jr. … 130.738 … 30 laps

19. Cale Conley … 130.204 … 43 laps

20. Mike Bliss … 129.987 … 11 laps

21. David Starr … 129.870 … 23 laps

22. JJ Yeley … 129.748 … 18 laps

23. Jeremy Clements … 129.650 … 27 laps

24. Ryan Reed … 129.552 … 36 laps

25. Landon Cassill … 129.510 … 35 laps

26. Jamie Dick … 128.940 … 35 laps

27. Blake Koch … 128.898 … 18 laps

28. Eric McClure … 128.880 … 17 laps

29. Ross Chastain … 128.420 … 3 laps

30. Harrison Rhodes … 127.886 … 22 laps

31. Charles Lewandoski … 127.632 … 23 laps

32. Mario Gosselin … 127.429 … 23 laps

33. Carl Long … 127.267 … 7 laps

34. Derrike Cope … 126.948 … 17 laps

35. Peyton Sellers … 126.939 … 36 laps

36. Morgan Shepherd … 126.877 … 9 laps

37. Jeff Green … 126.582 … 15 laps

38. Joey Gase … 126.267 … 25 laps

39. Enrique Contreras … 125.252 … 46 laps

40. Mike Harmon … 124.507 … 12 laps

41. Derek White … 124.503 … 64 laps

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Logano, Harvick fastest in first of 2 Xfinity Series practices Friday at Phoenix

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Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick were the fastest in Friday’s first of two Xfinity Series practice sessions at Phoenix International Raceway.

Logano, who also was fastest in the sole Sprint Cup practice session earlier in the day, topped the speed chart at 131.685 mph, followed closely by Harvick at 131.444 mph.

The second Xfinity Series practice of the day is slated to start at 6 pm ET/3 pm PT and go until 7:25 pm ET/4:25 pm ET.

Here’s how the first Xfinity Series practice played out:

1. Joey Logano … 131.685 mph … 25 laps

2. Kevin Harvick … 131.444 … 20 laps

3. Regan Smith … 131.339 … 24 laps

4. Matt Kenseth … 131.162 … 11 laps

5. Brian Scott … 131.000 … 17 laps

6. Erik Jones … 130.947 … 15 laps

7. Austin Dillon … 130.804 … 16 laps

8. Chase Elliott … 130.795 … 17 laps

9. Ty Dillon … 130.681 … 21 laps

10. Chris Buescher … 130.501 … 26 laps

11. Daniel Suarez … 130.345 … 32 laps

12. Dakoda Armstrong … 129.894 … 20 laps

13. Ryan Sieg … 129.683 … 29 laps

14. Elliott Sadler … 129.660 … 26 laps

15. Brendan Gaughan … 129.636 … 21 laps

16. Darrell Wallace Jr. … 129.459 … 25 laps

17. Brennan Poole … 129.403 … 43 laps

18. Landon Cassill … 129.116 … 19 laps

19. JJ Yeley … 129.055 … 10 laps

20. Mike Bliss … 128.949 … 9 laps

21. David Starr … 128.903 … 13 laps

22. Ryan Reed … 128.769 … 26 laps

23. Jeremy Clements … 128.599 … 15 laps

24. Cale Conley … 128.347 … 23 laps

25. Jamie Dick … 128.196 … 22 laps

26. Dylan Lupton … 127.945 … 32 laps

27. Ross Chastain … 127.669 … 10 laps

28. Blake Koch … 127.402 … 8 laps

29. Harrison Rhodes … 127.334 … 6 laps

30. Eric McClure … 126.805 … 16 laps

31. Joey Gase … 126.037 … 7 laps

32. Mario Gosselin … 125.791 … 21 laps

33. Derrike Cope … 125.156 … 6 laps

34. Charles Lewandoski … 123.639 … 12 laps

35. Mike Harmon … 123.010 … 7 laps

36. Derek White … 119.574 … 6 laps

37. Enrique Contreras … 117.724 … 9 laps

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