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Hamlin overcomes late tangle with Dillon to win Lakes Region 200 Xfinity race at Loudon

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Denny Hamlin battled back from an early single-car spin that dropped him from the lead to 29th place to rebound and win Saturday’s Lakes Region 200 Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Hamlin started from the pole and led 145 of the 200 laps in the event. It was Hamlin’s 13th career win in the Xfinity Series and his second of the season in eight starts.

WATCH: Full replay of Lakes Region 200

“We had the best car, wow, what a day,” Hamlin told NBCSN.

Hamlin had late-race contact (Lap 179) with eventual runner-up Austin Dillon, who believed it was intentional.

“That wasn’t good racing,” Dillon said. “I hadn’t raced him all day. He was nervous or something. He got around me and just moved me up the track. He never wanted to race side-by-side with anybody. He wrecked his teammate in the beginning in the race.”

Dillon then made a vague reference about possible payback to Hamlin: “It’s all good. We’ve got plenty of races left. It’ll happen. I’ll get into him.”

Hamlin saw the incident otherwise.

“He jumped the restart, for one,” Hamlin said of Dillon. “I was eventually going to get back around him, anyway. I was a fender ahead, he drove in there knowing he was going to have to hold the position and I washed up into him.”

It was also Hamlin’s first Xfinity Series career win at the flat one-mile track.

Dillon finished second, followed by Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Daniel Suarez.

MORE: Final results of Saturday’s Lakes Region 200 Xfinity race

MORE: Xfinity Series: Chris Buescher maintains lead in tightened points battle

How Hamlin won: Hamlin had the most dominant car, plain and simple. That’s why was able to lead so many laps, as well as how he got around Austin Dillon after a late-race run-in between the two. Hamlin had never won an Xfinity race at New Hampshire before. Now he’s hoping for a weekend sweep, having two wins, seven top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in 18 Sprint Cup starts at NHMS.

Who else had a good race: Although he wasn’t happy with their late-race confrontation, Dillon had a strong run. Had there been maybe another five laps, he very possibly could have caught and passed Hamlin. With Sunday’s Sprint Cup race, might Dillon be looking for revenge against Hamlin in the weekend’s main event? Remember, Hamlin is locked into the Chase for the Sprint Cup, while Dillon is not. … Daniel Suarez had another strong race in his rookie NXS season, finishing fifth. … Chase Elliott closed Chris Buescher’s lead in the Xfinity point standings to just 14 points. However, Elliott, defending NXS series champ, remains winless in 2015.

Who had a bad race: Brian Scott was headed to a likely top-five finish until the motor in his Chevrolet blew up on Lap 164. It marks Scott’s fourth DNF this season, with the second time due to engine failure. … Elliott Sadler finished 17th, dropping from fourth to fifth in the NXS standings.

Notable: Denny Hamlin was leading on Lap 23 when he overdrove the track and was involved in a single-car spin. “That was impatience on my part, my bad,” Hamlin said on his team radio. Kyle Busch and Hamlin were both sent to the rear of the lead lap (positions 28 and 29). Hamlin made up 18 spots in 11 laps (Lap 34) and was back in the lead on Lap 43. … In each of their respective Xfinity Series debuts, Todd Peck finished 30th, while Matt Wallace, son of veteran NASCAR driver, finished 33rd. … Even though he finished fourth, Kyle Busch was unhappy with his final pit stop. Busch wanted four tires, but crew chief Chris Gayle called for four tires. “I wanted four, we just didn’t get four, so it doesn’t matter. We weren’t good enough to win, anyways. Obviously, the 20 (Hamlin) was, so more power to him.”

Quotable: “I don’t know, I don’t want to talk about it. He won’t be ready.” – Austin Dillon on the possibility he may seek payback from Denny Hamlin in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race after their tangle late in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race.

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Todd Peck to make Xfinity Series debut Saturday at Loudon

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Todd Peck is taking the next step up the NASCAR ladder.

Peck, a veteran of 14 Camping World Truck Series races, will make his debut in Saturday’s Lakes Region 200 Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The 29-year-old Glenville, Pa., resident will drive the Rick Ware Racing-owned No. 15 Lily Trucking/BYB Extreme Chevrolet. It will be his second career race at New Hampshire, with his prior start being in a Truck.

“I’m really excited about this weekend. To be making my first Xfinity Series start is pretty special,” Peck said. “Needless to say, this is something I’ve always hoped for.

“We know that we have a steep learning curve ahead, but we’ll have Rick Ware and all of his team’s experience to give us a solid foundation to build on. I’ll have some of the crew from my truck series team there to help as well.

“They know me and my driving style, so they’ll have a lot of good input to help bring us up to speed. I hope to absorb as much as possible and leave this weekend and leave with a solid finish.”

Also making his Xfinity Series debut this weekend is Matt Wallace, son of veteran driver Mike Wallace and nephew of NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace and veteran driver Kenny Wallace.

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Erik Jones fastest in final Truck Series practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway

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Erik Jones was fastest in the final practice session for the Camping World Truck Series’ North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Jones and his No. 4 Toyota finished the two-hour session with a speed of 180.693 mph (29.885 seconds).

He was followed by Scott Lagasse Jr. (180.668), Matt Tifft (180.608), Kasey Kahne (180.493) and Tyler Reddick (180.228).

Qualifying for Friday night’s race begins at 5:45 p.m. ET and the race starts at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Speeds for the final CWTS practice at Charlotte:

1. Erik Jones … 180.693 mph … 57 laps

2. Scott Lagasse Jr. … 180.668 … 36 laps

3. Matt Tifft … 180.608 … 47 laps

4. Kasey Kahne … 180.493 … 51 laps

5. Tyler Reddick … 180.228 … 45 laps

6. Matt Crafton … 180.216 … 60 laps

7. David Gilliland … 180.126 … 13 laps

8. Spencer Gallagher … 179.700 … 56 laps

9. Cameron Hayley … 179.611 …43 laps

10. Brad Keselowski … 179.462 … 73 laps

11. Joe Nemechek … 179.444 … 43 laps

12. Ray Black Jr. … 179.247 … 32 laps

13. Daniel Hemric … 178.843 … 45 laps

14. Mason Mingus … 178.749 … 24 laps

15. Justin Boston … 178.713 … 52 laps

16. Ben Kennedy … 178.389 … 55 laps

17. Timothy Peters … 178.000 … 37 laps

18. Johnny Sauter … 177.789 … 33 laps

19. Brandon Jones … 177.678 … 50 laps

20. John Wes Townley … 177.585 … 43 laps

21. Tyler Young … 177.474 … 38 laps

22. Caleb Holman … 176.655 … 31 laps

23. Tyler Tanner … 175.959 … 27 laps

24. Brandon Brown … 174.357 … 23 laps

25. Jennifer Jo Cobb … 174.182 … 27 laps

26. BJ McLeod … 174.149 … 2 laps

27. Korbin Forrister … 174.042 … 27 laps

28. Justin Jennings … 174.025 … 16 laps

29. Todd Peck … 173.544 … 29 laps

30. Kyle Fowler … 171.554 … 5 laps

31. Jordan Anderson … 171.401 … 16 laps

32. Travis Kvapil … 171.189 …16 laps

33. Ryan Ellis … 171.108 … 20 laps

34. Norm Benning … 152.698 … 2 laps

 

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average

1. Erik Jones … 179.405

2. Matt Crafton … 178.388

3. Matt Tifft … 178.387

4. Spencer Gallagher … 177.917

5. Justin Boston … 177.779

6. Brad Keselowski … 177.653

7. Tyler Reddick … 177.574

8. Ben Kennedy … 177.546

9. Joe Nemechek … 177.121

10. Daniel Hemric … 176.841

11. Cameron Hayley … 176.479

12. Timothy Peters … 176.006

13. Brandon Brown … 172.970

14. Jennifer Jo Cobb … 170.375

Kasey Kahne tops charts in first Truck Series practice in Charlotte

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Kasey Kahne, in his first Camping World Truck Series action in three years, claimed the top spot of the first practice session for Sunday’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Kahne put up a time of 29.957 seconds at 180.258 mph in his JR Motorsports N0. 00 Chevrolet. He was the only driver to record a lap time of less than 30 seconds.

He was followed by Joe Nemechek (179.856), Daniel Hemric (179.851), Spencer Gallagher (179.485) and Justin Boston (179.313).

The first of two sessions was 2 hours and 55 minutes, almost an hour longer than the 1 hour and 59 minutes it took to run the race itself last year.

Times for the first CWTS practice:

1. Kasey Kahne … 180.258 … 21 laps

2. Joe Nemechek … 179.856 … 17 laps.

3. Daniel Hemric … 179.581 … 33 laps

4. Spencer Gallagher … 179.485 …21 laps

5. Justin Boston … 179.313 … 32 laps

6. Erik Jones … 179.152 … 36 laps

7. Scott Lagasse Jr. … 179.099 … 30 laps

8. Brandon Jones … 178.672 … 34 laps

9. Tyler Reddick … 178.571 … 24 laps

10. Brad Keselowski … 178.501 … 24 laps.

11. Matt Tifft … 178.265 … 39 laps

12. Cameron Hayley … 177.895 … 26 laps

13. Matt Crafton … 177.626 … 16 laps

14. David Gilliland … 177.328 … 10 laps

15. John Wes Townley … 177.270 … 35 laps

16. Johnny Sauter … 177.165 … 24 laps

17. Mason Mingus … 177.038 … 40 laps

18. Timothy Peters … 176.962 … 32 laps

19. Caleb Holman … 176.148 … 22 laps

20. Ben Kennedy … 175.001 … 35 laps

21. Brandon Brown … 173.449 … 29 laps

22. Tyler Young … 173.232 … 23 laps

24. Wendell Chavous … 172.046 … 12 laps

25. Tyler Tanner … 171.614 … 15 laps

26. BJ McLeod … 171.461 … 3 laps

27. Ray Black Jr. … 171.396 … 6 laps

28. Korbin Forrister … 170.390 … 21 laps

29. Todd Peck … 170.347 … 18 laps

30. Kyle Fowler … 169.131 … 5 laps

31. Justin Jennings … 169.009 … 3 laps

32. Jennifer Jo Cobb … 168.703 … 4 laps

33. Travis Kvapil … 168.366 … 3 laps

34. Jordan Anderson … 168.319 … 11 laps

35. Ryan Ellis … 166.893 … 8 laps

36. Norm Benning … 156.042 … 5 laps

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average

1. Brad Keselowski … 175.424 mph

2. Brandon Brown … 169.884

3. Todd Peck … 166.360

 

Entry list for Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway

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There are 33 entries for the Camping World Truck Series’ North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Sprint Cup drivers Kasey Kahne and Brad Keselowski are entered into the race that was won by Kyle Busch in 2014. Kahne, who has started in only five Truck races, has not competed in one since winning the 2012 race at Rockingham Speedway.

Entry list for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200:

00-Kasey Kahne (Chevrolet/Haas Automation)

1-TBA (Chevrolet/TBA)

02-Tyler Young (Chevrolet/Randco Industries – Young’s Building Systems)

4-Erik Jones (Toyota/Dollar General)

05-John Wes Townley (Chevrolet/Zaxby’s)

6-Norm Benning (Chevrolet/TBA)

07-Ray Black Jr. (Chevrolet/ScubaLife.com)

8-Joe Nemechek (Chevrolet/TBD)

08-Korbin Forrister (Chevrolet/TBA)

10- Jennifer Joe Cobb (Chevrolet/Driven2Honor.org)

11-Ben Kennedy (Toyota/No. 11 Local Motors)

13-Cameron Hayley (Toyota/Cabinets by Hayley – Carolina Nut Co.)

14-Daniel Hemric (Chevrolet/California Clean Power)

15-Mason Mingus (Chevrolet/811 Call Before You Dig)

17-Timothy Peters (Toyota/Red Horse Racing)

19-Tyler Reddick (Ford/BBR Music Group)

23-Spencer Gallagher (Chevrolet/Allegiant Travel)

28-Ryan Ellis (Chevrolet/FDNY Racing)

29-Brad Keselowski (Ford/Cooper Standard Careers for Veterans)

31-James Buescher (Chevrolet/Boy Scouts of America)

33-Brandon Jones (Chevrolet/ProStock)

40-Todd Peck (Chevrolet/Horizon Pharma – Arthritis Foundation)

50-Travis Kvapil (Chevrolet/Burnie Grill)

51-Matt Tifft (Toyota/ToyotaCare)

54-Justin Boston (Toyota/ROKMobile.com)

63-Tyler Tanner (Toyota/Mittler Bros Machine & Tool – Ski Soda)

74-Jordan Anderson (Chevrolet/Corpe Consulting – Auntie Anne’s)

75-Caleb Holman (Chevrolet/ Food Country USA – Lopez Wealth Mgmt., – Venus Swirl Razor)

86-Brandon Brown (Chevrolet/Coastal Carolina University)

88-Matt Crafton (Toyota/Great Lakes – Menards)

92-David Gilliland (Ford/Blacks Tire – Goodyear Commerical Tire & Service Network – Wynns)

94-Wendell Chavous (Chevrolet/Testoril)

98-Johnny Sauter (Toyota/Smokey Mountain-Curb Records)

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