JRM Places Each Driver in Top-10 at Dover

JR Motorsports | 5/30/2015

Breyers Chase Elliott Dover Kasey Kahne NAPA News Race Report Ragu Regan Smith XFINITY Series

JR Motorsports drivers Regan Smith, Kasey Kahne, and Chase Elliott all finished in the top-10 Saturday afternoon at Dover International Speedway. They finished third, fifth, and sixth respectively.

Race 12 of 33: Buckle Up 200 at Dover International Speedway

Track Specs: 1-mile oval / 200 laps

Weather:  Sunny, 85 degrees

Race Winner: Chris Buescher

Smith’s finish: 3rd 

Kahne’s finish: 5th

Elliott’s finish: 6th  

Regan Smith

Regan Smith entered the Buckle Up 200 at Dover International Speedway with a chance at winning $100,000 via the XFINITY Dash4Cash program, and he made the most of it by finishing a fast-closing third. The $100,000 prize from series sponsor XFINITY went to the top finisher among Smith, Darrell Wallace Jr., Ty Dillon and Daniel Suarez. Dillon was eighth, Wallace finished 17th and Suarez came home 19th.

Smith was battling for what he thought was the race lead in the final 17 laps as green-flag pit stops played themselves out. Having stopped with 18 laps to go for two tires and fuel, Smith was boring in on Matt Kenseth, who had stopped earlier, and nearly caught him with three laps to go. Smith made a move to the high side and lost some ground, allowing Kenseth to squirt away. However, Chris Buescher had stayed out in an attempt to make his fuel last to the end, and somehow, he did. Buescher won the race by 11 seconds over Kenseth and Smith.

By winning the first installment of the four-race Dash4Cash program, Smith is the only driver with a chance to win the $1 million bonus for winning all four events. The next event is July 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is Smith’s second Dash4Cash victory, having won the big check in 2014 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

After crew chief Jason Burdett and the Breyers team made substantial changes to the car after practice on Friday, the 10th-starting Smith was able to open the 200-lap event on a positive note. He gained two spots on the initial start and that would be a recurring theme. On the next restart, he gained another spot, and by lap 35 was in the top five.

At the first pit stop, Smith came down for four tires and fuel and left after a blistering 11.6-second stop to advance into the top three. The last two stops at Charlotte and the first one at Dover averaged 11.3 seconds, and Smith has finished fourth and third, respectively, in those two events. The second pit stop on Saturday, which came at the 103-lap mark, was a blazing 10.67 seconds, also for four Goodyear Eagles and Sunoco Racing fuel.

Armed with that kind of speed in the pits, Smith set about putting his Breyers Camaro in the wind, and he tracked down Austin Dillon and Erik Jones in the closing laps to put himself and the team in position for the big payday and a much-needed NASCAR XFINITY Series victory.

Despite not getting to Victory Lane, it was a profitable day for Smith, Burdett and the No. 7 team. In addition to the $100,000 bonus, it was the team’s fifth top-five finish and second in two races, as well as his ninth top-10 result in 12 starts so far in 2015. He jumped a spot in the points to fourth, the highest he’s been all season, but lost six points to the leader, race-winner Buescher.

Buescher led Kenseth, Smith, Austin Dillon and JRM driver Kasey Kahne to the finish, while JRM teammate Chase Elliott was a stout sixth on the day.

Regan Smith, driver No. 7 Breyers team

“I don’t want to lose sight of what XFINITY does for the series, the drivers and the teams. To have such a great sponsor step in the year after having a great sponsor move on to another part of the sport has been a neat deal. We appreciate them, and certainly want to take as much of their money as we can! I think we’re the only team now that can win all four of them and get the $1 million bonus if we do everything right. The way we’re running, I think we are more than capable of doing that. Jason Burdett, Allen Hart, my engineer, all those guys have really stepped up this year. We have fast race cars every time we race, and when we don’t we do a nice job of adjusting on them to make them better. Today was no different; we had to work hard on it overnight. I didn’t like where the race car was yesterday, and they made good adjustments. We had very fast pit stops. Our pit crew has been lights-out the last two or three weeks.

“I thought I made a mistake going to the outside when I caught Matt at the end. I thought it was the battle for the win. I didn’t realize the 60 [Buescher] had made it [on fuel]. Fuel-mileage races are frustrating, and maybe that’s because I haven’t been on the good end of one yet, but cars that weren’t up there all day end up snookering you. You can’t take that chance [staying out] when you are up front. I was disappointed about that, but nonetheless very proud of the effort today.” 

Kasey Kahne

Kasey Kahne drove the No. 88 Ragú Chevrolet to a fifth-place finish in Saturday’s Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket at Dover International Speedway. The result marked his second top-five finish in three races with JRM in 2015. 

Kahne started seventh and immediately reported that his Ragú Chevy was loose on corner entry. He kept the car mostly within the top 10 on the first run, and worked his way up to the sixth position prior to a lap-57 caution. Crew chief Dave Elenz called for four tires and a panhard-bar adjustment to help tighten up the No. 88 Camaro.

During the following run, Kahne was able to maintain his position near the top five, while still battling a loose handling condition. The Ragú team made another adjustment during a four-tire stop on lap 102, but the change didn’t improve the car’s handling and Kahne was never able to charge to the front. After Elenz called to take only right-side tires on the final pit stop, Kahne ended up fifth after the green-flag stops cycled through and was able to hang on for a top-five finish at the one-mile oval.

Chris Buescher earned his second NASCAR XFINITY Series victory of 2015 with Matt Kenseth, Regan Smith, Austin Dillon and Kahne rounding out the top five.

Kasey Kahne, driver No. 88 Ragú team

“We had an okay day. We had a good Ragú Chevrolet and the guys did a nice job, we were just too loose on entry. It got a little worse as the run would go on, so I was okay for about 20 laps then I would slow up a little bit compared to the leaders and just had to run that pace throughout the rest of the run. We ended up fifth, so it was a decent finish.”

Chase Elliott

Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet, finished sixth in Saturday’s Buckle Up 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Dover International Speedway.  Elliott claimed his 10th top-10 finish of the season and remains third in the championship standing, 37 points behind leader Chris Buescher.  Buescher led 10 laps on his way to capture his third career XFINITY Series victory.

After qualifying in the 14th position earlier in the day, Elliott maintained a steady pace just outside of the top-10 in the first half of the race.  Elliott reported to crew chief Ernie Cope that his NAPA Chevrolet would fire off very tight, making it hard for the 19-year-old Dawsonville, Ga. native to turn the center of each corner.  But, as time passed, Elliott’s machine would start to loosen up, making it tough for him to keep the rear of the car on the race track.  Cope and the No. 9 NAPA team worked on the Camaro during a lap-57 caution flag stop as well as a lap-102 caution flag stop, changing four tires each time in and making chassis adjustments to help Elliott maneuver the 1-mile concrete oval. 

Momentum picked up for the No. 9 NAPA team late in the race, as Elliott cracked the top-10 for the first time during the 200-lap race on lap 136.  With 17 laps to go, Elliott came down pit road for fuel and right-side tires.  The NAPA KNOW HOW team executed a flawless stop which propelled Elliott on to a solid sixth-place finish which qualified him for the XFINITY Dash 4 Cash program and the chance to win $100,000 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 25th.

Buescher bested Matt Kenseth, Regan Smith, Austin Dillon and Kasey Kahne for his second victory of the season.  

Chase Elliott, driver No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS team

“This NAPA AUTO PARTS team will keep fighting to get in the direction we feel comfortable in and we’ll build from there.  It’s racing and some days you’ll have this, but I’m just happy to be here and be given the opportunity to do what I absolutely love to do.  If racing was easy, everybody would do it.  If I can do my part we will continue to keep plugging away, making the most out of every opportunity we have.  There’s no question about it, we have the team capable to get the job done.  It’s a long season and we’ll only get stronger together.”

 

 

No. 7 Breyers Chevrolet Camaro

Regan Smith 

Start

10th

Finish

3rd

Laps Completed (Led)

200 of 200 (0)

Points (Bonus)

41 (0)

Standings (from leader)

4th (-47)

Status

Running

 

 

No. 88 Ragú

Chevrolet Camaro

Kasey Kahne

Start

7th

Finish

5th

Laps Completed (Led)

200 of 200 (0)

Points (Bonus)

39 (0)

Standings (from leader)

6th (-50)

Status

Running

 

 

No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS

Chevrolet Camaro

Chase Elliott

Start

14th

Finish

6th   

Laps Completed (Led)

199 of 200 (0)

Points (Bonus)

38 (0)

Standings (from leader)

3rd (-37)

Status

Running

 

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XFINITY Series Schedule

  • May 23 01:00 PM ET
    Alsco 300 at CharlotteCharlotte Motor Speedway
  • May 30 01:00 PM ET
    Mid-Ohio 170Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • June 6 01:30 PM ET
    LTi Printing 250Michigan International Speedway
  • June 13 08:30 PM ET
    Iowa 250Iowa Speedway
  • June 20 04:00 PM ET
    Chicagoland 300Chicagoland Speedway

XFINITY Series Standings

After LS Tractor 200

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RankDriverPointsBehind
1Harrison Burton #1760
2Chase Briscoe173-3
3Austin Cindric155-21
4Brandon Jones148-28
5Ross Chastain146-30
6Noah Gragson143-33
7Ryan Sieg143-33
8Justin Haley140-36
9Justin Allgaier138-38
10Michael Annett119-57