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Rubén García Jr. (No. 88 Canels-Scotiabank-HDI Toytota) won the NASCAR Mexico Series Coca-Cola Zero 240 at the El Dorado Speedway in Chihuahua, Mexico on Monday (postponed from Sunday due to heavy rain).

No. 18 Rafael Martínez, No. 20 Homer Richards and No. 11 Hugo Oliveras round out the top-five in this race. With victory, Garcia Jr. takes over the lead in the 2015 NMS Championship standings. He leads Irwin Vences by four points.-NASCAR Mexico Series
Oct 5 - 7:58 PM

Brad Keselowski failed to score a top-15 in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, but his 16th-place finish left him two points to the good and allowed him to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

The AAA 400 was filled with drama as seven drivers ended the afternoon within two points of one another. That emotional drain may play a factor in the next round, particularly for drivers with modest Dover results who almost failed to advance.
Oct 5 - 1:50 PM

Carl Edwards finished 15th in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway and that solid run kept him in contention for the Sprint Cup. He ended the Challenger round fourth in the standings with his two Joe Gibbs Racing teammates lined up ahead of him in terms of points’ earned.

This was Edwards’ 12th consecutive top-15. Solid runs like that will probably be enough to allow him to advance to the Eliminator round, but he is going to need to go back to earning top-fives in order to get into the Championship Race as a contender. He was plagued with a mechanical issue at Dover, so he should be able to rebound during the next two weeks on the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks of Charlotte Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway.
Oct 5 - 1:49 PM

Clint Bowyer finished the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway respectably in 14th, but it was a far cry from the victory he needed in order to advance to the Contender round as one of the Chasers.

Bowyer finished 50 points behind the cutoff position, which meant that his 25-point penalty for an illegal truck arm at Chicagoland Speedway did not impact his ability to advance. Now that this team is out of playoff contention, it is likely their results will soften and crew members will start to move to other teams if offers come through. The No. 15 team will not field a car in 2016.
Oct 5 - 1:48 PM

A decision not to pit for fresh tires almost cost Jeff Gordon in the final laps of the AAA 400. On a lap-373 caution nearly every driver behind him pitted for tires, and the older rubber caused him to lose three spots during the final run.

When the points were tallied, Gordon was only two markers ahead of the cutoff, which meant that he could not afford to lose much more ground. Poor decisions and bad restarts have cost this team all year and it appears they are not improving in this regard.
Oct 5 - 1:47 PM

Martin Truex Jr. finished 11th in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway and easily advanced to the Contender round. He was fifth in the points’ standings.

Truex’s day got off to a rough start when he was pushed off the grid because there was too much flare on one of his fenders. He spent about 250 laps inside the top 10 and should be of interest to fantasy owners for his determination.
Oct 5 - 1:46 PM

A broken rear seal caused the No. 48 to leak fluid from the axle and sent Jimmie Johnson to the pits just past the 100-lap mark. He lost 37 laps making repairs and could not make up any significant ground in the race. Johnson finished 41st in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway and failed to advance to the Contender round.

Johnson entered the race with a 25-point cushion and was expected to easily advance and challenge for his seventh Cup championship. He will continue to be a solid fantasy value, however, even though he no longer has a shot at the big prize.
Oct 4 - 9:21 PM

Joey Logano barely kept his top-10 streak alive in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. He finished 10th after starting fourth.

Strictly in terms of recent results, Logano would seem to have more momentum than anyone else, but with the dominant performance by Kevin Harvick it may be time to start thinking of him as the second-most likely racer to win this year’s Sprint Cup.
Oct 4 - 8:47 PM

Kyle Larson finished ninth in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, which was his third consecutive top-10 on this track. His worst effort on the high-banked miler was 11th—earned in his inaugural attempt.

No one could run with Kevin Harvick in the AAA 400, but Larson had a legitimate shot at earning a top-five late in the race. He failed to find much speed during the final restart and got shuffled backward, but he will be one of the top ranked drivers when the series returns to Dover next year.
Oct 4 - 8:45 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr finished eighth in the AAA 400 at Dover and earned his second top-10 of the season. His other top-10 came on the high-banked short track of Bristol Motor Speedway, which is sometimes considered a sister track to Dover.

Stenhouse’s next best opportunity to score a top-15 will probably come at Phoenix International Raceway in the next-to-last race because two of his better efforts came on that track this spring and New Hampshire Motor Speedway last week.
Oct 4 - 8:44 PM

Matt Kenseth earned his fourth consecutive top-10 with a seventh at Dover International Speedway in the AAA 400, which allowed him to easily advance to the Contender round of the playoffs.

Kenseth ended the Challenger round as the top seeded driver, but now he is tied for first with 11 other racers as the points reset to 3,000. Kenseth needs to keep his momentum alive for three more weeks and he has a good opportunity to do so with back-to-back races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.
Oct 4 - 8:43 PM

For the first time all season, Kasey Kahne earned back-to-back top-10s when he crossed under the checkers sixth in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on the heels of a ninth last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

In both races, Kahne quietly earned his finish and that is a good omen heading to Charlotte where this organization has had so much success. Kahne should be treated as a rising value for fantasy owners.
Oct 4 - 8:42 PM

Doug Coby rolled to his second straight win Sunday in the NAPA Fall Final 150 at Connecticut's Stafford Motor Speedway and will head into the season finale as the championship points leader.

Ryan Preece, the 2013 champion who was the runner-up to Coby in 2012 and 2014, rebounded from an accident and pit road penalty to finish second at Stafford. Woody Pitkat, who entered the penultimate race weekend with the points lead, finished 12th after being involved in a late-race wreck. The result is Coby will head to the season finale even in points with Preece. They are both four points (565) ahead of Pitkat (561) going into the Sunoco World Series 150 at Connecticut's Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Sunday, Oct. 18.
Oct 4 - 8:29 PM

Aric Almirola was running 11th when the final caution waved over the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway and he opted to pit for four tires. The rest of the lead lap cars followed him down pit road and he restarted in that same position, but with four fresh feel-goods on his machine, he surged to fifth in the final rundown.

This is Almirola’s second top-five and third top-10 in the past four races. Last week at New Hampshire, he cut a tire and pounded the wall or he might have kept his streak alive. At his salary cap level, Almirola has been one of the best values during the past month and he should be watch closely in the coming weeks.
Oct 4 - 6:53 PM

Jamie McMurray earned his best finish in 20 races and snapped a 13-race streak of sub-10th-place finishes, but it was not quite enough to advance to the final round. He ended the AAA 400 fourth, but tied with Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the points at the cutoff mark. By finishing third this week, the No. 88 had the tiebreaker and McMurray has been eliminated from the Chase.

This was McMurray’s first Chase. Last year Aric Almirola and AJ Allmendinger were also eliminated in the first round of the Chase after getting their first berth, but the encouraging news for McMurray fans is that he ran much better than he has in several months. He will become more fantasy relevant as a result.
Oct 4 - 6:47 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway and that tied him with Jamie McMurray for 12th in the standings. NASCAR’s tiebreaker in the Chase is the best finish during the current round. By finishing one position ahead of McMurray, Junior earned the spot.

Junior can also thank the six bonus points he earned by winning Talladega SuperSpeedway and Daytona International Speedway for giving him enough room to get around the No. 1. This is Earnhardt’s best finish since his Coke Zero 400 victory.
Oct 4 - 6:47 PM

Kyle Busch entered the AAA 400 on the outside of the Chase cutoff and needed a strong run to advance. He led 19 laps and finished second to Kevin Harvick and was one point ahead of the cutoff position.

On his radio before the final restart Busch opined that he would get wrecked if he tried to pass Harvick. He may have opted to play safe or may have been unable to pass Harvick, but he did what was needed to get to the Contender round as a Chaser and that improves his odds in future races.
Oct 4 - 6:25 PM

Kevin Harvick was in a must-win situation after two bad races to start the Chase. He dominated the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway by leading 355 laps and beating Kyle Busch to the line by 2.6 seconds.

Last year Harvick was in a must-win situation at Phoenix International Raceway in the next-to-last event and he advanced to the Championship Race. He had to win at Homestead-Miami Speedway to win the Cup and he did. Harvick has become "Mr. Clutch" and he re-assumes the favored status to win the 2015 Cup.
Oct 4 - 6:18 PM

The No. 78 team was caught making an aerodynamic adjustment on pit road post qualification, and has been moved to the back of the grid. He will start last.

This seriously impacts Truex’s odds of earning a top-10 and fantasy owners should make last minute adjustments to remove him from the grid.
Oct 4 - 2:32 PM

Eleven points out of the championship lead with two races remaining, Doug Coby took down top qualifying honors Saturday at Stafford Motor Speedway in advance of Sunday’s NAPA Fall Final 150. Ryan Preece, just three points ahead of Coby, qualified on the outside pole.

It marked Coby’s fourth career pole at Stafford – a place where he has six Whelen Modified Tour wins – and was his fifth overall in 2015 behind the wheel of the No. 2 Dunleavy’s/HEX Performance Chevrolet. Preece’s quick time of 18.428 (97.677) will place him right alongside Coby for Sunday’s start. The driver of the No. 6 TS Haulers/East West Marine Chevrolet has won three of the previous four Stafford races, including last year’s NAPA Fall Final 150.
Oct 4 - 11:29 AM

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