2018 Bojangles’ Southern 500 Busch Pole Qualifying Highlights


>>>WELCOME TO DARLINGTON RACEWAY, NASCAR’S OLDEST SPEEDWAY ON A SIZZLING HOT WEEKEND. NEXT UP, NASCAR XFINITY SERIES QUALIFYING. THERE ARE THE CARS LEANED UP AND READY TO GO. AND RECEIVING THE GREEN TO START THEIR SESSION. IN JUST TWO MINUTES. SO CARS ROLL. DAVE BURNS, DAVE JARRETT UP IN THE BOOTH. THE ROAD FOR THE BACK STRETCH, DALE, DOWN THIS FRONT PIT ROAD AND GET READY FOR WHAT WILL BE A VERY CHALLENGING QUALIFYING SESSION. >>WE HAVE TWO QUALIFYING SESSIONS WITH THE CUP CARS LATER ON SO, THEY HAVE TO ROLL AROUND VERY CAREFULLY. I DIDN’T LIKE MY GUYS PUSHING THE CAR AROUND ON THE NEW TIRES. THEY’LL ROLL AROUND THERE, COME AROUND TO THE FRONT STRETCH. FIRST LAP, GET UP TO GO. THAT’S WHEN THEY’LL BE TAKING THE ZBLEEN A LOT OF LOOKS THE WEEKEND. DENNY HAMLIN SWEPT THE RACES LAST YEAR. HE’LL BE DRIVING A TRIBUTE CAR TO HIS OWNER J.D. GIBBS. YOU’LL SEE MANY COLORS AND SCREAMS TODAY AS THEY QUALIFY. >>YEAH. J.D. HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO RACING AND GOT INTO HELPING HIS DAD RUN THE BUSINESS. WHAT A GREAT JOB THEY DID OF BUILDING THIS ORGANIZATION. >>SHOUT-OUT TO J.D. BACK THE AT HOME. DAEN NE WILL GET READ DIE QUALIFY. HAMLIN IS ONE OF THE DRIVERS THAT GOT A HOLD OF DARLINGTON. YOU WON TWO TIMES, DALE. WHAT DOES IT TAKE?>>DENNY’S BEEN GREAT. I THOUGHT FOR SURE IN WATCHING HIM THAT DAY THAT HE HAD RACED HERE BEFORE. JUST INCREDIBLE. BUT WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE RACETRACK AND THE STYLE THAT IT TAKES, DENNY HAMLIN FITS THAT. HE’S VERY GOOD ON AND OFF THE THROTTLE. DOESN’T USE A HOT OF BRAKES. CARRY MOMENTUM THROUGH THE CORNERS. WHAT GET US IN MORE TROUBLE THAN ANYTHING ELSE HERE IS OVERRIDING THE CORNER. DENNY HAS BEEN GOOD AT NOT DOING THAT IG. >>ONE OF 40 CARS READY TO GO HERE. THAT NUMBER CHANGED BY ONE. >>19, FAILED INSPECTION FOUR “TIMES.” WITH THAT COMES A LITANY OF PENALTIES. HE’S NOT ALLOWED TO QUALIFY TODAY. HE LOSES HIS CAR CHIEF. HE MUST DO A PENALTY AFTER THE GREEN FLAG IN TODAY’S ADDRESS, WHICH MEANS HE’LL MOST LIKELY GO A LAP DOWN. THEY HAVE BEEN DOCKED TEN DRIVER OWN AER POINTS AND LOSE PRACTICE TIME IN INDY. A MASSIVE PENALTY. >>JUST TRYING TO GET A HANDLE ON THE TECHNICAL ASPECT OF THIS RIGHT?>>SOUND PRETTY SEVERE IN MY OPINION FOR SOMETHING WE WOULD SEE PREQUALIFYING BUT THAT’S WHAT NASCAR DEEMED THEY SHOULD DO. WE SEE ELLIOTT SADLER. HE WENT FIRST, BUT GOT UP ON TURN NUMBER TWO. I THINK HE AND THE 16 CAR ARE GOING TO HAVE TO COME DOWN, SIT FOR A FEW MINUTES.>>THERE’S TIME HE DIDN’T WANT TO PUT ON THE CAR ALREADY. >>HE QUIT QUICKLY. BUT YOU CAN SEE, BARELY JUST UP ON THERE. THAT’S CLOSE. >>PREQUALIFYING TECHNICAL INSPECKS FOUND THE 23 CAR OF CHASE ELLIOTT THREE TEAMS. THE CREW CHIEF WAS EJECTED.>>A HOT OF PENALTIES TODAY. I UNDERSTAND. WAYNE ALDEN RUNS A REALLY TIGHT SHIP. DOES A GOOD JOB WITH THESE XFINITY CARS. SENDING THAT MESSAGE TO THE LEST OF THE GARAGE AREA THAT WE NEED CLEAN THIS UP A LITTLE BIT. WE ARE NOT HERE TO KEEP SENDING YOU BACK TIME AFTER TIME BECAUSE YOU’RE TRYING TO SEE HOW MUCH YOU CAN GET THROUGH. >>A COUPLE OF DRIVER CHANGES WITH THE JONNY DAVIS RATING NUMBER THIS IS WEEKEND. VINNY MILLER MOVED OVER TO THE — I’M GOING MAKE SURE I GET THIS RIGHT. THE ZERO. GARRETT SMITH WILL BE THIS THE FOUR. THAT’S BECAUSE ROSS CHASTAIN IS TAKING CHANCES WITH CHIP GANASSI IN THE 32. >>YEAH, A LOT OF CHANGES THERE AT A TOUGH RACETRACK. ROSS CHASTAIN, WE’LL TALK MORE ABOUT HIM WHEN WEH A GETS ON THE TRACK AND GOES. HE WAS FAST YESTERDAY. GOT BACK OUT THERE, GOES TO THE TOP. BRIAN REED NOW HAS ARE A PLACED HIM IN THE FIRST FIVE. TOUGH QUALIFYING LAP. TRYING TO MAKE SPEED AROUND HERE, GETTING UP TO SPEED. NOT ABUSE B YOUR TIRING ANYMORE THAN YOU HAVE TO. RIGHT NOWU JUST TRYING TO MAKE THE TOP 24. >>KEVIN HARVICK IS IN THE 24 THIS WEEKEND. YOU ONLY NEED TO BE IN THE BEST 24 CARS TO MAKE IT TO ROUND TWO.>>LOVE THIS THROWBACK PAINT SCHEME. BP. TIMMY HILL WILL DRIVE THESE COLORS TO THE GREEN TODAY. THERE’S TY DILLON IN THE GREEN. INSPIRED BY THE RACING SERIES. >>WORKED HIS WAY THROUGH THE DIFFERENT SERIES. HOME TO THE TRUCK, NOW XFINITY SERIES AND CUP SERIES. >>NICE FLOAT THROUGH THREE AND FOUR. THAT WILL PUT THE THREE CAR TO THE TOP. >>FOR A MOMENT. >>YEAH, BEFORE BELL GOES OUT. DANIEL HEMRIC IN THE THIRD SPOT. WE SEE A VETERAN LIKE KEVIN HARVICK AND ELLIOTT SADLER PROBABLY NOT PUT UP A LAP THAT THEY COULD HAVE PUT UP. BUT THE HARDER YOU GO ON THE TIRES EVERY TIME YOU DO THAT, YOU’RE TAKING SOMETHING WE FROM THAT. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF DANIEL HEMRIC, EVEN RYAN REED, DID THEY TAKE TOO MUCH OUT OF THEIR TIRES MAKING SURE THEY GET IN THE TOP 24?>>TOOK QUITE A BIT ON TURN TWO THAT TIME. 00, THAT’S COLE KUSER.>>IT’S A GREAT LOOKING CAR COLE CUSTER HAS THERE. THIS ONE, DAVY ALLISON. >>CHASE ELLIOTT BEHIND THE WHEEL THIS WEEKEND. >>YEAH, THROWBACK WEEKEND HAS REALLY TAKEN ON A BROADER FEEL THIS YEAR. IT’S FORM IT AS YOU WISH, BUT IT’S THE CLASSICS. THEY’RE ALL OVER THE BOARD. >>TROUBLE FOR THE 0 OF VINNY MILLER. THAT WILL BRING THE YELLOW OUT. >>JUST OFF OF TURN FOUR HERE.>>AS WE HEAD TO BREAK WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENED TO THE 0 OF VINNY . IT’S FUN TO MAKE FUN OF OURSELVES A LITTLE BIT. >>SOUND LIKE THE TRACK IS GOING GET HOT AGAIN, DAVE. >>THANK YOU, KELLY. THERE YOU SEE THE GOOD LOOKING A.J. FOYT CAR. I LIKE HOW HIS NAME IS BELOW THE DOUBLE DIGITS JUST LIKE THEY USED TO DO IT. >>COLE — BY THE WAY, THAT LOOK, THE FANS DECIDED ON THAT. HE PUT OUT A PARTICULARLY LOW NUMBER OF LOOKS HE NEEDED TO DO THAT. HE SHOULD HAVE GONE HIGHER IN MIND SIGHT. >>FANS NEED TO BE KINDER. HE’S FAST. THAT’S THE MAIN THING. HE’S GOT A GOOD LOOKING RACE KAER AND IT’S FAST. JUSTIN ALLGAIER MUST HAVE THOUGHT EVERYTHING WAS OKAY WITH THE RACETRACK. OFF HE GOES. YOU SEE ALLGAIER’S TIME COMPARED TO THE FASTEST DRIVER TO FAR, BELL. IN A BIT WE’LL BE COMPARING THAT TO THE 24th FASTEST TO SEE WHO MAKES IT INTO ROUND TWO. >>QUALIFYING ON FRESH TIRES YOU CAN RUN AROUND, ESPECIALLY IN TURNS THREE AND FOUR. JUSTIN ABLE TO GO DOWN THE LOWER LINE, PUT DOWN A GOOD SOLID LAP. THE RACETRACK MUST BE FINE OVER THERE.>>DIFFERENT LOOKS AT LAST WEEK’S WINNER AT ROAD AMERICA. THE SBLAK YELLOW. LET’S SEE WHAT J.J. YELEY CAN DO NOW IN ROUND ONE.>>THAT 12’S QUICK. PROBABLY RIGHT NTH RANGE OF. >>MAYBE. >>YEAH, GOING TO BE CLOSE.>>CODY WARE ON TRACK FOR B.J. McCLOUD, NUMBER 78. CODY, THE 22-YEAR-OLD FROM GREENSBRO, NORTH CAROLINA. SON OF CAR OWNER RICK WARE, WHAT HAS A NICE THROWBACK ON HIS CAR THIS WEEKEND, “DAYS OF THUNDER” FOR THE CAR. THAT WILL PUT CODY AT 19. SMITH IS ON THE TRACK AND SO IS DENNY HAMLIN. HELMET CAM IS THE VIDEO, BUT THE AUDIO IS NOT BAD EITHER. >>EXACTLY RIGHT. DANNY’S VERY KWIJ YOU CAN HEAR HOW MUCH HE WAS PEDALING WITH THE THROTTLE. MAKING SURE HE DIDN’T ABUSE THE TIRES ANY MORE THAN HE HAD TO TO GET IN THE LAP.>>WHERE WE HEARD IT BOTTOM OUT IS ON THE TRACK WHERE THEY WORKED ON. >>DENNY LIKES TO GET BELOW THE WHITE LINE. THAT’S A POINT WHERE, ESPECIALLY BEFORE THE AIR PRESSURE BUILDS UP, IT’S GOING TO BOTTOM OUT AND THERE ARE PATCHES AT TURN TWO. I THINK THAT’S GOING TO BE A TROUBLE AREA WHEN WE GET INTO THE RACES THIS WEEKEND. >>TYLER REDICK ON THE LEFT RYAN TRUEX ON THE RIGHT. REPRESENTED ON THE LEFT, TIM RICHMOND NUMBER 27. OF COURSE THAT, WRANGLER 3 THAT NOT ONLY DID DALE RUN BACK IN THE DAY, BUT MARTIN TRUEX, RYAN’S BROTHER RAN IT IN THE XFINITY SERIES. >>REDICK GOES TO THE TOP OF THE BOARD RIGHT NOW. NOT SURE WHAT’S GOING ON WITH CHASE ELLIOTT.>>I UNDERSTAND HE MAY HAVE NEARLY TAGGED THE SOFTBALL SHUT IT DOWN. REPLAY OF THAT. >>AUSTIN CINDRIC HE RIDE WITH. TENTH FOR HIM AND MICHAEL ANNETT.>>BOTH SHOULD BE GOOD TIMES ENOUGH TO KEEP THEM IN THE THAT TOP 24.>>SO WE FOUBD OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO CHASE ELLIOTT. >>PROBABLY HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH GETTING CLOSE TO THE WALL. >>OH. WHOO-HOO. THAT’S THE THIRD TIME WE HAVE STHEEN THIS WEEKEND OFF TURN FOUR. AND THEY HAVE YET TO — THESE GUYS ARE GOOD DRIVE. PROBABLY GOES WITHOUT SAYING. AMAZING — A COUPLE OF TIMES WE SAW IT IN PRACTICE AND THEN SEE THAT TODAY. GENERALLY, YOU GET A CAR OUT OF SHAPE HERE, YOU’RE GOINGAROUND.>>IN A CONVERSATION WITH CHASE ELLIOTT AND HIS CREW, HE SAID, I THINK I SPUN THE TIRES. HE SAID, HOW BAD DO YOU THINK THEY’RE HURT? HE SAID, PRETTY BADLY. >>THERE’S NO DOUBT HE’S GOING TO HEAT THEM UP. IT’S NOT LIKE A SITUATION WHERE HE COULD HAVE SPUN AND FLAT-SPOTTED. BUT YOU GET THAT MUCH HEAT BIT YOU WILL IN THOSE AND GO BACK OUT THERE, YOU HAVE IT BUILT UP AGAIN. HE’S TRYING TO GET INTO THE TOP 24. >>TIMMY HILL WAS NOT ABLE TO IMPROVE IN THE 72 CAR. THE 90, SPORTING A DICK TRICKLE THROWBACK, AND HE DOES GET IN. >>HE’S ONE OF THOSE THAT WAS SIDEWAYS OFF FOUR THAT WE SAW.>>I WAS GOING SAY, HAD EVIDENCE HE ACTUALLY FOUND THE WALL AS WELL. >>BUT A GOOD LAP THERE FOR HIM.>>MM-HMM. LAST YEAR THEY RAN THE COLORS TRICKLE WAS KNOWN FOR. THEN THIS YEAR, THAT IS A — WHEN TRICKLE WAS A ROOKIE AT AGE 48, I BELIEVE, THIS IS HOW THE CAR WAS PAINTED UP.>>ONE OF THE GREATEST SHORT TRACK RACERS OF ALL TIME. HE COULD RACE ANYWHERE, BUT MAYBE MORE WINS ON SHORT TRACK.>>YOU SEE THE CUT LINE ON THE LEFT. GARRETT SMITHLEY SITS PRECARIOUSLY THERE. THREE CARS THAT HAVE NOT TAKEN TIME YET. ONE WON’T. BRANDON SMITH’S CAR WON’T BECAUSE OF A PENALTY. FAILED INSPECTION FOUR TIMES. JONES WILL RACE, BUT HE’LL HAVE A MAKE A PASS OPPORTUNITY. >>HE’S GOING TO BE AT THE REAR OF THE PACK ALREADY AND THEN MAKE THAT HAPPEN. GOOD CHANCE HE’S GOING TO BE TWO LAPS DOWN TO START WITH. HIS BEST HOPES COULD BE THAT SOMEBODY MESSES UP VERY EARLY ON BEFORE ANYBODY ELSE GETS LAPPED AND HE COULD GET BACK TO WHERE HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN. THERE’S A GOOD CHANCE SOMEBODY MESSES UP ZBLERL AT DALE.>>A LAP THAT IS FAST, YEAH. WE TALKED ABOUT THE SAVE THAT HE MADE. WHAT ABOUT YESTERDAY IN PRACTICE? WELSH IT INCLUDED THIS ONE FROM RYAN STEEN. HANG ON, RYAN. GOOD JOB. BRANDON BROWN. AND FINALLY, THE AFOREMENTIONED CHASE ELLIOTT. OF QUALIFYING IS COMPLETE. LET’S SHOW YOU WHO QUALIFIED 25th THROW 40th, DELIVERS THAT — DRIVERS THAT DID NOT MAKE IT INTO ROUND TWO. THE BIG NEWS AT THE BOTTOM, BRANDON JONES NOT ALLOWED TO QUALIFY. CHASE ELLIOTT SAVED IT. NOW WHAT?>>THERE WAS A LENGTHY DISCUSSION OF WHETHER OR NOT THEY WERE GOING TO BE ABLE TO MAKE A SECOND EFFORT. CHASE FELT LIKE THE TIRES — HE HAD DONE TOUCH OF THEM. HE SAID, I’M NOT WORRIED ABOUT PASSING GUYS. I ASKED THE CREW CHIEF WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE DO, IF THEY’RE ALLOWED TO CHANGE THE TIRES. HE WASN’T SURE. HE WAS ONLY HIS WAY>>>DARLINGTON RACEWAY ALIVE AGAIN WITH THE SOUND OF XFINITY CARS ROLLING OUT FOR QUALIFYING. ROUND NUMBER TWO. COMING UP, IT WILL BE A TEN-MINUTE SESSION TO SEE WHO CAN MAKE IT INTO THE FINAL 12 AND GO FOR THE POLE. THE LADY IN BLACK. >>YEAH, THEY’RE REALLY HOLDING BACK HERE TRYING TO MAKE IT INTO THE TOP 12. YOU’RE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO GO ALL OUT AND TAKE WHAT THE TIRES LEAVE YOU IN YOU’RE ABLE TO MAKE IT INTO THE FINAL 12 HERE. >>ELLIOTT SADLER WILL COME TOORND GET THE GREEN. 0RKS 0RKS CUSTER IS OUT THERE AS WELL, AND WE ARE OFF. LOOK AT ELLIOTT’S LINE HERE, DALE. DOWN AND THEN BACK UP. >>YOU’RE OUT OF THE THROTTLE TO VERY LIT AND YOU GOT GET IN A GOOD LAP. ONCE YOU GOT BACK TO THE THROTTLE IN THE MIDDLE OL ONE AND TWO, YOU GOT TO STAY WIDE OPEN ON THE EXIT ON THE CORNER. SEE IF ELLIOTT TAKES THAT LOW LIE. SHORES IT UP. A LITTLE BIT HARDER ON THE TIRES DOWN THERE, BUT SHOULD BE A QUICKER WAY DOWN. >>ELLIOTT SETS THE STANDARD. HERE. CHAOS CUSTER’S LAP. NOT QUITE AS GOOD. KEVIN HARVICK WILL CHALLENGE, BUT HE’LL BE THIRD. AGAIN, JUST TRYING TO BE ONE OF THE 12 BEST OUT OF THE 24 CARS REMAIN. KEVIN QUICK. >>I THINK THE TOP THREE HAVE PUT THEMSELVES IN POSITION. TY DILLON AT FOURTH. WE’LL HAVE TO SEE ABOUT THAT. >>BRAD KESELOWSKI IN THE 22 FOR THE TEAM PENSKE THIS WEEKEND HAS NOT WON. WOULD LOVE TO TAKE HOME A TROPHY FROM THIS PLACE. >>JUST ONE OF THOSE PLACES, YOU REALIZE HOW MUCH INFLUENCE YOU HAVE AS A DRIVER. YOU HAVE TO MAKE GOOD DECISIONS. AS A DRIVER FACTORS IN TO WHAT YOU DO. >>RYAN REED RIGHT BEHIND HIM. ALLGAIER SUPPLANTS THEM BOTH ROSS CHASTAIN, WHAT IS HAD BEEN HIS MIND, DALE?>>I THINK IT’S JUST BEING SOLID. HE’S OVER ALL EXPECTATIONS AND THE REALITY THAT, HEY, THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING. I’VE GOT THIS GREAT OPPORTUNITY, AND NOW IT’S ABOUT GOING OUT AND DOING WHAT YOU DO. SHOW THEM WHY THEY GAVE YOU THIS OPPORTUNITY. SOLID LAP. >>D.J. YOU WERE JUST REMARKING ABOUT TIE DYLAN’S LAP BEING REALLY GOOD. HE CAME ACROSS THE RADIO REMARKING HE CAME TOO HIGH. YOU WERE SAYING HOW SOME GUYS WERE USING THE LOW LINE. I THINK IT’S GOING TO BE THE PREFERRED LINE. IT’S A LINE THAT KEVIN HARVICK LOVES, I MIGHT ADD, THAT LOWER LINE. >>YEAH, IT’S FUN TO RUN DOWN THERE. AS YOU GET THE TIRES OLDER IN THE RACE, YOU’RE PRETTY MUCH GOING TO HAVE THE GET UP ON THE WALL, BUT WHEN YOU HAVE NEW TIRES THAT CAN BE DOWN THERE ON THE LAPS YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE SUPERMAN. >>SOME ARE FOR THE WHOLE NIGHT. HARVICK. THEY’LL BE TOUGH TO BEAT, BUT THEY’RE NOT UNBEATABLE ON THIS TRACK. THEY ARE XFINITY GUYS WHO HAVE BEATEN THE CUP GIS. PRESENT AT SO MANY CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES.>>DENNY HAMLIN DID HIS FIRST TIMELE CHASE ELLIOTT DID THE SAME THING, SHOWING UP HERE AND INWITHING A RACE IN 2014. ELLIOTT SATURDAY HER GOT A WIN OWE COUPLE OF YEARS LATER. THE XFINITY GUYS GO TO TOE TO WITH THEM HERE. >>ON BOARD WITH HAMLIN. NEEDS TO BE JUST GOOD ENOUGH TO GET AHEAD OF LABBE IN 12th RIGHT NOW. GOOD ENOUGH. >>I WAS THINKING THE LAP BRAD PUT DOWN COULD PUT HIM @TENTH. HE’S TECHBT RIGHT NOW. LET’S SEE WHO MIGHT BE LEFT THAT MIGHT CAN CHALLENGE THAT.>>SESSION IS HALF OVER. JEREMY CLEMENTS COMES BY IN HIS 51 CAR. >>2 CAR, A THROWBACK TO MARK DAVIS. HE’S BEEN FAST AT A LOT OF PLACES BUT THIS IS A DIFFERENT PLACE.>>THE COURSE THROWING BACK TO HIS FAMILY HERITAGE IN THE SPORT.>>JUST MISSES THAT TOP 12.>>TIFFT WILL NOT MAKE IT IN EITHER. YOU THINK THAT LOOKS LIKE MARCUS’S CAR? LET’S PROVE IT TO YOU. THERE IT IS. THE ONLY THING WE HAVEN’T CONFIRMED ARE THE WING TIPS. DIDN’T HAVE A PAIR. >>MARCUS SAID, YEAH, HE HAD HIS OVER THERE JUST IN CASE YOU NEEDED TO GET IN THE CAR. AN OTHER CASE, THE CAR NOT QUITE AS RED AS HIS CAR, BUT GREAT JOB GOING THROUGH WHAT THEY WENT THROUGH. >>A LOT GOES INTO THE DISCUSSIONS OF THE PAINT JOBS. SOME SPONSORS ALTERING THE LOGO TO HAVE FUN WITH THE WEEKEND. IT’S SUCH A FUN LOOK THAT COMES OUT. >>AS YOU POINTED OUT EARLIER, BASICALLY SEVEN DECADES TO DEAL WITH THIS YEAR AS HE CELEBRATE SEVEN DECADES OF NASCAR HERE. >>MEEKLE ANNETT’S CAR PREPT REPRESENTS THE ORIGIN PILOT FUELLING STATION. >>THOOK LOW LINE. HAD A NICE BUILDUP. STILL LOOKS LIKE HE’S GOING GET THE TECHBT SPOT. >>RIGHT ON THE LINE. >>PUT YOURSELF ON THE BUBBLE, BUT YOU’RE IF MAN THAT’S FAST, TOO, ONE OF THE FASTEST CARS IN THE FIRST ROUND THERE.>>WE MENTIONED HE WAS MIMICKING A RICHMOND PAINT SCHEME HERE. >>DOING HIS BEST IMPRESSION THERE. >>DRIVING SCHEME MIGHT BE LIKE THAT AS WELL. >>LOOKS REALLY GOOD THROUGH THERE. HE’S GOING TO BE POSSIBLY IN.>>THAT WILL PUT HIM FIFTH. RYAN TRUEX ON THE TRACK AS WELL. TAKING HIS SECONDPED. IN FILLED WITH ANTICIPATION TO SEE IF HE CAN GO FASTER. >>GOOD POINT. THERE HE COMES TO THE GREEN. >>JUST THOUSANDTHS OF A SECOND HE WAS ABLE TO BEAT HIM. >>GOING THE RIGHT WAY. NICE EXIT. >>YEAH, DID WHAT HE WAS SUPPOSED TO DO. LOOKED LIKE HE STAYED IN THE THROTTLE. FELT LIKE HE LOST SOME TIME LAST TIME. DIDN’T GO TO THE BOTTOM AS WE HAVE SEEN ELLIOTT SADLER AND OTHERS DO. LOOKING LIKE IT’S GOING TO BE ENOUGH RIGHT NOW. THAT’S GOING MOVE TRUEX OUT AND TY DILLON IN. >>BRAD KESELOWSKI IN THAT 12 SPOT. DIDN’T THINK WE WOULD BE SAYING THAT.>>NO, AND SMITHLEY — NOT SURE HE TOOK A SPEED LAP THERE, DALE.>>NO. >>TELL THINKING ABOUT IT, MAYBE. NO. AND TIME WILL EXPIRE ON ROUND TWO. THAT WILL SET THE FINAL 12. SEE WHO RUNS FOR POLE HERE. THE FASTEST WAS GREEN AT THE. THEN RACING AT 3:30. WE’LL TALK TO THEM ALL. 13 THROUGH 24. RYAN TRUEX JUST MISSED OUT GETTING THE TOP 12. >>YEAH, BUT NOT HAVING ANOTHER LAP ON THE TIRES MIGHT MAKE MORE DIFFERENCE WHEN THE RACE STARTS.>>LETS HEAD DOWN TO PARKER. >>DID JUST MISS OUT. WHAT DID YOU NEED TO MAYBE STAY IN THE TOP 12? YOU GOT DUMPED AT THE END. >>I DON’T KNOW. THAT’S THE THIRD TEAM IN FOUR WEEKS I HAVE BEEN 12 WITH 50 SECONDS LEFT AND SOMEBODY BEATS ME. HE SAID WE COULDN’T MAKE TOP 12. A WANTED TO BE 13. WE GOT IT. LESS IN AND OUT. I THINK MY FACIAL HAIR DIDN’T AERODIE NAM, ENOUGH. >>DID YOU PLAY THREE DOORS DOWN ON THE WAY TO THE TRACK?>>I DID. I LEFT MY HITLE SILVER SUNGLASSES IN MY PICKUP TRUCK SO I COULDN’T WEAR THEM. BUT I GOT MY BOOT CUT JEANS OUT. I’LL PUT THEM ON LATER. REALLY SPESH TO RUN THIS WITH THE HISTORY OF DALE, DALE JR., MARTIN WITH INING THE CHAMPIONSHIP HERE. >>HE’S EMBRACING THE THROWBACK OF THE THROWBACK. >>IT’S A COMPLETE LOOK. WHEN YOU CARRY HIM TO MARTIN. THE FACIAL HAIR. YET. >>THAT WOULD BE ROSS CHASTAIN. >>CAN HE REPEAT HISTORY. THEY ROLL FROM THE BACK STRETCH. S THAT WHERE WHERE THEY ARE GRIDDED. THE CUP CARS ARE GETTING GRIDDED ON THE FRONT STRAIGHTAWAY FOR THEIR SESSION COMING UP LATER THIS AFTERNOON. TRYING NOT TAKE ANY VALUABLE GRIP OUT OF THE TIRES AS THEY ROLL. >>NEW YORK CITY WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU’RE UP TO SPEED AND GOING. FULL THROTTLE. THESE CARS DON’T HAVE NEARLY THE HORSEPOWER. THERE’S A BALANCE THERE MAKING SURE YOU GET THROUGH OFF TURN THREE AND TURN FOUR AND YOU GOT THE RPMs UP. >>KESELOWSKI THE FIRST TO MAKE A GO.>>ON A 29.53 TO GET THAT 2th SPOT. >>NICE SMOOTH THROUGH THREE AND FOUR, BACK ON THE GAS. THE FIELD WILL HAVE TO BEAT 29.47. UP A LITTLE BIT FROM THAT, SO THAT’S A GOOD SIGN. THERE’S ROSS. CURRENTLY FIRST. REDDICK CAN’T BEAT HIM. >>REALLY GOOD LAP AT 29 FLAT. CHRISTOPHER BELL JUST BARELY BEAT THAT. RAN A 29.99 THE SECOND ROUND. WHAT A SOLID EFFORT BY ROSS CHASTAIN. SORRY, DAF. TO COME IN HERE WITH THE HIGH EXPECTATIONS, GETTING THE FIRST OPPORTUNITY, AND HE’S DONE EVERYTHING RIGHT IN PRACTICE QUALIFYING SO FAR. >>CUSTER IS IN THE RED NOT CLOSE TO CHASTAIN’S SPOT. HE’LL TAKE A STARTING TIME THIRD. I SAY NOT CLOSE. WELL,.2, NOT BAD. >>I THINK COLE HAS A PRETTY GOOD RACE CAR FOR TODAY’S OF. >>WE SHED YOU STARTS IN THE HEAT OF THE DAY. I TELL YOU WHAT, IT’S GOING TO BE A WORKOUT FOR THE DRIVERS IN THE CARS.>>KEEP SAYINGT A SHORT RACE, AND RELATIVELY, IT IS, BUT STILL GOING TO BE A LONG, HOT AFTERNOON FOR THE TIME THAT YOU’RE IN THE CAR.>>D.J., I JUST WANT TO ADD, FOR THE QUALIFYING SESSION, NUMEROUS DRIVERS HAD PEDIALYTE. >>THAT’S A VERY GOOD POINT. YOU SEE THE RIGHT SIDE OTT WINDOW. IT’S 1.66 MILES IN LENGTH. NASCAR WILL HAVE THEM PUT IN THE WINDOW. THAT TAKES BACK THE AIR FLOW. >>JUST AN UPDATE FOR THE XFINITY DRIVERS THE CUP DRIVERS ARE GOING TO DO DOUBLE DUTY. YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE GOTTEN THEMSELVES TAKEN CARE OF AT THIS POINT AND BE READY FOR TOMORROW, EVEN. >>WHAT CAN KEVIN HARVICK DO IN THE 98 CAR?>>LIFT A LITTLE BIT THERE. I DON’T THINK HE’S GOING TO BE CLOSE ROSS CHASTAIN’S TIME. DENNY HAMLIN’S ACTUALLY OFF OF IT RIGHT NOW, TOO.>>KEVIN HARVICK WILL LOOK AT FOURTH. >>OUTSTANDING LAP. CHRISTOPHER BELL MIGHT HAVE A SHOT AT IT. HE’S GOING TO BE CLOSE TO ROSS IF HE CAN GET IT DONE. >>THIRD FOR HAMLIN. BELL IS IN THE GREEN, AND NOW OFF OF IT.>>LOST IT OFF TURN FOUR. >>OH, SO CLOSE. THERE ARE FOUR CORNERS AND THE LAST ONE HURT HIM. MAYBE THE LAST TWO. >>JUST DIDN’T LOOK LIKE HE HAD TO PEDAL IT TOO LONG. EXIT OFF TURN FOUR, THAT HURT HIS STRAIGHTAWAY SPEED. AL GUYER CAN’T DO IT. SADLER CLOSE. LET’S SEE WHAT HE’S GOT. >>NEEDS A REALLY GOOD LEE AND FOUR HERE, THOUGH. SEE THE RED OUT THERE, BUT ALL CARS ON THE CLOCK CAN COME AROUND. HEMRIC WAS IN THE GREEN MOMENTARILY, NOW THE CLOCK GOING THE WRONG WAY. NOW BACK GOING THE RIGHT DIRECTION. >>HE’S GOT A SHOT AT HIM HERE. ROSS REALLY GOT THROUGH TURN FOUR REALLY WELL. HEMRIC GOING MISA GOOD LAP, THOUGH. FOURTH FOR DANIEL HEMRIC. AND THAT’S GOING TO DO IT. THE CINDERELLA STORY CONTINUES FOR ROSS CHASTAIN. FIRST POLE. >>PEOPLE HAVE COME OUT TO CONGRATULATE ROSS CHASTAIN FOR HIS FIRST POLE. WHAT’S IT GOING TO BE LIKE TO LEAD THE FIELD TO GREEN FOR THE FIRST TIME?>>I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO THINK. CAN’T THINK THEM ENOUGH FOR GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY. THEY TOLD ME AFTER PRACTICE IT WOULD BE OKAY AND I WAS PRETTY DOWN. I WAS DRIVING THE CAR TERRIBLE. LIKE, LOOKING BACK AT WHAT I WAS DOING, JUST CONFIDENCE IN THE CAR. CHIP SAT ME DOWN AND SAID, JUST DRIVE THE CAR. DO WHAT YOU CAN DO. CRAZY. SO WE ARE ON THE POLE. I GOT WORK ON MY LONG SPEED. THAT’S WHAT I SPENT ALL NIGHT NOT SLEEING ABOUT WAS LAP 25 ON. MY CREW CHIEF GAME OVER — NO, IT’S COOL. BUT THANK YOU, JEFF, PAULETTE. CAN’T THANK YOU ENOUGH. GET TO GO RACING THIS WEEKEND. >>I’M SURE EXPECTATIONS HAVE BEEN HIGH THE MINUTE YOU KNEW YOU WERE GOING TO BE IN THE 42. HOW HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO REIGN IN THE NERVES?>>I HAVEN’T. IF I WASN’T NERVOUS I SHOULDN’T BE DOING IT. NO INTENTIONS OF GETTING THE QUALIFYING POLE. THOUGHT MAYBE TOP 10. WANT TOTD GET IN THE CAR, LET EVERYBODY TEACH ME. THAT’S WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN DOING THE LAST TWO WEEKS, COACHING ME ON EVERYTHING. NOW WE GET TO GO OUT AN AND RACE. THAT’S WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT. >>CONGRATULATIONS, ROSS CHASTAIN, FIRST CAREER POLE. >>SOUNDS LIKE HE’S GOT THINGS IN THE RIGHT ORDER. HE’S THINK ABOUT LAP 25. THAT’S GOING TO BENEFIT HIM THERE. >>POLE FOR CHASTAIN. HE’LL LEAD IN THE GREEN. WE’LL STEP ITSELF. THE WALL NOT THE ONLY OBSTACLE HE HAS TO WORRY ABOUT THE WEEKEND, DALE EARNHARDT JR. EXPLAINS. >>IT’S AWESOME TO BE HERE. TALK ABOUT THIS TRACK BEING DIFFICULT. I’M GOING TO SHOW YOU WHY. WE ARE ON THE FRONT STRAIGHTAWAY. IT’S AM ONE GROOVE. WE SEE PEOPLE TRYING TO GO TWO WIDE. DOESN’T WORK OUT WELL. WHEN I’M INSIDE, BENEATH ME A LOT OF GUYS HIT THE WALL HERE. NOW I’M GOING TO SLOW DOWN A LITTLE BIT. TALK A LOT ABOUT THE EXIT OF TURN TWO. IT’S BEEN MADE EVEN WORSE. LOOK AT THE BLACK MARX. IT’S ONLY A GROOVE THROUGH HERE. LOOK HOW ROUGH IT IS. MAKES THE CAR BOUNCE AROUND A LOT. JUMP AROUND A LOT. THEN WE HAVE THE EXIT THAT WE SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE HIT. TURN THREE IS JUST CRAZY. THAT’S THE ONLY WAY I KNOW HOW TO DESCRIBE IT. LOOK AT THE WALP LEANS, GOES OUTWARD, THEN COMES IN. A LOT OF PEOPLE HIT RIGHT THERE. YOU SEE A LOT OL PEOPLE RUNNING ON THE APRON. THIS IS SOMETHING NEW. ASPHALT IS FRESHER HER THAN ON TOP. THEN YOU COME UP, HIT THE WALL — A LOT OF TEAMS YOU HIT THE WALL. TO ME, THIS RACETRACK OFFERS SO MANY CHALLENGES. JUST GETTING DOWN HERE, TRYING TO MAKE GOOD LAPS IS HARD ENOUGH BY ITSELF. THEN YOU ADD PIT ROAD. THE REASON I’M GOING TALK ABOUT PIT ROAD IS BECAUSE SO MANY PEOPLE MISS IT. I’M GOING TO SHOW YOU GREEN FLAG TWILIGHT. YOU’RE LOOKING AT WHAT I’M LOOKING AT. WHERE IS PIT ROAD? YOU CAN’T SEE IT. YOU STILL CAN’T SEE IT. IT’S NOT ONLY NOW — I MISSED IT. YOU CAN’T NOT SEE PIT ROAD. IF YOU DON’T PRACTICE, YOU’LL MISS IT. WE’LL SEE PEOPLE TONIGHT HAVE PROBLEMS WIT. EVERYTHING HERE IS HARD. THAT’S WHY I LOVE IT. >>I GOT A QUESTION FOR YOU, JEFF. YOU TACK ABOUT — WATCHING YOU GO INTO TURN ONE HERE. I’VE ALWAYS CONSIDERED TURN TWO GETTING ON AER AND STATE LIKE GETTING ON THOR AND STATE AND EVERYONE’S MERGING INTO ONE. HOW DO YOU KNOW WHERE TO GIVE AND NOT TO GIVE IF THAT’S A PLACE WHERE DISASTER CAN HAPPEN.>>TO ME IT’S WHAT LAP YOU’RE ON. YOU HAVE TO MAKE DECISIONS AT THIS RACETRACK. MODERN RACING AT DARLINGTON LOOKS DIFFERENT THAN IT USED TO. THE RULE USED TO BE IN YOU CAME ON AND SOMEBODY WAS UNDERNEATH YOU, IT WAS THEIR SPOT. YOU LET THEM GO AND THEY TAKE OFF. BUT TODAY WE SEE THEM RUN SIDE BY SIDE. OKAY, YOU MAKE AT THE THIS FAR. HOW DO YOU GET OFF TURN TWO SIDE BY SIDE? IF YOU GET OUT HERE AT ALL, YOU GET THE DEBRIS AND YOU’RE GOING TO HIT THE WALL. IT’S JUST DECISION-MAKING AT THE RIGHT TIME. >>YOU TACK ABOUT DECISION-MAKING — I HAVE ONE QUESTION, WE TALK ABOUT THE DARLINGTON, THE LADY IN BLACK, A.J. FOYT CAME HERE, HAD TO TAKE THE ROOKIE TEST. THAT’S THE WAY THE RACETRACK WAS PORTRAYED TO SO MANY PEOPLE. YOU WON HERE. WHEN YOU APPROACHED THIS AS A DRIVER, DID YOU APPROACH IT AS ANOTHER COMPETITOR. >>NO. MY AGGRESSIVE LEVEL WASN’T AS AGGRESSIVE AS OTHER PEOPLE’S SO WHEN I AACKED THE RACE IT CAN IT WAS OVER PEOPLE’S 95%. SUITED ME WELL BECAUSE IT WAS MY 100%. IF YOU DO IT EVERY DAY, YOU’RE GOING TO HIT IT. THERE’S NO WAY TO GO AROUND IT. IF YOU’RE GOING RUN THE TWO, THE THREE ON THE OUTSIDE, YOU GOT TO BE UP HERE. YOU GOT TO GET RIGHT AGAINST THAT WALL. THEN YOU GOT TO RAID THELE WHAT. YOU CAN’T STEER AWAY FROM IT. YOU HAVE TO RIDE IT AROUND THE BORDER. IF YOU MAKE ANY MISTAKE AT ALL YOU’RE GOING GET INTO IT. >>IT’S KIND OF STRANGE BECAUSE YOU’RE SO AGGRESSIVE NOW, JEFF. >>I’M SORRY I WOULDN’T HEAR YOU. >>YOU’RE SO AGGRESSIVE NOW. NOW YOU’RE LIKE AT 120%. >>WHAT’S GREAT WITH THIS CAR IS I’M TOLD I CANNOT HIT ANYTHING WITH IT, BUT ALSO IF I I’M SO OLD I CAN’T HISTORY. FOR DALE JARRETT, DARLTOP WILL ALWAYS HOLD A SPECIAL PIECE OF HIS RACING HISTORY. >>THIS IS ONE OF THOSE PLACES THAT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD. >>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, NASCAR HALL OF FAMER DALE JARRETT!>>HELLO, EVERYBODY. >>THAT’S WHEN MY DAD WAS RACING NOT FAR FROM HERE, COMING IN HERE WATCHING HIM WIN WIN THE SOUTHERN 500 WAS INCREDIBLE. >>NUMBER 65 AT IS THE WINNER, NED JARRETT, A RACE THAT WILL BE LONG REMEMBERS.>>I WAS DRIVING THE 28 CAR FOR ROBERT YATES. >>AND AS WE WERE SITTING THERE, HE WROTE DOWN ON A NAPKIN WHAT HE WAS PROMISING TO DO FOR ME. THAT WAS BASELY MY CONTRACT. FOR THE REST OF HISTORY, IF YOU WILL. WON THE DAYTONA 100 IN 1996 AND WENT ON THE>>>GETTING READY TO SET THE FIELD FOR THE SOUTHERN 5 HUNDREDLE DARLINGTON RACEWAY. MONSTER ENERGY CUP CARS GETTING READY TO HIT THE TRACK TOO TOUGH TO TAKE. THE LADY IN BLACK. IT’S THROUGHBACK WEEKEND. WE THREW IT BACK WITH — I GUESS THE SHERTS ARE NEW. I SAY WE THROW IT BECOME AND DO MAYBE SINGLE CAR QUALIFYING. LET’S GOT DO GROUP EQUALITYINGLE LET’S PUT MORE PRESSURE ON THE GUYS WHEN HE GO OUT THERE. >>MORE PRESSURE, BUT IT WILL TAKE A LONG TIME. WE CAN GO BACK TO THE FIRST SOUTHERN 500 WHEN IT TOOK 15 DAYS TO QUALIFY THE FIELD. THEY WOULD TAKE THE FIVE FASTEST CARS EACH DAY. EVERYBODY ELSE WOULD HAVE TO TRY AGAIN THE FOLLOWING DAY. THAT WAS A LITTLE BIT EXTREME. THIS WILL TAKE ABOUT AN HOUR. IMAGINE, THAT TELLS YOU THE>>THE TEAMS HAD TO GET MORE AND MORE CREATIVE. THE TEAMS GO FURTHER THAN JUST THE DECALS AND THE PAINT SCHEME ON THE CARPAL THEY EM LATE HOW THE CAR MAY HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST. THEY WOULD THIS THE HATS THE SHIRTS EVERYBODY. THE UNIFORM. THEY EVEN DO THE SPECIAL HAIR. IT’S GETTING REALLY CREATIVE. >>FIRST OUT ON THE TRACK, THAT’S 17. RICKY STENHOUSE JR.>>THIS IS THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY, SO GUYS AREN’T GOING TO WAIT TOO LONG. THEY JUST GO RIGHT ON THE RACETRACK. THE TRACK SHOULD CHANGE A LOT THROUGHOUT THIS SESSION. THE GUYS DON’T HAVE TO WAIT. LOOK IN THE SKY A LITTLE BIT, THOUGH, WE’VE GOT SOME CLOUDS TODAY. SO YOU MIGHT LOOK AROUND FOR SOME CLOUD COVER TO SEE IF MAYBE YOU CAN GET A LITTLE BIT COOLER TRACK TEMPERATURE. >>AND THESE GUYS GOING OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME TODAY. OBVIOUSLY, THEY HAD TWO PRACTICES YESTERDAY WHERE THEY WERE ABLE TO BE OUT ON THE TRACK. ONE GUY WHO WAS OUT THERE MORE RECENTLY THAN EVEN THESE GUYS THAT HAVE BEEN OUT ON THE TRACK, JEFF BURTON JOINING US. YOU WERE JUST OUT ON THE TRACK IN THE NBC TOYOTA ONTRACK CAR.>>HOT, JUST TO BE CLEAR. >>HOT?>>STILL HOT IN DARLINGTON ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND. NEWS BREAK.>>I KNOW WE TALKED ABOUT CHICAGO BEING SO MISERABLE, AND I REALLY THINK THIS IS WORSE, THESE CONDITIONS ARE WORSE. THESE GUYS WILL RACE LATER IN THE DAY, SO THAT WILL BE A LITTLE BIT HELPFUL, BUT STILL, THOSE CONDITIONS IN THE CAR WILL BE SO HOT AND HUMID.>>YEAH, THE HUMIDITY LEVEL HERE IS JUST CRAZY.>>LITTLE WIGGLE FROM KASEY KAHNE COMING OUT OF FOUR TO TAKE THE GREEN. AND KAHNE GOES 28.80. PROBABLY WON’T BE VERY HAPPY WITH THAT, FIFTH QUICKEST OUT OF THE FIVE THAT HAVE BEEN ON THE RACETRACK. RIGHT NOW IT’S RYAN NEWMAN THAT IS THE FASTEST.>>MATT KENSETH SECOND OUT OF 29 JUST RIGHT OFF AND I THINK NEWMAN’S GOT A PRETTY GOOD CAR THIS WEEKEND. MATT KENSETH’S SHOWING SOME REALLY DECENT SPEED FOR THAT TEAM SO FAR. >>YEAH, THEY LOOKED GOOD IN PRACTICE YESTERDAY. >>THIS IS A TRACK, TOO, WHERE MATT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. YOU KNOW, A LOT OF THE RACETRACKS THEY GO THROUGH, YOU’RE REALLY AT THE MERCY OF THE CAR AND THE ABILITY THE CAR HAS. A DRIVER’S RACETRACK, WHERE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CAN DO SOME THINGS.>>ONE THING I’M GOING TO FIND INTERESTING, TOO, PLEASE EXCUSE ME IF I’M REPEATING SOMETHING YOU’VE ALREADY SAID, BUT CAN SOMEONE, MAYBE KYLE BUSCH, FIND A WAY, BECAUSE HE ALWAYS DOESN’T, TO NOT GO FAST IN ROUND ONE, SAVE A LITTLE TIRES? THIS IS A PLACE WHERE IT WOULD REALLY HELP BECAUSE THIS PLACE IS SO HARD ON TIRES. >>WE SAW THAT IN THE XFINITY SERIES QUALIFYING BECAUSE ROSS CHASTAIN WENT OUT IN THE FIRST ROUND AND IT LOOKED LIKE — >>ABOUT 15th. >>YEAH, 15th. AND WE THOUGHT MAN, I THOUGHT HE WAS SO MUCH FASTER. THEN HE WINS THE POLE. LET’S GO TO KELLI. >>I JUST SPOKE WITH KYLE BUSCH BEFORE HIS QUALIFYING EFFORT AND ASKED HIM, HOW HARD DO YOU PUSH IT THROUGHOUT THE ROUNDS OF THIS QUALIFYING SESSION? AND HE SAID ROUND ONE NOT VERY HARD. WHEN I ASKED HIM TO PUT A NUMBER ON IT, HE SAID PROBABLY ABOUT 80% ROUND ONE, 90% ROUND TWO, AND THEN GIVE IT EVERYTHING YOU’VE GOT IN ROUND THREE. >>THAT’S MAKING ME NERVOUS BECAUSE IT’S SO HARD TO DO IN A CUP SERIES BECAUSE THERE’S COMPETITION FROM FIRST TO 30th. YOU KNOW, 80% JUST MIGHT BE A LITTLE TOO MUCH. YOU JUST NEVER KNOW. WHERE IN THE XFINITY SERIES, THERE’S A BIGGER DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 1st AND 24th, THE TIME. YOU CAN KIND OF BEING A LITTLE MORE CAREFREE THERE, BUT DON’T WANT TO GO TOO EASY IN THE CUP SERIES, MAN. THESE GUYS WILL BEAT YOU.>>AND THE THROWBACK THERE, THE 21 OF PAUL MENARD. >>YOU’RE NOT GOING TO GO OUT AND PICK UP TIME HERE IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE, GO TOO EASY. >>YOU MIGHT PICK UP OFF OF THE SLOW LAPS. IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE, YOU COULD PROBABLY STILL GET IN THE TOP 24, BUT NOW YOU’VE DONE THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU WANTED TO DO, YOU PUT MORE LAPS ON YOUR TIRES. >>ALEX BOWMAN DIDN’T GO TOO EARLY, JUST PUT IN A 28 FLAT. THOSE WERE SURPRISING TIMES WHEN I LOOKED SPECIFICALLY, THAT CAR LOOKS REALLY FAST. GREAT TO SEE GUYS FIND A LITTLE SPEED.>>THERE’S TY DILLON, 0.3 SECONDS OFF, IN THE WRONG DIRECTION, THOUGH. >>EVEN THOUGH BOWMAN DIDN’T BRING HIS THROWBACK, STILL GOOD TO SEE THOSE GUYS RUN GOOD. GIVE THEM A HARD TIME. >>THERE WILL BE PENALTY POINTS IF YOU DON’T HAVE A THROWBACK. >>YEAH.>>WE’VE GOT TO HAVE SOME KIND OF SYSTEM THAT ENCOURAGES THE THROWBACK. >>IT’S VERY BIG HERE AT DARLINGTON. THEY HAVE EMBRACED IT FOR FOUR YEARS NOW AS FAR AS THE THROWBACK SCHEME. >>LOOK AT RUSTY WALLACE. HIS CAR LOOKS GOOD.>>IT SURE DOES. >>AND RUSTY’S DOING A GOOD JOB WITH IT. >>YEAH. >>IT’S SUCH A BIG DEAL FOR THE SPORT, BUT ALSO THIS TRACK. I MEAN, THIS IS THEIR RACE. THEY BUILD AROUND THAT THROW BACK CAMPAIGN, AND SO FOR THE TEAMS TO PARTICIPATE, IT’S A BIG DEAL.>>KEVIN HARVICK, DENNY HAMLIN, TWO GUYS YOU’RE GOING TO KEEP YOUR EYES ON TOMORROW AS FAR AS BATTLING FOR THE WIN. DENNY HAMLIN COMING OFF THE WIN A YEAR AGO. >>AND LOOK AT HAMLIN’S LINE THROUGH THREE AND FOUR. HE RAN THE HIGH LINE. SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE RUNNING THE VERY BOTTOM. HE CHOSE TO RUN THE TOP. HE’S TWO RIGHT NOW. I ASKED CHASE ELLIOTT ABOUT THAT. I SAW THOSE GUYS IN PRACTICE RUNNING A LITTLE HIGHER IN THREE AND FOUR. HE SAID THERE IS SOME GOOD SPEED UP THERE, THAT THE BOTTOM WASN’T AS QUICK FOR THOSE GUYS.>>JOEY LOGANO IN THAT 22, THE PARK REMEMBRANCE THERE. >>I WONDER IF WEST SIDE TIRE CHANGE MAY CHANGE THE GROOVE JUST A LITTLE BIT FOR US THIS WEEKEND. >>YEAH, THE TRACK’S ANOTHER YEAR OLDER, YOU KNOW. THIS TRACK CHANGES EVERY YEAR, AND IT JUST GETS OLDER AND OLDER. AND MAY THAT BOTTOM GROOVE, MAYBE THAT GRIP’S COME OUT OF THAT BOTTOM GROOVE AND IT MAKES THE TOP BETTER BECAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE TO TURN THE WHEEL AS MUCH, RIGHT?>>BOWMAN’S STILL QUICKEST. JIMMIE JOHNSON HAS MOVED UP INTO THE SECOND SPOT. KYLE LARSON ON THE CLOCK NOW. 14, CLINT BOWYER. >>I LIKE THAT PAINT SCHEME. THAT’S COOL. THAT’S CUBIC INCHES ON THE HOOD.>>YEAH, 358. THAT’S AWESOME. >>IS THAT ACCURATE TO TODAY’S MOTOR?>>THAT WOULD BE THE QUESTION.>>WELL, THERE ARE RULES. LET’S ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT. THERE’S A RULE BOOK THAT SAYS WHAT THEY HAVE TO BE.>>HE’S GOING TO TRY TO RUN ON THAT LEFT SIDE. IT HELPS TURN A LITTLE BIT GETTING THAT ON THE APRON.>>LARSON WENT TO T-1 ON THAT LAST, BOWYER 20th. >>HARD TO BELIEVE HE WOULD BE 0.6 SECONDS OFF. I WONDER IF HE DID ROLL AROUND THERE A LITTLE EASY. YOU HAVE KYLE BUSCH, ALMIROLA, WILLIAM BYRON, TRUEX, CHASE ELLIOTT, McMURRAY HAVE GOOD CARS. SO, BOWYER IN 20th, THAT’S GOING TO BE CLOSE TO MAKING THE TOP 24.>>JUST SAW 00 MAKING ITS WAY OFF THE RACETRACK. YOU MENTION THE DRIVERS THAT COME FOR THIS WEEKEND, BOBBY ALLISON, HIS BROTHER, DONNIE ALLISON, THEY’RE GOING TO BE HERE. SPECIAL EVENT TONIGHT THAT THE TRACK IS HOLDING. SO, SO MANY DIFFERENT DRIVERS COMING BACK AND EMBRACING THE THROWBACK WEEKEND HERE.>>KURT CHOSE THAT BOTTOM, WENT ALL THE WAY AROUND WITH THE LEFT SIDE ON THE WHITE LINE AS OPPOSED TO DENNY HAMLIN ON THE WALL. HE WENT TO FOURTH. McMURRAY WITH LIMITED PRACTICE TIME, BROKE IN YESTERDAY, 25th. MATT DiBENEDETTO IN 22nd. WONDER HOW THAT MAKES YOU FEEL THAT’S YOUR PAINT SCHEME OUT THERE RUNNING AROUND. THAT’S GOT TO FEEL GOOD TO HAVE A GUY BRING YOUR PAINT SCHEME TO THE RACETRACK. >>YEAH, MAN, IT’S ANONOR. IT’S COOL. PRETTY COOL.>>23rd, WANTING A LITTLE MORE.>>McMURRAY’S GOING TO RUN A SECOND LAP?>>WELL, McMURRAY MAY BE LOOKING AT THIS LITTLE BIT DIFFERENTLY.>>YEAH. >>HE’S GOING TO START AT THE BACK ANYWAY, SO HE’S MORE OR LESS JUST USING THIS AS A PRACTICE SESSION TO GET SOME LAPS ON HIS CAR. OH, TROUBLE!>>EARNHARDT ON THE BACK STRAIGHTAWAY. >>AND MAKES CONTACT WITH THE INSIDE WALL. >>CONTACT UP AGAINST THE WALL HERE. IT STEPPED OUT RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF TWO AND THEN TURNED SIDEWAYS ON HIM. >>JEFFREY, HE’S IN A DALE EARNHARDT PAINT SCHEME FROM 1978.>>LOOKS LIKE THAT STARTED WAY BACK THERE AROUND, YOU KNOW, CORNER EXIT. DIDN’T LOOK LIKE IT HAD HARD CONTACT WITH THE RIGHT FRONT, BUT THE DAMAGE TO THE RIGHT REAR IS GOING TO MAKE THAT DIFFICULT TO REPAIR, IF THEY CAN REPAIR IT. THE TRACK, WHEN YOU SPIN OFF TURN TWO, IT’S A LONG WAY FROM THE OUTSIDE WALL TO THAT INSIDE WALL, BUT RARELY DO YOU GET A CHANCE TO NOT HIT IT. YOU’RE GOING SO FAST OFF OF TURN TWO.>>YOU CAN SEE THE DECK LID A LITTLE BIT MESSED UP THERE AS HE WAS SITTING UP AGAINST THE WALL BUT ALREADY SIDEWAYS, AS WE SEE THE TIRE TRACKS COMING OFF OF TWO. >>YEAH, AND ALL THAT YOU CAN DO AS A DRIVER IS JUST LOCK IT DOWN AND BASICALLY HOPE. THERE’S REALLY TO DO.>>WELL, IN THIS FIRST ROUND, AS HE WAS GETTING BACK INTO THE GAS COMING OFF OF TWO, HE GETS INTO >>>TRACK JUST OPENING UP FOR CONTINUING OF ROUND ONE OF QUALIFYING FOR THE MONSTER ENERGY CUP SERIES. KYLE BUSCH ON THE CLOCK, AND HE WAS TENTH QUICKEST WITH THAT LAP.>>IF THAT’S 80%, WATCH OUT!>>YEAH.>>WILLIAM BYRON’S SECOND.>>SEE THE 9 OF CHASE ELLIOTT OUT ON THE TRACK.>>THAT BUMPS BOWYER OUT. TRY TO RERUN. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF THEY DO THAT.>>McMURRAY’S JUST MAKING LAPS, BY THE WAY. HE IS NOT QUALIFYING.>>SO, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENS WHEN, LOOK AT THIS — HERE’S ARIC ALMIROLA ON THE RACETRACK. AND IN FRONT OF HIM, JEFFREY EARNHARDT SPINS. THAT’S A HUGE DISADVANTAGE TO ALMIROLA, BECAUSE WE’VE TALKED ABOUT LAPS ON TIRES AND HOW MUCH THAT CAN MATTER. WHEN HE’S ON TRACK, HE DIDN’T GET TO COMPLETE HIS LAP. SO HE’S GOT TO COME IN, COOL THE TIRES OFF AND GO MAKE ANOTHER RUN. THAT MAY NOT HURT HIM IN ROUND ONE SO MUCH, BUT AS THE ROUNDS PROGRESS, THAT COULD BE A LITTLE BIT OF A DISADVANTAGE. >>SO, BACK ON THE TRACK NOW FOR THIS WILL BE HIS FIRST LAP OF QUALIFYING, EVEN THOUGH ON THE TIRES, IT WILL BE AT LEAST THE SECOND LAP. THERE’S DiBENEDETTO IN THE 32. IT’S A JEFF BURTON THROWBACK SCHEME.>>HE’S GOING TO DO A JEFF BURTON, HE’S GOING TO HIT SOMETHING.>>YOU MEAN, HE JUST NEEDS A DARLINGTON STRIPE.>>YEAH, YEAH, GO WITH THAT. THAT SOUNDED BETTER.>>IN THE GREEN FOR ALMIROLA ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE SCREEN. AND THAT’S — >>HARRISON. >>DAVID RAGAN, YEP, 24. HE’S MAKING IT INTO THE TOP 24. AGAIN, THE TOP 24 WILL ADVANCE INTO THE SECOND ROUND. ALMIROLA 18th. WILL THAT KEEP HIM IN THE TOP 24? THAT SHOULD. EVERYONE HAS TAKEN A LAP. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF JEFFREY EARNHARDT. HE DID NOT COMPLETE A LAP. THERE ARE ONLY 40 CARS HERE, SO ALL 40 WILL START.>>UNLESS SOMEONE HAD A MAJOR ISSUE ON THEIR LAP, IT’S GOING TO BE HARD TO GO OUT AND RUN FASTER, SO AT 24th, THE BIGGEST QUESTION IS CLINT BOWYER. DID BOWYER HAVE A BAD LAP AND CAN HE PICK UP?>>CLINT BOWYER IS ON THE TRACK, AS YOU SEE DAVID RAGAN. ALSO TRYING TO DO BETTER THIS LAP. HE’S 25th. NOW BOWYER. BOTH IN THE GREEN, COMPARED TO DARRELL WALLACE JR. >>A REALLY GOOD LAP OFF OF TURN TWO. SEE IF HE CAN HOLD IT INTO TURN THREE. HERE COMES CLINT. LOOKS GOOD AS WELL. >>YES, BOTH OF THEM LOOKED GOOD. THAT COULD BE BAD FOR MICHAEL McDOWELL, WHO IS 23rd. >>THEY’VE GOT DECENT SHADE ON THE TRACK RIGHT NOW IN TURNS THREE AND FOUR, AND IN TURNS ONE AND TWO. >>HERE COMES SUAREZ ALSO. DAVID RAGAN, EASILY INTO THE TOP 24. CLINT BOWYER 15th QUICKEST NOW, BUMPING RAGAN DOWN TO 17th, BUT THAT PUTS RICKY STENHOUSE JR. NOW ON THE BUBBLE WITH JUST OVER TWO MINUTES TO GO IN QUALIFYING IN THIS FIRST ROUND.>>SUAREZ IS GOING TO DO IT, TO 19th. IT’S HARD, THERE ARE SO MANY CLOUDS, IT’S HARD TO REALLY TELL WHEN YOU’RE GOING TO GET THAT CLOUD COVER, AND I KNOW SOME GUYS ARE MAYBE NOT PUSHING AS HARD AS THEY CAN FOR THIS FIRST ROUND, BUT CAN’T DISCREDIT WHAT THAT COOLING CAN DO, EVEN JUST THOSE 10 OR 20 DEGREES THAT IT MAY COOL THE TRACK, CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE. >>SO, I THINK ERIK JONES AND CHRIS BUESCHER THOUGHT THEY WERE IN REALLY GOOD SHAPE. I DON’T THINK THEY WERE WORRIED ABOUT RUNNING AGAIN, BUT NOW BUESCHER’S ON THE HOT SEAT. ERIK JONES IS 23rd. >>BUBBA WALLACE BACK OUT ON THE TRACK IN THAT 43. LOOK AT THE STEERING THERE, MAN.>>DIDN’T GET OFF THAT CORNER THE WAY HE’D HOPED.>>AND McDOWELL’S IN THE GREEN, BUT BUBBA WALLACE NOT. HE WAS A LITTLE OVER 0.2 SECONDS OFF. >>GOT A TENTH GOING INTO TURN THREE, GAINING UP TO 0.2 BY THE CENTER OF THE CORNER. DOESN’T HAVE THE EXIT. LOOKS LIKE YOU’RE GOING TO LOSE ALL THAT ON THE EXIT THERE. GOT INTO TURN THREE PRETTY HARD.>>UNDER A MINUTE NOW. KASEY KAHNE ON THE CLOCK. KASEY KAHNE WAS 30th, TRYING TO IMPROVE UPON THAT, GET INTO THE TOP 24.>>TRACK’S TAKING A LOT OF RUBBER, MAN. NOTICE THAT?>>IT’S BLACK IN THE GROOVE. >>IT IS. THEY HAVE MADE A LEFT-SIDE TIRE CHANGE. A LITTLE SOFTERTIRE. LITTLE MORE TIRE AR.>>30 SECONDS, RICKY STENHOUSE JR. EASILY WILL GET BACK TO THE START LINE FOR HIS QUALIFYING RUN — >>RUN ON THAT NUMBER.>>HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO IMPROVE WHAT HE DID HIS LAST LAP BY A LITTLE OVER 0.006 SECONDS. THAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHRIS BUESCHER AND RICKY STENHOUSE JR. RIGHT NOW. IN THE GREEN AND BACK TO THE GAS QUICK. >>REALLY GOOD TURN ONE, OFF THE THROTTLE BUT OFF THAT THERE. CHARGE TO THAT SECOND APEX, AND YOU CAN HEAR THE CAR GETTING INTO THE RACETRACK A LITTLE BIT, BOTTOMING OUT. COST HIM SOME SPEED ON THE CORNER BECAUSE HE COULDN’T GO TO THE THROTTLE LIKE HE WANTED TO. BUT DOVE INTO THREE REALLY HARD, BUT YOU HEARD HOW LONG IT TOOK HIM BEFORE HE COULD GET INTO THE THROTTLE AND GET INTO THE EXIT. HE’LL SEE HIS TIME, TOO, AND KNOW HE COULD HAVE MADE A LITTLE BIT OF A DIFFERENCE. IT WILL BE FRUSTRATING. I THINK HIS CAR’S JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER. >>0.02 SECONDS SLOWER THAN HE WAS THE FIRST LAP. AND WHAT CHRIS BUESCHER WAS ABLE TO DO TO MAKE IT INTO THE TOP 24. KYLE LARSON WAS THE FASTEST. THERE’S RUSTY WALLACE. HE IS ALSO GOING T T NASCAR.COM/NEWSLETTER WILL ALLOW YOU TO SIGN UP TODAY. AND TAKE A LOOK AT 25 THROUGH 40. THESE POSITIONS LOCKED IN NOW. RICKY STENHOUSE JR. CLOSEST TO MAKING IT INTO ROUND TWO BUT DOES NOT. BUBBA WALLACE IN THE 27th POSITION. KASEY KAHNE 29th. AND AGAIN, JEFFREY EARNHARDT, THE SITUATION THERE COMING OUT OF TURN TWO, AND GOT A LITTLE BIT SIDEWAYS AND INTO THE INSIDE THERE’S A THROWBACK PAINT SCHEME.>>EH, NOT REALLY. >>OSCAR MAYER. >>I DON’T REMEMBER THAT ONE.>>I SAW THE PROMOS AS IT WAS BUILDING UP. THAT’S THE OSCAR MAYER WIENER CAR LOOK THAT THEY HAVE. >>OH, I GOT YOU. >>WITH MATT KENSETH GOING WITH THERE ON THAT PAINT SCHEME. WHAT’S GOING ON, BUD?>>I WAS A LITTLE WORRIED WITH THE HEAT, RICK, THAT THE PIT BOX WASN’T GOING TO BE A VERY POPULAR SPOT TODAY, BUT I’M JOINED BY KASEY. KASEY, I APPRECIATE YOU COMING BY HERE ON THIS HOT, STEAMY SATURDAY LABOR DAY WEEKEND HERE AT DARLINGTON. >>YEAH, NO PROBLEM. GLAD TO COME BY. ON THE GROUND, FOR SURE, BUT WE’RE JUST A LITTLE TOO FREE WITH OUR DUMONT CHEVROLET. SO, YEAH, I THINK WE’LL BE BETTER IN THE RACE THAN WE WERE IN QUALIFYING. >>FIRST, YOUR PAINT SCHEME, I HAD FLASHBACKS OF A BAD TIME WHEN YOU GUYS COMPLETELY ANNIHILATED EVERYBODY BACK IN THAT SCHEME IN ’06, I THINK IT WAS. >>YEAH. >>YOU WON SIX RACES, SIX POLES. SEEMS EVERY MILE AND A HALF TRACK, YOU WERE THE GUY TO BEAT.>>A LOT OF THAT WAS THE 128. >>I REMEMBER THAT CAR. >>IT WAS VERY GOOD. I THINK WE WON FOUR OF THEM WITH THAT CAR, MAYBE, SO THAT WAS A GREAT CAR, HAD A LOT OF SPEED. DAVE FRANCIS WAS STEERING ON IT AND OUR WHOLE GROUP WAS STRONG THAT YEAR, REALLY STRONG. >>ALL WEEKEND LONG WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE THROWBACK. WE’RE ALSO GOING TO TALK ABOUT THIS RACETRACK. WE SEE QUALIFYING RIGHT HERE. KEVIN HARVICK’S OUT THERE MAKING A LAP. SO, WE KNOW HOW TOUGH THE RACETRACK IS. IN YOUR MIND, WHICH END IS TOUGHER FOR YOU?>>WELL, RIGHT THERE IN QUALIFYING, TURN ONE WAS MY HARDEST POINT. I FELT LIKE THE TRACK PICKED UP A GOOD BIT OF GRIP RIGHT AS YOU WOULD LOAD — AS YOU WOULD LIFT, AND THE CAR WOULD LOAD. MY CAR TURNED A LOT SHARPER THROUGH THERE. SO YOU USUALLY JUST KIND OF LET IT GRADUALLY GET UP TO THE WALL, AND I WAS KIND OF SIDEWAYS THROUGH THERE. SO, FOR ME IT WAS ONE, BUT A LOT OF TIMES IT’S THREE AND FOUR. AND ALSOHERE ARE THREE CHOICES IN THREE AND FOUR, AND YOU SEE A VARIETY OF THAT GOING ON TODAY, BUT IT SEEMS LIKE THE MIDDLE HAS BEEN PRETTY GOOD TO ME AND THREE AND FOUR IN QUALIFYING. >>YEAH, WE WERE WONDERING. I NOTICED A NEW LEFT-SIDE TIRE. DALE WAS TALKING ABOUT THAT MIGHT CHANGE HOW GUYS RUN THROUGH THREE AND FOUR. THIS IS SUAREZ EXITING I THINK TURN FOUR, COMING DOWN THE FRONT STRETCH. HE WAS A LITTLE BIT HIGHER. WE SAW MENARD IN THE MIDDLE. SO YOU THINK THERE ARE THREE OPTIONS AT THAT END OF THE RACETRACK?>>I THINK FOR SURE THREE, AND THREE IN THE RACE AS WELL. YOU CAN KIND OF GO WHEREVER, BUT I FEEL THERE’S A LITTLE MORE GRIP IN BASICALLY THREE SPOTS THAN THE OTHER PLACES. BUT YEAH, IT’S ALL ABOUT, YOU KNOW, HOW HARD YOU CAN GET IN WITHOUT SLOWING DOWN THE CAR AND END UP IN THAT LANE THAT YOU WANT TO START ACCELERATING. >>SO, THE BIG NEWS THIS YEAR, YOU ANNOUNCED I’M DONE WITH FULL-TIME RACING. I THOUGHT THAT WAS INTERESTING. SO, TALK TO THE FANS. I KNOW YOU’VE DONE THE PODCAST AND DIFFERENT THINGS, BUT SOUNDS LIKE YOU’RE READY TO KEEP DRIVING, JUST NOT A FULL-YEAR COMMITMENT AND WHAT IT TAKES TO RUN ALL YEAR AT THE CUP LEVEL ALL YEAR IN NASCAR. >>ABSOLUTELY. I LOVE RACING. I STILL DO, AND I’VE PUT A LOT INTO IT OVER THE YEARS AND STILL REALLY ENJOY THAT, BUT YEAH, I JUST, I FEEL LIKE IF I RAN ALL 38 RACES AGAIN NEXT YEAR, I’M NOT SURE I COULD MAKE THAT COMMITMENT TO THE TEAM TO GIVE 100%, LIKE THE ENTIRE SEASON. AND I FEEL LIKE YOU NEED TO DO THAT AND THERE’S GUYS HERE THAT CAN, SO YOU KNOW, I WANT TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT, I’LL RUN MY SPRINT CAR, MAYBE RUN SOME CUP RACES, YOU NEVER KNOW, A COUPLE. THEN MAYBE, WHO KNOWS WHAT OTHER TYPE OF CARS, BUT IT SHOULD BE A LOT OF FUN. THEN THIS RACE I WAS ACTUALLY THINKING NEXT YEAR, ME AND TANNER WILL BE IN THE GRANDSTANDS, ACTUALLY WATCHING A RACE, ENJOY IT AND HAVE FUN THERE. >>WELL, I ASKED HIM NOT TO HAVE ANY FLASHBACKS, BUT THEY DID, BECAUSE THESE HT ME BAUTZ I WAS THE LOSING END OF ALL THESE, BUT WE’RE GOING TO GO BACK. COCA-COLA 600 BACK IN 2006, THAT CAR, THAT CHASSIS YOU TALKED ABOUT, KENNY FRANCIS. THIS IS ONE OF MANY DOMINATING PERFORMANCES THAT YEAR. >>YEAH, THAT WAS, FOR THAT REASON, CHARLOTTE WAS KIND OF OUR TRACK THERE FOR THAT THREE, FOUR, FIVE YEARS. IT DIDN’T MATTER WHAT RACE IT WAS, THE ALL-STAR 600, BANK OF AMERICA RACE, IT DIDN’T MATTER. WE HAD GOOD SPEED. WE’D RUN THE CAR DIFFERENT WAYS AND EVERYTHING AND STILL BE REALLY GOOD AT THAT TRACK. I THINK THE TEAM, KENNY JUST HAD IT FIGURED OUT AND I WAS THE LUCKY ONE THAT GOT TO DRIVE IT AND THE CAR WAS SUPER GOOD. >>HAVE YOU REALLY BEEN ABLE TO STEP BACK AND KIND OF LOOK BACK? I HAD TO DO THAT AS WELL, WHERE I COULD STOP CREW CHIEFING AND GO UP INTO THE BROADCAST BOOTH AND IT TOOK TIME TO MAYBE APPRECIATE WHAT I HAD DONE OVER THE YEARS. HAVE YOU HAD A TIME TO LOOK BACK AT THE NUMBERS? IT’S IMPRESSIVE. YOU’VE RUN A LOT OF RACES. >>YEAH, SO BEFORE I DECIDED TO PULL BACK SOME, I DIDN’T LOOK AT ANY OF THAT. THEN AFTER I DID, I ACTUALLY SAW A LOT OF, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE TALKING AND, YOU KNOW, PLEADING ME OR JUST DIFFERENT STORIES THAT I SAW AND WAS LIKE, MAN, I FORGOT ABOUT THAT AND I FORGOT ABOUT THAT AND I FORGOT ABOUT 0 QUICKER. >>YOU SAID DRIVER ERROR, BUT YOU DIDN’T GET INTO THE WALL. IF I’M YOUR CREW CHIEF, I’M THANKFUL BECAUSE THERE’S NO MARGIN. >>WE WERE STILL A HALF SECOND OFF TO BE ON THE TOP FIVE OF THE BOARD.>>SEEING KURT BUSCH RIGHT HERE, GOT THAT WIN A COUPLE WEEKS AGO AT BRISTOL, ANOTHER TRACK THAT I THINK IS DEMANDING ON THE DRIVER. WE’LL SEE IF HE CAN FIND A LITTLE BIT MORE. THIS IS GOING TO BE DIFFICULT, RIGHT? BECAUSE NOW THESE GUYS ARE GOING OUT AND MAKING RUNS ON EVEN OLDER TIRES. HOW DID YOU MANAGE THAT? HOW DO YOU GUESS HOW MUCH GRIP THOSE TIRES HAVE?>>YEAH, SLOWING DOWN COMING INTO THE PITS, COOLING THE CAR OFF, THE TIRES, THE ENGINE, ALL THAT HELPS A GOOD BIT. YOU CAN MAKE ANOTHER LAP AND HAVE PRETTY GOOD GRIP STILL. TO ME, KURT GOT BACK DOWN THE HILL IN TURN TWO REALLY WELL.>>11th. >>YEAH, HE’S UP TO 11th. HE GOT DOWN THE BACKSTRETCH PRETTY GOOD AND TWO, THREE AND FOUR. HE RAN THE BOTTOM OF THREE AND FOUR THERE. WHICH EVERYBODY HAS A DIFFERENT WAY AND A LOT HAS TO DO WITH YOUR DRIVING, FOR ONE, BUT ALSO YOUR CAR SETUP. A LOT OF TIMES YOU CAN’T RUN THE BOTTOM IF YOU’RE VERY GOOD ON THE WALL. >>WE SEE A LOT OF GUYS. AS THE TIME EXPIRES, ALL TRENDING IN THE RED. YOU MENTIONED AS THE GRIP GOES AWAY IN THE TIRES, LOOKS LIKE THAT WILL BE OUR TOP 12. ALMIROLA WILL BE THE LAST TO SNEAK IN. KASEY, I CAN’T THANK YOU ENOUGH. IT IS SO COOL THAT YOU GUYS, IT’S A HOT, STEAMY DAY, BUT YOU GET RIGHT OUT OF THE RACE CAR, I KNOW IT’S DISAPPOINTING WHEN YOU DON’T MOVE FORWARD, BUT YOU COME UP AND TALK TO US AND HELP THE FANS UNDERSTAND WHAT IT’S LIKE HERE AT DARLINGTON. >>NO PROBLEM. THANKS FOR INVITING ME TO HANG OUT. >>SEE, GUYS, EVEN AS HOT AS IT IS, THE PIT BOX IS STILL THE PLACE TO HANG OUT. >>WE AGREE. FOR YOU, IT’S THE BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT, STEVE. SO, WE’RE GLAD YOU’RE DOWN NASCAR MONSTER ENERGY CUP SERIES RACE RIGHT HERE IN DARLINGTON. ALL RIGHT, GUYS, WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THROWBACK PAINT SCHEME?>>WELL, I’M GOING TO GO WITH NED JARRETT’S THROWBACK THEME THAT CLINT BOWYER’S DRIVING, OLD GENTLEMAN NED. HE’S SUCH A GOOD GUY AND I JUST HAVE SO MUCH RESPECT FOR WHAT NED DID FOR THE SPORT, AND I LIKE THESE REALLY OLD PAINT SCHEMES THAT KIND OF TAKE YOU BACK. ALTHOUGH I LIKE NUMBERS WAY ON THE BACK OF THE CAR, BUT BACK IN THE DAY, THEY WERE WAY FORWARD AND I JUST THINK IT LOOKS COOL. >>LOOK AT NED, LEANING OUT THE WINDOW. >>HEY, GUYS!>>JUST A GOOD GUY. >>MY FAVORITE’S GOING TO BE ANOTHER NUMBER, 11, DENNY’S CAR. THIS IS A THROWBACK TO HIM. 16-YEAR-OLD DENNY HAMLIN WON TRACK TITLES AT BOTH LANGLEY AND SOUTH SIDE SPEEDWAY IN 1997 DRIVING THIS LITTLE 4-CYLINDER. AND I LIKE ON DENNY’S CAR THE NUMBERS SLID BACK ALL RIGHT, THE CHESTERFIELD TRAILER & HITCH SPONSORSHIP ON THE CAR. LOOK AT THAT CAR, MAN. IT’S A BEAUTIFUL RACE CAR. CONGRATULATIONS TO DENNY, HIS SPONSORS, FEDEX, FOR ALLOWING HIM TO DO THIS PAINT SCHEME. YOU KNOW, ALL THESE SPONSORS HAVE TO BEND A LITTLE BIT AND ALLOW THESE GUYS TO DO WHAT THEY WANT AND GET CREATIVE, AND THEY CERTAINLY GAVE DENNY FREE REIGN TO DO SOMETHING REAL, REAL COOL. BEAUTIFUL RACE CAR. >>ALL RIGHT, PART-TIMER, JEFF I HAVE ON MY FANTASY LINEUP TO GET THE POLE TODAY. THAT’S AN EASY PICK TO PLUG IN THERE EVERY WEEK, BUT I CERTAINLY DIDN’T SEE THE SPEED IN THE CHEVROLETS YESTERDAY TO BE ABLE TO GO OUT THERE AND DOMINATE LIKE THEY’VE DONE SO FAR IN THESE FIRST TWO ROUNDS.>>WE’LL SEE IF ANYBODY HELD ANYTHING BACK OR ANYBODY’S TIRES ARE A LITTLE BIT BETTER. THE NUMBER WILL BE SET BY MARTIN TRUEX JR. BESIDES WHO HAS THE FASTEST LAP, HE’S THE FIRST OUT.>>28 FLAT WAS FAST IN ROUND ONE. 28.16 IN ROUND TWO. TRUEX SET A 28.39. PROBABLY NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE POLE. HAMLIN’S COMING BY. HE’S GOING TO BE A LITTLE FASTER, 28.33.>>WE HEARD SUAREZ SAY I WONDER WHAT THESE GUYS ARE GOING TO RUN, BECAUSE HE RAN A 28.50, A HE THOUGHT THAT WAS GOING TO BE COMPETITIVE OR POSSIBLY COMPETITIVE. HAMLIN WITH A 28.33, FASTEST. NOW BOWMAN, THE FIRST CHEVROLET, AND HE IS ON THE CLOCK. WE’LL SEE HOW HE DOES. HE’S IN THE GREEN TO START OFF. AND HE HAS BEEN QUICK. >>HE’S BEEN QUICK IN RACE TREND, TOO, MAN. NOT JUST SAYING THAT BECAUSE THESE GUYS HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH HIM SO LONG, BUT LOOKING AT HIS TIME, HE HAD GREAT SPEED YESTERDAY. LOST A LITTLE BIT THERE. GAINING IT BACK. NOT QUITE GOOD ENOUGH. A LOT OF SPEED DOWN THERE IN THREE AND FOUR. >>SO, THAT PROVES THAT HAMLIN AND TRUEX PUT UP SOME PRETTY GOOD NUMBERS THERE, AS BOWMAN DOWN TO THIRD. JOEY LOGANO. SEE WHAT HIS FORD HAS.>>KASEY KAHNE TALKED ABOUT THREE DIFFERENT VARIABLE LINES IN TURN THREE, TRYING TO PICK THE RIGHT ONE. DOING IT, YOU KNOW, GETTING THROUGH THERE RIGHT, NOT MAKING ANY MISTAKES AS A DRIVER SO HARD TO DO, SO HARD TO GET THROUGH THERE AND NOT OVERDRIVE SOME PART OF THE CORNER. >>KYLE BUSCH WAS IN THE GREEN THROUGH ONE AND TWO BUT HAS LOST A BIT NOW AS HE GOES INTO THREE AND FOUR. BUT HE BACKED UP THE ENTRY TO THREE AND HE GAINED SOME OF IT BACK. NOT ENOUGH. DENNY HAMLIN STILL ON TOP, KYLE BUSCH FOURTH. NEWMAN.>>NEWMAN WAS FAST IN A CHEVROLET. BETWEEN HIM, ELLIOTT AND LARSON, WILLIAM BYRON WILL STILL HAVE A SHOT TO GET THAT POLE FOR CHEVROLET MANUFACTURING.>>SO, HAMLIN HAS THE NUMBER, 28.33. ERIK JONES WAS IN THE GREEN, NOW HAS SLIPPED BACK INTO THE RED. SEE NEWMAN. HE WILL FINISH HIS LAP A LITTLE OVER 0.1 SECONDS BEHIND HAMLIN. HE’S FIFTH QUICKEST. CHASE ELLIOTT IS SEVENTH QUICKEST. STILL FOUR TO GO. LARSON, WHO’S SHOWN A LOT OF SPEED, STILL HAS NOT BEEN OUT ONTO THE TRACK OR AT LEAST COMPLETED A LAP. >>THE START OF WILLIAM BYRON’S RUN. EVERYBODY SEEMS TO BEAT DENNY INTO TURN ONE, SO THEY’RE ALL GETTING OFF TURN FOUR REALLY GOOD. THEY JUST CAN’T KEEP THE LAP GOING. RIGHT THERE A LITTLE BIT OF AN ISSUE COMING OFF TURN TWO FOR WILLIAM. JUST VERY SMALL IMPERFECTIONS IN THE LAPS AND BIG DIFFERENCE BY THE END OF THE TURN, END OF TURN THREE, DOWN 0.1. HOLDS A PRETTY CONSISTENT QUARTER THERE, LOST A COUPLE THOUSANDTHS THROUGH TURNS THREE AND FOUR. HERE COMES A GUY THAT I THINK HAS A GOOD CHANCE OF WINNING THIS POLE. KYLE LARSON. REALLY GOOD RIGHT THERE, MAN. ALREADY UP 0.05. HERE INTO THE EXIT, STOPS THE BLEEDING RIGHT THERE. DOWN THE BACK STRAIGHTAWAY — >>STRUGGLED A LITTLE BIT GETTING UP THE HILL THROUGH ONE.>>WE’LL SEE WHAT HE’S GOT AT THREE AND FOUR!>>BACKED THE CORNER UP GOOD, IF HE CAN MAKE THAT GAIN ON EXIT. OH, JUST DOESN’T LOOK LIKE IT’S HAPPENING. >>INTO THE RED. AND HAMLIN HOLDS HIM OFF AS WELL! LARSON IS SECOND.>>THAT’S GOING TO BE IT. KURT BUSCH, OFF HERE IN THREE AND FOUR. HE’S NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THAT UP ON CORNER EXIT. LOOKS LIKE DENNY HAMLIN WILL BE THE POLE-SITTER. >>DENNY HAMLIN WITH A THROWBACK PAINT SCHEME TO HIS YOUNGER YEARS OF WHEN HE WAS RACING AND JUST WAS REALLY FOUND BY JOE GIBBS RACING, WILL CELEBRATE WINNING THE POLE FOR THE SOUTHERN 500. >>RACE WINNER FROM LAST YEAR IN XFINITY AND THE CUP SERIES, MAN. THIS GUY’S GOT HIS PLACE FIGURED OUT.>>AND IT WILL BE DIFFICULT STARTING UP FRONT TO GET BY DENNY HAMLIN. BEST SPEED FOR A LAP. AND WE KNOW, OBVIOUSLY, THAT HE CAN RUN THE RACE AT THAT PACE AS WELL, AS HE HAS HAD SUCCESS AT THIS RACETRACK. DENNY HAMLIN, A TWO-TIME WINNER HERE IN DARLINGTON, AND ALL SMILES FOR THE DRIVER OF THE 11. TALKED ABOUT HOW J.D. GIBBS FOUND HIM WHEN HE WAS RACING AT HICKORY, AND THAT’S WHY HE HAS J.D. GIBBS ON HIS CAR. RIDING ALONG WITH HIM ALL THE TIME FOR JOE GIBBS RACING. 120th CAREER POLE FOR JOE GIBBS RACING. >>IS THAT CONGRATULATIONS FROM COLE TURNER?>>HOW ABOUT THAT? KELLI.>>ALL RIGHT, SO DENNY HAMLIN NOW COOLING OFF. HE’S GOING TO HAVE A QUICK CHANGE-AROUND R THE XFINITY SERIES RACE, BUT HOW SIGNIFICANT IS THIS POLE AS YOU LOOK TO DEFEND YOUR SEVENTH 500 CHAMPIONSHIP FROM LAST YEAR?>>YEAH, THE NUMBER ONE PIT STALL’S OBVIOUSLY IMPORTANT HERE, I’M EXCITED ABOUT THAT. BUT THE TEAM’S DONE A GREAT JOB WITH THE CAR ALL WEEKEND. SO PRETTY OPTIMISTIC AND HOPEFUL THAT WE HAVE A GOOD, SMOOTH RACE ON SUNDAY AND CONTINUE TO BUILD SOME MOMENTUM HERE OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.>>ALL RIGHT, CONGRATULATIONS. >>THANKS.>>ALL SMILES FOR DENNY HAMLIN. SO, WE SAID, WHO COULD UPSET THAT CHEVROLET DOMINATION THAT WE SAW IN ROUND ONE AND ROUND TWO? WELL, IT WAS DENNY HAMLIN. >>YEAH, I MEAN, HE’S SO GOOD HERE, WON THIS RACE LAST YEAR. HIS LINE HERE, I’M GOING TO BE WATCHING THE NIGHT’S XFINITY RACE. HIS LINE HERE’S SO UNIQUE. HE’S BEEN IMPRESSIVE HERE. >>MAKE SURE TO SWITCH OVER TO NBC. XFINITY SERIES “COUNTDOWN TO GREEN” IS NEXT, FOLLOWED BY

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