Jimmie Johnson looks for 9th Career Charlotte Win

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Marcus Smith from Charlotte Motor Speedway

"It was tough out there today, the auto was a handful", he told Mike Hembree of USA TODAY Sports. "Just thankful to him and this whole team and Barney (owner) and everybody for giving us everything we need". After all, crew chief Brian Pattie did the math, and it was Pattie who kept Stenhouse on the track at Dover to set up the risk/reward play for the decisive stage points.

"The fans always ask me, since I've been here so long how many laps I've had around the track", Stone said. "We don't want to get ahead of ourselves, so we're just focused on a strong weekend here at home".

"This is the one that got us a year ago", Truex said. It's frustrating to run like this. And he's like yeah, that's where we went wrong. The top five finishing drivers were all playoff participants - following Truex across the line were Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Jamie McMurray. "The auto actually wasn't that bad on that first run, but when we put the second set of tires on, the balance completely changed in a way that we didn't expect it to, so then we had to play catch-up".

"We enjoy, just enjoy the NASCAR racing", said Walter Baumgardner. But they did a great job all day. If that's true, it couldn't come at a worse time for those teams...or at a better one for the rest of the sport.

KYLE BUSCH: Busch got overheated in his race auto after a tough day - he hit the wall at least three times and said he would need oxygen after the race. We screwed up, we'll get them Sunday.

The preliminary list for this race had 40 drivers in the running and there are in fact 40 spots on the starting grid.

Stage 2: Harvick swept the stages on Sunday, leading for nearly the entire second stage. At the checkered flag, he was 10th.

Truex drove the No. 78 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota to a second-round lap of 28.496 seconds at 189.500 miles per hour under the lights on the 1.5-mile tri-oval.

Harvick's lead was.413-seconds over Elliott after the first circuit following the Lap 141 restart.

"I was pretty pleased with the lap times", Hamlin said. "It's just a matter of getting the details right". I've gotten smarter and calmer; just controlling your emotions and thoughts. We'll also see Alex Bowman in the saddle this week. Truex won the opener at Chicagoland Speedway and Kyle Busch won at New Hampshire and Dover.

Busch's lead was.416-seconds over Harvick by Lap 110.

Larson possibly had the best auto to challenge Truex, but a tire changer slipped on a pit stop when Larson was leading with 55 laps remaining. His first and third incidents resulted in cautions. "This is a track position type race track". He requested oxygen before the checkered flag, and when he was able to climb from his auto after the race, he lay down in some artificial turf in the infield to recover from inhaling fumes.

But Denny Hamlin, now seventh in the standings, was better and took the pole for the Bank of America 500 on Sunday.

Emergency personnel assist driver Kyle Busch after a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. If Custer can pick up a top-five result and maybe even win at Charlotte, that would make things a lot more interesting for Custer. Both practice sessions scheduled for Saturday were cancelled because of rain.

DALE JR.: He finished 12th in his final Cup race at the track, which he told SiriusXM "has been hemorrhaging for a while". The four drivers that were eliminated were Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman, and Austin Dillon.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is racing for the final time at Charlotte, qualified 23rd in a backup auto after he crashed just moments into practice.

Earnhardt, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and David Ragan wrecked in practice Friday.

In early June, a race fan returned to Charlotte Motor Speedway after 20 years and requested his second tour with Stone.

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