Cecil Whig - - SPORTS -

AR­RESTED XFINITY DRIVER EARNS SUS­PEN­SION Derek White, who has started one NASCAR XFINITY Se­ries race this sea­son and failed to qual­ify for an­other, was ar­rested last week in con­nec­tion with an il­licit to­bacco- and drug-smug­gling op­er­a­tion in Canada. This week, NASCAR an­nounced it has sus­pended White for fail­ing to re­port the ar­rest to se­ries of­fi­cials within 72 hours as re­quired by the NASCAR rule­book. White, 45, has made 22 ca­reer XFINITY starts, six Truck Se­ries starts and one Sprint Cup start. He’s fac­ing seven dif­fer­ent charges and was ar­rested among a bust that charged more than 60 in­di­vid­u­als. 3 TOP 10s FOR RCR It’s been awhile since Richard Chil­dress Rac­ing had the type of ban­ner day it had Sun­day at Martinsville Speedway. The for­mer home of Dale Earn­hardt’s famed No. 3 saw all three of its driv­ers fin­ish in the top 10 in the STP 500 when Austin Dillon fin­ished fourth,Paul Me­nard crossed the fin­ish line 8th and Ryan Newman cap­tured 10th. It was the first time RCR has had all of its team cars fin­ish inside the top 10 since the fall 2014 race at Kansas Speedway. SLUMP­ING KAHNE Af­ter miss­ing the Chase for the Sprint Cup last year thanks to a dis­ap­point­ing sea­son that saw just three top-5 fin­ishes in 36 races, Kasey Kahne is con­tin­u­ing his un­ex­pect­edly dis­mal trend into 2016. Af­ter six races, Kahne has yet to pro­duce a top-5 fin­ish and has just a sin­gle top-10 run to his credit. His av­er­age fin­ish through six races (19.7) is on pace to be the lowest he’s recorded since 2007. The re­sult is Kahne sit­ting 17th in points over­all and last among the four-driver Hen­drick Mo­tor­sports team.

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