NEWS & NOTES
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.