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JOLIET, Ill. -- With numerous drivers needing a win to qualify for the first NASCAR Chase for the Truck Series championship, aggression and accidents ruled the final laps.Kyle Busch navigated it all to leave those hungry drivers disappointed.Busch overcame a race-record 11 cautions for his 46th career Truck Series victory Friday night. The Sprint Cup stars second circuit win of the season and fifth trucks win at Chicagoland Speedway meant Daniel Hemric and Timothy Peters earned the final two spots in the eight-driver playoff field based on points.It was kind of hectic, Busch said of the finish. There was a lot on the line for those guys. I know they were racing for a bunch. I was only worried about us.Busch took on four tires and re-started ninth with 42 laps to go before quickly charging to the front just before Johnny Sauter clipped Ben Kennedy to ignite a crash and red flag.There were four more cautions before Busch blew past Cameron Hayley on an overtime restart and had the lead when the final caution flew on the last lap. Busch led 95 of the 150 laps on the 1.5-mile oval for his 167th win on NASCARs top three circuits.Hemric finished second to earn a spot in the season-ending, seven-race playoff.We worked our tails off to get to this point, he said. We thought if we could figure out a way to get ourselves in we could make a serious run at the championship.Hayley was third, followed by Christopher Bell and Sauter.Were not in the Chase, Hayley said, but we cant say we didnt try.The race began with six of the eight Chase spots already determined. John Hunter Nemechek was the last to clinch after he tangled with Cole Custer in the grass before claiming a win in Canada.Top-seeded William Byron, 2015 champion Matt Crafton, Kennedy, Sauter and Bell also were safely in.Custer, who announced earlier Friday that he would move to the Xfinity Series next season with Stewart-Haas Racing, was penalized for speeding on pit road with 84 laps left. He still got into the top 10 late before being involved in a wreck that caused a tire rub. He finished 10th.Its the best truck I ever brought to a mile-and-a-half, so Im really happy with that, Custer said. I made a mistake and we put ourselves in a bad spot.Spencer Gallagher earned his first pole and John Wes Townley joined him on the front row. It rekindled memories of their on-track wrestling and boxing match after an incident at Gateway Motorsports Park in June that included takedowns and punches to the face.But mistakes kept both out of the Chase, with Townley sparking an accident that caused a late caution and Gallagher finishing sixth.Peters qualified for the Chase by finishing eighth despite hitting the wall and having a right-front tire go down on the 67th lap.Byron, a five-time winner who drives for Buschs team, scraped the outside wall after four laps and headed to the garage. He returned 40 laps later only to again crash and finished 30th.That was a bummer to see, Busch said. Hopefully, they can get back on their horse next week.Kennedys car was destroyed and damaged the SAFER barrier, causing a 14-minute delay. He was treated and released from the infield care center.Matt Tifft had to pit early with a loose wheel and finished 12th in his first race since undergoing surgery to remove a non-cancerous brain tumor. 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FIU executive director of sports and entertainment Pete Garcia said Davis will be introduced Tuesday afternoon.Well tell you how it happened then, Garcia said.Garcia -- who has a long history with Davis, including stints working together with the Miami Hurricanes and then the Cleveland Browns -- used Davis as a consultant the last time he hired a coach, that being Ron Turner in 2013.When Turner got fired after an 0-4 start this season left him 10-30 at FIU, Garcia didnt want to consult with Davis this time. He was widely considered to be the immediate frontrunner for the position, and now the deal is done.ESPN, which has employed Davis as an analyst, said he told them he was leaving the network immediately for his new job. Garcia said that Ron Cooper, who has gone 3-3 as FIUs interim coach, will remain in place for the final two games of this season.Davis spent six seasons as Miamis coach from 1995 through 2000, then leaving for the Browns -- and stepping away from a Hurricanes team that dominated its way to the 2001 natiional championship under Larry Coker.dddddddddddd.Davis also coached for four seasons at North Carolina, getting fired just before the team opened practice for the 2011 season while the school dealt with allegations of improper benefits and academic misconduct. Davis was never implicated in that NCAA probe and has long maintained that he did nothing wrong.Davis, who turns 65 on Thursday, will face a rebuilding job.FIU went to bowl games in 2010 and 2011 under Mario Cristobal, who was fired in 2012 and is now an Alabama assistant. The Panthers have not been bowl-eligible since, going 16-42 since Cristobals dismissal.Some Miami fans lobbied openly last year for the Hurricanes to hire Davis, who acknowledged that he wanted to be considered. Instead, hell now have a chance to coach against the Hurricanes -- the series between the schools resumes in 2018 and 2019.Its not the first time Garcia has managed to make a splashy hire to coach at FIU. He landed Isiah Thomas as mens basketball coach in 2009, then fired him three years later after a 26-65 record.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org ' ' '
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