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Race Day Need to Know: Watkins Glen

The Sprint Cup Series goes road racing for the second and final time of the 2015 season with the 30th annual Cheez-It 355 at The Glen.

What you need to know:

Start Time: The green flag is scheduled for approximately 2:18 p.m. ET

Race Distance: 90 laps around the 2.45-mile paved road course

National Anthem: David Cook

Grand Marshal: Mel Bomprezzi and Brent Cox, Kroger Company

Honorary Starter: Margarita Caraballo

TV / Radio Broadcast: The pre-race show begins at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network with race coverage beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET … the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Channel 90 will carry the radio broadcast

Broadcast Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte

Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast

Competition Caution: None

To The Rear: None

One Year Ago: AJ Allmendinger punched his ticket into the 2014 Chase for the Championship when he beat Marcos Ambrose in furious late battle. Ambrose came up short in what was his final road course start in NASCAR as he announced he was headed back to V8 Supercars at season’s end. The race six cautions for 17 laps and five lead changes.

Misc.: AJ Allmendinger looks to go back-to-back at Watkins Glen for what would be his second career victory … Four-time winner Jeff Gordon makes his final Watkins Glen start … Toyota hopes to find victory lane for the first time since 2008

Starting Lineup:

  1. (47)  AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 127.839 mph.
  2. (78)  Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 127.569 mph.
  3. (14)  Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 127.481 mph.
  4. (4)  Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 127.416 mph.
  5. (24)  Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 127.181 mph.
  6. (42)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 126.948 mph.
  7. (88)  Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 126.912 mph.
  8. (18)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 126.868 mph.
  9. (48)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 126.828 mph.
  10. (3)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 126.788 mph.
  11. (2)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 126.112 mph.
  12. (51)  Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 125.980 mph.
  13. (11)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 126.826 mph.
  14. (41)  Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 126.790 mph.
  15. (19)  Carl Edwards, Toyota, 126.677 mph.
  16. (22)  Joey Logano, Ford, 126.610 mph.
  17. (1)  Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 126.595 mph.
  18. (15)  Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 126.584 mph.
  19. (55)  David Ragan, Toyota, 126.533 mph.
  20. (31)  Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 126.488 mph.
  21. (43)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 126.092 mph.
  22. (10)  Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 126.068 mph.
  23. (5)  Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 126.040 mph.
  24. (9)  Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 125.995 mph.
  25. (16)  Greg Biffle, Ford, 125.923 mph.
  26. (20)  Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 125.890 mph.
  27. (83)  Matt DiBenedetto #, Toyota, 125.849 mph.
  28. (27)  Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 125.781 mph.
  29. (13)  Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 125.775 mph.
  30. (17)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 125.616 mph.
  31. (95)  Michael McDowell, Ford, 125.573 mph.
  32. (34)  Chris Buescher(i), Ford, 125.452 mph.
  33. (35)  Cole Whitt, Ford, 125.217 mph.
  34. (6)  Trevor Bayne, Ford, 124.744 mph.
  35. (33)  Alex Kennedy #, Chevrolet, 124.615 mph.
  36. (40)  Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 124.068 mph.
  37. (38)  David Gilliland, Ford, Owner Points
  38. (32)  Boris Said(i), Chevrolet, Owner Points
  39. (7)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, Owner Points
  40. (46)  Michael Annett, Chevrolet, Owner Points
  41. (26)  Jeb Burton #, Toyota, Owner Points
  42. (23)  JJ Yeley(i), Toyota, Owner Points
  43. (98)  Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, Owner Points

1 drivers failed to qualify.

  1. (62)  TJ Bell(i), Chevrolet, 123.607 mph.

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Race Day Need to Know: Pocono Raceway

NASCAR makes their return to Pocono Raceway with the 42nd running of the Windows 10 400.

What you need to know:

Start Time: The green flag is scheduled for approximately 1:48 p.m. ET

Race Distance: 160 laps, 400 miles around the 2.5-mile tri-oval

National Anthem: Alyssa Golden

Grand Marshal: Jeremy Korst, General Manager of Windows Brand and Product Marketing

Honorary Starter: Jason Campbell, Windows Group Product Marketing Manager

TV / Radio Broadcast: The pre-race show begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network with race coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET … the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Channel 90 will carry the radio broadcast

Broadcast Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte

Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider

Competition Caution: None

To The Rear: Jeb Burton (backup car), Ryan Newman (rear gear change)

One Year Ago: Dale Earnhardt Jr. completed the Pocono Raceway sweep after crew chief Steve Letarte played the pit strategy perfect. Earnhardt Jr. held off Kevin Harvick on a green-white-checkered finish to pick up his second Pocono win and third of the season. The race featured eight cautions for 35 laps and 15 lead changes.

Misc.: Martin Truex Jr. looks to follow in Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 2014 footsteps by sweeping season at Pocono … Chevrolet goes for their seventh consecutive Pocono win … Kyle Busch goes for his fourth consecutive win and fifth in six weeks.

Starting Lineup:

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Austin Dillon
  5. Tony Stewart
  6. Kurt Busch
  7. Matt Kenseth
  8. Carl Edwards
  9. Brad Keselowski
  10. Jeff Gordon
  11. Denny Hamlin
  12. Jimmie Johnson
  13. Martin Truex Jr.
  14. Ryan Newman
  15. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  16. Kasey Kahne
  17. Jamie McMurray
  18. Paul Menard
  19. Clint Bowyer
  20. Danica Patrick
  21. Aric Almirola
  22. AJ Allmendinger
  23. Trevor Bayne
  24. David Ragan
  25. Greg Biffle
  26. Casey Mears
  27. Kyle Larson
  28. Alex Bowman
  29. Landon Cassill
  30. Sam Hornish Jr.
  31. Justin Allgaier
  32. Brett Moffitt
  33. Cole Whitt
  34. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  35. JJ Yeley
  36. Matt DiBenedetto
  37. David Gilliland
  38. Jeb Burton
  39. Michael Annett
  40. Travis Kvapil
  41. Reed Sorenson
  42. Alex Kennedy
  43. Timmy Hill
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Brad Keselowski Fastest in Pocono Practice

Brad Keselowski paced the only round of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice prior to qualifying for the Microsoft 10 400 on Friday at Pocono Raceway.

Keselowski won this event back in 2011 and decided that nine laps was enough to dial in his car for qualifying — which starts at 4:45 p.m. His fastest lap was run at 50.961 seconds at 176.606 mph.

Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Austin Dillon and Kevin Harvick completed the top-5. The June winner at Pocono, Martin Truex Jr., posted the 12th fastest time.

The session was largely uneventful with teams testing out a newly paved section of the track over the tunnel turn in Turn 2. The bump over the tunnel gave drivers fits two months ago so the track paved it in response. It’s also worth noting that NASCAR had mandated the standard 2015 package for this event and not the low downforce Kentucky Package or the high downforce Indianapolis/Michigan package.

The complete results from Pocono Sprint Cup practice can be viewed below.

  1. Brad Keselowski 176.606 50.961 Leader
  2. Matt Kenseth 176.339 51.038 -0.077
  3. Denny Hamlin 176.267 51.059 -0.098
  4. Austin Dillon 176.170 51.087 -0.126
  5. Kevin Harvick 175.987 51.140 -0.179
  6. Jimmie Johnson 175.905 51.164 -0.203
  7. Ryan Newman 175.836 51.184 -0.223
  8. Kyle Busch 175.644 51.240 -0.279
  9. Jamie McMurray 175.517 51.277 -0.316
  10. Kurt Busch 175.408 51.309 -0.348
  11. Carl Edwards 175.398 51.312 -0.351
  12. Martin Truex Jr. 175.298 51.341 -0.380
  13. Joey Logano 175.217 51.365 -0.404
  14. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 175.196 51.371 -0.410
  15. AJ Allmendinger 174.954 51.442 -0.481
  16. Kyle Larson 174.710 51.514 -0.553
  17. Aric Almirola 174.561 51.558 -0.597
  18. Jeff Gordon 174.436 51.595 -0.634
  19. Clint Bowyer 174.192 51.667 -0.706
  20. Casey Mears 174.058 51.707 -0.746
  21. David Ragan 173.802 51.783 -0.822
  22. Tony Stewart 173.802 51.783 -0.822
  23. Paul Menard 173.789 51.787 -0.826
  24. Danica Patrick 173.527 865 -0.904
  25. Justin Allgaier 173.120 987 -1.026
  26. Alex Bowman 172.970 52.032 -1.071
  27. Greg Biffle 172.814 52.079 -1.118
  28. Trevor Bayne 172.698 52.114 -1.153
  29. Cole Whitt 172.635 52.133 -1.172
  30. Sam Hornish Jr. 172.302 234 -1.273
  31. Brett Moffitt 171.877 52.363 -1.402
  32. JJ Yeley 171.549 52.463 -1.502
  33. Landon Cassill 171.265 52.550 -1.589
  34. David Gilliland 171.171 52.579 -1.618
  35. Kasey Kahne 170.804 52.692 -1.731
  36. Michael Annett 170.558 52.768 -1.807
  37. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 170.519 52.780 -1.819
  38. Travis Kvapil 170.390 52.820 -1.859
  39. Jeb Burton 170.367 52.827 -1.866
  40. Matt DiBenedetto 169.760 53.016 -2.055
  41. Reed Sorenson 166.605 54.020 -3.059
  42. Alex Kennedy 165.362 54.426 -3.465
  43. Timmy Hill 164.285 54.783 -3.822

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Race Day Need to Know: Indianapolis

The Sprint Cup Series makes their annual trek to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 22nd annual Crown Royal presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard.

What you need to know:

Start Time: The green flag is scheduled for approximately 3:39 p.m. ET (moved up 10 minutes due to weather)

Race Distance: 160 laps, 400 miles around the 2.5-mile quad oval

National Anthem: Kellie Pickler

Grand Marshal: Jeff Kyle

Honorary Pace Car Driver: Lauren Holiday, U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

Honorary Starter: Mari Hulman George

TV / Radio Broadcast: The pre-race show begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network with race coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET … the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Channel 90 will carry the radio broadcast

Broadcast Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte

Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider

Competition Caution: None

To The Rear: Ryan Newman (qualifying time disallowed, no right side window)

One Year Ago: On what was declared Jeff Gordon day, the driver of the No. 24 went out and won for the historic fifth time at Indianapolis. Gordon bested teammate Kasey Kahne, who fell sixth, on a late restart for the win after leading 40 of 160 laps. The race featured four cautions for 16 laps and 15 lead changes.

Misc.: The Sprint Cup Series will race with a high drag package that NASCAR is utilizing at the high-speed tracks of Indianapolis and Michigan … Jeff Gordon, who has started every Brickyard race, will make his final start today … Chevrolet looks for their 13 straight win at the Indianapolis … The three previous winners have started inside the top-six.

Starting Lineup:

  1. (19)  Carl Edwards, Toyota, 183.464 mph.
  2. (22)  Joey Logano, Ford, 183.139 mph.
  3. (55)  David Ragan, Toyota, 182.886 mph.
  4. (14)  Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 182.823 mph.
  5. (42)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 182.634 mph.
  6. (4)  Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 182.448 mph.
  7. (15)  Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 182.382 mph.
  8. (88)  Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 182.308 mph.
  9. (18)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 182.278 mph.
  10. (1)  Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 182.238 mph.
  11. (27)  Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 182.028 mph.
  12. (48)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 181.987 mph.
  13. (78)  Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 183.240 mph.
  14. (41)  Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 183.072 mph.
  15. (10)  Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 183.001 mph.
  16. (13)  Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 182.667 mph.
  17. (11)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 182.637 mph.
  18. (9)  Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 182.482 mph.
  19. (24)  Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 182.389 mph.
  20. (16)  Greg Biffle, Ford, 182.360 mph.
  21. (51)  Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 182.238 mph.
  22. (43)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 182.113 mph.
  23. (20)  Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 182.079 mph.
  24. (40)  Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 181.939 mph.
  25. (3)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 181.928 mph.
  26. (47)  AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 181.910 mph.
  27. (5)  Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 181.386 mph.
  28. (25)  Chase Elliott(i), Chevrolet, 181.036 mph.
  29. (17)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 180.963 mph.
  30. (21)  Ryan Blaney(i), Ford, 180.919 mph.
  31. (2)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 180.854 mph.
  32. (95)  Michael McDowell, Ford, 180.777 mph.
  33. (6)  Trevor Bayne, Ford, 180.469 mph.
  34. (46)  Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 180.426 mph.
  35. (7)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 180.325 mph.
  36. (33)  Brian Scott(i), Chevrolet, 180.022 mph.
  37. (38)  David Gilliland, Ford, Owner Points
  38. (23)  JJ Yeley(i), Toyota, Owner Points
  39. (34)  Brett Moffitt #, Ford, Owner Points
  40. (83)  Matt DiBenedetto #, Toyota, Owner Points
  41. (35)  Cole Whitt, Ford, Owner Points
  42. (98)  Timmy Hill(i), Ford, Owner Points
  43. (31)  Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, Owner Points

3 drivers failed to qualify.

  1. (32)  Josh Wise, Ford, 178.941 mph.
  2. (26)  Jeb Burton #, Toyota, 176.170 mph.
  3. (62)  Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 174.540 mph.
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Denny Hamlin Fastest in Single Car Brickyard 400 Practice

INDIANAPOLIS — While very little was learned about the type of racing fans can expect on Sunday in the Brickyard 400, Sprint Cup teams learned a great deal about their cars under the high downforce and high drag downforce package during the opening round of practice on Friday morning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The session lasted an hour and a half and saw teams only participate in single car runs in order for teams to work on the balance of their cars while supplying data to NASCAR given that Friday was the first time this package has been used on the track.

For all intents and purposes, today is a test with teams allowed to change engines prior to qualifying on Saturday morning.

Denny Hamlin piloted his Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota to the top of the leaderboards with a fast lap of 182.208 mph around the flat Indiana speedway. He previously won the pole at the Brickyard back in 2012.

A familiar list of Brickyard contenders completed the top-5 in practice with four-time Jimmie Johnson posting the second fastest time, followed by Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart.

The only issue of note occured when Johnson lost power and stopped at the entrance of pit road. Johnson said over his radio that he thought it was either a fuel pump or electrical issue. Crew chief Chad Knaus ordered him to stall the car as to not aggrevate any potential issues.

The new package was designed to create a slipstream from a leading car to a following one to create addition passing opportunities and side-by-side action. As a result, lap times are significant slower here than they have been in the past with Hamlin posting a lap nearly five mph slower than what Matt Kenseth posted in first practice here last year — 186.285 mph.

The lap was also off the 188.470 mph mark set by Harvick here last season when he won the pole.

Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano was 22nd fastest during the session but said he definitely noticed the difference in speed while drafting when he got in the dirty air of a driver pulling down pit road.

“I drafted a car down the back straightaway as he was pulling in just to get closer and the amount of speed you gain as you get closer and closer to that car in front of you, and then I pulled out because he was pulling in – and when I pulled back into the air it was like putting the brakes on,” Logano said. “It was like, ‘Whoa.’  The draft is huge.  What that does in the corners is gonna be a different ballgame.

“Obviously, the hole in the air is larger, so driving the cars through the corners is gonna be more challenging, but the drag down the straightaway will that overcome what the challenge is in the corner?  We’ll just have to wait and see.”

The most significant change to the car was the spoiler which was raised to nine inches and given a one-inch wicker bill. The car also features a 43-inch radiator pan.

NASCAR will continue to assess the data throughout the day and may make changes to the mandated gear ratio in order to allow teams to reach the recommended 9000 rpms.

Two more practices are scheduled Friday — from 1-2:25 p.m. ET and 4-5:55 p.m. ET — with both broadcast on NBC Sports Network. Qualifying will use single-car runs to set the 43-car field is scheduled for Saturday at 1:10

The top-20 in first practice can be viewed below.

  1. Denny Hamlin 49.394
  2. Jimmie Johnson -0.112
  3. Kevin Harvick -0.123
  4. Jeff Gordon -0.208
  5. Tony Stewart -0.271
  6. Matt Kenseth -0.277
  7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -0.317
  8. Jamie McMurray -0.386
  9. Kurt Busch 0.387
  10. Martin Truex Jr. 0.444
  11. Kyle Busch -0.486
  12. Clint Bowyer -0.500
  13. David Ragan -0.531
  14. Brad Keselowski -0.551
  15. Chase Elliott -0.623
  16. Greg Biffle -0.629
  17. Carl Edwards -0.642
  18. Casey Mears -0.689
  19. Kyle Larson -0.702
  20. Ryan Blaney -0.711

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Race Day Need to Know: New Hampshire

With eight races remaining before the Chase, taming the “Magic Mile” could mean a playoff spot for the driver who captures the checkered flag in the 23rd annual 5-hour ENERGY 301.

What you need to know:

Start Time: The green flag is scheduled for approximately 1:45 p.m. ET

Race Distance: 301 laps, 318.485 miles around the 1.05-mile oval

National Anthem: Nicole Pelletier, winner of Speedway Star Competition

Canadian National Anthem: Rene Rancourt

Grand Marshal: Adam Sandler

Honorary Pace Car Driver: Rob Ninkovich of the New England Patriots

Honorary Starter: Michael Martone, 5-hour ENERGY representative

TV / Radio Broadcast: The pre-race show begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network with race coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET … the Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM Channel 90 will carry the radio broadcast

Broadcast Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte

Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider

Competition Caution: None

To The Rear: None

One Year Ago: Brad Keselowski ran wild on the field by leading 138 of the race’s 305 laps for his first New Hampshire win. Kyle Busch, who led the second most laps (62), finished second. The race featured seven cautions for 35 laps and 18 lead changes.

Misc.: Jeff Gordon makes his first of two final New Hampshire starts … Chevrolet will try to win for the first time since July of 2012 … Penske Racing goes for three consecutive New Hampshire wins … Both New Hampshire winners in 2014 came from the seventh starting position.

Starting Lineup:

  1. Carl Edwards
  2. Joey Logano
  3. David Ragan
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. Denny Hamlin
  6. Kurt Busch
  7. Jimmie Johnson
  8. Matt Kenseth
  9. Kasey Kahne
  10. Brad Keselowski
  11. Jamie McMurray
  12. Kevin Harvick
  13. Landon Cassill
  14. Greg Biffle
  15. Martin Truex Jr.
  16. Ryan Blaney
  17. Kyle Larson
  18. Clint Bowyer
  19. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  20. Danica Patrick
  21. Casey Mears
  22. AJ Allmendinger
  23. Jeff Gordon
  24. Austin Dillon
  25. Tony Stewart
  26. Ryan Newman
  27. Sam Hornish Jr.
  28. Paul Menard
  29. Aric Almirola
  30. Justin Allgaier
  31. Trevor Bayne
  32. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  33. Cole Whitt
  34. Brett Moffitt
  35. Matt DiBenedetto
  36. Jeb Burton
  37. David Gilliland
  38. Michael Annett
  39. JJ Yeley
  40. Alex Bowman
  41. Eddie MacDonald
  42. Derek White
  43. Timmy Hill

One driver failed to qualify:

44. Reed Sorenson

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Kyle Weatherman Earns Pole for ARCA Iowa 150

NEWTON, Iowa — Kyle Weatherman won his second ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards pole award of the season Friday, setting the fastest time for tonight’s #ThisIsMySpeedway150 at Iowa Speedway.

Weatherman, 18, turned his fastest qualifying lap in 130.106 mph in winning his second pole of the season, and first since taking the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell honor at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville April 11. He finished that race in fifth. He’s hoping for more at the .875-mile Iowa Speedway.

“I believe we will be in good shape for all 150 laps tonight,” said Weatherman, driver of the No. 22 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge.

Weatherman tested at Iowa Speedway a couple of weeks ago. The car is much better now, he said.

“To be honest, we were really bad at the test,” Weatherman said. “We went back to the shop and worked pretty hard and we threw everything we had at it. Obviously, it worked. I’m proud of everyone at the shop for all of their hard work.”

His Cunningham Motorsports teammates Austin Cindric, in the No. 99 AutoZone Ford, will start fourth and Tom Hessert, in the No. 77 Barbera’s Autoland Dodge, will start eighth. Cindric is making his first career ARCA start and was also part of that test session.

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series is the race, which will start just after 8 p.m. CT. It will be live on Fox Sports 1.

Weatherman topped Matt Kurzejewski by 0.037 seconds in Friday’s afternoon qualifying. Kurzejewski, in the No. 54 Elmira Heat Treating Ford, was fastest in the 90-minute practice session held Friday morning. Brandon Jones qualified third in the No. 25 Ansell-Menards Toyota before spinning on his second lap while series point leader Grant Enfinger qualified fifth in the No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet.

Others with a top 10 starting position include sixth-place Matt Tifft, Mason Mitchell in seventh, Austin Wayne Self in ninth and Sarah Cornett-Ching in 10th.

Todd Gilliland, driving for Venturini Motorsports, qualified 11th in the No. 55 Renton Coil Springs Toyota.

The heat index at Iowa Speedway is more than 100 degrees. Weatherman said he feels since the race starts later in the day, it will not affect the cars.

“We’re going to have to pay attention to the overheating, but I think we will be good,” he said. “Since it is an 8 p.m. race, I think we’ll be in good shape.”

The race will air live on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. CT. It will re-air at 3 a.m. ET, July 18 on Fox Sports 1 and at 3 p.m. ET on July 19 on Fox Sports 2.

  1. Kyle Weatherman
  2. Matt Kurzejewski
  3. Brandon Jones
  4. Austin Cindric
  5. Grant Enfinger
  6. Matt Tifft
  7. Mason Mitchell
  8. Tom Hessert
  9. Austin Wayne Self
  10. Sarah Cornett-Ching
  11. Todd Gilliland
  12. Josh Williams
  13. Blake Jones
  14. Bo LeMastus
  15. J. Fike
  16. Michael Lira
  17. David Levine
  18. Bobby Gerhart
  19. Tom Berte
  20. James Swanson
  21. David Sear
  22. Thomas Praytor
  23. Con Nicolopoulos
  24. Rick Clifton
  25. Richard Altman
  26. Josh White
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart Caught up in Early Crashes

SPARTA, Ky. — Two of the most popular drivers in NASCAR were involved in two of the earliest cautions on Saturday night in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart both had frustrating weekends in the Bluegrass State and were damaged when both got caught up in crashes on Lap 136 and 143 respectively.

Earnhardt had complained about his lack of brakes from the Lap 30 competition caution up until he drilled the Turn 4 just over 100 laps later. He immediately came over the radio and complained to his crew that he couldn’t stop and was unable to keep it off the wall.

Meanwhile, Stewart was once again bit by his inability to escape the back of the pack and got caught in an incident between Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Jeb Burton. Stenhouse got loose under Jeb Burton and spun him out in Turn 2 right in front of Stewart.

The three-time Sprint Cup Series champion had nowhere to go, slammed on his brakes and was run into and spun lightly into the wall by Matt DiBenedetto.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. entered the weekend second in the standings and is solidly in the Chase for the Championship by virtue of his two victories while Stewart entered 25th and without a win.

Each driver involved in the two cautions remained in the race. This post will be updated after the conclusion of the event.

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Race Day Need to Know: Kentucky

The Sprint Cup Series makes their annual trip to Kentucky Speedway, which will be highlighted by the debut of a new rules package in the 5th annual Quaker State 400.

What you need to know:

Start Time: The green flag is scheduled for approximately 7:45 p.m. ET

Race Distance: 267 laps, 400 miles around the 1.5-mile oval

National Anthem: 113th U.S. Army Band (Fort Knox, KY)

Grand Marshal: George Sherman, President of Advance Auto Parts

Honorary Starter: Tim Sifford, Product Director of Advance Auto Parts

NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 5:00 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2

TV / Radio Broadcast: The pre-race show begins at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network with race coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET … the Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM Channel 90 will carry the radio broadcast

Broadcast Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte

Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider

Competition Caution: None (subject to change)

To The Rear: None

One Year Ago: Brad Keselowski made one mistake all night – cutting his hand in Victory Lane – after dominating for 199 of 267 laps led. Keselowski picked up his second Kentucky win over inaugural race winner Kyle Busch, who led 31 laps. The event featured six cautions for 34 laps and 12 lead changes.

Misc.: Jeff Gordon makes his fifth and final Kentucky start … If Gordon were to win, he would have a victory at every active Sprint Cup Series track … Chevrolet is still looking for their first Kentucky victory … Two of Kentucky’s first four winners have come from the pole

Starting Lineup:

  1. Kyle Larson
  2. Brad Keselowski
  3. Jeff Gordon
  4. Joey Logano
  5. Martin Truex Jr.
  6. Jimmie Johnson
  7. Jamie McMurray
  8. Denny Hamlin
  9. Kyle Busch
  10. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  11. Austin Dillon
  12. Aric Almirola
  13. Kurt Busch
  14. Paul Menard
  15. Kevin Harvick
  16. Matt Kenseth
  17. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  18. Sam Hornish Jr.
  19. Kasey Kahne
  20. Carl Edwards
  21. Casey Mears
  22. Tony Stewart
  23. Danica Patrick
  24. AJ Allmendinger
  25. David Ragan
  26. Ryan Newman
  27. Greg Biffle
  28. Trevor Bayne
  29. Michael Annett
  30. Clint Bowyer
  31. Alex Bowman
  32. Justin Allgaier
  33. Cole Whitt
  34. David Gilliland
  35. Jeb Burton
  36. Landon Cassill
  37. Josh Wise
  38. Brett Moffitt
  39. Matt DiBenedetto
  40. Will Kimmel
  41. JJ Yeley
  42. Reed Sorenson
  43. Alex Kennedy
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Kyle Larson Sweeps Kentucky Package Practice

SPARTA, Ky. — In a garage full of frustrated drivers and engineers stood the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing team and driver Kyle Larson who swept both Sprint Cup Series practice sessions on Friday afternoon at Kentucky Speedway.

Haulers first arrived to the Bluegrass State in the middle of the week but rain washed out the opening round of practice on both Wednesday and Thursday. Once cars finally hit the track on Friday, Larson was the only driver consistently content with the handling of his car.

With Sprint Cup qualifying also getting rained out, Larson was also named the pole winner for the Quaker State 400 by virtue of his fastest lap in the rain-shortened first round of practice.

“We were quick off the truck, which I was really proud of my team for just because we haven’t had any laps on this new package, unlike some of the other teams that have gotten to do some testing,” Larson said. “So, I was happy with that.

“We were quick in race trim off the truck. And then we went to mock qualifying trim and we were really fast. I was able to lay down a really fast lap. And then went back to race trim, and felt good there, too. So, yeah, I’m happy with how the day has been.”

The only incident of the second session occurred in the final minutes when Matt Kenseth spun off Turn 4 and slid into the soggy infield. Despite the drenched conditions, the car was left relatively unscathed and the driver shrugged off any concerns.

“I didn’t water and there wasn’t anything wrong with the track,” Kenseth said. “I just spun out.”

Kenseth said he had no problems with the Kentucky Package and called it the same for everyone.

“I feel like our cars have pretty good speed,” he said. “We just have to work on getting our balance tied together. We are where we want to be.”

The complete results from final practice can be found below.

  1. Kyle Larson Leader
  2. Brad Keselowski 0.049
  3. Joey Logano 0.063
  4. Denny Hamlin 0.134
  5. Kurt Busch 0.180
  6. Austin Dillon 0.181
  7. Kyle Busch 0.210
  8. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 0.238
  9. Jimmie Johnson 0.259
  10. Matt Kenseth 0.264
  11. Sam Hornish Jr. 0.269
  12. Jeff Gordon 0.270
  13. Danica Patrick 0.275
  14. Ricky Stenhouse 0.284
  15. Kevin Harvick 0.297
  16. Paul Menard 0.327
  17. Martin Truex 0.330
  18. AJ Allmendinger 0.385
  19. Carl Edwards 0.391
  20. Greg Biffle 0.421
  21. Jamie McMurray 0.447
  22. Kasey Kahne 0.450
  23. Trevor Bayne 0.461
  24. Casey Mears 0.468
  25. David Ragan 0.473
  26. Justin Allgaier 0.492
  27. Ryan Newman 0.516
  28. Tony Stewart 0.526
  29. Aric Almirola 0.554
  30. Clint Bowyer 0.604
  31. Alex Bowman 0.635
  32. Landon Cassill 0.672
  33. David Gilliland 0.734
  34. Jeb Burton 0.780
  35. Michael Annett 0.855
  36. Cole Whitt 0.856
  37. Josh Wise 0.868
  38. Brett Moffitt 1.014
  39. JJ Yeley 1.072
  40. Matt DiBenedetto 1.157
  41. Reed Sorenson 1.296
  42. Will Kimmel 1.333
  43. Alex Kennedy 1.618

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