Road America/CTMP NASCAR weekend schedule

The schedule is subject to change. All times Eastern Daylight Savings Time (EDT). Road America Friday, Aug. 23 1:35 – 2:25 p.m. – Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App) 3:35 – 4:55 – Final Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App) Saturday, Aug. 24 11:40 a.m. – Xfinity qualifying (NBC Sports App live, NBCSN to air it at 1:30 p.m.) 3 p.m. (Green flag at 3:21 p.m.) – Xfinity race; 45 laps/182.16 miles (NBCSN, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) Canadian Tire Motorsports Park Saturday, Aug. 24 9:35 – 10:25 a.m. – Truck…

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. still plans to run Darlington Xfinity race

Earnhardt, who retired from fulltime NASCAR competition at the end of the 2017 season, has still competed in one Xfinity Series race each season and his lone start this year was planned for Aug. 31 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. In a message posted to his Twitter account Wednesday night, Earnhardt said “I plan on driving still.” “My lower back is bruised up real bad. Lots of swelling and I just need that to go down and the pain to chill out,” the message said. Earnhardt said he had a “plan…

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Busch: We’re getting our ass kicked by Joe Gibbs NASCAR team-mates – NASCAR

NASCAR Cup Series leader Kyle Busch feels his part of the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team is “getting our ass kicked right now” by his team-mates. Though Busch retains the points lead as the series approaches its playoffs phase, he has not won a race since the early June Pocono round and has had largely inconsistent results since then. By contrast team-mate Denny Hamlin has been in the top three for the past five straight races, winning two of them, Martin Truex Jr was in the top four for the…

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Currey suspended for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy

The 22-year-old driver was indefinitely suspended from NASCAR due to a violation of the sport’s substance abuse policy. Currey was going to make his tenth career NASCAR Cup Series start last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway before the failed drug test. He will enter the Road to Recovery program, but will not be able to race again until he completes it. Currey explained why he failed the drug test in a statement issued last Thursday: “This weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, NASCAR informed me that I failed a random drug test…

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NASCAR teams “idiots” if DiBenedetto doesn’t get 2020 seat – Hamlin – NASCAR

NASCAR Cup Series team owners would be “idiots” not to sign Matt DiBenedetto, according to Bristol winner Denny Hamlin – one of several frontrunners backing the axed Leavine Family racer. DiBenedetto had previously talked of his “fight” to keep his seat at the single-car team Leavine team, which has been boosted by a tie-up with Hamlin’s squad Joe Gibbs Racing this year. But ahead of the Bristol race, LFR informed DiBenedetto – who has scored five top 10 finishes in the last nine rounds – that he would not be…

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“Flat out getting our ass kicked by our teammates”

On paper, Busch’s fourth-place finish Saturday night in the Bass Pro Shops Night Race doesn’t sound horrible, but it was an atypical Bristol weekend for Busch from start to finish. Busch entered the race having won three of the previous four NASCAR Cup Series races at the track, including the race in the spring. This weekend, he and his No. 18 Toyota team were off the mark from the get-go, qualifying just 31st, which led to him falling a lap down early in Saturday night’s race.  He managed to get…

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Investigators reveal cause of ex-NASCAR driver Earnhardt’s plane crash – NASCAR

Collapsed landing gear caused the plane carrying ex-NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr and his family to crash off the runway before bursting into flames, says the National Transportation Safety Board. Earnhardt’s jet caught fire and burned out within minutes during the incident at Elizabethon Municipal Airport in Tennessee. The plane had careered off the end of the runway and through the fencing at the end of the airstrip. Earnhardt, his wife Amy, daughter Isla, their dog and the two pilots escaped the Cessna Citation 680 before it burst into flames.…

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‘Amazing’ pit call helps Suarez move into playoff contention

Some smart stage racing strategy and a gritty eighth-place finish in Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway has put Suarez into position to claim one of the 16 berths in the Cup Series playoffs. With two races remaining before the 16-driver field is set, Suarez now owns the last spot, holding a two-point advantage over Clint Bowyer.  Races at Darlington, S.C., and Indianapolis Motor Speedway remain before the playoffs begin at Las Vegas. Why stage points matter Bowyer actually finished ahead of Suarez in…

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NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr and family survive fiery plane crash – NASCAR

Retired NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr and his family escaped a fiery plane crash on Thursday with only minor injuries. (Image above courtesy of Jerry Jordan – KickinTheTires.net) Earnhardt’s jet caught fire and burned out within minutes during the incident at Elizabethon Municipal Airport in Tennessee. According to Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford, the Cessna Citation 680 owned by Earnhardt’s JRM Air ran off the end of the 5000-foot airport runway, travelled about 200 feet across a grass field then ploughed into a fence that surrounds the airport property. The…

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