With NASCAR in Pocono this weekend, Jeff Gordon ventured to nearby New York City to appear Thursday morning on “Live With Kelly & Michael.”
Much of the four-time Sprint Cup champion’s appearance centered around his pending “retirement,” a word Gordon still hates to use, and show co-host Kelly Ripa’s repeated insistence that he’ll be back racing at some point.
The highlight of the show was when Ripa and co-host Michael Strahan gave the “Top 5 Things Jeff Gordon Will Do After ‘Retiring’” (video below):
5 “Change his first name to “Flash” (as in Flash Gordon)”
4 “Reject phone calls from the producers of ‘Dancing With The Stars'”
3 “Hire a pit crew to change light bulbs in his house (‘I already have that,’ Gordon joked in response)”
2 “Like Cher and (Barbara) Streisand, get really bored and kick off his comeback tour” (Said Ripa, “I know you’re getting behind the wheel of that car. When you do, I just want you to know I’ll be there to say ‘I told you so.'”)
1 “Try to become a talk show host because that’s what all ex-athletes do” (like Strahan, a former NFL star).
A week after Tyler Reddick‘s victory over Elliott Sadler by 0.0004 seconds to win at Daytona, the Xfinity Series is back in action at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Today’s race is the first in a doubleheader. The Camping World Truck Series will race after the Xfinity Series event.
Here are the details for today’s Xfinity race.
(All times are Eastern)
START: Larry “The Cable Guy” will give the command to start engines at 2:07 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 2:16 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 163 laps (251 miles) around the 1.54-mile speedway.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 40. Stage 2 ends on Lap 80.
PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 7 a.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 11:45 a.m. Driver introductions are at 1:35 p.m.
TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the race beginning at 1:30 p.m. Race coverage begins at 2 p.m. Performance Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 1:30 p.m. and also can be heard at goprn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have PRN’s broadcast.
FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for mostly cloudy skies with a high of 77 degrees and a 15 chance of rain at the start of the race.
HAMPTON, Georgia — NASCAR has released the weekend team rosters for the 36 teams competing in Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Under a new initiative to limit at-track personnel in 2018, NASCAR is providing a list of team rosters before each race this season. In addition to the crew chief, Cup teams will be permitted 12 road crew members each weekend and a five-member pit crew (which is down a person from last year and also under new regulations).
Teams fielding one to two cars also are allowed three management-style spots (competition vice president, technical director, IT support). Teams fielding three to four cars get those spots plus a fourth staff member for IT.
NASCAR will monitor the rosters by scanning identification chips. It also will use rosters in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck series.
Cup teams presented the idea of having a defined number of team members to NASCAR, which helped formalize the structure.
Saturday’s schedule at Atlanta: Cup practice; Xfinity, Trucks qualifying and races