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NASCAR warns teams about in-race body modifications before Kansas race

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Sprint Cup teams were warned about unapproved vehicle modifications during the race before Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Sprint Cup director Richard Buck addressed it during the prerace drivers meeting.

“I want to take a moment to just remind everybody of rule 10.7.1 in-race violations, unapproved vehicle modifications will not be permitted during the race event,” Buck said. “This includes but is not limited to pulling the side skirts, deforming the body parts of the car, manipulating the body parts, including slicing of the vehicle wraps, right-rear A post, anywhere on the car. Deliberately adding tape trips, etc.”

Buck actually was citing Rules 10.7.2 for In-Race Violations, specifically these two sections:

10.7.2.c: Unapproved vehicle/mechanical adjustment(s), modification(s), or failures will not be permitted during an Event. 10.7.2.d; Examples of unapproved vehicle/mechanical adjustment(s) or modification(s) include, but are not limited to the following body/vehicle components, as determined by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director in his/her sole judgment: Aerodynamic surfaces on or underneath the vehicle; Body component(s); Bumper covers; Fender flares; Hood or deck lid; Splitter; Spoiler; Side skirt(s); Window opening or rear glass.

This is at least the second time that teams have been warned before a 1.5-mile race about improper body modifications. Buck gave a similar warning in July before the Kentucky Speedway race, focusing on slicing vehicle wraps for aerodynamic advantages.

The penalty for illegal body modifications under yellow is a pit stop for repairs, restarting from the back and a drive-through penalty under green. The penalty under green is a stop for repairs under green.

Intrepid USA TODAY Sports reporter Brant James tweeted an explanation of “tape trips.”

Kyle Larson fastest in final practice for Coca-Cola 600

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CONCORD, N.C. — Kyle Larson topped the final practice session for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 with a speed at 186.400 mph.

The Cup points leader, Larson will start 39th in the race because his No. 42 Chevrolet didn’t clear inspection in time to qualify.

Ryan Blaney (185.861), Matt Kenseth (185.046), Kurt Busch (184.856) and Erik Jones (184.818) rounded out the top five.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was seventh fastest at 184.433 mph. Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was 20th fastest at 182.648 mph.

Jimmie Johnson recorded the most laps in the session with 47.

Jamie McMurray had the best 10-lap average at 180.914 mph.

The session was stopped for a caution once after Brad Keselowski spun exiting Turn 4.

Click here for the full practice report.

Justin Allgaier wins pole for Charlotte Xfinity race

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CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier won the pole for the Xfinity Series’ Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

With a speed at 182.488 mph, Allgaier earned his fifth Xfinity pole and his first since the March 2013 race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Allgaier is joined on the front row by Austin Dillon (181.519).

The top five was completed by Ryan Blaney (181.378), Daniel Hemric (181.324) and Kevin Harvick (181.245).

Christopher Bell will start seventh in his first Xfinity race.

Brad Keselowski and Dakoda Armstrong will start from the rear after not passing inspection in time to qualify.

Click here for full qualifying results.

Ryan Blaney leads second Coke 600 practice

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CONCORD, N.C. — Ryan Blaney posted the top speed in the second practice session for the Coca-Cola 600.

Blaney’s No. 21 Ford produced a speed of 188.055 mph Saturday morning around Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The top five was filled out by Erik Jones (187.598 mph), Martin Truex Jr. (187.084), Daniel Suarez (186.838) and Trevor Bayne (186.239).

Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was ninth fastest at 185.567 mph. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 14th quickest at 185.141 mph.

Kyle Busch recorded the most laps in the session with 48.

Click here for the full practice report.

Eight teams lose 15 minutes of Coke 600 practice for failing pre-qualifying inspection

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CONCORD, N.C. — Eight Cup teams were held 15 minutes during Coca-Cola 600 practice today for failing pre-qualifying inspection on Thursday

Drivers include Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, David Ragan, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Corey LaJoie and Chris Buescher.

Buescher’s team also loses pit selection for Sunday’s race because it failed inspection three times.

Larson and LaJoie’s loss of practice time comes after neither qualified Thuraday because their cars didn’t clear inspection in time.