NASCAR America: Furniture Row Racing looks to rebound from Daytona inspection woes

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During the course of the first weekend of Speedweeks, Furniture Row Racing missed a lot of on-track time due to repeated attempts to get through inspection.

On NASCAR America, Nate Ryan and Jeff Burton discussed the cause of the team’s problems, which come as it fields two cars for the first time with Martin Truex Jr. and Erik Jones.

“I spent some time with (Truex crew chief) Cole Pearn,” Burton said. “All of those issues are from the fact that they’ve changed their template grids at the shop. When they expanded to two teams, they changed they way they were doing things. They ended up doing the grids improperly. Coming (to Daytona), the roofs are actually low on the car, and the deck lids were high on the car, which is the exact opposite of what you want.”

Pearn told Burton it was an “honest mistake,” and the problems go beyond the team’s Daytona cars.

“They’ve been building cars for a while; they’ve got some serious work they’ve got to do to get ready for Atlanta (the season’s second race),” Burton said. “They have a lot of work they’ll have to catch up on because the grids weren’t installed the way they’re supposed to.”

Burton and Ryan also discuss the initial successes Stewart-Haas Racing has had in their transition to Ford.

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 of 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 is 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 Bush 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 will be 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 due to failing pre-qualifying inspection three ties.

Larson and LaJoie’s loss of practice time comes on top of them not making qualifying runs on Thursday after neither of their cars passed inspection in time.


NASCAR America: How much risk should drivers take in the Coca-Cola 600?

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As in many things in life, whether something is worth doing comes down to risk vs. reward.

Such will be the case in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. How much are drivers willing to risk? Will that risk be worth reward, particularly with the additional stage to the race?

On Friday’s NASCAR America, Parker Kligerman jumped into the iRacing simulator and showed the greatest strategies to employ in Sunday’s race, especially with the traction compound up top.

Check out the above video.