Jimmie Johnson cites ‘aggressive’ approach to car as cause for spin in Clash

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jimmie Johnson says he’s not worried about spinning on his own in Sunday’s Clash, saying that the team had an aggressive setup.

Johnson’s spin brought back memories of last year’s Daytona 500 when Hendrick Motorsports teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Chase Elliott each spun on their own in Turn 4.

On Sunday, Johnson called his incident in Turn 4 “bizarre.’’ He noted he had not been loose anywhere else on the track.

Wednesday, Johnson expressed confidence that the issue would not be repeated the rest of Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway.

“We can’t sit still,’’ the seven-time series champion said. “We need faster cars. Everybody is working on it. We were very aggressive in the (Clash) trying to create speed for the car. I like a loose race car, so I was willing to roll the dice. We also thought we’d be racing at night, which would help the grip level. Raced during the day (after the event was postponed by rain) and it just didn’t turn out for us.

“We have notes to fall back on. We had a very good driving car in last year’s 500 (and) two teammates that didn’t spin out in the Clash, so we have plenty of notes to go to.’’

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NASCAR America: Parker Kligerman takes to simulator to show Xfinity changes at Indy (video)

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While Saturday will mark the sixth straight year the NASCAR Xfinity Series will race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, there will be significant changes. 

Among the changes: the use of restrictor plates, as well as adding aero ducts to aid cars with the draft.

On Tbursday’s edition of NASCAR America, Parker Kligerman took a spin around the hallowed Indianapolis Motor Speedway — on the NBCSN iRacing Simulator, that is — to show how some of those changes will impact the cars and potentially the race.

Check it out in the video above.

Friday’s NASCAR schedule at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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Friday will be somewhat of an easy, relaxing day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Cars will only take to the track twice in the afternoon — both being Xfinity Series practice sessions, which will be on the NBC Sports App.

IMS will host the NASCAR Cup Fan Fest from 4:30 – 8 p.m. ET, followed by the NASCAR Cup hauler parade that will see transporters enter the Speedway around 9 p.m. ET.

Here’s the rest of Friday’s schedule (all times Eastern):


9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

1 – 1:55 p.m. – First Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)

3 – 3:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)

NASCAR America: Pit crew members share their hidden talents

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What does a sky diver and Olympic-caliber swimmer have in common?

They make their living on NASCAR’s pit road, that’s what.

Check out two of this week’s pit crew all-star nominees, as seen on Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America.

NASCAR America: Xfinity drivers react to restrictor plates at Indy (video)

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On Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America, several of the stars of the NASCAR Xfinity Series tried to explain in three words what to expect with the use of restrictor plates in this Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

See what they said and what they’re thinking about Saturday’s race in the video above.