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Now you see it, now you don’t: Cup sponsor decals not always prevalent on Hendrick cars

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Car owner Rick Hendrick gave a short response to a question Friday about his cars not always displaying logos of Cup series sponsor Monster Energy when they are away from the track.

“When our cars are at the track, they’ll have the Monster logo on the windshield and on the side of the car and guys will have it on their uniform,’’ Hendrick said at Daytona International Speedway.

NASCAR regulates where a series sponsor’s logo must appear on a car at the track. This year, NASCAR replaced the decal that had the driver’s name across the front windshield with a decal that features series sponsor Monster Energy.

Hendrick Motorsports’ social media account posted pictures before the season of its cars at the shop with the decal of the driver’s name across the front windshield instead of the series sponsor. Hendrick’s website also has pictures of the cars for each of its four Cup drivers that feature the driver’s name across the front windshield instead of the Monster Energy logo. Some of those pictures, though, do include a small Monster Energy logo near the car number near the driver’s side door area.

Monster Beverage Corp., makes a product called Monster Mutant and classifies it as a citrus soda brand, which is the same category as Mountain Dew, a Hendrick Motorsports sponsor.

PepsiCo, which produces Mountain Dew, signed a three-year extension with Hendrick before the 2016 season to serve as the primary sponsor for Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and Chase Elliott in select races.

Mountain Dew will be the primary sponsor of Earnhardt’s car for three races through 2018. Elliott’s car will feature Mountain Dew as a primary sponsor in two races annually. Kahne’s car will have Mountain Dew as a primary sponsor in one race per year.

PepsiCo is entering its 17th season as a partner with Hendrick Motorsports.

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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.