Chase Elliott fastest in final NASCAR Cup practice at Atlanta

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Chase Elliott was fastest in Saturday’s final practice for Sunday’s Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The second-year Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver, son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott and who grew up about 85 miles away in Dawsonville, Georgia, was the only driver over 188 mph, covering the 1.54-mile oval at 188.015 mph.

Brad Keselowski was second-fastest (187.602 mph), followed by Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch (187.576), AJ Allmendinger (187.519) and Denny Hamlin (187.506) was fifth-fastest.

Jimmie Johnson, who is going for his third consecutive win at AMS and sixth overall in his Cup career, was 23rd fastest (183.905 mph).

Derrike Cope, who will make his first Cup start Sunday since 2011, was 38th fastest (173.864 mph), while Cody Ware had engine problems and was the slowest at 164.628 mph.

Click here for the full field rundown of the final NASCAR Cup practice.

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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):

FRIDAY, JULY 21

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.