Saturday marked the only time this season that NASCAR has a doubleheader scheduled among its top national series, but a series executive says the sanctioning body would be for more such events in the future.
The Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series held their races Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway — the third year in a row those series raced on the same day at Atlanta.
Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “The Morning Drive’’ that more doubleheaders could be a possibility.
“From our standpoint, we are certainly open to it,’’ O’Donnell said. “We love it. It always feels good having two races during the day. For us, it’s something we’d love to expand on. For the fans, it’s a full day of racing … getting to see some of NASCAR’s rising stars come up through the system and also see some of the Monster Energy Series drivers out there on Saturday.’’
Last year, there were two additional doubleheaders because of weather issues.
Rain forced the September Xfinity race at Dover to be moved to the same day as the Cup race. The Xfinity race started four hours before the Cup race.
Rain from Hurricane Matthew forced the Cup and Xfinity races to be held on the same day in October at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Cup race was run first. The Xfinity race followed about 45 minutes after the end of the Cup race.
INDIANAPOLIS – Jimmie Johnson‘s bid for a record-tying fifth Brickyard 400 will have to begin at the back of the 40-car field.
Johnson qualified fourth Saturday but stated on Twitter that he’ll have to go to the rear of the field because they had to change the rear gear.
Although track position is pivotal at Indianapolis Motor Speedway because passing is difficult, optimists can view Johnson’s woes as a good sign. He has scored two of his three wins this season – Texas and Dover – after starting in the rear.
Also starting at the rear today is Cole Whitt (rear gear change) and Joey Gase (engine change). Whitt qualified 34th. Gase qualified 38th.
Today’s race is on NBC. Coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET with Countdown to Green.
Well… we will have an awesome pit pick this week and next but… heading to the back. We found a problem with the rear gear. 😡
The NASCAR Cup Series takes part in the 24th annual Brickyard 400 today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
It marks one year since Kyle Busch earned his last Cup win, when he claimed his second Brickyard 400 in a row. Busch starts from the pole for the second year in a row.
Here’s all the important info you need ahead of the race, which airs on NBC.
(All times are Eastern)
START: The command to start engines will be given at 2:32 p.m. Green flag is set for 2:44 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 160 laps (400 miles) around the 2.5-mile speedway.
COMPETITION CAUTION: Lap 20
STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 50. Stage 2 ends on Lap 100.
PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Cup garage opens at 9 a.m. The driver/crew chief meeting is at 12:30 p.m. Driver introductions are at 1:55 p.m.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Carly Pearce will perform the Anthem at 2:26 p.m.
TV/RADIO: NBC will broadcast the race. Coverage begins at 2 p.m. with Countdown to Green. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network will broadcast on radio and the Performance Racing Network at 1:30 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the IMSRN/PRN broadcast.
FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts 89 degrees at race time with a 15 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.
LAST YEAR: Kyle Busch started from the pole and led 149 of the race’s 170 total laps. It was his second win in a row in the race. Matt Kenseth finished second, Jimmie Johnson finished third.