Complete weekend schedule for NASCAR Cup, Xfinity at Las Vegas

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The NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series move into their third races of the season this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

While the Camping World Truck Series is off until April 1 (Martinsville), NASCAR Cup and Xfinity drivers will be busy Friday through Sunday. Brad Keselowski is the defending NASCAR Cup race winner at Las Vegas, while Kyle Busch is the defending Xfinity race winner.

The 1.5-mile track, which announced Wednesday that it will have two race weekends in 2018, is popular with both drivers and fans.

Here’s a list of all of the upcoming activities, as well as TV (Fox, Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2) and radio (Performance Radio Network) times, where applicable.

(All times listed are Eastern time)

Friday, March 10

11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Cup garage open

1:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

2 – 3:25 pm – Cup practice (FS1)

4 – 4:55 p.m. – Xfinity practice (FS1)

6 – 6:55 pm – Xfinity final practice (FS2)

7:45 pm – Cup qualifying (multi-vehicle/three rounds) (FS2, PRN)

Saturday, March 11

9:30 a.m. – Xfinity garage opens

10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Cup garage open

12  – 12:55 p.m. – Cup practice (FS1)

1:05 p.m. – Xfinity qualifying (multi-vehicle/three rounds) (FS1)

2:15 p.m. – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting

2:30 – 3:20 pm – Cup final practice (FS1)

3:30 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions

4 p.m. – Boyd Gaming 300 Xfinity race (200 laps, 300 miles) (FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Sunday, March 12

10 a.m. – NASCAR Cup garage open

1:30 p.m. – NASCAR Cup driver/crew chief meeting

2:50 p.m. – NASCAR Cup driver introductions

3:30 pm – Kobalt 400 NASCAR Cup race (267 laps, 400.5 miles) (Fox, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

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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.