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Today’s Cup race at Las Vegas: Start time, weather, TV/radio info

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Brad Keselowski seeks his second consecutive victory of the season and his second win in a row at Las Vegas Motor Speedway today, but he’ll face many challengers.

Here are the particulars on today’s race (all times are Eastern):

START: Singer John Fogerty will give the command for drivers to start engines at 3:37 p.m. ET. The green flag is scheduled for 3:46 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 267 laps (400.5 miles) around the 1.5-mile oval.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Cup garage opens at 10 a.m. The drivers meeting is at 1:30 p.m. Driver introductions are at 3 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Night Ranger will perform the Anthem at 3:31 p.m. with 2 F-15s and 2 F-22s providing the flyby.

TV/RADIO: Fox will broadcast the race at 3:30 p.m. with coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1. Performance Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at GoPRN.com. PRN’s coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts 84 degrees at race time with a 0 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST YEAR: Brad Keselowski took the lead with six laps to go and went on to win last year’s race. Joey Logano finished second to give Team Penske a 1-2 finish. Jimmie Johnson placed third.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for Sunday’s row-by-row Kobalt 400 lineup 

 

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.