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Brickyard 400 qualifying, practice moved to Saturday

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the latest track to announce changes to its weekend schedule in relation to NASCAR Cup Series qualifying.

IMS announced Thursday that NASCAR Cup qualifying and both Cup practice sessions for the Brickyard 400 will be held on Saturday, July 22. Both were previously held on Friday.

Qualifying is now scheduled to start at 6:15 p.m. ET following the Xfinity Series race, which is set to begin at 3:30 p.m. ET.

The two Cup Series’ 50-minute practice sessions will start at 9 and 11 a.m. ET. Xfinity qualifying will be at 12:45 p.m. ET.

On Friday, the Xfinity Series will have two practice sessions followed by a fan fest and the annual hauler parade.

IMS joins Martinsville Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Watkins Glen International in adjusting their weekend schedules for qualifying.

Martinsville and Pocono will hold qualifying on Sunday prior to the second races this year. WGI will also have qualifying on Sunday.

Here’s the full weekend schedule for NASCAR at IMS:

All Times Eastern

Friday, July 21

1-1:55 p.m. – Xfinity Series first practice

3-3:55 p.m. – Xfinity Series final practice

Afternoon/Evening Friday Fan Fest and Hauler Parade

Saturday, July 22

9-9:55 a.m. – Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series first practice

11-11:55 a.m. – Cup Series final practice

12:45 p.m. – Xfinity Series qualifying

3:30 p.m. –  Xfinity Series race (100 laps)

6:15 p.m. – Cup Series qualifying

Sunday, July 23

3 p.m. – Brickyard 400  (160 laps)

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The defending and seven-time NASCAR Cup champion has a starting average of 21.8 and a finishing average of 18.8 in the first five races of this season.

He has just one top-10 finish (ninth at Phoenix), along with 34th at Daytona, 19th at Atlanta, 11th at Las Vegas and 21st Sunday at Fontana.

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No one was injured, Larson tweeted.

But somehow, isn’t that strange fate?

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