Goodyear tire info for this weekend at Kansas Speedway

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With NASCAR travelling to Kansas Speedway this weekend, the two series competing there will two different tire arrangements.

Cup Series

Goodyear brings two tire codes that are new to Kansas this week. The following tire set up was verified at a test at Kansas last October that included  Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Danica Patrick and Martin Truex Jr.

Teams will be allowed four sets for practice, one set for qualifying and eight for the Go Bowling 400.

Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4698; Right-side — D-4720

Tire Circumference: Left-side — 87.44 in. (2,221 mm); Right-side — 88.66 in. (2,252 mm)

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front — 22 psi; Left Rear — 22 psi; Right Front — 54 psi; Right Rear — 50 psi

This is the first time Cup teams have run these two tire codes at Kansas, though they did run the left-side code at Charlotte Motor Speedway last season. Compared to what was run at Kansas in 2016, this left-side tire code (D-4698) features a compound change for more grip. Like at Kansas last year, this year’s right-side tire code (D-4720) is one of Goodyear’s multi-zone tread tires, with two different compounds on the same tire — one on the inboard two inches (Endurance
Zone) for more heat and wear resistance, and one on the outboard 10 inches (Traction Zone) for more grip.

This right-side has the same tread compounds as the 2016 Kansas tire, but features a construction change to bring it into line with what is run at Texas Motor Speedway.

Camping World Truck Series

Teams will be allowed six sets of tires for the entire race weekend.

Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4670; Right-side — D-4718

Tire Circumference: Left-side — 87.60 in. (2,225 mm); Right-side — 88.62 in. (2,251 mm)

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front — 22 psi; Left Rear — 20 psi; Right Front — 54 psi; Right Rear — 50 psi

This is the first time Truck teams have run this right-side tire code (D-4718), though they did run this left-side code (D-4670) at Kansas last May. The new right-side tire features the same tread compound as the 2016 Kansas tire, with a construction change to bring it into line with what is run on the Cup cars. The right-side tire will also be run by teams in all three NASCAR national series at Texas later this year.

As on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Kansas air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

Today’s Xfinity race at Charlotte: Start time, weather, TV/radio info

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After two weekends off, the Xfinity Series is back in action today at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Elliott Sadler enters as the points leader with a 29-point advantage on JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier. William Byron, who also drives for JR. Motorsports, is third in the standings. Byron and Sadler are going for their first victory of the season, while Allgaier seeks his second win this year.

Here are the particulars for today’s Xfinity race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: The Evil Genius’ Halo ESports Team will give the command for drivers to start engines at 1:07 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 1:18 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 200 laps (300 miles) around the 1.5-mile speedway.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 45. Stage 2 ends on Lap 90.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Xfinity garage opens at 6:30 a.m. The drivers meeting is at 11:15 a.m. Driver introductions are at 12:30 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Star Swain will perform the Anthem at 1:01 p.m.

TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the race at 1 p.m. Its coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. Performance Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at gorpn.com. PRN’s coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts 85 degrees at race time with a 15 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST YEAR: Denny Hamlin led 76 laps to win this even a year ago. Austin Dillon was second and Joey Logano third. Logano led the final 12 laps to win at Charlotte in October. Elliott Sadler was second and Daniel Suarez was third.

STARTING LINEUP: Qualifying is at 10:05 a.m.

Today’s schedule at Charlotte: Cup practice, Xfinity qualifying and race

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NASCAR goes racing today with the Hisense 4K TV 300 Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Denny Hamlin won this race last year.

Here is today’s track schedule, as the countdown to Sunday’s main event of the weekend, the Coca-Cola 600, ticks closer:

(All times Eastern)

6:30 a.m. – Xfinity garage opens

7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Cup garage open

9 – 9:55 a.m. – Cup practice (FS1)

10:05 a.m. – Xfinity qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds) (FS1)

11:15 a.m. – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – Cup final practice (FS1)

12:30 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions

1 p.m. – Xfinity Hisense 4K TV 300 (200 laps, 300 miles) (FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

My Home Track: North Carolina’s Caraway Speedway (video)

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Sure, NASCAR is synonymous with Daytona Beach, the state of Florida and Daytona International Speedway.

But there is no other state that is so linked to NASCAR than the Tar Heel state, North Carolina.

Numerous racetracks, from the smallest grassroots short track to Charlotte Motor Speedway dot the state, offering a plethora of race action from amateur all the way to the best of the best.

On Friday’s My Home Track: 50 States in 50 Shows segment, NASCAR America’s Kyle Petty shared some of his fondest memories of one of his favorite short tracks, Caraway Speedway.

Check out the video above.

NASCAR America: Steve Letarte reflects on mentor Ray Evernham’s Hall of Fame selection

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Steve Letarte learned the sport of NASCAR from a number of different individuals.

But no one compares to Letarte’s greatest mentor, Ray Evernham, who was selected earlier this week as one of five individuals that will enter the NASCAR Hall of Fame in its 2018 class.

Evernham, who led Jeff Gordon to three of his four NASCAR Cup championships as Gordon’s crew chief, was not only an innovator in the sport, but also a leader, mentor and team owner.

On Friday’s NASCAR America, Letarte, an Evernham protege, discussed what made his former boss, teacher and close friend so special.  Check out the video above.