On Tuesday’s NASCAR America, Marty Snider had a chance to interview Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola.
It was both a great and potentially bittersweet weekend for Almirola at Talladega. He won the Xfinity race on Saturday, tied his best season finish of fourth (also finished fourth in the season-opening Daytona 500).
However, there’s likely to be a sour taste left in the mouth of Almirola and the rest of the RPM folks. His Ford Fusion failed the post-race Laser Inspection Station after Sunday’s race, and he and the team will likely receive some type of penalty from NASCAR on Wednesday.
Almirola said he was told by NASCAR officials that his car tolerance was essentially less than one-third the width of a credit card, which NASCAR America’s Parker Kligerman aptly illustrated.
Almirola smiled at the good things that happened this weekend, but grew serious when he told Snyder that he has to push all boundaries in order to win. And if he is penalized, he’ll accept it and not feel like he or RPM were singled out.
Check out Almirola’s interview with Marty in the video above.
KANSAS CITY, Kansas – Six Cup teams, including playoff contenders Chase Elliott and Jamie McMurray, will each miss 15 minutes of today’s final practice session at Kansas Speedway because of inspection issues, NASCAR announced.
Three teams were penalized 15 minutes in Saturday morning’s first practice – Derrike Cope, Landon Cassill and AJ Allmendinger. Each were penalized for being late to qualifying inspection Friday.
Teams penalized 15 minutes in final Cup practice will be Elliott, McMurray, Cope, Trevor Bayne, Paul Menard and Aric Almirola.
Bayne, Elliott and Almirola were penalized for failing qualifying/race inspection twice at Talladega.
Cope, McMurray and Menard were penalized for failing qualfiying qualifying inspection twice at Kansas.
Final Cup practice is scheduled from 1:30 – 2:20 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
The Xfinity Series begins the second round of its playoffs with today’s Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.
Here is all the info you need for the race.
(All times are Eastern)
START: Kansas Lt. Gov. Dr. Jeff Colyer will give the command to start engines at 2:56 p.m. Green flag is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 200 laps (300 miles) around the 1.5-mile oval.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 45. Stage 2 ends at Lap 90.
PRERACE SCHEDULE: Qualifying is slated for 12:05 p.m. Driver introductions are at 2:25 p.m.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Mary Ann Hotaling will perform the anthem at 2:51 p.m..
TV/RADIO: NBC will broadcast the race at 3 p.m. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. on NBCSN with Countdown to Green. Motor Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at mrn.com, starting with its pre-race show at 2:30 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the MRN broadcast.
FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts a temperature of 76 degrees and a 15 percent chance of rain at race time.
LAST TIME: Kyle Busch dominated this race last fall, leading 150 of 200 laps. Elliott Sadler finished second. Daniel Suarez was third.
STARTING LINEUP: Qualifying is at 12:05 p.m.
Today’s racing action at Kansas Speedway includes two NASCAR Cup practices, as well as Xfinity qualifying and race.
Today’s Xfinity race will be the first in the Round of 8, which will determine the four finalists for next month’s championship race.
Here is today’s schedule:
(All times are Eastern)
8 a.m. — Xfinity garage opens
9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. — Cup garage open
11 – 11:55 p.m. — Second Cup practice (NBC Sports App, MRN)
12:05 p.m. – Xfinity qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds) (NBCSN)
1:15 p.m. – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting
1:30 – 2:20 p.m. – Final Cup practice (NBCSN, MRN)
2:30 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions
3 p.m. – Kansas 300 Xfinity race (200 laps, 300 miles) (NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
KANSAS CITY, Kansas – Playoff contender Ryan Blaney’s car failed inspection after qualifying third Friday night at Kansas Speedway, NASCAR announced.
NASCAR stated that the car’s package tray did not maintain its original shape. That is the metal that holds the rear window in place.
Blaney will start last in the 40-car field and have the last pick of pit stalls this weekend and next weekend at Martinsville Speedway. There will be no further penalties.
Team co-owner Eddie Wood said:
“The rules are pushed to the max in every area, and today the NASCAR officials found something they didn’t like about our car. We’re not disputing their decision. We’ll own it and move on.
“We’ll work on our car in Saturday’s practice, line up in the back on Sunday and look forward to watching Ryan drive his way to the front.”
Blaney enters Sunday’s elimination race two points ahead of Jimmie Johnson, who holds the eighth final transfer spot for the next round. Kyle Busch is nine points behind Blaney and Matt Kenseth is 10th.
Four of the 12 playoff contenders will be eliminated after Sunday’s race.
By starting at the rear, Blaney will be challenged to be in the top 10 by Lap 80 to score stage points. If he doesn’t, he could fall behind Johnson and Busch after the first stage.
Below is Section 18.104.22.168 of the Cup Rule Book, which features a diagram of the package tray
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