NASCAR executive explains why Xfinity race was postponed to Saturday at Daytona

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Could Friday night’s NASCAR Xfinity race been run later that evening instead of being postponed to Saturday afternoon because of rain?

Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, explained on “The Morning Drive” the decision to delay the race, which was halted after 11 of 100 laps.

“The decision on when or when not to continue racing really depends on how much time you have left in the race, how long it’s going to take to dry and what do we think is a reasonable time to potentially end the race,’’ O’Donnell said Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “Friday night, we were staring well past 1 (a.m. finish), which really made no sense to us for the fans in the stands. You’ve (also) got to consider the long day for the competitors and the crews and putting them in unsafe conditions as well.’’

O’Donnell was asked about the 2015 July Cup race at Daytona, which ended at about 2:40 a.m. after rain delayed the start until after 11 p.m.

“I think the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over,’’ O’Donnell said. “That’s a lesson learned. When you run past 1:30 (a.m.), you may think it’s the right thing to do at that time, which we all did. In hindsight, you always review, like we talk about every weekend, what could we have done better, what’s best for the fans. In that case, that was one of those that if we had to do it over again, we definitely wouldn’t have run that late, and you saw us make that adjustment Friday night.’’

O’Donnell also was asked about Kyle Larson’s car getting airborne in Saturday’s Cup race:

“Each situation is unique and we can always learn from each one. At times, it’s certainly the angle of which a car gets around and but then what, if any, impact and where does it occur on the race track. We’ll certainly look at this.

“Very happy with the roof flaps getting the car back on the ground, for sure. Again, you never want to see a car get up in the air in any circumstance. That’s what we do up in the R&D Center. We’ll take a long look at that. If there’s anything we can do to make a quick correction, we’ll do that.’’

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NASCAR America: Looking back at Cup winners this year (video)

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The NASCAR Cup Series is through 19 racers. There are 17 more races to be contested, including seven before the Cup playoffs.

It’s been a rough time for many and a successful time for a select few.

There’s still plenty of racing to go. Who will see their name added to the list of winners in 2017 and, more importantly, who still wins a race to make it in the playoffs?

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NASCAR America: Can Team Penske get back on track in Indianapolis? (video)

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Roger Penske is used to winning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He owns a record 16 Indy 500 victories there.

But Penske still has yet to win a Brickyard 400 at IMS. While in other years, Team Penske’s chances may have been stronger, coming into the 2017 Brickyard 400 is a whole other ballgame.

Joey Logano has struggled terribly in the last 10 races. Since winning at Richmond (which was eventually encumbered due to a post-race inspection penalty), Logano has had seven finishes of 21st through 37th. He’s also dropped from fifth to 13th in the standings.

Teammate Brad Keselowski has had his own struggles, dropping from third to eighth in the standings.

The biggest problem that seems to be impacting Team Penske is a lack of speed, more so on Logano’s car, but an issue nonetheless for both cars.

Can Team Penske snap out of its funk and find the speed it’s been missing Sunday, and potentially give Captain Penske his first NASCAR Cup win at the track that means so much to him?

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NASCAR America: Kyle Busch needs to be aware of Martin Truex Jr. at Brickyard (video)

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Kyle Busch is well aware of his wins drought, not having won in his last 36 Cup starts.

But he also gains confidence and optimism from having won the last two Brickyard 400s.

So how will that impact the weekend?

On Friday’s NASCAR America, Dale Jarrett said Indy “plays into Busch’s hand,” but also to look out for Martin Truex Jr.

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NASCAR America: Significance of winning at Indianapolis (video)

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On Friday’s edition of NASCAR America, two-time Brickyard 400 winner and NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett and Brickyard-winning crew chief Slugger Labbe, who led Paul Menard to a Brickyard 400 win, both discussed the importance of winning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — as well as how to do it.

Check out the video above.