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Weekend schedule for NASCAR Cup, Xfinity at New Hampshire

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NASCAR returns this weekend to the 1.058-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Both the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will race there.

Matt Kenseth is the defending winner of the Cup race, while Kevin Harvick won last fall’s playoff race there.

Kyle Busch won last year’s Xfinity race at New Hampshire.

This will be the 45th Cup race and 31st Xfinity race to be held at the track in bucolic Loudon, New Hampshire.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is off this weekend. Its next race is July 19 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, the series’ only event on a dirt track.

Here’s the weekend schedule at NHMS:

(All times Eastern)

FRIDAY, JULY 14

9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Cup garage open

10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

11:30 a.m. – 12:55 p.m. – Cup practice (NBCSN joins at 11:45 a.m.)

1 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. – Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

3 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

4:45 p.m. – Cup qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds) (NBCSN, Performance Racing Network)

SATURDAY, JULY 15

7:30 a.m. – Xfinity garage open

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Cup garage open

10 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. – Cup practice (NBC Sports App)

11:05 a.m. – Xfinity qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds) (CNBC)

12:30 p.m. – 1: 25 p.m. – Final Cup practice (NBCSN)

1:30 p.m. – Driver/crew chief meeting

3:30 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions

4 pm. – Overton’s 200 Xfinity race (200 laps, 211.6 miles) (NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

SUNDAY, JULY 16

9:30 a.m. – Cup garage open

1 p.m. – Driver/crew chief meeting

2:20 p.m. – Cup driver introductions

3 p.m. – Overton’s 301 Cup race (301 laps, 318.46 miles) (NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

 

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?

Check out the video above.

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?

Check out the video above.

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.

Check out the video above.

 

 

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.