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)
Matt Tifft was fastest in the first of Friday’s two NASCAR Xfinity practice sessions at Kansas Speedway.
Tifft covered the 1.5-mile oval at 177.936 mph.
Ryan Blaney was second (177.456 mph), followed by fellow NASCAR Cup regulars Erik Jones (176.754) and Austin Dillon (176.286), as well as Tyler Reddick (176.160).
Sixth through 10th were Elliott Sadler (175.936), Cole Custer (175.901), Brennan Poole (175.833), Justin Allgaier (175.433) and William Byron (175.222).
The second and final Xfinity practice session today is scheduled from 5 to 5:55 p.m. ET.
Click here for the full practice speed chart.
NASCAR penalized an Xfinity Series playoff team Wednesday, but it won’t affect its points position entering the Round of 8 that begins next week at Kansas Speedway.
Matt Tifft’s No. 19 Toyota was docked 10 drivers and owners points for being found too low after finishing ninth Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The deduction is applied after the Round of 12 cutoff race and before the points were reset for the next round. Tifft still advances because he was 16 points ahead of the cutoff line, though the Joe Gibbs Racing driver will be without crew chief Matt Beckman, who was suspended from the next race.
Tifft will begin the next round in eighth place with 3,004 points, 22 behind leader William Byron.
The No. 11 Chevrolet of Blake Koch also was found to be too low, earning a 10-point deduction and one-race suspension for crew chief Chris Rice. Koch already was eliminated from the playoffs after the three-race Round of 12.
Rice and Beckman also were fined $10,000 apiece.
In the Monster Energy Cup Series, NASCAR issued a $10,000 fine to Scott Graves, crew chief for Daniel Suarez, for an unsecure lug nut after Sunday’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
NASCAR also announced the indefinite suspension of Dennis O’Connor for violating the substance abuse policy. Crew member Reid T. Ferguson was reinstated from indefinite suspension after completing the Road to Recovery program.
Today marks the end of the first round of the Xfinity Series playoffs. The field of 12 championship contenders will be cut to eight after this afternoon’s Drive for The Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Joey Logano is the defending race winner; Ryan Blaney won the May race.
Here’s today’s schedule for both the Cup and Xfinity Series with TV and radio info.
(All times are Eastern)
8 a.m. – Xfinity garage opens
9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Cup garage open
11 – 11:50 a.m. – Cup practice (NBCSN)
12:05 p.m. – Xfinity qualifying; multi-car/three rounds (NBCSN)
1:15 p.m. – Xfinity driver-crew chief meeting
1 – 1:50 p.m. Final Cup practice (NBCSN)
2:20 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions
3 p.m. – Drive for The Cure 300; 200 laps/300 miles (NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Justin Allgaier (181.690 mph) was fastest in the first of two NASCAR Xfinity Series practice sessions Friday afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Hendrick Motorsports teammates Alex Bowman (180.668) was second and William Byron (180.650) was third, followed by Erik Jones (179.892), Matt Tifft (179.880), Sam Hornish Jr. (179.575), Daniel Hemric (178.980), Daniel Suarez (178.483), Cole Custer (178.341) and Ty Dillon (178.053).
A significant portion of the scheduled 55-minute session was redflagged to clean up oil and fluids on the track. That prompted NASCAR to extend the session approximately another 15 minutes.
Of note: several drivers didn’t even make a single practice lap including Elliott Sadler, Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney and Harrison Rhodes.
Click here for the full speed chart.