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Weekend schedule for NASCAR Cup, Xfinity, Trucks in Miami

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One and done.

That tells the story of this weekend’s action at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series will contest their respective final races of the season, each deciding a championship.

The Truck Series races Friday night in the Ford EcoBoost 200, the Xfinity Series on Saturday afternoon in the Ford EcoBoost 300 and the NASCAR season wraps up with Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 Cup championship race.

Here is this weekend’s schedule:

(All times are EASTERN)

FRIDAY, Nov. 17

7 a.m. — Truck garage opens

8:30 – 9:25 a.m. – First Truck practice (Fox Sports 1)

10 – 10:55 a.m. – Final Truck practice (FS1)

10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Cup garage open

10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

12:30 – 1:55 p.m. – Cup practice (NBCSN, Motor Racing Network)

2:30 – 3:25 p.m. – Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

3:30 p.m. – Truck qualifying (single vehicle, two rounds) (FS1)

5 – 5:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

6 p.m. – Truck driver/crew chief meeting

6:15 p.m. – Cup qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds) (NBCSN, MRN)

7:30 p.m. – Truck driver introductions

8 p.m. – Ford EcoBoost 200 Truck race (134 laps, 201 miles) (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

SATURDAY, Nov. 18

7:30 a.m. — Xfinity garage open

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Cup garage open

10 – 10:55 a.m. – Cup practice (CNBC, MRN)

11:15 a.m. – Xfinity qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds) (CNBC)

12:45 p.m. – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting

1 – 1:50 p.m. – Final Cup practice (NBCSN, MRN)

3 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions

3:30 p.m. – Ford EcoBoost 300 Xfinity race (200 laps, 300 miles) (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

SUNDAY, Nov. 19

9 a.m. — Cup garage opens

12:30 p.m. — Cup driver/crew chief meeting

1:50 p.m. — Cup driver introductions

2:30 p.m. — Ford EcoBoost 400 Cup race (267 laps, 400.5 miles) (NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Xfinity, Team USA on Matt Kenseth’s car at Texas Motor Speedway

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Matt Kenseth will have a special Xfinity, Team USA paint scheme this weekend in the Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

In collaboration between Comcast and the United States Olympic Committee, the paint scheme’s appearance on track at Texas comes as the 100-day countdown begins for the 2018 Winter Olympics in‎ Pyeongchang‎, South Korea.

The games will open Feb. 9. and close Feb. 25 and will air on the NBC family of networks.

There are three races left for Kenseth in his tenure with Joe Gibbs racing and possibly his Cup career.

The 45-year-old driver is still looking for his first win of the year. He has not visited victory lane since a 2016 playoff race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Kenseth also will be seeking his third Cup win at Texas. He earned his first two in 2002 and 2011.

In the April race, the No. 20 Toyota started eighth and finished 16th. Kenseth hasn’t earned a top five at Texas since the fall 2013 race.

“Looking back to our first race at Texas this year, it seems like the first race after a repave is always the most difficult race because you have so many notes that all of a sudden don’t apply anymore,” crew chief Jason Ratcliff said in a press release. “You definitely learn a lot and start with a clean slate the first time you have a race weekend on fresh pavement. For us, I think that we’ll be a lot better this time around since we didn’t have the results we wanted at Texas back in April, but we learned a lot that race weekend. … Turns 1 and 2 are so much flatter now than it is in Turns 3 and 4, so before the track was somewhat symmetrical in both ends, but now, it’s not at all.”

Kenseth’s best finish on a 1.5-mile track this season is third at Atlanta. He finished fourth in the Coke 600.

Kenseth was eliminated from the playoffs after the second round. He was ruled out of the elimination race at Kansas for his team sending too many crew members over the wall to repair his car.

Since the playoffs began, his best result is third at New Hampshire in the opening round.

Xfinity Series gets new Dash 4 Cash schedule for next season

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NASCAR announced a new schedule for its Dash 4 Cash program in the Xfinity Series next year and it will include one new track in Talladega Superspeedway.

The new four-race schedule will also play out over the course of four consecutive races for the first time.

Talladega takes the place of Phoenix Raceway, which hosted the first Dash 4 Cash race of this season.

The new schedule has the program taking place at Bristol Motor Speedway (April 14), Richmond Raceway (April 20), Talladega (April 28) and Dover International Speedway (May 5).

Rules and format for the program will be announced at a later date.

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Danica Patrick: ‘I want to continue racing if I have an opportunity to do well’

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KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — While Danica Patrick’s future remains uncertain, one thing is certain.

She doesn’t have interest in racing full-time in the Xfinity Series next year.

“Cup only,’’ she said Monday after unveiling the throwback paint scheme her car will have in next month’s Southern 500.

Patrick’s future with Stewart-Haas Racing remains cloudy because of lack of sponsorship for next year. Nature’s Bakery was to have been in the second of a three-year deal with the team but terminated its contract in January. The team filed a $31 million lawsuit against Nature’s Bakery. A settlement was later reached in May.

Without sponsorship, Patrick could be out of a ride. She says she’s not fretting about her job status.

“I want to continue racing if I have an opportunity to do well,’’ Patrick said. “I have no interest, as I’ve said for years now, to run 25th. It’s not fun. So if I don’t feel like I can have the opportunity to move on from there and have a better opportunity, then honestly I don’t care. It’s just because it’s not fun. I don’t drive because I love the thrill of getting sideways. In fact, I don’t like getting sideways. That’s not why I do it. I’m just letting things evolve the way they can without being forceful about anything.’’

While some could infer that means she doesn’t care. Patrick says that’s not the case.

“When I was younger I used to get so mad all the time,’’ she said. “Trust me. I still get mad and throw things. I try not to do it in front of people. I still get fired up.

“But there was so much when I was younger that happened with me getting mad. I felt like if I didn’t portray a displeasure with anything but the best, but first place, then I was somehow showing people that I didn’t think that I could do it.

“I finally came to the conclusion a long time ago, and I’ve only just gotten better at it that I don’t have to look like I hate everything and hate everybody and be awfully unhappy about everything to do well on the track. In fact, sometimes it would get in the way if I was too unhappy. Me being more at peace with everything and not getting so fired up at certain points in time is just really because it’s unproductive, and I don’t need to prove to people that I care.’’

Since a run of four consecutive top-15 finishes — her best four-race stretch in two seasons — she has placed 22nd at Watkins Glen and last weekend at Michigan. She enters Saturday night’s race at Bristol 28th in the points.

“I think that we have finally got away from bad luck,’’ she said.  “I think we have finally found ourselves having clean races and staying out of trouble and getting lucky on top of not having bad luck, we’ve had some good luck, too.’’

Her team isn’t the only one at Stewart-Haas Racing searching for sponsorship.

Stewart-Haas Racing recently declined the option on Kurt Busch’s contract for next year because Monster Energy hasn’t decided if it will return to sponsor Busch’s car. The team expects Busch to return next year. Haas Automation, the company founded by team owner Gene Haas and that sponsors Kurt Busch‘s team, has been the sponsor on Clint Bowyer’s car in 13 of the season’s first 23 races.

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Brad Keselowski leads opening Xfinity practice at Watkins Glen

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Brad Keselowski posted the fastest lap in Friday’s opening Xfinity practice at Watkins Glen International.

Keselowski led the way with a lap of 122.200 mph. He was followed by Kyle Busch (121.586 mph), Joey Logano (121.501), Paul Menard (121.371) and Kyle Larson (120.744). The top Xfinity regular was Justin Allgaier. He was sixth with a lap of 120.607 mph.

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Final practice for Xfinity teams will be from 2:30-3:25 p.m. ET and will be streamed online and on the NBC Sports App.