Joe Gibbs Racing announced Monday that former Cup crew chief Dave Rogers will be the technical director for its NASCAR Xfinity Series program.
Rogers had been a Cup crew chief from 2010 to early this season, working with Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards and Daniel Suarez. Rogers won 18 Cup races.
Rogers took a personal leave from the team in March after serving as crew chief for Suarez in the season’s first five races. Scott Graves assumed Rogers’ role with the team.
In his new role, Rogers will work closely with Steve deSouza, JGR’s executive vice president, in all aspects of competition across the organization’s Xfinity program.
“I really appreciate the support I’ve received over the past couple of months allowing me to take care of what I needed to in my personal life,” said Rogers in a statement from the team. “This position really excites me and I’m looking forward to working closely with Steve (deSouza), our crew chiefs and everyone in our XFINITY Series shop on all aspects of competition.”
Brad Keselowski had the fastest lap in the first of two Xfinity practices Friday at Pocono Raceway. Keselowski guided the Team Penske Ford to a lap of 169.141 mph.
Kyle Benjamin, who is making his second career Xfinity start, was next. Benjamin (168.770 mph) was followed by Kyle Larson (168.385), Blake Koch (167.926) and Ty Dillon (167.551).
The Xfinity Series has its final practice from 3-3:55 p.m. ET Friday. The series qualifies and races Saturday.
Carl Long‘s spin was the only incident in the session.
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Roush Fenway Racing announced that it will suspend operations of the No. 6 Xfinity team after this weekend’s race at Pocono Raceway.
The move comes with Darrell Wallace Jr. taking over the No. 43 Cup ride until Aric Almirola returns from injuries suffered in a crash last month at Kansas Speedway. Also, Roush Fenway Racing did not have sponsorship of the No. 6 Xfinity car beyond this weekend.
Roush Fenway Racing stated in a release that the team and Wallace will continue to evaluate any potential opportunities to run Xfinity races this season.
Wallace is fourth in the points heading into Saturday’s race at Pocono. With Wallace out, it will create an opportunity for another driver to make the Xfinity playoffs.
After Pocono, Roush will field only the No. 16 Xfinity team of Ryan Reed.
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DOVER, Del. — Joey Gase didn’t hold back on his opinion of Spencer Gallagher, saying that Gallagher “just sucks really, really bad” after their incident in Xfinity practice Friday morning at Dover International Speedway.
Gase and Gallagher made contact in Turn 3 and both hit the wall. Both were forced to go to backup cars.
Gase told Fox Sports 1 what happened: “He just flat out spun me going into (Turn) 3 for no reason. We were struggling really bad. I gave him plenty of room. He just drove right into me. I think it just shows how bad of a driver he is.
“Look right now in the garage stall. He’s one spot ahead of us … he has about probably five to seven million more dollars invested in his team than what we have. I think that’s basically all I’ve got to say. All he said (when Gase approached to talk) was ‘Get the hell away from me.’ He didn’t give me a reason or anything other than I guess he just sucks really, really bad.”
Gallagher saw the incident differently. Fox Sports 1 played part of his radio conversation after the contact. Gallagher said on his radio: “He just stopped going into (Turn) 3! What was he thinking?”
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NASCAR goes racing today with the Hisense 4K TV 300 Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Denny Hamlin won this race last year.
Here is today’s track schedule, as the countdown to Sunday’s main event of the weekend, the Coca-Cola 600, ticks closer:
(All times Eastern)
6:30 a.m. – Xfinity garage opens
7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Cup garage open
9 – 9:55 a.m. – Cup practice (FS1)
10:05 a.m. – Xfinity qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds) (FS1)
11:15 a.m. – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting
11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – Cup final practice (FS1)
12:30 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions
1 p.m. – Xfinity Hisense 4K TV 300 (200 laps, 300 miles) (FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)