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Eleven Cup teams to lose practice time at New Hampshire

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Kyle Larson and Clint Bowyer each will sit out 30 minutes of Saturday’s final Cup practice for failing inspection before last weekend’s Monster Energy Cup race at Kentucky Speedway, NASCAR announced Friday.

They are among 11 Cup teams and seven Xfinity teams that will miss practice time this weekend because of inspection issues at previous events.

Four Cup drivers – Landon Cassill, Gray Gaulding, Cole Whitt and Michael McDowell – will each miss 15 minutes of practice in today’s practice session, which runs from 11:30 a.m. – 12:55 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the NBC Sports App. Each is penalized for being late to inspection before last weekend’s event at Kentucky.

Five Cup drivers – Kevin Harvick, Erik Jones, Chase Elliott, Jeffrey Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. – each will miss 15 minutes of Saturday’s final practice session. Each is penalized for failing inspection before last weekend’s race at Kentucky.

In the Xfinity Series, the cars of Ben Kennedy, Michael Annett and Blake Koch will be held 15 minutes for failing inspection before the Kentucky race.

The cars of BJ McLeod, Carl Long, Brennan Poole and David Starr also will miss 15 minutes of practice. Each had penalties that were deferred from Kentucky.

The Xfinity teams will miss time during today’s first practice, which is scheduled to go from 1 – 1:55 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the NBC Sports App.

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Eddie Pardue named crew chief for Jeffrey Earnhardt’s No. 33 car

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The Circle Sport/The Motorsports Group announced that Eddie Pardue is the new crew chief on its No. 33 Chevrolet effective immediately.

Pardue, who was the team’s head of engineering, will lead the effort on Jeffrey Earnhardt‘s car this weekend in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. This will be his first Cup race as a crew chief since 2008, when he led Greg Biffle in one race at Auto Club Speedway. He has three wins in 338 races as crew chief in the Xfinity Series dating back to 1998.

The former competition director for Red Horse Racing in the Camping World Truck Series, Pardue replaces Pay Tryson, who has been released from the team.

Tryson directed Boris Said at Sonoma Raceway, where he finished 29th. Earnhardt has been in the No. 33 in every other race. His best result in his first 15 starts was 26th in the Daytona 500.

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Boris Said to race at Sonoma for Jeffrey Earnhardt

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Circle Sport with The Motorsports Group announced Tuesday that road racer Boris Said will drive the team’s No. 33 car this weekend at Sonoma Raceway in place of Jeffrey Earnhardt.

Said will be making his 17th career start at Sonoma Raceway and 53rd career Cup start. His best finish at Sonoma was sixth in 2003 and ’04. Earnhardt has never run in a Cup event at Sonoma or Watkins Glen International, the other road course on the circuit.

Said’s most recent Cup start was last year at Watkins Glen. He started 37th and finished 24th.

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Hulu to serve as primary sponsor for Jeffrey Earnhardt in 19 races

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DOVER, Del. — Hulu announced Friday morning that it will sponsor the No. 33 car of Jeffrey Earnhardt for 19 Cup races this season, beginning with this weekend’s event at Dover International Speedway.

“We are looking forward to having this influx to get us to the next level,” said car owner Joe Falk, whose team is aligned with Richard Childress Racing.

Earnhardt is 37th in the driver points. His best finish is 26th in the Daytona 500.

The deal is for 19 races because that’s what the team had left available. In the other five races, Hulu will serve as an associate sponsor.

“Hulu is driving the next generation of TV, and Jeffrey Earnhardt represents the next generation of racing, so this is the perfect partnership to bring our brand to NASCAR fans,” said Patrizio Spagnoletto, Hulu’s Vice President of Subscriber Acquisition, in a statement “As a proud sponsor, we’re beyond excited to work with – and cheer for – Jeffrey and the entire #33 team.”

The Hulu with Live TV plan allows fans to stream NASCAR races, along with other major sports events, including the NBA Finals, Major League Baseball and Monday Night Football for $39.99 a month.

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Freak accident eliminates Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski early in the Coca-Cola 600

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CONCORD, N.C. – Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski were eliminated from the Coca-Cola 600 in a bizarre accident that caused a caution on the 20th of 400 laps Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Jeffrey Earnhardt’s No. 33 Chevrolet suffered an engine problem that littered the 1.5-mile oval with oil and some debris. Elliott’s No. 24 Chevy seemed to run over a stray part, sparking flames beneath the car.

As Elliott quickly slowed, he was rear-ended by Keselowski’s No. 2 Ford.

“Somebody broke, and there was just oil everywhere,” Keselowski said. “I couldn’t turn. I ran into the back of Chase. It’s a real bummer for our team. We had a really fast Miller Lite Ford, and I think we had a shot at winning tonight, but that’s how it goes.”

Said Elliott: “This is so disappointing. Our Chevy was going to be all right as the night went along. But (Jeffrey Earnhardt) broke something, I guess, and I hit it hard and I saw some fire … I hate it. It’s such a bummer. We’ll just go after it again next week.”

Earnhardt was listed as finishing last in the race; Keselowski likely will place 39th, and Elliott 38th.