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Friday’s schedule for Trucks, Cup at Kansas Speedway

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Friday will be the busiest day of the race weekend at Kansas Speedway, as both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Cup Series are in action.

The Trucks get the spotlight with qualifying and then the Toyota Tundra 250 under the lights. It’s the Truck Series’ first race since Chase Elliott won April 1 at Martinsville Speedway.

William Byron won this race last year, the first of seven Truck races he won that season.

The Cup drivers, meanwhile, have two practice sessions and qualifying.

Here’s Friday’s schedule, as well as TV/radio coverage:

(All times Eastern)

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Cup garage opens

10:30 a.m. – Truck garage open

11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. – Cup first practice (Fox Sports 1, MRN)

1:30 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. Cup final practice (FS1, MRN)

4:35 p.m. – Truck series qualifying (FS1, MRN)

6:15 p.m. – Truck driver/crew chief meeting

6:45 p.m. – Cup qualifying/multi-vehicle, three rounds (Fs1, MRN)

8 p.m. – Truck driver introductions

8:30 p.m. – Toyota Tundra 250 truck race (167 laps, 250.5 miles) (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Weekend schedule for NASCAR Cup, Trucks at Kansas

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The NASCAR Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series will both race under the lights at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway.

The Trucks will race Friday and the Cup race is Saturday night, allowing teams to be home Sunday for Mother’s Day.

Kyle Busch won last spring’s Cup race at Kansas, while William Byron earned the first of what would become seven wins in the Truck Series race there.

Here’s how this weekend’s schedule looks:

(All times are Eastern)

Thursday, May 11

1 p.m. – 8 p.m. Truck garage open

3 – 3:55 p.m. – Truck first practice

5 – 5:55 p.m. – Truck final practice

Friday, May 12

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Cup garage open

10:30 a.m. – Truck garage opens

11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. – Cup practice (Fox Sports 1, MRN)

1:30 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. Cup final practice (FS1, MRN)

4:35 p.m. – Truck series qualifying (FS1, MRN)

6:15 p.m. – Truck driver/crew chief meeting

6:45 p.m. – Cup qualifying/multi-vehicle, three rounds (Fs1, MRN)

8 p.m. – Truck driver introductions

8:30 p.m. – Toyota Tundra 250 truck race (167 laps, 250.5 miles) (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Saturday, May 13

1 p.m. – Cup garage opens

5:30 p.m. – Cup driver-crew chief meeting

6:50 p.m. – Cup driver introductions

7:30 p.m. – Go Bowling 400 (267 laps, 400.5 miles) (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
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Elliott Sadler remains Xfinity points leader

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Elliott Sadler remains the points leader after his runner-up finish in Saturday’s Xfinity race at Talladega Superspeedway, but his lead dwindled.

Sadler holds a 29-point lead on JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier. Sadler had a 41-point lead entering the event but lost some points to Allgaier, who won a stage Saturday.

JR Motorsports driver William Byron remains third in the standings. He’s 44 points behind Sadler. Darrell Wallace Jr. moved up a spot to fourth. Daniel Hemric fell a spot to fifth.

Click here for Xfinity points report

Today’s Xfinity race at Richmond: Start time, weather, TV/radio info

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Round three of the four-round Dash 4 Cash takes place today at Richmond International Raceway.

Points leader Elliott Sadler heads into today’s race looking to extend his points lead on JR Motorsports teammate William Byron. Kyle Benjamin will make his series debut, driving for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Here are the particulars for today’s Xfinity race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: Devon Smith, a Toyota owner, will give the command for drivers to start engines at 1:07 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 1:13 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 250 laps (187.5 miles) around the .750-mile speedway.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 75. Stage 2 ends on Lap 150.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Xfinity garage opens at 6:30 a.m. The drivers meeting is at 11:15 a.m. Driver introductions are at 12:35 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Kristen Dennis will perform the Anthem at 1:01 p.m.

TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the race at 1 p.m. Its coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. Motor Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at MRN’s coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry MRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: The site predicts 88 degrees at race time with a zero percent chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST YEAR: Dale Earnhardt Jr. led 128 laps to win this race a year ago. Ty Dillon was second. Elliott Sadler placed third. Kyle Busch led 197 of 250 laps to win this race in September. Erik Jones was second. Brad Keselowski placed third.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for row-by-row starting lineup.

William Byron focuses on Xfinity ride; not replacing Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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William Byron says he’s focused on his rookie season in the Xfinity Series.

That’s fine, but others wonder if he’ll take over the No. 88 car when Dale Earnhardt Jr. retires at the end of this Cup season.

Hendrick Motorsports officials have not stated who they would consider for that ride.

Byron said Friday that he wants to race Cup at some point — what young Xfintiy driver doesn’t? — but he has more pressing concerns.

“Every one of us wants to race in the Cup series,’’ Byron said at Richmond International Raceway. “That’s the ultimate goal. I’d be ready for anything I think.

“Right now it’s just focusing on what I can do at (JR Motorsports) and see what we can do the rest of the year and hopefully compete for a championship.’’

The 19-year-old, who has a driver development contract with Hendrick Motorsports, has rocketed up NASCAR’s ranks since he started racing a Legends car in 2012.

Byron won the K&N Pro Series East title in 2015, won a rookie record seven Camping World Truck races in 2016 and led Kyle Busch Motorsports to the owners title. He has two top-five finishes in seven Xfinity starts this season as a rookie.

While there are different tactics to bringing drivers to Cup, Kyle Larson and Joey Logano are among those who moved quickly to Cup.

Larson ran four Truck races and a full Xfinity season before moving to Cup for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2014.

Logano ran one Truck race and 19 Xfinity races before his rookie Cup season in 2009.

While Logano endured struggles, he said Friday on “The Morning Drive” on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that moving up to Cup quickly can be a good thing.

“I think the only way you get better is racing people better than you,’’ Logano said on the show. “So when you put yourself in a very challenging position, you’re going to get better. Right? If you don’t get beat up too bad that you lose all your confidence and you get thrown out of the sport too quick.

“If you lose the opportunity of driving a Cup car because you got into it too green, you weren’t ready for it. That would be a downfall. Everything else is good because you’re going to make the mistakes and mistakes are a good thing as long as you learn from them.’’

Elliott Sadler, a teammate to Byron at JR Motorsports, praised the young driver’s ability Friday.

“He’s got it,’’ Sadler said. “He’s a guy that is going to go Cup and understands it. I think once he understands these tracks and these races and setting your car up for the longevity of them and making adjustments and stuff like that, once he gets all that down, he’s going to win a bunch of races, not only in Xfinity but also in the Cup Series.

“I’m not sure what his future holds, but my job as a teammate, with the experience, is to try to prepare him and help him as much as I can because the better he runs, the better for all of us at the entire company.’’

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