Kyle Busch goes to backup car after incident in final Sprint Cup practice (VIDEO)

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Kyle Busch had to go to a backup car after an incident within the first few minutes of the final Sprint Cup practice session Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.

Busch was to have started sixth in Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400.

Busch got out of shape in Turn 4, slid down the track through the infield grass, which damaged the nose of his car. Busch has been vocal about the need for tracks to eliminate grass, which damages cars and does now allow cars to slow as pavement does.

“Everything was fine, just running around there trying maintain speed,” Busch told NBCSN. “Got a little free off of (Turn) 4 like the last time. Instead of over-correcting, I tried to just continue to make it rotate and spin. I think at all these racetracks I think we need more grass. I think more grass would be beneficial.”

If one believes in signs, this might not be so bad. Busch’s brother, Kurt, had to go to a backup car in the last visit to Michigan and won the race.

Kyle Busch climbed into the top 30 in points to be Chase eligible after finishing second at Watkins Glen last weekend after missing the first 11 races of the season.

 

Xfinity Series practice report from Charlotte Motor Speedway

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CONCORD, N.C – Tyler Reddick was fastest in the first of two Xfinity Series practice sessions Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Reddick posted a top speed of 180 mph around the 1.5-mile track.

He was followed by Cole Cuter (179.509 mph), Austin Cindric (179.093), Austin Dillon (178.613) and John Hunter Nemechek (178.283).

Ross Chastain was sixth on the speed chart (178.083).

Rookie Justin Haley was seventh and recorded the most laps in the session with 26.

Mason Diaz slid and hit the inside wall during the session.

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Check back for the final practice report.

Brad Keselowski’s wife due with couple’s second child

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CONCORD, N.C. – Brad Keselowski says wife Paige is due with the couple’s second child the week of the NASCAR banquet, which is scheduled Dec. 5.

Keselowski announced Wednesday that his wife is pregnant.

Their daughter, Scarlett, was born May 19, 2015. Keselowski later detailed the health scare the family had with Scarlett a month after she was born. Keselowski stated that they had been told at one point that Scarlett could die. They took her to the Mayo Clinic and she was diagnosed with laryngomalacia, a congenital softening of the tissues of the larynx above the vocal cords.

Emergency surgery was performed and she recovered.

“It definitely weighs on you,” Keselowski said of what Scarlett went through as he and his wife prepare for their second child. “Obviously, my wife hasn’t been at the track the last few months. That’s intentional because, one, the strain on her, (and) two we didn’t want a bunch of people asking her about it because of those things that can happen.

“Just trying to be as supportive as I can. The realistic part is she is doing most of the work. They say ‘we’re having a baby,’ it’s more she’s having the baby and I’m cheering. It’s still a great time and I’m grateful for the lesson I’ve had in my life.

“I’m just going to do the best I can to be a responsible, great parent and show the most amount of love I know how to show and realize that it can all be taken away from you at a moment’s notice but hope and believe that it won’t.”

Christopher Bell’s car damaged by man-hole cover

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CONCORD, N.C. — There is a slightly different traffic pattern in the Xfinity Series garage this weekend after Christopher Bell‘s front end was damaged by a man-hole cover early in practice Thursday.

The splitter on Bell’s No. 20 Toyota was damaged by the man-hole cover, which is located at the end of the garage where the cars run through as they exit the garage.

Bell’s team made repairs quickly and he was able to continue. He was 10th fastest in the practice session.

As a result, NASCAR has placed traffic cones in the area to divert traffic around the area.

The man-hole cover that damaged Christopher Bell’s car (Daniel McFadin)
The traffic cones set up to keep cars from running over the man-hole cover (middle cone) (Daniel McFadin)

Daniel Hemric fastest in first Coca-Cola 600 practice

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CONCORD, N.C. — Daniel Hemric was fastest in the first Cup Series practice session for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.

Hemric posted a top speed of 182.791 mph around Charlotte Motor Speedway.

He was followed by Chase Elliott (182.340 mph), William Byron (182.211), Kyle Busch (182.168) and Jimmie Johnson (182.008).

Alex Bowman was seventh to put all four Hendrick Motorsports cars in the top 10.

Austin Dillon in eighth gave Chevrolet six cars in the top 10.

Landon Cassill recorded the most laps in the session with 37. He was 32nd on the speed chart.

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