F1 champ Lewis Hamilton, James Hinchcliffe express interest in trying NASCAR

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Lewis Hamilton has said it before and at the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway last Sunday, the three-time Formula One champion reiterated that he’d like to try his hand at NASCAR.

The Englishman was in attendance of the Sprint Cup Series finale in support of Jeff Gordon when he expressed to ESPN a desire to give stock-car racing a chance.

“It was a really cool event, I hope I get to do one one day,” Hamilton said.

When he was a kid, Hamilton wanted to race motorcycles, but since debuting in Formula One in 2007, the 30-year-old driver hasn’t raced in any other format.

Hamilton was impressed by the show NASCAR put on in the season finale, which was Gordon’s final Sprint Cup start.

“I would have to really think about that but there are definitely things they do a lot better than us … Or for sure that we could learn from them,” Hamilton said. “It was a great show, a great spectacle for the fans, a bit like DTM fans can get close to the garages in the background, to the drivers.”

Hamilton isn’t the only open-wheel driver who wants to explore what NASCAR has to offer. Verizon IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe told the Toronto Sun at Sunday’s race that he is ” super, super keen” to drive an Xfinity Series car in one of its road-course races in 2016.

“We have come close the past couple of years trying to put a program together so now with August pretty much open for IndyCar, the timing couldn’t be better,” Hinchcliffe said.

Denny Hamlin posts fastest lap in Saturday morning Cup practice

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LOUDON, N.H. – Denny Hamlin had the fastest lap in Saturday morning’s Cup practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, leading the field with a lap of 132.942 mph.

He was followed by Ryan Blaney (132.526 mph), Martin Truex Jr. (132.462), Kyle Busch (132.406) and Kevin Harvick (132.356).

Harvick ran the most laps at 50. Harvick told NASCAR on NBC broadcaster Rick Allen in the garage that he ran so many laps to see how much the speed falls off as the tires wear. Jimmie Johnson was next with 42 laps run.

There were no incidents in the 50-minute session.

Ryan Blaney had the best 10-lap average at 131.767 mph.

Click here for the speed chart.

Start time of Sunday’s Cup race moved up to 1 pm ET

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LOUDON, N.H. – The start time for Sunday’s Cup race has been moved up to 1 p.m. ET because of the threat of rain, NASCAR announced.

NBCSN will broadcast the race. NBCSN’s coverage begins at noon ET.

The wunderground.com forecast for 1 p.m. ET Sunday calls for a 49 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms. There is a threat of rain throughout the day.

Kurt Busch won the pole for Sunday’s race.

Two Cup teams to be penalized practice time Saturday at New Hampshire

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LOUDON, N.H. – Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne each will miss 15 minutes of Saturday’s final practice session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for inspection issues, NASCAR announced.

Hamlin is being penalized for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice last weekend at Kentucky. Kahne is being penalized for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice Friday at New Hampshire.

Final practice is scheduled to go from 12:35 – 1:25 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

NASCAR’s Saturday schedule for New Hampshire Motor Speedway

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Today’s schedule at New Hampshire Motor Speedway includes two Cup practice sessions and the Xfinity Series race at the “Magic Mile.”

Here’s the full schedule with TV and radio info.

(All times are Eastern)

Saturday, July 21

7 a.m. — Xfinity garage opens

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. — Cup garage open

10:05 – 10:55 a.m. — Cup practice (CNBC)

11:05 a.m. — Xfinity qualifying; multi-vehicle/three rounds (CNBC)

12:35 – 1:25 p.m. — Final Cup practice (NBCSN)

1:30 p.m. — Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting

3:30 p.m. — Xfinity driver introductions

4 p.m. — Lakes Region 200 Xfinity race; 200 laps/211.6 miles (NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)