2016 NASCAR Daytona Speedweeks schedule (tentative)

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After a nearly three-month offseason, the NASCAR world will kick off the 2016 season with Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway, beginning in one month.

The defending champions in each series are: Kyle Busch (Sprint Cup), Chris Buescher (Xfinity) and Erik Jones (Camping World Trucks). Both Buescher and Jones will not be able to defend their 2015 titles as they’ve moved up in class, Buescher to Sprint Cup and Jones to Xfinity.

Here’s the tentative 2016 Speedweeks schedule (all times are Eastern):

Friday, February 12

12 – 9 p.m. – Sprint Cup garage open

3:30 p.m. – Sprint Cup random drawing and drawing for pit selection

5 – 5:55 p.m. – Sprint Unlimited practice

6:30 – 7:25 p.m. – Sprint Unlimited final practice

Saturday, February 13

8 a.m. – 11 p.m. – Sprint Cup garage open

10:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. – Sprint Cup practice

1:30 – 3:25 p.m. – Sprint Cup practice

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

7:50 p.m. – Sprint Unlimited driver introductions

8:15 p.m. – Sprint Unlimited (75 laps, 187.5 miles)

Sunday, February 14

7 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Sprint Cup garage open

1:15 p.m. – Sprint Cup qualifying (single vehicle, two rounds)

Monday, February 15

— No on-track action

Tuesday, February 16

— No on-track action

Wednesday, February 17

12 – 5 p.m. – Truck garage open

3 – 8 p.m. – Sprint Cup garage open

5 – 5:45 p.m. – Sprint Cup practice

6:10 – 6:55 p.m. – Sprint Cup practice

Thursday, February 18

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Truck garage open

10:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. – Sprint Cup garage open

12 – 12:55 p.m. – Sprint Cup practice

1:30 – 2:55 p.m. – Truck first practice

4 – 4:55 p.m. – Truck final practice

5:15 p.m. – Sprint Cup driver/crew chief meeting

6:40 p.m. – Sprint Cup driver introductions

7 p.m. – Sprint Cup Can-Am Duel No. 1 qualifying race (60 laps, 150 miles)

8:40 p.m. – Sprint Cup driver introductions

9 p.m. – Sprint Cup Can-Am Duel No. 2 qualifying race (60 laps, 150 miles)

Friday, February 19

8 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Sprint Cup garage open

8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

10 a.m. – Truck garage open

10:30 – 11:55 a.m. – Xfinity practice

12 – 12:55 p.m. – Sprint Cup practice

1 – 1:55 p.m. – Xfinity practice

2 – 2:55 p.m. – Sprint Cup practice

3 – 3:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice

4:30 p.m. – Truck qualifying

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

7 p.m. – Truck driver introductions

7:30 p.m. – NextEra Energy Resources 250 Camping World Truck Series race (100 laps, 250 miles)

Saturday, February 20

7 a.m. – Xfinity garage open

10 a.m. – Xfinity qualifying

10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Sprint Cup garage open

11:50 a.m. – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting

12:15 p.m. – Sprint Cup final practice

3 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions

3:30 p.m. – PowerShares QQQ 300 Xfinity Series race (120 laps, 300 miles)

Sunday, February 21

7 a.m. – Sprint Cup garage open

11 a.m. – Sprint Cup driver/crew chief meeting

12:15 p.m. – Sprint Cup driver introductions

1 p.m. – Daytona 500 Sprint Cup race (200 laps, 500 miles)

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Today’s Las Vegas Cup race: Start time, lineup and more

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One down and only 35 to go.

With the Daytona 500 now in the record books, the NASCAR Cup Series moves on to its second race of the season – and the start of the three-race western swing.

Can Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin make it back-to-back wins to start the 2020 season?

How about defending Cup Series champ Kyle Busch, looking for his second career Cup win in his hometown? What about older brother Kurt Busch, still searching for his first career hometown Cup triumph?

Here is all the info for today’s race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: The 1980 U.S. Men’s Olympic “Miracle” hockey team will give the command to start engines at 3:37 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:46 p.m.

PRERACE: Garage opens at 11:30 a.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 1:30 p.m. Driver introductions are at 3 p.m. The invocation will be given by Motor Racing Outreach chaplain Billy Mauldin at 3:30 p.m. The National Anthem will be performed by Carnell Johnson at 3:31 p.m., followed by a flyover by four F-16 “Vipers” from the 57th Wing Adversary Tactics Group from Nellis Air Force Base at 3:32 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 267 laps (400.5 miles) around the 1.5-mile speedway.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 80. Stage 2 ends on Lap 160.

TV/RADIO: Fox will broadcast the race with coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. Performance Racing Network’s broadcast begins at 2:30 p.m. and can also be heard at goprn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: The Wunderground.com forecast calls for sunny skies with a high of 68 degrees and a 0% chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Joey Logano won this race last year, followed by teammate Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch. Martin Truex Jr. won last September’s playoff race, followed by Kevin Harvick and Keselowski.

TO THE REAR: Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Christopher Bell will start from the rear after L1 level infractions in qualifying inspection. Garrett Smithley will also start from the rear due to three inspections failures.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the starting lineup.

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Rain postpones Las Vegas Xfinity race to 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday

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Rain has forced the conclusion of today’s Xfinity Series race in Las Vegas to be postponed until Sunday after the Cup Series race at approximately 7:30 p.m. ET. The race will resume on FS2.

The race had been red flagged since late Saturday afternoon, with the race paused on Lap 51 of 200, only six laps after Chase Briscoe won Stage 1.

The top 10 is currently scored as:

  1. Joe Graf Jr. (stayed out of pits)
  2. Chase Briscoe
  3. Austin Cindric
  4. Ross Chastain
  5. Brandon Jones
  6. Justin Allgaier
  7. Michael Annett
  8. Justin Haley
  9. Harrison Burton
  10. Brett Moffitt

Kevin Harvick, Gander RV CEO put up $100K bounty to beat Kyle Busch in trucks

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Kevin Harvick and Gander RV & Outdoors CEO Marcus Lemonis issued a bounty poster in tweet form Saturday.

WANTED: A full-time Cup Series driver to beat Kyle Busch in any of his remaining four Truck Series starts this year (without wrecking him).

REWARD: $50,000 each from Harvick and Lemonis.

The bounty comes the night after Busch won his seventh consecutive Truck Series race, which includes all five starts he made in 2019.

Saturday’s race was his first of five in the trucks this season. He’ll be back in the series March 14 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, March 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, March 27 at Texas Motor Speedway and May 30 at Kansas Speedway.

Busch won at Atlanta and Texas last year.

Busch himself didn’t seem too impressed with the bounty when told about it in the media center.

So what is in it for Busch?

If no full-time Cup driver is able to beat Busch in those four races, the bounty will be given to the Bundle of Joy Fund, the organization founded by Kyle and Samantha Busch that helps couples who require fertility treatments to conceive.

Lemonis wasn’t done there. Later Saturday night, he put another proposition out into the Twitterverse. If Fox Sports moved any of the races to prime time, he’d increase the purse among the top-five finishers to $250,000.

Needless to say, the original bounty got the attention of a few drivers, including Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Denny Hamlin.

Disclaimer on the following tweet by Hamlin: As noted above, none of Busch’s remaining four truck races are at Richmond Raceway. But…..Richmond is the site of the first Triple Truck Challenge race on April 18.

Richmond’s track president, Dennis Bickmeier chimed in with his thoughts.

Las Vegas Xfinity race under red flag for rain on Lap 51

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Today’s Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is under its second rain delay and its first since the start of race.

The race was paused by a red flag on Lap 51, shortly after the end of Stage 1.

The race is official after the end of Stage 2 on Lap 90.

Joe Graf Jr is listed as the leader after he stayed out during pit stops.

The top five is completed by Stage 1 winner Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Ross Chastain and Brandon Jones.

The green flag for the race was originally scheduled for 4:16 p.m. ET. The finally waved at 5:48 p.m. ET.

The rain forced the cancellation of qualifying for Cup and Xfinity. The field was set by last year’s owner’s points.

If the race resumes tonight, coverage will be on FS2.

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