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Goodyear tire info for All-Star Race weekend at Charlotte

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NASCAR’s All-Star Race weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway will feature three races in two nights: Friday’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race, as well as Saturday’s Monster Energy Open and the marquee event, the 35th NASCAR All-Star Race.

Greg Stucker, Goodyear director of racing, noted: “The All-Star race is always a big night for the sport of NASCAR. Not only do the short segments lead to a sense of urgency with teams deciding on different pit strategies, but this year we have the added excitement of testing out some new (aerodynamic) elements that we may very well see incorporated into the Cup cars in the future.

The All-Star weekend is a great chance to try some of these things and get a real world look at how they perform on the track in race conditions. We will run the same tire set-up for both weeks of Charlotte, so the next two weeks will provide good data points for what is working. All that with the backdrop of $1 million to the race winner will make for an exciting night of racing.”

NOTES: Cup: while teams in both the NASCAR Cup and Gander Outdoors Truck Series will run the same right-side tire code at Charlotte this weekend, each series will run its own left-side code. For the Cup cars, this is the same right-side tire code they ran at Charlotte in 2018. This is the left-side tire the Cup cars ran at both Dover and Kansas over the past two weeks. Compared to what was run at Charlotte last year, it features a construction update to what is run at other speedways. This tire set-up came out of a test on the 2019 rules package that was run at Charlotte last October. Teams (drivers) participating in that test were Richard Childress Racing (Daniel Hemric), Joe Gibbs Racing (Erik Jones), Hendrick Motorsports (William Byron) and Stewart-Haas Racing (Aric Almirola).

Trucks: While teams in both the Gander Outdoors Truck Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will run the same right-side tire code at Charlotte this weekend, each series will run its own left-side code . . . for Truck teams, these are two tire codes they have not run at Charlotte in the past . . . compared to Charlotte 2018, this left-side tire features a construction update, while this right-side tire aligns the Trucks with the Cup cars and features a compound change for more grip.

Both series: As on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Charlotte. Air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

Here’s the Goodyear tire info for all three races this weekend, the Gander Outdoors Truck Series race, the Monster Energy Open and the NASCAR All-Star Race:

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

Set limits: Open: 3 sets for practice and qualifying and 3 sets for the Open (2 race sets plus qualifying set); All-Star race: 5 sets for practice and qualifying and 4 sets for the race; (Open teams that transfer are allowed 4 sets for the All-Star race). Trucks: 6 sets for the event.

Tire Codes: Cup: Left-side -- D-4868; Right-side – D-4736. Trucks: Left-side -- D-4880; Right-side – D-4736.

Tire Circumference: Cup: Left-side -- 2,227 mm (87.68 in.); Right-side -- 2,251 mm (88.62 in.). Trucks: Left-side -- 2,227 mm (87.68 in.); Right-side -- 2,251 mm (88.62 in.).

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Cup: Left Front -- 19 psi; Left Rear -- 19 psi; Right Front -- 52 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi. Trucks: Left Front -- 21 psi; Left Rear -- 19 psi; Right Front -- 52 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi.

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NASCAR America presents the Motorsports Hour, 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN

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This week’s episode of NASCAR America presents the Motorsports Hour airs from 5-6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Marty Snider, Danielle Trotta, Parker Kligerman and Steve Letarte will discuss multiple auto racing disciplines, including NASCAR and IndyCar.

If you can’t catch either of today’s shows on TV, watch online at http:/nascarstream.nbcsports.com. If you plan to stream the show on your laptop or portable device, be sure to have your username and password from your cable/satellite/telco provider handy so your subscription can be verified.

Once you enter that information, you’ll have access to the stream.

Click here at 5 p.m. ET to watch live via the stream.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. throws perfect strike for Red Sox

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With the Boston Red Sox nearly 10 games behind their No. 1 rivals, the American League East-leading New York Yankees, they could use some additional pitching help.

A good southpaw would be a big help.

They got some help on Wednesday – for one pitch at least, that is – as Cup Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. threw out the first pitch prior to the game vs. the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.

Scouts likely had a few raised eyebrows when Stenhouse threw a perfect strike.

 

I’ve thrown out first pitches at some minor league games, but Fenway Park puts it at a whole ‘nother level,” Stenhouse told NESN.com.

But Stenhouse, wearing a No. 17 jersey, delivered when it was his turn atop the mound. In a sense, it was a home game for Stenhouse, as Red Sox owner John Henry is a part-owner of Roush Fenway Racing.

Stenhouse and teammate Ryan Newman, who was also in uniform for the game, were in Boston on their way to this weekend’s Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Stenhouse is currently 19th in the standings and with seven races left to make the playoffs, he knows how significant this weekend will be for him.

It’s very important,” Stenhouse told NESN. “New Hampshire could be one of those turning points. We’re 19th in points and need to get to 16th. Or we could win and just lock ourselves in that way, too.

Hopefully, we’ll have a fast enough car and play the right strategy to put ourselves in a position to win. These next few races are definitely critical to us to make sure we do our part. We’ll need somebody else to falter a little bit, but we’re going to go out and do our job and see how things play out.”

And if Stenhouse doesn’t make the playoffs, he might want to keep that pitching arm warm and loose, just in case the Red Sox really need him.

 

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Ryan Vargas set for Xfinity debut at Iowa Speedway

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Ryan Vargas, a member of the 2018-19 NASCAR Next class and 2019 Drive for Diversity program, is set to make his Xfinity Series debut next weekend at Iowa Speedway.

JD Motorsports announced Wednesday Vargas will drive its No. 15 Chevrolet in the July 27 U.S. Cellular 250, which will air on NBCSN.

Vargas, 18, competed full-time in the K&N Pro Series East last year for Rev Racing. Vargas was let go by Rev Racing in December and has spent this season racing late models and competing for the Irwindale Speedway track championship.

The race at Iowa will mark Vargas’ national NASCAR series debut. Vargas said making his Xfinity debut at Iowa “just makes sense” given his seventh-place finish there last year in the K&N Series.

“Last year, I felt that I was able to run my best race all year at the speedway, and to have the chance to drive for a well-respected team owner in Johnny Davis really adds to the excitement heading into the weekend,” Vargas said in a press release. “I think if we can keep all the fenders on my No. 15 Chevrolet and run as many laps as possible, the weekend will be a success. At this point in my career, I want to learn as much as I can so I can keep moving up the NASCAR ladder, so I am not necessarily worried about what the results show.”

Vargas will be sponsored by Cranio Care Bears, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of Craniosynostosis, a condition that causes problems with a child’s brain and skull growth. Vargas underwent surgery when he was 11 months old to correct issues from it.

“It means a lot to me to be able to help bring awareness to this great charity in Cranio Care Bears through the sport that I love so much,” Vargas said. “I know that I will have a lot of little supporters cheering me on that look up to me as a role model in the Cranio community, and I want to show them that anything is possible, even with the condition.”

 

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Updated entry lists for NASCAR at New Hampshire

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The NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will be in action this weekend at the 1-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H.

The Gander Outdoors Truck Series is off until July 27 at Pocono Raceway.

Here are the entry lists for the Cup and Xfinity races at New Hampshire:

Cup – Foxwoods Resort & Casino 301 (3 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN)

There are 37 cars entered.

Quin Houff will be back in the No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet.

Andy Seuss is entered in Rick Ware Racing’s No. 51 Ford and will make his Cup debut. Austin Theriault will also make his Cup debut in Rick Ware Racing’s No. 52 Chevrolet.

Click here for the full entry list.

Xfinity — Roxor 200 (4 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN)

There are 41 cars entered.

Cup regular Paul Menard will be driving the No. 12 Team Penske Ford Mustang.

Ryan Truex will be making his third Xfinity start of the season in the No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet.

Tyler Matthews will make his third Xfinity start of 2019 in the No. 15 JD Motorsports Chevrolet.

Harrison Burton makes his third start of the season in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Kaz Grala is entered in his fourth race of the year in Richard Childress Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet.

Canadian driver Alex Labbe makes his third start of 2019 in the No. 90 DGM Racing Chevrolet.

CJ McLaughlin will make his Xfinity Series debut, driving the No. 93 RSS Racing Chevrolet.

Click here for the full entry list.