Xfinity practice report at New Hampshire

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FINAL PRACTICE

Ryan Truex jumped to the top of the speed chart in the final minute of practice for the Lake Region 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. His fastest lap was 128.898 mph.

He beat Brad Keselowski (128.415 mph) by .111 seconds.

Christopher Bell‘s third fastest lap of 128.023 mph was .091 seconds slower than Keselowski and .202 seconds slower than Truex.

Justin Allgaier (128.014) and Austin Dillon (127.958) rounded out the top five.

Bell had the quickest 10 lap average at 127.356 mph.

Click here for the complete final practice report.

FIRST PRACTICE

Cup regular Keselowski topped the practice chart in the first practice session for the Lake Region 200. His fastest lap was 128.040 mph.

Cole Custer was second in that session with speed of 127.619, which was .098 seconds slower than Keselowski.

Ryan Preece, who finished second in this race last year, landed third on the chart with a lap of 127.491.

Nemechek (127.419 mph) and Matt Tifft (127.321) rounded out the top five.

The only other Cup regular in the field, Dillon (126.412) posted the 15th fastest lap.

Austin Cindric spun with 32 minutes remaining and did significant damage to the No. 60 Ford. He was seventh on the speed chart at the time with a lap of 126.892 mph. The team elected to make repairs instead of rolling out a backup car.

Click here for complete first practice results.

Seven Cup cars to be penalized practice time at New Hampshire

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LOUDON, N.H. – Seven Cup cars will be docked practice time Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for inspection issues last weekend at Kentucky Speedway. Six Xfinity cars also will be penalized practice time.

In Cup, the teams of Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Weatherman, BJ McLeod and Blake Jones will be docked 15 minutes of opening practice for being late to pre-qualifying/race inspection last weekend at Kentucky.

The teams of Daniel Suarez and AJ Allmendinger will miss 15 minutes of the opening practice for failing inspection before last weekend’s race twice.

Opening Cup practice is from noon – 12:50 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Denny Hamlin‘s team will be penalized 15 minutes of final practice on Saturday for failing inspection before last weekend’s qualifying at Kentucky twice.

In Xfinity, the teams of Josh Bilicki and David Starr will be held 15 minutes in opening practice for being out of the garage late. The teams of Ty Dillon, Brad Keselowski, Brandon Hightower and Austin Cindric will be penalized 15 minutes for failing inspection twice last weekend at Kentucky. Opening Xfinity practice is from 1:05 – 1:55 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

 

Cole Custer wins pole for Kentucky Xfinity race

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Cole Custer will start first in tonight’s Xfinity Series race at Kentucky Speedway (8 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

He qualified on the pole, his fourth of the year, with a top speed of 181.458 mph.

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver is followed by Justin Allgaier (181.038 mph), Kyle Busch (181.026), Austin Cindric (180.880) and Daniel Hemric (180.578).

“It’s just getting the little things right, honestly,” Custer told NBCSN. “I was pretty down on myself yesterday when we were 15th in practice. We just made some adjustments and made good changes. I tried to look at some Dartfish for how Kyle (Busch) gets through Turn 3 and 4 and that helped me a lot.”

Christopher Bell finished the final round in 12th after he spun exiting Turn 4 while preparing to start his qualifying run.

Ryan Truex will start 13th and Paul Menard starts 14th.

Click here for the qualifying results.

 

Kyle Larson wins Xfinity race at Daytona in overtime

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Kyle Larson won the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 in a narrow finish over Elliott Sadler in overtime.

Larson was declared the winner after Justin Haley made a three-wide pass of Larson and Sadler coming to the line and beat them to the checkered flag. But Haley crossed the yellow line at the bottom of the track in the attempt, which is illegal.

Larson swept all three stages of the race and led 39 laps.

“I honestly didn’t even think I had a shot to win that until I pulled over here to the lug nut check and I could see (on) the big screen where he kind of went below the yellow line,” Larson told NBCSN. “A little bit of a shock for me.”

Haley, driving the No. 24 Chevrolet for GMS Racing, was making his second Xfinity start. He was credited with an 18th-place finish.

NASCAR ruled Larson the winner while Haley was celebrating on the frontstretch.

“I just wish NASCAR would … tell us how much of the car we can have below the yellow line,” Haley told NBCSN. “I don’t get this opportunity enough … Seeing the replay there was room for me to go up so I don’t know why they’re calling me like that.”

Haley competes full-time for GMS Racing in the Camping World Truck Series.

MORE: Haley says “BS call”

Sadler earned his fourth runner-up finish at Daytona and his third in a row.

Without Haley’s bold move, the finish looked nearly identical to February’s race at Daytona when Sadler finished second to Tyler Reddick in the closest finish in national NASCAR history.

“I just didn’t know (Haley) was coming,” Sadler told NBCSN. “Just miscommunication between my spotter and myself. I was just trying to really key in on (Larson) on when to side draft. I felt like it was Daytona in February all over again. I hate it for my guys. They work way too hard for me to keep finishing second here at Daytona.”

The final stretch of the race was set up by a 16-car wreck with 19 laps to go that eliminated February Daytona winner Tyler Reddick. Austin Cindric walked away after his No. 60 Ford flipped multiple times.

That wreck resulted in a 12 minute and 18 second red flag period.

The overtime finish was setup by a nine-car crash with three laps left in the original 100-lap distance.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Kyle Larson

STAGE 2 WINNER: Kyle Larson

MORE: Race results, point standings

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Kaz Grala finished fifth for his second top five of the year despite having to pit right before a restart with seven laps to go in the original distance for a tire going down … Christopher Bell placed third after spinning on pit road in Stage 1 and being called for a pit penalty … Shane Lee finish a career-best sixth in his fifth start … Timmy Hill placed seventh, matching his career-best finish (Daytona, February 2012).

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Pole-sitter Ryan Preece finished 39th after suffering a radiator problem on Lap 52 … Ryan Reed finished 26th after being involved in three accidents, including the 16-car wreck … Chase Elliott placed 29th after going to the garage for a bad oil pump belt.

NOTABLE: Elliott Sadler is now tied with Michael Waltrip for most runner-up finishes at Daytona without a win (four).

WHAT’S NEXT: Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway at 8 p.m. ET on July 13 on NBCSN.

 

Austin Cindric’s car rolls over in Daytona Xfinity crash

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Austin Cindric was uninjured after his car rolled over twice in a 16-car accident that brought out the red flag with 18 laps left in Friday night’s Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway.

Cindric was running in the top 10 in the bottom line when he was hit by Matt Tifft, turning him and triggering a crash that collected several cars.

“I was trying to go under and he came back down again,” Tifft said on the radio about the contact.

Cindric was sliding sideways in Turn 1 when he came up the track and hit Tyler Reddick‘s before rolling over twice.

Cindric radioed his team and said: “I’m OK” before exiting the car.

Cindric was cleared and released from the infield care center.

“I’ve got no injuries,” Cindric told NBCSN. “I feel fine.I just wish we could have better races.”

The red flag was displayed for 12 minutes, 18 seconds.

Among those also involved in the crash were Ryan Truex, Ryan Sieg, Jeremy Clements, Brandon Jones and Joey Gase, along with Cindric, Tifft and Reddick.

A second large wreck broke out on the front stretch with four laps to go that involved Ryan Reed, Jeff Green, Ryan Sieg and Cole Custer.