After spending a week on the short track of Bristol, the Xfinity Series has its third road course race in four weeks, competing today at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Here is all the info for today’s race:
(All times are Eastern)
START: Robert Henderson, maintenance technician from Johnsonville, will give the command to start engines at 3:07 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:21 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 45 laps (182.2 miles) around the 4.048-mile road course.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 10. Stage 2 ends on Lap 20.
PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 8:30 a.m.Driver/crew chief meeting is at 12 p.m. Qualifying is at 12:35 p.m. Driver introductions are at 2:30 p.m.
NATIONALANTHEM: Christi Lueck will perform the anthem at 3:01 p.m.
TV/RADIO: NBCSN will broadcast the race beginning at 3 p.m. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. with Countdown to Green on NBCSN. Motor Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 2:30 p.m. and also can be heard at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have MRN’s broadcast.
FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for partly cloudy skies and a 24 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.
Making his return to NASCAR, Hall of Famer Bill Elliott (105.791) posted the 26th fastest time.
Last year’s winner, Jeremy Clements had a left front tire go flat in turn five 20 minutes into final practice and brought out a red flag.
Kaz Grala and Brian Henderson had off-course excursions in Canada Corner.
After driving off course in the rain in practice one, Tyler Reddick spun with Katherine Legge in Turn 5 with 50 minutes remaining in the session. Both drivers returned to the pits under their own power. Reddick had damage on the right front; Legge had damage on the left rear.
Legge (106.524) ended the session 23rd on the chart.
Wet conditions kept most of the competitors off track in the first practice session.
Rookies Reddick and Conor Daly were the only two drivers to take to the track.
Reddick made several laps practicing his entry onto pit road. Only one circuit was completed at speed (152.280).
Midway through the session, Reddick had an off-course excursion.
“Got a little wheel hop in the brakes and as soon as I tried to go down into the next gear, it went into neutral and didn’t catch third,” Reddick said on the NBCSN Sports App. “At that point, just hoping that when I hit the sand pit it wouldn’t do too bad a damage, but unfortunately it tore the splitter up pretty bad. “
NASCAR America at 5 p.m. ET: Scan All from Bristol, Darlington throwbacks
Today’s episode of NASCAR America airs from 5-6 p.m. ET on NBCSN with a look back at Bristol and ahead at Darlington.
Carolyn Manno hosts with Dale Jarrett and Parker Kligerman joining her in the Stamford Studio.
On today’s show:
Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin are working to build momentum entering this year’s Monster Energy Cup Series playoffs. But while Elliott has become white-hot in the last five races, Larson and Hamlin have had mixed fortunes. How worried should the latter two be with the race for the championship soon to begin?
After over 250 XFINITY Series starts, Jeremy Clements claimed his first victory last summer at Road America. As the series returns to Wisconsin this weekend, Clements joins the show to talk about what it’ll take to make lightning strike twice! Plus: Parker Kligerman hops in the NBCSN iRacing Simulator to show us the most challenging corner on Road America’s sprawling 4-mile layout.
Much more from Saturday’s exciting Bristol Night Race! We’ve got the best sights and sounds from another wild evening in Tennessee with ‘Scan All,’ and our crew will highlight the best mid-pack performances in ‘Running with the Pack’.
And another throwback gets thrown in the ring for Labor Day Weekend at Darlington! What vintage look will Ty Dillon’s #13 car rock in the Southern 500?
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The Cup Series is enjoying its final off-week of the 2018 season. That leaves the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series to enjoy the spotlight.
Both series will be on their own, competing on different road courses. Xfinity teams return to Road America near Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The Truck Series travels to Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, to race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Here are the entry lists for both races.
Xfinity – Johnsonville 180 (3 p.m. ET on Saturday on NBCSN)
There are 41 entries for the race, including Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, who will drive GMS Racing’s No. 23 Chevrolet in his first NASCAR start since 2012.
James Davison is entered in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota, making his second consecutive start for the team at Road America.
IndyCar driver Conor Daly will attempt to make his NASCAR debut in Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 6 Ford.
Last year, Jeremy Clements was the surprise upset, scoring his first career NASCAR win.
Here’s a roundup of the paint schemes that have been announced so far.
No. 00 – Landon Cassill: The StarCom Racing driver will pilot a car with Bobby Allison’s 1988 Miller High Life paint scheme. Derrike Cope, StarCom’s team manager, drove for Allison from 1994-96. Matt DiBenedetto drove the scheme in last year’s Southern 500.
No. 12 – Ryan Blaney: Will drive a scheme based on the car his father, Dave Blaney, raced in the 2003 Cup season.
No. 14 – Clint Bowyer: Bowyer will driver a paint scheme based on the car NASCAR Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett drove to a win in the 1965 Southern 500.
No. 17 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr: The Roush Fenway Racing driver will have the John Deere paint scheme driven by Chad Little from 1997-2000.
No. 18 – Kyle Busch: The Joe Gibbs Racing driver will pilot the original Skittles paint scheme first driven by Ernie Irvan in 1997.
No. 20 – Erik Jones: The Joe Gibbs Racing driver will pay tribute to the Camping World Truck Series career of his spotter, Rick Carelli.
No. 21 – Paul Menard: Wood Brothers Racing will pay tribute to Cale Yarborough’s win in the 1968 Southern 500, which was the first for the team and Yarborough.
No. 22 – Joey Logano: The Team Penske driver will pay tribute to Steve Park with the Pennzoil scheme Park drove for Dale Earnhardt Inc. in the early 2000s and won two races with.
No. 24 – William Byron: Will drive Jeff Gordon‘s iconic DuPont “Rainbow Warriors” scheme he raced full-time from 1993 -2000.
No. 31 – Ryan Newman: The Richard Childress Racing driver will honor the late Neil Bonnett with his scheme. The car will be painted like the Mom & Pop’s sponsored car Bonnett drove in two Cup races in 1993. He was the first RCR driver to drive the No. 31.
No. 32 – Matt DiBenedetto: Will drive Jeff Burton‘s paint scheme from the 2000 Cup season.
No. 41 – Kurt Busch: Will drive his own paint scheme from the 2003 season when he was part of one of the closest finishes in NASCAR history at Darlington Raceway, losing to Ricky Craven by 0.002 seconds. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the race.
No. 43 – Bubba Wallace: The rookie driver will boast the first STP paint scheme Richard Petty drove in 1972 at Riverside International Speedway.
No. 48 – Jimmie Johnson: The three-time Darlington winner will drive the scheme he used in 2012 when he won the Southern 500 and gave Hendrick Motorsports its 200th victory.
No. 99 – Derrike Cope: Cope will be sponsored by Bojangles and will have the paint scheme Cope drove in the Cup Series in 1993 when sponsored by the company.