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Engine change sends Daniel Suarez to rear at Sonoma

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Daniel Suarez will start at the back of the field for today’s Cup race at Sonoma Raceway after an engine change.

Suarez qualified fifth.

Also going to the rear will be Erik Jones, JJ Yeley and Ross Chastain.

Jones and Yeley will go to the back for unapproved adjustments. Jones qualified 32nd. Yeley qualified 36th.

Chastain’s car was qualified by Kyle Weatherman because Chastain competed in and won the Truck race Saturday night at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. Weatherman qualified the car 37th among 38 entries.

Today’s Cup race at Sonoma: Start time, lineup and more

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Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske have combined to win 14 of the first 15 points races of the season. Can anyone beat them? Will it happen today at Sonoma Raceway?

Today’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 marks the first event of the season on a road course. It also features the return of Sonoma’s Carousel. Cup cars last ran on that portion of the course in 1997 before this weekend. 

Here’s all the info for today’s event:

(All times are Eastern)

START: David Wilson, Toyota Racing Development President and General Manager, will give the command to start engines at 3:01 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:13 p.m.

PRERACE: Garage opens at 11 a.m. The driver/crew chief meeting is at 1 p.m.. Driver introductions begin at 2:20 p.m. The invocation will be given by Peadar Dalton, Rev. Member of Sonoma Valley Interfaith Ministerial Association, at 2:54 p.m. Tower of Power will perform the National Anthem at 2:55 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 90 laps (226.8 miles) around the 2.52-mile road course.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 20. Stage 2 ends on Lap 40

TV/RADIO: FS1 will broadcast the race at 3 p.m. Coverage begins at 2 p.m. with NASCAR RaceDay. Performance Racing Network will broadcast the race. PRN’s coverage begins at 2 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast, which is also available at goprn.com.

FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for mostly sunny skies with a high of 82 degrees and a 0% chance of rain for the start of the race. 

LAST TIME: Martin Truex Jr. won and was followed by Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer

TO THE REAR: Daniel Suarez (engine change), Erik Jones (unapproved adjustments), JJ Yeley (unapproved adjustments), Ross Chastain (driver change, Kyle Weatherman qualified car).

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the full lineup.

 

Preliminary entry lists for Cup and Xfinity at Michigan, Trucks at Texas

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This weekend’s NASCAR racing will be split between two fast but different racetracks.

The Cup and Xfinity Series will be at the 2-mile high-speed oval at Michigan International Speedway, while the Gander Outdoors Truck Series will be at the speedy 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway as part of the IndyCar weekend there.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for this weekend’s two races:

Cup – FireKeepers Casino 400 (2 p.m. ET Sunday on FS1)

Thirty-six cars are entered.

Garrett Smithley will make his fourth Cup start of the season, but his first in the No. 15 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet (his other three starts came for Spire Motorsports).

Kyle Weatherman will be in the No. 51 Petty Ware Racing Ford.

Josh Bilicki will drive for Rick Ware Racing in the No. 52 Ford.

Clint Bowyer won this race last year, while Kevin Harvick won the mid-summer August race.

Click here for the preliminary entry list.

 

Xfinity – LTi Printing 250 (1:30 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1)

A total of 39 cars are entered for this race.

Paul Menard is the only Cup regular who is entered in this race, driving the No. 12 Team Penske Ford.

There is no driver or crew chief listed yet for the No. 17 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet.

Austin Dillon won this race last year.

Click here for the preliminary entry list.

 

Trucks – Speedycash.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway (8:30 p.m. ET Friday on FS1)

There are 33 Trucks entered in this race.

Veteran Cup driver Greg Biffle will come out of retirement to drive the No. 51 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

After switching his points eligibility to the Truck Series, Ross Chastain will drive Neice Motorsports’ No. 38 Chevy, replacing TJ Bell Jr.

Johnny Sauter won this race last year.

Click here for the preliminary entry list.

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Wayne Carroll to serve as Landon Cassill’s crew chief, Tony Furr moves to ARCA team

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StarCom Racing has named Wayne Carroll as crew chief for driver Landon Cassill in the 2019 Cup season, NBC Sports has confirmed.

Carroll served as crew chief for 12 Cup races last season on StarCom Racing’s No. 99 car, working with several drivers including Derrike Cope, Gray Gaulding, Kyle Weatherman and three races with Cassill.

After leasing a charter from Richard Childress Racing for the No. 00 last season, StarCom purchased the charter for the same car for this season. The No. 00 and 99 will also have ECR motors under the hood for both Cassill and teammate Derrike Cope.

Also, Tony Furr, who served as crew chief for both Cassill and Jeffrey Earnhardt last season with StarCom, has accepted a similar position with Mullins Racing in the ARCA Racing Series, the team announced Tuesday.

Tony Furr, right, and team owner/driver Willie Mullins. Photo: Dinah Marie.

Furr will serve as crew chief for the No. 3 Mullins Racing Ford driven by team owner and 2018 Daytona ARCA runner-up Willie Mullins in the ARCA Racing Series season-opening Lucas Oil 200 on Feb. 9 at Daytona International Speedway.

Furr has spent much of his career in the Cup Series, working with numerous stars including Bill Elliott, Joe Nemechek, John Andretti, Ward Burton, Jerry Nadeau and others.

Furr has two Cup Series wins as a crew chief, one with Andretti in the summer race at Daytona in 1997 and one with Nadeau at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2000.

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One Cup team, nine Xfinity teams docked practice time Friday at Texas

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FORT WORTH, Texas – Kyle Weatherman‘s Cup car will be penalized 15 minutes of practice and nine Xfinity teams will lose 15 minutes Friday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Weatherman will miss practice time for being late to post-qualifying/pre-race inspection last weekend at Martinsville.

Cup practice is from 2 – 2:55 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

In the Xfinity Series, the cars of BJ McLeod, Ryan Truex, Ryan Reed, John Hunter Nemechek, Josh Bilicki, Jeremy Clements, Bayley Currey, Bobby Earnhardt and Vinnie Miller will be docked 15 minutes.

The cars of McLeod, Bilicki, Currey, Earnhardt and Miller were penalized for being out of the garage late. The cars of Truex, Reed, Nemechek and Clements were penalized for failing inspection twice at Kansas.

The first Xfinity practice is from 3:05 – 3:50 p.m. ET today on the NBC Sports App.