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Driver lineup set for Charlotte road course tests in July

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Charlotte Motor Speedway announced the driver lineup for the two days of testing that will take place in July on the track’s road course.

NASCAR created two separate test days. Tests will be July 10 and July 17. Both sessions will go from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET with a lunch break from noon to 1 p.m. ET.

The tests are open to the public.

The Cup series races on Charlotte’s road course Sept. 30 in the playoffs.

Scheduled to test on July 10

Martin Truex Jr.

Jimmie Johnson

Chase Elliott

Kevin Harvick

Clint Bowyer

Denny Hamlin

Daniel Suarez

Brad Keselowski

Paul Menard

Trevor Bayne

Jamie McMurray

Austin Dillon

Chris Buescher

Kasey Kahne

Michael McDowell

Gray Gaulding

Landon Cassill

B.J. McLeod

Scheduled to test on July 17

Kyle Busch

Erik Jones

Ryan Blaney

Joey Logano

Kyle Larson

Aric Almirola

Kurt Busch

Alex Bowman

William Byron

Bubba Wallace

Ryan Newman

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

AJ Allmendinger

Ty Dillon

Matt DiBenedetto

Corey LaJoie

David Ragan

Reed Sorenson

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NASCAR America 5 p.m. ET: Kaz Grala interview, Landon Cassill in simulator

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Today’s NASCAR America airs from 5-6 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Carolyn Manno is joined by Landon Cassill in Stamford, Connecticut. Parker Kligerman joins from Burton’s Garage.

On today’s show:

 

  • With the Cup Series off this weekend, the Xfinity Series takes center stage this weekend in Iowa! And with no Cup drivers in the field, it’s a big chance for the series’ young stars to get a win and a playoff berth. We’ll preview Sunday’s race and get a ride with Hawkeye State native Landon Cassill in the NBC iRacing Simulator.

 

  • A win on Sunday could mean more than a trophy for Xfinity Series driver Kaz Grala. It could mean a chance to secure his racing future! The 19-year-old driver joins the show to talk about his tumultuous season, which has taken a successful turn recently with the new Fury Race Cars team.

 

  • And in the spirit of Father’s Day this weekend, NASCAR Hall of Famer and broadcasting icon Ken Squier looks back at some of NASCAR’s most memorable father-son moments.

 

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NASCAR America at 5 p.m. ET: Michigan preview, Scan All

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Today’s episode of NASCAR America airs from 5-6 p.m. ET on NBCSN and looks ahead to this weekend in Michigan and includes the latest edition of Scan All.

Carolyn Manno hosts with Parker Kligerman and Landon Cassill in Stamford, Connecticut.

On today’s show:

· It’s Scan All Day! We’ll listen in on the scanners from Pocono as drivers, crew chiefs and spotters try and tackle the Tricky Triangle.

· The debate continues: What driver can join Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr. and make the “Big 3” a “Big 4.” Can a Hendrick Motorsports driver make the cut?

· With the fastest non-restrictor plate race on the horizon, we are putting our drivers to the test. Parker and Landon jump into the simulator at Michigan in a battle against each other that will test their driving skills and trivia knowledge.

· Kyle Larson is looking to be the first to win four-in-a-row at Michigan since Bill Elliott in the 1980s. We’ll re-live his race-winning restart from last August and discuss whether the No. 42 will be the next team in victory lane.

· SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “The Morning Drive” co-host Pete Pistone joins the show talk “The Big 3,” and the Xfinity rules package at Pocono on Saturday and coming up this weekend at Michigan.

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NASCAR America: What happened to Clint Bowyer, Bubba Wallace at Pocono

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In Sunday’s race at Pocono, both Clint Bowyer and Bubba Wallace had their days impacted by transmission problems.

Wallace finished last in 38th after he shifted from third to second gear on a Lap 107 restart, resulting in a blown transmission.

Bower had a top-10 performance turn into a 20th-place finish after a missed shift on the final restart of the race.

On NASCAR America, Landon Cassill and Parker Kligerman explained why shifting can be a problem at Pocono.

Bowyer’s bad shift came on the straightaway between Turns 1 and 2.

“That shift down the backstretch is a third to fourth-gear shift,” Cassill said. “For me it’s a very fast shift, especially late in the race he’s trying to get that top-five finish. You almost are not even lifting completely out of the throttle, you’re maybe lifting to 10 percent and going right back to wide open as quick as you can and you miss that timing by the littlest bit. … Fortunately, he didn’t blow the whole thing up.”

Cassill later compared missing a shift to “missing a free throw” in basketball.

Watch the above video for more.

 

NASCAR America: Martin Truex Jr. finally shows challenge to Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch

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Following his win in Sunday’s Cup race at Pocono Raceway, Martin Truex Jr. called Kyle Larson a “hell of a wheelman” and said he “trusted” Larson not to knock him out-of-the-way on the final restart of the race.

Truex spoke with NASCAR America’s Parker Kilgerman in Victory Lane about how the No. 78 team notched its second win of the year. The victory came after Truex, Larson, Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott stayed out of the pits during a debris caution with 20 laps to go.

“It seems like every week, this week we’re battling from behind, but that’s what it takes sometimes,” Truex said. “Things really haven’t been going our way lately, but today obviously they did. Strategy played in our favor and that’s what it takes at this level.”

On NASCAR America, Kligerman and Landon Cassill discussed where Furniture Row Racing is compared to its main competitors in Harvick and Kyle Busch.

“I think we need to see more consistent runs like this out of the 78, more consistently challenging those two,” Kligerman said. “At the same token he held off both of those cars late there in this race, he had some incredible restarts and they obviously had the speed in clean air.”

Cassill said: “Now you’ve got three out of the four for Homestead, if we had to line them up right now, what would they do? … I think Kyle Larson wedged himself in there yesterday.”

Watch the above video and the below video for more on the top teams this season.