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Gallery: Coca-Cola 600 patriotic paint schemes

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With Memorial Day weekend here, many NASCAR teams will be racing patriotic paint schemes in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Here’s a look at the unique schemes that will compete in NASCAR’s longest race.

All photos by Daniel McFadin.

Landon Cassill – No. 00 Chevrolet

Brad Keselowski – No. 2 Ford

Ryan Newman – No. 6 Ford

Aric Almirola – No. 10 Ford

Ty Dillon – No. 13 Chevrolet

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – No. 17 Ford

Kyle Busch – No. 18 Toyota

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Martin Truex Jr. – No. 19 Toyota

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William Byron – No. 24 Chevrolet

Corey LaJoie – No. 32 Ford

 

Michael McDowell – No. 34 Ford

Matt Tifft – No. 36 Ford

David Ragan – No. 36 Ford

Ryan Preece – No. 47 Chevrolet

Jimmie Johnson – No. 48 Chevrolet

Cody Ware – No. 51 Ford

Bayley Currey – No. 52 Ford

BJ McLeod – No. 53 Chevrolet

Alex Bowman – No. 88 Chevrolet

Xfinity Series

Michael Annett – No. 1 Chevrolet

Jefferey Earnhardt – No. 18 Toyota

Ryan Sieg – No. 39 Chevrolet

Mike Harmon – No. 74 Chevrolet

Daniel Hemric tops speed chart in practice for cars in Monster Energy Open

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CONCORD, N.C. – Daniel Hemric led the way in the final practice session Friday for cars in the Monster Energy Open.

Each of the three stage winners from the Open and the fan vote winner will advance to the All-Star Race on Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Hemric led the way with a lap of 180.234 mph. He was followed by Michael McDowell (179.539 mph), Matt Tifft (178.997), Kyle Larson (178.159) and Ty Dillon (177.690). Dillon also ran the most laps in the session at 51.

Qualifying for the cars in the Open will be at 6 p.m.

Monday’s Cup race at Dover: Start time, lineup and more

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After rain on Sunday, the Cup series will run Monday. Can Chase Elliott, who is starting on the pole, follow his playoff win at Dover last year with another victory at this track? 

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

(All times are Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at noon. The green flag is scheduled for 12:08 p.m.

PRERACE: Cup garage will open at 9 a.m. Drivers will report to their cars at 11:55 a.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 400 laps (400 miles) around the 1-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 120. Stage 2 ends on Lap 240.

COMPETITION CAUTION: Lap 40

TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the race with coverage beginning at noon. Motor Racing Network’s coverage begins at 11:30 a.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry MRN’s broadcast, which is also available at mrn.com.

FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for a high of 67 degrees and a 15 percent chance of rain for the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Chase Elliott won the October playoff race, finishing ahead of Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano. Kevin Harvick won the race there last May, finishing ahead of Clint Bowyer and Daniel Suarez

TO THE REAR: Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Preece and Matt Tifft (inspection failures). Ross Chastain and Reed Sorenson (engine change).

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for lineup

Four cars fail inspection, will start at the rear at Dover

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Martin Truex Jr., Alex Bowman, Ryan Preece and Matt Tifft will start at the rear of the field after their cars each failed inspection Sunday at Dover International Speedway.

Each team had a crew member ejected and will lose practice time next weekend at Kansas Speedway. Tifft also must serve a pass-through penalty after taking the green flag at the start of the race.

The cars of Bowman, Truex and Preece failed inspection twice. Tifft’s car failed inspection three times.

The teams of Bowman and Truex each had an engineer ejected. Preece’s team had its car chief ejected. The different crew members ejected were related to areas those cars failed inspection. All three teams will be docked 15 minutes of practice at Kansas.

Tifft’s team had its engineer ejected and will lose 30 minutes of practice time at Kansas.

Bowman was to have started fifth Sunday. Truex was to have started 13th. Preece was to have started 29th. Tifft was to have started 32nd in the 37-car field.

 

He’s back: Jimmie Johnson on top at Dover in final Cup practice

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Given he’s won there a record 11 times, Jimmie Johnson was right back at home in Saturday’s final NASCAR Cup practice at Dover International Speedway.

Johnson was fastest among the 37 drivers that took to the 1-mile concrete oval, with a speed of 161.863 mph.

However, Johnson’s top speed in 59 laps was over 4 mph slower than Friday’s pole qualifying speed of 165.960 mph by Chase Elliott.

Dover is the last track Johnson won at, back in 2017. He comes into Sunday’s race riding a 69-race winless streak, the longest of his career.

Martin Truex Jr. was the fastest Toyota driver, second to Johnson, at 161.718 mph, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones (161.435 mph).

Kyle Larson was fourth (161.139 mph), followed by Aric Almirola (160.908 mph), Daniel Suarez (160.865), William Byron (160.829), Kurt Busch (160.406), Clint Bowyer (160.299) and Elliott (160.206).

The Gander RV 400 kicks off Sunday afternoon at 2 pm ET (Fox Sports 1, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

NOTES: Aric Almirola, Michael McDowell, Matt Tifft and Quin Houff all had their practice session shortened by 15 minutes in the final session for penalties from Friday’s pre-qualifying inspection. … Saturday morning’s first Cup practice was cancelled due to lingering fog in the Dover, Delaware area.

Click here for the final practice speed chart.

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