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Saturday Cup practice holds

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NASCAR issued two practice holds today for Cup Series practice on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

The No. 00 Chevrolet of Landon Cassill and the No. 51 Chevrolet of Stanton Barrett will have to sit out the last 15 minutes of final practice for being late to prerace inspection.

NASCAR has also designated the first 10 minutes of final practice for restart practice.

The day’s first practice session is scheduled for 11:05 – 11:50 a.m. ET (NBC Sports App).

Final practice is scheduled for 1:30 – 2:20 p.m. (CNBC).

Friday crash and spin report for the Charlotte Roval

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It was a busy day at Charlotte Motor Speedway with three practice sessions and Cup qualifying on the new Roval course.

It was especially busy for crew members who have to fix car bodies.

Here’s a look at what took place in each practice session and qualifying.

Cup qualifying

Denny Hamlin wrecked two minutes into the first round when he got loose in the backstretch chicane, clipped the tire barrier and backed into the outside wall. The team made repairs in time for Hamlin to make another run, but he will go to a backup car.

Shortly after Hamlin’s incident, Bubba Wallace spun in Turn 8, which exits on the oval’s Turn 1. He qualified 34th.

Erik Jones also clipped the chicane tire barrier during his initial, but was able to continue and qualified 12th.

Cup practice

The session was plagued by multiple incidents, with most coming in the first 10 minutes of the 50-minute session.

Aric Almirola backed into the Turn 3 wall about 3 minutes and 25 minutes into it. His team was able to make repairs.

Bubba Wallace spun twice and then a third time halfway through the session. Denny Hamlin suffered splitter damage from running over the rumble strips in the backstretch chicane.

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  wrecked between Turns 4 and 5 in the infield, but his team made repairs.

Jeffrey Earnhardt and Dillon each spun off track about 12 minutes and 30 seconds into the session.

Ryan Blaney‘s team had to repair his left front fender after the No. 12 Ford nipped the tire barrier at the exit of the backstrech chicaneStanton Barrett spun on the frontstretch 18 minutes into the session.

Dillon had significant damage to his left front from hitting the same spot in the final minute of the session, but the team was able to make repairs.

Kyle BuschKyle LarsonRegan SmithJustin MarksAJ Allmendingerand David Ragan had lap times disallowed during the session for not running the full course. That also results in a pass-through penalty.

First Xfinity practice

The session was red flagged after 28 minutes when J.J. Yeley crashed nose-first into the Turn 1 tire barrier.

Christopher Bell spun exiting Turn 3 with about 8 minutes and 30 seconds left in the session. He hit a tire barrier with the right side his car.

Final Xfinity practice

Ryan Preece‘s car was unharmed in a spin in the frontstretch chicane about six minutes into the session.

Spencer Gallagher spun between Turns 1 and 2 in the closing minutes of the session with no contact.

Tanner Berryhill had to serve a pass through penalty for not running the full course.

 

Kyle Busch fastest in first Cup practice on Roval

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Kyle Busch finished the first practice session for Sunday’s Cup race on the Charlotte road course with the top speed of 106.397 mph.

The top five was completed by Erik Jones (106.382 mph), Joey Logano (106.122), Daniel Hemric (106.081) and Clint Bowyer (106.012).

Austin Dillon (25th fastest) and Bubba Wallace (33rd) recorded the most laps with 16 each.

Wallace was the only driver to make a 10-lap run.

The session was plagued by multiple incidents, with most coming in the first 10 minutes of the 50-minute session.

Aric Almirola backed into the Turn 3 wall about 3 minutes and 25 minutes into it. His team was able to make repairs.

Wallace spun twice and then a third time halfway through the session. Denny Hamlin suffered splitter damage from running over the rumble strips in the backstretch chicane.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wrecked in-between Turns 4 and 5 in the infield, leading the team to make repairs.

Jeffrey Earnhardt and Dillon each spun off track about 12 minutes and 30 seconds into the session.

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Stanton Barrett spun on the frontstretch 18 minutes into the session.

Ryan Blaney‘s team had to repair his left-front fender after the No. 12 Ford nipped the tire barrier at the exit of the backstrech chicane.

Dillon had significant damage to his left front from hitting the same spot in the final minute of the session.

Both Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Regan Smith, Justin Marks, AJ Allmendinger and David Ragan had lap times disallowed during the session for not running the full course. That also results in a pass-through penalty.

Click here for the practice report.

 

Rick Ware Racing to field full-time team in 2017 NASCAR Cup season

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Veteran NASCAR Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series team owner Rick Ware announced Friday that he will field a new full-time team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for the 2017 season.

The Thomasville, North Carolina-based team will make its debut at next month’s 59th Daytona 500 and compete as an “open non-chartered” team. Sponsorship of the team will be announced at a later date, according to a media release.

In much the same way Rick Ware Racing has done with both its Xfinity and Truck teams over the years, there will a rotating roster of drivers that will pilot the No. 51 Chevrolet during the 2017 season.

Timmy Hill will be the first driver during Speedweeks and in the Daytona 500. Others slated to compete in subsequent races include longtime RWR drivers Stanton Barrett, Cody Ware and Kevin O’Connell.

Ware has purchased assets from Tommy Baldwin Racing including cars, pulldown rig and technology support.

In addition Ware has added Joe Lax, who will serve as crew chief of the No. 51, and Mike Hillman Sr., who will fill a newly-created role as a consultant.

“We’ve been eyeing our return to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series since the end of last year,” Ware said in a media release. “We knew with the competition level stronger than ever, we needed to take the steps to make sure we could come to the track and be as competitive as possible, while focused on building our organization as the season presses on.”

RWR has just one prior start in NASCAR’s premier series, coming at Las Vegas in 2012 when Hill finished last in a 42-car field after being involved in a wreck 42 laps into the 267-lap event.

Hill, 23, will have to race his way into the Daytona 500 by qualifying performance. It will be Hill’s 49th career NASCAR Cup start — but his first at Daytona. In addition, because RWR is a non-charter team, it and whichever driver is behind the wheel will have to qualify on performance for every NASCAR Cup race it enters.

After a one-year hiatus, RWR will also return to the Truck Series with Spencer Boyd as its driver. It is not expected to field an Xfinity Series program due to the upgrade to NASCAR Cup.

Last season in the Xfinity Series, fielding rides for 22 different drivers. Veteran driver Jeff Green had the best overall finish: seventh in the summer race at Daytona.

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Regan Smith wins Xfinity race at Dover

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DOVER, Del. – Regan Smith took first from Elliott Sadler after a midrace delay for rain and led the final 80 laps to win the Hisense 200 at Dover International Speedway.

Scoring his second victory of the season in the No. 7 Chevrolet, the JR Motorsports driver fended off the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas of Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch for his sixth career win in the Xfinity Series.

A two-tire stop had lifted Sadler into the lead under yellow on Lap 113, and the race then was red-flagged for more than 30 minutes because of a brief rain shower.

After a Lap 119 restart, Smith zoomed by Sadler for the lead two laps later after getting by Hamlin, who had restarted second.

Smith moved up to third in the Xfinity points standings and passed Ty Dillon, who fell to fourth in the rankings with a 28th-place finish.

Chase Elliott (seventh) improved a spot to second in the standings, 24 points behind leader Chris Buescher (eighth).

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HOW SMITH WON: Once in front of the field, he managed his fuel and didn’t make any mistakes that would have provided Busch or Hamlin an opportunity.

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Ryan Blaney continued to maximize his limited appearances in Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford, finishing fourth after starting from the pole. … Kyle Larson (fifth) and Austin Dillon (sixth) gained some valuable laps to prepare for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race during a weekend in which rain heavily has limited practice time. … Daniel Suarez (10th) was the highest finishing rookie.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY: Ty Dillon entered the race second in points and saw his title hopes take a big hit when he apparently ran over debris, cutting a right-front tire and slamming the wall on Lap 24. … Brian Scott’s Chevrolet went behind the wall after 39 laps because of a tire problem. … Cale Conley took a heavy front-end hit on Lap 106 after being collected in a spin by Stanton Barrett Jr.

NOTABLE: Ben Rhodes rebounded for a 13th-place finish after spinning into the inside frontstretch wall on Lap 15. … Smith became the third full-time Xfinity driver to win in the past four races, joining Chase Elliott (Richmond International Raceway) and Ryan Blaney (Kentucky Speedway).

QUOTES OF THE DAY: “I’m trying to figure out some things for next year, so wins never hurt.” — Regan Smith, who hasn’t announced where he will be driving in 2o16.

“I’ve never had much luck with the rain. I’ve always been on the wrong side of that going back to the 2009 Daytona 500.” — Elliott Sadler, who finished ninth after leading nine laps by gambling the race might be cut short by rain.

NEXT: The Xfinity Series will race Friday, Oct. 9 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, an 8 p.m. start on NBCSN.