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NASCAR issues written warnings to teams of Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard after New Hamsphire


NASCAR issued written warnings to five teams this week for multiple inspection failures last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The cars of Paul Menard, Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin and Eddie MacDonald were warned for failing prequalifying inspection twice. Ryan Blaney’s team was warned for failing prerace inspection twice.

The Sprint Cup Rule Book states in section that if the same team receives two warnings during two consecutive events – whether a points event or not – then the team faces a P1 penalty that could include one or more of the following: Deduction of practice time, deduction of qualifying time, last choice in selecting pits, delay in order of inspection and/or other penalties.

NASCAR has emphasized teams getting through inspection without needing too many attempts. Teams were warned in April about formalized penalties for failing to pass inspection.

There were four teams (Greg Biffle, Casey Mears, Brett Moffitt and Alex Kennedy) that received warnings after the previous race at Kentucky but avoided a warning in consecutive events.

NASCAR also announced that the No. 23, 62 and 98 teams have been docked 15 minutes of practice at Indianapolis for infractions.

NASCAR issues written warnings to four Sprint Cup teams after Kentucky

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The Sprint Cup teams of Greg Biffle, Casey Mears, Brett Moffitt and Alex Kennedy were issued written warnings Thursday for issues at the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, according to

The warnings were issued after the four teams had to go through inspection too many times. If any of the teams are issued warnings this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, they could be subject to a P1-level penalty.

The Sprint Cup Rule Book states in section that if the same team receives two warnings during two consecutive events – whether a points event or not – then the team faces a P1 penalty that could include one or more of the following: Deduction of practice time, deduction of qualifying time, last choice in selecting pits, delay in order of inspection and/or other penalties.

Today’s Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup race: Start time, lineup, radio & TV info and more


The culmination of one of the most heralded days of racing ends with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. After the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers fire their engines. Jimmie Johnson seeks his fifth win in this event. He’s one of only six winners of the event in the last 12 years.

Here are the particulars for tonight’s race (all times are Eastern):

START: Dr. J.D. Crouch II, USO president and CEO will give the command for drivers to start their engines at 6:09 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 6:18 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 400 laps (600 miles) around the 1.5-mile oval.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Sprint Cup garage opens at 12 p.m., and the drivers meeting is at 4 p.m. Driver introductions begin at 5:20 p.m.

PRERACE CEREMONIES : “God Bless America” will be performed by Danielle Johnson at 5:43 p.m. The Stonewall Jackson Award will be presented to Taya Kyle, widow of Chris Kyle, whose life was the subject of the movie “American Sniper,” at 5:49 p.m. Armed Forces Service Medley, performed by Central Church of God choir at 5:50 p.m. Presentation of colors by the 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Color Guard from Ft. Bragg at 6 p.m. Invocation by Douglas Carver, executive director of Chaplaincy for the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board at 6 p.m.

AMAZING GRACE: It will be performed by the Charlotte (N.C.) Fire Department Pipe Band at 6:01 p.m.

21 GUN SALUTE: It will be performed by Ft. Bragg Firing Party at 6:02 p.m.

TAPS: It will be performed by a bugler from Ft. Bragg at 6:02 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: It will be performed by the 82nd Airborne Division All-American Chorus at 6:05 p.m.

TV/RADIO: Fox will broadcast the race, starting with its prerace show at 5:30 p.m. Performance Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at, beginning at 5 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have coverage beginning at 5 p.m.

FORECAST: The site predicts 82 degrees at race time with a 0% chance of rain.

LAST TIME: Jimmie Johnson scored his fourth career Coca-Cola 600 victory and seventh at Charlotte Motor Speedway last Memorial Day weekend. Johnson beat Kevin Harvick by 1.2 seconds. Jeff Gordon finished seventh after questions were raised earlier in the day if he would be able to race because of an ailing back that forced him out of the car the previous day during practice.

SPEEDWAY DOMINANCE: Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson have combined to win the last seven points races on 1.5-mile speedways, dating back to last season’s fall race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.


Row 1: Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano

Row 2: Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle

Row 3: Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski

Row 4: David Ragan, Kevin Harvick

Row 5: Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr.

Row 6: Austin Dillon, Tony Stewart

Row 7: Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch

Row 8: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Blaney

Row 9: Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon

Row 10: Ryan Newman, Danica Patrick

Row 11: Aric Almirola, Jamie McMurray

Row 12: Paul Menard, Clint Bowyer

Row 13: Michael McDowell, Sam Hornish Jr.

Row 14: Trevor Bayne, Chase Elliott

Row 15: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., AJ Allmendinger

Row 16: Alex Bowman, Landon Cassill

Row 17: Kasey Kahne, Casey Mears

Row 18: Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett

Row 19: Cole Whitt, Josh Wise

Row 20: David Gilliland, Brett Moffitt

Row 21: JJ Yeley, Matt DiBenedetto

Row 22: Alex Kennedy

Did Not Qualify: Brendan Gaughan


Here’s the starting lineup for tonight’s Sprint Showdown


While it will have 14 fewer drivers (29 instead of 43) than a normal Sprint Cup race starting field, tonight’s Sprint Showdown will be as competitive as any points-paying race — maybe more.

After all, there are two prizes for the winner of each segment.

First, each gets to advance to Saturday night’s main event, the 31st annual Sprint All-Star Race.

Second, by virtue of advancing, the two Showdown winners — as well as whichever driver wins the Sprint Fan Vote — will have a shot at the $1 million first prize for winning the All-Star race.

Here’s the starting lineup for tonight’s Sprint Showdown:



Paul Menard, Greg Biffle on front row for tonight’s Sprint Showdown


With a field-best burst of speed Friday afternoon, Paul Menard earned the pole for tonight’s Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Menard covered the 1.5-mile track at a field-best speed of 189.673 mph, just a tick ahead of second-fastest Greg Biffle (189.660).

“Short race, obviously 20 laps the first segment, hopefully it goes green the whole way and we lead every lap,” Menard told Fox Sports 1. “We’ve got a real good race car, but all hell can break loose, you never know what’s going to happen.”

Added Biffle, “We’ve got a lot of confidence. This Ortho Ford Fusion has a lot of speed. Man, I just wish I hadn’t had to back out of the gas in 1 and 2. That probably cost us that top spot, but we’re happy to be on the front row here. It’s nice to qualify up front and hope we have a good run.”

The pole winner in the Showdown has gone on to win six different times in the history of the event.

David Ragan was third-fastest (189.049 mph), followed by Clint Bowyer (188.298) and Austin Dillon (188.173).

The Showdown is two segments at 20 laps each. The top finisher in each segment will earn a berth in Saturday night’s main event, the Sprint All-Star Race.

Here’s how the field stacks up for tonight’s Showdown:

1 Paul Menard … 189.675 mph

2 Greg Biffle … 189.660

3 David Ragan … 189.049

4 Clint Bowyer … 188.298

5 Austin Dillon … 188.173

6 Kyle Larson … 188.101

7 Martin Truex Jr. … 188.055

8 Danica Patrick … 187.996

9 Casey Mears … 186.981

10 Michael McDowell … 186.884

11 Chase Elliott … 186.323

12 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. … 186.233

13 Sam Hornish Jr. … 187.650

14 Justin Allgaier … 187.389

15 Trevor Bayne … 187.130

16 Alex Bowman … 186.400

17 David Gilliland … 186.226

18 Mike Bliss … 185.414

19 Josh Wise … 185.160

20 Landon Cassill … 184.989

21 Matt DiBenedetto … 184.881

22 Jeb Burton … 184.685

23 Cole Whitt … 184.565

24 JJ Yeley … 182.673

25 Michael Annett … 181.494

26 Jeff Green … 181.336

27 Brendan Gaughan. 179.271

28 Alex Kennedy … 179.259

29 Tanner Berryhill … 177.078

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