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Ty Majeski already getting advice from fellow Wisconsin native Matt Kenseth

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CONCORD, North Carolina — It’s only one call, but Ty Majeski is already benefiting from the return of Matt Kenseth to the fold at Roush Fenway Racing.

Majeski, one of three drivers competing for Roush in the N0. 60 in the Xfinity Series this season, reached out to the 2003 Cup champion ahead of last weekend’s race at Dover International Speedway.

It was the first time the two Wisconsin natives have talked since Roush announced Kenseth would share its No. 6 Cup car with Trevor Bayne for the rest of the year, starting this weekend at Kansas Speedway.

Majeski, 23, is from Seymour, Wisconsin, 120 miles north of Kenseth’s hometown of Cambridge.

“He just told me what to expect, what to look for in the car, what the car needs to feel like in practice to be good on race day,” Majeski told NBC Sports Monday during a break in the Xfinity test session at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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The conversation came after Majeksi’s first two starts in the No. 60 this season, where he wrecked out of races at Bristol and Talladega.

Majeski felt he had a top-10 car at Dover after qualifying ninth. But Majeski lost fourth gear and wrecked on Lap 170 in an incident with Dylan Lupton.

Majeski was “for sure” that his call with Kenseth helped him despite his third DNF in as many starts.

“We didn’t get the result we wanted, but that was the best put together weekend I feel the 60 has had all season,” Majeski said. “We practiced well. We qualified well, and we were racing really well.”

So far, the No. 60 Ford is struggling with Majeski, Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric sharing the ride. None has finished in the top 10 or on the lead lap through 10 races. The No. 60 has five DNFs between Majeski and Cindric.

While Cindric also races for Team Penske and Briscoe with Stewart-Haas Racing, Majeski is limited to his races with Roush.

Majeski “was excited” when he learned Kenseth was returning to the team he raced for from 1999-2012 before departing for Joe Gibbs Racing.

“Anytime you can get Matt Kenseth or any guy of his stature and his level of experience back into an organization it’s huge for everybody,” Majeski said. “It’s huge for me to lean on him. It’s huge for our engineers to get a guy that has experience to give us the feedback we need to make our cars better.”

Kenseth’s insight comes in addition to Majeski’s access to Trevor Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Stenhouse helped shake down Majeski’s car for the Charlotte test before he took over.

But Majeski’s history with Kenseth didn’t start with his phone call.

His path has crossed with Kenseth’s multiple times on short tracks in their home state in late model races. It didn’t always end well for Majeski.

“Early in my career I wasn’t racing around him at all,” Majeski said. “Two years ago at (the) Slinger (Nationals at Slinger Speedway), I was leading the race with 50 to go and blew a right rear tire. I was pulling away from them, we were probably going to win the race, but he ended up winning. … He was driving for a different team so I wasn’t able to go and talk to him or anything like that. We actually got into each other for the lead on like Lap 20 and we both had to go to the back and we both had to make our way up through the field and he was actually following me up through the field. I was making the holes for him.”

 

12 Cup cars to be docked practice Friday at Talladega

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TALLADEGA, Ala. — Twelve cars, including those of Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch will be docked 15 minutes of practice in Friday’s opening session for inspection issues.

The opening session is from 12:35 – 1:25 p.m. ET.

The cars of Johnson, Michael McDowell and Gray Gaulding will  miss 15 minutes for failing inspection twice last weekend at Richmond.

The cars of Trevor Bayne, Ty Dillon and Erik Jones will miss 15 minutes for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice at Richmond.

The cars of Truex and Busch will miss 15 minutes of practice for being late to inspection before the race at Richmond.

The cars of David Ragan, Daniel Suarez, Ross Chastain and Timmy Hill will miss 15 minutes because they were late to qualifying inspection last week at Richmond.

Eleven cars will be held 15 minutes in the opening practice Friday in the Xfinity Series.

Cars penalized for being late to inspection at Richmond are those of Tyler Reddick, Joe Nemechek, Noah Gragson, Spencer Gallagher, JJ Yeley, Chad Finchum, John Hunter Nemechek, Jeremy Clements and Chase Briscoe.

Cars being penalized for failing inspection twice at Richmond are those of Ryan Truex and Kaz Grala.

Clements also will be penalized 15 minutes in the final practice session for failing inspection twice at Richmond.

Opening Xfinity practice is from 11:35 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. ET

Final Xfinity practice is from 1:35 – 2:25  p.m. ET.

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Four Cup teams to miss 15 minutes of Friday practice

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BRISTOL, Tenn. — Four cars, including both Chip Ganassi Racing cars, will miss the final 15 minutes of Cup practice Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Those docked practice time will be the teams of Jamie McMurray, Kyle Larson, Paul Menard and Reed Sorenson. All are being penalized for failing inspection before last weekend’s race at Texas. Cup practice is from noon to 12:55 p.m. ET.

Several Xfinity cars will be docked practice time Friday for various violations.

The cars of Cole Custer, Joe Nemechek, Daniel Hemric, Kaz Grala, Tony Mrakovich, Josh Bilicki and Stephen Leicht will be held 15 minutes during the first practice for being out of the garage late for inspection last week at Texas.

The cars of Elliott Sadler, Matt Tifft and Chase Briscoe will miss 15 minutes in the opening practice for failing inspection twice last week at Texas.

The car of Josh Williams will serve a 30-minute penalty for failing inspection three times at Texas.

Opening Xfinity practice is from 1:05 – 1:55 p.m. ET.

One Xfinity car will be docked 15 minutes in the final practice session. Nemechek is being docked the time for failing inspection twice at Texas. Final Xfinity practice is from 3:05 – 3:55 p.m. ET

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Preliminary entry lists for NASCAR at Bristol Motor Speedway

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NASCAR heads to a short track for the second time in the Cup series and the first in the Xfinity series with a doubleheader from Bristol Motor Speedway.

Cup – Food City 500

There are 39 cars entered.

This is the most entries in a Cup race since the Daytona 500.

Along with the fulltime series regulars, Chad Finchum will make his series debut in the No. 66 Motorsports Business Management Toyota.

Harrison Rhodes will be back behind the wheel of the Rick Ware‘s No. 51.

Corey LaJoie takes over the No. 72 this week from Cole Whitt, who has been behind the wheel for the past three weeks.

Gaunt Brothers Racing will field their No. 96 for DJ Kennington.

Last year, Jimmie Johnson won the spring event over Clint Bowyer. Kyle Busch won in August over Erik Jones.

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Xfinity – Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300

There are 41 cars entered for 40 spots.

No full Cup drivers are entered as this is one of the Dash 4 Cash races.

Austin Cindric will race the No. 22 that Ryan Blaney took to Victory Lane last week at Texas Motor Speedway. If he can win, he will be the fourth different driver to win in this car in the past four weeks.

John Hunter Nemechek will be behind the wheel of the No. 42 of Chip Ganassi Racing.

Chase Briscoe will race the No. 98 Biagi-DenBeste Racing.

Ross Chastain (in the No. 4 JD Motorsports Chevrolet) and Finchum (in the Motorsports Business Management Toyota) will be doing double duty.

Tony Mrakovich will make his first series attempt in the No. 28 JGL Racing Ford.

Last year, Jones won over Ryan Blaney in the spring. Kyle Busch won in August over Daniel Suarez.

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Preliminary entry lists for NASCAR at Texas Motor Speedway

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After a week off, NASCAR gets back in gear with its first visit of the year to Texas Motor Speedway.

The Cup and Xfinity Series will be in action at the 1.5-mile track with Cup teams capping the weekend off with the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500.

Here’s the entry lists for both races.

Cup – O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

There are 37 cars entered.

The No. 66 Toyota of Carl Long has been withdrawn.

Landon Cassill will make his second start in the No. 00 Chevrolet owned by StarCom Racing.

There is no driver attached to the No. 51 Chevrolet owned by Rick Ware Racing.

Last year, Jimmie Johnson won this race after starting 24th. He won over Kyle Larson and Joey Logano.

Kevin Harvick won the playoff race over Martin Truex Jr, claiming his first win Cup at the track.

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Xfinity  – My Bariatric Solutions 300

There are 40 cars entered.

Ty Dillon, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Blaney and Kevin Harvick are entered.

Chase Briscoe will make his second start of the year in Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 60 Ford. Austin Cindric is entered in Team Penske’s No. 12 Ford.

Ryan Preece is in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota.

Last year, Erik Jones won both Texas races over Ryan Blaney.

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