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Goodyear tire info for Chicagoland

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Both the Cup and Xfinity Series will race on the same tire compound this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.

The right-side tires in the Cup and Xfinity Series will be the same as the one run in 2017, but the left-side will be different. The construction of the tire has been designed to align it with what is run at other speedways. The left-side tire features two compounds across the thread. The inside two inches of the tire has been designed for heat resistance, while the outside 10 inches are designed to maximize grip. The Cup and Xfinity series ran this same left-side tire at Auto Club Speedway in March.

“I think we made a nice grip improvement at Chicagoland last season, and we return with the same multi-zone tread right-side tire this season,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing, in a press release. “The track surface at Chicagoland has really weathered over the past several seasons and as a result we see a good amount of wear and fall-off. That, with the tire combination we bring, helps promote some good racing with tire management coming into play with both ‘comers’ and ‘goers’ throughout the field each run.”

Here’s the tire info for Cup and Xfinity.

Set limits: Cup: Three sets for practice, one set for qualifying and eight sets for the race; Xfinity: Eight sets for the event

Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4754; Right-side — D-4746

Tire Circumference: Left-side — 2,227 mm (87.68 in.); Right-side — 2,251 mm (88.62 in.)

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front – 19 psi; Left Rear – 19 psi; Right Front – 48 psi; Right Rear – 44 psi

Camping World Truck Series 

The Truck Series teams will run the same right-side tires as the Cup and Xfinity Series, but will have a different left-side tire. For Trucks, this will be the same right-side code as the one used last year. The left-side tire will be used for the first time at Chicagoland, but it is the same tire used at Dover International Speedway in May.

Set limits: Five sets for the event

Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4788; Right-side — D-4746

Tire Circumference: Left-side — 87.68 in. (2,227 mm); Right-side — 88.62 in. (2,251 mm)

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front — 21 psi; Left Rear — 19 psi; Right Front — 48 psi; Right Rear — 44 psi

NASCAR betting could be available in Dover when circuit returns this fall

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With Delaware moving quickly to implement full sports betting by next month, Dover International Speedway is anticipating it could offer NASCAR betting when the circuit returns in the fall.

Denis McGlynn, the president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. and Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc., said in a Thursday phone interview with NBCSports.com that he had spoken with NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton about the possibility at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino.

“(Helton) said, ‘Give me a few days, let our lawyers look through this,’ ” McGlynn said. “I can’t say for sure yet on if there’ll be betting in the fall, but I anticipate they’ll want to let us do that.”

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McGlynn said it was too early to be sure on whether there would be betting on NASCAR races other than those held at the 1-mile oval adjacent to the trackside facility.

A spokesman said NASCAR had no further comment beyond a Monday statement that it was aware of the U.S. Supreme court’s landmark ruling in a gambling case and would be monitoring its impact.

Dover has one of three casinos in Delaware for sports betting. The Delaware Park location near Wilmington would expect to be the “largest volume producer” because of its proximity to Philadelphia, McGlynn said.

Sports betting is available at Dover during the NFL season but only as a three-game parlay (which qualifies as a state-approved lottery-style structure). The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision will allow Dover to offer straight bets (e.g., picking a winner in each NBA Finals game if the system is in place by then).

Though more than 90 percent of sports book betting in Las Vegas is on football and basketball, McGlynn is optimistic that NASCAR betting could catch on and appeal to a “younger demographic that may not be historically interested in NASCAR but is historically interested in betting on sports. Adding the dimensions of betting on NASCAR could enhance the customer experience of betting on site but also increase viewership at home.”

McGlynn used the analogy of how the growth of rotisserie baseball leagues in the 1980s helped spur more leaguewide interest.

“You could have prop bets within the game itself such as Kevin Harvick vs. Jimmie Johnson, or who will win the first stage or second stage,” McGlynn said. “Those kinds of bets, once they can be established during race, there’s a way to magnify the initial interest on just the outcome.”

McGlynn said sports betting in Delaware eventually could become mobile, though bets still would have to be made within the state.

Dover Downs begins training its casino employees next week on new software for the sports betting.

“It’s going to be an evolutionary process,” McGlynn said. “It’s very, very early in that process. It’s going to be an early June target to start.”

NASCAR America: Scan All from Dover International Speedway

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“We’re allergic to stage points.”

That’s what Denny Hamlin lamented at the end of the Stage 1 of Sunday’s Cup race at Dover International Speedway.

Hamlin had run out of gas as the stage came to a close, with his No. 11 Toyota coasting during the last two laps.

He wasn’t the only driver who had issues running out of gas. You can hear other teams worrying about gas mileage in the latest edition of NASCAR America’s Scan All.

Here are some highlights.

— “Save it hard here man, we don’t want to be the dumbass that runs out of gas.” – Crew chief Adam Stevens to Kyle Busch near the end of Stage 1.

— “That guy doesn’t even know how to freakin’ wreck.” – Ty Dillon‘s spotter, William O’Dea, after a one-car wreck by Derrike Cope.

— “I evaluated it two, three times, maybe eight times this weekend. It sucks. Every part of it sucks.” – Ryan Newman as his team discussed what was wrong with his No. 31 Chevrolet.

— “Well, that wasn’t very polite.” – Rodney Childers, crew chief for Kevin Harvick, commenting on Clint Bowyer successfully staying ahead of Harvick for the lead.

Watch the above video for more.

Justin Allgaier no longer qualified for Xfinity playoffs after Dover penalty

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Justin Allgaier‘s win in last weekend’s Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway will not qualify him for the playoffs after a violation was found on his No. 7 Chevrolet after the race.

NASCAR stated in its penalty report Wednesday that the truck trailing arm spacers and pinion angle shims were not in complete contact with corresponding mating surface.

As a result, crew chief Jason Burdett has been fined $25,000 and suspended from the next two points races for the L1 infraction. Allgaier has also been docked 25 points and the team loses 25 owner points.

Allgaier was second in the season standings with 368 points. He is now tied with Daniel Hemric for fourth with 343 points.

NASCAR confirmed Allgaier will keep his $100,000 Dash 4 Cash earnings.

JR Motorsports will not appeal the penalty. Burdett’s replacement will be determined next week.

JRM released the following statement from General Manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller.

“As a highly competitive race team that challenges for wins each and every weekend, we’re deeply disappointed and frustrated in today’s ruling. We strive to produce race victories for JR Motorsports’ partners, fans and employees while adhering to the rulebook. To that end, the No. 7 team put on a winning performance in Saturday’s race and received damage on the last lap that we believe contributed to this infraction. We will never fault ourselves for that.”

Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 team was also hit with a penalty for the splitter on Jeb Burton‘s car not meeting specification during inspection Friday. Crew chief Nick Harrison has been fined $10,000 and car chief Michael Scearce has been suspended from the next points race for the L1 violation.

Burton finished 12th in the race.

In the Camping World Truck Series, Todd Gilliland‘s crew chief, Wes Ward, was fined $2,500 for one unsecured lug nut on the No. 4 Toyota.

Clint Bowyer, Daniel Suarez lose 20 points, car chiefs for two races for Dover penalties

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NASCAR docked Clint Bowyer and Daniel Suarez 20 points each and both will lose their car chief for two points races for L1 violations discovered after last weekend’s race at Dover International Speedway.

Bowyer finished second Sunday. Suarez was third, his best Cup finish on an oval.

Bowyer’s crew chief, Mike Bugarewicz, was fined $50,000 and car chief Jerry Cook was suspended two points races. The team also was penalized 20 owner points. The No. 14 Ford violated Section 20.4.8.1, which mandates “rear window support braces must keep the rear window glass rigid in all directions at all times.” Bowyer’s finish will not count in any tie-breaking procedures.

The point penalty Bowyer received is consistent with those issued for similar violations to the teams of Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott earlier this season. Harvick is Bowyer’s teammate at Stewart-Haas Racing.

Bowyer exited Dover fourth in the standings with 380 points. He loses one spot to Brad Keselowski.

Regarding an appeal, an SHR spokesperson said the team is “evaluating its options and continuing its dialog with NASCAR.”

SHR released the following statement from Greg Zipadelli, vice president of competition:

“We had a minor part failure due to the heavy loads and track conditions experienced at Dover. It had no competitive impact, and our race car fit all the templates and passed all the inspections throughout the race weekend, including pre- and post-race.”

Suarez’s crew chief, Scott Graves, was fined $50,000 and car chief Todd Brewer was suspended for the next two points events for a violation in the rear window support and structure. The team also was penalized 20 owner points. The rear window on the No. 19 Toyota was “not flush to deck lid.”

Suarez was 17th with 234 points. He drops three spots to 20th behind Ryan Newman.

Joe Gibbs Racing will not appeal its penalties. Wesley Sherrill will serve as car chief at Kansas. The car chief for Charlotte is to be determined.

Austin Dillon‘s crew chief, Justin Alexander, was fined $25,000 and car chief Greg Ebert, was suspended one points race for the splitter on the No. 3 Chevrolet not meeting specifications.

Dillon finished 26th at Dover.

Also, Kurt Busch‘s crew chief, Billy Scott, was fined $10,000 for an unsecured lug nut.