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Xfinity practice report at Watkins Glen

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FINAL PRACTICE

Rain continued to play havoc with practice. It stopped about halfway through the scheduled distance, but not in time for the track to dry.

Nine drivers took time in this session with sports car driver Mike Skeen topping the leaderboard at 95.620 m.p.h.

He had more than one second (1.069) lead over Kaz Grala (94.525 m.p.h.).

Alex Labbe (93.479), Timmy Hill (91.992) and Joey Gase (91.697) rounded out the top five.

Grala (8) posted the most laps.

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FIRST PRACTICE

Rain kept most of the competitors off the track since Saturday’s race at Watkins Glen is scheduled to run under dry conditions.

Rookies are required to make at least one lap in practice, so that drove a few drivers onto the track.

With a lap of 89.513 m.ph., Tyler Reddick topped the speed chart among five drivers who made laps.

He beat Austin Cindric (89.344) by .187 seconds

Justin Haley (86.891) Christopher Bell (82.232), and Ryan Preece (81.648) were the only drivers to take time.

Haley (2) was the only driver who turned more than one lap.

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Austin Cindric’s car rolls over in Daytona Xfinity crash

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Austin Cindric was uninjured after his car rolled over twice in a 16-car accident that brought out the red flag with 18 laps left in Friday night’s Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway.

Cindric was running in the top 10 in the bottom line when he was hit by Matt Tifft, turning him and triggering a crash that collected several cars.

“I was trying to go under and he came back down again,” Tifft said on the radio about the contact.

Cindric was sliding sideways in Turn 1 when he came up the track and hit Tyler Reddick‘s before rolling over twice.

Cindric radioed his team and said: “I’m OK” before exiting the car.

Cindric was cleared and released from the infield care center.

“I’ve got no injuries,” Cindric told NBCSN. “I feel fine.I just wish we could have better races.”

The red flag was displayed for 12 minutes, 18 seconds.

Among those also involved in the crash were Ryan Truex, Ryan Sieg, Jeremy Clements, Brandon Jones and Joey Gase, along with Cindric, Tifft and Reddick.

A second large wreck broke out on the front stretch with four laps to go that involved Ryan Reed, Jeff Green, Ryan Sieg and Cole Custer.

 

Joey Gase’s Darlington scheme pays tribute to father’s racing career

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Joey Gase is using his paint scheme for the Sept. 1 Xfinity race at Darlington Raceway to honor the racing career of his father, Bob Gase.

Through a fan vote last week, The Go Green Racing driver allowed his followers to choose between two paint schemes inspired by his father’s career when he raced at their home track of Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

They could choose between a 2003 Purple & Black Modified scheme or a 1994 Blue & White Late Model.

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When the vote was closed, the 2003 Black & Purple Championship Modified scheme won out.

“I couldn’t be happier to be running this scheme,” Gase said in a press release. “This is the scheme I think of the most when I think of my dads old racing days and I had a lot of fans reaching out to be saying the same.”

Gase is competing full-time this season. Through 13 races he is 20th in the standings.

His best finish is 16th at Bristol and Auto Club Speedway.

NASCAR America: The Comcast Community Champion award enters fourth year

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This week on NASCAR America, it was announced that the Comcast Community Champion of the Year award will return for the fourth consecutive year.

The program recognizes three finalists, with the winner’s charity receiving $60,000. The other two finalists will each receive $30,000 for their charities.

The NASCAR America segment highlighted last year’s winner of the award, the Chip Ganassi pit crew for their work with the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.

It also featured an interview with the inaugural winner from 2015. Joey Gase was featured for his work encouraging organ donation.

After losing his mother to a brain aneurysm, Gase made the decision to donate her organs. He later learned that effort saved or enhanced the life of 60 individuals.

“(Winning the award) helped in many ways,” Gase said. “One of the biggest ways was in all of the media coverage we got from receiving the award at the banquet – being on national TV. And everything Comcast has done to help us continue to promote organ donation every weekend at the racetrack.”

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Preliminary entry lists for Cup, Xfinity at Talladega

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Forty cars are entered for Sunday’s Geico 500 Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Joey Gase will be in the No. 00 car for StarCom Racing.

Brendan Gaughan is back in the No. 62 this weekend for Beard Motorsports.

Timothy Peters is set to make his Cup debut in the No. 92 for RBR Enterprises.

Cole Custer is listed in the No. 51 car for Rick Ware Racing but a team spokesperson told NBC Sports that Custer will not be driving the car.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won this race a year ago in overtime, beating Jamie McMurray and Kyle Busch.

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Xfinity Series

There are 41 cars entered for the Sparks Energy 300 Xfinity race.

The race is a Dash 4 Cash event, so no drivers who earn points in the Cup Series are permitted to race in this event.

Noah Gragson, who finished second in his series debut last weekend at Richmond, is back in the No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing this weekend.

Shane Lee, who finished 14th in his series debut two weeks ago at Bristol, is back in the No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing.

Aric Almirola won this race a year ago, finishing ahead of Elliott Sadler and Joey Logano.

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