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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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Today’s Xfinity race at Iowa: Start time, lineup and more

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Without any Cup regulars in the field, Ryan Preece won last year’s edition of the U.S. Cellular 250 over Kyle Benjamin. The Xfinity regulars have another opportunity to showcase their talent again this week with this standalone race.

Here’s all the info for today’s Xfinity race.

(All times are Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 5:27 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 5:34 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 250 laps (218.8 miles) around the .875-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 60. Stage 2 ends on Lap 120.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 11 a.m. Qualifying is at 3:05 p.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 4:15 p.m. Driver introductions are at 4:55 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Performed by Kaitlin Christensen of Martensdale, Iowa at 5:21 p.m.

TV/RADIO: NBCSN will broadcast the race beginning at 5:30 p.m. Coverage begins at 5 p.m. with Countdown to Green on NBCSN. Performance Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 5 p.m. and also can be heard at goprn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for isolated thunderstorms with a high of 73 degrees and a 33 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Ryan Preece beat a field of Xfinity regulars, including Kyle Benjamin by .054 seconds. In the most recent race at this track on June 17, Justin Allgaier beat Christopher Bell.

STARTING LINEUP: Check back for the starting lineup.

NASCAR suspends two Xfinity crew chiefs for New Hampshire violations

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NASCAR suspended the crew chiefs for Ryan Preece and John Hunter Nemechek for the next three Xfinity races after both their cars failed inspection after last weekend’s New Hampshire race.

NASCAR announced Tuesday that it also had fined crew chiefs Eric Phillips (Preece) and Mike Shiplett (Nemechek) $10,000 each. NASCAR penalized both drivers 10 points and docked the teams 10 owner points each. Their finishes will not count if needed in any tiebreaker. Preece placed third, and Nemechek was fourth at New Hampshire.

Both teams were penalized for failing post-race height requirements. It is an L1 infraction.

Joe Gibbs Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing both stated that they would not appeal the penalties.

NASCAR also fined Timothy Brown, the crew chief for David Starr, $5,000 for having one lug nut not safe and secure after the race.

In Cup, NASCAR fined Darian Grubb, crew chief for William Byron, $10,000 for one lug nut not safe and secure on Byron’s car after the race.

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Today’s Xfinity race at New Hampshire: Start time, lineup and more

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Last year, Ryan Preece finished second to Kyle Busch in this race. Preece takes over the car that beat him last year and hopes to improve by one position. He’ll have to beat Cup regulars Brad Keselowski and Austin Dillon to do so.

Here’s all the info for today’s Xfinity race.

(All times are Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 4:07 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 4:16 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 200 laps (211.6 miles) around the 1.05-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 45. Stage 2 ends on Lap 90.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 7 a.m. Qualifying is at 11:05 a.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 1:30 p.m. Driver introductions are at 3:30 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Boston Sports Team Vocalist John Robert Murphy will perform the anthem at 4:01 p.m. The Canadian National Anthem will be performed by Jodie Cunningham at 3:58 p.m.

TV/RADIO: NBCSN will broadcast the race beginning at 3 p.m. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. with Countdown to Green on NBCSN. Performance Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 2:30 p.m. and also can be heard at goprn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 78 degrees and a zero percent chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Kyle Busch beat his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Ryan Preece by more than 10 seconds. William Byron came home third, with Cup regulars Kyle Larson and Brad Keselowski rounding out the top five.

TO THE REAR: Brad Keselowski won the pole for the race but will start from the rear after being late to the driver-crew chief meeting. BJ McLeod will also start from the rear for being late to the meeting.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the starting lineup.

Preliminary entry lists for Cup, Xfinity at New Hampshire

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After Wednesday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway, the spotlight will be back on the Cup and Xfinity Series teams at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The two series will hold their only race weekend of the year at the “Magic Mile.”

Here are the preliminary entry lists for both races.

Cup – Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 (2 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN)

There are 37 entries for the race.

Blake Jones will make his series debut driving BK Racing’s No. 23 Toyota. Jones has made five Xfinity starts since 2016 and four this year.

Kyle Weatherman is entered in StarCom Racing’s No. 99 Chevrolet.

Last year, Denny Hamlin won this race over Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. after leading 54 laps.

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Xfinity – Lake Region 200 (4 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN)

There are 40 entries for the race.

Ty Dillon and Brad Keselowski are the only full-time Cup drivers entered.

Johnny Sauter will make his second start of the year in GMS Racing’s No. 23 Chevrolet.

Ryan Preece will make his fifth start of the year in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota.

Last year, Kyle Busch won from the pole over Preece and William Byron.

Click here for the entry list.