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Practice holds for Cup, Xfinity, Truck teams at Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS — NASCAR announced the teams that will have practice holds today for the Cup, Xfinity and Gander Outdoors Truck Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Cup

The No. 15 team of Ross Chastain will be held out of the final 15 minutes of first practice because his team was late to inspection at Indianapolis.

Cup practice is from 4:35 – 5:25 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Xfinity

The teams for Stan Mullis (No. 13), Josh Williams (No. 36) and Tommy Joe Martins (No. 61) will miss the final 15 minutes of the first practice for being late to inspection at Indianapolis.

The teams for Riley Herbst (No. 18) and Christopher Bell (No. 20) will miss the final 15 minutes of the first practice for failing inspection twice at Indianapolis.

The team of Alex Labbe will miss the final 30 minutes of first practice for failing inspection three times at Indianapolis.

Xfinity practice is from 3:35 – 4:25 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Trucks

The teams of Sheldon Creed (No. 2), Tyler Dippel (No. 02), Cory Roper (No. 04), Gus Dean (No. 12) and Brennan Poole (No. 30) will miss 15 minutes at the end of the final practice session for multiple inspection failures at Las Vegas.

The teams of Austin Hill (No. 16) and Stewart Friesen (No. 52) each will miss the final 30 minutes of final practice and each had their truck chief ejected for multiple tail piece failures.

Final truck practice is from 11:05 – 11:55 a.m. ET.

Cup, Xfinity practice holds for Michigan, Mid-Ohio

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Here are the practices holds this weekend for the Cup and Xfinity Series.

Cup at Michigan International Speedway

Will be served during the last 15 minutes during today’s practice session.

15 minutes: Clint Bowyer (Late out of the garage before qualifying)

Xfinity Series at Mid-Ohio

All penalties will be served at the end of first practice (1:35 – 2:25 p.m ET today on the NBC Sports App)

15 minutes: Tyler Reddick, Vinnie Miller, Justin Allgaier, Chad Finchum, Tommy Joe Martins, Brandon Brown (late to inspection)

15 minutes: Jack Hawksworth (team failed inspection twice)

30 minutes: Joey Gase (late to inspection and failed inspection twice)

Four Cup teams, eight Xfinity teams docked practice at Dover

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Four Cup teams, including Kurt Busch‘s team, will lose 15 minutes of practice Friday at Dover for inspection issues at Talladega. Eight Xfinity teams will lose 15 minutes of practice Friday at Dover for previous inspection issues.

In Cup, Busch’s team is being penalized for multiple inspection failures at Talladega. The teams of Ross Chastain, Chris Buescher and Cody Ware each will lose 15 minutes of practice for being late to inspection at Talladega.

Cup practice is from 11:05 – 11:55 a.m. ET Friday.

In the Xfinity Series, the teams of BJ McLeod, Joey Gase, Josh Williams, Jeremy Clements, Ronnie Bassett Jr., and Tommy Joe Martins each will lose 15 minutes of practice for being late to inspection previously.

The teams of Riley Herbst and Ryan Sieg will lose 15 minutes of practice for multiple inspection failures at Talladega.

All the Xfinity penalties will be served during the first practice for that series from 12:05 – 12:55 p.m. ET Friday.

Two Xfinity crew chiefs suspended one race for Charlotte penalties

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NASCAR has issued suspensions to two Xfinity Series crew chiefs for infractions following last Saturday’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Jason Ratcliff, crew chief on Christopher Bell‘s No. 20 Toyota at Joe Gibbs Racing, was suspended one race after the car failed front and rear body heights in post qualifying and post-race inspection.

The L1 penalty includes a $10,000 fine for Ratcliff, a 10-point deduction of driver and owner points and Bell’s third-place result won’t go toward tiebreakers in points for the playoffs.

Bell now has 385 points but remains second in the standings, 48 points behind Elliott Sadler.

Joe Gibbs Racing told NBC Sports on Wednesday that it will not appeal the penalty. Wesley Sherill will serve as the team’s crew chief this weekend at Pocono.

Keith Wolfe, crew chief on B.J. McLeod Motorsports No. 8 Chevrolet, is suspended for one race for having two lug nuts unsecured. Tommy Joe Martins finished 24th in the race.

B.J. McLeod Motorsports told NBC Sports it will not appeal the suspension and is working on a replacement crew chief.

NASCAR also fined Cole Pearn, crew chief for Martin Truex Jr., $10,000 for an unsecured lug nut.

 

 

Cup team’s debut stirs debate on value of smaller part-time teams

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The entry of NY Racing for this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 has stirred talk about the value of smaller teams unable to compete a full season in Cup after a comment from the chairman of the Race Team Alliance.

NY Racing is entered in its first Cup race of the year. JJ Yeley is the driver. The team announced Tuesday a multi-year deal with Steakhouse Elite as sponsor. The team is owned by John Cohen, whose previous Cup teams ran 16 races between 2012-15. His team’s best finish was 32nd in the 2015 Daytona 500 with Reed Sorenson. His teams also failed to qualify for seven races and withdrew five times.

The entry of NY Racing means one car will fail to qualify for the Coca-Cola 600. The five teams going for the four spots available for non-charter teams are those of BJ McLeod (No. 52, Rick Ware Racing), Jeffrey Earnhardt (No. 55 Premium Motorsports), Timmy Hill (No. 66, Motorsports Business Management), Parker Kligerman (No. 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing) and Yeley.

NY Racing’s entry drew the ire of Rob Kauffman, co-owner of Chip Ganassi Racing and chairman of the Race Team Alliance. Kauffman tweeted about NY Racing’s entry and then responded to a few who questioned him.

Kauffman’s tweet drew a response from Xfinity driver Tommy Joe Martins, who has been vocal about the importance of smaller teams in NASCAR’s national series and the need to raise the profiles of such teams. Martins responded to Kauffman’s comments with a series of tweets.

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