Teams in the NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Trucks Series will spend all day Friday practicing for Saturday’s two races and Sunday’s Cup event at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Here’s how Friday’s action shapes up:
(All times ares Eastern)
8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Cup garage open
10 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Xfinity garage open
10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Truck Series garage open
11:35 a.m. – 12:55 p.m. – Cup practice (Fox Sports 1)
1:05 – 1:55 p.m. – Xfinity practice (FS1)
2:05 – 2:55 p.m. – Truck practice (FS1)
3:05 – 3:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (FS1)
4:05 – 4:50 p.m. – Final Truck practice (FS1)
5:15 p.m. – Cup qualifying; multi-car/three rounds (FS1, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
It was a long and wild race that included three red flag race stoppages that lasted over a combined 37 minutes.
It also saw one driver who was in a must-win situation if he wanted to advance to next week’s championship race come up one spot short of doing so.
And it also marked a first win ever in the Valley of the Sun for the victor.
Those were some of the highlights of Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix Raceway.
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Defending Truck Series champ Johnny Sauter won his second race in a week, and his first ever at Phoenix. John Hunter Nemechek, who came up short of advancing to Miami, was second, followed by Cody Coughlin, Chase Briscoe and Kaz Grala.
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Erik Jones was the fastest driver in Saturday’s final Truck Series practice at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.
Jones led the field with a speed of 110.436 mph. Alex Tagliani, who was fastest in the morning’s first practice session, was a close second in the final practice with a speed of 110.364 mph.
Cameron Hayley was third fastest (110.273), while Johnny Sauter (110.177) and Ben Kennedy (110.132) rounded out the top five.
Several drivers were involved in incidents, including Jennifer Jo Cobb and John Wes Townley, who both slammed into a tire barrier in the same exact spot during practice.
Townley’s truck suffered extensive damage, forcing his team to go to a backup truck. Cobb’s team was working to repair her truck.
Qualifying for Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 race will take place later today at 5:45 pm ET.
Here’s how the final practice session played out:
Fresh off earning the pole and a runner-up finish in last week’s Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio, Alex Tagliani will have an encore performance in next week’s Camping World Truck Series race for Brad Keselowski Racing.
Tagliani will drive BKR’s No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 in the Aug. 30 Truck race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.
A native of Montreal, Tagliani made his Truck Series debut in 2014 at CTMP, won the pole (with a track record) and finished 16th.
“I really enjoyed driving the truck because it was so well prepared by the team,” Tagliani said in a team media release. “A big part of racing is the chemistry.
“This was so unique because of everyone’s attitude at BKR. By the time qualifying was over I felt like I had been working with the team for years.”
Tagliani won a Canadian Tire Series race in June at Sunset Speedway in Innisfil, Ontario. He dominated the 300-lap event by leading 193 laps. At the checkered flag, Tagliani finished more than a lap ahead of his closest challenger.
Kyle Busch got an early start on potentially winning a fifth Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway by winning the pole for tonight’s UNOH 200 (8:30 pm ET, Fox Sports 1).
Busch (125.683 mph) edged Ryan Blaney (125.559 mph) for the pole.
Brandon Jones qualified third (125.469 mph), alongside Erik Jones (125.166), while Cole Custer (125.142) will be alongside two-time defending Truck series champ Matt Crafton (124.987).
Current Truck series points leader Tyler Reddick qualified 19th (123.961 mph).
Here’s how qualifying played out: