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Friday schedule for NASCAR at Michigan, Mid-Ohio

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The weekend of racing kicks off today with Trucks and Cup at Michigan International Speedway, while the Xfinity Series is at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The Cup Series has one practice session as well as qualifying scheduled, while the Truck Series has two practice sessions.

At Mid-Ohio, the Xfinity Series also has two practice sessions.

Wunderground.com lists the following forecasts for both tracks:

  • At Michigan, the high temperature is expected to reach 78 degrees with a 1% chance of precipitation during the afternoon.
  • At Mid-Ohio, the high temperature is expected to reach 79 degrees with a 1% chance of precipitation during the afternoon.

Here’s today’s schedule for both tracks with TV and radio info.

(All times are Eastern)

Michigan International Speedway

9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Cup garage open

11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Truck garage open

12:35 – 1:25 p.m. – Cup practice (NBCSN, Motor Racing Network)

1:35 – 2:25 p.m. – Truck practice (No TV)

3:05 – 3:55 p.m. – Final Truck practice (No TV)

5:05 p.m. – Cup qualifying; single car/one lap (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

 

Mid-Ohio

Friday, Aug. 9

10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

1:35 – 2:25 p.m. – Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)

4:04 – 4:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)

Truck Series practice report from Texas

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Johnny Sauter had the fastest lap in Thursday’s final practice session for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series at Texas Motor Speedway.

Sauter went 183.237 mph. He was followed by Matt Crafton (183,138 mph), Austin Hill (183.057), Tyler Dippel (182.902) and Anthony Alfredo (182.865).

Click here for report on final Truck practice

The series has qualifying and its race Friday.

2nd session

Johnny Sauter posted the fastest lap in Thursday’s second Gander Outdoors Truck Series practice at Texas Motor Speedway.

Sauter had a top lap of 184.168 mph. He was followed by Grant Enfinger (183.667 mph), Sheldon Creed (183.045), Matt Crafton (182.266) and Todd Gilliland (182.094).

Click here for practice 2 report

Stewart Friesen, who finished second at Texas in March, crashed late in the session. He was 11th on the speed chart with a top lap of 181.519 mph. He went to a backup.

Final Truck practice will be from 7-7:45 p.m. ET.

Session 1

Ben Rhodes turned the fastest lap (180.681 mph) in the first Gander Outdoors Truck Series practice Thursday at Texas Motor Speedway.

ThorSport Racing teammate Johnny Sauter was second, followed by Grant Enfinger, Sheldon Creed and Brett Moffitt.

Ross Chastain, who switched to earning 2019 truck points this week and became eligible for the race, was 10th fastest.

Click here for speeds from the first truck practice Thursday at Texas.

The second truck practice is at 5:05 p.m. ET, and the final session is at 7 p.m. ET. Check back for more speeds.

NASCAR also announced Thursday afternoon that the No. 45 Chevrolet of Kyle Benjamin will be held out of the final 30 minutes in the last practice for an unapproved splitter during inspection.

Qualifying is Friday at 5:35 p.m. ET (click here for the order), followed by the race at 9 p.m. ET on FS1.

Kyle Busch has an idea for NASCAR’s Xfinity and Truck limits

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Kyle Busch would entertain the opportunity to pursue the one NASCAR championship that has eluded him – in the Gander Outdoor Truck Series – when his Cup career is over.

But he’s got an idea that would allow him to run both series concurrently and address the limits on Cup drivers running in lower series.

“Why don’t you let us run as many races as we want to run and then once we miss one, we’re done?” Busch pondered after his victory Saturday in the TruNorth Global 250 truck race at Martinsville Speedway. “So if I go all the way to (the June 15 race at Iowa Speedway) in the trucks and run 10 races and can’t go to Iowa, I’m done.

“You can race for points or whatever and so if that ever came down to that, then maybe there’d be an opportunity years down the road that then you can run multiple series and try to go after a championship that way.”

What was NASCAR’s reaction to the plan?

“That’s probably the first time I’ve said that or thought about it,” Busch said with a laugh. “Now that it’s out there … there’s not a damn fan that’s ever going to let it happen.”

Indeed, Busch’s 201st career victory in a NASCAR national series drew the usual outrage on social media Saturday, both from his Rowdy Nation legion of fans and those who vehemently believe he should be limited beyond the NASCAR cap of five truck races and seven Xfinity races allowed for full-time Cup drivers.

Busch has won in seven of 11 starts in trucks, Xfinity and Cup this season.

“Could have been nine or 10 (victories) probably, that’s what the scary part is if it wasn’t for simple mistakes,” Busch said. “Overall, it’s been fun. It’s a damn shame I’m only allowed five and seven.”

Busch has two 2019 starts left in trucks: at Texas Motor Speedway next week and Charlotte Motor Speedway in May.

He said the chances are solid for going 5 for 5.

“I’d like to think Texas is a good place,” he said. “I think our guys have a good baseline. Charlotte is always one of my best tracks, favorite tracks and enjoy running there with the trucks, especially. There’s a good opportunity.

“It’s kind of an expectation (to win every race). We just go out, work hard and smart, and today we let the race play itself out and come to us.”

Busch won the 2009 Xfinity championship in the last season in which he ran full time in NASCAR’s top two series. He has focused solely on Cup full time since then, and NASCAR has changed rules over the past eight years limiting the ability to run for more than one title.

Despite 148 starts (and 54 victories), he is yet to run a full truck season, but the 2015 Cup champion has said he’d like to become the first driver to win a championship in each of NASCAR’s top three series.

Friday’s NASCAR schedules: Pocono (Cup, Xfinity) and Texas (Trucks)

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Today will be a busy day at two different venues.

We start off at Pocono with Cup practice and qualifying, as well as two Xfinity practices.

Then we shift to Texas Motor Speedway. The Truck series qualifies and then races later in the evening.

Here’s today’s full schedule (all times are Eastern):

At POCONO

8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Cup garage open

10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

11 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. – First Cup practice (FS1, Motor Racing Network)

1 – 1:15 p.m. – First Xfinity practice (FS1)

3 – 3:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (FS1)

4:15 p.m. – Cup qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds) (FS1, MRN)

 

At TEXAS

12 p.m. – Truck garage opens

5:35 p.m. – Truck qualifying (single vehicle, two rounds) (No TV/radio)

7 p.m. – Driver/crew chief meeting

7:40 p.m. – Driver introductions

8 p.m. – WinstarOnlineGaming.com 400 (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)