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Blake Koch fastest in first of 2 Xfinity practices at Texas Motor Speedway

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Blake Koch was fastest in the first of two NASCAR Xfinity Series practices this afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway.

Koch covered the 1.5-mile oval at 189.347 mph, nearly 2 mph faster than second fastest, Daniel Hemric (187.461 mph).

Kyle Larson was third (187.350), followed by Erik Jones (187.207), Ryan Blaney (187.201), Austin Dillon (186.851), Ty Dillon (186.670), Elliott Sadler (186.316), Christopher Bell (186.258) and Matt Tifft (186.079).

The second practice session takes place at 5 to 5:55 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports App.

Click here for the first practice speed grid.

 

 

Today’s Xfinity Series race at Dover: Start time, weather, TV/radio info

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The Xfinity Series moves to its second race of the playoffs with today’s Use Your Melon, Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway.

Here is all the important info you need ahead of the race.

(All times are Eastern)

START: Lt. William Sullivan of the Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Police Department, will give the command to start engines at 2:42 p.m. Green flag is scheduled for 2:50 p.m. ET

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 200 laps (200 miles) around the 1-mile concrete oval.

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

PRERACE SCHEDULE: Xfinity garage opens at 7:30 a.m. Qualifying is scheduled for 11:35 a.m. The driver/crew chief meeting is at 12:45 p.m. Driver introductions are at 2:10 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Tom Dixon will perform the Anthem at 2:36 p.m.

TV/RADIO: NBCSN’s coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. with Countdown to Green. NBCSN’s race broadcast begins at 2:45 p.m. Motor Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 2 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the MRN broadcast.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts a temperature of 66 degrees and a zero percent chance of rain at race time.

LAST TIME: Daniel Suarez led 123 of 200 laps on the way to winning. Ty Dillon finished second. Justin Allgaier was third. Kyle Larson won the June race, leading 137 of 200 laps.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for starting lineup

Ryan Blaney goes 2-for-2 as fastest in Xfinity practices at Dover

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Just like he was in the morning, Ryan Blaney once again was fastest in the final of two NASCAR Xfinity Series practice sessions Friday at Dover International Speedway.

Blaney covered the one-mile, high-banked all-concrete oval at 152.672 mph, just a tick above William Byron (152.665) and Brandon Jones (162.620).

Erik Jones, who was second in the morning practice, was fourth in the afternoon session (152.523), followed by Brennan Poole (also 152.523), Ty Dillon (152.278), Daniel Suarez (152.233), Justin Allgaier (152.078), Tyler Reddick (152.066) and Ross Chastain (151.912).

Click here for the full practice session speed grid.

Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones are fastest in first of 2 Xfinity practices at Dover

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NASCAR Cup regulars Ryan Blaney (154.275 mph) and Erik Jones (154.129 mph) were the two fastest drivers in the first of two Xfinity Series practices Friday at Dover International Speedway.

William Byron was third (153.951), followed by Justin Allgaier (153.616), Ty Dillon (153.472), Brennan Poole (153.420), Tyler Reddick (153.387), Daniel Suarez (153.094), Matt Tifft (152.990) and Elliott Sadler (152.918).

There was only one incident in the session, a red flag stoppage for what appeared to be a piece of lead or tungsten weight from the No. 21 car of Daniel Hemric.

The team called Hemric to the garage where it was due to be examined by NASCAR officials.

There will be one other Xfinity practice session this afternoon from 2:30 to 3:25 p.m. ET.

Click here for the full practice session rundown.

NASCAR America: Racing is in Austin Dillon’s DNA

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Austin Dillon has two things running through his veins: blood and racing. They’re inseparable.

It’s really not surprising. After all, Austin’s father, Mike Dillon, raced in NASCAR before he became a team executive.

Austin’s mother is the daughter of NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Childress. And younger brother Ty is also continuing the family racing business in NASCAR Cup.

“(Growing up) was a blast,” he said. “You grow up in that fast-paced atmosphere and you want to be a part of it your whole life. It’s a lifestyle that one day I hoped I one day would be in and now I am. It’s great.”

Austin was a special guest on Wednesday’s NASCAR America, which originated from the NASCAR Hall of Fame in downtown Charlotte.

Along with host Marty Snider and analysts Jeff Burton and NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett, the older Dillon brother talked what it was like not just growing up, but also growing up around some of the greatest names in the sport, like Dale Earnhardt, who won six of his seven Cup championships for Austin’s beloved “pop pop.”

Dillon also revealed that had he not made it in racing, he may have done so in baseball. He grew up a talented hitter and even helped lead his team to the Little League World Series.

But when you’re surrounded by racing 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, baseball eventually took a back seat to the family business.

Dillon has two championships already in his NASCAR career: Trucks and Xfinity. His big goal now is to win a NASCAR Cup crown — he has a chance at doing so being part of this season’s upcoming NASCAR Cup playoffs — and become the first driver ever in the sport’s history to win championships in all three of NASCAR’s major series.

Check out the video above to learn more about the life Dillon has lived up to now, and what he hopes to do in the future.