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NASCAR TV schedule: June 20-26
RELATED: Find FS1 in your area All times ET Monday, June 20 6 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen (re-air), FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Tuesday, June 21 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Wednesday, June 22 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR Whelen Modified Series: Thompson Speedway (taped), NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Thursday, June 23 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR K&N Pro Series Race: Stafford Motor Speedway (taped), NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Friday, June 24 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 3 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub - Weekend Edition, FS1 6:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FS1 Saturday, June 25 8 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice (re-air), FS1 10 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice (re-air), FS1 11:30 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, FS1 1 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub - Weekend Edition, FS1 2 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 4:30 p.m., NASCAR Masters of the Clock: The Legend of Martinsville (re-air), FS2 5:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FS2 8 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Setup, FS1 8:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin for Lineman 200 , FS1 Sunday, June 26 4:30 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying (re-air), FS1 6 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin for Lineman 200 (re-air), FS1 8:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying (re-air), FS1 1:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS1 3 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/SaveMart 350, FS1 &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;
Sisters Paige, Claire Decker attempt XFINITY Series race at Iowa
The Decker sisters -- Paige, 23, and Claire, 21 -- were back on a NASCAR national series track at Iowa Speedway this weekend as they attempted to qualify for Sunday's American Ethanol E15 250 Presented by Enogen (1:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.) Competing for Obaika Racing, Claire piloted the No. 77 Vroom Brands Chevrolet, and Paige drove the No. 97 Vroom Brands Chevrolet. This was the sisters' attempt at a NASCAR XFINITY Series debut. ( UPDATE: Paige Decker qualified for Sunday's race while Claire did not. Paige finished in 31st place Sunday at Iowa after being forced to head to the garage with a mechanical failure.) It's happening! Get in on the hype as Paige and Claire prepare to tear up the track at Iowa for Xfinity Debut... https://t.co/VG8qYmyucC — ObaikaRacing (@ObaikaRacing) June 16, 2016 Both sisters, from Eagle River, Wisconsin, qualified for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' Alpha Energy Solutions 250 in April at Martinsville. In just the second time that sisters ever competed in a Truck Series race, Paige finished 25th and Claire 27th. Claire Decker will compete in Saturday night's Speediatrics 200 Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway after qualifying 32nd. She is driving Jennifer Jo Cobb 's No. 10 Driven2Honor.org Chevrolet. Their cousin, Natalie Decker, failed to qualify for that event. Natalie and Claire are both NASCAR Drive for Diversity alumni.
JGR announces driver change for XFINITY Iowa race
Joe Gibbs Racing announced Tuesday a driver change for the XFINITY Series' American Ethanol E15 Presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway (June 19, 1:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Under recommendations from his doctor, Matt Tifft will sit out for the main event as he undergoes treatment for a disc condition in his back, as reported via a team release from the organization. Instead, Sam Hornish Jr . will sit in the driver's seat of the No. 18 Toyota for the 250-lap event. Tifft, a Joe Gibbs Racing development driver, has had six starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series this season, including top-10 finishes in his last two races, at Talladega and Dover. Hornish Jr., a full-time Sprint Cup Series driver in 2015, also competed in three XFINITY Series events last season for Biagi-DenBeste Racing. Tifft also had been scheduled to run the NASCAR Camping World Series' Speediatrics 200 in the No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota, and German Quiroga will fill in for him in that series. Quiroga drove the No. 11 Toyota at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend, bringing the Red Horse Racing Tundra home in eighth place. "I'm really excited to have the chance to race at Iowa this weekend. It wasn't originally in the plan, so I'm thankful to Tom DeLoach and Red Horse Racing for giving me this opportunity," Quiroga said in a team release. "I've been successful at Iowa in the past, so I'm confident that we'll have a good Toyota Tundra and be able to pick up a good result." Under recommendation of my doctor, for treatment of a back condition with a disc, I will not be competing this weekend. I will be looking to — Matt Tifft (@Matt_Tifft) June 14, 2016 Get back to competing as soon as possible, and thank you for the kind words and wish good luck to my @JoeGibbsRacing team at Iowa! (Cont) — Matt Tifft (@Matt_Tifft) June 14, 2016
Chase by the Numbers: Dover
Here's all the info you need to know for the first cutoff race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, including some surprising statistics for two of the first-time Chase competitors.
What it's like to be a NASCAR interior specialist
In the third instalment of the Mobil 1 "Our Normal Drives" video series on NASCAR.com, the Official Motor Oil of NASCAR gives fans a look at a "normal" day for two Stewart-Haas Racing interior specialists. Check out how Kyle Anderson and Justin Peiffer work behind the scenes with drivers. Watch today's video, which is part of NASCAR Inside Track presented by Mobil 1 , then come back throughout the season for more in-depth looks at NASCAR from Mobil 1.
Thunder in the hills: North Wilkesboro, 20 years later
NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. -- Paint peels and memories fade but the echoes of the past still ring off the hillsides here. Twenty years ago today, the checkered flag fell on the final NASCAR premier series race at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Bob Flock won the first race, in 1949 and on dirt. Jeff Gordon won the last, in 1996 and on asphalt. The two races serve as bookends for a track that even after 20 years of silence serves as a reminder of the sport's colorful past. For 48 years and 93 races, NASCAR teams made the trek to the secluded .625-mile track in the Brushy Mountains of northwestern North Carolina. "It's one of the sport's most historic tracks, one that really helped put NASCAR on the map," car owner Richard Childress said. "A lot of people overlook that. But a lot of great things happened there. (Former series sponsor) R.J. Reynolds really supported it; Holly Farms back in the day … all those things were important to building our sport to what it is today." Built by Wilkes County resident Enoch Staley and partners Lawson Curry and Jack and Charlie Combs, North Wilkesboro Speedway was a venue unlike any other -- in part because the front straightaway ran slightly downhill and the backstretch uphill. It opened in 1947, two years before the debut of NASCAR's Strictly Stock Series, and hosted its first NASCAR premier series event in October of '49. The Wilkes 200 featured a 22-car field and was the final race of the inaugural season for NASCAR's new featured series. Flock won the race but it was Red Byron, finishing 16th, who captured the series' first championship. RELATED: Veterans share fond memories of track
Hornish Jr. returns, no signs of rust
RELATED: Complete lineup for Sunday's race NEWTON, Iowa -- If there were any cobwebs for Sam Hornish Jr . in his return to a NASCAR track, they were hard to see after he was among the top-three in both NASCAR XFINITY Series practices and qualifying at Iowa Speedway . Hornish is back in action for this Sunday's American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen (1:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The veteran driver is filling in behind the wheel of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota after scheduled driver Matt Tifft was advised by his doctor to rest a disc condition in his back. The 36-year-old's last NASCAR start came in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway . In that race, Hornish piloted the No. 9 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports . Since Homestead, Hornish has been doing "a lot of normal dad stuff" as he describes it, dance recitals and more with his wife and three children. He also went to Alaska with his dad and took his kids to the Indianapolis 500 for the 100th running of the event -- a race he won in 2006. "A lot of the rust happened on Thursday night. I didn't sleep very well. I was all nervous about getting back in the car," Hornish told NASCAR.com on Saturday at Iowa. "It's been since Homestead and six, seven months is not a lot of time for the sake of time itself but it's still a fair amount when things evolve in this sport." For Sunday's race, Hornish will line up third behind his JGR teammates for the weekend -- Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez . The speed Hornish has shown this weekend at Iowa is nothing new. In his last five starts at the 0.875-mile track, the Ohio native has five top-four finishes – including a win in 2014 with JGR in the team's No. 54 Toyota (which has since been renumbered to the machine Hornish will pilot Sunday, the No. 18.) "The car is good," Hornish said. "The guys here at Joe Gibbs Racing have these XFINITY cars figured out. ... With the fact that I have had the opportunity to drive here before, drive for them, you get in the car and everything is pretty much set how I would have it a couple years ago. "I really love Iowa. If it was going to come for a weekend to have to jump in the car and with a certain team to have to do it with, it was probably two of the best options as far as that goes." JGR has been the team to beat all year atop the sport's two top series, but the dominance is even more apparent in the XFINITY Series. Four drivers ( Kyle Busch -four wins, Jones-two wins, Denny Hamlin -one win and Suarez-one win) have combined to produced eight wins in the season's first 13 races. The only races on Hornish's docket prior to this last-minute add were recently announced as well. He will drive the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet in two standalone XFINITY races: Iowa in July and Kentucky in September. The discussions with RCR started back in February, according to Hornish. "I've been vocal over the past three years of wanting to put myself in equipment that I felt was capable to run well. I love my family and I like spending time with them. I'm in a very fortunate position that I can be picky about what I am going to drive." Beyond that though, not much appears to be in the offing for the three-time race winner in the XFINITY Series, and Hornish seems content with that. "I've found in the past it's better to be standing there holding your helmet than to be in something that you can't get the effectiveness out of," Hornish said. "I love racing but it's not fair to my wife and kids how I act when I am in a situation that I'm frustrated. And I know that being frustrated is being put in a position where I feel like you can't win. "They know that their husband, their dad if he is home with them and it didn't work out, he's going to be a lot happier than if he's off chasing a dream that he knows he can't capture."
JGR pit crews make swap in-race at Iowa
RELATED: Complete race results " Watch final laps NEWTON, Iowa -- Pit crew swaps mid-race are not common in NASCAR, but Joe Gibbs Racing made a change around the halfway point of Sunday's XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway that ultimately benefitted race-winner Sam Hornish Jr . With teammate Daniel Suarez 's No. 19 crew routinely beating Hornish's No. 18 off pit road and Erik Jones 's No. 20 running several laps down due to a fuel pickup issue, an opportunity presented itself. The Nos. 18 and 20 pit crews swapped teams. "I kind of talked to Steve (deSouza, executive vice president of NASCAR XFINITY /Development for Joe Gibbs Racing )," Chris Gayle, crew chief of the No. 18 team said after the race. "Once we knew the 20 was down -- they weren't going to be a factor in the race ... We had just struggled. Iowa's always tough because we're spoiled with having our (Sprint) Cup pit crews on normal weekends. The non-companions, we don’t have any familiarity with the pit crews we really use for these. "The 19 had beaten us on a couple stops earlier and it had gotten down to where there is one stop left and if it's us and the 19 racing, I'm going to lose to them off pit road because they've beaten me in three previous stops. So to not do anything is going to be my fault." Serving as the liaison, deSouza went between the two teams as the swap was contemplated. "I went to talk to the 20 crew chief (Chris Gabehart) and say, 'Hey if we want to implement something like this are you good with it?' I went to him first," deSouza told NASCAR.com. "And he said, 'Listen, we are laps down. Whatever you think is the best thing to do, do it.' " The switch Sunday proved successful as Hornish went on to win his first NASCAR race since the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway . He led 183 of the 250 laps in the race, including the final 111 circuits. Suarez, last week's winner at Michigan, finished in fourth and left Iowa still holding the lead in points. Jones finished 27th, seven laps down. Gayle pulled the move out of a playbook even six-time champion crew chief Chad Knaus has used. One of the most well-known pit swaps came at Texas Motor Speedway in the fall 2010 race between the Hendrick Motorsports teams of Jeff Gordon (No. 24) and Jimmie Johnson (No. 48). The teams swapped pit crews mid-race after Gordon was involved in a crash in the race. Johnson went on to catch JGR's Denny Hamlin for the title in the final two races when the switch was made permanent. The race win was the ninth victory for JGR in 14 XFINITY Series races this season.
What rust? Hornish stomps field en route to Iowa win
RELATED: Complete race results NEWTON, Iowa -- Sam Hornish Jr ., who hadn’t been in a car in 210 days, gave himself the perfect Father’s Day present on Sunday -- a dominant victory in the sixth annual NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway . Hornish, who last competed in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race last November at Homestead-Miami Speedway , received a call Monday from Joe Gibbs Racing to substitute for injured driver Matt Tifft . He made the most of the opportunity, picking up his fourth career XFINITY Series win and second at Iowa. Overall, it was JGR’s ninth triumph in 14 races this season. “I don’t know, it doesn’t get much better than that,” said an emotional Hornish in Victory Lane. “Just gotta thank Toyota, everyone from Joe Gibbs Racing for getting me out here and giving me this opportunity. Got my wife and kids here, it’s the first time the kids got to be here for one of dad’s wins. “I can’t tell you what this means to me. I worked so hard to try to get a win when I had my kids here. Gotta thank God. He makes things happen. I was so nervous on Friday getting into the car thinking I’m going to make a mistake, and man, to go out there and win the way that we did. Just can’t say anything more about it." Ty Dillon attempted to make a charge on Hornish on a Lap 224 restart, but settled for second, finishing ahead of Brad Keselowski . "I don't know, I guess we just needed to be a little bit better,” Dillon said. “The No. 18 (Hornish) was so dominant on the bottom (groove). I thought, obviously, we were the best car on the top (groove). "Just needed a little bit more speed. I'm proud of my guys. We were kind of a mid-pack car and did what we needed to do to put ourselves in position -- something we talked about all week -- and we did a great job." Hornish took the lead from last week’s XFINITY Series winner Daniel Suarez on Lap 24, setting the tone that the Joe Gibbs Racing cars were going to be hard to beat. The two drivers swapped the lead on pit road on two occasions before several competitors elected to use varying pit strategies following the event’s third caution on Lap 126. Hornish restarted sixth, but only took 13 laps to get back to the race lead, passing Suarez on Lap 139 and never relinquishing. Championship contender Erik Jones , who scored his fifth pole of 2016, had to drop to the rear before the race for an unapproved body modification. Jones, however, was never a factor as he battled fuel pressure issues, finishing 27th. The NASCAR XFINITY Series takes a week off before returning to Daytona International Speedway on July 1 for the running of the Subway Firecracker 250 .
Kennedy earns top-10 finish in XFINITY debut
NEWTON, Iowa -- Ben Kennedy 's goal was to land a top-10 finish in his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut, and that is exactly what he did in Sunday's American Ethanol E15 250 Presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway . Kennedy, the son of International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa France Kennedy and the great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., battled hard to earn his 10th-place position behind the wheel of the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. The ride is -- for the most part -- shared between NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars Austin Dillon and Paul Menard . The 250-lap race proved to be a learning experience for the 24-year-old Florida native, who started sixth. "I learned a ton on those restarts," Kennedy said on pit road after the race. "Kind of what to expect throughout the run and different lines. We could really utilize that top line. We were one of the first to find it, I think. I think we made a lot of speed with it." Along with being an immense learning experience, the race was simply fun for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular. "I would have kept going if we could have," Kennedy said. "That was a blast. I just had fun running this car. These things are so much fun to drive. It really puts it in the driver's hands, in my opinion. I enjoyed running up there with those guys." Kennedy spent much of the race running in the top 10 and spent the latter stages battling Roush Fenway Racing 's Darrell Wallace Jr . and Ryan Reed for position. Crew chief Danny Stockman Jr. told NASCAR.com that Kennedy's run in his XFINITY Series debut was notable. "Anybody that comes in this series and performs like he did this weekend from practice to qualifying sixth and finishing 10th, not really a scratch on the car -- that's pretty impressive," Stockman said in the garage after the race. "I think he's got a lot of potential. He's very eager to learn and he's very level-headed, which is what I feel you need these days." Stockman said that the car was just a little off. "I don't feel like the car was where it needed to be," he said. "I think he could have ran in the top five today if we would have had a better piece, but all in all, the kid did a great job and real proud of him."