Tech Talk: Rain tires, procedures ready at Watkins Glen
RELATED: Junior wants to race in the rain The extended weather forecast for Watkins Glen shows only a slight chance of rain for this weekend’s Cheez-It 355 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM). But NASCAR officials are prepared to conduct Sunday’s race should inclement weather become an issue. The same holds true for Saturday's Zippo 200 XFINITY Series race (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM), also slated for Watkins Glen. Steve O’Donnell, Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer for NASCAR, told NASCAR.com Monday that should there be rain on Sunday, "the same rules will apply that we've had in the XFINITY Series." In other words, yes, they're prepared to run the Sprint Cup race in the rain. Three XFINITY Series races have been contested in wet conditions – in 2008 and '09 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (Montreal) and last year at Road America (Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin). Goodyear will have an ample supply of rain tires on hand this weekend and teams will be required to install a functional windshield wiper motor, defogger and rear window flashing light for this weekend’s races. The light must be activated during all wet weather conditions, and must be located in the upper left corner inside the rear window. "We've also got Air Titans that we can deploy if there is ... excess water in certain areas," O’Donnell said. Per the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rulebook, under "wet" conditions, cars will line up on the starting grid under a normal "dry" equipment configuration. After a single pace lap, cars will return to pit road to their assigned pit stalls where crewmembers will install rain tires and a front windshield wiper or wipers. The rear flashing light must also be activated at this time. No further adjustments or refueling of the car will be allowed during the stop. Cars will return to the track in their original starting positions behind the pace car to complete the pace laps. Teams can't change to "dry" weather tires until taking the green flag following the start of the event. RACE CENTER EXTRA: How Watkins Glen's unique pit road impacts teams For "damp" conditions: If there is moisture only in certain areas of the track, the start of the race would be similar to those for "wet" conditions, however when pitting after the first pace lap, teams will have the option to install the rain tires, defogger and windshield wiper or wipers. Activation of the rear flashing light is mandatory under both "wet" and "damp" conditions prior to the race start. Once again, the cars will re-enter the track in their original starting position to complete the remaining pace laps. Should a team or teams opt not to change tires during the designated "damp” conditions pit stop, but pit during one of the remaining pace laps, the team or teams will start at the rear of the field in the order in which they return to the track. Sprint Cup Series managing director director Richard Buck will make the determination of track conditions (wet, damp or dry). Finally, if one or more laps are completed under normal dry conditions then rain arrives, NASCAR will display the yellow flag, putting the race under caution. Once pit road has been opened, teams may pit and change tires, install "wet" weather equipment and perform any additional services permitted. They also have the option of remaining on the track, should they so choose. Tire Build for the Glen Unchanged Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series teams will run the same Goodyear tire code at Watkins Glen. It is same build that teams have run there since 2013. XFINITY Series teams also ran the tire at Road America last year. The "wet" weather tire, should it be needed, for both series is the same build as that which was also run at Road America in '14. After the Fact Two of the 32 penalties issued Sunday at Pocono Raceway were assessed after the completion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Joey Logano ( Team Penske ) and Martin Truex Jr . ( Furniture Row Racing ) both incurred pit road speeding penalties after each driver ran out of gas in the closing laps of the Windows 10 400 . Both Truex (19th) and Logano (20th) finished on the lead lap.
Hayley returns home for Chevrolet Silverado 250
No one would blame Cameron Hayley for getting homesick. The 19-year-old NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver resides in Sandusky, Ohio where his ThorSport Racing team is based -- 1,891.3 miles away from his hometown of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Most of the tracks he races at are even farther away. Distance has not stopped Hayley from chasing his NASCAR dream. Although it's located on the opposite side of Canada, Hayley will have a homecoming of sorts when he performs in front of his fellow countrymen in Sunday's Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (1:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1) -- the NCWTS' only road course race of the season. "Not only is this a track I've been to before, it's also in my home country," said Hayley, who ranks sixth in the NCWTS standings on the strength of three top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 14 starts this season. "I just hope that I will have a good run for all of my Canadian fans." An alumnus of the NASCAR Next initiative highlighting the sport's top up-and-coming drivers, Hayley is still searching for his first NASCAR national series win. If he takes the checkered flag on Sunday, he would be the first Canadian to win a NASCAR national series race since Ron Fellows visited Victory Lane in Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2008. Racing in his first full-time NCWTS season, Hayley has gained momentum lately, logging six top-10 finishes in his last eight starts, including a career-best fourth-place showing at Pocono. He made his series debut at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last season, finishing 11th and believes his prior experience there will help him on Sunday. "We've done really well at tracks that I've been to in the past this year, already," Hayley said. "I've been to Sonoma a couple times and that place was really difficult. You look at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and think, 'it can’t be as difficult as Sonoma ,' but it's a very fast race track, and fast race tracks are not forgiving. It takes a lot of finesse and a lot of guts to go out there and get it done. We are bringing a really good truck, so I think this will be another good race for us to go out and get a solid top five, if not a win."
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NASCAR TV schedule: May 8-14
What channel is NASCAR programming on this week? We answer that and provide all the weekly NASCAR television listings here. RELATED: Find NBCSN in your area " See Talladega races live All times ET Monday, May 8 3 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane (re-air), FS1 6 a.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: GEICO 500 (re-air), FS1 9:30 a.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: GEICO 500 (re-air), FS2 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 7 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: GEICO 500 (re-air), FS1 Tuesday, May 9 7 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series: Sparks Energy 300 (re-air), FS1 5:30 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 Wednesday, May 10 5:30 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 Thursday, May 11 5:30 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 7 p.m., NASCAR K&N Pro Series East: South Boston Speedway Twin #1 (taped), NBCSN 8 p.m., NASCAR K&N Pro Series East: South Boston Speedway Twin #2 (taped), NBCSN Friday, May 12 11:30 a.m., NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1 (Canada: TSN 2) 12:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS1 1:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1 (Canada: TSN 2) 4:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS1 6:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 (Canada: TSN 2) 8 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Setup Kansas, FS1 8:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Toyota Tundra 250, FS1 11 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Post-Race Show, FS1 Saturday, May 13 7 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Toyota Tundra 250 (re-air), FS1 12:30 p.m., Contintental Tire SportsCar Challenge: Circuit of the Americas (taped), FS1 7 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay Kansas, FS1 7:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Go Bowling 400, FS1 (Canada: TSN 1, 3, 4) 11 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Toyota Tundra 250 (re-air), FS1 Sunday, May 14 10 a.m., Contintental Tire SportsCar Challenge: Circuit of the Americas (re-air), FS1
Stenhouse captures first Monster Energy Series win at Talladega
RELATED: Race results " Series standings " Detailed breakdown SHOP: Buy winner's gear TALLADEGA, Ala. -- There's no longer a goose egg in the win column next to Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s name. With a last-lap pass in Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, Stenhouse collected his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory in his 158th start and delivered the first win for Roush Fenway Racing since Carl Edwards triumphed at Sonoma in June 2014. "This is for all the guys at the shop -- we've been terrible for a long time," an exuberant Stenhouse said of the Roush renaissance. "This year, every race, we're just getting better and better. We knew Talladega was a good race track for us. It's been a good one in the past. "This Fifth Third Ford was so fast today. Qualifying on the pole, got the win. Can't say enough about the guys. It's cool to get Jack Roush back in Victory Lane. This is cool. The closest track to my hometown (Olive Branch, Mississippi). Man, this is cool." Racing side-by-side with leader Kyle Busch on the restart lap after Ryan Newman's wreck on the backstretch sent the race to overtime, Stenhouse, the polesitter, trailed by the smallest sliver of a second at the stripe but got a strong push from Jimmie Johnson and cleared Busch off Turn 2 on the final circuit . As Jamie McMurray charged up the middle to take second place from Busch, Stenhouse held the top spot through the final two corners and the tri-oval to beat McMurray to the checkered flag by .095 seconds. Busch, in third place, trailed McMurray at the stripe by a mere .004 seconds. Stenhouse led the first 13 laps of the race and didn't lead again until the final lap in overtime. Busch led a race-high 48 laps, including 39 straight before Stenhouse made the winning move. "Stenhouse got a really good run and a good push and got by us there, and then it was just about retaliation to get back on him, and I just never had enough help from behind and just never got it together," Busch said. "I just can't say enough about this Skittles American Mix Camry -- it was really fast. The guys at Joe Gibbs Racing did a great job and TRD (Toyota Racing Development) with everyone on this motor, it was awesome. We did all we could here today, and it's all circumstantial on how you win these things.” The most dramatic circumstance on Sunday occurred on the backstretch on Lap 169 of a scheduled 188. MORE: "Big One" includes Chase Elliott, more As the tension began to build in the closing laps, a massive wreck damaged 18 of the 38 cars still running at the time. After a tap from the No. 47 Chevrolet of AJ Allmendinger, the No. 24 Chevy of Chase Elliott turned sideways across traffic on the backstretch. The nose of Allmendinger's car launched Elliott's into the air, and his car landed on the hood of Joey Logano's Ford. Among the contending cars also damaged in the wreck were those of Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth, Trevor Bayne and Erik Jones. After a stoppage of 26 minutes, 51 seconds to clean up the wreckage, Kyle Busch led the field to green on Lap 174 with JGR teammate Denny Hamlin beside him and Earnhardt running third. MORE: Keselowski, Hamlin top Stages Earnhardt quickly fell off the pace because of a loose left rear wheel and drove slowly back to pit road, losing a lap in the process. But when Landon Cassill lost power and stalled near the inside wall short of pit road on Lap 179, NASCAR called the seventh caution, and Earnhardt had his lap back as the “lucky dog.” But Earnhardt was mired in traffic after the restart and could make up no ground after the caution that forced the overtime. He finished 22nd in his final spring race at NASCAR’s largest oval track. Aric Almirola, who won Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race, capped an excellent weekend with a fourth-place finish on Sunday. Kasey Kahne ran fifth, followed by Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch and Keselowski, who recovered from the "Big One" to secure seventh place. Notes: Stenhouse is the 11th first-time winner at Talladega … Kyle Larson cut a tire and scraped the Turn 1 wall on Lap 17, but he soldiered on to a 12th-place finish and extended his series lead to 54 points over Truex, who was eliminated in the Lap 169 wreck … McMurray climbed to fifth in the series standings in what is rapidly becoming a banner year for Chip Ganassi Racing. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
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