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Kentucky Speedway to add layer of asphalt
RELATED: Tire dragon goes to work at Kentucky Kentucky Speedway announced Monday that it will add another surface layer of asphalt to the 1.5-mile track this month. The Bluegrass State circuit underwent a full reconfiguration earlier this year that included a increased banking in Turns 1 and 2, improved drainage, additional energy-absorbing SAFER barrier and a total repave. The work was completed ahead of a tripleheader NASCAR weekend for all three national series July 7-9. "When our team examined the race track, portions of the paving performed earlier this year did not meet the construction specifications," Kentucky Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger said in a release provided by the track. "These deficiencies had no impact on this year's racing and would affect only the long-term viability of the surface if left uncorrected. In order to remedy these issues, an additional surface course of asphalt will be applied. The track will cure over the winter and be fully in use in the spring." The speedway indicated that all work would be complete in October. The track hosts two NASCAR weekends on the 2017 schedule, the first for all three national series July 6-8 and a return trip for the XFINITY Series in September.
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Fresh racing surface greets drivers at Kentucky Speedway
Officials used a combination of science and common sense when it came to preparing the fresh racing surface at Kentucky Speedway for this weekend's NASCAR tripleheader. An application of lime helped draw the oils out of the new asphalt and expedited the aging process, while a generous helping of soap and water, removed by pressure washing, cleansed the surface before officials trotted out a device to measure the frictional value of the racing surface. The 1.5-mile track will host the Quaker State 400 Saturday (7:30 p.m., NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR), the 18th of 36 Sprint Cup Series events of 2016. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and XFINITY Series events are slated for Thursday and Friday, respectively. An off-season repaving project using a coarser type of asphalt will greet teams in all three series this weekend. Following a two-day test at the facility (June 13-14), workers continued preparations by using a device known as the tire dragon to work more rubber into the racing surface, using tires that had come off the cars after the test, in an effort to wear off the "new" and hopefully speed up the process of creating multiple racing grooves. "When we arrived, there was no driving line, no rubber, it was a clean sheet of paper," Jerry Kaproth, Manager, Testing Logistics and Track Engineering for NASCAR said during last month's test. "The goal is not only to allow the rubber to get embedded into the track, but (create) a wide racing groove so we can … get to the point where we're having double-wide racing. We feel very comfortable with what we see. "When we're done … we think it will be a very competitive race track." Officials measured the frictional value, or slipperiness, of the racing surface on several occasions to gauge how much rubber was able to adhere to the surface. Measurements were taken before and after the lime was applied, again once the surface had been cleaned and then again after the first morning session during last month's test. According to Kaproth, officials saw between a five- and 10-percent increase. Several drivers participating in the test said rubber buildup was more noticeable in Turns 1 and 2, which are now banked higher than those in 3 and 4. Kaproth said readings did not indicate any drastic change in the rubber buildup in different turns, but said that "the dynamics of the car handling may indicate that to the driver. "Our readings are pretty consistent," he said. "We break the tracks up into three different grooves -- low, mid and high -- and we average the readings from those three grooves." A key component that will determine how much rubber builds up on the racing surface will be the tires provided by Goodyear for this weekend's races. According to a release from the company, teams in all three series will run the same left-side tires while Sprint Cup teams will have a specific right-side tire for their event. The tire choice was made following last month's organizational test at the speedway and features the same left-side tire code as was used earlier this year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . The right-side tire is the same, construction-wise, as that which was used at Michigan in June. However, it is a single compound rather than the multi-zone used at several other venues.
Heads up: Loudon and Kentucky weekend
Here are the hot topics, trending news and key story lines to get you ready for this weekend's races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway , including the Chase openers for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. WEATHER The weekend forecast for Loudon, New Hampshire, looks mostly clear for on-track activity. Friday for Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole qualifying there is a 48 percent chance for precipitation. For the Camping World Truck race on Saturday, skies will be partly cloudy and the high is expected to be 64 degrees. And for the Sprint Cup race on Sunday, we're looking at clear skies and a high of 61. For Sparta, Kentucky , site of this weekend's XFINITY events, it will be clear and 89 degrees for the start of Friday's practices. And on Saturday it will be clear and 78 degrees for the start of the race. KEY TIMES Sprint Cup Series: The Sprint Cup Series holds its first practice Friday at 11:30 a.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App) followed by Coors Light Pole qualifying at 4:45 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App). The Bad Boy Off Road 300 is at 2 p.m. ET Sunday (NBCSN/NBC Sports App/PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). XFINITY Series: The XFINITY Series opens practice on Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App) and qualifies Saturday at 4:45 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App). The VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 is on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET (NBC/NBC Sports App). Camping World Truck Series: The Camping World Truck Series is scheduled for a Keystone Light Pole qualifying session at 10:10 a.m. ET on FS1 Saturday followed by the UNOH 175 race at 1 p.m. ET (FS1). CATCH DRIVERS LIVE We'll stream every driver press conference in the New Hampshire media center at NASCAR.com/presspass. Click here for a full schedule. Click here to tune into the live stream . LAST TIME In September of 2015, Matt Kenseth outlasted Kevin Harvick , who ran out of fuel with three laps to go, to capture the victory in the Sylvania 300 and punch his ticket to the second round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . Kenseth backed up that win with another at New Hampshire in July of this season. In that one, Kenseth pulled away from Tony Stewart to win by 1.982 seconds. YOU SHOULD KNOW • Chris Buescher (-12 from 12th place), Kyle Larson (-2), Kevin Harvick (-1) and Austin Dillon (-1) are all on the outside looking in as far as the Chase Grid standings are concerned. Of those drivers, Harvick is the only one who owns a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at New Hampshire (fall of 2006). Harvick has finished in the top four in three of his past four races at Loudon, with the only exception being the 21st-place finish in the Chase race here last season. • New England native Joey Logano considers New Hampshire to be his home track and high on his list as far as valued victories. Logano has won here twice, in the 2014 Chase race and in 2009 when he notched his first-ever Sprint Cup Series victory as a member of Joe Gibbs Racing . At this time last year, Logano was hitting his stride in a season in which he captured six Sprint Cup victories. Although this season hasn't been as dominant, his second-place finish at Chicago gives him momentum coming into Sunday. • Erik Jones comes to Kentucky atop the Chase standings in the XFINITY Series thanks to his four victories this season. And chances are he'll get his Chase off to a good start there. In three races at Kentucky , Jones has an average finish of 4.7, and earlier this season, he finished fourth. Jones is trying to back up last year's Camping World Truck Series championship with an XFINITY title before moving to Sprint Cup with Furniture Row Racing next season. • Cole Custer is the only Camping World Truck Series regular who has a win at New Hampshire, but he's not in the Chase after his controversial run-in with John Hunter Nemechek at the end of the Sept. 4 race at Canadian Tire Motor Sport Park. Could Custer take out his frustrations on Nemechek now that the Chase in underway? We shall see. Interestingly, Nemechek's average finish of 5.0 (in two races) at New Hampshire is bested only by Johnny Sauter 's 4.8 (in five races) entering this weekend.
Sadler wins first XFINITY Chase race at Kentucky
RELATED: Results " Standings " Chase Grid SPARTA, KY – A huge push from Daniel Suárez on a restart with four laps to go in Saturday night's eventful VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 sent Elliott Sadler ahead of Ryan Blaney to win the opening race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase at Kentucky Speedway . Sadler's third win of the season and 13th of his XFINITY Series career was about more than just stamping his way into Round 2 of the Chase. The Emporia, Virginia, native fought for the win while thinking of his mother, Bell, who was released from the hospital Saturday, after a week of hospitalization and two surgeries. "We fought through a lot tonight," Sadler said in Victory Lane. "I'm going to get a little emotional on you, I've been in the hospital all week with my mom in ICU watching her fight and fight through a lot of pain and suffering. (She) made her way back home tonight to watch the race. Mom, I love you. She leads so much by example." Sadler also credited his team, who helped Sadler battle from outside the top 15 earlier in the race. "These guys are my heroes," Sadler said. "We had a 10th or 15th place car at best. Still had to come in and really take our time and work on it. Great pit calls by Kevin (Meendering, crew chief) and the guys to get us in position. Got a good push there at the end. I do want to say thanks to Josh Berry for helping me a ton tonight. That kid did some cool things on the restarts. This OneMain Financial team has no quit in them. We just fight till the end. This is a great way to start the Chase." Suárez, who finished second, said he struggled with a tight condition all night but was best at the end of the race. "Right at the end, we were pretty good, maybe just a little tight but we were strong," he said. "I feel like we were the fastest car out there at the end. I just needed one or two laps more to get the win." The inaugural XFINITY Series Chase race offered plenty of excitement and drama. With the "win and advance" format putting a greater premium on victories, drivers found themselves on the edge of control at a track where the racing groove was extremely tight since undergoing a repave in May. "At halfway, we were running 20th," Sadler said. "By my calculations, we were probably 10th or 11th in points, so to fight back that last 100 laps to gain that kind of momentum probably means a lot for us and these guys. I'm so proud of these guys. Dale (Earnhardt Jr., team owner) and Kelley (Earnhardt-Miller, team manager) and all of our partners for Hunt Bros., and Chevrolet and everyone that does so much for us at JR Motorsports. This is a great way to start off the Chase and keeps the momentum on our side, we can relax and go to Dover and have fun there and Charlotte and get ready for the second round." XFINITY Chase drivers Ty Dillon , Brandon Jones and Erik Jones all found themselves in a deep hole after being collected in accidents throughout a caution-filled race. Dillon and Erik Jones tangled while racing for second with 12 laps remaining. The event was red-flagged for five minutes, 34 seconds for cleanup of the Turn 3 incident. RELATED: See the wreck " Jones' take " Dillon's take Jones, the pole sitter who led a race-high 100 laps, took responsibility for the crash. "I just got sucked around," Jones said after the incident. "I tried to slow down but Ty was holding me down there pretty tight on the restart, slamming doors through (Turns) 1 and 2. It was my fault but it's a pretty tough aero situation to be in. "I just couldn't hang on to it. I tried to slow down but he kept slamming down on my door and I did all I could to hang on to it. It definitely looks like we're going to have to run really well at Dover and Charlotte or even win." Behind Sadler and Suárez, Sprint Cup rookie Ryan Blaney finished third while Sam Hornish Jr . and Matt Tifft completed the top five. Tifft, a NASCAR Next alumnus made his XFINITY Series return after undergoing brain surgery in July to remove a remove a benign, low-grade glioma. Sadler leaves Kentucky Speedway with an eight-point lead in the standings and guaranteed admission to the next round of the Chase at Kansas Speedway in three weeks. Suárez (+27 points above the cutoff line) is second in the Chase standings, followed by Brendan Gaughan (+21), Ryan Reed (+19), Darrell Wallace Jr . (+19), Justin Allgaier (+17), Brennan Poole (+16), Blake Koch (+15), Erik Jones (-3), Ryan Sieg (-5), Brandon Jones (-15) and Ty Dillon (-15). &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
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Full schedule for New Hampshire and Kentucky
RELATED: Find NBCSN in your area " Find CNBC " Watch live online at NBCSports.com The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series will gather for a doubleheader showing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. The XFINITY Series will race at Kentucky Speedway . Check out the full schedule below. Note: All times are ET SUNDAY, SEPT. 25: ON TRACK: New Hampshire --1:25 p.m.: NCSC Driver Introductions with NASCAR Special Awards --1:58 p.m.: Canadian National Anthem by Kirk Young --2:00 p.m.: Presentation of Colors by New Hampshire State Police Honor Guard and Combined Services Military Color Guard --2:00:20 p.m.: Invocation by Dustin Pari, actor on the show "Ghost Hunters" --2:01 p.m.: National Anthem by Daniel M. Clark, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and retired Massachusetts state trooper --2:02:30 p.m.: Fly-by, two F-15s from Massachusetts ANG 104 --2:07:30 p.m.: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by Kevin Holleran, president of Textron Specialized Vehicles -- 2:15 p.m.: Start of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bad Boy Off Road 300 (300 laps, 317.4 miles), NBCSN/NBC Sports App ( Results ) PRESS CONFERENCE ( Watch live ) -- 5 p.m. (approximately): NASCAR Sprint Cup Series post race press conference DAILY ROUNDUP -- At-track photos: Sunday, New Hampshire -- Full schedule for Dover and Las Vegas -- Harvick charges to New Hampshire with late-race surge -- Kenseth: 'The last restart is my fault' -- Chase bubble watch: Harvick, Stewart head in opposite directions -- Stewart's Fathead makes appearance during Harvick's post-race presser -- Edwards rallies to sixth-place finish after Loudon penalty -- All 16 Chase cars pass post-race inspection FRIDAY, SEPT. 23: ON TRACK: New Hampshire -- 11:30 a.m.-12:55 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series first practice, NBCSN/NBC Sports App ( Results ) -- 1:45-2:40 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series first practice, FS1 ( Results ) -- 3:30-4:25 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, FS1 ( Results ) -- 4:45 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN/NBC Sports App ( Results ) GARAGECAM: New Hampshire -- 11 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ( Watch live ) -- 1 p.m. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ( Watch live ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) —10:15 a.m.: Joey Logano —10:30 a.m.: Matt Kenseth —11 a.m.: John Hunter Nemechek —11:15 a.m.: William Byron —1:05 p.m.: Carl Edwards —3 p.m.: Austin Dillon —5:30 p.m.(approximately): NASCAR Sprint Cup Series post qualifying press conference ON TRACK: Kentucky -- 3:30-4:25 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series first practice, NBCSN/NBC Sports App ( Results ) -- 6-7:25 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN/NBC Sports App ( Results ) DAILY ROUNDUP -- Five to Watch: XFINITY Chase -- Dillon wrecks in Larson-led practice -- At-track photos: Friday, New Hampshire and Kentucky -- Second-best thrills Logano as he readies for Chase long haul -- Nemechek, Byron ready for anything in Truck Chase -- Truex, Harvick discuss on-track Chicago contact -- Rhodes, Crafton sweep Friday's practices -- Drivers rally from pre-qualifying hang-ups -- Drivers react to social unrest in Charlotte -- Edwards earns Coors Light Pole Award at New Hampshire -- See the full lineup for Sunday -- Full XFINITY practice results -- Snapshot: Sunday's event SATURDAY, SEPT. 24: ON TRACK: New Hampshire -- 9-9:55 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series second practice, CNBC/NBC Sports App ( Results ) -- 10:10 a.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 ( Results ) -- 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, CNBC/NBC Sports App ( Results ) -- 1 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 175 (175 laps, 185.15 miles), FS1 ( Results ) PRESS CONFERENCE ( Watch live ) -- 3 p.m. (approximately): NASCAR Camping World Truck Series post race press conference ON TRACK: Kentucky -- 4:45 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN/NBC Sports App ( Results ) -- 8 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series VisitMyrtleBeach.com (200 laps, 300 miles), NBCSN/NBC Sports App ( Results ) DAILY ROUNDUP -- Larson sweeps Cup practices at New Hampshire -- Phone call changes Johnson's Chase outlook -- Byron wins Trucks Chase opener at New Hampshire -- Top 10 consecutive lap averages at New Hampshire -- Nemechek fails post-race inspection -- Runner-up Bell: 'Just got to keep digging' -- Jones earns 21 Means 21 Pole Award at Kentucky -- Sadler wins first XFINITY Chase race in caution-filled night -- Jones, Dillon's Chase positions in trouble post- Kentucky
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