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NASCAR TV schedule: June 1-7
Get full lineup of NASCAR programming for the week RELATED: See the full weekend schedule All times ET Monday, June 1 10 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks (re-air), FOX Sports 1 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Tuesday, June 2 10 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket (re-air), FOX Sports 1 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Wednesday, June 3 11 a.m., TUDOR United SportsCar Championship: Belle Isle (re-air) 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Thursday, June 4 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 7 p.m., NASCAR K&N Pro Series East: Bowman Gray Stadium (tape), NBC Sports Network 8 p.m., NASCAR K&N Pro Series West: Shasta Speedway (tape), NBC Sports Network 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Friday, June 5 10 a.m., NASCAR Masters of the Clock: The Legend of Martinsville (re-air), FOX Sports 1 11 a.m., One Hot Night: The NASCAR 1992 All-Star Race (re-air), FOX Sports 1 Noon, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 4:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1 6 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1 8:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Setup, FOX Sports 1 9 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 400 , FOX Sports 1 Saturday, June 6 9 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 11:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FOX Sports 1 12:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub: Weekend Edition, FOX Sports 1 Sunday, June 7 11:30 a.m., NASCAR RaceDay: Dover, FOX Sports 1 1 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 , FOX Sports 1 &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;
NASCAR to offer free youth tickets for XFINITY Series, Camping World Truck Series
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 22, 2016) -- NASCAR today announced exclusively via Facebook Live that beginning in 2017, kids ages 12 and younger will be admitted free to all NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. The announcement was made during an all-kids press conference hosted at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. The press conference also kicked off Kids Drive NASCAR, a week-long, youth initiative leading up to this weekend’s national series races at Michigan International Speedway and Road America . "There really is no other experience like attending a NASCAR race in person, and that's especially true for kids," said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "So many children become lifelong NASCAR fans because their parents brought them to their first race, and this new ticket offering makes it even more affordable for families to create memories that will last a lifetime." Many race tracks already have in place a bevy of offerings geared towards youth, including youth autograph sessions, youth garage tours, kids' clubs and designated kids’ zones. Numerous tracks also have employed various ticket platforms focused on youth, but this new program marks the first time where tracks will institute a consistent offer wherever NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races take place. Beginning in 2017, the number of complimentary tickets available for children 12 and younger will vary from venue to venue for every adult ticket purchased. Specific track policies and procedures, including sections in which the tickets are offered, will still apply and may differ for each track as well in an effort to welcome and accommodate as many families as possible. This program is another example of NASCAR-sanctioned tracks improving the at-track experience with the ultimate goal of delivering additional value and an unparalleled live-event experience for NASCAR fans. "NASCAR Hammer Down" host Karsyn Elledge, and NASCAR Next drivers Todd Gilliland and Harrison Burton helped announce the program during Monday’s kids-only press conference, the first in a series of industry events and activities that will celebrate Kids Drive NASCAR week. For the latest Kids Drive NASCAR news and content, fans can visit NASCAR.com and follow NASCAR on Facebook , Twitter , Instagram , and Snapchat. Be sure to tune-in when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hits the track this weekend at Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and MRN.
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Tech Talk: Pocono puts pressure on durability
Plus, No. 4 team gets used to car going to R&D Center NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will shift gears, literally and figuratively, this week as they move from the banked 1-mile oval of Dover International Speedway to the 2.5-mile triangle of Pocono Raceway . That quick boost of acceleration off the corners of the uniquely shaped track often comes with a price -- the potential for parts breakage. "It (raises) durability concerns because that's one more part, one more abuse cycle you're going through every time you shift," Darian Grubb, crew chief for the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota for driver Carl Edwards , said Tuesday. "It's more parts that can break." Performance may not be affected if a driver chooses not to shift, he said, but "to get the maximum lap times you pretty much have to. "We're still curious to see with this engine package and aero package going there is it going to be mandatory where you have to (shift) every lap or you're going to get run over, or is it going to kind of mute it out a little bit and make handling that more important? I'm not sure. "There have been a lot of tracks where people have shifted so far this year where we really haven't because we didn't see much of an advantage to it." Shifting also can dramatically change the balance of the car, Grubb said, because of the specific gear ratios required by NASCAR. "If you have a tight car, you can make it loose by downshifting and breaking your rear tires loose. "It's actually something we try to push at Pocono, having our drivers practice shifting and non-shifting laps in all three turns to know where we stand on balance if we (make certain changes)." Historically, data doesn't seem to favor either option. "I think it's all a matter of setup, driver timing and driver preference," Grubb said. "You have a lot of teams there that shift in all three corners and a lot of drivers that shifting in the tunnel turn is the last thing they want to do because it's already white knuckles (through there)." Satellite Shop For No. 4 -- NASCAR R&D The Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 entry of Kevin Harvick that finished second at Dover on Sunday was one of three cars taken back to the NASCAR Research & Development Center for final inspection. Also taken were the cars of race winner Jimmie Johnson and 21st-place finisher Denny Hamlin . NASCAR officials said Tuesday that all three cars had been inspected and no issues were found. It marked the 10th time this season one of Harvick's cars had been sent to the R&D center following a race, something crew chief Rodney Childers said he has become accustomed to. His cars made the trip back to Concord, North Carolina at least a dozen times last season. "It's not that big of a deal," Childers told NASCAR.com recently. "It works out fine. It always sounds bad when you hear how many times we've been over there since this team was started, but I'd rather have it that way. They always take first, second and a random, and we've been first or second a lot." Childers said crewmen from the team take the car apart for officials as the final inspection process begins. "We take all the suspension off, the motor out, fuel cell out, pretty much every little piece and part and they inspect all of it," he said. "When we get it back to the shop, it's almost halfway disassembled, which is a good thing. We would be doing that anyway." The first- and second-place entries, and often a random, are taken back to the R&D center by NASCAR officials after all events except for the season-opening Daytona 500 and the season-ending finale at Homestead. The Daytona 500 winning car, in the most recent case the No. 22 of Team Penske driver Joey Logano , goes through final inspection at the track so that it may be put on display at DIS for one year. At Homestead, the four cars competing in the season finale for the Chase also go through final inspection at the track to expedite official championship results. When Push Comes To Shove NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams have been penalized 12 times this season for driving through more than three pit stalls, a violation that results in a pass-thru penalty. But for the first time this season, a team was penalized for pushing a car through more than three pit stalls. The HScott Motorsports No. 46 team, with driver Michael Annett , was flagged for the infraction this past weekend at Dover, on Lap 279 of the 400 -lap race. Goodyear Stands Pat At Pocono, Texas The Goodyear tire combination provided to teams for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 is the same that's been used exclusively at the 2.5-mile track since 2012. Camping World Truck Series teams, competing at Texas Motor Speedway , will have the same tire combination used last season. Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series teams ran the combination, which includes right side tires featuring a multi-zone construction, at Texas earlier this season. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Teams beat the weather to test at Chicagoland
Weather concerns forced NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams to cram two days of testing into a single day Tuesday at Chicagoland Speedway as they prepare for the upcoming Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup 's opening race next month. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 18 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The organizational test, which permits one team per organization to participate, was originally scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick , the 2014 series champion, recorded the top lap time during Tuesday's day-long test with the No. 4 Chevrolet circling the 1.5-mile track in 29.147 seconds (185 mph). Defending series champion Kyle Busch had the second best lap in No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at 29.24 seconds (184.6 mph) while Ryan Blaney ( Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 Ford) and Ryan Newman ( Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Chevrolet) had the third and fourth quickest times, respectively. Fourteen teams took part in the test. Harvick completed 222 laps, most among those taking part in the test, while Busch logged 214 according to NASCAR timing and scoring data. "We haven't won here in a few years but I think the performance has been fine over the past two or three years," Harvick, winner of the first two Sprint Cup races hosted by the track," said Tuesday. "I'm looking forward to coming back; it's a fun race track just for the fact that you can move around and run all around the race track. That's really the hardest part about today, it's hard to gather a lot of … confirmed information (because) you have to get enough rubber from the bottom to the top of the track to see where everything actually is." Joey Logano finished sixth in last year's Chase opener at Chicago. It's a race that sets the tone for the 10-race playoff, the driver of the Team Penske No. 22 Ford said. "A lot on the line here and you always want to start off the Chase on a good note and have a lot of momentum leaving Chicago," Logano said. "So far so good. … "This is a great track; to me it almost acts like a small Fontana for us. You can run anywhere you want on the race track, its got a lot of speed and it's bumpy. Its got a ton of character." One more organizational test remains for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams, scheduled for Oct. 18-19 at Homestead Miami Speedway. While Sprint Cup teams were testing at Chicagoland, several Camping World Truck Series teams were busy at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Monday and Tuesday. Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates William Byron, Christopher Bell and Cody Coughlin , along with Kaz Grala (GMS Racing) and Stewart Friesen (Halmar Racing) were on hand to test in preparation for the Truck Series' opening Chase race, the UNOH 175 (Sept. 24, 1 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). "This is one of my favorite race tracks," Byron, the series' points leader and winner of five races this season, said. "I won here in the K&N Series last year so think I have a lot of confidence here. "It's good to come back with a truck; it handles totally different but it's the same race track. I'm trying to use some of the things I learned last year and hopefully make that apply for when we come back in the Chase." The inaugural Chase in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series begins at New Hampshire and will feature a field of eight drivers competing for the 2016 championship.
Chase-clinching scenarios for Michigan and Road America
With three races remaining in the regular season, 10 drivers have clinched a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , assuming each driver starts the remaining races. The 10 clinchers: Brad Keselowski , Kyle Busch , Carl Edwards , Jimmie Johnson , Matt Kenseth , Kevin Harvick , Kurt Busch , Joey Logano , Martin Truex Jr . and Denny Hamlin . Everyone who has a win this season is locked in -- except for Tony Stewart and Chris Buescher , both of whom have yet to clinch a top-30 spot. Stewart can clinch a top 30 spot at Michigan with some help as he must be 91 points ahead of the 31st position in the standings. A number of drivers who currently have no wins can clinch this weekend, but only if they win the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway (Sunday, 2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Winless drivers in the standings from Austin Dillon all the way to Aric Almirola could lock in a spot with a victory. See the Sprint Cup standings here . Possible to Clinch: -- Tony Stewart (1 Win, 400 Points, +85 Points Ahead of 31st): Could Clinch a Top 30 spot with help (magic number is 91 points), which is all he needs to do to clinch on wins. The following drivers would clinch with a win: -- Austin Dillon (0 Wins, 596 Points, +281 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Chase Elliott (0 Wins, 588 Points, +273 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Jamie McMurray (0 Wins, 583 Points, +268 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Ryan Newman (0 Wins, 576 Points, +261 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Trevor Bayne (0 Wins, 541 Points, +226 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Kyle Larson (0 Wins, 537 Points, +222 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Kasey Kahne (0 Wins, 537 Points, +222 Points Ahead of 31st) -- AJ Allmendinger (0 Wins, 518 Points, +203 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr (0 Wins, 514 Points, +199 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Ryan Blaney (0 Wins, 508 Points, +193 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (0 Wins, 461 Points, +146 Points Ahead of 31st)** -- Greg Biffle (0 Wins, 441 Points, +126 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Danica Patrick (0 Wins, 432 Points, +117 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Paul Menard (0 Wins, 431 Points, +116 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Clint Bowyer (0 Wins, 407 Points, +92 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Aric Almirola (0 Wins, 406 Points, +91 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Casey Mears (0 Wins, 375 Points, +60 Points Ahead of 31st): With a win, he could clinch a Chase spot on wins if he got help with clinching a Top 30 spot. **Not entered at Michigan XFINITY The following drivers have already clinched a spot in the top 30 of the points standings, so a win at Road America (Saturday, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) would lock them into the Chase field -- Justin Allgaier , Ty Dillon , Brendan Gaughan , Brennan Poole , Brandon Jones , Darrell Wallace Jr ., Ryan Reed , Blake Koch , Ryan Sieg , Ross Chastain , Dakoda Armstrong , Jeremy Clements , Ryan Preece , Ray Black Jr . and BJ McLeod . Joey Gase would also clinch a Chase spot with a win. Camping World Truck With a win at Michigan (Saturday, 1 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), any of the four drivers currently sitting with one win would clinch their Chase spot. -- Johnny Sauter (1 Win, 306 Points, +243 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Christopher Bell (1 Win, 296 Points, +233 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Ben Kennedy (1 Win, 287 Points, +224 Points Ahead of 31st) -- John Hunter Nemechek (1 Win, 281 Points, +218 Points Ahead of 31st) Daniel Hemric (0 Wins, 312 Points, +249 Points Ahead of 31st) -- With a win and help, he would clinch a Chase spot on wins. (The help would be in the form of all winless drivers being eliminated from leading the standings after Chicago.)
Weather delays Camping World Truck Series' Bristol event
RELATED: Live weather updates " Views from Wednesday at Bristol The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' UNOH 200 (200 laps, 106.6 miles) is under delay following a burst of rain and thunderstorms that hit Bristol Motor Speedway and surrounding areas Wednesday. The event was scheduled for a 8:30 p.m. ET green flag, but NASCAR was unable to get the event underway on time as Air Titans continue to dry the .533-mile short track. Earlier, Tyler Reddick earned the 21 Means 21 Pole Award after posting the quickest lap during the three-round qualifying session. The No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing wheelman will line up alongside Joe Gibbs Racing 's Daniel Suarez . Cameron Hayley , Ben Rhodes and Christopher Bell complete the starting top five while series points leader -- and five-time 2016 winner -- William Byron will start sixth.
Dale Jr. sidelined for next two Sprint Cup races
RELATED: Latest updates, timeline on Dale Jr.'s recovery Dale Earnhardt Jr . will not be behind the wheel of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet for the next two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, including this weekend's event at Michigan International Speedway , according to a Wednesday news release from Hendrick Motorsports . Earnhardt did not receive medical clearance to return to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, according to the team. He will be replaced this weekend in the No. 88 driver's seat by Alex Bowman , who drives part time for the Earnhardt-owned JR Motorsports team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, and next weekend at Darlington Raceway by four-time series champ Jeff Gordon . "We know how hard Dale is working to get back," team owner Rick Hendrick said in a press release. "He's following what the doctors are saying, to the letter, and doing exactly what he needs to do. Everyone wants to see him in a race car, but his health is first and foremost. We're behind him." Earnhardt has been sidelined by concussion-related symptoms for the last five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. The two-time Daytona 500 winner has been keeping fans updated on his progress in recent weeks via social media and "The Dale Jr. Download" on Dirty Mo Radio. The Sprint Cup Series makes its second visit of the season to Michigan International Speedway this weekend, which culminates with Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Earnhardt said that the effects of a crash June 12 in the most recent Michigan race played a factor in his current concussion-related ailment. Gordon, interim driver of the No. 88 for the last four races, indicated last weekend that should an Earnhardt replacement be needed this weekend, a previous engagement would keep him out of the driver's seat. Bowman, 23, subbed in at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last month for the first race of Earnhardt's absence, finishing 26th after a late-race crash knocked him from the fringes of the top 10. Gordon is a seven-time winner at Darlington and will pilot the retro No. 88 Chevrolet, which honors the "Gray Ghost" paint scheme of Buddy Baker. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;