Friday, July 29, 2016

TV Schedule: July 29-31

Pocono Raceway. Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images
NASCAR splits its schedule between the Pocono mountains and the Midwest.

The Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series converge on Pocono Raceway, while the XFINITY Series goes to Iowa Speedway.

The following is a handy guide to track events and television coverage at Pocono. All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Friday, July 29:
11 a.m. Sprint Cup Series practice, NBCSN
12:30 p.m. Camping World Truck Series practice, FS1
3 p.m. Camping World Truck Series final practice, FS1
4 p.m. Sprint Cup Series Qualifying, NBCSN
5 p.m. XFINITY Series practice, NBC Sports App
5:30 p.m. XFINITY Series practice, NBCSN
6 p.m. XFINITY Series practice (re-air), NBCSN
7 p.m. XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN
8:30 p.m. Sprint Cup Series practice (re-air), NBCSN
10 p.m. Sprint Cup Series Qualifying (re-air), NBCSN

Saturday, July 30:
9 a.m. Camping World Truck Series Qualifying, FS1
10:30 a.m. Whelen Series: All-Star Shootout, New Hampshire (re-air), NBCSN
11 a.m. Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN
12:30 p.m. Camping World Truck Series SetUp, FS1
1 p.m. Camping World Truck Series: Pocono Mountains 150, FS1
2:30 p.m. Camping World Truck Series Post-Race, FS1
4 p.m. XFINITY Series Qualifying, NBCSN
6 p.m. Sprint Cup Series Qualifying (re-air), NBCSN
7:30 p.m. XFINITY Series Countdown, NBCSN
8 p.m. XFINITY Series: U.S. Cellular 250, NBCSN
11 p.m. Camping World Truck Series: Pocono Mountains 150 (re-air), FS1

Sunday, July 31:
6:30 a.m. Camping World Truck Series: Pocono Mountains 150 (re-air), FS2
9 a.m. Camping World Truck Series: Pocono Mountains 150 (re-air), FS1
10:30 a.m. NASCAR RaceDay, FS1
10:30 a.m. Sprint Cup Series Qualifying (re-air), NBCSN
Noon NASCAR America Sunday, NBCSN
1 p.m. Sprint Cup Series Countdown, NBCSN
1:30 p.m. Sprint Cup Series: Pennsylvania 400, NBCSN
5 p.m. Sprint Cup Series Post-Race Show, NBCSN
9 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, FS1
11 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lap, NBCSN

Thursday, July 28, 2016

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono



Track Classification: Superspeedway
Similar Tracks: Daytona International Speedway •  Auto Club Speedway (Fontana)  
Indianapolis Motor Speedway • Michigan International Speedway • Talladega Superspeedway
Distance: 2.5 Miles

by Carol D'Agostino

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
Jeff Gordon - 5
All with 4 - Brad Keselowski, Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
All with 3 - Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne

By Track
Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 7
Joey Logano - 6
All with 5 - Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin
All with 4 - Clint Bowyer, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne

Recent Pole Winners:
2015 Kyle Busch
2014 Kyle Larson

Last Year's Race Winner: Matt Kenseth

The Likely Suspects: This track has three challenging corners requiring drivers to approach each quite differently. It is very rare for a driver to successfully maneuver all three perfectly. However, these drivers have a knack for the "Tricky Triangle:" Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart, Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick.  

My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick this week is a tie between Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski. My next picks are Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Greg Biffle and Ryan Newman. I will complete my team with Tony Stewart and Chase Elliott.

My Final Four: Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon

Points to ponder:
  • A total of 34 different drivers have won at Pocono Raceway, led by Jeff Gordon with six wins.
  • Eight active drivers have multiple wins at Pocono: Jeff Gordon with 6; Denny Hamlin with 4; Jimmie Johnson with 3; Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart each with 2.
  • Kyle Larson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Pocono with a 9.400.
  • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in runner-up finishes at Pocono with six. Mark Martin still holds the record with seven. Gordon leads all active drivers in top-10 finishes at Pocono with 32, followed by Tony Stewart with 23. Mark Martin still holds the record with 34. Gordon is tied with Mark Martin in top-five finishes at Pocono with 20 each.  
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Pocono with 17.
Enjoy the race! Post your comments here or follow me on Twitter @purplecatpr.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Rookie Stripe: Need-to-Know NASCAR Lingo


Credit: Logan Stewart for Skirts and Scuffs  

"Auto racing, bull fighting and mountain climbing are the only real sports ... all others are games."
– Ernest Hemingway


by Logan Stewart

Just like a baby has to learn her native tongue, it takes time to pick up the language in any professional sport, if you’re not totally familiar with it. NASCAR has a complex, rough-and-tumble terminology that can baffle a fledgling fan.

If you’re newer to racing, it’s okay if you don't understand everything happening at the track. To people who don’t follow, NASCAR may seem like nothing but left turns, but the more time you spend following races the more comfortable you'll feel. While the list of NASCAR lingo could be almost endless, here are a few key phrases to start you on track to "talking the talk."

Banking – How sloped the track’s surface is at any given point from the outside edge. It's measured in degrees, ranging from just a few to as steep as 33 degrees. Read more in a previous Rookie Stripe column.

Burnout – The celebration by drivers after winning a race where they spin the cars wheels while staying still or turning in a circle, causing heat and smoke from the tire friction.

Debris
– Trash, or pieces of metal from damaged racecars, that are lying on the track surface or stuck on the windshields or grilles of cars.

Dirty air – Turbulent air currents, caused by cars running at high speeds, which create unstable air that puts other cars in danger of spinning out of control.

Downforce – The air that moves across the top of a racecar, creating a force that pushes the car more toward the track.

Drag – Forces that oppose the motion of the racecar, causing resistance that slows the car as it glides through the air.

Drafting – A technique drivers often use to reduce the amount of drag on their cars. By riding directly behind another car so closely that the bumper almost touches the tail, the downforce and air running along both cars gets better.

Gas n’ Go
– An abbreviated pit stop that involves just fueling the car or a splash of gas, rather than a full pit stop with tire changes.

Grip – How tightly the car hugs the track. When a car has less downforce, it normally has less grip.

Groove – A driver’s best way around the track during a race, following a route that will give him or her the most gains. A high groove will put the car close to the outside wall and higher on the banking while a low groove will put it closer to the apron (concrete that separates the track from the infield). Grooves are affected by the particular track characteristics, track conditions and the weather.
Credit: Logan Stewart for Skirts and Scuffs
Handling – How a car feels to the driver during practice, qualifying or racing, usually determined by aerodynamics, track conditions, weather, tires and other factors.

Loose – When the car begins to fishtail, oversteer and its rear tires have trouble sticking in corners. This happens when the rear tires lose traction before the front tires.

Lucky Dog – The Lucky Dog rule, instituted in 2003 for safety purposes, allows the first driver one lap down to get that lap back after a yellow caution flag and be back on the lead lap.

Marbles
– The nickname for the small pieces of excess rubber that come off tires during the race due
to the high temperature of the tires. Marbles (or ‘loose stuff’) tend to be close to the outside wall of a racetrack because they are blown there by other cars, and they can cause race cars to lose control on the track.

On the Pole – The first-place starting spot for a car in a race. The driver gets to start in the pole position by running the fastest qualifying lap of all the competitors.

Pace lap – A non-racing lap taken by all cars in qualifying order behind a safety car at the beginning of a race.

Pit lane – A long strip of pavement in the infield of a NASCAR race that runs parallel to pit road, and houses pit stalls side-by-side. At many tracks, you’ll find hot-pass holders walking behind pit lane and viewing the race from behind the pits.

Pit stall – Each driver/team has a small area of concrete along pit road utilized for pit stops. Pit stalls are chosen for each race based on qualifying results. The first-place qualifier gets the first pit stall selection and so on. Each stall is a work area for the pit crew, including a small loft area from which the crew chief, car chief and VIPs can monitor the action.
Credit: Logan Stewart for Skirts and Scuffs
Restrictor Plate – A square aluminum plate with four small holes that slows the speed of a racecar by impeding horsepower. Restrictor plates are a NASCAR-mandated safety element at several tracks including superspeedways.

Running nose-to-tail – When cars run together with the front bumper of the trailing car close to the back bumper of the car ahead. Can be used as another term for drafting.

Tight – When a car is hard to turn and drivers have to decelerate. This happens when the racecar’s front tires lose traction before the rear tires. Drivers may say that a tight car is "plowing."

Tradin’ paint – When a racecar physically scrapes against another so that they leave paint on each other’s vehicles.

Track bar - Just underneath the rear of a stock car you’ll find the track bar, connecting the chassis on one end and the rear end housing on the other end. It helps distribute the car’s weight and affects how it takes turns on a track. Here's a previous Rookie Stripe column all about the track bar.

Victory Lane – The champion’s celebration area at the end of a race, usually complete with confetti, the trophy and a cheering crowd of team members.

More reading: Twenty NASCAR Terms You Need to Know

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Travel Tips: Iowa Speedway – July 29-30, 2016

credit: NASCAR Media
by Paula Thompson

NASCAR’s Xfinity Series and K&N Pro Series East and West head back to Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, for the U.S. Cellular 250 weekend, taking place Friday and Saturday, July 29-30. The two races kick off Iowa Speedweeks, which is in conjunction with Knoxville Raceway, home of the 56th annual Knoxville Nationals sprint car races, being held Aug. 10-13.

Fans in town early can check out the Xfinity Series Hauler Parade in downtown Newton on Thursday, July 28 at 6 p.m. CT.

The post-race concert series will feature Snake Oil on Friday night after the K&N Pro Series race, while the post-race party on Saturday will feature Tim Dugger.

Key on-track times:

Friday, July 29 –
  • K&N Pro Series practice – noon and 2 p.m. CT
  • Xfinity Series practice – 4 and 6 p.m. CT
  • K&N Pro Series qualifying – 5 p.m. CT
  • K&N Pro Series Casey’s General Stores 150 presented by Vatterott College – 8 p.m. CT
Saturday, July 30 –
  • Xfinity Series qualifying – 3:15 p.m. CT
  • Xfinity Series U.S. Cellular 250 – 7 p.m. CT
Visit http://www.iowaspeedway.com/ for more information on the weekend and to purchase tickets.
 

Fast Facts: Noah Gragson

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NASCAR Next member Noah Gragson got a later start on his racing career than many young drivers have, but it hasn’t slowed down his progress any. Learn more about the 2015 K&N Pro Series West Rookie of the Year in this week’s Fast Facts.
  • Noah Gragson was born July 15, 1998 in Las Vegas, NV. He started racing Bandoleros at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at age 13, later moving into Late Models and INEX Legends, where he won the 2014 Young Lion Road Course championship.
  • Gragson made his K&N Pro Series West debut in 2015 in the Jefferson Pitts Racing No. 7 sponsored AlertID. He earned his first win in the series at Tucson Speedway in May of that year, adding a second win at Meridian Speedway in September; he went on to finish runner-up in points and captured the Rookie of the Year title. He also competed in two K&N Pro Series East races, finishing eighth at Watkins Glen International, and made his ARCA Racing Series debut at Kentucky Speedway, finishing 14th.
  • In 2016, Gragson is competing in both K&N Pro Series, having already picked up his first K&N Pro Series East win at Stafford Motor Speedway.
  • Learn more about Gragson at the NASCAR Next page and on his Facebook page.


Monday, July 25, 2016

Travel Tips: Pocono Raceway – July 29-31, 2016

credit: NASCAR Media
by Paula Thompson

NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series is joined by the Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series during its second trip to the “The Tricky Triangle,” Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania, Friday through Sunday, July 29-31, for the Pennsylvania 400 weekend.

The fifth annual Pocono Poker Tournament is Thursday night, July 28 beginning at 6 p.m. ET at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The event benefits The NASCAR Foundation and the Philadelphia-based charity Michael’s Way. Find out more about the Poker Showdown here.

Key on-track times:

Friday, July 29 –
  • ARCA Racing Series practice – 9:30 a.m. ET
  • Sprint Cup Series practice – 11 a.m. ET
  • Camping World Truck Series practice – 12:30 and 3 p.m. ET
  • ARCA Racing Series qualifying – 2 p.m. ET
  • Sprint Cup Series qualifying – 4:15 p.m. ET
  • ARCA Racing Series ModSpace 150 – 5:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, July 30
  • Camping World Truck Series qualifying – 9:05 a.m. ET
  • Sprint Cup Series practice – 11 a.m. ET
  • Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountains 150 – 1 p.m. ET
Sunday, July 31
  • Sprint Cup Series Pennsylvania 400 – 1:30 p.m. ET
Find out more about the event and purchase tickets at http://www.poconoraceway.com/

Right Sides Only: Notes from the Brickyard 400 Winning Crew Chief, Adam Stevens

by Stacey Owens

Toward the end of a race, a crew chief generally worries about whether the final restart will require his driver to save fuel, save tires or just try to avoid a potential pileup. Adam Stevens found himself anxious about all of it.

"The last couple restarts were not much fun from my perspective," Stevens said. "When you have four tires lined up a couple rows behind you, you don't know what's going to happen. The way people were racing each other and crashing and stuff falling off the cars, I didn't know how many restarts we were going to have. Fuel started to be a concern. It wasn't at the number of laps we run, but man, a few more and it could have got ugly for sure.          

"It's really enjoyable to put a car that's that fast on the track and be able to come home with the trophy."

If he's honest, however, Stevens wasn't really confident that he unloaded the fastest car when they pulled into the garage on Friday.

"[At] practice Friday, I didn't see that kind of speed. I felt like we were good, but there were another five or six cars that could run with us, and it was going to be who made the best adjustments to who was going to really get out there and lead the laps and win the race," he said. "But even on top of that, the pit strategy can get really jumbled up, and the best car doesn't always win.
            
"You know, I think what leads to having a dominating car at Indy is we only come here once a year, and this track is not like any other place. He takes every opportunity to race when he comes here, so he's got a lot more laps around this place than maybe some others.

One thing Stevens doesn't fret about is his driver, because Busch knows his way around.
         
"You know, Kyle is special. Every once in a while you'll see somebody that their natural tendency to drive a racetrack fits the racetrack. You've seen that from Harvick in Atlanta at times and maybe Brad at Kentucky, certainly before the repave. I think we're seeing it now out of KB that really what he wants to do with the car is the fastest way around, and maybe what other guys want to do isn't the fastest way around, and that gives him another level of feedback that lets us dial his car in for him," Stevens explained.

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Busch has been fast all season, but in a larger sense, the Toyota teams have been dominant since the green flag at Daytona. Is there something special at Joe Gibbs Racing that makes their teams that much better than the rest of the field?

"You know, at this level of motorsports and the competition level across the field, you can't hit on one thing and beat people. You have to hit on everything. There's 550 employees at JGR to make sure we are working on everything that makes a race car go fast. At the end of the day, it comes down between the communication between the driver and the crew chief and the team, and taking what he's saying the car is doing and what it's not doing, and translating that into changes that make the car better. That's Kyle's strong suit. I think you're seeing a little bit of that," Stevens explained.

In addition to all his other concerns, teams also had a new aero package since the last time they rolled into Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Did it make much of a difference to the No. 18 Skittles team? Not exactly, especially since they kissed the bricks for the second year in a row.

"This is a tough place. There's not much banking and there's only one preferred groove in each one of the corners, and that makes clean air a big deal. It's not like you can spread out and go bottom to top like you can at a lot of high-bank places. That's just the way it's going to be, and there's not an aero package that's going to change that," Stevens said.         

"You know, the racing, there was a lot of racing throughout the pack. It's just the way that it is.  There's no tweak or change that's going to make that fundamentally different."

Perhaps he's a little modest. The tweaks and changes Stevens was able to make throughout the afternoon, despite the difficulties on track with restarts and wrecks, worked extremely well considering that Busch was able to secure not only the win but a new track record for the most laps led.

With the win, Busch has tied Brad Keselowski with four wins and has locked himself into the Chase. Teams head to Pocono Raceway next weekend, where the elder Busch brother, Kurt, won in June. Will a Busch head to Victory Lane there again or will a driver without a win this season step up and surprise the field?

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     Stacey Owens lives just outside Music City USA. She's always wanted to be a NASCAR writer, so working as a columnist and support editor for Skirts and Scuffs allows her to live that dream every single weekend.
    The sole NASCAR enthusiast in her home, she's hopeful that one of her three daughters might also harbor an appreciation for NASCAR, but it isn't looking good so far.
    This self-admitted grammar nerd also loves country music, though she can't carry a tune; collegiate football, though she needs a lot of work on her spiral; and Kentucky basketball, even though at 6' tall, she's never played a day in her life.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Shake Off the Dust: Five Questions for Indianapolis

Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images  
Despite the belief that it was impossible, last week’s craziness was upstaged by this week’s antics. Not much happened except that the sport’s most popular star is out for two more weeks, one of the biggest races is coming up, and the Camping World Truck Series raced on dirt.

Nothing too crazy.

As the Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series head to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, I’m asking questions about more dirt races, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s impact, Jeff Gordon and more.

Do we need more dirt races in NASCAR? No. The answer is no. As much as I enjoyed the Aspen Derby on Wednesday night, we don’t need to throw Xfinity and Sprint Cup cars on dirt. The aero packages for the top two series aren’t near perfect yet, and people want to put stock cars on dirt? No, just no. It’s a CWTS exclusive – as it should be.

Can someone save the Xfinity Chase? So, the season is half over, and it's time for teams to focus on the impending Chase. For those in the Xfinity Series, teams in the top 12 don’t even have to worry; basically, everyone makes the championship field. Due to the series’ lack of competition, only three series regulars have won – and they all drive for Cup-affiliated teams. Currently, Kaulig Racing driver Blake Koch sits in 12th, 197 points out of the lead. That’s great for the small team, don’t get me wrong, but it cheapens the Chase idea when you have only three drivers getting in on wins.

With that in mind, I wonder if a Xfinity regular can salvage this playoff format and grab a victory this weekend. Sadly, it’s very unlikely. Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick are all on the entry list. Even Paul Menard, a former Brickyard 400 winner, is running the Xfinity race. I need another series regular – preferably someone who hasn’t won yet in 2016 – to prove to me this series needs the Chase. I need proof, and I’m not optimistic that it will come this weekend.

Should other athletes follow Earnhardt Jr.’s lead? Dale Earnhardt Jr. will sit out the next two races, with Jeff Gordon filling in. The decision came after the Hendrick Motorsports driver experienced nausea and balance issues this past week. Although it’s heartbreaking to see him sit out more races, it’s the safest thing for him to do. He has received much praise for putting his health first, which marks a historic moment for athletes in professional sports. Many athletes may feel bound by their contracts and play through serious – or even life-altering – injuries. The situation with Earnhardt Jr. and owner Rick Hendrick shows what happens when owners care about the athlete’s well-being rather than their results. This is also proof that athletes need to listen to their bodies. No athlete should be afraid to sit out a game or race because of possible repercussions. As much as I love this sport, that’s all it is – a sport. There will be other races for Earnhardt Jr. to run once he’s healed. I wish him a speedy recovery, and I hope other athletes follow suit.

How will Gordon perform in first race since retirement? Hey, so this Gordon kid filling in for Earnhardt Jr. is pretty freakin’ good. His return to the racetrack stems from terrible circumstances, making it difficult to enjoy the moment. However, you have to think about how much butt he’s going to kick at Indy. In his first race not in the No. 24, Gordon is one of the favorites on Sunday. Will he have to shake off the dust? I doubt it; it’s not like he’s been shelved for 10 years. He can get back in the groove during the practice sessions. The No. 88 team knew Gordon would wheel the car, so they should be well prepared for this race and next weekend at Pocono Raceway. He will be competitive, there’s no doubt about that. Welcome back, Jeff.

Who will smooch the bricks on Sunday? Ah, the Brickyard 400, one of NASCAR’s “crown jewel” events. It will be interesting to see how the racing compares to years past – but it will be even more interesting to watch who prevails. As previously mentioned, Gordon will be stout in the No. 88. If he doesn’t contend for the win, it’s due to a pit road issue or an accident. Another competitor with a strong chance for victory? Tony Stewart. He's gotten hotter and hotter since his win at Sonoma Raceway. A legit championship threat, Stewart’s final Indy race could end in another victory. If I have to choose between the two future Hall of Famers, I have to go with Stewart.

Now, there’s always a dark horse, and mine is Ryan Blaney. He’s had some strong moments over the past few weeks, and the results don’t show it. The No. 21 team is near the Chase cutoff, and this could be where they have a solid weekend. History will be made this weekend, and one of 40 drivers will make a permanent mark. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition at Indy


Track Classification: Superspeedway
Similar Tracks: Daytona International Speedway •  Auto Club Speedway (Fontana) 
Michigan International Speedway • Pocono Raceway • Talladega Superspeedway
Distance: 2.5 Miles

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
Kyle Busch - 5
Matt Kenseth - 4
All with 3 - Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Tony Stewart and Joey Logano

By Track
Kyle Busch - 4
All with 3 - Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth

Recent Pole Winners:
2015 Carl Edwards
2014 Kevin Harvick

Last Year's Race Winner: Kyle Busch

The Likely Suspects: This weekend should be interesting as Jeff Gordon comes out of retirement to wheel the No. 88 car for Dale Earnhardt Jr. who is healing from concussion-like symptoms. I am going to focus on drivers who always seem to drive well here, including Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman and Kyle Larson.

My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick this week is Kyle Busch. My next picks are Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman. I will complete my team with Jeff Gordon and Chase Elliott.

My Final Four: Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon.

Points to Ponder:
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Indianapolis in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with nine, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing (four) and Richard Childress Racing (three).
  • 14 of the 22 (63.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Indianapolis have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • Ryan Newman leads the series among active drivers in average starting position at Indianapolis with a 9.533.
  • Chevrolet leads the series in poles at IMS with 10, followed by Ford with six; Toyota, Dodge and Pontiac each have two.      
  • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to have posted consecutive wins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2008 and 2009).  
  • Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Indianapolis with 12, followed by Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth with seven each.   
  • Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-10 finishes at Indianapolis with 17, followed by Tony Stewart and Mark Martin with 11 each.
  • Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Indianapolis with 528 laps led in 22 starts; Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with 302 laps led in 14 starts. 
Enjoy the race! Post your comments here or follow me on Twitter @purplecatpr.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

TV Schedule: July 20-24

Who will win the trophy at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend?
Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt / NASCAR via Getty Images
By Rebecca Kivak

Dirt and bricks! NASCAR splits its time at Eldora Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week.

The Camping World Truck Series races on dirt Wednesday for its fourth annual stop at Eldora.

The Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series race to see who will kiss the bricks at the coveted Brickyard this weekend.

The following is a handy guide to track events and television coverage at Eldora and Indianapolis.

Wednesday, July 20:
5 p.m. Camping World Truck Series Qualifying, FS1
7 p.m. Camping World Truck Series Heat Races, FS1
8:30 p.m. Camping World Truck Series SetUp, FS1
9 p.m. Camping World Truck Series: #Eldora, FS1

Thursday, July 21:
7:30 a.m. Camping World Truck Series Qualifying (re-air), FS1
8:30 a.m. Camping World Truck Series Heat Races (re-air), FS1
10 a.m. Camping World Truck Series #Eldora (re-air), FS1
3:30 p.m. Camping World Truck Series: #Eldora (re-air), FS1
7 p.m., NASCAR Whelen Series: All-Star Shootout, New Hampshire (taped), NBCSN
11 p.m. K&N Pro Series Race: New Hampshire (taped), NBCSN

Friday, July 22:
Noon XFINITY Series practice, NBCSN
1:30 p.m. Sprint Cup Series practice, NBCSN
3 p.m. XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN
4 p.m. Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN

Saturday, July 23:
11:40 a.m. XFINITY Series Qualifying, NBCSN
1:30 p.m. Sprint Cup Series Qualifying, NBCSN
3 p.m. XFINITY Series Countdown, NBCSN
3:30 p.m. XFINITY Series: Lilly Diabetes 250, NBCSN
6 p.m. XFINITY Series Post-Race Show, NBCSN

Sunday, July 24:
1 p.m. NASCAR RaceDay, FS1
2 p.m. NASCAR America Sunday, NBCSN
2:30 p.m. Sprint Cup Series Countdown, NBCSN
3 p.m. Sprint Cup Series: Crown Royal Presents The 'Your Hero's Name Here' at The Brickyard, NBCSN
6:30 p.m. Sprint Cup Series Post-Race Show, NBCSN
7 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lap, NBCSN
10:30 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, FS1