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NASCAR Racing Schedule for Kentucky Speedway

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series will compete at Kentucky Speedway this weekend. Please check below for the complete schedule of events.

All times are Eastern.

Wednesday, July 6:

On-Track:
1-2:55 p.m.: Camping World Truck Series First Practice (Follow live)
5-5:55 p.m.: Camping World Truck Series Second Practice (Follow live)
7-7:55 p.m.: Camping World Truck Series Final Practice (Follow live)

Press Conferences: (Watch live)
3:30 p.m.: Ben Rhodes
3:45 p.m.: Daniel Suarez – Moved to Thursday

Thursday, July 7:

On-Track:
10-11:25 p.m.: XFINITY Series First Practice
1-1:55 p.m.: XFINITY Series Second Practice – NBCSN
2:30-3:55 p.m.: Sprint Cup Series First Practice – NBCSN
4-4:55 p.m.: XFINITY Series Third Practice – NBCSN
5 p.m.: Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying – FS2
7-7:50 p.m.: XFINITY Series Final Practice – NBCSN
8:30 p.m.: Camping World Truck Series Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 – FS1 (150 laps, 225 miles)
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Press Conferences: (Watch live)
Noon: Brad Keselowski
12:15 p.m.: Austin Dillon
12:30 p.m.: Daniel Suarez (moved from Wednesday)
4:10 p.m.: Carl Edwards
10:30 p.m.: Camping World Truck Series Post-Race (time approx.)

Garage Cam: (Watch live)
9:30 a.m.: XFINITY Series
2 p.m.: Sprint Cup Series

Friday, July 8:

On-Track:
11 a.m.-12:25 p.m.: Sprint Cup Series Second Practice (will air taped starting at noon at NBCSN)
— When track is ready-4:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice – NBCSN
4:45 p.m.: XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying – NBCSN
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – NBC Sports App
6:45 p.m.: Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying – CANCELED DUE TO RAIN -(Lineup)
8:30 p.m.: XFINITY Series Alsco 300 (200 laps, 300 miles) – NBCSN
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Press Conferences: (Watch live)
10 a.m.: Chase Elliott
10:15 a.m.: Matt Kenseth
1:30 p.m.: Ryan Blaney
2:30 p.m.: Brad Keselowski
3:30 p.m.: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
8:30 p.m.: Sprint Cup Series Post-Qualifying (time approx.)
11 p.m.: XFINITY Series Post-Race (time approx.)

Saturday, July 9:

On-Track:
7:30 p.m.: Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts (267 laps, 400.5 miles) – NBCSN  
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Press Conferences: (Watch live)
11 p.m.: Sprint Cup Post-Race (time approx.)

*Complete NASCAR TV Schedule*


NOTES – NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES:

Kentucky Marks Second Appearance Of Updated NASCAR Rules Package

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will run its rules updates implemented last month at Michigan International Speedway for the second time in Saturday’s Quaker State 400 Presented By Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN). The rules package developments are part of an industry-wide collaboration to further enhance the quality of racing.

Earlier in the season, welded truck trailing arms and new brake cooling rules were put into place. The following updates to the rules package were added at Michigan and Kentucky to further reduce downforce and sideforce:

  • Reduce skew generated sideforce by setting rear toe to zero
  • Aero package tweaks to reduce aero-generated downforce and sideforce
    • Spoiler shortened from 3.5 inches to 2.5 inches
    • Splitter reduced to 2 inches
    • Resize of deck fin to match spoiler

Saturday’s race will be the first Sprint Cup contest on Kentucky’s repaved racing surface and the reconfigured first and second turns.

Kentucky Set To Debut New Surface

Kentucky Speedway underwent a full repave during the offseason and its new surface debuts from Wednesday through Saturday when all three of NASCAR’s national series head to The Bluegrass State.

In addition to the repave, Turns 1 and 2 had their banking increased from 14 to 17 degrees. The racing groove narrowed in the process. Turns 3 and 4 remain 14 degrees.

The track also added 3,200 feet SAFER barrier and made improvements to its drainage system.

9 To Go: Winless Drivers Who Have Visited Victory Lane At Remaining Tracks

Only five berths remain for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with nine races left in the season.

Remember, “Win and you’re in.” A driver gets into the Chase with a victory as long as he/she is in the top 30 of the points standings and attempts every race.

And speaking of clinching, a number of drivers can lock up a top-30 spot this weekend. Any driver who has multiple wins and leaves Kentucky with a 361-point lead on 31st place is guaranteed to be among the top-16 winners and top 30 in points, thereby locking up a Chase spot. Those who can do it at Kentucky: Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Joey Logano.

Below are the remaining tracks and winless drivers who have visited Victory Lane at them:

Kentucky: None
New Hampshire: Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer, Greg Biffle, Kasey Kahne
Indianapolis: Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman
Pocono: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne, Greg Biffle, Ryan Newman
Watkins Glen: AJ Allmendinger
Bristol: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne
Michigan: Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne
Darlington: Greg Biffle, Regan Smith
Richmond: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman

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Angela Campbell
A native of Charlotte, NC, Angela (Angie) was first introduced to racing by her father. An avid fan of NASCAR, she found a way to combine her love of racing with her passion for writing. Angie is also an award-winning member of the National Motorsports Press Association. Follow her on Twitter @angiecampbell_ for the latest NASCAR news and feature stories.

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