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Donny Lia (#8 Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet) led the final practice for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Monadnock 200 at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH.

The 71.463 mph lap was the quickest of the 23 cars out on the track for this last session. #75 Shawn Solomito, #16 Timmy Solomito, #3 Rowan Pennink and #36 David Sapienza are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. #01 Melissa Fifield was the slowest.
Jul 23 - 3:22 PM

Alex Labbe (#32 Can-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lous BBQ Dodge) led the first practice for the NASCAR Pinty’s Series Alberta Has New Energy 300 at Edmonton International Raceway.

His 69.493 mph lap was the quickest of the 16 cars out on the track for the first practice session. #2 Mark Dilley, #18 Alex Tagliani, #27 Andrew Ranger and #53 Noel Dowler are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. #83 Ian Admiraal was the slowest.
Jul 23 - 3:16 PM

Casey Mears qualified 34th with a lap of 180.792 mph for the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard, which will mark the fifth time in his career that he starts 30th or worse at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

With Free Passes and Wave Arounds it is easy to stay on the lead lap, which is something Mears did three times in his four previous attempts from the back. Mears could be an excellent dark horse this week, but he has not shown enough in practice to make him a must-have.
Jul 23 - 3:03 PM

Justin Bonsignore (#51 Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet) led the first practice for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Monadnock 200 at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH.

The 71.265 mph lap around the 0.25-mile banked oval was the quickest of the 22 cars out on the track for the practice session. #44 Bobby Santos, #8 Donny Lia, #16 Timmy Solomito and #9 Chase Dowling are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. #01 Melissa Fifield was the slowest.
Jul 23 - 2:59 PM

Tony Stewart qualified third for his final Brickyard 400. This will be the fourth consecutive Indianapolis Motor Speedway race for which he starts on one of the first three rows. Stewart’s lap of 184.328 mph was 0.058 seconds slower than pole sitter Kyle Busch.

Stewart faded in race trim in his last two starts to finish 17th from fifth in 2014 and 28th from fourth last year. He has momentum on his side this year, however, and expects to run as well as he did in 2013 when he advanced one position to finish fourth. That was his fifth consecutive top-10 at the time. Fantasy owners would not want to bet against him this week.
Jul 23 - 2:50 PM

Kyle Busch won both poles on Saturday. Shortly after winning the pole for the XFINITY race, he posted a lap of 184.634 mph in the third and final round of qualification to score the first pole of his career at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Brickyard 400.

Busch’s previous best start was seventh in 2012 en route to a second-place finish. Last year he recorded his second career top-10 start with the ninth-best time before scoring his first win on this track. Busch would seem to be a driver to tips his hand on this track in qualification and should be a great value.
Jul 23 - 2:44 PM

Michael McDowell failed to advance to the second round of qualification, but he logged an impressive time nonetheless. His lap of 182.819 mph puts him 27th on the grid for the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard.

That is a minor victory for the team, but it makes McDowell a questionable value in games that offer place-differential points. McDowell could easily cost fantasy points if he runs into trouble early and finishes in the high-30s.
Jul 23 - 2:37 PM

Kasey Kahne posted a lap of 183.109 mph and failed to advance to the second round of qualification. He will line up 26th on Sunday in the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard.

Kahne was pessimistic about his chances of getting through the field in dirty air and mentioned how well he thought his teammates would be. That is not a glowing recommendation for starting him on Sunday.
Jul 23 - 2:25 PM

Josh Wise was the one driver who failed to make the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard. He posted the slowest lap overall and as a non-charter team the No. 30 was not locked into the show.

He was not a particularly popular pre-race pick, but make certain Wise is not on any fantasy roster.
Jul 23 - 2:20 PM

AJ Allmendinger was in the top 24 until the final laps of the first round of qualification, but when Joey Logano posted a second time in that session, the No. 47 was bumped out. Allmendinger made a last-ditch effort, but became the first driver to fail to advance to the second round. He lines up 25th for the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard with a lap of 183.169 mph.

Allmendinger was listed as one of our dark horse contenders earlier this week. He finished 10th in his first start in 2008 with four total top-20s and a worst of 23rd. Allmendinger is still a good value, but only if he fits the final niche on one’s roster. The driver was incredibly frustrated after qualification, however, and will not enter the race with a positive attitude; that is an intangible that is hard to quantify.
Jul 23 - 2:13 PM

Trevor Bayne has finished in a narrow band of 13th through 23rd the four of his five flat track starts this season. His best effort of 13th came on the other 2.5-miler of Pocono Raceway.

The only outlier from the top 25 was a 27th at Martinsville Speedway this spring. Bayne will struggle to finish in the top 10, but a result in the mid-teens is within reach. Bayne’s average fastest lap in Friday’s practice sessions was good for only about 25th.
Jul 23 - 2:00 PM

T.J. Bell (#77 VroomBrands Chevrolet Camaro) will miss the XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The team is not guaranteed a start in this weekend’s NXS race. Based on NASCAR’s time trial knockout procedure, upon completion of the first round of qualifying, the 40 eligible cars for starting positions one to 40 is determined. The car was listed as 41st on the chart.
Jul 23 - 1:44 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has gotten progressively better in five flat track starts this year. He started the season 37th at Phoenix International Raceway in the Good Sam 500, improved to 32nd at Martinsville Speedway, 26th at Richmond International Raceway, broke into the top 15 at Pocono (15th), and was 10th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last week.

There is still some room to advance, but even another solid top-15 would make him a decent value in the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard.
Jul 23 - 1:44 PM

Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Lilly Diabetes 250 a lap of 181.939 mph driving the #18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry.

This is his 54th pole in 322 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races. It is his sixth pole and 11th top-10 NXS start in 2016 and his fourth pole in five NXS races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). Sprint Cup driver Kyle Larson (2nd) posted his seventh top-10 NXS start of 2016 and his second in four NXS races at IMS. Daniel Suarez (3rd) posted his second top-10 start at IMS and his 18th in 18 NXS races this season.
Jul 23 - 1:33 PM

William Byron (#9 Liberty University Toyota Tundra) finished 14th in Wednesday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby 150 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

He started 18th in the lineup and completed all laps of the 150-lap event. Byron continues as the points leader in the 2016 NCWTS championship standings, leading Matt Crafton (finished 10th in the race) by 9 points.
Jul 23 - 12:46 PM


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