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Josh Wise has improved his performance on flat tracks this year. After finishing in the mid to high 30s at Martinsville, Richmond, and Pocono, he scored back-to-back 29th-place finishes at New Hampshire and Indy.

Those results will not get him on many rosters this week, but the team is heading in the right direction. If he shows slight improvement, he should continue to be watched when the series returns to another flat track.
Aug 1 - 8:13 PM

Clint Bowyer will race chassis 809 at Pocono in the Pennsylvania 400. It has been raced at Kansas this May and the first Pocono race in June.

Bowyer’s 5-hour Energy 400 effort at Kansas was disappointing with a 23rd-place finish but he apparently learned something to make the chassis better. He narrowly missed finishing in the top 10 in the Pocono 400 with an 11th-place finish.
Source: Jayski.com
Aug 1 - 7:56 PM

Sam Hornish Jr. has the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the first practice for the Nationwide Series U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway.

The average speed of 129.356 mph in the No. 54 Toyota Camry was best of the three cars that ran 10 consecutive laps on the track for this session. No. 5 Josh Berry (128.101 mph) and No. 44 Hal Martin (124.582 mph) are the others on this list.
Aug 1 - 7:31 PM

Chase Pistone leads the first practice session for the Nationwide Series U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway.

The lap of 132.142 mph in the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro was best of the 34 cars out on the track for this session. No. 54 Sam Hornish Jr., No. 7 Regan Smith, No. 62 Brendan Gaughan and No. 42 Dylan Kwasniewski are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. Tanner Beryhill in the No. 17 Dodge was the slowest.
Aug 1 - 7:28 PM

Marcos Ambrose has earned only two top-20 finishes on flat tracks this year. He was scored fifth at Martinsville and 18th at Richmond. His last Pocono performance ended in a 24th-place finish.

Since then Ambrose finished 27th at New Hampshire and 22nd at Indy, which suggests he has settled into a pattern. A test earlier this week at Watkins Glen should improve his performance slightly because of the extra seat time.
Aug 1 - 7:22 PM

Tony Stewart will race chassis 14-707, which has a long career with its first start coming in 2012. It was also the car Stewart drove this June in Pocono when he finished 13th.

Stewart ran much stronger than that overall, however. He spent about 43 percent of the race in the top five and should have contended for at least a top-10. A late-race speeding penalty cost him track position late in the Pocono 400.
Source: Jayski.com
Aug 1 - 7:11 PM

Joe Nemechek will make his 39th start this week at Pocono in the No. 66 Jay Robinson Toyota.

Nemechek has been making limited starts this season and turned the No. 66 car over to a variety of Young Guns and part time drivers. Pocono was the site of two of his 18 Cup top-fives, however, so he has fond memories of this place.
Aug 1 - 6:56 PM

Danica Patrick will use chassis No. 10-828 this week. It was last raced at Auto Club this spring.

Patrick has been able to improve her performance in this chassis. She first raced it at Homestead at the end of the 2013 season and finished 20th. She was 21st in it at Las Vegas and then finally cracked the top 15 in the Auto Club 400. She finished 14th. Patrick should be expected to finish somewhere in the mid-teens this week.
Source: Jayski.com
Aug 1 - 6:41 PM

If recent seasons are any indication, Denny Hamlin could struggle this week at Pocono. His latest three Pennsylvania 400 finishes were all 15th or worse. His most recent three Pocono 400s—the traditional name for the June race—ended in results of eighth or better.

Hamlin has been great on this track in the past, however, and he seems to have regained his flat track mojo with top-10s at New Hampshire and Indy. He should be considered a favorite to break that trend and score another top-10.
Aug 1 - 6:19 PM

Carl Edwards slapped the wall fairly hard in the first qualification session and then ran through the infield grass on the way back to the pits. He will roll off the grid outside of the top 25 in 26th.

Unlike Almirola’s accident last week, it does not appear that there is enough damage to force Edwards into a backup although they will probably need to replace the front splitter. Players should continue to watch Rotorworld.com’s driver news for any updates.
Aug 1 - 5:49 PM

With a speed of 183.438 mph, Kyle Larson earned his first career pole at Pocono.

Larson led the field to green at Richmond—another flat track—but qualification for that race was rained out. He had the fastest time in practice for that event and a fast car to finish 16th. Despite starting outside the top 12 in his last three flat track starts he nevertheless swept the top 10. Starting from the pole makes him a dark horse to win his first Cup race.
Aug 1 - 4:47 PM

Nick Drake (No. 15 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota) is at the top of the speed chart in the final practice leading to the K&NPS combined East and West Series Autolite Iridium 150 at Iowa Speedway.

He put up a 129.496 mph lap in the final practice. No. 00 Cole Custer, No. 33 Brandon Jones, No. 41 Ben Rhodes and No. 1 Ross Chastain are the rest of the top five and No. 84 Rich DeLong III was the slowest of the 43 cars running in this final session.
Aug 1 - 4:32 PM

Timothy Peters (No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra) is fastest in Happy Hour for the Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway.

At 165.975 mph, he was the fastest of the 30 trucks out on the track for the final practice. No. 32 Kyle Larson, No. 88 Matt Crafton, No. 31 Ben Kennedy and No. 20 Justin Lofton are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. No. 0 Caleb Roark was the slowest.
Aug 1 - 4:23 PM

Two and a half months after winning the pole at the .875-mile banked oval, Australian driver Brodie Kostecki posted the fastest lap in practice for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series return Friday.

Friday night's Autolite Iridium 150 is the second of two combination races this season at Iowa Speedway between the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West. Kostecki had a lap of 24.195 seconds (130.192) to pace the first 1 1/2-hour session. Bill McAnally Racing teammates Nick Drake and Cole Custer were second and third overall after posting the top laps in the final one-hour practice. Drake, a rookie like Kostecki, had a lap of 24.325 (129.496). Custer, the defending race winner, had a lap of 24.354 (129.342).-K&N Pro Series
Aug 1 - 4:19 PM

Brennan Poole’s sponsor for this weekend’s Pocono Raceway is The Identical Movie. So, was it really a surprise he put up the identical Menards Pole Qualifying time as polesitter Mason Mitchell?

Mitchell and Poole – a two-time pole winner at the 2.5-mile tricky triangle – both put up a time of 53.284 seconds, or 168.906 mph. Because Mitchell’s No. 98 Musselman's-Wildlife Foundation of Florida-TTS Ford is higher in the owner point standings, he wins the pole and the 15 bonus points heading into tonight’s ModSpace 125 at Pocono Raceway. Justin Boston, a Venturini Motorsports teammate of Poole,will start third with Michael Lira fourth and Justin Allison fifth.-ARCA Racing News
Aug 1 - 4:12 PM


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