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X-Finity Series:
Saturday, 8/27, Road America 180 fired up by Johnsonville, Road America, 2:30pm, MRN


Sprint Cup Series:

Sunday, 8/28, Pure Michigan, Michigan International Speedway, 1pm, MRN


Monday: Fast Talk, 7-8pm

Tuesday: NASCAR Live, 7-8pm

Wednesday: The Pit Reporters, 7-8pm

Monday-Friday: NASCAR Today, 6:50pm

Monday-Friday: Garage Pass, 8:30pm

NASCAR News (courtesy of John Singlar, MRN Radio)

Just three Sprint Cup Series races remain in the regular season and four spots are still open on The Chase Grid for non-race winners to fill heading into Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400. Twelve drivers have been victorious thus far in 2016: Matt Kenseth, Kyle and Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Junior, Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart and Chris Buescher. All are within the requisite top thirty of the standings, which currently leaves a maximum of four post-season spots available based on the point standings. Ryan Newman holds a thirty-five-point lead over Trevor Bayne in the fight for what would be the final “playoff” spot. In this year’s first race at Michigan on June 12th, Newman finished eleventh and Bayne placed fifteenth … If the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup began today, Austin Dillon, rookie Chase Elliott and Jamie McMurray would hold the three other spots. Any driver who hasn’t yet won but reaches Victory Lane in one of the next three races would qualify for the post-season, provided that driver was among the top thirty in points, and would reduce the number of spots available based on the regular-season standings.

NASCAR announced Monday that beginning in 2017, all kids 12 and younger will be admitted free of charge to all X-FINITY and Camping World Truck Series races. The number of complimentary tickets available will vary from track to track with every adult ticket that is purchased. Specific track policies and procedures, including designated grandstand sections in which the complimentary tickets will be offered, will differ from venue to venue. Monday’s announcement – made at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina – helped kick off “Kids Drive NASCAR,” a week-long youth initiative leading up to this coming weekend’s Sprint Cup-Camping World Truck Series doubleheader at Michigan International Speedway.

Track qualifying records fell like rain this past week at Bristol Motor Speedway, with drivers in all three of NASCAR’s national series establishing new marks in their respective divisions. Denny Hamlin’s lap of 131.668 miles per hour in the first round of Sprint Cup qualifying erased his own mark of 131.407 miles per hour that was set last summer. Hamlin could do no better than second place in the final round of qualifying, however, after Carl Edwards posted the top speed, which was identical to Hamlin’s old record set last year. Hamlin finished third in Sunday’s race, Edwards sixth … In the X-FINITY Series, rookie Erik Jones uncorked a lap of 127.903 miles per hour to win the pole for the Food City 300, topping Greg Biffle’s twelve-year-old qualifying mark of 127.132 miles per hour. Jones finished thirty-third in Friday night’s race … And in the Camping World Truck Series, Tyler Reddick established a new qualifying record of 128.917 miles per hour in “Thunder Valley,” breaking Ken Schrader’s previous mark of 126.922 that was set in 2004. Reddick finished fourteenth in the University of Northwestern Ohio 200 … NASCAR rolls on to the Midwest for the weekend ahead, with a Sprint Cup-Camping World Truck Series doubleheader at Michigan International Speedway and the X-FINITY Series competing at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

August 23rd, 1997: Dale Jarrett scored his first career short-track victory in the Cup Series, winning the Goody’s Headache Powder 500 in Bristol, Tennessee. Jarrett led a race-high 210 laps, passing Mark Martin to take his final lead with thirty-one laps to go. Jarrett held off Martin at the finish by one-tenth of a second to score his fourth victory of the season. Dick Trickle, Jeff Burton and Steve Grissom completed the top five.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Sunday, 9/4, Bojangles Southern 500, Darlington Raceway, 6pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/10, Federated Auto Parts 400, Richmond International Raceway, 6:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 9/18, 400, Chicagoland Speedway, 4:15pm, MRN
Sunday, 9/25, Sylvania 300, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1pm, PRN
Sunday, 10/2, AAA 400, Dover International Speedway, 1:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/8, Bank of America 500, Charlotte Motor Speedway, 6pm, PRN
Sunday, 10/16, Hollywood Casino 400, Kansas Speedway, 1pm, MRN
Sunday, 10/23, Alabama 500, Talladega Superspeedway, 1:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 10/30, Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500, Martinsville Speedway, 12 noon, MRN
Sunday, 11/6, AAA Texas 500, Texas Motor Speedway, 1pm, PRN
Sunday, 11/13, Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500, Phoenix International Raceway, 1:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 11/20, Ford EcoBoost 400, Homestead-Miami Speedway, 2pm, MRN

NASCAR X-Finity Series

Saturday, 9/3, VFW Sports Clips Help a Hero 200, Darlington Raceway, 3pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/17, Furious 7 300, Chicagoland Speedway, 5:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/24, Visit Myrtle 300 Nationwide, Kentucky Speedway, 7:30pm, PRN
Saturday, 10/1, Hisense 200, Dover International Speedway, 3pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/15, Kansas Lottery 300, Kansas Speedway, 3:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 11/5, O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, Texas Motor Speedway, 3pm, PRN
Saturday, 11/12, Phoenix 200, Phoenix International Raceway, 3:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 11/19, Ford EcoBoost 300, Homestead-Miami Speedway, 2:15pm, MRN

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Sunday, 9/4, Chevrolet Silverado 250, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, 1pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/24, UNOH 175, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 12:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/1, Rhino Linings 350, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 9:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/22, Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola, Talladega Superspeedway, 12:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/29, Kroger 200, Martinsville Speedway, 1pm, MRN

Indy Car Series
2016 broadcast schedule complete


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