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June 28th, 2013
Time Telecast Network
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Sprint Cup Series Practice No. 1 SPEED
1:30 - 3:00 PM Sprint Cup Series Happy Hour SPEED
3:30 - 5:00 PM Nationwide Series Qualifying SPEED
5:00 - 6:30 PM Sprint Cup Series Qualifying SPEED
6:30 - 7:00 PM Trackside SPEED
7:30 - 10:00 PM Nationwide Series Feed the Children 300 ESPN
Saturday, June 29
Time Telecast Network
12:00 - 2:00 PM V8 Supercar Championship Series Skycity Triple Crown SPEED
7:30 - 11:00 PM Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 TNT
Sunday, June 30
Time Telecast Network
7:30 - 10:30 AM Formula One Grand Prix of Great Britain CNBC
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM Rolex Sports Car Series Sahlen's Six Hours at the Glen SPEED
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In Case You Missed It
by Beth Lunkenheimer
NTS Motorsports announced earlier this week that they've added Max Papis to their driver lineup for the Camping World Truck Series' visit to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on September 1st. The Italian will pilot the No. 14 Sports Clips Chevrolet in the series' first visit to the Canadian track better known as Mosport.
"I am extremely excited to be a part of NTS Motorsports, especially for the heritage of the place in Kernersville that gave me one of my best finishes ever with KHI (Kevin Harvick, Inc.). I love to be in that building and now with the input of Mr. Newberry, it looks like we are going to aim for many other successes," Papis said. "I want to thank Sports Clips and everyone at NTS for the opportunity of putting together such a competitive package and especially Chevrolet, for the support they are giving us for the program.
"I know MoSport is a very unique, historic race track and I would have never missed the first Truck race on a road course, it's just too tempting," he continued. "I feel we have a really good chance of showing up and running in the top five and obviously the win is what everyone wants. I can promise we will give everything we can to get our Sport Clips Chevrolet in the winner's circle. It will be a dream come true for myself and for the people at Sport Clips, and everyone at Chevrolet and the NTS family."
Papis has 44 career Truck Series starts, including the full 2011 season with Germain Racing. He's finished in the top 10 just four times, with his career-best finish coming in the form of an eighth-place run at Martinsville in 2010.
Jared Landers Joins ESR For Eldora
Eddie Sharp Racing announced earlier this week that they've tapped dirt late model driver Jared Landers to join the team when the Truck Series heads off to Eldora Speedway next month. In the first series visit to a dirt track, Landers will join a team that's no stranger to dirt, having competed on it in the ARCA Racing Series.
"I'm really excited to get to race in the Truck Series," Landers said. "We've been talking about this race for a long time and now that it's a reality, I'm excited and ready to go to Eldora."
Landers is a full-time driver for Clint Bowyer Racing on the Lucas Oil Late Model Series circuit. He also holds the current track record for late models at Eldora Speedway. Most recently, he ran the Dream 100 at the facility earlier this month.
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The Sprint Cup Series heads out to Kentucky Speedway this weekend for a Saturday night showdown. The Quaker State 400 is the 17th race of the 2013 season and will be broadcast live on TNT at 7:30 PM ET. The race can also be heard on your local MRN affiliate or SiriusXM Radio Channel 90. Drivers will compete for 267 laps (400 miles) en route to the checkered flag.
Records and Facts:
Jimmie Johnson holds the track qualifying record at Kentucky with a lap of 181.818 mph for last year's event. He led just 21 laps en route to a sixth-place finish behind winner Brad Keselowski.
Brad Keselowski is the defending winner of the Quaker State 400. After starting eighth, the driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge (now Ford) led 68 laps en route to a nearly five second victory over Kasey Kahne. Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jeff Gordon rounded out the top 5.
Track / Race Length: 1.5-mile oval; 267 laps (400 miles)
Degree of Banking: Turns: 14 degrees; Tri-Oval: 10 degrees; Backstretch: 4 degrees
Grand Marshal / Command: TBA
Honorary Starter / Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari
National Anthem: Billy Currington
Skydivers: Team Fastrax
Practice: Friday, June 28, 11:30 am - 12:30 PM ET on SPEED
Happy Hour: Friday, June 28, 1:30 - 3:00 PM ET on SPEED
Qualifying: Friday, June 28 at 5:10 PM ET on SPEED
Race Day Forecast
Sunday: Scattered Thunderstorms; Chance of Rain 50%
They Said It:
"I probably have the least amount of experience at Kentucky almost as anybody. We didn't test a lot there before it became a Cup track and I never ran any of the Truck or Nationwide races there. It's a different track; it's kind of tricky and really different, but I've enjoyed it the few races I've run there so far. I think anytime you go to a track that's either a home track or near your sponsor's headquarters where the sponsors bring a lot of people out with the employees, I think it's always more exciting if you win because you get to hang out with so many people. There are maybe more people there at those tracks pulling for you. They're all big races, but certainly if you can win close to where some of your sponsors are, like we are this weekend with the Toyota facility here in Kentucky, then it's always a little more special." Matt Kenseth
"Kentucky is probably the furthest from the other mile-and-a-half's, in terms of how it drives. It's just so darn bumpy. It's lost a lot of grip over the years. So, as we head back there, I think the key to getting around there good is getting a car that can go over the bumps and still turn. So that's what we're going to focus on. Kentucky obviously still holds special memories for me. It's where I got my first NASCAR win in the Nationwide Series in 2006. When you see certain things at the track, like Victory Lane, it just sparks the memories and instantly takes you back like it was yesterday. That was really a great moment and one that I'm really proud of." David Gilliland
"It's the newest, oldest track we go to. Kentucky Speedway is a place where our team felt like we needed to try some things, so we decided to test there a few weeks ago. We feel as though we made our car better from the information that we collected during the two days we spent there. We'll have to see what the weather is like when we go back, but hopefully we'll have a good baseline of where we need to be for the race." Kevin Harvick
Keepin' It Short
by Mike Neff
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Q: The 2006 Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway is best known for two things. One was David Gilliland's surprise victory for Clay Andrews's team, and the other was Jeff Fuller's nasty crash on the backstretch. Cup Series regular Carl Edwards was considered to be a favorite to win the race, but his chances were gone before Fuller's Lap 29 crash. What happened?A: Edwards qualified second. However, Edwards managed to rip the transmission out of his car on the initial start. Edwards's failure can be seen here. Edwards did come back and finish the race, but he was well back in the standings.
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Beth has all the post-race analysis you need following Thursday night's Camping World Truck Series race from Kentucky.
Nationwide Series Breakdown: Feed the Children 300 by Kevin Rutherford
Kevin has all the post-race analysis you need following Friday night's Nationwide Series race from Kentucky.
Monday on the Frontstretch:
Thinkin' Out Loud: Quaker State 400 by Mike Neff
Mike is back with his overall thoughts from Saturday night's race from Kentucky.
Commentary by Summer Bedgood
Summer takes a look at one of the biggest stories to come out of Kentucky.
Commentary by Kevin Rutherford
Kevin will stop by with his thoughts on Saturday night's action from Kentucky.
Big Six: Quaker State 400 by Amy Henderson
Amy has your weekly look at the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How from a weekend of racing at Kentucky.
Pace Laps: Kentucky Weekend by the Frontstretch Staff
It's back again this season! The staff gets together to help you catch up on the latest and greatest going on in each series coming out of a weekend of racing in Kentucky.
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