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07/21/18
tv news

Sunday TV Times
All times Eastern
Sunday, July 22LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula 1 – raceHockenheim8:30am-9:05am – pre-race
9:05am-11:00am – race
ESPN2
NASCAR Cup – raceLoudon12:30pm-1:00pm – pre-race
1:00pm-5:00pm – race
NBCSN
NHRA – finalsDenver3:00pm-6:00pmFOX
PWC – GT SprintXPortland10:00pm-11:00pm (D)CBS-SN


Legend: D = delayed; SDD = same-day delay; R = repeat



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07/21/18
nasx

Bell holds off Keselowski for Xfinity win at New Hampshire
Keselowski hounds Bell
Keselowski hounds Bell
Robert Laberge/Getty Images

Christopher Bell held off hard-charging veteran Brad Keselowski over the final 18 laps to win Saturday’s Lakes Region 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

In winning his second straight race in the series, Bell grabbed the top spot from Keselowski on a restart on Lap 183 of 200 and kept the 2012 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion behind him the rest of the way, though Keselowski got within three feet of the rear bumper of Bell’s No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with three laps left.

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07/21/18
nasx

Two Xfinity top-five finishers fail post-race inspection at New Hampshire
The NASCAR Xfinity Series cars of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet failed post-race inspection height measurements following Saturday’s Lakes Region 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Ryan Preece drove the No. 18 to a third-place finish, while John Hunter Nemechek drove the No. 42 to a fourth-place result. Both cars are in the thick of an owners championship battle in the series.

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07/21/18
nasmon

NASCAR moves up start time of Cup race
Kurt Busch
Kurt Busch
Potential rain Sunday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway has resulted in NASCAR and track officials moving the start time of the Cup Series race up one hour.

The Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 will now see the green flag at 1 p.m. ET (NBCSN, NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). It had initially been scheduled for after 2 p.m. ET.

Kurt Busch will start from the pole with Martin Truex Jr. lined up alongside him. Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin will make up row two.

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07/21/18
automotive

Penske & NFI To Begin Tests of Electric Freightliner
After shaking up the car industry with his electric cars, Elon Musk is now forcing all truck manufacturers to develop electric Semis
Freightliner eCascadia. After shaking up the car industry with his electric cars, Elon Musk is now forcing all truck manufacturers to develop electric Semis
Daimler Trucks North America announced two partners – Penske Truck Leasing and NFI – that will test later this year the new all-electric Freightliner trucks.

There are 30 units envisioned for deployment in the pilot phase in 2018. Penske Truck Leasing will take 10 Freightliner eCascadia heavy-duty trucks and 10 Freightliner eM2 medium-duty trucks, while NFI will receive for testing 10 eCascadia.

“The move is the next phase of a co-creation process that DTNA is utilizing to actively involve customers in the development of commercial electric vehicles to meet the most valid target applications.

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07/21/18
f1

Leclerc tops very wet Practice 3 at Hockenheim
Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc

Very few laps were run during a very wet practice 3 for the German GP at Hockenheim Saturday morning due to a lack of rain tires and not wanting to damage equipment ahead of qualifying in two hours.

Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson ran 1-2 in their Sauber Ferraris with Leclerc's lap of 1m34.577s easily faster than his teammate.

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07/21/18
nasmon

5-Hour Energy dumping NASCAR (Update)
Truex Jr.
Truex Jr.
UPDATE
 While the announcement that 5-Hour ENERGY would not be returning as a sponsor for Furniture Row Racing and Martin Truex Jr. came as a surprise across the industry, the 2017 champion was not surprised.

5-Hour ENERGY became the co-primary sponsor of the No. 78 Toyota in 2018 for 30 races with Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats.

“They had been the fence for quite a while, and we had been waiting on a decision. I wish it didn’t take as long as it did and kind of put us in a tough spot now. I’m not really, really worried. I think something good can come out of this,” Truex said on Friday. NASCAR TV ratings have been plummeting for years so it was nice for 5-hour to stay in this long.

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07/21/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday
  • What the 18 inch wheel will look like in 2021
    What the 18 inch wheel will look like in 2021
    Mark Thompson/Getty Images
    18 inch tires for F1 in 2021
  • Vandoorne sure F1 career safe
  • Leclerc ready to jump at Ferrari seat
  • Hamilton objects to Rosberg interview - report
  • No Hungary F1 test for Haas
  • Bottas 'satisfied' with one year contract
  • Sauber to halt 2018 car development next week
  • Fiat, Ferrari boards to meet on Marchionne succession

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07/21/18
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern
Saturday, July 21LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula 1 – practice 3Hockenheim5:55am-7:00amESPNews
Formula 1 – qualifyingHockenheim7:0am-8:55amESPNews
IMSA – qualifyingLime Rock9:25am-10:15amIMSA Online
NASCAR Cup – practiceLoudon10:05am-10:55amCNBC
NASCAR Cup – practiceLoudon12:35pm-1:25pmNBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity – raceLoudon3:30pm-4:00pm – pre-race
4:00-6:30pm – race
NBCSN
NHRA – qualifyingDenver7:30pm-10:00pmFS1
Sunday, July 22LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula 1 – raceHockenheim8:30am-9:05am – pre-race
9:05am-11:00am – race
ESPN2
NASCAR Cup – raceLoudon1:30pm-2:00pm – pre-race
2:00pm-6:00pm – race
NBCSN
NHRA – finalsDenver3:00pm-6:00pmFOX
PWC – GT SprintXPortland10:00pm-11:00pm (D)CBS-SN


Legend: D = delayed; SDD = same-day delay; R = repeat



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07/21/18
f1

Rain hits German GP practice 3
Heavy rains have kept cars in the garage so far
Heavy rains have kept cars in the garage so far

It's all quiet out on track in Hockenheim, Germany, as the rain continues and as such, the standing water gets worse. Will do not expect to see any more action, but there are still 30-minutes to go in this session.

This might end up being something of a quiet session though as teams and drivers won’t want to take any risks with qualifying coming up so soon. Yes, you can gain some extra knowledge by running in these conditions...but you can also crash the car! Teams do not have enough rain tires for both a wet qualifying and a wet race on Sunday, so they sit in the garage and the fans get cheated watching the track with no cars on it.

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07/21/18
v8

McLaughlin returns to winning ways in Ipswich
The powerful Penske Fords blow to the front at the start, never to be headed
The powerful Penske Fords blow to the front at the start, never to be headed

Scott McLaughlin continued his love affair with Queensland Raceway in a Kiwi 1-2 ahead of the people's favorite at the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint

McLaughlin maintained his Championship buffer with the victory ahead of Shane van Gisbergen with his seventh win of the season, built by his ninth ARMOR ALL Pole Position.

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07/20/18
imsa

IMSA Lime Rock Friday Notebook
Ryan Briscoe (L) and his wife
Ryan Briscoe (L) and his wife
Ryan Briscoe Hoping For Advantage At “Demanding” Home Circuit

In stick and ball sports, you often hear the term “home-field advantage.” This weekend at Lime Rock Park, Ryan Briscoe hopes to ride “home-track advantage” to victory lane, but admits that benefit for him is a bit different.

Despite living approximately one hour from the track in nearby Farmington, Conn., Briscoe – who moved to Connecticut in 2015 – rarely gets to Lime Rock outside of the IMSA weekend. That doesn’t mean, however, the GTLM points leader doesn’t get a boost from racing near home.

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07/20/18
f1

Engineer's Lowdown with Tom Stallard | German GP
Germany returns to the F1 calendar for the first time since 2016. The track and location may have changed in recent years, but its challenges still remain. Hear from Stoffel Vandoorne's McLaren F1 Race Engineer, Tom on the demands of a short (but not sweet) Hockenheimring.

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07/20/18
f1

Video: German Grand Prix Preview
Sebastian Vettel at Hockenhein Friday
Sebastian Vettel at Hockenheim Friday

Formula 1 is back at the Hockenheimring, after a one year absence. It’s nearly home turf for Heppenheim-born Sebastian Vettel and the other Scuderia Ferrari driver, Kimi Raikkonen, is also looking forward to a good racing weekend.

“Hockenheim” Sebastian Vettel says “is about half an hour’s drive from where I was born. So it’s not exactly like racing in my backyard- I don’t have a backyard that big – but it’s probably the closest you can get!

Obviously, we are keen to do well here. The last race in Silverstone was important for us, because we had not been very strong on that track before; but it’s a thing of the past now and we must focus on this one.

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07/20/18
f1

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 Highlights
Check out the best bits from an epic couple of days, including Valtteri Bottas and George Russell tackling the hill in some classic Mercedes-Benz Formula One beasts!

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07/20/18
f1

Lewis Hamilton: The Man Behind the Visor
What makes Lewis Hamilton, Lewis? It's more than just speed - it's the man behind all of that. If you don't know what we mean, just watch this...

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07/20/18
wec

Video: Porsche Smashes The Nordschleife Lap Record
Porsche has been on a dedicated victory tour in 2018, attempting to break lap records across Europe with their 919 Hybrid Evo LMP1 car. And the headline event was a recent trip to the Nordschleife, where the manufacturer's sights were set on Stefan Bellof's long-standing benchmark. Mobil 1 The Grid witnessed the effort as it unfolded, with exclusive comments from driver Timo Bernhard and project manager Stephen Mitas.

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07/20/18
irl

Laguna Seca Joins the 2019 IndyCar Series Schedule
Even though its shrinking (TV ratings plummeting, races going belly up), listen to Mark Miles say IndyCar is the fastest growing form of motorsports in the world in this Laguna Seca signing video. We wish it were so.

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07/20/18
nasmon

NASCAR New Hampshire Pre-Race Q&A - 2
Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford), Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 5-hour Energy / Bass Pro Shops Toyota), Kaz Grala (No. 61 IT Coalition/15-40.org Ford), Daniel Hemric (No. 21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet), Ryan Truex (No. 11 Phantom Fireworks Chevrolet), Ryan Preece (No. 18 Falmouth Ready Mix Toyota, NASCAR Xfinity Series)

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07/20/18
nasmon

NASCAR New Hampshire Hamlin and Larson pre-race Q&A
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota), Kyle Larson (No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet)

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07/20/18
automotive

Tesla had over 7,000 new orders last week, says Elon Musk
Elon Musk
Elon Musk
In a rare move, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has revealed the automaker’s new order breakdown from last week in order to dispel the notion that demand for the Model 3 is flattening.

Musk says that Tesla received over 7,000 new orders: over 2,000 for Model S and Model X, and 5,000 for Model 3.

The move comes after top Wall Street analyst Rajvindra Gill at Needham issued a new note to clients today in which he claimed that Tesla is getting more Model 3 cancellations than new orders:

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07/20/18
nasmon

With ratings plummeting NBCSN tries to mix up NASCAR booth
Despite Dale Jr. in the booth, NASCAR ratings continue double digit decline unabated
Despite Dale Jr. in the booth, NASCAR ratings continue double digit decline unabated
NBC Sports is using another booth format with no traditional play-by-play announcer for Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and Exec Producer Sam Flood said he has little to no qualms over the move. NBC in recent days revealed plans to have usual play-by-play man Rick Allen serve as a pit reporter for Sunday's race, with regular analysts Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and Dale Earnhardt Jr. handling all of the typical booth duties, including play by play, going into and out of commercials and ad reading.

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07/20/18
irl

AutoNation's Mike Jackson inducted into HoF
Roger Penske, Mike Jackson and Ryan Hunter-Reay at the induction.
Roger Penske, Mike Jackson and Ryan Hunter-Reay at the induction.

Mike Jackson, CEO of AutoNation, and good friends with Ryan Hunter-Reay was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame this week.

Ryan, and his wife Beccy were honored to be invited to sit at Mr. Jackson’s table, with his wife Alice, and Mr. and Mrs. Penske for Mr. Jackson’s induction.

AutoNation is an Associate Sponsor of Andretti Autosport #28 IndyCar and a personal sponsor of RHR.

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07/20/18
f1

Verstappen tops 2nd German GP practice.
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen broke the current Hockenheim track record with a lap of 1m13.085m to top the 2nd practice for the German GP at Hockenheim.  Verstappen then ran into power unit issues but Verstappen was back in the car and back out on the track with 3 minutes left on the clock.

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas were close behind in 2nd and third 0.026s and 0.105s respectively.

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07/20/18
f1

Ricciardo tops opening German GP practice
Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo

With the top-5 drivers tightly bunched, Daniel Ricciardo, who faces a grid penalty, topped the opening practice session for the German GP at Hockenheim by just 0.004s over Lewis Hamilton. Most times were set on the Supersoft tires, while Ferrari opted only to run the soft compound tire and thus haven't revealed their true pace just yet.

Over a warm and sunny 90 minutes there was little to choose between the top three teams, with only 0.7s covering the top six drivers. The newly-confirmed-for-2019 Valtteri Bottas took fifth for Mercedes, with fellow Finn Kimi Raikkonen sixth for Ferrari.

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07/20/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday (Update)
  • With Hamilton staying at Mercedes the top of the F1 driver market will remain unchanged
    With Hamilton staying at Mercedes the top of the F1 driver market will remain unchanged
    F1 ponders next moves after Hamilton deal
  • Red Bull's title chances dwindling - Verstappen
  • Drivers reject proposed points system change
  • Haas boss denies Kubica rumors
  • Still no green light for Miami GP
  • Haas to sit out post-Hungary test
  • No rush for Leclerc to join Ferrari from Sauber for 2019 - Vettel
  • Hamilton refuses to deny Ferrari attempted to poach him
  • Ricciardo braces for German GP engine penalty New
  • Vettel: Double the cylinders, take the batteries out New
  • Formula 1 to introduce 18-inch wheels in 2021 New

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07/20/18
v8

Van Gisbergen quickest and Mostert finds form during practice at Ipswich
Shane van Gisbergen
Shane van Gisbergen
Chaz Mostert is optimistic he has unearthed a flicker of hope for his Ford team with one of the strongest results from a disappointing Supercars season to date.

The young Supercheap Auto racer has had a lean year, along with the rest of his Tickford team, of struggling for results. Despite the year, however, Mostert is still ninth in the Championship.

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07/20/18
f1

Mercedes reaches multi-year agreement with Valtteri Bottas
Bottas has lost much wait, and looks sickly and weak
Bottas has lost so much weight he looks sickly

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport today completed its driver line-up for the 2019 season, and potentially beyond, with confirmation that Valtteri Bottas will stay with the team next season.

The 28-year-old Finn has signed a one-year contract extension with the team, with an option for a further year in 2020.

Since joining Mercedes at the beginning of 2017, Valtteri has scored three Grand Prix victories and five pole positions. 

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07/20/18
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern
Friday, July 20LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula 1 – practice 1Hockenheim4:55am-6:30amESPN3
Formula 1 – practice 2Hockenheim8:55am-10:30amESPN3
NASCAR Cup – practiceLoudon12:00pm-12:50pmNBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity – practiceLoudon1:00pm-1:55pm
3:05pm-3:55pm
NBCSN
NASCAR Cup – qualifyingLoudon4:45pm-6:00pmNBCSN
Saturday, July 21LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula 1 – practice 3Hockenheim5:55am-7:00amESPNews
Formula 1 – qualifyingHockenheim7:0am-8:55amESPNews
IMSA – qualifyingLime Rock9:25am-10:15amIMSA Online
NASCAR Cup – practiceLoudon10:05am-10:55amCNBC
NASCAR Cup – practiceLoudon12:35pm-1:25pmNBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity – raceLoudon3:30pm-4:00pm – pre-race
4:00-6:30pm – race
NBCSN
NHRA – qualifyingDenver7:30pm-10:00pmFS1
Sunday, July 22LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula 1 – raceHockenheim8:30am-9:05am – pre-race
9:05am-11:00am – race
ESPN2
NASCAR Cup – raceLoudon1:30pm-2:00pm – pre-race
2:00pm-6:00pm – race
NBCSN
NHRA – finalsDenver3:00pm-6:00pmFOX
PWC – GT SprintXPortland10:00pm-11:00pm (D)CBS-SN


Legend: D = delayed; SDD = same-day delay; R = repeat



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07/20/18
wec

God giveth, God taketh away
God giveth the Toyotas an unbeatable advantage at LeMans, now God taketh away
God giveth the Toyotas an unbeatable advantage at LeMans, now God taketh it away
The FIA and ACO have given multiple concessions to LMP1 non-hybrids, in a new effort to level the playing field to the Toyota TS050 Hybrids in the World Endurance Championship.

It comes in the wake of last month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, which saw a dominant performance for the Japanese manufacturer, which won by 12 laps over the best-placed non-hybrid fielded by Rebellion Racing.

The biggest change sees Toyota’s defined performance advantage of 0.25 percent (0.5 seconds per lap at Le Mans) eliminated in the regulations, and equalized with non-hybrids.

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