Biffle leads NASCAR Texas testing on Thursday

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With this weekend’s NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway the first race for NASCAR’s new Generation 6 car under the lights, teams had two test sessions on Thursday to acclimate the car to the cooler temperatures at the 1.5-mile oval.

As he did in Las Vegas, Greg Biffle led the day’s testing. Biffle turned 14 laps in the second session and a fast lap of 192.864 mph. The Busch brothers were next, with Kurt also in the 192 range in the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet at 192.369, and Kyle fastest in the 191 range in the No. 18 M&Ms Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (191.639).

The remainder of the top 10: Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Jeff Burton, Austin Dillon, Casey Mears, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Martin Truex Jr.

This marked the first sessions for a handful of different drivers in new cars. Dillon, back in the No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet, clocked in seventh, with Brian Vickers 26th in Denny Hamlin’s usual No. 11 FedEx Toyota from JGR, and rookie Timmy Hill last of the 43 cars to take time in Frank Stoddard’s No. 32 FAS Lane Ford.

 

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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