Nationwide afternoon test session ends early with Chad Boat in P1

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The final day of NASCAR Nationwide Series testing at Daytona International Speedway was curtailed with roughly an hour and a half to go before the scheduled end point of 5 p.m. ET.

Chad Boat, who recently announced a part-time Nationwide program for this season, was quickest in the abbreviated afternoon session with a lap of 187.778 miles per hour in the No. 84 Billy Boat Motorsports Chevrolet.

However, that’s a couple miles per hour slower than Dylan Kwasniewski’s 190.022 mph lap he ran this morning, which will stand as the fastest lap throughout the Nationwide portion of Preseason Thunder.

The Camping World Truck Series drivers and teams are now set to have Daytona’s famous 2.5-mile oval to themselves for their Thunder test on Monday and Tuesday.

Boat was followed in the afternoon session by Kyle Larson’s lap of 187.703 mph in the No. 32 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet. P3 went to Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Reed in the No. 16 Ford, which turned in a lap of 187.496 mph.

From the sanctioning body’s perspective, Nationwide Series director Wayne Auton said today that the drivers have given high marks to the changes made to the Nationwide cars for 2014, which include smaller spoilers, a new rear spring package, and new cooling systems.

Also, NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton talked further about the decision to outlaw two-car tandem drafting for restrictor-plate races in both Nationwide and Trucks.

Pemberton was posed a hypothetical situation by a reporter in which a tandem takes place on the last lap or with two laps remaining in a race. In his response, Pemberton, while noting the unofficial rule of drivers having three laps to heed a black flag, also mentioned NASCAR’s ability to just not score the lap or add a time penalty in post-race.

“That’s been there all along,” he said. “…You know, the rule that — the unwritten rule that you get three laps from getting a black flag, it really doesn’t hold water. I mean, we only give them that, and that started back in the day when people a lot of times didn’t even have radios. So that’s just kind of — it’s the unwritten rule.

“But we expect teams that get the black flag to immediately obey the order from the tower, and we do have the ability to fix the scoring when it’s over with.”


Get your motor running: American Flat Track’s new season premieres Sunday on NBCSN

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If you like racing two-wheel style, make sure you catch the debut of a new multi-year TV broadcast deal featuring the American Flat Track motorcycle racing series on NBCSN.

The 18-round series debuts this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN with the season-opening race that was held at Daytona International Speedway on March 15.

Going forward, all 18 rounds of the series will be televised on NBCSN in highly-coveted weekend afternoon programming slots without two weeks of each event.

Last season, AFT drew nearly two million viewers on NBCSN with regular primetime coverage on Thursday nights.

This season, the one-hour, tape-delayed telecasts will be part of NBCSN’s regular weekend programing, following or preceding coverage of NASCAR, INDYCAR and Pro Motocross.

AFT is now in its 65th season, with two distinct classes: powerful, twin-cylinder rides in the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines division, and the competition in the 450cc AFT Singles division.

“We are very excited to kick-off our second season of AFT on NBCSN,” NBC Sports Group Senior Director of Programming Jeff Macaluso. “The 2017 season provided us with some incredible racing and showed us how passionate the riders and fans are of this historic sport.

“The move to weekends this year, around other marquis motorsports properties, is sure to raise the level even higher.”

Here’s the 2018 AFT schedule on NBCSN:

Round Track, Location Track Type Premiere Time (ET) Time (PT)
1 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL TT Sun, 3/25 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
2 Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA Short Track Sat, 4/14 5:30 PM 2:30 PM
3 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX Half-Mile Sun, 5/06 4:00 PM 1:00 PM
4 Calistoga Speedway, Calistoga, CA Half-Mile Sun, 5/20 12:00 PM 9:00 AM
5 Turf Paradise, Phoenix, AZ Mile Sat, 5/26 3:00 PM 12:00 PM
6 Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA Mile Sun, 6/03 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
7 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile Sat, 6/09 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
8 Red Mile, Lexington, KY Mile Sat, 6/16 12:00 PM 9:00 AM
9 Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK Mile Sat, 6/23 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
10 Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH Half-Mile Sat, 7/07 2:30 PM 11:30 AM
11 Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY Short Track Sun, 7/15 6:00 PM 3:00 PM
12 Buffalo Chip Campgrounds, Sturgis, SD TT Sat, 8/11 12:30 PM 9:30 AM
13 Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, SD Half-Mile Sat, 8/18 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
14 Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL TT Sat, 9/01 3:00 PM 12:00 PM
15 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile Sat, 9/22 2:30 PM 11:30 AM
16 Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA Half-Mile Sun, 9/23 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
17 Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN Mile Sun, 10/14 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
18 Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ Mile Sun, 10/21 2:00 PM 11:00 AM


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