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.

 

NBC to air more than 100 hours of IMSA racing in 2019

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Beginning January 26, 2019 with the 57th annual Rolex 24 at Daytona, NBC will air more than 100 hours of exclusive coverage of the IMSA Sports Car Championship across their platforms.

NBC Sports will present 12 races across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app throughout 2019. In addition to the 24 Hours at Daytona, race highlights include the 12 Hours of Sebring from Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida, on March 16; the Grand Prix of Long Beach from the Long Beach Street Circuit on April 13; and the penultimate race of the season from WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, on September 15.

“We couldn’t be more excited to begin our IMSA coverage with the 57th running of the iconic Rolex 24,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBCSN in a press release. “As the home of U.S. motorsports, we’ll showcase the uniqueness of IMSA racing to motorsports fans everywhere, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the association throughout the upcoming season.”

More than 40 hours of will be broadcast on NBCSN with live coverage of the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Laguna Seca and season finale Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta showing on NBC.

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Coverage of the 24 Hours of Daytona will get underway Thursday, January 24 at 2 p.m. ET with a season preview on NBCSN. That program will be followed by live coverage of qualification for the race from 3 to 5 p.m. ET as a world class group of drivers lock in their positions for the annual twice-around-the-clock endurance race.

The preview show will re-air Saturday as a lead-in to live coverage of the 24 Hours, which will kick off a 2 p.m. ET.

“As we all get ready for IMSA’s much-anticipated 50th anniversary season in 2019, our new NBC Sports media partnership promises to promote and showcase our unique premium product in revolutionary ways,” said IMSA CEO Ed Bennett. “Both IMSA and the WeatherTech Championship have been experiencing incredible momentum the last several years and this partnership should only help elevate the sport to new heights.”

NBC will be the exclusive home for IMSA beginning in 2019 as part of a six-year partnership between the two organizations.

The season concludes with live coverage of the Motul Petit Le Mans on Oct. 12 from Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia.

All races will be live streamed to authenticated subscribers on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.