Brad Keselowski tops Friday Sprint Cup practice at N.H.

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Chase leader Brad Keselowski – already in the Contender Round due to his win last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway – was fastest in today’s Sprint Cup practice session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Keselowski, who put on a dominating performance in his win this past July at NHMS, was already P1 in the session before he posted an even better lap of 138.421 mph in the closing minutes.

Jamie McMurray (137.890 mph), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (137.825), Kasey Kahne (137.661), and Kyle Larson (137.631) all posted their hot laps late as teams went into mock qualifying runs ahead of this afternoon’s qualifying session at 4:40 p.m. ET.

But none of them were able to eclipse Keselowski, who would appear to have a solid chance to sweep the season at the “Magic Mile.”

A win on Sunday for him would also snap a stretch of 13 different winners in as many Cup races at NHMS, which currently ties Texas Motor Speedway for the all-time record.

Joey Logano, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, and A.J. Allmendinger made up Positions 6-10. McMurray and Larson were the only non-Chase drivers among the Top 10 fastest speeds.

Defending race winner Kenseth was the lone Toyota driver within that Top 10. Kahne had the best consecutive 10-lap average at 133.210 mph from his second to his 11th lap in the practice.

Two more Cup practice sessions are slated for Saturday morning before Sunday’s Sylvania 300 (2 p.m. ET, check local listings).

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire – Friday Practice Times

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.