Chase contender Carl Edwards leads Saturday AM practice at Texas

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Seeking to erase a 15-point deficit in the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Carl Edwards has claimed top honors in second Sprint Cup practice at Texas Motor Speedway.

Edwards, who will start 11th in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500, posted a quick lap at 196.342 mph in the No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford to lead the chilly session.

Jimmie Johnson was second-quickest with a lap of 195.822 mph. Following him were last night’s 200 mph man, Tony Stewart, in third (195.115), Martin Truex Jr. in fourth (194.918), and Marcos Ambrose in fifth (194.714).

Two other Chasers joined Edwards among the Top 10 practice speeds, as Ryan Newman slotted in sixth (194.468) and Denny Hamlin went P7 (193.966).

As for the rest of the Eliminator 8, Sunday polesitter Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick were 15th and 16th respectively, while farther down were Brad Keselowski in 25th, Joey Logano in 27th, and Chase Grid leader Jeff Gordon in 29th.

Rookie driver Austin Dillon, who was ninth on the time sheets, ran the most laps in the session with 46. Truex had the fastest 10-consecutive lap average of 190.246 mph across his first 10 laps in the session.

A 50-minute final practice for the Cup series will start later today at 2 p.m. ET.

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IndyCar race weekend doubleheader schedule at IMS road course

IndyCar weekend schedule Indianapolis
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The NTT IndyCar Series will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third time this season but with a weekend schedule that will put the action in front of fans for the first time in 2020.

The track’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course will play host to IndyCar and sports cars series over four days. The action will begin Thursday with practice and concluding with an eight-hour race Sunday featuring the Intercontinental GT Challenge and GT World Challenge America.

The NTT IndyCar Series will hold a Friday-Saturday race doubleheader called the Harvest GP presented by GMR.

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The name is a nod to the Harvest Classic, which was held Sept. 9, 1916 to help the track stay solvent during World War I. The event had three races of 20, 50 and 100 miles (all won by Johnny Aitken) that was the only racing held outside May at IMS from 1911-93.

A limited crowd of 10,000 will be allowed each day this weekend, and those fans will be the first to experience new video boards, concession stands, restrooms and 5G wireless connectivity.

Here’s the IndyCar weekend schedule for Indianapolis Motor Speedway Harvest GP:

(All times are Eastern)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Thursday, Oct. 1

Noon — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America test session
2:25 p.m. — IndyCar practice (NBC Sports Gold)
6:20 p.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 1 (NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Friday, Oct. 2

10:20 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
1:40 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
3:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 (USA Network, NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Saturday, Oct. 3

10:20 a.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC Sports Gold)
12:10 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America qualifying
2:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC, NBC Sports Gold)
5:30 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America pole shootout

IndyCar weekend schedule: Sunday, Oct. 4

10 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America race