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Saturday Texas Xfinity race: Start time, TV info, weather NASCAR fines Ty Gibbs $75,000 for pit road incident at Texas NASCAR penalizes William Byron for spinning Denny Hamlin Kurt Busch ‘hopeful’ he can return from concussion this year NASCAR Power Rankings: Denny Hamlin returns to first place

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The Xfinity Series playoffs begin this weekend. Noah Gragson as well as Ty Gibbs enter favourites. This season they have won 11 out of 26 races.

Gragson, who has six wins this season, is aiming for his fourth win in a row.

MORE: Noah Gragson Special Celebrations at Waffle House

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Gibbs, who has five wins this year, is one of four drivers in the Xfinity playoffs for the first time. The other three Josh Berry, Austin Hill as well as Sam Mayer.

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Also in the playoffs are the defending champions of the series Daniel Hemrick, Justin Algayer, AJ Allmendinger, Brandon Jones, Jeremy Clements, Riley Autumn as well as Ryan Sieg.

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Details of Saturday’s Xfinity Race at Texas Motor Speedway

(All time Eastern)

START: The command to start the engines will be given by Andy’s Frozen Custard executives Andy Kunz, Dana Kunz and Carol Kunz at 15:38… The green flag should go up at 15:49.

PRERACE: Xfinity Garage opens at 8:30… Practice starts at 10:30… Qualifying starts at 11:05… Meet the Drivers at 15:00… At 15:30 Bret Shisler of Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries will make the call. … Jani Balderas will perform the national anthem at 15:31.

DISTANCE: The race is 200 laps (300 miles) on a 1.5 mile race track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on lap 45. Stage 2 ends on lap 90.

TV/RADIO: USA Network will broadcast the race at 15:30. The countdown to green will start at 15:00 on the US network. The post-race show will air on the USA Network. … Performance Racing Network coverage starts at 3:00 p.m. and will also air on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will broadcast PRN.


FORECAST: Weather Metro – Sunny with a temperature of 96 degrees and no chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Tyler Reddick brought Big Machine Racing its first series win in May. William Byron was second and Sam Meyer was third.

NASCAR fined Ty Gibbs $75,000 and stripped him of 25 points for slamming the door. Ty Dillon on pit road during last weekend’s Cup Race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Crew members from other teams were nearby when Gibbs hit Dillon’s car, causing it to swerve. None of the crew members and officials were injured.

NASCAR has made it a priority that drivers should not make contact that could result in injury to crew members or pit road officials. NASCAR also penalized the Gibbs 25 Cup drivers and deducted 25 car owners’ points from 23XI Racing for car No. 23 Cup run by Gibbs.

NASCAR docked William Byron 25 points and fined $50,000 per spin Denny Hamlin under caution in last weekend’s Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Byron drops from third in the playoff standings to the cutoff line ahead of Sunday’s Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway (2pm ET on NBC).

Chase Briscoe rises and holds the last transfer place with 3041 points. Austin Sindrik is the first driver outside the transfer point with 3034 points. Byron is next with 3033 points.

Hendrick Motorsports also lost 25 owner points.

Hendrick Motorsports said it would appeal the fine.

The warning was lifted on lap 269 Martin Truex Jr.accident. As Hamlin slowed down, Byron moved in and hit him from behind.

Byron admitted after the race that the contact was deliberate, although he didn’t want to beat Hamlin. Byron was upset by how Hamlin overtook him on lap 262. Byron felt Hamlin push him into the wall as they exited turn two side by side. Byron expressed his displeasure during the warning.

“I felt like he kicked me off the race track at (turn) 2 and hit the wall really hard,” Byron said. “It felt like the finger link was definitely bent, fortunately not completely broken. We were able to continue.

“A lot of times that kind of damage will ruin your race, especially one this strong. I totally understand how to get close to someone and make a little contact, but it was pretty big.”

Of the retaliation, Byron said, “I didn’t mean to piss him off. This is definitely not what I intended to do. I wanted to hit him a little and show my displeasure, and unfortunately I did. Obviously when he got out, I was like, ‘I didn’t mean to do this,’ but I was definitely upset.”

Hamlin and crew chief Chris Geibhart argued and questioned NASCAR for not putting Hamlin back in second place, where he was before Byron hit him, and also questioned that Byron had not been penalized.

“I think we can just smash each other as a precaution,” Hamlin said after the race.

Scott Miller, NASCAR’s senior vice president of competition, told reporters after the race that series officials did not penalize Byron because they did not see the incident.

“When we were in the tower, we paid more attention to the actual cause of the warning up there and shipped our equipment,” Miller said. “The case of William Byron and Danny Hamlin, which we did not look at. We saw Danny walking on the grass.

“By the time we got a replay that showed the incident well enough to do something about it, we were back to green.”

CONCORD, North Carolina – Kurt Bush said on Tuesday that he remains “hopeful” that he will recover from his concussion in time to race again before the end of the NASCAR Cup season.

The 2004 Cup champion did not compete after crashing during qualifying at Pocono Raceway on July 23. He has missed 10 races so far – both. Ty Gibbs as well as Bubba Wallace has been driving the No. 45 Toyota for 23XI Racing since Busch was injured and withdrew his playoff eligibility.

“I’m doing well. Each week is progressing better and I’m feeling good and I don’t know when I’ll be back, but time was a problem. Father Time is responsible for that,” Bush said.

There are six races left this season and co-owner of 23XI Denny Hamlin said the team has contingency plans to reinstate Bush and they are not pressuring the 44-year-old to get back in the car. Bush has a contract from 23XI until next season with an option for 2024.

Hamlin said last weekend in Texas that Bush is scheduled to see a doctor in early October, which could reveal more about whether Bush could return this season.

Bush attended…


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