‘Edgy’ training session paints a shocking picture at Dover – NBC Sports 2022-05-01 09:00:00


Dover, Dell. – Debuts for a next-generation Dover with Cup drivers ready to enter Sunday’s race.

Saturday’s practice saw five drivers colliding during today’s two 17-minute sessions: William ByronAnd Josh BelleckiAnd Tyler Riddick and juniors Todd Gilliland And Harrison Burton.

When asked if the No. 8 Chevrolet received damage after two crashes on the track, Riddick gave the most candid response.

“Oh yeah. Rear bumper, right side. I’m sure I wet myself in the seat a few times, so we’re going to have to put a new accessory in it as well.” “More to come.”

Reddick may be able to shake off some of his struggle, but the accidents justified the early nerves the drivers had expressed before they even stepped onto the racetrack.

Last week’s winner Ross Chastain And defend the hero of the series Kyle Larson Both expressed their discomfort before jumping in their car to practice on Saturday.

“I think all the drivers are probably going to get a little nervous before we go out for this practice session…,” Larson said. “It was edgy, and this place is already naturally exploding in the corner, so I think we could see some cars crashing but it’s very cold and hopefully a little tighter than if it was hotter.”

Reddick made a turn once and then made contact with the wall that came out of Turn 2 while continuing Ty Dillon. The Xfinity Champion was twice as small as his car.

“As of now, I just need to survive the race,” Riddick said. “I mean, I’m not even going to do at the end of stage one the way this weekend has gone for us.

“Something is really wrong. I like things that are hard to drive, but this is beyond that.”

Byron and Bellecki suffered their toughest blows and will start Sunday’s race with spare cars. In the first set session, Bellecki slipped at the exit of Turn 2 and hit the inner wall first, smashing the front of the #77 Chevrolet.

Byron crashed at the start of the Group B session, when overconfident driving in Turn 3 sent the #24 Chevrolet sideways and crashed into the wall of Turn 3. Byron took all the blame for the crash but noted that the aerodynamic changes from the previous car to the next generation car do not. It still provides a learning curve.

“This track is one of the tracks that relies on downforce the most. Downforce and sideforce,” Byron said. “The fact that we don’t have lateral strength when going in now with a symmetric car, it’s where the biggest penalty is going to be. I wasn’t surprised that this happened, but there are a lot of things I could have done for it not to happen.”

Eric JonesWho qualified for 25th place, fears success will be a big challenge Sunday.

It’s always hard to pass here,” Jones said. “And seeing what we’ve had a little bit. I don’t know, I hope we can pass. I mean I hope we can pass. I just think it’s going to be tough (Sunday) for sure with the excitement like the cars and the way Dover has raced the last few years, it’s going to be tough.”

Lugano TV time is not a small factor

Of the 10 Xfinity Series races this season, Joey Logano Join FOX Sports for Seven Broadcasts. The only people he missed were Daytona, Martinsville and Talladega.

Contributing to the television side of NASCAR was a conscious decision for Lugano, who is already 31 in his 14th cup season full-time.

Lugano said, “It is something I would like to do one day when I retire, but I have a long way to go before that. Not too soon, but I enjoy doing it while I can.”

Lugano is also keen to contribute to NASCAR’s growth in part in creating what he hopes will one day become a Hall of Fame career.

“For me, that’s what a Hall of Famer is, right? My goal is to be in the Hall of Famer,” said Lugano, the 2018 cup champion. “I don’t think you’re a Hall of Famer if you win races and leave. This is just taking away and not making the sport a better place than it was when I got there. That, to me, is how Hall of Famer is defined.

“Everyone has their own way of defining what that is, but I think if you find a way to make the sport better than it was when you came here for the next generation, it’s worth it.”

Toyota talks to Bosch continue

After a week of controversy over whether he would return to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2023, Kyle Bush He and Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota have spoken more in the past week, he said.

Head of Toyota Racing Development David Wilson He told NBC Sports last week Bush’s comments left him “a little disappointed,” but Bush noted that all sides had cleared the air.

Bush, who was wearing a T-shirt with the word “clickbait” written across his chest, Asked in Talladega He stood in contract discussions with JGR: “I’m not concerned about it. If it happens, it happens. If not, then no. Bye.”

“It frustrates me that sometimes short comments are taken out of context,” Bush said in Dover. “I answered questions and didn’t elaborate, and it just takes kind of detail to tell an entire story. So you can tell the story however you want with fewer words.”

“Lots of stories this week,” he added, clearing his throat and pointing at his shirt.