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Preview: Weekend of May 17-18-19, 2019: NASCAR, IndyCar, Blancpain GT, Pinty’s

Preview: Weekend of May 17-18-19, 2019: NASCAR, IndyCar, Blancpain GT, Pinty’s

Friday, May 17.
1. NASCAR Gander Outdoors Trucks North Carolina Education Lottery 200,
at Charlotte Motor Speedway
• TV: FSR at 8:30P
• 1.5 mi; 134 laps = 201 mi; Stages: 30/30/74 laps
• Last year’s Camping World Truck Series race was won by Johnny Sauter in a GSM entry. Kyle Busch was second and Brandon Jones (in a Kyle Busch entry) was third.
• The most recent truck race this year was the race at Kansas last Friday. It was won by Ross Chastain while Ben Rhodes was second and Todd Gilliland third. But for a pit stop miscue, it looked like Stewart Friesen would have been the hands-down race winner. Friesen has yet to win a NGOTS race.
• Click HERE for the NGOTS entry list

Saturday, May 18.
2. NASCAR MENCS All-Star at Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5 mi)
• TV: TSN3 Monster Energy Open at 6:00P; All-Star at 8:30P
Monster Energy Open: 50 laps = 75 mi; Stages: 20/20/10
• The leader of each segment of the Open will earn a starting spot in the All-Star race.
All-Star: 85 laps = 127.5 mi; Stages: 30/20/20/15
• The cars in the All-Star Race will feature a new, single-piece carbon-fibre splitter/pan as well as a radiator duct that exits through the hood (rather than into the engine compartment.)
• Last year, the All-Star race was won by Kevin Harvick. Daniel Suarez was second and Joey Logano finished third.
• Drivers who have won a points race in either 2018 or 2019 are eligible, as are drivers who have won a previous All-Star Race and compete full time.
• Drivers who have won a NASCAR Cup Series championship and compete full time also are eligible for the event.
• Three drivers will join the field by winning one of three stages in the Monster Energy Open.
• One driver will also be added to the field by winning a fan vote.
• Click HERE for the Monster Energy Open entry List
• Click HERE for the All-Star entry list

Sunday. May 19.
3. Indianapolis 500 Qualifying (Day 2) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5 mi)
• TV: (only on Sunday in Canada) – NBC at 12:00 noon
• The qualifications are now run over two days. Each timed run is taken on the basis of the time taken to complete four continuous laps of the oval.
• On Saturday (Day 1) each entry is guaranteed one attempt and multiple four-lap runs may be made as time permits. Cars in positions 10 through 30 at the end of first-day qualifying on May 18 are locked into those starting spots for the race and will not re-qualify the next day
• On Sunday (Day 2) the last three starting positions in the field of 33 and the pole-deciding Fast Nine Shootout to determine the starting order of the first three rows will be established.
• Click HERE for the Indy 500 entry list

4. Blancpain GT World Challenge America (GT3), Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (2.459 mi = 3.957 km)
• TV: CBS Sports at 2:00P (a delayed broadcast featuring the Sunday race)
• The series formerly known as the Pirelli World Challenge has now adopted the worldwide moniker ‘Blancpain’ (a brand of luxury watches). They run a number of different races for different classes. The headliner series is for GT3-spec production-based sports cars.
• There are two 90-minute GT3 races scheduled for this weekend. One on Saturday at 2:10P and one on Sunday at 9:55A
• The most recent race weekend for the Blancpain GT America series was at VIRginia Intl. Raceway on April 26-27. The Saturday race was won by Alvaro Parente /Andy Soucek in the No. 9 Bentley Continental GT3 while the Sunday race was won by Rodrigo Baptista/Maxime Soulet in the No 3 Bentley. Toronto area driver Daniel Morad co-drives a Porsche 911 in this series. Another local driver is Kyle Marcelli who is co-driving an Acura NSX this year.
• Click HERE for the Blancpain GT World Challenge America entry list

 5. NASCAR Pinty’s Series Clarington 200, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (2.459 mi = 3.957 km)

• TV: Live online streaming on FansChoice.tv at 1:15P (On TSN1/3/4/5 at 4:00P on May 25)
• 200 km (51 laps)
• This is the opening round of the 2019 season.
• Last’s year race here saw Kevin Lacroix who had been leading for most of the race bumped off course by Andrew Ranger on the final lap. Lacroix was able to continue but he had lost many positions and he was scored in fifth place. Ranger took the flag in second place behind Louis-Philippe Dumoulin. But the race officials penalized Ranger for bumping Lacroix, dropping him to the final lead lap finishing position – 12th. Many observers present thought that this decision was unprecedented and not in keeping with the “Have at it, boys!” stance NASCAR had taken not all that long before.

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