NASCAR at Nashville: Race instances for Cup Collection, Xfinity, Vans

FILE - Kyle Busch smashes the guitar trophy after winning the NASCAR Federated Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series auto race at Nashville Speedway in Gladeville, Tenn., in this Saturday, June 6, 2009, file photo. Nashville Speedway, the track that had been shuttered for a decade will host its first ever Cup race on Sunday, June 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Donn Jones, File)

FILE - Kyle Busch smashes the guitar trophy after winning the NASCAR Federated Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series auto race at Nashville Speedway in Gladeville, Tenn., in this Saturday, June 6, 2009, file photo. Nashville Speedway, the track that had been shuttered for a decade will host its first ever Cup race on Sunday, June 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Donn Jones, File)

FILE – Kyle Busch smashes the guitar trophy after profitable the NASCAR Federated Auto Components 300 Nationwide Collection auto race at Nashville Speedway in Gladeville, Tenn., on this Saturday, June 6, 2009, file photograph. Nashville Speedway, the monitor that had been shuttered for a decade will host its first ever Cup race on Sunday, June 20, 2021. (AP Photograph/Donn Jones, File)

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Historical past will likely be made this weekend when NASCAR races at Nashville Superspeedway, the place the monitor will host its first Cup Collection occasion on Sunday.

The Ally 400 race begins at 3:30 p.m. on NBCSN.

The 1.33-mile concrete oval held Xfinity and Truck Collection races between 2001 and 2011, and delivered memorable moments that stay on within the sport’s spotlight reels, together with a pre-race invocation by pastor Joe Nelms wherein he thanked God for “the Dodges and the Toyotas” and his “smokin’ sizzling spouse” whereas drivers snickered on the starting grid.

Nashville was additionally house to Kyle Busch’s notorious guitar smash in 2009, which has been referenced usually on social media this week as the driving force prepares to make his return to the monitor within the Cup Collection. After Busch gained a 2009 Nationwide Collection race, he promptly demolished his trophy — a Les Paul Gibson guitar hand-painted by NASCAR artist Sam Bass. Busch deliberately smashed his prize on the bottom in Victory Lane to interrupt off items for his workforce members, however the incident caused controversy.

Busch can have one other shot at a guitar smash this weekend. The profitable trophy will likely be a Bass-inspired Gibson guitar to honor the artist who died in 2019.

“With out query it’s vital to keep up the custom of a Music Metropolis-made Gibson guitar for our race winners,” Nashville Superspeedway president Erik Moses stated. “Whereas everybody misses Sam and we may by no means recreate what he provided to our monitor champions, we’re thrilled to rekindle our partnership with Gibson and to award their timeless guitars to our race winners.”

NASCAR and Nashville are additionally pulling out the stops to focus on the town’s honky-tonk and leisure roots. Nation music star Chris Janson will carry out a pre-race live performance on Sunday together with John Anderson, and musical artists CeCe Winans, Luke Combs, Priscilla Block and Brandon Lay will likely be a part of pre-race ceremonies throughout three days of racing.

Will probably be a jam-packed weekend with apply and qualifying for all three nationwide collection. Right here is the weekend schedule for NASCAR at Nashville (all instances are Jap).

NASCAR at Nashville schedule

Friday, June 18

11:05 a.m. Vans apply (50 minutes) on FS2

4:05 p.m. Xfinity apply (50 minutes) on NBCSN

5:05 p.m. Vans qualifying (single automobile, one lap) on FS2

8 p.m. Truck Collection race at Nashville (199.5 miles, 150 laps with phases ending on Laps 45, 90, 150) on FS1

Saturday, June 19

12:35 p.m. Xfinity qualifying (single automobile, one lap) on FS2

2:05 p.m. Cup apply (50 minutes) on NBCSN

3:30 p.m. Xfinity Collection race at Nashville (250.04 miles, 188 laps with phases ending on Laps 45, 90 and 188) on NBCSN

Sunday, June 20

11:05 a.m. Cup qualifying (single automobile, one lap) on NBCSN

3:30 p.m. Cup Collection race at Nashville (399 miles, 300 laps with phases ending on Laps 90, 185 and 300) on NBCSN

NASCAR and Charlotte FC beat reporter Alex Andrejev joined The Observer in January 2020 following an internship at The Washington Publish. She performed Division I volleyball at Columbia College earlier than incomes her grasp’s diploma on the College of Southern California.
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