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Ford EcoBoost 400 Friday Practice, Qualifying Cancelled; Practice to Replace Qualifying

Due to earlier rains, plus the return of precipitation before Homestead-Miami Speedway could be fully dried, NASCAR has officially wiped out both scheduled practice sessions for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

In addition, since no practice was completed, NASCAR has officially cancelled Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying for the Ford EcoBoost 400 as well.  The session, which was scheduled for 2:05 p.m. EST Saturday afternoon, would have taken place without any practice.  As a result, NASCAR has decided to make the qualifying session into a 50-minute practice session.  That session will begin at the same time that qualifying would have run.  It will air live on NBCSN.

Since only 40 teams are entered in the Ford EcoBoost 400, no one will fail to qualify.

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Bill B

That kind of sucks if they are going to line up by points because all four of the chasers will be up front to start. I mean we know they will all end up front after 20 laps no matter where they started because everyone else will move out of the way, but we could have at least had a little drama watching them get there. NASCAR just can’t keep from undermining their own vision.

BTW, the truck race was a dud. There was little drama and absolutely no “game 7” moments. How about that, game 7 moments can’t be manufactured after all. I bet the same will be true of the final Xfinity and Cup races as well.

Capt Spaulding

Bill B, looks like you will be left to turn out the lights.

Bill B

Yeah, I know, I’m the only fool still watching. I get together with a friend every Friday night to drink a few and the truck race seems like a better option than Simpsons reruns (although I’d probably enjoy The Simpsons reruns more). But on the plus side, I did manage to get a pretty good buzz going.

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