The Latest from NASCAR: Helton warns teams to play fair

By MARK Prolonged, AP Sports activities Author

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — The most current from Homestead-Miami Speedway, the website of NASCAR’s time finale (all times EST):

three:forty five p.m.

NASCAR vice chairman Mike Helton has sternly warned groups not to interfere with the championship race.

Helton despatched his edict for the duration of the pre-race drivers’ assembly. It’s been manufactured before throughout substantial-stakes activities, and NASCAR was livid previously this thirty day period when Matt Kenseth deliberately wrecked Joey Logano in the course of a playoff race.

Kenseth was suspended two races for an motion that in the end knocked Logano out of the Chase.

“Motorists and crew chiefs, crew members, spotters, everyone allow present day race enjoy out on its organic training course,” Helton informed a packed audience. “No one particular demands to interfere with the all-natural unfolding of this celebration. This is our very last possibility, it is a excellent opportunity for four drivers and you will find 39 other individuals that are collaborating in this race.

“Crew chiefs, move this on to your spotters and drivers: Be certain this working day concludes on a large be aware with no interference of a normally progressed race.”

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three:fifteen p.m.

The season finale is delayed simply because of rain.

The race had been scheduled to commence at three:15 p.m., but a downpour soaked the observe, delayed driver introductions and despatched the Air Titan dryers into motion.

The forecast calls for thunderstorms through the afternoon. So it’s unclear when the race will commence, enable alone complete.

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3 p.m.

Tv protection will last on NBC till 7 p.m.

With the race now getting delayed, NBC is scheduled to change to NFL protection for the Cincinnati-Arizona recreation. If the race runs late, protection will conclude on NBCSN.

“If the end have been to bleed a minor little bit after seven, fifteen or 20 minutes, we would keep with the race and the crowning of the champion,” NBC Athletics Group chairman Mark Lazarus advised The Related Press on Sunday. “Other than that, we will go the race above.”

NBC Sports compensated $ 4.four billion for its rights above a 10-calendar year deal and the 1st 12 months has noticed protection plagued by weather woes. Counting NBC’s debut in July at Daytona, eight races have been impacted by weather.

NBC afterwards explained there are “also several variables in play appropriate now” to know when the race would air Monday, if necessary.

Lazarus said scores for races on NBCSN — whilst down compared to these on NBC — boosted the network to its greatest 3rd-quarter ratings in community historical past.

Lazarus mentioned enjoyment for the Chase and the rankings would have been heightened experienced weather conditions not meant late-evening endings and or mid-race shifts to NBCSN. He explained he’d like to see a equivalent Chase structure in the Truck and Xfinity Series.

“We want NASCAR to proceed to refine the Chase and the competition,” he explained. “We want them to keep on to get people to recognize the elimination, the brackets.”

He desires the back conclude of the Chase timetable on NBC up coming year.

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two:15 p.m.

Driver introductions are on maintain since of rain.

It truly is not a full downpour, but it’s raining difficult adequate that officers made a decision to postpone the introductions. Delaying the commence of the race could be the up coming stage.

The inexperienced flag is scheduled for three:fifteen p.m.

Climate forecasts have been gloomy all weekend, but the Truck Sequence season finale and the Xfinity Collection year finale commenced and finished with out any delays Friday and Saturday, respectively.

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one:45 p.m.

Jeff Gordon is receiving plenty of enjoy prior to his ultimate race, perhaps even much more than anticipated.

Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne as well as fellow motorists Danica Patrick and Kyle Larson are wearing Gordon tribute hats. Patrick’s is outdated-college “rainbow warriors” shades. Joey Logano posted a image Sunday of him and Gordon on Fb and wrote, “You ended up my idol expanding up. By no means did I believe I might race in opposition to you for wins. Congrats on a great job Jeff Gordon.”

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