XFINITY Drivers, Teams Highlight Issue of Postponing Race to Monday

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With rain running rampant at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NASCAR was forced to cancel all of Saturday’s on-track activities.

That meant no practice or qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but it was the NASCAR XFINITY Series and some of its smaller teams that felt the biggest effect in the garage.

The XFINITY race was postponed, not to Sunday before or after the Cup event, but to Monday, a decision that didn’t sit too well with many.

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You see, the next race after Indy on NASCAR’s schedule is at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; a race taking place on the other side of the country. The postponement to Monday means teams have little to no turnaround on their trip to Sin City this week.

XFINITY driver Josh Bilicki was one of many expressing his opinions via Twitter. He says his JP Motorsports team will now have to drive straight to Las Vegas from Indianapolis with no chance of working on the car at their race shop in North Carolina.

And to make matters a bit more difficult for Bilicki, he’ll need to be careful in Monday’s race because he’ll be racing the exact same car in Las Vegas, a car that got zero track time at Indianapolis this weekend.

Bilicki wasn’t the only driver in the garage expressing discontent about racing on Monday. Tommy Joe Martins offered a solution he hoped NASCAR would consider.

Meanwhile, DGM Racing driver Josh Williams, who will start 25th in Monday’s race, has his own set of issues with the race’s postponement — his day job.

Brandon Hightower, starting 37th in the race driving for Carl Long, says a lack of full-time employees is what harms the small teams versus a bigger team like Joe Gibbs Racing or Team Penske in a situation such as this.

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A 20-year-old from Ontario, Canada, Tyson Lautenschlager is a third-year journalism student at Humber College in Toronto. He is currently the managing editor of OnPitRoad.

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