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SAFETY CHANGE: NASCAR issued technical bulletins earlier in the week in both Sprint Cup and the Nationwide Series, addressing a safety improvement to the driver’s roll cage. It will take effect in January. Cars will feature an additional forward roof bar and a center roof support bar that will intersect near the front center of the roll cage.

The addition is an effort to strengthen the roll cage.


PATRICK’S WEEKEND: Danica Patrick is back at what is essentially her home track this weekend. She’s from Roscoe.

Patrick finished 12th in Saturday’s Nationwide race and will make her sixth Cup start of the year Sunday. Her prospects weren’t looking great after she qualified 46th out of 47 drivers Saturday in the No. 10 Chevrolet.

“It was loose, really loose,” Patrick said. “I’m definitely not good enough at this point to know how to fix that _ or exactly what I what I need even necessarily going into qualifying. I’m still at the point where we are going to have good things happen and bad things happen in the weekend.

“Here I would say we were better in practice but our qualifying lap wasn’t any good. These things are going to happen on the weekends so we just need to keep finding the good stuff and work on how to make that happen all the time.”