Danica Patrick was fined for her actions at Fontana last year. After NASCAR decided not to punish Austin Dillon for his actions in the Xfinity Series race at Phoenix, Danica Patrick wishes NASCAR had previously used that monetary discretion when it comes to giving drivers consequences. Dillon used his wrecked car to pinch Cole Custer into the wall during last week’s race after contact with Custer led to Dillon’s initial incident.
Sprint car driver David Steele was killed Saturday night in a crash at Desoto Speedway in Bradenton, Florida. He was 42. Steele, who drove in two NASCAR Xfinity races in 2000 for car owner Felix Sabates, was competing in a Southern Sprintcar Shootout Series race at the 3/8-mile paved oval. The track issued a statement on its Facebook page Saturday night: “Desoto Speedway owners and staff are saddened by tonight’s passing of David Steele in the Sprint car feature. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends, who were all in attendance to see him try to win his 100th Florida race.” Steele was the U.S. Auto Club’s Silver Crown Series champion in 2004 and ’05. His 16 series victories ranks behind
The Xfinity Series ends its part of the “West Coast swing” today with the Service King 300. But the day is filled with Cup Series practice and Xfinity qualifying prior to the race. Here is the full schedule for the day with TV and radio info. All times are Eastern. Saturday, March 25 10 a.m. – Xfinity garage opens 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Cup garage open 11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. – Cup practice (FS1, MRN) 12:30 p.m. – Xfinity qualifying; single vehicle/two rounds (FS1) 2:15 p.m. – Xfinity driver-crew chief meeting 2:30 – 3:20 p.m. – Final Cup practice (FS1, MRN) 3:30 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions 4 p.m. – Service King 300 Xfinity race; 150 laps/300 miles (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)