Here's the lowdown on NASCAR weekend
Race Weekend Schedule
Thursday, May 32:05 p.m. – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice 4:05 p.m. – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice
Friday, May 49:35 a.m. – NASCAR Xfinity Series practice 10:35 a.m. – Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice 1:05 p.m. – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying 2:05 p.m. – NASCAR Xfinity Series final practice 3:20 p.m. – Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying 4:30 p.m. – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver introductions 5 p.m. – JEGS 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race
Saturday, May 59:30 a.m. – Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice 10:35 a.m. – NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying 12:05 p.m. – Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice 1 p.m. – NASCAR Xfinity Series driver introductions 1:30 p.m. – OneMain Financial 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race
Sunday, May 61:20 p.m. – Monster Energy NASCAR Series driver introductions 2 p.m. – AAA 400 Drive for Autism Monster Energy Cup Series race
Among the weekend’s other highlights at Dover International Speedway:
NASCAR legend Gordon to be honored with plaque
Jeff Gordon, the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion who reached Dover International Speedway’s Victory Lane five times in his career, will be honored during a marquee plaque unveiling on the Monster Monument at 10:15 a.m. Saturday.
Gordon, 46, is the fourth driver honored with a marquee plaque, joining Bobby Allison, David Pearson and Richard Petty.
Dover International Speedway President and CEO Mike Tatoian and Mike Bagley, the host of Sirius XM’s “The Morning Drive” and a Motor Racing Network announcer, will host with remarks from Gordon, Dover Motorsports Inc. CEO Denis McGlynn.
Gordon’s five Dover wins are tied for fourth with Pearson, behind Jimmie Johnson, 11, and Petty and Allison, seven each.
Bret Michaels free concert
Singer-songwriter Bret Michaels will perform a free charity concert Sunday on the AAA Stage at Victory Plaza before the “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.
Michaels recently embarked on his 2018 Party Starts Now tour and will play Poison favorites and solo hits. As a solo artist, Michaels’ album “Custom Built” reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock and Independent Albums charts, and “Jammin’ With Friends” included contributors Jimmy Buffett, Loretta Lynn and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry.
Michaels, a Type 1 diabetic since age 6, won his season on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” raising funds for the American Diabetes Association. In all, Michaels’ charitable efforts have helped raise more than $3 million for diabetes research.
Michaels has assisted in raising funds for wounded U.S. veterans, childhood cancer research, St. Jude Children’s Hospital and PetSmart Charities.
Jessica Lynn sings anthem
Jessica Lynn,will sing the national anthem prior to the “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Lynn, a singer/songwriter from New York, had her latest single, “Crazy Idea,” reach the top 50 on U.S. country radio charts, and rise to the No. 4 most streamed on the Play MPE Chart.
A Pace University graduate with a master’s degree in special education, she has shared the stage with country music singers such as Clint Black, Montgomery Gentry, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban, toured with Jo Dee Messina and opened for Loretta Lynn.
In 2017, she toured Europe in support of her latest album “Look At Me That Way,” which included opening for ZZ Top.