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NASCAR removes curb in Turn 6 for Cup race

Austin Cindric cites the "great motivation" to do well for Team Penske at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after his Xfinity Series win and previews what he expects for Sunday's Cup Series race on the same road course.

INDIANAPOLIS - NASCAR removed the orange curb off Turn 6 that caused problems for a number of drivers in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race.

NASCAR made the move after consultation with drivers and seeing what happened in Saturday’s race. The curb was there only for the NASCAR events. It was not in place for the NTT IndyCar Series race earlier Saturday.

The change by NASCAR makes one thing Cup drivers will not have to worry about in Sunday’s race (1 p.m. ET on NBC).

The orange curb was set up just past Turn 6. The curb was designed to keep cars off the last part of asphalt before the grass in that section.

The curb impacted the race on the first lap when Harrison Burton, Brandon Jones, Kevin Harvick and Brandon Brown all swung wide off Turn 6 and ran over the curb. Jones finished last, completing no laps. Brown placed 34th, running one lap. Harvick went to the garage after one lap and never returned, placing 33rd. Burton finished ninth in his damaged car.

Later in the race, Chase Elliott and Sam Mayer made contact off Turn 6. Mayer went wide off the corner and had to dodge the curb. That sent him into the grass and he slid into the barrier, damaging his car. The contact eliminated Mayer, who finished 27th.

The curb in Turn 5 will remain in place, NASCAR stated. Kris Wright hit that curb and his car got airborne during the Xfinity race.