Who is hot and cold going into the Hollywood Casino 400

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Kyle Busch is starting to figure out Kansas Speedway.

After earning two top-10 finishes in his first 14 starts at the speedway, Busch has grabbed three top fives in his last three starts. That includes earning his first Kansas win in May after leading 69 laps.

Prior to that, Busch struggled at Kansas and never hid his frustration. There were crashes in practice, three consecutive DNFs, and eight finishes of 20th or worse. But the No. 18 has been relying on teammate Matt Kenseth recently and it’s paid off.

In the last seven Kansas races, six different drivers have gone to victory lane. Joey Logano has been the only repeat winner in the last seven races.

Here’s a look at who is Hot and Cold in the Sprint Cup Series before this weekend’s Hollywood Casino 400.

Who’s hot

Brad Keselowski: Earned his seventh straight top-10 finish at Charlotte. Has led laps in the last six Kansas races with top-10 finishes in the last three races. Also has one Kansas win (June 2011). Finished in the top 10 in 20 of the last 21 races on 1.5-mile tracks.

Kyle Busch: Has a top-10 finish in the last five races. Earned a top-five finish in each of the last three Kansas races. Picked up his first win at Kansas in the May race. Also has three Xfinity wins and one Truck win at Kansas.

Matt Kenseth: Top-10 finishes in the last four races, including two runner-ups. Has two wins at Kansas. Led 153 laps in 2015 fall Kansas race and spun from the race lead by Joey Logano. Worst finish in last 12 Kansas races was 14th in the fall race last year.

Jimmie Johnson: Has led 363 laps in the Chase. Broke a 24-race winless streak at Charlotte. Finished in the top 10 in 13 of last 15 Kansas races. Has three Kansas wins, most recent in the spring of 2015, which ties him for the most with Jeff Gordon. Is the winningest driver on 1.5-mile tracks with 26 wins.

Martin Truex Jr.: Won three of the last six races. Has top-10 finishes in five of the last six races, which is his best streak this season. Two second-place finishes at Kansas. Won the pole and led 172 laps in the May Kansas race.

Who’s Cold

Kevin Harvick: Finished 20th or worse in three of the first four Chase races. Average finish in the first round was 19.3. Has one Kansas win. Finished second at Kansas in May.

Carl Edwards: Only one top-10 finish in last six races. Finished 11th at Kansas in May. Last top-five finish was at Kentucky Speedway in July with the lower downforce package.

Kurt Busch: Only three top-10 finishes in the last nine races. Best finish at Kansas was second in the fall of 2013 when he was driving the No. 78. Finished third in May.

More notes of interest ahead of the Hollywood Casino 400

  • Three of the last five Kansas winners started outside the top 10
  • Three different manufacturers won the last three Kansas races
  • There has never been a last-lap pass for the win at Kansas but the final lead change came inside the final 10 laps in the last three races

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Starting lineup for Cup race at Richmond

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Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Elliott will start on the front row for Saturday night’s Cup race at Richmond Raceway.

Truex won his third pole of the season.

The top five is completed by Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson.

Kyle Busch, who is trying to win a third consecutive race, qualified 32nd.

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Martin Truex Jr. wins pole for Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway

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Martin Truex Jr. qualified first for Saturday’s Cup race at Richmond Raceway, winning his third pole of the season.

Truex claimed the pole with a speed of 123.859 mph around the .75-mile track. The Toyota Owners 400 will mark Truex’s 450th Cup start. Truex had DNFs in the last two races.

“It’s definitely been a crappy two weeks,” Truex told Fox Sports 1. “But that’s part of racing. This team, I’ve got so much faith and confidence in them and everything we’re doing. You can’t let those kinds of things get you down. It was nothing we did, just circumstances. Just proud of the effort today.”

The pole matches Truex’s total from last year.

Chase Elliott qualified second (123.621 mph). The top five is completed by Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson.

Ryan Blaney will start 12th, followed by Ryan Newman, David Ragan, Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson.

Daniel Hemric will start 22nd in his first Cup start.

Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski both failed to advance out of the first round. Keselowski will start 28th and Busch will start 32nd.

“We didn’t make a mock run in practice and then we thought the spread would be about three tenths (of a second),” Busch told Fox Sports 1. “It wasn’t, it was faster than that. We only ran two laps trying to make sure we preserve out tires for later on deeper into the session. A bunch of those guys ran three laps and obviously we needed that third lap. It would have picked up. For some reason the tire here today, even in race trim, your fastest lap was the seventh lap. So just takes awhile for everything to come in. Just trying to short cut it a little bit and it didn’t work out for us.”

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Cole Custer wins pole for Xfinity race at Richmond

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Cole Custer will start first in tonight’s Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway after earning his second consecutive pole.

Custer won the pole for the ToyotaCare 250 with a lap of 121.332 mph. He earned his first career pole last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver will be joined on the front row by Christopher Bell (120.881 mph). He has started on the front row in four of the first eight races this season.

The top five is rounded out by Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric and John Hunter Nemechek.

Cindric will start in the top five for the first time this season.

Hemric is the highest qualifying of the four Dash 4 Cash drivers. Justin Allgaier will start seventh and Elliott Sadler will roll off eighth. Spencer Gallagher will start 17th.

Noah Gragson will start 11th in his Xfinity debut.

Tyler Reddick suffered some cosmetic damage when he scrapped the frontstretch wall in Round 2. He will start 10th.

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Tonight’s Xfinity race at Richmond: Start time, lineup and more

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The Xfinity Series is back on a short track for round two of the Dash 4 Cash series. Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler, Daniel Hemric and Spencer Gallagher will compete for the $100,000 bonus tonight at Richmond Raceway.

Here is all the info for tonight’s race.

(All times are Eastern)

START:  Leslie Gravitte, Toyota Camry owner, will give the command to start engines at 7:07 p.m for the ToyotaCare 250. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 7:13 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 250 laps (187.5 miles) around the .75-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 75. Stage 2 ends on Lap 150.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: Driver/crew chief meeting is at 5:10 p.m. Driver introductions are at 6:35 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Henrico Fire Choir will perform the anthem at 7:01 p.m.

TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the race beginning at 7 p.m. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. Motor Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 6:30 p.m. and also can be heard at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have MRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for a high of 59 degrees and a zero percent chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Kyle Larson took the lead with 10 laps to go to win this race last April. He was followed by Justin Allgaier and Daniel Hemric. Brad Keselowski won last September’s race and was followed by Kyle Busch and Ty Dillon.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for starting lineup.