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Xfinity Series clinch scenarios for Phoenix

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With Sprint Cup regulars having won the last two races, no Xfinity Chase driver has locked up a spot in the Championship 4 entering Phoenix International Raceway.

All eight drivers enter the cutoff race eyeing a place in the championship race. It can be accomplished either through points or a win.

Daniel Suarez is at the top of the Chase grid with Elliott Sadler close behind.

Blake Koch and first-year team Kaulig Racing sit in the final transfer spot. Koch holds a one-point advantage over Justin Allgaier.

Brendan Gaughan is last on the Chase grid.

Here are the clinch scenarios for the Ticket Galaxy 200:

Daniel Suarez (0 wins, 3075 points) – Would clinch on points with 26 points (15th with no laps led, 15th with at least one lap led, or 16th with the most laps led). Would also clinch a spot with a win.

Elliott Sadler (0 wins, 3074 points) – Would clinch on points with 26 points (15th with no laps led, 15th with at least one lap led, or 16th with the most laps led). Would also clinch a spot with a win.

Erik Jones (0 wins, 3065 points) – Would clinch on points with 36 points (fifth with no laps led, sixth with at least one lap led, or seventh with the most laps led). Would also clinch a spot with a win.

Blake Koch (0 wins, 3059 points) – If there is a winner who has already been eliminated from Chase contention or is currently in a transfer spot, would clinch with a second-place finish. Would clinch a spot with a win. Could also clinch on points if there is a new winner and help.

Justin Allgaier (0 wins, 3058 points), Ryan Reed (0 wins, 3054 points), Darrell Wallace Jr. (0 wins, 3039 points), and Brendan Gaughan (0 wins, 3036 points) can only guarantee a spot with a win. Each could also clinch a spot on points with some help.

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Kyle Larson fastest in final practice for Coca-Cola 600

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CONCORD, N.C. — Kyle Larson topped the final practice session for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 with a speed at 186.400 mph.

The Cup points leader, Larson will start 39th in the race because his No. 42 Chevrolet didn’t clear inspection in time to qualify.

Ryan Blaney (185.861), Matt Kenseth (185.046), Kurt Busch (184.856) and Erik Jones (184.818) rounded out the top five.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was seventh fastest at 184.433 mph. Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was 20th fastest at 182.648 mph.

Jimmie Johnson recorded the most laps in the session with 47.

Jamie McMurray had the best 10-lap average at 180.914 mph.

The session was stopped for a caution once after Brad Keselowski spun exiting Turn 4.

Click here for the full practice report.

Justin Allgaier wins pole for Charlotte Xfinity race

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CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier won the pole for the Xfinity Series’ Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

With a speed at 182.488 mph, Allgaier earned his fifth Xfinity pole and his first since the March 2013 race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Allgaier is joined on the front row by Austin Dillon (181.519).

The top five was completed by Ryan Blaney (181.378), Daniel Hemric (181.324) and Kevin Harvick (181.245).

Christopher Bell will start seventh in his first Xfinity race.

Brad Keselowski and Dakoda Armstrong will start from the rear after not passing inspection in time to qualify.

Click here for full qualifying results.

Ryan Blaney leads second Coke 600 practice

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CONCORD, N.C. — Ryan Blaney posted the top speed in the second practice session for the Coca-Cola 600.

Blaney’s No. 21 Ford produced a speed of 188.055 mph Saturday morning around Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The top five was filled out by Erik Jones (187.598 mph), Martin Truex Jr. (187.084), Daniel Suarez (186.838) and Trevor Bayne (186.239).

Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was ninth fastest at 185.567 mph. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 14th quickest at 185.141 mph.

Kyle Busch recorded the most laps in the session with 48.

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Eight teams lose 15 minutes of Coke 600 practice for failing pre-qualifying inspection

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CONCORD, N.C. — Eight Cup teams were held 15 minutes during Coca-Cola 600 practice today for failing pre-qualifying inspection on Thursday

Drivers include Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, David Ragan, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Corey LaJoie and Chris Buescher.

Buescher’s team also loses pit selection for Sunday’s race because it failed inspection three times.

Larson and LaJoie’s loss of practice time comes after neither qualified Thuraday because their cars didn’t clear inspection in time.