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Preliminary entry lists for Xfinity, Truck Series at Daytona

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The Xfinity Series kicks off its 2017 season Saturday at Daytona International Speedway with the Powershares QQQ 300.

There are 44 cars on the preliminary entry list. A full field is 40 cars.

NASCAR Cup Series drivers in the field include defending Xfinity champion Daniel Suarez, Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Brad Keselowski, Erik Jones, Aric Almirola and Kasey Kahne.

Spencer Gallagher and Cole Custer will make their debuts as full-time drivers in the Xfinity Series.

Two cars do not have drivers attach to them yet.

Last year’s race was won by Chase Elliott in a narrow finish over Joey Logano, who led the most laps. Almirola won the July Xfinity race at Daytona after he was judged to be ahead of Justin Allgaier when the caution came out on the last lap.

Click here for the full entry list.

The Camping World Truck Series begins its 2017 campaign with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday night.

There are 39 trucks on the initial entry list. A full field is 32 trucks.

Johnny Sauter, the defending series champion, won last year’s race after taking the lead from Ryan Truex on the last lap.

There are no NASCAR Cup Series drivers entered. Spencer Gallagher, now a full-time Xfinity driver, is entered along with Joe Nemechek. The father of John Hunter Nemechek hasn’t made a Truck start since June 2015 at Texas Motor Speedway.

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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 of 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 is 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 Bush 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 will be 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 due to failing pre-qualifying inspection three ties.

Larson and LaJoie’s loss of practice time comes on top of them not making qualifying runs on Thursday after neither of their cars passed inspection in time.

 

NASCAR America: How much risk should drivers take in the Coca-Cola 600?

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As in many things in life, whether something is worth doing comes down to risk vs. reward.

Such will be the case in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. How much are drivers willing to risk? Will that risk be worth reward, particularly with the additional stage to the race?

On Friday’s NASCAR America, Parker Kligerman jumped into the iRacing simulator and showed the greatest strategies to employ in Sunday’s race, especially with the traction compound up top.

Check out the above video.