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Kyle Busch is Stage 1 winner of Daytona 500, followed by Harvick, Blaney

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Kyle Busch is the winner of Stage 1 of Sunday’s 59th Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

Each of the first two stages is 60 laps each, followed by an 80-lap final stage from Laps 121-200. Drivers earn from 10 to 1 points if they finish each of the first two stages in the top-10.

The younger Busch brother (earned 10 standings points) is followed by Kevin Harvick (9 points), Ryan Blaney (8), Brad Keselowski (7) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (6) in the top five.

Busch and Harvick led the most laps, each driver leading 18 laps apiece.

Sixth through 10th are Kyle Larson (5 points), Jamie McMurray (4), defending Daytona 500 champion Denny Hamlin (3), 2016 NASCAR Cup series champion Jimmie Johnson (2) and Danica Patrick (1).

Stage notes:

* Joey Logano made an unscheduled pit stop on Lap 15 for four tires and fuel due to a loose wheel.

* On Lap 18, most of the Toyota contingent come to pit road for fuel and tires to get to the end of stage together. Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez both missed their pit stalls and had to go back around. Suarez also was caught speeding exiting pit road, and had to return to pit road.

* Matt Kenseth was the only Toyota driver that didn’t come to pit row on Lap 18, choosing to pit three laps later on Lap 21.

* David Ragan hit the wall on Lap 51, went to pit road for repairs and is back on track.

* There have been 10 lead changes and two cautions.

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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.

Click here for the full practice report.

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.