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Kevin Harvick wins second Atlanta stage, Chase Elliott second, Ryan Newman third

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Kevin Harvick continues his domination of the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 by winning the second stage of the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Harvick won the first 85-lap stage. He has now won three stages in the first two races of the season and has 47 stage points.

Aside from the cautions that ended each stage, there have been no cautions in the race.

The top 10 after 170 laps:

Harvick, Chase Elliott, Ryan Newman, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, Brad Keselowski, Erik Jones, Clint Bowyer and Trevor Bayne.

Only 12 cars remained on the lead lap at the end of the stage. Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch was the last car on the lead lap.

Brad Keselowski pitted from second on Lap 117 for a possible tire issue and led a handful of laps after green flag stop before Harvick retook the lead on Lap 141.

His Penske teammate Joey Logano pitted two laps later, was caught speeding and is now one lap down in 18th.

Jimmie Johnson was caught speeding during his second pit stop of the day and runs in 16th, a lap down.

Denny Hamlin pit from the top 10 on Lap 160 for a vibration. After leaving the pits, Hamlin struggled to get back to speed. Hamlin told Fox Sports 1 that a wheel hub had burned up. Hamlin took the No. 11 to the garage during the stage break and remained there as the race restarted.

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.