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NASCAR preliminary entry lists for Phoenix Raceway

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The NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series continue the “West Coast Swing” this weekend with their visit to Phoenix Raceway, the first of two trips to the track in Avondale, Arizona.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for both races.

Cup Series – Camping World 500

There are 39 cars on the entry list. A maximum field is 40 cars. Both the Atlanta and Las Vegas races featured 39 cars.

Last year, Kevin Harvick won the spring race by .010 seconds over Carl Edwards in the . Joey Logano won the fall playoff race.

Click here for the full entry list.

Xfinity Series – DC Solar 200

There are 39 cars on the preliminary entry list. Like Cup, a full field would be 40 cars.

The only Cup Series drivers entered are Ryan Blaney, Ty Dillon, Austin Dillon, Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez.

Drivers who have been in the Cup Series for five or more years are not allowed to participate in Dash 4 Cash races. Phoenix is the first of four Dash 4 Cash races.

Last year, Kyle Busch won both Phoenix races. His win in the spring capped off a stretch of three wins in a row. He led 175 of 200 laps as Joe Gibbs Racing swept the top three spots.

Click here for the full entry list.

NASCAR America: Is there cause for concern with Jimmie Johnson’s performance thus far?

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It’s no secret that Jimmie Johnson is off to a slow start in 2017.

The defending and seven-time NASCAR Cup champion has a starting average of 21.8 and a finishing average of 18.8 in the first five races of this season.

He has just one top-10 finish (ninth at Phoenix), along with 34th at Daytona, 19th at Atlanta, 11th at Las Vegas and 21st Sunday at Fontana.

And let’s not forget he’s 17th in the NASCAR Cup standings heading to one of his strongest tracks, Martinsville Speedway, this Sunday.

On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, we discussed this: After such a slow start to the season, is there a cause for concern over Johnson’s performance?

NASCAR America: Mark Martin is definitely a Kyle Larson fan

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On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin shared his experience of racing in his home state of Arkansas, as well as the excitement he feels watching  Kyle Larson compete in the Cup series.

NASCAR America: Kyle Larson involved in minor fender bender while leaving Fontana

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Kyle Larson‘s spectacular weekend at Auto Club Speedway — winning both Saturday’s Xfinity Series race and Sunday’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup event — left him feeling good.

But shortly upon exiting the facility, Larson and several others were involved in a fender-bender right outside the Speedway. Larson was a passenger, not the driver.

No one was injured, Larson tweeted.

But somehow, isn’t that strange fate?

NASCAR America: Kyle Larson’s Fontana win shows continued maturing as a driver

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Kyle Larson finally broke his streak of three straight runner-up finishes with his win in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.

On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, the crew discussed his win as well as his maturation as a driver.