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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: Parker Kligerman takes to simulator to show Xfinity changes at Indy (video)

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While Saturday will mark the sixth straight year the NASCAR Xfinity Series will race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, there will be significant changes. 

Among the changes: the use of restrictor plates, as well as adding aero ducts to aid cars with the draft.

On Tbursday’s edition of NASCAR America, Parker Kligerman took a spin around the hallowed Indianapolis Motor Speedway — on the NBCSN iRacing Simulator, that is — to show how some of those changes will impact the cars and potentially the race.

Check it out in the video above.

Friday’s NASCAR schedule at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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Friday will be somewhat of an easy, relaxing day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Cars will only take to the track twice in the afternoon — both being Xfinity Series practice sessions, which will be on the NBC Sports App.

IMS will host the NASCAR Cup Fan Fest from 4:30 – 8 p.m. ET, followed by the NASCAR Cup hauler parade that will see transporters enter the Speedway around 9 p.m. ET.

Here’s the rest of Friday’s schedule (all times Eastern):

FRIDAY, JULY 21

9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

1 – 1:55 p.m. – First Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)

3 – 3:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)

NASCAR America: Pit crew members share their hidden talents

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What does a sky diver and Olympic-caliber swimmer have in common?

They make their living on NASCAR’s pit road, that’s what.

Check out two of this week’s pit crew all-star nominees, as seen on Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America.

NASCAR America: Xfinity drivers react to restrictor plates at Indy (video)

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On Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America, several of the stars of the NASCAR Xfinity Series tried to explain in three words what to expect with the use of restrictor plates in this Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

See what they said and what they’re thinking about Saturday’s race in the video above.