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Kyle Larson earns Xfinity pole at Bristol with track record

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Kyle Larson‘s second career Xfinity pole came at Bristol Motor Speedway, the same track where he earned the first in 2014.

With a track record of 127.988 mph (14.992 seconds), Larson drove his No. 42 Chevrolet to the pole for the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300.

It’s the first Xfinity pole for Chip Ganassi Racing since 2008.

“I know it’s cool to get a pole, but I’d like to be in the back so I could work the top in quick,” Larson told Fox Sports 1. “I thought I would be top four or five, I didn’t know if I’d have the speed to be on the pole. I though (Erik Jones) would be a lot faster than he was in qualifying … Hopefully we can get the race in today. The radar and forecast look bad but it hasn’t been racing.”

Filling out the top five is Austin Dillon, Cole Custer, Erik Jones and Justin Allgaier.

Larson has been upfront about his desire to make the high lane work while the bottom lane has been coated with VHT to make it the desired lane for drivers.

“It’s hard when you run so many cars and laps on the bottom, it put marbles up top and takes a longtime for those to get picked up,” Larson said. “Hopefully when this race starts people mid-pack to the back will try to work the top groove up some.”

Custer and Allgaier were fastest in the first and second rounds respectively.

Drivers starting outside the top 12 include Brennan Poole, Darrell Wallace Jr., Blake Koch, Elliott Sadler, Brandon Jones, points leader William Byron and Ryan Reed.

A notable qualifying effort came from Ross Chastain, who will start 11th matching his career best start from Kentucky (2015) and Dover (2016). The JD Motorsports driver, who has 79 Xfinity starts, was second fastest in the first round in his No. 4 Chevrolet.

“Here definitely, our lap times were all within a tenth of each other, so it’s driving good,” Chastain told FS1. “We worked on some long-run stuff, longer than I normally do, yesterday. Hopefully the rain holds off, that’s all we can do.”

Like Larson, Chastain said he’s tried working in the top groove.

“Unfortunately, I think we’re back to old Bristol, which was before I ever ran it,” Chastian said. “I’m probably going to get run into. You can look at this GK logo right here and it’ll probably be crumpled after the race. Hopefully my right front is too because I’m going forward.”

With the threat of rain, NASCAR has moved up the scheduled green flag for the race by 10 minutes to 1:03 p.m. ET.

Click here for the full qualifying report.

Kyle Busch fastest in morning Cup practice at Bristol

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Kyle Busch posted the fastest lap in Saturday morning’s Cup practice at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Busch led the way with a lap of 128.865 mph. He was followed by rookie Erik Jones (128.649 mph), Denny Hamlin (128.176), Kevin Harvick (128.091) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (128.005).

Jones had the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 127.178 mph. He was followed by Kasey Kahne (126.863 mph), Chase Elliott (126.442), Paul Menard (126.388) and Austin Dillon (126.383).

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who finished second at this track in August, tagged the wall with the right rear during the session. He told his team on the radio: “Obviously, too loose.”

The team unloaded its backup car but Fox Sports 1 reported that the team would repair its primary car, fearful that the final Cup practice session Saturday would get rained out and they wouldn’t get any laps in their backup car.

Most of the field ran in the bottom groove, which had been prepared to provide extra grip. Kyle Larson spent part of the session running high, trying to put rubber in that groove to make it better. Few others followed his lead. Larson spun and hit the wall with the right rear. His car had minor damage.

Click here for full practice report

 

Today’s Xfinity race at Bristol: Start time, weather, TV/radio info

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After an off-weekend, the NASCAR Xfinity Series gets back at it today with the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300.

And there’s an added bonus — this will also be a Dash 4 Cash race.

Justin Allgaier won the first Dash 4 Cash race last month at Phoenix, earning a $100,000 prize.

If Allgaier can win today’s race and the Dash races at Dover and Richmond, he would earn $1 million in total.

Here are the particulars for today’s Xfinity race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: The command for drivers to start engines will take place at 12:57 p.m. ET. The green flag is scheduled for 1:03 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 300 laps (159.9 miles) around the .533-mile, high-banked speedway.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Xfinity garage opens at 6 a.m. The drivers meeting is at 10:40 a.m. Driver introductions are at 12:20 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Jonathan Richards will perform the Anthem at 12:51 p.m.

TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the race at 1 p.m. Its coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. Performance Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at goprn.com. PRN’s coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts 71 degrees at race time with a 15 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST YEAR: Kyle Larson led the most laps (94), but fell short at the end to winner Erik Jones, ending up third. Kyle Busch finished second. Austin Dillon won at Bristol last August. Once again, Larson led the most laps (200), but finished third, as Dillon led just four laps, including the final lap. Justin Allgaier finished second.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the starting grid.

Justin Allgaier is fastest in lone Xfinity practice at Bristol

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Justin Allgaier was fastest in the lone Xfinity Series practice session Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Allgaier covered the half-mile, high-banked oval with a speed of 124.420 mph. Erik Jones was second-fastest (123.722 mph), followed by Kyle Larson (123.594), Ryan Blaney (123.515) and Austin Dillon (123.380).

Two Xfinity practices were originally scheduled, but rain washed out Friday’s morning action, including NASCAR Cup practice.

When the rain finally stopped, NASCAR officials cancelled NASCAR Cup and K&N Pro Series East qualifying for later in the day and then scheduled just one practice session for each of the three series racing at BMS this weekend: K&N (1 to 1:55 p.m. ET), Xfinity (2 to 2:55 p.m. ET) and NASCAR Cup (3 to 3:55 p.m. ET).

Click here to see how the Xfinity Series practice played out.

Preliminary entry lists for NASCAR at Bristol Motor Speedway

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Your thirst for NASCAR will be satisfied this weekend when the sport returns from its week off to race at Bristol Motor Speedway

The Cup Series prepares for the Food City 500 and the Xfinity Series for the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for each race.

Cup Series – Food City 500

Thirty-nine cars are entered for the eighth Cup race of the year. It’s a return to the rule of the season after 40 cars competed at Texas Motor Speedway. Only the Daytona 500 and Texas have had 40-car fields this season.

Last year, Carl Edwards won this race after starting from the pole and leading 276 laps. It was the first in a two-race win streak for Edwards.

Click here for the full entry list.

Xfinity – Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300

There are six Cup drivers among the 41 entries for the race: Kyle Larson, Ty Dillon, Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez. This is a Dash 4 Cash event, meaning drivers with more than five full-time Cup seasons of racing are not eligible for this event.

One car will be sent home after qualifying.

Tommy Joe Martins has withdrawn from the event due to the threat of weather all weekend.

Last year, Jones won this race after starting from the pole of the main event and leading 62 laps. Jones led the final three laps after taking advantage of a late-race battle between Larson and Kyle Busch.

Click here for the full entry list.