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Preliminary entry lists for NASCAR at Chicagoland Speedway

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All three of NASCAR’s national series will be racing this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.

While the Cup Series begins its playoffs, both the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series end their regular seasons at the 1.5-mile track.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for each race.

Cup – Tale of the Turtles 400

There are 39 cars entered into the race.

Brett Moffitt will drive the No. 83 for BK Racing. Corey LaJoie will drive the No. 23 for BK Racing.

Gray Gaulding will drive the No. 55 for Premium Motorsports.

Last year Martin Truex Jr. opened the playoffs with a win after a two-lap shootout to end the race. Truex beat Joey Logano and Chase Elliott to the checkered flag.

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Xfinity – Chicagoland 300

There are 40 cars entered into the race.

Six Cup regulars are entered into the race: Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez, Ty Dillon and Austin Dillon.

Darrell Wallace Jr. will drive the No. 98 Ford in his first Xfinity start since June at Pocono.

The No. 96 of Ben Kennedy has been withdrawn from the event by GMS Racing.

There is no driver attached yet to the No. 78 for BJ McLeod Motorsports.

Last year Jones led the final nine laps to score a win over Larson and Elliott Sadler.

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Truck – Chicagoland 225

There are 30 trucks entered into the race.

Drivers are not attached to the No. 0 owned by Jennifer Jo Cobb and the No. 36 owned by MB Motorsports.

Last year Kyle Busch won after leading 95 of 151 laps. He beat Daniel Hemric and Cameron Hayley.

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GMS Racing will not add full-time NASCAR Cup team next season

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GMS Racing will not have a full-time Cup Series entry next season, the team confirmed to NBC Sports on Wednesday.

The organization, which fields teams in the Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series, had looked at the notion of moving up to Cup next season.

ESPN’s Bob Pockrass first reported that GMS Racing would not field a full-time Cup entry.

Had GMS moved to Cup, it might have provided a landing spot for any of the Cup drivers without an announced ride for next year at this time, which includes former champions Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch and Brickyard 400 winner Kasey Kahne.

Johnny Sauter won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship for GMS Racing last season. Sauter ranks second in the points heading into this weekend’s race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The team also fields Truck entries for Daytona winner Kaz Grala and Justin Haley. Sauter and Grala are assured playoff spots with wins this season.

In the Xfinity Series, GMS Racing fields entries for Spencer Gallagher Jr. and a second car that has been run by Ben Kennedy and Brett Moffitt in select races this season.

 

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Weekend NASCAR schedule for Michigan (Cup, Trucks) and Mid-Ohio (Xfinity)

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NASCAR has another split weekend with the Cup and Truck Series at Michigan International Speedway, while the Xfinity Series will race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Kyle Larson has won the last two Cup races at MIS: his first career Cup win last August and again in June. He goes for another win Sunday.

As for the Truck Series, which races Saturday at MIS, Brett Moffitt earned his first career series win there last year.

And the Xfinity Series takes part in its second straight road course race Saturday – and part of three road course events in a four-race stretch (also Road America on Aug. 26).

This will be the fifth Xfinity race held at Mid-Ohio. Justin Marks won last year’s race, preceded by wins from A.J. Allmendinger (2013), Chris Buescher (2014) and Regan Smith (2015).

Here’s the weekend schedule at Michigan and Mid-Ohio:

(All times Eastern)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11

At MICHIGAN

9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Cup garage open

11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Truck garage open

11:30 a.m. – 12:55 p.m. – Cup practice (NBCSN, Motor Racing Network)

1 – 1:55 p.m. – Truck practice (Fox Sports 1)

3 – 3:55 p.m. – Final Truck practice (FS1)

5:05 p.m. – Cup qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds) (NBCSN, MRN)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11

At MID-OHIO

11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

2 – 2:55 p.m. – Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)

4 – 4:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12

At MICHIGAN

6 a.m. – Truck garage open

7 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Cup garage open

8:30 – 9:25 p.m. – Cup practice (CNBC, MRN)

9:30 a.m. – Truck qualifying (single vehicle, two rounds) (FS1)

11:15 a.m. – Truck driver/crew chief meeting

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – Final Cup practice (NBC Sports App, MRN)

12:30 p.m. – Truck driver introductions

1 p.m. – LTI Printing 200 Truck race (100 laps, 200 miles) (FS1, MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12

At MID-OHIO

8 a.m. – Xfinity garage open

12 p.m. – Xfinity qualifying (multi-vehicle, two rounds) (CNBC)

2:15 p.m. – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting

3 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions

3:30 p.m. – Mid-Ohio Challenge Xfinity race (75 laps, 169.35 miles) (NBCSN, MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 13

At Michigan

9:30 a.m. – Cup garage open

1 p.m. – Cup driver/crew chief meeting

2:20 p.m. – Cup driver introductions

3 p.m. – Pure Michigan 400 (200 laps, 400 miles) (NBCSN, MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

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Entry lists for NASCAR at Michigan, Mid-Ohio (Updated)

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All three of NASCAR’s national series will be in action this weekend, but they will be in neighboring states.

Monster Energy Cup and Camping World Truck Series teams will race at Michigan International Speedway. Meanwhile, the Xfinity Series takes part in it second road course race of the season at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for all three races.

Cup – Pure Michigan 400

There are 39 cars on the entry list for the race. No driver is attached to the No. 51 Chevrolet owned by Rick Ware Racing.

Brett Moffitt will be in BK Racing’s No. 83 Toyota for his second start of the year.

Last year Kyle Larson claimed his first career win in this race after leading the final 10 laps following a late restart.

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Xfinity – Mid-Ohio Challenge

There are 42 cars entered into the fifth annual Xfinity race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

No Cup regulars are entered.

Defending race-winner Justin Marks will make his first start of the year in the No. 42 Chevrolet owned by Chip Ganassi Racing.

Regan Smith, the 2015 Mid-Ohio winner, will drive Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota in his first start of the year. James Davison will drive JGR’s No. 20 Toyota.

Sam Hornish Jr. will drive Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford and Scott Lagasse Jr. will pilot Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 Chevrolet.

Sheldon Creed will drive JD Motorsports No. 01 Chevrolet usually piloted by Harrison Rhodes.

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Truck – LTI Printing 200

There are 30 trucks entered into the race, including Kyle Busch in the No. 54 Toyota.

Joe Nemechek is entered in the No. 87 Chevrolet. It’s the eighth race he has been entered.

The No. 57 truck will be driven by Mike Senica and the No. 99 truck will be driven by Darrell Wallace Jr. in his first series start since 2014.

Last year Brett Moffitt earned his first national NASCAR win with a last-lap pass of teammate Timothy Peters coming to the checkered flag.

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Martin Truex Jr. has just enough gas to beat Matt Kenseth to win at Watkins Glen

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While Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch ran out of fuel or made late pit stops, Martin Truex Jr. saved just enough gas to win Sunday’s I Love New York 355 at Watkins Glen International.

Truex had saved fuel for the final 20 laps and had just enough to hold off Matt Kenseth‘s charge on the final lap to earn his fourth win of the season.

It was Truex’s 11th career Cup win and his first at The Glen.

“I’m a little bit lost for words, I’ve been thinking about this one a long time, all weekend, all day,” Truex told NBCSN. “Man, it’s so hard to let guys pass you for the lead, you just have to listen to your crew chief (Cole Pearn), and luckily for me, I have the best one in the business.”

Kenseth finished second, followed by Daniel Suarez, Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer.

“Overall it was a good day, good finish, but hate to be that close and not get it,” Kenseth told NBCSN.

Sixth through 10th were Kurt Busch, pole sitter Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, A.J. Allmendinger and Erik Jones. All four Joe Gibbs Racing cars made finished in the top 10.

Several incidents of note occurred early in the final stage, including:

It was an emotional win for the entire team. Not only was  Truex’s girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, on hand to watch him win, crew chief Cole Pearn dedicated the win to one of his best friends who passed away earlier this week.

MORE: Race results

MORE: Points standings

STAGE WINNERS: Kyle Busch won Stage 1 (his ninth of the season).  Daniel Suarez captured Stage 2, his first stage win of 2017

WHO ELSE HAD A GOOD RACE: Matt Kenseth came close to earning his first win of the season. … Daniel Suarez led 14 laps and finished a career-best third place. … Clint Bowyer appeared in contention, but settled a fifth-place finish, his fifth top-10 finish in the last seven races.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Dale Earnhardt Jr. had his ninth finish of 30th or worse this season (40.9 percent). … Kevin Harvick had a decent day going until he slammed into Brett Moffitt on pit road. Harvick finished 17th.

NOTABLE: Sunday was Boris Said’s final race of his long and successful racing career. He finished 30th.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This is a dream come true. I used to walk around the garage here as a kid, dreaming of racing here. We’ve been coming here a long time, us Truex’s, and we finally got us one (a win).”

WHAT’S NEXT: Pure 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Sunday, August 13, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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