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Cole Custer wins pole for Xfinity race at Richmond

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Cole Custer will start first in tonight’s Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway after earning his second consecutive pole.

Custer won the pole for the ToyotaCare 250 with a lap of 121.332 mph. He earned his first career pole last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver will be joined on the front row by Christopher Bell (120.881 mph). He has started on the front row in four of the first eight races this season.

The top five is rounded out by Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric and John Hunter Nemechek.

Cindric will start in the top five for the first time this season.

Hemric is the highest qualifying of the four Dash 4 Cash drivers. Justin Allgaier will start seventh and Elliott Sadler will roll off eighth. Spencer Gallagher will start 17th.

Noah Gragson will start 11th in his Xfinity debut.

Tyler Reddick suffered some cosmetic damage when he scrapped the frontstretch wall in Round 2. He will start 10th.

Click here for qualifying results.

Xfinity practice report at Richmond

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Practice 1

Christopher Bell and Cole Custer each posted the fastest lap in Friday morning’s Xfinity practice at Richmond Raceway.

Bell and Custer each ran a lap of 121.902 mph. They were followed by Noah Gragson (121.891 mph), Austin Cindric (121.294) and Ryan Truex (121.065). Gragson is making his series debut.

John Hunter Nemechek ran the most laps at 47. Bell ran 46.

Bell also had the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 120.622 mph. He was followed by Cindric (118.666) and Justin Allgaier (118.460).

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Final practice

Nemechek posted the fastest single lap in final practice with a speed of 119.090 mph.

Allgaier (119.021) was .013 seconds slower, followed by third-place Gragson (119.006).

Bell (118.948) and Custer (118.901), who were fastest in the first practice, landed fourth and fifth respectively. Bell posted the quickest 20-lap average, according to FS1 with Custer second on that chart.

Gragson had the quickest 10-lap average of 182.254 mph.

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Xfinity qualifying takes place at 4:05 p.m. The race is scheduled to begin at 7:13 p.m. ET today.

Updated entry lists for NASCAR at Richmond Raceway

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Preliminary entry lists for this weekend’s NASCAR races at Richmond Raceway are out.

Cup and Xfinity Series teams will be in action under the lights at the .75-mile short track.

Here are the entry lists for both races.

Cup – Toyota Owners 400

There are 38 entries for Saturday’s race.

Daniel Hemric will make his Cup debut driving the No. 8 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing.

Landon Cassill is listed as making his fourth start for StarCom Racing in the No. 00 Chevrolet.

Harrison Rhodes is listed for the No. 51 Chevrolet owned by Rick Ware Racing.

Joey Logano won this race last year over Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin. Kyle Larson on the fall race over Logano and Ryan Newman.

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Xfinity – ToyotaCare 250

A maximum field of 40 cars are entered for the race.

As the second round in the Dash 4 Cash, there are no Cup drivers entered.

Noah Gragson will make his series debut in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota.

John Hunter Nemechek is listed in Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 Chevrolet.

Kyle Larson won this race last year over Justin Allgaier and Hemric. Brad Keselowski won the fall race over Kyle Busch and Ty Dillon.

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Ryan Preece wins Xfinity race at Bristol, $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus

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BRISTOL, Tenn. — Ryan Preece took the lead from Brandon Jones on a restart with 10 laps to go and went on to win Saturday’s Xfinity race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Preece also collected the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash in collecting his second career series win.

“I’m going to be paid off with everything that I risked last year,” Preece said of what he borrowed to run two Xfinity races last year with Joe Gibbs Racing before having another race added.

MORE: Race results and points report 

Preece took advantage of having four fresh tires to two fresh tires for Jones on the restart. Once Preece pulled into the lead, he was not caught.

Justin Allgaier finished second. Hemric was third and followed by Elliott Sadler and Spencer Gallgaher. Jones finished sixth.

Allgaier, Sadler and Gallagher will compete for the Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus next week at Richmond. Hemric was to have filled out the Dash 4 Cash field but his car failed inspection after the race – mechanical measurement NASCAR stated – and will be replaced by Brandon Jones.

Preece wasn’t eligible for next week’s Dash 4 Cash race because he’s not entered in the event.

Christopher Bell’s chances for the Dash 4 Cash ended after a hard hit just before the halfway point in the 300-lap race. Vinnie Miller and Cody Ware crashed, and Bell’s car went into a slide when he applied the brakes and slammed Miller’s car.

Stage 1 winner: Christopher Bell

Stage 2 winner: Ryan Preece

Who had a good race: Anybody who made it through with all the cautions. … Shane Lee was impressive in his Xfinity debut, driving for Richard Childress Racing. He was headed for a top-10 finish before he got into the wall with less than 20 laps left. Still, he had a strong run and performed well throughout the race. He placed 14th. … Justin Allgaier’s runner-up finish marked his fourth topthree finish in the last five races. … Elliott Sadler is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all seven races this season. … Ross Chastain finished ninth for his third top-10 finish of the year. He had two top 10s all last season. … Alex Labbe placed a career-best 11th.

Who had a bad race: Matt Tifft finished a season-worst 35th after he was involved in two incidents. It ended his streak of 15 consecutive top-20 finishes, dating to last season. … Kaz Grala was eliminated in an early crash and finished a season-worst 38th. … John Hunter Nemechek was running third when he had a tire go down and had to pit under green with 30 laps to go, ending his chances for a win. He finished 13th.

Notable: Spencer Gallagher, making his 47th series start, earned his first career top-five finish by placing fifth.

Quote of the day: “That’s the second time this weekend that I’ve crashed from guys going seconds off the pace. Can’t slow down whenever they spin out, and it’s frustrating,’’ Christopher Bell after being eliminated by a crash.

Next: The series races at Richmond at 7 p.m. ET on April 20.

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Cole Custer wins pole for today’s Xfinity race at Bristol

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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Cole Custer scored his first career Xfinity pole, capturing the top spot for Saturday afternoon’s FitzGerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Custer won the pole with a lap of 127.157 mph in the final round. He was followed by Justin Allgaier (126.913 mph), Christopher Bell (126.704), Daniel Hemric (126.570) and John Hunter Nemechek (126.411).

Custer, Bell, Hemric and Ryan Preece (qualified seventh at 125.823 mph) are racing for the $100,000 bonus today in the Dash 4 Cash.

Ryan Sieg crashed in the second round of qualifying and will go to a backup car.

Today’s race is scheduled to take the green flag at 1:13 p.m. ET today.

Morgan Shepherd, who made his 1,000th career NASCAR start last week at Texas, was the only car that failed to qualify. He hit the wall in the opening seconds of the first round.

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