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Preliminary entry lists for NASCAR in Phoenix

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NASCAR’s West Coast Swing barrels on this weekend at ISM Raceway, formally known as Phoenix Raceway.

For the first time this season only the Cup and Xfinity Series will be in action at the 1-mile track.

Cup headlines the weekend with the Ticket Guardian 500.

Here’s the preliminary entry lists for both races.

Cup – Ticket Guardian 500

There are 37 cars entered.

Ross Chastain is entered in Premium Motorsports’ No. 15 Chevrolet.

Justin Marks is entered in Rick Ware Racing’s No. 51 Chevrolet. Marks was on the preliminary entry list the last two races, but Harrison Rhodes and Cole Custer drove the No. 51.

D.J. Kennington is entered in the No. 96 Toyota owned by Gaunt Brothers Racing. Kennington ran the No. 96 in the Daytona 500. Two of the six Cup races Kennington has competed in were at Phoenix.

Last year, Ryan Newman won this race after leading only the final six laps. He beat Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch. In the last Phoenix playoff race in November, Matt Kenseth passed Chase Elliott and led the final 10 laps to score his 39th and likely final Cup Series win.

Click here for the entry list.

Xfinity – DC Solar 200

There are 40 cars entered, including four full-time Cup drivers.

Ty Dillon, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and Jamie McMurray are entered.

McMurray, driving Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 Chevrolet, is making his first Xfinity start since 2013.

Justin Allgaier is the defending winner of this race, having beat Ryan Blaney and Erik Jones last year. William Byron won the Phoenix playoff race last November over Blaney and Jones.

Click here for the entry list.

Kyle Busch wins Truck Series race at Las Vegas

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Kyle Busch fended off charges from Johnny Sauter and Brett Moffitt in an 11-lap sprint to win Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Busch’s win is his 50th in the Truck Series but the first at his home track. It came in his second Truck Series start at LVMS, his first there since 2001.

“It was really, really fast. I just felt like we were struggling in the long run,” Busch told FS1. “I was hoping somebody would get behind me, so we could just get away and duke it out, but that was kind of too short a run there in order to do that.”

Moffitt, who won last week at Atlanta, was leading with 26 to go when he made contact with Michel Disdier‘s lapped truck that occupied much in the track’s low lane, allowing Busch to take the lead. After pit stops, Busch kept the lead.

Disdier then spun to bring out the caution with 16 to go.

Busch is competing in all three NASCAR races this weekend at LVMS.

The top five was Busch, Sauter, Moffitt, Grant Enfinger and Stewart Friesen.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Noah Gragson led a 1-2-3 finish for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

STAGE 2 WINNER: Stewart Friesen scored the second stage win of his career.

MORE: Race results, point standings

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Stewart Friesen finished fifth after leading 31 laps in Stage 2, a career-best outside of Eldora Speedway (where he led 93 laps in 2017). … Brett Moffitt’s third-place finish is the first time Hattori Racing Enterprises had placed in the top three in consecutive races. …  In his first Truck race since 2016, Justin Marks finished 11th after spinning on Lap 15.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY: John Hunter Nemechek finished 21st after losing his right-front tire on a Lap 21 restart sequence. … After pitting following the first stage break, Matt Crafton wen to the garage for a brake problem. He finished 29th. … Justin Haley wrecked with 63 laps to go after getting loose between two trucks and then making contact with Myatt Snider. He finished 28th.

NOTABLE: Johnny Sauter has finished in the top three in the last eight races. … Kyle Busch is one win away from tying Ron Hornaday Jr. for most career wins in the Truck Series.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “These lapped trucks are out here trying to make a living too. I get it, but holy moly.” – Kyle Busch on how lapped traffic affected the race’s outcome.

WHAT’S NEXT: Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 24 at 2 p.m. ET on FS1.

Truck Series practice report from Las Vegas Motor Speedway

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Johnny Sauter was fastest in the last of two Camping World Truck Series practice sessions Thursday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The winner of last month’s Daytona race topped the session with a speed of 179.319 mph.

He was followed by Brett Moffitt (179.081), Noah Gragson (178.903), Stewart Friesen (178.678) and Kyle Busch (178.483).

Moffitt was second fastest in both sessions.

Busch recorded the most laps with 40.

Sauter had the best 10-lap average at 176.905 mph.

First practice

Justin Marks was fastest,  posting a top speed of 178.141 mph around the 1.5-mile track.

Marks is making his first Truck Series start since 2016.

He was followed by Atlanta winner Brett Moffitt (178.118), Noah Gragson (177.954), Johnny Sauter (177.942) and Kyle Busch (177.672).

Gragson led the session in laps led with 31.

Ben Rhodes had the best 10-lap average at 175.189 mph.

The second practice session is scheduled for 7:05 – 7:55 p.m. ET.

Speed Chart for Practice No. 1

Speed Chart for Practice No. 2

NASCAR’s preliminary entry lists for Las Vegas Motor Speedway

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All three of NASCAR’s national series will be at the same track this weekend for the last time until late March.

The Cup, Xfinity and Truck Series begin the West Coast swing with a visit to Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

It’s the first of two NASCAR race weekends at the 1.5-mile track this season.

Here are the entry lists for each race.

Cup – Pennzoil 400

There are 37 cars entered for the race, an increase of one entry from Atlanta.

Premium Motorsports has two entries. Joey Gase will drive the No. 55 Chevrolet, which does not have a charter. No driver is attached to the N0. 15 Chevrolet yet.

Justin Marks is listed in Rick Ware Racing’s No. 51 Chevrolet, but Cole Custer will make his first Cup start in the car.

Last year, Martin Truex Jr. won the race after passing Brad Keselowski and leading the final two laps. He beat Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott.

Click here for the entry list.

Xfinity- Boyd Gaming 300

There are 41 entries for the race, including four full-time Cup drivers.

Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney are entered. Kyle Busch will make his first Xfinity start of the year in the No. 18.

Joe Nemechek is entered in JD Motorsports’ No. 15 Chevrolet. He drove the car at Daytona and finished 23rd.

There is not a driver attached to B.J. McLeod Motorsports’ No. 99 Chevrolet.

Last year, Joey Logano won over Kyle Larson and Daniel Suarez after leading 106 of 200 laps.

Click here for the entry list.

Trucks – Stratosphere 200

There are 31 entries for the inaugural running of this race.

Kyle Busch is entered in the N0. 51 Toyota.

John Hunter Nemechek is entered into the N0. 8 Chevrolet for Nemco Motorsports.

Justin Marks is entered in the N0. 54 Toyota owned by DGR-Crosley. It will be Marks’ first Truck start since 2016 at Atlanta.

There is no driver attached to the No. 74 Chevrolet owned by Mike Harmon Racing.

In the series’ last visit to Las Vegas in September, Ben Rhodes scored his first-career win after leading the seven laps.

Click here for the entry list.

Cole Custer to make Cup debut at Las Vegas

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Cole Custer will make his Cup debut with Rick Ware Racing in the March 4 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the team confirmed Wednesday.

The 20-year-old Custer, who is in his second full season in the Xfinity Series, will drive the No. 51 car. That car has a charter and is guaranteed a starting spot. Custer took part in the Cup test at Las Vegas last month.

Haas Automation will be Custer’s sponsor.

“This is a dream come true to compete in the Cup Series,” Custer said in a team release. “I can’t thank Rick Ware Racing and Haas Automation enough for the opportunity to race at Las Vegas. It’s going to be a new experience for me, but I feel that we can have a productive day by completing all the laps and seeing the checkered flag.”

Custer has two career starts at Las Vegas. He placed third in the 2016 Camping World Truck Series race and was 11th in last year’s Xfinity race.

Custer will drive a Ford for Rick Ware Racing. Justin Marks drove for Rick Ware Racing in the Daytona 500 when the team fielded a Chevrolet. Harrison Rhodes will make his Cup debut this weekend in Atlanta for the team. That car also will be a Chevrolet.

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