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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Four Cup teams to miss 15 minutes of Friday practice

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BRISTOL, Tenn. — Four cars, including both Chip Ganassi Racing cars, will miss the final 15 minutes of Cup practice Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Those docked practice time will be the teams of Jamie McMurray, Kyle Larson, Paul Menard and Reed Sorenson. All are being penalized for failing inspection before last weekend’s race at Texas. Cup practice is from noon to 12:55 p.m. ET.

Several Xfinity cars will be docked practice time Friday for various violations.

The cars of Cole Custer, Joe Nemechek, Daniel Hemric, Kaz Grala, Tony Mrakovich, Josh Bilicki and Stephen Leicht will be held 15 minutes during the first practice for being out of the garage late for inspection last week at Texas.

The cars of Elliott Sadler, Matt Tifft and Chase Briscoe will miss 15 minutes in the opening practice for failing inspection twice last week at Texas.

The car of Josh Williams will serve a 30-minute penalty for failing inspection three times at Texas.

Opening Xfinity practice is from 1:05 – 1:55 p.m. ET.

One Xfinity car will be docked 15 minutes in the final practice session. Nemechek is being docked the time for failing inspection twice at Texas. Final Xfinity practice is from 3:05 – 3:55 p.m. ET

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Ryan Blaney wins Xfinity pole at Texas in rain-shortened qualifying

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Ryan Blaney qualified first for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Texas Motor Speedway after a light rain shortened qualifying for the My Bariatric Solutions 300 to one round.

The pole is Blaney’s second in 66 Xfinity starts. It’s Team Penske’s 60th Xfinity pole and the first of this season.

Ryan Truex will start second. It’s his first front row start since winning the pole for the June 2012 race at Dover.

The starting top five is Blaney, Truex, Brandon Jones, Ryan Reed and Jamie McMurray.

Only 34 cars made a qualifying attempt in round one. Kevin Harvick, Daniel Hemric, Matt Tifft, Elliott Sadler and Kaz Grala were among the eight drivers who did not make it through inspection in time to make a lap.

Two drivers for underfunded teams who don’t normally qualify in the top 12 (though there was no final round) benefited from the absence of several contenders in qualifying.

JJ Yeley will start ninth and Jeremy Clements will start 12th.

The first round of qualifying was red flagged twice for rain and a third time for a Mike Harmon spin.

Harmon and Matt Mills failed to qualify.

Click here for qualifying results.

Texas Xfinity practice report

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Daniel Hemric posted the fastest lap in Friday’s final Xfinity practice session at Texas Motor Speedway. Hemric had a lap of 186.445 mph.

He was followed by Ryan Blaney (186.239 mph), Brandon Jones (185.727), Matt Tifft (185.484) and Tyler Reddick (185.427).

Reddick ran the most laps in the session at 48.

In the only incident of the session, Bayley Currey slid in Turn 2 but avoided hitting the wall.

Opening Practice

Ryan Truex posted the fastest lap in the first of two Xfinity practices Friday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Truex posted a lap of 187.266 mph. His Kaulig Racing team is aligned with Richard Childress Racing. Four of the top five spots in practice went to cars in that alliance.

RCR’s Daniel Hemric was second on the speed chart with a lap of 186.955 mph. He was followed by Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney (186.890 mph), RCR’s Matt Tifft (186.509) and RCR’s Ty Dillon (185.701).

Ryan Preece made the most laps with 27. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver was 10th on the speed chart with a top lap of 184.830 mph.

Tyler Reddick made contact with the wall during the session and drove back to the garage. Michael Annett spun but did not hit anything.

Final Xfinity practice is scheduled to be held from 4:05 – 4:55 p.m. ET today.

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Richard Childress Racing expands partnership with international motorsports group

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Richard Childress Racing has expanded its relationship with KC Motorgroup Ltd., an international motorsports group based out of Hong Kong, the team announced Monday.

After working together for the Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway last season, the two companies will have a multi-race deal this year on Matt Tifft‘s No. 2 Chevrolet.

The first race with Tifft will be April 28 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Founded in 2007, KCMG was the first Chinese team to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and scored a LMP2 victory in 2015.

“It has always been KCMG’s objective to be Asian motorsport’s frontrunner and to succeed in multiple racing disciplines,” said Dr. Paul Ip, founder of KCMG, in a press release. “American stock-car racing is one of the most exciting platforms that we have out there, and it has always been my vision to be the first Asian team to take on this challenge. This expanded partnership with RCR in 2018 is just the beginning of what we see as a long-term plan in our motorsport division, and we’re looking forward to achieving new milestones with Matt Tifft and the entire RCR crew.”

With the partnership RCR and KCMG are working to create U.S. business development avenues for the Asia-Pacific region through a NASCAR platform.

“We’re thrilled to have Dr. Paul Ip and KCMG back at RCR in an expanded role in 2018,” said Torrey Galida, president of RCR in  a press release. “Last season’s race at Darlington Raceway was an opportunity for our two organizations to get to know each other and explore how we could partner with each other to further build KCMG’s presence in the American stock-car racing market. We look forward to continuing to work on that platform with KCMG during the 2018 season.”

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