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Preliminary entry lists for NASCAR’s Throwback Weekend

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One of the biggest weekends of the year for NASCAR goes down in Darlington, South Carolina, and in Canada this week.

NASCAR’s Throwback Weekend takes place at Darlington Raceway with the Cup Series’ Southern 500 and the Xfinity Series VFW Sports Clips Help a Hero 200.

The Camping World Truck Series does its part with its race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for all three races.

Cup – 68th Southern 500

A full field of 40 cars are entered into the race.

If the number doesn’t change it will be the 10th race out of 25 this year to have a 40-car field.

There is no driver attached to the No. 51 owned by Rick Ware Racing.

Last year Martin Truex Jr. led 28 laps, including the final 16, on the way to winning over Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson. Harvick led a race-high 214 laps.

Click here for the full entry list.

Xfinity – VFW Sports Clips Help a Hero 200

There are 41 cars on the preliminary entry list, meaning one car will fail to qualify for the race.

Six Cup regulars are entered: Kevin Harvick, Ty and Austin Dillon, Joey Logano, Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin.

Last year Elliott Sadler fended off Hamlin to lead the final 36 laps and earn his first NASCAR win at the track “Too Tough To Tame.”

Click here for the entry list.

Truck Series –  Chevrolet Silverado 250

There are 32 trucks entered into the race.

The No. 44 truck owned by Shane Lamb has withdrawn from the race.

Todd Gilliland will make his third start of the year in the No. 51 truck.

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John Hunter Nemechek gets first Truck win of year with Gateway victory

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John Hunter Nemechek led the final six laps following a restart with eight to go to win the Camping World Truck Series’ race at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Nemechek passed Matt Crafton in Turn 2 and went unchallenged to claim his fourth Truck Series win and his first of the year.

NEMCO Motorsports is the first non-Kyle Busch Motorsports or GMS Racing team to win this year.

The win comes after Nemechek entered the race with no laps led despite two top-five finishes. Outside those two races, Nemechek had finished 21st or worse in every other race.

“It’s definitely an emotional win,” a tearful Nemechek told Fox Sports 1. “All the hard work that goes in, everyone’s worked their tails off. We haven’t had the best luck this year. Getting into victory lane when we needed to, God is great, I can’t thank him enough. I knew all the hard work would pay off. This is an awesome Father’s Day present for dad here and team owner (Joe Nemechek).”

Nemechek later said, “Not knowing how many more races we’re going to get to this year, this definitely means a lot.”

Joe Nemechek said only half the team’s races for this season had sponsorship and that there was doubt whether the No. 8 Chevrolet would be able to go to the next race at Iowa Speedway.

“I hate to see John Hunter go through that, he has so much talent,” Joe Nemechek told FS1. “He’s going to be a Cup champion one of these days. Right now, we’re just trying to get to the next race. He is tough. As far as driving the racecar is one thing, but when you deal with all the financial part of it just to figure out how to keep going, that makes it hard on a young kid. … That was his will tonight. We got the truck close, but he was on it.”

Chase Briscoe, who led a race high 88 laps,  finished second for the second week in a row. The rookie was one of two drivers who pit during the final caution for tires, leading to a frantic charge through the field.

The top five was completed by Chase Briscoe, Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and Grant Enfinger.

Stage 1 winner: John Hunter Nemechek

Stage 2 winner: Chase Briscoe

MORE: Race results

MORE: Points standings

WHO HAD A GOOD NIGHT: Christopher Bell was in second on the last lap, but contact with Briscoe cut his left rear tire and sent him to sixth. … Matt Crafton earned just his second top five of the year …. Ryan Truex finished seventh for his sixth top 10 in a row … Grant Enfinger earned his third top five of the year.

WHO HAD A BAD NIGHT: The 11 trucks that failed to finish due to some sort of mechanical failure … Todd Gilliland earned his second DNF in as many starts after a transmission problem on Lap 114 … Jennifer Jo Cobb failed to start after the team discovered a hole in her radiator on the starting grid and was unable to make repairs. … Josh Reaume brought out the only caution outside of the stage endings. His No. 50 truck stalled on pit road with 12 laps to go.

NOTABLE: The No. 02 of Austin Hill failed front heights in post-race inspection. Any penalties will be announced later in the week.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “Those guys just took two tires and I was on no tires and we had a lot of laps on them right side tires and we were just done. You win some, you lose some and everybody is upset but at the same time they knew we were here tonight.” – Matt Crafton after finishing fourth.

WHAT’S NEXT:  The Iowa 200 at Iowa Speedway at 8:30 p.m. ET on June 23 on Fox Sports 1.

Chase Briscoe wins pole for Truck race at Gateway Motorsports Park

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Rookie Chase Briscoe won the pole for the Camping World Truck Series’ race at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Briscoe used a speed of 136.828 mph to earn the pole for the Drivin’ for Linemen 200. It’s his second pole of the year. His first came at Dover.

The Brad Keselowski Racing driver will be joined on the front row by John Hunter Nemechek (136.745). It is Nemechek’s best start of the year and his first in the top five.

Completing the top five is Christopher Bell, Todd Gilliland and Austin Cindric.

Noah Gragson and Kyle Donahue start from the rear of the field because of unapproved adjustments.

Briscoe was fastest in the first round of qualifying, while Bell topped the chart in the second round.

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Christopher Bell leads opening Truck practice at Gateway

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Christopher Bell posted the fastest lap in the opening practice session Saturday at Gateway Motorsports Park with a lap of 136.030 mph.

He was followed by Noah Gragson (135.915 mph), Chase Briscoe (135.747), Todd Gilliland (135.595) and Justin Haley (135.294).

Toyota took three of the top four spots with Bell, Gragson and Gilliland.

The series has another practice today before qualifying and racing later this evening.

 

Harvick, Blaney, Suarez entered in Sonoma K&N West race next weekend

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Several NASCAR Cup drivers will take part in next weekend’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Sonoma Raceway, track officials announced Thursday.

Cup drivers competing in the June 24 Carneros 200 K&N race include Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney and Daniel Suarez.

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Harvick will drive the No. 4 for Jefferson Pitts Racing. It will be Harvick’s first K&N start since 2007 at Iowa, where he earned his seventh win in the series in 22 career starts.

“(I’m) going to be the old guy that shows up,” Harvick said in a media release. “I have fun when I go do those events. You’d love to win and you want to go out and do that obviously to be competitive; it’s just a series that gave me several breaks and several opportunities to showcase what I did as a kid.”

Harvick isn’t the only Cup driver who will be making his first K&N start in a long while. Blaney has just one prior West series start, but he made the most of it, winning at Phoenix in 2011.

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Blaney, who earned his first Cup win Sunday at Pocono, will race with GCR Racing, while Suarez will race for MDM Motorsports in the team’s first K&N West start of the season. It will be Suarez’s first race in the K&N West since 2012 and his first overall K&N race (in the East Series) since 2014.

Among other notable names that will compete in the 64-lap Carneros 200 include up-and-coming drivers Todd Gilliland, Derek Kraus, Julia Landauer, Will Rodgers and Michael Self.

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