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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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NASCAR errs in issuing penalty to Daniel Hemric after Xfinity race

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BRISTOL, Tenn. – NASCAR announced that it erred in announcing a penalty to Daniel Hemric after Saturday’s Xfinity race and that Hemric will be eligible for the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus next week at Richmond Raceway.

“We’re man enough to stand here and say that we looked at (the rule) wrong,” Wayne Auton managing director of the Xfinity Series, said Sunday morning at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Auton said that an issue was raised Saturday when the right rear wheel toe alignment on Hemric’s Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet exceeded what is allowable in Section 20.17.3.1.5 of the Xfinity Rule Book.

“At that point in time we made the announcement that the 21 car did exceed the tolerance for mechanical measurements,” Auton said, referring to Hemric’s car.

NASCAR announced that Hemric, who finished third, was no longer eligible for the Dash 4 Cash bonus for Richmond and that Joe Gibbs Racing’s Brandon Jones would take his spot.

“Going back and making sure we do our due diligence and making sure we looked at all of our numbers and our rules in the rule book, there’s a chart in the rule book that all the teams are aware of,” Auton said. “One side (of the rear wheel toe alignment) was out of tolerance and the other side was not and it did not exceed the number that is in the rule book, which would have led to an L1 penalty.”

Both sides must be out of tolerance for it to be a penalty. With only one side out of tolerance, there was no infraction.

“It’s my responsibility to make sure that whenever they make an announcement to me that I get my part right,” Auton said.

Auton said that NASCAR contacted both Richard Childress Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing on Sunday to inform them that Hemric would again be eligible for the Dash 4 Cash and no penalties would be assessed to his team.

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Xfinity results, points report after Bristol race

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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Elliott Sadler remains the points leader. Sadler holds the lead after his seventh consecutive top-10 finish. He is the only driver in the series to place in the top 10 in each race this year.

Daniel Hemric is six points behind Sadler but faces the potential of additional penalties after his car failed inspection at Bristol. NASCAR stated that Hemric’s car had a “mechanical measurement” violation. NASCAR announced after the race that Hemric would lose his spot to compete for the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus next week at Richmond.

Tyler Reddick is third in the standings, 14 points behind Sadler. Reddick is followed by Justin Allgaier (21 points behind Sadler) and Christopher Bell (35 points behind Sadler).

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Race Results

Ryan Preece took the lead with 10 laps to go and earned his first Xfinity win of the season and second of his career. He was followed by Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, Elliott Sadler and Spencer Gallagher.

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Inspection violation costs Daniel Hemric spot in Dash 4 Cash at Richmond

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UPDATE: NASCAR errs in penalty to Daniel Hemric, reverses decision and makes him eligible again for Dash 4 Cash at Richmond

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Daniel Hemric has been replaced in next week’s Dash 4 Cash field at Richmond by Brandon Jones because Hemric’s car failed inspection after Saturday’s race at Bristol.

NASCAR stated only that Hemric’s car failed “mechanical measurement.” The team could face further penalties next week.

A spokesperson for Richard Childress Racing told NBC Sports on Saturday that the team had no comment at the time.

Hemric finished third. Jones placed sixth to winner Ryan Preece.

Those racing for the Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus at Richmond will be Elliott Sadler, Spencer Gallagher, Justin Allgaier and Jones.

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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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