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Ryan Blaney goes 2-for-2 as fastest in Xfinity practices at Dover

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Just like he was in the morning, Ryan Blaney once again was fastest in the final of two NASCAR Xfinity Series practice sessions Friday at Dover International Speedway.

Blaney covered the one-mile, high-banked all-concrete oval at 152.672 mph, just a tick above William Byron (152.665) and Brandon Jones (162.620).

Erik Jones, who was second in the morning practice, was fourth in the afternoon session (152.523), followed by Brennan Poole (also 152.523), Ty Dillon (152.278), Daniel Suarez (152.233), Justin Allgaier (152.078), Tyler Reddick (152.066) and Ross Chastain (151.912).

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Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones are fastest in first of 2 Xfinity practices at Dover

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NASCAR Cup regulars Ryan Blaney (154.275 mph) and Erik Jones (154.129 mph) were the two fastest drivers in the first of two Xfinity Series practices Friday at Dover International Speedway.

William Byron was third (153.951), followed by Justin Allgaier (153.616), Ty Dillon (153.472), Brennan Poole (153.420), Tyler Reddick (153.387), Daniel Suarez (153.094), Matt Tifft (152.990) and Elliott Sadler (152.918).

There was only one incident in the session, a red flag stoppage for what appeared to be a piece of lead or tungsten weight from the No. 21 car of Daniel Hemric.

The team called Hemric to the garage where it was due to be examined by NASCAR officials.

There will be one other Xfinity practice session this afternoon from 2:30 to 3:25 p.m. ET.

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NASCAR America: Erik Jones recounts rookie Cup season, being taught by Kyle Busch

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Erik Jones, the rookie driver for Furniture Row Racing in the No. 77 Toyota, joined NASCAR America Wednesday for a special show from the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The 21-year-old driver won the 2015 Camping World Truck Series title and is teammates with Martin Truex Jr.

With Marty Snider, Dale Jarrett and Steve Letarte, Jones discussed the challenges and lessons he’s faced in his first full-time season in the Cup Series.

“The biggest (milestones) for me were trying to win a race and making the playoffs,” Jones said. “Obviously, making the playoffs didn’t happen. … I look back at the last few seasons and rookies that have been in the sport and it’s so hard to win races now. You just don’t see rookies do it a lot.”

Jones also discussed finishing second to Kyle Busch in the Bristol night race and his relationship with the driver who brought him into NASCAR beginning with the Truck Series.

“A lot of times when I was racing in Trucks and Xfinity and Kyle would come to race I’d always run second to him,” Jones said. “I’m like, ‘you know what the problem is? This is the guy who taught me how to race these cars. So I’m good at all the same tracks he’s good at. Except he’s been doing about 10 more years than I have.”

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Great late-race restart propels Justin Allgaier to Xfinity win at Chicagoland

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JOLIET, Illinois – Justin Allgaier had a great restart with eight laps to go to hold off Kyle Larson and JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler to capture Saturday’s TheHouse.com 300 NASCAR Xfinity race at Chicagoland Speedway.

While Erik Jones made a surge to catch Allgaier on the restart, Jones was penalized for changing lanes prior to reaching the start-finish line.

Allgaier earned the second Xfinity career win at Chicagoland Speedway (other was in 2011) in his home state (he was born in Riverton, Ill., about 2 1/2 hours from Joliet), his second of the season and fifth of his career.

Allgaier was consistently in the top-five for much of the race but did not take the lead until Lap 185, passing low and then held on for the remaining 15 laps of the 200-lap event, including the last restart.

“How cool is that? This is awesome,” Allgaier said over his team radio shortly after taking the checkered flag.

MORE: Results of Saturday’s TheHouse.com 300 Xfinity race at Chicagoland

MORE: Points reset: William Byron is No. 1 seed heading into Xfinity Series playoffs

Sadler earns the first Xfinity regular season championship and both drivers will carry the momentum into next weekend’s start of the Xfinity playoffs at Kentucky Speedway.

“It means a lot to me and my family,” Sadler said. “We were able to win the first Xfinity playoff race last season and now this. There’s a lot of firsts in my career, which means a lot to a small-town boy from Virginia.

“This just gives us some incentive to try and get both trophies at Homestead.” 

Larson finished second after a last lap surge past Sadler.

“I had a shot to win it, sped on pit road and had to restart at the back,” Larson said. “I definitely didn’t anticipate coming back and finishing second.”

Daniel Hemric finished fourth and Austin Dillon rounded out the top-five.

Sixth through 10th were Matt Tifft, Cole Custer, Ty Dillon, Blake Koch and Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.

Due to the restart zone penalty, Jones saw a great day go for naught. Jones dominated the race, leading 94 of the event’s 200 laps, but the miscue cost him deeply, finishing a disappointing 18th place.

“I was surprised for sure,”Jones said. “It was close, yeah, for sure, but NASCAR said they’re not in the business of really making calls, but I’d say that was a race-affecting call.

“It is what it is. We were either going to see a really good finish between me and the 7 (Allgaier) or him run away. It’s unfortunate. It was close. I was surprised to see the call.’’

The race determined the 12 drivers that will advance to the seven-race Xfinity playoffs: William Byron will start as the points leader (2,025), followed by Allgiaer (2,023), Sadler (2,020), Daniel Hemric (2,009), Brennan Poole (2,006), Ryan Reed (2,005), Jeremy Clements (2,005), Cole Custer (2,005), Blake Koch (2,005), Matt Tifft (2,004), Brendan Gaughan (2,003) and Michael Annett (2,001).

Dakoda Armstrong fell short of making the playoffs.

STAGE WINNERS: Erik Jones (Stage 1, Laps 1-45), Erik Jones (Stage 2, Laps 46-90)

WHO ELSE HAD A GOOD RACE: Cole Custer led 41 laps and looked like he may have a chance to win, but tailed off near the end. Still, he finished seventh.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: William Byron pitted on Lap 28 and took his car to the garage with reported transmission problems. While he returned to the race, he finished 33rd, 34 laps behind the leaders.

NOTABLE: Allgaier becomes the first Xfinity Series regular to win on a 1.5-mile track this season.

QUOTE OF THE RACE: “It’s an honor and humbling to become the first regular season Xfinity Series champion.” – Third-place finisher Elliott Sadler

WHAT’S NEXT: VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300,Saturday, Sept. 23, Kentucky Speedway, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN).

Contributing: Dustin Long.

Entry lists for Cup, Trucks at Pocono and Xfinity at Iowa

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This weekend’s NASCAR action will be split between Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania and Iowa Speedway.

The NASCAR Cup series and NASCAR Camping World Truck series will be at Pocono, while the Xfinity Series is part of a standalone event along with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West series in Iowa.

The Cup teams will compete Sunday in the Overton’s 400 on Pocono’s 2.5-mile tri-oval.

The Truck Series teams, fresh off last Wednesday’s race on the dirt at Eldora Speedway, get back on pavement in the Overton’s 150 on Saturday afternoon.

Over in America’s heartland, the Xfinity Series will take part in Saturday afternoon’s U.S. Cellular 250 on the 7/8 mile paved oval.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for each race:

Cup – Overton’s 400

There are only 38 cars entered for this 160 lap/400 mile race.

Chris Buescher is the defending winner of this race, which was a rain-shortened event (completed 138 of the scheduled 160 laps).

Earlier this year on June 11, Ryan Blaney earned his first career NASCAR Cup win at Pocono.

This will be the final Cup race at Pocono for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is retiring at season’s end. Junior has two career wins at Pocono, both coming in 2014.

Just one car is entered without a driver, the No. 83 BK Racing Toyota.

Six cars do not have a primary sponsor listed on the entry list.

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 Xfinity – U.S. Cellular 250

The second Xfinity race of the season at Iowa has a full 40-car field entered for Saturday’s 250-lap (218.75 mile) race on the 7/8-mile paved track in Newton, Iowa.

All driver spots are filled, with the exception of the No. 78 Chevrolet Camaro owned by B.J. McLeod.

With the NASCAR Cup series racing nearly 1,000 miles east at Pocono, no Cup regulars are entered in this race.

Erik Jones won this race last year, while Hornish won the race a month and a half earlier there.

On June 24 of this year, William Byron won at Iowa.

Among notable entries:

* Brian Scott comes out of retirement to drive the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.

* Two-time Iowa winner Sam Hornish Jr. is back, driving for Team Penske.

Click here for the entry list.

 

Trucks – Overton’s 150

There are 30 trucks entered in the Overton’s 150, the eighth straight year the Trucks have raced on Pocono’s Tricky Triangle.

This race will be held at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday and is scheduled for 60 laps (150 miles).

All driver seats are filled, but there is one crew chief vacancy on the entry list: the No. 57 Chevrolet driven by B.J. McLeod.

Eleven of the 30 trucks also do not have a primary sponsor entered.

The only driver from the NASCAR Cup series entered in this race is Kyle Busch, who is the only driver with multiple truck wins at Pocono, having also won the 2015 race.

William Byron is the defending winner of this race last year. Byron is not entered in this race, as he’s been promoted to the Xfinity Series.

Click here for the entry list.

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