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Preliminary entry lists for NASCAR at Bristol Motor Speedway

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NASCAR heads to a short track for the second time in the Cup series and the first in the Xfinity series with a doubleheader from Bristol Motor Speedway.

Cup – Food City 500

There are 39 cars entered.

This is the most entries in a Cup race since the Daytona 500.

Along with the fulltime series regulars, Chad Finchum will make his series debut in the No. 66 Motorsports Business Management Toyota.

Harrison Rhodes will be back behind the wheel of the Rick Ware‘s No. 51.

Corey LaJoie takes over the No. 72 this week from Cole Whitt, who has been behind the wheel for the past three weeks.

Gaunt Brothers Racing will field their No. 96 for DJ Kennington.

Last year, Jimmie Johnson won the spring event over Clint Bowyer. Kyle Busch won in August over Erik Jones.

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Xfinity – Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300

There are 41 cars entered for 40 spots.

No full Cup drivers are entered as this is one of the Dash 4 Cash races.

Austin Cindric will race the No. 22 that Ryan Blaney took to Victory Lane last week at Texas Motor Speedway. If he can win, he will be the fourth different driver to win in this car in the past four weeks.

John Hunter Nemechek will be behind the wheel of the No. 42 of Chip Ganassi Racing.

Chase Briscoe will race the No. 98 Biagi-DenBeste Racing.

Ross Chastain (in the No. 4 JD Motorsports Chevrolet) and Finchum (in the Motorsports Business Management Toyota) will be doing double duty.

Tony Mrakovich will make his first series attempt in the No. 28 JGL Racing Ford.

Last year, Jones won over Ryan Blaney in the spring. Kyle Busch won in August over Daniel Suarez.

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What a finish! Check out how the K&N Pro Series East opener ended (Video)

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Todd Gilliland passed Harrison Burton on the final lap to win the NASCAR K&N Pro  Series East opener Sunday night at New Smyrna Speedway.

The 17-year-olds dueled the final two laps with Burton taking the lead before taking the white flag. Gilliland applied pressure and got back by him to win. Cole Rouse nipped Burton for second. The New Smyrna 175 will air at 6 p.m. ET on Feb. 27 on NBCSN.

Gilliland will compete for rookie of the year honors in the Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports this season. Burton will be at teammate at KBM and is scheduled to run nine Truck races this season.

Watch the final two laps of Sunday night’s race:

Noah Gragson returning to Kyle Busch Motorsports for 2018

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Kyle Busch Motorsports announced Friday that Noah Gragson will return to drive the No. 18 Toyota Tundra in the Camping World Truck Series with primary sponsorship from Safelite AutoGlass for all 23 races. The team also announced that the company will be an associate sponsor on Harrison Burton‘s No. 51 Truck in his nine races with the team.

Gragson finished 10th in points last season, scoring one win and three poles as a rookie. The 19-year-old earned his first series win in October at Martinsville Speedway.

“This year is already off to a great start knowing that I’ll be back at Kyle Busch Motorsports to compete for a Truck Series championship in 2018 with Safelite as the primary sponsor on my No. 18 Tundra,” Gragson said in a release from the team. “Having Kyle as a mentor and the technology that Toyota and TRD have in place for young drivers allowed me to learn a lot in my first full-time season in trucks, and I know that I’m better prepared to start 2018 off strong. I was able to get my first taste of victory late last year and it was special. This year I plan on climbing more fences and celebrating more wins with everyone at Safelite.”

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Harrison Burton’s 2018 racing schedule includes Trucks, K&N and more

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Harrison Burton will run nine Camping World Truck races along with partial schedules in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and ARCA Racing Series in 2018.

Burton, who will compete for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Truck Series, is limited in what Truck races he can run because he doesn’t turn 18 until Oct. 9. NASCAR restricts drivers under 18 years old to tracks 1.25 miles or less in length or road courses.

Burton is scheduled to compete in Truck races at Martinsville (March 24 and Oct. 27), Dover (May 4), Iowa (June 16), Bristol (Aug. 15), Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Aug. 26), Texas (Nov. 2), Phoenix’s ISM Raceway (Nov. 9) and Homestead (Nov. 16)

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Burton, the reigning K&N Pro Series East champion, will fill out his remaining schedule this year with K&N and ARCA races for MDM Motorsports and also plans to run various super late model races.

“Just one year ago, I couldn’t believe the tremendous opportunities I had been given with Kyle Busch Motorsports and MDM Motorsports, as well unbelievable corporate partners who stepped up to the plate to support a young driver,” said Burton, son of NASCAR on NBC analyst Jeff Burton. “We all clicked so quickly that it was hard to believe it was our first year together. I can’t wait to see how a little experience and familiarity with each other pays off in 2018, and I couldn’t be more proud to represent DEX Imaging, Toyota, Morton Buildings, Hunt Brothers Pizza, RUUD, and Sports Force Parks.”

“DEX Imaging couldn’t have been more proud of Harrison Burton last season, not only in becoming a NASCAR champion but because of what an upstanding young man he is,” said Dan Doyle, DEX Imaging CEO, in a statement.  “He represented our company and the future of NASCAR well, and we are thrilled to extend our partnership with him in 2018.”

Burton, a member of the NASCAR Next class, finished seventh in points in 2016 in K&N Pro Series East before winning the championship last year and five series races. In the Truck Series, he posted a career-best fourth at Martinsville in October.

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NASCAR announces 2018 K&N East Schedule

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NASCAR K&N East Pro Series teams will run 14 races at 12 venues in 2018. The season begins Feb. 11 at New Smyrna Speedway and ends Oct. 5 at Dover International Speedway.

South Boston Speedway will host a pair of 100-lap features on May 12. New Hampshire Motor Speedway will host series races July 21 and Sept. 22.

K&N Pro Series East teams will run at tracks during Cup weekends at Bristol (April 14), New Hampshire (July 21), Watkins Glen (Aug. 3) and Dover (Oct. 5).

Harrison Burton won the 2017 K&N Pro Series East championship.

2018 NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST SCHEDULE
Date Track Location
Feb. 11 New Smyrna Speedway New Smyrna, Florida
April 14 Bristol Motor Speedway Bristol, Tennessee
April 28 Langley Speedway Hampton, Virginia
May 12 South Boston Speedway* South Boston, Virginia
June 2 Memphis International Raceway Millington, Tennessee
June 16 New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, New Jersey
July 14 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Connecticut
July 21 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, New Hampshire
July 27 Iowa Speedway** Newton, Iowa
August 3 Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen, New York
August 24 Gateway Motorsports Park** Madison, Illinois
September 22 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, New Hampshire
October 5 Dover International Speedway Dover, Delaware

100-lap twin features
**Combination event with NASCAR K&N Pro Series West