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Justin Allgaier is fastest in lone Xfinity practice at Bristol

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Justin Allgaier was fastest in the lone Xfinity Series practice session Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Allgaier covered the half-mile, high-banked oval with a speed of 124.420 mph. Erik Jones was second-fastest (123.722 mph), followed by Kyle Larson (123.594), Ryan Blaney (123.515) and Austin Dillon (123.380).

Two Xfinity practices were originally scheduled, but rain washed out Friday’s morning action, including NASCAR Cup practice.

When the rain finally stopped, NASCAR officials cancelled NASCAR Cup and K&N Pro Series East qualifying for later in the day and then scheduled just one practice session for each of the three series racing at BMS this weekend: K&N (1 to 1:55 p.m. ET), Xfinity (2 to 2:55 p.m. ET) and NASCAR Cup (3 to 3:55 p.m. ET).

Click here to see how the Xfinity Series practice played out.

UPDATE: Rain washes out Bristol Cup qualifying

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The racing weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway has gotten off to a wet start.

Rain fell throughout the day in the East Tennessee/western Virginia area. Because rain is expected to continue on-and-off the remainder of the day, NASCAR officials have cancelled Cup qualifying that was scheduled for 4:45 p.m. ET, as well as K&N Pro East qualifying at 6 p.m. ET.

Kyle Larson will start on the pole for Sunday’s Cup race. The lineup is set by the car owner points, via the rulebook. Chase Elliott starts second.

Here’s the updated schedule for the afternoon:

K&N Pro East practice, 1 – 1:55 p.m. ET
Xfinity practice, 2 – 2:55 p.m. ET
NASCAR Cup practice, 3 – 3:55 p.m. ET

 

NASCAR America: Daniel Hemric leans on Dillon family in Xfinity Series transition

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On Wednesday’s edition of NASCAR America, Daniel Hemric discussed the influence of his childhood friends Austin and Ty Dillion in his transition to the NASCAR Xfinity Series. 

Tommy Joe Martins moving from Truck to Xfinity Series

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Tommy Joe Martins and his Martins Motorsports team are leaving the Camping World Truck Series to compete in nine Xfinity races, the driver announced Friday.

Martins, who competed in the first two Truck races of the season, is set to return to the Xfinity Series for the April 22 race at Bristol Motor Speedway in the No. 45 Chevrolet. Diamond Gusset Jeans will be the sponsor. The team plans to compete in two races at Bristol, Dover and Richmond, along with Xfinity races at Chicagoland, Kansas and Indianapolis. Kevin Eagle will be the crew chief. The only Truck series race the team plans to compete will be in July at Eldora Speedway with JR Heffner as the driver.

Martins has chronicled the struggles of racing for an underfunded team in a blog.

Martins has made 27 Camping World Truck starts. His best finish was 15th at Michigan in 2016. He competed in 11 Xfnity races in 2014 and had a best finish of 14th at Talladega.

Saturday schedule at Texas Motor Speedway

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Cup teams get one final day on Texas Motor Speedway’s repaved and reconfigured track to prepare for Sunday’s race. Xfinity teams will qualify and race today in another busy day at the track. Kyle Busch won this Xfinity race last year. He is not entered in today’s race.

Here is today’s schedule:

(All times are Eastern)

7 a.m. – Xfinity garage opens

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Cup garage open

9:30 – 10:25 a.m. – Cup practice (FS1)

10:35 a.m. – Xfinity qualifying; three rounds/multi-car (FS1)

11:45 a.m. – Xfinity driver-crew chief meeting

Noon – 12:50 p.m. – Final Cup practice (Fox Sports 2)

1 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions

1:30 p.m. – My Bariatric Solutions 300; 200 laps/300 miles (Fox, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

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