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Xfinity practice report at Richmond

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Practice 1

Christopher Bell and Cole Custer each posted the fastest lap in Friday morning’s Xfinity practice at Richmond Raceway.

Bell and Custer each ran a lap of 121.902 mph. They were followed by Noah Gragson (121.891 mph), Austin Cindric (121.294) and Ryan Truex (121.065). Gragson is making his series debut.

John Hunter Nemechek ran the most laps at 47. Bell ran 46.

Bell also had the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 120.622 mph. He was followed by Cindric (118.666) and Justin Allgaier (118.460).

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Final practice

Nemechek posted the fastest single lap in final practice with a speed of 119.090 mph.

Allgaier (119.021) was .013 seconds slower, followed by third-place Gragson (119.006).

Bell (118.948) and Custer (118.901), who were fastest in the first practice, landed fourth and fifth respectively. Bell posted the quickest 20-lap average, according to FS1 with Custer second on that chart.

Gragson had the quickest 10-lap average of 182.254 mph.

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Xfinity qualifying takes place at 4:05 p.m. The race is scheduled to begin at 7:13 p.m. ET today.

Texas Xfinity practice report

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Daniel Hemric posted the fastest lap in Friday’s final Xfinity practice session at Texas Motor Speedway. Hemric had a lap of 186.445 mph.

He was followed by Ryan Blaney (186.239 mph), Brandon Jones (185.727), Matt Tifft (185.484) and Tyler Reddick (185.427).

Reddick ran the most laps in the session at 48.

In the only incident of the session, Bayley Currey slid in Turn 2 but avoided hitting the wall.

Opening Practice

Ryan Truex posted the fastest lap in the first of two Xfinity practices Friday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Truex posted a lap of 187.266 mph. His Kaulig Racing team is aligned with Richard Childress Racing. Four of the top five spots in practice went to cars in that alliance.

RCR’s Daniel Hemric was second on the speed chart with a lap of 186.955 mph. He was followed by Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney (186.890 mph), RCR’s Matt Tifft (186.509) and RCR’s Ty Dillon (185.701).

Ryan Preece made the most laps with 27. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver was 10th on the speed chart with a top lap of 184.830 mph.

Tyler Reddick made contact with the wall during the session and drove back to the garage. Michael Annett spun but did not hit anything.

Final Xfinity practice is scheduled to be held from 4:05 – 4:55 p.m. ET today.

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Xfinity race results, points standings after Las Vegas

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Kyle Larson won the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, his first NASCAR victory at the 1.5-mile speedway.

Larson led five times for a race-high 142 laps Saturday.

He beat Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Blaney and Elliott Sadler.

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JR Motorsports teammates Tyler Reddick and Elliott Sadler are tied atop the points standings after three races.

Completing the top five are Christopher Bell (-23), Justin Allgaier (-28) and Spencer Gallagher (-34).

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Xfinity race results, point standings following Atlanta

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Kevin Harvick won the Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway to snap a 22-race winless streak in the Xfinity Series.

Harvick led 141 laps and swept both stages.

He beat Joey Logano, Christopher Bell, John Hunter Nemechek and Elliott Sadler.

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Elliott Sadler leads the points standings after two races. He’s the only driver to start the year with two top-five finishes.

Sadler has a four-point lead over JR Motorsports teammate Tyler Reddick.

Completing the top five are Ryan Reed (-14), Ryan Truex (-21) and Spencer Gallagher (-22).

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Ryan Truex’s T-shirt and the Dale Earnhardt Jr. effect

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — When his media availability began Wednesday at the NASCAR Media Tour, Ryan Truex was busy multitasking.

The new driver for Kaulig Racing in the Xfinity Series was taking questions while finishing making his newest T-shirt design available for purchase online via his phone.

“Sorry if I’m not looking at you,” Truex said.

NASCAR’s official Twitter account gave Truex and his new shirt, which he was wearing, a shout out.

That’s when Dale Earnhardt Jr. struck. He retweeted the post to his roughly 2.4 million followers.

Near the end of his 19-minute interview, Truex held up his phone. The screen was full of push notifications indicating purchases of the shirt.

“Look, those are all orders. Already,” Truex marveled.

This is regular occurrence for the younger brother of defending Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr.

“Dale’s crazy. Every time last year he would tweet a picture of it or something, I’d already be sold out,” Truex said. “So I couldn’t do anything. Or I’d have 20 left and he’d do that and they’re gone instantly.”

On the gray shirt, an outline of his No. 11 Chevrolet is located beneath a simple, lowercase slogan: “go ryan.”

Last year, the outline was of his No. 16 truck he drove for Hattori Racing in the Camping World Truck Series.

It’s a simple design, but one the 25-year-old driver has wanted his entire career.

“I’ve never had my own T-shirts at all,” Truex said. “You know, like the crazy NASCAR design ones you see that every driver has. The ones that have the race cars on them and all the crazy graphics. I never even had that when I was racing Legends cars, late models, anything. I always wanted it, but I wanted it to be different.”

It’s helped him show come out of his shell.

“I was kind of an introvert and kept to my self, didn’t really talk to anybody,” Truex said. “I always thought if I was good and I was fast, I’d be fine. Everything else would work out. When I started out in the K&N Series I had never once done an interview in my life. And I won a race and I was in front of cameras and I had no idea … I was honestly like Ricky Bobby. His first interview, that was me. I had no idea what I was doing. Honestly, I’ve learned a lot just by doing it and experiencing it.

“As I’ve been around and started to learn how to show my personality more and shown who I am on social media and stuff, people have liked it. Even these shirts, I just made it.”

Truex, who will compete in his first full-time Xfinity season this year despite having 39 starts, first came up with the design in 2016, his first year driving for Hattori Racing. But he thought there was “no way people would like this.”

“I just kept it,” Truex said. “It sat for a year and then finally I just put a 16 on it and put it out there and it was a hit.”

Thanks in part to NASCAR’s 15-time most popular driver.

“If it weren’t for him, I don’t know,” Truex said. “I don’t know if people would have liked it as much. Dale’s awesome. He’s good friend.”

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