Chase Elliott, AJ Allmendinger involved in 18-car crash with 20 to go in Geico 500

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A large multicar crash occurred with 20 laps left in the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

AJ Almmendinger’s No. 47 Chevrolet, which started the wreck via contact with Chase Elliott, rolled upside down. The crash involved 18 cars.
Allmendinger walked away from the wreck, which forced the race to be red-flagged for 26 minutes and 51 seconds.

The crash began exiting Turn 2 when Allmendinger was drafting with Elliott, whose No. 24 Chevrolet was loose when Allmendinger hit the left-rear bumper.

Elliott turned toward the wall and briefly went airborne.
The accident involved Elliott, Allmendinger, Logano, Erik Jones, Kevin Harvick, David Ragan, Corey LaJoieBrad KeselowskiGray GauldingMatt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr., Trevor BayneMichael McDowellAustin Dillon, Danica Patrick, Cole Whitt and Matt DiBenedetto.

Elliott and Jones were eliminated from the race by NASCAR after they continued to drive after the red flag was displayed.

“Just battling for the lead, (Kyle Busch) and (Elliott) were kind of leading the two packs,” Allmendinger told Fox. “(Harvick) was just on me. Once I got to Chase, I got loose. I barely tapped him, and I tried to get off him, but it was too late.”

Chase Elliott: “I don’t know that it was really his fault, per se. I think he had a big run, and he kind of got to my bumper and happened to be in a bad spot, kind of coming up off the corner. Was a skewed a little bit to my left rear. When that happens, it just unloads the cars.”

Austin Dillon: “I just saw somebody come across the field there, and started checking up. I got kind of pushed back into it. It’s just Talladega. It’s part of it. We’re three-wide trying to get as much position as we can.”

Joey Logano: “I don’t really know what happened, but I saw (Elliott) tank slapping down the backstretch. I was hoping he was going to go to the left and go toward the inside, but he came up top.”

Danica Patrick: “NASCAR is always making more and more efforts to make the cars safe, so I’m fine. Definitely wasn’t as big as last years’, that was really, really bad. It’s kind of a bummer to be part of an accident and not even be at the core of the accident. I thought somebody clipped me from behind, but it looks like I came down in front of somebody else. I couldn’t see anything, but my spotter just kept saying ‘go low, go low.’ It’s hard to trust them sometimes, but they can see more than I can right now. I was gradually coming low and obviously, he didn’t see me.”

NASCAR entry lists for Talladega

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Forty-two cars are entered for this weekend’s Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Drivers in cars without charters are: Elliott Sadler (No. 7 car), Brendan Gaughan (No. 75 car), DJ Kennington (No. 96 car), Timmy Hill (No. 51 car), Reed Sorenson (No. 55 car) and Corey LaJoie (No. 83 car). They will vie for four spots in the starting lineup.

Brad Keselowski won this event last year at Talladega.

Click here for Cup entry list at Talladega

In the Xfinity Series, 42 cars are on the entry list. Full-time Cup drivers scheduled to compete in the Xfinity race are: Ty Dillon, Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones, Joey Logano, Timmy Hill, Kasey Kahne and Aric Almirola

Elliott Sadler won this event last year at Talladega.

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Brendan Gaughan is fastest in final Xfinity practice at Phoenix

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Brendan Gaughan rallied to be the fastest driver in Friday’s third and final Xfinity Series practice at Phoenix Raceway.

Gaughan covered the one-mile oval with a speed of 131.152 mph, followed closely by Ryan Blaney (131.124), William Byron (131.019), Matt Tifft (130.862) and Dakoda Armstrong (130.790).

Defending 2016 Xfinity Series champion Daniel Suarez was eighth-fastest (130.638), while points leader Elliott Sadler was ninth-fastest (130.600).

Next up: Qualifying for and the DC Solar 200 race take place Saturday.

Click here for a full field run-down of Friday’s third and final Xfinity Series practice.

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Suarez, Tifft, Busch put Joe Gibbs Racing 1-2-3 in Xfinity practice at Vegas

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Joe Gibbs Racing had the Xfinity Series’ number in Friday’s second and final practice of the weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Defending Xfinity Series champion Daniel Suarez, now a full-time rookie in the NASCAR Cup Series, was fastest in the second practice session at 182.389 mph.

Suarez’s JGR teammates, Matt Tifft (182.322) and Kyle Busch (182.002) were second- and third-fastest, followed by Joey Logano (181.990) and Brandon Jones (181.824).

Sixth through 10th were Brad Keselowski (181.635), Darrell Wallace Jr. (181.415), Blake Koch (181.36), Spencer Gallagher (181.354) and William Byron (181.172).

Brendan Gaughan, who was fastest in the first Xfinity practice session of the day, was 11th fastest in the second session (181.153).

Qualifying for Saturday’s Boyd Gaming 300 Xfinity Series race takes place Saturday at 1:05 p.m. ET, while the race itself will take the green flag later in the same afternoon around 4:15 p.m. ET.

Click here for a full read-out of how the second Xfinity practice played out.

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Hometown boy Brendan Gaughan is fastest in first of 2 Xfinity practices at Las Vegas

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Brendan Gaughan made his hometown proud during Friday’s first of two Xfinity Series practices at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

In the initial preparation for Saturday’s Boyd Gaming 300, Gaughan (182.568 mph) was fastest of 37 Xfinity field drivers that were on-track during the 55-minute session.

Defending Xfinity Series champion Daniel Suarez was second-fastest (182.402 mph), followed by Joey Logano (182.322), William Byron (182.242) and Brad Keselowski (181.953).

Sixth through 10th were Brandon Jones (181.61), Kyle Busch (181.427), Darrell Wallace Jr. (181.068), Kyle Larson (180.850) and Xfinity Series points leader Elliott Sadler (180.681).

There will be one more Xfinity practice session later today at 6 to 6:55 p.m. ET, followed by NASCAR Cup qualifying at 7:45 p.m. ET.

Click here for the first Xfinity practice session results.

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