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Chase opening small part of big weekend for all of Chip Ganassi Racing

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Chip Ganassi has his hands in a lot racing ventures.

This weekend, all of those ventures will be in action at the same time for the first and only time in 2016.

All six Ganassi teams – and all 14 of their cars – will be competing.

Ganassi teams will be competing in NASCAR, the Verizon IndyCar Series, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and in Red Bull Global Rally Cross.

The team came close to it back on the weekend of April 15-17, but Red Bull GRC’s season hadn’t started yet.

The most high profile race will be the Sprint Cup Series’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. The race at the 1.5-mile race track is the opening event of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. This years’ Chase is the first that Ganassi has qualified both of its cars.

Kyle Larson will be in his first Chase, and Jamie McMurray made his second Chase in as many years after not qualifying for the Chase prior to 2015. Before last season, Ganassi had only qualified for the Chase once in the first 10 years of the Chase.

Larson also will compete in the Xfinity Series race at Chicago in the No. 42, along with teammate Brennan Poole, who has already qualified for the Xfinity Chase with his No. 48 team.

Here’s a breakdown of where Ganassi teams will be driving and how their 2016 seasons are going.

– Team of 19 drivers in 14 cars across six Series in NASCAR (Sprint Cup and Xfinity), IndyCar, IMSA, WEC and GRC have won in every discipline in 2016.

– Of the six series, Chip Ganassi Racing is still championship eligible in five of them. IndyCar is the only series where it is not mathematically eligible for a title leading into the final race of the season at Sonoma Raceway.

– To date this season, CGRT has wins in all six series in which it competes, highlighted by a historic win in its first trip to the Le Mans 24 Hours in June. As a result, Ganassi is the only owner in history to win the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, Brickyard 400, Rolex 24 At Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and Le Mans 24 Hours.

– So far in 2016 there have been wins scored (10 total) in each of the six touring series in which CGRT fields cars: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (1 – Kyle Larson), NASCAR Xfinity Series (2 – Kyle Larson and Justin Marks), Verizon IndyCar Series (2 – Scott Dixon), IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (3 – Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe), FIA World Endurance Championship (1 – Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and Sebastien Bourdais) and Red Bull Global Rallycross (1 – Steve Arpin).

Larson and McMurray. Photo: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

NASCAR, Chicagoland Speedway

  • Sprint Cup (Chevrolet): 42-Kyle Larson, 1-Jamie McMurray
  • Xfinity (Chevrolet): 42-Kyle Larson, 48-Brennan Poole (Justin Marks not competing in the 42 this weekend)
LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 19: The Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT of Sebastien Bourdais, Joey Hand and Dirk Muller drives during the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit de la Sarthe on June 19, 2016 in Le Mans, France. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
Bourdais, Hand and Muller won at Le Mans. Photo: Ker Robertson/Getty Images

Sports cars, Circuit of The Americas

  • IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (Ford GT): 66-Joey Hand/Dirk Mueller, 67-Richard Westbrook/Ryan Briscoe
  • FIA World Endurance Championship (Ford GT): 66-Olivier Pla/Stefan Muecke, 67-Andy Priaulx/Marino Franchitti/Harry Tincknell
FORT WORTH, TX - JUNE 12: Tony Kanaan of Brazil, driver of the #10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, races Scott Dixon of New Zealand, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, during the Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 12, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedways)
Kanaan and Dixon at Texas. Photo: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway

IndyCar, Sonoma Raceway

  • IndyCar (Chevrolet): 8-Max Chilton, 9-Scott Dixon, 10-Tony Kanaan, 83-Charlie Kimball
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Arpin (No. 00). Photo: Larry Chen/Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull GRC, Seattle/Evergreen Speedway

  • Red Bull GRC (Ford Fiesta ST): 00-Steve Arpin, 38-Brian Deegan

NASCAR Open starting lineup at Bristol

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Michael McDowell will start on the pole for the NASCAR Open at Bristol Motor Speedway after a random draw. Aric Almirola joins him on the front row.

Click here for NASCAR Open starting lineup

The winners of each segment advance to the All-Star Race, along with the fan vote winner. Last year, Kyle Larson won a segment in the Open to advance to the All-Star Race and then won that event. Other segment winners last year were William Byron and Bubba Wallace. Alex Bowman advanced through the fan vote a year ago. Bowman has already qualified for this year’s All-Star Race.

 

NASCAR Open at Bristol 

Race Time: 7 p.m. ET Wednesday

Track: Bristol Motor Speedway; Bristol, Tennessee (0.533-mile speedway)

Length: 85 laps over three segments, 45.3 miles

Segments: Segment 1 is 35 laps. Segment 2 is 35 laps. Segment 3 is 15 laps.

TV coverage: FS1

Radio: Performance Racing Network (also SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Streaming: Fox Sports app (subscription required); goprn.com and SiriusXM for audio (subscription required)

Next Xfinity race: Saturday at Texas (200 laps, 300 miles), 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Next Truck race: Saturday at Texas (167 laps, 250.5 miles) 8 p.m. ET on FS1

Martin Truex Jr. to start on pole for All-Star Race at Bristol

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Martin Truex Jr., who is seeking his first All-Star Race win, will start on the pole for Wednesday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway after a random draw.

Truex will be joined on the front row by Alex Bowman.

Rookie Cole Custer, who earned a spot in the All-Star Race with his win Sunday at Kentucky, will start eighth.

Click here for All-Star Lineup

  • Positions 17-19 will go to segment winners from the NASCAR Open. The 20th starting spot goes to the fan vote winner, which will be announced after the NASCAR Open

Among the special rules for the race:

# The Chose Rule will be used. As drivers approach a designated spot on the track, they must commit to the inside or outside lane for the restart.

# The car number will move from the door toward the rear wheel to give sponsors more exposure.

# Cars that have automatically qualified for the All-Star Race will have underglow lights on their cars.

 

NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol 

Race Time: 8:30 p.m. ET Wednesday

Track: Bristol Motor Speedway; Bristol, Tennessee (0.533-mile speedway)

Length: 140 laps over four segments, 74.6 miles

Segments: Segment 1 is 55 laps. Segment 2 is 35 laps. Segment 3 is 35 laps. Segment 4 is 15 laps (only green flag laps count in this segment).

TV coverage: FS1

Radio: Performance Racing Network (also SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Streaming: Fox Sports app (subscription required); goprn.com and SiriusXM for audio (subscription required)

Next Xfinity race: Saturday at Texas (200 laps, 300 miles), 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Next Truck race: Saturday at Texas (167 laps, 250.5 miles) 8 p.m. ET on FS1

Xfinity playoff grid after Kentucky doubleheader

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The Xfinity Series went to Kentucky Speedway for a doubleheader and Austin Cindric left the track with two wins and a spot in the playoffs.

Cindric, who claimed the first oval track NASCAR wins of his career, is now third on the playoff grid among the six drivers locked into the postseason. He has 15 playoff points.

Noah Gragson, who is second on the grid, won three of four stages in Kentucky and has 18 playoff points.

Six spots remain to be filled on the playoff grid. The last two drivers currently in the top 12 are Ryan Sieg (+57 points above cutline) and Brandon Brown (+14).

The first four drivers outside the top 12 are Myatt Snider (-14 points from cutline), Jeremy Clements (-30), Alex Labbe (-42) and Jesse Little (-47).

Cup playoff grid after Kentucky Speedway

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Cole Custer delivered the first curveball to the NASCAR Cup Series’ playoff chase Sunday when he won at Kentucky Speedway.

Custer entered the race 25th in the points, nine spots back from the cutoff line for 16-driver field.

Now, Custer is one of nine drivers locked into the playoffs, meaning the cutoff for the postseason is 15th in points.

Among those currently in the playoff grid who are not locked in, the last two are William Byron (+30 points) and Jimmie Johnson (+24).

The first four drivers sitting outside a playoff spot are Austin Dillon (-24 points from cutoff), Tyler Reddick (-41), Erik Jones (-42) and Bubba Wallace (-84).