Daniel Suarez wins Xfinity race at Dover

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DOVER, Del. — Daniel Suarez scored his second career NASCAR Xfinity victory Sunday morning at Dover International Speedway, sending him into the next round of the Chase.

“We had a ton of speed,” said Suarez, who led 123 of the 200 laps. “This is one of those races that you would feel bad to lose the race.”

Suarez and Elliott Sadler, who won last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, are the only drivers who are guaranteed a spot in the next round. The 12-driver field will be trimmed to eight on Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Ty Dillon finished second. Justin Allgaier placed third. Ryan Blaney, driving for Joey Logano, was fourth. Alex Bowman completed the top five.

Suarez’s previous win in the series was at Michigan in June. Sunday’s win marked his sixth consecutive top-10 finish.

HOW DANIEL SUAREZ WON: He had the dominant car. It helped that teammate Erik Jones struggled, and Ty Dillon started at the rear because of an unapproved adjustment.

WHO ELSE HAD A GOOD DAY: Alex Bowman made his seventh series start and his fifth-place finish gives him a top 10 in each race he’s run this year. … Corey LaJoie finished a career-high sixth. His previous best was 10th at Bristol in August in his most recent start before Sunday. … JJ Yeley finished eighth for his second top-10 finish of the season. … Brendan Gaughan’s ninth-place finish marked his career-high 15th top 10 in a season.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY: Jones struggled with his car’s handling and pitted under green on Lap 99, fearing he was abusing the right-front tire. That stop put him out of sequence and forced him to pit on Lap 192 for two seconds of fuel. He finished 16th. … Brennan Poole was penalized for speeding on pit road and finished 15th. … Blake Koch led when the caution came out on Lap 139 during a pit cycle. He ran out of fuel and had to pit before pit road was open. His car wouldn’t refire immediately, and he lost a lap. He finished 14th. 

NOTABLE: This is the fourth consecutive Dover race won by an Xfinity regular. … Drew Herring, driving in place of Kyle Busch, was in the garage until one minute before the command to start engines. They were making a fix on pit road to the rear windshield when it cracked, and it had to be replaced. … NASCAR announced after the race that Ryan Ellis, whose crash brought out the caution on Lap 62, was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. Ellis later tweeted: “Hey guys, all good. Thanks for the messages. Didn’t feel right after I got out of the car & have had past concussions, so wanted to check.’’

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Just kind of an embarrassing day,’’ Erik Jones said after placing 16th.

NEXT: The series races at 8 p.m. Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway on NBCSN.

Goodyear tire info for Martinsville Speedway

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NASCAR Cup and Truck teams continue their respective playoffs this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

The Cup Series begins its Round of 8, while the Gander Outdoors Truck Series will contest its middle race of the Round of 6.

Cup and Truck teams will run the same tire setup at Martinsville, the same tires both series have run at the .526-mile bullring since 2017.

It’s getting later in the fall and we are likely to have cloudy conditions and temperatures in the 60-degree range at Martinsville this week, so track temps will be low, making it more difficult for the track to take rubber,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing. “Because of the time of year we run at Martinsville, we’ve worked hard over the past several years to come up with a tread compound that will lay rubber in the concrete corners, even in cool temperatures.

Generally, Martinsville has produced some of the best racing on the circuit and that only seems to have been enhanced by the track consistently taking rubber and having multiple racing lines. We continue to work on keeping up with Martinsville and making adjustments where needed, holding a test there this past summer and looking ahead to 2020 when we will have a full fledged night race at the track.”

According to wunderground.com, the forecast calls for a temperature of 58 degrees with a 40 percent chance of rain at the scheduled 1:30 p.m. ET start time for Saturday’s Truck race, and a temperature of 66 degrees with a 19 percent chance of green flag at the 3 p.m. ET scheduled start time for Sunday’s Cup race.

Here is the tire information for this weekend’s races at Martinsville:

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials

Set limits: Cup: 3 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying/start of race and 9 sets for race (8 race sets plus 1 set transferred from qualifying or practice); Truck: 5 sets for the event.

Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4588; Right-side – D-4722

Tire Circumference: Left-side — 2,221 mm (87.44 in.); Right-side — 2,251 mm (88.62 in.)

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front — 10 psi; Left Rear — 10 psi; Right Front — 23 psi; Right Rear — 22 psi

As on most NASCAR ovals 1 mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Martinsville.

NASCAR penalty report after Kansas

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NASCAR issued one penalty from this past weekend’s racing action at Kansas Speedway.

Chris Gayle, crew chief for the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR Cup Toyota driven by Erik Jones, has been fined $10,000 for lug nut(s) not properly installed following Sunday’s race.

There were no penalties assessed to the teams of Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick stemming from the altercation following Saturday’s Xfinity Series race.

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Ron Hornaday Jr., Bobby Labonte to take part in Martinsville Truck race activities

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Martinsville Speedway will honor one NASCAR Hall of Famer and one inductee before Saturday’s NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 Truck Series race.

Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. will serve as grand marshal for the race, while Bobby Labonte, who will be inducted into the Hall in January, will serve as the honorary starter.

Bobby Labonte. Photo: Getty Images.

We are honored to have 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Ron Hornaday Jr. as Grand Marshal and 2020 inductee Bobby Labonte as Honorary Starter at the first NASCAR Hall of Fame 200,” NASCAR Hall of Fame executive director Winston Kelly said in a statement. “Ron is the series’ only four-time champion. As the 2000 premier series champion and 1992 Xfinity champion, Bobby is one of only 31 drivers who has won races in all three NASCAR national series with his lone truck series win coming at Martinsville.”

Said Clay Campbell, president of Martinsville Speedway: “We appreciate the NASCAR Hall of Fame making it possible to have two great NASCAR champions available to meet our fans Saturday morning before the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200. Having Ron and Bobby be a part of our race weekend is special for everyone at Martinsville Speedway.”

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NASCAR entry lists for Martinsville

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Eight drivers remain in the playoffs for Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway.

In addition to the Cup Series, the Gander Outdoors Truck Series is also in action this weekend at Martinsville, on Saturday. The Xfinity Series is off this weekend.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for both series:

Cup – First Data 500 (3 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN)

There are 38 cars entered.

Two cars do not have drivers listed yet on the entry list:

* The No. 51 Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet.

* The No. 52 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet.

JJ Yeley is in the No. 53 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet.

Joey Logano won this race last fall. Denny Hamlin finished second and Martin Truex Jr. was third.

In this year’s spring race, Brad Keselowski won, followed by Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch.

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Trucks – NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 (1:30 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1)

There are 32 Trucks entered in the middle race of the Round of 6 of the Truck playoffs.

One Truck does not have a driver listed yet: The No. 0 Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing Chevrolet.

Tanner Gray, who won the 2018 NHRA Pro Stock championship, makes his Truck Series debut in the No. 15 DGR-Crosley Toyota.

Sam Mayer makes his second start of the season in the No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet.

Danny Bohn makes his first career Truck Series start in the No. 30 On Point Motorsports Toyota.

Carson Ware makes his first career Truck Series start in the No. 33 Reaume Brothers Racing Chevrolet.

Dawson Cram makes his first Truck Series start of the season and fourth of his career in the No. 34 Reaume Brothers Racing Toyota.

Jeb Burton makes his second Truck Series start of the season in the No. 44 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet.

Also, one week after clinching the ARCA championship, Christian Eckes will make his seventh Truck start of the season, once again piloting the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota.

Johnny Sauter won this race last fall. Brett Moffitt was second and Myatt Snider was third.

Kyle Busch won this year’s spring race, followed by Ben Rhodes and Brett Moffitt.

Click here for the entry list.

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