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Entry lists for NASCAR at Texas Motor Speedway

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All three of NASCAR’s national series will continue their playoff runs this weekend with a trip to Texas Motor Speedway in Forth Worth, Texas.

The Cup Series holds the AAA Texas 500, while Xfinity teams take part in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300. The Camping World Truck Series has the Jag Metals 350.

All three series have three races left in their seasons.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for all three races.

Cup – AAA Texas 500

There are 40 cars entered.

Gray Gaulding is in BK Racing’s No. 83 Toyota and Corey LaJoie is in the No. 23 Toyota.

Ray Black II is in the No. 51 Chevrolet for Rick Ware Racing for his second Cup start of the year.

Joey Gase is entered in the No. 7 Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing. It will be his seventh Cup start of the year.

David Starr, a native of Texas, will drive the No. 66 Chevrolet for Carl Long. It will be his first Cup start since 2011.

Jimmie Johnson won the April race at Texas after leading the final 17 laps, beating Kyle Larson and Joey Logano.

Carl Edwards is the defending winner of this race. Edwards was leading when rain shortened the race by 41 laps.

Click here for the entry list.

Xfinity – O’Reilly Auto Parts 300

There are 40 cars entered. Cup drivers, Ryan Blaney, Ty Dillon, Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson and Erik Jones are entered.

Christopher Bell is entered into the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Jones won the April Texas race after leading 112 laps and beating Blaney and Kevin Harvick.

Larson is the defending winner of this race. He led 30 laps and beat Brad Keselowski and Harvick.

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Trucks – Jeg Metals 350

There are 31 trucks entered. No Cup drivers are entered.

Myatt Snider will make his seventh start of the year in the No. 51 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports. He finished 16th at Texas in June after a crash.

Christopher Bell won the June race, starting 21st and leading 92 laps.

Johnny Sauter is the defending race winner. He won last year after passing Matt Crafton with three laps to go.

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Truck Series practice report from Gateway Motorsports Park

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First practice

Rain canceled the practice session at Gateway that was scheduled to run from 3:35 – 4:25 p.m. Eastern time.

When they finally got on track, Christian Eckes posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session with a speed of 134.360 mph.

Eckes’ speed was .009 seconds faster than Noah Gragon (134.324 mph), who landed second on the speed chart.

Ben Rhodes (134.120), Brett Moffitt (133.817) and Matt Crafton (133.706) rounded out the top five.

With the first practice canceled at Gateway, NASCAR added a final practice session scheduled for Noon – 1 p.m.



Denny Hamlin offers advice on how to deal with critics on social media

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Denny Hamlin, who has been fined by NASCAR for comments on Twitter, and was vocal toward critics after this year’s Daytona 500, says he’s found peace on how to deal with those on social media who don’t agree with him.

“I’ve been very good this year about not replying to mean people, and you all should do the same,’’ Hamlin said Friday at Sonoma Raceway.

“I’m making a (request) right now to every driver, every team owner, every NASCAR executive and every media member, stop replying to people who make nonsense comments. They have 16 followers. Don’t give them your 100,000. Do not give them your 100,000 as their stage. No one will ever see their comment, just brush it by, talk about the positives and I’m not a positive person.”

Asked how does one ignore such divisive comments, Hamlin said: “You just scroll by it. Forget it. That person doesn’t exit. They’re an admirer that has lost their way.’’

Hamlin has been better at doing so since the Daytona 500. He faced negative reaction on social media to the contact he and Bubba Wallace had at the end of the Daytona 500.

They engaged in a brief shouting match in the garage area after Hamlin learned that Wallace had taken a dig at him on national TV about a recent comment about drivers using Adderall.

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Clint Bowyer leads opening Cup practice at Sonoma

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Clint Bowyer was the fastest in the first of two Cup practices Friday at Sonoma Raceway.

Bowyer, the winner of the most recent Cup race two weeks ago at Michigan, posted a lap of 93.590 mph. He was followed by Ryan Blaney (93.546 mph), Joey Logano (93.172), Jamie McMurray (93.049) and Daniel Suarez (92.746).

Sixth was Jimmie Johnson (92.661). He was followed by Michael McDowell (92.650), Martin Truex Jr. (92.614), AJ Allmendinger (92.596) and Ryan Newman (92.595).

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Final Cup practice will be from 5:40 – 6:55 p.m. ET. Qualifying will take place Saturday.

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Kyle Larson: ‘I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t love NASCAR racing’

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Kyle Larson‘s comment on Twitter earlier this week that he would like to run full-time in the World of Outlaws sprint car series “before I’m 40” might have riled some fans, but Larson says it was not meant as anything bad toward NASCAR.

“I don’t know, I think maybe some people aren’t quite as open-minded, maybe,” the 26-year-old Larson said Friday at Sonoma Raceway. “It’s like they read it as if I said in two years from now I wanted to do it. I mean 15 years from now that would put me 20 years in Cup. So, that is a long time. 

“I think Jeff Gordon spent about that much time in the sport (Gordon raced in Cup 23 full-time seasons), but I don’t know, maybe I don’t do the best job in the world of talking about how much I love NASCAR as much as I do sprint cars, but I do. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t love NASCAR racing.

“I enjoy sprint cars, and I feel like I talk about sprint cars a lot just to open people’s eyes to that style of racing because it’s a great form or racing and so is NASCAR. So, I don’t know, I just want fans to be fans of motorsports not just NASCAR and not just sprint cars. I would like to see everybody just enjoy all of racing and I think that is what I do. Maybe I don’t do a good job at it sometimes, but you know, I enjoy racing all types of vehicles. Most fans get it, but some fans aren’t quite open-minded enough.”

It was on the official World of Outlaws podcast in December where Larson expressed his desire to eventually transition to the World of Outlaws.

“NASCAR is where I wanted to make it, but I would have been perfectly fine if I didn’t make it either,” Larson said on that podcast in the offseason. “I’d probably be on the Outlaw (sprint car) tour probably right now, racing and loving life … I would say racing on the World of Outlaws tour full-time is my main goal.”

Larson just finished running five nights of Ohio Sprint Speedweek. He won two of those nights. Rain postponed a sixth event before the feature that Larson was to have run. Larson said he has the dirt track race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on his schedule. Indianapolis is building a quarter-mile dirt track inside Turn 3 to run during the NASCAR weekend there in September.

Larson is in his fifth full Cup season. He has five career series wins. Although winless this season, Larson has finished runner-up three times (Auto Club Speedway, Bristol and Pocono).

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