Chase Elliott wins Cup elimination race at Kansas

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Chase Elliott won Sunday’s Cup playoff elimination race at Kansas Speedway after capitalizing on a Kevin Harvick speeding penalty.

Elliott fended off a late charge from Kyle Busch to capture his third win of the year.

Elliott led the final 44 laps after Harvick, who won Stage 2 and led 76 laps, was caught speeding during the last round of green flag pit stops.

The win is Elliott’s second in the Round of 12 after he won at Dover. It is his first top five on a 1.5-mile track this season.

“I obviously got lucky with Kevin having his penalty,” Elliott told NBC. “Thought we were really, really equally matched there. Wish we could have raced him straight up, obviously. Had a great car today. … It’s been a great couple of months. Got to keep it rolling. This is the time of year that counts.”

The top five was completed by Kyle Larson, Erik Jones and Martin Truex Jr.

The Round of 8 will include Elliott, Harvick, Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, and Clint Bowyer.

Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, Larson and Alex Bowman were eliminated from the playoffs. Keselowski and Blaney were winners of four of the previous six races and two of the first four playoff races.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Joey Logano

STAGE 2 WINNER: Kevin Harvick

MORE: Point standings

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WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Kyle Larson finished third after he started from the rear with a backup car. It’s his ninth top-three finish of the season without a win … Erik Jones earned his second top five in the last three races … Martin Truex Jr. earned his first finish inside the top 10 in three races (Richmond).

WHO HAD A BAD DAY: William Byron was eliminated when his engine expired on Lap 57 … Paul Menard finished 32nd after he suffered damage from contact with Trevor Bayne on pit road … Kurt Busch finished 18th a lap down after he was caught speeding on pit road mid race … After his speeding penalty, Kevin Harvick placed 12th.

NOTABLE: The race’s three cautions tied for the fewest in track history (April 2012).

WHAT’S NEXT: First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway at 2 p.m. ET on Oct. 28 on NBCSN

Daniel Suarez fastest in final Coca-Cola 600 practice

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CONCORD, N.C. — Daniel Suarez completed a sweep of Saturday’s two Cup practice sessions by posting the top speed in final practice for the Coca-Cola 600.

Suarez recorded a speed of 180.704 mph around Charlotte Motor Speedway. He made 51 laps in the session.

“I will say one of the best (cars of his Cup career) for sure,” Suarez said. “I feel like this year I’ve had some good race cars with an opportunity to finish in the top five and top 10, but I feel like this car has been pretty solid.  It’s fast and it’s not comfortable to drive 100 percent, but I don’t feel like anyone out there is comfortable right now, so it’s been sunny and hot and slick and that makes things a little bit more difficult, but overall my team has been doing a very good job with Stewart-Haas Racing and Ford Performance.  We have a good piece and hopefully we can take advantage of it tomorrow.”

The top five was completed by Daniel Hemric (180.686 mph), Denny Hamlin (180.553), Ryan Preece (180.469) and Kyle Busch (180.276).

“I felt pretty good with our practice there,” said Hamlin, who will start 20th Sunday. “It was one of our better practices of the year. We’re going to have to start from deep in the field, which is going to be a challenge with traffic, but we’ve got a long race to get it done. Pretty happy with where we’re at.”

Busch has the best 10-lap average at 179.485 mph

Chase Elliott recorded the most laps in the session with 62. He was 18th on the speed chart.

Click here for the speed chart.

Christopher Bell wins pole for Xfinity Charlotte race

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CONCORD, N.C. —  Christopher Bell will start first in today’s Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Bell won his third pole of the season with a speed of 184.313 mph. His previous poles were at Texas Motor Speedway and ISM Raceway.

The top five is completed by Cole Custer (183.187 mph), Tyler Reddick (182.192), Austin Dillon (181.659) and Brandon Jones (181.610).

Justin Haley will start 35th after an axle broke on his No. 11 Chevrolet in the middle of his qualifying run.

Ross Chastain did not finish his qualifying run after experiencing an electrical problem in the ignition on his No. 4 Chevrolet. He will start 37th out of 38 cars.

The Alsco 300 is scheduled to start at 1:16 p.m. ET on FS1.

Click here for the starting lineup.

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Today’s Xfinity race at Charlotte: Start time, lineup and more

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After a two-week break, the Xfinity Series returns to action today for the Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Here’s all the info you need for today’s race.

(All times are Eastern)

START: North Carolina Basketball Legend Phil Ford will give the command to start engines at 1:07 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 1:16 p.m.

PRERACE: Driver/crew chief meeting is at 10:45 a.m. Driver introductions begin at 12:30 p.m. The invocation will be given at 1 p.m. by Billy Mauldin, CEO and President of Motor Racing Outreach. U. S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Marc Wilka will perform the National Anthem at 1:01 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 200 laps (300 miles) around the 1.5-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 45. Stage 2 ends on Lap 90.

TV/RADIO: FS1 will televise the race. Coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. The Performance Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 12:30 p.m. and also can be heard at goprn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for a high of 90 degrees and a 20% percent chance of rain for the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Brad Keselowski won this race over Cole Custer and Christopher Bell.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the starting lineup.

Daniel Suarez fastest in second Coca-Cola 600 practice

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CONCORD, N.C. — Daniel Suarez topped the speed chart in Saturday’s first Cup Series practice for the Coca-Cola 600.

Suarez posted a top speed of 182.143 mph around the 1.5-mile track.

The top five was filled out by defending 600 winner Kyle Busch (182.051 mph), Austin Dillon (181.488), Ryan Blaney (181.397) and Kevin Harvick (181.366).

Denny Hamlin, who was sixth on the chart, recorded the most laps with 52.

Dillon had the best 10-lap average at 180.639 mph.

Ryan Newman got into the Turn 3 wall as the session ended and suffered significant damage to the right side of his No. 6 Ford. The team is repairing the car.

Final practice is set for 11:05 a.m. ET

Click here for the speed chart.