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Entry lists for All-Star Race weekend in Charlotte

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All-Star Race week is here.

NASCAR returns home to compete at Charlotte Motor Speedway and hold Saturday’s 35th annual Monster Energy All-Star Race and the Monster Energy Open.

Those races are preceded on Friday with a Gander Outdoors Truck Series race.

More: Rules and format for All-Star Race

Here are the entry lists for each race and the rules for the All-Star Race and Open.

Monster Energy All-Star Race (8 p.m. ET Saturday on Fox Sports 1)

There will be 19 drivers in the All-Star Race, which will be divided into four segments of 30 laps, 20 laps, 20 laps and 15 laps.

Driver eligibility: Winners from last season and this season, previous all-star winners who are competing full-time in the series, Cup champions who are running full-time in the series, the three stage winners from the Monster Energy Open and the winner of the fan vote.

Fifteen drivers are already locked into the main event: Aric Almirola, Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman and Martin Truex Jr. Three more will be added from the Monster Energy Open, plus a fourth will join the All-Star Race field from the fan vote.

Kevin Harvick is the defending winner of the All-Star Race.

Click here for the entry list.

Monster Energy Open (6 p.m. ET Saturday on Fox Sports 1)

There are 24 cars entered into Saturday’s preliminary race.

The 50-lap race is split up into three stages of 20 laps, 20 laps and 10 laps.

AJ Allmendinger won the final stage of the Open last year.

Click here for the entry list.

Truck Series – North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (8:30 p.m. ET Friday on Fox Sports 1)

There are 36 trucks entered into the race.

Kyle Busch will compete in his last Truck Series race of the season.

Johnny Sauter won this race last year over Busch and Brandon Jones.

Click here for the updated entry list.

Ross Chastain wins first career Truck Series race

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Ross Chastain won Friday night’s Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway to claim his first career Truck Series victory.

Chastain, driving the No. 45 Chevrolet for Niece Motorsports, inherited the lead from Stewart Friesen with three laps to go when Friesen ran out of gas.

The win comes in Chastain’s 66th Truck Series start. It is his second national series win after he won with Chip Ganassi Racing in the Xfinity Series last year. The win is the first for Niece Motorsports in 90 starts.

After his win with Ganassi, Chastain was announced as driving for the team full-time in Xfinity in 2019. But after primary sponsor DC Solar was raided by the FBI in mid-December, CGR shut down its Xfinity program in January due to a lack of sponsorship.

Chastain returned to JD Motorsports with a three-race deal with Kaulig Racing. He’s racing part-time for Niece Motorsports in the Truck Series as well as competing full-time in Cup with Premium Motorsports.

“This is what sports is all about, comebacks, man,” an emotional Chastain told Fox Sports 1. “We had the rope by the tail last fall. Everything got taken away from us. We didn’t quit though. … I’m going to celebrate this a lot more than I did the last one. After the last one I thought they were going to come a lot easier. But it’s not. It’s so hard to win.”

Friday night’s race was Chastain’s 28th consecutive national series start of the year.

“I’ve been called an underdog my whole career and I’m tired of that,” Chastain said in the media center. “I get so sick of hearing that. I know they mean well when they say it. But man, I just want to win and that’s why I race everything I can.”

The top five was completed by Ben Rhodes, Todd Gilliland, Austin Hill and Brandon Jones.

Friesen, who led 87 laps, finished 15th. On Friesen’s last pit stop, he left his stall with only two fresh tires, not knowing it was a four-tire stop, which also resulted in less fuel.

Grant Enfinger led 47 laps, but he finished seventh after he and Brett Moffitt made contact and spun while racing for second with 28 laps to go.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Stewart Friesen

STAGE 2 WINNER: Stewart Friesen

Click here for race results.

Click here for point standings.

WHAT’S NEXT: North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at 8:30 p.m. ET on May 17 on Fox Sports 1

Truck practice report from Kansas Speedway

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Stewart Friesen was the fastest in the final practice session for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series on Friday at Kansas Speedway.

Friesen (177.154 mph) was followed by Brett Moffitt (177.125), Sheldon Creed (176.327), Matt Crafton (176.177) and Grant Enfinger (175.959).

Creed scraped the wall early in the session and had minor damage. Brandon Jones ran the most laps at 50. He was 12th on the speed chart.

Click here for practice report

Truck qualifying will be at 5:05 p.m. ET and the race will be at 8:30 p.m. ET.

FIRST PRACTICE

Stewart Friesen posted the fastest lap in the first of two practice sessions Friday for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series at Kansas Speedway.

Friesen (177.585 mph) was followed by Brett Moffitt (177.515), Matt Crafton (177.416), Sheldon Creed (176.922) and Harrison Burton (176.534).

Twenty-three drivers practiced. Creed ran the most laps at 43. Grant Enfinger had the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 173.137 mph. Creed was next at 172.494 mph.

Click here for practice report

Final Truck practice is scheduled from 11:35 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. ET.

Christopher Bell takes third Xfinity win of season at Dover

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Christopher Bell rallied in the second half to win his second straight race at Dover International Speedway, the third win of this season and the 11th of his Xfinity Series career in Saturday’s Allied Steel Buildings 200.

In addition to the win, Bell also earned a cool $100,000 as the highest finishing Xfinity Dash 4 Cash driver, out-dueling Tyler Reddick, Chase Briscoe and Gray Gaulding.

Bell led 44 of the race’s 200 laps around the 1-mile concrete oval. Justin Allgaier finished second, followed by Reddick, Cole Custer and Briscoe.

“Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve had really fast race cars but just weren’t able to capitalize on it,” Bell told Fox Sports 1. “This one is really out to my pit crew. They did a great job to get me out first to control the restarts. I knew once we got to the front, we were going to be tough to beat.

“This is one of my favorite tracks because you can move around, kind of find different lines and get going.”

Click here for full results.

Click here for the updated Xfinity Series point standings.

Custer led a race-high 156 laps but fell back in the latter quarter of the race as Bell would not be denied.

“It’s really frustrating when you lead that many laps,” Custer told FS1. “You just can’t give up your track position here. Everybody wants to win here at Dover, that’s why it’s so frustrating.

“It’s about the hardest track to pass at that we go to. We just couldn’t get it all back. We were so good and feel like we didn’t take advantage of a great car today. It’s good we had so much speed to compete with those guys, but we need to figure out a way of beating them every weekend.”

Finishing sixth through 10th were Austin Cindric, Brandon Jones, John Hunter Nemechek, Zane Smith and Michael Annett.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Cole Custer (led all 45 laps)

STAGE 2 WINNER: Cole Custer (led all 45 laps)

NOTABLE: Saturday was the final of the four Dash 4 Cash races. It’s also the second time Bell has won the $100,000 top prize this year in those four races.

WHAT’S NEXT: Alsco 300, May 25, Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Cole Custer takes pole for this afternoon’s Xfinity race at Dover

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Cole Custer earned his second Xfinity Series pole of the season and will lead the field to the green in this afternoon’s Allied Steel Buildings 200 at Dover International Speedway.

Driving the No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang, Custer covered the 1-mile, concrete track at 157.329 mph. It was his eighth pole of his Xfinity career.

“I think (single car qualifying) is exciting, but it’s stressful as a driver, at least for me,” Custer told Fox Sports 1. “You’re going down that long pit road, especially if you’re going out late, and you’re just psyching yourself out the whole time, should I drive in this deep or this deep.

“You just have to stay focused with what you’re doing. I think there’s going to be some good guys out there, but we definitely have a good car that could be here for a win.”

Justin Allgaier, who failed pre-qualifying inspection three times, leading to the ejection from the speedway of his car chief, bounced back to join Custer on the front row with a speed of 157.219 mph.

Third through 10th were Austin Cindric (157.054 mph), Christopher Bell (157.048), Tyler Reddick (157.034), Zane Smith (156.461), Chase Briscoe (156.386), Brandon Jones (156.162), Noah Gragson (156.114) and Ross Chastain (156.074).

The race is slated to begin later this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Click here for the full qualifying report.

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