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UPDATED entry lists for NASCAR at Talladega

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The last restrictor-plate races of the season have arrived with the Cup and Truck Series events at Talladega Superspeedway.

Sunday’s Cup race is also the series’ last restrictor-plate race at Talladega.

The Cup race is the second race in the Round of 12 in the playoffs. The Truck Series will end its first playoff round more than a month after it started.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for each race.

Cup – 1000Bulbs.com 500 (2 p.m. ET Sunday on NBC)

There are 41 entries for the race. Only 40 cars will qualify for the field.

Cody Ware is entered in Rick Ware Racing’s No. 51 Chevrolet. David Starr is entered in Obaika Racing’s No. 97 Toyota.

Brendan Gaughan is entered in Beard Motorsports’ No. 62 Chevrolet.

DJ Kennington is entered in Premium Motorsports’ No. 7 Chevrolet.

In April’s race, Joey Logano led the final 42 laps and beat Kurt Busch and Chase Elliott.

Click here for the updated entry list.

Truck Series

There are 36 entries for the race.

Spencer Gallagher is entered in GMS Racing’s No. 2 Chevrolet.

Timothy Peters is entered in GMS Racing’s No. 25 Chevrolet.

David Gilliland is entered in Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Toyota.

Joey Gase will drive Copp Motorsports’ No. 83 Chevrolet.

Last year, Parker Kligerman led the final two laps to claim the win over Christopher Bell and Myatt Snider.

Click here for the entry list.

Xfinity practice report at Charlotte Roval

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CONCORD, N.C. – Cole Custer topped the field in Thursday’s second Xfinity practice at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

The two-hour session was stopped 20 minutes early because of severe weather in the area.

Custer posted a lap of 103.223 mph. He was followed by Austin Cindric (102.896 mph), Tyler Reddick (102.895), Daniel Hemric (102.759) and Justin Allgaier (102.708).

Chase Briscoe ran the most laps in the session at 26. Custer ran 25 laps. Reddick ran 24 laps.

Thirty cars ran at least a lap in the session.

Allgaier had the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 102.034 mph. He was one of only four drivers to run 10 consecutive laps. Cindric was next at 102.004 mph.

First Practice

Austin Cindric posted the fastest lap in the first of two optional Xfinity practices Thursday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

Cindric topped the field with a lap of 102.603 mph.

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He was followed by Daniel Hemric (101.495 mph), Ryan Truex (101.139), Ryan Preece (101.075) and Justin Marks (101.022).

Matt Tifft was sixth on the speed chart with a lap of 100.902 mph. He was followed by Elliott Sadler (100.626 mph), Brendan Gaughan (100.601), Justin Allgaier (100.524) and Alex Labbe (100.490)

Click here for practice report

Twenty-five cars ran at least one lap in the session.

There were no cautions for incidents on track. Spencer Gallagher had damage to the right rear of his car. His team pulled out the backup car.

Ryan Reed ran the most laps in the two-hour session that was interrupted by moisture on track. Reed ran 21 laps. Michael Annett ran 20 laps. Tyler Reddick ran 17 laps. Teams will have another practice. The track will be open from 2-4 p.m. ET. Teams will have two practices on Friday before they race on Saturday (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Tifft said the course is challenging. He said the infield section reminded him of the back section at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He said he ran most of that infield course section on the Roval in second gear.

He also said the backstretch chicane is attention grabbing.

“You go in so hard and use up all the curbs there and you’re jumping curbs right,” he said. “Right now with the blue curbs (which are larger), you are probably going to just pull out the transmission because they’re so stacked so high right there it’s going to be dangerous for the cars. That’s a little bit strange.

“The entry off the oval to the frontstretch chicane … the transitions there are pretty interesting. I had to pass a slower car getting through there. That’s the part I think that is going to be interesting when we do start working in traffic. There are so many awkward spots on this track that it’s going to put drivers in a really tight position to try to get around those guys. I think it’s going to be a race of attrition and trying to make sure you get yourself in the right spot because if you catch anybody in the wrong spot, there’s just not really that many places to get around somebody, you’re just kind of stuck.”

Tifft also said Turns 3, 4, 5, 6 on the infield portion of the course remained slick. The track had run the tire dragon in those sections only but Tifft said morning rain made those areas slick.

Today’s Cup race at Las Vegas: Start time, lineup and more

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The playoffs start today at Las Vegas. This is the first playoff race at Las Vegas and the first time that the track has hosted two races in a season. All 16 playoff drivers will jockey for the win to advance to the second round.

Here are the details for today’s race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: Las Vegas native and NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan will give the command to start engines at 3:07 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:16 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 267 laps (400.5 miles) around the 1.5-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 80. Stage 2 ends on Lap 160.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 9:30 a.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 1 p.m. Driver introductions are at 2:20 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Sierra Black will perform the anthem at 3:01 p.m.

TV/RADIO: NBCSN will broadcast the race beginning at 3 p.m. Coverage begins with NASCAR America at 1:30 p.m. on NBCSN, followed by Countdown to Green at 2:30 p.m. on NBCSN. Performance Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 2:30 p.m. and also can be heard on goprn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for a high of 95 degrees and a zero percent chance of showers at the start of the race.

LAST YEAR: This is the inaugural race. Kevin Harvick won in March after starting on the outside of the front row.

TO THE REAR: Austin Dillon (unapproved body modification) and BJ McLeod (rear gear change).

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the starting lineup at Las Vegas.

Who is hot, who is not in Xfinity ahead of Road America

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The Xfinity Series heads to its third road course of the season this weekend when it visits Road America near Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

It is the series’ ninth race at the track.

The last seven road course races have been won by a different driver. This year’s races have been won by Joey Logano (Watkins Glen) and Justin Allgaier (Mid-Ohio).

The pass for the win came in the final eight laps in the last three road courses races.

Here’s a look at which Xfinity drivers are on hot and cold streaks.

Who is Hot

Cole Custer – Finished in the top 10 in 11 of the last 12 races including the last six. Finished in the top 10 in the last three road course races including an eighth at Road America last year in his first start there.

Elliott Sadler – Finished in the top 10 in six of the last eight races. Finished in the top 10 in four of his seven starts at Road America (tied for the most top 10s there). His 17 top 10s on road courses leads all drivers.

Brendan Gaughan – Four top-five finishes at Road America, including a win in 2014, leads all drivers.

Justin Allgaier– Finished in the top 10 in the last 10 races (his career longest streak) including two wins (Iowa and Mid-Ohio). Finished in top three in both road course races in 2018 and finished in top 10 in three of his last four Road America starts including a runner-up in 2013.

Christopher Bell – Four wins in 2018, including three in the last six races. 11 top-three finishes on the
season, but has only one top-10 finish on a road course (ninth at Watkins Glen). Finished second at Bristol.

Who is Not

Matt Tifft – Only three top-10 finishes in the last 11 races, but was fourth at Mid-Ohio in the last road
course race. Finished a career-best third at Road America last year

Tyler Reddick – Two top-10 finishes in the last eight races of 2018.

Brandon Jones – Finished in top 10 in two of the last eight races. Has only one top-10 finish in
nine road course starts.

Daniel Hemric – Finished in top 10 in one of the last five races (third at Mid-Ohio). Finished
in top three in two of his last four road course starts.

Ty Majeski – Finished a career-best 10th at Iowa but it is his only finish better than 22nd in six starts in 2018.

Xfinity practice report from Mid-Ohio

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Ryan Reed was the fastest in opening Xfinity practice Friday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Reed led the way with a lap of 94.709 mph. He was followed by Andy Lally (94.499 mph), Kyle Benjamin (94.371), Brendan Gaughan (94.295) and Austin Cindric (94.277).

Benjamin ran the most laps at 26. Kaz Grala was next with 25 laps. Grala was 19th on the speed chart with a top lap of 93.241 mph.

A few cars had issues.

Christopher Bell, who was 10th on the speed chart at 94.009 mph, spun off course but continued. Daniel Hemric, Dylan Murcott and Gaughan also slid off course but continued.

Click here for Xfinity practice report

Final Xfinity practice will run from 4:05 to 4:55 p.m. ET today and can be seen on the NBC Sports App and online. Rain is in the forecast there this afternoon.

FINAL PRACTICE 

Because of rain only five cars recorded a lap in the final session. Most teams did not go out since Saturday’s race is expected to be in dry conditions.

Brendan Gaughan had the fastest lap at 87.738 mph. He ran five laps in the session.

Click here for final practice report