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Preliminary entry lists for NASCAR at Chicagoland Speedway

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All three of NASCAR’s national series will be racing this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.

While the Cup Series begins its playoffs, both the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series end their regular seasons at the 1.5-mile track.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for each race.

Cup – Tale of the Turtles 400

There are 39 cars entered into the race.

Brett Moffitt will drive the No. 83 for BK Racing. Corey LaJoie will drive the No. 23 for BK Racing.

Gray Gaulding will drive the No. 55 for Premium Motorsports.

Last year Martin Truex Jr. opened the playoffs with a win after a two-lap shootout to end the race. Truex beat Joey Logano and Chase Elliott to the checkered flag.

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Xfinity – Chicagoland 300

There are 40 cars entered into the race.

Six Cup regulars are entered into the race: Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez, Ty Dillon and Austin Dillon.

Darrell Wallace Jr. will drive the No. 98 Ford in his first Xfinity start since June at Pocono.

The No. 96 of Ben Kennedy has been withdrawn from the event by GMS Racing.

There is no driver attached yet to the No. 78 for BJ McLeod Motorsports.

Last year Jones led the final nine laps to score a win over Larson and Elliott Sadler.

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Truck – Chicagoland 225

There are 30 trucks entered into the race.

Drivers are not attached to the No. 0 owned by Jennifer Jo Cobb and the No. 36 owned by MB Motorsports.

Last year Kyle Busch won after leading 95 of 151 laps. He beat Daniel Hemric and Cameron Hayley.

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Grant Enfinger revealed as fourth ThorSport driver

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Grant Enfinger has joined ThorSport Racing as its fourth driver. He’ll drive the No. 98 in the Camping World Truck Series.

Enfinger, the winner of the Truck Series’ Talladega race last year, will compete in his first full-time season in the series.

A native of Fairhope, Alabama, Enfinger will attempt to win Rookie of the Year honors at the age of 32. Enfinger joins Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes and fellow rookie Cody Coughlin at ThorSport Racing.

“I’m extremely grateful to ThorSport Racing and Toyota for the opportunity to drive full-time in the NASCAR Camping World truck series,” Enfinger said in a press release. “This is a dream come true, and I’m blessed to be able to share this season with some great people … I’m very impressed with the people, equipment, and facility that Duke and Rhonda Thorson have assembled, and I can’t wait to get to Daytona in a few weeks.”

Enfinger is the 2015 ARCA Racing Series champion and has 15 wins in the series. He has 14 Truck Series starts – eight last year with GMS Racing in the No. 24 truck. He won the pole for the season-opener at Daytona.

Crew chief duties on the No. 98  have been given to Jeff Hensley, who returns to ThorSport after working with Johnny Sauter in 2014 and Cameron Hayley in 2015.

The No. 98 will have three primary sponsors throughout the season, including Champion Power Equipment, RACE TV and JIVE Communications.

Enfinger will begin his pursuit of the Truck title and Rookie of the Year honors on Feb. 24 at Daytona International Speedway.

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Ben Rhodes returns to ThorSport with new number

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Ben Rhodes will be back with ThorSport Racing in the Camping World Truck Series this season and will have a new number.

Rhodes, 19, will drive the No. 27 Toyota after piloting the No. 41 in his rookie season.

Rhodes will join veteran Matt Crafton and rookie Cody Coughlin in ThorSport’s driver stable. A fourth driver will be announced later today.

“This is an amazing opportunity to be partnered with Toyota and ThorSport Racing again for the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season,” Rhodes said in a press release. “The 2016 season had a lot of ups and downs, but we have put all that in the rearview mirror, and we’re focused on the year ahead. We have a new team, a new number, and great support from Toyota. With the NASCAR changes to the race and point structure, the No. 27 team will be up front contending for segment wins and race victories to get us into the playoffs and contend for the championship.”

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Rhodes finished his rookie season 14th in the standings after failing to make the playoffs. He went winless and earned two top fives and five top 10s. His best result was second at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Rhodes will be paired with a new crew chief in Eddie Troconis, who worked with Cameron Hayley in 2016.

Alpha Energy Solutions will be on the No. 27 for two races, at Kentucky Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway. More sponsorship will be announced later.

Rhodes’ sophomore season begins on Feb. 24 at Daytona International Speedway.

Cody Coughlin joins ThortSport Racing in Truck Series

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ThorSport Racing has added 21-year-old Cody Coughlin to its Camping World Truck Series lineup for 2017, joining long-time veteran Matt Crafton.

Coughlin, who has 12 Truck Series starts, will drive the No. 13 JEGS/RIDE TV Toyota in his rookie season. He competed in 10 races last year for Kyle Busch Motorsports. His best result was 12th in the June race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Coughlin is a native of Delaware, Ohio, where the family-owned JEGS Automotive is based, 85 miles north of ThorSport’s shop in Sandusky, Ohio.

“ThorSport Racing is a great team, one I’ve always admired at the race track,” Coughlin said in a press release. “Their professionalism, the speed they display, and their record, speaks for itself. Considering the team and I are both based in Ohio, it makes for a great fit, and I’m proud to be part of this championship-caliber organization.

Earlier this month is was revealed Rico Abreu and Cameron Hayley would not return full-time to ThorSport.

Crafton, a two-time champion, enters his 17th season in the Truck Series.

“Matt Crafton and I became good friends last year,” Coughlin continued. “His insight and help with driving these Toyota Tundra’s at all of the different tracks has been a valuable asset, and to be his teammate this year, takes it to the next level.”

Michael Shelton will serve as Coughlin’s crew chief after most recently working with John Wes Townley. Shelton led James Buescher to his Truck Series title in 2012.

Last year, Coughlin became the first driver to win the ACRA/CRA Super Series and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Championship in the same season.

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Rico Abreu, Cameron Hayley not returning to ThorSport Racing in 2017

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Rico Abreu and Cameron Hayley will not be back at ThorSport Racing in 2017, a team spokesperson confirmed to NBC Sports.

Motorsport.com first reported the Abreu news. Catchfence.com first reported the news on Hayley.

Abreu’s time with the team ends after one season in the Camping World Truck Series. Hayley raced for the Sandusky, Ohio, based team the last two seasons.

In 23 starts in 2016, Abreu recorded two top fives and five top 10s. His best result was third at Eldora Speedway. The two-time defending Chili Bowl winner came close earning a victory at Texas Motor Speedway before late contact with the wall ended his bid.

Hayley, a native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, debuted in the Truck Series in 2014. He earned 10 top fives and 26 tops 10s in his two years with ThorSport. His best finish was second, earned in last season’s visits to Atlanta Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway.

“I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity I had at ThorSport Racing,” Hayley told Catchfence.com. “Duke (Thorson), Rhonda, everyone at ThorSport treated me great and I’m appreciative of the opportunity I had to be in competitive equipment and show what I am capable of. Unfortunately, the sponsorship didn’t materialize as we had hoped for this season, so I won’t be back.

ThorSport said it will announce its 2017 driver lineup later next week.