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2018-19 NASCAR Next Class revealed

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On Tuesday, NASCAR announced the members of its latest NASCAR Next class program.

The program, which only includes people between the ages of 15 and 25, highlights notable upcoming drivers in the auto racing ranks.

Previous members include Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, William Byron, Matt DiBenedetto, Chase Elliott, Gray Gaulding, Erik Jones, Corey LaJoie, Kyle Larson, Daniel Suárez, and Darrell Wallace Jr.

“NASCAR Next highlights emerging talent who have shown the talent and intangibles it takes to achieve success at the highest levels or our sport,” said Jill Gregory, NASCAR executive vice president & chief marketing officer, in a press release. “Alumni of the program are currently making their marks across NASCAR’s three national series and we believe members of this year’s class have potential to do the same.”

The 2018-19 class has nine members and includes four returning drivers from last year, including, Zane Smith, Riley Herbst and Chase Purdy.

The other is Hailie Deegan, the 16-year-old driver who Kevin Harvick said has the “most potential” in the K&N Pro Series West.

The class has five K&N Pro Series drivers, three ARCA Racing Series drivers and one Camping World Truck Series driver.

Here’s the nine drivers who were selected to the class.

Anthony Alfredo (@anthonyfalfredo), NASCAR K&N Pro Series East – Driving full-time this year for MDM Motorsports in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Alfredo is also a student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The 19-year-old Ridgefield, Connecticut, native recently competed in various late model divisions across the country, driving for JR Motorsports.

Hailie Deegan (@HailieDeegan), NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – The 16-year-old Temecula, California, native returns to Next for a second year, driving for Bill McAnally Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. The daughter of FMX legend and Monster Energy athlete Brian Deegan, Hailie was the 2016 Modified Kart champion in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and was named the Lucas Oil Off Road Driver of the Year.

Riley Herbst (@rileyherbst), ARCA Racing Series – Returning to Next for a second year, Herbst is running full-time for Joe Gibbs Racing in the ARCA Racing Series, where he won Rookie of the Year honors a year ago. The 19-year-old Las Vegas native captured his first big-track win last June at Pocono, along with six top fives and 10 top 10s.

Derek Kraus (@derek9kraus), NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – The reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Rookie of the Year, Kraus claimed his first win and a pole award, along with nine top fives and 10 top 10s in 2017. Driving full-time for Bill McAnally Racing, the 16-year-old Stratford, Wisconsin, native has already captured a fourth-place finish at New Smyrna and a win at Kern County this year.

Chase Purdy (@chasepurdy12), ARCA Racing Series – Purdy returns to Next for a second year after capturing NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year honors in 2017. The 18-year-old from Meridian, Mississippi, finished fourth in the standings last year, tallying five top fives and eight top 10s. This year, Purdy is racing full-time in the ARCA Racing Series for MDM Motorsports.

Will Rodgers (@willrodgers65), NASCAR K&N Pro Series – The 23-year-old Maui, Hawaii, native made two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts in 2017 and won them both. Starting on the pole at the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Sonoma, he finished runner-up to Kevin Harvick. Running all 14 races out west, Rodgers notched nine top fives and 12 top 10s, finishing fifth overall.

Zane Smith (@zanesmith41), ARCA Racing Series – Back for a second year in Next, Smith, 18, from Huntington Beach, California, has captured his first two career ARCA victories early in 2018 (Nashville and Talladega). Smith finished ninth in the ARCA standings a year ago, posting two poles, seven top fives and 11 top 10s. In his initial foray in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, Smith ran twice in the East, posting top-10 and top-five finishes, and once in the West, scoring another top-five showing.

Tanner Thorson (@Tanner_Thorson), NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – A former USAC Midget Champion, the 22-year-old Thorson brings his dirt racing experience to Next as he prepares to run various Touring Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races throughout the year. The Minden, Nevada, native also ran two ARCA races in 2017, claiming a top-10 finish in just his second series appearance.

Ryan Vargas (@The_Rhino23), NASCAR K&N Pro Series East – Hailing from La Mirada, California, Vargas is competing full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for REV Racing. The 17-year-old finished third overall in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for California in 2017, racking up two wins, 15 top fives and 23 top 10s. Vargas is also a 2018 NASCAR Drive for Diversity class member.

UPDATED: Entry lists for NASCAR Cup and Truck Series at Kansas

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The NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck Series move to Kansas Speedway this week for a Mother’s Day weekend doubleheader.

Here’s the entry lists for each race.

Cup Series

There are 38 cars on the entry list for the KC Masterpiece 400.

Matt Kenseth will make his first start of the season in Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 6 with Wyndham Rewards as a sponsor.

StarCom Racing has withdrawn the No. 99 of Derrike Cope.

Corey LaJoie will pilot the No. 72 TriStar Motorsports entry.

Carl Long is listed as the driver of the No. 66 Motorsports Business Management Toyota.

BJ McLeod will drive the No. 51 for Rick Ware Racing.

Last year, Martin Truex, Jr. won both Kansas races, beating Brad Keselowski in the spring and Kurt Busch in the fall.

Click here for the entry list.

Truck Series

There are 30 entries for the 37 Kind Days 250.

Kyle Busch is the only Cup regular who will compete in both events. He will drive the No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota.

Jennifer Jo Cobb has two Trucks entered this week.

Bo LeMastus will drive the No. 54 DGR-Crosley Toyota.

The No. 15 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet will have Robby Lyons behind the wheel.

No driver is yet listed for the No. 74 Chevrolet owned by Mike Harmon.

Last year, Busch led 91 laps and beat Johnny Sauter to the line by 2.6 seconds.

Click here for the entry list.

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

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With six winners in the first 10 races, will today’s event at Dover International Speedway see another new winner celebrating at the end of the race or will it be one who has already won? Among those seeking their first win of the year are Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin.

Here are all the details for today’s race.

(All times are Eastern)

START: Philadelphia Eagles broadcasters Merrill Reese and Mike Quick will give the command to start engines at 1:52 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 2 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 400 laps (400 miles) around the 1-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 120. Stage 2 ends on Lap 240.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 8 a.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at noon. Driver introductions are at 1:20 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEMCountry music star Jessica Lynn will perform the anthem at 1:46 p.m.

TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the race beginning at 2 p.m. Coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. Motor Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 1 p.m. and also can be heard at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have MRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for cloudy skies with a high of 62 degrees and 15 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Jimmie Johnson won this event last year when it was held in June. Kyle Larson was second. Martin Truex Jr. was third. Kyle Busch won the playoff race in October. Chase Elliott placed second. Johnson finished third.

CARS TO THE REAR: Kyle Larson (failed inspection three times), Alex Bowman (failed inspection three times), Austin Dillon (noncompliance splitter), Corey LaJoie (engine change)

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for starting lineup

Paul Menard fastest in first Cup practice at Dover

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Paul Menard posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 159.830 mph.

Jimmie Johnson has drawn a lot of attention this week since Dover is the site of his most recent win. He posted a lap of 159.440 mph as the clock was running out of time and landed second on the speed chart.

Kevin Harvick (159.412 mph), Kyle Busch (159.299) and Brad Keselowski (159.208) rounded out the top five.

Coming off last week’s win at Talladega Superspeedway, Joey Logano was 12th fastest with a lap of 158.527 mph.

Chase Elliott, who has never finished worse than fifth at Dover, was 14th with a speed of 158.217 mph.

The rookie contenders Darrell Wallace Jr. (157.391) and William Byron (156.563) were 22nd and 28th on the chart respectively.

With about three minutes remaining in practice, Corey LaJoie lost and engine on the No. 72 Chevrolet to bring out the red flag. He was 34th on the speed chart at the time. NASCAR added three minutes to the end of practice and extended the session.

No one ran 10 or more consecutive laps.

Click here form complete results.

Entry lists for NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Truck Series at Dover

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For the fourth time in 2018 and the first time since Las Vegas Motor Speedway in early March, all three of NASCAR’s national series will be in action this week at Dover International Speedway.

The weekend will culminate in the Cup Series AAA 400 on Sunday.

Here’s the entry lists for each race.

Cup Series

There are 38 cars on the entry list for the Cup race.

Cole Custer is listed as the driver of the No. 51 for Rick Ware Racing, replacing Timmy Hill from Talladega.

Corey LaJoie will make his fourth start of the season behind the wheel of the No. 72 TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet.

StarCom Racing will roll out a second Chevrolet this week for Derrike Cope.

Last year, Jimmie Johnson beat Saturday’s Xfinity Series winner Kyle Larson in a race that ended under caution.

Click here for the complete entry list.

Xfinity Series

There are 41 cars entered for the OneMain Financial 200.

This is the final Dash 4 Cash race, so no drivers earning Cup points are entered.

Noah Gragson will make his third Xfinity start in the No. 18 Toyota and will look to continue a streak of top fives. He finished second in his debut at Richmond and was fourth last week at Talladega.

Jeb Burton will pilot the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet and make his second start of the season.

Ray Black Jr. is entered in the No. 8 Chevrolet owned by B.J. McLeod Motorsports.

Brandon Brown will make his third attempt of the season, driving the No. 90 DGM Racing Chevrolet.

Last year, Kyle Larson led 137 of 200 laps and defeated Ryan Blaney and Daniel Suarez in this race. The highest finishing Xfinity regular was Cole Custer in fourth.

Click here for the complete Xfinity entry list.

Truck Series

There are 34 trucks entered for the Jegs 200.

Bayley Currey will make his fourth Truck start in the No. 83 for Copp Motorsports. His career best finish to date is a 10th last fall at Phoenix.

Camden Murphy will make his first Truck start of 2018 for MB Motorsports; he ran in 11 races last year.

Reed Sorenson will do double duty for Premium Motorsports in the No. 15.

Click here for the complete Truck entry list.