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Practice holds for Phoenix Raceway

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NASCAR announced its practice holds for the Cup and Xfinity Series today at Phoenix Raceway. Each series will hold two practice sessions.

Cup Series

Martin Truex Jr. is being docked 30 minutes in final practice for failing pre-qualifying inspection three times at Auto Club Speedway.

Kurt Busch will miss 15 minutes of final practice for failing pre-qualifying inspection at Auto Club Speedway.

JJ Yeley will miss 15 minutes of final practice for being to late inspection last week.

Xfinity Series

Nine Xfinity teams will be docked practice time today.

David Starr will miss 30 minutes of first practice for failing inspection twice.

Ross Chastain, Colby Howard and Jeff Green will miss 15 minutes of first practice for failing inspection twice.

Justin Allgaier, Ryan Sieg, Kody Vanderwal, Timmy Hill and Dillon Bassett will miss 15 minutes of first practice for being late to inspection.

Practice holds for Cup, Xfinity teams at Las Vegas

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UPDATED with inspection issues in Cup Friday …

Six Cup and 12 Xfinity teams will miss practice Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for inspection issues last week at Daytona.

NASCAR announced Friday that the Cup teams of Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Erik Jones and Christopher Bell will each have 15-minute holds in practice because those teams used bondo to change the manufacturer’s shape of the fender.

Earlier, t he Cup, the teams of Hamlin and Brennan Poole each will miss 15 minutes of opening practice for failing inspection twice at Daytona.

MORE: NASCAR penalizes four Truck teams for inspection issues at Las Vegas

In Xfinity, the teams of Daytona winner Noah Gragson, Matt Mills, David Starr, Robby Lyons II, Joe Nemechek, Vinnie Miller, Josh Williams, Mason Massey and the No. 74 car of Mike Harmon Racing each will miss 15 minutes of practice for being late to inspection at Daytona.

The Xfinity cars of Justin Haley and Joey Gase each will miss 15 minutes of practice for failing inspection twice.

The Xfinity car of Stephen Leicht will miss 30 minutes of practice for being late and failing inspection twice.

Xfinity practice is from 2:35 – 3:55 p.m. ET Friday. Opening Cup practice is from 4:05 – 4:55 p.m. ET Friday.

Updated entry lists for Daytona 500 race weekend

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The official start of the 2020 NASCAR seasons is days away for all three national series at Daytona International Speedway.

Cup, Xfinity and Truck Series teams return to 2.5-mile speedway as the weekend builds to the 62nd Daytona 500.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for each series.

Cup – Daytona 500 (2:30 p.m. ET Sunday on Fox)

Forty-three cars are entered for this year’s Daytona 500, meaning three cars will fail to make the race.

Which three will be sent home will be decided Thursday night with the qualifying races (7 p.m. ET on FS1).

The drivers in danger of missing out are Daniel Suarez, Reed Sorenson and Chad Finchum (Duel No. 1) and JJ Yeley and Timmy Hill (Duel No. 2).

The top finishing “open” cars in each race advance to the 500.

Click here for the starting lineups for the qualifying races.

Xfinity – NASCAR Racing Experience 300 (2:30 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1)

Forty cars are entered into the Xfinity Series opener.

With the series’ field having been reduced to 36 cars, four will not make the race.

NBC Sports’ AJ Allmendinger is entered in Kaulig Racing’s No. 16 Chevrolet. Kaulig will be fielding three cars along with the full-time entries of Ross Chastain and Justin Haley.

Austin Hill is entered in Hattori Racing Enterprises’ No. 61 Toyota.

There are two cars listed without drivers.

Click here for the entry list.

More: Tommy Joe Martins’s family-owned Xfinity teams returns for third time

Trucks – NextEra Energy Resources 250 (7:30 p.m. ET Friday on FS1)

Forty trucks are entered in Truck Series season opener.

With the Truck Series’ fields capped at 32, nine trucks will fail to make the race.

Cup Series rookie John Hunter Nemechek is entered in NEMCO Motorsports’ No. 8 Chevrolet.

Cup Series rookie Brennan Poole is entered in On Point Motorsports’ No. 30 Toyota.

Xfinity Series driver Ross Chastain is entered in Niece Motorsports’ No. 40 Chevrolet.

Xfinity Series rookie Riley Herbst is entered in Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Toyota.

The No. 03 of Tim Viens has withdrawn.

Click here for the entry list.

David Starr to race for JD Motorsports in Xfinity Series

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Veteran NASCAR driver David Starr will race fulltime in the Xfinity Series this season for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller, the team announced Thursday.

Starr joins the Gaffney, South Carolina-based team after spending the last two seasons driving for Jimmy Means Racing (finished 23rd in 2018 and 22nd in 2019).

The team has switched from the No. 01 car number to No. 6 Chevrolet for this season.

“It’s a new year, a new number, and a new driver all in one, and the team expects to make 2020 one of their best seasons yet,” a team media release stated.

Starr has 196 career Xfinity starts, with a career-best finish of fifth in the 2017 summer race at Daytona International Speedway.

“I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to drive for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller,” Starr said in the release. “In the last two or three years, I have noticed their vast improvements as a race team on the competition side of things, and now that I will be joining forces with them, I hope to help a strong team become even stronger.

“I want to help grow their program and bring them long run success, and we have all the right pieces together to make it happen.”

Starr joins B.J. McLeod and Garrett Smithley on the team. Starr will make his debut with his new team in the NASCAR Racing Experience 300 Xfinity Series season opener February 15 at Daytona.

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Xfinity practice report from Miami

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Championship contender Tyler Reddick led a rain-shortened opening practice for the Xfinity Series Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Reddick paced the field with a lap of 165.674 mph. Four of the top five were title contenders: Christopher Bell was second with a lap of 165.178 mph, Justin Allgaier was fourth at 164.704 mph and Cole Custer was fifth at 163.820 mph. Austin Cindric was the only driver in the top five not racing for a championship. He was third on the speed chart with a lap of 164.815 mph.

Click here for practice results

Allgaier had some drama early in the session.

David Starr and Allgaier made contact after Starr drifted up the track and hit the left side of Allgaier’s car. Allgaier completed only five laps before the incident.

“Just disappointing,” Allgaier told NBCSN. “I’m pretty laid back this weekend. I’ve focused a lot on just going out there and doing our thing and be patient and felt like we were doing that. (Starr) had kind of committed to the bottom. I was going to go to the bottom and then he kind of started moving up. I thought he will still give me plenty of room on corner exit. He ran right into the side of us. Disappointed to tear my car up.”

Final Xfinity practice was canceled by rain Friday. The series races Saturday.