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NASCAR entry lists for Michigan, Road America

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The NASCAR entry lists are out for this weekend’s racing at Michigan International Speedway and Road America.

Cup and Truck teams will compete this weekend at Michigan. Cup teams will race Saturday and Sunday.

Xfinity teams will race Saturday at Road America.

Here are the preliminary NASCAR entry lists 

Cup – Firekeepers Casino 400 (4 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN)

Thirty-nine cars are entered.

Joey Gase will be in the No. 7 for Tommy Baldwin Racing.

JJ Yeley will drive the No. 27 for Rick Ware Racing.

James Davison will be in the No. 51 for Petty Ware Racing.

Click here for Saturday Cup race entry list

 

Cup – Consumers  Energy 400 (4:30 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN)

Thirty-nine cars are entered.

Josh Bilicki will be in the No. 7 for Tommy Baldwin Racing. That is the only change from the Saturday entry list.

Click here for Sunday Cup entry list

 

Xfinity – Henry 180 (Noon ET Saturday on NBCSN)

Thirty-seven cars are entered.

Among the drivers entered:

Mike Wallace, who made his first series start since 2015 last month in the road course race at Indianapolis, is back in the No. 0 car for JD Motorsports this weekend.

Andy Lally, a road racing expert and the 2011 Cup rookie of the year, will be in the No. 02 Our Motorsports car.

RC Enerson will make his NASCAR debut in the No. 07 SS Green Light Racing ride.

Jesse Iwuji will make his series debut in the No. 13 Motorsports Business Management car.

AJ Allmendinger will be in the No. 16 for Kaulig Racing.

Click here for Xfinity entry list

 

Truck – Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series 200 (6 p.m. ET Friday on FS1)

Forty trucks are entered.

Cup rookie John Hunter Nemechek is entered in the No. 8 truck for NEMCO Motorsports.

David Gravel, the 2019 Knoxville Nationals winner, makes his Truck Series debut in the No. 24 ride for GMS Racing.

Brennan Poole is entered in the No. 30 On Point Motorsports truck.

Jeb Burton is entered in the No. 44 Niece Motorsports ride.

Parker Kligerman is entered in the No. 75 Henderson Motorsports truck.

Cup entry list for New Hampshire

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Thirty-eight cars are on the NASCAR Cup entry list for Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The race airs at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

The entry list has JJ Yeley in the No. 27 for Rick Ware Racing. Joey Gase is in the No. 51 for RWR. James Davison will make his third start of the season but first for RWR. Garrett Smithley will drive the No. 77 for Spire Motorsports.

Click here for Cup entry list

The Xfinity and the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series are both off this weekend.

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Kevin Harvick wins for first time at Pocono in Saturday Cup race

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If at first you don’t succeed, try 38 more times and you’ll finally break through.

That’s the situation for Kevin Harvick, who earned his first career NASCAR Cup win at Pocono Raceway in his 39th start at the “Tricky Triangle” on Saturday.

It was the 52nd career Cup win for Harvick, who now has won at every track on the current NASCAR Cup schedule, with the exception of Kentucky Speedway (two weeks from now) and the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway (later this season).

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“As well as we’ve run here, you definitely talk about it,” Harvick said when asked by NBC Sports in a post-race teleconference if he was glad to finally get a win at Pocono. “For us, it was just one of those things that you joke around about it because we’ve run plenty good to win races here.

“It’s kind of like Texas. We finally knocked down the wall and won three years in a row. Hopefully, that’s the same thing that happens here at Pocono because it’s definitely a place where we could have been to victory lane several times. It’s just a matter of this or that happening.”

It’s not like Harvick has performed poorly at the Tricky Triangle over the years. On the contrary: Harvick came into the race with four runner-up finishes, 12 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes at the 2.5-mile track.

“Today was just like the last seven years here, we’ve run well, been in contention to win and today we wound up on top,” Harvick said. “It doesn’t bother me because we run well. But if we were just coming here and not running well and this was a place you didn’t like driving at, but I enjoy coming up here, I enjoy the racetrack, I enjoy the challenge it creates and we’ve run well.

“When you run well, that kind of takes away all the chatter about not liking the place or being frustrated.”

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang, finally won at Pocono Raceway in his 39th career Cup start at the Tricky Triangle.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Because the top 20 finishers Saturday will be inverted in Sunday’s race, Harvick will start from 20th place in the second half of the first Cup weekend doubleheader in NASCAR’s modern era.

“We were back to 20th today, so I think in the end, it will come down to strategy and what you need to do,” Harvick told Fox Sports. “Thank you to all the fans. I wish you were here. This isn’t near as exciting (without fans in attendance). I feel I’m like my seven-year-old (son Keelan), I’ve got all this pent-up energy and I’m just going to share it with nobody.”

Harvick was unable to celebrate his third win of the season with a post-race burnout, as he — as well as all other drivers (with the exception of those who may have to go to back-up rides) — will have to use the same car in Sunday’s race at Pocono.

“I’m not doing any more celebrations,” Harvick said in a post-race media teleconference. “With nobody out there to celebrate with, until the fans come back, I’m not doing any burnouts, I’m not standing on the car, not doing any of that stuff.

“It doesn’t feel right not having my team in victory lane. It doesn’t feel right not having the emotions from the fans to share your emotion and everything you have being in the race car and being excited with what’s going on. You win the race and you get out to silence.”

Denny Hamlin finished second, followed by pole sitter Aric Almirola, rookie Christopher Bell and Kyle Busch.

Saturday’s race was the first of a two-day NASCAR Cup doubleheader at Pocono. With the inversion Sunday, Saturday’s 20th-place finisher, Ryan Preece, will start from the pole Sunday.

The start of the race was delayed nearly an hour to allow workers to dry the 2.5-mile triangle-shaped race track after rain throughout the morning and into the early afternoon. That morning rain forced NASCAR to postpone Saturday’s Truck Series race to Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. ET.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Joey Logano (fourth stage win of season)

STAGE 2 WINNER: Aric Almirola (first stage win of season)

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Michael McDowell finished eighth, giving Front Row Motorsports consecutive top-10 finishes for the first time in the organization’s history. John Hunter Nemechek finished eighth last week at Talladega. … Bell was the highest-finishing rookie, earning a Cup career-best fourth-place finish.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Erik Jones and Tyler Reddick were involved in a hard wreck near the entrance to pit road on Lap 72. Jones was checking up and trying to move around a slower car, while Reddick was unable to slow down and avoid Jones’ car. If one or both drivers has to go to a backup car for Sunday’s race, they would start from the rear of the field.

NOTABLE: After being forced to sit out last Sunday’s race at Talladega, IndyCar driver James Davison made his NASCAR Cup debut Saturday for Spire Motorsports. He finished 34th. He also has four prior Xfinity Series starts. … The cars of Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer were found to have one lug nut not safe and secure in post-race inspection, but there were no other incidents.

WHAT’S NEXT: The second race of this weekend’s Cup doubleheader at Pocono Raceway will take the green flag Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.

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Entry lists for NASCAR’s doubleheader weekend at Pocono

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This weekend marks the first time the NASCAR Cup Series has held a doubleheader weekend at one track.

The premier series will compete in two races at Pocono Raceway, the 2.5-mile triangle speedway in Pennsylvania.

It will be preceded by the Truck Series on Saturday and the Xfinity Series on Sunday.

Here are the entry lists for both days.

Saturday

Cup – Pocono Organics 325 (3:30 p.m. ET on Fox; 130 laps/325 miles)

Forty car are entered.

Josh Bilicki is entered in Tommy Baldwin Racing’s No. 7 Chevrolet.

JJ Yeley is entered in Rick Ware Racing’s No. 27 Ford.

James Davison is entered in Spire Motorsports’ No. 77 Chevrolet for both Cup races. Saturday will be his Cup debut.

Click here for the entry list.

 

Trucks – Pocono Organics 150 (12:30 p.m. ET on FS1; 60 laps/150 miles)

Forty trucks are entered.

Defending race winner Ross Chastain is entered in Niece Motorsports’ No. 40 Chevrolet.

NBC Sports analyst Parker Kligerman is entered in Henderson Motorsports’ No. 75 Chevrolet.

Brandon Jones is entered in Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Toyota.

Josh Reaume is entered in Reaume Brothers Racing’s No. 00 truck. Angela Ruch is not in the truck due to a lack of sponsorship.

Click here for the entry list.

 

Sunday

Cup – Pocono 350 (4 p.m. ET on FS1; 140 laps/350 miles)

Forty cars are entered. All 40 drivers/cars are the same as for Saturday.

Click here for the entry list.

 

Xfinity Series – Pocono Green 225 (12:30 p.m. ET on FS1; 90 laps/225 miles)

Thirty-six cars are entered.

Brett Moffitt is entered in Our Motorsports’ No. 02 Chevrolet.

Ryan Vargas is entered in JD Motorsports’ No. 15 Chevrolet.

No drivers is listed for DGM Racing’s No. 36 Chevrolet.

No driver is listed for B.J. McLeod Motorsports’ No. 99 Toyota.

Click here for the entry list.

B.J. McLeod replaces James Davison in No. 77 car at Talladega

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Spire Motorsports announced Thursday that it has replaced James Davison with B.J. McLeod in its No. 77 Chevrolet for Sunday’s Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway (3 p.m. ET on Fox) after NASCAR reconsidered its approval of Davison for the race.

Sunday’s race would have been Davison’s Cup debut and his first start on an oval track in NASCAR. Davison, who is a veteran of the Indianapolis 500, has made four Xfinity Series starts on road courses.

Davison is now set to make his oval track debut in NASCAR next weekend at Pocono Raceway.

“I have been contacted by NASCAR and informed that although I was previously approved to race, they had to reconsider their position on Superspeedways, given there won’t be practice or qualifying prior to Sunday’s race at Talladega,” Davison said in a press release. “I was pumped about the opportunity to take the green flag, but I fully understand and appreciate NASCAR’s position. I’m approved to race next weekend at Pocono and equally thrilled to make my series debut there.”

Garrett Smithley will now drive McLeod’s No. 78 car.