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Four Cup teams, eight Xfinity teams docked practice at Dover

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Four Cup teams, including Kurt Busch‘s team, will lose 15 minutes of practice Friday at Dover for inspection issues at Talladega. Eight Xfinity teams will lose 15 minutes of practice Friday at Dover for previous inspection issues.

In Cup, Busch’s team is being penalized for multiple inspection failures at Talladega. The teams of Ross Chastain, Chris Buescher and Cody Ware each will lose 15 minutes of practice for being late to inspection at Talladega.

Cup practice is from 11:05 – 11:55 a.m. ET Friday.

In the Xfinity Series, the teams of BJ McLeod, Joey Gase, Josh Williams, Jeremy Clements, Ronnie Bassett Jr., and Tommy Joe Martins each will lose 15 minutes of practice for being late to inspection previously.

The teams of Riley Herbst and Ryan Sieg will lose 15 minutes of practice for multiple inspection failures at Talladega.

All the Xfinity penalties will be served during the first practice for that series from 12:05 – 12:55 p.m. ET Friday.

Tyler Reddick wins Talladega Xfinity race

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Tyler Reddick won Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway in a battered No. 2 Chevrolet, beating Gray Gaulding and Christopher Bell in a two-lap shootout.

The win is the first of the season for the defending series champion and his first with Richard Childress Racing. Reddick also claimed the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus.

Reddick won despite significant damage to his right side from contact with the wall in the middle of the race and a speeding penalty on Lap 27 and a penalty for removing equipment (jack stand) from his pit on Lap 52.

Reddick was saved from going a lap down on Lap 67 thanks to a debris caution.

“I was just a wild day,” Reddick said. “The day kept getting crazier as we were working (on the car). It took us longer than we planned. We came out way behind the leaders and we were two laps from getting lapped and somehow got lucky and the caution came out and saved us and threw us right back in the mix.”

It’s the fourth Xfinity win of Reddick’s career. He led three times for 34 laps, including the final 11.

The top five was completed by Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric.

Pole-sitter Michael Annett, who won the season opener at Daytona, was involved in a seven-car wreck with 19 laps to go that also involved teammate Justin Allgaier, Cole Custer and Ryan Sieg.

The final shootout was set up by a multi-car wreck with five laps to go that involved Jeffrey Earnhardt, Allgaier, Alex Labbe, Timmy Hill and Jeremy Clements. It resulted in a 14 minute and 8 second red flag period.

Reddick, Gaulding, Bell and Briscoe will compete for the final Dash 4 Cash bonus next weekend at Dover.

Gaulding’s result is his best finish in 17 career Xfinity starts.

“This is freaking awesome,” Gaulding said. “This is what every driver wants to have is that last-lap chance to win a race and we did. Just came up a little short.”

STAGE 1 WINNER: Tyler Reddick

STAGE 2 WINNER: Noah Gragson

Click here for race results.

Click here for the point standings.

NOTABLE: Reddick picked up his seventh top five of the year. He had seven top fives in his entire championship campaign last season … Reddick’s win is the first for Richard Childress Racing at Talladega in the Xfinity Series … The win is also the first by a RCR series regular since Brendan Gaughan at Kentucky in 2014.

WHAT’S NEXT: Allied Steel Buildings 200 at Dover International Speedway at 1:30 p.m. ET on May 4 on Fox Sports 1

Christopher Bell wins Bristol Xfinity race

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Christopher Bell won Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, leading the final 18 laps to score his second victory of the season.

Bell led 57 laps and beat Tyler Reddick, Cole Custer, Chase Briscoe and John Hunter Nemechek.

With the win, Bell also claimed the first $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus of the year. He was competing for the bonus against Reddick, Briscoe and Michael Annett.

Bell had to pass Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Brandon Jones, who stayed out of the pits under the last caution, to take the lead for the final time.

“That’s pretty cool to get my first win here with the Dash 4 Cash bonus,” Bell told FS1. “Joe Gibbs Racing has a really, really good package here at Bristol, but for whatever reason we struggled to find that. It didn’t feel good basically all of practice. Didn’t qualify good and as soon as the green flag dropped for the race I was really loose. The longer the runs went, the better I got.”

Bell, Reddick, Custer and Briscoe will now compete for another $100,000 bonus next weekend at Richmond Raceway.

“Cardboard checks are my favorite trophies,” Bell said. “I’ve got a couple of them from the dirt races, but none of them say a hundred grand so that’s pretty cool.”

Bell has 10 wins in 48 career Xfinity starts, making him the fifth quickest to 10 career wins.

Justin Allgaier led a race-high 138 laps but wound up with a DNF due to a brake issue that emerged just after Lap 187. It’s his second DNF of the year. Allgaier had not led a lap entering this race.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Justin Allgaier passed Tyler Reddick on the last lap after a miscommunication by Reddick’s team that the previous lap was the last of the stage.

STAGE 2 WINNER: Allgaier won the stage under caution after Jeremy Clements spun with six laps to go

Click here for race results.

Click here for the Xfinity points standings.

NOTABLE: Despite cutting a tire late and hitting the wall, Harrison Burton placed 10th in his series debut. He is the first driver to finish top 10 in their Xfinity debut at Bristol since Bobby Dragon finished 10th in April 1986 … Bell, Reddick, Custer, Briscoe and Nemechek all earned their best Bristol finishes.

WHAT’S NEXT: ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway at 7 p.m. ET on April 12 on FS1

Kyle Busch wins Texas Xfinity race

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Kyle Busch won Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in a six-lap shootout, beating Tyler Reddick and Christopher Bell.

It is Busch’s third Xfinity win this season and sets up a potential weekend sweep after he won Friday’s Truck Series race. Busch has finished in the top two in all four of his Xfinity starts this year. He’s also won nine of the 14 national NASCAR race’s he’s entered.

The top five was completed by Chase Briscoe and Jeb Burton.

Busch led 33 of the race’s 200 laps.

The final sprint was created by a caution for Jeremy Clements, who stalled on pit road during green flag stops with 11 laps to go. Bell led at the time over Reddick and Busch.

Busch took fuel only on the ensuing pit stop and was first off pit road.

“Not taking any tires certainly helped,” Busch told Fox Sports 1. “We jumped the field there. I was worried about the restart. I just didn’t think there was going to be enough grip. This car certainly had enough grip in it.”

Bell led a race-high 127 laps before he lost the lead in the pits. He bounced back from a pit road speeding penalty after Stage 1 to compete for the win.

“(Busch) wasn’t better than us anywhere,” Bell told FS1. “He just had track position there. I really started to struggle there on the (last) long run. Whenever they said we were putting two tires on I was all for it. I didn’t get any better and those guys didn’t slow down.”

STAGE 1 WINNER: Christopher Bell

STAGE 2 WINNER: Ryan Sieg stayed out of the pits during a late caution and held on for his first career stage win.

Click here for the race results.

Click here for points report.

NOTABLE: Texas was a qualifying race for the Dash 4 Cash program. The top four Xfinity regulars – Reddick, Bell, Briscoe and Michael Annett – will compete for a $100,000 bonus next weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.

WHAT’S NEXT: Bristol Motor Speedway at 1 p.m. ET on April 6 on Fox Sports 1

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Christopher Bell wins Xfinity pole at Texas Motor Speedway

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Christopher Bell will start first in today’s Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

He won the pole with a top speed of 191.320 mph in qualifying. It is his eight Xfinity pole and his second this year.

He will be joined on the front row by his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Brandon Jones (190.968 mph).

The top five is completed by Tyler Reddick, Justin Allgaier and Kyle Busch.

Jeb Burton, who is making his first start of the year in JR Motorsports’ No. 8 Chevrolet, qualified sixth.

Kaz Grala, who is making his first start of the year in Richard Childress Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet, will start 12th.

After an extended track drying time due to rain this morning, the qualifying session was reduced to two rounds. The first round was 10 minutes and the final round was five minutes.

Michael Annett, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chase Briscoe, Noah Gragson, Jeremy Clements and Ross Chastain were the first six drivers who failed to advance out of the first round.

Garrett Smithley spun on the frontstretch in the first round and did not complete a lap.

Click here for the starting lineup.