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Four cars in top 10 in qualifying fail inspection, will start at rear

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RICHMOND, Va. – Four cars in the top 10 and eight total failed inspection Saturday and will start at the rear for Saturday night’s Cup race at Richmond Raceway.

Erik Jones, Chase Elliott, Daniel Suarez and Jimmie Johnson all were to have started in the top 10 before their cars failed inspection once.

Jones was to have started second. Elliott was to have started seventh. Suarez was to have started ninth. Johnson was to have started 10th.

Also failing inspection on the first attempt were the cars of Aric Almirola (was to have started 15th), Denny Hamlin (18th), Matt Tifft (20th) and Joey Gase (36th).

The cars of Elliott, Hamlin and Tifft each failed a second time. Each team had an engineer ejected.

With Jones failing inspection, Kurt Busch will move up to second and start on the front row next to Kevin Harvick.

The top 10 in the starting lineup will now be

1st – Kevin Harvick

2nd –  Kurt Busch

3rd – Joey Logano

4th – Kyle Busch

5th – Martin Truex Jr.

6th – Austin Dillon

7th – Chris Buescher

8th – Brad Keselowski

9th – Paul Menard

10th – Kyle Larson

Each of the cars that failed inspection also give up their spot in picking pit stalls and will pick after those who passed inspection.

Inspection is continuing at the track. Check back for more updates. 

 

Tonight’s Cup race at Richmond: Start time, lineup, more

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The Cup Series holds its first night race of the season with the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway.

Kyle Busch will attempt to win his third consecutive Richmond race and his fourth race of the season.

Here’s all the info you need for tonight’s event.

(All times are Eastern)

START: Jay Riley, owner of a 2016 Toyota Tundra and VIP Customer of
Mechanicsville Toyota
give the command to start engines at 7:38 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 7:44 p.m.

PRERACE: The drivers meeting is at 5:30 p.m.. Driver introductions will begin at 6:50 p.m. The invocation will be given by United States Navy Chaplain, Lieutenant James Block at 7:30 p.m. Sophia Nadder from Midlothian, Virginia, will perform the National Anthem at 7:31 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 400 laps (300 miles) around the .750-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 100. Stage 2 ends on Lap 200.

COMPETITION CAUTION: Lap 40

TV/RADIO: Fox will broadcast the race with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. Motor Racing Network will broadcast the race. MRN’s coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry MRN’s broadcast, which is also available at mrn.com.

FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for a high of 69 degrees and a 20% percent chance of rain for the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Kyle Busch won in September. Kevin Harvick placed second. Martin Truex Jr. was third. Kyle Busch won this race a year ago. Chase Elliott was second. Denny Hamlin placed third. 

TO THE REAR: Erik Jones, Chase Elliott, Daniel Suarez, Jimmie Johnson, Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin, Matt Tifft and Joey Gase. All for failing inspection on first attempt.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for updated Cup starting lineup

Entry lists for NASCAR at Bristol

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Here are the entry lists for this weekend’s races at Bristol Motor Speedway:

Cup – Food City 500 (2 p.m. ET Sunday on Fox Sports 1)

Thirty-seven cars are entered.

The No. 52 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet will once again have Bayley Currey behind the wheel, while Joey Gase is back in the No. 66 Motorsports Business Management Toyota and Quin Houff will pilot Spire Motorsports’ No. 77 Chevrolet.

The No. 27 of Reed Sorenson has been withdrawn.

Click here for the Cup Series entry list.

Xfinity – Alsco 300 (1 p.m. ET Saturday on Fox Sports 1)

Thirty-seven cars are entered.

There are no NASCAR Cup drivers entered since it is a Dash 4 Cash event. No driver that scores points in the Cup Series is eligible to compete in the four Dash 4 Cash races.

Others of note: Bayley Currey will drive the No. 17 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet, while Harrison Burton will make his Xfinity Series debut in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Click here for the Xfinity Series entry list.

NOTE: The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series is off for more than a month until the Jegs 200 on May 3 at Dover International Speedway.  

 

Justin Haley fastest in final Xfinity practice in Las Vegas

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Justin Haley led a 1-2 sweep by Kaulig Racing of the top spots in Friday’s final Xfinity practice session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Haley posted a top speed of 180.307 mph around the 1.5-mile track. He was followed by Austin Dillon, who posted a speed of 178.194 mph in the No. 10 Chevrolet.

The top five was completed by Kyle Busch (177.977 mph), Christopher Bell (177.930) and Tyler Reddick (177.778).

Busch, who had the best 10-lap average at 176.792 mph, scrapped the outside wall in Turn 2 early in the 50-minute session but won’t have to go to a backup car.

Click here for the practice report.

First practice

In a session that was heavily impacted by 23 cars incurring pre-practice inspection penalties, Justin Allgaier was fastest in Friday’s first of two NASCAR Xfinity Series practices at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Allgaier covered the 1.5-mile track at a speed of 178.737 mph and was followed by Busch (178.642 mph), Reddick (178.642), Haley (178.625) and Cole Custer (178.536).

Sixth through 10th were Dillon (178.394), Bell (177.819), Austin Cindric (177.427), Noah Gragson (177.282) and Zane Smith (177.264 mph), who is making his Xfinity Series debut this weekend.

Those drivers penalized due to inspection issues and the amount of practice time they lost due to the penalty were:

Late to inspection (15 minutes): Jeremy Clements, Cole Custer, Mike Harmon, John Jackson

Two-time failures (15 minutes): Jeff Green, Garrett Smithley, Justin Haley, Tyler Reddick, Brandon Jones, John Hunter Nemechek, Christopher Bell, Stephen Leicht, Chase Briscoe, Josh Williams, Vinnie Miller, Kyle Busch, Matt Mills, Timmy Hill

Late to inspection and two-time failures (30 minutes): Ryan Sieg, BJ McLeod, Ja Junior Avila, Cody Ware

Three-time failures (30 minutes): Joey Gase

Click here for the full practice speed list.

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Joey Logano wins second Daytona 500 qualifying race with last-lap pass

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Joey Logano won Thursday’s second Daytona 500 qualifying duel after he passed three cars on the last lap.

Logano was fourth when the final lap began and passed leader Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola and Denny Hamlin on the inside entering Turn 1.

The top five was completed by Logano, Bowyer, Almirola, Hamlin and Kurt Busch.

“You have the whole race to think about a move when we’re all out there just waiting, waiting and waiting,” Logano told Fox Sports 1. “There’s a lot of anxiousness behind me, everyone was really wanting to go. I just thought, ‘Man, I just gotta wait, gotta wait.’ The later you do it the less the risk if it doesn’t work.”

Bowyer led 41 of 60 laps in the caution-free race that was mostly ran single file in the outside lane.

“At the end of the day when you’re leading that chain like that you can’t see the runs that are coming behind you,” Bowyer told FS1. “I can’t tell until he pulls out how fast they’re coming or anything else.”

Brendan Gaughan raced his way into the Daytona 500.

Kevin Harvick won the first qualifying duel.

Click here for result for Duel No. 2

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Aric Almirola (third) earned his best result in a Daytona 500 qualifying race in his ninth start.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Erik Jones finished 14th after he was penalized for speeding on pit road … Joey Gase failed to qualify for the Daytona 500.

QUOTE OF THE RACE No. 1: “I haven’t been this nervous since I was a rookie in the Winston West Series.” – Brendan Gaughan after he raced his way into the Daytona 500.

QUOTE OF THE RACE No. 2: “I was leading the race and I didn’t like that.” – Clint Bowyer on the single-file racing for most of the race.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Daytona 500 at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday on Fox.