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Results, points after Xfinity race at Road America

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Christopher Bell outran the field in a two-lap shootout to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Road America.

He beat Austin Cindric, Tyler Reddick, Noah Gragson and Kaz Grala.

It is Bell’s sixth win of the year and his first career win on a road course.

Click here for race results.

Points

Tyler Reddick retains a 45-point lead over Bell.

The top five is completed by Cole Custer (-135 points), Justin Allgaier (-162) and Cindric (-180).

Click here for the point standings.

Christopher Bell wins Xfinity race at Road America

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Christopher Bell won Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Road America in a two-lap shootout to earn his sixth win of the season.

Bell beat Austin Cindric, Tyler Reddick, Noah Gragson and Kaz Grala to earn his first career win on a road course.

Bell led 10 of the race’s 45 laps. He started the race in 12th and was in position to win in the final stage thanks a debris caution caused by his teammate Brandon Jones with 14 laps to go. Bell had pit from second place right before the caution and was able to stay out when the rest of the field pit.

“I’m honestly in shock,” Bell told NBCSN. “I really butchered qualifying, tore the crap out of that left-front (tire). I felt like once we got in the race there I’d be able to drive by those guys. And they dropped the green flag and they’re driving by me. That wasn’t very much fun. Then I told (crew chief) Jason (Ratcliff) ‘I’m just really, really tight.’ We got those tires off and he said that left front was hurt pretty bad. We got pretty good there whenever we got the fresh tires on. The strategy obviously worked out really good for us pitting there.”

The final restart was caused by Gray Gaulding spinning off course in Turn 1 with five laps to go.

Bell’s win snaps Cindric’s two-race win streak on road courses.

Matt DiBenedetto, who led the most laps with 18, had bounced back from going off track in the middle of the race and was second on the final lap before he spun in the final turn. He finished 27th.

“Just being stupid on my part,” DiBenedetto told NBCSN. “Was looking in my mirror and got too high and barely got up in the marbles and made the most rookie mistake of my life. It was dumb. Uncalled for. We had the fastest car on track and nothing to show for it. … I drove stupid. I’m pretty pissed off at myself. Nothing else. Won’t sleep all week. This isn’t exactly a good run when I’m trying to make my career.”

STAGE 1 WINNER: AJ Allmendinger

STAGE 2 WINNER: Chase Briscoe

More: Race results, points

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Tyler Reddick finished in the top five in all three road course races this year and is on a seven race top-five streak … Kaz Grala finished fifth in his last scheduled race of the year. It’s his third career top-five finish … Chase Briscoe (seventh) has finished in the top 10 in the last seven races .. Jeremy Clements (eighth) earned his third top 10 of the season.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Justin Allgaier, the defending race winner, finished ninth after he locked his brakes up entering Turn 1 on the last lap of Stage 1 and became buried in the gravel … Cole Custer finished 10th after he went off course on the Stage 2 restart and suffered damage to his grille and had to make multiple pit stops for repairs.

WHAT’S NEXT: VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway at 4 p.m. ET Aug. 31 on NBC.

Updated entry lists for NASCAR at New Hampshire

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The NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will be in action this weekend at the 1-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H.

The Gander Outdoors Truck Series is off until July 27 at Pocono Raceway.

Here are the entry lists for the Cup and Xfinity races at New Hampshire:

Cup – Foxwoods Resort & Casino 301 (3 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN)

There are 37 cars entered.

Quin Houff will be back in the No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet.

Andy Seuss is entered in Rick Ware Racing’s No. 51 Ford and will make his Cup debut. Austin Theriault will also make his Cup debut in Rick Ware Racing’s No. 52 Chevrolet.

Click here for the full entry list.

Xfinity — Roxor 200 (4 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN)

There are 41 cars entered.

Cup regular Paul Menard will be driving the No. 12 Team Penske Ford Mustang.

Ryan Truex will be making his third Xfinity start of the season in the No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet.

Tyler Matthews will make his third Xfinity start of 2019 in the No. 15 JD Motorsports Chevrolet.

Harrison Burton makes his third start of the season in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Kaz Grala is entered in his fourth race of the year in Richard Childress Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet.

Canadian driver Alex Labbe makes his third start of 2019 in the No. 90 DGM Racing Chevrolet.

CJ McLaughlin will make his Xfinity Series debut, driving the No. 93 RSS Racing Chevrolet.

Click here for the full entry list.

Pop quiz! Kaz Grala surprised with driver’s license test

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What’s one of the worst ways you could start a weekend?

How about having to cram for a test you didn’t know you had to take?

And what if that test had to be taken at the Department of Motor Vehicles?

Welcome to Kaz Grala‘s nightmare and our favorite thing on NASCAR Twitter today.

The Richard Childress Racing driver was met with this scenario Friday when he journeyed to the DMV to switch his Massachusetts license for a North Carolina one.

Let the cramming begin! Are North Carolina traffic signs just like those in Massachusetts?

The tension builds….

Grala could lose his license if he drives faster than 75 mph. Can he get a waiver from NASCAR?

Whoa, we were sweating bullets there for a minute. Now comes the hard part. Some helpful reminders before you leave the parking lot:

  • Doughnuts are for after the race, not during it.
  • You can’t bring your spotter along for the test.
  • When traffic slows down near an exit, just keep your foot on the gas and drive right by them on the outside. It’ll work, your tires are matched perfect and staggered special.

He did it! Kaz Grala is your latest licensed driver in the state of North Carolina.

Now what’s the most important thing we learned from all this?

The next time you see the RCR driver, make sure to put extra emphasis on Kaz Edward Grala.

Twitter Mystery: Which turn is really missing from Pocono?

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It’s been just another typical Thursday on NASCAR Twitter.

Everyone was minding their own business when a certain parody account – yes, that parody account – went and threw this Pocono Raceway-themed thought into the discourse like a Christopher Nolan movie condensed into Tweet form.

In case you forgot Pocono Raceway has three turns, a fact the track plays on with its “What Turn 4?” slogan.

But man, like, what if @nascarcasm is right? What if we’ve had it all wrong for more than 40 years?

Of course it didn’t end there.

Xfinity Series driver Kaz Grala has a counterargument. If Pocono were a traditional four-turn track, maybe it’s Turn 1 that’s missing.

That’s two knowledge bombs in one day and one NASCAR driver who knows how to properly use hypotenuse in a sentence and as a visual aid.

But Tyler Reddick isn’t sure what’s going on.

So what does this all mean?

Probably that A) It’s been a really long week and B) We need mid-week races.