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NASCAR America 5-7 p.m. ET: $100K iRacing championship, live on NBCSN

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We’re going racing for a championship today on an expanded edition of NASCAR America.

Krista Voda, AJ Allmendinger, Parker Kligerman, Steve Letarte and Jeff Burton (the latter three all own teams that have participated in this year’s e-racing season) will be part of today’s broadcast, which runs from 5-7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, as we televise live the 2019 eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series championship race at a virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Four drivers will compete to take home the largest share of the $100,000 prize pool. Today’s broadcast will mark the first time an official eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series race has been aired live on national television.

The four drivers battling for the championship and the teams they compete for are: Bobby Zalenski (Joe Gibbs Racing), Zack Novak (Roush Fenway Racing), Blake Reynolds (Team Dillon Esports) and Keegan Leahy (G2 Esports). Novak is going for his second career championship, having captured the inaugural eNASCAR IGNITE Series title.

The champion will earn a prize of $40,000 in addition to their weekly winnings earned during the season, plus a test day in a US Legends Car and NASCAR Pinty’s Series vehicle with Canada’s Best Racing Team. The champ will also take part in pre-race ceremonies for the Cup Series’ season-ending and championship-deciding Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The increased energy and industry collaboration around the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series culminates with this first-ever championship broadcast,” said Tim Clark, senior vice president and chief digital officer, NASCAR. “Our fans expect thrilling, side-by-side racing, and eNASCAR on NBCSN will deliver.”

Added John Barnes, producer, NASCAR, NBC Sports: NASCAR America is excited to showcase the best iRacers in the world competing for a championship. Since its inception, NASCAR America has showcased sim racing to our viewers and we are thrilled to take the next step by crowing a champion.”

In addition to watching the championship race on NBCSN, follow @iRacing and @NASCARonNBC on Twitter for live updates during the race.

If you can’t catch today’s show on TV, watch online at http:/nascarstream.nbcsports.com. If you plan to stream the show on your laptop or portable device, be sure to have your username and password from your cable/satellite/telco provider handy so your subscription can be verified.

Once you enter that information, you’ll have access to the stream.

Click here at 5 p.m. ET to watch live via the stream.

Preliminary NASCAR entry lists for Talladega

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Two of the most unpredictable races of the playoffs are this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

The Cup Series will reach the midpoint of its 10-race playoffs, while following a month off, the Gander Outdoors Truck Series resumes with the fourth race of its seven-race playoffs.

The Xfinity Series is off this weekend. It returns to action next weekend at Kansas Speedway.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for this weekend:

Cup – 1000Bulbs.com 500 (2 p.m. ET Sunday on NBC)

A full field of 40 cars are entered for this race.

Spencer Boyd is in the No. 52 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet.

Brendan Gaughan is in the No. 62 Beard Motorsports Chevrolet.

Blake Jones will make his first start of 2019 and fourth of his Cup career in the No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet.

NASCAR on NBC analyst Parker Kligerman will pilot the No. 96 Gaunt Brothers Toyota.

Aric Almirola won this race last year. Clint Bowyer was second, followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Chase Elliott won this year’s spring race, followed by Alex Bowman and Ryan Preece.

Click here for entry list.

Trucks – Sugarlands Shine 250 (1:30 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1)

There are 33 trucks and drivers entered for this race.

Korbin Forrister will drive the No. 7 All Out Motorsports Toyota.

Clay Greenfield will drive the No. 68 Clay Greenfield Motorsports Toyota.

Timothy Peters won this race last year. Myatt Snider was second, followed by David Gilliland.

Click here for entry list.

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Today’s Cup race on the Charlotte Roval: Start time, lineup and more

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The NASCAR Cup Series wraps up its opening round of the playoffs with today’s race on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

Four playoff drivers will be eliminated today. The four drivers below the cutoff line entering today’s race are Alex Bowman, Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer and Erik Jones.

Here is all the info for today’s race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 2:26 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 2:38 p.m.

PRERACE: The Cup garage opens at 9 a.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 12:30 p.m. Driver introductions are at 1:50 p.m. The invocation will be given at 2:19 p.m. The National Anthem will be performed at 2:20 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 109 laps (248.52 miles) around the 2.28-mile road course.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 25. Stage 2 ends on Lap 50.

TV/RADIO: NBC will televise the race. Coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. with Countdown to Green. Performance Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 1:30 p.m. and also can be heard on goprn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast.

STREAMING ONLINE: Click here for NBC’s live stream of the race.

FORECAST: Wunderground.com forecasts mostly sunny conditions with a temperature of 92 and a 4% chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Ryan Blaney won this race last year after race leaders Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson wrecked on the last turn of the final lap. Jamie McMurray finished second while Clint Bowyer was third.

TO THE REAR: Denny Hamlin (backup), Alex Bowman (backup), Parker Kligerman (backup), Martin Truex Jr. (engine)

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the starting lineup.

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Friday’s crash and spin report from Charlotte Roval

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CONCORD, N.C. — Here’s a look at the drivers who wrecked or spun Friday during Cup and Xfinity Series action on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

Cup Practice

Both Parker Kligerman and Denny Hamlin will go to backup cars after wrecking. Kligerman hit the wall in Turn 1 early in the session.

Hamlin spun and backed into the Turn 5 tire barrier with about 29 minutes left in the session. He and Kligerman will have to start from the rear Sunday.

Hamlin said he got loose when he carried extra speed into the turn.

“It’s supposed to kind of be a weekend off (for his team),” Hamlin told NBCSN. “But obviously I put them behind the eight ball here and took away some track time for myself. Really stinks. But definitely feel like our backup car will be fine.”

Bubba Wallace spun in Turn 5 late in the session and lightly impacted the tire barrier. He won’t go to a backup car.

First Xfinity practice

Brandon Brown brought out the caution early in the session when he spun in Turn 1 after his track bar broke.

Noah Gragson will go to a backup car after he spun and hit the tire barrier in Turn 3 .

Cody Ware also wrecked in Turn 3 later in the session.

John Hunter Nemechek missed the frontstretch chicane late in the session.

Final Xfinity Practice

Preston Pardus wrecked about 15 minutes into the session when he spun and hit the Turn 5 tire barrier.

Michael Annett wrecked in Turn 5, causing significant front end damage to his No. 1 Chevrolet. He will go to a backup car.

Cup qualifying

Chase Elliott spun in the frontstretch chicane as he was finishing his first qualifying lap in Round 1. He later qualified 19th.

In the second round, Clint Bowyer and Kyle Larson wheel hopped entering the backstretch chicane in the second round. Bowyer went on to qualify fifth, Larson qualified seventh.

Jimmie Johnson fastest in first Cup practice on Roval

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CONCORD, N.C. — Jimmie Johnson was fastest in the first Cup Series practice for Sunday’s race on the Charlotte Roval (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC).

Johnson posted a speed of 103.152 mph around the road course in the final minute of the session, topping Kyle Larson‘s speed of 103.088 mph.

The top five was completed by William Byron (102.453 mph), Clint Bowyer (102.409) and Matt DiBenedetto (102.401).

Austin Cindric, who served as a relief driver for Michael McDowell, was 24th on the speed chart. McDowell, who went to the hospital for abdominal pains, has been cleared and will be back in the car this evening for qualifying (4:40 p.m.ET on NBCSN)

Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola recorded the most laps in the session with 16.

Click here for the speed chart.

Parker Kligerman hit the wall in Turn 1 early in the session and will go to a backup car. Kyle Busch locked up his tires and missed the frontstretch chicane around the same time. He later missed the backstretch chicane in order to avoid another car.

Denny Hamlin spun and backed into the Turn 5 tire barrier with about 29 minutes left in the session and will go to a backup car, meaning he’ll start from the rear on Sunday.

Hamlin said he got loose when he carried extra speed into the turn.

“It’s supposed to kind of be a weekend off (for his team),” Hamlin told NBCSN. “But obviously I put them behind the eight ball here and took away some track time for myself. Really stinks. But definitely feel like our backup car will be fine.”

Soon after the session continued, Joe Nemechek brought out the red flag when he stalled in the backstretch chicane.

Bubba Wallace spun in Turn 5 late in the session and lightly impacted the tire barrier.