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Practice report for Friday’s Xfinity sessions at Chicagoland

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Defending NASCAR Cup champion Joey Logano was fastest in Friday’s second and final NASCAR Xfinity Series practice at Chicagoland Speedway.

Driving the No. 12 Team Penske Ford Mustang, Logano paced the field around the 1.5-mile oval at 174.554 mph. This is Logano’s first appearance in an Xfinity Series race field this season.

Tyler Reddick was second-fastest at 173.896 mph.

Cole Custer was third-fastest (173.879 mph), followed by Austin Cindric (173.874), Justin Allgaier (173.745), Noah Gragson (173.734), Ross Chastain (173.533), Brandon Jones (172.855), Zane Smith (172.706) and Ryan Sieg (172.315).

The start of the session was delayed by more than 30 minutes due to a lightning strike that occurred near the track, as well as a severe thunderstorm warning that was issued for the area due east of the track.

NASCAR held off on sending cars back on-track before the abbreviated 30-minute session began.

Click here for the speed chart from the second practice.

FIRST PRACTICE:

Tyler Reddick was fastest (174.916 mph) in Friday’s first Xfinity Series practice at Chicagoland Speedway. Reddick was nearly 2 mph faster than Cole Custer (173.182 mph), followed by Christopher Bell (173.044), Joey Logano (172.927) and Michael Annett (172.822).

Sixth through 10th were Ross Chastain (172.535 mph), Justin Haley (172.177), Chase Briscoe (171.985), Zane Smith (171.832) and John Hunter Nemechek (171.478).

With about eight minutes to go in the session, Chastain skimmed the outside wall but damage was very minor.

Overconfidence by the driver,” Chastain told NBC Sports. “Just a little too confident trying to run the top. So I have to learn and be a little bit better.”

Four drivers were penalized for various violations:

* The No. 28 of Shane Lee – 15 minutes for being late to inspection.

* The No. 42 of Chad Finchum – 15 minutes for being late to inspection.

* The No. 90 of Ronnie Bassett Jr. – 15 minutes for failing inspection twice.

* The No. 81 of Jeffrey Earnhardt – 30 minutes for being late to inspection and failing inspection twice.

Click here for the full practice speed chart.

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Updated entry lists for NASCAR at Chicagoland

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NASCAR returns to the NBC family this weekend as all three national series travel to Chicagoland Speedway.

Cup, Xfinity and Truck Series teams are at the same track for the first time since Dover at the start of May.

Here are the updated entry lists for all three series.

Cup – Camping World 400 (3 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN)

There are 38 cars entered.

Garrett Smithley is entered in Premium Motorsports’ No. 15 Chevrolet.

Quin Houff is entered in Spire Motorsports’ No. 77 Chevrolet.

BJ McLeod is now entered in Rick Ware Racing’s No. 51 car and Bayley Burrey is entered in its No. 52 car.

Last year: Kyle Busch defeated Kyle Larson after a dramatic last-lap battle.

Click here for the entry list.

Xfinity – Camping World 300 (3:30 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN)

There are 41 cars entered. Three cars will not make the race.

Ross Chastain will drive Kaulig Racing’s No. 10 Chevrolet for the third time this year. Landon Cassill will drive JD Motorsports’ No. 4 Chevrolet.

Zane Smith is entered in JR Motorsports’ No. 8 Chevrolet.

Riley Herbst will make his fourth start in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota.

Jeffrey Earnhardt is entered in XCI Racing’s No. 81 Toyota.

Last year: Kyle Larson won over Kevin Harvick and Cole Custer

Click here for the entry list.

Trucks – Camping World 225 (9 p.m. ET Friday on FS1)

There are 33 trucks entered. One truck will not make the race.

Dylan Lupton will make his season debut with DGR-Crosley in the No. 5 Toyota.

Tyler Ankrum is back in DGR-Crosley’s No. 17 Toyota.

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

Mason Massey is listed with Reaume Brothers Racing’s No. 32 Toyota.

Last time: Brett Moffitt beat Ben Rhodes and Johnny Sauter.

Click here for the entry list.

Iowa winners and losers

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WINNERS

Christopher BellScore another win for the Big 3 in the Xfinity Series. Bell collected his fourth victory of the season Sunday. His 12 wins in 55 Xfinity starts is tied with Dale Earnhardt for second most in the first 55 Xfinity races for any driver. Darrell Waltrip owns the record with 13 wins in his first 55 Xfinity starts. Both Earnhardt and Waltrip had Cup wins before making their first Xfinity start. Bell  has not made a Cup start.

Joe Gibbs Racing — Christopher Bell’s victory was JGR’s 325th career NASCAR win across Cup, Xfinity and Trucks. That ties Joe Gibbs Racing with Roush Fenway Racing for most career NASCAR wins across the three national series.

Brett Moffitt He admits he was upset with finishing second in Sunday’s Truck race and was on his way to the airport when his team called him and told him to get back to the track. With Ross Chastain’s truck failing inspection, Chastain’s win was taken away and Moffitt was declared the victor.

Harrison Burton He did double duty Sunday. Burton placed third in the Truck race and finished fourth in the Xfinity race. Not a bad day’s worth of work.

Zane Smith The 20-year-old finished a career-high fifth for JR Motorsports. It was his fifth series start. All four JR Motorsports cars finished in the top 10 for the second race in a row.

LOSERS

Ross Chastain — Won both stages and led 141 of 200 laps to win the Truck race … only to see his truck fail inspection afterward and have the win taken away. Team is appealing NASCAR’s decision and an appeal likely will take place this week.

Johnny Sauter In a feud that apparently goes back to Texas, Sauter wrecked Austin Hill under caution in retaliation for being wrecked by Hill on Sunday. NASCAR parked Sauter. Now Sauter awaits to see if there will be further penalties and if that impacts his playoff eligibility. Even the executive of series sponsor Gander Outdoors weighed in on Sauter’s action:

Christopher Bell dominates at Iowa for fourth Xfinity win of season

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Christopher Bell dominated en route to his fourth win of the season in Sunday’s CircuitCity.com 250 at Iowa Speedway.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver led 186 laps of the 250-lap race around the 7/8-mile oval for his 12th career Xfinity Series victory. JGR has won five of the last seven races at Iowa Speedway.

“It’s pretty cool,” Bell told FS1. “Man, I got to win on the weekend before Mother’s Day with my mom there (at Dover) and now on Father’s Day weekend with my dad here, so that’s pretty special.”

Bell is tied with Reddick for most wins in the first 14 races of the Xfinity season.

Race results

Points report

Reddick saw his run of 10 consecutive top-five finishes (including three wins) come to an end. Reddick finished 15th.

Shortly after returning to the track on a late restart in Stage 2, Reddick suffered a flat right rear tire and was unable to wait until the stage was over, struggling to get back to pit road and eventually falling as much as three laps off the pace before ending up just one lap down at the checkered flag.

Bell defeated runner-up Cole Custer by 1.746 seconds, followed by Justin Allgaier, Harrison Burton and Zane Smith. Sixth through 10th were Noah Gragson, Chase Briscoe, John Hunter Nemechek, Michael Annett and Austin Cindric.

“I think every driver would agree that this place puts on the best racing we go to,” Custer told FS1 of Iowa. “It was fun. Christopher and them had the best car all day. I feel like we’ve caught up to them.”

This is the eighth consecutive Xfinity Series race this season that has been won by either Bell, Tyler Reddick or Cole Custer.

Stage 1 winner: Christopher Bell

Stage 2 winner: Christopher Bell

Who had a good race: Cole Custer gave Bell a strong challenge late in the race, helped by a couple of cautions, but couldn’t quite get to the lead. … Harrison Burton had an outstanding effort in only his second career Xfinity Series start.

Who had a bad race: Brandon Brown had a bad race, but not of his own fault. He suffered exposure to fumes within his race car, which caused him to be taken to the infield care center.

Notable: Christopher Bell’s victory was JGR’s 325th career NASCAR win across Cup, Xfinity and Trucks. That ties Joe Gibbs Racing with Roush Fenway Racing for most career NASCAR wins across the three national series.

Next race: Camping World 300 at Chicagoland Speedway at 3:30 p.m. ET on June 29 on NBCSN

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Cole Custer earns pole for today’s Xfinity race at Iowa

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The last man out was the first man standing, as Cole Custer – the last driver to make a qualifying run – took the pole for this afternoon’s CircuitCity.com 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Iowa Speedway.

Custer covered the 7/8-mile track at a top speed of 132.470 mph. It was the 10th pole of his Xfinity career.

“I’m real happy to get the pole, starting the day off good,” Custer told FS Sports. “It’s really nerve-wracking to do this single-car qualifying deal. I think it was a huge advantage for us to go out last.”

Christopher Bell will also be on the front row with a speed of 132.314 mph.

Rounding out the rest of the top 10 were Zane Smith (132.308), Noah Gragson (131.595 mph), Tyler Reddick (131.447), John Hunter Nemechek (131.294), Austin Cindric (131.266), Justin Haley (130.781), Chase Briscoe (130.754) and Harrison Burton (130.733).

Today’s race is slated to begin at 5:38 p.m. ET (FS1/Motor Racing Network/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Click here for full qualifying results.

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