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Penalty report from Talladega Superspeedway

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NASCAR has issued just one penalty from its Talladega race weekend.

In the Xfinity Series, Andy Street, crew chief on Anthony Alfredo‘s No. 21 Chevrolet, was fined $5,000 for one unsecured lug nut. Alfredo finished sixth for his third top-10 finish of the season.

Entry lists for NASCAR at Talladega

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NASCAR returns to its largest oval track this weekend with its first trip of the year to Talladega Superspeedway.

Cup and Xfinity Series teams will be in action this weekend.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for both races.

Cup – GEICO 500 (3 p.m. ET Sunday on Fox)

Forty cars are entered.

Gray Gaulding is entered in Rick Ware Racing’s No. 27 Ford.

Brendan Gaughan is entered in Beard Motorsports’ No. 62 Chevrolet.

BJ McLeod has replaced James Davison in Spire Motorsports’ No. 77 Chevrolet.

Garrett Smithley will now drive BJ McLeod’s No. 78 car.

Last year, Chase Elliott won this race over Alex Bowman and Ryan Preece. The playoff race was won by Ryan Blaney in a photo finish with Ryan Newman.

Click here for Cup entry list

 

Xfinity – Unhinged 300 (5:30 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1)

Thirty-nine cars are entered.

A.J. Allmendinger, who won at Atlanta and then claimed a $100,000 Dash 4 Cash prize Sunday at Miami, is entered in Kaulig Racing’s No. 16 Chevrolet.

Jeb Burton is entered in JR Motorsports’ No. 8 Chevrolet for the second time this season.

Anthony Alfredo is entered in Richard Childress Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet.

Timmy Hill is entered in Hattori Racing Enterprises’ No. 61 Toyota.

Last year, Tyler Reddick won this race over Gray Gaulding.

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Results, standings from Saturday’s Xfinity race at Miami

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Harrison Burton got a great jump on the final restart and held on for the last two laps to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Burton becomes the third driver to earn two wins apiece in the first nine races of the season. The others are Noah Gragson and Chase Briscoe.

MORE: Harrison Burton wins second Xfinity race of season

Austin Cindric finished second, followed by Noah Gragson, Anthony Alfredo and NASCAR on NBC analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Sixth through 10th were Michael Annett, Chase Briscoe, Brandon Jones, Ross Chastain and Riley Herbst.

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It was the first of a two-race weekend doubleheader for the Xfinity Series. The second half of the twinbill takes place Noon ET Sunday (FS1), also at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Gragson overtook Briscoe to assume the lead in the Xfinity Series driver point standings.

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Harrison Burton takes lead with 2 laps to go for Xfinity win in Miami

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Harrison Burton led the last two laps, but that was enough to win his second race of the season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, capturing the first of a two-race weekend doubleheader at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“So much fun, for me especially,” Burton said. “I gave him (Gragson) the lead on the outside early and I think he chose the inside because of that. I knew I couldn’t give it to him again.

“This is such a tight series and everyone is so, so competitive that you kind of have to claw and dig every chance you get. This was one of those times where he kind of got loose and got under him and it was a good race, that’s for sure.”

The 19-year-old Burton, son of NASCAR on NBC analyst Jeff Burton, has now won twice (also won at Fontana) this season and has earned seven top-5 finishes in the first nine races.

Burton overtook runner-up Austin Cindric and prior race leader Noah Gragson, who was seeking his third win of the season, but tailed off on the last lap to finish third. Anthony Alfredo finished fourth and NASCAR on NBC analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished fifth in his first race since last August’s Xfinity race at Darlington.

Burton becomes the third two-time winner of the season, joining Gragson and Chase Briscoe. The series returns for its second race of the weekend Sunday at Miami.

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STAGE 1 WINNER: Ryan Sieg

STAGE 2 WINNER: Noah Gragson

Who had a good race: Dale Earnhardt Jr., making his first start since late last August at Darlington, finished fifth.

Who had a bad race: Tommy Joe Martins had high hopes coming into the race, only to suffer a mechanical failure prior to the start of the race. Repairs were made and he finished 31st.

Notable: Chase Briscoe’s race started off disastrous: a piece of ballast fall off his car during the pace laps. After repairs, he rejoined the race six laps down, but was able to make up the laps and was up to sixth place by Lap 132, but hit the wall with 11 laps left and finished seventh. NASCAR announced late Saturday night that it has handed down four-race suspensions to Briscoe’s crew chief Richard Boswell, car chief Nick Hutchins and engineer DJ Vanderley, starting with Sunday’s Xfinity Series race at Miami. The trio will also miss upcoming races at Talladega, Pocono and Indianapolis. They are eligible to return at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday, July 9. The incident and resulting penalty is similar to the ballast that fell off Denny Hamlin’s car prior to the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24.

Next race: The Xfinity Series returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday (12 p.m. ET on FS1) for the second half of the weekend doubleheader.

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AJ Allmendinger earns first career oval win in Atlanta Xfinity race

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NASCAR On NBC analyst AJ Allmendinger showed Saturday he still has a lot of racing success left in him, winning the EchoPark 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Driving part-time this season for Kaulig Racing, Allmendinger, who had to roar back from back in the field, earned his fourth career Xfinity Series win, but the first on an oval.

“Oh my God, oh my God, I won on an oval. Do you like that? Whoo!” Allmendinger said to Fox Sports after climbing from his race car. He even kissed the camera, he was so excited about the win.

“This car was awesome,” said Allmendinger, who took the lead on Lap 127 of the 163-lap race and held on the rest of the way. “This is Atlanta. The car was awesome on long runs, probably better than the driver early. Once I got in the lead, I was just trying to hit my marks, which is hard to do.”

Later, in a post-race teleconference, Allmendinger said, “Heck, I might retire. Man, I just wanted to win on a damn oval. … I wanted to win on an oval that we really had to drive and get after it. More than anything, I was happy with myself because I always push myself and question myself a lot if I can do it on these race tracks and it’s always a challenge each time I’m in the race car with myself mentally and to push myself and try to be better. … What I was most happy about those last 35 laps was I gave everything I could and not make any mistakes.”

Noah Gragson, who won last week at Bristol, was the highest finisher of the four drivers eligible for the first of four Xfinity Dash 4 Cash races, finishing second and taking home a cool $100,000.

Allmendinger was originally not slated to be entered in next Sunday’s back end of a weekend doubleheader race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The second race of the weekend on Sunday, June 14, will serve as the second of four races in the Dash 4 Cash series.

Moments after Allmendinger left the stage, Kaulig Racing president Chris Rice told the media that the team will indeed field a car for “Dinger” in the Homestead Dash 4 Cash race. He will go for the $100,000 price along with Kaulig Racing teammate Justin Haley, as well as Noah Gragson and Daniel Hemric.

“I haven’t told AJ this yet, but we will be running the second race at Homestead next Sunday with the Ellsworth Advisors Chevrolet with A.J. Allmendinger starting dead last because we will not run the first race (Saturday), we’ll run the second race,” Rice said. “(Allmendinger) said he had a tee time, but that gives Kaulig Racing two chances to run for $100,000. So yeah, we’ll be there with A.J.”

MORE: Results, standings from Atlanta Xfinity race

Haley was third, followed by Hemric and Harrison Burton. Sixth through 10th were Justin Allgaier, Ross Chastain, Brandon Jones, Chase Briscoe and Anthony Alfredo.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Austin Cindric (first stage win of season)

STAGE 2 WINNER: Austin Cindric (second stage win of season)

Who had a good race: Noah Gragson almost made it two wins in a row, but can’t be too upset for finishing second in Saturday’s race. Also, Harrison Burton continued his strong effort this season with his fifth-place showing.

Who had a bad race: Timmy Hill finished 33rd, 76 laps back. Even though he was strong in the iRacing Series during the COVID-19 pandemic hiatus, Hill continues to struggle since the Xfinity Series resumed with finishes of 20th or worse in three of the four races back.

Notable: Ross Chastain did his Kyle Busch impression of sorts, competing in both races Saturday. He finished seventh in the Xfinity race and was sixth in the Truck Series race earlier in the day. … All cars passed post-race inspection with just one issue: a lug nut violation on the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driven by Brandon Jones, who finished eighth.

What’s next: There will be an Xfinity Series doubleheader next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway: Saturday, June 13 (3:30 p.m. ET on Fox), and Sunday, June 14 (Noon ET on FS1). The latter race is also the second of four Xfinity Dash 4 Cash Series races.

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