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Updated entry lists for NASCAR at Richmond Raceway

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NASCAR holds its second Virginia race weekend of the year when it heads to Richmond Raceway this weekend for a round of night racing.

Cup and Xfinity Series teams will be in action at the .750-mile short track.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for each race:

Cup – Toyota Owners 400 (7:30 p.m. ET Saturday on Fox)

There are 37 car entered for the race.

Jeb Burton is entered in Rick Ware Racing’s No. 51 car. It will be his second start for the team this season.

Bayley Currey is entered in Rick Ware Racing’s No. 52 car.

Quin Houff will make his third start for Spire Motorsports in the No. 77.

Kyle Busch won this race last year, leading 32 laps and beating Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin. Busch also won last fall’s playoff race, beating Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr.

Click here for the updated entry lists.

Xfinity – ToyotaCare 250 (7 p.m. ET on Friday on Fox Sports 1)

There are 40 cars entered. Two cars will not make the race.

Elliott Sadler will make his first of two scheduled starts driving Kaulig Racing’s No. 10 Chevrolet.

Tyler Matthews will make his series debut in the No. 15 for JD Motorsports.

Colin Garrett will make his series debut in the No. 66 for MBM Motorsports.

Riley Herbst will make his season debut in the No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Kaz Grala is set for his second start of the year for Richard Childress Racing in the No. 21.

Zane Smith is set for his third start in JR Motorsports’ No. 8.

Brandon Brown is entered in RSS Racing’s No. 93 car for the first time. He’s competed for his family-owned Brandonbilt Motorsports in the first seven races.

Mason Diaz will make his season debut in Brandonbilt Motorsports’ No. 86 car.

Click here for the updated entry list.

Bayley Currey to make Cup debut at Phoenix for Rick Ware Racing

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Rick Ware Racing announced Wednesday Bayley Currey will make his Cup Series debut this weekend in the TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway in suburban Phoenix.

Currey, 22, of Driftwood, Texas, is a mechanical engineering student at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. He will drive the No. 52 Ford Mustang with sponsorship from the Jacob Companies, MTEL-ONE, BYRNA and Baja Manufacturing.

“I am extremely excited to compete in Rick’s car for the first time,” Currey said in a RWR media release. “I have been working in Rick’s shop since 2017 and it has been awesome to see how Rick Ware Racing has progressed.

“I am thankful to be able to get behind the wheel where obviously the main goal is to run all the laps, but I really enjoy racing at ISM Raceway and I think if we can keep everything in line we will come away with a good run!”

Currey has 13 Xfinity Series starts, with a career-best finish of 21st last fall at Texas Motor Speedway. He also has 16 career starts in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series, with a best finish of 10th at Phoenix in fall 2017.

He’s also competed in the Sunoco Southern Super Late Model Series, ASCS2 Mini-Sprint Cars, Asphalt Modifieds, INEX Legends Cars, INEX Bandolero’s and go-karts.

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One Cup team, nine Xfinity teams docked practice time Friday at Texas

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FORT WORTH, Texas – Kyle Weatherman‘s Cup car will be penalized 15 minutes of practice and nine Xfinity teams will lose 15 minutes Friday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Weatherman will miss practice time for being late to post-qualifying/pre-race inspection last weekend at Martinsville.

Cup practice is from 2 – 2:55 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

In the Xfinity Series, the cars of BJ McLeod, Ryan Truex, Ryan Reed, John Hunter Nemechek, Josh Bilicki, Jeremy Clements, Bayley Currey, Bobby Earnhardt and Vinnie Miller will be docked 15 minutes.

The cars of McLeod, Bilicki, Currey, Earnhardt and Miller were penalized for being out of the garage late. The cars of Truex, Reed, Nemechek and Clements were penalized for failing inspection twice at Kansas.

The first Xfinity practice is from 3:05 – 3:50 p.m. ET today on the NBC Sports App.

Johnny Sauter wins Truck Series race at Texas

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Johnny Sauter won his fourth race of 2018 and for the fifth time at Texas Motor Speedway by holding off pole sitter Stewart Friesen in a green-white-checkered finish to end the PPG 400.

Sauter started the race in fifth and managed to stay in contact with the leaders, but did not take the lead until the final stages of the race. Using a combination of fuel and tire conservation, he led 51 laps on the way to victory lane.

Stewart Friesen led the field to green from the pole, but got loose in the outside groove early in stage one. He fought back throughout the night – winning stage one and challenging for the lead late in the race. A determined charge in the final 20 laps put him in position to challenge Sauter. Unfortunately he got hung up behind Justin Haley on the final lap and could not get close enough to make the pass for the lead.

The biggest incident of the night came on lap 109. Battling for a position in the top 10, Dalton Sargent and Myatt Snider got together while trying to use Jennifer Jo Cobb as a pick. Snyder made hard contact with the wall and retired on lap 105 in 23rd. Sargent remained on the lead lap and finished just outside the top 10 in 11th. 

STAGE 1 WINNER: Stewart Friesen

STAGE 2 WINNER: Grant Enfinger

HOW SAUTER WON: Sauter stayed out on old tires with 55 laps remaining and stretched his fuel to race to the end.

WHO HAD A GOOD NIGHT: Enfinger inherited the lead when Todd Gilliland pitted near the end of the second segment and scored his first stage win of the season; he continued to battle among the leaders before finishing fourth. Friesen matched his career best finish of second; his previous runner up finish came on the dirt track of Eldora Speedway last July. Justin Haley gave his teammate Sauter a huge push on the final restart before getting overhauled by Friesen on the final lap; Haley finished third to score his sixth career top five.

WHO HAD A BAD NIGHT: Ben Rhodes developed an engine problem toward the end of stage one and lost multiple laps while trying to diagnose the issue; he finished three laps off the pace in 16th. Justin Fontaine hit the wall hard on lap six and pancaked the right side of his truck – finishing 30th in the 32-car field. Driftwood Texas driver Bayley Currey got loose in the outside lane on lap 11 while running 18th and hit the turn four wall; he finished 29th. With 10 laps remaining in stage one, Brett Moffitt got loose under Austin Wayne Self and spun into the turn one wall. Moffitt brought out a second yellow when he almost spun 19 laps from the end before finishing 18th. Fighting to stay on the lead lap, Bo LeMastus made contact with Norm Benning, cut a tire, and hit the wall with six to go in stage two. LeMastus finished 26th; Benning finished 21st.

NOTABLE: Gilliland received his high school diploma in a pre-race ceremony before climbing into the lead at the start of the Rattlesnake 400.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “I’m speechless at this point; I don’t even know what to say anymore,” Sauter said from victory lane on FoxSports 1. “This is a lot of fun. Five wins at Texas – I feel very, very lucky … It’s all about getting that clean start. I knew that (Friesen) was going to be aggressive – obviously he’s hungry for his first win and so I just timed it right.”

WHAT’S NEXT: M&Ms 200 at Iowa Speedway at 7:00 p.m. ET on June 16 on FS1.

Texas Xfinity practice report

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Daniel Hemric posted the fastest lap in Friday’s final Xfinity practice session at Texas Motor Speedway. Hemric had a lap of 186.445 mph.

He was followed by Ryan Blaney (186.239 mph), Brandon Jones (185.727), Matt Tifft (185.484) and Tyler Reddick (185.427).

Reddick ran the most laps in the session at 48.

In the only incident of the session, Bayley Currey slid in Turn 2 but avoided hitting the wall.

Opening Practice

Ryan Truex posted the fastest lap in the first of two Xfinity practices Friday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Truex posted a lap of 187.266 mph. His Kaulig Racing team is aligned with Richard Childress Racing. Four of the top five spots in practice went to cars in that alliance.

RCR’s Daniel Hemric was second on the speed chart with a lap of 186.955 mph. He was followed by Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney (186.890 mph), RCR’s Matt Tifft (186.509) and RCR’s Ty Dillon (185.701).

Ryan Preece made the most laps with 27. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver was 10th on the speed chart with a top lap of 184.830 mph.

Tyler Reddick made contact with the wall during the session and drove back to the garage. Michael Annett spun but did not hit anything.

Final Xfinity practice is scheduled to be held from 4:05 – 4:55 p.m. ET today.

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