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On today’s show:
- On Sunday at Dover, Stewart-Haas Racing was on the verge of having one of its greatest days as a company – until everything went wrong in the final 80 laps. How is SHR putting Dover behind it and focusing on this weekend’s race at Talladega? Dillon Welch is at the team’s headquarters in Kannapolis, North Carolina to find out, and he’s got interviews with Aric Almirola and the team’s Xfinity Series playoff hopeful, Cole Custer.
- Late-race restarts have not always gone well for Chase Elliott. But on Sunday, he nailed two of them late on his way to victory. We’ll break down how Elliott has progressed in the ‘restart arts,’ which could make the difference in his pursuit of the championship.
- After a ho-hum day at Dover, Team Penske heads to Talladega, a track the organization has excelled at in recent years. At such a chaotic and unpredictable track, how have the Penske drivers become steady front-runners?
- And it’s been a newsy Tuesday in the NASCAR world, as one veteran driver is forced to say goodbye and a rising star is getting a new crew chief. We’ll have the latest on Kasey Kahne and Daniel Suarez.
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Under misty conditions, Justin Allgaier posted the fastest single lap of 153.446 mph in final practice. He also paced the field in the first session.
He beat Cole Custer (153.440 mph) by only .001 seconds.
John Hunter Nemechek (153.296), points leader Christopher Bell (153.191) and Austin Cindric (153.029) rounded out the top five.
Bell had the quickest 10-lap average with a speed of 152.037 mph.
Drivers under the cutoff line who need to find a little more speed are Brandon Jones (152.342) with the ninth fastest time, Ryan Truex (151.515) with the 14th fastest time and Ryan Reed (151.356) with the 16th fastest time. Reed was the slowest playoff eligible driver in this session.
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Justin Allgaier posted the fastest lap in the first practice session for the Bar Harbor 200 at Dover with a speed of 154.712 mph. He enters the Round 1 elimination race at Dover 11 points above the cutoff line.
Allgaier beat second-place Tyler Reddick (154.195) by .078 seconds.
Cole Custer (153.748), Daniel Hemric (153.597) and Christopher Bell (153.590) rounded out the top five.
Ryan Preece had the quickest 10-lap average of this session with a speed of 152.041 mph.
The four playoff drivers below the cutoff line are Brandon Jones (153.152) with the eighth fastest speed. Austin Cindric (153.126) was ninth, Ryan Truex (151.675) was 15th and Ryan Reed (151.350) was 16th.
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CONCORD, N.C. – Chase Briscoe‘s win Saturday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval meant no one automatically advanced to the second round of the Xfinity playoffs since Briscoe is not racing for a title.
He didn’t mind. He was too busy celebrating his first career series win. Justin Marks placed second. The rest of the top five had Austin Cindric, Ryan Preece and Christopher Bell.
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The points were jumbled by Saturday’s results. Tyler Reddick climbed from seventh to third in the points (behind Christopher Bell and Daniel Hemric) after placing ninth in Saturday’s race. Cole Custer went from ninth to fourth in the points after finishing seventh in the race. Justin Allgaier, who spun after contact from Cindric and placed 15th, fell from third to seventh in the points.
Ross Chastain holds the last cutoff spot by nine points on Cindric. Next weekend’s race at Dover will trim the playoff field from 12 to eight.
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Before Cup teams race on the Charlotte Roval this weekend, some will take part in an organizational test Monday and Tuesday at Kansas Speedway.
At such a test, an organization can have one team participate. Six playoff drivers are scheduled to test this week. Not all organizations chose to take part in the test.
Scheduled to test at Kansas Speedway are:
Chris Buescher (JTG Daugherty Racing)
Kurt Busch (Stewart-Haas Racing)
Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing)
Cole Custer (Rick Ware Racing)
Austin Dillon (Richard Childress Racing)
Ty Dillon (Germain Racing)
Chase Elliott (Hendrick Motorsports)
Matt Kenseth (Roush Fenway Racing)
Joey Logano (Team Penske)
Jamie McMurray (Chip Ganassi Racing)
Paul Menard (Wood Brothers)
Martin Truex Jr. (Furniture Row Racing)
Truex is scheduled to test Monday only. Also, Justin Allgaier is scheduled to drive the Chevrolet wheel force car, David Ragan is scheduled to drive the Ford wheel force car and Drew Herring is scheduled to drive the Toyota wheel force car.
Playoff driver listed in italics
Kevin Harvick won the pole for Saturday night’s Cup race at Richmond Raceway (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN) with a top qualifying speed of 121.880 mph.
Harvick led 10 of the 16 playoff drivers in qualifying in the top 12.
It is Harvick’s third pole of the year.
“We ended our last race run (in practice), I was really happy with the car,” Harvick told NBCSN. “Didn’t know what we had for qualifying there. But just a huge credit to the race team for putting a qualifying setup underneath it. Obviously, Aric (Almirola) came here and tested and kind of had a baseline for where we needed to shoot for for targets.”
The top five was filled out by Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Blaney and Daniel Suarez, a non-playoff driver.
The top 12 was completed by Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski, Erik Jones, Kyle Larson, Cole Custer and Kyle Busch
Custer, driving Rick Ware Racing’s No. 51 Ford – in a car prepped by Stewart-Haas Racing, is making his third-career start. This is his last Cup race of the season.
Where the rest of the playoff field qualified:
Joey Logano (13th), Alex Bowman (14th), Chase Elliott (19th), Jimmie Johnson (22nd), Clint Bowyer (25th) and Austin Dillon (28th).
The starting lineup will be finalized tomorrow after inspection.
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