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UPDATED: Entry lists for NASCAR Cup and Truck Series at Kansas

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The NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck Series move to Kansas Speedway this week for a Mother’s Day weekend doubleheader.

Here’s the entry lists for each race.

Cup Series

There are 38 cars on the entry list for the KC Masterpiece 400.

Matt Kenseth will make his first start of the season in Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 6 with Wyndham Rewards as a sponsor.

StarCom Racing has withdrawn the No. 99 of Derrike Cope.

Corey LaJoie will pilot the No. 72 TriStar Motorsports entry.

Carl Long is listed as the driver of the No. 66 Motorsports Business Management Toyota.

BJ McLeod will drive the No. 51 for Rick Ware Racing.

Last year, Martin Truex, Jr. won both Kansas races, beating Brad Keselowski in the spring and Kurt Busch in the fall.

Click here for the entry list.

Truck Series

There are 30 entries for the 37 Kind Days 250.

Kyle Busch is the only Cup regular who will compete in both events. He will drive the No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota.

Jennifer Jo Cobb has two Trucks entered this week.

Bo LeMastus will drive the No. 54 DGR-Crosley Toyota.

The No. 15 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet will have Robby Lyons behind the wheel.

No driver is yet listed for the No. 74 Chevrolet owned by Mike Harmon.

Last year, Busch led 91 laps and beat Johnny Sauter to the line by 2.6 seconds.

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Entry lists for NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Truck Series at Dover

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For the fourth time in 2018 and the first time since Las Vegas Motor Speedway in early March, all three of NASCAR’s national series will be in action this week at Dover International Speedway.

The weekend will culminate in the Cup Series AAA 400 on Sunday.

Here’s the entry lists for each race.

Cup Series

There are 38 cars on the entry list for the Cup race.

Cole Custer is listed as the driver of the No. 51 for Rick Ware Racing, replacing Timmy Hill from Talladega.

Corey LaJoie will make his fourth start of the season behind the wheel of the No. 72 TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet.

StarCom Racing will roll out a second Chevrolet this week for Derrike Cope.

Last year, Jimmie Johnson beat Saturday’s Xfinity Series winner Kyle Larson in a race that ended under caution.

Click here for the complete entry list.

Xfinity Series

There are 41 cars entered for the OneMain Financial 200.

This is the final Dash 4 Cash race, so no drivers earning Cup points are entered.

Noah Gragson will make his third Xfinity start in the No. 18 Toyota and will look to continue a streak of top fives. He finished second in his debut at Richmond and was fourth last week at Talladega.

Jeb Burton will pilot the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet and make his second start of the season.

Ray Black Jr. is entered in the No. 8 Chevrolet owned by B.J. McLeod Motorsports.

Brandon Brown will make his third attempt of the season, driving the No. 90 DGM Racing Chevrolet.

Last year, Kyle Larson led 137 of 200 laps and defeated Ryan Blaney and Daniel Suarez in this race. The highest finishing Xfinity regular was Cole Custer in fourth.

Click here for the complete Xfinity entry list.

Truck Series

There are 34 trucks entered for the Jegs 200.

Bayley Currey will make his fourth Truck start in the No. 83 for Copp Motorsports. His career best finish to date is a 10th last fall at Phoenix.

Camden Murphy will make his first Truck start of 2018 for MB Motorsports; he ran in 11 races last year.

Reed Sorenson will do double duty for Premium Motorsports in the No. 15.

Click here for the complete Truck entry list.

Bump & Run: Biggest upsets in NASCAR

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In light of UMBC’s upset of Virginia in the NCAA basketball tournament, what’s an upset in NASCAR that stands out to you?

Nate Ryan: David Gilliland in the Xfinity race at Kentucky Speedway in 2006. That’s the closest approximation in modern-day NASCAR of what the Retrievers pulled off last Friday.

Dustin Long: David Gilliland’s Xfinity win at Kentucky in 2006 with a part-time and independent team. Remarkable upset that eventually led to a Cup ride.

Daniel McFadin: Front Row Motorsports’ two Cup wins, at Talladega in 2013 and Pocono in 2016. The first because David Ragan‘s surge to the lead on the final lap is the definition of “Where did he come from?” The second, because Chris Buescher earned his first Cup win via pit strategy and … fog.

Jerry Bonkowski: Actually, a two-part answer. First, when Trevor Bayne came out of nowhere and was pushed to the win in the 2011 Daytona 500 by Carl Edwards. And then there was the 1990 Daytona 500, when underdog Derrike Cope won.

What was something that stood out to you from the West Coast swing?

Nate Ryan: That the storylines from the end of last season (Toyotas, particularly Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch, are fast; Kevin Harvick is a championship contender; Hendrick Motorsports still is searching) generally have remained intact.

Dustin Long: Overlooked was that Erik Jones was one of only three drivers (Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. were the others) to score a top-10 finish in all three races.

Daniel McFadin: Joey Logano going from 16th to first in four laps in the Xfinity race on Saturday thanks to fresh tires. It’s the closest thing to a video game I’ve ever seen in real life.

Jerry Bonkowski: I thought for sure that we’d see more success from some of the young drivers. But when it came down to it, veterans won all three races. Sooner or later, the young drivers have to start making more of a name for themselves, guys like Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, William Byron and others. And by making a name for themselves, I mean winning.

What’s a special Martinsville memory you have?

Nate Ryan: John Andretti rallying from a lap down to win the first race I covered (and attended) there in April 1999. I was crossing the track in Turn 1 when Andretti drove the No. 43 right by into victory lane … with “The King” sitting on the driver’s window opening (to an enormous cheer from the crowd).

Dustin Long: John Andretti’s April 1999 win, which completed a weekend sweep for Petty Enterprises. Jimmy Hensley won the Truck race for the organization the day before Andretti’s victory. “It looked like the good old times,’’ Petty said in victory lane after riding in on the driver’s window opening of the No. 43 car.

Daniel McFadin: When I covered my first race there in the fall of 2014 as an intern for Sporting News. It turned out to be Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s first and only win at the track and the only time I attended a race he won. He’s retired now so I can say he’s my favorite driver. I still have confetti from the celebration in a plastic bag. 

Jerry Bonkowski: This is more of a sad rather than special memory. I was at the fall race in 2004 when the Hendrick Motorsports plane crashed into nearby Bull Mountain, killing all onboard. We got word about halfway through the race that there had been an incident, and as we got closer to the end of the race, things became confirmed. I recall it as if it was yesterday, and it’s a day I’ll never forget.

Mother’s tears a celebration of a journey more than a decade in the making

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DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — After her son Garrett raced to a career-high fifth-place finish in Saturday’s quintuple-overtime Xfinity race, Bethanie Smithley could not contain her emotions.

Memories flashed to when he wanted to race even though neither parent knew anything about the sport other than what they viewed from the stands. Then there was the sign that what they were doing was the right thing. And the memories of how pillow cushions helped Garrett’s racing career.

All that was before Garrett joined JD Motorsports, an underfunded team that is at the track each weekend but not often noticed.

He overcame an early spin and avoided the late crashes to collect his third career Xfinity top-10 finish, spurring a family celebration on pit road afterward.

“It’s the satisfaction that going out on a limb for your child when you don’t necessarily want to go out there … is worth it,’’ Bethanie said between tears.

“It’s the payback. It’s the affirmation that we made the right decision and that all the sacrifices we made, the family vacations we didn’t take, it was worth it.’’

Garrett Smithley, a 25-year-old from Ligonier, Pennsylvania, pointed to the Daytona International Speedway stands and about where he and his family sat 12 years ago.

A passion grew.

He started racing in 2007 in Bandolero cars.

“I had to learn to tow a race trailer,’’ Bethanie Smithley said.

“I had to learn how to be crew chief,’’ said RK Smithley, Garrett’s dad.

One of the requests the family made before buying a Bandolero car was that they be showed how to set it up.

“We could have never dreamed this would turn into a profession,’’ Bethanie said. “We thought it would be a short-term hobby. Every time he’s moved forward there’s just been some provision that I felt was divine providence for him to be a race car driver.’’

The first time Garrett went to test a Legends car, they pulled up to the shop. When Bethanie opened the truck door to exit, Bill Elliott stood 2 feet away.

“He was one of our favorite NASCAR drivers,’’ she said. “To me that was kind of a sign that it’s going to be OK that your son wants to go racing. All along the right person has come along at the right time to help him move forward.’’

While driving a No. 43 Legends car, Garrett’s talent was spotted and he was invited to a Richard Petty Driver Search.

Former Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope saw Garrett at a test, leading to Garrett’s ARCA debut in 2014. He shared a car at the test with another driver, who was much bigger. Garrett’s parents brought pillows from their hotel couch so he could fit in the seat.

The following year, Garrett made his Camping World Truck Series debut with the Mittler Brothers, the same team Carl Edwards made his series debut with in 2002. Garrett is in his third season with JD Motorsports in the Xfinity Series.

“Johnny went on a limb,’’ Garrett said. “He had some better deals. He said I really want you to drive my 0 car.’’

As often happens the night before the first race of the season, Garrett couldn’t sleep Friday. He posted a picture on Twitter after midnight of the lit Daytona stands with the note: “Never taking this for granted.’’

“You come so close to not making it and not making it and not making it … this feels really special,’’ Garrett said.

Enough to make a mother cry.

“Along the way somebody has always noticed that talent,’’ Bethanie said. “I fully believe it will lead to him being in Cup one day. I don’t know how long.

“I also say because he’s done so well at these superspeedways, I think one of these days he’ll be in Victory Lane, although right now it feels like we’re there.’’

Instead, she and RK stood behind pit wall. The sun faded behind the stands and sweepers cleaned pit road. A few people pushed team pit boxes into position to be loaded onto trucks and head to the next race. RK and Bethanie were alone.

As they walked away, she turned to one person working on the pit boxes that she knew.

“I need a hug.’’

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StarCom Racing leases charter from Richard Childress Racing for 2018 season

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StarCom Racing has leased a charter from Richard Childress Racing this season for the No. 00 car that will have Derrike Cope driving it in the Daytona 500.

ESPN.com first reported the arrangement. Richard Childress Racing is not fielding the No. 27 car this season and that charter was available. RCR will run two Cup cars this years. Charters can be leased once in five years. A charter guarantees a starting spot in each race. There are 36 charters.

“What a wonderful opportunity it is for our organization to have secured a charter for 2018!” Cope said in a statement from the team. “We have a strong and enthusiastic team that are now working with renewed vigor and we can’t wait to start the season!”

StarCom Racing, which has Tony Furr as crew chief, stated in its release that it “will continue to explore all driver options with funding opportunities and will choose the best possible fit for the team. SCR Marketing Director, Elyshia Cope, and the team are actively seeking sponsorship opportunities for the coming season.”

This is the sixth charter to change teams since the end of last season.

The charter for the No. 77 car at Furniture Row Racing was sold to JTG Daugherty for the No. 37 car of Chris Buescher

Roush Fenway Racing sold the charter from the No. 16 team to Team Penske for the No. 12 car of Ryan Blaney

Richard Petty Motorsports leased a charter to Rick Ware Racing for the No. 51 team.

Wood Brother Racing formed a partnership with Go Fas Racing owner Archie St. Hilaire and acquired his charter for the No. 21 car of Paul Menard.

Go Fas Racing has partnered with Circle Sport Racing and use its charter, meaning the No. 32 car with Matt DiBenedetto will have a charter this season.

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