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Joey Gase weds Caitlin Himmelsbach

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Joey Gase announced his wedding with Caitlin Himmelsbach Sunday morning, saying: “It’s now official! Looking forward to spending the rest of my life with Caitlin Gase.”

Their engagement was announced in February 2017.

In 2018, Gase ran full-time in the Xfinity series with three 15th-place finishes in the fall (Indianapolis, Las Vegas and Kansas) as his best results. He competed in eight Cup races – mostly with StarCom Racing – and scored a best of 18th at Talladega in October.

Xfinity practice report at Texas

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Ryan Truex swept Friday with the fastest lap (187.780 mph) in final practice on the heels of his fastest lap in the first session.

He beat Brandon Jones (187.689) by .014 seconds.

Shane Lee (187.676), Cole Custer (187.474) and Christopher Bell (187.454) rounded out the top five.

Josh Bilicki, Joey Gase and David Starr hit the wall in separate incidents. Bilicki does not have a backup available, but reported that he was looking for a car to borrow.

Elliott Sadler had the quickest 10-lap average at 186.190 mph.

Fellow playoff contenders Justin Allgaier (185.862) and Daniel Hemric (185.622) lined up behind him.

Click here for the practice report.

First Practice

Ryan Truex posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Xfinity race at Texas with a speed of 187.162 mph.

He beat Daniel Hemric (186.832 mph) by .051 seconds.

Elliott Sadler (186.580), Cole Custer (186.387) and Matt Tifft (186.130) rounded out the top five.

Ryan Reed, Morgan Shepherd and Austin Cindric all hit the wall in separate incidents during the session. Reed and Cindric will go to backup cars. Shepherd does not have a backup available.

Brandon Brown (177.024) and Quin Houff (171.124) were the only drivers who made at least 10 consecutive laps.

Click here for the practice report.

UPDATED entry lists for NASCAR at Talladega

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The last restrictor-plate races of the season have arrived with the Cup and Truck Series events at Talladega Superspeedway.

Sunday’s Cup race is also the series’ last restrictor-plate race at Talladega.

The Cup race is the second race in the Round of 12 in the playoffs. The Truck Series will end its first playoff round more than a month after it started.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for each race.

Cup – 1000Bulbs.com 500 (2 p.m. ET Sunday on NBC)

There are 41 entries for the race. Only 40 cars will qualify for the field.

Cody Ware is entered in Rick Ware Racing’s No. 51 Chevrolet. David Starr is entered in Obaika Racing’s No. 97 Toyota.

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

DJ Kennington is entered in Premium Motorsports’ No. 7 Chevrolet.

In April’s race, Joey Logano led the final 42 laps and beat Kurt Busch and Chase Elliott.

Click here for the updated entry list.

Truck Series

There are 36 entries for the race.

Spencer Gallagher is entered in GMS Racing’s No. 2 Chevrolet.

Timothy Peters is entered in GMS Racing’s No. 25 Chevrolet.

David Gilliland is entered in Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Toyota.

Joey Gase will drive Copp Motorsports’ No. 83 Chevrolet.

Last year, Parker Kligerman led the final two laps to claim the win over Christopher Bell and Myatt Snider.

Click here for the entry list.

NASCAR docks seven Cup cars practice time at Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS – Martin Truex Jr. and Daniel Suarez will be penalized 30 minutes each in the first practice Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for inspection issues last weekend at Indianapolis. They are among seven Cup cars that will be penalized.

Truex and Suarez are being docked practice time for failing pre-race inspection three or more times at Indy.

The cars of Austin Dillon and Reed Sorenson will miss 15 minutes each in the first practice for failing pre-race inspection. Dillon’s team failed it at Darlington and Sorenson’s team at Bristol.

Also missing 15 minutes of the first practice is Kyle Larson (late to inspection), B.J. McLeod (late to inspection) and Ross Chastain (missing the rookie meeting).

Opening Cup practice is from 2:05 – 2:55 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

In the Xfinity Series, two cars will be docked 30 minutes of practice in the first session and 10 cars will be docked 15 minutes each of the opening practice.

Penalized 30 minutes will be the teams of Brandon Jones and Spencer Gallagher for failing pre-race inspection three or more times.

Missing 15 minutes of Xfinity practice will be the teams of Matt Tifft, Justin Allgaier, Max Tullman, Joey Gase and David Starr for being late to inspection.

Missing 15 minutes of Xfinity practice for failing inspection twice are the teams of Ryan Truex, Ryan Preece, Austin Cindric and Ross Chastain.

Missing 15 minutes of Xfinity practice for inspection interference after a race is the team of Cole Custer.

Xfinity practice is from 3:05 – 3:55 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Brad Keselowski scores Southern 500 victory

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DARLINGTON, S.C. — Brad Keselowski’s pit crew gave him the lead with 22 laps left and he drove off to win Sunday’s Southern 500 and sweep the Xfinity and Cup races at Darlington Raceway this weekend.

It is Keselowski’s first win of the season, his first Southern 500 victory and the 25th Cup triumph of his career.

MORE: Southern 500 results
MORE: Points after Southern 500

Keselowski took the lead from Kyle Larson on pit road on Lap 346 of the 367-lap race. Keselowski nipped Larson to the line at the exit pit road. Larson, who dominated the race and won the first two stages, could never mount a challenge and fell back.

“A major! Yeah!” Keselowski yelled on his radio after the race. “Great job pit crew that last stop was awesome!

Joey Logano finished second. Larson, who led 284 laps, placed third.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Kyle Larson

STAGE 2 WINNER: Kyle Larson

CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOTS: Denny Hamlin and Aric Almirola each clinched a playoff spot via points. That leaves two spots to be set in the regular-season finale next weekend at Indianapolis.

HOW BRAD KESELOWSKI WON: His pit crew, which had changed its pit choreography this week, got him off pit road first on the final stop of the race and he went on to win.

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Runner-up Joey Logano scored his second consecutive top-five finish. … Chase Elliott finished fifth for his sixth consecutive top-10 finish. … Kurt Busch placed seventh for his seventh consecutive top 10.

WHO HAD A BAD RACEJimmie Johnson, who has not secured a playoff spot, started at the rear for unapproved adjustments (fixing damage to his car in qualifying), had a commitment line penalty and went to the garage with more than 130 laps left after having engine issues. He finished 39th … Joey Gase finished last because of a wreck after he was hit from behind by Kyle Busch.

NOTABLE: This is the fourth time Kyle Larson has led 200 or more laps in his Cup career and he did not win any of those races. 

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “How cool is this winning in Rusty Wallace’s Throwback car, the Southern 500, Throwback Weekend,” Brad Keselowski to NBCSN after the race.

WHAT’S NEXT: The series races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 2 p.m. ET, Sept. 9 on NBCSN.