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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.

Tonight’s Southern 500 at Darlington: Start time, lineup and more

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NASCAR has been commemorating seven decades of the sport this weekend and the celebration culminates with tonight’s Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

Here are the details for tonight’s race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: Randy Poindexter, Bojangles’ Sr. VP of Marketing, 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Jack Roush and other members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame will give the command to start engines at 6:07 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 6:15 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 367 laps (501.3 miles) around the 1.366-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 100. Stage 2 ends on Lap 200.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 12:30 p.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 4 p.m. Driver introductions are at 5:25 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Hanson will perform the anthem at 6:01 p.m.

TV/RADIO: NBCSN will broadcast the race beginning at 6 p.m. Coverage begins with NASCAR America at 5 p.m., followed by Countdown to Green at 5:30 p.m. Motor Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 5 p.m. and also can be heard at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have MRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for a high of 89 degrees and a 35 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms at the start of the race.

LAST YEAR: Denny Hamlin took the lead with three laps to go to win this race last year. Kyle Busch was second. Kurt Busch placed third.

CARS TO THE REAR: Jamie McMurray (engine change), Joey Gase (engine change), Jimmie Johnson (unapproved adjustments) and Jeffrey Earnhardt (unapproved adjustments)

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for starting lineup

Xfinity practice report at Watkins Glen

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FINAL PRACTICE

Rain continued to play havoc with practice. It stopped about halfway through the scheduled distance, but not in time for the track to dry.

Nine drivers took time in this session with sports car driver Mike Skeen topping the leaderboard at 95.620 m.p.h.

He had more than one second (1.069) lead over Kaz Grala (94.525 m.p.h.).

Alex Labbe (93.479), Timmy Hill (91.992) and Joey Gase (91.697) rounded out the top five.

Grala (8) posted the most laps.

Click here for complete results.

FIRST PRACTICE

Rain kept most of the competitors off the track since Saturday’s race at Watkins Glen is scheduled to run under dry conditions.

Rookies are required to make at least one lap in practice, so that drove a few drivers onto the track.

With a lap of 89.513 m.ph., Tyler Reddick topped the speed chart among five drivers who made laps.

He beat Austin Cindric (89.344) by .187 seconds

Justin Haley (86.891) Christopher Bell (82.232), and Ryan Preece (81.648) were the only drivers to take time.

Haley (2) was the only driver who turned more than one lap.

Click here for complete results.