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NASCAR entry lists for Las Vegas

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The Round of 12 begins this weekend for the Cup Series and NASCAR’s entry lists for Las Vegas Motor Speedway are out.

All three national series will compete at the 1.5-mile track as the Xfinity Series begins its playoffs and the Truck Series holds its second playoff race.

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Here are the preliminary entry lists for Las Vegas:

Cup – South Point 400 (7 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN)

Thirty-nine cars are entered for the first race of the Round of 12.

Joey Logano won at Las Vegas in the spring over Matt DiBenedetto and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. This race was won last season by Martin Truex Jr. over Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski.

Click here for the Cup entry list.

 

Xfinity – Alsco 300 (7:30 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN)

Thirty-four cars are entered in the Xfinity playoff opener.

Daniel Hemric is entered in JR Motorsports’ No. 8 Chevrolet.

Austin Hill is entered in Hattori Racing Enterprises’ No. 61 Toyota.

Chase Briscoe won at Las Vegas in February over Austin Cindric and Ryan Sieg. This race was won last year by Tyler Reddick over Christopher Bell and Brandon Jones.

Click here for the Xfinity entry list.

 

Trucks – World of Westgate 200 (9 p.m. ET Friday on FS1)

Thirty-six trucks are entered.

Ryan Truex is entered in Niece Motorsports’ No. 40 Chevrolet.

IndyCar driver Conor Daly will make his Truck Series debut in Niece Motorsports’ No. 42 Chevrolet.

Travis Pastrana is entered in Niece Motorsports’ No. 45 Chevrolet for his second start of the season.

Kyle Busch won at Las Vegas in February over Johnny Sauter and Austin Hill. Austin Hill won this race last year over Ross Chastain and Christian Eckes.

Click here for the Truck entry list

Grant Enfinger wins Richmond Truck race

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Grant Enfinger passed ThorSport Racing teammate Matt Crafton with seven laps left to win the Richmond Truck race Thursday night. The race was the first for the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series at Richmond Raceway since 2005.

Enfinger overcame fender damage after contact with teammate Ben Rhodes to earn his third win of the season.

“Definitely a special night for us,” Enfinger said on FS1. ”

MORE: Race results 

Crafton finished second and was followed Rhodes, Brett Moffitt and Tyler Ankrum.

Thursday night’s race was the regular-season finale for the series and set the playoff field. Todd Gilliland and Ankrum secured the final two playoff spots.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Zane Smith

STAGE 2 WINNER: Ben Rhodes

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Codie Rohrbaugh finished sixth. It is his first top 10 season he placed third in the season opener at Daytona. … David Ragan finished seventh.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Johnny Sauter finished 27th, the third consecutive race he finished 27th or worse. He failed to make the playoffs. Stewart Friesen finished 10th but it was not good enough to make the playoffs.

PLAYOFF FIELD: Austin Hill, Sheldon Creed, Zane Smith, Grant Enfinger, Brett Moffitt, Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, Christian Eckes, Todd Gilliland and Tyler Ankrum.

NOTABLE: Austin Hill wins the regular-season championship and the 15 playoff points that go with it.

NEXT: The Truck playoffs begin at 7:30 p.m. ET Sept. 17 at Bristol Motor Speedway on FS1.

Sheldon Creed wins Truck Series race at Gateway

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Sheldon Creed won Sunday’s Truck Series race at Gateway to earn his third win this season

Creed led the final 13 laps after he took the lead from teammate Sam Mayer on a restart.

The GMS Racing driver beat teammate Brett Moffitt, Austin Hill, Mayer and Stewart Friesen.

More: Race results, point standings

Todd Gilliland won the first two stages, but finished 22nd after he was forced into the Turn 2 wall by a loose Creed as they raced for the lead with 39 laps to go.

“I want to start with apologizing to (Gilliland),” Creed told FS1. “It’s so hard to pass here and I got the opportunity to get to his inside. Just was really loose getting in(to the turn) and he was close to my door. They were having such a good day. … Hate to do that to him. … He owes me one. Hats off to my guys. Great adjustments all day. Came from 17th. Had my work cut out for me.”

The win was Creed’s second during the three race “Triple Truck Challenge,” giving him a $150,000 bonus.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Todd Gilliland

STAGE 2 WINNER: Todd Gilliland

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: GMS Racing. The team earned his fourth consecutive win and placed four of its trucks in the top seven … Stewart Friesen earned his second top five of the season … Raphael Lessard placed sixth for his third top 10 of the season.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Johnny Sauter fell out of the race shy of Lap 30 due to a mechanical problem. It’s his third DNF of the season … Chandler Smith finished 24th after he wrecked following contact with Ben Rhodes on Lap 78 … Jennifer Jo Cobb placed 31st after she wreck on Lap 126 … Christian Eckes suffered a broken drive shaft and dropped out with his second DNF of the year, finishing 32nd.

WHAT’S NEXT: Truck Series race at Darlington, 2 p.m. ET Sept. 6 on FS1

Zane Smith powers to Dover Truck win

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Rookie Zane Smith pulled away on a restart with three laps to go Friday to win for the second time in the last three NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series races.

The 21-year-old driver for GMS Racing won in his first series start at Dover International Speedway. Smith led 50 of the 200 laps.

“I love this place,” Smith told FS1. “I think we all know I suck on restarts but I picked a good time to have a good one.”

MORE: Race results, driver points report 

Smith led on the final restart with three laps to go.

Smith also won a $50,000 bonus for winning the second race in the Triple Truck Challenge. He won his first series race two weeks ago at Michigan in overtime.

Reigning series champion Matt Crafton finished second and was followed by Brett Moffitt, Todd Gilliland and Ben Rhodes.

Smith’s second victory of the season ties him with Sheldon Creed and Grant Enfinger for most victories this season by series regulars. Kyle Busch, who is not eligible for the Truck title, has three victories this season.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Austin Hill

STAGE 2 WINNER: Zane Smith

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Brett Moffitt scored his third consecutive finish of sixth or better. … Todd Gilliland recorded his second top-five finish in the last three races. … Johnny Sauter‘s sixth-place finish was his first top 10 in the last four races.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Chandler Smith led 31 laps but was in a wreck after contact with Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Christian Eckes. Smith finished 20th. … Sheldon Creed was penalized a lap for pitting outside his stall on his final stop and also had some damage after hitting Smith’s truck in his incident. Creed finished 22nd.

NEXT: Noon on Aug. 30 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on FS1

Zane Smith uses overtime charge to score first Truck win

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Zane Smith passed Christian Eckes on the last lap of double overtime to score his first career NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race Friday night at Michigan International Speedway.

Eckes finished second. Tanner Gray placed third.

Smith is 21 years old, Eckes is 19 and Gray is 21.

MORE: Race results

“I wish I was here to celebrate with my parents and my girlfriend,” an emotional Smith told FS1 after the race.

Grant Enfinger led on the restart but came down from the top lane and came down on Austin Hill and John Hunter Nemechek and spun. That allowed Eckes to take the lead and put Smith third. Smith passed Gray for second in Turn 4 coming to the white flag.

Smith dived under Eckes in Turn 2 on the final lap and pulled away to win.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Brett Moffitt

STAGE 2 WINNER: Johnny Sauter

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Zane Smith was eighth with three laps to go and went on to win and secure a playoff spot. … Christian Eckes finished second for the third consecutive race. … Tanner Gray finished a career-high third.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Johnny Sauter spun and hit the wall while racing teammate Grant Enfinger for the lead with 16 laps to go. Sauter entered the race 63 points out of the final playoff spot after a 10-point penalty for an inspection issue before the race. … Stewart Friesen was eliminated in a crash on Lap 50  after contact with Christian Eckes. Friesen finished last in the 39-truck field. … Chandler Smith was eliminated in a crash on Lap 60 after contact with Ben Rhodes. Smith finished 38th.

NOTABLE: The combined age of the top three finishers (61) was just short of the series record for the youngest three finishers. That record of 55 was set in  June 2016 at Iowa when William Byron (then 18), Cole Custer (then 18) and Cameron Hayley (then 19) went 1-2-3.

WHAT’S NEXT: Race on the Daytona road course, Sunday, Aug. 18 at Noon ET on FS1.