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Preliminary entry lists for Cup, Xfinity at Charlotte Motor Speedway

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Forty-one cars are on the preliminary entry list for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

NBC Sports analyst Parker Kligerman will make his first Cup start since 2014 this weekend. He’s driving the No. 96 for Gaunt Brothers Racing.

BJ McLeod will be in the No. 52, a second entry for Rick Ware Racing.

The entry list was updated Monday to add a 41st car — the No. 7 that will be driven by JJ Yeley for NY Racing Team. The team is owned by John Cohen, who was owner of Team Xtreme when it had its Atlanta car stolen from the parking lot of a Georgia hotel in Feb. 2015.

Rob Kauffman, chairman of the Race Team Alliance, tweeted his displeasure with the team entering the event:

Austin Dillon is the defending Coca-Cola 600 winner.

Click here for updated Coca-Cola 600 entry list

In the Xfinity Series, 43 cars are entered for the Alsco 300.

Cup drivers entered are: Ty Dillon, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott and Jamie McMurray. Elliott is driving the No. 23 for GMS Racing in place of suspended driver Spencer Gallagher.

Kaz Grala, who lost his ride at JGL Racing when the organization shut down the No. 24 because of lack of sponsorship, is entered with the No. 61 car for Fury Race Cars.

Ryan Blaney won last May’s race.

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Kaz Grala to attempt next four Xfinity races with Fury Race Cars

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Three days after announcing he had been let go from his contract at JGL Racing, Kaz Grala revealed plans to compete in the next four Xfinity Series races with Fury Race Cars, a team co-owned by his father, Darius Grala.

Grala will attempt to make four starts in the No. 61 Ford beginning next weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

A rookie in the Xfinity Series, the 19-year-old driver started the first 10 races of the season in JGL Racing’s No. 24 Ford. The team is being shut down due to a lack of sponsorship.

Grala finished fourth in the season opener at Daytona. His best finish since was 12th at ISM Raceway.

He is 19th in points.

Founded in 2016 by Darius Grala, Tony Eury Jr. and Jeff Fultz, Fury Race Cars builds race cars for competition in NASCAR, ARCA, CARS Tour, Pro All-Star Series, SRL Southwest Tour and the Southern Super Series.

In two years, cars built by them have won the Snowball Derby, Redbud 300, CRA SpeedFest, Rattler 250, and swept first, second and third place at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.

Grala will be joined by many crew members from the No. 24 team, including crew chief Shane Wilson.

“I’m beyond grateful for the opportunity to continue competing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series,” Grala said in a press release. “I had a great relationship with Shane …  and the rest of our crew, and I believe that we only scratched the surface of that potential in the limited time we had together. I am amazed with all the outreach I’ve received and the help that everyone has been willing to lend, and that is really what has made this all possible. I began the 2018 season with the intent of running full time, and we hope to find the sponsorship to still make that a reality. That would be a dream come true.”

Kaz Grala no longer with JGL Racing in Xfinity Series

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Kaz Grala announced on social media Tuesday night that he’s no longer with JGL Racing.

A team spokesperson told NBC Sports that the team is shutting down the No. 24 ride for the time being because of lack of sponsorship.

The 19-year-old Grala is a rookie in the Xfinity Series. He finished fourth in his Xfinity debut at Daytona. Grala’s best finish after that was 12th at Phoenix. He is 19th in the points standings.

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Xfinity practice report at Dover

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Final practice

Christopher Bell posted the fastest lap in final practice for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Dover International Speedway.

His lap of 152.665 mph was .221 seconds better than Elliott Sadler (151.248 mph).

Tyler Reddick (150.981), Austin Cindric (150.584) and Matt Tifft rounded out the top five.

On his first lap of final practice, John Hunter Nemechek spun in turn four and hit the inside wall on the front straightaway. He rolled out a backup car and posted the 19th fastest lap of 148.429 mph.

Noah Gragson ran the most laps at 48.

Tyler Reddick had the quickest 10-lap average with a speed of 149.434 mph.

Gragson was second on this chart at 148.931 mph.

Click here for complete final practice results.

First practice

Gragson recorded the fastest lap in Friday’s opening Xfinity practice.

Gragson led the way with a lap of 153.420 mph. He was followed by Cole Custer (153.244 mph), Dash 4 Cash driver Brandon Jones (153.191), Nemechek (153.042) and Reddick (153.003).

Cody Ware struck the wall late in the session in Mike Harmon‘s car.

Kaz Grala and Nemechek ran the most laps at 35.

Nemechek had the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 152.121 mph. He was one of four drivers to run 10 consecutive laps as most drivers focused on qualifying setups.

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12 Cup cars to be docked practice Friday at Talladega

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TALLADEGA, Ala. — Twelve cars, including those of Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch will be docked 15 minutes of practice in Friday’s opening session for inspection issues.

The opening session is from 12:35 – 1:25 p.m. ET.

The cars of Johnson, Michael McDowell and Gray Gaulding will  miss 15 minutes for failing inspection twice last weekend at Richmond.

The cars of Trevor Bayne, Ty Dillon and Erik Jones will miss 15 minutes for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice at Richmond.

The cars of Truex and Busch will miss 15 minutes of practice for being late to inspection before the race at Richmond.

The cars of David Ragan, Daniel Suarez, Ross Chastain and Timmy Hill will miss 15 minutes because they were late to qualifying inspection last week at Richmond.

Eleven cars will be held 15 minutes in the opening practice Friday in the Xfinity Series.

Cars penalized for being late to inspection at Richmond are those of Tyler Reddick, Joe Nemechek, Noah Gragson, Spencer Gallagher, JJ Yeley, Chad Finchum, John Hunter Nemechek, Jeremy Clements and Chase Briscoe.

Cars being penalized for failing inspection twice at Richmond are those of Ryan Truex and Kaz Grala.

Clements also will be penalized 15 minutes in the final practice session for failing inspection twice at Richmond.

Opening Xfinity practice is from 11:35 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. ET

Final Xfinity practice is from 1:35 – 2:25  p.m. ET.

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