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Results, points after Cup playoff opener in Las Vegas

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Martin Truex Jr. opened the 2019 NASCAR Cup playoffs with a decisive win and his fifth of the season.

Kevin Harvick ran a close second, while Brad Keselowski finished third.

Click here for the results from the race.

As for the standings after the first race of the playoffs, Truex has a three-point lead over Harvick, while defending series champion Joey Logano is third, seven points back, followed by regular season champ Kyle Busch (-19) and Keselowski (-24).

Click here for the updated point standings.

Friday schedule for NASCAR at Indianapolis

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A big weekend of racing begins today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

There are only two Xfinity Series practice sessions slated for today. The Cup Series kicks off its share of the weekend Saturday – with the main event being Sunday’s Brickyard 400, which will set the final two playoff spots.

Here is Friday’s schedule (with TV information):

(All times are Eastern)

11 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

2:05 – 2:55 p.m. – Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

4:05 – 4:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

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Entry lists for NASCAR at Indianapolis

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NASCAR returns to the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend for both Cup and Xfinity Series races.

The championship hopes for Clint Bowyer, Daniel Suarez, Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson are on the line in Sunday’s Big Machine Vodka 400, the final race for the playoffs.

Saturday’s Xfinity race will be the next-to-last regular season event, as its playoffs begin Sept. 20 at Richmond.

Here’s this week’s entry list information for both Cup and Xfinity:

CUP – Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard (2 p.m. ET Sunday on NBC)

There is a full field of 40 cars entered in Sunday’s race.

Ryan Sieg will make his first Cup start of the season in the No. 17 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet.

Click here for the entry list.

 

XFINITY – Indiana 250 (3 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN)

There are 38 cars entered in this race, including two Cup regulars:

* Austin Dillon will drive the No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet.

* Kyle Busch will drive the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Also, Trucks driver Austin Hill, who has won two races in that series this season and is in the playoffs, will spend his off-weekend making his second attempt for his first career Xfinity Series start (he did not qualify in his other bid in July’s Xfinity race at Daytona).

Click here for the entry list.

 

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Entry lists for NASCAR at Darlington

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The Lady In Black. The Track Too Tough To Tame.

Whatever you call Darlington, one thing is for certain: it’s one of the most difficult tracks in NASCAR.

This weekend, the Cup and Xfinity Series will both be challenged by Darlington’s 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval.

The Gander Outdoors Truck Series is off this weekend. It returns to action at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 13.

Here’s the entry lists for Cup and Xfinity at Darlington:

CUP — Bojangles’ Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN)

There are 39 cars entered for this race.

Joe Nemechek will be in the No. 27 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet.

BJ McLeod is in the No. 51 Petty Ware Racing Ford.

JJ Yeley is in the No. 52 Rick Ware Racing Ford

Garrett Smithley is in the No. 54 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet.

Joey Gase is in the No. 66 Motorsports Business Management Toyota.

Reed Sorenson is in the No 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet.

Click here for the entry list.

Xfinity– Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 (4 p.m. ET Saturday on NBC)

There are 38 cars entered for this race.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will make his lone start of the year in the JR Motorsports’ No. 8 Chevrolet

Ryan Blaney will be in the No. 12 Team Penske Ford.

Denny Hamlin will be in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Joe Nemechek is listed as the driver in the No. 17 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet.

Stefan Parsons makes his third career start (and of the season) in the No. 99 B.J. McLeod Motorsports Toyota.

Click here for the entry list.

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Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones reveal Darlington throwback schemes

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Joe Gibbs Racing on Thursday revealed paint schemes for Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones for the upcoming NASCAR throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway.

Hamlin will pay homage to NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott when he competes in the No. 18 JGR Toyota Supra in the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 Xfinity Series race on Saturday, August 31 (4 p.m. ET on NBC Sports).

Meanwhile, Jones will go back in time with his Cup car in the Bojangles Southern 500 on Sunday, September 1 (6 p.m. ET on NBCSN), carrying a replica paint scheme of the car he drove in his rookie season in late model racing.