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Entry lists for Kansas Speedway

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A packed month of NASCAR racing continues this week with all three national series visiting Kansas Speedway.

The Cup Series will have its fourth event in in less than two weeks when it races Thursday night (7:30 pm ET on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app).

The Truck Series hold races Friday and Saturday and the Xfinity Series joins them at the 1.5-mile track on Saturday.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for each race:

Cup – Super Start Batteries 400 (7:30 p.m. ET Thursday on NBCSN)

Forty cars are entered.

Reed Sorenson is entered in Tommy Baldwin Racing’s No. 7 Chevrolet.

JJ Yeley is entered in Rick Ware Racing’s No. 27 Ford.

Josh Bilicki is entered in Rick Ware Racing No. 51 Chevrolet.

Garrett Smithley is entered in Spire Motorsports’ No. 77 Chevrolet.

Last year’s races at Kansas were won by Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin.

Click here for the entry list.

Xfinity – Kansas Lottery 250 (5 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN)

Thirty-seven cars are entered.

Kaz Grala is entered in Richard Childress Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet for his first start of the year.

Carson Ware is entered in SS Green Light Racing’s No. 07 Chevrolet.

Last year’s Xfinity race at Kansas was won by Brandon Jones over Tyler Reddick and Chase Briscoe.

Click here for the entry list.

 

Truck Series (7 p.m. ET Friday on FS1 and 1 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1)

Thirty-nine trucks are entered in both races. The are two differences in drivers for the doubleheader. For Hill Motorsports’ No. 56 Chevrolet, Timmy Hill is entered in Friday’s race and Tyler Hill is entered in Saturday’s race.

Kevin Donahue is listed for Reaume Brothers Racing’s No. 33 Toyota for Friday and Ryan Huff is entered in it for Saturday.

Ross Chastain won last year’s Kansas race over Ben Rhodes and Todd Gilliland.

Click here for race No. 1’s entry list.

Click here for race No. 2’s entry list.

Chase Elliott to start at the rear at Texas

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Chase Elliott will start at the rear for Sunday’s Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway after his car failed inspection twice before the event.

Reed Sorenson also will start at the rear for the same violation.

Elliott, who won Wednesday’s All-Star Race, was to have started eighth Sunday. Sorenson already was set to start last in the 40-car field.

NBCSN broadcasts today’s race. Pre-race coverage begins at 2 p.m. The race also can be viewed online here.

Aric Almirola will lead the field to the green flag today. Ryan Blaney joins him on the front row for the 500-mile race. Details for today’s race can be  found here.

Sunday Cup race at Texas: Start time, TV channel, lineup

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NASCAR’s busy stretch continues with the premier series in the midst of a four-race stretch in 11 days that includes a Sunday Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.

The stretch began with Cole Custer‘s win at Kentucky and continued to the All-Star Race at Bristol, won by Chase Elliott. After a Sunday Cup race at Texas, the series races at Kansas Speedway on Thursday night.

Here’s all the info you need for Sunday’s race:

(All times are Eastern)

START:  The command to start engines will be given by four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback and sports broadcaster Terry Bradshaw at 3:08 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:17 p.m.

PRERACE: Garage access health screening begins at 8 a.m. (teams are assigned specific times). Engine prime and final adjustments at 1 p.m. Drivers report to their cars at 2:50 p.m. The invocation will be given at 3 p.m by Bret Shisler with Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries. “God Bless America” will be performed at 3:01 p.m. by Texas singer/songwriter Rachel Bradshaw. The national anthem will be performed at 3:02 p.m. by members of the  Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Trumpet Section: Kyle Sherman, Oscar Garcia and Cordelia Dedecker.

DISTANCE: The race is 334 laps (501 miles) around the 1.5-mile speedway.

COMPETITION CAUTION: Lap 20

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 85. Stage 2 ends on Lap 170.

TV/RADIO: NBCSN will televise the race. Coverage begins at 2 p.m. with NASCAR America, followed by Countdown to Green at 2:30 p.m. Performance Racing Network’s radio coverage will begin at 2 p.m. and also can be heard at goprn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the broadcast.

STREAMING: Watch the race on the NBC Sports App. Click here for the link.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com forecast calls for sunny skies with a high of 92 degrees and no chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST RACE: Cole Custer went from sixth to first in the last two laps last weekend at Kentucky to score his first career Cup win. Martin Truex Jr. was second. Matt DiBenedetto placed third.

LAST RACE AT TEXAS: Kevin Harvick won last November’s playoff race, leading a 1-2-3 finish for Stewart-Haas Racing that day with Aric Almirola second and Daniel Suarez third.

TO THE REAR: Chase Elliott (two pre-race inspection failures) and Reed Sorenson (two pre-race inspection failures).

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for Cup starting lineup

Catch up on NBC Sports’ coverage:

Kyle Busch wins Texas Truck race

Austin Cindric wins Texas Xfinity race after Kyle Busch’s car fails inspection

Kevin Harvick to make 700th career Cup start at Texas

Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick concerned about recent track prep 

Friday 5: Kyle Busch bewildered by Cup car’s performance

Bid on Bubba Wallace’s bumper from All-Star Open wreck

Chase Elliott All-Star win helps make up for some of season’s struggles

Entry lists for Texas Motor Speedway

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With the All-Star Race in the rear-view mirror, NASCAR now turns its attention to the Lone Star State and a trip to Texas Motor Speedway. The NASCAR entry lists for Texas and more info can be found below.

All three of NASCAR’s national series will be in action on the 1.5-mile track, with a Xfinity and Truck Series doubleheader on Saturday. You can read a full weekend preview here.

Kyle Busch is entered in all three races.

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Here are the NASCAR entry lists for Texas

Cup – O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 (3 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN)

Forty cars are entered.

Reed Sorenson is listed for Tommy Baldwin Racing’s No. 7 Chevrolet.

Joey Gase is entered in Spire Motorsports’ No. 77 Chevrolet.

Gray Gaulding is entered in Rick Ware Racing’s No. 27 Ford.

Kevin Harvick won this race last year over Clint Bowyer and Daniel Suarez. Kevin Harvick won the playoff race over Aric Almirola and Suarez.

Click here for Cup entry list

Xfinity – My Bariatric Solutions 300 (3 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN)

Thirty-seven cars are entered.

Kyle Busch is entered in the No. 54 Toyota for his fourth Xfinity start of the year.

Jeb Burton is entered in JR Motorsports’ No. 8 Chevrolet.

Busch won this race last year over Tyler Reddick and Christopher Bell.

The playoff race was won by Bell over Ross Chastain and Austin Cindric.

Click here for the NASCAR entry list Texas.

Trucks – Vankor 250 (8 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1)

Thirty-six trucks are entered.

Busch is entered in the No. 51 Toyota for his fifth and final truck start of the year.

Ross Chastain is entered in Niece Motorsports’ No. 42 Chevrolet.

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

This race was won last year by Greg Biffle over Matt Crafton and Tyler Ankrum.

Click here for the NASCAR entry list Texas.

NASCAR to move location of car numbers for All-Star Race

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NASCAR will use the July 15 All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway to experiment with the location of numbers on race cars.

Instead of the traditional location of numbers on car doors, those numbers will be pushed back toward the rear wheel. All teams competing in the All-Star Race and All-Star Open are required to have the car number in this location. The move allocates more space on car sides for sponsors, something teams have requested.

On Wednesday’s Motor Racing Network’s Crew Call, NASCAR president Steve Phelps explained the reason for the change to show host Mike Bagley:

“I think the All-Star (Race) historically has been an opportunity for us to test things, and I think that’s exactly what we’re doing with this,” Phelps said. “Teams have asked us to take a look at this, provide some additional visibility for sponsors, so that’s what we’ll test.”

The change will be for the All-Star Race and All-Star Open only.

“We’ll evaluate it,” Phelps said. “Is it the right thing to do? Is it not the right thing to do? I  know some folks that came out and said ‘this is not for me, I don’t like it,’ so we’ll take that all under consideration and as we move past the All-Star (Race) we’ll see what it looks like moving forward.”

In addition to having another option to increase sponsor visibility on cars, the move of the car number is also seen as a combination of catering to tradition and existing fans along with attracting new fans.

“I think not in every instance, but there are instances where you actually can do both,” Phelps told Bagley. “I don’t think you have to have the two at odds with each other. Sometimes that’s going to happen, but for us, we’ve talked about hearing from the core fans and we do.

“We want to hear from the core fans and what they think, traditional fans. There are certain things we want to try out or we believe is in the best interest in the sport after collaborating with the industry and saying this is something we should test. This is one of those opportunities.

“I don’t know if it appeals to a newer fan vs. a fan for 40 years, the changes in the paint schemes. But again, it’s one race, the All-Star Race, what better time to test it?”

This would not be the first time where car numbers have been placed on areas other than the door. It was a practice for some teams in the early 1950s, according to NASCAR historian Ken Martin, per a story on NASCAR.com.

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Fifteen drivers are locked into the All-Star Race by virtue of wins in 2019 and 2020 (to date): Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Erik Jones, Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Alex Bowman, Justin Haley and Matt Kenseth.

There are five opportunities remaining for other drivers to get automatic berths in the All-Star Race field by virtue of winning at any of the five races still to be held prior to the All-Star Race: Talladega, the Pocono doubleheader, Indianapolis and Kentucky.

Several other drivers are eligible to be voted in as part of the NASCAR Fan Vote, currently under way through noon ET July 14. Click here to vote. Drivers are eligible for the Fan Vote by having attempted to qualify for the 2020 Daytona 500.

Those drivers are: Quin Houff, Austin Dillon, Tyler Reddick, Aric Almirola, Ty Dillon, Clint Bowyer, Brennan Poole, Chris Buescher, Matt DiBenedetto, William Byron, Reed Sorenson, Corey LaJoie, Michael McDowell, David Ragan, Ryan Preece, John Hunter Nemechek, Cole Custer, Bubba Wallace, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chad Finchum, Joey Gase, B.J. McLeod, JJ Yeley, Brendan Gaughan, Timmy Hill, Ross Chastain, Christopher Bell and Daniel Suarez.

If any of those drivers win a stage in the NASCAR Open qualifying race prior to the All-Star Race, that driver will be locked into the field and not eligible to be the Fan Vote winner.

One Fan Vote winner has gone on to win the All-Star Race in the event’s history: Kasey Kahne in 2008.

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