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UPDATED: Entry lists for the Gander Outdoors 400 race weekend at Dover

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NASCAR makes its second visit of the year to Dover International Speedway this weekend with the Cup and Xfinity Series.

Cup opens its second playoff round with the Gander Outdoors 400.

Xfinity teams will close out their first playoff round.

Here are preliminary entry lists for both races.

Cup – Gander Outdoors 400 (2 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN)

There are 39 entries for the race.

Harrison Rhodes is now entered in Rick Ware Racing’s No. 52 Chevrolet.

Kasey Kahne is listed in Leavine Family Racing’s No. 95 Chevrolet, but Kahne was not cleared race due to lingering issues from dehydration. Regan Smith will make his fifth start in place of Kahne.

Kevin Harvick won the spring race at Dover, beating Clint Bowyer and Daniel Suarez.

Kyle Busch is the defending winner of this race. He beat Chase Elliott after passing him coming to the white flag.

Click here for the entry list.

Xfinity – Bar Harbor 200 (3 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN)

There are 40 entries for the race.

Shane Lee is entered in Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 Chevrolet.

John Hunter Nemechek is entered in Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 Chevrolet for the first time since Indianapolis.

Chase Briscoe, who won last weekend on the Charlotte Roval, is entered in Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 60 Ford.

There is not a driver attached to B.J. McLeod Motorsports’ No. 99 Chevrolet.

Justin Allgaier won the spring Dover race over teammate Elliott Sadler and Daniel Hemric.

Ryan Blaney is the defending winner of this race. He beat Allgaier and William Byron.

Stephen Leicht is now entered in the No. 99 Chevrolet

Click here for the entry list.

Xfinity practice report at Daytona

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —  Only 10 cars were on track for the final Xfinity practice Thursday at Daytona International Speedway.

Chad Finchum posted the fastest lap at 185.567 mph. He was followed by Timmy Hill (185.540 mph), Jeremy Clements (184.896), Alex Labbe (183.135) and Ray Black Jr. (193.016).

There were no incidents in the session.

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First practice

Ryan Reed led opening Xfinity practice Friday at Daytona International Speedway with a lap of 196.143 mph. He was followed by Justin Haley (195.869 mph), Ryan Truex (195.831), Austin Cindric (195.520) and Shane Lee (195.312).

Chase Elliott, driving in the No. 23 car for Spencer Gallagher, was sixth on the speed chart with a top lap of 194.801 mph. NASCAR announced Wednesday that it has reinstated Gallagher after he completed the sanctioning body’s Road to Recover program. NASCAR indefinitely suspended Gallagher on May 2 for violating its Substance Abuse Policy .

There were no incidents in the session.

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Christopher Bell ran the most laps in the session at 25. Tyler Reddick, who won at Daytona in February, was next with 23 laps run.

 

 

 

 

Xfinity practice report from Pocono Raceway

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Kyle Busch completed a sweep of all three of Friday’s practice sessions, posting the top speed in final practice for the Xfinity Series at Pocono Raceway.

Busch recorded the top speed of 159.507 mph.

He was followed by Chase Elliott (159.250 mph), Austin Cindric (159.086), Cole Custer (159.072) and Shane Lee in Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 Chevrolet (158.999).

John Hunter Nemechek, who was 13th fastest, recorded the most laps with 35.

Busch was also fastest in the only Cup Series practice session.

Click here for the final practice report.

First practice

Joe Gibbs Racing swept the top three spots in the first Xfinity Series practice at Pocono Raceway.

The sweep was led by Kyle Busch, who posted a top speed of 159.504 mph around the speedway.

He was followed by Christopher Bell (158.828 mph) and Brandon Jones (158.683).

The top five was completed by Tyler Reddick and Justin Allgaier.

Chase Elliott, who was sixth fastest, recorded the most laps with 22. He had the best average out of three drivers who made a 10-lap run.

Click here for the practice report.

Shane Lee fulfills 2nd grade prediction at Charlotte Motor Speedway

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In Shane Lee‘s trophy room sits an accurate prediction of the future from the early 2000s.

On the left side of an open booklet is a crudely drawn portrait of a race car with the No. 00 on the side. The car is depicted racing along a road under yellow sun and whipping by green grass.

On the right side, on page 25 of the booklet he used in second grade, Lee fulfilled a teacher’s assignment: Write what you want to be when you grow up.

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Lee wrote:

“When I grow up I am going to be a NASCAR driver. I am going to race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. My number is going to be 00 because my daddy’s number was 00 when he raced.”

Lee, now 24, fulfilled two-thirds of that prophecy Monday.

In two years and 30 starts in ARCA, Lee raced at other NASCAR tracks – Pocono, Michigan, Kansas, Chicago, Kentucky and even Daytona – but for whatever reason Charlotte wasn’t one of them.

“I’ve lived 20 minutes from there and never made a lap on the track in my life,” Lee told NBC Sports the Tuesday morning after he first drove a stock car at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Instead of a No. 00 car, it had come in an open Xfinity test with Lee driving Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 Chevrolet.

Did it meet his expectations?

“It had more character to it than I thought.” Lee said. “Getting into both turns on that track is way rougher than it looked like on TV.”

Monday’s test in Charlotte was Lee’s only time in the car until the June 2 race at Pocono Raceway, a track Lee made four starts at in ARCA and earned a career-best result of fourth in 2016.

Lee admitted he was “probably more cautious” than he needed to be in the test.

“Guess I had a little bit left in me to make the car go faster,” Lee said. “Trying to make sure I don’t happen to wreck the car they’re planning on taking back for Ty (Dillon) to race (on May 26). … We went there to do what we want to do and learn as much as we could.”

Lee’s first Charlotte race will actually be on the road course layout in September.

On Jan. 24, RCR announced the five-driver lineup for its No. 3 Chevrolet in the Xfinity Series.

Joining veterans Austin and Ty Dillon, Brendan Gaughan and Jeb Burton was Lee.

A native of Newton, North Carolina, Lee spent the previous two seasons competing in ARCA after a few years competing in late models.

He had earned the 2012 and 2013 Limited Late Model Track Championships and been recognized as the 2013 North Carolina NASCAR Late Model Rookie of the Year. During that time he drove the No. 00, which his father Mike Lee used when he raced late models at tracks like Hickory Motor Speedway.

Monday’s test wasn’t Lee’s first time in a Xfinity car. That came three weeks ago at Bristol Motor Speedway, another track Lee had never been on before.

Shane Lee practices a Bristol Motor Speedway (Getty Images).

You wouldn’t have known it.

“After the first day of practice I figured we’d run in the top 10 just because of how the average practice speed was,” Lee said. “Everybody looked at me like I was crazy, but I thought with the Cup guys not in there, a lot of them guys are people I’ve raced with since I started racing. You sort of know whose going to be really good and who you’re going to compete with.”

Lee qualified eighth and finished eighth in Stage 1 and placed fourth in Stage 2. But with 17 laps to go, Lee lost his right front tire and brought out the caution. He was relegated to a 14th-pace finish.

Two races later, Lee was back in the No. 3 at Talladega, a track he made two ARCA starts at, finishing 11th and fifth. But after running in the top 10 most of the day, he ran out of gas as the field took the green flag in overtime. He placed 15th.

Lee thinks he’s “definitely pretty quick” at adapting to new forms of racing, but said “every track’s going to be different.”

“Most of them will still be new tracks to me, so every time I go to the track almost (there) will be a learning curve,” Lee said. “It sort of hurts, especially in the first practice with just me learning the car before I tell them what kind of adjustments they’re looking for. Just making sure to yourself you’re not doing something wrong to mess up the car.”

Lee’s learning curve is helped slightly by a two-year engineering degree he earned at a tech school in Gaston, North Carolina, before his ARCA deal came along.

“I figured I’d better have something if something don’t come up,” Lee said. “It helps when I look at (engineer) graphs and stuff when they’re trying to explain it. Everything they’re graphing, the data stuff we’re looking at is stuff I’m used to seeing, even though it’s in different words. It helps out on that part pretty good.”

While he uses his engineering education to work on his own late model stock car, Lee would like to never have to get his four-year degree and have to use it outside racing.

“Hopefully the racing works out,” Lee said, “so I don’t ever have to apply it.”

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Xfinity practice report at Talladega

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Practice 1

Cole Custer posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Sparks Energy 300 with a speed of 194.125 mph.

Custer beat Spencer Gallagher (193.980 mph) by .037 seconds.

Ryan Truex (193.952), Brandon Jones (193.948) and Elliott Sadler (193.322) rounded out the top five.

Sadler is one of the Dash 4 Cash contenders this week.

The other three contenders all recorded top-12 laps. Matt Tifft (192.533) had the eighth fastest time, Christopher Bell (192.393) was 10th and Austin Cindric (192.197) 12th.

Jones had the quickest, 10-lap average of 191.887 mph with Bell (191.416) second.

Click here for complete results from practice one.

Final Practice

Only 17 cars competed in final practice with Shane Lee posting the fastest lap of 187.938 mph.

Truex (186.343 mph) was second fastest in the session with Ryan Reed (186.148), Ty Majeski (185.441) and Alex Labbe (184.951) rounding out the top five.

None of the Dash 4 Cash contenders participated in this practice.

No one ran 10 or more laps.

Click here for full results from Xfinity final practice.

Qualification will take place Saturday at 10:00 a.m.