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Truck starting lineup at Michigan
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Truck starting lineup at Michigan

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Chandler Smith will be on the pole after a random draw set the Truck starting lineup for Friday’s race at Michigan International Speedway.

Brett Moffitt will join Smith on the front row of the Truck starting lineup. Rookie Christian Eckes will start third and be followed by Matt Crafton, who won at Kansas in the most recent Truck race, and Austin Hill.

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Here is how the lineup was set:

  • Positions 1 -10: The first 10 NGROTS Teams based on the Adverse Conditions Line Up Eligibility will be assigned starting positions 1st – 10th using a random draw.
  • Positions 11 – 21: The next 11 NGROTS Teams based on the Adverse Conditions Line Up eligibility will be assigned starting positions 11- 21 using a random draw.
  • positions 22 – 32: The next 11 NGROTS Teams based on the Adverse Conditions Line Up eligibility will be assigned starting positions 22nd – 32nd  using a random draw.
  • Any vehicles that are eligible for the Event in position 33rd – 40th will be assigned starting positions based on their order of eligibility.

NASCAR Truck Series at Michigan 

Race Time: 6 p.m. ET Friday

Track: Michigan International Speedway: Brooklyn, Michigan (2-mile speedway)

Length: 100 laps (200 miles)

Stages: Stage 1 ends Lap 20. Stage 2 ends Lap 40.

TV coverage: FS1

Radio: Motor Racing Network (also SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Streaming: Fox Sports app (subscription required); mrn.com and SiriusXM for audio (subscription required)

Next Cup race: Saturday at Michigan (156 laps, 312 miles) 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Next Xfinity race: Saturday at Road America (45 laps, 182.16 miles) noon ET on NBCSN

Results from Truck race at Texas

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If at first you don’t succeed, try again was Kyle Busch‘s mantra Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Having been disqualified after winning the Xfinity Series race earlier in the day due to a car height violation, Busch roared back to dominate and win the evening’s Truck Series event.

MORE: Kyle Busch bounces back from DQ to take Truck Series win at Texas

Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Christian Eckes finished a close second. Defending Truck Series champ Matt Crafton equaled his best finish of the season thus far with a third-place outing, followed by Stewart Friesen and Brett Moffitt.

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There was some movement in the standings. Crafton moved up to 10th place, the final playoff-eligible spot, 75 points behind series leader Austin Hill. Derek Kraus is 11th, 11 points behind Crafton and below the playoff cut line, while Johnny Sauter dropped from 10th to 12th in the standings, 22 points behind Crafton and below the cut line.

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The heat will be on Ross Chastain Saturday at Texas

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If he wasn’t a race car driver, Ross Chastain might consider becoming a fireman: he likes the heat of the action.

And Chastain will get plenty of heat Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway as he competes in the Xfinity Series race that afternoon and then competes a few hours later in the Truck Series race that evening.

According to wunderground.com, Chastain and the rest of the Xfinity field will take the green flag shortly after 3 pm ET at a temperature of 93 degrees under mostly sunny skies and with 0% chance of precipitation.

The race is scheduled for 200 laps (300 miles) around the 1.5-mile oval. He’ll start eighth in the 37-car field, driving for Kaulig Racing. The race airs at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Then, at 8 p.m. ET, Chastain will climb into a truck – with the temperature at 90 degrees – and roll off from the 24th position for 167-lap (250.5-mile) race.

That’s 550.5 miles Chastain plans on completing.

The only driver who will have an even bigger meal on his plate, so to speak, is Kyle Busch, who will not only run with Chastain in the Xfinity and Truck Series races (it will be Busch’s final Truck start of the season), as well as Sunday’s 500-mile Cup race.

Chastain already has his cooldown method in mind.

“That window between those two races, just trying to get cooled down first of all (will be key),” he said. “These Xfinity cars are hot temperature-wise inside. You come out of them and I feel like I’m cooked every week. So getting cooled down, getting some fluids in me and hopefully to be able to keep fluids in me throughout the whole race, and then to jump into the truck just a few hours later.”

Chastain has been busy this season. Saturday will be his 16th start in the Xfinity Series. The Kaulig Racing driver is ranked fourth in the standings, 60 points behind series leader Chase Briscoe.

Saturday also marks Chastain’s seventh start in the Truck Series this season for Niece Motorsports. He did not compete last week at Kentucky, the first Truck race he’s missed since 2018.

“I try to stay busy on track and race as much as I can,” said Chastain, who also has six Cup starts this season having subbed three times for Ryan Newman as he recovered from his crash in the season-opening Daytona 500.

Add those numbers up and by the end of Saturday’s Truck race, Chastain will have made 29 starts across all three of NASCAR’s premier series this season.

“I love the challenge,” Chastain said of taking part in multiple races on the same weekend. “I like how tired I’ll be Saturday night as we get on the plane and come home.

“I’m going to sleep good Saturday night, but hopefully it’ll be after a productive day.”

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Weekend schedule for Kentucky Speedway

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NASCAR heads to the Bluegrass State this week for four days of racing at Kentucky Speedway.

All three national series will be in action, plus the ARCA Menards Series, for five races. The Xfinity Series will hold two races for its second doubleheader of the season.

According to wunderground.com, the forecast for the start of each race is:

Thursday Xfinity race: Partly cloudy, 86 degrees and a 20% chance of rain.

Friday Xfinity race: Scattered thunderstorms, 80 degrees and 37% chance of rain.

Saturday Truck Series race: Partly cloudy, 86 degrees and 0% chance of rain.

Sunday Cup race: Scattered thunderstorms, 84 degrees, 40% chance of rain.

Here is the full weekend schedule for Kentucky Speedway.

(All times are Eastern)

Wednesday, July 8

3:30 p.m. – Xfinity rookie meeting (electronic communication)

5 p.m. – Xfinity driver-crew chief meeting (electronic communication)

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Driver motorhome parking (screening in progress)

Thursday, July 9

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Xfinity haulers enter (screening in progress)

1 – 10:30 p.m. – Xfinity garage access (screening in progress)

6 – 7:30 p.m. – Xfinity engine prime and final adjustments (pit road)

7:50 p.m. – Xfinity drivers report to cars

8 p.m. – Xfinity race No. 1; 134 laps/201 miles (FS1, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Friday, July 10

10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Xfinity garage access (screening in progress)

Noon – ARCA driver/crew chief/spotter meeting (electronic communication)

12:30 p.m. – ARCA rookie meeting (teleconference)

1 p.m. – ARCA crew chief meeting (teleconference)

4 – 5 p.m. – ARCA haulers enter (screening in progress)

5 – 5:30 p.m. – Truck Series rookie meeting (teleconference)

5:30 p.m. – Trucks driver/crew chief meeting (electronic communication)

6 – 7:30 p.m. – Xfinity engine prime and final adjustments (pit road)

7:50 – Xfinity drivers report to cars

8 p.m. – Xfinity race No. 2; 200 laps/300 miles (FS1, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Saturday, July 11

7 a.m. – 2 p.m. – ARCA garage access (screening in progress)

8 – 10 a.m. – Truck series haulers enter (screening and equipment unload)

10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Truck garage access (screening in progress)

Noon – 1 p.m. – ARCA practice

2:20 p.m. – ARCA drivers report to cars

2:30 p.m. – ARCA race; 100 laps/150 miles (FS1)

4 – 5:30 p.m. – Trucks engine prime and final adjustments (garage area)

4:40 – 5:30 p.m. – ARCA haulers exit

5 p.m. – Cup driver/crew chief meeting (electronic communication)

5:30 p.m. – Cup rookie meeting (electronic communication)

5:50 p.m. – Truck drivers report to vehicles

6 p.m. – Truck race; 150 laps/225 miles (FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Cup haulers enter (screening and equipment unload)

8:30 p.m. – Truck haulers exit

Sunday, July 12

7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Cup garage access (screening in progress)

12:30 – 2 p.m. – Engine prime and final adjustments on pit road

2:20 p.m. – Cup drivers report to cars

2:30 p.m. – Quaker State 400; 267 laps/400.5 miles (FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

6:30 p.m. – Cup haulers exit

Updated entry lists for Xfinity, Truck Series this weekend

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While the NASCAR Cup Series will be off this weekend, that doesn’t mean there won’t be any racing.

On the contrary, the Xfinity Series will be racing Saturday at Road America and the Truck Series will compete Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Here are the entry lists for both series:

Xfinity – CTECH Manufacturing 180 (3 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN)

There are 38 cars entered.

Regan Smith will be in the No. 8 J.R. Motorsports Chevrolet.

A.J. Allmendinger will drive the No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet.

Saturday’s Cup runner-up, Matt DiBenedetto, will drive the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Ryan Vargas is entered in JD Motorsports’ No. 4 Chevrolet for his second start of the year.

Click here for the entry list.

Trucks – Chevrolet Silverado 250 (2:30 p.m. ET Sunday on FS1)

There are only 29 Trucks listed for the entry list. A full field would be 32 trucks.

Alex Tagliani is entered in Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Toyota for his first start of the year.

Dylan Lupton is entered in Young’s Motorsports’ No. 20 Chevrolet.

Click here for the entry list.

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