The last restrictor-plate races of the season have arrived with the Cup and Truck Series events at Talladega Superspeedway.
Sunday’s Cup race is also the series’ last restrictor-plate race at Talladega.
The Cup race is the second race in the Round of 12 in the playoffs. The Truck Series will end its first playoff round more than a month after it started.
Here are the preliminary entry lists for each race.
Cup – 1000Bulbs.com 500 (2 p.m. ET Sunday on NBC)
There are 41 entries for the race. Only 40 cars will qualify for the field.
Cody Ware is entered in Rick Ware Racing’s No. 51 Chevrolet. David Starr is entered in Obaika Racing’s No. 97 Toyota.
Brendan Gaughan is entered in Beard Motorsports’ No. 62 Chevrolet.
DJ Kennington is entered in Premium Motorsports’ No. 7 Chevrolet.
In April’s race, Joey Logano led the final 42 laps and beat Kurt Busch and Chase Elliott.
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There are 36 entries for the race.
Spencer Gallagher is entered in GMS Racing’s No. 2 Chevrolet.
Timothy Peters is entered in GMS Racing’s No. 25 Chevrolet.
David Gilliland is entered in Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Toyota.
Joey Gase will drive Copp Motorsports’ No. 83 Chevrolet.
Last year, Parker Kligerman led the final two laps to claim the win over Christopher Bell and Myatt Snider.
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The lineup for the 60th Daytona 500 was finalized Thursday night in the Can-Am Duels at Daytona International Speedway.
Alex Bowman has the pole and Denny Hamlin starts second. They earned those spots in pole qualifying on Sunday.
Ryan Blaney starts third and Chase Elliott starts fourth after they won their qualifying races.
Forty cars will take the green flag in Sunday’s race (2:30 p.m. ET on Fox).
Jimmie Johnson, Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski, William Byron, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, Matt DiBenedetto and David Gilliland all will go to backup cars and start at the rear of the field.
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Forty cars will attempt to qualify on the front row of the 60th Daytona 500 on Sunday during pole qualifying at Daytona International Speedway.
No drivers will fail to make the field.
The full Daytona 500 starting lineup will be established on Thursday in the Can-Am qualifying duels.
The No. 24 car has won the pole the last three years (Jeff Gordon – 2015; Chase Elliott – 2016-17).
Pole qualifying begins at 12:15 p.m. ET on Fox.
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Rookie William Byron posted the fastest speed in the second practice session for the 60th Daytona 500.
The driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet put down the top speed of 201.681 mph around the 2.5-mile track.
The Hendrick Motorsports’ driver led Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (201.649), Joey Logano (201.608), Denny Hamlin (201.464) and David Ragan (201.054).
Hamlin recorded the most laps in the session with 24. All 40 cars in the field made a lap in the session. There were no accidents.
Logano had the best 10-lap average at 198.239 mph.
Byron had a close call toward the end of the session while running in a pack of cars. Byron, running in the middle of the track, drifted down and touched the right rear of Stenhouse, briefly getting the No. 17 Ford loose.
“That was one of those ‘Oh, shoot’ moments,” Byron told Fox Sports 1. “That was a lot of fun. That was the best chance for me to really learn what I needed to do in the draft. I’m really glad we got it warmed up in the draft. It’s chance also to see how our Axalta Chevy handles. It handles good, it has a lot of speed. Hopefully we can keep that going and just learn a little bit. Definitely, he lanes are always jostling. Especially in practice you don’t really have a clear lane of where you’re supposed to be. It’s good for me to learn that.”
Cup teams will return to the track tomorrow for Daytona 500 pole qualifying and the Advance Auto Parts Clash.
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Kyle Busch led a Joe Gibbs Racing sweep of the top four spots in the first practice session for the 60th Daytona 500.
Busch’s No. 18 Toyota put up a top speed of 199.743 mph.
He was followed by Denny Hamlin (199.623), Daniel Suarez (199.610) and Erik Jones (199.517) and Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon (197.278).
The JGR cars jumped to the top of the standings when they began drafting together late in the session.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the fastest Ford driver at 195.389 mph. He was eighth on the speed chart.
A.J. Allmendinger recorded the most laps in the session with 16.
He and William Byron were the only driver to make 10-lap runs.
BK Racing’s No. 23 Toyota, which will be driven by Gray Gaulding, was the only car not to make a lap in the session.
The red flag was out for a lengthy stretch in the middle of the session to clean up fluids on the track. It was lifted with 13 minutes left in the session.
Saturday’s second Daytona 500 practice is scheduled for 3-3:55 p.m. ET
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