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Grant Enfinger wins Richmond Truck race

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Grant Enfinger passed ThorSport Racing teammate Matt Crafton with seven laps left to win the Richmond Truck race Thursday night. The race was the first for the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series at Richmond Raceway since 2005.

Enfinger overcame fender damage after contact with teammate Ben Rhodes to earn his third win of the season.

“Definitely a special night for us,” Enfinger said on FS1. ”

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Crafton finished second and was followed Rhodes, Brett Moffitt and Tyler Ankrum.

Thursday night’s race was the regular-season finale for the series and set the playoff field. Todd Gilliland and Ankrum secured the final two playoff spots.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Zane Smith

STAGE 2 WINNER: Ben Rhodes

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Codie Rohrbaugh finished sixth. It is his first top 10 season he placed third in the season opener at Daytona. … David Ragan finished seventh.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Johnny Sauter finished 27th, the third consecutive race he finished 27th or worse. He failed to make the playoffs. Stewart Friesen finished 10th but it was not good enough to make the playoffs.

PLAYOFF FIELD: Austin Hill, Sheldon Creed, Zane Smith, Grant Enfinger, Brett Moffitt, Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, Christian Eckes, Todd Gilliland and Tyler Ankrum.

NOTABLE: Austin Hill wins the regular-season championship and the 15 playoff points that go with it.

NEXT: The Truck playoffs begin at 7:30 p.m. ET Sept. 17 at Bristol Motor Speedway on FS1.

NASCAR entry lists for Richmond

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NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Truck teams will compete this week at Richmond Raceway. NASCAR released the entry lists for Richmond on Tuesday for each series.

This is the final doubleheader weekend of the season for the Xfinity Series. The Cup race is the middle event of the first round of the playoffs. The Truck playoff field will be set after Thursday night’s race.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for Richmond:

Cup – Federated Auto Parts 400 (7:30 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN)

Thirty-eight cars are entered for this playoff race.

Click here for Cup entry list

 

Xfinity – Go Bowling 250 (7 p.m. ET Friday on NBCSN)

Xfinity – Virginia is for Racing Lovers (2 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN)

Kyle Busch is among the 37 entries for Friday night’s Xfinity race. It will be his fifth and final start of the season. NASCAR rules limit Cup drivers to how many races they can compete in the Xfinity and Truck Series and what races they can run.

There are 36 cars entered for the Saturday race. The Saturday race will not have the No. 54 since Busch can’t compete.

Click here for entry list for Friday’s race

Click here for entry list for Saturday’s race

 

Trucks – ToyotaCare 250 (8 p.m. ET Thursday on FS1)

David Ragan and Trevor Bayne are among the 36 entries for this race. Ragan finished 22nd last weekend at Darlington, his first series start since 2006. Bayne finished 27th at Darlington in his first career Truck Series start.

Click here for Truck entry list

Ben Rhodes wins Truck race at Darlington

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Ben Rhodes took the lead coming to the white flag in overtime and went on to win Sunday’s NASCAR Truck race at Darlington Raceway.

Rhodes snapped a 48-race winless streak.

“That was such a tough win,” Rhodes told FS1.

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Rookie Derek Kraus finished second and was followed by Austin Hill, Grant Enfinger and rookie Christian Eckes.

Sheldon Creed appeared on his way to a third victory in the last five races. That ended when he gave up the lead to pit before the overtime restart and then was penalized for speeding on pit road.

Greg Biffle, making his first series start since his win at Texas last year, finished 19th.

Trevor Bayne, who last raced in NASCAR in 2018, finished 27th in his first Truck series start.

David Ragan, making his first Truck series start since 2006, suffered damage in an incident. Matt Crafton made contact with Josh Reaume and Reaume’s truck hit Ragan’s truck. Ragan finished 22nd.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Brett Moffitt

STAGE 2 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

NEXT: The series races at 8 p.m. ET Thursday at Richmond Raceway on FS1.

Entry lists for Southern 500 weekend

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All three of NASCAR’s national series will be in action this weekend when the sport heads to Darlington Raceway.

This is the first time all three series have competed at Darlington in the same weekend since 2004.

More: Retro paint schemes for Darlington

Here are the preliminary Darlington entry lists:

Cup – Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET Sunday on NBC)

Thirty-nine cars are entered.

Josh Bilicki is entered in Tommy Baldwin Racing’s No. 7 Chevrolet.

James Davison is entered in Rick Ware Racing’s No. 53 Chevrolet.

Last year this race was won by Erik Jones over Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch.

Click here for the entry list.

Xfinity – Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 (12:30 p.m. ET Saturday on NBC)

Thirty-seven cars are entered.

Denny Hamlin is entered in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 Toyota for his first series start of the year.

No drivers are listed for SS Green Light Racing’s No. 07 Chevrolet or B.J. McLeod Motorsports’ No. 99 Chevrolet.

This race was won last year by Cole Custer over Tyler Reddick and Ryan Blaney.

Click here for the entry list.

Trucks – South Carolina Education Lottery 200 (2 p.m. ET Sunday on FS1)

Thirty-four trucks are entered.

Greg Biffle is entered in GMS Racing’s No. 24 Chevrolet for his first start since last year’s Truck Series race at Texas.

David Ragan is entered in DGR-Crosley’s No. 17 Ford. It’s his first NASCAR start of the year after the Daytona 500 and his first Truck Series start since 2006.

Trevor Bayne, the 2011 Daytona 500, is entered in Niece Motorsports’ No. 40 Chevrolet in his first NASCAR start since 2018 and his first career Truck Series start.

This is the Truck Series’ first race at Darlington since 2011.

Click here for the entry list.

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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