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Cup playoff race at Talladega to resume at 2 p.m. ET Monday on NBCSN

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Let’s try this again.

Stage 1 was finished when rain came Sunday and prevented the Cup playoff race from continuing at Talladega Superspeedway. NBCSN’s coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET today. The engines will be fired at 2:02 p.m.

Fifty-seven of 188 laps have been completed. The race will resume with stage 2. That stage will end at Lap 110.

The wunderground.com forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 72 degrees and 0% chance of rain when the race resumes. There is no chance of rain in the afternoon.

William Byron, who won stage 1, was the leader when the race was stopped Sunday. He is followed by Joey Logano, Alex Bowman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Brad Keselowski.

Matt Crafton has replaced Paul Menard in the No. 21 car and will take over driving duties when the race resumes.

After the race was stopped, Chevrolet summoned its drivers, crew chiefs and competition directors to a meeting that lasted about 25 minutes. Chevrolet has been adamant about its teams working together at Talladega and Daytona since the April race at Talladega. Chevrolet has won the past two races at those tracks with Elliott winning at Talladega in April and Justin Haley winning at Daytona in July.

Asked about Chevy’s tactics, Jimmie Johnson told NBC Sports: “Every year the sport changes. It doesn’t matter if it’s how we race each other on track or how strategies play out. The sport is ever-evolving and you’ve got to be on your toes and ready to adjust or the sport is going to pass you up.”

 

How many drivers have won Cup races since Jimmie Johnson’s last victory?

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When the NASCAR Cup Series returns to Dover International Raceway this weekend to begin the second round of the playoffs, several statistics stand out.

Among them:

* This will be the 100th Cup race held at the 1-mile oval since it opened in 1969 (and the 50th since it switched from asphalt to concrete in 1995). As of Sunday, the Monster Mile will be just the 10th track in the nation to have hosted 100 or more NASCAR Cup Series events.

Jimmie Johnson‘s most recent Cup win came June 4, 2017 at Dover. (Photo: Getty Images.)

* With 11 wins there in his Cup career – the most he’s earned at any NASCAR track – seven-time Cup champ Jimmie Johnson is the all-time winningest Cup driver at Dover. However, following his 83rd and most recent Cup career win there on June 4, 2017, Johnson has failed to return to victory lane at any track since.

* While no one needs to remind Johnson of the length and scope of his career-long winless streak — it is now at 88 races — 19 different drivers have won a Cup race since Johnson’s last visit to victory lane, according to Racing Insights.

Here’s the full list (and how many wins each driver has since June 2017):

Kyle Busch 17
Martin Truex Jr. 16
Kevin Harvick 13
Brad Keselowski 7
Denny Hamlin 6
Chase Elliott 6
Joey Logano 5
Kyle Larson 3
Ryan Blaney 2
Kurt Busch 2
Erik Jones 2
Clint Bowyer 2
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 1
Austin Dillon 1
Aric Almirola 1
Alex Bowman 1
Kasey Kahne 1
Matt Kenseth 1
Justin Haley 1

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Chase Briscoe wins pole for Xfinity Roval race

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CONCORD, N.C. —  Defending race winner Chase Briscoe will start first in today’s Xfinity Series race on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval(3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Briscoe claimed his first career Xfinity pole with a top speed of 100.346 mph. He is the 16th driver to get his first Xfinity pole on a road course.

The top five was completed by Tyler Reddick (playoffs), Austin Cindric (playoffs), Cole Custer (playoffs) and AJ Allmendinger.

The top 10 was rounded out by Alex Labbe, Justin Allgaier (playoffs), Jeremy Clements, Justin Haley (playoffs) and Will Rodgers.

Clements earned his best road course start in his 29th start.

Christopher Bell qualified 11th after he missed the backstretch chicane on his initial run in the second round.

Noah Gragson, who is in a backup car, did not make a second round qualifying round and will start 12th.

Only three playoff drivers did not advance to the second round of qualifying.

John Hunter Nemechek qualified 14th and Brandon Jones qualified 15th.

Michael Annett qualified 23rd, but he will start from the rear after going to a backup car following a wreck in practice Friday.

Click here for the starting lineup.

Justin Haley gets new pit crew ahead of Xfinity Roval race

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CONCORD, N.C. — Kaulig Racing has swapped the pit crews on its two Xfinity Series cars ahead of today’s playoff race on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval (3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Chris Rice, the team’s president, moved the crew on its No. 10 car over to Justin Haley‘s No. 11 car following the playoff opener at Richmond Raceway. In that race Haley had a penalty for too many crew members over the wall.

Haley finished the race 17th after placing sixth in Stage 1.

“It’s playoff time and we can’t have mistakes,” Rice told NBC Sports.

Haley enters today’s race 11th in the 12-driver playoff standings. He is 20 points behind the final cutoff spot to advance to the second round.

Here’s Haley’s new pit crew lineup

Ian Anderson – Fueler (was on the No. 11 at Richmond)

Terry Spalding – Front Changer

Brian Bottlemy- Rear Changer

Jeremy Holcomb – Tire Carrier

Jordan Paige – Jack

Kyle Busch wins Xfinity Series Indiana 250

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Kyle Busch won Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, fending off Justin Allgaier in a four-lap shootout around the 2.5-mile track.

Busch earned his 96th career Xfinity Series win and his fourth career win at IMS. He has four wins in seven series starts this year.

Making his last Xfinity start of the year, Busch led 46 of 100 laps from the pole.

“Really tough to pass, even when you had a run on guys,” Busch told NBCSN. “You could pass some of the guys that were built more for long-run longevity, (Allgaier) was. You could pass him on the straightaways. … Overall, we got back in traffic and just really fought the handling of this thing, even from fourth place.”

Allgaier, who led 24 laps, finished second after winning this race last year. He has not won a race since then. He has four runner-up finishes this season.

“Kyle’s great, especially on late-race restarts,” Allgaier told NBCSN. “Our Suave Men Camaro was on rails, especially on the long run. We were able to really push though guys. … We had a couple of late-race restarts that didn’t go our way and unfortunately put us behind.”

The top five was completed by Noah Gragson, Jeb Burton and Justin Haley.

The final run to the checkered flag was set up by a wreck between Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick on a restart with eight laps to go. Restarting on the front row, Bell got loose in Turn 2 and washed up into Reddick, which sent them both into the wall.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Brandon Jones

STAGE 2 WINNER: Justin Allgaier

More: Race results and point standings

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: JR Motorsports is the first team to put three drivers in the top five of an Xfinity race at Indy … Justin Haley earned his third top five of the year and locked himself into the playoffs on points … Austin Hill placed ninth in his Xfinity Series debut … Brandon Jones bounced back from a mid-race wreck to finish sixth.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY: Austin Dillon finished 34th after he suffered a fuel pressure issue and stalled on the pit access road on Lap 15 … Brandon Brown wrecked on a Lap 36 restart. He finished 28th … David Starr finished 37th after his engine expired mid-race … John Hunter Nemechek finished 31st after he wrecked in Turn 1 with 22 laps left in the race.

WHAT’S NEXT: Rhino Pro 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sept. 14 on NBCSN