Xfinity Series playoff grid after Texas

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For the third straight race the Xfinity Series saw Austin Cindric claim a victory, this time after Kyle Busch’s car failed post-race inspection Saturday in Texas.

Cindric’s win meant no other driver locked themselves into the 12-driver playoff grid with eight races left in the regular season.

Going into Saturday’s race at Kansas Speedway (5 p.m. ET on NBCSN), the last driver among the top 12 on the playoff grid is Brandon Brown.

The independent driver is 31 points above the cutline after his 10th-place finish in Texas. That’s an increase of 17 points from last week after the Kentucky doubleheader.

The first four drivers outside the top 12 are Jeremy Clements (-31 points from cutline), Myatt Snider (-38), Jesse Little (-51) and Alex Labbe (-63 points).

Chase Elliott pulls away to win All-Star Race at Bristol

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Chase Elliott had a dominant car, pulling away to win the NASCAR All-Star Race for the first time and collect the $1 million paycheck.

Elliott’s win marks the sixth time in the last seven years the All-Star Race has had a first-time winner. He won in the first All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway and in front of fans, estimated by some to be more than 20,000 — the largest crowd at a NASCAR race since the series resumed in May.

Elliott won three of the last four stages.

“I can’t believe it,” Elliott said on FS1. “There’s nothing like Bristol. There’s nothing like the lights here. There’s nothing like racing here.”

MORE: Race results 

Kyle Busch finished second.

“You got to catch the guy to bump him and there was no catching him,” Busch said.

He was followed by Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin. Ryan Blaney, who won the opening stage, finished sixth.

The anticipated fireworks did not happen during the All-Star Race but came during the Open when Michael McDowell turned Bubba Wallace, earning Wallace’s wrath.

But the All-Star Race was run without caution in the last two stages.

The opening stages were relatively calm. Blaney took the lead on Lap 3 and held it through the end of the stage on Lap 55. Elliott took the lead after the restart to begin Stage 2 and held it for the 35 laps. Elliott cruised to the win in the third stage, which went without caution.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Ryan Blaney

STAGE 2 WINNER: Chase Elliott

STAGE 3 WINNER: Chase Elliott

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Kyle Busch finished second for his sixth consecutive top-10 finish in this event. … Kevin Harvick finished third for his third consecutive top-three finish in this event.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Kurt Busch finished last after he had contact with Brad Keselowski early and spun. … Ryan Newman finished 19th in the 20-car field after his car was damaged in an incident.

NOTABLE: Chase and Bill Elliott are the second father-son combination to win the All-Star Race, joining Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Both of the wins by the Elliotts were at the only All-Star Races not at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Bill Elliott won in 1986 at Atlanta.

NEXT: The Cup series races Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN)

Who will leave All-Star Race at Bristol angry?

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Last year’s All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway ended with Clint Bowyer rushing to Ryan Newman’s car and throwing several punches as Newman remained in his car.

Tonight, for the first time, the All-Star Race will be held on a short track. Bristol Motor Speedway, with a history of driver confrontations, hosts the race for $1 million.

You’re going to have people really pissed off at each other after that one and you’ll have one guy that’s happy,” Ryan Blaney said of the All-Star Race.

“There’s going to be beating and banging for sure, so you better be ready to be the bully, I’m going to be honest with you, because everybody is going to be that way.”

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The expectations are high for the non-points race, which will pay $1 million to winner. The most recent Cup race there ended with Joey Logano upset at Chase Elliott for contact that cost both a chance at the victory and allowed Brad Keselowski to win that race.

“I don’t think (the All-Star Race) will look much different than the spring race did and that was pretty exciting,” Keselowski said of the May event.

Tonight’s race (8:30 p.m. ET on FS1) will have a 20-car field. Sixteen drivers are already qualified. Martin Truex Jr. will start on the pole after a random draw. He’ll be joined on the front row by Alex Bowman.

Also in the All-Star Race are: Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Erik Jones, rookie Cole Custer, Justin Haley, Newman, Logano, Elliott, Keselowski and Blaney.

The three segment winners from the All-Star Open (7 p.m. ET on FS1) will compete in the All-Star Race, along with the fan vote winner.

The All-Star Race also will feature the debut of the Choose Rule, which will allow drivers to select whether to restart on the inside or outside lane.

I think the … choose rule for restarts will be interesting,” said Custer, who qualified for the All-Star Race with his win last weekend at Kentucky Speedway. “It puts the driver’s hands in it more, where somebody is going to take that chance of going in the other lane or things like that. I think that’s going to be really interesting.”

Bowyer, though, cautions setting too high of expectations for the rule.

“You hear drivers talk about it and I don’t want to oversell it,” said Bowyer, who must advance from the Open to the All-Star Race. “Can it make an impact? Absolutely. But if you oversell it, it will never hold up to the expectations of what people are expecting out of that. For the most part, I don’t see that it probably will make a difference past … I just don’t see people giving up two or three spots to stay on the outside (lane).”

Maybe so, but we’ll soon find out. And see who leaves the track angry and who is celebrating a victory worth $1 million.

NASCAR All-Star Race paint schemes

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When the field takes to Bristol Motor Speedway tonight for the All-Star Open (7 p.m. ET on FS1) and the All-Star Race (8:30 p.m. ET on FS1), the cars will look a little bit different.

Each car will have a special scheme that sees the numbers on the sides slid back to make room for a sponsor logo. Drivers who automatically qualified for the event will have underglow lights.

Here are the paint schemes for Wednesday’s event:

Kurt Busch, No. 1 Chevrolet

Ryan Newman, No. 6 Ford

Chase Elliott, No. 9 Chevrolet

Chase Elliott

Brennan Poole, No. 15 Chevrolet

Chris Buescher, No. 17 Ford

Matt DiBenedetto, No. 21 Ford

Matt DiBenedetto

William Bryon, No. 24 Chevrolet

William Byron

Michael McDowell, No. 34 Chevrolet

Ryan Preece, No. 37 Chevrolet

John Hunter Nemechek, No. 38 Ford

 

Matt Kenseth, No. 42 Chevrolet

Bubba Wallace, No. 43 Chevrolet

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Chevrolet

Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Chevrolet

Jimmie Johnson

Justin Haley, No. 77 Chevrolet

Alex Bowman, No. 88 Chevrolet

Alex Bowman

Christopher Bell, No. 95 Toyota

Daniel Suarez, No. 96 Toyota

Richard Childress Racing

Joe Gibbs Racing

Team Penske

Stewart-Haas Racing

Stewart Haas

Rick Ware Racing

Martin Truex Jr. to start on pole for All-Star Race at Bristol

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Martin Truex Jr., who is seeking his first All-Star Race win, will start on the pole for Wednesday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway after a random draw.

Truex will be joined on the front row by Alex Bowman.

Rookie Cole Custer, who earned a spot in the All-Star Race with his win Sunday at Kentucky, will start eighth.

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  • Positions 17-19 will go to segment winners from the NASCAR Open. The 20th starting spot goes to the fan vote winner, which will be announced after the NASCAR Open

Among the special rules for the race:

# The Chose Rule will be used. As drivers approach a designated spot on the track, they must commit to the inside or outside lane for the restart.

# The car number will move from the door toward the rear wheel to give sponsors more exposure.

# Cars that have automatically qualified for the All-Star Race will have underglow lights on their cars.

 

NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol 

Race Time: 8:30 p.m. ET Wednesday

Track: Bristol Motor Speedway; Bristol, Tennessee (0.533-mile speedway)

Length: 140 laps over four segments, 74.6 miles

Segments: Segment 1 is 55 laps. Segment 2 is 35 laps. Segment 3 is 35 laps. Segment 4 is 15 laps (only green flag laps count in this segment).

TV coverage: FS1

Radio: Performance Racing Network (also SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

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

Next Xfinity race: Saturday at Texas (200 laps, 300 miles), 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Next Truck race: Saturday at Texas (167 laps, 250.5 miles) 8 p.m. ET on FS1