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NASCAR's Top Series Coming to St. Louis

NASCARs top circuit comes to St. Louis for the first time for the Enjoy Illinois 300 Sunday afternoon at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois.


Denny Hamlin outraced Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch in overtime to win the Coca-Cola 600 for his second victory of the season and 48th of his career last week in Charlotte. 


Hamlin’s victory came in the longest race in NASCAR history: 619.5 miles over five hours, 13 minutes with Hamlin beating Busch by 0.014 seconds. He joined Kevin Harvick as the only active drivers to win the Daytona 500, the Coca-Cola 600 and the Southern 500. Chase Elliott leads the point standings by 34 over Ross Chastain and 37 over Busch through 14 races.


Practice is this evening at 4 pm. Qualifying is at 10 am tomorrow and the green flag drops Sunday at 2:30 pm.


The XFinity Series is in Portland for the first time this week for the Pacific Office Automation 147 at Portland International Raceway.


Josh Berry pulled away and beat Ty Gibbs by more than 18 seconds in Concord, North Carolina.


Berry’s second victory allowed him to join Gibbs (3) and Noah Gragson (2) as the only mutiple winners this season through 13 races. JR Motorsports has now won 10 consecutive stages, extending its series record. Points leader A.J. Allmendinger’s streak of top-10 finishes ended at 12 when he finished 19th. He leads Gragson by 33 points and Gibbs by 40.


Practice is this afternoon at noon with qualifying tonight at 7 pm and race time is 3:30 pm Saturday.


The Camping World Truck Series returns to St. Louis this weekend for the Totoya 200. 


Ross Chastain won in overtime at Concord, North Carolina, edging Grant Enfinger by 0.102 seconds.


Chastain became the third non-regular to win in 10 races this season, joining part-time driver Corey Heim and Cup regular William Byron. Carson Hocevar led a race-best 57 laps and had a lead of as many as six seconds, but crashed in the first overtime and finished 16th. John Hunter Nemechek leads defending series champ Ben Rhodes by seven points and Zane Smith by 25.


Sheldon Creed won last year.


Practice and qualifying is tonight at 5 pm. Race time is at 12:30 pm on Saturday.

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