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The Inside Line: Kyle Busch's chances of making the Chase

Kyle Busch won Sunday's road course race in Sonoma, California, but he still has a long way to go to become eligible for a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Allmendinger wins pole for Sonoma road-course race

A.J. Allmendinger claimed his first pole in the Sprint Cup Series in three years after winning Saturday's qualifying for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway -- the first road-course race in NASCAR's top series this season.

Sonoma gives some drivers a good chance to make the Chase

Allmendinger, who is in his second full season with JTG Daugherty Racing, has become one of the best road-course racers in NASCAR lately. One year ago at Sonoma, Allmendinger started second and led a race-high 35 laps before he was involved in an accident with Dale Earnhardt Jr. He ended up finishing two laps down in 37th.

This Week in Auto Racing June 19 - 21

Xfinity Series

Chase Elliott looking for first win of the season

Elliott finished 10th in the most recent Xfinity event at Chicagoland in September. The Sprint Cup Series competed there on the same weekend.

Double-duty weekend for Erik Jones

This year, Jones is running full-time in trucks, driving the No. 4 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports. He is currently fourth in the series point standings, 33 points behind leader and two-time defending champion Matt Crafton. Jones has yet to win a truck race this season, but he has led the most laps in three of the previous five events. Last Saturday at Gateway Motorsports Park, he started on the pole and ran in front for 84 of the 160 laps but suffered an electrical issue in the late going, which led to a season-worst 23rd-place finish.

John H. Nemechek goes full-time in Truck Series

Nemechek had been sharing seat time with his father, Joe Nemechek, a longtime NASCAR veteran, in the No. 8 NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet. John Hunter, a member of the "NASCAR Next" initiative, highlighting the sport's top up-and- coming drivers, has competed in two truck races this season. He finished 29th at Martinsville and 22nd at Dover.

Kyle Busch returns to Xfinity Series at Michigan

Erik Jones, Denny Hamlin and Boris Said substituted for him in the No. 54 car while he was sidelined. There have been 11 Xfinity races since Daytona.

Six spots left in the Chase with 12 regular season races to go

The Sprint Cup Series is running at Michigan International Speedway this weekend. After Michigan, the series will take a week off and then head to Sonoma, California (June 28), Daytona (July 5), Kentucky (July 11), New Hampshire (July 19), Indianapolis (July 26), Pocono (Aug. 2) and Watkins Glen (Aug. 9) before returning to Michigan (Aug. 16). Bristol (Aug. 22), Darlington (Sept. 6) and Richmond (Sept. 12) are the last three races on the regular season schedule.

This Week in Auto Racing June 13 - 14

Sprint Cup Series

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