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Drive to Stop Diabetes 300

Bristol Motor Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #7 of 33 for the 2015 season

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Race: Saturday, April 18, 2015 in Bristol, TN

Title Sponsor: Lilly / Drive to Stop Diabetes

Race Time: 1:30pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:46pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Thursday, April 16th
3:00 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, April 17th
10:00 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:30 AM-7:30 PM NXS GARAGE OPENS
12:30 PM NXS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:30 PM-2:25 PM NXS PRACTICE
3:00 PM-4:25 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, April 18th
5:30 AM-2:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
5:30 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
9:45 AM NXS QUALIFYING
11:15 AM NXS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (CONFERENCE ROOM)
1:00 PM NXS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
1:30 PM NXS RACE (300 LAPS, 159.9 MILES)

NXS = XFINITY Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Bristol race results and standings (pdf)

  • Joey Logano wins XFINITY race at Bristol: #22-Joey Logano won the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol Speedway. He dominated the race, leading every one of the 300 laps. #18-Daniel Suarez finished second, followed by #60-Chris Buescher, #20-Erik Jones, #3-Ty Dillon, #9-Chase Elliott, #8-Kevin Harvick, #2-Brian Scott, #62-Brendan Gaughan, and #1-Elliott Sadler.
    There were 8 cautions for 48 laps and only 1 lead change (Logano passed pole sitter Jones on the first lap). Complete results are on the Bristol race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Bristol Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-18-2015)

  • Bristol XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Joey Logano(i) won the 33rd Annual Drive To Stop Diabetes 300, his 23rd victory in 138 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his second victory and third top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his second victory and seventh top-10 finish in nine races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    He led all 300 laps - a Bristol Motor Speedway NASCAR XFINITY Series race record.
    It was also an XFINITY Series record for most laps led in a race.
    Logano's win was the second straight victory for the No. 22 Ford at Bristol Motor Speedway (Ryan Blaney, 8/22/14).
    Daniel Suarez posted a second-place finish in his first Bristol Motor Speedway start. It is his best career finish and second top-10 finish in 2015.
    Suarez was the highest-finishing rookie.
    Chris Buescher and Ty Dillon are tied for the points standings lead.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-18-2015)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Bristol:
    1) #60-Chris Buescher, 258
    2) #3-Ty Dillon, 258
    3) #9-Chase Elliott, 246, -12
    4) #6-Darrell Wallace Jr. #, 236, -22
    5) #16-Ryan Reed, 220, -38
    6) #1-Elliott Sadler, 215, -43
    7) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 211, -47
    8) #7-Regan Smith, 211, -47
    9) #2-Brian Scott, 205, -53
    10) #18-Daniel Suarez #, 202, -56
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(4-18-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Bristol: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap or more down
    Caution 2: #42-Poole, 11th
    Caution 3: #62-Gaughan, 9th
    Caution 4: #28-Yeley, 33rd
    Caution 5: #4-Chastain, 27th
    Caution 6: #51-Clements, 13th
    Caution 7: #51-Clements, 13th
    Caution 8: none, #51-Clements brought out the caution.
    (4-18-2015)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Erik Jones on XFINITY pole at Bristol: #20-Erik Jones won the pole for the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol Speedway with a speed of 125.158mph. It is his 3rd pole in a row. #22-Joey Logano will start second. The rest of the top 10: #33-Austin Dillon, #2-Brian Scott, #54-Denny Hamlin, #88-Kevin Harvick, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #62-Brendan Gaughan, #18-Daniel Suarez, and #7-Regan Smith. Did Not Qualify: None. The starting lineup is posted on the Bristol starting lineup page (pdf).(4-18-2015)

  • Bristol XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
    Erik Jones(i) won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the 33rd Annual Drive To Stop Diabetes 300 with a lap of 15.331 seconds, 125.158 mph.
    He is the youngest NASCAR XFINITY Series pole winner in Bristol Motor Speedway history (18 years, 10 months, 19 days).
    This is his third pole in ten NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his third pole and sixth top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his first pole in two races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Joey Logano(i) (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2015 and his seventh in nine races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Austin Dillon(i) (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his sixth in six races this season.
    Darrell Wallace Jr. (seventh) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-18-2015)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Austin Dillon fastest in happy hour: #33-Austin Dillon was quickest during happy hour for the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 with a speed of 124.412mph. He was followed by: #54-Denny Hamlin, #18-Daniel Suarez, #60-Chris Buescher, #2-Brian Scott, #20-Erik Jones, #3-Ty Dillon, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #9-Chase Elliott, and #22-Joey Logano, and #88-Kevin Harvick. 39 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Bristol practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(4-17-2015)

  • Hamlin fastest in first practice: #54-Denny Hamlin was fastest during opening practice at Bristol Speedway with a speed of 122.100mph. #2-Brian Scott was second, followed by: #22-Joey Logano, #20-Erik Jones, #33-Austin Dillon, #88-Kevin Harvick, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #7-Regan Smith, #60-Chris Buescher, and #18-Daniel Suarez. 39 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Bristol practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(4-17-2015)

  • XFINITY Entry List:There are 39 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol Speedway. A few notes:
    Jeff Green is back in the #10 for TriStar;
    Derek White will drive the #13;
    The Rick Ware #15 is TBA;
    Ryan Blaney will drive the #22 for Penske;
    Carl Long will be back in the #40;
    Brennan Poole remains in the #42 for HScott Motorsports.(4-13-2015)
    UPDATE: Morgan Shepherd will be in his #89.(4-14-2015)
    UPDATE 2: Joey Logano is now listed as the driver of the #22 for Penske and Jeffrey Earnhardt will drive the #55 for Viva Motorsports.(4-14-2015)
    UPDATE 3: Timmy Hill will be back in the #13 and Carlos Contreras will be in the #15.(4-16-2015)
    UPDATE 4: Todd Bodine will be in the #90.(4-17-2015)
    See the complete list on the Bristol entry list page.

  • XFINITY Qualifying procedure for 2015: In the NASCAR XFINITY Series, cars starting in positions 1-33 will be determined by their fastest single lap during qualifying in descending order with the fastest qualifier starting first. The next six positions will first be assigned to the highest ranking cars in owner points that have attempted all of the races, have not already earned a starting position through qualifying and have entered the event by the posted entry deadline. The final starting position will be awarded to the most recent eligible past champion driver. If there is no eligible past champion driver, then a seventh car will make the field based upon owner points.
    Prior to this enhancement, the top 30 cars in owner points were guaranteed a starting spot in each event. Now, a maximum of seven cars will be locked into a given NASCAR XFINITY Series race. If a qualifying session is cancelled because of inclement weather, the field will be set per the rule book with starting lineups determined by practice speeds.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits: Sprint Cup:
    5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 6 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4416; Right-side -- D-4526

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.64 in. (2,226 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.43 (2,246 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 18 psi;
    Right Front -- 41 psi; Right Rear -- 38 psi

  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Bristol this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires these teams ran at this track last August . . . Bristol is the only track at which NASCAR teams are scheduled to run either of these two tire codes . . . unlike on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, on which teams generally do not run inner liners in their tires, teams are required to run liners in their right-side tires only at Bristol . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    Youth Dominates Tight XFINITY Standings
    The NASCAR XFINITY Series’ top five in points has average age of 21.2, but that’s only half the story. Just 22 points separate first to fifth in the championship standings, and the competition levels keep rising.

    Heading into the seventh race of the season, Richard Childress Racing’s Ty Dillon leads the standings by two points over Roush Fenway Racing’s Chris Buescher in second. Not far behind Dillon in third-place is the 2014 series champ Chase Elliott (-11 points from the lead), fourth-place Darrell Wallace Jr. (-15) and fifth-place Ryan Reed (-22). 

    All five young stars have kicked 2015 off right, but Dillon has had the strongest start to his season; in six races he has posted two top fives, four top 10s and an average finish 7.7.  Buescher also has been a force this season posting three top fives, four top 10s and an average finish of 8.0. But as of late 19-year-old Chase Elliott has been proving his rookie success was not a fluke. Following the season opener at Daytona, where Elliott finished 38th due to an accident, he has climbed from 20th in points to third thanks to five consecutive top-10 finishes. Among the championship contenders Elliott, leads in season-to-date driver rating (100.0).

    The top three are hot but don’t forget rookie standout Darrell Wallace Jr. has posted two top 10s and an average finish of 10.5 this season. Also his Roush Fenway Racing teammate Ryan Reed won the season opener at Daytona and has an average finish 11.8.

    Among the top five in points Ty Dillon has the best record at Bristol Motor Speedway. The 23 year old, Dillon has made three starts at Bristol posting three top 10s and an average finish of 5.6 (the best among active drivers). This will be Darrell Wallace Jr.’s series debut at Bristol, but the remaining drivers in the top five in points have posted the following average finishes at BMS - Buescher (11.0), Elliott (6.0), and Reed (23.6).  

    Bristol’s Victory Lane Just Might See A Fresh Face
    With the defending winner of the 2014 fall race (Ryan Blaney) not entered this weekend and Kyle Busch sidelined due to injury (won NXS prior three events at Bristol; spring 2014 and 2013 sweep), the field has four previous Bristol winners entered this weekend.

    The most recent active winner at Bristol is Joey Logano, who won the fall race at the 0.533-mile track in 2012. Logano is joined by three other former winners - Kevin Harvick with five Bristol wins (fall of 2000, fall of ’01, spring of ’03, spring of ’05 and spring of ’09), Elliott Sadler with two (spring of 1998 and spring of 2012) and 2000 series champ Jeff Green with one (spring 2002). 

    Team Penske Sits Atop Owner Points Standings ... Of Course
    For the third week in a row, Team Penske‘s No. 22 Ford team has been the team to beat in the NASCAR XFINITY Series car owner standings. Following Texas, Team Penske’s lead has extended to nine points over second-place JR Motorsport’s No. 88 team.  

    Car owner Roger Penske is looking for his third consecutive NASCAR XFINITY Series owner title this season and his formula of multiple drivers has him on course for just that. This weekend, Joey Logano has been tapped to climb behind the wheel of the No. 22 Ford at Bristol, but it has been the collaborative effort of Logano, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney that has cemented the points lead.

    Logano has made eight series starts at Bristol posting one win (fall of 2012), four top fives, six top 10s and an average finish of 7.6.

    Big Names Bound For Bristol
    This weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway in the NASCAR XFINITY Series several popular NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will be pulling double duty: Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Austin Dillon and Denny Hamlin.

    Bristol NXS Quick Stats:
    Harvick (No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet) - has made 26 series starts at Bristol posting two poles, five wins, 15 top fives, 21 top 10s and an average finish of 7.5.

    Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford) - has made eight series starts at Bristol posting one win (fall of 2012), four top fives, six top 10s and an average finish of 7.6.

    Dillon (No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet) - has made four series starts at Bristol posting two top fives and an average finish of 7.5.

    Hamlin (No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) - has made six series starts at Bristol posting one top five, two top 10s and an average finish of 18.3.   

    Sunoco Rookie Update: Wallace Still The Man To Beat
    Darrell Wallace Jr.’s sixth-place finish at Texas last weekend has opened up his lead in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings by 14 points over second-place Daniel Suarez and 18 points over third-place Ross Chastain.

    Wallace is starting to distance himself from the other rookie candidates; in six starts he has posted two top 10s and an average finish of 10.5.

    Full Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings heading into Bristol: Wallace (73 rookie points), Suarez (59), Chastain (55), Conley (48), Rhodes (39) and Reaume (16).

    Erik Jones Setting Himself Apart At A Young Age
    Last weekend’s winner Erik Jones became the first driver in NASCAR national series history to win five national series races before the age of 19. The historic win breaks his tie with Chase Elliott (four wins) for the most national series wins by a driver under the age of 19.

    In fact, there have only been 14 races won by drivers under the age of 18 -- and Jones now has 35% of those victories.

    Jones’ win last weekend at Texas was the fifth of his NASCAR national series career but just the first in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. Jones also has posted four wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports. 

    In three NXS starts this season he has posted an average finish of 6.0.

    Breakdown of Erik Jones NASCAR national series wins:

    Series  Track                Driver's Age                             Date of Race
    NXS     Texas               18 years 10 months 11 days      4/10/2015
    NCWTS Phoenix            18 years 5 months 8 days          11/7/2014
    NCWTS Las Vegas        18 years 3 months 28 days        9/27/2014
    NCWTS Iowa                 18 years 1 month 11 days          7/11/2014
    NCWTS Phoenix            17 years 5 months 9 days          11/8/2013

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:
    Milestones Watch: Kevin Harvick (174) will attempt to tie Kyle Busch this weekend for the most all-time NASCAR XFINITY Series top-five finishes at 175. ... Brian Scott will attempt to post his 175th consecutive NASCAR XFINITY Series career start this weekend. ...

    Back In The Booth: After what many are calling a successful first-go at the broadcast side of a NASCAR event, Jeff Gordon will be back in the FOX Sports booth for the NASCAR XFINITY Series race this weekend in Bristol. Following this weekend Gordon is scheduled for one more appearance as a race analyst with FOX at Talladega (May 2).

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Daytona Beach, FL

Saturday, February 25
TV: FS1
3:30 pm/et
SiriusXM NASCAR
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Qualifying:
10:30am/et, Saturday, February 25
Fox Sports 1

Practices:
12:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1
2:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1

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