NASCAR Xfinity Series Race Page

Winn-Dixie 300

Talladega Superspeedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #9 of 33 for the 2015 season

Share

Race: Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Talladega, AL

Title Sponsor: Winn-Dixie

Race Time: 3:00pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:18pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track (Central Time)

Thursday, April 30th
10:30 AM NXS HAULERS ENTER
11:30 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
12:00 PM-6:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN

Friday, May 1st
8:30 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
8:30 AM-6:30 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
9:15 AM NXS & NSCS SPOTTERS MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
9:30 AM NXS ROOKIE MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
10:30 AM-12:50 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE
3:00 PM NXS QUALIFYING INSPECTION BEGINS

Saturday, May 2nd
8:00 AM 2:30 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
8:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
10:00 AM (11:00 AM/ET) NXS QUALIFYING
11:45 AM NXS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
1:30 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
2:00 PM (3:00 PM/ET) NXS RACE (113 LAPS, 300.58 MILES)

NXS = XFINITY Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Talladega race results and standings (pdf)

  • Logano wins XFINITY race at Talladega: #22-Joey Logano won the Winn-Dixie 300 at Talladega Superspeedway. #2-Brian Scott finished second, followed by#33-Austin Dillon, #28-JJ Yeley, #52-Joey Gase. #60-Chris Buescher, #1-Elliott Sadler, #3-Ty Dillon, #98-Aric Almirola, and #7-Regan Smith.
    There were 6 cautions for 31 laps and 23 lead changes among 11 leaders.
    Complete results are on the Talladega race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Talladega Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-24-2015)

  • Talladega XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Joey Logano(i) won the 24th Annual Winn Dixie 300, his 24th victory in 140 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his third victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2015.This is his second victory and sixth top-10 finish in six races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Brian Scott (second) posted his second top-10 finish in six races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2015.
    Austin Dillon(i) (third) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Peyton Sellers (18th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Ty Dillon leads the point standings by 9 points over Chris Buescher.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(5-2-2015)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Talladega:
    1) #3-Ty Dillon, 330
    2) #60-Chris Buescher, 321, -9
    3) #9-Chase Elliott, 293, -37
    4) #6-Darrell Wallace Jr., 293, -37
    5) #7-Regan Smith, 287, -43
    6) #2-Brian Scott, 286, -44
    7) #1-Elliott Sadler, 282, -48
    8) #16-Ryan Reed, 255, -75
    9) #18-Daniel Suarez, 254, -76
    10) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 249, -81
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(5-2-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none
    Caution 2: #13-Thompson, 27th
    Caution 3: #17-Gordon, 13th
    Caution 4: #97-Sellers, 18th
    Caution 5: #25-Townley, 15th
    Caution 6: #14-Conley, 23rd
    (5-2-2015)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Dillon on XFINITY pole at Talladega: #33-Austin Dillon won the Coors Light pole for the Winn-Dixie 300 at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 180.540mph. #3-Ty Dillon will start second. The rest of the top 10: #2-Brian Scott, #20-Erik Jones, #54-Boris Said, #18-Daniel Suarez, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #16-Ryan Reed, and #1-Elliott Sadler.
    Did Not Qualify: #35-Chris Cockrum; #74-Mike Harmon; #85-Bobby Gerhart; #70-Derrike Cope; #15-Carlos Contreras. The starting lineup is posted on the Talladega starting lineup page (pdf).(5-2-2015)

  • Talladega XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
    Austin Dillon(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 24th Annual Winn Dixie 300 with a lap of 53.041 seconds, 180.540 mph.
    This is his 13th pole in 86 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his third pole and seventh top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his first pole in three races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Ty Dillon (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2015 and his second in three races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Brian Scott (third) posted his third top-10 start at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his seventh in nine races this season.
    Daniel Suarez (sixth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(5-2-2015)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Jones fastest in final practice: #20-Erik Jones was fastest during the only practice session at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 188.861mph. #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr. was second, followed by: #16-Ryan Reed, #7-Regan Smith, #18-Daniel Suarez, #88-Kasey Kahne, #98-Aric Almirola, #25-John Wes Townley, #2-Brian Scott, and #60-Chris Buescher. All 45 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Talladega practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(5-1-2014)

  • XFINITY Entry List:There are 44 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Winn-Dixie 300 at Talladega Superspeedway. A few notes:
    The #13 is TBA;
    Erik Jones is in the #20 for JGR;
    Kenny Wallace will drive the #26;
    Chris Cockrum is entered in the #35 for Deese Racing Enterprises;
    Boris Said will drive the #54 for JGR;
    Jeffrey Earnhardt will drive the #55;
    Chad Boat and the #84 team are entered;
    Bobby Gerhart will drive his #85;
    Kasey Kahne will drive the JR Motorsports #88.(4-26-2015)
    UPDATE: Benny Gordon will drive the #17 for Vision Racing.(4-27-2015)
    UPDATE 2: Mark Thompson will drive the #13.(4-27-2015)
    See the complete list on the Talladega 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 Superspeedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 3 sets for practice/qualifying and 6 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 4 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4596; Right-side -- D-4630

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.91 in. (2,233 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 27 psi; Left Rear -- 27 psi;
    Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Talladega this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup teams ran at this track last October . . . for Xfinity teams, they ran this left-side tire code (D-4596) their last race at Talladega last May, but with a different right-side code . . . compared with what Xfinity teams ran a year ago, this right-side code (D-4630) features a compound change for better wear . . . earlier this season, teams in both of these series ran this left-side code at Daytona in February and this right-side code at Las Vegas in March . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Talladega . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    Twice As Nice: Sadler Looking For Two In A Row At Talladega

    Defending NASCAR XFINITY Series Talladega Superspeedway winner Elliott Sadler is looking to become the second driver in series history to win back-to-back series races at the famous 2.66-mile, high-banked, superspeedway this weekend in the Winn Dixie 300 (FOX at 3 p.m. ET) joining Martin Truex Jr. - who won three straight from 2004-2006. 

    Sadler is currently seventh in the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings, 49 points behind the series leader Ty Dillon. In 2015, Sadler has posted two top 10s and an average finish of 13.6.  

    Since 1992, when the NASCAR XFINITY Series debuted at Talladega, the series has produced 23 different winners but just two have won more than once - Martin Truex Jr. (three wins) and Joe Nemechek (two wins).

    In his last four series starts at the 2.66-mile superspeedway he has an average finish of 6.8 and he ranks second in Driver Rating (110.1), and second in Average Running Position (8.405).

    Sadler’s greatest attribute at Talladega has been ability to close out races at a high level. He leads the series in the loop data category ‘Closers’, averaging nine positions gained in the final 10% of races at Talladega - an average of 3.6 more spots gained than the next best competitor (Joey Logano, 6.4).

    Points Battle Tension Rises As Series Heads To Talladega

    A mere 11 points separate the top three in the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings following back-to-back short track races at Bristol and Richmond.

    After two consecutive short-track races, the NASCAR XFINITY Series is jumping to the opposite end of the track spectrum for the second of three restrictor-plate races this season. At a track known for the unknown, Ty Dillon will try to hold on to his eight point lead over second-place Chase Elliott at Talladega Superspeedway.  

    Dillon retook the lead in the series standings following his ninth-place finish at Richmond. Dillon’s championship focus has translated well this season; he has posted three top fives, six top 10s and leads all series championship contenders in average finish with a 7.5.  

    But ... Talladega is known to be a wild card. Dillon has struggled in his two starts there, posting an average finish of 19.5. Dillon’s nearest competitor in the standings, Chase Elliott, shares a similar average finish at Talladega with Dillon (19.0), but third-place Chris Buescher finished second in his series track debut at Talladega last season and also finished second in the 2015 season opener at Daytona. Buescher will also be getting extra seat time this weekend, as he is scheduled to run both the NASCAR XFINITY and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events.

    Dillon finished third at Daytona earlier this season, his best restrictor-plate series career finish.  If Dillon can win this weekend, it will be the first time in 22 years since the famous No. 3 car has visited Talladega’s Victory Lane in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt was the last to win at Talladega in the No. 3 in 1993. 

    Who’s Next? Superspeedways Are Super To First Time Winners

    Earlier this season Ryan Reed became the seventh driver in series history to get his first NASCAR XFINITY Series career win at a superspeedway.

    Who’s next?

    Of the seven drivers who posted their first series career win at a superspeedway, only two have done it at Talladega - David Ragan (2009) and Greg Sacks (1996). The remaining five first-time winners all claimed their first victory at Daytona - Ryan Reed (2015), James Buescher (2012), Tony Stewart (2005), Chad Little (1995) and Dale Earnhardt (1982). 

    Three drivers currently in the top 10 in points are still looking for their first career NASCAR XFINITY Series win - Darrell Wallace Jr, Brian Scott and Daniel Suarez. Could these three be next on the list of NXS superspeedway first-time winners?

    Roush Fenway Racing’s Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Darrell Wallace Jr. is currently fourth in series points, having posted two top-10 finishes this season. Wallace, an Alabama native, looked strong at Daytona earlier this season, leading 18 laps and finishing 12th in the season opener. Wallace made his series track debut last season at Talladega Superspeedway where he started third but was caught in a five car accident on Lap 45 that relegated him to a 31st-place finish. If Wallace can stay clear of trouble expect him to vie for the checkered flag on Saturday.   

    Richard Childress Racing’s Brian Scott is still looking for his first series career win. Scott is in his sixth full-time season and third with Richard Childress Racing. Scott has made five starts at Talladega posting one top 10 and an average finish of 23.4.

    Joe Gibbs Racing’s latest wealth of talent comes from Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Daniel Suarez. Suarez took over the rookie standings lead from Darrell Wallace Jr. last weekend following his sixth-place finish at Richmond. Suarez is currently 10th in the series driver standings, 53 points behind points leader Ty Dillon. Suarez, who last season finished 15th at Talladega in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, will make his NXS debut at the 2.66-mile track on Saturday. 

    Chase Elliott Bouncing Back To Right Where He Wants To Be

    Defending 2014 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Chase Elliott has climbed from 20th in the points to second in the seven races following the season opener at Daytona.

    Just eight points separate Elliott and series standings leader Ty Dillon. On the strength of seven consecutive top-10 finishes, Elliott leads all series championship contenders in the following season-to-date categories: Average Running Position (8.147), Driver Rating (100.8) and Percentage of Laps Run in the Top 15 (94.1%).

    In his lone Talladega start, Elliott started 37th and finished 19th last season.

    Nine Drivers To Attempt Talladega Weekend Sweep

    Nine drivers are scheduled to race in both the NASCAR XFINITY and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this weekend at Talladega: Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne, Austin Dillon, Aric Almirola, Brendan Gaughan, Chris Buescher, Landon Cassill, JJ Yeley and Brian Scott.

    The ‘weekend sweep’ of both competing series (NSCS, NXS) at Talladega has happened three times - Ernie Irvan (1992), Dale Earnhardt (1993) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003).  

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    Said Heads Unite: Boris Said will make his 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series debut with the first of seven scheduled starts in the No. 54 Monster Energy Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at Talladega this weekend. The 52-year old Carlsbad, California native will also compete at the following NASCAR XFINITY Series events in addition to Talladega: Iowa Speedway (May 17 and August 1), Chicagoland Speedway (June 20), the Mid-Ohio SportsCar Course (August 15), Road America (August 29) and Kentucky Speedway (September 26).

    Drivers In The Booth: Fans will have the pleasure of two drivers contributing to the broadcasts of the Winn Dixie 300 at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. Ryan Blaney, driver of the Wood Brothers historic No. 21 Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be in the booth for the MRN radio race broadcast on Saturday. Also four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon will return to the FOX TV booth for his final appearance of this season.

    Milestones Watch: Roush Fenway Racing’s Chris Buescher will make his 50th career NASCAR XFINITY Series start this weekend at Talladega. ... TriStar Motorsport’s David Starr will also be making his 50th career NASCAR XFINITY Series start this weekend at Talladega. 

Next Race: PowerShares QQQ 300

Countdown to the race: 02/25/2017 ~ 3:49 PM ET

Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, FL

Saturday, February 25
TV: FS1
3:30 pm/et
SiriusXM NASCAR
Motor Racing Network

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

XFINITY Paint Schemes

Past XFINITY Series News