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Kentucky 300

Kentucky Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #16 of 33 for the 2015 season

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Race: Friday, July 10, 2015 in Sparta, KY

Title Sponsor: None

Race Time: 7:30pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:46pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Wednesday, July 8th
6:00 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER

Thursday, July 9th
10:30 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
11:00 AM-7:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
1:00 PM NXS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
2:00 PM-3:25 PM NXS PRACTICE
4:00 PM-4:55 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Friday, July 10th
9:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
9:00 AM-8:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
3:45 PM NXS QUALIFYING
5:15 PM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (BLUEGRASS HALL)
7:00 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:30 PM NXS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)

NXS = XFINITY Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Kentucky race results and standings (pdf)

  • Keselowski wins XFINITY race at Kentucky: #22-Brad Keselowski won the Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway, for his first XFINITY win of the season. It is Team Penske's 50th NASCAR XFINITY Series win.
    #20-Erik Jones finished second, followed by #54-Kyle Busch, #18-Daniel Suarez, #1-Elliott Sadler, #33-Paul Menard, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #62-Brendan Gaughan, and #7-Regan Smith.
    Pole sitter #28-J.J. Yeley finished 18th.
    There were 5 cautions for 24 laps and 10 lead changes among 6 leaders. The average speed was 136.054mph.
    Complete results are on the Kentucky race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Kentucky Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-10-2015)

  • Kentucky XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Brad Keselowski won the 15th Annual Kentucky 300, his 33rd victory in 220 NASCAR XFINITY Series races. He ranks fifth on the all-time series wins list.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his third victory and eighth top-10 finish in eight races at Kentucky Speedway. Overall, Keselowski has five wins at Kentucky. He also has two victories in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
    Erik Jones (second) posted his first top-10 finish in one races at Kentucky Speedway. It is his 10th top-10 finish in 2015.
    Kyle Busch (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in eight races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Daniel Suarez (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Chris Buescher leads the point standings by 36 points over Chase Elliott.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(7-10-2015)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Kentucky:
    1) #6-Chris Buescher, 593
    2) #9-Chase Elliott, 557, -36
    3) #3-Ty Dillon, 547, -46
    4) #1-Elliott Sadler, 528, -65
    5) #7-Regan Smith, 527, -66
    6) #6-Darrell Wallace Jr., 510, -83
    7) #2-Brian Scott, 478, -115
    8) #18-Daniel Suarez, 477, -116
    9) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 473, -120
    10) #16-Ryan Reed, 471, -122
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(7-10-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kentucky: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down.
    Caution 2: #97-Sellers, 31st
    Caution 3: #01-Cassill, 16th
    Caution 4: #28-Yeley, 18th
    Caution 5: #42-Poole, 12th
    (7-10-2015)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • J.J. Yeley on XFINITY pole at Kentucky: #28-J.J. Yeley will start from the pole for the Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Qualifying was cancelled because of rain and the lineup was set according the the NASCAR rule book and based on yesterday's practice session. #3-Ty Dillon will start second. The rest of the top 10: #62-Brendan Gaughan, #22-Brad Keselowski, #33-Paul Menard, #54-Kyle Busch, #20-Erik Jones, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #2-Brian Scott, and #18-Daniel Suarez. Did Not Qualify: None. The starting lineup is posted on the Kentucky starting lineup page (pdf).(7-10-2015)

  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Yeley fastest in XFINITY practice: #28-J.J. Yeley was fastest during the only XFINITY practice at Kentucky Speedway with a speed of 174.967mph.#3-Ty Dillon was second, followed by:#62-Brendan Gaughan, #22-Brad Keselowski, #27-Paul Menard, #54-Kyle Busch, #20-Erik Jones, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #2-Brian Scott, and #18-Daniel Suarez. All 40 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Kentucky practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(7-9-2014)

  • XFINITY Entry List:There are 39 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway. A few notes:
    B J McLeod will drive the RWR #15;
    Erik Jones is in the Gibbs' #20;
    Timmy Hill returns to the JGL #26;
    Kyle Busch is back in the #54;
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will drive the JR Motosports' #88;
    Jimmy Weller returns to the #90.(7-4-2015)
    UPDATE: Tyler Young will drive the #90.(7-7-2015)
    UPDATE: Josh Reaume will drive the #40. Ryan Ellis has been added in the #79.(7-9-2015)
    See the complete list on the Kentucky 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

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 9 sets for the practice/qualifying, and 9 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 7 sets for the event;
    Camping World Truck: 7 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4646

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.32 in. (2,218 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.43 in. (2,246 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear - 20 psi; Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 48 psi

  • Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same Goodyear tire codes this week . . . this combination of left- and right-side tires is different than what was run at Kentucky last season . . . in 2014, Sprint Cup teams ran a different left-side than Xfinity and Camping World Truck teams at this track . . . In Sprint Cup, this left-side (D-4392) features compound, construction and mold shape changes; while this right-side (D-4646) features the same compound with a construction change . . . these changes bring this tire set-up in line with what is run at other speedways and will enhance grip . . . in Xfinity and Camping World Truck, the compounds remain the same on both sides of the car, there are construction and mold shape changes on the left-side and just a construction change on the right-side . . . the Xfinity and Truck changes also bring this tire set-up into line with what is run at similar tracks and will give the cars/trucks more grip . . . teams are very familiar with this left-side tire code, having run it at Texas, Dover and Chicagoland (Xfinity only) already this season, as well as many other times over the past several seasons . . . this is a new right-side tire code . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Kentucky on April 13-14 . . . .drivers participating in that test were Greg Biffle, Jamie McMurray, Brett Moffitt and Ryan Newman . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Kentucky . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    Buescher Has Firm Grasp Of Series’ Standings Lead

    Sparks flew and tempers flared and in the end, NASCAR XFINITY Series standings leader Chris Buescher grew his points lead over second-place Chase Elliot (-34) and third-place Ty Dillon (-43) after Daytona.

    Buescher’s restrictor-plate game is on point; in his three starts this season he has posted an average finish of 6.3. But his excellence isn't only reserved for superspeedways -- in his 15 total starts this season Buescher has posted two wins (Iowa and Chicago), eight top fives and 10 top 10s.

    NASCAR’s Season-To-Date Loop Data details Buescher’s 2015 success. Among series championship contenders he is ranked second in Driver Rating (99.6) and second in Average Running Position (9.5). 

    Buescher has made two starts at Kentucky posting a best finish of seventh last fall.

    Elliott Leaps To Second With Standings Lead In Sight

    Last season’s NASCAR XFINITY Series champion, Chase Elliott, has climbed from 20th in the series points to second in the last 14 races of the season. 

    His ascent is thanks in larage part to a series leading 12 top 10s and an average finish of 9.3.

    Season-to-date Loop Data has him ranked first among championship contenders in Driver Rating (100.5) and fifth in Average Running Position (9.7).

    Elliott has made two starts at Kentucky posting one top five and an average finish of 8.0.

    Going, Going Gaughan! RCR Driver Returns To Kentucky To Win

    Richard Childress Racing’s Brendan Gaughan returns this weekend to Kentucky Speedway looking to make consecutive trips to Victory Lane in the Blue Grass State. 

    Gaughan won the fall race at Kentucky last season, one of two victories the 39-year-old veteran posted in 2015.

    This season the RCR driver comes to Kentucky looking for his first win of the season. Gaughan sits ninth in the series standings having posted two top fives and seven top 10s. However, Gaughan’s Achilles heel this season has been DNFs - he is tied with teammate Brian Scott (three each) for the most DNFs among drivers in the top 10 in the standings.

    This weekend could be the one Gaughan breaks through; Kentucky statistically is his best track in the series. In five starts at Kentucky Speedway he has posted one win (2014), four top fives, five top 10s and an average finish of 3.6.

    Sunoco Rookie Update: Suarez Closes Wallace’s Points Lead To Four

    For the third consecutive week Daniel Suarez has closed the points gap on Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings leader Darrell Wallace Jr., bringing the difference to a mere four points as the series heads to Kentucky for the 16th race of the season.

    Wallace suffered his first DNF of the season at Daytona last weekend, opening the door for Suarez who finished 15th.

    Suarez’s consistency has played a part in his success this season. In 15 starts he has posted one top five, five top 10s and an average finish of 15.3.

    “Overall, there are still a lot of things to learn and improve on so we need to keep working hard,” Suarez said. “We’ve been fast all year, we’ve run up front, and we just got our first pole. All those things help us gain more confidence as we head into every race weekend.”

    Both Wallace and Suarez will be making their series debuts at Kentucky.

    JR Motorsports Rolls into the Bluegrass State

    JR Motorsports is hoping to rekindle its magic in the Bluegrass State this weekend at Kentucky Speedway. 

    Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR XFINITY Series summer race last year for JRM, but is not entered in this weekend’s event, leaving Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chase Elliott and Regan Smith to defend his title.

    With two wins in 15 races this season - compared to five wins at this point last season - Kentucky Speedway may be the spot where JRM pads the win total.

    Level Up: Big Names Highlight Kentucky Entry List

    Some of the sport’s biggest NASCAR Sprint Cup stars will be joining the NASCAR XFINITY Series this weekend in the Kentucky 300 on the NBCSN at 7:30 p.m. ET. Below is the list of NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers and their pre-race stats heading into this weekend:

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be in the JR Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet this weekend. Earnhardt has made three starts this season, posting one top five, two top 10s and an average finish of 8.3. This will be the two-time series champ’s NXS debut at Kentucky Speedway. Though, he does have four starts in the NSCS at Kentucky with a best finish of fourth (2012).   

    Kyle Busch will be back in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota this weekend. Busch has made two starts this season posting one win and an average finish of 13.5. Busch has made seven series starts at Kentucky posting one win (2004), five top five and an average finish of 8.1. 

    Brad Keselowski returns to the Team Penske No. 22 Ford this weekend. Keselowski has made three starts this season posting two top fives, three top 10s and an average finish of 5.0. Keselowski has made seven starts at Kentucky posting two wins (2011, 2013), six top fives, seven top 10s and an average finish of 3.0 - his third-best series career track.

    Paul Menard will be jumping into the red hot Richard Childress Racing No. 33 Chevrolet that is coming off a big win with Austin Dillon in Daytona last weekend. Menard has made two starts this season posting one top five and an average finish of 12.0. Menard has made five starts at Kentucky posting two top fives, three top 10s and an average finish of 12.8.

    XFINITY Series Owners’ Title Still Up For Grabs

    At one point this season, it looked like Team Penske's No. 22 just might run away with the NASCAR XFINITY Series owners’ title. Now, on the heels of a Daytona win by the Richard Childress Racing No. 33, that might not be the case.

    Team Penske’s No. 22 still holds serve in the owner’s standings, 29 points ahead of Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 60 and 39 points ahead of RCR’s No. 33. All three teams have been quite impressive; all three have season-to-date average finishes inside the top 10 - No. 22 team (6.4), No. 60 team (7.4) and No. 33 team (8.0).

    Paul Menard will strap into the RCR No. 33 Chevrolet this weekend looking to make it back-to-back wins for the organization. This will be Menard’s third start of the season. Though he has yet to win at Kentucky in his five previous starts, he does have three top 10s.

    Series driver standings leader Chris Buescher will be in the No. 60 for Roush Fenway Racing Ford this weekend. Buescher is looking to win a unified owner and driver championship this season, for the first time since 2009 when Kyle Busch did it with his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Buescher has an average finish of 12.8 at Kentucky Speedway.

    Team Penske has tapped Brad Keselowski to take the wheel at Kentucky, a track at which he has posted two wins and an average finish of 3.0 in seven starts.

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

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