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Zippo 200

Watkins Glen International

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #20 of 33 for the 2015 season


Race: Saturday, August 8, 2015 in Watkins Glen, NY

Title Sponsor: Zippo

Race Time: 3:00pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:16pm/et





Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Thursday, August 6th

Friday, August 7th

Saturday, August 8th
3:00 PM NXS RACE (82 LAPS, 200.9 MILES)



  • Official Watkins Glen race results and standings (pdf)

  • Joey Logano wins XFINITY race at Watkins Glen: #12-Joey Logano won the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International. #22-Brad Keselowski finished second, followed by #60-Chris Buescher, #54-Boris Said, #3-Ty Dillon, #2-Brian Scott, #9-Chase Elliott, #1-Elliott Sadler, #33-Paul Menard, and #62-Brendan Gaughan.
    There were 7 cautions for 20 laps and 9 lead changes among 4 leaders. There was a red flag with 6 laps remaining for track clean up after an accident.
    Complete results are on the Watkins Glen race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Watkins Glen Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-8-2015)

  • Watkins Glen XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Joey Logano(i) won the 21st Annual Zippo 200 at The Glen, his 25th victory in 143 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his fourth victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in eight races at Watkins Glen International.
    Brad Keselowski(i) (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in seven races at Watkins Glen International. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2015.
    Chris Buescher (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Watkins Glen International.
    Daniel Suarez (15th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Chris Buescher leads the point standings by 24 points over Chase Elliott.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-8-2015)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Watkins Glen:
    1) #60-Chris Buescher, 724
    2) #9-Chase Elliott, 700, -24
    3) #3-Ty Dillon, 700, -24
    4) #7-Regan Smith, 667, -57
    5) #1-Elliott Sadler, 666, -58
    6) #6-Darrell Wallace Jr., 629, -95
    7) #18-Daniel Suarez, 625, -99
    8) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 610, -114
    9) #2-Brian Scott, 606, -118
    10) #16-Ryan Reed, 565, -159
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(8-8-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Watkins Glen: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #70-Cope, 27th
    Caution 2: #8-Koch, 18th
    Caution 3: #8-Koch (2), 18th
    Caution 4: #26-Drissi, 25th
    Caution 5: #14-Conley, 21st
    Caution 6: #8-Koch (3),18th
    Caution 7: #24-McClure, 24th


  • Joey Logano on XFINITY pole at Watkins Glen: #12-Joey Logano won the Coors Light pole for the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International with a speed of 124.308mph. #22-Brad Keselowski will start second. The rest of the top 10: #9-Chase Elliott, #42-Kyle Larson, #60-Chris Buescher, #3-Ty Dillon, #54-Boris Said, #7-Regan Smith, #2-Brian Scott, and #33-Paul Menard. Did Not Qualify: #89-Morgan Shepherd. The starting lineup is posted on the Watkins Glen starting lineup page (pdf).(8-8-2015)

  • Watkins Glen XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
    Joey Logano(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 21st Annual Zippo 200 at The Glen with a lap of 70.953 seconds, 124.308 mph.
    This is his 30th pole in 143 NASCAR XFINITY Series races. Logano is now tied for second with Mark Martin on the NASCAR XFINITY Series all-time poles list.
    This is his fourth pole and seventh top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his first pole in eight races at Watkins Glen International.
    Brad Keselowski(i) (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2015 and his sixth in seven races at Watkins Glen International.
    Chase Elliott (third) posted his first top-10 start at Watkins Glen International. It is his ninth in 20 races this season.
    Daniel Suarez (12th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-8-2015)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Kyle Larson fastest in happy hour: #42-Kyle Larson was quickest during happy hour for the Zippo 200 with a speed of 123.623mph. He was followed by: #12-Joey Logano, #33-Paul Menard, #-Ty Dillon, #22-Brad Keselowski, #60-Chris Buescher, #2-Brian Scott, #7-Regan Smith, #62-Brendan Gaughan, and #1-Elliott Sadler. 40 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Watkins Glen practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(8-7-2014)

  • Joey Logano fastest in first practice: #12-Joey Logano was fastest during opening practice at Watkins Glen International with a speed of 122.452mph. #22-Brad Keselowski was second, followed by: #62-Brendan Gaughan, #33-Paul Menard, #42-Kyle Larson, #60-Chris Buescher, #2-Brian Scott, #7-Regan Smith, #54-Boris Said, and #9-Chase Elliott. 36 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Watkins Glen practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-7-2014)

  • XFINITY Entry List:There are 41 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International. A few notes:
    Joey Logano is entered in the #12 for Team Penske;
    Brad Keselowski will drive the #22;
    Kevin O'Connell is in the #15 for Rick Ware;
    Kenny Habul will drive the #20 for JGR;
    Boris Said will be in the #54 for JGR;
    The #74 is TBA;
    The #97 is currently not listed.(8-1-2015)
    UPDATE: Tomy Drissi will be in the #26 for JGL, Bobby Reuse will drive the #74 for Mike Harmon.(8-3-2015)
    UPDATE: Michael Self will replace Harrison Rhodes this weekend and the #97 team with Peyton Sellers has been added. Todd Bodine will be in the #90.(8-3-2015)
    UPDATE: Brandon Gdovic and the #55 team (formerly Viva Motorsports are now entered.(8-4-2015)
    UPDATE: Kevin O'Connell will be in the #13.(8-6-2015)
    UPDATE: Ryan Ellis will drive the #15 for Rick Ware.(8-7-2015)
    See the complete list on the Watkins Glen 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.


  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 4 sets for practice/qualifying and 5 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 6 sets for the event

  • Tire Code:
    D-4590 (same on all four tire positions)

  • Tire Circumference:
    88.66 in. (2,252 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation -- Sprint Cup:
    Left Front -- 23 psi; Right Front -- 21 psi;
    Left Rear -- 18 psi; Right Rear -- 18 psi

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation -- Xfinity:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Right Front -- 20 psi;
    Left Rear -- 17 psi; Right Rear -- 17 psi

  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire code (D-4590) on all four tire positions at Watkins Glen . . . this is the same tire these teams have run at The Glen since 2013 . . . Xfinity teams also ran this tire at Road America last season and are scheduled to do so at all three of their road course races this season . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Watkins Glen.

  • Wet Weather Tires: Goodyear will also bring its wet weather radials (D-4215) to Watkins Glen for use by both Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series teams, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant . . . Sprint Cup teams did not have to use the wet weather tires earlier this season at Sonoma, the first race with that possibility in the NASCAR rule book. . . Xfinity teams ran these wet weather tires at Road America last June.

  • K&N Pro Series East: Goodyear will also supply the tires for the K&N race at Watkins Glen this week . . . teams will run the same tire code (D-2265) on all four tire positions . . . this is also Goodyear's right-side tire on short tracks, and is run at all road courses in the K&N East and K&N West Series . . . teams will get three sets for the event -- one for practice, one for qualifying/start of race and one additional for the race . . . Goodyear will also bring its D-3070 wet weather tires for the K&N Series, and teams are allowed up to three sets of those.


    Chase Elliott Eating Into Points Deficit

    Over the last four races, second in the standings Chase Elliott has knocked 16 points off NASCAR XFINITY Series standings leader Chris Buescher’s lead. Now, just 20 points separate the two championship contenders as the series heads to Watkins Glen International for the Zippo 200 on Saturday, August 8 (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

    Elliott continues to capitalize in the points, primarily due to his series leading 15 top-10 finishes through the first 19 races. Though the 2014 series champion is still looking for his first win this season, he has finished in the top-five seven times and has an average finish of 9.5 (third-best among series contenders).  

    Elliott rolls into Watkins Glen with intentions of building on last year’s WGI performance, when he started 15th and finished sixth.

    Standings Could Shake Up With Dynamic Five Track Stretch Ahead

    In the next five race tracks on the NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule - Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio, Bristol, Darlington and Road America - the series will face three road courses, a short track and 1.37-mile egg-shaped historic speedway. The diversity in the tracks over the next five races could shake up the standings. 

    Roush Fenway Racing’s Chris Buescher continues to clutch the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings lead for the 10th race in a row - dating back to May 17 (Iowa-1). Buescher has seen his points lead over second-place grow to as big as 36 points (following Daytona), and then dwindled back down to 20 points following this past weekend.

    Unfortunately for Buescher, on the next five tracks his closest competitor in the points, Chase Elliott, has a better average finish than Buescher (6.4 vs. 15.6). Though Buescher won at Mid-Ohio, he struggled at Watkins Glen (29th-place finish) and Darlington (34th-place finish). Elliott’s worst finish during the same five track stretch was 18th at Road America.

    Despite his recent backslide in his points lead, Buescher remains optimistic.

    “I am excited to get back to Watkins Glen. It is a very fast course and we had a really good car last year.  I think we have some great notes to build on from last season.  It will be a good weekend for us to get a top five and gain some more points.”

    The Glen Brings Out Some Of The Best

    Four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers thought a couple extra laps around the seven turns of Watkins Glen this weekend couldn’t hurt, so Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson and Paul Menard will all be competing in the Zippo 200 on Saturday, August 8 (on NBCSN at 3 p.m. ET).

    Joey Logano will be in the No. 12 Team Penske Ford with his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief Todd Gordon this weekend. Logano has made seven series starts at WGI posting three top fives, four top 10s and an average finish of 13.0 (his series career worst average finish among active tracks). 

    Brad Keselowski will return to last week’s winning No. 22 Team Penske Ford with crew chief Greg Erwin. The No. 22 team has accounted for five wins in the first 19 races this season (26.3% winning percentage). Keselowski has made six series starts at The Glen, posting one win (2013), four top fives, six top 10s and an average finish of 4.3. 

    Kyle Larson will be back in the No. 42 HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi Chevrolet this weekend accompanying crew chief Mike Shiplett. In two series starts at WGI he has posted and average finish of 22.5.

    Paul Menard returns to the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with crew chief Danny Stockman Jr. Menard has made eight series starts at Watkins Glen posting one top five, five top 10s and an average finish of 12.4.

    Road Course Specialists: Said and Habul Ready To Bring One Home For JGR
    Joe Gibbs Racing is pulling out all the stops this weekend; road course enthusiast Boris Said and Kenny Habul have been brought in to showcase their expertise at turning both left and right in Saturday’s Zippo 200 at The Glen.

    For the first time in Said’s career, the Carlsbad, Calif., native will be jumping into the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at Watkins Glen International with crew chief Chris Gayle. Said’s lone series win came on a road course back in 2010 (Montreal) and the veteran wheelman has made eight series starts at WGI posting one top five and two top 10s.

    Said’s JGR teammate this week will be driver Kenny Habul in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with crew chief Michael Wheeler. Over the past three seasons, Habul, from Sydney, Australia, has only run the road course events on the NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule, posting his best NXS career finish at Road America (14th-place) last season in the JGR No. 20 Toyota. Habul has made three series starts at The Glen posting a best finish of 20th in 2012.

    Sunoco Rookie Update: Suarez Opens Up Rookie Points Lead to 22

    Daniel Suarez took the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings lead following the race at New Hampshire, and in the last two weeks has opened up the rookie points lead to 22 markers over second-place Darrell Wallace Jr.

    “We couldn’t be in a better position as a team and the goal now is to try and keep this going and keep working hard every day,” said Suarez.

    Suarez’s season has come alive in the last six races; during that time he has posted two Coors Light poles, three top fives and five top 10s. His average finish in the last six NXS events has been a stellar 6.7; which is 8.8 positions better on average than second-place in the rookie points Darrell Wallace Jr. (15.5) during that same six race stretch.  

    Wallace is not giving up just yet though.

    “We’re switching things up a little bit this weekend, heading to the first road course of the season,” said Wallace.  “I’ve spent a lot of time on the simulator this week, just learning this track and trying to get a good idea of braking points.”

    Both Suarez and Wallace will be making their series track debuts this weekend at Watkins Glen.

    New York Natives Smith and Bodine Coming Home To WGI

    Watkins Glen International will host two competitors from the great state of New York: Regan Smith and Todd Bodine.

    JR Motorsports driver Regan Smith, who calls Cato, New York home, will be in the No. 7 Chevrolet this weekend working with crew chief Jason Burdett. Smith is currently fourth in the series standings 39 points back from standings leader Chris Buescher and 18 points back from third-place Ty Dillon.  Smith has seen mediocre success at WGI in his career; in four starts he has posted one top five and an average finish of 15.8.

    Chemung, New York native Todd Bodine, is returning to his home track this weekend. Bodine will drive the No. 90 King Autosport Chevrolet in Saturday's Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen. The two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion has made seven starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at WGI, posting six top fives and seven top 10s. His average finish at The Glen is a stout 4.1. 

    Road Course Revelry

    If you like road course racing, then the NASCAR XFINITY Series in August is your one-stop shop. Three distinctly different courses are on tap in the coming month. 

    Just outside the downtown of Watkins Glen, New York sits Watkins Glen International, the first of the three road courses the series will compete on this season. The Glen is a seven turn course that is 2.45 miles in length. The Zippo 200 will be 90 laps, totaling 220.5 miles. The defending winner of the NXS WGI event is Marcos Ambrose.

    Next up will be Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio a thirteen turn road course that spans 2.258 miles. Mid-Ohio is the site of the current points leader Chris Buescher’s first series career win (last season). This season’s event, the Nationwide’s Children Hospital 200 will be 90 laps totaling 203.22 miles.

    The final facility that will showcase the driver’s ability to turn right as well as left will be Road America, a road course nestled in the Elkhart Lake area of Wisconsin. Road America is a behemoth of a road course in comparison to the previous two, stretching out 4 miles in length.  The 12-turn course has been the home to many different winners including Brendan Gaughan, who became the fifth different NXS winner in the series’ five races at the track.  

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    Hamlin to Sport Throw Back Schemes at Darlington: Sport Clips Haircuts unveiled this week the No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota and the No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Denny Hamlin will pilot for the September 5 and 6 NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series races at Darlington Raceway. As part of Darlington’s throwback weekend, the No. 11 Sport Clips Camry in the Sprint Cup Series will run a retro scheme inspired by Cale Yarborough and the No. 20 Sport Clips Camry in the XFINITY Series will run a special scheme during the Sport Clips sponsored race. 

    Milestones: Joey Logano will attempt to post his 25th NASCAR XFINITY Series career win this weekend at WGI. Logano is tied with Tommy Houston for ninth on the all-time NXS wins list with 24 wins each. Logano can also post his 75th NASCAR XFINITY Series top-five finish this weekend at The Glen. Logano is currently tied with Joe Nemechek for 16th on the all-time NXS top fives list. ... Brad Keselowski can break his tie with Tommy Houston for sixth on the NASCAR XFINITY Series top-five finishes list at 108 top fives each; four top fives behind fifth-place Mark Martin.

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