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Nationwide Childrens Hospital 200

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #21 of 33 for the 2015 season

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Race: Saturday, August 15, 2015 in Lexington, OH

Title Sponsor: none

Race Time: 3:30pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:48pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Thursday, August 13th
5:00 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, August 14th
10:00 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:30 AM-7:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
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, August 15th
6:30 AM-4:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
6:30 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
11:15 AM NXS QUALIFYING
12:30 PM NXS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT IN LOWER PADDOCK)
3:00 PM NXS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
3:30 PM NXS RACE (75 LAPS, 169.35 MILES)

NXS = XFINITY Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Mid-Ohio race results and standings (pdf)

  • Regan Smith wins XFINITY race at Mid-Ohio: #7-Regan Smith won the Nationwide Childrens Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. It is his first win of 2015 and his first since Daytona in February of 2014. He bumped #22-Alex Tagliani out of the lead on the final corner of the final lap to take the win. Tagliani held on for 2nd place, followed by #3-Ty Dillon, #60-Chris Buescher, #9-Chase Elliott, #1-Elliott Sadler, #2-Brian Scott, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #25-Dylan Lupton (his career-best finish), and #88-Ben Rhodes.
    There were 8 cautions for 25 laps and 8 lead changes among 6 leaders. Complete results are on the Mid-Ohio race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Mid-Ohio Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-15-2015)

  • Mid-Ohio XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Regan Smith won the 3rd Annual Nationwide Children's Hospital 200, his fifth victory in 190 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in three races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
    Alex Tagliani (second) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. It is his first top-10 finish in 2015.
    Ty Dillon (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
    Darrell Wallace Jr. (eighth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Chris Buescher leads the point standings by 24 points over Ty Dillon.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-15-2015)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Mid-Ohio:
    1) #60-Chris Buescher, 765
    2) #3-Ty Dillon, 741, -24
    3) #9-Chase Elliott, 740, -25
    4) #7-Regan Smith, 714, -51
    5) #1-Elliott Sadler, 705, -60
    6) #6-Darrell Wallace Jr., 665, -100
    7) #18-Daniel Suarez, 658, -107
    8) #2-Brian Scott, 643, -122
    9) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 642, -123
    10) #16-Ryan Reed, 587, -178
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(8-15-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Mid-Ohio: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down
    Caution 2: #44-Starr, 31st
    Caution 3: #44-Starr (2),31st
    Caution 4: #88-Rhodes, 10th
    Caution 5: #43-Armstrong, 23rd
    Caution 6: #13-Cowen, 30th
    Caution 7: #13-Cowen (2), 30th
    Caution 8: #16-Reed, 22nd
    (8-15-2015)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Tagliani on XFINITY pole at Mid-Ohio: #22-Alex Tagliani won the Coors Light pole for the Nationwide Childrens Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with a speed of 96.056mph. #60-Chris Buescher will start second. The rest of the top 10: #3-Ty Dillon, #54-Boris Said, #2-Brian Scott, #9-Chase Elliott, #7-Regan Smith, #88-Ben Rhodes, #18-Daniel Suarez, and #1-Elliott Sadler. Did Not Qualify: None. The starting lineup is posted on the Mid-Ohio starting lineup page (pdf).(8-15-2015)

  • Mid-Ohio XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
    Alex Tagliani won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 3rd Annual Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 with a lap of 84.626 seconds, 96.056 mph.
    This is his third pole in seven NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his first pole in two races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
    Chris Buescher (second) posted his ninth top-10 start of 2015 and his second in two races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
    Ty Dillon (third) posted his second top-10 start at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. It is his 12th in 21 races this season.
    Daniel Suarez (ninth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-15-2015)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Justin Marks fastest in happy hour: #42-Justin Marks was quickest during happy hour for the Nationwide Childrens Hospital 200 with a speed of 95.572mph. He was followed by: #3-Ty Dillon, #22-Alex Tagliani, #60-Chris Buescher, #1-Elliott Sadler, #2-Brian Scott, #7-Regan Smith, #9-Chase Elliott, #62-Brendan Gaughan, and #54-Boris Said. 37 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Mid-Ohio practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(8-14-2014)

  • Ty Dillon fastest in first practice: #3-Ty Dillon was fastest during opening practice at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with a speed of 95.660mph. #2-Brian Scot was second, followed by: #54-Boris Said, #7-Regan Smith, #60-Chris Buescher, #22-Alex Tagliani, #9-Chase Elliott, #1-Elliott Sadler, #62-Brendan Gaughan, and #42-Justin Marks. 35 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Mid-Ohio practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-14-2014)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Nationwide Childrens Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. A few notes:
    Derek White is listed in the #13;
    Carlos Contreras will drive the #15 for RWR;
    Kenny Habul remains in the #20 for JGR;
    Alex Tagliani will drive the #22 for Penske;
    Tomy Drissi remains in the #26;
    Brandon Jones will be in the #33 for RCR;
    Boris Said stays in the #54;
    Jimmy Weller is entered in the #90.(8-10-2015)
    UPDATE: Tim Cowen will drive the #13.(8-12-2015)
    UPDATE: Dylan Kwasniewski will be in the #97 in place of Peyton Sellers.(8-13-2015)
    UPDATE: John Jackson has been added in the #79 & Morgan Shepherd in his #89. There are 40 cars entered.(8-14-2015)
    See the complete list on the Mid-Ohio 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 Road Course Radials

  • Set limits:
    7 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:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 17 psi;
    Right Front -- 20 psi; Right Rear -- 17 psi

  • Notes: After running different front and rear tires at Mid-Ohio last season, NASCAR Xfinity teams will run the same tire code on all four tire positions this week . . . this is the same tire that these teams ran at Mid-Ohio in 2013 . . . this is also the same tire Xfinity teams ran at Watkins Glen last week . . . they are scheduled to run this tire code again at Road America in two weeks . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Mid-Ohio.

  • Wet Weather Tires: Goodyear will also bring its wet weather radials (D-4215) to Mid-Ohio for use by Xfinity Series teams, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    Roush Fenway Racing’s Chris Buescher Returns To Defend Win At Mid-Ohio

    Chris Buescher’s win last season at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was the first of his NASCAR XFINITY Series career. This weekend the 2015 series points leader returns to defend his win at the 13-Turn course and further extend his standings lead over second-place Chase Elliott (-24) and third-place Ty Dillon (-24).

    Roush Fenway Racing’s hottest driver, Chris Buescher posted his series leading ninth top-five finish this past weekend at Watkins Glen, finishing third.

    In his track debut last season Buescher started fifth and drove to victory at Mid-Ohio. 

    “I really like road racing, but it’s not my background at all,” said Buescher. “It’s enjoyable. It’s something we get to come do that is different and we really get to learn a lot.”

    Buescher seems to be a quick study. In the last two seasons his average finish on road courses in the NASCAR XFINITY Series is 12.8 - tied with Ty Dillon fourth-best among his championship contenders.

    Dillon Ties Elliott, As Both Try To Cut Into Buescher’s Points Lead

    Following his fifth top five of the season last week at Watkins Glen, third-place Ty Dillon has tied second-place Chase Elliott in the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings as both are now 24 points back from standings leader Chris Buescher.

    Next up is Mid-Ohio, a 2.258-mile, a 13-turn road course that was the site of standings leader Chris Buescher’s first career win.

    Cutting into Buescher’s 24-point lead will be difficult - but not impossible - this weekend. Elliott, in his series debut at Mid-Ohio in 2014, started ninth and drove to a fourth-place finish. In Dillon’s track debut last season at Mid-Ohio, he started fourth and finished 19th.

    Both Elliott and Dillon have momentum on their side following Watkins Glen. Elliott managed to post his 16th top-10 finish of the season this past weekend, a series-high and two more than second-best Ty Dillon’s 14. Dillon also has hit a hot streak, posting his fourth consecutive top-10 finish in the last four races, including consecutive top-five finishes the past two weeks.

    Over the last two seasons, Chase Elliott has had the best average finish on road courses among series championship contenders with a 5.3, followed by Elliott Sadler (7.8), Brian Scott (8.8), Ty Dillon and Chris Buescher (12.8 each).

    Team Penske Going For Three In A Row

    Team Penske heads to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend for the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 (on NBCSN at 3:30) looking to capture their third consecutive NASCAR XFINITY Series after triumphs at Iowa (Ryan Blaney) and Watkins Glen (Joey Logano) the past two weeks. Penske also currently leads the NASCAR XFINITY Series car owner standings by 81 points over second-place Richard Childress.

    This week Penske has called in Alex Tagliani to drive the No. 22 Ford with crew chief Greg Erwin. Tagliani made his Mid-Ohio debut with Penske last season, starting second and finishing fifth.

    JGR Sticking With The Road Course Specialists

    The definition of a specialist is as follows, ‘a person who concentrates primarily on a particular subject or activity; a person highly skilled in a specific and restricted field.’ This week at Mid-Ohio several drivers specializing in road course type racing will grace the field in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 for Joe Gibbs Racing.

    Boris Said, a veteran road racer, will be back in the No. 54 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing after starting seventh and finishing fourth last weekend at Watkins Glen. Said, a California native, has made three series starts this season for JGR, posting an average finish of 15.3. This will be Said’s series track debut at Mid-Ohio. 

    Kenny Habul will be joining Said as his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate for the second consecutive week. Habul piloted the No. 20 Toyota last weekend at Watkins Glen starting 18th but was caught in an accident and finished 29th. Habul ran at Mid-Ohio last season for JGR starting 10th but ultimately finishing 31st due to an expired engine.

    Sunoco Rookie Update: Suarez Still On Top Of Rookie Standings

    Joe Gibbs Racing’s rising star Daniel Suarez continues to lead the NASCAR XFINITY Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over Roush Fenway Racing’s Darrell Wallace Jr. by 24 points.

    The Sunoco rookie standouts have both set themselves apart from the rest of the class, and below is a small snapshot of their NASCAR XFINITY Series seasons.

    Driver: Daniel Suarez                 Driver: Darrell Wallace Jr.
    Starts: 20                                  Starts: 20
    Wins: 0                                     Wins: 0
    Poles: 2                                    Poles: 1
    Top Fives: 4                             Top Fives: 1
    Top 10s: 9                                Top 10s: 7
    Laps Led: 64                            Laps Led: 81
    Laps Completed: 3,575 Laps Completed: 3,603
    Average Start: 9.3                     Average Start: 11.7
    Average Finish: 13.1                 Average Finish: 13.0
    Driver Rating: 92.3                    Driver Rating: 91.8

    Both drivers will be making their series track debuts this weekend at Mid-Ohio.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    Special Grand Marshalls This Week: Ten Patients Champions from the renowned Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus will serve as Grand Marshals for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 - and all have been paired with NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers to design their paint schemes, one of many special experiences that the children have been a part of leading up to and during the event.

    Roush Fenway Racing Swaps Crew Chiefs: Roush Fenway Racing announced this week that the crew chiefs for the No. 6 and 16 cars will be swapping teams. Seth Barbour will move from the No. 16 team to now serve as crew chief for the No. 6 team with driver Darrell Wallace Jr., and crew chief Chad Norris will move from the No. 6 team to the No. 16 team with driver Ryan Reed.

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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