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Road America 180

Road America

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #23 of 33 for the 2015 season


Race: Saturday, August 29, 2015 in Elkhart Lake, WI

Title Sponsor: None

Race Time: 3:00pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:19pm/et





Times are local to the Track (Central Time)

Thursday, August 27th

Friday, August 28th

Saturday, August 29th
2:00 PM (3:00 PM/ET) NXS RACE (45 LAPS, 182.16 MILES)



  • Official Road America race results and standings (pdf)

  • Paul Menard wins XFINITY race at Road America: #33-Paul Menard won the Road America 180 at Road America. #22-Ryan Blaney finished second, followed by #2-Brian Scott, #9-Chase Elliott, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #54-Boris Said, #42-Justin Marks, #7-Regan Smith, #6-Chris Buescher, and #3-Ty Dillon.
    Pole-sitter #88-Ben Rhodes finished 32nd, 4 laps down, after sliding off track and into the gravel stop.
    Points leader Chris Buescher now leads Chase Elliott by 16 points with 10 races remaining.
    There were 3 cautions for 11 laps and 9 lead changes among 6 leaders. Complete results are on the Road America race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Road America Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-29-2015)

  • Road America XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Paul Menard(i) won the 6th Annual Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville, his third victory in 197 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in two races at Road America.
    Ryan Blaney (second) posted his first top-10 finish in one races at Road America. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2015.
    Brian Scott (third) posted his second top-10 finish in six races at Road America.
    Darrell Wallace Jr. (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Chris Buescher leads the point standings by 16 points over Chase Elliott.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-29-2015)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Road America:
    1) #60-Chris Buescher, 835
    2) #9-Chase Elliott, 819, -16
    3) #3-Ty Dillon, 816, -19
    4) #7-Regan Smith, 785 -50
    5) #1-Elliott Sadler, 750, -85
    6) #6-Darrell Wallace Jr., 736, -99
    7) #2-Brian Scott, 723, -112
    8) #18-Daniel Suarez, 717, -118
    9) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 705, -130
    10) #16-Ryan Reed, 631, -204
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(8-29-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Road America: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap or more down
    Caution 2: #17-Barrett, 26th
    Caution 3: #13-Cowen, 25th


  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Ben Rhodes on XFINITY pole at Road America: #88-Ben Rhodes will start from the pole for the Road America 180 at Road America. Rain cancelled qualifying. The lineup was set by the rulebook and based on Friday's first practice speeds. #9-Chase Elliott will start second. The rest of the top 10: #23-Ryan Blaney, #42-Justin Marks, #2-Brian Scott, #60-Chris Buescher, #54-Boris Said, #33-Paul Menard, #1-Elliott Sadler, and #18-Daniel Suarez. Did Not Qualify: None. The starting lineup is posted on the Road America starting lineup page (pdf).(8-29-2015)

  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Menard fastest in happy hour: #33-Paul Menard was quickest during happy hour for the Road America 180 with a speed of 108.202mph. He was followed by: #54-Boris Said, #9-Chase Elliott, #22-Ryan Blaney, #3-Ty Dillon, #51-Jeremy Clements, #7-Reagan Smith, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #90-Andy Lally, and #60-Chris Buescher. 33 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Road America practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(8-28-2014)

  • Ben Rhodes fastest in first practice: #88-Ben Rhodes was fastest during opening practice at Road America with a speed of 108.500mph. #9-Chase Elliott was second, followed by: #23-Ryan Blaney, #42-Justin Marks, #2-Brian Scott, #60-Chris Buescher, #54-Boris Said, #33-Paul Menard, #1-Elliott Sadler, and #18-Daniel Suarez. 36 drivers completed a lap during the session. See complete results on the Road America practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-28-2014)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Road America 180 at Road America. A few notes:
    The #0 for JD Motorsports is TBA;
    Michael Self will be in the JD Motorsports #4;
    Tim Cowen returns to the #13 for Rick Ware;
    Stanton Barrett will be in the #17 for Rick Ware;
    Kenny Habul returns to the JGR #20;
    Justin Marks is back in the #42;
    Boris Said returns to the #54 for JGR;
    The driver of the #74 for Mike Harmon is TBA;
    Dylan Kwasniewski is back in the #97.(8-24-2015)
    UPDATE: Bobby Reuse will drive the #74.(8-24-2015)
    UPDATE: Lawson Aschenbach will make his XFINITY debut in the #0 for JD Motorsports.(8-26-2015)
    See the complete list on the Road America 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:
    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:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Right Front -- 20 psi;
    Left Rear -- 17 psi; Right Rear -- 17 psi

  • Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire code (D-4590) on all four tire positions at Road America . . . this is the same tire these teams have run at this course since 2013 . . . Xfinity teams have already run this tire at its other two road course races this season -- Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Road America.

  • Wet Weather Tires: Goodyear will also bring its wet weather radials (D-4215) for use at Road America, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant . . . Xfinity teams raced on these wet weather tires at this track last season.


    Points Tighten As Dillon Capitalizes On Buescher’s Fuel Mileage Mistake At Bristol

    When Chris Buescher’s Roush Fenway Racing Ford faltered on the front row of the green-white-checkered restart last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, the points leader faded to an 11th-place finish, as championship contender Ty Dillon motored to a third-place showing, closing the standings lead gap between first and second to 19 points.

    Buescher was visibly upset about his finish outside the top 10; his sixth in the last eight races.

    “It’s unfortunate. I’m really upset,” Buescher said. “We had the speed, but it wasn’t meant to be.  I’m glad we took the chance. I wouldn’t change it if we could do it over again, but unfortunately it (gamble on fuel) knocked us right out of a top-10 and out of a win.”

    Dillon who jumped to second in the standings and closed the points lead gap to 19 sang a different tune.

    “This race was an overall great points day for us,” said Ty Dillon after posting his seventh top five of the season and qualifying for the final round of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash next week at Darlington.

    On Saturday, the series heads to Road America (Plymouth, Wisc.) for the Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville (3 p.m. on NBCSN) - the third and final road course race on the XFINITY Series schedule. Buescher’s slide could continue as he struggled in his only start at Road America last season. He started ninth but finished 18th. Dillon also had a negative place differential at Road America in his series track debut last season starting seventh but finishing 19th.

    “Road America is a very difficult and unique road course,” Buescher said. “I love road racing and look forward to the challenge.”

    On a high note, Dillon and Buescher are the only two drivers who have top-five finishes in the previous two road course races this season.

    Wisconsin Native Paul Menard Moonlighting In XFINITY Series This Weekend

    While most of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are enjoying their last off weekend of the 2015 season, Eau Claire, Wisconsin native Paul Menard will be strapping into the Richard Childress Racing No. 33 Chevrolet for the Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville on Saturday. 

    Menard has made five series starts this season in the No. 33 RCR Chevrolet posting one top five, four top 10s and an average finish of 8.6. His season-to-date driver rating is 107.7.

    Menard has made one series start at Road America in 2010, driving for car owner Jack Roush; he started eighth and finished 16th.

    Menard’s hometown of Eau Claire is almost four hours (232 miles) northwest from where Road America is located in Plymouth, Wisconsin. 

    Odds Are Road America’s Streak Of Different Winners Continues

    In the last five NASCAR XFINITY Series races at Road America there have been five different winners, and since only one of the former winners (Brendan Gaughan) is entered, odds are we will see a sixth this weekend in the Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville.  The odds of a repeat winner this weekend are a 1 in 40 chance or 2.5%-meaning there is a 97.5% chance for a sixth different winner. 

    The five former Road America winners are Carl Edwards (2010), Reed Sorenson (2011), Nelson Piquet Jr. (2012), AJ Allmendinger (2013) and Brendan Gaughan (2014).

    Two drivers to watch this weekend who might become the sixth different winner at Road America are Chase Elliott and Elliott Sadler.

    Chase Elliott is currently third in points and looking for his first win of the season. Elliott has only made one start at Road America (2014), starting 12th and finishing fourth. In 2015, Elliott has an average finish of sixth on road courses - third-best among championship contenders.

    Sadler is currently fifth in the points and also looking for his first win of the season. Sadler (9.2) and Gaughan are the only two drivers with more than one start at Road America with an average finish inside the top 10. He has finished ninth at Road America the last two seasons.

    Though the odds are against him, don’t count out Gaughan just yet, he can become the first driver to be a repeat winner at Road America this weekend. Among active drivers with more than one start at Road America he has the best average finish (5.0). In three starts at Road America, Gaughan has posted one win (his first XFINITY Series victory) and two top fives.

    Sunoco Rookie Update: Suarez’s Hot Streak Continues With Dash 4 Cash Prize

    Daniel Suarez is so hot he sizzles these days. Not only does the Monterrey, Mexico native lead the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings by 27 points over second-place Darrell Wallace Jr., but he also padded his wallet this past weekend when he took home the $100,000 cash prize from the third round of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash program. The Dash 4 Cash win automatically qualifies Suarez to compete in the final round of the program at Darlington as well. 

    “I didn’t win it (Dash 4 Cash prize), we won it,” Suarez said. “We are a great team. Everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing - all these guys who help to put this program together, I’m very, very thankful for them. All the hard work looks like it’s paying off. I’m very happy.”

    In 22 starts this season, Suarez has posted two Coors Light poles, five top fives, 10 top 10s and an average finish of 12.6.

    This will be Suarez’s series track debut at Road America this weekend.

    Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings following Bristol: Daniel Suarez (232), Darrell Wallace Jr (205), Ross Chastain (159), Cale Conley (141), Harrison Rhodes (125), Peyton Sellers (97), Josh Reaume (55).

    Dylan Kwasniewski Making Most Of Obaika Racing Opportunity

    The first year team, Obaika Racing, owned by African businessman Victor Obaika has fielded the No. 97 Chevrolet this season with four different drivers - Peyton Sellers, Johanna Long, Josh Reaume and this weekend Dylan Kwasniewski. 

    Kwasniewski competed full-time last season for Turner Motorsports but was not resigned for the 2015 season.  Kwasniewski earned his chance at a seat last season with Turner after he became the first driver to win the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (2012) and East (2013) championships.

    Kwasniewski has made two previous starts for Obaika Racing this season posting a best finish of 32nd last weekend at Bristol. He has made one XFINITY Series career start at Road America (last season); he started second but finished 26th. 

    Third Time’s A Charm: Road America, Site Of Final Road Course On The Schedule

    The third and final road course on the NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule is upon us. The four-mile multi-elevation track holds fourteen turns to challenge the drivers this weekend in the Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville.

    The first two road courses have brought lots of action and this weekend is expected to be more of the same. In one lap a driver will experience around 171 feet in elevation changes.

    Road America is a track of firsts. Three drivers have posted their first XFINITY Series career Coors Light pole at Road America: Michael McDowell (2011), Nelson Piquet Jr. (2012), and AJ Allmendinger (2013). Three drivers have also posted their first XFINITY Series career win at Road America: Nelson Piquet Jr. (2012), AJ Allmendinger (2013) and Brendan Gaughan (2014).

    Qualifying will be very important for the competitors this weekend because three of the five NXS Road America races (60%) have been won from the Coors Light pole. The deepest a Road America winner has started is 12th-place (Reed Sorenson, 2011).  

    Road America has a streak of five different winners, as well as five different NXS Coors Light pole winners: Carl Edwards (2010), Michael McDowell (2011), Nelson Piquet Jr. (2012), AJ Allmendinger (2013) and Alex Tagliani (2014).  None of the previous five pole winners are entered this weekend.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    NASCAR In Wisconsin - There have been 40 NASCAR national series races (NSCS 1, NXS 24, NCWTS 15) among two tracks (Road America, six races; Milwaukee Mile, 34 races) in the state of Wisconsin. The first time NASCAR competed in Wisconsin was the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Road America in 1956, the event was won by Tim Flock (73.858 mph, 03:29:50). The first NASCAR XFINITY Series race held in Wisconsin was at the Milwaukee Mile in 1984, the event was won by Sam Ard (97.206 mph, 02:03:26). The first race at Road America for the NASCAR XFINITY Series was in 2010 and won by Carl Edwards (68.501 mph, 02:57:17). One-hundred fourteen different drivers have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Road America, and 52 have participated in more than one race. Brian Scott, Eric McClure and Mike Bliss are the only three drivers who have competed in all five XFINITY Series races at Road America.

    Drivers From Wisconsin - A total of 49 drivers have competed in a NASCAR national series race with their home state recorded as Wisconsin. Of the 49 Wisconsin drivers, 30 have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Of the 30, only five have won in the NASCAR XFINITY Series: Matt Kenseth (29), Scott Wimmer (6), Johnny Sauter (3), Paul Menard (2) and Dick Trickle (2).

    Said and Habul Return For JGR - They’re back and ready for Road America. For the third time this season Joe Gibbs Racing has called on the road course skills of veterans Boris Said and Kenny Habul. Said will pilot the No. 54 Toyota and Habul take the wheel of No. 20 Toyota.

    Milestones: Chase Elliott will attempt to post his 25th career top-five XFINITY Series finish this weekend. Elliott is currently tied with Dick Trickle, Rob Moroso and Trevor Bayne for 68th on the all-time XFINITY Series top fives list.

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