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Virginia 529 College Savings 250

Richmond International Raceway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #25 of 33 for the 2015 season

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Race: Friday, September 11, 2015 in Richmond, VA

Title Sponsor: Virginia 529 College Savings

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)

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

Friday, September 11th
9:30 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
9:30 AM-7:45 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
3:45 PM NXS QUALIFYING
5:30 PM NXS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
7:00 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
7:30 PM NXS RACE (250 LAPS, 187.5 MILES)

NXS = XFINITY Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Richmond International Raceway race results and standings (pdf)

  • Chase Elliott wins XFINITY race at Richmond: #9-Chase Elliott won the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway for his first win of 2015. #54-Kyle Busch finished second, followed by #2-Brian Scott, #22-Joey Logano, #20-Erik Jones, #7-Regan Smith, #88-Josh Berry, #3-Ty Dillon, #33-Austin Dillon, and #60-Chris Buescher.
    Buescher now leads Elliott by 21 points in the standings.
    There were 6 cautions for 48 laps and 6 lead changes among 8 leaders. Complete results are on the Richmond International Raceway race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Richmond International Raceway Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-11-2015)

  • Richmond XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Chase Elliott won the 35th Annual Virginia 529 College Savings 250, his fourth victory in 58 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first victory and 20th top-10 finish in 2015. He broke a 39-race winless drought with the victory.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in four races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Kyle Busch (second) posted his 17th top-10 finish in 20 races at Richmond International Raceway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2015.
    Brian Scott (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 13 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Daniel Suarez (12th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Chris Buescher leads the point standings by 21 points over Chase Elliott.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-11-2015)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Richmond:
    [8 races remaining]
    1) #60-Chris Buescher, 908
    2) #9-Chase Elliott, 887, -21
    3) #3-Ty Dillon, 881, -27
    4) #7-Regan Smith, 859, -49
    5) #1-Elliott Sadler, 803, -105
    6) #2-Brian Scott, 797, -111
    7) #6-Darrell Wallace Jr., 796, -112
    8) #18-Daniel Suarez, 791, -117
    9) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 764, -144
    10) #16-Ryan Reed, 683, -225
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(9-11-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Richmond: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down.
    Caution 2: none, #44-Starr caused the caution.
    Caution 3: #74-Harmon, 29th
    Caution 4: #98-Truex, 31st
    Caution 5: #6-Wallace, Jr., 14th
    Caution 6: #16-Reed, 13th
    (9-11-2015)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Kyle Busch on XFINITY pole at Richmond: #54-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light pole for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 122.073mph. #22-Joey Logano will start second. The rest of the top 10: #2-Brian Scott, #7-Regan Smith, #88-Josh Berry, #9-Chase Elliott, #20-Erik Jones, #33-Austin Dillon, #3-Ty Dillon, and #18-Daniel Suarez. Did Not Qualify: #89-Morgan Shepherd. The starting lineup is posted on the Richmond International Raceway starting lineup page (pdf).(9-11-2015)

  • Richmond XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
    Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 35th Annual Virginia529 College Savings 250 with a lap of 22.118 seconds, 122.073 mph.
    This is his 45th pole in 304 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his second pole and fifth top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his fifth pole in 20 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Joey Logano (second) posted his ninth top-10 start of 2015 and his fifth in six races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Brian Scott (third) posted his ninth top-10 start at Richmond International Raceway. It is his 20th in 25 races this season
    . Daniel Suarez (10th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-11-2015)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Final XFINITY practice cancelled: Due to rain at Richmond International Raceway, final NASCAR XFINITY practice was cancelled.(9-10-2015)

  • Austin Dillon fastest in first practice: #33-Austin Dillon was fastest during opening practice at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 121.474mph. #3-Ty Dillon was second, followed by: #88-Josh Berry, #18-Daniel Suarez, #98-Ryan Truex, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #16-Ryan Reed, #20-Erik Jones, #7-Regan Smith, and #9-Chase Elliott. All 41 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Richmond International Raceway practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(9-10-2015)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 41 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway. A few notes:
    Josh Reaume is in the #13 again;
    Carlos Contreras returns to the 15 for RWR;
    Erik Jones is back in the #20 for JGR;
    Hermie Sadler is in the #26 for JGL;
    Carl Long is in the #40;
    Brennan Poole returns to the #42;
    Benny Gordon and the #66 team return to the track;
    Josh Berry makes his debut for 2015 in the JR Motorsports #88;
    The #97 for Obaika Racing is TBA;
    Ryan Truex makes his 2015 debut in the #98.(9-7-2015)
    UPDATE: Joey McColm will drive the #15, Matt Waltz will be in the #70 for Derrike Cope, and Dylan Kwasniewski will return to the #97.(9-9-2015)
    UPDATE: Ryan Elliss is listed in the #15. McColm had previously been announced as the driver.(9-10-2015)
    See the complete list on the Richmond International Raceway 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 Speedway Radials

  • Set limits: Sprint Cup:
    5 sets for practice/qualifying and 11 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 6 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4632; Right-side -- D-4654

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.32 in. (2,218 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.27 in. (2,242 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 12 psi; Left Rear -- 12 psi;
    Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 27 psi

  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Richmond this weekend . . . while these teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4632) at Richmond since last September, this is the first time they have run this right-side code (D-4654) . . . at this track in the spring, teams ran a multi-zone tread tire on the right-side, with distinct tread compounds on both the inboard two inches (endurance zone) and outboard 10 inches (traction zone) of the tire . . . this right-side is a single compound tire, featuring the same compound as the outboard from the spring race, which will give teams a grip increase . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Richmond.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    Buescher Commands Championship Lead With Nine Races Remaining

    After watching his point lead dwindle for three consecutive weeks in August, Roush Fenway Racing’s Chris Buescher needed to turn up the heat at Darlington.

    And he succeeded.

    Buescher placed fifth for his 11th top five this season, while his closest championship contender (Ty Dillon) finished 15th. He now leads second-place Dillon by 29 points and third-place Chase Elliott by 35 points.

    On Friday, the 22-year-old Texan returns to the site of his worst finish of the 2015 season - Richmond International Raceway where he finished 20th in April - for the Virginia529 College Savings 250 (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN). In four career starts at RIR, Buescher has two top-10 finishes with a best result of seventh last spring.

    Meet Virginia: Sadler, McClure Right at Home at RIR

    Local fans will have a chance to cheer on two drivers entered in the Virginia529 College Savings 250 who have their home state recorded as Virginia - Elliott Sadler and Eric McClure.

    Sadler, currently fifth in the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings, hails just down the road from Richmond International Raceway in Emporia, Virginia. He is searching for his first win this season, but has four top-five and 12 top-10 finishes in 24 starts. Sadler has never won a national series race in his home state. In 24 XFINITY Series starts at Richmond, he claims two top-five and 10 top-10 finishes.

    McClure calls Chilhowie, Virginia home. He has competed in all 24 XFINITY Series races this season with a highest finish of 17th at Daytona.

    Suarez Earns Third Top-3 Finish of Rookie Season, Second $100,000 Dash 4 Cash Bonus

    Show him the money!

    Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings leader Daniel Suarez logged his third top-three result of the season when he placed third at Darlington on Saturday, finishing ahead of Chase Elliott, Ty Dillon and Brian Scott to earn his second $100,000 bonus in the final installment of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash program.

    The Monterrey, Mexico native led 14 laps and almost won the race on fuel strategy until his teammate Denny Hamlin passed him with three laps to go.

    Suarez has posted six top fives, 11 top 10s and two poles during his rookie year in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. His next race is Friday’s Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Suarez placed sixth at Richmond in April and finished 19th in his first start there in 2014.

    Scott Set for 200th Start At Arguably His Best Track

    Brian Scott will make his 200th career NASCAR XFINITY Series start in Friday’s Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway - arguably his best track on the circuit.

    Still chasing his first career win, the 27-year-old Richard Childress Racing driver has a good shot at visiting Victory Lane at RIR where he has led 285 laps - his most at any track. In 12 Richmond starts, Scott claims three top fives, four top 10s and two Coors Light Pole Awards. He has placed no lower than seventh in his last four Richmond starts.

    Scott ranks eighth in the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings on the strength of four top-five and 15 top-10 finishes.

    Chastain Delivers Top-10 Finish

    Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Ross Chastain produced a 10th-place finish at Darlington, his fourth top-10 showing this season. The Florida native continues to get stronger each week with two top 10s and five top 20s in his last six starts. Chastain has shown the ability to pass cars as his average finish (20.5) is more than four positions higher than his average start (24.7).

    Notable Non-Regulars In The Field At Richmond

    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon, along with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings leader Erik Jones are on the NASCAR XFINITY Series entry list at Richmond for Friday.

    All four drivers have XFINITY Series wins this season (Logano, 4; Busch, 3; Dillon, 3; Jones, 2)

    Busch’s five Richmond wins rank second at the track among active drivers.

    Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award Announced

    Comcast announced the creation of the Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award, honoring NASCAR team members for their outstanding charitable endeavors. Comcast’s XFINITY brand is the title sponsor of the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The annual award will celebrate the philanthropic efforts being made by race teams across all three national series.  An individual from each national series will be honored, with one of the three earning the Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award.  In recognition of their efforts, a donation of $60,000 will be made in the winner’s name to their affiliated charitable organization.  A $30,000 contribution will also be made to each of the remaining finalists’ charitable organizations

    NASCAR XFINITY Series, Etc.

    Ryan Truex will make his first NASCAR XFINITY Series start since 2012 in the No. 98 for Biagi DenBeste Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports. ... Josh Berry will make his season debut in the No. 88 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports.

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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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