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Furious 7 300

Chicagoland Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #26 of 33 for the 2015 season

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Race: Saturday, September 19, 2015 in Joliet, IL

Title Sponsor: Furious 7

Race Time: 6:00pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 6:18pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track (Central Time)

Thursday, September 17th
4:00 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, September 18th
9:30 AM-6:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:00 AM-7:30 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
12:00 PM NXS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:00 PM 3:25 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, September 19th
10:00 AM-5:30 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
1:45 PM (2:45 PM/ET) NXS QUALIFYING
3:15 PM NXS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
4:30 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
5:00 PM (6:00 PM/ET) NXS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)

NXS = XFINITY Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Chicagoland Speedway race results and standings (pdf)

  • Kyle Busch wins XFINITY race at Chicagoland Speedway: #54-Kyle Busch won the Furious 7 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. #20-Matt Kenseth finished second, followed by #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #33-Paul Menard, #3-Ty Dillon, #18-Daniel Suarez, #60-Chris Buescher, #1-Elliott Sadler, #7-Regan Smith, and #62-Brendan Gaughan.
    There were 5 cautions for 22 laps and 15 lead changes among 7 leaders. Complete results are on the Chicagoland Speedway race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Chicagoland Speedway Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-19-2015)

  • Chicagoland Speedway XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Busch won the 15th Annual Furious 7 300, his series record extending 74th victory in 305 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his fourth victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his fourth victory and eighth top-10 finish in 12 races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Busch completed a Chicagoland Speedway NASCAR XFINITY-NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend sweep in 2008.
    Matt Kenseth (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in nine races at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2015.
    Darrell Wallace Jr. (third) posted a career-best finish and his second top-10 finish in two races at Chicagoland Speedway. His previous best finish was fifth (twice).
    Chris Buescher leads the point standings by 25 points over Ty Dillon.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-19-2015)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Chicagoland Speedway:
    [7 races remaining]
    1) #60-Chris Buescher, 945
    2) #3-Ty Dillon, 920, -25
    3) #9-Chase Elliott, 917, -28
    4) #7-Regan Smith, 894, -51
    5) #1-Elliott Sadler, 839, -106
    6) #6-Darrell Wallace Jr., 838, -107
    7) #18-Daniel Suarez, 830, -115
    8) #2-Brian Scott, 825, -120
    9) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 798, -147
    10) #16-Ryan Reed, 716, -229
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(9-19-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Chicagoland Speedway: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #66-Gordon, 36th
    Caution 2: #9-Elliott, 14th
    Caution 3: #3-Dillon, 5th
    Caution 4: #01-Cassill, 32nd
    Caution 5: #4-Chastain, 16th
    (9-19-2015)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Kyle Busch on XFINITY pole at Chicagoland Speedway: #54-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light pole for the Furious 7 300 at Chicagoland Speedway with a speed of 180.959mph. #20-Matt Kenseth will start second. The rest of the top 10: #18-Daniel Suarez, #3-Ty Dillon, #22-Ryan Blaney, #42-Kyle Larson, #33-Paul Menard, #60-Chris Buescher, #7-Regan Smith, and #16-Ryan Reed.. Did Not Qualify: #89-Morgan Shepherd. The starting lineup is posted on the Chicagoland Speedway starting lineup page (pdf).(9-18-2015)

  • Chicagoland Speedway XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
    Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 15th Annual Furious 7 300 with a lap of 29.841 seconds, 180.959 mph.
    This is his 46th pole in 305 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his third pole and sixth top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his second pole in 12 races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Matt Kenseth (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2015 and his sixth in nine races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Daniel Suarez (third) posted his second top-10 start at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his 21st in 26 races this season.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-18-2015)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Daniel Suarez fastest in XFINITY practice: #18-Daniel Suarez was fastest during the only XFINITY practice at Chicagoland Speedway with a speed of 177.713mph. #28-J.J. Yeley was second, followed by: #54-Kyle Busch, #20-Matt Kenseth, #33-Paul Menard, #3-Ty Dillon, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #88-Kasey Kahne, #43-Dakoda Armstrong, and #2-Brian Scott. All 41 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Chicagoland Speedway practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(9-18-2015)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 41 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Furious 7 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. A few notes:
    Michael Self returns to the #0 for JD Motorsports;
    Jimmy Weller is listed in the #15 for Rick Ware;
    Ryan Ellis returns to the #17;
    Ryan Blaney will drive the #22 for Penske;
    TJ Bell is in the #26 for JGL;
    Benny Gordon and the #66 team make another attempt;
    Kasey Kahne will be in the #88 for JR Motorsports;
    Martin Roy is entered in the #90;
    The #97 of Obaika Racing is TBA.(9-14-2015)
    UPDATE: Dexter Bean and the #92 team have been added.(9-15-2015)
    UPDATE 2: Mason Mingus will drive the #97.(9-15-2015)
    UPDATE 3: #17 team and Ryan Ellis have withdrawn.(9-18-2015)
    See the complete list on the Chicagoland Speedway 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 10 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 8 sets for the event;
    Camping World Truck: 5 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4618

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.32 in. (2,218 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.58 in. (2,250 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 23 psi; Left Rear - 21 psi;
    Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 44 psi

  • Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same tire set-up this week . . . this left-side tire code (D-4392) has been run by all NASCAR teams at Chicagoland since 2011 . . . this right-side tire code (D-4618) was run at Chicagoland by Sprint Cup teams only last September . . . Xfinity teams switched to this right-side tire at this track earlier this season, while this is the first Chicagoland race with this right-side for Camping World Truck teams . . . this right-side tire employs Goodyear's multi-zone tread technology, which combines two distinct tread compounds on the same tire -- one on the inboard two inches of the tread for endurance and heat resistance, and one on the outboard 10 inches of the tread for traction . . . all these teams ran this same combination of left- and right-side tires at Texas earlier this season . . . they are scheduled to run it again at both Texas and Homestead at the end of the season . . . this tire combination was confirmed for Chicagoland in a tire test at the track on July 13-14 . . . drivers participating in that test were Dale Earnhardt Jr., Sam Hornish, Martin Truex Jr. and J.J. Yeley . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Chicagoland . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    Joe Gibbs Racing Returns To Pull 2015 Sweep At Chicagoland

    Joe Gibbs and the No. 54 Toyota team relished the spoils of Victory Lane thanks to the skills of Erik Jones back in June when the NASCAR XFINITY Series made its first stop at Chicagoland Speedway. This weekend, the JGR camp looks to sweep both NASCAR XFINITY Series races at Chicagoland Speedway in 2015 and has tapped Daniel Suarez, Matt Kenseth and the series’ all-time winningest driver Kyle Busch to accomplish the feat. 

    Joe Gibbs Racing is currently tied with Richard Childress Racing for the most series wins at Chicago with four victories each.

    Kyle Busch will be in the No. 54 this weekend. He has made 11 starts at Chicago posting three wins (tied for the series most with Kevin Harvick), seven top fives and an average finish of 12.0.

    Kenseth has made eight starts at Chicago posting three top fives, five top 10s and average finish of 10.8.

    Suarez has made two starts at Chicago posting a best finish of seventh earlier this season.

    Last season, JR Motorsports swept both races at Chicago in the first season the track had hosted more than one race in a year - Chase Elliott (June) and Kevin Harvick (September). 

    Consistent Chris Buescher Tough To Catch

    For the 15th time in 25 starts, ‘Mr. Consistent’ Chris Buescher, posted a top-10 finish and sustained his points lead over second-place Chase Elliott (-21) and third-place Ty Dillon (-27).

    Buescher has been the series standings leader for the last 16 races, dating back to May 17 at Iowa Speedway.

    Buescher’s 2015 season has been nearly flawless. In 25 starts this season, he has posted two wins (Iowa-1, Dover-1), 11 top fives, 15 top 10s and an average finish of 8.3. He has zero DNFs and his worst finish of 2015 is 20th. Buescher has led 263 laps this season, 5.9% of his laps completed. 

    Chicagoland Speedway is a track Buescher has excelled at. In three starts at the 1.5-mile speedway, Buescher has posted one top five and two top 10s. His average finish at Chicago is an 8.3. 

    Chase Elliott Looks To Make It Back-To-Back Victories

    JR Motorsports star Chase Elliott snapped a 39-race winless streak last weekend at Richmond International Raceway to claim his fourth career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory. The 19-year-old Dawsonville, Georgia native now sits second in the XFINITY Series standings and is primed to make it back-to-back wins and close the gap on standings leader Chris Buescher in Saturday’s Furious 7 300 (6 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

    Back in the winning saddle again, Elliott has posted one win (Richmond-2), 10 top fives, 20 top 10s and an average finish of 9.2 in 2015.

    Elliott is no stranger to consecutive wins in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The 2014 series champ did it last season winning at Texas and then Darlington.

    This weekend, Elliott will need to ride the momentum of last week to continue his push for the 2015 title. Elliott has made three starts at Chicago, posting one win (June, 2014), two top 10s and an average finish of 8.3.     

    Ty Dillon Still Amongst The Scramble For The Title

    Despite dropping to third in the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings this past weekend at Richmond - six points behind second-place Chase Elliott and 27 points back from standings leader Chris Buescher - Ty Dillon is still in the thick of the scramble for the title this season.

    Dillon’s performance in 2015 has been solid. In 25 starts, he has posted seven top fives, 18 top 10s and an average finish of 9.0.

    With eight races to go this season, any mistakes by the top three in points will be vastly exacerbated by the lack of time left in the season to recover in the standings. In the last eight races last season, Chase Elliott (7.6) had the best average finish, followed by Dillon (10.1) and Buescher (10.8).  

    Who Needs A Win Most? Winless Streaks To Watch

    With Chase Elliott snapping a 39-race winless streak last weekend at Richmond International Raceway; it shined a light on the list of drivers dealing with a winless streak, begging the question, who needs a win the most among the championship contenders?

    The first name that arises amongst the victory starved is Roush Fenway Racing’s Elliott Sadler. Sadler is currently fifth in points, having posted four top fives and 12 top 10s in 25 starts this season. His last win came at Talladega Superspeedway on May 3, 2014 a total of 49 races ago. His best finish since his last win was a second-place showing in the 2015 season opener at Daytona. Sadler has made 12 starts at Chicago posting one win (2012), six top 10s and an average finish of 14.0.

    The driver with the next-longest stretch since his last win is Richard Childress Racing’s Ty Dillon, with 39 races since his last win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2014. Dillon is currently third in the series standings, having posted seven top fives, 18 top 10s and an average finish of 9.0. Dillon’s best finish since his last win was a third-place result posted four times: Kentucky (2014), Daytona-1, Atlanta and Mid-Ohio (2015).

    Sunoco Rookie Update: Top Three Of 2015

    The 2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year class has been outstanding this season. Below is a quick snapshot of the top three rookies in the standings and how they have progressed this season:

    1.)        Daniel Suarez (Joe Gibbs Racing, No. 18 ARRIS Toyota) from Monterrey, Mexico currently leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings by 30 points over second-place Darrell Wallace Jr. In 25 starts this season, Suarez has posted two poles, six top fives, 11 top 10s and an average finish of 12.7. Suarez’s best finish this season was second at Bristol Motor Speedway.

    2.)        Darrell Wallace Jr. (Roush Fenway Racing, No. 6 Ford EcoBoost Ford) from Mobile, Alabama is currently second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, just 30 points behind Suarez. In 25 starts this season, Wallace has posted one pole, two top fives, nine top 10s and an average finish of 12.5. Wallace posted his best finish of the season (fifth) twice - Charlotte and Road America.

    3.)        Ross Chastain (JD Motorsports, No. 4 teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet) from Alva, Florida is currently third in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, 80 points back from the standings leader Daniel Suarez and 50 points back from second-place Darrell Wallace Jr. Chastain has posted four top-10 finishes this season. His average finish in 25 starts in 2015 is 20.3. Chastain’s best finish was in the season opener at Daytona where he palced ninth.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    Furious 7 Star Chris “Ludacris” Bridges to be Grand Marshal at Chicago: Big news for Chicagoland Speedway this weekend as Furious 7, the $1.5 billion worldwide box-office blockbuster and most successful installment of the Fast & Furious franchise will be the title sponsor for its NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Sept. 19. The Furious 7 300 will feature cast member Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as the Grand Marshal.

    Seven Former XFINITY Series Champions Made The Chase: Of the 16 drivers that made the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, seven are former NASCAR XFINITY Series champions - Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1998, 1999); Kevin Harvick (2001, 2006); Martin Truex Jr. (2004, 2005); Carl Edwards (2007); Clint Bowyer (2008); Kyle Busch (2009) and Brad Keselowski (2010).

    NASCAR In Illinois: NASCAR has held 73 national series events (NSCS 16, NXS 34, NCWTS 23) in the state of Illinois among five different tracks. The first NASCAR national series event was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held in Willow Springs, Illinois at Santa Fe Speedway in 1954 - the event was won by Dick Rathmann (72.216 mph, 1:23:05, 07-10-1954). ... The NASCAR XFINITY Series has held 34 races among two tracks in the state of Illinois (Chicagoland Speedway 19 and Gateway Motorsports Park 15). The first NASCAR XFINITY Series race held in Illinois was at Gateway Motorsports Park in 1997 - won by Elliott Sadler (78.803 mph, 3:48:25, 07/26/1997). ... Four drivers posted their first NASCAR XFINITY Series career win at Chicagoland Speedway: Casey Mears, Johnny Sauter, Jimmie Johnson and Justin Labonte.

    Illinois Drivers In NASCAR: 78 different drivers that have competed in a NASCAR national series race have their home state recorded as Illinois. Of the 78 Illinois drivers, only 14 have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Of the 14 Illinois drivers to compete in the XFINITY Series, only two have won - Justin Allgaier (three wins) and Bobby Dotter (one win). Allgaier is the only Illinois native to win an XFINITY Series race at Chicagoland Speedway (2011). ...

    Milestones: Matt Kenseth (29) can become just the sixth driver in series history to post 30 or more series wins in his career with a victory this weekend.

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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