NASCAR Xfinity Series Race Page 300

Kentucky Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #27 of 33 for the 2015 season


Race: Saturday, September 26, 2015 in Sparta, KY

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Race Time: 8:00pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:16pm/et





Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Friday, September 25th

Saturday, September 26th
8:00 PM NXS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)



  • Official Kentucky Speedway race results and standings (pdf)

  • Ryan Blaney wins XFINITY race at Kentucky Speedway: #22-Ryan Blaney won the 300 at Kentucky Speedway for his 4th XFINITY Series win. He took the lead from #3-Ty Dillon on a green-white-checker finish to grab the win. Dillon held on for second, followed by #7-Regan Smith, #9-Chase Elliott, #33-Brandon Jones, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #60-Chris Buescher, #54-Erik Jones, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., and #20-Matt Tifft (in his first NXS race).
    Polesitter, #18-Daniel Suarez, ran up front early in the race, but had late transmission issues and finished 23rd.
    There were 10 cautions [ties a track record] for 55 laps and 17 lead changes among 7 leaders. The race was red-flagged for 18 minutes for track cleanup after an accident on lap 100 between #42-Brennan Poole and #0-Harrison Rhodes.
    The average speed was 110.238mph.
    Complete results are on the Kentucky Speedway race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Kentucky Speedway Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-26-2015)

  • Kentucky Speedway XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Ryan Blaney won the 4th Annual 300, his fourth victory in 41 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his second victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in five races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Ty Dillon (second) posted his third top-10 finish in four races at Kentucky Speedway. It is his 20th top-10 finish in 2015.
    Regan Smith (third) posted his third top-10 finish in 11 races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Darrell Wallace Jr (ninth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Chris Buescher leads the point standings by 19 points over Ty Dillon.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-26-2015)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Kentucky Speedway:
    [6 races remaining]
    1) #60-Chris Buescher, 982
    2) #3-Ty Dillon, 963, -19
    3) #9-Chase Elliott, 957, -25
    4) #7-Regan Smith, 935, -47
    5) #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 874,-108
    6) #1-Elliott Sadler, 872, -110
    7) #2-Brian Scott, 857, -125
    8) #18-Daniel Suarez, 852, -130
    9) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 836, -146
    10) #16-Ryan Reed, 735, -247
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(9-26-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kentucky Speedway: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap or more down
    Caution 2: #16-Reed, 25th
    Caution 3: none, #39-Sieg was penalized for pitting too soon
    Caution 4: #98-Truex, 28th
    Caution 5: #39-Sieg, 12th
    Caution 6: #14-Conley, 16th
    Caution 7: #9-Elliott, 4th
    Caution 8: #43-Armstrong, 14th
    Caution 9: #97-Kwasniewski, 17th
    Caution 10: #97-Kwasniewski (2), 17th


  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Daniel Suarez on XFINITY pole at Kentucky Speedway: #18-Daniel Suarez won the Coors Light pole for the 300 at Kentucky Speedway with a speed of 179.856mph. #2-Brian Scott will start second. The rest of the top 10: #7-Regan Smith, #3-Ty Dillon, #22-Ryan Blaney, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #51-Jeremy Clements, #9-Chase Elliott, #60-Chris Buescher, and #54-Drew Herring. Herring will be replaced by Erik Jones for the race. Did Not Qualify: #92-Mario Gosselin. The starting lineup is posted on the Kentucky Speedway starting lineup page (pdf).(9-25-2015)

  • Kentucky Speedway XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
    Daniel Suarez won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 4th Annual 300 with a lap of 30.024 seconds, 179.856 mph.
    This is his third pole in 29 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his third pole and 22nd top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his first pole in two races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Brian Scott (second) posted his 21st top-10 start of 2015 and his seventh in ten races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Regan Smith (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Kentucky Speedway. It is his 19th in 27 races this season.
    Daniel Suarez (first) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-25-2015)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Drew Herring fastest in XFINITY happy hour: #54-Drew Herring, filling in for Erik Jones, was quickest during happy hour for the 300 with a speed of 175.959mph. He was followed by: #22-Ryan Blaney, #18-Daniel Suarez, #33-Brandon Jones, #2-Brian Scott, #3-Ty Dillon, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #20-Matt Tifft, #60-Chris Buescher, and #1-Elliott Sadler. 39 drivers participated in the session. The session was cut short by rain at the track and only lasted about 30 minutes. See complete results on the Kentucky Speedway practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(9-25-2015)

  • Brian Scott fastest in first practice: #2-Brian Scott was fastest during opening practice at Kentucky Speedway with a speed of 178.159mph. #3-Ty Dillon was second, followed by: #33-Brandon Jones, #22-Ryan Blaney, #18-Daniel Suarez, #88-Ben Rhodes, #28-J.J. Yeley, #54-Drew Herring (practicing for Erik Jones), #62-Brendan Gaughan, and #1-Elliott Sadler. 40 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Kentucky Speedway practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(9-25-2015)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 41 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's 300 at Kentucky Speedway. A few notes:
    Michael Self is in the #01 for JD Motorsports;
    The #15 is TBA;
    Matt Tifft will drive the #20 for Joe Gibbs Racing;
    Ryan Blaney remains in the Penske #22;
    Dylan Lupton returns to the #25;
    TJ Bell will be in the #26;
    Brandon Jones returns to the RCR #33;
    Erik Jones will drive the #54 for JGR;
    Ben Rhodes is in the #88 for JR Motorsports;
    Ryan Truex will make his second start in the #98.(9-21-2015)
    UPDATE: Ryan Ellis will be in the #15, Dylan Kwasniewski will return to the #97.(9-23-2015)
    See the complete list on the Kentucky 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.


Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

Set limits: 7 sets for the event

Tire Codes:
Left-side -- D-4392;
Right-side -- D-4646

Tire Circumference:
Left-side -- 87.32 in. (2,218 mm);
Right-side -- 88.43 in. (2,246 mm)

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear - 20 psi;
Right Front -- 46 psi; Right Rear -- 42 psi

Notes: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that NASCAR Xfinity Series teams ran at Kentucky in July . . . teams are very familiar with this left-side tire code (D-4392), having run it at Chicagoland (twice), Darlington, Dover, Kentucky and Texas already this season, as well as many other times over the past several seasons . . . Kentucky is the only track at which Xfinity teams will run this right-side tire code (D-4646) in 2015 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Kentucky . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


    Pressure Mounts To Keep Standings Lead For Chris Buescher

    With just seven races left on the schedule, the pressure to stay consistent with solid finishes is mounting for standings leader Chris Buescher as the NASCAR XFINITY Series heads to Kentucky Speedway for the final standalone race of the season - Saturday’s 300 (NBCSN at 8 p.m. ET).

    “It is going to be a tough race to the end of the season, but we feel really good about where we are at,” Chris Buescher said.

    Buescher holds a 25-point lead over second-place Ty Dillon and a 28-point lead over third-place Chase Elliott following his 16th top-10 finish of the season last weekend at Chicago. Over the last ten races, dating back to the 17th race of the season at New Hampshire, Buescher has held an average points lead of 23.4 over second place in standings. 

    Buescher’s 2015 season is the best of his NASCAR career; in 26 starts he has posted two wins (Iowa and Dover), 11 top fives (series-most) and 16 top 10s. His average finish this season is 8.230 - the best among championship contenders.

    Buescher has made three starts at Kentucky Speedway posting a best finish of 10th in this event last season. He started 15th and finished 11th at Kentucky earlier this season.  

    Roush Fenway Racing has four drivers that could finish the season in the top 10 in points; they are currently ranked first (Buescher), fifth (Elliott Sadler), sixth (Darrell Wallace Jr.) and 10th (Ryan Reed). 

    Seven To Go: Dillon and Elliott Need To Win

    Time is running out for aspiring 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series title hunters, Ty Dillon and Chase Elliott, as the season nears its conclusion.  Just seven races remain in 2015 and with how consistent points leader Chris Buescher has been it looks as the only way Dillon and Elliott are going to catch him is win.

    Only once in the last seven XFINITY Series seasons (2008 - 2014) has a driver not leading the points with seven races to go come back to take the lead in the standings and win the title - Austin Dillon, 2013.  With seven races to go in 2013, Dillon was 15 points behind then points leader Sam Hornish Jr.; Dillon overcame the deficit to take standings lead with four races to go. He then held on to the points lead and won the title by three points. 

    Richard Childress Racing is looking for the organization’s fifth XFINITY Series driver championship this season with Ty Dillon currently second in the series standings. RCR leads the series in wins at Kentucky with four, including Brendan Gaughan’s victory in this event last season. Dillon won the Coors Light Pole and finished third in this race in 2014. Dillon has made three starts at Kentucky, posting one top five, two top 10s and an average finish of 8.3 - fourth best among championship contenders.

    Chase Elliott has the chance to become just the sixth driver in series history to win back-to-back titles, much like his JR Motorsports owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. did in 1998-99, but Elliott is currently third in the standings, 28 points Buescher with just seven races to go.

    Elliott is on the rebound this weekend after slipping in the points to third following his 14th-place finish this past weekend at Chicago. This season Elliott has posted one win (Richmond), 10 top 10s and a series leading 20 top 10s.

    Elliott has made three starts at Kentucky, posting one top five and an average finish of 9.7 - fifth best among championship contenders.  

    Gaughan Looks To Defend Last Season’s Kentucky Win

    Brendan Gaughan rides back into the rolling grassy hills of Kentucky to defend his win at Kentucky Speedway and score his first victory of 2015 this weekend.

    Richard Childress Racing’s Gaughan is having one of the best seasons of his career. In 26 starts this season, he has posted three top fives and a career-best 12 top 10s. He is currently ninth in points with an average finish of 13.5 with just seven races to go.

    When it comes to Gaughan, Kentucky is more than lucky. In six starts at the 1.5-mile track, the Las Vegas native has posted one win (2014), four top fives, six top 10s and a series-leading average finish of 4.5.

    Double Duty: Erik Jones Is Working Overtime

    This Saturday will be one of the busiest of Erik Jones’ young career. Not only will he be competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the afternoon, but then flying to Kentucky to compete in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race for Joe Gibbs Racing that night.

    Jones is one of the highest touted new drivers in the garage this season despite his limited series schedule. In 18 starts this season, he has two wins (Texas-1, Chicago-1), nine top fives, 12 top 10s and an average finish of 10.6.

    Jones will be strapped into the JGR No. 54 Toyota this weekend; the same team that has won three of the last nine races, including last weekend at Chicago. Expect Jones to continue to the team’s recent momentum this weekend, in his lone start at Kentucky earlier this season Jones started seventh and finished second.     

    Sunoco Rookie Update: Suarez Still On Top But Wallace Is Reeling Him In

    The two Drive for Diversity alums, Daniel Suarez and Darrell Wallace Jr. continue to be the preeminent drivers of the 2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year class after 26 races.

    Joe Gibbs Racing’s Suarez leads the Sunoco Rookie standings by 26 points over second-place Wallace Jr as the series heads to Kentucky Speedway this weekend.

    Suarez has put the pedal to the floor the last 13 races of this season, posting eight top 10s during that stretch. Suarez made his series debut at Kentucky earlier this season, driving from 10th to fourth and ultimately posting one of his six top-five finishes of 2015.

    Wallace gained four points on Suarez in the rookie standings following his best finish of the season (third, Chicago-2) this past weekend. In 26 starts this season, Wallace has posted three top fives, 10 top 10s, one Coors Light pole and an average finish of 12.1.

    Heading to Kentucky Speedway this weekend, a track Wallace has made but one start, expect him to build on his recent success. Wallace started eighth and finished seventh at the 1.5-mile speedway earlier this season. 

    Blaney Tapped To Complete The Team Penske Season Sweep Of Kentucky

    With the opportunity to sweep both races at a single track in the NASCAR XFINITY Series only happening 10 times in 2015 it comes as no surprise to see that Team Penske has tapped Kentucky Speedway winner Ryan Blaney to pilot the NASCAR XFINITY Series car owner points leading No. 22 Ford this weekend.

    The tracks the NASCAR XFINITY Series visits twice during the season are Daytona, Phoenix, Texas, Bristol, Richmond, Iowa, Charlotte, Dover, Chicago and Kentucky. Of the ten, four have hosted the series twice thus far this season and only one has been swept - Chicago by Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 Toyota team: Erik Jones Chicago-1 and Kyle Busch Chicago-2.

    Earlier this season Brad Keselowski wheeled the No. 22 Team Penske Ford to Victory Lane at Kentucky Speedway giving Blaney the chance to cap off the sweep this weekend. 

    Blaney has made 10 series starts this season, posting one win (Iowa), six top fives and seven top 10s. He has made four starts at Kentucky, posting one win (2013; series-career first win), two top fives and three top 10s. 

    Last Standalone Gives Part-Time Drivers Time To Shine

    When the NASCAR XFINITY Series is not hosting an event in conjunction with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, it gives the chance to some aspiring full-time drivers to fill in for the Sprint Cup drivers. Shining in the spotlight are names that are not rolling off the tongues of the commentators each week. Below is a look at some of the part-time drivers competing this weekend at Kentucky. 

    Ben Rhodes (JR Motorsports, No. 88 Chevrolet), a Louisville, Kentucky native, will be making his eighth start of the season this weekend at Kentucky Speedway. In Rhodes’ previous seven starts, he has posted two top 10s and an average finish of 21.0. This will be Rhodes’ series debut at Kentucky.

    Brennan Poole (HScott Motorsport with Chip Ganassi, No. 42 Chevrolet) will be attempting to make his 15th start of the season this weekend. Poole has posted two top 10s and an average finish of 17.9 in his previous 14 starts this season. Poole competed at Kentucky in the XFINITY Series earlier this season; he started 17th and finished 12th.

    Matt Tifft (Joe Gibbs Racing, No. 20 Toyota) will be making his NASCAR XFINITY Series career debut this weekend at Kentucky Speedway. Tifft has competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on a part-time basis over the last two seasons. Prior to the NCWTS, Tifft cut his teeth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West.

    Brandon Jones (Richard Childress Racing, No. 33 Chevrolet) returns to pilot the No. 33 for the fifth time this season.  Jones, 18, hails from Atlanta, Georgia and has made four starts already this season, posting one top 10 and an average finish of 17.5. This will be Jones series debut at Kentucky and series debut on a 1.5-mile speedway.

    Ryan Truex (Biagi DenBeste Racing, No. 98 Ford), younger brother of Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Challenger Martin Truex Jr., will be making his second start of the 2015 season this weekend at Kentucky. Truex’s lone start this season was at Richmond two weeks ago. Unfortunately, he was caught in an accident and finished 31st.  This weekend will be Truex’s series debut at Kentucky.

    Will We See A Sixth? First-Time Winners Happen At Kentucky

    In the last 17 NASCAR XFINITY Series races at Kentucky Speedway there have been five first-time series winners - Ryan Blaney (2013), Austin Dillon (2012), Joey Logano (2008), Stephen Leicht (2007) and David Gilliland (2006). That’s a first-time winner winning percentage of 29.4%; which begs the question will we see a sixth this weekend? 

    Twenty-six of the 41 drivers (63.4%) entered this weekend have yet to win a race in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

    Only two former Kentucky winners are entered this weekend: Ryan Blaney and Brendan Gaughan. 

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    Celebrity Spotlight: Three-time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight titleholder Rich Franklin will lead the NASCAR XFINITY Series field to the green September 26 for the 300 at Kentucky Speedway.

    "This is a first time experience for me in a pace vehicle and I'm really excited! I appreciate the Kentucky Speedway involving me and I'm ready to lead the field," Franklin said.

    Before competing in UFC for nearly 12 years, Franklin was a former high school math teacher in the Cincinnati, Ohio area.

    NASCAR In Kentucky: The state of Kentucky has hosted a total of 49 NASCAR national series events (NSCS 6, NXS 20 and NCWTS 23) among three tracks (Kentucky Speedway, Corbin Speedway and Louisville Speedway). The first NASCAR national series event held in the state of Kentucky was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in 1954 in Corbin, Kentucky at Corbin Speedway (dirt track) - the race was won by Lee Petty (63.080 mph, 1:35:07, 08/29/54). The first NASCAR XFINITY Series race held in the state of Kentucky was in 1988 in Louisville, Kentucky at Louisville Motor Speedway - the race was won by Tommy Ellis (63.217 mph, 1:11:18, 06/25/88). Of the 20 NXS races held in Kentucky, 18 of them have been at Kentucky Speedway. The first NXS race held at Kentucky Speedway was in 2001 and the event was won by two-time series champ Kevin Harvick (118.590 mph, 2:31:47, 06/16/2001).

    Kentucky Drivers In NASCAR: 42 drivers that have their home state recorded as Kentucky have competed in a at least one NASCAR national series race. Of the 42 Kentucky drivers that have competed in NASCAR, 29 have competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and 14 have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Of the 14 that have competed in the NXS, only three have won in the series - Jeff Green (16 wins), Michael Waltrip (11 wins) and David Green (nine wins). David Green (1994) and Jeff Green (2000) are also former NASCAR XFINITY Series champions.

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