NASCAR XFINITY Series Atlanta Race Information Page

Heads Up Georgia 250

Atlanta Motor Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #2 of 33 for the 2016 season

Share

Race: Saturday, February 27, 2016 in Hampton, GA

Title Sponsor: Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety

Race Time: 1:30pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): Approximately 1:46pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, February 25
12:00 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM-4:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
1:00 PM-5:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN

Friday, February 26
7:00 AM-8:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
7:00 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
8:00 AM NXS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
9:00 AM-9:55 AM NXS 1ST PRACTICE - FOX Sports 2
12:30 PM-1:25 PM NXS 2ND PRACTICE - FOX Sports 1
2:30 PM-3:55 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE - FOX Sports 1

Saturday, February 27
7:00 AM-2:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
7:00 AM NXS, NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
8:35 AM NXS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS) - FOX Sports 1
11:25 AM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
1:00 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:30 PM NXS RACE (163 LAPS, 251.02 MILES) - FOX Sports 1 / PRN / SiriusXM NASCAR

NXS = XFINITY Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Atlanta race results and standings (pdf)

  • Kyle Busch wins XFINITY race at Atlanta: #18-Kyle Busch won the Heads Up Georgia 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his 77th XFINITY Series win and 1st of the year. He started from the pole and lead 119 of the 163 laps. #42-Kyle Larson finished second, followed by #20-Erik Jones, #2-Paul Menard, #3-Ty Dillon, #22-Brad Keselowski, #19-Daniel Suarez, #7-Justin Allgaier, #1-Elliott Sadler, and #43-Jeb Burton.
    There were 5 cautions for 21 laps and 5 lead changes among 4 leaders.
    The average speed was 137.065mph.
    Complete results are on the Atlanta race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Atlanta Race & Points Report (pdf).(2-27-2016)

  • Atlanta XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Busch won the 25th Annual Heads Up Georgia 250, his series-leading 77th victory in 312 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first victory and ninth top-10 finish in 12 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. His previous best finish at Atlanta was second, five times.
    Kyle Larson (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in four races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2016.
    Erik Jones (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 3 points over Daniel Suarez.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(2-27-2016)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Atlanta:
    1) #1-Elliott Sadler, 70
    2) #19-Daniel Suarez, 67, -3
    3) #3-Ty Dillon, 65, -5
    4) #33-Brandan Jones, 64, -6
    5) #7-Justin Allgaier, 63, -7
    6) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 60, -10
    7) #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 58, -12
    8) #11-Blake Koch, 53, -17
    9) #16-Ryan Reed, 51, -19
    10) #51-Jeremy Clements, 50, -20
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(2-27-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Atlanta: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down.
    Caution 2: none, no one on track a lap or more down.
    Caution 3: #97-Rhodes, 35th
    Caution 4: #33-Jones, 11th
    Caution 5: #3-Dillon, 5th
    (2-27-2016)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Kyle Busch on XFINITY pole at Atlanta: #18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light pole for the Heads Up Georgia 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a speed of 185.499mph. #20-Erik Jones will start second. The rest of the top 10: #19-Daniel Suarez, #42-Kyle Larson, #48-Brennan Poole, #3-Ty Dillon, #22-Brad Keselowski, #39-Ryan Sieg, #62-Brendan Gaughan and #88-Kevin Harvick.
    Did Not Qualify: none.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Atlanta starting lineup page (pdf).(2-27-2016)

  • Atlanta Qualifying Notes:
    Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 25th Annual Heads Up Georgia 250 with a lap of 29.887 seconds, 185.499 mph.
    This is his series-leading 49th pole in 312 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his fifth pole in 12 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Erik Jones (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2016 and his first in two races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Daniel Suarez (third) posted his first top-10 start at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his second in two races this season.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(2-27-2016)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Erik Jones fastest in XFINITY happy hour: #20-Erik Jones was quickest during happy hour for the Heads Up Georgia 250 with a speed of 181.467mph. He was followed by: #18-Kyle Busch, #3-Ty Dillon, #19-Daniel Suarez, #42-Kyle Larson, #22-Brad Keselowski, #88-Kevin Harvick, #2-Paul Menard, #48-Brennan Poole, and #43-Jeb Burton. 38 drivers participated in the session.
    See complete results on the Atlanta practice 3 speeds page (pdf).(2-26-2016)

  • Daniel Suarez fastest in second XFINITY practice: #19-Daniel Suarez was fastest during second practice at Atlanta with a speed of 181.902mph. The rest of the top 10: #20-Erik Jones, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #42-Kyle Larson, #18-Kyle Busch, #22-Brad Keselowski, #7-Justin Allgaier, #3-Ty Dillon, #51-Jeremy Clements, and #16-Ryan Reed. 38 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Atlanta practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(2-26-2016)

  • Erik Jones fastest in first XFINITY practice: #20-Erik Jones was fastest during opening practice at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a speed of 183.358mph. #16-Ryan Reed was second, followed by: #11-Blake Koch, #43-Jeb Burton, #3-Ty Dillon, #22-Brad Keselowski, #4-Kyle Larson, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #88-Kevin Harvick, and #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr. 31 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Atlanta practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(2-26-2016)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are now 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Heads Up Georgia 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Garrett Smithley makes his debut in the #0;
    Paul Menard will be in the RCR #2;
    Jeff Green is entered in the #10 for TriStar;
    The MBM #13 is TBA;
    The TriStar #14 is TBA;
    Corey LaJoie will drive the #24 for JGL;
    Scott Lagasse is again entered in the #93;
    Todd Peck is entered in the #99;
    Not entered but expected: #15 & #25 of Rick Ware, #52 of Jimmy Means, #97-Harrison Rhodes.(2-22-2015)
    UPDATE: J.J. Yeley will drive the #14.(2-24-2016)
    UPDATE2: #15-Cody Ware, #25-Chris Cockrum, #52-Joey Gase, and #97-Harrison Rhodes have been added.(2-25-2016)
    UPDATE3: Josh Reaume will drive the #13. The #93 team has withdrawn. There are 40 cars at the track.(2-26-2016)
    See the complete list on the Atlanta entry list page.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Xfinity: 8 sets for the event;
    Camping World Truck: 7 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4384; Right-side -- D-4602

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.40 in. (2,220 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.46 in. (2,247 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi

  • Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series will run the same Goodyear tire set-up at Atlanta this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Xfinity teams have run at Atlanta the last three seasons, and that the Trucks ran when they returned to this track last season . . . this left-side tire code (D-4384) has actually been run at Atlanta since 2012 . . . this right-side tire code (D-4602) incorporates Goodyear Racing's multi-zone tread technology, which debuted at Atlanta in 2013 . . . the tire features two distinct tread compounds -- one for endurance and heat resistance on the inboard two inches of the tread and one for traction on the outboard 10 inches . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Atlanta . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    Sadler Strolls Into Atlanta As NASCAR XFINITY Standings Leader

    New team, new year and a whole new chance to become a NASCAR XFINITY Series champion for series standings leader Elliott Sadler, after he kicked off 2016 by driving the JR Motorsports No. 1 Chevrolet to a top-five finish at Daytona.

    Sadler joined JR Motorsports in the off-season, and in 2016 he is working with crew chief Kevin Meendering. In their first race together, the pair posted a fourth-place finish at Daytona - the highest finishing position for a championship contender. He is three points ahead of second-place Darrell Wallace Jr. and four points ahead of Sunoco Rookie candidate Brandon Jones in third.

    Sadler is embarking on his 19th year in the series, but the veteran is focused on one thing - a title.

    “I really feel comfortable where I am at,” Sadler said. “But as far as proving something? I just need to prove something to myself. Nobody has more fire looking at me than I do looking at myself. I have a little chip on my shoulder and I think every driver does. You want to win and you want to run up front.”

    Sadler has made 10 series starts at Atlanta, posting one top five and five top 10s.

    NASCAR’s Loop Data has Sadler ranked 10th-best in the series at Atlanta in two key categories: average running position (15.5) and driver rating (81.9). 

    No Sophomore Slump Here: Wallace, Suárez Start 2016 Strong

    Two stars that picked up right where they left off last season are Roush Fenway Racing’s Darrell Wallace Jr. and Joe Gibbs Racing’s Daniel Suárez. Both drivers used the draft to their advantage last weekend and produced solid finishes in the top 10 at the “World Center of Racing,” Daytona International Speedway.

    Wallace, from Mobile, Alabama, is now second in the standings just three points back from Elliott Sadler. He finished sixth at Daytona; his best finish at the 2.5-mile facility.

    Wallace, 22, has made one start at Atlanta, posting an 11th-place finish last season.

    Suárez has also reached a career-best position in the points, currently fourth, just five points back from series standings leader Elliott Sadler and two points back from Wallace in second.

    The No. 19 Arris Toyota driver is coming off a Sunoco Rookie of the Year-winning season for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015. This season, he jumpstarts his title hunt with a career-best finish at Daytona (eighth).

    Suárez only has one start at Atlanta. He started 21st and finished 14th last season.

    RCR’s Brandon Jones The Early Leader Of The Hot New 2016 Sunoco Rookie Class

    Richard Childress Racing’s Brandon Jones gives the old cliché ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ a whole new meaning.

    The 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate blew the doors off the competition this past weekend finishing seventh at Daytona - 16 spots ahead of the next best rookie candidate. He now holds a five-point lead in the 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over second-place BJ McLeod.

    Jones’ career has been brief, but the kid can wheel a car. In six series starts, he has posted one top five and three top 10s. He even led some laps at Kentucky last season where he finished fifth - his only start on a 1.54-mile track.

    Jones, an Atlanta native, returns to his hometown for his first series start at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

    Current Sunoco Rookie Standings: Brandon Jones (15); BJ McLeod (10); Brennan Poole (9); Erik Jones (8); Ray Black Jr (7); Ryan Preece (6).

    Koch Riding Momentum Of Career Best Finish/Points Position

    Driving for the newly formed Kaulig Racing, Blake Koch piloted the No. 11 Chevrolet to a series career-best ninth-place finish, putting himself solidly inside the top five in points. 

    Kaulig Racing was formed by the owner and president of LeafFilter" Gutter Protection, Matt Kaulig. Kaulig met Koch back in 2014 when he sponsored a car Koch was then driving for Go Green Racing.

    This year, the two have paired up along with a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing to run for the series title. Koch currently is just six points behind series standings leader Elliott Sadler.

    Koch has made five series starts at Atlanta, posting a best finish of 22nd last season. 

    Big Points Hole For Erik Jones To Climb Out Of

    One of the early favorites to win the title this season is rising star Erik Jones. With all his recent success in winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title last season and also rallying off several wins in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, his natural ascension seemed almost certain. That was until this past weekend at Daytona, where he was caught in an accident involving his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Bobby Labonte that relegated him to a 31st-place finish (second worst of his career) ultimately miring him back in the points (22nd-place).

    Now facing an uphill climb in the standings, Jones will need to bounce back at Atlanta. Fortunately for Jones, he has made 11 starts on 1.54-mile tracks, posting two wins (Chicago, Texas), six top fives and eight top 10s. He has one start at Atlanta where he posted a 13th-place finish.

    Jones is also running for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. He is currently fourth in those standings, seven points back from the leader Brandon Jones.

    Atlanta Could Be Sight Of First Series Winner Chase Berth

    The new NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase works much like the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup - you win and you’re all but guaranteed in. This weekend could make Atlanta the first track a series regular wins and earns a Chase berth. Below is a reminder of how the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase works:

    The seven-race NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase will begin at Kentucky Speedway on Sept. 24, and feature 12 drivers and two elimination rounds, with four drivers competing in the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

    A win in the first 26 races all but guarantees a driver entry into the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, provided the driver is in the top 30 in points and has attempted to qualify for each race. Drivers who win two Dash 4 Cash bonuses are also all but guaranteed a Chase berth.

    The first round, called the Round of 12, consists of the races at Kentucky, Dover and Charlotte. All drivers will start with their points adjusted to 2,000, with three additional bonus points added to their total for each win in the first 26 races. If a driver wins a race in the Round of 12, the driver automatically advances to the next round. The remaining available positions (1-8) that have not been filled by wins will be filled on points.

    Each driver who advances to the Round of 8 (Kansas, Texas, Phoenix) then will have their points reset to 3,000. Drivers who win a race in the Round of 8 automatically advance to the Championship 4. The remaining available positions (1-4) that have not been filled by wins will be filled on points.

    The four drivers who advance to the Championship 4 at Homestead will have their points reset to 4,000. The highest finishing Championship 4 driver will be crowned the NASCAR XFINITY Series champion.

    NASCAR XFINITY SERIES, Etc...

    Paul Menard, Ty Dillon, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick are scheduled to compete in the NASCAR XFINITY and Sprint Cup Series races this weekend. ... Seven NASCAR Next alumni will start at Atlanta: Ryan Preece, Darrell Wallace Jr., Daniel Suárez, Erik Jones, Corey Lajoie, Kyle Larson and Jeb Burton.

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

XFINITY Paint Schemes

Past XFINITY Series News