NASCAR XFINITY Series Richmond Race Information Page

ToyotaCare 250

Richmond International Raceway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #8 of 33 for the 2016 season

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Race: Saturday, April 23, 2016 in Richmond, VA

Title Sponsor: ToyotaCare

Race Time: 12:30pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): Approximately 12:46pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE - REVSIED

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, April 21
4:00 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, April 22
9:00 AM NXS CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
9:00 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
9:30 AM-8:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
11:30 AM NXS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
12:30 PM-1:55 PM NXS 1ST PRACTICE
3:00 PM-3:55 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, April 23
7:30 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
8:30 AM-2:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
9:00-9:30 AM NXS FINAL PRACTICE
10:15 AM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
12:00 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
12:30 PM NXS HEAT # 1 (35 LAPS, 26.25 MILES)
1:10 PM Approx NXS HEAT # 2 (35 LAPS, 26.25 MILES)
1:45 PM Approx NXS MAIN (140 LAPS, 105 MILES)(FOX Sports 1 / MRN / SiriusXM NASCAR

NXS = XFINITY Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Richmond race results and standings (pdf)

  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr. wins XFINITY race at Richmond: #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway. It is his 24th XFINITY Series win of his career and his first since 2010. He led 128 of the 149 laps.
    #2-Ty Dillon finished second and captured the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus. The rest of the top 10: #1-Elliot Sadler, #19-Daniel Suarez, #2-Austin Dillon, #5-Cole Custer, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #11-Blake Koch, #22-Brad Keselowski, and #48-Brennan Poole.
    The race ended after one attempt at NASCAR Overtime. A late race accident collected several drivers at the front of the field with less than 10 laps to go.
    The first caution of the race did not come until 15 laps to go.
    Pole sitter #20-Erik Jones was involved in both of the cautions on the day and finished 34th.
    There were 2 cautions for 20 laps and 4 lead changes among 4 leaders.
    The average speed was 93.623mph.
    Complete results are on the Richmond race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Richmond Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-23-2016)

  • Richmond XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Dale Earnhardt Jr.(i) won the 29th Annual ToyotaCare 250, his 24th victory in 137 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his fourth victory and fifth top-10 finish in six races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Ty Dillon (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in seven races at Richmond International Raceway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2016.
    Elliott Sadler (third) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 26 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Brennan Poole (10th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Daniel Suarez leads the point standings by 9 points over Elliott Sadler.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-23-2016)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Richmond:
    1) #19-Daniel Suarez, 279
    2) #1-Elliott Sadler, 270, -9
    3) #3-Ty Dillon, 260, -19
    4) #33-Brandon Jones, 249, -30
    5) #20-Erik Jones [1 win], 244, -35
    6) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 242, -37
    7) #7-Justin Allgaier, 241, -38
    8) #48-Brennan Poole, 212, -67
    9) #16-Ryan Reed, 210, -69
    10) #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 201, -78
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings (pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(4-23-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Richmond: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #62-Gaughan, 7th
    Caution 2: #28-Armstrong, 14th
    (4-23-2016)

  • Erik Jones on XFINITY pole for main event at Richmond: Following the two 35 lap heat races, #20-Erik Jones will start from the pole for the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond. He gets the pole by winning the first heat race and being higher in owner points than #2-Austin Dillon (because qualifying was cancelled). Dillon will start second after winning the second heat. The rest of the top 10 starters: #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr, #7-Justin Allgaier, #18-Matt Tifft, #19-Daniel Suarez, #48-Brennan Poole, #22-Brad Keselowski, #1-Elliott Sadler, and #2-Austin Dillon.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Richmond starting lineup page (pdf).(4-23-2016)

  • Ty Dillon wins XFINITY Heat 2 at Richmond: #3-Ty Dillon won the second heat race for the ToyotaCare 250 at International Raceway. He took the lead from #2-Austion Dillon on the first lap and led every lap. The race was caution free.
    #7-Justin Allgaier was second, followed by: #19-Daniel Suarez, #22-Brad Keselowski, #2-Austin Dillon, #42-Justin Marks, #4-Ross Chastain, #11-Blake Koch, #16-Ryan Reed, and #39-Ryan Sieg.
    Erik Jones, who won the first heat, will start the main event from the pole because he had a better starting position than Ty Dillon in the two heat races. Finishers of this heat race will lineup on the outside of the feature in even-numbered starting positions.
    Ty Dillon and Justin Allgaier, the top 2 XFINITY regulars in the heat, will join Erik Jones and Brennan Poole in running for the Dash 4 Cash bonus in the main.
    Results are posted on the Richmond XFINITY Series Heat 2 results page (pdf).(4-23-2016)

  • Erik Jones wins XFINITY Heat 1 at Richmond: #20-Erik Jones won the first heat race for the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway. He took the lead from #18-Matt Tifft on lap 1 and lead every lap. The race was caution free.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr was second, followed by: #18-Matt Tifft, #48-Brennan Poole, #1-Elliott Sadler, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #33-Brandon Jones, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #5-Cole Custer, and #44-J.J. Yeley.
    After the second heat, the complete lineup will be set for the 140 lap main event.
    Erik Jones will start the main either first or second, depending on who had the best starting position in the two heat winners. Finishers of this heat race will lineup on the inside of the feature in odd-numbered starting positions.
    Erik Jones and Brennan Poole, being the top 2 XFINITY regulars in the heat, will run for the Dash 4 Cash bonus in the main.
    Results are posted on the Richmond XFINITY Series Heat 1 results page (pdf).(4-23-2016)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Allgaier fastest in XFINITY practice: #7-Justin Allgaier was fastest during practice at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 121.174mph. #2-Austin Dillon was second, followed by: #22-Brad Keselowski, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #19-Daniel Suarez, #20-Erik Jones, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #11-Blake Koch, #1-Elliott Sadler, and #42-Justin Marks. All 40 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Richmond practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(4-23-2016)

  • XFINITY qualifying canceled at Richmond: Rain washed out both Friday practices for XFINITY Series teams, so NASCAR canceled Saturday's qualifying session for the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Teams will now practice from 9:00-9:50am/et. Both heat races and the main event will run as scheduled.
    The field for the two heat races was set by the rule book.
    Top 5 starters in the first heat race: #18-Matt Tifft, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #20-Erik Jones, #1-Elliott Sadler, and #33-Brandon Jones.
    Top 5 starters in the second heat race: #2-Austin Dillon, #19-Daniel Suarez, #7-Justin Allgaier, #22-Brad Keselowski, and #3-Ty Dillon.
    Result of the heat races will determine the lineup for the 140 lap main event.
    Did Not Qualify: None, the #10-DiBenedetto team withdrew so only 40 cars were entered.
    See the Heat 1 starting lineup (pdf) and Heat 2 starting lineup (pdf) and .(4-22-2016)

  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 41 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway. A few notes:
    Cole Custer will drive the #5 for JR Motorsports;
    Jeff Green returns to the Tri-Star #10;
    Timmy Hill returns to the #13;
    The Rick Ware #15 is TBA;
    Matt Tifft will drive the #18 for Joe Gibbs;
    Spencer Gallagher and the #21 team return to the track;
    The #24 JGL team was entered with Corey LaJoie but has withdrawn;
    The Rick Ware #25 is TBA;
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will drive the #88;
    Josh Wise remains in the #93 for RSS;
    The #97 is TBA, but Ryan Ellis has driven is the last 2 races.(4-18-2015)
    UPDATE: Travis Kvapil will be in the #15; Harrison Rhodes in the #25; Todd Peck in the #90; Ryan Ellis in the #97.(4-20-2016)
    UPDATE: Jeff Green moves to the #14, Matt DiBenedetto will be in the #10.(4-22-2016)
    UPDATE: The #10 team withdrew when qualifying was canceled. J.J. Yeley will drive the #44 for David Starr, who is sick.(4-22-2016)
    See the complete list on the Richmond entry list page.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 6 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4674; Right-side -- D-4676

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.20 in. (2,215 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 Goodyear tire set-up at Richmond this week . . . this is the first time either of these two tire codes have been run . . . this tire set-up was confirmed at a Goodyear test at Richmond on March 29 . . . drivers participating in that test were Greg Biffle, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Danica Patrick . . . compared to what was run at Richmond last year, this set-up features a compound change on the right-side.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    Jones Snaps Photo Win, XFINITY Chase Picture Starts To Take Shape
    With the level of talent that Erik Jones puts on display when he is behind the wheel of a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, it was only matter of time before he’d get his first win of the season. Now with a victory (Bristol) in the books, Jones has all but clicked his ticket to the seven-race NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase. 
    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 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase kicks off at Kentucky Speedway on Sept. 24, and will feature 12 drivers and two elimination rounds, with four drivers competing in the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

    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.

    Jones now focuses his attention to Richmond, looking to turn his winning ways into a trend. The Byron, Michigan native has made two starts at RIR, posting two top fives and an average finish of 4.5.    

    Dash 4 Cash Round 2: Richmond International Raceway
    Erik Jones not only enjoyed his time in Victory Lane this past weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, he also collected the $100,000 bonus for winning the first round of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash program in 2016.

    This weekend at Richmond, the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash will again be comprised of two Heats and a Main event.

    Qualifying for each Dash 4 Cash event will set the 40-car field and the starting positions for the two Heats with the fastest qualifier awarded the Coors Light Pole Award. Odd-numbered qualifiers (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.) will start in the first Heat in respective order, while even-numbered qualifiers (2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.) will start the second Heat in respective order.

    The two Heats will set the starting positions for the Main with the top two NASCAR XFINITY Series championship contenders in each Heat becoming eligible for the Dash 4 Cash bonus. The highest finishing driver among the four Dash 4 Cash-eligible drivers will be awarded a $100,000 bonus. If any driver wins two of the four Dash 4 Cash bonuses available, he/she is all but guaranteed a spot in the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase. In short, two Dash 4 Cash bonuses are equivalent to one race win in the new NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase format.

    Drivers must have declared to earn NASCAR XFINITY Series points in order to be eligible for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash bonus.

    Suárez Keeps The NASCAR XFINITY Series Points Lead
    NASCAR Next and Drive for Diversity (operated by Rev Racing) graduate Daniel Suárez stayed in the points lead following his sixth top-10 finish of the season this past weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.

    Suárez’s sophomore NASCAR XFINITY Series season has been stellar. In seven starts, he has posted three top fives, six top 10s and an average finish of 6.6.

    Suárez made his series track debut at Richmond in 2014. He has made three starts at the .75-mile track posting one top 10 and an average finish of 12.3. Pre-race NASCAR Loop Data at RIR has him ranked sixth in driver rating (86.4) and average running position (13.369) among NXS championship contenders.
    JR Motorsports Looks To Rally At Richmond
    Richmond is right on time.

    JR Motorsports drivers Justin Allgaier and Elliott Sadler turn their attention to the .75-mile track this weekend to right the ship and rally some points in their effort to catch standings leader Daniel Suárez.  

    Elliott Sadler’s usual consistency stumbled this past weekend at Bristol when he finished one-lap down in 15th. The uncharacteristic finish dropped him two spots in the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship point standings - from second to fourth.  Now, he is 10 points out of the standings lead.

    On a good note, his JR Motorsports teammate, Justin Allgaier posted his second-best finish of the season (fifth) last weekend at Bristol and maintained his position in the standings (third).

    Sadler, a Virginia native (Emporia), has made 25 starts at Richmond, posting two top fives and 10 top 10s. His average finish at RIR is 14.9.

    Allgaier is third in the standings, only eight points back from the standings leader Daniel Suárez and just two points behind second-place Erik Jones. Allgaier’s season has been strong. In seven starts he has posted two top fives and six top 10s with an average finish of 7.7.   

    Allgaier has made 10 series starts at RIR where he owns one top five, three top 10s and an average finish of 15.5.

    Richard Childress Racing Still In The Thick Of The Points Battle
    We’re seven races into the season, and Richard Childress Racing drivers are in the thick of the title hunt. Three of the organization’s drivers are in the top 10 in points: Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Brandon Jones (fifth); Ty Dillon (sixth) and Brendan Gaughan (seventh).

    Brandon Jones has been a breakout star so far this season. In seven starts in his rookie campaign, he has posted four top-10 finishes. Jones is currently 19 points behind the standings lead. This weekend will be Jones’ series track debut at Richmond.

    Two points behind his teammate Jones, Dillon currently sits fifth in the standings, 21 points behind standings leader Daniel Suárez. Dillon has been in recover-mode in the standings since he finished 17th at Auto Club and dropped to fifth, then eventually sixth in the standings. Dillon’s seven starts this season have produced one top five and four top 10s.

    Richmond could be where Dillon turns around his season. He has made six starts at the .75-mile track, posting four top 10s and an average finish of 10.5.

    Last but not least is Brendan Gaughan, who is currently seventh in the standings, 34 points back from the lead. Gaughan has record three top 10s in seven starts this season.

    Gaughan has had mixed results at RIR. He finished 11th in the spring at Richmond last season.

    XFINITY Chase Bubble: Spots Near The Cutoff Keep Shuffling
    Each week the spots near the cutoff line for the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase shuffle. This past weekend, Richard Petty Motorsport’s driver Jeb Burton bounced back inside the Chase bubble following his solid 12th-place finish at Bristol. Burton now sits 12th on the NXS Chase Grid with a cushion of 21 points over 13th-place Ross Chastain.

    11. Ryan Sieg - No. 39 RSS Racing Chevrolet - Sieg is 11th in the championship standings, two points ahead of 12th-place Jeb Burton. In seven starts this season, Sieg has posted one top 10, five top 20s and an average finish of 18.6. Sieg has made four series career starts at Richmond, posting his career-best finish (17th) at the .75-mile track last fall. 

    12. Jeb Burton - No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford - Burton responded nicely to his first DNF of the season at Texas two weeks ago with a 12th-place finish this past weekend at Bristol. The solid performance moved him up one spot in the points and inside the Chase bubble. Burton’s seven starts this season have yielded one top 10, five top 20s and an average finish of 18.9. Burton, who hails from Halifax, Virginia, will be making his series track debut this weekend.

    13. Ross Chastain - No. 4 JD Motorsports Chevrolet - Chastain struggled in Bristol, finishing 22nd and as a result dropped three spots in the championship standings and below the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase cutoff line. In seven starts this season, he has just two top 20s and an average finish of 21.7.  Richmond could be a good place for Chastain to make some headway in the points. In his two career series starts at RIR, he has finished 17th (Spring 2015) and 15th (Fall 2015).    

    Sunoco Rookie Update: Three Candidates Currently Inside The XFINITY Series Chase
    Currently three Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates - Erik Jones, Brandon Jones and Brennan Poole - are all inside the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase cutoff by virtue of a win or points.

    With Erik Jones’ win this past weekend at Bristol, he has all but guaranteed himself a spot in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase this season. Jones has worked his way up to second in the standings behind his teammate and former series rookie of the year Daniel Suárez.

    Without wins, Brandon Jones and Brennan Poole are currently inside the Chase cutoff.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    Surprise Presentation: Erik Jones, driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, will visit W. B. Simpson Elementary School in Wyoming, Delaware, on Wednesday, April 27 to surprise a fifth-grade student with the announcement of the inaugural Monster Mile Youth Nation Design Challenge winner. The Monster Mile Youth Nation Design Challenge saw Delaware fifth-graders submit colorful and creative designs for Dover International Speedway’s official pace car during national “Youth Art Month” in March. More than 500 students representing 11 schools from all three Delaware counties participated. The winner, a fifth-grader at W. B. Simpson Elementary in the Caesar Rodney School District, will receive a VIP experience at the Saturday, May 14 NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash race, including the opportunity to be on stage for pre-race activities.

    NASCAR In Virginia - NASCAR has held national series events in the state of Virginia dating back to the 1940s. There have been 491 NASCAR national series races held in Virginia among 10 different tracks (NSCS, 291; NXS, 151; NCWTS, 49). NASCAR’s first national series race in the state of Virginia was at Martinsville Speedway in 1949 - the race was won by Red Byron (Oldsmobile). The very first NASCAR XFINITY Series race held in the state of Virginia was at Richmond International Raceway (2/20/1982) and won by Tommy Houston (Pontiac). The NASCAR XFINITY Series has hosted 151 races in Virginia at five different tracks (Richmond International Raceway, 64; South Boston Speedway, 35; Martinsville Speedway, 34; Langley Field Speedway, 14; and New River Valley Speedway, 4).  

    Virginia Drivers In NASCAR - A total of 175 drivers who have made at least one NASCAR national series start have their home state recorded as Virginia. Of the 175 Virginia native drivers, 50 of them have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Of the 50 Virginia drivers that have competed in the NXS, only 10 have posted a victory in the series. Jeff Burton leads all NXS drivers in series wins with 27, followed by Tommy Ellis (22), Denny Hamlin (14) and Elliott Sadler (10). Tommy Ellis was the first driver from the state of Virginia to win in the NASCAR XFINITY Series with his victory at Hampton (VA) Speedway in 1982. 

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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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