NASCAR XFINITY Series Charlotte Race Information Page

Hisense 300

Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #11 of 33 for the 2016 season

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Race: Saturday, May 28, 2016 in Concord, NC

Title Sponsor: Hisense

Race Time: 2:30pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): Approximately 2:46pm/et

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RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, May 26
8:00 AM NXS HAULERS ENTER
9:30 AM-7:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:00 AM 9:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
2:30 PM NXS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
3:30 PM-4:25 PM NXS 1ST PRACTICE
5:30 PM-6:50 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Friday, May 27
No on track activity

Saturday, May 28
7:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
11:15 AM NXS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
12:45 PM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
2:00 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:30 PM NXS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)(FS1 / PRN / SiriusXM NASCAR

NXS = XFINITY Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Charlotte race results and standings (pdf)

  • Hamlin wins XFINITY race at Charlotte: #18-Denny Hamlin won the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 15th XFINITY Series win and 1st of the year. #2-Austin Dillon finished second, followed by #22-Joey Logano, #88-Cole Custer, #7-Justin Allgaier, #42-Kyle Larson, #33-Brandon Jones, #3-Ty Dillon, #48-Brennan Poole, and #62-Brendan Gaughan.
    Pole sitter #20-Erik Jones finished 31st.
    There were 8 cautions for 54 laps and 21 lead changes among 10 leaders.
    The average speed was 114.515mph.
    Complete results are on the Charlotte race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Charlotte Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-28-2016)

  • Charlotte XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Denny Hamlin(i) won the 35th Annual Hisense 300 , his 15th victory in 154 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 11 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Austin Dillon(i) (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in seven races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his ninth top-10 finish in 2016.
    Joey Logano(i) (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 12 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Brandon Jones (seventh) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Daniel Suarez leads the point standings by 14 points over Elliott Sadler.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(5-28-2016)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Charlotte:
    1) #19-Daniel Suarez, 376
    2) #1-Elliott Sadler [1 win], 362, -14
    3) #7-Justin Allgaier, 353, -23
    4) #3-Ty Dillon, 352, -40
    5) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 336, -40
    6) #33-Brandon Jones, 324, -52
    7) #20-Erik Jones # [2 wins], 320, -56
    8) #48-Brennan Poole, 314, -62
    9) #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 283, -93
    10) #16-Ryan Reed, 266, -110
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(5-28-2016)

    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(5-28-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #74-Hamon, 38th
    Caution 2: #70-Cope, 32nd
    Caution 3: #19-Suarez,12th
    Caution 4: #14-Green, 34th
    Caution 5: #21-Gallagher, 29th
    Caution 6: #39-Sieg, 13th
    Caution 7: #0-Smithley, 15th
    Caution 8: #0-Smithley, 15th
    (5-28-2016)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Jones on XFINITY pole at Charlotte: #20-Erik Jones won the Coors Light pole for the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 184.546mph. #19-Daniel Suarez will start second. The rest of the top 10: #18-Denny Hamlin, #2-Austin Dillon, #42-Kyle Larson, #1-Elliott Sadler, #22-Joey Logano, #7-Justin Allgaier, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., and #3-Ty Dillon.
    Did Not Qualify: #40-TJ Bell and #89-Morgan Shepherd.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Charlotte starting lineup page (pdf).(5-28-2016)

  • Charlotte Qualifying Notes:
    Erik Jones won the Coors Light 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the 35th Annual Hisense 300 with a lap of 29.261 seconds, 184.546 mph.
    This is his seventh pole in 37 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his fourth pole and 11th top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his first pole in three races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Daniel Suarez (second) posted his 11th top-10 start of 2016 and his second in three races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Denny Hamlin(i) (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his first in one races this season.
    Erik Jones (first) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(5-28-2016)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Dillon fastest in XFINITY happy hour: #3-Ty Dillon was quickest during happy hour for the Hisense 300 with a speed of 181.342mph. He was followed by: #19-Daniel Suarez, #20-Erik Jones, #2-Austin Dillon, #48-Brennan Poole, #33-Brandon Jones, #18-Denny Hamlin, #1-Elliott Sadler, #43-Jeb Burton, #and #42-Kyle Larson. 40 drivers participated in the session.
    See complete results on the Charlotte practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(5-26-2016)

  • Jones fastest in first XFINITY practice: #20-Erik Jones was fastest during opening practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 181.159mph. #18-Denny Hamlin was second, followed by: #12-Ryan Blaney, #19-Daniel Suarez, #3-Ty Dillon, #2-Austin Dillon, #88-Cole Custer, #42-Kyle Larson, #48-Brennan Poole, #33-Brandon Jones. 40 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Charlotte practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(5-26-2016)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 42 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Ryan Blaney will be in the #12 for Team Penske;
    Denny Hamlin will drive the #18 for Gibbs;
    Spencer Gallagher and the #21 team return to the track;
    Drew Herring returns to the #24 for JGL;
    Cole Custer will drive the #88 for JR Motorsports;
    Josh Wise will drive the #93 for RSS;
    Harrison Rhodes is entered in the #97 for Obaika.(5-23-2015)
    UPDATE: Carl Long moved from the #40 to #13; TJ Bell is in the #40.(5-27-2016)
    See the complete list on the Charlotte entry list page.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear "Support Our Troops" Speedway Radials

  • Set limits: Xfinity: 8 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4688;
    Right-side -- D-4694

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.56 in. (2,224 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 26 psi; Left Rear -- 26 psi;
    Right Front -- 54 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

  • Notes: All Goodyear tires run this week will be branded with "Support Our Troops" instead of the customary "Eagle" . . . teams in the NASCAR Xfinity and Sprint Cup Series will run completely different tire set-ups at Charlotte . . . these are two new tire codes for Xfinity teams, though it is the same tire set-up Camping World Truck teams ran at Charlotte last week . . . compared to what was run at Charlotte last year, this left-side code (D-4688) features a construction change (bring into line with other speedways) and a compound change (more grip) . . . like the 2015 Charlotte tire, this right-side code (D-4694) is a multi-zone tread tire, which features two different compounds on the same tire - one on the inboard two inches (Endurance Zone) and one on the outboard 10 inches (Traction Zone) . . . the difference from last year is a change to the compound on the outboard (more grip) . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Charlotte . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

  • Goodyear Blimp: Goodyear's "Wingfoot One" will be in the skies over Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend . . . this ship is based out of Pompano Beach, Fla. . . . Wingfoot One will provide aerial coverage for Fox Sports for both the NASCAR Xfinity and Sprint Cup races.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    Sadler’s Slight Points Lead Not Enough To Get Comfortable

    JR Motorsports knew it was getting a solid veteran when it signed Elliott Sadler for 2016.

    With 10 races in the books and the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings lead, solid might’ve been an understatement.

    Sadler holds a three points advantage over second-place Daniel Suárez, but knows that buffer is not exactly comfortable as the series heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway for Saturday’s Hisense 4K TV 300 (2:30 p.m. ET on FS1).

    Sadler’s average finish through 10 starts is 6.6 - tied with Suárez for tops in the series. Sadler has one win (Talladega), four top fives and nine top 10s. In season-to-date loop data, he is ranked sixth in average running position (9.2) and fifth in Driver Rating (99.8).

    Early in Sadler’s career he struggled at Charlotte, but as of late he has found his groove on the 1.5-mile speedway, posting six top 10s in his last nine starts. He finished ninth in this event last season. 

    Dillon/RCR Look To Become Third Driver/Team To Win Three Straight Races At Charlotte

    Rising star and former series champion Austin Dillon dominated Charlotte Motor Speedway last season, sweeping both races from the Coors Light Pole. The feat impressed many and now gives Dillon and Richard Childress Racing the opportunity to be just the third driver and third team in series history to win three consecutive races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

    Dillon can put himself in rare company if he can win this weekend at Charlotte. He would become the third driver to win three consecutive races at CMS, joining 1989 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Rob Moroso (Fall 198, both races of 1989) and Mark Martin (Fall of 1995, both races of 1996).

    Dillon has made six series starts at Charlotte, recording two wins, three top fives, four top 10s and an average finish of 5.8. Dillon also owns three poles at the famed 1.5-mile track.

    Richard Childress Racing has entered four drivers this weekend at CMS: Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Brandon Jones and Brendan Gaughan. If any of the four were to win at Charlotte on Saturday, Richard Childress Racing would become the third team in series history to win three consecutive races at CMS, joining Moroso Performance (Fall 1988, both races of 1989) and Roush Fenway Racing (Fall of 1995, both races of 1996).

    Rookie Erik Jones Has A Lot To Smile About Lately

    Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Erik Jones has been showcasing his talents over the past several weeks. The Byron, Michigan native jumped two spots in the NASCAR XFINITY Series points following his win at Dover International Speedway.

    In 10 starts this year, he has two victories (Bristol and Dover) and two Dash 4 Cash wins totaling $200,000 of bonus money. Plus, the 19 year-old is virtually locked into the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase and has six Chase bonus points due to his multiple wins, provided he stays in the top 30 in points and qualifies for the remaining events. 

    “Charlotte has been a place where I’ve run fairly well myself and JGR has always run well,” Jones said. “We’ll see as the week goes on, but I think our mile-and-a-half program has been pretty stout this year everywhere we’ve gone, no matter what mile-and-a-half it may be.”

    Jones has made two starts at Charlotte, posting one top five and an average finish of 8.5.

    Assuming Jones continues his streak of success this weekend at Charlotte wouldn’t be foolish. He holds the second-best average finish on 1.5-mile tracks this season - an astounding 2.7.

    North Carolina Natives Aplenty This Weekend

    Eight drivers with their home state recorded as North Carolina are entered this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the NASCAR XFINITY Series: Ty Dillon (Welcome), Austin Dillon (Welcome), Morgan Shepherd (Ferguson), Harrison Rhodes (High Point), Ryan Blaney (High Point), Drew Herring (Benson), Cody Ware (Greensboro) and Carl Long (Roxboro).

    Of the eight entered, Austin Dillon (2015 sweep) is the only active North Carolina driver to win at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the series.

    JGR’s Suárez Must Keep The Heat On The Standings Leader

    With just three points separating himself from the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings lead, 2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Daniel Suárez needs to keep the heat on veteran Elliott Sadler to close the points gap between first and second.

    In 10 starts, Suárez has posted four top fives, nine top 10s and an average finish of 6.6. In season-to-date loop data Suárez leads the series in Average Running Position (6.7) and is ranked second in Driver Rating (106.9).

    Charlotte provides the perfect stage for Suárez to catapult ahead of Sadler in the points. Suárez has made two starts at CMS, logging one top five, two top 10s and an average finish of 5.0.

    Chase Bubble: 16 Races To Go Until Cutoff

    As the NASCAR XFINITY Series rolls into Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend, the competitors know there are just 16 races left in the regular season. 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.

    Below are a look at the drivers teetering on the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase bubble after 10 races:

    11. Jeb Burton (+17) - No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford Mustang - Burton’s season has been a mix of ups and downs. Burton sits 11th in the standings after posting one top 10 and eight top-20 finishes.

    12. Ryan Sieg (+10) - No. 39 RSS Racing Chevrolet Camaro - Sieg’s currently the last driver eligible for the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase as he is 10 points ahead of 13th-place Blake Koch. Sieg’s success this season has been built on consistency. In 10 starts this season, he has posted one top 10 and seven top-20 finishes. He also has two top-10 starts this season.

    13. Blake Koch (-10) - No. 11 Kaulig Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro - Koch is the first driver on the outside of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase cutoff line looking in. Koch is 13th in the standings just 10 points behind 12th. Koch’s season started strong, but an accident at Texas knocked him outside the top 12 and he has been trying to rebound ever since. In 10 starts, Koch has posted two top 10s and six top 20s. 

    A Few Truck Men: Gallagher, Custer Sampling Some XFINITY Series

    Two of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ rising stars, Cole Custer and Spencer Gallagher, will be strapping into cars this Saturday and competing in the Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

    Custer will wrangle the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro this weekend in his second career start in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Custer’s series debut came a few weeks back at Richmond International Raceway, where he drove the JR Motorsports No. 5 from 17th to a sixth-place finish.

    Custer has made only one NASCAR national series start at Charlotte Motor Speedway - last weekend in the NCWTS race - where he started 16th and finished 13th.

    GMS Racing has tapped Spencer Gallagher to drive their No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro this weekend at CMS. Gallagher has made three starts in the XFINITY Series this season, posting a best finish of 17th (Richmond). This weekend will also be Gallagher’s series debut at Charlotte. Like Custer, Gallagher competed in the Truck Series race at Charlotte last weekend, starting second and finishing sixth.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    NASCAR XFINITY Series in North Carolina:There have been 796 NASCAR national series races (NSCS, 522; NXS, 187; NCWTS, 18) held in the state of North Carolina. The 187 NASCAR XFINITY Series races held in N.C. have been on seven different tracks: Charlotte Motor Speedway (68), Rockingham Speedway (42), Hickory Speedway (42), Orange County Speedway (27), North Wilkesboro Speedway (four), Caraway Speedway (three) and Asheville Speedway (one). The first NASCAR national series race in North Carolina was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Charlotte Speedway (dirt track) on June 19, 1949 that was won by Jim Roper (Lincoln). The first NASCAR XFINITY Series race held in North Carolina was on April 10, 1982 at Hickory Speedway in Hickory, North Carolina and was won by Jack Ingram (Pontiac)...

    NASCAR XFINITY Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway: The NASCAR XFINITY Series has held 68 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The first NXS race at CMS was held on May 29, 1982 and won by Harry Gant (Pontiac). Four-hundred-sixty-seven drivers have made at least one start in the series at Charlotte Motor Speedway; 56 of the 467 made their first series career start at CMS. Thirty-two different drivers have won at CMS in the NXS, led by Kyle Busch with eight victories. Eight drivers tallied their first series win at CMS (none are active).

    North Carolina Drivers in NASCAR: A total of 439 drivers who have made at least one NASCAR national series start have their home state recorded as North Carolina. Of the 439 North Carolina drivers, only 29 have won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, led by Richard Petty with 200 victories (series-most). Out of the 439, only 109 have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Of the 109 North Carolina drivers who have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, 21 have visited Victory Lane, led by Jack Ingram with 31 wins. Six North Carolina drivers have won at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the NASCAR XFINITY Series: Harry Gant, four wins (Taylorsville); Dale Earnhardt, three wins (Kannapolis); Austin Dillon, two wins (Welcome); Dale Jarrett, two wins (Hickory); Phil Parsons, one win (Denver) and Sam Ard, one win (Asheboro). Five NXS champions are from North Carolina: 2013 champ Austin Dillon (Welcome), 2003 champ Brian Vickers (Thomasville), two-time series champ (1998-1999) Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1982 and 1985 champ Jack Ingram (Asheville) and 1983-1984 champ Sam Ard (Asheboro).

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TV: FS1
3:30 pm/et
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Qualifying:
10:30am/et, Saturday, February 25
Fox Sports 1

Practices:
12:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1
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