NASCAR XFINITY Series Michigan Race Information Page

Menards 250

Michigan International Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #13 of 33 for the 2016 season

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Race: Saturday, June 11, 2016 in Brooklyn, MI

Title Sponsor: Menards

Race Time: 1:30pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): Approximately 1:48pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track

Friday, June 10
7:00 AM NXS HAULERS ENTER
9:00 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
9:30 AM-7:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
11:30 AM NXS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
12:30 PM-1:25 PM NXS 1ST PRACTICE
3:00 PM-3:55 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, June 11
7:00 AM-2:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:00 AM NXS QUALIFYING (SINGLE VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS)
11:45 AM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MICHIGAN ROOM)
1:00 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:30 PM NXS RACE (125 LAPS, 250 MILES) (FS1 / MRN / SiriusXM NASCAR

NXS = XFINITY Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Michigan race results and standings (pdf)

  • Daniel Suarez wins XFINITY race at Michigan: #19-Daniel Suarez won the Menards 250 at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 1st XFINITY Series win and locks him into this year's XFINITY Series Chase. He took the lead from #18-Kyle Busch at the white flag and held on for the win. Busch finished second, followed by #2-Paul Menard, #20-Erik Jones, #1-Elliott Sadler, #22-Joey Logano, polesitter #88-Alex Bowman, #7-Justin Allgaier, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., and #33-Brandon Jones.
    There were 3 cautions for 14 laps and 11 lead changes among 7 leaders.
    The average speed was 155.952mph.
    Complete results are on the Michigan race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Michigan Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-11-2016)

  • Michigan XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Daniel Suarez won the 25th Annual Menards 250 presented by Valvoline, his first victory in 48 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in two races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Kyle Busch(i) (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in nine races at Michigan International Speedway. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 2016.
    Paul Menard(i) (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 11 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Erik Jones (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Daniel Suarez leads the point standings by 18 points over Elliott Sadler.
    Daniel Suarez (Monterrey, Mexico) becomes the first Mexican driver to win a NASCAR national series race.
    Suarez is the sixth foreign born driver to win in the NASCAR XFINITY Series joining Larry Polllard (Canada), Ron Fellows (Canada), Juan Pablo Montoya (Colombia), Marcos Ambrose (Australia) and Nelson Piquet Jr. (Brazil).
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(6-11-2016)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Michigan:
    1) #19-Daniel Suarez [1 win], 452
    2) #1-Elliott Sadler [1 win], 434, -18
    3) #3-Ty Dillon, 416, -36
    4) #20-Erik Jones [2 wins], 397, -55
    5) #7-Justin Allgaier, 388, -64
    6) #33-Brandon Jones, 388, -64
    7) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 386, -66
    8) #48-Brennan Poole, 373, -79
    9) #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 340, -112
    10) #16-Ryan Reed, 301, -151
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(6-11-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Michigan: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #78-McLeod, 34th
    Caution 2: #11-Koch, 13th
    Caution 3: #4-Chastain, 16th
    (6-11-2016)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Alex Bowman on XFINITY pole at Michigan: #88-Alex Bowman won the Coors Light pole for the Menards 250 at Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 191.586mph. #20-Erik Jones will start second. The rest of the top 10: #1-Elliott Sadler, #7-Justin Allgaier, #18-Kyle Busch, #19-Daniel Suarez, #11-Blake Koch, #48-Brennan Poole, #22-Joey Logano, and #39-Ryan Sieg.
    Did Not Qualify: None.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Michigan starting lineup page (pdf).(6-11-2016)

  • Michigan Qualifying Notes:
    Alex Bowman won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 25th Annual Menards 250 presented by Valvoline with a lap of 37.581 seconds, 191.586 mph.
    This is his third pole in 44 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his first pole in three races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Erik Jones (second) posted his 13th top-10 start of 2016 and his first at Michigan International Speedway.
    Elliott Sadler (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his eighth in 13 races this season.
    Erik Jones (second) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(6-11-2016)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Joey Logano fastest in XFINITY happy hour: #22-Joey Logano was quickest during happy hour for the Menards 250 with a speed of 191.826mph. He was followed by: #11-Blake Koch, #16-Ryan Reed, #20-Erik Jones, #7-Justin Allgaier, #2-Paul Menard, #3-Ty Dillon, #33-Brandon Jones, #19-Daniel Suarez and #62-Brendan Gaughan. 36 drivers participated in the session.
    See complete results on the Michigan practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(6-10-2016)

  • Erik Jones fastest in first XFINITY practice: #20-Erik Jones was fastest during opening practice at Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 192.092mph. #3-Ty Dillon was second, followed by: #22-Joey Logano, #2-Paul Menard, #18-Kyle Busch, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #88-Alex Bowman, #19-Daniel Suarez, #1-Elliott Sadler, and #7-Justin Allgaier. 36 drivers practiced during the session. The practice was red flagged for about 10 minutes when a groundhog ran out onto the track and had to be captured.
    See complete results on the Michigan practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(6-10-2016)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 39 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Menards 250 at Michigan International Speedway. A few notes:
    Paul Menard remains in the RCR #2;
    John Jackson is entered in the #13;
    Todd Peck is entered in the RWR #15;
    Kyle Busch remains in the Gibbs' #18;
    Corey LaJoie returns to the #24 for JGL;
    Chris Cockrum is entered in the RWR #25;
    Justin Marks returns to the Ganassi #42;
    Alex Bowman makes another start in the the #88 for JR Motorsports;
    The #97 for Obaiaa is TBA again and their second car, #77, is entered.(6-4-2015)
    UPDATE: The #24 JGL entry has withdrawn and #74 with Mike Harmon added.(6-5-2016)
    UPDATE: Harrison Rhodes will be in the #13, John Jackson will drive the #40 for Carl Long, The #77 for Obaika has withdrawn, the #92 has been added with Mario Gosselin, TJ Bell will drive the #97. There are 39 cars entered.(6-10-2016)
    UPDATE: There was a late entry to bring the field to 40 cars. Josh Williams has been added in the #79, a 2nd Jimmy Means Chevy.(6-10-2016)
    See the complete list on the Michigan entry list page.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Xfinity: 7 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4670; Right-side -- D-4704

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.60 in. (2,225 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.54 in. (2,249 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 26 psi; Left Rear - 26 psi;
    Right Front -- 57 psi; Right Rear -- 54 psi

  • Notes: While teams in the NASCAR Xfinity and Sprint Cup Series will run the same right-side tire code (D-4704) at Michigan this weekend, they will run distinct left-side codes . . . this is the first time Xfinity, teams have run either of these two tire codes, though they will run this left-side again at Kansas later this season . . . compared to what was run at Michigan last year, both of these tire codes feature construction changes to bring them into line with what is run at other speedways, while this right-side also features a compound change to give the cars 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 Michigan . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    Rain Couldn’t Wash Suárez’s Points Lead Away
    The weather might have played a role in determining who took home the trophy last weekend, but it didn’t wash away most of Daniel Suárez’s points lead. Now as the NASCAR XFINITY Series heads to the Irish Hills of Michigan for Saturday’s Menards 250 presented by Valvoline (1 p.m. ET on FS1), Suárez holds an 11-point lead over second-place Elliott Sadler.

    Suárez’s lead is a welcomed cushion for the 24 year old, as he struggled in his lone start at Michigan during his rookie campaign last season. After starting 10th last year in the Wolverine State, Suárez was in a single-car accident on Lap 103 that put him a lap down and ultimately produced a 20th-place finish.

    Suárez’s sophomore season has been vastly different from his rookie one (which was strong in its own right). Through the first 12 races of 2016, the NASCAR XFINITY Series has visited 11 of the same tracks as it did through the first 12 races of 2015. Of those 11 tracks, Suárez he has improved his finishing position this season on nine of them. Suárez continues to hold the points lead on the strength of four top fives and 10 top 10s this season.

    Sadler Looks To Michigan To Close On Standings Lead
    JR Motorsports’ Elliott Sadler is in pursuit of the championship standings lead, but 11 NASCAR XFINITY Series points stand between him and his goal. That could change this weekend as Sadler is looking at Michigan International Speedway as the catalyst to reaching the standings summit.

    In Sadler’s last seven starts at Michigan, he has posted five top-10 finishes, including a fifth-place finish last season.

    In 12 starts this season Sadler has posted one win (Talladega), four top fives and 10 top 10s.

    The Byron Bullet: Erik Jones Comes Home To Michigan
    One of the most talented young drivers in the NASCAR XFINITY Series this season is Byron, Michigan’s Erik Jones, and this weekend the 20 year old will be making his series track debut at Michigan International Speedway.

    The Joe Gibbs Racing driver is currently fifth in the series standings - 49 points back from the lead. Jones has been one of the biggest standouts in the series this season, posting two wins (both in Dash 4 Cash races) and a series-leading seven top fives. He also leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings. 

    If Jones were to win this weekend, he would become the third Michigan driver to win a NASCAR national series race at Michigan International Speedway, joining Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills), who has two NASCAR XFINITY Series wins (2009, 2010) at Michigan and Johnny Benson (Grand Rapids), who visited Victory Lane in the 2006 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

    Chip Ganassi Racing Bringing High-Level Talent To The Track
    Though last weekend’s inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Pocono was a rain-shortened event, the lights were shined on some of the great talent that Chip Ganassi Racing is producing, after driver Kyle Larson and crew chief Mike Shiplett took home the win.

    The victory was the first of the season and fourth of Larson’s series career. Larson has participated in seven NASCAR XFINITY Series races this season, posting one win, three top fives, and five top 10s. He has led 210 laps (19% of his laps completed) and has an average finish of 9.3.

    “It has been really a solid few weeks,” said Larson, following his win at Pocono. “Really every time I have gotten into the XFINITY car we have been fast and close to winning.”

    A lot of the speed Larson finds in the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro can be attributed to his team, led by crew chief Mike Shiplett. This season, Shiplett has been tasked with working with drivers Kyle Larson and Justin Marks. This is the fifth season Shiplett has served as crew chief in the series and during that time he has worked with 12 different drivers. Coincidentally, like Larson, the win this past weekend was Shiplett’s fourth in his series career - (two wins with Kasey Kahne and two with Kyle Larson).

    This weekend, Marks is back behind the wheel of the No. 42 which currently sits 13th in the owner standings. Over the last seven years, Marks has run part-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, mostly competing road-course events. This season, Marks has made five starts, logging three top 15s and an average finish of 22.6.

    Doubling His Duty Could Benefit Ty Dillon
    Richard Childress Racing’s Ty Dillon has had a busy schedule lately and it looks like more of the same for him this weekend at Michigan International Speedway as he will be competing in both the NASCAR XFINITY Series race Saturday for RCR, and then Sunday for Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.  

    Dillon has pulled double duty six times this season and four have resulted in top-10 finishes in the XFINITY Series event, including this past weekend at Pocono Raceway where he finished third. He’s yet to have a bad finish when racing in both NASCAR national series events this season, his worst finish is still in the top 15 (13th twice: Daytona, Texas).

    Now Dillon sits third in the series standings just seven points behind second-place Elliott Sadler and 18 points back from Daniel Suarez in the standings lead. Dillon has made two series career starts at Michigan posting an average finish of 11.0.

    Chase Implications: Koch Rides Top-15 Streak Inside XFINITY Series Chase
    With 14 races left until the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase kicks off at Kentucky Speedway on Sept. 24, drivers are trying to either win or score as many points as possible to secure their spot in this season’s playoffs. One such driver on an upswing the last few weeks is Blake Koch, whose third consecutive top-15 finish catapulted him two spots in the points, from 13th to 11th - and inside the Chase cutoff line.

    This season in the Kaulig Racing No. 11 Chevrolet, Koch has posted two top 10s, six top 15s and an average finish of 18.9. 

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.
    Sprint Cup Stars Pull Double Duty: This week, last year’s Michigan XFINITY Series winner Kyle Busch, will be returning to defend his victory. Busch will be joined by Joey Logano, Matt DiBenedetto, Paul Menard and Josh Wise. Like Busch, both Logano (2012) and Menard (2014) are former series winners at Michigan. ...

    NASCAR In Michigan: There have been 138 NASCAR national series races held in the state of Michigan at four different tracks - Michigan International Speedway (133), Grand River Speedrome (two), Michigan State Fairgrounds (two) and Monroe Speedway (one). Only the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competed at all four tracks (totaling 98 races in Michigan), the NASCAR XFINITY Series (24 races) and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (16 races) have only competed at MIS. The very first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Michigan was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on July 1, 1951 at Grand River Speedrome (Grand Rapids, MI) - the race was won by Marshall Teague (Hudson). The first NASCAR national series race held at Michigan International Speedway (Brooklyn) was a NSCS event on June 15, 1969 and won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough (Mercury). The first NASCAR XFINITY Series race held at Michigan was on August 15, 1992 and won by Todd Bodine (Chevrolet). ...

    Michigan Drivers In NASCAR: A total of 98 drivers that have made at least one NASCAR national series start have their home state recorded as Michigan. Of the 98 Michigan drivers, 83 have made at least one start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but only three have won in the series - Brad Keselowski (19 wins), Paul Goldsmith (nine wins) and Johnny Benson (one win). Of the 98 Michigan drivers, only 22 of them have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, but a mere seven have won - Brad Keselowski (34), Tim Fedewa (four), Erik Jones (four), Johnny Benson (three), Butch Miller (two), Tracy Leslie (one) and Jack Sprague (one).

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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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