NASCAR XFINITY Series Kentucky Race Information Page

Alsco 300

Kentucky Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #16 of 33 for the 2016 season

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Race: Friday, July 8, 2016 in Sparta, Ky

Title Sponsor: Alsco

Race Time: 8:30pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): Approximately 8:46pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track

Wednesday, July 6
3:30 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER

Thursday, July 7
7:00 AM-6:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
7:30 AM-10:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
9:00 AM NXS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
10:00 AM-11:25 AM NXS 1ST PRACTICE
1:00 PM-1:55 PM NXS 2ND PRACTICE
4:00 PM-4:55 PM NXS 3RD PRACTICE
7:00 PM-7:50 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Friday, July 8
11:00 AM-8:30 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
11:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
4:45 PM NXS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
6:15 PM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (BLUE GRASS HALL)
8:00 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
8:30 PM NXS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES) (NBCSN / PRN / SiriusXM NASCAR

NXS = XFINITY Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Kentucky race results and standings (pdf)

  • Busch wins XFINITY race at Kentucky: #18-Kyle Busch won the Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway on Friday night. It is his 81st XFINITY Series win and fifth of the year. #2-Austin Dillon finished second, followed by #19-Daniel Suarez, #20-Erik Jones, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #1-Elliott Sadler, #3-Ty Dillon, #12-Ryan Blaney, #48-Brennan Poole, and #22-Brad Keselowski.
    Busch started from the pole and put on a dominant performance, leading 185 of the 200 laps.
    There were 5 cautions for 22 laps and 11 lead changes among 6 leaders.
    The average speed was 144.258mph.
    Complete results are on the Kentucky race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Kentucky Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-8-2016)

  • Kentucky XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the 16th Annual Alsco 300, his 81st victory in 320 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his fifth victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his second victory and seventh top-10 finish in nine races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Austin Dillon(i) (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in five races at Kentucky Speedway. It is his 10th top-10 finish in 2016.
    Daniel Suarez (third) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Erik Jones (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Daniel Suarez leads the point standings by 9 points over Elliott Sadler.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(6-19-2016)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Kentucky:
    1) #19-Daniel Suarez [1 win], 537
    2) #1-Elliott Sadler [1 win], 528, -9
    3) #3-Ty Dillon, 518, -19
    4) #20-Erik Jones [2 wins], 480, -57
    5) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 477, -60
    6) #7-Justin Allgaier, 472, -65
    7) #33-Brandon Jones, 459, -78
    8) #48-Brennan Poole, 454, -83
    9) #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 430, -107
    10) #16-Ryan Reed, 378, -159
    11) #39-Ryan Sieg, 371, -166
    12) #11-Blake Koch, 368, -169
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(7-8-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kentucky: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #15-Kvapil, 25th
    Caution 2: #78-McLeod, 23rd
    Caution 3: none
    Caution 4: #48-Poole, 9th
    Caution 5: #33-Jones, 11th
    (7-8-2016)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Busch on XFINITY pole at Kentucky: #18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light pole for the Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway with a speed of 187.318mph.#19-Daniel Suarez will start second. The rest of the top 10: #20-Erik Jones, #2-Austin Dillon, #1-Elliott Sadler, #12-Ryan Blaney, #16-Ryan Reed, #88-Cole Custer, #11-Blake Koch, and #22-Brad Keselowski.
    Led the way in both rounds one and two. His speed in round one was at 186.361mph, and round two at 186.819mph.
    Did Not Qualify: none
    The starting lineup is posted on the Kentucky starting lineup page (pdf).(7-8-2016)

  • Kentucky Qualifying Notes:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 16th Annual Alsco 300 with a lap of 28.828 seconds, 187.318 mph.
    This is his 52nd pole in 320 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his fourth pole and ninth top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his first pole in nine races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Daniel Suarez (second) posted his 16th top-10 start of 2016 and his third in three races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Erik Jones (third) posted his third top-10 start at Kentucky Speedway. It is his 16th in 16 races this season.
    Erik Jones (third) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(7-8-2016)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Suarez fastest in XFINITY happy hour: #19-Daniel Suarez was quickest during final practice for the Alsco 300 with a speed of 186.845mph. He was followed by: #20-Erik Jones, #12-Ryan Blaney, #18-Kyle Busch, #3-Ty Dillon, #11-Blake Koch, #2-Austin Dillon, #44-JJ Yeley, #1-Elliott Sadler, #22-Brad Keselowski. 32 drivers participated in the session.
    See complete results on the Kentucky practice 4 speeds page (pdf).(7-7-2016)

  • Erik Jones fastest in third XFINITY practice: #20-Erik Jones was fastest during the third practice at Kentucky Speedway with a speed of 187.800mph. #19-Daniel Suarez was second, followed by: #18-Kyle Busch, #3-Ty Dillon, #12-Ryan Blaney, #44-JJ Yeley, #22-Brad Keselowski, #2-Austin Dillon, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., and #7-Justin Allgaier. 36 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Kentucky practice 3 speeds page (pdf).(7-7-2016)

  • Erik Jones fastest in second XFINITY practice: #20-Erik Jones was quickest during second practice for the Alsco 300 with a speed of 186.245mph. He was followed by: #19-Daniel Suarez, #18-Kyle Busch, #22-Brad Keselowski, #2-Austin Dillon, #7-Justin Allgaier, #88-Cole Custer, #12-Ryan Blaney, #48-Brennan Poole, and #11-Blake Koch. 37 drivers participated in the session.
    See complete results on the Kentucky practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(7-7-2016)

  • Dillon fastest in first XFINITY practice: #2-Austin Dillon was fastest during opening practice at Kentucky Speedway with a speed of 187.754mph. #18-Kyle Busch was second, followed by: #20-Erik Jones, #3-Ty Dillon, #19-Daniel Suarez, #88-Cole Custer, #48-Brennan Poole, #33-Brandon Jones, #1-Elliott Sadler, and #7-Justin Allgaier. 34 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Kentucky practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(7-7-2016)

  • Dillon fastest in first XFINITY practice: #2-Austin Dillon was fastest during opening practice at Kentucky Speedway with a speed of 187.754mph. #18-Kyle Busch was second, followed by: #20-Erik Jones, #3-Ty Dillon, #19-Daniel Suarez, #88-Cole Custer, #48-Brennan Poole, #33-Brandon Jones, #1-Elliott Sadler, and #7-Justin Allgaier. 34 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Kentucky practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(7-7-2016)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway. A few notes:
    Austin Dillon is in the #2;
    Ryan Blaney is in the #12;
    Kyle Busch is in the #18;
    Brad Keselowski is in the #22;
    Cole Custer isi n the #88;
    Dexter Bean is in the #92;
    The #97 is TBA;
    (7-5-2015)
    UPDATE: TJ Bell is in the #97 that was TBA;
    (7-7-2016)
    See the complete list on the Kentucky entry list page.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    NASCAR Xfinity Series -- Race No. 16 - Alsco 300 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - Race No. 10 - Buckle Up Your Truck 225 Kentucky Speedway (1.5-mile oval) - Sparta, Ky. Fast Facts for July 6-8, 2016

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Set limits: Xfinity: 9 sets for the event; Camping World Truck: 7 sets for the event

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4688; Right-side -- D-4690

    Tire Circumference: B>Left-side -- 87.56 in. (2,224 mm); Right-side -- 88.46 in. (2,247 mm)

    Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 25 psi; Left Rear -- 25 psi; Right Front -- 54 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

    Notes: This is the first race for teams in these two series on Kentucky's re-paved and re-configured surface . . . while teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Kentucky this week will run the same left-side tire, Xfinity and Camping World Truck teams will run a different right-side tire than those in the Sprint Cup Series . . . teams in Xfinity and Truck ran this left-side tire code (D-4688) at Charlotte earlier this season, but this is the first time they have run this right-side code (D-4690) . . . this right-side tire incorporates Goodyear Racing's multi-zone tread technology, which 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 . . . this is the same tire set-up that Sprint Cup teams ran at Las Vegas earlier this season . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run 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.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    Brand New Kentucky Speedway Awaits The NASCAR XFINITY Series

    Crew chiefs can toss out their old notes because Kentucky Speedway underwent a full repave during the offseason and its new surface debuts from Wednesday through Saturday when all three of NASCAR’s national series head to The Bluegrass State.

    In addition to the repave, Turns 1 and 2 had their banking increased from 14 to 17 degrees. The racing groove narrowed in the process. Turns 3 and 4 remain 14 degrees.

    The track also added 3,200 feet SAFER barrier and made improvements to its drainage system. The NASCAR XFINITY Series will get the chance to rubber up the newly repaved surface in Friday’s ALSCO 300 (July 8, 8:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).  

    Kentucky Speedway joined the NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule in 2001 and Kevin Harvick (Chevrolet) won the inaugural event on June 6. Since then, Kentucky Speedway has hosted 19 series races, one per season from 2001 to 2011, and then two races per season since 2012.

    Team Penske leads the series in wins with five at the track, while drivers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano are tied for most series wins at Kentucky with three apiece. Defending race winner, Brad Keselowski, will be in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Fusion this weekend.

    The series will have plenty of on-track time to prepare for the race on Friday night with four practices on Thursday, July 7. Qualifying will take place on Friday, July 8 at 4:45 p.m. ET.

    Countdown To The Chase: Eleven Races Till the Playoffs

    Just 11 races remain for NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers to secure a spot in the 2016 Chase. This weekend is big for the teams vying for a Chase spot because Kentucky Speedway is the first track in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase.

    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.

    Only three series title contenders have wins this season - Erik Jones (two), Elliott Sadler and Daniel Suárez (each with one victory) - leaving nine spots to be claimed by points.

    Five drivers currently sit on the Chase bubble. In 10th place is Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Reed who holds a 32-point cushion over 13th place. Just behind Reed sits Ryan Sieg in 11th, coming off his best finish of the season (third) this past weekend at Daytona. Sieg holds a slim 16-point advantage over 13th. In 12th place, and with his back against the proverbial Chase wall, Blake Koch ranks seven points above the cut line. Ross Chastain (-7) in 13th place and Jeremy Clements (-35) in 14th are on the outside looking in.

    Expect the five drivers on the Chase bubble to battle it out for points this weekend as four of the five have comparable average finishes at Kentucky: Reed (16.7), Sieg (18.2), Koch (30.2), Chastain (16.0) and Clements (22.0).

    Suárez Sees Lead Diminish, But Not Disappear

    Daytona wasn’t kind to NASCAR XFINITY Series points leader Daniel Suárez. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver was caught in an accident that relegated him to a 32nd-place finish, and as a result, his 21-point lead over second-place Elliott Sadler dwindle to six points. 

    This weekend at Kentucky Speedway, the struggle to hold the lead in the standings could continue for Suárez. Suárez has made two starts at Kentucky, posting one top five and an average finish of 13.5. In comparison, Sadler has made nine starts at Kentucky, amassing four top fives, six top 10s and an average finish of 8.2.  

    “The new pavement will present challenges for all of us, but I think our ARRIS team is ready and will work hard during our practice sessions on Thursday to find the right set up,” Suárez said. “It’s important to have a good weekend and learn as much as we can as we kick-off the 2016 XFINITY Chase when we return in September. I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”

    Suárez fans don’t fret, if he can perform similarly to last season over these next 11 races until the Chase he will be hard to beat. In the 11 races from Kentucky to Chicago last season, Suárez posted an average finish of 8.5, compared to Sadler, who posted a 12.2 average finish during those same events.

    Former Series Race Winners Looking For First Victory Of 2016

    Four drivers inside the top 12 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings are former winners looking for their first victory this season - Ty Dillon (62 races since his last win), Justin Allgaier (59), Brendan Gaughan (54) and Ryan Reed (47). One of these four could possibly get a win and lock themselves into the Chase over the next several races. 

    Richard Childress Racing teammates Dillon and Gaughan are having solid 2016 seasons, sitting third and fifth in the standings, respectively.  In 15 starts this season, Dillon has managed five top fives and nine top 10s. The 24-year-old is approaching some tracks he runs well at (including Indianapolis Motor Speedway (July 23), the site of his first series win). Dillon has made four starts in the Bluegrass State, posting two top fives, three top 10s and an average finish of 6.8. Among those solid finishes at Kentucky, he wrestled his Chevrolet to a runner-up finish last September.

    For the veteran Gaughan, Kentucky Speedway is a welcomed sight. The 1.5-mile track is home to his last series win (2014) and statistically is one of his best tracks. In seven starts at Kentucky, Gaughan has one win, four top fives, seven top 10s and an average finish of 4.7.

    JR Motorsport’s driver Justin Allgaier came just a fender shy of getting his first series win of the season last weekend at Daytona. The Riverton, Illinois native is currently fourth in the standings after recording six top fives and 12 top 10s. Though Allgaier has seven starts at Kentucky, he hasn’t competed there since 2013 in the series. He has two top fives, four top 10s and an average finish of 10.7 at the 1.5-mile track.

    Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Reed is still trying to find his footing in 2016 as he rests 10th in the points with one top-10 finish. Reed’s lone win came in the season-opening race at Daytona in 2015, and since then he has struggled to replicate his performance. But that could change this weekend, as Reed and the rest of the series will compete on a new surface at Kentucky. Reed has made four starts at Kentucky, logging an average finish of 16.8.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    Sunoco Rookie Update - Erik Jones is sailing off into the sunset atop the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings as he’s opened up a 47-point lead over second-place Brandon Jones. Also, third-place Brennan Poole is closing in on Brandon Jones and the second spot. Poole is only four points out of second following Daytona. ...

    XFINITY Series Car Owner Standings Update - The NASCAR XFINITY Series car owner standings tightened up following Daytona. Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota team is now leading the JR Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet team by four points. Kyle Busch (No. 18) and Cole Custer (No. 88) are scheduled to compete for the two teams this weekend. ...

    Bill France Performance Cup (OEM Standings) Update - Through 15 races this season, Toyota has posted nine wins and holds the manufacturer standings lead by 14 points over second-place Chevrolet with five wins. Ford is currently third, 66 points back from Chevrolet and 80 points back from the standings leader Toyota. 

    Extra Seat Time - With a triple-header on the schedule this weekend it is no surprise several drivers from each series will be competing in another series. In the NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Friday night, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Matt DiBenedetto, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski and Josh Wise will be competing. Cole Custer and Travis Kvapil will add XFINITY Series duty to their regular NASCAR NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rides. Three XFINITY Series regulars will be participating in the truck race Thursday night: Daniel Suárez, Brandon Jones and Garrett Smithley. Ty Dillon will also be competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Saturday night for Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing. ... 

    Kentucky Drivers in NASCAR - A total of 42 drivers who have competed in at least one NASCAR national series race have their home state recorded as Kentucky. Of the 42 Kentucky drivers, 14 have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series; led by Jeff Green with 433 starts. Of the 14 Kentucky drivers who have competed in the series only three have won: Jeff Green (16 wins), Michael Waltrip (11 wins) and David Green (nine wins). Brothers Danny Green (1994) and Jeff Green (2000) are both from Owensboro, Kentucky and are the only two Kentucky drivers to win NASCAR XFINITY Series titles. Jeff Green is the only Kentucky native entered in this weekend’s event.

     

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

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