NASCAR XFINITY Series Mid-Ohio Race Information Page

Mid-Ohio 200

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #21 of 33 for the 2016 season

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Race: Saturday, August 13, 2016 in Lexington, Ohio

Title Sponsor: None

Race Time: 3:30pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): Approximately 3:48pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, August 11
10:00 AM NXS HAULERS ENTER
11:30 AM-4:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
12:00 PM-5:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN

Friday, August 12
7:00 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
7:00 AM-7:30 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
8:00 AM NXS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
9:00 AM-10:25 AM NXS 1ST PRACTICE
11:35 AM-12:55 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE
6:15 PM NXS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS)

Saturday, August 13
11:00 AM-4:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
11:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
12:30 PM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
3:00 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:30 PM NXS RACE (75 LAPS, 169.35 MILES)(USA Network / MRN / SiriusXM NASCAR)

NXS = XFINITY Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Mid-Ohio race results and standings (pdf)

  • Justin Marks wins XFINITY race at Mid-Ohio: #42-Justin Marks won the Mid-Ohio 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. It is his 1st XFINITY Series win. Pole sitter #2-Sam Hornish, Jr finished second, followed by #22-Ryan Blaney, #3-Ty Dillon, #7-Justin Allgaier, #20-Erik Jones, #90-Andy Lally, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #1-Elliott Sadler, and #48-Brennan Poole.
    #40-Alon Day, making his XFINITY Series debut, finished 13th.
    The race started under dry conditions, but the first caution came out on lap 3 for rain. Teams switched to rain tires and ran with them through the halfway point of the race. The track dried and teams went back to slick tires before rain returned near the end of the race.
    There were 8 cautions for 32 laps and 13 lead changes among 8 leaders.
    The average speed was 53.437mph.
    Complete results are on the Mid-Ohio race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Mid-Ohio Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-13-2016)

  • Mid-Ohio XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Justin Marks won the 4th Annual Mid-Ohio Challenge, his first victory in 25 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in three races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
    Sam Hornish Jr (second) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. It is his third top-10 finish in 2016.
    Ryan Blaney(i) (third) posted his first top-10 finish in one races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
    Erik Jones (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 25 points over Daniel Suarez.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-6-2016)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Mid-Ohio:
    [12 drivers qualify for the XFINITY Series Chase. 5 more races until the Chase cutoff.]
    1) #1-Elliott Sadler [1 win], 700
    2) #19-Daniel Suarez [1 win], 675, -25
    3) #3-Ty Dillon, 667, -33
    4) #20-Erik Jones [3 wins], 648, -52
    5) #7-Justin Allgaier, 646, -54
    6) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 631, -69
    7) #48-Brennan Poole, 618, -82
    8) #33-Brandon Jones, 595, -105
    9) #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 539, -161
    10) #16-Ryan Reed, 526, -174
    11) #39-Ryan Sieg, 483, -217
    12) #11-Blake Koch, 466, -234
    Currently outside the Chase:
    13) #4-Ross Chastain, 463, -237, 3 pts out of 12th
    14) #28-Dakoda Armstrong, 448, -252, -18
    15) #51-Jeremy Clements, 430, -270, -36
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(8-13-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Mid-Ohio: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap or more down.
    Caution 2: #33-Jones, 19th
    Caution 3: #74-Reuse, 33rd
    Caution 4: #78-McLeod, 27th
    Caution 5: #14-Bliss, 26th
    Caution 6: #25-Ellis, 18th
    Caution 7: #4-Chastain, 14th
    Caution 8: #15-Barrett, 20th
    (8-13-2016)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Hornish on XFINITY pole at Mid-Ohio: #2-Sam Hornish, Jr. won the Coors Light pole for the Mid-Ohio 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with a speed of 96.374mph. #18-Owen Kelly will start second. The rest of the top 10: #22-Ryan Blaney, #1-Elliott Sadler, #19-Daniel Suarez, #20-Erik Jones, #3-Ty Dillon, #16-Ryan Reed, #98-Nelson Piquet, Jr., and #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr.
    The first round of qualifying was delayed slightly because of rain, but was able to be completed without any issues.
    Did Not Qualify: None.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Mid-Ohio starting lineup page (pdf).(8-12-2016)

  • Mid-Ohio Qualifying Notes:
    Sam Hornish Jr won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 4th Annual Mid-Ohio Challenge with a lap of 84.346 seconds, 96.374 mph.
    This is his eighth pole in 113 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his second pole in three races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
    Owen Kelly (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2016 and his second in two races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
    Ryan Blaney(i) (third) posted his first top-10 start at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. It is his second in four races this season.
    Erik Jones (sixth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-12-2016)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Hornish fastest in XFINITY final practice: #2-Sam Hornish, Jr. was fastest during final practice at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with a speed of 95.977mph. #16-Ryan Reed was second, followed by: #98-Nelson Piquet, Jr., #22-Ryan Blaney, #1-Elliott Sadler, #3-Ty Dillon, #7-Justin Allgaier, #11-Blake Koch, #90-Andy Lally, and #33-Brandon Jones. 38 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Mid-Ohio practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(8-12-2016)

  • Ty Dillon fastest in first XFINITY practice: #3-Ty Dillon was fastest during opening practice at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with a speed of 96.087mph. #2-Sam Hornish, Jr. was second, followed by: #33-Brandon Jones, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #22-Ryan Blaney, #1-Elliott Sadler, #7-Justin Allgaier, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #19-Daniel Suarez, and #42-Justin Marks. 38 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Mid-Ohio practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-12-2016)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Mid-Ohio 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. A few notes:
    Sam Hornish returns to the RCR #2;
    Tim Cowen will be in the #13;
    The #14 will again be Tomy Drissi;
    Stanton Barrett returns to the #15;
    The JGR #18 is TBA;
    Ryan Blaney will drive the #22 for Team Penske;
    Ryan Ellis will drive the RWR #25;
    Alon Day makes his Series debut in the MBM #40;
    The Mike Harmon #74 is TBA;
    The Obiaka Racing #77 & #97 are TBA;
    Kenny Habul remains in the JRM #88;
    Nelson Piquet, Jr will drive the #98 for Biagi.(8-8-2015)
    UPDATE: Owen Kelly will be in the #18 for Joe Gibbs Racing.(8-9-2016)
    UPDATE: Timmy Hill will drive the #70 for Derrike Cope.(8-10-2016)
    UPDATE: Roger Reuse will be in the #74 for Mike Harmon.(8-10-2016)
    UPDATE: Jordan Anderson will drive the #77 for Obaika Racing; TJ Bell will be in the #97.(8-10-2016)
    UPDATE: Morgan Shepherd has withdrawn his #89. The #90 is now TBA as Mario Gosselin is now entered in the #92.(8-11-2016)
    UPDATE: Mike Bliss is in the #14; Andy Lally in the #90.(8-12-2016)
    See the complete list on the Mid-Ohio entry list page.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials

  • Set limits:
    6 sets for the event

  • Tire Code:
    D-4590 (same on all four tire positions)

  • Tire Circumference:
    88.66 in. (2,252 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Right Front -- 20 psi;
    Left Rear -- 17 psi; Right Rear -- 17 psi

  • Notes: NASCAR Xfinity Series teams will run the same tire code (D-4590) on all four corners of the car at Mid-Ohio . . . this is the same tire Xfinity teams ran at this road course last season . . . they are also scheduled to run this tire code again at Road America in two weeks . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Mid-Ohio.

  • Wet Weather Tires: Goodyear will also bring its wet weather radials (D-4215) to Mid-Ohio for use by Xfinity Series teams, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant . . . Xfinity teams last ran this wet weather tire code at Road America in 2014.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    Erik Jones The Latest On The Ladder To Move Up To Sprint Cup
    Former series champions Austin Dillon (2013), Chase Elliott (2014), Chris Buescher (2015) and now 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Erik Jones are all examples of the NASCAR XFINITY Series providing an opportunity for young drivers with exceptional talent to showcase their skills and move up to the highest level in stock car racing - the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. 

    This past weekend, Jones was named to drive the No. 77 Toyota Camry for Furniture Row Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season alongside teammate Martin Truex Jr.  

    It’s not surprising Jones was given this opportunity with how well he has driven this season. In 20 starts, he has posted six poles, three wins and a series-high 11 top fives. Jones also leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings and is the first rookie since Chase Elliott in 2014 to have a multiple-win season.
    Jones is currently fourth in the standings, but will be seeded first in the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase due to his three wins.

    Keep an eye on Jones, as he will be making his series track debut in Saturday’s Mid-Ohio Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (3:30 p.m. ET on USA). Last weekend at Watkins Glen, the first road course of the season, he started 13th and finished 12th. 

    Mid-Ohio: The Second of Three Road Courses on the NXS Schedule
    This season, the NASCAR XFINITY Series is scheduled to compete on three road courses: Watkins Glen International, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Road America. While all three have distinct attributes, Mid-Ohio takes a little from both WGI and Road America and rolls it into one.

    Much like Watkins Glen with a track length of 2.45-miles, Mid-Ohio stretches 2.085-miles through the hills of Ohio.

    And similarly to Road America with its 14 turns, Mid-Ohio packs in 13 turns on its very competitive multi-elevational course. 

    In three series races at Mid-Ohio, there have been three different winners and three different pole winners. Neither last season’s pole winner (Alex Tagliani) or race winner (Regan Smith) are entered this weekend.

    Fourth New Winner Guaranteed at Mid-Ohio
    In three NASCAR XFINITY Series races at Mid-Ohio there have been three different winners, and with none of the former winners entered this weekend, a fourth new winner is guaranteed.

    AJ Allmendinger won the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Mid-Ohio in 2013 driving for car owner Roger Penske. In 2014, Chris Buescher took home the victory at Mid-Ohio driving for car owner Jack Roush. And last season, Regan Smith took the lead on the final lap with an aggressive move on Alex Tagliani in the last turn to win the race driving for car owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. 

    Road Aces: Piquet, Hornish and Habul Came To Win
    Three drivers who will be fun to watch on the curves of Mid-Ohio this weekend are Nelson Piquet Jr., Sam Hornish Jr., and Kenny Habul. All three are known road course ringers who have a good chance to win this weekend.

    Nelson Piquet Jr., from Brasilia, Brazil, will be driving the Biagi DenBeste Racing No. 98 Ford Mustang owned by Fred Biagi and guided by crew chief Jon Hanson. This will be Piquet’s first series start since 2013. In 37 career series starts, he has posted one win (Road America), one top five and seven top 10s. Since 2013, Piquet has spent his time mastering his road racing expertise by competing in Formula E; winning two races and claiming the title in his first season (2014).  

    Sam Hornish Jr., a Defiance, Ohio native, has assumed the role of closing pitcher for NASCAR XFINITY Series teams who want to bring in an ace part-time with a solid chance to win. This season, he has made two starts, both at Iowa Speedway, winning the first and finishing in the top 10 in the second. His average finish this season is a 3.5. Now he rolls into Mid-Ohio with something to prove. In his last start on the Ohio road course back in 2014, he won the pole, but due to a miss-shift, blew the engine and finished 30th. He looks to redeem himself this weekend, driving the Richard Childress Racing No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro with veteran crew chief Gil Martin. 

    For the second weekend in a row, Kenny Habul will be in the JR Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro. Habul has been working with crew chief David Elenz and this past weekend at Watkins Glen the pair started 23rd and finished 17th. Habul has made three starts at Mid-Ohio, posting an average finish of 28.3.

    Win and You’re In: NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase Cutoff Is Looming
    Only six races are left in the NASCAR XFINITY Series regular season. With so few remaining until the Chase cutoff, each race becomes even more important to the drivers looking to secure their spots in this season’s playoffs. Currently, only Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez and Elliott Sadler have clinched a spot in the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, having won races and accumulated enough points to lock themselves inside the top 30 in points. That leaves nine spots up for grabs in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase..

    Any of the top 12 drivers in the NASCAR XFINITY Series current standings could clinch a spot in the Chase with a win. Of the top 12 in points, only one has a NASCAR XFINITY Series road course win - Brendan Gaughan at Road America in 2014. Gaughan is currently sixth in points having posted two top fives and nine top 10s. He has completed 99.78% of the scheduled laps this season - tied for series-most with Elliott Sadler. Gaughan’s best series finish at Mid-Ohio was 12th last season.

    Ty Dillon (67 races since last win) and Justin Allgaier (64 races since last win) are both hungry for a victory this season. Dillon is third in points on the strength of six top fives and 12 top 10s this season. Dillon led five laps last weekend at WGI and finished 11th, he finished third at Mid-Ohio last season.
    Allgaier is driving for the No. 7 JR Motorsports team that Regan Smith won with at Mid-Ohio last season. He is coming off a seventh-place finish last weekend at WGI and in one career start at Mid-Ohio, finished eighth in 2013.

    Chase Bubble: Dancing Along The Cut Off Line
    Time is running out in the NASCAR XFINITY Series regular season and drivers hoping to make the Chase on points are facing that reality. With each finish that much more important, the pressure on the drivers teetering along the cutoff line has to be immense. Blake Koch currently holds the final Chase berth in 12th with Ross Chastain and Dakoda Armstrong looking to take his position this weekend.

    In the final NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase spot in 12th-position is Blake Koch, who is currently just two points ahead of 13th-place Ross Chastain. Koch’s season has been marred with DNFs (three), but this has been the best season of his career. He’s posted two top 10s and an average finish of 19.2. Koch has made three starts at Mid-Ohio, producing a best finish of 24th last season.

    With a slim deficit of two points, 13th-place Ross Chastain is waiting on any slip by Koch to capitalize. Chastain is in this position due to his consistency. In 20 starts, he has an average finish of 19.4 with just one DNF on the season. Chastain made his series debut at Mid-Ohio last season where he started 32nd and drove up to a 19th-place finish.

    Chastain is not the only driver within striking distance of making the Chase. Dakoda Armstrong is 14th in the standings, just nine points behind 12th-place Koch. Armstrong has run well this season, posting one top five and an average finish of 19.6. Armstrong has made two starts at Mid-Ohio, registering a top-10 finish and an average finish of 16.5.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:
    Clauson Honored With Decal - To honor the life of Bryan Clauson, NASCAR XFINITY Series teams will run decals on the cars racing at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend. The BC decal will be placed on the A-Post of all cars in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

    Points Get Tight At The Top - Both current standings leader Elliott Sadler and second-place Daniel Suarez are already locked into the Chase, but are locked in a tight battle for the top spot in the standings. This past weekend Suarez closed the 19-point gap between himself and Sadler to 11 points following a fourth-place finish at Watkins Glen International. ...

    NASCAR in Ohio - NASCAR has hosted 26 national series races (14 NSCS, three NXS and nine NCWTS) among nine tracks in the state of Ohio. The first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Ohio was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on May 30, 1950 at the half-mile dirt track on the Canfield Fairgrounds in Canfield, Ohio - the race was won by Bill Rexford (Oldsmobile). Dayton Speedway has held the most NASCAR national series races in the state of Ohio with six. Only two tracks are currently active in hosting NASCAR national series races - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Eldora Speedway. Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is the only track in the state of Ohio that the NASCAR XFINITY Series has competed on. ...

    Ohio Drivers in NASCAR - A total of 123 drivers with their home state recorded as Ohio have made at least one start in a NASCAR national series race. Of those 123, 18 have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, led by Dave Blaney - father of Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford this weekend - with 121 starts. Of the 18 Ohio drivers who have competed in the XFINITY Series, only three have won - Sam Hornish Jr (Defiance) with four wins, Tim Richmond (Ashland) with two wins and Dave Blaney (Hartford) with one win.  

    Former Mid-Ohio Winner Buescher Finding Success in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Chris Buescher showed up on everyone’s radar in 2014 when he posted his first NASCAR national series career win at Mid-Ohio. Since then, the rising star has continued to impress. On the strength of his consistency and two wins last season, Buescher won the NASCAR XFINITY Series title. His success vaulted him to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series where two weeks ago he became the first Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender to win a Sprint Cup race since Joey Logano in 2009.

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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