NASCAR XFINITY Series Road America Race Information Page

Road America 180

Road America

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #23 of 33 for the 2016 season


Race: Saturday, August 27, 2016 in Elkhart Lake, WI

Title Sponsor: None

Race Time: 3:00pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): Approximately 3:18pm/et





Times are local to the Track

Thursday, August 25

Friday, August 26

Saturday, August 27
2:00 PM (3:00 PM/ET) NXS RACE (45 LAPS, 182.16 MILES)(NBCSN / MRN / SiriusXM NASCAR)



  • Official Road America race results and standings (pdf)

  • Michael McDowell wins XFINITY race at Road America: #2-Michael McDowell won the Road America 180 at Road America. It is his 1st XFINITY Series win and his first win in any NASCAR national series. He led 24 of the 48 laps. #62-Brendan Gaughan finished second, followed by #48-Brennan Poole, #19-Daniel Suarez, #16-Ryan Reed, #7-Justin Allgaier, polesitter #22-Alex Tagliani, #1-Elliott Sadler, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., and #44-J.J. Yeley.
    The race ended after the first attempt at NASCAR Overtime.
    There were 6 cautions for 13 laps and 6 lead changes among 4 leaders.
    The average speed was 74.573mph.
    Complete results are on the Road America race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Road America Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-27-2016)

  • Road America XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Michael McDowell(i) won the 7th Annual Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville, his first victory in 94 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 five races at Road America.
    Brendan Gaughan (second) posted his third top-10 finish in five races at Road America. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2016.
    Brennan Poole (third) posted his first top-10 finish in his first start at Road America.
    Brennan Poole (third) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 47 points over Daniel Suarez.
    Richard Childress Racing has won the last three consecutive races at Road America - McDowell (2016), Paul Menard (2015) and Brendan Gaughan (2014).
    Michael McDowell is the third first-time winner of the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series season joining Daniel Suarez (Michigan) and Justin Marks (Mid-Ohio).
    Michael McDowell is the fourth first-time NASCAR XFINITY Series winner at Road America joining Nelson Piquet Jr. (2012), AJ Allmendinger (2013) and Brendan Gaughan (2014).
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-6-2016)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Road America:
    [12 drivers qualify for the XFINITY Series Chase. 3 more races until the Chase cutoff.]
    1) #1-Elliott Sadler [1 win], 770
    2) #19-Daniel Suarez [1 win], 723, -47
    3) #7-Justin Allgaier, 720, -50
    4) #3-Ty Dillon, 713, -57
    5) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 707, -63
    6) #20-Erik Jones [3 wins], 678, -92
    7) #48-Brennan Poole, 669, -101
    8) #33-Brandon Jones, 652, -118
    9) #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 606, -164
    10) #16-Ryan Reed, 658, -202
    11) #11-Blake Koch, 552, -248
    12) #39-Ryan Sieg, 514, -256
    Currently outside the Chase:
    13) #28-Dakoda Armstrong, 499, -271, -15 pts out of 12th
    14) #51-Jeremy Clements, 481, -289, -33
    15) #4-Ross Chastain, 480, -290, -34
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(8-27-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Road America: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: None, no one a lap or more down.
    Caution 2: #97-Decker, 31st
    Caution 3: #4-Chastain, 33rd
    Caution 4: #6-Wallace, Jr., 9th
    Caution 5: #97-Decker (2), 31st
    Caution 6: #97-Decker (3), 31st


  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Alex Tagliani on XFINITY pole at Road America: #22-Alex Tagliani won the Coors Light pole for the Road America 180 at Road America with a speed of 109.866mph. #2-Michael McDowell will start second. The rest of the top 10: #42-Justin Marks, #18-Owen Kelly, #19-Daniel Suarez, #3-Ty Dillon, #16-Ryan Reed, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #11-Blake Koch, and #20-Erik Jones.
    Did Not Qualify: None. Only 40 cars entered.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Road America starting lineup page (pdf).(8-26-2016)

  • Road America XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
    Alex Tagliani won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 7th Annual Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville with a lap of 132.641 seconds, 109.866 mph.
    This is his fourth pole in eight NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his second pole in two races at Road America.
    Michael McDowell(i) (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2016 and his fifth in five races at Road America.
    Justin Marks (third) posted his third top-10 start at Road America. It is his first in 13 races this season.
    Erik Jones (10th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-26-2016)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Justin Marks fastest in XFINITY final practice: #42-Justin Marks was fastest during final practice at Road America with a speed of 108.946mph. The rest of the top 10: #2-Michael McDowell, #22-Alex Tagliani, #18-Owen Kelly, #3-Ty Dillon, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #19-Daniel Suarez, #51-Jeremy Clements, #48-Brennan Poole, and #62-Brendan Gaughan. All 40 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Road America practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(8-26-2016)

  • Michael McDowell fastest in first XFINITY practice: #2-Michael McDowell was fastest during opening practice at Road America with a speed of 108.847mph. #18-Owen Kelly was second, followed by: #22-Alex Tagliani, #42-Justin Marks, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #3-Ty Dillon, #7-Justin Allgaier, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #19-Daniel Suarez, and #90-JD Davsion. 31 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Road America practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-26-2016)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 41 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Road America 180 at Road America. A few notes:
    Michael McDowell will drive the #2 for Childress;
    Alon Day will drive the #13 for Carl Long;
    The TriStar #14 is TBA;
    Scott Heckert will drive the Rick Ware #15;
    Owen Kelly is entered in the Joe Gibbs #18;
    Alex Tagliani will drive the #22 for Penske;
    The Rick Ware #25 is TBA;
    Nick Hammann will drive the Mike Harmon #74; Kenny Habul returns to the JRM #88;
    The #90 is TBA;
    Stanton Barrett is entered in the #99.(8-22-2015)
    UPDATE: JD Davison is now entered in the #90; Paige Decker in the #97.(8-23-2016)
    UPDATE: Timmy Hill will drive the #70.(8-24-2016)
    UPDATE: Tomy Drissi returns to the #14; Alex Kennedy will drive the #25; Josh Bilicki is in the #77. The #92 team withdrew. There are 40 cars entered.(8-26-2016)
    See the complete list on the Road America entry list page.


  • 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 Road America . . . this is the same tire Xfinity teams have run at Road America since 2013 . . . they also ran this tire code at the Mid-Ohio road course two weeks ago . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Road America.

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


    NASCAR XFINITY Series and Road America Are Known For First-Time Winners

    Over the last six and half seasons (2010-2016) the NASCAR XFINITY Series has seen 20 first-time series winners, and over that time, six (30%) have come from two tracks: Road America and Texas Motor Speedway. The two are tied for the series-most first-time winners with three each during that time.

    Road America’s series first-time winners are Nelson Piquet Jr. (2012), AJ Allmendinger (2013) and Brendan Gaughan (2014)

    Texas Motor Speedway’s series first-time winners are Trevor Bayne (2011), Chase Elliott (2014) and Erik Jones (2015). 

    This season, the NASCAR XFINITY Series has seen two new first-time winners - Daniel Suárez at Michigan and Justin Marks at Mid-Ohio.

    Brennan Poole, Brandon Jones, Darrell Wallace Jr., Blake Koch and Ryan Sieg are all drivers inside the top-12 in points that are still looking for their first NASCAR XFINITY Series career win.

    Lucky Number Seven: Will We See A Seventh Different Winner At Road America

    In the six previous NASCAR XFINITY Series races held at Road America, the fans have witnessed six different drivers visit Victory Lane - Carl Edwards (2010), Reed Sorenson (2011), Nelson Piquet Jr. (2012), AJ Allmendinger (2013), Brendan Gaughan (2014) and Paul Menard (2015).

    That begs the question, ‘Will we see a seventh?’, and with it, a new driver to lock into the Chase?

    Road America is currently tied with Richmond for the fourth longest active different-winner streak in the series at six each. If Road America sees its seventh different winner it will tie Michigan (seven) for the third longest active different winner streak behind Daytona (11) and Las Vegas (eight).

    RCR’s Brendan Gaughan is the only previous Road America winner that is entered this weekend.

    Third-Times A Charm: Road America Marks Third And Final Road Course Of The 2016 Schedule

    For the third and final time this season the NASCAR XFINITY Series will go road course racing. This weekend, drivers will be turning both left and right as they compete on the multi-elevational, 4-mile course known as Road America on Saturday, August 27 in the Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville (NBCSN at 3 p.m. ET).

    The 14-turn course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin has hosted six NASCAR XFINITY Series races posting six different winners and five different pole winners (last season’s qualifying was cancelled due to weather).

    The road courses on the schedule continue to provide great action. This season the NASCAR XFINITY Series first went to Watkins Glen International, a seven turn, 2.45-mile course in Watkins Glen, New York; where Joey Logano captured the victory driving for car owner Roger Penske. Next the series headed to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a 13 turn, 2.258-mile road course in Lexington Ohio; the race was won by Justin Marks driving for Chip Ganassi Racing.

    In the first six races at Road America, three have been won from the pole (2010, 2012 and 2013), and the deepest a winner has started in the field is 12th - Reed Sorenson (2011).

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase Approaches

    There are only four races left on the NASCAR XFINITY Series regular season schedule until the Chase begins at Kentucky Speedway on September 24. With that in mind, let’s take a look at who is currently eligible for the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase:

    The top three seeds currently belong to the three title-contending race winners: Erik Jones (Joe Gibbs Racing) with three victories (Bristol, Dover and Iowa); Elliott Sadler (JR Motorsports); and Daniel Suarez (Joe Gibbs Racing), who each have one win.

    The remaining nine inside the top 12 in points are: 4. Justin Allgaier (JR Motorsports) 5. Ty Dillon (Richard Childress Racing) 6. Brendan Gaughan (Richard Childress Racing) 7. Brennan Poole (Chip Ganassi Racing) 8. Brandon Jones (Richard Childress Racing) 9. Darrell Wallace Jr. (Roush Fenway Racing) 10. Ryan Reed (Roush Fenway Racing) 11. Blake Koch (Kaulig Racing) 12. Ryan Sieg (RSS Racing).

    Currently 12 different drivers, seven different organizations/teams and three different manufacturers reside on the Chase Grid.  

    Richard Childress Racing Looking To Go Three-In-A-Row At Road America

    Over the past two seasons Richard Childress Racing has flexed its muscles at Road America, winning in 2014 with driver Brendan Gaughan, and then again last season with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran and Wisconsin native Paul Menard.

    With a win this season at Road America, Richard Childress would take the series lead in car owner victories at the historic road course. Childress is currently tied with Steve Turner for series-most car owner wins at Road America with two each. Not since 2005-2007 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Texas Motor Speedway with driver Kevin Harvick, has Richard Childress Racing won at one track for three consecutive seasons.    

    RCR has three drivers trying to make the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase - Ty Dillon, Brendan Gaughan and Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Brandon Jones - all of whom are looking for their first win of 2016.

    In last season’s Road America race Menard was not the only RCR driver to have a chance to win, all four RCR cars entered that weekend led at least one lap during the race, with Menard leading the most of the RCR crew at nine laps led; including the final six.

    Brendan Gaughan is the only former R.A. winner that is entered this weekend. In four starts at Road America, he has posted one win, two top fives and an average finish of 7.7.

    Road specialist Michael McDowell will be in the No. 2 RCR Chevrolet that won last year’s event. McDowell has made four series starts at Road America posting a pole in 2011 and a runner-up finish in 2012.

    Ty Dillon has made two starts at Road America posting an average finish of 14.5, and Brandon Jones will be making his series track debut this weekend.   

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    NASCAR In Wisconsin

    NASCAR has hosted 41 national series races (NSCS one, NXS 25 and NCWTS 15) in the state of Wisconsin at two different tracks - Road America (seven) and the Milwaukee Mile (34).  The very first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Wisconsin was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event in 1956 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The race was by Tim Flock (Mercury). It was the only Sprint Cup Series race held in Wisconsin. ... 

    Wisconsin Natives Aplenty In The NASCAR XFINITY Series

    A total of 52 drivers that have made at least one start in a NASCAR national series race have their home state recorded as Wisconsin.  Of the 52 Wisconsin drivers, 32 have made at least one start in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, led by Matt Kenseth (Cambridge) with 288 series starts. 13 of the 52 Wisconsin drivers have won in a NASCAR national series. Of the 13 winners, five have won in the NASCAR XFINITY Series - Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, 29 wins), Scott Wimmer (Wausau, six wins), Paul Menard (Eau Claire, three wins), Johnny Sauter (Necedah, three wins) and Dick Trickle (Wisconsin Rapids, two wins).

    Nicolas Hammann (Elkhart Lake), Paul Menard (Eau Claire), Travis Kvapil (Janesville), Dexter Bean (Westby), and Paige Decker (Eagle River) have all competed in at least one NASCAR XFINITY Series race this season and call Wisconsin their home state. Paul Menard is the only Wisconsin native to win a NASCAR national series race in his home state - Road America (2015). 

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