NASCAR XFINITY Series Richmond Race Information Page

Virginia 529 College Savings 250

Richmond International Raceway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #25 of 33 for the 2016 season

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Race: Friday, September 9, 2016 in Richmond, VA

Title Sponsor: Virginia 529 College Savings

Race Time: 7:30pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): Approximately 7:46pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, September 8
10:00 AM NXS HAULERS ENTER
11:30 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
12:00 PM-5:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN

Friday, September 9
7:00 AM-7:30 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
7:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
7:10 AM NXS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
8:00 AM-9:55 AM NXS 1ST PRACTICE
3:45 PM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
4:15 PM NXS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
7:00 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:30 PM NXS RACE (250 LAPS, 187.5 MILES)(NBCSN / MRN / SiriusXM NASCAR)

NXS = XFINITY Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Richmond XFINITY race results and standings (pdf)

  • Kyle Busch wins XFINITY race at Richmond: #18-Kyle Busch won the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway. It is his 84th XFINITY Series win and 8th of the year. Busch lead 197 of the 250 laps and had a margin of victory of more than 6 seconds. #20-Erik Jones finished second, followed by #22-Brad Keselowski, #1-Elliott Sadler, #7-Justin Allgaier, #3-Ty Dillon, pole sitter #2-Austin Dillon, #19-Daniel Suarez, #88-Alex Bowman, and #48-Brennan Poole.
    There were just 2 cautions for 14 laps and 3 lead changes among 3 leaders.
    The average speed was 103.687mph.
    Complete results are on the Richmond race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Richmond Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-9-2016)

  • Richmond XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the 36th Annual Virginia529 College Savings 250, his 84th victory in 325 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his eighth victory and 12th top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his sixth victory and 18th top-10 finish in 21 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Erik Jones (second) posted his third top-10 finish in four races at Richmond International Raceway. It is his 15th top-10 finish in 2016.
    Brad Keselowski (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 16 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 58 points over Daniel Suarez.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-9-2016)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Richmond:
    [12 drivers qualify for the XFINITY Series Chase. 1 race remaining until the Chase cutoff.]
    1) #1-Elliott Sadler [2 wins], 852
    2) #19-Daniel Suarez [1 win], 794, -58
    3) #7-Justin Allgaier, 786, -66
    4) #3-Ty Dillon, 777, -75
    5) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 755, -97
    6) #20-Erik Jones [3 wins], 753, -99
    7) #48-Brennan Poole, 736, -116
    8) #33-Brandon Jones, 702, -150
    9) #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 659, -193
    10) #16-Ryan Reed, 626, -226
    Drivers above have clinched a Chase spot
    11) #11-Blake Koch, 570, -282, +23 ahead of 13th
    12) #39-Ryan Sieg, 5567, -285, +20
    Currently outside the Chase:
    13) #28-Dakoda Armstrong, 547, -305, -20 pts out of 12th
    14) #51-Jeremy Clements, 538, -314, -29
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(9-9-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Richmond: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #98-Burton, 19th
    Caution 2: #16-Reed, 11th
    (9-9-2016)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Austin Dillon on XFINITY pole at Richmond: #2-Austin Dillon won the Coors Light pole for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 119.665mph. #88-Alex Bowman will start second. The rest of the top 10: #7-Justin Allgaier, #20-Erik Jones, #11-Blake Koch, #22-Brad Keselowski, #18-Kyle Busch, #1-Elliott Sadler, #28-Dakoda Armstrong and #19-Daniel Suarez.
    Did Not Qualify: #89-Morgan Shepherd & #77 Austin Theriault.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Richmond starting lineup page (pdf).(9-9-2016)

  • Richmond XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
    Austin Dillon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 36th Annual Virginia529 College Savings 250 with a lap of 22.563 seconds, 119.665 mph.
    This is his 17th pole in 112 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first pole and 13th top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his first pole in nine races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Alex Bowman (second) posted his sixth top-10 start of 2016 and his second in three races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Justin Allgaier (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Richmond International Raceway. It is his 16th in 25 races this season.
    Erik Jones (fourth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-9-2016)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Dillon paces final XFINITY practice: #3-Ty Dillon was quickest in final practice practice at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 122.144mph. #19-Daniel Suarez was second, followed by: #11-Blake Koch, #44-JJ Yeley, #16-Ryan Reed, #33-Brandon Jones, #51-Jeremy Clements, #22-Brad Keselowski, #62-Brendan Gaughan, and #88-Alex Bowman. 42 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Richmond practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(9-9-2016)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 43 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway. A few notes:
    Hermie Sadler returns to the TriStar #14;
    Brandon Hightower will make his series debut in the MBM #13;
    Clint King will drive the RWR #15;
    Kyle Busch is back in the #18;
    Chris Cockrum will drive the #25;
    Gray Gaulding makes his second start in the Roush #60;
    Brandon Brown will attempt his series debut in the #86;
    Alex Bowman will drive the #88 for JR Motorsports;
    The Obaika #77 & #97 are TBA;
    Jeb Burton returns to the #98.(9-6-2015)
    UPDATE: Alli Owens will drive the #97.(9-7-2016)
    UPDATE: Austin Theriault is driving the #77. The #92 has withdrawn. There are 42 teams at the track.(9-9-2016)
    See the complete list on the Richmond entry list page.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 7 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4674; Right-side -- D-4676

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.20 in. (2,215 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.27 in. (2,242 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 12 psi; Left Rear -- 12 psi;
    Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 27 psi

  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Richmond this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires these teams ran at Richmond in April . . . this is the only track at which teams in these two series will run these tire codes (Camping World Truck Teams ran this same tire set-up at Gateway in June) . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run liners in their tires at Richmond.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    Race To The Chase: Two More Chances To Win Before The Playoffs

    The regular season for the NASCAR XFINITY Series is near its close, and with just two races left for drivers to secure a win before the playoffs, time is of the essence.

    Richmond International Raceway (Friday, Sept. 9 on NBCSN at 7:30 p.m. ET) and Chicagoland Speedway (Saturday, Sept. 17 on NBC at 3:30 p.m. ET) are the next two venues hosting the series’ final two regular season events, and the two are quite different.

    Richmond International Raceway (RIR) is a 0.75-mile short track located in Richmond, Virginia. RIR has hosted 65 NASCAR XFINITY Series races (tied with Dover for third-most all-time) and has produced 32 different winners and 34 different pole winners since joining the schedule in 1982. Kevin Harvick leads the series in wins at Richmond with seven. None of the current drivers inside the top 12 in series points have won at Richmond.

    Following Richmond is Chicagoland Speedway, a 1.5-mile intermediate track located in Joliet, Illinois. Chicagoland has hosted 20 NASCAR XFINITY Series races and has seen 14 different winners and 14 different poles winners since joining the schedule in 2001. Kyle Busch leads the series in wins at Chicago with four. Three Chase contenders this season are former Chicago winners - Erik Jones (2015), Elliott Sadler (2012) and Justin Allgaier (2011).

    Locking It In: More Names Added To The Chase List

    The 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase is starting to take shape with all but three drivers locking themselves into the first Round of 12.

    Erik Jones (Bristol, Dover and Iowa), Elliott Sadler (Talladega and Darlington) and Daniel Suárez (Michigan) all locked themselves into the Chase on wins this season.

    Justin Allgaier, Ty Dillon and Brendan Gaughan locked themselves into the Chase on points following the race at Road America. Three new drivers added their names to the locked-in Chase list following the race at Darlington this past weekend - Brennan Poole, Brendan Jones and Darrell Wallace Jr. - by accumulating enough points that no matter what happens these next two races they are in. 

    As of right now, the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase will be represented by seven organizations (Joe Gibbs Racing, JR Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Kaulig Racing and RSS Racing) that could potentially field the 12-driver Chase. Three of the eligible Chase contenders this season are 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates: Erik Jones, Brennan Poole and Brendan Jones. Also, three of the eligible 12 Chase contenders are former NASCAR Next alumni: Erik Jones, Daniel Suárez and Darrell Wallace Jr. Suárez and Wallace are also Drive for Diversity graduates as well. 

    Final XFINITY Chase Spots Still Up For Grabs

    With nine drivers locked into the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, three spots remain up for grabs. Ryan Reed, Blake Koch and Ryan Sieg are currently inside the Chase bubble, but anything can happen these next two races.

    Of the three drivers inside the top 12 still looking to lock up a Chase spot, Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Reed has the largest cushion of points (+74) ahead of the Chase cutoff. Without any big mistakes, all indications are pointing to Reed making the Chase. Reed has seven starts at Richmond where he’s posted an average finish of 14.0, including an 11th-place showing at RIR earlier this season.

    Kaulig Racing’s Blake Koch is currently on the Chase Grid, sitting 22 points ahead of 13th-place Dakoda Armstrong heading into Richmond. Koch has made 10 starts at Richmond, posting an average finish of 26.5. Koch registered one his best finishes of the season at RIR back in April when he finished in the top 10 (eighth).

    The driver in the hottest water these next two weeks is RSS Racing driver Ryan Sieg. Sieg is currently 18 points ahead of 13th-place Dakoda Armstrong. Sieg has made five starts at Richmond, posting an average finish of 23.6.

    Outsiders Looking In: Armstrong And Clements Try To Catch Sieg

    The two drivers on the outside looking in with the best shot to still make the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase without a win are drivers Dakoda Armstrong (-18 points outside the Chase) and Jeremy Clements (-26 points outside the Chase). Both have pretty large margins to overcome to catch Ryan Sieg for the 12th and final Chase spot, but a DNF by one of the three drivers not locked in or two great finishes by Armstrong and Clements and they’re in the mix.

    JGL Racing’s Dakoda Armstrong is currently 13th in the championship standings, 18 points outside the Chase. Armstrong is having one of the best seasons of his NXS career. In 24 starts this season, he has posted one top five and an average finish of 19.2. Armstrong has made five series starts at RIR, posting one top five and an average finish of 17.2, including a 14th-place finish earlier this season.

    Jeremy Clements is currently 14th in the series standings, 26 points behind the Chase cutoff. In 24 starts this season, Clements has logged one top five, three top 10s and an average finish of 19.6. Clements has made 12 series starts at Richmond, posting an average finish of 25.3.

    Virginia Is For Lovers ... And Drivers Too

    The state of Virginia has a slogan that says, “Virginia is for lovers,” but with how many competitive drivers that call Virginia home in NASCAR you could argue it’s for drivers too.

    A total of 176 drivers who have made at least one start in a NASCAR national series race have their home state recorded as Virginia. Of the 176 Virginian NASCAR drivers only 51 have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series; led by Elton Sawyer with 392 starts. Of the 51 drivers from Virginia who have competed in the XFINITY Series, only 10 have won; led by Jeff Burton (South Boston) with 27 series victories. Of the 10 Virginian NASCAR XFINITY Series winners, six won in their home state - Tommy Ellis, Jimmy Hensley, Rick Mast, Jeff Burton, Ward Burton and Denny Hamlin.

    This season, nine Virginians have competed in at least one NASCAR XFINITY Series race: Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield), Elliott Sadler (Emporia), Jeb Burton (Halifax), Ryan Ellis (Ashburn), Brandon Gdovic (Yorktown), Matt Waltz (Newport News), Eric McClure (Chilhowie), Gray Gaulding (Colonial Heights) and Hermie Sadler (Emporia). 

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    NASCAR in Virginia - A total of 493 NASCAR national series races have been run in the state of Virginia (NSCS 292, NXS 152 and NCWTS 49). The very first NASCAR national series race in the state of Virginia was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sept. 25, 1949 at Martinsville Speedway - the race was won by Red Byron. The first NASCAR XFINITY Series race held in the state of Virginia was on Feb. 20, 1982 at Richmond International Raceway - the race was won by Tommy Houston. The NASCAR XFINITY Series has held 152 races among five tracks in the state of Virginia: Richmond International Raceway-65, South Boston Speedway-35, Martinsville Speedway-34, Langley Field Speedway-14 and New River Valley Speedway-four.

    Double Dipping - Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Matt DiBenedetto and Austin Dillon are the four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship contenders who will compete in the Virginia529 College Savings 250 this weekend at RIR. Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and Austin Dillon are all currently eligible for the 2016 Chase.

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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