NASCAR XFINITY Series Chicago Race Information Page

Drive for Safety 300

Chicagoland Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #26 of 33 for the 2016 season


Race: Saturday, September 17, 2016 in Joliet, IL

Title Sponsor: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Race Time: 3:00pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): Approximately 3:16pm/et





Times are local to the Track

Thursday, September 15

Friday, September 16
11:30 AM-12:25 PM NXS 1ST PRACTICE

Saturday, September 17
2:00 PM (3:00 PM/ET) NXS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)(NBC / MRN / SiriusXM NASCAR)



  • Official Chicagoland Speedway race results and standings (pdf)

  • Erik Jones wins XFINITY race at Chicago: #20-Erik Jones won the Drive for Safety 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his 6th XFINITY Series win and 4th of the year. #42-Kyle Larson finished second, followed by #1-Elliott Sadler, #19-Danel Suarez, #7-Justin Allgaier, #88-Clint Bowyer, #22-Joey Logano, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #2-Paul Menard, and #33-Brandon Jones.
    Pole sitter #18-Kyle Busch lead 154 of the 200 laps, but cut a tire down while leading with 18 laps to go. He finished 12th.
    There were 8 cautions for 38 laps and 22 lead changes among 11 leaders.
    The average speed was 120.576mph.
    Complete results are on the Chicago race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Chicago Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-17-2016)

  • Chicago XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Erik Jones won the 16th Annual The Drive for Safety 300, his sixth victory in 52 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his fourth victory and 16th top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his second victory and third top-10 finish in three races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Kyle Larson(i) (second) posted his third top-10 finish in six races at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his 10th top-10 finish in 2016.
    Elliott Sadler (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 14 races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Erik Jones (first) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Erik Jones will be seeded first in the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-17-2016)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Chicago:
    (following points reset)
    1) #20-Erik Jones [4 wins], 2012
    2) #1-Elliott Sadler [2 wins], 2006
    3) #19-Daniel Suarez [1 win], 2003
    4) #7-Justin Allgaier, 2000
    5) #3-Ty Dillon, 2000
    6) #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 2000
    7) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 2000
    8) #48-Brennan Poole, 2000
    9) #39-Ryan Sieg, 2000
    10) #16-Ryan Reed, 2000
    11) #33-Brandon Jones, 2000
    12) #11-Blake Koch, 2000
    See driver standings before Chase reseeding(pdf)
    driver standings after Chase reseeding(pdf)
    and owner standings page (pdf).(9-17-2016)

  • Free Pass - Who got a lap back on each caution at Chicago: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: None, no one on track a lap or more down.
    Caution 2: #97-Anderson, 29th
    Caution 3: #0-Smithley, 19th
    Caution 4: #44-Yeley, 14th
    Caution 5: #2-Menard, 9th
    Caution 6: #62-Gaughan, 8th
    Caution 7: #51-Clements, 16th
    Caution 8: #44-Yeley (2), 14th


  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Kyle Busch on XFINITY pole at Chicago: #18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light pole for the Drive for Safety 300 at Chicagoland Speedway with a speed of 180.735mph. #19-Daniel Suarez will start second. The rest of the top 10: #7-Justin Allgaier, #1-Elliott Sadler, #20-Erik Jones, #2-Paul Menard, #88-Clint Bowyer, #42-Kyle Larson, #22-Joey Logano, and #3-Ty Dillon.
    Did Not Qualify: None.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Chicago starting lineup page (pdf).(9-17-2016)

  • Chicago Qualifying Notes:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 16th Annual The Drive for Safety 300 with a lap of 29.878 seconds, 180.735 mph.
    This is his 55th pole in 326 NASCAR XFINITY Series races - series most.
    This is his seventh pole and 15th top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his third pole in 13 races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Daniel Suarez (second) posted his 26th top-10 start of 2016 and his third in four races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Justin Allgaier (third) posted his third top-10 start at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his 17th in 26 races this season.
    Erik Jones (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-17-2016)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Brandon Jones paces final XFINITY practice: #33-Brandon Jones was quickest in the only XFINITY practice at Chicagoland Speedway with a speed of 177.912mph. #20-Erik Jones was second, followed by: #19-Daniel Suarez, #18-Kyle Busch, #48-Brennan Poole, #7-Justin Allgaier, #3-Ty Dillon, #88-Clint Bowyer, #42-Kyle Larson, and #11-Blake Koch. 38 drivers practiced during the session. Cars got on track earlier in the day for the first practice session but it was interrupted by rain, so NASCAR had a single practce for teams.
    See complete results on the Chicago XFINITY practice speeds page (pdf).(9-16-2016)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Drive for Safety 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. A few notes:
    Timmy Hill will drive the #13;
    Todd Peck will be in the #15;
    Kyle Busch stays in the JGR #18;
    Ryan Ellis will drive the #25;
    The Obaika #77 & #97 are TBA;
    Clint Bowyer will drive the #88 for JR Motorsports.(9-12-2015)
    UPDATE: Spencer Boyd will be in the #77 for Obaika Racing.(9-15-2016)
    UPDATE: Jordan Anderson is in the #97 for Obaika Racing.(9-16-2016)
    See the complete list on the Chicago entry list page.


  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 8 sets for the event;
    Camping World Truck: 5 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4684; Right-side -- D-4686

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.24 in. (2,216 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.35 in. (2,244 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 19 psi; Left Rear -- 19 psi;
    Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 44 psi

  • Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Chicagoland this week will run the same Goodyear tire set-up . . . these are two different tire codes than these teams ran at Chicagoland last year, though they have run them at other tracks this year . . . in Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck, this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires teams ran at Texas in April and June, respectively . . . Cup teams also ran this left-side tire at Dover in May . . . in Xfinity, teams ran this left-side tire earlier this season at Texas, though this is the first time they have run this right-side tire . . . like last year at Chicagoland, this right-side tire code (D-4686) employs Goodyear's multi-zone tread technology, which combines two distinct tread compounds on the same tire -- the outboard 10 inches of the tread (Traction Zone) features a compound that is designed for grip, while the inboard two inches of the tread (Endurance Zone) is toughened to enhance durability on the part of the tire sees the most heat and takes the most abuse . . . compared to what was run at Chicagoland last season, this right-side tire features a construction change, and a compound change on the outboard 10 inches to give the cars more grip . . . this left-side tire code (D-4684) features an updated construction and mold shape change, as well as a compound change for 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 Chicagoland . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


    Two Spots Left In The Chase With One Last Chance To Make It

    Saturday’s Drive for Safety 300 (3:30 p.m. ET on NBC) at Chicagoland Speedway will serve as the final call for the NASCAR XFINITY Series regular season as several drivers will compete for the last two spots in the inaugural Chase. 

    Below is a breakdown of what each driver that hasn’t locked up a spot will need to have happen on Saturday.

    Possible to Clinch at Chicagoland (sorted by Wins, then Points):

    • Blake Koch (0 Wins, 570 Points, +449 Points Ahead of 31st) - Would clinch on Points with 39 Points (2nd and no laps led, 3rd and led at least one lap, 4th and led most laps) and a new winner. Would clinch on Points with a repeat winner and 19 Points (22nd and no laps led, 23rd and led at least one lap, 24th and led most laps). With a win, would clinch a Chase spot on wins.
    • Ryan Sieg (0 Wins, 567 Points, +446 Points Ahead of 31st) - Would clinch on Points with a repeat winner (or Blake Koch win) and 22 Points (19th and no laps led, 20th and led at least one lap, 21st and led most laps). With a win, would clinch a Chase spot on wins. Could clinch on Points with a new winner and help (needs to outpoint all three of Blake Koch by 3 points and give up 19 or 20 (depending on tie-breakers) or less to Dakoda Armstrong points and 28 or 29 points or less to Jeremy Clements).
    • Dakoda Armstrong (0 Wins, 547 Points, +426 Points Ahead of 31st) - With a win, he would clinch a Chase spot on wins. Could clinch on Points with help (needs to outpoint all three of the following if a new winner or two out of three if there is a repeat winner: Ryan Sieg by 20 points (if he finishes 3rd or higher) or 21 points with a worse finish, Blake Koch by 23 points and give up 8 or less points to Jeremy Clements).
    • Jeremy Clements (0 Wins, 538 Points, +417 Points Ahead of 31st) - With a win, would clinch a Chase spot on wins. Could clinch on Points with help (needs to outpoint all three if a new winner or two out of three if there is a repeat winner: Dakoda Armstrong by 9 points, Ryan Sieg by 29 or 30 points and Blake Koch by 32 points).

    The following five drivers need a win to clinch:

    • Ross Chastain (0 Wins, 509 Points, +388 Points Ahead of 31st)
    • Ryan Preece (0 Wins, 453 Points, +332 Points Ahead of 31st)
    • Ray Black Jr (0 Wins, 395 Points, +274 Points Ahead of 31st)
    • BJ McLeod (0 Wins, 345 Points, +224 Points Ahead of 31st)
    • Joey Gase (0 Wins, 340 Points, +219 Points Ahead of 31st)

    Locked In: Chicagoland Provides Potential For Chase Bonus Points

    Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Reed added his name to the list of 10 drivers who are locked into the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase this past weekend at Richmond. Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway marks the perfect chance for those same 10 locked-in drivers to win and pad their points total to start the Chase. 

    Heading into this weekend with a spot in the Chase locked up means the pressure has to be much less than the drivers still vying to get in. But momentum is still key when competing in an elimination-style playoff. Currently, three series championship contenders have won this season, led by Erik Jones with three wins (+9 Chase bonus points), followed by Elliott Sadler with two (+6 Chase bonus points) and Daniel Suárez with one (+3 Chase bonus points).

    While winning to advance in each round of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase is ideal, small advantages like bonus points could be the difference between advancing and being eliminated.

    Of the 10 drivers locked into the Chase, only Erik Jones (2015) and Elliott Sadler (2012) are former winners at Chicagoland Speedway.

    Erik Jones with his three wins and five second-place finishes will be seeded first in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase. But if Sadler were to win this weekend at Chicagoland, though his seeding would not change, he would be tied in Chase points with Jones at nine each. On the other hand, if any of the other eight drivers locked into the Chase win, their seeding will change. If Suárez wins he would move into the second seed and if any of the winless drivers locked in on points were to win they could possibly move as high as the third or fourth seeds.

    Listed are the average finishes at Chicagoland Speedway of the 10 drivers who are locked into the Chase: Erik Jones (4.0), Darrell Wallace Jr. (6.5), Ty Dillon (6.5), Justin Allgaier (8.6), Daniel Suárez (9.3), Elliott Sadler (13.5), Brendan Gaughan (13.6), Ryan Reed (15.5), Brennan Poole (17.0), Ryan Sieg (18.0) and Blake Koch (31.3). This will be Sunoco Rookie of the year candidate Brandon Jones’ series debut at Chicagoland Speedway. 

    Former Series Champ Clint Bowyer Returns To Drive For JR Motorsports At Chicagoland

    Not since the 2012 season has former NASCAR XFINITY Series champion (2008) Clint Bowyer wheeled a car in the series. That changes this weekend, as he will be piloting the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro for car owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the Drive for Safety 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.

    The Emporia, Kansas native made his last series start at Daytona in 2012 for Joe Gibbs Racing with crew chief Adam Stevens. Bowyer’s last series start at Chicagoland was in 2008 when he drove for Richard Childress Racing, his last full-time season.

    This weekend at Chicagoland, Bowyer will be working with crew chief David Elenz who has served atop the pit box for eight drivers this season - Josh Berry, Cole Custer, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chase Elliott, Kenny Habul, Kevin Harvick, Alex Bowman and Regan Smith. 

    Bowyer has made five series starts at Chicagoland, posting one top five, four top 10s and an average finish of 13.2.

    Bowyer is not the only NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver making the extra rounds at Chicagoland in the Drive for Safety 300. He will also be joined by Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Paul Menard, Joey Logano, Matt DiBenedetto and Kyle Larson.

    Joe Gibbs Racing Is Poised For A Record Fifth Owner Title

    While a lot of attention has been focused on the driver’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, let’s not forget the owners will also be battling it out in a Chase format to see who takes home the owner championship. Current owner points leader Joe Gibbs, with his No. 18 Toyota team, looks poised to take home a record fifth series owner title, breaking the tie for the series lead with Richard Childress (four titles each).

    The Chase kicks off at Kentucky next week and when it does the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota Camry team will be seeded first due to its 10-race wins this season. Those 10 wins translate to +30 Chase bonus points, which gives the No. 18 team a 21-point advantage on its nearest competitors - the largest to start any NASCAR national series Chase in history.

    The No. 18 JGR Toyota team has been led by crew chief Chris Gayle in 2016. Gayle has worked with eight drivers this season: Kyle Busch (14 starts), Matt Tifft (three), Denny Hamlin (two), Owen Kelly (two), Bobby Labonte (one), Dakoda Armstrong (one), David Ragan (one) and Sam Hornish Jr. (one). Of the eight, Kyle Busch (eight wins), Denny Hamlin (one win) and Sam Hornish Jr. (one win) are the only drivers to visit Victory Lane.

    Kyle Busch will be in the No. 18 Toyota this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. Busch won this event last season from the pole. He also is the series leader in wins at Chicagoland with four.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    NASCAR in Illinois - A total of 77 NASCAR national series races (NSCS 17, NXS 35 and NCWTS 25) have been held in the state of Illinois among five tracks - Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet (42 races), Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison (31 races), Chicago Motor Speedway in Cicero (two races), Santa Fe Speedway in Willow Springs (one race) and Soldier Field in Chicago (one race). The very first NASCAR national series race held in Illinois was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held at Santa Fe Speedway in 1954 - the event was won by Dick Rathmann (72.216 mph, 1:23:05, 07-10-1954). The NASCAR XFINITY Series held its first race in the state of Illinois at Gateway Motorsports Park in 1997 - the race was won by Elliott Sadler driving for Gary Bechtel (Chevrolet). Chicagoland Speedway held its first NASCAR XFINITY Series race in 2001 - the event was won by six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson - his lone career NASCAR XFINITY Series win. ...

    XFINITY Milestones - Justin Allgaier (199) will attempt to become the 60th different NASCAR XFINITY Series driver to make 200 or more career starts this weekend at Chicagoland. ... Joey Logano will attempt to tie Jeff Burton for eighth on the all-time NASCAR XFINITY Series wins list with a victory this weekend at Chicago.

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