NASCAR XFINITY Series Kentucky Race Information Page

VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300

Kentucky Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #27 of 33 for the 2016 season

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Race: Saturday, September 24, 2016 in Sparta, KY

Title Sponsor: VisitMyrtleBeach.com

Race Time: 8:00pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): Approximately 8:18pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track

Friday, September 23
11:00 AM NXS HAULERS ENTER
12:00 PM-7:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
12:30 PM-8:30 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
2:30 PM NXS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
3:30 PM-4:25 PM NXS 1ST PRACTICE
6:00 PM-7:25 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, September 24
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)
7:30 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
8:00 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)

  • Elliott Sadler wins XFINITY race at Kentucky: #1-Elliott Sadler won the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway. It is his 13th XFINITY Series win and 3rd of the year. #19-Daniel Suarez finished second, followed by #22-Ryan Blaney, #2-Sam Hornish, Jr., #18-Matt Tifft, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #16-Ryan Reed, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #7-Justin Allgaier, and #48-Brennan Poole.
    Sadler's win guarantees he will advance to the round of 8 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, which starts at Kansas.
    Pole sitter #20-Erik Jones led 100 laps and was running near the front with 13 laps to go when he got loose and slid up into #3-Ty Dillon, causing them both to wreck. Jones finished 28th, Dillon 27th.
    There were a record 12 cautions for 64 laps and 16 lead changes among 8 leaders.
    The average speed was 106.751mph.
    Complete results are on the Kentucky race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Kentucky Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-24-2016)

  • Kentucky Speedway XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Elliott Sadler won the 5th Annual VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300, his 13th victory in 323 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    With the victory, he moves into a tie with Martin Truex Jr. and Darrell Waltrip for 24th on the all-time series wins list.
    This is his third victory and 24th top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in 11 races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Daniel Suarez (second) posted his third top-10 finish in four races at Kentucky Speedway. It is his 21st top-10 finish in 2016.
    Ryan Blaney (third) posted his first top-10 finish in one races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 8 points over Daniel Suarez.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-24-2016)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Kentucky:
    1) #1-Elliott Sadler* [3 wins], 2050
    2) #19-Daniel Suarez [1 win], 2042, +15 points ahead of 9th
    3) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 2036, +9
    4) #16-Ryan Reed, 2034, +7
    5) #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 2034, +7
    6) #7-Justin Allgaier, 2032, +5
    7) #48-Brennan Poole, 2031, +4
    8) #11-Blake Koch, 2030, +3 ahead of 9th
    Bottom 4 drivers are eliminated after Charlotte:
    9) #20-Erik Jones [4 wins], 2027, -3 points out of 8th
    20) #39-Ryan Sieg, 2025, -5
    11) #33-Brandon Jones, 2015, -15
    23) #3-Ty Dillon, 2015, -15
    * will advance to the Round of 8 by winning a Round of 12 race
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(9-24-2016)

  • Free Pass - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kentucky: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #14-Green, 32nd
    Caution 2: #52-Gase, 31st
    Caution 3: #28-Armstrong, 18th
    Caution 4: #4-Chastain, 19th
    Caution 5: #93-Starr, 33rd
    Caution 6: #0-Smithley, 17th
    Caution 7: #07-Black, 20th
    Caution 8: #39-Sieg, 16th
    Caution 9: #78-McLeod, 21st
    Caution 10: #39-Sieg (2), 16th
    Caution 11: #28-Armstrong (2), 18th
    Caution 12: #07-Black (2), 20th
    (9-24-2016)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Erik Jones on XFINITY pole at Kentucky: #20-Erik Jones won the Coors Light pole for the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway with a speed of 187.207mph. #19-Daniel Suarez will start second. The rest of the top 10: #1-Elliott Sadler, #3-Ty Dillon, #2-Sam Hornish, Jr., #18-Matt Tifft, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #22-Ryan Blaney, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., and #7-Justin Allgaier.
    Did Not Qualify: #72-Timmy Hill.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Kentucky starting lineup page (pdf).(9-24-2016)

  • Kentucky XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
    Erik Jones won the 21 means 21 Pole Award for the 5th Annual VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 with a lap of 28.845 seconds, 187.207 mph.
    This is his 11th pole in 53 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his eighth pole and 26th top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his first pole in four races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Daniel Suarez (second) posted his 27th top-10 start of 2016 and his fourth in four races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Elliott Sadler (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at Kentucky Speedway. It is his 20th in 27 races this season.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-24-2016)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Erik Jones paces final XFINITY practice: #20-Erik Jones was quickest in final practice at Kentucky Speedway with a speed of 188.022mph. #18-Matt Tifft was second, followed by: #2-Sam Hornish, Jr, #22-Austin Cindric (practicing for Ryan Blaney), #19-Daniel Suarez, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #33-Brandon Jones, #3-Ty Dillon, #7-Justin Allgaier, and #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr. All 41 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Kentucky Speedway practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(9-23-2016)

  • Erik Jones fastest in first XFINITY practice: #20-Erik Jones was fastest during opening practice at Kentucky Speedway with a speed of 181.647mph. #19-Daniel Suarez was second, followed by: #2-Sam Hornish, Jr., #3-Ty Dillon, #48-Brennan Poole, #18-Matt Tifft, #1-Elliott Sadler, #7-Justin Allgaier, #88-Josh Berry, and #33-Brandon Jones. 34 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Kentucky Speedway practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(9-23-2016)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 39 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway. A few notes:
    Sam Hornish will drive the RCR #2;
    Mike Bliss will be in the #10;
    Jeff Green in the #14;
    Blake Jones is listed in the RWR #15;
    Matt Tifft returns to the #18 for JGR;
    Ryan Blaney will drive the #22;
    The #72 is entered with a driver TBA;
    Josh Berry will drive the JR Motorsports #88;
    Not listed, but expected to be added: #77 & #97 Obaika Racing.(9-16-2015)
    UPDATE: John Jackson will be in the #40, Timmy Hill in the #72.(9-21-2016)
    UPDATE: Matt Waltz will drive the #77; Ryan Ellis the #97. There are now 41 entries.(9-22-2016)
    UPDATE: Josh Williams will drive the #92.(9-23-2016)
    See the complete list on the Kentucky Speedway entry list page.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    8 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4688; Right-side -- D-4714

  • Tire Circumference:
    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: The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns for its second race on Kentucky's re-paved and re-configured surface for 2016 . . . these teams ran this left-side tire code (D-4688) at Charlotte and Kentucky-1 earlier this season, but this is the first time they have run this right-side code (D-4714) . . . compared to that was run at Kentucky in July, this right-side tire features a minor construction change and a compound change to be more heat resistant . . . 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

    Inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase Commences At Kentucky

    Anticipate no more, because the seven-race NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase begins at Kentucky Speedway this weekend (Saturday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN), featuring 12 drivers and two elimination rounds, narrowing down to four drivers competing in the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

    The first round, called the Round of 12, consists of the races at Kentucky, Dover and Charlotte. All drivers will start with their points adjusted to 2,000, with three additional bonus points added to their total for each win in the first 26 races. If a driver wins a race in the Round of 12, the driver automatically advances to the next round. The remaining available positions (1-8) that have not been filled by wins will be filled on points.

    Each driver who advances to the Round of 8 (Kansas, Texas, Phoenix) then will have their points reset to 3,000. Drivers who win a race in the Round of 8 automatically advance to the Championship 4. The remaining available positions (1-4) that have not been filled by wins will be filled on points.

    The four drivers who advance to the Championship 4 at Homestead will have their points reset to 4,000. The highest finishing Championship 4 driver will be crowned the NASCAR XFINITY Series champion.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Chasers In The Bluegrass State

    Twelve NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase drivers will launch the Chase this weekend at Kentucky Speedway in the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 (Saturday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN). Below is a look at each of this season’s Chase contenders and how they have performed at Kentucky Speedway (ordered by seeding).

    1. Erik Jones - No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry - is 20 years old out of Byron, Michigan. In 26 starts this season he has posted seven poles (series record), four wins (most rookie wins since Carl Edwards in 2005), 13 top fives and 16 top 10s. He has made three series starts at Kentucky, posting two top fives and an average finish of 4.7. Jones is one of three Sunoco rookies to make the Chase (Brennan Poole and Brandon Jones).
    1. Elliott Sadler - No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro - is 41 years old from Emporia, Virginia. In 26 starts this season he has posted two wins, 10 top fives and 23 top 10s (series most). Sadler has made 10 series starts at Kentucky, posting four top fives, seven top 10s and an average finish of 8.0.
    1. Daniel Suarez - No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry - is 24 years old from Monterrey, Mexico. Suarez was the 2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year and a former graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity and NASCAR Next programs. In 26 starts this season he has posted two poles, one win, 12 top fives and 20 top 10s. Suarez has made three series starts at Kentucky, producing two top fives and an average finish of 10.0. 
    1. Ty Dillon - No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro - is 24 years old from Welcome, North Carolina. In 26 starts this season Dillon has posted one pole, seven top fives and 14 top 10s. Dillon has made five series starts at Kentucky, posting two top fives, four top 10s with an average finish of 6.8.
    1. Justin Allgaier - No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro - is 30 years old from Riverton, Illinois. In 26 starts this season Allgaier has posted 11 top fives and 21 top 10s. Allgaier has made eight series starts at Kentucky, posting four top 10s and an average finish of 13.3.
    1. Darrell Wallace Jr - No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang - is 22 years old from Mobile, Alabama. Wallace has made 26 starts this season producing three top fives and eight top 10s. Wallace has made three starts at Kentucky, posting one top five, three top 10s and an average finish of 7.0.
    1. Brendan Gaughan - No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro - is 41 years old from Las Vegas, Nevada. In 26 starts this season he has posted four top fives and 13 top 10s. Kentucky is one of Gaughan best tracks. In eight series starts he has posted one win, four top fives and seven top 10s. His average finish at Kentucky is 5.8.
    1. Brennan Poole - Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro - is 25 years old from The Woodlands, Texas. Poole has posted four top fives and 14 top 10s in 26 series starts this season. Poole has made three starts at Kentucky, posting one top 10 and an average finish of 17.7.  Poole is one of three Sunoco Rookies to make the Chase (Erik Jones and Brandon Jones).
    1. Ryan Sieg - No. 39 Ryan Sieg Racing Chevrolet Camaro - is 29 years old from Tucker, Georgia. In 26 starts this season Sieg has posted one top five and two top 10s. Sieg has made five series starts at Kentucky, producing an average finish of 18.6.
    1. Ryan Reed - No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang - is 23 years old from Bakersfield, California. Reed has posted one top five and four top 10s in 26 starts this season. Reed has made five starts at Kentucky, posting an average finish of 19.2.  
    1. Brandon Jones - No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro - is 19 years old from Atlanta, Georgia. In 26 starts this season Jones has posted 11 top 10s.  Jones has made two starts at Kentucky, posting one top five and average finish of 8.0. Jones is one of three Sunoco rookies to make the Chase (Brennan Poole and Erik Jones).
    1. Blake Koch - No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet Camaro - is 31 years old from West Palm Beach, Florida. Koch has made 26 starts this season posting three top 10s. At Kentucky, Koch has made nine starts, posting an average finish of 28.4.

    2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase Insights
    This season’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase is stocked full of great talent from the different competitors, teams, manufacturers and tracks that are involved this season. Below are some great insights about this season’s playoffs.

    Chase Drivers:

    12 different drivers are competing in three rounds for the NASCAR XFINITY Series title
    The average age of the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase contenders is 27
    The youngest 2016 Chase contender is Brandon Jones (19 years, 7 months, 6 days on race day Saturday, Sept 24)
    The oldest 2016 Chase contender is Elliott Sadler (41 years, 4 months, 25 days on race day Saturday, Sept 24)
    Two countries are represented in this season’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase - Mexico (Daniel Suarez) and the United States (other 11 competitors)
    10 different states are represented by the 2016 Chase contenders - Florida, California, Texas, Nevada, Illinois, Alabama, North Carolina, Michigan, Virginia and Georgia (two drivers)
    Three Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates have made the Chase this season - Erik Jones, Brandon Jones and Brennan Poole
    Two NASCAR Drive for Diversity program graduates have made the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase - Darrell Wallace Jr. and Daniel Suarez
    None of the 12 drivers in the 2016 Chase are former NASCAR XFINITY Series champions

    Chase Organizations and Manufacturers:

    Seven organizations are represented in the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase - Richard Childress Racing (three drivers), Joe Gibbs Racing (two drivers), JR Motorsports (two drivers), Roush Fenway Racing (two drivers), Chip Ganassi Racing (one driver), Ryan Sieg Racing (one driver) and Kaulig Racing (one driver)
    Three active manufacturers will be represented in this season’s Chase - Chevrolet Camaro (eight Chase contenders), Toyota Camry (two Chase contenders) and Ford Mustang (two Chase contenders)

    Chase Tracks:

    Round of 12
    Kentucky Speedway - is located in Sparta, Kentucky and has hosted 20 series races since it joined the schedule in 2001. The track is a 1.5-mile speedway with 14 to 17 degrees of progressive banking in Turns 1 and 2 and 14 degrees of banking in Turns 3 and 4. Only one of the 12 Chase drivers has won at Kentucky - Brendan Gaughan (2014).
    Dover International Speedway - is located in Dover, Delaware and has hosted 65 series races since it joined the schedule in 1982. The track is a 1-mile concrete oval with 24 degrees of banking in the turns. Only one of the 12 Chase drivers has won at Dover - Erik Jones (2016).
    Charlotte Motor Speedway - is located Concord, North Carolina and has hosted 69 series races since it joined the schedule in 1982. The track is a 1.5-mile asphalt speedway with 24 degrees of banking in the turns. None of the 12 Chase contenders have won at Charlotte. Charlotte will serve as the first cutoff race in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, reducing the Chase field from 12 to eight contenders.

    Round of 8
    Kansas Speedway - is located in Kansas City, Kansas and has hosted 15 series races since it joined the schedule in 2001. The track is a 1.5-mile asphalt speedway with progressive banking in the turns that varies from 17 to 20 degrees. None of the 12 contenders in the 2016 Chase have won at Kansas.
    Texas Motor Speedway - is located in Fort Worth, Texas and has hosted 31 series races since it joined the schedule in 1997. The track is a 1.5-mile asphalt speedway with 24 degrees of banking in the turns. Only one of the 12 Chase contenders has won at Texas - Erik Jones (2015).
    Phoenix International Raceway - is located in Avondale, Arizona and has hosted 29 series races since joining the schedule in 1999. The track is a 1-mile asphalt track that has 11 degrees of banking in Turns 1 and 2 and nine degrees of banking in Turns 3 and 4. None of the 12 Chase contenders have won at Phoenix.

    Championship 4
    Homestead-Miami Speedway - is located in Homestead, Florida and has hosted 21 series races since it joined the schedule in 1995. Homestead-Miami Speedway has been the home to the final race of the season since its first race in 1995. The highest finishing driver at Homestead among the Championship 4 contenders will win the 2016 title. The track is a 1.5-mile asphalt speedway with progressive banking in the turns that varies from 18 to 20 degrees. None of the 12 Chase contenders have won at Homestead.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    Ladder System Works: New Talent Will Join the Series Full-time in 2017 - Next season you can count on seeing two new faces walking around the NASCAR XFINITY Series garage. Richard Childress Racing announced this past Saturday that current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase contender Daniel Hemric will be driving full-time for the team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2017. Also, a newly formed NASCAR XFINITY Series team for Stewart-Haas Racing will join the series in 2017 with up-and-coming NASCAR Camping World Truck Series star Cole Custer. Both new drivers plan to compete for the title in 2017.  ...

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase Media Day - The 12 Chase drivers hosted media this past Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame to kick off the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase. Audio interview assets from the Chase drivers can be found on NASCARMedia.com in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase hub. ...

    Penske Taps Blaney - While most of the attention this weekend will be focused on the 12 Chase drivers and their performances this weekend, one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Ryan Blaney, will attempt to play the role of spoiler. Blaney is the lone NSCS driver entered in this weekend’s NXS Chase race. Blaney will be driving the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang. Blaney has made six starts at Kentucky, posting two wins (including his series first win), three top fives, five top 10s and an average finish of 6.5.

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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