NASCAR XFINITY Series Charlotte Race Information Page

Drive for the Cure 300

Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #29 of 33 for the 2016 season

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Race: Friday, October 7, 2016 in Concord, NC (rescheduled for 11:00am/et Sunday, October 9 because of rain)

Title Sponsor: Susan G. Komen Foundation

Race Time: 8:00pm/et

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

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ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE - REVISED

Times are local to the Track

Wednesday, October 5
4:00 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER

Thursday, October 6
10:00 AM-7:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:30 AM-9:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPENS
2:00 PM NXS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
3:00 PM-3:55 PM NXS 1ST PRACTICE
5:30 PM-6:55 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Friday, October 7
11:00 AM-8:00 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 (MEDIA CENTER)
7:30 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
8:00 PM NXS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)(NBCSN / PRN / SiriusXM NASCAR)

Sunday, October 9
11:00 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
11:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
11:01 AM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
4:00 PM Approx NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
4:30 PM Approx NXS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)(NBCSN / PRN / SiriusXM NASCAR)

NXS = XFINITY Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Charlotte race results and standings (pdf)

  • Joey Logano wins XFINITY race at Charlotte: #12-Joey Logano won the Race for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday. It is his 27th XFINITY Series win and 2nd of the year. Logano took the lead on the final restart of the race. Pole sitter #12-Kyle Larson dominated much of the race, leading 165 of the 200 laps.
    #1-Elliott Sadler finished second, followed by #19-Daniel Suarez, #42-Kyle Larson, #20-Erik Jones, #7-Justin Allgaier, #88-Kevin Harvick, #18-Matt Tifft, #22-Brad Keselowski, and #39-Ryan Sieg.
    The race was run on Sunday after being postponed Friday because of rain from Hurricane Matthew.
    There were 4 cautions for 19 laps and 12 lead changes among 5 leaders.
    The average speed was 143.560mph.
    Complete results are on the Charlotte race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Charlotte Race & Points Report (pdf).(10-9-2016)

  • Charlotte XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Joey Logano(i) won the 35th Annual Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, his 27th victory in 158 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his second victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his second victory and ninth top-10 finish in 13 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Elliott Sadler (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 20 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 26th top-10 finish in 2016.
    Daniel Suarez (third) posted his third top-10 finish in four races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Erik Jones (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(10-9-2016)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Charlotte:
    1) #19-Daniel Suarez [2 wins], 3000
    2) #1-Elliott Sadler [3 wins], 3000
    3) #7-Justin Allgaier, 3000
    4) #20-Erik Jones [4 wins], 3000
    5) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 3000
    6) #16-Ryan Reed, 3000
    7) #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 3000
    8) #11-Blake Koch, 3000
    Bottom 4 drivers were eliminated after Charlotte:
    9) #3-Ty Dillon
    10) #48-Brennan Poole
    11) #39-Ryan Sieg
    12) #33-Brandon Jones
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(10-9-2016)

  • Free Pass - Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #78-McLeod, 30th
    Caution 2: #16-Reed, 15th
    Caution 3: #1-Sadler, 2nd
    Caution 4: #2-Dillon, 14th
    (10-9-2016)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Friday track activity cancelled: Due to rain and the forecast, all on track activity has been cancelled for Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The NASCAR XFINITY race has been postponed until 11:00am/et on Sunday. NBCSN will have TV coverage.(10-7-2016)

  • XFINITY qualifying canceled; Larson on pole at Charlotte: #42-Kyle Larson will start from the pole for the Race for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The lineup was set by the rule book and Larson had the fastest overall practice speed on Friday. #20-Erik Jones will start second. The rest of the top 10: #12-Joey Logano, #19-Daniel Suarez, #33-Brandon Jones, #11-Blake Koch, #7-Justin Allgaier, #3-Ty Dillon, #39-Ryan Sieg, and #2-Austin Dillon.
    Did Not Qualify: #5-Cole Custer, #10-Matt DiBenedetto, and #77-Ryan Ellis.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Charlotte starting lineup page (pdf).(10-7-2016)

  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Kyle Larson paces final XFINITY practice: #42-Kyle Larson was quickest in final practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 185.198mph. #20-Erik Jones was second, followed by: #12-Joey Logano, #19-Daniel Saurez, #33-Brandon Jones, #11-Blake Koch, #7-Justin Allgaier, #3-Ty Dillon, #39-Ryan Sieg, and #2-Austin Dillon. 42 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Charlotte practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(10-6-2016)

  • Ryan Sieg fastest in first XFINITY practice: #39-Ryan Sieg was fastest during opening practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 181.659mph. The rest of the top 10: #3-Ty Dillon, #20-Erik Jones, #11-Blake Koch, #42-Kyle Larson, #19-Daniel Suarez. #2-Austin Dillon, #22-Brad Keselowski, #12-Joey Logano, and #10-Matt DiBenedetto. 41 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Charlotte practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(10-6-2016)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 45 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's Race for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Austin Dillon returns to the RCR #2;
    Cole Custer will be in the #5 for JRM;
    Joey Logano will drive the #12 for Penske;
    Spencer Gallagher is entered in the #21;
    The Obaika #77 & #97's are TBA;
    Brandon Brown returns with the #86 team;
    Jeb Burton makes another attempt with the #98 team.(10-3-2015)
    UPDATE: Clint King will drive the #15.(10-4-2016)
    UPDATE: Matt Tiff will drive the JGR #18.(10-4-2016)
    UPDATE: Ryan Ellis will be in the #77; Brandon Hightower in the #13; Chris Cockrum in the #25; Jordan Anderson back in the #97; #86-Brandon Brown and #92-Dexter Bean have withdrawn. 43 teams are entered.(10-6-2016)
    See the complete list on the Charlotte entry list page.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Xfinity: 8 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4688; Right-side -- D-4694

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.56 in. (2,224 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 26 psi; Left Rear -- 26 psi;
    Right Front -- 54 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

  • Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Xfinity and Sprint Cup Series will run completely different tire set-ups at Charlotte . . . for Xfinity, this is the same combination of left-and right-side tires teams ran at Charlotte in May . . . this right-side tire code (D-4694) 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 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Charlotte . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    Suarez, Sadler Only Two Chase Competitors Feeling The Comforts Of ‘Win And You’re In’

    In the inaugural elimination-style NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase the ultimate prize in each round is to win and advance to the next round to have a shot at the title in Miami. That means former winners Daniel Suarez (Dover) and Elliott Sadler (Kentucky) are the only two drivers in the Chase Round of 12 who have the luxury of rolling into Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend with few apprehensions about their Chase implications.

    Following his win last weekend at Dover, Suarez is now the Round of 12 NASCAR XFINITY Chase standings leader by two points over Elliott Sadler. In 28 starts in his sophomore season, Suarez has posted two poles, two wins (Michigan and Dover) and a series leading 14 top fives. 
    Expect Suarez’s recent success to continue this weekend at Charlotte. In three starts at the 1.5-mile speedway, he has posted one top five, two top 10s and an average finish of 7.3.

    In position to advance to the next round with a win, Sadler can enjoy this final race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase Round of 12. Sadler has made 28 starts this season, posting three wins (Talladega, Darlington and Kentucky), 11 top fives and a series-leading 25 top 10s. Sadler has finished in the top 10 at Charlotte in three of his last four starts there. 

    Suarez (6.6) and Sadler (8.9) lead all championship contenders in average finish on 1.5-mile tracks this season. 

    Round Of 12 Cutoff Race: Who’s In, Who’s Out?

    Charlotte Motor Speedway is the last chance for the Chase contenders without wins to lock themselves into the Round of 8. Below is a look at the Chase contenders in position to advance to the next round, but are not locked in with a win.

    3. Justin Allgaier - 2,071 (+17) No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro - leaped three spots in the Chase standings from sixth to third following his third-place finish at Dover last weekend. Now Allgaier has the largest points cushion (+17 points) ahead of Ty Dillon in ninth among chase contenders without a win. Allgaier’s 2016 season has seen 12 top fives, 23 top 10s and an average finish of 9.2. Allgaier’s on-track consistency should advance him to the next round. In his last nine starts at Charlotte he has posted seven top 10s and an average finish of 9.6, including a fifth-place finish earlier this season.

    4. Brendan Gaughan - 2,068 (+14) No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro - dropped one spot in the Chase standings from third to fourth following his ninth-place finish at Dover last weekend. Gaughan currently is 14 points ahead of ninth-place Ty Dillon as the series heads to Charlotte for the final race of the Round of 12. Gaughan has made 28 starts this season posting four top fives, 15 top 10s and an average finish of 10.7. Gaughan has been exceptional on 1.5-mile tracks this season posting the third-best average finish among title contenders with a 10.3. Gaughan has made nine starts at Charlotte posting an average finish of 15.1; including a 10th-place finish earlier this season.

    5. Ryan Reed - 2,065 (+11) No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang - fell one spot from fourth to fifth in the standings following his 10th-place finish at Dover; his second top 10 of the Chase. Reed now sits fifth in the Chase standings just 11 points ahead of ninth-place Ty Dillon. In Reed’s third full season there is no doubt his skills have progressed. In 28 starts he has posted one top five, six top 10s and an average finish of 14.6 (a career-best). Reed faces an uphill battle this weekend at Charlotte even though he has an 11-point cushion. Among the 12 Chase contenders, Reed has the second-worst average finish on 1.5-mile tracks this season with an 18.4. Reed has made six starts at Charlotte posting an average finish of 14.2, including a career best at Charlotte (11th) in this event last season.

    6. Darrell Wallace Jr. - 2,064 (+10) No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Fusion - like RFR teammate Ryan Reed also dropped one spot in the Chase standings from fifth to sixth following an 11th-place finish at Dover last weekend. Wallace now sits 10 points ahead of ninth-place Ty Dillon. Wallace’s 2016 season has been quite productive. In 28 starts he has posted three top fives, nine top 10s and an average finish of 14.6. Again, much like his teammate Reed, Wallace has struggled on 1.5-mile speedways this season, posting an average finish of 18.0. But don’t count him out this weekend at Charlotte, a track he has made three series starts, notching one top five, two top 10s an average finish of 13.3.

    7. Blake Koch - 2,058 (+4) No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet Camaro - is just above the cusp of elimination in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase Round of 12 after he moved up one spot to seventh following a 14th-place finish at Dover last weekend. Only four points separate seventh-place Blake Koch from ninth-place Ty Dillon. Koch has made 28 starts this season posting three top 10s and an average finish of 17.7 (a career-best). Unfortunately, 1.5-mile tracks have been the bane of Koch’s success this season; posting a 19.1 average finish on those specific speedways - the worst among Chase contenders. Koch has made six starts at Charlotte posting an average finish of 26.7; including a 14th-place finish earlier this season.  

    8. Brennan Poole - 2,057 (+3) No. 48 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro - must be mistake free this weekend at Charlotte because his three-point cushion ahead of ninth-place Ty Dillon is a slim margin to bank on. Poole fell one spot to Blake Koch in the Chase standings following his 15th-place finish at Dover last weekend. Poole has made 28 starts this season posting four top fives, 15 top 10s and an average finish of 12.1. Poole has the eighth best average finish (13.2) on 1.5-mile speedways this season among Chase contenders. In two starts at Charlotte, Poole has posted an average finish of 15.0, including a ninth-place finish earlier this season. 

    Cutoff Race For Round Of 12 Has Tension To Advance Running High

    The following four drivers will be faced with elimination from the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase if they do not win or move into the top eight in Chase points this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Below is a look at the drivers in positions ninth through 12th in the Chase standings.

    9. Ty Dillon - 2,033 (-3) No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro - finds himself on the edge of elimination, just three points behind eighth-place Brennan Poole. Following his runner-up finish at Dover, Dillon jumped three spots from last in the Chase (12th) to ninth. Dillon has been digging himself out of a Chase standings hole since his accident in the first Chase race at Kentucky relegated him to a 27th-place finish. This season has been filled with ups and downs for Dillon. In 28 starts, he has posted eight top fives, 15 top 10s and an average finish of 10.6. Among the 12 Chase contenders, Ty Dillon has the sixth-best average finish on 1.5-mile speedways (11.1), which is better than four of the Chase contenders who are currently ahead of him in the standings (Poole 13.3; Wallace 18.0; Reed 18.4; and Koch 19.1). Dillon has made five starts at Charlotte posting four top 10s and average finish of 12.2.

    10. Erik Jones - 2,053 (-4) No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry - fell another spot in the standings from ninth to 10th just four points behind eighth-place Blake Koch. Despite winning the pole and leading 54 laps at Dover last weekend, Jones finished 16th. Jones has made 28 starts this season posting four wins, 13 top fives, 16 top 10s and a rookie-record nine poles. His average finish this season is a 12.2. Anticipate Jones to flex his muscle on track this weekend as the Sunoco Rookie looks to fend off elimination. Jones has the fourth-best average finish (10.2) on 1.5-mile tracks among Chasers this season. In three starts at Charlotte, Jones has posted one pole and one top five. He finished second in this event last season. 

    11. Ryan Sieg - 2,047 (-10) No. 39 RSS Racing Chevrolet Camaro - has 10 points standing between himself and the Round of 8 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase. Sieg was bumped from 10th to 11th in the Chase standings following a 19th-place finish at Dover last weekend. Sieg has made 28 starts this season posting one top five, two top 10s and an average finish of 18.0. Sieg faces an uphill climb in the Chase points but one that is not insurmountable. Sieg is ranked ninth among Chase contenders in average finishing position (14.4.) at tracks 1.5-miles in length, which is better than three drivers who are ahead of him the Chase standings (Wallace 18.0; Reed 18.4; and Koch 19.1). Sieg has made five starts at Charlotte, posting an average finish of 18.2, including a 13th-place finish earlier this season.

    12. Brandon Jones - 2,039 (-18) No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro - heads to Charlotte with one thing on his mind - win. Sunoco rookie, Brandon Jones plummeted to last in the Chase standings following his 17th-place finish last weekend at Dover. Jones is now 12th in the Chase standings, 18 points behind eighth-place Blake Koch as the series heads to Charlotte. Jones has made 28 starts this season posting 11 top 10s and an average finish of 13.5. Jones will most likely have to win this weekend to advance to the next round. Jones is ranked seventh among Chase challengers in average finish (11.4) on 1.5-mile tracks this season. Jones has made his series debut at Charlotte earlier this season starting 12th and finishing seventh.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    Fresh Faces In The NASCAR XFINITY Garage - The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has a fresh crop of talented drivers budding to get into the NASCAR XFINITY Series and several of those fresh faces will be attempting to compete this weekend. Matt Tifft returns to the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota this weekend with crew chief Chris Gayle. Tifft has made seven starts this season posting one top five, three top 10s and an average finish of 16.9. Spencer Gallagher will be making his seventh series start this season with crew chief Joey Cohen. Gallagher’s previous six starts have seen one top five and an average finish of 20.5. Cole Custer will be making his fourth start of the season for JR Motorsports this weekend at Charlotte. Custer has posted one top five, two top 10s and an average finish of 14.0 in his three previous starts.

    Double Duty - Seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will be pulling double duty this weekend Kyle Larson, Matt DiBenedetto and Josh Wise will be joined by four active Chase contenders - B \rad Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick.

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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