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Ford Ecoboost 300

Homestead-Miami Speedway

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

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Race: Saturday, November 19, 2016 in Homestead, FL

Title Sponsor: Ford EcoBoost

Race Time: 3:30pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): Approximately 3:46pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, November 17
5:00 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, November 18
10:30 AM-8:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
11:00 AM-9:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
1:00 PM NXS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
2:00 PM-3:25 PM NXS 1ST PRACTICE
5:00 PM-5:55 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, November 19
7:00 AM-3:30 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
7:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
11:15 AM NXS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
12:45 PM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
3:00 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:30 PM NXS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)(NBCSN / MRN / SiriusXM NASCAR)

NXS = XFINITY Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Homestead race results and standings (pdf)


    2016 XFINITY Series Champion Daniel Suarez



  • Daniel Suarez wins Homestead race and XFINITY Series Championship: #19-Daniel Suarez won the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his 3rd XFINITY Series win and 3rd of the year. #3-Ty Dillon finished second, followed by #1-Elliott Sadler, #22-Ryan Blaney, #2-Austin Dillon, #7-Justin Allgaier, #42-Kyle Larson, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #20-Erik Jones, and #98-Aric Almirola.
    Suarez started from the pole and led 133 of the 200 laps. He started 3rd on the final restart of the race with 3 laps to go, but was able to quickly take the lead, passing #14-Cole Whitt, who had stayed on track, and #1-Elliott Sadler, who had taken just two tires under the final pit stop.
    The win earned him the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship. #1-Elliott Sadler finished 2nd in the standings, followed by #7-Justin Allgaier, and #20-Erik Jones.
    There were 7 cautions for 39 laps and 21 lead changes among 11 leaders.
    The average speed was 116.455mph.
    Complete results are on the Homestead race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Homestead Race & Points Report (pdf).(11-19-2016)

  • NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship Fast Facts:
    Driver Champion: Daniel Suarez
    Team: #19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry

    • Daniel Suarez won his first NASCAR XFINITY Series championship; becoming the 27th different driver to win the title.
    • Daniel Suarez is the first Latin American driver to win a NASCAR national series championship.
    • Suarez won the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to claim the 2016 series title in the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase.
    • Suarez made 33 starts this season posting three wins, 19 top fives and 27 top 10s and three poles.
    • Suarez has become the first graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program to win a NASCAR XFINITY Series championship.
    Owner Of Driver Champion: Joe Gibbs, Joe Gibbs Racing
    • This is Joe Gibbs Racing's second NASCAR XFINITY Series driver championship.
    • Joe Gibbs Racing's first driver title came in 2009 with driver Kyle Busch.
    • Joe Gibbs Racing had two teams make the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase; the No. 20 Toyota Camry team with driver Erik Jones who also made the Championship 4 finished third in the standings, and the No. 19 Toyota Camry team with driver Daniel Suarez, who won the driver championship.
    Crew Chief Champion: Scott Graves
    • This is Scott Graves second consecutive career NASCAR XFINITY Series championship; his first was with Roush Fenway Racing and driver Chris Buescher (2015).
    • Graves is the seventh NASCAR XFINITY Series crew chief to win consecutive titles joining Gere Kennon (1983, '84), Ricky Pearson (1986, '87), Steve Bird (1995-1997), Tony Eury Sr. (1998, '99), Kevin Manion (2004, '05) and Mike Kelley (2011, 2012).
    Owner Champion: Joe Gibbs, Joe Gibbs Racing
    • Joe Gibbs Racing has won the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series owners championship with the No. 19 Toyota Camry team and driver Daniel Suarez. • This is Joe Gibbs Racing's fifth NASCAR XFINITY Series owners championship (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2016) - the series-most.
    • The No. 19 Toyota team posted three wins this season.
    (NASCAR)(11-19-2016)

  • Homestead XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Daniel Suarez (C) won the 22nd Annual Ford EcoBoost 300, his third victory in 68 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his third victory and 27th top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in two races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    Ty Dillon (second) posted his third top-10 finish in four races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his 17th top-10 finish in 2016.
    Elliott Sadler (C) (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 11 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    Erik Jones (C) (ninth) was the highest finishing rookie. Jones wins the 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
    Daniel Suarez wins the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(11-19-2016)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Homestead:
    1) #19-Daniel Suarez (C), 4040
    2) #1-Elliott Sadler (C), 4038 -2
    3) #7-Justin Allgaier (C), 4035 -5
    4) #20-Erik Jones (C), 4032 -8
    5) #3-Ty Dillon, 2214 -1826
    6) #16-Ryan Reed, 2205 -1835
    7) #11-Blake Koch, 2200 -1840
    8) #48-Brennan Poole, 2192 -1848
    9) #39-Ryan Sieg, 2171 -1869
    10) #33-Brandon Jones, 2168 -1872
    11) #6-Darrell Wallace Jr, 2163 -1877
    12) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 2161 -1879
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(11-19-2016)

  • Unofficial Top 20 in 2016 XFINITY Driver Points Standings (not the Chase):
    [after Homestead, race 33 of 33]
    (using current points system, but not the Chase rules, unofficial)
    1) #1-Elliott Sadler, 1150
    2) #19-Daniel Suarez, 1109, -41
    3) #7-Justin Allgaier, 1062, -88
    6) #3-Ty Dillon, 1021, -129
    4) #20-Erik Jones, 1005, -145
    5) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 950, -200
    7) #48-Brennan Poole, 948, -202
    8) #33-Brandon Jones, 901, -249
    9) #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 843, -307
    10) #16-Ryan Reed, 840, -310
    12) #11-Blake Koch, 796, -354
    11) #39-Ryan Sieg, 767, -383
    14) #28-Dakoda Armstrong, 718, -432
    13) #44-J.J. Yeley, 706, -444
    15) #51-Jeremy Clements, 693, -457
    16) #4-Ross Chastain, 670, -480
    17) #01-Ryan Preece, 597, -553
    18) #0-Garrett Smithley, 544, -606
    19) #07-Ray Black, Jr., 515, -635
    20) #78-B.J. McLeod, 459, -691
    (11-19-2016)

  • Free Pass - Who got a lap back on each caution at Homestead: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: None, no one a lap or more down.
    Caution 2: #99-Green, 32nd
    Caution 3: #39-Sieg, 12th
    Caution 4: #33-Jones, 15th
    Caution 5: #44-Yeley, 13th
    Caution 6: #14-Whitt, 18th
    Caution 7: #5-Custer, 17th
    (11-19-2016)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Daniel Suarez on XFINITY pole at Homestead: #19-Daniel Suarez won the Coors Light pole for the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a speed of 169.924mph. #1-Elliott Sadler will start second. The rest of the top 10: #20-Erik Jones, #22-Ryan Blaney, #2-Austin Dillon, #7-Justin Allgaier, #42-Kyle Larson, #88-Alex Bowman, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr. and #33-Brandon Jones.
    The Chase / Championship 4 drivers starting spots:
    #19-Daniel Suarez, POLE
    #1-Elliott Sadler, 2nd
    #20-Erik Jones, 3rd
    #7-Justin Allgaier, 6th
    Did Not Qualify: #93-David Starr, #89-Morgan Shepherd, #74-Mike Harmon, #70-Dexter Stacey, and #77-Ryan Ellis.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Homestead starting lineup page (pdf).(11-19-2016)

  • Homestead XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
    Daniel Suarez (C) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 22nd Annual Ford EcoBoost 300 with a lap of 31.779 seconds, 169.924 mph.
    This is his sixth pole in 68 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his third pole and 33rd top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his first pole in two races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    Elliott Sadler (C) (second) posted his 25th top-10 start of 2016 and his eighth in 11 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    Erik Jones (C) (third) posted his second top-10 start at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his 32nd in 33 races this season.
    Erik Jones (C) (third) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    Championship 4 Starting Positions: Daniel Suarez (first), Elliott Sadler (second), Erik Jones (third) and Justin Allgaier (sixth).
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(11-19-2016)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Kyle Larson paces final XFINITY practice: #42-Kyle Larson was quickest in final practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a speed of 170.487mph. #19-Daniel Suarez was second, followed by: #20-Erik Jones, #22-Ryan Blaney, #33-Brandon Jones, #98-Aric Almirola, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #18-Matt Tifft, #28-Dakoda Armstrong and #3-Ty Dillon.
    Chase drivers not in the top 10: #1-Elliott Sadler was 15th; #7-Justin Allgaier was 18th after making contact with the wall a couple times.
    43 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Homestead final practice speeds page (pdf).(11-18-2016)

  • Kyle Larson fastest in first XFINITY practice: #42-Kyle Larson was fastest during opening practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a speed of 168.177mph. The rest of the top 10: #22-Ryan Blaney, #20-Erik Jones, #88-Alex Bowman, #19-Daniel Suarez, #33-Brandon Jones, #98-Aric Almirola, #3-Ty Dillon, #62-Brendan Gaughan, ad #18-Matt Tifft. 44 drivers practiced during the session.
    #1-Elliott Sadler made contact with the outside wall midway through the session. The team will repair the car. He was 11th fastest.
    #7-Justin Allgaier was 15th in practice.
    See complete results on the Homestead practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(11-18-2016)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 44 [now 45] cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's season-ending Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. A few notes:
    Cole Custer will drive the #5 for JR Motorsports;
    Cole Whitt remains in the TriStar #14;
    Travis Kvapil is entered in the RWR #15;
    Ryan Blaney will drive the #22 for Penske;
    The RWR #25 is TBA;
    Jordan Anderson is entered in the #46 for Rick Gdovic;
    The Obaika #77 & #97 are TBA;
    Brandon Brown is entered in his #86.(11-14-2016)
    UPDATE: Mario Gosselin has been added in the #90.(11-15-2016)
    UPDATE: Ryan Ellis will be in the #77, Josh Bilicki in the #97.(11-16-2016)
    See the complete list on the Homestead entry list page.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 12 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 8 sets for the event;
    Camping World Truck: 6 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 -- 49 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

  • Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires at Homestead this weekend . . . this is the first time these teams have run this tire set-up at Homestead, though they have run it at both Texas and Chicagoland this season . . . similar to what was run at Homestead last year, 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 . . . different from Homestead 2015, this right-side tire features a construction change, and a compound change on the outboard 10 inches to give the cars and trucks more grip . . . compared to Homestead last year, this left-side tire code (D-4684) features an updated construction and mold shape, as well as a compound change for more grip . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Homestead last December 14 . . . drivers participating in that test were Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Brian Scott and Martin Truex Jr. . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Homestead . . . 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 Culminates In Miami

    For the first time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series’ 34-year existence, the title will be decided at the culmination of the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, a four round elimination-style playoff that will name the series’ 27th different champion in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The first of the Championship 4 drivers to cross the finish line at Homestead will become the 2016 series driver champion. Elliott Sadler, Daniel Suárez, Erik Jones and Justin Allgaier are the Championship 4 and have competed all season for the chance at the title in the Ford EcoBoost 300 (Saturday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).  

    Championship 4 (By car number):

    Elliott Sadler (No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro)

    A veteran driver from Emporia, Virginia, Elliott Sadler has the chance this weekend to win his first NASCAR XFINITY Series championship and bring home the second driver title in three years for JR Motorsports (Chase Elliott, 2014). Sadler is no stranger to the championship pressure as he has finished in the top three in the series driver standings in three of the last five seasons; including two runner-ups (2011, 2012).

    Sadler and the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro team will be without their crew chief Kevin Meendering this weekend at Homestead. Last weekend at Phoenix the No. 1 car did not pass post-race lug nut inspection, and as a result, Meendering was suspended from participating in the season finale. Instead serving as crew chief this weekend will be JR Motorsports race operations manager Mike Baumgardner. 

    “We let Kevin (Meendering) ultimately make this decision because it’s his team,” said JR Motorsports general manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller. “Kevin chose Mike to sit in the crew chief’s seat and for good reason - he is experienced atop the pit box and very dependable. We have a great deal of confidence in Mike to give Elliott his best opportunity to win on Saturday.”

    At the age of 41, Elliott Sadler can become the second oldest driver in series history to win the title behind Sam Ard, who won the title in 1985 at the age of 48 years, 9 months, 29 days. If Sadler wins the title this weekend he will be 41 years, 6 months and 20 days. Sadler would join Tommy Ellis (Richmond) as the second series champion from the state of Virginia.

    Breakdown by Round of Elliott Sadler’s 2016 Chase:

    Round of 12: Sadler quickly locked himself into the Round of 8 by winning the first race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase at Kentucky. He followed up Kentucky with a seventh-place finish at Dover and a runner-up showing at Charlotte.

    Round of 8: Sadler kicked the Round of 8 off with a solid second-place finish at Kansas, and then posted a sixth-place finish at Texas and a 13th at Phoenix last weekend. Sadler accumulated the second most points in the Round of 8 to earn a spot in the Championship 4. 

    Elliott Sadler Fast Facts:

    -          In 2016, Sadler has posted three wins, 13 top fives and 28 top 10s (series-most).

    -          Sadler’s average finish during the 2016 season is a 6.9. 

    -          During the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, he has posted one win, four top fives and six top 10s.

    -          Sadler’s average finish during the 2016 Chase is 5.2.

    -          During the Chase, Sadler posted a driver rating of 103.1 and an average running position of 7.8.

    -          At Homestead, Sadler has made 10 starts posting one top five, four top 10s and an average finish of 16.3.

    Justin Allgaier (No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro)

    After a two-season stint in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Justin Allgaier returned to the NASCAR XFINITY Series this season, and instantly jumped into title contention form. The Riverton, Illinois, native has a solid shot at the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship for the first time in his career as the series heads into Homestead-Miami. Allgaier’s previous best series  standings finish was third in 2011. This season Allgaier, like Sadler, has the opportunity to bring home the second series driver title for JR Motorsports in three years (Chase Elliott, 2014).   

    “When the news broke in the middle of the off-season that we (NASCAR XFINITY Series) were going to have a Chase format, you know, for me it was something I was super pumped about,” said Allgaier. “Going to a new team, new crew chief, new cars, and coming back to the NASCAR XFINITY Series, I felt like the old format lent itself to making sure you were good all season and carrying it all the way through. For us, the new format gave us time to get acclimated to get to know our new guys and our new program, and I think that helped us out tremendously.” 

    Competing alongside Allgaier this season is crew chief Jason Burdett. The 2016 season is just Burdett’s second full season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series; he worked with driver Regan Smith and the No. 7 JRM team last season, finishing fourth in the series standings.  

    “It doesn’t matter what series you’re in, if you’re in a NASCAR Home Tracks series, or any of the top three national series, it doesn’t matter what you run, to make it and have an opportunity to go for a championship means the world to all of us,” said Allgaier.   

    If Allgaier is to win this season’s title, he will become the first series champion from the state of Illinois.

    Breakdown by Round of Justin Allgaier’s 2016 Chase:

    Round of 12: Allgaier made it to the Round of 8 on the heels of three solid top 10 finishes. The JRM driver posted a ninth-place finish at Kentucky, a third at Dover and a sixth at Charlotte. Allgaier accumulated the third most series driver points during the Round of 12 and as a result Allgaier advanced to the Round of 8. 

    Round of 8: Allgaier’s consistency slipped at the beginning of the Round of 8 when he was caught in an accident at Kansas that relegated him to a 14th-place finish. But the No. 7 team’s championship hopes were not deterred as they answered with a 10th-place finish at Texas which put Allgaier in fifth place in the Chase standings just outside the Championship 4 cutoff. Allgaier and team performed well at Phoenix last weekend, posting a fourth-place finish which netted him the fourth and final slot in the Championship 4. 

    Justin Allgaier Fast Facts:

    -          In 2016, Allgaier has posted 13 top fives and 26 top 10s.

    -          Allgaier’s average finish during the 2016 season is an 9.2. 

    -          During the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, he has posted two top fives and five top 10s.

    -          Allgaier’s average finish during the 2016 Chase was 7.7.

    -          During the Chase, Allgaier posted a driver rating of 104.3 and an average running position of 6.5.

    -          At Homestead, Allgaier has made six starts posting a career-best finish of 11th (twice: 2012 and 2010) and an average finish of 17.0. 

    Daniel Suárez (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry)

    The 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year, Daniel Suárez has the opportunity to become the first international driver to win a national series title. The Monterrey, Mexico, native became the first Mexican-born driver to win a NASCAR XFINITY Series race this season when he took the checkered flag at Michigan, and then again during the Chase at Dover. Now the Drive for Diversity and NASCAR Next program graduate can not only become the first driver from Mexico to win a series title, but he can also bring home the second series driver title for Joe Gibbs Racing and the first since Kyle Busch, who won it in 2009.

    “I’m super excited for my team, and I’m super excited for myself,” said Suárez. “Homestead is going to be a race I am going to enjoy a lot. My family is going to be there and a lot of my friends are going to be there. It is going to be a huge party for me. Hopefully we can win the thing and have a good vacation as champions.”

    One thing working in Suárez’s favor this weekend at Homestead in the championship finale is crew chief Scott Graves. While Suárez doesn’t have any championship race experience, yet, in this series, Graves led his former team and driver Chris Buescher to the series championship last season. Graves now has the opportunity to become the first crew chief since Mike Kelley (2011-2012) to win back-to-back titles. Graves could also become the first crew chief since Steve Bird (1995, Johnny Benson and 1996, Randy LaJoie) to win consecutive titles with two different drivers. 

    Suárez can also help bring the series Bill France Performance Cup, which is the award given to the manufacturer champion in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. If the top finishing Toyota finishes 17th or better, Toyota will lock up the title for the first time since 2010.

    Breakdown by Round of Daniel Suárez’s 2016 Chase:

    Round of 12: Suárez quickly ushered himself into contention to make to the Round of 8 by finishing second at the Chase opener in Kentucky. He then sealed the deal on his advancement to the next round by winning the second race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase at Dover. He followed his win up at Dover with a third-place finish at Charlotte.

    Round of 8: Suárez’s championship quest continued in the Round of 8 by posting a solid third-place finish at Kansas, and then back-to-back fifth-place finishes at Texas and Phoenix last weekend.

    Daniel Suárez Fast Facts:

    -          In 2016, Suárez has posted two wins, 18 top fives, 26 top 10s and two poles.

    -          Suárez’s average finish during the 2016 season is an 8.2. 

    -          During the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, he has posted one win and six top fives.

    -          Suárez’s average finish during the 2016 Chase was 3.2.

    -          During the Chase, Suárez posted a driver rating of 121.0 and an average running position of 4.3.

    -          At Homestead, Suárez made his series track-debut last season starting second and finishing sixth.  

    Erik Jones (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry)

    Erik Jones’ rookie season has been one of the most impressive in series history. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate has set a rookie record for poles with nine this season. The 20-year-old driver has also posted four wins this season - the most for a rookie since Greg Biffle’s five wins in 2001.  Now Jones heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway with the opportunity to become the second Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate to win the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship (Chase Elliott, 2014). Like Suárez, Jones also can bring home Joe Gibbs Racing’s second series driver title and first since Kyle Busch won it in 2009.

    Jones also has the opportunity to become the third youngest driver in series history to win the title at the age of 20 years, 5 months and 20 days (on Saturday, Nov. 19); behind Chase Elliott (18 years, 11 months and 18 days) and Brian Vickers (20 years, 0 months and 22 days). 

    “It’s pretty special for me, having a shot to go to Homestead again this year to win a championship in the NASCAR XFINITY Series,” said Jones. “It would be awesome to win back-to-back championships in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series.”  

    If Jones wins the title this weekend he will become the fourth driver in NASCAR national series history to win a title in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (2015) and the NASCAR XFINITY Series; joining Greg Biffle (NCWTS, 2000; NXS, 2002), Johnny Benson (NCWTS, 2008; NXS 1995) and Austin Dillon (NCWTS, 2011; and NXS, 2013). If Jones accomplishes the feat, he will be the only driver of the four to do it in consecutive seasons.

    Breakdown by Round of Justin Allgaier’s 2016 Chase:

    Round of 12: Jones’ entire 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase has been an uphill climb. Jones started the Chase with an accident at Kentucky that saw him finish 28th. He then followed that up with a 16th at Dover. The two finishes outside the top-10 had Jones facing elimination heading into Charlotte, but the young rookie standout prevailed, posting a fifth-place finish and enough points to move inside the top eight in the Chase standings and on to the next round.  

    Round of 8: Jones’s bad luck continued in the first race of the Round of 8 when he finished a lap down at Kansas in 15th. Jones and the No. 20 JGR team mustered up a fourth-place finish at Texas and then for the second time in this season’s Chase, Jones was faced with elimination and he overcame the odds to finish 10th at Phoenix.

    Erik Jones Fast Facts:

    -          In 2016, Jones has posted four wins (most among Chasers), 15 top fives, 19 top 10s and a rookie record nine poles.

    -          Jones’ average finish during the 2016 season is an 11.7. 

    -          During the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, he has posted two top fives, three top 10s and two poles.

    -          Jones’ average finish during the 2016 Chase was 13.0.

    -          During the Chase, Jones posted a driver rating of 115.5 and an average running position of 5.1.

    -          At Homestead, Jones made his series track-debut last season starting seventh and finishing third.

     

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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