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Rinnai 250

Atlanta Motor Speedway
NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #2 of 33

Saturday, February 23, 2019
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:16pm/et
Laps/Stages: 130 laps total. Stages end on laps: 40/80/163


TELEVISION / RADIO / STREAMING

Television Coverage: Time 2:00;pm/et, FS1 and FOX Sports GO streaming (available with participating TV provider login)
Radio Coverage (over the air and streaming): Performance Racing Network (PRN) / SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR (available with subscription)


WEEKEND SCHEDULE

On track schedule

Practices:
Friday, February 22, 1:05-1:55pm/et, NASCAR.com streaming;
Friday, February 22, 3:05-3:55pm/et, TV-FS1.
Qualifying:
Saturday, February 23 at 9:35pm/et, TV-FS1.

Complete Event Schedule (times local to the track)

Thursday, February 21
3:00 PM-5:00 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Friday, February 22
10:00 AM-10:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
12:00 PM NXS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
1:05 PM-1:55 PM NXS 1ST PRACTICE
3:05 PM-3:55 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, February 23
7:00 AM NGOTS, NXS GARAGE OPENS
9:35 AM NXS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
11:45 AM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
1:30 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 PM NXS RACE (STAGES 40/80/163 LAPS = 251.02 MILES)

NXS = NASCAR XFINITY Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


Links to race, practice, qualifying results (in pdf): (will be added as available)
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumlative Race Report
Penalty Report
Pitstalls
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Qualifying Order
Practice 2 Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Crew Rosters
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List


RACE RUNDOWN….News & Links

Christoper Bell won the Rinnai 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The win is his 1st win of 2019, 1st XFINITY win at Atlanta and 9th career win.
#00-Cole Custer finished 2nd followed by #7-Justin Allgaier, #19-Brandon Jones, #2-Tyler Reddick, #18-Jeffrey Earnahrdt, #8-Ryan Preece, #11-Justin Haley, #9-Noah Gragson, and #22-Austin Cindric.
Bell also won Stage 1 and Stage 2.
There were 11 lead changes among 5 drivers and 3 cautions for 16 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 139.456mph.
See race details at:
Race Results (pdf)
Drivers Points Standings
Owners Points Standings
Cumulative Report
Penalty Report

Race Fast Facts – Atlanta

Christopher Bell won the 28th Annual Rinnai 250, his ninth victory in 43 Xfinity Series races.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2019.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in two races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Cole Custer (second) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2019.
Justin Allgaier (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in nine races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Justin Haley (eighth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Christopher Bell leads the point standings by 4 points over Brandon Jones.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(2-23-2019)

2019 NASCAR XFINITY Series Standings after Atlanta:
#20-Christopher Bell [1 win]

#1-Michael Annett [1 win]

#19-Brandon Jones, 95, -4

#7-Justin Allgaier, 81, -18

#2-Tyler Reddick, 80, -19

#00-Cole Custer, 76, -23

#22-Austin Cindric, 76, -23

#18-Jeffrey Earnhardt, 76, -23

#4-Ross Chastain, 66, -33

#39-Ryan Sieg, 63, -36

#11-Justin Haley, 60, 9

#23-John Hunter Nemechek, 60, -39

See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings

QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Busch pole qualifying for the Rinnai 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway was canceled due to rain at the track. The lineup was set by the rule book.
#00-Cole Custer will start on the pole, followed by #42-Chad Finchum, #20-Christopher Bell, #9-Noah Gragson, #22-Austin Cindric, #8-Ryan Preece, #7-Justin Allgaier, #18-Jeffrey Earnhardt, #19-Brandon Jones, and #23-John Hunter Nemechek.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 37 were entered for 38 spots.
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(2-23-2019) –>

Happy Hour (final) practice for the Rinnai 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, after XX scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#11-Haley 177.783
#9-Gragson 177.584
#00-Custer 176.448
#8-Preece 176.162
#2-Reddick 176.011
Slowest: #78-Miller 155.765 & #17-Currey 151.034.
Most laps run: #23-Nemechek, 30 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 16 drivers): #9-Gragson 172.715
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf).(2-22-2019)

First practice for the Rinnai 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, after XX scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#00-Custer 178.218
#20-Bell 176.898
#11-Haley 176.555
#7-Allgaier 176.157
#18-Earnhardt 176.045
Slowest: #78-Miller 157.308 & #99-Martins 140.611.
Most laps run: #86-Brown, 6 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 6 drivers): #1Annett 171.719
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Second Practice speeds page (pdf).(2-22-2019)

Entry List for the Rinnai 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is posted, 37 teams/drivers [for 38 spots] are listed.
Since only 37 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)


TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

Set limits:
Cup: 3 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 12 sets for the race;
Xfinity: 7 sets for the event

Tire Codes:
Left-side — D-4844;
Right-side — D-4682

Tire Circumference:
Left-side — 2,227 mm (87.68 in.);
Right-side — 2,245 mm (88.39 in.)

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front — 19 psi; Left Rear — 19 psi;
Right Front — 50 psi; Right Rear — 47 psi

Storyline – High-wear surface makes Atlanta a pit-stop-a-palooza: Atlanta is known for its extremely worn surface, long, sweeping turns and high speeds.  It is also the one track at which teams are most likely to pit short of their fuel window to take advantage of fresh tires.  NASCAR Cup teams will have 12 sets of tires for the race, which means that team pit stops will play a big part of the equation.  An historical note – Atlanta was the first NASCAR track at which Goodyear’s multi-zone tread technology was used back in 2013, and it remains a multi-zone tread track to this day.

     “Two things are sure about Atlanta Motor Speedway – first, it is an extremely worn track surface which is very hard on tires; and second, the racing there has been consistently entertaining,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing.  “This is the first race with NASCAR’s new rules package, and teams will have more downforce than they did a year ago, to go along with a reduction in horsepower.  With the track surface, fresh rubber will be at a premium, and the pit crews will be busy all day as teams take four tires on every stop.”

Notes – Cup, Xfinity teams debut new left-side tire at Atlanta: While teams in all three NASCAR Series will run the same right-side tire code at Atlanta this week, those in the Cup and Xfinity Series will run a different left-side code than those in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series . . . this is the first time these teams have run this left-side tire code . . . compared to what was run last year, this left-side features a construction update that will align Atlanta with what is run at other speedways . . . this right-side tire is a multi-zone tread tire, with a two-inch inboard compound designed for heat resistance and a 10-inch outboard compound to give more grip . . . this is the same right-side tire that Cup teams have run at Atlanta since 2016 and Xfinity teams since 2017 . . . Atlanta is the only track at which these teams are scheduled to run either of these two tire codes in 2019 . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Atlanta last October . . . teams (drivers) that participated in that test were Chip Ganassi Racing (Ross Chastain), Joe Gibbs Racing (Erik Jones), Penske Racing (Ryan Blaney) and Wood Brothers Racing (Paul Menard) . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Atlanta . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.