PowerShares QQQ 300
Daytona International Speedway
NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #1 of 33 for the 2017 season
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017 in Daytona Beach, FL
Title Sponsor: PowerShares QQQ
Race Time: 3:30pm/et
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:49pm/et
Television Race Coverage: FoxSports1 - 3:00pm/et
Announcers: Adam Alexander, Michael Waltrip, Kevin Harvick
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Times are local to the Track and subject to change
Thursday, February 23
8:00 AM NXS HAULERS ENTER
10:00 AM-3:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:30 AM-7:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPEN
10:30 AM NCWTS, NXS, MENCS SPOTTERS MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
11:00 AM-5:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
Friday, February 24
10:30 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:30 AM-8:30 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
11:00 AM NXS ROOKIE MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 PM-12:55 PM NXS 1ST PRACTICE - Fox Sports 1
2:00 PM-2:55 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE - Fox Sports 1
Saturday, February 25
9:00 AM-4:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
9:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
10:30 AM NXS QUALIFYING (SINGLE VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS) - Fox Sports 1
12:10 PM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
3:00 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:30 PM NXS RACE (120 LAPS, 300 MILES)(FS1 / MRN / SiriusXM NASCAR)
NXS = NASCAR XFINITY Series MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series NCWTS = NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
For Ryan Reed, there's magic in the air at the Birthplace of Speed. Reed went to Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway in February 2015 and hadn't won since-until Saturday night, when he held off Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran Kasey Kahne in overtime to claim victory in the Powershares QQQ 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series season opener. [Race recap](2-25-2017)
Ryan Reed wins Daytona XFINITY race: #16-Ryan Reed won the PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway. It is his 2nd career XFINITY Series win. #88-Kasey Kahne finished second, followed by #2-Austin Dillon, #22-Brad Keselowski, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #24-Scott Lagasse, Jr., #52-Joey Gase, #0-Garrett Smithley, #9-William Byron, and #01-Harrison Rhodes.
#1-Elliott Sader won both the first and second stages, but wrecked late and finished 24th.
There were 10 cautions for 42 laps and 25 lead changes among 9 leaders.
The "Big One" happened on lap 24 and involved 20 cars and required an 18 minute red flag to clean the track.
Then another wreck on lap 30 caught up a dozen cars cars, including pole sitter #33-Brandon Jones, and led to another red flag of nearly 28 minutes.
The average speed was 117.141mph.
Complete results are on the Daytona race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Daytona Race & Points Report (pdf).
Race stage winners:
Stage 1 - lap 30 - Winner, #1-Sadler
Stage 2 - lap 60 - Winner, #1-Sadler
Stage 3 - lap 120 - Race winner, #16-Reed
Daytona XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
Ryan Reed won the 36th Annual Powershares QQQ 300, his second victory in 106 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in seven races at Daytona International Speedway.
Kasey Kahne(i) (second) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 22 races at Daytona International Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2017.
Austin Dillon(i) (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in nine races at Daytona International Speedway.
William Byron (ninth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Ryan Reed leads the point standings by 9 points over Brendan Gaughan.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(2-25-2017)
XFINITY Driver standings following Daytona:
1) #16-Ryan Reed 47
2) #62-Brendan Gaughan 38, -9
3) #1-Elliott Sadler 33, -14
4) #24-Scott Lagasse, Jr. 31, -16
5) #19-Matt Tifft 31, -16
6) #28-Dakoda Armstrong 31, -16
7) #52-Joey Gase 30, -17
8) #0-Garrett Smithley 29, -18
9) #11-Blake Koch 29, -18
10) #9-William Byron 28, -19
See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(2-25-2017)
Free Pass - Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #8-Green, 39th
Caution 2: #8-Green (2), 39th
Caution 3: None, #8-Green was involved in the accident.
Caution 4: #39-Sieg, 21st
Caution 5: #42-Reddick, 20th
Caution 6: #5-Annett, 14th
Caution 7: #19-Tifft, 11th
Caution 8: #24-Lagasse, 6th
Caution 9: #19-Tifft (2), 11th
Caution 10: #19-Tifft (3), 11th
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION
Brandon Jones on XFINITY pole at Daytona: #33-Brandon Jones won the Coors Light pole for the PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 184.472mph. #16-Ryan Reed will start second.
The rest of the top 10: #48-Brennan Poole, #21-Daniel Hemric, #3-Ty Dillon, #22-Brad Keselowski, #42-Tyler Reddick, #11-Blake Koch, #88-Kasey Kahne,and #23-Spencer Gallagher.
Did Not Qualify: #13-Mark Thompson, #74-Mike Harmon, #89-Morgan Shepherd, #97-Stephen Leicht.
The starting lineup is posted on the Daytona starting lineup page (pdf).(2-25-2017)
Daytona XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
Brandon Jones won the Coors Light 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the 36th Annual Powershares QQQ 300 with a lap of 48.788 seconds, 184.472 mph.
This is his first pole in 39 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2017.
This is his first pole in three races at Daytona International Speedway.
Ryan Reed (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2017 and his fourth in seven races at Daytona International Speedway.
Brennan Poole (third) posted his second top-10 start at Daytona International Speedway.
Daniel Hemric (fourth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(2-25-2017)
J.J. Yeley paces final XFINITY practice: #14-J.J.Yeley was quickest in final practice at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 187.005mph.
#4-Ross Chastian was second, followed by: #44-Benny Gordon, #42-Tyler Reddick, #00-Cole Custer, #07-Ray Black, Jr., #51-Jeremy Clements, #28-Dakoda Armstrong, #39-Ryan Sieg, and #13-Mark Thompson..
37 drivers practiced during the session.
See complete results on the Daytona final practice speeds page (pdf).(2-24-2017)
Justin Allgaier fastest in first XFINITY practice: #7-Justin Allgaier was fastest during opening practice at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 193.890mph.
The rest of the top 10: #2-Brad Keselowski, #42-Tyler Reddick, #9-William Byron, #23-Spencer Gallagher, #1-Elliott Sadler, #2-Austin Dillon, #3-Ty Dillon, #33-Branson Jones, and #11-Blake Koch.
43 drivers practiced during the session.
See complete results on the Daytona practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(2-24-2017)
XFINITY Entry List: There are 44 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's season-opening PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway.(2-19-2017) See the complete list on the Daytona entry list pdf.
UPDATE: David Starr will drive the #99.(2-20-2017)
UPDATE: Clint King will be in the #78.(2-21-2017)
UPDATE: Anthony Kumpen has been added in the #46, Mike Harmon has been added in the #74, Stephen Leicht is in the #77. There are now 46 cars entered.(2-22-2017)
UPDATE: The #77 & #93 teams have withdrawn. Leicht will now drive the #97. There are 44 cars at the track. (2-24-2016)
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials:
NASCAR Xfinity Series -- Race No. 1 - PowerShares QQQ 300
Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile oval) - Daytona Beach, Fla.
Fast Facts for February 17-26, 2016
Clash: 6 sets for the event;
Daytona 500: 10 sets for practice/qualifying/Duel, and 7 sets for the race
Xfinity: 4 sets for the event;
Camping World Truck: 4 sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4596; Right-side -- D-4600
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.91 in. (2,233 mm); Right-side -- 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 27 psi; Left Rear -- 27 psi;
Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 48 psi
Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Daytona throughout Speedweeks . . . this exact combination of left- and right-side
tires is unique to Daytona and has been well suited to this superspeedway application since its debut at this track in July 2013 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Daytona . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Goodyear Blimp: Goodyear's "Wingfoot One," based out of Pompano Beach. Fla., will be in the air over Daytona International Speedway throughout Speedweeks . . .the ship will be a part of Fox and Fox Sports 1's television coverage of The Clash and Cup qualifying during the first week, and the Can-Am Duel, Camping World Truck, Xfinity and Cup races during the second week.
NASCAR NEWS & NOTES
New Batch Of Sunoco Rookies Keep Veterans on Toes
There's a new crop of drivers looking to make their names during the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year class includes William Byron, Cole Custer, Spencer Gallagher, Daniel Hemric and Matt Tifft.
William Byron - No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro - is the pre-season favorite to win the 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year award purely based on how successful he was in his rookie campaign last season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Charlotte, North Carolina native, finished last season in the trucks with a series-rookie record seven wins driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports. This season, the JR Motorsports young gun will be looking to build on his recent success, and he will do that with the guidance of crew chief David Elenz. This weekend at Daytona the 19-year-old Byron will be making his series debut.
Cole Custer - No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang - Almost everything is new at Stewart-Haas Racing this season - the announcement of moving to Ford from Chevrolet, and the creation of a NASCAR XFINITY Series team that will field one of the sport's budding talents, Cole Custer. Custer, the Ladera Ranch, California native, will be teamed with crew chief Jeff Meendering in 2017. Custer made five series starts last season for JR Motorsports with four different crew chiefs. In spite of the crew chief rotation, he was able to post one top five and two top 10s. The 19-year old Custer will be making his NASCAR XFINITY Series track debut at Daytona this weekend.
Spencer Gallagher - No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet Camaro - is leading the charge of expanding his family-owned organization, GMS Racing, and with that comes the newly formed NASCAR XFINITY Series No. 23 team. Gallagher, who calls Las Vegas, Nevada home, finished the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season 12th in points after posting eight top 10s. Now Gallagher has turned his focus to the NASCAR XFINITY Series and will be working with crew chief Joey Cohen. The duo started seven NXS races last season, posting one top-10 finish. The 27-year-old's top 10 just happened to come at Daytona International Speedway last July where he started 27th and raced his way up to an eighth-place finish.
Daniel Hemric - No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro - made the announcement last season that he would be jumping to the NASCAR XFINITY Series and joining Richard Childress Racing in 2017. Hemric is coming off a solid season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he made the playoffs and finished sixth in the final standings driving for Brad Keselowski Racing. The 26-year-old from Kannapolis, North Carolina will be working with crew chief Danny Stockman Jr. who led Austin Dillon to rookie of the year honors and a series title (2013). This weekend at Daytona will be Hemric's NASCAR XFINITY Series debut.
Matt Tifft - No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota - returns to the NASCAR XFINITY Series after being sidelined due to health issues last season. Tifft ultimately recovered and returned to racing, competing in the final six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races for Red Horse Racing, posting two top 10s during that span. This season, Tifft is looking to showcase his talent and bring the Rookie of the Year honors to JGR for the third consecutive season (Daniel Suarez, 2015; Erik Jones, 2016). Tifft has made 11 NASCAR XFINITY Series starts, logging one top five and six top 10s. He has made two restrictor-plate starts; finishing 23rd at Daytona and eighth from the pole at Talladega.
Annett, Reddick Looking To Make A Splash In Florida
Two drivers joining the NASCAR XFINITY Series garage this season are Michael Annett and Tyler Reddick, and what better way to start off the season then at Daytona.
Former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Michael Annett signed with JR Motorsports over the offseason and will be driving the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro with crew chief Jason Stockert in the NXS in 2017. Annett is no stranger to the series having made 163 starts over six years from 2008-2013, posting seven top fives and 34 top 10s. His career best in the series final standings came in 2012 when he finished fifth.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standout Tyler Reddick has leaped to the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2017 and will drive for Chip Ganassi Racing. Reddick has competed in the NCWTS for the last four years, amassing three wins, 25 top fives and 40 top 10s. Reddick will be running a part-time schedule this season sharing the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro with Kyle Larson and Justin Marks.
NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:
Joe Gibbs Racing Goes For Six - After capturing its fifth NASCAR XFINITY Series owner title last season (2008, '09, '10, '12 and '16) the JGR organization immediately turned its attention to number six. This season Kyle Busch, Erik Jones, Matt Tifft and Daniel Suarez will contribute to the owner title winning cause. Jones, Tifft and Suarez will be competing this weekend at Daytona. Gibbs has four NASCAR XFINITY Series Daytona wins, but only once in the season opener (Tony Stewart, 2008).
JR Motorsports Looking To Take Back-To-Back Season Openers - Last season in a wild race that saw 32 green flag passes for the lead, former series champion Chase Elliott captured the victory for JR Motorsports. This season, Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s crew is looking to go back-to-back. Not since 2010-2011 (Kevin Harvick Inc. with driver Tony Stewart) has a team burst open the season with back-to-back season opening wins. Michael Annett, Elliott Sadler, Kasey Kahne and Justin Allgaier will be blazing the JRM nameplate come Saturday.
Star-Studded Lineup Includes Some Monsters - A star-studded lineup of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers will pull double duty this weekend, as Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Daniel Suarez, Brad Keselowski, Kasey Kahne and Aric Almirola will race in both the PowerShares QQQ 300 and Daytona 500.
Starts - Jeff Green will attempt to make his 450th NASCAR XFINITY Series start this weekend at Daytona. Green is ranked fourth all-time on the series starts list behind Kenny Wallace (547), Jason Keller (520) and Mike Wallace (494). This will also be Green's 24th series start at Daytona; which will tie him with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kenny Wallace for the fourth-most series starts at Daytona.
Daytona XFINITY Quick Facts
• Daytona International Speedway has hosted 50 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
• 26 different drivers have won at Daytona International Speedway in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, led by Dale Earnhardt and Tony Stewart with seven wins each.
• Eight of the 26 series Daytona winners have multiple wins - none are active this weekend.
• Former winners active this weekend (four): Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon, Kasey Kahne, and Ryan Reed - all with one victory
• Race Record - Geoff Bodine (157.137 mph, 2/16/1985)
• 37 different drivers have won the pole, led by Joe Nemechek with five.
• Qualifying Record - Tommy Houston (194.389 mph, 2/14/1987)
• Former pole winners' active this weekend (eight): J.J. Yeley (2), Austin Dillon (2), Aric Almirola, Dakoda Armstrong, Ty Dillon, Brad Keselowski, Elliott Sadler and Daniel Suarez each have one.
• All-time lap leader - Dale Earnhardt Jr., 560 Laps Led
• Single Race Laps Led Record - Joe Nemechek, 105 Laps Led (2/14/1998)