Pocono Green 250
NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #12 of 33 for the 2017 season
Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017 in Long Pond, PA
Title Sponsor: None
Race Time: 1:00pm/et
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:28pm/et
Television Race Coverage: FOX - 1:00pm/et
Announcers: Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer
Pit Road: Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
Hollywood Hotel Danica Patrick, Denny Hamlin
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Times are local to the Track and subject to change
Thursday, June 8
4:00 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER
Friday, June 9
10:00 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:30 AM-7:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
11:00 AM-11:45 AM NXS AUTOGRAPH SESSION
12:00 PM NXS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
1:00 PM-1:55 PM NXS 1ST PRACTICE
3:00 PM-3:55 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE
Saturday, June 10
6:00 AM-1:30 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
6:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
9:35 AM NXS QUALIFYING (SINGLE VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS)
11:15 AM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (NASCAR XFINITY GARAGE AREA)
12:30 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM NXS RACE (100 LAPS, 250 MILES) - FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
NXS = NASCAR XFINITY Series MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series NCWTS = NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Brad Keselowski wins Pocono XFINITY race: #22-Brad Keselowski won the Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway. It is his 35th career XFINITY Series win and 1st of the year. #7-Justin Allgaier finished second, followed by #42-Kyle Larson, #1-Elliott Sadler, #18-Daniel Suarez, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #00-Cole Custer, #3-Ty Dillon, #21-Daniel Hemric, and #19-Matt Tifft.
Pole sitter, #20-Kyle Benjamin led 28 laps, but fell back at the end of the race to finish 16th
There were just 3 cautions for 15 laps and 12 lead changes among 6 leaders.
The average speed was 135.583mph.
Complete results are on the Pocono race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Pocono Race & Points Report (pdf).
Race stage winners:
Stage 1 - lap 25 - Winner, #22-Brad Keselowski
Stage 2 - lap 50 - Winner, #22-Brad Keselowski
Stage 3 - lap 100 - Race winner, #22-Brad Keselowski
Pocono XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
Brad Keselowski(i) won the 2nd Annual Pocono Green 250, his 35th victory in 245 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in one race at Pocono Raceway.
Justin Allgaier (second) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Pocono Raceway. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2017.
Kyle Larson(i) (third) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Pocono Raceway.
Cole Custer (seventh) was the highest finishing rookie.
Justin Allgaier leads the point standings by 1 points over Elliott Sadler.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(6-10-2017)
XFINITY Driver standings following Pocono:
1) #7-Justin Allgaier [1 win], 40
2) #1-Elliott Sadler, 408, -1
3) #9-William Byron, 347, -62
4) #6-Darrell Wallace Jr., 321, -88
5) #21-Daniel Hemric, 314, -95
6) #16-Ryan Reed, [1 win], 296, -113
7) #48-Brennan Poole, 291, -118
8) #19-Matt Tifft, 284, -125
9) #00-Cole Custer, 280, -129
10) #5-Michael Annett, 272, -137
See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(6-10-2017)
Free Pass - Who got a lap back on each caution at Pocono: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #99-Starr, 25th
Caution 2: #8-McLeod, 26th
Caution 3: #99-Starr (2), 25th
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION
Kyle Benjamin on XFINITY pole at Pocono: #20-Kyle Benjamin won the Coors Light 21 Means 21 pole for the Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway with a speed of 172.844mph. It is his first career pole. #21-Daniel Hemric will start second. The rest of the top 10: #00-Cole Custer, #7-Justin Allgaier, #9-William Byron, #42-Kyle Larson, #18-Daniel Suarez, #22-Brad Keselowski, #2-Paul Menard, and #48-Brennan Poole.
Did Not Qualify: None.
The starting lineup is posted on the Pocono starting lineup page (pdf).(6-10-2017)
Pocono XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
Kyle Benjamin won the Coors Light 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the 2nd Annual Pocono Green 250 with a lap of 52.070 seconds, 172.844 mph.
This is his first pole in two NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2017.
This is his first pole in one race at Pocono Raceway.
Daniel Hemric (second) posted his 11th top-10 start of 2017 and his first in one race at Pocono Raceway.
Cole Custer (third) posted his first top-10 start at Pocono Raceway. It is his seventh in 12 races this season.
Daniel Hemric (second) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(6-10-2017)
Kyle Benjamin paces final XFINITY practice: #20-Kyle Benjamin was quickest in final practice at Pocono Raceway with a speed of 170.707mph.
#21-Daniel Hemric was second, followed by: #22-Brad Keselowski, #18-Daniel Suarez, #11-Blake Koch, #42-Kyle Larson, #2-Paul Menard, #3-Ty Dillon, #23-Spencer Gallagher, and #00-Cole Custer.
All 40 drivers practiced during the session.
See complete results on the Pocono final practice speeds page (pdf).(6-9-2017)
Brad Keselowski fastest in first XFINITY practice: #2-Brad Keselowski was fastest during opening practice at Pocono Raceway with a speed of 169.141mph.
The rest of the top 10: #20-Kyle Benjamin, #42-Kyle Larson, #11-Blake Koch, #3-Ty Dillon, #2-Paul Menard, #21-Daniel Hemric, #7-Justin Allgaier, #48-Brennan Poole, and #18-Daniel Suarez.
All 40 drivers practiced during the session.
See complete results on the Pocono practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(6-9-2017)
XFINITY Entry List: There are 41 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway.
See the complete list on the Pocono entry list page.(6-5-2017)
UPDATE: Tommy Joe Martins will be in the #78, Josh Williams in the #90. The #96 team with Ben Kennedy has withdrawn.(6-7-2017)
UPDATE: Spencer Boyd will drive the #07 for SS Greenlight.(6-8-2017)
UPDATE: With the withdrawal of the #96 team, there are 40 cars at the track.(6-9-2017)
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Set limits: Xfinity: 6 sets for the event
Left-side -- D-4708; Right-side -- D-4710
Left-side -- 87.44 in. (2,221 mm); Right-side -- 88.23 in. (2,241 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 18 psi; Left Rear -- 18 psi;
Right Front -- 41 psi; Right Rear -- 37 psi
Storyline - Hybrid Track Requires a Hybrid Solution: Pocono Raceway is one of the most unique tracks on the NASCAR circuit. It has three distinct corners, each one based on a different race track - Turn 1 on the former Trenton Speedway, Turn 2 on Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Turn 3 on The Milwaukee Mile. The challenge that stands out for Goodyear is that the track is high speed, but is also relatively flat. Goodyear's tire set-up for Pocono features a left-side tire that helps the cars with grip, while the right-side tire features a hybrid construction with some characteristics of a short track tire (grip) and a speedway tire (durability). Goodyear held a tire test at Pocono for the 2016 season, and this tire set-up came out of that session.
Notes: Teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Pocono this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires Cup teams ran twice at Pocono last season . . . Xfinity teams ran a different tire set-up at Pocono in 2016 . . . for Xfinity teams, compared to what was run last year, this left-side tire code (D-4708) features a compound change for more grip, while this right-side tire code (D-4710) has an increase in tread gage (thickness) to align with what is run in Cup . . . teams in both of these series also ran this right-side tire at Indianapolis last year, and will again this July . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners on all four tire positions at Pocono . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
NASCAR NEWS & NOTES
NASCAR Ladder System Once Again Proves To Be Fruitful
With the recent announcement that Darrell Wallace Jr. will be moving from the NASCAR XFINITY Series up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to replace an injured Aric Almirola in the iconic No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford, he now joins a long list of drivers that have climbed the NASCAR ladder to success.
Over the last few seasons, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has had a migration-sized influx of NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers getting an opportunity to compete at NASCAR's highest level; including Chase Elliott, Chris Buescher, Daniel Suárez, Ty Dillon, Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney, Corey LaJoie, Ross Chastain, Ryan Sieg and now the most recent, Darrell Wallace Jr.
The NASCAR XFINITY Series is a proving ground for many in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series today. 11 former NASCAR XFINITY Series champions are now competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series full-time - Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Chris Buescher and Daniel Suárez.
Three of the 11 XFINITY champions have gone on to win a title in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - Brad Keselowski (2012), Kevin Harvick (2014) and Kyle Busch (2015).
Darrell Wallace Jr. will run the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing one more time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series this weekend at Pocono. Last season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series event at Pocono, Wallace started last (40th) and drove to a 16th-place finish.
Four Sunoco Rookies In The Top 10 Through 11 Races
The next wave of young drivers is already showing their merit this season as four Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders are ranked inside the top 10 of the NASCAR XFINITY Series driver standings and are currently playoff-bound.
JR Motorsport's William Byron is presently sitting third in the standings, 57 markers behind points leader and teammate Elliott Sadler. In 11 starts this season, the Charlotte, North Carolina, native Byron has posted two top fives, six top 10s and an average finish of 13.1. This weekend will be Byron's series track debut at Pocono Raceway. Byron won from the pole in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Pocono last season, leading 44 laps.
Richard Childress Racing's Daniel Hemric is currently fifth in the standings, 92 points behind the standings lead. In 11 starts this season, the Kannapolis, North Carolina, native has posted two top fives, four top 10s and an average finish of 15.9. Hemric will be making his series track debut at Pocono this weekend. Over the last two seasons he has made two NCWTS starts at Pocono, posting a best finish of ninth in 2015.
Joe Gibbs Racing's Matt Tifft is up to eighth in the standings heading into Pocono this weekend. In 11 races this season, the Hinckley, Ohio, native has posted one top five, nine top 10s and one pole. His average finish this season is 15.3.
Stewart-Haas Racing's Cole Custer (10th in points) rounds out the Sunoco rookies in the top 10 in the driver standings through 11 races. This season, the Ladera Ranch, California, native has posted two top fives, four top 10s and an average finish of 18.3. This weekend will be Custer's series track debut at Pocono. Custer made one start at Pocono in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series last season, posting a fifth-place finish.
Chip Ganassi Racing Hopes To Keep Pocono Wins To Themselves
Last season was the first time the NASCAR XFINITY Series has competed at Pocono Raceway, and Chip Ganassi Racing's Kyle Larson took the victory. This season, Larson is back to make sure Chip Ganassi Racing defends their crown.
Coming off a victory at Dover last weekend, Kyle Larson is having an impressive part-time schedule in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. In just six starts, he has posted three wins (Auto Club Speedway, Richmond International Raceway and Dover International Speedway), five top fives, six top 10s and average finish of 2.5.
The Elk Grove, California, native will be back in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet this weekend at Pocono with crew chief Mike Shiplett, trying to make it back-to-back victories. But Larson won't be the only Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver trying his hand at the win this weekend in the series - Paul Menard, Ty Dillon, Daniel Suárez and Brad Keselowski will also be in the field.
Outside Looking In: Sieg, Gaughan, Jones Face Uphill Climb To The Playoffs This Season
The 2017 post-season was the first time the NASCAR XFINITY Series had incorporated an elimination-style playoff in the format to crown the season's champion. Twelve drivers make the playoffs at the start of the post-season and through four rounds of elimination, a champion emerges. Ryan Sieg, Brendan Gaughan and Brandon Jones all participated in last season's playoffs, but this season the threesome faces not making the post season, as they are outside the top 12 in points and are without a win in 2017.
RSS Racing's Ryan Sieg finished the 2016 season ninth in the final playoff standings - a career-best for Sieg and the organization. This season, Sieg is currently 14th in the driver standings, 33-points back from 12th-place Dakoda Armstrong in the last playoff position. In 11 starts this season, Sieg has posted four top-20 finishes and an average finish of 21.5. Last season at Pocono, Sieg started 15th and finished 29th in the rain-shortened event.
Richard Childress Racing's veteran Brendan Gaughan finished 12th in last season's final playoff standings. This season, he sits 15th in points, 43 markers back from the playoff cutoff line after posting one top five and two 10s. His average finish in 2017 is a 23.7, down more than 10 spots compared to last season (12.2). Gaughan's current situation is in large part due to his three DNFs this season. Gaughan finished 14th at Pocono in last season's event.
A younger Richard Childress Racing driver, Brandon Jones, is trying to avoid the 'sophomore slump' in his second season in the series. In 2016, Jones finished 10th in the final playoff standings in his rookie campaign, but currently sits 16th in points with the threat of not making it back into the playoffs this season. In 11 starts in 2017, Jones has posted an average finish of 23.2. In last season's Pocono race, he started 14th and finished eighth.
NASCAR XFINITY Series, Etc.
Benjamin Is Back: Joe Gibbs Racing has tapped rising star Kyle Benjamin to drive the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with crew chief Chris Gabehart this weekend at Pocono. Benjamin made his series debut at Richmond earlier this season, starting second and running upfront most of the event until a late incident relegated him to a 32nd-place finish.
Mears In For Almirola: With Aric Almirola sidelined due to a back injury, car owner Fred Biagi has slotted veteran driver Casey Mears into the No. 98 Biagi-DenBeste Racing Ford this weekend at Pocono. Mears has made four starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series this season, posting one top 10 and an average finish of 20.5.