NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #8 of 33 for the 2018 season
Date: Friday, April 20, 2018
Race Time: 7:00pm/et
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:18pm/et
Television Race Coverage: FS1 - 7:00pm/et
Announcers: Adam Alexander, Michael Waltrip, Kevin Harvick
Pit Road: Jamie Little, Matt Yocum and Regan Smith
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Times are local to the Track and subject to change
Thursday, April 19
12:00 PM 1:00 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
12:30 PM 5:00 PM NXS NASCAR CREDENTIALS OPEN
1:00 PM 5:30 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
3:00 PM NXS HAULERS EXIT
Friday, April 20
7:00 AM 7:30 PM NASCAR CREDENTIALS OPEN
7:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
7:15 AM NXS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
7:30 AM 7:45 AM NXS ROOKIE TRACK RIDE
8:00 AM 8:45 AM NXS 1ST PRACTICE
9:40 AM 10:25 AM NXS FINAL PRACTICE
4:05 PM NXS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
5:10 PM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (AMPHITHEATER)
6:30 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:00 PM NXS RACE (250 LAPS, 187.5 MILES)
Christopher Bell holds off Noah Gragson for Xfinity win at Richmond: In a long green-flag run fraught with spellbinding tension, Christopher Bell held off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Noah Gragson to win Friday night's ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway. Bell spoiled Gragson's prospects for a victory in his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut, passing his teammate for the lead on Lap 172 of 250 and staying in front-if only just barely-the rest of the way. Bell crossed the finish line .423 seconds ahead of Gragson, after the driver of the No. 18 Toyota got to the bumper of Bell's No. 20 in the closing laps.[More](4-20-2018)
Bell wins Richmond Raceway XFINITY race: #20-Christoper Bell won the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway for his 2nd career win and 1st win at Richmond.
#18-Noah Gragson finished second in his first XFINITY Series race. They were followed by #1-Elliott Sadler, #2-Matt Tifft, #22-Austin Cindric, pole sitter #00-Cole Custer, #11-Ryan Truex, #51-Jeremy Clements, #16-Ryan Reed, and #19-Brandon Jones.
Elliott Sadler's 3rd place finish won him the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus. Dash 4 Cash drivers next week at Talladega Superspeedway will be Christopher Bell, Elliott Sadler, Matt Tifft, and Austin Cindric.
There were 5 cautions for 39 laps and 9 lead changes among 6 leaders.
The average speed was 93.284mph.
Complete results are on the Richmond race results page (pdf). (4-20-2018)
Race stage winners:
Stage 1 - lap 85 - Winner, #21-Daniel Hemric
Stage 2 - lap 170 - Winner, #1-Elliott Sadler
Stage 3 - lap 300 - Race winner, #20-Christoper Bell
Richmond XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
Christopher Bell won the 31st Annual ToyotaCare 250, his second victory in 16 NASCAR Xfinity Series races.
This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2018.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in two races at Richmond Raceway.
Noah Gragson(i) (second) finished in the top-five in his series debut at Richmond Raceway.
Elliott Sadler (third) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 30 races at Richmond Raceway.
Christopher Bell (first) was the highest finishing rookie.
Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 29 points over Christopher Bell #.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-20-2018)
XFINITY Driver standings following Richmond Raceway:
1) #1-Elliott Sadler, 311
2) #20-Christopher Bell [1 win], 282, -29
3) #9-Tyler Reddick [1 win], 280, -31
4) #21-Daniel Hemric, 273, -38
5) #7-Justin Allgaier, 263, -48
6) #00-Cole Custer, 263, -48
7) #11-Ryan Truex, 242, -69
8) #23-Spencer Gallagher, 228, -83
9) #19-Brandon Jones, 227, -84
10) #2-Matt Tifft, 213, -98
11) #16-Ryan Reed, 211, -100
12) #4-Ross Chastain, 182, -129
See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(4-20-2018)
Free Pass - Who got a lap back on each caution: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #89-Shepherd, 39th
Caution 2: #90-Brown, 19th
Caution 3: #8-Martins, 23rd
Caution 4: #35-Gase, 22nd
Caution 5: #39-Sieg, 21st
Crew Rosters: Posted
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION
Custer on XFINITY pole at Richmond: #00-Cole Custer won the Busch pole for the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway with a speed of 121.332mph. #20-Christopher Bell will start second. The rest of the top 10: #22-Austin Cindric, #21-Daniel Hemric, #42-John Hunter Nemechek, #11-Ryan Truex, #7-Justin Allgaier, #1-Elliott Sadler, #5-Michael Annett, and #9-Tyler Reddick.
Did Not Qualify: None.
The starting lineup is posted on the Richmond starting lineup page (pdf).(4-20-2018)
Richmond Raceway XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
Cole Custer won the Pole Award for the 31st Annual ToyotaCare 250 with a lap of 22.253 seconds, 121.332 mph.
This is his second pole in 46 NASCAR Xfinity Series races.
This is his second pole and seventh top-10 start in 2018.
This is his first pole in four races at Richmond Raceway.
Christopher Bell (second) posted his sixth top-10 start of 2018 and his first in two races at Richmond Raceway.
Austin Cindric (third) posted his first top-10 start at Richmond Raceway. It is his fourth in eight races this season.
Christopher Bell (second) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-20-2018)
Nemechek paces final XFINITY practice: #42-John Hunter Nemechek was quickest in final practice at Richmond Raceway with a speed of 119.090mph.
#7-Justin Allgaier was second, followed by: #18-Noah Gragson, #20-Christopher Bell, #00-Cole Custer, #16-Ryan Reed, #22-Austin Cindric, #21-Daniel Hemric, #2-Matt Tifft, and #23-Spencer Gallagher.
See complete results on the Richmond practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(4-20-2018)
Bell fastest in opening XFINITY practice: #20-Christopher Bell was fastest during opening practice at Richmond Raceway with a speed of 121.902mph.
The rest of the top 10: #00-Cole Custer, #18-Noah Gragson, #22-Austin Cindric, #11-Ryan Truex, #7-Justin Allgaier, #23-Spencer Gallagher, #42-John Hunter Nemechek, #92-Jeff Green, and #90-Brandon Brown.
See complete results on the Richmond practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(4-20-2018)
XFINITY Entry List: There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway.
See the complete list on the Richmond entry list page.(4-9-2018)
See tire codes, pressures, set limits and more for all races at Richmond Raceway on the Richmond Goodyear tire notes page.