NASCAR XFINITY Series news & rumors

Next Race: Kentucky

Entry List: 40 teams entered
Practice 1: Results
Practice 2: Results
Qualifying: Saturday, September 23, 5:35pm/et. TV - NBCSN
Race: Saturday, September 23, 8:00pm/et on NBCSN, MRN (Stages 45 / 90 /200), Green flag 8:15pm/et.

Ryan Preece paces final XFINITY practice: #20-Ryan Preece was quickest in final practice at Kentucky with a speed of181.629mph.
#7-Justin Allgaier was second, followed by: #23-Spencer Gallagher, #42-Tyler Reddick, #21-Daniel Hemric, #19-Matt Tifft, #9-William Byron, #48-Brennan Poole, #22-Sam Hornish, Jr., and #33-Brandon Jones.
38 drivers practiced during the session.
See complete results on the Kentucky practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(9-22-2017)

Chicago XFINITY TV ratings

NASCAR Xfinity Series racing from Chicagoland had a 0.5 rating and 807,000 viewers on NBCSN last Saturday, down 55% in ratings and 52% in viewership from last year on the NBC broadcast network (1.1, 1.7M) and down 29% and 27% respectively from 2015 (0.7, 1.1M). It topped only the previous week's race at Richmond (805K) as the series' least-watched race this season.[Sports Media Watch](9-22-2017)

Rhodes gets Kentucky sponsor

Ken Houston Electric LLC will once again be on board the No. 01 Chevrolet Camaro of Harrison Rhodes this weekend at Kentucky Speedway for the NASCAR Xfinity Series VisitMytleBeach.com 300. Houston previously sponsored the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team for the July Kentucky race, and for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway race.[More](9-21-2017)

Ross Chastain to make 100th start at Kentucky

Ross Chastain will reach a career milestone this weekend at Kentucky Speedway. Saturday night's VisitMytleBeach.com 300 will be his 100th NASCAR Xfinity Series race start. The majority of Chastain's Xfinity career has been in the No. 4 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro, and he is eager to make race number 100 a good one.[More](9-21-2017)

NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs Media Day Notebook

No mic drop for Elliott Sadler, even if he wins NASCAR XFINITY title; Jeremy Clements' victory is a particular highlight for Wayne Auton; NASCAR, XFINITY unveil new branding for 2018 season.[More](9-19-2017)

William Byron seeks redemption in NASCAR XFINITY Series playoff

At Phoenix International Raceway, the next-to-last event in last year's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff, William Byron's championship hopes exploded when the engine in his No. 9 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota did likewise. But it wasn't until a week later that Byron felt what he termed the "gut punch" of falling out of the playoff with a championship in his rookie season so close to reality.[More](9-19-2017)

Biagi DenBeste team penalized following Chicago

The #98 Ford, driven by Darrell Wallace, Jr. at Chicagoland Speedway, received a penalty for not having lug nuts properly installed. Crew chief Jonathon Hanson has been fined $5,000.[More](9-19-2017)

NASCAR unveils new XFINITY Series mark

NASCAR and Comcast released a new NASCAR XFINITY Series identity mark on Tuesday, with a full rollout coming in 2018. The new look was broadcasted onto the big screen at the NASCAR Hall of Fame as NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs Media Day was underway across the street in Charlotte.[More](9-19-2017)

Last Race: Chicago

Entry List: 39 teams entered
Practice 1: Results
Practice 2: Results
Qualifying: Starting lineupQualifying ResultsPit Stall Selections (pdf)
Race: Official race report

Justin Allgaier Steals Chicagoland Speedway Victory on Late Restarts: Justin Allgaier had the drive of his life. Brendan Gaughan was hanging on for dear life. But both drivers were winners at Chicagoland Speedway. Grabbing the lead with a bold move to the inside after a restart on Lap 186 of 200, Allgaier, an Illinois native, captured the big prize at his home track-a victory in Saturday's TheHouse.com 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series regular-season finale.[More](9-16-2017)

Allgaier wins Chicago XFINITY race, Annett, Gaughan get final playoff spots: #7-Justin Allgaier won the TheHouse.com at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his fifth XFINITY Series win and second of the year. #42-Kyle Larson finished second, followed by #1-Elliott Sadler, #21-Daniel Hemric, #2-Austin Dillon, #19-Matt Tifft, #11-Blake Koch, and #98-Darrell Wallace, Jr.
#62-Brendan Gaughan squeaked by on points to claim a final playoff spot despite issues during the race that dropped him off of the lead lap.
There were five cautions for 24 laps and 11 lead changes among five leaders.
The average speed was 133.218mph.
Complete results are on the Chicago race results page (pdf). (9-16-2017)

XFINITY Driver standings following Chicago:
The playoffs begin at Kentucky.
1) #9-William Byron [3 wins] 2025
2) #7-Justin Allgaier [2 wins] 2023, -2
3) #1-Elliott Sadler [clinched on points] 2020, - 5
4) #21-Daniel Hemric [clinched on points] 2009, -16
5) #48-Brennan Poole[clinched on points] 2006, - 19
6) #16-Ryan Reed [1 win] 2005, - 20
7) #51-Jeremy Clements [1 win] 2005, -20
8) #00-Cole Custer [clinched on points] 2005, -20
9) #11-Blake Koch, [clinched on points] 2005, -20
10) #19-Matt Tifft [clinched on points]
11) #62-Brendan Gaughan, [clinched on points] 2003, -22
12) #5-Michael Annett, [clinched on points] 2001, -24
will miss the playoffs:
13) #28-Dakoda Armstrong, 507, -1518
14) #14-JJ Yeley, 462, -1563
15) #4-Ross Chastain, 455, -1570
See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(9-16-2017)

Tyler Reddick named to JR Motorsports lineup in 2018

JR Motorsports announced today the addition of Tyler Reddick to the team's NASCAR Xfinity Series program in a multi-year agreement that begins with the 2018 season opener. The 21-year-old Reddick will pilot JRM's fourth full-time entry in pursuit of the NXS championship next season.The team will also field a fifth entry in a handful of events. Additional details specific to sponsorship, crew-chief duties and car number for Reddick and the team will be announced at a later date.[More](9-14-2017)

TheHouse.com to sponsor Chicagoland races

Chicagoland Speedway and TheHouse.com today announced a multi-year agreement as the entitlement sponsor for multiple levels of NASCAR races through 2019. The agreement begins with TheHouse.com as the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, TheHouse.com 225, and the NASCAR XFINITY Series, The House.com 300, on September 15 and 16, respectively. The multi-year agreement expands in 2018 and 2019 as TheHouse.com will own the race weekend by having the rights to all three NASCAR National Series races: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.[More](9-13-2017)

Richmond post-race penalty

#19-Matt Tifft's team was penalized for a lug nut violation following Friday night's XFINITY Series race at Richmond Raceway.[More](9-12-2017)

NASCAR sets 2018 XFINITY Dash 4 Cash schedule

NASCAR announced Friday the four tracks that will compose the Dash 4 Cash incentive program in the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series, a springtime quartet that includes a first-time appearance by Talladega Superspeedway. The four Dash 4 Cash races will be run consecutively on the overall series schedule.[More](8-25-2017)

Chase Briscoe could move to XFINITY in 2018

Ford Performance is hoping to move Truck series competitor Chase Briscoe to the NASCAR Xfinity Series next season. Briscoe, 22, currently competes full-time in the Camping World Truck Series with Brad Keselowski and is a member of Ford's driver development program.[More](8-19-2017)

XFINITY teams can use flange-fit composite body at three races this year, full-time by 2019

NASCAR XFINITY Series teams will have the option of using a flange-fit composite body at three races later this season as the series moves toward incorporating the body into competition full-time by 2019.[More](8-9-2017)

Ryan Preece will return to the #20 at Kentucky

Ryan Preece will return to the Xfinity Series less than two months after his big win last weekend at Iowa Speedway. Preece, appearing on NASCAR America, announced he'll be back in Joe Gibbs Racing's #20 Toyota on Sept. 23 at Kentucky Speedway.[More](8-3-2017)

2018 National Series Driver Participation Guidelines Announced

With the emergence of NASCAR's next generation of stars defining the 2017 season, NASCAR today announced new guidelines that will further highlight the young talent battling for championships in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.Starting next season, drivers with more than five years of full-time experience in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be limited to a maximum of seven races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and five races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.[More](8-1-2017)