NASCAR XFINITY Series news & rumors

William Byron, driver of the #9 Liberty University Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after placing third and winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Sarah Crabill/Getty Image

Roush Fenway Racing to field driver development team in XFINITY Series in 2018

Roush Fenway Racing will field a driver development team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) in 2018, with Ty Majeski, Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe, each a driver in the Ford family of NASCAR race teams, sharing the iconic No. 60 Ford Mustang. The project is intended to continue the progression and development of the three drivers and will be run by Roush Fenway with collaboration from Ford Performance and Team Penske. Roush Fenway veteran Mike Kelley, who helped guide Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to a pair of NXS championships, will serve as crew chief on the car.[More](11-20-2017)

Last Race: Homestead

Entry List: 43 teams entered
Practice 1: Results
Practice 2: Results
Qualifying: Starting lineupPit Stalls
Race: Official Results

William Byron Wins 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship

William Byron's meteoric NASCAR rise continued Saturday, as the 19-year-old added two more superlatives to an already lengthy list - 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Champion and 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year. Byron is only the second driver to win the XFINITY Series championship in his rookie season (Chase Elliott, 2014).[More](11-18-2017)

William Byron wins emotional battle for XFINITY title, as Cole Custer dominates

As Cole Custer celebrated his first victory in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and 19-year-old William Byron reveled in the series championship, a heartbroken and angry Elliott Sadler confronted the driver he believed cost him a long-coveted NASCAR title.[More](11-18-2017)

Cole Custer wins Homestead XFINITY race; William Byron clinches Championship: #00-Cole Custer won the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway for his first career win. He dominated the entire race, leading 182 laps and winning by more than 15 seconds. #22-Sam Hornish, Jr finished second.
#9-William Byron finishes 3rd to clinch the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship. He was followed by #42-Tyler Reddick, #18-Ryan Preece, #48-Brennan Poole, #19-Matt Tifft, #1-Elliott Sadler, #5-Michael Annett, and #60-Ty Majeski.
#1-Sadler was in position to clinch the championship late in the race, but with 8 laps remaining he made contact with #18-Ryan Preece and got into the wall. Byron passed him and never looked back. #7-Justin Allgaier finishes 12th. #21-Daniel Hemric had to pit on lap 62 with an electrical issue. He lost 12 laps and finished 34th.
There were 3 cautions for 14 laps and 5 lead changes among 2 leaders.
The average speed was 136.140mph.
Complete results are on the Homestead race results page (pdf).

XFINITY Driver standings following Homestead:
1) #9-William Byron, 4034
2) #1-Elliott Sadler, 4029, -5
3) #7-Justin Allgaier, 4025, -9
4) #21-Daniel Hemric, 4003, -31
5) #00-Cole Custer, 2288, -1746
6) #48-Brennan Poole, 2223, -1811
7) #19-Matt Tifft, 2211, -1823
8) #16-Ryan Reed, 2161, -1873
9) #5-Michael Annett, 2155, -1879
10) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 2153, -1881
11) #11-Blake Koch, 2138, -1896
12) #51-Jeremy Clements, 2107, -1927
See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(11-18-2017)

'Devastated' Sadler angered, saddened by lost championship

Elliott Sadler's despair and frustration in finishing second for the fourth time in the last seven NASCAR XFINITY Series seasons was evident on Saturday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway.[More](11-18-2017)

JR Motorsports 2017 Championship Notes Package: William Byron

Charlotte, N.C., native William Byron, rookie driver of the No. 9 Liberty University/Axalta Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, clinched the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship after scoring a third-place finish in the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. This marks Byron's first national touring series championship and the second in four years for JR Motorsports, the company owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Additionally, it gives Byron the distinction of being the second-youngest series champion. Byron had to hold off fellow Championship 4 contenders Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric and Elliott Sadler in the final race to earn the title.[More](11-18-2017)

Richard Childress Racing cutting back to three XFINITY teams in 2018

At Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, team owner Richard Childress told Frontstretch the organization is cutting 40 percent of its XFINITY program. "There will be three teams," Childress said of the team's 2018 plans. "I'm not doing more than three teams, I promise you. I learned a pretty big lesson by doing five this year." Childress admits that he and Gaughan are working on a potential partial schedule for 2018, but nothing is finalized. Those races would likely be run in the #3.[More](11-18-2017)

JGL Racing to make switch to Ford; Kaz Grala joins team for full 2018 season

JGL Racing officials announced today that the team will make a manufacturer switch as they join the Ford Performance family for the 2018 NASCAR season. JGL currently fields the #24 and #28 entries in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. JGL Racing is also proud to announce that Kaz Grala has signed a multi-year agreement that will see the 18-year-old driver pilot the team's #24 Ford.[More](11-17-2017)

Phoenix post-race penalties

The teams of #22-Ryan Blaney and #18-Christopher Bell were fined due to lug nut violations.[More](11-15-2017)

Joe Gibbs Racing announces 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series driver and crew chief lineup

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today its driver and crew chief lineup for 2018 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The lineup will feature Christopher Bell, Brandon Jones, Ryan Preece and an all-star lineup of current Monster Energy Cup Series drivers. Christopher Bell will pilot the No. 20 Toyota Camry with Jason Ratcliff serving as the team's crew chief. Joining Bell fulltime next season will be Brandon Jones behind the wheel of the No. 19 Toyota Camry for JGR. Chris Gabehart will handle the crew chief duties for the team in 2018. In addition, JGR announces that Ryan Preece will return to drive a partial schedule behind the wheel of the No. 18 Toyota Camry, with Eric Phillips serving as crew chief. [More](11-15-2017)

LTi Printing 250 official name of NASCAR XFINITY Series at MIS

Michigan International Speedway and LTi Printing will continue to expand their strong partnership in 2018. The printing company is increasing its involvement in NASCAR by sponsoring the NASCAR XFINITY Series race on June 9 at MIS. In the two years since joining NASCAR, LTi Printing has seen immediate rewards on its involvement. LTi Printing sponsored Jordan Anderson during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway in 2016. Then earlier this year it sponsored the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series LTi Printing 200.[More](11-15-2017)

Fitzgerald Glider Kits to become primary sponsor of Penske's #22 team

The partnership between Team Penske and Fitzgerald Glider Kits will continue to grow in 2018, as the team announced today that Fitzgerald will become the primary sponsor on the championship-winning #22 Ford Mustang for the majority of next season's NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races. Fitzgerald Glider Kits, North America's leading truck glider kit assembler, will be the primary sponsor of Team Penske's #22 Ford for 16 races beginning next season, including the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway and both series races at Bristol Motor Speedway, the home track for the Tennessee-based company. [More](11-15-2017)

Jason Ratcliff to serve as crew chief for Christopher Bell

Crew chief Jason Ratcliff will oversee Christopher Bell's run for rookie of the year in the NASCAR Xfinity Series next season sources told Motorsport.com. An official announcement of the move is expected this week.[More](11-14-2017)

Chevrolet Clinches 18th Bill France Performance Cup

With William Byron's victory at Phoenix International Raceway, Chevrolet clinched the Bill France Performance Cup in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). The 2017 achievement marks the 18th time the Bowtie Brand has captured this prestigious honor, more than any other manufacturer.[More](11-11-2017)

Discount Tire sponsoring Keselowski in Cup

Discount Tire will build on its established and successful partnership with the motorsports team and become a primary sponsor of the #2 Ford Fusion in Cup. Discount Tire will be featured as the primary sponsor of the # 2 Ford for 10 races while continuing to serve as a prominent associate sponsor for the remainder of the schedule. Discount Tire will also continue as a primary sponsor of the #22 Ford Mustang in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) for multiple races in 2018 and beyond.[More](11-3-2017)

NASCAR releases 2018 XFINITY rules package

Teams competing in NASCAR XFINITY Series races at Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway in 2018 will utilize the same aerodynamic package that debuted at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this season.[More](11-1-2017)

Stewart-Haas to partner with Biagi-DenBeste Racing for XFINITY Series program

Stewart-Haas Racing has bolstered its effort in the NASCAR XFINITY Series by partnering with Biagi-DenBeste Racing. The XFINITY Series operation will be known as Stewart-Haas Racing with Biagi-DenBeste beginning with the 2018 season. The name change only applies to the company's XFINITY Series program. With the new partnership, Stewart-Haas Racing with Biagi-DenBeste will continue to field the #00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang for current rookie-of-the-year contender Cole Custer. The outfit's #41 team, which ran a limited XFINITY Series schedule with Kevin Harvick in 2017, will change to the #98. Sponsors Hunt Brothers Pizza and FIELDS will remain with Harvick as he drives the #98 Ford Mustang in another part-time schedule in 2018.[More](10-23-2017)

Means Motorsports to explore new opportunities for 2018 UPDATE

Without a commitment from their current driver Joey Gase, the team will be looking to fill that position for the upcoming season starting with the Daytona race.(10-19-2017)
UPDATE: Jimmy Means, owner of Means Motorsports, told Frontstretch that a meeting between the two sides took place more than two months ago, determining to go in this direction. However, there is no animosity from the car owner, as Gase is trying to make the jump to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.[More](10-22-2017)