NASCAR XFINITY Series news & rumors

Next Race: Charlotte

Entry List: 42 teams entered
Practice 1: Thursday, May 25, 4:00pm/et, FS1
Practice 2: Thursday, May 25, 6:00pm/et, FS1
Qualifying: Saturday, May 27, 10:05am/et, FS1
Race: Saturday, May 27, 1:00pm/et on FS1, MRN. Green flag: 1:19pm/et

XFINITY Entry List: There are 42 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
See the complete list on the Charlotte entry list page.(5-22-2017)

2018 NASCAR national series' schedules released

NASCAR today announced sweeping changes to the lineup of tracks that make up the playoffs as part of its 2018 national series schedules. Next season, the final regular season race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be contested at iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the Round of 16 kicks off at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The fall weekend at Las Vegas serves as the final regular season event for the NASCAR XFINITY Series, with a three-race opening round of Richmond, Charlotte and Dover.[More](5-23-2017)

Jacob Companies set as primary sponsor for Ben Kennedy at Charlotte

GMS Racing and Ben Kennedy are pleased to announce that Jacob Companies will be the primary sponsor on the #96 Chevrolet Camaro for the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Hisense 4k TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 27. Kennedy has made three previous starts at the 1.5-mile track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCTWS), but this will be his first NXS start there under the GMS Racing banner.[More](5-23-2017)

Burnett named crew chief for #2 team

Justin Alexander, who has served as the crew chief of the #2 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet for RCR and earned two wins last season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, will assume crew chief responsibilities for the #3 team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with driver Austin Dillon. Randall Burnett, who previously served as a crew chief for RCR's technical partner JTG Daugherty Racing, will assume a new role as crew chief of the #2 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.[More](-2017)

Fox "Drivers Only" broadcast for XFINITY race at Pocono

In what is believed to be an unprecedented move in national sports broadcasting, FOX Sports announced today that its live broadcast of the June 10 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race from Pocono Raceway will be called entirely by active MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES drivers. The race broadcast is thought to be the first time a nationally televised live sporting event has featured an on-air team comprised strictly of athletes actively competing in that sport.[More](5-19-2017)

JJ Yeley to run patriotic paint scheme at Charlotte Motor Speedway

JJ Yeley, driver of the #14 TriStar Motorsports Toyota in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, is set to run a patriotic paint scheme at Charlotte Motor Speedway, partnering with Building Homes for Heroes. The specialty paint scheme designed by Clem's Sign, will also feature Superior Essex and Legrand as associate sponsors on the rear quarter panels and deck lid. Building Homes for Heroes is strongly committed to rebuilding lives and supporting the brave men and women who were injured while serving the country during the times of the war in Iraq or Afghanistan. The organization builds or modifies homes, and gifts them, mortgage-free, to veterans and their families. [More](-2017)

Rookie drivers test on the high banks of Darlington Raceway for the first time

NASCAR XFINITY Series rookie drivers William Byron (JR Motorsports), Tyler Reddick (Chip Ganassi Racing), Cole Custer (Stewart-Haas Racing) and Daniel Hemric (Richard Childress Racing) tested on the high banks of Darlington Raceway for the first time on Wednesday. All four drivers are scheduled to compete in the track's XFINITY Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 on Saturday, Sept. 2.[More](5-17-2017)

OneMain Financial to sponsor NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Dover International Speedway on June 3

OneMain Financial will serve as the entitlement sponsor for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash race on Saturday, June 3, at Dover International Speedway, track officials announced today. The "OneMain Financial 200" NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the Monster Mile is the fourth and final Dash 4 Cash race on the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule. Four NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers, based on stage finishes, will be eligible for a $100,000 bonus at the end of the race.[More](5-15-2017)

Talladega XFINTIY TV Ratings

NASCAR Xfinity Series racing from Talladega (Ala.) earned a 1.3 final rating and 2.0 million viewers on FOX Saturday afternoon, down 32% in ratings and viewership from last year (1.9, 2.9M) and down 19% and 17% respectively from 2015 (1.6, 2.4M). Despite the drop, it was the most watched Xfinity race since Daytona.[Sports Media Watch](5-12-2017)

Conley latest to join JGL Racing "Young Guns" program

JGL Racing is proud to announce Cale Conley as the latest addition to their popular "Young Guns" program. Conley will first climb behind the wheel of the programs No. 24 Toyota at the running of the Hisense 300 on May 27th at Charlotte Motor Speedway.[More](5-10-2017)

NASCAR XFINITY drivers "invade" Philadelphia with broad-based outreach

Ben Kennedy is one of 12 NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers who flew into Philadelphia on Tuesday morning to raise awareness of NASCAR racing on the East Coast-but not through a traditional media blitz with in-studio appearances on television and radio. Instead, through the coordination of Pocono Raceway and Dover International Speedway, the series entitlement sponsor - XFINITY - and the sanctioning body, the drivers were making stops that are representative of the fabric of Philadelphia life. There was a STEM-focused question-and-answer session at the Franklin Institute, followed by a meet-and-greet autograph session with fans at the Comcast Center Front Plaza. Then came the parade through downtown Philly, featuring pit stops at City Hall followed by burnouts on Market Street.[More](5-9-2017)

Race Recap: Aric Almirola powers to NASCAR XFINITY Series win at Talladega

Aric Almirola charged into the lead with four laps left in Saturday's Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway and held off Elliott Sadler at the finish to win the third NASCAR XFINITY Series race of his career. With the Ford of Darrell Wallace Jr. plowing into the inside backstretch wall behind him on the final lap, Almirola held the top spot to the finish, beating Sadler, the series leader, to the finish line by .142 seconds.[More](5-6-2017)

Richmond XFINITY TV Ratings:

NASCAR Xfinity Series racing from Richmond (Va.) earned a 0.7 final rating and 1.1 million viewers on Fox Sports 1 last Saturday, down a tick in ratings and 10% in viewership from last year (0.8, 1.2M) but flat in both measures compared to 2015 (0.7, 1.1M).[More](5-6-2017)

Richmond XFINITY Series penalties announced

NASCAR has announced penalties to three NASCAR XFINITY Series teams following the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway on April 29. The teams of #21-Daniel Hemric, #3-Ty Dillon, and #46-Quinn Houff were penalized for lugnut violations.[More](5-4-2017)

Scott Lagasse Jr returns to the #24 at Talladega

JGL Racing is proud to announce that Scott Lagasse Jr. returns to the team for this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Lagasse Jr., a native of St. Augustine, Florida will pilot the #24 "Young Guns" Toyota in the running of the Sparks Energy 300 at the 2.66-mile track. "I'm excited to get back in the #24 Toyota for JGL Racing", stated Lagasse, Jr. "This team has worked hard to make this possible and I am grateful for the opportunity Mr. Whitener has given me. I hope we can duplicate the success we had earlier this season at Daytona and get the #24 Toyota Camry to the front. We will also have 'Screen Your Machine' on the car which is a very personal program for me. I love racing at Talladega and I'm anxious to get there."[More](5-3-2017)

XFINITY and Truck teams to test at Charlotte UPDATE:

An all-star cast of drivers will take to Charlotte Motor Speedway for NASCAR Test Fest on May 2 in a fan-friendly shakedown of NASCAR XFINITY and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series machines before the 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder May 19-28.(4-27-2017)
UPDATE: The roar of NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series engines filled the air on Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as NASCAR Test Fest gave teams a rare tune-up session before the 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder May 19-28. Ryan Blaney - who is still searching for his first XFINITY Series victory at Charlotte - topped the charts with a 29.254-second lap at 184.590 miles per hour. Brandon Jones, Tyler Reddick, Elliott Sadler and Brennan Poole rounded out the top five while Christopher Bell (150 laps), Cole Custer (147), William Byron (138) and Bubba Wallace (131) ran the most laps.[More](5-2-2017)

Christopher Bell driving for Joe Gibbs Racing in 7 XFINITY race

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that Norman, Oklahoma native and young up-and-coming NASCAR star Christopher Bell will drive seven NASCAR XFINITY Series races during the 2017 season. The 22-year-old is currently running full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM). He started 2017 on fire by winning the Chili Bowl and followed it up by dominating and winning his second Truck Series race for 2017 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. [More](5-1-2017)

Race Recap: Kyle Larson steals a win in NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Richmond

Justin Allgaier had the best car in Saturday's ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Kyle Larson isn't very good at Richmond - and isn't bashful about saying so. Nevertheless, when two late restarts played out at the .75-mile short track, Larson was the race winner in overtime, and Allgaier was a disappointed second, consoled only by the $100,000 check he collected as the winner of the XFINITY Dash 4 Cash bonus as the highest finishing series regular. [More](4-29-2017)

Wastebits joins Tifft as primary sponsor for two more races

Driver Matt Tifft welcomes Wastebits as a sponsor to his No. 19 Toyota Camry for the remainder of the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) schedule. In addition to the branding run in last week's Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway event, Wastebits will have two more primary paint schemes this week at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway and next week at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. In addition to the three primary schemes, Wastebits will be featured in an associate position for the remainder of the season. [More](4-28-2017)

Brandon Jones celebrates Month of the Military Child with special paint scheme

Brandon Jones will race a special paint scheme on his #33 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing during this weekend's event at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. The sophomore driver partnered with Hope For The Warriors to have a special red, white and blue paint scheme designed by five-year-old military child, Liam Harshman. Jones has a deep affinity and appreciation for the military and lists it among his top interests, along with youth initiatives. With April designated as the 'Month of the Military Child' by the U.S. Department of Defense, Jones decided to merge his two interests with the special paint scheme this weekend. [More](4-28-2017)

Blaney car fails post race inspection at Bristol UPDATE

The No. 22 Team Penske Ford of driver Ryan Blaney failed post-race technical inspection following Saturday's Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The car measured too low in the left front, according to a NASCAR spokesperson. Any penalties arising from the failure will likely be determined and announced Tuesday.[More](4-22-2017)
UPDATE: Penalties have been issued following the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway: #22 NASCAR XFINITY Series team has been found in violation of Sections Post-Race Front Body. Inspection Heights and given an L1 penalty: Note: Race finish is encumbered per Section 12.10 Encumbered Race Finishes. Post-race height measurements were outside NASCAR allowed tolerances. Crew chief (Greg Erwin) has been fined $10,000 and suspended from the next NASCAR XFINITY Series points race. Team assessed with the loss of 10 NASCAR XFINITY Series car owner points.[More](4-26-2017)