NASCAR XFINITY Series news & rumors

Next Race: Bristol

Entry List: 42 teams entered
Practice 1: Results
Practice 2: Results
Qualifying: Friday, August 18, 3:40pm/et, TV=NBCSN
Race: Friday, August 18, 7:30pm/et on NBCSN, PRN (Stages 85 / 170 / 300), Green flag 7:46pm/et.

Kyle Busch paces final XFINITY practice: #18-Kyle Busch was quickest in final practice at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 124.315mph.
#22-Joey Logano was second, followed by: #48-Brennan Poole, #9-William Byron, #7-Justin Allgaier, #21-Daniel Hemric, #00-Cole Custer, #1-Elliott Sadler, #19-Matt Tifft, and #20-Daniel Suarez.
All 42 drivers practiced during the session.
See complete results on the Bristol practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(8-17-2017)

Chad Finchum to compete in Food City 300

MBM Motorsports announced today that Chad Finchum will return to the team's #40 entry for the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Finchum, of Knoxville, TN, will be making his fourth start of the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series season for the organization owned by NASCAR veteran Carl Long.[More](8-17-2017)

St Clair Foods makes season debut as primary sponsor of Clements

Jeremy Clements Racing takes the short trip up to Bristol, TN to compete in the Food City 300 at Thunder Valley Friday night under the lights. Powering the #51 Camaro SS will be St. Clair Foods and All South Electric.

Zombie Auto sponsoring Yeley at Bristol

Zombie Auto will serve as the primary sponsor for the #14 TriStar Motorsports Toyota of JJ Yeley for Friday night's NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Zombie Auto, a Pennsylvania-based company, is dedicated to "Bringing Dead Cars Back to Life." [More](8-16-2017)

Cook's Comfort System sponsoring Sieg at Bristol

RSS Racing is pleased to welcome Cook's Comfort Systems as the primary sponsor for Ryan Sieg at Bristol Motor Speedway. Cook's Comfort Systems offers a full range of air conditioning, heating and indoor air quality products and services, outstanding on-time service and repairs, knowledgeable replacement advice, and quality new installations.[More](8-16-2017)

Watkins Glen XFINITY TV ratings

NASCAR Xfinity Series racing from Watkins Glen (N.Y.) earned a 0.8 rating and 1.2 million viewers on NBCSN last Saturday, up a tick in ratings and 17% in viewership from last year, when coverage aired on CNBC opposite the Olympics (0.7, 1.0M), but down a tick and 12% respectively from 2015 (0.9, 1.4M). The past four Xfinity Series races have posted an increase in ratings and/or viewership.[Sports Media Watch](8-13-2017)

Last Race: Mid-Ohio

Entry List: 40 teams entered
Practice 1: Results
Qualifying: Starting LineupPit Stalls
Race: Official Race Report

Hornish Jr. edges Hemric to claim first Mid-Ohio victory: Sam Hornish Jr. dominated Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series Mid-Ohio Challenge, but his victory was anything but certain until the waning laps of a caution-filled race. Hornish, driving Team Penske's No. 22 Ford Mustang, earlier had eclipsed his own qualifying record at the 13-turn, 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and edged series rookie Daniel Hemric by 1.335 seconds when the event ultimately went green for the final time with five circuits remaining in the 75-lap distance.[More](8-12-2017)

Sam Hornish, Jr. wins Mid-Ohio XFINITY race: #22-Sam Hornish, Jr. won the Mid-Ohio Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. It is his 5th XFINITY Series win and 1st win of the year in just 3 races. #21-Daniel Hemric finished second (a career best), followed by #19-Matt Tifft (career best), #20-James Davison (career best), #07-Andy Lally (career best), #1-Elliott Sadler, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #48-Brennan Poole, #42-Justin Marks, and #28-Dakoda Armstrong.
Blake Koch won the first stage. Hornish, Jr. won the second stage.
There were 9 cautions for 27 laps and 9 lead changes among 5 leaders.
There was a red flag on lap 17 for track cleanup and fence repair after an accident by Matt Bell and another with 8 laps remaining to clean the track after a multi-car accident.
The average speed was 64.154mph.
Complete results are on the Mid-Ohio race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Mid-Ohio Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-12-2017)

XFINITY Driver standings following Mid-Ohio:
1) #1-Elliott Sadler, 763
2) #9-William Byron, 682, -81
3) #7-Justin Allgaier, 621, -142
4) #48-Brennan Poole, 581, -182
5) #21-Daniel Hemric, 567, -196
6) #00-Cole Custer, 505, -258
7) #19-Matt Tifft, 494, -269
8) #16-Ryan Reed, 457, -306
9) #28-Dakoda Armstrong, 431, -332
10) #11-Blake Koch, 431, -332
11) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 421, -342
12) #5-Michael Annett, 410, -353
13) #39-Ryan Sieg, 376, -387
14) #14-JJ Yeley, 364, -399
See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(8-12-2017)

Sheldon Creed to make XFINITY debut at Mid-Ohio

Sheldon "The Showstopper" Creed, makes his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut this coming weekend in the Mid-Ohio Challenge at the famed Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and returns to the Trans Am Series for the third time this season in the First Energy Trans Am 100. Creed will pilot the #01 United Rentals/A.M. Ortega Chevrolet Camaro for JD Motorsports and the #77 Speedlogix/United Rentals/A.M. Ortega Dodge Challenger for Stevens-Miller Racing in his first visit to the challenging 2.25-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio circuit.[More](8-10-2017)

GMS Racing throwback to honor Michael Waltrip

GMS Racing announced today that Spencer Gallagher and Allegiant will change their normal blue and white paint scheme to honor Michael Waltrip's 1986 No. 23 Hawaiian Punch Pontiac at the historic Darlington Raceway on September 2nd in the annual Throwback weekend.[More](8-10-2017)

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)

Watkins Glen post-race penalties announced UPDATE

JR Motorsports's #9 team crew chief David Elenz has been fined $10,000, suspended from the next NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship Points Event, and the team assessed with the loss of 10 driver points and 10 owner points following the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International for a violation of Sections Post-Race Rear Body Inspection Heights. JGL Racing's #28 team Crew chief Steven Lane and car chief Rick Markle have been suspended for the next three NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship Points Events under section Overall Vehicle Weight affixed improperly.[More](8-9-2017)

James Davison to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing

Joe Gibbs Racing announces Melbourne, Australia native James Davison joins their XFINITY Series program to pilot the No. 20 Toyota Camry at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 12 and Road America on August 27.[More](8-8-2017)

Congrats to Shane Wilson

Congratulations to #62-Brendan Gaughan's crew chief Shane Wilson. He was married over the weekend to long-time girlfriend Fern Kalinen. (8-7-2017)

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)

Hunt Brothers Pizza goes back to its roots with throwback paint scheme

Hunt Brothers Pizza will pay tribute to its first year in NASCAR with a throwback paint scheme on the No. 41 Ford Mustang Kevin Harvick will drive during the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race Sept. 2 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.[More](8-3-2017)

Start/finish line is now the overtime line for races

NASCAR has standardized the location of the Overtime Line as the start/finish line, a decision that will be implemented immediately ahead of this weekend's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series races at Watkins Glen International. Prior to today's announcement, NASCAR had typically placed the Overtime Line near the entrance of turn 3 on oval tracks. That process is now a consistent location for tracks of all types, with the leader now needing to complete a full lap in NASCAR Overtime before a race can be considered complete.[More](8-2-2017)

Byron's Darlington throwback a tribute to Ricky Hendrick

William Byron is part of the future of JR Motorsports, and someday, he will be part of the future of Hendrick Motorsports. A month from now, at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, Byron and his No. 9 Liberty University team from JRM will honor the memory of Ricky Hendrick with a special throwback paint scheme.[More](8-2-2017)

Justin Marks returns to the #42 for two races

Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that Justin Marks, 36, will return to pilot to the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) road-course races at Mid-Ohio (Aug. 12) and Road America (Aug. 26). Katerra, a Silicon Valley commercial construction company, will serve as a primary sponsor for both races.[More](8-1-2017)

JD Motorsports and MBM Motorsports to participate in reality series

AMG & 200 Productions new unscripted reality series, OPERATION THANK YOU, will follow two Carolina-based NASCAR racing teams, JD Motorsports and MBM Motorsports, as they build five special stock cars to honor the U.S armed forces. The series will culminate with the 'Visit Myrtle Beach 200,' a private racing event this fall at the Myrtle Beach Speedway.[More](8-1-2017)

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)

Clements unveils A.J. Foyt inspired Darlington throwback scheme

Jeremy Clements Racing is excited to announce their throwback car for Darlington, A.J. Foyt's (SuperTex) 1964 Daytona Firecracker 400 winner. Www.RepairableVehicles.com will power the #51 Camaro SS to honor not only Foyt but, also Jeremy's Grandfather Crawford Clements. [More](7-24-2017)

Kyle Busch says he will retire from the XFINITY Series after 100 wins

Retirement is not that far off for Kyle Busch. Xfinity Series retirement, that is. Busch revealed on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio after winning the Overton's 200 Saturday afternoon he will be done with Xfinity competition when he hits a magic number. Right now, Busch is the winningest driver in the series with 89 career wins.[More](7-15-2017)