Virginia 529 College Savings 250
NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #25 of 33 for the 2017 season
Date: Friday, September 8, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia
Title Sponsor: Virginia 529 College Savings
Race Time: 7:30pm/et
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:48pm/et
Television Race Coverage: NBCSN - 7:00pm/et
Announcers: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte
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Times are local to the Track and subject to change
Thursday, September 7
10:00 AM-2:00 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
11:30 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
12:00 PM-5:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
Friday, September 8
7:00 AM-7:30 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
7:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
7:10 AM NXS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
8:00 AM-9:55 AM NXS 1ST PRACTICE
3:00 PM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (AMPHITHEATER)
4:15 PM NXS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
7:00 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:30 PM NXS RACE (250 LAPS, 187.5 MILES)(NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR)
NXS = NASCAR XFINITY Series MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series NCWTS = NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Brad Keselowski perseveres in NASCAR XFINITY race at Richmond: In the long run, Brad Keselowski knew he had the superior car. And that's exactly what Keselowski got - a long run to close Friday night's Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond Raceway. On lap 235 of 250 of the NASCAR XFINITY Series race, Keselowski powered his No. 22 Team Penske Ford past the No. 18 Toyota of Kyle Busch and pulled away to win by 3.008 seconds.[More](9-8-2017)
Brad Keselowski wins Richmond XFINITY race: #22-Brad Keselowski won the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond Raceway. It is his 36th XFINITY Series win and 2nd of the year.
Pole sitter #18-Kyle Busch finished second, followed by #3-Ty Dillon, #21-Daniel Hemric, #1-Elliott Sadler, #20-Christopher Bell, #9-William Byron, #7-Justin Allgaier, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and #48-Brennan Poole.
Busch led 182 laps on the night, but Keselowski passed him for the lead with 16 laps remaining and gradually pulled away for a 3 second win.
Elliott Sadler now leads #9-William Byron by 95 points and has clinched the XFINITY Series regular season championship. He will get 15 extra playoff points.
There were 3 cautions for 26 laps and 11 lead changes among 5 leaders.
The average speed was 97.614mph.
Complete results are on the Richmond race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Richmond Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-8-2017)
Race stage winners:
Stage 1 - lap 75 - Winner, #3-Ty Dillon
Stage 2 - lap 150 - Winner, #22-Brad Keselowski
Stage 3 - lap 250 - Race winner, #22-Brad Keselowski
Richmond XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
Brad Keselowski(i) won the 37th Annual Virginia529 College Savings 250, his 36th victory in 249 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
This is his second victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his fourth victory and 10th top-10 finish in 17 races at Richmond Raceway.
Kyle Busch(i) (second) posted his 19th top-10 finish in 22 races at Richmond Raceway. It is his ninth top-10 finish in 2017.
Ty Dillon(i) (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in ten races at Richmond Raceway.
Daniel Hemric (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 95 points over William Byron #.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-8-2017)
XFINITY Playoff standings following Richmond:
One more race - Chicago - until the playoffs begin at Kentucky.
1) #9-William Byron [3 wins]
2) #7-Justin Allgaier [1 win]
3) #16-Ryan Reed [1 win]
4) #51-Jeremy Clements [1 win]
5) #1-Elliott Sadler [clinched on points]
currently in on points:
6) #48-Brennan Poole[clinched on points]
7) #21-Daniel Hemric [clinched on points]
8) #00-Cole Custer [clinched on points]
9) #19-Matt Tifft [clinched on points]
10) #11-Blake Koch, 537, +51
11) #5-Michael Annett, 512, +26
12) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 511, +25 ahead of 13th
currently will miss the playoffs:
13) #28-Dakoda Armstrong, 486, -25 behind 12th
14) #14-JJ Yeley, 446, -65
15) #4-Ross Chastain, 441, -70
XFINITY Driver standings following Richmond:
1) #1-Elliott Sadler, 894
2) #9-William Byron, 799, -95
3) #7-Justin Allgaier, 774, -120
4) #21-Daniel Hemric, 702, -192
5) #48-Brennan Poole, 701, -193
6) #00-Cole Custer, 617, -277
7) #19-Matt Tifft, 582, -312
8#11-Blake Koch, 537, -357
9) #16-Ryan Reed, 512, -382
10) #5-Michael Annett, 512, -382
11) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 511, -383
12) #28-Dakoda Armstrong, 486, -408
13) #14-JJ Yeley, 446, -448
14) #4-Ross Chastain, 441, -453
15) #39-Ryan Sieg, 424, -470
16) #33-Brandon Jones, 402, -492
17) #51-Jeremy Clements, 39, -498
See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(9-8-2017)
Free Pass - Who got a lap back on each caution at Richmond: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #42-Reddick, 17th
Caution 2: #28-Armstrong, 18th
Caution 3: #28-Armstrong (2), 18th
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION
Kyle Busch on XFINITY pole at Richmond: #18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light pole for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond Raceway with a speed of 119.268mph. #48-Brenna Poole will start second. The rest of the top 10: #22-Brad Keselowski, #00-Cole Custer, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #9-William Byron, #11-Blake Koch, #21-Daniel Hemric, #7-Justin Allgaier, and #2-Paul Menard.
Did Not Qualify: #89-Morgan Shepherd.
The starting lineup is posted on the Richmond starting lineup page (pdf).(9-8-2017)
Richmond XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
Kyle Busch(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 37th Annual Virginia529 College Savings 250 with a lap of 22.638 seconds, 119.268 mph.
This is his 64th pole in 338 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
This is his seventh pole and eighth top-10 start in 2017.
This is his sixth pole in 22 races at Richmond Raceway.
Brennan Poole (second) posted his 14th top-10 start of 2017 and his fourth in six races at Richmond Raceway.
Brad Keselowski(i) (third) posted his 12th top-10 start at Richmond Raceway. It is his eighth in nine races this season.
Cole Custer (fourth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-8-2017)
Blake Koch fastest in only XFINITY practice: #11-Blake Koch was fastest during opening practice at Richmond with a speed of 122.912mph.
The rest of the top 10: #9-William Byron, #33-Brandon Jones, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #16-Ryan Reed, #22-Brad Keselowski, #00-Cole Custer, #3-Ty Dillon, #23-Spencer Gallagher, and #48-Brennan Poole.
All 41 drivers practiced during the session.
See complete results on the Richmond practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(9-8-2017)
XFINITY Entry List: There are 41 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond Raceway.
See the complete list on the Richmond entry list page.(9-4-2017)
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials
Cup: 4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 9 sets for the race;
Xfinity: 7 sets for the event
Left-side -- D-4674; Right-side -- D-4676
Left-side -- 87.20 in. (2,215 mm); Right-side -- 88.27 in. (2,242 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 12 psi; Left Rear -- 12 psi;
Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 27 psi
Storyline - High Tire Wear Leads to Great Racing at Richmond: Coming off a race at Darlington Raceway, the NASCAR circuit visits another high tire wear track in Richmond Raceway this week. Goodyear brings a tire combination to Richmond that addresses that and will rubber-in the race track. That, of course, leads to multiple racing grooves. The other interesting thing about Richmond is that while it has traditionally lined up with other tracks of similar length - New Hampshire and Phoenix - it requires a little more stagger (difference in height between the shorter left-side and taller right-side tires) being built into the tire set-up to help the cars turn in the corners.
"Richmond is a tricky track -- not only for drivers and teams, but also for Goodyear," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing. "With the wear characteristics of the track surface, our goal when deciding on a tire set-up was to come up with a tread compound that lays down rubber. With the tire recommendation we've brought to Richmond the last couple seasons, we've been able to do that, which then creates multiple lines and makes it incumbent on teams to stay on top of their set-ups and drivers to find the fastest line, which will change over the course of the race."
Notes: Teams in both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Richmond this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires these teams ran earlier this season and twice last season at Richmond . . . this is the only track at which teams in these two series will run these tire codes (Camping World Truck Teams ran this same tire set-up at Gateway) . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run liners in their tires at Richmond.
NASCAR NEWS & NOTES
Two Races To Go And Plenty Of XFINITY Playoff Spots To Fight For
Following the 24th race of the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series season at Darlington Raceway, six drivers - William Byron, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Reed, Elliott Sadler, Brennan Poole and Daniel Hemric - have all clinched a spot in the postseason on either wins or points.
Though Jeremy Clements has a win, he has not yet clinched a Playoffs spot because he hasn’t clinched a top 20 spot in the standings. Clements is currently 18th in the standings, 101 points ahead of 21st, and can still possibly fall out of top 20 in the next two races. If Clements was to fall out of the top 20 in the standings, even though he has a win, he would be ineligible for the postseason. Clements can lock himself into the top 20 and the playoffs with 17 points this weekend.
With two races to go and several NASCAR XFINITY Series playoff spots still up for grabs in Friday night’s Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond Raceway (on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at 7:30 p.m. ET) here are the clinch scenarios for this weekend.
Cole Custer (0 Wins, 590 Points, +316 Points Ahead of 21st) - Custer can clinch on points with 11 points and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, he would then clinch on points with eight points. He can also clinch a playoff spot with a win.
Custer has made two series starts at Richmond, posting one top 10 and an average finish of 9.5.
Matt Tifft (0 Wins, 558 Points, +284 Points Ahead of 21st) - Tifft can clinch on points with 43 points and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, he would then clinch on points with 40 points. He can also clinch a playoff spot with a win.
Tifft has made two series starts at Richmond, posting a best finish of 14th earlier this season. His average finish at RIR is 23.5.
Blake Koch (0 Wins, 511 Points, +237 Points Ahead of 21st) - Koch can clinch a spot with a win. He could also clinch on points, but would need help.
Koch has made 12 career starts at Richmond posting one top 10 and an average finish of 24.2.
Michael Annett (0 Wins, 490 Points, +216 Points Ahead of 21st) - Annett can clinch a spot in the playoffs with a win. He can also clinch on points with a repeat winner and help.
Annett has made 10 series starts at Richmond posting one top five, three top 10s and an average finish of 16.6.
Brendan Gaughan (0 Wins, 487 Points, +213 Points Ahead of 21st) - Gaughan can only clinch a spot in the playoffs this weekend with a win.
Gaughan has made 11 series starts at Richmond posting two top 10s and an average finish of 18.0.
The remaining drivers in contention to make the NASCAR XFINITY Series playoffs can only clinch a spot in the postseason this weekend with a win:
Dakoda Armstrong (0 Wins, 467 Points, +193 Points Ahead of 21st)
Ross Chastain (0 Wins, 432 Points, +158 Points Ahead of 21st)
JJ Yeley (0 Wins, 429 Points, +155 Points Ahead of 21st)
Ryan Sieg (0 Wins, 413 Points, +139 Points Ahead of 21st)
Brandon Jones (0 Wins, 388 Points, +114 Points Ahead of 21st)
Impossible to Clinch: Joey Gase (0 Wins, 274 Points, 13 Points Behind 20th In Points) - Even with a win, he would not clinch a Top 20 spot, so he cannot clinch a Playoff berth at Richmond. If he can't clinch a Top 20 with a win, no driver below him in the standings could clinch either.
Outside Looking In: JGL Racing’s Dakoda Armstrong Has Two Races Left To Make The Playoffs
JR Motorsport’s Michael Annett and Richard Childress Racing’s Brendan Gaughan have no room for mistakes in the next two races as JGL Racing’s Dakoda Armstrong is within striking distance of knocking one of two from the Playoffs in the upcoming final two races of the regular season (Richmond and Chicago).
Armstrong is currently 13th in the series driver standings, the first spot outside the Playoffs, a mere 23 points back from Michael Annett and just 20 points behind Brendan Gaughan in the final postseason spot heading into this weekend’s race the Virginia529 College Savings 250 (Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Richmond Raceway.
Armstrong has made seven series starts at Richmond, recording one top 10. Richmond is one of Armstrong’s better tracks and battling for the final Playoff spot could get interesting this weekend as all three drivers have fairly similar average finishes at RIR - Annett (16.6), Armstrong (16.8) and Gaughan (18.0).
Virginian Elliott Sadler Comes Home To Lock-Up Regular Season Title
JR Motorsport’s Elliott Sadler, from Emporia, Virginia, returns to his home state hoping to not only get his first win of the 2017 season, but also lock up the NASCAR XFINITY Series Regular Season championship this Friday at Richmond Raceway in the Virginia529 College Savings 250. To clinch the regular season title, Sadler will need a 61-point lead over second-place in the driver standings following Richmond; he is currently 91 points ahead of second.
The NASCAR XFINITY Series Regular Season championship is more than just an accomplishment with a title, it also comes with 15 playoff points; which equals three wins’ worth of playoff points to take to the postseason.
Though Sadler has yet to win in 2017, he has been a dominant competitor on the track. Not only has he posted the series-most in top fives (9) and top 10s (17), but he has also been the points leader following every race but two this season.
Sadler is not only looking for his first win of the season, but also his first win of his career at Richmond Raceway. In 28 series career starts at Richmond, he has posted four top fives, 13 top 10s and an average finish of 13.8. He finished seventh in the spring race earlier this season.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Leads A Cavalcade Of Stars Competing In The Virginia529 College Savings 250
The sport’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and five other Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competitors - Paul Menard, Ty Dillon, Reed Sorenson, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski - will be pulling double duty this weekend at Richmond Raceway in the Virginia529 College Savings 250.
Earnhardt Jr. has been quite successful at Richmond in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. In six series career starts, he has four wins (2016 spring, ’02 fall, ’99 fall and ’98 fall), five top fives and an average finish of 6.3. Among drivers with multiple series wins at Richmond, Earnhardt Jr. has the highest winning percentage at 66.7%; followed by Harry Gant with a 36.4% winning percentage after winning four races in 11 starts at Richmond. Earnhardt will be driving the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet with crew chief Scott Radel.
Joining Earnhardt this weekend is the series’ all-time winningest driver and defending Richmond Fall race winner, Kyle Busch (91 wins), who returns to Richmond Raceway looking to tie Kevin Harvick (seven victories) for the series-most wins at the track. In 21 series starts at Richmond, Busch has posted six wins (2016 fall, 2014 fall, 2011 fall, 2009 spring, 2007 fall and 2004 spring), 15 top fives, 18 top 10s and an average finish of 5.5. Three of his six wins came from the pole. He hasn’t finished worse than fourth in his last seven series starts at Richmond.
Brad Keselowski is also a former Richmond Raceway winner who will be pulling double duty this weekend. He has made 16 starts at Richmond posting three wins (2013 sweep, 2010 Spring), eight top fives and nine top 10s.