Atlanta Motor Speedway
NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #2 of 33 for the 2018 season
Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Race Time: 2:00pm/et
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:16pm/et
Television Race Coverage: FS1 - 2:00pm/et
Announcers: Adam Alexander, Michael Waltrip, Chase Elliott
Pit Road: Jamie Little, Matt Yocum and Regan Smith
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Times are local to the Track and subject to change
Thursday, February 22
3:00 PM 5:00 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
Friday, February 23
9:30 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:00 AM-9:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
12:00 PM NXS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
1:05 PM-1:55 PM NXS 1ST PRACTICE
3:05 PM-3:55 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE
Saturday, February 24
7:00 AM-2:30 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
9:10 AM NXS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
11:30 AM 2:00 PM MENCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
11:45 AM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
1:30 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 PM NXS RACE (163 LAPS, 251.02 MILES)
Kevin Harvick wins Atlanta NASCAR XFINITY race in a runaway: The driver of the No. 98 Ford dominated the action on the track, leading 141-of-163 laps and winning both stages before taking the checkered flag 4.183 seconds ahead of runner-up Joey Logano.[More](2-24-2018)
Harvick wins Atlanta XFINITY race: #98-Kevin Harvick won the Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway for his 47th career XFINITY win and 5th win at Atlanta.
#22-Joey Logano finished second, followed by pole-sitter #20-Christopher Bell, #42-John Hunter Nemechek (in his XFINITY debut), #1-Elliott Sadler, #7-Justin Allgaier, #12-Autin Cindric, #18-Kyle Benjamin, #11-Ryan Truex, and #16-Ryan Reed.
Harvick dominated the race, leading 141 of the 163 laps. Only 7 cars were on the lead lap at the finish.
There were 4 cautions for 21 laps and 9 lead changes among 3 leaders.
The average speed was 129.670mph.
Complete results are on the Atlanta race results page (pdf). (2-24-2018)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Atlanta Race & Points Report (pdf).
Race stage winners:
Stage 1 - lap 40 - Winner, #98-Kevin Harvick
Stage 2 - lap 80 - Winner, #98-Kevin Harvick
Stage 3 - lap 163 - Race winner, #98-Kevin Harvick
Atlanta XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
Kevin Harvick(i) won the 27th Annual Rinnai 250, his 47th victory in 342 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2018.
This is his fifth victory and 13th top-10 finish in 17 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Joey Logano(i) (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in six races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2018.
Christopher Bell (third) posted his first top-10 finish in one race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Bell (third) was the highest finishing rookie.
Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 4 points over Tyler Reddick #.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(2-24-2018)
XFINITY Driver standings following Atlanta:
1) #1-Elliott Sadler, 84
2) #9-Tyler Reddick, 80, -4
3) #16-Ryan Reed, 70, -14
4) #11-Ryan Truex, 63, -21
5) #23-Spencer Gallagher, 62, -22
6) #20-Christopher Bell, 53, -31
7) #7-Justin Allgaier, 52, -32
8) #4-Ross Chastain, 49, -35
9) #24-Kaz Grala, 47, -37
10) #19-Brandon Jones, 47, -37
11) #21-Daniel Hemric, 46, -38
12) 15-Garrett Smithley, 44, -40
See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(2-24-2018)
Free Pass - Who got a lap back on each caution: (and their finish)
Caution 1: None, no one on track a lap or more down.
Caution 2: #5-Annett, 20th
Caution 3: #42-Nemechek, 4th
Caution 4: #36-Labbe, 18th
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION
Bell on XFINITY pole at Atlanta: #20-Christopher Bell won the pole for the Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a speed of 181.176mph. #22-Joey Logano will start second. The rest of the top 10: #42-John Hunter Nemechek, #00-Cole Custer, #98-Kevin Harvick, #21-Daniel Hemric, #19-Brandon Jones, #18-Kyle Benjamin, #12-Austin Cindric, and #1-Elliott Sadler .
Did Not Qualify: #45-Josh Bilicki, #74-Mike Harmon.
The starting lineup is posted on the Atlanta starting lineup page (pdf).(2-24-2018)
Atlanta XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
Christopher Bell won the Pole Award for the 27th Annual Rinnai 250 with a lap of 30.600 seconds, 181.176 mph.
This is his second pole in ten NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2018.
This is his first pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Joey Logano(i) (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2018 and his fourth in six races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
John H. Nemechek (third) posted his first top-10 start at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his first this season.
Christopher Bell (first) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(2-24-2018)
Nemechek paces final XFINITY practice: #42-John Hunter Nemechek was quickest in final practice at Atlanta with a speed of 178.516mph.
#20-Christopher Bell was second, followed by: #00-Cole Custer, #3-Ty Dillon, #19-Brandon Jones, #2-Matt Tifft, #9-Tyler Reddick, #12-Austin Dillon, #16-Ryan Reed, and #18-Kyle Benjamin.
See complete results on the Atlanta practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(2-23-2018)
Christopher Bell fastest in opening XFINITY practice: #20-Christopher Bell was fastest during opening practice at Atlanta with a speed of 178.447mph.
The rest of the top 10: #22-Joey Logano, #00-Cole Custer, #16-Ryan Reed, #98-Kevin Harvick, #9-Tyler Reddick, #11-Ryan Truex, #42-John Hunter Nemechek, #18-Kyle Benjamin, and #51-Jeremy Clements.
30 drivers practiced during the session.
See complete results on the Atlanta practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(2-23-2018)
XFINITY Entry List: There are 42 cars on the entry list for Saturday's Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
See the complete list on the Atlanta entry list page.(2-19-2018)
A look at many news, notes, and story lines for the all three series as they head to Atlanta Motor Speedway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Atlanta
See tire codes, pressures, set limits and more for all races at Atlanta on the Atlanta Goodyear tire notes page.