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NASCAR XFINITY Series News and Rumors

Next Race: Chicagoland

Entry List: Not yet released
Practice 1: Friday, June 29, 4:35-5:20pm/et TV-NBCSN
Practice 2: Friday, June 29, 7:35-8:20 pm/et TV-NBCSN
Qualifying: Saturday, June 30, 12:40pm/et. TV-NBCSN
Race: Saturday, June 30, 3:30pm/et on NBCSN, MRN (Stages 45/90/200), Green flag 3:46pm/et.


Iowa XFINITY TV ratings

Aided by a World Cup lead-in, last Sunday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race from Iowa had a 0.7 rating and 1.1 million viewers on FS1 - up a tick in ratings and 16% in viewership from last year (0.6, 983K) but down 20% and 18% respectively from 2016 (0.9, 1.4M). It was the first Xfinity Series race all season to post an increase, snapping a streak of 11 straight declines. [Sports Media Watch](6-23-2018)


NASCAR looking at Cup driver limits in lower series

They are reportedly considering cutting the maximum number of races from seven to five.[More](6-22-2018)


Last Race: Iowa

Entry List: 40 teams entered
Practice 1: Results
Practice 2: Results
Qualifying: LineupPitstall Selections (pdf)
Race: Official Iowa Race & Points Report

Allgaier holds off Bell to lock up playoff spot with win at Iowa Speedway: Justin Allgaier dominated the field despite intense and near-constant challenges from hard-charging Christopher Bell, who came from the rear at the start of the race to finish second. He also notched his second win of the season - but first one that counts, playoffs-wise.[More](6-17-2018)

Allgaier wins Iowa Speedway XFINITY race: #7-Justin Allgaier won the American Ethanol E15 250 at Iowa Speedway for his seventh career win and first win at Iowa.
#20-Christopher Bell finished second, followed by #21-Daniel Hemric, #00-Cole Custer, #19-Brandon Jones, #18-Riley Herbst, #60-Ty Majeski, #9-Tyler Reddick, #2-Matt Tifft, and #61-Kaz Grala.
There were five cautions for 31 laps and 13 lead changes among five leaders.
The average speed was 102.100mph.
Complete results are on the Iowa race results page (pdf). (6-17-2018)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Iowa Race & Points Report (pdf).

XFINITY Driver standings following Iowa Speedway:
1) #1-Elliott Sadler 504
2) #00-Cole Custer, 500, -4
3) #21-Daniel Hemric, 497, -7
4) #9-Tyler Reddick [1 win], 473, -31
5) #20-Christopher Bell [1 win], 471, -33
6) #7-Justin Allgaier [2 wins, 1 can't be used for playoffs], 453, -51
7) #19-Brandon Jones, 453, -73
8) #11-Ryan Truex, 408, -96
9) #2-Matt Tifft, 379, -125
10) #16-Ryan Reed, 354, -150
11) #22-Austin Cindric, 347, -157
12) #4-Ross Chastain, 291, -213
See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(6-17-2018)



2019 NASCAR XFINITY, Truck Series' schedules released

NASCAR announced the 2019 schedules for the XFINITY and Gander Outdoors Truck Series. There are no new tracks for either series for 2019, and only one major date change for the Trucks, as the second Texas date moves from the fall to earlier in the season. The XFINITY Series maintains a 33-race schedule, the Trucks 23.[More](6-13-2018)


Fans helped Gase choose Darlington throwback scheme to honor his father

Joey Gase wanted to make his Darlington throwback scheme extra special. Last week he turned to his fans to help him decide between two of his father's old paint schemes, the 2003 Purple & Black Modified or the 1994 Blue & White Late Model. After tallying up all the votes, the fans had favored the 2003 Black & Purple Championship Modified scheme.[More](6-12-2018)


Advance Auto Parts to sponsor Herbst in JGR XFINITY debut at Iowa

NASCAR NEXT driver Riley Herbst will be piloting the No. 18 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) at Iowa Speedway. Advance Auto Parts will be the primary sponsor for Herbst in his lone Xfinity Series race with JGR for 2018. NOS Energy Drink and Orca Coolers to be associate sponsors this weekend. Herbst will be making his first start of the 2018 season for Joe Gibbs Racing at Iowa Speedway. This weekend will mark the first time that Herbst will be competing in one of the top-three NASCAR sanctioned series.[More](6-12-2018)


Justin Haley to drive for GMS Racing in select races

GMS Racing's No. 24 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver, Justin Haley will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) debut in the No. 23 entry at Iowa Speedway. The Indiana-native will run at Daytona International Speedway (July 6) in a second GMS Racing entry and will additionally run at Watkins Glen International (August 4).[More](6-10-2018)


Pocono XFINITY TV ratings

Last Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race from Pocono (Pa.) had a 0.56 rating and 826,000 viewers on FS1 - down 40% in ratings and 44% in viewership from last year (1.0, 1.48M) and down 40% and 42% respectively from 2016 (1.0, 1.43M), both of which aired on the FOX broadcast network.[Sports Media Watch](6-11-2018)


Dylan Lupton leaves JGL Racing

In a statement he says, "I'm re-focusing my efforts to secure a competitive ride in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and look forward to announcing my plans for the rest of the 2018 season when appropriate."[More](6-7-2018)


Pocono Raceway penalties announced

XFINITY Series race winning crew chief Eric Phillips has been fined $10,000 and suspended from the next XFINITY race for a height failure in post race inspection.[More](6-5-2018)


Bowman to fill GMS Racing's XFINITY entry at Michigan, Kentucky

Alex Bowman will fill-in for Spencer Gallagher in the No. 23 NASCAR Xfinity Series entry this weekend at Michigan International Speedway and at Kentucky Speedway in July.[More](6-5-2018)


Memphis Raceway wants back on XFINITY, Trucks schedule

Speedway president and general manager Pam Kendrick was instrumental in NASCAR's return with the K&N Pro Series East last season. Kendrick says she has talked to NASCAR about ways to see Xfinity and Trucks return to West Tennessee.[More](6-1-2018)


Hunt'n Buddy joins Spencer Boyd for multiple race associate sponsorship

Hunt'n Buddy begins their partnership with Spencer Boyd and the No.76 Grunt Style Camaro this weekend at Pocono Raceway and will return to the car at select races leading up to hunting season.[More](5-29-2018)


Toyota plans to run Supra in XFINITY in 2019

Toyota is getting ready to bring back its Supra road car, last produced in 2002.[More](5-28-2018)


Team owner Whitener on transplant list

JGL Racing owner James Whitener was diagnosed with liver failure in January and is going on a transplant list to receive a new one.[More](5-26-2018)


Phantom Fireworks joins Kauling Racing

Kaulig Racing is excited to announce Phantom Fireworks as the new primary sponsor of the No. 11 Chevrolet driven by Ryan Truex in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). The sponsorship will begin with the Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26 followed by the next five NXS races.[More](5-23-2018)


JP Motorsports' crew member appeal amended

The National Motorsports Appeals Panel announced Wednesday it had amended a penalty assessed on May 9 to former Xfinity Series crew member Michael L. Hayden.[More](5-23-2018)


Chase Elliott to drive for GMS Racing in select races

GMS Racing officials announced today that NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott will drive the No. 23 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) entry this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) as well as other select races on the 2018 NXS schedule. Hooters, which sponsors Elliott's No. 9 Cup Series team at Hendrick Motorsports, will serve as primary sponsor for the No. 23 team at CMS in honor of the restaurant chain's 35th Anniversary and 22nd Annual Hooters International Pageant.[More](5-21-2018)


Kaz Grala out at JGL Racing UPDATE

Tuesday evening he tweeted that the team would not honor the remainder of his season long contract to drive the #24. The team told NBC that it would no longer run the #24 due to lack of sponsorship.
UPDATE: After being released from his ride at JGL Racing, Kaz Grala has found a new home for the next four races. Grala will join Fury Race Cars in the No. 61 Ford Mustang beginning at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Shane Wilson will serve as his crew chief.[More](5-20-2018)


Kansas Speedway, Kansas Lottery renew partnership

Kansas Speedway and the Kansas Lottery today announced their continued partnership in a multi-year deal. The Kansas Lottery, who has partnered with Kansas Speedway since 2001, will continue as the sponsor of the NASCAR XFINITY Series race.[More](5-12-2018)


Conor Daly to run XFINITY Series race at Road America

Roush Fenway Racing will field three Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustangs at Road America for the NASCAR Xfinity race on Saturday, August 25th. Lilly Diabetes Drive Down A1C driver Ryan Reed will be joined by Wisconsin hometown driver Ty Majeski in the No. 60 and IndyCar driver Conor Daly will round out the trio behind the wheel of the No. 6. Daly, like Reed, competes at the highest levels of racing while managing his Type 1 diabetes. The Xfinity race at Road America will be his NASCAR debut. Majeski also has a close tie to the diabetes community as his grandfather has Type 2 diabetes.[More](5-11-2018)