NASCAR XFINITY Series News and Rumors

Next Race: Texas

Entry List: Not released yet.
Practice 1: Friday, November 2, 3:05-3:50pm/et. TV-TBA
Practice 2: Friday, November 2, 5:35-6:25pm/et. TV-TBA
Qualifying: Saturday, November 3, 1:40pm/et. TV-TBA
Race: Saturday, November 3, 4:30pm/et on NBC, PRN (Stages 45/90/200), Green flag 4:46pm/et.

Last Race: Kansas

Entry List: 43 teams entered
Practice 1: Results
Practice 2: Results
Qualifying: Lineup
Pit Stalls: Posted
Crew Rosters: Posted
Race: Official race results and standings (pdf)

John Hunter Nemechek scores first NASCAR Xfinity win; early wreck scrambles Playoffs: John Hunter Nemechek grabbed his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory in a race that threw the championship battle into chaos. Pulling away with three laps after the final restart on Lap 169 of 200, Nemechek took the checkered flag 5.200 seconds ahead of Daniel Hemric to win the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway, the venue where his father, Joe Nemechek, won his final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in 2004.[More](10-20-2018)

John Hunter Nemechek wins Kansas Speedway XFINITY race: #42-John Hunter Nemechek won the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway for his first career win in his 15th start.
#21-Daniel Hemric finished second, followed by #1-Elliott Sadler, #3-Shane Lee, #9-Tyler Reddick, #2-Matt Tifft, #16-Ryan Reed, #60-Ty Majeski, #39-Ryan Sieg, and #51-Jeremey Clements.
It was a tough day for several Playoff drivers. On the first lap of the race #7-Justin Allgaier got loose and slid up into #20-Christopher Bell. Several other drivers were caught up in the accident, including #22-Austin Cindric and #00-Cole Custer. Bell, Allgaier, and Cindric could not continue. They finished 37th, 38th, and 39th. Custer's team made repairs to the car and he managed to finish in 26th.
There were 7 cautions for 41 laps and 10 lead changes among 6 leaders.
The average speed was 118.995mph.
Complete results are on the Kansas race results page (pdf).(10-20-2018)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Kansas Race & Points Report (pdf).

XFINITY Driver standings:
[after Kansas - race 1 of 3 in the Round of 8, 4 of 8 in the Playoffs]
1) #21-Daniel Hemric, 3067, +23
2) #1-Elliott Sadler, 3058, +14
3) #9-Tyler Reddick 3055, +11
4) #20-Christopher Bell, 3045, +1
Currently outside the top 4 to advance to the final round:
5) #2-Matt Tifft, 3044, -1
6) #7-Justin Allgaier, 3040, -5
7) #00-Cole Custer, 3022, -23
8) #22-Austin Cindric, 3002, -43
See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings (pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(10-20-2018)

Daniel Hemric on XFINITY pole at Kansas: #21-Daniel Hemric won the Busch pole for the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway with a speed of 183.955mph. #20-Christopher Bell will start second. The rest of the top 10: #7-Justin Allgaier, #22-Austin Cindric, #19-Brandon Jones, #9-Tyler Reddick, #18-Ryan Preece, #3-Shane Lee , #2-Matt Tifft, and #00-Cole Custer.
Did Not Qualify: #55-Bayley Currey, #89-Morgan Shepherd, #26-Max Tullman.
The starting lineup is posted on the Kansas Speedway starting lineup page (pdf).(10-20-2018)

Ross Chastain a top choice for Chip Ganassi's XFINITY program in 2019

Chip Ganassi Racing is still sorting out its plans for the No. 42 NASCAR Xfinity Series program next year, but mainly having Ross Chastain in the car is among the top options.[More](10-20-2018)

Spencer Gallagher to retire at end of 2018

The announcement was made on Friday afternoon prior to Xfinity Series practice at Kansas Speedway. Gallagher said he will move into a managerial role with GMS Racing beginning with the 2019 season.[More](10-19-2018)

Whelen Engineering to sponsor XFINITY race at Phoenix

ISM Raceway announced today that Whelen Engineering will serve as the title sponsor of the NASCAR Xfinity Series semifinal playoff race at ISM Raceway on Saturday, November 10th. The Whelen Trusted to Perform 200 will be the first Xfinity Series race officially held at the track following its two-year, $178 million modernization project, part of Opening Weekend on November 9, 10 and 11. The sponsorship marks a continued commitment to the modernization of ISM Raceway by Whelen, which has also been heavily involved in the development of the lighting system for the new, cactus-shaped flag stand which will mark the new location of the start/finish line.[More](10-16-2018)

Lilly Diabetes not returning to Roush Fenway

The company has sponsored Ryan Reed for five years, but will shift their focus to other initiatives. Reed is not expected to return to Roush.[More](10-15-2018)

Truck and XFINITY races at Nashville?

The owner of Bristol Motor Speedway is in preliminary talks about holding two yearly NASCAR races at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, but the two sides appear no closer to a deal. Tony Formosa, the longtime promoter of the fairgrounds racetrack, said Speedway Motorsports, the company that owns Bristol Motor Speedway, has expressed interest in holding a NASCAR Xfinity Series race and a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the fairgrounds.[More](10-12-2018)

NASCAR already considering a longer ROVAL race in 2019

Steve O'Donnell, executive vice president and chief racing development officer for NASCAR, tweeted that next year's race would be longer.[More](9-29-2018)

Allgaier to return to JR Motorsports

Justin Allgaier will return to drive the No. 7 NASCAR Xfinity Series Chevrolet for JR Motorsports next year, he announced Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "It's been an interesting Silly Season for sure, but for us, I'm extremely happy with where I'm at," Allgaier said. "... From my standpoint, I've got a great team behind me right now and the folks at Brandt have obviously supported me for a number of years now and where we're at for them, whether it's with me or not, I think JR Motorsports is a great fit for them as well."[More](9-27-2018)

Noah Gragson joins JR Motorsports for 2019

Today, during an episode of its popular JRM360 video series, JR Motorsports announced the addition of Noah Gragson to the team's NASCAR Xfinity Series stable of drivers for 2019. Gragson has been tabbed in a multi-year deal that places him behind the wheel of JRM's No. 1 Chevrolet in full-time pursuit of a series championship next season.[More](9-25-2018)

Vinnie Miller joining BJ McLeod Motorsports

To jumpstart his new direction for the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, Vinnie Miller will depart JD Motorsports with Gary Keller and join B.J. McLeod Motorsports for the final six races of the season beginning with Saturday afternoon's Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Miller, a rookie in the Xfinity Series this season has also inked a multi-year deal with McLeod's Mooresville, N.C.-based team which will see him compete a majority of the races in the team's flagship No. 78 Chevrolet Camaro full-time through the 2020 season.[More](9-24-2018)