NASCAR XFINITY Series News and Rumors

Reddick takes photo finish at Daytona (0:53)

In the fifth overtime of NASCAR's Xfinity Series race at Daytona, Tyler Reddick edges teammate Elliott Sadler by inches at the finish line to capture the checkered flag. (0:53)

Next Race: Atlanta

Entry List: 43 teams entered
Practice 1: Friday, February 23, 1:05-1:55pm/et. TV-FS1
Practice 2: Friday, February 23, 3:05-3:55pm/et. TV-FS1
Qualifying: Saturday, February 24, 9:10am/et. TV-FS1
Race: Saturday, February 24, 2:30pm/et on FS1, PRN (Stages 40/80/163), Green flag 2:16pm/et.

XFINITY Entry List: There are 43 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
See the complete list on the Atlanta entry list page.(2-19-2018)

2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series at Daytona paint schemes

See images of all the cars that were entered in the Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway here.(2-19-2018)

Last Race: Daytona

Entry List: 46 teams entered
Practice 1: Results
Practice 2: Results
Qualifying: Starting LineupPit Stalls
Crew Rosters: Posted
Race: Official Daytona Race & Points Report (pdf)

Tyler Reddick inches past Elliott Sadler for five-overtime NASCAR Xfinity win: In a day race that ended under the lights, with the closest margin of victory in NASCAR history, Tyler Reddick finished Saturday's PowerShares QQQ 300 less than three inches ahead of JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler.[More](2-17-2018)

Reddick wins Daytona XFINITY race in closest margin ever: #9-Tyler Reddick won the PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway for his 2nd career XFINITY win.
He beat #1-Elliott Sadler to the checkered flag in a photo finish. The official margin of victory was 0.000 second, the closest finish in NASCAR national series history.
#16-Ryan Reed finished third, followed by #24-Kaz Grala (career best finish), #0-Garrett Smithley (career best finish), #23-Spencer Gallagher (career best finish), #11-Ryan Truex, #18-Daniel Suarez, #4-Ross Chastain, and #19-Brandon Jones.
There were five attempts at NASCAR Overtime before the race ended.
After a late caution because of a spin by #1-Elliott Sadler, "the big one" came during the first attempt at NASCAR Overtime and involved 18 cars.
Before the second attempt at Overtime #19 Suarez, who was leading at the time, ran out of fuel giving the lead to #16-Ryan Reed.
Under the second attempt at Overtime, #23-Spencer Gallagher, running third at the time, spun out. #11-Ryan Truex took the lead just before the caution came out.
On the third attempt, #9-Tyler Reddick took the lap on the restart, but a caution just before he reached the start finish line for the white flag led to a fourth Overtime attempt.
During the fourth attempt, #24-Dylan Lupton wrecked on the backstretch, bringing out the caution and leading to a red flag for track cleanup.
The race finished after the fifth NASCAR Overtime attempt and 143 laps. It was scheduled for 120 laps.
There were 12 cautions (a record for an XFINITY race at Daytona) for 49 laps and 19 lead changes among 11 leaders.
The average speed was 119.100Xmph.
Complete results are on the Daytona race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Daytona Race & Points Report (pdf).(2-17-2018)

XFINITY Driver standings following Daytona:
1) #9-Tyler Reddick, 50
2) #1-Elliott Sadler, 41, -9
3) #23-Spencer Gallagher, 39, -11
4) #11-Ryan Truex, 35 , -15
5) #16-Ryan Reed, 34, -16
6) #24-Kaz Grala, 33, -17
7) #0-Garrett Smithley, 32, -18
8) #4-Ross Chastain, 28, -22
9) #19-Brandon Jones, 27, -23
10) #38-Jeff Green, 26, -24
11) #8-Caesar Bacarella, 24, -26
12) #00-Cole Custer, 24, -26
See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(2-17-2018)

Daytona NASCAR XFINITY race margin of victory was .0004 second

NASCAR timing and scoring reviewed the film to determine a more detailed margin.[More](2-18-2018)

Kyle Benjamin to run two NASCAR XFINITY races for Joe Gibbs Racing

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces that Kyle Benjamin will pilot the No. 18 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) Toyota Camry for two races throughout the 2018 season. Benjamin will run the Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 24th, and the U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway on July 28th. PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant has been named the primary sponsor for Benjamin on the No. 18 Camry in Atlanta. The primary sponsor for Iowa will be announced at a later date.[More](2-17-2018)

XFINITY crew members ejected from track

NASCAR ejected three Xfinity Series crew members for at-track inspection issues in qualifying tech yesterday. Richard Childress Racing crew chief Nick Harrison as well as his car chief were ejected for the Austin Dillon car having rear suspension violations. Mike Harmon's crew chief was ejected for the car failing prequalifying tech four times. Neither will attempt to qualify for the race today, although both could get in on owner points and Dillon could get in with a past champion's provisonal. Any additional penalties will be determined next week.[More](2-17-2018)

Fox brings back "Drivers Only" XFINITY broadcast

Back for the sequel, live on FOX on Saturday, April 28 from Talladega Superspeedway (3:00 PM ET), are Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and newcomers Brad Keselowski and Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr.[More](2-15-2018)

Jeremy Clements ready for another full season

Jeremy Clements Racing is thrilled to announce they will return for the full 2018 NASCAR XFINITY season. The family-run single-car team will be competing in their eighth full-time season. Jeremy provided one of the most exciting memories of 2017 by capturing his first NASCAR win at Road America and a spot in the playoffs. JCR finished 2017 with one win, two top tens and twelfth in driver points.[More](2-14-2018)

Eric McClure arrested for assault

Former NASCAR driver and current regional series team owner Eric McClure was arrested Sunday on a Class 1 misdemeanor charge of assault and battery, according to the clerk's office of the Smyth County (Va.) Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. McClure, 39, was released on an unsecured bond of $2,500, after being arrested at his home by the Smyth County Sheriff's Office following an altercation between husband and wife, according to an affidavit filed with the court clerk. [More](2-12-2018)

thinQ Technology partners to support Dylan Lupton

As his Daytona International Speedway debut in the NASCAR XFINITY Series approaches, Dylan Lupton and JGL Racing announced that thinQ Technology Partners will support the NASCAR Next alumnus for the Feb. 17 running of the PowerShares QQQ 300 and 20 additional XFINITY Series races this season.[More](2-9-2018)

Alex Labbe to run full XFINITY season

Reigning NASCAR Pinty's Series' champion Alex Labbe will graduate to the NASCAR Xfinity series this season. The 24-year-old Labbe will be behind the wheel of the Chevrolet entered by a new team, DGM Racing led by Mario Gosselin this season.[More](2-8-2018)

Cindric to compete in XFINITY series full time

Coming off a third-place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings last season, 19-year-old Austin Cindric will race for the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) title in 2018, competing in all 33 series events this season with two different winning organizations. Cindric will open the 2018 season racing the No. 60 PIRTEK Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing at Daytona International Speedway on February 17. As previously announced, Cindric will compete in a total of nine events for Roush Fenway, including four of the first five races on the NXS schedule. In addition, Cindric will drive either the No. 12 or the No. 22 Ford Mustang for Team Penske in the remaining 24 races, including the four Dash for Cash events at Bristol, Richmond, Talladega and Dover. [More](2-8-2018)

2018 race stage lengths announced

NASCAR today announced the 2018 stage lengths for its three national series, looking to build on last season's successful debut of the race format. Following feedback from NASCAR Xfinity Series race teams, there will be slight updates to the stage lengths at both ISM Raceway in Phoenix and Dover International Speedway. At both Phoenix races, the stages will end at Lap 45, Lap 90 and Lap 200. For the Dover events, the stages will end on Lap 45, Lap 90 and Lap 200. [More](2-7-2018)

Rinnai partners with JR Motorsports to sponsor Allgaier at Atlanta

JR Motorsports announced today that Rinnai Corporation, manufacturer of the No. 1-selling brand of tankless water heaters in North America, will serve as primary sponsor of Justin Allgaier and the No. 7 Chevrolet for the upcoming Rinnai 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.[More](2-7-2018)

David Starr joins Jimmy Means Racing

David Starr aligns with Jimmy Means Racing for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. Starr will compete full-time in the No. 52 Chevrolet Camaro starting with the POWERSHARES QQQ 300 season opener at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2018.[More](2-6-2018)

Garrett Smithley returning to JD Motorsports

JD Motorsports with Gary Keller announced today that Garrett Smithley will return to the organization to pilot the No. 0 Chevrolet Camaro full time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) this season. 2018 will mark the 25-year-old Ligonier, Pa., native's third season with team.[More](2-8-2018)

Josh Bilicki joins JP Motorsports

JP Motorsports is proud to announce the addition of Josh Bilicki to our 2018 driver lineup. Bilicki will pilot the No. 45 Prevagen Toyota Camry, beginning in two weeks at the Daytona International Speedway. JP Motorsports, who purchased Tri-Star Racing's Xfinity cars, was not expected to field a second entry until Atlanta. On Friday, the organization secured a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and finalized a deal with Bilicki to start the season with two cars.[More](2-5-2018)

Richmond Raceway strikes with Go Bowling as fall XFINITY Series sponsor for the Go Bowling 250

Richmond Raceway (Richmond) announces an extension of its relationship with the bowling industry as Go Bowling becomes the entitlement sponsor for the fall NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) race. The Go Bowling 250, set for Sept. 21, 2018, marks the start of the 2018 NXS Playoffs and will be the first playoff race in Richmond track history. The race also will mark the grand opening of Richmond Raceway Reimagined, the $30 million infield redevelopment project.[More](2-5-2018)

Chad Finchum set for season with MBM Motorsports

The NASCAR racing season kicks off with Speedweeks each February at Daytona International Speedway. Chad Finchum of Knoxville, Tennessee, can't wait to arrive at the "World Center of Racing" in the Sunshine State because he will be competing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series PowerShares QQQ 300 on Saturday, Feb. 17 driving the No. 40 Toyota for MBM Motorsports. Finchum competed in seven NASCAR Xfinity Series races last year for MBM Motorsports, and tentative plans call for the 23-year-old to run the full schedule in 2018. [More](2-4-2018)

Mills to drive #15 XFINITY entry for JDM

JD Motorsports with Gary Keller announced today that Matt Mills will be joining the team starting with the Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 24th. Mills will pilot the No. 15 Chevrolet Camaro, which will compete full-time in the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. JF Electric and Thompson Electric will be on board as associate sponsors.[More](2-2-2018)

Nexteer Automotive returns in 2018 with Richard Childress Racing

Nexteer Automotive and Richard Childress Racing have extended their partnership between the two companies for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. Entering their third year with RCR, Nexteer will serve as a multi-race primary partner for RCR newcomer Matt Tifft and the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro team. Nexteer's 2018 season kicks off with the XFINITY Series opener at Daytona International Speedway. The automotive company will also serve as an associate sponsor for the No. 2 Chevrolet for all additional XFINITY Series races, as well as a full-time associate sponsor with 2017 XFINITY Series championship contender Daniel Hemric and the No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro. [More](2-2-2018)

Flex Seal returns to JDM for sixth season

JD Motorsports with Gary Keller is thrilled to welcome back long-time partner Flex Seal for the sixth consecutive year. The Flex Seal family of products will be on board the JD Motorsports Chevrolet Camaros for multiple races throughout the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season.[More](1-30-2018)

Earnhardt planning to run Richmond XFINITY race, hoping for more

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. responded to a tweet regarding his plans for racing in the XFINITY Series in 2018. He revealed he has just one race locked in for 2018, in hopes of adding more.[More](1-30-2018)

JP Motorsports announces three race deal with Jani-King

JP Motorsports is excited to announce the addition of Jani-King as a primary sponsor in the first three events of the NASCAR XFINITY Series season. Jani-King will be featured on the No. 55 Toyota Camry beginning next month at Daytona.[More](1-30-2018)

RCR announces multiple drivers for No. 3 XFINITY Series entry

Richard Childress Racing announced its No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro SS entry for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series will feature a talented multi-driver lineup. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Austin Dillon and Ty Dillon, ARCA Racing Series competitor Shane Lee, second-generation racer Jeb Burton and two-time NXS winner Brendan Gaughan will all share time behind the wheel of the Camaro SS throughout the season.[More](1-24-2018)

Ryan Sieg returning for a full XFINITY season

RSS Racing and driver Ryan Sieg are happy to announce a return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series for a full schedule in 2018. The Georgia based team will field two additional entries for Daytona and beyond. Veteran Jeff Green, who joined the RSS Racing last year will pilot the #38 car. The driver of the third entry has not been determined.[More](1-24-2018)

Roush Fenway Racing releases No. 60 Ford development team driver schedule

Roush Fenway Racing has announced the full 2018 driver schedule for the No. 60 Ford Mustang, that will feature the trio of talented young up-and-coming Ford Development drivers Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe and Ty Majeski competing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Cindric will kick off the season in the No. 60 Ford Mustang, making his Daytona NXS debut at the famed superspeedway. Briscoe makes his No. 60 debut the following week in Atlanta and Majeski takes the helm for the first time in 2018 at Bristol.[More](1-23-2018)

NextGen Motorsports to run XFINITY, Trucks

Last season, NextGen Motorsports took its turn in NASCAR, putting together a K&N Pro Series East program. Less than one year later, the family-owned operation is heading to the Camping World Truck Series and XFINITY Series on a part-time schedule.Teddy Brown, competition director at NextGen Motorsports, and long-time NASCAR crew chief confirmed to Frontstretch that the team will be running between 10 and 15 truck races in 2018 after purchasing a few trucks from Brad Keselowski Racing. The team's first race will be at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the second race weekend of the season with Landon Huffman as the driver.[More](1-22-2018)

JP Motorsports plans full 2018 XFINITY schedule UPDATE

Officials from JP Motorsports announced on Wednesday that they will compete full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2018. JP Motorsports has obtained cars from TriStar Motorsports and will field the No. 55 Toyota Camry.(1-18-2018)
UPDATE: JP Motorsports is proud to announce Stephen Leicht will join the organization in 2018. The announcement comes just days after the team announced its formation and 2018 plans. Leicht will pilot the No. 55 Toyota Camry beginning at Daytona next month.[More](1-22-2018)

Precision Performance Motorsports shuts down XFINITY team

After three years of existence and 18 races later, Richard Gdovic, owner of Precision Performance Motorsports has decided to close the doors on an XFINITY Series entry. Heading into the 2017 season, Gdovic had set out to run the entire 33-race schedule, kicking it off with a 22nd-place finish at Daytona with Anthony Kumpen. Quin Houff recorded a pair of top-15 finishes at Bristol Motor Speedway (15th) and Iowa Speedway (12th) before Parker Kligerman picked up the organization's lone top-10 finish in its existence at Road America in August.[More](1-20-2018)

Kaulig Racing announces Bar Harbor and Sea Watch International as new partners for 2018

Kaulig Racing is pleased to announce the addition of outside primary sponsorship for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) season. Bar Harbor Foods and Sea Watch International will serve as primary sponsors on the No. 11 that will be driven by Ryan Truex. Starting with the season opener on February 17th, and for the next nine NXS races of the season, Bar Harbor Foods and Sea Watch International will adorn the blue, green and black Chevy Camaro.[More](1-19-2018)

NASCAR updates National Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year points system

Exactly one month from today, the green flag will wave over what is expected to be the youngest DAYTONA 500 field in NASCAR history. And today, NASCAR announced an update to the Sunoco Rookie of the Year points structure in all three national series, placing a brighter spotlight on some of those young stars. Beginning this season, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year point system will mirror the points structure that awards the season-long championship, including stage points and playoff points, with the eventual Sunoco Rookie of the Year earning the most points throughout the season.[More](1-18-2018)

BRANDT to continue sponsorship off Allgaier

With the release of a new paint scheme, BRANDT Professional Agriculture, a leading agriculture retailer and manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, announced the continuation of its sponsorship with JR Motorsports and championship contender, Justin Allgaier, for 19 races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the 2018 season.[More](1-18-2018)