Xfinity Series: Logano wins at Charlotte; four drivers eliminated from inaugural Chase

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Sprint Cup regular Joey Logano won Sunday’s rescheduled Drive For the Cure 300 Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“It was fun to race a car with no points and nothing to lose,” Logano told NBCSN. “I was huffing and puffing and giving it all I had.”

But more importantly for the 12 drivers who were looking to advance to the Round of 8 in the inaugural Xfinity Chase for the Championship, eight moved on and four others didn’t.

Advancing were Daniel Suarez, Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, Brendan Gaughan, Ryan Reed, Erik Jones, Blake Koch and Darrell Wallace Jr.

Drivers that fell short and were eliminated from further advancement in the Chase are Ty Dillon (who missed advancing by just one point), Brennan Poole, Ryan Sieg and Brandon Jones.

MORE: Xfinity Series: Results of Drive For the Cure 300 at Charlotte

Logano led just 12 laps in the 200-lap event. Sadler finished second, followed by Suarez, Kyle Larson (who led a race-high 165 laps), Erik Jones, Allgaier, Kevin Harvick, Matt Tifft, Brad Keselowski and Sieg.

How Logano won: It was basically a matter of patience for the Sprint Cup regular. He took the lead for the first and only time on Lap 189 and held on for the remaining 12 laps to take the checkered flag.

Who else had a good day: Kyle Larson led the most laps (165) and appeared to be headed towards the win. However, Logano got past him and Larson didn’t help his cause when he skimmed the outside wall, dropping him from a potential win or second-place finish to a fourth place showing.

Who had a bad day: The four drivers who missed advancing to the Round of 8. Ty Dillon was particularly emotional about falling short of advancing by one point.

Notable: Logano’s crew chief, Brian Wilson, won his first race as an Xfinity Series crew chief. … Darrell Wallace Jr. finished 20th, the lowest-finishing Chase driver, but still advanced to the Round of 8 by just one point.

Quote of the day: “We were terrible today and didn’t give ourselves much of a shot. For whatever reason, our car was not the same today. … It’s heartbreaking. We couldn’t even stay on the lead lap. It’s very upsetting. I wanted this championship so bad. It hurts.” – Ty Dillon, who fell short of advancing to the Round of 8 by one point, on NBCSN.

What’s next: Kansas Lottery 300, Saturday, Oct. 15 (3 p.m. ET), Kansas Speedway.

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Kyle Larson posts fastest lap in Saturday morning practice

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KANSAS CITY, Kansas – Kyle Larson posted the fastest lap in Saturday morning’s Cup practice at Kansas Speedway with a lap of 181.671 mph.

He was followed by Kevin Harvick (181.586 mph), Daniel Suarez (181.513), Paul Menard (181.269) and Clint Bowyer (181.178).

Ryan Blaney, who will starts last in the 40-car field after his car failed inspection after qualifying on Friday, was sixth on the speed chart with a lap of 181.038 mph.

There were no incidents in the session.

Final Cup session is scheduled from 1:30 – 2:20 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Six teams will be docked 15 minutes of time in that session, including playoff contenders Chase Elliott and Jamie McMurray.

Six cars to miss time in final Cup practice session

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KANSAS CITY, Kansas – Six Cup teams, including playoff contenders Chase Elliott and Jamie McMurray, will each miss 15 minutes of today’s final practice session at Kansas Speedway because of inspection issues, NASCAR announced.

Three teams were penalized 15 minutes in Saturday morning’s first practice – Derrike Cope, Landon Cassill and AJ Allmendinger. Each were penalized for being late to qualifying inspection Friday.

Teams penalized 15 minutes in final Cup practice will be Elliott, McMurray, Cope, Trevor Bayne, Paul Menard and Aric Almirola.

Bayne, Elliott and Almirola were penalized for failing qualifying/race inspection twice at Talladega.

Cope, McMurray and Menard were penalized for failing qualfiying qualifying inspection twice at Kansas.

Final Cup practice is scheduled from 1:30 – 2:20 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Today’s Xfinity race at Kansas: Start time, weather, TV/radio info

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The Xfinity Series begins the second round of its playoffs with today’s Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.

Here is all the info you need for the race.

(All times are Eastern)

START: Kansas Lt. Gov. Dr. Jeff Colyer will give the command to start engines at 2:56 p.m. Green flag is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 200 laps (300 miles) around the 1.5-mile oval.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 45. Stage 2 ends at Lap 90.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: Qualifying is slated for 12:05 p.m. Driver introductions are at 2:25 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Mary Ann Hotaling will perform the anthem at 2:51 p.m..

TV/RADIO:  NBC will broadcast the race at 3 p.m. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. on NBCSN with Countdown to Green. Motor Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at mrn.com, starting with its pre-race show at 2:30 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the MRN broadcast.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts a temperature of 76 degrees and a 15 percent chance of rain at race time.

LAST TIME: Kyle Busch dominated this race last fall, leading 150 of 200 laps. Elliott Sadler finished second. Daniel Suarez was third.

STARTING LINEUP: Qualifying is at 12:05 p.m.

Saturday’s NASCAR Cup, Xfinity schedule at Kansas Speedway

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Today’s racing action at Kansas Speedway includes two NASCAR Cup practices, as well as Xfinity qualifying and race.

Today’s Xfinity race will be the first in the Round of 8, which will determine the four finalists for next month’s championship race.

Here is today’s schedule:

(All times are Eastern)

8 a.m. — Xfinity garage opens

9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. — Cup garage open

11 – 11:55 p.m. — Second Cup practice (NBC Sports App, MRN)

12:05 p.m. – Xfinity qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds) (NBCSN)

1:15 p.m. – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting

1:30 – 2:20 p.m. – Final Cup practice (NBCSN, MRN)

2:30 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions

3 p.m. – Kansas 300 Xfinity race (200 laps, 300 miles) (NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)