CREW CHIEF: Phil Gould
TEAM: Roush Fenway Racing
LAPS LED: 8
TOP 5s: 1 (5th, Road America)
TOP 10s: 7 (single season career best)
WHAT WENT RIGHT: Reed had the best of his three full-time seasons in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. While he didn’t earn a win like he did in 2015, he had one top-5 and set a single-season best for top-10s (7, when his previous high was just one). He also qualified for the inaugural Xfinity Series Chase and finished a career-best sixth. He also had season bests in average start (14.3) and average finish (15.6).
WHAT WENT WRONG: While he significantly improved in overall top-10s, Reed struggled much of the season to get to the front of the field. In fact, he led just eight laps in the entire 33 races, and all eight of those laps led came in one race (spring event at Talladega). … He also struggled in finishing on the lead lap: in 33 races, he finished on the lead lap just 16 times (second-worst effort of his three-years in the series). … He also saw a significant drop in laps completed. While he completed 5,986 in 2015 and 5,969 in 2014, he completed just 5,346 in 2016.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2017: Reed returns to the No. 16 team for a fourth season with pretty much everything intact, including sponsorship (American Diabetes Association/Lilly) and crew chief (Phil Gould). Look for Reed to continue improving at his craft, but he definitely needs to become more consistent when it comes to running at the front of the pack and to earn more wins and top-fives.
Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Elliott will start on the front row for Saturday night’s Cup race at Richmond Raceway.
Truex won his third pole of the season.
The top five is completed by Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson.
Kyle Busch, who is trying to win a third consecutive race, qualified 32nd.
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Martin Truex Jr. qualified first for Saturday’s Cup race at Richmond Raceway, winning his third pole of the season.
Truex claimed the pole with a speed of 123.859 mph around the .75-mile track. The Toyota Owners 400 will mark Truex’s 450th Cup start. Truex had DNFs in the last two races.
“It’s definitely been a crappy two weeks,” Truex told Fox Sports 1. “But that’s part of racing. This team, I’ve got so much faith and confidence in them and everything we’re doing. You can’t let those kinds of things get you down. It was nothing we did, just circumstances. Just proud of the effort today.”
The pole matches Truex’s total from last year.
Chase Elliott qualified second (123.621 mph). The top five is completed by Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson.
Ryan Blaney will start 12th, followed by Ryan Newman, David Ragan, Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson.
Daniel Hemric will start 22nd in his first Cup start.
Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski both failed to advance out of the first round. Keselowski will start 28th and Busch will start 32nd.
“We didn’t make a mock run in practice and then we thought the spread would be about three tenths (of a second),” Busch told Fox Sports 1. “It wasn’t, it was faster than that. We only ran two laps trying to make sure we preserve out tires for later on deeper into the session. A bunch of those guys ran three laps and obviously we needed that third lap. It would have picked up. For some reason the tire here today, even in race trim, your fastest lap was the seventh lap. So just takes awhile for everything to come in. Just trying to short cut it a little bit and it didn’t work out for us.”
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Cole Custer will start first in tonight’s Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway after earning his second consecutive pole.
Custer won the pole for the ToyotaCare 250 with a lap of 121.332 mph. He earned his first career pole last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The Stewart-Haas Racing driver will be joined on the front row by Christopher Bell (120.881 mph). He has started on the front row in four of the first eight races this season.
The top five is rounded out by Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric and John Hunter Nemechek.
Cindric will start in the top five for the first time this season.
Hemric is the highest qualifying of the four Dash 4 Cash drivers. Justin Allgaier will start seventh and Elliott Sadler will roll off eighth. Spencer Gallagher will start 17th.
Noah Gragson will start 11th in his Xfinity debut.
Tyler Reddick suffered some cosmetic damage when he scrapped the frontstretch wall in Round 2. He will start 10th.
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The Xfinity Series is back on a short track for round two of the Dash 4 Cash series. Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler, Daniel Hemric and Spencer Gallagher will compete for the $100,000 bonus tonight at Richmond Raceway.
Here is all the info for tonight’s race.
(All times are Eastern)
START: Leslie Gravitte, Toyota Camry owner, will give the command to start engines at 7:07 p.m for the ToyotaCare 250. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 7:13 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 250 laps (187.5 miles) around the .75-mile track.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 75. Stage 2 ends on Lap 150.
PRERACE SCHEDULE: Driver/crew chief meeting is at 5:10 p.m. Driver introductions are at 6:35 p.m.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Henrico Fire Choir will perform the anthem at 7:01 p.m.
TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the race beginning at 7 p.m. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. Motor Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 6:30 p.m. and also can be heard at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have MRN’s broadcast.
FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for a high of 59 degrees and a zero percent chance of rain at the start of the race.
LAST TIME: Kyle Larson took the lead with 10 laps to go to win this race last April. He was followed by Justin Allgaier and Daniel Hemric. Brad Keselowski won last September’s race and was followed by Kyle Busch and Ty Dillon.
STARTING LINEUP: Click here for starting lineup.