Tyler Reddick scored his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series win, leading a 1-2 finish for Chip Ganassi Racing on Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway.
Reddick beat teammate Brennan Poole by 14.5 seconds in the playoff opener.
Reddick is the seventh different winner in the last seven series races. He led twice for 66 laps. Reddick had not led any laps until Saturday night.
Playoff contender Justin Allgaier rallied from two laps down after a right front tire went down early in the 200-lap race to finish third. Ryan Preece placed fourth. Rookie Cole Custer, who won both stages, finished fifth.
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Ryan Preece soared to the top of the speed chart in the final Xfinity practice Friday night at Kentucky Speedway.
Preece covered the 1.5-mile oval with a top speed of 181.629 mph. He hit that speed on his first of 38 laps run during the session.
Justin Allgaier was second (180.777 mph), followed by Spencer Gallagher Jr. (180.114), Tyler Reddick (179.832) and Daniel Hemric (179.712).
Sixth through 10th: Matt Tifft (179.665), who was fastest in the first practice session earlier in the afternoon, William Byron (179.605), Brennan Poole (179.581), Sam Hornish Jr. (179.521) and Brandon Jones (179.521).
Five of the 12 Xfinity playoff contenders ended up in the top 10: Allgaier, Hemric, Tifft, Byron and Poole.
Others playoff contenders on the speed chart were Elliott Sadler (12th, 179.194), Ryan Reed (16th, 178.944), Cole Custer (17th, 178.838), Brendan Gaughan (19th, 178.453), Blake Koch (20th, 178.159), Michael Annett (21st, 178.124) and Jeremy Clements (25th, 176. 286).
Qualifying for Saturday night’s VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 takes place at 5:30 p.m. ET, with the race set to take the green flag at 8 p.m. ET.
Click here for the full speed chart from the final Xfinity practice.
Matt Tifft ran 25 laps during Friday afternoon’s first of two NASCAR Xfinity Series practice sessions at Kentucky Speedway.
But it was just one lap that mattered the most, as Tifft (180.427 mph) emerged from the 55-minute practice as the fastest in the 36 cars that took to the track.
Brian Scott was second (179.253 mph), followed by Ryan Preece (178.465), Brandon Jones (178.288), Justin Allgaier (178.271), Ben Kennedy (178.136), Elliott Sadler (177.573), Tyler Reddick (177.544), Spencer Gallagher Jr. (177.503) and Brennan Poole (177.381).
Interestingly enough, only four of the top-10 were playoff contenders. The seven-race Xfinity playoffs begin with Saturday night’s VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300.
There will be one more practice session today from 6:30-7:25 p.m. ET.
Qualifying and the race are Saturday.
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Today’s Zippo 200 Xfinity Series race at Watkins Glen International marks the first of three road course races this month.
Series regulars have performed well lately, winning four of the last six Xfinity races. William Byron won at Iowa in June, Daytona and Indianapolis. Ryan Preece won last weekend at Iowa.
Here’s all the info for today’s race.
(All times are Eastern)
START: Wesley Wong, retired FBI Special Agent, will give the command to start engines at 2:07 p.m. Green flag is set for 2:18 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 82 laps (200.9 miles) around the 2.45-mile road course.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 20. Stage 2 ends on Lap 40.
PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Xfinity garage opens at 7 a.m. The driver/crew chief meeting is at 12:15 p.m. Driver introductions are at 1:30 p.m.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Doug Allen will perform the Anthem at 2:01 p.m.
TV/RADIO: NBCSN will broadcast the race. Coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. with Countdown to Green. The Motor Racing Network radio broadcast begins at 1:30 p.m. and also can be heard at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the MRN broadcast.
FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts a temperature of 69 degrees and a 15 percent chance of rain at race time.
LAST TIME: Joey Logano won last year’s race, leading 67 of 82 laps. Paul Menard placed second. Kyle Larson finished third.
STARTING LINEUP: Qualifying is scheduled for 11:05 a.m.
Ryan Preece only had about two days to celebrate his first Xfinity Series win before he went back to his day job.
Preece was a guest on NASCAR America to discuss what his life has been like since winning last Saturday at Iowa Speedway with Joe Gibbs Racing.
After two days in Charlotte, the 26-year-old driver was back in his home state of Connecticut preparing his modified car for a Friday night race. Preece dedicated his Xfinity win last weekend to his fellow short-track racers.
“This is really one for everybody in the short track racing community, they aspire to be at this level but they might not get a chance,” Preece said. “Guess what? Work hard, keep trying to win races and your dream might come true.”
Preece also shared where the checkered flag from Iowa wound up before hearing what Dale Earnhardt Jr. had to say about his victory.
Preece’s win came in a race where there where no full-time Cup drivers. Below, Preece shares his thoughts on NASCAR’s new limits on Cup drivers competing in the Xfinity and Truck Series.