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Charlotte Motor Speedway is a tough place to win for Xfinity regulars

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If you’re hoping to see a Xfinity Series regular driver win this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway,  you may want to temper your expectations.

In the last 25 Xfinity races at the 1.5-mile track, only one Xfinity regular has visited victory lane.

That honor belongs to Mike Bliss.

Bliss only won twice in 359 Xfinity starts, both coming at Charlotte in 2004 and 2009.

Other than that, NASCAR’s home track has been a haven for Cup drivers in the Xfinity Series in recent memory.

In the last 11 Xfinity races there, Austin Dillon (two), Joey Logano (two), Brad Keselowski (two) and Kyle Busch (two) combined to win eight times. Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson won the other three.

Of those, only Dillon and Blaney are entered in this weekend’s race. They join Cup regulars Ty DillonDaniel Suarez and Erik Jones.

Three times a Cup driver has completed the weekend sweep at the track, but none have done it since Mark Martin in 1995.

One stat going in favor of Xfinity drivers is in the recent past at 1.5-mile tracks. In the last six races at that type of track, there have been six different winners. The last two were won by non-Cup drivers, Justin Allgaier (Chicago) and Tyler Reddick (Kentucky).

Here’s some more interesting stats ahead of the Drive for the Cure 300.

  • Only three of the last 33 races at Charlotte were won from the pole. Two of the three came in 2015 when Austin Dillon won both races from the pole.
  • There were 12 cautions at Charlotte in May, the most in a race this season and the most in the last 17 races at Charlotte.
  • The driver leading the most laps failed to win the last four October races.
  • The final green flag stretch at Kentucky, the last race on a 1.5 mile track, was 104 laps, the longest green flag stretch to end a race on a 1.5 mile track in the last 70 races
  • Justin Allgaier won from 14th at Chicagoland in September, the only race on a 1.5 mile track won from a starting position outside the top 10 in the last 25 races.

William Byron captures Xfinity pole at Dover

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DOVER, Delaware — William Byron scored his second pole of the Xfinity season Saturday at Dover International Speedway.

Byron led the way with a lap of 156.209 mph. He was the fastest in each of the three rounds. His other pole this season came at Phoenix.

“This place is so demanding and you’ve got to drive to the very limit in qualifying, and we did that,” Byron told NBCSN.

Daniel Suarez will start second after a lap of 155.952 mph. The rest of the top five is: Erik Jones (155.434 mph) Justin Allgaier (155.373) and Tyler Reddick (155.233 mph).

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Green flag for today’s Xfinity race is scheduled for 2:50 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Ryan Blaney goes 2-for-2 as fastest in Xfinity practices at Dover

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Just like he was in the morning, Ryan Blaney once again was fastest in the final of two NASCAR Xfinity Series practice sessions Friday at Dover International Speedway.

Blaney covered the one-mile, high-banked all-concrete oval at 152.672 mph, just a tick above William Byron (152.665) and Brandon Jones (162.620).

Erik Jones, who was second in the morning practice, was fourth in the afternoon session (152.523), followed by Brennan Poole (also 152.523), Ty Dillon (152.278), Daniel Suarez (152.233), Justin Allgaier (152.078), Tyler Reddick (152.066) and Ross Chastain (151.912).

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Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones are fastest in first of 2 Xfinity practices at Dover

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NASCAR Cup regulars Ryan Blaney (154.275 mph) and Erik Jones (154.129 mph) were the two fastest drivers in the first of two Xfinity Series practices Friday at Dover International Speedway.

William Byron was third (153.951), followed by Justin Allgaier (153.616), Ty Dillon (153.472), Brennan Poole (153.420), Tyler Reddick (153.387), Daniel Suarez (153.094), Matt Tifft (152.990) and Elliott Sadler (152.918).

There was only one incident in the session, a red flag stoppage for what appeared to be a piece of lead or tungsten weight from the No. 21 car of Daniel Hemric.

The team called Hemric to the garage where it was due to be examined by NASCAR officials.

There will be one other Xfinity practice session this afternoon from 2:30 to 3:25 p.m. ET.

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Tyler Reddick, Brennan Poole going for Dover Xfinity sweep for Ganassi

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For the last 11 years, Dover International Speedway has been really kind to the Xfinity Series team that won the spring race at 1-mile track.

Because in eight of the last 11 seasons, the team that won that race also went on to win the fall event at “The Monster Mile.”

Beginning in 2006, the only years this hasn’t taken place were 2007, ’09 and ’15.

Chip Ganassi Racing is the organization that’s set up to try to extend this trend after Kyle Larson won in June. Of its 13 Xfinity wins, it was Ganassi’s first at the track.

Piloting the No. 42 Chevrolet this weekend is the newest winner among the ranks of Xfinity drivers, Tyler Reddick. Joining him in the effort is playoff driver Brennan Poole in the No. 48. The duo delivered a 1-2 finish for Ganassi last weekend.

Reddick, who won at Dover in the Camping World Truck Series in 2015, is coming off winning last Saturday at Kentucky Speedway.

“We can’t get too caught up in Kentucky,” Reddick said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “Tradin’ Paint” on Wednesday. “Yeah, it’s the first win. Yeah, it’s exciting, but I don’t want to pass up another good opportunity at Dover, a place the 42 won already this year. I need to hunker down and get focused on it.”

When Larson won, he led 137 laps from the pole to beat Ryan Blaney, who will be back in the No. 22 Ford this weekend for Team Penske.

“(The 42) car was so good there,” Reddick said. “Kyle and the 22 of Ryan Blaney had the field covered by 15 seconds at the end of that race. So I know our car is fast. … We know what we need to do. My first time there in a Xfinity car, it will be a little tough at first. … I will just have to adjust what I do as I’ve done in the past. (Crew chief) Mike (Shiplett) has tried to make the car as close to what Kyle has. … I’m sure I’ll be fine. Dover is a track I love a lot. It’ll be an exciting challenge.”

Poole, in his second full-time season with Ganassi, will be making his fifth start at the high-banked oval. In his first four, he did not finish better than 10th (May 2016).

“Dover is a really tough race track, it’s definitely one of the most demanding tracks that we go to,” Poole told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “The Morning Drive” on Wednesday. “We’ll have to make sure our car gets through the bumps really well and make sure we don’t get tied to the 2/3-mark in the corners. That sounds strange, but the corners are so long at Dover you get where you’re carrying some maintenance throttle. So you’re half-throttle in the middle of the corner and the car will get tight on you as you’re trying to make the final turn up out of the corner.”

Unlike last weekend at Kentucky, a standalone race for the Xfinity Series, there will be six Cup regulars in the race.

Poole said that will have some impact on the potential pit strategy calls his team makes over the course of the 200-lap race.

“There’s some pit strategy and stuff like that that could put you behind on having an opportunity to get up there and win the race,” Poole said. “You just have to be smart on the pit strategy and decisions you make on keeping some of your track position and still making sure you’re going to get those stage points.”

Poole cited that although he came in second at Kentucky to Reddick, he lost a spot in the points after placing 12th in Stage 2.

“I’m sixth in points where I started fifth,” Poole said. “So I think you’ll see a lot of guys going after stage points.”

If either Ganassi driver is able to complete the Dover sweep, it would join Joe Gibbs Racing (five times), Team Penske, Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Childress Racing (once each) in completing it since 2006.

The Use Your Melon, Drive Sober 200 airs at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday on NBCSN.