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

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The Xfinity Series hold its regular-season finale today at Chicagoland Speedway with TheHouse.com 300.

There are only three spots left to be filled before the postseason begins next weekend at Kentucky Speedway. Blake Koch, Michael Annett and Brendan Gaughan are the drivers currently in those spots based on points.

Below is all the important info you need ahead of the race.

(All times are Eastern)

START: Jon Magnusson, CEO of TheHouse.com, will give the command to start engines at 3:37 p.m.

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

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

PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 9 a.m. The driver/crew chief meeting is at 1:45 p.m. Qualifying is scheduled for 12:35 p.m. Driver introductions are at 3:05 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Nashville recording artist Kelsey Hickman will perform the Anthem at 3:31 p.m.

TV/RADIO: NBCSN’s race broadcast begins at 3:30 p.m. NBCSN’s coverage begins at 3 p.m. with Countdown to Green. Motor Racing Network’s broadcast begins at 3 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the MRN broadcast.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts a temperature of 85 degrees and a 0 percent chance of rain at race time.

LAST TIME: Erik Jones led 10 laps, including the final nine after taking the lead from Elliott Sadler. Jones beat Kyle Larson and Sadler to earn his fourth Xfinity win of the season

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for today’s starting lineup.

Erik Jones tops final Xfinity practice in Chicago

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Erik Jones was fastest in the final practice session for the Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Jones and his No. 20 Toyota posted a top speed of 173.310 mph during his 28 laps around the 1.5-mile track.

Jones was followed by Spencer Gallagher (172.381), Daniel Suarez (172.320), Cole Custer (172.276) and Ryan Blaney (172.249).

Brennan Poole, ninth fastest, recorded the most laps in the session with 41.

Darrell Wallace Jr. was 20th fastest, just as he was in the first session.

The session was stopped once for Matt Mills getting into the wall in Turn 1.

Click here for the full practice report.

Brandon Jones fastest in first Xfinity practice in Chicago

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Richard Childress Racing’s Brandon Jones was fastest in the first Xfinity Series practice session at Chicagoland Speedway.

Jones and his No. 33 Chevrolet posted a top speed of 174.413 mph around the 1.5-mile track.

Following him in the top five were Erik Jones (173.639), Matt Tifft (173.477), Ryan Blaney (173.383) and Brendan Gaughan (172.734).

Darrell Wallace Jr., making his first Xfinity start since June, was 20th in the No. 98 Ford at 169.609 mph.

Tifft recorded the most laps in the session with 30.

Five drivers made runs 10 laps or longer. Jones had the best 10-lap average at 169.276 mph. Gaughan followed him at 168.564 mph.

Click here for the practice report.

Six Xfinity teams will lose practice time Friday at Chicagoland Speedway

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JOLIET, Illinois – Seven Xfinity teams will be docked 15 minutes of practice Friday at Chicagoland Speedway for inspection issues last weekend at Richmond Raceway.

The teams of Ross Chastain, JJ Yeley, Spencer Gallagher and Josh Bilicki will miss 15 minutes because they were late for inspection at Richmond.

The teams of Erik Jones and Mike Harmon will miss 15 minutes because they failed template inspection twice before qualifying at Richmond.

Xfinity teams practice Friday from 2-2:55 p.m. ET on NBCSN and 4 – 4:50 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports app and online.

 

Tyler Reddick joins JR Motorsports in Xfinity Series for 2018 season

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Tyler Reddick will drive full-time for JR Motorsports next season in the Xfinity Series, replacing William Byron with a multi-year agreement the team announced Thursday.

The announcement means the team owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. will remain a four-car operation. The team will also field a fifth part-time car.

Details on Reddick’s sponsorship, crew chief and car number will be announced later.

Reddick, 21, will join Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier and Michael Annett at JRM.

This year has seen him drive part-time in the Xfinity Series in Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 Chevrolet, splitting time with Kyle Larson.

MORE: Xfinity Series Spotlight: Tyler Reddick

A three-time winner in the Camping World Truck Series, Reddick’s part-time Xfinity effort has seen him earn one top five (Iowa I) and three tops 10s in 14 starts.

“This is an amazing opportunity for me,” Reddick said in a press release. “Having the chance to race full-time with an organization like JR Motorsports is something I’ve worked toward my entire life. It’s a thrill to be joining such an accomplished group of teammates in going after a championship next year.”

Before joining Ganassi this season, Reddick competed for Brad Keselowski Racing in the Truck Series for three years in 63 starts. His three wins came at Daytona, Dover and Las Vegas.

“Tyler is a very talented racecar driver and someone we’ve enjoyed watching over the years,” said Kelley Earnhardt Miller, general manager of JR Motorsports in a press release. “We’ve seen him make a lot of strides in the short time he’s been in the Xfinity Series. He’s a strong complement to our driver lineup next season, and we’re confident that with consistent seat time he’ll find additional success at this level.”

Reddick follows Byron, who has three wins through 25 races this season.

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