Erik Jones earns pole for TheHouse.com 300 Xfinity race at Chicagoland

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JOLIET, Illinois – Erik Jones earned the pole for this afternoon’s TheHouse.com 300 Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Jones was fastest with a speed of 177.229 mph. Jones comes into today’s race as defending winner of the Xfinity race at Chicagoland.

Daniel Suarez was second (176.980 mph), followed by Kyle Larson (176.800), Ryan Blaney (176.725) and Cole Custer (176.499).

Sixth through 12th were points leader Elliott Sadler ((175.564), Matt Tifft (175.160), William Byron (175.126), Daniel Hemric (175.006), Ryan Reed (174.424), Blake Koch (173.980) and Brennan Poole (173.712).

The race will take the green flag this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on NBCSN. The outcome of the race will determine which drivers make the seven-race Xfinity playoffs that start next Saturday, Sept. 23, in the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway (to be televised on NBCSN).

Click here for the full Xfinity qualifying grid.

Jones is expecting a hot, slick track for this afternoon’s race.

NASCAR docks 15 Cup teams practice time for inspection issues

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JOLIET, Illinois — Fifteen Cup cars will be penalized time in today’s final Cup practice session at Chicagoland Speedway.

Final practice is from 2 – 2:50 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Eight teams will be docked time for inspection issues Friday. Seven will be docked time for issues last weekend at Richmond Raceway.

Five drivers will miss 30 minutes of practice. They are Erik Jones, Matt Kenseth, Daniel Suarez, Jimmie Johnson and Aric Almirola.

Jones was docked because his car failed qualifying inspection three times Friday.

Johnson and Almirola each were docked 15 minutes for failing qualifying inspection twice Friday. They each previously were to serve 15 minutes for failing qualifying inspection twice at Richmond.

Kenseth will lose 30 minutes because his car failed inspection before last weekend’s race three times. Suarez will miss 30 minutes because his car failed qualifying inspection twice and failed inspection before the race twice last weekend.

Serving 15-minute penalties will be Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ty Dillon, Kasey Kahne, Michael McDowell, Kevin Harvick, AJ Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr. and Matt DiBenedetto.

McDowell, Harvick, Allmendinger, Busch, Logano, Truex and DiBenedetto were docked time for failing qualifying inspection twice Friday.

Earnhardt and Dillon will lose practice time because their cars failed qualifying inspection twice at Richmond.

Kahne will lose 15 minutes because his car failed inspection before last weekend’s race twice.

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Seven Cup teams to miss practice time Saturday at Chicagoland

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JOLIET, Illinois – Playoff contender Matt Kenseth will miss 30 minutes of Saturday’s final practice session for an inspection issue last weekend at Richmond Raceway.

Kenseth’s team is one of seven Cup teams that will be docked practice time Saturday.

Kenseth and his team are being penalized for failing race inspection three times at Richmond.

Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez also will miss 30 minutes of the final practice session for failing inspection before qualifying twice and failing inspection before the race twice.

Five teams will be penalized 15 minutes of time in Saturday’s final practice session.

The teams of Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Aric Almirola and Ty Dillon are being penalized because their cars failed qualifying inspection twice at Richmond.

Kasey Kahne is being penalized because his car failed inspection before the race twice at Richmond.

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Toyotas dominate opening Cup practice at Chicagoland Speedway

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JOLIET, Illinois – Toyotas took the top four spots in Friday’s Cup practice at Chicagoland Speedway, led by Kyle Busch‘s lap of 184.143 mph.

Busch was followed by Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Daniel Suarez (183.418 mph) and Denny Hamlin (182.921). Points leader Martin Truex Jr. was next 182.859 mph.

Kevin Harvick was next, guiding his Ford to a lap of 182.642 mph to complete the top five.

He was followed by Kyle Larson (182.556 mph), Chase Elliott (181.892), Danica Patrick (181.849), Ryan Blaney (181.598) and Brad Keselowski (181.574).

There were no incidents in the 85-minute session.

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Roush Fenway Racing swaps pit crews

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JOLIET, Illinois  Roush Fenway Racing will swap pit crews this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, giving playoff contender Ricky Stenhouse Jr. a new pit crew.

Stenhouse will get teammate Trevor Bayne‘s pit crew and Bayne will get Stenhouse’s pit crew.

Stenhouse’s pit crew this weekend will be: Front tire changer Ryan Jacobson, front tire carrier Allen Troutman, rear tire changer Chris Shuman, rear tire carrier Justin Edgell, jackman Mike Brown and gas man Josh Pech. Stenhouse is making his first playoff appearance.

Bayne’s pit crew will be: Front tire changer Mike Lingerfelt, front tire carrier Kevin Richardson, rear tire changer Justin Fielder, rear tire carrier Brad Sutton, jackman Shawn Mickelson and gas man Kevin Wing.

Roush Fenway Racing is the second Cup organization to exchange pit crews to help a playoff contender. Joe Gibbs Racing made a similar move earlier this week. Title contender Kyle Busch is swapping pit crews with Daniel Suarez, who is not in the playoffs.