Erik Jones earns pole for today’s Xfinity Series race at Fontana


Erik Jones roared to the top of the speed charts, qualifying No. 1 for Saturday afternoon’s 300 Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway.

Jones took the top spot at 178.288 mph, followed by Brian Scott (177.686), Denny Hamlin (177.480), Brad Keselowski (177.205) and Regan Smith (177.130).

Today’s race is slated to begin shortly after 4 pm ET/1 pm ET:

1 Erik Jones … 178.288 mph
2 Brian Scott … 177.686
3 Denny Hamlin … 177.480
4 Brad Keselowski … 177.205
5 Regan Smith … 177.130
6 Kevin Harvick … 176.717
7 Austin Dillon … 176.535
8 Brendan Gaughan … 176.354
9 Daniel Suarez … 176.332
10 Elliott Sadler … 175.593
11 Kyle Larson … 175.050
12 Ryan Reed … 175.016
13 Chase Elliott … 176.069
14 Chris Buescher … 176.052
15 Sam Hornish Jr. … 175.850
16 Ty Dillon … 175.520
17 Darrell Wallace Jr. … 175.421
18 Ryan Sieg … 174.923
19 Dakoda Armstrong … 174.014
20 John Wes Townley … 173.963
21 Blake Koch … 172.969
22 Cale Conley … 172.948
23 JJ Yeley … 172.476
24 Landon Cassill … 173.766
25 David Starr … 173.098
26 Eric McClure … 172.674
27 Jeffrey Earnhardt … 172.666
28 Ross Chastain … 172.654
29 Jeremy Clements … 172.406
30 Mike Bliss … 171.985
31 Mario Gosselin … 171.674
32 Harrison Rhodes … 171.629
33 Jeff Green … 171.127
34 Stanton Barrett … Owner Points
35 Joey Gase … Owner Points
36 Peyton Sellers … Owner Points
37 Mike Harmon … Owner Points
38 Carl Long … Owner Points
39 Derek White … Owner Points
40 Derrike Cope … Owner Points

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Sioux Chief to sponsor ARCA Showdown, East Series to race at Nashville Fairgrounds

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ARCA announced Saturday that Sioux Chief Manufacturing will be the entitlement sponsor of its 10-race ARCA Menards Series Showdown in 2020.

Sioux Chief Manufacturing is a Missouri company that designs and manufactures rough plumbing products, parts, and accessories for residential, commercial, industrial and government applications

Sioux Chief has been involved in ARCA since 2015 as a race event sponsor and special awards program sponsor and sponsored ARCA’s former Short Track Challenge.

As part of the deal, a newly increased point fund, combined with race purses, owner plan, and contingency awards, will offer teams a chance to compete for a share of over $920,000 in posted awards throughout the series.

The Sioux Chief Showdown will bring together the best drivers from the ARCA Menards Series, the ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West, formerly known as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Those events, held on oval tracks 1.25-miles in length and under and road courses, offer drivers who may not be able or eligible to run the full 20-race ARCA Menards Series schedule the opportunity to run for a championship. Combined with the overall ARCA Menards Series championship, and the East and West championships, drivers will have four separate championships to compete for in 2020.

The announcement was made at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis. Also present was promoter Bob Sargent of Track Enterprises, who announced that the ARCA Menards Series East would compete at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on May 2.

The Tennessean reported this week that the Nashville Fairgrounds was negotiating with Sargent to promote at least three races at the short track in 2020. Sargent’s involvement in the track comes after Nashville’s Fair Board voted to terminate its agreement with Formosa Productions to run the track over outstanding debt.

The ARCA Menards Series has competed at the Fairgrounds the last five seasons. The ARCA Menards Series East, formerly known as the K&N Pro Series East, competed there from 2007-08.

GMS Racing reveals full-time driver-crew chief lineup, number assignments

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GMS Racing has announced its full-time driver-crew chief lineup for the 2020 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series season and number assignments for its trucks:

– Chad Norris has been named crew chief for Brett Moffitt and the No. 23 Chevrolet team. Moffitt drove the No. 24 in his first season with the team. Norris has been with GMS Racing for two years and directed the effort that delivered the team its 2018 Xfinity Series win at Talladega.

– Chad Walter will lead Tyler Ankrum and the No. 26 team. 2020 will be Ankrum’s first season with GMS Racing. Walter served as an engineer for Ankrum this season at DGR-Crosley. Walter has five wins and 42 top fives in 208 Xfinity Series starts as crew chief.

– Kevin “Bono” Manion is paired with Zane Smith on the No. 21 Chevrolet. 2020 will be Smith’s first full-time Trucks season after competing part-time for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series. Manion has 24 wins as crew chief across all three national series since 2003. He led Martin Truex Jr. to his two Xfinity Series titles.

– Jeff Stankiewicz will remain as the crew chief for the No. 2 team piloted by Sheldon Creed.

Social Roundup: How NASCAR drivers are spending their offseason

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NASCAR’s Champion’s week is now behind us and we are firmly in the offseason.

Well, sort of.

The NASCAR world never really stops, which is evident simply due to the continued announcements for the 2020 season.

But with Joey Logano testing the Next Gen car at Phoenix earlier this week and Dale Earnhardt Jr. helping clean up North Wilkesboro Speedway for iRacing, it’s been anything but quiet.

Here’s a look at what else happened in the NASCAR community this week.

Someone needs to check in on Jimmie Johnson, he could be in his own version of Mr. Mom.

Chris Buescher is home again.

The 2015 Xfinity Series champion is back at Roush Fenway Racing for the 2020 Cup season and he’s got the firesuits and cars to prove it.

Brad Keselowski recently became father to a second daughter.

He’s now learning some important life lessons.

Former Front Row Motorsports driver Matt Tifft is now off the market after getting married to his fiance, Jordan. Now they’re on their honeymoon.


Matt DiBenedetto showed off one of the perks of being a Wood Brothers Racing employee.

Ryan Blaney and Bubba Wallace went somewhere warm to start their holiday.

Joey and Caitlin Gase welcome twin sons

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Xfinity Series driver Joey Gase and his wife Caitlin are now parents to twin boys

The babies were born on Wednesday. Their names are Jace and Carson.

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