Erik Jones completes weekend sweep, wins Owens Corning AttiCat 300 Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland

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JOLIET, Ill. – Erik Jones passed Ryan Blaney with 10 laps to go and held on to complete a weekend sweep, winning Sunday’s Owens Corning AttiCat 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Jones won from the pole in Friday’s Camping World Truck Series at Iowa Speedway, and then doubled up in Sunday’s race, which had been postponed by rain from its originally scheduled time on Saturday night.

Just like he did at Iowa, Jones dominated once again, leading a race-high 94 laps of the 200-lap event, earning his second Xfinity win of the season.

It was a year ago at Chicagoland that Jones made his Xfinity Series debut, finishing seventh.

Blaney finished second, followed by pole-sitter Austin Dillon, Brendan Gaughan and Chris Buescher.

Ross Kenseth, son of NASCAR veteran Matt Kenseth, started on the outside pole and finished a very strong sixth, followed by Daniel Suarez, Brian Scott, Ty Dillon and Darrell Wallace Jr.

MORE: Owens Corning AttiCat 300 race results at Chicagoland

MORE: Chris Buescher remains atop Xfinity standings after Chicagoland

How Erik Jones won: It wasn’t like Jones stole the win away from Ryan Blaney. Jones led nearly half the race, a total of 94 of 200 laps. But it was with 10 laps to go that he made his winning move, getting past Blaney and sailing away to victory. In a sense, Jones completed what he started in last year’s race at Chicagoland, finishing seventh in his Xfinity Series debut.

Others who had a good day: Even though he lost the lead with 10 laps to go, Ryan Blaney still had an outstanding run, finishing second. “We were just too tight to run with the 54 (Erik Jones),” Blaney said. “I hurt us real bad by wrecking my primary yesterday.” Still, Blaney was able to mount a strong run with his back-up car, leading 43 laps. … Ross Kenseth had a very successful Xfinity Series debut, starting on the outside pole and finished sixth. “For a one-off deal like this, I was happy,” Kenseth said. “Hopefully, we can do it again.”

Who had a bad day: Having won at Chicagoland last season, Chase Elliott was hoping for a repeat Sunday. As it turned out, he finished 14th, leaving him winless through the first 14 races this season. It was Elliott’s third-worst finish of the season (worst was 37th at Talladega), but he remains third in the Xfinity Series points standings. … Even though NASCAR officials radioed that pit road was open on Lap 152, the indicator light at the entrance to pit road was still red. A total of 22 cars came onto pit road nevertheless and all were penalized for pitting when pit road was closed by being sent to the rear of the lead lap.

Notable: Richard Childress Racing put all four of its drivers in the top 10: Austin Dillon (third), Brendan Gaughan (fourth), Brian Scott (eighth) and Ty Dillon (ninth). … This was the 14th race of the Xfinity Series season. With next weekend off, the series will then begin a stretch of 16 straight weeks of racing at Daytona on July 4. The series has two consecutive weekends off (Oct. 24 and 31) late in the season before finishing with the final three races of 2015. … Daniel Suarez recovered from the car fire he experienced in Saturday’s ARCA race at Chicagoland to finish seventh. It was a big bounce back after finishing 31st, 18th, 6th, 19th and 20th in the previous five races. … 2014 K&N Pro Series East champ Ben Rhodes made his second career Xfinity Series Sunday, finishing 21st.

Quote of the day: “That’s three wins for me this week. That’s pretty awesome.” – Race winner Erik Jones, who won a Late Model race this past Tuesday at Berlin Raceway in his native Michigan, followed by Friday’s Truck Series win at Iowa and Sunday’s win at Chicagoland.

What’s next: The Xfinity Series is off next weekend before starting a string of 16 consecutive races. The next race on the schedule is the Subway Firecracker 250 on July 4 at Daytona International Speedway.

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Glow in the dark: Cup cars get new look for All-Star Race

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Wednesday’s NASCAR All-Star Race will be a little brighter than expected.

NASCAR announced Thursday that the exhibition night race at Bristol Motor Speedway will see certain competitors racing with underglow lights on their cars.

Cars that have automatically qualified for the event will have the lights.

Drivers who have already clinched an All-Star Race spot: Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Justin Haley, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman and Martin Truex Jr.

The light placement was first seen on Chip Ganassi Racing cars at Champion’s Week 2019 in Nashville during a burnout competition.

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The lights are the latest change NASCAR has made for the event, which will be held at Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time.

The race will feature the introduction of the choose rule. The rule designates a spot on the track where a driver must select if they wish to restart on the inside lane or outside lane.

Cars will also have special paint schemes that shift the numbers on the side of the cars over for sponsor placement.

Here is what upcoming NASCAR Cup races fans can attend

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Wednesday saw NASCAR announce the remaining regular season schedule for all three national series, including six Cup Series races.

In total, 10 Cup points races and the All-Star Race remain in the regular season, beginning with Sunday’s race at Kentucky Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET on FS1).

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, not all tracks are allowing fans to attend.

Here are the fan policies for the remainder of the Cup Series regular season.

Kentucky Speedway (Sunday)

Fans will not be allowed to attend.

 

All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway (July 15)

Up to 30,000 fans will be allowed to attend the race.

 

Texas Motor Speedway (July 19)

Fans making up to 50% of the track’s capacity will be allowed to attend.

 

Kansas Speedway (July 23)

Fans will not be able to attend.

 

New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Aug. 2)

Roughly 19,000 fans will be able to attend.

 

Michigan International Speedway (Aug. 8-9)

Fans will not be able to attend.

 

Daytona International Speedway (Aug. 16 and Aug. 29)

“We’re working towards having fans and hopefully we’ll have some news on when we’re going to go on sale in the next couple of days,” said track president Chip Wile Thursday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “The Morning Drive.”

 

Dover International Speedway (Aug. 22 – 23)

Speedway officials remain in consultation with local, state and federal health officials, as well as Delaware Gov. John Carney, on whether fans will be allowed in the stands with appropriate social distancing for the August events.

Weekend schedule for Kentucky Speedway

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NASCAR heads to the Bluegrass State this week for four days of racing at Kentucky Speedway.

All three national series will be in action, plus the ARCA Menards Series, for five races. The Xfinity Series will hold two races for its second doubleheader of the season.

According to wunderground.com, the forecast for the start of each race is:

Thursday Xfinity race: Partly cloudy, 86 degrees and a 20% chance of rain.

Friday Xfinity race: Scattered thunderstorms, 80 degrees and 37% chance of rain.

Saturday Truck Series race: Partly cloudy, 86 degrees and 0% chance of rain.

Sunday Cup race: Scattered thunderstorms, 84 degrees, 40% chance of rain.

Here is the full weekend schedule for Kentucky Speedway.

(All times are Eastern)

Wednesday, July 8

3:30 p.m. – Xfinity rookie meeting (electronic communication)

5 p.m. – Xfinity driver-crew chief meeting (electronic communication)

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Driver motorhome parking (screening in progress)

Thursday, July 9

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Xfinity haulers enter (screening in progress)

1 – 10:30 p.m. – Xfinity garage access (screening in progress)

6 – 7:30 p.m. – Xfinity engine prime and final adjustments (pit road)

7:50 p.m. – Xfinity drivers report to cars

8 p.m. – Xfinity race No. 1; 134 laps/201 miles (FS1, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Friday, July 10

10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Xfinity garage access (screening in progress)

Noon – ARCA driver/crew chief/spotter meeting (electronic communication)

12:30 p.m. – ARCA rookie meeting (teleconference)

1 p.m. – ARCA crew chief meeting (teleconference)

4 – 5 p.m. – ARCA haulers enter (screening in progress)

5 – 5:30 p.m. – Truck Series rookie meeting (teleconference)

5:30 p.m. – Trucks driver/crew chief meeting (electronic communication)

6 – 7:30 p.m. – Xfinity engine prime and final adjustments (pit road)

7:50 – Xfinity drivers report to cars

8 p.m. – Xfinity race No. 2; 200 laps/300 miles (FS1, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Saturday, July 11

7 a.m. – 2 p.m. – ARCA garage access (screening in progress)

8 – 10 a.m. – Truck series haulers enter (screening and equipment unload)

10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Truck garage access (screening in progress)

Noon – 1 p.m. – ARCA practice

2:20 p.m. – ARCA drivers report to cars

2:30 p.m. – ARCA race; 100 laps/150 miles (FS1)

4 – 5:30 p.m. – Trucks engine prime and final adjustments (garage area)

4:40 – 5:30 p.m. – ARCA haulers exit

5 p.m. – Cup driver/crew chief meeting (electronic communication)

5:30 p.m. – Cup rookie meeting (electronic communication)

5:50 p.m. – Truck drivers report to vehicles

6 p.m. – Truck race; 150 laps/225 miles (FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Cup haulers enter (screening and equipment unload)

8:30 p.m. – Truck haulers exit

Sunday, July 12

7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Cup garage access (screening in progress)

12:30 – 2 p.m. – Engine prime and final adjustments on pit road

2:20 p.m. – Cup drivers report to cars

2:30 p.m. – Quaker State 400; 267 laps/400.5 miles (FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

6:30 p.m. – Cup haulers exit

Thursday night’s Xfinity race at Kentucky: Start time, forecast and more

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A stretch of five races in four days at Kentucky Speedway begins Thursday night with the first of two Xfinity Series races.

It will mark the second doubleheader of the year for the Xfinity Series.

Can Chase Briscoe keep up a winning pace that’s seen him win three times in the last four races (and five overall thus far in the season’s first 13 races)?

Here’s all the info you need for Thursday night’s race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be at 8:13 p.m by Shady Rays CEO Chris Ratterman. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 8:24 p.m.

PRERACE: Garage access health screening begins at 1 p.m. (teams are assigned specific times). Engine prime and final adjustments are at 6 p.m. Drivers report to their cars at 7:50 p.m. The invocation will be given at 8:05 p.m by Jason Romano. The national anthem will be performed at 8:06 p.m. by Matthew Grant.

DISTANCE: The race is 134 laps (201 miles) around the 1.5-mile speedway.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 30. Stage 2 ends on Lap 60.

INSPECTION: Ronnie Bassett Jr.‘s car failed inspection twice. He loses pit selection for Friday’s race.

TO THE REAR: Mason Massey and Bayley Currey (unapproved adjustments)

PACE LAPS: At the direction of race control, the entire field will go down pit road during a pace lap for pit road speed verification. If a driver stops in the pit box for any reason, pull over or slow down, they will start at the rear of the field.

TV/RADIO: FS1 will televise the race. Its coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. Performance Racing Network’s coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. and also can be heard at goprn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com forecast calls for partly cloudy skies, a high of 86 degrees and a 24% chance of rain predicted at the start of the race.

LAST RACE: Chase Briscoe defeated Justin Haley and Noah Gragson to win on the Indianapolis road course.

LAST RACE AT KENTUCKY: Cole Custer beat Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for lineup