Erik Jones dominates final stretch to win Xfinity race at Dover

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Erik Jones didn’t win a Heat race, but he led a race high 76 laps in the main event of the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 200 to win his second Xfinity Series race of 2016 and the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus.

Jones ran away from the field during a five-lap shootout at Dover International Speedway, claiming his fourth-career win in the Xfinity Series.

The Joe Gibb Racing driver stayed out front despite him and three other drivers having older tires. Most of the field pitted during a caution period that started with 11 laps to go. Jones, Darrell Wallace Jr., Joey Logano and Justin Allgaier stayed on the track.

“At first I couldn’t see how many came to pit road,” Jones told Fox Sports. “I was anxious to see how man came and how many stayed out. Fortunately, enough stayed out to make it viable for us to still get the win here.”

Jones’ win comes after he failed to win a heat race for the first time in three tries this year.

“We were pretty good there on the short run, but not on the long run,” Jones said. “It ended up coming down to a short run and we were able to hold them off.”

Jones was followed by Darrell Wallace Jr. and Alex Bowman, who both earned career-best results in the Xfinity Series. Wallace’s performance came in a backup car after wrecking in practice. Bowman, driving the No. 88 for JR Motorsports was competing in his first race of 2016.

“We were kind of in the Catbird seat, I was hoping Erik would have messed up but it’s really hard to mess up in those cars,” Wallace told Fox Sports.

HOW ERIK JONES WON: Jones led the final 43 laps and survived a restart with five laps to go to capture the win.

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Elliott Sadler, after getting penalized on a restart and speeding on pit road in his Heat race, climbed from 32nd to fourth in the main event, before finishing sixth … Darrell Wallace Jr. finish second in a backup car thanks to pit strategy. His previous best finish was third at Fontana … Alex Bowman finish third in his first NASCAR action since last season. His previous best Xfinity finish was fifth at Kentucky Speedway in 2013. ”

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Paul Menard fell off the pace and began smoking on Lap 82 due to a broken shock. Menard finished 29th, eight laps down … Justin Marks crashed on Lap 27 of his Heat race and wasn’t able to continue in the main, finishing 40th … Brendan Gaughan was running in 11th when he spun in Turn 2 with 11 laps left in the main. Gaughan finished 15th, a lap down … Daniel Suarez started fourth, but was caught speeding on pit road, leading to a ninth-place finish.

NOTABLE: Erik Jones’ win is the 10th for Joe Gibbs Racing at Dover International Speedway in the Xfinity Series …

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s not the first time it’s happened to me, unfortunately. If I remember the first time, I was pretty upset and this time I was pretty calm and collected and wasn’t too worried about it.” Erik Jones on what he thought when the final caution came out.

NEXT: Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28 at 1:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

Xfinity starting lineup at Portland: Sheldon Creed wins pole


Sheldon Creed scored his first career Xfinity Series pole by taking the top spot for Saturday’s race at Portland International Raceway.

Creed, making his 50th career series start, earned the pole with a lap of 95.694 mph on the 1.97-mile road course.

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Cole Custer will start second with a lap of 95.398 mph. He is followed by Josh Berry (94.242 mph), John Hunter Nemechek (95.127) and Charlotte winner Justin Allgaier (94.897). Road racing specialist Jordan Taylor, driving for Kaulig Racing, qualified sixth at 94.772 mph.

The green flag is scheduled to wave 4:46 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1.

Sunday Cup race at WWT Raceway: Start time, TV info, weather


Twelve races remain until the playoffs begin in early September. Ten drivers have won races. The pressure to secure a playoff spot builds as the Cup Series heads into the summer months.

Details for Sunday’s Cup race at WWT Raceway

(All times Eastern)

START: Six-time Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee will give the command to start engines at 3:32 p.m. … The green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:42 p.m.

PRERACE: Cup garage opens at 12:30 p.m. … Drivers meeting is at 2:40 p.m. … Driver intros are at 2:55 p.m. … Tim Bounds, pastor at The Crossing Church St. Louis, will give the invocation at 3:24 p.m. … The national anthem will be performed by Bebe Winans and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra at 3:25 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 240 laps (300 miles) on the 1.25-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 45. Stage 2 ends at Lap 140.

STARTING LINEUP: Cup starting lineup

TV/RADIO: FS1 will broadcast the race at 3:30 p.m. … Coverage begins at 2 p.m. … Motor Racing Network coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. and also will stream at SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the MRN broadcast.


FORECAST: Weather Underground — Partly cloudy with a high of 90 degrees and a 15% chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST YEAR: Joey Logano won the inaugural Cup race at this track. Kyle Busch was second. Kurt Busch placed third.


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Cup starting lineup at World Wide Technology Raceway


Kyle Busch will lead the Cup starting lineup to the green flag in Sunday’s Cup race at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois.

Busch will be joined on the front row by Coca-Cola 600 winner Ryan Blaney.

MORE: Cup starting lineup

The second row will have Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick. The third row has Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano.

Corey LaJoie, driving the No. 9 car in place of the suspended Chase Elliott, qualified 30th after hitting the wall on his lap.

The green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:42 p.m. ET Sunday on FS1.

Kyle Busch wins Cup pole at WWT Raceway


Kyle Busch collected his first Cup pole of the season and will lead the field to the green flag in Sunday’s race at World Wide Technology Raceway.

Busch last won a Cup pole at Phoenix in November 2019. He earned his 33rd career Cup pole Saturday with a lap of 137.187 mph on the 1.25-mile speedway.

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“Being able to get a pole here with Richard Childress Racing, Team Chevy and everybody on this No. 8 team is good for us and just try to get some momentum rolling,” Busch said. “Our short track stuff hasn’t been the greatest this year so far, but this isn’t the short track aero package here this weekend, so that might pay dividends hopefully for us to just have a better day than what we anticipated. Just excited to have the guys pumped up and raring to go, and knowing that their hard work is paying off.”

Busch will be joined on the front row by Coca-Cola 600 winner Ryan Blaney, who qualified at 137.153 mph. Blaney’s car failed inspection twice before qualifying. He will lose his pit selection for Sunday’s race. His car chief also was ejected. Brad Keselowski‘s car also failed inspection twice before qualifying. He loses pit selection and had the team’s car chief ejected. Keselowski qualified 19th with a lap of 135.743 mph.

Denny Hamlin (136.903 mph) starts third and is followed by Kevin Harvick (136.766) and Martin Truex Jr. (136.360). Harvick has two top-five starts this season and both have come in the last two events.

“I think we have a little bit of work to do on our car in race trim, but a lot of it is just getting into a rhythm I think – more than anything,” Harvick said. “Qualifying, we were just a little bit tight through Turns 1 and 2, and the car was good in 3 and 4. So, we have to have a better balance, and that’s what probably cost us a little bit of speed to get the pole. But, still a good day and a good starting spot.”

Corey LaJoie, subbing for the suspended Chase Elliott, will start 30th after hitting the wall on his qualifying lap. He qualified at 134.561 mph. Carson Hocevar, making in his Cup debut in LaJoie’s car, qualified 26th with a lap of 135.220 mph.

Green flag for Sunday’s race is scheduled to wave at 3:42 p.m. ET on FS1.