Xfinity Series race postponement means changes in driver lineup


DOVER, Del. — Rain postponed the Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway to Sunday morning, creating a NASCAR doubleheader fraught with title implications.

The second race of the Chase for the Xfinity Series championship will begin at 10 a.m. on the 1-mile oval. It will be televised on CNBC. Sunday’s Citizen Soldier 400, which will cut the Chase for the Sprint Cup field from 16 drivers to 12, will begin at 2:15 p.m. on NBCSN.

Three Chase for the Sprint Cup contenders — Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon and Joey Logano — were scheduled to compete in the Xfinity race.

NBCSN’s Mike Massaro reported that Greg Erwin, crew chief for Logano, told him that Ryan Blaney would drive the No. 22 Ford in the Xfinity race in place of Logano.

NASCAR confirmed that Regan Smith would drive for Dillon.

Joe Gibbs Racing announced that if the Xfinity race is run before the Sprint Cup race as scheduled, Drew Herring would drive for Busch. If the Xfinity race was again rescheduled and held after the Cup race, Busch would remain in the car.

“You have no idea how bad I want to,” Logano said in an earlier interview. “We just have to think about the big picture, too.  We have a very fast Xfinity car here, and I really want to race it because I think I’ve got a shot to finally beat these guys.  I don’t know.  I’ve got to be smart and think about it.”

Busch said he’d like to run both race but didn’t “want to get 300 laps into the Cup race and feel like your arms are going to fall off.” The defending series champion said he would discuss it with crew chief Adam Stevens and team owner Joe Gibbs.

The last Sprint Cup-Xfinity doubleheader was on April 25, 2010 at Talladega Superspeedway.