Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones ready to Dash 4 Cash


Noah Gragson and Brandon Jones are among Xfinity Series drivers looking forward to tonight’s Dash 4 Cash qualifying race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The top four finishing full-time Xfinity drivers in tonight’s race will qualify for the first of four Dash 4 Cash races, Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The highest finisher of the four Dash 4 Cash competitors at each race will win a $100,000 bonus.

“I really like the Dash 4 Cash program,” Gragson, who starts ninth tonight, said in a NASCAR teleconference. “I think it’s really cool what Xfinity does for the sport.

“In 2018 I ran three races for Joe Gibbs Racing and was part of three of those Dash 4 Cash races at Richmond, Talladega and Dover. It felt like a different energy, different atmosphere. It’s like everybody was racing that much harder. It was a lot of fun.

“I wasn’t racing full-time (that season), I was just racing for owner points so I couldn’t take part in (the Dash). But if it had been based on owner’s points and not driver points, then I would have won two of the Dash 4 Cash races, at Richmond and Talladega.”

Gragson, driver of the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, has one win, three top-five and four top-10 finishes in this season’s first six Xfinity races.

“I think it’ll be cool and hopefully we’ll be in them,” Gragson said of the Dash 4 Cash events. “Our cars have been strong lately at JR Motorsports and I’m excited for it.”

Jones, driver of the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Supra, has one win and three top-10 finishes this season.

“I’m excited to get to Bristol,” said Jones, who will start alongside Harrison Burton on the front row tonight. “We’ve had speed to win these races. Can’t be a better way to go to Bristol.

“The Dash for Cash is always fun. I’ve had limited opportunities to be a part of that, so I feel like my chances this year are super strong to get eligible for that. Bristol has always been one of my favorite race tracks. I’ve almost won there a few times in Xfinity and Trucks, as well. I’m looking forward to try to get that checked off my list.”

The Dash 4 Cash races will be:

June 6 – Atlanta Motor Speedway

June 14 – Homestead-Miami Speedway

June 20 – Talladega Superspeedway

The final Dash 4 Cash race will be the next scheduled Xfinity race after Talladega, to be announced when NASCAR reveals the next portion of the revised 2020 schedule.

The winner and the next three highest finishing full-time Xfinity Series drivers at Atlanta will qualify for the next event at Homestead-Miami.

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COTA Xfinity starting lineup: AJ Allmendinger takes pole


AJ Allmendinger, who won this race a year ago, will start on the pole for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Circuit of the Americas.

Allmendinger earned the pole with a lap of 92.173 mph Friday on the 20-turn, 3.41-mile road course.

MORE: COTA Xfinity starting lineup

He will be joined on the front row Sammy Smith (91.827 mph).
Ty Gibbs (91.665) will start third. Sheldon Creed (91.652) qualified fourth. Parker Kligerman (91.195) will start fifth.

Cup driver William Byron will start ninth. Byron’s time was disallowed for cutting the esses. Cole Custer, who will start 10th, didn’t make a lap in the final round of qualifying.

Cup driver Aric Almirola (91.269) qualified 13th. Truck Series racer Carson Hocevar (90.669) will start 17th. Alex Labbe (90.476) will start 23rd. He’s filling in for Josh Williams, who is serving a one-race suspension for parking his car at the start/finish line of last weekend’s race at Atlanta.

COTA Truck starting lineup: Ross Chastain wins pole


Ross Chastain will start on the pole for Saturday’s Craftsman Truck Series race at Circuit of the Americas.

Chastain earned the top starting spot in Friday’s qualifying with a lap of 91.877 mph. He’ll be joined on the front row by Kyle Busch (91.490 mph).

More: COTA Truck starting lineup

Ty Majeski qualified third with a lap of 91.225 mph. Rookie Nick Sanchez (90.993) will start fourth, and Christian Eckes (90.937) will complete the top five.

Alex Bowman failed to make the race. Bowman had a flat right front on his qualifying lap.

Tyler Reddick leads Cup practice at COTA


Tyler Reddick posted the fastest lap in Friday’s Cup practice at Circuit of the Americas.

Reddick, who won two road course races last season, topped the field in his 23XI Racing Toyota with a lap of 92.989 mph. Kyle Larson was next, posting a lap of 92.618 mph around the 3.41-mile road course.

MORE: COTA Cup practice results

Ross Chastain, who won this race a year ago, was third on the speed chart in practice with a lap of 92.520 mph. He was followed by Kyle Busch (92.498 mph) and Daniel Suarez (92.461 mph).

Jordan Taylor, subbing for the injured Chase Elliott in the No. 9 car for Hendrick Motorsports, was 10th on the speed chart in practice after a lap of 92.404 mph.

Former world champion Jenson Button, driving for Rick Ware Racing, was 28th in practice with a lap of 91.759 mph. Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen, driving the Project 91 car for Trackhouse Racing, was 32nd in practice after a lap of 91.413 mph.

Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, driving in his first race for Legacy Motor Club since the Daytona 500, was 36th in practice after a lap of 91.072 mph. IndyCar driver Conor Daly was last among the 39 cars in practice with a lap of 90.095 mph.

Cup qualifying is Saturday. The series races Sunday.


Saturday COTA Xfinity race: Start time, TV info, weather


Austin Hill, the dominant driver in the NASCAR Xfinity Series through the early weeks of the season, will be looking for his first Xfinity road course win Saturday.

Hill has won three of the season’s first five races, scoring victories at Daytona, Las Vegas and Atlanta.

Hill has been close in previous road course runs. He has a second at COTA, a third at Portland, a fourth at Road America and a ninth at Indianapolis.

MORE: Dr. Diandra takes a look at top Cup road course drivers

Kyle Busch and AJ Allmendinger own wins in the previous Xfinity races at COTA.

Allmendinger and three other Cup Series regulars — Aric Almirola, William Byron and Ty Gibbs — are scheduled to race in the Xfinity event.

Details for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Circuit of the Americas

(All times Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 5:08 p.m. … The green flag is scheduled at 5:19 p.m.

PRERACE: Xfinity garage opens at 2 p.m. … The invocation will be given by Jordan Thiessen of Pit Boss Grills at 5 p.m. … The national anthem will be performed by recording artist Payton Keller at 5:01 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 46 laps (156 miles) on the 3.41-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 14. Stage 2 ends at Lap 30.

TV/RADIO: FS1 will broadcast the race at 5 p.m. … NASCAR RaceDay airs at 4 p.m. on FS1. … Performance Racing Network coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. and can be heard at …SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the PRN broadcast.

FORECAST: Weather Underground — Mainly sunny. Temperature of 82 at race time. No chance of rain.

LAST TIME: AJ Allmendinger won last March’s Xfinity race at COTA. Austin Hill was two seconds behind in second place. Cole Custer finished third.