The race for first in the points heats up with six races left in the Xfinity regular season. The top three in the standings are separated by 30 points entering Saturday’s race at Michigan International Speedway.
AJ Allmendinger, who won this race last year in triple overtime, leads the standings. He has a 17-point advantage on Justin Allgaier. Allmendinger leaders Ty Gibbs by 30 points. Allmendinger is coming off his win last weekend on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Austin Hill could be one to watch. He’s finished in the top 10 in each of the past seven races, the longest active streak in the series.
The last 11 races at Michigan have been won by 11 different drivers.
Details for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Michigan International Speedway
(All times Eastern)
START: The command to start engines will be given at 3:39 p.m. … Green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:48 p.m.
PRERACE: Xfinity garage opens at 7:30 a.m. … Xfinity practice begins at 9:05 a.m. … Xfinity qualifying begins at 9:35 a.m. … Driver introductions are at 3 p.m. … The invocation will be given at 3:30 p.m. by Father Geoff Rose of St. Francis de Sales High School. … Lisa Bascom will perform the Canadian Anthem at 3:31 p.m. and the National Anthem at 3:32 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is 125 laps (250 miles) on the 2-mile speedway.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 30. Stage 2 ends at Lap 60.
TV/RADIO: USA Network will broadcast the race at 3:30 p.m. Countdown to Green begins at 3 p.m. on USA Network. The post-race show will air on USA Network… Motor Racing Network coverage begins at 3 p.m. and also will stream at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the MRN broadcast.
FORECAST: Weather Underground – Mostly sunny, high of 85 degrees and a 4% chance of rain around start of the race
STARTING LINEUP: NASCAR Xfinity Series at Michigan
LAST YEAR: AJ Allmendinger led 70 of 139 laps to win last August’s race in triple overtime. Brandon Jones was second. Noah Gragson placed third.
Saturday will be a busy day at Circuit of the Americas, as all three national series are on the track.
Cup will qualify ahead of the Craftsman Truck and Xfinity Series races.
The forecast Saturday calls for sunny conditions and no chance of rain all day. The high is expected to be 69 degrees during Cup qualifying, 76 degrees at the start of the Truck race and 81 degrees for the start of the Xfinity race.
Zane Smith looks to win his second consecutive Truck race at the road course in Austin, Texas. AJ Allmendinger seeks his second consecutive Xfinity win at COTA.
Saturday, March 25
(All times Eastern)
- 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Cup Series
- 10:30 a.m. — Truck Series
- 2 p.m. — Xfinity Series
- 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Cup qualifying (FS1)
- 1:30 p.m. — Truck race (42 laps, 143 miles; FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
- 5 p.m. — Xfinity race (46 laps, 156 miles; FS1, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
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.
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.
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).
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 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.
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.