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Richmond Xfinity starting lineup

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Ross Chastain, who nearly won the past two races, will lead the field to green for Friday night’s Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway.

Brandon Jones starts second and is followed by Harrison Burton, Noah Gragson and Chase Briscoe.

Kyle Busch, making his final Xfinity start of the season, starts 29th in the 37-car field.

Click here for Xfinity starting lineup

Chastain could have entered Richmond on a two-race winning streak. Chastain and Kaulig Racing teammate AJ Allmendinger made contact racing for the lead on the last lap at Daytona two weeks ago. Teammate Justin Haley won that race.

Moments after Denny Hamlin took the lead from Chastain with less than two laps left at Darlington, Hamlin hit the wall and Chastain ran into Hamlin. Jones passed both to win last weekend’s race.

Three races remain in the regular season: Friday night’s Richmond race, Saturday afternoon’s Richmond race and the Sept. 18 NASCAR race at Bristol.

The Richmond Xfinity starting lineup for Friday is set by using a formula based on four statistical categories: owner points position, owner final race position, the finish and fastest lap from the most recently completed race.

Performance Metrics Qualifying is a total number based on the previous race. The formula is 15% of a fastest lap time position, 25% of the driver’s final race finish position, 25% of the owner’s final race position and 35% of the owner points position. Any ties will be broken by the rule book.

The starting lineup for Saturday’s race will be based off the finish of Friday night’s race.

NASCAR Xfinity Series at Richmond 

Race Time: 7 p.m. ET Friday

Track: Richmond Raceway; Richmond, Virginia (.75-mile speedway)

Length: 250 laps (187.5 miles)

Stages: Stage 1 ends Lap 75. Stage 2 ends Lap 150.

TV coverage: NBCSN

Radio: Motor Racing Network (also SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Streaming: NBC Sports app (subscription required); mrn.com and SiriusXM for audio (subscription required)

Lineup: Click here for Xfinity starting lineup

Next Cup race: Saturday at Richmond (400 laps, 300 miles), 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Next Truck race: Thursday at Richmond (250 laps, 187.5 miles), 8 p.m. ET on FS1

Brandon Jones scores Xfinity win after leaders tangle

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Brandon Jones took the lead coming to the white flag when Denny Hamlin and Ross Chastain made contact while racing for the lead and won Saturday’s Xfinity race at Darlington Raceway.

“Darn it,” Chastain said on his team’s radio after finishing second.

Ryan Sieg placed third and was followed by Riley Herbst and Hamlin.

MORE: Race results 

The late-race drama came a week after Chastain made contact with teammate AJ Allmendinger while racing for the lead on the last lap at Daytona. Justin Haley won that race.

Hamlin made his move in Turn 3 and got around Chastain but came up and hit the wall. He slowed so much that Chastain ran into the back of Hamlin’s car, allowing Jones to get by.

“I thought I could clear him and get slowed up in time before I got to the wall,” Hamlin told NBCSN. “I saw an opportunity to clear. Once I did, I carried a little too much speed into (Turn) 3.”

Chastain told NBCSN: “Denny was faster. I knew that. I just kept ripping the top. I was really struggling on entry. … To be able to go up against a guy like Denny Hamlin, a future champion … I’m just proud of this group. I just needed to make the crossover sooner into (Turn) 3 there.”

Chastain said he and Hamlin “were able to fist bump after” the race.

Despite not winning, Chastain clinched a playoff spot. Eight of the 12 playoff spots have been clinched. Three races remain in the regular season.

Jones only led the final two laps.

The victory is his fourth of his Xfinity career and third of the season. All four of Jones’ wins have come in his last 27 starts.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Denny Hamlin

STAGE 2 WINNER: Denny Hamlin

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Ryan Sieg’s third-place finish matched his best finish of the season and did so after his car was damaged in a multi-car crash on Lap 2. “I thought our day was over,” Sieg said of his feelings after the crash. … Riley Herbst’s fourth-place finish was his fifth consecutive top-10 result. Austin Hill placed ninth to tie his career-best finish in the series. … Brandon Brown was involved in that Lap 2 crash and came back to finish 17th and maintain his hold on the final playoff spot.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Daniel Hemric finished last after he was collected in a multi-car crash that brought out the caution on Lap 3. It is his seventh finish of 28th or worse in 16 starts this year for JR Motorsports. … Justin Allgaier had mechanical issues and finished several laps down.

NEXT: The series goes to Richmond Raceway for a doubleheader weekend. The series races at 7 p.m. ET on Friday,  Sept. 11 and at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 12. Both races will be on NBCSN.

Saturday’s Darlington Xfinity race: Start time, forecast, TV channel

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The Xfinity Series has had different winners in each of the last four races. Can Saturday’s Darlington Xfinity race at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC extend that streak to five in a row?

The streak started with Austin Cindric‘s victory on the Daytona road course. That was followed by Justin Allgaier‘s victory at Dover, Chase Briscoe‘s win in the second half of the Dover doubleheader, and Justin Haley‘s win last weekend on the Daytona oval.

Four races remain in the Xfinity regular season: Darlington, the Richmond doubleheader (Sept. 11-12) and Bristol (Sept. 18).

Here is all the info for Saturday’s Darlington Xfinity race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: Dr. Joe Kearney and Dr. Mary Smyrnioudis, emergency room doctors at McLeod Regional Medical Center, will give the command to start engines at 12:19 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 12:30 p.m.

PRERACE: Garage access health screening begins at 6 a.m. Drivers report to their cars at 12:05 p.m. The invocation will be given at 12:12 p.m. by Tim Coker, pastor, Central Baptist Church in Darlington. The national anthem will be performed by Christian recording artist Broken Lantern Project at 12:13 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 147 laps (200.8 miles) around the 1.366-mile speedway.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 45. Stage 2 ends on Lap 90.

TV/RADIO: Coverage begins on NBC with Countdown to Green at noon. Race broadcast begins at 12:30 p.m. Motor Racing Network’s radio coverage will begin at noon. and also can be heard at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the broadcast.

STREAMING: Watch the race on the NBC Sports App. Click here for the link.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies, a high of 83 degrees and a 19% chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST RACE: Justin Haley won at Daytona when Kaulig Racing teammates AJ Allmendinger and Ross Chastain wrecked racing for the lead. Gray Gaulding finished second. Chase Briscoe placed  third.

LAST RACE AT DARLINGTON: Chase Briscoe held off Kyle Busch on the last lap to win in May. Busch finished second. Justin Allgaier placed third.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for starting lineup

Daytona Xfinity race results, point standings

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Justin Haley won Friday’s Xfinity race after a last-lap crash between AJ Allmendinger and Ross Chastain.

It is Haley’s second win of the season.

The top five was completed by Gray Gaulding, Chase Briscoe, Riley Herbst and Harrison Burton.

Click here for the race results.

Point standings

Austin Cindric continues to lead the standings with a 58-point advantage over Briscoe.

Brandon Brown holds the final playoff spot. He has a 32-point advantage over Jeremy Clements.

Click here for the full standings.

Justin Haley wins Xfinity race at Daytona

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Justin Haley won Friday night’s Xfinity Series race at Daytona after his teammates, AJ Allmendinger and Ross Chastain, wrecked racing for the lead on the final lap in Turns 3 and 4.

It is Haley’s second win of the year after he won at Talladega.

Allmendinger was leading when Chastain made a move to pass him on the inside. They made contact and started a chain reaction. Austin Cindric and Michael Annett were also involved.

The night was dominated by Kaulig Racing, with Haley winning Stage 1 and Allmendinger claiming Stage 2. The team led 68 of 100 laps.

“An amazing effort by Kaulig Racing,” Haley told NBCSN. “Obviously, I hate that AJ and Ross got together there. … Parked it right here on the double yellow line where I went down too low about two years (and was disqualified from a win) in a Xfinity race. A little humor there.”

Chastain wound up finishing sixth.

“It’s terrible to run into your teammate like that,” Chastain told NBCSN. “Must be my fault, though. It’s unfortunate, we did everything right all night. We just got to win. … Did everything right to be the the best teammate I could. I haven’t always been. Last lap, I don’t back down and I’m going to go for it. … I hate it, man! It’s not going to help me moving forward.”

Allmendinger finished 15th after leading a race-high 58 laps. He said Chastain’s move was fair.

“I try to take care of my teammates, but it is what it is, it’s for the win,” Allmendginer told NBCSN. “Ross is going for the championship and going for a win there. I saw him get low and I thought maybe he’d take care of me a little bit considering I was there. But he’s going for the win.”

The top five was made up of Haley, Gray Gaulding, Chase Briscoe, Riley Herbst and Harrison Burton.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Justin Haley won in a one-lap shootout

STAGE 2 WINNER: AJ Allmendinger passed Gray Gaulding on the last lap to win the stage.

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Gray Gaulding has finished in the top 10 in his last four superspeedway starts, including runner-ups in two of them … Riley Herbst bounced back from aa pass-through penalty at the start of the race to earn his third top five of the season … Josh Williams finish ninth for his third top 10 of the season.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Joe Graf Jr. was eliminated when he was in an early wreck with Jeffrey Earnhardt and Caesar Bacarella … Bacarella was then eliminated when he wrecked on Lap 14 … Earnhardt was involved in a wreck on Lap 25 with Kody Vanderwal, which eliminated both … Noah Gragson‘s night ended early following a large wreck on Lap 40 that involved Justin Allgaier, Brandon Jones, Daniel Hemric, Brett Moffitt and Anthony Alfredo … Allgaier and Brandon Brown were eliminated on the ensuing restart when Allgaier cut a tire and spun, causing an incident that included Brown and Jeremy Clements.

WHAT’S NEXT: Race at Darlington Raceway, 12:30 p.m. ET Sept. 5 on NBC