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Austin Dillon wins rain-shortened Xfinity race at Michigan

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Austin Dillon won Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Michigan International Speedway when the race was declared official due to rain with 34 laps left.

Dillon secured the win in a one-lap shootout following a caution for a wreck.

Dillon pulled his No. 3 Chevrolet ahead of teammate Daniel Hemric and was in the lead when the caution came back out for rain.

Dillon won over Hemric, Cole Custer, Ryan Reed and Paul Menard.

It is the first Xfinity win for Richard Childress Racing in 55 races since August 2016 (Michael McDowell at Road America).

Dillon’s last win came one race earlier at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“It’s been a little bit of a slump,” Dillon told Fox Sports 2. “Wow, I was wanting that rain to come. We played good strategy. (Crew chief) Nick Harrison gets the credit for that, I just held onto the wheel.”

Dillon last pitted on Lap 32 and led 18 of the last 20 laps.

The Xfinity Series ran with the same aero package used last weekend at Pocono. The series will use it again in September at Indianapolis. NASCAR is considering using the package in additional Cup races this season.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Kyle Busch

STAGE 2 WINNER: Elliott Sadler

MORE: Results, Point standings

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Christopher Bell finished 11th after being involved in two single-car incidents. The first, on Lap 17 of Stage 1, sent him three laps down … Daniel Hemric matched his career-best result. He has finished in the top three in three of the last four races … Kaz Grala placed 12th. His average finish in three starts with Fury Race Cars is 12.6. His average finish with JGL Racing was 22nd.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY:  Alex Labbe finished 37th after a wreck on Lap 37 … Austin Cindric finished 23rd after contact with Michael Annett caused him to spin with 53 laps to go … Elliott Sadler finished 30th after contact with Alex Bowman turned him into the outside wall at the same time as the Cindric incident. It is Sadler’s first finish outside the top 10 this season.

NOTABLE: With a special rules package that included restrictor plates, there were 14 lead changes among nine driversAustin Dillon is the ninth different winner in nine races at Michigan … The start of the race was delayed three hours due to rain.

QUOTE OF THE RACE: “It definitely stings to be that close and to have it kind of end that way.” – Daniel Hemric to FS2 after finishing second.

WHAT’S NEXT: Iowa 250 Presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway at 5 p.m. ET on June 17 on Fox Sports 1

 

Three Cup teams penalized practice time at Michigan

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BROOKLYN, Mich. — Three Cup teams each will be docked 15 minutes of practice Friday at Michigan International Speedway.

Joey Logano and Chase Elliott each will miss 15 minutes for failing inspection twice last week at Pocono. The No. 99 StarCom Racing team, which features Garrett Smithley making his Cup debut this weekend, also will be docked 15 minutes for being late to inspection previously.

Opening Cup practice is from 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. ET today.

In the Xfinity Series, the teams of Smithley, Michael Annett, Ryan Reed, Brandon Jones and David Starr each will be penalized 15 minutes of practice for being late to inspection previously.

Opening Xfinity practice is from 1:05 – 1:55 p.m. ET Friday.

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Kyle Busch wins Xfinity race at Pocono

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A special rules package that includes restrictor plates couldn’t keep Kyle Busch from handily winning Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Pocono Raceway.

Busch led 64 of 100 laps to claim his first Xfinity win in four starts this season. It’s his first victory in five starts, snapping his longest winless streak since 2014 (eight starts).

Busch took the lead for good on a Lap 61 restart and won over Chase Elliott, Daniel Hemric, Austin Cindric and Cole Custer.

“Feels good for as good as our car was,” Busch told Fox Sports 1. “This car was on rails this week. It was last week too, but was just able to overcome our deficit that we had this weekend and get back to the front.”

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver led all but two laps in the first stage and won it by a seven-second margin over second place. A speeding penalty in Stage 2 forced Busch to climb through the field to place sixth.

The race saw seven lead changes among six drivers.

The rules package, which debuted last year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and will be used again next week at Michigan International Speedway, includes a larger spoiler, air ducts and a 2014 style splitter.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Kyle Busch

STAGE 2 WINNER: Paul Menard

MORE: Results, point standings

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Cole Custer started on the pole and led 23 laps on the way to earning his third top five of the season … Elliott Sadler placed sixth. He is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all 12 races this season …  Ross Chastain placed 11th for his fourth top-15 finish this season … Daniel Hemric has finished third four times this season … Austin Cindric’s result is his best in 13 Xfinity starts.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Michael Annett finished 35th after getting loose and wrecking with Chase Briscoe on Lap 57. Briscoe finished 38th with his first DNF of the season … Christopher Bell and Justin Allgaier wrecked out on a Lap 61 restart. Allgaier made contact with Dylan Lupton, which turned him into Bell.

POST-RACE INSPECTION: Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Toyota failed post-race heights, an L1 violation. Any penalties will be announced next week.

NOTABLE: Kyle Busch has now won on 26 different tracks in the Xfinity Series and every active track on the circuit … Elliott Sadler has finished in the top 10 in 13 consecutive races without a win, matching a Xfinity record set by Chase Elliott.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m not sure it’s the perfect fit, at least for this race track. You’re still lifting a fair amount. It’s a fine line of how well you want your car to drive versus how fast you want it to go. … I think it will probably be pretty good next week at Michigan because I think you’ll be closer to wide open there easier. You have to be open with a fair amount of confidence because when you get in traffic you can probably split that in half.” – Chase Elliott on how the restrictor plate package worked at Pocono.

WHAT’S NEXT: Lti Printing 250 at Michigan International Speedway at 1:30 p.m. ET on June 9 on Fox.

Practice holds for Charlotte Motor Speedway

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CONCORD, North Carolina — Ten Cup teams will serve practice holds today at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The teams of Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Matt DiBenedetto, AJ Allmendinger and Kasey Kahne will sit out 15 minutes of the first practice for failing pre-race inspection twice at Kansas Speedway.

Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Daniel Suarez, David Ragan and Jimmie Johnson will sit out 15 minutes in the first practice for failing inspection twice last week at the All-Star Race.

Ross Chastain will sit out 15 minutes for missing the rookie meeting.

In the Xfinity Series, 10 teams will also receive practice holds stemming from the series May 5 race at Dover.

Chastain, Chad Finchum, Josh Bilicki and Brandon Hightower will have 15 minute holds for getting out of the garage late.

Michael Annett, Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, Cole Custer, Joe Nemechek and David Starr will have 15 minute holds for failing inspection two times.

Brandon Jones wins pole for Dover Xfinity race

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Brandon Jones qualified first for Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway, earning his second career pole.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver earned the pole with a speed of 155.831 mph. He will be joined on the front row by teammate Noah Gragson (155.629 mph).

“We need XYO (Networks) on the car more often, best-career finish last week with them on the car and now a pole,” Jones told Fox Sports 1. “This is a driver’s track, too. I got a pole last year at Daytona and we all know how that place is. To be able to have raw speed here that’s pretty awesome.”

JGR swept the front row for the 52nd time.

The top five is completed by Matt Tifft, Elliott Sadler and Daniel Hemric.

Jones and Sadler are two of the four Dash 4 Cash drivers. The other two are Justin Allgaier (sixth) and Ryan Sieg (13th).

Johnny Sauter, driving in place of the suspended Spencer Gallagher, qualified 11th.

Nine cars did not make a lap in Round 1 after they failed to get through inspection in time.

David Starr, Cody Ware, Christopher Bell, Michael Annett, Cole Custer, Joe Nemechek, John Hunter Nemechek, Tyler Reddick and Stephen Leicht did not make laps.

Ware did not make the race.

Click here for qualifying results.