Kentucky Xfinity race results, points report

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SPARTA, Kentucky – Christopher Bell came from the back of the field to win his second Xfinity race of the season, capturing the Alsco 300 Friday night at Kentucky Speedway.

Bell had to start at the rear of the 40-car field after spinning in qualifying. He worked his way toward the front and led the final 17 laps. Daniel Hemric was second, tying his career-best finish for the third time. Kyle Busch placed third.

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Elliott Sadler and Daniel Hemric are tied for the points lead. Sadler started the season with 12 consecutive top-10 finishes but has placed outside the top 10 in three of the last five races. He finished 12th Friday night. Cole Custer is three points behind Sadler and Hemric.

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Tonight’s Xfinity race at Kentucky: Start time, lineup and more

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The last time the Xfinity Series raced at Kentucky Speedway, Tyler Reddick won to earn his first career series victory. Could the same thing happen in tonight’s Alsco 300? Daniel Hemric and Brandon Jones are among those hoping that is the case.

Here’s all the info for tonight’s race.

(All times are Eastern)

START: Larry Bailey, Chairman, Bowling Green Area Convention Visitors Bureau, will give the command to start engines at 8:17 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 8:25 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 200 laps (300 miles) around the 1.5-mile track.

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

PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at noon. Qualifying is at 5:05 p.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 6:15 p.m. Driver introductions are at 7:45 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: County music recording artist Andy Velo will perform the anthem at 8:11 p.m.

TV/RADIO: NBCSN will broadcast the race beginning at 8 p.m. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. with Countdown to Green on NBCSN. Performance Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 7:30 p.m. and also can be heard at goprn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for sunny skies with a high of 86 degrees and a zero percent chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Tyler Reddick won by 14.5 seconds in September, finishing ahead of Brennan Poole and Justin Allgaier. Kyle Busch won at Kentucky last July, finishing ahead of Ryan Blaney and Erik Jones.

STARTING LINEUP: Qualifying is at 5:05 p.m.

Xfinity practice report at Kentucky

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SPARTA, Kentucky – Ty Majeski posted the fastest lap in Thursday’s final practice for the Xfinity Series at Kentucky Speedway.

Majeski ran a lap of 181.714  mph to pace the field. He was followed by Christopher Bell (181.616 mph), Daniel Hemric (180.162), Kyle Busch (179.970) and Matt Tifft (179.856).

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Ross Chastain had minimal damage after slight contact with the wall. There were no other incidents in the session.

The series races at 8 p.m. ET Friday on NBCSN.

FIRST PRACTICE

With a speed of 180.886 mph John Hunter Nemechek posted the fastest single lap in Thursday’s practice for the Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway (Friday, 8 pm, NBCSN).

He beat Brandon Jones (180.493 mph) by .065 seconds.

Daniel Hemric (179.910), Matt Tifft (179.211) and Cup regular Kyle Busch (178.577) rounded out the top five.

Ryan Reed brought out the only caution of the session when he spun harmlessly in turn four with less than 10 minutes remaining. Reed was just outside the top five with the sixth fastest speed of 178.524 mph.

Tyler Reddick ran the most laps in the first practice at 36. His top speed of 177.725 mph was 14th best.

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Kyle Larson wins Xfinity race at Chicagoland

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Kyle Larson won the pole for the Overton’s 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, but he had to drop to the back of the pack to start the race after changing a right front tire that went flat after qualification. Undeterred, he climbed back into the lead to win by more than eight seconds over Kevin Harvick.

This is Larson’s 10th career victory in the Xfinity series in his 105th start.

Harvick was fast on short runs, but had to settle for second.

Cole Custer also had to come from the back of the pack with a tire change. He finished third and took the points lead. This is his fifth consecutive top-five – his longest streak of his career.

Daniel Suarez and Daniel Hemric rounded out the top five.

Hemric earned his fourth straight top-five, which is also a career-best streak.

Chase Briscoe finished ninth to score his first top 10 of his career.

Chase Elliott finished 10th despite suffering from extreme heat. He went to the infield care center immediately following the race to take IV fluid.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Tyler Reddick

STAGE 2 WINNER: Kyle Larson

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Cole Custer had a flat tire before the third round of qualification and was forced to start at the back with an unapproved tire change; he drove to the front and finished third. … Daniel Hemric climbed from 10th to fifth despite battling a greasey track.

WHO HAD A BAD DAYKaz Grala‘s Ford developed an electrical issue on lap one; he retired in last place (40th) … Reddick was involved in a three-car accident when Jeb Burton cut across Ryan Reed‘s nose. All three sustained heavy damage, but Reed remained on track.

NOTABLE: Reddick scored his first career stage win before losing 10 spots on pit road with a slow stop on the left side. Reddick climbed back to fifth exiting the pits at the end of stage two, but was penalized for an uncontrolled tire and dropped to the back of the lead lap.

QUOTE OF THE RACE: “There’s always hope with this team. There’s been a lot times I’ve felt like I’m not good in practice and then Shiflett and all the guys make it a lot better in the race. So, hat’s off to them. … It’s extremely hot in the car, so thanks for bringing me water.” – Kyle Larson on the frontstretch on NBCSN.

MORE: Results and Points report.

WHAT’S NEXT: Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway at 7:30 p.m. ET on July 6 on NBCSN

 

Xfinity Series practice report from Chicagoland Speedway

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Christopher Bell was fastest Friday’s final Xfinity Series practice at Chicagoland Speedway.

Bell posted a top speed of 173.784 mph.

He was followed by Daniel Suarez (172.117 mph), Paul Menard (172.068), Cole Custer (171.597) and Matt Tifft (171.554).

Kaz Grala was sixth fastest at 171.461 mph.

Daniel Hemric, who was 10th fastest, recorded the most laps with 48.

Kevin Harvick had the best 10-lap average at 169.512 mph.

The session was stopped once for a spin by Suarez in Turn 2 as he exited pit road. He didn’t make any contact.

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First practice

Bell was also fastest in the first practice session.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver posted a top speed of 172.359 mph around the 1.5-mile track.

Bell was followed by Austin Cindric (171.767 mph), Tyler Reddick (171.756), Chase Briscoe (171.543) and Tifft (171.298).

Cindric recorded the most laps in the session with 41.

Reddick had the best 10-lap average at 169.749 mph.

The second practice session is scheduled for 7:35 – 8:20 p.m ET on NBCSN.

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