NASCAR Xfinity Series

Starting lineup for Saturday Xfinity Race

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Austin Cindric, seeking to win his sixth race in the last seven events, will start on the pole for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Dover International Speedway (12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Saturday’s race is the first of two for the Xfinity Series this weekend. Sunday’s race will invert the top-15 finishers from Saturday’s race.

Noah Gragson is second in the starting lineup, followed by Brandon Jones, Harrison Burton and Justin Allgaier.

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Cindric’s hot streak started last month at Kentucky in the most recent doubleheader weekend for the Xfinity Series. Cindric swept both races there. He followed that with a victory at Texas after Kyle Busch was disqualified, finished second to Jones at Kansas and won at Road America and on the Daytona road course.

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

The three are weighted and averaged to determine the starting order with points position counting 35 percent, finishing position at 50 percent and fastest race lap at 15 percent.

NASCAR Xfinity Series at Dover 

Race Time: 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday

Track: Dover International Speedway; Dover, Delaware (1-mile speedway)

Length: 200 laps (200 miles)

Stages: Stage 1 ends Lap 45. Stage 2 ends Lap 90

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)

Xfinity starting lineup: Click here for lineup

Next Cup race: Saturday at Dover (311 laps, 311 miles), 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Next Truck race: Friday at Dover (200 laps, 200 miles) 5 p.m. ET on FS1

Daytona Xfinity road course race underway after lightning delay

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UPDATE: 

Engines were fired at 4:50 p.m. ET for Saturday’s Xfinity race at the Daytona International Speedway road course. Lightning delayed the scheduled start by about 90 minutes. The race is on NBCSN.

 

The start of Saturday’s Xfinity race at the Daytona road course has been delayed by lightning.

NASCAR announced a lightning hold at about 3 p.m. ET. NASCAR cannot resume activities until going 30 minutes without a lightning strike within an 8-mile radius of Daytona International Speedway.

NASCAR reported another lightning strike within an 8-mile radius of the track at 3:23 p.m., resetting the 30-minute clock before activities can continue. At 3:30 p.m. ET, NASCAR told teams that incoming storm had wind gusts of 30-40 mph.

NASCAR announced they had received the all clear to resume activities at 4:22 p.m. ET.

The command to fire engines is scheduled for 4:50 p.m. ET. Green flag is expected to be at 5:02 p.m. ET.

Today’s race is on NBCSN and can be streamed on the NBC Sports App.

Austin Cindric, who has won four of the past five Xfinity races, starts on the pole. Cindric won last week at Road America. Chase Briscoe, who won the road course race at Indianapolis in July, starts second.

 

Dover NASCAR weekend to be held without fans

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Dover International Speedway’s Aug. 21-23 NASCAR weekend, which includes doubleheaders for both the Cup and Xfinity Series, will be held without fans because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The track made the announcement Monday morning.

The track, which will host six NASCAR races that weekend, stated in a media release that Delaware officials did not approve the track’s request to host a limited number of fans.

“We submitted a comprehensive plan to state officials outlining our planned procedures and protocols for keeping our fans safe throughout our August race weekend,” said Mike Tatoian, Dover International Speedway’s president and CEO. “Unfortunately, due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, the decision was made to not allow fans. We understand it, and while we are disappointed, we also realize that we need to err on the side of caution and yield to the opinions of public health experts to help reduce the further spread of COVID-19.”

Dover ticket holders can receive a full refund or move funds, including an extra 20% bonus, to Dover’s 2021 NASCAR weekend. Fans can go to the track’s site here to register their preference or call 1-800-441-RACE.

Here is the Dover NASCAR weekend schedule:

Friday, Aug. 21 – ARCA Menards Series East race at 2 p.m. ET

Friday, Aug. 21 – NASCAR Truck Series race at 5 p.m. ET (FS1)

Saturday, Aug. 22 – Xfinity race at 12:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

Saturday, Aug. 22 – Cup race at 4 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

Sunday, Aug. 23 – Xfinity race at 1 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

Sunday, Aug. 23 – Cup race at 4 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

 

 

Xfinity results from Texas

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Austin Cindric earned his third consecutive Xfinity Series win Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway after initial race winner Kyle Busch was disqualified due to a car height violation discovered during post-race inspection.

Cindric becomes the ninth different driver in Xfinity Series history to win three or more in a row.

MORE: Austin Cindric celebrates third consecutive Xfinity win

Chase Briscoe finished second, followed by Justin Allgaier, Harrison Burton and Michael Annett.

Click here for updated results

As for the driver standings, Briscoe remains No. 1 followed by Cindric, who climbed one spot to second in the standings, 24 points behind Briscoe. Noah Gragson dropped one place to third place, 48 points behind Briscoe.

Click here for updated driver standings

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The heat will be on Ross Chastain Saturday at Texas

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If he wasn’t a race car driver, Ross Chastain might consider becoming a fireman: he likes the heat of the action.

And Chastain will get plenty of heat Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway as he competes in the Xfinity Series race that afternoon and then competes a few hours later in the Truck Series race that evening.

According to wunderground.com, Chastain and the rest of the Xfinity field will take the green flag shortly after 3 pm ET at a temperature of 93 degrees under mostly sunny skies and with 0% chance of precipitation.

The race is scheduled for 200 laps (300 miles) around the 1.5-mile oval. He’ll start eighth in the 37-car field, driving for Kaulig Racing. The race airs at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Then, at 8 p.m. ET, Chastain will climb into a truck – with the temperature at 90 degrees – and roll off from the 24th position for 167-lap (250.5-mile) race.

That’s 550.5 miles Chastain plans on completing.

The only driver who will have an even bigger meal on his plate, so to speak, is Kyle Busch, who will not only run with Chastain in the Xfinity and Truck Series races (it will be Busch’s final Truck start of the season), as well as Sunday’s 500-mile Cup race.

Chastain already has his cooldown method in mind.

“That window between those two races, just trying to get cooled down first of all (will be key),” he said. “These Xfinity cars are hot temperature-wise inside. You come out of them and I feel like I’m cooked every week. So getting cooled down, getting some fluids in me and hopefully to be able to keep fluids in me throughout the whole race, and then to jump into the truck just a few hours later.”

Chastain has been busy this season. Saturday will be his 16th start in the Xfinity Series. The Kaulig Racing driver is ranked fourth in the standings, 60 points behind series leader Chase Briscoe.

Saturday also marks Chastain’s seventh start in the Truck Series this season for Niece Motorsports. He did not compete last week at Kentucky, the first Truck race he’s missed since 2018.

“I try to stay busy on track and race as much as I can,” said Chastain, who also has six Cup starts this season having subbed three times for Ryan Newman as he recovered from his crash in the season-opening Daytona 500.

Add those numbers up and by the end of Saturday’s Truck race, Chastain will have made 29 starts across all three of NASCAR’s premier series this season.

“I love the challenge,” Chastain said of taking part in multiple races on the same weekend. “I like how tired I’ll be Saturday night as we get on the plane and come home.

“I’m going to sleep good Saturday night, but hopefully it’ll be after a productive day.”

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