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Results, stats for Xfinity playoff race at Phoenix Raceway

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William Byron won the Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix Raceway for his fourth Xfinity win of the year.

Byron led the final 13 laps after taking two tires on the last round of pit stops.

He beat Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, Christopher Bell and Daniel Hemric.

Byron, Hemric, Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier will take part in the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway next week.

Click here for the full race results.

JR Motorsports without main pit crews today after plane makes emergency landing

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JR Motorsports, which has three of its cars contending for a spot in the championship round, will be without “a little more than half” of its pit crew after a charter plane carrying them made an emergency landing Saturday in Arkansas.

The plane was flying from Memphis, Tennessee, to Amarillo, Texas on its way to Phoenix when it experienced an electrical issue, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The crew declared an emergency and landed without incident at 7:43 a.m. CT at Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, Arkansas, Ryan DiVita, director of marketing and sales for AeroDynamics, Inc., the plane carrier, told NBC Sports.

“The crew did exactly what they should,” DiVita said.

He said that pilots followed a checklist that the plane should land at the nearest suitable airport.

There were 51 people on the Embraer 145, according to a spokesperson at Clinton National Airport.

The plane was grounded because of the electrical issue and no other plane was available to send the passengers to Phoenix in time for Saturday’s race.

The issue comes as three of JRM’s driver – Elliott Sadler, William Byron and Justin Allgaier – are trying to advance to next week’s championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. All three of JRM’s playoff drivers enter today’s race above the cutline. Allgiaer told NBCSN he has “no concern” about the team’s pit crew situation.

“At the end of the day we have the best pit crew on pit road normally,” Allgaier said. “That’s a little disappointing that those guys aren’t here, because I do feel really confident with those guys. One thing I know is, everybody at Hendrick Motorsports, that we use their pit crews and everybody here at JR Motorsports, they rally behind adversity. I know the guys we’re going to assemble are going to be just as good. I’m looking forward to that challenge.”

JRM will have to cobble together pit crews to service the cars. NBCSN’s Marty Snider reported that JRM only had two of their regular 24 pit crew members at the track.

“We have some guys that we normally use, we have some guys that are training with HMS that are pitting other vehicles that will participate with us and we have a little bit of help from our partners in Chevrolet groups and a few other teams that have a few guys here that are willing to assist us,” said Ryan Pemberton, Jr. Motorsports’ director of competition. “We’re still working through who’s on first and what’s on second, it’s kind of like that routine right now. As far as enough people to do it, we have … enough people to put the show on.”

A Hendrick plane took off from Phoenix for Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, Arkansas, at 12:45 p.m. ET to pick up the crews. There were members of other Cup teams that were on the flight that landed in Arkansas.

Following the race, team co-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. was asked why the team didn’t bring its pit crews to the track on Friday.

“It’s probably an expense issue as far as hotel room and so forth,” Earnhardt said. “There’s planes that fly up here that are on a schedule that don’t abide by our schedule. We have to abide by theirs. We take the opportunity to get here or they take the opportunity to get here when they can. We can’t control … those people. We sort of take the opportunity when we can to get there.”

JD Motorsports crew members were also on the flight. After Brennan Poole was eliminated from the race in a crash, members of Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 48 team helped pit one of JDM’s cars.

Dustin Long contributed to this report in Arizona.

Erik Jones wins pole for Xfinity playoff race at Phoenix

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Erik Jones will start from the pole in the Xfinity Series race at Phoenix Raceway (3:30 p.m. ET on NBC).

Jones won his 15th career pole with a speed of 133.929 mph around the 1-mile track. It is his third pole of the year.

The starting top five is Jones, William Byron, Cole Custer, Matt Tifft and Alex Bowman.

Byron, Custer and Tifft are among the eight remaining playoff drivers.

Where the rest of the playoff drivers will start:

7th – Daniel Hemric

10th – Justin Allgaier

13th – Elliott Sadler

14th – Brennan Poole

20th – Ryan Reed

Click here for qualifying results.

Today’s Xfinity race at Phoenix: Start time, weather, TV/radio info

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The outcome of today’s Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix Raceway will determine the four drivers who advance to next weekend’s Ford EcoBoost 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship race in Miami.

No Xfinity playoff contender has won in the Round of 8, which means at least three (if a contender wins today) and possibly four drivers will have to rely upon points to advance to the title race.

Here’s the info you need for today’s race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: Michelle Reagan, Arizona Secretary of State, will give the command to start engines at 3:37 p.m. Green flag is scheduled for 3:45 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 200 laps (200 miles) around the 1-mile oval.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 60. Stage 2 ends at Lap 120.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 9 a.m. Qualifying is slated for 12:35 p.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is 1:45 p.m. Driver introductions are at 3 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: The Anglim Sisters will perform the anthem at 3:31 p.m.

TV/RADIO:  Countdown to Green begins at 3 p.m. on NBCSN. NBC will air the race at 3:30 p.m. Motor Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at mrn.com, starting with its pre-race show at 3 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the MRN broadcast.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts a temperature of 83 degrees and a zero percent chance of rain at race time.

LAST TIME: Kyle Busch dominated last fall’s playoff race, leading 190 of 200 laps. Austin Dillon finished second, followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Justin Allgaier won the spring race in March, followed by Ryan Blaney and Erik Jones.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the starting lineup.

Weekend schedule for NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Trucks at Phoenix

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The outcomes of this weekend’s NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Truck races at Phoenix Raceway will set the four-driver fields for next weekend’s season-ending and championship races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Truck Series races at Phoenix on Friday night, the Xfinity Series on Saturday afternoon and the Cup Series on Sunday afternoon.

Here is this weekend’s schedule:

(All times are EASTERN)

FRIDAY, Nov. 10

9 a.m. — Truck garage opens

10:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. — Cup garage open

11 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. – Final Truck practice (Fox Sports 2)

Noon – 9 p.m. — Xfinity garage open

1 – 2:25 p.m. — Cup practice (NBCSN, Motor Racing Network)

2:30 – 3:25 p.m. — Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

4:30 – 5:25 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

5:30 p.m. – Truck qualifying; multi-car/three rounds (Fox Sports 1)

6:35 p.m. – Truck driver/crew chief meeting

6:45 p.m. – Cup qualifying; multi-vehicle/three rounds (NBCSN, MRN)

8 p.m. – Truck driver introductions

8:30 p.m. – Lucas Oil 150 Truck race; 150 laps/150 miles (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)


9 a.m. — Xfinity garage open

10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Cup garage open

11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. — Cup practice (NBCSN, MRN)

12:35 p.m. – Xfinity qualifying; multi-car/three rounds (NBCSN)

1:45 p.m. – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting

2 – 2:50 p.m. – Final Cup practice (NBCSN, MRN)

3 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions

3:30 p.m. – Ticket Galaxy 200 Xfinity race; 200 laps/200 miles (NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

SUNDAY, Nov. 5

9 a.m. — Cup garage opens

12:30 p.m. — Cup driver/crew chief meeting

1:50 p.m. — Cup driver intros

2:30 p.m. — Can-Am 500, 312 laps/312 miles (NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)