Xfinity Series News (6154)
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Ryan Reed was prepared to take on the night race Bristol Motor Speedway, but his forward momentum was cut short in Stage 1. Reed suffered damage being on the outside of a three-wide squeeze for position and then the damage resulted in a flat tire once racing resumed. The damage from the flat tire was too severe to continue, leaving Reed with a 37th-place finish in his No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford.
The start of qualifying was delayed due to rain, forcing NASCAR to change from three rounds of qualifying, to just one 20-minute round. Reed made two attempts in qualifying, but his Lilly Ford wasn’t handling how he needed, resulting in a 27th-place starting position.
From the drop of the green flag Reed made up a few positions before another competition tried to squeeze in the middle and make it three-wide racing. The move ended the night of the car on the inside and Reed, who was on the outside, was left with heavy body damage.
Reed pitted for tires and damage repair, but once the field returned to green the team noticed a tire rub when the front end was loaded up at speed. Reed was just about to pit for the tire rub when it gave way. The blown tired caused severe damage and ended Reed’s evening after just 38 laps of competition.
Returning to Bristol Motor Speedway for his first NXS start, site of his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win, Kennedy used Thursday’s two practice sessions to get a feel for the handling of his No. 96 Weber Chevrolet Camaro. Finishing the first session 22nd and the final session 19th, Kennedy went on to grab a 24th starting spot in rain-shortened qualifying for the Food City 300.
Early on in the 300-lap event, Kennedy was fighting loose on throttle and a Chevy that was tight on exit no matter which lane he ran. Trying to hang on to an ill-handling racecar, Kennedy finished stage one 22nd, one lap down. Crew chief Charles Denike called Kennedy down pit road under the stage break for four tires, fuel and a both a track bar and air pressure adjustment. Lining up 24th for the restart, Kennedy reported throughout the ensuing run that his Weber Chevrolet Camaro was loose on entry but felt like all four tires were on top of the track sliding around. He went on to finish stage two 22nd, two laps down. Once again, Kennedy hit pit road under the stage break for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. However, a missing lug nut on the right rear forced Kennedy to come back down pit road and restart at the rear of the field. Losing two laps due to restarting deep in the pack and a long green flag run, Denike took the opportunity for Kennedy to take the wave around when the caution came out on lap 217, getting one of his laps back.
Restarting 25th, Kennedy fought his way to just outside the top-20 when the caution came out for the final time on lap 285. Kennedy hit pit road for four fresh tires and a chassis adjustment from the 20th position. With the race going green for the final 8 laps, Kennedy went on to finish 19th, three laps down.
"I think we definitely made some progress throughout the night on the Weber Chevrolet. We fought handling issues from the start, but Bristol (Motor Speedway) is just one of those tracks that it’s so easy to get behind. I’m proud of the Weber guys though for working hard all night to put us in a position to make up some ground in the end.”
- Kennedy's next race with GMS Racing will be at Darlington Raceway on Saturday, September 2nd.
GMS Racing PR
Spencer Gallagher collected a 23rd place finish in his second NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) career start at Bristol Motor Speedway. The No. 23 Allegiant team worked through two practice sessions on Thursday to prepare for Friday nights Food City 300, finishing 19th in first practice and 22nd in final. Rain caused qualifying to be shortened to one 20 minute round. Gallagher made multiple runs and earned a 29th place starting spot. Gallagher fought a tight center and loose off condition majority of the 300 lap race. Crew chief Joey Cohen called for Gallagher to visit pit road multiple times for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments to try and help the handling conditions.
"This No. 23 Allegiant team built me a solid Chevrolet this weekend. We couldn't get the handling quite right but it got better towards the end. Bringing the car home from Bristol in on piece is a good day in my eyes. Now onto Road America."
GMS Racing PR
Garrett Smithley finished 31st in Friday night’s Food City 300 Xfinity Series race after parking his No. 0 Chevrolet with suspension problems.
Smithley completed 239 of the race’s 300 laps.
“Not the finish we were looking for,” Smithley said. “We finally had to park the car after battling the suspension. We’ll be back stronger here next time.”
Smithley remains 22nd in Xfinity points.
Ross Chastain advanced two spots in the Xfinity Series point standings with a 15th-place finish in Friday night’s Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
With the playoffs approaching, the strong run kept Chastain eligible to make the post-season. He is the first driver on the bubble, 43 points out of a qualifying spot.
Friday’s finish was Chastain’s 10th straight in the top 20. During that stretch, he has advanced from 19th to 13th in points and is at his highest point standing of the season.
“Another good run for the Flex Seal Chevrolet tonight,” Chastain said. “The car performed great. I love this track. I was able to hang with the front group most of the night.”
Harrison Rhodes scored a 34th-place finish in Friday night’s Food City 300 Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Rhodes, in the Flex Tape Chevrolet, started 35th in a competitive field of fast cars.
“It wasn’t our best night, but we hung in there,” Rhodes said. “Bristol is a tough, fast place. It’s easy to get behind, but we learned a lot and we’ll roll on from here.”
Defending Bristol Motor Speedway Race Winner Austin Dillon Earns Top-10 Finish in Rheem Chevrolet
"We were a little slow to take off but once we got going, the Rheem Chevrolet was really fast tonight. We fell behind a little bit with a loose wheel and didn't have a set of tires at the end of the race. It's just racing. That happens. We'll be back strong in the Cup car tomorrow."
- Austin Dillon
Ty Dillon Leads the RCR Teams with a Top-Five Finish in the Bass Pro Shops / NRA Museum Chevrolet at Bristol
"This was a solid night for our No. 3 Bass Pro Shops / NRA Museum Chevrolet team that we needed. I put us behind a bit during the first stage break with a speeding penalty, but I fought hard to get back through the field. My spotter gave me great information to slice and dice my way through the lapped traffic. We finally hit our stride in the last stage and got as high as second. I wish we had more time to race with those guys a little more. We were starting to run them down right before that last caution. I maybe could have gotten further up there if it had gone green, but it was still a good night for our team. We'll take the top-five finish."
- Ty Dillon
|Daniel Hemric Earns 10th Top-10 Finish of 2017 in Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway|
"All of the weather throughout the weekend probably put a damper on the weekend. I felt like in practice we had a really solid Blue Gate Bank Chevy. All the rubber getting washed away earlier in the day made us get loose in qualifying and put us back in traffic to start the race. I just tried to fight all night and we constantly made gains. We had great pit stops all night. We had a good strategy, but once we got to about fifth that was all we could do. In the end, I probably ran the tires off of it. I didn't need that last caution to come out. I lost two spots restarting on the bottom. Regardless, it was still a good day for us."
- Daniel Hemric
Brandon Jones Finishes 20th at Bristol Motor Speedway After Receiving Stage Two Damage
"We had a really strong qualifying effort for the No. 33 Ohio Logistics Chevrolet but started the race with no grip in the center. Once Stage Two started, I got loose and lost it off of Turn 4 and we got some front-end damage. We fought from there to get back on the lead lap. We were hoping for cautions to fall in our favor to make a few handling adjustments. Unfortunately, one little screw up cost us a good day."
- Brandon Jones
|Rough Night in Thunder Valley for Brendan Gaughan Results in 30th-Place Finish for the South Point Hotel & Casino Team|
"I just love this place, especially under the lights. I'm bummed and ticked off about tonight. This team gave me a fast car that got us a top-10 qualifying spot. We lost some valuable track position with a speeding penalty, and that one was on me. I hate it. Then we had to come in with 30 laps remaining in Stage 2 for an unscheduled stop for a loose wheel. It put us two laps down. Then it appears a driver was having a tough time, and we got the short end of it two times by cutting down our tire and then wrecking. Looking at the big picture, this race has put us on the bubble, 43 points to the plus side for the Playoffs. Fortunately next week's race is the one I have been looking forward to. What we lost tonight, we can easily gain back at Road America. I plan to win that thing."
- Brendan Gaughan
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-85):
● Cole Custer started fifth, finished 11th.
● Custer kept his Haas Automation/One Cure Ford Mustang inside the top-10 for the majority of the stage while battling tight-handling conditions.
● At the conclusion of the stage, Custer pitted for four tires, fuel, chassis adjustments and air pressure adjustments.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 86-170):
● Started ninth, finished 10th. Earned one bonus point.
● Custer drove in the top-10 throughout Stage 2.
● To further correct tight-handling conditions, Custer pitted for four fresh tires, fuel and chassis adjustments at the conclusion of the stage.
Final Stage Recap (Laps 171-300):
● Started ninth, finished 10th.
● During a lap-217 caution, Custer pitted for four fresh tires, fuel and wedge adjustments. He restarted in the eighth position.
● Custer piloted his Haas Automation/One Cure Ford Mustang to fourth place on the restart.
● After the final caution on lap 285, Custer pitted for four more tires, fuel and wedge adjustments.
● Custer restarted in the ninth position and competed in the top-10 for the remainder of the race.
● Custer was the highest-finishing rookie in Stage 1.
● Custer earned his 10th top-10 of the 2017 season and his 12th top-10 in 27 XFINITY Series starts.
● Eight caution periods slowed the race for 46 laps.
● Kyle Busch won the Food City 300 to score his 91st career XFINITY Series victory, his fifth of the season and his ninth at Bristol. His margin of victory over second-place Daniel Suarez was 1.181 seconds.
Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Haas Automation/ One Cure Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:
“I’m happy with our day. I think we could have done a little bit better, but the track just changed so much. It was definitely a learning curve for me. It was a lot about restarts and who you were behind and what lane you were in, but we brought a pretty solid Haas Automation/One Cure Ford Mustang. We probably should’ve finished fifth to seventh and I probably could’ve done a little bit better job, but I learned a lot for when we come back the next time.”