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2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Schedule

The 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series season is starting. 2016 was the inaugural season of the extension of the Chase format to this series. Daniel Suarez won the Championship. He had three wins and 27 top ten finishes in a 33 race season. He had a super season although on too many occasions he was upstaged by the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Kyle Busch.

Kyle Busch again dominated this Series with 10 wins and 14 top ten finishes in his 17 starts. This has got to stop so that drivers like Suarez can build their fan base and legacy to this sport.

Next year Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers with five or more years of experience will be limited to ten starts in this Series.

The updated guidelines will elevate the stature of our future stars, while also providing them the opportunity to compete against the best in professional motorsports,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “These updated guidelines are the result of a collaborative effort involving the entire industry, and will ultimately better showcase the emerging stars of NASCAR.

2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Schedule

Date Location Network Race Start Radio
2/25 Daytona International Speedway FS1 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
3/4 Atlanta Motor Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
3/11 Las Vegas Motor Speedway FS1 4 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
3/18 Phoenix International Raceway FOX 4 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
3/25 Auto Club Speedway FS1 4 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
4/8 Texas Motor Speedway FOX 1:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
4/22 Bristol Motor Speedway FS1 12:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
4/29 Richmond International Raceway FS1 12:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
5/6 Talladega Superspeedway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
5/27 Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 1 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
6/3 Dover International Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
6/10 Pocono Raceway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
6/17 Michigan International Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
6/24 Iowa Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
6/30 Daytona International Speedway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
7/7 Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 8 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
7/15 New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 4 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
7/22 Indianapolis Motor Speedway NBCSN 3:30 p.m. IMS / SiriusXM
7/29 Iowa Speedway NBC 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
8/5 Watkins Glen International NBCSN 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
8/12 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course NBCSN 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
8/18 Bristol Motor Speedway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
8/27 Road America NBC 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
9/2 Darlington Raceway NBCSN 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
9/8 Richmond International Raceway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
9/16 Chicagoland Speedway NBCSN 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
9/23 Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 8 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
9/30 Dover International Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
10/6 Charlotte Motor Speedway NBCSN 8 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
10/21 Kansas Speedway NBC 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
11/4 Texas Motor Speedway NBCSN 8:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
11/11 Phoenix International Raceway NBC 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
11/18 Homestead-Miami Speedway NBCSN 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM

Check out the schedule and make your travel plans to attend a race or two. Hope to see you there.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

Follow him on Twitter @brian_jr1 during the race and throughout the week for more NASCAR news and commentary.

Feature Photo Credit: 322780 Jerry Markland/Getty Images

 

Kyle Busch is the Tiger Woods of the NASCAR XFINITY Series

This week Brian Costa wrote an article for The Wall Street Journal titled “How Golf Got Out of the Woods”. It hit me like a brick. The gist of the article was that in 2006 Woods was so dominating and was the only draw to the sport. There were no other stars. Tiger Woods was the one and only draw. Golf has many stars in the tour that can win and compete against one another since Tiger no longer is the show. The NASCAR XFINITY Series is where the PGA Tour was in the mid 2000’s. Read the article here.

To be clear this story isn’t just about Kyle Busch. It’s about a second tier series whose stars or future stars are in the shadow of the Sprint Cup Series stars. This past race at Texas Motor Speedway the race winner was the reigning Sprint Cup Champion, Kyle Busch. Busch has won four of the six XFINITY races this season. Third place went to previous Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski. Dale Earnhardt Jr. came in fifth and had some air time.

Sprint Cup driver Kyle Larson, though still a young driver, led the second highest of 38 laps. Austin Dillon was also in the race and finished eighth. The only bright spot is Eric Jones, a series rookie in the same equipment as Busch, seemed to have something for Busch and came in second.

Every time this subject comes up fans of those drivers say that they need to be there so people will watch the race. The need to be there so people will go to the race. Those thoughts seam valid except it’s not working. Viewership is down year in and out.

The point is that the XFINITY Series does not have its own stars, its own rivalries. Case in point; Ask yourself who is the current points leader of the Series? Were they even on TV for any significant time? I bet many don’t know without looking it up.

Daniel Suarez is the current point’s leader. Elliott Sadler is just behind him one point back. Justin Allgaier is third nine points back. They were shown a few times on TV but does anyone want to watch the series championship while they are battling for a top ten.

Back to the article; the quote that hit me was from Geoff Ogilvy who was paired with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson at Medinah in 2006. Ogilvy said. “I don’t think golf is better without Tiger, from a fan’s perspective. But no Tiger has shown people that there are other golfers worth watching.”

That quote substituting “Tiger” for “Cup Driver” is and of itself what it is all about. The future of all the NASCAR Series may just depend on it especially as our stars retire.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

Feature Photo Credit: 318383 Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway

 

2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Schedule

The 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series season is upon us. Chris Buescher won his first XFINITY Series championship. Will we have another new Champion or will someone repeat?

Pocono Raceway will host its first NASCAR XFINITY Series event in June, with that series joining the Sprint Cup Series for a companion event at the famed three-turn track.

Iowa Speedway will host its first NASCAR national series companion weekend, with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series joining the NASCAR XFINITY Series on June 18-19.

Check out the schedule and make your travel plans to attend a race or two. Hope to see you there.

2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Schedule
Saturday, Feb. 20 Powershares QQQ 300 Daytona International Speedway FS1
Saturday, Feb. 27 February Atlanta Race Atlanta Motor Speedway FS1
Sat., Mar. 05 Boyd Gaming 300 Las Vegas Motor Speedway FS1
Sat., Mar. 12 Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 Phoenix International Raceway FOX
Sat., Mar. 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series 300 Auto Club Speedway FS1
Friday, Apr. 08 O’reilly Auto Parts 300 Texas Motor Speedway FS1
Saturday, Apr. 16 XFINITY 300 Bristol Motor Speedway FS1
Saturday, Apr. 23 Toyotacare 250 Richmond International Raceway FS1
Saturday, Apr. 30 Talladega 300 Talladega Superspeedway FOX
Saturday, May 14 May Dover Race Dover International Speedway FOX
Saturday, May 28 Hisense 300 Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1
Saturday, Jun. 04 Pocono 200 Pocono Raceway FOX
Saturday, Jun. 11 June Michigan Race Michigan International Speedway FS1
Sunday, Jun. 19 June Iowa Race Iowa Speedway FS1
Friday, Jul. 01 Subway Firecracker 250 Daytona International Speedway NBCSN
Friday, Jul. 08 Kentucky 300 Kentucky Speedway NBCSN
Saturday, Jul. 16 Lakes Region 200 New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN
Saturday, Jul. 23 Lilly Diabetes 250 Indianapolis Motor Speedway NBCSN
Saturday, Jul. 30 U.S. Cellular 250 Iowa Speedway NBCSN
Saturday, Aug. 06 Zippo 200 At The Glen Watkins Glen International CNBC
Saturday, Aug. 13 Mid-Ohio 200 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA
Friday, Aug. 19 Food City 300 Bristol Motor Speedway USA
Saturday, Aug. 27 Road America 180 Road America NBCSN
Saturday, Sep. 03 VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 Darlington Raceway NBC
Friday, Sep. 09 Virginia529 College Savings 250 Richmond International Raceway NBCSN
Saturday, Sep. 17 September Chicagoland Race Chicagoland Speedway NBC
Saturday, Sep. 24 September Kentucky Race Kentucky Speedway NBCSN
Saturday, Oct. 01 Drive Sober 200 Dover International Speedway NBCSN
Friday, Oct. 07 Drive For The Cure 300 Charlotte Motor Speedway NBCSN
Saturday, Oct. 15 Kansas Lottery 300 Kansas Speedway NBCSN
Sat., Nov. 05 O’reilly Auto Parts Challenge Texas Motor Speedway NBC
Sat., Nov. 12 Nascar XFINITY November Phoenix Race Phoenix International Raceway NBC
Sat., Nov. 19 Ford Ecoboost 300 Homestead-Miami Speedway NBCSN
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

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Erik Jones Wins the Rain Delayed XFINITY Race at Chicagoland Speedway

Erik Jones wins the rain delayed NASCAR XFINITY Series Owens Corning AttiCat® 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.

On Friday Drew Herring stepped into the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota to fill in for Erik Jones while he was racing the truck at Iowa Speedway. Herring was fast in spite of just being a practice driver. He had the #54 7th in the first practice and 4th in the second practice.

Erik Jones won the Truck race and came to Chicagoland Speedway to qualify the car and race. Jones stepped right into the car making it to all three rounds to start the race in the 11th position. He did not have to start the race from the rear of the field because he qualified the car.

The race had been scheduled to run on Saturday night but a massive storm made that impossible. The race was run on a beautiful day on Sunday. The pole sitter, Austin Dillon led the field to green on his way to leading 28 laps. He finished the race third.

Jones first took the lead on lap 40 and looked like he was the class of the field but Ryan Blaney was also impressive. Blaney had to start at the rear of the field due to going to a backup car because he wrecked in qualifying. He was 7th by lap 20 and fourth, two positions behind Jones by the competition caution on lap 25.

Erik Jones led most of the laps from lap 40 to lap 150, only Ryan Blaney appeared to be the driver who could take it from him and did a few times.

With 50 to go there was a mistake where the drivers were told on the radio that pit road was open yet the pit road light was red signifying pit road was closed. Erik Jones pitted from the led and Ryan Blaney did not. At that point it looked like that mistake would cost the Jones a win.

Jones restarted the race 10th with 41 laps to go and was second, right behind Blaney with 19 to go.  On the final restart with 11 to go Erik Jones went to the lead and didn’t look back.

Erik Jones led 94 laps followed by Ryan Blaney with 43 and the pole sitter Austin Dillon 28.

Daniel Suarez was the highest finishing rookie of the year candidate finishing seventh. Ross Kenseth, also a rookie, finished sixth.

It’s pretty awesome to get this Monster Energy Toyota back to victory lane. It’s two weeks in a row for these guys. That’s three wins this week for me – that’s pretty awesome. It was a rough go for a while, but we came back at it now. It’s just cool to be back here – thanks to Kyle Busch Motorsports for Friday, Joe Gibbs Racing for today and Port City Race Cars for Tuesday, XFINITY for doing this for us, the fans and – man, what a day, what a day.”  Jones added, “Thanks to Drew Herring who shook this thing down for us two days ago and got it right and we took it to victory lane today.

Erik Jones sweeps the NASCAR weekend at two distinctly different race tracks to get his first win of the season in the No. 54 Monster Energy Car.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

Feature Photo Credit: 309754 Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images

Austin Dillon Wins the Pole for the NASCAR XFINITY Race at Chicagoland Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series knock out qualifying was held for Saturday nights Owens Corning AttiCat® 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.

In the First Session Brian Scott in the #2 Jewel-Osco/Kraft Singles Chevrolet ran a very fast lap and almost hit the wall but he held on to make it into the top 24. Joey Gase driving the #52 did find the wall to bring out a red flag for cleanup. Gase will start the race 32nd.

The top 24 was 22, 31, 62, 54, 20, 60, 33, 2, 42, 7, 18, 9, 43, and 28.

In the Second Session Ross Kenseth in the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota, went out earl and posted a very fast lap to let everyone know that even though this is his first XFINITY Series start he has arrived and they should take note. We have as well.

Ryan Blaney in the No. 22 Hertz Penske Ford was a favorite for the pole. He was driving like he was going to get it but hit the wall hard in turn 2. He is going to a backup car and will start the race from the back of the field.

The top 12 moving on to the final round were 20, 1, 33, 62, 3, 60, 79, 43, 54, 18 and 6.

Third Session is only 5 minutes which rarely leaves and time for multiple runs or shots at the pole. This held true today as every car only made one lap.

Ross Kenseth improved his time from the second round and looked like he would carry that through to get the Coors Light Pole Award. Austin Dillon in the No. 33 Rheem Chevy beat him by 12 hundredths of a second. Dillon will lead the field to green.

Elliott Sadler actually tied Ross Kenseth’s time but will start third because the No. 1 One Main Financial Ford is lower in owner points. Daniel Suarez will start the race seventh, he is the fastest qualifying rookie of the year candidate.

The top 12 will be 33, 20, 1, 7, 62, 9, 18, 3, 60, 6, 54 and 43.

If you cannot get to the Chicagoland Speedway for the Owens Corning AttiCat® 300 it will be broadcast live on Saturday June 20th at 9:30 PM ET on Fox Sports 1.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

Feature Photo Credit: Brian Berg Jr.