NASCAR XFINITY Series News and Rumors

Next Race: Las Vegas

Entry List: Not released yet.
Practice 1: Friday, March 2, 12:05-12:55pm/et. TV-FS1
Practice 2: Friday, March 2, 2:05-2:50pm/et. TV-FS1
Qualifying: Saturday, March 3, 1:05pm/et. TV-FS1
Race: Saturday, March 3, 4:00pm/et on FS1, PRN (Stages 45/90/200), Green flag 4:16pm/et.

Last Race: Atlanta

Entry List: 42 teams entered
Practice 1: Results
Practice 2: Results
Qualifying: Starting LineupPit Stalls
Crew Rosters: Posted
Race:ResultsDriver PointsOwner Points

Kevin Harvick wins Atlanta NASCAR XFINITY race in a runaway: The driver of the No. 98 Ford dominated the action on the track, leading 141-of-163 laps and winning both stages before taking the checkered flag 4.183 seconds ahead of runner-up Joey Logano.[More](2-24-2018)

Harvick wins Atlanta XFINITY race: #98-Kevin Harvick won the Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway for his 47th career XFINITY win and 5th win at Atlanta.
#22-Joey Logano finished second, followed by pole-sitter #20-Christopher Bell, #42-John Hunter Nemechek (in his XFINITY debut), #1-Elliott Sadler, #7-Justin Allgaier, #12-Autin Cindric, #18-Kyle Benjamin, #11-Ryan Truex, and #16-Ryan Reed.
Harvick dominated the race, leading 141 of the 163 laps. Only 7 cars were on the lead lap at the finish.
There were 4 cautions for 21 laps and 9 lead changes among 3 leaders.
The average speed was 129.670mph.
Complete results are on the Atlanta race results page (pdf). (2-24-2018)

XFINITY Driver standings following Atlanta:
1) #1-Elliott Sadler, 84
2) #9-Tyler Reddick, 80, -4
3) #16-Ryan Reed, 70, -14
4) #11-Ryan Truex, 63, -21
5) #23-Spencer Gallagher, 62, -22
6) #20-Christopher Bell, 53, -31
7) #7-Justin Allgaier, 52, -32
8) #4-Ross Chastain, 49, -35
9) #24-Kaz Grala, 47, -37
10) #19-Brandon Jones, 47, -37
11) #21-Daniel Hemric, 46, -38
12) 15-Garrett Smithley, 44, -40
See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(2-24-2018)

Cellairis sponsoring Smithley at Atlanta

Cellairis, a leading global device repair and accessory company based in Atlanta, partners with professional driver Garrett Smithley on board the No. 15 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro for this Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series Rinnai 250. Cellairis was eager to team up with Smithley, who grew up in Peachtree City, GA, at his home track, the Atlanta Motor Speedway where the Rinnai 250 will take place. [More](2-23-2018)

RCR parts ways with Nick Harrison

Less than a week into the NASCAR XFINITY Series season, Richard Childress Racing confirmed to CATCHFENCE.com that former crew chief Nick Harrison has been released from the organization.
Harrison had cemented nearly five years with the Welcome, N.C.-based team entering Speedweeks, but he and car chief Robert Scott were banned from participating in last Saturday afternoon's PowerShares QQQ 300 after a rear suspension violation was discovered in pre-qualifying inspection.[More](2-26-2018)

Datyona XFINITY TV ratings

Last Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series opener from Daytona scored a 1.15 rating and 1.85 million viewers on FS1, down 18% in ratings and viewership from last year (1.4, 2.25M) and down 17% and 13% respectively from 2016 (1.4, 2.1M). It was the least-watched edition of the race since at least 2007. The last time it faced the Winter Olympics, 2014, the race had a 1.8 and 2.7 million on ESPN.[Sports Media Watch](2-22-2018)

Garrett Smithley and Matt Mills to swap numbers

JD Motorsports with Gary Keller announced today that for the Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 24th and the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 3rd, Garrett Smithley will drive the No. 15 Chevrolet Camaro and Matt Mills will drive the No. 0 Chevy.[More](2-20-2018)

JR Motorsports supporting Nationwide Children's Hospital

JR Motorsports will support Nationwide Children's Hospital in a prominent way during the NASCAR Xfinity Series season in 2018. One of America's largest pediatric healthcare and research centers delivering care for more than 1.4 million patient visits each year, Nationwide Children's will have five primary paint schemes with the No. 9 team and driver Tyler Reddick this season.More.(2-20-2018)

Four Georgia companies partner with Sieg for Atlanta

RSS Racing is pleased to welcome four co primary sponsors for #39 car for the XFINITY race this Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Ryan Sieg, who piloted the #93 at Daytona, will return to the seat of the #39 car this weekend. It will be a home town effort on all fronts this weekend for RSS Racing who is based in Sugar Hill, GA. All four sponsors are local to the Georgia area as well. Georgia Metals, Havoc Construction, Atlanta Compressor, and Big Frog Shirts will join the team in a unique sponsorship platform. Each company will have its logos on the hood, quarter panels, and rear of the car.More.(2-20-2018)

2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series at Daytona paint schemes

See images of all the cars that were entered in the Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway here.(2-19-2018)

Daytona NASCAR XFINITY race margin of victory was .0004 second

NASCAR timing and scoring reviewed the film to determine a more detailed margin.[More](2-18-2018)

Kyle Benjamin to run two NASCAR XFINITY races for Joe Gibbs Racing

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces that Kyle Benjamin will pilot the No. 18 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) Toyota Camry for two races throughout the 2018 season. Benjamin will run the Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 24th, and the U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway on July 28th. PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant has been named the primary sponsor for Benjamin on the No. 18 Camry in Atlanta. The primary sponsor for Iowa will be announced at a later date.[More](2-17-2018)

Fox brings back "Drivers Only" XFINITY broadcast

Back for the sequel, live on FOX on Saturday, April 28 from Talladega Superspeedway (3:00 PM ET), are Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and newcomers Brad Keselowski and Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr.[More](2-15-2018)

Jeremy Clements ready for another full season

Jeremy Clements Racing is thrilled to announce they will return for the full 2018 NASCAR XFINITY season. The family-run single-car team will be competing in their eighth full-time season. Jeremy provided one of the most exciting memories of 2017 by capturing his first NASCAR win at Road America and a spot in the playoffs. JCR finished 2017 with one win, two top tens and twelfth in driver points.[More](2-14-2018)

Eric McClure arrested for assault

Former NASCAR driver and current regional series team owner Eric McClure was arrested Sunday on a Class 1 misdemeanor charge of assault and battery, according to the clerk's office of the Smyth County (Va.) Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. McClure, 39, was released on an unsecured bond of $2,500, after being arrested at his home by the Smyth County Sheriff's Office following an altercation between husband and wife, according to an affidavit filed with the court clerk. [More](2-12-2018)

thinQ Technology partners to support Dylan Lupton

As his Daytona International Speedway debut in the NASCAR XFINITY Series approaches, Dylan Lupton and JGL Racing announced that thinQ Technology Partners will support the NASCAR Next alumnus for the Feb. 17 running of the PowerShares QQQ 300 and 20 additional XFINITY Series races this season.[More](2-9-2018)

Alex Labbe to run full XFINITY season

Reigning NASCAR Pinty's Series' champion Alex Labbe will graduate to the NASCAR Xfinity series this season. The 24-year-old Labbe will be behind the wheel of the Chevrolet entered by a new team, DGM Racing led by Mario Gosselin this season.[More](2-8-2018)

Cindric to compete in XFINITY series full time

Coming off a third-place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings last season, 19-year-old Austin Cindric will race for the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) title in 2018, competing in all 33 series events this season with two different winning organizations. Cindric will open the 2018 season racing the No. 60 PIRTEK Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing at Daytona International Speedway on February 17. As previously announced, Cindric will compete in a total of nine events for Roush Fenway, including four of the first five races on the NXS schedule. In addition, Cindric will drive either the No. 12 or the No. 22 Ford Mustang for Team Penske in the remaining 24 races, including the four Dash for Cash events at Bristol, Richmond, Talladega and Dover. [More](2-8-2018)

2018 race stage lengths announced

NASCAR today announced the 2018 stage lengths for its three national series, looking to build on last season's successful debut of the race format. Following feedback from NASCAR Xfinity Series race teams, there will be slight updates to the stage lengths at both ISM Raceway in Phoenix and Dover International Speedway. At both Phoenix races, the stages will end at Lap 45, Lap 90 and Lap 200. For the Dover events, the stages will end on Lap 45, Lap 90 and Lap 200. [More](2-7-2018)

David Starr joins Jimmy Means Racing

David Starr aligns with Jimmy Means Racing for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. Starr will compete full-time in the No. 52 Chevrolet Camaro starting with the POWERSHARES QQQ 300 season opener at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2018.[More](2-6-2018)

Josh Bilicki joins JP Motorsports

JP Motorsports is proud to announce the addition of Josh Bilicki to our 2018 driver lineup. Bilicki will pilot the No. 45 Prevagen Toyota Camry, beginning in two weeks at the Daytona International Speedway. JP Motorsports, who purchased Tri-Star Racing's Xfinity cars, was not expected to field a second entry until Atlanta. On Friday, the organization secured a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and finalized a deal with Bilicki to start the season with two cars.[More](2-5-2018)

Chad Finchum set for season with MBM Motorsports

The NASCAR racing season kicks off with Speedweeks each February at Daytona International Speedway. Chad Finchum of Knoxville, Tennessee, can't wait to arrive at the "World Center of Racing" in the Sunshine State because he will be competing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series PowerShares QQQ 300 on Saturday, Feb. 17 driving the No. 40 Toyota for MBM Motorsports. Finchum competed in seven NASCAR Xfinity Series races last year for MBM Motorsports, and tentative plans call for the 23-year-old to run the full schedule in 2018. [More](2-4-2018)

Mills to drive #15 XFINITY entry for JDM

JD Motorsports with Gary Keller announced today that Matt Mills will be joining the team starting with the Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 24th. Mills will pilot the No. 15 Chevrolet Camaro, which will compete full-time in the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. JF Electric and Thompson Electric will be on board as associate sponsors.[More](2-2-2018)

Nexteer Automotive returns in 2018 with Richard Childress Racing

Nexteer Automotive and Richard Childress Racing have extended their partnership between the two companies for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. Entering their third year with RCR, Nexteer will serve as a multi-race primary partner for RCR newcomer Matt Tifft and the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro team. Nexteer's 2018 season kicks off with the XFINITY Series opener at Daytona International Speedway. The automotive company will also serve as an associate sponsor for the No. 2 Chevrolet for all additional XFINITY Series races, as well as a full-time associate sponsor with 2017 XFINITY Series championship contender Daniel Hemric and the No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro. [More](2-2-2018)

Flex Seal returns to JDM for sixth season

JD Motorsports with Gary Keller is thrilled to welcome back long-time partner Flex Seal for the sixth consecutive year. The Flex Seal family of products will be on board the JD Motorsports Chevrolet Camaros for multiple races throughout the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season.[More](1-30-2018)

Earnhardt planning to run Richmond XFINITY race, hoping for more

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. responded to a tweet regarding his plans for racing in the XFINITY Series in 2018. He revealed he has just one race locked in for 2018, in hopes of adding more.[More](1-30-2018)

JP Motorsports announces three race deal with Jani-King

JP Motorsports is excited to announce the addition of Jani-King as a primary sponsor in the first three events of the NASCAR XFINITY Series season. Jani-King will be featured on the No. 55 Toyota Camry beginning next month at Daytona.[More](1-30-2018)