NASCAR XFINITY Series News and Rumors

Next Race: Homestead

Entry List: 45 teams entered
Practice 1: Friday, November 16, 2:35-3:25pm/et. TV-NBCSN
Practice 2: Friday, November 16, 5:05-5:55pm/et. TV-NBCSN
Qualifying: Saturday, November 17, 12:35pm/et. TV-NBCSN
Race: Saturday, November 17, 3:30pm/et on NBCSN, MRN (Stages 45/90/200), Green flag 3:46pm/et.

XFINITY Entry List: There are 45 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's season ending Ford Ecoboost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
See the complete list on the Homestead-Miami Speedway entry list page.

Championship 4 News and Notes - NASCAR Xfinity Series

An in-depth look at the four drivers that have qualified for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship 4 and will race for the title at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Ford EcoBoost 300 on Saturday, Nov. 17 (at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90). [More](11-14-2018)

KSDT sponsoring Smithley at Homestead

Kabat, Schertzer, De La Torre, Taraboulos & Company (KSDT), one of the fastest growing accounting firms in the United States, has renewed its sponsorship of JD Motorsports with Gary Keller in the Ford EcoBoost 300 on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Under the terms of the sponsorship agreement, KSDT's logo will be featured on Garrett Smithley's No. 0 Chevrolet Camaro. This is the fourth year that KSDT is participating in NASCAR's Championship Weekend and the third year it is sponsoring its hometown speedway.[More](11-14-2018)

Desert Diamond Casinos to sponsor XFINITY race at ISM Raceway

ISM Raceway and Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment today announced a multi-year partnership that will give Desert Diamond the naming rights to one of the Raceway's two new Canyons, the immersive entrances created as part of the recently completed ISM Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar. As part of its naming rights deal, Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment will also become the title sponsor of the NASCAR Xfinity Series semifinal playoff race at ISM Raceway in November 2019 and November 2020[More](11-13-2018)

Last Race: Phoenix

Entry List: 40 teams entered
Practice 1: Posted
Practice 2: Posted
Qualifying: Starting Lineup
Crew Rosters: Posted
Pit Stalls: Posted
Race: Official Report

Christopher Bell wins all-or-nothing race to clinch Xfinity championship berth: In a Playoff round that has been feast or famine for Christopher Bell, the driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry gorged to his heart's content on Saturday at ISM Raceway. Starting from 38th, Bell roared through the field to win the Whelen Trusted To Perform 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and advance to the Nov. 17 season championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.[More](11-10-2018)

Christopher Bell wins ISM Raceway XFINITY race: #20-Christopher Bell won the Whelen Trusted to Perform 200 at Phoenix for his 7th win of the year and 8th career XFINITY win.
#21-Daniel Hemric finished second, followed by #2-Matt Tifft, #22-Austin Cindric, #18-Ryan Preece, #9-Tyler Reddick, #19-Brandon Jones, #00-Cole Custer, pole sitter #42-John Hunter Nemechek, and #23-Spencer Gallagher.
#20-Christopher Bell, #00-Cole Custer, #21-Daniel Hemric, and #9-Tyler Reddick will compete for the XFINITY Series championship at Homestead.
There were 6 cautions for 34 laps and 7 lead changes among 6 leaders.
The average speed was 100.643mph.
Complete results are on the Phoenix race results page (pdf).(11-10-2018)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Phoenix Race & Points Report (pdf).

XFINITY Driver standings:
[after Phoenix - race 3 of 3 in the Round of 8, 7 of 8 in the Playoffs]
competing for the Championship at Homestead:
#00-Cole Custer, 4000
#20-Christopher Bell, 4000
#21-Daniel Hemric, 4000
#9-Tyler Reddick, 4000
Eliminated from the Playoffs:
#7-Justin Allgaier
#1-Elliott Sadler
#2-Matt Tifft
#22-Austin Cindric
See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings (pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(11-10-2018)

Chevrolet clinches 19th Bill France Performance Cup in XFINITY Series

With the waving of the green flag over the Whelen 200 at ISM Raceway, Chevrolet clinched the Bill France Performance Cup in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). The 2018 achievement marks the 19th time the Bowtie Brand has captured this prestigious honor, more than any other manufacturer. The triumph marks the fourth time Camaro SS has earned the award since becoming Chevrolet's flagship in the Xfinity Series in 2013. The Camaro has earned 67 NXS victories since its debut. [More](11-10-2018)

Jeffrey Earnhardt to drive nine XFINITY races for Joe Gibbs Racing

Jeffrey Earnhardt will compete in a nine-race NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) in 2019 with sponsorship from Xtreme Concepts Inc., a worldwide leader in providing turnkey security solutions, along with training and technology integration to U.S. government, military and commercial clients on a global scale.[More](11-10-2018)

Texas XFINITY TV ratings

Last Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race from Texas earned a 0.51 rating and 791,000 viewers on NBCSN, flat in ratings and down 7% in viewership from last year (0.5, 849K), and down 44% and 42% respectively from 2016 (0.9, 1.37M).[Sports Media Watch](11-10-2018)

Ross Chastain to run full time XFINITY schedule for Chip Ganassi Racing

DC Solar and Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announce today that the clean energy company will continue their partnership with CGR to include sponsorship of the No. 42 DC Solar Chevrolet Camaro SS in the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). Recent series winner, Ross Chastain will compete full-time in the No. 42 DC Solar Chevy during the 2019 NXS campaign. [More](11-9-2018)

Cindric to run full-time in 2019 for Penske

Team Penske has announced that 20-year-old Austin Cindric will compete full time in the 2019 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS), driving the No. 22 Ford Mustang. Team Penske will continue to run the No. 12 on a limited basis in 2019 with Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney and Paul Menard sharing driving duties. [More](11-8-2018)

Chevy to debut new body designs for NXS and Trucks UPDATE

Sources have confirmed that Chevrolet will be hosting a press conference at Texas Motor Speedway Friday at 11:45 a.m. in the media center to announce new Camaro and Silverado body designs for the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series and the 2019 Gander Outdoors Trucks Series entries. A press release regarding the weekend schedule from the track may have spilled the beans on the event, as well, but news that Chevrolet had been working to redesign the Camaro was first reported by Kickin' the Tires in April.(10-31-2018)
UPDATE: Chevrolet will campaign an updated Camaro SS coupe in the NASCAR Xfinity Series™ and the new Silverado in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series™ in 2019, the brand announced today. This marks the third time the Xfinity Series Camaro SS has received an update since its competition debut in 2013. This is the first time since 2014 the Gander Outdoors Truck Series Silverado has been redesigned.

Tyler Reddick moving to Richard Childress Racing? UPDATE

Tyler Reddick has been talking to other teams about joining them next season. The most likely option could be to replace Daniel Hemric in Richard Childress Racing's No. 21.(10-24-2018)
UPDATE: Richard Childress Racing will welcome current championship contender Tyler Reddick to its 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series program. Additional information on Reddick's crew chief, sponsorship and car number will be announced at a later date.[More](10-31-2018)

Spencer Gallagher to retire at end of 2018

The announcement was made on Friday afternoon prior to Xfinity Series practice at Kansas Speedway. Gallagher said he will move into a managerial role with GMS Racing beginning with the 2019 season.[More](10-19-2018)

Lilly Diabetes not returning to Roush Fenway

The company has sponsored Ryan Reed for five years, but will shift their focus to other initiatives. Reed is not expected to return to Roush.[More](10-15-2018)

Truck and XFINITY races at Nashville?

The owner of Bristol Motor Speedway is in preliminary talks about holding two yearly NASCAR races at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, but the two sides appear no closer to a deal. Tony Formosa, the longtime promoter of the fairgrounds racetrack, said Speedway Motorsports, the company that owns Bristol Motor Speedway, has expressed interest in holding a NASCAR Xfinity Series race and a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the fairgrounds.[More](10-12-2018)