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2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Owner Standings
MORE: Monster Energy Series owner standings " Camping World owner standings Pos. Owner Car No. Points Ldr Nxt Race Wins Stage Wins Playoff Pts Attempts 1 Roger Penske 22 320 0 0 0 3 3 7 2 Joe Gibbs 20 277 -43 -43 2 2 12 7 3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1 260 -60 -17 0 2 2 7 4 Chip Ganassi 42 252 -68 -8 1 1 6 7 5 Rick Hendrick 9 244 -76 -8 0 1 1 7 6 J D Gibbs 18 231 -89 -13 1 3 3 7 7 Richard Childress 2 205 -115 -26 0 0 0 7 8 Richard Childress 3 201 -119 -4 0 0 0 7 9 Kelley Earnhardt-Miller 7 200 -120 -1 1 0 5 7 10 Jack Roush 16 184 -136 -16 1 0 5 7 11 Richard Childress 21 180 -140 -4 0 1 1 7 12 Jack Roush 6 180 -140 0 0 0 0 7 13 Matt Kaulig 11 164 -156 -16 0 0 0 7 14 Chip Ganassi 48 163 -157 -1 0 0 0 7 15 Joe Gibbs 19 160 -160 -3 0 0 0 7 16 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5 157 -163 -3 0 0 0 7 17 James Whitener 28 139 -181 -18 0 0 0 7 18 Gene Haas 00 130 -190 -9 0 0 0 7 19 Richard Childress 33 128 -192 -2 0 0 0 7 20 Maria Gonzalez Hernandez 24 125 -195 -3 0 0 0 7 21 Mark Smith 14 111 -209 -14 0 0 0 7 22 Richard Childress 62 108 -212 -3 0 0 0 7 23 Rod Sieg 39 108 -212 0 0 0 0 7 24 Maurice Gallagher Jr. 23 103 -217 -5 0 0 0 7 25 Michelle Gosselin 90 88 -232 -15 0 0 0 7 26 Tony Stewart 41 86 -234 -2 0 1 1 2 27 Johnny Davis 01 86 -234 0 0 0 0 7 28 Tony Clements 51 83 -237 -3 0 0 0 7 29 Gary Cogswell 0 81 -239 -2 0 0 0 7 30 Gary Keller 4 81 -239 0 0 0 0 7 31 Fred Biagi 98 76 -244 -5 0 0 0 5 32 Jimmy Means 52 74 -246 -2 0 0 0 7 33 Roger Penske 12 64 -256 -10 1 0 0 2 34 Bobby Dotter 07 64 -256 0 0 0 0 7 35 Danielle Long 40 63 -257 -1 0 0 0 7 36 Rick Hendrick 88 49 -271 -14 0 0 0 1 37 Bj McLeod 78 48 -272 -1 0 0 0 7 38 Jessica Smith-Mcleod 99 47 -273 -1 0 0 0 7 39 Jessica Smith-Mcleod 8 41 -279 -6 0 0 0 7 40 Rick Gdovic 46 37 -283 -4 0 0 0 2 41 Danielle Long 13 20 -300 -17 0 0 0 7 42 Mike Harmon 74 16 -304 -4 0 0 0 7 43 Lynn Cockrum 25 12 -308 -4 0 0 0 2 44 Mark Smith 44 10 -310 -2 0 0 0 1 45 Pamela Sieg 93 6 -314 -4 0 0 0 6 46 Victor Obaika 97 4 -316 -2 0 0 0 6 47 Cindy Shepherd 89 2 -318 -2 0 0 0 5 48 Victor Obaika 177 0 -320 -2 0 0 0 1
Actor Morris Chestnut on Austin Dillon, how NASCAR, Hollywood relate
Actor and star of FOX's police crime drama "Rosewood" Morris Chestnut noticed that the cast seemed nervous while filming a portion of the Season 2 finale in March. For good reason, too. "There was a huge explosion and the explosion was so big that everyone on the set was nervous because it was on the second level of this parking structure," Chestnut recalled Monday to NASCAR.com via telephone. "And it was such a big explosion that everyone thought the second level was going to drop down to the first." But one guest star -- Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Austin Dillon -- seemed quite unnerved by the exploding car behind him, Chestnut noticed. It seemed his day job lent a hand to dealing with crashes, fires and loud noises on the set of a television show. "He was actually in the scene when this happened," Chestnut said of Dillon. "And to see his reaction -- he was just like a pro, didn't flinch. It was great, he did a great job." In the "Rosewood" season finale, Dillon portrays Wayne Cirito, a character that is associated with a crime gang that the show's protagonist Dr. Beaumont Rosewood (played by Chestnut) is trying to interrogate. As for Dillon's acting skills? Chestnut was impressed by the 27-year-old driver's versatility on-screen. "That's one thing that's great about Austin," Chestnut said. "It was a very tough scene because he goes from this hard, tough-as-nails guy, to relating to (character Captain Ira) Hornstock and talking about things he may not have been comfortable (talking about)." But as Chestnut learned after talking with Dillon off-screen, race car drivers have to be tough in a variety of facets in their own jobs -- as well as focused, sharp and able-bodied. It's a familiar area for the 48-year-old actor, as he just released a health and fitness book this month entitled "The Cut: Lose Up to 10 Pounds in 10 Days and Sculpt Your Best Body." "It was great to talk to him about some of the insight toward NASCAR," Chestnut said. "I didn't know some of the things that he goes through as (a driver), that they go through in the cars and everything, so it was great to talk to him about that. "…One thing when I was talking to Austin is the endurance factor. Not only do you have to have a healthy body, but you have to have a healthy and sharp mind because a one-second lapse can not only cost you the race, but you can get into some very bad, brutal accidents. So, health and fitness is a huge part of being sharp and being ready when you're on the track. "These guys are athletes, these drivers are athletes," Chestnut continued. "I didn't realize that. They're not just sitting in the car Sunday driving like I do on the freeway. (They're hitting) 200 mph, going around these tracks and turns … you have to be in tip-top shape and (have) a razor-sharp mind." His conversations with Dillon on set gave Chestnut, who has never attended a NASCAR race, a greater appreciation for the sport of racing. "To be honest, I didn't get (NASCAR)," said Chestnut, who also plans to attend Dillon's 3-on-3 charity basketball tournament this year. "I didn't really get it. But he was breaking everything down to me about the whole entire experience. It's not just about the race -- it's even before the race, everyone coming, meeting the drivers, being right on the track. He was breaking so many little intricate things down to me just about the sport in general to where it really, really piqued my interest. So I'm looking forward to getting out to (a race) … (There were) so many interesting things that he was talking to me about, I was like, 'Man, I have to see one of these.' " The connections between NASCAR and Hollywood have grown deeper in recent years, as more drivers have briefly traded their fire suits and race cars for Hollywood scripts and bright lights for cameo appearances in movies and television shows. Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney and Carl Edwards notably nabbed cameo roles in the upcoming Steven Soderbergh-directed, racing-themed film "Logan Lucky;" which stars Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig and Riley Keough among others. Likewise, several movie and television stars have flocked to the often-unfamiliar race tracks, particularly the Southern California-based Auto Club Speedway and Wine Country's Sonoma Raceway. RELATED: NASCAR meets Hollywood in 'Logan Lucky' movie While he is just starting to learn more about NASCAR, Chestnut already sees parallels between NASCAR and Hollywood, primarily the storytelling aspect of both. "I think they're both very entertaining," Chestnut said. "Like I said, I didn't understand the sport … but once he told me the intricacies of the storylines that are involved and how intimate the fans can be with the drivers, it's a whole other level of entertainment. Even the story within the story, the story within the races with some of the drivers and what happens before they even come to the race. "There's just so many interesting things, I think it's just a natural relationship the two can have. Hollywood has stories -- we tell stories with our show every week. The more you know about our show, the more interested you may be. The more I know about NASCAR drivers, the more interested I am in the sport. It's very similar. They're both very strong forms of entertainment." Catch Dillon and Chestnut on the season finale of "Rosewood" on Friday, April 28 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
704Games releases NASCAR Heat Mobile
MORE INFO: Android users " IOS users CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Digital games publisher and developer 704Games has announced the worldwide release of NASCAR Heat Mobile , the first authentic NASCAR racing game on mobile to feature 40 stock cars racing simultaneously. NASCAR Heat Mobile is available globally today on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, as well as Google Play for Android devices. 704Games tapped veteran developer Firebrand Games, creators of NASCAR Unleashed , to build this exciting new casual mobile racing game. NASCAR Heat Mobile combines the thrill of 200 mph stock car racing with the ability to build a NASCAR empire in the Fan Zone. The free-to-play game is the first licensed NASCAR mobile racing game to feature 40 stock cars racing simultaneously across 23 NASCAR sanctioned tracks. Using cutting-edge technology and fun interactive gameplay, NASCAR Heat Mobile immerses players in the world of NASCAR. "NASCAR Heat Mobile is a lot of fun," said Joey Logano, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ driver for Team Penske and 704Games investor. "I can take a few laps in my #22 Ford Fusion in NASCAR Heat Mobile anytime I want. It's a great pick-up-and-play racing game for fans." Take the Wheel Against the Biggest Names in NASCAR From the hills of Sonoma to the short-track spectacle of Bristol, NASCAR Heat Mobile features all 23 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series-sanctioned tracks. Players can start their own career or choose their favorite NASCAR driver to compete. As players race through a season, they'll complete challenges to help them improve their stock cars for better on-track performance. Build the Ultimate NASCAR Empire in the Fan Zone NASCAR Heat Mobile features two distinct worlds to play. Not only can fans race as their favorite Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers, NASCAR Heat Mobile also features a world-building component called the Fan Zone. Players can invest their race winnings into their Fan Zone to enhance their stock car or build their fan base to generate even more earnings for their race program. From blimps to hot dog carts and fuel stations, players can customize their Fan Zone with over 35 buildings and decorations. Each building has a special reward to help players improve on-track performance. NASCAR Heat Mobile is available to download today for free in the App Store for iPhone and iPad and Google Play for Android devices. To learn more about NASCAR Heat Mobile , visit the game's social media on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter .
Fifth annual NASCAR Race To Green celebrates industry-wide effort
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- To commemorate the holistic effort being made to help protect and preserve the environment, NASCAR® announced its fifth annual NASCAR Race to Green ™ initiative. Beginning today and culminating with Sunday's TOYOTA OWNERS 400 at Richmond International Raceway, the initiative will build awareness around the programs NASCAR, the industry and multiple partners have developed to help reduce its carbon footprint. A key pillar of NASCAR Race to Green is a call-to-action for fans and the industry to donate trees that will be planted across the country as well as in areas recently devastated by natural disasters. Fans can visit NASCAR.com/green to donate trees -- $1 per tree for a 2-3 foot sapling -- to be planted in those areas with the support of the Arbor Day Foundation. Fans are encouraged to share their own efforts around being green by using the hashtag #NASCARGreen. "The Race To Green initiative allows us to highlight the foundational partners that help reduce our impact on the environment all year long," said Brent Dewar, NASCAR Chief Operating Officer. "As an example of the wide range of initiatives taking place across the industry, American Ethanol has helped us eclipse 10 million miles on Sunoco Green E15, Safety-Kleen recycles all oil and lubricants at more than 200 race events a year, and collectively as an industry more than 400,000 trees have been planted to date. We are proud to continue those efforts under the Race to Green umbrella." As part of this year's initiative, NASCAR fans visiting NASCAR.com/green will be treated to a newly designed digital destination, complete with easy-to-access information, news, an interactive carbon calculator and more. NASCAR Green will debut a new TV spot today as well, featuring a newly created NASCAR Green logo. NASCAR Race To Green will highlight the sustainability efforts of its teams, tracks and NASCAR Official Partners, who work closely with NASCAR, year-round. While NASCAR Green initiatives span the entire year, the following additional activities will take place throughout this week-long effort: • In partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, NASCAR Official Partners have committed to donate trees to Tennessee residents affected by the Chimney Tops 2 Fire in November 2016. NASCAR will match the donations made by its Official Partners. • As part of the 16th annual Comcast Cares Day, NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers will join Comcast volunteers for a Habitat for Humanity build in Johnson City, Tenn. NASCAR will donate trees for the newly built homes. • Pocono Raceway will release a Sustainability Report that details the initiatives it has in place to be environmentally responsible, including its recycling program, solar farm and more. • In partnership with Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Elliot Sadler will visit Oak Mountain Elementary School in Birmingham, Ala. to donate 750 tree saplings provided by NASCAR and the Arbor Day Foundation. • Today, Danica Patrick will help Mobil 1 spotlight its Mobil 1TM Annual Protection, allowing drivers to go one full year -- or 20,000 miles -- between oil changes, with a ceremonial pour at Bristol Motor Speedway. NASCAR Green was launched because it was the right thing to do for the country, climate and fans. Since 2008, NASCAR has taken a holistic approach across its wide-ranging effort to reduce our impact on the environment, including: • NASCAR and the industry have planted enough trees to completely offset carbon emissions for all three national series racing for the past six years, plus the next 40 years. • NASCAR eclipsed more than 10 million competition miles on Sunoco Green E15, demonstrating that the ethanol blended biofuel stands up to high performance racing while significantly reducing emissions. • Safety-Kleen delivers its oil recycling and re-refining services to the track each weekend, ensuring all cleaning solvents, oil, fluids and lubricants are recaptured and incorporated into useable products. • NASCAR also features many teams and tracks using solar power as a renewable energy source, including: Daytona International Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Sonoma Raceway, Roush Fenway Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports. For more information about NASCAR Race to Green , visit NASCAR.com/Green . The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season will continue wit h the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 23 at 2 p.m. ET on FOX, P RN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Thad Moffitt has helmet fit for 'The King' in ARCA debut
The next generation of Petty pride is making his ARCA debut Saturday night as Thad Moffitt runs the No. 46 Ford at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee. With a helmet that's fit for "The King," Richard Petty's 16-year-old grandson is out to prove himself at the Music City 200 . The helmet that #TheKings grandson @ThadMoffitt will wear tonight in his @ARCA_Racing debut. pic.twitter.com/EXcpKLiydH — RPMotorsports (@RPMotorsports) April 8, 2017 Empire Racing Group and Richard Petty Motorsports partnered to put Moffitt's No. 46 Petty-blue Ford on the track this weekend. "I love racing, being at the track and just learning and trying to get better each race," Moffitt said in a press release. "The ERG team has been great and I've had a lot of fun with them in the late model. They have a good ARCA program and I really wanted to make my debut in this series. "A lot of great drivers have raced in ARCA, and Uncle Kyle and Adam have both won in this series. It makes me really want to follow in their footsteps."
All-Star Race format unveiled, Monster Energy hops on board
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Bristol MORE: All-time All-Star Race winners " Recap 'One Hot Night' DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- As the engines fired, the lightbulbs buzzed -- a first for the annual non-points extravaganza. Never before had an All-Star Race been run under the lights. Dubbed "One Hot Night," the 1992 race signaled a new era, one that became tradition for the fan-favorite event. And now, 25 years later, past meets present … as another new era begins with the first All-Star Race under the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series banner. NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway today announced the format for the 2017 Monster Energy All-Star Race, one that rewards winning and incorporates a fascinating strategy component. The race format is as follows: - The race will feature four stages (20 laps, 20 laps, 20 laps, 10 laps), totaling 70 laps, an ode to the 1992 edition of the same distance. - The goal for all competitors: Earn a spot in the final 10-lap, 10-car stage. - The winner of each of the first three stages will lock up a spot in the final stage, as long as they remain on the lead lap after the third stage. - The cars with the best average finish in the first three stages will make up the remaining spots needed to fill the 10-car final stage. - The remaining 10 cars will be lined up by average finish of the first three stages and given the option to pit. Exit off pit road determines starting order for final stage. - The winner will be awarded $1,000,000. Crew chief strategy has been at a premium throughout this season, and that won't change in the All-Star Race thanks to a unique opportunity granted each team: A coveted set of softer tires. Each team will have one set of these tires available to use at their discretion. A softer tire provides the car with more grip and, thus, speed. In other words, it's a game-changer. But there's a catch: Teams that choose to put on their softer tires to start the final stage must start behind those that choose regular tires. MORE: All-Star team for the All-Star Race "The Monster Energy All-Star Race is designed to be fun for fans, showcasing the best drivers and race teams in NASCAR," said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “With the effort that Goodyear has put into this race with multiple tire compounds, I am excited to see how the stages play out, especially the final 10-car, 10-lap sprint to the checkered flag." "The Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race is etched in the history of our sport for the most memorable moments, trend-setting innovation and big-money payouts," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "This new 70-lap format pays tribute to the 25th anniversary of 'One Hot Night' while pushing the drivers to the brink of insanity with the chances they'll take to win $1 million. I'm as ready as our fans for a May 20 Saturday night shootout where only a daredevil behind the wheel truly has a shot at Victory Lane." Qualifying for the main event, which returns to Friday night, will again include the wildly popular 'no speed limit' four-tire pit stop. Each team will have three timed laps, one of which will include a mandatory four-tire pit stop with no pit-road speed limits enforced. The five quickest teams will advance to the final round of qualifying to determine starting positions one through five. The team that completes the fastest stop will earn the Pit Crew Competition Award. The Monster Energy Open will occur Saturday evening prior to the Monster Energy All-Star Race and will include three stages (20 laps, 20 Laps, 10 laps). The winner of each stage will earn a spot in the All-Star race. The Monster Energy Open field will be set by two rounds of traditional knock-out qualifying. Those eligible for the Monster Energy All-Star Race include: Drivers who won a points event in either 2016 or 2017; drivers who won a Monster Energy Series All-Star Race and compete fulltime; and drivers who won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship and compete fulltime. Those who have not already earned a spot via the above criteria can still lock-in by winning a stage in the Monster Energy Open or by winning the Fan Vote. Drivers who have already clinched an All-Star spot: Chris Buescher, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman and Martin Truex Jr. Weekend passes for the Monster Energy All-Star Race start at just $79 and include admission to the May 19 N.C. Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, May 20 Justin Moore All-Star pre-race concert presented by Rayovac and Kwikset and the Monster Energy Open. Individual adult tickets for the May 20 Monster Energy All-Star Race start at just $39 and tickets for children 13 and under are just $10. To obtain tickets, camping or race-day upgrades, fans should call 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shop online at www.CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com . The Monster Energy All-Star Race and Monster Energy Open will air live on FS1 starting at 6 p.m. ET. The races can also be heard on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90. &lt;/p&gt;
Monsters? Dragons? Next-level track prep hits Texas
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Texas RELATED: Sunday Snapshot " Starting lineup FORT WORTH, Texas – To help prepare its fresh new pavement, Texas Motor Speedway will continue employing the highly specialized "Tire Monster" and "Tire Dragon" again Saturday night and Sunday morning to get the racing surface ready for Sunday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500. Two months ago, the track unveiled its newly paved 1.5-mile racing surface -- altering Turns 1 and 2 by decreasing the banking from 24 to 20 degrees and adding 20 feet of width. Goodyear did not feel a tire test was necessary coming into the race weekend and the track offered an extra hour of opening practice to help the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series prepare for the race. Four drivers -- Erik Jones, Chase Elliott, Trevor Bayne and Kasey Kahne -- have gone to backup cars following incidents on Friday (Jones, Elliott) and Saturday (Bayne, Kahne). But the XFINITY Series race Saturday afternoon was uneventful in terms of track issues and Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage was optimistic about Sunday's race -- especially considering the extra efforts of the "Monster" and the "Dragon" devices to work the track surface in. Both will make laps around the track Saturday from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. and then begin again Sunday morning at 6 a.m. until pre-race activities begin in an effort to apply more rubber to widen the racing grooves. The vehicles drag tires and move at a constant rate to work the new asphalt in. The Dragon from Kentucky Speedway goes slowly, the Monster from Texas goes fast. And Gossage reminded that the track has been running the devices for two months in preparation. Gossage said he was encouraged by the surface heading into Sunday's race, but careful and cautious to give a two thumbs-up verdict yet. "The first half of the race was full of cautions but the second half of the race was race-y," Gossage said of the XFINITY Series' 200 -lapper Saturday. "All the drivers I've talked to say [Turns] 1 and 2 are coming in and getting wider, [Turns] 3 and 4 are treacherous. They say it's unbelievably narrow. I explained that's because Turns 1 and 2 are wider now. Perspective is different for them now. It's behaving like new asphalt. We've done all sorts of things to prep it but at the end of day you can't simulate it. Nothing will totally simulate race cars at speed. "Ask me tomorrow about this time. There's some anxiety to it all, but I was encouraged by the way it got better as the race went on today."
Stage lengths for Texas weekend
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Texas RELATED: Full weekend schedule for Texas The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series are at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. Below are the stage lengths for each race. Click here to bookmark stage lengths for every race this season. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (Race is Sunday, 1:30 p.m. ET, FOX) Stage 1: Ends on Lap 85 Stage 2: Ends on Lap 170 Final Stage: Scheduled to end on Lap 334 XFINITY Series (Race is Saturday, 1:30 p.m. ET, FOX) Stage 1: Ends on Lap 45 Stage 2: Ends on Lap 90 Final Stage: Scheduled to end on Lap 200
Blaney tops eventful first practice at Texas
RELATED: Practice 1 results " See the races at Texas Ryan Blaney soared to the top of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series leaderboard Friday in the opening practice on Texas Motor Speedway's newly redesigned and repaved layout. Blaney hustled the Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford to a best lap of 194.182 mph on the 1.5-mile Fort Worth track. The speed was well under the series' track record of 200 .111 mph set by Tony Stewart during qualifying in October 2014. Michael McDowell was second-fastest in the Texas-based Leavine Family Racing No. 95 Chevrolet, clocking in at 194.056 mph. Texas native Chris Buescher, rookie Erik Jones and AJ Allmendinger (Buescher's JTG Daugherty Racing teammate) completed the top five in the opening of on-track activity before Sunday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) The extended two-hour, 25-minute session was designed to provide teams and drivers with extra practice time on Texas' new configuration. Besides new pavement and drainage systems, the layout features re-profiled banking in Turns 1 and 2, lowered from a 24-degree grade to 20 degrees. Speeds built incrementally through the session, which was marked by a handful of incidents. The hardest hit among those was by Jones, who flattened the side of his Furniture Row Racing No. 77 Toyota on the exit of Turn 4 at the practice's two-hour mark. Two teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing, which shares a technical affiliation with Furniture Row, also encountered problems. Denny Hamlin was the first, spinning his No. 11 Toyota and avoiding contact through Turns 1 and 2, early in the session. JGR teammate Kyle Busch spun his No. 18 Toyota out of the Turn 2 exit, brushing the wall with the right-rear fender with approximately 43 minutes left in opening practice. The No. 18 team initially opted to unload a backup car, but reversed course to fix the primary vehicle. MORE: No. 18 damaged " Elliott to backup car With just under 13 minutes left in practice, Chase Elliott joined the unfortunate list, tapping the outside wall in Turn 2 before veering down to the inside retaining wall on the backstretch. His No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet sustained heavy damage, requiring a backup car for the balance of the weekend. Six drivers were held out of the initial 15 minutes of practice because of penalties incurred last weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Matt DiBenedetto, Elliott, Jones and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were docked practice time because their teams failed pre-race inspection twice. Ty Dillon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were held for 15 minutes because they were late to pre-race inspection. The practice was extended by two minutes after Elliott's crash. Two more practices for the Monster Energy Series are scheduled for Saturday. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Erik Jones lassos XFINITY victory at Texas
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Texas RELATED: Race results " Sunday Snapshot " Detailed breakdown FORT WORTH, Texas – What a difference a pit stop made. Erik Jones gained two seconds over Ryan Blaney on his final trip to pit road, and that was all the driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota needed for a convincing victory in Saturday's My Bariatric Solutions 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. In winning for the second time at Texas, the first time this season and the seventh time in his career, Jones led 112 of the 200 laps and stretched his advantage to more than three seconds in the late going before driving conservatively over the last three laps and beating Blaney to the stripe by .512 seconds. "I tiptoed a lot there in the segments and ended up letting the 22 (Blaney) catch us and pass us, but then I was just super aggressive the whole time in traffic just trying to make passes as quick as I could and get as many cars as I could between myself and Ryan, and it paid off," Jones said. "I think we were probably a little slower than him for the last few laps – he had so many lapped cars to get around that there was no way he was going to get to us." Kevin Harvick ran third, 21.383 seconds behind Jones, as only nine drivers finished on the lead lap. Austin Dillon was fourth, followed by Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Cole Custer, who posted a career-best fifth, and Darrell Wallace Jr., who finished sixth for the fifth consecutive race. With the final stage of the race going green from a restart on Lap 98 to the conclusion, Blaney ran down Jones and passed him for the lead on Lap 131. Jones came to pit road for fresh tires and fuel on Lap 147, and Blaney followed a lap later. In the exchange of stops, Jones went from a half-second behind to 2.178 seconds ahead of the runner-up, and from that point on it was game over. "I thought our car was pretty good all day," Blaney said. "The 20 seemed to be a little better than us for 35 or 40 laps. Then I feel like we could start running him down. We passed him before the last pit stop, and I thought our car was pretty decent right there. I needed to turn a little better early in a run. I knew it wasn't going to be that long for the next stint. "We didn't come out with the lead, and that hurt us. I think if we would have come out with the lead, I don't know if I could have held him off. He was pretty good right away, but we kind of over adjusted and got too free that last run. I felt like we were kind of even with them 10 laps into a run, but then he got so far out ahead that we couldn’t run him down. Just couldn't get there." Stage racing played a decisive role in strategies employed by NASCAR XFINITY Series regulars versus Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers moonlighting in Saturday's race. When Garrett Smithley's spin off Turn 2 brought out the fifth caution on Lap 84, most of the Cup drivers came to pit road. The XFINITY regulars, on the other hand, stayed on the track under the yellow to collect points at the end of the second stage, which concluded on Lap 90. William Byron won the stage and the accompanying playoff point, leading nine XFINITY regulars in the top 10 in that stage. In contrast, Jones won the first stage, which featured only three full-time XFINITY drivers in the top 10. Despite finishing 10th as the first driver one lap down, Elliott Sadler retained the series lead by six points over Byron in second place. &amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;