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Starting lineup for Zippo 200 at The Glen
See the full lineup for the XFINITY Series Zippo 200 at The Glen -- Watkins Glen International.
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Starting lineup for XFINITY Series' Zippo 200 at The Glen
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Related: Zippo 200 at The Glen Results " Updated Chase Grid WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Early misfortunes, including a major multi-car wreck, had an unsettling effect on the Chase chances for several NASCAR XFINITY Series playoff hopefuls Saturday at Watkins Glen International . Darrell Wallace Jr . and Blake Koch were among the hardest hit in a 10-car stack-up on the 18th of 82 laps in the Zippo 200 , a pileup that forced a red flag of nearly 14 minutes. Wallace's Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 Ford sustained heavy front-end damage and spent plenty of time in the garage for repairs, extending his streak to four straight races without a top-10 finish. He wound up 29th in the final rundown, 19 laps off the pace. Wallace started and ended the day ninth on the provisional Chase grid, but slipped to just a 16-point edge over 10th-place Ryan Reed -- the wrong direction for momentum ahead of the playoffs. "All I see is we have bad luck and it is getting old, my friend," Wallace told NBCSN. "It is unfortunate for my team. We come here and I messed up on the first lap in the first practice we had, and then we were sitting pretty for the rest of the weekend. It is just getting old. We will go on to Mid-Ohio and try to have some luck there." Koch's Kaulig Racing No. 11 Chevrolet was done for the day with damage all around. Koch, who was clinging to the final spot on the provisional Chase grid after last weekend's event at Iowa Speedway , failed to finish for the second time in the last four races. "Just points. That's the only thing going through my mind from the first impact, all I thought was points," Koch said. "It's not good, but I made a mistake early on and lost a bunch of spots and got us back there and that kind of started it. I've just got to be a little bit smarter at these road courses, but man, I hate it for everybody." Koch was evaluated and released from the infield care center, but had his right hand bandaged -- a byproduct, he said, of blisters from all of the shifting in Thursday's extended XFINITY practice on Watkins Glen's new pavement. "You know what, I need to have manlier hands," Koch said with a laugh. "That's the issue." Jeremy Clements was another driver with plenty to gain from the multicar wreck, entering the day tied for the top spot among drivers outside the provisional Chase grid. But Clements' No. 51 Chevrolet had its own pitfalls, limping to the garage with a broken track bar on Lap 9 and returning for a 25th-place finish. He dropped from 13th to 15th in the series standings. Ross Chastain took sole possession of 13th place in the XFINITY standings with a 14th-place outing Saturday at The Glen. He closed from 24 points back to just a two-point gap behind Koch in the final cut-off spot. The XFINITY Series sticks to road racing next week for Saturday's Mid-Ohio Challenge (3:30 p.m. ET, USA, MRN, SiriusXM) at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course .
Full schedule for Watkins Glen
RELATED: Watch live online at NBCSports.com The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINTIY Series will gather for a doubleheader weekend at Watkins Glen International this week. Check out the full weekend schedule below. Note: All times are ET THURSDAY, AUG. 4: ON TRACK -- 1-2:25 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series first practice ( Results ) -- 3:30-4:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series second practice ( Results ) FRIDAY, AUG. 5: ON TRACK -- 10-10:55 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN ( Results ) -- 12:30-1:55 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series first practice, NBCSN ( Results ) -- 3-4:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN ( Results ) -- 4:45 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN ( Results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 10:45 a.m.: Chris Buescher -- 11:15 a.m.: Chase Elliott -- Noon: Dale Earnhardt Jr . -- 2:05 p.m.: Carl Edwards -- 2:30 p.m.: Martin Truex Jr . and Joe Garone, Furniture Row Racing team president -- 6 p.m. approx.: Post-NASCAR XFINITY Series qualifying GARAGECAM ( Watch live ) -- 9:30 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series -- noon: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series DAILY ROUNDUP -- At-track photos: Friday, Watkins Glen -- Junior gives concussion update, intends to get back to racing -- Dale Jr. talking 'weddin,' more tweets -- Earnhardt Jr. targets contract extension at Hendrick -- Junior: 'I'm not ready to stop racing. I'm not ready to quit' -- Dale Jr. in his own words -- Furniture Row GM: 'Good time' to mull second team -- Chase-clinching scenarios for Watkins Glen -- Allmendinger, Truex lead Sprint Cup practice at The Glen -- Following Pocono's 'big moment,' Buescher steadies Chase focus -- Full lineup for tomorrow's XFINITY Series event SATURDAY, AUG. 6: ON TRACK -- 12:15 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, CNBC ( Results ) -- 2 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Zippo 200 at The Glen (82 laps, 200 .9 miles), CNBC ( Results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 1:30 p.m. approx.: Post-NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying -- 4:30 p.m. approx.: Post-NASCAR XFINITY Series race DAILY ROUNDUP -- Sources: Details set for Furniture Row announcement -- Watkins Glen mayhem tights XFINITY Chase standings -- Cain: Dale Jr.'s trip to the track brings mutual reassurance -- At-track photos: Saturday at The Glen -- 'Rowdy' surprises fan with autograph on RV -- Logano wins Penske-dominated race at Watkins Glen -- Said still having a blast with fans, racing -- Snapshot: Watkins Glen -- Backward pit stops? How stops at The Glen work -- Edwards earns pole award at Watkins Glen -- See the entire Watkins Glen 40-car field SUNDAY, AUG. 7: ON TRACK -- 2 p.m.: Driver Introductions -- 2:28 p.m.: Canadian National Anthem: Amy Rivard, Singer/Songwriter -- 2:30 p.m.: USA Live on air -- 2:30 p.m.: Presentation of Colors: U.S. Marines Color Guard (on stage), New York State Troopers (Turn 1), Alfred State ROTC (Turn 2), Chemung-Schuyler Cadet Squadron (Esses) -- 2:30 p.m.: Invocation by: Reverend David Fife, Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church -- 2:31 p.m.: National Anthem by : J.W. Cortes -- 2:32 p.m.: Flyover by: C-130 Hercules, 914th Airlift Wing, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station - - 2:38 p.m.: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: John Persons, President and Chief Operating Officer, Top's Markets and Johnny Persons -- 2:49 p.m.: Start of the Cheez-It 355 (90 laps, 220.5 miles), USA ( Results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 10 a.m.: Furniture Row Racing announcement -- 5:30 p.m. approx.: Post-NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race DAILY ROUNDUP -- Hamlin wins thriller at Watkins Glen -- Keselowski, Truex make post-race contact -- Chase Bubble: Analyzing the playoff picture post-Watkins Glen -- 'Dinger hangs head after final lap run-in with Larson -- Jones, Furniture Row announce second car for '17 -- Childers airs frustrations during Watkins Glen race -- Hard-hitting wreck brings out the red flag -- Gordon makes 800th Cup start Sunday -- NASCAR looming for IndyCar's Newgarden? -- Cope addresses strange explosion -- Race-day images from Watkins Glen
Cope on car issues: I've never 'seen that transpire before'
RELATED: Watkins Glen race results WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Elton Sawyer, NASCAR Vice President of Officiating and Technical Inspection, said Sunday morning that the odd explosion involving Derrike Cope's car Saturday at Watkins Glen International was a result of excessive brake heat with little place to escape forcing a dramatic tire failure. Cope's No. 70 Chevrolet slowed to a stop in a cut-through area at the 2.45-mile road course's chicane during Saturday's Zippo 200 for the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The front end of the car then sustained severe damage in the blowout, sending up a cloud of brake dust and bringing out the last of the race's eight caution flags. NASCAR competition officials impounded the car after the race, with Sawyer -- who was named to his post July 12 -- and XFINITY Series director Wayne Auton investigating the issue alongside Goodyear tire engineers in the Watkins Glen garage. Sawyer said that Cope's No. 70 had made contact with another car one or two laps before the incident, causing a vibration and brake issue on his car's right-front corner. When his brake pedal started to lose its effect, Cope indicated he was looking for a place to pull off the course. The contact broke the brake caliper where it attached to the spindle, Sawyer said, creating excessive heat to melt the bead on the right-front tire's inner sidewall. "As soon as the vehicle comes to a stop, you've got all that radiant heat and it's just sitting there at the soft point of the sidewall, which is where it basically explodes," Sawyer said. Sawyer said that NASCAR did not take the car back to its Research & Development Center in North Carolina, releasing the car to the team after at-track investigation and adding that competition officials would review the issue further. "We'll look into it as we always do," Sawyer said. "We'll get back and get with the guys at the R&D Center and say, 'here's what happened.' We've got plenty of photographs and documentation, so we'll look into it. But I think it's when you're at a high-speed place where there's high braking, like a Martinsville, we see beads all the time. The situation here was when the vehicle came to a stop, there's no air moving, so it's probably the biggest issue." Cope was evaluated and released from the infield care center after the incident. "In 35 years of racing, I don't think I've ever seen that transpire before," Cope told NBCSN after Saturday's evaluation. "We were just trying to survive and get through this thing so next week we could kind of work on this thing. I lost the brake pedal going into Turn 1, and I knew something happened to a piston or whatever so I just went easy down there and got off the end down there and started coming to a stop, and the whole thing just blew the hood off. And I don't know really what it was. It looked like the shocks were all intact and the tires were up, so I don't know really what exploded." The incident was also a new one on Sawyer, too, who competed for parts of 20 seasons in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. "That may be the first," Sawyer said. "We see tires blow all the time, but they're at speed, they go down, so we don't usually see it in a static situation like that."
Post-Race Reactions: Zippo 200
The top finishers comment on a fun day of racing on the twists and turns of Watkins Glen.