NASCAR XFINITY Series ToyotaCare 250 Notes and Entry List

InterstitialSlide_Xfinity_922x520Dead Locked: Buescher, Dillon Tied Atop The NASCAR XFINITY Series Standings

Seven races into the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series season and Roush Fenway Racing’s Chris Buescher and Richard Childress Racing’s Ty Dillon are tied atop the points standings at 258 points each. The tie-breaker rule – best finish – officially give Buescher the points lead, thanks to his runner-up finish at Daytona. Dillon’s best finish is third, at both Daytona and Atlanta.

Buescher’s third-place finish this past weekend at Bristol was his fourth top five and fifth top 10 of the season. In the season-to-date Loop Data, Buescher ranks third in Average Running Position (8.958), third in Driver Rating (100.5), and third in Percentage of Laps Run on the Lead Lap (94.3%). His average finish this season is 7.3 – tied with Dillon as the best among the NXS championship contenders.

And he’s done it while running double duty, starting the last four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford. He’ll skip the NSCS at Richmond this weekend, choosing to solely concentrate on the NXS event – and championship.

Buescher has made three starts at Richmond International Raceway posting two top 10s and an average finish of 11.3. Buescher finished seventh in the Spring Richmond event last season.

Dillon’s consistent performance this season has him contending for a title; in seven starts he has posted three top fives, four top 10s and an average finish of 7.3. Dillon’s season-to-date Loop Data further explains his 2015 success; he is ranked sixth in Driver Rating (97.3), fourth in Average Running Position (9.133) and first in Percentage of Laps Run on the Lead Lap (98.2%).

Dillon could bounce back to his series point leading ways at Richmond. Dillon has made four series starts at RIR posting two 10s and an average finish of 11.5. He finished ninth at Richmond last fall.

TRACK NEWS

Track Specifications:
Track Length:
0.75 mile D-shaped oval, measured 13.5 ft from SAFER Barrier
Track Width: 60 feet with 10-foot apron
Banking: turns 14 degrees; front stretch 8 degrees; backstretch 2 degrees
Straights: Backstretch – 860 feet; Front stretch – 1290 feet
Pit Road: 64-foot width, 43 concrete pit stalls, each measuring 28’x19′
Pit Road Speed: 45mph
Pace Car Speed: 50mph
Seating Capacity: 71,000 {was 97,912 and was 112,029 before that]
Opened: 1946 (First NASCAR race was 1953)
Last Repaved: Fall of 2003

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • Television Race Coverage: FoxSports 1 – 7:30pm/et
  • Announcers: Adam Alexander, Michael Waltrip, Brad Keselowski
    Pit Reporters: Vince Welch, Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Matt Yocum
    NASCAR RACEDAY: Larry McReynolds, Kenny Wallace.

EVENT SCHEDULE
Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Thursday, April 23rd
10:00 AM NXS HAULERS ENTER
11:30 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
12:00 PM-5:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN

Friday, April 24th
7:00 AM-8:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
7:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
7:15 AM NXS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
8:15 AM-10:25 AM NXS FINAL PRACTICE
3:45 PM NXS QUALIFYING (FoxSports 1)
5:15 PM NXS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
7:00 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
7:30 PM NXS RACE (250 LAPS, 187.5 MILES) (FoxSports 1)
NXS = XFINITY Series

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
  • Set limits:
    Xfinity: 6 sets for the event
  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side — D-4632;
    Right-side — D-4644
  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side — 87.32 in. (2,218 mm);
    Right-side — 88.31 in. (2,243 mm)
  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front — 12 psi; Left Rear — 12 psi;
    Right Front — 30 psi; Right Rear — 27 psi
  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Richmond this weekend . . . while these teams ran this left-side tire code (D-4632) at Richmond last September, this is the first time they have run this right-side code (D-4644) . . . this right-side is a Goodyear multi-zone tread tire, which incorporates two distinct compounds on the same tire . . . the inboard two inches of the tread (Endurance Zone) features the same compound that was run at Richmond last fall, while the outboard 10 inches of the tread (Traction Zone) features a compound run at this track prior to that and will provide teams with more grip . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Richmond on April 7 . . . drivers participating in that test were A.J. Allmendinger, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Richmond.

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NASCAR XFINITY Series Entry List
ToyotaCare 250
Richmond International Raceway – 4/24/2015
Entry Car # Driver Make Sponsor
1 0 Harrison Rhodes Chevrolet teamjdmotorsports.com
2 01 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Flex Seal
3 1 Elliot Sadler Ford OneMain Financial
4 2 Brian Scott Chevrolet Safeway / Reser’s
5 03 Johanna Long Chevrolet Mike Affarano Motorsports
6 3 Ty Dillon Chevrolet Yuengling Light
7 4 Ross Chastain # Chevrolet Watermelon.org
8 6 Darrell Wallace Jr # Ford Bleacher Report
9 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet Breyers
10 8 Blake Koch Toyota Promise Keepers
11 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet NAPA Auto Parts
12 10 Jeff Green Toyota TriStar Motorsports
13 13 Timmy Hill (i) Toyota Braille Battery Grafoid
14 14 Cale Conley # Toyota IAVA
15 15 Carlos Contreras Ford BYB
16 16 Ryan Reed Ford Lilly – American Diabetes Association
17 18 Daniel Suarez # Toyota ARRIS
18 19 Mike Bliss Toyota TBA
19 20 Denny Hamlin (i) Toyota Hisense
20 22 Joey Logano(i) Ford Discount Tire
21 24 Eric McClure Toyota Hefty Reynolds Wrap
22 25 Dylan Lupton Chevrolet Zaxby’s
23 28 J.J. Yeley Toyota Texas 28 Spirits Stage
24 33 Austin Dillon(i) Chevrolet Rheem
25 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet Uncle Bob’s Self Storage
26 40 Derek White Dodge Braille Battery & Grafford
27 42 Brennan Poole Chevrolet DC Solar
28 43 Dakoda Armstrong Ford WinField
29 44 David Starr Toyota Zachry
30 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet RepairableVehicles.com / AllSouthElectric.com
31 52 Joey Gase Chevrolet TBA
32 54 Erik Jones(i) Toyota Monster Energy
33 55 Brandon Gdovic Chevrolet Windstax
34 60 Chris Buescher Ford Roush Performance Products
35 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet South Point
36 70 Derrike Cope Chevrolet Nature Nate’s Honey / Zilla Wraps
37 74 Mike Harmon Dodge TBA
38 88 Kevin Harvick (i) Chevrolet Hunt Brothers Pizza
39 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Courtney Construction
40 90 Jimmy Weller Chevrolet Geneve Liberty Steel
41 97 Peyton Sellers Chevrolet Obaika Racing
42 98 Aric Almirola (i) Ford Smithfield

# – Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate
(i) – driver not running for 2015 XFINITY Series Championship Drivers Points

 

 

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