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Race WinnerRoss Chastain of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 WinnerRoss Chastain of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet) 

Stage 2 WinnerRoss Chastain of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45):

● Custer started fifth, finished fourth and earned seven bonus points. 

● The Code 3 Associates driver led the first three laps until falling to third before a lap-four restart. 

● Custer raced in third place for the majority of the stage and said the car felt loose into Turn 3 and wouldn’t turn well in the center of the turns. 

● He pitted for four fresh tires, fuel and adjustments to improve handling and gained one spot on pit road. 

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 46-90):

● Custer started third, finished second and earned nine bonus points.

● Custer raced the Code 3 Associates Ford in third place until a lap-64 caution.

● After experimenting with the low and high line, Custer found significantly more speed on the low line and advanced to second before the stage concluded.

● He pitted for four tires, fuel, chassis and air pressure adjustments when the stage ended. 

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 91-200):

● Custer started seventh, finished third.

● Before the final stage began, the No. 00 Ford team was handed a penalty for an uncontrolled tire, sending Custer to the rear of the field.

● Custer weaved his way through the field and entered the top-10 by lap 102. 

● During a caution period on lap 124, Custer pitted for four tires, fuel and more adjustments. The Code 3 Associates pit crew’s quick stop advanced Custer to second place. 

● Custer made the pass for the lead on lap 154, but tight-handling conditions sent him back to third. 

● On lap 173, Custer came to the pits under green and the caution was called as he entered pit road. He pitted for two right-side tires in order to stay on the lead lap, then came back for two fresh left-side tires. He gained seven spots to restart in fourth place. 

● After two more cautions were thrown, Custer restarted in fourth place and advanced to third before the race concluded. 

 

Notes:               

● Custer earned his and Stewart-Haas Racing with Biagi-DenBeste’s fifth pole award of the season.

● This marks Custer’s 21st top-10 of the season and second at Las Vegas. 

● This marks Custer’s 11th top-five of the season and second at Las Vegas. 

● Custer earned 16 bonus points in the DC Solar 300 at Las Vegas. 

● Custer led once for a total of three laps.

● Eight cautions slowed the race for 40 laps.

● Only 16 of the 40 drivers finished on the lead lap.

● Ross Chastain won the DC Solar 300 to score his first career Xfinity Series Victory, first of the season and first at Las Vegas. His margin of victory over second-place Justin Allgaier was 1.629 seconds. 

 

Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Code 3 Associates Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing With Biagi-DenBeste:  

“Our Code 3 Mustang was great. We had times today where we were the fastest car. We just couldn't keep it there consistently. Strategy didn’t really fall our way when the caution came out. We had a pretty solid day and a car that could contend for the win. I’m looking forward to the playoffs. I think we can carry a lot of momentum into it and I think we will be a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs. I don't think you can really ask for much more. We compete for wins almost every weekend, it is just a matter of having it all fall into place. We will just keep trying to do what we do.”

 

Playoff Standings:         

1.     Justin Allgaier (2,039 points)

2.     Christopher Bell (2032 points, -7)

3.     Elliott Sadler (2,011 points, -28)

4.     Cole Custer (2,011 points, -28)

5.     Tyler Redick (2010 points, -29)

6.     Ross Chastain (2010 points, -29

7.     Daniel Hemric (2,010 points, -29)

8.     Brandon Jones (2,006 points, -33)

9.     Matt Tifft (2,003 points, -36)

10.   Ryan Truex (2,003 points, -36)

11.   Austin Cindric (2,001 points, -38)

12.   Ryan Reed (2,000 points, -39)

 

Next Up:           

The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the Go Bowling 250 on Friday, September 21 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN.

 

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Ryan Reed clinched his position in the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff field Saturday afternoon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Reed had a solid run going to finish off the regular season when another competitor spun in front of him and collected his No. 16 Drive Down A1C Lilly Diabetes Ford.  Reed’s day was cut short with a 35th-place finish.

“I feel like we were getting it better and able to run the top-10 once we got the car a little better, but it just got cut short unfortunately,” said Reed.  “The No. 2 was just spinning down the track and you are already committed at that point. It is unfortunate that we tore up our race car but hopefully we are okay to get in the playoffs and go to Richmond. It is a bummer. Hopefully everyone tuning in on their Xfinity stream is having a good time watching this race. It is a lot of fun out there. Hot, slick and sliding around. I am bummed we couldn’t finish it off. We will go on to Richmond and be stronger.”

Reed made it to the third and final round of qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to earn an 11th-place starting position.  Reed cracked the top 10 early on in stage one before a tight handling condition took over and cost him a few positions.  At the conclusion of stage one Reed was 13th.

A fast pit stop at the stage break gained Reed four positions, lining him up ninth for the start of stage two.  Unfortunately just a few short laps later the No. 2 spun on the track and the No. 16 had to nowhere to go.  The contact was severe enough to end Reed’s day.

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After starting the final stage in 10th, Chase Briscoe was running three-wide and got caught up in an incident forcing him to settle with a 31st-place finish in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“We were all just racing so hard,” Briscoe said. “We were three-wide for pretty much a whole lap around there. There was just no room to go anywhere. I hate it for my 60 guys. We were having a heck of a run and this is by far the most comfortable I have felt in the car. I just hate it. I have another one at Dover so we will try to go do it again. I am thankful that Ford is letting me do this. I never thought I would be here in a million years. Crashing isn’t any fun but being a race car driver for a living isn’t bad.”

After making it through to the second round of qualifying, Briscoe took the track 13th for 200 laps of racing in the desert. The No. 60 Ford team elected to stay out during the only caution of the stage and finished stage one in ninth.

The team pitted for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment at the stage break.

Briscoe gained a spot on pit road and restarted stage two in eighth. The driver was able to maintain his track position well into the stage until the caution flag waved at lap 64. The No. 60 team elected to stay out and restarted ninth with 20 laps to go. Briscoe made good pace and stayed inside the top-10, finishing stage two in 10th.

The team pitted for four tires, fuel, and a track bar adjustment. After restarting 10th, Briscoe got shuffled back to 12th with 94 laps to go. When a caution flag waved at lap 124, the team pitted once more, taking four tires and fuel. Briscoe was slow to take off, which resulted in a loss of track position. He restarted 13th, but quickly moved back up through the field.

With 45 laps to go, Briscoe was scored seventh. When the caution flag waved with 25 laps to go, the team pitted for four tires and more fuel.

Briscoe restarted sixth, but was caught up in an incident after a competitor car made contact with the No. 60 machine, causing him to spin out on track. The incident resulted in a 31st place finish for the No. 60 team.

Briscoe returns to the track in the No. 60 Ford Mustang on Oct. 6 at Dover International Speedway.

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In one of the best NASCAR Xfinity Series races we’ve had all year, a sentimental favorite went to victory lane in dominant fashion.

Making the most of his opportunity in the no. 42 car, Ross Chastain won the DC Solar 300 in Las Vegas on Saturday. Driving the DC Solar Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing, Chastain won both stage one and two, the same thing he did at Darlington two weeks ago, only for that race to have a disappointing end after a dust-up with Kevin Harvick.

Today, his main adversaries were worthy competitors in Cole Custer and Justin Allgaier. With many late race restarts to contend with, Chastain fended off numerous efforts by Allgaier to get by as the field wadded up a lot of good race cars. Many front runners such as Daniel Hemric, Tyler Reddick, Shane Lee, Ryan Reed, Matt Tifft, and many others were taken out in various wrecks throughout the day.

The hot, slick surface at Las Vegas proved to be a challenge to many drivers, and at the end of the day, it was Ross Chastain fending off the field to get his first NASCAR victory. It was Justin Allgaier who captured the regular season championship in the final race of the regular season, and with that comes an extra fifteen playoff points. Next week, the Xfinity Series heads to Richmond Raceway for the playoff opener for the round of twelve. 

MoneyLion, America’s most powerful and rewarding financial membership, announces its partnership with one of the preeminent teams in one of America’s most thrilling sports: Team Penske in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

Roaring into the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 15th, MoneyLion will serve as the primary sponsor of Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford Mustang, piloted by Austin Cindric, followed by three additional races through the remainder of the 2018 season.

MoneyLion enters a powerful alliance with Team Penske, one of the most successful teams in motorsports, as the first major fintech company to partner with a team. MoneyLion launched in 2013 and has 3 million members and has earned its customers trust with a one-of-a-kind rewards program, no-fee checking account, overdraft protection, and loans funded in 15 seconds. MoneyLion will be introducing new banking and investment capabilities over the coming months.

“Team Penske has an incredible record of success on the track, and as one of the most promising drivers in NASCAR, Austin Cindric is a great match for MoneyLion,” said Dee Choubey, CEO and co-founder of MoneyLion. “He and his entire team at Penske inspire fans and illustrate the power of dreaming big to achieve your goals.  At MoneyLion, we aim to inspire people to take control of their finances to achieve their dreams- and we’re excited to introduce our products to NASCAR fans across the nation.”

Team Penske’s No. 22 XFINITY Series team has won the Owners’ Championship in four of the last five seasons and currently sits first in the Owners’ Points standings with one race remaining before the start of the XFINITY Series playoffs. The team has earned six victories and six poles in 2018 with drivers Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney and Cindric.

“We are excited to form this new partnership with MoneyLion and to welcome an established brand in the fintech category to the NASCAR arena with Team Penske,” said Roger Penske. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with a company that recognizes the potential to grow in motorsports and wants to connect with our great NASCAR fans. Our team will be working hard to deliver success for MoneyLion, both on and off the track.”

After Las Vegas, fans will continue to see MoneyLion as the primary sponsor of the No. 22 Ford Mustang at Richmond, Charlotte and in November at the season finale at Homestead. Cindric, the 20-year-old rookie, will compete in the No. 22 for the final eight races of the season.

Watch for more MoneyLion action in NASCAR’s XFINITY series in 2018, and follow the excitement via MoneyLion on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. To learn more about MoneyLion, please visit: www.moneylion.com

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Landon Cassill is back. Again.
 
Cassill, once a full-time driver for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller, will return to the team for the second time this year to drive the No. 4 Chevrolet in Saturday’s DC Solar 300 Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
 
Cassill drove for JD Motorsports at Darlington Raceway earlier this month, finishing a solid 14th.
 
“We know what Landon can do,” said team owner Johnny Davis. “It’s always a big thing to have him in one of our cars. We’ve had some good times together. I’m sure we’ll have a good run at Las Vegas.”
 
The race is the finale of the Xfinity regular season.
 
Practice is scheduled at 3:05 p.m. (ET) and 5:05 p.m. Friday. Qualifying is set for 2:10 p.m. Saturday, with the race to follow at 5.

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Vinnie Miller is excited to make a return visit to Las Vegas this week – both on and off the track.
 
Miller will drive the No. 01 Chevrolet for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller in Saturday’s DC Solar 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race will mark the series’ second visit to LVMS this year. Miller finished 24th in the first race.
 
“I am really excited to return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend after a strong run (17th) at Indy,” Miller said. “It is much easier to go back to a track you’ve already raced at because you know what to expect. I learned so much in the spring race, and I know we will be chasing another top-20 this weekend for the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team.”
 
Much has changed for Miller since the first race at Las Vegas. For example, he’s had a birthday.
 
“When I went to Las Vegas the first time in the spring I was only 20, so I wasn’t able to enjoy the town as much as I would have liked,” he said. “Now, being 21, I can’t wait to actually be able to walk through the casino and maybe even put a little money down on one of the tables and try my luck.”
 
The race is the finale of the Xfinity Series regular season.
 
Practice is scheduled at 3:05 p.m. (ET) and 5:05 p.m. Friday. Qualifying is set for 2:10 p.m. Saturday, with the race to follow at 5.

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Garrett Smithley will drive the No. 0 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet in Saturday’s DC Solar 300 Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
 
The race will mark the end of the regular season for Xfinity teams. The playoffs are scheduled to begin Sept. 21 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway.
 
The visit is the series’ second to LVMS this year. Smithley finished 23rd in the spring race.
 
“We’re looking to improve on our spring run this weekend,” Smithley said. “Vegas is a tough and fast track, but if you have a good car you can run some top lap times there. I’m looking forward to the challenge again and to having some fun in Vegas.”
 
Practice is scheduled at 3:05 p.m. (ET) and 5:05 p.m. Friday. Qualifying is set for 2:10 p.m. Saturday, with the race to follow at 5.

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Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), the championship-winning NASCAR team, has partnered with Autodesk, a leader in software applications for the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media and entertainment industries.

 

Autodesk will be the primary sponsor of the No. 00 Ford Mustang driven by Cole Custer and fielded by Stewart-Haas Racing with Biagi-DenBeste in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the Nov. 3 race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. While this will be Autodesk’s first appearance on a racecar fielded by SHR, the software company has played a significant role in SHR’s success this season, which includes 12 victories across the Xfinity Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

 

Autodesk’s advanced Power Inspect software is used to analyze precise points on SHR’s fleet of racecars. This ensures compliance with NASCAR’s technical regulations while simultaneously aiding designers in increasing competitiveness based on simulation and track testing. Utilizing Autodesk’s PowerShape and PowerMill software, SHR is able to produce complex geometry components that are proprietary to SHR and meet the demands of a high-performance environment.

 

“Autodesk is more than just a sponsor – they’re a key asset in making our cars faster each weekend,” said Mike Verlander, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, SHR. “Our success, especially this year, can be directly attributable to Autodesk and its technical support.”

 

Headquartered in San Rafael, California, Autodesk makes software for people who make things, whether that’s a racecar or a skyscraper.

 

“Motorsports is a great showcase for our manufacturing software, and in working with Stewart-Haas Racing, we see firsthand how our technology helps the team turn a creative idea into a tangible component that ultimately delivers wins,” said Joe Bailey, Business Development Manager for Manufacturing, Autodesk. “We’re proud to play a role in the team’s success.”

 

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