CHASTAIN MOVING UP POINT LIST

CHASTAIN MOVING UP POINT LIST

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Ross Chastain advanced two spots in the Xfinity Series point standings with a 15th-place finish in Friday night’s Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

       With the playoffs approaching, the strong run kept Chastain eligible to make the post-season. He is the first driver on the bubble, 43 points out of a qualifying spot.

       Friday’s finish was Chastain’s 10th straight in the top 20. During that stretch, he has advanced from 19th to 13th in points and is at his highest point standing of the season.

       “Another good run for the Flex Seal Chevrolet tonight,” Chastain said. “The car performed great. I love this track. I was able to hang with the front group most of the night.”

       Kyle Busch won the race, and Elliott Sadler remained in the point lead.

       The series next races Aug. 27 at Road America.

SMITHLEY PARKS WITH SUSPENSION PROBLEMS

SMITHLEY PARKS WITH SUSPENSION PROBLEMS

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Garrett Smithley finished 31st in Friday night’s Food City 300 Xfinity Series race after parking his No. 0 Chevrolet with suspension problems.

       Smithley completed 239 of the race’s 300 laps.

       “Not the finish we were looking for,” Smithley said. “We finally had to park the car after battling the suspension. We’ll be back stronger here next time.”

       Smithley remains 22nd in Xfinity points.

       Kyle Busch won the race, and Elliott Sadler kept the point lead.

       The series rolls on to Road America for an Aug. 27 race.

RHODES 34th IN FOOD CITY 300

RHODES 34th IN FOOD CITY 300

 BRISTOL, Tenn. – Harrison Rhodes scored a 34th-place finish in Friday night’s Food City 300 Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

       Rhodes, in the Flex Tape Chevrolet, started 35th in a competitive field of fast cars.

       “It wasn’t our best night, but we hung in there,” Rhodes said. “Bristol is a tough, fast place. It’s easy to get behind, but we learned a lot and we’ll roll on from here.”

       Kyle Busch won the race, and Elliott Sadler kept the point lead.

       The series moves on to Road America for an Aug. 27 race. The event will be the third road-course race of the season.

CHASTAIN BACK AT BRISTOL

CHASTAIN BACK AT BRISTOL

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Ross Chastain returns this week to a track where he has had success – Bristol Motor Speedway.

       Chastain will drive the Flex Seal No. 4 Chevrolet in Friday night’s Food City 300 Xfinity Series race.

       Chastain has raced in five Xfinity and two Camping World Truck Series races at BMS. In 2012, he finished third in a Truck race.

       “I feel like I know that track better than almost any other,” Chastain said. “Even those it’s changed over the years and they keep messing with the surface, the fast way around is the fast way around. I think we’ll be in good shape Friday night.”

       A blown tire left Chastain with a 31st-place finish in the spring race at Bristol.

       Practice for the 300-lap race is scheduled at 1 and 3 p.m. Thursday. Qualifying is set for 3:40 p.m. Friday, with the race to follow at 7:30.

SMITHLEY IN RACE FOUR AT BRISTOL

SMITHLEY IN RACE FOUR AT BRISTOL

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Garrett Smithley is looking to improve on his finish in the season’s first Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway as the tour rolls into the fast half-mile for Friday’s Food City 300.

       In the spring race at BMS, Smithley was caught up in a late-race crash and finished 34th.

       “I love Bristol, and I hated to leave there with that kind of finish,” Smithley said. “I hope we’ll have a strong car this week so we can show what we can do there. It’s a great track.”

       Smithley has raced three times at BMS.

       Xfinity teams are scheduled to practice at 1 and 3 p.m. Thursday. Qualifying is set for 3:40 p.m. Friday, with the race to follow at 7:30.

RHODES RETURNS AT BRISTOL

RHODES RETURNS AT BRISTOL

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Harrison Rhodes will return to the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Flex Tape No. 01 Chevrolet in Friday’s Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

       Sheldon Creed drove the 01 last week at the Mid-Ohio road course.

       Rhodes is almost a veteran at BMS. He has raced in five Xfinity Series events at the fast half-mile.

       “Bristol is a track that virtually every driver likes,” Rhodes said. “It’s short but fast, and you’re running full bore. There’s no time to relax.”

       Rhodes finished 23rd in the season’s first race at BMS.

       Practice is scheduled at Bristol at 1 and 3 p.m. Thursday. Qualifying is set for 3:40 p.m. Friday, with the race to follow under the lights at 7:30.

CHASTAIN FINISHES 15th AT MID-OHIO

CHASTAIN FINISHES 15th AT MID-OHIO

LEXINGTON, Ohio – Ross Chastain continued his summer hot streak Saturday, finishing 15th in the Mid-Ohio Challenge Xfinity Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

       The run is Chastain’s ninth straight in the top 20, as he finished on the lead lap.

       “It was great fun to run up there with the lead bunch,” said Chastain, who was fifth at the end of the race’s first stage. “We had a really good car, and I was able to move through the field. It was good to finish strong.”

       Chastain stayed 15th in Xfinity driver points.

       Sam Hornish Jr. won the race, and Elliott Sadler kept the point lead.

       The series rolls on to Bristol Motor Speedway for an Aug. 18 race.

SMITHLEY STALLED BY LATE-RACE CRASH

SMITHLEY STALLED BY LATE-RACE CRASH

LEXINGTON, Ohio – A multi-car accident eight laps from the end of the race left Garrett Smithley with a 30th-place finish in Saturday’s Mid-Ohio Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

       Smithley, driving the Wheeling Nailers No. 0 Chevrolet, was involved in a 10-car crash that ultimately blocked the track. The accident resulted in an 11-minute red flag.

       “No way to get through that one,” Smithley said. “I hate we weren’t able to bring the car home. It was just a mess, cars everywhere.”

       Smithley is 22nd in Xfinity driver points.

       Sam Hornish Jr. won the race, and Elliott Sadler kept the point lead.

       The next Xfinity race is scheduled Aug. 18 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee.

CREED 34th IN XFINITY DEBUT

CREED 34th IN XFINITY DEBUT

LEXINGTON, Ohio – Sheldon Creed was hit with bad luck in his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut Saturday.

       Creed, 19, experienced transmission failure on the first lap of the Mid-Ohio Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The JD Motorsports with Gary Keller crew did a quick change, but Creed, driving the United Rentals Chevrolet, lost time on the course and finished 34th. He completed 56 of the race’s 75 laps.

       Creed is scheduled to drive the 01 Chevy again Aug. 27 at Road America.

       Sam Hornish Jr. won the race, and Elliott Sadler kept the point lead.

       The series races next Aug. 18 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

CREED SET FOR XFINITY DEBUT

CREED SET FOR XFINITY DEBUT

LEXINGTON, Ohio – This week’s Xfinity Series field will have a new face.

       Newcomer Sheldon Creed, a 19-year-old off-road racer from Alpine, Calif., is scheduled to make his Xfinity Series debut in the United Rentals No. 01 Chevrolet for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller.

       Creed is scheduled to drive the 01 in Saturday’s Mid-Ohio Challenge and two weeks later at Road America.

       Creed has raced twice in the Camping World Truck Series at Eldora Speedway but will be driving an Xfinity car for the first time.

       He is a two-time champion of the Speed Energy Formula Off-Road Series for trucks and has scored double-digit wins in that series. He also has raced in the K&N Pro Series East and West and in ARCA.

       Creed also will race in the Trans-Am Series at Mid-Ohio this weekend.

       Practice is scheduled at 2 and 4 p.m. Friday. Qualifying is set for noon Saturday, with the race to follow at 3:30 p.m.