2019 Circle K Firecracker 250

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2019 Circle K Firecracker 250
Race details[1][2]
Race 16 of 33 in the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season
Date July 5, 2019 (2019-07-05)
Location Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4 km)
Distance 100 laps, 250 mi (400 km)
Pole position
Driver Richard Childress Racing
Time 47.938
Most laps led
Driver Ross Chastain Kaulig Racing
Laps 49
Winner
No. 16 Ross Chastain Kaulig Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBCSN
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN

The 2019 Circle K Firecracker 250 was a NASCAR Xfinity Series race held on July 5, 2019, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Contested over 100 laps on the 2.5-mile (4.0 km) superspeedway, it was the 16th race of the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.

Background[edit]

Track[edit]

Daytona International Speedway, the site of the race.

The race was held at Daytona International Speedway, a race track located in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. Since opening in 1959, the track is the home of the Daytona 500, the most prestigious race in NASCAR. In addition to NASCAR, the track also hosts races of ARCA, AMA Superbike, USCC, SCCA, and Motocross. It features multiple layouts including the primary 2.5 miles (4.0 km) high speed tri-oval, a 3.56 miles (5.73 km) sports car course, a 2.95 miles (4.75 km) motorcycle course, and a .25 miles (0.40 km) karting and motorcycle flat-track. The track's 180-acre (73 ha) infield includes the 29-acre (12 ha) Lake Lloyd, which has hosted powerboat racing. The speedway is owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation.

Entry list[edit]

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
00 Cole Custer Stewart-Haas Racing with
Biagi-DenBeste Racing
Ford
0 Garrett Smithley JD Motorsports Chevrolet
01 Stephen Leicht JD Motorsports Chevrolet
1 Michael Annett JR Motorsports Chevrolet
2 Tyler Reddick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Landon Cassill JD Motorsports Chevrolet
5 Matt Mills (R) B. J. McLeod Motorsports Toyota
07 Ray Black Jr. SS-Green Light Racing Chevrolet
7 Justin Allgaier JR Motorsports Chevrolet
08 Gray Gaulding (R) SS-Green Light Racing Chevrolet
8 Sheldon Creed (i) JR Motorsports Chevrolet
9 Noah Gragson (R) JR Motorsports Chevrolet
10 A. J. Allmendinger Kaulig Racing Chevrolet
11 Justin Haley (R) Kaulig Racing Chevrolet
13 Joe Nemechek (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota
15 B. J. McLeod JD Motorsports Chevrolet
16 Ross Chastain (i) Kaulig Racing Chevrolet
18 Riley Herbst (i) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Brandon Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Christopher Bell Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Joe Graf Jr. Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
22 Austin Cindric Team Penske Ford
23 John Hunter Nemechek (R) GMS Racing Chevrolet
25 Chris Cockrum ACG Motorsports Chevrolet
28 Shane Lee H2 Motorsports Toyota
35 Joey Gase MBM Motorsports Toyota
36 Josh Williams DGM Racing Chevrolet
38 Jeff Green RSS Racing Chevrolet
39 Ryan Sieg RSS Racing Chevrolet
42 Chad Finchum MBM Motorsports Toyota
51 Jeremy Clements Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet
52 David Starr Jimmy Means Racing Chevrolet
61 Austin Hill (i) Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota
66 Timmy Hill MBM Motorsports Toyota
74 Mike Harmon Mike Harmon Racing Chevrolet
78 Vinnie Miller B. J. McLeod Motorsports Toyota
86 Brandon Brown Brandonbilt Motorsports Chevrolet
90 Caesar Bacarella DGM Racing Chevrolet
93 Scott Lagasse Jr. RSS Racing Chevrolet
98 Chase Briscoe (R) Stewart-Haas Racing with
Biagi-DenBeste Racing
Ford
99 Stefan Parsons B. J. McLeod Motorsports Toyota

Practice[edit]

Final practice[edit]

A. J. Allmendinger was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 46.177 seconds and a speed of 194.902 mph (313.664 km/h).[3]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 10 A. J. Allmendinger Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 46.177 194.902
2 25 Chris Cockrum ACG Motorsports Chevrolet 46.295 194.405
3 19 Brandon Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 46.360 194.133

Qualifying[edit]

Tyler Reddick scored the pole for the race with a time of 47.938 seconds and a speed of 187.743 mph (302.143 km/h).[4]

Qualifying results[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Time
1 2 Tyler Reddick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 47.938
2 10 A. J. Allmendinger Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 48.060
3 1 Michael Annett JR Motorsports Chevrolet 48.064
4 16 Ross Chastain (i) Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 48.065
5 08 Gray Gaulding (R) SS-Green Light Racing Chevrolet 48.101
6 21 Joe Graf Jr. Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 48.119
7 11 Justin Haley (R) Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 48.140
8 20 Christopher Bell Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 48.157
9 8 Sheldon Creed (i) JR Motorsports Chevrolet 48.194
10 98 Chase Briscoe (R) Stewart-Haas Racing with
Biagi-DenBeste Racing
Ford 48.271
11 18 Riley Herbst (i) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 48.278
12 7 Justin Allgaier JR Motorsports Chevrolet 48.309
13 90 Caesar Bacarella DGM Racing Chevrolet 48.327
14 39 Ryan Sieg RSS Racing Chevrolet 48.334
15 00 Cole Custer Stewart-Haas Racing with
Biagi-DenBeste Racing
Ford 48.353
16 9 Noah Gragson (R) JR Motorsports Chevrolet 48.358
17 19 Brandon Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 48.377
18 66 Timmy Hill MBM Motorsports Toyota 48.390
19 22 Austin Cindric Team Penske Ford 48.553
20 38 Jeff Green RSS Racing Chevrolet 48.607
21 23 John Hunter Nemechek (R) GMS Racing Chevrolet 48.618
22 25 Chris Cockrum ACG Motorsports Chevrolet 48.626
23 93 Scott Lagasse Jr. RSS Racing Chevrolet 48.692
24 4 Landon Cassill JD Motorsports Chevrolet 48.872
25 01 Stephen Leicht JD Motorsports Chevrolet 48.883
26 36 Josh Williams DGM Racing Chevrolet 48.890
27 78 Vinnie Miller B. J. McLeod Motorsports Toyota 49.031
28 5 Matt Mills (R) B. J. McLeod Motorsports Toyota 49.164
29 99 Stefan Parsons B. J. McLeod Motorsports Toyota 49.182
30 15 B. J. McLeod JD Motorsports Chevrolet 49.213
31 42 Chad Finchum MBM Motorsports Toyota 49.300
32 28 Shane Lee H2 Motorsports Toyota 49.366
33 86 Brandon Brown Brandonbilt Motorsports Chevrolet 49.386
34 52 David Starr Jimmy Means Racing Chevrolet 49.424
35 0 Garrett Smithley JD Motorsports Chevrolet 49.724
36 07 Ray Black Jr. SS-Green Light Racing Chevrolet 49.751
37 51 Jeremy Clements Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet 49.905
38 13 Joe Nemechek (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 49.706
Did not qualify
39 74 Mike Harmon Mike Harmon Racing Chevrolet 49.577
40 35 Joey Gase MBM Motorsports Toyota 49.600
41 61 Austin Hill (i) Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota 0.000

Race[edit]

Summary[edit]

Tyler Reddick began on pole. The first caution occurred when Caesar Bacarella lost control of his car and spun, causing seven other drivers to be involved. Landon Cassill was the only driver taken out in this caution due to a bent track bar.

As the first stage neared its end, Ross Chastain blocked Reddick and narrowly missed the wall, but Reddick made contact with it. The stack-up from the two drivers resulted in Sheldon Creed and John Hunter Nemechek simultaneously spinning from contact, bringing out the second caution.

Chastain won Stage 1. On the final lap of the first stage, Justin Haley blocked several drivers from making a run, causing them to pass him from underneath, but NASCAR deemed he forced them below the double-yellow line, and sent him to the rear of the field.

Reddick got a flat tire in the middle of Stage 2 and collected Chase Briscoe, ending his day. A. J. Allmendinger blocked Chastain to win Stage 2. The first “Big One” occurred in the middle of the field later on and collected ten drivers. Riley Herbst spun with 21 laps remaining, but no caution was thrown. Another “Big One” 7 laps later took out fifteen drivers, including Michael Annett and Cole Custer, and also brought out a red flag.

On the final restart, Shane Lee and Justin Allgaier both spun out on separate occasions, but no caution was thrown for either instance. The trio of Kaulig Racing drivers proved too fast for any other driver to contend them. Chastain would win the race and was followed by teammates Haley and Allmendinger, Allmendinger would soon be disqualified after failing post race inspection.

Stage Results[edit]

Stage One Laps: 30

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 16 Ross Chastain (i) Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 0
2 39 Ryan Sieg RSS Racing Chevrolet 9
3 18 Riley Herbst (i) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 0
4 9 Noah Gragson (R) JR Motorsports Chevrolet 7
5 66 Timmy Hill MBM Motorsports Toyota 6
6 7 Justin Allgaier JR Motorsports Chevrolet 5
7 2 Tyler Reddick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 4
8 20 Christopher Bell Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 3
9 86 Brandon Brown (R) Brandonbilt Motorsports Chevrolet 2
10 98 Chase Briscoe (R) Stewart-Haas Racing with
Biagi-DenBeste
Ford 1

Stage Two Laps: 30

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 1 Michael Annett JR Motorsports Chevrolet 10
2 16 Ross Chastain (i) Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 0
3 11 Justin Haley (R) Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 8
4 7 Justin Allgaier JR Motorsports Chevrolet 7
5 20 Christopher Bell Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 6
6 9 Noah Gragson (R) JR Motorsports Chevrolet 5
7 00 Cole Custer Stewart-Haas Racing with
Biagi-DenBeste
Ford 4
8 18 Riley Herbst (i) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 0
9 22 Austin Cindric Team Penske Ford 2
10 39 Ryan Sieg RSS Racing Chevrolet 1

Final Stage Results[edit]

Stage Three Laps: 40

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 4 16 Ross Chastain (i) Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 100 0
2 7 11 Justin Haley (R) Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 100 42
3 8 20 Christopher Bell Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 100 43
4 19 22 Austin Cindric Team Penske Ford 100 35
5 25 01 Stephen Leicht JD Motorsports Chevrolet 100 32
6 33 86 Brandon Brown Brandonbilt Motorsports Chevrolet 100 33
7 20 38 Jeff Green RSS Racing Chevrolet 100 30
8 5 08 Gray Gaulding (R) SS-Green Light Racing Chevrolet 100 29
9 37 51 Jeremy Clements Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet 100 28
10 28 5 Matt Mills (R) B. J. McLeod Motorsports Toyota 100 27
11 27 78 Vinnie Miller B. J. McLeod Motorsports Toyota 100 26
12 29 99 Stefan Parsons B. J. McLeod Motorsports Toyota 100 25
13 36 07 Ray Black Jr. SS-Green Light Racing Chevrolet 100 24
14 35 0 Garrett Smithley JD Motorsports Chevrolet 100 23
15 16 9 Noah Gragson (R) JR Motorsports Chevrolet 99 34
16 1 2 Tyler Reddick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 99 25
17 12 7 Justin Allgaier JR Motorsports Chevrolet 99 32
18 11 18 Riley Herbst (i) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 98 0
19 22 25 Chris Cockrum ACG Motorsports Chevrolet 97 18
20 18 66 Timmy Hill MBM Motorsports Toyota 97 23
21 32 28 Shane Lee H2 Motorsports Toyota 97 16
22 21 23 John Hunter Nemechek (R) GMS Racing Chevrolet 93 15
23 6 21 Joe Graf Jr. Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 92 14
24 14 39 Ryan Sieg RSS Racing Chevrolet 89 23
25 3 1 Michael Annett JR Motorsports Chevrolet 86 22
26 15 00 Cole Custer Stewart-Haas Racing with
Biagi-DenBeste
Ford 86 15
27 31 42 Chad Finchum MBM Motorsports Toyota 86 10
28 26 36 Josh Williams DGM Motorsports Chevrolet 86 9
29 13 90 Caesar Bacarella DGM Motorsports Chevrolet 86 8
30 17 19 Brandon Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 76 7
31 23 93 Scott Lagasse Jr. RSS Racing Chevrolet 73 6
32 34 52 David Starr Jimmy Means Racing Chevrolet 72 5
33 30 15 B. J. McLeod JD Motorsports Chevrolet 72 4
34 9 8 Sheldon Creed (i) JR Motorsports Chevrolet 71 0
35 10 98 Chase Briscoe (R) Stewart-Haas Racing with
Biagi-DenBeste
Ford 44 3
36 38 13 Joe Nemechek (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 39 0
37 24 4 Landon Cassill JD Motorsports Chevrolet 12 1
38 2 10 A. J. Allmendinger Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 100 1

After the race[edit]

A. J. Allmendinger was disqualified from his third-place finish after his car failed post-race inspection. This was the third consecutive week where a driver was disqualified with respect to the 2019 rules. Allmendinger's car failed an engine vacuum test, dialling back the initial 1-2-3 finish for Kaulig Racing to simply a 1-2 finish. Allmendinger was also stripped of his stage points after being relegated to last place.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series Schedule". Official Site Of NASCAR. Retrieved May 5, 2019.
  2. ^ "Daytona International Speedway". November 18, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  3. ^ Tomlinson, Joy (July 4, 2019). "AJ Allmendinger Tops Daytona Xfinity Practice In First NASCAR Action Of 2019". Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  4. ^ Long, Dustin (July 5, 2019). "Tonight's Xfinity race at Daytona: Start time, lineup and more". Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  5. ^ Albert, Zack (July 5, 2019). "Allmendinger disqualified after post-race inspection at Daytona". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
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