2019 Circle K Firecracker 250
|Race 16 of 33 in the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season|
|Date||July 5, 2019|
|Location||Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida|
Permanent racing facility|
2.5 mi (4 km)
|Distance||100 laps, 250 mi (400 km)|
|Driver||Richard Childress Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Ross Chastain||Kaulig Racing|
|No. 16||Ross Chastain||Kaulig Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Radio in the United States|
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.
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.
|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|
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 One Laps: 30
|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
Stage Two Laps: 30
|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
|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
Stage Three Laps: 40
|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
|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
|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
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.
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- Tomlinson, Joy (July 4, 2019). "AJ Allmendinger Tops Daytona Xfinity Practice In First NASCAR Action Of 2019". Retrieved July 6, 2019.
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- 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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