By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer
The last time the NASCAR Xfinity Series visited Texas Motor Speedway, Kyle Larson took home the victory in exciting fashion. Larson beat Brad Keselowski by 0.385 seconds. Erik Jones was the highest finishing NASCAR Xfinity Series regular in fourth.
The last time a NASCAR Xfinity Series regular won at Texas, and was running exclusively in the Xfinity Series was Chase Elliott in 2014.
Former winners in this weekend’s field are Erik Jones and Kevin Harvick.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers in the field this weekend include Austin Dillon, Daniel Suarez, Jones, Joey Logano, and Ty Dillon.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular Jordan Anderson is also entered in Saturday’s event.
Xfinity Series Championship
Justin Allgaier, Ryan Reed, and Elliott Sadler are the only three NASCAR Xfinity Series regulars that have Playoff points. Allgaier and Reed have five Playoff points each while Sadler has two Playoff points.
At Texas, the first stage ends on lap 40, the second stage on lap 90, and the final stage on lap 200.
Texas Motor Speedway
During the offseason, Texas Motor Speedway underwent an extensive repaving and reconfiguration project. The grade of turns one and two have been lowered from 24 degrees of banking to 20 degrees. This also increases the racing surface from 60 feet to 80 feet. Aside from new pavement, turns three and four remain unchanged.
What to Watch For
There are several storylines going into this weekend’s race to watch for:
- Will a Cup Series regular win again, or will a Xfinity Series Championship contender take the win?
- Austin Dillon returns to the No. 2 Ruud Chevrolet Camaro for Richard Childress Racing.
- Ty Dillon returns to the No. 3 Bulwark/Oncor Chevrolet Camaro for Richard Childress Racing.
- Joey Logano returns for his third of 10 appearances in the No. 12 PPG Ford Mustang for Team Penske.
- Daniel Suarez returns to the No. 18 Juniper Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing.
- Erik Jones will be in the No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing.
- Ryan Blaney returns in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang for Team Penske.
- Jeb Burton returns to the NASCAR Xfinity Series in the No. 24 Estes Express Lines Toyota Camry for JGL Racing.
- Tyler Reddick returns to the No. 42 Broken Bow Records Chevrolet Camaro for Chip Ganassi Racing.
- Casey Mears makes his second start of 2017 in the GEICO Military Ford Mustang for Biagi-Denbeste Racing.
Where and When to Watch (All Times Eastern)
Practice 1: Friday, April 7, at 2:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1
Practice 2: Friday, April 7, at 5:00 p.m. on Fox Sports 1
Qualifying: Saturday, April 8, at 10:30 a.m. on Fox Sports 1
Race: Saturday, April 8, at 1:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, and the Performance Racing Network.