Xfinity Series Runs Kentucky in the Heat

In the second race of a triple header weekend, the Xfinity Series will run 200 laps around the mile and a half track of Kentucky Speedway for the Alsco 300.

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After a number of weeks of drivers making it through the inspection process, several of the drivers had to make numerous trips through inspection even cutting in to the first round of qualifying.

Qualifying proved to be a bit of a challenge as well, with a number of drivers spinning out on the track. Late last year Kentucky Speedway was repaved and is proving to be a challenge for some of the drivers.

Forty-three teams brought cars to Kentucky for only 40 spots in the field. Morgan Shepherd, Quin Houff, and Brandon Brown did not qualify and will not run in the race.

After three rounds of qualifying Kyle Busch wins the pole and will bring the field down to the green flag.

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The starting lineup for the Alsco 300:
Kyle Busch
Erik Jones
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
William Byron
Tyler Reddick
Brennan Poole
Cole Custer
Paul Menard
Daniel Hemric
Kevin Harvick
Ty Dillon
Justin Allgaier
Spencer Gallagher
Matt Tifft
Ben Kennedy
Brandon Gaughan
Elliott Sadler
Blake Koch
Brandon Jones
Ryan Reed
Dakoda Armstrong
Michael Annett
Ross Chastain
Casey Mears
Jeremy Clements
Ryan Sieg
Jeff Green
Jeb Burton
J.J. Yeley
BJ McLeod
Garrett Smithley
Harrison Rhodes
Ray Black Jr
Joey Gase
David Starr
Timmy Hill
Chad Finchum
Mike Harmon
Angela Ruch

And for the second week in a row Mother Nature has thrawrted NASCAR’s plans. The race has once again been postponed due to the weather with thunder, lightning, and rain. What was a night race will now be an afternoon race with a scheduled noon start on Saturday – July 8.

At 12:02pm on July 8 the drivers got the command to start the engines for the Alsco 300, 16 hours after the orginal scheduled race start.

Stages one and two of the race are 45 laps in length with stage three lasting 110 laps.

NASCAR has called for a competition yellow on lap 20 after all of the rain.

At 12:12pm Kyle Busch takes the green flag for the start of the race but a number of cars get turned around after a slow start stacked up the field and brings out the caution flag right away. Brandon Jones, Ryan Reed, and Brendan Gaughan were all involved.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap five and holds on to the lead at first but Ryan Blaney passes Kyle Busch to take over the lead of the race.

Erik Jones passes Ryan Blaney to take over the lead of the race on lap five.

Brendan Gaughan brings out the second caution flag of the race when he gets into the wall on lap seven.

Ryan Reed has some mechanical issues and is in the garage for repairs. He is not on the five minute clock and will be allowed to return to the track one repairs are made.

Erik Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 15 with Erik Jones edging out Kyle Busch for the lead.

NASCAR has moved the competition caution to lap 25 after there were two caution flags within the first 10 laps.

Lap 22 Erik Jones is out in front of the field with the lead.

At the end of lap 25 NASCAR put out the third yellow flag for the competition caution. Teams can now fuel their cars and can check for any tire wear. Angela Ruch is the “lucky dog”.

Once pit road opens most of the drivers stay out on the track.

Erik Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 30 and gets out in front of the field with Kyle Busch in second.

Lap 35 Erik Jones hold on to the lead less than half a second ahead of Kyle Busch.

As the end of the stage approaches, the first four drivers are Monster Energy Cup Series drivers and cannot earn bonus points. Cole Custer in fifth place is the first Xfinity Series regular.

Erik Jones wins stage one.

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The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Erik Jones
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Paul Menard
Tyler Reddick
Cole Custer
William Byron
Justin Allgaier
Ryan Blaney
Kevin Harvick

Erik Jones wins the race off of pit road but will not lead the field, the drivers who pitted during the competition caution stayed out on the track and will bring the field to green.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 52 and takes the lead of the race.

Lap 55 Ryan Blaney is still in the lead with Kyle Busch in second place just over a half second behind.

Lap 62 Ryan Blaney has increased his lead to nearly three quarters of a second over Kyle Busch.

Lap 67 Ryan Blaney has a one second lead on second place driver Erik Jones.

Ryan Blaney has gotten out in front of the field and is dominating the race with a one lecond lead on Erik Jones with 29 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 81 Ryan Blaney has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half over Erik Jones.

With a lead of over a second, Ryan Blaney wins stage two.

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The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ryan Blaney
Erik Jones
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Paul Menard
William Byron
Justin Allgaier
Joey Logano
Tyler Reddick
Brennan Poole

With 18 cars on the lead lap, Matt Tifft is the “lucky dog” in 19th place.

The drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.

Taking four tires, Ryan Blaney wins the race off of pit road. Joey Logano is the only driver in the top 10 that took only two tires.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 100 after an extended delay for debris on the track. Ryan Blaney and Erik Jones are side by side for the lead with Kyle Busch making it a three wide battle. Kyle Busch takes over the lead of the race with Erik Jones in second and Ryan Blaney in third.

Paul Menard brings out the caution flag when he gets loose and backs into the wall.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 110with Kyle Busch getting out in front for the lead. Ryan Blaney takes second from Erik Jones.

Lap 114 Kyle Busch has a lead of half a second on Ryan Blaney with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 119 Kyle Busch continues to lead the race by just over half a second on Ryan Blaney.

Lap 127 Kyle Busch maintains his lead of over half a second on Ryan Blaney.

Joey Gase brings out the caution flag when he gets into the wall on lap 129 and spreading a lot of fluid on the track. Joey Gase takes his car to the garage with an apparent blown engine.

Once pit road opens Kyle Busch leads the field down for service. The drivers are a little short of their fuel window but are counting on caution laps to make it to the end of the race. Taking only two tires Erik Jones leads the race off of pit road. The first driver to take four tires, Kyle Busch lost six positions on the track.

Erik Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 137 and holds on to the lead over Ryan Blaney.

The drivers are getting four wide across the track battling for position.

Lap 145 Kyle Busch passes William Byron for fourth place. Erik Jones has a lead of over half a second on Ryan Blaney.

Lap 148 Kyle Busch has passed Joey Logano for third. Erik Jones continues to lead Ryan Blaney by half a second.

Lap 154 Erik Jones has a half second lead on Ryan Blaney with Kyle Busch in third, three seconds behind.

Lap 161 Erik Jones continues to lead the race but Ryan Blaney has caught up to Jones and is challenging Jones for the lead. Kyle Busch has closed his gap to less than three seconds.

Lap 165 Kyle Busch has closed the gap with Erik Jones to two seconds while Jones continues to get a challenge from Ryan Blaney in second place.

There are still fuel questions for some of the drivers and whether or not they have enough to finish the race.

The caution flag comes out when Ray Black Jr spins out after coming off of pit road.

When pit road opened Kyle Busch stayed out while leaders Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney pitted taking only two tires. The caution flag erases any issues about fuel.

Ryan Blaney was charged with an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Kevin Harvick also stayed out on the track and is now in second place.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 172 and pulls out in front for the lead.

Erik Jones passes Kevin Harvick for second.

Twenty five laps remaining in the race and Kyle Busch has a lead of three quarters of a second on Erik Jones.

Lap 178 Ryan Blaney has moved into eleventh place after his pit road penalty.

Lap 180 Kyle Busch has a lead of over a second on Erik Jones.

Lap 182 Ryan Blaney is n seventh place.

There are reports of fluid on the track and NASCAR is investigating the issue.

Lap 185 Kyle Busch’s lead is 1.3 seconds on Erik Jones and
Ryan Blaney has moved into to fifth place.

Lap 187 Ryan Blaney is in fourth; Kyle Busch stil holds a lead of over a second on Erik Jones.

Ryan Blaney passes Kevin Harvick for third with nine laps remaining in the race. Kyle Busch continues to have a one second lead on Erik Jones.

Six to go, Kyle Busch has a lead of over a second on Erik Jones. Third place driver Ryan Blaney is the fastest car on the track, two seconds behind Kyle Busch.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag. Ryan Blaney moves into second place.

Kyle Busch wins the race for the second year in a row. Last year he also won the race in Kentucky from the pole. Kyle Busch is sitting on the pole for the 400 mile race later today.

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This is Kyle Busch’s 88th Xfinity Series win. He blew out the left rear tire during his burn outs.

The unofficial results of the Alsco 300:
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
Erik Jones
Kevin Harvick
Ty Dillon
Joey Logano
William Byron
Justin Allgaier
Daniel Hemric
Tyler Reddick
Cole Custer
Elliott Sadler
Spencer Gallagher
Matt Tifft
Casey Mears
Michael Annett
Dakoda Armstrong
Ryan Sieg
Jeb Burton
Ross Chastain
Brennen Poole
Jeremy Clements
Blake Koch
BJ McLeod
J.J. Yeley
Garrett Smithely
Ray Black Jr
Harrison Rhodes
Chad Finchim
Angela Ruch
David Starr
Ben Kennedy
Joey Gase
Paul Menard
Mike Harmon
Ryan Reed
Jeff Green
Timmy Hill
Brendan Gaughan
Brandon Jones


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