Xfinity Runs Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen

This week NASCAR travels to central New York state for some road course racing in Watkins Glen. The Xfinity Series drivers kick the weekend off with the Zippo 200.

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Racing in Iowa last week, there were no Monster Energy Cup drivers last week, but this week with both series sharing the weekend, the Monster Energy racers and the road course specialists join forces with the Xfinity racers to fill out the field.

After two rounds of qualifying on Saturday morning, Joey Logano sits on the pole and will bring the field down for the green flag.

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The starting lineup for the Zippo 200:
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Paul Menard
Brad Keselowski
Erik Jones
Justin Allgaier
Daniel Hemric
Cole Custer
Kevin Harvick
Ty Dillon
Ryan Reed
Brennan Poole
Blake Koch
William Byron
Brendan Gaughan
Casey Mears
Brandon Jones
Matt Tifft
Elliott Sadler
Jeremy Clements
Spencer Gallagher
Dylan Lupton
Ryan Sieg
J.J. Yeley
Dakoda Armstrong
Michael Annett
Josh Bilicki
Ross Chastain
Timmy Hill
Jeff Green
Cody Ware
Garrett Smithley
Brian Henderson
Enrique Baca
Harrison Rhodes
David Starr
Devin Jones
Stephen Young
Joey Gase

PJ Jones did nit quality for the race.

Watkins Glen is a race track where the teams pit backwards to their normal pitting.

Stages one and two of the race are 20 laps each with stage three lasting 42 laps for a total of 82 laps.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with Joganoand Kyle Busch side by side until turn three where Kyle Busch takes over the lead and begins to pull away.

Lap four Kyle Busch is out in front of the field with Joey Logano in second and Kyle Larson in third with Brad Keselowski on his bumper.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap five when Spencer Gallagher has a flat tire and spins out.

Kyle Busch brings the filed down for the green flag restart on lap eight and goes nose to nose with Joey Logano for the lead with Kyle Busch getting out in front of the field.

Kyle Larson is reporting power issues with his car – possibly down a cylinder.

Lap eleven Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Joey Logano with Brad Keselowski in third and Paul Menard in fourth.

Lap 12 Brad Keselowski passes Joey Logano to take over second place.

Kyle Larson takes his car to the garage with an engine failure.

Lap 16 Kyle Busch continues to lead the race. He has never won an Xfinity race at Watkins Glen.

Lap 17 Kyle Busch spins out but the track stays green. Brad Keselowski takes over the lead of the race.

With only three laps remaining in stage one, some of the drivers are making green flag pit stops.

The 14 car of J.J. Yeley brings out the second caution flag of the race after he loses power on the track.

Stage one ends under caution with Brad Keselowski winning stage one.

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Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road.

The top ten at the end of stage one:
Brad Keselowski
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch
Erik Jones
Justin Allgaier
Daniel Hemric
Cole Custer
Brendan Poole
Brendan Gaughan
Blake Koch

The 39 car of Ryan Sieg was caught leaving pit road with equipment – gas can was still attached to the car – and will have to serve a penalty.

Kyle Busch was charged with going through too many pit boxes on the way to his pit box – drivers are allowed to go through three pit boxes.

After staying out on the track Cole Custer and Daniel Hemric are on the front row and will bring the field to the green flag start of stage two. Daniel Hemric gets out in front as cars are wrecking behind him but the track stays green.

Lap 25 Paul Menard passes Daniel Hemric to take over the lead of the race.

Cole Custer reports smoke in the cockpit – a tire rub that was fixed during his pit stop.

Lap 32 Paul Menard is still out in front of the field. Kyle Busch has moved up to eleventh place since the restart. He is running laps faster than the leaders.

Lap 34 Stephen Young’s smoking car brings out the caution flag.

Once pit road opens, some of the drivers bring their cars down for service.

Kevin Harvick was charged with an uncontrolled tire on pit road – twice.

Paul Menard brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 38 with Paul Menard edging out for the lead of the race.

Kyle Busch has moved into the top five.

Paul Menard wins stage two.

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The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Paul Menard
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Elliott Sadler
Justin Allgaier
Blake Koch
Brandon Jones
Erik Jones
Daniel Hemric

Paul Menard brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 44 and edges out Joey Logano for the lead of the race.

Lap 45 the top five are Paul Menard, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Justin Allgaier.

Lap 47 Brad Keselowski gets around Paul Menard to take over the lead. Menard hit the kill switch by accident shutting off the engine.

Lap 49 Kyle Busch passes Joey Logano for second place.

Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano are the first drivers to come down pit road for their final green flag pit stop. Joey Logano had a 21 second pit stop and comes back on the track in 25th place.

Kyle Busch retakes the lead of the race. He has a lead of over five seconds on Erik Jones in second place.

Brennan Poole was caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Lap 54 leader Kyle Busch brings his car down pit road for service. Brendan Gaughan takes over first place.

Lap 57 Kyle Busch passes Brad Keselowski for second place; Brandon Gaughan leads the race by over six seconds – he has yet to make his pit stop.

Brendan Gaughan brings his car for his green flag pit stop on lap 60. Kyle Busch retakes the lead of the race.

Lap 63, Kyle Busch has a two second lead on Brad Keselowski.

With 16 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch has a lead of over two second on Brad Keselowski.

Lap 69 Kyle Busch has increased his lead to nearly two and a half seconds over Brad Keselowski.

Blake Koch and Brian Hendrson make contact on lap 70 but the track stays green.

Lap 71 Josh Bilicki spins out after making contact with Matt Tifft in a turn but the track continues to stay green. Brad Keselowski closes in on Kyle Busch.

Only eight Kyle Busch continues to lead the race.

Casey Mears reports that he is out of fuel with only six laps remaining on the track. There is some question as to whether he will be able to get off the track in time.

Casey Mears brings out the caution flag with five and a half laps remaining in the race. The caution erased a Kyle Busch lead of over two seconds on Brad Keselowski.

Several drivers come down pit road for fresh tires with only four laps remaining in the race. There are 17 cars on the lead lap.

From the outside lane, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart and jumps out in front of the field for the lead. The drivers battle for position behind him.

With only two laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch has a one second lead on Brad Keselowski. Ryan Sieg slides off the track but the race stays green.

Joey Logano passes team mate Brad Keselowski for second place. Kyle Busch takes the white flag as Brennan Poole spins out and hits the wall – the track stays green.

Kyle Busch wins the Zippo 200 for his first career Xfinity win at Watkins Glen. He has only one more track – Pocono – where he has not won an Xfintiy race and one track – Charlotte – where he has not won a Monster Energy Cup race. This is the 139th win for Joe Gibbs Racing and number 90 for Kyle Busch.

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The unofficial results of the Zippo 200:
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Justin Allgaier
Paul Menard
Kevin Harvick
Ty Dillon
Erik Jones
Brenda Gaughan
William Byron
Daniel Hemric
Cole Custer
Matt Tifft
Brandon Jones
Ryan Reed
Michael Annett
Brennan Poole
Elliott Sadler
Ross Chastain
Dylan Lupton
Dakoda Armstrong
Blake Koch
Harrison Rhodes
Garrett Smithley
Casey Mears
Devin Jones
Ryan Sieg
Josh Bilicki
Joey Gase
David Starr
Enrique Baca
Spencer Gallagher
Brian Henderson
Cody Ware
Jeremy Clements
Stephen Young
Timmy Hill
Jeff Green
J.J. Yeley
Kyle Larson


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