Xfinity Series Sets Final Four with Phoenix Race

In the second race of a triple header weekend, the Xfinity Series runs the Ticket Galaxy 200 as it prepares to set the final four for the championship race in Miami to end the 2017 racing season.

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There are eight drivers vying for the four spots, but no one has secured a spot in the final four. There were no playoff drivers to win the race at Martinsville and Texas.

Junior Motorsports had to scramble for pit crews after the normal pit crews – which are contracted from Hendrick Motorsports – have been delayed after the plane had to land in Arkansas due to a mechanical issue. As a result, JRM is having to search to put pit crews together. Playoff drivers affected are Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, and William Byron. Michael Annett is also a part of the JR Motorsports teams.

After three rounds of qualifying Erik Jones will sit on the pole and bring the field to the green flag.

The starting lineup for the Ticket Galaxy 200:
Erik Jones
William Byron
Cole Custer
Matt Tifft
Alex Bowman
Ryan Blaney
Daniel Hemric
Christopher Bell
Blake Koch
Justin Allgaier
Brendan Gaughan
Michael Annett
Elliott Sadler
Brennan Poole
Brandon Jones
Austin Dillon
Corey LaJoie
Casey Mears
Spencer Gallagher
Ryan Reed
Ty Dillon
Ross Chastain
J.J. Yeley
Jeremy Clements
Ray Black Jr
Ryan Sieg
Joe Nemechik
Joey Gase
Garrett Smithley
David Starr
Mario Gosselin
Harrison Rhodes
Morgan Shepherd
Jeff Green
Gary Gaulding
Timmy Hill
Caesar Bacarella
John Graham
Mike Harmon
Carl Long

Stages one and two of the race are 60 laps each with stage three lasting 80 laps for a total of 200 laps around the one mile track.

Erik Jones brings the field down for the gre flag start of the race and jumps out in front of William Byron for the lead.

Brendan Gaughan brings out the first caution flag on lap one when he gets loose and gets slideways. Corey LaJoie also spins out.

Erik Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap five and finally edges out William Byron for the lead of the race.

Lap eight Erik Jones has a lead of two tenths over William Byron. Gray Gaulding is the only car a lap down.

Lap 13 Erik Joens has a near half second lead on Wiliam Byron. Ryan Blaney is in third over half a second behind.

Lap 16 Erik Jones continues to lead the race with 36 cars on the lead lap. Gray Gaulding is off the track.

Lap 18 Ryan Blaney passes William Byron to take second place. Erik Jones continues to lead the race.

The second caution flag comes out for a big crash when Brennan Poole, Ceasar Bacarella, and Daniel Hemric try to make it three wide. Brennan Poole hits the wall and may have lost his chance to make it as a part of the final four. He is on the five minute clock.

Poole brings his car back to the track but hits the wall again and is out of the race.

Erik Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 30 with Jones jumping out in front of the field.

Lap 32 Ryan Blaney challenges Erik Jones for the lead of the race.

Lap 34 Ryan Blaney finally gets around Erik Jones for the lead but Erik Jones gets back by on the outside for the lead on lap 36.

Lap 38 Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney are still battling for the lead and swapping back and forth.

Lap 39 Ryan Blaney has again regained the lead of the race.

Lap 41 Justin Allgaier has joined the battle for the top spot. Ryan Blaney has a lead of nearly half a second on Erik Jones. Lap 49 Ryan Blaney leads the race with 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 52 Ryan Blaney has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Erik Jones.

Five to go in stage one and Ryan Blaney has a lead of over a second on Erik Jones.

Ryan Blaney wins stage one.

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The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ryan Blaney
Alex Bowman
Erik Jones
Daniel Hemric
Justin Allgaier
William Byron
Cole Custer
Christopher Bell
Austin Dillon
Blake Koch

Ryan Blaney wins the race off of pit road with Daniel Hemric coming out second.

Alex Bowman was penalized for having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 68 and edges out Daniel Hemric for the lead.

Lap 71 Ryan Blaney has a lead of nearly a second on Austin Dillon.

Lap 75 Ryan Blaney has a lead of over a second on Austin Dillon with Erik Jones in third. There are 29 cars on the lead lap.

After losing several spots on pit road, William Byron has advanced five spots on the track.

Lap 87 Ryan Blaney has a lead of over three second on Erik Jones with Austin Dillon in third.

Lap 92 Ryan Blaney continues to dominate the race with a lead of over two seconds on Erik Jones with Justin Allagaier in third.

Lap 96 Ryan Blaney has a lead of over three seconds on Erik Jones with Justin Allgaier in third over four seconds behind. There are 26 cars on the lead lap with seven cars out of the race.

Half way – 100 laps – Ryan Blaney has a three second lead on Erik Jones.

Lap 108 Ryan Blaney continues to dominate the stage with a lead of nearly three seconds on Erik Jones.

Lap 111 there are 23 cars on the lead lap as Ryan Blaney continues to lead the race with Erik Jones in second and Justin Allgaier in third.

With five laps remaining in the stage, there are only 21 cars on the lead lap.

Ryan Blaney wins stage two with a lead of over two seconds on Erik Jones.

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The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ryan Blaney
Erik Jones
Daniel Hemric
Justin Allgaier
Christopher Bell
William Byron
Cole Cuser
Austin Dillon
Blake Koch
Ty Dillon

Ryan Blaney wins the race off of pit road with Erik Jones in second.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 128 and holds on to the lead but Erik Jones is challenging for the lead.

Lap 130 Ryan Blaney has a less than half second lead on Erik Jones. There are only 22 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 139 Ryan Blaney holds on to the lead of the race.

William Byron has cemented his spot in the final four with 59 laps remaining in the race.

Lap 144 Ryan Blaney is in the lead with Erik Jones in second and William Byron in third.

Lap 153 it’s Ryan Blaney in the lead with Erik Jones in second and William Byron in third.

Lap 158 Ryan Blaney continues to dominate the lead. NBC reports state that William Byron is three laps short on fuel to make it to the end of the race. There are 22 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 161 Ryan Blaney has a lead of over a second and a half on Erik Jones.

Lap 167 Ryan Blane is in the lead with Erik Jones in second and William Byron, Justin Allgaier, and Christopher Bell rounding out the top five.

Lap 175 Ryan Blaney has a two second lead on Erik Jones.

Lap 177 Justin Allgaer has clenched his spot in the final four.

Only 20 laps remaining in the race and Ryan Blaney continues to lead the race in dominating fashion.Brendan Gaughan brings out the caution flag when he hits the wall on lap 181.

Taking only two tires, William Byron wins the race off of pit road.

William Byron and Daniel Hemric are on the front row.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 187 with William Byron getting out in front as drivers get three wide behind him.

Eleven to go and William Byron has pulled out to a half second lead on Ryan Blaney with Erik Jones in third.

Nine to go and William Byron in out in front with Erik Jones in third.

Seven to go and William Byron holds on to the lead with Ryan Blaney in second.

Only fiv to go, William Byron has a lead of over half a second on Ryan Blaney with Erik Jones in third.

Three to go and William Byron holds on to the lead of the race.

William Byron takes the white flag with Ryan Blaney is second and Erik Jones in third.

William Byron wins the race. This is Byron’s fourth win of the season.

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William Byron, Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler and Daniel Hemric will battle it out for the championship at Miami on the final weekend of racing. Three of the four championship playoff drivers are from JR Motorsports.

The unofficial results of the Ticket Galaxy 200:
William Byron
Ryan Blaney
Erik Jones
Christopher Bell
Daniel Hemric
Blake Koch
Cole Custer
Alex Bowman
Austin Dillon
Justin Allgaier
Matt Tifft
Casey Mears
Ty Dillon
Ryan Reed
Brandon Jones
Michael Annett
Spencer Gallagher
Elliott Sadler
Ross Chastain
J.J. Yeley
Ryan Sieg
Corey LaJoie
Jeremy Clements
Ray Black Jr
Garrett Smithley
Mario Gosselin
Harrison Rhodes
Timmy Hill
David Starr
Caesar Bacarella
John Graham
Brendan Gaughan
Joey Gase
Morgan SHepherd
Joe Nemechik
Carl Long
Jeff Green
Brannan Poole
Mike Harmon
Gray Gaulding


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