NASCAR: Matt Kenseth’s five-race Xfinity Series schedule is set

Leave a comment

Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth said late last year that he’d reduce his Xfinity Series program to five races. Now, we know which races they’ll be.

The 2003 Cup champ will run the Xfinity events at Atlanta Motor Speedway (Feb. 28), Phoenix International Raceway (March 14), Dover International Speedway (May 30), Chicagoland Speedway (Sept. 19), and Kansas Speedway (Oct. 17).

For those events, he’ll run the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry with backing from Reser’s Fine Foods and with Mike Wheeler as crew chief. Wheeler has transitioned to crew chief following several seasons as race engineer for Denny Hamlin on JGR’s No. 11 Cup team.

Last season, Kenseth made 19 Xfinity starts in the No. 20 Toyota and won in the series’ season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He also collected 10 top-5 and 15 top-10 finishes. During his overall career in NASCAR’s No. 2 national series, he’s won 29 times in 283 starts.

Barber IndyCar iRacing results

Chris Graythen/Getty Images
Leave a comment

Scott McLaughlin led the final six laps Saturday and finished 0.4241 seconds ahead of teammate Will Power to win the Honda IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.

Scott Speed finished third behind the Team Penske drivers. Alex Palou and Simon Pagenaud rounded out the top five.

Click here for the full boxscore from Saturday’s IndyCar iRacing event at Barber Motorsports Park.

WINNER: Scott McLaughlin holds off teammate Will Power

WHAT DRIVERS SAID: Postrace reactions on social media

Other notable finishers:

Colton Herta (seventh), Robert Wickens (eighth), Jimmie Johnson (12th), Graham Rahal (14th), Alexander Rossi (22nd).

Sage Karam led a race-high 24 laps but retired from the 45-lap event because of a crash and finished 27th of 29 drivers.