For the second day in a row, the NASCAR Xfinity Series hits the 1.5-mile oval of Kentucky Speedway. Friday night’s race will be 100 miles longer than Thursday evening’s event.
After what occurred Thursday in regard to the on-track product, the PJ1 Traction Compound in the middle of the turns will be the dominant line once again. The bottom line was dirty all race long, which made the line nearly impossible for drivers to use or make a pass. NASCAR needs to take a look at the track to make sure it is clear of dust before Friday’s event.
Austin Cindric won on Thursday. It was his third career win in the Xfinity Series but his first on an oval. Cindric is now locked into the playoffs alongside Chase Briscoe, Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, Harrison Burton and Justin Haley. Due to the lineup inversion for finishers one through 15, Cindric will start 15th on Friday.
Daniel Hemric steps back into the JR Motorsports No. 8 car Friday night. The team will look for better fortunes after Jeb Burton crashed in turn two on the first lap Thursday. Hemric currently sits 47 points below the playoff cutline.
Burton collected Brandon Jones in the first lap incident. Jones has now failed to complete a lap in two of the last three races as he crashed on lap one at Pocono Raceway two weeks ago. He will have to work his way through the field as he starts 36th.
Since scoring top-10 finishes in the first 10 races of the 2020 season, Harrison Burton has finished outside the top 15 in every race. He finished 32nd in back-to-back weeks at Talladega and Pocono, 25th at the Indianapolis Road Course, and 17th on Wednesday. He will look to get back on track Thursday from the 17th starting position.
Myatt Snider will roll off from the pole after finishing 15th Wednesday. He is ahead of Brandon Brown by only four points on the playoff cutline. He will look to hold solid track position all night long and extend his gap above the cutline. Brown starts 27th after an incident with Haley Wednesday night.
Stages for the race end on lap 45, lap 90 and the finish on lap 200.
TV coverage for the race begins at 8:00 p.m. EST on Fox Sports 1 with radio coverage from the Performance Racing Network.
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Goodyear tire notes: https://www.jayski.com/2020/07/07/goodyear-fast-facts-kentucky-3/