2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series preview: Kansas 1

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Kansas Speedway for the Kansas Lottery 250. For the first time in the series history, there will be two races at Kansas with the other taking place in October for the first race in the Round of 8. As a result, this is the first-ever summer Xfinity Series race at Kansas. This will be the last oval race for the next month as the Xfinity Series will take a week off next week, then head to Road America and Daytona for road course races.

Last year, Brandon Jones, a non-playoff driver, won the race over Tyler Reddick despite leading only 10 laps in the race.

This year, Brandon Jones is a playoff driver as he won the spring race in Phoenix, the last race before the COVID-19 pandemic suspended play for two months. Outside of the Phoenix win, Jones has had a string of bad luck this season. Even though he has had four top-five finishes and eight top-10 finishes, he leads the top-25 drivers in races not finished (DNFs) with five. He finished 10th in Friday night’s truck series race and will start Saturday’s race second behind pole starter Michael Annett.

Kyle Busch won last week’s race at Texas in overtime. However, he failed post-race inspection due to a height violation and wound up finishing in last place.

The beneficiary of this was the runner-up, Austin Cindric, who took his third race win in a row. After a tough finish on July 4 at the “Brickyard” that denied him his first win of the season, he rattled off back-to-back wins at Kentucky Speedway. Cindric will have a golden opportunity to increase his win total this season as after this race with there being two straight road courses, his specialty. He has jumped to second in overall points behind five-time race winner Chase Briscoe. For this race, he will start fourth and Briscoe will start sixth.

There are eight races left until the playoffs begin and only 12 drivers will make the cut for the championship chase. At the cutline, Brandon Brown is 12th while Jeremy Clements is 13th. Brown has four top-10 finishes while Clements has a top-five finish and three top-10 finishes. Brown will start 22nd and Clements will start 17th.

The stages will end on lap 40, lap 80, and the finish on lap 167. There will be a competition caution on lap 20. Coverage for the Kansas Lottery 250 will begin at 5:00 p.m. EST on NBC Sports Network and the Motor Racing Network.

Starting lineup:

Goodyear tire notes: https://www.jayski.com/2020/07/21/goodyear-fast-facts-kansas-3/

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