It’s a double header weekend for the Xfinity and Monster Energy Cup Series as the drivers go road racing from central New York and Watkins Glen International.
The Xfinity Series gets the weekend started off with the Zippo 200 on Saturday afternoon.
Forty one teams brought cars to the track for a 40 car field.
After two rounds of qualifying Joey Logano wins the pole and will bring the field to green. Six of the top 10 drivers in the starting lineup are Monster Energy Cup Series regulars.
The starting lineup for the Zippo 200:
Austin Cindric – moved to the back of the field in a backup car
Victor Gonzalez Jr
Tommy Joe Martins
Stages one and two of the race are only 20 laps each with stage three lasting 42 laps for a total of 82 laps.
Many of the drivers are taking the track for the first time in the race after it rained during Friday practice.
A road course, the NBC sports broadcasters have scattered themselves at various spots around the track. The teams also have spotters scattered around the sprawling complex to aid their drivers.
Not only do the drivers make left and right hand turns, they must pt backwards to what they normally do.
Joey Logano brings the field down fr the green flag start of the race with Joey Logano getting out in front of the field.
Joey Logano leads with Brad Keselowski in second.
Lap one the top five are Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, AJ Allemdinger, and Daniel Hemric.
Lap three leader Joey Logano has pulled out in front of Brad Keselowski by over half a second.
Lap three, Joe Logano continues to lead with Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, AJ Allemdinger, and Daniel Hemric rounding out the top five.
Lap five Tommy Joe Martins hits the tire barrier hard after brushing the wall and brings out the first caution flag of the race. Martins reports that he has no brakes.
Reports reveal that Kyle Larson’s helmet cooling system was not hooked up prior to the race and has no cool air.
There is a report of rain possibly coming to the area. The teams do have rain tires and will run the race in the rain.
Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap nine and holds on to his lead after defending off Brad Keselowski’s challenge for the lead.
Lap 10, the top five are Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, AJ allemdinger, and Daniel Hemric.
Joey Logano holds on to his lead as drivers through the field challenge for positions.
Lap 12, the top five are Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, AJ Allemdinger, and Daniel Hemric.
Austin Dillon missed the interloop and had to come to a complete stop before re-entering the field.
Brandon Jones is the first to bring his car down pit road for service as the teams have a variety of pitting strategies.
Lap 14, Joye Logano continues to lead the race; Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, AJ Allemdinger, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.
Lap 15, Joey Logano has a half second lead on Brad Keselowski; Kyle Larson is in third nearly three seconds behind with AJ Allemdinger and Daniel Hemric rounding out the top five.
More drivers are bringing their cars down pit road for green flag pit stops.
Michael Annett was charged with driving through too many pit boxes on pit road and had to serve a driver through penalty.
Lap 17, Brad Keselowski has caught up to lead and team mate Joey Logano but has been unable to pass the leader.
Brad Keselowski makes it down pit road just before Joey Logano crosses the start finish line to close pit road.
Brandon Jones hits the tire wall and Austin Cindric gets turned around and off the track but the track stays green.
Joey Logano wins stage one for his third stage win of the season.
The top 10 at the end of stage one:
During his pit stop, Kyle Larson gets his cooling system hooked up.
Joey Logano wins the race off of pit road but is not the first driver in the field with drivers having pitted prior to the end of stage one.
There is a big rain storm just outside of the track near turn number one. Once the rains come, NASCAR will throw a caution flag and mandate that every driver change to rain tires and appropriate adjustments.
Brad Keselowski and AJ Allemdinger bring the field down for the green flag start of stage two with Brad Keselowski taking the lead after just edging out Allmendinger on lap 25.
The top five are Brad Keselowski, AJ Allemdinger, Aric Almirola, Elliott Sadler, and Matt Tifft. Joey Gase gets turned around and off the track but the track stays green.
There are 32 cars on the lead lap with Jeff Green and Tommy Joe Martins off the track.
NBC reporters announce that they are geeing rain drops in their areas with thunder in the background.
Justin Haley and Matt Tifft get into a wreck in turn number four and bring out the caution flag on lap 27. Just Haley has a great deal of damage to his car.
The rains have covered the track. The teams are waiting for NASCAR to deem the track under wet conditions and allow for the wet weather tires.
Kyle Larson spun out trying to get on pit road on the wet track.
AJ Allmendinger is reporting possible rain coming into his car.
The teams are on pit road putting on their wet weather tires.
Aric Almirola was charged with having too many men over the pit wall and will have to serve a penalty.
Now that the cars are equipped with rain tires, it is up to the teams to decide when they will remove those rain tires.
The rain is already lightening up and the sun is coming out.
AJ Allemdinger brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 33 and takes over the lead of the race. A road course racer, Allemdinger is one of the few drivers who have previous experience racing in wet conditions.
NBC Sports reporters reveal that this is only the fifth time that rain tires have been used in a race.
AJ Allemdinger is in the lead with Justin Allgaier in second over thee seconds back; Joey Logano, Ryan Truex, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.
Visibility is difficult on the track with all the spray being thrown out by the drivers.
The sun has come back out.
Vinnie Miller gets hard into the tire barriers and brings out the caution flag with six laps remaining in stage two. Miller reports that his brakes locked up. Hitting the tire wall hard, he moves the tires several feet.
NASCAR has red flagged the race in order to make repairs to the tire wall.
While the crews work to repair the tire wall, the track is beginning to dry.
After a short delay, the cars begin moving again under yellow flag conditions. Teams must begin to decide when they will change from the rain tires to the slicks.
With only two laps remaining in stage two, AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag restart and and edges out Justin Allgaier for the lead.
AJ Allmendinger wins stage two for his first stage win of the season.
The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road as the teams return to the normal racing tires.
Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 45 with Ryan Preece edging out Brad Keselowski for the lead.
The top five are Ryan Preece, Brad Keselowski, Austin Cindric, Ryan Truex, and Alex Labbe.
Elliott Sadler gets turned around but the track stays green. Brad Keselowski gets around Ryan Preece to take the lead of the race on lap 47.
Lap 49 Brad Keselowski leads the race with Ryan Preece in second and Ryan Truex in third.
With 35 laps remaining in the race, the teams must make one more pit stop for fuel.
Austin Cindric is the first driver to make his pit stop.
Lap 49, Brad Keselowski holds on to his lead over Ryan Preece as teams continue t make their final green flag pit stops; many are taking fuel only.
Ryan Preece takes over the lead of the race when Brad Keselowski comes down pit road for service, including tires.
Ryan Preece leads the race with Cole Custer in second and Ryan Truex in third.
Brian Henderson is stopped on the track, but gets his car going again; the track stays green.
AJ Allemdinger overshot his pit stall and was charged with pitting outside his pit stall and had to serve a stop and go penalty.
Austin Dillon was charged with driving through too many pt boxes.
Lap 55 Ryan Preece continues to lead the race with Joey Logano in second.
Lap 57, Ryan Preece finally makes his pit stop and gets fuel only.
Joey Logano takes over the lead of the race.
Austin Dillon has to make an unscheduled pit stop for a flat tire.
Alex Labbe leads the race with Jeremy Clements in second and Tyler Reddick in third.
Jeremy Clements takes over the lead of the race when Alex Labbe makes his green flag pit stop.
Jeremy Clements comes down pit road, giving the lead over to Tyler Reddick with Brad Keselowski and Kyle Larson behind him.
Only 19 laps remaining in the race, Brad Keselowski has taken the lead with Kyle Larson and Tyler Reddick behind.
Kyle Larson is on Brad Keselowski’s bumper and challenging for the lead.
The caution flag comes out with 15 laps to go when Josh Bilicki got into the wall.
Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 13 laps remaining in the race with Keselowski getting out in front.
The top five are Brad Keselowski, Ryan Preece Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, and Aric Almirola.
Eleven to go, Brad Keselowski continues to lead the race when the caution flag comes out. Scott Heckert is stopped on the track. Kyle Larson is reporting some issues with his car.
Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart with only eight laps remaining in the race. Joey Logano makes it three wide as drivers are spread out across the track.
Joey Logano takes over the lead with Brad Keselowski in second and Ryan Preece in third.
Kyle Larson is falling through the field with engine issues.
Seven to go, Joey Logano is in the lead with Brad Keselowski in second; Ryan Preece, Justin Allgaier, and Aric Almirola rounding out the top five.
Five to go Brad Keselowski has closed the gap on Joey Logano and is trying to challenge for the lead.
Four to go, Brad Keselowski continues to challenge Joey Logano for the lead.
Three to go Brad Keselowski spins out but the track stays green. Justin Allgaier takes over second place but is over four second behind Joey Logano.
Two to go, Joey Logano leads the race with Justin Allgaier in second and AJ Allmendinger in third.
Joey Logano takes the white flag.
Joey Logano wins the race for his 50th racing career win.
The unofficial results of the Zipp 200:
Victor Ganzalez Jr
Tommy Joe Martins