XFINITY Series Sonoma Raceway

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Zip Buy Now, Pay Later 250

Saturday, June 8th, 2024

Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, CA

  • 25 Chevrolet
  • 8 Ford
  • 6 Toyota

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Road racin’ in wine country: Sonoma Raceway up next

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will be staying in the road course groove as it heads to Sonoma Raceway for the Zip Buy Now, Pay Later 250 on Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, after coming off a wild one at Portland International Raceway road course last weekend.

This will be the second time the Xfinity Series has competed on the Sonoma, California 1.99-mile course. The first was last season in a race that saw Aric Almirola take the checkered flag over road course ringer A.J. Allmendinger by a mere 1.868 seconds.

Although Almirola was the first to land himself in Victory Lane at the 12-turn Sonoma circuit, it was Kyle Larson who won the pole with a speed of 91.393 mph.

Neither driver is entered in this weekend’s Zip Buy Now, Pay Later 250 so we will see a new pole sitter and race winner at Sonoma Raceway.

Xfinity Series drivers will kick off their weekend with practice at 4:05 p.m. ET on Friday, June 7, which will air on FS1 at 5 p.m. ET. Qualifying will be the following day at 3:30 p.m. ET on FS2.

Different Winners Streak: Can Van Gisbergen go back-to-back?

To no one’s surprise, New Zealander and former V8 Supercars star Shane van Gisbergen, now driving for Kaulig Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, showed his road course prowess last weekend at Portland International Raceway and secured his first NASCAR Xfinity Series win, locking himself into the Playoffs. Van Gisbergen is the 11th different driver to win in the Xfinity Series this season and the seventh consecutive different winner in as many races. Now, the 35-year-old is looking to ride the wave of momentum from his victory to Sonoma Raceway and keep the winning ways going this weekend.

If van Gisbergen were to win this weekend, he would not only end the streak of different winners, but also join Austin Hill as just the second driver this season to win consecutive Xfinity Series races this year.

And for those that don’t know, van Gisbergen’s win last weekend made him the seventh different foreign-born driver to win a race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series all-time (1982-2024), joining Daniel Suarez (Mexico), Marcos Ambrose (Australia), Nelson Piquet Jr. (Brazil), Juan Pablo Montoya (Columbia), Ron Fellows (Canada) and Larry Pollard (Canada).

Masters of Xfinity Series road racing

The all-time NASCAR Xfinity Series road course winners list was extended to 41 drivers last weekend after Kaulig Racing’s Shane van Gisbergen grabbed his first career win at Portland International Raceway. Now, the Xfinity Series teams have turned their focus on this week’s Sonoma Raceway, the second of six road courses on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule this season. Of the 41 all-time Xfinity road course winners, eight are entered this weekend in the Zip Buy Now, Pay Later 250 on June 8.

Active Xfinity Road Course Winners

Xfinity Road & Street Course Wins

AJ Allmendinger

11

Ty Gibbs

4

Justin Allgaier

3

Sam Mayer

3

Cole Custer

2

Boris Said

1

Shane Van Gisbergen

1

Jeremy Clements

1

Tracks

Active Road Course Winners This Weekend by Track

Watkins Glen International

Sam Mayer (1), Ty Gibbs (1)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway RC

AJ Allmendinger (1), Ty Gibbs (1)

Charlotte ROVAL

AJ Allmendinger (4), Sam Mayer (1)

Road America

AJ Allmendinger (1), Sam Mayer (1), Jeremy Clements (1), Justin Allgaier (1), Ty Gibbs (1)

Circuit of The Americas

AJ Allmendinger (2)

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (Montreal)

Boris Said (1), Justin Allgaier (1)

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

AJ Allmendinger (2), Justin Allgaier (1)

Portland International Raceway

AJ Allmendinger (1), Cole Custer (1), Shane van Gisbergen (1)

Daytona Road Course

Ty Gibbs (1)

Chicago Street Race

Cole Custer (1)

Sonoma Raceway

None

Kaulig Racing’s A.J. Allmendinger heads to Sonoma looking to avenge his runner-up finish in last year’s race. They don’t call him the king of road courses for nothing as he currently leads the Xfinity Series record with 11 victories on road courses. This year, in the first two road course races at COTA and Portland, he’s finished 10thand fourth, respectively.

In search of his second win of the season, JR Motorsports’ Sam Mayer looks to continue to show how he has become one of the premier road course ringers in the series. Last season he posted wins on three out of the eight road courses on the schedule (Road America, Watkins Glen, Charlotte ROVAL). On this season’s road courses, he posted a ninth-place finish at COTA and won the pole at Portland.

While still searching for his first career win on a road course, Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Hill could finally get over the hump this weekend. Last season, he posted top-five finishes on four out of the eight road courses on the schedule (Portland, Chicago, Road America, Indianapolis Road Course) and top-10 finishes on two others (Sonoma, Charlotte Road Course). Hill came close to posting his first road course victory at COTA earlier this season, taking home a runner-up finish.

Playoff picture tightens up after Portland

With a win by Shane van Gisbergen last weekend at Portland, another spot in the Playoffs has been filled. So far, Austin Hill, Chandler Smith, Justin Allgaier, Jesse Love, Sam Mayer and Shane van Gisbergen have clinched their way into the postseason by virtue of their wins, leaving just six spots up for grabs.

Double duty drivers at Sonoma –A couple drivers will be looking to get some extra seat time this weekend at Sonoma Raceway – Ty Gibbs and John Hunter Nemechek.

Gibbs will be getting behind the wheel of the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for his third Xfinity Series start of the 2024 season. He ran at Sonoma last season in the series, posting a fourth-place finish.

Nemechek will be joining Joe Gibbs Racing behind the wheel of the No. 20 Toyota for his seventh Xfinity Series start of the season. He ran in the inaugural Xfinity Series Sonoma race last season, posting a 16th-place finish.

Said Heads Unite! Boris Said returns to NASCAR with Hendrick Motorsports –Veteran road racing ace Boris Said will be making his triumphant return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series this weekend at Sonoma Raceway driving the No. 17 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

Said, from Carlsbad, California, will be making his first series start since driving the No. 13 for Carl Long at COTA in 2021.

Though, Said has not competed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Sonoma, he has made 17 NASCAR Cup Series start at the road course posting five top-10 finishes.

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Shane van Gisbergen gets second career Xfinity win at Sono

New Zealander Shane van Gisbergen powered his way to the lead on a restart with 11 laps remaining in Saturday’s Zip Buy Now, Pay Later 250 on the Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway road course and bolted off to a 1.323-second victory – his second career NASCAR Xfinity Series win coming only a week after his first.

The 35-year old Kiwi – who earned his first career pole position earlier Saturday at the 1.99-mile course and led a race best 32 laps – took the lead from Austin Hill negotiating a tight Turn 7 on a late race restart; his No. 97 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet winning a battle of tough side-by-side action that ultimately cost Hill four positions.

Both drivers acknowledged the close racing – the second time this season they have had contact racing for the late race lead at a road course. At Austin’s Circuit of The America they collided racing for the win on the last lap only to see NASCAR Cup Series regular Kyle Larson bolt by to claim the victory over them both.

“Man, what a race – an adventure up and down and up and down all day,” said Van Gisbergen, who – as he did in Portland – celebrated his win by signing a rugby ball and kicking it into the grandstands.

“But that last restart I was just giving it all I had and two guys going for the same real estate came together.

“It was pretty awesome though, a lot of fun. Hope everyone enjoyed the show. Pretty awesome back-to-back weeks for us.”

Hill, who led 21 laps and finished fifth in the No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, was clearly displeased with the contact between himself and Van Gisbergen, but insisted on taking a sort or racing “high road.”

“I’m gonna leave it to the keyboard warriors on this one, I’ll let them figure out what happened,” said Hill, as he watched the replay on the track’s big video screen. “No matter what comment I say, it’ll be wrong.

“I plead the fifth, I’m not going to say anything about it,” he continued. “We’ll just go on to the next one, good hard racing. We were holding off SVG for a while, had that caution and I knew it was going to be tough on the restart and it didn’t work out. But we had a good points day and finished in the top-five. You can’t ask for more than that.”

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Sheldon Creed finished runner-up to Van Gisbergen, the ninth second-place finish for Creed in the series and second of the 2024 season. JR Motorsports’ Sam Mayer was third with Jordan Anderson Racing rookie Austin Green fourth and Hill rounding out the top-five.

It marked the second top-10 finish in three career starts for the 23-year old recent college grad Green and was particularly impressive considering he started 22nd.

It was another young driver, former Xfinity Series champion Ty Gibbs who looked to be among Van Gisbergen’s toughest challengers early in the day. He led 26 laps but a slow second pit stop dropped in the field for the Stage 2 restart and he was among 13 cars collected in an accident in Turn 2 that eliminated several top cars.

The other NASCAR Cup Series regular in the field, John Hunter Nemechek was sixth in a Joe Gibbs Toyota with JR Motorsports Justin Allgaier, JGR’s Chandler Smith, Stewart-Haas Racing’s Cole Custer and Big Machine Racing’s Parker Kligerman rounding out the top-10.

“It was the work we did between weeks to make the car better again,” said Van Gisbergen, who also took the Stage 1 victory; his first career stage win.

“It was awesome racing Ty Gibbs at the start, we were really pushing each other. It’s special to win two road courses in a row and dream about one day winning on an oval.”

Custer’s eighth-place finish was good enough to keep a 12-point championship lead over both Hill and Chandler Smith.

  • Drivers Entered: 39 (1 drivers will not make the race)
  • Laps Scheduled: 70
  • Laps Actual: 79 - NASCAR OVERTIME!
  • Margin of Victory: 01.323 Seconds
  • Time of Race: 2 Hours 11 Minutes 2 Seconds
  • Average Speed: 71.986
  • Cautions: 4 for 14 laps
  • Lead Changes: 3
  • Green Flag Passes: 1,069 (16.4 passes per green flag lap)
Austin Green, Justin Allgaier, Sheldon Creed and Ryan Sieg race
Sonoma, California - June 8, 2024 : Austin Green, driver of the #32 3Dimensional.com Chevrolet, Justin Allgaier, driver of the #7 BRANDT Partners Chevrolet, Sheldon Creed, driver of the #18 MRC Construction Toyota, and Ryan Sieg, driver of the #39 Sci Aps Ford, race during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Zip Buy Now, Pay Later 250 at Sonoma Raceway.
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Zip Buy Now, Pay Later 250 at Sonoma Raceway Loop Data Box Score results
DRIVER ST MID CLO FIN HI LOW ARP PL DIF GFP GFxP PD QPS % QPS FST % T15 LED % LED LAPS DR TOT PTS
Shane van Gisbergen 1 4 1 1 1 15 2.7 0 10 0 10 9 90.00 20 100.0 32 40.5 79 140.50 59
Sheldon Creed 9 5 3 2 2 38 9.0 7 23 39 -16 15 65.22 7 89.9 0 0.0 79 106.90 42
Sam Mayer 8 3 2 3 2 31 6.4 5 24 58 -34 10 41.67 3 89.9 0 0.0 79 115.50 34
Austin Green 22 12 4 4 2 35 12.9 18 22 62 -40 8 36.36 1 70.9 0 0.0 79 89.10 33
Austin Hill 3 7 5 5 1 31 6.0 -2 20 46 -26 12 60.00 4 92.4 21 26.6 79 111.50 40
Justin Allgaier 5 11 8 6 3 32 9.0 -1 13 45 -32 7 53.85 0 93.7 0 0.0 79 96.80 33
Chandler Smith 11 8 11 7 6 31 14.3 4 51 29 22 24 47.06 1 73.4 0 0.0 79 91.50 40
John Hunter Nemechek 7 10 6 8 5 35 10.0 -1 23 6 17 16 69.57 1 87.3 0 0.0 79 98.00 0
Cole Custer 12 6 15 9 4 33 12.9 3 41 66 -25 18 43.90 0 74.7 0 0.0 79 88.30 34
Parker Kligerman 14 9 18 10 4 22 9.8 4 38 13 25 23 60.53 0 89.9 0 0.0 79 95.00 37
Parker Retzlaff 13 15 9 11 9 30 14.3 2 29 14 15 16 55.17 0 82.3 0 0.0 79 82.20 29
Jesse Love 6 2 16 12 2 28 8.4 -6 34 39 -5 11 32.35 2 79.8 0 0.0 79 104.80 33
Riley Herbst 15 26 10 13 5 37 18.4 2 36 13 23 12 33.33 0 40.5 0 0.0 79 72.80 25
Brennan Poole 33 30 13 14 11 37 24.6 19 30 16 14 7 23.33 0 29.1 0 0.0 79 59.00 23
Ed Jones 17 27 14 15 12 38 23.6 2 40 33 7 4 10.00 0 13.9 0 0.0 79 66.00 22
Josh Bilicki 31 28 17 16 15 32 26.0 15 42 28 14 1 2.38 0 2.5 0 0.0 79 56.00 21
AJ Allmendinger 4 13 24 17 2 35 9.9 -13 33 67 -34 7 21.21 1 79.8 0 0.0 79 83.80 29
Blaine Perkins 21 24 19 18 16 30 22.5 3 36 24 12 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 79 60.00 19
Alex Labbe 19 20 12 19 9 27 17.3 0 25 21 4 11 44.00 0 35.4 0 0.0 79 66.80 18
Ryan Sieg 18 19 7 20 7 24 15.6 -2 23 31 -8 6 26.09 0 41.8 0 0.0 79 67.30 17
Matt DiBenedetto 36 35 21 21 19 37 30.1 15 29 27 2 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 79 39.50 16
Jeremy Clements 23 21 25 22 13 33 20.7 1 35 28 7 3 8.57 0 7.6 0 0.0 79 62.00 15
Kyle Sieg 32 32 22 23 9 37 28.2 9 32 37 -5 1 3.13 0 5.1 0 0.0 79 41.30 14
Brad Perez 30 31 23 24 19 35 26.0 6 34 30 4 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 79 45.50 13
Preston Pardus 24 25 20 25 7 34 22.9 -1 38 34 4 4 10.53 0 7.6 0 0.0 79 51.80 12
Ryan Ellis 34 29 27 26 13 35 26.6 8 33 29 4 1 3.03 0 7.6 0 0.0 79 41.50 11
Garrett Smithley 38 36 26 27 22 38 32.5 11 18 17 1 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 79 32.00 10
Boris Said 35 33 28 28 14 35 25.2 7 39 36 3 2 5.13 0 5.1 0 0.0 79 40.50 9
Leland Honeyman Jr 29 37 30 29 26 37 32.3 0 20 22 -2 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 78 30.80 8
Kyle Weatherman 25 23 29 30 4 31 26.1 -5 33 17 16 1 3.03 0 2.5 0 0.0 78 36.80 7
Anthony Alfredo 16 16 31 31 2 31 17.0 -15 21 28 -7 12 57.14 0 50.6 0 0.0 77 56.50 9
Hailie Deegan 37 38 32 32 32 38 36.1 5 10 8 2 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 72 28.30 5
Sammy Smith 10 14 34 33 7 38 22.0 -23 18 20 -2 7 38.89 0 54.4 0 0.0 71 64.00 8
Thomas Annunziata 26 34 33 34 18 36 28.3 -8 31 25 6 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 63 38.30 3
Ty Gibbs 2 1 35 35 1 29 14.6 -33 12 22 -10 6 50.00 20 62.0 26 52.0 50 119.80 0
Jeb Burton 20 18 36 36 10 21 23.6 -16 18 14 4 9 50.00 0 21.5 0 0.0 49 58.00 1
Josh Williams 28 17 37 37 10 28 26.1 -9 26 3 23 4 15.38 0 8.9 0 0.0 49 56.30 1
Brandon Jones 27 22 38 38 11 31 29.2 -11 29 13 16 1 3.45 0 0.0 0 0.0 49 46.80 1