NASCAR Xfinity: Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Joey Logano opt out at Dover
By AMANDA VINCENT
With the postponement of the Drive Sober 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning, three teams will make driver changes before the Xfinity Series green flag. Joey Logano, originally listed as the driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford, will be replaced by Ryan Blaney. Regan Smith will drive the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet in place of Austin Dillon, and Drew Herring will drive the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in place of Kyle Busch.
With the Xfinity Series race rescheduled to take the green flag shortly after 10 a.m. ET Sunday, it will be held just before the day’s Citizen Soldier 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, also at Dover, scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday. Busch, Logano and Dillon are among the 16 drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup and Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Dover is an elimination race in the Chase.
“Our priority is to win the Sprint Cup championship, and this is an important race,” Logano said.
Substitute drivers Blaney and Smith also are Sprint Cup Series regulars and, therefore, are expected to race in the Citizen Soldier
400, but neither of them is competing in the Sprint Cup Chase.
Herring, Smith and Blaney will have to start in the back because of the driver changes, even though the No. 18 car qualified on the front row and the No. 22 qualified for a second-row starting spot.