NASCAR Xfinity: Dover International Speedway race postponed
By AMANDA VINCENT
The Drive Sober 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway has been postponed by rainy weather. The race, originally scheduled for an approximate 3 p.m. ET start, has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday. As a result, two races are scheduled for Sunday at DIS. The Citizen Soldier 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is scheduled to take the green flag shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday.
Joey Logano, a Sprint Cup driver who is a Chase for the Sprint Cup, is entered for the Xfinity race, but with both races scheduled for the same day, he is unsure if he will continue with plans to run the Xfinity Series race.
“You have no idea how bad I want to,” Logano said about running both races. “We just have to think about the big picture, too. We have a very fast Xfinity car here and I really want to race it because I think I’ve got a shot to finally beat these guys. I don’t know. I’ve got to be smart and think about it. We’ll put some thought into it and make the right move and remember where our priorities are. Our priority is to win the Sprint Cup championship and this is an important race. If this was the spring race, you might have different thoughts, but right now there is a lot to think about and I’m sure we’ll make the best decision we know how to.”
Several other Sprint Cup drivers, including Chase competitors, are entered in the Xfinity race.
After track trying efforts Saturday afternoon, engines were fired and cars took to the track for pre-race pace laps, but during those pace laps, rain returned, forcing the postponement of the race until Sunday. Dover International Speedway is not equipped with track lighting for possible night racing.
The Drive Sober 200 is the second race in the seven-race inaugural chase for the Xfinity Series. Elliott Sadler won the first race of the chase, visiting victory lane at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta a week ago.
Rain also interfered with Xfinity Series qualifying earlier in the day Saturday. One round of qualifying was completed, though, and in that round, Erik Jones set a new track record with a 22.739-second/158.318 mph lap. He’ll start on the pole Sunday.
Jones is the most recent Xfinity Series race winner at Dover, winning a Dash 4 Cash race there earlier this season.
When the Drive Sober 200 takes the green flag Sunday morning, Jones is expected to share the front row with Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Logano and Alex Bowman are expected to start in the second row. Like Logano, Busch is a Sprint Cup Chase driver.