JOLIET, Ill. — Erik Jones passed Elliott Sadler with nine laps to go and held off Kyle Larson to win Saturday's Xfinity series race at Chicagoland Speedway, and Ryan Sieg and Blake Koch claimed the final two spots for the inaugural Chase for the Championship in NASCAR's second-tier series.
Jones, 20, earned his series-high fourth win this season and is the top seed for the seven-race Chase. Jones won the truck series title a year ago and will move to Sprint Cup next year.
Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch dominated most of the Drive For Safety 300, leading 154 of the first 181 laps until he cut a tire and spun out. Clint Bowyer lead on a restart with 14 laps left but Sadler and Jones passed him.
Sadler was third; Busch finished 13th. Sieg finished 12th and Koch 15th to earn the final spots in the 12-driver Chase. The rest: Jones, Sadler, Daniel Suarez, Justin Allgaier, Ty Dillon, Brennan Poole, Brendan Gaughan, Ryan Reed, Brandon Jones and Darrell Wallace Jr. The Chase begins next week at Kentucky.
IndyCar: Points leader Simon Pagenaud moved one step closer to his first series championship by earning the pole for today's Grand Prix of Sonoma (Calif.), adding one more point to his margin. He now leads Team Penske teammate Will Power, by 44 points. Power will line up fourth after Penske swept the top four spots on the grid.
Formula One: Nico Rosberg earned the pole for his 200th series start, qualifying more than half a second faster than Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo for today's Singapore Grand Prix. Points leader Lewis Hamilton, Rosberg's teammate, was third.
NHRA: Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Angelle Sampey (Pro Stock Motorcycle) led qualifying for today's Carolina Nationals in Concord, N.C.
Sports cars: Brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor, of Orla
ndo, earned their third IMSA WeatherTech series victory this season in Austin, Texas.