Another rainy day caused the Circle K Firecracker 250 to start later than planned, but NASCAR was still able to get the race started. A season that has been dominated by an Xfinity “Big 3” has brought us to a track presenting opportunity to all the NXS regulars who have yet to see victory lane along with veteran driver A.J. Allmendinger making his season debut.
Tyler Reddick started on the pole and was able to maintain his lead for a few laps before some shuffling up front left Ross Chastain out front.
It was only nine laps or so before the first wreck of the night occurred as Caesar Bacarella got loose and collected several other cars.
Another caution would fly with seven to go in stage one as the leaders blocked and killed momentum in the high line causing cars in the middle of the pack to spin off of turn four sending multiple cars into the wet infield grass.
Under caution several cars would play strategy and pit, but it was Chastain who would lead the field back to green with two laps to go in stage one and hang on to take the green and white checkered flag.
Allmendinger led the pack back to the green flag for the start of stage two, but they only made half way through the stage before Reddick cut a left rear tire and collected Chase Briscoe in another wreck.
Allmendinger would continue to hold on through the rest of stage two after holding off aggressive charges from a multitude of competitors.
With 27 laps to go a large multiple car wreck occurred mid-pack off of turn two as cars flew sideways down the back stretch.
Chastain led the field back to green as Riley Herbst spun down the back stretch, but gathered it back up without a caution flag.
Tensions rose as the field scrambled to charge for the lead, but it continued to be chastain out front. Surprisingly Reddick would find his way back to the lead before the biggest wreck of the night occurred with 13 to go taking out numerous cars including some of those contending for the win.
With limited laps remaining and various cars stuck in the grass, not to mention the debris on the track, NASCAR threw the red flag halting the field short of the carnage on the back stretch.
Justin Haley restarted in the lead with ten laps to go. The lead pack became more agitated as the laps wound down and Reddick found himself back in the lead. Justin Allgaier was spun out of the pack down the back stretch but avoided damage and a caution flag.
The pack continued to race aggressively before Shane Lee was spun out with five to go, and the leaders were able to make distance on the rest of the competitors, all while Chastain continued to lead.
With one lap to go the front nine cars were nose to tail, all with an opportunity to win. At the end it was a Kauling Racing with a 1-2-3 finish and Ross Chastain crossing the finish line first.
Top Five: Ross Chastain, Justin Haley, A.J. Allmendinger, Christopher Bell, Austin Cindric
Unfortunately for Allmendinger his car failed post race inspection and was disqualified, taking away his third place finish, and religating Kauling Racing to a 1-2 finish.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will return to action on July 12th for the ALSCO 300 at Kentucky speedway at 7:30PM ET