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The 300-miler started with Austin Cindric and Christopher Bell making up the front row. Cindric would lead the field into turn 1, but Bell’s Toyota Supra was able to take the lead away early. The start was criticized by many drivers thinking someone jumped the start. No penalty was made.

Bell dominated the opening stage, leading the entire 45-lap stage. Behind him, Gragson, Reddick, Custer, Cindric and others battled for stage points while Bell won by 3 seconds.

On the lap 47 pit stops, Christopher Bell lost several spots while Justin Haley took only two tires on the stop. On the ensuing restart, Brandon Jones took the lead spot while Haley slowly faded through the field. Bell was digging back up to the front of the field when Cindric got loose under Haley, sending both cars into the turn 3 wall.

Haley’s Kaulig Camaro wasn’t terribly damaged while Cindric lost a lap for repairs.

Noah Gragson took over the lead spot on the lap 60 restart with Bell taking 2nd-place. Bell followed Gragson for a handful of laps and got around Gragson’s JR Motorsports Camaro just before Ronnie Bassett Jr. spun the No. 90 out in turn 1 on lap 69 after losing a tire. On the restart, Bell was unchallenged and pulled away to score the win in the second stage from Kentucky.

Once again, Bell’s Joe Gibbs Racing crew failed to send off of pit road in the top spot, this time handing the race lead over to Chase Briscoe. Bell would restart 5th with 104 laps to go. Brandon Jones, who changed all four tires, passed Briscoe who only changed two on the restart, however, Briscoe was able to run Jones down after reporting the Menards Supra had smoke entering the cockpit. Briscoe was able to take the lead shortly after.

The engine for Jones was failing fast and after losing 10 spots, Jones pitted the Gibbs Supra but there was no solution to fix the expired engine. His JGR teammate, Christopher Bell was now third behind two Stewart-Haas Mustangs of Briscoe and Cole Custer. On lap 111, the two Ford’s swapped positions but Bell was there. The Ruud Supra was able to get around Briscoe in turn 2 but Custer pulled away.

Unable to catch Custer again, Bell started off the green flag pit stops, bringing his Toyota down with 52 laps remaining.

John Hunter Nemechek, Justin Allgaier and Riley Herbst were penalized for pit violations.

Christopher Bell was all the way up to speed when he caught Custer and a string of lapped traffic. In a mess of lapped cars, Bell moved up a lane in turn 1 and got a huge run down the back straight, but couldn’t make a pass in turn 3. Custer was able to pull back away despite reporting a tight car.

Reddick moved up to third with 40 laps to go, but he was 10-seconds back running the fastest laps of the race.

Custer was able to hold off any threat from Bell and pick up his fifth win of the 2019 Xfinity Series season. Custer led 88 of the 200-laps with Bell only 1.6-seconds back. The win for Bell makes him the winningest NXS driver so far this year, just one more than Bell.

Friday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kentucky Speedway could be a tiebreaker of sorts.

Then again, the Alsco 300 (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) could thicken the knot at the top of the series standings.

Christopher Bell and Cole Custer come to Kentucky with four victories each. Both already are shoo-ins for the postseason Playoffs. Clearly, if either Bell or Custer should win, the victor would take the win-column lead in the series.

But the race has implications that go beyond bragging rights. The 17th event of the season is the last race on a 1.5-mile intermediate speedway before the series returns to Las Vegas in September. The championship, of course, is decided on 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Bell, the defending winner of the Alsco 300, was fastest in opening Xfinity practice at Kentucky. Custer topped the chart in final practice at 180.210 mph, the fastest lap of the day.

Tyler Reddick, the reigning series champion and the 2017 winner at Kentucky, has three victories this year and could join Bell and Custer with a fourth. Reddick was third in both practice sessions on Thursday.

But Bell has to be considered at least a marginal favorite. His win at Kentucky started a streak of three straight trips to Victory lane last year.

“For whatever reason, Kentucky Speedway has been really good to me,” Bell said Thursday. “I’ve been able to win my last two starts here in the Truck Series and the Xfinity Series. We’re off to a good start this weekend. We were quickest in first practice and hopefully we can keep it up.”

 

BRISCOE SET TO DEFEND ELDORA VICTORY WITH THORSPORT

Defending winner Chase Briscoe will return to the No. 27 ThorSport Racing Ford for the Aug. 1 Eldora Dirt Derby, the team announced Thursday at Kentucky Speedway. ThorSport has won the last two Gander Outdoors Truck Series events at Eldora Speedway, with Matt Crafton winning in 2017 and Briscoe taking the checkered flag last year.

Last year’s Eldora Dirt Derby was the only 2019 Truck Series start for Briscoe, who runs full-time for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

“It’s super exciting for me to go back to Eldora and try to win two in a row,” Briscoe said. “Nobody’s ever done that.”

Cutting tools manufacturer DIAEDGE will sponsor Briscoe in the seventh running of the Eldora race, NASCAR’s only national series competition on dirt.

Logistically, racing at Eldora will mean a scramble for Briscoe, who has to practice his Xfinity car at Watkins Glen the following morning.

“It’s definitely going to be tough logistically, for sure,” Briscoe said. “Luckily, I found out a couple of weeks ago that there was going to be a plane that goes from Eldora to Watkins Glen with a couple of the spotters and whatnot. I assume I’m going to be the only driver doing both of them.

“For sure, it’s going to be tough. The biggest issue right is if it rains, what happens? That’s obviously an issue when we go dirt racing. If it rains a lot, we won’t race that night.”

 

SHORT STROKES

Kyle Busch won his second Espy for Best Driver on Wednesday night, beating out Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton, IndyCar’s star Scott Dixon and the NHRA’s Scott Torrence. NASCAR stars have won the Espy for Best Driver in four of the last five years, with Kevin Harvick taking the honor in 2015 after his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship, Busch winning in 2016 after his first title and Martin Truex Jr. winning in 2018 after his breakthrough championship…

NASCAR confiscated the No. 52 Halmar Racing Chevrolet of driver Stewart Friesen when officials found issues with the vehicle’s firewall during opening inspection. The team was forced to go to a backup truck for Thursday night’s Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race (7:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The move to the backup means Friesen, second in the series standings, would start from the rear in Thursday’s race…

The No. 22 Team Penske Ford driven by Austin Cindric drew an L1 penalty for an illegal body modification discovered during opening NASCAR Xfinity Series at Kentucky Speedway. NASCAR slapped crew chief Brian Wilson with a $10,000 fine and a one-race suspension, which he will serve this weekend. The penalty carries a loss of 10 points for Cindric, who is fourth in the series standings, and 10 points for the team owner. After the penalty, Cindric enters Friday’s Alsco 300 (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) 129 points behind series leader Tyler Reddick.

As the NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Kentucky this weekend, JD Mototsports with Gary Keller (JDM) will be racing in honor of Jared Lorenzen, one of the most widely known University of Kentucky quarterbacks of all time, who unfortunately passed away last week at the tender age of 38 years old.  

Lorenzen was a standout football player, having set the all time SCC record for passing yards in his career as a quarterback. In 2007, he won a Super Bowl playing for the New York Giants. At 285 pounds, Jared was known affectionately as “Heavy Lefty”, and was one of the heaviest quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL.

The fund has been created in the name of Jared has been set up for family, friends, and fans to help finance his children’s education, and aims to help put them through the university.

JDM aims to bring awareness to the fund by representing it on the hood of BJ McLeod’s No. 4 Chevrolet in Friday night’s Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Aiding in the effort is local graphics company, GCI Digital, who will provide the team with memorial decals that will be placed on all four JDM Camaros.
Funeral arrangements for Lorenzen were held on Wednesday in Kentucky, and among the numerous attendees were some of his former teammates, including legendary player Eli Manning.

Donations to the Lorenzen family can be made on GoFundMe on the page named “The JLo Fund”. With the race being held in primetime on Friday night, JDM hopes it can help raise as many funds as possible to the family.

The Alsco 300 will be ran at Kentucky Speedway on Friday Night at 7:30 PM Eastern Time. This race will be the series’ lone night race on a mile and a half intermediate speedway, and is bound to put on a great show for the fans. Be sure to tune into NBCSN to watch BJ McLeod drive the No. 4 Jared Lorenzen Memorial Fund Chevrolet on the track in the Bluegrass State! For all things JD Motorsports, follow us on our social media platforms @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM

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JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) is proud to announce that Victory Lane Quick Oil Change and Kendall Motor Oil will be partnering with Garrett Smithley at Kentucky Speedway this Friday night during the Alsco 300 for the first of a multi-race schedule.

Smithley, who enters the weekend sitting in 17th place in the NASCAR Xfinity Series points standings, will drive the No. 0 Victory Lane Quick Oil Change/Kendall Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro at a track that is near and dear to his heart, having grown up in the state of Kentucky.

Joining Victory Lane Quick Oil Change and Kendall Motor Oil will be associate sponsors Bucks Oil and True Start, which will both be displayed on the lower quarter panels and deck lid of the #NumberNuthin Chevrolet. These partners also joined Smithley earlier this year at Michigan International Speedway for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held in June.

Other races for these partners will be announced as the season progresses.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky this Friday night for the running of the Alsco 300. This race will be the series’ lone night race on a mile and a half intermediate speedway, and is bound to put on a great show for the fans. Be sure to tune into NBCSN at 7:30 PM Eastern Time to watch Garrett Smithley pilot the No. 0 Victory Lane Quick Oil Change/Kendall Motor Oil Chevrolet on the track in the Bluegrass State! For all things JD Motorsports, follow us on our social media platforms @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM

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On Friday night, the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) returned to Daytona International Speedway for the series’ final restrictor plate race of the season. Always a special event, the July 4th tradition of racing under the lights in the Firecracker 250 usually puts on a spectacular race for fans and drivers alike.

Heading into the weekend, Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 01 Flex Glue Chevrolet, found himself sitting 20th in the overall drivers points standings with a season-best finish of 15th. Leicht returned to Daytona looking for redemption after a blown engine relegated his No. 01 Chevrolet to a disappointing 38th finish in the first race of the season at Daytona. He rolled off from the 25th position in qualifying, but as the race started, he only went up from there.

JDM utilizes an unusual strategy at the super speedways of Daytona and Talladega in which the drivers ride at the back of the pack in order to keep their racecars clean and avoid getting collected in “The Big One”, so his Stage finishes weren’t anything to write home about. Stephen ended up P31 and P26 in both Stage One and Stage Two, respectively. However, it was in Stage Three where the 01 came to life. He narrowly avoided a few big wrecks in the final laps to find himself running in the Top 10 late in the going.

Despite getting caught up in the final wreck of the night, Leicht was able to continue with the aid of some Flex Tape support on his quarter panels. He made calculated moves through the pack to come home across the line in sixth place, however, when one car was disqualified, he was moved up to fifth, bringing home JDM’s first Top 5 of the season. The run was Stephen’s first Top 5 finish since 2007, and the team couldn’t be happier with his result. He moves up to 19th in the drivers points standings now, just 35 points behind his next competitor. Leicht returns to the site of his first NXS win this weekend at Kentucky Speedway, a track near and dear to his career.

Garrett Smithley, driver of the No. 0 Flex Tape Chevrolet, came into Daytona needing to have a good run as well, as the last month has been rough on the #NumberNuthin crew. Despite starting the race off in the 35th spot, Smithley was able to steer clear of all of the wrecks while staying up in the draft, and was able to get himself in position to make a late race charge. Stage One showed Smithley in P23, with Stage Two ending in a P27 finish.

In the last Stage, like Leicht, Smithley was able to restart up inside the Top 10 on the final restart and ran solidly in sixth up until three laps to go, when the No. 0’s engine dropped a cylinder. He went from having a guaranteed Top 10 run to finishing 14th, but the run still helped his points efforts, bumping him up to 17th in the drivers standings now.

Bad luck struck BJ McLeod, driver of the No. 15 Flex Shot Chevrolet, as he was swept away in “The Big One” on the backstretch on lap 73 of the 100 lap race. He ended up coming home with a 33rd place finish, dropping him one spot in the drivers points standings to 20th, 20 points behind Stephen Leicht.

Like BJ, Landon Cassill, driver of the No. 4 Flex Seal Chevrolet, was taken out early on lap 10 in a multicar crash in turn 4. Cassill ended up in 37th place, but he will be back for more this weekend at Kentucky.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky this Friday night for the running of the Alsco 300. This race will be the series’ lone night race on a mile and a half intermediate speedway, and is bound to put on a great show for the fans. Be sure to tune into NBCSN at 7:30 PM Eastern Time to watch Landon Cassill, BJ McLeod, Garrett Smithley, and Stephen Leicht take on the track in the Bluegrass State! For all things JD Motorsports, follow us on our social media platforms @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM

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Ryan Truex will ride into Kentucky Speedway this weekend with a fresh car design. JR Motorsports and the No. 8 team have joined forces with MULTI-PLATINUM superstar duo Florida Georgia Line to create a fresh spin on an old-school look with the classic red and gold paint scheme. The design inspiration came from the timeless liveries of motorsport legends Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Tim Richmond.

 
Keeping fans revved-up, FGL is celebrating the team-up with a brand new t-shirt for their fan-favorite tune “Speed of Love” as featured on their current album CAN’T SAY I AIN’T COUNTRY (BMLG Records). The one-of-a-kind shirt is their take on the Chevrolet car, and is available now at their merch store ShopFGL.com. Fans can use promo code GORYAN20 for a special discount now through Friday, July 19.
 
“I’ve been anxious to get back behind the wheel of this No. 8 car ever since we had such a strong run back in Phoenix,” Truex said. “To be able to do it with Florida Georgia Line and ShopFGL.com is awesome. We have a great relationship with FGL’s Tyler (Hubbard) and Brian (Kelley), who are currently on their CAN’T SAY I AIN’T COUNTRY TOUR. I think everyone agrees that Country music and NASCAR fans are synonymous with each other, which makes this a perfect relationship. I love the look of this throwback scheme and can’t wait to unload at Kentucky.”
 
The Kentucky event marks Truex’s second race of the 2019 season. His lone start for JRM came in March when he drove the No. 8 to the team’s season-best finish, a second-place effort at ISM Raceway. 

The No. 8 is currently ranked 12th in owner points on the strength of four top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.
 
The Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway airs on Friday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
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Team 08 WorldWide Safety Chevrolet Camaro: 

After six top 15 finishes, Gray Gaulding and his No. 08 team had a little extra motivation coming into Daytona this weekend. Gaulding piloted his 08 Camaro to a 2nd place finish at Talladega Superspeedway earlier this season. The team brought back that same race car this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. The day started out strong for the 08 team after Gaulding qualified in the 5th position for the 250 mile event. 
 
Gaulding started the race strong, running in the top 5 and top 10 the majority of the stage. Three cautions were displayed throughout the first stage. (2 Cautions for wrecks & 1 for stage break) Gaulding was able to avoid both multi-car incidents early, but faded slightly at the end of the stage. At the end of stage one, Gaulding was in the 15th position. 

Gaulding wasted no time making his way back to the front in the second stage. On lap 45 caution waved after a flat left rear tire caused the 2 car of Tyler Reddick to spin and collect the 98 car of Chase Briscoe. Gaulding sat in the 5th position at the time of the caution. The remainder of the stage went caution free and Gaulding finished the stage in the 13th position. 

Problems ensued for the 08 team when the 0 car made contact with Gaulding on pit road. The contact caused slight damage to the 08 Camaro; however, the team was able to tend to the damage and send Gaulding back on track. On lap 87 the 'big one' occurred. The 1 car got turned in front of the lead pack, triggering a 15 car pile up. Gaulding spun through the middle of the wreck, but somehow did not hit anything. After a brief red flag, the team put 4 fresh tires on the car and once again sent Gaulding out to battle. After a 10 lap shootout Gaulding finished 9th, but would officially advance to 8th after the 10 car failed post race inspection. The 8th place result was the team's second top 10 finish and seventh top 15 finish of the season. Gaulding remains the first car out of playoff contention and trails Ryan Sieg by 92 points heading into Kentucky. 

Gray Gaulding: 

“It was a great day for us! We didn't have help once again. No one wanted to work with us, but we kept coming back to the top 5 with no help. Hats off to myself and all our guys for giving me a good car. This race is just so hard to win. I can't thank World Wide Safety and everybody enough for their support. I felt like I did my job. I just went for it at the end, but nobody wanted to go. It was a good weekend overall. We finished 8th and it was a good points day. On to the next one." 

Bobby Dotter Thoughts on the 08 Team:

“We had a really fast car this weekend. After Talladega, I think we all had really high expectations coming into this race and we did well. It was a crazy race, but Gray kept the car in one piece and brought home a strong top 10 finish for us. It was another solid points day and we'll just keep chipping away at it. I am really proud of the effort by everyone on this team." 
 


 

Team 07 Isokern Fireplaces & Chimneys Chevrolet Camaro: 

Ray Black Jr. came into Daytona this weekend optimistic for a great finish. The day started out with a bit of an uphill climb for the 07 team after they qualified in the 36th position. When the green flag dropped Ray Black Jr. immediately went to work. On lap 9 the 90 car got into the 36 car, triggering a multi-car wreck behind them. Unfortunately the 07 of Black was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Black went spinning through the infield before making contact with the wall. Black brought his wounded 07 Chevy to the attention of his crew. Crew Chief Jason Miller calmly constructed a game plan to repair the 07. After the first stage Ray Black Jr was in the 36th position. 

The crew continued to make repairs to the 07 car throughout the race and Black remained confident they would finish strong. All the repairs caused Black to go two laps down, but by the end of the second stage Black gained one of his laps back and was in the 35th position.  

Ray Black Jr was able to avoid both big wrecks that occurred on lap 73 and lap 87. The first wreck collected 8 cars and the second wreck damaged over 15 cars. Black was able to gain his final lap back and rallied to a strong 14th place finish. Black would officially be scored in the 13th position after the 10 car failed post race inspection. The 13th place result was the team's second top 15 finish and ninth top 20 finish of the season. 

Ray Black Jr: 

“It was a good race overall. We got caught up in a wreck early, but the team pulled through and we got a solid result." 

Bobby Dotter Thoughts on the 07 Team: 

“It was unfortunate the 07 team got caught up in that first incident of the night; however, I am extremely proud of the effort to keep Ray on track. The team was able to repair the car as best as they could and we simply just took advantage of all the carnage. To finish 13th after everything we went through tonight I say was a huge success." 

Looking Ahead: 

After surviving the fireworks in Daytona, SS Green Light Racing drivers Gray Gaulding and Ray Black Jr. remain 13th and 16th respectively in the NASCAR Xfinity Series points standings. The teams will enjoy the weekend before turning their attention to Kentucky. Coverage of the Alsco 300 from Kentucky Speedway will begin Friday July 12th at 7:30 PM ET on NBCSN. 

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Kaulig Racing found the key to victory in Saturday night’s Circle K Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway, and the team did so in triplicate.

In a wild race that featured five multicar wrecks, hired gun Ross Chastain teammates Justin Haley and AJ Allmendinger across the finish line in a 1-2-3 finish for Kaulig Racing, which collected its first NASCAR victory.

Chastain finished .109 seconds ahead of Haley and .206 ahead of Allmendinger, who made his first NASCAR start since last year and his first-ever Daytona start in a NASCAR Xfinity Series car.

“Oh, my god, we did—Daytona!” exulted Chastain, a watermelon farmer from Florida who continued his roller-coaster ride in NASCAR racing with his first Xfinity victory of the season and the second of his career. “I watched these races in July as a kid, and I never could come (to the track) because we were growing watermelons.

“The guys right here (from Kaulig Racing) gave me a car that could win at Daytona!”

Chastain took the lead from series leader Tyler Reddick on Lap 93 of 100 and pulled Haley with him. Allmendinger, who steered his way adroitly through an 11-car incident on the backstretch on Lap 87, worked his way forward after a restart on Lap 91 and picked off fifth-place finisher Austin Cindric and fourth-place Christopher Bell to put an exclamation point on the first win for team owner Matt Kaulig.

“I’m so pumped to be a part of Kaulig Racing,” Allmendinger said. “Of course, you want to be the driver that tries to get the win, but there’s nothing cooler than being a 1-2-3, and I just can’t thank Matt Kaulig enough.

“When I got to fifth, I wanted to make it a Chevy 1-2-3, and all I cared about was getting to third. Once I got there, I wasn’t ever going to do anything. I just wanted to get there and have that cool photo coming across the start/finish line of a Kaulig Racing 1-2-3.”

For Haley, the race was a redemption of sorts for last year’s event, when he crossed the finish line first but was demoted for passing below the double yellow line approaching the flag stand.

“After last year at Daytona, finishing second here is pretty cool,” Haley said. “To have a 1-2-3 finish is absolutely incredible for us.”

A race that was a pinnacle for Kaulig Racing took its toll on a number of heavyweight teams. Bell survived late contact with Michael Annett to run fourth and trails Reddick by 77 points. Reddick had to pit with a flat tire after losing the lead to Chastain on Lap 93.

But four-time winner Cole Custer caught pieces of three different wrecks, the last of which (on Lap 87) totaled his No. 00 Ford and relegated him to 27th place.

“That was terrible,” Custer said. “It’s just speedway racing. I just have never been good at it, I guess. I always get caught up in the wrecks, so I don’t know.”

In a race that started two hours late because of rain and was red-flagged for 17 minutes 45 seconds after the Lap 87 pileup, Justin Allgaier also had an evening full of contact. His last incident came on Lap 92, when he spun after contact from Allmendinger’s No. 10 Chevrolet. Allgaier finished 18th, a lap down.

But the big winner was Chastain, who lost his Xfinity ride with Chip Ganassi Racing when his sponsored folded in the offseason. Opting in midseason to run for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship, Chastain lost a victory on a disqualification at Iowa, only to win at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois in the next event.

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

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