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Matthew Jackson

AJ Allmendinger won Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Talladega.
 
Allmendinger edged out Sam Mayer in the final stretch and went on to score the victory.
 
Rounding out the top five were Sam Mayer in second, Landon Cassill in third, Ryan Sieg in fourth and Josh Berry in fifth.
 
With his win on Saturday, Allmendinger punched his ticket into the next round of the Xfinity Series playoffs joining Noah Gragson. 
 
"Yes I hate Superspeedway racing, but it's awesome to win in front of this Talladega crowd," Allmendinger told NBC Sports post-race
 
The six drivers above the cutting are Ty Gibbs, Austin Hill, Josh Berry, Justin Allgaier, Sam Mayer and Ryan Sieg. 
 
Drivers below the cutting include Brandon Jones, Daniel Hemric, Jeremy Clements and Riley Herbst. 
 
Noah Gragson who was looking for his fifth straight win in a row on Saturday finished 10th. 
 
Austin Hill, who won both stages of the race finished 14th. 
 
The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval next Saturday October, 8th at 3 p.m. Eastern on NBC.
 
 
Stage 1 Winner: Austin Hill
Stage 2 Winner: Austin Hill 
Race Winner: AJ Allmendinger 

Erik Jones won Sunday’s CookOut Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

Sunday’s opening round of the playoffs shown everything you could imagine. Drama, carnage and hurt feelings.

Jones, who is not one of the sixteen playoff drivers, emerged from everyone else’s troubles to win the Southern 500, a huge upset victory to open the playoffs.

Jones took advantage of the other playoff drivers troubles on a restart with 21 laps to go in the race. Driver No. 43 would pull out to a one second lead over second place Denny Hamlin on the restart. Jones would beat Hamlin by .252 of a second at the finish.

Sunday’s win for Jones marked the third win of his career. The famous No. 43 returned to victory lane at the track “Too tough to tame” for the first time since Richard Petty won back in 1967.

The results of Sunday’s playoff driver troubles took a big hit in the point standings. Chase Elliott, who started the playoffs at the top of the charts fell to ninth in standings, Kevin Harvick, who started the playoffs in ninth fell seven spots sixteenth in standings.

Joey Logano took over the lead in the point standings over William Byron in second and Denny Hamlin in third place in standings.

Probably the most strange thing of the race happened when Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Ford went into a haze of fire and smoke on lap 277 of 367. Fire would erupt on both sides of Harvick’s car, forcing Harvick to quickly park the car and exit through the drivers side window.

Harvick was arguably mad at NASCAR during his comments in the garage after his incident. Harvick said the fire started without any contact, blaming it on the parts NASCAR issues the teams.

Rounding out the top five were Denny Hamlin in second, Tyler Reddick in third, Joey Logano in fourth and Christopher Bell in fifth.

Rounding out the top ten were Michael McDowell in sixth, Brad Keselowski in seventh, William Byron in eighth, Bubba Wallace in ninth and Alex Bowman in tenth.

The NASCAR Cup Series second race of the playoffs will take place at Kansas Speedway in the running of the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on USA Network.

Stage 1 Winner: William Byron
Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch
Race Winner: Erik Jones

Kyle Larson won Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Watkins Glen International.

Larson took advantage of a costly late race restart from William Byron and Ty Gibbs and went on to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race.

“I got lucky. I think my only shot really was if Gibbs and Byron really got racing. I just wanted to help William down the front-stretch as much as I could then they got to battle up the esses.

“I tried to help William get clear to the bus stop. They raced side-by-side into there, got together and and the seas parted and I was able to get through. Then I had AJ behind me so I was just trying yo hit my marks as best as I could. He had me definitely nervous out in front of him,” Larson told NBC Sports post-race.

During the final restart with five laps to go, Byron and Gibbs both raced for the lead as they both entered the bus stop. Larson, who was running third at the time saw the battle ahead of him. He would then see Gibbs get loose and spin out collecting Byron as well.

That costly mistake would give Larson the race lead ahead of AJ Allmendinger in second.

Allmendinger would catch up to Larson within a car length on the final lap however, it would not be enough to take over the top spot.

Byron would go onto finish 25th and Gibbs would go onto finish 27th. Both drivers had communication on pit road after the race regarding the wreck. The conversation would end would need for intervention.

 Rounding out the top five were AJ Allmendinger in second, Sammy Smith in third, Noah Gragson in fourth and Kaz Grala in fifth.

Rounding out the top ten were Sam Mayer in sixth, Riley Herbst in seventh, Sheldon Creed in eighth, Josh Berry in ninth and Jeremy Clements in tenth.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Daytona International Speedway next Friday, August 26th at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on USA Network.

Stage 1 Winner: Sammy Smith
Stage 2 Winner: William Byron
Race Winner: Kyle Larson

 
 

Ty Gibbs won his fifth NASCAR Xfinity Series win of the 2022 season on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.

Noah Gragson, who started the race on the pole won both stages of the race but when Gragson pitted under the Stage 2 break, Gibbs would cycle back to the race lead and would never loose sight of the lead.

Gibbs would maintain his lead through the green flag pit stops with under 30 laps to go and would win over second place Justin Allgaier by a margin of 1.2 seconds.

During his post race interview, Gibbs was asked if Saturday’s win was a statement win for the rest of the field with the playoffs approaching in a couple of weeks:

“It depends on how you look at it. I just race week in and week out but there’s people who get all excited and think they’re making a huge statement and then they get in the playoffs and suck. I’m just doing what I can week in and week out.”

Rounding out the top five were Justin Allgaier in second, Noah Gragson in third, Brandon Jones in fourth and Austin Hill in fifth.

Noah Gragson, who ran up front the majority of the race finished third.

During the caution on Lap 52 he decided not to pit instead try and win the stage and get the playoff points. Gibbs, on the other hand did pit and his fresher tires would prevail.

Driver No. 9 was able to get by AJ Allmendinger on the final lap to win Stage 2. Gragson would then pit under Stage 2 race break. Gragson would get back into the top five but not be able to contend for the win.

Rounding out the top ten were Josh Berry in sixth, AJ Allmendinger in seventh, Daniel Hemric in eighth, Riley Herbst in ninth and Landon Cassill in tenth.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will return in two weeks on Saturday, August 20th at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on USA Network.

Stage 1 Winner: Noah Gragson
Stage 2 Winner: Noah Gragson
Race Winner: Ty Gibbs

 
 

AJ Allmendinger won Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course.

Allmendinger ran away from the field, scoring his third Xfinity road course win of the year.

“God I love this place! Indy baby let’s go!” Allmendinger said on his team radio after the race.

Allmendinger, who won the Cup series race last year on the Indianapolis road course is the all-time road course winner in the Xfinity Series.

“We struggled and worked hard to get a little better. I knew Bowman was really good on long runs so I tried to stay out there. Our car had some break issues as well. The guys recovered really well.” 

Rounding out the top five were Alex Bowman in second, Justin Allgaier in third, Ross Chastain in fourth and Chase Briscoe in fifth.

Allmendinger joined previous Indianapolis winners for a group photo at the yard of bricks Saturday morning. Drivers included Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears, Dale Jarrett, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson to name a few.

“I didn’t even feel like I belonged out there,” Allmendinger said post-race. “What am I doing here?!?! That’s the coolest photo I will ever have in my life.”

Rounding out the top ten were Riley Herbst in sixth, Sam Mayer in seventh, Ty Gibbs in eighth, Austin Hill in ninth and Noah Gragson in tenth.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 6th on USA Network.

Stage 1 Winner: Noah Gragson
Stage 2 Winner: Josh Berry
Race Winner: AJ Allmendinger

Chase Elliott won Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway after the first two finishers, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch each failed post-race inspection.

Joe Gibbs Racing sent out a statement Sunday night reacting to the inspection outcome.

“We were shocked to learn of the infraction that caused our two cars to fail NASCAR’s post-race technical inspection,” Team owner Joe Gibbs said in a statement released following the outcome of inspection. “We plan to review every part of the process that led to this situation.”

Joe Gibbs Racing has the option to appeal the penalty if they chose to do so. The team has until Monday at 12 p.m. Eastern to file for an appeal.

Since NASCAR instituted the disqualification policy in 2019, this marks the first time the winner of the race has been disqualified.

NASCAR found an issue with the front fascia of both Joe Gibbs Racing cars, stating that their was material there that should not have been there.

Hamlin, who originally finished first would finish 35th following his disqualification and Kyle Busch who originally finished second finished 36th.

Rounding out the top five were Tyler Reddick in second, Daniel Suarez in third, Christopher Bell in fourth and Kyle Larson in fifth.

Rounding out the top ten were Michael McDowell in sixth, Martin Truex Jr. in seventh, Bubba Wallace in eighth, Erik Jones in ninth and Austin Dillion in tenth.

Ty Gibbs, who filled in for Kurt Busch finished 16th in his Cup Series debut.

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course next Sunday, July 31st at 3 p.m. Eastern on NBC.


Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Larson
Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch
Race Winner: Chase Elliott

 
Parker Kligerman held off Zane Smith in a last lap duel to the finish to earn his first victory of the season and first since 2017.
 
For Kligerman, this marks his third win of his Truck Series career. 
 
"This is the small team that could,” Kligerman told FS1 post-race referring to his Henderson Motorsports team.

It’s hard to put into words,” Kligerman told FS1 post-race. “This whole team is like a team of second chances. Two years ago I thought my driving days were done. This team gave me a call and wanted to get back racing and it’s just been steady improvement since. It’s unbelievable when you put a talented group of people together what they can achieve.”
 
Kligerman's first Truck Series win came at Talladega in 2012 and again at Talladega in 2017.

Rounding out the top five were Zane Smith in second, Carson Hocevar in third, Stewart Friesen in fourth and Christian Eckes in fifth. 

Rounding out the top ten were Chandler Smith in sixth, Kaz Grala in seventh, Derek Kraus in eighth, Colby Howard in ninth and Hailie Deegan in tenth. 

After Saturday's race, Ty Majeski, Carson Hocevar and Christian Eckes each earned a spot in the playoffs. They join drivers Chandler Smith, Ben Rhodes, John Hunter Nemechek, Stewart Friesen and Zane Smith. 

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Pocono Raceway on July 23rd at 12 p.m. Eastern on FS1. 

 

Denny Hamlin won an action packed Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night.

Hamlin won in a NASCAR double overtime after to late race cautions took most of the contenders out.

For Hamlin, this marks his first win in the Coca-Cola 600.

Rounding out the top five were Kyle Busch in second, Kevin Harvick in third, Chase Briscoe in fourth and Christopher Bell in fifth.

The first overtime caution began when Chase Briscoe, who was running in second to Kyle Larson lost controlling Turn 2 and spun out and caused the caution.

When the race went back to green, Austin Dillion would charge by from sixth place all the way to Kyle Larson in first. Dillion would catch Larson and both drivers would lose control of their cars. Dillion would crash with Larson, Chastain and Logano.

Out of the 37 cars that competed on Sunday night, 17 would fail to finish the race. 16 of the 17 cars out of the race were due to on-track incidents. Sunday nights race consisted of 18 cautions. The most since the 2005 Coca-Cola 600.

On lap 346, a violent crash occurred when Chris Buescher flipped multi times through the turf on the front stretch to bring out the 16th caution flag.

Daniel Suarez was running in fourth place when he got in front of Chase Briscoe on the Turn 4 exit. Contact between the two sent Suarez around. Todd Gilliand hit Suarez’s left rear. Buescher was hit from behind from Harrison Burton, causing the right front of Buescher’s car into Suarez’s car.

Buescher’s right front suspension would break as Buescher was sliding through the turf and his wheel would get caught underneath the car causing it to get airborne and flip multiple times.

Chris Buescher and Daniel Suarez would both exit their cars.

Rounding out the top ten were Tyler Reddick in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, in seventh, Michael McDowell in eighth, Kyle Larson in ninth and Alex Bowman in tenth.

Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 marked the longest race in NASCAR history at 619.5 miles. The previous record was 608 mines in the 2020 Coca-Cola 600.

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to World Wide Technology Raceway on Sunday, June 5th at 3:30 p.m. Eastern on FS1.

Stage 1 Winner: Chase Elliott

Stage 2 Winner: Daniel Suarez 

Stage 3 Winner: Ross Chastain

Race Winner: Denny Hamlin

Josh Berry won Saturday’s Alsco Uniforms 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Berry won by a 17 second margin over second place Ty Gibbs.

“This car was so good,” Josh Berry told FS1 post-race

Berry and Allgaier raced each other hard at the end and Allgaier would loose control of his car and slide up into the wall. Allgaier’s right rear tire would go down forcing him to come to pit road. Allgaier would go onto finish in seventh.

Rounding out the top five were Ty Gibbs in second, Sam Mayer in third, Noah Gragson in fourth and Ryan Preece in fifth.

Rounding out the top ten were Daniel Hemric in sixth, Justin Allgaier in seventh, Sheldon Creed in eighth, Trevor Bayne in ninth and Myatt Snider in tenth.

Caution Recap:

Caution 1: Lap 65, Brandon Jones spins out in Turn 1

Caution 2: Lap 21, Timmy Hill spins out in Turn 3

Caution 3: Lap 33, Brandon Brown spins out in Turn 4

Caution 4: Jeffery Earnhardt wrecks on the front stretch collecting Myatt Snider and Kyle Weatherman

DNF: 78, 99, 45, 48, 39, 23, 07, 47, 34, 26, 13

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Portland International Raceway on Saturday, June 4 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern on FS1.

Stage 1 Winner: Josh Berry 

Stage 2 Winner: Justin Allgaier

Race Winner: Josh Berry

Ross Chastain won Friday night’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Chastain took the race lead on the last lap of the second overtime attempt and would go on to win.

Rounding out the top five were Grant Enfinger in second, John Hunter Nemecheck in third, Christian Eckes in fourth and Zane Smith in fifth.

Carson However was leading the race up until a caution would send the race into overtime. After the restart, Hocevar lost control of his truck and spun out while battling Ryan Preece for the win. Preece would hit the wall and would go onto finish 11th.

Preece was noticeably unhappy with However post-race.

“All of you kids watching right now wanting to get to this level, don’t do that. Race with respect,” Preece told FS1 post-race.

Hocevar would finish 16th.

Rounding out the top ten were Tanner Gray in sixth, Kyle Busch in seventh, Chandler Smith in eighth, Stewart Friesen in ninth and Ben Rhodes in tenth.

The NASCAR Truck Series heads to World Wide Technology Raceway on June 4th at 1:30 p.m. Eastern on FS1.

Stage 1 Winner: Zane Smith

Stage 2 Winner: Ben Rhodes

Race Winner: Ross Chastain 

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