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That was how many cautions were called in the last 45 laps after only three during the first 155 laps. After the carnage was over, Kyle Busch passed Austin Cindric on the final lap to notch his 97th career victory at the Xfinity Series, and his ninth victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the series.
Daniel Hemric passed Austin Cindric on the final lap to finish second. This is his sixth second-place finish, which is the most for Xfinity Series drivers before winning their first race. This is also Hemric’s first top-five finish this season.
Cindric posted his fourth top-five finish this season, but once again failed to pick up his first victory of the season. He led through most of the final laps, but lost to Busch due to his decision to stay out after the fifth caution. Busch and Hemric, among others, decided to pit and get fresh tires, and that payed off as they moved up positions with six more cautions proceeding. Cindric did his best to win in the end, but fresher tires prevailed.
Ross Chastain miraculously finished fourth despite hitting the wall and overshooting the pit with about 40 laps to go in the race. However, he really got to shine tonight through the first two stages. He started on the pole position and had the lead for most of stage one before losing the stage to Busch. Same thing for stage two. While he ended up losing both stages, he finished second both times and led a total of 68 laps. He gave Busch a run for his money tonight and for a young driver, that is a confidence booster. This was Chastain’s first top-five finish this season.
Justin Allgaier finished in the top five despite technical issues to start the race. This including his gauges not working throughout the early parts of this race. However, he used all the cautions to gain track position and earned his second top-five finish this season.
Brett Moffitt, Michael Annett and Brandon Brown finished sixth, seventh and eighth respectively. Harrison Burton finished ninth but was looking at his fifth top-five finish late in the race. However, a wreck in the middle of the pack damaged five cars including his and he slipped down to ninth place. He has finished in the top-ten at all six races this season. Myatt Snider rounded out the top 10.
Justin Haley was one of the five drivers to get caught up in the aforementioned wreck and went to the garage with only a few laps left. He finished third and ninth in stages one and two respectively.
Noah Gragson, this year’s winner at Daytona, spun out to cause the wreck and finished 11th, just missing out on his fourth top-ten finish this season.
The Xfinity Series will now head to Bristol, Tennessee for a race on Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Before that, be sure to check out the truck series and Cup Series races at Charlotte Tuesday and Wednesday night.