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Noah Gragson won his second Xfinity race of the 2020 season after an incident involving his teammate Justin Allgaier would give him the lead late.
The Xfinity Series went short track racing Monday evening in a 300-lap showdown at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Harrison Burton led the field to green and would pace the field for the first 25 laps of the race.
On lap seven, Ross Chastain shot up the race track in turn four and turned himself and Austin Cindric. Chastain would then be hit by Michael Annett. Cindric’s and Annett’s days would end while Chastain returned to the track 36 laps down.
After the competition caution on lap 35, Noah Gragson would pass Burton for the lead and win stage one. Burton would fall outside the top 10 after pitting for damage from an incident with Joe Nemechek.
Burton would once again lead the opening laps in stage 2, but would lose the lead on another restart to Justin Allgaier. Allgaier would lead the next 46 laps to win the stage. On lap 123, former Cup regular AJ Allmendinger spun out in a single-car incident. Allmendinger returned to the Xfinity Series for the first time since winning at the Charlotte Roval last September.
Allgaier would pace the field for 70 laps in the final stage, but Tommy Joe Martins would spin to bring out a caution. Riley Herbst gambled on pit road by taking two tires and would be the leader on the ensuing restart. His lead would not last long as Haley and himself would wreck on the backstretch on the restart.
Haley would stay out after the wreck, but with 21 laps to go, he would get up into the wall and come to pit road. A lap earlier, Ryan Sieg would cut a tire and have to pit from the top 10.
A caution would come out for Colby Howard with 15 to go, and on the restart, JR Motorsports teammates in Allgaier and Gragson would battle for the lead. With five laps to go, Gragson would wash up the track and take out Allgaier for the lead. Allgaier spun, wrecked, and his day would be over.
The race went into overtime for the final restart and Gragson would hold serve to score the victory.
Gragson, alongside Briscoe, Jones and Burton qualified for the Xfinity Dash 4 Cash battle that will take place at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday.
- Myatt Snider scored his first career top-five Xfinity Series finish
- Brandon Brown scored his third top-10 finish in 2020
- Jeremy Clements scored his second top-10 finish of the season
- Josh Williams scored his third-career top-10 in the Xfinity Series
- B.J. McLeod matched his career-high best finish with an 11th-place run
- Vinnie Miller scored his 11th career top-20 finish
- Joe Graf Jr. scored his best finish in the Xfinity Series with a 13th-place finish
- 18-year-old Colby Howard scored his first career top-20 finish in the Xfinity Series