OT restarts lead to Chase Briscoe’s third Xfinity win of 2020

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For a second day in a row, the Xfinity Series kicked off a doubleheader at Homestead-Miami Speedway and Noah Gragson had a victory stolen from his hands as the race would finish with two overtime restarts. Chase Briscoe took advantage of the late restarts to score his third win of the 2020 season.

Myatt Snider would lead the field to green to begin the day, but would soon be overtaken by Ross Chastain. The lead would then be split between three drivers before the competition caution as Chase Briscoe would take the lead from Chastain, and Austin Cindric would take the lead from Briscoe.

Like on Saturday, Ryan Sieg, Kyle Weatherman and Timmy Hill would pit for fresh tires during the competition caution and quickly move up the field before a lap 32 caution involving Caesar Bacarella and Tommy Joe Martins. Michael Annett and Chastain would be the only drivers to pit under the caution. However, it would pay off for Annett as he stormed from 32nd to second in four laps to score nine big stage points. Sieg would go on to win the first stage for a second straight day.

Brandon Jones would take the lead to begin stage two, but would be quickly passed by Cindric. Behind Cindric, there was a chaotic battle for second as Gragson, his JR Motorsports teammate Daniel Hemric, Jones, and Harrison Burton would all exchange the position. Gragson would use multiple lanes to finally clear for the position. He would go from riding the wall in turns three and four to dive-bombing Hemric in turns one and two, pulling off the patented slide job.

Gragson would soon catch Cindric, take the lead and go on to win stage two. It is his fifth stage win of the year.

The final stage would be a strategy battle between Gragson and Cindric. Cindric pitted earlier than Gragson after hitting the wall and having a tire go down, but would cycle to the lead. However, Gragson was on much fresher tires than Cindric and would take the lead.

Just like Saturday, a caution came out late while Gragson had a comfortable lead as Cindric spun out with a flat tire.

On the first overtime restart, Briscoe would clear for the lead in turn one, Gragson would fall to third, but a big wreck occurred involving Riley Herbst, Annett and Hemric.

On the second overtime restart, Gragson would get slowed as drivers would go four-wide for third place. It would come down to Briscoe and Jones for the win, and Briscoe would hold off a final turn run from Jones to steal the victory at Homestead.

Kaulig Racing teammates in Chastain and A.J. Allmendinger would score top-five finishes. Allmendinger also claimed the second $100,000 Dash 4 Cash prize. Gragson rounded out the top five.

Justin Haley finished sixth to give Kaulig an all top-10 day. Snider would earn his first top-10 finish since Bristol with a seventh-place run. Even after blowing a tire, Burton keeps his streak of top-10 finishes with an eighth-place run. Herbst and Cindric would round out the top 10.

The Xfinity Series will head to the biggest track on the circuit at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday.

Race results: https://www.jayski.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2020/06/14/2020-10nxs-results.pdf

Driver points: https://www.jayski.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2020/06/14/2020-10nxs-points.pdf

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