Brandon Jones steals overtime win at Kansas

Most of the race was conventional and chalk as Austin Cindric was dominating the race. He was looking to tie Sam Ard for most consecutive race wins among full-time Xfinity Series drivers with four. However, chaos ensued late as Brandon Jones would hold off Cindric in overtime to pick up his second win of the season in the Xfinity Series.

The race started out with Jones passing pole starter Michael Annett for the lead. He held it until lap 11 when Cindric passed him for the lead. Cindric would hold the lead into the competition caution.

After the caution, Cindric held the lead and would comfortably win stage one, his sixth stage win of the season. Ross Chastain finished second, the 10th time this season he has done so as he has yet to pick up a stage win this year. Harrison Burton would finish third in the stage.

At the start of stage two, Justin Allgaier moved ahead of the pack into second place behind Cindric but would lose second to Burton a few laps later. Cindric would hold the lead but late in stage two, Burton caught up to him and the two would engage in a multi-lap battle for the lead. With some great maneuvers from Cindric and a cluster of lap traffic, Cindric would take the stage two win, his seventh stage win of the season.  

At the start of the final stage, Cindric held the lead but had to battle Burton and Allgaier for it on the restart. Cindric continued to hold the lead during the final stage.

When it came time for the green flag pit stops, Cindric won the race off of pit road. Ryan Sieg and Noah Gragson stayed out 10 extra laps to get a caution, but one never came, causing them to pit and cycling Cindric back to the lead. Gragson picked up a pass-through penalty for removing equipment from the car.

When Cindric recycled to the lead, Burton was less than a second behind him. Burton continued to gain ground on Cindric toward the end of the race.

With 10 laps left, Cindric slammed into the wall, causing Burton to pass him for the lead. Burton held the lead but with six laps left, Joe Graf Jr. contacted the wall, bringing out the first non-scheduled caution of the race. This prompted an overtime finish and Cindric moved ahead of Burton after pit stops while Sieg stayed out to take first place on the restart.

On the restart, Cindric attempting to gain the lead but a caution came out because of Jesse Little, prompting another overtime restart.

On the second restart, Cindric appeared to have the race in the bag but Brandon Jones surged to the front and picked up his second-straight victory at Kansas and his second victory this season.

Cindric picked up his 11th top-five finish this season. Burton finished third, picking up his ninth top-five finish this season.

The NASCAR Xfintiy Series will take a week off, then head to Wisconsin for a road course race at Road America.

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