Brandon Jones steals win in finish for the ages

Brandon Jones only needed the last two laps to score the victory at Darlington as he watched leaders and Denny Hamlin and Ross Chastain beat and bang for 10 laps then wreck each other with two laps to go to score his third win of 2020.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series kicked off the race weekend at Darlington Raceway early Saturday afternoon.

The action would pick up early as on lap two, Anthony Alfredo would hit the wall off of turn two, causing Daniel Hemric, Ryan Sieg and Brandon Brown to all get together and wreck down the backstretch. Hemric would retire from the race, but everyone else would stay in, which was important for Brown as he was only 11 points ahead of Jeremy Clements for the final playoff spot at the time of the wreck.

Chase Briscoe and Ross Chastain would share the lead early in stage one but following the competition caution, Cup Series regular Denny Hamlin would surge from a last-place start to take the lead and cruise to the stage one victory. Tommy Joe Martins would collect four stage points with a seventh-place finish.

Briscoe would cruise with the lead early in stage 2 but as the stage was winding down, his lap times would fall off as he radioed to his team that he may have a tire going down. This would allow Hamlin to retake the lead with eight to go in the stage.

Meanwhile, Justin Allgaier would go to the garage with a mechanical issue.

With two to go in the stage, Noah Gragson and Chastain would get together in turn three, causing Gragson to spin and bring out a caution to end the stage. Hamlin would sweep the stages for the day.

Multiple cautions would come out early in the final stage, but the biggest one would come with 30 to go as fluid would be leaked onto the track from Brett Moffitt after collect damage from getting together with Riley Herbst. Anthony Alfredo and Briscoe would spin after getting into the fluid. The red flag would be displayed so NASCAR could clean the racing surface.

For the last 10 laps of the race, Hamlin and Chastain would slam the wall and slam each other, which culminated in them wrecking and allowing Jones to take the win.

Ryan Sieg finished third, which is his first top-five finish since Kansas back in July. Herbst and Hamlin would round out the top five.

Harrison Burton finished sixth. Gragson finished seventh. Michael Annett, Austin Hill and Myatt Snider would round out the top 10.

Next weekend, the Xfinity Series will head to Richmond Raceway for a doubleheader weekend with just three races remaining before the playoffs.

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