After multiple cautions involving playoff drivers, in addition to a significant run through the final lap, Harrison Burton picked up the victory at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday evening.
The win is Burton’s third of the season and Xfinity career. His previous two wins came at Fontana (Feb. 29) and Homestead (June 13).
Chase Briscoe quickly vaulted ahead to a second+ lead before a Jeb Burton and Anthony Alfredo caution in turn four packed the field together for the first time of the day. Upon the restart on lap 15, Briscoe maintained the lead over Brandon Jones through the competition caution.
Briscoe held the lead through lap 34 until a right rear flat caused him to head into pit road with less than 10 laps to go in stage one. Despite a caution coming out with six to go (fluid), Jones held off the rest of the field to pick up the stage one win.
Harrison Burton and Noah Gragson traded off the top position through the first 15 laps of stage two until the latter took control of the lead on lap 54. Burton, however, took back the lead on lap 82 and won the second stage of the race.
Justin Allgaier shot out to the lead to begin the final stage. Harrison, however, spun through the front stretch on lap 107. Despite this, Allgaier and the majority of the field stayed out to maintain track position upon the lap 113 restart. A caution from Riley Herbst, via a hard slam into the backstretch wall, brought out the yellow flag on lap 131.
After both Burton’s started off the restart atop the field, Ross Chastain rocketed ahead for the lead on lap 143. Jeb, however, was involved in his second caution of the day after he went into the wall on turn two on lap 157.
Upon the restart with 37 to go, a three-wide battle for the lead saw Chastain maneuver through the inside lane and retake the lead. A Colby Howard caution that also involved Myatt Snider and Joe Graf Jr. in the backstretch eventually led to another restart with 25 to go.
Playoff driver drama continued, however, as another caution involving Chastain, Allgaier and Jones in the back stretch led to another yellow flag.
Gragson yet again started ahead of the field upon the restart with 15 to go. Although Gragson led through the final few turns of the final lap, Harrison stole the lead after a huge run in turn four to pick up the victory.
Gragson finished second. With the finish, Gragson still sits below the Championship 4 cutline (-24).
Chastain, Allgaier and Jones, who were all involved in a late caution, finish outside the top 10. Of the trio, Chastain finished the highest (16th). Allgaier currently sits above the Championship 4 cutline (+8), while Jones and Chastain sit below it (-4 and -15, respectively).
The Round of 8 will conclude at Martinsville Speedway next weekend. Coverage will begin Oct. 31 on NBC at 3:30 p.m. EST.